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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 10, 1955
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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1955 BI.YTHEVII.l.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE Grapefruit, Cactus Leagues Open Play Today; Giants Idle Br LARRY MERCHANT With opening day only a month away, 14 major league, teams move into the Grapefruit and Cactus League phase of baseball's spring training today. Seven exhibition games are on order, including one after-dinner affair between Brook lyn and Milwaukee at Miami. Five other openers are scheduled in Florida: New York Yank ees vs. St. Louis Cardinals; Washington Senators vs. Boston Red Sox; Cincinnati Redlegs vs Chicago White Sox; Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City A's vs. Pittsburgh Pirates. ¥ * ¥ * * # In the three-team Cactus League, Lopez Says Indians' Positions Aren't Set the American League champion Cleveland Indians play the Chicago Cubs at Tucson, Ariz. The world champion New York Giants cool their spikes until tomorrow when they launch their exhibition schedule where they left off in October— aganlst the Indians. Baltimore, which switched training bases from Arizona to Florida this year. Ls also Idle. The Orioles open with Cincinnati Tomorrow. Some managers will start "experimental" lineups for the inaugurals but most pilots are leading with their aces. Casey Stengel, starting his seventh season at the Yankee helm, wants a fast look-see at his Baltimore import Bullet Bob Turley. Turley, who came to the Yanks In that big winter deal, will pitch the first three innings against rookie Larry Jackson of the Cardinals. Managers Chuck Dressen of Washington and Pinky Biggins of Boston are going with a couple of fastballing right-hand r s . Bob Porterfield and Fran)- Sullivan. Yearlings Al Schroll and Al Curtis will follow the 6-7 Sullivan to the mound for Boston. Three rookies will toil for Detroit as Bucky Harris takes charge of the Tigers for the first time. Opposing them for the Phillies will be the big guy himself, Robin Roberts. Bob Carver, 18*8 with Denver in 1954, has been given the first three- Inning job for Pittsburgh by Fred Haney. Lou Boudreau, another of the managers with new teams, will counter with Marion Frlcano, Carl Duser and Bill Oster. Towering Gene Conley has drawn the starting assignment for Milwaukee and rookie Ed Roebuck, with a highly touted fast ball, for Brooklyn. Mike Garcia is Al Lope?.' choice to start things off for Cleveland against rookie Joe Stanka for Stan Hack's Cubs. Virgil Trucks (9-12) will be the first of three White Sox pitchers for Marty Marlon. Art Fowler (1210) has the nod for Birdie Teb- belts' Redlegs. 2 Card Rookies Will Pitch 1st Spring Game ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ifl — Rookie hurlers Larry Jackson. Floyd Woolrldge and Barney Schultz will split the St. Louis Cardinal pitching chores today In their opening Grapefruit League game with the New York Yankees. Bob Turley. Whltcy Ford and Tom Morgan are csheduled to go tor the New Yorkers. Outfielder Stan Muslnl will be By JACK STEVENSON TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — There is a mistaken idea, says Manager Al Lopez, that the American League champion' Cleveland Indians will-stand pat on their 1954 outfit. "We're not set like a lot of people think," he explained as the Indians met the Chicago Cubs today in the first of their exhibition games. "There are several positions yet to be decided. There are several young fellows we have to look over." season, would like that starting assignment. Rookie Hank Agulrre, up from Reading, Pa., is getting attention and veteran Le/ty Bill Wight, who played for San Diego last season, isn't counted out. Veteran right-hander Bob Feller counts on another good season with spot assignments. At. first base Vic Werlz is No. 1 as expected but Dale Mitchell, previously an outfielder, makes a bid along with Altobelli. Al Rosen at third and George Strickland at shortstop appear secure. The same is true of Bobby Avila at second when he signs. The outfield Is filled with talent so an interesting battle develops. Home run hitter Ralph Kiner, acquired from the Cubs after 1854. probably has the hardest fight of his career for a regular job. Larry Doby In center and Al Smith In an adjacent field appear well assured. But fighting for the other spot .along with Kiner are the rookie Colavlto, veterans Dave Pope and