The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 15, 1953 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 15, 1953
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, 1/ECEMBBR 15, BLYTHKV1LLE (ARX.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE ELEVEN [Players Thought All TV, Radio Dough Theirs By HARRY GRAYSON NBA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Everywhere you go you hear, "What do you think of the I ball players' pension plan" I "I don't know much about it," said Johnny Mack, 'the elevator operator, "but I wish I1 could get in on it." "It's horrible what they're doing those ball players." protested fvludy Schmidt, the barkeep. "I wish they'd do it to me," court Itered Mr. Mack. Seriously, all the ball players I want to know is what they are to I get from a fund to which they have I contributed generously since the 1 World Series of 1946. Carl Erskine states the noble aih- I letes' side of the controversy as | well as could an attorney. "Happy Chandler, then commis- I sioner, visited clubhouses during I the 1950 season and urged the play- I ers to forfeit their rights to radio I and television World S ries receipts I so all the money could be contrib- I uted to the pension fund," says the I Dodgers' World Series strikeout I record-holder. Finishing second in 1950. the I Brooks earned the runner-up's end | of the swag. ."We were led to believe," testi- I ties Erskine, the Superbas' player representative, "that every cent of I the money we were forfeiting was | going into the fund." In 1950, the current six-year radio I and TV contracts were signed, which rapidly swelled what the slaves believed was their fund into the millions. It is estimated that the amount might run as high as $40 million within another 10 years. This unquestionably is the crux f the open break between Commis- lloner Ford Prick and the 16 play| er representatives. They want an accounting with [ their lawyer, J. Norman Lewis. 'Frick and the owners take the I position that, "We're giving you all this dough. It's none of your business how we're giving it to you." • • « "LAST YEAR," continues Erskine, "we found that only part of the money was going into the fund. "We believe it's ours end the owners think it's theirs. Maybe all o[ it isn't ours, but some of it certainly is. We have to straighten out just how much." The magnates now take the position that all of it is theirs. Perhaps now that the squabble has for the time being been taken out of the hands of the Three Dumb Diamond Dukes — Frick and the league presidents, Will Harridge and Warren Giles — and placed in the hands of a committee composed of John Galbreath and Hank Greenberg, it will be settled to the complete satisfaction of all within a reasonably short time. President Galbreath of the Pirates is a sound business man. General Manager Greenberg of the Indians, as an old ball player, is 'sympathetic to the hired hands. EVERYBODY BUT THE Muffin owners agree with Allie Reynold that the players' proposals did no merit such drastic action as th termination of the annuity and in surance plan and their releasin themselves of the obligation. "Our intentions are not to tlestro or over-encumber," stresses th American League player represent ative. "It seems this point has been mc:-e or J2.3S ov . • All the plnyers want Is a look a the books with their mtorney You can bet that at least three attorneys had a hand in writing th-t long resolution released afte the major league meetings. Jim Tatum Named '53 Coach of Year NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Tatum, football coach at the University of Maryland, was named today as the 1953 Coach of the Year in a nationwide poll of college coaches, conducted by Scrips Howard Newspapers. Tatum, whose Terrapins were ranked as the top team in the country in the final Associated Press football poll, Was an overwhelming selection in the 19th annual voting. Of the 599 coaches casting ballots, 151 chose Tatum. Only members of the American Football Coaches Assn. are eligible to vote. Runner-up to Tatum was Henry (Red) Sanders of UCLA with 111 votes. Forest Evashevski of Iowa finished third with 168 votes, followed by Notre Dame's Frank Leahy with 34. Ray Eliot of Illinois was fifth, Ralph Jordan of Auburn sixth, George Munger of Penn seventh, Ivy Williamson of Wisconsin eighth. Earl Blaik of Army ninth and Art Lewis of West Virginia and Paul Bryant of Kentucky tied for 10th. Who'll Take Gopher Job? Wilkinson, Munn Are Not Likely MINNEAPOLIS UK — Minnesota fondly eyed a pair of famous old grads to fill its head football coaching job today and hoped against sh facts the home school lure would be strong enough to bring one of them back. But the odds were against either Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma or Biggie Munn of Michigan State returning to Minnesota, where they starred as players. Wilkinson and Munn at least were a starting point in speculation on a successor to Wes Fesler, who resigned Monday to take an executive position with radio station WDGY in Minneapolis. Both Wilkinson and Munn have reached pinnacles at their respective schools. Wilkinson rejected the Minnesota job when Bernie Bierman resigned in 1950 and said "the situation at Oklahoma is the same as it was three years ago." Eight years remain on his 10-year contract. Munn's main interest right now centers on the Michigan State athletic directorship. He conferred with Michigan State President Dr. John Hannah last Friday on his Charles Set As 2-1 Choice SAN FRANCISCO Wl — Ezzard Charles, former heavyweight champion, is a 2 to 1 favorite over Coley Wallace of New York for their 10- round bout here tomorrow night. The fight will be televised nationally at 9 p.m. (CST). Charles, hoping to become the first