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Dodgers Stage Wild Victory Celebration VDlUbMBE Donelli Long Headed For Pro League By CHESTER L. SMITH, Sports Editor 'Bums' Win And AH Brooklyn Is Happy! The Press Sports Champagne Flows, Players Tear Shirts After Wyatt Hurls -Clincher' in Boston By GEORGE KIRKS EY United Press Staff Writer NEW YORK, Sept. 26 Look up yonder on the National League throne. Bless my soul, if it isn't the Brooklyn Dodgers, the people's team your boys and my boys, a gang that's far from perfect but so human you can't help but love them even when they're wrong. iS-gj SEPTEMBER 26, 1941 i r7? 'irM rl CJ SlJ But they're not wrong now.

They are the National When the Steelers took the unprecedented step of asking Buff Donelli to be their head coach and at the same time continue to hold a similar portfolio at Duquesne University, all they did was to beat the calendar by a few months. It was 100 to one that Donelli was going to be the professionals' coach in 1942, even if it had meant he would have to ask the Dukes to tear up his contract, which runs through next season. The Buffer has had a yen for the National League for some time and has been considered by clubs other than Pittsburgh. He was highly recommended to the Detroit Lions after Potsy Clark's retirement last winter end ran close to Bill Edwards of Western Reserve, who was the ultimate choice. In fact, Donelli's college coaching days might have come to an end already had it not been for certain factors that turned up last winter after Art Rooney and Bert Bell divided the Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles with League champions after one of the bitterest season-long struggles in baseball annals a two-team race in which.

they ran one-two with the St. Louis Cardinals with never more than four games separating them from almost the first putout of the season. The Dodgers endearingly known In every hamlet in the land as The Bums" celebrated their pen nant-clinching victory in Boston yesterday during a five hour train ride back to New York last night. Alexis Thompson and brought their half back to Pitts- Leo Mum Durocher Avoids Com ment on Series And Yankees bursh. It was a wild, riotous evening on a special train in which the Dodgers poured champagne, ripped off shirts and engaged in horseplay that kept Rooney, at that time, had talked ever the matter with Buff and told Bell he thought Donelli was the ideal everyone in a continual uproar.

It was a celebration reminiscent of the days when Babe Ruth used to lead By The United Press -THAT'S 7S)Ti "THE EMD' those rowdy Yankee pennant Wildest Since Ruth Rud Rennie. veteran New York scribe who traveled with the Yankees in their painty days, remarked after the shirt was ripped off his back: "I never saw anything like hilarious fashion in one of the It's cheers and beers for the "bums." Whacky Brooklyn baseball fans shown celebrating the Dodgers, pennant- clinching victory in a Brooklyn saloons. this since the Bambino ran wild." But 21 years is a long time to wait to win a pennant, and that's how long the Dodgers have had to bide their time before donning the purple robes of champions. They'd had many great players down the years Dazzy Vance, Babe Herman, Glenn Wright, Jacques Fournier, Play Niagara Tonight Dukes Seek NEW YORK, Sept. 26 Leo Durocher, manager of Brooklyn' Beloved Bums, walked into the dressing room after the pennant-clinching game, looked around and said: "I didn't do a thing out there, but I'm dog tired." Everybody was trying to pound Durocher on the back and congratulate, but somebody found time to ask him how he thought the Dodgers would do against the Yankees in the World Series.

He thought a minute and then said: "We'll play that one when it comes." Whit Wyatt, the semi-bald pitcher who came as near as anybody to being the Dodgers' hero, seemed slightly dazed. "Sure was my biggest thrill he said. "I'm glad I didn't quit baseball when I had a sore arjn a few years back. I really haven't begun to realize that we've landed that pennant yet." "This pennant certainly was the toughest one to win." said Durocher, who twice was on pennant teams with the Yankees and once with the Cardinals. Second Win By EDDIE BEACHLER The eyes of the football world will be focused on Aldo T.

