TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1955 BLTTHBVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE ELEVEN OR IS IT 'MERE AGE? San Francisco Rated No. 1 in AP Poll 5100,000 in Debt Finances Forced Robinson to Ring By HARRY ORAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NBA) —» ' '. Believing himself, fit to fight well again, Ray Rob- .inson now says pride ...brought him back to the .-, battlepit and the middlc- ' weight championship match with Bobo Olson at the Chi- "'cago Stadium, Friday night. ' s ' Sugar Ray Robinson gave a much more plausible explanation when he launched his comeback in September of last year. "I'm not broke." the one-time - Harlem Hot Shot said then. "I just need finances." Robinson returned to the wars for the same reason that all old prize fighters take one more fling. A combination of debts, said to encompass $100,000 in taxes, has him once more squaring off with Olson at 35. Like man yother pugilists and people of all lines, Robinson found that it doesn't pay to leave your business in the hands of others. The Sugar Man's ventures are . * * * multiple. He has a bar and restaurant, ,a dry cleaning joint, real estate holdings and what not. Robinson opened and closed in one as a dancer. The new dodge, in which he could show off without being punched on the nose, v.-as terrific at first — 515,000 a week. No profitable re-bookings shelved up.' however, and receipts fell off to $4.000 a.week. "WITH ARRANGERS, agents and the rest of the things a show guy needs, my bookings were netting less and less," Robinson con- fidrs. "I was on the road, away from my businesses. Since December of 1952. when I went into show business, things had been sliding down the ladder. A European tour last year didn't help." When he resumed training after six weeks of read work, Robinson discovered that dancers' legs are not fighters' legs. A boxer's legs have to be in shape to move and hold him up for 15 rounds. Robinson attributes the shellacking he took from Tiger Jones, the old reliable of the television net* V * work, to his having left his fight in the gymnasium. Robinson professes to believe that this beating convinced him he could still fight and got the route. He refused to hang up his gloves despite the advice of those around him. He was a little better against Ted Olki and Garth Panter, qualified for the crack at the crowi he wire so well outgamlng dull Rocky Castellan!. In his two outings since, Olson failed to disprove the charge that the ancient and honorable Archie Moore knocked much of the fight out of him. But lie's eight years younger than Robinson and should finally catch up with him after 10 rounds, when the old geezer will begin to suspect that 15 is a marathon. Like the old thoroughbred horse, Sugar Ray Robinson is now fighting on little more than courage. He is no more than 40 per cent of what he was and 60 per cent of any fighter is too much to concede even to a marked-down Bobo Olson. Sugar Ray Is Given Psychological Edge • CHICAGO (AP) - Sugar Ray Robinson, the 35-year-old challenger, may be the underdog, but he has some psychological advantage in his middleweight title bout with champion Carl (Bobo) Olson Friday night. Youth prevails for Olson, who has an eight-year age edge at M, a factor making him a 3-1 favorite. Yet Robinson approaches the fight know-ins; he twice whipped the balding iitleholder from San Francisco and also that his domestic scene is tranquil. Divorce Pending Olson has been training for his fourth title defense with his wife seeking a divorce, certainly a disturbing c'reums'sn-e although t'le s;o:cal Bofco doesn't show it. Rob- No Thrills Ruined NL Crowds CHICAGO (/)>) - There's nothing! in the crowds and that's some-; like a tight baseball race to bring in the crowds and that's something the National League lacked this year. • • • I The National League yesterday announced a 4 per cenl decrease In : its 1955 attendance but there was • a 4 per cent rise for the major leagues over 1954 thanks to a tight race in the American League. : The National League clubs In 1955 ; drew 7,674,412 fans compared to 8,013,519 in 1954 a decreasee of 339,107. American Letgue figures, announced after .the end of the season, showed an Increase of 1,020,607 with crowds of 8,942,971 in 1955 compared with 7,922,364 In 