The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 21, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 21, 1953
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MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVBIf Ted Williams: For Six Times Up, One Homer (EDITOR'S NOTE: Almost unnoticed because of the pennant races and the World Scries has bee the amazinr performance of Ted Williams. *( The Boston Red Sox slugger, after serving with distinction as a Marine jet pilot in Korea, wa 'released from service in July and started playing: baseball in mid-August. Since then he has hit 13 home run* — about one in every six times at bat, a pace so amazinjr tha everyone is wondering what he might h»ve done If he had played all season. Joe Reichler of The Associated Press, knows the inside of baseball and is a personal friend of TCI Williams. He tells you here "The Ted Williams Story.") By JOE REICKLER BOSTON (AP) — There is still only one Ted Williams. There simply can't be another. If there were, Williams wouldn't rest until he ha< outstripped his rival. This tempestuous figure, this* • colorful and controversial personality, this perfection-minded individual, this tremendous slugger has proved conclusively that he stands out all alone as the great est batter In baseball today. And there are many, particularly among the Cabots and Lowells and Ilurphys of New England who will tell you that this tall slugger of the Boston Red Sox is one of the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, hitter the game ever has known. Greater than Babe Ruth? Perhaps not. But the observations of Joe Cronin, the Red Sox general manager, are worth listening to. "Ted Williams is the greatest figure In sports today," says Cronin. '.'He has proved beyond shadow of doubt that he belongs in special class of hitters with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. In my book h.e is as great as the Babe and Lou ^|[Bre, when it comes to combining Tatting average with slugging. No Buddy Fences "I'm not saying Williams is as great a home run hitter as Ruth was. But Ted's ' lifetime batting average is higher. And Ted strikes out less often. You must remember that Ruth, as well as Gehrig and all the other great sluggers played in parks that best fitted their special talents. The right-field fence in Yankee Stadium, for instance, measures only some 300 feet. It can never be said that Fenway Park, with the most distant right field in the rmtjors, was built for Ted Williams." The cold statistics of Williams' work in his second post-war return to baseball borders on the fantastic but it doesn't tell half the story. Ted's batting deeds since he was installed in tie regular lineup about a month ago have amazed even his most devoted followers He has proved that at 35, he is ill as great a hitter as he ever ' was. Who else but Williams could crash a home run as a pinch hitter in only his second time at bat, exactly a month after he land ed in the United States after flying jet planes over Communist territory in Korea? Who else but Williams could saunter up to the plate, his wrist swollen, his elbow sore, his hands blistered, body too tired to permit him to play regularly, and wallop a pinch hit homer on the first ball pitched to him? Who else but Williams could hit «n amazing .400 and pound out a dozen homers in his first 75 times at bat—one In every 6—after 16 months in the service? All these things Ted haa done. U.S. Golf Cup Team Due For Personnel Change By HUGH FULLERTON JR. OKLAHOMA CITY <AP) — The United States Golf Association now has the annual task of picking a "cup" team for men's inter national play. And, from the results of the 1953 National Amateur Championship, some players who defended the Walker Cup against Britain early this month may be in for a surprise when'the team is chosen to play Mexico and Canada for the Americas Cup next summer. There's no question, of course, *about the new champion, Gene Lit' tier. He's in any time the Navy will let him out to play golf. This rather shy Navy airman irom San Diego, Calif., probably is the best amateur golfer today. He plays the same kind of stea dy, thoughtful golf as Ben Hogan. The hitch in Littler's case is that j still has 15 months to serve in Ms Navy enlistment. Dale Morey, whose biggest ambition-now is to make the Walker Cup team, hardly can be overlooked for next year's lesser cup competition. He matched Littler, hole 'or hole, before losing on the tense 18th. After these two, there's no telling low the other successful players in tie 53rd championship will stack up a year from now. The others, Don Albert of Purdue and Bruce ludd of Portland University, Ted Richards Jr. ,the national public inks champion; Bobby Kuntz, jarchmont, N. Y.; Angelo