The Miami News from Miami, Florida on January 3, 1944 · 10
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2-1 MIAMI DAILY NEWS, MONDAY. JANUARY 3. 1943 Topics Of The Tropics GUY BUTLER Sports Editor Orange Bowl Game Took No. 2 Honors Who found that four-leaf clover that has tenderly watched over the Orange Bowl extravaganza and enabled it to come up three consecutive New Year's days with the two most phenomenal games of all the bowls and the third time with a game that rated a bang-up second to Tech and ? It must have been Jack Baldwin, schedule chairman of the Orange Bowl committee. I seem to recall for three January Firsts in a row now Mr. Baldwin, the demon Insurance mogul and in all his Idle moments dreaming dreams of making the Orange Bowl into the greatest of the bunch, has been around looking exactly like the feline that gulped down the unsuspecting canary. In a word. Mr. Baldwin, the efficient chairman who goes about lining up these Bowl games for Miami, appeared to know something in advance about that I S. U.-Aggie game which had 30,000 (including himself) pop-eyed with excitement Saturday, just as he did before the Georgia-TCU 40 to 26 thriller and the Alabama-Boston College 37-21 exhibition of point-making at its wildest and weirdest. Now he emerges with a 19 to 14 game which, while perhaps not leaving the patrons as dish-rag limp as its two predecessors, certainly had them dizzy and groping and at Its conclusion rushing for the double scotches. It WHn t the chief thriller of the day. No, that honor fell to the Tech-Tulsa Sugar Bowl affray in which the Golden Tornado surged back from the brink of defeat in the fourth period to overcome the Huricanes' lead and win out, 20-18 and after spotting the unbeaten Oklahomans to a 12-0 lead at that. The palm goes to New Orleans this time, beyond the remotest shadow of a doubt. But the Rose Bowl game, although recording a shocking upset when 1 to 3 underdog Southern Cal swept over unbeaten Washington, 29-0. was too one-sided to Je enjoyable. The Cotton Bowl was nothing to rave about with a drab 7 to 7 tie by Randolph Field and Texas in a downpour of rain and only 20,000 drenched fans looking on. The Sun Bowl wasn't so hot with Southwestern of Texas beating New Mexico, 7-0, although it packed a final kicker In that the marine-powered winner didn't score until th lat three tnimitra, I tit t Ilia II rut three periods must have b--n quite dull with that scoreless tug of war. A tie game always leaves something to be desired, and that's what happened in the East-West, 13-13, Shrine event at San Francisco. The Oil Bowl with S. W. Louisiana mauling Arkansas Aggies, 24 to 7, couldn't have been such a gusher in its baptismal effort. 157 Points In Three Miami Games At the moment of scribbling, several precincts arc yet to be heard from, including the Apple Bowl, the Nut Bowl, the Grape Bowl and the Finger Bowl, to mention a few, but they can be dismissed with a couple of gestures at most. Yep, we had the No. 2 thriller of the Bowl season and considering that we led the league two years hand-running I, for one, am quite willing to yield the mantel for once, as long as the Miami brawl is awarded runner-up laurels. Few would dare to dispute that right. No other major bowl in the United States, or Latin, America for that matter, can point to the free-scoring shenanigans that have marked the last trio of th robbers out in yon Burdine enclosure. Successive scores of 40 to 26, 37 to 21 and 19 to 14 make a grand total of 157 points in three contests! That could be pruned in half and still provide enough thrills to outshine the performance of any rival bowl for a like number of years. And it must be vividly recalled that boos and cat-calls from tome circles greeted the announcement by the Orange Bowl committee that they were sticking to the civilian teams and helping to keep collegiate football alive by signing two kid teams which had already met during the season and one of them even had compiled a 28-13 victory. Most of the folks took the announcement of the rivals' Identities with alarming calm. "Well, the Aggiea murdered "em once and they can do it again, no doubt. But there won't be anything else in town New