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22--The Bcrk.hire Eieninjr Eacle, Friday. Der, 21, 1931 Otto Graham Is Selected by United Press as Pro Football Player of Cleveland Brotvns' Star Wins Balloting in a Walk Elroy Hirsch and Lou Groza Are Only Other Players To Get Votes-Graham at Best in Crucial Games By EARL WRIGHT United Press Sports Writer- NEW YORK--Otto Graham, the Cleveland Brown quarterback who looks like a movie star, talks like an insurance agent and passes like a champion, was selected National Football League "player of the year" today by United Press football writers. The handsome Graham actually is an insurance agent, but for the last six years he has spent his falls helping to make the Browns the most successful team in professional football history. He led Cleveland to its sixth straight divi- -sion championship this year, and won the balloting in a walk. Otto in Title Gunie Sunday Thf only other players who re- c'"ved votes were Eiroy (Crazy) L»^;SJ Hirach, the Los Angeles l:ams' line end. and tackle Lou 'The Toe) Groza, Cleveland's star piace-kicker. Gi aham leads the Browns against the Rams and passer Bob Water- JiHd for the world pro champton- -·i:p Sunday at Los Angeles. But, .v in or lose, the former North.'. ".-lein athlete, already has prov- ··n his i'sht to the "Player of the The Browns played the toughest l e s u l i i r ,-cason schedule in the ."ogue. and posted the best record, 11 v.ctorio.-, against one defeat. G r a h a m , a uual. wa« at his point- m a k i n g Dost in the club's crucial In the first game against the NVw York Giant.-, he completed a K j - y a i d touchdown pass to half- hack Dub Jones on the fiist play. Then he thre.v w h a t proved the w i n n i n g touchdown toss to end Dante L a v i l h a f t e r he appeared to lie trapped by the league's best del e p M v e line. lie completed two touchdown I'd---e^, and set up a Groza field 4al as the Browns rallied to beat I IIP Philadelphia Eagles after trail- ,iu. 10-0. at the half. W i t h Cleveland leading, 3-0. in IN second game w i t h the Giants, L j i a h a m -tartcd what probably was the most i m p o r t a n t single play of the American Conference campaign. A f t e r a b e a u t i f u l fake which drew in Lliant end Ray Poole, he Hipped a flat pass to Jones and the Brownie back zig-zagged 68 yards for a touchdown. The 10-0 victory ;;ave the Biowns a game-and-a- half edge over the Giants, and they w o n t h e division race by that mar_ , n because neither lost another game. Paul Brown, the Cleveland coach, :· interested only in perfection, and he mentioned after the first Kaglcs game t h a t "Otto pivoted !-.? wrong way" once d u r i n g the -,;i vie. But G r a h a m knows v.heie he stands with Brown. just He v as the first player signed v Brown for his first v e n t u r e into coaching Cleveland he had w a t c h e d the curly-haired star in action against his Ohio Stale teams and SL= a member of the North Caiolina Navy Pre- Flight team of 1944. He had still another reason for signing Granam. He planned to create the most carefully coached and supervised team in pro history, and was looking for what he described as "gentlemen players." So Graham became the charter member among a group of players who always w e a r coats and ties and never are permitted to smoke in public. The Browns, w i t h nearly every detail of their fall lives planned by Brown, h a v e been compared to college players, but they probably are more closely supervised than most collegiate teams. Not that the Browns are sissies. Last month they practically chased the Chicago Bears, who pride themselves on their rugged play, off the field in what probaoly was the roughest game of the season. And Graham, w h o claims "you LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS T rst Baalists 