The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 7, 1954 · Page 9
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7,1954 BLYTHf VTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NIKS Trade Conscious Sox Now Eye Kansas City WINNING WAYS Lane Completed Two Big Deals Yesterday By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK.(AP) — Frank Lane, the trade-conscious Chicago White Sox general manager, today went after the Kansas City Athletics in an effort to add to the two deals he completed yesterday that brought three players from the Bal timore Orioles and three from the Detroit Tigers. '''" "Without actually naming the players he hoped to pry loose from the Athletics, Lane left no doubt he was after third baseman Jim Finigan and pitcher Arnie Porto- carerro, the two most desirable trading commodities in Manager Lou Boudreau's assortment of cellar-dwellers. "We're ready to trade some more," Lane said. "Only the curfew stopped us from completing a third deal last night. We know what 'Boudreau wants. He's looking to get a number of players. He doesn't expect to pick up any top guy. We've got enough players now . to give Boudreau the guys he needs." Lane figured in the only two deals swung yesterday as the - major league convention got under way with separate league meetings. The two leagues close out the two-day convention today with a joint meeting. The White Sox traded off seven players to get six. In the first ~ trade, Chicago sent pitchers Don Johnson (8-7) and Don Ferrarese (18-15 at Oakland), catcher Matt Batts (.235) and infielder Fred - Marsh (.306) to Baltimore for catcher Clint Courtney (.270), pitcher Bob Chakales (5-7) and infielder Jim Brideweser (.266). Acquired Dropo In the second transaction, Chicago acquired first Gasman Walt Dropo (.281), outfielder Bob Nieman (.263) and southpaw Ted Gray (3-5) from the Tigers for first baseman Ferris Fain (.302), utility infielder Jack Phillips (.307 at Hollywood) and right-handed pitcher Leo Christante (24-7 at Atlanta). ' No cash was involved in either deal . "We're trying to maintain a defense and add to our offense," Lane - said. "Dropo and Nieman give us right-handed punch and strengthen . our bench. If Gray comes through We got another left-handed pitcher. His arm is questionable. We're taking a gamble." "Only 5 Brownies Left Paul Richards now has gotten rid of all but five of the old St. Louis Browns since he took the job . of field and general manager of the Orioles three months ago. Yesterday's deal came 18 days after his gigantic deal with the Yankees that resulted in the departure of eight orioles.* * * •We had to change or remain stagnant," Richards explained. "I think we're 50 per cent stronger right now and could reach the first division if it all pans out for us. We've given up some good men, but we've gotten more in return, in my opinion." New Honors Heaped on Navy Middies Crowned Mythical Grid Champs of East ANNAPOLIS, Md. I* — Mythical football champion of the East is the latest honor to be voted Navy and the more the merrier is the reaction of Coach Eddie Erdelatz today. "I'm happy to see this team get every honor it can because if ever one deserves it, this one does," he said upon learning Navy won the Lambert Trophy. "I'm glad when individual players receive awards," Erdelatz the Lambert even happier said, "but winning Trophy makes me because it is a reward for team effort and that's what we owe our success to this season." Navy clinched the trophy by beating Army' 27-20 in the last game of the regular season. Of the 97 football writers and broadcasters who balloled for the award, 77 favored Navy and 11 Army. Penn State was third In the voting. This year's Navy team won seven, the most in one season since 1945, and lost 6-0 to Notre Dame and 21-19 to Pitt. Arkansas Tech Handed 1st Loss Louisiana Tech Late For Game but Proves Too Tough by 88-85 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Louisiana Tech was late last night, but not too late to trounce he pride of Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference basketball team —. Arkansas Tech. Of the three AIC teams to wage court warfare last night with non- conference foes, only one came out with a victory. Southern State defeated Little Rock Junior College 97-82. Tasting defeat along with Tech was Ouachita College whose jasketball team fell 70-81 to Beebe. Waited 30 Minutes Tech's Wonder Boys waited 30 minutes at Russellville before the Bulldogs from Louisiana Tech arrived, but the Louisianans dispensed with frivolity when they •ook to the court. Tech suffered Its first defeat of the season 85-88. Bulldog scoring was led by L. V. Norris and Billy Wiggins, who hit or 18 points apiece. High for Tech m the point department was Paul Ray Martin with 29. E. C. O'Neal as hot on Martin's heels with 21 points. i Southern Wins At Magnolia, the Junior College Trojans from Little Boclc jumped to a four point lead before Southern State's Muleriders found the range. The Trojans trailed 45-38 at -the half. The Little Rock visitors still were second best when the Mule- riders posted a 91-82 victory. Little Hocks' Jim Landers was credited with 28 points — high for both teams. The Muleriders were led by Jimmy Culp and Harley (Slats) McDuffie, who amassed 18 points each. Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York — Italo Scortichini, 154'/i, Italy, outpointed Chico Varona, 153, Cuba, 10. Brooklyn — Bobby Bell. 1271 Youngstown, Ohio, outpointed Carmelo Costa, 129',2, Brooklyn, 10. Los Angeles — Neal Rivers, 157, Las Vegas, Nev., stopped Charley (Tombstone) Tex., 5. Smith, 155, Waco YOU WON'T PVrVD HI* HAMS THE TOP G-ROUNO- Cleveland Has Tan 7 Club CLEVELAND M — Four pitchers on the Cleveland Indians are members of the "1,000 Fan Club." To be a member of the mythical society, a hurler must strike out 1,000 batters. Bob Feller leads the active hurlers in this' organization. He has fanned 2,538. Hal Newhouser is next on the Tribe with 1,788. Early Wynn has 1,172. Bob Lemon made it this year. He now has 1,030. Bill Mattern, senior guard on the Texas Christian football team is a veteran of the Korean war. Sports Roundup— Richards Plays No Favorites By OAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — There's one thing about' Paul Richards — he can't be accused oi playing favorites. If the deep-thinking boss of the Baltimore Orioles surrendered his pitching staff to the Yankees, as some claim, he's evened matters up by turning his catching corps. Clint Courtney, over'to his old boss, Frank Lane, of the Chicago White Sox. It is possible that Lane, by being, patient and awaiting his turn at Richards, came up with an athlete who will have as great an influence on the 1955 American League race as will Bob Turley and Don Larsen, the two pitchers whom the Yankees extracted in the first major operation on the Oriole roster With this deal, it might be added, Richards disposed of his last important trading material and should be left alone for a while to tfhnk. Courtney, whose nickname is "Scrap Iron" and who without much argument is the battlingest player in the game today, could prove a key man in the White Sox pennant aspirations. His driving will to win, plus his burning hatred of the Yankees, might well keep the Sox from tailing off in the stretch, as they have the past three seasons. We, for one, are happy to see the bellicose backstop get his chance with a contending club. We predict too that the hard rock from Louisiana will make his presence felt in a hurry, as he was not able to do — except on violent occasion — while toiling with the dismal St. Louis Browns and Baltimore the past three years. The first time we bumped into the squat, bespectacled young catcher was in the spring of '51. shortly after he had reported to the Yanks. We had been partially prepared for the meeting by Rogers Hornsby, who had managed Courtney the previous season at Baumont. The Rajah said that Clint was his kind of ballplayer, which should have been » tipoff, but the rookie's opening remarks still came as a mild jolt. "That Yogi Berra might be good," he conceded, 'but he ain't the only catcher in the world. If these birds'll only give me t chance I'll show 'em I'm just « good as he is." The kid (he's 36 now) wasn't being flip, and he didn't crack even t small smile as he went on to tell why he should be first-string catcher for the World champions. He was In deadly earnest. And he has never ceased to seethe that the Yanks sent him to their Kansas Clt farm and then sold him to the Browns without having elven him a lair thot at Yogi'i Job. In cold statistics — which seldom have been In Arkansas' fa- •or tills year — the modest new- cower from tiny'Bison. Ark., led the Razorbacks In seven out of nine departments of piny. His leadership extended over to- .al offense, passing, punting, punt returning, kickoff returning, pass nterceptions and scoring. Only living — for which he was Bell Urges Tackling Rule Change in NFL PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bert Bell, commissioner of the National Football League, has urged a rule to prohibit pro ball carriers from getting up and running after they have been tackled or knocked down. Bell advocated the rule yesterda.? as he opened an investigation into charges by the Los Angeles Rams that Don Joyce of the Baltimore Colts struck Ram linebacker Le« Richter with a helmet last Satur- Lane Favors 10-Club Loop NEW YORK IIP} — Frank Lane, general manager of the Chicago White Sox, makes no bones about the fact that he's in favor of a 10- club league. "I can't understand why so many people believe a 10-club league would be unfeasab'le," he said. "I think it would give baseball a much needed shot in the arm. I think there are enough good triple A players to give the two new clubs 40 pretty fair players. Then the other eight big league clubs could seli two players each txy these two clubs. That would give each club « players from which to select 2*. Another idea would be to allow each of the two new members three draft choices each for the first three years before the other clubs made any selections." Two rookie pitchers on the 1954 Cincinnati Redleg team — Art Fowler and Corky Valentine — each won 12 games. day. The commissioner posal would prevent roug' laid his 'Ugh pla; pro- lay anc piling on. 15 Stitches Taken "I want to see a rule written In where the ball Is dead at the spol where the carrier or ball touches the ground," Bell said, adding, "now the carrier Is allowed to run II he la not In the grasp of an opponent.' Dr. Danny