The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 1, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, March 1, 1955
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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 1955 BLYTHEVIU.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NTN« Spring Drills Start In Major Leagues *••• * # * * * * * Late Opening Is Unpopular By JOE REICHLER ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The citrus and cactus season — baseball's spring training — got under, way today on widely scattered fronts in Florida and Arizona. This is the day baseball officially opens the long grind that will lead to the World Series seven months hence. Thirteen clubs will go through their paces here in .Florida while three more __ the world champion New York Giants, Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs — are in Arizona. * * * * * • * Cleveland Has Woes Ted, 34 Otkers Are Holdouts By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ted Williams was among the absentees as the major league baseball teams officially began their spring training today with 34 other players still unsigned. Players are classified as* holdouts, according to spring training tradition, if they haven't returned their signed contracts by March 1. However, only about half the re calcitrants were regarded as actual holdouts. The status of Williams, fishing leisurely off the Florida keys, remained a question mark. General manager Joe Cronin of the Red Sox said last night in Sarasota that Williams promised "to call me in the near future and give me a definite answer", whether he'll play ball In 1955. One report had Williams reiterating his retirement plans while another had him returning for another season. The Cleveland Indians were having the biggest holdout woes with 10 members of last season's American League pennant winners still unsigned. All told, the American League had 30 holdouts as compared to only five In the National League. The New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs. Cincinnati Redlegs, Philadelphia Phils and the New York Yankees had all their players signed. Hank Greenberg, Cleveland General Manager had three of his key performers—pitcher Early Wynn, second baseman Bobby Avila and outfielder Larry Doby~~to contend with. Wynn, usually one of the last to agree to terms, was reported to be asking for $40,000 and Avila and Doby around $30,000. Kansas city and Washington also were having their holdout worries with each missing five contracts. The. unsigned Athletics were John Gray, Cloyd Boyer, Ed Burtschy, Jim Finigan and Forest Jacobs. The Senators had not received the signed contracts of Mickey Vernon, Eddie Yost, Bob Porterfield, Jim Busby and Roy Sievers. Minoso Stubborn The Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates have two stubborn holdouts in outfielders Minnie Minoso and Frank Thomas. Five members of the Milwaukee Braves—including and Gene Conley- Eddie Mat-hews :ame to terms last night leaving only infielders George Crowe and William Caro unsigned. Others unsigned: Brooklyn—pitcher Ron Negray. Pittsburgh—pitcher Vernon Law. Detroit—pitcher Bob Cruze. Cleveland—pitchers Bob Hooper, Bill Wight, Hank Agulrre; outfield- ders Dave Philley, Wally Westlake; Infielder Rudy Regalado; catcher Hank Foiles. Boston — pitchers Al Schroll, George Susce Jr.; catcher Sammy Wliite; infielder Ted Lepclo. Baltimore—pitchers Jim McDonald, Lou Kretlow; outfielder Cal Abrams. Humez Stops Langlois; Seeks Bout with Bobo PARIS (AP) — Charles Humez clamored for a shot at middleweight champion Carl (Bobo) Olson today on the strength of his fifth round technical knockout of durable Pierre Langlois in the battle of French contenders. Langlois fought Olson in Sun Francisco last Dec. 15 and that title scrap was stopped in the IHh round because of a nasty gash over Pierre's left eye. The referee had to halt last went night's contest in the capacity- crowded Palais DCS Sports, too. but only after the 29-year-old Lan- gloLs hud been battered into helplessness by Hume?,' destructive blows. The time Wfut 2:31. Humez. 