The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1955 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 23, 1955
Page 13
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THIRTEEN UP AND UP . Ail-American Bill Russell Is 'Beginner' By MURRAY Of.DERMAN NBA Staff Correspondent San Francisco—(NEA)—You had to be skeptical, the way they raved about this big Bill Russell. He made Tom Gola look like a grammar school kid, sputtered the San Francisco writers around the press table. but he remains a relatively skinny .oyola, Dons Expecting No On the floor o{ Kerar Pavilllon. the University ol San Francisco warmed up, and you couldn't miss the lean 6-10 figure of dusky Bill. He clapped his hands to the rythm of the Don band and pranced up and down. Showboat, you thought. A guy named Bevo Francis used to get the same buildup. The game started, and this was 210 pounds. They thought the new college 12- foot lane would restrict hi* backboard operations. • * • "THIS WON'T HURT the tall ones," Bill shook his head. "It'll kill the fat ones." A basketball can get lost in his big hands, but Bill lays off an> no Bevo. A shot would head toward ,; wnlng dur i ng a game . the USF rims, and before it could , Tm not a Globetrotter," complete its trajectory a hand' Hashed up and pinned the ball against the boards. Russell is a whole basketball player who moves, has quick hands and an arm spread of seven feet, three inches that, matched with his leg spring, harasses a defense of wildness. he HE CAN'T DO one tiling—shoot! Bill has a hook of sorts, mostly from his natural southpaw side, and they're trying to develop an outside shot, but the bulk of his points comes on dunkers. A Don set shot by guards K.C. Jones or Hal Perry is slightly off, and Bill swoops up to guide it in. College basketball has nothing like him, on or off the court. Before the NCAA championship finale against LaSalle In Kansas City last season, the squad was supposed to assemble tor the usual pre- game meal. Bill had some pangs of hunger an hour earlier. He tossed down a snack consisting of a whole roast chicken and a salad. He's knocked off three steaks for lunch. Another Milestone for Connie Baseball Pioneer, 93, Celebrates Birthday PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Connie Mack, born during the Civil War when baseball was but a twinkle on the American horizon, is 93 today. And for'the Grand Old Man himself it was a happy day indeed. Several thousand tele grams and letters have poured in from friends and well-wishers, sport in which Mack — born Cornelius J. McGillicuddy — was sport Some of the greetings came yesterday when Mack celebrated the big day at the suburban Bryn Mayr home of one of his son's, Roy. The festivities took place then to permit Mack to mark the occasion with newsmen and photographers. Just three days ago Mack left Presbyterian Hospital after a checkup. He had fractured his hip in a fall 2'/ 2 months ago. His physician said that injury and the fracture from another fall are mending well. Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics jfor SO years and won nine league pennants and five World Series before the A's departed for Kansas City. Memory For Names There was a twinkle in his eyes yesterday — he still has a magic memory for names — when a card arrived from his bat boy of 50 years ago, Fred Haynes, of Los Angeles. A greeting came from Bobby Ehantz, now with Kansas City and the last of Connie's incredible list of great southpaw pitchers. There also was a card signed by the entire class of School No. 10, Detroit, and another from Mie Board of Aldermen of North Brookfleld, •1905. When * came to blowing out the candles on the big birthday cake topped by a white elephant, the Seeking Satisfaction? Mass., an area that Mack left in symbol of the A's, Connie signaled to his son Roy for assistance. young and old, who love the a pioneer. As his son helped, Connie looked up at the press photographers and newsmen, the quiver of a smile shrugged, "—yet." Five hours a day are devoted to practice shooting to develop his touch. His ambitions have gone beyond being a mere All-America. "I'd like to be an all-time All-America,' he admitted frankly. "But I think I started a little late." He never made his high schoo team in Oakland across