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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, June 30, 1948
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Legionnaires Tangle With Austin Packers Under Lights Robinson Keeps Welterweight Title j, • ......__•-.«. .j. j- .£• it -1- *fc J- 5k Mmsoh City Globe-G»i«tie, Mison City, la. June 29, 194$ Locals Seek 5th Triumph of Season By JIM VANHEEL Sports Editor The Austin Packers, long a power in Minnesota baseball circles, will meet the Mason City Legionnaires under the lights at Roosevelt field Tuesday night at 8:30 in one of the top attractions of the local baseball season. The Packers are currently riding in 2nd place in the Southern Minnesota circuit behind Mankato and, with the possible exception of Bradley university, the Legionnaires will be playing their toughest opponent to date Packers Won in 1947 Last year the Packers took an arc contest at Roosevelt field 6-1 as Earl Mossor, their ace right- hander, set down the Mason City club with 3 hits while registering 20 strikeouts. Manager Don Blanchard of Legionnaires, a veteran of the S-M league last season, feels sure that his boys won't foe fanning the air that much Tuesday night. The Legionnaires have a much stronger club than a year ago and will be seeking their 5th win in 7 starts in the Austin game. The I8-hit barrage which the Legionnaires loosed against Corwith Saturday night gave full indications that the local club has a potent attack at the plate. Mossor is especially effective under lights when his fast ball •with the hop is hard to follow. Manager Emil Scheid has indicated that he will use Mossor as much as possible in night ball so he may start against the Legionnaires. The Chicago Cubs are trying to lure Mossor into a Cub contract. If he doesn't hurl, Bob Albertson or Red Lindgren will be on the mound. Albertson has 7 wins and a single defeat for this season. The remainder of t h e Packer lineup will include Bud Thompson, catching; Lindgren at first; Bob Beckel at 2nd; Dick Seltz at short; Warren Austinson at 3rd; and Roger Reed, Bernard Stanek and Don Nelson in the outfield. Thompson is the leading hitter on the club with better than a .400 mark for the season. Hogue Frobable Starter Under a policy of rotating hurlers, Jim Hogue will be the probable pitching choice for the Legionnaires with Harold Kornbaum the No. 1 reserve. Bob Barracks will catch, Paul Bruns will be at first, Bob Henely at 2nd, Blanchard at short and Gus DiMarco at 3rd. The starting outfield is uncertain but Fats Day is a certain starter in centerfield. Admission will be 60 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Globe-Gazette Photo STRONG MOUND TRIO—Shown above is the 3-player hurling staff of the Mason City Junior Legion baseball team, perhaps the strongest trio to represent the local team in the history of Junior Legion baseball. Batboy Bob" Penney, son of Assistant Coach John Penney, can just reach to the shoulders of the big boys and big they are. Reading from left to right with height and weight are Jim VerHelst, 6-21/2 and 170; Bill Postma, 6-1 Va and 170; and Chuck Murr, 6-2 and 185. Each of the pitchers has twirled a no-hitter this summer; VerHelst, 7-0 over Kanawha; Postma, 10-0 over Osage; and Murr 5-0 over Charles City. What's more, they'll all be back for another season. Each will enter his junior year in high school this fall, VerHelst at St. Joseph's and Postma and Murr at Mason City high school. , Loser Takes Count of 9 in 11th Round By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN Chicago, (/P)—Ray "Sugar" Robinson's 15-round decision over young Bernie Docusen to retain his welterweight crown is the story of a steak. The Harlem slugger starved himself for 2 days to make the 147 pound weight limit. Then after tipping the scales at 146i in^ Monday's weigh-in, he drank a quart of beef broth and gnawed through a 2-pound broiled steak. This was his first solid food in 48 hours of forced dehydration to shed 4 or 5 pounds. That hunk of beef did it. During most of Monday night's title defense in Comiskey park against the 21 year old New Orleans challenger 6 years his junior—Robinson was a blur of power and precision. He had to be to beat the "Dook," a little Filipino who made the champion go the route. The decision was unanimous. Docusen weighed 1451. Looks Toward Zale When, and if, Robinson vacates the welterweight bracket, you can put Docusen down as one of the