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BASEBALL - Â· Â» Â· Des Moines Western league club will oppose Mason City semipro team in opening games of schedule, carded for April 28, 29. FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1934 BASEBALL Mason City high school baseball schedule will open April 6 at local diamond. Sheffield will be first of opposing teams. NATIONAL LEAGUE PLANS FOR RECOVERY NEW BOSSES SET OUT FOR TOP OF 1934 STANDINGS Five-Cornered, Red Hot Run Predicted Before Flag Is Safe for Season. Chiozza Gets WinningRun for Two Tilts MacFayden Allows 4 Safeties in 6 Brackets. (The following review of National Icaeue pennant pronpects. based on first-hand nnnljnl, ,,( tnUnlni; OUIID . activities by Anioclntcd tress stuff men, Is the seventeenth of a uprtng baseball series.) By ALAN GOULD (Associated Press Sports Ed'tor) NEW YORK, March 30. J The National league is tlying it own blue eagle this spring, -testifj .ing to a recovery program alread well under way. Since the Giants regained worl championship prestige for the ol guard last fall, new owners hav taken hold of the tail end Cincinnat (Reds, three pennant challenger have fortified their lineups at con siderable expense and four ne\ managers have taken charge of th spring drills. See Sensational Race. The combined outlook is for a sensational championship race, with the Giants picked as tie club to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates loom ing most impressively among four real rivals of Bill Terry's aggressive outfit. Baseball men do not figure it is 5n the book for the Giants' pitching staff to repeat its marvelous 193; performances, especially as the aic of the heady Gus Mancuso behinc the bat will be missed for at leasl another month. However, those who think the New Yorkers were in over their heads, getting all the breaks last season, may get the surprise of their lives. The club will not give tip without the hardest kind of a fight and Terry's intention to make every spot count is demonstrated by his abrupt trade of George Davis, centerfielder, to the Cardinals for the hard hitting George Watkins. J. Bucs J"eed Hurling. "Â· The Pirates, despite erratic pitching, finished second last year. Outside of the box the Bucs have more lall-around class than any other club Jin the league and the addition of Red Lucas figures to give the hurling department just the workhorse it needs. The Waners, Lindstrom, Vaughan, Thaynor and Suhr contributed to the league's highest-powered batting order, not excepting even the Chicago Cubs. Chuck Klein's addition to the Chicago outfield, at a cost of $125,000, figures to pay substantial dividends. Much also is expected from a Rookie pitcher, Dick Ward, and George Stainback an expensive, outfield recruit. If the Cubs' pitching veterans, such as Bush, Malone and Root can combine a return to form, pennant calculations probably will have to be revised. Cards, Braves in Scrap. The St. Louis Cardinals and Bos- (Turn to Market Pape) By THK ASSOCIATED PKESS WINTER HAVEN, Fla., March 30.--Lou Chiozza, who came here with the least publicity, has the best chance among candidates for infield vacancies in the ranks of the Phillies. It was Chiozza who drove in the winning run against the Boston Red Sox yesterday, repeating his performance of their previous encounter. YANKEES ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--Danny MacFayden, veteran right hander, finally has turned in a game that makes it appear as though he'll be of considerable use to the New York Yankees this season. Danny pitched the first six innings against the Boston Braves yesterday, granted only four hits and one run. He walked none and fanned three. TIGEBS LAKELAND, Fla.--Detroit's Tigers, beaten by the Athletics again Thursday, 5 to 3, came back to their own training camp today to meet the Columbus team of the American Association. Although each team got 10 hits Thursday, the Macks hit when hits meant runs. SENATORS BILOXI, Miss.--After two consec- itive lickings by the Cleveland Indians, Manager Joe Cronin has put his Washington Senators back into ort of a laboratory workout on mseball fundamentals. For two hours yesterday the kid nanager had his charges practicing he. fine points of both defensive and offensive play, including a. bit of base stealing. GIANTS ORLANDO, Fla.--The ball may Je livelier but you can't prove it by he New York Giants. They seem to e the same light hitting team that von the world championship last 'ear .through, super-fine pitching nd all-around .alertness. So-far they have'compiled a bating average of .251.in IS games. DODGERS ORLANDO, Fla.