The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 14, 1956 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 14, 1956
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BATUBDAT, APRIL 14,19M BLYTHKVILLK (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN The View from Here FIRST TIME he covered 18 holes on Blytjieville Country Club's golf course he shot 79. Next time around he came in with 76. "You know," he said, "I believe if I stayed here awhile longer I could shoot my age." Hie age is 73. The fabulous man'i name 1* Bill Jelliffe. BUly the Kid ... a* he is sometime* called . . . is a senior PGA golf champion who ha* played in all the big tournament* with every big golfing name... has won 36 senior, tournaments in the past ten years . . , took top honors twice in the California Open . . . and admits he's been a pro before 1900. If that's not enought for you, he was also a professional heavyweight boxer for eight years. Bill's three-da^ visit in Bly- iheville (be leaves today) was meant to *erve two purposes. As M. representative of Pro Golf Co., he dropped in at the country club's pro shop on business, but renewing an old friendship with Blytheville pro Paul Farrington swallowed up the meatiest port- Ion of him time, The two men knew each other years ago In Chattanooga when Paul was just a caddy. Bill Jelliffe is quite an impressive man. Standing about 6-2 and weighing in the slightly congested neighborhood of 220, he sports an immaculate white goa-, tee and full, curled-to-a-point mustache .. . has a flowing head of silken white hair to match. People noticing him on the street will reach back and try to remember In what movie they think they have seen this sun-. bronzed gentleman. That's the way Tie strikes you. * * * • "Paul is my protege," Bill said, throwing his arm around Farrington's shoulder. "We're going to get him in shape . . ." throwing a swift glance at the Local,pro's \yaistline ... "so he can win some of these big tournaments." Paul has plans of playing at Jonesboro, Paducah, and in the big Open later on in Chicago. * • * Paducah, incidentally, recently honored Billy by enrolling him as an exclusive-exclusive Duke of Paducah . . .an organization restricted . . . until this latest entry ... to ex-mayors of Paducah, Ky. Asked If he knew Ken Burke, Jr., recent winner of the Masters, he said: "Oh eys. I know him well. And I was tickled to death he won." In regards to a charge of "mishandling" by Masters officials, he said: "I wasn't at all pleased the way they handled it. What're rules for, anyway? The number one golfer Is supposed to go around with three, and number two should play with four." Amateur Ken Venturi, who blew up in the final day of play in the Masters, blasted officials when they "changed partners" on him . . . declaring the switch cost him first place. (He later lamented that his words were misisterpreted.) "Still," Bili Jelliffe remarked, " a golfer shouldn't have to depend on his partner." He believes Walter Ha gen was by far the greatest clubber of all time . . . that Sammy Snead is better than Ben Hogan . . . that Byron Nelson in his prime was better than- both of them. "Hogan took advantage of his publicity and sjmpathy folltnving: his accident," he said. "But you have to give him credit for desire and determination. I don't consider him the greatest though." Littler and Souchak, he ' thinks, are best in the new crop of golfers. He believes Littler will be great because of a sound golf swing and good temperament. "Souchak is powerful, has all the shots, and is a fine competitor." Gary Middlecoff? "There is no greater onmept- itor. He has a burning desire to Bill Jelliffe win. He'd rather beat you for a dollar than come in second for $1,000." (Editor's note: Middlecoff can afford to.) Bill also works for the Colorado Athletic Commission as an inspector. Babe McCoy. Los Angeles boxing promoter presently under fire from California's Commission is an old friend of his. "In fact, I used to work for Babe." Someone suddnely "has it in" for McCoy, is the way he sees it. 'If people have complaints about fixed' fights or the like they should step up right away. I don't have .much use for these many-yeer-old charges." Local wrestling promoter Mike Meroney will be pleased to learn that Bill has nothing but praise for wrestling: shows. "I see at least one fight or wrestling show a week . . . and have for maoy, many years ... I have yet to witness a poor wrestlnig match. Say what you want about those boys but they'll give you a great show every time. "And^believe me, I've seen some pretty terrible boxing bouts. That recent bout in Chicago, for instance. Basilic and Saxtoru Basilio chased him all over the ring and then they took his crown away." Among the wrestlers he thinks Lou Thesz is shoulders and cauliflower ears above all the others. It was high noon by now and some of the local boys were ready to make another tour of Blytheville Country. Club's links with the amnzing Mr. Jelliffe. But Billy wanted to eat first. 