The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 17, 1953 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 17, 1953
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1953 BLYTHEVIT.LE (ARK.V COURIER NEWS Feats of Paul Brown's Browns Becoming Legendary in Ohio By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Staff Correspondent CLEVELAND, 0. — (NEA) — There's a story behind the Cleveland Browns and the most successful championship reign in the history of football. It was 1944 and Notre Dame had a young assistant coach who couldn't be trusted with big scouting jobs. He cluttered up the Irish bench. So for six Saturdays In a row Creighton Miller was assigned to watch Great Lakes. Coaching, the Gobs was Paul Brown, late of Massillon's Washington High and Ohio ' State, a man who wasn't used to losing. Miller, himself an All-America back the amazed. year before, watched "I'd have his offense down pat one week," recalls Miller, now a Cleveland attorney, "and darned if the next week he wouldn't come up with a completely new pattern. I said to myself, "File this man for future reference." A Miller confidant was Arthur (Mickey) McBriode, Cleveland taxicab tycoon, who was wheeling into the professional football field with the newly organized All-America Conference. "Here's five names," Mickey told Creighton one morning in January, 1945. "Go down to Columbus to the coacbes' convention and sound them out for the coaching job. It's j worth $25,000 a year." The names were Slip Madlgan, Bo McMillin, Prank Leahy, Jim Crowley — and Paul Brown. Miller saw only one man — the last one. You go to Cleveland to find out what's the trick that brought seven division championships in seven years and incontrovertibly al tracks lead back to this same Pau, Brown. • • • The key word is organization Paul Brown is a smart coach, but not necessarily a brilliant strategist. He has brought no remarkable innovations into the game. He simply works harder at his job than any one in the business, and his work is well directed. His teams are famous for their timing, precision mechanics and attention to detail. Branch Rickey used to look for baseball players who could run throw and hit. Paul Brown says, "I look for a football player who has good character, is brave and fast enough." Miller says, "Brown players are smarter. They have three to four times as much classroom activity as anyone in pro ball. The book work is no phony. The fellows have .0 learn their plays. I know. I used to grade them." • • • Brown has been pictured as a cold martinet. It's not exactly true. He doesn't drive players. They have only two scrimmages in preseason training. They never scrimmage after the exhibition grind begins. They get Monday and Tuesday off after a game, probably the only team in the league with that leisure. During training camp at Hiram, O. one Sunday is set aside for a picnic for the players and their families. One Saturday night during the season, the players and wives or girl friends (only nine Brownies aren't married) gather in downtown Cleveland for a dinner and theater party. Then the wives go home, the players go back to the Hotel Carter, where they spend the night before each home game. • • • Brown has been maligned for aloofness nad brusqueness. He is no paragon of public relations. You tell him you'd like to see the Browns work out. "You can't do that," he answers. "Why notr' "I don't know you." But he is close to his squad. He gets them jobs and counsels them on personal problems. He demands only complete concentration on the iob of winning. For that reason he's not yei ready to label this 1953 team the best. We asked him if this were his finest season's start. "Gosh no." he answered "we won them all in 1948. and you're not the best until you do that." FAG! KINS 6-11 Goon Leading Oklahoma A&M to Another Top Year By BEN PHI.EGAR h v th E nV ORK (AP) -Jhe Oklahoma A&M Cowboys, perennial contenders for national Basketball honors, appeared today to have come up with their best big man since the davs when Bob Kurland, the seven-foot redhead, roamed the Midwest prairies. • The Aggies have been beaten once—by a single point at Minnesota—in eight starts this season, and in almost every victory big Bob Mattick, a 6-foot-ll giant, has >een singled out for praise. It was Mattick in the starring role again last night as A&M urned back ther deadly rivals at he University of Oklahoma 65-46. ie scored 25 points, tops on both earns, but it was Ills great re- >ounding that made the big dif- Makes 'Em Tough Hank Iba's teams always play posscsslon-style ball and with a home victory man who can get the ball off the | boards for them regularly they are tough to boat. Kansas, last season's Western NCAA titllst. won its first game o] the campaign 72-61 over Tulsa aft er two setbacks on a Southern trip. Center B. H. Born, playing with a sprained ankle, scored 22 points. In the East. Togo Palazzi paced Holy Cross to a 101-64 triumph over Colgate with 2 points. It the Crusaders 1 42nd consecutive Transfers Hurt Osceola Cage Team Will Have Only One Starter Returning OSCEOLA — The Osceola High School and Junior High School basketball teams are ending their second week of practice which will conclude basketball workouts before the Christmas holidays. They'll resume regular practice sessions when they return to school on January 4. Off to a late start when compared fo other schools In this area, the Semlnole teams have nevertheless put in a hard two weeks of practice. They will not have any regular scheduled ball games until they return from the holidays. The late start was due to the fact football season closed two weeks ago and Me Han Gets SWC Award Sportsmanship Trophy fo Porker LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. f/Pl- pleased, but modest Lamar McHan prepared today to be in Fort Worth, Tex., Jan. 14 to receive the Southwest Conference football sportsmanship award. "I can't think of a nicer way to finish off my