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SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Cost Him Title Fight Sore hhnd, Gash Hamper Kid's Battle By JERRY LISKA CHICAGO (AP) — Middleweight Champion Bobo Olson today had a September title defense set against Joey Giardello after leaving welter Champ Kid Gavilan ruefully convinced it takes two hands to beat a good man. — * Olson last night hacked and harassed a left-hand punching Gavilan, his right eyelid spurting blood from the ninth round on, for a split 15-round decision before 18,582 roaring fans at the Chicago stadium. Gavilan, who injured his right hand in a tuneup bout Feb. 23, didn't really explode with that hand until a torrid 15th round when Newcomer Booked for Mat Feature Another new face will appear on the American Legion's Memorial Auditorium wrestling program Monday as Promoter Mike Meroney presents another rugged tag match. •Making his initial appearance h«re will be Wild Man Zimm, a rough and tumble artist who comes to Btytfaeville rated as one of the roughest wrestlers ever to perform here. Teaming with him in the tag match main event will be big Carlos Rodriquez, the tough Mexican who has appeared on the Last two weekly cards. Scheduled to oppose Zimm and Bodriquez ic. the 90 minute time limit be#t two of three falls affair •win be two of the Welch Brothers, Lester and Edward. Tbis bout is expected to stack up •qually with bout* on Meroney's program recently as far as rough and wild grappling is concerned. All jfour participants are veteran heavy- •vwighs who like lib mix it up. In. announcing, Monday night's program, Promoter Meroney also set a new starting time for his matches. The new starting time is 8: ; 16 p.m., 15 minutes later than the old one. In addition to the main event, two onefall preliminary bouts are also on the card with Zimm taking on Lester Welch and Rodriguez meetibg Edward. D.U. Group At It Again Out to Increase Duck Population LlTTtiE BOCK (#)—Ducks Unlimited, Inc., trustees appropriated $450,000 yesterday to offset effects of an expected summer drought in Canadian migratory fowl breeding areas. I* was the largest sum ever collected by the non-profit organization for rehabilitation. Officials attending the annual meetng here said greater work probably will be needed ths summer since current weather conditions in the Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan threaten, a summer drought. 30 New Projects TSxe group estimates that 65 per cent of the fowl migrating through thi* country in the fall and winter a*e bred in Canada- The money, donated by sportsmen last year, will be used to support 367 active duck breeding projects and to build about 30 new projects. Water is impounded, food planted,**? and fences and nesting covers built by Ducks Unlinjited. re-elected, including President Robert M. Gaylor of Rockford, 111. include H. Bliss Rucker, San Francisco ,and Fred Maytag, Newton, Iowa . he tried in vain for the knockout he needed to win. Aroused Suspicions The Kid carefully nursed the hand in training to the suspicion of everybody, including doctors of the Illinois State Athletic Commission, who at noon yesterday said after examination it was okay. Be that as it may, and despite Gavilan's insistence that his eye cut and not the hand lost him the fight, it was evident to ringsiders and the millions of TV fans across the country that the Kid was favoring a duke he sorely needed to whip the busy, tireless Olson. Gavilan claimed a ninth-round butt opened the cut. The Explanation "I fought him with one hand, sure," said the patched-up Cuban hawk, "but I have to change my fight after the ninth round—stay away, watch carefully—so I don't get butted again and the blood really come so maybe the referee stops the fight." The International Boxing Club says it's all set for Olson to make his second 160-pound defense against top-ranked contender Giardello in New York next September. As he did after winning the middleweight crown from England's Randy Turpin last October, Olson wasted little time getting away from the scene of his hard- earned triumph last night. Bobo hopped an early morning plane for his San Francisco home. The 15th round, when he threw all caution to the wind, indicated Gavilan might have been able to chill Olson if he had been the same two-fisted buzzsaw all the way. It was a toe-to-toe closing round in which Gavilan several times seemed to have Olson in serious trouble with crashing lefts and rights, only to have Bobo display the tough tenacity that has given him 55 victories in 61 pro fights. Referee Bernie Weissman, who strangely pried apart frequent head-to-head exchanges which had the crowd roaring, voted for Olson 147-141. Weissman's vote was called last and it sounded, amid the tumult of the crowd, the announcer said "149" for Gavilan which would have made it a deadlock. But the announcer quickly acclaimed Olson the winner to the relief of the ear-cupping sports writers. First official's score announced was Judge Bill O'Connell, 147-139 for Olson. Next came the 144-144 call for a draw by Judge Ed Hintz. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicago—Bobo Olson, 159 Vz, San Francisco, outpointed Kid Gavilan, 155, Havana, 15 ((for world's middleweight title) Philadelphia—Tommy Kirk, 155, Philadelphia, outpointed Johnny Ciccarelli, 149%, Wilmington, Del. 7 Melbourne, Australia— Marshall Clayton, 143*4, Washington, D. C. stopped Augustino Argote, 142y 4 , Spain, 6. Santee Shines In Texas Relays Turns in o Grtat 1:48.3 Half Mil. In Relay Event By HAROLD V. RATLIFF AUSTIN, Tex. tfl—Texas. Kansas and Oklahoma A&M are expected to fight it out for supremacy in the Texas Relays today with three records—one on them a world mark by brilliant Kansas —already in the books and a flood of others anticipated in a smashing windup of the huge track and field show. Wes Santee is the talk of the town again with his great 1:48.3 half-mile. It sparked the Kansas sprint medley relay team to a world mark of 3:20.2. He will anchor two more teams that are most likely to junk Texas Relays records and flirt with world standards. 30 Yards in Front The 150-pound thin man of Kansas was chopping his stride and running with his head as straight up as his black-burr-hair yesterday when he finished 30 yards ahead of the Southern Methodist anchor man in his finest 880. There were several runners who hovered around 1:51.0 for the half but they were looked upon as just ordinary in view of the way Santee ran it. Kansas bettered the world's mark set by New York University in 1950 by 2.5 seconds. It was vindication 'in a way for the Jay- hawks. They bested the world's record by nine-tenths of a second last year but couldn't get it recognized because of some alleged improper running by the 220 men. One ran 180 yards, the other 260, some observers claimed. 25 Foot Leap John Bennett of Marquette set a record in the broad jump finals yesterday. He jumped 25 feet 8y 2 inches, an inch and a half better than the relays record set by Billy Brown of Louisiana State in 1941. The third record registered in the opening session was in the col- leg* freshman-junior college division where Rice ran the sprint medley relay in 3:29.5. It wiped out the record set by Oklahoma A&M last year by three full seconds. Texas appears vastly superior in the sprints and short relay race while Kansas and Oklahoma A&M have gifted runners in the distance events. The Jayhawks could cut down the record in the two-mile relay which they share with Oklahoma at 7:41.8. Kansas has its 1953 relay teams intact in both of these events. These were the teams that set up the records last year. BIG LEAGUE ROOKIES Heffelfinger Dies at 86 BLESSING, Tex. (ffl—W»H*r W. (Pudge) Heffelfinger, a three-time football All-America at Yale University and a Hall of Fame selection died here yesterday at the age of 86. Heffelfinger, in perhaps h i s greatest honor, was named to a guard position in 1951 on the all- time All-America football team in the Associated Press mid-century poll. Heffelfinger, once called "football's greatest lineman" was a guard for the Yale Bulldogs during the 1888-91 seasons when the best football was played in the Ivy League. Three times Heffelfinger was named to Walter Camp's All- America team. He missed only as a freshman. In his senior season he played every minute of the 13- game season. Sporff Roundup— Sad Day Looms for Brooklyn By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — There is a sad day coming for the Brooklyn Dodgers before very long. They know about it, from President Walter O'Malley right down through the club's numerous vice presidents, but there isn't a thing in the world they can do to stave it off. The day will arrive when Jackie Robinson limps in on his battered" legs and says he's had it, that they can count him out. As of that moment it is entirely possible that Brooklyn will begin to cease and desist from dominating the National League. He's 35 Robinson, the first acknowledged Negro to play in organized baseball and one of the country's great all-around athletes for going on 20 years, finally is about to run down at the Age of 35. Our personal feeling is Mat if he makes it through the coming campaign it will be mostly on inner stamina, of which he possesses -a reserve. Jackie's close friends say he Is in his present stove-up condition : ocause he started exceptionally •' • nnd felt that he had to play f ^tball and basketball and baseball a little harder than anyone else. They say he had put in the equivalent of a hard big league career while playing in the Negro l^.v,,«5; brfore Branch Rickey bAv.ght him to the Dodgers in 1M7. . „ A knee which probably was first injured on some forgotten football field when he was a backfield star for U.C.L.A. has been bothering Jackie all spring. He reinsured it stumbling off a step in