1954. That's a 12.9 per cent boost over 1A54 Philadelphia, Chicago and Brooklyn did better in 1955 than in 1954 in the National League while all tte other clubs slipped. jTlvery club In the American Lca- ftie except. Baltimore • nnd Wasn- Initon went over the- million mark. inson is here with his wife and 6- year-old son. Furthermore, Olson still has to convince a lot of experts that Archie Moore didn't hurt more than his jaw with a third-round knockout in Olson's abortive attempt to capture the 175-pound crown. Olson has had two 10-round victories over a pair of journeymen pros Jimmy Martinez and Joey Giambra. since that blasting by Moove. Boho looked anything but impressive against Giambra, taking a close decision. Second KO Olson's loss to Moore at New York last June 22 was only the second time in his career he has been knocked out. The other time was by Sugar Ray. who halted College Basketball By THE ASSOCATED PRESS McNeese 86. Arkansas A&M 51 Vanderbilt 76. Ohio State 67 Kansas 91, Northwestern 70 Wisconsin 70, Notre Dame 66 Drake 89, Omaha 80 Principia III.) 55, Concordii (111) 52 Kearney State (Neb) 69, Pol- Hayes Stale iKan) 61 Springfield State (Mo) 73, Pep perdine (Calif.) 14 Kirksville (Mo) Tchrs 8 , Wes- ern Illinois 75 Arkansas Tech 81, Central (Mo) 74 Oklahoma A&M 51, Texas Western 40 Oklahoma 65. Baylor 55 Oklahoma City 84, Texas Christian 56 Memphis Stale 84, Texas A&M 71 Colorado 68. Oregon 49 200-Point Edge Over Kentucky; NC State Third By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Free-wheeling San Francisco, bidding for a second straight NCAA basketball championship after soaring out of virtual obscurity a year ago, gained an overwhelming vote of confidence today from :he nation's sports writers and broadcasters. The Dons, first in the Associated Press preseason poll, were again rated the nation's No. 1 team. They won both their games last week and stretched their winning streak to 28. San Francisco's 63 first-place The Dins collected 1,023 points, edge over second-place Kentucky. The Dons collected 1.02 points, figured on a basis of 10 for first, 9 for second, etc. Kentucky pulled in 847. North Carolina State 550. Kentucky, with a 1-0 record, and N. C. State, with a 2-0 mark, each gained seven first-place votes Iowa, the defending. Big Ten champ and. 1-0 to date, polled 10 first-place votes, but fell down In the other listings to finish fourth, just two points behind the Wolf- pack. Duquesne Wim Utah, Alabama, Dayton, IllinoU, Duquesne and Brigham Young round out the top 10. Only the Illini have yet to make a debut and that's scheduled for tonight against Butler. Duquesne, the NIT champ, got started last night, thumping Car negie Tech 61-25. Seven of the top 10 are holdovers from last season's final poll, which listed San Francisco, Kentucky LaSalle, N. C. State, owa, Du quesne, Utah, Marquette, Dayton and Oregon State. The leaders with 'first-place vote: in parentheses: 1. San Francisco (63) . 2. Kentucky (7) Griffin, Teck Prexy C/as/i Anew in Hot Bow/ Fracas ATLANTA (AP) — The governor of Georgia and the president of Georgia Tech were at odds today after a decision by Georgia's Board of Regents to permit Tech to play Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl. Pitt -has a Negro palyer on its squad. The office of Gov. Marvin Griffin charged President Blake Van Leer of Tech failed to consult the governor before accepting the Sugar Bowl bid for Jan. 2. 3. N. C. State (7) 4 Iowa (10) 5. Utah Alabama (12) Dayton llinois „. Duqquesne 10 Brigham Young The Second 10: 11. Holy Cross 12. Oklahoma City (10) 13. George Washington . 14. Marquette 15. West irginia 16. Ohio State 17. UCLA 18. LaSalle 19. Stanford 20. Minnesota ..1,023 .. 84 .. 550 .. 54b .. 506 .. 275 .. 224 .. 221 .. 220 .. 13: .. 124 .. 12 .. 112 .. 86 .. 88 .. 73 .. 73 .. 61 53 .. 