The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 9, 1954
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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE N 1KB Brennan Is Reminiscent of Leahy As He Runs Irish in Spring Drills By JIMMY BRESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent SOUTHBEND, Ind. — (jsiEA) — Terry Brennan came out of his dressing room under the stadium stands and walked across the asphalt road to green-fenced Cartier Field, where^ for the first time, he would be coach of the Notre Dame football team. He was dressed in a loose white parka and extra large sweatpants. A blue baseball cap with gold ••ND" insignia was pulled down over his solemn face and his football cleats made a familiar clopping sound as he crossed the road. Brennan nodded to a manager as he walked through the gate and onto the practice field. He stopped in the middle of it and looked around. There were only a few people on the sidelines and they seemed more interested in keeping warm than watching a 25-year-old guy begin his bid to take over where Frank Leahy left off. "It feels," he said to a fellow next to him, "a little strange. But it's not as bad as you think. I mean all this stuff about me being on a 'spot.' You see, I practiced on this field for four years and then was here all last year as freshman coach. It's a little bit like home to me." * * * A noise came from the entrance and Brennan turned. White jer- seyed players, running in groups, began to come through the entrance onto the field. Brennan began to walk from one side of the field to the other, slowly, with his hands thrust in the parka pocket. Assistant coaches had quickly formed the players into groups and Were sending them through calisthenics. Brennan walked from one group to the other, cheeking his watch every few minutes. Then he went back to the middle and blew a whistle. The groups broke up and the players ran over to Brennan. Their coach — at best, only four years older than the seniors on the squad — spoke quietly to them. Then the mob of husky kids scattered again and the assistant coaches moved in to go back to work. The backs were in a big circle, walk-ing on their ankles in a Leon Errol-type drill. BUI Earley, the backfield coach, kept chanting, "On your ankles, get 'em over now." * * * In front of the goal posts at one end, seven quarterbacks were broken into two lines and practicing ball handling. One of them would, call signals and they all would spin and handing off the ball. "Make sure you are going into the line with the ball before you hand it off," Brennan said. "You pulled too far on that one, Larry," he said to one of the kids. Centers were being drilled in getting the ball away quickly and then charging forward into an imaginary blocker. "Give that ball back and then go —boom," Brennan told them. He stepped forward quickly to demonstrate. He watched them once more and then walked up to one of them, a big kid who seemed twice the size of his 165-pound coach. "Get quicker with that or the guy on your head will have your head off," Brennan said. * • • "It doesn't look any different than last year," a spectator remarked to Moose Krause, the athletic director. "He's even dressed for practice like Leahy used to be. Terry Brennan The only difference is that he is walking a little qiucker." "He's got an awfully tough job," Krause said. "Why, this looks like the smallest team we've had in years. And the schedule is murder." "Are you," the guy cut in, "taking up where Prank Leahy left off?" After the two-hour session, Brennan sat in the dressing room and joked with the rest of the coaches. "It sure was cold out there," he said- He looked young now, not the aloof coach he had been a few moments before. "That's one day you got through, anyway," somebody said. "I've got a lot more to go," smiled Terry Brennan. Cards Home Looking Tough More Like Contenders Than in Past Yeart ST. LOtJIS UP) — The St. Louis Cardianls came home today, flexing new muscles and looking more like pennants contenders than at any time in the past five yeaars. Some of the new players for which the owners have shelled out close to a half-million dollars will go on display as the Red Birds take on the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition at 1:30 p. m. tomorrow. The final exhibition of the spring will be against the Orioles at 2 p. m. Sunday. The Cards open the regular season against the Chicago Cubs here Tuesday afternoon. In tomorrow's game Gerald Staley, an 18-game winner last year for the Cardinals, will be opposed by Joe Coleman, formerly of the Philadelphia A's. A pair of $100,000 rookies, shortstop Alex Grammas and first baseman Tom Alston, will be in the Cardinal lineup. Sammy Boulmetis was the leading jockey at Hialeah this season. In 169 starts he had 32 firsts, 14 seconds and 31 thirds. Wisconsin Still Mitt Favorite STATE COLLEGE, Pa.. Despite the loss of defending champion Ray Zale, Wisconsin's Badgers still were favored today to win their seventh NCAA boxing championship. The boxers from the Big Ten won two and lost two bouts in yesterday's double-barreled opener of the three-day tourney in Penn State's recreation building. In addition, they gained byes for their two aces, 119-pounder Roy Kuboyama and heavyweight Bob Hinds. Maryland's eastern champions, Michigan State, San Jose State and the host Penn State squad also placed four men into tonight's semifinals. Hampton Institute advanced three men while Louisiana State, defending champion Idaho State, Syracuse, yirginia, and Hawaii each moved up two. The finals will be held tomorrow night. Tomorrow Big Day for U. A. Relays, Plus Contests In Baseball, Golf and Tennis/ on Schedule FAYETTEVILLE — Saturday is a big day for Razorback spring sports — in fact, the