BLTTrTEYILlB (ARK.)' COURIER XETO PAGE PIFT&'BM Marlon Hill Small School Grad, Wins First Jim Thorpe Trophy By MtlRHAY OLDEKM.4N NEA Stiff Correspondent ' Harlon Hill will be awarded the first annual Jim Thorpe Trophy as the outstanding professional football player of 1955. In a poll conducted by NEA Service among the players of the National Football League, the great pass-receiving end of the Chicago Bears .was a decisive choice in competition with such outstanding challengers as Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns and Tobln Rote of the Green Bay . Packers. Hill will receive the trophy from Harry Grayson, sports editor of NEA Service, in a nationally-televised halftime ceremony from the Pro Bowl Game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Jan. 15. The trophy is donated by A. G. Spalding & Bros., Inc. The award is named in honor of the immortal Sac and Pox Indian who was a pioneer in the professional game after carJturing the nation's imagination as an undergraduate at Carlisle. The presentation brings to a lustrous peak the two-year-old pro career of a lad who was passed up for 176 other players in the draft of college talent. Bill was acquired by George Halas on a tip given Clark Shaughnessy by Hal Self at the 1953 Blue- Gray Ail-Star Game in Montgomery. Ala. Because the game committee was interested only in big school players, Hill wasn't selected. But Self, Alabama quarterback of 1955-46, coached him at little Florence, Ala., Teachers. Hill, who has the grim Jaw and high cheekbones of an Indian, at once became the worst scourge to pass defenses since the incomparable Don Hutson roamed the secondary for the Packers. For this, those who play with and against him contend the young man rates professional football's inaugural equivalent of the colleges' Heisman Trophy. Deployed as a split left end on virtually every play, Hill demands coverage by two men because of his tremendous speed. Furthermore, at 6-3 and 198 pounds, he's no pushover for size. • "A good boy," concedes Bert Rechichar of tlte Baltimore Colts, one of tlie NFL's premier defensive backs. "He's ypung and still makes mistakes, but when he turns it on, look out, or he's lost you." Hill shipped by defenders on the receiving end of 12 touchdown passes last year to lead the NFL in his freshman season. He has topped ail receivers again in touch- FIRMLY IN HIS GRASP Strikeout Artist Score Wms AL Rookie Honor By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians, who fanned 245 batters to set a record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in his first major league season, was named the American League's 1955 Rookie of the Year today. The 22-year-old stylish Boijthpaw! received 18 votes in the balloting of the 24 co mm it tee men of the Baseball Writers Assn. Three writers from each of the eight American up the com- League cities made mittee- Only two other players received votes. Im'lelder Billy Klaus of the Boston Red Sox was picked got five and first baseman Norm Zau- chin, also of the Red Sox, one. Score's strikeout mark eclipsed the previous record of 227. established by Grover Cleveland Alexander in his rookie season with the Philadelphia Phils in 1911. Score, a 6-2, 135-pound fast-bailer won 16 games and lost 10. He ranked fourth in earned run listings with a 2.85 nverage., He was signed to bonus contract by the Indians' for an estimated 560,000 in June 1952. He posted a 22-5 won-lost record for Indianapolis during the 1954 sea- College Basketball Tuesday's Basketball By Till: ASSOCIATED PRESS N. C. State 100, Clemson 83 Illinois 103, Notre Dame 9 Michigan State 99, Southern Illinois 71 Bradley 73, Canisius 66 Rockhurst 74, Warrensburg (Mol 53 Holla Mines 78, Westminster (MO) 63 Washbum 93, Ottawa (Kan) 62 St. Benedicts (Kan) 91, Kansas City Univ 64 East Central Okla 93, Northeastern Okla 87 Tarkio 72. Peru (Neb.) 66 Central Okla. 77. Southwestern Okla 71 (two overtimes) Phillip Oilers 108, Texas 91 "-lenderson (Ark) 77, Louisiana 71 Arkansas Tech 90, Hendrix 72 son, striking out 390 batters for an American Assn. record. Klaus, a peppery shortstop who failed to make the grade in the National League after trials with the Braves Giants, was and the