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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, February 26, 1941
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B - I E VOIIMQE Ye Ed Scans News And Reflects The Press Sports PAGE 24 PITTSBURGH, PA., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1941 PAUE 24 By CHESTER L. SMITH, Sports Editor The Town Pump ... Ye Ed, together with many other citizens, was pleased no end to read the latest intelligence from up Detroit, Mich., way to the effect that Hank Greenberg of the Tiger nine is not to enjoy immunity from joining the troops when Uncle Sam calls. There has been much tiffing back and forth whether this would happen or not, on account of Hank being needed at home to hit for the local side. But the youth will be on his way, come July, and we cannot help think that this is best, since word is out that A. Hitler cannot be stopped by throwing baseballs at him. Our advice to Hank is to get up when the bugle blows and do not sass the sergeants. Pained amazement is the only way we can describe our sentiments over the rumpus the journalists in these parts are making over Alf Anderson, a Georgia boy who has been secured by our dauntless Pirates to try out for shortstop, but refuses to sign the papers. We would remind Alf in a fatherly way that just because our team is willing to pay his fare to San Bernardino should not be taken to mean it will not give him a return ticket. Also, that we already have a shortstop in the person of Arky Vaughan, who seems to enjoy the work and its princely stipend. If the gentle reader will pardon our use of a slang expression, get hep to yourself. Alfie. Thaddeus Yaresz, the pugilist who lives in nearby Monaca and who once held the middleweight diadem, is training diligently for a contest with a Cleveland boy, Jimmy Bivins, in that city soon. Thaddeus is pretty aged as prize fighters go, but as Ye Ed was told recently by Ray Foutts, his genial manager,.'nobody can Jiurt him but the income tax collector." We wish at this time to extend belated congratulations to our many friends who broadcast news events over the wireless stations, for they sure got a break when the war moved to Africa, it now being possible for them to pronounce the names of some of the towns. We felt sorry 'Sure Sorry To See You Go, Boys!9 , ( C &UT That really vafescw- " for one and all when the conflict was raging in Norway, there being more i's, j's and k's than the boys could carry in one load. Finland was worse and Greece was no bargain, but everyone is having a field day with Bardia, Benghazi, etcetera. This is a blessing in more ways than one, for now we, too, can understand what they are talking about, and do not have to listen to Suomussalmi done , with a Brentwood accent. ., ' .. That spring is not far distant is plainly evident to anyone who traverses our busy streets at noon-time or when our wage-earners knock off for the day. Some may be seen standing in front of shop windows, looking at fishing tackle, others hasten to the electric trolley cars laden down with bundles in which, unmistakably, are seeds, trowels and other garden necessities. Ye Ed restrains himself with difficulty from waxing lyrical over such sights, for there is a happy kinship between the fisherman and the gardener. One may spade one's onion patch and at the same time accumulate a goodly supply of earth worms for bait, although it has been our experience that, having found the first worm, the average householder says, "Oh, to hell with this," and goes fishing. As we say, however, we would rather see our tax-payers purchasing the items mentioned than snow-shovels. The inevitable arrival in our midst of the first robin is a sad day for the basketball boys who must, perforce, lay aside their short pants and take up some other pastime. AS MAMY PRESS XT Notices as either "THE DUKES OR PlTT -&UT MAVBE NOT AS FAVORABLE fXU kJECHV & I f4" i Iron Dukes Make Last Home Showing Against Glenville Becker, Widowitz, Milkovich, Debnar And Kasperick Compiled Brilliant Record During: Past Three Years By EDDIE BEACHLER Climaxing three years of brilliant play, one of the greatest basketball quintets ever to operate on a local college court (makes its final home whirl in the Hilltop gym tonight against Glenville State, leading power in West Virginia floor circles. The "Sophomore Wonder Boys" of two years ago near the end of their three-year championship trail (only a game at West Virginia remains before closing the regular season) with a record rivalling the best ever compiled by a collegiate quintet: Five of the greatest performers in Duquesne basketball history-make their final home appearance tonight against Glenville State. They haven't been beaten in three championship years of play on Hilltop court, shooting for their 23rd successive win there tonight. Coach Chick Davies (extreme left) is shown above telling the boys to go out there and win that last one. Left to right are Lou Kasperick, Rudy Debnar, Ed Milkovich, Paul Widowitz and Moe Becker. 