busiest of the entire semester. For the only time this season Arkansas' quartet of teams — track, baseball, golf and tennis — are scheduled for competition. The big event of the day will be in Razorback Stadium where the Porker trackmen of Dick Hitt play host to the Fifth Annual Arkansas Relays and some 300 high school boys. A dual meet with Oklahoma A&M is in store for his Arkansas varsity and freshmen. Other than track, Missouri will be the key target of Arkansas victory hopes. The Razorbacks meet the Bengals in baseball, golf and tennis. After an even split in their first four games with Bradley and Kansas, the diamond crew of Bill Ferrell's heads for Columbia and a two-game stint with the Tigers Friday and Saturday. They play Kansas at Lawrence Monday and Tuesday. For the baseball team, a lack of power at the plate forecast at the season's start has become a reality. Four men are hitting over .300 —Francis Long (444),. Buster Wilkerson (.636), Lamar McHan (.333), and Billy Bowden (.312)— but from there on the averages drop sharply. Ferrell's pitching headaches have increased, too. Only Charlie Bogan, a sophomore southpaw, has really impressed. The local moundsman has pitched 15 innings, allowing seven hits, no earned runs, only three walks and 19 strikeouts. He has one win and a six-inning relief job to his credit. Otis Turner's sagging golf squad —already considered out of the conference race after two losses— will take on Missouri and Tulsa together in a three-way affair on the Porker course; while the winless net team of John "Red" Davis' meets the Tigers in the afternoon on the Arkansas courts. The following week will be one of comparative inactivity with the University taking time out for a week's Easter vacation. Only the two baseball games in Kansas and a once-important golf clash with Texas here on Monday invade the week's schedule. 'Russia Ready For Olympics 7 And Reds Figure to Be Very Tough, Too STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (#>)—Jim Owen, who helped guide America's boxers to an unprecedented five championships in the Helsinki Olympics, warned today it will take a "great sacrifice" by U. 8. athletes to beat the Russians in the 1956 games in Melbourne. "The Russians were tough- real tough-in Helsinki and they didn't have much coaching experience," said Owen, who was co-coach of the '52 boxing squad. "They sent over a lot of observers to the '48 games in London and they must have done a lot of observing considering how well they made out in their first crack at 'the Olympics in Finland. With betcer coaching they might have won . . ." "In order to prepare for the games, a lot of our kids are going to have to make a great sacrifice. Many will have to miss a semester of school. And many of our working athletes will have to make financial sacrifices. They'll have to take leaves from their jobs in a very, very busy time for many businesses because the Christmas season is coming on ..." "The Russians are a year and a half ahead of us now. They never stopped after the last games." Imagine! lor *OU$mob!le'« revolutionary high-compr«*$!on engine with billions of miles of proof behind it 1 . LDSMOBILE 0 "88" 2-Door Sedan delivered locally; ttate and local taxet extra. torn* fn toddy.;. and rocket away! Make a date to see and drive the all-new 1954 "Rocket" Oldimobile! It's today's btst buy—by far I Your price depends upon choice of model and body style, optional equipment and accessories. Prices may vary slightly in adjoining communities because of shipping charges. All prices subject to change without notice. SEE YOUR OLDSMOBILI DEALER TODAYI HORNER-WILSON MOTOR COMPANY, 309 E. MAIN ST. lust year while playing In only 97 Runies. Another record well out of reach was set. by Kecler the .same year U897> when he collected 243 hits. Any miijor leaguer approaching 200 those days is all-star material. Other club murks equally out of reach this year: Most r u n s, 167 , Joe Kelley <1894); most triples. 23. James Williams (1902>; most stolen bases 77. John McGraw U894) and Willie Keeler (1897K On the pitching end. it would take some (nil hurling by any pres- enuduy pitcher let alone members of the Orioles' doubtful staff to top •so murks: Most complete games. 39, "Iron Man" Joe McOinntty (1801) ;mo*t wins. 46. Matt Kilroy (1887) ;moit strikeouts, 505, Matt Kilroy <1M«). Pitcher O. w. Cobb dropped *n amazing 39 games in 1892 for a record that seems safely—and h»i>- plly—out of reach. Fights Last Night By The Associated PreM Akron. Ohio—Bobby Hughei, 166, Warren, Ohio, knocked out Eddie Smith. 169. New York. 1. Newark. N. J.—Johnny IX Qillo, 135, Bayonne, stopped Felix H«- dondo. 134 -\, Bayonne, 8. Baltimore—Dan Braun. 144, Baltimore, outpointed Johnny Cunningham. 146. Baltimore, 12. LADIES OF LACROSSE—This uomenx ' ,c 0 ^e team fiom Great Britain and Ireland is touring the United States. Joan Reeson. center middle row. of Sussex. Endand. is contain. Ironically, Those Orioles of Old Were Good BALTIMORE W—When the Baltimore Orioles take the field in Detroit next Tuesday to open their first major league season in 52 years, the players will find some lofty team records confronting them. The Orioles are "new" to modern fans. So they may be sur- prised to hoar some of the marks established by famous Baltimore players of past major league teams. Can't Match .423 For instance, there doesn't seem to be a ghost of a chance for any member of this year's team to come even close to the club's bat- ting record set 'way back in 1897. That was the year Willie Uiit 'em where they ain't) Keeler clubbed National ( League pitching for a .432 average. If any 1954 Oriole comes within 100 points of that mark, club officials and fans will be happy. 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