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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.V COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MAY IS, 1953 World's Heavyweight Crown Is on Line at Chicago Tonight Concensus: If Walcott Can Go 15, He'll Win By JERRY LISKA CHICAGO (AP) — Undefeated Rocky Marciano, the youthful slugger, defends his heavyweight title against ex- champion Jersey Joe Walcott, the ancient boxer, in a long- awaited 15-round rematch at the Chicago Stadium tonight. Thei two fighters, held at bay since a nose Injury to Marcian postponed an original April 10 meeting, were to weigh in at i: noon (EST) for their nationally- televised bout at 9 p. m. Despite their classic first en counter at Philadelphia last Sept 23 when a trailing Marciano dethroned Walcott with a pulverizinf 23th round knockout, the assaul on the box-office has been disappointingly light. Rocky Marciano Attendance In the 20,000-seat Stadium may range between 13,000 and 15,000 and the gate—even with more than 9,000 "ringside" seats selling at $50 each—needed a last- minute spurt to hit $450,000. The TV (NBC) factor—with only video screens In the Chicago and Milwaukee areas blacked out—and both local and national broadcast- Ing (ABC) unquestionably squelched the ticket sale. The fact the fight has been so long in the making has spun cobwebs around such pertinent facts as: Respect for Joe 1. The 28-year-old Marciano is seeking his 44th pro victory without defeat in his first title defense. 2. The 33-year-old Walcott, in Ms eighth title appearance, is trying to become the first man ever to recapture the heavyweight crown. 3. Even though Marciano Is a strong 3 to 1 favorite, the rugged Brockton Bomber was far behind on points and dumped for the first time in his career before his tremendous right to Walcott's Jaw ended the last party. That ponderous smash to the jaw has been described as one of the greatest blows in boxing history, ending as it did perhaps the most savage heavyweight title bout since the memorable Dempsey-Flrpo battle, * # # Sports Roundup — It Is recollection of that punch that gives Marciano almost unanimous support of boxing writers to repeat by a knockout, although active ringmen believe generally that Walcott can box Marciano into defeat. The sponsoring International Boxing Club was hopeful, but not overly optimistic that gross receipts would top the Indoor gale record of $422,918 set at the Stadium July 18, 1947, when Rocky Graziano knocked out Tony Zale for the middleweight title. Walcott has forfeited his right to a 30 per cent slice of the net gate and TV receipts of $300,000 for a flat $250,000 guarantee. But with the sag In ticket, sales, the former champion is expected ,to fare better than Marciano whose 30 per cent hunk may approximate 5200,000. Can He Go 15? The experts, almost to a man, think Jersey Joe's aging legs cannot carry him 15 rounds which they feel must be done to beat Marciano. Yet it was only last June that Walcott Went that route in his first title defense for a decision over Charles. One thing Walcott Is certain to try, with all his skill as a left- hand jabber, is to test how well Marciano's nose has mended. Rooky's profuse bleeding in hl8 right nostril from two ruptured blood vessels caused the postpone- Joe Walcott ment from April 10. A referee and two judges, to be named at fight time, will score the bout under Illinois rules which pro- ide for a 10-point per round sys- em. An even round is 5-5 ftnd the margin for n winner varies from 5-4 to 8-2. Totnl points determine he winner in R bout which goes he limit. Fayetteville s Lollar Hottest of Chisox By CARL BELL LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times can haul out the big type today. The hometown baseball hero is having his greatest moments. We're referring, of course, to Sherman Lollar — the hottest of the red-hot Chicago WJhite Sox. This lanky catcher beat the Yankees almost single-handedly yesterday. As a result,, the Sox are only a game and a half out of first place In the American League today. Lollar got three hits in four official trips to the plate. He hit a 3-run homer in the seventh, led off a