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PART FOUR Pages 1 to 10 Siorti Automotlvt Financial Resorts HARTFORD 1, CONN., SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1950. With Malice Toward None BY BILL LEE Sport Editor. Sac And Fox Indian Named Greatest Male Athlete Of Last Half -Century 17 Cl :n AFTKR five days In which to recover from the shock of learning that Art Valpey is their new football coach, University of Connecticut people are still pleasantly numb. The Courant's Monday morning story that beat the scheduled official announcement by 24 hours stunned all but the small circle of administration officials who knew that the Harvard coach had greed to quit the hallowed halls of Cambridge and come to Storrs on a three-year agreement. In a sense, it stunned them, too. As Don Ruck, sport editor of the student paper, 'Hie Campus, put It: "The first reaction was that either The Courant was crazy or that the administration had lost its collective head . , . Students would not believe that Connecticut would come up with anything but a iecond rater. Valpey in a first rater." That expresses the reaction on the campus; first, great surprise and afterward thorough satisfaction. The administration. President Jorgensen, Athletic Director Chris-tian and whoever else had hand Jn landing Valpey, deserves the unstinted approbation of students and alumni. They've been knocked even days a week and twice on Sunday ever since the football pot came to a boil. Now, if there is any justice, the people on campus and the graduates must substitute warm approval for caustic criticism-Somebody in authority at Connecticut did some shrewd shopping In getting Art Valpey bundled t and delivered to Storrs. I must make the personal confession that I did not think Connecticut had more than an outside chance to land the Harvard head coach. To my knowledge, such a shift has never before been made In the history of Intercollegiate football. But those at the University of Connecticut who thought the thing throush evaluated the various .factors correctly, reached the decision that Valpry was not beyond their reach and then quickly drove the bargain home by getting Valpey's, name on a contract, ONLY ONE Fl'MBLK IN TIIK BIO IKAL. Only In one instance did the university officials fumble the ball. That was in their abortive attempt to save the big story for announcement in The Campus. ' Quite properly, they felt that the story belonged to The Campus, particularly since the undergraduate editors had made wrathful pro-testa when the earlier story that J. O. Christian would retire as coach to become athletic director, with George Van Bibber moving to the School of Physical Kducation, appeared first In The Hartford Courant. This paper sympathized with the good intentions of the administration but it was our job as reporters on a daily newspaper to scoop The Campus if we could dig out the story, particularly since a Campus release meant that the afternoon papers of the slate would get the rtory before we did. Many years of experience, a team job In which all members of this paper's sport staff played a part, and persistently good newspaper digging on the part of our Roger Dove finally unearthed enough of the facts to enable us to hit the street with the story Monday morning. I am very much afraid that President Jorgensen has been unfairly set upon and chewed up by other news agencies throughout the state, and I will hereby say upon my personal word of honor that neither President Jorgensen nor any member of the administration, or committee, played any part, direct or remote, Jn the story being broken in The Hartford Courant. ' , HARVARD FOOTBALL I'LAYKR.H LIKF.II VALPEY. Best recommendation for Valpey's coaching ability lies in the fact that Boston newspapers learned in a series of interviews that the Harvard players are very sorry to find their coach leaving. They liked him personally and as an instructor. They are agreed that the lack of success of Harvard football teams the past two years was note Valpey s fault. Connecticut may have done Harvard a tremendous favor in plucking Valpey from under its Ivy covered walls. The shock of the announcement left Harvard men a little sick. This could be the knock on the head Harvard needs to grasp the fact that the time has come to scrap the unhappily