Year's afternoon so I guess I'll be there." That wui the genrral reaction. However, the grandstand quarterbacks, those inclined to risk a few simolcona on a "sure thing," and the self-pro- . claimed experts were due for a startling awakening. Particularly those careless enough to hand out 13 points to 1 S. U., or well-heeled enough to lay 14 to 5. True, if they had had opportunity to know more about a certain 200-pound human battering ram to wit, Mr. Stephen Van Buren of the New Orleans Van Burens I rather fancy they would have been a little stingier with their points as well as their odds. Unfortunately most of us knew about Van Buren only what we'd read in the papers or perhaps heard "over-rnthusiastic" Tiger alumni and rooter say of him. The on thing we knew-and that threw many of ua off the track was that Big Steve was doubtless a good back but that he had . Texan Aecie missed ,a big; scoring chance early in the fourth period, an wen here, when Bill Schroll, LS.V. back. Intercepted a Belcy pas on second down on his 5. Beesley had juot forwarded 15 yards to Burditt to the U. S. U. 12 and thi was th first of five pas interceptions the Tigers made in that period to stave off possible defeat. Van Buren kicked out of danger on the next play. been hurt in the 42-6 rout by Georgia Tech. that LS.U. had also been wrecked by Tulane, 27-0, and Van Buren played only a couple of minutes. And while he might be o. k. again his injured ankl? probably would impair his effectiveness. Most likely, too, he was over-rated. Yes. the Aggies had whipped 'em once and what did it matter that Marion Flanagan, their chief running back and bent percentage pass-receiver of the collegiates was out? Hallmark and Turner and Burditt and Settegast, et al, would be good enough to handle the youthful and thrice-beaten Bengals. The .Wild Bull Of The Campus But, gosh, that Van Buren turned up in top fettle, rarin' to run and neither the Aggies nor the public were prepared lor such spectacular goings-on. His ankle never once bothered him, although he appeared to tire here and there and Coach Moore pulled him for brief rests. He ran for all the world like a big freight locomotive gone berserk. He ran over, under and around the cow-country boys, he passed like a guy with a bomb-sight attached, he smashed the Aggies back time and again with booming hoots. He displayed the uncommon gifts among backs, especially men of his size, of being able to change pace, cut back and think on his feet while going full tilt. On that fi.'l-yard touchdown sprint, he picked his holes with remarkable precision and on that 45-yard gallop from a fake punt when he ran to the Aggies' 25 before being brought down he threaded his way beautifully through a forest of outstretched Aggie arms and exhibited a pace change that would have made Spud Chandler envious. He slowed up a couple of times to wait for his interference, gave a hip to a tackier or two and then jerked it away. True, his last slowdown for interference was one thing that got him nailed at the 25, still it is unlikely he could have made it all the way across on that attempt. The big fellow, 200 pounds and 6 feet of bone and sinew, definitely established himself as one of the Orange Bowl's all-time backs. He ran and plunged and bulled his way along much like Mike Holovak, the big Boston back of a year ago. Holovak was all-American. The Van Buren we saw Saturday vas all-American too. then, for he could do more things than Holovak. And while Big Mike sparked his team to two touchdowns Big Van got three for his team and it took exactly three to wi- . Holovak's pair were just enough to make Alabama mad. The greatest hick in Orange Bowl history? Well. I couldn't call Van Buren that for, first. I haven't een m all, secondly, it would be. difficult Indeed to imagine a gi enter performer than was Frank ie Sinkwieh that afternoon against Texas Christian. Christman and Bosch and Bobhy Tom Jenkins were all hot as firecrackers. But we ran say pretty truthfully of Moving Van, repeating the words of his coach. Bernie Moore if he had been on a stronger team he probably would have been all-American. He IS all-American in Miami. ACH MUTUEl RECORD TROPICAL PLAY DOU