The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 19, 1954 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 19, 1954
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TUESDAY, JANUARY !», KKYTHKVII I."' (AUK.) COI'U NKWM OsceoEa Pairings Are Set for Today 100 Fighters Are Expected 'For Tournament Four Nights of Boxing Get Started At 8 Tomorrow OSCEOLA — Approximately 100 boxers are due at Osceola High School's gymnasium today to weigh in for the 1954 Northeast Arkansas Golden Gloves tournament. Actual fighting does not get started until 8 o'clock tomorrow night, but to speed up the affair, tournament officials scheduled weighing for one day earlier this year. Blji«t Ever The annual event shapes up as biggest ever for 1954. Tournament Director Lefty Alexander said his committee is planning on about 100 boys, but there are indications that 'more will «nt«r. "W» never know until they show up for weighing," Alexander said. Osceola and Memphis Golden Cloves officials will go into a huddle tonight and come up with first and second round pairings, i As of now, these towns have definitely said they will enter teams: 13 Towns Osceola, Luxora, Burdette, Blytheville, Leachville, Caraway, Jonesboro, Earle, Wilson, Shawnee. Kelser, Harding College (Searcy), Trumann. Possibilities include Lepanto, Marked Tree and the usual two or three boys who show up from Phillips County. The first card will be run off tomorrow night in the Osceola High School gymnasium with first bouts getting started at 8 o'clock. 15 on Card Tomorrow night's lineup is to Include about 15 fights and most of them will be in the novice division. It is doubtful if there will be enough open division entrants to make many pairings in that division until Thursday or Friday nights. Four nights of action will comprise t!-2 tournament with bouts beginning each evening at 8. Finals will be run off Saturday nijht. Blytheville boxing coach Herb Childs said this morning that at present he has no Idea as to how many boys will enter the Osceola evrnt. At one time or another, he said, about 30 boys have indicated they want to enter. New Candidates Yesterday saw the addition of several new boys to the Blytheville team. Heavyweight Kenneth Fisher reported for his first workouts and was impressive, though not ready for top competition as yet. Another bright prospect reporting yesterday was Jack Chandler of near Dell. Chandler, though only » middleweight, worked out with risher for three rounds and held his own with the burly footballer. Chandler has had limited experience and is In fair condition. Crafty Admiral, winner of the 1952 and 1953 runnings of the $50,000 Qulfstream Park Handicap, Is the only horse ever to repeat a stakes victory at this sea* side track. Read Courier News Classified Ads Indiana Keeps Rolling With Help of Schlundt By BEN PHLEGAR NEW YORK (AP) — At his present pace big Don Schlundt is going to run out of records to break long before he finishes his spectacular basketball career at Indiana University. The 6-foot-9 center, Just ap-+ ——— preaching the midway point in his junior year, already owns the individual scoring records for many of the Midwest's main basketball arenas. Last night, he added two more prizes to his long string the Big Ten mark and the record for his home floor at Bloomington. Hits « Shooting with amazing accuracy, he scored 47 points as the hurrying Hoosiers" ran away from Ohio State 94-73 for their elxth straight conference triumph. The old Big ten mark of 43 by Iowa's Dick Ives had stood for 10 years. Schlundt's total was 11 above the former Indiana field- house mark as he connected on 16 field goals In 27 .attempt* and on 15 of 17 free throws. Only One in Action Indiana, No. 3 behind Kentucky and Duquesne, was the only member of the nation's top 10 teams in action last night. Three of the second 10 were busy with Maryland, No. 14, whipping Virginia 7056; Kansas, No. 17, defeating Iowa State 76-61; and Illinois, No. 20, getting beaten by Iowa 79-70. . Wisconsin made 25 of 30 free throws In defeating Michigan State 57-53 in a Big Ten game. Two foul shots by sub Bobby Delpit with seven seconds left gave Tir- lane a 63-61 Southeastern Conference decision over Tennessee. Davidson surprised Virginia Tech with a second-half splurge that brought an 87-69 Southern Conference victory. Tulsa Defense Pays Tulsa held Murray State to four points in the final 15 minutes in scoring a 61-51 overtime verdict. Wyoming climbed into a tie with Colorado A&M in the Skyline Conference by edging New Mexico seas. West