(BUff) Donelli tonight when he begins his coach and the time propitious to sign him. The latter had not committed himself but was anxious to listen to terms. But Bell was hesitant to make the move for a twofold reason: Football and coaching always have been his passion and he was anxious to have at least one more campaign on the field; secondly, he was fearful that the United States might become involved in war before fall in which case the immediate future of all professional sports and particularly football, which draws the greater part of its material from young, unmarried men, would be precarious. "Any coach would be justified in hesitating to sign a contract containing a war clause and we feel that we cannot issue one without it," Bell declared. Rooney was in agreement, so the senior partner from Philadelphia took command personally.

But war didn't come and while the" draft took its toll, evidence was not long in accumulating that the league was headed into another prosperous season. Neither Mr. Bell nor Mr. Rooney are as scary now as they were six months ago. Proof of this is the dispatch with which they tracked down Donelli and captured him when Bell decided to retire for "the good of the club." Bell's decision must not have been easy, for the squat, roly-poly son of Old Penn, who captained one of the Quakers' immediate post-World War I elevens, has been sipping on gridiron broth ever since he was old enough to hold a ball in one hand.

Sipping is hardly the proper Yankees 2-5 Over Brooklyn By The-United Press ST. LOUIS, Sept, 26 The New York Yankees were made odds-on favorites to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series by James J. Carroll, St. Louis betting commissioner, today. Carroll announced the Yankees were priced at 2 to 5 to take the series.

Brooklyn was quoted at 2 to 1. Carroll offered odds of 1 to 2 that the Yankees would win the first game of the series with Red Ruffing pitching. He figured Kirby Higbe or Whit Wyatt would be the Brooklyn hurler in the first contest and held them at 17 to 10. unprecedented "double-life" coaching existence by sending the Duquesne University Dukes against Niagara's Purple Eagles under the lights at Forbes Field. The kick-off is at 8:45 p.

with a crowd ft Icy vr 4 A Xsr- yC zr of 10,000 expected. Donelli's signing yesterday to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers, while retaining his collegiate post, makes him a sort of Jekyl-Hyde figure. This morning, he plunged into the business of teaming his intri cate system to the Steelers, at their mountain retreat practice field on Burleigh Grimes and others but St. Vincent College campus near La robe. they always wound up empty handed.

Returning here late this after- mat is. until Mhis crew came Probable Lineup Position along. With a motley gang of youngsters and veterans, cast-offs and pick-ups, the Dodgers beat off a season-long threat from the Cardinals to climb the golden stairs. The Dodgers had the heat on them Mrs. Dolf Camilli, of the Dodger first-baseman, and five little Camillis, i.

R.G.. K.T.. pions collectively, but they are champions individually as witness the following list: Batting champion Pete Reiser. Pitching champions (most victories) Whit Wyatt and Kirby Higbe, 22 victories each. Most shutouts Whit Wyatt.

Home run champion Dolf Camilli. Runs batted In champion Dolf Camilli. Leader in doubles and triples pete Reiser. Most runs scored Pete Reiser. All these added up together tell the story of why the Dodgers finally reached the promised land, in addition, they had tome great second base play from Billy Herman, some opportune hitting by Dixie Walker and some gilt-edge clutch pitching by Curt Davis and Hugh Casey, the league's most valuable relief hurler.

In one stretch Casey pitched in six out of eight games with the pennant riding on almost every pitch. from beginning to end, they opened PI OCE8XK NIAGARA MaliKZewski Hee fiirochman Huran Wnkits Co-C Bytsura Piskor Petrhell Tracks Filicetti Kielbaa NO'Striker William C. Fam. Ibanon who rooted hard for papa R.E.. I.

K.H.. r. Kef err. the season by losing 'three straight to their hated enemies, the Giants, but proved their gameness under fire by getting up off the floor every time they were knocked down. At no time during the season were the I'mnire AI H.

Slark. Linesman and the Brooks. Mrs. Camilli is holding six-week-old Bruce. The others, left to right: Diane, 2: Douglas, 5 (standing) Richard, 9, and Dolf 4.

