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Des Moines, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 5, 1947
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I T1RBELI DIM Hun With the Athletes BY SEC TAYLOR GEORGE WIGGINS. GEORGE HIGGINS, chairman of Des Moines Enterprises, Inc., is leaving Des Moines. He has been manager of radio station KSO for the past three years. During that time he has also taken an active part in civic affairs. It is because of his willingness to give 4 city that he is best known here. HIGGINS. When George came here from St. Paul I predicted that he would jrov tob the. most valuable addition to our city that had coma to us in the way of a new citizen and business man in many, many years. H has come up to my expectations. He is largely responsible for Pioneer Memorial Stadium, for the success of Hawkeye Holidays, for the professional football game between the Los A n-( geiea Hams and the Boston Yanks, to mention only a few of the promotions to which he gave his time without stint or complaint, sometimes I fear to the . possible neglect of his own business and t financial loss to himself. AT ST. PAUL, before he came here he helped put the St. Paul American association baseball club, which was so sick that there was even talk of transferring it, back on its feet. He also succeeded in making a going circuit out of the United States Hockey league of which he was president for several terms. He was a well known sportcaster and an equally competent football and basketball official and baseball umpire. When he left St. Paul to come to Des Moines the citizens of the former city, hundreds of whom knew him personally and had rworked with him as they have here, gave a farewell banquet for him that attracted "2,000 of , the leading residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the state. ONE OF the best things about Higglns is his enthusiasm. I've never known him to attend a sports event or a show in which he could not find something good something from which he could get a lift. But bis bent trait is the fact that he always keeps his feet on the ground. He may enthuse about some promotion but he doesn't let that lead him astray. He's all business all the while. And so Des Moines loses him to Indianapolis. Now that Des Moines has known him, I predict It will feel his departure, even more than it has felt his presence, but, of course, in a different way. But we'll all wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. . c 31 JEKKV JOHNSON. JERRY JOHNSON was one of the most versatile football players I ever sa For one game he gave me the greatest exhibition of defense by a halfback that I've seen. Jerry played with Morningside college just before World War I when the Sioux City college, coached by J. M. Saunderson, held its own with Iowa State and Iowa and did quite well in two contests with Notre Dame. Early in the war a game was arranged between a very fine Camp Dodge eleven, coached by the late Maj. John L. Griffith, and the All-State college team selected by the writer. It was played in the Drake stadium for the benefit of the Camp Dodge athletic department, which needed bats, balls, baseketballs, footballs and all sorts of equipment for the soldiers. THE GAME fayed an egg. No one attended, or scarcely any attended. The gridiron was blanketed with snow and the best the mercury in the thermometer could do that day was 3 above rero. The score at the finish was 0-0, largely because of the sensational playing of Jerry Johnson for the All-Staters. Once he made a flying tackle (It was legal those days), propelling himself through the air for uat seemed a distance of five yards to bring down a soldier who was away for a touchdown. Johnson could run, plunge, pass, block and kick far above the average in every department. He was also a good basketball and baseball player. Later he gained nationwide fame as , a back with the Chicago Navy Pier eleven, which "n World War I was to football what the Great Lakes Naval Training Center was in World War IL HE DIED the victim of cancer the other day at Keokuk, la,, where he had been in the coal business for the past decade. Burial was at Linn Grove, where he played his high school football. I shall never forget him. Nor shall I forget that Camp Dodge-All State football game, the only contest of the kind ever held in Iowa to my knowledge. You see I foolishly covered the SrTTIN """i N Continued on Page Fourteen. