The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 14, 1941 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 14, 1941
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVTU.E, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS President Tosses First Ball-Baseball Season MONDAY, APRIL 14, 1941 Washington Opposes Yankees Today; All Teams Play Tuesday BY FRED HALl.r.V UnHcd I'rr^s Staff Correspond^ni WASHINGTON., April M. (U! 1 )—President Roosevelt breaks another record today when, for the eighth time, he tosses out the first hall of the major league baseball season. No other president has ever eonu- dose to such a reconi .since the tradition was started in I!U2 by President Tuft. The presidential pitch, expected•*• . to be witnessed by .same 35,000 fans, j will be made from the bunting- /, draped While box in Grit- ! nth Stadium and will top off UK- i The Sports Spotlight By LAYMOND CHUMP of the Courier News Stall Cubs' Two Lou-Lous "Play Ball! Diamond Season Starts Today Whitley N<>.]3; Notes Texan Friday In Night -Rounder Jimmy Lunsford. B!yt.hc-vilh'i hravywriyht boxing star, will hesul- :lic Legion Hut here Friday nighi, Promolcr Joe Crai» announced to- Lunsford. \vho opened his pro- ft-sshnuil career hist Friday with ;i technical knockout, in the .sixth round over Burr Woods of Savannah. Tenn.. will fight Cowboy Free! Gmra.s. 195-pound, six-loot, one- inch, heavyweight from Houston, Tex. Gretigs knocked out Woods three weeks a»o in the fourth lound al Milan. Tenn. The flight will be over the eight- round distance. On ilu- program will be a six- rounder between Don Burton. Blytheville middleweight, and Jack Snellgrove o!' Milan; u four-vound- rr between Popeye McNeil of Ar- mcrel. welterweight, and Spencer Utley of Jack.son. Tenn.. and a second four-round bout, between Jay Pullam, Hayti lightweight, and Bob Pierce. A negro battle royal will open the card. ceremonies before the "curtain raiser" game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators. The other 14 dubs do not go into action until tomorrow. * Cloudy and warm weather wa.s !in(1 ;i pnilessiona) boxing card at predicted against a backdrop of the world at war. Some of the players on the field soon, may change their baseball uniforms for outfits of one of the armed services. The Nats' third baseman. Buddy Lewis, and Rookie Shortstop Phil Rizzuto of the Yanks now are awaiting word from their local draft.boards. FDR in Good Condition The New Yorkers ruled a 7-5 favorite with left-handed Marius Russo on the mound. He will be faced by the Senators' veteran kmickle-baller Dutch Leonard. Mr. Roosevelt won the right to today's featured hurling assignment last November when he won over rookie Wendell L. Willkie at the ballot boxes. His toss today is expected to surpass the "high hard one" of last year that barely cleared the railing 10 feet in front of his box. Owner Clark Griffith of the Senators, who "scouted" his star performer at the White House last week, said he had been advised that the stout, right arm had been .strengthened considerably by a lot of wishing and training cruise off the Florida coast recently. This would have been the president's ninth consecutive opener except for the fact that he personally interrupted the string a couple of - _„ ., years back and sent relief hurler high school track and field meet Jack . Garner to the presidential!^ 11 be held at Hayti Thursday box. Texas Jack since has retired j a "d Friday, with Jack Hopke of from the Washington scene. i Caruthersville and Carl Hughes of The fans will miss "Cactus Jack." j Cooler conducting the contests. His big cigar always laid down a j Harold S. Jones, county superin- smoke screen as he led the band' tendent, will present medals and from home plate to center field for i trophies to winners, the flag raising ceremony. Vicej Five schools will compete, includ- President Henry A. Wallace who in g Wnrdell, Bragg City, Deering. replaces him doesn't smoke, but Hayti and Braggadocio. Caruthers- his fans claim he can keep step—, ville dees not participate in track something Garner had difficulty in ( Hayti Ls defending sweepstakes doing. " , champion, having won the meet I last, year with 57 5-6 points. Owen i Starnes. Hayti. was high point 1 man last year with 19 Opening Gamesl Two new counfc y mark * ^ ! set last year, one by Wright of - NEW YORK. April 14 iUP)-1 f ^ wh ° hUrled the disCUS 118 Opening day baseball .schedules for f'n,? u^t-^ 5 ' a ? d L , he ,° ther by the Hayti 880-yard relay team CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.. April 14 — The annual Pemiscot county today and tomorrow: AMERICAN LEAGUE Today New York at Washington. Tomorrow Philadelphia at New York. Washington at Boston. Chicago at Cleveland. Detroit at St. Louis. NATIONAL LEAGUE Tomorrow New York at Brooklyn. St. Louis at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh at Chicago. Boston at Philadelphia. which covered the distance in minute and 38 seconds. The team • was composed of Stares. Williams. ' Lenta and Gillis. Giants Honored By Cadet Corps WEST POINT. N. Y ,\n r il 14 ' -MVJU *••» j Corps before the National League j club takes the field against Army's i baseball team for (he 12th exhibition game of their series. The trophy will be awarded to the Giants — who began playing Army in 1914 — a* a token of the friendly relations between the Major Leagues and the Military Academy. Brig. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger. superintendent of the Academy, will make the presentation. The game will be played at Doubleday Field, named in honor of Abner Doubleday. , at the . . * i - •—- -^* «_xwv»-j«v,vn.l», »A 1_*IU*. C ' U t till j—A plaque will be presented i Academy from 1838-42 and gener- ne New York Giants today on l ally credited with havin°- invented i" ot the West Point Cadet ' baseball. Mare At Work ~ President Roosevelt mljoumecl i lie "Battle of Britain" today to officiate at the 1941 opening 1 of the "Battle of Baseballs." The thief executive of these United States threw out the. first baseball us the New York Yankees invaded Washington for a one-day head >;ia/i on other clubs. Tomorrow will be a big day for an eslinmecl '21)0,000 fans who are expected to pack major league ball parks of the nation for the official MUri, of ho.stilitie.-i of both the National and American League races. Ituscbull is Ammea's O\VM national pastime. Until the leaves begin fulling* in September the players of do/ens of minor leugue fains and the majors, loo. will fifjht tin- "Hattie of llasob;il!s. M Play ball! •I- •' * Odds and ends and why is it that Lefty Byron Morse is so tough to beat at golf? The golf course is in perfect condition and really looks pretty, .so you golfers who haven't tried your shots yet. lire missing out spring days. Blytheville probably will not have a softball league because there's no place to play. It's too bad, because there seems to be no lack of fellows who want to play the game. However, Marshall Blacktirci is going to have an independent team that is open for games with ANY team in this vicinity, Arkansas and Missouri included. Contact him at 3Mi or in care of this column. * * Hank Crisp, lino coach and basketball mentor at the University of Georgia, wa.s a visitor lo IMythcvillc last week. . . . "It's a fraineup," says diminutive Joe Whitley. Blytheville sports-lover who has just assumed the post of state game warden for Mississippi county. The reason: He was assigned BADGE NO. 13! An ex-Chickasaw Boxing Club member. Billie Thompson, now is Private First Class Thompson at Fort Benning. Ga. . . . He's a parachutist for the United States; Army, with Headquarters Co.. 501st Parachute Bn., Lawson Field, Fort Benning. . . . Billie writes that he's now a radio operator as well ns a parachutist, and asks that his friends be told of his address. . . * * * Nearly spotlight news: Lou Novikoff uses a 37-ounce bat and we're predicting a great year for him— if the writers will quit trying to make him another Dizzy Dean. Lou is eccentric at times, 'but we knew him for a year and he's not a pop-off or a clown on the ball field-. We knew Dizzy Dean all last year and he's all business out there, too. if you'll take our word for it. ' He may do the Cubs some good this year. too. Glenn Cunningham will miss the Kansas Relays Saturday for the first time in 10 years and the Relays will miss 5iim . . . Greg Rice. Waller Mehl. John Munski and Ray Harris, whose legs are spryer than Cunningham's more aged pins, will be featured this year . . . Frank Kovacs. the clowning national tennis championship contender, says he will enlist in the army next fall: "After I win the national singles championship." . . . Modest, isn't he? Joe DiMaggio will be in the '-starting lineup for the Yankees today for the first time, if mem- j ory serves correctly, since he be- jtnme a big leaguer . . . Every 1 other year he either has been a holdout or on the injured list . it's good to see him start the season at the season's start for u change. I.on Nuvikofl', Iffl, and Lou Stringer. Chicago Cub rookies are expected to fight it out for the title of "Rookie of the Year" in major Ipague baseball this year, se<> their first major/ league scrvic-e Tuesday against Pittsburgh's Pirates at Chicago. Doyle Issues Prices For Majors' Pennant Chases COUXC1LMAX DORAIS DETROIT — GILS Dorais. Notre Dame football mate of Knute Rockne. rushes from his job a.s Detroit city councilman to spring football practice at Detroit University, where he i.s head coach. BY GEORGE KIKKSEY \ United Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, April 15 (UP) — j The world champion Cincinnati ' Reds and the rebuilt New York Yankees were made betting favorites in the major league pennant- i races