straight-laced polices of Bill Bingham and revitalize Harvard's football program. The loss of their coach to a college of comparative obscurity is the sting that may drive Harvard to one of two decisions, either abandon the sport altogether or repudiate Bingham's unrealistic approach to football. Bingham schedules games with Stanford and Army on the one hand and becomes horror stricken on the other if any of his football players get any preference In jobs that are available to students. This last is a sore point with varsity football players at Harvard. There is utterly no sense to Bingham's viewpoint as long as Harvard charges fancy prices for admission to its football games. It is possible to help athletes without committing any of the mortal sins that professionalize college football in some of our colleges. No one who understands how evil a thing football can be wants Harvard to turn about and walk rapidly in the other direction. But there U a common sense middle ground that may be traversed without breaking any rule of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Mr. Bingham seems to be the last college athletic director In the world not to have grasped this important point. SOMEBODY AT STORRS 8 AW TIIK POINT. There can be no doubt whatever that Connecticut did Valpey a big favor by making him an offer that he found acceptable. Valpey's contract had a year to run but with two bad seasons behind him and a worse one upcoming, the young Michigan product would have been foolish Indeed to work out his contract and hit the chutes with the porest material of any of his three seasons at Cambridge. Valpey s career might have been ruined for good had he stayed at Harvard another year. It was this realization that aroused some-body at Connecticut to act promptly and tie the strings on the most Interesting football bargain the University of Connecticut has ever acquired. There was no question whatever of loyalty. Valpey owed Harvard nothing. He might have remained had Harvard given him any runt mat things would be different. When they made no move to ease a troubled situation, Valpey wisely decided to move. To have remained would have jeopardized his professional career, v-i ThfTe. is a breed of coll,ge men who think employers of their '":w,;,J " snouia De grateiul to work in such hallowed sur roundings There was an undercurrent of grumbling among an nrmrm oi jaie men when Howie ,r..i io 3ningion. inese moment to order the coach to the to win consistently. The subject of loyalty reminds the University of Connecticut did siones reiaung to the assistant coaches who worked under Christian. Irresponsible rumors have subjected these men to the hearsay that the uprising on the campus last fall involved them as well as Christian. It seems to me that someone should long since have spiked aucn rar leicnea supposition. Fritz Grewing. Frank Dornfeld mensely popular on the campus. complaints were directed at Christian, not his assistants. The latter stuck by their boss and deserve a Christian as coach has given them. Christian was booted upstairs Job for which he Is eminently fitted, if only he becomes again the even tempered Christy he was before the snipers started aiming at his football coaching. But his assistants have been left high and dry. They deserve better jobs than they to be left without any job at all. Krklatf (UakptbalL f!iiff1)l ArdfTi)r 61, Ahhpy .17. Trinity Krh 71. Hopkins 34. IjiS!t 75. Porter !. twrfield 60, IKmls 5fl. tmtnlpr 31. I'omfri-t 29. Prl"! 50. Torrlnaton 41. K-n 54. Hutrhklss H. f-4tihury 52. Wooter 4S. Nutuk. 66 Wtlby 32. MsrianaprWIs S.1. Owihlre W. Cantfrbury 51, Brkiihlr 4S. Wtlbraham 39. Hilaton 28. ('Ilrce Awlmralaf. Prfmnu'n 51. William 24. Trinity 55 ,Worrter Terh 15. prinsf!ld . Connfcticut 2S. V 45. Northftrn 35. LaSall 4 AmhriH 29. Kings Point 33. AdeJphl 23. Odcll quit his coaching job there same men would not hesitate a chopping block if his learn failed this corner that it Is hieh time something about the confused and Lloyd Wagnon have been im The undergraduates and alumni better fate than the removal of to the job of athletic director, a have had, but this is a late hour Ktnes Point 5.1, Artrlphl 22, iloward 46, Hampton lnat.. 29. Batkrlhall AMorlaHoa. Syrru? 