The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 23, 1954 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 23, 1954
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PAQB EIGHT BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.)' UOUKffiR MEWS TUESDAY, 23, 1954 Baseball World Buzzes About Slick Deal Pulled by Rickey He Grabbed Bonus Baby for $4,000 By JOE RE1CIILKR NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball men were still talking today over the way Branch Rickey "put one over" on his former partner Walter O'Malley by grabbing off one of Brooklyn's prize farmhands for the paltry sum of only $4,000 at the annual major league draft meeting. The player is Roberto Clemente a 20-year-old speedy outfielder who, many report, is n sure-fire star of the future .Clemente drafted by Kiciey's Pittsburgh Pirates as the No. 1 draft choice among the 13 minor leaguers i lected by nine big league clubs One Year Clemente has only one year ol professional experience but he was eligible for the draft because he was & "bonus" player who received more than $4,000 to sign with the Dodger organization. The Puerto Rlcan, who reportedly received $20,000 to sign, batted only .257 at Montreal last season bul big league scouts were attracted by his brilliant playing with the Santurce club this winter, where he is currently hitting .380. "He was the No. 1 draft choice on at least four or five clubs," said the Jubilant Branch Rickey Jr., Pittsburgh vice president. "He can run and throw. I think he will hit too." Other clubs who tabbed him No. 1 included Baltimore, Kansas City, Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants. Limit Set Ordinarily, any player drafted from a Triple A club such as Montreal would cost $10,000 but a bonus player brings only the $4,000 limit, "I think the Brooklyn club outsmarted itself in the kid," said Trank Lane, general manager of the White Sox. "It never should have let him play winter ball. That's where he attracted all the attention. I doubt if a club would have taken him based on his .257 batting average at Montreal. I know if I had him, I would have paid, him $2,500 or $3,000 not to play this winter." Altogether the majors shelled out $122,500 for minor league hopefuls, including ex-big leaguers Mickey Grasso, Bennett Flowers »nd Cloyd Boyer. Grasso, veteran catcher dropped by Cleveland after the World Series, coinc'.s back (o the Ginnt.s, with whom he received his Ijifi league baptism in IBIO. Flowers, n former Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, was plucked l>y Detroit from Louisville, where he had an 11-12 record. Boyer, released by the St. Louis CnrdlnalK lust ycnr because, of it sore arm,, wiis obtained by Kitnsa.s City ii-om Roch- erter. Kim-Siis City spent 330,000 lor three players, all pitchers. Bf.slclcs Boyor, the club pnrcha.sed Bon Spicer, n knucklehnller who luid a 13-16 record at Los Angeles, and southpaw Art Ceccarelll from the Kansas City roster In the American Assn. Cecearelll, former Yunkee properly, had a 15-12 record at Birmingham. Jerry Deitn Tapped Others taken included pitcher Vlncenle Amor. 18-11 at Oklahoma City, and ouUleJer Jim King n .315 hitting outfielder from Omaha by the Chicago Cubs; right-hander Joe Trimble, 9-12 at Burlington, N.C., by the Red Sox: shortstop John Kline, .319 at Birmingham, by Washington; southpaw Jerry Dean. 15-2 at Greenville, Miss., and outfielder Glenn Oorbous. .283 at Fort Worth, by Cincinnati; southpaw Roberto Vargas, 12-13 at Reading, by Milwaukee. The group Included eight pitchers, three outfielders, a shortstop and a catcher. Boardwalk Billy Asks For Valdes, Cockell NEW YORK (AP) — Boardwalk Billy Smith, a ninth round technical knockout winner over Archie McBride, wants to fight heavyweights Nino Valdes or Don Cockell while he waits for Archie Moore to defend his light heavyweight title. Smith, No. 1 contender in the 175-pound class, dropped McBride three times for nine-counts night at St. Nicholas Arena belwe Referee Mark Conn stopped it. McBride was down twice in the seventh and once in the ninth. He was sagging against the ropes at the end. Not Easy It wasn't an easy tight for the prison uuurd Irom Sht-rilf Geral'i Gormley's pokey at Mays Landinfj, N. J. One official, Judge Nick Gam- boll, had McBride leading 4-3-1 go- Ing to the ninth. The others thought Srnilh u'as ahead. Referee Conn had It 4-3-1 and JudRe Arthur Susskind 5-3. The AP card also was 5-3 for Smith. McBrldc's crowding style bothered Smith until he tired. Then Smith got his needed punching room. Dream boat Sails EATON RAPIDS, Mich. I/I 1 )—Jim Glllctt, who dreamed about sailing for 50 years, will head for the Caribbean this winter In his 24-Jooi Ireamboat, which took 14 years to build Gillet, a buildniB contractor, built the craft In the basement of lls barn. He plans to sail, to Chicago, then lo the Gull of Mexico. Keiser Splits With Manila KEISER—Teams from Keiser and Manila split a pair of junior high games here last, night. Manila's girls dropped a 36-17 decision while the Manila boys took a 32-23 win. Shirley Spain with 20 and Janice Anderson with 11 led the Keiser girls, while White's 11 was high for Manila. Senior boys ,and girls teams of Kelscr and Wilson square off in the Keiser gymnasium at 7 o'clock tonight. Kclsrr I'os. Manila HunkiiiJillar 7 P Hamilton 11 L. Smith 7 .. P Hicks \ Dees '2 C Benson 1 T. Hubel G Simpson 4 UK 3 G Scott, 5 ul'SUUiti.'s: Keiser — Coley. Mc- Gtnnls -1; Munllii—Dyer 1. Davidson, Burhimim, Johnson, Sharp 1, Joliff 1, Echvnrds. Sports Roundup— Bowls to Settle Nothing By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — This is one time that the college football season really is going to end, so far as public interest is concerned, right when the official schedule says it will. Yoi can start