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Sports Parade
By OSCAR FRALEY
•NEW YORK—(UP)—You look at an old time ball player and
memories of his feats on the diamond rise up before your eye?. You
forget the wrinkles, the receding hair line and age’s other tell-tale
signs and remember them as they were.
Take the New York Yankees. Their staff of coaches last year
included Bill Dickey, Frankie Crosetti and Jim Turner.
Look at Dickey and you forget the gray hair and the slight stoop
You remember the day he rattled one off the roof at Sportsman’s
Park for a home run which won the World Series from the Card
inals. Look at Crosetti and you remember his grace and with Turner
yra recaH'-the-^Milkinan's 11 poise in a pinchr ' ”
Now the Yankees have added a coach named Tommy Henrich.
And when you look at “Old Reliable.” your mind might turn to a
number of clutch performances, like the ninth inning of the opening
game of the 1949 World Series when he blasted the homer which
ruined Don Newcombe.
But I’ll always remember Henrich sitting at a table in Rupperts’
Brewery the night they feted the really old Yankees. Lefty Gomez,
the goofy one who had been Tommy’s roomie back there when Hen
rich was a 1937 rookie, slapped Tommy on the shoulder and grinned:
MADE HIM OUTFIELDER
“I made an outfielder out of you. It I hadn’t been pitching when
you came up, you’d never have made the grade. But when I pitch
ed, you finally had a chance to show your stuff.”
Tommy smiled that big white grin and you wondered at how
such a mediocre-looking guy could be the great outfielder of the
Yankees. Then Gomez called the turn showing how Henrich always
played it hard—and if it got rough in the process, well, you still
laughed. I
“He invited me out to his home town of Massillon, 0., to speak
at some sort of dinner,” Gomez recalled. “Well, we were a little
early so we stopped into one those hard soda factories to quench a
bit of a thirst I happened to have handy.
“We’re standing there, minding our own business, when a
character walked ud and wanted to know whether I was Gomez,”
Lefty added. “I said I was.”
“I never did like you.’ this guy says, and with that he hauls off.
pops me on the nose, knocks me flat and walks out.
“Henrich just stood there laughing fit to bust,” Gomez said with
an imitation growl.
So mention Henrich, and I get an immediate mental picture of
Tommi", the host,-howling over that home town reception for his old
roommate. To him it was incredibly funny. It is to Gomez, too—
now.
But is isn’t humorous that Henrich has reached the end of the
baseball trail. At 33, he might have had a few years left except
for a bad knee. But Tommy will tell you he owes that knee some
thing, anyhow.
For he went to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in 1940 for an operation
on torn ligaments in the knee. There he met a pretty nurse named
Eileen O’Rilly, from County Down, Ireland. Six months later they
were married.
That same knee has ended his playing career, but Henrich feels
that it did him a service, as well as a disservice.
The Henrichs have a beautiful home in Ridgewood, N. J. There
is a feeling that Tommy didn’t make such a financial outlay without
some indication from the Yankees that he would be around a long
while. As a matter of fact, one of these days it may be Manager
Henrich, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
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BURNS NEAR COATS—OnIy the chimney and the metal roofing remain at the
scene of a fire which leveled a disused house a quarter-mile south of Coats Sunday
night. The origin of the fire is unknown, although transients who were, staying
there may have set it off. Two persons who had been camping in the house were
thought to have died in the blaze, but later turned up unharmed. The house belong
ed to Mrs. R. M. Coats. Time of the blaze was set at 8:30 p. m. (Daily Record Staff
Photo by T. M. Stewart.) _
Harnett Conference
Could Finish Up
Just About Like This
By JOE CAVINESS
Record Sports Editor
Based on their showing so far,
and considering potential strength
of the various high school basketball
teams in this county, it kinda looks
like they might finish the season in
a winning manner. This is not
to condemn any team or teams or
to boost any team or teams, but an
attempt to create interest and con
troversy between the clubs and fans
in this area. This order of listing
may very well be in reverse or some
other order by the end of this sea
son—it is merely one person’s
opinion.
