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1 ! t - t 8 parth cc By B RAVEN DYER WATI Santa Anita's opening on the t29th brings up the subject of horses which suddenly find themselves, after maybe years of fruitless runnip?. It's a rather vague termMapplied to any thoroughbred which comes to life and gallops off with a big race when the cash customers are looking out the window or may have just walked up to the wickets and asked for the wrong ticket. Vague as the terms sound, it carries some meaning, but it doesn't mean that the horse in question woke up some fine morning and realized how good he really was that he said to himself, "Son, you can run like a scared rabbit if you want to," and went out that afternoon and proved it It goes back beyond that, and .the main 'ingredient in the background is usually the trainer. In other words, the horse has not so much found himself, as the trainer has found him. HOW IT'S DOXE How does he find him? Well, he does a lot of settin' and thmkin'. .He studies that horse's peculiarities from A to Z. He figures what he thinks the colt or filly ought to show, off elements involved in past - performances, and then he figures ways and means to make him" or her show it. A horse is a good deal like a human he's got many sides to him, good ones and bad ones. If you work on the bad ones he has no way of telling you that you're barking up the wrong that is he can't sit down and have a heart to heart talk with you about it. He can only flatten his ears and go sour and refuse to play. He probably knows you're wrong about him, but it's up to you, you dope, to get wise. Maybe you're feeding him wrong or training him wrong or racing him wrong. He just can't give you his best, much as he'd like to. TIME TO FIGURE So what do you do? If you're a sharp cookie you set down, chew a bit of hay with him and figure him ,out like Tom. Smith found the key to Sea-biscuit's greatness after other trainers, had about given up on him. A little while ago a horse called Challenge Me knocked the racing world flat on its collective ear by winning the Hollywood Gold Cup in what, to all intents and purposes, constitutes a world's record for one and one-quarter miles. The customers were hanging on the rails after that one, and when they pulled up the slack In their jaws they ran for the dope sheets to see why. What did they see? Well, for one thing a record which showed that Challenge Me hadn't won a race in 10 previous starts. For another, that he'd run with the best, come out of the gate winging, stayed" on top till somewhere about the eighth pole and then faded. Generally speaking it looked as though he had early foot, but couldn't go on. SOMETHTXG WROXG Not to .Trainer Earl Porter it didn't.-He got hold of the horse when he took over the Brolite Farm last summer in Chicago. Right off he felt he had a good one, but he knew something was wrong. Why not change that foot around to be there when it counted from the eighth pole home. It meant training him differently and running him differently. So he lengthened out . his works, finding out for sure that the horse could go a distance, and then he had the exercise boy rate him back, take a hard hold on him and only let him really run the last quarter or eighth. After all, there was no question about Challenge Me having speed the trick was to use it in the right place. GOT RESULTS The next step was to run him along the same lines-keep him off the early pace, let the sprinters kill each other off, and turn on hi3 real run when the others were tiring and coming back to him. Earl Porter did this. He took his time about it, but he finally got results. He came up with a top stake horse over the classic distance. Even if everybody else was surprised that day at Hollywood Park, you can bet your bottom dollar that Porter wasn't. Challenge Me, with his new way of running, will be a dangerous horse thi3 winter at" Santa