The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 11, 1941 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 11, 1941
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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 1941 BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS IP f Tl Ti /F 1 i P^ «^ '~~~~— ~ ~~ — PAGE SEA Lunsford MakesProBoxing Debut Here Toniahi I TWT ^ V "" ——• —- ™Jy»*fcr 1.1 M mM^m m mm m — .—^ I __ I _ r^v I i r- — ^ _ _ _ ~ ™ ' •—•" —-—: Burr Woods Is Foe; Don Burton Draws King Cole Passional campaign s start with Ihc blood of Burr Woods tonight when lie makes his professional''debut at the Legion Lunsford's first step down the i well-trod path of gold, gore and • glory will be his first fight over the eight-round distance. His belated entrance into professional boxing is expected to be the forerunner of a long, successful career that will plyce him in the top j ranking heavyweight list of boxers.' At least, Manager Joe Craig thinks that Jimmy will go places if he can win tonight. He will start going places if he wins, by joining the touring trope of Jack Kearns, former manager of Jack Dempsey. who with Craig owns the Lunsford contract. Burton-Cole 16 Each The night's program will .start at 8 o'clock. A battle royal, two four-round bout.s and a six-rounder between Don Burton, veteran local middleweight, and King Cole of Jackson, iMiss,, are included on the night's program of entertainment. P1NEHURST, N. C., April 11. ' UP)—National amateur champion Dick Chapman, red-hot favorite to win the list North and South amateur golf championship, meets Skip Alexander of Durham. N. C., m the feature quarter-final match today. Bill Bcbbv Cczart of Durham piays Dunkelberger, High Point, N. C.; Arthur Pomy of Detroit engages Walter Burkemo of Chicago; and Harold Williams. 21- year-old player from Tuscaloosa, Ala, squares off against Frank Strafaci. former Metropolitan and North-South open champion, in the other quarter-final pairings. , Chapman eliminated Al Dowtin, Burton and Cole will weigh in Wake Forest, 5 and 4 yesterday; at 160 pounds for the semi-windup Pomy defeated DufT McCullough' scrap, with a hard fight—a crowd- j Philadelphia, I up; Burkemo de- pleasing toe-to-toe encounter— ex-1 ^ated R. L. Pittman. Fayetteville, N - C.. G and 5; Williams eliminated Ralph Bogart, District of Columbia champion. 2-np; Cozart defeated Ray Lenahan, Providence, R. I., at the 20th; Dunkelberger beat, Grover Dillon, Jr., Raleigh, N. C.. 3 and 2; Alexander beat Guthrie Bicknell. Cleveland. 5 and 4; and Strafaci eliminated Henry Russell, Miami. 2 up. peeled to thrill the fans in this one. But most of the interest will be in the. finale between Lunsford and Woods. Twice during Jimmys success- studded amateur career the big fellow has taken decisions from Woods. Decisions that each time earned mixed boos and cheers even from partisan spectators who thought the boys well-matched and didn't a«ree upon the outcome. Admission Is 40 Cents This is their first meeting over the longer professional boiil's distance and both men have trained hard for the fray. Woods has been fighting professionally for several months, while Lunsford has been Louis-Simon Bout Assured NEW YORK, April 11 A heavyweight title match between Champion Joe Louis and Abe Simon appeared to be a virtual certainty today following a gener- training -for professional boxing j al re-shuffling .. of next month's since early this year. Lunsford' boxm § Program by Promoter Mike tried his .hand in,, the Mid-South Golden^Gibves. ;T t±iis vi R'iriter:- but lost in semi-finals after returning from training in New Jersey. He was to have opened his professional career in Florida recently, but suffered a pulled muscle in his back and came i ? C return Jacobs. ./Jacobs announced that Ken Overlin