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WATERFIELD QUITS; PART III CC WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 7, 1962 Copyright 1M2 IOS ANGELES TIMES The nose is long and elegant. The eyes are bleary and the legs stagger slightly as he hits the spotlight, puts a finger to his lips, whistles shrilly and yells "Post Time!" A drink magically appears and just as quickly disappears. The man grins wickedly at the audience. "Four doctors told me I had to quit drinking or die," he confides gleefully. "Then I found one who said I could drink all I want. "That's what I like. A doctor with guts!" This is Joe E. Lewis doing the two things he likes best and does best drinking and making people laugh. Joe hasn't had a career he's had a 34-year bender. Joe is what the late Joe Palmer, the horse writer, used to call "A Producer for the Game." Joe is merely the middle man for his money which pauses in flight only briefly in his hands on its way to a racetrack or a crap table. Some people like to leave their money around in trunks of cars, others in banks. Joe E. deposits his at the $50 window. It saves a lot of bookkeeping. It is Joe's considered view that betting on horses is as good a hobby as any. It beats alligator wrestling, for example. Colors View on Life But it colors one's view on life. Joe, for instance, is the author of the celebrated critique, the one that faulted Paul Revere for going wide at Lexington. "I have to think he wasn't trying," admits Joe. He thought Lady Godiva got in too light and when he went to see the chariot race in "Ben Hur," he held on to his ticket in the lobby for an hour he was so sure the "Inquiry" sign would go up. "He came over on so many horses," Joe grumbled, "that if Arcaro did that at Aqueduct he'd get set down for life." Joe drinks so much during his act at the Crescendo Club these nights that if he were a customer he'd get thrown out. "I have this cold," he explains. "I've had it for 34 years." His career is such an alcoholic blur that several medical schools have already opened up the bidding for his liver. He owes the "E" in his name to the fact an obscure prizefighter from Chicago got lucky. When Joe Louis first took up his trade in the Windy City in the early 30s, Joe Lewis, the comic, was already established. He thought the fighter should change his name but when he wouldn't, the other Joe Lewis shrugged "The bum'll get knocked out in a couple of weeks and no one will ever hear of him." For Joe E., it was just another hunch that didn't pay off. He had to add the initial. "People began to ask for their money back if I didn't fight the piano player." For a comic to be great, he must first be loved. Joe E. Lewis is one of the most loved personalities in show business because he daily overcomes two of the worst handicaps a man can have booze and gambling. He tried marriage once but it interfered hopelessly with his bad habits. "I get up every day at the crack of ice," he explains. "To me, 'Roll Out The Barrel' is a torch song." Living on Sorrowed Time Joe figures he's been in hock to life for over 30 years anyway. Early in his career in gang-run Chicago he displeased his bosses, who ruled more territory with machine guns than Hitler did, by running out on one night club for a better one. They cut Joe's face and throat so badly that when he crawled to a mirror he couldn't recognize himself and he called downstairs to room service to see if they could send up a funeral. He auctioned off a golfer at Las Vegas' Calcutta one year without ever having heard of the game. "I don't even know how to hold a caddy," he told the bidders. "I bought Chandler Harper in this thing because I thought it was I.W." They gave him the Texan Billy Maxwell to auction and Joe was enormously cheered when he heard he came from "Odessa." "So do I," brightened Joe, then paused and asked, "They play golf THERE now?!" One day Joe was waiting on the set of a horse race picture, a remake of "Broadway Bill," for his pal, Joe Frisco. It was a scene to which the race horse had to be buried The two Joes were impatient and cranky because they wanted to get to a real race track. Joe Frisco cracked first "T-t-those g-g-guys are t-t-takmg t-t-too long. T-t-they m-m-must o-b-be b-b-burying an entry . . ." Joe Lewis, who was on such a losing streak he used to complain that if he'd been around he would have taken Gen. Custer and given points, gtoomed "I think I remember the beetle. If it's the one I bet on he cant even die in time." o&ngeleg&imeg 4. lb! or BUSINESS & FINANCE JIM MURRAY Producer for Game Richter, (row COACHING CHANGE Bob Waterfield, right, resigned as Ram head coach and Harland Svare, Trojans Rated Second in AP Football Poll BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS If the Rose Bowl football game were to be played to day, it could boast of being an unofficial match for the national championship be- tween the No. 1 and No. 2 ranking teams. Northwestern and Southern California, driving