best bets to succeed him. "Shoog," weary of battling the scales to make the 147 limit, will move up to the 160 middleweight set if he can meet Champion Tony Zale. Robinson emerged from the scrap a leg-weary, thoroughly tired champion. After having the 9th round taken away from him for hitting low, "Shoog" opened up in the 10th and Docusen for the first time gave ground in a furious exchange. In the llth, Robinson drove his opponent into the ropes, hounded him back to midring then nailed him for a 9 count with a left hook to the chin. It was the first time the youngster had been floored in a span of 58 victories Few Whiffs at Plate Lou Boudreau of the Indians fanned at the plate only 10 times in 1947. And it wasn't until June 11 this year that the shortstop-manager went down on strikes for the first time in the '48 season. . . . The guy who whiffed him was Joe Page of the Yanks. * * * The University of Iowa stadium will be in use for the 201h season his fall. . . • The stadium has )een the site of 79 football games, : 0 were Hawkeye victories and 6 AP Wirephoto DOCUSEN LANDS ONE —Bernard Docusen (left) of New Orleans, the challenger, lands a right to the body of Champion Ray "Sugar" Robinson in one of the late rounds of their welterweight title bout in Chicago Monday night. Robinson won a 15-round decision and retained the crown. were deadlocks. The final indebtedness was paid off in 1948. . . Teams of Coach Eddie Anderson have a mark of 20 wins and 7 defeats including a 10-5 record in Biff Nine games in the stadium. * >» * Family Golf Quartet Family sports combinations are not unusual, in fact they become more commonplace each year We have a local one which we .think wouldn't do so bad in amateur golf—the Harrers There's Pappa George and Sons Michigan State football team this fall. . . • Flint is 45 miles from East Lansing, home of the Spartans, and 12 of the preferred candidates for the Michigan State grid squad are from Flint .with 4 being certain regulars. . . . And there's a man for every position with one back left over. . . . Coach Biggie Munn is wondering how Dominic Tomasi of Flint, a star guard for the University of Michigan, got away. It didn't go in the record books as such, but the Cleveland Indians won 3 games from the Yanks in one day this season! .... The June 12 night games didn't end until 12:20 a. m. and after » little shuteye the Tribe took an afternoon doubleheader. * * * Michigan Dominance The Michigan Wolverines easily dominated Big Nine sports for the past season in those in which percentage figures are used—football, basketball and baseball. . . . The Wolves had 6-0 in football, 10-2 in basketball and 10-2 in Bob, Jerry and Don They all get around a course in better than average fashion and on any given day could combine their rounds for a 72-hole aggregate of about baseball. This gave Michigan an overall of 26-4 for a neat .867 mark. * * * Wrigley Field in Chicago will have 7,600 new choice sideline seats for use at the home games of the Chicago Bears in football this Roger Watts of Iowa State is a I fall. . . . About 325, give or take either way. a few strokes Indianapolis Now 6% Games in Front in AA By United Press Indianapolis strengthened its American Association lead to 6-i games over Milwaukee Monday Indians, Braves Better on Road Games Than at Home in 60 bouts. Docusen Comes Back Docusen, however, refused to night with approximately half the season gone. The Indians trimmed Kansas City 3-1 while Columbus trounced Milwaukee 10-2. Columbus' victory coupled with St. Paul's loss to Toledo, put the Redbird in 3rd place, one game behind the Brewers. At Toledo, the Hens battled 11 innings before beating St. Paul 9-6. Minneapolis blanked Louisville 5-0 in the other game played. Cool Comfort mer fabrics Patterns. CUSTOM TAILORED SUITS See our selection of sum- wide range of ED FINNEGAN CUSTOM MADE CLOTHES 24A 1st St., S. E. Across From Home Furniture ALTERATIONS and REPAIRS I.