Anita. He's pointing at the $100,000 Handicap, and other top features. His first objective will be the $25,000 San Carlos on New Year's Day. When he comes out of the gate you watch him this time the boy. will take a good hold of him, and make his move later. And that move is apt to be something! H MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1945 j Coast Hockey San Dies. 3: Saa Ih-airlaM. ffini New Wertm tn ster. 4; Portland, i, Seattle, 4, Vancouver, J. Eaton Deadlock for Montebello Crown Links Aces to Play Off for Top Bond Prize After 207 Stalemate for 54-HoIe Tourney BY JACK CURXOW George Fazio of Hillcrest and Zell Eaton, home pro, after waging a three-day dogfight for 54 holes, wound up all even with 207 shots in the first annual Montebello open at the East Side club yesterday. Fazio, heavily handicapped yesterday with an aching back which had jumped out of place the night before, saw his one stroke lead slip away and then when he needed a birdie to win on the last carpet, couldn't get it down. He carded 67-69-71207, nine under par. Eaton, playing good most of the way, but slipping on one critical pitch and a putt on the next to last hole, fired 68-69-70, "Winners Play Off They will play off for the top share of $2500 in Victory Bonds at noontime next Sunday. The winner will get $300, the loser $250. Harry Bassler of Fox Hills, starting in sixth place for the, final round, slammed out a 69 for a 211 total to tie for third spot with Paul Jopes of Whit- tier. Jopes opened in the third slot yesterday but couldn't cut any strokes off regulation figures. Dale Andreason, the big blond bomber just out of the Navy, collected a 69 for his closing round, giving him a 215 total for fifth money, eight shots off the pace. Paul Runyan, former P.G.A. champ, finished out of the money at 220. Sleppy Steady Ray Sleppy of Inglewood copped , amateur honors with three steady 72's for 216 which put him in a tie for sixth place. Second low amateur was Jack Nounnan, local publinx king, who got an eagle 3 on the last hole to wind up even for the day and with a 218 total. Fazio and Eaton put on a bat-' tie royal all the way yesterday and had the gallery shuttling back and forth between three somes. Eaton was playing three holes ahead of Fazio. They were even at the end of 45 holes, Eaton having picked up his stroke deficit with two birds and one bogey going out while Fazio had eight pars and one bogey. Going to the next to last hole all even, Eaton was chipping from 18 feet for an eagle 3, came up short, then missed a seven foot birdie putt. Fazio Recovers Fazio, needing two birdies to win, pulled his second shot badly on this hole, made a great trouble pitch shot, stopping three feet from the pin. He knocked it in for a birdie to go 1 up on Eaton. On the last velvet Eaton near ly pitched into the cup for an eagle and tapped in the two-foot birdie putt Still needing a birdie to win, Fazio's second shot was short of the green. His pitch also was short and so was his putt, giving him a par 5 and a tie. The scores and bond prize win ners: Hollywood Drops 17-14 Game to Los Angeles BY DICK HYLAXD Frankie Albert and the Los Angeles Bulldogs yesterday evened the score for a previous defeat by Kenny Washington and the Hollywood Bears when they downed the latter combina tion, 17-14, before 15,000 howling appreciative fans at Wrigley Field. Seemingly the Bulldogs were able to do everything but score a touchdown against the Bears during the first three quarters, running up 18 first downs to- 2 but being in the hole, 14 to 3, with 12 mmutes gone in the third quarter. The Bulldogs then banged over two touchdowns in th-! next eight minutes to take a lead they never relinquished. Jack Sommers kicked a 38- yard field goal and both after-touchdown points for the Bears after .Earle Parsons and Ned Mathews tallied. For the Bears, Ezra Anderson and Washington scored touchdowns and Wash ington kicked both