The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 5, 1954 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 5, 1954
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1MB glQgr Harry Agganis Found BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, ATOTL «, By ED CORRIGAN AP Sport* Writer KM*? Agganis, fee Golden Greek from Boston University, found himself in a peculiar ?y5 agoTHe was having trouble deciding whether to join the National Football or take a try at professional baseball. ' two days ago, he probably * ~~~ quite sure. But today he pMt hfc lot with the Boston Red gee *nd with only one year of ppafeMfonal experience behind him, he te to line to be at least tbe part-time first baseman for Lou Boadreau's outfit. "And," said Boudreau, "if he ; to go on a hot batting he may play all the time. ™_irry has shown me enough now. He ha« made my team. He'll start *t first base against all right- handers. I know he hit left-handers weM at Louisville in the American Assn. last year, but they might be * little rough on him in the majors." Right now, the 23-year-old Harry is hitting .323 against major league^ pitching on the grapefruit circuit. li he m*,kes out, the Red Sox wiii have more than realized the $30,000 bonus they paid him in 1952. Agganis won yesterday's ball game for the Red Sox when he drove in two runs in their 3-2 victory over Atlanta of the Southern Assc. The amazing Bob Friend and his •qualiy amazing Pittsburgh Pirate mates continued their rampage by shutting out the Philadelphia A's 2-0. Friend held the A's to four hits and now has tossed 19 straight scoreless innings. With two out in the ninth inn- Ing, the New York Yankees scored seven runs and thereby saved themselves the ignominy of being beaten by Savannah of the Sally League. The final count was 11-9. 9d Lopat, who is scheduled to start the opener for the Yanks, was unimpressive for the first five innings. The Philadelphia Phillies were Welters Headline Week's Boxing Card NEW YORK (AP) — The "Tiger" is favored to claw the "Wildcat" at Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway Arena tonight. Ralph (Tiger) Jones, the Yonk- kers, N. Y., middleweight who earned a No. 4 ranking by flattening Bobby Dykes a month ago, figures to have too much experience and punching power for Wildcat Billy McNeece of New York. Dumont telecasts the ten rounder at 9 P. M., CST. Chuck Davey, striving to regain a place in the welterweight division's top ten, takes on Gerry Dreyer, former British Empire 147-pound champion from South. Africa, at the Oakland, Calif., Civ-' ic Auditorium Wednesday night. The ten rounder will be telecast by CBS, starting at 9 p.jn., Davey is a 2-1 favorite. Friday night's radio-TV bout (radio-ABC, TV-NBC, 9 p. m..), will be beamed out of New York's S.t Nicholas Arena where lightweights Paolo Rosi of Italy and in a ten rounder. Compo is the choice. Bolting Joe Miceli, winner of four straight including three knockouts, Providence, R. I., at Boston's Mechanics Building Saturday night (ABC-TV, 9 p. m.,). Miceli $ the No. 8 welterweight contender and should be going higher soon. Marcello was unbeaten ui his first 30 fights but dropped his last two. Urban of the Birmingham Barons of the Southern Assn. 2*1. The Milwaukee Braves whipped the Brooklyn Dodgers 18-14 in a three-hour contest. This one was all hitting and no pitching. Both starters, Bob Buhl of the Braves and Billy Loes of the Brooks, were hit hard. Eddie Mathews, the major leagues' home run king last year, hit his fifth round-tripper in The Chicago White Sox scored three times in the eighth inning to turn back the St.Louls Cardinals e Fnuaaeipnm «um«, w~* 8-5. The Cards got some solace < downwith four hits by Jack by making « triple play in the first inning. Wally Westlake hit a home run and a double to lead the Cleveland .Indians to an 8-4 victory over the New York Giants. Bob Feller, permitting only three hits in five scoreless innings, was the winner —his first triumph of the spring. The Chicago Cubs thumped the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 with a seven run outburst in the seventh. The Cincinnati Redlegs downed the Washington Senators 10-4 with Wally Post, who couldn't make the team last year, leading the assault with a three-run homer, two doubles and a single. Sports Roundup— Observations on a Title Fight NEW YORK I middlei to wtiip him. The man from Honolulu would have been a hard one to take in any period of boxing's history, including the bare-knuckle days, in which he would have reveled. There undoubtedly have been periods ic. which he would not have held the title, but not one in which he would not have been a highly respected contender. Mistake K was a grievous mistake to have picked Kid Gavilan to beat him, especially since the odd* in Olson's favor never wavered from fee day the match was made. It was a case of seeing the Cuban in the mind's eye slicing up men of his