PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1«. 1955 Sports Fans Get Ready To Honor Whitworth Chick Grid Great, Cage Team Share Friday's Spotlight Plans were completed today by Chickasa\V Booster Club members for the Friday nigbt banquet at Hotel Noble to honor former Chick grid star J. B. Whitworth and this year's Chickasaw basketball team. }. B. Whitworth LaSalle, Dons Arrive in KG Today for NCAA KANSAS CITY (^ — Favorites Lasalle and San Francisco arrive today for early workouts in their campaigns for the National Collegiate (NCAA) basketball championship. Coach Ken Loeffler's defending champion Lasalle has a workout set for Rockhurst Gym tonight following its scheduled arrival by plane from Philadelphia today. San Francisco, the nation's No. 1 rated team in regular season, is ' also scheduled to arrive today and take a light workout if time permits. Opponents of Lasalle and San Francisco in Friday night's semifinals—Iowa and Colorado—aren't due until tomorrow morning. The four teams will work out in Municipal Auditorium, playing site of the 17th NCAA-sponsored tournament, at intervals tomorrow beginning at 1 o'clock. La Salle Slight Favorite Lasalle (25-4) which has been installed a slight favorite in its semifina] game, and Big Ten champion Iowa (19-5), will open the firing at 7:45 (CST) Friday night. San Francisco (26-1), a rather solid, choice, and Colorado (18-5) of the Big Seven, follow two hours later. The "sold out" sign has been posted for both nights. Tickets for all 9,929 basketball seats In the arena were gone yesterday. At least 150 persons are expected to attend the banquet for the head coach of the University of Alabama, Louis Isaacs, secretary-treasurer of the boosters said today. Over 100 tickets already have been sold, he said. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mirror Room at Hotel Noble. Tickets are on sale for $1.50 at Mead's Clothing tSore and Owen Drug Store, or may be purchased from any booster club member. Coach Jimmy Fisher and his 1955 District 3A champion basketball team wiU be introduced at the , banquet. The Chicks notched a 30*3 record for the season, best in the history of the school, and went to the quarterfinals in the state class A tournament. Lincoln Expected Also invited by the booster club are former merbers of the Chickasaw football team who played during the 1920's when Whitworth was a member of the squad. Several of his teammates still living in this area are expected to be present. Ben Lincoln, Chickasaw coach in the mid-twenties, has been invited and will be here, though Harvey Haley, superintendent of schools then and the man for whom Haley Field was named, will be- unable to attend, booster club president Dan McCaskill said today. Municipal Judge J. Graham Sudbury will be master of ceremonies at the banquet. The Rev. James Pomeroy will give the invocation. Conch Whitworth will arrive in. Blytheville Frdiay afternoon with his wife and son, Bryan. To Spend Weekend They will spend the weekend here with J. B.'s brother, Frank, who is Mississippi County Treasurer. The Crimson Tide mentor, who played football for the Chickasaws in 1924-5-6-7 under Lincoln, then went to Alabama where he played under Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas. He graduated in 1931 and remained at Tuscaloosa as assistant to Thomas until 1934. Top Lines Moving over to Louisiana State Pistols Prohibited POWELL, Wyo. W — Police Chief Don Toay was well prepared for the 'Big Horn district high school basketball tournament. He sent word to all participating schools that one of Powell's ordinances would be strictly enforced during the tourney. It bans water pistols. University in 1935, Whitworth work 7 ed under Birnie Moore as assistant until taking over as lone coach for Wally Butts at the University of Georgia in 1939. It was there that Whitworth really won re nown as he repeatedly produced top-notch lines for the Bulldogs. He turned out several All-American linemen at eGorgia. He remained there until 1950 when he was named to his first head coaching job at Oklahoma A. and M. After five years with the Aggies, Whitworth was hired last December as head coach of Alabama succeeding Red Drew. TED TO PLAY — Ted Williams has finally made his decision to return to baseball for the coming year. He was reported this morning to have announced that he wil sign this week with the Boston Red Sox again — for $100,000. By SHELDON SAKOWITZ The Associated Presi Veterans Gene Woodling and Hoot Evers, who have been shuttling around baseball's major leagues for quite a while, may have found a happy hunting ground with the new-look Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore, which finished seventh in the American League last season, underwent a vast shuffling of personnel during the winter- including a new manager, Paul Richards. Woodling came to the Orioles in the off-season deal that sent Bob Turiey to the New York Yankees, Evers was purchased from the Detroit Tigers. Woodling broke in with Cleveland in 1943 and played briefly with Pittsburgh before moving to the Yanks in 1949. A left-handed batter, he was hampered by toe and thumb fractures last season. Evers began his big league career with the Tigers in 1946 and remained with Detroit until 1952 when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. Boston sold him to the New York Giants last May and he was bought back by the