The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 18, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 18, 1955
Page 11
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FRIDAY, MARCH M, 1900 (AMD cxxmiBB mm PACK BLEVBN Rabid Fans Stage Wild Riot At Montreal Hockey Game MONTREAL (AP) -= Rabid hockey fans rioted last night over the suspension of Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, star of the Montreal Canadiens. They set off a tear-gas bomb ki the Montreal Forum and pelted dlarence Campbell, National Hockey League president, with tomatoes, eggs and peanuts. Twice he was struck in the face. Only the quick work of Fire Chief Armand Pare, who ordered the game with Detroit Bed Wings halted, averted a panic. Tear-gas fumes billowed up and thousands struggled, choking, coughing and weeping, for the exlte. No serious Injuries were reported, although several persons were hit by the flying missiles. Other thousands, unable to get in to the game, milled outside. There violence erupted anew. Bricks, chunks of ice and bottles were h'jrjed. Store windows were smashed. .Missiles were thrown into streetcars. Trolley wires were pulled down. 60-65 Penoiu Arrested Police said they had arrested arrested "about 90 or 96 pwion* and they're still coming in." Most were expected to be ohtrged with disturbing the peace. The mob fury was directed primarily at Campbell. Me suspended Richard, idol of Montreal hockey fans, Wednesday for attacking a player and an official in a game Sunday In Boston. Since then he had received death threats. E lion soared at last night's game because first place was at stake. Hours after the forum was ordered evacuated, thousands still stood in solid ranks on the far TEST FOR THOMSON—Milwaukee's Bobby Thomson gives his ankle a thorough test—as Coach Bucljy Walters watches hopefully—in sliding pit at Braves' Bradentown camp. Thomson broke the anMe in sorine training last year and Braves hope it will hold his .big bat in the liijeup for the full season. (NBA) side of at. Ottberloe'i Strwt and In a small park between It and the Montreal General Hospital. Police can and patrol cars came and went. Police moved into the ranks here and there, swing- Ing nightsticks and hauling out a prisoner every few minutes. Newstand Set Afire The crowd set fire to a newsstand and jeered and threw hunks of Ice when firemen came speeding up to /put It out. Campbell did not arrive until about 13 minutes after the game had started. When he walked into the forum the crowd broke into roaring waves of boos. He marched to his seat. The crowd stood and kept up the booing. Then came the missiles: Campbell sat through the barrage. Once he arose and brushed dirt from his sleeves. Suddenly a cloud of smoke arose from the main entrance to the rinkside. Who set off the tear gas bomb no one knew, not even ushers who were standing near the entrance at the time. Richard, leading NHL scorer, was suspended for the refit of the season and also for the Stanley Cup playoffs for hitting Boston's Hal Laycoe and linesman Cliff Thompson in the game at Boston. This was equivalent to Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, in the Dnited States, suspending Willie Mays of the New York Giants in the midst of a crucial pennant- deciding series with the Brooklyn Dodgers and also keeping Mays out of the World Series. The game, incidentally, was ordered forfeited to Detroit, putting the Red Wings in first place by two points over the Canadiens. The first period scores will count and the final score in the record books will be 4-1, Detroit. Richards on Baseball—6 Superstition. Powerful Factor (Baltimore's Paul Richards, one of the great practitioners of the game, is richly qualified (o discuss modern baseball strategy. This ll the last of six articles.) By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Eidtor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — (NBA) — Paul Richards, the thorough theorist, even makes an ally of baseball superstition in rebuilding the orange-chested Orioles. "A superstition so strong that its breaking will materially affect a player's performance should be avoided," says the new manager of the Baltimore club, holding court in the lobby of the Daytona Plaza Hotel. "But this bit of advice will go unheeded by ballplayers everywhere," he says. "For Instance, if Hughie Critz, who second based for the Redlegs and Giants, felt that small bits of paper scattered on the bench were a jinx to his