The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 18, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 18, 1955
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVBN Majors Expect Prosperous Year; Advance Sales Are Up By ORLO ROBERTSON The Associated Press Major league baseball clubs can look forward to a prosperous 1955 on the basis of advance sale of tickets. With only one or two exceptions, and one of those Is the New York Yankees, the clubs reported tin increase In advance sales over 1954 in a survey by The Associated Press. The increase is In line with the over-all jump last year, when the attendance climbed 07 per cent over the preceding season on a turnout of 15,935,881. Yanks 10% Off The Yankees advance is In excess of $900,000 but they are about 1,0 per cent off last year's figures. A week ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had advance sales of $326,811 compared with $328,214, Both the world champion New York Giants and the American League titleholders, the Cleveland Indians, are well satisfied. The Giants' ticket sales have passed a record half-million dollars whereas the entire advance up to the opening day in 1954 was only $322,000. The Indians said they do not keep comparative records but that sales are running ahead of last year" when the club did around a million dollars In advance .sales. The Brooklyn Dodgers, benefit- ting from clever promotions, arc at the $600,000 mark, almost 15 per cent higher than a year ago. Kansas City Buzzing Requests are coming in so fast at the new home of the Athletics in Kansas City that Hie club has not had time to strike a total. But officials said the advance sale already has surpassed the 304,666 attendance for the entire season lasi Basketball Roundup Brigham. Young's Upset Over Utah Nets Little After Loss to U-State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It looks,as if Brigham Young was just whistling in the dark when it upset Utah in overtime last week to make a bid for the NCAA basketball tournament. What toehold the. Brlghams'got with that victory in the Skyline Conference race was eliminated last night when Utah State spilled them 76-71 and league - leading Utah .ranked No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll, trounced Montana 101-68. That left the Utes with a 9-1 record and four games to play- all at home. And that just about cinches J the league title and the NCAA berth for Utah. Art Bunte, as usual, was the big man for Utah, canning 28 points Fabulous Texas Open Has Fabulous Scores SAN ANTONIO, .Tex. (AP) — Massive Mike Souchak, of Durham, N. C., who fashioned a record-tying 60 and set a new nine-hole mark of 27, headed the field that moved toward the halfway point of the $12,000 Texas Open today still talking about a round that was fantastic even for this fantastic tournament. Such things as a 62 winding up in second place, a golfer who shot three eagles on one round and still was three strokes out of the lead, a player 1 under par on five holes and 76 out of 161 bettering par made the round like something out ol liction. Tiee Record Souchak's 60 tied the PGA record for 18 holes held by Al Brosch, Bill Nary, Ted Kroll and Tommy Bolt, and his 27 on the back nine of the 6,400-yard Brackenridge Park course cracked the record of 28 held by Ben Hogan, Toby Lyons and Bolt. In second place was Freddie Haas, of Claremont, Calif., who had a 9-under-par 62 with a smoking putter, and third was John Barnum, of Grand Rapids, Mich., who shot three eagles and in one stretch of five holes was 7 under par. Next in line were Peter Allis, of Dorset. England, and A! Balding, of Toronto, Canada, each with 64. Tiiree-ruu Bogey Souchak shot his great round despite a bogey when he three-putted one green. But he had two eagles and almost equaled Bar- toward the Ute total, which set a Montana field house record. Lee Boothe's field goal and a free throw by Bart Johnson broke up a 71-71 tie for Utah State with two minites leit. St. Louis Wins Wyoming, holding an outside chance for the title, combined height and a closing stall to defeat last-place New Mexico 59-52. St. Louis lengthened its lead in the Missouri Valley Conference by winning at Wichita 91-78, despite an injury to Dick Boushka. the Bills' leading scorer. Boushka came back to play the final two minutes of the firt half. Manhattan and Niagara, heading for the NIT, won easily in a Madison Square Garden doubleheader. Manhattan (15-3) zipped past New York University 78-01 in a game played under pro rules and Niagara (16-5) never gave St. John's 01 urooKlyn a chance in an 82-62 decision. mini's feat with 7. under par in one stretch of six holes. "I putted like a demon," said the 210-professional of 2'-i years. He used only 25 putts on 18 greens. Barnum was a picture of frustra- tiin on the 18th hole—shortest liole on the course. He took a 5 because he landed in a creek with his tee shot. If he could have birdied the 155-yard, par-3 hole, he would have tied Souchak's 60. He was 10 under par coming into 18. MJX'ORA f.IRI.S —> Coach Hershel Brewer's Pantherottes of Luxora finished (heir cage season last week with a record of 10 wins and six losses. They are first row (left to right) Rebecca Clark, Clementine Gentry, Shirley Leigh, Lavetla Clark, Janie McGlaughlin, Sarelha Carr. Second row (left to right) Coach Brewer, Wanda Bourland, Peggy Ford, Lavern Lor-R, Joan Barron, Lorelta Denton and manager Bobbie Simpson .