> Years Clothing Experience By CARL LUNCQUIST New York, (U.R)—Maybe there's no place like home but you couldn't prove it Tuesday to most major league baseball teams which are compiling strange records in which they win more games on the road than in their own parks. It is an axiom of long standing that a team can win the pennant by breaking even on the road and piling up its victories at home. But look at the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Braves, the respective league leaders on this off- day when all 16 clubs were traveling. Indans Great On Road The Indians have won 22 games and lost 8 away from home for a sensational percentage of .733. But in spacious Municipal stadium where Bill Veeck tailored the Probable Pitchers AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston (Parnell 3-4) at New York (Lopat 5-5)—night. Cleveland (Feller 6-8) at Detroit (Houtteman 2-9). Washington (Masterson 5-5) at Philadelphia (Marchildon 5-5) — night. Chicago (Wright 4-5) at St. Louis (Fannin 3-7)—night. NATIONAL LEAGUE New York (Jansen 8-4) at Boston (Spahn 6-4)—night. Philadelphia (Heintzelman 3-3) I at Brooklyn (Taylor 1-3)—night. 1 Pittsburgh (Riddle 8-3) at Cincinnati (Fox 4-3)—night. St. Louis (Brecheen 8-2) at Chicago (Schmitz 6-7). parks. And on the road 5 clubs, the Braves, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Phillies have won more games than they have lost. In the American it is the same story with 5 clubs, the Indians, Athletics, Yankees, Tigers, and Red Sox all showing winning records when they "put the show on the road." Yanks Best at Home Best home club in the majors is the World Champion Yankee outfit with 19 wins and 10 defeats for a .655 mark. Yet that is a figure considerably below other years when at times the Bronx Bombers have gone close to the .800 mark. Three American league teams, the Yankees, Athletics, and Red Sox have plus records at home, while 3 others, the Indians, Senators, and Browns are exactly even. The Tigers have a disappointing 11-17 mark at Briggs stadium and the White Sox are just terrible both at home and away. The players themselves have no special explanation for this paradox and figure that the trend may change in the later stages of the race. Despite the fact that their clubs do better on the road than at home, most of them prefer to play in their own parks where they get reasonable regular meals and where they are familiar with the terrain and dimensions of the park. But they discount that morale uplift they are supposed to get from home fans. The boos, they thing, are a little louder than the cheers these days. be the champion's 59th knockout victim in a remarkable record of 88 wins. He struggled up at the count of 9 and stumbled into another vicious volley. But Robinson was so worn down from the flurry he couldn't finish him. Docusen brought the slim crowd of 8,883 to its feet cheering by lashing back. He battled the titleholder to a standstill until the bell. The show, twice postponed, was put on by Promoter Irving Kovin. He reported a gross of $45,640.24 and a net of $35,107.88. Unofficially, it was said he had to gross from $60,000 to $70,000 to break even. Robinson collected 25 per cent, $8,776.93, and Docusen pocketed 20 per cent, $7,021.57. boundaries to fit Cleveland hitters, the Indians have just broken even with 15 wins and 15 losses for a .500 figure. Away from home cooking the Braves have compiled a mark of 20 victories and only 9 defeats for a mark of .690. Yet at home they are operating on a minus basis for the season with 16 victories and 17 defeats or a .485 percentage. The trend isn't confined to the league leaders either. In the National league, only 2 teams, the Cardinals and the Pirates have plus records at home with all of the others having lost more games than they have won in their own STANDINGS NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet. GB Boston 36 26 .581 St. Louis 35 26 .514 Pittsbugrh .... 33 28 .54.1 2J New York 31 29 .517 4 Philadelphia ... 31 33 .484 6 Brooklyn 27 31 .466 7 Cincinnati 28 36 .433 f> Chicago 25 37 .403 11 3 Teams Tied in NCAA Golf Tournament By HAL WOOD Palo Alto, Cal., (UP.)—The field may not have the quantity that has graced NCAA golf championships down through the past 40 years when held on midwest and eastern links, but the quality still is the same for this first NCAA tournament ever held in the west. Of the 140 teeing off Tuesday in the 2nd round of competition, 11 had a par 71 or better on their cards. Three teams had 18-hole totals of 290, which would mean that age old record of 580 strokes for the team championship may fall by the wayside. As the competition got under way Tuesday, little Fred Wampler of Purdue university, the Big Nine champion, and slender Tom Lambie, Stanford shotmaker who is well-known in western amateur circles, led the field with 3-under- Plentyof Spirit Keeps A's in Thick of Pennant Fight Philadelphia. (/P)—The baseball experts have