--As if he didn't ave worries enough, Casey Sten- el, manager of the Brooklyn Dodg- rs, now has lost the services tem- orarily of one of his best outfield- rs. Danny Taylor got his knee in the ray of a fast ball tossed by Walter eck in batting practice and prob- bly will be on the sidelines a week. - ATHLETICS FORT MYERS, Fla.--The Phila- elphia Athletics* "home season" in lorida is over but the weeding pro- ess goes on apace. George Detore and Rip Radcliff, onvinced that it really was a deal, ave gone to their new club, Louis- lie. Ed Carroll, semi-pro pitcher, on his way home to Baltimore American League Better Balanced Than in a Decade, Says Cochrane More Spirit Will Be Shown on Ball Field for Season Turn to Market I'njje) MAGIC! To be different, the Easter rabbit speaks the magic words . . . and the man pops from the hat . . . . To be correct, the style-conscious man will pop into Gildner's and pop out with one of the new hats, just unpacked, for Spring wear . . . . They lend that magic touch! All 'fur felts by Longley and John B. Stetson. All shades- All sizes. ^ $ 3^ $ 5 $ 6= With Easter looming large on your calendar, get to know Gildner's . . . . and step right out with the EASTER PARADE Get to Know Buy This Week and Save the Tax EDITOR'S NOTK: Tl.lg Ij the (,, ur ||, of a scries of cljlit artlclea written fur The Associated ITeaÂ» by Mg lenirao managers, nlvliig their view 011 the Â«im- Ing scuson. By MICKY COCHRANE (Manager Detroit Tigers) LAKELAND, Fla. (.Â«--No matter where a lot of major league ball clubs wind up this year, including the Tigers, I am sure more aggressive spirit will be shown on the field and that the games will be more hotly contested. The American league, to my mind, is better balanced than at any time in the 10 years I have been in the circuit. Fellows like Bucky Harris, Rogers Hornsby, Walter Johnson,' Joe Cronin and myself--all either in a new job or with comparatively brief experience as a manager will have the teams hustling right from the start. Breaks Mean Upset. More clubs figure they have a chance to be in the pennant hunt than usual. No team is really outclassed, so far as I can see, and a few good breaks for one club or another might upset all advance calculations. I consider the Senators and the Yankees as the clubs Detroit must beat if we are to be up there fighting for the championship. I feel sure we have a real first division prospect, but I would not care to make a flat prediction on where the Tigers will finish. Baseball has too many uncertainties to start trying to pay off before the race is even begun. Have Doubtful Spots. There is not a team in the league outside of Washington which hasn't at least one or two doubtful spots in the lineup. If the men we have available come through at third base and shortstop; if we get the power we expect from batters like Goose Goslin and big Hank Greenberg, our first baseman; and if our pitching staff measures up to all the real stuff I know it's got--why, you will be hearing from us right up to and including September. I have no hesitation in saying I think we have the best pitching in the league, with the possible exception of Cleveland. Tom Bridges, Fred Marberry and Vic Frasier will do the heaviest work and most consistent winning, aided by Elon Hogsett, Charles Fischer, Vic Sorrell and, I hope, at least two of the three outstanding recruits--Elden Auker, Luke Hamlin and Steve Larkin. Third Base Only Doubtful Spot. I expect to catch at least 125 games myself and get my share ot base knocks. I have been averaging better than 130 for the last nine years, and I don't see any reason why I can't keep it up for two or three more seasons, at least. My legs feel just about as good as ttey ever were. The only position that isn't set is third base. Marvin Owen will get another good chance to come through, but we also have a good looking prospect in Herman Clifton, the Cincinnati boy who played with Beaumont in the Texas league last year. If this great young fielding -hortstop, Frankie Parker, could hit, I might move Rogeli over to third, but that isn't likely to develop. Parker is one of the best defensive shortstops I have ever seen. Will Handle Infield. Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer, the best second baseman in the league, will take care of the other side of the infield. The outfield will start with Goslin in right, Ervin Fox in center and Gerald Walker in left. I think they will give us more punch than the Tigers have had since the days of Cobb and Crawford, Manush" and Heilman. Goslia is the kind of a hitter who breaks up a ball game, and I was tickled to death to get him in the trade with Washington in exchange for Jonathan Stone. Walker is the best base runner in the league, and he will hit .300. He and Fox are both just past 25 and developin" rapidly. BULWARK HOPEFUL DETROIT TIGERS . . ; Cochrane new manager of the Detroit. Tigers, can see plenty of pitching and batting power in his1934 entry, with Tommy Bridges ( l e f t ) , the chronic "comer-close" to no-hit games, as the ace of the a ' ' " k G TM e " ber t o Out of the Pressbox -By AL MITCHELL- GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) New York (N) 5; Brooklyn (N) Philadelphia (N) 6; Boston (A) Columbus (AA) 7; St. Louis (N) Philadelphia (A) 5; Detroit (A) 3. Boston (N) 7; New York (A) 2. Cleveland (A) a; New Orleans (SA) 4. Chicago (N) 5; Pittsburgh (N) 1. 0. Bigger and Better When the open season on rabbi' rolls around again, here's an idea o catching the wary cottontails, heard recently of a Minnesota nun er who carries heavy logs into h. fields, paints a large black spot o the end of each and then run through the brush to scare up som rabbits. * * * The rabbits, frightened, thin the black spot is a hole in the loj and knock themselves silly trying t jump into it ... silly is right. * * * Practically as good a story is that told by a Marshalltown fisherman, who was preparing for May 15 and the opening of the general fishing season by stocking up on equipment. He had just purchased a new silk line, wound it on a reel, and tossed the tackle into his automobile seat. * * * The line caught on something, an^ as he drove, unwound from the reel When the angler discovered wha t xd happened, the line was stretch ed to three times its normal length At any rate, he reeled it up again ind had a full reel when only one- third of the line was rolled up. * * * Most unique in the annals of fishing is the explanation of "grabbling,' which is a sport native to England apparently, and found only in Soutl Carolina. Robert Quillen. editor and jublisher of the "Fountain Inn Tribune," tells about it. -- * * The grubbier works close to stream banks, where fish rest, for most part, but swims and dives at times, if he finds it necessary to go into deeper water. Having come across a fish, possibly at a depth of six feet, he reaches beneath the quarry and strokes it gently until its suspicions are lulled, then inserts a quick thumb and forefinger through the gills and out comes the fish. Old timers who stay under the water for 60 seconds or more sometimes manage to get one in each hand. Probably the custom was less of a sport in England than it was a game poacher's trick, but it's common enough in the Carolina territory now, says Quillen. Hoodoo Stuff The other day a story from Decorah told about three graduates and former students of Luther college who had qualified their teams for state basketball tournaments in as many states. Leonard A. "Doc" Torvick, who was also a Gustavus Adolphus athlete, was one of the trio, his Mechanic Arts high school team from St. Paul going into the final Minnesota state tilt with Chisholm. * * * Chisholm. a quintet which had been up to the state tour- ney for five seasons without a victory, finally won the Minnesota championship. A game which nearly took Mechanic Arts out of the running before the final was that against Mankato, which the St. Paul boys won in the last second on a long basket. * * * 'Tis said around Mankato that hoodoo affected the result oÂ£ th contest. At 8 o'clock the evening o the game--the scheduled startin time--Coach and Mrs. Louis Tod nern had been married 13 years. * * * Hunters... and Others In the little items about things i. sports, notice that the two Welte brothers of Ottosen, in Humbold county, have killed 16 red fox sine, last Dec. 1. * * * Or that decoy ducks, ordinarily used by hunters to lure wild fo\vl into shooting distance, are being used in the east to lure the wild birds to their dinner. Connecticut game w a r d e n s found it necessary to feed ducks threatened with starvation as blizzards fell, but th- birds were cluttered in a slush ice that would not support a man's weight. Decoys were put on shore, grain scattered near them, the live birds were frightened into taking the air, and the rest was a matter of letting nature take its course. * * * Then there are four North lowans who will probably