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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 12, 1955
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SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER PAGI FIV1 Fort Smith, North Little Rock Move Into State Class A Finals Kentucky, SMU Lose Dons, Oregon S fate Clash InDay'sTopNCAAGame By ED WILKS The Associated Preu San Francisco and Oregon State, two Pacific Coast giants who have gotten where they are by contrasting routes, put their big men against each other tonight in the top game of the National Collegiate Basketball Tournament quarterfinals. San Francisco, the No. 1 team In the Associated Press poll, has been In the limelight most of the season. The Dons have rolled to the na- tion's longest winning streak (23 games) on defensive excellence and the peculiar perfection of All- America Bill Russell, the 6-10 guy who slams in field goals "like he's stuffing clothes in « suitcase." But while the Dons received a gilt-edge Invitation as an NCAA at- large pick, Oregon State had to struggle all the way to gain attention. The Statera, with 7-3 Swede Halbrook and 6-7 Tony Vlastellca, were snubbed by the experts, and only gained the No. 10 spot in the poll this week after disposing of UCLA, ranked No. t previously, with ease In the Pacific Coast Conference title playoff. Tourney Hot'Team Will Win NIT Title By HUGH FULLERTON JR. NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Blackburn, the pleasantly serious young coach of Dayton University, figures it takes a "tourney hot" team to win in rugged post-season basketball competition. And he's hoping his Flyers will be the hottest as well as the tallest team in the National Invitation Tournament which starts today. Blackburn reasons this way: "Winning the NIT is like making- parachute jumps. You have to do it right every time. Play a poor Olson Given 3-1 Odds to KO HOLLYWOOD Wt—Although his opponent doesn't figure to be around at the finish, middleweight champion Carl (Bobo) Olson probably will attract a $30,000 gate at Hollywood Legion Stadium tonight for his scheduled 10-round non- title fight against Willlo Vaughn of Los Angeles. The odds makers say Olson should be 10-1 to win arid 3-1 to put the California middleweight champ away before the tenth. But there aren't any takers. The only persons who are going to take much out of the till are Olson and his manager, Sid Flaherty, who have a contract calling for 40 per cent of the net gate. Bobo will pick up a small chunk for "boxing" Lou Costello on the TV comedy hour tomorrow night, and he quipped that this fight has him more worried than the one with Vaughn. Vaughn, at 22, is four years younger than Olson. He has plenty of courage and he has been Known to rally from a knockdown and punch his way to victory. He usually makes his best fight against what is regarded as superior opposition, and against Olson he may make things interesting as far a.s the fight goes. game in the NIT and you're through." Tommy knows Something about those mistakes. Three times in the past four years the Flyers have been invited to the NIT. They were runnersup in 1951 and 1952. Last year they were knocked out by Niagara in the second round and in the Christmas Holidays Festival here they lost two games. Second-seeded Dayton is carrying a 12-game winning atre&k into this tournament ^.d the Flyers victims include four of the other 11 tournament teams, Louisville, Seton Hall, Cincinnati and top- seeded Duquesne. But Dayton won't play Its first tournament game until Tuesday night. 3 Have Wlnnlnf Streaks Three of the eight unseeded teams that open the NIT action today have pretty good winning streaks of their own. Unheralded Lafayette, with the best season record of any tournament team and a 21-game streak, plays Nl- ng.irr, in the second game this afternoon after the Louisville-Manhattan opener. Tonight's dbubleheader sends St. Francis (Pa.) against Seton Hall and St. Louis, cocham- pion of the Missouri Valley Conference, against Connecticut. The seeded teams don't go into action until the quarter finals. On Monday its Duque-ne against the Manhattan . Louisville winner and fourth - seeded Cincinnati against the Niagara - Lafayette winner. Tuesday defending champion-Holy Cross, ranked third, plays the St. Francis - Seton Hall winner and Dayton the St. Louis-Connecticut winner. Semifinals will be played next Thursday and finals Saturday. Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York 97, Boston 95 A's Kellner Will Test His Arm Today WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Wfi — Southpaw Alex Kellner, one of the Kansas City Athletics' top pitchers who had arm trouble last year, will get his first real test against the Washington Senators today. So far everything has felt fine." Kellner said yesterday. "The pain I had last year was between my shoulder blades. The trouble clear- ed up about two week« after I got home at the end of the season and I haven't had a sign of it since." Men who will be in the starting lineup for the first time today are Vic Power at first. Spook Jacobs at second. Jack Littrcll at short, Jim Finigan at third and Bill Penna in right. San Francisco, which gave up its lone defeat to UCLA, then avenged It and dumped Oregon State 60-34 for good measure all In a week's time at season's start, kept moving right along by bouncing Utah 78-88 last night. Russell, bothered with a cold, got 13 points and sat out most of the second half after the Dons had piled up a 41-20 halftime lead. Halbrook, who scored 21, , and Vlastellca, who totaled > 14, were on the bench much of the second half In the Corvallls doubleheader as Oregon State defeated Seattle 83-71. The Staters were hot, getting 51 per cent of their shoti. The other second round competition went like this: At Philadelphia — Defending champ La Salle smothered Princeton 73-46 and Canislus held out to defeat Villanova 73-71. At Evanston, m. — Marquette disposed of Kentucky 79-71, snapping the Wildcats' NCAA winning string at 12 games, and Iowa outgunned Penn State 82-53. Bradley, Colorado Win At Manhattan, Kan. — Bradley jumped Southern Methodist 81-79 and Colorado beat Tulsa 69-59. The winners play tonight with the survivors meeting in the semifinals next Friday at Kansas City for the East and West titles. The Friday winners then play Saturday for the .national title. Arkansas Tech Falls in Semis Of NAIA Meet KANSAS CITY OR—Eastern Oklahoma State's Savages of Durant, who prefer the fire ball brand, and East Texas State's deliberate Lions of Commerce \\S!1 meet for the 17th National Intercollegiate basketball championship here tonight. The Oklahomans, who had scores of 120, 106 and 96 points in their first three tournament games, elim- niated first-seeded Western Illinois of Macomb, 68-61, in the semifinals before 8.500 last night. East Texas State defeated Arkansas Tech of Russellvllle, 81-66. The consolation game between Arkansas and Western Illinois will be played under modified professional rules where stalling and zone defense will be eliminated. The Moot lanes in front of the baskets will be widened to 12-feet. Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NCAA Tourney (Quarterfinals) LaSalle 73, Princeton 46 Marquette 79, Kentucky 71 Canlslus 73, Vlllanova 71 Iowa State 82, Pen n State 53 Colorado 69, Tulsa 59 Bradley 81. Southern Methodist 79 Oregon State 83, Seattle 71 San Francisco 78, Utah 59 NAIA Tourney (Semi-finals) Southeastern Okl 68, Western Illinois 61 East Texas 81, Arkansas Tech M. Natl Junior College Tourney (Semi-finals) Moberly (Mo) 61, Eveletli (Minn) 57 Hannlbal-LaGrange (Mo) 77, Arkansas City (Kan) 69 Coffeyvllle (Kan) 90. New York Community Center (Bkn) 69 (losers' bracket) Boise (Idaho) 74, Pueblo 61 (losers' racket) Tyler (Tex) 99, McCook (Neb) 90 (losers' bracket) Sports Roundup ay Lfay.Ce Ualbot Al Waiting for Another Cobb ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Although he owns a plush restaurant back in New York and drives a special job with rear fins a foot higher than those on a sailfish, Al Schacht continues to .bustle around the training camps spring after spring with an enthusiasm not excelled by any rookie. It has been 34 years, on the record, since Al signed off his brief big league pitching career and took to clowning for baseball crowds all over the country. Though he no longer follows the strenuous schedule he once did, driving 300 and 400 miles a night between engagement.