today by Jack Doyle, oracle j of Broadway who has been making : the official baseball prices for the j past 30 years. ' ( Five will get you seven if you i think the Yanks will win, but five will get you only six if you like the Reds to win their third straight pennant. Waiting until the day before I the season's grand opening to an- ' nounce his prices. Doyle emphasized that the 1941 pennant races were fraught with more uncertainties, doubts and question marks •than any in h'is memory. Many Factors Involved j "I waited until the last possible minute to announce my prices," said Doyle. "I even considered not quoting any prices this year. First, ! who knows' how hard the draft is goin to hit baseball. Before the vear's out we may see some of our "leading stars in the army camps with a rifle on their shoulder in- : stead of a- bat. In making- the Yanks favorites ! Doyle admitted that he originally: had the Indians co-favorites but shifted at the last minute, dropping Cleveland to a 3-2. Thus the Yanks are 14-10 and the Indians 15-10. The Tigers arc third choices at 4-1. The Yanks have "plenty of question marks." Doyle said. "Friday and Rimito have to prove they are a.s good a.s they are touted. Dickey has to stage a comeback and the young pitchers have to come around. "Cleveland has the pitching. I figure Feller. Milnar and Harder good for 50 to 55 games. That's quite a start toward a pennant. I place Bouclreau at short on a pedestal but T am not so sure about Mack. The Indians could use more hitting, i Red's Pitching* Best "Everything; depends on Green- j berg with the Tigers. If lie ijoes I to the army, you can count Detroit out of it. However, they have power ad they may be old but they're smart. The Red Sox are the same as always. Thev have I the punch but their pitching is a scrambled affair. i In the national league the Dodgers are quoted ns second choice behind the Reds at 9-5. The Cardinals are third choice at 4-1 and the Cubs and Pirates next m $.\ "I give the Reds top spot because the've won two pennants and have solid pitching." said Doyle. "Walters, Derringer and Thompson are good for 55 games, maybe 60. Tiieir pitching is good beyond their big three too. I must take McKechnie's word that Joost can handle shortstop. I expect Gleeson. an under-rate ball player, to help too. "Brooklyn is a dangerous 'threat but I am not so sold on Higbe. He's got to prove to me he can win fro a pennant contender. And Medwick still is a question mark. When the Cards dump a ball player, they seldom amount to much. The Cards are an unknown quantity but they have possibilities and they have the punch. The Pirates lack the pitching. The Cubs might be better than rated. I can't see the Giants as they are set up now." Jack Doyle's Pennant Odds NEW YORK. April 14. <UP> — Jack Doyle. Broadway betting commissioner, quotes the following odds on the pennant races: AMERICAN LEAGUE Team 1st 2nd New York 7-5 Cleveland 3-2 Detroit 4_-i Boston 7-i Chicago 12-1 St. Louis ..':.. Washington . .. Philadelphia GO-1 20-1 10-1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Team Cincinnati Brooklyn St. Louis Chicago Pittsburgh New York Boston Philadelphia . Kentucky Derby Becomes Seven Horse Affair BY JACK GUENTHER United Press Staff Correspondent. NEW YORK, April H (UP) For the edification of clients who back their hunches with cash a« well a.s comment it may be reported today that the 1941 Kentucky Derby has .settled into a seven- horse race — although three or lour other hopefuls can add their names to the dwindling list by .sunset. What .started out just a month ago as a completely open contest as .steadily narrowed down until it verges on becoming a closed cor"- poratmn. At least n thoroughbreds are definitely out siv more are doubtful and another 30 have not been reported at all. The various factors .sum up to an obvious conclusion thai the eventful .starting field will be a small one Rated on the future book the .seven currently regarded as certain factors in the May 3 classic are Kmg Ranch's Dispose. Calumet Farm's Whirlaway. Ogden Phipp's King Cole. C. S. Howard's Porter's Cape. Coldstream Stable's Curious Coin, Wheatley Stable's Bold Irishman and Woodvale Farm's Our BooLs. They rank more or less in the order named, although it is changin daily. The new names in the group are those of KiiiR Cole and Bold. Irishman, who both are trained by Sunny Jim Pitzsimmons. The former impressed all observers over the week-end when he won the Pau- monok Handicap at Jamaica from 10 older horses by more than three lengths, eased up. The latter hasn't, been out yet this year but reports from Aqueduct say he's the best of the lot. Dispose and Whirlav/ay are co- favorites at 4-1. with King: Cole, Porter's Cap and Curious Coin at 6-2 with our Boots. Bold Irishman is the highest of the lot ai 8-1, but is not expected to remain there after he runs for the