goals follow ing the scores. Bulldogs Score First Four mmutes after the kick-off and eight plays after receiv ing the ball for the first time, the blue-jerseyed Los Angeles Bulldogs, not at all impressed by the star talent arrayed against them, tallied the first points of the game. Taking the ball on their own 45-yard line, the Bulldog3 made two consecutive first downs, Verne Elsey reeling off 15 yards to put the ball on the Bear 31. Stymied after one crack at center and two incomplete passes, the Bull dogs called Jack Sommers back from center and the big ex-Uclan booted the ball between the posts from the Bear 38-yard line for three points. A Bulldog threat was stopped when Frankie Albert fumbled and Washington recovered on the Bear 6 after Frankie had rambled 12 yards through center. Alabama's Jim Nelson kicked out and the Bulldogs fumbled a lateral two plays later with Bear Lou Tomasetti recovering on the Los Angeles 33. Four plays later Ezra Anderson, Bear end, caught a Washington pass and ran 20 yards to score. Washing ton s kick was good and the Bulldogs trailed, 7-3, at 12 min utes of play. Kenny Tallies Parsons' fumble of a hard-to- handle Nelson kick led directly to the second Bear touchdown as Woody Strode recovered the ball on the Bulldog 20-yard line. Washington attempted to pass, saw his receivers covered and ambled up the middle to the 4 yard line. Hoffman gained two ana Washington went over on the next play, driving and knif ing tnrough tacklers for the final Bear . touchdown. Los Angeles trot back into the ball game when, in the third quarter, a Bear fumble gave mem tne Dan on the tetter's 42 yard line. Eight plays later, witn iusey and Parsons alternat-ing carrying the ball, Parsons went over with a brilliant run from the 17-yard line. Mathews Booms Over Parsons set the final and win. ning score up when he intercepted a Washington rasa anrl returned the ball to the Bear 29- yard Ime. After a first down on the 19. Ned Mathews simnlv boomed his way the remaining distance to tne goal line, knock-ins 195-pound Bear HalfharW Lou Tomasetti flat on his back as he ran over him. LIVELY MD W 5 ESI I fgL U U S; - - -!:::: - ':- : :-:-:-: : j,. .-.-Sv. -.- :?.-. - . i- . v .,i L A , J f - 1 I . " V.!- , & " i ' V v.. -1 : ' - 1 r v ' X - " . i't" - - " - - rt ' ,..; " : - "4 L. . " " - r - ' , - s. ' - x " - fe- ' - , s , K . " -A - ' - - , , j ' ' .y. ' - - j, , , a fk "r: -i- s : ,. . f ' :r;y. . - i, j -' - ' :-: - . ' - St- . .S I - . - .-! i . A , J S .. ' ' ' ' . ".ft.. ., , . v. . K ::.':!W -J.. . V . -s:--:-.--v-.-. . .. ,.y ; DOUBLE ZERO SCAMPERS Redskin Steve Bagarus (00) is off for 40 yards after catching pass in National League title game which Cleveland won, 15-14, yesterday. - - r F f ' 4 I i if ' - ,5. cn wirepnotos BRRRR, IT'S COLD Straw piled around their freezing tootsies helps keep the Redskin benchwarmers warm as they watch red-hot Bob Waterfield lead Rams to victory. 1 . v. O'Rourke Passes Four T.Ds as Sailors Win BulldoM Bean Crowell L.T. Messemer H. Sarscant l.fj. n.ntr. P. Sargeant C. Dixon Boyer R.O. Roland George R.T. Axcell HooSs , RE. . Strode Albert Q.B. Washineton Parsons L.H. Anderson Robertaon R H. TnmRf-fti Else P-.B. Petrovich SCORX B7 QUARTERS BuHdoci 3 0 7 7 17 Bears 7 7 O O 14 Buimo acorln: Touchdowns Parsons. Mathews. Field oaJ Somers. Polnu aitr touchdowns Somers. 2. Bear scoring: Touchdowns TB. Anderson. Washlneton. Point after touch. downs Wajuungton. X SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 16. UP) Charles O'Rourke, former Boston College star, heaved four touchdown passes as the Fleet City Bluejackets wound up their season today with a 27-0 victory over the Ft. Warren Broncos 67207 ZeU Eaton. 63-6S-T9; George Fazio, 211 Harrr Bassler, 72-70-69; Paul jupes. m-vi-72 (smo.SQ each.) 215 Dale Andreason, 70-69-69 f150.) 216 Errol Strickland. 