The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 31, 1949 · Page 1
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Tuesday, May 31, 1949
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NVEATIfER TODAY Showers ltrday Temperatures High, 73; Low, 19 I I 1 TV TP - O Qrm h in) IANAP TRAFFIC TOLL, 1913 ,17 City, 13; County, 18 H FAIR AND FIRST VOL. 46. NO. 360 TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1949 FIVE CENTS n 3pj Jl i Lin f ii it S la Film t! la i:mT'h foil H 8 . A a w mi i - wwf(4 6 Mr - -Jfer n i Left Bill Holland, record apolis Motor speedway Race, At Holland's right is Harvey Best Seat For Race Was 1,500 Feet High By JACK THOMPSON From the best seat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Goodyear blimp Mayflower Hugh W.- Connaway, photographer for The Star, and I watched the 500-Mile Race get off to the hottest start in history. Approximately 100 feet below us we were cruising between 1,500 and 1,600 feet above' the ground we could see Beatrice Hynes, The Star's radio editor, tied to a rope and leaning out of the open hatch of a C-47 from Stout Field. While the Mayflower, piloted by J. A. Boettner, former Navy commander, slowly circled the Speedway, which looked like a multi-colored, jeweled lid to a huge cigarette box, Connaway and I saw the 32 sleek race cars begin to crawl around the track after the pace car. AS WE WATCHED Intently, George tynch's Auto Shippers Special went out of control on the southeast turn just a few laps after the race started. The car shot into the retaining wall, then skidded back down and came to a rest on the apron. Only a few minutes later, we saw the Redmer Special driven by Charles Van Acker crash into the inside rail on the northeast turn. It was with great relief we heard over the blimp's radio that neither driver was hurt seriously. I was sharing my headphones with J. T. Beckley, the airship's advertising representative, who was the only other passenger with us. AS I LOOKED out of the gondola at the two Novi Mobil Specials piloted by Rex Mays and Duke Nalon streaking around the track far out in front of the field, Beckley said he heard the announcer say Nalon had set a new track record for the first 25 miles. Then, we had to get back to Sky Harbor Airport where the Goodyear blimp is being moored while on its visit here; so Boettner swung the ship around and we headed east at 50 miles an hour. Hardly had we left th Speedway when the radio aanouBctr Star's - smashing victor of yesterday's smiles his way through Victory Lane atter the tinal lap. Firestone Jr. said Nalon'a Novi crashed into the wall and caught fire. We were too far from the track to return, WHEN WE ARRIVED back at The Star office Beatrice told us she had seen the crash of the favored Novi driven by Nalon. "It was awful," she said.; "Just as the race car hit the wall it was on the northwest turn a wall of flame leaped across the track and several other cars plunged through it before it died down," sht said. Accompanying Beatrice on the C-47 trip, which was sponsored by radio station WIRE and the 10th Air Force, were Ruth Reynolds and Glenn Wilson, ; both members of the WIRE broadcasting staff. The pilot of the plane was 1st Lt. J. W. Newlon and the copilot was 1st Lt. R. J. Carey. Cpl. Paul H. Hunter,, an aerial photographer, went along to take pictures. 1 jV ON INSIDE PAGES Russians tripd to win over Yugoslav army officers by promising them high positions after a "coup d'etat" against Marshal Tito, Belgrade Communist newspaper reports Page 13. Indiana's 1949 highway program 66 per cent ahead of 1948 on basis of contracts let during first three months of year Page 13. Democrats on House ; Labor Committee to meet to decide whether to bow to administration demands to repeal Taft-Hartley Law or to forget It for this session of Congress Page 18. Elsler, still In Britain where he won freedom after a U.S. plea for his return to America to face contempt of Congress charges, unanimously elected to government of Communist - dominated East Germany Page 28. Comics ... IB Sports. . 19-21 Editorials.. 12 Theaters.. 16 Radio .... IS Werner Society .. 6-8 Cartoon . 12 O01 Kiss, Trophy Go To Victor gruelling 500-Mile Indian- Holiday Death Toll At 339; 9 In Indiana 5 Persons Injured In Plane Crash At Brightwood Airport Indiana fatalities In the long Memorial Day week end stood at. nine last night and at least twice that many injuries were reported, 'including five persons hurt in a plane crash at Bright-wood Airport. Throughout the nation, with but a brief time left before the holiday gantlet would be run, the accidental death toll stood at 339. Traffic mishaps took 210 lives, 71 persons drowned and the other 57 lost their lives in miscellaneous accidents. The National Safety Council had predicted 215 persons alone would be killed in traffic between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday, . So far, the death toll lagged behind the Memorial Day 'count of