The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 24, 1953 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 24, 1953
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THTJHSDAY, SEPT. 24, 1958 — BI.TniEVTT-Ll (ARK.V COTTRTRR NEWS PAGE SEVEW Weil Says LaStarza Nixed Blue-Chippers By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor I GROSSINGER'S N. Y. — Al Weill is not only feuding with Charley Goldman about the veteran trainer taking bows for the development of Rocky Marciano. Weill also tees off on Jimmy (Fats) De Angelo, who complains that Marciano's manager kept Roland La Starza waiting three years and a half for a return match with the champion. This the son of the Bronx butcher gets at the Polo Grounds, Sept. 24. "De Angelo has been as cautio'us as his fighter," counters Weill. "That's why they haven't made any money since La Starza boxed Rocky. "As the New York matchmaker of the International Boxing Club, I offered De Angelo all three of the matches that made Marciano and set him up as the top challenger of Jersey Joe Walcott. I offered him Hex Layne in the summer of 1951, Joe Louis that fall and Harry Matthews the next summer. He turned them all down, and you know what Rocky did to them. "Instead of taking these good money- shots, find adding to his fighter's prestige, De Angelo turned to opponents who meant nothing while whining about us keeping La Starza waiting. He took his hum out into the sticks, where he fought for peanuts, and blew a couple of fights at that." EXPLAINING HIS EARLIER munifence toward De Angelo and his tiger, Weill points out that it was good business as a matchmaker. His job was to get customers into Madison Square Garden or a ball park. "Remember,'* he reminds, "La Starza was the farthest advanced when he met Marciano the first time. Beating Layne, Louis or Matthews, La Starza would have still been on hand for Marciano, and the first match convinced Rocky and all of us that our guy could take him any time. "When De Angelo refused to take a chance, he tossed profitable and elevating business in our direction, which is the only reason why La Starza hasn't been on the agenda before this. "Meanwhile, La Starza could have had and further built himself 'against Walcott and Ezzard Charles. Others did- Marv Jensen took'Walcott for Layne as early as the winter of 1950, and Layne cuffed the old gent's eafs off. De Angelo waited until last spring, when Layne was through, and didn't mean much." • * * BECAUSE OF DE ANGELO'S reluctance, Weill contends that La Starza has stood still. On the other hand, he believes Marciano has improved 50 per cent. There is no tonic for a prize fighter like sustained success and the winning of the championship. The La Starza camp makes much of the fact that Marciano hasn't had a fight in a year. Even Marciano throws out the fiasco with Walcott in Chicago last May 15. "A fighter doesn't improve in a gymnasium or at a training camp." stress the La Starza men. "He improves by fighting." The weakness of this argument is that La Starza has been out only twice since Marciano went a sizzling 12 rounds with Walcott before belting him out in the 13th. In those, he reversed the decision dropped to the unheralded Rocky Jones and came from behind to beat a washed-up Layne. Both Marciano and La Starza have had 18 lights since they last met. All Weill wins the argument when he says Rocky Marciano has come farther because of the quality of his opponents. Yanks Get Crack at Best Brooklyn Team in History By JOHN McCALHJM NEA Staff Corespondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — The Dodgers enter their seventh World Series, Sept, 30, with, it is universally agreed, the strongest team ever spawned in the Borough Beyond the 1 Bridge. By the time the final returns are in, it's quite probable the National League champions will have had their finest year, statistically and otherwise. ^ . 'The Brooks set a new Olympic record nailing the flag- down so early. Sept. 12, an now all they have to do is sit back and relax— and think about the Yankees. As the Platbush Faithful, a longsuffering breed, learned on four ' previous post-season occasions, you don't beat the Yankees With voodoo po\vdeYS, soggy old tea leaves, crystal balls and magic wands. Not the Yankees, when there's hard money to be won. How, then does the 1953 edition feel about the upcoming series? "Rogers Hornsby and Eddie Stanky have been quoted as saying we should be ashamed of ourselves if we lose this one," said Pee Wee Reese, who with Phil Hizzuto is one of the lone survivors of the 1941 Series. "That's putting us on the spot. So much can happen in a Series. A bad bounce, a dropped third strike and