The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 9, 1956 · Page 9
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 9, 1956
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9,1956 BLYTHEVILLEM-A-RK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB Notion Mourns Possing of Baseball's Immortal Symbol Long Baseball Trail Finally Ends for Connie Mack at 93 By RUSSELL LANDSTROM PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Connie Mack, who raised baseball to a new dignity and became a symbol of the national pastime, died yesterday at 93. .. . This ended the career oi the tall. lank, gently humorous man who Jor millions ol fans the world over represented the best in the game during his 50 years as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. He died in midafternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank Cunningham, in the Germanlown section of Philadelphia. At his bedside too were Mrs. Mack, three „ other daughters and one of his three sons. Wasn't Confined The health of baseball's "Grand Old Gentleman" had declined steadily since he fell out of bed last Oct. 1 and suffered a hip fracture. Surgery seemed to help, but he never walked again. He was't confined indoors. He was taken for a drive every day In good weather. But his son Roy and others in the family had to carry him to and from the car The family physician. Dr. n- larion Gopadze, said Mack had been "doing very nicely" until yesterday morning. "Then he -vent bad," the doctor said. "He just seemed to be going out of the picture. His heart Just couldn't stand up at his age." Funeral Maw Tomorrow evening the public will be admitted to a funeral home in downtown Philadelphia to view the body. Solemn Requiem Mass will be sung Saturday morning In St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church in the city's East Falls section, with burial in Holy Sepul- chre Cemetery here. Baseball Commissioner Foru Frick, American League President Will Harridgc, National League President Warren Giles, the owners of all the major league clubs, and George Trautman, president of the minor leagues, will be honorary pallbearers. Ike'l Message President Eisenhower was among the many who paid tribute to Mack. He said: "For decades Connie Mack has typified to the American people sportsmanship of the highest order. He will long be remembered by us all for the inspiration he gave American youth as a leader in the most American of sports." Born Cornelius McGillicuddy in East Brookfield, Mass., Dec. 23, 186J, Connie later shortened his name to Connie Mack so it might fit a baseball box score. That was in 1884. For Fifty Years In 50 years as manager -and part owner. Mack led the Philadelphia Athletics to nine American League championships and five World Series victories. In the exciting, exulting years he built up dream teams, then tore them apart and started all over again, because high salaries paid to star players threatened financial chaos. Through it all. the haggard times as well ..s the triumphant ones. Mack remained optimistic and good-tempered; he listened patiently and .sympathetically to players' personal problems and was always accessible to any friend who sought a shoulder to cry on. Mack's managerial days ended in 1950 when he handed over the running of his beloved Athletics to his sons. And somewhat more than a year ago he most reluctantly signed *he papers which delivered the A's to Kansas City. He wept at the loss. Started As Catcher Mack broke into major league baseball with Washington in 1886 as a catcher. After a stint with Pittsburgh and a term as manager of the Milwaukee club of the old Western League, he came to Philadelphia in 1901 to take over a new team in the American League—the Athletics. As manager of the Athletics, he developed teams unsurpassed in the game. And stars too. Among Ty Cobb in Tears at News Of His Old Manager's Death By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A baseball-loving nation — from the President to a Nei York cabbie — joined in a verbal epitath for Connie Mack. Connie Mack those who rose to supremacy der his guidance and later were named to the Hall of Fame were Albert (Chief) Bender, Jimmy President Eisenhower said he long*will be remembered "for the inspiration he gave American youth- in the most American gamo." — The cabbie, from the Bronx, said simply: "It sure is too bad. I can remember when I was a kid seeing him sittin' in the dugout, wearing his regular street clothes and waving his scorecard." At Daughter's Home Mr. Mack's death at the age of 93, at the suburban Philadelphia home of his daughter yesterday, was not unexpected. He had been _ in failing, health for some time. Yet it came "as