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part 4 Attfiete$ Qtme sports VOL. LXXII RAMS Jr.. . .r . - i- END i f aai?Tawg5 Aiiiku ah i rrer- a t i UirtLArt JPi LUUJC -v gain OT io yuiui (.unie iui Ram; on this play as (1) Norman Van Brocklin throws to " SPORTS By BRAVEN DYER Now that the Trojans are In the Rose Bowl for the 11th time, which is a record, some of my devoted followers have been asking, "Which was the greatest thriller played by SC at Pasadena?" My choice is the 1932 con-tost when Howard Jones best-crl Bernie Bierman's Tulane troupe, 21-12. This may sound like heresy to those who remember that mv boy, Doyle Nave, won the 1039 battle with Duke, 7-3, on four completed passes to Antelope Al Krueger. Yes, the last two or three minutes of that hard-fought 'struggle were as thrilling as any ever enacted on the gridiron. But during much of the remaining two hours it was a pretty dull afternoon. REIjIED ox defense The game was scoreless through three periods and Duke relied so much on its rock-ribbed defense (which hadn't, allowed a point, all season) that the great Eric Tipton often punted on first down. There may be something thrilling for you about a punting duel, but not me, brother. So even though a poll of "experts," conducted by a national magazine several years ago, rated the Duke-Trojan tussle as the most thrilling of all bowl games, it does not get my vote. It isn't, in my book, the most thrilling of all the Trojan bowl games. But Tulane in 1032 . . . there, men, was a real pulse quickener. The Green Wave had washed over everything in sight, 338 points to 35 in 11 games. The Trojans, after a losing start to St. Mary's, had clobbered everything on the racific Coast and upset Notre Dame, 16-14, at South Bend. THANKS TO PIXCKERT Thanks to Erny Pinckert, tha Trojans won, but, only after a fierce struggle which found the boys from Dixie fighting back to .score two touchdowns after their foes had built up a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. Where other bowl rivals had folded hefore Troy's devastating power and speed, Tulane stayed in there DEFEAT STEELERS, 28-14; . U...itt--ft OF LINE PARADE and fought it out to the bitter end. There have been a lot of great runs in Rose Bowl history but I doubt if any provided more thrills than that by Wop Glover as he raced r9 yards to the Trojan 36-yard line. This happened on the first play of the second quarter, with Pinckert pulling the fleeing Glover dowp from behind. Wop's blazing run made the Trojans so mad they threw Tulane ball carriers for losses on the next two plays and then went on to score their first touchdown. That made it 7-0 at halftime , . . and then Pinckert took charge. The younger generation may not remember but large Erny was a blocking back. And under Howard Jones a blocking back got to carry the ball about as often as the average golfer makes a hole in one. FINAL GAME But this was Pinckert's final game, and somebody persuaded Mr. Jones that he could fool Tulane by using the bombastic Erny as a ball carrier. So Howard put in one play lor the big boy, a reverse to the right side of the opposing line. Erny ran 30 yards for the first touchdown and 23 for the second. Nobody laid a hand on him either time, so well did the Trojan blockers do their tuff.. The leftovers of this Rose Bowl team went through the 1932 season without defeat, and were so rugged defensively that only 13 points were scored against them. There were six All-Americans on that Rose Bowl club . . . Pinckert, Ernie Smith, Baker, Rosenberg, Mohler and' Shaver . . . not to mention such stalwarts as Erskine, Tay Brown, Hall, Sparling, Stevens, Mustek. Palmer, Ar-belbide and Williamson. Tulane had its great stars, too . . . Dalrymple, Glover, Scafide, Zimmerman, Haynes and Red Dawson, now coaching at. Pittsburgh. SC had to be great that day . , . Tulane outdowned the Trojans, 17 to 7, and outgained 'em, 319 to 211, C C -vxriggagft TascaCTKattgatreM , aa, jigKtt ct. . : f j-u elusive jtceii yuimuii, wi iu iiiurxca i-uiui fcmiiu uwii scrimmage line. Skeets wriggles out of Steeler Frank Sin- J CATCHING THE NIGHT TRAIN Dick (Night Train) Lane of Rams scampers to Steel-er 36 after intercepting pass. Pittsburgh's Lynn Chandnois, left, and Big John Schweder boom in for tackls. Only the mask saves Schweder from getting straight arm in face. FANS PAY SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14 (P) More than 18,000 fans gave Frankie Albert a tremendous standing ovation today as he walked off the field after playing his . last game as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. The game wasn't quite over, MONDAY MORNING, TRIBUTE TO ALBERT but Albert had led the 49ers to a 24-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers, and the crowd forgot the action on the field to cheer the T-formation wizard. One small boy darted from tha stands and asked Albert for his helmet chin strap. Frankie DECEMBER 15, 1952 j j . jkt.5 - - . uif-r'c