The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 8, 1956 · Page 11
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THURSDAY/MARCH 8, 1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER KEWS PAGE' ELEVEN Mont roe's Last Basket Aids As: W. Kentucky Goes Into Final for NCAA Spot By ED W1LKS The Associated Press Morehead (Ky:) State has an NCAA Tournament berth and a major college scoring record on the line tonight in a final showdown with Western Kentucky's Hilltoppers, who should still be puffin' from last night's squeaker. . Western opened the three-way playoff for the Ohio Valley Conference crown at Louisville by eliminating Tennessee Tech 84-80 on a pair of field goals by Monty Holland (of Homer Hitters Hot Blytheville) and Forest Able with just 11 seconds remaining in the game. Tech had come from 13 points*back to knot it at 80-all with 21 seconds left before Holland and Able went to work. Morehead tops the major colleges with a 96.5-polnt game aver- 'age^ improving .on the record set last season by Furman at 95 3. The winner of tonight's game will complete the 25-team NCAA field 'and then jump into the first- round eliminations against Marshall, Mid-American Conference champ, at Fort Wayne, Ind., next Monday. First-round play also gets under way at New York and in Seattle the same night with the Wichita, Kan., eliminations beginning TueSr day. Temple, one of the eight teams involved in the New York regional warmed up with a.71-66 decision over St. John's of Brooklyn last night with Hal Lear scoring 31 points. Temple, now 22-3, faces MizelfWorks On the Pickoff By BEN OLAN The Associated Press Willie Mays of the New York Giants, Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati's Wally Post accounted for 135 National League home runs last season and they're picking up Holy Cross in Garden Monday. Madison quare The NIT announced the draw in its 12-team scrap with Dayton (23-3), Louisville (23-3), St. Joseph's of Philadelphia (21-4) and Niagara (20-6) seeded in that order and drawing first-round byes. St. Francis of Brooklyn (19-2) plays Lafayette (19-6) and defending champion Duquesne (16-9) meets Oklahoma A&M (18-8) in the o p e n i ng afternoon doubleheader at Madison quare Garden Saturday. March 17. St. Louis (18-6), Xavier of Ohio .(16-9) and Seton Hall (19-4) Marquette (13-10) round out the first round in an ev e n 1 n g doubleheader. The final is set for March 24. Satchel Paige Goes to Bat For Negroes WICHITA, Kan.. Wl Satchel Paige, veteran Negro hurler, will go to bat for the National Baseball Congress to get more teams for young Negro players, the non- pros' ruling body said today . Ray Dumont, congress president, said Paige has agreed to help encourage sponsorship of such teams "What has been lacking is enough team sponsors in the sandlot ranks for the thousands of Negro players who would like to play baseball," Dumont said. "We feel that Paige is just the right person to encourage more teams." The congress for some years has sponsored tournaments for Negro teams In Southern states, to determine a Dixie champion to play In national non - pro tourneys. Paige went into professional baseball, and did a stint in major league ball alter pitching Bismarck. N. D., to the first national non-pro title in 1935. College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Columbia 18, Princeton 69 Penn 67, Yale 60 Harvard 79, Brown 66 Temple 71, St. Johns (.Bkn) 66 Bucknell 95, Albright 88 Serving You Best is our Foremost Concern BURIAL INSURANCE LOGAN Funeral Home Sun Vertikal Panel Drapes Linen-Nylon-Plastic Phone 3-4863 For Frte estimates Hope Young Blythevlll*, Ark. PLASTERING Patching or Complete Jota STUCCO WORK WATERPROOFING Phone J-M78 lar Free EntlmaU Htrschtll Btthon* right where they left off. Mays, who led the league with, 51 circuit blows in 1955, walloped a,400rfoot homer in the first inning of an intrasquad game yesterday It was his second home run in three games. Banks, a 44-homer man in '55, connected with the bases loaded in. a camp game in Mesa, Ariz. And Post, who had 40 a year ago, hit one in a Redlegs 'game in Tampa, Fla. While this veteran trio was having itself a time, rookies stole the