Tigers in July. Giants Need Hitting From Former Stars By JACK STEVENSON PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — "Sure Willie Mays looks great, just great. But did you see that big guy in left field?" asks Manager Leo Durocher of the World champion New York Giants., "He looks like the Monte Irvin of old, doesn't he? This is a far different spring from the one a year ago when nobody gave the Giants much chance for the pennant. Then Mays, just out of the Army,, provided the spark. He finished by topping the league in batting with .345, belted 41 home runs and was voted the league's most valuable player. Outfield teammate Don Mueller was runner-up in hitting with .34.2. Meanwhile Irvin, who in previous seasons hit at better than a .300 clip, slumped badly. He wound up with a .262, down 67 points from 1953. But pinch hitters led by Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Hofrnan kept coming through in the clutch. And there was the great relief pitching by Hoyt Wilhelm and Marv Grissom. Odds stand agains 1 , a repeat combination of the Mays-Mueller finish and the timely pinch hitting. Looking For Pitching Added muscle for the batting this season must come from regulars who hit below form last year. Irvin heads a list including first baseman Whitey Lockman, second baseman Davey Williams and third baseman Henry Thomp- JaLt Sports Roundup °y_ Giles Expects Hot Race in NL TAMPA (AP) — It is not news when a league president says he expects his circuit to put on a ding-dong, wire-to-wire race that will have the fans hanging onto their chairs. It is newsworthy, however, if he means it, and in the case of Warren Giles, who heads the National League, he more than likely does this time. son. Catcher Wes Westrum, although most valuable for his defensive abilities, had his worst year at the plate with just .187. "I'm looking at pitching this spring," declares Durocher. "and I'll keep on looking at it." Lefty John Antonelli proved the mound ace for the champions last year. He finished with a 21-7 record and an earned-run average of 2.29. With John, as probable starters —although Durocher maintains his hurling isn't set—are the veteran Sal Maglie, 14-6 last season, Ruben Gomez, 17-9, and Don Liddle, 9-4. After being wild at the start of the past campaign, Ltddle found himself in mid-June. Lou Hopes Giel Will Help Durocher hopes for help from Paul Giel. Paul blanked the Cleveland Indians the first three innings he worked in spring exhibitions. Then tnere's Jim Hearn. "Hearn could fix the whole thing." says Leo, promising to give big Jim plenty of chances. Hearn had his best year in 1951 when he won 17 games. Shortstop and Capt. Alvin Dark again anchors the strong defensive infield, teaming with Williams to form one of baseball's great double play combinations. The champions have the defense, and if Irvin, Thompson and Lockman can bat in the .300 neighborhood they'd have an offense that could bring even a stronger finish. A few days after being selected as Best in Show in the annual Florida Breeders baby horse show at Hialeah paddock, the.fllly Mono Lady won the first juvenile race of the winter at this track. Woodling and Evers Boost Orioles; Cards Win. Again Exhibition Baseball 'By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Milwaukee (N) 7, Boston (A) 3 Baltimore (A) 8, Brooklyn (N) 6 Cleveland (A) 13, New York (N) 7 . Kansas City (A) 1, Memphis (SA) 1 (tie 12 innings) New York (A) "B" 6, Cincinnati (N) "B" 5 Cincinnati (N) 9, Pittsburgh (N) 7 St. Louis (N) 5, Detroit (A) 2 New York (A) 9, Philadelphia (N) 2 Jones, 1st Card To Pitch More Than 3 Innings BRADENTON, Fla. W)—Gordon Jones, right handed hurler, is the first St. Louis Cardinal pitcher to work more than three innings so far this spring. Jones, who had a 4-4 record in a late-season appearance with the club last season, allowed only one hit in the first three frames against Detroit yesterday. Then in the fourth, Ferris Pain's double was followed by J. W. Porter's homer but those were the only two runs Detroit got as the Birds won, S-2. Jones retired after the fourth. St. Louis, with Vic Raschi making his debut, plays Milwaukee here today. The two outfielders hope to win regular berths in the Orioles' outfield. The 32-year-old Woodling was two-platooned with the Yanks In KM, seeing action mostly against right-handed pitchers. Evers, 34, has been a pinch hitter, of late, and also a late-inning defensive replace- Mojor League Preview Marion Picks Sox To Win AL Pennant By JACK HAND TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Manager Marty Marion insists he isn't talking through his hat when he predicts his Chicago White Sox, who finished third, 17 games back under Paul Richards last season, will win the 1955 American League pennant. "There's no use kidding yourself, it's going to be a three-team race," he said. "I don't think Cleveland can win 111 games again and I'm not sold on the idea the Bob Turiey deal clinched It tor the New York club. I hope the rest of the league is better but I'm not sure." Some cynics think Marion's spring optimism is the result of his experiences as manager of the old St. Louis Browns in 1953 when he was fired for over-candid statements about his club's shortcomings. He maintains there is no connection. "We have the. same club that won 94 games last year and I see no reason whatsoever why we can't do better," he said .1 "Walt Dropo should drive in those runs for us and give Minnie Minoso some help., We'll have a better outfield with Bob Nieman to step in if Johnny Groth falters and our catching will be stronger with Clint Courtney to back up Sherm Lollar. I'm counting on George Kell to handle third base for at least 100 or 125 games with relief from Bill Serena." Dropo, the big "Moose" from Moosup, Conn, is expected to be the answer to Chicago's search for power. The 6-5. 