college football career," the Arkansas University back said last night. He had just been informed of the award by a telephone call from the Associated Press. The Porker tailback was declared winner of the award, presented annually by the Fort Worth Klwanis !lub. following a poll of a five-man panel that reviewed nominations rom coaches, players and officicals. Bunny Anderws of Texas, Tiny 3oss of SMU, Jerry Coody of Baylor, and Wayne Hopkins of Bayor, Floyd Sagley of Arkansas, Kosse Johnson and Dan Hart of Rice, Coach Bill Beall gave his gridders Mor san Williams and Mai Fowler of - TCU, Don Ellis and Durwood Scott of Texas A&M, were other players nominated this year. a well-deserved week's rest before getting back Into the daily grind. Most of the basketball squad will be boys who were members of the football team. Due to the resignation of Bailey Hickey back In October the basketball practice sessions could not get underway until after football season as Coach Beall had to tak over the basketball coaching am he was tied up with the footbal team .until two weeks ago. Hickey was the brother of Ret Hickey, former University of Ar kansas grid great who is now on the coaching staff of the Los An geles Rams' pro football team. The basketball picture this year for the senior boys looks much brighter than last year's '.although from the starting five there is only one, Wade Rogers, junior guard, returning. Actually the team last year had only two seniors on the starting lineup but Bobby Lindsey, guard, transferred to Lepanto and Jimmie Holbaugh transferred to Black Rock. Both of these boys would be juniors this year and with Rogers would have formed the nucleus of the 1954 ball club. At the present time Coach Beall has thirteen aspirants for the start- Ing roles. Other than Rogers squad members are Russ Duclos, Kenny Cole, i Donnie Shoemake, John Strictling, Bopper Cone, Larry Hulsey, Bobby Stillwell, Jimmie Euell, Joe Jacks, David Booth, Sharon Faulkner, David Booth, Sharon Faulker Allan Craig. After the Christmas holidays the squad will probably have a few additions. From last year's starting lineup of the senior girls' District Cham pionship team the tabulation is zero. . Gone are such outstanding play, ers as Katie Watson, Shirley Cone Betty Spiers. Jean Kendrick, Patsy Peepers, and Carolyn Lowe. Watson is now with the professional All-American Redheads. The outlook for the 1954 season depends on how much last year's substitutes and players from the freshmen crop can produce in one year The Seminolettes have an experienced hand at the pivot slot in Katie Watson's sister, Ibby, and the left-handed hook shot senior has a knack of sacking the ball Other forwards include Anna Beth Morrow, Betty Bowles, Joan Wilson. Joan McGarrlty and Vlr- ginia Bohannon. I At the guard slots are Joan Barnes, Gennie Vee Oillentine Fonda Weldon, Joan Donaldson. Additions to the squad will probably Be made after the holidays as several of the Rirls are working Coach Charley Adair Is handling the junior boys this year and indications are he'll have a much better outfit than last year. In Ben Walls, S. E. Stovall, J. W. Reese, Ray Mann, Logan Young, Lyman Shoemaek and several new boys out for the first time, the squad has experienced men with height for the first time in many a year. The junior girls outfit will as usual have all new members on the squad. The junior girl's team is a ninth grade outfit since the seventh and eighth grade girls have a team themselves. Booster Club Meets Tuesday Members of Blytheville's Chickasaw Booster Club are to meet Tuesday night in the YMCA rooms over City Hall. Booster President Todd Harrison said the meeting will get started at 6:45. "This will be * business meeting and we have some matters to discuss which we consider very important. I would like to urge each member to attend," Harrison said. Leachville in New Gym Tomorrow LEACHVILLE — Mississippi County's second-largest gymnasium will open here tomorrow night when Leachville's Lions take the court in their new $60,000 plant to play Rector. With a seating capacity of just short of 1.500, the gymnasium is one of the most modern in Arkansas. Its four dressing rooms have their own showers as does the coach's office. Public restrooms are not quite completed as yet. Although interior painting is not finished, the heating system (gas, hot air type) is to be In operation as is plumbin 0 in other parts of the building. More Worrk Due Also due for more work is the driveway and parking area where temporary arrangements are being made for Friday night's game. A college-type clock will be used until the regular clock is installed. It is being donated by Bruce Byrd. Pete Wallace is donating a team roster board which will carry names and numbers of home and opposing players. Dressing room lockers are among other things which will be added upon completion of the gymnasium. First game tomorrow night Is to begin at 7:30. Ninth-ranking Fordham , classed as one of the powers in the East, KOI a real scare against City College of New York, finally pulling out a 53-51 decision on a driving one'-hander by Alan Larkln with 10 seconds to play. Niagara showed its best form so far in overpowering Syracuse 9062 as it brought its record up to 5-1. Charlie Hoxie scored 21 points. Cornel] opened its Ivy League competition by beating Harvard 64-53 for its fourth straight victory. Texas Tech Wins Using All America Tom Gola as decoy to break up a defense in the first half, La Snlle of Philadelphia whipped Lafayette 88-70. Navy won its fourth in a row. jealini; Columbia 18-52. In Southern Conference games, -leorpe Washington trounced Virginia Tech 93-55 and Virginia Mill- nry rallied to overcome Davidson 69-59. Xavler of Cincinnati beat Villanova 81-73 and Penn swamped warthmore 84-54 in a Philadel- )hia double-header. In the Southwest. Texas Tech edged Texas A&M 58-55 and New Mexico defeated New Mexico A&M 8-38. 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