The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 25, 1955 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 25, 1955
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1955 Curt Simmons Is Still Having Trouble with His Pitching Arm Phillies Hurt Though Roberts Is Still Strong By ED WILKS The Associated Presn _ _____ It was back on Oct 14 p^EW Y ORK (AP) — Ken Loeffier, who in six years at last year that the Philadelphia La Sa ,, e compi i ed an enviable 144-28 basketball coaching Phillies picked a guy named record is headin g for Texas A&M with hopes of giving a lift Ken Loeffier Leaves LaSalie Job to Coach Texas Aggie Cagers By ORLO ROBERTSON Smith out of baseDall obscurity and made him manager. They guaranteed him a living wage and the services of Robin Roberts and Curt Simmons. Now it's just a scant few weeks before the opening of the 2955 season and Manager Mayo Smith looks as if he may have grounds for a breach of contract suit. He has money in his pockets and Roberts—but no Simmons as yet. The southpaw is in camp, all right, but his left arm has been hanging on a hook. Which wasn't what Smith had in mind last fall when he commented, "Pitching is the biggest strength." Roberts looks as robust as ever, and the rippling right-hander figures to be a 20-game winner for a sixth consecutive season. But Simmons, his running mate when Philadelphia was the 1950 National League champ, has been bothered by arm trouble since the start of spring training. Simmons talked encouragingly yesterday, however, as most of the Florida clubs sat out the rain. He had pitched some tiie day before and, despite continued pain, WHS optimistic. Neews Sun "I was firing pretty good," he said, "and it only bothered me a little. I think my arm will be better when I get out under the sunshine." Eight Florida exhibition games were rained out yesterday and only the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Athletics managed to get some licks in. The Orioles won 4-2 as vain ended it at five innings. The only other action was In Arizona. The Chicago Cubs won their sixth straight, defeating Cleveland 6-2, and the New York Giants disposed of an accumulation of Pacific Coast League stars 10-2. Baltimore scored four runs in the first, loading trie bases on an error and two walks. The runs came in on a second error and singles by Willie Miranda and Gus Trinndos. The Cubs let veteran Bob Rush go seven innings and finished with Warren Hacker to set down the Tribe on four hits. Hal Rice smacked a pair of homers and rookie Bob Speake lofted one, all off Mike Garcia. Loeffier, here to coach the East team in tomorrow night's East- West game, made the surprise announcement last night a few minutes after he had talked with Athletic Director Bear Bryant of the Texas Aggies. 3-Year Contract The veteran coach,said he would sign a three-year contract, probably when he visits the Aggies campus April 10. One source said he will receive about $10,000 a year— the same salary he is believed to have received for combined jobs of coaching and teaching business law at LaSalie. "1" realize I am taking a gam- Nine candidates for the Kentucky Derby this year were foaled at Spendthrift Farm located just outside Lexington. Ky. , to the Southwest Conference school. ble," said Loeffier, who guided La- Salie into six postseason tournaments and won the National Invitation Tournament in 1952, the NCAA in 1954 and was runner-up to Sa n Francisco in the NCAA this year. Big Chance "But the opportunities are tremendous. It looks like Bryant wants to develop basketball and I just couldn't turn down the challenge." In contrast to LaSalle's 26-5 record and No. 3 rank this year, the Aggies won only four games against 20 setbacks. 8 State Golfers Qualify For Arlington Open HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Eight Arkansas professionals today qualified for places in the $15,00,0 Arlington Hotel Open tournament at the Hot Springs Country Club May 12-15. About a dozen Arkansas pros loured the club's No. 3 course, Where the Professional Golfers' Association tournament will be held. R. S. (Bert) Mead, pro at the Hot Springs Country Club, said about 35 members of Arkansas Golf Professionals, Inc., had been invited. 