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VOQMGE Hornets, Springfield In THE Battle Western Conference Not Necessarily 'Big Ten' . By CHESTER L. SMITH, Sports Editor The Press .Sports PAGE 7. PITTSBURGH, PA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1939 PAGE 7 The University of Pittsburgh is headed toward the Western Conference, but the resignation of Chicago from participating in Big Ten football probably did not hasten the initiation of the Panthers. Because the conference is popularly known as the Big Ten does not mean that there is any rule which sets the organization at 10 members. Michigan was out of the circuit for several years before the war, and the conference functioned with nine teams. There was the same number, actually, in latter years during the period when Iowa was in bad repute because of a loan system which conference officials said was being conducted chiefly for the benefit of athletes. However, there would be no reason why Pitt should not be admitted even though Chicago had not given up its gridiron portfolio. The conference can go on as the Big Nine, the Big Ten or the Big Eleven without altering a single by-law. It is merely a question of when the powers decide that Pitt is ready. That may be soon, since the wind has been blowing that way and the Panthers have been given a verbal bill of health, at least, by one of the most active figures in the inner ranks of the conference, Mr. Lynn W. St. John' of Ohio State. Groundwork Laid Months Ago The groundwork was laid when the university put itself under the office of the Big Ten commissioner, Major John L. Griffith's many months ago. It does not have to obey conference edicts or to make its policies conform to those of that body, but it voluntarily placed its eligibility ethics in the Major's hands, and announced that anyone who cared to could inspect them there. Since then, considerably more progress has been made. Much of it has been carried on, it is said, by former Athletic Director W. Don Harrison, who resigned two years ago and for the last year has been a member of the university's extension faculty in Erie. It was Mr. Harrison's idea in the first place that Pitt should look to the West for its future athletics. Only time will determine whether or not it was a wise move; currently, the decision to cut Duquesne and West Virginia off the schedule to make room for games in that direction has not proved .entirely popular. In this connection, the question may arise whether or not the university should steer its own course or be guided by the wishes of the population it serves. The years will also provide an answer for this problem. A Nostalgic Flame Chicago's departure from, conference football cannot help but touch off a nostalgic flame where the Maroon is remembered as a potent power on the foot ball field. Gone forever, it seems, are the days of "Five-Yards" McCarty, John Thomas, Maguire, Fritz Crisler, Ecker-sall, Steffen and Zorn. They had their innings, and finally gave way to the 1939 team, which allowed more points to be scored against it than any other allegedly major eleven within memory. Realists will say that this is as it should be that a university's function is not to produce touchdowns, and that the proper fitness of things demands such a course.' Yet a few of us old sentimentalists will be pardoned for wondering if the Maroons of a decade ago, and more, were not a welding influence that turned a campus of grass and trees and buildings of brick and stone into something alive and vibrant. Crusades have been touched off by less than John Thomas bucking his way to a touchdown through a big Princeton line, until the Tiger 6tands stood and chanted: Thomas. Timme and Zorn We wish they'd never been born. How Does Stagg Feel About It? ' We might wonder, too, what the feelings of old Amos Alonzo Stagg are ' as he reads that the Midway has given up. The Old Man, then a very young man, went West from Yale and found Chicago little else than a mud-puddle. There was no football field, so he built one; no spirit, so he set about kindling what grew into a desire to pxcel. Mr. Stagg has said that he found nothing at Chicago except the tools to work with, but when he left he had turned out thousands of boys who had become successful. It would be foolish to say that none of them owed their rise to the teachings of their football coach. Anyone who has ever had even the slightest contact with the game would know differently. Yes. it's too bad Chicago thought it best to lock up the trophy room and call it a day, whether or not it opens the way for Pitt to try out a new field. Riggs, Marble Rated Tops By Lawn Tennis Association By The Vnitrd Pre NEW YORK, Dec. 23 Alice Marble and Bobby Riggs, singles victors in both the National tournament and the All-England championship