The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 4, 1954 · Page 12
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The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 12

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Saturday, December 4, 1954
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v i id f assies mm 1954 C 1 1 eg Sate Sain rsV if Andrews Let Maxim "Get Away" and Win ... There was a magnificent stupidity about the way lean Paul Andrews "blew" that fight to creaking Joey Maxim the other night, a holocaust witnessed by millions on television.. ' After closing Maxim's right eye In the first round, Andrews, tall, handsome and explosive, suddenly lost his lust for the "kill? and became an ultra conservative, backing away and retreating like a man who after finding his prey, decided he didn't have the heart to dispose :tf it. Timidity is the word for Paul Andrews. Instead of walking in and belting Joey Maxim out, he fought hesi - tantinglyj.with meticulous care. He fought the same way with Harold Johnson, flooring the Philadelphia fighter early in the bout. Like Maxim, Johnson escaped and went on to win. " There was a man present the other night who was never guilty of such gentility, ex - heavyweight champion - Joe Louis. When he got 'em in trouble, they stayed in , trouble. No one ever escaped once Louis had them - hobbling and hobbling in distress, like Andrews had a Maxim. Louis was a civilized savage, a storm that enveloped hi? opponents and blew them into a state of utter helplessness when they were caught in his path. It is one thing to disarm an opponent and another to put him away. Louis solved that knack early in his career and never lost it. - , Paul Andrews has yet to learn the secret. He corners 'em i - '4t they manage to escape, as - Maxim did the other nlc t with, only one eye to show him the way. "When They're in Trouble, Finish 'Em" Louis . . . Among those attending the wake in Paul's dressing room after the fight was Louis, who has a personal interest in the promising youngster. Andrews is managed by Marshall Miles, who guided Louis after the ex - champion parted ways with John Roxborough and Julian Black. Louis looked at Andrews, who was sitting on a long table, his chin buried in his chest . . . obviously dis - ' gusted with the outcome. He had lost a 10 - round decision to a one - eyed fighter. "i'm crnnna Ji9v rn take this fiGrhter and explain a few things to him," Louis . m . m - there is a lot ne aoesn i Know. - "He had that fight in the bag tonight. Maxim's eye was closed tight at the end of the first round, but lie let Joey get away and lost a fight he should have won by a knockout.' T?rc?rJoa Vvachincr MnTlm'u pva in. Andrews bad the puffy veteran weaving and aunng ine ngnx, sei up ior a KnocKoui. ne never iuun orlvnntncro nf. tVinf rnnrrtiinitis. hnwGVfr. On such nc - casions, he slackened his pace and permitted Maxim to " my a a. i f A 1 regain ni composure, inac was a vuai mistaKc. "Once you get a fellow in trouble," Louis told a " small group of listeners, "you are supposed to step in "nnd finish him, if possible. Maybe Paul hasn't learned how to do that yet. Somebody must teach him. Hex "punches hard enough to stop any fighter he hits. He hit Maxim plenty hard but never followed up and completed the job." Louis walked over to the dejected, unhappy fighter. He put his arm around him and said: "Don't feel too bad, Paul, it happens to the best of :f tenters. You made a few mistakes tonight but that'g al in the game. Well get together in New York next "week and maybe I can show you a few things vouve been doing wrong. You didn't disgrace yourself in this fight, just missed a big chance." Andrews smiled and shook Louis' hand. Why Did Andrews Switch to the Body? . . . Mavim has now beaten the two best voung prospects in the light heavyweight Patterson. He knows how anything with wise, old Archie Moore, the champion. "Kids like Andrews and Patterson," Louis explained, "let old guys like Maxim outsmart them, push them around and boss the fight. They shouldn't do that. "All Paul had to do against Maxim was to keep moving to Joey's right. He couldn't see Andrews from that side at