The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1954 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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FACE SIX BLYTHKVILLR (ARK.l COURIER NKWF .y MONDAY^ JANUARY 11, 19M Greene County Tech Due At Haley Gym Tomorrow BocombMcKeel RenewsFeudwifh Jimmy Fisher Leochville-Jonesboro Game to Dedicate Gymnasium Tomorrow Two old northaWt"HWbnsas basketball rivals — Blytheville's Jinftny Fisher and Greene County Tech's Bo- comb McAel — tangle again here tornwrow night-.-, when their tean» meet at- Haley Field gymnasium. McKeel unflSEJeher sent some fine teams into IBtW when McKeel was at LeaclHll4He took over at Greene County 1*ch, just outside Paragould, last year. As of the pjesent, McKeel Is in the middle of'rcbuilding at Greene County ... or perhaps just building. His teams t&is Jar in '54 have not been outstanding, *'but powess as a mentor is a factor always to be considered. . Leachville Win Helpful Following their 81-75 victory over tough Leachville, Fisher's Chickas- »ws found themselves back in prominence as one of the top teams of eastern Arakansas. After their 64-52 threshing at the hands of Jonesboro in the Northeast Arkansas tournanjent, the Chicks t needed the Leachville game to restore their loss of prestige. Tomorrow night's contest could see Fisher doing even more experimenting with 'his "second five." Two of that group—Danny Cobb •nd Freddy Akers-"-have been seeing more and more action as the season progresses. SUrien tlndwtifed Charles Hall, Danny Edgmon and Chuck Lahgston comprises the rest of the second unit and the Chickasaw chieftian will welcome the opportunity to use them under lire more extensively. Starters will be Tommy Mosley and Bobby Jones at guards, Red Chlldress at center and Dexter West »nd Bobby Hill at forwards. KLCN-FM >is to', broadcast the A game, which is to start at 8 o'clock. Danny Cobb Leochyille-Joneiboro Clash Tomorrow LEACHVILLE—Northeast Arkansas basketball fans will focus their attention on Leachviile's new gymnasium tomorrow night when the Lions will dedicate the structure as they face Jonesboro's Hurricane Governor Francis Cherry is to be on hand to make a short hnlftlme address, but, the governor's popularity notwithstanding, the 1,500 fans who are figured to show up will be more Interesting In the ball game. Jonesboro Is generally being recognized as having one of the best teams in Arkansas this year. However in their last meeting, Leachville led the Hurricanes most of the way ana had a three-point lead with less than a minute to go. But six free throws in the last 25 seconds brought Jonesboro a three- point victory. Jonesboro and Paragould radio stations are to carry the game. Mrs. E. duPont Weir's nine-year stakes horse. Royal Governor, eats scrambled eggs with his oat,s for breakfast. Rice Loss Mixes SWC Cag£ Race DALLAS (AP) — The Southwest Conference basketball race was thrown into a jumble last week when Southern Methodist shattered the record of only undefeated team in the loop — Rice — with a 79-66 victory. That victory plus an earlier 84-60 triumph over Baylor left the Mustangs in a tie with Texas for first place. The Owls i\nd Baylor are jockeying for third place while Texas Christian and Arkansas are Btill very much in the running after only a week of play. Antes Cut Texas A&M, In the cellar spot with two defeats, has Just about given up hopes of retaining Its title. In other games last week Baylor defeated A&M 47-45; Rice rebounded from. It* loss to SMU with a 17-53 riuniph over the Aggies; Texas defeated Texas Christian 54-47 and Arkansas 64-61. The Porkers captured the only non-conference game o( the 1 week— •\n 89-7S triumph over Mississippi. A furious second half rally by Arkansas fell short at Austin Saturday night. The Razorbncks, after .railing all the way—once by 13 Joints, chopped tho Texas margin quarter but ran out of gas. Arkansas' Norman Smith led the ndiviriual scorers with 24 points, hit 10 of 15 field goal attempts. Silly Powell was high for the Lonshovns with 19. Texas' tremendous height .advantage was the difference. The ,owering Steers bent the Razorbacks on rebounds 41-31. The Rice Owls—first choice to ake the loop crown—have lost only one game in 12 starts. Mainstay for Rice is Gene Schwinger, lead Ing conference scorer with 305 points. On tap for this week are Arkansas-Baylor, Monday; TCU-Rice and Texas-Texas A&M, Tuesday; Rlce-Texns Friday; and Southern