toward a possible clash in Pasadena, are pacesetters Tuesday in the weekly poll of the Associated Press. Each has won six straight games. Northwestern, which squeezed past Indiana, 26- 21, on a late passing drive by Tom Myers, retained top place in the standings with 24 of the 49 No. 1 votes of the special panel of sports writers and broadcasters and a total of 442 points. Formidable Obstacle On the basis of ten points for a first-place vote, nine of second, etc., Southern California, which hurdled a formidable obstacle in Washington 14-0, took over the No. 2 rung with 409 points. The Trojans were picked as1 the nation's best by six of the voters. Alabama and Mississippi, boomed for a meeting in the Sugar Bowl, followed in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively, after receiving nine first-place votes each. Alabama made Mississippi State its seventh victim of the season, 20-0, while Mis sissippi finally managed to beat Louisiana state, an old rival, 15-7. The Pacific Coast hasn't' had a national champion since southern California won the mythical title in 1939. The top ten teams, with first place votes and season records (points computed on a 10-9-8, etc., basis): W U TPU. t NorttMKtMrn im) .... t o ta i use (u 4 m 3- Alabama () 7 O 0 OT7 4- Mbstuimi () i i o m 5-TX5 (1) 4 0 1 OT -Artanun 4 1 0 17 7 Missouri 4 1 14 i Wisconsin 5 1 0 Hi f-lmWmm Slits 5 I 1 10?, ltt-Mlnnssols 5 11 J onisrs: Pttvt Stats. OrMon. Gcerala tui, Miami lFM.1, wasningron. Army. DartrmuHi. Auburn. Oklahoma. Florida. UCLA. Kansas. Mkftlean StiTt, Oregon srait, Arizona msts. west virgin. TODAY IN SPORTS HARNESS RACING Holly wood Park, 1p.m. WRESTITNG Olyminc Au ditorium, 7:30 p.m. PLAYING GREAT Bob Waterfield, who resigned Tuesday as Ram coach, shown in playing role. He held Ram passing records and still holds scoring mark. Timet pholM FAITH IN HAMP No Drastic Changes in Rams, No Snap Decisions, Says Svare BY MAL FLORENCE Harland Svare, the new Ram head football coach, met the press Tuesday night and said that he definitely had some offensive theories of his own. Svare, until Tuesday morning, was the Bams defensive line coach. Now he's in charge of the entire operation. "I don't know if my offensive theories are different from the present setup as they (the offensive coaches) worked in one room and I worked in the other. But, I do have complete faith in Hamp Pool's judgment We have talked, and what he says HEBERT TO REPORT ON BIG EASTERN RACES FOR TIMES Two of racing's most colorful and : important events will be decided in the -East this weekend and The Times' Bob Hebert will be on hand to provide top coverage for readers. On Saturday, Never Bend attempts to clinch the 2-year-old championship of the year in the classic Garden State stakes, and at the same time earn the major share of a purse that will gross more than 5300,000. On Monday at Laurel, ML, Kelso,. Carry Back and Beau Purple represent the U.S. in the $125,000 added Washington (D.C.) International against invaders from Russia, France, England, Japan, Peru, Canada, Italy and Germany. Don't miss Hebert's accounts of these two color-ful spectacles in The Times. SVARE RAM COACH Named New shown with him reviewing game films, became interim head coach. Svare has been an assistant coach. POOL makes sense," said Svare. Svare, poised and polite, pointed out that as a defensive specialist he has had to analyze other teams' offenses. "If I am good in my job I should know more about the offense than the other players themselves. Take Tom Landry (former Giant assistant and now Dallas Cowboy head coach). He was a defensive coach and I believe his team leads the league offensively, although I don't know how well they are defensively," he said with a smile. Svare said he took the head coaching job with "extreme regrets." "I've worked under three head coaches (Jim Lee Howell and Allie Sherman, New York) and I consider Bob Waterfield the best of the three. I think his knowledge of football is great," lauded Svare. Although Svare is an "interim" coach, Ram general manager Elroy Hirsch pointed out that it would not be fair to judge Harland on any specific record in the remaining six games. "Naturally, at the end of the season Harland will be one of the strong candidates for the coaching in '63," said Hirsch. No Drastic Changes Since the appointment came with such suddenness, Svare doesn't plan any drastic personnel changes for the moment. "We have to fall back, reorganize and make something of the year. "The toughest part of the schedule (two games with Green Bay) is ahead. '1 don't know all the problems offensively, but I wiU," continued Svare. Svare was asked. questions about this player and that, but the new Ram coach said that he couldn't make any snap decisions until he had a chance to look at the entire picture. Player Former QB Great Says He Acted for 'Good of the Club' BY MAL FLORENCE Bob Waterfield suddenly resigned Tuesday as head;, coach of the Los Angeles Rams. The