18--The Berkshire Evening Eagle, Friday, April 11, 1947 Robinson Will Be Given Encouragement by Brooklyn Fans To Make Jackie Gets Big Ovation Every Time He Conies To Bat Despite Fact Durocher Has Been Suspended for Year Fans Will Turn Out if Team Plays Good Ball By JOHN M. FLYNN Sports Editor of The Eagle NEW YORK--Jackie Robinson, Negro infielder, who was received warmly by Montreal fans last year, will be given encouragement by baseball customers at Ebbets Field to make the grade in the National League. That fact was apparent yesterday afternoon when Montreal, the Brooklyn farm team, was defeating the Durocherless Dodgers before a crowd of 14,000 in Flatbush. Press Informed Although the fans did not know it at the time the sports writers in the press box were informed in the early part of the game that Robinson had been offered a Dodger contract and a few innings later the press was given the information that Jackie had signed the contract. Of course the signing took place before the game because Robinson \vas not seen leaving the field while the contest was in progress. Each time Robinson came to bat he was given a big ovation. He was under terrific pressure and of course is a better batter than his showing yesterday might indicate. Jackie drew a pass but otherwise was futile at the plate. In fact once he bunted with two men on bases and the pop fly was turned into a double killing as the result of bad base-running by a teammate. At first base Robinson had no hard chances but he looked good around the bag. It is very unusual to have a crowd of 14,000 on hand for an exhibition game between a major and a minor league team but the unusual crowd was due largely to the presence of Robinson in the lineup. Catcher Campanella, who starred for Nashua of the New England League last year, was another Negro who got into thÂ» game for Montreal. He is a stocky fel- TRICYCLES 10"--16"--20" Wheels Sidewalk Bikes Coaster Wagons Kiddie Kars BICYCLES 24"--26" Wheels "Transportation for All Ages" WEEKS Service. Inc. YOUR 7irC*fOIK D E . . ~ . 2 - 1 2 1 5 low, not very tall, but seems to know what it is all about behind the plate. Campanella was robbed of a hit near the left field foul line by Gene Hermanski, a native of Pittsneld. Gene had a big day, belting two doubles and making three g^and catches. Hermanski was off to a" bad start last season but he did well in the South this spring and certainly won the admiration of the fans in Thursday's game. He is a big fellow, who bats left-handed and can hit for distance. Fans Will Turn Out In watching the crowd yesterday at Ebbets Field I reached the conclusion that regardless of the fact Durocher has been suspended for a year the Brooklyn fans will turn out in large numbers if the team plays good ball. They love baseball in Brooklyn and know the game. Under ordinary conditions Dixie Walker might be the choice to succeed Durocher. The present situation, however, is not just ordinary. A Negro player is to be tried in the National League for the first time in the modern history of the game. There have been newspaper reports that Walker has made it known he would not like to have a Negro on the team. Many fans have rend that story. Consequently Walker was given the bird in a pronounced way each time he stepped to the plate. Branch Rickey probably will take that cue if he had any idea of naming Dixie. Blades May Get Call Ray Blades, Dodger coach, insists that he does not want to manage again but it would not be surprising if Ray gets the call to succeed Durocher. A few posters were in evidence at the park calling 'for the return of Durocher but the general impression is that Commissioner flappy Chandler's suspension of Leo for the year is something that will stand. Some fans figure a month or two off for Leo would have been enough. Others say that considering happenings over a long period and the fact that Chandler lad to get stern in this case if he ntended to remain at the head of all baseball something drastic had to be handed out. Regardless of whether Robinson stays in the National League I am confident that he will do nothing to make his friends feel ashamed of iiim. I noticed in the sixth inning when some Montreal players and the manager insisted that Bragan's tip that settled in front of the plate was a fair ball Robinson remained near first base and had no part in the discussion, Bragan eventually struck out, catcher Sandlock took the ball and left it about a foot in front of the plate, a reminder of the argument. As Robinson walked toward the bench he picked up the ball and rolled it over near the pitcher's box, the Robinson Feels Certain He Can Win Them Over BROOKLYN Â«V-"I am on the spot and I know it. But I'm prepared for it. I am certain I can win them over in Brooklyn as I did in Montreal." That was the observation today of Jackie Robinson---first Negro ever to reach the major leagues in modern organized baseball. The 28-year-old former UCLA all-around athlete was still in a daze over the swiftly moving events which made him a Dodger yesterday. "It feels wonderful to be a major leaguer, even if I haven't actually played in the big leagues yet," Robinson beamed. "I hope I can justify everybody's faith in me." by the Pittsfield Electrics in Stamford. Manager Tony Rensa, although at least 45 years old, was