77. fiHltlmor 7, New York R5. t."hlago 75. fort Wayne f2 RorhPter St. Washington 81. Andetnon fit), Amiriran Unfkry Iataa. Provtflenre 5, Sprlnsflpld 2. rieveland 7. Nw Haven 0, Pittsburgh 3. Hfnhy 1. Natlnml Horkry LrafBft. Toronto 2. Montreal 0. Detroit 9, Boaton 4. Ameriran flaakrthall Ittna. Hartford 10. Nw York f2, , Bridgeport 73. Scranton 70, I t I'' i . f ' - " - ! ., . j V ; ' . -bJ - "'Li'i TKACIIINO HPIUNTERS I.V 1918 Connecticut Five Trims Cards, 82-58 Yokahaskas and I And Lead Huskies to Easy Win at Middletown IV ItOGKR IIOVK. Middletown. Feb. 11. 'Hie Unl- versity of Connecticut basketball team ran into unexpectedly stub born opposition in the Wesleyan Cage tonight, for the second straight year, and the Uconns needed a decisive second half drive to thump the Wesleyan quintet, 82 to :s. The Cardinals remained In close contention until shortly before the half-time rest, when Connecticut pulled away to build up a 10-point edge by intermission. There Is either one of three things about this surprising Wesleyan team: 1,'lfa the most improved ball club in the state; 2, it was the mot under-rated team at the start of the season; 3, the opposition has sloped off. Our guess is that the first two points would come closest to describing the situation. Cards Start Off. Well. Wesleyan, which upset Trinity here Thursday, started off tonight as though it expected to topple the highly-favored Uconns, Connecticut's full-court press wasn't nearly as tight as it had been in recent games, and two leaks in the defense gave the Cardinal a chance to run In their own right, bpeedy Jack Schlie- man was slipping oast Ihe veteran Stan tforota, and Stubby Uayles was getting by Yogi Yokahaskas, In addition, the visitors were guilty of a series of bad passes, and then Connecticut had to sideline Center Pete Lind in the early minutes because of three personal fouls. Th escore see-sawed back and forth, and after 15 minutes of rough and ready struggling the count was knotted at 22-22. Then with all of its men hitting the hoop, the Uconns racked up 14 points while limiting Wesleyan to three and moved out in front by a comfortable 38-28 score at the half. Connecticut turned the contest into a rout in the first five minutes of the second half, outscorlng the home forces by 12-2 to spurt ahead, .r0-30. Wesleyan continued to battle back doggedly ,but it could never make any appreciable inroads on the Connecticut bulge. Connecticut's fast break func tioned much better in the second half, and Wesleyan's aggressive play cost it personal fouls that slowed the club down. The Car-dinals lost Larry Scanlon on personals with 12 minutes to go-and Hayles and Don Joffray followed him to the sidelines in the final minutes. Connecticut's foul shooting was below par, the Uconns making 16 out of 35 against 20 out. of 34 for Wesleyan. For the game, Connecticut connected on 33 out of 91 consDared with 19 out of 66. The Connecticut Frosh received unexpected opposition in the opener but managed to pull out a 51 to 45 decision. CONNECTICUT WESLEYAN fiFPt orn Yokabaks f 6 8 18 Hayles f 2 2 6 Snrtnlekl f 1 0 2 Joffray f 1 0 0 4 Kranria f 2 2 2 2 Rartolltt f t 0 0 0 Scanlon f 2 0 Clark f 2 Mlahler t 0 Weacowci t 0 t.lnd e. 6 Widholm c t Murphy e 5 Snrota 1 0 J2 Jtenaon c 4 7 15 0 2 Shorter e t 0 2 1 11 Stewart t 1 4 6 1 .1 fichlelmn g 0 4 4 r.ate g .10 Sot t ile g 0 1 SI I vent n g 2 2 Vartelaa 1 1 Prledirin g 2 2 Llptak g 3 0 0 6 Heap g 6 I 11 1 1 2 S .1 a e Totals 33 IS S2 Totals 11 20 5 Sror at halt Urn: Connecticut 38 weaieyan UCONN FRORIf WES. FftOst! H K Pt H r Pt Lyons If 3 4 30 rta k rg 3 2 8 Daly 0 f 0 .lenklna 0 1 1 Combi rf 0 0 0 Curry Ik 1 2 4 Klerkner 3 0 Nixon 0 2 2 MrFadiffn e 8 22 May c 4 4 12 WatrmiK 0 0 0 Lauln 0 0 0 Orlawald 0 0 0 Kelleher rf 4 4 12 Do her k 0 0 (I Hlnmsn 0 0 0 fjarland lg 1 J) 2 Teachout If 3 0 6 Hubbard 1 1 .1 Orlando rg 2 4 8 I " Ttls'"-i 5l' Totali :: 1511543 Sror at half tlma 20-17. Wesleyan. Officials: Malone, Cl.. llazcn 'KikV Cuyler Dies In Ambulance While Enroute to Ann Arbor Hospital Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb, 11. (AIM Ifazen (Kikl) Cuyler, baseball star for the Pittsburgh Pirate and Chicago Cubs, died of coronary thrombosis tonight in an ambulance that was bringing him to University Hospital here. Cuyler, 50. had been suffering from heart disease for some time and was traveling from his home In JIftrrUvllle, Mich., upon a phy slclan'a advice after becoming worse last night. An outfielder and power hitter throughout his baseball career, Cuyler broke into the pro game with Bay City of the old Michigan-Ontario League when he was 20 yea rs old. After a stint with Hay City. i.nanesion oi trie .