Texas State took over the lead in the Border Conference with its fourth in a row, 67-60 over New Mexico A&M. Tulane's triumph over Tennessee put the Green Wave in third place in the Southeastern behind Louisiana State and Kentucky as Vanderbilt stumbled before Mississippi 78-74. Rice moved back into contention In the Southwest Conference by beating Arkansas 80-55, and Texas Christian defeated Baylor 13-60. Bradley rolled over Houston 8671. Seton Hall made the poorest defensive showing of its basketball history In bowing to John Caroll 94-86. Frosty Talks To la. State AMES, Iowa (/P)—The head football coach o£ Arkansas State College at Jonesboro yesterday paid a visit to Iowa State College in connection with a coaching vacancy. Forest W. England, 41, came to Ames by Invitation for an Interview on the vacancy created by the resignation of football coach Abe Stuber. Four other candidates are In the running. England also has been mentioned for the head coaching Job at Toledo University. No Title Hopes For Porkers Now Rice Crushes Hogs Under 80-55 Score To Leave 1-3 Mark FAYETTEVTLLE (/P) -Any title hopes Arkansas might have had virtually went out the window as Rice poured it on the Razorbacks, 80-55, In a Southwest Conference backetball game here last night. Rice needed the victory to stay In title contention with a 3-2 conference record. The defeat was Arkansas' third against one triumph and conference history has rarely produced a titlist with three defeats. Arkansas was In the ball game until the second half started when the Owls jumped from a 34-30 advantage to a 57-45 third quarter lead. Rice's surge combined some sharpshooting by forward Don lance and guard James Beavers, who split 18 points, and a defensive breakdown by the Porkers. The Razorbacks were able to check Gene Schwinger, In comparison to what the big center tallied in previous games, but the conference's leading scorer still was able to notch 15 points. Forward Joe Durrenberger was high Individual scorer with 17 points. The best Arkansas oculd do was 12 points by forward Buddy Smith. TCU Whips Boy/or DALLAS (IP) — Texas Christian had moved into a tie with Baylor in the Southwest Conference basketball chase, Rice held onto a contending spot, and Arkansas virtually had dropped out of the race today. The Christians, Henry Ohlen's capitalizing on slump-breaking scoring spree, whipped Baylor 73-60 last night while Rice, grimly holding on, trounced the Porkers 80-55, 2-2 for TCU The night's game left TCU with a 2-2 record like Baylor's and the Bears and Frogs tied for fourth and fifth places behind Texas. SMU and Rice, respectively. Texas leads with four wins, no losses. SMU has two wins, one loss. And Rice has a 3-2 conference record. Arkansas, with a 1-3 record, and winless Texas A&M apparently are out of the race. TCU's 6-7 Ohlen poured 12 points through the basket in the first quarter at Fort Worth to spark the defending champion Horned Frogs to an early lead they never lost. Ohlen managed 19 points in the first half but netted only 5 more before fouling out near the end of the third quarter. Ray Warren of TCU and Murray Bailey of Baylor counted 16 point* each. Sports Roundup— Those Holdouts Will Sign Up BT JACK HAND For Gayl> Talbot NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like a long, tough winter for the ball clubs with holdouts sprouting in the collar. Loud wails are drifting back from the outlands as "fel- ler" contracts find their way into mail boxes along the R. F. D. routes. Some of the owners may have a tough time explaining to the hired hands how much money they lost and how far attendance drooped. The athletes are quite hep to the fact that television contracts often run into six figures in the balance book. It's no secret that a few clubs figure on the TV dough to meet the player payroll. So far the players are asking only for the World Series and All- Star TV cash. Some of these days the boys may start gunning for a cut of the dally TV take, just as the boxers demanded—and got^$4,000 each Friday night from the IBC. The painful aspects of pennant- winning always come to light about this time of year. When a club wins, the players naturally want more money. When they lose they don't want to take a cut. Many .a beautiful friendship between player and club has cracked up on these rocky shoals. How would you like to have George Weiss' job of sighing the Yankees? Five straight pennants, five straight World Series—the greatest. Add to that the complication of the stadium sale last month. The ballplayers