The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1967 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 26, 1967
Page 9
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Th« Vttw from Htm ED HAYES + * * '..Where's the Basket? THEY HAD A HARD TIME FINDING THE BASKET. I'm not talking figuratively. I mean it when I say it: Missco's girts t^ a hard lima finding the basket Monday night in tht Mid-South Coliseum. Savvy and the, tradition of a doren winning years made '• up for it and so Missco was able to defeat Munford from across the Mississippi. * * * The backboards in the Memphis arena are made of glasi and they offer no background. As one of the girls observed: "When you looked up at the basket all you could see wer« people." ." Another handicap-not counting the sub-par physical condition of the club-was the size of the court. "The court was too doggoned long for 'em," said Verl Hughes, the man ' behind the girls. "They're not used to running that far.' Nevertheless Hie country girls showed the city peopls something about girls basketball. Technical Lip MONDAY'S MAIN EVENT PUT THE PHILADELPHIA 76ers against the St. Louis Hawks and I think the Gosnell : basketball team enjoyed most of all seeing the Hawks' Joe -.:;.- Caldwell jumping, Once he cleanly outjumped Wilt Chamberlain after t •• • held ball and the crowd saluted him with a roar. ••'•'• * * * "': The Blytheville basketball team was amazed that there -'V were no technical fouls called and th« boys were clow ;':'-, enough to hear some crackling dialogues between the players, coaches and officials. I think the difference It that the officials realize th« ;; ' pros are doing this for a living and they hi turn let off steam '" right back at the players. If the NBA gagged its officials you'd see plenty of technical fouls. "I'll do the officiating, you're having a hard enough time coaching," Vinnie Smith told Richie Guerin of the Hawks. Wilt, naturally, was the center of attraction. He looks like a man shooting marbles with a bunch of tads. Hes a ' IN $100,000 CLASS Mucho for Roberto By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS j career plateau of .500 homers this season, became the highest paid player in the six-year history of the Astros. His reported $50,000 compares to the previous Verl Hughes ... and His Girls CCouricr News Photo) one-man zone defense and zones are illegal in the NBA. When an opponent manages to score around Wilt the seven- footer takes it like a slap in his bewhiskered face. He's the only basketball player who wears kneepads below the knees. These protect his frail legs. But his arms are muscular. Maybe he really could be heavyweight champion of the world as he claims. 1 still have to admire Chamberlain for playing the whole game. The people pay to see him and they get their money's worth. * * * Wilt isn't one for signing autographs. He'll give out a few but please don't homer him while he's resting between halves. A few minutes before the second half started Monday, with the other 76ers loosening up, Wilt parked himself on the bench. A li'l girl approached for an autograph. Wilt sighed and gave in. This was the signal for all the other kids hi the neighborhood to move in but he put his foot down and when Wilt puts his foot down it's a menacing sound. I don't know what Wilt's shoe size is. I know he won't find a pair to fit him in my King-Size catalogue. I also know his high-top sneakers don't fit him too well. He wears a chunk of cotton on the rim of his right shoe to keep it from rubbing his leg. See all the choice tidbits you pick up reading this column? * * * They just don't leave Wilt alone. While he was resting and the kids were begging, Hawk Bill Bridges dropped by to needle him, informing how he was going to handle him in the second half. "Those are my instructions" said Bridges. Wilt gave it right back. His verbatim reply would probably be out of place in this column—it was not vulgar—but he intimated that Bridges would end up on the seat of his pants. For the record Bridges stayed on his feet in the second 5 half. But Wilt won the duel. * * * Veteran sports writers stand in awt of Walt, too. Like everybody else they look up to him. After the game David Bloom of the Commercial Appeal asked Marty Blake, GM of the Hawks: "Will Wilt talk?" Marty nodded. David went off in the direction of fl» den. It mustVt been reassuring to know the lion wouldn't bite. WHY NO FOUL, SIR?