The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 16, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 16, 1955
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NtNI St. Francis Upsets Holy Cross in NIT; Dayton Wins 97-81 By ED WILKS NEW YORK (AP) — The guys in the press row saved themselves a lot of time by tagging Maurice Stokes "The Magnificent" during last year's National Invitation basketball tour- US Cops Unofficial Pan-American Title By BOB .MYERS MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States' trophy chest was decorated with five more gold medals today and Uncle Sam had the unofficial track and field championship of the Pan-American Games won and locked up tight. nament. They don't have to search for a new nickname this year. Maurice is still magnificent. Stokes, a 6-6 center with a fine shot assortment and great rebounding bounce, again was the big man for little St. Francis (Pa.) last night as the Frankies upset defending champion Holy Cross 68-64 to gain the semifinals of the NIT. • * Another upset seemed in the making for a moment in the other quarter-final game at Madison Square Garden. But it was pnly a fleeting moment. Then second-seeded Dayton settled down and padded Its attack with St. Louis errors to whip the Billikens 91-81. That paired Dayton and St. Francis in one of tomorrow night's semifinals. Top-seeded Duquesne and No. 4 seed Cincinnati, who reached the quarter-finals Monday, will meet in the other. Holy Cross, seeded No. 3, was beaten by Stokes and a St. Francis zone, which William (Skip) Hughes. St. Francis coach, admitted must be "about the worst zone in the country." But it served its purpose. It protected Stokes from possible foul penalties and kept the Crusaders pretty well in check. Holy Corss just did manage to gain a 34-32 lead at the half. Stokes had just one foul against him at the intermission. And the weak-bench Frankies had just three as a team. With the second half, Hughes discarded the .zone and set Stokes loose. "And when stokes moves." says Hughes, "We move.' Stokes finished with 21 points, but really made it a victory with his rebounding and team play. The Frankies stayed within reach until 5(4 minutes remained, then took a 57-56 lead and never fell back. Dayton had too much height and too much Jack Salee for St. Louis, which had set a flock of Garden scoring records in whipping Connecticut 110-103 in the first round. Sallee, a Dandy floor man and driver, was tops with 33. There ire still 10 more days of action on the athletic fields of the 18-gamc program, but the big team from the U.S.A. has already smashed the defending champion, Argentina. Unofficial point standings gave the United States 220; Argentina, 751/2; Mexico, 36'/ z ; Cuba, 28: Brazil and. Chile. 22; Venezuela and Dutch West Indies, 18; Panama, 15; Puerto Rico, 9i/ 2 : Jamaica, 1; Canada and Colombia, 6; Trinidad, 5; Uruguay, 2'/ 2 ; Paraguay, 2; Guatemala, 1. Today's track a;id field include the 200-meter dash for men, 100 for women, and the hop, step and jump, featuring Pvt. Rosslyn Range of the U.S. Army, the broadjumping sensation two days ago. 4-Way Fifht In 800 Meters There are excellent events to come. And standout performances to recall from yesterday Included; The rousing four-way fight in Injured Hurler MakesStrongBid For Card Staff ST PETERSBURG, Fla. IF) — Floyd Woolrldge, who doctors did not think would walk -again after an automobile accident, is making a strong bid to land a place on the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff. The 26-year-old husky righthand- er was considered one of the club's better prospects for the 1954 season but had to sit It out on the voluntary retired list after the accident in November, 1953. Woolridge's right leg was broken in three places between the ankle and the knee in a traffic accident. The cast came off six months later. 'It was then the doc said he had doubted at first that I would he able to walk," Wooldrirge recalled yesterday. Arm Looks Good His arm has looked good so far this spring. He allowed only four hits in five innings of an Intra- squad game and since the Grapefruit season opened has pitched six scoreless innings. One of those three Inning stints came against the New York Yankees and the other yesterday against Detroit's Tigers. Manager Eddie Stanky feels Wooldridge"s status depends entirely on the leg. 