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Blytheville, Arkansas
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f AGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, APRIL ». 1958' Managers Vote for Cleveland In AL 3-Way Race in National AskbiLmsChanceDim ForGamesPLayedTltle By ED WII.KS The Associated PreNS This was the year Richie Ashburn of the Philadelphia Phils figured to cash in on a. personal ambition by cracking the National League record for consecutive games played. Now his hopes are threatened before the season even opens. At best, his hopes of topping the 822-game streak set by Ous Suhr at Pittsburgh from 1931 to 1937 are » bit shaky. Ashburn, with a 730-game spring was laid low by a collision with Del Ennis as the pair chased » clout by the New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle yesterday. They met full stride, crumbling unconscious. It took five minutes to revive them, but they managed to limp off under their own power. Ennis was merely shaken and bruised, but Ashburn, the Phils' 28-year-old centerflelder, suffered left knee. sprained Ashburn has been hurt before In Ills streak, but always man- »ged to hang In there. He has three days grace now before the Philj open at home Tuesday ginst New York. . Will Start if Able It Ashburn is even able to hobble, Manager Mayo Smith probably will have him in the opening lineup, figuring to relieve him quickly, yet keep the streak alive. Doctor'! orders, however, could keep Ashburn off his feet altogether to insure complete recovery. That would stop Ashbum's ambition—Just 93 games short. The Mantle blast that caused the accident fell from Ennis' glove for fourth. a three-run, Inslde-the-purk homer. That tied the game In the eighth and Elston Howard, assured by Manager Casey Stengel that he'll be the first Negro to wear a Yank uniform in the regular season, made It 8-5 with a home run. But the Phils scored three times in their eighth off Johnny sain to win 8-0. AntonelH Han Troubles Johnny Antonelll, picked to pitch the New York Giants opener, had his troubles as the world chanv pious bat Boston 8-7. Antonelll gave up lour home runa in his six innings with Sam Mele, Jack Pier- sal], Jackie Jensen and Sammy White doing the damage. Two errors and Bill Taylor's pinch homer pnve the Giants a six-run eighth to win. Kansas City got a morale boost from Bobby Shnntz, who wentt six Innings In good shape. He gave up six hits and one run, walked none and fanned two as the Athletics beat Richmond of the International, League 10-3. Camillo Pascual and Maury McDonnell six - hit Cincinnati as Washington won 11-5. Pittsburgh started with Max Sur- kong. and the opening day pick ROl the 10-7 decision over, Baltimore although he was relieved in the Jonesboro's Bledsoe Gets Ark. A&M Post COLLEGE HEIGHTS, Ark, (AP) — Troy Bledsoe, one of Ihe most successful basketball coaches in Arkansas high school circles, today was appointed head basketball coach at Arkansas A&M College here, at Arkansas A&M College here. Bledsoe, who coched Joncvsboro High School to »n undefeated sea- ion and the state Class A championship in 1953-54, will, succeed Mel McGnhn, who re t'gned recently. The new Boll Weevil couch Is •i graduate of Heiulrix College at Conway, where he lettered in both football and basketball. In addition to coaching basketball at Jonesboro, he has served as assistant football coach, Bledsoe will lake over a Boll Weevil team which finished second to powerful Arkansas Tecli in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference last season. The team has lost the services of only one starter, James Ford of Des Arc. Before going to Jonesboro, Bledsoe coached basketball and Toot- ball at Dumas High School. His overall record as n basketball coach is 101 victories against only 42 losses. Bledsoe's most successful season was In 1953-54 when his undefeated Jcme-shoro champions won 3-1 [fames In succession. His record for three years at Jonesboro Is 71 .victories; 20 losses. A&M President Horace Thompson, who announced Bledsoe's appointment, said the new coach will report, to A&M In July. Southern League Back in Action By THK AS8ICIATBH I'UESS Action resumes with a full slate of games in the Southern Association tonight ittfer an open date ye.sterday. AUnnt-a, Memphis, New Orleans and Chattanooga were winners of the season's first games Thursday. Probable pitchers