65. St Stephen's 19 L'jUieran n. J e w i s h Tonne Peoolp 20 P j i s r i m Memorial 36 South ConereER- tional 23 League-leading F i r s t Baptist scored its fifth consecutive YMCA- Church Basketball League victory by o v e r w h e l m i n g St. Stephen's, 65-19, in the Y gym last night. R u n n e r - u p Lutheran kept within striking distance of the pace-setters with a 41-20 decision over the Jewish Young People. In the other contest on the program, the Pilgrim Memorial defeated South Congregational, 36-23. Decker of First Baptist was high scorer with 27 points. Other heavy point men were Berry of Pilgrim Memorial with 21 and Grady of Lutheran with 16. The scores: have to go out there knocked around," proved and for get the sixth straight year that nice guys don't always finish last. nogan to pay the Waukegan, 111., w h i z w h i l e he still was in the serv- i e and before he had much ex- iienence as a T-forrnation quarterback. Brown w a n t e d Graham, because LaStarza Bids For Spot in Top Division Roland Opposes Bucceroni in Garden Bout Tonight NEW YORK OT -- Roland La Starza, absent f i o m the big time since he lost his first fight on a disputed split decision to Reeky Marciano m 1950. r e t u r n s to Madison Square Garden tonight to fight Dan Bucceroni of Philadelphia. The 10-round heavyweight bout, scheduled for 10 PM CEST) will be carried on radio (ABC) and television (CBS) networks. La Starza, 24-year-old son of a Bronx butcher, is anxious to get a return w i t h Marciano. But that w i l l take a lot of doing. Rocky is in line for a shot at the winner of t h e Jersey Joe Walcott-Ezzard Charles title match--when and if. Promising to discard his cautious t y l e and t u r n "tiger" in an at- t e m p t to make f i S e n d s and influ ence leferep*. La Starza is t a k i n Baptists Top Church League Leaders Extend Steak to Five By Winning 65-19 TMCA-CHUBCR BASKETBALL LEAGUE First Baalist Lutheran I'lierim M e m o r i a l Jewish V o u n e i'eople St. Stephen's ..... .1X10 The Referee's Sporting Chat By JOHN M. FLYNN First Bapltsl B F Demer. rf 13 1 ZTiSrr St. Stephen'* B. F. P. Peuit, U D u v a l . II Seluke, c Evans, c D i l l a r d , re Peaslee. IK . 0 . 3 0 eiNorwick, IK 1 D 2'Rushbroo'c. c 3 7 0 14 Rainey. rf 0 2 0 4 Tnbor, i f 0 5 0 10 F u r c m e t t e , If o 1 0 2 Lester, If 3 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 o 0 4 32 ] 65! Referee, Chomiere. Lutherans 'Jewish Younir People B. P P.I B. r. P B Grunow. r[ 0 0 O'SelkowiU, rf 3 0 6 Pickwcli. rf J. Hcidel. U 4 R. Heidel, If 1 3 0 n 2 . 1 Grady. Ig 8 2'Llpshitz, 9lB. Cnfien, 2'L Colicn, , 0 6IC. Klein, D 0! 0 4f D 2f 0 16! H O O D I) 2 0 M 1 411 10 0 20 Referee. Choimrre "ilcrira Memorial I So. Concrtjrationul B F P.! B. F. P Mears. rf 1 1 3IBlackwell, rf 2 0 4 Ramss-v :f 4 0 8 M ^ v n u r d If 1 0 2 B e r r v . c I D 1 21'Kulas. .f 3 0 6 . KoU^cfT, r M a r t i n , \s . 0 0 0 Anderson, 2 0 4 B o % ! b v rt iBixby, 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 17 2 361 Choiniere. Charles Meets Oregon Farm Boy Tonight PORTLAND, Ore. (/P)--Ezzard Charles, former world heavyweight champion, will fight an Oregon farm boy in a scheduled 12-round boxing match here tonight. The Oregonian is Joe Kahut, who hopes his overhand right-which in the past has served him well--will make up for his lack of boxing skill. Charles, at 190 pounds, seemed unvvorried as he went through light roadwork here yesterday. Kahut has been t r a i n i n g at the family farm near Woodburn, Ore. He came to Portland briefly yesterday to sign papers in which he agreed to a rematch in New York Feb. 15, should he upset Charles. Kahut will probably weigh 183. The fight will start at 10.15 PM a chance against Dangerous D a n j ( P S T ) following five preliminary who packs a good right h a n d punch bouts, in his ISO-pound frame. La Starza belongs in the top division of the heavyweight class, a potential opponent for Waleott, Charles and all the others. If he takes care of Bucceroni in decisive fashion, he may force a bout with one of the boys up ahead. Rollie has lost only one of 48 fights with six wins in 1951. In his last start Aug. 3 he outpointed ordinary Ted 1 Low ry. this is for YOU Four true-to-life drimas M i row lo give YOU and (very ttomcmtkcr · welcome lift in tht afternoon! 