at Wimbledon, were ranked at the top of the women's and men's divisions today in the annual ratings of the United States Lawn? Tennis Association. ' It was the third consecutive year that Miss Marble has been ranked No. 1. but Riggs achieved the top spot for the first time. In the previous two years the No. 1 player was Don Budge, who turned professional last year. Don McNeill of Oklahoma City and Frankie Parker of Pasadena, Calif., were ranked No. 1 among the men's doubles teams. No ranking was announced for women's doubles teams. The first 10 among the men: 1. Riggs: 2, Parker: 3. McNeill: 4, Welby Van Horn; 5, Wayne Sabin; 6. El wood Cooke: 7. Bryan Grant, Jr.: 8. Gardnar Mulloy; 9, Gilbert; . A Hunt Jr- 10. Henry J. Prusoff. ! junior players were, for ihe men: Joe Hunt' and Frank Kovacs Norman Bickel, Martin Buxby. were not ranked because of in- Lawrence Dee, Julius D. Heldman sufficient Data on their year's play, and Douglas Imhoff. For the worn-Firt 10 among the women :j n: Barbara Bradley, Eunice Dean, 1 Miss Marble: 2. Helen Jacobs; 3.Helen Germaine, Louise Raymond Mrs. Sarah Palfrey Fabyan: 4.and Edna Smith. Helen Berrhard; 5, Virginia Wolf-' - enden: 6, Dorothy May Bundy: 7- T? octorn llnllofroc Dorothy Workman; 8. Pauline. '-'"t-vxi i vvrivgvo Betz: .9. Kathenne Wmtnrop; iu, Mary Arnold. j r.rorvn Whpeler and Mrs. Vir-i cinia Rice Johnson were not ranked NEW YORK, Dec. 23 Ice hockey because of insufficient data. ; affiliated with the Central Office for The first eight in the mens dou-; Eastern Intercollegiate Athletics has bles: 1. McNeill and Parker; 2. seven members instead of eight this Cooke and Riggs; 3, Gene Mi-ko' season, Montreal having resigned at Indians' High Scorer Hornets9 Bad Man The Hornet hockey team return to action, at Duquesne Gard-den tonight against the Springfield Indians of the Eastern Division of the International-American League. battle throws Max Kaminski (below) of the Indians, one of the league's leading scorers, against Pete Bessone (right) burly Hornet defense man and rated the league's "bad man." will be interesting to see what happens when Kaminski attempts to crash through Bessone's territory. Red Shirts Offered Chance To Advance In Loop Standings Victory Will Put Auriers In Third Place, Half-Game Ahead Of Syracuse Out To Make Indians Open Up Coach Larry Aurie of the Hornets had two objectives in mind as his team prepared to meet the invading Springfield Indians on Duquesne Garden ice at 8:30 tonight. . First, and most important, Aurie wants the Red Shirts to win and, second, to force Eddie Shore's defensive-minded sextet to open up and play an attacking game. ' If Aurie' s first aim is accomplished the Hornets will hurdle idle Syracuse and go into third place in the Western Division." If Cleveland should lose to front- running Indianapolis tonight, a victory would enable the Hornets to tie the Barons for second place. Aurie was incensed at the show the Indians put on in their first appearence here, when they won, 2-0, through playing a defensive game while waiting for the breaks. Their style was patterned after that of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, for whom Owner Shore performs. Toronto manager, Conny Smythe, became so tired of the Bruins' five-man blueline defense that this week he inserted a paid advertisement in a Boston morning paper which. read: "Attention, hockey fans! If you're tired of seeing the kind of hockey the Boston Bruins are playing, come to the Garden tonight and see a real hockey club, the Toronto Maple Leafs." Smythe's advertisement brought results. The Bruins opened up somewhat and" trimmed his team but the customers went away satisfied. So Aurie, an ardent exponent of offensive hockey, hopes Shore will give his team orders to open up tonight but he hopes this move will not backfire as it did on Toronto. If the Auriers score first,' there is no doubt but that the Indians will snap into action in a hurry. Probable Lineup SrRIXGFD No. . . r.rant 1 WaldrilT IT Frew S KaminskT 7 Pooitinn Nn. PGH. i 11 pn ...... K.I... 2 Heesone 1..D... .3 Rlnke . f Itrouillard R.W...10 Kelly Kilmore 0 I..W...1S MrManus .. Schult 11 I'ittshurch Kparett Kashnec 4. D.I Ayrra. S. !.: Aarie. 6. R. W.: Johnson. 7. I.. W.j Aobnrhop. 8. C.J Sherf, 11, 1m W.I Carrie. 14. R. W.: Taoln. 13. C. . SprinEfleld iare Jenkina, 4. D.l Beislrr. I).: Ijnih. R. R. W.t Thnrrler, lO, C.j loran. 15. I.. W.t Corriian. 1R. R. W.j F.ean. 17. !.: MrGoldrlrk. 