The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1955 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 2, 1955
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SATURDAY APRIL I, 19SB BLTTHEVTLLB (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS PAGE %5u (jcorge Gloomy Outlook in Hog-Land Seems hard to Justify Listening to General Jack Mitchell, who inherited the "23 little pigs" from Bowden Wyatt over in ^western Arkansas, one gets the idea that last year's Southwest Conference champions will be lucky to win a single gam£ on their 1955 schedule. No doubt it's possible they won't. But it's difficult for us to justify such a gloomy outlook for a championship team with 23 returning letlermen — despite the undeniably gigantic task of converting from the single wing to the Mitchell-style sulil-T. Except for lack of speed and depth in the backfield. Mitchell can find little to complain of as far as material is concerned. Ends and centers are small but make up a lot here with fight and experienced reserves. The squad is strongest at tackle and guard, Mitchell said during his visit here this week. This despite loss of All-American guard Bud Brooks and tackle Eddie Bradford, two of the three boys lost from the first two units by graduation. Biggest problem, Mitchell pointed out, has been in developing a T-quarterback. All his prospects came from last year's tailback ranks. George Walker, first unit tailback under Wyatt, has shown the greatest Improvement and is expected to lie starting quarterback next fall. Don Christian is another who improved daily during spring drills and will share most of the man-under duties with Walker. Mitchell was high on the spirit and attitude of both boys. They put in many extra hours of practice this spring, working on ball- handling. Major part of his system, Mitchell said, depends on how effective the quarterbacks are. Unless hampered by injuries, he thinks the quarterback slot will be in good shape. Behind Walker and Christian he lists Tommy Lockhart and Glen Wood. General Jack, in discussing recruiting, re-emphasized one of the points that has become a major item in handing out athletic scholarships in almost all major colleges and universities: It is most important that a boy have a great desire to get an education, said the Porker coach. The university is 'ooking for boys of good character and morals as well as good athletic ability, he said. Unless a boy wants an education and can make his grades he's of np value as a football player. Mitchell plalsed Bowden Wyalt's job of recruiting during his two- year tenure. The present squad, lie said, is one of the finest for overall character, murals ;md spirit he has ever seen. • • * Though most of the talk at Thursday's luncheon here for Mitchell and John Barnhill revolved around the dim outlook faced by the Hogs next season, Barnhill did get in some optimistic licks concerning the overall prospects of the University's athletic department. The U. of A .system is the best In years. Barnhill said, and with completion of the field house and the planned athletic dormitory, the building situation will In: in excellent shape. "We will have as good and compact an athletic program and facilities as can be found anywhere," said the former head football coach. The University had a good fbotball staff last year but it Is equally as good this year, he said. Remarking on Ole' Miss' sudden decision last Winter to shift the Arkansas game from Memphis, u'hcrc it was originally scheduled, to Oxford, Barnhill said, "they aren't kidding anybody. The decision to change the site to Oxford was made that night after we beat them, in Little Rock." And Barnhill pointed out some other difficulties Mitchell faces next, fall. "He's not going to slip up on imybociy in the Southwest Conference this year — not after last season." The Razorbacks play three conference games on Texas soil this year, and, said Barnhill, "It wouldn't surprise me If we play three homecoming games there." That's what happened in 1947 after the Porks gained a tie for the conference championship and was host in the Cotton Bowl, he recalled. "One of the schools (Rice) already has informed us we'll be playing at homecoming," Barnhill, said, "and those Texas homecoming games are mighty tough." DeMarco Wins Welter Crown by TKO Battered Saxton, Favored 3 to 1, Stopped in 14th By BOB HOOKING BOSTON (AP) — Tony DeMarco reigns as the new world welterweight king today aft'er turning determination, skill and a devastating punch into a 14th round technical knockout over champion Johnny Saxton. DeMarco. 