The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1955 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 11, 1955
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PAGE SIX BIATHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, JANUARY 11,198* Chicks to Play Piggott At Haley Gym Tonight # ¥ * * » * Doubleheader Is Scheduled for 7 Blytheviile's Chickasaws, their victory string broken at eight games, will try to start a new one tonight when they take on the Piggott Mohawks in a doubleheader at the Haley ThTfirst game of the twin bill, pitting the Chick B team against the Piggott reserves, is scheduled for 7 p.m. _ The Chicks saw their victory siring of eight straight games go by the boards Saturday night when they dropped a 60-54 decision to Leachville In the finals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at Jonesboro. Looked Good However, the Chicks looked good in losing and matched the powerful Lions point for point through most of the contest. Coach Jimmy Hsher brought his squad back to the practice court yesterday and sent it through a stiff limbering up pace as he prepared to face the remainder of the 1955 schedule. The Chicks will be favored over the Mohawks in tonight's game but Coach Fisher, obviously guarding against over confidence, warned his team that past records are past history and that in spite of the Mohawks poor showing in the Northeast Arkansas tournament, they still have a solid ball club that is capable of surprising. light Workout His team a bit tired from the tournament grind, Coach Fisher limited yesterday's drills mostly to limbering up exercises and offense . polishing.' Coach Fisher is expected to call on his regular starting five for tonight's game with Charles Abbott and Danny Cobb or Chuck Langston at the forwards; Fred Hodge at center; and Bobby Jones and Freddie Akers at the guards. Because of his stellar play in the Chicks' last two tournament games Langston probably will get the nod at the forward post with Cobb splitting the playing time with him. And, too. because of his team's weariness Coach Fisher is expected to use his reserves liberally tonight, provided of course, if the situation warrants. Following tonight's game the Chicks remain at home Friday night when they play host to the scrappy Rector Black Cats. The Chicks whipped Rector in .the semi-finals of the Jonesboro. tournament but the Black Cats proved tougher than most observers had anticipated. Sirois, Boyett, Malone Win Tag Decision The tag team of Walter Sirois, Eddie Malone and Butch Boyett Walked away victorious in the six man tag mutch feature of the American Legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium. Sirois, Malone and Boyett took a decision over Jack Moody, Don yield's and Charlie Carr, who «'<is substituting for an ailing Don MeGee. Although the wrestlers performed before virtually an empty house, the bout was a good one with free-for-alls highlighting the action. Because of yesterday's snow, only 235 paid to see the bout. Even with a fired up, 235-pound Jacfc Moody operating at an enraged pace, Boyett, Malone and Sirois just had too much for the losers. Moody and his partners got things going their way early by taking the first fall but couldn't keep up the pace and they lost the last two rounds. Fields won the first fall for his side after 14 minutes of hectic action that saw all four of the grapplers swinging freely at one another. Fields pinned Boyett to claim the first fall. But Malone, who \vas carrying on a running feud with Moody, came back strong and very nearly took the second fall by himself After wearing down Fields, Malone pinned Carr in 17 minutes Chicks AA or AAA? School Board, Coaches To Discuss Big 7 Issue Blytheville High School's athletic classification apparently remained status quo today as school officials remained noncommittal on the Chicks' transferring to the Big Seven. However, W. P. Pryor; president of the Blytheville school board, said this morning that a meeting between board.members and members of the school's coaching staff is being planned to discuss the transfer. When asked about new developments in the Big Seven proposal Mr. Pryor replied: "I know of nothing at the present. We (the school board) are going to meet with the coaches before we have any announcement to make." Meeting Next Week He stated further that the meet- 6 SeMo Teams To Play Tonight S ikes ton