Methodist-Arkansas Saturday. Game Better, CrislerSays Kicking Only Weak Point Cited SARASOTA, Flu. m— H. O. Fritz Crlsler, often called the father of modern one=platoon football, said today the'.gajne is just as good under one-platoon, with the exception of kicking. "Mechanics of the game last season with limited substitutions were just ns good, except for kicking," said Crisler, chairman of the NCAA football rules committee which opened here today. "Coaches will see that kicking comes back up, given a little time. Trouble was that so many schools depend on their kicking from a fellow who usually couldn't— or didn't do anything else." Amid signs that one-platoon football Is here to stay, although there may be some liberalization of the Dark Stars Derby Win Top Upset Native Dancer Lost- to 25-1 Long Shot By JOHN CHANDLER NEW YORK (AP) — It was late in the afternoon a.t rambling old Churchill Downs last May 2 and more than 100,000 persons had been milling around for hours waiting to see a "sure thing" become the first grey horse in history win the Kentucky Derby. At 4:32 p. m. .that sunny day, 11 of the nation's best 3-year-olds slammed out of the starting gate, with a tough mile and one quarter run ahead of them, and a <90,050 pri.ze for the winner. Native Dancer, never beaten In his brilliant career. Just had to win at odds of 70 cents on the dollar. In Lead to Stay But a fleet little colt named Dark Star, almost 25 to 1 on the tote board, jumped Into the lead almost at once, and then stayed there to the end as he beat off the closing, spurt of the touted Dancer to win by a. head. Dark Star, with Henry Moreno In the saddle, had pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of racing. This was voted the sports upset of 1953 today in the 23rd annua year-end Associated Press poll. In a nationwide poll of sports writers and sportscasters, the defeat of Alfred Vanderbilt's grey galloper received 41 first place votes of the 128 cast, in a close ballot battle with Purdue's 6-0 upset win over Michigan State's football team last fall. The Purdue surprise, which ended a 28-game MSC winning streak, received 37 firsts. On the basis of three points for a first vote, two for second, and one for third, the Derby stunner received 104 points, PUrdue 1 MSC, 1M. The lowa-Notre Dame football 1414 tie got 14 firsts, and 85 points to rank third among the year's upseU. Other Reversals Other major upsets during the year, in the order rated: Mississippi Southern's 25-19 foot- sail victory over Alabama; Danny Womber'a 10-round decision over ECfd Gavllan at Syracuse, first loss for the welterweight king In al most three years; Houston's 37-7 "ootball victory over Baylor; Nino Valdes' 10-round 1 victory over Ezzard Charles at Miami Beach; Tony Trabert's 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wimbledon Champion Vic Selxaa in the finals of the U. 8. Nationals at Forest Hills; the Bos- ion Bruins eliminating the supposedly invincible Detroit Bed Wings from the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs; and the Philadelphia Eaglei 42-27 victory over Cleveand, ending the Browns' 11-game winning streak In the National football League. Sports Roundup — League Fan Loss Grave By OATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The more one studies major league attendance figures for last season the more incredible it seems that the players should have chosen 1953 of all years to hire themselves a lawyer and start belting their employers in the financial solar plexus. Considering the kind of beating most of them took at the box office, there is no great wonder that the magnates reacted like wounded grizzlies at the demand for Increased pensions and threatened to throw the entire plan out the nearest window. The players are under the impression the owners were bluffing, but they -ife liable to wak« up feeling like tfte man who Insisted upon seeing a full houn. Make no mistake — big league baseball li » sick boy, and something must be done soon to get the «»M started back through the turnstiles if the present player •alary Kale Is to be maintained. There may well be some bitter and prolonged, debates about pay Wtwwn now r «tidAspring training. Though bwebaB books are not •14* public, It ha> been announced i«nl*ffldally that 12 of MM 1« elubi lott money last season. UllwnkM and Brooklyn in the Na- MOMl League and the Yankees In tin American are known to have nnlthed In the black. The fourth member