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r PART 3 SPORTS vol; lxvhi ; cc SATURDAY MORNING; SEPTEMBER 24, 1 949 Reod Times Green for Latest Sports Rams 2724 Capture Thriller i I :;- i v: , - - l y r A X,.- - . .. ;.? tmm.m:-:: -.-.- - f lit -. v;:i;V .,s - 1 - . - ; . r . '-.-j,- 'f : . AO-, - : . : : v . ; - . w,-; -s. - : ' . I ... . . , ... FIRST FOR RAMS Tom Fears grabs pass from Bob Waterfield for 15-yard gain and first Rarri touchdown against Detroit ot Coliseum last night. Defenders Mel Groomes SPORTSGRIPTS By PAUL ZIMMERMAN TIMES SPORTS EDITOR ! IOWA CITY, Sept. 23 The Midlanders are proud as punch sover thetr football .prospects again this year, both in the Big Ten and outside. Li' j It takes no urging to get " !the subject opened because ?they won seven out of 10 jousts iwith Pacific Coast elevens last f fall eight counting the Rose I'teowl kilt and lost only one jsince two resulted in tie scores. There are nine important in- "f prsprtional Hashps honVpr! hp- jtween the West and Midwest t beginning tomorrow afternoon $ and the way the folks tell it nere, we can expect to win oniy lone again. POOR PACIFIC COAST ) That one will be history repeating itself. The good people . from the corn belt admit Wis- Li fconsin again has a general lack pt class and agree that California should beat the Badgers a couple of weeks hence. It is apparent to' the most casual reader that the experts In these parts are in complete jdiscord with us of the West over Iowa and VUCLA here on khe morrow. 1 They have the Hawkeyes L pized up as a "well-balanced pombination ot capame veterans with , promising sopho-inores." J The " only concession these people will make, beyond weak Wisconsin, .is that if we had Indiana on one of our schedules we might also have a fhance there. Sew strength . j Dick Cullum, an astute observer from the Minneapolis jTribune, although perhaps lightly prejudiced, rounds it up this way: " "Midwestern football, embracing the Western , Conference and the powerful independents, Notre' Dame and Michigan State, m Is bursting tvith quality once "more. -J "It is prepared to maintain Its reputation as the strongest of the major football sections and to bid for the national team Championship with several yvorthy contenders, chief of which, again, should be Notre Dame and Michigan. "In the Western Conference there is, at the same time, an unusual concentration of experience in a large number of senior itars and the most abundant hew strength uncovered since prewar days. Loss by graduation was light, gain by infusion f sophomore talent was heavy." COLLEGE GRID SCORES t LOCAL i College of Pacific, 52: Loyola, 0. t Pomona, 34; San Diego Marines, 28. ;Whittier, 20; Santa Barbara, 6. J Santa Ana, 31; Santa Monica, 0. J Terminal Island, 27; San Diego N.AS, 7. jEast LAJC, 27; Chaff ey College, 19- - J PACIFIC COAST Treasure Island Navy. 21; Port ot Embarkation (S.F.). 14. Oregon Tech, 19; Placer JC. 0. Palo Verde JC, 32; Dixie College (Utah, 0. Muir College. 19: Hartnell. 0. Santa Rosa JC, 55; Lassen JC, 7. t ' Wow!! That's really putting it on the line. Coach Henry, (Red) Sanders, the . Bruin mentor, , said he guessed it was too late to turn back, now that he had heard all this, and promised that the Uclans would go ahead with tomorrow's game, as planned. Coach Howie Odell has his Washington Huskies up at Minneapolis where the situation is even darker for the Coast representative and we must presume that he too will muddle along the best way possible , against the Gophers tomorrow.. Up there, it is explained, Coach Berriie Bierman has some new backfield speed furnished by promising sophomores who will go -to work behind a bulwark of veteran first,' second and . third-string, linemen who proved their worth a year ago. IRISH STRONGER We are told that the Irish, who two-time us with a game against Washington a week hence and the Trojans late in November, have made vast improvements in the quality and t versatility of its backfield while losing iiiue, u anyuimg, in me !Une,;,: Bill Gay, Bill Barrett and Steve ; Sitko . are the three big Notre Dame backs mentioned. Barrett Is so terrific, 'tis said, that he forced All-American Sitko; out of right half into the fullback spot. As one ( scribe put it: . ".'