hitting, he wouldn't hit. "Ballplayer's superstitions become second nature. At times, I don't believe that they realize just what they are doing. It comes Co being instinctive and automatic. "Practically all players have oertain action or mannerism at one time or another. Many of them are discarded from one day to the next, but others take their place." In his book. Modern Baseball Strategy (Prentice-Hall. Inc.), Richards puts the finger on Leo Durocher of the Giants and the Cardinal's Eddie Stanky as the most superstitious managers. Mugg-y undoubtedly got that way from The Lip, his bosom pal under whom he played at Brooklyn and the Polo Grounds. "After a winning game," says Richards, "Durocher and Stanky make their players sit in the same plnce in the dugout, do tho same things they did the day before, and continue this way until the club loses. Durocher and Stanky will carry a certain superstition through an entire season. "Baseball superstitions cover a wide range, include touching certain base, stepping over a foul THE RIGHT STEP Is to HALTER'S for shoes New! HALTER'S QUALITY SHOE SHOP Ml W. Main Ph. 2-2712 WE BUY USED FURNITURE PHONE 3-3122 Wade Furn. Co. GUARANTEED JVmW, line, throwing the resin bag down with a certain hand, hitting the plate with a bat a certain way. "Hughie Critz would never permit any kind of paper anywhere near him on the field or bench," recalls Richards, "Because scattered paper was so upsetting to Critz, Bill Terry had a standing fine lor anyone who thoughtlessly strewed chewing gum wrappers or other bits of paper in the dugout. "Bobo Newson would not pitch with paper anywhere near the mound. Opposing players often tore paper into tiny bits and threw the pieces near the pitcher's box when OL* Bobo was working, and the big fellow wouldn't pitch until the last scrap was removed. "Babe Ruth's best known super- stition was his insistence on touch-, ing third base with his right foot as he went to and from right field. Of course, the Bambino switched to first base if the Yankees dugout was on that side. Joe Medwick always touched third base and the plate moving to and from left field. "Many pitchers believe they're hexed when any player throws them their glove. Few pitchers will step on the foul line. "The next game you see try to notice if any other infielder but the third baseman attempts to give the pitcher the ball to start an inning. Vic Raschi won't take the ball even from the third baseman until he has set himself solidly on the rubber facing the catcher, "Lefty Gomez always laid his glove down in a certain position and wanted it left that way. Gomez once hit a fly ball, and rounding first base, noticed that George Selkirk had picked up nls glove. Lefty shouted for George to leave it alone. Instead, Selkirk kicked the glove around. * * • "When Gomez returned to the dugout, he put the glove down the way he wanted H. But Selkirk continued, whenever he got the chance, to kick the glove. "The Yankees won, and when they got into the locker room, Selkirk said to Gomez: "There goes your superstition out the window. I kicked your glove until it nearly came apart, and you shut them out.' " 'Yes,' Gomez replied, 'but before you started all that foolishness, I had a no-hitter going.'" Manila To Field 3 Baseball Teams MANILA — Manila will have three baseball teams this season, Manager D. C. Wright announced. Boys 7 to 9 will compose the Peewee team. The Midget team will be made up of boys 10 to 12. High school boys will play on the Pony team. Coaches for the teams are M. L. Bpllinger, Peewees; Trigger Wall, Midgets; Coach Deward Dopson, Ponies, with Hugh Miles as assistant. Bud Wortham will serve as business manager. The Commission on Baseball is composed of Mayor A. A. Tipton, P. G. Ballard, Lamar Edwards, A. E. McCuIley, Jim Cheadle, and Alex Curtis. A schedule will be compiled soon with the Delta League. Home games will he played at the Airport Ball Park. 