Invades Caruthersville for A Pair of Contests By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE — Six of the nine basketball teams in Pemlscot County will go into action tonight with four games scheduled in the county. Caruthersville's Tigers, with just two wins against six losses, will play host to the Sikeston Bulldogs, from nearby Scott County, who have a record of one victory against six loses. The game at the CaruthersvllK- Armory will be a double header with the A and B teams slated for cage play. Deering High's basketball team will invade the Braggadocio Eagles (or a twin bill. Both the A and B teams play there. Wai-dell's Cardinals, after dropping: their last two games, play host to Portageville, from neighboring New Madrid County. WardeU has won 12 games and lost four thus far. Rom Malone's Holland team will go to nearby Steele (or a cage contest. Teams not playing tonight are Hayti, Cooter and Bragg City. Harrison Teams Win Two Games Harrison High's Dragons copped both ends of a doubleheader with teams from Manassa High of Memphis at the Harrison Gym last night. Harrison juniors ^yere victorous 23-21 in the first game and the senior boys won 67-47 in the second. "Wednesday night the Harrison boys and girls will play Ripley, Tenn,. at Harrison Gym. with a body straddle. In the third fall, Malone and his partners went to work on Moody and Sirois put the clincher on him with a body straddle after 11 minutes. In the preliminary bouts Carr defeated Sirois, Moody beat Malane, and Fields won over Boyett ing was planned for next week. Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson, who's letter of intent to the Arkansas Athletic Association and members of the Big Seven Conference set off considerable controversy, also remained noncommittal. When asked about new developments. Mr. Nicholson replied: "I don't know anything." He also gave the same reply to a question about any comment received from Big Seven members. Comment Asked Two weeks ago a letter of intent telling of Blytheville's desire to become a member of the state's .Big Seven Conference, was filed with the AAA and members of the Big Seven. At the time, Mr. Nicholson askeci for .comment from the Big Seven schools and stated later that Blytheville would not push its request for entry in the conference if present members advised against it. However, last week a roundup of comment from Big Seven school officials showed they were very receptive to the Chicks entry. Houston to Talk To Rebs' Vaught OXFORD, Miss. i/P)—Mississippi football coach Johnny Vaught has an invitation to visit the University of Houston campus tomorrow to discuss changes of coaching the Cougars. Vaught, however, last night said he hadn't decided whether to visit the Missouri valley Conference school He added that Houston made him a very favorable proposition. In Houston. Athletic Director Harry Poulke said Vaught and Oklahoma line coach Gomer Jones arc still interested and that • Rusty Russell, form er Sou th em Me th o dist coach "is very much in the picture." Vnught, Mississipi coach for eight years, piloted the Rebels to the Southeastern Conference championship this fall. Mississippi had a 9-1 record before Navy crushed the team 21-0 in the Sugar Bowl. FUTURE CHICKS — Shown here Is- the Chicks' B team which tonight takes on Piggott's reserves in the first game of a doubleheader at the Haley Field Gym. With all but two of its members sophomores, the Chick Bees are undefeated in play so far this season. Members of the team are: front row (left to right) — Wayne Honeycutt, Tommy Slayton, Bo Huffman, and Eugene Whitsell. Back row — Robert White, Glen Ray Thomas, Billy Daniels and David Holt. (Courier News Photo) Harridge Getting Impatient— Calls for Prompt Dismissal Or Trial of $12 Million Suit CHICAGO (AP) — William Harridge, president of the -American League, yesterday called for "a prompt dismissal or a prompt trial" of a 12 million dollar anti-trust suit filed against 13 major league baseball teams. The suit was filed three years ago by the now bankrupt Liberty Broadcasting System of Dallas and named all major league teams except Brooklyn, Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox. It charged violation of the Sherman Act and Clayton Anti-Trust laws and a "continuing conspiracy to monopolize and restrain competition in broadcasting and recreating play-by-play accounts of professional