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BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY APRIL 2, 1954 "* IT FIGURES WEIGHT .160 ft*. SETACK ; ..70" CHE$T (Norm) Won....55 Losi 5 Morning Odds Find a 2-1 Favorite .-.» By JERRY LISKA CHICAGO (AP) — Two world boxing champions, Carl (Bobo) Olson of San Francisco and Kid Gavilan of Cuba, will battle 15 rounds or less for Olson's five-month-old middle weight crown at the Chicago btadmm tonight. The nation's TV fans, except in blacked-out Chicago and a 100-mile area, will watch (on NBC) the favored Olson, 25, make his first title defense against welterweight champion Gavilan, 28. ABC radio will broadcast. 2-1 at Noon Starting time is 10 p.m., EST. Odds hovered around 2-1 in Olson's favor before the noon weigh-in, at which Bobo was expected to outweigh Gavilan by six pounds, 159 to 153. This is the first bout between two reigning champions since the now - retired middleweight king Sugar Ray Robinson failed to dethrone the then light heavy champ Joey Maxim in New York June 25, 1-952. 17,000 Due The International Boxing Club, which billed the scrap as "the best f4ght ki the world," admitted it would tafee a last-minute rush at the box office to reach a goal of $360,000 gross from a capacity 19,400 paid. It appeared likely the fight would lure about 17,500 paying some '320.000, sweetened by $100,000 from the TV rights. $119,000 for Bobo Olson gets 35 per cent of the net gate and TV money, about a $119,000 pay day. against Gavilan's 36 per cent .for around $85,000. A torrid pace is expected in the meeting of the balding, tattooed Olson against the cocky Gavilan, who has had almost twice as many pro fights as. Bobo, 115 to 60. It'll be Olson, a busy, flailing crowder, against a crafty, skinny - legged slasher. To Abandon Welters Olson won the middleweight title vacated by Robinson when he whipped England's Randy Turpin at New York last Oct. 21. He since has had one fight, knocking out Joe Rindone at San Francisco Jan. 23 in a nontitle bout. Gavilan has held the welter title since he won a 15-round decision over Johnny Bratton. Gavilan would have to abandon the 147-pound title if he dereats Olson tonight. In the past few of his seven 147-pound defenses, he had great trouble making that weight. Gavilan and Olson: Two Tough Boys By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN CHICAGO (AP) — Gerardo Gonzales, better known as Kid Gavilan, and Carl (Bobo) Olson are graduates from the school of hard knocks. Gavilan, the welterweight champion, has earned nearly one million dollars in the ring since he turned pro at the age of 17 in 1943. Olson, at 25, has had several big paydays since he started professional boxing in 1945 and his biggest-about $119,000 will be his cut for defending his five-months-ould middleweight title against Gavilan tonight. Gavilan's rise to a national hero of his native Cuba and the toast of the boxing world is one of the trade's greatest rags-to-riches stories. Worked in Fields He was born cf humble parentage on the little isle of Camaguey, off the coast of Cuba, where his parents were sugar cane cutters on a large plantation. Before he was 10. Gavilan worked beside them in the fields. At 12. the kid was a full fledged 70-pounder, and entered an ania- ,eur boxing match near the planta- ;ion. Ke won, but when he returned home late that night he got the icking of his life, from his mother. One Sandwich se-Hawaiian mother, now makes his home in San Francisco. He is the father of three children. Bobo has gone by this nickname since a tyke of two when one of his young sisters could only say "Bobo" instead of "brother." Homesick? In Chicago he has acted as if he were deeply homesick for his San Francisco ranch family as he intensely and methodically went through his daily routine of workouts. Boxing came naturally to Bobo who recalls he was always fighting the young toughs In his Honolulu neighborhood. As a youngster he worked on a ranch and had thoughts of becoming a jockey. He was a good swimmer and football player in high school. His father, now a federal narcotics agent in Honolulu, encouraged his ring career. The story goes that one toughening- up exercise the father prescribed for his son was to lift a The story goes that the young- 53-pound block of cement, daily, ster ;vas so enthralled by boxing. ,hat he walked seven miles to a ittle town of Paleseco to enter another fight, he helped put up the ring and then went in and won. His meal for the day had been ne sandwich. His first manager was Fernando Palido. who owned a candy shop in Havana called El Gavalin (the Hawk\ from then on. Gerardo Gonales was known as Kid Gavilan. Father of Three He is the father of three, a young son and two daughters, one of whom was born last week. Olson, born in Honolulu of a Swedish—American father and Portuge- The father tied a rope around the block, and young Olson yanked it up with his teeth. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston—Sandy Saddler, 133, New York, stopped Augie Salazar, 139Vi, Oakland, Calif. 7 (non-title). Portland. Maine—George Araujo. 139, Providence, stopped Jacques Julien, 143, Paris. 3. Hutchinson, Kan. — Bobby Buckle. 138. Topeka. stopped Don Smith, 138, Wichita, 4. Arkansas Sportettes AIC Subsidy Plan Is Hit By Ozarks New Foul Rule Figures To Favor Control By CARL BELL Associated Press Sport* Writer It's generally accepted that the larger, richer colleges can make the most of subsidizing athletes. They can outbid the little fellows for any one boy and can award a greater number of scholarships and other types of financial grants. So it comes as something of a surprise that a relaxation of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference's stringent ban on athletic subsidies is being proposed by the College of the Ozarks, the league's tiniest member. Will Step Up Ozark will step up at the AIC meeting in Little Rock April 1.0 to ask amendment of two sections of the bylaws. The first proposal would substitute for the AIC's stronger prohibition the widely publicized "Criteria F" of the North Central Association, the collegiate accrediting organization. Discrimination Ozarks' Athletic Director Frank Koon explains the difference this way: "Under the North Central regulation a boy who qualifies academically for a scholarship will not be denied one just because he 1$ an athlete. The AIC rules now prohibit a student obtaining an academic scholarship if he's an athlete. That is discrimination against athletes." Okarzs' second proposal also is aimed at what Koon describes as discrimination. It would eliminate altogether a limit on the total amount of money a member school may pay athletes who work for the school. Others Unlimited There's no limit on the money ,hat may be paid other students 'or such work, but only $3,600 a year may go to athletes. "We have been paying our students 35 cents an hour for student abor at Ozarks," says Koon. "At this rate, we have been able to ive about 17 athletes full time work. Next fall we will go up to 75 cents an hour, which will enable only 7 or 8 athletes to work f we are held to the $3,600 restriction." HONEST—Billy Brown uses all of his strength to lift this 38-pound channel bass, caught off Hatteras, N.C., one of the season's first to be landed with rod and reeL (NEA) Kansas Team After Records This is just a thought in passing. It has occurred to us that if it's wrong to give a boy a scholarship 'or playing football, maybe it's also wrong for the colleges to charge admission for a game that boy plays. Basketball's new free throw rule probably will be the most success- ul of many attempts to reduce ouling by legislation. It also is ikely to increase the principal drawback to the game—the dependence ment. upon the officials' judge- Free One Important The new rule will give a second his first one on "common" fouls— hat is. fouls committed when the /ictim is not in the act of shooting, n the past season, a second shot vas awarded only when the offended player missed his first one. Two shots will still be awarded o a player fouled while shooting, egardless of whether he makes the irst one. Obviously, more games will be ecided by free throws next year Sports Roundup— One Vote for the Cuban Hawk By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — If one may judge by everything he has heard between here and Florida, tonight's middleweight title fight at Chicago between Bobo Olson and Kid Gavilan is going to have the greatest television audience in history outside the heavyweight ranks, and it might be fairly close there. nd John Rauth of Arkansas State gree that the new rule will favor the teams using the slow break or ball control system. There were those who suspected that Texas A&M Football Coach Bear Bryant planned some recruiting activity in Arkansas when he hired Southern State's Elmer Smith as an assistant. Sure enough, Smith has notified friends that he'll be visiting his home state soon. At every gathering we have been \ cago, where he ic perhaps least in around the baseball training! popular of all. unless he had been \ camps for several weeks the question of the probable winner has eventually a risen, and a considerable number of