tonight are; Ralph Mauriello of Mobile against Roger Sawyer at New Orleans; Murray Wall of Atlanta against Jim Giants, Dodgers, Braves Given Nod By JOK KKICffLEK NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will successfully defend their American League championship and will oppose either Milwaukee, New York or Brooklyn in the World Series. This IB the consensus of the 10 major league managers in a pre season canvas by the Associate! Press today. Only one pilot—Al Lopez of tin. Indlaas—was bold, enough to select his own team. Two others—Lo Boudreau of Kansas City an Charlie Dressen of Washington- also named the Indians. The other recognized Cleveland's strength but also showed respect for thi Yankees and White Sox, No National League mnnage- WHS willing to go out ott the limb * * * Indians, Braves Picked for Flags BySportsWriters NEW YORK W—Apparently Ig noi'ing the results of last fall'.s World Scries, major league base ball writers today selected tin American League Cleveland Indl ans andthe National League Milwaukee Braves to rnecV In the ncx fall classic. Of the 110 scribes who voted in the annual Associated Press preseason poll, 61 selected the Indians to make It two American League pennants In a row. The Yankees, picked to repeat as runner-ups, drew 47 first place votes and the third place Chicago White Sox attracted the remaining two voles. Bused on total points, with a first place vote worth eight points, u second place vote worth seven points and so on clown the line to one point for eighth place, the Indians nipped the Yankees, 831 points to 800. .The White Sox totaled 058 points to far outdistance Lhc fourth placu Boston Red Sox (4IJO) and the fifth place Detroit TtscYB Mfin>. WH.smnRlon CMC), Baltimore (200) and Kansas City 1116) finished poor also-nins. The Braves surprisingly were awarded a larger margin over the defending champion Giants than Cleveland enjoyed over the Yankees. Milwaukee received 60 first place votes to only 28 for the GInnt.s and 19 for Brooklyn. The St. Louis Cardinals, only othei team to receive first place recognition, drew thijee top ballots. On point total, Milwaukee received 807 points to the runner- up Giants' 750 and the Ihird place Dodgers' T2Q .The Cards earned fourth place with 627 points followed In order by Cincinnati (407), Philadelphia (3-12), Chicago (209) and Pittsburgh (13(1). O'RIlly at Birmingham; Don Ross at Chattanooga; and Bob Fischer of Memphis against Bob Cruze at Little Rock. Sports Roundup JJlot Yanks After Another Big Deal NEW YORK the Yankees to -Locals look for make another multiplayer deal before they are forced to cut down their roster- May 12. Casey Stengel faces the task of lopping off seven men, and he could offer an attractive bundle of proven talent for the one big pitcher he needs . . . Batters who faced Don Newcombe down South said that the Brooklyn righthander was tough as long as he could throw his one, but that he appeared to tire after a time and try to get by with his "nickel curve." AH they needed to do, they said, was 1 wait and lay (or that one. Belting a phone call asking if U were true that Ted Williams would report (lie next morning. He reached the point where he could mumble no in his sleep. Baseball circles are chuckling al the thought of Commissioner Ford Frick having (o sit down at intervals and da,sh off a fat check to J. Norman Lewis, the lawyer who organized the players and who now week? has been 'officially employed by them at a salary said to be $20,000 per annum, plus extras. Frick never made a secret of his feelings toward the man who stirred up the animals . . . And if there was any doubt in your mind about how the Giants will fare this stinfion, did you notice what Sal Maglie and Jim Heani did to Cleveland's batters in their final warm-ups this but all agreed that the Braves, Giants and Dodgers rated the top three spots. Eddie Stanky of St. Louis, Birdie Tebbctts of Cincinnati and Mayo Smith of Philadelphia each predicted thrt their clubs would also be in the thick of the pennant race. Lopez Confident Lopez pulled no punches as he predicted another Indian flag. "I think we ought to win the pennant again this year," he said. This IK what tne other managers had to say: Casey Stengel, Yankees: "I have the best club In the league outside of pitching and should be first or second. The ones who finished behind me last year haven't Improved