- . "The Gaj'-Sitko-Barrett trio -of ball carriers under the -field generalship of Bob Williams is likely to be something not seen on the nation's gridirons 6ince " Crowley, Layden and 'Miller under the generalship of Harry Stuhldreher." Well!!! , -V WOE IS WEST -- What about the Michigan that plays Stanford in a week, or the Ohio 'State that tackles Troy two Saturdays hence? Over at Ann Arbor they say ' Chuck - Ortmann's long range passing to some fast, deceptive receivers, plus a powerful fullback, in Don Dufek, all behind ample line material, makes the Wolverines positively terrific. At Columbus the report is that Ohio State's Pandel Savic is the most dependable passer in the Big Ten and that two new stars, Ray Hamilton, and Walt Klevay, are supplying new backfield and deception. P.S. Let's see, the score of a forfeited game would be only 1 to 0, wouldn't it? Peninsula College, 26; Grant Tech. 0. Willamette, 23; Central Washington, 0. EAST Boston U., 33; Syracuse, 21. Oklahoma at Boston College, postponed, rain (game to be played tonight). New, Haven Tchrs., 32; New Bedford Tchrs., 7. Mt. St. Mary's, 47; Kings (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), 0. West Chester (Pa.) Tchrs., 46; Albright, 6. California (Pa.) Stale TchrS., 25; Edinboro, 12. Turn to Page t, Column S Champ Stars Drop 7-2 Nod to Seattle A combination of Seattle de termination and a natural Hollywood letdown following the Stars' pennant-clinching1 victory of Thursday resulted in a 7-2 win for the Rainiers last night at Gilmore Field. . - Charley Schanz scattered eight hits for his 21st win to provide the visitors with a half-game edge over the ban Diego Padres in their battle . for fourth spot and a share in the play-offs. The Padres and Angels were -fogged out last night. Schuster Leads Glen Moulder was chased in the middle of a five-run splurge in the third frame and was tagged with his ninth setback. Jean Roy and Chet Kehn finished for him. Irv Noren's 28th. homer in the third after George Fallon . got aboard on- an error failed to prevent the Rainiers from snapping the Stars seven-game win string, r Billy Schuster with four hits and Leo Mohr with three led the winners attack. Schuster was ejected in the eighth by Umpire Al Somers for. protesting a play at first base. . -y A crowd of 3556 attended. ; - ' Foal Tfp Tiny Art Schallock (11-9) of the Stars and Rugger Ardizoia (8-8), who was traded by Fred Haney for John O'Neil last spring, are - tonight's mound rivals . . . Terrell C. Drinkwater, president of Western Air Lines, played Santa Claus last night, giving Haney a wrist watch and a model plane for his desk and presenting every player with an ' electric razor . , . Pinky Woods was tin . uniform but still snaky from tne arterenects or a flu attack ..i.-.-Irv Noren-will be honored as the most; popular and most valuable player on the Stars and the most valuable in the.league in ceremonies between- contests Sunday. .- v , 1 ; SMttl Mnhr. Schustar.sa StwieUn.rf Booker. lb .ill.lf Tork.2h Grasso.l Alhri'r.mi-8b Srtiinz..p Lyne.3b inn A HtllyvM Alt ft 4 S 3 K O 2 0 X 3 2 1 3 0 11 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 O 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 H 2 .1 a W o e o o 0 Genorpsa.M 3 Fallon. 2b 0 N'orm.rf 0 Gorman. rf " 0 Stereos. lh 4 kallcher.lt 0 Banw.Sb 2 ITrum-.a 0 Moulder. V 1 Bojr.p a-Wakafleld ' Kenn.p b Franklin Total -38 14 27 10 Total 34 8 2T 17 a Flied out for Roy tn 7th. b broondMl nut for . Kahn In 9th. SCORR BT INMNGS S.attle 10510090 07 Hollywood 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Pitcher IP AB It - H KR BB SO Sohanj 9 34 2 8 1 4 4 Ro 5 20 4 9 1 3 1 Moulder 3 11 3 Z 1 Kehn ........ 7 O 3 0 0 Rrht:ar. 2. LOR Seattle, ft: "Hollywood. "I. 2B oren. Schuster. Grasso. rm-ivoren. SB Mohr, Schuster. RBT Neill, 2. Rharidan. Tork. 2, Schuster. Noran. 2. DP Tork to Schuster to Backer: Geneves to Fallon to fte- vens. 2: Schuster to Becker; Albright in Tork to Becker. - Winner Bchana. JUwer Moulder. Attaudanca 35oe. Radio, Television Football Slate UCLA vs. Iowa, KMPC, 11:15 a.m. SC vs. Navy, KHJ, 2:15 p.m.; KECA-TV, 2:15 p.m. California vs. St. Mary's, KAGH, 2:15 p.m. Stanford vs. Harvard, KNX, 2:15 p.m. Northwestern vs. Purdue, KECA, 10:45 a.m. Notre Dame vs. Indiana, KFI, 11:45 a.m. and Bob Smith can't keep end zone. Rams captured TROJANS, NAVY CLASH BEFORE 75,000 TODAY BY' BRAVEST DYER It's Navy day in Los Angeles today, but unless all the experts are wrong the sunset will have a decided Cardinal and Gold tinge this evening- The team which Is supposed to win the Pacific Coast Conference football championship meets the team which couldn't win a game during 1948; '2:30 is kickoff time and the scene of the crime is the Coliseum. , Not for 25 j-ears have the famed Middies of the United States Naval Academy displayed their gridiron w a r e 8 , In Southern California. That was the 1&4 Rose Bowl game when a favored Washington team had to settle for a 14-14 tie. Cadets Held Even Supporters of the Midshipmen are hoping for some such miracle today against Jeff Cravath's solid choice Trojans. They'll be among the 75,000 fans scheduled to sit PENNANT RACES AT A GLANCE .