The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 8, 1955 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 8, 1955
Page 13
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THURSDAT, DECEMBER 8,1955 BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAQ1 THt Baseball Troubles Imaginary Says Attorney Norman Lewis »y HARRY GRAYSON NEA §|»rti Editor ' .'"'NEW YORK - (NBA) Not even a Philadelphia lawyer could understand baseball stories written since the start of the winter meetings. . llhe No. 1 liability of the' game continue! to be major league.broad- ca»t» and telecast* into minor league territory. '. Unabk to obtain any satisfaction within organised baseball, Owner. Flank D. Lawrence of the Portsmouth club of the piedmpnt.League slapped a suit on the majors. :Commis»ioner Ford C. Stick talks about the majors being sued under the antl-truat law,, with the penalties calling for'triple damages. You read where, the'majors'ar.e .being. harassed by the Department.of Justice. • . "We are being sued for not doing tilings which the Department of Justice tells us we cannot do,".say? Jiick.. • , .One itory has major league baseball so crazy «nd mixed up that "responsible officials are toying witn the idea of. a year's, suspension of operation*." . All UK l«c»l mumbo-Jumbo makes what J. Norman Lewis has to say on the entire matter teem rather, astonishing. In my opinion," said Lewis, attorney lor the Major League Baseball Players' Association,."the anti- truat law: are not applicable to the decision of a baseball owner to televise or broadcast his games." .It U unnecessary for Lewis, an authority on baseball law. to point out that the area where a fight takes place more often than not is blacked out. There is no telecast at home when a professional football team is playing in its own park. So can the baseball owner TV or not TV. "Then in your opinion the baseball troubles are imaginary,." the interviewer remarked to Lewis. "That's what it amounts to," he replied. "Certainly, there is no rea son for baseball to look for helf In Washington.' Lewis has become well acquainted with major league owners since becoming the mouthpiece of the hired hands. He assures you that they intend to lend the folding minors a hand. "They'll do this under the leadership of Walter O'Malley of the Brooklyn club," he explained. "The big men of baseball — men like O'Malley, Philip K. Wrigley, Tom Yawkey, John W. Galbreath and Powel Orosley, Jr.—fully realize the Importance of the minors, want no injustice done. "The minors can be assisted in two ways. The broadcasting and telecasting of big league games can be curtailed or kept out of their territory. They can be subsidized. I'm sure the major league owners will choose the latter way." Walter O'Malley .has a game-of- the-week television plan , which wguld net every minor leagle cluo more than enough to keep it in business. It is reported that this plan would give Triple AAA and Open Classification clubs MS.MO a year with the scale running down to >8,000 for Class D operatives. "And baseball won't have to go to court," reiterated-. J. Norman Lewis. "All it has to do* is adjust its economic structure to keep up with the times." Sound leadership would have done this several years ago and avoided a lot of acrimony and headaches. MSCs Daugherty Is Coach of Year NEW YORK (/Pj — Hugh Duffy Daugherty of Michigan state's Rose Bowl bound Spartans won football coach of the year honors by the biggest margin in the 21- year history of the competition conducted by the New York World - Telegram and Sun and Scripps-Howard newspapers. Daugherty received 199 first place ballots of the 492 cast by members of the American Football Coaches Assn., according to the compilation announced today. The 40-year-old Michigan State coach succeeds Henry "Red" Sanders as the country's No. 1 coach. Sanders coaches UCLA, the Spartans ODDOneht-in the Rose Bowl Hugh (Duffy) Dougherty Jan. 2. Daugherty's nearest rival was Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma, the 1949 winner who received 54 first place votes. Woody Hayes of Ohio State was next with 42: Then followed Bear Bryant, Texas Aggies. 29; Abe Martin. Texas Christian 26 and John Michelsen of Pitt with 20. South Tops Double-A All-State LITTLE BOCK Wl — South Arkansas football teams dominated the state Class AA football team announced today by the Arkansas -Athletic Association. Camden led the squad with three players. Smackover, Palrvlew of Camden, Forrest City, Sublaco and Malvern each pla ed two players on the all-star squad of 22. The squad: Ends—Gerald Gardner, Bentoni Ben Browntsein, Newport; Marvin Laws, Forrest City; Charles Pruitt, Smackover... Tackles — Tommy Belk, Fairview; Ralph Bock, Subiaco; Gene Cooper, Malvern; Delbert Wo mack, Smackover. Guards — Mickey. Neff, Jonesboro; Steve Ozment, Camflen; James Lemley, Van B u r e n ; Charles Chambless, Hope. Centers — Darell Wallace, Springdale; Ronnie Edwards, Camden. Backs—Mike Donnelly, Subiaco; j p. Cook, Forrest City; Henry Hawk, Conway; Billy Kyser, Camden; Billy Bankston, Malvern; Jimmy Argo, Stuttgart; Jimmy Gadberr, Crossett; Wendell Looney, Fairview. Snead Hot as Pros Go In Miami Open Today MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Slammin' Sammy Snead, th« old pro from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., was the center of attraction again as 161 of the nation's top pros begin play in the $12,500 Miami Open Tournament today. • Snead. a five-time winner of this event,, was putting well ind obviously feeling good in pretourna- ment rounds', an indication he may be in top form for the first time since a back ailment began bothering him in 1954. Snead tuned up with a 6-under- par 65 over the La Gorce course Frick to Head Group at Rites For Honus Wagner PITTSBURGH (ff) — B a s e b a 11 Commissioner Ford Frick will head the honorary pallbearers tomorrow afternoon when funeral services .re held for John Honus Wagner. 81. all-time great pirate shortstop. Hundreds of persons, including many youngsters who only knew Wagner as a legendary figure, viewed his body yesterday. Wagner died early Tuesday following a long ill- quallllers were competing over th» 8,620-yard Miami Springs COUTH. where the 31st edition of the tournament will be played. Strongest rivals of 'the vettrta Snead are Doug Ford, PQA champion from Yonkers; H.Y., and Mlk* Souchak, Durham. : N.C., both proa. and amateurs Doug Sandtri, Tarn O'Shanter Ail-American amateur champion, and Don BUplinghoK, Florida Open and amateur champion. i ' Bob Rosburg of Palo Alto, Calif., Is defending- 'champion, havln| scored his first major profesilo: 3 tournament victory when he can» from two strokes back to win oo the last day with a 13-hole total of 273 last year. Souchak won the Havana tovit*- tional last week and apptira OB top of his game right now, whll* Ford won this tournament in 19W. 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