been analyzing the Philadelphia Athletics almost since the start of the 1948 American league season. The boys would like to know what enables a supposedly 2nd division club to maintain the pennant-contending pace the A's have carried up to the eve of July 4th— traditional ides of baseball. The answer to the question "What's holding the A's up?" is 2-fold in the minds of those connected with the club—a fighting spirit and Connie Mack, the 85- year-old owner-manager. The A's last home stand that ended June 13 showed a record of 9 wins against 10 losses—not the sort of tally that produces pennants. On the road, the Mackmen could win only one of 3 games with Detroit and one of 4 with Cleveland, including a game in which the A's had a 3-0 lead over Bobby Feller. Mack Calls Meeting At that point, Mack decided it was high time to take steps. He called a meeting of the players at their hotel in St. Louis. According to one of those attending that meeting, there were no harsh words, just a word of confidence from Mack. He repeated the statement he'd made previously in an interview, to wit— "I'm very fond of this club." That night, the A's dropped a 9-8 decision to St. Louis in a game that saw the Browns score 4 runs Lawson Little Paces American Qualifiers in British Open Muirfield, Scotland, (U.R)—Law- son Little of Cleveland led the Americans home with a 144 total for 2 rounds Tuesday as 4 Yanks apparently qualified for the 3rd round of the British Open golf tournament with several still on the course. Little, Frank Stranahan of Toledo, Ohio, Johnny Bulla of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sgt. Charles Rotar of Canton, Ohio, all had 36-hole totals under the 150 to 154 which probably would be needed when the field is cut to 100 for Wednesday. Little shot a 74 Tuesday for a 144 total. Strannahan put a 75 with his 70 of Monday for 145. Bulla had a 77 Tuesday for a 148 total and Rotar, stationed with the army in Frankfurt, had a 76 for a 143. strong candidate for the Olympic swimming team in the 400 and 1,500 meter free style events. . . . If Watts makes the team, the Cyclones will have 2 Olympic participants as Wrestler Glen Brand has earned a squad. berth on the mat Detroit Field Brightest The Detroit Tigers were the last team in the American league to hold out on the installation of lights for night baseball. . . . When they did put them in this season they wanted the best—and they got it. .. The 8 giant towers have 2| million watts shining away on the playing field, the highest in the majors. * * * Dates for the Waterloo Open golf tournament have been set for seats in the lower deck right field boxes and part of the centerfield bleachers will be voided during the football season because of obstruction from the new stands.... Bear officials describe the current season ticket sale as the greatest in the club's history and more than 50,000 fans can be accommodated in the new arrangement. * * * Sparing With Pitches You've seen pitchers who work nearly 2 games on the mound during a single contest from the standpoint of the number of pitches tossed. Walks, foul July 16 and 17. The prize pot this year will be §3,000, highest in the history of the meet, with the top pro guaranteed §700. * =jt * Unified Direction Flint, Mich., is going to have a lot to do with the success of the balls, hits—they all add up. The best mark in Ebbetts this sea- occurred in the same game . Joe pitches son which Brooklyn won 2-1. Hatten used only 100 while hurling for the Bums, the same number of tosses registered by Walt Dubiel of the Phillies. * * * Fact to forget—a golfer playing 18 holes walks about 8i miles . . . But how many of the golf bugs walk to work? Sports Calendar TUESDAY—Austin Packers at Legionnaires, time 8:30. Junior Legion at Osage, time 6:00. WEDNESDAY — Legionnaires at Estherville, time 8:30. Rudd high school at Junior Legion, time 6.00. THURSDAY—Bancroft Lions at Legionnaires, time 8:30. SATURDAY—Fort Dodge Packers at Legionnaires, time 8:30. Grid Yanks Sign 3 Negro Players New York, (U.R)— The New York football Yankees of the All- America conference Tuesday announced the signing of 3 Negro players for the 1948 season. The 3 new players, Fred Cooper, Thomas Casey and Charles Anderson, join star back Claude "Buddy" Toung on the Yankee roster. Cooper, who is from Virginia Union, and Casey, from Hampton Institute, are backs while Anderson is an end. Anderson played professional football on the west coast last year after starring at Ohio State. CHARLES CITY WINS Charles City—The Charles City Comets baseball team defeated Sheffield here Saturday 8-5. Leading the hitters was Wiad with 3 for 3 making it 10 hits out of the last 11 times at bat. Christenson did the mound work for the Comets, allowing but 3 hits. par 68's. Tied for the team leadership LEAGUE crrv CUIB BUR MM*** ••«•»»• ••, tt MM ». JMMNWM ITOOKTT FOR QRANTEP THAT W SCHMPTS CITY CLUB VOft? CERTAtNLy BRIN<3 THE LUNCH/ PICNIC WITHOUT A LUNCH « STILL BETTER THAN A VKNIC WITHOUT iwff-Htftgty Ju»«ir»/ , L. Cleveland 37 23 Philadelphia ... 