The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1938 · Page 27
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The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 27

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, September 29, 1938
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Pity Poor Pa Pitt . . By CHESTER L. SMITH Sports Editor Pittsburgh crawled out from under the covers this chilly morning and started off for work wearing a World's Series hangover that was something to behold. There was still a shred of hope for the Pirates ... If they win today they'll be back in first place by half a game . . . Then all they have to do is sweep those four games in Cin-cincinnaM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ... Or maybe the Cubs will lose one in St. Louis and hlp them nut . .'. Well, anyhow, something might happen . . . Look at Europe . . . They thought they were in a jam, didn't they ? But th fold, cruel. unrIentins standings showed that the Pirates were m frond place. There no escaping that bald fact even if Mavcr Scully called a special session of Council. And all the dreams of a pennant, a World's Series, band? playins and folks tearing up ticker tape and throwing i out the windows on cur conquering heroes--all the? dreams, that seemed so real just a week ago, were dissolving in the morning sun. Yes the sun was shining. But downtown, and m Oakland, and Pirates ! ' T, - r-'"' ' -r-TTrrr , . mT?fW W M'VWJW - T,v- J j? " -"r'ivii t M U-"'"A Ifvj Our New Ycrk operative taps out the word that the Yankees are viewing the hurly-burly bar-room fight in the rNational League with the utmost nonchalance. "From Joe McCarthy down to the boy who picks up the bats when the Yanks throw them down, they have no "use at all for either the Pirates and Cubs, and think this World enes will be just as one- sided Ro the last two," he says, eddms : "If the Yank.- have any preference at all ii would bp the Cubs, jcot brrau-f thrv have the slisrhf-r:-x iFa that the Firates would hp any harder to hrat. but Wris-3rv Fild will hold more custom- ft than ForbPs Firld and th boy.- want tli" blcapst chunk of j court! thry can for thpir timr. ; Otherwise, it would b" all riht ; with them tn play thp Firatps cr both the Firates and Cufe for that maHpr. That's how confident they are."' Out-Shout Opponents This is all very nice for the Yank? to feel that wav about it. but the thought intrudes that if Joe McCarthy i? fostering that sort of a spirit among his pm-ployes there must be a fundamental diversrriT-e m th psychological aspects of ha.srball a.s com-paipn. Ipfs say. to football. Come to think about it, this is nothing new. As Ions: as anyonp can remember, baseball managers have promised pennants in April, even j with learns thai everyone knew j Tir'i'd bp lucky to wind up with their shirts. It .seems to he the : y'e to o' the opponent.?, whereas the opposite is true in football. JK Ducky Pond, at Yale, or Minnesota's Bernie Eierman would be rushed away for observation if they adopted the same tactics. Imagine the consternation among the old Blues if Mr. Pond were to square his shoulders, insert his thumbs in his Vf." arm-holes and say: "Har vard? Don't make me lauch. j Those hiss can't tackle or block and their halfbacks havp flat feet and- dandruff. It looks to me like Yale by at least four touchdowns if we don't put on the pressure." Naturally, Mr. Fond never would uter such words. His is a game that prefers to view with alarm, to look first on the black side cf the picture and then fare forth to extract what cheer there may be in such a situation. And it may be a subject for debate whether both baseball and football haven't gone to extremes, leaving an open middle ground that would be more acceptable. Qnm Utist Wrotj One cf them must be w rong. There can't be a rreat deal cf difference m the mental chemistry cf a 20-year-old halfback Jriti 'rr A, vfN"-! ft f '--l ' x -umWSS&l? - i wataf'"' -Zm ''"mm?i yvX, Iks' E VILLAGE o Yanks Look For One sided World Series I'.y CHESTER L. SMITH, Sports Editor for Ohio State and a Yankee shortstop who is five or six years j hjs senior. Under circumstances I of stress thpy must react to the I same impulses, so it follows that j if the Yanks ran win the World j Spries by jrivinz themsplves a few ! shots of hoo-rah. Purdue can't j have an antidote that will be one i hundred per cent successful asamst Wisconsin whpn it enters the 'came in a complete state of blue funk. Or vice versa. Of course, the Yanks can be excused for feeling fairly chipper about the whole thing. They can't help remembering what a sorry showing the Giants have made "the last two years. Nor are they unaware that their predecessors unwound the Cubs in four straight in 1932 and gave the Pirates the same treatment in '21. Such memories are lineerins and are apt to be . used as a basis for current computation, even at the risk of better judgment. My own opinion is that while the Cubs have been a stronger rl'ib than the Firates over the last month and will well deserve the pennant if they win it, the Corsairs would stand a better chance in the series. It will require "smart" hitting to break through McCarthy's pitching staff, and there are no Cubs who can stack up with the Waner brothers. Vaughan and Suhr in that respect. The Pirates may be in and out at the plate, but against Gomez, Ruffing. Pearson and Had ley they ousrht to be more dangerous than if they were facing one or two of the better curving corps in their own league, notably the Reds. Dean Would Be a Gamble Chicaco's pitching is now lo-cattd in the good right arms of Bill Lee and Clay Bryant, both above the average. But that lets Gabby Hartnett out. unless he can coax a game ouU of Dizzy Dean, which would be a daring gamble. And the Yanks can't be stopped with a pair of aces. Offhand, you would be pardoned for saying that if the Bruins have such a pair they are still stronger than the Corsairs, but here again you could be wrong. Bill McKechnie of the Reds, n?io comes as close as anyone to knowing what makes a pitcher go "round, swears that Rus- ( Continued On Next Page) Ifs everywhere else, you couldn't tell the Buccaneer die-hards it wasn't as black as night. The first shock of seeing the Corsairs lowered to a position directly south of the Cubs was followed by the inevitable question: "What's going to happen now? "See here"" the town was saying to itself, "this can't happen to us. Why, we've invited the Browns in from Zanesville for the first two games, Elmer moved his vacation back so he could be off while the Yankees were here and we've reserved a table at the club for the victory dance. There must be something somebody can do. But there wasn't anything anybody could do. The PAGE 27. NolNew! Giants of 1934 Saw Flag Slip Away on Last Day If it's any consolation to Pittsburgh fans (and "if there is no World Series at Forbp.s Field this year) the present embarrassment of the Corsairs in losing the pennant at the last minute isn't as bad as the unhappy fate that befell the New York Giants in 1934. The Pirates fell out of first place yesterday five days before the end of the season, but the Giants of 34 were not shoved off the top until the day prior to the end of the campaign. So the Pittsburgh "disaster" really is not the worst of all, even though loyal followers of the Buccaneers may think so. The Giants weren't eliminated mathematically until the last day. The losers like the Firates appeared to have the pennant well in hand at the end of the first week of September. They wpre five parries ahead of St. Louis and moving along at a clip that was certain to carry them through if it had bpen maintained. But they began, to falter acain like the FiratPs and inch by inch the Cardinals gained ground. When the last day arrived, the Giants had slipped into second place 24 hours previously. They had to win while the Cardinals were losing to regain the position they had held so long, but the Brooklyn Dodgers, most despised of the New York rivals, defeated them and thus sewed up the pen-pant, for the Redbirds. - Pirate Pennant Gloom In Clubhouse! 'Why Couldn't That Curve Break For Me,' Brown Moans; 'Balk' Rehashed CHICAGO, 111., Sept. 29 The Pirate dressing room yesterday after Gabby Hartnett's ninth-inning home run which gave the Cubs a 6-5 victory and first place in the National League race, was no place for anybody to crack a joke . . . The players went about the tire- some task of stripping off their uniforms, with solemn faces, tightened by the knowledee that for the first time since July 12, they ere out of tiL2 rst place and Lv! w first laced with a terrific fight to stay in the race ... A moment before fe" they had been pleased with the thought of a tie game, a double -header today, and a pitching staff Bob Klinger strong and tough enough to bring home two important triumphs . . . But one pitched ball ruined all. Mace Brown, off whom Hartnett hit the homer, couldn't quite get over the shock . . . He tossed his sweatshirt in a comer and tramped on it . . . "Had him in a hole, too." Erown moaned. "Two Etnkes, no balls. Why couldnt that . . . . : v Y f A World Series Hangover ress PITTSBURGH, PA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER, 29, 1933 Asp HERE'S THE FINISH OF one of the most dramatic moment? in National Leapie history. Manager Gabby Hartnett is lumbering home on his ninth-inning homer which gave the Cubs the National League lead. Thousands of Wrigley Field fang broke through the police guard for Gabby and followed their hero around the bases. The Cub, risht, with the grin rivaling Gabby's, is none other than Larry French, ex-Buc pitcher. We imagine Umpire George Barr i telling Capt. Gus Suhr that that isn't the way he saw it. The Tirates claim that Rookie Vance Face committed a balk in the seventh inning before pitching to Rizzn, but thp four umpires failed to gree with the Buccos. Rizzo, on the pitch, bounced into a double play. A Homer . . . Then Bedlam Cubs Carry Hero Gabby to Cheer His Dramatic Specie J to The Pittsburgh Press CHICAGO, Sept. 29 The blow heard around the baseball world ... If you had seen it in the movies, you would have said to yourself "Those things don't happen only on the screen." You would have called it a scenario writer's fantasy. But