The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 3, 1955 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 3, 1955
Page 11
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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE ELEVEN A's Docked by Frick Physical, Monetary Pains Are Being Felt At Training Camps By ORLO ROBERTSON The Associated Presi Baseball's spring training, season has been under way only three days but already bad news, both physical and monetary, has started to seep out of the camps. The physical bad news, for the most part, concerns players-who were nursing ailments when the 1954 campaign closed. From a monetary angle the Kansas City Athletics absorbed the latest financial pains as punishment for disobeying baseball's law forbidding any form of organized practice before March 1. Physically such well-regarded players as the Phillies' Curt Simmons, the Cardinals' Tom Alston, he White "ox's Cass Michaels, the Athletics' Wilbur Shantz. the Tigers' Ferris Pain and the Dodgers' Don Hoak caused iheir bosses concern. And the New York Yankees received the bad news that second baseman Billy Martin will not be available this year since he isn't slated to get out of the Army until Oct. 6. Originally, the Yanks had hoped to have BiHy the Kid in uniform by early July, Arm Still Bothers Simmons Simmons reported his pitching arm, troublesome last year, is still bothering him. Michaels was forced from yesterday's workouts at Tampa with an attack of dizziness. The veteran inflelder suffered a skull fracture last August when he was struck by pitched ball. He was advised to A's first-string catcher, complained of periodic palas in his side yesterday and Hopkins in was sent Baltimore. to Johns He may undergo surgery for removal of a growth between the ribs. If so, he'll likely be out of action at least two weeks. The Cardinals are awaiting a physician's report on Alston, the club's S100.000 first baseman who was a disappointment last season. An examination was scheduled to determine if he has overcome a thyroid deficiency. Hoak, Brooklyn third baseman, lost a nail on his right toe when he was v hit by a batted ball during yesterday's workout at St.Peters- burg and will be out a couple of days. Maanager Bucky Harris has waived regular training routine for Fain. The veteran first baseman's injured knee has been bothering Commissioner Ford Frick fined the Athletics $250 for violating the opening date rule and slapped penalties of $50 each on five regulars— Arnie Portocarrero, Charlie Bishop, Forest Jacobs, Louis Limmer and Wilbur Shantz. Rookie pitcher Bill Oster was fined $25 and club house man Yip Crompton $50 for making club bouse facilities avail able. On Monday Frick fined the Milwaukee Brave.s $500 and 14 players a total of $625 also for starting the training season before the scheduled date. And Frick said his investigations ished." He other clubs might be, involved, but reports say the Detroit Tigers and Brooklyn Dodgers are likely to be hit with similar penalties. The commissioner said he fined the Athletics less than the Braves because "Kansas City officials were not present at the workouts, workouts and are ' 'far from fin- didn't indicate what Walters is going to let Fain be on HARRISON JUNIOR GIRLS — Thp Harrison Junior Dragonettes [shown above) won iheir second consecutive district championship last week at West Memphis. In winning the district crown the junior girls of Coach Ira Young (left) notched their 31st victory over a two-year period without a defeat. (Courier News Photo) Tom Gola Named loAPAII-America For Third Time Ohio State, Dons, Duquesne, Furmdn Also Represented By TEf» MEIER FEW YORK Wi — Led by famed Tom Cola, the first to make the team for three consecutive years, players from LaSalle, Ohio State, San Francisco, Duquesne and Pur- rnan were named today to the 1955 Associated Press All America basketball team. * The 6-7 Gola, who led LaSalle to the NCAA title a year ago, dominated the voting from 323 sports writers and broadcasters. Regarded as the best current performer in the college game, the Philadelphia star polled 1,488 points on 294 first- place votes and nine seconds. Freeman Second Robin .Freeman, the pint-sized 5-11 Ohio State star, was second with 955. Big Bill (The Stuffer) Russell from San Francisco's No. 1 ranked team followed with 748. Next came Duquesne's Dick Ricketts with 725 and Furman's Darrell Floyd, who stepped into the shoes of Frank Selvy and was tops among the major college scorers. Floyd earned Ms. place on the first team by edging Indiana's Don Schiundt, 585 points to 577. Thus the 6-10 Schiundt missed a chance to make the team for the second straight year and had to be content with topping the second team. Dickie Hemric, the Wake Forest star who set a four-year scoring: record last weekend; Si Green of Duquesne; Dick Garmaker of Minnesota, and Ron Shavlik of North Carolina State rounded out the second quintet. Hemric polled 535 points, Green 487. Carmaker 393 and Shavlik 360, Smith May Be Answer To Cards' Problem ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. f#) — Jess (Pop) Haincs. one-time pitching great of the St. Louis Cardinals,, figures Frank Smith in the bullpen will make a big difference for the Birds this season. The 62-year-old Haines, who spent 18 years with the club, said yesterday while on vacation from his Dayton, Ohio, home: "Smith has good stuff and can be a deceptive pitcher. He can be a big help to the Cards." Smith was obtained from the Cincinnati Redlegs for pitcher Gerry Staley and third baseman