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, Crisler Fears Indiana. Wolverines' Letdown ANN ARBOR, MICH. (U.P.) Michigan Coach Fritz Crisler admitted Tuesday he was worried that his unbeaten Wolverine football team might suffer a letdown Saturday against Indiana after facing Minnesota and Illinois on successive weekends. Crisler sent his second team running defensive drills against Indiana plays Tuesday and worked his first stringers on offensive signal drills. He scheduled a hard offensive scrimmage for today. The Michigan mentor said his squad would be "as strong as it was in any game except the opener," with all but substitute Fullback Tom Peterson ready for action. He also announced that Halfback Walt Teninga probably would do the punting in the Indiana game to ' save wear on Fullback Jack Weisenburger's pulled leg muscle. Bierman Promotes Gopher Ileserves MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. UV)-Minnesota football reserves held the spotlight Tuesday as the Gophers went through a rugged practice session in preparation for their Purdue contest here Saturday. Promoted to the second-string eleven as result of the fine showing they made last Saturday against Pittsburgh were Halfback Frank Brown, Fullback Ken Beiersdorf and Left End Jimmy Biermarffc the latter the son of Coach Bernie Bierman. Only casualty of the day was Tackle Gene Fritz, out of the varsity lineup because of a Ruel Fired, Zach Given 1 -Year Pact ST. LOUIS, MO. Zach Taylor Tuesday night was named to manage the St. Louis Browns next season. He was signed to a one-year contract. Zach, who last season was a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, thus returns to the position he held temporarily after' the dismissal of Manager Luke Sewell late in the 1946 campaign. Get 1918 Pay. This time he succeeds Herold (Muddy) Ruel, who was discharged Tuesday after serving one season of his two-year contract. Directors of the club announced that Ruel will be paid his salary in full for 1948. Taylor, christened James Wren, was born July 27, 1898, at Yulee, Fla. A catcher, he began his professional baseball career after three years at Rollins college. To Majors in 1920. Zach went to the major leagues with Brooklyn in 1920 and later caught for the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs through 1933. Taylor managed Allentown of the New York-Pen nsylvania league in 1935, was a Brooklyn coach in 1936, and piloted San Antonio of the Texas league, 1937-39. He became manager of Toledo of the American association in 1940 and was relieved of his duties there in June of 1941, when he became a coach for the Browns, a post he held until this year. Resents Criticism. The 51-year-old Ruel, a native of St. Louis, took issue with a statement by Richard Mucker-man, club president, that although the club finished last this year, the material on hand was sufficient for a first-division team. Ruel declared he was "stunned" by the action,- and added: "Mr. Muckerman said he was disappointed in the showing of the club, and disappointed in my work. Well, I couldn't deny that the showing of the club disappointed all of us after we started the season in the cellar and trailed in that position throughout the American league race. "I could not agree with the club owner on the second point my own record. I fell heir to a seventh-place team, and I feel certain that the material was not on hand to improve the Browns' position. FOR MEN BATHS and IIS Swedish Massage Parlor tttra Violet Ray and Infra Red Ray Kqulfnnt VAN B. THOMPSON, Prop. 4-9522 Room 317 Securities Bide 418 7th St. 1947. bruised rib which trainers said would be in shape to play Saturday. A running . attack, Purdue's most potent weapon in Big Nine competition, was emphasized in a brisk scrimmage as the Boilermakers drilled. Coach Stu Holcomb said Harry Szulborski, sparkplug of. the Purdue ground attack, and Norb Adams, would again carry the brunt of the battle. Their ground-gaining offense was to be augmented as usual by Bob DeMoss' passing. Fesler Shifts Subs Into Buck Lineup COLUMBUS, OHIO UF Coach Wes Fesler Tuesday shook up the Ohio State line while pushing the Buckeyes through a grueling offensive scrimmage in preparation for Northwestern's invasion Saturday. Capt. Ray Jabbusch was replaced at left guard by Ray Di-Pierro'and 231-pound Dick O'Han-lon, a guard, was moved to tackle with the intention of giving him a starting berth as soon as he learns