Santilli 3ast Greenwich, R. I. and Ray Palmer, Detroit, Except Littler, the 1953 Walker Guppers who went the farthest were ex-champion Sam Urzetta Jim Jackson, Bill Campbell, and he No. 1 alternate, Arnold Blum. Russellville Tops Von Buren R0SSELLVTLLE (/P) — Two fleet t ckfield men—Jim Rosa and Ed- ond Lemlsey—notched up two touchdowns apiece as the Russellville Cyclones defeated Van Buren, 32-7, here .Saturday night. Bobby Carl Jordan provided the other Cyclone TD and Mike Roys converted twice. Van Buren's Pete Collier racked up the only Pointer marker on a 20- yard dash off tackle. GOOD USED FURNITURE iVe are now using the second floor of our store exclusively (or used furniture. We feel by dolnr this we ran serve our customers Better 1* three ways, 1. We can jhre you more for your used furniture on new. 2. If ;ou want to buy good used furniture we will bar* It 3. If you want tn sell used furniture we will buy it in any of the three cases ffe would like the opportunity of figuring with you. Through onr liberal allowance foi used furniture on new we have accumulated the largest stock of used furnitqre In our history We Pay Cash For Used Furniture We Invite you to flslt our use ft furniture department on tb« iccond floor r Alvin Hardy FURNITURE CO. 113 E. Main fh W02 Vols Can Win Title Tonight BIRMINGHAM (XP)— The Nashville Vols face the Birmingham Barons in the fifth game of the best of seven series with a chance to grab the Southern Association playoff crown here tonight. The Vols, second place team in the pennant race, knocked off the Barons 9-7 last night for their third victory in the series. Birmingham has one triumph. Manager Hugh Poland said he would send Jack Harshman, who had a 23-7 record in regular season play, to the mound in an effort to finish the Barons tonight. Birmingham Manager Mayo Smith nominated Pete Mallory as his starting hurler. Mallory has won 11, lost s. The playoff champion will play SLUGGER—Outfielder Dusty Rhodes of the Giants holds up three balls and bats and wears a happy grin showing how it feels to sock three straight home runs against the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. It was the first time a major leaguer had hit that many in a single game this year. (NBA) the Texas League champ—either Tulsa or Dallas—in the Dixie Series. SJoMoreDrudgery }f Pumping and Carrying Water DEMING WATER SYSTEMS Supply running water at high pressure to home, barn, garage and pasture—for lawn, garden and for fixe protection. ey are entirely automatic in operation and require liule or no attention. HUBBARD HARDWARE COMPANY Ark. State Again May be Small School Power by Felix Carney Latest word on the color- telecasting front comes from Leslie Hoffman, president of Hoffman Radio Corporation. He says that mass production of color sets is still two years away because of complications in manufacturing the color tubes. At present, he reports, there is an 85% rejection in the color tubes produced, for failure to meet the high standards demanded by the industry. However, the first color sets will be on the market in about 6 months, assuming the FCC gives its approval. They will be 14-inch screens, and will retail at from ?750 to $1000 . . . which means color TV will -he a luxury item for some time to come, especially when a 21-inch black-and- white set costs so much less than the small screen color TV. For the few who will own color sets, there will be color programs of the big shows during this fall and winter . . . hut you will receive them in clear black and while on the regular sets. The FCC has made that "compatibility" mandatory. After all, most of us will be watching black-and- white sets for finite a while for the same reason that most of us don't drive Cadillacs! And a lot of us won't want to lose the advantages of big-screen TV. Since your set is going to be around for some time, its to your advantage to keep it in the peak of condition. For dependable repairs by experts, call BLYTHEVILLE SALES CO., 109 E. Main St. Phone 3616. By FRED CHISE.VHALL Of the Jonesboro Sun JONESBORO (AP) — For rest W. (Frosty) England is faced by a flock of problems as he prepares to open his eighth season as Arkansas State College's head footbal coach. For one thing, the Indians who have played in three bow games in the past two years figure their 1953 schedule opening with Abilene Chris tian College Sept. 26, is their roughest in history. Then the veteran mentor is facec not only with the problem of solving the difficulties brought abou by the abandment of the 2-platoon system,' bub also must come up with replacements for six members df the starting offensive teair of last seasons Gone from the 1952 eleven are quarterback Billy Sommers, enc John Koldus, guards