enough to pass me." Marty Marlon, White Sox: "I look for a three team race In the American League with the White Sox, Indians and Yankees battling It out for the pennant." Lou Boudreau, Athletics: "I look for a two-team race . between Cleveland and New York but my pick is Cleveland because of superior pitching. Boston and Chicago will be contenders. Detroit has a team of promising youngsters and could be the dark horse." Must Beat Indian* Charlie Dressen, Senators: "Whoever wins will have to heal Cleveland. They've got everything but speed. With all that power and pitching, they don't need too much speed." Mike Hlggins, Red Sox: "I am nol so familiar with the rest of the league to try to evaluate where wo'Jl finish. I'll be able to tell more when I've made a swing around the league." Bucky Harris, Tigers: "You have to acknowledge the strength of both Cleveland and New York. Detroit should be on a par with Boston. No sense slicking your neck out picking the winner." Paul Richards, Orioles: "The experts figure New York, Cleveland ml Chicago to be strong with the five others to be also-rans." Leo Durochcr, Giants: "1 never IH'criH't the outcome of iv ptmnaut nice and I don't Intend to start now." Charlie Grimm, Braves: "We're p,(ilng to have a slam-bang affair this year with six teams fighting for the first division. Walter Alston, Dodgers: "I look far a three-way battle between New York, Milwaukee and us although five or six clubs have a chance." Five Team Knee Eddie Stanky, Cardinals: "You've got lo respect the Giants because they're the champions but I foresee a fivu-t.eam race in a vi ry tough league." Birdie Tebbctts. rtcdlcgs: "It will be a scramble this year. Naturally, the Giants, Braves and Dodgers are favored, but our club, St. Louis and Philadelphia have enough so that with some luck any one of us could make it interesting." Fred Haney, Pirates: "You can toss three coins In a fountain and ttike your choice between New York, Milwaukee and Brooklyn." Mayo Smith, Phillies: "It should be a wide open race with the Giants, Braves and Dodgers appearing to be a bit stronger.' Stan Hack, Cubs: "I'd probably linvt! to go along with Milwaukee the basis of pitching depth, although the Giants are the champions." TITULAR TEE—Jack Redmond has made a ton of trick shots in his time, but here the New Haven, Conn., professional us« the most precious tee iri p his^-or any other golfer's— lifetime. It is the tootsie of the Aga Khan, who got -into Redmond's act at France's Cannes Country Club. Tiger Jones Stops Johnson with TKO ST. LOUJS (AP) — Ralph (Tiger) Jones, a systematic man inside the ring and out, has modest plans for his next tight after punching his way (.0 one of his rare knockouts. The New York Negro exploded a piiir of bombs ugninst the head of George Johnson and then flailed away 'With n scries of blows that left the Seminole Indian from Trenlon, N.J., helpless ngalnsl the ropes for a TKO with 59 seconds lert in the fifth round of their middleweight bout hi-st night. Bob Melnick, Jones' manager, said he hoped to arrange a bout with Kid Gfivllnn in Cuba in about two months a IK! hfid no immediate plans for n match \Vith one of the top-ranking mlddlcwelghts. "Yes, Hint's the one I want,' Jones .said. Even till Fourth Jones and Johnson had swapped blows on a fairly even basis through the first four rounds. Jones shook his 24-year-old opponent with a series of body blows In the fourth. Then In the fifth he sent Johnson into the ropes with a left and then a terrific right which stunned Johnson. The Jersey battler, his arms outstretched and his body arched against his face at will. Referee target and Jones rained blows against his face tawlll. Referee George Kessler stepped In and called a halt to the nationally televised fight. It was the ninth knockout for the 27-year-old Tiger in 34 victories as a pro. He has had 50 pro fights and has never been knocked down. Jones weighed 158'/ 2 , 3 l / 2 pounds more than Johnson. UA Underdogs In Own Relays Kciscr Among 14 High School Teams Entered FAYETTEVJLLE, Ark. (/!