3.30 PM The Story of MARY MARL IN 3.45 PM The Strange Romance of EVELYN WINTERS Presented fcv Philip Morrlt 4.00 PM VALIANT LADY 4.15 PM MARRIAGE for TWO every weekday on WBEC ... M J F M 1490 AM Bucceroni was upset when this bout, originally scheduled for Nov. 9, \vas pushed back, because La Starza caught t h e flu. Forced to postpone a good pay day for six weeks, Dan boasts he will knock out La Starza. In his last Garden bout, Bucceroni was stopped by Irish Bob Murphy last March 16. That was his I only loss in eight bouts this year. He'knocked out Kevin Allen in one round at Philadelphia, Nov. 19, in his most recent outing. Sports News [n Brief By The Associated Press Boxingr PARIS -- Charles Humez, European heavyweight champion, agreed to meet champion Kid Gavian for welterweight title in New York March 28 if terms can be worked out. NEW YORK--International Box- ng Club announced champion Joey vlaxim willing to give Harry Mat- .hews of Seattle title bout Feb. 22, possibly in New York or San Fran- ABC RADIO Two Brandeis Grid Players Join IN'avy WALTHAM IfPi -- Coach Benn} Friedman started .revising his 1952 Brandeis University football plays today after losing two key players to the U. S. Navy. They were halfback Len Toomey of Billerica, and end Paul Stackpole of Watertown. Both were freshnan members of the Judges first varsity squad. Branch Rickey 70 PITTSBURGH (P) -- Genera manager Branch Rickey of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated hi: 70th birthday yesterday by put ting an entire day in the office. Members of the official Pirate family presented the Mahatma with a set of books, "Life in America." A dinner with his fam ilv followed. 'blue coal' America's Largest Selling Anthracite GOGGINS COAL CO, JAMES D O'REEFE, DIAL 4545 Clarence Self, halfback of the Detroit Lions in ' h e National Football League, holds a master's degree in dairying f r o m the University of Wisconsin. The St. Michael's basketball team is to play Brandeis at Waltham tomorrow n i g h t . Bob Kateley of N o r t h Adams is t h i r d scorers, n i n e among having games. the St. Michael's made 45 points in The Providence Reds of the American Hockey League have heir own radio station, with roadcasting studios right in the Rhode Island A u d i t o i i u m . The call etters are WDEM but Lou Fieri, vho o w n s the building and the earn, is endeavoring to have it ihanged to WICE, for ice. Sheraton Lounge Is Terrific Last njght I was among those ortunate enough to a t t e n d a cock- ail party and have a view of the Sheraton Hotel lounge, w h i c h is to opened to the public today. Manager John Donegan has reason o feel proud of this marked im- trovement. I shall not attempt to [escribe the place but just say that : is beautiful and compaies favor- bly with the lounges of any hotel n the United State-. Pittsfleld is a grand place to l i v e .s all who have made their home lere any length of time f u l l y re- lize. The Sheraton is a great as- et and sets the pace or at least \eeps the pace with all efforts to make the heart of the Berkshires (tractive, Much money has been pent in pi oviding the new carpel ind o t h e r improvements in the ounge. Don't take my w o i d for it. See the place and judge for your- elf. Springfield's Claim Questioned LeRoy Parmalee of Delmar, N Y., vho was a member of the flrst