'He has a major league arm right now," Stanky said. "But his body I isn't major league yet." Wooldridge, who still nurses a "knot" in the fracture area, is still a little slow in getting off the mound to field grounders but feels he'll be ready to go when the season opens next month. A's Still Can't Win, But Pitchers Shine In Spring Games HOLLYWOOD. Fla. W> - .Kansas City Athletics still haven't won nn exhibition baseball game In five attempts but a few cheerful notes are showing up among the pitchers. Walter Craddock, one of the top rookie prospects, hurled three innings yesterday In the Athletics 1-1 tie In 12-innlngs with the Memphis Chicks. It wns his first full test since he suffered a broken bone in his arm while playing winter baseball In Venezuela. Craddock gave up four hits but displayed good speed and showed no 111 effects from the injury. The A's also got good pitching from Charley Haag and rookies Bill Harrington and Charley stcmrile. Memphis had a lotal of only five hits, four of them .singles. the 800 meters. It found 19-year-old Arnle Sowcll, of Pittsburgh, the winner in a new Pan-Am meet record time of 1:49,7; the old master of the two laps, Mai Whitfleld, a faded fourth, and California's Lon Spurrier and Ramon Sandoval, of Chile, sandwiched tightly in between. The come-from-behind run in the stretch by Oswald Suarez of Argentina to grab victory from Horace Ashenfelter, of New Jersey, in the 5,000-meter race. The time was 15.30.6. The one-two punch in the discus by Fortune Gordien and Parry O' Brien, of California, with the world record holder, Gordien, setting a new games record of 53.10 meters, or 174 feet 27!/ 2 inches. The one - two - three procession over the vaulting bar by the Rev. Bob Richards, Bob Smith and Don Luz. En route, the Vaulting Vicar equaled his own meet record of 4.50 meters, or 14 feet 9y 3 inches. 5 Out of 6 In Weight Lifting Finally, and not least, the speed of 20.8 seconds uncorked in the 200-meter semifinal by Jose Tellez Conceicao, of Brazil—just one- tenth of a second off the world record held by Mel Patton. The United States made It five out of six In weight-lifting championships when Dave Shepard, New York City, won the newly established middle heavyweight title, and Tommy Kono, Sacramento, won the light heavy crown. Shephard's gold medal effort was a total of 397 kilograms, or 875.2 pounds. Kono's total was 438.5 kilograms, or 9C6.7 pounds, a new meet record. Pro Basketball Results Tuesday's Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Division Playoffs: Eastern Boston 122, New York 1 KBos- ton leads best-of-3 series 1-0) Western No game scheduled. Gavilan, Dykes Fight Tonight; KidAtterlQOth MIAMI, Fla. UP) — Kid Gavilan of Cuba, former welterweight boxing champion, goes after his 100th ring victory tonight against the cagey veteran, Bobby Dykes of Miami, in a nationally - televised 10-round bout In Miami Stadium. A ringside crowd of about 6.000 is expected although the fight will be aired locally as well as nation wide by the Columbia Broadcasting System at 8 p. m. CST. It will be the second meeting between the two. The Janky ex-Texan came within a few jabs of lifting the welterweight crown from the Cuban bolo specialist in this same arena on Feb. 4. 1952. Gavilan won a split decision that night. Dykes has had 118 fights,, winning 97, losing 17 and drawing four times. Gavilan has won 99 bouts, lost 16 and had four draws. (Baltimore'! Paul Richards, one »f the game's great prao- tltloneri, li richly qualified to dlscuis modern baseball strategy. This it the fourth of ill artlclei.) By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — (NEA) — Paul Richards, like every other manager, is teaching his newly-acquired players, especially the pitchers, to bunt. But the new manager x>f the Baltimore Orioles is first to admit that he tackles a near-impossible task Jiere at sun-drenched City Island Park, along the Bank of the Halifax River. Richards lists the more gifted athletes who often bunt for hits — Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Mickey Mantle, Spook Jacobs, Bill Hunter, Jim Busby, Bobby Young, Bobby Avlla, Richie Ashburn, Bill Bruton, George Strickland, Chico Car- rasquel. Johnny Logan, Minnie Minoso, Nellie Fox, Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn and Fred Hatfield. "Naturally, this list has more American Leaguers because I am not familiar with the other league," he explains. "Probably the most skillful bunters are right-hand hitter Rizzuto and left-hand batter Fox. They harass infielders, must be played with the third baseman well in. Fox beat out 28 of 34 bunts in 1954." The bunt for a hit can be a terrific offensive weapon, a damaging psychological blow to the defensive team. The possibility of a wide throw must be included in an analysis of the play's potentialities. There is widespread criticism of players who fail to bunt successfully and Richards contends that the censiirers are as wet as an Oregon duck in March. • • * 'It seems that each time a player fails to lay down a bunt that works, the manager will hear from the following people: sports writers, an old ballplayer, the general manager, a coach or two and at least 100 fans," says Richards in his book, Modern Baseball Strategy Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington — Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, 197, New York, knocked out Chuck (Kid) Saucer, 188, Washington. 