(Courier News Photo) year in Philadelphia. Baltimore, where the transplanted Browns improved in attendance but not much In the standings last year, had $550,000 in the till as of Feb. 13 compared with an estimated $470,000 in 1954. Milwaukee, which topped all clubs last year with an attendance in excess of two million, estimated its advance sale at or close to a million . The Phillies reported about 200,000 tickets sold for a 10 per cent jump over last year at the same time. Reds Up 18% Cincinnati officials said they are running about 18 per cent ahead of last year. The Boston Red Sox reported an estimated increase of 5 per cent, the Chicago Cubs 7 per cent in season tickets and 11 per cent in daily tickets and the Detroit Tigers 10 per cent . The Chicago White Sox report sales of $410,000 compared with $349,000 last year. The St. Louis Cardinals also said their, ticket sales are running slightly better than last year. No specific figures were available from the Washington Senators j but Business Manager Ed Eynon snid, "Our requests for season tickets have been very favorable." . . . Holland's Girl Cagers . . . with Coach R. Malone Cleveland Can Repeat -Lopez By AL LOPEZ TAMPA, Pla. IIP)—I am not in the habit of making predictions but I firmly believe the Indians can repeat this year as American League champions. I think we'll be stronger, too. The addition of Ralph Kiner and Herb Score ought to help us in two key departments, long distance hitting and pitching. Kiner gives our lineup balance. With fellows like Larry Doby, Al Rosen, Vic Wertz and Kiner batting in that order, we now have two lefthanded power hitters and two righthanded ones I am weil. satisfied with my infield. Vic Wertz will be at first base, Bobby Avala, the league's batting champion at second, Al Rosen at third and George Strickland at shortstop., I think Eddie Joost, who signed with us recently as a free agent, will prove very helpful in a utihty role. He can fill in at all infield positions except first and he could also make us a fine pinch hitter.' You know all about our pitching. I look for the older fellows to do sibout the same and for the younger ones, like Don Rossi and Ray Nar- leski to do even better than last year. Ponies Open at Oaklawn Tomorn HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP — An g el ° Ciclos Amphibian and T4nr<; P rnrin* rP urns fnr an Bright Charger, from the pollird Horse racing returns tor an and Harkins stable flnd trained by other 31 days at Oaklawn Parkl Henry Forrest. here tomorrow With the "de-j Three veteran Oaklawn cam- fending champ" certain to be!papers, i/mie imp, owned by c. faunrif P in Ihp fpatnrpH IH. Everett ; and Caldwell and favorite m me teaturea | Cross Ring _ both owned by Olen a sprint. Timely Tip may open Arkansas' racing season the same way he ended it last year by winning the day's feature. Timely Tip captured the $10,000 added purse in the Arkansas Derby in 1954, and that victory will make him at least a .sentimental favorite fn this year's Inaugural Handicap. The Indian horse, owned by Dr. A. L. Birch, will have formidable opposition in the $2,600, S'i-furlong race from Winning .. Count, owned by W. C. Partee of Magnolia, Ark. Winning Count was runnerup in the 1954 Arkansas Derby. Top Starters Other highly regarded starters in the featured seventh race include: Callaway, owned by H. Wells, winner of five races last year; Slecige; also may start in the meet's first big race. Timely Tip covered six furlongs in 1:13 3-5 in a workout Saturday. Another race on the eight-event program will draw almost as much attention as the Inagural. The Oaklawn Preview, a 5l2-furlong, $2,500 jaunt for three-year-olds only, expects such standouts as Mrs. A. M. Creach's Skyrunner, a gelding sired by Stymie; L. O. Backus' Mark Question; Forrest's Geffery J. S., and Frank Gilpin's Royal Monarch. Records Expected A crowd of 12,000 has been predicted by Racing Secretary Kenneth W. Mclntosh. and total attendance for the season is expected to top last year's record of 258.201.- The betting total is ex- pected to exceed last year's record 314,406.497. New marks for . attendance and total bets have been set almost every year since OakIawn's first season in 1931 when $2,097,497 was | wagered. ' The meet will close March 26 with the Arkansas Derby, a 55,000 | race has been programmed each j week. These include The Kingr Cotton, six furlongs, for 3-year-olds and up, March 5; Southland Handicap, 3-year-olds and up a mile and 70 yards March 12: and the Oaklawn Handicap, also 3-year-olds and up, a mile arid, one-sixteenth, March 29. Top Jockeys Back The top jockeys of 1953 and '54 will be back this year. Howard Craig, who was astride Timely Tip in the Arkansas Derby last year, took top honors with 34 winning mounts in here in 1954 He has ridden more than 1.200 winners. Forrest Kaelin, who was injured in a spill and lost a year from racing, piloted 28 winners to lead all jockeys In 1953. Other top-rated jockeys are Paul Ward, Earl Knapp, Frank Keene, Del and Job Dean Jessop, Leon Grand-start, Richard Lawless and Hank Manifold. The only native Arkansan among the jockeys is Willie Turn bull of Hot Springs. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Armeies -^ Lauro Salas, 128^, Momerrpy, Mexico, outpoint- ed Cisco Andracie, 135U, Compton, Calif.. 10. Phoenix. Ariz — Jimmy Martinez. 156, Olenciale, Ariz., out- pointed Charlie Sains, 153, Phoenix. 10. New York fSunnyside Garden)— Tommy 'Hurricune' Jackson, 197, New York, stopped L r -o Johnson, 191'/ 2l Charlotte. N. C. 3. They Don't Play 'Conference' Here AMARILLO, Tex. Lfl — As a small-town correspondent of the Amarillo Daily News finished his telephone report of a high school basketball game, sports writer W. L. Powell questioned him: "By the way, was this a conference game?" 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