5 Arkansas Golfers Eligible Five Arkansas golfers are elgible for the tournament -ithout posting an 18-hole qualifying round score. They are Mead, Gib Sellers and 2 US Baseballers Star in Pan Games MEXICO CITY itf»—Bob Hyde, R Portland, Ore., pitcher and slugging Jerry Schoonmaker of the University of Missouri put the United States at the top of two statistical departments today in the Pan American Games baseball competition. The U. S. placed second in the five-team tournament beliind champion Dominican Republic. Schoonmaker was the home run champ of the eignt-game tourney with three. Hyde was the most effective pitcher on the basis of giving up j just three hits against 29 batters. Pete Fleming, professionals in the host city; Paul Collum of El Dorado, state amateur.champ; and Hillman Robbins of Memphis, an amateur who won the Arkansas Open last year. Mead said he doesn't plan to enter. The eight low scorers in today's IS-hole round will play at least two rounds in the tournament. After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed to the 60 low scores. The tournament's field will be completed May 10 • when other Amateurs and professionals shoot a qualifying round. Grimes to Be A's Pitching Coach WEST PALM BEACH. Fla. tfl — Burleigh Grimes will be operating exclusively as a pitching conch this season for the first time in his long major league baseball career. Grimes, named yesterday as the fourth addition to the Kansas City Athletics coaching staff, has played with six National ueague clubs and one American League team. He also managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1930s. Others on the A's coaching staff are Harry Craft, George Susce and Oscar Melillo. Young Golfers Lead 1st Round Of Miami Open MIAMI BEACH, Fla. WT—The hard-punching youngsters of the golf trail, paced by Australia's 25- year-old Peter Thomson, were in full command today as the $12,500 Miami Beach Open Tournament moved, into the second 18-hole round. Despite gusty winds and light rain, Thomson posted a 7-under- par 65 over the Bayshore Golf Club course yesterday. Hot on his trail with 66s were three other youthful campaigners —24-year-old Gene Littler, Palm Springs, Calif.; Bob Inman, 25, Tulsa, Okla.: and Bob Rosburg, 28, San Francisco. It was necessary to go dowrrto eighth place to find any of the tournament veterans. In a tie for eighth were such old-timers as John Barnum, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Shelley Mayfield. Chicopee, Mass.; and Marty Furgol, Lemont, 111. Thomson, the British Open charpion from Melbourne, scored an eagle on the first hole with a deadly approach shot that stopped just a foot short of the cup. He dropped two birdie putts of 20 and .15 feet but needed jnly short putts for his other birdies as he carded a 33-32—65. Oklahoma A&M Relays to Open Hog Track Season FAYBTTBVILLE — Hampered by unseasonal cold weather which included sleet and snow, the Arkansas Razorback cinder squad opens its 1955 season tomorrow at the Oklahoma A&M Relays in Stillwater. The traveling squad will include only nine men — one freshman and eight varsity candidates. The Razorbacks will be entered In the following events—Pole vault — Jerry Burns; Shot put — Warren Carpenter; Two mile relay — Bill Ross. Tal Hooker, Jim Tennison and Ed Morton: Open one 1 mile run — Morton (varsity) and Ear! Bond (freshman!: and the Distance medley relay (440-880-1320-Mile) — Pat Brewer, Ross, Alan Eshbaugh and Morton. PAP RUNNERS AT WORK — Blytheville's junior Papooses, about 30 strong, are working daily in preparation for opening of track season. The Paps are due to take part in the district meet at Jonesboro next month and may see Invitational activity here prior to that date. Bobby Spann, junior high teacher (left), is coaching the Pap tracksters. (Courier News Photo) US Builds Total To 1,373 Points In Pan-Am MEXICO CITY U. — The Pan American Games swimming and diving program .final major sport events of the 1955 Western hemisphere little Olympics, wound up today with the United States sitting highest on the international totem pole. With 15 events Held, and five to be run off late this afternoon, the unofficial score in the swimming and diving schedule stood: U. S. 188, Mexico 56, Argentina 51. Canada 45 and Brazil 17, to list the nations which entered the bigger teams. The Scoreboard lor the games as a whole, including last week's track and field, showed: U. S. 1.3731J, Argentina, 545>,_, Mexico 388. Cards Will Starr With 10 Pitchers ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. l.