23-year old battler the two. Tony was, an easy mark from Boston's North find, knocked liixton down for a nine count and hammered the helpless New Yorker 10 times more against the ropes before Referee Mel Manning stopped it at 2:20 of the 14th round last night at Boston Garden. A happy Tony was a bit bewildered in the dressing room aft- erwnrd but not so much as the betting fraternity which had made him a 3 to 1 shortender. The scheduled 15-rounder was the first title defense for short- lived welter king Saxton who won it from Kid Oavilan last October, It was the first time Saxton had been stopped in his professional career. The left hook proved DeMarco's biggest weapon when he moved in to polish off the ex-champion but the 145-pounder showed a lot more than that in gaining the victory. Weakened By Body Attack DeMarco was cut over the left eye in the second round when Saxton, 145V2, connected with a right cross. Obviusly the harder hitter ol Vejar Wins Over Slowly Fading Billy Graham By OWEN CRUMB SYRACUSE, N.Y. Wl—Now that Welterweight Chico Vejar has made it pretty plain he can beat the fading Billy Graham as he pleases, who does he fight next? Vejar, the 23-year-old'from Stamford, Conn., put Graham away with ease in a unanimous 10-round decision last night. He had done it before on a split decision in Madison Square Garden March 4. The Vejar-Gi-ahnm scrap wasn't the No. 1 welterweight fight of the night, however. It took second billing to a brawl at Boston, where Tony DeMarco relieved Johnny Saxton of his world championship on a 14th round TKO. The particulars on Vejar are that his chopping lefts and speed were just too much for Graham, although Chic.o wasn't quite as speedy as he was in the Garden bout. Vejar was 2". pounds heavier for this one at 154",2 find he said It slowed him down. Graham, 32, came in at HS'.z and said he started too late, thinking he was leading. "I thought it was close, you Know." Jud';e Ted Shells .scored it 8-1-1. Judge Jack Kimball and Referee Ray Miller had it 6-3-1. So did The Associated Press card. Sports Roundup bit Ualbol Spring Was Quiet for Majors TAMPA (AP) — Looking back over four more or less sunny weeks of visiting training camps the length and breadth of Florida, it ssems a good idea to take stock and see just what, if anything, of great importance was learned, what with the opening of the big league races a little more than a week away. m the first six rounds though ncv- in trouble. Suddenly, he revamped his defenses nnd Saxton Avila Is Setting Blister ing Pace With Bat Despite Late Arrival By El) WILKS The Associated Treat The Cleveland Indians have had ; entry in the boxscoro the past few days new but familiar - "Avila 2b". And the "little guy with the big ideas about his batting ability looks like he really does intend to hit .400 this season. It was back in early February (.hut Bobby tmuoouced "I try for .400 tlil-s season." His tongue was not in his cheek. Avila has been ' ,, r . . • IIUl, 111 lll> Lllftl^. J^VIIH ml;, L.tL'1 found his own effective left hook, l|l|klnK , jko (l WUel . ev(M . slnce ne and stabbing rights were being blocked. > Porced to carry the fight by the countorpunchlng Saxton, Demnrco did so successfully and weakened Johnny with a body attack which outdid his heralded inside hitting. surprised just about everybody by batting .341 to lend tbe American League last season. He never had hit above .305 before . After making the .400 speech. Avila entered Into lingual ililticul- ponent. Judge Jim Shnughnessy scored It for DeMarco 128 to 121 while Judge Tom McNeeley gave the edge to Saxton 125-123. Afterward, DeMarco admitled he felt he had a chance to knock out Saxton in the 12th round. „„ . <| Brooks Given Edge Avila came into camp 21 days late. But after winter baseball. Avila looked like he had been, with the Tribe since March 1, when training opened. In his first full game Wednesday he had 2-4, hitting a double . " * * * Big 3 of '54 Picked For NL Pennant By JACK HAND ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Comebacks by big Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella should give Brooklyn the edge over New York and Milwaukee in a tight three-team race in the National League this year in this writer's opinion. St. Louis could edge Into the pennant, fight if Eddie Stanky's young pitchers and rookie third baseman Brat Needs Time To Study Hurlers HOUSTON, Tex. Ml — With 19 pitchers still on the St. Louis Cardinal roster, Manager Eddie Stanky wants to play some extra innings against the Chicago White Sox. "I know I won't open the season with this many pitchers," Stanky said yesterday, but he added he needs more opportunities to sec them in action. If all goes well, the