Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on December 25, 1939 · Page 8
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Monday, December 25, 1939
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tiMkub Tribune COHN-ING TOWER By Art Cohn Sports Editor VOL CXXH- OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1939 8 D NO. 178 SHRINE PLAYS SANTA CLAUS TO EASTERN GRIDIRON SQUAD r -)c mm'. Long Beach Some of you may accuse me of being lax in my duties. Perhaps I am but after all, this IS December 25. and , .. . ... . -z: S? ' I'm taking the simplest , - t expressing my sinceresi ieeungs wun . . . A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL. , f ART COHN YOUTH TAKES MAJOR ROLE IN MARCH TO 1939 GOLF TITLES ' Champions Range in Age From 20 to 31 With Average 26 as New Kings Crowned ..' . By HENRY SUPER United Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, Dec. 24. (U.R) The accent was on youth in the major golf tests of 1939 as defending champions passed their titles to newcomers on the fairway roll of honor. The four new champions who came roaring out of nowhere ranged in age from 20 to 31, with their average a mere 26. Turn back the minutes on old 1939 and you'll find 'em-Betty Jameson, 20, San Antonio, National women's cham pion: Marvin (Bud) Ward, 26, Spokane, National amateur champion; Byron Nelson, 27, a red-necked Texan who oper-; ates out of Toledo, winner of the National Open title after the moat grueling battle since 1D13; ana Lanky Henry Plcard, the so-called "chocolate soldier" of Hershey, Pa, Bt 81 the granddaddy of the champions but bolder at long last of a major title, king of America's pro- , feslonals. MISS JAMESON STARS With defending champion Patty Berg out of the women'i champion-ihip because of an appendectomy, " Miss Jameson waded through a classy field and bagged the title with J-and-2 victory over 19-year-old Porothy Kirby of Atlanta In the finals. Ward won the amateur crown by defeating Ray Billows of Pough-keepsie, N.Y, 7 and 8, in the final. Before that Ward almost got mixed up in that red-hot National Open finish at Philadelphia the greatest tournament of the year, If not the century. There were happy and heavy 1 keart at the Philadelphia Country Club when the aun went down on June 10. The happy hearta belonged to Craig Wood, Denny Shute and Nelson, for they had given the tournament 1U first triple tie ilnce 1813, when young Francis Oulmet deadlocked the British atari, Harry Var-den and Ted Ray, and then beat them In a play-off. SAMMY SNEAD FAILS The heavy hearts were those of Ward and Slammin' Sammy Snead. Ward had missed getting Into the play-off by one stroke, shooting a hi for the 72 holes against the 284 turned in by the others. But Snead ' never will forget that eight he made on the last hole when a par five would have given him the title and six still would have been good enough for a tie. The next day the three survivors went out and battled 18 holes, and When It was over Wood and Nelson still were deadlocked. So out they went again the following day, and Byron won with a 70 to Wood's 73. But the match virtually was decided on the third hole, when Nelson rammed home a 210 No. 1 iron for a deuce that broke Wood's heart. For Wood it marked the fourth time he had a major title in his fingers and then dropped it. Previously he had lost play-offs for the British Open title, the National P.O.A. and the Augusta Masters' championship. PICARD IN VICTORY While all this was going on a fel- . low named Picard was getting set to win one. Henry had been one of - those golfers 'who always came close ' but never quite made it. During the Winter be suffered an attack of arthritis, and it was doubtful whether he ' would be in form for the Summer . campaign. But then came the National P.O.A. championship, and Henry played like a machine to reach the finals. There he faced Nelson. Hot as the sun in his native State of Texas. Early in the tournament there were fireworks when George Jacobus, then president of the P.G.A., overruled his executive committee and permitted Denny Shute to play. The committee had ruled Shute out of the tournament because Denny had Inadvertently paid his organization duet a few weeks late. Jacobus took personal command of the tournament, and all the parliamentary excitement was forgotten on that July day at the Pomonok Country Club, Flushing, Long-Island. LONG. HARD