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Field judge Havrilla. Westminster. Dodgers more than four games in front. Ten times they were on top and the last time they stayed there roaring down the stretch in one of the National League's most thrill ing finishes. The pennant-clinching finish was 'Bums Did Patient Dodger Fans Gives Heroes Tumultuous Reception team arrived from Boston where it mm a combination of a 6-0 Dodger victory over the Braves in Boston and-a 3-1 defeat for the Cardinals at Pittsburgh.

Whit Wyatt, the tall Georgian whose life outside of baseball is devoted to farming, twirled the deciding game, a five-hit shutout which gave him his 22nd victory and his seventh shutout. Pete Reiser hit his 14th homer with a mate on base, and the Braves committed four errors to help the Dodger cause. Not only are the Dodger cham- Lb arc clinched the pennant by defeating the Boston Braves, 6 to 0, while the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeating the runner-up St. Louis Cardinals, (SEC The loyalty of these fans challenges language. Not since 1920, when "Uncle" Wilbert Robinson brought a team down in front, have they had a team they could take pride in.

They have had to remain loyal to some of the worst teams to participate in the major leagues, to (Continued On Next Page) By The United Press BROOKLYN, Sept. 26 The patience of the country's most loyal baseball fans had its reward today the National League pennant bestowed upon the erstwhile "Bums" of the sports world, the Brooklyn Dodgers, at the end of a frenzied, nip-and-tuck race. Next Wednesday these Brooklyn Dodgers open the 1941 World Series I 2J 1L L-U at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, again champions of Tjoxr(e(i)55rse3 csxm noon. The Buffer was plotting last-minute strategy for his first love the simon-pure Dukes, fair-haired boys of local college football, "who go after their second victory of the season tonight in the Oakland ball park. It is a sharp study of contrasts for Donelli.

and the combined forces of the college-pro football world are watching this experiment intensely. Just what effect it may have on the fancy-dan Dukes will be an interesting subject for observation tonight. Coach Donelli has promised to see his Dukes through this season and he told a meeting Wednesday that he can see no reason why this shouldn't be the best campaign in Duquesne history. The super-seniors are relegated to the sidelines for the kickoff, as the Buffer figures that by cooling their heels awhile on the bench they may decide to go out and play the kind of football of which they are capable not the slip-shod, fumbling brand they exhibited against Waynesburg last week. Bytsura, Semes Lead Dukes Three sophomores who will be making their bow as starters are Joe Gottlieb.

Greensburg, full; George Kisiday, 198-pound bone-crushing end from Ambridge; and Joe Sasala, light but agile guard from Sharon. In a last-minute shift, Coach Donelli announced he would start veteran quarterback Johnny Petchell and left half Joe Chadonic, in place of sophomores Ted Bukowski and Joe Goode, respectively, early starting choices. Bernie Semes, Braddock and George Bytsura, Greek tackle the American League. It will be another of the "Subway World Series" which have been deplored 3 to 1. The hysterical, frenzied mob tore the shirts off their heroes, waving such placards as "our bums done it," and "Durocher for mayor." It would have done more but there were too many policemen on hand.

There was tumult on a smaller scale at the various hotels here where the players live, when they arrived from Manhattan, but police kept it mild. Until bars and taverns closed at 4 'a. fans filled the night with a frenzied jabbering, intermingled with cheers. There were impromptu parades along Flatbush Avenue and even through wealthy and sedate Bay Ridge and Brooklyn Heights, but on the whole the night passed without major incident. The fans had waited 21 years for their pennant and now that they had it, they found it difficult to believe.

word; Bert has gulped it down in great swigs. He is a 12-months-a-year fanatic who is perfectly willing to sit down and talk the game around the clock if his listeners hold out. Everyone will applaud the forthright manner in which he admitted he had not been able to get out of the Steelers what was in then. A man in his position, who combined the coaching with co-ownership, could have shouldered the responsibility on his assistant, Walt Kiesling, or on the players, but Bell preferred the franker and more painful way. i The loss of the Eagles game last Sunday was the final blow.