the assignments. End Dick Shannon also moved to tackle as an "experiment." Richey Graham, fullback, and Frank Aschenbrenner, halfback, both of whom have been sidelined by injuries, will be back in action for Northwestern against Ohio State, Bob Voigts, Wildcat coach, said. f -4 Zach Taylor. Returns to Browns. REPORT RUEL TO BOSS TRIBE CLEVELAND, OHIO Rumors were flying here Tuesday night that Muddy Ruel, deposed as managertof the St. Louis Browns, will replace Lou Boudreau as boss of the Cleveland Indians. Ruel, contacted in . St. Louis, had no comment. It was also reported that the Browns had offered the managerial post to Boudreau before signing Zach Taylor and that Lou's salary demands were too high. Bill Veeck has announced that he is willing to sell or trade his shortstop-manager to "any but a first-division club." Garden After Return Flyweight Title Go NEW YORK, N. Y. UP The Twentieth Century Sporting club has offered Flyweight Champion Rinty Monaghan and Hawaiian Dado Marino 55 per cent of the gate for a return match in Madison Square garden and only the Irishman's acceptance is needed to assure the bout. Marino and his manager, Sam Ichinose, en route home to Honolulu, stopped in at Promoter Mike Jacobs' offices Tuesday and expressed willingness to fight here. BLENETTE SCORES. LINCOLN DOWNS, R. I.' Iff) At Lincoln Downs, D. B. White-house's Blenette scored her second consecutive victory when she took the Exeter purse at six and one-half furlongs Tuesday. "J Buy 'Em Early E Use Our lay away plan I RAY HARPER , Humn a Auto Supply i B. r. iioodrlcb lraler 13 Out or In? I IH.J...L Ill Mllll IIIUMMI j ' h ' -A fa j ' .:: -43 $ jni -1 ' ' ' ' Halfback Emlen Tunnell. Hawkeye Ace Quits in a Huff. V F W Ak$ Junior Fight Event Here Preparations are being made to launch a bid to bring to Des Moines the 1948 Junior A.A.U. boxing tournament, it was disclosed Tuesday. The Iowa department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will seek to sponsor the annual event, in which teams from Des Moines and Sioux City participated last year. Lawrence (Buck) Rogers of Kansas City, national athletio director of the V.F.W. who Is visiting In Den Moines, said there is "a very good chance that the Iowa department will be successful in Its bid for the tournament." The 1947 tournament was sponsored by the Jackson County (Kansas City) council of the organization, which plans to be represented at the bidding atXthe annual A.A.U. convention at Omaha early next month. 69 Participated in 1947. Sixty-nine fighters representing 17 cities participated in the 1947 event. Rogers said the V.F.W. will urge that the junior tournament follow the senior event, held annually at Boston's Garden. The senior tournament Includes A.A.U. champions, while junior participation is limited to non-titleholders. Rogers said more entries would be submitted if the junior tournament followed the Boston activities because fighters would not fear injuries which would impair their performance in the senior event. Proposes Dates. The national V.F.W. sports director proposes that the senior tourney be set for the first week in April, with the juniors starting their three-day meet Apr. 15. Bidding, which involves a guarantee for fighters' travel expenses, will include other cities besides Kansas City and Des Moines, Rogers said. If the meet is held in Des Moines, Rogers explained, profits will be used for furthering the V.F.W. sports program in Iowa. Jockeys Injured in Chicago Race Pileup CHICAGO, ILL. (JP) Paul Ten- aglio suffered a broken collarbone and Gerald Porch was severely shaken up in a spill involving their mounts at Sportsman's park racetrack Tuesday. 3) iW&lZimJoo i SB Hamilton, Navy Coach FINDS NOTRE DAME WEAKNESS ANNAPOLIS, MD. UP) Navy Coach Tom Hamilton, always a hard man to convince, says he spotted a weakness in the Notre Dame football eleven which' ran over his Middies, 27-0, in Cleveland Saturday. Admitting the Irish have a "devastating .passing attack," Coach Hamilton said Tuesday, "Notre Dame's running game is not dangerous, and there's the weakness. That keeps 'em from being great. "If you stop their passing game, you stop their attack. They didn't hurt us on the ground, but in the air." As for passing, the Navy mentor moaned, "They've got not one, but two outstanding passers in Lujack and Tripucka. Why, Sammy Baugh never looked better than either one against us last week at Cleveland." i - i ',-1 ! -St