1 X Ye Ed cannot be classed as an ardent devotee of this manly sport, but he wishes to extend his best to the Duquesne and Pitt quintets, both of whom have done much to keep our town in the limelight, especially the former. It is too bad the same cannot be said for the Carnegie Tech youths, who thus far have been unable to' win' a single match, although in this connection we might point out that when the Italian army was idle it did not receive half the publicity it got when it begun to get licked. Say we, if there is virtue in orderly retreat, the Skibos, as we call them, are saints. We sympathize with Alex Thompson, the well-heeled young man who recently bought our professional football eleven and who even more recently broke his ankle while on a sled-ride. On the other hand, this may be a good omen for our brave gridders. In the past, they broke their legs and arms and things and nothing happened to the owner. Who knows, mayhap it is Mr. Thompson's idea to sustain all fractures personally and keep his players in the best of health. Mulcahy Gets Draft Order By The United Press ' ' CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 26 An appeal for deferment by Pitcher Hugh Mulcahy has been denied and the Phillies ace right-hander will be , subject to induction March 8, it was announced here today. Mulcahy, who reportedly was valued at $75,000 when the Dodgers were interested in him last fall, had been placed in Class One by his Newton, Mass., Draft Board. He asked for deferment on grounds he was employed in a necessary occupation and recently had bought a home for his family which they would be unable to maintain if he were drafted. Officials said, he would be . included in the Newton quota of 47 for March 8. Greenberg Overruled DETROIT, Feb. 26 Hank Green- berg's suggestion that his induction into the Army be deferred six months has been denied and he has been placed in Class 1, it was announced today. Chairman Ben O. Shepherd of the Detroit draft board No. 23 said Greenberg would be subject to call in regular order, presumably about July on the basis of present rate of inductions by the board. No Co for Feer I CLEVELAND, Feb. 26 One pos-'sible worry was lifted from the In-j they learned from the local Selective Service Draft Board that Bob Feller, backbone of tnelr pitching staff, likely will not be called for army service during this year. According to a member of the local Draft Board, Feller is No. 2857. The local list embraces 3,886 draftees. Questionnaires are being mailed at the rate of one hundred per week and 1200 have already been mailed. Feller is now in th baseball training camp at Fort! Meyers, Fla. Garms, National Batting King, May Be Forced to Utility Role Undefeated in 23 consecutive games in their freshman year; beaten four times in 18 starts their sophomore year when they suffered their lone district loss in three years (at Waynesburg); losers to only NCAA champions Indiana in 18 starts as "Iron Dukes" last year, along with finishing runners-up in two national tourneys; and successful in 15 of 17 starts this season. That adds up to a total of 69 victories and seven defeats, not including three wins and two losses in Metropolitan and NCAA tourney play, taking on all comers and playing under the most difficult conditions. In that three-year stretch, the Dukes were unbeatable on their home court winning 30 straight games in Hilltop gym, eight the first year; eight in the sophomore campaign; seven. Junior, and seven to date this season. Becker ReliableScorer The cast of departing greats includes Moe Becker, the long shot and fast-break artist, and his Pifth Avenue running mate, Paul Widowitz, six-foot Russian who has altcr- Dukes May Play Army Camp Teams Duquesne's high-riding football team may engage Army camp teams on the gridiron next fall, it was learned today. Coach Aldo T. (Buff) Donelli has dispatched a letter to Asa Bushnell, Eastern Intercollegiate commissioner, offering the services of the Dukes to meet Army camp teams the last two weeks in November or early December. . The Dukes regular schedule calls for nine games with intercollegiate foes, starting Sept. 20 and running nine successive weekends until Nov. 15. By LESTER BIEDERMAN SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., Feb. 26 Pity the plight of Debs Garms! The Pirate handyman is the Na tional League batting c h a m-pion, but may find himself warming the bench this season at least for the early part of the campaign. Manager F r a nkie Frisch 1 n n 1 a n n e ri his 43Mt first-string in- v. ft m ' I W it w V"V JIh -Training Camp Briefs- Who'll Play First? Yanks to Risk Rookie Sturm as Dahlgren Is Sold To Bees Cubs' 'Mad Russian' Proves One-Sidedness Of Contracts Between Clubs and Players By HENRY McLEMORE United Press Staff Writer LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 This is ine time Take, for example, the present negotiations going on between the when any fellow with T.t""!'1?. enough milk of human kindness inir". tS" Yi11- f"008 ; ,, uuiuciuci, iiu is jiinj wii 111 nis iam- nun to make one beaten biscuit cannot help but feel sorry for base- oaii piayers. Because this is the time of year when the wrangle over contracts brings to light that baseball players, insofar as their relations with the club owners are concerned, have no more rights than a Guernsey cow. a patch of real estate, or a tipsy driver going the wrong way down a one-way street. The ballplayer's contract is a mysterious document. Few