no scenario writer could have written a more fantastic finish to a game than red-faced Gabby did with his j mighty willow. And there were I34.4R5 unbelieving witnesses to the ! spectacle. j Here was the setting: The score was tied at five-all. There were two out. Gabby stepped up to the plate. Darkness was blotting out the playing field. It was obvious that if Hartnett couldn't come through somehow the game would have to be called. Mace Brown, third Pirate pitcher to see service during the afternoon, pulled his cap down, hitched his i belt and wound up. He tossed a I curve that Gabby didn't offer at but 'it was a called strike. On the next Patter curve break for me instead of him." . . . Bob Klinger who saw his mates pile up four errors behind him, but pitched a grand game and won the admiration of the crowd passed by and somebody said. "Nice game. Bob." "What's nice about it." he growled, "we lost, didn't we?" Fie Traynor and Jewel Ens sat in front of their lockers, chms on their chests, trying to reconstruct the horrid details . . . Traynor forced a smile, asked for a cigaret and then went back to the seventh inning when they felt the umpires had a little too much "homer" in them to call a balk on Pitcher Vance Page of the Cubs that would have changed the en tire picture . singled in the . . Lloyd Waner seventh with one out . . . Paul Waner, also singled, sending Lloyd to third . . . Page had two balls, one strike on Johnny Rizzo when he obviously committed a balk . . . Jewel Ens, coach-ins at third base, saw the illegal motion right awav and almost ran to the plate to call it to Umpire ( Continued On Page 23) j Just how much waste motion and series was lost to Pittsburgh would be difficult to estimate. The Pirates have spent nearly $30,000 on a new press box, perhaps $5000 more for temporary bleachers 8nd several more thousands on such incidentals as clerical help in handling applications for tickets, painting, ground repair and maintenance and additional preparations. Thir expenses, for which there would be no return, may approximate S40.000. Hotels also will be cuffed around. Two conventions were canceled and arrangements for special entertainment to attract series guests have been completed. Contracts for the reservation of hundreds of rooms have gone out and been returned. Now the tentative visitors will not Sports irations Clubhouse as Thousands Ninth-Inning Blow pitch, low and outside, Gabby swune, but missed. The crowd ! groaned and virtually gave up hope, i Brown wound up again and let! one go. This time it came down ! the middle. Gabby gave it all he had and the moment the bat struck the ball there was no doubt about its destination. Still, the crowd, seemingly not believing what was happening before its eyes, sat breathlessly until a thousand hands in the left field bleachers reached up for the ball. Bedlam Breaks Lose Then bedlam broke loose, Newspapers, score cards, straw hats, felt hats, women's hats all kinds of hats sailed into the playing field and behind them came a rushing stream of humanity all dashing toward home plate to grab Gabby's hand or touch some part of him as he lumbered across the plate. The beefy manager - catcher's teammates dashed to the plate in "flying wedge" formation to rescue their pilot from the crowd and carried him on their shoulders to the clubhouse as thousands cheered. There was another side to the picture. Brown, who had served up the home-run ball, brushed his hand across his eyes as he walked through the shadows to his clubhouse, head bent. The Pirate in-fielders and outfielders seemed to remain glued to their positions stunned by the dramatic suddenness of it all. Then they walked slowly off the fie' -and, perhaps, right out of a Wo- "eries. s Kiss Gabby . . me i s were ooviousiy ere- had been forced to surrender theithe Card, today is leading the league leadership since they had; league in hitting by slightly more moved into that spot July 12. For; the Cubs, it was the first time since June 8 that they had seen the top. and then it was only for three days. in the dressing room. Gabby was;ger of the McKecknie crew, who THE man. players actually kissed like the Pirates had been the him. Others hugged him. It was Header for many, many weeks, an hour and a half later when; Mize s three blows boosted his mark Hartnett was permitted to take off his slightly torn uniform. He sat down, relaxed. "That was the greatest thrill of ;my life," he announced. "I figured Brown for a curve on ithat 2-0 pitch and I got set. I sort! ;of felt it w-as a home run wnen i 'hit it. The ball 'felt' good and X ljust Gambled on a home run or 'nothinsr " Rt LESTER BEIDER- MAX. Glenfield Seeks Games Glenfield football team is arranging games at home on Sunday ; dates with junior lightweight teams in the district. Managers interested. write Clyde White, Glenfield, Fa. expense would be involved if the PAGE 27. On Hartnett Names Big Bill Lee, His Mound Ace, To Face Bucs By LESTER BIEDERMAN CHICAGO, 111., Sept. 29 The Pirates fa:ed the biggest gamble of their lives today as they tackled the Chicago Cubs in the final game of one of the most thrilling series in the National League history. If they lose their third straight to the fiery Cubs this afternoon, the pennant would Chin Up TIE" TRAYNOR And stop biting your knuckles! Mize League's Leading Hitter j0hnnv Mize, homerun slusser of than the proverbial eye lash. With three hits in four trips yesterday against the Reds, Mize passed Ernie Lombardi. lumbering catcher-slug- j to .3332, while Lomba rdi, getting two out of five, dropped to .3368. The Reds have five games to play, including today's finale with the Cards, while the Card3 have three more after the Reds leave St. Louis today. V ...... 