ninth-inning rally with a single and then scored the winning run. His stickwork advanced him to second place in the American League's Indu'idual batting column at .364, Trailing only another Arkansan—George Kell of the Red Sox. His homer output for the season—5—equals that of the much- heralded Ytmk Mickey Mantle. Working behind the bat, he picked two runners off second and nabbed another tying to steal. Moved to Fayetteville Lollar, who at 28 is in his eighth major league season, having played with half the teams In the American circuit, was born In the little White River community of Durham, Ark. In his early childhood his family moved into Fayetteville, and it was there that he was educated—In books and baseball. Somewhere around the age, of 12, Sherman got his first baseball Job as batboy for the Fayettevllle club of the class D Arkansas- Missouri League. That was when was discovered by Freddie Hawn, a longtime Cardinal scout who then was catcher and manager of the Fayetteville team. Lollar picked up a lot'of tricks from Hawn and went on to distinguish himself in American Leion junior baseball and as a high school football and basketball player. Tall and lean, Lollar then lacked the power that attracted big league scouts. Handled Pick The young receiver got a job In the Ban Johnson Semi-pro Lea- ;ue. Besides playing baseball at night, as the story goes, Lollar swung a pick in a coal mine by day—a bit of labor credited with strengthening his shoulders and arins..iiiid developing the long ball punch he has today. Anyway, the very next year Lolar made his debut In organized ball In class AAA, with Baltimore. His second full year with the Orioles found him leading the International League in homers md being picked as the League's Braddock Talks About Fight By GAYLE TALBOT CHICAGO (AP) The big man sitting back in the corner listening to the fight talk that eddied about him was Jimmy Braddock, the old Cinderella Man who lost his heavyweight title to Young Joe Louis here in 1937. The man Who came off the re- ture. Without rising, the . —~—— most valuable player. He went up to Cleveland the next season, 1946, to the Yankees in 19.47, to the Browns in 1949 and then to Chicago last year. The Yankees reportedly swapped him off because he didn't have enough' spark. Appropriate, perhaps, that he 'burned the Yanks yesterday. And who did Lollar knock out of the box with his 4-bagger? Fellow Arkansas citizen Johnny Sain of Belleville. ' Qualifying Starts for Classic 500 Top Drivers In Early Runs At Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three of the four throttle- bending drivers who broke Indianapolis Motor Speedway qualifying' records last year probably will be among the early contenders Saturday in opening qualifications for the 37th annual 500-mile race May 30. Bin Vukovich of Fresno, Calif., is ready with the fuel Injection special In which he apparently had the 1952 race won until his steering mechanism failed. Fred Agabashlon of Albany, Calif., has a new Offenhouser- powered Kurtis-Kraft entered by the Grancor Automotive Specialists of Chicago. He won the pole position last year in a big Cummins dlesel special but was stopped in the race by a clogged super-charger. Andy Linden of Los Angeles, first of last year's record breakers, is on deck with a four-cylinder car entered by the Rotary Engineering Corp. of Indianapolis. Linden qualified last year for the 33-car starting lineup with an average of 137.002 miles an hour for the 10-mile (four lap) run. Sixty-nine of the 83 entries were at the track today, but prolonged rainy weather has kept mechanics and drivers from getting most of them tuned, for qualifying runs. The fastest car on the first day of qualification will win the pole position, inside spot on the front now, regardless of speeds made In subsequent trials Sunday and following week end. the lief roll to win the crown from an over-confident Max Baer will be 48 his next birthday. His hair is graying fast and he's put on a lot of poundage since those days when he excited the admiration of the fight world. He said he felt absolutely certain that Jersey Joe Walcott would make a brand of history by stopping Rocky