Florida, and made it worse by continuing to play in exhibition games. One of these, who has been close to the Brooklyns ever since Robinson joined them and they began winning pennants, is glumly certain in his own mind that they will not look like the same ball team once he is out of the line-up for good. He says Robinson has supplied the spark and the fighting spirit that made the Dodgers the club they have been. Buzz Bavasi, one of the team's most popular vice presidents, said not to worry. He claimed there were several players who could replace Robinson in left field, if necessary. He named Don Thompson and Dick Williams. Office Moved DAVID N. MILES, D.V.M. VETERI MARIAN Clinic 1 Mile North of Country Club On Highway 61 Open 9A.M. to 5 P.M., 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. SUNDAYS 7 A.M. to 9 A.M.—PHONE 3532 WHIKL THE 5 CITY m Brooklyn Choice To Take the Flag By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Dodgers' chief aim i: to defeat the New York Yankees in a World Series. With tha as an added incentive, the Dodgers should overcome such pos sible handicaps as old age and a new manager and march ti their third consecutive National League pennant. Actually, the Brooks have just* about everything a winning baseball team needs. Their tremendous power, airtight defense, good speed and a strong bench, together with the best pitching they've had since 1941, should beat down the challenges of the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and other hopefuls. Five of 13 The Dodgers have won five pennants in the last 13 years but on each occasion were flattened in the World Series by the Yankees. Some say the reason Charlie Dressen had the rug yanked out from under him was because of his failure to beat the Yankees. This would point the finger directly at Walter Alston, Dressen's successor. All Alston lias to do to prove his worth is win the World Series. Same Club The Brooks will open the season with the same club that won 105 games in 1953, clinched the flag at the earliest date in National League history iSept. 12), hit 208 home runs and set 40 major league, National League and club records— with one exception. It will have Don Newcornbe, the big Negro right- hander who won 20 games in 1951 before called up for a two-year hitch in the Army. Braves Doubtful The reinforced Braves, who finished a surprising second, 13 games behind the Dodgers last year, could conceivably dethrone the Dodgers but it appears doubtful. The Brooks are just plain loaded with such top flight stars as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Carl Pu- rillo, Peewee Reese, Gil Hodges, Billy Cox and Junior Gilliam. The pitching, headed by Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Russ Meyer, Billy Loes and Preacher Roe and supplemented by such worthies as Johnny Podres, Bob Milliken, Joe Black, Jim Hughes and Clem Labine is the Dodgers' best since the days of Whit Wyatt, Kirby Higbe, Fred Fitzsimmons, Curt Davis and Hugh Casey. An Old Club The Dodgers do have a defect. It is an old club. This could be the Achilles' heel. Gilliam is 25 and Snider 27. All the other regulars are over 30. The writer views the National League pennant race this way: 1. Brooklyn. 2. Milwaukee. 3. St. Louis. 4. New York. 5. Philadelphia. 6. Cincinnati. 7. Pittsburgh. 8. Chicago. Were it not for the Dodgers, the Braves would be a good bet for the pennant. They have a sound team that packs sufficient punch, a sound defense and their pitching is the envy of the league. They received a tremendous, blow, however, when Bobby Thomson, their cleanup hitter acquired from the Giants, Big Seven Tourney Opens Four-Over 75 Gets Medalist Honors LITTLE ROCK (/Pi—Jerry Brack enridge was medalist of the Bi Seven Invitational G'olf Tourna ment here yesterday, firing a four over-par 75 at the Sylvan Hills Country Club course. Golf and tennis matches preceed ed today's Big Seven relays. Little Rock's Lewis Henderson and Don Morehart captured team honors in the golf match, shootin a combined score of 159. North Little Rock's Billy Zim- merebner and David Ellis were second with 1954. Third place went to Charles Perkins and Fred Gibbons, Texarkana, wth 165. Other scorers: Q. C. Shore and Tabb Benton, Pine Bluff, 171; Brackenridge and Jerry Reed, Hot Springs, 182; and Curtis Boss and Charles Wright, Port Smith, 184. Shelby Brewer of Little Rock won the singles crown in the tennis tournament, defeating Fort Simth's Dave Phillips, 6-0, 6-3. The doubles title went to Randy Robertson and O- K. Lewis of Little Rock who edged Don Kilgore and Rhoden of Hot Springs, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Durocher Is Quietly Building a Contender By ED CORING AN Associated Press SporU Writer Ever so quietly — mostly because Manager Leo Durocher has had little to say — the New York Giants have been moulding themselves into a team that could be a threat for he National League Pennant. Not that they'll win it. Brooklyn, Milwaukee and possibly St. Louis seem too strong. But remember that the Giants ran into trouble because of Sal Maglie's bad back and a general breakdown of morale last year. Not so this time. Antonelli Deliver* They've been cuffing Cleveland all over the lot in their spring series and yesterday shut- out the Tribe. 