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Thursday, February 23, 1950
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2 PartIV-THURSDAY,FEB.23,19:0 tO$ 3itgdCS Cl'lUCS . t 0 'A RAMS7 FEARS TOPS NFL PASS CATCHERS PUTI .inFT PHTJ T-VH 9? ZW fnllrwv Rill Chinlpv nf thp Tom Fears, Los Angeles Ramsxew York Bulldogs, Jim Keanej enu, louay was jmuku me pc . (h rhif.wn Pin Swiac. ki of the New York Giants, Hugh Taylor of the Washington Redskins. Detroit's John Greene and the New York Bulldogs Ralph Heywood. Keane and Heywood each equaled an NFL record by catching 14 passes in one game. The Giants' Gene Roberts is credited with the season's long est touchdown pass, 85 yards. . ; hftyMfe. ''too wwa receiving enampion ot trie ja- lional Football League for the second year in succession. Fears is the second player in NFL history to win the honor twice running. Green Bay's Don Hutson did it first, eight years ago. The former UCLA star not only was 'way out in front of the league's receivers but he set a new mark by snagging 77 I passes, three more than the 1942 ! record set by Hutson. In , one game Fears caught . 11 aerials. I All told, Fears gained. 1013 yards for an average per catch of 13.2. He scored nine -touch-i downs. I The Detroit Lions' Bob Mann trailed Fears in the standings RADIO ANTICS Tom Fears, left, star end of the LA. Rams pro football team, and Bob Nowasky, center, who holds down an end position with the Baltimore Colts, shown in action with Emcee Walter O'Keefe on the "Double or Nothing" radio program yesterday. THE HYLAND FLING By DICK HYLAND The town is buzzing yet over the Strange Case of Clark Shaughnessy. Owner Dan Reeves says that Shaughnessy "resigned" as coach of the Los Angeles Rams. This is the same as throwing $30,000 down a rathole and Mr. Shaughnessy has never been known to be careless in money matters. Hence, Shaughnessy, with an Ironclad contract in his pocket which calls for that sum for the next two years, says he was "fired." All of it was quite sudden. Bob Waterfield, in Palm Springs when the story hit the papers, told me that he had not heard one whisper of the Strange Case of Clajk Shaugh-riessy until a day or two before. That, incidentally, was a day or two before Shaughnessy heard about it. What happened? Sliaughncssy says he docs not know. Reeves is saying nothing beyond his original statement. The latter was none too clear, so let's dig back and see what we can see that might have led up to the 1 explosion. Reeyes mentioned internal friction between Shaughnessy, his assistant coaches, his players and "others in the Ram organization." So let's tackle that first. Shaughnessy is probably the hardest worker in football.. He lives and breathes the game. It is probable he dreams football, too. Certain it is that he talks little else. During a season he is up early and he works late. He asks that his. assistants do likewise. When Shaughnessy was at Stanford Jim Lawson, then his assistant, told me he never worked harder or longer hours in his life than he was doing under Shaughnessy. "But, boy," added Jim. ."does he know football and am I learning things." Yes, I hfard Shaughnessy's assistants growling about how hard he was working them last season. But it was not then meant to be nor was it taken seriously. Indeed, George Trafton talked right in front of Shaughnessy and the story was printed here. So let's not take that one as a basic cause. Indeed, it is difficult to weep over any beef from any assistant football coach to the effect that he is being worked too hard at SS500 and up per annum. At those prices, work is to be expected. As for the players yes, they growl. All squads growl under all successful coaches. That's because a successful coach is one who works his men and works them hard. You can't be successful on football fields unless you do work hard and long on practice fields. What some of the boys used to say about Pop Warner, Howard Jones and Knute Rockne could hardly be printed. And those same things are now said of the Leahys, Blaiks