BATTLE For 39 holes Nelson ana Picard battled,, hard by the New York World'a Fair, and they played "the . golf of tomorrow." Pars weren't good enough: only birdies and eagles won boles. At the end of 18 Picard was one up. At the twenty-ninth hole Nelson finally squared the issue and then went one up on the thirty-second. Byron looked like a winner until the last holf, where Picard, a jtolid New Englanaer born near Ply mouth Rock, tied the match. That m- ant extra holes. They marched to the thirty-seventh nd Picard bagged a birdie three. Nelson missed a five-foot putt by a quarter of an inch, and the match was over. The five leading money winners of the year: Picard, $10,303; f.nead, $9712; Guldahl, $9477; Nelson, $5444; end Dirk Mete, $8675. Tie Ryder Cup matches, held ) . " Ceniiiel Page I, CoL'l yet most effective way of S.F. State Cagers Set Score Mark If Dan Farmer, San Francisco basketball coach, doesn't enjoy Christmas, It will not be his team's fault. The Golden Gaters have played five practice games this sea son and have yet to suffer defeat. The high scoring Staters have averaged 59 points to trounce the Y.M.C.A., Strom Clothiers, Athens Club, Jewish Community Center ana uomestlc Laundry. The San Francisco quintet will be favored to defend its offensive trophy In the State Colleges tournament at San Jose starting Wednesday and ending Friday. They earned this prize last year by scoring 159 points, leading the second place San Diego and Humboldt teams by 25 points. COLLINGWOOD TOPS Tom Collingwood. S. F. State's classy center, was the individual high icorer last season. He is expected to lead the field again this year. He has scored 71 points to date, an average of 14 a game, but must do better in the tournament to win. All of the seven State colleges will be represented in this cage battle; they are Chlco, Fresno, Humboldt, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and San Jose. Each team plays two opponents every night in 20-mlnute games. Eight veterans who helped San Francisco State win the trophy last year are on the squad again this season. They are Collingwood and Jack Madigan, centeErnie Lou-stalot, Bill Hammand, T36b Russell and Jack Fischer, forwards, and Dave Kerwln and George Thayer, guaras. EIGHT NEW PLAYERS Coach Farmer will also use eight new men who have been outstand ing in practice games. They are, Emil Fanfelle, Bob Wolfe Sand Ray Ryall, forwards; Boyd Hnrrold, center, and Ed Kalfain, Bob Turney, Carl Gustafson and Augie Venturl, guards. State's first string at present consists of Loustalot and Russell at forwards, Collingwood at center, and Kerwln and Thayer at guards. All of these players are speedy and good ball-handlers. They average 5 ft. 10 in. in height. REALLY, IT'S , Mike Evans flefl) hangs Inert on the ropes after a first round knockout by rival Bob Montgomery Negro (right). Referee Leo Houck, with upraised hands, did not bother to count the finish, of the Philadelphia amateur bout-JLP. Wirephotb fi : ft : v-Ui "v;':v'-::if r&rv I r v;h :fu Members of the East football team were entertained at the Athena Club last night each player receiving a wrist watch. On the left Edward "Ty" Coon, tackle from North Carolina S.F. Preps in Arizona Trip All-Star Gridders Board Special Bus To Copper Bowl Tilt Twenty-four San Francisco prep school football all-stars boarded a special bus today for ' Phoenix, where they will meet an Arizona squad Wednesday night in the Copper Bowl. The San Francisco preps were scheduled to stop at Los Angeles tonight and take a workout at Bo-vard Field, University of Southern C lifornia, tomorrow morning before continuing to Phoenix. Another stop at U.S.C. camnus will be made on the return trip Thursdny. Coaches Joe Verduccl and Mike Voyne of the Snn Francisco squad, said the probable line-up would in.