-tmi Aimmn; league and Nashville of the Southern Association. Kikl went .i . .i. 1.1 ,E to Pittsburgh in 15)23 and had four great seasons with the Pirates. ' . ' - The Cubs bought his services in 1927 and he pnt seven seasons with them. Later lie played for the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers. Cuyler's lifetime major league batting average was .321. In three World Series he compiled a .281 hitting mark. The HarrisvlIIe boy also became one of baseball's best base thieves, Trinity Hoopmen Stop Middlebury For Sixth Victory Middlebury, Vt., Feb. 11. (Special.) The Trinity College basketball team righted Itself tonight and scored a 64 to 54 triumph over Middlebury in one of the best played tilts seen locally in some time. It was the sixth win in eight outings for the Hill toppers, but it was hard-earned. Trinity pulled away to an early lead and head it until about four minutes left, when the Black Panthers rallied twice In quick fashion to nearly gain the verdict. After the first three minutes of play, the Hartford collegians were always in front. The BTue and Gold cagers shot out a 26-11 margin after 10 minutes and held to a comfortable 3H-28 margin at the half. It was still 10 points for Trinity at the 30-minute mark, with the score reading 51-41, but then Middlebury's Chet Nightingale spearheaded a surge that brought the home five up close. At four minutes, Trinity found its lead reduced to 53-52 and 55- 54 as Nightingale hooped nine points In nine minutes. However, the loss of Captain Walt Maurer on personal fouls appeared to hurt the locals during this hectic session. Striving to protect its slender lead. Trinity inserted Sammy Na-kaso with Instructions to freeze the ball, This strategy didn't work well, so the big gunners. Bill Goralskl. Bill Pitkin and Larry Hutnick, went back on the offensive and the Hilltoppers moved out to win hv 10 points. TRINITY MIDDLEBURY R F Pt M F Pt Curtln f 5 111 Rhea g 0 0 0 Ooralaky 4 513 Muey 3 0 Pitkin c 8 1 17 Maurer 2 14 Smith 10 2 Miller 0 1 1 Jachena a 1 2 4 Work c 2 0 4 Hutnlrk 7 317 Burdett 0 0 0 Nakasd 0 0 0 Nshtngale f 4 4 12 Hall 0 2 2 Scott 5 515 Totala 212 64 Totals 20 14 54 Scora at half time, 38-28. Trinity. Officials, La Point and Crosier. College Basketball Trinity 84, Middlebury R4. f 'onnei-tlfiit S2, Weaieyan 5S. Honkin College 42. rHn Hall 3S. Holy (Tom 73, New York 'AC 68. Havard m. Dartmouth JiS. Vanderhllt 47. Alabama 38, Yale W), Cornell 47. New Hrllaln 76. I.eMoyne 59. Arnold 67, Klnits Point 50. Clark M. Coast Cuard 47. Navy 4R, Penn State 40. William 63. Amherat 44. . Mora 56, St, Thomaa 50. ' ftennuelaer 73, Clarkann Vtlianova 73. Ceometown 45. Ohio Stale 87, Michigan St. 43. Ft. John's 72, Niagara 63. Toledo 5", I .a Salle (Pa.) 55. Colgate K4. Ronton TJ. 45. Washington I-ee 68. Virginia 2. Detroit 40, Oklahoma A A M 39. Purdue si. Michigan 53. New Britain Froah 53, Conn. Kns. 3S, Albany Tchrs. 47, WUllmantlc Ictus. 1fi. Ouquaaena 75, Genet 47. Mil. AND MRS. and led the National League In that department four tlirns. Retiring as a player, he nonaged Chattanooga and Atlanta in the Southern Association anil coached the Cubs. Recently he went to the Boston Red Sox as a coach to join his old Chicago manager, Joe McCarthy. I Karly this year Cuyler was stricken ill and sprnl several weeks in Alpena (Mich.) Gcwral Hospital. " Considerably improved, he returned to his Harrisville home and it was believed for a time he might be able to join the Red Sox for spring training at Sarasota shortly. However, he suffered another attack Inst night and this morn-ing started the trip to the hosnN tal here, more than 100 miles south of his home. Dr. James Ludwig, university hospital physlcan, said the ex baseball star apparent ly died about 10 minutes out of Ann Arbor. Cuyler's wife and his daughter, Mrs. Theodore Truetten of Harrisville. accompanied him in the ambulance and were with him when he died. The former player also leaves a son. Harold, general manager of Atlanta in the Southern Association. Jim FuchsSets Shot Put Record In Garden Meet New York, Feb. 11. -(AP.)