the last two years, but officials expected a spurt when pleasure-seekers pack the highways on the trip homeward. THE BRIGHTWOOD air accident occurred when a Fairchild cabin plane containing the family of Richard Cassell, 25 years old, Adrian, Mich., took off following the Speedway race. Airport authorities said the motor missed fire as the plane, occupied by five persons, tried to gain altitude. Cassell, the owner-pilot, veered In for an emergency landing at a field north of the airport and ground-looped when he touched the earth. Most seriously injured was Mrs. Helen Cassell, 50, mother of the pilot, who suffered a fractured rib, shock and internal injuries. She was in fair condition in Methodist Hospital. OTHERS IV THE plane escaped with minor injuries. They include Cassell's father, Ralph Cassell, 51, the pilot's wife, Mrs. Wanda Cassell, 25, and their 10-month-old daughter, Susanne. The plane, valued at about $, 00Q, was a total wreck, according to airport spokesmen. The Inn to Pa Column t Right The lips of lovely Linda Darnell await Holland at the end of the 500-speed trail. Miss Darnell's kisses went with the huge Borg-Warner trophy she prese to the Speedway victor. Dream As Driver -Winner Lost, Lou Moore's Cars Take 3 In Row Lou Moore, who could never win the 500-mile race as a driver, yesterday wrote his name indelibly in Speedway history by winning his third in a row as a car builder and team manager. When Bill Holland's No. 7 Blue Crown Spark Plug Special flashed under the checkered flag, it marked an accomplishment for Moore that has never been matched. Not only had Moore's cars won the world's, greatest automobile race three times in a row, but his cars also had finished second in both 1347 and 1948 and third yesterday. ; But for a bit of bad racing luck when Mauri Rose's car stalled on the back stretch during the 192d lap, his three cars might have finished 1-2-4 yesterday, AS HE STOOD OUTSIDE Victory Lane waiting for Holland Speeds ' ' , f in-WCkk t I ty"!"-' ""J I Waving hit hand in victory laluta, Bill Holland flashes across the finish line in his Blue Crown Special to rack up a new raeerd for the 500-mile classic Signaling the victory with the traditional checkered flag is Bill Yanderwiter, assistant chief tarter. I AP Photo.), : ' . .... m. . to to complete his "extra" lap and pull in, Moore dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief unashamedly. They were tears of happiness. Moore, a bulky, red-faced, retiring man from North Hollywood, Cal., said "I feel wonderful" as he congratulated Holland. And well he might, for his success story is fast becoming a Speedway legend. He spent "every cent I had" for the two spanking new Blue Crowns which he brought to Indianapolis first in 1947. And, on the night before the race, he was considering selling all or part of the two cars. But, he held off and everybody knows what happened. EVEX THOUGH HIS CARS placed first and second that year, he was subjected to considerable criticism by observers who interpreted "Ezy" pit signals given to Holland as a successful at To New Race mile nted tempt to have Rose rather than Holland win the race. But, Moore took it all quietly and came right back last year. This time, there was no trace of criticism attached to his double victory. He added the "baby" Blue Crown, a 220-cubic-inch motor job, to the Blue Crown team last year, but it failed to perform as expected and was withdrawn without qualifying. This year, though, it was back with a brand-new and larger engine and it ticked like a clock as George Connor drove it to third place. Moore said he plans to have all three cars back next year and will be bidding for the first three places. "WE DARNED NEAR made it 1-2-3 this year," he said happily. Moore is noted at the Speed-Turn to Pa 9, Column 6 Record Sizzling Pace Sets New Record; Nalon Burned In Crash By BOB STKANAHAN Sports Editor The third time was the charm time for Bill Holland, who drove his Blue Crown Spark Plug Special to a sensa tional and record-breaking victory in the 33d 500-mile classic before 150,000 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday. The 41-year-old Reading (Pa.) skating rink operator averaged 121.377 m.p.h. for his third run in the tortuous and perilous grind which nearly ended in tragedy for Dennis (Duke) Nalon and was a heart-breaker for Mauri Rose, the 1947 and 1948 winner. Train Crash Injures 9 At Union Station Several Passengers Severely Shaken In . Accident On Railway A switch engine and express car crashed into the rear of a loaded Pennsylvania passenger train at Union Station yesterday, injuring nine trainment. Dozens of other coach passengers throughout the train were severely shaken up. Five were given treatment at the scene for minor bruises. Three mail clerks in a mail car at the rear of the train and six persons in an adjoining diner were the most seriously hurt The crash occurred when air brakes on the Diesel engine failed as it was attempting