a shock" to Ford Prick, the commissioner of baseball, and others like Joe McCarthy, remembered best as man- Foxx, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, Eddie Collins, Frank (Home Run) Baker, Mickey Cochrane and Eddie Plank. Mack, himseU', made it ahead I gave of them, though, being one of seven j pioneers chosen for first honors' when the museum at Cooperstown, N.Y., was established in 1937. ager of the New York Yankees, who is "proud to have been his friend." It left Ty Cobb. pictured as an iron-nerved baseball Immortal who and asked DO quarter, in Fights Lost Night By THE ASSCIATED PRESS Washington, D. C. — Ralph (Tiger) Jones, 157, Yonkers, N. Y. knocked out Tony Baldoni, 160, Wilkes - Barre. Pa, 6. Montevideo, Uruguay — Dogo- mar Martinez, 175, Uruguay, out- pointed David Bondullch, 174, Argentina, 10 Candidates Go All Out Balloting Time Again For All - Americans By ED WILKS Th« Alftoclatad FreM It's that time of the year again. Balloting for the All America basketball team is under way, the post season tournament committees are on the prowl — and both team and individual performances are hitting high gear. The likes of West Virginia's Hot was high with 22. Rod Hundley, Holy Cross 1 Tom - " Jones Joins Chorus, Looks For Title Scrap WASHINGTON tfl — Ralph (Tiger) Jones, whose long ring career demonstrates his capacity to take it as well as dish it out, was clamoring for a shot at the middleweight title today after a dashing knockout of Tony Baldoni. The 27-year-old Jones had to call on all his experience and stamina to withstand the pounding given him by young Baldoni in the early stages of the nationally telecast fight last night. 3ut Jones rallied strongly in the fifth, sending Baldoni down for a nine count with a short, chopping right, and then put him away for keeps at 2:30 of the sixth with pair of wicked left hooks. Jones, of Yonkers, N. Y., weighed 151. Baldoni, who had won 12 in a row, weighed 160. Tony is from Wilkes - Barre, Pa. The Yonkers veteran figured las night's work was worth an early shot at Sugar Ray Robinson's middleweight championship. Jones has one particularly good talking point: he beat Robinson a year ago before Sugar Ray regained his title. tears. Loved Mr. Mack Cobb, who played for the Ath letics in 1927-28 during Mr. Mack's half-century as Philadelphia man ager, said: "I loved Mr. Mack. You know, a man can love another man. "Everybody loved Mr. Mack." Prick, speaking for all baseball said "This is a great loss to the game. Mr. Mack always will be remembered for the gentleness kindliness, leadership and contin uity he gave our great nationa game.' Will Harridge, president of th American League, which Mr Mack helped organize, called him "a truly fine man, admired by fans everywhere. His name, to me, always has been synonymous with baseball." National League President Warren Giles said: "The game is better for Mr. Mack having been such a big part of it." Among baseball's executives and managers who mourned the death, Charles Comlskey n, vice president of the Chicago White Sox, said, "He was one of the truly great pioneers and pillars" of the game. Branch Rickey, retired general manager of Pittsburgh: "I'm all upset. 'Griff (the Jake Clark Griffith) is gone. Ed Barrow is gone. Honus Wagner is gone. And now my greatest baseball friwd is gone." Among the former playing stars, Robert Moses (Lefty) Grove—who thrice pitched Mr. Mack's A's to pennants—said: "He was one of the greatest mys in the game." OSCEOLA SEMINOLES — Members of the 1955-56 basketball Seminoles from Osceoln Senior High School are (first row, left to right) Logan Young, Ray Mann, Jr., Jerry Hill, Ben Wells, Jack Reeves. Dub netat. (second row) Garland Dye, Dewey Gentry, Richard Lucas, Jimmy Maloch. James Bell and Nelson Hopkins. The District SB team is coached by Austin Hanner. Read Courier News Classified Ads Heinsohn and Marquette's Terry Rand went all out last night while Xavier of Ohio up and swatted Cincinnati 79-73 In overtime. Temple, trying to forget its one defeat, walloped Bucknell 88-50. And unbeaten St. Francis of Brooklyn, with an NIT invitation in hand but perhaps angling for a NCAA at-lnrge berth, ran its string to 16 straight by beating Bridgeport (Conn.) 84-77. X for Hoi Rod Hundley kept the Mountaineers rolling 76-73 for their first victory at Perm State since 1949. He canned 35 points. His five quick baskets early in the second half overhauled « 48-41 Penn State lead. Heinsohn. anothe. All America candidate, scored 30 points, snared 21 rebounds and got ,13 assists as Holy Cross ripped Syracuse 10085. 