Alabama Tribune from Montgomery, Alabama on March 5, 1948 · 6
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ALAlUMA TRIBUNE,. MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 1948 r- 4 -? T7T GOICJT, iffOisiaS oiii sill ? '"''oos ' 3' t 2 ' i 5?.! i ;s3 .ft ' .1 1 .A V . i. i , ' IK Marion Jackson '& Sports Iews &eel V'--What's up, Bub?? Plan to go to tiic Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament ai Tuskegee Institute, Ala.?? Before shuffling off to Alabama check and see if you have the following essentials namely a. Reason ticket to the games, a room, meal tickets, ' cat fare and do-re-mi for entertainment. (According to official records of the teams comprising the SIAC as compiled by Cleve L. Abbott, Chair-man of the Tournament Committee, ten of the following teams will , be invited to participate In the ISth - Annual Meet to be held in Logan Hall. March 4-5 namely . Tuskegee Institute, Morris Brown, Knoxville, Moreftousc, Alabama State, South Carolina State, Lane College, Florida A. and M., Fort Valley State, Flsk, Allen and Clark. Let's hope officials at Tub-kegee Institute are on the ball, this year. They were caught with their britches down last year, when a ballet troupe was performing in the gymnasium, at the time the tournament wa supposed to be in progress. While the players cooled their heels the dancers pranced and , frolllcked to their hearts' con-tent After several hours the ' chairs were moved, the gymnasium . swept, and tournament play got underway. As a result the teams were playing until 3 a, m. or maybe later. Check it 1 and see If I am right. TOP IN SPORTS - Joe Louis is finished, according to the belief of Jack Dempsey, who told Macon, Ga., sportswriters: "Its his legs. He can still punch and will knock your head off if you get close to him, but still I say a good puncher as well as boxer can lick . the champion" . . . Jersey Joe Wal-cott finally broke down and accepted Joe Louis' terms for the return bout at Yankee Stadium on June 23. The acceptance occurred at a Walcott fete in Camden, when Walcott accepted the Police Ga-eette's Heavyweight Championship Belt,', indicative that magazine's feeling that Walcott really beat Louis in their first meeting. As part Of the terms, Walcott agreed to give Louis a rematch on a 30-30 split if he should be the champion in , June. . A benefit bout in Chicago in April was orewea during the week, opponents to be Ezzard ' Charles and somebody. Charles agreed to give $5,000 of his parse to the family, a sum , which the promoters say they wll match. Bert Lytell has offered to, face Charles and promises to donate $5,000 of his share . , . Brooklyn eoaches and scouts arc confident that Jackie ' Robinson will break the "sophomore year Jinx" ... At least twelve colored track aces are picked for places on the American Olympic team which Will compete in London against .speedsters from all over the world. Listed are Harrison Dil- Lincoln U.Mat Team Defeats ; LINCOLN, Pa. (S N S) The wrestling .team of Morgan State College scored a thrilling 21-13 victory'; over Lincoln here tonight, while the Bears and Lions squared off at 2-2 in a series of boxing matches. ; Morgan's National Hoff was the winner in' the first wrestling match pinning James Morris in 53.3 second or tne tnlrd period. Morris was seeing his first experience in the ring. Joseph Boston, 136 pound Morgan wrestler,' scored a victory over Lincoln's Neville . Thomas in 1.7 seconds of the second period. Arid 152 pound' Howard Graves of Morgan sprang to life in the waning moments of the third period to pin Forrest Sellers. Wrestling champ, Samuel Goude-lock, and Hosea Owens were the winners for Lincoln, the former in an impressive third period triumph over Donald Hill, whom he floored consistently and the latter in a triumph over 179-pound Bernard Burley.. ,. . Robert Hanna, Lincoln welter weight, and youthful Robert Lar- kins, Lion middleweight turned' in the most impressive boxing bouts of the evening. Haurta, 136 povmd counter punch specialist, -scored an undesputed three round decision ovef Morgari's "141 pounder, .Furrie Cousins-. And Larkins, brilliant in his first