ball games. Harridge said that an aplica- tion has been filed jn the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in. Dallas by William J. Rochelle Jr., trustee in bankruptcy of Liberty, for authority to dismiss the suit upon $20,000 settlement. Proposal Accepted Harridge said both sides have accepted the proposal subject to approval of the bankruptcy court. In Dallas, Gordon McLendon, who brought the suit as head of Liberty, called the compromise offer "a victory' 1 but added that "I am against the amount of the compromise . . . Whether we accept it is up to the trustee." U. S. District Judge Julius J. Hoffman, in a pre-trial conference, Osceo/o and Luxora Cagers To Clash Tonight in Twin Bill OSCEOLA — The Osceola Semi- rtoles junior and senior teams will play host tonight to the Luxora fives With the first game getting under way at 7:30. In their two meetings with the Luxora team before Christmas, the Osceola senior team dropped both games, one of them in the Luxora Invitational Tournament. The Juniors have met only one time and the Osceola five won that game. Thus far in the basketball campaign the senior Seminoles have a 4-5 record and the juniors boast a 5-0 count, and the juniors are establishing themselves as one of the top junior teams in the county. The senior outfit started the season off --•">, ^ vera ] Win5 but began t Sports Roundup— Cubs Made Most Important Deal I ground when Luxora tipped them twice on two consecutive nights. Friday night Qsceola's senior five saw a 26-18 lead cut to ribbons when the Wilson Bulldogs came 1 back after the half-time rest period j and scored 38 points while the i Osceola crew could muster only 15 : to give Uie Wilson aggregation a 56-41 victory. In their last meeting during the pre-Christmas schedule, the Seminoles edged the Bulldogs by one point, winning a 46-45 game at Wilson. With five wins in as many times . out. the junior Seminoles racked ! Wilson's junior five -16-28 to place ] them in one of the County's favorite ' roles for the February tournament. The scoring ace for the junior team up to date is Jerry Hill, brother of Harvey Hill, ex-Osceola standout on the hardwood. The ninth grade youngster has scored 69 points in Osceola's five games for an almost 14.0 average from his forward slot. By .GAYU-: TALBOT NEW YORK (A—The consensus among the baseball fraternity that owner Phil K. Wrigley of the Chicago Cubs has made the most important deal of the winter in snatching that lively 75-year-old Clarence (Pants) Rowland, from the presidency of the Coast League and installing him as supreme boss of his ball club. , One Chicagoan with whom we talked says there Is every expectation in that city that Rowland will take hold with a very firm hand once he has finished feeling his way around and that there will be A great change in the cast of characters making up the Cubs' present organization before another season has passed. The only wonder Is, he aaye, that Wrigley put off doing something drastic about his second-division outfit as long as he did. • Admirable Equipment Rowland, through a lifetime of association with the game In practically every caijnclty, lakes over hlit new post with admirable equipment. If there Is anything that can bt done about lifting the Cubs out I of the doldrums, it is our firm conviction he will come up with the answer. Rowland was the first minor leaguer ever to step into a big league manager's job without having- spent a minute in the big time. Joe McCarthy was, to make the same leap with considerable success, but Clarence beat him to it by a decade. Only One Season As a matter of fact, Rowland pjaycd practically no baseball at •all^only a single season, 1902, as a catcher with Dubuque In the Three-Eye League. He got his arm fractured by a bat, and the next season, at the ripe age of 21, he was managing the Dubuque club. He was piloting Peorla in 1914 when Charles A. Coniisfcey decided ! to bring him up to steer his Chica- i go White Sox. ! In his first year in the American League, 1915, Rowland brought the Sox home third. The next season he finished a strong second, and In 1917 his club not only won the pennant but hung a defeat on the New York Cinnts In the World Seriw. Dropped to Sixth When the Sox dropped to sixth in 1918, a war year, Clarence severed his connection with the club and never again was to manage in the big leagues, though he spdnt two years as