-Or words to that effect, Richie Guerin, player-coach of the St. Louis Hawks asks referee Vinnie Smith why he didn't give Gene Tormohlen (right) a foul shot when he was slammed to the court by the Philadelphia 76ers. Big Gene, from 45 FOR WEST Hawks Survive University of Tennessee, had to leave the game. The other Hawk is Len Wilkins. (See Ed Hayes' column.) Philly beat the Hawks in Memphis Monday night. (Courier News Photo) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The National Basketball Asso- jiation schedule invited the Boson Celtics out twice this week, ut the Celtics stuck Philadel- jhia and Detroit with the bill. Playing the ungrateful guest, he Celtics first suffered them- elves with a victory at the ex- ense of Philadelphia's 36-game ome court winning streak "uesday night _ Wednesday night, the Celtics easted on the Pistons 112-105, xtending Detroit's losing treak at home to eight, tying a :lub record. Elf.vwhere, Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati beat the New York Cnicks for the second time hi wo nights, 132-125, and St. louis survived a last half col- apse and edged the Chicago Bulls 103-102 in Chicago, and on :he West Coast the Los Angeles Lakers whipped the Baltimore Bullets 128-115. * * * Sam Jones and John Havlicek got the biggest kick out of the evening In Detroit as the Celtics won their sixth straight. The pair scored 21 points in the final jeriod to turn a dull evening nto a sparkler for the Celtics. Jones scored nine of his 30 joints in the quarter and Havlicek 12 of his 28 as Boston overcame a seven-point deficit in the :inal 10 minutes. Robertson, who scored 37 joints to beat the Knicks in New York the night before, matched that total as the Royals lost a 74-57 halfime lead and then came from behind in the last eight minutes in Cincinnati. * * » St. Louis had a 53-31 lead melt into a 98-93 deficit before Zelmo Beaty and Bill Bridges tied the count at 100. Beaty then made it 102-100 and Bridges' free throw made it 103-101. A 45-point scoring output by Jerry West triggered Los Angeles' victory over Baltimore. The Lakers, leading 105-98 early in the fourth period, broke the game open and built margins ol 115-103 and 124-109. Mustang Soph Sinks 30; Rust-Free Baylor Coasts By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Baylor showed few ill effects of a two-week layoff and Southern Mehhodlst resorted to another come-from-behind finish as the two Southwest Confer- MING Jerry Kitchens unhitched a rich 224-613 in Early Bird League yesterday at Shamrock. Juanice Etchieson dug up 216542; Bonnie Long 510; Jo Ann Barlow 207; and Myrtle Holthouse 206. Fourth-place Go-Go Girls swung-618; and league- leading Inconsistants 1664. In Sportsman League Tuesd&y ftt Shamrock: Alan Thornbroush rolled 318-600; Porter Wllbanka 581; Dean Plena 577; Dale Bratton 222; Foy Etchle- son and Ed,Gallagher 213s. Barney's Drugs showed 106S; and Phillips Ford 2962. EAklLT B1R? W I. Inconslstants 4615 25'i Beatniks 44 28 Koffee Klnn 4-1 28 Oo-Qo Girls 41 31 Boon* Cleaners 37'j .14 '... Cotton Bowlers 37 35 RoaU Runners 32 40 In Tune 23 43 Go Getters 26 <le Lucky Strikes 33 49 SPORTSMAN W t Phillips Oilers 51 33 Phillips Ford 47 37 Business Machine* 44 40 Ark-Mo Power 40'i 43'. Barney's Drugs 35 40 Quality TV 34'i 49'. Following re port wu turned In from Shamrock: Jerry Kitchens: State Tournament Scores at Little RocV: Team Event 917 K, 613 11 c: Doubles 554 no, £5(1 h c; Singles 547 so, 843 h c. Total: 1818 K, KM h c. National Hockey League iy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday's Results Montreal 3, Toronto 1 New York 2, Boston 1 Today's Games Boston at Montreal Chicago at Detroit Roberto Clemente has joined the select group of $100,000 a year major league baseball players. The National League's Most Valuable Player in 1966 signed Wednesday to play again for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are expected by many to win the 1967 pennant. Eddie Mathews, recently traded to Houston by Atlanta, signed a reported $50,000 contract with the Astros in another star signing Wednesday. Clemente, a hard-hitting outfielder with a lifetime average of .310, said he had "no problems whatsoever" in agreeing on terms with Joe