For reasons with wnich Pittsburghers are only vaguely familiar, he wanted above all else to win that one. There had been sharp criticism of his policies and tactics in Philadelphia, and he hoped for a victory as a little present to his old home town. But the Eagles played the better game, as Bell was free to admit afterwards, and did it with a squad he thought was inferior in potential strength to his own. Not until the final score was posted did Bell entertain the slightest idea of passing the baton to a new man. For Donelli, the autumn suddenly becomes fraught with complications and additional worries.

He not only has a team at. Duquesne that is expected to perform unusual heroics, but he must revamp the Steelers to suit his own ideas and at the same time make the changes slowly enough so as not to throw the squad out of gear. The "Buffer" has a little more than a week to get ready for the New York Giants, and he will have to decide how much of the new can be added without setting up the danger of utter confusion. There is also the question of Donelli's future. It is logical to assume that his present dual status is only temporary, for none of the parties concerned the Steelers, the Dukes or Donelli would want it to continue over a long span.

If the Hilltoppers for instance, want him to stay out his terms, the Steelers must give or refuse their consent. The guessing was today that while Buff may be nearing the close of his association with intercollegiate football, he is only beginning a long hitch in the National League. But your guess is as good as the next one. before as centering baseball in this one city, to the detriment of baseball in the rest of the country. But this one will be different.

The sterling qualities of the Brooklyn fans who had remained doggedly loyal to "Our Bums" through the lean years, had won practically the en tire country to their side. There was a tumultuous celebra tion in Grand Central terminal in Manhattan" last night when the from Jedda, have been named to co-captain the Dukes for this game. Bytsura will start at right tackle. Coach Bach, making his second appearance here since taking hold at Niagara in 1937. will let fly with everything in an effort to score what would prove tiie biggest upset here in several seasons.

Bach Banks on Felice tti Bach pins most of his hopes on a sophomore streak in the person of Guido Felicetti. native Niagara Falls touchdowner who sparkled even in defeat as St, Vincent slipped over a 6-0 kayo punch in Sunday's opener at the Power City. Co-Capt. Art Deremer, center from local Westinghouse High, and Joe Traska, 185-pound quarterback from Canonsburg. are Pittsburgh-district products rating first-string call for the Eagles.

Win or Lose, Records Show Brooklyns Are Never Dull That little guy taking a fall 9 Is TOUGHNESS he's bitter as gall. In Seagram's he's OUT, and That's why, no doubt, Our 5 Crown is getting the call. By HARRY FERGUSON a sarcastic twang in his voice when he calls them "Bums" puts his lif in jeopardy. It's really a term of endearment. Yes, the TOUGHNESS is OUT of Crown Blends, NEW YORK, Sept.

2fr Facte, fancies and figures about the team that is going to represent the National League in the World's Sfries: They got the name of Dodgers when street cars first made their appearance in Brooklyn and the natives had to hop nimbly across the pavemen; to keep from being down. At first they were called "Trolley Dodgers," and then the first word was dropped. I' '6 1 with" IV A r' SMGLEDGE If iVI BLADES 7 rrni rrrA Extra Pleasure's made millions of friends, Five Crown, we think, Is the smooth kind of drink That every good bar recommends. Grid Broadcasts An unknown philosopher spoke the truest words ever heard about them: "They may win, they may lose but Lord knows they're never dull." Any game they get into is aim it certain to develop something unusual. They have appeared in two World's Series and records have been set both times.

In 1916. they played the Boston Red Sox and. in the second game. Sherry Smith pitched for Brooklyn. He finally lost in the 14th inning and it was the longest World's Series game in the history of baseball.

Winning pitcher: A young guy named Babe Ruth. Score, 2 to 1. TONIGHT 8:40 WWSW Duquesne vs. Niagara. SATURDAY 1:45 WWSW Carnegie vs.

West- minster. 3:45 WCAE Ohio State vs. Missouri. WJ AS Michigan vs. Michigan State.

5:45 NBC-Blue Washington vs. Minnesota. They also are known as the "Robins" after Uncle Wilbert Robinson who was their manager for years), as the "Brooks" and, of course. "The Bums." Only a dyed-in-the-wool Brooklyn Fan dares to call them "The Bums" in Ebbets Field. Anybody who gets ew.ra Crown Blended WhUttej.

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