The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 26, 1955 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 26, 1955
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SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE nv§ Bucs May Do Some Shoving From Usual Cellar Position Kucks May Be New Sleeper for Yanks By ED WILKS The Associated Press The only way the Pittsburgh Pirates have sat in on a World Series of late has been by television. Before that it was by radio. Which is another way of saying two runs. the Bucs haven't won a National League pennant since 1927. They've been out of the cellar Just once the past five seasons—they were seventh in 1951. But Fred Haney's youngsters seem to be on the move. The Bucs were the kids who closed fast last season and knocked Brooklyn out of a down-to-the-wire race with the New York Giants. They look like they're picking up this spring where they leit off. Pittsburgh has a so-so 7-6 record In the exhibitions, but the Pirates haven't been any pushovers. Four of their defeats were by one run margins. The other two were by Colorado, Oilers In AAU Finals DENVER Wl — Weary seniors from the University of Colorado team, whose mainstays have played .seven games In the last eight nights, meet the talent-laden Phillips 6G of Bartlesville, Okla.. tonight tor the championship of the National Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Tournament. The Colorado team fought through overtime to defeat the U.S. Marine champions from Quantico, Va.. in last night's semifinals, 63-50. Last Second Win The bklahomans rode to a 53-51 victory over San Francisco Olympic Club on a last second basket from 28 feet by Jim Walsh. The collegians' sponsors are Harvey Luckett, an oil Jobber, and Eci Nix, who runs the campus barber shop at the university city. Luckett-Nlx Is sending an eight- man squad up against the mighty Phillips 66 which has 10 first-rate players Including such .standouts as Chuck Darlij from Iowa, Arnie Short of Oklahoma City University, Bill Hougland of Kansas, Bob Mattick of Oklahoma A&M and Ron Rivers of Wyoming. Luckott-Nix is anchored by foul- regulars from the University of Colorado team that won the Big Seven crown and finished third in the National Collegiate Athletic Assu. finals at Kansas City last weekend, hey are Burdette Hal- doYson. 6-7 center, forward Bob Jeangcrard and guards Charley Mock and Tom Harrold. Other players on the team Include Bob Yai'dley. James Grant and Wilbert Walter, reserves from the university club. Bosox Pushed It was Pittsburgh that did the pushing yesterday, nocking off the Boston Red Sox 5-3. The New York Yankees, more accustomed to World Series than the Pirates (and who blanked the Bucs in the '27 classic), may have another sleeper in Johnny Kucks. The tall New Jersey righthander baffled Brooklyn for seven innings, giving up three singles, as the Yanks won 5-1. The St. Louis Cardinals had a repeat of their 1954 pitching misfortunes, blowing a 6-3 lead in the ninth for a 7-6 decision by Philadelphia. Rookie Luis Arroyo was the victim. Veteran Virgil Trucks rallied the Chicago White Sox' sagging offense with a pair of homers and gave up just three hits in five inn- Ings in a H-5 victory over Detroit. Chico Carrasquel grand-slammed for the Sox. We.s Westrum and Bob Lennon clubbed home runs as the New York Giants snapped the Chicago Cubs' six-game streak 6-2. Baltimore and Kansas City split a pair. The Orioles won the opener 10-3 and the Athletics took the nightcap 7-4. In two night games, Milwaukee beat Atlanta of the Southern Assn. 13-5 with Joe Adcock slapping two of the Braves' five home runs, and Cleveland overpowered the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League 8-2. Bob Feller yielded only one hit in the five inningr he pitched. Mixed Tag Bout Booked For Mat Card Something new in wrestling—a mixed tag match with men and women in the ring at the same lime l las been boohed by Promoter Mike Meroney for the American Legion's Memorial Auditorium matches Monday night. Two three-member teams with two men and a woman on each team, will square off in the main event. On one side will be Red Roberts, Al Getz and Miss Patty Neff. Opposing them will be Bob Corby. newcomer Clyde Steves and Miss Judy Lamar. They'll wrestle over the 90-minute time limit route In a regulation tag match. This will be the first time such a match has been held here. Regulation .BIG LEAGUE ROOKIES ... No. 8 AfAVSE, A* WA<r$ IHSI6T, rns PlfATff, WEAK HELMST • / (N£A) X>. ^ pTO-W ^-i^-JaA^wza Baker Shrugs Off Win Over Julio Mederos NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baker, No. 2 challenger for Rocky Marciano's heavyweight crown, today shrugged off his 10-round decision over Julio Mederos. Mitchell, Fans Get Last View Of T-Look' Porkers Today FAYETTEVILLE — When the Arkansas Razorbacks line up for the opening kickoff of the 1955 Red-White game today, fans will be watching just one more of a number of innovations instituted by General Jack Mitchell toward making football "fun for the players". Known wherever he has worked as a player's coach, Mitchell in a short two months time has quickly captured the confidence and enthusiasm of the entire Porker lineup. His latest in a long list of morale-building factors will be the choosing of sides for the final scrimmage game of the spring. A center and quarterback will be paired off for the Red and White units and they'll begin picking from the top until everyone has been chosen. 