Fortmann, Rams' phy slclan, said 15 stitches were required to close a wound over Richter' right eye after last Saturday's game which the Colts won 22-21. Bell said Joyce will be punished If the evidence Is sustained. Statistics Prove Walker Was Main Cog in Porks' Machine FAYETTEVILLE — SovUhwest Conference fans who were lolled to sleep three months ago bv the realization that Arkansas would go nowhere in 1954 with Messers Lamar McHan and Floyd Sagely gone are now retracing the Razorback rise to the title. They'll find — be- leath superb all-round team play and a host of single-game heroes — the tremendous per- 'ormance of sophomore tailback George Walker. responsible — and rushing escaped ils grasp, "and here he was third. Walker's play In 1954 has rarely been of a spectacular nature — more often It was Just consistently good and In nearly every game a vital factor In the outcome. The Bice game was the ttne great exception. Against the Owls In a contest which was a "must" for each team — Walker scored three touchdowns, kicked one extra point, ran for 53 yards from scrimmage, completed nine of 13 passes for 119 yards; returned one punt for 73 yards (and a TD); returned three kickoffs for 64 yards; interception a pass and punted four times for a 43.3 average. Special Attention The 177-pound All-Stater won special attention from the Texas coaching staff which Insisted upon naming a five-mnn All-Conference backfleld—including the Arkansas sophomore. He ultimately was chosen on the United Press "Scout's All-Conference" second unit,— giving way to more experienced backs on the first unit. .Walker showed exceptional signs of things to come ns a freshman for the Porkers — leading in all departments of ploy and scoring four touchdowns. Few. however, were those who thought he could adequately, replace McHan n one season. "Mac's" record at Arkansas Is likely to stay for some time; but the Rnzorback "Rison- star" has made an auspicious start. Walker's toughest competition as a sophomore appeared to be Baylor's Del Shofner. Each was prominently listed in the final conference statistics. Where both were mentioned in one department, however, it was the Razorback tall- bnck who came out on top. Not In Top 10 As a halfback, Shofner rated filth among the ground gainers while Walker failed to make the top ten; but the opposite was true among the passers. Walker WHS ranked third while Shofner failed to register, walker's exceptional passing, combined with adequate running ranked him fourth among the total offense leaders — Shofner was not listed in the top five. Both men were rated among the better punters — with Walker listed second (and an average of 39.9 on 49 kicks) while Shofner was fourth (behind Buddy Benson, also of Arkansas, with a 39.3 average on only 17 punts), walker was second In punt returns ahead of Shofner but the Baylor back was listed fourth among kickoff returners while Walker was not listed In the top five. The two newcomers turned out to be defensive aces in the field, of pass interceptions with Walker first and Shofner second (six and five Interceptions). Shofner wai the only pass receiver of the two so he naturally led there; but again in scoring points — the Arkansas tailback was third in th« loop with 51 points to Shofner's 4S (good for fifth place). It'll be an interesting duel next year for the pair. Wyatt Non-Committal On Tennessee Rumor with LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas' Coach Bowden Wyatt, a "no comment," nimbly shook off questions about job possibilities with the University of Tennessee and left here yesterday for Fayetteville driving his gift from the football fans of Arkansas — a new Cadillac. Wyatt said he knew nothing of Dewltt Weaver at Texas Tech and the University of Tennessee Athletic Council's decision to fire head loot- ball coach Harvey Robinson. Roblnsoi.D release climaxed several rumor-filled weeks during which sucli action was forecast and predictions that Wyatt would be the next Volunteer conch were plentiful. Has Not Been Anproaohed However, yesterday, as Wyatt prepared to drive off in the new two- tc-ne "gift" he said he knew nothing of the shakeup at his alma mater and that he had not been approached with an offor to succeed Robinson. Wyntt would say only that the Razorbacks would begin practice again tomorrow In preparation for their Cotton Bowl game New Year's Day. But meanwhile, at Knoxvllle, Term., N. W. Dougherty, chairman of the University of Tennessee's Athletic Council admitted that Tennessee was Interested In Wyatt. Other Candidate* He said that the university was after the best man it could get and replied "Who wouldnt' like to have Wyatt or a man like him." when asked if Wyatt was Tennessee's No. 1 choice as a Robinson's successor. The UT council appointed a committee U) seek a suitable head coach who probably will come from the ranks of coaches trained by den. Robert Ncyland, former coach and now UT athletic director. Among these arc Murray Warmath at Minnesota; Bob Woodruff at Florida; Deke Brackett, assistant at UOLA. A LIVING — Peter Mueller, Clerm.-in middleweight, illustrates why fighting is a tough way to make a Jiving ns his face fiives way under a rig hand by Ccnc Fullmer of West] Jordan, Utah. 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