Wally Westlake plus Harry Simpson, trying for a big league comeback after spending 1954 with Indianapolis. Dave Philley, currently a holdout, played in 133 games last season, so can't be counted out. Newcomers given strong chances include catcher Hank Foiles, first baseman Joe Altobelli, outfielder Rocco Colavito and, of course, left- handed pitcher Herb Score. AH four spent 1054 with Inalanapolls of the American Assn. Lopez would like a strong left- handed pitcher to gu with right, banders Bob Lemon, Earlyn Wynn, Art Houtteman and Mike Garcia On the front line. Score might fill the, bill, but Don Mossl, an outstanding southpaw reliefer last St. Louis GG Boxers Favored ToWmTourney CHICAGO W>—St. Louis is favored to repeat for the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions title tonight in amateur boxing's big showdown at Chicago Stadium. St. Louis has five survivors for the .semifinals which will be followed by the finals to determine the squad to represent Chicago against New York's best In the intercity bout* at the stadium March 31. In three days of preliminary skirmishing at the stadium last week, St. Louts piled up 17 points, one for each bout won. Louisville has 15 and Kansas City 14 In the close team competition. Dick Wall of Tulsa, Oklft.. Is the only holdover champion still in the running. The 147-pounder was a 1953 winner in Chicago. All three 1954 defending champions who returned have been eliminated. the only veteran In the Cardinal lineup. Bill Vlrdon and Harry Elliott are the other outfielders. Tom Alston At first, Don Blaslnghame at second, Ken Boyer at short and either Jerry Thomas and Ron Plaza at third complete the infield with Hal Smith catching. Seeded Teams Remain In NAIA Tournament KANSAS CITY — Only seeded teams remained today among the eiRht survivors In the National In- tercollegiznte Basketball Tournament. Including top seeded Western Illinois College. The Illinois team, hard pressed in winning its second round tilt, runs Into tough Gustavus Adolphus of St. Peter, Minn., tonight In the four-game quarterfinals slate. Western Illinois ran up an early lead against the Kirksvllle (Mo) Teachers last night but the Mis- sourlans bounced back and came within a couple of points of victory. The final score was 86-85. Gustavus Adolphus, the No. 5 seeded team, earned its quarterfinal berth by beating Texas Southern, the only all-Negro college team In the tournament 07-55. Another top survivor, Beloit (Wls) College, trounced Florida State of Tallahassee 110-88 In .the second round to mark up a new one-game scoring record. The two team total bettered '— four points a mark set in the 1053 meet when Hamllne whipped Mississippi Southern 102-92. Beloit, seeded No. 2, meets East Texas State tonight. East Texas romped to » 2-30 halftlme lead over Sothwestern (Kan) College and coasted to A 94-78 victory In the second round. East Texaa hit 51.6 er cent of (heir shots to 40.3 for Southwestern. In other second round games Arkansas Tech, a quartet-finalist last year, ousted Atlantic Christian College of Wilson. N. C. 93-74. The high scoring Southeastern (6kla) Savages walloped Nebraska Wesleyan 106*69. In the first round the Oklahomans broke a team-scoring record in whipping Middle Tennessee Teachers, 120-67. Alderson-Broaddus College of Phllll. W. Va., defeated Qulncy (111) College 86-84 and the College of Steubenville (Ohio) beat Louisiana Tech 90-65. Approximately 9,000 spectators watched last night's games In Municipal Auditorium and more than 4,000 saw the afternoon slute. Finals In the annual 32-tcam tournament will be played Saturday night. t. Tonight's schedule: 6:00—Steubenville vs Southeastern Oklahoma. 7:30—East Texas vs Beloit. 9:00 — Qustavus Adolphui vs Western Illinois. 10:00—Alderson-Broaddus vs. Ar- 'kansas Tech. COMING SOON Bob Logan Announces a Beautiful New Porcelain Enamel Texaco Service Station Now Under Construction (Station Will Re l,*>*c<t Locally) at the Corner of Ash and Division Tour With Texaco ... Let us heat your home and power your farm i * Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED FRESH NAIA Tourney .