The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 12, 1956 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 12, 1956
Page 11
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mmi (AM.) 000*11* Tr«ot«d lUydgdy fty Bpnf Tigers' Al Kaline One Toe Away from Being Cripple TIGER'S MEAT — Al Kaline rips into a batting practice pitch. Osteomyelitis of the left foot hasn't prevented the Detroit Tigers' outdeWet Irom turning into one of the game's best. End of College Basket Campaign Gets Going Bf BD WIUU Tb» AMOctatn) Frew' Cottege basketball gets around to the beginning of the end this week with the NCAA championship tournament breaking away fast tonight in New York, Fort Wayne, Ind., r and Seattfc, Wash. By week's end, the NCAA and the National Invitation Tournament team* will be in the thick of «he final «ahte for .the two ma- joe 1466, titiM.'" . The small colleges have at it too, with the NAIA Tournament at B«OS»B City. That 33-team field starts eliminations tonight. The champ will be crowned Saturday. The NCAA starts paring its iprawling SB-team field in regional eliminations tonight. Garden 1/bmp At Madison Square Garden in New York, it'« Temple C23-3) vs. Holy Cross (32-4) and North Carolina State (M-») .vs. Canisius (17-6). Tomorrow night, another Garden twin bill' ' matches Connecticut (16-9) vs. Manhattan (16-7) and Dartmouth (16-10) tt. West Virginia (21-8). The four winners travel to Philadelphia for a two-night set this weekend. At Tort Wayne's Coliseum tonight, DePaal (1S-T) meets Wayne (Mich.) (17-1) and Marshall (18-4) plays Morehead (Ky ) State (17-9). This weekend, the'DePaul-Wayne winner will *meet Kentucky (19-5) and the Marshall-Morehead winner will test Iowa (17-5) at Iowa City, Iowa. The final survivor moves on to Evanston, II!., March 28, to meet the Philadelphia win ner for the.Eastern title. At Seattle tonight, Idaho State (17-6) and Seattle '(16-8) present their annual act'in the first of the Western . regionals. The winner meets Utah (22-5) Friday at Cor. vallis, Ore., with San Francisco (25-0), the defending champion with a major college mark of 51 straight successes, meeting UCLA (21-5) in the other halt' of the double-header. Memphis SUfe Goes In the other section of the Western first round, tomorrow at Wichita, Kan., Memphis State (20-6) faces Oklahoma City (18^6) and Southen Methodist (22-2) meets Texas Tech (13-12). Those winners go to Lawrence, Kan., to oppose Kansas State (16-7) and Houston (17-5) to determine the team that will meet the Corvallis winner at Evanston March 22. The Western and Eastern champs'battle for the national title at Evwwkxi March 29. KANSAS CITY Ifl — The IWh national intercollegiate . (NAIA) basketball tournament, a dizzy scram-. We by 32 of the country's best small college teams, opened today with its field packed with outstanding entries. Arkansas Tech meets Geneva io- ni~ht at 10:30 p.m. Bf HARRY GRAY80N LAKELAND, Fl». — (NBA) — The shocker on Ai Kaltne o* the Tifen to that he is one ioe away from being crippled. Osteomyelitis, from which he has suffered since a child, has left him with the three outside toes' of his left foot deformed. He is still treated teirularlr for the bone disease. The condition causes Kaline to run in peculiar fashion — on the ball of the left foot and the toes of ttie right. But this priceless young outfielder can fly.' Nor has this affected his hitting — as last year's .340 average, which led the American League, and 27 home runs and 102 runs-batted- In indicate. Saline's picture right-hand swing gets its power from the right foot. His left, or forefoot, acts as a guide. ' Kaline — prpnounced Kay-line as in clothesline — is 21 now. Perhaps it is his newness to baseball that has kept his foot condition a secret. Or, it could be that Al's style of popping your eyes with his play _ and then dressing and heading for home, with "hello" and "goodbye" constituting a. conversation — has kept information)on him to a minimum. 