BLED -V 1f u jr v ,. i 'is'v f U.I v6 (P "lO Haegg Sees Arne As 1944' s Star STOCKHOLM, Jan. S () Gunder Haegg, the Swedish distance an who was named the No. 1 athlete of the year, is convinced that he has reached the peak of his ca-, reer and won't break any more world records, but on Monday predicted his fellow countryman, Arne Andersson, will be 1944's great track star. Haegg says he will not compete this year unless, perhaps, against the Hungarians or Danes. It was Andersson who wiped out Haeggs mile standard with 2:02.6 performance in the Swedish national festival at Goeteborg while Guilder was touring the United States. COACH HOMKR NORTON ... He Can Still Smile Flagler's Half-Season Close To All 1942-43 By CARL DILLON Miami sports lovers shook off the effects of their New Year's Eve celebrating Saturday and sent the pari-mutuel machines at horse and dog tracks and the jai-alai fronton merrily on their way to new records. CANADIENS IN 3 MORE WINS NEW YORK, Jan. 3. (JP) Three National Hockey league victories in four days enabled the Montreal Canadicns to stretch their win streak to six, the longest of the season, and pull out in front by an 11-point margin over Toronto and Boston, tied for second. The Canucks dominate the league in most departments with their defensive record of allowing only 48 goals in 22 games. Boston's loss ' to Toronto Saturday leaves Montreal as the only club ' that hasn't dropped a home game. hockey ursri.Ts Amerlran Imgu. Cleveland 4 Providence O Hervhev 4 Indianapolis 1 Pittsburgh 5 Buffalo 1 Eastern league rtnutnn S N. V Rov.ra 1 M4IIONAI. K.VI1 K KTAMIN1 Team - W. I.. T. Miinlreai 17 Hoalon 1 1 Toronlo 12 Chicago 10 Detroit New York 2 e 10 12 11 17 r. 3 4 2 o 4 1 George Ferrell Pilot LYNCHBURG, Va Jan. 3 (iP) George Ferrell, brother of Wes and Rick Ferrell, of major league fame, will pilot the Lynchburg Cardinals of the Piedmont league as player-manager in 1944. Miami Beach Kennel club, inaugurating its season, set an all-time record for one night when 6,227 paid admissions, plus a couple thousand servicemen, poured $117,248 through the mutuel windows to bettei the old mark of $101,129 on closing night last spring. West Flagler Kennel club entertained fewer customers 4,-967 paid but beat the Beach on wagering with $120,589, that made the total for the first 42 nights $4,401,766, which is slightly over $500,000 less than was bet during the entire 82 nights of the record-breaking 1942-43. Tropical. Park added another $453,103 to its record-breaking winter meeting, making it $5,-452,724 for the first 16 days. At the end of 15 days, the number operated before the pleasure-driving ban brought a cessation last winter, the play was $4-99!,621, compared to the $2,- 739.401 for 1942-4.1. iiouywoou jvennei club en joyed a good enough New Year's night with an atten dance of 1,454 and play of $36,- S96. .tsiscayne fronton, scene of jai-alai, attracted 2,764 custom ers who wagered $29,348, well above last year's figures for the same night. The total Greater Miami bet ting for the day was $757,184. the highest for New Year's in history. Devised All We Could In Advance To Stop Van, Didn't Work-Norton By GUY BUTLER In the cold light of Monday's dawn with the Orange Bowl game and the upset defeat some 36 hours behind him, Coach Homer Norton of the beaten Texas Aggies, gave off some interesting ' comment before taking his somewhat down cast footballers to the beach for a dip to be followed by an afternoon at the races and then homeward-bound. The proud Louisianans and their Mr. Van Buren, who etched his name deeply itto the marble of the Orange Bowl hall of fame, departed Sunday singing their paen of victory ! and are well on their way to Baton Rouge by now. What Happened To Aggies? What happened to the Ag gies? Why could they beat LS.U. once and fail to repeat? How did Van Buren fairly ef fectually slopped In their first game that resulted 28-13 tor the Aggies they yielded only one long run to him manage to romp all over them under the Miami sun? Coach Norton first explained "it's my policy now to alibi; they showed us a fine team and Van Buren was hot as a firecracker. He was poison. And they beat us fairly and squarely. "Truth of the