-Pl — Manager Eddie Stanky of the St. Louis Cardinals is certain on only two things about his pitchers — the staff will be the youngest In Bosox Brass Broods, Bawls SARASOTA, Fla, (AP) — Tough-luck Milt Boiling's elbow injury — a year after Ted Williams' celebrated broken collarbone — has the Boston Red Sox brass brooding over the perils of spring training. Boiling 1 , choice of Manager Mike Higgins to open the season at shortstop, suffered a chip fracture of his left elbow Wednesday. He's lost to the club for at least six to eight weeks. Williams, whose eagerly-awaited decision on whether or not to play this year is baseball's biggest current topic, fractured his collarbone several years and he'll have more than 10 when the season starts. "They'll just have to eliminate themselves," Stanky said yesterday when asked how soon the roster cutting will start. He'wouldn't compare the hurlers' showing this spring with that of last year, when the squad arrived in St. Louis with good spring records and went into a tailspin. here March 1, 1954. As a result of the break. Boston missed the big guy's power hitting for the first montl. of the season and had such a slow getaway it never quite recovered. 2nd Blow Boiling, 24, has been dealt the second big blow or hir short major league career. In '53 with Boston in contention and Boiling a candidate for rookie of the year honors, he wrenched his ankle. He was out the lust two months and the team skidded. This spring he had looked like the ball player Higgins predicted he'd be when he immaged him at trn Sox' Birmingham Southern A?sn. farm club. Spring has been' unkind to the Kcd So.x. The 1954 .season was only nine guinea old when ace pitcher Mel Parnell got a broken wrist on his pitching hand April 24 and was aidelined for much of the campaign. As for spring training—one more injury and Boston probably will abandon it. The most tennis entered in a j state bowling tournament for wnm- I en 2,169 at Fond du Lac, Wis., ' I.. •\nc,i YES! WE TAILOR-MAKE SEAT COVERS GILBERT'S AUTO UPHOLSTERY Hhvav 61 N. Ph. 3-6742 Sports Roundup 01 11 j Jatoot Stanky's Managing Defended ST. PETERSBURG (AP) is a good baseball manager and the three seasons he has been The detractors say that by "overmanaging" a set of fine athletes and antagonizing the rest of the National League, Stanky has converted the Cards from a st annch third-place club and a .supposed fla g contender into the sixth-place outfit they we~e last season. There is a widespread belief numerous members of the club dis! ! l;e Stanky to the extent that they do not give him their best. In an effort to find out how much, if any, there is to all this. we as lied a great many questions of a man who has followed the situation closely, .from the day Stanky first, reported here four springs ago. He has no stake in the Cards whatever, and Wants to be fair about it. From here on we will turn it over to him. Only Normal Dissension "In my opinion (he said> Stanky has gotten as much out of the Cards as any manager could have. If overmanaging means that he has fought for every point and has expected his players to do the same, then I suppose he's guilty of that. But all he's asked his players to do is what they draw big salaries for. "As for the charge that- his men do not like him and have been scrapping among themselves, I have seen no more evidence of it than on any other club I've been - Everybody seems to be arguing about whether Eddie Stanky has gotten all he should have out of the St. Louis Cardinals in directing them. close to. There's never been one that didn't have a few knotheads who didn't like the manager. I think the reports about the players quarreling came from an outsider who heard them hollering at each other the way all players do—they can sound pretty rough—and didn't understand it. "Now, as for the team itself, I can only say that Stanky came in at a bad time. The club had a few CALL NOW Ph. 3-4293 FOR FREE ESTIMATE SMITH AWNING CO. stars, sure, but it was due to start going down because its once fine pitching staff finally had worn out and the farm system for the time being just was not producing great young pitchers the way it once did. So far as I can see, they're not in sight yet." People of Inherent Good Taste gel MORE from MORE iasle... MORE quality... MORE enjoyment... 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