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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 1955 -Srna Courier News SporU Editor 1924 Was Blytheville's First Undefeated Season Last week's visit here by J. B. Whitworth brought forth many old stories from the Chickasaws' colorful football history. A few of them were familiar to us, but most were not. We were particularly interested in the picture of the 1924 Chickasaws someone dug up and gave to J. B., so we got him to let us reproduce it here (right). This sent us scurrying back to the only record available around here for Chick activities that far in the past: The History of Chickasaw History compiled a couple of years ago by Bill Beall, former coach at Osceola and now assistant to Gene Harlot at Arkansas State, This little volume, incidentally, has a gold mine of information about Chickasaw football since its inception' in 1913. And prior to 1928, earliest date of the presently available Courier News' files, the only record to our knowledge. But we digress. Back to the 1924 squad. According: to the roster listed Jn Beall's history, a number of the players were not present for the picture (and some in the picture are not on the roster). There are 24 boys in picture and 29 listed on the roster. The team was coached by Ben Lincoln that year and had a record of seven Wins, no losses and one tie. Though won-lost records are incomplete for a few of the earlier years in Chick history, that '24 squad apparently was the first unbeaten BJyiheville team. The Chicks were listed as co-state champions with El Dorado. In • • ft footnote, Beall says Blytheville offered El Dorado $2,000 to come 1 here to play off for the mythical state crown and that El Dorado offered the Chicks $500 to come to South Arkansas. But the two teams never could agree on a playing date or on the site and so never met. Only mar on the record that year was a 6-6 tie with Paragould. The Chicks had complete mastery over most of their opponents. They were scored upon only twice, giving up only 18 points while racking up 224. Only team to score against the Tribe besides Paragould was Wilson, but the Bulldogs fell before the powerful Chicks 42.-12. Here are ether results of the season: Osceola 46-0; Jonesboro 13-0; Poplar Bluff 62-0; Marianna 27-0; Sikeston 21-0; Covington, Term., 7-0. Movies, probably the first ever taken of a Blytheville athletic event, were taken of the Chick-Jonesboro game that year and were shown at a theater here by Jimmie Boyd. In those days the starting lineup, and in fact the whole team roster, often varied considerably from one game to the next so it's difficult to tell who the regular starters were during most of the season. And the boys never knew who they really were going to play from one week to another. Dr. John Q. Elliott tells the story of the time the Chicks journeyed into Southeast Missouri for a game only to find that the team they were playing was made up almost entirely of boys they had played the previous week at Wilson. But as far as we can determine, the 1924 starting lineup usually was about as follows: John Elliott, left end; Bob Grimes (cn.ptain), left tackle; Neal McHaney, left guard; Jess Eberdt and Fred Armantrout, alternating at center; Stannley, right guard; B. Otis Koonce, right tackle; Jim Tompkius, right end; Fred Copeland, quarterback; Bob Elliott, right halfback; J. B. Whitworth, left halfback; Floyd Tate, fullback. There were probably a number of variations in this lineup. Several of the *hoys shifted positions from time to time as the need arose. Whitworth Is listed variously during his high school career as an end, halfback and tackle — and he ended up playing guard in college. Here are the remaining squadmen in 1924 according to Beall's history: Creekmore Wright, Mattson, Elliott Johns, H. Secoy, Carmen Bean, J. Graham Sudbury, Ed Hardin, Ed Dauss, Cody Eaton, Sterling Martin, Jim Holly, Braxton Smith and Robinson, Watson, J. Craig and Johnson (latter four not in picture). Two in the picture are not listed on the roster: Roy Nelson and G. T. Gracy. East Wins Shrine Cage Game KANSAS CITY tfl — The East coasted to its first victory over the West, 90-77, last night with a balanced scoring attack led by two All-Americans in the fourth annual East-West Shrine basketball game. Dick Ricketts, Duquesne University's All-America, got 19 points and was voted the outstanding play- A three-time All-America, Tom Oola 1 of La Salle, got only 10 points as he played the role of stabilizer. Little Lester Lane of Oklahoma grabbed individual scoring honors with 23 points for the west. All IS^players in the game made the scoring column. Tiger's Lary Is Workhorse OfPitchingStafi By ED WILKS The Atsoclated Prest It was a couple of weeks ago tliat Bucky Harris, manager of the Detroit Tigers, said, "I'm looking for this kid Frank Lary to take his turn as a starting pitcher this year." And Bucky's been taking a good look at the 34-year-old right-hand- er ever since. CHICKASAWS OF 1924 — Above is a reproduction of the photograph of the 1924 Chickasaw football squad given to J. B. Whitworth at the banquet in his honor here last week. First names of some of the players were not available. First row (left to right)—G. T. Gracy, Cody Eaton, H. Secoy, Bob Elliott, Fred Copeland, Elliott Johns, Jim Tompkins, Mattson; second row — B. Otis Koonce, Braxton Smith, Sterling Martin, John Elliott, Creekmore 'Wright, Neal McHaney, Mattson, Coach Ben Lincoln; third row — J. G. Sudbury, Roy Nelson, Ed Hardin, Bob Grimes, Jess Eberdt, Jim Holly, Ed Dauss, J. B. Whitworth, Carmen'Bean. The two lads In front are managers, Virgil Fisher and Mose Simon. Question of Big 7 in Class A Cage Tourney Is Arising By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Has the Big 7 outgrown the state Class A basketball tournament? If so, what's to be done about it? The state basketball system may undergo a sharp revision next fall when the Arkansas Athletic Association will decide whatr-if anything—should be done about the Big 7's dominance of state schoolboy 'basketball. Already, representatives from each of the state's nine districts have been asked to do some serious thinking about the problem during the next six months. The high school football and track systems also may be changed. Several Proposals But the pressing: need for change seems to be in the basketball tournament setup. Isolating the Big 7 would be one answer—but not much fun because the small schools yearn for a chance to beat the big city boys. Another idea would let each class—Big 7, Class A and Class B—hold its own tournament. Then the top teams in each class would play each other. Just about everybody agrees that some change is needed to prevent another Calss A final like the recent Barton Coliseum battle between Fort Smith and North Little Rock—a rehash of the Big 7 tournament final and the fourth meeting of the year between two big schools. Sports Roundup on Ljaitte Lou Sees Chance for As at KG TAMPA (AP) — "We do not," the man said forcefully, "intend lo go any lower. We'd better not, anyway, or they'll have to start reorganizing the American League into a 10-team outfit quicker than they've been planning." Most neutral state tournament observers get their kicks from watching a lively little team, like Lavaca, for instance, upset a favorite. For a variety of reasons,, attendance lagged in the state meet this year. The telecast of the final may have accounted for the shortage of fans at that one game. Even with a home team in the final, North Little Rock fans stayed away. Perhaps the two central Arkansas cities just don't produce fans as hot as their teams. But the Class B tourney, featuring the crossroads communities, drew 4,684 at Little Rock Junior College and set an attendance record in Little Rock for the second straight year. Pine Bluff Coach Jerry McFarland picked North Little Rock and Fort Smith as the class of the tournament during the first day's play. McFarland says he would like to see the Big 7 hold its own "state" tournament with a few strong Class A teams invited. , The other Class A schools could have their tourney: and the Class B would remain strictly Class B. (Under present system a Class B school can compete with in Class A if it chooses.) McFarland says that well-known Class A coaches like Clair Bates of the VI n Surer Pointers and Troy Bledsoe of the Jonesboro Hurricane favor his system. One weakness seems to stand out in McFarland's idea: Who and by what system would the invited teams be chosen? presumably on season records—but that's not always a fair yardstick. McFarland's 1952 champions might have been overlooked if they had had to depend on an invitation., The Zebras lost nearly a dozen j games that season, but improved j enough late in the season to whip ' Fort Smith in the Big 7 tournament for a trip to the state meet. ! Incidentally the Zebras needed a double overtime to trim the Grizzlies, a team that Coach Ace Parker regards as his best—even better than his 1955 champions. At one time the triple-A teams held their lournament separately and simultaneously with the Class A boys and the two winners played for the state title. But there agains the Big 7 had the advantage: A big. 7 school could reach the final by winnirj only two games; a Class A team might be "played out" after proving itself the best of a 16-team field. At one time the big city schools concentrated on football — but they're alloting more and more time and money for the hardwood game. And, they're getting tougher and tougher for the smaller teams to handle. Reaction Varies NRBC Makes 2 Major Cage Rule Changes KANSAS CITY i/B — The National Basketball Rules Committee once again has changed cage regulations, bringing varied comment from the men who have to put them into effect. Some coaches liked the revisions (others frowned on them). The committee came up with these two major alteration's yesterday: 1. The bonus free throw rule will apply to the full playing time of a game. It permits a second free throw if the first one Is made. The bonus toss was used in the past season but did not apply in the last three minutes of a game, alt fouls in the three minutes were two-shot violations. 