The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 15, 1956 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 15, 1956
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PAGE EIGHT BLTTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAT, FEBRUARY 15, 1958 Chickasaws Depart For Ft. Smith Fights Bound for Ft. Smith, the basketball Chickasaws of Blytheville High were scheduled to leave the city this morn- jng by bus — at 8:30. Hot from a win over second-place Texarkana last week, the Grizzlies will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Chicks. But the Chicks are at a boiling temperature, too. They split with II Dorado last week, dropping the first one 75-63 and rebounding to split the scalps of the Wildcats on the following night, 89-60. Those 89 points registered—by the local team were the most they accumulated in any game played so far this season. They were actually sizzling. Even thoug-h their 46 per cent shooting average in that big game was something to -talk about over the weekend, it wasn't the outstanding feature of their victory. The Chickasaws simply rose up and overpowered the enemy in each and every department, including their passes, defensive work, shooting:, and that good old-fashioned hubba-hubba hustle. They were a Tribe on the warpath. The Wildcats played it smart. They got out of the way. Or so it ; seemed. COACH GAYLE KAUNDART'S Grizzlies — Blytheville's opponents tomorrow night and Friday night — aren't doing any better than the Chicks in the loop race. Ft. Smith displays 2-7 and it's 3-8 for the Chicks. Yet, Ft. Smith rose up last week, too, from a deep, deep lethargy. And it coincided with the return of six-foot Neal Collier, the Grlz- illes* great senior forward. Collier has been nursing a bone fracture In his hand and hasn't seen com- bat since Jan. 10. Last week, with no signs of rust, Collier took over against the tough Texarkana Razorbacks (who wrecked the Chicks in a pair recently), scored 24 points, and cleared most of the rebounds. He'll have to be watched during i the next two evenings. Not only i that He'll have to be stopped, too. COACH JIMMY FISHER'S Chickasaws sweated through another grind session yesterday afternoon, and closed the drill against Coach Hank Prince's B team. Plans are churning, incidentally, to get the B team and the classy B team of Osceola back together again, perhaps as a prelude to the varsity's next home against Little Rock, Saturday, Feb. 25. Coach Austin Hanner's B's have yet to lose a game this season against B competition. They nipped the Blytheville boys in a tight one played before the El Dorado fray last week, 44-40. Varsity Chickasaw Robert White reported for practice yesterday and served notice he'd be ready to make the journey to Ft. Smith. Bob injured his arm in a fall to the hardwood last week. It should be an interesting battle then tomorrow night. Both the Blytheville High Chickasaws and the Ft. Smith Grizzlies are hot and building up steam. But there's a cold wave coming for somebody. Keiser Takes Missco, 60-46 MARMADUKE — Keiser defeated their Mississippi County mates from Missco High here last night in the Girls District Basketball Tournament, 60-46. Keiser just last week won the county tournament which was played at Wilson. Hook-shot artist Mattie Smith painted a 26-point picture as Keiser led at the-half, 32-26. Freshour played an excellent game, countering with 24 points. Other results: Monette trimmed Weiner, 63-39, Marmaduke licked Brookland, 69-53. In tonight's activities, Dixie looks at Biggers at 6:30, Valley View tries Greenway at 7:45. And in the first quarter final of the meet, starting at 9, Dyess takes on Turrell. Pros Agree Darrell Won't Make Grade NEW YORK — (NBA) — Everybody had the same opinion of Darrell Floyd, Furman's scoring wizard. "He won't make it, in the pros — and you can't compare him with Frank Selvy," was the report of basketball men who have seen him in action. Floyd, at sis feet and 170 pounds, resembles a heavy - middleweight. His shoulders are wide. He has a terrific touch with a basketball, but his deficiencies are glaring. " For example, he is vulnerable when the other fellow has the ball. And on offense, his moves are too patented. His best shot is a jump thrown while on the move from either side across the keyhole. He tries to drive in from the right side or from either corner. He Is fast, running wtih the springy step of a track man warming up between events. His foul shooting and jump shots have a soft touch to them and they command every break the rim can produce. But Floyd's teammate of a couple of years back, Selvy, is rated the better player by far. Selvy (6-3) had more height, faener moves. Here and there, Floyd snows sparkle—he can, change d:rec:ion twice on one play, scmeihtng few pros can do- > ; As a college shooter, however, he i has few equals. Give him a step j and he goes up ar.d scores. "He would have a tough time l making it up here." Sonny Hertz- . berg, the Knickerbockers' <rout, ; ssid after watching Floyd get his j norm"! 