read all about it in the papers, how Del Webb and Dan Topping sold for 6'/2 million dollars something they bought for $2,800,000 a few years back and still own the ball .club. Last year most of the Yankee regulars didn't sign until spring training time. Whitcy Ford, Eddie Lopat, Vic Raschl, Allie Reynolds, Billy Martin, Joe Collins, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle and Gene Woodling waited until they got to St. Petersburg. Only Oil McDougald, Yogi Berra and Johnny Sain , of 'the "big names," signed early. Ford already has said he wants more. Yogi is angling for $40,000 salary and McDougald wants a raise. Don't think Lopat, Rizzuto and some of the others are going to be easy to rope. But the Yankees are used to this sort of thing, few about the others? When the Phillies' can ask Robin Roberts—the best pitcher in baseball—to take a cut, where does that leave men like Sal Maglie, Larry Jansen and Ferris Fain? Some of the more stubborn cases may last until the next six-inch snowfall but we'd like to put brother Gayle Tulbot way out on the limb with one prediction—they'll all be signed by opening day. rrvi Clinton Replies To Jonesboro Ominous Article Hints at Drastic Situation Here "Our faculty athletic committee simply is instituting a policy which will prevent our basketball teams from traveling more than 100 miles to play a game." BURDETTE BOYS — Coach Harold Stockton's Burdette Pirates include Milton Burks, Elbert Rigsby, Russell Eubanks, Billy Wayne Duncan; (second row, from left) Alvin Aycock, Jim Ep- person, Bengy Higgins. Bobby Aycock. Not present for picture were Billy Garner and Billy Lrms- ley. (Courier News Photo) Thus did a Clinton, Ark., coach answer charges of a Jonesboro newspaper that "Blytheville suffered a setback ... in its relations with Arkansas schools when Clinton cancelled (its game with Blytheville) at the last minute." Clinton Coach Rex Lovell pointed out that he also cancelled Dec. 4 and 5 dates with Jonesboro because ••we didn't have time to get in shape" for the game. Coach Lovell explained that he personally wanted to play the Blytheville games and that they were scheduled in good faith. Faculty Sayi No However, he said, he realized right after the season opened that the faculty group was frowning on trips of that length (about 185 miles) and that it probobly was going to take action to drop the game. The return engagement was dropped, he said, because "we wanted to schedule a home-and-home game and figured Coach (Jimmy) Fisher would want to do the same." 'With these changes, our schedule for this year calls for us to make « trip no longer than the 72 miles to Little Rock (where he plays Catholic High) or Harrison," Coach Lovell said. 'The faculty committee feels that trips in excess of 100 miles work a hardship on the boys and girls and so has instructed me not to schedule regular season games which would require our going beyond that distance." "Pretty Drastic" He pointed out that, as a rule, they play both boys and glrl« games and make the schedules simultaneously. The Jonesboro Sun, in Its column, "The Sun Dial," written by Dave Hacker, said "Pcrliaps, and this U mere conjecture, Clinton sees something in the Blytheville situation which forced the officials at Clinton to reconsider the original scheduling contracts. "If such is the case, it must M something pretty drastic." When Informed of these statements, Coach Lovell said, "I hope Coach Fisher doesn't believe that. There's nothing which has been discussed here (In Clinton) which would prevent our playing Blytheville except the reason I've given." Clinton was to come to Blytheville for a game last Saturday night, with the Chlckasaws return- BURDETTE CHEERLEADERS — (From leit to right) Marilyn Lutes, Peggy Lloyd, Peggy Gunter and Emma Perkins. Stanky's Eyes Gleam as He Looks Over List of Rookies By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals, once accused of standing pat with an "old team," will have one of the finest flock of rookies over seen in one camp when they gather at St. Petersburg, Fla., next month. This fine array of newcomers has even Eddie Stanky enthused. The usually conservative Card manager just can't wait to be shown. Promising Pitchers At this writing the Cardinals have 41 players not Including Tom Poholsky, the highly rated young rlghthanded pitcher who is expected out of the Army before long. Among the new players, the most promising appear to be pitchers Memo Luna, Royce Lint, Floyd Wooldrldge, Ellis (Cot) Deal and Bill Greason; catcher Dick Rand; shortstop