Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on December 23, 1944 · Page 9
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. . y ' . ... . V " ' . ;. , i a D ri I Is Beg un By East, West earns -ft les Horvath Golf Proves Aid to Victim ii Bobby Libby, 6, Tokes Off Brace, Hits 'Em 65 Yards at Claremont Heavy Grid T Will Arrive Tomorrow Of Paralysis jonn v.annady rroves . Versatile; Workouts Set for Christmas Day By EMMONS BYRNE Wasting no tinfe CoacB "Andy By ED SCHOENFELD Golfers can rejoice over the fact their game is now playing a big part In the clubbing out. of one of the world's most dreaded diseases in fantile paralysis. Such an instance is' being proved today in Oakland. ' A year and a half ago little Bobby. uH Libby. a 6-year-old ftockridge school JT youngster, was forced to wear a and night. He was an infantile par lysis victim. Today thanks to golf Bobby has flipped aside the brace and his right arm and hand are slowly returning to normal. Sandwiched in between these two facts is probably one of golf's most amazing yarns. LIVES NEAR COURSE Little Bobby- son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Libby, lives beside the venthJairsf8yof 4he ClaremonM Country Club "course. All the time he spent abed as a polio victim heJ watched club members stride by pursuing the little white ball and be became interested. So one day a year and a half ago the cute red-haired youth strode down to the practice .tee near the Claremont golf shop while the cli pro, Dewey Longworth, was giving a lesson. Bobby walked along with his Scottie dog, Gilly. right behind him swinging a right-handed driver Immensely .interested in vnirnffcrorc ! "'"Longworth halted his lessonor aj v..... Mir psqcu ' ' . , ng at the ball. PLATS LEFT HANDED Instead of the usual swing of a youth, Bobby, playing left-handed, hit the ball with the backend of the club and It' didn't go straight or LftngwolftrteldAjBIiy lie was us- Ing the wrong side of the club and was playing with the wrong hand and asked him to take several swipes according to Hovle. He took Q I three swings and missed the ball ..completely on eacn .occasion. -" Naturally Dewey asked the lad how come, and he replied, wrtfle holding up his right arm, which was encased in a brace: "I got infantile." The reply from the timid lad almost floored Longworth. . But he -made-"a quick recovery and led Bobby over to his golf shop. REMODELED SPOON Dewey took one of his own model -Jelt-hendaaightweight spoons, cut it down to Bobby's size and told mm ne could play along the seventh fairway if he stayed off the green, out of the sandtraps and didn't in- Vitrtere..,with the -play. i- Bobby literally leaped at the r ; opportunity and has made himself 1, a daily visitor to Longworth s shop. He has to pass Longworth s shop to get to school which is across the street from the club and each morn ing he stops by to take a few swings with his club. He. has it figured out it takes but four min Utes to get to school from the shop and remains, there until the last available' moment. Naturally when school closes' he's back again. "We kn&w our job is to have Bobby continually swinging the club so as to strengthen his arm and hand so we greet him with open arms," stated Longworth. "In fact, he's become the club 'mascot'." BRACcTEUMINATED . For1 a while Bobby was swinging. with the braeeon, Then he tried taking it off while twinging and then replacing it. And finally his arm and hand have become so strong he is able to go without the brace altogether. It is a common sight to see Bobby watch a foursome of members tee off, notice one dub his drive and declare, not as a wisecrack, but in his own youthful manner: "I can hit the ball better than that." And be amazes the men by doing just that. He can hit the balfsquarely 65 yards. Thus far Bobby has used only one club so as to strengthen his arm nil rtanrl hut hp's eacrprl v'nur&itinff J the day he can take to the course and piay a rouna. me ooys in tne golf shop have told him about Byron Nelson, Sammy Snead and the other bright stars of golf and he's also becoming interested in