matter is that I told Jack Baldwin and other Orange Bowl committeemen it would be a battle, that I wasn't at all sure we could beat them again. A lot of peo ple thought we ran over 'em in that first game. We were just ready for 'em and we were able to stop Van Buren pretty well and we played a great game that day. Man for man, I doubted seriously we were any better than LS.U. Football In The Mind "I know my boys weren't as mentally fit for this return game. They figured they licked em the first time and they could do it again. Remember, I said it was awfully tough to whip a team a second time? Football is a lot 'in the mind' and the Aggies were not set psychologically this time. After Van Buren ran all over us that first half we tried to devise something at the intermission to halt him. But heck! What was the use? There wasn't much we could do. We devised everything we had in advance. "My gang really felt no great concern over Van Buren before the contest. They re called they'd held him in check pretty good that first time and he wouldn't get away far on 'em Saturday. They were wrong, of course. "Another thing was Marion Flanagan's injury. We missed him. After all he was a big portion of our offense. He was our best runner. We built around him. And then he had to reinjure that knee. I don't want to take a thing away from this Burditt kid. He played a whale of a game. But he weighs only 155 pounds and he has been a spot player for us. Sixty minutes of hard football is too much for a boy so small I he ooys played a nice game and it was a great show. I thought. But we weren't up to par. I've seen us play con siderably better. Big Van "Poison "And Van Buren he's about as good a back as you'd want to see. isn't he? Definitely he s poison. The lone injured member of the Kadct Kiddie Korps was the red-headed Burditt who took a fearful pounding. He was banged un with a cut mouth and a split lip. The Tigers had one ailing member, too Earl Tullos, a tackle, who reinjured a knee. Mrs. Burditt, mother of the athlete, saw the game and she was beaming proudly over the colorful performance of her boy, between ministering to his wounds. Just before leaving, Coach Bernie Moore of L S. U. was still talking of the big bruising Van Buren who scored two touchdowns and passed for the third. "Think of my headache try ing to build next year's team without Steve," said Moore, He's a senior and will be in the army soon.' Both coaches expect to lose virtually their entire squads before another fall. CONSIDER GAME TIE SAYS ALEX NEW ORLEANS. Jan. 3. Tulsa's bruised but proud Sugar Bowl squad left New Orleans in scattered erouns Sundav nieht and Mon dav with a remark by Georgia Tech Coach W. A. Alexander sounding sweet in their ears. desDite the 20-18 trimming Tech gave them Saturday. Alexander said: "I consider the eame a tie Each team scored three touch- Chicago Stages Week Of Honors For Coach Stagg CHICAGO, Jan. 3. (INS) Amos Alonzo Stagg, 81, "the Grand Old Man of football" and former Chicago coach, today looked forward to a week of festivities given in his honor. Stagg- will return to Chicago Tuesday and will be the guest of honor in the afternoon at a press reception. The alumni association of Chicago will fete him Wednes day at a luncheon in the university club. Friday night, between halves of the Purdue-Chicago basketball game in the maroon field house, Sfagg will be presented with a gold football. The coach of the year award will be given Stagg Saturday night in Chicago stadium between halves of the Chicago - D e p a u 1 basketball game. MIAMI SPORT SCHEDULE MONDAY HORSE RACING Tropical Park. 2 p. m.; BASKETBALL Seventh Naval Dlntrlct lfEiip. Edtnon evmnaaltim. VR-7 vs. Hub Chaarr. 7:30 p. m. : Captain of the Port va. Ft. I.aurlerHale NAM. S:;to n. m, : Miami Hearh Servlenmen'a leaaiie. Miami Bearh high svtnttaalitiij. Onarrta va. fi.'lrd Cnaet Artillery. 7 p. m : Air Trnnaport Command va HTC-4, S p. m. ; Five By Five, va. Nautllua Hoapltal, Bp. m. ; aHW RAClNtJ Miami Beach, Weat Flagler. Hollywood tracks, 8 p. m.: JA1 A LA I Biscayne fronton, S p. m. HORSE RAC1NO Tropical Park. 2 P. m.: BASKETBALL Ponra rfa Leon hieh va. Miami Kearh hlsh. Ponca gym. 7:;i p. m. : Church League, T. M. C. A. gymnaalum. ittanton Memorial va. Service Five. 7:an n. m. : Opa-Locka, va. Central Baptlpt. 