32 against New York Uni- ; versity. i Darrell Floyd AIC Results Arkansas A&M 101, ouachita 72 Southern State 81, Ozarks 69 Aikansas Tech 83, Arkansas Col- eje 73 Keadrix 35, Henderson 64 NO ACT—Ray Felix of the New York Knickerbockers strikes a library-statue pose as he digs an elbow into Bob Cousy of Boston and lifts his other hand for a loose ball. Owls Hug Hogs Again By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Rice Owls have moved back into a second place tie with Arkansas in the Southwest Conference basketball race as league-leading Southern Methodist prepares to meet Texas Christian tonight. The Owls whipped Baylor 68-58$ _ at Houston last night while the Texas Longhorns took an 84-72 drubbing from Texas Tech in a nonconference tilt. Rice now has a 7-2 conference record to match that of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Mustangs lead The Mustangs,, leading the conference with a 7-0 record and ranked 12th nationally, aren't expected to have too much trouble with TCU even though in past seasons the Progs have proved dangerous on their home court. The Christians, with a 1-7 conference record, now occupy the conference cellar. Except for a ' brief 2-1 Baylor lead, last night's game was Rice's all the way. The Owls lead 34-23 at halftime and had a 16-point advantage when Coach Don Suman made free use of his bench late in the game. Joe Durrenberger collected 28 points for the Owls to take scoring honors. Texas Tech used a full court press to overcome an 11-point deficit and defeat the Longhorns- Jim Reed scored 25 points for Tech and Raymond Downs chalked up 24 for the Longhorns. Of the 17 pitchers on the Brooklyn Dodger 1956 roster, Don Bessent has the best earned run record. His was 2.71 while taking 8 of 9 decisions in 1955. Jimmy Oler of Economy, Ind., is out to break his record of 549 j points scored last season for Flor-; Ida State's basketball team. He ! averaged 20.7 points in his first three games. Saniee Threatens Action if Barred From Olympics NEW YORK (AP) — The fate of star miler Wes Santee, who faces permanent suspension as an amateur athlete, likely will he decided Sunday by a seven-man AAU investigating committee. Santee, a Marine lieutenanl whose 4:00.5 mile was the fastesl ever run by an American, yesterday threatened legal action if he is barred from running in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. The investigating committee comprised of AAU and Olympic officials will look into that Pincus Sober, chairman of the seven-man group, called "new information noi previously revealed." Santee was suspended by the Missouri Valley AAU last Oct. 11 on charges that he accepted "excessive expenses" for three track meets in California in May. Suspension Lifted On Nov. 20, however, the Missouri Valley AAU Board of Managers lifted the suspension on grounds of insufficient evidence Santee resumed his running career but withdrew from indoor meets in New York on a request from the investigating committee. "My whole career as an athlete Greenberg Finally Has Interest' in Indians GJ CLEVELAND (AP) — Under a gentleman's agreement reached yesterday, the prospective chairman of the Cleveland Indians won't have to wait much longer. The same is true for General Manager Hank Greenberg. The prospective chairman is William R. Daley, 63, a Cleveland industrialist who once was a baseball usher at old League Park. About 6*/2 years ago he wanted to buy the Tribe, higher. Now the price is majority of shares,, in- approved the price yes- Greenberg has been waiting ever since he came here nearly nine years ago to get a financial interest in the club. Which he thought he was to get in the beginning. In Three Weeks Both should get their wishes in about three weeks, the time estimated for the legal details to be worked out for the stockholders' approval. The directors, who own a large formally .. _ terday. It is 51,550 a share. At that rate, the club's total worth is nearly four million, counting the present 2,556 shares. Daley will head a new corporation, but has asked the present officers to remain. Some of -the shares still will be held by the current officers and directors. Daley tried to buy the club back in the days Bill Veeck and his associates had the franchise. The Veeck regime finally sold out late in 1949 for about $2,200,000, com- pared with the $1,200,000, the club cost in 1946. The 1949 buyers were substantially the present—owners, except that Ellis Ryan departed as president after a squabble in 1952. Greenberg is scheduled to become a "principal" stockholder under the new owners. 'Daley and a fellow director of the Nickel Plate Railroad, oilman Ignatius A O'Shaughnessy of St. Paul, and Greenberg are expected to hold more than half the shares. Long; Wait Big Hank, recently voted into Baseball's Hall of Fame for his slugging talents with the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh thought he was to get a Pirates, financial interest when he was appointed to his present job by Veeck in 1947. In fact, Veeck announced that Greenberg "is" the second largest stockholder in the Indians, but later the general manager said that he never was able to buy any shares. It was reported a minor stockholder had promised Veeck he would sell some shares to Greenberg, but backed out. Daley said that the other time he was interested in buying, Veeck was asking 2^. million. * * * New Responsibilities For Indian Feller CLEVELAND (a 3 )—The Cleveland Indians today gave new responsibilities to pitcher Bob Feller as player-representative. General Manager Hank Greenberg said he intends to turn over to Feller problems arising between the players and the club. The player-representative hi the past has brought players' gripes to management's attention but to use him as an