18. D. Say Southwest Schools To Take Over Cottori.Bowl By The Vnited Press - LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 23 Sports Editor Allen Tilden of the Arkansas Democrat said today that the Southwest Conference would officially sponsor the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas each year beginning Jan. 1, 1941. v The loop champion will be the host team, Tilden said, and the conference will select an opponent from among outstanding teams in other sections of 1 the country. The decision was reached at the annual meeting of the Conference l.x (cr n I ALICE MARBLE BOBBY RIGGS Form Hockey Loop and Mullov; 4, David Freeman and the end of the 1939 campaign. F. R. Schroeder. Jr.: 5. Russell i The loop, therefore, consists of Bobbitt and Frank D. Guernsey, three Canadian teams, McGill, To-Jr.; 6, John A.. Kramer and Van ronto and Queens, and four Ameri-Horn; 7, Mako and Parker; 8, can. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Douglas Imhoff and Robert C: Dartmouth, which also compose the Peacock: . . j Quadrangular League. Mako got into the rankings twice j International play opens Jan. 4 because he spent part of the sea- with Toronto at Princeton, son paired with Mulloy and partj The Quad League gets under way of it with Parker. There also were Jan. 13 with Dartmouth at Harvard, two listings for Parker for the same McGill and Dartmouth were the reason. winners of their respective divisions The first five among the Class A in 1939. in Dallas last month, Tilden said, but no public announcement has been made because details still are incomplete. The sports editor said the host team would get probably one-third of the net receipts and the visiting team will get a third. The other six schools in the conference would divide the remainder, sharing finan cially according to . their standings for the season. Presumably sponsoring the Cotton Bowl game would eliminate schools in that circuit from playing in other New Year's Day games. Last year Texas Christian snubbed the Cotton Bowl to play Carnegie Tech at New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl and this year Texas A. & M. will be a Sugar Bowl contestant against Tu-lane. In 1936 Southern Methodist lost to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Missouri in Miami Mti The United Press MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 23 Missouri University's football squad arrives today for the Orange Bowl game The ' entire squad was in good physical condition. Coach . Don Faurot reported yesterday at Bir mingham, Ala., where the team stopped off to work out behind closed gates. He scheduled the next workout for Sunday. Cfemson Polishes Offense CLEMSON, S. C, Dec. 23-Stremious offensive drills, with env phasis on passing, "featured Clem' son's practice today for the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas. All-America Backs Banks McFad-den went through a double-barreled workout, hurling passes to Ends Carl Black and Joe Blalock and then limbering up his right leg in a punt ing drill. Three full teams will leave here Christmas for Dallas and 18 substitutes will follow Dec. 30. j Final Tufone Scrimmage NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 23 Halfback Bob Glass hobbled about the field and Bob Kellogg was in uniform today as the Tulane football squad held their last scrimmage before their Sugar Bowl game Jan. 1. Coach Lowell Dawson was well satisfied with the progress his teams were making as they concentrated on pass defense and offense. Tech Back Siars ATLANTA, Ga, Dec. 23 "Oh Johnny Oh" Bosch, Georgia Tech's half -pint halfback, starred in the squad's final workout today before they entrain for Miami and the Orange Bowl. Bosch was the standout in a rough scrimmage and once stepped 70 yards for a touchdown. : Boston Players Hi ANDOVER. Mass., Dec. 23 Seven Boston College players were ailing today as the squad ran through final preparations for their New Year's Day clash with Clemson. Sophomore Backs Bob Jauron and Frank Maznicki were grippe victims, joining Gene Goudreault, Pete Cignetti, Dick Harrison and Bill Griffin. Chet Gladchuk was confined to his quarters with a cold. The players will leave Tuesday. Aggies Drill in Mud COLLEGE STATION, Tex., Dec. 23 Kyle Field was " ankle-deep in mud as the Texas Aggies went through a full workout today in preparation for their game with Tulane New Year's Day. Coach Homer Norton said he was grateful for the heavy rain because it gave his team a chance to practice under the worst kind of condi tions. "We're experienced mudders now," Norton said. "Let it rain cats and dogs in New Orleans. It can't hurt us. Elbie Fletcher. Plans Early Conditioning Campaign Elbie Fletcher, Pirate first baseman, wants Santa Claus to bring him a glove for Christmas. But, not being certain St. Nick would get around to his Wollaston, Mass., home, Fletcher wrote Sam Waiters, vice president and secretary of the Bucs, to send his glove by one of Mr. Farley's men. Fletcher explained, "I plan to start working out in a local college gym early in the year." 4Babe' Announces Daughter's Betrothal By The United Press NEW-YORK, Dec. 23 George Herman Ruth, former