1 'I have to drink a glass of milk or something before we start." he said. "But I have to eat aione. Paul tells me he doesn't eat lunch. Takes care of a mighty big breakfast, tho." Paul Farrington said; "Oh, by the way, Bill we're going to eat liver tongiht." Bill laughled. "I told Paul 1 eat steak wherever I go. I have so many friends and when I drop in on them they all want to toad me up on steak. I get a little tired of it." But before he started to the main building from the shop, someone said: "O. K. Billy, how about telling us what the secret behind your magnificent appearance is." "Magnificent?" He was sincerely, modest!j taken back. "You mean why I still look so young? Yes- I'll lell you . . . because I donate a pint of my blood to a hospital once a month. Rejuvinatcs my entire system. "Of course, I'm not saying that'll work for everybody. It has for me, tho." Something certainly has. With No Regrets Sox End Tour With Cards By £D WILKS The Associated Press Now it's official. Robin Roberts, who admits doing more "for the home run hitters than the lively ball or the laminated bat," is finally ready to shoot for his seventh straight season of 20 or more victories. There was some nonsense about + — Robin, the Big One of the Phil aedlphia Phils' pitching staff, be ing rarin' to go after going nine innings and setting down the Bos ton Red Sox 2-1 last Tuesday. Bu Roberts was far from his old sel: —he had only given up two home runs in 33 exhibition innings. That was away off pace for guy who set a major league record last season by serving up 41 horn run pitches. It was the Red Sox, the same crowd who "proved" the big right-hander ready earlier in the week, who came back to put Rob IL right yesterday. They put the slug on him foi four home runs and 10 hits in his five-inning "warmup" for an open mg day assignment next Tuesday and coasted in with a 9-3 decision, Pitcher Starts Parade Pitcher, Bob Porterfield started the barrage with a three-run poke in the second inning. Then Tec Williams and Jackie Jensen whacked back-to-back: wallops in ,he third. Milt Boiling sent Robin on his way with a two-run homer ,n the fifth. The New York Yankees, who aren't underestimating the pennant potential supplied by Boson's power, underscored their own lomer threat by smacking three n a 17-7 rout of Pittsburgh. Yogi Bera, Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard tagged the blows against he Bucs. Cleveland's Billy Ray Smith In AAU Finals MADISON. WiS, (0 - Billy Ray Smith of the University of Arkansas may become the heavyweight NCAA boxing champion here tonight. Smith, better Known as a football player, will meet Truman Sturdevant of Wisconsin in the finals of the heavyweight division. Smith qualified for a shot at the title when he outpointed Bill Chea- ; ble of Oklahoma in a second round j match last night. Fights Last Niohi Manchester, England - Joe Lucy, London, stopped Prank Johnson, Manchester, 8. for British lightweight title. Indians also won vith power, beating the Mtlwnu- cee Bi'aves 3-2 as Bobby Avlli homered with a man on in a three•un first inning against Warren Spahn. The Chicago White Sox finally ided their road-tour with the St. ouis Cardinals, and with no regrets. The Cards came from be- iind again to belt the Sox 7-5 and vin the series 7-1. A two-run Texas League single \y Gail Harris broke up the ball 'ame in the eighth and gave the •Jew York Giants a 3-1 decision ver the Senators at Washington. Big Ted Kluszewskf. hampered y a pulled hip muscle after hit- ing 47 homers lasl season, con- .ected for. his second home run f the spring for Cincinnati In a -1 victory over Indianapolis of the American Assn. KANSAS CITY *.<P| — Happiness was the keynote as the Kansas City Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals prepared for their exhibition game here today The Cardinals were happy over the recover of Wilmer Vinegar Bend Mfzell, who was ailing earlier in the month. He's throwing tliose hard balls and curves again —without pain. The A's were happy about Bobby Shantz. who has had a highly satisfactory spring. They're hopping he'll show the form that made him n 24-game winner in 1952. Mizell 'wasn't billed lo see action today, baUing to start for the Cards, who are 21-!) in the Grapefruit League. Shantz was down to pitch for the A's whose Grapefruit record is a poor 13-16 but who hoped to make the fans happy with a better showing today. The A'.s front office, was expecting 25,000 or more fans to turn out for the game-the first meeting of the two Missouri teams since the A's were moved here from Philadelphia last year. Globetrotters Smeared DENVER (#j—The College All- Stars took a 13-0 lead and rolled on for a 91-74 victory last night in dealing the Harlem Globetrotters the worst defeat of their coast-to- coast basketball tour. It was the collegians' fifth victory in 14 games. With Rob Sobies- zszyk of DePaul pouring In 22 points and Joe Holup of George Washington adding 18, the All- Stars never trailed. Drag Racing At- Steelc There will b« stock car drag racing- on Steele's Airport landing strip a rain this Sunday afternoon