0 . » FOB EXAMPLE, A LAVISH quote from Kaline is: "I could always hit. That's all." Somebody said that Kaline had opened up a bit this spring after a winter job as good will man for a Baltimore department store. But he still has that cigar store Indian quality to him. A reporter trailing this blond, crew-cut player around Henley Field, on the north side of . Lakeland, has to pump, pump, pump. .. - : . . "I was more relaxed last year," he said, finally. "Things had to be a bit strange when I came up direct from high school In June of 1953. I was only 18. I was p laying with and against men I had only read about. It was nicer in '54, when I felt that maybe I did belong here. It's great now that I feel I'm needed. "Because I could always hit, I admired Ted Williams, and Hutc (then Detroit manager Fred Hutchinson) took me to the visitor clubhouse during the Red Sox' last visit to Briggs Stadium during th '53 season. * * ' *. ., "WILLIAMS NEARLY KNOCKED me down hitting me on th left side of my chest and getting mad at an .imaginary pitcher. 'Don let them tiirow the ball by you inside there, against the wrists,' h yelled. 'Get those hands and wrists strong so you can get the ba around and whack that pitch.' He told me he twisted a baseball! in his hands all winter to strengthen them. And he swung an outsizei B5-ounce bat 20 minutes or so daily to develop his wrists for last sei ond action. . "Ted asked me how old I was. When I told him I was 18, h threw up his arms and shouted, 'Eighteen! And you can hit! Why kid, you've got the world by the tail on a downhill pull.' That dldn exactly hurt my confidence. Hutch sent me the big bat and I swun It during the off-seasons of '53 and '54." Kaline came to Florida a month early this year, golfed and prai ticed bunting in the backyard of a place he took at Delray Beach. Hi pretty wife, Louise, did the pitching. * * • KALLNE'S HANDS ABE not large and on the thin side for growing young man standing six-two and weighing 185 pounds. H is 10 pounds heavier than he was a year ago, weighs 20 more tha he did when he picked up a (183,000 bonus for signing. "A quick bat," says Bucky Harris. "A good eye," says shortstop Harvey Kuenn. "I doubt^that h went after 25 bad pitches all last season." Kaline is slightly terrifo now. And his tremendous potential ha hardly been scratched. Caruthersville KQ'd by Dexter POPLAR BLUFF—The top-seeded Dexter Bearcats knocked Caruthersville's Tigers out of the running in first-round play of the Class "L" Regional Tournament here. Dexter topped the Tigers 7040. Pos. F F C O G Subs: Dexter — Worley, 2. Ca- ruthersville-^CoUins, 3. Dexter Cox, 12 Williams, 14 Webb, 20 Vanbibber, 17 Hill, 5 Caruthersville Clayton, 8 Edgerton, 6 Mitchie, 14 G. Green, 3 G. B'olomew, 7 A's Fumble Ball Five Times WEST PALM BEACH, Fla W— Looking at it from the angle tha spring training is the time for baseball club to get sloppy pla out of its system, the Kansas Cit Athletics spent a highly profi able afternoon at Fort Myers yes terday. But that's about the only angl that offers any consolation for th 11-1 drubbing they took from th Pittsburgh Pirates. They committed five errors the field, three of them charge to their prize first baseman Vi If you are thinking of setting up a trust, large or small, for your wife or children, your attorney will probably advise a corporate trustee ... for while the life spaii of an individual ie short, a bank and trust company lives for generations. We invite you and your lawyer to discuss your trust problems with m at The Farmers Bank & trust Company ke#e in BlytiteviHe. V ' —t OM«rt BMtk > Mtoefarlifi tamty t— THE FARMERS BANK & TRUST CO. TIMB TRIflD . PANIC TWTBD u«F. D. I. 0. OUR CHIME CLOCK PLAYS: •lord, thn thli bow t« few ow into* PITCHER'S NIGHTMARE — A pitching mound view of Ted Williams in action catches the«Boston Red Sox.thumper coming around on a pitch, sending it deep toward right field. Ted gave young Kaline a few of his own personal batting secrets. The catcher in the above photo Is Sox coach Mickey Otyen. ^ t 'Bonehead' Play's Chief Figure