>) — Tile distance running events provided the only slimmer of hope for the Arkansas Roorbacks today in their Arkansas lU'liiys here. Opposing Arkansas were Kansas University, Kansas State Teachers of Emporin, Tulsa University and Oklahoma Baptist University of Shnwnec. Tracy ScoU, coach of the Arkansas truck team, entered only 12 athletes In nine events. They include a veteran crew of distance runners, Jim Trnni.son. Bill Ross, Alan Kshbaugh, Ed Morton and Tal Hooker. Fourteen hiyh .schools participated. They were Little Rock, For I Smith, KussL-Uville, Atkins, Siloum Springs. Paris, Reiser, Lewisville, Newport, Van Buren, SpringdaLe, Rogers, Fayetteville and Ben ton- vllle. W. C. Ry lander of Lubbock, Tex., took up bowling at the age of 68. Now at 83 ne has a 150 average in league play. Six-Man Bout To Headline Legion Card Two top television wrestling stars have been booked by Promoter Mike Meroney to take part in the six-man tag match feature of the American Legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium Monday night. Karl (Killer) Kowalski, the bearded Polish heavyweight and All Pasha, a Turkish-Hindu grappler. are the two TV performers who will be on opposite sides in the big main event bout. Kowalski is slated to team with Red Roberts and Butch Boyett while Pasha will bring along Jack Moody and Don Fields as his partners. The two teams will battle over I (lie !)0-miiuite time limit route in the feature event of the four-match card. Pasha, who calls Beirut, Lebanon his home, is best remembered as originator of the dreaded "cobra-lock" sleep hold. The cobra- lock, which is one of the most controversial holds in modern-day wrestling;, is a grip with which Pasha can render an opponent unconscious in a matter of seconds. Fights Last Night By THK ASSOCIATED I'HHSS St. I.ouis—Ralph (Tigcrl Jones, lS8!i, New York, stopped George Johnson, 155. Trenton, N.J. 5. Tyler, Tex.—Oscnr Phiuo, 196. BlrminRlinin, Ain., outpointed Ritn- chero Alonzo. 240, Snr Antonio, 10. Though the experts were Impressed with the way Boston Doge romped off with his ninth straight victory in a six-furlong event at Jamaica, they are more convinced than ever that he will not run in j the Kentucky Derby, or in any tvect longer than a mile, for that matter. His stride is too short and he runs "too close to the ground," they contend, ever lo he a distance horse . . . The talk In Florida was that the Baltimore Orioles will be back in Arizona next spring, probably at Chandler. If the citizens of that city conslruct a ball park. The club executive who look the worel beating all spring was Joe Cronin, general manager of the Boston Red Sox. About the time Joe settled into his first deep sleep at Sarosota he could count upon GUARANTEED "Always i'GbfldE BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, April 11 8:15 p.m. Adults 50e — Children 15c ^ 6 Man Tag Match ^ § ^ - "Killer" Kowalski Ali Pasha Red Roberts y. Jack Moody Butch Boyett Don Fields 90 Minute time limit—Best 2 out of 3 falls Also —3 ONE-FALL MATCHES— Kowalski vs. Moody Boyett vs. Fields Roberts vs. Pasha 30 Minute time limit ALI PASHA WANTED 3 BUICK SALESMEN Previous experience desirable bill not necessary. Ideal working conditions. This is a wonderful opportunity for younpf men who are ambitious and want to get into a profitable and enjoyable profession. All replies confidential. apply in Person to Krank lillis or C. I,. McWalers La ngston-Mc Waters Buick Co. Broiulwnj & Walnut Blytheville 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. Because termites slay busy day and night, winter «nd summer. Don't wait until you have an expensive r«- pair. If you will call us we will give you free inspection and estimate. We are licensed by the State Plant Hoard and issue a continuous working contract. Superior Termite Co. 5,15 N. Bill—lilylhcville, Ark.—Phone POplar 2-2350 Waiters' Eye Middlecoff; Await Slip By MKRCEK BAILEY AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Cary Middlecoff calls the huge Augusta National a "waiting course" — and the rest of the golfers in the Masters Tournament were waiting today to sea f the former molar mauler from Memphis falters in the third ound or keeps a firm grip on his four-stroke lead. That isn't exactly what Middle- + — off had In mind when he used le term, but history has proved me and again that In this classic hamplonship those who wait for he pace-setter to stumble quite ften are rewarded. After shooting his spectacular 1-34—65 yesterday for a 137 total, he 34-year-old 1949 U. 3. Open hamplon, who registers out of •Clamesha Lake, N. Y., commentd: Walt for Break • "This Is' the tenth time I've >layed here. Last year was the Irst time I learned that this is watting course." You