attempt in the square circle, took the decision over-142 Jimmy Wadley after dropping Wadley - to the canvass tinder a barrage of blows' in the third beat. " Clarence Goldsby, 167 pound heavy from Morgan, scored an uu-set ' victory over - John - Goodwin, 169 'pound Lincoln slugger. Good win went-down In the third round after taking a mean pounding all the way. Lightweight Wilber Brown of Morgan won on a TKO in 1:17 of the first round over Henry Mon roe. The Morgan leatherman opened' cut over Monroe's eye. : Earl Jones of Morgan and Lincoln's UouulU ftunUal! wrestled to 6 draw. Morgan State lard, the 110 yard high hurdle wizard from Baldwin-Wallace, Dave Albritton, who copped second place in the high jump in the 1936, Eulace, who oddly enough once defeated Jesse Owens twice In the name day, and Bill Mathis, Ed Conwcil. Homer (iillls, Barney Ewell, Dave Bolen, Reggie Pearman, Herb McKenley, Chuck Fon-ville, and Willie Steele. NEWS IN SPORTS The Brooklyn Dodgers football team has signed a Negro tackle, Robert Smith of Ocean Springs. Miss. Smith, who Is 24 and weighs 230 pounds, played with Southern University at Baton Rouge, La. . . Bill Bell, North CaroHna A and 7 football coach has told sportswriters he Is not a candidate for the position of head coach at Akron University . . . Want the names of the top basketball teams in their respective conference? Here they are: Tuskegee Institute, SIAC; West Virginia State, CIAA; Lang-ston U, Southwest Athletic Conference; and Tennessee State Midwest Athletic Conference . . . Coach Edward" "Ox" demons is beefing about the run-around given his Lane College Dragons in the football 'scheduling. How come such top teams as Tuskegee Institute, Florida A. and M., South Carolina State and Allen avoid the Tennes-seeans. Cold feet? Or could they fear disaster! UNDER THE NOSE STUFF: While Ellis Jones, Birmingham World's energetic sports editor, was digging into a pile of local prep basketball facts Saturday morning, February 28, the guys whose work he keeps before the public, without his knowledge were being banqueted. Here is what happened: At ten a. m. prep coaches, Industrial league managers, officials and just about everybody else except members of the Negro Press were entertained by Joe Biddle, of the sporting goods department of Wim-berly and Thomas Hardware Co., on the store's second floor. Mr. Biddle mailed Invitations out personally, it is said. In addition to his, C. W. Askew, secretary- treasurer of the Vulcan Bowl and secretary of the Birmingham YMCA Industrial Baseball League, sent out bids under his signature to plant league managers and functionaries, it is said. Nobody notified sportswriters. . Prizes were given away by lottery method, it is reported. Taylor of Bessemer won first prize, Benny McGhee, SCOA official and Robert Bolden, former Aclpco baseball team managers were listed among the other ten winners. Following Iheir Jefferson County Negro High School Athletic Association meeting Saturday afternoon, a few of the coaches and officials came by the Birmingham world office to chat with Ellis. None mentioned the feast at which equipment was on exhibit. Anoth er such affair is planned to the end of the baseball season. This was the first time that such a thing has been done in Birmingham. It would have been a good publicity stunt to have invited the Negro Press. But Birmingham prep athletic factotums let Ellis Jones get scooped by the Atlanta Daily World." Negro American League Schedule May 2 Kansas City Monarchs at Memphis. Cleveland at Birmingham. Indianapolis vs Chicago American Giants at New Orleans. May 9 Kansas City Monarchs at Chicago. Indianapolis at Memphis. Birmingham at Cleveland. . May 16 Cleveland at Kansas City. Memphis at Chicago. Indianapolis at Birmingham. May 23 Indianapolis at Kansas City. Cleveland afr Memphis. Chica go vs. Birmingham at New Orleans, May 30 Chicago at Cleveland Birmingham at Memphis. Kansas City vs. Indianapolis at Indianapo lis. . May 31 Cleveland at Chicago. Birmingham at Memphis.Kansas City at Indianapolis. June 6 Indianapolis at Chicago. Kansas City at Birmingham. Memphis at Cleveland. June 13 Birmingham at Chicago. Kansas