8:30 n. m DOG RACINC5 Weat Fiaarler. Hollywood, Miami Beach track, 6 p. m. ; JAI-ALAI Biscayne Fronton, S p. in. downs. That's glory enough for both." "Toughest game I ever had to lose," said Tulsa's Coach Frnka. The Midwinter Sports asso ciation, following its practice of making no announcement on the financial aspects of the annua event, nevertheless ex pressed satisfaction with the success of its 10th game more than 15,000 servicemen enjoyed with free tickets. The official estimate of the gale was 9,000. Caputo Defends St. Pete Crown ST. PETERSBURG. Jan. 3. iP) Jimmy Caputo, Swamps-cott, Mass., landscaper, Monday starts defense of his New Year's golf championship at Lakewood Country club, bidding for the title a sixth straight year. Caputo and William Thet-ford, Tampa, last year's runner-up, are co-medalists of the tournament. Match play starts Monday with Caputo meeting Fred Ayling. Syracuse, and Thetford playing Bob McCul-lers, a fellow Tampan, in the first round. Art (Bomber) Stone, Syracuse, and Mack Wing, St. Petersburg, runners-up in other years, also won places in the championship flight. $230,000 IN ROSE KITTY LOS ANGELES, Jan.' 3. (INS) University of Southern California officials announced some 68,000 fans who saw Troy's 29-0 upset victory over Washington in the Rose Bowl Saturday paid $230,000 for that privilege, which will be divided among members of the Pacific Coast conference, Rose Bowl and charities. Washington and the Trojans each will receive approximately $35,000 apiece while each of he eight other conference members will get about $5,000. Coach Jeff Cravath of Southern California still couldn't get over how his boys, the underdogs by odds of 1 to 2 before game time, turned on the heat to score such a decisive win over a team which outweighed them heavily. T thought we might do it all right, Cravath said, "but to say I was surprised at the score is putting it mildly. Sometimes kids just rise up like that and they certainly did against the Huskies. We didnt work much the week before the gime and 1 bellnve U made our club a bit freuher than Washington's." Jim Hardy was still receiving congratulations for hurling three touchdown passes two to George Callahan and one to Gordon Gray. RECORD $125,000 FOR SHRINE BENEFIT SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3. (INS) The official financial tally isn't in yet, but it is a safe guess to say the capacity crowd of 60.000 fans who watched the East-West game naid a record $125,000 for the benefit of the crippled children of the Shrine hospital. DesDite intermittently ad verse weather conditions, a full 60,000 of the faithful turned out and got their moneys worth as the hand picked stars from two sides of the continent battled to a 13-13 tie. Undefeated Navy Baskefeers Clash Seeking its fourth Seventh Naval District league victory, the unbeaten Captain of the Port quintet will clash with the alst undefeated Fort Lauderdale Air Station ' Monday night at the Miami Edison gymnasium. Lt. Dick Starr's team, aver aging 55 points per game, will have a tough fight as the Fort Lauderdale sailors will try to cut down the big scores of the Captain of the Port and attempt to add a few of their own. VR-7 meets SCTC in the opener. Decide This Month On S. C. Tourney RALEIGH. N. C. Jan. 3. Eddie Cameron of Duke uni versity, chairman of the Southern conference basketball tour nament committee, said the committee would meet here either Jan. 9 or 16 to decide whether the annual conference tournament would be held in 1944. PRO SCOUTS SKK PKOKOP ENGINEER ENGINEER' VICTORY NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3. Eddie Prokop (75), wheelhorse of Georgia Tech, gave pro scouts an eyeful here New Year's when he was again the bright star as the Jackets edged out Tulsa 20-18 in the day's top thriller. Here he goes off right tackle for 10 yards. Tinsley (25), Tech end, helps clear the way. Only 3 Favorites Winners In Seven New Yeas Battles Southern Cal. And L. S. U. Scored Two Top Upsets Of Saturday By JACK HAND NEW YORK, Jan. 3. (TP) Whether it was Cpl. Jack "Shoeless" McKenna