New York Yankees' home run king, today announced the engagement of his daughter, Julia Ruth, to Richard "Wells Fanders of Melrose, Mass. The wedding . date was not announced. . Miss Ruth is 23 years old and is Mrs. Ruth's child by a previous marriage. She was adopted by Babe in 1930. She attended Miss Dow's School in Briarcliff and was graduated from Mme. Tisne's. Grand Old Man Of Baseball At 77 By The United Press . NEW KNOXVILLE, O., Dec. 23 The basketball ' game between New Knoxville and Buckland will go down in the records as one of the oddest ever played. New Knoxville won the game, played last night, 2 to 0. Buckland kept possession of the ball the entire first quarter. In the first 20 seconds of the second quarter, Forward Don Schroucke made the only field goal of the game, for New Knoxville.. No fouls were called on either team. New Knoxville had five shots at the basket and Buckland three. " t'v 'l 1 Pitt, Michigan State Linked With Big Ten By STEVE SNIDER T United Press Staff Writer CHICAGO, Dec. 23 Withdrawal of the University of Chicago from intercollegiate football set up a new clamor today for termination of its membership in the Big Ten in favor of Pittsburgh, Michigan State or Notre Dame. Abruptness of Chicago's action caught Conference of ficials by surprise, but informal information from some indicated abandonment of football is tantamount to abandonment of ci a T? I "I the Big Ten 2-l) Moor dame Since football, fortunes on, the v e Ail ' . Midway first began their, decline .15 Vllie 01 -'UuQeSl years ago. Big Ten representatives . .. have maintained a sentimental attv- U VPI rurio "tnr tub run ipatnit innirar-i v ing if Chicago ever dropped out, the Big Ten would continue as a nine-team conference. Rise of Michigan State, however, and the general approval of Pitt's present athletic policies may change that picture. Notre Dame's rich intersectional rivalries may be too important to sacrifice for a regular conference schedule. Nebraska, once prominently mentioned as a possible conference member, apparently is satisfied to retain old ties with other rapidly advancing powers in the Big Six. Maj. Griffith Silent Maj. John L. Griffith, conference athletic commissioner, said he had no statement to make on Chicago's move. Plans for a meeting of Big Ten directors to determine whether Chicago will be permitted to compete in 14 other conference sports have not been discussed. It may be - held during the National Collegiate Athletic Association convention at Los Angeles Dec. 28. All conference athletic heads will be present. Chicago's decision to drop football was ' announced by President Robert Maynard Hutchins, whose article on "ten-Cent Football" a year ago indicated how strongly he! favored complete de-emphasis of the sport. Hutchins advocated 10-cent admissions to all football games, thus removing all possibility of commercialism. For 41 years, Amos Alonzo Stagg first football coach on the Mid way kept the Maroons on their feet. He won Conference championships in 1899, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1913 and 1924. Stagg was retired at the age of 70 in 1933, in the midst of the football depression. His suc cessor, Clark Shaughnessy, encountered the same stormy sailing as Stagg m his later seasons. The Maroons haven't . won a Big Ten game since 1936, won two games on an eight-game schedule this season and failed to score a point in conference play. Shaughnessy's Fate Undetermined Absence of Chicago from next season's football schedules leaves Purdue, Michigan and Indiana with only four conference games. Ohio State also was scheduled, but the Bucks had listed their customary six games, so the withdrawal will not injure their chances for the championship. The title goes to the team with the best percentage, or in case of two or more undefeated teams, to the club with the greatest number of victories. University officials indicated they will place additional stress on intramural sports. Shaughnessy, whose fate has not been determined may rerrMFin as director of intramural football. 1 Garcia K. O.'s Lee in 13th By The United Press MANILA, Dec. 23 Cef erino Garcia, the Filipino with the bolo punch, who is recognided in New York State as world's middleweight champion, successfully defended his title tonight by. knocking out Glen Lee of Nebraska in the 13th round of a scheduled 15-round bout. Jack Dempsey, who flew here to referee the bout, was paid $7,500 and expenses to officiate. Garcia weighed 152, Lee 158. Dempsey stopped the fight just a few seconds before the bell for the end of the 13th round," awarding the victory to Garcia on a t. k. o. Garcia dropped Lee for an 8-count in the 13th round and as soon as the Nebraskan got up he floored him again for a 9-count. When Lee got up in bad shape Dempsey intervened and halted