City at C'cveland. Memphis at Indianapolis. June 17 Birmingham at Chicago (night gameV - June 20 Memphis at Kansas City. Chicago at Birmingham. Cleveland at Indianapolis. June 27 Cleveland at Kansas City. Indianapolis at Blrmingnam. Chicago at Memphis. July 4 Chicago at Kansas City. Indianapolis at Cleveland. Memphis at Birmingham. July 5 Chicago at Kansas Cily. Birmingham at Memphis. Cleveland at Indianapolis. ftxpert says a nice of 70,i)int may be needed in Palestine. Mini wWiwMftrtroiiatTifrtiiMriii MroritiMiiVtriiiiMiftfr.'iinirtfifirtwSftvi'r Yiimv'tv 'vttvi" y fo'in.;K ;y-tfniw' -mikttn im i 'i hriwn ti win - --i iirtir"" r ' CLARK'S BASKETEERS Shown above is the Cage Team of Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia ot 1948. Reading from left to right, front row: Paul Sweeney,' New 43-32 In By JOEL W. SMITH ATLANTA, Ga. (SNS) j Smarting a blazing fast-break and controlling both backboards most of the evening, the Tuskegee Institute Golden Tigers defeated the Morris Brown College Purple Wolverines, 43-32 to take a 1-up lead in the bitter battle for the Southern Conference pre-tournament championship race, Friday night, on the New Magnolia Court. CALVIN JONES SETS PACE FOR TUSKEGEE The rival quintets turned out in their white togs for the gruelling championship battle, accordingly, the game was delayed long enough to give the Wolverines time to get in their Purple attire. There was no scoring for the first two minutes of play, and after Claude George broke- the Ice. Calvin Jones went to work and sent the Gold-clad lads out in front, 13-3. The Big Purples were unable to get going, but with William "Billy" Whyte, Franklin Ayers and Lewis Smith scoring from the free throw lane, cut the margin to 15-11. James Brock sank a field goal to make the score, 17-11. Wilbur George followed with a foul shot and Ayers tallied twice from the foul line for an, 18-13 count. The Golden Tigers were leading, 20-15 at half-time. WOLVERINES FIND SPARK MOMENTARILY In the second half,! the Purple Wolverines found their spark momentarily, but were unable to keep the pressure on. Wilbur George rolled in a fine shot before the second half was one minute old, "Billy" BASKETBALL SCORES Tuskegee 43 Morris Brown 32 Florida A. & M. 52 Morehouse 42 Fisk University 67 Benedict 42 Fisk University 44 Lane College 30 Shaw University 62 Fayetteville 49 Howard University 74 St. Paul 40 Howard University 50 N. C. State 34 Florida A and M 51 Southern University 50 Bishop 78 Wiley 54 Texas College 48 Texas State U 43 Lincoln U. 62 Cheyney Teachers 32 North Carolina Howard U. . 58 50 Prairie View . 64 Arkansas State 54 Morris Brown 59 Lane 1 45 Tuskegee Morehouse 63 40 Girls Alabama State . 31 Morris Brown 22 Boys Morris Brown Alabama State '-. 53 41 Lincoln (Pa.) , 55 Bergen College 31) rusite I -a. : - J -V A -- Pi -7 fta J - --it York City; Robert Phillips, Wyoming. Ohio; Schley Williamson, Atlanta, Georgia; Allen Hart, Wll-liamstbwn, Mass.; Back row: Pho necia Morris, William Wilson, Mat-j Trips Morris Crucial S IAC Whyte tossed in a one-hand set-shot from the corner; and G. B. Hannah dribbled in for a lay-up for a 22-19 count. Wilbur George sank field goal and Whyte followed with another amazing one-hand toss. At this point, Claude George joined his brother Wilbur to run up a 30-23 lead. At the five-minute mark, Tuskegee was ahead, 33-25. then Brock put on a one-man chow to put the game in the bag. Wilbur George and "Billy" Whyte shared scoring honors, racking-up five field goals and three foul shots for 13 ponts. Calvin Jones followed with five field goals and a single foul shot for 11 points. THE SUMMARY TUSKEGEE (43) G V TP. Brock, f 4 1 9 O. George, f 3 7 W. George, c 5 3 13 Hard wick, g 0 0 0 Jones, g 5 1 11 Porter 1 1 3 Tolas 17 9 43 MORRIS BROWN (32) G F TP. Whyte, f 5 Smith, f 1 Ayers, c 2 Hannah, g 1 Bair, g 0 Williams 1 Evans 1 Totals 11 10 32 OFFICIALS: B. T. Harvey (Col-J gate) referee; Butler (Tenn. State) umpire. Shaw Defeats Fayetteville RALEIGH, N. C. -(SNS)- The Shaw Bears rolled over the Fayette ville State Teachers College Broncos 62-49 Tuesday night in Spaulding gymnasium. The Broncos took lead