Shep Woolforc and Ed Boldt, tackle Jim Reed and halfback Buzzy Gebert. From the defensive platoon of 1952 were lost Bill Arment. a 4-year-letterman at left tackle, and Gebert, who starred as linebacker. State's 44 candidates include 18 lettermen. But England points out that the Indians' bowl teams for the past :wo years were composed of specialists who performed under the llatoon system.Now that the NCAA las shelved this system, the Indian coach will have to find men vho are capable as both offensive and defensive performers. Woil Back But there is a bright side to the )icture. Richie Woit, Arkansas State's great running back, is all et to go in his final year of collegiate football. The stocky, piston-legged halfback enjoyed his greatest eason in 1952 as one of the lead- ng ground gainers and pointmak- ers In the nation. In 1951 he was|. selected as the most valuable player in the Refrigerator Bowl at EvsnsviHe, Ind. The Indians also have four other top-ranking backs in Manuel Vidal, Bobby Spnnn, Bill Daiel and Rudy Wagner. Spann, a Little Bock boy who is an alert play-caller and steady passer, is the number one choice to fill the gap vacated by Sommers. Top linemen include tackle Jim (Rock) Petroff and Tom Manning, center Milford (Moose) Goldberg and end Ronnie Allen. The team also will be bolstered by the addition of Billy Templeton of Pocahontas. a sophomore who played on the University of Arkansas freshman team in 1952. Following their opening game against Abilene Christian, the Redskins have eight more games on the docket for the 1953 campaign. The remainder of the schedule: Kansas State Teachers Collegu at Emporia. Oct. 3; Alabama State Teachers College of Florence at State College. Oct. 10: Southwestern Louisiana Institute at State College, Oct. 17; Lewis College at Rockport, 111., Oct. 24; Southern State College (Homecoming), Oct. 31; Memphis State at Memphis. Nov. 7; Tennessee Tech at Cookeville, Tenn., Nov. 14, and Nebraska State Teachers College of Kearney at State College, Nov. 21. Surprise Quote From Pappy BERKELEY. Calif, W—Surprise uote from California football oach Pappy Waldorf: "It was an ideal game for us. t taught us what we needed to enow," The game? Why, that 25-0 bounc- ng Baylor handed Cal Saturday. Fred Blassie Wrestle Royal Booked for Mat Show Blytheville wrestling fans will see something new in the way of a wrestling card — a five-man wrestle royal and four-map tag match — on the Memorial Auditorium's mat program tonight. The king-sized card was lined up by Promoter Mike Meroney and will bring five top-notch heavyweights, including the popular Freddie Blas- sie, to the Blytheville ring. Also on the king-sized card are Lee Fields, Rex Mobley, Charley Keene and Eddie Malone. The special bout will work this way. When the opening bell rings, all five grapplers will start wrestling with each man for himself. The first eliminated must then referee the remaining bouts. The last-two in the ring will toss a coin for the choice of partners and the four-man tag bout will follow. Blassie, rated one of the top contenders for Lou Thez's heavyweight crown, made his debut here last Monday night and immediately won the approval of Blytheville's fans. He is wellrknown to many Blytheville fans as he has appeared in a number of televised touts seen here. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Florence Tired; Rests in Spain ALGECIRAS, Spain OB—With tha channel of the Straits of Gibraltar behind her, swimmer Florence Chadwick took a well-earned rest today before leaving for Istanbul to attempt a swim of the Bos- phorus. The San Diego, Calif., girl swam the Straits yesterday against all expert advice. She crossed the channel in five hours, six minutes, bettering by a hour and 53 minutes Jorge Sugden's previous rec-. ord. Bob Rigali Is a halfback on the Notre Dame football squad. His father won a Notre Dame football letter back in 1925. 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NATIONAL COTTON PICKING CONTEST BALL FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 : Main Exhibit Building Blytheville Fairgrounds 9:30 TIL- Advanced Tickets $4 Couple (including reservations) On Sale at Kelley's Friendly Shoe Store Tickets At Door $4.50 First Come — First Served This Ad Sponsored by Blytheville Water Co. £ Dine Tonight At Moultrie Court Restaurant No. Highway 61 Phone 2-173 -SPECIALS^- With Waffle Potatoes Wllh French Fries $1-25 $1.50 SPECIALIZING IN STEAKS - CHICKEN - SEAFOOD R.CFARR&SONS WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS Fuel Oil and Petroleum Products Lee Tires 'Serving This Area for Over 20 Years!" FARM — HOME — INDUSTRIAL 400 S. Railroad St. Blytheville, Ark. 4567 — Phone — 4567

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