72-71-73 t100; UleW 72-72-72 S100. """V" r , 217 Ed Strickland, 72-73-72; Dave Uar- iin. -M-bH-vo; ,uaie Heia, 72-74-71 (Sod. 33 eacn.; ai cameron, 74-74-70 f16.66;) Jimmy Anderson, 75-65-78 ($16.66:) Bud rtnlrl.H A en PIC -1 J- fA.V aw .. . 72- 74-72 '$i5.) .,219 'Smiley Quick. 72-73-74 f37.50;) Les Hensley. 70-76-73 ($37.50;) Earl Martin, 71-73-75. 220 Eric Monte, 75-72-73: Frank Co-maci, 75-74-71: Joe Hunter, 74-71-75: Paul Runyan 73-74-73: 'Marshall Springer, 73- 76-71; Bob Simmers, 74-73-73: "Otto Strobel. 78-71-71. 221 Joe Robinson. 79-71-71: Ted Richards. 75-74-72 222 Jim McMunn, 75-73-74; George Aubrey, 75-72-75. 223 Chuch Bubany, 78-75-70: Jack Gage. 71-70-82: St. Bill Roberts. 78-72-73. 224 Bob Tucker. 78-74-72; Don Erick-on. 73-77-74: 'Willie Barber, 69-76-79. 225 Bob Kober. 75-75-75; Oscar CUs-by. 75-77-73. . To. Uiinn.ll. lo rrl nn . .-mi. ici, la-io-ij- ijioya rorter, 7-78-76; Newt Bassler, 77-76-73; Red Mansell, 71-78-77; 73-74-79; Harold WUey. 76-75-75: Bob Connelly. 76-77-72. 227 'Buck Weaver, 72-77-78; 'Mike Parent. 75-75-77. 229 'Pete Bolgan, 75-75-79: Jackson Bradley, 79-74-76; Babe Zaharias, 79-72-78. 230 'Oscar Hoberc 73-79-78. 231 Phil Newmeyer, 77-75-79. 234 'Blaine Johnson, 74-80-80. Denotes amateur. Winners rf hanHiz-an a m n , nil . .n. If 1"? round: 131 Bob Ehrheart, 69-72 iji-io (S87.50;) Homer Simms, 75-76 151-20 ($87.50.) 132 Lm Rw(tiv 7C.7" -40.1(1 H-17 M l Mike Vela, 90-86 176-44 ($37.50.) El Monte Wins, 10-9 At Lincoln? but El Monte 220 002 13010 16 2 Nevarra Indiana . 000 012 420-r- 9 13 2 Rager, Parstem. Litch and Galceran; Placo. Castaneda and Conde. Los Aneeles Merch. 000 000 000 0 4 3 o&yiane aie zoo 11 zoo a 4 1 C. Stafford and A. Stafford: Payton. Schaffer. Contrell and Potocar. National Hockey Boston, 3; Toronto, 3 (tie.) Montreal, 4: New York, 2. Chicago, 6 Detroit, 4. Nelson Victor at Ft. Worth FT. WORTH (Tex.) Dec. 16 UP) Byron Nelson closed out the year in golf with his 19th tournament victory today as he swept over icy Glen Garden Country Club course with a 66-70136 for the final 36 holes to give him a total of 273 11 under par and first money in the Ft. Worth $10,000 open. Nelson, resuming the P.G.A. tour after a two-month vacation, was as sharp as ever and there never was any doubt about who would take the tournament after Nelson finished the first 18 today. It was just a question of who would take second place. The runner-up spot fell to an other Texan Jimmie Demaret of Houston who closed with 281, one stroke better than Har old (Jug) McSpaden. The leaders and prizes: Byron Nelson, Denton, Tex., 137-66-70 273. $2000. Jimmie Demaret, Houston. 138-74-69 281. $1400. Harold (Jug) McSpaden, Sanford, Me., 143- 74-63 282. $1000. E. J. (Dutch) Harrison, Little Rock, 139-73-71283. $800. Sam Snead. Hot Springs, Va., 141-74-71 288. $650. Johnny Bulla, Atlanta, 145-73-68288. $650. Ed Fureol, Detroit. 139-74-74287. $425. Ben Hogan. Hershey. Pa., 140-75-72 287. $425. Vic Ghezzi. Deal, N.J 142-73-72287. $425. Bud Williamson, Lincoln, Neb., 146-73-68 287. $425. Jim Perrier. San Francisco, 140-75-73 288. $300. Leonard Dodson, Kansas City, 147-71-71289. $240. Joe Kirkwood. Philadelphia, 142-75-72 289. $240. Sam Schneider. Corpus Christl, Tex., 144- 74-72290. $190. . , Dick Metz. Arkansas CMty. Kan.. 145- 73-73 291. $160. VirKil Shreeves. San Francisco, 146-73-72291. $160. George Schneiter. Colorado Sprints, Oolo.. 143-76-70 291. $160. Leiand Gibson. Kansas City, l-70-Ti 292 $80 Herman keieer, Akron, O.. 143-78-73 292 $80 Barney Clark.- Denver. 143-78-73 292. $80. Ed Oliver, Taunton, Mass.. 142-78-72 292. $80. Raymond Gafford. Ft. Worth. 