first time this week. Behind the select circle the prices still range up to the ridiculous figure of 1000-1. Angel Meets Carlos Rodriguez Tonight The Angel. New York ruffian who has changed his appearance ana his title since his trip to Blyineville, will tie up with Mexican Carlos Rodriguez, who hasn't changed a bit. in Promoter Mike Meroney'.s main event match on the weekly • professional wrest ling prop 3 rnm nt the Legion Hut tonight. Formerly billed as the Irish* Angel and wresiling while wearin w faniasLiC'-looking side-whiskers, the wild easterner will be hero tonight with a clean shaven hicr-, billed merely as ''Tim Angel." Hodriqwx, who never ha;; met I \ the bald Angel here, \vill pit hisj ' rough-and-tumble style of mai \vork against the "bear hug" of the Angel, and it's no more than fair to warn fans that a .stormy evening i.s m .store for both fellow:;, both of whom like to .slug, kick and bite | and are capable of a yood battle jof fisticuffs against any opponent. The expected brawl will go on j immediately after (he opening match, .scheduled to start at 8:15 o'clock, ends. Its participants are Wild Red Roberts of Little Rock and Jack Curtis of Vicksburg. MLs.s.. one of the year's best "finds" of : Promoter Meroney in crowd-pleas- I ins. capable workmen. | Roberts has been away from the local arena for .several weeks and may find difficulty when he stalls j his rough tactics on Curtis. Curtis has been winning handily over some of the toughest opposition to appear here. He is a clever wrestler and on occasion can handle his fists lo good advantage. Tickets will be on saie at the Greyhound Bus Station G o'clock, when they will be moved to the Hut. MAT MONAKCHS BACK STILL WATER. Okla. — Four wrestlers who won ••championships in the national collegiate meet to f.» Oklahoma A & M its 12th title 1 be back in .school m-.xi BEFORE YOU BUY See Our Line of Air Conditioned Refrigerators CITY ICE CO. North ii'way 01 Phone 2 APPROVED ALFALFA Read Courier News want ads Werf Ootomcfrist "HE MAKES 'EM SEE" Over Joe Isaacs' Store Phone 540 Lespedeza and Beans and Peas of Various Variety Also Car of STONEVILLE Pedigreed 2-B and 4-B L. R. Hattfiews lin Oo. Phonp 403-TV-2 Yarbro, Ark. Seniors Win 12-0 CARUTHERSVILLE. Mo. April 14 — The 1941 high school foot- b-il! team was defeated 12-0 by the Seniors here Friday afternoon, both touchdowns being scored in the second half, the first by D. J. Meredith and the second by Van Johnson. Jr. Meredith advanced the ball from near midfield on successive line plunges to score, while Johnson skirted right end to make his tally. Two hundred spectators witnessed the game, an annual feature of ' the school activity program. ! BADMINTON PLAYERS CHANGE POSITION THAN THOSE 100-1 40-1 20-1 CHANGE OIL RIGHT NOW/ DEMAND EIGHT IN MID-ATLANTIC AKRON — The Middle Atlantic Baseball league opens May l a.s an eight-club circuit instead of six. New teams represent Zane.s- ville, O.. and Erie. Read Courier News want K E Y S T 0 N E Field & Bulk ' GARDEN SEEDS BABY CHICKS Pl'RINA FEEDS POULTRY LK.AshcraftCo. 112 E. Main Phone 154 BLUB RIKBON Tractors & Equipment AU, GUARANTEED DELTA Implements, Inc. SIX OUT OF TKN PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State College won the Pacific > Coast Conference boxing championship for the .sixth time in ten years. SOYBEAN SEED Price Our Seed Beans at Lee Wilson Co. with New York Giants after 20 veir* Chicago Cubs-the last two and a half as manager, .till ,keT healthy swing at 40. Old Tomato Pace says he is readv to catch m games for Polo Grounders. WRESTLING CARLOS RODR1QUEZ Vs. THE ANGEL JACK CURTIS Vs. RED ROBERTS 2 out of 3 Falls—!)0 minute Time Limit AMERICAN LEGION HUT—8:15 P. M. Wilson. Ark. Osceola Implement Co. Osceola, Ark. Keiser Supply Co. Kciscr, Ark. Idaho Grocery Co. Bossett, Ark. Martin Robinson Special Representative of Kahn Tailoring Co. of Indianapolis Will Be At Our Store Today and Tuesday, April 14 & 15 With a Special Showing of Fine New Suitings Made-to-Order Are you hard to (it: (all. .short, slim, stout—or are you just average? In any ease it's worth your while tu be measured by this expert titter and i^et clothes that (it perfectly. He\vill show you hundreds of yard-Ienjrlh samples (large enough to give you a real idea of their appearance when tailored) of the smartest new woolens and worsteds, and will assist' you in selecting; the color, pattern and style that will look best on you. i BE MEASURED DURING THIS EVENT IMMEDIATE OK FUTURE HELIVEKY GET OUR PRICE ON SEED OF ALL KIND ALL VARIETIES OF SEED CORN D.P.L. NO. 12 REGISTERED COTTON SEED FUNKS HYBRID SEED CORN (We Recommend Funks No. 21-1) SOYBEANS OF ALL KINDS NEW and USE HORSE DRAWN. E NEW & USED FARMALL TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT ALL KINDS OF FARM HARDWARE Lee Wilson ARMOREL, ARK,

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