of the fortunate group w*«M here to bt a guess, but It mold ha»e been Cleveland, even thouch the Indians drew 375,431 fewer fans than In 1952. • Lou: 1.1 Million ToUl attendance In the American League fell off 1,329,820. Philadelphia showed a decline of 261,163, at. Louis 221,55*, Detroit 142,188 WMbtagton 103,861, New York 91,854, Boston 89,617, Chicago 40,322. One club, St. Louis, went under. Another, Philadelphia, has cut its payroll drastically by disposing of two high-salaried players and 'an expensive manager. The National League showed an over-all attendance increase of 1,080,573, but the figure is very deceiving. It was made possible only because Milwaukee went hog wild over its ne(* club and set a new league recordV 1,826,397 paid. The same teamjJIV' drawn only 281,278 the previous year at Boston. Thus the one club showed an increase of 1,545,118, and a little additional figuring indicates that the league as a whole would have dropped off by 464,546 admissions but for Its beautiful new baby member. Two other teams .showed modest increases — flag-winning Brooklyn 74.71S and Philadelphia D8.227 — but the remaining five took a ducking, and it is to be assumed they are not happy about It. SUITS HIM—Country Slaughter is pleased with the 1954 contract given him by the Cardinals. The outfielder will be 3! when another season rollsi around. (NBA) ' united substitution rule, Crisler said ic believes college football is a better game with double-duty players .n action.' He noted that coaches last year voted 4-1 In favor of two platoons. But this year they are 3-1 on the side of limited substitution. , Many coaches, however, are clamoring for some modification of ;he rule, which divides the games Into six segements and prohibits » player from returning to action if ie already has played In that sege- ment. Uniform Feeling FORDYCE. Ark. (/P)_ The Fordyce High School football team literally played its pants on this season—but they've got some new ones now. Former grid aces of Fordyce, taking note of the worn condition of the togs, made up a team of their own and played the 1953 squad in a benefit game. Proceeds went for the new uniforms. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, Jan. 11 8:00 p.m. Adults 60c — Children ISc We're sorry but we were unable to book two lady wrestlers for the mixed tag match we had planned. But we hav« booked a top notch four-man tag bout for Monday night's main event. 4-MAN TAG BOUT Chuck Molnerfc Lee Fields V* Charlie Keene • Eddie Molone Plus 2 1-Foll Bouts MOLNER vi. M ALONE FIELDS vs. KEENE Hot Stove League — Yankees Are Never Satisfied They'll Look At 15 Rookies In Spring Camp By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — You'd think a club like the New York Yankees, winners of five consecutive world championships, would be content to stand pat. But those Yankees are never satisfied. They've Drougnt up 15 rookies :or inspection at ther St. Petersburg, Fla., spring training camp next month. Two, catcher Gus Triandos and pitcher Steve Kraly, came up for a look late last season. Both appear to have .a good chance to make the varsity. Tough Going The others may find the going a bit touffher. The list of newcomers Include a couple of pitchers who had outstanding seasons in the minors last year. One Is Wally Burnette, a righthanded knuckle- 1 bailer, who won 21 and lost 10 at BInghamton In the Eastern League, His earned run average was a spectacular 2.10. The other i«. Mel Wright, a workhorse, who compiled a 13-3 record at Kansas City. He appeared In 47 games, mostly in relief. Fireballcr Good Another pitcher who will receive special attention in the Yankee camp is Bob Wiesler, a fastballing southpaw who struck out 92 batters in 140 Innings at Kansas City. H's record was a mediocre 8-7 but he Is regarded very highly. Back for another spring trial are outfielders Bob Cerv and Art Schult, infielder Ka'l Segrist, catcher Lou Berberet and pitcher Al Cicotte. Cerv, who batted .317 at Kansas City, hit 22 homers and drove in 91 runs, is in the lead for the fifth outfield post. Howard, the first Negro to receive a trial with the parent Yankees, is a 24-year-old righthanded hitter who batted .286 at Kansas City. Virdon butted only .233 at Kansas City but fared much better at Birmingham, batting .311. Molner Booked On Mat Card Another four-man tag bout la on tap for Blytheville wrestling fans at Memorial Auditorium tonight as Promoter Mike Meroney brings