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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

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Blytheviile (Ark.) Courier Nm - Friday, September 9, 1H8 - Page Nlnt Gents, Don't Start Your Motors! Gentlemen, do not start your motors. '; ' Not tonight, anyway, because there are no stock cir races at Cottonwood Raceway. , ; v ; .Red Gill, manager of the dirt oval on Interstate 55 at the Osceola cutoff, Has decided to move hii Friday show to Sunday night, now that Blytheyille Speedway is closed for the year. • ' If Sunday proves more successful than Friday, Gill plani to move to that night permanently for the rest of the season. ; Time trials Sunday night at 6, races at 8. Packers vs. Co/fs Sot. Nick Is a Brown "..CLEVELAND (AP) - Nick Pietrosante says he's glad to be iii Cleveland, and the Browns are more than happy to have ttje veteran fullback to bolster their babkfield now that Jim Brown is gone. •When the Browns open their season Sunday in Washington it will be the first time snce 19S7 that Brown hasn't been around. • Pietrosahte, who was cut by Detroit earlier this week, set -a club rushing record with 3,933 yards in seven seasons with the Lions. ;. "I know I ; have several years of good football left," he said after signing with the Browns Thursday night. He will be 29 Saturday. —"I- talked with several other teams," said Pietrosante, but after spending Thursday afternoon with Browns owner Art Modell and Coach Blanton Collier he said he was "convinced I made' the fight move." -NEW YORK (AP) - Green Bay and Baltimore, the teams that, fought 'into 13:39 of sudden- death overtime to determine the Western Conference champ last December, epen the National Football League season Saturday night. . The Packers were without the services of Bart Starr during most of that playoff game, won by Don Chandler's field goal, 1310. Baltimore didn't have Johnny Unitas or Gary Cuozzo and had tu struggle through with Tom Matte calling the plays. This is really a big one for opening day. The winners will be off and running for the Western title with a psychological edge that will make them tough to beat. The Packers beat the Colts three times last year but Baltimore has been getting ready for this one since Dee. 26. A full program of all games is on tap for the weekend in the NFL and the American Football League, which started its season a week ago. There will be a game tonight, three on Saturday night and seven on Sunday; NEW YORK (PA) - Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the National Football League, (till is voicing cautious optimism, but there's some danger the merger of the NFL and Ameri' can Football League won't go through. 'We are committed to the total plan," Rozelle said in his New York offices after appear ing before a congressional subcommittee meeting in Washington Thursday. 'If any aspect of that total plan — the common draft, the post-season playoff, eventual inter-locking play, proposed expansion, any aspect — if any part of it is in danger then the total plan is in danger." The proposed .merger of the two professional - footbal' leagues received a mild set. back when.the-House Antitrust Subcommittee rejected Rozelle's plea- for . legislation to exempt the merger from antitrust laws. Breath-Taking End in NL Top Clubs at Home By The Associated Press Sometimes a player who isn't even around for the opening day ceremonies can help his team lift the flag. It's happened scores of times in big league.baseball, and it's liable to happen again this year as Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles get set for one of the National League's patented breath-taking finishes. The Pirates lead, the Giants by one-half game wihile the Dodgers are third, 1'A games from the top. Action resumes tonight following Thursday's open date in each major league. All three of the high-ranking NL contenders are home, the Pirates hosting St. Louis, the Giants taking on the Chicago Cubs and the Dodgers meeting Houston. Remember Floyd Giebel? Bob Hazle? Dick Nen? They are only three players who came out of nowhere to help their clubs win a pennant in the final weeks. Giebel came up to Detroit from Buffalo of the International late in the 1940 season and pitched the Tigers to a pennant- clinching victory over Cleveland. He beat Bobby Feller, the Indians' great right-hander, in a brilliant duel, 2-0. The Milwaukee Braves brought up Hazle, an outfielder from Wichita of the American Association after the halfway mark in 1957 and Hazle responded with a .403 batting mark for 41 games. The Braves won the pennant, and the Worlc Series, too. * * * Nen, a big first baseman, was recalled from Spokane of the Pacific Coast League by the LA Dodgers late in 1963. He walloped a