heavyweight ever to regain the title, must defeat Wallace to remain a strong contender for Rocky Marciano's crown. une tormer champion will weigh between 185 and 188 pounds compared with Wallace's 205. future at MSC but it was understood then Munn had decided to stay with State. Ralph Young, the current Spartan athletic director, will reach retirement age in 1955. NO BULL-DOZER, HE—Matador Manuel Capciillo electrifies a Mexico City crowd with this spectacular pass, made by dropping to his knees and passing the bull behind him with his cape. The utmost skill and courage are needed for this "blind" maneuver. Steed White To Ft. Smith Former Arkansas Lineman New Coach PORT SMITH (tf) —Steed White, rittle Rock High School line couch, nas accepted the head footba ;oach's job at Fort Smith Hig: School. Superintendent J. W- Ramse said White accepted the job yes terday and will succeed Prank Jones on Jan, 25. Jones, Fort Smith coach for th last seven years, was released las month by the city school board. H lad one successful year Here—in 1948—the season White served .ne coach. White came here after graduat ng from the University of Arkan sas and went to Little Rork th< 'ollou'ing year. He served there a. assistant coach to Wilson Mat thews. svfi guard the 32-year-old Whit played with the Razorbacks in tin Cotton Bowl in 1946 and the Dixi' Bowl in 1947. He also attended Ar cansas Tech. Ramsey did not disclose White' :alary, nor did he say if th issistant coaches on the staff \voui< •emain. Michigan State's right halfback Bert Zagers, made his first colleg pass a scoring one. He tossed a for ward for the clinching tcuchdowi in a 14-6 win over Michigan. COAL $10 ton delivered - 2 tons or more (Plus Tax) HESTER'S COAL YARD PHONE 31E6 NSW Instant-Set Margin: automatic, accurate, fast! NSW Touch responsive, feather-lightl NEW "Write" clean, clear, uniform! 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Kuenn, who might consider the award a belated birthday gift—he turned 23 a few days ago—has been pretty good at living up to expectations ever since Harvey Sr. put a tiny bat in his hands when the lad could hardly walk. Between that day and this there's a long list of sports accomplishments and records shattered in baseball, basketball and football, capped by a sensational debut with Detroit this year. Braves' Spahn, Phils' Roberts Top National League in ERA By BEN OLAN NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Spahn and Robin Roberts, the National League's top pitchers last season with 23 victories apiece, finished one-two in the earned run ratings with the Milwaukee southpaw officially winning the title today for the second time. Spahn, who dropped only seven games, gave up only 62 earned runs in 2G6 Innings for an ERA of 2.10, the lowest figure since Howie Pollet's same mark in 1946. Spahn also had the circuit's best earned run average In 1947, 2.33. Roberts Second The official pitching averages released today by the league's service bureau also disclosed that Roberts, ace of the Philadelphia Phillies staff, posted a 2.75 average, on 106 earned runs in 347 frames. He lost 16 games. Statistice compiled by the Asso- ciated Press and released last October also listed Spahn as the league's earned run leader at 2.10 and Roberts the runner-up with 2.75. Bob Buhl, Milwaukee's rookie right-hander, finished third with 2.98. He allowed 51 earned runs in 154 innings, while winning 13 and dropping B. Ilnddix 3.06 Lefty Harvey Hadclix of the St. Louis Cardinals was fourth with 3.06, followed by Milwaukee's Johnny Antonelli, -3.19, Curt Simmons of Philadelphia, 3.21; and Lew CSL May Have Six Members GREENVILLE, Miss. W) — Five Baseball teams of the Class C Cotton States League plan to operate Tgain next season, and a sixth iopcs to secure the necessary financial backing to continue in the ".ea&ue. El Dorado, Hoi Springs and Pine Bluff, Ark., Monroe, La., and Jackson, Miss., gave assurances of playing in 1954. However, two Mississippi teams, Natchez and Green- Mile, appeared out. Natchez, which already has disposed of its players, was not rep- •esented. Read Courier News Classified Ads punching." Davis Quizzed On Performance BOSTON ftf) — Teddy (Red Top) Davis, veteran Hartford, Conn., joxer, has been asked to appear jefore the Massachusetts Boxing Commission tomorrow to explain 'unsatisfactory" performance against Tony DeMarco, Boson youngster, at the Boston Garden last Saturday night. DeMarco, weighing 140 ^ and, nine pounds heavier than Davis, gained a lopsided decision In their 0-round feature bout. Twice Referee Jimmy McCarron warned Davis to "stop holding and start Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Brooklyn—Floyd Patterson, 167 ft. Brooklyn stopped Dick Wagner. 177ft, Toppenish, Wash., 6. Manchester, Eng.—Robert Cohen, 117^4, France, outpointed Jake Tuli, 115, South Africa, 10. Holyoke, Mass.—Jimmy Walls, 187, Englewood, N. J., stopped Ernie Shepard, 186, Newark, N. J., 2. Burdette of the Braves, 3.24. An earned ran is one in which a fielding error plays no part. Runs resulting from hit batters, wild pilches and balks are scored as earned. Carl Erskine had the highest winning percentage among National League hurlers, .769 with 20 victories and 6 setbacks. Johnny Lindell, who played for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, gave up the most walks, 19. and Chicago's Warren Hacker was the gopher hall leader with 35. Roberts led in strikeouts with 198. Don Budge Ploys Again NEW YORK W—Don Budge, ten-! nis idol of the 1930s, is going to { take a vacation from his laundry j business to return to big-time professional tennis. i Budge, now 38, will Join Jack Kramer's troupe .for a tour starting Jan. 3 in Madison Square Garden. 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