FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1955 BLYTIIEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB Managers See Bright Hope in Rookie Trio *#*# *#** Thurman, Kline, Hamrie Impress By ORLO ROBERTSON , The Associated Pre» There isn't a major league manager who doesn't hope that a sleeper, such as Mickey Mantle, Bob Grim, Wally Moon or Willie Mays, turns up among the rookies striving to make baseball's big time. . . That's the reason Manager Birdie Tebbetts of Cincinnati is taking a long and good look at Bob Thurman, Chuck Dressen of Washington thinks highly of Bob Kline and Walt Alston wouldn't be surprised if Bert Hamrie made the Brooklyn varsity. You'll recall that Mantle jumped all the way from Class O Into the Yankees' center Held, Grim had played only one year of organized ball before compiling a 20-6 record for the Yankees and winning Eook- ie of the Year honors in 1954. Moon wasn't even on the Cardinals' roster until the opening day last yea,r and Mays was so lightly regarded he wasn't in the Giants camp in 1051—the year he made his debut. Tebbetts, already blessed with plenty of long ball hitters, ifurg She Redlegs have another in Thurman, 32-year-old Negro outfielder who admits he has "Just about given up on ever getting into the major leagues." illtj and Pitches Thurman, signed as a free agent after Tebbetts watched him pound the ball In the Puerto Rican winter league, also can play first base and pitch, If necessary. He hit .323 and had a 2-0 pitching record in Puerto Rico. The Senators' high command thinks "we may have landed a bargain" in Kline, who hit .319 as * * * a Yankee farm hand with Birmingham last season. He is given a good chance of making the grade at shortstop. Hamrie hasn't much chance of breaking into the Dodgers' Sandy Amoros-Duke Snider-Carl Furlllo outfield combine, but he figures to make a battle of it for one of the reserve spots. The Sandy Fork, Va., native, who hits from either side of the plate, has power as attested by a dozen homers In a •half season at St. Paul last year. Before a fractured hand put him out of commission, he hit .350. The news was good from a number of camps where holdouts had been causing concern. Minnie Minoso. the No. 1 White Sox holdout who had asked for a 100 per cent boost, finally settled for a $7,500 increase. That raised his salary to a reported $32,500. Baltimore ended its holdout troubles with the signing of pitcher Lou Kretlow for $10,000. Catcher Sammy White was expected to write his signature on a Boston Red Sox contract today after hold* * * Training Camp Briefs Turley Sees Great Season, No Wildness, with Yankees ST. PETERSBURG, Fta. WPj — Bullet Bob Turley starts his first season with New York confident he's lost his wlldness and found some support. The 24-year-old righthander, who came to the Yanks in that multi- player deal with the Baltimore Orioles last winter, said his wildness was in his hips, but "the trouble was cured lost August." He credits Harry (The Cat) Bre- clieen. one time St. Louis Cardinal ace but more recently an Oriole coach, with discovering the flaw- that gave him the bases on balls title as weli as the strikeout crown last season. Turley fanned 185 to top the .American League, but he also walked 181. "I was throwing incorrectly." said Turley, "with my hips coming around and follownig through ahead of my arm. I never realized it until Harry spotted it. "I guess I had been trying so hard to get the ball over the plate that I probably was throwing unnaturally. But after Harry pointed It out the change was great. I won six of my last seven decisions and I don't think I walked more than four men in one of them." Turley was almost right. He walked six and five in a pair, but only four in each of the others. All season long, he managed to get away with just a single walk in only two games. And once he walked 12 in 6 2/3 innings. Eddie Lopat, the junk man of the Yank staff, figures Turley will "rank with the greatest righthand- ers in the history of the league," with two years of polish. Sarnl Not Expected To Hit .300 Again ST. PETERSBURG. Fla., WPj — Even if Bill Sarni remains the St. Lewis Cardinals' No. 1 catcher, Manager Eddie Stanky doesn't