The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 15, 1954 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 15, 1954
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f-RTPAT, IAKPAHT M, MM _ BL^THETHiliV (XMt>T OOUH1EH TOWi • Blytheville Boxers Meet Memphis Here Tonight Legion Arena Scene of Action Starting at 8 Sounds of whistling leather once again will fill American Legion's arena tonight when Blytheville's boxing team takes to the ring for a dozen bouts with Memphis' YMCA boxers. fight of the several hours at the Jaycee clubroom. BMhevllle lEdflgure. to provide actual boxing each day in addltlo. mo« artiorthaiI did last week's to exercise, rope-skipping and bag more action than *«— -•»— •- - card which produced five TKO's and punching. one knockout when the locals took a 5-3 decision from Senath, Mo. A week of heavy work behind them better condition than they were last week, when roost oJ them weakened In later rounds. The club has been working out West Choice But Not for Lambeau Curly Likes That Rugged Eastern Line LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Western Conference all-stars may be at least a one-touchdown favorite for Sunday's fourth annual pro bowl in Memorial Coliseum but Earle (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Washington Redskins, is pick- Ing the Eastern Conference squad. Lambeau, who has just completed 35 years In the pro grame, Biyi the East squad la "simply terrific and I don't see how anybody could round up a better set of defensive men; I know because my Redskins had to face most of these fellows at least twice during the season." The West has neen established ts the favorite chiefly because of Its ball carriers and a passing attack that may just about match that generated by Otto Graham of Cleveland and Bobby Thomason of the Philadelphia Eagles. Detroit's Bobby Layne has two brilliant alternates for the quar- boxing. terbaclc position, Norman van set of runners that includes Doak Walker, Tank Younger, Don Towler, Joe Perry, Hugh McBlhenny and other backs. Graham, the Cleveland star, and Thomasoo. of the Philadelphia Eagles, are not exactly outmanned however, with such ball carriers as Harry Jagade, Johnny Olszew- skl, Ray Renfro and others. The game.will be nationally televised starting at 3 p. m. (CST). actual boxing each day in addition One open Eight Feature engagement of tonight's card will be the lone open division clash which will find Alfred Collie, Burdette welterweight, taking on Herman Vickers of Memphis. At 148, Collie will have about a four-pound advantage over Vickers. Prom what can be learned, they are about equal in experience. Memphis Coach Paul Regan says he has seen very little of Vickers In real action, but that he looked "fair" He said that Vickers has won no Important Golden Gloves or amateur tournaments, but has entered several. Collie is a veteran campaigner In Osceola's Northeast Arkansas Golden Gloves tournament and Is in the open division for the second year. Lightweight Action The»e should be a couple of topnotch 'lightweight bouts. Blytheville roster Is loaded with 130-135 pound- ers, most of them good scrappers. Among top Blytheville lightweights are Freddy Rounsavall and Gayle Jolley, both of whom gained TKO's In their first outing last week. George Brothers and Wayne Wimberly are two more who fight in or around the .lightweight division. Blytheville coaches are expecting more fireworks from Middleweight Pete Baxter. He demonstrated vicious punching in scoring & TKO against Senath last Friday. He and Jimmy Gee, another middleweight, are probably the hardest hitters on the club. Gee Is very fast with both hands, hut showed a lack of conditioning last week. One of them will meet Memphis' Sonny Crda, 147. and the other may not. ^ t. a fight unle. c * Regan brings along an extra middle.. One of the lightweights will get Jack Potts, 135, who. according U) Regan, is a green boxer but a willing mixer. Bobby Smith, rapid-firing little W-nounder, will take nn Memnhls' Dickie Upton who win match his weight exactly. Smith Is one of the ;op "little bovs" on the squad and won a close decision last week with surprisingly good exhibition of Blytheville Prepares for Game With Memphis Team Tomorrow IN ACTION TONIGHT — Bobby Smith weighs only 90 pounds, but is swift and an accomplished boxer for a youngster. He won a split decision against Senath, Mo., last week and tonight takes on Memphis' Dickie Upton. (Courier News Photo) Tonight's card will snc tw.o llght- Brocklla and Y. A. Tittle, and a heavyweights Ret together both are lovices with little expcripnce. Regan is brinpinR along Joe Guess, :66, who last year was a Memphis lich school hasknthnll nlnyer. Guess, mless hn cot a fifjht this week, will )e In his first fight tonight. He will meet Junior James of