*], the clown prince is getting himself In shape again for a limited number of ap- .penrnnces during the season. We wondered audibly why a man so financially secure, nnd perhnps not ns spry ns he once was, continued to knock himself out with the old plug hat routine. Didn't he think It about time he gave all his attention to raising the price of steaks? For once that we can recall, Al looked serious as (in alligator. Mc'-ill, Bill Ore.:I "At the risk of being called a professional old-timer, I'm going to tell you something you might not believe," he said. "I can't leave baseball because I keep telling myself that before I die I might see a kid who can play the way Ty Cobb did. So help me, as I stand here, that is the truth. If he ever comes alonf, I want to be here to see him." In all our years of association with him, listening to riU stories, we had never before realized Al loved Cobb quite to that extent, "Love him?" Al snapped. "I haled him the way everybody else in the game did. Cobb was the meanest. man who ever wore a uniform. But that has nothing- to do with the fact he was ~o much the greatest player who ever lived It's not even close. "I'vn ?en all of thorn—Ruth. Speaker, Wagotr, DUfifflo, til of them—and not one was In Cobb's clasa an an all-around ball player. "He played 34 years of big league ball and finished with a lifetime average of .637. He had successive seasons of .430 and .410, hlttlnc against spltters and shine balls and any other crazy pitch they had in those days. He led the American League In 13 out of 13 years. If he had a rival who was hitting .370, M hit .380. There's never been a competitor like him." 3 PortobU Eltctric SKIL Saw. to 90 at 20% DISCOUNT . C. Robinson Lbr. Co. rhone J-45J1 Green Forest, Lavaca Fall To Big 7 Height By ABftEN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Big Seven takes over the Arkansas Class A basketball tournament tonight , when Fort Smith's Grizzlies take on the Morth Little Rock's Wildcats ji the 8 p.m. finals. Both used superior height to eliminate the last Class A quintets last night before about 2,000 fans, including 1,678 paid, In Barton Coliseum. North Little Rock downed Green Forest 63-52, and the Grizzlies clipped Lavaca, 52-44. Replay The finals will be a replay of the Big 7 tournament finals *nd will be the fourth meeting of the two teams this season. Fort Smith knocked over the Wildcats twice in regular season play, but North Little Rock nudged the Grizzlies 44-39 in the Big 7 final. Both teams needed strong last- quarter rallies to survive the semifinals. Lavaca'i little . boys simply couldn't cope with Fort Smith's ball-controlling style. The Golden Arrows' two fine little guards, Edwin Graham and Howp.rJ Patterson, hit their driving jump shots with their usual accuracy—but the Arrows failed to cash In on numerous fouls assessed against the Grizzlies, The Grizzlies controlled the game w(tn steady floor play and fellows like 6-6 Earl Furlow under the basket. Lavaca Tiei It After a 14-11 first quarter advantage, the Grizzlies quickly jumped into 20-12 lead as Jim Gattis started hitting his Jump shots. With the count 20-16 In favor of the Bruins, Graham stole the ball and dribbled down court for a basket. Patterson then pulled the same stunt and passed to Graham for up 20-20. Gattis, who matched Graham's 20-point total, and Collier, who got 11, paced the Grizzlies in another brief flurry and the Big 7 boys left the court at halftlme with a 26-23 edge. Lavaca came back once again after Fort Smith had built a 35-27 margin. Jess Steele connected on a 20-foot set shot, Graham hit another one from "utside and added two free throws. Forest Killing's short jump erased the Bruins' advantage. The Arrows were left behind again, however, as Collier hit from the side and then plunked in two free throws to make it 39-35 at the end of the third round. Grizzlies Stall With three minutes gone in the last period, FurloW dropped in a crip shot to give the Grizzlies a 43-37 lead and Fort Smith started to stall. The Arrows came out to try to get possession and left the basket open for easy shots by Gattis, Furlow and Collier. The inevitable fouls added to Fort Smith's total in the final few minutes. The finish was similar In the Wildcat-Green Forest battle, although North Little Rock didn't start stalling until it had eight points to spare with 3'/2 minutes to go. Wayne Yates, North Little Rock's superb center, flipped in 23 points on tip-ins, follow shots hooks and short one-handers. The tall, slender Wildcat had an easy time grabbing the rebounds from the comparatively short Tigers. Oralee Boss' fine work on the floor set up numerous shots for Green. Forest though he yielded top scoring honors to Johnnie Winkle and Bryce Sneed, who counted 15 and 13, respectively. Boss had 13. Tigers Keep It Close Coach Jim Bohannon's Wildcats opened up at the outset and quickly garnered a 10-4 lead. The Tigers got within two points at 14-12, but Yates, Fred Blankenshlp and Tommy Worrell started hitting and The Same Old Story With New Ending- Skowron Gets Nod By ED CORRIGAN The Associated Press Every year the past five