The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 3, 1956 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 3, 1956
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 3, «56 Armed Forces Outshoot Oilers, 78-77 Game Goes Into Overtime All-Stars Outrun Seattle KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Bartlesville Oilers and the Seattle Bakers get a chance t night to replay the championship game of the National AAU Basketball Tournament, bu both have failed to live up to expectations they would supply the nucleus of the U. S. Olympic team. The armed forces and the Col-* lege All-Stars clash in tonight's second game after knocking off the AAU teams in the t'irst night of a three-night round robin. The armed forces club, coached by veteran Bruce Drake, bowled over the Oilers 78-77 in overtime last night, and the College All- Stars ran away from the Baker 86-79. The playoffs end tomorrow nigb with the winning ^lub furnishin from five to seven of the player for the U.S. team going to th Olympics in Australia in Noven her. When the playoffs started tc night's meeting between the Oiler and the Bakers' promised to be th key game. Bartlesville had los 5,9-57 to Seattle in the finals of th AAU Tournament, but ha trounced the champs' three time earlier in the season. The College All-Stars supposedl hadn't practiced together .enoug to click against a team that played as a unit all year. And the armed forces club drawn mostly from the Air Fore' and beei'ed up with, one Navy, twi Marine and three Army additions didn't have height. . Gib Ford, Larry Dugan and Ron Tomsic "sparked the armed forces Dugan tipped In a basket midway through the five-minute overtime to send the winners into a 74-71 lead and scored a dozen points for the night. For the College All-Stars two University of San Francisco sta warts, Bill Russell and K . C Jones, scored 42 points. Robinson Says He Has Already Beaten Randy JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If the National League season were to open tomorrow, Jackie Robinson would be in the starting lineup as the regular third baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers. That fs the opinion of Jackie Robinson himself. The veteran bu 1 still agile Infielder, minus any trace of conceit or egotism, frankly stated today that as far as he's concerned, he has beaten out Rnn- dy Jackson for the job and expects the official announcement to come within the next few days. "I don't know how Walter Al ston i'eels about it," the 37-year-olc Robby said. "The skipper hasn't said anything either way. But the way I fell, I've won the job. I'm - not taking anything away from Randy. I've got a lot of respect for his ability, but I've got more respect for my own. "Nobody can beat me out the way I've been playing this spring. I'm in good shape. My legs feel strong 1 and' I'm free around the chest. I'm swining real good and meeting the ball well. I think I'm approaching the kind of baseball I played three, four years ago. If I can continue to do that, no matter how well Jackson plays. lie j can't beat me out. Barring injury. I don't see how they can keep me out of the lineup. "It's all up to Walt, of course, ' he said. "I'll do anything play anywhere he wants me to. He's the boss.' H"ow did Alston feel about all this? "I'm still undecided." the manager said with a smile. Don t 'Sell' Major Exhibitions Short By JIMMY BRESL1N NEW YORK — (NBA) — "Gil 'Hodges," the radio an nouncer was saying, "has gotten only two hits in his last 25 at bat. He's working on a new stance and it doesn't seem to be helping. Well, here we go into the fourth inning here at Miami and first up for the White Sox will be The discussion started and It lasted through the next three innings. The patrons in this Brooklyn aven were moaning. "It's no joke," one of them said. Gil monkeys around with that stance and he'll be right back missing those outside pitches jain." This is a result of the Great ipvtng Training Nonsense. It will )e with us until April 17, when the ength of baseball box scores will reduced approximately by one oot. Every Year It happens every year. When con- itfoning ends and the Grapefruit, Cactus or \vhut-h a ve-you exhibition ;ames begin, fans grab at losses or lefeats and turn them into items vorthy of discussion at an open orum. Games are beamed back by ra- lio with your favorite announcer creaming in mid-season form Newspapers handle it straight, with lox scores, batting averages and lose coverage. The public ents it ip. So for those who follow them aithfully let's take a look at what ley actually mean. Prom it, you et a good idea of why some clubs o well and others do miserably To begin with, clubs with the best records in exhibition games usually are destined to be out of sight by August. Pittsburgh took the Grapefruit League title last season with a 19-11 record. They nosed out the Giants, who hud a was in the Dartmouth has been in the NCAA basketball tournament five times. The Crusaders first played in the tourney in 1941. 16-11 mark. Brooklyn second division. The Pirates went on to 94 games during the season and were last. The Giants fell apart and 1 were lucky to finish third. Brooklyn, of course, had the pennant clinched somewhere around Memorial Day Attendance is Key Attendance is the key. Clubs like Pittsburgh or Baltimore haVR to catch customers early. Once the summer sun — or the poor home club — begins driving fans 'to the benches during mid-season, you can hunt tigers in the grandstands at Forbes Field or other second division parks. With this, non-contenders need something to excite fans early. The best way is winning exhibit games. It's not a hard job, oithe A club like Brooklyn, for exampl is more interested in getting a go< look at its many rookies than it in winning. That comes later. The poor relations give it n they've got. The first-line pitchi goes an extra inning. The few goo hitters gel an extra swing at rook hurling. It adds up to victories — and a healthy advance sale fo early season games. Orioles Looked Hot Take the Baltimore Oriole.' their first year in that town. 105- f They won everything in sight 01 on