Here it is for what it’s worth:
World's Best Basketball Team
Had An Off Night At Coliseum
The fans through this area, in
fact over all of Eastern North Caro-
BOYS
1. Angier
2. Erwin
3. LaFayette
4. Lillington
5. Benhaven
6. Boone Trail
7. Coats
8. Buies Creek
9. Anderson Creek .
GIRLS
1. Benhaven
2. Erwin
3. LaFayette
4. Angier
5. Anderson Creek
I 6. Lillington
I 7. Boone Trail
8. Coats
9. Buies Creek
Una, had looked forward to seeing
the famous Harlem Globetrotters
ever since they found out that they
would have the chance to see them
this month at the Reynolds Col
iseum. The Globetrotters have been
astrounding the basketball world
with their superior brand of bail
and their tricks and clowning over
the past few years. They acheived
fabulous won and lost records, and
at the same time, they have kept
the fans roaring with laughter with
their clowning antics while winning
over strong opposition.
Last Saturday night in the State
coliseum this huge crowd of expect
ant fans were entertained, but most
of these people were slightly dis
appointed. They had expected the i
Globetrotters to run away with the j
score, easily defeat their so-called
opposition, and exhibit a full scale
comedy from the beginning to the
end—not so. It is true that they
won still another ball game and
they showed some very entertaining
slight off hand and basketball foll
ishness: but, the Harlem boys had,
unintentionally picked Raleigh,
North Carolina to have a most de
finite off night.
The opposition had a good basket
ball team, and the Globetrotters
just couldn't quite slip ’em through
the net; therefore the glitter, de
cisiveness, and impressiveness were j
not fully acheived. It was all in all j
a tough break for the many fans, j
but most of the people that attehd
j ed got their money’s worth in the
pre-game slight off hand warm up
session.
The Situation
As To Boxing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27.—IUP)—
The National Boxing Association, in
its final 1950 ratings, could find
no logical contender today for Ezz
ard Charles heavyweight crown, and
threatened to crack down on at
least two otner champions if they
do not defend their titles soon.
“Charles has proved to be a
■fighting champion,” said chairman
Fred J. Saddy of the N. B. A.'s
championship committee in recogni
zing the Cincinnati Negro as
supreme in his division. “He is
worthy of the title and ready at all
times to meet all comers.”
Joe Louis, who held the title from
1937 to 1949 but was Outpointed by
Charles in a 15-round comeback
attempt, Sept. 27, was listed merely
as an “outstanding boxer” along
with lee Savold of Paterson, N. J.
THE UNITED PRESS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL RATING
Pos. College Pts.
1. Kentucky 347
2. Bradley 275
I. Oklahoma A. & M. 218
4. Long Island T 189
5. Indiana 188
6. N. C. State. 129
7. Missouri 65
8. St. Johns 61
9. City College 55
10. Kansas 53
Teams Arrive
For Tourney
At Raleigh
RALEIGH. N. C. Dec. 26 (UP)—
Basketball teams from Tulane, Navy,
Colgate and Rhode Island State
arrive here today to Umber up for
the second annual Dixie Classic
Tournament Dec. 28-30.
North Carolina State College is
host for the three-day, 12 game
classic in its huge new coliseum.
The field is rounded out by Duke,
North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Play gets underway Thursday
afternoon with Wake Forest meeting
Rhode Island State in the first
game. That one will be followed by
North Carolina State vs. Tulane.
In the first night session, North
Carolina will meet Navy and Duke
will tangle with Colgate.
GOOD LUCK BILL
MIAMI BEACH, FJa., Dec. 27.
(UP)—Bill Klem, former National
League umpire, rallied slightly today
in his battle against a heart ailment
but still continued to receive oxygen.
The 76-ycar-old "Dean of Base
baU umpires” spent “a good day”
yesterday, according to ■ l»is wife,
but remained in serious cpndition,'
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The Basketball Dixie Classic
Will Open Thursday Afternoon
On Thursday afternoon at
the South’s largest basketball event
wiU get underway in Raleigh at the
big State CoUege Coliseum—The
Dixie Classic. What is now an an
nual affair, the Classic is receving
nation wide recognition and some
of the top colleges in the country
are happy to be chosen to take part
in this event. The teams that have
been lined up for the last year’s
tournament have not been the best
teams in the country, but they have
been good teams and colorful teams,
and the trend has been upward
Within the next two years, the Dixie
tourney should be compsosed of
some of the nation’s very top teams
and this will jam the gym to the
gigantic roof and k'.ve the state
full of crying latecomers.
