Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 12, Ed. 1 Sunday, January 15, 1950 Page: 2 of 24
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Jphnny Bottarini Will Manage
Swatters During 1950 Campaign
UwHgMs Jan 30
Sweetwater's professional box-
ing pride, Lew Jenkins, has sign-
ed to fight in Newark, New Jer-
sey on Jan. .10. His opponent has
not been selected.
Last Monday, Jenkins put A1
Pennino of New York to sleep in
the third round of a scheduled
8-rounder at Newark, lie is mak-
ing a very successful comeback
for the world's lightweight cham-
pionship which he won in HMO.
Following are scores in the
Hermieigh basketball tourna-
Hermieigh 43, Rotan l.'i.
( uahoma 31, Stanton 2.(>.
l.oraine 21, Hobbs 15.
Stanton 4-1, Rotan 11) (consola-
Stanton 32, Trent 24.
Hermieigh 41, Coahoma :>2.
Stanton 44, l.oraine 35.
Hobbs drew a bye.
NEW YORK (Madisor.i Square
Garden) (UP) — Tuzo Portuguez,
158, Central America, stopped
Paddy Young, 155, New York,
HOLLYWOOD, Cal. (UP)
Jesse Flores, 138li, Stockton,
Cal.. outpointed Paulino Mon-
ies, 139 1-14, Sonora* Mex. (10).
GARCIA KNOCKKD Ol'T
NEW YORK. Jan. 14 (UP)—
Joe Miceli, 144 1-4. New York,
knocked out Buddy Garcia,
Galveston, Tex., ir. the first
round last night of their pre-
liminary bout in Madison Square
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Sweetwater Swatter President H. G. iCy) Fausett in-
formed the Reporter Saturday that he has just signed John
Bottarini of Albuquerque, N. M. to a contract as player-
manager of the Swatter professional baseball club for 1950.
Bottarini is a catcher by trade and is a dangerous long
j ball hitter. He performed with
the major league Chicago Cubs
in 1937 and '38 after making a
successful debut with Seattle and
Los Angeles on the West Coast.
Johnny Bottarini began his
professional baseball career in
1933, going direct from semi-pro
to the Coast League.
He started out with the Seattle
baseball club in 1933, being op-
tioned to San Francisco. Johnny
played with Seattle in 1934 and
'35. His batting average during
this time was an amazing .343.
Bottarini was sold to Los An-
geles in 1936 and had another
good year, hitting at a .340 clip.
Los Angeles sold Johnny to
the Chicago Cubs in 1937, where
he performed with that major
league team in 1937 and part of
'3S. He was optioned to Memphis
in 1938 in the latter part of the
Bottarini was sold by the Cubs
to Syracuse in 1939 and stayed
with them until 1942 when he
was sold to the St. Louis Cardi-
He went into military service
in 1943 and remained through
1945. During most of that time
he was stationed at Albuquerque
and managed service teams.
Bottarini was signed with the
Albuquerque Dukes of the West
[Texas-New Mexico League in the
l latter part of the 194t> season. He
j caught for the Dukes the first
' part of 1947 and then obtained
i his release to accept the position
| as manager of the Clovis, N. M.
club in the same league.
As manager of Clovis in 1948.
■ Bottarini hit 20 home runs and
| had a batting average of .350.
j Johnny was manager at Tem-
j pie during the last two months
! of the 1949 season. He brought
; the Temple club out of a losing
j slump and batted .320 until the
| last three weeks of the season.
I finishing with a .270 average.
The new Sweetwater pilot is
I married and has twin boys, John-
| nv and Bobby, five years of age.
j Those who know Bottarini per-
sonally say that he is the "fin-
est man the Swatters could have
Fausett believes that with Bot- j
tarini as manager, the Swatters I
have a greatly improved club j
over last year's and will be j
fighting in the stretch run in
! the Longhorn League race,
j The Swatters and the Dukes
I will begin training on March 15,
! exactly two months from today.-
I Both clubs will more than like-
ly hold their spring drills in
Loraine And Divide
Still Lead Area's
Class B Basketball
Standings in the District 21
(Class B) East and West basket-
ball races were virtually un-
changed today after three games
were played last week in tlie dis-
The Loraine Bulldogs are lead-
ers in District 21 West, while the
i Divide Trojans set the pace in
j the eastern division.
Friday night. Westbrook's
i Wildcats defeated the Hobbs
Panthers 29 to 11 at Westbrook
in a conference West game. Al-
len Clifton of Westbrook was
high-point player with 13 points.
Fehriin Tutt was top scorer for
. Hobbs with seven.
That was the only contest
j played In either West or East
sections Friday. The scheduled
game between Hermieigh and
Ira of West was postponed until
Last Tuesday's results in the
District 21 East race were: Di-
vide 52, Highland 25; McCaulley
33, Black well 27 (o v e r t i m e
District 21 West
Team W L
Loraine 2 0
Hermieigh 1 0
Westbrook 2 2
Ira 1 2
Hobbs 0 3
District 21 Kast
Team W 1.