able to stand the calisthenics better than some of. the much younger players. Tony is pleased with the size and records of several members of the squad but wants some time to see what the boys really can do. Braves, Sox Meet Today in Series Opener Hughson Slated To Start Against Sain or Barrett BOSTON W)--Weather permitting--early forecasts say showers --Boston's Braves today will entertain the Red Sox in a preview of the 1947 season. The fans will see some of the rookies who have been written about glowingly while the teams were training below the Mason- Dixon Line. The Sox have promised to start Tex Hughson, 20-game winner last season. The Braves are expected to play behind their own 20-game winner, Johnny Sam, nnd Charlie (Red) Barrett, who won 21 games under Manager Billy Southworth when opth were with the St. Louis Cardinals two seasons ago. Red's over-all victoties t h a t year totaled 23 as he had won two for the Braves before being sent to the Cards in the deal which brought Mort Cooper here. Among the Braves rookies Â«nd newcomers expected to see action are Ear Torgeson, first baseman up from Seattle, catcher Hank Carnelli, wao came here with third baseman Bob Elliott in the deal which sent Billy Herman to Pittsburgh as manager, and infielder Danny Murtaugh, purchased from Rochester whither he went from the Phillies. The Sox will use Eddie Pella- grmi, a Boston boy, and Frank Shofner, up from Louisville, at third base. Sam Mele who burned up the Eastern League last season, and Bill Goodman for whom Tom y/awkey paid the Atlanta Crackers $75,000, are expected, to play in right field for the Sox. Both parks have been refurbished. At Braves Field 17,000 grand stand seats were torn out DODGERS* CLUBHOUSE: Jackie Rob. inson, Negro infielder, waves his glove as he enters the Brooklyn clubhouse at Ebbcls Field. Robinson became the first of his race to enter modern major league baseball. The Referee's Sporting Chat By JOHN M. FLYNN The big four in bowling, Jimmy Ennis, Al Bianchi, Harry Salkin and Dick Daury will meet at the Â·TM'cs Home tonight at 8 to complete arrangements for the annual tournament. Federal Duck Stamps US. Wildlife Service advises hunters that the 1947 federal duck stamp wilj go on. sale about July 1 at local post offices. The stamps, priced at $1, must be obtained by all hunters over 16 who are after ducks, geese and other migratory waterfowl. The service said the new stamp would feature two snow geese in flight. It was designed by Jack Murray, artist of Outdoor Magazine in Boston. *SÂ£ Bill Fanning Stars Bill Fanning, former St. Joseph's High athlete, who was manager and star shortstop for the Bradford Cafe team, which won the City Baseball League championship last year, is leading the University of Colorado varsity squad in hitting. A freshman, the 25-year-old Fanning has a mark of .571 for the first two contests on four hits in .seven times at bat. Colorado defeated the University of Nebraska 11-1 and 7-6 in a season opening double - header. Bill is playing shortstop. Bill weighs 165 pounds, stands 5 feet, 11 inches. He played considerable baseball In the Navy. Â·RS Admires Robinson's Courage Although they doubt Jackie Robinson, the Negro infielder of the played if necessary, but the team that first acquires eight points, on the two-points-for-a-win, one-for- a-tie basis, will be declared the winner. This means that there will be no overtime with the exception of the deciding game if it is played . . . Six of the nine three-year-olds which went to the post in the recent Experimental Handicap at Jamaica saw action as two-year- olds last year at historic Saratoga. This year racing comes back to Saratoga Monday, Aug. 4, following a two-week Saratoga-at-Jamalca meeting which starts July 21 ... Dutch Killer, of the Pittsburgh Hornets in the American Kockey League, is one of tlw few ica performers, who wear glasses . . . Hershey, Pa., a town of 2500 drew capacity crowds of 8000 for nearly every home hockey game last season. Tom Yawlcey viewed hij renovated Fenway P a r k yesterday which cost more than $500,000. This sum includes what is regarded ligh'Ung sys- as the world's best tem for baseball Walter Dropo, three sport star at the University of Connecticut, has been declared ineligible for further inter- c o 11 e giate athletic competition. Dropo played with the Eastern team in the recent All-Stars basketball game in the Garden. Sr Sports in Movies After a lapse of several years, studios are again turning to the sportg world for movie subjects, Boxing and baseball pictures seem to be predominating. Dodgers Buy Robinson of Montreal Club First Negro Signed By a* Major League Team NEW YORK (UP)--The Brooklyn Dodgers announced today that they had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson, star Negro in- flelder, from the Montreal Royals, their farm club in the International League. Robinson thus became the first Negro in the history of organized baseball to be signed on a major league club. , The purchase of Robinson's contract was announced in tihe press box at Ebbets Field during the fifth inning of an exhibition game between the Royals and Dodgers, just after Robinson, had hit into a double play. Harold Parrott, road secretary for the Dodgers, said he believed that Robinson had been Informed of "Uie action