man-to-man bets have been made in our presence, all at even money. We have not heard a supporter jf the challenger, ask for odds. Those who like the -Cuban Hawk just like him, and the hell with the pounds he's giving away. Lacks Class We happen to have been one of this group, dating back to well before the match .was made. We gained a great deal of respect for Olson the night he beat Randy Turpin for the crown at Madison Square Garden, but simply have the feeling he lacks the class to cope with Gavilan's brilliance for 15 rounds. The Cuban figures to . win by a decision. At numerous times during Gavilan's career, it has been necessary to temper one's enthusiasm for 'his particular form of art. He has had a -disconcerting habit of fighting only when he felt like it, or only good enough to win. This has not won him great popularity, but it has earned him a lot of money. Tonight will be different. This is the one where the Keed figures to turn it on as he never did before, even In his bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson. He knew that nobody his size could whip Robinson. He has no-such feeling about Olson. He dead certain in his own mind that here was a man made to order for him. By championship standards, neither of tonight's principals is a very heavy puncher. The chances of a knockout, except possibly of the technical variety, are not much. Each has long since proved h ; ability to take a clout on the chin. Though he has shown he can beat an opponent into helplessness with his ceaseless two-fisted attack, Olson ha snot stunned men of Gavilan's caliber with a single blow. would never have gone into Chi- the next day." Doby Will Try To Forget FORT WORTH. Tex. W—Cleveland's Larry Doby, whose batting average has been skidding for four years, said today he was going to stop "taking the game home with me." Doby, who ended last season with a .263 after hitting .326 in 1950. declared that 'all these years I've been eating, drinking and sleeping baseball. 1 think this has been'my trouble. It's made me too intense about the game." He added that this year he and his wife are going out more and promised that after each game he is going to forget baseball "until Midwest Keglers In Prominence SEATTLE (.?)—A sharply revised in the American Bowling Congress championsships today as a result of some high class kegling by Midwest entrants yesterday. All disvisions except booster —• which was inactive — saw new names inserted freely in their top- 10 ladders. The final assaults on the listings were made by Fort Wayne, Ind.. and Cleveland teams which broke into the open team division standings. The Worthman home builders of Fort Wayne racked up a 2906 series for sixth place in the open team rankings while the King Louie Shirts of Cleveland climbed to the eighth position on the strength of a 2897 pin fall. Great Konno Will Get His Toughest Test NEW HAVEN, Conn. '.?*—Dynamic Ford Konno. Ohio State's great ace from Hawaii, faces his biggest test today in his goal to score a list of leaders greeted participants j tri P le in the National AAU Men's Indoor Swimming Championships in Yale's pool. Konno, 21, won the 1,500-meter grind last night with the greatest of ease. He seeks the 220-yard free-style title today, but to do so he'll have to lick Michigan's Jack Wardrop. Wardrop, a Scot, pulled the upset of the year by defeating Konno over this, distance in the NCAA meet at Syracuse. N. Y., last week. CSL to Abide By New Ruling GREENVILLE. Miss. !.?i — The Class C Cotton States League will obey a new rule requiring'playors to remove their gloves from i.he field each half inning,, i;;;!,^league directors decide otherwise, ! said President Emmet Harty here i yesterday. j American ana Texas League i clubs say they will not enforce the ' ruling, but President Charles Hurth of the Southern Association has instructed his umpires to abide by the law. The rule is a reversal of a b:<sc- , _ - . i"H tradition of leavinp friovfs O n I 3 the field while a team js at bat. Led by Santee, They're Favored in Texas Relays at Austin By HAROLD V. RATLIFF AUSTIN. Tex.. Ml — Kansas hard-running Jayhawks go after a world's record that will be recognized today as they whip through the featured event of the opening Texas Relays session—the sprint medley. Cocky Wes Santee, the lad who sparked four relay teams to victory in the big tack and field carnival here last season, will be running the anchor half-mile lap and Frank Cindrich, one of the fellows who helped him better the world record with a time of 3:21.8, again is on the team. Not Recognized The time last year was nine- tenths