220-pound first baseman hit only four homers and knocked in only 44 runs for Detroit last year while boosting his average to .281. Marion plans to have him go back to his old free- swinging style, not worrying about the strikeouts, in hopes that he may regain his rookie form of '50 when he hit 34 homers and drove in 144 runs for Boston. With Dropo (.281) on first. Nellie Pox (.319) on second, Chlco Carrasquel C.255) on short and Kell (.276) at third the Sox should have a solid infield. Kell, sidelined last July by a knee injury that required an operptlon, has been champing at the bit this spring while Marion holds him back. Minoso (.320), the second best hitter in the league last year and best all-around man on the club, is the left fielder. Grcth (.275) will be in center with improving Jirn Rivera (.286) in right. Nieman (.263 at Detroit) and Lloyd Merri; man (.268 at Cnicinnati) will be the extra men. Virgil Trucks (19-12) is the ace of the staff although he is 36. Bob Keegan (16-9) and Sandy Consuegra (16-3) are the other solid right-handers. Jack Harshman (148) and Billy Pierce (9-10), who was handicapped by arm trouble last season, are the lefthanded starters. ment ' CM* HH. BoUi players came up wjjk clutch hits last night .In B»«t- mote's ninth-inning; rally as U» Orioles shaded the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-6. The Dodgers were leading 07 three runs when Brooklyn rooki* Bob Dnrnell allowed three walks and a hit for one run and left the bases loaded. Glenn Cox relieved Darnell and Evers poked » two-run single to tie the score S-6. Woodling then doubled to drive In two more runs. The St. Louis Cards posted their fifth victory in six starts, defeat- Ing the Detroit Tigers 5-2. Gordon Jones, Bob Tiefenauer and Joe Presto subdued the Tigers with five hits. The Cincinnati Redlegs edged tne Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7, scoring seven runs in the last two innings. Blackwell Tests Arm Ewell Blackwell tested his arm as the New York Yankees downed the Philadelphia Phils 9-2. Hampered recently by arm trouble, Blackie threw easily and without pain in his three-Inning stint. He gave up two runs and six hits. The Milwaukee Braves tallied five runs in the third inning off leftv Mel Parnell and went on to whip the Boston R=d Sox 1-3. Ralph Kiner collected four hits in four official at bats to sparlc the Cleveland Indians to a 13-1 triumph over the New York Giants. The Tribe clinched the verdict with a five-run uprising in the eighth inning off losing pitcher Ruben Go- ,.., Dittillen of the world's flnett bourbon for 160 yeart Worthy of Your Trust for 160 Yeaw , . . Beam old fashioned Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey U distilled and aged under a formula passed on from generation to generation for over 160 years. Only Beam tastes like Beam ..only Beam tastes Kogood. KDdum smKHT BOWBON «n - K PWOF • IAMS B. BUM WSULINE to., CURMONT. Konucn Net Gain COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. l#l — Stuart Richter, city recreation head, thinks he has solved the problem of too many tennis players and too few courts. It's a clock rigged to shut off the lights at the courts at the end of an hour. Players adjust the clock to the number of minutes' they wish to play, up to an hour. When time is up and the lights go off, the players must yield the court to the next player. No coins are needed — it's all free. Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher A! Curtis attends Furman University during the off-season. He is a junior. He says that of all the pennant winners he ever saw. he believes the New York Giants have more reason to worry about their chances of repeating than any he ever saw. Not that he doesn't consider the world champions a very fine club in every respect, but just that they are going tr be in there wrestling with what he believes is the strongest league, from top to bottom, in the history of the game. "To understand what I mean, you've only got to look at the collection of talent the St.Louis Cardinals have and realize that they finished sixth last season." he said. "Think of having five better teams in a league than they are. With a few breaks, they could well be right back in there this year. Headaches Ahead "There will be a lot of headaches before this one is over, and I expect to have my share. In such a race every game is going to assume great importance, and | there will be many a decision for me to make. AH I hope to do is to hold my mistakes to a minimum." It is partly because of the tension he expects to be created that Giles has instructed his umpires not to permit themselves lo be distracted by the new rule requiring catchers to ktqp their feet within a 43-inch box until each pitch Is delivered. "I don't want my men trying to figure out where that. box. is after the lines have been obliterated about the fourth Inning," he said. 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