them and maybe soaring to such heights himself someday. A SIMILAR CASK . Longworth calls attention to a similar case which occurred in Los Angeles a few years back with Frank Hlxon. one'of the State's better amateurs. Hlxon was a polio victim la his youth and also took to coif to overcome the disease. That he djd and has been one of the top contenders for the State amateur championships for years. He also related the fact that the United States Government is finding golf is a splendid remedy for servicemen for It affords them great Interact As veil nl evernlea Teaching youngsters is an old hobby with the Claremont pro. He's been holding a class for juniers, both boys and girls, sinoe 1918. Children from four to 16 are taught And among the graduates is Stuart Hawley Jr., former California State champion. Shamrocks, Wolves Ploy Tonight in S.F. San Francisco's last playing Shamrocks will try to"nalntain ffTajr lead over .Southern California Ice hockey teams in another-aes-sion of the Pacific Coast Ice Hockey League at Winterland tonight , Opponents of the local team at tonight's session will be the Hollywood Wolves. Sevei) and one-half year old Bobby Libby of Qalclcosd, yrho a year and one-half ago wore brace on right arm and hand Wade Beaten by Cato in S.F. Go t Charley Cato, 153. Oakland., was awarded the decision over Lcroy Wade, 161. San Francisco, at the end of 10 rounds of hard slugging ai San Francisco's National Hall last night. . Both f,ig.htrs received cuts over the eye in the-third routid. Ii the tenth stanza Wade sent Calo to the canvas with a hard right and the Oakland scrapper was wobbling on his feet when the final bell sounded. In a six-round semi-windup, Mickey Gimmell, 150. Redding, and Jimmy Collins, 149. San Francisco, battled to a fast and rough draw. A four-round preliminary between Cy Perkins. 153, Oakland, and Pedro "Jiminez. 150, Vallejo, also; ended in a draw. Barfush Spilled By Steve Casey ''"WISjiBjl:!' Bartush was wild only in spots last night at the Auditorium, and as- a result he was defeated in straight falls by Steve fCrusher) Casey, world's, heavyweight champion, in the leadlinpr of Promoter Ad Santel's mat show. Bartush wa?'1 disqualified in the first fall when he constantly used the strangle hold. The champion took the second and winning spill in 10 minfttes with a body press. Dean Detton applied fin arm luck to Seelie Samara, 'Negro grapplcr. to win in IS minutes. By his vic tory, Detton has been, paired with Casey for next Friday night. Recently Steve defeated Detton in a fast encounter. Cy Williams and Abie Coleman went to a rough 30 minute draw and Joe Campbell beat Joe Lifkas in eight minutes with a body press. ON SECOND About this time of the year the various branches of sports pick their outstanding men of the year. Football has Us All Americans. Baseball has its players of the season. Boxing names its fisjhter of the year. Well, A. Ward is going to give personal AWARD of the year to the man or rather to the men who in the sports field hav? contributed most to his fellows. Maybe you've guessed their names. And who else but William P. Kyne and Joe Cohen of Bay Meadows During the year almost over, and in former years as well, Bill and Joe have done a remarkable job for the war effort. No other race track in America, reg?rdless of size, hat produced so bountifully lor the men and women in the service. And that program, which to date has raised $2,700,000 for war relief, originated in the resourceful mind; of Bill Kyn and Joe Cohen. NO LONG DETAILS i'tn "not B6Thsr"TholonE details o he work 6f Kyne and Cohen tor war relief although briefly 1 again wish to express appreciation for the total of $11500 already do nated by these two great guys "o tne sports equipment campaign fori QMIanii (Tribune VL D 9 Vol. CXLI. Oakland, Calif, Saturday, December 23, 1944. No. 76 MAGK, 81 READY FOR ANOTHER SEASON AS ATHLETICS' PILOT .i By GENE FRIEDMAN LOS ANGELES,' Tfic. 23. (U.R)Connie Mack, 82 years old todayadmits that "each year seems to slip by a little faster," but he's still young enough to be looking forward to another