The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 12, 1954
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12,1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE Steer-Porker Series Is One of the Oldest Records, Tradition In Longhorns' Favor FAYETTEVILLE — A rivalry as old as the game itself at Arkansas will be resumed next Saturday afternoon when the Razorbacks make their twenty-first trip to Austin, Texas, for their 36th meeting with the Texas Longhorns. One of the oldest rivalries In the South, the Longhorns have the honor of being the first college team and the first "road game' ever scheduled by an Arkansas team. Only a single game with Fort Smith high school preceded the Longhorns in that first season of play. Nearly always a conference ' contender, the Steers have not only dominated the series with Arkansas on many occasions the game was hardly a test of their strength. It took the Cardinals (as Arkansas teams were nicknamed prior to 1909) five games just to score on Texas, and 15 games (40 years) to record their first victory. The honor of scoring the first touchdown for the Razorbacks goes to one of the all-time outstanding Arkansas backs —Clinton G. Milford, in the 1907 season. Texas won the game despite Milford's efforts, 26-6. First Win In 1933 The Porkers looked a good many more one-sided games in the eye before coming up with victory number one—in 1933. Arkansas in that "title" year tippled the Longhorns in Austin, 20-6. Ralph LaForge was the game's hero with 15 points to his credit. Overall, the Texas-Arkansas series has 'seen two long periods of Texas domination interrupted by a brief (but decisive) flurry of Razorback victories and a. single win in 1951. After the 1933 triumph came wins in 1935-6-7 and 1938. The latter game still stands as Arkansas' most one-sided Soiu/uvest Conference win — 42-6. Tailback Nets Martin scored three touchdowns in the rout. The loss apparently angered the Longhorns for' it took 13 long years and a governors' proclamation to stop Texas again. Then, on Arkansas' second annual Dad's pay, some 18,000 fans watched the Porkers upend a strongly favortu Texas squad, 16-14. Pat Summerall's second period field goal was the difference though it was the brilliant play calling of sophomore Lamar McHan and mighty line play that paid off in the end. Sooner Game A Guage? And if past records mean anything at all, the Steers' loss to Oklahoma last Saturday Is another point hi their favor in their tiff with Arkansas. Down through the years, the re- dords show, a loss to the Steers the following week. The one year in recent seasons but the records didn't hold true that that Texas OU in 1951 (9 to 71— year as the Porks whipped Texas 16 to 14 the following week. It must be said in Arkansas' favor, however, that they have met the Longhorns far more often on Lone Star Soil than on home soil. In their 20 meetings at Austin, only three games have gone to the Razorbacks — the last coming in 1937 — 17 years ago. Even at that, however, the Porkers' 1951 win is the only one registered in seven games at Fayetteville. The two other wins were recorded in Little Rock, while a single loss to Texas was registered in Memphis. The 1954 game will bring together two of the loop's top linemen—Texas' Buck Lansford and Arkansas' Bud Brooks: plus a pair of the leading fullbacks—Billy Quinn of Texas and Henry Moore of Arkansas. Crosl6y Field Is New 'Home Run Capital' 'NEW VORK (AP) — Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Redlegs and a relatively new member of the "shortened foul lines" club, replaced Brooklyn's Ebbets Field in 1954 as the favorite target of major league home run hitters. A total of 199 homers were hit n Cincinnati. Ebbets Field was the, scene of 193 home runs and New York's Polo Grounds 187, figures compiled by The Associated Press disclosed today. The Brooklyn ball park topped both leagues in 1953 with 192 lol- lowed by 190 for the Giants' park. Fields, Welch Victorious in Mat Feature Lee Fields and Lester Welch proved too much for Al Getz and his substitute partner prince Omar in the tag match feature of the American Legion's wrestling match at Memorial Auditorium last night. Fields and Welch won the decision over Getz and Omar by taking two of three falls in the tag match feature. The bou' started off to be another wild and woolly affair but it tamed down some as it progressed. However, the four grapplers still kept the fans howling as they squared off in free-for-alls in every Fields came from corner. Welch and what looked like certain defeat 'to capture the opening round in 15 minutes. Welch, Ired by some rough treatment he received in his preliminary bout with Getz, took after big Al late in the round and after beating him into semi-consciousness, pinned him with a body press. But Getz and Omar weren't through, they came back to capture the second round in 12 minutes with Omar pinning Fields. The third round tamed down