resignation was not completely unexpected in view of the Rams' poor 1-7 record and the pressure on Waterfield in recent weeks. I Defensive line coach Har land Svare was immediately appointed interim coach for the remainder of the season by general manager Elroy tiirscn. Svare immediately ap pointed Lindon Crow and co- captain Les Richter as play er-coaches. Crow, a veteran safety man, will handle the defensive secondary, while linebacker Richter will be in charge of the defensive line, Jim David, the present de fensive backfield coach, will now be a personnel scout. Hamp Pool, offensive backfield coach, and Vic Lindskog, offensive line coach, retain their positions, Third Year as Coach Waterfield, an all - time great as a Ram quarterback from 1945 through 1952, was on the third-year of a five- year contract. He made his decision to quit early Tues day and issued the following statement: "I met today with Elroy Hirsch. After much thought I have decided to resign as head coach of the Rams. I think it will be the best for; all concerned under the cir cumstances. I want to wish the ball club and the staff the best for the remainder of the season." Foregone Conclusion Waterfield did not elab orate on the "circumstances'" but it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would not be retained after this season. Hirsch said that Water- field told him his resignation might give the squad "some sort of a lift since they are not winning with me. "My first reaction was to talk him out of it," aid Hirsch. "I hate tc point a finger at one man and say he's the entire cause of our. troubles. I then reluctantly accepted his resignation. He is a fine man, coach, and a good personal friend. f ollowing the Lion game in Detroit three weeks ago. Hirsch, m an effort to quell rumors of a mid - season coaching change, said that Waterfield "would last out the season." At this time the Rams were winless in five Nation al Football League starts The following Sunday the Rams were humiliated by the. Minnesota Vikmgs, 38-14, at the Coliseum. Pauley Dissatisfied Again, Hirsch stated that Waterfield's job, for the pres ent, was not in jeopardy. Yet, despite public statements- to the contrary, it was beueved that some of the Kam own ers (notably Ed Pauley) wanted to fire Waterfield. Hirsrh. who has'heen eiv- ipn thv leeral nnvrer iei make all decisions of management wnue tne owners are at tempting to seUle their own MARINOVICH MAY MISS TRIBE GAME BY CHARLIE PARK Marv Marinovich, right tackle on the Trojans' start ing Red team, may miss Saturday's Big Six encounter with Stanford at Palo Alto because of a knee injury. The 225-lb. senior, the only two-year letterman in the line, banged his left knee in last week's 14-0 triumph over Washington, and coach John McKay said Tuesday that it was doubtful if Ma rinovich could play against the Indians. Reade Takes Over The former Santa Monica CC star was limping notice ably on campus Tuesday and his knee was encased in a brace. It would be a severe jolt to the undefeated Trojans if he were unable to play against Stanford s elephan tine line. Marinovich a rugged performer both on ofiense and defense. Aides Les Richter :. -"i-v. j . Lindon Crow differences, was against suchj a change. He and co-owner: Dan Reeves felt it would serve no immediate end to make a coaching shift in mid-. season. In order to overrule Hirsch, the owners would ' have to agree unanimously Since the owners were not . in complete accord on Wa terfield's status, the coach's job seemed secure for the season. Didn't Feel Secure But Waterfield didn't feel secure. After the Kams had upset the 49ers, 28-14, in San Francisco two weeks ago for their first win of the season, apparently taking some of the pressure off Waterfield, he told the press: I don t feel any more se- cure than I did last week." The fact that some of the owners had lost faith in him gnawed at Waterfield, a proud man. Thus, waterneia, Known as Mr. Ram and admired by. , thousands of football fans aa one of the greatest pro quar-, terbacks the game has known, walked into Hirsch's office and resigned. Svare said he appreciated Please Turn to Pg. 2, Col. 4 Moving into the right, tackle spot in Tuesday' workout was Lynn Reade, a non-letterman junior wha-has been a member of Troy's" Green, or offensive unit. He saw 8 minutes of action against the Huskies. i- Reade at 255 is the biggest man on the squad. A prod-. uct of Arvin High School in' Bakersfield, he played 3a,; minutes last season. Indians Ready Word from Palo Alto has' it that the up-and-down In. dians are in top physical ' shape for the battle, except; for Dick Ragsdale, reserve' quarterback who has done-some of their punting. He suffered a foot injuryi against Oregon last week. ; Interest in the game m. running high up north and: a crowd in excess of 45,000 is expected. It has beeni warm and the long-range: weather forecast calls foe; m6re of the same. :. i-

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