starting: at 2 o'clock, it was announced. The racing is to continue now every Sunday. Admission IB 50c per car. Same rules as earlier in the year stilt apply. .There are no entrance fees or prizes for drivers taking: part. Willard Schmidt, a fire right — bander, was down Hurricane Calls Again For Rocky By WHITNEY SHOEMAKER WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson set up a new demand today for a heavyweight title bout with Rocky Marciano after hi! quick dispatch of England's willing but overmatched Johnny Williams. Starting slowly but flailing away for two rounds, Jackson dropped Williams three times and won a technical knockout at 2:49 of the fourth round. "We want Marciano—or anyone else if he won't fight," clamored Lou (Lippy) Breidbart, Jackson's manager and speechmaker. Jackson gave his approval with a happy "Yeah, man." The 24-year-old windmill from ew York's Far Rockaway scc- ;ion showed no signs of wear for lis brief and decisive session with Williams in a televised scrap before 2,500 fans at Uline Arena last night. Breidbart hadn't even waited tor the contest, in which his charge was a prohibitive 5-1 favor- te, to shout for Marciano. He announced he had sent a wire on Thursday to Chairman Julius Helfand of the New York State Athletic Commission demanding n match with Ma r c i a n o. And il Rocky won't fight. Breidbart added, Jackson is rendy to take on any other challengers if it means the title hangs close by. Jackson has scored 13 kayos among 27 victories In his 32 bouts. The defeat was Williams' ninth in 63. Jackson weighed 194 .Williams 11 194 V,. Chicks Run Fifth in Meet »»»**# ****** Tigers Slip in Pole Vault, Place Second POPLAR BLUFF — Caruth ersville's Tigers, leading mos of the way in a track and fiel meet here yesterday were nipped 84-80 by Charleston o Missouri. Blytheyille's Chicka saws, participating in thei first meet of the year, placei fifth in a six-team field wit! 10 points. Paducah, Ky., finished third wit SS\' 2 points, host Poplor Bluff ta lied 27 in fourth. Sikeston came i behind Blytheville. • The Chlckasaws failed to win in any event. Best position was gained by the 880 relay team , which finished third. Their time was 1:37.9. Freddy Akers' leap, was good fo fourth spot in the broad jump. Hi measurement was 19 ft., 4Vi in. Jodie Hall finished fourth in th discus event. He sent the sauce sailing 113 ft., 3 in. Blytheville's mile relay squad came In fifth and Hays Sullivan raced fourth in the 220-yard dash. Charleston overtook Caruthers ville in the pole vault, the las event. Charleston finished first and second and walked away with top honors. Winner Leslie of Caruthersville was clocked at 10.2 in the 100 dash although he turned In a 10.1 in the preliminaries.. Tigers Jones and Tate showed well in the high hurdles, taking second and fourth, respectively. Here is the way Caruthersville piled up their other points: First place in the mile was taken by Patterson with a time of 4:50.4. He also finished ahead of Ihe pack with a 2:07.8 880 ruri. Tiger 860 relay men—Clayton Hollowell, Edgerton and Leslie — racked up another first with 1:36.1 Jones and Cook finished second and third, respectively in the low hurdles. Leslie broke the 220 Upe first, running at 23.0. Edgerton ran third. Final first place was taken foi Caruthersville by the crack mile relay team, Hinton went over the pole vault mark in third place and McCoy turned in a fifth iri the 030 run. for/ Averill's Son Jains Cleyeland as Catcher MILWAUKEE W)-Earl Averill, whose dad averaged well over .300 in hitting for II seasons with the Cleveland Indians up until 1939, has won a Tribe contract. The 24-yenr-old catcher has hit four homers and well over .300 in exhibition games, and Manager Al Lopez says his work behind the plate "has Improved 100 per cent." UA Victim of No-Hitter COLUMBIA, Mo. Ufl — Right- hander Norm Stewary turned in a no-hit, no-run game yesterday in Missouri's 2-0 defeat of Arkansas at baseball. Jirls Wrestle )n Legion Mat Card Monday Women wrestlers return to Memorial Auditorium Monday night as Promoter Mike Meroney presents a double main event on his American Legion program. Miss Mars Bennett squares off against Miss Belle Drummond In a one-hour time limit affair that will constitute one half of the double main go affair. In the other half, four top notch male heavyweights, Including a masked grappler, swap grips In a best two of three falls tag affair. The Phantom In this one, the Phantom, a masked wrestler, teams up with Joe McCarthy against Varon Oa- tonl and Rube Wright. They'll do battle over the 90-mln- ute time, best two of three falls route. This will be the first appearance here for both Miss Bennett and Miss Drummond. Both are highly regarded among the lady professionals and both are well experienced. The tag bout Is expected to be a rough tmd tumble affair as all four participants are students of catch- as-catch-can wrestling. All have appeared here recently. 