all. Maxim's eye was completely closed. "But Instead of doing that and firing away at the bad evf, Paul switched his attack to the body. Why he did that I'll never know. Maybe It was the fault of his corner. After all he's just a youngster, only been In 82 figltfs. Perhaps they didn't give him the right instructions. Perhaps they did and he didn't follow them." 1 Louis shrugged his broad shoulders and walked away. "Hate to see the kid lose a fight like that," he said. "He's a much better fighter than Maxim." In his dressing room, Maxim was bubbling over with enthusiasm. "The kid had me going," he said, "but didn't follow up. He let me figure out what to do and I went on to boat him. I'm tellin' you, I couldn't see out of my right eye for five rounds. If he had moved to my right, I'd been knocked out; But he didn't go to - the right, did he? No, he went the other way, on the side I could see him. I sure was glad of that." Louis stuck his head in the room and said: "Nice fight, you old fox!" ' , Maxim looked up and laughed. When Louis had gone Joey said to his audience: 'Now there's a guv who he got you in trouble. I wouldn't have lasted two rounds with; him if he closed one of JODS OVERSEAS Mltft pWf bt ' It Srtft Artaa. U. rn. Alaska, O.S.A., t, Fr paid, m4ltal tar. Bit owrtaaKIa far ta - borr. tfrfmra. Hark), at.. kU4 ikllMd: am all araM(laaa. MM IM mtm. Plra rlnfa - iaaMtflato rtply. N bllfatioa. Mat aa aaiatayaant aaaaty. ' Ha f.acy taa. Buraaa al faralaa Saralaa. Dat. 1. ft Ubarty M., M.V. , N. T. said. "He's a good boy but - wobbling at least three times division, Andrews and Floyd to beat the kids but can't do could reallv finish vou when my eyes like Andrews did." S. C. EDGES BENEDICT V Orangeburg, S. C South Carolina State College Bulldogs were hard pressed to win a n nal Southern Conference victory from Benedict College, 15 - 12, on Thanksgiving Day, here, before 6,000 alumni and fans . Only a Tiger (Thanksgiving Day) Lincoln 6 Howard 0 Morris Brown 39 Clark 6 Tennessee .59 Bluefield 0 North Carolina .... 7 Savannah State . . . 7 Hampton 18 South Carolina . . . . 15 Xavier .39 Dillard 12 Alabama State . . . .23 Tuskegee 2 Allen 31 - Claflin 0 Florida A. & M 28 - Florida Normal . . 6 Fort Valley 24 Albany State 0 Morris 13 Edward Waters . . 6 Tougaloo 28 Jarvis 6 Virginia State 22 Morgan 0 (Saturday, Nov. 27) Bethune - Cookman .59 Lane 6 Prairie View 20 Southern 13 Texas Southern ... .14 Arkansas A. & M. 8 Howard Is Beaten by Lincoln. 6 - 0 WASHINGTON, D. C Lin coin University gathered all Its strength for one third - period touchdown that enabled them to defeat Howard University, 6 - 0, in the oldest gridiron rivalry In Negro college football. Meeting for the forty - ninth time in a series that began back in 1894. the Lions culled the game nearer to a tie in the heat ed rivalry. This year's victory gives Lincoln twenty wins in the series. Howard has won twenty - one with eight games having ended In ties. Lincoln's lone touchdown came midway in tne tnira pe riod when a pass that went from quarterback Joe Kehney to end Jim Cooke and covered 13 yards resulted in the TD. Cooke, who stands 66 and will probably take his place beside some of Lincoln's great name players, just returned to the Lion squad this year alter a three - year stint in the Army. BIOOEST Mi tfc BUT Alcorn in 19 - 13 Win JACKSON, Miss. An over flow crowd was on hand here at Alumni Field Saturday to watch Alcorn win a harcMought 19 - 13 victory over Jackson College In the annual Dixie Classic. Alcorn started out as they Intended making a runaway of the game. During the opening minutes of the game, Jesse Hosey intercepted a Jackson pass that' set - up his teams initial score. FranKIin Purnell got credit for the first touch down when he soloed his way the last 30 yards. Before' the period ended Jack son was back in the ball game. Driving mostly on the ground the Tigers drove 60 yards for tne score with George Johnson going the last 30 alone. When Fullback Hill ran for the extra point, Jackson led, 7 - 6. and a Hawk! A. and T. ..... Paine ......... Virginia Union Benedict ...... Savannah Finally Wins. 7 - 0 SAVANNAH, Ga. It had been a long time since Savannah State