season as manager of be Philadelphia Athletics. "It doesn't seem possible that to'day is my 82nd birthday," Amerifca'f; grand old man of baseball said reflectively. "Life seems such a short time as If L look back. In fact, the years fairlv fly after'a man reaches SO." " Despite m 82 years, the veteran coach of the Philudfclphia-Ath-letics American League baseball team ever since 1901, is looking forward to another active season. HEALTH IS GOOb -''My health has been pretlfy good all of my life and I am happy to tell you now it is real good." Mack said he thought that next year his Athletics had as good a chance as any team in the American I-enguo to cop the championship, Jhe title to which he guided the AthletK-s in 1902, '05, '10, "11, '13, '29, '.!0 and '31. But he acknowledged that it was far too soon to make any concrete predictions. "No. i can't see -that 'work or fight' order will prevent baseball from continuing next season, the season after or the season after THOUGHT servicemen operated by this newspaper. But I will discuss iit some length the Christmas program heing sponsored by Kyne and Cohen for men and women in the many service hospitals throughout Northern California. And parenthetically, may I remark neither Cohen iwir Kyne had to operate the elaborate jnd costly Christmas project for '.ne hospitals. They could have r-.-stedon their laurels . They could have taken ik easy over the Chri5tmas period. But-they didn't jnd won't. For the past several weeks Jos and Bill and their employees at Meadows have worked hard to insure a lot of sick end wounded servicemen in 19 hi. spitals a friendly, happy Christmas and New Year's. PLAYING SARDS. TOO Here is what these two sports figures of the year have done: They've jfMushased antf will distribute- ro.000 packs of playing card.. -Tlwy-'ve hough- and redtf-tributing over the week-end M.000 packages of candy. '. ' They've bought and will distribute to men able tt leavV'he ronflne of the hospitals 2000 tickets to the Shrine East-West game New Yeir ( Day. duv te infantile paralysis, has cast it aside and is pictured here with man who made it possible through swinging of a that--there will always be baseball," Mack emphasized. "The War Department itself wants baseball to go on. It realizes, as we all' do, that baseball has real moral effect on the boys overseasthey want to hear about it. The boys in canjps here want to play and the rest want to follow baseball. We couldn't possibly do away With it," the aged, but agile Philadelphia patriarch said. WILL GET ALONG "And we'll get along all right -it will be hard, but nut. impossible1. Last year was one of the best major league baseball seasons on record, even without big name stars. ' "We're not going to ask for deferments either there's no reason for it. Our main"p1irpse in con- iinuing me game is to build up morale, and its the game itself, not the individual players whado that." he explained. Mack lauded the late Judge Ken-esaw Mountain Landis, czar of the major leagues Who died recently. They are prepared to buy an other 2500 such tickets In fan they have promised l.- purchase ail unsold tickets to that great cam" And every such ticket will go to a serviceman or woman. They have organized vaudeville and musical shows for fcach of the i9 hospitals, and some of those institutions will have entertainment tomorrow and Monday. Approximately 200 performers . -in-included in the entertainment troupes organized. Government hos pitals as distant as those in Yo-semite Valley, at Auburn, at Fort Ord and Santa Cruz are included in the ambitious itinerary. ' WARDS TO BE VISITED The entertainment devised by Kyne and by-Cohen If. of a nature permitting visits by performers tnto wards containing men unable tq be present at the shows given for tp large groups. In brief, Kyne and Cohen havely mft M .... A I f ...... .1 n- bets to make certain that nx. W6 ihded ' or tick soldier, lor nr mar ne is neglected. Bi 1 and Joe told me- "Tl lis. Alan, is Just : slartrr "It i our pledge that so ,ong as the war lasts, and even af'erward.jmade a strong comeback to win a