'We have found at Wichita that you'll gel a more enthusiastic kind of competition out of the boys if they have a hand in the team assignments themselves," Mitchell commented. "It looks just like a professional draft once they get started." Unique Spring Rarely, if ever, do ihe players themselves comment on their impressions of a staff or its method of practice. This spring, however, has been a unique one at Arkansas. Firstly, the Porkers are defending champloris , and have worn their crown in spring drills with a great deal of seriousness. Secondly, a ! entirely different style of football than was used in winning the title a year before. Under Mitchell and his staff a possibly difficult situaiion has been made a .smooth and pleasant one generating the morale of the players to a higher level than even before. The one-time All-American quarterback from Oklahoma — who'd like nothing better than to play in Saturday's scrimmage himself — diately became a hit with everyone — especially the lettermen. The first squad meeting was only an introductory one — r«o plans were made or policy laid down. That, Mitchell saved for private player-coach talks in his office. The response to this relationship was spontaneous. Many Changes Mitchell's split-T was sold almost at once. Though successful in the single wing, the players recognized the split-T immediately and were anxious to get into the new formation this spring. Unfortunately they had performed in the single they failed to dozens of unconscious differences there are in the two attacks. Mitchell was forced to start from the basic fundamentals — stance, offensive charging, ball handling — everything was opposite from wing so smoothly realize the many to In two years of single wing. "Only with real enthusiasm coming from a fine group of players could We have made the progress possible this spring." Mitchell noted. "Nothing could become duller to a team that had won a conference championship than to work on things that had been automatic to them before — yet they have worked, and worked hard to do a good job." Tremendous Problems Mitchell said that the problems the Razorbacks face before their early fall opening with Tulsa are tremendous — but can be handled with extra work on the part of the players at their homes this summer. "It's certainly encouraging to know that linemen are working on their own in. the dormitory hallways on proper stance with the shift of their weight forward and that our backs get up to practice a what the Porkers had become used!little early to work on handoffs. Scores Soar as State Pros Try for Arlington By ADREX COOPER HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — "I don't see how they can make it much tougher," That was the reaction of Horace Lacey, Little Rock professional, after turning in an 82 on the No. 3 course at Hot Springs Country Club in preliminary qualifying for the 315,000 Arlington Hotel Open yesterday. Lacey wasn't among the eight Arkansas pros who qualified for Arkansas' first major tournament, but his reaction was typical. The course will be longer and tougher when the nationally known golfers take p. crack at it "May 12-15. A sudden drop in the temperature and a strong breeze kept scores high. Al Rayford of Camden was the leader with a 75, three strokes over par and fine round consider- tag rules will apply and no special rules have been set up for the women. When they are tagged they will be forced to enter "It was H victory of no major importance," said the PiUsburgh- er, speaking: of hfs easy conquest in Madison Square Garden last night. "It was just another win (No. 9 in a row). Now I'm looking ahead to the big boy." That, of course, would be Marciano, and Baker stands a line chance of meeting the Brocton blockbuster in September, assuming Rocky geLs past Don Cockell in his next title defense on May 16. (he ring regardless of who is the opponent. In three addition to the tag match I one fall preliminary bouts ; Baker weighed 2G9 1 /4 to 190Vi for Mederos. As for Mederos, the evidence indicates the 22-year-old Cuban, who came into prominence three weeks ago by knocking out Roland La Starzn, is a heavyweight of some promise. Except for the first round when he carne out breathing fire, he fought A defensive battle, but he looked good on occasions. He made hi.s 28-year-old opponent miss often and even landed a scattering of wild punches to