27, Is the European champion, he is ranked as the fourth contender with Langlois -a notch behind in the world rankings. Langlois had been halted only three times before in a pro career of 85 fights. And there was nothing flukey about the way Humez battered unlucky Pierre. He stunned Langlols with a hard right to the head in the fourth and dropped him in the fifth with a smashing left hook to the jaw. After the knockdown, Humez barraged the wobbly Pierre to the ropes and pounded away at his target until Referee Rene Schleman intervened. It was the third important kayo In a row for Humez, who stretched his latest unbeaten string to IS. "400" What "400" Dry Cleaning Means for Your Clothes 400's patented "FOOD FOR FABRICS" Ingredient restores vital natural nils to every type of falirlc. . . keeplnj dark shades deep and rich, crisp white* and light tones bright and radiant! f xc/usive/x of City Dry Cleaners Free Delivery Ph. 414 E. M>ln Kc hasn't lost since Ernie Durando of Bayoruie, N. J., flattened him in six heats on Oct. 23, 1953. id 38 knockouts compiling- a 76-4-1 record. Langlois down to his 16th defeat. The clubs will have 10 days to get into shape for the exhibition season beginning March 10. This late o, ening of training, put through by the players themselves, has proved unpopular and it wouldn't surprise anyone if the rule were changed in the near future. In fact, only yesterday Commissioner Ford Prick fined the Milwaukee Braves $500 and 14 of the club's players lesser amounts for breaking the rule. Imposer by Playeri "This March 1 deadline was imposed by the players themselves," said Prick. "I think it's a bad rule. I think spring training should be governed by the clubs themselves. But as It's a baseball law my office will enforce it." Attracting almost as much attention at the start of training are the efforts of the Indians to get their players under contract and the big question of whether Ted Williams Is going to return to the Boston Red Sox. The American League champions still have 10 players outside the fold and General Manager Hank Greenberg said: "Someone's being unreasonable, and it's not me." All told, 35 major leaguers still have not signed contracts. National Better Balance As for the races, the "National League appears to be the -better balanced, although virtually all clubs are depending on one or two key men who could make or break the team. The big three in the National League are the Giants, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Braves. St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati also could come through and, in fact, only the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of It. The American League race again shapes up as strictly a two-team affair between the Indians and New York Yankees, who finished one-two last year so far ahead of the rest of the loop they couldn't be seen with a spy-glass by the also-rans. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , For the fourth straight week the University of San Francis-1 cb today was named the No. 1 j college basketball team in the weekly Associated Press poll with Kentucky and LaSalle| still in close pursuit of the cle- } Eense-minded Dons. Of the 104 sports writers and | sportscasters voting, 43 named San 1 Francisco as the top team. The | Dons, boasting the best defense, among major colleges, amassaded j 888 votes. The balloting was based | on records of games through last Saturday, with points on the usual •basis of 10 for each first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. Duquesne, seeded No. 1 in the National Invitation Tournament, experienced the biggest drop when It fell from fourth to eighth after bowing to Dayton. The Flyers seeded No. 2 In the NIT, moved up from llth to 10th. Marquette, North Carolina State, Swedes, Czechs Meet Tonight DUSSELDORF, Germany W*i — With Canada and Russia, the tourney leaders. Idle, Sweden meets Czechoslovakia tonight in the top game of the night in the World Ice Hockey tournament. in other games, Germany plays Finland and Switzerland takes on Poland. The United States, looking forward to tomorrow's match with Russia, also was idle after defeating Switzerland 7-3 last night to take over third place. Canada thrashed Finland 12-0 and Russia defeated Poland 8-2 in last night's other games. Now—delightfully milder and lighter! OLD TAYLOR 86 OLD TAYLOR 86 brines you—for the first time — a superb 86 proof Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, as light and mild as good honest bourbon can be, but mellow and satisfying in true bourbon flavor. 