-clude Pete MacPhail and Howard Council at ends; Marcel Gres and George Coreris at tackles; Hans Weidenhofcr and Bob Mnthew at guards and Bill Joslyn at center; Jimmy Hornnert, fullback; Eddie f erf, quarter: Art Ekdall, right half, and either Al Garcia or Tom Ellis at left half. If Arizona kicks off. Garcia will start, while Ellis would handle the kickoff for Son Fran cisco. Bear Sextet Heads For L.A. Tomorrow The University of California Ice hockey team will leave for Los Angeles tomorrow to enter the Tropical Ice Gardens tournament, which has lured the best collegiate teams in the country. The Bears lost a Saturday game to Golden State, 2 to 1. Montgomery Ward visited Santa Rosa and were defeated by the jaysee team, 8 to 1 The visiting Gonzaga team, also entrants in the L.A. competition, will play a gnme with Santa Rosa tomorrow night. THE VERY LATEST i SHRINE FETES EAST TEAM AT ATHENS CLUB PARTY Kerr Discovers 1 1 Place Kickers, As Hollingbery Fails to Find Signal Caller By LEE DUNBAR With Christmas parties out of the way at both camps, and only a few days more of practice ahead, both the East and West Shrine squads dug in with a will today at their respective training quarters. Oakland Shriners entertained Coaches Andy Kerr and Bernie Bierman and their 22 football players last night at the Athens Club. Following dinner, a Christmas tree was pro Air Battle Looms For Orange Bowl MIAMI, Fla Dec. 25. Coach Bill Alexander of Georgia Tech and Coach Don Faurot of Missouri agreed today on one point concerning the New Year's Day football tussle in the Orange Bowl: It looks like a wide open game. "Missouri, with Paul Christman, does a lot of passing," Alexander said. "But then, we throw the ball quite a bit, too. There ought to be plenty of action." Casual observers have been inclined, because of Christman's re nown as a passer, to overlook Geor gia Techs record through the air lanes. Oregon Eleven Choice HONOLULU, Dec 25 (U.R) Oregon State College of the Pacific Coast Conference was favored today to defeat the Healani Townies in their Christmas Day football game at Honolulu Stadium. A crowd of 18,000 was expected and the weather was warm. IN DRAPES State, is receiving a gift from Santa (Nick Alevizos), as Arthur Anderson looks on. On the right (left to right) Lou Brock, Purdue halfback, John Haman, Northwestern center duced, from which a hand some gold wrist watch lor each player was forthcoming. Other gifts were on hand for the players. The same formula was followed at Palo Alto where the West is training. Coaches Babe Hollingbery and Biff Jones and their squad were entertained and it was discovered Santa Clans had come through with another batch of wrist watches and presents. And that ended the frivolity for the two teams until after the game is played one week from today at Kezar stadium. SURPLUS OF KICKERS Out at Berkeley quarters the East players were a bit chesty today, due to the discovery yesterday their squad contains an amazing array of place kickers. During yesterday afternoon's workout Coach Kerr called for all place kickers to step forward. Imagine his nmazement when 11 men toed the line. An investigation of personal records developed every man of the 11 was a place kicker with an enviable record and that one of them, big Jim Turner, Holy Cross guard, has a National reputation in this respect. Turner place kicked 16 out of 20 conversions for Holy Cross the past season. The year before he compiled the remarkable record of 21 successes out of 23 attempts, to rank second in the United States as a converter. OTHERS ARE EXPERTS Other experts in the place kicking line who discovered themselves to their well pleased coaches were Steve Andrako, Ohio State center; John Haman, Northwestern center; Ed Kolman, Temple tackle; John McLaughry, Brown fullback; Win Pedersen, Minnesota tackle; Mel Brewer, Illinois guard; Ben Kish, Pittsburgh quarterback; George McAfee. Duke fullback; Steve Sitko, Notre Dame quarterback, and Lou Brock, Purdue halfback. And, while this satisfactory discovery was being made by the East forces, the West, working at the Stanford practice field, was dismayed yesterday to discover there was no signal caller on the squad. NO SIGNAL CALLER During yesterday's workout, Coach Hollingbery asked all players with experience as signal callers, make themselves known. Imagine Babe's amazement when nary a man put a foot forward. Closer investigation revealed that not a man on the team, during his three years of collegiate play, had called signals. Herb McCarthy, the Denver fullback, hung his head and admitted he'd called the signal for just one play during his three years in collage, but that he's never been allowed to call another. He wasn't the man, apparently, for whom Holling bery was looking. Having no trained play caller on hand, Hollingbery decided to create one, and informed Leroy Zimmerman, San Jose State's ace back and Ray Eakins, the Arkansas flash, that they'd have a