-Fred Wilt of the New York Athletic Club opewd his thiol tl? with a lap to go and easily won the Toussaint two mile run in 8:59.3 In the New York Athletic Club games tonight. Wilt had been runrilWg on even terms with Curt Stonof the Stranahan Catholic Club of Philadelphia, then burst forward. In just a little more than a lap he gained his winning margin of about 20 yards over second place Stone. A crowd of 14,000 saw the Madison Square Garden race. Horace Ashenfelter of the Penn A.C., ran third and Viljo Heino of Finland fourth, far off the pace. It was Ashenfelter who set the blisterln early pace, at on point was leading about 25 yards. Wilt, Stone and Heino were bunched together until about six laps to go of the 22 lap grind. At that point, the pace began to tell on Ashenfelter and Wilt took over the lead with Stone second. Wilt and Stone stayed together until almost the final lap when the FBI man put on his burst of speed. - . . Wilt shared top honors with big Jim Fuchs of Yale who bettered the national Indoor record for the shot put by heaving the iron ball 57 feet 7 iches. Fuchs bit the' distance with his first heave. It bettered the record of 56 feet 4' Inches set by the late Al Blois fn 1941. Stan Lampert of New York University was a distance second with an ffofrt of 53 feet 1 Inch, while Vic Frank of Yale came In third with 51 feet. George Wade, the burly Yale runner, got off to a good start, led all the way and won the Baxter mile in 4:12.1. Wade set the pace, while Barry held off until it was too late. The Irishman beat out Twomey who had run most of the race in second place. Wisconsin Bfl, Northwestern 50, Loyola (ill) 87, Howling Green 65. Kama 4'.l, Nehraaka 3(1. Kentucky 7fl, Tennessee S3. Iowa 70. tlllnola 65. Syracuse 7't, Army 53. Cincinnati tfl. W. Virginia 84 (2 Ovs), William A Mary S4, Vl'l 50. Indians 5'. Minnesota 3f, Missouri 51, Kansas State 43. Ccorgla 77. Horlda 52. It. I. Stale HH. Hucknell 7S. Columbia 51, Penn 4fi. NO Stale 73, Wake V oreat 35. Maine 50. JJowdoln 41. Muhlenerg 76. St. Joseph (Pa.) 71. Springfield 4S, Massachusetts 3H. Brooklyn 79. John Marshall 76. Wagner 61. HoMtrs 54. Canlslus 53. CCNY 45. Vermont 50, Champialn 46. Tufts 59. Bates 46. Brow n 62, Providence 43. SMU 51, Ta 34. Tesas Christian 64. Rlre 36, Temple 73, Manhattan 6.1. , JAMES THORPE Hurricanes Beat Harlem Club, 108-92 Set New Team Kecord In Trouncing: Rivals For First Time HY mm ZA1MANV The Hartford Hurricane -went on the greatest scoring spree of their American League career last night and handed- the New York Harlem Yankees a 108 to 92 thumping at the Auditorium. ("forge Felgonbaum, Charlie Parsley, Kddh' Bart els. Kimore Morgcnthnlrr and Herb Kraut Matt combined to deliver a glitter. Ing team performance that kicked the steam out of the Yanks be. fore they had a chance to get set. The 'Canes poured 3G points through the riots In the first quarter alone and possessed. a 20 point margin throughout mrwt of the game. Then when the Yanks opened a full scale offensive in the dying moments that cut the gap to nine points. reigenbaum, Krautblatt and Parsley stepped up the pace and pulled the Hartford club out to its convincing margin. This was the same Harlem club which had licked the Hurricanes in every previous meeting but from the outset it was apparent that this was Hartford's night. Almost everything the 'Canes threw at the basket went In and they accompanied this brilliant shooting job with some alr-tlght defensive work that stifled the Yankee aces most of the way. Only Sonny Wood, himself a former Hurricane, was able to drive through consistently for baskets until the last quarter. Then as the game speeded up, Hank IX'Zonie and Rabbit Walth-our came in for their share of hoops. Morgenthaler, Hartford '7-1 giant center, got the 'Cane off on the right foot when he tossed 13 points In the first seven minutes of the game. He was removed for a rest with the Hurricanes- leading 21-14. Then with Bartclg doing the heavy work off the boards, the locals kept right on driving. They possessed a 30-20 advantage at the close of that spectacular first period. Parsley contributed a series of uncanny hook shots and accurst one handers to spark the second period assault that carried Hartford to a 55-45 halftime advantage ford to a 55-31 halftime