some and went but 12 minutes but there was still plenty of action. After teaming Up on Both Omar and Getz, Fields won for his side in 12 minutes by pinning Omar. But it was Crosley Field which showed the biggest gain—86 to 185 —after the distance from home plate to the right field wall was sliced from 366 to 342 feet. Actually, the reduced footage in Cincinnati \vorked against the Red- legs last season. They slammed 94 homers at home and the visiting teams hit 105. Fenway park, den of the Boston Red Sox, headed the American League in number of home runs with 139 to 137 for Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. American League batters found Baltimore's Memorial Stadium the toughest. Only 42 Homers were walloped there. Washington's Griffith Stadium relinquished its "least homered in" title with an aggregate of 52. The distance from home plate to left field was cut down almost 20 feet last August and the management has indicated it will make further reductions in 1955. Pittsburgh's Forbes Field slumped in .number of home runs from 141 in '53 to 64 last season with the removal of "Greenberg Gardens" responsible for much of the decrease. The "Gardens' " demise moved back the left field barrier from 335 to 365 leet. Sherwin Gandee played in three Omar was called in to substitute | All-Star football games. In 1952 he with the All-Stars and in 1953 was for Charley Keene, who has been sidelined for several weeks by an an( j 1954 with the Detroit Lions. injury. In the preliminary bouts Getz defeated Welch and Fields won over Omar. Bead Courier News Classified Ads For the ninth consecutive season the Cleveland Indians have gone over the million mark in home paid attendance. Higgins Is New Bosox Manager Boudreau Released With Year to Go On Present Contract By BOB HOOBING BOSTON OT — The Boston Red Sox. jolted into action by rumors 1*91 other major league teams were after the services of Frank Pinky Higgnis. have signed their Louisville farm club ace and former local favorite to a two-year managerial contract. Higgins' appointment to succeed Lou Boudreau, whose second two- year pact with the Sox had a season to run, was made yesterday by General Manager Joe Cronin at a hastily-called press conference. Had Other Offers Cronin was asked why riiggins, groomed in the Red Sox minor league chain for eight years, wasn't called up next year when Boudreau's contract ran out. "It wasn't so much getting rid of Boudreau as it was savfng Higgins for the organization," Cronin answered. "He had three offers to manage other teams—two of them very definite, one in each league— and it wouldn't have been fair for us to stand in his way for advancement." Those definite offers are believed to have come from the Baltimore Orioles, where in his present status Paul Richards is both general and field manager, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Decision Made Sunday The decision to bring up the 45- year"-old Higgins was made in a long distance telephone conversation Sunday night between .Cronin and Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey —some 24 hours after Pinky's Louisville team of the American Association won the Little World Series from Syracuse of the International loop. Higgins and Boudreau were informed by phone just prior to the press conference. Pinky, a third baseman, went to the Philadelphia Athletics right out of the University of Texas in 1930. Patterson Gets 16th Ring Win Young Light-heavy Sensation Decisions Esau Ferdinand NEW YORK iVP) — Floyd Patterson. picking his way toward a shot at the light heavyweight championship, has disposed of his 16th victim in 17 pro fights. Esau Ferdinand of San Francisco was the latest to bow before the former Olympic champion on a unanimous de- cisio nin eight rounds last night at St. Nicolas Arena. Ferdinand, 169 U to Patterson's 166Vi pounds, threw the best punch of the fight, a right to the jaw in the last rnund that drove the Brooklyn Negro to the ropes. But Patterson came back fighting to earn the votes of all three .officials. Bobby Dykes, the Miami, Fla., string bean, won a unanimous decision over Milwaukee's Ted Olla in a 10-rounder at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway last night. The lanky Dykes, 159%, used his long left to keep off Olla, 161, a busy body puncher, although he tired down the stretch. In the last round, a long right to the head staggered Dykes, Cards Put Brazle, Lowery on Block ST. LOUIS (jpr— Relief pitcher Al Brazle and outfielder-pinch hitter Harry (Peanuts) Lowrey. the two oldest players on the St. Louis Cardinals, were put on the waiver block yesterday. A club spokesman said the action, for the unconditional release of the two veterans, was taken now to give them time to seek other jobs. Both are 10-year nen in the major leagues. For Your COURIER NEWS in CARUTHERSVILLE See or Call ROBERT JOHNSON Phone 496-W 705 Laurant BURDETTE'S PIRATES — Shown here is the 1954 edition 