Divide 3 0
McCaulley 2 1
Highland 1 2 .
Blaekwell 0 3|
West Scores To Date
Westbrook 42, Ira 20.
Loraine 27. Hobbs 15.
Ira 31. Hobbs 13.
Hermieigh 34, Westbrook 23.
Loraine 26, Ira 17.
Westbrook 29, Hobbs 11.
Kast Scores To Date
Divide 56. McCaulley 30.
Highland 16, Blaekwell 12.
McCaulley 36. Highland 28.
Divide 22, Blaekwell 20.
McCaulley 33, Blaekwell 27.
Divide 52, Highland 25.
This Week's Schedule
WEST—-Ira at H e r m 1 e i g h
(Tuesday i; Hermieigh at Hobbs
i Friday): Westbrook at Loraine
EAST—McCaulley at Divide
(Tuesday); Blaekwell at High-
Sweetwater, Texas, Sunday, January IS, 1950 j
The race for leadership in the
Sweetwater Basketball league
continues or.' Tuesday night at
the local high school gymnas-
The regularly scheduled
same nights of Monday and
Thursday in the independent
cage loop have been changed for
this week only to Tuesday and
Friday nights due to conflicts
with the high school Mustangs
who play here on Monday ar.d
Ilartgraves Bros, faces Piggly
Wiggly in Tuesday night's open-
er at 7:30. A victory for Hart-
graves would mean a tie for
them and Piggly Wiggly for
fourth place In the league race.
The second game Tuesday
night will pit National Guard
The schedule for Friday
night- In the first game: Ros-
c-oe versus U. S. Gypsum; sec-
ond game: Merkel versus Piggly
U. S. Gypsum
South Ward Quintet
Nicks West Ward
In Opener, 20 Te 14
John R. Lewis elementary
school's Yollowjacket basketball
team opened their cage season
Thursday afternoon with a 20 to
14 victory over the J. P. Cowan
The victorious South Ward
squad, coached by Caffey Welch,
were paced by Larry Summers
and Bobby Travis, who each
sank six points.
Other South Word performers
were Jerry Lamm (four points),
Carey Nesbett (two (joints),
dene Kineade (two points), llar-C
old Hobbs and Dale McKeehan.
Coach Roger Eaton's West
Ward basketeers were led by
Bobby JBoykin, who tallied six of
his team's 11 points. Dale Bur-
nett. hooked four points, as did
Other players for West Ward
were Carman Jenkins, Aubrey
Hardin and Bredemeyer.
The game was played at the
I P. Cowan gym. These two ~
teams will probably play again
some time this week.
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NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UP) —
Because of the unsatisfactory
ending of their bout last night,
middleweights Tuzo Portuguez
apd Paddy Young will be re-
mateheri for Madison Square
Garden in late February, match-
maker A1 Weill said today.
Referee Eddie Joseph disre-
garded the advice of ring-phy-
sician Vincent Nardiello last
night and stopped the bout at
43 seconds of the eighth round
because Young of New York was
bleeding profusely from a deep
cash around the outer corner of
his left eye.
.A crowd of 10.024 in the
Garden expressed its displeas-
ure by booing loudly and throw-
ing papers ar.d cigar butts at the
ring when Joseph awarded n
technical knockout victory to
Portuguez of .San Jose, Costa
Rica. One irate fan tossed a
bottle into the ring.
Young—A 7-5 favorite de-
spite the fact he was a substi-
tute—was leading when Joseph
stepped in. Instead of winning,
the fair-skinned New York
youth was tagged with the first
kayo in his career of 43 pro
fights. Ycung was seeking his
13th straight victory, on Fri-
day the 13th.
Regardless of the ending, the
fight was a thriller. Young's
exploding left hook floored the
stocky, dark-haired, champion
of Central America for a count
of two in the third round. And
Paddy staggered the rugged in-
vader in several other sessions.
Team Wins 3-1
Coach .1. G. Overton's Sweet-
water High School tennis squad
beat out the Stamford racket
boys. 3 to 1. Friday afternoon at
Stamford in a return engage-
The Mustangs are preparing
for the District 5-AA conference
tournament which will come off
Jackie Kincaid and Frank Hoi-
brook. Sweetwater's number one
doubles team, defeated Stam-
ford's Charles Vaden and Eugene
Schuchert, 6-3, 6-1 in the first
The Mustang number two
singles performer, Billy Adams,
won over Bill Terry of Stam-
ford, 0-1, 6-0.
James Lucas and James Roten,
the local's number two doubles,
made it three victories for Sweet-
water High by defeating Ronnie
Calhoun and Herbie McClendon,
The lone Pony loss to Stamford
was Jack Scott, number one
■angles player, being beaten by
Earl Stagner, 7-5, 6-1.
The two schools had split, 2-2,
in matches here recently.
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baseball games with the Fort
Worth Cats of the Texas League
have been cancelled. It is heliev- ,,,
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