expect him to repeat with another .300 season at bat. "If a catcher hits .300 for me," Stanky said yesterday, "it's all good and fine, but he doesn't have to. How many Roy Campanellas and Walker Coopers are there, any- wny?" Sarni, who stepped Into the role of chief ca teller when Del Rice was injured last Reason, just might be ousted by the hard-working Rice, Stanky added. A's Looking For Player Trades WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. W) — Arnold Johnson, the Kansas City Athletics' owner, says he's interested In making overtures now to other major league clubs for possible player purchases or trades. He's planning to take a swing around baseball camps In Florida In the hope of strengthening the A's Johnson also has Instructed Ray Kennedy, player personnel manager, to make inquiries. The Athletics still have two holdouts—third baseman Jim Flnigan and second baseman Spooks Jacobs. Lopez Says Indian!' Spirit Isn't Hurt TUCSON, Ariz. «•)—The crushing World Series defeat the Cleveland Indians absorbed lint fal doesn't seem to have hurt the team's spirit, says Manager A Lopez. "There wasn't a player of the team who didn't feel that if the series had been played all over a week later, we might have won four straight," the Senor said. "If anything the team seems more anxious than ever to win the pennant. I suppose they want to redeem themselves." Giants' Jansen Says He Can Still Win PHOENIX, Ariz, (ft— Larry Jan sen pitcher, figures he still can win in the majors. The 34-year-old righthander -sail he felt fine after three days o workouts with the New York Giants "There's nothing wrong with physically, but there are a lot o youngsters around here who deservi a chance and that may let me out.' Manager Leo Durocher would be glad to .welcome Jansen back and said, "Maybe I took him off the active list too soon." Jansen be came a coach last July following a shaky 2-2 record In 13 games. Martin Ruby, new Tulsa University line coach, played in the Cotton Eowl Game twice—each with a different team. In 1942 he played for Texas A & M. In 1944 he was on the Randolph Field team. Graham and Vejar To Fight Tonight NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the ring's real gentlemen aging Billy Graham and eager young Chico Vejar, battle it ou tonight in a bout regarded as a lossup at Madison Squan Garden. ng out until the club approved Is playing of basketball during ic off season. The Red Sox also 1 g n e d rookie pitcher George usce. But the biggest holdout of them 11—the mighty Ted Williams—still asn't put in hU appearance at e Red Sox Sarasota camp. And. the Pirates have an $18,000 act waiting for their slugging out- ielder, Prank Thomas. But in >ittsburgh Thomas said he has ad no official word on the con- ract. They are friends and respect each other but will prove once again In their 10-rounrier that there Is no place In the ring for sentiment. BlK One For Bath This Is a big one for both. It could be the last for the 33-ycnr- old Graham, who Is desperately trying to get back In the running "for four or more fights."- The veteran of 14 years and 124 pro bouts wants to pile up some extra cash to go Into business. "I guess this Is the test," said the New Yorker. "I've never lost three In a row before and If I can't beat Vejar I might Just as well pack It In. He has nothing to heat me with. He's easy to hit, has a push-button chin, and canH punch hard enough to bother me." But Billy will be fighting Father Time as well as an aggressive ambitious 23-year-old. In losing hi last two to Chris Christensen, nothing fighter, and Ramon Pu cntes, Graham -showed how far h had slipped from the lofty days o several years ago. Then he wa the No. 1 contender who hod com within a shade of taking the wel terweight crown from Kid Oav Ilan. Vojar Ambitious Of his 124 fights, Graham ha won 102, lost 13 and tied In He never has been stopped. Vejar, a TV favorite before h went Into the Army two years ago Is bursting with ambition to ge back to the top. His record Is 68 4-1. NI3C will broadcast and telecns tonlghl'i fight at 10 p.m. GST. Tigers Lose 12, Win 6 In 54-55 Cage Season By SONNY SANDERS Courier News Correspondent CARUTHERSV1LLE — Although Caruthersville