intermediary in front office squawks is an innovation for the Indians. "As I see this thing it's a two- way street," Greenberg said. "When the players have a beef they want to present to the owners it's done through the player-representative. If we have a beef against a player, 'why " shouldn't' we handle it through the player - representative?" Feller, in Clermont, Fla., for a vacation, said he approves Green- is jeopardized," Santee,\ former University of-Kansas athlete, told a stormy meeting of the New York Track Writers Assn. "More than anything else I wanl to run for my country and for the Marine Corps in the Olympics." Santee was accompanied by an attorney, Charles P. Grimes, who claimed that the committee was threatening to bar the miler "with out jurisdiction." He promised a lawsuit unless Santee was restorec to good standing. Sober gave the AAU viewpoint. "We are not out to get Santee as charged," he said. "We all like him. But we also like rules ant regulations. We have uncovered new information which will be brought out at our meeting Sunday." Sober declined to reveal what the new evidence was. berg's plan. "If Hank asks me to check with the players on matters pertaining to the contract or to our obligation to the owners and the public, Til be glad to do so," Feller said. "A player who signs a contract should abide by it and as player-representative I'll do my best to help police it." Johnny Jordan is in his fifth season as Notre Dame basketball coach,. In four years his teams have won 71 of 99 games. Mrs. Pearl, Zoll of, Green Bay, Wis., bowls once a week in the Elks Ladies League and hasn't missed a game in 21 years. Washington Trades Boosted Anemic Pitching Staff Eighth of a Scries By CHARLIE DBESSEN LOS ANGELES (AP) — I think the trades we made with the Yankees and Red Sox, in which we got several good young ballplayers, will help the Washington club and make us stronger this season. Last year we were weak in hitting and pitching. Injuries to Eddie «4 Yost and Pete Runnels didn't help 0 us either .We believe we have added strength to the pitching in the two deals and by drafting Connie Grob, a young righthander from Mobile. Bob Porterfield and Johnny Schmitz. whom we sent to Boston. won 17 games between them last year. I believe that Dick Brddow- ski, Truman Clevenger and Al Curtis, the three pitchers we got in return, will win more than that I'm also high on Bob Wiesler, the lefty who came to use from the Yankees in the Mickey McDermott trade. Wiesler has had trouble with his control, but he has good potential. Sievers at First Also the yea r's experience picked up by Pedro Ramos, Ted Abernathy and Camillo Pascual in 1955 should make them better pitchers in the coming season. In addition to the four new pitchers we got by trading, we have Lions Take Bay As Cubs Claw West Memphis LEAOHVUAE — The Lions of Leachville triggered a win over Bay here last night, 84-48, after running up a neat 48-21 halftinje lead. Norm Ward collected 27 points. His team- was' never in trouble, leading after the first eight minutes, 25-9. The Leachville Cubs played their first game in the District tournament at Jonesboro yesterday and they clawed West Memphis, 42-22. The Cubs- held tAelr- opponents scoreless in the last quarter. Earl Towell looked good with 17 points. F C G G Bay Isaacs, 1 Bowers, 3 Weaver, 14 Brown, 11 Vincent, 5 Subs: Leachville—BO Carter, 10, Garrison, 1, Bailey, 4. Wallace and Durham. Bay—J. Gully, 1, Knight, 2, W. Gully, 5, Wyse. 6. Leachville Pos. West .Memphis P McNeans, 8 P Suits C Wells, 5 G Dunston, 2 G Davidson. 6 Subs: Leachville — Ray, 6. West Memphis—Scott, Boze, Conkers, 1. LeachviHe Pos. BD Carter, 11 P Atkeison, M Ward, 27 Thweatt, 12 Thomas Cabs E. Towell. 17 C. Towell, 4 Ward, 5 Kennett, 9 Byrd, 1 Read Courier Newj Classified Ads. Chuck Stobbs, Dean Stone and Bunky Stewart. We gave up a good man When we sent Mickey Vernon to Boston but I think we'll be stronger at first base because of Roy Sievers. The addition of Jose Valdivielsp gives us a solid, sound infield with Sievers at first, Kunnels at second and Yost at third. Carlos Paula should be much better this year. He's a good hitter. I look for Karl Olson and Neil Chrisley, from Boston, and Dick Tettelbach from the Yanks, to give us a big lift in the outfield. Lou Herbert, another ex-Yankee, gives us added insurance behind the plate. He"l battle it out with Clint Courtney for the No. 1 catching job. Even Umpires Enjoy Humor CINCINNATI (fl>)—Larry Goets, veteran National League umpire, tells this story of earlier days in minor league baseball: There was a small circuit in the coal mining> country, where games were played three times a week. Herman Brackman. a Cincinnati infielder, joined one of the olubs. Qoetz thought it was Welch in West Virginia. Everything went all right for Brackman until one day a bunch of fans came to the park feeling good. Soon they began shooting at fly balls. That was enough for Brackman. He told the'manager and owner he was going horned" "Those fellows are all right," Brackman was told." They get hlgn once in a while and start shooting, but they shoot only at riy balls for fun. Stick around." "But some of them were in the room next to mine in the hotel, and I heard them talking," .Brackman said. "The next time they are going to shoot at grounders. I'm going home." And he did, says Goetz. 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