TltriinaniUMrmiri ii m-n r-v t - STRENGTH Navy Coach Tom Hamilton finds nothing wrong with Notre Oanie's passing attack, shown here at a climac tic moment against the Middies Saturday with Terry Brennan catching a toss for a touchdown, but he says the Irish ground offense Is "not dangerous." PLUCKY BOY LUCKY. SALEM, N. H. (JP) Tommy Queen's Plucky Boy ed all the way to win the mile and a sixteenth feature of an all-claiming card at Rockingham Park Tuesday. Electric AppKances Repair Work fir "mm . t t7i,.tT 3 as ti ram Anderson Says Em 'Definitely Through' (Th Rcgltr'a Iowa New Servlc.) IOWA CITY, IA. Emlen Tunnell, outstanding halfback who declared Tuesday afternoon that he had quit the Iowa football squad, was eager Tuesday night to rejoin the Hawkeyes. -M Tunnell, leading Big Nine pass receiver, went to the home of Coach Eddie Anderson fcte Tuesday night to see if he would be allowed to return. Anderson had gone to bed, so Em will present his plea this morning. "I can't quit," Tunnell said, if I'm allowed io come out." The 22-year-old junior left the practice field in a huff Monday after being rebuked by Frank Carideo, backfield coach, for poor tackling in a drill against freshmen. Em then passed up practice Tuesday and announced that he would return to his home in Radnour Hill, Fenn. Anderson first said that Tunnell would be allowed to return if Em personally requested it. Later, Eddie told reporters: "As far as I'm concerned, Tunnell is through." "We told our squad at the start of the season," Eddie explained, "that if anyone didn't want to take what the rest of the squad was getting in practice, he could turn in his uniform." Tunnell apparently resented the necessity of taking a risk Monday in practice designed to sharpen the Hawkeyes' tackling. After being reprimanded by Ca- "r JV ARM OPERATION FOR DIMAG SEEN SAN FRANCISCO. CAL CD-Joe Di Maggio, New York Yankee outfielder, headed for New York by plane Tuesday night where he probably will have a bone chip removed from his throwing arm. "It looks like an operation," Joe told a reporter Tuesday. "I'm going to see the Yankee's doctor when I get to New York and if he says the arm has to be operated on, then that's that." The chip in Joe's elbow is of long standing, he says. The operation would be the third in the American league player's baseball career. The others didn't slow him up. Joe doesn't think this one will either. "The way I feel," Joe said, "I'll have my best year since the war in 1948. This chip is nothing. I've had it for a long time and it didn't bother me. But this year it moved and gave me so much trouble that I had one good throw a day and that was all." Pollet's Operation Termed Successful ST. LOUIS, MO. .T Howie Pollet, southpaw pitcher for the St. Louis Cartiinals, Tuesday underwent surgery on his elbow for the removal of a bone spur and Dr. Robert F. Hyland said the operation was satisfactory. "He'll stay here in the hospital for several days before returning home (Houston)," Hyland said. IN STOCK 100 Wool Honor Sweaters VIU YOUfiG SPORTING GOODS GO. 'I'll come out again rideo, Tunnell made a vicious tackle, then strode off the field. "I'd rather get killed on Saturday afternoon than during the week," Km later remarked. Last March Tunnell turned in his suit and quit spring drills, but reappeared two days later. Tunnell explained at the time that he went to Des Moines to straighten out personal affairs with the veterans administration. Anderson said after Tuesday night's practice that Johnny Tedore would probably take over Tunnell's spot at left half. The Hawk boss also indicated that Quarterback Johnny Estes or Bob Smith, who already divides his work between right half and fullback, could step into the position. In practice work, the Hawk-eyes continued to mend their tackling defects and went through a semi-scrimmage in a light rain. Tunnell, the former Toledo university athlete, leads the big Nine in, passes received this year with nine completions for a total of 190 yards and three touchdowns. ,He is second in rushing among the Hawks and heads the team in average yards gained per carry with a 5.4 figure. Scored Against Indiana, Tunnell received the three touchdown passes against Indiana in the Hawks' only Big Nine victory of the season. The speedy Negro also scored Iowa's only marker in the loss to U.C.L.A. That touchdown came on a pass from Quarterback Johnny Estes and a spectacular run. Tunnell, who weighs 185 pounds, came