Ray Jablonski. Cardinal Coa'ch BUI Pose- del and scout Gus Mancuso concurred . in Haines' estimate of Smith. Manager Eddie Stanky put it this way; "If Smitty can do for us what he did for the Reds, it stj]! will be a good deal for the Cardinals." Eddie Joe Buck, rookie trying for a berth with the Boston Red Sox- this spring, has a degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma A & M. Fort Smith Favored In Big 7 Event HOT SPRINGS. Ark. (#)—The Big 7 high school basketball, tournament opens tonight with one heavy favorite on the sidelines. Fort Smith's Grizzlies received a first round bye because they won, Starza, once the regular season championship.; contender, the The conference's other six teams pair off in three games that will knock three teams out of the running. Tonight's games: 6:30 p.m. — Little Rock vs Pine BiUff. 8 p. m.~ North Little Rock ve El Dorado, 9:30 p.m. — Hot Springs vs Texarkana. The two finalists — the first and second place teams — will enter .NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION LeachvilJe School District Number 40 Notice is hereby given that the Annual School Election will be held in Leachv.lle School District Number 40. of Mississippi County, Arkansas on Saturday March 19 for the purpose of electing school directors, voting on a proposed tax Levy of 50 mills, and voting on a proposal that 5 mills of the proposed tax levy of 50 mills is for a propos- American "name" fighters, moved strongly into the heavy-, ed to run {Qr 2Q years for the pur . La Starza Is Battered By Unheralded Cuban MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Kulio Mederos, an unheralded Cuban Negro who had flunked his two previous tests against A mor-ifon "namp" fitrhlprt; mnved strnnplv intn the heavv- ed bond Issue of $36,500.00 estimat- Switzer, Best Pro Punt Returner the state Class A tournament at Little Bock. Along with Fort Smith, Little Rock and North Little Rock arc considered leading contenders to win berths in the state tournament. Friday night's schedule will dc-- termine the state tournament entries. Port Smith meets the Little Rock-Pine Bluff winner at 7:30 p.m. and the North Little Rock-El Dorado winner goes against the Hot Springs-Texarkana winner. The final will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. weight picture today after a smashing knockout victory over Roland La Starza. The powerful Mederos gave La za 189. top-ranking (itie worst beating of his career before knocking the Ne\v Yorker unconscious with a booming right to the jaw in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-rounder last night at Miami Stadium. It was a sensational win for Mederos, a 4-1 underdog who had been outpointed by Bob Satter- fleld of Chicago and Harold Johnson of Philadelphia in his only two earlier tights with well-known opponents. Mederos dropped La Starza to his knees with a right to the jaw as the bell sounded endjng the first round. Another thudding right to the head dumped La Starza on the seat of his pant-s at the start of the third. La Starza was counted out at 1:37 of the fifth after a right flush on the chin dropped him fiat on his back. The Bronx fighter, who was stopped by Rocky Marciano in the llth .round of a 1953 title bout, said It was the first time he had been knocked unconscious. Mederos weighed 195, ( La Star- FHILADELPHIA Ifi— Very! Switzer, rookie halfback of the Green Bay Packers returned 24 punts for 306 yards, an average of 12.8 yards per try, to win the 1954 National Football League punt return championship. Official league statistics today disclosed that Switzer. former Kansas State star, ran one punt 93 yards for a touchdown. Herb Johnson, of the New York Giants, another first year man, finished second with a 10.3 average. Johnson returned 16 punts for 164 yards. pose of refunding outstanding short term construction loans and for other construction purposes. The polis will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. at the Leachville Oitv Hall. Board of Directors Leachviile School District 40 Norman Bailey, President Louis Weinberg, Secretary 224 33-10 WE BUY USED FURNITURE PHONE 3-3122 Wade Furn. Co. GARDEN PLOWING & YARD WORK DONE WITH FORD TRACTORS INQUIRE AT 417 S. 16th ST. ATTENTION FARMERS Clean Your Own Seed and Save New The new nil metal Clipper M-2B Grain, Seed and Bean Cleaner niuans higher crop yields and greater profit* for you by eliminating . . . weed seeds . . . small and cracked seeds . . . foreign crop seed* . . . Inert materials, from your tred. 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They found time to add it up between what must amount to the full-time chore of keeping track of such as Furman, and its &4 - point-per-game scoring average — or even Virginia, which plunfcs in a miserly 91 points each time it takes the floor, —or even Virginia, which plunks In a miserly 91 points each time it takes the floor. The Dona have complied this astounding defensive figure with a legal goaltender. That would be Bill Russell, of course. Russell, a 6-10 giant whose spring adds Inches to his normal height, has been worked into a one-man defensive formation by Coach Phil Woolpert. While the rules have obliterated the old practice of knocking set shots out of the basket, Russell does a workmanlike, job of batting the ball away before it gets going, which is legal. The holder of a line set of r«- flexes, he has been a murderoug article on defense. A player driving through ^or a layup finds the basket obliterated by Russell's hands. 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