take over jobs on he State Teachers track squad this pring': Herbert Jenkins, Waukon, who does the short dashes and low mrdles; Earl Meikle, Oelwein, also i dash man and relay team member; Clair Kraft, also of Oelwein, a miler, and Beverly LaDage of Wa- Â·erly, high jumper. * * * With the Hawkeye baseball team n Illinois is Charles Mau of Britt. whom Otto Vogel selected as one f four pitchers to make the open- ng trip with the Iowa club. Â·Joppe, Cochran Clash for Balklme Cue Lead CHICAGO, March 30. (JP)--Willie :oppe of New York, and Welker ochran of San Francisco, two old ivals of the billiard wars, will clash or possession of first place in the nternatibnal 18.2 balkline title ournament. The pair, with Eric Hagenlacher f Germany, were tied for the lead 'ith two victories and one defeat, oppe came back yesterday to rounce Ora Morningstar, San iego, veteran, 400 to 34, while ochran defeated Hagenlacher in he most bitterly contested match f the tournament, 400 to 345 last ight. T WRESTLERS IN STATE MEET 7 Mason Cityans Entered in Des Moines Amateur Event of Week-End. Seven Mason Cityans will take part in one of the biggest amateur sporting events in the state this week-end, as they journey to Des Moines to enter the second annual Y. M. C. A. wrestling tournament. George Haynes, "Sandy" Sanderson, and Bob Leewright. 118 pound- ers, Walt Leewright, 107 pounder, Mike Martin and Billy "Red" Martin, 135 pounders, and Al Stoecker, 175 pound class, are the Mason City entries. 200 Take Part. 'Y" officials announced that the 200 entries would necessitate constant use of four rings in order to run off all matches by Saturday night when the champions in 12 classes will have been crowned. Competitors for championships in :hose 12 classes have been drawn from-universities, colleges, athletic clubs, unattached lists and Y. M. C. A.'s from all over the state. Big names appear along with un- cnows in the entry list. Several entrants have been undefeated this year. Only one champion from last year's matches, Haven Sanders, n the 135 pound class, Iowa Falls A. C., will be back to defend his itle. Several wrestlers who com- eted last year will enter again his year but in different classes. Martin, Pusslck Strong. Two names loom up in the heavyweight class--those of George Marin who carries the colors of the Cagle Grove A. C., and Gilmore 'assick, Des Moines Y. M. C. A. Vtartin wrestled four years at Iowa tate, winning the national A. A. J. and Collegiate championships at 65 pounds. He also won the mid- vest A. A. U. championship at 165 this year. Passick was the runner- p in the heavyweight division at ast year's "Y" meet and has been ndefeated this year. He was inter- ational Y. M. C. A. champion in 933. Ivan Passick, brother of Gilmore; toecker, Mason City Y. M. C. A.; and Vernie Tryon, CCC, Drakesville, re all rated high in the 175 pound ass.. Midwest Champ In. Standout in the 1G5 pound group ppeared to be Bill Unsdcrfer of rakesville CCC, winner of the mid- est A. A. U., and undefeated so ir this season. The 145 pound weight drew the ggest entry list of any class, al- ost 30 boys signing up. No par- cularly well known names ap- eared in the list, and it was ap- arent that close bouts would be 10 order of the day. The other classifications are: 35, 126, 118, 112, 107, 102 and 97 mnds, Tourney Gets Gross of $574 in Mason City Local School Placed Midway Down List of Sectionals. Placed midway in the list of centers, according to the gross receipts at each school, Mason City high schools sectional basketball tournament drew $574.95, according to announcement by the Iowa High School Athletic association and the Associated Press. The amount was twenty-first in the list of 42 schools. A marked in crease in Iowa basketball interes is noted in the more than 25 pe cent increase in gross receipts a the sectional tournaments tills yea as compared to last year. Gross Was Â§23,792. The 1933 sectional meets drew a gross gate of only 517,706.30 a compared with this year's figure o J23.792.8S. Waterloo fans, their interes whetted by the fact that the finals would be held at Cedar Falls, con tributed the largest amount, the sectional meet at West Waterloo high school yielding a gross income of 51,159.55. Several of the smaller cities that held tournaments ranked high in the gross receipts. Onawa was second with 5850.30, while Sac City, Reinbeck and Estherville, along with Creston, Council Bluffs and Ottumwa, attracted crowds of more than 5700. Maquoketa Smallest. The smallest total, $308.85, was turned