4 CXI ;y- Oh Boy! Have yea h e-H-d about Hesfy Union? The Hollywood Reporter says she has more sex and rare beauty than the screen has seen. Don't crowd... she's coming Friday in "Algiers" with Charles Boyer. . . At Loew's And What A Pip! know until Sunday whether they will : aon t, a flood of cancellations will hit the city. I ! Railroads and bus lines, with preparations completed to run ex- i cursions and specials from the East and Midwest, may have to shift ! to Chicago as their objective with the certainty that instead of i crowded trains only a few from this section would be interested in a Cubs-Yankees series. Newspapers and radio stations will have to make "other plans." When and if it becomes mathematically certain that the Cor sairs are out of it. there will be no cessation of the feverish activity in the offices of the Pittsburgh Club. There, Vice President Sam Watters and his corps will have to start the dreary drudge of returning thousands of ticket applications. It was estimated that between 150.000 and 200,000 separate requests were mailed during the week they were acceptable. Using the minimum figure, and assuming that each person asked for two $5.50 tickets, checks for one million, six hundred and fifty thousand dollars must go back m the mails. This, however, is a most conservative level. The majority of requests was for four seats and there were several thousand box se its at 6.60 each to swell the total well aove that mark. As the druggist said as he handed the box of aspirin to the Plrats fan, "It's a devil of a mess, isn't it?" ass practically be awarded to the Chicagoans. Manager Gabby Hartnett personally led his able-bodied athletes into first place yesterday, when he propelled a ninth-inning home run into the left-center stands, with two out and the game ready to be called on account of darkness. Hartnett's 1000-to-l shot homer made the score 6-5 and the Cubs were in first place, it was the nmtn straight for the Bruins and their nineteenth win of the last 22 games. On July" 12, the Bucs beat the Cubs for their thirteenth straight victory and eased into first place as the Dodgers licked the Giants. Yes- terday, the Pirates again made his-slip through their fingers. tory. They vacated their choice' Jlmgr hUrlpd a ma8"lflcfn . , game until he was remo'ed in the position after a 14-week tenure, but;eiehtn innins for Bill Swift, usu- it took all kinds of baseball, and bad, with a dramatic touch at the finish, to down them. Pie's Biggest Job Manager Pie Traynor's biggest Job today was to see that the morale of the Bucs remained at a fighting pitch. The Pirates must play better baseball than they have displayed here to quench the pennant flame flaring in the Bruins. Traynor placed the issue squarely up to 23-year-old Russ Bauers, the big Wisconsin lumberjack, who has InllowpH hut. nnp run and 10 hits in his last two games. Hartnett will call on Bill Lee, overworked and tired, but a fellow wholl pitch all afternoon long, if necessary, to give his mates the pennant and the gob of gold that goes with it. Lee will be making his third start and fifth appearance in six days. In fact, when he toes the mound today, he will set some sort of a record. Lee won Monday, then hurled relief ball Tuesday and Wednesday. The Pirates twice held two-run leads yesterday, the last time in the eighth inning. But each time, the Bruins fought back to tie the game. The semi-darkness that enveloped the field in the ninth as Mace Brown retired the first two batters then curved two strikes over the plate on Hartnett breathed new life into the Pirates. They anticipated a double-hpader today with the Cubs. They knew Hartnett was shy on pitchers and would have to use relief hurlers to pull him through. The Pirates had plenty of first class moundsmen ready for the twin bill. This ida was knocked right out of .the Buccos' heads when Hartnett leaned hi3 big bat against the 2-0 curve and sent it spinning far into the left field stands. Cubs Capitalize on Breaks That one single punch packed more drama, more excitement and t need the accommodations; if they auers meant more to the Cubs than any one thing Hartnett has done in years. The Pirates have only themselves to blame for the loss. When the Cubs got a break they pounced on it. But the Bucs let many a chance a championship twirler in rt'ngley Field. At that stage the Pirates held a 5-3 lead, but Swift made one mistake. He entered the game with Collins on first base and none out. Swift (Continued On Next Page) 850 mm 1 ji

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