The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 8, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 8, 1955
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TVBBOAT, WOTRMBBR 8, MM OrXJWBB KIWI PASS ILBTIN Th« Scoreboard Sues' Bragan. Will Leave Clowning to Hollywood By HARRY GRATSON NBA Sports Editor Robert Randall Bragan's appointment as the Pittsburgh pilot was a natural step. Bobby Bragan, 37, steps up from the Pacific Coast League with a remarkable record, yet, oddly enough, more widely known as an umpire bait- «r than the thoroughly sound baseball man he is. Bragan was fined nine times and suspended once while winning a couple of pennants, finished second twice and fourth in four years as head of Brooklyn branch in Fort Worth. But Bragan, who became a National League catcher because he Was too slow to play shortstop, did not acquire a reputation for becoming whacky at times until he went to Hollywood, where in three years he won, lost a play-off for the championship and ran third, only four games out of first place with a club that was fifth in batting. In 1953-54, Bragnn clubs won two pennants in 10 months, the Almendares outfit of the Cuban Winter League taking its cue from the Stars. Fresco Thompson traces Bragan's antics on the west coast to his being exposed to Hollywood. "Out there with the clowns," says Thompson, the old infielder in charge of Dodger farms, "Bobby seems to have decided to get in the act." Upset by umpires' decisions Bragan did a semi- strip tease on the bench. He was catching and out of the dugout, one at a time, came mask, shin- guards, protector, cap and shirt. Aggravated on another occasion, he laid as though stone cold dead in the third base coach's box. Another time, he stretched himself across the base where the decision was made. He sent up eight pinch-hitters for one batter, _ _ + * * two a pitch a time or two. « He was fined 10 times, suspended once or twice. Last year, when Branch Rickey, Jr., told Bragan he was acquiring a reputation as a clown and that this might impede his advancement to the majors, the Alabama-born resident of Port Worth vowed that he would not be thrown out of a game and wasn't — until the last day of the season. • • • National League umpires no doubt are now writing one another, circulating the warning not to let Bragan get his foot in the door. Even with Leo Durocher gone, things will be tough enough for them, With Birdie Tebbels of the Reds and Fred Hutchinson taking over the Cardinals and Bill Rigney the Giants. Bragan is intelligent enough not to get the arbiters down on him, however, and at once took steps to soften the way. "I'll beef only when I have a legitimate one," he says. "I realize that up here the umpires are more capable, just as the players are better. I don't anticipate any trouble with them." In Fort Worth, Bragan developed young players — Carl Erskine, Irv Noren, Dee Fondy, Billy Hunter, Dick Williams, Toby Atwell and Elroy Face, among them — and obtained similar splendid results in Hollywood when the stock came from Pittsburgh. He has the large advantage of knowing the personnel and what to do with it, He may experience trouble moving the young Pirates out of the basement, but no one will fall asleep. Leaving the clowning to Hollywood, Bobby Bragan .will be a fighting straight man, and that could be exciting enough. 'Social Outcast' Is 13th Entry In Laurel Classic LAUREL, Md. Wl—Alfred G. Vanderbllt's acceptance of an Invitation to run his Social Outcast In the Washington D.C. International has swelled the field to 13, largest yet in the short history of Laurel's turf classic. When the invitation was first proffered a week or two ago, Vanderbilt hedged. He said he wasn't sure Social Outcast could . run against Traffic Judge, another International starter. He said he wanted to see how Social Outcast performed in the Trenton Handicap at Garden State last Saturday. He said he would accept for Social Outcast only as an alternate. Impressive at Garden State Social Outcast romped home an impressive winner at Girden State. Traffic Judge, meanwhile, was running fifth in the Roamer Handicap at Jamaica. Vanderbilt apparently spent Sunday pondering these Wets, then accepted without reservation late yesterday. The field for the mile and one-; half grass test for 3-year-olds and up now includes tour U.S. hovses. two each from England, France, and Venezuela, and one each from Germany, Ireland and Canada. Only seven horses ran in the inaugural in ]952. when England's Wilwyn came home first. The field jumped to 10 for the 1053 running, won by France's Wordcn. Purse is 505,000 The International purse totals Bobby Brae an 565,000 and the track pays the expenses of transporting the foreign horses here. Social Outcast, a Maryland bred horse, is the world's seventh leading money winner with all-time earnings of $616,800. Other horses entered in the fourth running of the International are: Clifford Mooers' Traffic Judge, Doug Small's Aeschylus, Llongallen Farm's Mister Gus, France's Picounda and Mahan, England's Nucleus and Darius. Canada's Prefect, Ireland's Pana- slipper, Germany's Ataturk and the Venezuelan entries, El Chama and Prendase. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Giovanelli Raps Perez; Wants More Matches NEW YORK IP, -— "You gotta keep busy. If I get enough fights I'll be up there fighting for the welterweight title in a year. That's what handsome Danny Giovanelli said today following his second straight victory in a little over a week at St. Nichola, Arena. Subbing for the Injured Chico Vejar last night, the rangy, 23 year-old Brooklynite came on with a rush from the fourth round on to rack up a unanimous 10-roum decision over Danny Jo Perez, an old rival from New York's West side. The Monday before, Giovanell walloped Italy's Paola Melis in another television 10-rounder, Name Repeat Two and ,a half years ago, Gio vanelli stopped Perez in the sixtr round on cuts over the lei't eye The same thing almost happenei last night. Perez was cut over tin left eye in the second round an bled the rest of the way. The officials voted for Giova nelli this way; Referee Mark Conn and Judgi Joe Agnello 7-3 each. Judge A Singer 6-3-1. The AP card had Gio vanelli in front 5-4-1. "I've had only seven fights ir the last two years and that's no good." said Giovanelli. "A ftghte is like a car—you've got to keep the motor running' or the engine will rot. A 9-5 f a v orite. 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It's the first time Coach Bud Wilkinson's crew has held the top atir>K this season, although hey've been near the lop in each f the seven previously weekly oils. Similarly, Oklahoma's 1950 hamps didn't make the top in the veekly poll intil Nov. 21. On the lext to last ballot of the season. Oklahoma's new role adds even Tiore luster to the Orange Bowl lash which undoubtedly will send he Sooners against Maryland — ne club they ousted from the No. spot. Maryland, even by extending its winning streak to 13 games by jeating Louisiana State 13-0 last veekend, couldn't cope with the hift in favor among the nation's portswriters and sportscasters liat gave Oklahoma a whornping 15 first place votes to Okla- loma's 54 last week, pulled in 89 rom the 283 ballots cast in this veek's poll. On a poHt basis, however, the Sooners — who ran their winning (ring to 26 by whipping Missouri 0-0 Saturday — had a much smaller edge over Maryland. On the ba is of 10 points for first, 9 for sec jnd, etc., the Sooners totaled 2,466 Fights Last Niqht By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York — Danny Giovanelli, SO 1 ,;, Brooklyn, outpointed Danny To Perez, 151, New York, 10 New Orleans — Kenny Lane _38Vi. Muskegon, Mich., outpointed fid Centella, 137, Nicaragua, 10 Providence, R. I. — Charley Slaughter, 134'/2,' Newar, N. J., outpointed George Collins, 13T/,, New York, 10 recorded his 28th victory against ive defeats. Perez's record now s 16-6. Giovanelli weighed ISOii, Perez 151. to Maryland's 2,415. Oklahoma and Maryland arc all by themselves at the top of the rankings now that Michigan has been shelled from the unbeaten list. The Wolverines, onetime leaders and third Jast week, tumbled i\j seventh after being upset 25-6 by. Illinois. Michigan Stale, beaten only by the Wolverines, replaced Michigan in a move from fourth. The Spartans got 44 first place votes and 2,051 points. UCLA, Notre Dame and West Virginia (the only other major unbeaten-united club Icit) followed the leap-frog advance past Michigan. Texas Christian. 10th last week, jumped to eighth although idle last Saturday, while Texas A&M and Ohio State moved into the topj 10 to replace Georgia Tech and Navy. Tech was tied 7-7 by Tennessee. Navy was held to the same deadlock by Duke. The top 10 with first place votes and won-lost records in parentheses (points on a 10, 9, 8, etc basis) 1. Oklahoma CIS) 2,466 2. Maryland (89) 2,415 3. Michigan State (44) ...2,051 4. UCLA (9) 1,762 5. Notre Dame (2) 1,726 6. West Virginia (18) ...1,069 7. Michigan 970 8. Texas Chrisuan (.3) 551 9. Texas A&M 448 10. Ohio State (1) 430 11. Georgia Tech 12. Auburn (2) 13. Navy , 14. Mississippi 15. Miami (Ohio) 16. Illinois 17. Pittsburgh 18. Tie: Duke Mississippi Stale f Tie: Iowa Miami (Fla.) 29J 263 207 180 121 35 31 18 28 . 