we'll seelo it that tne service hos- ecision over the Mexico City fighter p'tali are visited on Clirlstmas. in their 10-round contest last night. Two Bush Title Clashes Billed By ART MACY Two championship games are on tap" tomorrow. At Bushrod Park. Colombo Bakery and Machinists ISfiti .will clash for the first half title. At Washington Park, SajJ Loandro Sick's Beer and Ben's, Golden Glow square off' for the same position. Colombo Bakers and Machinists survived n four way tie in the Bush- rod League and are now tied for first spot. Dick Powers, Sacramento Coast League hurler, vill be on the mound for Colomhn Bakery while Jim Munoz will twirl for Machinists. 4 Ben's Golden Glow will have to win over Sick's Beer to cop the first half flag in the Alameda league. This is a postponed game being played and if the San Lean- iro learn wins it will tie the Glows and another game will have to be played next Sunday. Manager Frank Espina of Ben's will have his usual star studded club with Jack l-otz doing the pitching. Manager Fields of San Lean-dio Sick's Beer will pitch Jim Atanazio. The game at Washington Park is scheduled at 2 o'clock and the game at Bushrod Park H o'clock. One game is scheduled at San Lcandro at .noon itr-the East Oakland Ieaque between RObak's Buffet and 800th A.A.F. Bushbtill Tomorrow Srmi-pm tiames booked for Sundv by the Central California Biwball Managers' Association: AI.AMrDA I,KA;1 K 2:00 p.m. San Lcandro Sack's Brer vs. Rpn's Golden, Glow, at Washington, Martin and Asanovtch, umpires. IHSHROO LEA OCR hfXTpm. Colombo Bakery vs. Marhln-ifta 1566. at Bushrod; Ham and Nelson, Umpires. EANT OAKLAND LEAfiUE 12:00 m.- Rnbak'n Buffet v. 800th A.A.F.. t San Leandro; Botelho. umpire. By Alan Ward "Were spending $.10,000 this season, but next year if racing is rc-Mimrd n the United States we may double that figure. "Awl we' ape .working on another plan. Eventually we propose to organic a high-class .entertainment group to be known as the California Jockey Club Follies. "Twice each month we'll put on shows hI Government hospitals, at camps, at stations. And when we tell you it will be first-class yju can make sure it wrll .be cm a par with the best of shows a top night clubs, on first-class stages. " Bill Kyne and Joe Cohen dont have to tell me their project- will be first class. Those two men travel only one way. That way is FIRST CLASS in capital letters. A tine job. gentlemen. You're .v uneouumcai choice at thf wixauye jerry might be listen outstanding sports figures of, thejing, but it's coming off in an Another for Olivera HOLLYWOOD. Dec. 23 After Luis ''Castillo, 1184. set a blistering pace in the first five rounds. Tony livera. 121, Oakland, golf club, Dewey Longworth. Club. At left he grips club. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT THEME OF UNIQUE SEATTLE BAIL GAME By WILLARD D. EBERHART SEATTLE, Dec. 23. -- (U.R) A prankish Santa Claus is going lo bring Seattle baseball game with all the trappings and then stick around and umpire the (contest. Both teams will be loaded with Pacific Coast League and semi-pro talent for the second annual Christmas Day game played at Woodland Park diamond which becomes a sort of Tore St Jerry Bowl for the occasion. The four umpires will be dressed from Santa Claus' own wardrobe, btit the players will wear their regular uniforms. The fans will sing Christmas carols between innings to' the accompaniment of a public address system with "Jingle Bells" saved for the seventh inning stretch. TO FILL BLEACHERS The 3 and 0 club, the semi-pro baseball outfit that dreamed up the game last year, figures the bleachers will be filled by a mob of hardy citizens who will be blow ing on their hands and wondering why they left the warmth of their festooned firesides. There are no tickets and the game goes for nine innings regardless of temperature or precipitation. The fairly distinguished list of players will be divided, North and South, depending upon where they live in Seattle, The North beat the South 2-1 last year, but the South may, even it this year. Frank Tincup, recently of the Seattle