'it was the llth straight victory for the Crusaders, who'd like to wind up to the NTT again. Rand had himself quite, a night as Marquette toppled Michigan State 90-81 in overtime. He over shadowed Julius McCoy's 31-point bag for Michigan State while scoring 24 to lead the Warriors—hitting 12 In a second half rally and 6 in the overtime. Xavier made its biggest bid for the NIT in upsetting the 2flth- ranked Bear Cats. They racked up five quick points in the first 2 ] 2 minutes of the overtime to do it. Hal Lear and Guy Rodgers. two other All America hopefuls, combined for 37 points as each played only about 38 minutes while Temple upped Its mirk to 16-1. Lear St. Francis, which stands with top-ranked San Francisco as the only two major unbeatens left, got an unexpected scare at Bridgeport and had to resort to a 5-minute freeze to stay pure. Bridgeport trailed 49-30 at the half, then came alive. Elsewhere. Duquesne, an NIT entry, defeated Carnegie Tech 6959 although All America candidate Si Green had only 19 points. Villanova pulled away in the last 8 minutes to beat Penn 89-74. Seton Hall, another NTT entry, outscored lona 26-4 In the last 5 minutes of the first half and went, on to win 105-87. Harrison Cops Doubleheader The Harrisburg Junior High boys put «way their egihth straight win without a defeat here last night as they pinned a 54-37 loss on Jonesboro. In the senior half of the twinbill. Harrison also came out on top, 6656, behind Stokes' 20 opints and Johnson's 19. Leading batters in the junior fray for Harrison were Edwards, 13, Campbell and Long with 10. The juniors and seniors return Jonesboro's visit Friday night. Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York 102. Rochester 97 Minneapolis 106, Port Wayne 82 St. Louis 111, Boston 110 YOU CAN'T STOP THE QUEEN MARY WITH A CLOTHESLINE.. «tymort than you can keep a tornado front hitting four houi*. But you can buy Inturonc* - th* right kind, in thi right amount. W«'ll b« •lad to NOBLE GILL AGENCY GLENCOE BLDG. 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Main Phone 3-3122 Yanks Add McDermott to Mound By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — The Yanks have Maury McDermott, Washington has a "new look" and the rest of the American League has a new headache. McDermott, the lanky lefty otten mentioned in trade talk, finally came to New York yesterday in a seven-man swap that brought five young players to Washington. With McDermott in the starting pitcher brigade with Whitey Ford, Tommy Bryne, Bob Turley, Don Larsen and Bob Grim, the Yanks present a formidable mound staff in defense of the American League pennant. The deal was the Yanks' answer to the challenge presented in the major changes by Cleveland, Chicago, Boston and Detroit since the close of the 1955 season. The Indians traded Larry Doby, their hard-hitting outfielder, to Chicago for shortstop Chico Car- rasquel. The Red Sox acquired pitcher Bob Porterfield, first baseman Mickey Vernon, outfielder Tom Umphlett and pitcher Johnny Schmitz from Washington In No- vember for five young men among them troit outfielder Karl Olson. De- picked up pitcher Virgil Trucks from Chicago for outfielder Bubba Phillips. Yale Graduate The Yanks gave up outfielder Dick Tettelbach, 26, a Yale grad who hit .309 at Denver in the American Assn. last season: Bob Wiesler, 25, a promising left-handed pitcher with an 0-2 record at New, York; catcher Lou Berberet, 26, who hit .265 at Toronto in the International League and infielder Herbie Plews. 27. a .302 batter at Denver. A fifth player will .be shipped to Washington before April 1. In addition to McDermott, who has been rumored as coming to New York all winter, the Yanks got shortstop Bob Kline far their Denver farm. Kline hit only .221 in 77 games at Washington. The value of McDermott. 27, is reflected in his 3-2 record against Cleveland, the top contender, his season record of 10-10 and his batting average of .263, tops among American League pitchers. Mizell Hangs Up Havana Record HAVANA W> — "Vinegar Bend" Mizell, St. Louis Cardinal star southpaw, finished the Cuban winter baseball season last night by fanning 11 for a record season .strikeout total of 206. He pitched the Havana Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Marianao Tigers although he needed help from Red Monger in the 8th. For aches, pains, cuts, bruises, bums, colds, headaches, bites and *tlngs, try Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment Available at your favorite drug counter C. O. SMITH fKODUCTS CO. HAMBURGERS For your protection, our Hamburger Patties are prepared and delivered frozen by a nationally known government inspected meat packing plant. A warm well-seasoned bun enhances the wholesome dcliciousnesa of this pure hamburger. 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