pilot of Columbus in the American Assn. before becoming an American League umpire in 1923. For the past 13 years, first as manager of the Los Angeles Club and more recently as league president, Rowland has remained an extremely important and influential figure In the game. Slugger Get Break in AL KANSAS CITY, Mo. i# — American League home run sluggers will have a more inviting target in the Kansas City ball park in 1955 than did the American Assn. boys. Home plate was moved 25 feet nearer io (he outfield to accommodate more scats. Left and right field marks arc now 312 feet down the foul lines. ANNOUNCEMENT I would like lo extend an invitation In all my Friends and oW Customers to visit me in my new location .... WEST END 2020 W. Main Phone 8-9785 SERVICE STA. Sincerely, Pal Grcer suggested the settlement "to save the court and the parties the time and expense of a protracted jury trial." Would Cost Mure Harridge, who estimated a trial would last three months, said "winning the case will cost us more than the proposed settlement." He said "the case principally involves former major league rule 1-D which was in effect in 1950 and 1951 and which barred broadcasts of major league games in minor league cities while the minor league teams were playing at home." Fiieil in 1952 The suit was first filed in U. S. Baltimore Orioles Aren't Standing Pat Rookies Comprise About Half of Current Roster By JOE RK1CHLER NEW YORK (AP) — No one can accuse the Baltimore Orioles of standing pat. Only seven of the 43 players listed with tiie Browns 16 months ago when the St. Louis franchise was shifted to Baltimore are still with the club. At the rate Paul Richards is making deals, the number may be lowered still more by the time the regular season opens. Rookies comprise about half of the current Oriole roster. Of the 20 new faces to the big leagues, 11 are pitchers but the newcomer most coveted of all is a catcher, 24-year-old Hal Smith. The latter hasn't played a single game in the major leagues but Manager Richards already regards him as the club's No. 1 receiver. "I'd like to see the guy who can beat him out for the No. 1 catching job," challenged Richards not long after he had acquired Smith from the New York Yankees in the now famous .18- player swap. "From what I've heard about him, Smitty has ail the requirements of a big leaguer." Scouts, Too Richards is not the only one in this tliought. Every scout who has seen Smith is high on the West Frankfort, III., youngster. Another newcomer of high promise is Frank Kellert, the 30-year- old first baseman who led the Texas League with 41 home runs banders Ray Moore and Bob Alexander, a pair of ex-Brooklyn Dodger farmhands and southpaw Don Farrerese, who toiled under Chuck and Alexander despite their comparatively modest ,8-7 and 10-13 records, respectively. Hard Thrower "Don't let Moore's record at St. Paul foo! you," warned Kichards. "Ray can throw harder than most pitchers in the majors and he also has developed a good screwball pitch. He could be big for us. and 146 runs batted in last season. Kellert, up once before, batted .316 at San Antonio and for the fourth straight time led all first basemen in fielding. Don Leppert, still another ex-. Yankee, figures to get a shot at! the regular third base job. The 24-year-old lefthanded hitting infielder, enjoyed a banner year at Birmingham where he batted .313, hit 10 homers and drove in 78 runs. Other Candidates Other infield candidates Include Kal Segrist, 23, who socked 15 homers and drove in 90 runs on a .291 batting average for the Yankees' farm at Kansas City and Patrico Quintana, a 23-year-old Cuban who batted .252 at Snn Anlonio with 19 home runs and 82 RBI's. Among the new hurlers. Richards is counting heavily on right- He had a sore arm part of last season. He's had several bad teeth and tonsils removed and he's all right now." A newcomer who may surprise is Riney Duren. a 25-year-old right- hander who split 28 decisions with San Antonio. Advance reports on Duren sny that he is really swift. He, too. is bothered by control trouble. Other new Iiurlers include Bill Dicmer H7-10 at Wichita), 32-year-old Frank Fanovich (5-8 at Rochester), and five San Antonio graduates — Charley Locke (12-19). Vachel Perkins (9-8) Mel Held i7-6) Lloyd Gosney U-l) and Bob Harrison !l-7). District Court, Chicago, Feb. 21. 1952. 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