years, Joe Collins has had to fight for the first base job on the New York Yankees. Each year he's come out on top of the heap, though. It's going to be the same old story In '55, except that there probably will be one little varia- ;lon—he won't make it . PUNCH IN PINCH—Bobby Hofman, left, ind Dusty Rhodes, whose pincn-hittinr meant a pennant last year, pick out their bats at Olanti' Phoenix camp. (NEA) Ryff-Perez Fight Ends In Bloody Win for Ryff NEW YORK (APJ — Youthful Trankie Ryff showed hl» class last night in easily outpointing Danny Jo P»r«i. hit New York rival, in a bloody Id-rounder at Madtion Square Oarden. ASC Ends Grid Practice; 7955 Slate Released JONESBORO, Ark. 1*1 — The Arkansas State College Indians will divide into Red and White squads for an end-of-spring-practice football game tonight. The scrimmage game will end 20 days of practice under new head coach Gene Harlow, who took over this year after serving most recently as athletic director at Murphy High of Mobile, Ala. The Indians, who had a 1-8 record last season, will play ten games this fall. Here's the schedule announced today: Sept. 24: Lewis College (Lockport, 111.) at Jonesboro. Oct. 8: Florence, Ala. State at Jonesboro. Oct. 15: Murray, Ky., State at Jonesboro. Oct. 22: Southeast Louisiana College at Hammond, La. Oct. 29: Memphis State at Memphis. Nov. 5; Austin College at Sher- nr i n, Tex. Nov. 12: Tennessee Tech at Cookeville. Tenn. Nov. IS: Austin Poay College at Clarksville. Tenn. Nov. 24: Arkansas Tech at Jonesboro. Stanky Smiles At Card Pitching ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. I/PI — The performance of his pitchers In the first two spring exhibition games has St. Louis Cardinal Manager Eddie Stanky smiling. When the blame for the Redbirds' sixth place finish last season had to be placed, it went largely to the pitchers. Now in two contest* with the New York Yankees his hurlert have given up just one run. Spring victories don't count in the pennant drive, but Stanky said last night, they make » fellow fsel good and work harder. North Little Rock held i 24-12 margin at the quarter mark. The northwest Arkansas team almost caught up again at 24-23 as Boss grabbed » missed free throw and plunked it in, and then sank > long set shot. Again the Cats increased the margin and j Blankenship's crip—after taking a long pass—made It 30-25 just before the third quarter ended. With less than four minutes to go. Billy Worrell sank a set shot that gave North Little Rock a 55-45 advantage. Green Forest's Jimmy Greer also connected on a long one—but the Cats then started their successful freeze. Right now, you could ask Manager Casey Stengel: "Who's on first?" and you'd get straight answer—Bill Skowron. The Job belongs to Skowron so long as he proves he's a big leaguer. Skowron's a bulk of a youngster, Who used to play football for Purdue. He hit .340 for the Yanks last year, playing only off and on- Stengel was impressed with his work with, the bat, but the professor was concerned over Bill's main fault—the same one which has kept many other guys out of the majors—poor fielding. Cards Win Again The St. Louis Cardinals polished off the Yanks for the second time In a row yesterday, 3-1. but Skow- Inson each tossed three •oor«toM innings for the Braves. Giant Hex Hold! The world champion N«w York Giants continued their hex over the Cleveland Indians with an *•* massacre. That makes It five to a row for the Giants, including the four straight to the World S«TlM last fall. Willie Mays and Irlo Rodin hit home runs for the OianU while Al Dark went three-for-thre* before retiring in the fifth. Already consigned to the National League basement, the Pitta- burgh won its second one-run decision in a row by turning back the Washington Senators, 8-7. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. behind some nice pitching by Bob Miller. Frank. Lary and Billy Hoeft, each of whom gave up only one hit. Th» Sox only run was unearned. Bobby Morgan knocked in the ron looked as though he had been winning run to give the Philadel- Winner in 60 "f 63 amateur souts and unbeaten .now in 17 pro starts, the 22-year-old Bronx 1 demonstrated to a national television audience and an in-person turnout of 4,597 why he is regarded as the best lightweight prospect in years. Turning what had been heralded as a neighborhood feud into what amounted to a good workout Frankie opened a cut over Perez eft eye in the first round and proceeded to virtually toy with Danny Jo the rest of the way. Referee Ruby Goldstein, Judge