Alex Grammas and outfielders Joe Frazier and Tom Buress. Grammas was obtained via trade from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Jack Crimian and a reported $75,000. The 25-year-old Greek lad is reputed to be a sure-handed infielder but not as good a hitter as his .307 batting average at Kansas City last year Indicates. The Birmingham boy Is expected to give Solly Hemus a battle for the regular shortstop job. .332 at O. C. Frazier, a 31-year-old lefthanded slugger, was purchased from Oklahoma City where he batted .332 to win the Texas League batting title Voted the circuit's most valuable player, Frazier pounded but 55 doubles, two triples and 22 homers while driving in 113 runs. Burgess, 26, was the No. 2 batter in the International League, where he compiled a .347 average and belted 22 homers while driving in !ifl runs for Rochester. Rand, a .284 hitler nt Houston last year, came up to the Cardinals toward the end of the season and made a favorable Impression with his work behind the plate. He demonstrated a fine arm and indicated he could hit big league pitching, batting .290 In nine games. Stanky believes the 23-year-old San Dicgan has a good chance to replace veteran Del Rice as the Cards' first string catcher. First Negro Greason has a chance to become the first Negro player to perform for the Cardinals, even though he was assigned to Columbus after his purchase from Oklahoma City. The 27-year-old righthander, who will receive a trial at St. Pete bad a 16-13 record alter a slow start. He reeled off victories in nine of his last 10 starts, dropping the final one, 2-1. He fanned 193 in 249 innings but walked 162. Luna, a 24-year-old Mexican, had a 17-10 record at San Diego and boasted a fine 2.6!) earned run average. He is a southpaw with n knuckleball who, according to Lefty O'Doul, a veteran observer, "knows how to pitch." Lint, a 33- year-old left, bander, was the Pacific Coast League's biggest winner with a 21-10 record. He, too, is a knuckleballer. Deal 10-n Woolanagc also had a promising record last year. The righthander had a 15-13 record at Houston nnd fanned 145 In 246 innings. He may not be ready, how- ever, since he suffered a broken leg in an automobile accident about seven weeks ago. Deal, a 30-year- old righthander who had brief trials with the Red Sox and Cardinals, won 16 and lost nine nt Rochester. His forte Is relief pitching. Other promising new pitchers Include Walter Montgomery (13-9 and a 2.43 ERA at Omaha), John Romonosky (3-2 at Columbus), Bob Ticfcnauer 9-3) at Rochester and Gary Biaylock (7-13) nt Columbus. Bill SarnI, Blaylock's catching mate at Columbus, comes up with a .277 average. Russell Rac, a .302 hitting outfielder from Omaha is making the big jump from Class A. Is 24 doubles, eight triples. 23 homers and 00 RBI's Indicate he knows what a bat Is used for. Lou Ortiz, noted for his defensive brilliance around second bnse, Improved his hitting to .298 at Rochester. First baseman Vince Moreci and Fred Narowlewski were In the service last year. Babe Herman To Flatbush BROOKLYN, N. Y. (/P) — Babe Herman returned to Brooklyn last night, but this time It was a 140- pound fistic hopeful from Los Angeles who didn't fare nearly as well as the .similarly-named outfielder did with the Dodgers a couple of decades ago. This Herm (given name, Freddie) ing the visit on Feb. 6. Dates Filled Fisher filled the Saturday date with Catholic High of Memphis and scheduled Memphis' South Side for Feb. 5 here. In his final letter to Fisher, Lovell mentioned scheduling a gams at Clinton for Jan. 22, however Fisher said ha wasn't Interested in making the trip without letting Blytheville fans get to see a ClInton-BIythevllle game at Haley Field gymnasium. Coach Lovell's final letter, dated Jan. 6. which cancelled the games, follows: "Dear James: "I am sorry but I am still not able to convince the committee that It would be all right to make the trip to Blytheville. "I hope you will not hold this against me, because I scheduled this game In good faith and I wrote you as soon as I found out about it. "Congratulations on your fine showing In the ASC tourney. You must have a fine team again this year"When I was informed of the regulation of the committee, I wrote you and also rescheduled our dates, so the only date that 1 have open now is Jan. 22. Sincerely, Rex Lovell" Fisher said that his relations with Clinton had been "most pleasant." Surprised Both Fisher and Lovell expressed surprise when first informed of Jonesboro's exploitation of a cancellation which