Blytheville who is also without any appreciable experience. Other nairings will be marie tonight when the Memphis arrive. A's to Have Scores Of Young Talent By NEW YORK (AP) JOE KEICHLER If the Philadelphia Athletics don't improve their standing in 1954 it won't be for lack of trying. The A's 17-man crop of rookies is loaded with talent. It contains a tripIe-A league batting champion, a triple-A league pitching champion, a double-A league fielding leader and a single-A league home run king. i was the Texas League's best tteld- ing second baseman. He also bat- The recent 11-man trade with the New York Yankees brought them Vic Power, whose .349 batting mark led all American Association hitters. Power, who can play practically any position, is counted on to be the regular first baseman, replacing Eddie. Robinson. The Negro slugger hammered 30 doubles, 10 triples, 16 home runs and drove In 93 runs with Kansas City last season. Bob Trice, the Negro pitcher who preceded Power to the A'E, was the International League's biggest winner' and most valuable pitcher. He Iran 22 and lost 10 with Ottawa to earn a September trial with the A's. The other two minor league champs are both eec- ond basemen. Tommy Giordano Sally League in home 24 and Forrest Jacobs boxers i P acc[i lhe 'runs with Sports Roundup — Pro Football Menace Again By HUGH FULLERTON JR. HUGH FULLERTON (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — A cherished memento in the office of the National Football im ii- r\r>f\ frtntVi^ll't. fii-pf ai'rtVif-i^rtlii'mv) Vtcn/^liiin. "Qinrr Csvc Pnnfm-pnrp Will ("Irtish League is pro football's first eight-column headline: Pro Football Menace." : Stag Says Conference Will Crush That was written some 30 years ago; pro football wasn't crushed and now, because of television, it again is being regarded as a "menace" by the colleges. ted .282 playing in all 154 games. Another fine prospect is third baseman Jim Finigan, who came along In the deal that sent Robinson and pitcher Harry Byrd to the Yankees. Finigan, 25, was rated very highly by the Yankees. He batted .300, hit 13 homers and drove in 80 runs at Binghamton to earl all-star ranking. Another who may stick is catcher Harry Minor, up from Savannah where he hit 13 homers and drove in 51 runs in 89 games on a .258 batting average. Minor will battle it out with Neal Watlington and Al Robertson tor the third catching spot. Robertson batted .278 at Kansas City, the Yankee farm club last year. Watlington had .252 at Ottawa. Ed Burtschy, a righthander, and John Gray, a lefthander, appear to have the best chance to break into the starting staff, along with Trice. Burtschy won 12 and lost seven and posed a .282 earned run avterage a Ottawa following a successful elbow operation, dray, n Yankee chattel at Kansas City, posted a 9-7 record. Chicks Work On Defense, Fundamentals Blytheville's Chickasaws will be trying to get to Lhat 13-win mark tomorrow night when they entertain Memphis' Catholic High at Haley Field Gymnasium. First of the two games Is scheduled to get started at 6:30 with the varsity contest slated for 8 o'clock. After tomorrow night, the Chicks will have about 12 games remaining. Thus, they are nearing the half-way point of their 1953-54 schedule. And prospects are that they'll hang up another great season record. At 12-1 now, they have lost only to Jonesboro, which is shaping Montecello Here Next week, the Chicks go to Rector Friday night and return to Kansas Names Coach Today High School Tutor Rumored Top Man LAWRENCE, Kas. Wl—The University of Kansas names a new football coach today. Sources close to the athletic department said the Jayhawks' fourth grid coach since World War II would be Chuck Mather, highly successful prep coach at Massillon. O.. the pnsl six years. These sources declined to be quoted. In Running Three otner coaches, all from small colleges, also were considered in the running. They were Delmar Anderson. Albion. Mich., college; Volney Ashford, Missouri Valley College, and Norris Patterson. William Jewell college. Another candidate from the big list .screened by Athletic Director A. C. (Dutch) Lonborg — Jack Mitchell of the University of Wichita—apparently took himself out of consirierat'on for the job by announcing he wouldn't leave Wichita. 