and. their counterparts. But no one takes those growls seriously, either. Any time that Shaughnessy barked at a player under him it was only because that player was not doing what he was taking money to do. A pay-for-play boy should not need to be handled with kid gloves, albeit a pleasant correction is a happier one for all concerned. Any time Shaughnessy worked his assistants it was because he was paying them to work. As for the "others in the Ram organization," y e s, Shaughnessy is supposed to have told off a couple of hired hands who got in his hair. One, at least, knows nothing of football and both should have learned, early in their associations with Shaughnessy, that he has little patience with anyone who is not football-wise. Now we come to what, your Flinger suspects, is the real beef. Shaughnessy reputedly criticized the "front office" of the Ram organization which means Owner Dan Reeves in that he stated he wished it was more progressive. He told that, I am informed, to one of the Ram-owner partners. The next time he saw Dan Reeves he was fired. In between, players were interviewed, assistants questioned and, by coincidence, Shaughnessy was asked by an intermediary if he would consider coaching the Chicago Cardinals. He saici he was happy with the Rams. It is unfortunate that the situation had to arise. Certainly if any real beef was brewing, progressive front office action would have stopped it long before the boiling point was reached. As it is, the Rams have been having so many coaches follow one another that it is going to become increasingly difficult to hire a top hand. The job is getting tougher, too; football players are most likely not to listen too closely when they suspect a coach is not going to .be around very long. BASEBALL Continued from First Page It's News to Pan Officials if Center to Be Sold If the Pan-Pacific Auditorium and adjoining property is about to be sold its news to working officials of the Hollywood sports center. Owners E. L. Cord and his son, Charles Cord, were out of the State last. night, but Arena Manager Lyman Johnson .said the report was news to him. And Atty. . Ed Neuhoff, who represents the senior Cord in his local San Diego, the: Seals' spring business affairs, said he had no training troops numbered 30 to- j knowledge of an impending sale. The NFL merged with the All- America Conference at the . end of the season. The league, with 13 teams, will be known as the National-American Football League. Top pass receivers: SR.TO AO TD Pears, Los Angeles 77 1013 13.2 9 Maiyi. Detroit 66 1014 15.4 4 Chipley. Bulldogs 57 631 11.1 2 Keane. Bears 47 696 14.8 6 Swiackl, Giants 47 652 13.9 4 Taylor. Washington ... 45 781 17.4 9 Greene. Detroit 42 542 12.9 7 Heywood. Bulldogs 37 499 13.5 3 Roberts. Giant ... 35 711 20.3 8 Ferrante. Philadelphia . 34 508 14.9 5 Pihos. Philadelphia... 34 484 14.2 4 Lavern Roach's Condition Serious After Knockout NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (P) Roach was carried to his cor- I.avern Roach, Plainview (Tex.) middleweight, was taken to the hospital with "a severe hemorrhage and a possible skull fracture" tonight after being knocked out in the tenth round of a fight at St. Nicholas Arena. The Texan was felled twice in the final round by George Small of Brooklyn. Roach was carried from the ring on a stretcher and later was lushed to St. Clare's hospital. The hospital reported the and said he still was unconscious at midnight. Roach, essaying a comeback after a knockout loss to Marcel Cerdan in March, 101S, had the best of the early going against Small but tired visibly in the later rounds. lie appeared to be hurt in the eighth although he didn't go down. In the 10th he was dropped for a nine-count under a two-fisted attack. He wobbled to his feet just in time only to be smashed to the canvas again. This time Referee Frank Fullam stepped in to stop hostilities without counting. The time was lm. 07s. ner where he talked to his handlers and appeared fully conscious. Several times he rose to his feet as if to leave the ring. Each time he slumped back. Dr. Vincent Nardiello and handlers worked over the fighter for several- minutes after the arena had emptied. Then Roach was taken to his dressing room where the doctor worked over him for 15 minutes before arrival of the ambulance. Hockey Results PACIFIC COAST LF.AGl'E Los Angeles, 6; Fresno, 2. Portland. 