Iwill defend his world middleweight title against Billy Soose in Aladison Square Garden on May 9, a date originally reserved for home to rest. The injury appears to be htalcd now and Jimmy ha.s been drilling long and hard for the past two weeks in order to make a gco ^showing tonight and to convince Managers Craig and Kearns that he is the fellow they want to "fe in chasing- the heavy weight title from the negro titleholder. Joe Louis. Admission will be 40 cents tonight, and with perfect weather prevailing, a sellout crowd is anticipated for the first fight pro- pram of this type to be held in Blytheville for several months. Lunsford will \veigh in at 203 pounds, Woods at 195. - Simon bout. Soose and Overlin had been matched to fight on May 23. Lightweight Champion Lew Jenkins and Bob Montgomery of Philadelphia will meet in the Garden The Sports Spotlight By LAYMONI) CK17MP of tho Courier News Staff Double Exposure? Jimmy Lunsford will be heavyweight boxing champion some day. He's one of the most bruising two- fisted punchers in the heavyweight ranks today. His record includes victories 20 times by knockout and decision and only one loss. Those were .some of the statements made by dozens of local fight fans to this writer when he came to Blytheville lust December. Jimmy wont with Jack Kearns to Hackensack, N. J., soon after that and came back to fight in the Mid-South Golden Gloves competition at Memphis. He should have won the tournament's heavyweight division. We couldn't get away to watch him fight in his first two bout.s and were planning on seeing him in the finals. Jimmy lost his second Gloves try and we still haven't .seen him fight. * * •. Tonight you and you anil ycu—and this writer—will get a closeup view- of Jimmy Lunsford sis he is now. He'll ama/e you if you haven't seen him since last Christmas. The potent fists of the \>\K fellow now wave atop a vastly superior physique lhan you saw when no last fought here in 1940. Jimmy headlines the main event of Joe Craig's boxing .show—a professional show—at the Legion Hut tonirht. fighting Burrow Woods of Savannah, Tenn.. a fellow who is a capable opponent and who lost two decisions that drew boos even in Jimmy's home town of Blytheville here last year when he tangled with the big local leather- thrower. Joe Craig is the fellow who owns, with Jack Kearns, the contract of Lunsford. And Joe is confident that Jimmy is going to be heavyweight champion one of these days. Joe attended the Joe Louis- Tony Musto fight at St. Louis Tuesday night and had this to say after watching Louis in action for the first time: 'I think now that Lunsford is 100 per cent belter l^aji I thought lie was before ! saw- Louis. "And Jimmy won't have far to go to get into the contenders' class if Musto is an example of the best contender." • • « Joe's observation of the fight was that it was not so good. He thinks •Louis is not colorful, that he doesn't hit hard. Joe admits that Louis does jab and jab and jab— (and win and win and win)—but he doesn't think so much of tho negro champion. He thought Musto could have gone the full 15 rounds. He's probably indulging in wishful thinking in making up his mind about Louis. Joe hopes Jimmv Porter's Cap A Favorite In Kentucky Derby NEW YORK, April 11 <(JP) _ For the second smUglu year the West will rest Its bid for « Kentucky Derby triumph on ft py ixirlH.v composed of the fumed Hick of C. S. Howard, the .shrewd training of Silent Tom Smith and UK- surprise speed of H cheap colt who was picked off a bargain counter for little more (him the price of a load of hny. year the rode with Mloland. and he finished fourth This .season the choice i.». a bin' swashbuckling fellow mini and rounh who loves Mi s nmnc f H ]]. s Which is which really doesn't mailer, but th ihc left and he ' Marion Hopkins rd-^eck^ Springs is 1'orters Cup and if rah, . flt Churchill Downs on the eve of May ;$ this .strapping son of The Porter and The mnmir will be UIQ Hawaiian* Travel 5,000 Miles To Poke At Cleveland ers BY HARRY OKAY.SON NBA Servicu Sjiorts Editor CLEVELAND. April 11 (NEAl — It's a story \\:ieu nine Hawaiian boxers travel 5000 miles for one appearance. It is a colorful squad that Cleveland is entertaining. It is not exactly u league of nations inasmuch as all the boys are of American nationality, but in race enceslry (here is a considerable variety — Caucasian. Filipino, He nteo wns runner-up in the- nationals of 1940, and m:uh> the trip to Japan. It's tho second trip for Henry Oshiro, bantam. The most traveled member of the roster Is Frnnkic Fernandez ightweight. This is hlr, fourth trip to (he states. He lost a close decision (o Gcor.-e Toy of Cleveland, now a professional In the national final of 1939. ^ _ ^ ...._ -IA»_^VI i A i 111W ^_T ClltltlJ *|T i i * » T , ' »' " on May 16 in a 10-round, non-title 1, ge to e top? but - il wil1 b e ! journey to Cleveland. ' Chinese, Japanese and others, i The boys from the flo\very archipelago" tackle the Cleveland Golden Gloves champions. April 14. The show is for the fund of the Amateur Boxing Trainers' Association ol northeastern Ohio, which takes good care of its boys. The islanders travel in style wi'th Jack Botelho, secretary of the Hawaiin Association of the AAU, j at the New York World's Fair'. and two trainers, Sharkey Wright and Tirno Phillips. The trip is their reward for surviving the island trials, which played to 55.000 persons and $26-" 000. The Cleveland trainers take care of all expenses for the 12 days the visitors spend here. Hnwaiifms usually go to the national championships, in Boston but could not complete their tryouts in time this year. Thus the match. On May 23. Anton Chiistoforidis and Gtis Lesnevich will fight 15 rounds in the Garden. They were originally scheduled to meet on June 12. Southern League Has Close Games nnd. And if Joe Louis isn't a great champion, a two- fisted boxing machine—colorful or dull—then he's certainly fooling lots of people. And if he doesn't hit hard—then thousands of persons who've watched Louis slaughter his Bum-of-the-Mbnth club Botelho says this Ls The strongest Hawaiian team that has vis- iied the mainland, and the boys from the land of liquid sunshine took two national titles a vear Skyscraper for BUDAPEST (UP)-The ancient skyline of Budapest will be broken by n skyscraper tower reminiscent of America. Despite the war a new City Hall i s being built The new Municipal buildings have been designed by the same architect who did the Hungarian Building The brightest stars nrc rated as "minus first magnitude." colt to ealch for the $75,001) thai awaits the winner. Won Kljr 1'urscs Porter's Cnp fits rl^hl. inlo the Howard tradition. He was picked out of 1,000 others at the SarntoRn sale.s for $1,300 and he ha.-; run Unit paltry purchase price into the .substantial figure of $»:uor> And like alt the other Howard horses, he has run his fastest when Kirksey Selects Rookies OH941 HY GEORGE K1RKSEV United Press' Staff Correspondent NEW YORK. April lj. iUP)-You never can tell about a rookie you .sec him under pressure.»but if.s my guess that the approaching go a long v, ay. baseball soa-sou will produce several youngsters destined to My nominations for the rookies* L____ of the year are null i<j K/ uto, New York Yankees* tiny .shortstop, in L etct KcLser, assigned, to the cen- the AmerlcHn Leslie, and Lou | " NovtkoJl. thr? Chicago cubs' eccentric outflcldov, in the National league. Bolh will have io htistte lo .stay in front of what looks like r, the pot wns the bumper crop ol recruits. Rimi- to'.s main companion for the rookie title is likely lo come from his teammates. Jerry