The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 13, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, October 13, 1954
Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER is, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE AL Owners Approve Shift of As Franchise Move to Kansas City Gets Unanimous Vote By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN CHICAGO (AP) — American League club owners voted unanimously last night to shift the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City. The decision at the end of a hectic nine-hour meeting all but broke up the once-esteemed position in baseball of the Mack family. It signaled the finish of one vivid chapter in the national pastime that was etched by the pioneering Connie Mack and opened what should be another under Chicago financier Arnold Johnson. It was Johnson, 47, a top man In a business that grossed 70 million dollars last year—the Automatic Canteen Co. of America— who found that money on the bar- relhead speaks loudest. Offer Irresistible In the final analysis, his bid of $3,375,000 to buy out the Macks- Roy, Earle and Connie—including Connie Mack Stadium, was irresistible. Will Harrldge. president of the American League, said it was the only "sound" offer made. Officially, the deal, for the 54- year-old franchise will not be closed until Monday. In what was assumed to be merely a gesture, Roy Mack was given until 11 a.m., EST, on that day to announce it he will sell his stock to Johnson. This was regarded only a small technicality and a league spokesman said that Roy "told the meeting that he wanted the sale to Johnson completed." . This admission removed the only block, for Roy strongly had opposed his brother Earle and 92- year old father Connie in the sale and tried desperately, but vainly, to raise enough capital to keep the debt-mired club in Philadel* # * phta. Johnson Satisfied Johnson, who huddled more than once during the day with Roy, was completely satisfied that the deal was closed. He said he would order engineers to start work today doubledecking the Kansas City stadium to boost seating capacity from 16,000 to 36,000 by the start of the 1955 season. He said he plans to sell Connie Mack Stadium to Bob Carpenter, owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, who has been leasing it from the Macks, and probably will close this transaction in Philadelphia this weekend. Will Keep Roy "As for Roy Mack, I plan to offer him a responsible position in the Kansas City organization." Johnson said. "And I also must •e thought to hiring a general manager and field manager. I'll do the selecting of them myself." The. Athletics reportedly were in debt to the tune of about $1,900.000 — a figure broken down to include a St.200,000 mortgage, 5300,000 in" current bills and $400,000 to the Jacobs brothers, con- cessionnaires. In the sale, Connie Mack will receive $604,000 and Earle and Roy each $450,000 for a total of $1,504,000. Added to the indebtedness, this would just about take care of Johnson's $3.375,000 price. Pour other parties appeared at the meeting to make offers, but Harridge stressed that Johnson's was the only solid one. * * * . TCU's Clinkscale Is Back of Week Oklahoma's Center Kurt Burn's Is Week's Top Lineman By THE ASSOCIATED PRKSS Ronald Clinkscale, a tall Texan v.ho can make plenty of speed without the help of a horse, engineered one of the major upsets in college football last week end when Texas Christian beat Southern California 20-7 Friday night. And by doing this he earned the designation as Associated Press Back of the Week. Clinkscale's one-man raid on the Southern California defenses put him ahead of another upset producer, Navy's Joe Gattuso, and Washington's Bob Cox, who almost got an upset, in ballots cast by the nation's sports writers and broadcast ers. Clinkscale, the Texan who could not be tackled, joined a player the Texans couldn't block, on this week's honor list. Kurt Burris. the big center who played key offensive and defensive roles in Oklahoma's 14-7 conquest of Texas, was designated as Lineman of the Week. Others nominated for Back ot the Week included Bob Herndon of Oklahoma. Fights Losf Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Detroit — Rocky Caslllo. 150, Detroit, outpointed Chuck Price, 153 Detroit, 8. Washington — Ernie Gene Smith 128, Washington, outpointed Tony Longo, 126. Baltimore. 10. Galveston, Tex.—Caesar Saavedra, 133, Mexico, outpointed Jacky Blair, 135. Dallas, 15. 