chance to take shot at that line of work. Vols Arrive For Troy Game Neyland Holds Public Workout, Plans Day Of Rest for Squad PASADENA, Dec. 25. (IP) Football teams of the Universities of Tennessee and Southern California enjoyed a holiday today their last day of grace before pounding back to the practice field to wind up preparations for their encounter in the Rose Bowl New Year's Day. The Tennessee squad, together with officials of the school and visiting football writers, were invited to a Hollywood Christmas party at the ranch home of Clarence Brown, film director and one time Tennessee grid star. NEYLAND PLANS REST Maj. Robert Neyland, the Vol coach, said the day would be one of rest, but no one would be surprised if he slipped the team out a back door, guided the lads to a practice field and sent them through a private workout. The mighty Trojans of S C. were assured of a full holiday, but will go back to the training grind tomorrow on the Southern California campus, with the visiting experts invited to watch the exercises. One of the largest crowds in recent years turned out to welcome the Tennessee special train at noon yesterday. The Tournament of Roses band blared forth with "Dixie" as the travel weary delegation streamed out of the cars, and Major Neyland was promptly surrounded with greeters. JONES PUSHED AWAY, TOO In the excitement. Coach Howard Jones of S.C., who had come over to meet Neyland for the first time, was virtually pushed out of the scene. Later, with Athletic Director Willis O. Hunter, however, he met the Tennessee coach and his staff of assistants. The squad went directly to Brook-side Park, near the Rose Bowl, and went through a brief workout. Sev eral hundred people flocked to thel field for their first peep at the Tennessee team on its initial appearance in California. It was the last public workout, Coach Neyland announced. HENRY McLEMORE COMMENTS PASADENA, Dec. 25. (U.R) Merry Christmas to you and you and you and you, and if you've written me any nice letters during the year, a happy New Year, too. If you've written any of the kind of letters that comprise most of my mail you know, the sort that starts off "You' bum" I hope there'll be too much sage in your turkey dress ing. But to return to sport, the Tennessee football team came in yesterday and had its irst workout for the Rose Bowl game with Southern California on New Year's day, The band played Dixie as the Vols' special train pulled in the Southern Pacific station and it was touching to see old Southerners like George Cafego of Pennsylvania and Ed Molinski of West Virginia fight back the tears at the stirring music. The Tennessee coach, Major Bob Neyland, was awfully glad to see me. SAVE ON MUSICIANS "My, those were nice things you said about us,", he said. "You know, about us being penny-pinching and penurious for not bringing the and Diane Swan, young daughter of Assistant Coach Fred Swan of Temple, Join with the crowd in singing a Christmas carol. Tribune photos. Dempsey to Leave for N.Y. Home Today MANILA, Dec. 25. (P) Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion who came to Manila to referee the middleweight title bout between Ceferino Garcia and Glenn Lee, will leave for New York tomorrow by clipper. Dempsey, commenting today on Garcia's 13th round victory over Lee, the Nebraska challenger- for Garcia's California and New York recognized title, said "it was a real knockout." There had been some local argument whether Garcia knocked out his opponent or merely scored a technical knockout. Dempsey settled that question. "It was not a technical knockout," he said. "I counted him (Lee) out." Land is Keeps Mum On Baseball Findings CHICAGO, Dec. 25. (P) This is the season to give, but Baseball Commissioner K. M. Landis is not givini; out any information on the progress of the investigation involving the farm operations of the Detroit Tigers. Landis said Saturday night that he had held up consummation of a recent Detroit-Philadelphia deal until the investigation was completed. But he declined to say when that would be. The deal would have sent In-fielderBcnny McCoy and Pitcher George Coffman of Detroit to Philadelphia for Outfielder Wally Moses. It has been rumored for some time that McCoy and Rudy York, Tiger first baseman and catcher, were involved in the investigation. Don McNeill Wins Oklahoma Net Title OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 25. VP) Don McNeill of Oklahoma City, ranked third in National tennis circles, won his first American singles tennis title of 1939 on Christmas Eve by defeating Elwood Cooke. Portland, Ore., 3-6. 