Mbany basketball team, is of the pinion that the fi^t basketball game was played in Albany, accord- ng to Charley Young, sports editor ·f the Knickerbocker News. That means the Springfield writers should get busy bolstering the claim that basketball first was played at Springfield. Charley adds: Frank G. Menke, in his "Encyclopedia of Sports," writes t h a t Dr. James A. Naismith created basketball while he was a physical director at the YMCA in Springfield, Mass., l a t e in 1S93, but the first real game was not played u n t i l Jan. 20, 1892. Frank J. Basloe. of Herkimer, who was connected w i t h basketball for 50 years, has just w r i t t e n a book entitled "I Grew Up With Basketball" and in a letter to this column he writes: "On Page 34 you will find an exact copy of an article from t h e Utica Daily Press, Utica, NY., that outlines Herkimer playing Football SAN FRANCISCO -- Coach Joe Kuharich of San Francisco University resigned effective Jan. 15, and Chicago Cardinals of National Football League said he is being consid ered along with others to fill coaching vacancy with the professional club. OXFORD, Miss.--C. M. Smith University of Mississippi athletic director, said Maryland among four earns being considered to fill open football date here Nov. 15, 1952. General HUNT1NGTON, W. Va. -- Marshall College announced it woulc drop out of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference at close of academic year because of finances and long distances team must travel. Mar shall will apply for membership in Mid-American Conference. ST. LOUIS--St. Louis Cardinals announced purchase of catcher Les Fusselman from Rochester farm club. Fusselman, traded to Rochester at end of season, batted .255 for Houston in 1951. Racing MIAMI--Jockey Charlie Burr leading rider in country with 299 victories for year, failed to ge No. 300 with six mounts as appren tice jockey Albert Widman stole show with" f o u r winners. Widman rode Bad Hombre ($4.70). Texas Reward C$17.80). Airki ($11.90) and Button Shoes ($9.00). Woodchuck ($12.30) won the featured Manassa Mauler Purse. NEW ORLEANS -- Arizona K ($14) won the Broadway Purse a the Fair Grounds. in 1891. Springfield's claim is t h a t Naismith invented the game in December, 1891, and played the first game in J a n u a r y , 1S92. The first rules w e r e made up in Herkimer. I find no records to show t h a t a basketball game ever was played m Springfield. Mass., after Mr. N a i - m i t h i n v e n t e d ihe game. If Springfield doe- not do any m o t e t h a n they have a b o u t erecting a Hall of Fame t h e n H e i k i - mer w i l l put in t h e i r bid to erect a Basketball Hall of Fame." According to Ba-loe, t h e first game was played in "Herkimer Feb. 7. 1891. W i t h i n a short t i m e , he w r i t e s , both Utica and Ilion had teams and by the end of 1891 Albany had organized a team at their YMCA. Did You Know That-Chuck Dressen, Dodger managei, t e c e n t l y received a stiff note from Commissioner Ford Frick, the New York Compass savt-. The letier warned Dres-en about f r e q u e n t i n g race tracks, or at least, publicizing such v i s i t s Drpssen, it seems, had his p i c t u r e taken at Golden Gale Park shaking hands w i t h jockey Johnny Longden in the winner's circle. Frick saw the p i c t u r e and wrote Dressen advising him t h a t if he ever decides to go to the track again, to wear a raise beard and a pair of those Barbara P a t o n - t y p e dark glasses. Dressen wrote back explaining that he k n o w s better but t h a t he was o n l y doing a friend a f a v o r by poking w i t h Longden. Dressen added t h a t it w o n ' t happen again . . . How Chicago's clowning Harlem Globeti otters grew from a bush-league basketball team i n t o a $2,000,000 sports e m p i i e is told by Ted Shane in a