laymen hav ever laid eyes on one. But it is pretty generally known that the party of the second part, meaning the player, gets about as many breaks as a fox at a hounds' homecoming. -4j 77, Lou Novikoff Hy circle as the "Mad Russian. No one knows what the Cubs paid the Los Ans;eles Angels for Novikoff. Reliable guessers place the price in I the neighborhood of $100,000. Offer Minor League Salary The first contract the Cubs sent Novikoff suggested a salary of something like $4000. He sent this one back unsigned. The next one boosted the pay a trifle. Novikoff returned it not only unsigned but by special delivery. The Cubs' offer graciously gave Lou the unwelcome chance of plavine maior league j baseball at a minor league salary. mis sort or thing scarcely adds up, does it? If Novikoff is good enough to warrant a $100,000 outlay, then he must be good enough to draw a salary of, say, at least 10 per cent of that amount. You would be hard pressed to name any other business where a similar situation could arise. No manufacturing concern would think of trying to hire a crack executive from another concern by offering him less than he was making where he was. Too, Novikoff has this argument on his side. He is the most publicized rookie of the year. There isn't a baseball fan in the country who hasn't read of his eccentric habits and his terrific hitting. Baseball lives on publicity. Novikoff, off his advance notices, is a drawing card already, and will pull Cub customers into the park from the very first day. Hell Sign And Like It The Cubs are pretty well sold on Novikoff's ability as a player, as the purchase price and the comments of officials prove. Manaeer Jimmy Wilson says the bi fellow wno led the Coast League in batting home runs and runs batted in last year appears to be a cinch to start in left field. That is. of course, If Novikorf signs. And he will, because he hasn't any more choice of what he will do than Jonah did when he was rooming with the whale. If Lou rears back and gets stubborn he will have to stay out of baseball. The Cubs own him, body, soul and eliding pads. DISTINCTIVE flavor has wade Fort Fitt Beer a favorite with thousands. Adv. field and Garms is missing. Lee Handley Is being given full sway at the hot cor- Deb Garms ner. The job is his unless he weakens. -'How about the outfield? Frisch thought so much of Maurice Van Robays in left, Vince DiMaggio in center and Bob Elliott in right during the late stages of. 1940 that he simply refuses to break up this com bination. During infield practice today and yesterday, Garms drilled at third base with the second group, consist ing of several outfielders filling in at first base, Stu Martin at second, Eddie Leip at short and young Jack Zeluff, University of Arizona boy, ! seeking a trial, taking over after Garms finished at third. . Keen Competition Seen "If finding room for Garms was my only worry, rd pick this Pirate team to win the pennant," Frisch declared today. "Good ball players never sit on the bench and you can bet Garms' big bat will be helping us somewhere. I've decided to allow Handley to (handle third base and plan to give (him all the work possible. The job xs his until Garms or somebody else takes It. If Garms can force one of the regular outfielders out of a job, he'll move in there. This makes for keen competition all along the line and it adds up to a fighting ball club." Handley looks In better condition than ever. He's 15 pounds above his former playing weight of 160 and would like to hold on to 10 of these pounds without losing some of his speed. If the peppery third sacker still retains any traces of that near-fatal beaning episode of two years ago he's failed to display it thus far. Garms Determined to Be Regular Garms, riding along this year on the biggest salary he's ever drawn in baseball, en top of winning the batting title, hopes to avoid being used as a utility man and pinch-hitter. He wants to be a regular and at least keep the oize of the pay-check at the present leveL Yesterday's two drills were corkers. The sun was out most of the day and, after a morning session of running and throwing, Frisch staged a brisk infield drilL He allowed the athletes to hit for almost two hours. Rip Sewell was the first moundsman to go to the hill and all of the hurlers were warned to throw nothing but straight balls. Rookie Frank Kalin, from Weir-ton. W. Va., drew the honor of being the first player to hit a ball over the distant (354 feet) left-field fence. By The United Press ' ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 26 The New York Yankees have announced the outright sale of First Baseman Babe Dahlgren to the Boston Bees for an undisclosed sum. Dahlgren, currently unsigned, was scheduled to be re placed this season by jonnny Sturm, ST who hit .312 with Kansas City in the American Association last year. Dahlgren is a veteran of six years in the major leagues, two with the Boston Redsox and the last four with the Yankees. He batted .264 with the Yankees In 1940, but has a major league average of only .253. S h ortstop Frank Crosettl, 1 Third Baseman - ,f , , ; Red Rolfe . and A Pitcher Spud Babe Dahlgren Chandler have accepted terms. Another pitcher. Atley Donald, is sidelined with an injured back. Bobby