of Long Beach, scooting across the North Africa sand or Alvin Dark of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, ploughing through the mud of Houston, the baby New Year has been welcomed with the traditional football bowl games. AIAtA 4 , ' nuucu (.a&.c:Ap Lilt? usual coast-to-coast holiday schedule were the festivities involving G. I. talent known as the Arab, Potato and Lily Bowls In Oran. Algiers; Belfast, Ireland, and Hamilton, Bermuda. Deadlock in Ireland Navy won the Bermuda battle, 19-0; Army triumphed in Africa, 10-7, and the two services played a scoreless tie in Ireland. Over 280,000 watched the games in this country, where the form players took a beating as two underdogs won, two others tied and only three favorites came through in seven starts. Southern California made the dopebtet a look bad with a decisive 2f-o decision overpre-viously unbeaten-untied Wash-i n g t o n at Pasadena. Jim Hardy's feat of throwing three touchdown passes stole the show and tied Russ Saunders' 1930 Rose Bowl record against Pittsburgh. A crowd of 68,000 was on hand. Steve Van Buren ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Louisiana State upset Texas Aggies, 19-14. in the Orange Bowl before 30,000 and cancelled an early season loss to the same Tcxans. Tie Before 60,000 The favored Western All-Stars could get no better than a 13-13 tie with the underdog Easterners in what simmered down to a flashy display of youthful freshman talent before 60,000 in San Francisco's benefit Shrine game. Herm Wedemeyer, Hawaii-born St. Mary's college ace. pitched for two scores for the West. Texas managed to avoid being upset by holding Glenn Dobbs to one touchdown pass and his Randolph Field eleven to a 7-7 tie at Dallas. Although 30,000 Cotton Bowl tickets were sold only 15,000 braved what Complete Bowl Round-Up By Th Aaaoriattf Imal ROSE BOWL: eaitacr CaSfaaw iak 29. Huolaftoa - SI OA R BOWL: Georgia Terk 2. Tula 18. ORANf.r ROW!.: ImKiui tat 1ft. 1aa . M. U. (T1 ON BOM L.: Tnaa ?. Raa-dnlpb rVId ?. SIN wmt: tallianma mt Traaa 7. .Nrw Mntrm . Oil. BOWL: tmthmr-trrm Laatat-anm 24. Arkamu A. A M. 7. VI I f A.N BOWL: Tak 12. Clark 7. ruwrx aowi.: aiv ify 3:t. MlitH-!alm Tnu-am ARAB BOWL: Army la. .Navy 7. r.AST-UfXT: Caa 13. 11. Coach Dana X. Bible called "the worst football weather I have ever seen. Georgia Tech was a winning favorite before the day's larg est crowd, 69.000, in New Orleans, but it took an inspired performance by Eddie Prokop and his mates to pun it out of the first and beat Tulsa in the Last quarter. 20-18. With the pro scouts in the stands. Pro-hep picked up 199 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per try in the Sugar Bowl. Dark Main Show Dark put on his show for Southwestern Louisiana and 12.000 at Houston, where h! club defeated Arkansas A- and M., 24-7, in the first Oil Bowl (Tarn Im Sent PMr-lwmLai NO MINORS ADMITTED f poctY ''"i" V Br- J' -If j ONLY j nT n ui HURDLE RACING f it7 W IN THIS AREA Znd and 3rd A ft J JL Jy ;: YSi ALL-GLASS It A ' ' START,NG BDXE To Prepare for the Grand Opening '- . 4 i ' WW? PARK January 7th iii C&EHrJEIL CLKLQLB WESr FLAGLR ST. r 3Ttk 4V. AVAILABLE TRANSPORTATION kin . 14. 15 ana if, fnm tiralm't lit tt. mtrM r Mm AUmt IIm tna tin PrafMilantl IKf talKa. Sit C. 2n4 am. Man tni witaa IwrlM traa Witt f Ktlw lt.-27t .. aa.WntPlaeMit-Vtli a ''. BUY MORE V. S. WAR BONDS Let Uncle Sam use your dollars now . . . hell make fighting dollars out of ihrm and they'll come back to you with interest.. in the better days .of peace . .a peace they will help earn! I IALEAH PARK has maintained an "open door since its creation more than a decade ago, so that visitors may enjoy its grounds and facilities winter and summer. This .policy is part of the tradition of Hialeah Park . . . bul for a very special occasion, we must say; Sighl-Sccing Suspended Four Days This will give us time to get everything ship-shape for the grand opening on Friday, January 7, so . . for these day we regretfully withdraw sight-seeing privileges . . Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday . . . January 3 through 6. THE MIAMI JOCKEY CLUB, INC.. MIAMI, FLORIDA a

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