• (second round) Western Ulinoi* M, Klrksvllle (Mo) 85 -6 Beloit 110, Florida State 88 East Texan M, Southwestern (Kan) 78 Southeastern Okla 106, Nebraska Wesleyan 69 Steubenvllle (Ohio) 90, Louisiana Tech 65 Alderson - Broaddui (WVA) 88, Qulncy (111) M OUBtavua Adolphus (Minn) 67, Texas Southern 55 Arkansas Tech 93, Atlantic Christian 74 Ivy League Playoff Princeton 86, Columbia 69 69 (Princeton wins league title and NCAA-tourney berth; Natl Junior College Tourney Arkansas City (Kan) 76, Phoenix 54 (second round) Hannibal - LaGrangc (Mo) 82, East Central (Miss) 66 (second round) Coffeyville (Kan) 78, Boise (Idaho) 70 (first round) Moberly (Mo) 111, Howard County (Biff Spring, Tex) 60 (first round) Tyler (Tex) 87, Jacksonville (Fla) 86 (losers' bracket, Jacksonville eliminated) ARKANSAS AAU BASKETBALL At Conway By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Little Rock Junior College 84, Mount Ida 67 Legionnaires of El Dorado 74, Penrson of Pine Bluff 41 Jonesboro Frolics 83, Columbia Motors of Magnolia 77 BIG LEAGUE ROOKIES ... No. 1 Elston Howard's Big Bat May Land Steady Spot in Yank Outfield By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — (NEA) — Elston Gen» Howard will be the first Negro ever to wear Yankee flannels in a championship game. Paul Richards is positive of that, following the 18-playcr trade in which the wily new manager of the Orioles picked up five years or more of slack in what had been a sadly neglected farm system. Richards, you see, wanted Howard and his distance bat, but realized that tremendous social pressure, among other factors, would not permit the New York Americans to swap the most-valuable player in the League. Princeton in NCAA; Must Play LaSalle By SHELDON SAKOWITZ The Associated Press Princeton rooters celebrated the Tigers' Ivy League basketball championship today and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that goes with it. But their jubilation may be short-lived for tomorrow Princeton plays defending champion LaSalle in the regional playoffs at Philadelphia. Princeton put nn a second-half surge to crush Columbia 86-69 last night in a league playoff at Rutgers in New Brunsv/ick, N.J., ending the closest Ivy race in the league's 53-year-old history. The Tigers, Columbia and Penn finished the season in an unprecedented triple tie, each with a 10-4 record. Columbia disposed of Penn in the first playoff game Monday. Princeton's Hal Haabestad and John Devoe scored 28 and 22 points with superb jump shooting. Chet Forte, Columbia's 5-9 sophomore, kept the Lions in the game with a .19-point output before the Tigers' defenders stopped him cold. The Tigers, who received a first- round bye in the NCAA Tournament, have won seven of their last eight starts. LaSalle, which downed West Virginia 95-61 Tuesday, has won 10 straight. Canlsius and Villanova clash in the other NCAA regional game at Philadelphia. Double-headers also will be held at Evanston, 111.; Manhattan, Kan.; and Corvallis, Ore., tomorrow and Saturday. Eight teams were eliminated In first-round games Tuesday and the field now numbers 16. The regional playoffs will trim the field to four for the semifinal and finals at Kansas City March 18-19. The remainder of Friday's second-round schedule: at Evanston, Marquette faces Kentucky and Penn State meets Iowa; at Man- Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rochester 100. Syracuse 97 Philadelphia 102, Minneapolis 8: ASC Trackman Returns Carl Lacy of Caruthersville, Mo. will be one of the returning squad- men on Coach John Rauth's track team at Arkansas State College. Lacy Is one of the ten Squadmen returning lor the seven scheduled meets this year. FUEL OIL G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. 1 Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny's Conoco Service, Ash & Division MERCHANTS LUNCH-75? SOUTHERN STYLE CRACKLIN' BREAD SERVED DAILY "Mom" Rice's Home Made Pica Italian Spaghetti — Chicken & Dumplings DRIVE IN RAZORBACK hattan, Bradley squares off against Southern Methodist and Colorado clashes with Tuisa; at Corvallis, Seattle plays Oregon State and San Francisco, the nation's No. 1 team, tangles with Utah. The winners of Friday's games meet Saturday. THE YANKEES SOUGHT the young fireballer. Bob Turley, and Shortstop Bill Hunter, ' Richards used the Howard argument as a wedge ui fill two positions with excellent, prospects. They are big Hal Smith and towering Gus Triandos. Not a few diamond appraisers regard Smith, the American Asso- nence. Richards was pictured as hypno- Hunter and junk for Smith, Triandos, Gene Woodling, Willie Miranda, Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Bill Miiler and Den Leppert and Kal SegrisL, the Latter pair infielders who hit well in the higher minors. It doesn't, sound like a good j deal, but the one-time Boy Won- ! der of Waxahachie assures you he I had his eyes wide open all the • while. A