146-74-72 292. $30. before an estimated 40,000 fans at Kezar Stadium. Rugged play in the line by both-teams held the speedy backs to little gain. It was only when O'Rourke cocked his arm on both long and short passes that the Bluejackets were able to break into the open. The first quarter passed with an exchange of punts and pass interceptions keeping the ball near midfield. Midway in the second period O'Rourke threw a 44-yard pass to Chuck Mehelich, who took it on the 5, went across the goal line and then fumbled. Ollie Vogt, former Marquette halfback, recovered for the score. Zontini's place kick' failed. A few minutes later Patter son, Bluejacket half, intercepted a pass on the Fleet City 47. A pass from O'Rourke to vogt gained 13 yards and Young made 4 more around left end. O'Rourke then lateraled to Hopp, who went 35 yards down the sidelines for the second touch down. This time Zontini's try for the extra point was good. Tacket Tallies In the third period Ft. War ren twice drove down into scoring territory, but was unable to cross the Sailors' goal line. One minute after the fourth quarter -opened, O'Rourke shot a 37-yard pass to Tackett, who took the ball on the 12 and outran three would-be interceptors to score. The final Bluejacket tally was launched by O'Rourke's pass to Young in the left fiat. Young went 18 yards for a touchdown without a hand . being laid on him. Zontini place-kicked both fourth-quarter extra points. Fleet City . Ft. Warren Schwarts Kinard Badaczewskl Gatewood Forte Johnson Kosikowskl O'Rourke Uram Sweieer Thibaut SCORE BY QUARTERS Fleet City O 13 0 1427 Ft. Warren 0 O 0 0 Fleet City scoring:. Touchdowns Vogt, Hopp, Tackett, Young. Points after touchdowns Zontini, 2 (Place kicks.) Referee, Farrell: umpire, Rooney (St. Mary's-.) field judge, Hubbard; head linesman, Hartranlt. L.E. Whitney L.T. Olenskl L.G. Hans C. Daukas R.G. Kosich R.T. Bentz R.E. Speedie Q.B. Brecunier L.H. Millon R.H. Tate F.B. Zappelli PUBLIC SALE FOR ROSE BOWL OPEN AT 9 A.M. FRIDAY Cublic seat sale for the Southern California - Alabama game in the Rose Bowl will be conducted Friday beginning at 9 a.m., it was announced last night by Arnold Eddy, S.C. manager of athletics. The sale will see 7500 seats distributed on a first come,, first served basis at the box office in the Coliseum at Tunnel 4, and at box office in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Each of the offices will have 3750 seats to distribute. AH Rose Bowl tickets, with the exception of boxes, will be $5 each. All boxes have already been sold. , NS, 1 Redskins Rams Booked for Times' Charity Tilt in Coliseum Sept. 6 The Washington Redskins and Cleveland Rams will do it all over again at the Los An geles Coliseum on the night of Sept. 6, 1946, in a game sponsored by The Los Angeles Times. Officials of both teams and Elmer Layden, president of the National Football League, yes terday concluded arrangements with The Times for the local replay. This season The Times-sponsored game featured two service teams in the Coliseum open er in early September. After -a great battle which drew better than 61,000 paid customers, the 4th Air Force defeated the 2nd Air Force, 17 to 14. Both May Train Here The Washington Redskins will train in Southern Califor nia next summer and there is also a possibility that the Rams will do their conditioning out this way. Sammy Baugh, of course, will be back for another Coliseum appearance. His last was in the late summer of 1944 when he led the Washington Redskins to victory over the March Field All-Stars, 7 to 3. Spearheading the Cleveland club will be Bob waterneia of Bruin fame. Voted the outstanding player of the National League season, Waterfield s rise to prominence in the pro ranks was the big story of the 1945 campaign. In all probability there will be other players well known to local fans on the two clubs. Earl Audet, who used to perform with the Trojans, has been a regular tackle with the Redskins. Pat West, alternate fullback with last year's S.C. squad, has been one of the top defensive backs for Cleveland. ' Many Noted Names Steve Bagarus, who starred for the San Diego Bombers for sev eral years, now draws his pay check from the Washington club and is rated one of the most elusive runners in the league, The Redskins are coached by Dud DeGroot, former Stanford star who was at San Jose State as pigskin boss for many years. Adam Walsh, who coaches the Rams, captained the Notre Dame team which played in the 1925 Rose Bowl game.