73 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE — Bill Jelliffe, senior PGA golf champion and representative 1 of a sporting goods firm, gives a word of advice to Blytheville Country Club pro, Paul Farrington. Jelliffe, In town the past three days, has been playing fplf for » considerably longer Hm« thai Farrington. He's 73 years old. The two men havt been friends for a long time. See additional story In The View from Here column on tills page. (Courier Newi Photo) Southern Assn. Bf THE ASSOCIATED PRESS W L Pet. GB Nashville '.3 1 .150 Birmingham 2 1 .667 Memphis 2 1 .667 Mobile 2 1 .667 New Orleans 2 1 .667 Atlanta 1 2 .333 Chattanooga 1 3 .250 ' Little Rock 0 3 .000 : Yesterday's Results New Orleans 5, Memphis 3 Mobile 6, Little Rock 4 Atlanta 12, Nashville 2 Chattanooga 8, Birmingham 4 Games Today Birmingham at Chattanooga Memphis at New Orleans •xiile at Little Rock ^'Ashville at Atlanta Derby On Television NEW YORK Wl — CBS-TV will televise the Kentucky Derby Satur-' day, May 5, at S:l5'p.m. EST. I EDDIE'S DRIVE IN LIQUOR STORE Corner Broadway and Ash—Phone 3-9915 Blytheville's Only Drive-ln Liquor Store • Conveniently Located • Plenty of Parking Space FAST CURB SERVICE—JUST HONK HORN Featuring All the National Brands of LIQUORS—WINES—CORDIALS—BEER 10% OFF ON ALL CASE LOTS SPECIAL? KC's Premium Quality Beer 6-Can Cartoon 900 $3 24 -Can Case 50 Owned nnd Operated By Eddie Saliha His windshield wipers didn't work, While rain fell in a torrent, So careless like, Thus on that night, He signed his own death warrant. It's Smooth Sailing When You Get Your Car Checked at ... PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. Your Ford Dealer Blytheville, Ark. Phone 3-4453 Major League Pilots Bubble with Optimism By JOE NEW YORK (AP) — Major league managers, known for their peculiar optimism on the eve of pennant races, really put-did themselves today as they predicted the tightest races in history in both the American and National leagues and practically placed all second division berths out of bounds. Prom Cleveland's Al Lopez,, who declared, "we have a g r e chance," to Pittsburgh's Bobby Bragan who promised cape cellar," nil we'll es- imumgers were convinced their clubs will be stronger. Even super - cautious Walt Alston, the reticent skipper of the world champion Dodgers went way out on the limb—far him—by snying: Stengel Not Sure 'Our club will havo a good chance to win the pennant — depending on the pitching." Casey Stengel, who curlier had picked his club to win the American League pennant, was not as definite this time although he indicated he would he greatly .surprised If n club other than his New York Yankees captured the Hug. Lopez conceded that the Yankees, as league champions, must be the team to beat but he added: "The Red Rox, White Sox anc Tigers, as well as ourselves, are Improved and I see a race fully as close as Inst year's. We have a great chance." Other American League m agcrs were almost as enthusiastic. Mike Higgins of Boston said, "Even when we were losing a few ga mes In Florida I was seeing things that convinced me we have improved considerably — enough to make my hopes very high." Marty Marion, who last year predicted his White Sox would win the pennant, didn't go that far out on the limb this time. He did say, however, Hint he was not conceding a thing to any other club. Bucky Harris, Detroit manager, said: "I realize It won't be easy to beruk into the first division but I feel certain we'll win more games than we did last year." Lou Boudreau of Kansas City predicted the entire order of finish. ' '" '•''-• Trouble for "I would rank the teams In this order," he said, "Yariks, Red Sox, Indians, White Sox, ; Tigers, Ath- leics, Senators, . Orioles." Paul Richards of Baltimore also leaned toward the Yankees and named Boston, Chicago and Cleveland to "be right up there." Charlie Dressen of Washington saw trouble for the Yankees "if Bob Turley doesn't come through." As for his Senators, he said "It's too open" to predict but "some of our pitchers are going; to surprise them this year." Alston expects a closer National League race than last year and bracketed the Braves, Giant* and his Dodgers as the top three. Billy Rigney, freshman Olant manager, insisted there will be no runaway this time. "I think pitching will decide th« pennant and I think ths Giants have a good chance." Charlie Grimrn of Milwaukee said "If we could get full seasons of our key players we should be right up there." Birdie Tebbetts was sure hit Redlegs were stronger. "If the pitching comes through, we will be up there," Birdie said. Stan Hack of Chicago also' was confident his club was improved. 'I rate the cubs a good chance lo finish in the first division." he said. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 16 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c — Children 15e DOUBLE MAIN EVENT -GIRL WRESTLERS - MISS MARS BENNETT Vt. MISS BELLE DRUMMOND 1 Hour Time Limit—Best 2 Out of S Falls iMIss Mnrs Kennelt 4 MAN TAG MATCH The Phantom & Joe McCarthy Vi. Varon Gatoni & Rube Wright 90 Minute Time Limit—Best 2 Out of 3 Falls .V

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