has won a football game (three years, to be exact) but the famine came to an abrupt and joyful end here on Thanksgiving Day as the Geor gia team turned the tide on Paine, 7 - 0. The win, as could be expected after a diet of defeats', was welcomed by Savannah rooters everywhere. Robert Butler, Savannah State halfback, was the big hero in the big win. It was Butler who grabbed in a Paine punt In the fourth period and raced 30 yards for the only touchdown of the game. Daniel Burns added another point to the victory margin when he drove his way over for the extra point Other than that one scoring outburst in the fourth period the game was an even struggle. Both teams played heads up defensive ball that constantly pre vented fleet - footed backs from breaking loose for substantial gains. Savannah not only won the game, they won ihe battle ol the statistics as welL The winners had eight first downs to three for the losers and gained 227 yards, rushing to 117 for Paine.. Both teams were able to complete but one pass. it pnerss n ivnz&op e Next Week Next Week THE TRUE STORY OF TRUMAN GIBSON Don't Mist th ThrWlng, Action - packed Story on fhe fnf emotional fioxfng Club' Busy, Capable Secretary . . . Tne , lnttd Story : on tho Man Who Mako$ Champion . . . Who Run tho Groat 91 Boxing EmpJro In Hlttory . WJio I Responsible for tho fight You See on TV . Wbo Is One of ho Top Salarlod Sport Executives. A Story With a Punch by WENDELL SMITH by 1 I 3j IriioWfnm Saddler Won't Be Ready NBA May Name Davis Featherweight King By JAMES EDMUND BOYACK NEW YORK Teddy (Red Top) Davis of Hartford, Conn., will be named featherweight champion of the world on Dec. 14, by the National Boxing Association. Sandy Saddler, the current ,y titleholder, who has not defend ed his crown since 1951 though he was discharged from the Army in April, will not be able to take on Davis in the foreseeable future. Interviewed by the Courier last Friday in the Garden where "Redtop" defeated Percy Bas - sett of Philadelphia, the nura ber one contender, in a 12 - round "elimination" bout, Charley Johnston, Sapplers' manager, said that "I don't know when Sandy will be ready"." "He won t put his crown on the line until he Is ready." Johnston said Sandy will box Bobby Woods In a non - TV af fair in Spokane, Wash., on Dec. 10, which will be his ninth fight of the year. The NBA edict will take ef - effect four days later. That body acted on the Saddler f aroe at Its last meeting under the six months rule. The three New York commissioners remain silent. , Bassett stopped Lulu Perez of Brooklyn in the twelfth round last June 25 in a previous "ellml nation" sanctioned by the New York commission. The winner was promised a title fight. Instead, the commission forced Percy to fight Davis who caught him on an "off night. Because of the five months' layoff, Bassett was not sharp and while he pressed all the way, he missed his best punches too frequently. The 31 - year - old Davis, who lost 47 of 106 ring battles, out - boxed and outsmarted the crowding Philadelphia. Saddler, who was at the ring side, summed the fight up for the Courier. "Red Top" made Percy fight his fight from the opening bell. "I'd say he won by beating Bassett to the punch and keep ing him off balance."' Ric Roberts Dec 14 Pigskinners1 Annual Award To Bill Nunn Jr. WASHINGTON, D. C. Bill Nunn Jr., Courier sports editor. will be one of a standout group of sports 'celebrities who'll be honored at the seventeenth an nual award dinner of the Pig skin Club at the Willard Hotel here, Dec 10. According to Lawrence A. Ox - ley, club president, Mr. Nunn will receive a club citation as the sports columnist of the year, representing a national weekly newspaper. Other honored guests will Include Chief Justice Warren, Lenny Moore, Perm State's record - breaking halfback; Ollie Matson. of the Chicago Cardinals: Leo Lewis. Lincoln of Missouri Ail - American halfback; Eddie Jackson, coach at Delaware State; Clinton Freeman, Virginia State; Sal HaU of Car - doza High School, and Bob Ad - die of the Washington Times Herald. Expected to be among the 600 guests on hand for the affair are President Eisenhower, Dr. Ralph Bunche, the Haitian, LI - berlan