January Reader's from calls t h e m "crack basketball players who mix gags with their game" and «ays that d u r i n g the past year more t h a n a m i l l i o n customers on f o u r . c o n t i n e n t s shelled out $2,000,000 to sample t h e i r "sinewy enc h a n t m e n t s . " In the spring of last year the G l o b e t r o t t e r s set an Amencaii basketball record by drawing 31,648 into the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Later t h e y flew to Rio de Janeiro and e n t e r t a i n e d crowds ranging from 30,000 to 50,000 in the huge Rio soccer s t a d i u m . During the summer, they "ambled around Europe w i t h a side t r i p to North Africa, recruiting 600,000 new enthusiasts." In 1952 they will celebrate t h e i r 25th anniversary by c i r c l i n g the globe. A l t h o u g h they're more popular for t h e i r gagging t h a n t h e i r game, t h e y have one s t r i c t rule from M a n a g e r Abe Seperstem: "Fir»l we win, then we clown." They lost only 252 games, PHS Skiers Enter Meet Several To Compete In Connecticut Event Dec. 30 PiUsfield High skiers get Digest article, condensed Courier Magazine Shane while w i n n i n g 3908 Despite a c u r t a i l m e n t of the over-all operation, the Yankee farm system again produced a bumper crop of prospects, according to 1951 figures, released by A r t h u r Patterson, club publicity director. Fifty-one Yan- t h e i r first t a s t e of formal compe- t i t i o n i n t h e C o n n e c t i c u t state c h a m p i o n s h i p meet at Cornwall, Conn., Sunday. Dec 30. Coach Max M o n t g o m e r y announced today t h a t several of his squad men w i l l e n t e r the e v e n t . He said the first d u a l meet piohably will be w i t h Mount Ilermon School shortly after the first of the .vear. Montgomery added t h a t the boys are in good shape following daily practices for the last t w o weeks. Paul Bousquet of the U n i v e i s i t y of Vermont will w o r k out w i t h the squad t h i s week end at Bousquet's. Leaders Gain Laboratory Ten Pin League LABORATORY L C A O t C STANDrNG U'nn Lovl Pel. M c l a l l u r n l K t s S4 I I .11(8 Anoiiymisli m n ,r,4fi E l e e t r l r -;t ·!( .Mil A l c h e m i s t s 'J'l 'Id . 4 4 7 Chemists HI '.Ml .:tfir, Stf rlers 14 34 .292 Metallurgists s h u t out Steelers Australians Eager To Sec Davis Cup Play., Says Talbot By GAYLE TALBOT SYDNEY (Ft--The average American, who takes his tennis more or less calmly, could have no comprehension of the fever heat with which t h e A u s t i a h a n s a r e a w a i t i n g next week's Davis Cup challenge round. It's liule if any exaggeration to say the atmosphere i« as charged as on the eve of baseball's World Series. The fact the tennis classic between t h e challenging U n i t e d Stales team and the AUSMCS comes smack in t h e m i d d l e of t h e Christmas season doesn't d a u n t the Australian fans who foi day.s have Hotels have been hooked solid for months and the casual viMtor has little hope of finding a place lay his head. The f o r t u n a who have teats for all three d of play starting Dec. 26 display them as pridefully as any holder Army-Navy f o o t b a l l tickets The less f o r t u n a t e are d o w n any Hue which might he scalping price promises to be high before play begins Wednesriav An e l e v e n t h - m o n t ing tiers of temporary .viands on three sides of W h i t e City courts is jusi completed. The S-iTM) extra seats p r o v i d e d bring t o pasteboaids purchased. Tt\ choice seals for . . . . . . . . . been p i l i n g into .\vdney f i o m cities I s t a d i u m capai . ltv , 0 a l o u n d ^ 3 ' t h o u s a n d s of miles a w a v . Kiner Leads Sluggers in National Loop NEW YORK ( U P l - B i g Ralph Kiner of Pitt.sburgh was ci edited w i t h the N a t i o n a l League's slugging championship for 1951 today on the ba.