48 Ben Wiggins, executive secretary to Griffin, also said the governor felt Van Leer failed "properly" to handle students who staged a riot early Saturday In protest against Griffin's request that Tech be pulled from the Sugar Bowl. Van Leer replied that he had informed Griffin Nov. 26 that Tech intended to accept a Sugar Bowl invitation if it was offered. He declared the governor said that was "fine." Concerning: the student demonstration. Van Leer said: "I suppose I get paid for being the goat on things like that." The Tech president promised to investigate the demonstration and expressed "deep regret" at the action of Tech students who participated. Racial Policy The verbal tiff came only a few hours after the Board of Regents yesterday rejected the governor's request to remove Tech from the Sugar Bowl on the racial issue. The board at.the same time set up a racial policy for athletic teams that are members of the Bobo in the 12th round of their first meeting at Philadelphia Oct. 26, 1950. At Steele In Quarter-Finals STEELE—The steele Invitational Basketball Tournament draws into the quarter-final stages tonight. At 6 p.m. Hornersville and Steele boys clash. Girls from Warden and Hornersville meet at 7:15 and Risco and Armorel boys will battle at 8:30. Two preliminary games set for this afternoon were between boys from Deering and Marston and girls from Armorel and Holland. Five preliminary games were played yesterday. Hornersville beat Cooler 63-40 in a boys' game yesterday. Vance wai high for Hornersville with 21 points Campbell of Cooler meshed 13. Holland won a 69-60 victory over Wardell in an afternoon game Kenley of Holland scored 25 points and Fisher of Wardell got 28. Risco defeated Braggadocio 45-43 in a boys game. Hicks of Risco scored 22 points while Geurin of Braggadocio made 19. Cooler squeezed pasl Clarkton 2927 in a girls' game last night. McCann of Cooler was high with 16 points. Daugherty of Clarkton got 15. In a boys' game last night, Steele romped over Cardwell, 47-28. Pettj of Sleele was high with 25 points Williams of Clarkton scored 13. Spare The Grease And Spoil The Car' Regular lubrication of your car prevents, squeaks, rattles and abnormal wear on vital moving parts. Cars that are not lubricated regularly and properly have costly repair bills —repair bills that are entirely unnecessary. Regular visits to our lubrication department will save you money and increase your driving comfort. Let us perform Preventive Maintenance on your car or truck regularly — You'll be glad you did! Phillips Motor Co. university system of Georgia. It provided: 1. That in out-of-state games Tech, Georgia and other units of the university system can play racially mixed teams in those states which permit integration. In states whose laws require segregation, Georgia teams will play on a segregated basis. 2. That in the state of Georgia tself there will be no mixed teams ir mixed audiences. 3. That "no contract or agree- nent shall be entered into for . an athletic contest in any state where the circumstances under which it s fulfilled ar repugnant to the L.VS, customs and traditions of the AIC Teams Get Hurt Early In CageTuneups Bj THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The basketball brethren of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference are taking their lumps, in the early season intersectional warmups Jor the conference campaign. Last night, Arkansas Tech, the defending champion, finally found the range after two straight losses and dumped Central o! Missouri 81-74. But Arkansas A&M took its 'second consecutive drubbing at the hands of McNeece College of Lou isiana 85-56. In n apprarances 50 far in the young season, AIC members have only seven victories, and four o] those were over junior college teams. Pee Wee Reese of the Dodgers Richie Ashbum of the Phillies and Del Crandall of the Braves are the only National Leaguers wearing No. 1 on their uniforms. 300 Broadway Ph. 3-445) host state." Liwi and Ciutomi Charles J. Bloch of Macon, Ga.. head 'of the regents' Education Committee, which prepared the policy resolution, said no team ol the university system could take part in a nonsegregated game in the Sugar Bowl after Jan. 2, 1956, because Louisiana. laws and customs call for segregation. Griffin said the regents decided to permit Tech to, play next month in the Sugar 'Bowl because of a "prior contract." He commended the board for a strong resolution which he said "will preven breaches in Georgia's traditions in the future." Aggies Are Biggest Surprise of Season , By HUGH FULLERTON JR. The Associated Press Football experts in the Southwest readily admit theyi can't predict the outcome of the Southwest Conference race and the team they pick to finish last is just as likely to fin- 1 ish first. But' the Texas Aggies, the preseason