1 of Burdette's Pirates who take on Corning in a top-drawer battle at Burdette Friday night. Members of the squad are: front row (left to right) Don Payne, Alvin Aycock. Elbert Rigsby, Bill Duncan, Arkie Pankey, Harry Shearin. Bengy Higgins. Second row — Jimmy Koonce, Sims Pankey, Bobby Aycock, Orville Stanfield. Clary Jumper, David Statler, Billy Langley and Aubrey Rutherford, student manager. Third row — Clarence Pankey, student manager, Milton Burks, Jon Payne, Gary Bevill, W. T. Lnngley. Billy McDonald and Coach Harold Stockton. Joe Easley, Glen Franks and Robert Byrd were not present when photo was taken. (Courier News Photo) A&AA Back SWC Offensive Leader DALLAS (ff) — The Southwest Conference football statistics this week appear to have answered the questions asked before the season started: will Texas A&M have a top quarterback and will Southern Methodist have a capable passer? Blwood Kettler has done the an- jwering at Texas A&M where he has moved into the conference lead total offense with 380 yards in 88 plays. Duane Nutt of Southern eMthodist has gained more passing in two games than all others except Bobby Jones of aBylor in four. And he's only 28 yards back of Jones. Jones Leads Passers Jones still leads the passers with 238 yards on 11 completions In 30 throws. Nutt has gained 210 on 15 out of 24, and he has the top passing average, of the conference—.625. Rice's Dicky Moegle managed for 64 yards rushing against Wisconsin and increased his lead In ball-carrying since Buddy Dike of Texas Christian, the second place man, got only 55 against Southern California. Moegle leads with 281 yards on 26 runs. Dike Is second with 260 Walker Top Punttr Oeorge Walker of Arkansas tops the punters with an average of 44.3 yards on 11 kicks. L. G. Dupre of Baylor didn't play last week but reained the punt return leadership with his average of 19.7 yards. Delbert Shofner of Baylor still Is .the leading pass-receiver with three catches for. 126 yards. Southern Methodist tops the league in team offense with an average of 327.5 yards per game. Texas Christian Is first in defense allowing only 218.2 yards per contest. Gene Sarazen shot a six on the first round of the 1H54 Mertopolltan Open. Yet he finished the rounc: with a neat 62. Terry Brennan, Notre Dame football coach, Is the son of Notre Dame grldcler. His fathei was the center on the 1009 team. AL Owners to Air Fate of As Today Mack Family Almost Certain To Lose Control of Franchise By JOE MOOSHIL CHICAGO (AP) — Who will gain control of the Phila- dclphia Athletics and where will they play in 1955 were th« big questions American League club owners hope to decide at a meeting today. That the neoi-ncinen Mucks will lose control o( the franchise which has been In their family tor M years appeared a virtual certainty unless some "angel" pops up with needed cash. At a league meeting In New York two weeks ago. Roy Mack was given 14 days lo raise 5750,000 to buy control of the team from his father Connie and brother Earle. Roy, fighting grimly to keep the A's in Philadelphia, hasn't come up with the money. Arnold Johnson, Chicago business executive, seems to be top man with his $3,375,000 offer to Harris Signs Detroit Contract DETROIT liPI—Bucky Harris' return to Detroit as manager of the Detroit Tigers after a 20-year ab scnce Is official. Harris met with Tiger President Walter O. (Spike) Brlggs yesterday to .sign a one-year contract. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. But his salary Is believed to be near $30.000 a year. The 58-year-old Harris succeeds Fred Hulchlnson. Hutchlnson resigned recently after the Detroit club refused to grant him a two year contract. buy the team and move the franchise to ansas City. Connie Mack and Earle are in favor of selling to Johnson but Roy has opposed. Millionaire building contractor John McShain, believed to be Roy's last hope to get the money, said In Philadelphia he hns lost Interest in backing Roy financially. Two other offers besides Johnson's have reportedly been mads but American League President Will Hamdge said yesterday "the only bona fide offer we know about thus far for the Athletics has been made by Johnson." However, Tommy Richardson, president of the Eastern League and one of the Athletics' directors maintains he has $3,375.000 In cash to match Johnson's offer. Richardson said he'! be In Chi- • cago tp ask for the right to buy the frnchlse. Another offer was made In Washington, D.C., yesterday. Leo de Orsey, prominent attorney, and Joe Tuccl, retired plumbing contractor, said they w.ent to buy the team and keep It in Philadelphia. De Orsey and Tuccl said they have made an offer of $2,856,000 which will be submitted at today's meeting by Calvin Griffith, executive director of the Washington Senators. save " demand' 62 X was 5 90 now U STftAlGHT KENTUCKY BOWtflON-fc PSOOf •.ANOiNtf A« W6TIUING CO, KANKFOW. Cf.

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