dramatic home run in St. Louis that enabled Walt Alston's men to sweep a three- game series with the runner-up Cardinals and move onto the flag. Now comes Frank Johnson, a Texan who broke into the major leagues in a big way Wednesday night. San Francisco brought up the 24-year-old outfielder from Phoenix, Ariz., and his 12th-in- ning single scored Willie Mays from first base with the run that gave the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Johnson is a 6-foot-l, 160 pounder who makes his home in El Paso, Tex., and Wednesday night's was the first big league game he ever saw. Tfct Vltw from Htn ED HAYES * * * Look Who's On Gridiron! MANILA HIGH'S FOOTBALL TEAM - YOU HEARD me-has a scrimmage game lined up Monday at Osceola. Until someone contradicts me, I'll have call the Lions' battle with the Osceola B team, Manila's very first gridiron game. I'd better make that the first U-man football game. Sure as anything somebne'll come up with the information that Manila played the six-man style back in 1933. I know they played- a lot of sandlot football at Manila because that's where Billy Davidson got his first taste of it. The Manila graduate lettered at Arkansas State and is now on the coaching staff there. I hope the Bull is able to go to Osceola Monday. I'm sure the Lions would like to have his support. And wouldn't he get a boot out of it? * *'.'*' Bill could tell Benny Ellender, his boss, that it's a recruiting assignment. And why not? I haven't been able, to peek at any of their workouts yet but as I get it, there's more goodJooking muscle on the club than just John Benson. Big. John, known around the state as the Manila redwood, would make any coach .lick his chops even if he'd never slipped on basketball underwear or football padding. He must make an awesome sight with cleats added to his height and shoulder pads to his brawny shoulders. *.-.*• * Benson to 6'6. People have guessed his weight between 230 and 260. And he's.solid as-as-redwood; Big John was a reserve outfielder on'Blytheville's state champion American Legion baseball team this summer and that fired widespread speculation that the Benson family was going to move to this city. •.....•• Graebner Could Redeem American Team Today Torrid Rumors By WILL GRIMSLEY FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) -George MacCall, the U.S. Davis Cup captain, refuses to be downhearted over the Americans' disappointing showing in the National Tennis Championships, drawing to a climax this weekend. "Naturally, I wish we had done better, but it's not possible for a player, to be at his peak the year around," the Los Angeles insurance executive said today. "We were at our best last winter in Australia — we hope we can reach that peak again." The United States had only one quarter-final survivor in the men's singles division and that was its ISlh-ranked player, Clark Graebner of Beachwood, Ohio, who has been tabbed a doubles specialist. The two top mm, Dennis Ralston and Arthur Ashe, lost in straight sets t« Australians Ralston to Fred Stolle and Ashe to John Newcombe. Griebner had a chwc* to re- the American team today when he played Stolle in one of the two remaining quarter-final matches. The other sent Roy Emerson, twice winner here, against a .young Australian teammate, Owen Davidson. The upper half of the draw was completed Thursday when defending champion Manuel Santana of Spain won a three- hour thriller from young Bill Bowrey of Australia 8-8, 6-2, 8-6, 5-7, 6-4 and Newcombe beat Englishman Mark Cox, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. The United States still had hopes in the women's singles. Nancy Richey of Dallas gained the semifinals Thursday by beating Virginia Wade of England 6-3, 6-1. She qualified to meet Kerry Melville of Australia in Saturday's semifinals. Miss Melville, who upset top- seeded Mrs. Billie Jean King in the second round, easily won over Madonna Schacht, another Australian, in tht quarter-finali U.M. The rumors got so torrid I had to check 'em out with the BBS basketball and football coaches. But the moment I introduced the subject, Dwight Williams and Bob Williams threw up horrified hands and backed off. Way off. "I don't know anything about it," they pleaded in separate, frenetic statements. - They didn't tell me to go peddle my rumors somewhere else but it was clearly spelled out in their menacing brows. If the Bensons were moving in, fine, but they wanted no involvement, yea or nay. Before I left their offices they were .washing their hands. •:.