7-5, 6-3, for the championship of the annual Oklahoma indoor tournament. The doubles crown went to Cooke and Henry Prusoff of Seattle, who defeated McNeill and Morey Lewis of Texarkana, Texas, 8-6, 6-3, 6-4. band. Well, to bring the band would have cost us $15,000 and that amount will support the minor sport program at Tennessee for three years. Besides, what - other team has ever brought a band out here?" Warmed by this greeting, I went with Coach Neyland to the practice field, Brookside Park, which is just a whoop and a holler from the Rose Bowl. The Volunteers didn't have the light workout that a Rose Bowl team usually gets the first afternoon off the train. The major kept them out there until the sun dropped beyond the mountains, and they did everything butscrimmage. He won't work the tioys today, however, but will take them to a party at the ranch home of Director Clarence Brown,, a Tennessee graduate. Half of Hollywood will be there to look at the boys, and Undoubtedly the boys will enjoy looking at half of Hollywood. PLAN STUDIO VISIT On Tuesday the team visits a studio, and from then on it will be work, work, work, for the Rose Bowl's a-comtng. To judge from the comments of the hundreds of Californians who watched the Vols Oregon, Broncs Play Tonight Cagers Ready for Biggest Program of Intersectional Tilts By HUGH S. FULLERTON Jr. NEW YORK, Dec. 25. (P) A combination of doubleheaders and Christmas vacation makes this week's National college Court program one of the biggest and most varied on record. From tonight through January 1, no fewer than 14 doubleheaders are listed for New York. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee and Columbus, O. They probably will draw the big- f gest crowds, but it is hard to pick any one game from the bargain-bill list that looks more attractive than numerous other offerings of the hardwood tourists. In the absence of serious conference competition, still a couple of weeks away, these intersectional tilts make up a large part of the program. WEBFEET START PLAY Oregon's Webfoots. last season's National Collegiate A.A. champions who already have won three games and lost three on a coast to coast tour, open this week's doings against De Paul at Chicago tonight. Southern Methodist, beaten twice by Kansas last week, meets Loyola in the other game. At Phiiadelphia, Santa Clara starts its Eastern tour against La Salle, and Oklahoma. 1939 Big Six cochampions, plays Temple. The Sooners split decisions with Arkansas on the way East. Two court titans. Southern California and Long Island, clash in Tuesday's feature at New York's Madison Square Garden, and Texas, winner of seven straight tune-up games in the Southwest after taking the conference title last Spring, meets Manhattan in the other game. The Trojans already have beaten De Paul, Purdue and Notre Dame, and L I U. boasts a 42-game winning streak- The same night at Baltimore, Stanford meets Baltimore University and Florida plays Washington College. TRIBE MEETS DARTMOUTH While the Sugar Bowl game at New Orleans between Ohio State and Kentucky, titlists in the Big Continued Page 9, Col. t in their first workout, the Tennessee team made the least impressive showing of any Rose Bowl visitor in years. Never much of a hand at fancy business, Major Neyland sent the boys out on the field in their oldest uniforms. Jerseys were dirty and torn. Pants showed the beatings of a hundred scrimmages back in Knoxville. The Southern Californians, who dress twice for every occasion, couldn't get over this. Neither could they get over the small stature of men who have scourged the toughest league in, football for two years. LOOK LIKE SPRINTERS The Vols will ba outweighed something like ten pounds to a man, but will they be outrun? Every one of them, despite the fact they were just off a train, moved about like sprinters There isn't an ounce of superfluous flesh on the entire squad, and that goes for the coach, too.. The boys didn't show any excitement. They behaved like a sure, poised team that knew it had spot of work to do in a few days, and was determined to be prepared to do U.

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