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Friday, March 30, 1956
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Murray-Go-Round By TOM MURRAY Sports VOL. 36, NO. 251 (i;l|i Jagtomti §un a™*. Friday, March 30, 1956. . • Page f"^ $l*rlfiA Prttarc T**iii*naw UAI*A __ ' Dl-ir\f?-'C r* A nccn cifrw&fs* Gander Net Coach Played The Best - 'SEVENTEEN YEARS is a long time to play anything, but that's'the length of Gander Tennis Coach Clint Nettleton's playing career and he's still going. The handsome 27-year-old former University of Texas star, currently amid one of the biggest scrambles of his life trying to run off over 50 matches in first day Baytown Championships play, will again enter the River Oaks Tournament. Texas School The Houston tournament, draw- Ing the world's famous natters, is scheduled April 36-27. Four times he's competed in. the blue-ribbon B'g-II tourney.' In fact he nnd former University of Texas teammate, Bernard Gerhnrdt, pressured Vic Scixas and Gardner Mulloy before losing to the Davi.s Cup Star at River On Us in :Ht.i2. Clint still (nTis'Sexias the best player Ito'.s ever met on clay, canvas, concrete or n'lnenl, nnd ho.'s met c|iiite a few. Aniono; others he's played Ham Jliohardson, Tut Barlzen, Straight Clark. Australia's Re:-: Hartwijr, presently on Jack Kramer's professional tour, Atervyn Rose/Bill Talbert, United States Davi.s Cup Captain and soft-hilling but t'oug-h Herbie Flam. Soft-spoken Nettle-ton has I met many more and can't count the number elite tournaments he's won, or at least he shied away. Net Stars In Action AFTER 48 SASSY YEARS vLAWRKXCE, Knn.—(ipj—Thelenfrthy and sometimes vrrballv violent coachmR career of Dr.'Forrest C. <Fhog) Allen probablv will come to a,, end Friday. The Kansas University athletic board wcrrtlv bejran the retirement procedure Thursday Jiijtht bv rpfuhin* to recommend thai the TOyear-oId mentor be Vchircd. " Toured Far East For Gen. Taylor-- XKTTLETOX. successor to successful J^eo Lnhorde at Robert E. Lee, has a t»o<ul basis for Hie terrific couching job lie's doing- ibis sprinjc In spile of it be- tng bis very first shot at the profession. For he spent most of his enlisted life in the Arrt:y travelling over the Far East, teaching the game to military personnel. He was directly ur,do r '«he wing'of present Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Maxwell Taylor, a tennis bug from the word go. Starting: as a 10-year-okl at a town wilh .nt least a historical ring. San .Titan. Texas. Clint has since been ceaselessly at the tennis game. Lettering fmir years in hiirh iM-hool »'R S nothing for by that time be was n seasoned court veteran. "Kut our high school didn't KO in for lonsj trips back in those days," he chuckles. Hi? did win the Falfurrias Hearts Delight singles championship two years, however. Twice he advanced to the state semis but never came away with a Texas title. Xettlefon played (wo years' at Kilinburjf .luniar Collcjri-.'jviiiniiiif state. ,JC singles titles bolb years. At.tractinjr attention younjr' Clint found a. nt-w home at the University of Texas where he was a top-.-a(ed performer on Dr. J'en- iclc's HMO and 1850 SWC championship team. "There were four players about even those two: years and they rotated us 'back and forth, with no one man playing a set position for each match . . . especially in 1350." he relates. In.lIMo Clint began a seven-year tour of the country's finest amateur tournaments and even played in the Canadian Nationals. Ky TOM. MURKAY Sun Sports Editor Tension mounted in Friday's opening rounds of Clint .Ncttle- ton's first, annual loaded Kay- town High Si-liool Tennis eham- pion.shisp at J_c<- and Humble Courts, as Highland Park's terrific Eddie Sledge made a belated, appearance. Cream of Texas' high school tennis players began, swinging at !) a.m.' in the two-day tournament with semis scheduled Saturday morning and finals Saturday afternoon at Lee Courts. The five finest boys' singles players, including the state's present king, Art Foust of Houston Austin, the three best girls' singles players and the state's four top-rated boys' doubles teams are in,competition here. i'lay through the quarterfinals was expected to be completed Friday in both boys' and girls' divisions. Girls' play was scheduled at Humble Courts. But semis, and final action will be moved solely to Lee Courts. Challenging FOUSL, b e sides Sledge are Baylown'.s Bill Dixon, drawing the^No. 5 seed here, and rated a tosstip for the second-best mantle among Texas high school singles players, Houston San Jac- cinto's Ronnie Fisher, fourth- seeded and Doug Fuller, Spring Branch, fifth seeded. Sledge, not. expected to appear