•.. ' * * * . It didn't help, either, this summer when a newspaper— you can guess which—reported that Big John and a teammate had already moved to Blytheville. It didn't help Blytheville's position any and certainly did nothing to dilute tempers in Mamla-which, naturally, was understandable. In the next breath the story suggested that. Johnie Burnett of the snoopy Arkansas Athletic Association was in the area as an undercover agent in- a case involving recruiting violations. I won't say the story was in bad taste. Questoinable taste will do. I thought those days of journalistic immaturity were past. * * * . The Bensons did not move to Blytheville. It's no particular business of mine if they ever intended to or why they didn't if they had intended to. There can be li'l doubt that llth grader John, who has talent in those biceps, would've made the Chickasaw football and basketball squads. His services would have been even more useful the next year. Still, I believe he's more valuable right where he is and it would've lamentable if he'd gone elsewhere, if only for young Gaylon Ward's sake. Gaylon, new head basketball coach at Manila, has already been marked as the guy to beat for the 2-A championship next winter. * * * 'My Dad Is Sinking' AS YOU MIGHT HAVE READ ON THE PRECEDING page or earlier this week, Bob Williams was called to his failing father's bedside in a hospital at Gravette Saturday evening. Bob is in business again in Blytheville but if his mind and heart travel back across the state tonight during the football game at Haley Field, it would not be unexpected. The BHS coach took up his vigil with the 77-year-old Mr. Williams and sat up with him each night through Wednesday. "My Dad is sinking," Bob reported when he got back on the job yesterday. "He's in a coma most of the time but I left him in good hands." He meant the hands of his brothers but I think he really meant Someone else's hands, too. * * * Mr. Williams recognized Bob when he arrived but since then he's been "out of his head most of the time," heavily drugged to minimize the pain. Until Wednesday. Bob bent close to his Dad and said: "I've got to go now and get my football team ready." Mr. Williams opened his eyes for the first time and murmured: "Yes, you better go." Jets, Infernos & Worms FOUR-DOT DATA: It appears that Arkansas State's Sanutiy Weir has made it as a flanker with the New York Jets. The AFL club gave him the O.K. to move his wife to Big Town . . . . Al Costello, who's teamed with Dynamite Laye here at Legion Arena Tuesday night against the Blue Infernos, was defeated in his bid at Memphis Monday to take the world heavyweight wrestling title from Gene Kiniski. Ringsiders said Al did everything but win .... Richard Christian, Helena principal, was telling some Blytheville people prior to last week's game about how many small boys the Indians had to play this year. He was going on and on. Until a Blytheville person told him that the Chickasaws were going to start a wingback who weighed 127 pounds (Richard Connell). "I can't top that," Christian said, and moved on .... Need someone to shell your peas for you tomorrow? Or wain your window*? Or wax your floors? Or ... you name it. Prospective number* of the BHS Red Pepper* ire looking for odd jobs. Please call POplar 3-9749 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Just ask for a Worm. You heard •cc rit/t E.B. IsNo Stranger E. B. Gee, Jr., won another ilytheville Country Club mem- ership golf championship over IB Labor Day weekend. Members played under medal lay conditions for tht first time. Gee had a 54-hole total of 19. He was followed by Ed lampbell, 227; and Mel Hughes ind Chuck Langston, both of vhom had 231. Hughes won the udden-death playoff. In the first flight, Stevie Stev- mson had a 238 and was follow- d by J. C. Guard, 240, and kelson Henry, 248, who won a ilayoff with J..W. Rawlins. » * * Bernard Jaggers won the sec- hd flight with 254. He was fol- owed by Charles Moore, 256, play off winner against Jim- tiy Branscum. E. B. David's 264 won the bird flight. Cullen Dixon, 274, nd C. D. Hood, 278, followed, Tournament chairman J. C. Guard gave special recognition o Bill Williams, a golfing new- oirier, who improved his score jy 19 strokes when he had an 8-hole score of 135 the first day f the tournament and dropped that to a 116 the second day. MAKE SEMINOLES GO — Osceola High backs are (from left) Ronnie Bennett, 215, senior fullback; Barry Phillips, 160, junior, left halfback; Phillip Morrow, 150, senior quarterback; Teddy Pruitt, 145, senior right halfback; and Jimmy Ricketts, 165, senior right half. Morrow was ill when photo was made this week and watched practice from the sidelines. Osceola has an 8 o'clock game tonight at Earle. (Courier News Photo) Kathy Withdraws EUGENE, Ore, (AP) -. Kathy Whitworth, leading money winner on .the ladies professional .golf tour last year, with- drew from the Pacific Ladies Professional Golf Classic in Eugene after she broke a toe Wednesday. 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