and Dominican Ambassa dors, Speaker of the House Joe Martin, Dr. Mordecal W. Johnson, president of Howard University and other distinguished persons. BIQUEaT MM UM BEST - W. Va. Opens Cage Season, Doc. 2 INSTITUTE. W. Va. The West Virginia State College Yel low Jackets will open their bas ketball - season with Shaw Uni versity from Raleigh, N. C fur nishing the opposition, Thursday, Dec. 2, In the 'college gym nasium. The Jackets have a schedule of twenty - four games. Shaw Is the first CIAA opponent. Morgan State will follow on Saturday, Dec. 4, and North Carolina A. and T. on Monday, Dec. 6. Then the Jackets will take to the road on Saturday to play Norfolk State on Dec 11; on Monday, Dec 13, Virginia State, and on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Morgan State, to wind up the pre - Christmas tour. The last game before the holidays win be with Howard University on the How ard home floor, Dec 17. 50,000 Fans to FAMU, Md ;SlftSip Orange Blossom Tif MIAMI, Fla. The 1954 season Is expected to come to a dramatic close Saturday with two of the biggest games of the year on schedule. Here In Miami, the twenty - second annual Orange Blossom Classic, between Florida A. and M. University and Maryland State College is expected to lure a crowd of 50,000 fans through the turnstllls of the giant Orange Bowl. In Greensboro, N. C, they're exoectine up wards of 14,000 football fanatics to witness the National Classic between North Carolina College, champions of the CIAA and Tennessee State University, unbeaten kings of the Midwest Athletic Conference. Few games anywhere can match the spectacle of the Orange Blossom Classic Fans from all over Florida flock to Miami for this contest ' This year they'll have a chance to observe a team with one of the most remark able records In Negro football. During, the past six seasons the high - flying Maryland Hawks have won 59 of the 63 games In which they've played. Only a tie with North Carolina College keeps them from carrying a perfect record Into this year's classic Florida, too, has an outstand ing record. The Rattlers have won nine of the ten games they have played this season. A loss to once beaten Southern University is the only thing that blemishes their record. Both Maryland and Florida will field big, fast teams for this contest. The Hawks, led by George (Liberty) Bell, a peppery back, who plays both quar terback and halfback, can explode for touchdowns at any given moment On defense the Hawks are just as tough as indicated by the fact that they allowed their opponents to score but three touchdowns all sea son. einrocdt Scores Q TP's Dim 5.9 - 0 Win By BIC ROBERTS NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sam Taylor, only coach In modern times to lead college teams in atiueuo conferences, naa a sudden, overnight pre - game hunch, that his high - flying Bluefield State charges would be "flat" here, Turkey Day, against Tennessee State University. The Keanmen obliged him and 6,819 paid customers by flattening the supposed ma xiiues. oy - u. Flashing line - mechanics which the victims could not contain, plus Lee Derrick, a 200 - pound fright with a personal dynamism that racked up 230 yards for the victors, the awesome cast of Tigers simply wrecked the visitors. Derrick packed the ball fifteen, times, averaging 15.3 per blast; and shredded the Big Blues' bulwarks on TD gallops of 52, 47, 24 and 4 yards. To make the afternoon a complete nightmare for the losers, Fay Mitchell, another halfback with talent raced 37 yards for the first TSU score and in the third period opened the second half flood gates with a 36 - yard pay off thrust The lone bid by the Taylor - ltes occurred from their own 20 - yard mark, on the tenth play of the game. Thomas Harris, charging toward the TSU left, suddenly anchored and pulled the string on a smart 40 - yard diagonal forward pass that settled in the arms of end Rudolph De - Vaughn In the clear at tho TSU 30. Defenders Fred Valentine and Mitchell outran the able Bluefield terminal, forced him out at the TSU 11. The visitors failed to consolidate the huge gain, however, and the day was done for Blue - field State. From that point, It was a complete