since his entry failed to come in Tuesday's mail, showed up Thursday as if nothing- had happened. He was shocked to find his entry had been lost in the mail. His appearance gives the Bay- Dodgers Are Thankful Labine Still Around Played Rosewall At Forrest Hills- VORKJiST HILLS, hiibitnt nf the National Aniatfur tourney, also felt »ltlcton's soft-shoe routine, the Gander roarh los- InjT In Australia's Davis Cup n-irular. Ken liosewall in the 193:; championships. He playe.i the Eastern g; ass- pourts yearly. Among 1 the tournaments he consented to claim sitlp to were Iowa, Nebraska and Kansns championship meets, the Cyclone at Ame.s. Iowa, and 1 the Mid-Western Open at Omaha. There are many others. Playing with Nottlrton on the '49 UT net squad "\\*cr<- Felix Kel- Icy, Bob Golfarb. Ed Bmswell, and Howard Startzmnn. In Ifl.Vl .Julian Oakc.s, ,Ti n) Saiindrrs, llcmnrd fJerlianlt and Kitlph Xi-tllplon, Clint's yoitnjr- »-r brother, we r ,. in the t~T fold. Good nature^ Xcltleton nnd his assistant on the Far Eastern Army tours. Chicago's Grant Gok.'cn. were frood-will men for thi? conn- try Roinp to Japanese schools to teach and play exhibitions. Golden is presently the county's 10th ramlced amateur. He was drafted in 1953 and discharged only last June. Upon release Xettleton played three amateur tournaments, so restless was he away from the game. Reeommendi'd for the Baytown job by another who'd been offered the position. Xettlelon i> making fans and players happy the olln-r fellow declined. (Cnnlimiivl On Pnice 10) By UNITED'PRESS Memo to ; apprentice seaman Johnny Podres: The Brooklyn Dodycrs wish you still were able to start for them but they figure things will be okay as long as Clem Labine is around. Th-." little relief artist's brilliant .spring- form — he's allowed only two hits in 13 scoreless innings- is making: Manager Walt Alston forge! that he's yet to find a replacement for Podres and that several of his other key pitchers haven't been shaping up too well. It was, Labine to the rescue again Thursday when the world champions evened their spring series with the New York Yankees at 2-2 by scoring a ID-inning. .V-! victory. Clem closed it out without allowing a hit in three innings- reminiscent of his work in the 19",5 World Series when he appeared in four games, winning one. saving another and yielding only six hits in 9 1-3 frames. Also reminiscent of the World Series pattern WHS the fact the Dodgers squared the spring series nfter dropping- the first two gnmes. The Dodgers arc idle Friday while the Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies at Cleanvater. Fla., in the only Good Friday action in the grapefruit league. Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson hit two-run, first-inning-homers off Whitey Ford to put the Dodgers in front, -1-0. but the Yankees tied the score by pecking away for four runs and 10 hits in seven frames against starter Carl Erskine. Then came Labine—and the 29- year old curveballer was so effective the Yankees gladly would have settled for Podres himself. A means of moving your valued household goods to your new home safely and conveniently. No muss, no fuss, no worry. Just call your North American Van Lines agent today. He'll do the complete job for you. " I HASTY TRANSFER & STORAGE CO. I A. C. COKER, Owner ' 213 E. Texa« Dial 2050: town tournament best field of any high school tournament thus far in the state outside of the San Antonio Championships. •Fisher rates fourth amo.ig all high school singles performers with Fuller fifth. Bob Mooney and Jim Moses, by virtue of their sound victory over Baytown's Paul Como and Doug Bashrum, defending high school champions, draw first seed among Baytown Championships doubles performers. The San Antonio Brackcnridiri; pair beat Como-Basbrum in semis of the San Antonio Championships early in. the month. The Baytown duo is seeded second. A siege of yellow - jaundice caused last - minute cancellation of entries of Falfurrias 1 great doubles team. Raul Mireles and Chico Almarez. seeded three. Port Arthurs Bill Cook and Jimmy Shanks, Baytown's jN'o. 2 team, Stan Amcnt and Leroy Como COME IN AND- along with Corpus Ray' s Mac White and Glean Ne Smith are fighting for third, fourth and fifth, rated toss u pi-. Harriet Pullen, San Antonio Jefferson, and Betty Foust, Art's mister, were rated tile finest two players in the jfirls' division. Semifinal and final time-sched- uies were to be announced later. LI! Leaouer Quality Merchandise At Special Prices! Specials For Friday & Saturday MARCH 30 & 31 CATERING SERVICE: .-'DELIVERY SERVICE SPECIALS — — — BONDS ITU. 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