3. Chicago — Virgil Aklns, 148, St. Louis, stopped Tommy Hnddox, 140, Chicago, 4. London, England — Jimmy King 151%, Birmingham, Ala. stopped Wnlly Thorn, 1S4, London, 5. 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Every Night Richards on Baseball—4 Good Bunting Is More Than an Art "Compare that situation with a .300 hitter at the plate and a speedy runner like Mickey Mantle on first base, and you can easily see a wide difference in the type of bunt necessary to advance ther un- ner. "Witn runners on first and second bases and the lead man slow, it is almost a physical Impossibility to bunt the runner to third against fielders ot the caliber of Gomez and Shantz. "Naturally, a hunt has more chance to work when it Is unexpected. With a fast runner on first base and a man on third and one out, most any kind of a bunt can be successful in scoring the run, if not going for a base hit. With a runner on first base and one out, a well-placed bunt m»ny UmM OM catch the defense untw»r«. Tfc« gamble pays off heavily wtwn tht batter reaches first safely. "But everybody cin't bunt Iik« Phil Bizuto and Nellie Tax. "Zack Taylor, who managed U» St. Louis Browns, tells of an old friend who had been in baseball as manager and coach for many years. Zaclc's pal made the statement that any manager who went through a season without bunting a single time would be way ahead of the game. "When Zach and I heard he was out of a job, we decided to keep our bunt signs." NEXT: How baseruniwrs Up the hit-and-run, the sign most loufht in the major leagues. Gulfstream Park's IBM attendance set a new high of 617,SSI for 43 days of racing despite 14 days of rain. Officials of the course expect that figure to be topped during th« current season. MAGICIAN—Paul Richards says It takes plenty of skill to bun( successfully in modern baseball—and Gerry Coleman, above, pi the Yankees is one of the few who can do it. (NEA). (Prentice-Hall, Inc.). "Their com-Tebbetts of the Redlegs. This sys- plaint? 'They just don't practice. It looks like anybody could bunt. I believe I could walk out on the field and do that right now'." Richards heaVd these complaints 30 years ago, and in his opinion they will be popular 30 years from now. "The truth is," he testifies, "that ballplayers have been criticized for not having the ability to bunt since Abner Doubleday placed the bases 90 feet apart." What they leave out, stresses Richards, is that modern baseball presents a much more difficult set of circumstances for bunters. A livelier bail and improved bats increase the difficulty of dropping a ball dead on a well-executed bunt. "In recent years," he points out, "we have seen the birth of the onrushing defensive alignment, first suggested by Branch Rickey and later employed by a number of big 1 league managers, including Birdie tern pulls in an outfielder to provide seven men, including the pitcher and catcher." Pitchers 'are most criticized for failure to bunt and Richards says this is totally unfair. "In a close game with a bunt in order, the defending team knows the pitcher is almost certain to bunt." he ex-j plains. "So the pitcher usually! throws high and fast, the most difficult ball to bunt. He may throw an occasional curve. The first and third basemen charge with the pitch. Obviously, the pitcher must lay down an almost perfect bunt to advance the runner, who probably nine times out of 10 is a slow-footed catcher. NOTICE If you are a good body man and would like to make a permanent connection with a reliable Chevrolet dealer, contact CENTRAL CHEVROLET CO. JONESBORO, ARKANSAS Telephone 5-5575—Call Collect 'With a base, the slow runner pitcher bunting. first and great fielding pitchers like Ruben Gomez of the Giants and Bobby Shantz of the Athletics charging in — well, a successful bunt shows the touch of a magician. 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Much more automobile when it conies to style and size and room and ride steadiness — and the integrity of construction that comes ot Buick building. Much more, too, when it comes to matching your rnotoring needs to the simple practicality of your budget because Buick offers you a stunning choice in just about every price class... Like the rock-bottom-priced SPECIAL -the high-powered CENTURY-the extra-spacious SUPER-the magnificent and custom-built ROADMASTER. Each is a Buick through and through —and each is a big reason why Buick sales are soaring as never before. Why not drop in on us this week and see how much your new-car dollars can really buy—in thrills and fun and comfort and deep satisfaction—when you buy Buick. *Locol delivered price of tha 2-door, 6-passenger Buick SPECIAL Sedan, Model 48, llluslroied. Optional equipment, accessorial, *tale and local taxes, if any, additional. Pricoi may vary ilightly in adjoining communities. 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