to hook the car, loaded with mail, on the end of the standing train, officials reported. Many of the passengers were jarred to the floor. J. W. Haynes, St. Louis, a dining car waiter, was knocked sprawling over a table. He was taken to General H6spital with a severe back injury. ' THE FOLLOWING persons were removed to St. Vincent's Hospital for treatment: I. J. Soncrant, 49 years old, 1129 North Butler Street, mail clerk. Wesley O. Brown, 61, 4338 Broadway, mail clerk. Virgil S. Pike, 59, Plainfield, mail clerk. Robert J. Mack, St. Louis, second cook. Edgar Logan, Columbus, O., chef. William Terrell, Columbus, O., waiter. G. A. Holley, St. Louis, waiter. H. A. Dorsey, St. Louis, waiter. Of the injured, only Haynes Turn to Page 9, Column 8 Holland Spurns Water For Linda DatneWs Kiss By JEP CADOU JR. Begrimed Bill Holland wasn't sure he had the 500-mile race ; won until the last lap. ! And he was more interested! in Linda Darnell's kisses than j in having a drink of water yesterday in Victory Lane. "Always a bridesmaid but , never a bride" in his two pre- j vious Speedway starts, the 41-j year-nd Reading (Pa.) driver at last had accomplished the ambition he has carried since he climbed into his first dirt track car But, he was a humble and thankful man when he steered i his No. 7 Blue Crown Spark Plug Special into the bedlam : that is Victory Lane. j "I DIDN'T KNOW I had it won until the last lao." he said, ' "the motor had been missing the ; last 100 laps." . ! He said the trouble slowed ! him down on the straightaways ' but he "made up the ground j in the turns." His first act after he switched i The Weather Joe Crow Says: Mixing be erf) and politics might not be as bad as mixing bar and car. Indianapolis and Indiana Partly cloudy and rather warm today and tomorrow, with a few local afternoon or evening ihowerf, i I v ,i I elapsed time 4.07:15 97. ; NALON'S powerful Novi Mo- bil Special, its fuel tank heavily laden, crashed into the wall on the northeast turn in the 24th lap after losing a wheel and burst into flames. The California driver managed to get out of the car but remained in the Methodist Hospital last night suffering second degree burns about the head and arms. Rose, the only former winner in yesterday's fastest field, had Lady Luck turn a cold shoulder on his bid for a third straight victory when his companion car to Holland's failed because of magneto trouble in the 192d lap. Full Page of Pictures On Page 10 Othfr Pictures On Pages 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 The South Bend pilot was riding in second place at the time and was forcing the leader into record time as he tried to overtake him. The failure was caused by loss of a tiny contact spring and could have been repaired with a piece of tape or elastic, it was discovered later. With Rose out of the race, 30 year-old Johnny Parsons of Van-Nuys, Cal., the freshman pilot who had the second fastest qualifying time behind Nalon, moved into the second place in his Kur tis Kraft Special. His average was 119.785, just a shade under the 119.819 mark set by Rosa in 1948 and shattered by Hoi. land yesterday. GEORGE CONNOR, Speed-way City, the third member of the Blue Crown team, was close behind Parsons for third place with an average of 119.595 mph. While it was a profitable day for the affable Easterner and Blue Crown Crew, it was almost a disastrous one for the rival Novi team. One of the expensive V-8 front-drives, reputed to have cost $75,000 to construct, was battered and flame-seared and the other, handled by Rapid Rex Mays, "just quit" when he was leading the race after Teammate Nalon had come to grief. AAA observers said a wheel came off the car which had set new records for every lap of the first 50 miles of the race. Nalon Turn to Page 19, Column 1 off the motor was to kiss Miss Darnell, the movie star who presented him with the Borg. Warner trophy. Then, he reached for the two. Turn to Page 9, Column 4 First '500' Telecast Huge Success By CORBIN PATRICK For the first time in history, approximately 3,000 central Indi-' ana families and their friends saw the 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Speedway in the ease and comfort of their living rooms yesterday. They liked it. Television got the checkered flag, along with Bill Holland, at the end of the gruelling, 4-hour auto classic in the state's video premiere cn WFBM-TV. Reception was reported from 8ll parts of Indiana and from border cities in neighboring states. It was estimated by WFBM-TV officials that 200,000 people caught the show. They believe more people saw the race via TV than at the track. Hundreds crowded around store windows displa1ng television sets in downtown India apolis. Many Indianapolis home with video receivers reported 30 or 40 visitors in the course of the day. IT WAS CLEAR that television had arrived with a louder Turn to Page 9, Column I Holland's elapsed time was

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