advantage. The Yanks were a determined bunch in the third session. They pressed the 'Cane, every inch of they way hut Felgenbaum and Krautblatt outmancuvered their foes, drove In for the Important hoops and the 'Canes held to a 78-ftl lead at the three quarter mark. That fourth session signalled the start of Harlem's big offan-sive. PcZonia began to hit with his' one handers and Walthour's set shots helped to cut the margin. Sonny Wood was brilliant with his driving layups and with five minutes to go, the score was 91-80. That's when Felgenbaum, Parsley and Krautblatt stepped into the picture again to take the play away from the weary Yanks and the 'Canes were piling it on at the conclusion. Felgenbaum topped the Hartford scorers -with 23 while Parsley had 22, Morgenthaler 21 and Krautblatt 17. Wood collected 25 fop the Yanks with both Walt hour and DcZonle getting 18. A crowd of 887 witnessed the clash and saw another fist fight, this time between Bartels and Benny McNeil. Both men were banished after the fourth period sluctfest. HAllTFOJlD HARLEM r v pt n r pt Krutbtaft f 7,3 17 rW.onle g 8 0 16 Felgenbnum W 5 23 Wood 9 7 25 Manglapane 0 0 0 Minds .10 2 Mrgnthler e 9 3 21 Singleton c 5 313 Parsley 10 2 22 VVallhour I 7 2 16 Bartels g 3 t 7 Crowe 3 3 9 Rach 3 4 11 McNeil 3 2 8 Lewis 3 2 8 Forbes 113 Totals iTwm Totals 37 IS TO Score at half time, 55-34, Hartford. Ofliclals, , Mahon and Jones, IN Kit KING EXHIBITION IN 1848 Jim Thorpe Named Best Athlete Of Half Century New York, Feb. ll.-(AP.) j Jim Thorpe, that almost legendary! figure of the sports world, had additional laurels heaped upon his leathern brow today when the nation's sports experts named birrl the greatest male athlete of the half-century, Previously voled the No. 1 foot, ball player of the past 50-years, the wonderful Sac and Fox became the only double winner in the Associated Press poll when 252 out of 393 sports writers and radio broadcasters accorded him the ultimate honor, "Old Jim," greatest track and field athlete of his day and, later, a goon enough naseuaii player to draw big league pay for six years, nnlshed far ahead of Babe Iluth, the runner-up. Ituth, earlier chosen top baseball star of the era, drew H(i first place votes. Still another hero of the national poll. Jack Dempsey, who was named the greatest prizefighter, placed third with 19 votes. Ty Cobb, runncr-up to Ruth in the baseball poll, finished fourth with 11 firsts. fiets Most Points. The voters were asked to name their first, second and third choices for the supreme athlete Of them all. Points were compiled on a 3-2-1 basis. ThoiiH'g point total came to 873,' Ruth's 539, Dempsey's 246, and Cobb's 148. The storied Indian lapped them going ana coming, Bobby Jones, winner of the 50 year golfing poll, placed fifth with HH points, while Joe Louis, second nn hi l UnrrtriiiOir in It, f;,.l,l..r category, ran slxlh with 73, Of the other Individual poll win. ii uuu win - ners, Jesse Owens, track, placed;""'"; ";:" . " eighth with 54 points, and nd Bill Til- den, tennis, fifteenth with nine. In all, 56 athletes were found to have at least one ardent admirer who deemed them worthy of inclusion in the star-spangled field. Few athletes who have excelled in any sport in modern times failed of mention, Dr. Dave Freeman, genius (f the badminton courts, drew five Ihlrd place votes. The name of Willie Hoppe, supreme billiardist. Jippeared on two ballots, and that or Torger Tokel, late American ski king, on one. May Have Excelled. Though it Is not recorded that Thorpe ever engaged seriously in any of the above three sports, it seems not unlikely that he would have burned them al) up if he had lieen given the chance.' The speed, the great strength and the intuitive skill of the phenom from Carlisle Institute have become part of the nation's sports lore. In naming him the greatest athlete, the experts probably expressed about equal admiration for his tremendous ability In football and track and field in the years 191112, That "Old Jim," as he always has referred to himself, continued to tilay professional football and baseball for another 16 years only cemented his claim to Immortality. It was in 1911 and '12 that, he stood the college football world on its ears, many times almost single-handed carrying little Carlisle to astonishing victories over Army, Harvard