what have you often mean the difference between winning and losing. • * * "Tliis is the best National League club I've ever seen. Certainly stronger than any of the four other Brooklyn teams I've played with in the Scries. Ain't that right, Jackie." "Of the Series I've been in," said Jackie Robinson, who is going into his fourth. "This is the best chance we've had.. It's definitely not a pressure Series Sor us. We've all been through it before—with the ex. ception of- Junior Gilliam, who plays best when the chips are down — and we're not going to tighten up." • "They've been saying all season we have weak pitching, but I can't see it," said Captain Reese. "There's always been someone coming in as a stopper-. "Our starting rotation seems fairly well set. Charley Dressen has Roe, Erskine, Milliken, Meyer, Loes and Podres to call on, and Labine, Hughes and Black in relief. That's a better and more dependable staff GOOD USED FURNITURE We »re now using the second floor of our store exclusively for used furniture. We feel by doing this we can serve our customers better !• three wayi. I- We can gt« you more for yonx used furniture on new. 2. If you want to buy Roofl used furniture we will bar* It. 3. If you want to sell a*td tut- niture ws will buy it. In »ny of the three cases we would like the opportunity ot figuring with you, Tnraiiph our liberal allowance foi used furniture on new we have *e- ct) m» la ted the largest stock of u«d furniture In our history. We Pay Cash For Used Furniture We in rite you to rlslt our used furniture department on the second floor. Alvin Hardy FURNITURE CO. 113 E. Main Ph. 231)2 than we had for the Series last fall. "You'd recognize how good our hurling really is playing behind it every day. " Winning the pennant so early, we can- finish the season playing just enough to keep in shape, resting guys who need It. "If someone were to ask me who on the Yankees I feared most, I'd tell 'em Hizzuto. It will be his eighth Series in 10 seasons. He can beat you so many ways — the double play, the bunt, the base hit in the pinch, the long ball when it is needed. "This will be my fifth Series against Phil. "I don't know what it would be like to play against any other shortstop." Troy Knocks Out MiddlekeightVet WASHINGTON Ml — Willie Troy, a 21-year-old from Washington, stepped up a notch among the world's middleweights last night by knocking out Lee Sala, the Pittsburgh veteran. It was a pretty drab fight, this nationally televised affair, except for a brief offensive flurry by Sala in the second round and the left hook with which Troy flattened Sala in the fifth. But it was an important blow Carl Erskine Will Try Three Starts BROOKLYN W> —.Carl Erskine, smallest and lightest of Brooklyn's pitchers, will attempt an iron-man stunt in the World Series between the Dodgers and New York Yankees starting next '.Vednesday. The 5-10, 160-pound right-hander, only 20-game winner among the Dodgers, is slated to pitch the first, fourth and seventh games Brooklyn Manager Charlie Dressen disclosed today. That is contingent on the. series going the limit of seven games. Dressen hopes to get two games out of Preacher'"Roe, the 35-year- old southpaw. He is a certainty to pitch the second game. Roe has a perfect 2-0 record against the Yankees in World Series competition. "It will be either Russ Meyer or Bob Milliken in the third game," said Dressen. "The one who doesn't go then may pitch the fifth game. Then again, it might be Billy Loes in the fifth game. I haven't made up my mind yet." in the life of young Troy. It gave him his 14th knockout in 22 fights. He has lost but once, to a fellow Washingtonian, Holly Mims. AVTO RACING A"t ITS BEST... Classic meet of the motor sports viorld is lite Indianapolis Speedway race— "anlo racing at its best!" BOTH 86 PROOF . NEUTRAL SPIRITS KENTUCKY BLENDED WHISKEY CONTAINS 65X GRAIN . THE HIIL AND HILL COMPANY. LOUISVILLE, KY. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FAIR ALL THIS WEEK AT THE FAIRGROUNDS !N BLYTHEYILLE GATES OPEN 10 A.M. DAILY * * TOMORROW IS KIDS DAY ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN ADMITTED TO GROUNDS FREE FROM 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. * * TOMORROW IS 4-H CLUB DAY ATTENTION 4-H'ERS: THIS IS YOUR "SHARE THE FUN FESTIVAL" TONIGHT AT 7:15 SEE THE"GREASED PIG SCRAMBLE" INFRONTOF THE GRANDSTAND SEE F.F.A. BOYS SCRAMBLE FOR GREASED PIGS GRAND STAND ACTS AT 2:30 & 8 SEE: VIRGIL & BUNNY MISS LONI World Famous Balancing Act And Her Spectacular Juggling Act CRAIG AND HIS EDUCATED CHIMPANZEES VISIT THE COMMERCIAL BOOTHS IN THE EXHIBIT BUILDINGS FOR FREE GRANDSTAND TICKETS

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