together four top-notch heavyweights including a newcomer. Chuck Molner, a highly-rated heavy, makes his Initial appearance before a Blytheville crowd tonight when he teams with Lee Fields against toughies Charley Keene and Eddie Malone. Molner comes to Blytheville highly rated as a top drawer performer. He comes here from the midwest where he has appeared in television bouts. Two one-fall preliminary bouts are also on the card with Molner meeting Malone and Fields taking on Keene. Kentucky Still Hottest Beats Tech by 105-53 j By KIP WATSON | NEW VORK (AP) — College basketball nears the season's halfway point thto week' } with the undefeated big five of Kentucky, Duquesne, Western Kentucky, Holy Cross and \ George Washington towering over the rest of the pack. < Kentucky, better than ever after* a year's enforced absence from the college cage scene, looks like the best bet to go through without a loss. l".e Wildcats, rated No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll flattened Georgie Tech 105-53 Saturday night for their first Southeastern Conference victory since the conference's one-year ban was lifted. Hllltoppers Win Western Kentucky racked up victory No. 14 Saturday by turning back Murray (Ky.) Teachers 57-43 in one of the lowest scoring games of the season. Duquesne won No, 13 over St. Francis (Pa.) 94-64. The Dukes lived up to their No. 2 rating with a routine victory. Sub Fletcher Johnson led the scoring with 20 points. Holy Cross, ranked seventh, and George Washington, like Kentucky, won their ninth game with an impressive display of power. Holy .;ross rolled over little St. Anselm's 102-60, while George Washington -i.lidified its role as Southern Con- fsrence kingpin by clouting Virinia Tech 73-40. Minnesota Tumbles Close behind the unbeaten titans come a pair of conference powers who've lost only one — Indiana and Oklahoma A&M. .Indiana, defending Big Ten and NCAA chanv pions, whipped Minnesota 71-63 in what had eben billed as a "cru- i" test for the champs since Minnesota is ranked sixth nationally. The third-ranking H o o s i e r s ookeci like champs, too, before s. crowd of 18.872 in Minnesota's field louse as play director Bob Leon- ird fired 20 points to take up the slack caused by Don Schlundt's ow - . for him,— total of 12. Oklahoma A&M, Missouri Valley champions seven times in the past decade, took the first step toward mother title by whaling Houston '6-01. The Aggies, rated fourth, now have a 13-1 over-all record. That's not quite up to the 14-1 nark posted by Wichita, surprise earn of the conference, while winning three Valley games. The latest was a 75-65 verdict over Tulsa, )Ut the surprisng Wheatshockers xhve yet to play the Aggies and always-dangerous St. Louis. Duke Beats State Duke's Blue Devils, No. 8 team, lurdled a big obstacle en route o the first championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference when hey edged past North Carolina State 87-85 for a 4-0 league mark. Vorth Carolina h&s a 3-0 record .fter nipping #ake Forest 66-65. on ; erry Vayda's last-minute basket. Ninth-place Oklahoma City was die Saturday, but Oregon State, No. 10, avenged a • Friday night pset by defeating Idaho 65-60. That left the Pacific Coast Con- erence's Northern Division In a ive-way dead heat with all teams t .500. California tops the South- rn Division after two surprising vins over UCLA, the latest by 3-65 Saturday night. Kansas, moving up steadily at- er dropping Its first two games, von No. 6 In a row, an 86-69 shel- acking of Missouri that reminded ayhawker fans of coach Phog Mien's 1952 and '53 teams. Ne- raska, Which defeated Oklahoma 6-72, is tied with Kansas for the Big Seven conference lead at 2-0. • Hogs Lose The Southwest Conference also s deadlocked with Southern Meth- dist, surprise conqueror of Rice n riday night, even with Texas at -0. SMU defeated Baylor 84-60 nd Texas squeezed past Arkansas 100-53. For $400, a Career Ends for AAolinas ' FORT WAYNE, | good chance of being Rookie of the Year, in player expelled from ttie JAP) — Jack Molinas, who had a ed|th*,National Basketball Assn. I fpr&red likely to be the first ague for betting ori NBA games. The Fort Wayne Piston forward and former Columbia University star, was in the position of trading his career and a salary of »9,600 a season for about $400 In gambling profits. He's Finished . The NBA, which escaped being involved directly in the college basketball bribery scandals of the last