'Jabbo Goes to Wor/c On Fielding for Reds By JACK HAND TAMPA, Fte. (AP) — First in hitting and la«t in fielding among National League third basemen is the story of Ray Jablonski, known far and wide as a "good hit, no field" ballplayer. Keenly aware of his reputation as a "butcher" tn the field, Jablonski is working on defense this spring, his first with the Cincinnati Reds. He knows the St. Louis Cardinals traded him last winter because of his poor fielding. "Everybody knows I'm supposed to be poor In the field," he said at a Cincinnati workout. "All these fellows (Manager Birdie Teb- belts and his coaches) know the situation. They're trying to help me. "The first game I ever played in St. Louis, an exhibition against the Browns, I made an error and nobody ever forgot it. The next day, when we played another exhibition with the Browns, the fans cheered me when I would catch a ball, just warming up on the sidelines. It's always been the same. When I come up to b»t they cheer but when I go after a ball they Jablonski has been trying to bend down a bit lower as he stands at third base, hoping he will be in a better position to field the ball. Many of his 34 errors last season came from wild throws. He claims he used to throw flat footed but now is trying to take time enough to get set before he lets the ball go. Jablonski, led the league's third baseman with a .296 average and drove in 104 runs last year. Tebbetts hasn't decided on his batting order yet but he probably will hit Jabbo No. 8, giving him plenty of chance to bat with men on. Johnny Temple, the No. 6 hitter part of last season, has been moved to leadoff. Cage Tutors Study Switch to Pro Rules By JERRY LISKA KANSAS CITY (AP) — College basketball coachei today deliberated on a challenge to follow "public-pleasing" pro rules in planning a 1956 playing code. Coach Howard Hobson of Yale, who yesterday suggested that the colleges adopt a "package" deal .of pro rules to make the college game more attractive. He spoke at the opening session of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. . With .the college ranks concerned over scoring saturation from bonus free throws, stalling and the advantages of extremely tall players, Hobson suggested pro rules be copied right down the line to correct these problems. Better Dame "The pros have a better game, aimed at pleasing the public," Hobson said. "Colleges also attempt to give the customers a satisfactory game, so why not follow the pros?" Phog Allen, Kansas Diversity's 69-year-old coach, conceded the pros were more advanced in coping with problems of the game, but said he Mojor League Previews Indians Sure They'll Repeat By JACK STEVENSON TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians, from Manager Al Lopez to the kids acting as batboys in spring training, believe they will repeal as American League champions. But the situation has its problems. Lopez lets it be known that "We're not set like a lot of people think." Here is the way the problems stack up: 1. How will the holdout of batting champion Bobby Avila be resolved? Lopez says he will have to assume the second baseman won't be in the opening lineup, thus giving Rudy Regaldo a shot at the job and Eddie Joost and Sam Dente more opportunity. 2. Will third baseman Al Rosen return to the form that made him one of the league's most feared batters? Still bothering him is the right index finger he jammed last May which spoiled what might have been his best season. 3. Can Vic Wenz continue playing first base with the improved batting he showed . after joining the Indians last year? 4. Will shortstop George Strickland bounce back after an injury- Al Lop« Wyatt Drops Rush As Vols Start Work KNOXVIlJjE, Tenn. (vP) — The University of Tennessee opened spring football practice under Bowden Wyatt today without the services of at least one varsity player. Wyatt, former coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, said blocking back Don Rush of Fort Wayne, Ind., had been dropped because of an "indifferent attitude." hampered season. 5. Will Herb Score make the grade, as expected, in a starting pitcher's job? 8. How will slugging Ralph Klner fit into the outfield? Lopez expressed confidence of affirmative answers in all departments including the Avila situation. And his righthanded "big three" in the pitching department look as big as ever. Mike Garcia of the "big three" looks better this spring man last, having reported about 20 pounds lighter. He had a 19-8 record and his 2.64 earned-run average was the loop's best. Bob Lemon posted Make Your Whiskey OLD AMERICAN • <», HC.J 23-7 and karty Wynn 23-11. Count veterans Bob Feller and Art Houtteman as spot starts opposed following them becftUM "that's just a said commentaty OQ Jack of leadership in our own rank*.* The 300 coaches attending the J- day convention this afternoon wtrt to approve a formula for the rules- making National Basketball Committee to study at Its session Sun. day and Monday. 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