CAKLQAD OF COURAGE was required to deal Turley, the potential Bob Feller, but Richards, the gambler, had to do it or run a j franchise for the glorification of' one player. He realizes that his entire future rides on the gigantic swap. If the Yankees resume their pennant-winning and the orange- chested Orioles once more wind up no better than seventh or in the cellar. Professor Paul will have to do a lot of explaining. But the Lord Baltimore's* plight demanded daring action, and if the worst comes, Richards is an old hand at being second guessed. As for Howard, Richards sees him as an outfielder. "Howard is a rousing hitter (21 doubles, 16 trip- lea, 22' home runs, 108 runs-batted- in and a .330 for Toronto)," says Richards, his eyes following a particularly handsome craft in Daytona Beach's Municipal Yacht Basin. "But I doubt that he is ready to catch in the American League. "Even if Howard could catch up here now, he wouldn't get a chance to prove it for three or four years, or as long as Yogi Berra is able to move, and Yog hadn't slowed down any the last time I looked. My guess is that Howard. wiiJ see more service in the outfield than as a catcher, nd Trader 1 Casey Stengel originally switched him from the outfield to catching, you'll recall." International CaruthersvilleGG Team Wins Six In Senath Tourney SENATH — Louis Cook of Caruthersville scored a first round knockout in the semi-finals of SenatiVi three-day Golden Gloves boxing tournament here last, night. Caruthersville won six matchei and lost one. The winners will return tonight for the finals of the tournament. Cook knocked out Connie Campbell in 25 seconds of their 135-pound novice battle. Roy Smith, Caruthersville Negro, won by a second round TKO over Curtis Green, Senath Negro, in a 155 pound novice event. Smith also knocked Green down in the first round. Clark Stone of Caruthersville, took a split decision over Dean Harvey of Senath in a 136-pound novice contest. Huey Robertson of •Caruthersville won a decision over Glen Hais' lip of Senath in a 102-pound sub- novice match. Steve Shepard, 134- pound Caruthersville Negro, won a split decision from Willie Phillips, i 134-pound Senath Negro, in a no- I vice bout. Talmadge McCoy of Caruthersville lost a decision to Tommle Martin of Sikeston in a 130-pound novice contest. Floyd Owens 175-pound Ca- nithersville Negro won default over Lloyd Bogard, 164-pounder from Caraway, Ark. In an exhibition bout Owens went against "One Round" Brown, a 185 _ pound Senath Negro. No decision a"c7eptably fo7 Birmingham 1 "in 1953. i was rendered. "If Triandos can be taught to j get that big bat of his around in} things encourages Paul Richards lime," beams Richards, "we could [ to believe that he 'wasn't so dumb have another Jimmy Foxx or Hank when he passed Bob Turley to the Greenberg." Yankees, who didn't dream he The prospect of this and other j would. BOTH SMITH AXD TRIANDOS are 24, and, next to Woodling, Richards prefers talking about them. Triandos' batting mark bare!y dipped below .300 Last season for M homer 5 totting Jack Gardner Has Top Record After Only Two Years at Utah SALT LAKE CITY >fi — Coach' Jack Gardner will take his Utah. University Redskins to the NCAA basketball playoffs at Corvallis, Ore. This weekend as the No. 7' team in the nation after only two years as head coach. The Skyline Conference champs have run up a remarkable record under Gardner. When he came to head the Utes in 1953, they were in the conference cellar. This year's season record of 23 wins against three losses Is the best in the school's history. The Redskins have averaged 78.6 points a game, also a record, They've held opponents to 58.2 points a game which ranks them fourth in the nation on defense. The squad cleared 1,637 rebounds for a new school record, and also makes them fourth in the nation. But- this is the way Gardner does things, Before coming to Utah, he coached Kansas State Into the national basketball limelight. In the nine .years he was there, K- State won two Big Seven Conference championships, was tanked in the top 10 oE the nation for seven years, and wa.s • runner up to Kentucky in 1951 in he NCAA finals. Your Best Way to Switch Tubeless Tires Don't settle for leas than the U. S. Royal Master or th« U. S. Royal 8 a« you make your switch to tubeleM tires! Come in right now—find out how easily you can put these great new tubelee* tire* on your car. We have them in aU «ije«—to fit your present .wheels. 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