three seasons, yesterday suspended him indefinitely. President Maurice Podoloff left little doubt that the 6-footr6 Molinas is finished in pro basketball. Tht 21-yeaA>ld player is entitled to » hearial before being expelled automatically at the end of' the season. But Podoloff said he doubted that Molinas will ask for one. The tall youth told The Associated Press he had bet only on his team to wlp. "I've never done .anytMt dishonest in my life," he almost In tears. No Chance to Fla Podoloff said to New York that Molinas offered to play without pay of the league would give him a chance to redeem himself. The NBA president turned him "down. Several hours after Molir pension, Q*puty Chief E .ward Vff Byrnes in lector i-York said that a Bronx candy store operator had been questioneo^ri^con- nection with thel ncident. Byrnes, in charge of Bronx detectives, identified the man as Isidore Ratenski, about 54. Byrnes said the man had been, released after being questioned hours but he was told 1 for further questioning to Jdds Jump New York newspapers las.t night reported that bookmakers had stopped taking bets on Fort Wayne games after the Pistons' game Rags to Riches Boxer Dies BUFFALO, N. Y. (/P)—Rocky Kansas, the Buffalo newsboy who fought ais way to the lightweight championship of the world, died yesterday. At-58, the ex-champ fell victim X) cancer. Kansas won the Hghtweight^crown Dec. 7, 1925, in a 15-round deaision over Jimmy Goodrich at Buffiui: He retired the following Jul^Wsfter osing a 10-round decision 'in Chicago to Sammy Mandell. In recent years, Kansas, born Rocco Tozzo, worked on construction lobs and as a city employe. 64-61. Cornell, the touted favorite, won ts fourth successive ivy "League tame by thrashing Brown-' 72-54, >ut defending champion Penn kept ts slate clean at 2-0 by trouncing Yale again 83-48. In the Southeastern Conference, .ouisiana State trounced Georgia with Boston Dec. 1.. Odds favoring Boston jumped sharply just before the game, it was reported. Boston won 82-75, with Molinas scoring 20 points, 18 of them in the first half. Podoloff also said Molinas reported he gained,about $400, in., eluding refunds ofj^lephone calls. No Contender For Rocky rjBA Can't Find Logical Opponent By HERB ALTSCHIJLL WASHINGTON M)—The National Boxing Assn. rates four challengers as outstanding heavyweights, but it couldn't find onev logical contender for Rocky MaR ciano's title. Charles-First The NBA's winter ratings advanced former champion Ezzard Charles of Cincinnati to the No. 1 challenger position on the strength of his knockout of Coley Wallace last month. Trailing Charles, in order, were Nino Valdez of Cuba, Dan JJucceroni of Philadelphia and Roland LaStarza of New York. Danny Nardico, the fellow who at one time was reported to be Marciano's next opponent, was rated fifth among the light-heavyweights. There were no major changes in the NBA ratings announced yesterday. The biggest; gain was recorded by Rocky Castellanl, the Pennsylvanian now fighting out of Ohio, who moved ^up from Kixth to second among the world's mld- dleweights. Recommends Title Flgbt The NBA recommended that Castellan! get the next crack «.t the title won last fall by Carl (Bobo) Olson of Hawaii. Randy Turpin, who lost to Olson in the windup of a round-robin series to select a successor to retired Sugar Ray Robinson, rated just behind Castellanl. Both were listed as logical contenders. Kid .Gavllan, the welterweight champ, has said he, too, wants to get a shot at Olson's championship. . NBA 'President Andrew G. Putka said that If Gavilan were to fight Olson and beat him, he would surrender his welterweight championship, but that if Gavilan were to lose, he would continue as the titlist of the lower weight division. "In the meantime," Putka added, "we feel Gavllan should first meet Carmen Baslllo In title Basilio, who lost a disputed bout to Gavllan last year, was all alone as the logical contender In the welterweight division. I£itflttltUlfttllli££l Announcement Ml fc*ft N fet We wish to announce the removal of our offices to the Broadway Building, 211 North Broadway, Blytheville, Arkansas. We will be opening at this location Monday, January 11,1954, and invite our customers and friends to come by and visit with us between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. General Motors Acceptance Corp. flW^flHO 100 f ROOT •OITUD IN «ON» «, lOUISVIltl, KY.

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