5: New Westminster, 2. Seattle, 2; Tacom. l. NATIONAL LEAGl'K New York. 3: Chicago. 0. Toronto. 3; Boston, 1. AMERICAN LEAGl'K Providence. 3: Cincinnati, 2. Cleveland. 5; St. Louis, 4. B.iffalo, 7: New Haven. 2. Hershey, 2; Iartiananolis. 1. Pittsburgh, 6; Spnmlicld. 4. I" NIT ED STATES LEAGUE Mlnnenoolis. 2: Omaha. 1. Louisville. 6: St. Paul. 2. day as Manager Lefty O'Doul hustled the boys through their most strenuous and satisfactory workout of the season. Only two battery men still on the missing list are Pitcher El mer Singleton, who signed his , contract yesterda3 and Catcher) Roy Partee, who is expected toi sign tomorrow. Both are due this j week end. The signing of Singleton, who held out for more dough and didn't get it, leaves four Seals to come to terms. Iney are Out fielder Walter Judnich, Fartee, Shortstop Dick Briskie, rookie from Yakima, and First Baseman Les Fleming.' i Fleming has agreed to terms,1 although not yet officially signed, but Judnich and Briskie remain holdouts. Solons Open Drills Minus Three Holdouts ANAHEIM, Feb. 22 Two regular infielders and a pitcher from the majors were still unsigned today as the Sacramento Solons opened their spring train ing drills at La Palma Park. Len Ratio, shortstop; Pete Coscarart, second base, and Matt Surkont, purchased from the Chicago White Sox, have returned unsigned contracts. Outfielder-Ralph Hodgin and Catch- er Jim Sieiner have come to j terms but as yet have not reported to the training camp. Manager Ralph (Red) Kress hustled his charges through a lengthy workout today, doing almost as much work as the newest rookie. Sweeney Greeted by Eighteen Batterymen RIVERSIDE, Feb. 22 A turnout of 18 pitchers and catchers greeted Manager Bill Sweeney here today as the Portland Beav ers officially opened their 1950 spring training grind. Also on hand was First Baseman Vince Shupe who is expected to get a stiff run from Mickey Rocco, obtained from San Francisco, for the gateway job. Sweeney's biggest task appears to be the rebuilding of his pitching staff which will sore ly miss 23-game winner Hal Salzman, sold to Cleveland. Jack Creel, 32-year-old veteran who had a 16-10 record for Houston last season, is the top newcomer. General Manager Bill Mulligan said there were several players still unsigned but none are considered holdouts. The remainder of the squad isn't ex pected until March 1. Pitcher John Marshall Pleases Del Baker ONTARIO, Feb. 22 Big John Marshall made his first appearance on the mound in the San Diego Padres' spring training camp here today, and Manager Del Baker was pleased with the former Western International League pitcher's speed and the way he handled himself. "Marshall looks as if he would be of great help to us this season," Baker commented. Marshall was a 22-game winner for Bremerton last season. Sold to Victoria, Marshall was dratted from that club by San Diego, the Padres beating several other teams to the punch. Holdout Al Jurisich, veteran right-handed pitcher, has signed and is on the way here from New Orleans. Palmer, Pocekay Sign Oakland Contracts OAKLAND, Feb. 22 Lyle Palmer and Walt Pocekay, out fielders for the Oakland Oaks, have signed 1050 contracts, the club announced today. The story of the sale, heard frequently in local sports circles for the past few weeks, has been repeated in the past 21 hours. Gorgeous George Wins Mat Main His standing with the throng of 80 0 0 customers seriously threatened after loss of the sec ond fall, Gorgeous George fought back to gain the deciding fall against Emil Dusek in the main wrestling event last 1 night at Olympic Auditorium. The grunt and groan glamor guy grabbed the first fall in 16m. 4s.f dropped