rout, even though the TSU staff used every available player on the Henry Kean per sonnel. Other TDs were accred ited to Percy Hines on a pass from Dorsey Sims; Roy Kimble, on a three - yard buck, and to Sidney Cummings, on a pass from Valentine, a sophomore who should be an All - America T - slot signal caller by 1955. Fielding what promises to be one oi his greatest teams. Coach Kean and an able staff Is honing a combination which should add poise in 1955 to a fund of animal drive which bids fair to make it a combo to be remembered. The crack TSU band, flashing a series or double - quick cadences and Intricate formations, featured the color that commenced in a mid - day parade. Three high school bands, per fectly groomed and efficient in the quickened cadences, served as a backdrop for the Introduc tion of the Varsity Queen and members of the TSU array of women Olympic and AAU track stars. Bluefield had a mlnus - 34 The Maryland line is headed by Sherman Punkett 225 - pound tackle, and James Hart,: center and team captain. IAMU, Willi tr iviixiig uuuugu a scneauie tmu mciuaea some of the toughest ball, dubs In the country, displayed a well - rounded offense that was geared for making the long gain. In Elvin Dean, quarterback: Willie Gall - more and Sal Gaitor, halfbacks, Florida has three of the most feared - and explosive, backs in college football. Tennessee, only one game away from being claimed the 1955 national football champions, carries a 'record of twenty - seven victories without a defeat against North Carolina. A little of the raster of this game has been lost due to the fact that Tennesse already holds a 13 - S victory over the Eagles this season. The Eagles, In winning against A. and T. Thanksgiving Day went to the air more than any other .time this season. They are expected to try the same route against tne iigers. Amos Thornton, a shifty halfback, who has done most of the Eagles' passing this season, has taken a back seat in this department to young Quarterback Ed Hudson. Tennessee in Freddie Valentine has one of the top quarterbacks In the country. They also have two other key performers in End Leon Jamison and Halfback Lee Derrick, who scored four touchdowns against Blue - field Thanksgiving Day. North Carolina 'has lost to Tennessee and tied Maryland State this season while winning six. Tennessee hasn't looked back in ten games. Bill Nunn Jr. three of the four major minority yards rushing total, as compared with the 308 - yard plus total of TSU. Numerous infractions tended to delay and mar c jiugicaa ui uiB game. By quarters: Term. U. .... 21 13 7 1859 Bluefield .... 0 0 0 0 0 BIGCrST the BEST DURHAM, N. C North Carolina College's Eagles won their second straight CIAA grid pennant here Thanksgiving Day by defeating A. and T College's Aggies, 7 - 6, tn the twenty - fourth Carolina Classic before some 11,000 chilled fans at O'KeUy Field. Edward Hudson, freshman quarterback from Williamsburg, Va., pitched three fourth - quarter passes with the last one good for eight yards and the TD. Henry Lewis, Eagle sopho more uanianan, also of Williamsburg, snagged the TD throw and Deral Webster. Ra leigh place - kicking frosh guard, made the conversion that spelled victory for the NCC eleven. The win also gives NCC the right to represent the CIAA at the National Classic In Greensboro, N. C, on Dec 4. Hudson's first pass In the TD march traveled 21 yards with senior end Charley Floyd of Wilson on the receiving end. This was followed by a nine - yard toss to George Alexander, Salisbury, N. "C sophomore back. A. and Ts lone touchdown came late in the second period. Spencer - Gwynn. the Affele'a senior fullback from Winston - Salem and seventh .ranking punter among the nation's small """ - to - ' " - mm evu( z ul WalXJ a 47 - yard punt that carried to the Eagles' one - yard line. Al Montgomery, NCC .first - string quarterback, hobbled the pig skin and Henry Joseph, i Aggie senior tackle from Gary, IndV pounced on the ball fnr the TDV Lawrence Payne, Winston - Salem sophomore: back, failed .In the placement try. The Aggies led. hj tnrougn the third period 'when the Eagles came'anbe.

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