- BY HARRY SCHEER CLEVELAND, - Dec. 16. (Special) Big Bob Water- field, the rangy kid from California, was the toast of professional football today. The former U.C.L.A star literally clinched honors as the most valuable player of the 1945 National Football League season by passing and kicking Cleveland's youthful Rams to the world's pro grid championship. Waterfield literally beat the Washington Redskins, 15-14, sin- glehanded. . He passed for both Ram touch downs and three of his punts- one out of bounds on the Redskin 4, another out on 8 and the third out on the Washington 16 with 30 seconds of the game to go kept Washington in a constant hole. Exactly 32,178-brave fans sat in vast . municipal stadium in two-below-zero weather, the worst in N.F.L. playoff history, to watch Waterfield and Co. win Cleveland's first world title. But Bomber Pros Trim Clippers SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16. UP) Breaking loose for 27 points in the first half, the San Diego Bombers went on to crush the San Francisco Clippers, 34 to 0, in a Pacific Coast Professional Football League game today. A small crowd of 7500 took in the affair. The Clippers never were in the ball game as the Bombers, cracking a five-game losing streak, took command early in the contest and held sway throughout. Bill Mitchell, Jack Sullivan, Bernie Smith, Jack McToff and Ed Saunders punched over touchdowns for the winners. San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 San Diego ..7 20 7 0 34 San Dieso scoring: Touchdowns Mitchell. Sullivan, Smith, McToff. Saunders. Points after touchdowns Banks, 3 (placements:) Pritchard drop kick. Football Results L A. Bulldogs, 17: Hollywood Bear. 14. Cleveland, 15: Washington, 14. Fleet City, 27: Ft. Warren, 0. San Diego Bombers. 34: San Francisco Clippers, 0. 4th Air Force, 27; A.A.F.T.C.. O. Hawaii All-Stars. 6: Los Anselei All-Stars. 2. American Hockey New Haven, B: Pittsburgh, 6 (tie ) Hershey vs. Buffalo postponed, blizzard. Cleveland, 7: Providence, 4. Indianapolis, 7: St. Louis, t. Flyers Surprise Skymasters, 27-0 MEMPHIS, Dec. 16. The 4th Air Force Flyers of Ontario, Cal., upset the Army Air Forces Training Command at Ft. Worth, Tex., today in the first Legion Bowl football game, 27 to 0. Some 6000 fans turned out in freezing weather to watch the Air Forces League co-champions bow in the contest that had no bearing on the standings. Led by Forrest Hall, little speedster from Duquesne, and big John Strzykalski, formerly of Marquette, the California team pushed over a touchdown in the first, added two in the third and made it a rout with a quickie in the fourth. Hall Tallies Hall scored two touchdowns, one of them in the third Deriod on a tricky maneuver. Strzykal- ski received a kick on his own 40. then lateraled to Hall, who footed 60 yards down the side line in almost complete privacy. Strzykalski scored the third marker on a 9-vard Dlunse. The final tally came on a 22-yard pass, aoDDy Lee to End Nick Susoeff. The Skymasters made only one serious tnreat. They drove 60 yards to the Flyer 3 behind Rohrie's dead-eve nassinsr in the first period but were thrown DacK. Skymasters Flyers Allord Gill vrawioru Smith Turner - L.G. Ulinski Robertson- C. Elston Freeman R.G. Gregory Dendnno R.T. Stenn Burresa R.E. Susoeff rtonrig tin. Le ?.vtins S; H- Strzykalski McHunh R.H. Hal Bryant F.B. Renfro SCORE BY QUARTERS Skymasters 0 O 0 o- o Flyers 6 0 14 727 Flyers scoring: Touchdowns Hall, 2: Strzykalski, Susoeff. Points after touchdowns Vetrano (for Hall.) placements. Rosabell Nine Whips Pacific Clay, 10-6 Homers by Eddie Wheeler and Jim Jewell highlighted the Rosa- bell Plumbers' 10-to-6 victory over Pacific Clay in a Birmingham Hospital benefit at Arroyo Park yesterday. Darkness called the game after the first of the eighth. Short score: R. H. K Pacific Clay 000 204 00 6 10 7 Rosabell Plumbers . 