in by the Maquoketa tournament. George Brown, secretary of the Iowa High School Athletic association, explained in his report that the tournament was held by Maquoketa at the request of the association although local school officials thsre felt that the record ot the Maquoketa team during the season did not warrant the holding of a meet there. Here are the gross receipts for the 42 sectional meets: On; C.rataa Wat'iiui.fi,is9.mi 8MI.30 74.1.IIS C, lllufs Otltimwa . . Site f l l y . Hi-Inlisrk .. Es'rvllle .. Shelilmt .. . Slcirni Lake Mart-nfro . . Boonfi .. Klkader AIKUTO . N. Ilumpto C. R u i i l d s . . WlnHrld . . DC* Mnlnes Ii!:i flruvfi . filmier . ... Mlison city 7311.00 7XI.GJ 725.KII 712.51) 7 0 I . 7 B (IM.40 1187.43 Rfl.l.ll) fiS 1.70 OS3.M (MS.SI) It Mara . . . S Onthrlc C'er JInrlati Wcbjfr C3ly State renter Slieticer . . . . Knuxvlllc . . Cnrwln . . . . MnnchcsliT.. Davenport . Fl. Madlnon Osceolii . . . . Montcziima.. Clitrinda . . . West Ilnlnn Fnlrflrld . . . Hampton . . . WJ.RII 1 3 1 . 4X1.(ill 47,1.211 404 .:IO 43II..1II 441.illl 494.111 64I1.R5 (121.43 Atlund. .W-.811 Plover ... B7II.90 OnlVvlllo. 374.!lfi Maquokcta 3X7.41) 335.0.T :U4.20 308.8.1 NORTH IOWANS PLAN SPORT CLUB SESSION The North Central Iowa Rod and Gun club plans to hold its next meeting at the Mason City Y. M. C. A. Tuesday, April 3, at 8 o'clock, Secretary Les Valentine announced Friday. PLAN FOR WARM WEATHER SPORTS AT T MEETING Softball Discussed as Winter Program Ends With Award of Basketball Honors. With weather more suitable to skiing or bobsledding out-of-doora, sportsmen met at the Y. M. C. A. Thursday night to wind up winter athletics and plan for next summer. Plans for Softball league play in, Mason City next summer were discussed by Softball Chairman Louis Wolf, who explained the recent intercity league proposition of the National Softball association, which was turned down by the local "Y." because of its required high investment, which would bring no apparent value to Mason City. Would Have Organized. The national association would have organized eight areas in Iowa with eight teams in an area, playing two games each week. A franchise would have cost $63, plus other fees. The Mason City Softball organization felt that nothing but the franchise would be given for the investment, and that the Y. M. C. A- wag not in a position to pick one team to represent the city, when local interest in the game was so widespread, Wolf said. The 60 foot diamond and enlarged bat, with the .12 inch ball, will be standard for local league play next summer, according to present plans. There has been some interest in a league for older men, to use the 45 foot diamond and larger ball, tho chairman said, and it is likely that such a league will be organized if interest is great enough. Pledge Local Interest. "Local interest and enjoyment" was pledged as the aim of the Y. M. C. A. officials for the Softball and 'eneral sports program. Announcement was also made Jiat batteryjuen who-- CKpact^ii*. nlay in the leagues may work out in the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium in the. near future. The players need not be members, but must furnish their own equipment. The question of lengthening tha Softball season or making up three eagues of six teams each will be aken up by the "Y" committee. It vas brought up for a short discus- ion at the Thursday meeting. Bakers Get Awards. The basketball season for the Y. VI. C. A. league was officially re- orded at an end as the loop trophy and medals won in found robin ilay were given to the Diamond Bread Bakers, cage champions of he past season. C. H. Lennan, manager of the team, received the tro- hy for the team. John Cookman, Ced Connelly and Cecil Tompkins vere members of the squad also resent. The awards were made by Dr. J. .. Pauley, of the basketball committee. O^ U H - H U H y e*n watt Have you ever looked yourself resolutely in the mirror and admitted: "Charles, you are a yes-man"? That is if you've permitted the lovely little Fran to get away with sen-ing '"bargain counter" coffees of dubious quality. You know, you can have the richly satisfying Hills Bros. Coffee with a saving perhaps your wife doesn't fully realize. Because of the greater abundance of delicious flavor and strength, Hills Bros. Coifee makes more fragrant, steaming cups. Don't he the yes- man any longer in coffee matters. Demand Hills Bros. Coffee, and if necessary, show Her that it not only tastes better--hut is a matter of better economics. 1933 Kills Brcs.