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Long, Vernon Edwards; second row: Coach Young, Oscar Paine, James White, Daniel Walker, Elbert Jones, James Long, Not pictured — Wilbert Campbell, captain, (Courier News Photo) Marciano-Cockell Title Bout Shows Boxing Is Business By JIMMY BRESLIN N EA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — If you've never seen Don Cockell fight, there are two places for a guy to find out how good he is. And, while you're at it, you also get a pretty good lesson that boxing is pure business. Take Roland L a Starza. for example. Last March, the New York City heavyweight f o u g hi Cockell in Lo n- d o n and lost what he then called an "atrocious decinon. After 10 rounds with Cockell. he would, you'd think, know all about the stubby British challenger who goes after ] ano's crown in San j months from now. Don Cockell Rocky Marci- Francisco three Dons Top Poll Again Minnesota and Utah all climbed * one notch in the rankings as a result of Duqupsrie's setback. UCLA held ninth place. The leaders, with first - place votes in parentheses: 1. Sun Francisco <43) 2. Kentucky .(15) - •• LaSalle <9j . 4. Marquette (3) ....... N. C. State (1) 6. Minnesota U) ........ I. Utah (4) 8. Duquesne 9. UCLA (5) 10. Dayton (<5i ........ II. Alabama (4) 12. lows ' 3 1 14. Oregon State (2) 15. Tulsa .:i) ........... 16. Vanderbilt 17. Illinois 18. Maryland 19. Memphis State (1) 20. Missouri (1) Title Middleweighf-s Fight Tonight Bill Norman, new scout for the Detroit Tisers, worked as for the St.. Louis Brovrns .640 .460 MILWAUKEE IVP, — joey Giar- .425]dello and Peter Mueller, each look- .369 ing for a shot at a middleweight .359 it: tie bout, meet here tonight in a .348! scheduled 10 round affair that. 297 1 could attract $40,000 worth of fight ..262 ' fans. ,.153 Giardello, of Philadelphia, a rat•• 120 !ed challenger for Lhe 160 pound •••^ j crown worn by Bobo Olson, is pick• •• fi8 led as the winner. He's won 11 of • -•55 | hi s last 13 starts. His victims in••• 42 I elude Ernie Durando, Gil Turner, .. 40 ( \valtcr Cartier, Ralph Tiger Jones 37 and Willie Troy. Mueller, of Germany, but fighting out of Milwaukee, beat Jones, Joe Miceli, Durando, taut in his "Has the match been signed?" La Starza cautiously asked. This was a few hours before the British fighter and Champ Rocky put their I names on contracts. Assured thai j the formality would take place in i a short time. La Siarza nodded. He j knew what to say now. •'CockelL' he began, "is a decep- ) uve fellow. He is very fast for his i build and he has a fine left jab. A | fine left jab. His speed will give I Marciano trouble." j But Roland was reminded, this | wasn't the way he talked after the j fight. La Starza then said the guy j only \von two rounds and was set for a knockout in the 10th. "I'm saying now he is fast ana t has a fine left jab," Roland in- j sisted. The fact that La Starza has earned a considerable amount of money with the promoting interna- I tional Boxing Club has, of course, not a thing to do with the past statement. So. Mr. Gleason talks sans restraint. "I saw Cockell fight thret times," he says. "He was knocked out by Randy Turpln and Jimmy Siadc and then he beat some guy named Leavy or something. What'i the use in talking? It was no contest with Slade and Turpin. They knocked him out. What else do you have to say The guy hasn't fought since July 30, 1954,, when he stopped Harry Matthews. "I'd have Valdes fight Cockell tomorrow morning if somebody gave me assurances that the winner would get the Marciano match. I'd sign for Cockell and then begin picking a training camp for the title fight. My guy would ruin Cockell. "Look," Gleason fumed on, "I have nothing against Cockell. God Luck to him, he got the mateh. But he is a fighter who really never has been tried. He fought nobody to talk about, except maybe a La Starza and they tell me won that on a robbery. "If he'd fought a Valdes and whiped him, then he'd be entitled to the shot," Gleason went on. "But here Cockell, a nobody, gets the money and my guy, who has beaten Charles, knocked out Hurricane Jackson, beat the European champ and just about everybody else— he's out in the cold." Boxing as can be seen here, is a business of making money. And you talk along those lines, too. But strictly. There are only three southpaw pitchers on the St. Louis Cardinals spring roster—Harvey Haddix, Paul LaPalme and Luis Arroyo. On the other side of the picture 1 ' is Bobby Gleason, who manages ! Nino Valdes. Gleason has not earned a considerable amount of money n ,, 1C ^ ..^~. — -~, — ; with the international Boxing Club. coach 1 last bout lost a decision to Carmen! He also feels his Valdes. rated No. ppoiin 'i. has been rudely sidetracked. 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