I'riddy and Charlie Stunceu, Johnny Lucudol- lo of the Browns. ;uul Mike Rybit (even ut :w» ami Mickey Harris of the Red Sox. VVtllrh KiuuUo Behind Novikoff in the National JtMiKuc the outstanding youngsters appear to br Pete itulser ol thc Dodjit'f.s, Lou Strhmer of thy Cubs. Walker Cooper o! (he Cardinals and Mickey Livingston of the Phillies. ;uay In- one of the ' only five of a down starts but txvo of those five were the $20,000 Washington Fiiturilv uml the $50000 Sanlu Anita Derby. The- Innky chestnut- He won I Contest younjj ball players of tho at flecadi\ Many veteran baseball men claim thr.t ihe stocky little Italian who wu.s chased out of Ebbets Field IKS more he was too .small, can cover more Mian 1« hunds he is perlmps the ; glolmc] lhan ally shortstop in tho biggest of tho derby aspirants—•'^ nme ' He lut - s ^l^ 01 '- fielding in- sl.artod hits career in'.stirring .stvlc | Stlnct uml ll riflL ' m ' m - Hc l * noL He won his first two raws in Cnll-'l" ! )OWl!I ' hitter but he Is tough fornin with lengths to ,s|«'»- before! enou ^ h u l } lhm! ilL Ln <' plate." ,7 ' '! Hi.s keystone partner. Prlddy. Ls nnlshinu ou 01 h^ il r gr ;! ml ba " PlayC1 ' :UUl Ule Uvo iuiiuik uui 01 me, or j| UJm ronl , y iShouk | l]C CQn _ wi^hinS, W r L . ,, CIM , } !* ki( ' r " cl toecthcr. They art- noing to Washington 1-uturity In clo lMl ,^ UmL . n |mk . r UlcKYll ,_' kec stadium fans, IOIIR u.sed to j.;rimt, i Heldinjj plays from Cro.s'cLtl Gor- HiKlJlnlshed far i don, Koenl*. L,,m>rl linci ol ' hci , S] and suffering an injury and Illinois Shore can third in the &ui the Hehnont Futurltv ami .slnnd Chiunpngne Slakes in New " York. G«>od in U'iitter Italics But like all Howard horses, he reached his peak over thc winter. At " Although he has come Charlie; Stanmi, Yankee pitcher from Kansas City, appears to nave what it takes. Johnnv slowly, rookie ier field berth, as the greatest thing that's come along in years The kid certainly has speed and fun hit. But Novikoff is likely to m-ove a sensation as a distance hitter. He has power and. while he may be tooled on sucker pitches he is likely to hit the same pitch right out of thc ball yard the next time it's .served to him. Novikoff's keenest rival for the National League rookie title may bo his teammate, Lou Stringer, who trmpovnrSly has won the Cubs' -ho Us top Job while Billy, Myers is rix.'overlnjj from a minor operation. Walker Cooper, the Cards' husky catcher, is coming so h» mav be the club's No. l catcher by June 1. Mickey Livingston, who was tossed into the Higbe deal by thc Dodgers, is also threaten- in^ to become thc first .string catcher on his club, the phil.s. Alaska comprises an urea nearly one-fifth that of the continental United States, with 590,384 square miles. the grounds. In four starts „ horses of his own age he Wish fid first twice, second once and third once. In the Santa Anita derby hi- handcuffed a strong field by "four lengths in the mud and never nave the opposition the slightest chance. Rend Courier News want ucis Nearly all the boys are from the sugar nnd pineapple plantations. Don Burton will officiate in the! for ihc main event. Judges will be City [ opening BY UNITED All the home teams the 33.790 fans who turned out won Clerk Frank Whitworth and Laymond Crump of the Courier News, State Athletic Commission Inspector Neill Reed announced today. Association's jamc.s Thursday had plenty to cheer about as 9th inning rallies provided winnin margins in two games. The total attendance figures for the circuit a.s a whole were, dis- , . . appointing although considerably Laboratory tests .show that hu- ! above the 27.259 of a vear a''o man speech is marie up entirely of I when rain held down the crowds. buzzes and hisses. Keeps Tob Atlanta's big Ponce de Leon park. jammed with the biiraesi ( crowd—14,337. Chattanooga pull- j rd in 10.286 lo .see the "Lookouts \ whip Nashville, Birmingham had ' 6.432 but New Orleans counted only 2.735. Chattanooga defeated Nashville j •! to 3. Atlanta whipped Knoxvillc >5 to 2. Birmingham rallied in the, i last, inning to take a slugfest from I Memphis 10 io 9. and New Or- j leans beat Little Rock. 2 to 1 members need their eyes examined.! Hawaii has a.good heavyweight Joe Craig is entitled to his own | but he is in the navy and could j opinion of thc fight and of Louis.! not get away from maneuvers. So ' But you have to give credence to the islands sent two feather- rad;o and newspaper accounts of weights and two middleweight* — the right, and all said that Mr. \ nine in all, instead of eight due Musto was jabbed—and that he was ! to close decisions, in pretty bad shape when the' Gilbert Lowcnstcin. ihe li"ht,- roferce stopped the fight. i heavyweight leader, hails from the ¥ ' " i army post at Schoficld. ^hh^fn 0 ^ 1 ;^ 01 '' 1 -,^ 11 ° an Pcrha P s ^c classiest boxer o! I opjoncnt for 0 "" against j lhf : Hawa »a» personnel i.s the fly- II ^l 1 ^ 1 HuL * , This'is hbTcon'd D jaunt To™'' ' ~ | '«amlnnd. Johnny Manalo, nn- Kcn-j other Hawaiian, defeated him in j M. Y., thi* final for the nntioiuil rham- i roads, ; pionship last yetu. He toured Jap- ! ; an rings last lail. It's ihc se-::ond trip to the .states for Yasutake. the leather. but he definitely is one of 19-ll's finest younyslm. Mike Ryba. who bounced around the Cardinal chain .so lonjj, is likely to be the ac.' ol the Red Sox staff and Mickey Harris, the little ktthtind- cr, may be rl«hL behind him. Stringer Should Star The Dodyers urc hailini; yotmy FRENCH ACROBAT, WALKEOA TJGMT ROPE ACRo/r NIAGARA BUND FOIDED,ONCEINA SACK, AND AGAIN STILTS ' HJGHT1ME FDR ^M OIL CHANGE Pull an EASTER BUNNY out of your hat! are no of all avenues. boulevards and places. Read Courier News want ads season i year - Good Business! CORAL GABL&S. Fla.. April H \ i UP) — Tne total pari-mutuel plav for Florida's turf j swelled to $43.042.398 this j in its history. i Betting at the Tropical and Hia- Icah Park traclts was 51,259,522 more this season than during thc previous one and ihc imituei play during thc 34-day spring meeting at Tropical — boosted by $405,656 waged on yesterday's final eight race card to a total of j S12.984.439 — wa.s responsible for the new record. Golf Meet Starts ATHENS. Ga.. April U (UP) ~ Mdtch play in the championship i nights of thc Southern Intercoilcg- j »ate golf tuornament began here today and will be completed to- i morrow. In thc qualifying round yesterday. Earl Stewart, of Louisiana keeps track of training actjvitio;; and playing progress of touring St. Louis Cardinals. The golf team from thc University of Georgia captured the team prize in medal play. M/LDEB BOURBON Whether he's Five or fifty, now's thc time to make sure he'll do yobi proud, come Easter Day! A new suit, perhaps . . . certainly a new hat to tip (.0 spring! And this is the year Dad gets a smart lightweight overcoat. . . . Bill Juniors demanding "long- ie,s." .... Even Sonny is disdainful of romper suits and ready for man-style clothes, bless his heart! But before you start off on that shopping tour, read thc advertising pages of this newspaper. You'll find them sparkling with latest style news and good buys Alert merchants choose their best values and most attractive wares for display in the miniature shop- windows which are the advertisements. From shoe>s to cigarette case (Sisters Easter gift to her B.F M you'll be able to outfit the men of the house smartlv and economically. Ve.s, time and money saving is possible these busy pre-Kaster days, if you read the advertisements first! - . . Try a little Easter shopping magic, this year!

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