Two of the • favorites should be
North Carolina teams this year
despite the calibre of the opposition
they being N. C. State and Duke.
Unsettled Chandler Settles
Television And Radio Rights
CINCINNATI, 0., Dec. 27.—(UP)—
The Major Leagues were assured
today of $6,000,000 for the rights to
televise the World Series and All-
Star games during the next six
years, but the man who made the
deal may not be around to see them
reap their profits.
■ Commissioner A. B. Chandler
announced yesterday tha he had
sold the exclusive video rights to the
Gillette Safety Razor Company and
The Mutual Broadcasting System
in a six-year contract. How’ever,
Chandler's own contract, >Jnch the
Major Leagues refused to renew
this month at St. Petersburg, Fla.,
runs only u.ftil 1952.
Chandler declined comment on
whether the rich deal had any
bearing on his battle to retain his
job. He said "the important thing"
he had in mind when he concluded
the contract was the players’ wel
fare. Most oi the money, he added,
will go to the players’ pension fund.
The commissioner previously had
signed Gillette and Mutual to a six
year contract for exclusive radio
] broadcast rights. The two firms
agreed to pay $1,370,000 for this
privilege, $175,000 of which already
has been paid for broadcasting this
year's series •
Chandler said other networks
were “given opportunities to bid,!’
but he declined to name them. It
was } learned that at least two other
networks tried to buy the rights.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27,1950
The visiting favorites will probably
be established as Navy, which is
the Classic’s only underfeated team
and Colgate. Since Duke and Col
gate are paired in the opening
round, one of these should be omit
ted from the favorite roll.
Rhode Island State is the only
team entered in the tourney that
has a poor record, but it’s players
have managed to average a little
over 76 points a game with a sopho
more dominated club that has
proved that it can get enongh points
to trim almost anyone. Those at
tended last year’s Classic will re
member “little ole Rhode Island”
who thrilled the entire crowd with
it’s jack-rabbit type of play.
With a lineup such a RlJade Is.
vs. Wake Forest, Carolina facing the
Navy, N. C. State and Tulane paried,
and a finale with Duke and Colgate
matched, it will be a most interest
ing basketball event.
TUESDAY’S UP COLLEGE
BASKETBALL RESULTS
EAST
Canisius 55 Arizona 52
Western Kentucky 73 Lasalle 63.
New York Univ. 84 Stanford 70.
Duquesne 53 Westminster 52.
Connecticut 61 Buffalo 51.
Idaho 64 St. Joseph’s 63.
MIDWEST
Midwest tournament at Terre
haute, Ind:
Wheaton 72 Franklin 67.
Central Missouri 75 Indiana Cen
tral 72.
SOUTHWEST
Marshall 96 Arkansas A & M 45.
Mississippi Southern 55 St. Mich
ael’s (N. M.) 47
WEST
California 70 Pittsburg 58.
IN DAVIDSON
Miss Jean Flemming spent the
Christmas holidays with Dr. amj|
Mrs. W. P. Cummings of Davidson.
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BLACKSBURG, Va„ Dec. 27.
(UP)—Frank Moseley, backfield
coach of Kentucky's Sugar Bowl
contenders, was signed to a five
year contract today as Head Foot
pall Coach and Athletic Director at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Moseley, a former quarterback at
Alabama, replaces Bob McNelsh as
football coach and supplants W. E.
(Monk) Younger as Athletic Direct-,
or. McNeish resigned at mid-season*
after three losing years, while'
Younger gave up the Athletic
Directorship to become Business
Manager.
An Assistant Baseball and Foot
ball Coach at Kentucky from 1934
until 1942 when he entered the
Navy, Moseley joined Coach Paul
(Bear) Bryant at Maryland in 1945
and followed him to Kentucky in
1946.
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