L. Brown, the Pirate general manager. * « * Clemente said only that he got a raise, but a Pittsburgh I spokesman indicated $100,000 would be about right making Ilemente the highest paid player hi Pirate history. Other players in the $100,000 class include Frank Robinson of Baltimore, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Willie'Mays of the San Francisco Giants, Hank Aaron of Atlanta and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals. DiMaggio, Williams, Koufax and Musial are retired. * * * The most Babe Ruth, the famed home run slugger, ever received In one year from the Yankees was $80,000 hi the pre- inflation era of more than 30 years ago. Mathews, a veteran third baseman who hopes to reach the COURIER NEWS Thursday, January 36, 1867 Astro high of $42,000 to Nellie Fox in 1964. "I feel I should break 511 this year," Mathews said at the signing. He currently is tied with Lou Gehrig for sixth place at 493 on the all-time home run list. Relief pitcher Dick Radatz and catcher Duke Sims agreed to terms with Cleveland, pitcher Wally Bunker with Baltimore and relief pitcher Casey Cox and first baseman Dick Nen with Washington to other Wednesday signings. IHINIIHIIIDIIIHH iiuiiiiiniiiiiiinniiiiiiff Not Enough Votes for Fame Medwick, Ruffing Whiff NEW YORK (AP> - "There's not much I can do about it," said Red Ruffing when they told him the news. "I'm not going to worry." Ruffing, the former great pitcher for the New York Yan- iwly missed being baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday. He finished in a tie with Joe Medwick, former outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, with 212 votes, just seven short of the number kees, narrowly elected to needed for election. Roy Campanella, former catcher for the Brooklyn Dodg- Fights FLORENCE, Italy - Fernando Atzori, Italy, outpointed Rene Lebeer, France, 15, flyweights. MCKEESPORT, Pa. - Jack Rodgers, 175, Uniontown, Pa., knocked out Johnny Otto, 183, Boston, 1. ers, was a close third with 204 votes. For election, a player had to receive 75 per cent of the 292 votes cast by baseball writers. A run-off between the top 31 vote-getters will be held in February and with a reduced field, Ruffing, Medwick or Campanella would seem to have a good chance of election. Barring a tie, .only one player can be elected in the runoff. Of the 68 players eligible for election, 48 received votes. This year's balloting was unusual in that no election was scheduled, but several ineligible players received votes last year, so the special election was decided upon. The balloting next month will be Rufftag's last chance for election by writers to the Hall, since eligiblity for election ends 20 years after retirement. Ruffing left the majors in 1947 after 22 seasons in which he compiled a career record of 273 victories, 255 losses and a 7-2 World Series mark. STOREWIDE CLEARANCE 'OUT THEY GO! Overstocks,odds and ends,' discontinued models, scratch and dent models, demonstrators. Buy now at LOW, LOW PRICES. APPLIANCES ence teams won non-conference games Wednesday night. The Mustangs defeated Okla homa City 92-82 in their las game before Tuesday night's inportant clash with conference-leading Texas Christian a Dallas. Baylor returned to basketball action after the semester break and raced past winless Tarleton State 108-78. It was Tarleton's 14th consecutive loss this sea son. * * * In beatinc the Chiefs for thi second time I 'is season, South ern Methodist received a 30- point performance from sopho more Bill Voight and ai additional 21 points from ar other first-year man, Lynn Phil lips. Oklahoma City shot into a 7063 lead late in the game but the Mustangs came back with five consecutive baskets. Phillips broke a 77-77 tie with a basket and SMU never trailed again. It was the Mustangs' last non- conference game, winning seven and losing three. They have an 11-4 record for the season. * * * ' Baylor got off to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of its last non-conference game. Six of its seven victories this season were against non-conference teams. It has lost six games. Tarleton hit 86 per cent of it field goals to Baylor's 53 per cent but the Bears had a 25-17 edge in rebounding. Sonny Roberson, Tarleton freshman, scored 25 points, barrel! 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