57-3 Mark Mather, a graduate of Ohio Northern University in 1947, has had 57 winners against 3. losers in six years at Massillon. The vacancy was created by the resignation of J. V. Sikes. Sikcs, the school's 23th football coach, resigned last Nov. 21 under pressure from. the alumni. His resignation came at the end of Kansas' worst football season since Wnrld War II. Approximately 80 coaches applied for the job. Haley Field gym Saturday night where the'yll meet Montecello. The Hill-Billies were the ones who knocked the Chicks from the state tournament In the semifinals last year. Monticello doesn't have quite the record it did last year, but has knocked off some of the top teams up as one of the teams to beat for any district or state title aspirant, of the state. This week, Coach Jimmy Fisher has been bearing down on defense and fundamentals as he has sent his Maroon squad through drills. Work on Defense Fisher figures the Chicks have been weak in running their man- to-man defense which requires switching of men. Timing of this switching, Fisher says, has not been too good. Emphasis on rebounding also has come, in for its share of attention during the week's workouts. In addition to that, Fisher has had his squad working on all-court press, with emphasis on making It tough to get across the ten-second line. Guards Tommy Mosley, Bobby Jones and Freddy Akers all are quick and may make the press one of the Chicks' most valuable assets. Too, the Tribal coach thinks his opponents have been having too easy a time of it in working- the ball in to the basket. List ol Major Holdouts By ED CORBIGAN NEW YORK (A;P) — Latest holdouts in the major leagues are Bob Porterfield of the Washington Senators and Yogi Berra and Gil McGougald of the world champion New York Yankees. Short Hockey Season EAST LANSING. Mich. Michigan State's hockey team had a short season in 1924. It played only one game. The reason? The outdoor rink refused to freeze properly throughout the entire winter. Sources close to the Yanks also report that Mickey Mantle, their young outfielder, is dissatisfied with the contract he's been offered. However, nothing official has been heard from him. Expected More Porterfield, one of the American League's most talented elbowmen, said the Senators "didn't offer anywhere near as much as I expected." Cal Griffith, Senators vice president, retorted "Porterfield money. So far, the Yankees have received the signed contracts of only two players — Harry Byrd and Eddie Robinson, both of whom were not around the Yankee Stadium last year. Berra admitted that he had returned his unsigned, while McDougald said at his Nutley, N. J., "Let's say I'm not a bit excited as these things are expected. I received a slight raise, but I won't has been paid extremely well since he has been with us" and 3159,000 in receipts last season as compared to 1952. The 22-game winner thus joined Mickey Vernon, the league's leading hitter, and another half-dozen players who are seeking more sign it Hamey Cage Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Columbia 69, Penn 54 Temple 64, Lehigh 61 (three overtimes') Mass 52, Boston Unlv 49 Miss State 75. Georgia Tech 74 Wm&Mary 71, Virginia Military 67 Central Okla 89, Okla Baptist 66 North Texas 73, Wayland 62 Arkansas A&M 92, Southern State 73 Arkansas Tech 108, Henderson 69 ' Utah State 13, Brigham Young 68 Colorado A&M 62, Denver 51 Munn Quits As Coach Today To Take Over As Athletic Head EAST LANSING, Mich. W) — . Michigan State Football Coach I Clarence (Briggie) Munn was sche- ; duled to be appointed MSC athletic ' I Line coach Hugh (Duffy) Daugherty, his faithful, long-time assistant, was to receive the appointment ' as head football coach. [ The setup for Munn, coach of the I Rose Bowl champions, wasn't un' expected. Approval Expected The shuffling of the top Spartan athletic jobs, known to be in the making for several months, of the appointments by the State Board of Agriculture, college governing body. The board was expected to give unanimous approval. A member of the MSC Athletic Council, who asked that his name not be used, confirmed a report that President Dr. John A. Hannah told the group he would make the recommendations today. Munn will succeed Ralph H. Young, retiring as athletic director after 30 years with the college. The changed attitude of college athletic directors and coaches toward the pros became quite noticeable at the National Athletic Assn. meeting in Cincinnati last week. Tom Hamilton of Pittsburgh called upon the sports publicity directors to step up their efforts in order to meet pro competition. The NCAA Television Committee's report took official notice of remarks of the pro broadcasters. And there was an undercurrent of "we gotta do something" talk around the meetings. Real Threat The collegians feel that .the Saturday night television of pro games last season was a real threat to their security. They even sent a delegation to protest to NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and got an abrupt answer from him. One athletic director, who talked Ireely but didn't want his name used, put It this way: "There always has been a sort of underitanding that Saturday belonged to the colleges and Sunday to tht proa. Now they come In with Saturday night broadcasts. Next thing they'll start on Saturday afternoon*, too, and where