Dies ST. LOUIS Ufl— Arthur P. (Circus Solly Hofman, one of baseball's best utility players In his 14 seasons in the maj6rs and' a key figure in the Fred Merkle "bonehead" incident of 1908, is dead at 73. The uncle of Bobby Hofman of the New York Giants, Hofman died here yesterday. He played first base, second base, shortstop and the outfield. He was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs when Al Birdwell singled in what would have been the winning' run for the Giants and Merkle neglected to run to second base. The game was replayed and the Cubs won it to take the pennant Hank O'Day, who was umpiring that day, said Hofman was the player who called to second baseman Johnny Evers and threw him the ball .to make the forceout Merkle died March 2. Power. Their four pitchers were shejled for 10 hits, including a bases-loaded homer by Vernon Law, the winning hurler, and gave up six bases on balls. And the best the A's could doC at the plate was four safeties. Now 1-1 in,,the grapefruit league, the A's take on Boston here this afternoon. Bob Habenicht, a pitcher for the Richmond Virginians the past two years, has retired from baseball and set up a law office in Richmond. Dodgers Look Bad Enough to Cop Flag 87 ORLO ROBERTSON The Associated Prow It looks as if the Brooklyn Dodgers are a shoo-in'to repeat as champions of the National League, Few clubs looked worse during the 1955 exhibition season, when the Dodgers wpn Only 13 of their 27 games. But in the regular season they went on to capture the pennant. Will it be the same story this dians. year?' The lirst two exhibition games would indicate so. Saturday, the world champions bowed to the Boston Red Sox 8-3 and yesterday took a 17-5 thumping from the same club. The youthful Sox, who collected 17 hits to go with seven Brooklyn errors, did most of their damage off rootle pitchers yesterday. Only Ed Roebuck, veteran relief hurler, was effective. The Red Sox's big blow was Ted Lepcio's grand slam homa run off rookie Ralph Mauriello in a five- run fourth inning. Mantle Whacks Cards Mickey Mantle came through with a three-run homer off rookie right-hander Bob Mabe with two out'in the eighth to give the New York Yankees a 4-3 decision over the St. Louis Cardinals. Hank Aaron hit two homers over the 433-foot center field barrier at Bradenton, Fla., and Billy Bruton connected with one in leading the Milwaukee Braves to their second straight over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2. All three came off Jack Meyer, of whom the Phils expect big things this season. Willie Mays, Johnny Antonelli and Ray Katt got into the home run act as the New York Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 8-5 for their second straight oVer the Tribe. Rookie Carroll Hardy and Dick Brown homered for the In- Vernon Law hit & bases-loaded homer and pitched three inning* of hitless ball to the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-1 romp over the Kansas City Athletics. Gene Freew also homered for the. Sues. Seven Oriole Error* Walt M o r y n, obtained from Brooklyn by the Cubs in a winter trade, and Monte Irvin, ex-Giant, homered for Chicago but seven Baltimore errors were the big factors in a 13-5 walloping oj tto*' Orioles. The Detroit Tigers made us* at 10 bases on balls in edging the Washington Senators 5-4. Two homers were hit in this game- by Jim Lemon of Washington and Ben Downs of Detroit. A pinch sacrifice fly by Bob Nieman gave the Chicago White Sox the run they needed in the 10th to defeat Cincinnati 6-5. Home Rooting Section HODGHTON, 'Mich. {SI — The Michigan Tech hockey team seldom lacks support when it plays on enemy ice. At Colorado College, the Huskies received 49 telegrams from hometown fans in Houghton, and 835 of them when they played at Minne- soat. ' Read Courier New« Classified Ad». Official Little League Equipment See Our Window Display of Equipment Official Gloves and Mitts of oil- tanned cowhides. Fully leather lined. 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