40 - 2fi New York 37 25 Boston 31 28 Detroit 29 32 Washington 29 34 St. Louis 23 37 Chicago 18 39 Pet. GB .617 .606 .597 1 .525 5i .475 8i .460 91 .383 14 .316 17V were the defending champion Louisiana State club, Stanford, the team that won the crown in 1946, and San Jose State college of California. However, close on their heels RICHEST 1-DAY TOURNEY Cedar Rapids, (U.R)—The Cedar Rapids junior chamber of commerce said Tuesday that its Cedar Rapids Open golf tournament July 11 "will again be the richest one-day tourney in America." First prize for the 36-hole tourney will be $1,000, 2nd prize $500 and 3rd $250. were a flock of rivals all capable of getting home in the winners circle. Oklahoma A. and M., had a total of 297 strokes, University of Michigan and UCLA each had 298, and Boston college was next in line with 300. In the individual medal play competition, Charley Coe, the Big 7 champion from University of Oklahoma, was right up in contention with a sparkling 69. While in the 70 bracket were Morgan Fottrel, San Jose State, Bo Winninger, Oklahoma A. and M., and John Zoller, Ohio State. in the 9th inning. Mack didn't have to call another meeting because the players took matters into their own hands. They got mad. The next night, they choked off a 9th-inning St. Louis rally to win 7-6 and they haven't been beaten since, winning 7 straight to come home only 11 percentage points out of first place. Pitching Shortage The A's comeback on the road was all the more remarkable because of the condition of the injury-riddled staff. With Dick Fowler, Phil Marchildon and Bill McCahan still not in top form, the A's went west' with 8 pitchers after Bill Dietrich had been released at his own request and Nelson Potter was fired by Mack. In addition, Centerfielder Sam Chapman tore a knee ligament on the road and had to fly home. Catcher Buddy Rosar banged his knee and cut his throwing arm in a stand-crashing catch at St. Louis and 2nd string receiver Mike Guerra came down with a toe infection that required an operation at Detroit. Sioux City, Lincoln Divide Doubleheader By The Associated Press Lincoln missed a chance to narrow the lead of the idle Pueblo Dodgers Monday night by splitting a Western league doubiehead- er with Sioux City. The Soos defeated the 2nd place Athletics 5-4 in the opener, and Lincoln took the 2nd 8-3. Denver came within half a game of climbing out of the cellar by winning from Omaha 6-5. FRESH ROSES Wednesday J. H. MARSTON Your Bendix Dealer Since 1938 24 First S. E. doz. Phone 743 Baseball 8:30TONITE Austin Packers vs. Legionnaires ROOSEVELT FIELD Ward, Riegel Favored in Western Amateur Wichita, Kans., </P)—Defending champion Marvin "Bud" Ward went after his third medal Tuesday in the Western Amateur Golf association's tournament. The Pacific coast player wasn't expected, however, to take much headway in Tuesday's opening play towards the 141 medal score he shot for the 3G holes of qualifying play in last summer's tournament at Des Moines. Twelve successive days of! rain had the 6,740-yard par-71 Wichita country club course playing a good 7,000 yards or better. Robert "Skee" Riegel, .National Amateur champion, from Glendale> Cal., and Ward were favor- 1 ites to wind up in Monday's finals. CIGARS Whatever your choice in Cigars, you'll find them here. We carry the world's most famous brands, including Cigars from Havana, Cuba. Always fresh, always in perfect condition. You Get All This And More With New TIRES EAR $ 17 15 • f akiltt In the lobby of the HOTEL HANFORD MASON CITY, IOWA NEW TUBES SAVE TIRES By GOOD, Super-Cushions mean l«is driving fatigue, less wear and tear on jour car, fewer rattles, fe-vrer repair bilU. Super- Cushion* are bigger, softer than conventional tires . . . and as a result are harder to cut, bruise, or blovrout. 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