Harold Barnes and the AP each gave Frankie nine of the 10 rounds. Artie Aidala called it 8-1-1. Neither fighter was knocked down. Perei' handlers were unable to stop the flow of blood. Frankie himself suffered two small cute in the first and last rounds. "Stop It" AA Danny Jo's face became crimson there were some cries of "stop it." Dr. Vincent Nardiello, of the state Athletic Commission staff, examined the gash after the 4th, 5th and 7th rounds. He termed It a "superficial cut" and let Peret continue. After the bout Dr. Nardiello took 12 stitches to close the cut. No stitches were required for Frankie. The crowd contribued o a gross gat* of $16,044. Frankie- weighed 140 and Perei 13»%. studying George Sisler movies. He fielded flawlessly, 1 ooked sharp handling bunts and smashes down the line and, to top it all, made seven assists. Otherwise, Stengel had little to cheer about. His men outhit the Cards, 9 to 3. Wally Burnette. a rookie pitcher, lost the game for the bombers in the seventh .when he yielded two runs on two hits and a walk. The Cincinnati Redlegs, out to show the National League they can come through with a lineup of sluggers, polished off the Baltimore Orioles, 7-5. Bob Borkowski and Ted Kluszewski accounted for three of the Redlegs' runs with homers. Hank Aaron, who is making a determined effort to nudge Andy Pafko out of his outfield post with the Milwaukee Braves, hit a two- run homer to provide a 4-2 triumph over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Lew Burdette and Humberto Rob- Caruthersville Takes Year's 1st Track Meet CABOTHBBSVUiE — Caruthersville Tigers took an overwhelming victory yesterday in the first high Khool trick meet of the season her«. Caruthersville gained 106 point* while Wardell got 6 and Holland Kored one point. Leslie of Caruthersviile paced the Tlgeri in the dashes with two first places and 10 points. Leslie won the 100-yard dish with a time 10.J'rt, »nd triumphed in the 220- yard dath. Although Hill o< Caruthersville only took one f!r»t place, he was top man !n the point department for the Tigen with 11. He won the ISO-yard high hurdles and also scored in some field event*, placing second in the discus. EASTMAN KODAKS Movie Cameras KIRBY DRUG STORES phia Phillies a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago White Sox. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cincinnati (N) 7, Baltimore (A) 5 Detroit (A) 4. Boston (A) 1 Philadelphia (N) 4, Chicago (A) New York (N) 8, Cleveland (A) 3 St. Louis (N) 3. New York (A) 1 Pittsburgh (N) 8, Washington (A) 7 Milwaukee (N) 4, Brooklyn (1*) Cincinnati B (N) 6, San Antonio (TL1 5 Sonny Meyers to Defend Junior Mat Title Here Against Aztec It'll be championship wrestling at the Memorial Auditorium again Monday night as the new southern junior heavyweight champion defends his title In a National Wrestling Alliance-surpervised match The ney southern junior .heavyweight champ is Conny Meyers of New York who won the title from Ray Pirett in a bout at Birmingham last month. Meyers will defend his title against Charo Aztec, a newcomer to Blythevtlle in the main event of the two-bout card. The other half of the card will be a four-man tag match featuring a pair of newcomers and Red Roberts and Joe Welch. Roberts is scheduled to team with Bob Corby against Welch and Prank Thompson in the 90-minute time bout. Although Meyers has not appeared here in recent years he actually is no newcomer to B!y- theville". Blytheville's TV wrestling fans know him well as he has appeared in numerous televised bouts'* originating in Memphis, St. Louis and Chicago. Meyers recently wrestled Lou Thez for the world's heavyweight title. The challenger is a newcomer, too. An Aztec Indian, he hails from' the southwest where he has established himself as one of the leading heavyweight contenders in the south. Sonny" Mcyera Read Courier News Classified Paint Closeout Many Types and Coton 1 Price Hubbard Hardww* BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, March 14 8:15 p.m. Adult* 50« — Children 15« ^Championship Match* -TAG MATCH- Bob Corby and Red Roberts Joe Welch CHARO AZTEC Frankfhompson »(! Minute time limit—Beit : out of S filto Special Referee Appointed By N. W. A. SONNY MEYERS The Southern Heavyweight Junior Champion VS. 90 minute time limit bMt I o«4 of 3 falln. Take Command get the thrill DRIVE THE NEW DODGE 61 MOTOR CO. Your Hfway «1 N. Doefcr BESTWAY CLEANERS NEW LOCATION Mo*. 1-2408 M12W.M4* Now Equipped to Senre You Bt »«r

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