and other ruling powers Almost without exception, those who watched Thorpe run and batter and kick opposing teams into submislson swear that the gnme has never yet seen his equal. The fact that he later dominated pro football for so long seems to bear out this estimate. It Is even more certain that he was the world's greatest track and field performer in 1912, the year be won both the 10-event decathlon and the five-event penathlon at the Olympic games in Stockholm. With little formal coaching as it is known today and facing the best athletes in the world, Jim won every event In the decathlon except the Javelin throw. He scored outright victories in four events of the decathlon and finished not worse than fourth in the other six. His marks in most of the events were not remarkable by modern standards, but at the time- they y j I ! M O. I lH : r i '" - f " : ' . " ry- (AP Photos) were of such a uniform excellence that no other competitor could keep Thorpe in sight, Jim, from contemporary accounts, did riot even stretch himself, never bein'4 a man to take unnecessary exertion. For instance, bis time in the 100 meter of the declathlon was 11.2. yet his old coach, Glenn Warner, was said to have clocked Thorpe at 9.8 for 100 yards. As perhaps an even better illus tration of Thorpe'a hcad-and shoulder superiority over th other all-around athletes of his time, It was 'not ronaldi-red un-umuhI for him to capture seven or eight firsts In dual meets be twecn Carlisle and such pillars of the day as Harvard, Penn State and Lafayette, v One of the sports saddest chapters was written when, in 1913, the American Olympic committee discovered that Thorpe had played a Jag of professional baseball down Soulh prior to the Olympic games He was stripped of his medals and silverware and his Olympic records were expunged from the book. Jim always said he hadn't real-ized he was breaking the ama teur rules by Playing pro ball. Several major league clubs, having heard of Thorpe's ability as an outfielder and pitcher, entered "Vigorous bidding for his services, and the , New York Giants finally paid him a report-ed $5000 to sign. It did not prove a happy choice on Thorpe's part Manager John MrGraw, i' i " " " n"1 T.u t ' " ' mm, nil'" "Old Jim" soon Worsened matters by crippling up one of McGraw's . - . .... ... , ",i,,uv "'"i"" Mini ill. Thereafter Thorpe was under explicit orders not to touch a Giant teammate in play, and he always complained that McGraw never gave him a real chance to become a regular in the outfield. The legend is that Jim couldn't hit a curve, but Thorpe denies It, "I hit .337 my last year in tha National League," he observes. "I must have hit a few curves." That was the best lot of hitting Thote did In the six seasons he remained In the big time, with the Giants, Cincinnati and finally wilh the Boston Braves. Mostly he had difficulty getting his aver, age above .250, but, as his admirers point out, the mere fact of his sticking in the National League for six years indicates he was quite a ball player. Yale Five Drubs Cornell, 60-47, To Tie For Top Spot New Haven, Feb, H,-.(AP,) Yale's Eastern Basketball League defending champs trounced Cornell, ft) to 47, tonight and moved into a first place tie with Princeton, Tod Anderson and Jim Os-bourn paced the victors. Anderson tallied 19 points, two more than Osbourn, as the Blue piled up an early lead, and managed to stave off closing Cornell rallies. Yale led 29 to 22 at the intermission. It was Yale's sixth victory In eight league contests. Princeton has won three of four. The triumph was an important one for the Blue since it leaves it with only home and home games with Princeton and Harvard, and In a very favorable position to repeat as the Ivy chump. Yale pressed hard at the start, and with Anderson and Osbourn connecting often, took charge, Cornell, never In front onre the game got underway, challenged, but the Blue spurted at crucial moments. YALE CORNKLL B F pt Anderson t S 7 151 Kyrtt f Peacock f 0 11 Mic.Nleil f Jackaon f 0 0 0 p,oe f Osbourn 5 7 17 Sh;iffer f .loyre c 3 17 Turner f rWnursey p 0 1 1 Werener n r pt 31 7 Nailhcrny g 3 2 S Ashbaugh c 2 tpjohn g 3 17 Oerwln g 3 f;iftbr(ili g 0 Chadwlck s 4 Totals 20 20 so Totals Ii "S 47 H.alt time score: J-22, Valt.

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