have to /alt for tilings to come your way. You can't force birdies nn< this ourse. You begin trying to force . birdie, you wind up with iogey." Jackie Burke, the first round eader, knows exactly what Mid- llecoff means. The birdies came ils way in droves Thursday when ie got his 67—good for a four- troke lead—but he caught a batch f bogies yesterday and took a 76. This dropped him Into a tie for hird place with Sam Snead of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. who had rounds of 72-71—143. Thus Burke was six strokes be- ind Instead of four strokes ahead. .Her the second round, a shift of 0 strokes In one day. Hojran Second Ben Hogan, from Fort Worth, 'ex., sometimes called the "boss" f the Augusta National course be- ause of his consistently ood showings here, made his bid or the lead with a fine 68 in the econd round. But he fell short un- !er Mlddlecoff's terrific onslaught nd had to settle for second place t the midpoint of the tournament m.h a 141. Next in line with 144 was Bob Rosburff of San Francisco. Mike ouchak, Durham, N. C., tt'as ixth with 145. Julius Boros of Mid , N. C., tied with Souchak or second place after the first ound, had a lot of company at 48. 'orkersLose 1st $ a se ball Game FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (fP)— Three wbbles, one hit and one walk In he sixth inning wrote an end yes- erday to the University of Arkanas baseball team's winning streak. 'he Razorbacks fell 11-5 to the Jniversily of Missouri. Going into the sixth inning with 5-4 lead, the Porkers gave up ive runs and fell behind to stay. It was Arkansas' first defeat in ve games. The two teams played again to- ay. *lany wrestlers declare the lock . strangle hold but wrestling uthorities say that it is not. Three one-fall preliminary bouts re also on the card. Kownlski is cheduled to go against Mooyd, oyett meets Fields and Pasha akes on Roberts. Lange Nips Sudbury In Gra-Y Lange's Gra-Y Softball team took full advantage of eight hits to rack up a 10-5 victory over the Sudbury Gra-Y at Little Park yesterday afternoon. Jerry Hill was the winning hurler, although he gave up 9 safeties, one more than were collected by his teammates. Robert Oakley started on the mound for Sudbury and was relieved by Tex Turner in the third. In the top of the first Sudbury tallied twice on a lead-off double by Marshall Larkln and a single by Ira Lambert, the latter scoring on an .infield out. Lange came right back in the lower half to score five . runs on three hits. Hill, skied to center and Branscum popped to second. Danny Rounsava walked and Jewel Dunkin was hit by a pitched ball. Elmer Cash also strolled to jam the bases. Danny Cooper then singled and Bobby King poked a long home run down the left field line, cleaning the sacks. Sudbury got back into the game temporarily in the third when the first five men to bat singled in succession for three runs. Lange then wound up the scoring with a four-run, splurge in the bottom of the same frame. After Cooper popped to first, King: walked and Charles Eddings was safe on an error as Turner and Penn did an AIphonse-Gaston act in his pop fly. Jackson doubled for the only hit of the Inning, as Branscum and Dunkin were safe on errors and Rounsavall walked to net the four runs. Cards on Display Before Homefolks With Top Rookies ST. LOUIS <£>) — The young St. Louis Cardinals, sporting a pair of well advertised rookies, go on display before the home folks in an exhibition today with Luis Arroyo scheduled to start against Ned Carver of the Detroit Tigers. Garver, the opposing pitcher, has been a favorite with St. Louis fans since he won 20 games for the old St. Louis Browns in 1951, Third baseman Ken Boyer and center fielder Bill Virdon of the Cardinals will be playing for the first time in Busch Stadium. "They certainly lived up to all the good things said about them by people in and out of our organization," said Manager Eddie Stanky. Seven members of the Milwaukee Braves- were born in February. For Dependable Service ... HI-WAY DRUG Main & Division Ph.2-2019 featuring — and., Dorothy Gray Cosmetics Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prentis Holder, Mgr. & Rejf. Pharmacist STEWART'S DRUG Main & Lake Ph. 2-2822 Headquarters for • DRUGS • GIFTS • COSMETICS Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tom Stovall, nag. 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