talking basketball immediately after the Army-Navy blowoff Saturday. Because of custom, there will be the usual number of bowl games on New Year's Day, bill there promises not to be even one which will cause a great amount of talk and conjecture, much Isss decide any sort of championship. It is high time that the proprietors of the postseason classics, so-called, take stock and either change.their rules or resign themselves lo settling for nothing much. Rose Suffers There is a strong possibility that no more than four of the nation's 10 top teams, as voted by the experts, will be seen in action anywhere on Jan. 1. They could be Ohio Stale in the Rose Bo\vl, Mississippi and possibly Baylor in the Sugar Bowl, and miiybe Maryland In the Grunge Bowl. The most, unlortunuli- victim of red Inpc. i«. of course, (he Rose Bowl, whlrh would have one of the (•rent ntlrnction.s oi ihis or any season bul for the rule forbidding unbeaten UCLA to represent the Const Coiilorciu'i' lor the .second straight year. There »re .some mighty .sick men in Miami too, .since the samr type ol regulation prevents the powerful Oklahoma Sooners of the Bic Seven conference from appearing in the Orange Bowl. No More Top Ten Take iuviiy those, t\vo teams. UCI.A nnd Gkliihomn. ami tuki to them Notre Dame. Army mid Navy been use (he latter three simply don't believe in postseason games, and you've pretty well torn the liejirt, out of the lop 10. About al! [he bowl selectors have left to choose from are teams beaten two and three times. The thought occurs that unles.s tlm bowls are eventually Co lose all their glamor and begin playing to acres of empty sen Us they had belter nt. least throw themselves Into an effort to abolish the no- repealer clause. It begins lo border upon the ridiculous when Southern California mid Nebrnskn, walloped by 3-1-0 mid 55-7 in their final con ference names, wind up playing in the ROM- and Orange bowls. 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McBride. who outweighed Smith 184 to 173'/2 pounds, rated Smith "better than Valdes" who beat him Feb. 20 at Havana, his last previous start. The Trenton, N. j., heavy also said he thought Smith was better than Hurricane Tommy Jackson, who defeated him in six rounds last year. McNeece Clicks After a real "war" at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway, the Tans wanted to see more of both winner Billy McNeece of Central Islip. N. Y. and Ted Olla of Milwaukee. McNeece. a 23 - year - old former paratrooper. THATA WAY—Bob Brannum seems to be pointing with his thumb to show which way the ball went as Charley Share of the Milwaukee Hawks appears to have twisted the Boston Celtic's elbow at Madison Square Garden. (NEA) probably will box Gene Fullmer of West Jordan, Utah, Dec. 30 and Olla may be matched with either Paddy Young or Bobby Dykes on the Dec. 27 date. It was a split decision with Judges Joe Agnello G-4j and Bert Grant (5-4-D voting for McNeece and Referee Harry Ebbets scoring it a draw (4-4-2) with six points each. The AP card was 5-5. There were no knockdowns in the free-swinging bout, witnessed by 1,254 fans. McNeece weighed 165 H, Olla 164. Aggies and Steers Wi// Grab SW Spotlight with Their Traditional By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Both Texas A&M's Cadets and the University of Texas' Longhorns were due to take one last stiff drill Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's traditional Thanksgiving Day Dattie. There were still 4,500 tickets for sale for the big game to be played in Austin this year, but they were expected to be snapped up hungarily by old students of the two big: state schools. Four Wins In AH Either way the Texas-Aggie battle goes, the winner will count ft a good season. Neither team has set the woods on fire this year with the sadly undermanned Cadets winning only one and Texas taking only three. Both teams polished plays Monday. At Waco, Baylor's Bears set a long, hard workout after hearing scout reports Monday from Jim Crow, who said Rice Institute next Saturday would be the best football team to invade Baylor stadium this year. However, Rice coach Jess Neely was more than ordinarily concerned about his Owls. Six of them turned up with injuries Monday and Neely said the Rice squad may not have any contact work before going to Waco. TCU Is Read/ Trainer Elmer Brown of the Texas Christian Horned Frogs expected everybody ready for TCU's final Saturday against Southern Methodist. The Christians have lost five games by seven points or less and hope to recoup against the Methodists in Dallas' Cotton Bowl. The Mustangs, taking it easy Monday, hoped to have full strength for the always-hard game with the Froggies. It seemed that Bill Livingstone, soph center, would j the only man out. The Ponies set a hard drill for Tuesday. For the second Monday in a row, the Arkansas Razorbacks went through a rugged, lull-scale workout. Coach Bowden Wyati was trying hard to find a winning combination again after losing two in a row following seven straight wins to open the season. The Cotton Bowl-bound Porkers meet the ailing University of Houston team in the weekend battle. Personal Rights DeQUEEN, Ark. (ff) — The flood of comment oh segregation in public schools brought this admonition from columnist J. R. McKinley of the DeQueen Citizen; "If there's a newspaper somewhere which hasn't Quoted your reaction to the segregation decision, telephone the editor right now and demand your rights." 21 College Teams Finish Unbeaten NEW YORK UP) — Twenty-ons college football teams, including top ranked Ohio State and second rated UCLA, have completed unbeaten and untied seasons. Five more, headed by third ranked Oklahoma, also have perfect markj but have not completed their schedules. 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