on a lay up by Randolph Worseley. Alfred Shields tallied first for the Bears. The Bears fought and at the end of the first half led the Bron cos 29-24. The Bears have made a clean sweep in non-conference games to date also defeating the Livingstone College Bears earlier in the season. Alfred Shieids and Edward Todd with 17 and 15 points respectively led the Bear attack while Edward Roper followed with 10 markers Randolph Worseley was the leading scorer for the Broncos with 16 points. The Shaw Lassies downed the Fayetteville girls 33-26 in a preliminary game. Bonnie Briley led the Bearettes with 16 points. Armelia Sanford with 19 points sparked the Bronco attack. Basketball Scores TOURNAMENT SCORES Tuskegee 71 Morehouse 41 S7C. State 50 Lane 40 Fla. 63 Knox 57 Morris Brown 68 Ala. State 53 Tuskegee 75 Fisk 28 Lam 11 H. Valley 41 thew O'Neal, James Minor, all ofi Atlanta, Georgia; Harry Atkins, I Knosville, Tenn.; Roger Barelield, I Gary, " Ind.; Raymond Williams, I Brown, Battle Braves Beat Tougaldo In Cage tilt ALCORN COLLEGE, Alcorn, Miss. February - The "High Flying" Braves of Alcorn College added another victim to their long list of subdued ' opponents when they bowled over the highly tutored Tougaloo College Five 33 to 13. Once the Braves got started, they were never slowed down. The fast work of William, Price, Jef-fast past- work of William, Price, Jefferson, Pinkney and Kennedy was too much for the vlistors. Very often they were puzzled trying to find the ball. The defensive work was also "air-tight" which is reflected in the visitors making only 13 points. Price was truly the idol of the fans as he thrilled them with his change of pace dribbling and hidden ball tricks. The girls team pluyed a magnificent game, but lost to the Tougaloo sextet 18 tq 19. The Alcorn Laboratory High School almost stole the showing winning out in the finals of the High School Invitational Tournament against the Bowman High School of Vicksburg, Miss., after playing a five minute over-time period. U. S. and Britain agree on plan to split Ruhr coal trusts. ' CAGE SCINTILLANT One of the brightest sparkplugs of the Morehouse College Maroon Tiprer basketball team is Walter Hill, mercury-gaited forward. : Hill gave momentum to the team offensive during the '48 cage season. He is looking forward to the 15th Robert Barham, James Dearo. George Gray, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Donald Fletcher, Rushville Indiana. . , . , Walcott Signs For Louis "Go IF CAMDEN, N. J. (NNPA) Declaring that he already considers himself champl mi of the world, Jersey Joe Walcott last Friday agreed to Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis' terms and signed a cnotract to meet him at Yankee Stadium June 23 for 20 per cent of the net gate and 22 1-2 percent of the receipts received from movies of the fight. Walcott actually signed four con. tracts for the fight which is to be sponsored by the Twentieth Century Sporting Club of New York, headed by Mike Jacobs. , He signed one contract to give Louis a return bout ui the event that he beats the champion in their! June meeting. This clause was contained in a Twentieth Century con-, tract which gave Twentieth Century exclusive rights on his services for three years in the event he wins. A second col tract gave Walcott 20 per cent of the net gate, radio, television and motion picture proceeds.1 A third contract which he signed gave him a 2 1-2 per cent of Twen ticth Century's share of the motion picture money. Still another contract bound Wal cott for a possible third battle with Louis in September in the event Jei- sey Joe wins. If Walcott wins and a third bi.t- tle is fought, he and Louis will split the on a 30-30 basis. In the June fight Louis will re ceive 40 per cent of the gate and 30 per cent of income from the movie rights. Walcott had held out for a thirty per cent cut in the movie proceeds. Jersey Joe accepted Louis' terms as he presented with the "heavyweight" championship belt by the Police Gazette before 5,000 of his admirers at Camden City Hail last Thursday night. The Gazette said Walcott beat Louis in December, and it is rating him the champion. Annual SIAC Cage Tournament at Tuskegee Institute, March 4-5. The Red Hifl cagers have sprung some stunning upsets over major foes at Tuskegee, and Hill hopes to spur the team on to victory at I lie moot. TEAMS VIE 4 Vi.'