the second in 2m. 58s. and rallied to win in 4m. 20s. Other results: Terry McGinnis def. Wildcat Jones. Chris and Bata Zaharias battled to a 30-minute draw with. LuPe Fernandez and Ramon Duran, Dave Levin def. Ernie Piluso. Pair Peril One-Season Score Mark NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (JP) The eight-year-old single season scoring record of 777 points made by Brooms Abramovic of Salem (W.Va.) College in 1942, apparently will be broken before this basketball season ends. George King, of Morris-Harvey, W. Va., and -Nate De Long of River Falls, Wis., both are within striking distance of the mark. King and De Long have been waging a two-man race all sea son for high, individual scoring honors. The two were tied at 714 points until King rimmed 25 points Tuesday night again West Virginia Tech. That put King in the lead at 739 points. He needs only. 38 points to tie Abramovic's record and 39 to break it. De Long needs 63 points to tie and 64 to break it.' The top 11 scorers: Player and school G TG FT TP Kinn. Morris-Harvey 24 271 197 739 De Lone, River Falls (Wis.) 26 254 206 714 Mecabe, uras zai 12s sua Cope. Montana 25 229 128 E86 Arizin, Villanova 23 196 166 558 Lavoy, Western Kentucky. 26 224 107 555 Taff. Hanover (Ind. 23 218 117 553 Bontemps, Beioit 24 211 123 545 Giermak. William & Mary 25 215 107 537 Curry. Montana State ... 30 218 80 516 Dempsey, Kings (Del.)... 20 192 131 515 Ramirez Grabs Duke FRESNO, Feb. 22 (P) Felix Ramirez, 133, San Jose, tonight won a close 10-round decision over Jackie Blair, 130," Dallas. MONARCHS EXPLODE TO CRUSH FALCONS BY-CHARLES CURTIS Johnny Mitchell's Los Angeles Monarchs just about assured Bob Gracie and his Fresno Fal cons of an early return to their Canada homelands last night. The Monarchs, erupting with four goals in the final period, guage somewhat too strongly, was last night's hero. - He scored a goal, the Monarchs' first of the night, and supplied assists on three other?. His goal was a spectacular thing, a solo dash after taking a midrink pass from Johnny Ubriaco. Ubriaco had the next goal, a spanked the short-handed visi- swiftie from the right flank at tors by 6 to 2 before 1500 fans at 19m. 15s. to tie it up at the see the Pan-Pacific. lond-period ending. Victory put tne third place Then Eddy Mulligan, Sam Monarcns 14 points, or seven full games, ahead of the fourth-spot Falcons in the Southern Division of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. The Falcons would have to be within six points of the third-place club at the end of the regular season in order to qualify for the play-offs, and since there are but 11 games remaining for each team, it's a virtual impossibility for Fresno to make up the ground. Ticture Changes It was decidedly a Fresno evening for the first 13 minutes, the Falcons holding a 2-0 bulge to that point. But the Monarchs closed it to 2-all by the end of the second period and then went wild. The arena expert on such matters had a simple explana tion. Orchids were presented, after the second period, to certain lucky lady patrons and the presenters were the Monarch players, who followed each presentation with a resounding kiss. Whereupon the Monarchs went out and scored four goals. A very logical process. Eric Pogue, the young man with the great command of language who was benched for a few games for flavoring said lan- Kennedy, Tom Fowler and Jack Meldrum broke up the party in the final 20 minutes. Goalie Hec Highton, - who blanked 'em for the last 37 minutes, had the dubious distinction of being penalized six minutes in the first period, all for entanglements with Fresno's Joe Peterson. Matt Mesich, last year's league penalty king, served out the time for the goalie, being rated the Monarch most at home in the. penalty coop. Los Angeles Monarch Fresn Falcons Hishton . G Lamarch Kane ID Vickery Hunchulc KD J. Peterson Fowler C Robertson Hildebrand IW Baber Kennedy. EW Knox Spares: Monarchs Mesieh, Webster. Arundel, Watson. Posrue. 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