of a second under the mark se tby New York University in 1950 but it hasn't been recognized as a record and. may never be. There was some question at the time on the way the relay members ran. But Kansas could well break the record again today as the Jay- hawks participate in one of nine finals events on the opening sce- dule of the first major outdoor relays carnival of the season. The Jayhawks and host Texas are expected to battle it out for the most championships with Kansas dominating the distance events and Texas the sprints. Oklahoma A&M also is considered a threat to titles and records in the distance relays with its great Fredrik Eckhoff, Sture Landquist and Bill Heard. More than 1200 athletes streamed into Austin for the start of the relays this afternoon. There are 20 teams in the star-spangled university division. Arkansas on Hand They are Arkansas, Baylor, Drake, Hardin-Simmons. Houston, Kansas State. Kansas, Marquette, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma A&M, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Texas and Wichita. The sprint medley relay will be run off in all classes this afternoon along with the university distance medley; the 3,000-meter run, in which Eckhoff is defending champion and record-holder with a time of 8:35.1, and the university-college broad jump and javelin throw. Finals in most other events will be tomorrow afternoon. Records Expected At^least a dozen records are expected to be established, with Kansas a threat in four relays, all of Topping Blazes Away At Yanks' Complacency By ORLO ROBERTSON AP Sports Writer Co-owner Dan Topping let loose an angry blast yesterday at the New York Yankees, who won only eight victories in 24 games during spring training. As the team prepared to head North from Florida, Topping charged the veteran players with overconfidence. He said: They think nobody can beat them. The five straight pennants have got them to thinking that way. Well, they'll have to get that idea out of the back of their heads." Minor League Games The Yanks should arrive home with a better record than 8-16 because starting tomorrow in Jacksonville, they meet only minor League competition until April 9. Then they open a three-game series at Ebbets Field against their World Series cousins—the Brooklyn Dodgers. But regardless of their performances on the' homeward trek, they can't escape the fact they have been a bitter disappointment. Some of the experts say they need a take- charge guy like Joe DiMaggio. Mickey Mantle figured to be the man but so far he hasn't been able to play regularly enough. Ford Disappoints And the showing of Whitey Ford, who won 18 games last season and figured to be the ace of the mound staff this season ,has been another big disappointment. He has shown little to indicate that he'll be able to take up part of the slack caused by the sale of Vic Baschi to ^he St. Louis Cardinals- While blasting his veterans on one hand, Topping said he wasn't disturbed too much over the Yankees' poor spring record. "Stengel (Manager Casey Stengel) isn't disturbed so why should I be," he said. "There are reasons why some games were lost. Casey preferred to look at young players and see what he had for the future." ' Rookies Leave Stengel got rid of eight of his youngsters yesterday, including Elston Howard, first Negro ever to don a Yankee uniform. They were sent to the minors, leaving the ciub with 31 players on the roster. While the Yankees were preparing to depart from St. Petersburg, Fla., the Dodgers yesterday got anther top-flight pitching job from big Don Newcombe—the man they figure will go a long ways toward winning the National League pennant and World Series. He allowed only six hits in seven innings as the National League champions defeated the Milawukee Braves 8-7 before an overflow crowd of 9,287 at Mobile. He gave up two runs, one a homer by Bill Bruton. More Pitching The Cincinnati Redlegs. Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians also received good pitching, the Redlegs from an unexpected source. Corky Valentine, 24- vear-old right-hander, went the route with four-hit ball as the Red- legs snapped Washington's htree- ame winning streak 4-3. Valentine also drove in a run with a double. Little Bobby Shantz looked more ike the Shantz of 1952 as he pitched icven scoreless innings and fanned dx in the Philadelpha Athletics' i-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pi- •ates. The Indians received shutout Bitching from Early Wynn and Bob Chakales in whipping the New York Giants 3-0- Wynn went the irst seven innings, allowing four j lits. Chakales finished up without' ermitting a hit. Cards Hit Sox Stan Hack's debut as manager of the Chicago Cubs was spoiled by the Baltimore Orioles 6-1. Clyde McCullough's homer was the only Cub tally off Duane Pillette and Don Larsen. Two home runs by rookie Joe Frazier and one each by Stan Mu- sial and Red SchoencHenst helped the St. Louis Cardinals down the Chicago White Sox 7-4. Seven runs in the last two innings brought the Detroit Tigers from behind for a 12-11 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies. * * * Champs Weaker, But so Is League By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The weakened world champion New York Yankees are ready to be taken but there doesn't appear to be any club in the American League strong enough to do it. Largely because of the failure of the other clubs to improve sufficiently and because of New York's knack of coming up with replacements year after year, the Yankees are picked to capture their sixth straight championship. Brennan Era For Irish Youthful Coach Begins Spring Drills SOUTH BEND. Ind. ffi — The Terry Brennan era in Notre Dame football will be ushered in today as the 25-year-old successor to Head Coach Frank Leahy opens the first of 20 spring workouts. Brennan has 17 lettermen returning from Leahy's unbeaten but once tied 1953 team. This group is headed by co-captains Dan Shannon and Paul Mate, ends who played for Brennan on his Mount Carmel City High School championship teams in Chicago a few years ago. Other returning monogram winners are quarterbacks Ralph Gulielmi, Tom Carey, and Don Schaefer; halfbacks Joe Heap, Dick Fitzgerald and Dick Keller; ends Walt Cabral and Don George; guards Ray Lemek, Jack Lee and Pat Bisceglia; tackles Wayne Edmonds, Sam Palumbo and Frank Varrichione, and center Dick Szymanski. Brennan's main job will be to replace the entire right side of the starting line, a unit wiped out by graduation, fullback Neil Worden and halfback Johnny Lattner, All- America and winner of the Heisman and Maxwell trophies. Assistant coaches John Druze and Bill Earley, only holdovers from the Leahy regime, and newcomers George Dickson, Bill Fischer, Francis Curran and Frank Johnston will aid Brennan in putting the Irish's big squad through 20 workouts in a 36-day period. The Yankees are not as strong as last year's outfit that became the first team to win five consecutive pennants and world series. They figure to be at least 10 per cent weaker because of the loss of such key 1953 performers as Billy Martin, Vic Raschi and John Mize and the uncertain status of Mickey Mantle, the young outfield star. Mickey, slow in recovering from a double knee operation, may not see regular action until a, month after the start of the season. Have Winner Though But thanks to a smart winter trade and the calling up of brilliant newcomers, the retain the winning Yankees still combination. Tuisa Crushes *, Porker Netters TULSA, Okla. MPt — University of Arkansas claimed only one set as the University team dropped the ;hich Santee will anchor. Last ear the Jayhawks bettered one 'Grid's record, one American rec- rd and tied one Texas relays rec- rd. Among the individual events, vents, Jim Harrington of Notre Dame is a potential record-smash- r in the pole vault, in which he Iready has exceeded the record f 14 feet 2*4 inches by almost an nch and Bruce Drummond of Ok- ahoma should better his record ie of 4:12.3 in the mile, set last ear. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Baltimore <A~\ 6. Chicago <N> 1 St. Louis CNi 7. 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Unlike last year, the season promises to be a tense, bitterly- fought four-team race right down to the wire. The Yankees' chief trouble may come from the Boston Red Sox, probably the most improved club in the league. If Ted Williams hadn't busted his collarbone the first day of spring training, the Red Sox might have been the choice. But with the slugging outfielder out for an indefinite time, the Sox chances have been reduced considerably. Indians Improved Cleveland improved itself somewhat by the acquisition of outfielder Dave Philley and first baseman Rocky Nelson. It is doubtful if that is sufficient to make up the 8V 2 games that separated the club from the Yankees at the end of last season. Chicago helped itself by acquiring pitchers Jack Harshman and Don Johnson and outfielders Willard Marshall and Johnny Groth but it must be remembered that the White Sox finished 11 1 / 2 games from the top last year. That's a lot to maek up in one season. 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