two clubs will play five extra innings .here today after their regular nine-inning game. Louis Arroyo will start the game and Gordon Jones the overtime action. Exhibition Baseball Pittsburgh (N) 7, Baltimore (A) Brooklyn (N> .Kansas City Milwaukee (N) (Sal) Savannah (Al 8 Atlanta (SA) 5, 4 (night) Washington (A New York (A) 5, Cincinnati Chicitgo (A) 9, St. Louis <N) Cleveland (A) 15, New York tN Syracuse (ID 4, Cincinnati (N B" 2 Ken Boycr live up to their fine promise but the Dodgers, Glunts and Braves appeared stronger than the rest of the league. With a crippled Campnnellu hil- tfnu only .207 and Newcombc winning only nine games after his return from the Army, Brooklyn still made n fight of it until late September, In '54 nnri finished only five games behind New York. Willie Mays, of course, simply was terrific for the Giants nil season nnd no reason to expect anything different from Willie this year. Al dark should be bettel than ever and Johnny Antonelll appears to be coming into his own as one of the best pitchers in the league. However, Sal Miigllc at 38 must be a question mark. The same goes for Marv Orlssom, the 37-year-old reliefer. Who will bet that Dusty Rhodes can hit the jackpot at every dramatic moment witli liis timely pinch hits? This could be the year for Milwaukee with Its fine pitching staff, anchored by Warren Spahn, and the heavy hitting of Eddie Math' ews. Joe Adcock and Del Crondall. Bobby Thomson, Who was lost most of last .season because of a triple ankle fracture, has been given Ihn medical okay ns completely recovered. Here's the way it looks li'oni here: 1. Brooklyn 2. New York 3. Milwaukee 4. St. LouLs 5. Philadelphia (J. Cincinnati 7. Chicago 8. Pittsburgh » No really big stories broke while (lie clubs were getting themselves in shape. None of the pennant contenders suffered a crippling injury this time, such as the bone fractures which befell Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and Bobby j Thomson of Milwaukee last spring-. ' carry some significance it would have to bear upon the marked change in Casey Stengel's outlook on life. The manager of the .Yankees has not been his old cheerful, lovable self all spring. The conclusion drawn by numerous experts with whom we have No trades of any importance were 1 discussed the change in Casey's announced, and we have heard no temperament is that he is not fiat- report of a sensational rookie "unknown" who promises to send a regular to the bench. With, slight exceptions, the three clubs which promise to supply the contention in each league will open the coining campaign with the same lineups Which played in the final games last. fall. It is difficult to see whero any one of them hfts added important strength. In fact, if we were forced isfied with what he ha«= been given <o work, with and doesn't believe he has much chance of overtaking Cleveland, at least unless Ailie Reynolds comes out of his brief retirement. Some still are convinced the righthander will be back before long, and tht -suspense is what keeps Stengel jittery, Everyone who has watched the Milwaukee club in its exhibitions come away impressed. Our out one item which might'guess is that Charlie Grimm's team will be picked by more writers than either the Giants or the Dodgers and it truly Ls a fine-looking outfit. The Cincinnati Reds come into every National League conversn- \ lion, and the conclusion is inescapable that Birdie Tcbbetts' gang of fence - busters, led by Ted Khiszewski, will massacre even more pitchers than they did last season. We have heard no one suggest, though, that the club's own pitching is good enough to seriously trouble the big three ir a showdown. The Detroit Tigcr.s, studded with youth, are regarded as the up-and- coming team in the American League. But the consensus i.s it FUEL OIL 6.0. POETZ OIL CO. rt l Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny's Conoco Service, Ash & Division nnd H home run for '2 rbis. Mow. after three Ramos, he's 8-14 (that's n. adding two more extra 01 blows (both doubles). He's committed two errors in 34 chances In the field. Indians Clobber Yanks Avlla had a perfect day on 11 chances yesterday, and .swatted two doubles and scored twice as Cleveland clobbered the New York Giants 15-3. The Tribe, now 7-fi against the world champs this spring, continued to fatten up on New York pitch- Ing with 14 hits, running thcii three-day total against the National Leaguers to 40 runs and -II hit*. Larry Dobs'. Al Smith, Al Rose! and Bob Lemon, the winning pitcher, each hit homers yesterday. Elsewhere, the Chicago While Sox walloped the SI. Louis Cardinals and Harvey Haddix 9-0 In a game