New York instrumental in Boston's successful season. He hit Holland Nips Caruthersville In Two Games HOLLAND — The Holland Lions won over Caruthersville Tigers in a doubleheader here last night. Holland won the A game 67-44 after eking out a 36-35 win in the B battle. Taylor Kilbourn of Holland scored only one point .during the B battle but that point was the edge for Holland's victory. In the closing seconds. Kilbourn maed good on a free throw. High scorers in the B game were Harold 'Gortner of Caruthersville with 15 and Pete Canada of Holland with 14. Holland high point men in the A game were Buddy James who meshed 23 and Jackie Kinley who racked up 21. Joe White led the Tigers' scoring with 13. Caruthersville had a 29-27 edge at halftime in the B game. Holland was leading 25-23 midway through the A game. The Lions took a 13-point margin over Caruthersville in the third quarter of the senior game. Basilio Named Fighter of Year By Writers By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — Welterweight champion Carmen Basilio, rookie welterweight Bob Murphy of Boston, and publicity man Harry Mendel today were named to receive th» Boxing Writers Assn.'s three main awards. Basilio, 28-year-old ex-Marine from Chittenango, N. Y., was voted the Edward J. Neil Memorial Plaque as Fighter of the Year. Murphy, undefeated, 22-year-old 147-pound prospect, was chosen Rookie of the Year. Mendel, 62-year-old former promoter, matchmaker and newspaperman, was singled out for the James J. Walker Memorial Plaque, "for long and meritorious service to boxing over a period of years." The award-winning trio will be honored at the BWA's annual dinner Jan. 19. Surprised Basilio, a pro eight years, won he 147-pound crown from Tony De- Vlarco by stopping the hard-hitting Bostonian in the 12th round of hrilling fight in Syracuse June 10. He is unbeaten in his last 15 fights »ver a two-year span. His record S 48-11. "It's a real surprise and I'm terribly happy," said Basilio when- in- ormed of the award at Waynesboro, Ga. "Whoever would have ;hought three or four years ago A GAME Caruthersville Clayton 6 Bartholomew 7 Patterson 4. Green 6 White 13 Substitutions: Pos. P P C G O Holland ... Smith 6 . James 23 . Kinley 21 Waldrop 3 Jackson 13 Kell Signs 1956 Palehose Pact CHICAGO to — George Kell, the Chicago White Sox' leading hittei ast season, yesterday signed his 1956 contract. The 33-5'ear-old third baseman and 12-year American League veteran batted .312 in 1955 and drove .n 81 runs, tops among the Sox. Caruthersville — G. Cook 2, Eclgerton 2, Miehie 4; Holland — Channel! 1, and Martin. downs as a sophomore. Some may catch more passes, but none gets farther than Harlon the Hellion once the ball is grasped in his sensitive fingers. His average gain last year was 25 yards, and for clutch performance you only have to look at his game against the Detroit Lions as recently as Dec. 4 of this year. This was a must for the Bears if they to stay in the Western Division race. ' ] power coincides with Hill's entry Hill caught but one pass, but it! into the league. He's 23 and just nipped the Lions for the payoff | beginning to kick up his heels. touchdown in a 21-20 victory pulled out in the fading minutes. As a decoy, he sets up the brutal Bear running game by keeping defenses loose. He is no fragile flower who only lopes with the ball. He'll slant in to throw an honest block. Resurgence of the Bears as a Oldster Graham gave him his closest tussle in the running for the Jim Thorpe award by emerging from short retirement to lead the Browns to their umpteenth divisional title covering two leagues. Harlon Hill, the first Jim Thorpe Trophy tucked securely under his arm, will be back for more. North Carolina Coach Barclay Is Released CHAPEL HILL, N. C. (AP) — George Barclay, who earned All America honors as a guard at North Carolina but couldn't win enough games as the school's head football Ameche, Graham Nab Titles PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rookie Alan (The Horse) Ameche of the Baltimore Colts and retiring veteran Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns captured the two big offense titles for 1955 in the National Football League. Ameche became the