both coaches regarded as routine. "If Jonesboro is so Interested in getting the facts," Fisher said, "the school officials should go Ui the AAA (Arkansas Athletic Association) and demand an investigation. "I'm satisfied Clinton dropped the game for the reasons Coach Lovell gave. Had I thought any- thing else, I would have investigated the situation myself. "Coach Lovell has a reputation of being reliable and I just don't believe he would tell us one thing when he means another. I met him at last year's state tournament (in Fayetteville) and he Impressed me as a fine man." Here's the part of the Sun's column which dealt with Blytheville: Blytheville suffered a setback of unknown severity 'in its relations with Arkansas schools this week when Clinton, 1953 state Class A cage champion, cancelled its scheduled Saturday night apearance on the Chick's floor at the last minute. The central Arkansas school also dropped a. test with Blytheville slated for the Clinton court February 6. The Clinton athletic com-_ mlttee which took the step said only* that Blytheville was "too far away" for the school to travel to, but no reason was given for cancelling the home contest with the Chicks. Which, of course, can lead one to a lot of speculations. First off, it may be that Clinton officials honestly felt that BIythevile was too distant. But an Arkansas highway map lists the mileage at 185— and It's all paved. Jonesboro High has two trips— almost three times as long—planned for the coming weeks. And the distance from Clinton to Blytheville Is no longer than it is from Blytheville to Clinton. Clinton certainly knew how far It was when the games were scheduled. It may be that since Clinton doesn't have much of a club this year, at least nothing approaching the smooth 1953 championship machtne, they felt the powerful Chicks would be just too much of a match. But, since when do schools only fulfill contract? with schools they know to be Weaker? And It would seem from this corner that Clinton has a reputation to live up to. The Kingpin is fair game for any and all in most competition. Clinton is no less the state champion (until the 1954 tests in March) now because of the loss of two stars than it was last year when It took the title. No titlist, regardless of the sport, is ever in an enviable spot for this very reason. Champions exist to be beaten. But there may be still another side to the ledger. Perhaps, and this ts mere conjecture, Clinton sees something In the Blytheville situation which forced the officials at Clinton to reconsider the original scheduling contracts. If such IB the case, it must be something pretty drastic. The air has definitely been clouded. In a circumstance of this sort, Involving the Chicks, It is easy to lay the blame on Blytheville. However, we think Clinton has the duty to explain more fully Its actions In can- celling the pair of games, and of the AAA to look Into this matter. Until all facts are known, Clinton's cage crown must show an undesirable tarnish. was stopped at the end of the third round of his bout against Carmine Flore at Eastern Parkway. Freddie complained that hig right leg was paralyzed and It was Impossible for him to come round. out for the fourth Molner, Welch Victorious in Mat Feature Chuck Molner made his wrestling debut In Blytheville a successful one last night as he and Joe Welch emerged victorious from the tag match feature of the American Legion's wrestling bouts at Memorial Auditorium. Molner and Welch were awarded the decision after seven minutes of action In the third and deciding fall by Referee Wallace Steele of Chicago who disqualified Charley Keene and Eddie Malone. The referee's disqualification action came after repeated warnings to Malone to quit choking Welch. Malme refused to heed the warnings and even followed Welch out of the ring to take up his illegal actions. Molner, a speedy junior heavyweight, made quite a hit with the fans as he used his agility and overall wrestling know-how to overcome the weight and experience edge of his oponents. Keene and Malone got off to a good start by taking the first fall In only eight minutes. Malone salted the round away by pinning Molner with a body straddle. But Molner and Welch evened tht score in the second round with Molner defeating Keene in 10 minutes with drop kicks and a pin. In the two preliminary bouts Keene won over Molner and welch beat Malone. Retread Today, the McCaul Wayl McCaul Tire Store John Burnett Mgr. Highway 61 South. Phont 8662

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