mcr, (0) olnWoe iwYiii. j y.JK . again zips out .of Sinkovitz's Times photo br Phil Bjith gave it to him. Another asked for, and received, the helmet, Within seconds Albert was engulfed by a throng of clamor ing youngsters. He finally made it to the dress' ing room wearing an under shirt, football pants and sweat sox. TIE 3? - w ... - - - PJttchi irnh'; Inrk Ruflpr (3) r reach (4) and (5) runs into Browns Upset py;,, dui win line NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (P) Charley Conerly threw four touchdown passes as the New York Giants handed Cleveland a 37-34 defeat today at the Polo Grounds, but the Browns backed into the championship of the National Football League's American Conference as the Washing ton Redskins turned back the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the most points ever run up against Cleveland since they joined the National League, but it was the seventh straight time that Coach Paul Brown's club has figured in a professional-football championship. They won four titles in the defunct All-America Conference, and have won the title in the NFL's American Conference three times. But a crowd of 41,610 gave most of the cheers to the battling Giants, who lost all hope for a Turn to Page .1, Column 5 FINAL PRO STANDINGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE L, T Pet. TP Op. LOS ANGELES ,7.-0 .143 234 Detroit 9 3 San Francisco . 7 5 Oreen Bay 6 8 Chicago Bears 5 7 Dallas 1 11 .7o(l .144 192 ..'jS3 28.') 221 .500 ai2 .417 24.T 32K .083 182 427 AMERICAN CONFERENCE Pel. TP Op. .RR7 mo 21:1 .-,83 2.12 271 .o83 234 231 .417 30.(1 273 .333 172 221 .333 240 287 Cleveland .... Philadelphia . New York- . . . Pittsburgh . . . Chicago Cards 8 0 Washington 4 8 Saturday's Results Detroit, 41; Dallas, fi. Yesterday's Results LOS ANRELE8, 28; Pittsburgh. 14. New York, 37; Cleveland, 34. Washington. 27; Philadelphia, 21. Chicago Bears, 10; Chicago Cardinals. 7- San Francisco. 24; Green Bay. 14, Next Sunday's Schednl 1 rir I t r t. II -. r-. -I. . . I -, I Conference play-offs). Read The FOR f - - Pttf's Tlnude Hmns. Down - n . - tripped up by Hipps with Times Rams Top on Waterfield Day BY FRANK FINCH It was Bob Waterfield Day before 74,130 Coliseum customers yesterday, but the brilliant Ram star's supporting cast completely stole the show. Norm Van Brocklin passed his way, Deacon Dan Towler ran " ' ' stole his way to individual NFL titles as Los Angeles tied De troit for the National Conference crown with a pulsating 28-to-14 decision over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stage Set Thus, the stage is set for a play-off next Sunday in Detroit between the Rams and Lions for the dubious honor of meeting the American Conference kingpins, the Browns, in Cleveland on Dec. 28. As a sobering thought, it would not be amiss to mention that Detroit beat the Ranis twice in league play, 17-14 and 21-16. However, Hampton Pool's comeback kids haven't lost a game since. That defeat in Briggs Stadi- SPRAINED ANKLE Lane's Injury Dims Ram Victory Party BV CAIi ATHOUTON Our' Los Angeles Rams celebrated Bob Waterfield Day and their eighth straight pro triumph yesterday afternoon before 74,130 Coliseum onlookers, but all the hoopla ended on a sour note when it was disclosed that Dick (Night Trainl Lane, sensational rookie defensive halfback, probably will miss next week's play-off game against the Lions in Detroit. Lane, who Detroit Scout Russ Thomas called the best defensive halfback in the league, injured his left ankle just after setting a new NFL record by intercepting his 14th pass in the third period. Ram Doctor Danny Fortmann diagnosed Lane's injury as a Times for Latest Sports TITLE sutler! on Steeler 15 aoes Ouinlan. - - L. 1 'nkoyitz stil on the chase. Miracle tyo pnoto by Jultau Rooinson Steelers lira on Oct. 10 was the third in about ve- I duced Los Angeles' hopes of re- I taining st least a picce of their fourth consecutive divisional championship to nil. Hack in Business But the glorious Rams came home and beat the Bents. Then they drubbed Dallas twice and took the Bears in a rematch. They were back in business. The pale glimmer of hope he-came a bright flame when the Rams swept their home-and-home series with San Francisco. Then Green Bay and a powerful Pittsburgh team were met and subdued and the ..Rams had a skein of eight victories and a tie for the title. The temperature reading on the field at kicknfT time was 101 deg. Van Brocklin was Turn to Pagn 2, Column 2 had sprain. An X ray will be taken today. Lane, who limped into the dressing quarters after the game on the shoulders of two teammates, grinned through it all. "Shake It off, Night Train," Turn to Page 3, Colnmn TODAY IN SPORTS BASKF.TBAIX Loyola vs. Arizona State (Flagstaff), Loyola gym, 8 p.m.; NfBL, Kirby's Shoes vs. Texas Ada Oilers, LACC gym, 8:30 p.m. WRBSTONG Hollywood Legion Stadium, 8:30 p.m. AMATEUR BOXING Wilmington Bowl, S:30 p.m.

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