High School's Basketball Tigers won only six of their 18 games, they lost some by close margins. Proof of this is the fact that the Tigers scored 927 points during the season while their opponents scored 1,065 points. Snts add Tigers 2-36 an overwhelming defeat. Then the Of course some of the Caruthcrs- j Tigers lost most of their games vine's losses were by wide margins until they look three In a row when they met such tough corn-1 from rjccring, Kcnnett and Hayti. petition as Dexter, Bragg City andj Wardell. Jerry McClanahan, caruthers- vllle's center, was high scorer for the Tigers. McClanahan racked up a total of 221 points. Next In line was Sophomore lagan Cook. He meshed 193 points. Other standouts in 1954-55 season were Bob Willis and Shank Darnell with 129 points. The other scorers were: Louts Cook, 83; Bill Grigory, 64; Lee Bennett Jones, 28* Bob Bartholomew, 27; Dale Abernathy, 21; Gerald Clayton, 18; Morris Patterson, 7; Joe White 2. The graduating seniors from the team are Willis, Darnell, Louis, Cook, Grigory, Abernathy and McClanahan. The Tigers lost their first three Virginia Tops Terps As Southern Picks Entries for NCAA By EI> WILKS The Associated Press A couple of rebels have popped up down in Dixie, where the Atlantic Coast and. Southern conferences are picking their entries in the NCAA Basketball Tournament by the simple process of elimination Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rochester 83, Minneapolis 76 Syracuse 84, Fort Wayne 81 Fights Last Night THURSDAY'S FIGHTS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Angeles — Don Jordan, 142'/ 2 Los Angeles, outpointed Prankie Cockrell, 145, Simonton, Tex., 10. Worcester, Mass — Curly Monroe, 140=.,, Worcester, outpointed Three of the ACC's top-seeded | teams rolled through their first j round games in the title tourney j yesterday, but Virginia dumped; third-ranked Maryland 68-67 in; overtime. 1 There wasn't a genuine upset in | the Southern get-together, but j Washington and Lee's ambitious j sophomores proved they were in! the scrap to stay by humbling Purman and All America Darreil Floyd 97-67. I Finished Sixth I Virginia finished sixth during the i regular ACC season race and lost! two meetings with the Terps. But 1 EHl Miner, a 5-9 sophomore guard, ended all that by sinking f.vo fou! shots with 17 seconds left in the extra period after tying the score at 59-all in regulation time. In other ACC games, which went as expected: Favored North Carolina State, fifth ranked in the Associated Press poll, set a tourney record with a 101-76 victory over Ciemson. The Wolfpack called back their regulars to salt it away with 32 points in the final 10 minutes. Ron Shavlik. second team All America, scored 27 for the winners while ClemsonS Bill Yarborough hit for 34. If NCAA-ineligible NCS Ion probation on a "tryout" charge) wins the tourney, incidentally, the runner-up will head lor the NCAA play. Second-seeded Duke had no trouble beating South Carolina 83-67 and !».'".' Davis and Dick Hernric carried Wake Forest past North Carolina £.5-82. Davis, 6-2 and 152 pounds, slipped through the Tar Heels for 32 points, one less than totaled by second-team All Amer can Hemrlc. Tonight's semifinals pair Wake Forest-North Carolina State and Duke-Virginia. Floyd Shecked In the Southern, Washington and Lee's youngsters stayed hot after a fast close in the regular season nice and qualified as the title dark horse. The Generals clamped down on Floyd, the nation's top scorer, for a lean total of 20 points while leaving the top offensive team In major college history far behind. While Floyd hit on Just six of 33 field attempts. W&L'E Lee Marshall and Dominic Flora gathered a total of 47 points. The Generals' total set a southern Conference tourney record. Dicky Moegle, All-America halfback at Rice, was named his hometown's "Outstanding Citizen of 1954." He lives in Taylor, Tex. Make Your Whiskey OLD :"f >«!![*» 3ISIIUIIS it IK Only Ford offers Short Stroke, for every size truck in a full line The big trend in truck engines is to modern short-stroke V-8's. These remarkable new engines are rapidly outdating conventional long-stroke engines. 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