Rainicrs who was sold to San Diego, will open on the hill for the Southerners, with Hal Spin-del of the Rainicrs catching him. Alan Strange of the St. Louis Browns will be at shortstop and Dick Gyscman of the Rainiers at third. Maury Abbot of the' Padres and Joe Deinoran. Rainier pitcher, will be in the outfield. TO OPPOSE TINCUP For the North, Chet Johnson of thejfadres will oppose Tincup and Spencer Harris, -ex-Rainier now with the Portland Beavers, will be at first. Local semi-pros will fill out the two nines. Jeff Heath, the Cleveland Indian slugger who played last year, will be on hand for the festivities but a recent knee operation will keep him out of any action more strenuous than the Christmas carols. Army, Air Force Teams Train For 'Spaghetti Bowl' Classic -, By SID FEDER , ' SPAGHETTI BOWL HEADQUARTERS, Italy, Dec. 23.-(P)- This will serve to introduce the Spaghetti Bcrwl, a football game. It is going to be played New Year's Day between a team from the Fifth Army and another from the 2th Air Force. We can ttrp you off to just noncst-to-gosn stadium mat seats between 25 and 25,000 :ustomers. Right now the two teams are rounding into' some kind ot shape and the workout fields we more "hush hush" than a ward room where they plan an amphibious landing. The Anhy coach is Capt. Lou pro at the Claremont Country Looks at golf books at right Sugar Robinson BOSTON, Dec, 23. (U.R) Ray (Sugar Robinson pffered convinc ing new evidence today to substan tiale his claim as "uncrowned king of the welterweights" after a seven round technical knockout over Georgie Martin, of Boston, the New England welterweight champion, in their scheduled 10-round bout last night. Robinson, a Harlem Negro, toyed with his smaller opponent through most of the fight and at one point in the third round passed up s chance to knock him out. Martin confused after a heavy exchange of punches, turned his back to Robin son, who administered a soft tap to the seat of his trunks. Martin weighed five pounds more than Robinson, but spotted him almost six inches in height. However, fighting from a crouch that put him almost to Robinson's knee level, he hampered the New Yorker's usual whirlwind style, preventing him from delivering a clean knockout blow. Training Locale Picked by Solons SACRAMENTO. Deo. ... 53. (Pi Earl Shccly. general manager- of the Sacramento Solons, had- announced today the club will start Spring training March 1 at Richardson Springs pear Chico, Butte County. All members of the squad will train at the resort fur ten days and then return here for workouts until the Pacific Coast league season starts March 31. Training at Richardson Springs was a regular order during the days when the. late Lewis Morelng owned the Sacramento club. The pre-conditioning program of hikes and baths was credited with being responsible for the fast Starts the Sacramento club made in pennant races in the '20's. , Shccly announced today he has asked that Bill Ramsey, center fielder in 1944. who war drafted by thu Boston Braves, be returned to Sacramento next season if the Braves decide not to use him where it s going to be played Bush who came out of the Massachusetts State backfield to do some ba.tcballlng for. the Boston Braves and' such minor league outfits as Ashevillc, Columbus, Rochester and Memphis before Uncle Sam called his signal, Maj. George A. (Sparkly) Miller, former center for Indiana 1939-37) who went back to the Hoosiers later as assistant to Bo McMillln, is Fattens Martin bossiiig the Au; Force. .. :u Kerr had the East . Shrine team scrimmaging today at the Santa Clara training camp. With only eight days, to go be fore meeting the West All Stars in Kezar Stadium on New Year's Day, I he hasn't any time to lose. . ne nem ".wo woikouis yesieraay, has two more ordered for today and tomorrow will concentrate on a lengthv.afternoon session. , Even on Monday.. Christmas Day, the lads won't be 'idle, although nothing will be skipped in the way Of the holiday festivities. . ALL-AROUND JPXAYER . One of the more interesting char- - acters on the East team is John Cannady of the University