choice to occupy the cellar in that league, caused more eyes to pop and eyebrows to rise than any other football team in the nation during the 195S season. They did it merely by stepping out in, front at the start of the season and staying there almost until the last game had been played. Only One Close Only one other team even came close'in the br.lloting to pick the biggest surprise of the season. That was Michigan State, which also went far beyond pre-season expectations. Of 149 sports writers and broadcasters replying to the annual Associated Press post-season questionnaire, 58 named Texas A&M and 31 tabbed Michigan State. Notre Dame drew seven votes for its surprisingly good showing and Army six for its failure to live up to pre-season forecasts. The ballots were returned before the Notre Dame r Southern California and Army - Navy games, which might have charigeo a few of these opinions. Dumped by Texas Texas A&M had a predominantly sophomore and junior team. In the opening game, A&M took a 21-0 drubbing from UCLA. Then the young squad took fire and rolled over four opponents before being tied by Arkansas. Going into their last game, the Aggies still were the unbeaten conference leaders. An upset loss to Texas cost them the title, but thy still were the No. 1 surprise. Michigan State lost 6 .of J in 1954. State lost only to Michigan this season and finished as the No 2 team in the nation and the Big Ten's Rose Bowl representative. Saxton, Loi Get Top Ranking In Ring-Magazine NEW YORK UK— Johnny Saxtcn of New York, Duilio Loi of Italy and Fred Qaliana of Spain Were elevated today to top ranking in their divisions in the latest boxing ratings of Ring magazine. Saxton. an ex-champion, it- placed another deposed welterweight king, Tony DeMarco of Boston, in the No. 1 contender's berth in the 147-pound class. DeMarco, who was stopped last Wednesday for the second time by champion Carmen Basilio, dropped to third. Basilio was named "Fighter of the Month, by Editor Nat Fleischer. Loi, who recently defended his European lightweight title and has a long victory streak alive, was made the leading challenger for champion Wallace (Bud) Smith. Jimmy Carter, the ex-champ, wai demoted to second. Galiana Jumps To First Galiana, who captured the European featherweight crown from France's Ray Famechon, jumped from eighth to first among th» challengers of 126-pound ruler Sandy Saddler. France's Charley Humez movel back from third to second among the middleweights while Argentina's slugging 160-pounder, Eduardo (Kb) Lausse, climbed .from fourth to third. The retirement of Toronto's Ear! Walls and the defeat of Germany'* Heinz Neuhaus by light heavyweight Gerhard Hecht created two vacancies in the heavyweight class. They were filled by Johnny Summerlin, Detroit, in seventh 3lace, and Harold Carter, Linden. «. J., in the ninth spot. Ezzard Charles, former heavyweight king, was dropped to eighth. Other heavyweight ratings behind champion Rocky Marciano wre (1) Archie Moore, (2) Bob Baker, (3) Nino Valdes, (4) Tommy Jackson, (5) Jimmy Slade, (6) Johnny Holman and (10) Franco Cavicchi. Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCATED PRESS New York — Peter Mueller. Germany, 157, decisioned Bay Drake, New York, 159%, 10. San Jose, Calif. — Star Gony, Manila, 137, decisioned Jorge Macias, San Jose, 141, 10. Providence, R. . — Gene Butler, Boston, 138'/4, decisioned Curley Monroe, Worcester, 139, 10; Larry Baker, New York, 149',J, de- cisioned Gordon Perry, Providence 148 !i, 10. It's the brand that makes the gift important! When you're firing whiskey, it's the name on the bottle that makes the gift great. For elaborate packaging and fancy bottlo shapes can never replace the respect Americans have for a great name in whiskey. Seagram'* 7 Crotcn is tuch a name, for this brand has meant finest whiskey to more millions of American* for more years than any other whiskey in history. That is why it is America's most popular gift whiskey—by millions of bottles. Give Seagram's and be Sure ... of American whiskey at its finest IIAMAM-DISTILLERS COMPANY, NEW YORK CITY. BLENDED WHISKEY. 86.8 PROOF. 65% G8<IN NEUTMt SPHITS.
Get access to Newspapers.com
- The largest online newspaper archive
- 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
- Millions of additional pages added every month