-; A.MERICA.V LEAGl'E i-- W I. Pet. t New York 93 83 .637 - 8 Boston ' 91 55 .623 I i Qamea behind. tOamea to play. Remainint schedulea: New. York Home t6) Boston. 3; Phil-delphia. 3. Away (2) Boston. 2. Boston Home (2i New York. 2. Away (6 New York, 1; Wshinton, 3. NATIONAL LEAGUE . ' ' ' ', ' ' w L Pet- St.XouU .......... 93 54 .633 7 Brooklyn 93 55 .628 6 Gamea behind. tGamea to play. Remaining schedules: St. Lcrul-Hom 2 Chlcaio, 2. Away (5 1 ChicatOv 3; Pittsburgh. 2. Brooklyn Home 2i Philadelphia. 2. Away (4 Philadelphia. 2: Boston. 2. ANCHORS AWEIGH y y$ -xyw:yy yxw v- y . r' : : - i I Kyr" t . 1 ;f t'A .v 1 moil 1 iwii n if-vt ' - ' - i ' & itiiylrT- ' r- . . 1 - .1 t: 4p7rrilBRrsolf , :yyfrxryy!p up with Ram end as he hauls in 27 - 24 decision with thrilling last in on the 1949 debut of the squad which closed last year's so-so season by holding unbeaten Notre Dame to a 14-14 draw. This achievement, while noteworthy in national gridiron circles, was no more spectacular than Navy's earlier feat of tying unbeaten Army, 21-21, in the annual service classic. . ' So, to open the daytime collegiate season ln'.Los. Angelesv we have the two Cinderella tevams of 1948 arrayed for battle. If the weather man behaves himself it could be quite a struggle but the forecast is for continued warm weather and that's not conducive to sharp football. Coach George Sauer has 14 players who participated in that historic Army tie while Cravath can counter with 16 who came within a whisker of trimming mighty Notre Dame. . v ... Scrappy . Tars Both coaches have lost many starters from 1948 so it remains to be seen who comes up with the best new talent- Troy's opening line-up features nothing but lettermen. Navy is counting heavily on "youngsters" from last year's unbeaten Plebes. What the Middles lack in experience they, hope to make up in condition and fight. It is no secret that Sauer has had his squad together since July, including a six-week crui?e on an aircraft carrier. Despite the intense heat, the Middies looked sharp in their Brookside Park drill Thursday. Yesterday they tried the Coliseum. Cravath lost such 1948 stand Here's how Middies of Navy pass in extreme corner of quarter finish. Times photo by Art Rotr outs as Don Doll, Jack Kirby, George Murphy, Dean Dill, George Schutte, Bob Hendren, Bob Bas-tian and Ernie Tolman. But the Trojan mentor Inherit ed such talented newcomers as Johnny Fouch, Bill Bowers, Al Baldock, Pat Duff, Ned Vukovich, Frank Gifford, Jim and Johnny Williams, Norm Hayes and Glenn Souers, not to mention such holdovers as Wilbur Robertson and Walt Ashcraft who "saved" their eligibility last fall. Title Bound? Put them all together with such veterans as Jim Powers, Billy (Bull Moose) Martin, Jay Roundy, Art, Battle, Ralph Pucci arid a flock of, linemen headed by Volney Peters, Jim Bird, Bob Stillwell and Harold Hatfield and according to the experts they're supposed to spell championship, Sauer has a snappy passer in Sophomore Bob Zastrow, who weighs 210 and. can run the ball, too, when required. He skippered Turn to Page 2, Column 4 TODAY IN SPORTS FOOTBAIVL Southern California vs. Navy, Coliseum, 2:30 p.m. Pepperdine vs. Arizona State (Tempe), Inglewood, 8:15 p.m. BASKBAI,L, Hollywood vs. Seattle, Gilmore Field, 8:15 p.m. HORSE RACING Pomona Fair, 12:30 p.m. JAIaOPY RACING -Culver City Stadium, 8:30 p.m. WRESTLING Southwest Arena and Jeffries Barn, 8:30 p.m will line up against Trojans in Woterfield's 46-Yard r Field Goal Tops Lions BV FRANK FINCH Jeepers. Rams, 27; Lions, 24. i . Battled to a standstill and then overtaken by a Detroit; team which was doped to lose by at least two touchdowns, Los Angeles rallied valiantly before 28,077 thrill-saturated Coliseum. customers last night to post a victory in the National Football League opener. -" ' Trailing 17-24 with only eight minutes to go, the Rams shoved