halted at sis innings'by ruin. Plr.'lt Baseman Walt Dropo, one of the "Us" in Sox pennant talk, hit his second home run in two days—a grand slam oil Haddix in the first—and Chicago promptly optioned a first base candidate candidate, Jim Marshall, to Oakland. • Braves Whip Dodgers Milwaukee whipped Brooklyn 9-5 to even the spring series between the National League con- fenders at 3-all, Joe Adcock hit three-run homer In the first off Karl Spooner, the young Brook lelty. Pittsburgh completed a deal foi •ookle Gene Frecse by sending two plnycrs to New Orleans, and Preeso responded witll a two-rut double that set off a 7-4 victory over Baltimore. Nelson King ant Wlmmmy Dotlgals, a rooklo pair did the pitching as the Pirates woi their ninth decision In the lost 10 games. Afterward, Baltimore optioned Inflclder Kal Segrlsl, obtained li that 0-for-l) winter deal with the New York Yankees, to San An tonlo. Pittsburgh also sent outfield or Jerry Lynch to Its minor tongue camp. Washington climaxed a three-rur rally In the ninth with Tommy Umphleft's pinch single to heal Cincinnati 5-4, Ted Kluszcwst homered for the nedlegs. Kansas City dipped Into mlnoi league competition and £0 smacked l)-8 by Savannah, I Us Sally league farm. The A's had IB hlts- numlierlng homers by BUI Henna Vic Power. Bill Stewart and Bll Wilson. Tlio Now York Yankees alst faced a minor league club, and goi bent In Ihc ninth 5-4 by Allanln of the Southern Asnn. Gene Sarazcn and Byron Nelsoi have played In 17 consecutive Mas ters golf tournaments. will take another three years for the team lo make any serious gestures. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 4 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c — Children 15c * TAG MATCH * Charo Aztec Frank Thompson and Vs. and Al Getz Rex Mobley 90 Minnie Tim* Limit—Rest 2 nut of 3 falls 2 one Fall Matches Aztec vs. Thompson and Mobley vs. Getz 30 Minule Time Limit An Important Tip To Property Owners It is now the season for termites to begin swarming. If you see any of these pests around your place, you had better get busy and do something about them, liecause termites stay busy clay and nighl, winter and summer. Don't wait until you have an expensive repair. If you will call us we will give you free Inspection and estimate. We are licensed by the Stale 1'lant Board and issue a continuous working contract. Supenor Termite Co. 535 N. 6th—Blylheville, Ark.—Phone POplar 2-2350 Heads Buick Sales Force Frank ElllS dan recently been promoted to the position of Sales Manager at Ijmiplon-McVVaters Buick Co. I-'rank Invltw Ills many friend* and cUNtoment to vi.sit him anytime, and orTen this friendly reminder .... "Buick sales are fioarlnf—ll'i Hie buy of the y»;:ir! Be sure to see UK before yc« trade." Langtion-McWattrs Buick Co. Walnut A Ilroadway Ph. .1-4555 Ansco Ready KlasK Outfit Complete u $O95 IIIU.Mraleil |J II Down—Mo a Week O'STEKN—111 W. Main PERFECTION PLUS—It looks like n team of pole vaultcrs, but actually this is merely tin? result of a double exposure of. two vaults made by the Rev. Bob Richards during New York meet. Note the nearly identical form Richards displays in both. (NEA) 4-Man Tag Bout to Top Card It will be regulation tag wrestling again Monday night on the American Legion's wre.stllng card at Memorial Auditorium. ilor Mike Meroney follows k's mixed tag affair with a ion bout, brinulng In four top nolcl Ch , lieiu'}'wuinhUi for the tussle. rro Aztec, the giant Indian, will w back Momliiy night with Al adz. These two will form outs hulf of the. letun UK event. Opposing them will bo Fnink Thompson who mude ([iilU; u hll with locul funs In a IK first two up- [wimincw! here und Rex Mobley, the vi'lcrnn campaigner. Mobtay will be inuklnR his rulurii lo tliu BLvthevIIln ring after an absence of iiijarJy two years, H« Is well known to DlyUiuvtllc fans us ho 1ms be (MI operntintf in this circuit for more than u decade, Two preliminary boiit/i nro also on the card with A'/tec schudutcd to lake on Thompson and Mobl*r slated to meet Qctz. Weather Right Says WesSantee AUSTIN, Tex. im — Wes Santee, plcnucHl with tho mild Texas temperature that greeted him, said this might be the right weather for his limy; sought 4-mlnute milt today. , Sanlco, running: unattached because lie lias completed his collegiate- eligibility at Kansas, was th« object of Individual attention B.S the 2Hth annual Texas Relays moved through their final day. maq ililo -mai? SO/A au.1 uofuttu A uiojj New and Used Furniture A Complete Line of Furniture & Appliances —At Pricci You Can Always Afford— DICK OSBORNE FURNITURE CO. 717 & 724 £. 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