'Wonderful/KansasCity Says By SKIPPER PATRICK • KANSAS CITY Iff! — "Wonderful." That one word best fits the feel- Ing of Kansas City baseball fans who woke up this morning to the realization this solid baseball town of the midlands was in the act of going major league. Most of the city was asleep when the news broke late last night that American League owners had voted unanimously to permit Arnold Johnson, Chicago financier, to buy the financially decrepit Philadelphia, Athletics and move the club to Kansas City. Many of the fans who had a part .in pledging the purchase of more than a million tickets for the 1955 season in event the deal went through, lost hope earlier in the evening when reports had it that Kansas City's chances of getting the franchise were "about 50-50." Bond Issue Approved The citizens last August approved overwhelmingly a $2,000,000 bond Issue with which to purchase Blues Stadium—home of the city's American Association entry —and enlarge It from 16,000 to 36,000 seating capacity. Mayor William E. Kemp commented "It's a great day for Kansas City." He said he felt the club owners have vindicated "our own appraisal that big league baseball is feasible in Kansas City." Karl Koerper. president of the Chamber of Commerce, sees the acquisition of the A's as a "fitting climax to the growth of the city the last five or six years." "It will be of tremendous economic importance," Koerper said, "particularly in stimulating the interest of the trade area for 200 miles around or more." Typical of comment from the little business man came from Pete Kitterman, a tavern operator on the north edge of the city's business district. Once Before "It's wonderful to get in the big time," Kitterman said. ."We'll support the team and we'll have a first division club in no time at all." Although it dates back to horse and buggy days, Kansas City was in the big leagues once before. In 1884 the city had a franchise in the old "Union Association" along with 12 others, eight of them now in the majors. Kansas City had a stand with the National League ' 1886 when it finished seventh. It has been a member of the American Association since 1902. a year after Connie Mack started busi ness at Philadelphia. There was little speculation here as to where the Kansas Citj Blues' American Association franchise, owned by 'he New York Yankees, will go. A numbei of cities have been mentioned as possible sites. Only once in the 39-year history of the Southwest Conference ha the University of Texas finished ii seventh place. That was in 1931. Bill Young, football coach a Furman, is known also as one o the South's finest amateur golfers OPEN A NEW WORLD OF WHISKEY ENJOYMENT. Seagram-Distillers Company, N, Y. C. Blended Whiskey. 86.8 Proof. 65% Grain Neutral Spirits, WHAT'S HE SAYING'—Irwin W Weiss, eastern intercollegiate football official, Umstrates six of the signals IpectLtors see from stands and on television. Top. left to right, illegal substitution, a new signal this fall; incomplete forward pass; and ineligible receiver dp\™ field ona pass Bottom, left to rieht, illegal procedure; illegal shift, another new 1954 sicnal: and off side. (NEA) MSC Aiming at 4th Straight Over Irish Spartans to Employ Three Quarterbacks in Backfield CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State will toss aside its season's record Saturday and shoot for a fourth successive victory over Notre Dame, a feat no school has accomplished in 42 years. If the Spartans, who in three games have been beaten only by Indiana, succeed. It might \v.ell t>e by passing, the same weapon Purdue used to overcome the Irish 27-H. Michigan StnU publlcltor Fret! Stabley told the Chicago football writers yesterday that the Snar- tans will line up a starting back- fteld against Notre Dame which will Include three quarterbacks. "And nil three con pass." Stabley said. The reason for the throe quarterbacks is the loss of Leroy Bolclen, star halfback, who Is not expected to play because of a leg injury. Michigan State will start Earl Morrall at Quarterback with John Matsock and Clarence Peaks a* the halfback spots. At the beginning o! the season Matsock WM No. 2 quarterback and sophomor* Peaks rated No. 3. "Because of Injuries," said Stabley, "Coach Hugh Daughterly gav» Peaks a chance to run at halfback and he's been in there since." The last tie the Irish suffered four or more successive losses to any one team was from 1887 to 1912 when Michigan beat them, eight times In a row. During that same, span, Notre,Dame was beaten four straight by the University of Chicago. MSC rolled over Notre Dam» 36-33; 35-0 and 21-3 from 1960 to 1952. They did not play last year. Highest OCtane you Can buy! This Is the renl measure of anti-Icnock performance in your car. 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