-is of his .627 percentage. The Pittsburgh poweihou.«e compiled the mark by h i l l i n g for 333 lolol b;\.--es in 531 lime.s at b a t . w h i l e A n o n y m i s t s vvere s p l i t t i n g [Stan Mu.-:al of the Cardinal.-, the league's leading h i t t e r . wa.s second in s l u g g i n g wiih .614, followed by stocky Roy C a m p a n u l a of Brooklyn w i t h .590. Kiner also l e r o i v e d the most f o u r points w i t h Ihe Electrics to increase t h e i r lead in the Laboratory Ten Pin League on the Stanley C l u b alleys. In a n o t h e r match A l c h e m i s t s took three points from Che.mi.sts. Fred McNamee w i t h a high triple of 544 and Goldner Lip.sey w i t h a high .single of 231 were the high bowlers in the league. The scores: M e t a l l u r g i s t s -- I ' sipoliMk--fl Bolton C h o m i e i e 454 Pask'v . . Daniels -554 Mc.Mni mv J i r v l e 4 T l Douglas .. 302 396 2223 : Anonimlsls--2 ' Electrics--2 Powell .. .. 451 Miimen Frlherston 508 P'lsnaRan ....... .. H a l l e n b c c k M u r o m . H a n d i c a p . AlchemUtl;. W a r d . 494 Be si . 5°2 Jrnnv . 4'iO'Mevers ...... , 30 H a n d i c a p ... 24041 ·3 ' Cbenmls- . 4a9'Atchei . 42fl McNamee . 50(5 R u m a n . 4GO PlROtt . 540'Lipsev 15'Handicap ... . I 2446 510 30 kee f a r m h a n d s won positions on v a r i o u s a l l - s t a r squads and Yankee farm players won b a t t i n g championships in four leagues. They were Bob Cerv, Kansas City of American Association; Saturnino Escalera, Muskegon of Central League; Bill Skowron, Norfolk of Piedmont League; and Vern Campbell, Twin Falls of Pioneer League. In addition, Archie Wilson, on op- lion to Buffalo last season, waf voted the most valuable player in the International League. ba.-es on balls, 137. and of course, led the circuit in homers w i t h 42. Burly Gi! Hodges- of B i o o k l . v n struck out the mo.-t time.-. 99. and j Sid Gordon of the Braves rapped' i n t o the most double plas. 28. j Harry (Peanut. 1 -) Lowre.v of t h e , Cardinals showed the beM eye at the plate, s t r i k i n g out only times in 114 game.-. Andy Semimck. n o w w i t l i t h e Reds but t h e n w i t h the Phillu-.s and Solly Hemus of the Cardinal- tied the ,-ame record d u r i n g 1951 when each drew five walk* in a .-ingle game. Andy Pafko of B r o o k l v n was h i t by pitched balls most often, 12 times. Brooklyn compiled ihe slugging mark--.434 and drove in the most runs--794. Poorest slugging m a i k was the .390 figure turned in by Cincin- Estimated ,-os'i ( ,f the t e m p o structuios which w i l ! he torn .as soon as play ends is placed at over 540.000. Spectators h a v e hren advised lake t h e i r seats by li'.30 P.M day. and uarned none w i l l be seated while a match is in prociess. The navy band w i l l provide match concert, and the only thins lacking will be A! Sfhncht to p v i d e his baseball imitations. Both teams continued t h e i practice. The Americans s t u c t h e i i t w i c e - d a i l y routine, Aussies have been content w u afternoon w o r k o u t s the past several davs. Tony Trabcr; of C i m i n n f u l l y jecoveied Irom a pulled muscle, and is bearing d o w n doubles practice w i t h his p a Ted Schrocder. Jack Kramer. American coach, has been laid up w . t h a heavy and Dinny PaiK Australian p:ofn- sional, is fillinc in for him. CAVALCADE OF SPORTS brings you BOXING TONIGHT 10.00 Men's Tourney At Sport Haven An open t o u r n a m e n t for men will be held at the Sport Havn Alleys t o m o n o w afternoon at 2.30 Cash prizes will he awarded the winners. In addition two draw- prizes will be awarded. The first 60 lo sign up will be eligible to compete. in thirst satisfaction Distributed by f. H. GOODRICH 101 West Street Pittsfield Phone 6818 iNEWSPAFERr VSPAPERI

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