the ba; until he was a senior. They didn': rush to recruit him then, either. "HE HAS AT LEAST two year! before he reaches his peak; as i basketball player," gauged Coacri Phil Woolpert of the Dons. Rival coaches are less cautious George Mikan would not only fai to score against him—he'd never ge off a shot," said Bob Feerick o Santa Clara, who's played in the pro loops. However, the adjustment to pro fessional basketball, his eventtia aim, will take time. He'll be rough ed up like he's never been before and he'll find these dunkers don' come so easy against equally bi men. He's a poor foul shooter, which is a big handicap, and he must de velop a right hand shot. Still, we'd like to have him. Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco — Ezzard Charle 196;i, Cincinnati, outpointed Bo Albright, 218(4, Los Angeles 10. Spartanburg, S. C. — Henri (Pappy) Gault, 11T/4, Spartan burg, outpointed Johnny O'Brien 111%, Boston, 15. (for IT. S. ban tamweight title) Los Angeles — Reuben Smith n!30, Los Angeles, stopped Cle Lane, 128, Columbus, Ohio, 8, playing across his lips. "God bless you all," he said "and merry Christmas, merr Christmas ever, body." 90 PROOF STILL :«4.89 *3.07 *1.S6 f- FIFTH ' PINT ft PWT nil'" ':" DISTILLED AND BOTTKO IY : ltlTJU-«HltI« DIITIUMT '• HTAI.'LQUISVILLI. ft., ll«l "ffhnt-Point Landing ESCANABA, Mich. Wl — A three- point buck laapid 30 left to Its death through a door of the post office at nearby Masonvllle. Ted Atkinson will be after hli fifth IKMetti Joutcej «M» when h* rides during the 40-day meeting opening Jan. 17. NEW ORLEANS (ffl—San Fran- ;isco, which lias built a 32-game winning streak with five Negro >asketball players, meets weak Loyola of the South tonight in a ;ame school officials say will ! create no racial incident. After a crowd buped ShelHe Me- 1 Millon, Bradley's Negro forward. Loyola's 71-65 upset victory Tuesday night, the Rev. James J. Molloy, S. J., Loyola athletic director, said: "Bolh officials from Loyola and the University of San Francisco do not expect any difficulty in any way for the game coming up." . Ross Guidice, assistant coach! for San Francisco, the nation's No 1 team, agreed with Father Molkn Guidice scouted the Bradley-Loyoi contest. Not Racial Sports writers , said McMillon stuck out his tongue after the crowd booed him. Members of the Loyola band began playing 'Dixie" and some students were heard singing, "Bye-Bye Blackbird." Molloy. however, called the trouble "definitely not a racial incident, but something which happens many times during, a season during a close, hard-fought ball :ame." McMillon denied he stuck out his tongue. San Francisco has more Negro players than any basketball team ever brought to a noasegregatecl athletic contest in New Orleans Loyola, which first erased the color line in New Orleans- sports, har' only met, Alonzo Lewis of La Salt? last yer before playing Bradley Now, at this gay time we are pleased to greet those whose friendship we prize. Our best wishes to you! Christmas Eve Dance Music by Luther $*e'n*>»rg and his great colored orchestra REBEL CLUB Qsceola, Arkansas College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS East Manhattan 71, George Washington 63 Connecticut 90, NYU 8S South Wake Forest 86, Brigham Young 80 Tulane 91. Washington State 52 Miami (Fla) 80, Bradley 73 Midwest Ohio State 94. Washington 73 Indiana 82, Drake 79 Southern Methodist 85, Wichita 67 Kansas Wesleyan 78, penn (Iowa) 60 Far West Southern California 88, Dartmouth 50 Stanford 62, Santa Clara 55 Colorado A&M 60, Colorado 68 Christmas It is indeed a pleasure to thank all of you — who are our loyal customers and friends — for your continued patronage. It has been a real pleasure to serve you! And it is a pleasure now to extend to you and yourt i — our warmest wishes for all that's bright and gay IN THIS WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON . from all of us at Everything tor Men and Boys I MARTIN'S Good Gift Idea... MARTIN'S GIFT CERTIFICATE With A Martin's Gift Certificate You Can Spend the Exact Amount Desired With No Worries About The Wrong Size or Color. And Its From His Favorite Store. OPEN UNTIL 9 P. M. EVERY NIGHT TILL CHRISTMAS Everything for Men and Bo MARTIN'

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