Marciano tonight and winning back the championship. He said no sentiment was attached to his pick of the ancient warrior. "I just think he's got what it. takes to beat Rocky," he said. "I look for him to cut the boy up this time and force them to stop it short of the distance. In other words, I think I know how Rocky can be licked and I've got to believe that Walcott does, too. No, I never fought Joe, but I've watched him a lot and I know what he can do." Have to Mix With Rocky Did he expect Walcott to be more cautious tonight than he was In the Philadelphia fight last summer? Did he expect him to mount his bicycle this time and devote himself entirely to lasting 15 rounds, as many of the assembled experts do? "Not at all," Jim replied. "You can't fight a rusher like Rocky that way. You might keep away from him for a while, but sooner or later you're going \o have to meet him and fight him off. When Rocky comes bulling In and shifts to throw that right, you've got to itlck him with your left and cross your own right over his. It's hard to lead against a man like Rocky. What you've got to do is feint him Into leading and then counter-punch him, the way Joe did the other time."' Blinded By Blood It was a sort of Illustrated lee- champ stuck with his ponderous left and followed with an equally massive right. One gathered from what he said, then, that he considered Walcott had fought Marciano exactly right the other time. "I do," Braddock asserted. "He just got hit in the 13th round when his left eye was blinded for nn instant by blood from that cut It doesn't figure to happen again tonight. It will be Marciano that gets cut up this time. Watch what I tell you." Denfon, Buzik In Top Flight Of LR. Event Wilson's Bill Joe Denton and Monettc's John Buzick were the only Blytheville Country Club memebers to make the championship flight of Little Rock's four-ball tournament being run off this week. Denton teamed with Dr. George Coors of Memphis to turn in n combined score of 73—two over par. They met the tourney medalists this afternoon when they took on Jim Coates, Jr., and Sandy Keith, both of Little Rock, who fired a one-under 70. Bmlck, who's playing with Ted Darragh of Little Rock, posted a 72 to make the championship flight. He. and his partner were to meet the winners of a playoff match In their first-round competition. About ten other Blytheville golfers made the trip to Little Rock. Eugene Jacobs of Brooklyn saddled 13 winners to be Ihc leading trainer at Hlaleah during the winter season. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Charlie Grimm, manager of the Milwaukee Braves, has a son .serving with the Marine Corps and a daughter who is married to a Naval flight surgeon. WEIGHT Tractor tires NOW wi iW GOOD/YEAR SOLUTION 100 For EXTRA Drawbar Pull This exclusive Goodyear method of liquid weighting adds up lo 25% more drawbar pull . . . get« more work done per hour . . . adds extra traction lo all makes of tractor tires. Call us ... we'll com* out and fill your tractor tires with Goodyear Solution 100 today! PHONE 2492 FOR QUICK SERVICE BASEBALL STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L PC'- OB Philadelphia 14 7 .667 — Milwaukee 14 7 .667 — Brooklyn 14 9 .609 1 St. Louis 11 9 .550 2'/ 2 New York. 1014 .417 5'/ 2 Pittsburgh 9 14 .391 6 Chicago 1 12 .368 6 Cincinnati 5 12 .294 7 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 17 8 .680 Chicago,.*r. 1711 .607 l'/ 2 Cleveland ; 13 10 .565 3 Boston 13 11 .542 3V4 Washington 1313 .500 4'/ 2 Philadelphia 12 14 .462 5'/ 2 St. Louis 11 14 .440 6 Detroit 6 21 .222 12 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION W L Pot. GB Birmingham 18 11 .621 Memphis 17 12 .586 1 Chattanooga 14 12 .538 2% Nashville 15 15 .500 3'/ 2 Little Bock 13 13 .500 3>/ 2 Atlanta 13 16 .448 5 Mobile 13 18 .419 8 New Orleans 13.19 .406 6'/ 2 Yesterday's Results NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 8 Brooklyn 3 Philadelphia at Chicago, postponed, cold New York at Cincinnati, postponed, rain and wet grounds. AMERICAN LEAGUE Chicago 7 New York 5 Boston 5 Cleveland 4 (11 innings) Washington 2 St. Louis 1 Philadelphia 5 Detroit 3. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Nashville 5 New Orleans 3 Mobile at Birmingham.postponed (Only games scheduled) Today's Games NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at St. Louis—Roe (1-0) vs. Haddix (3-2) or Miller (0-1) Philadelphia at Chicago — Simmons (5-1) vs. Hacker (1-4) New York at Cincinnati—Jansen (2-3) vs. Judson (0-0) Pittsburgh at Milwaukee—Pettit (1-1) or Dickson (2-4) vs. Surkont (4-0) AMERICAN LEAGUE St. Louis at Washington—Trucks (3-2) vs. Masterson (2-3) Detroit at Philadelphia—Houtteman (0-3) vs. Martin (1-2) Cleveland at Boston — Lemon (3-3) vs. Hudson (1-1) Chicago at New York—Rogovin (1-4) vs. Raschi (2-2) SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION Chattanooga at Mobile Memphis at Birmingham Little Rock at. Atlanta (Only games scheduled) Other Sports Events Give Way to Fight NEW YORK (/P)—Baseoall, track and other sports events around the country are taking no chance of About ten other Blytheville golfers night when the world heavyweight championship bout between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott pops onto the television set. American Association games between Indianapolis and Minneapolis at Minneapolis and Toledo at St. Paul have been moved up. Even the Southern Conference baseball tournament at Raleigh, N. C., has altered Its schedule so no games will be played tonight. Television sets have been placed in the Los Angeles Coliseum where the 19th annual college relays are being held. Sets also are being arranged at Denver for a Western League game between Denver and Pueblo. KNUCKLING DOWN—Johnny Lindell. left, demonstrates to Pittsburgh Manager Fred Haney how he rrips his baffling knucklcball. (NEA) Big Battle In Southern Tonight Barons, Chicks Collide in First Place Scrap By JACK SIMMS Associated Press Sports Writer The battle of the big boys gets underway at Birmingham tonight and there may be some changes in the Southern Association standings by the time the smoke clears Sunday. Mayo Smith's Birmingham Barons hold a slim 1-game margin over Luke Appling's second-place Memphis Chicks. Disaster In the 4-game series could tumble either contestant all the way to fifth place. Nashville whipped New Orleans, 5-3, last night. The only other contest last night, Mobile at Birming ham, was washed out. Nashville First Baseman Gall Harris smacked a homer with one on, and walloped a bases-loaded triple to account for all of Nashville's runs. A double by Brandy Davis, followed by singles off the bats of AI Grunwald, Sonny Senerchia and Gail Henley gave the Pels two runs In the sixth. Davis drove In the other Pel tally with a single. The defeat dropped New Orleans into the cellar,, six and a half games behind Birmingham and half a game away from the seventh-place Mobile Bears. Nashville climbed from 'fifth into a tie for fourth with the Little Rock Travelers, three and ft half games behind the leader. Other than the Memphis-Birmingham affair, Little Rock is at Atlanta and Chattanooga at Mobile tonight. The Cracker-Trav contest is the first of four, and the Lookouts are scheduled for three before leaving Atlanta. Here's how you can Packard Invitation Month MAS -gth TO JUNE 9th, 2 3 Visit your Packard dealer now — during Packard Invitation Month. See the new Packards and Packard CLIPPERS. i Tell us, in 25 words or less, how Packard or Clipper advertising should describe the feature you like best. Write your suggestion on the official participation form which your Packard dealer will provide. Mail your official participation tovrri before midnight, June 9th. 25 BIG AWARDS 5 GRAND AWARD Cards Break Long Jinx, Beat Erskine By The Associated Press The Cardinals are happy beating the Dodgers under any circumstances but they broke a two and a half-year jinx by (Jging it last night at Busch Stadium. The victim was Carl Erskine, rdr in the third when -he foiled a righthander who hasn't fallen to the Redblrds since September, I960. He had seven victories across that span. Only B r o o k 1 y n's Preacher Roe has been a greater jinx with 10 straight triumphs over the Cards. Roe is due to face the Cards today. A single by Solly Hemus, two walks and Enos Slaughter's double drove