show in other camp tilts. . Second baseman Don Leppert belted a • triple and two singles stole a base and drove in a run in Baltimore's intrasquad contest First sacker Julio Becquer belted three hits, including a game- winning double in Washington's Orlando, Fla., quarters, and outfielder Glno Cimf -acked important two-run ? in the Brooklyn Dodgers' New Cub Op :ic • It wasn't a particularly good day for the pitchers. Some of the hurlers, however, were optimistic Russ Meyer of the Cubs, who was acquired from Brooklyn during the winter, believes he's set "for a fine season." "I've never been so strong so early in the spring," he said. "I've been able to run more in Arizona than in Florida — it's the difference in the turf." Relief pitcher Ray Narleski expressed the hope that Cleveland Manager Al Lopez will give him Alex Kellner to Start In A's Exhibition Game WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. 1*1 — Aiex Kellner, veteran southpaw, will start for the Kansas City Athletics in their first exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday. Kellner is scheduled to work three innings and be followed by Dutch Romberger and Bill Bradford. Romberger Is up from Columbus of the International League and Bradford from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. Read Courier News Classified Ads. a chance to start this season. Coge Closeup No. 5 North Carolina Branches Out (EDITOR'S NOTE — Last in a series of five close-ups on how collegiate basketball powers operate.) By. JIMMY BRESLIN CHAPEL HILL, N. C. — (NBA) — The cover of the University of North Carolina brochure tells the .story o£ basketball in this quiet, one-movie college town. Handsome Prank McGuire, the coach, and Cnpt. Jerry Vayda form the cover picture. McGuire is a fast -talking product of New York's Greenwich Village. Vayda is a 6-4 senior from Bayonne, N. J. North Carolina, you see, has inserted itself into the present - day basketball growth. With doing McGuire the recuit- ing, the Tarheels list only three native players on their 13 - man roster. Seven lea- Frank McOuirc rned the game in the New York metropolitan area. This season's strong freshman team is headed by four toys from the same. area. "We are branching out neit ;«r," McGuire 'cracks. "We're going to take In Statert bland." While McGuire, who coached at The St. Louis Cardinals were \ St. John's University ol Brooklyn, busy trying to correct a flaw ' in the pitching .form of Vinegar Bend Mizell. The big lelt-hander has difficulty holding runners on first base. .Mizell, who Is returning after a two-year hitch in the Army, confessed he never picked a runner off first. "I doggone near had one last year," he drawled. "I had him way off the bag, but shucks if I didn't throw over the first baseman's head." * * * Bobby Thomson Opens Stance BRADENTON, Pla. \fi — Bobby Thomson, who hasn't been much help to the Milwaukee Braves since his ankle fracture in the spring of 1954, may return to an open batting . stance—the one he used at the start of. his career. The 32-year-old outfielder, working on a comeback after two sea- ions of frustration and batting averages of .232 ana .257, is experimenting with his old stance. "I want to give it a thorough trial before making any decision," he said. "It all depends on what happens in the exhibition games." Thomson recalled that his switch drive from 1314 games, behind to the National League pennant. Bobby's famous homer was the vital blow in the last playoff game with Brooklyn. "I had used the open stance since I started playing.baseball," he, said. "One time I was in slump and Mel Ott, who was our manager then, advised me to close my stance. He ,said I-could wait for a pitch better that way and would be less likely to lunge »t it. "I cams out of the slump without . switching. But in '51 I was going, bad again and decided to give It a whirl. It worked right away and I've used It ever since- until now." Thomson says that his legs are strong again and that, his right shoulder, which gave him the miseries last'year, no longers bothers him. Life at Us Be.l! When you flush a covey oj quail iu Kertti Carolina'* Piedmont and bag two... that's life at its lest! /" and