own weight and not quite appreciating what he was running into in Olson. There still is a feeling of disappointment that Gavilan did not until the final round open up with By GAYLE TALBOT After a week-end of quiet meditation, the only conclusion we've the brilliant two-fisted flurries for which he has been noted. It would at least have made for a more exciting fight. But there also is a sneaking 1 feeling that he might have been stopped if he had chosen sooner to exchange with the tattooed boy. It was not, as a matter of fact, -until Gavilan put on his final desperate rally that the crowd in the Chicago Stadium and the great television audience had a chance to see Olson at his best. One felt that was what the more rugged champion had been waiting for all along. Faced with everything the Cuban could throw, he refused to cover up or accept a clinch and instead stood squarely and threw in those murderous short blows that must have felt like rocks to Gavilan. That must be the explanation of why Gavilan and his advisers chose to try to steal the title with left hand alone. They had a strong suspicion what would hap- 3en if the Hawk attempted to arch lis customary rights to Olson's head. His body, including those oily extra pounds about his middle would never have survived 15 rounds of the punishment it would have been asked to absorb. Tailored tYOUR COVERS priced to bring you more-for-your-money VALUES Long-Lasting Fibre $16.95 value..only 51 A 95 Kansas Event Next On Southwest Slate AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — The 1954 Texas Relays produced a flock of records including a world's mark by University of Kansas trackmen. As four members of the South- * west Conference and several of the ' smaller Texas colleges looked toward the Kansas Relays April 17, a checkup showed that the Texas Belays have nine records better than those at Kansas and that the Kansas Relays have five marks better than those at the Texas Relays. Stars Have Sprinters Prospects are good that the University Qf Texas will be able to porduce a couple of records at the Kansas event. The Longhorns, blessed with a great array of sprinters, will be aiming at the 380- yard and 440-yard relay records at Lawrence. The Kansas Relays 880-yard record is 1:25.2. Texas, in dominating its own relays Saturday, did 1:24.8 in this event. Texas also ran a 40.8 440-yard relay. At Kansas the record is 40.5, set by Iowa in 1935. Favored in 100 Dean Smith, Charles Thomas and Alvin Frieden of Texas also will be favored to sweep the 100- yard dash at Lawrence although they're not likely to break the re- ord of 9.4 there. Baylor, Texas Christian, Texas and Arkansas will send teams to the Kansas Relays from the Southwest Conference. Eight records were set and three tied at the Texas Relays Friday and Saturday. Kansas chipped in with two, smashing the world's record for the sprint medley with a 3:20.2 time. It wiped out the world mark of 3:22.7 set by New York University in 1950 by 2.5 seconds. Kansas also hung up a two- mile record of 7:34.1. Texas' 40.8 in the 440-yard relay, which was a new record for the Texas Relays, was a world's record for the event in a race run around two turns. Texas set the record in 1941 at the Drake Relays at 41.0. IT'S EASY — Shirley Sibre shows she needs no outstretched arms for balance water skiing at Cypress Gardens, Fla. (NEA) Lakers Lead In Playoffs SYRACUSE, N. Y. {#)—The Minneapolis Lakers today held a 2-1 edge- over injury-riddled Syracuse in their quest for a fifth National Basketball Assn. championship in six years thanks to the chips-down playing of the old maestro, George Mikan. It was Mikan's 30 points and his command of the backboards last night that paced the Lakers to an 81-67 victory over the Nationals in the world series of pro basketball. Luckless Luke Has Job Again SHREVEPORT, La. UP) — Luke Easter was back on first base of the Cleveland Indians today — because one of the men called in to replace him hurt a foot and the other has a .158 batting average. Big Luke, aging and brittle, got off the bench yesterday at Dallas and hit .a home run and a single in three chances as the Tribe beat the New York Giants, 8-4. He got into the lineup because Manager Al Lopez decided to rest Rocky Nelson, who had batted .308 last season at Montreal but has failed to connect in his last 15 trips this exhibition series. Bill Glynn had previously bruised a bone in his foot. Virgil Trucks Has Sore Muscle HOUSTON, Tex. HV-One of the two big men in the Chicago White Sox pitching plans is ailing and has gone to Chicago to see the Shortstop Johnny Logan of the Milawaukee Braves is nicknamed "Yatcha." Babe Changes Mind on Quitting Will Takt a lUst And Then Resumt Her Golf Tour CARROLLTON, Ga. UR — Babe Zaharias lost the Carrollton women's open golf tournament yesterday in a close finish with Louise Suggs but changed her mind today about quitting competitive golf after two