Erskine for cover in the first inning. The Cardinals kept up the good work on Joe Black and Jim Hughes, emerging with an 8-3 triumph. Steve Bilko led the runs-batted in parade with three on a single and double. Red Schoendfenst hit two home runs, each with the bases empty, in the second and fifth. Gerald Staley gave up only six hits, and would have had a shutout except for hts own double er- to tag first while covering there on Duke Snider's grounder, and then threw wild to the plate trying to catch Junior Gilliam heading for home. In Washington the Browns dropped their second^straight 2-1 decision, this one to the Washington Nationals. The Browns' lone tally c»me in the first inning when Johnny Groth walked, Dick Kokos hit safely to short right center, sending Groth to third from where he scored on Vic Wertz's fly. The nationals evened things up off pitcher Dick Littlefield in the second when hurler Prank Shea doubled, scoring Clyde Vollmer. They put across the winning marker in the third as Eddie Yost walked advanced to third on two infield outs and scored on a single by Mickey Vernon. Big Bilko Finally Gets Past Deadline ST. LOUIS (AP) — First sacker Steve Bilko is a happy man today — he has survived the Spring major league cutoff day for the first time in four years. He's been trying to make the grade with the St. Louis Cardinals since 1950. May 15 usually finds him'back at Rochester. MOTOR SALES COMPANY 217 West Walnut Street Blytheville, Ark Instead he is leading the Redbirds this year in runs batted in with 17, although his .235 batting average isn't what he'd like it to be. "I was thinking about this tonight," Steve said alter he batted in three runs to help the Cardinals down the Brooklyn Dodgers, ,8-3. "I was hoping I wouldn't break a leg or something. Actually, I feel great about it." His reference to bone breakage wasn't entirely in jest. It was a fracture in an upper arm that did more than lack of ability to send him back to the minors last year. Bilko was leisurely trotting back to the dugout May 6 after he was out at first when he fell. He isn't certain what tripped him, "maybe a blade of grass." When he recovered he slammed out a .322 average for the Cardinals' minor league club—his best since he hit .333 for Lynchburg, Va., in part of 1948. Came Up In 1949 Bilko first came up to the Red- birds late In 1949 after building up a reputation with 34 home runs In Rochester that year. He saw action in six games that fall and 10 others in 1950 before he was dropped. Excessive overweight, even for Big Steve, played a part in his brief stay. He fared better In 1951, playing 21 games, but he contributed little with the bat. so again he was sent down. He might have made the grade last year if the injury hadn't spoiled things. He wasn't batting inj too many runs, but his hitting had Improved— .264— and his fielding also was better—only one error in 301 chances. Manager Eddie Stanky seems pleased with Steve. "He's hitting in the clutches, that's where we need It to score runs," Stanky commented. His fielding, meanwhile, has picked up considerably. He's played errorless ball so far. . Injuries Hamper Hogs Chances FAYETTEVILLE «>) — Two UnH versity of Arkansas standout track- men were on the shelf with pulled leg muscles and won't make the trip to the Southwest Conference track meet at Ft. Worth. Coach John Barnhill said the loss of Sprinter Tommy Brltt and Quarter-Miler Jerry Klein Is "crippling." Two-Miler Temple Brown also Will miss the track meet. He still is recovering from an independectomy. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Celebrates with Win WINSTON-SELEM, N. C. (m — Harry Hoitsnia, celebrated his return from military service to tha •Winston-Salem Cards by pitching and hitting his team to a 10-5 victory over Danville. The big right- hander hit a home run and a single to drive in three tallies In the Clasn B Carolina League contest. Sealed with neat seams You're right in style when you slep out in tlu's handsome new Jarman patlern, distinguished by ils smart, trim lines of neal, strong "Necdle-Crafl" stilcliing which ' seals the distinctive seams. 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