Baker's head. The bout was telecast and broadcast by NBC. also on the card. In the first the two women grappLers will square off with Roberts taking Steves and Get?, meeting Corby. Sports Roundup bit C/a tile ^Jatbot Chuck's Rule: Separate Wives ORI '\NDO- Fla (AP) — The first rule for having a winning ball club, said Charlie Ores- sen is never to let the players' wives sit together. Scatter them all over the place. tell the club owner is to see that inj Bucky, because I've been with What, asked a deep-thinking student of the nntiomil pastime, could the seat locations of e lot of gabby dames possibly have to do with winning the close ones? You got them stealing signals for you, Charlie? "All I want," I- explained. "Is for (hem riot to bo able to talk to each other. Any time you sec a picture of a lot of happy players' wives sitting in the same box and trying to sec which can look the prettiest, thnlr husbands aren't go- Ing to be getting any World Series checks. . "I was on a club once that could have gone all Ihe way. One day the shorWCop's wife showed up late and saw we already were behind thrcc-oh and she said my, my. what happened? The pitcher's wife said "nothing much, dearie, except that dumb husband of yours kicked n couple." Brother, that started it. We didn't win nothin'. Ever since then, the first thing I KOOLVENT ALUMINUM AWNINGS Itr CAM. NOW Ph. 3-4293 FOR FREE ESTIMATE SMITH AWNING CO. 113 R. Flrit the Kirls have good .seats, but not within yelling distance of each other." Other Ideas Tiie new manager of the Washington Senators, back after n pleasant year's exile in the Coast League, has some other ideas about managing which he thinks might have done Brooklyn no harm season. "This club Is going to have a meeting before every game,' Clmrllc said. "All right, Bucky Harris managed It last year and he didn't believe in meetings and he finished sixth. I'm not critic!?.- him and I know he's n smart manager. But I do believe in meetings and I think enough can come out of them that we'll finish In the first division. "It'll be about Ihe same club Bucky hnd except for a new shortstop, "but I think I can get more out of it. I see In the paper where ho says I'm due for a rude awakening around July and I paste it up in the clubhouse and I say to them •what did you guys do in July drop the bit?" So they told me a few things I won't repeat, but they'll be important." Virdon May Stay With Redbirds ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Wl— Outfielder Bill Virdon, who wants to follow Wally Moon's footsteps as a rookie of the year with the St. Louis Cardinals, is sure of a trip to St. Louis at least. Although not doing so well at bat lately, Virdon has impressed Manager Eddie Stanky with his throwing and running. "I don't know for how much beyond opening day, but Virdon will be with this club at least until then," said Stanky yesterday. Read Courier News Classified Ads. All-Star SeMo Cagers Play In Benefit Game BRAGG CITY — Proceeds from what promises to be one of the top approached the Arkansas program I ing the conditions. from a personal basis and imme-j BJU cusick of Helena and Hogan Rouniree of El Dorado were a stroke back at 76. Other qualifiers were Charlie Isom of Little Rock 77, Curtis Collier of Port Smith 79. Don Murphy of Texarkana 79, Ed Ackerbloom of Little Rock 80 and Bill Martin of Jonesboro 80. Johnnie Whitten of Little Rock, considered one of Arkansas' top professionals, was not among the eight low scorers. He had an 80, but lost out in a sudden death basketball attractions, as well as j playoff with Ackerbloom and Marone of the last of the season, will tin. be donated to the fund raising drive for the prevention of cancer when all-star high school teams from Pemiscot and Dunklin counties clash here tonight. Game time at Bragg City High School's court is 8:00 p.m. According to James McDonald of Caruthersville, who is promoting the event, coaches from the two counties balloted on 15 players from which all-star teams are to be picked. Among awards to be presented cinched his berth with | collegqe champ. a par on the first extra hole, while ' Ackerbloom and Whit ten went one over. Then Ackerbloom parred the next hole as Whitten again went one over par, Young John Cook of Jonesboro matched Rayford's 75, • b u t he wasn't eligible for a position in the tournament because he is not, a member of the Professional Golf Association. Whitten, other Arkansas pros and mateurs will get to play in a special qualifying round Tuesday, May 10, two days before the opening round of the 72 - hole, four-day tournament. The well-known pros who make the regular tournament tour are exempt from qualifying. . The Hot Springs Country Club previously had awr~ded four places. They went to Gib Sellers and Pete Fleming, two Hot Springs pros who have played tournament golf; Paul Collum, Arkansas amateur champ from El Dorado; and Hillman Rob- fa !ns of Memphis, winner of the Arkansas