25 25 Fatalities In Football Drop in 53 LOS ANGELES lfl — A sharp drop in football fatalities is reported by Dr. Floyd R. Eastwood of the American Football Coaches Assn. Dr. Eastwood, associate dean of students at Los Angeles State College, said yesterday only four direct fatalities have been reported to Nov. 1. This year three of these were high school players in Southern states. The other was a Colorado A&M player. The total reported at the comparable time last year was 12 and in 1953 it was 11. Dr. Eastwood, chairman of the coaches' injury and fatality committee, said all fatalities this year were caused by blows to tfie head, causing injuries to the brain, skull or spine. This is by far the most common type of severe injury in the game, he added. The four players fatally injured were listed as Phil Lewis, 16, Sheridan, Ark.; Max Campbell, 18, Danville, Va.; Steve Thompson, 17, Nashville, Tenn., and Ray Dennison, 26, Ft. Collins, Colo. Howe// Has Been Around NEW YORK (.-P)—-Coach Jim Lee Howell is in his 19th season with the New York Giants. After his playing career ended in 1948 he served as an end coach under Steve Owen. This is Howell's second year as head coach. Jim is 41. DON'T put gun in car without putting it in some protective covering- I in transporting a gui keep it wrapped c cased to protect sight: and to keep mechanism an bore clean—in the interest c your safety, says the Nation: Bifle Association of America. Graham Says Pro Football Gets Rougher ATLANTA Lfl — Pro footbai: keeps on getting rougher and rougher, says Otto Graham, veteran quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. "Things haven't got out of hanc yet," Graham told the Atlanta Valdes, Baker Fight For Chance at Title NEW YORK (AP) — Nino Valdes and Bob Baker, about the best challengers the heavyweight division has to offer these days, will decide who gets the next shot at Rocky Marciano's crown in an elimination bout at Cleveland Dec. 7., Harry Markson, managing direc-: tor of the International Boxing Club, revealed last night that the; winner would be the next to have the privilege, if not the pleasure, of trying to whip Marciano. No 'date or site for the title match was indicated, but after Marciano's last title defense — in which he Ko'd Archie Moore Sept. 21—it was thought fight fans probably would next get a look at the Rock in action in June. Patterson too Young: Baker, No. 3 among the contenders in the last ring ratings, and Valdes, No. 4, have figured along with the unpredictable Hurricane Jackson and the promising young Floyd Patterson as the only likely challengers after Moore failed to Quarterback Club last night, "but unless something is done, it will." The 34-year-old player, who suffered a head injury in Sunday's game against New York, recalled that a year ago he pointed out that the game gets "rougher and rougher," and he added, "that still goes." "Commissioner Bert Bell says that the National Football League plays rough and tough but not dirty," Graham declared. "But I know it isn't true. dent Marciano's unbeaten record. Patterson, just 20 years old, wasn't considered seriously since he's the top challenger for Moore's light-heavyweight title and is being groomed for a heavyweight try no earlier than 1957. Jackson, 23, was removed from the eligible list was beaten recently by Jimmy Slade. Valdes, a big Cuban was considered the No. 1 contender a year ago. But then the 6-3, 31-year-old husky was toppled by losing decisions against Moore and Bob Satterfield. Valdes has been fighting since 1941 ar.3 has won 34 of 47 bouts. Baker, 28 and 210 pounds, supplied one of Valdes' defeats. Th« 6-3 Pittsburgher decisioned the Cuban in a 10-rounder in May, 1953. That was one of nine straight victories for Baker, who's been around since 1949. Three of his five successes this year, however, have been over the not-go-hot Rex Layne. Baker has won 42 of 48. Rookie fullback Ray Novak of th« Detroit Lions played baseball witto Lincoln, Neb., of the Western League before deciding to concentrate on football. HIGHER COMPRESSION I HORSEPOWER I TORQUE I For c* new high In ao-tloh and Oh-h-h ! Those '5© The going is great ; i . greater than ever . . . when you take command of a '56 Olrlsmobiie! The Rocket T-350 is rm« of the big reasons. "T" is for torque . . - and it's terrific! 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