first freshman to win the ball carrying title since Bill Paschal of the New York Giants did it in 1943 while Graham made his swan-song season with the Browns another year atop the league's passers, final NFL statistics showed today. Ameche, former All-America from Wisconsin, lived up to his pre-season billing as he ground out 961 yards in 213 carries, an average of 4.5 yards. Howie Ferguson oi Dreen Bay was second with 859 yards on Wardell Powers Over Hayti In Cage Battles WARDELL — The Wardell Cardinals took both halves of a twin- bin from Hayti's Indians here last night. The Cards won the A game j 83-54 after winning the B game | 52-33. Boren of Wardell was high scorer with 27 points in the A game. Gaulding of Hayti made 15. j High scorers in the B game were \ Shenhard of Wardell with 15 and : Eubanks of Hayti with 13. A GAME 4.5 average. The league's best average per carry went to Dick Casares of the Chicago Bears with 672 yards on 125 runs, an average of 5.4. Joe Perry of San Francisco, also had a 4.5 average on 156 carries for 701 yards. Graham tossed the ball 185 times, completed 98 nor a gain of 1.721 yards — an average gain per pass attempt of 9.30 and a completion average of 53 per cent. Bobby Layne of Detroit also had a 53 per cent completion average but he gained only 6.78 yards per toss. Pete Pihos, retiring from the Philadelphia Aeaglcs, finished atopj the pass receivers for the third also for a successive year with 62 catches for 864 yards and 1 TDS, Keiser Boosters Honor Gridders KEISER — The Keiser football team was honored at their annual banquet last week at the Keiser High School cafeteria. The .Keiser Booster Club sponsored the affair. Coach Charles Griffin introduced the football team and made special mention of all-state back Royce Smith and all-district players. Smith, Leo Smith and Carl Spaii Hayti Dowdy 12 . Huffman 13 Sides 4 .... Eiiel! 4 .... Gaulding 15 Pos. .. F .. F .. C .. G G Wardell Redmond 16 j .... Payne 8 ... Boren 27 ... Bullock 2 ... Fisher 20 Substitutions: Hayti — Fraser 4. Richard 1, Patterson, Noggle and Guerian; Wardell — Wilson 10, Spears, Atwood and H. Bankston. Watch Cleaning $3.50 3 day Service Mr. A. B. Ford, registered chron- ographer technician with 22 vears watchmaking experience, is now associated with our firm. 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Barclay, who came here In 1852 as assistant to Carl Snavely and took over as head coach when Snavely was fired at the end of j early 1930s. that season, posted an 11-18-1 record in his three years. Speculation immediately cen tared on Maryland Coach Jim Tatum as Barclay's successor—although university officials insist that no successor has been discussed. Tatum only Monday reminded reporters that he had denied plan: to move to North Carolina. Barclay and Tatum played together at North Carolina in the if you can give a better bourbon,..give it! |—rt There is nogift more gracious, more distinctive than this exquisite decanter, created specially for holiday giving. And ftiside, you have the greatest gift o£ all, a magnificent bourbon, wonderfully rich, smooth and warmhearted. KENTUCKY STRAIflHT BOURBON WHISKEY . 6 YEARS OLD • 86 PROOF • ®1955 ANCIENT AGE DIST. CO., FRANKFORT, KY. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Miami Beach, Fla — Miguel Diaz, 150, Havana, outpointed Danny Giovanelli, 150, Brooklyn, 10. Trenton. N. J. — Joe Rowan 16, Phoenixville, Pa. outpointed Zack Hobbs, ^e!-,, Philadelphia, 8 East St. Louis, HI — Charles (Sonny) Listen,' 209, St. Louis stopped Larry Watson, 181 Omaha, 4. ihat I'd be picked for such a great lonor?" Basilio is bird hunting in South Georgia. Murphy, Army veteran of Korea, turned pro this year. The onetime star high school infielder and half-* back Won his first 14 fights, 10 by knockouts, and showed he was ready to step up in class by holding experienced Chico Vejar to » draw in Boston last Saturday night. Mendel, popular with sports writers, has been connected with boxing for over 45 years. He is publicity man for the International Boxing Club. &• j-lcaaquarters FOR BOATING FAMILIES BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 118 E. 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