across 10 points on Norm Van Brocklin's 19-yard touchdown pass to Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch and Bob Waterfield's decisive 46-yard field goal.1 Rookie Comes Through Waterfield's clutch kick, coming with only 2m. 10s. remaining, broke a 24-24 deadlock, but you've got to hand it to the sensational rookie from Oregon University, Brother Van Brocklin, as the guy who turned shocking defeat into ecstatic victory. Van Brocklin, who had thrown only one pass in four Ram exhibition games, entered the contest late in the final period when the Rams looked like fair game for Forest Lawn. ' Bo McMillin's' scrappy Lions had just intercepted two of Water-field's passes to score 10 ' points on Bullet Bill Dudley's 42-yard field goal and Fred Enke's 38-yard heave to Cloy ce Box to put. the visitors ahead.' Spear Fears It was Rams ball, first and five on their own 24 when the Web- foot All-American was paroled from the bench. His first pass missed by a mile. Then he speared Tom Fears down the middle for a first down on the 29. Bob Shaw took Norm's next toss for nine more. Van Brocklin completed his third straight pass out In the fiat to Tank Younger, and the 218-pound Negro rookie halfback barreled his way 33 yards to the Lion 29U Van Brocklin overthrew Fears in the end zone by inches and was wide on his next one to Hirsch. But Fears caught one for 10 yards and a first down on the 19, and Crazy Legs then faked Halfback Bob Smith out of his drawers and took the ball to his bosom in the end zone. Waterfield kicked goal. ' Five completions in eight tries for '76 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a youngster. That made the count 24-24. Waterfield Kick It' After the ensuing kickoff, Clyde Le Force replaced Enke and his first fling was intercepted by Don Currivan on the Lion 34. Here, Clark Shaughnessy alternated with Van Brocklin and Waterfield on every play. It was third down and 12 when Waterfield came in for the second time. With Fred Gehrke holding, dependable ' Bob sent the ball true to the target. After the game McMillin told reporters that the Rams "are every bit as good as the Eagles," and added that the Lions played their best game of the year. It was the seventh straight victory over the Lion3 for .Clark Shaughnessy's club. ? Crazy Legs Hirsch came Into his own as a Ram star, scoring two touchdowns and being the Turn to Page 3, Column intrsectionol gridiron clash this 'Spy' Charge by Iowa on . .. . Eve of Game ! . "Br PAUL ZLMMERMAX" Times Sports Editor IOWA CITY, Sept. 23 On the eve of their football game with UCLA, athletic officials of the University of Iowa charged tonight that a formef ' Iowa player had been in communication with Coach Henry (Red) Sanders concerning; the game that takes place tomorrow between the two schools here. : The Bruin mentor readily ad-v mitted that he had three phone ' calls from the fdrmer' Hawkey athlete, said that he received no information pertinent to the game: and if he had received it he would have paid no attention to it. Player Identified . Although Iowa officials did not" immediately divulge the name of the player, Al Couppe, Des Moines" radio reporter, contacted JimC Lawrence, former Iowa athlete,-and Lawre'nce readily admitted' that he had been in communication with Sanders. . f Sanders previously said he hadj talked to Lawrence three times j but that he would not permit the use of the man's name until Iowa officials revealed it. Couppe, former Iowa quarter-' back, quoted Lawrence as saying:" "I made three phone calls to Coach , Sanders but gave him no information. I kiddingly told hint ' on the third call that Iowa was going to use the four-man line but any coach knows that would be "v ridiculous against a single wing." . "Anderson Checks Up f Coacty Eddie Anderson said he talked to the athlete today. Coach Anderson i said the athlete t0ld him he had held four conversations with Sanders, the first of which came as a result of a phone call from Sanders at 2 o'clock in the morning. . ' This Lawrence and Sanders de- nied. i, , Coach Sanders readily admitted i that he was well acquainted with the lad, who came to Vanderbilt -after the. war and sought admis- -sion there. Coach Sanders said, "we kept his credentials which were from Leavenworth (Kan.) High School s Turn to Page 3, Column 2 A a. 1 n S S f U afternoon in Coliseum. :."-; ; . :" " Time phot

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