Doerr Signs SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 26 The Boston Redsox announced today that Holdout Bobby Doerr had come to terms, leaving Ted Williams as their only unsigned player. BeM Wires He's O.K. FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 26 Vice President Cy Slapnicka of the Cleveland Indians said today that he had received a wire. from Outfielder Beau Bell informing him that "everything was all right" regarding his draft eligibility. Bell originally had been placed in Class 3A as a man with two dependents, but that decision was revoked later. Slapnicka now believes that Bell has come to a new understanding with his board. Maron Wants Raise ATLANTA. Feb. 26 Martin Marion, shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, said today he would have to be offered more money before signing a contract. He did not say how far apart he and the club are on salary terms. Wyatt Reports to Dodgers HAVANA, Feb. 26 Catcher Babe Phelps, recovered from an attack of flu, is scheduled to report to the Dodgers' camp here Friday. Whit Wyatt reported yesterday, following 10 days work at Hot Springs, Ark. Outfielder Joe Gallagher has left for a Baltimore hospital for an examination. McfCecftne Likes Pearson TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 26 Cincinnati Manager Bill McKechnie figures that Monte Pearson, acquired by the world champions this winter from the Yankees, will be a valuable addition to his mound corps. "Pearson will be prominent in ur pitching picture this seasea." McKechnie remarked here today after watching the 31-year-old castoff perform. "I like his spirit, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he won 15 and 20 games for us," Bill added. Fourteen batterymen and Outfielder Jim Ripple had three-hour workouts yesterday during the second day of training. In Cincinnati, General Manager Warren C. Giles said "There is ab- Continued on Next Page nated with Becker in setting the scoring pace. Becker was tops in the sophomore year with 214, but trailed The Widow's 179-point total last year. Moe has regained the lead this trip, with 130 to date. The Fifth Avenue Twins have been teammates for 12 years, dating back to junior high school days, then successively as .members of championship I. K. S. independent and Fifth Avenue High teams. In all that stretch. Becker scored in every game, while The Widow can count on one hand the games in which he has failed to break into the scoring column. Then there is Rudy Debnar, Charleroi-bred Austrian, rated by many observers the greatest defensive player in Hilltop history. And Ed (Bebbers) Milkovich. whose deceptive left-handed dribble and push-shot have cracked the toughest defenses thrown up by enemy performers. Milkovich, member of the city's first state championship scholastic quintet (South, 1934), Is the No. 1 play-maker. Kasperick Replaces Urso The fifth member of the cast for two seasons has been Lou (Kash) Kasperick, who plays the important role of retrieving the ball off the boards and ace defenseman. Joe Urso held his position the first two years, but when the Sharpsburg ace was declared ineligible at the end of his sophomore year. "Kash," who enrolled on the Bluff with gridiron ambitions but shifted to the court, stepped in to fill the breach in fine style. Of this quintet, only Widowitz is a doubtful starter tonight having been held out of the past two games lecovering from an ankle ' injury Probable Lineup F Rrrkrr ., V Milkovich C kaiiwlrk 4 I.MI-VV G . .... Drhnar Krtrrrr John- Holra GLF.NVIM E . Arni'ron him , , . ftpnrr Miurt . Whrerlt Mtmtntcr, , I'mplre Dr. kr Krrd. ritl suffered in the Loyola game nine days aso. If The Widow is unable to go. junior Bill Lacey. sixth Iron Duke, will take over in his place. The match between Glenville and Duquesns has been in the making for several years. These two leading field goal schools at opposite ends of the district have been battling for top district honors these many years, but this is their first hand-to-hand meeting. The Pioneers, coached by Nata Rohrbough, reached the semifinals of last year's national intercollegiate tourney at Kansas City. Their current record reads 13 wins and three losses (to Wesleyan. Concord and Fairmont), gaining revenge for all three defeats in return engagements. Big Earle Spencer's shooting. Bob Armstrong's passing, and Forest White's all-around play have had much to do with the White Wave's success thus far. W. Va. Passers Test Wash-Jeff West Virginia offers the most serious threat to Wash-Jeff's district title ambitions tonight at Washington, Pa. The Prexies, hard on the heels of leading Westminster and Duquesne, stui are very much in the funning with 12 victories against two defeats, but a third setback would virtually eliminate Coach Sander's veteran five. It was the Mountaineers who last year spoiled W.-J.'s title hopes by taking both decisions. The past week-end the Prexies gained 6ome measure of revenge in winning, 51-41, at Morgantown. but to make it more complete must sweep the return engagement .tonight. Return of Scotty Hamilton was a welcome note to the slumping Mountaineers last week, as Scotty grabbed 14 points for high individual honors. 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