of Il-- , diana. This 20-year-old, 195-pound v maestro of the gridiron is down on the roster as a .fullback, but he's ; eauallv at tiome Dlavins tackle. ' guard or center. " Yesterday Jje was working out with the kickers, holding his own with such backfield performers as ,, , Jack Breslin of Michigan State. ' ' Frank Dancewicz and Bob Kelly of Notre Dame, Earl Girard of Wis 'i consin and Dick, Flanegan of Ohio '. State. Cahady will, however, prop i ably be used in the line, shifting between guard and tackle. . ,i . , jHon, the, pWo.Statfv flash. squad, is due in tomorrow and will play an important part in Kerr' . Version vt th T. Spectators of the " Shrine game of two years ago will remember him for his performance then. T,.v-.- Bob Kennedy, then of Washington State and now of the Fourth Air Force, is another repeater. The East eked out a 13 to 12 victory that day but only Kennedy had stolen the show with his passing, running and kicking. SLIGHT EDGE Although the East squad is drawn from the other side of the continent. they always have a slight advan tage in organization. They assembled in Chicago last Sunday and have been qgehex.eYr aince The West, on the other hand, never is able to gather all of its players together until several days, later. Don Paul, the C.C.L.A. lineman, for instance, didn't check in at Menlo until yesterday. Kerr should have little trouble with the T, as most of his men. played from variations that much, discussed formation all season long. Art Cohieds, to Reside in Berkeley Art Cohn, former Tribune sports-editor, and Marta Frank of Berkeley were married here yesterday. The couple will reside in Berkeley. Cohn at present is under contract witha New York, publishing firm to write a book on the life of Atty. Jerry Geisler. Cohn also has commitments with leading national magazines for several articles, the first of which will appear in an early issue of Liberty. Freshman End Out Of Rose Bowl Game PASADEtfA. Dec. 23.-P One of the 38 Tennessee volunteers who made the trip for the Rose Bowl-game against Southern California will not be in the lineup and an other is a question mark, says Coach John Barnhill. Seventeen-year-old Ray Schlie-den, 195-pound freshman end from Pittsburgh, Penn.. is definitely out because of severe' leg bruises in the game against Kentucky. Another end. Roy Cross, is a doubtful starter because of . a broken arm suffered in the scoreless contest with Alabama. kj i -l n ciauii wui us ju iii if y MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. - ft i-i jimmy neuron, ex-Aiaoam i star, has become the third backfield man to be lost to the South line-up ' . I... . . , . . .. ' ,rrj- T I for the Blue-Gray football game here December 30. Now sttaioned at March Field, Nelson advised game officials he will be unable t be away from his post the day of the "game. SUN. MOON AND TIDE By U.S. Court mtfOeeetle Surras' 114 Customhouse. San Prtnctwo SATURDAY. DECEMBER S3 Sun rites 1:22 I Sun Mil.. :ifo Moon rlwi l:08pMoon ,1:Sk MOON PK..ES New Moon 1st atr. Full Moon Lart QU. . Q (' Sun ri... ,..I:J1 I Sun ills ,S;tff ,,.l:08p Moon tt..,.ir- Moon rlM. TIDAL TABLE The tifne and htlsht of tldei la tht fol. km In U.S. Cnart and Gaodetl 8urvr table ar fivtn lor tha loot d Park Street. Oakland. For Ft. roint v ditict w tn m uim. DECEMBER 83 TO DECEMBER XT L.W. H.W. H.W, 33 12:5fia Of 1:02a S.1 J:20p 1.4 I Up 4.S M l:9Za i.i :7a . amp rp 4. IS z:48a l. t:Ua I T 4:t4 t l N:47b .T 1 SS S:41n 1.1 10:lJa S:1P-IU:S0 . . v 17 asrt.:Mi t.S a:03p-0i ... ! NOTICI In tht abova tabulation of tha tide tha sail tidaa ara len In Um order of their Hoirmuai ommenctnC wtth the tarty morn bit tide in the left-haaS column. On (on aari out we uaaa occur, m lourUt occurrin the following ataanxne. The aolumni of halshta hra the aarra-ttoa of aacb tide In tewt aooea ot ealia the lev el oa Coast unrr chart aeurX. tnaa, Tha ntimbera are always aMttlve so the chart depth, unless tniiiil ar I idhiim t-t aara. than tbe nuasDsja araatSa- tr acted. ' : ei ,1 o j: 1 I. mi 1 3- if ' 1 - V i

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