previously,, however. Arthur Mann, assistant to President Branch Rickey, circulated this announcement: "The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals." The statement waa signed by Rickey. Rickey agreed to meet reporters after the game to discuss the matter. He said that Clyde Suekforth, temporary manager, would decide whether Robinson will play first base for the Dodgers tomorrow when they meet the Yankees at Ebbets Field. Robinson signed with the Royals last season and was a sensation at second base, leading the league in hitting with an average of .349. South Berkshire Loop To Operate With Five Teams Organization B e r k s h i r e of the Twilight Southern Baseball League will be effected at a meeting Tuesday night at 8 in the Lee Sons of Italy rooms. The five 1946 member teams are ready to go, and it is said thai Sheffield may have a club. The field last season consisted of Lenox Stockbridge, Lee, Housatonii anc West Stockbridge. Officers will be elected. CJounty Commissioner J. Joseph McCabe of Lenox is president and Henry J Bailey of Housatonic is secretary Seven Clubs Entered in Midget Loop Seven teams were represented at the organization meeting of the Special Midget Baseball League yesterday afternoon at the Parks and Recreation Department office. T h e entries include Highland R e s t a u rant, Besse-3arke, St. Mary's, Willys Pittsfield Inc., Tyler Aces, Bluejays and Bud's Aces. The league will be composed of boys under 12. Negro Star at First for Dodgers Against Yanks By United Frew NEW YORK--Eyes of the baseball world were focused on Ebbets Field today where the Brooklyn Dodgers, with a temporary manager and a new first baseman, pre- ared for the invasion of the New York Yankees. The Dodgers, who are being handled by Clyde Sukeforth, purchased N e g r o Jackie Robinson from Montreal yesterday and Sukeforth indicated that the 1946 International League batting champion would be In the Brooklyn line-up today. The Dodgers bowed to Montreal yesterday, 4-3, with Al Campanis and Don Lund of the Royals each hitting a home run. Manager Bucky Harris of the Yankees pared his squad by sending catcher Gus Niarhos to Kansas City of the American Association; infielder Jack Phillips to Newark of the International Leag-ue; and pitcher Johnny Maldovan to Portland of the Pacific Coast League. Zak to Bears ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UP)---Infielder Frankle Zak, who had a previous Harvard Men Want Durocher Student Paper Proposes Leo as Assistant Coach CAMBRIDGE P)--From the hallowed halls of Cambridge came a plea today that the nation's oldest college sign Leo Durocher as an assistant baseball coach and thus "restore" him "to baseball and society." An open letter in this morning's Crimson, signed by the editors of the student daily, urged Athletic Director William J. (Bill) Bing- hant to take such action to "save Leo from the Mexican peso and the Yankee choler." Bingham, who wasn't available for comment, was told in the letter signed by the editors: "Ten thousand men of Harvard have- long looked to you aa the personification of fair play and sportsmanship. Today 2.000,000 citizens of Brooklyn--dazed, bewildered, almost crushed by the injustice of Leo Durocher's suspension--look to the outside work for leadership. . . . "You, Mr. Bingham, can restore Mr. Durocher to baseball and society. We humbly suggest that the Harvard Athletic Association take immediate steps to sign Leo Durocher as first assistant to baseball Coaca Dolph Samborski. . . . Tha letter concluded: "Mr. Bingham, through your enterprise Harvard and Brooklyn can clasp hands across a sea of upturned faces. From Williamsburg to Red Hook, from Canarsie to the Gowanus, the eyes of Brooklyn are upon you. You cannot fail them. You must not fail us. 1 Jig league trial with the PitU- jurgh Pirates, was sold today tÂ« ;he Newark Bears of the International League by the St. Louis Browns. The Browns acquired Zak from Kansas City of the American Association this winter after the 24- year-old Passaic, N.J, resident hit 221 with the Blues. Final Exhibition G R E E N S B O R O , N.C, (UP)-The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators, who accompanied each other north from Florida, prepared to put the finishing touches on their spring training series today. The two clubs met at Charlotte yesterday and the Phillies made it three straight over the Nats by winning, 4-2, behind Lyn (Schoolboy) Rowe and Sylvester (Blix) Donnelly. Outfielder Ron Northey of the Phils was tried at third base and handled himself acceptably. Indians vs Giant* RICHMOND, Va. (UP) -- Still boasting about the fine success they enjoyed yesterday while battering the slants of blazing Bobby Feller, the New York Giants were ready for another skirmish with the Cleveland Indians here today. The Ott men showed little respect for Feller as they pounded him for nine runs in seven innings while breezing to an 11 to 4 victory at Danville. Johnny Mize and "Sid Gordon reached t h e American League fast-bailer for homers and Mize connected for another circuit clout off Gene Bearden, who relieved Feller in the eighth. Series Opener CHICAGO (UP) -- The annual spring series between the White Sox and the Cubs was scheduled to get under way today. 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