the Arizona desert and Baltf more fans, who had never seen them, were certain they were get ting a hot team. "Look at the way we're winning," a cab driver^ enthused to us that spring. When summer arrived and the new heroes took on a suspicious Browns look, people couldn't imagine what happened. So. Baltimore or Pittsburgh will probably be hot this spring. And the Brooklyn fans will worry. It doesn't menn a thing, but don't knock it. People go for it. Arkansas Nine Nips Aggies STILLWATER, Okla If')— Right- hander Everett Thomas limited Oklahoma A&M to five hits, and quelled n late Aggie rally, to pitch Arkansas' Rnzorbaeks to a G-5 baseball victory here yesterday After touching Thomns for two runs In the first, Oklahoma A&M was held in check until the eighth when Bill Hoiderman hit a 2-run homer. The Aggies nlso picket! up a run In the ninth, and had the tying mil on base when Thomns retired the side. Arkansas scored all its runs In the first two Innings. Walt Matthews drove home two of three tallies in the first with a triple. Buck- to-bnck doubles by Preston Carpenter and Joe Thomnson sparked a 3-run uprising in the second. THE DARING YOUNG MAN — No trapeze to grab, no water to fall into — and that's just the way Cowboy Bradley had it planned when he sent Irish Jackie floating through the air with the greatest of ease in midget wrestling action at Legion Memorial last night. The Cowboy defeated, the Irishman in two out of three falls, and'the tag team or Joe Welch and Don Fields trimmed Angplo Martini and Rube Wright in two out of three. (Courier News Photo) P/iog Alien, in. Hot Water, Slander Suit for 35 G's KANSAS CITY (AP) — Harry D. Henshel, the New Yorker who heads the Olympic Bas- cetbali Committee, wants $35,000 for some remarks made by Forrest C. (Phog) Allen, voluble University of Kansas basketball coach. Tech Might Play Hogs On Thanksgiving Day DALLAS (AP) — Moving toward entry in the Southwest Conference, Texas Tech has obtained a permanent place on the football schedules of five of the seven members. Tech is expected to be voted into the conference at the spring meeting in Fayetteville May 10-11-12, It won't be able to start playing for the championship immediate 1 / however, because most of the conference schools have arrangec schedules several years in advance. Tech will be on the Baylor schedule permanently starting with 1957. It already is on Texas A&M's schedule through 1959 and being booked permanetly is considered only a formality. Tech starts on Texas Christian's schedule next fall, playing Nov. 10 at Lubbock. Games already have been arranged through 1959. Tech is on the Texas schedule for 1958 and 1960 and will start on a permanent basis In 1961. Coach Dewitt Weaver of Texas Tech was in Dallas over the weekend arranging to get on Southern Methodist's schedule starting in 1961 but may get on sooner. Ath- etic Director Matty Bell of SMU said each would get the first date hat may open and there is a possibility one will be available next ieason. Harrison Girls In Cage Game Harrison High's senior girls basketball team takes the school gym floor tonight in an 8 o'clock game against (he Harrison alumni Indies All proceeds of (he game will be used to help equip the high school band. Henshel filed a slander suit gainst Allen in Jackson Co'inty 'ircuit Court here yesterday. Asked for comment, Allen said: It's hardly worth it. It should be ery, very interesting." Allen criticized Henshel at the eight of the decent furor over the mnteur Athletic Union's suspen on of Wes Sun tee, former K. O. ack star and currently the on's fastest miler. Santee's ama- r standing was revoked, I'or life charges he accepted excessive xpense money for running in iree track meets In California. ' 'You have popped off once too ten," Henshel told Allen when i first hea rd of the f n mous inch's speech to a civic club in ansas City on Dec. 29. "I intend make you pay dearly." Henshcl's formal complain ted this speech passage it at- ibuted to Allen; "As far as its (the AAU's) wo the Olympics is concerned, t AAU officials are quadrenn oceanic hitchhikers. Every fo years they hitchhike overseas your money. "Col. Harry Henshel — he probably a Colonel in a Brookl •bund —is heiid of the Olymp Basket hnll Committee and he one of these permanent hitchh ers." Hcnshel : s suit called this "fais deinmatory and slanderous," "In 45 years of AAU work hn ve never accepted one pern from anyone to make it possib for me to make a trip to Olympic game or any other athletic event," Henshel declared. He said he was awarded the Bronze Star combat medal in 1945 and earned five '-3111^ :• in the European Theater in World War II. Allen previously apologized pub- Pony League Meet Tonight There will be a meeting tonight at City Hall for Pony League officials and coaches. Meeting Is set to begin at 7:30. Drive in today fora complete automotive checkup! PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. Your Ford Dealer Blytherille, Ark. Phone 3-4453 Mark Twain asked about Old Crow, "Lou, which barrel are we using now?" Writer Mart Twain would of/en ask at an Elmira, N. Y., tarern about the supply of kb favorite. Old Crow. NOW IN A MILDER, LOWER. 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Jim Finigan provided the A's with a 4-3 victory over the Pirates at Mobile, Ala., yesterday. The 27-year-old third baseman hit his first home run of the spring season with . two mates aboard in the ninth Inning. Lou Kretlow gave up seven hits in seven innings but allowed only one extra base blow. He struck out' three and walked three. Bill Herrington got credit for the decision, giving up one hit in hurling the ninth inning Tech may get on the Arkansas schedule for next Thanksgiving Day. Weaver hasn't yet talked with Rice but will do so soon. Official Little League Entry Blank Name Address Date of Birth Tel. No To be eligible for this year players must bring or mail this blank to Albert Taylor at Ark-Mo Power Co. April 6 is last day. Age limit is 9- 12. Boys 13 on January 1 or after this year are eligible. All players must live in Biy- theville school area. 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