to Iowa after a brilliant record as a back on the Alameda coast guard eleven in California. Capable Ball Carrier.. Last year, his first at Iowa, "The Gremlin" participated in six games and established a rushing average of 3.6 yards in the 49 times he carried the ball. His net yardage ranked twentieth in the Big Nine. On the basis of net gain by TUNNELL Continued on Page Fourteen. BADGERS ROCK FROSH IN DRILL MADISON, WIS. (J1) The Wisconsin varsity football squad smashed over for three touchdowns against the freshmen in a scrimmage session Tuesday as the Badgers pointed towards Saturday's homecoming game with Iowa. Bob Hanley, sophomore right end from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was moved to the first team on the basis of his work in the Northwestern game last Saturday. Wide Selection in Standard School Colors. Mail Ordr Promptly Filled School Price Numeral and Chevron In Stock to Match "Good Delivery on Wrestling Tight t at Worn by the Collegiate Champions" SZULBORSKI IS BIG NINE'S TOP GROUND GAINER i Taliaferro Is Total Offense Leader. CHICAGO, ILL. Little Harry Szulborski of Purdue, who runs with reckless abandon behind the Boilermakers' big line, has established himself as the Big Nine' top ground gainer. Official conference statistics showed Tuesday that Szulborski, a relative lightweight who scales around 170 pounds, has gained 360 yards on the ground In four conference games for an average of 6.4 per rush and & substantial lead over Michigan's Jack Wei-senburger in second place. Several Versatile Stars. Despite the trend toward specialists in football, there are several outstanding all-around per- i Bob Smith. Among Loop's Versatile Men. formers in the Big Nine this season. The best of these are George Taliaferro of Indiana, Bob Chap-puis of Michigan, Dike Eddleman of Illinois, and Bob Smith of Iowa. Smith's record: Rushed 49 times for 191 ' yards; received five passes for 58 yards; punted SO time for a 85.8 average, returned one punt for 12 yards, returned five klt-koffs for 119 yards, and scored twice. Chappuis, who set a conference record with 1,039 yards by running and passing in 1946, is averaging 134.3 a game, well off the pace of 148.1 he set a year ago. HUSHING. Att. Nr . Szulbomkl Ptir ) ....... f.rt 3 4 YV'rlRwntiurgor (Mich.) .1.1 3.1:1 7 t TMhafprro It1. . U2H a ? Murakovmki iN.U. ) .Vi 21 .i Adam (Fur.) .....4 2 212 SO Htelter (III. ........... 4! 209 4 3 Smith (Iowa) 4 191 3 9 lf Wi. ) . a, j7 7 Jagada (Ind.) .'19 177 4 Cline r Oh lot M5 )u 4 7 Kye (Minn.) 1M ij Chappuia (Mich ) 45 149 a Hrmlrick (Win.) 27 142 5; Elliott (Minn.; 41 14i 3 4 Mavet (Wla.) 28 130 4 4 'PASSING. Att. ( omp. Yd. At. T.D. Moss 111- tin 39 432 .00 iMMarco (Iowa) .44 24 348 .545 Chaijpuu (Mtch.) 21 13 254 .619 1 Burson (N.U.i ..27 15 212 .55 f DeMoss (Pur.) ..3t 15 2rtO .417 2 Faunce (Minn.) ..18 8 12ti .440 O Sebek (Ind.) ....32 15 126 .469 O Taliaferro (Ind.) 31 11 210 .355 1 iarrar (N.U.) ..25 8 107 .320 2 - Based on comparative grading av-tem which scores eaeh passer on number of completions, yards gamed, average, touchdowns and Interceptions. TOTAL OFFENSE. ,, . .... Rush Pass. Tot. Taliaferro (Ind.) 22S 21 44 Moss (111.) . -2 432 430 Chappuis (Mich.) 149 254 40.3 Szulborski (Pur.) ....30 O 3i DIMarco (Iowa) .... .53 346 2Q.3 DeMoss (Pur.) -8 260 252 Weisenburger (Mich.) .233 12 24 5 PASS RECEIVING. ,. . No. Vd. IP. Tunnell (lows) 9 190 3 Mihajlovlch (Ind.) 9 127 1 Taliaferro (Ind.) 9 52 O Elliott (Mich.) 7 209 1 Buscemi (111.) 7 65 O Shoener (Iowa) a 79 o Steger (111.) 5 7H 1 Maloney (Purdue) 5 7S o Smith (Iowa) 5 58 1 Grimenstein (Pur.) 5 51 0 INTERCEPTIONS. Vd. . Ji. Ret. Worthlngton (N.U.) ....4 4 l. Hurnnn (N U.) 4 3 M Wilnoii (Win ) 3 . 3 44 Elliott (Mich.) ....3 3 41 PCNTING. Ha. Yd. At. Eddleman (III.) 20 822 41 1 Perinl lO.S.U. ) 11 4:16 39 Cox (Wis.) IO 379 37 Smith (Iowa) SO J075 35 8 Taliaferro (Ind.) 17 599 35 3 Worthlngton (N.U.) . . . 27 818 33,1 PC NT RETT HISS. No. Yd. At. Eddleman (III.) 4 125 31 2 Adams Purdue) 4 S2 20 5 Derrtcotte (Mich.) 5 79 1 5 8 Canfleld (Pur.) 6 68 11 3 Taliaferro (Ind.) .9 92 in 2 Szulborski (Pur.) 4 39 97 Maggioli (III 4 38 SO Chappuis (Mich.) 4 34 S .5 Bye Minn ) 5 40 SO Heck Says: We Can Suit You With Our 2 PANT SUITS uome in and Get Yours Clothier 6O8 Walnut St. Des Moines 9, la. 60S East Grand Ph. 3-1613 Phone 4-8907 4-SOOS 2 40 1 II ih St. 612 GRAND DES MOLNES i-n-r .

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