- ;' FOR '48 By JOEL W. SMITH TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, Ala. (SNS i Followers of the bouncing ball, who Jammed this spacious arena to witness the opening round of the Fifteenth Annual Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, which got underway here Thursday afternoon, got a real treat. The ten well-polished quints competing for the coveted 1548 SIAC hardwood crown kept the fans on edge with their brilliant all-around play. In the opener, the Lane Red Dragons rolled over the Fort Valley State, Wildcats by a score of 44-41. The Dragons were out "in front, 22-20 at the end of the first half, and kept firing away to squeeze out a thrilling victory. In the second contest, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers put on a dazzling finish to chalk up a 75-28 HARDWOOD FANS SET FOR SOUTH'S f GREATEST CAGE SHOW By MARION E .JACKSON ? Regardless of the second, minute, hour or day. - you read this piece during the current week it will be with the knowing that the agony has ended for 15 teams who com peted in the '48 basketball race here in the Southern Inter collegiate Athletic Conference. The giants and Lilliputans of the SIAC will be thinking about the business of competing in the 15th Annual Baseball Tournament set for Logan Hall, at Tuskegee Institute. The "Big Whirl" gets underway Thursday, March 4 and vill climax with a bang Saturday night before the biggest crowd ever to see a cage duel in tne peanut ucii oi South Alabama. MOST PUBLICIZED MEET According to Cleve L.' Abbott, Chairman of the Tournament Committee, ten of the following teams will participate. In the most publicized tournament in 'the South- eto Baseball Owners Flay Branch Rickey CHICAGO (ANP) Owners in the Negro American league scored Branch Rickey Sr., president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in their two-day schedule meeting at the Hotel Grand. Rickey was the target for having deliberately signed Jackie Robinson in the fall of 1946 without consulting the owners of the Kansas City Monarchs who claimed Robinson as their property. Tom Baird of Kansas City, Kan. now sole owner of the Negro club, expressed his surprise at Rickey's failure to be "gentleman enough to answer his correspondence."- Both' Rickey and Robinson, first baseman on the Brooklyn Dodgers, declare that the Monarchs had no written contract with Jackie. -l To this Baird says, "We, meaning my former partner, J. L. Wilkinson, who has been in- Negro organized baseball since 1920, had several players whom we did not sign to written contracts because we found that such contracts worked to our detrement. Other players on the Monarchs club became disgruntled when shown contracts calling for more money than they were being paid. - :' '-'. " " "Our word was our bond. "Telegrams and1 letters exchanged with ftobinson was, as far as we were concerned, a binding contract. - We paid what we' promised. - Robinson admits that we paid him more than he received as a member of the Montreal Royals of the International league, a Brooklyn farm club." 1 . . ;- . .. The Negro American League has' two white men ho are club Own-3rs. They are Tom Baird and Syd Pollock of Tarrytown, N. the latter owning the Indianapolis Clowns. The Negro owners are Dr. J. B. Martin, Chicago; Dr. B. B. and Dr.'W. S. Martin, Memphis; Tom Hayes Jr., Birmingham, and Ernie Wright, Cleveland. The clubs play in major and minor league parks when the home teams are away.'-. .1. Dr.