more tournaments. "Playing one tournament right after another as I have done is a little too tough for me right now," said the Babe in a recorded interview with Bob Siegrist of radio station WGST of Atlanta. Intermission She said she would rest for six weeks after playing in two more tournaments — the New Orleans Tournament later this week and the Babe Zaharias Open in Beaumont, Tex., but that "then I'll start back and play all of them again." Last night Sports Editor Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Constitution quoted Mrs. Zaharias as saying she was through after playing at New Orleans and Beaumont. Bisher quoted her as saying: "I mean it. I'm through. I'm tired, just simply worn out. I can't stand this sort of- thing week after week like I used to." Ready Again But this morning she said she'll be ready to go after'the rest which she'll take at her home in Tampa, Fla. Mrs. Zaharias said She would meet all her commitments. Mrs. Zaharias checked out of a Carrollton hotel this morning and headed for New Orleans. Cage Star Believed To Be Near Death Junius Kellogg Has Severed Spinal Column, Other Injuries PINE BLUFF Ark. (AP) — Junius Kellogg, 6 foot 8 member of the Harlem Globetrotters B team, lay near deam today after suffering a severed spinal column and otner injuries in a highway accident near here. Fondy in Great Shape for Cubs MOBILE, Ala. 0?) — Dee Pondy has no opposition for the first base job with the Chicago Cubs but if he did he couldn't be working any harder to hold the position. He reported for spring training hard as nails from a winter of manual labor and continues a rigorous physical training program. Dee, who stands 6-3 and weighs 195, is tremendously fast. Catcher Clyde McCullough and other teammates think he is faster than Mickey Mantle, the Yankee speedster. doctor. Virgil Trucks, who won 20 games last season, has been bothered by a soreness in his left side. Doctors said yesterday it was an "injured intercostal muscle." He and Billy Pierce comprise the one-two mound punch for the Sox. Mantle's Knee Is Stronger CHARLOTTE, N. C. (#>—Mickey Mantle, the injured New York Yankees' outfielder, has been running jhard in practice and indications today were that he will get into a game somewhere along the line. Mantle and Manager Casey Stengel have been discussing the player's bad knee and seem optimistic. The doctor^ however, still are advising caution. The Great Falls, Mont.. Ski Club had to cancel one of its races the other day- There was too much snow Kellogg, former Manhattan College basketball star, was among five Negro professional basketball players injured when their car blew a tire and overturned Friday night 16 miles north of Pine Bluff. The attending physician said Kellogg, of Portsmouth, Va., is paralyzed except for slight movement in one arm. The doctor said he held little hope for his recovery- Boyd Buie, also a member of the touring Globetrotters second team, is hospitalized, with a hip injury but his condition is good. As a member of the Manhattan College team in 1951, Kellogg started the investigation which uncovered the "fix" scandals. Kellogg went to New -York District Attorney Frank Hogan and said gamblers had asked him to shave points in a college game. Hogan's subsequent probe disclosed that a score of college players had been approached and had carried out various plots to fix games. Paralyzed Three other players suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital yesterday. They were: Lucius Williams, 24, and Norman Smith, about 22, both .former Arkansas AM&N players and now members of the Marquis Haynes' All-Stars; and O. B. Elders, 23, ex- AM&N eager now playing with the team opposing the All-Stars. The five players were en route to Marianna, Ark., for an exhibition. Weekend Fights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington—Cisco Ambrade, 133 Los Angeles, decisioned Percy Bassett, 129%, Philadelphia (10). Charlotte, N. C.—Jake Lamotta, 168, New York, stopped Al (Kid) McCoy, 161, Augusta, Ga. (1) Haddix to Open Cords' Season SAN ANTONIO, Tex. ID — Ace southpaw Harvey Haddix, 20-game winner last year, will pitch the opening game of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Eddie Stanky picked Haddix, who lost nine games last year, to oppose the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis April 13. Vic Raschi, ex-New York Yankee hurler, will pitch the club's second game against Milwaukee there April 15 and Gerry Staley the following game at Chicago April 17. After this rotation, Stanky said yesterday he is still undecided on his pitchers. Tom Poholsky, Joe Presko and Stu Miller are other candidates for front-line duty. Stanky said Raschi will pitch the opening" game of a pre-season series in St. Louis against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday with Staley on tap for the second game Sunday. 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