2. Free throw lanes will be wid- ened from six to 12 feet. Coach Bebe Lee of Colorado said he liked both changes but LaSalle's Ken Loeffler said he did not like "any part" of the wider lanes decision. "I've been for the bonus rule all along," said Lee, whose team defeated Iowa for 'third place in the NCAA tournament last weekend. "I'm sure the wider lane will take away a good many of those cheap baskets after missed free throws." Coach Ea mcsey of St. Louis University commanded the rules committee and commented: "I can see where the wider lanes will tend to put a big emphasis on the zone defense but overall I'm very satisfied." Lary, like a few other youngsters In the Tigers' Lakeland, Fla., camp, is one of those "maybes" in Detroit's hopes for the first division this season. He's not a big guy, only 5-11, but he packs 180 pounds and he appears to be strong. Thus far, Lary har worked 11 innings for the Tigers, more than any, .other hurler in camp. He's up from Buffalo, where he had a 15-11 record last season, including a seven-inning no-hitter, before winding 1 up the year with the Tigers at 0-0. Harris figures that Lary, whose brother Al is trying to hang on with- the Chicago Cubs, and perhaps lefty Bob Miller, a 19-year- old, should be able to take their turn with the likes of Ned Garver, Al Aber, Steve Gromek and Billy Hoeft. If so, the Tigers would have some pitching depth to support a pretty set lineup that lagged just one .game out of fourth place last season. Baltimore Blanked 4-0 Lary gave up just one hit—and a run—in his first three innings against Boston. But next time out, he was tagged for six runs in three frames by Kansas City. Yesterday, however, he popped back to blank Baltimore through five innings. Two other rookies, Paul Foytack and Babe Birrer, continued the whitewash and Detroit won 4-0. It was the Tigers' fifth victory in 12 spring decisions nd first It was the Tigers' fifth victory in 12 spring decisions and first shutout, The Milwaukee Braves defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-2 yesterday. Andy Pafko, Billy Bruton and Joe Adcock uncorked homers to boost the Braves atop the grapefruit standings with an 8-4 record. The Cleveland Indians beat the New York Giant^ 3-2. Al Rosen's two-run single in 'he ninth broke up a. 1-1 tie. Yanks Club Dodgers 19-8 The Indians, incidentally, also came up with a signed contract from Bobby Avila, the Tribe's holdout batting" champion. Avila finally consented to t*ie same contract he snubbed last week, reportedly calling for 327,0000 and possibly S2.000 in bonuses. He got about $18,000 last season, Ted Kluszewski hit a home run to put Cincinnati back into the ball game at 3-3 in the eighth, and Johnny Temple singled home the winning: run with two out in the ninth as Pittsburgh lost 4-3. St.Louis not only lost to Philadelphia 3-2, but rookie first baseman Joe Cunningham was beaned by Tom Casagrande. X-rays failed to disclose a fracture, but Cunning- ham will be lost for two or three days. The New York Yankees, finally warming up at the plate, clubbed the Brooklyn Dodgers 19-8 with Bill Skowron and Bob Cerv each getting four hits. Don Zimmer had three hits, including a home run, for the Brooks, but by the fourth inning, the Yanks had an 11-3 lead off Russ Meyer and Pete Wojey. Ewell Blackwell started for New York and was wild, walking seven. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Milwaukee (N) 5, Chicago (A) 1 Philadelphia (N) 3, St. Louis (N) 2 Kansas City (A) 6, Memphis (SA) 1 Cleveland (A) 3, New York (N) 2 New York (A) 19, Brooklyn (N) 8 Detroit (A) 4, Baltimore (A) 0 Cincinnati (N) 4, Pittsburgh (N? 3 Cincinnati (N) "B" 6, Chicago (A) "B" 0 Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS' Brooklyn.— Joe Rowan, 182, Phoenix ville, Pa., outpointed Wayne Bethea, 191%, New York, 10. New York — Jackie Labua, 157, New York, outpointed Rafael Merentlno, 157|' 2 , Argentina. 10 Salt Lake City — Gene Fullmer. 156, West Jordan, Utah, outpointed Govan Smalls, 156, Oakland, Calif. 10 Injured Rookie Starts for Cards ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. tffl — Don Blasingame, rookie St. Louis Cardinal infielder who pulled a groin muscle March 11, returns as a starter today. Blasingame made his first appearance since the injury yesterday ns a pinch hitter. Manager Eddie Stnnky has him scheduled to start at second base against Cincinnati today with veteran Red Schoendienst taking a day off. Walt Dropo was the only player on the Detroit Tigers to hit a homer at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium in 1954. Now—delightfully milder and lighter! OLD TAYLOR 86 In other words, Lou Boudreau, the first manager of the Kansas City Athletics, is cheerful about it. If, as some men claim, he is directing the worst ball club ever gathered in one uniform, Lou has no Intention of letting it get him down. At least, not immediately. "I don't think the Kansas City fans will be expecting any mir- hicles," he said easily. "On the contrary, I think they will be ready to encourage us to do our best with what we have, and that might make a greater improvement in this club than you imagine. These boys have been taking an awful riding in Philadelphia and I really think they will react to better treatment. All Hustling "I know all of them, of course, from managing against them either at Cleveland or In Boston the past three years. I can see the difference In them this spring. Every one of them is hustling, which is something you don't see too often. They feel they have been given a new lease on life." The man from Illinois was asked If he had given thought to trading off his two highly desirable players, pitcher Arnold Portocarrero adn third baseman Jim Finigan, for a set of new talent, the way Paul Richards has done at Baltimore. "I've thought about it plenty," he said. "Five ciubs have talked to us about getting one or both of them, but I've decided it will be better for the time being to see what the change of scenery will do for the team as it stands. I feel the boys deserve the chance to see if they can narrow the gap." Was there one player around whom his' hopes for making an Improvement revolved ? "Bobby Shantz. 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