-'J. B. Martin called attention to the case of John Richey, Chicago catcher .signed by the San Diego Padres. "Although we could not put our hands on Richey's contract, William Starr, president of the Padres, sent me a check for a satisfactory sum," he said. It was pointed out, at the meeting, that Rickey had signed. Roy Campanella, catcher for the Baltimore Eilte Giants; John Wright, pitcher for the Washington Homestead Grays, and Don Newcombe, pitcher for the Newark Eagles. Newcombe finished his second year with the Nashua, N. H. Dodgers in the New England league last season, Wright was given his release after a trial with Montreal aAd, Three Rivers club of the Canadian-American league, Campanella served one' year with the Nashua Dodgers and last year made a creditable showing with the Montreal Royals. He will come up for a try-mil, with the Brooklyn Dodgers this spring. These men were the FEVERISHLY CR0VI1 ' - : a , victory over the Flsk Bulldogs. The Golden Tigers held a 24-17 i.dveji-tage at half-time then openrd their guns full blast to conquer, the Bulldogs. Thurs. night the Morrte Brown Purple Wolverines exploded with a volley of shots anf. walked off with a ciean-cut 68-53 verdict over the Alabama State Hornets. After trailing -early in the game the Purples went to work and put the game ixt the bag. RESULTS " ' ' . ' . Morris Brown defeated Alabama State 68-53. , Lane defeated Fort Valley, 44-41. Tuskegee defeated Fisk, 75-28. PAIRINGS FOR TODAY Morris Brown vs. winner of S. C. State-Lane Game, at 6 p. mi The winner of Tuskegpe-More-house game vs. winder of Florida and Knoxville game, at 8 p. m. eastern area. The "cream - of the crop" namely Tuskegee . Institute' Morris Brown, Knoxville College, Morehouse College, Alabama State Teachers College, South Carolina State College, Lane College, Fla. A & M College, Fort Valley State, Fisk U, Allen U, and Clark College, will be screened for tournament, play. . ' One dark horse loomed as a factor in the '48 tourney In Ft. Valley. Morehouse College may come out of its tailspin and score an upset. The Maroon Tigers after winning their first 7 games in a row hit the skids and surrendered 6 straight games. ' , , st C property of the Negro National league clubs. ? Rickey paid a reported $1,000 for Roy Partlow, pitcher on the Philadelphia Stars. He has since been released. Near the season's .end, Rickey bought the contract of Dan Bankhead pitcher on the Memphis Red Sox. He signed Sammy Gee, Detroit Negro high schopl player, last summer for one of his farm teams. - ;u ;r The St.; THiis Browns signed Willard Brown, outfielder, and Henry Thompson, infielder of the Kansas City Monarchs after conferring, with Baird. Both were dropped from the club's roster later. The Browns' move followed the signing of Larry Doby, Newark Eagles player, by William Veeck, president of the Cleveland Indians. Doby was used as an understudy at Lou Boudreau at second base. His signed, contract for the 1948 season is in the hands of the Cleveland owners. ; :i- When asked why he didn't take Rickey to court Baird answered that he would have been "on the spot." "We welcomed Jackie's ad-advancing in baseball and we would have been okay -with us have intimated that we didn't want a Negro player integrated into big time baseball. But we still believe Rickey owes us a' moral obligation. Whatever he might have offered would have been okap with us but to ignore our efforts to obtafey something for our great shortstop is preposterous." : i -vm The Negro 'American and Negro National''' league -' have - patterned their contracts after the two major league contracts,, inserting the word "Negro" wherever , necessary. "If these c&ntracts don't stand up now then the Contracts of the majors don't" is the concensus of the owners in the two Negro circuits'. ' 5 In the mean dime, 'Rickey Ignores Baird's pleas. : . ,t .,if NASHVILLE,. Tenn; -.(SNS)- Fisk had her own way with Benedict Col lege Thursday night, February 19, and defeated the visitors 67-42, while racking up her highest, score of tho season. Clicking together like a well oiled machine', the. Bulldogs held a 33-21 advantage at the half, and their barrage of tallies continued de spite frequent substitutions.' i y James Harvey with 20 points, etlA Jesse Thompson with 19, led t scoring attack for Coach Bell's f . " rftls. Benedict's honors went. Hi? Bobby Webb who split the cords f J 51 markers Tho sturMrifr -1ivs f which Daved the wav for Flsk Henderson and Herbert ' Colli I wards: TTonry Jones, center: JrfsJ guards. Fisk Wallops Benedict 67-42 h 7" y -

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