4-0, behind some really fine pitching by Johnny Antonelli and John McCall. Antonelli's performance is important. The young lefthander was obtained in the Bobby Thomson trade. If he gains the control he needs, the parting of Thomson won't be so hard to take. Durocher is feeling real good. The record against the Indians, lUpposedly seeking to oust the New York Yankees from first place in the American League, stands at 10-4. Big (?) Four Autonelli, along with Reuben Gomez, Jim Hearn and MagHe figure to be the big four of the Giant staff with Larry Jansen. Don Liddie and Marv Grissom set for the spot assignments. Hoyt Wilhelm. Dave Koslo, George Spencer and AI Corwin are in the bullpen and that staff is ready for the opening day right now. Davey Williams, the second baseman who has been bothered by a back ailment, was the big boy In yesterday's triumph. He hit a two- on home run in the fifth inning. Two weeks ago. most of the Giant pitchers were "ifs." Now i1 seems apparent they have it anc that spells trouble for the rest of the league. Conley Impresses Brooklyn ran into a rneatgrinder in Birmingham, when the Dodgers acted as punching bags for Milwaukee. Charley Grimm's men won the game 37-2. Gene Conley, who won 23 games with Toledo last season, became the first Braves' hurler to go al" the way. He yielded only five hits Carl Erskine and Joe Black were the unhappy recipients of the Braves' blasting. Stan Hack took his second look at the Chicago Cubs and this time he must have dressed after the game in a happier state of mind Thursday, they were sad, indeed, in dropping a 6-1 decision to the Baltimore Orioles. Yesterday Ralph Kiner, Bill Serena and Luis Marquez hit home runs and the Cubs won 8-6. Washington went 11 innings before gaining a 7-6 verdict over Cincinnati. Mickey Vernon singled home the winning run. Pierce Shines A smooth seven-inning stint on the mound by Billy Pierce, a home run by Chico Carrasquel and a scoreless mopup job by Harry Dorish spelled a 3-1 triumph for the Chicago White Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Boston Red Sox continued their mastery over the Philadelphia Phillies with an 8-0 pasting. They cuffed Curt Simmons and Steve Ridzik. Mickey Owen hit a grand slam home run off Ridzik in the eighth. Pittsburgh, showing no signs of letting up, beat the Philadelphia Recommended fishing Areas For Weekend LITTLE ROCK (#)—•The Arkansas Game and Pish Commission said today that weekend fishing prospects are good in these counties. Baxter—Lake Norfork, black bass. Garland—Lake Hamilton, black bass and crappie; Lake Ouaohita, black bass. Johnson—Arkansas River. Catfish. Lonoke—Clear Lake, bream and crnppie. Marion—Bull Shoals Lake, all fishing. Phillips—Storm Cr«ek. boss Pike—Narrows Lake, bream, bass and crappie. Prairie—Peckerwood Lake, bream and crappie. Yell—Nimrod Lake, crappie. Bossett Meets Andrade Tonight WASHINGTON UB—With everything to lose and almost nothing to gain, Percy Basset goes against Cisco Andrade tonight in a nationally televised 10-round bout (8 p.m. CST). Bassett, a Philadelphia!!, is the interim featherweight champion while Sandy Saddler winds up his Army duty. Bassett is hoping for an early crack at Saddler's title. Andrade, a Mexican youngster fighting out of Los Angeles, is in the other camp. He has little to lose and lots of prestige to gain. Unbeaten in 21 outings against so- so opposition on the West Coast, Andrade is making his first appearance, in a major bout. suffered a triple ankle fracture in an exhibition game. It may be late June before the slugging leftfielder is back in the lineup. Everybody Trails Babe in Georgia CARROLLTON. Ga. (M — The girls on the Ladies Professional Golfers Association circuit were back in a familar spot today, chasing Babe Zaharias. The Babe took a two-stroke lead yesterday by shooting a 70—two under men's par — in the first round of the Corrollton Women's Open Golf Tournament. A surprising second-high finisher after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole, $3.500 tournament was Betty MacKinnon, pretty Dallas. Tex., shotmaker, who matched par for men with a 72. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York (N) 4, Cleveland (A) 0 Chicago (A) 3, St. Louis (N) 1 Chicago (N) 8, Baltimore (A) 6 Washington (A) 7, Cincinnati (3SH 6, (11 innings) Boston (A) 8, Philadelphia (N) 0 Detroit (A) 12, Cincinnati "B" (N) 5 Milwaukee (N) 17, Brooklyn (N) 2 Pittsburgh (N) 4, Philadelphia (A) 2 Jeffords String at Laurel LAUREL, Md. Wl—Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords of Glen Riddle, Pa., have a powerful 29-horse stable here for the meeting which ends April 10. The thoroughbreds are being handled by Oscar White. Sammy Boumetis will do most of the riding. A's 4-2 on a three-run homer by Sam Jethroe and another round- tripper by Rookie Gair Allie. Bob Hall went all the way and gave up only six hits. The "Detroit Tigers whipped the Redlegs' "B" squad 12-5 on 19 hits. Ford Konno Sweeps to NCAA Wins NEW HAVEN. Conn. (A — With two titles wrapped up. Ford Konno. the lithe little Hawaiian from Ohio State, was nn outstanding favorite to become the National AAU men's indoor meet's only triple winner tonight. Victories in the 1500-meter and 202-yard freestyle tests, Konno's target for the big meet's final night, is the 440-yard freestyle. If he connects — and the experts claim he is a cinch — he'll duplicate the trick registered a year ago by ex-Yale Jim McLane while he was recuperating from the mumps. The sensational Konno's top challenge may come from Jack Wardrop, his Michigan rival, who drove all Thursday night to get here, but was too tired to race Ford in yesterday's 220-y a r d sprint. Wardrop concentrated, instead, on the 400-yard individual medley, which he won. Eclipsed by Konno's bid to become a three-event winner, and the medal that goes with it, wa» the classy 100-yard freestyle dash in which Yake Coach Bob Kiphuth predicts "there'll be fireworks.'* He means excellent prospects for lowering the world record of 48.1 seconds held by Dick Cleveland, Ohio State senior. Four other titles will be decided tonghtr—in the three-meter dive, 150-yard backstroke; 100-yard butterfly, and the 400-yard medley relay./ Cards to Start Luna Today HOUSTON, Tex. UP) — Jtoofcfc Memo Luna, who has been bothered by a sore arm during moat of the spring training schedule, goes to the mound today ai tfoe St. Louis Cardinals take on their Houston farm club in an exhibition game. The Cardinals resume tfeeir barnstorming series with the Chicago White Sox here tomorrow. The Sox turned back the CM* dinals and southpaw Harvey H*d- dix yesterday, 3-1. Carpenter Hits For Hog Win FAYETTEVTLLE (ff) — Catcher Preston Carpenter homered with two men on base yesterday to lead the University of Arkansas to a 13-8 baseball victory over Bradley University of Peoria, 111. Carpenter's home run brofct an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. The two colleges meet here again today. Hal Dixon is the largest umpire Itt the National League. He is 6 feet 3M: and weighs 230 pounds. I'll Knock Him Out Next Time-Kid CHICAGO (AP) — Some great coaching from the sidelines played a part in bringing Carl (Bobo) Olson through to a 15 round decision over Kid Gavilan last night. Gestulating throughout the middleweight title scrap at Chicago Stadium was Sid Flaherty, astute manager of 160- pound champion Olson. Flaherty, the gentleman farmer from San Francisco who includes his protege Olson among 37 professional fighter under his tutelage, called the signals from Bobos ring corner. "Come Forward" Sid constanly motioned with his hand for Olson to come in to Gavilan. "Sure, I kept waving him to come forward," said Flaherty. "The only way we could win was for Olson to keep coming in. Olson knew that. I just sort of sat there in the corner and kept reminding him of it He watches me very closely all the time and does what I say.' Olson, a tireless, colorless fighter BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRES' Monday, April 5 8:15 p.m. TAG MATCH vanui Rodriquez Wild Man Carlos Zimm ond vs. Edward \7elch and Welch Adults 60c — Childrtn 15« Plus 2 Ont-Fall Bouts Zimm vs. L Wtlch and Rodriquez vs. E. WtIch in workoutr>, emerged from his shell at ring time to drape an orchid lei over Gavilan's neck as he stepped through the ropes. Never Hurt "I just did on the spur of the moment," said the Hawaii-born Olson. "Gavilan acted surprised, like he thought I was going to punch him." Olson said Gavilan "never hurt me once." "Gavilan was strong — he was stronger than I thought, and that was the only thing that surprised me. I fought the fight I planned and there is no question in my mind that I won. But I sort of felt numb all over when one of the Judges called it even." "No Altbi" Welterweight Champion GaviLan confided that the palm of his right FARMERS We have the Agency For the new WILSON DO-ALL MACHINE. That Prepares your land— i -Rows at a time—Ready for The Planter—All in one operation. For A Demonstration or Further Information, Call. HARDY SALES & SERVICE Phone 6978 Blytheville hand had been sore ever since ha fought Johnny Cunningham last Feb. 3. "But I have no alibi," he added. "In fact, I feel good, Just like when I win." "I tested my right in the fourth and it hurt. But just say Gavilan think he can lick Olson with his left, that's aU. I,want to fight him again, than I show him my right- knock him out with it." tune in! 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