will we be? The Irony Of It "We've given them the cheapest farm system they could have. We develop star players and they cash In on the big names. If there was no college football, how would the pros develop players? They ought to rwpect our rights and help col- leg* football IniUad of hurting it," The television committee report pointed up the different problems of the proe, who have only half * doMa games * week to "protect" » compared to 1M or so for the eoltafH, Thu» the pros could have looel TV blackout* while the collect* ted to reetrlct ill telecasts. •Tfte peyoDOlofical effect, of the two procedures are inevitably dif-.. ?nt . . . with a belief developing .here from that the pros are per- 'orming a public service while the colleges are depriving the public of its just due," the TV report said. Colts Want A 'Regime' One Like Browns, New Coach Says BALTIMORE W)—The Baltimore Colts, who make no bones about League contenders like Cleveland, have taken a coach from the staff of the Browns. Wilbur Ewbank, Browns tackle coach and chief scout, made it even plainer yesterday after being named to pilot the Colts in 1954. "The sole idea," he said, "is to start a regime" similar to Cleveland's "I accept the Job as a challenge,' he said. "I hope to institute the same principles that made the Browns champions." Ewbank, 46, succeeds Keith Molesworth, who steered Baltlomore to three victories in 11 games last season and for whom the Colts created a new Job. He will be executive vice president under the revised setup. Fights Lost Niaht By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Worcester, Mass.—Curly Munroe 139, Worcester, and Anglo Salazar, 136, San Francisco, drew, 10. Newark, N. J.—Johnny Dlgllto, 140'/ 2 , Bayonne, outpointed Larry Baker, 143, New York, 8 . Pall River, Mass.—Gene 1C Blanc 1471/j, Fall River, outpointed Don 'Southern, 14314, Newport, B. I., 8. IT'S DANGEROUS To Go Without AUTO "TRUCK Liability Insurance YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON THIS INSURANCE AT UNITED INSURANCE AGENCY See "Dt«" —111 W. Main— Blytheville, Ark. Phone 6812 until (the I huddle, with Roy Yank executive In charge of contracts)." No Official Figures No figures were revealed as usual, but Berra is reported seeking $40,000, about $5,000 more than he was offered. McDougald would lik S20.000. Mantle is reported shooting for $25,000, about $7,000 more than he earned last year. Two of the big blasters of the National League were drawn into the fold. The Brooklyn Dodgers announced they had signed Duke Snider, who hit 42 home runs in 1953, and the Chicago Cubs banked Ralph Kiner's document. Snider no doubt received & fat increase over the $24,000 he drew last season. Kiner reportedly made 565,000 in 1853. He hit 35 home and wound up with a .279 batting average. It's doubtful if he was raised. The Cincinnati Redlegs announced they had received signed contracts of catcher Andy Semi- nick, second baseman Johnny Temple, pitcher Joe Nuxhall and outfielder Jim Bolger. George Mikan Is Honored PHILADELPHIA 1*1 — George Mikan of the National Basketball Assn.'s Minneapolis Lakers will be honored along with former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and golfer Bobby Jones as the outstanding athletes in their sports during the past 50 years at the Philadelphia Sportswriters golden aniversary banquet here Jan. 25. Dr. Nardiello Is Honored ^ Long Service To Ring Recognized NEW YORK W) — Kid Gavilan, Dr. Vincent Nardiello and Floyd Patterson ware honored last night by the Boxing Writers Assn. as the sport's outstanding men in 1953 . Gavilan received the Edward J. Neil Memorial Plaque as Fighter of the Year, an award named in memory of the former Associated Press boxing writer who was killed while covering the war in Spain. Dr. Nardiello, former boxer and New York State Athletic Commission physician for many years, was given, the James J. Walker Plaque for "long and meritorious service" to the sport. Patterson, 165-pound Olympic champion in 1952. accepted the James Dawson Memorial Plaque as .Rookie of the Year. Nino Valdes, the Cuban heavyweight contender, also received an award from Editor Nat Fleischer of Ring Magazine for showing the most progress during the past year. Osceola Loses To Luxora; Goes To Keiser Tonight OSCEOLA — Teams from Luxcra came to town last night and made off with a pair of victories. Luxora's boys won a 26-21 contest while the girls were getting a 31-22 win. Sullins, Luxora's sky-scraping center, sacked 24 points to lead his team while Rogers was getting 11 for Osceola. Osceola's Junior teams travel to Luxora for games this afternoon amversary u» uq i, B i, ..<=.= u«.. — Mikan's selection was announced wh le the Sermnole semors play at yesterday. Keiser tonight. 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