the battle. The bout was held in the open air Rizal Stadium before an estimated crowd of 40,000, including Francis B. Sayre, United States high com missioner to the Philippines, President Manual Quezon of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, and Admiral Thomas C. Hart, Commander-in-chief of the United States Asiatic fleet. - It drizzled rain throughout -the fight, making the canvas slippery. Garcia landed his celebrated bolo punch in the first round, drawing blood from Lee's mouth. Garcia scored seven knockdowns. In the fourth he dropped Lee for a 3 -count and in the eighth he put the Nebraskan down for an 8-count. The bell saved Lee in the 11th after Garcia had him down three times, twice for 9-counts and once for a 7-count. Lee's other two knockdowns came in the 13th round just before the finish. St. Adalbert, Leheny Win Muny Contests Leheny's took a free-scoring contest from Norris Club, 76-65, on the South Side Market House floor last night in the first game of a twin bill which saw St. Adalberts trip Pittsburgh Lyceum, 52-40, in the nightcap. ... In setting a new league high for single game, the Lehenys were paced by Bill Garboden, who had 30 points. Ben Ciuchinski was high man for the Norris team with 21 points. ' The standings: Team W. Ji. rarrirli EatlPS , , Munhall Rifle Team Second Special to The Pittsburgh Press WASHINGTON, D. C Dec. 23 Although tied '" in total points, Francis Xavier High of New York City out-ranked Munhall, Pa., High-School to win the National Rifle Association junior league champion ship for 1939, it was revealed today by the N. R. A. Francis Xavier turned in a perfect 500 score in the last match in the series, the factor that turned the title to the New Yorkers. Ligonier, Pa., High landed third with an 1120 total. Indiana, Pa., High School placed second in Class B to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior squad from Spokane, Wash. The series drew Into competition 163 teams. In the final match of the tournament, 44 individuals turned in perfect 100 scores; a re markable ' record considering the average age of the competitors. Hockey Summary Connie Mack, veteran member of baseball's old guard, as he looks today on his 77th birthday. Vigorous despite his many years, many accomplishments and discouragements, Connie poses with a few trophies garnered by his many fine teams in his Ions baseball career. INTERNATIONAL-AMERICAN gTAxnrvo or the cixbs Western DivUion W. L. T. O. OO.Pt IndisnatMlia ...10 7 3 62 49 23 dryland ..... 8 7 3 43 Syraco ...... 1 9 4 37 niTTftBlKGH. . 7 7 3 3 Henher - 6 9 3 43 Eastern Division W. L. T. O. New Haven.. ..13 7 0-61 PrTldnr 8 2 54 nrincAeld ....8 8 3 51 Philadelphia ..4 4 46 4.1 4 3fi 54 YMSA . :. 6. Graham Flyers .......... 4 Cardon Bir Five ......... 4 Leheny - Pittsburgh Lvceum ...... i Pt. Adalberts 2 Norris Club ............ Pet. .8.13 .HHT .7 .333 .333 .333 .OOO Six in Tropical Feature MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 23 A surprisingly small field of only six horses will go today down the mile and 70-yard route at Tropical Park after the $1200 purse of the featured fifth race on the week-end turf program. Bobs Boy, to be handled by Jockey Eddie Arcaro, was assigned high impost of 155 pounds and the third post position when entries closed. New York Plans Stadium Seating 100,000 Spectators By The United Press NEW YORK, Dec. Z3wew Yoric may have a mammoth stadium, seating 100,000 spectators and costing $2,500,000, ready for sports events and other spectacles by May Preliminary plans for the city's largest stadium were agreed upon yesterday at a con-' ference between Harvey D. Gibson, ort. pt. ft 24 64 20 4 19 52 12 GAMES TONIGHT iaaianaaolis at Cleveland, tacies. president of the Manufacturers' Trust Company and chairman of the board of the New York World's Fair, and Mike Jacobs, president of the 20th Century Sporting Club. Tentative plans can for the stadium to be erected on the World's Fair .Grounds or . near them- It would be ultra-modern in every respect, possibly having a movable roof to permit sports competition in any weather. - Jacobs and Gibson win nave a final conference on the project in early January when Jacobs rettrns from Miami, Fla., where he will go tomorrow for a brief vacation If everything ; is agreed upon at that conference, work on the stadium is expected, to start shortly thereafter. Under present, plans, Jacobs ould have charge of the stadium's operation. Since Jacobs is a partner with Madison Square Garden in all his boxing promotions, tne Garden would cut in on any big fights in the new stadium, but not on other sports events or spec- " .ntt H0 I rua rsinisrs a u pi mi """n spirits. 6tmh RlYr-90 proof-75 groto Mtrtrtf ipirtti. Olfttynw Di$tJi1lnc,K.Y.G.j

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