Open in 1954 and national That kind of thing will make for good football In the futura,' Mitchell concluded. AS for the Red-White game thla Saturday, a couple of the '55 Porkers will be on the sidelines — th« result of injuries this spring. Tha list is relatively short, however, considering the amount of contact work experienced thia spring. Latest of the injuries was to right halfback Lee Roy Taylor, lopho more from Minden, La. Taylor Injured a knee in Wednesday's workout and is out of the last two days of practice. End Olan Burns is still hampered by an injury to hia foot — an injury that was aggravated In last Saturday's scrimmage game. Ha may miss practice also. Dick Bennett, left tackle, has missed virtually the entire practice because of a shoulder separation; while left guard Bobby Gilliam cracked three ribs in a workout early this week. The final injury was sustained, Wednesday along with Taylor's, a sprained right ankle to center Jerry Ford. Taylor, Bennett and Ford are definitely out of the Saturday's game and Burns is likely to watch the drills rather than play. Mitchell announced that the players would hold an election of captains for the 1955 team prior to the Red-White game with the names announced at thai time. As for post-spring practice plans, the 30-year old head coach said that he had a lot of traveling to do. "Coach Barnhill and I are going to do a good deal of visiting over the state during the next two weeks — and then we've (his staff) got an awful lot of work to finish up In our recruiting program for next fall." Mitchell remarked. The former Wichita head coach said that "it looks like it'll be tha summer of '56 before we get any vacations at all." Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pittsburgh (N) .5, Boston (A) 3. Philadelphia (N) 7, St. Louli (N) 6. Milwaukee (N) 13, Atlanta SA) 5. New York (N) 6, Chicago (N) 2. New York (A) 5, Brooklyn (N> 1. Chicago (Ai 14, Detroit (A) S. Baltimore (A) 10-4, Kansas City lAi 3-7. Cleveland (A) 8, San Francisco (PCD 2. Major Leogue Previews Rickey's Plan in Its 5th Year By JAX:K HAND FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — have Thomas and Sid Gordon. "With Ronnie Kline back from service and Dick Littlefield avail- beU Branch Rick's "5-year-plan" Tb'le from the start, our pitchin, nd best baU hand- j for Pittsburgh moves into its j should be a lot better ler. McDonald said. j fifth year this SeaSOU With) Gordon, A Handyman around player r. McDonald He also stated that from the 15 j ji an ager Fred Haney boys for each county first, second j strug a ]in g to escape the and third teams will be selected ol 55 6 r_ with sweater emblems revealing the tional League cellar, distinction. with) still Na- Basketball Results NATIONAL AAD BASKETBALL tournament By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday's semi-finals results: Boulder. Colo. 63, Quantico Marines 56 (overtime). Bartlesville, Okla. 53, San Francisco Olympic Club 51. Saturday's Pairings 8:30 p. m.—Quantico Marines vs. San Francisco (third place). 10 p. m.—Boulder, Colo. vs..Bartlesville, Okla. (championship). Haney, a frank little man who must wrestle with the realities of the present while Rickey deals with the superlatives of the future, does see signs of improvement. "We're going to be quite a bit stronger." he insists. "We were improved last year but so was the rest of the league. A year ago at this time I was set on only one position—Frank Thomas in center field. Now I'm set at shortstop with Dick Groat back from the Army and I think I am in good shape for catching with Jack Shepard. who has Improved mendously. And, of course, I Gordon, a handyman who can New and Used Furniture A Complete Line of Furniture & Appliances —At Prices You Can Always Afford— DICK OSBORNE FURNITURE CO. 117 & 124 C. 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Littlefield, Top Pitcher Roberto Clemente (.257 at Montreal) played all winter in Cuba. Clemente was rated next to New York's Willie Mays among the league's outfielders. He is only 20. Littlefield (10-11), acquired from Baltimore In late May, Is the top iefthanded pitcher. Max Surkont (9-18), a 32-year-old workman, Vern Law (9-13) and Kline, who impressed with his fast ball despite a 0-7 record in '52 before he went into service, are the right- handed starters. Roger Bowman, back for another trial in the exhibition games and Bob Friend (7-12) and Bob Garber (19-8 at Denver) may do. Monday, March 28 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c —Children 15c MIXED TAG MATCH Two Men and One Girl on Each Team MISS PAtTIE NEFF RED ROBERTS AL GETZ MISS JUDY LAMAR CLYDE STEVES BOB CORBY 90 Jlinute Time Limit—Best 2 out of 3 Falls IK: 3 One-Fall Matches ROBERTS MISS NEFF GETZ vt. vi. vi. STEVES MISS LAMAR CORBY 30 Minute Tlmt Limit MlM Psttle Neff YES! WE TA5LOR-MAKE SEAT COVERS GILBERT'S AUTO UPHOLSTERY Hiway 61 N. 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