you've Lagged your limit.. •wliat could be finer than Kourbon at its KENTUCKY STRAKMT IOURBON WHISKEY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY A imtethtt Kintuclty kourtan tine* 1870 *1"* $ 45U X HILL t HILL CO., DIVISION OF NATIONAL DISTILLERS PRODUCTS CORP., LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. II PROOf. produces laughs with his tales of the "Brooklyn Tarheels," North Carolina takes it more seriously. The alumni — the professional type, always ready to fire or hire for dear old alma mater—insisted, three seasons back, that North Carolina State could not be allowed to run away with basketball laurels. They hired McGuire In 1S63, with Carolina sports writers dolny the ground work, and Ihli season lees the move itarting to pay off. The Tarheels are nationally- ranked and the freshman team is loaded. , And while Woolen Gymnasium seats only 5,632, plans are to expand it to accommodate 10,000. To reach this point—from the low [ortunes prior to '53—McGuire has done a. glad-handing job of talking to the best high school stars in the New York area. * • • TALENT WHICH USED to reach City College of New York or.New York University or- St. John's noww shows up at Chapel Hill. For some, such as Harvey Salz of Brooklyn or Lenny Rosenbluth, who hails from The Bronx, a slop-over at Greenbrier Military Academy in Virginia ranged. Once at Chapel Hill, McGuire sees his players don't leave because of cademic woes through a system of tutoring. Graduate students receive $2 an hour to see that basketball players don't fall behind.. Throughout year, it runs Into money, but that's secondary. To get the horses,, McGuire has a New York agentrTTarry-Qotkin, a member of a Brooklyn basketball family. Gotkin sees in the neighborhood of 300 high school games a year. He spends a lot of time talking to prospects and usually gets what he wants. Danny Loll, a 6-7 North Carolina freshman from Northport, Long Island, is an example. Lotz was signed, sealed and ready for Wake Forest when Golkin showed up. He spoke to the boy's father, a Baptist minister. Gotkin, the Reverend Lotz mused, reminded him of a friend of another religious faith he once had. Fellow turned into an excellent Baptist. A couple of weeks later, young Lotz was at North Carolina and Wake Forest's Bones McKinney was wondering what happened. Harry Gotkin had a question about it, too. "Frank." he said to McGuire, "what am I going to do? The Reverend Lot&--he wants I should become a Baptist." Torgeson Ends 7-Day Holdout LAKELAND, Fla. W|—First baseman Earl Torgeson ended his seven-day holdout and signed his 1956 contract with the Detroit Tigers last night. Tiger General Manager Harold (Muddy) Buel didn't say what Torgeson settled for but did say the iirst baseman got a raise. Torgeson had been asking a raise over his 1955 base salary of $18,000. His oid contract, carried over from the Philadelphia Phillies, carried a $2,000 bonus. Torgeson wanted the bonus added to his salary. The Tigers had of- PEERING CAGERS — These Deerlng High ourn Hillhouse, Robert Bullington, Gaylord Lance, School senior boys represented their school during Donald Joe Holland (back row) Charles- Biggs, ihe 1955-56 basketball season in Pemlscot County. Marley Howe, Kennett McDonald, W. D. Parrish, With their coach Bi.l McCord, they are (front row, Don Callis, Olenn Sebree and Ray Pace. (Photo left to right) Danny Davis, Don poindexter, Wil- by Sanders) Holdout Artist Avlla to Report TUCSON, Ariz. W—Bobby Avila, the holdout artist form Vera Cruz, Mexico, finally came to terms with the Cleveland Indians and will report for spring training "immediately." "Immediately," in Avila's language, may take the rest of the week. He and General Manager Hank Greenberg agreed last night to his monetary return, about $25,000. It was the third straight year, Eobby has campaigned for more dough with success. Last season ne didn't report to camp until March 21. Then he had a contract calling for $28,000. iWila, stubborn second baseman, got that figure based on his .341 batting average in 1954. Greenberg proposed a pay slice because Bobby slumped to .272 last s.eason. 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