140 003 2x 10 .10 5 McCarthy, roster, vivaiaa ana nou. narigo; Pulford, Hansman and Crandall, Steiner. - United States Hockey Dallas, 5; Minneapolis. 2. Kansas City. 4; St. Paul. 2. Waterfield Highest Paid Grid Player in World CLEVELAND, Dec. 16.0I.R) Dan Reeves, owner of the Cleveland Rams, newly-, crowned pro football champions, announced today that his star quarterback, Bob Waterfield, had signed a new three-year contract which makes him "the highest paid football player in the world," Reeves would not disclose the figures, but it was understood Waterfield's contract would bring him close to $20,-000 per season." the advance sale of . over $150, 000 broke the all-time gate receipt record set last year when Green Bay invaded New York's Polo Grounds. Although it was . Waterfield's passing which kept the Redskins on the short end of the score, it was a freak which gave Cleveland its narrow victory. It came early in the opening quarter as Sammy Baugh, the league's co-champion passer, hit a goal post with an end-zone pitch for an automatic safety. That proved to be the winning margin, because on Cleveland'3 second touchdown in the third period, Waterfield failed to convert Washington wiped that 2-0, lead out five minutes into the second quarter on Frankie Fil- chock's 39-yard touchdown pass to Steve Bagarus, the ex-Notre Dame substitute. Bob Goes to Work Then Waterfield. went to work, with the power running of Fred Gehrke and Jim Gillette as an aid. Bob promptly passed 38 yards to End Jim Benton to put Cleveland in the lead at half-time, 9-7,. and within two minutes of thi third period he had given th Rams a 15-7 margin on a 44-yard strike to Gillette. It was Waterfield eelehratinrr. more or less. Two hours befora tne game he sismed a three-veari contract with the Rams, giving the lie to the report that tha projected All -America Confer-, ence had "sold" the California on jumping the older circuit. He also racked ud 180 vards on his aerials, completing 14 out of a. tie averaged as yards a punt. Washington rallied" hnwpvpr. and with Filchock again setting me stage, tne Redskins cut tha margin to 15-14 on Filr.hneVs 9. yard pass to Bob Seymour. Threat Fa Us The Waterfield- storv trot monotonous then, even though Washington tried two desnerata field goals . late in the fourth quarter, both by Joe Aguirre. A' last qitcn pass. Filchock to Aguirre, with less than a min. ute to go was batted down by waterneia on a. desperate lunge. it was a brilliant climav tn one of the most brilliant. nrr fnnt. ball exhibitions under the worst weather conditions of all time. Washington Aeilirrn Davis Stralks Aldrich Whited TJnRerer Turlev ftAueh Bagarus conau AKins Cleveland Konetsk Schulta Mathesoa ; Scarrr Lasetich, Bouley Pritk Waterfield Gehrk Greenwood L.T. .. LG. C. R.G. R.T. , R.E. Q.B. L.H. R.H. F.B. SCORB BY QUARTERS Washington o i i n i Cleveland 2 7 6 0 is Washlneton scoring: Touchdowns Bagarus. Seymour (sub for Bagarus. t Points after touchdowns Aguirre. 2. Safety-Automatic. Cleveland scoring; Touchdowns Benton (sub for Konetsky.) Gillette. Point after touchdown Waterfield Washington substitutes: Ends. MiHner. Piasecky. Dye: tackles. Audet, Davis! Korniszewski; guards. Lolotai, Sham; cen- SfrAjIiSma5i ,PBck Filchock. Seymour. Todd Da Fruiter. n rnmo.) d .JL Jj - - . wua.v.WUv. .VUD.MJ, Cleveland substitutes: Ends, Benton. Hickey. Hamilton: tackle, Eason: guards. Lear, Mergenthal: center, Harding; backs. Memeth. Reiss, West. Kich. STATISTICS Cleve- Wash. Yards rushing - 180 Yards passing 192 Forwards attempted 27 Passes intercepted 2 Yards interceptions returned 35 Average distance ounts .... 38 Yards kicks returned 104 Onoonents' fumbles recovered O Vards lost, penalties 60 32 179 20 II .39 144

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