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BASEBALL Des Moines Western league club will oppose Mason City semipro team in opening games of schedule, carded for April 28. 29. BOXING Tompkins to fight in main event of Drum Corps' boxing show listed for Friday. April 13, ; in ring at Mason City armory. .' MONDAY, APRIL 9, 1931 Out of the PRESSBOX By AL MITCHELL---Saga of a Blond Bob Murphy, sports editor of the Knoxville, Ky., Journal, set down the following tales of the bush league baseball trail. They tell of a blond's costing the St. Louis Cards the loss of a great ball player . . . how Travis Jackson disobeyed his mother to join the Giants . . . m short, they are stories of the modern "ivory-hunter," the major league baseball scout. . i s e * Every sport has its "unsung heroes." In baseball, the nomination goes to those scouts who thrash their way through the bush leagues in search of promising diamond talent, "ivory," diamonds in the rough, and what-have-you. The average baseball fan never dreams of the trials and tribulations that go with discovering, and more important still, the signing of young play- Amusing stories have been told, but from the lips of Col. Bob Allen come several freak happenings that involve such men as Travis Jackson, Bill Dickey, Fred Marbery and others. * * * |Â», Would you believe It when I tell "'' you that a blond cost the St. Louis Cardinals Bill Dickey, recognized as one of the greatest catchers in baseball? "Some fellow dropped into our ball park at Little Rock one day and told us that he knew a great prospect at Hot Springs," Colonel Allen related. "I thought nothing of it for 3. couple of days. Then rain caused us to be idle and I suggested to my son, Edgar, and Lena Blackbume our manager, that we drive over to the resort. * * * "We arrived early. It was a game between two independent teams anc they came out to warm up about an hour before game time. I didnt know which player the old fellow had reference to, but I was watching all of them. Soon a big six- footer stepped behind the plate and threw five balls to second. I almost jumped out of my seat. He had the best throwing arm I had ever seen for a catcher. "I rushed Edgar and Lena down to the field with instructions to sign him. In less than 30 minutes, Edgar had scribbled a contract on a piece : . of tablet paper and the rangy player added his name. * * * "When Edgar returned, I asked 1 "What's his name?' . . . 'Some kid by the name of Dickey,' he replied "Just about 30 minutes after we signed Dickey, a scout from St Louis entered the grandstand. We learned later that he had been sen there to sign Bill, and also learned that he arrived in town that morn \ng but had a date with some gir (note: beware of blonds) and wha a costly date it was." Dickey went back to Little Rock frith Colonel Allen after the game caught Ra" Caldwell the next day as easily as though he was in a rocking chair, and the next season was sold to the Yankees for a sum reported to be well over $10,000. f t * * Another touch to the picture was added when the Chicago White Sox, who had the pick of Allen's club, turned thumbs down on Dickey. And can't you hear the grinding of teeth at this very moment ? Fred Marberry, to this day, thanks Colonel Allen for the fame and riches that are his. But he also might drop Fred Johnson, the New Orleans veteran, a letter of thanks some day. "I had a good report on Fred Johnson," Allen said. "He was playing with Mexia, Tex., and I went there to take a look. Imagine my embarrassment when I learned upon my arrival that San Antonio had already signed him. * * * "I went on to the game anyway. I noticed a big, raw-boned rookie. He had blazing speed and an overhand delivery. The day he pitched, Rod Whitney (now with Birmingham) caught him. I went for him in a big way from the start. "Scouts had passed up Marberry, but when I asked the owner of the club what he would take for the pick of all his players, he named $3,000. I went home empty-handed. I sent a scout back three different times to look at Fred. He seemed to get better all the time. Finally, I bought him after a great deal of dickering for $750. * * * "The next season Marberry was Â· going fine, a Detroit scout came to look him over. I'll never forget the day. Marberry was nervous. It was (Tarn to Market Paite) SENATORS FAVORED IN JUNIOR LOOP CHAMPS ON LIST OF MAJORITY AS POLL IS COUNTED Yankees Given Firm Hold on Second Place in Writers' Vote. By ALLAN GOULD. Associated Press Sports Editor. NEW YORK, April 9. OB--Given substantial vote of confidence despite their failure against the Giants in the 1933 world series, the Washington Senators are picked to repeat in this year's American league race, starting exactly one week from today in the National capital. Tabulation of votes in the eighth annual Associated Press pennant poll, conducted among major league sports writers and editors, shows the champions to be the choice of 49 out of 97 experts. This is slightly better than 50 per cent for Joe Cronin and his well-balanced crew. Tanks Hold Second. The conviction that the New York Yankees are the only club with a real chance to upset the Senators echoes from the fact that they are the choice of 33 observers to win the pennant. This vote gives Joe McCarthy's club a solid hold-on second rjace in the consensus. The rest of the clubs are picked to finish in this order: Boston Bed Sox, third; Detroit Tigers, fourth; Cleveland Indians, fifth: Chicago White Sox, sixth; Philadelphia Athletics, seventh; and St. Louis Browns, eighth. Experts May Hedge. Some of the experts may wish to hedge if Lefty Grove doesn't produce pitching results in keeping with his $125,000 price tag but the Red Sox are the sensatioo of the Gibson Sees Five Clubs in Hot Fight for Pennant, But Won't Name Order poll, nevertheless, with majority support for their first division chances and no less than eight observers naming them to dash off with the pennant. The Tigers and White Sox, the other two clubs benefiting from trades with the Athletics, are the only remaining long-shot choices to top the entire standing. In the consensus, however, Cleveland takes fifth place from the White Sox by a narrow margin, and the Indians may turn out to be the real dark horse of the race, if their exhibition performances against the world champion Giants are a criterion. Receive All Eatings. As an illustration of the extraordinary range of opinion expressed in the poll, the Tigers and White Sox received votes from, one source or another for every position in the final standing. Although they have some scatter :d supporters, the somewhat dismantled Athletics and Rogers Hornsby's hustling Browns are consigned to the depths. This marks the first time in the eight year history of the pennant poll that the A's lave been picked to finish outside ie first division. Experts Wrong Before, The experts have been crossed up before, and the situation may prove disconcerting this season when the james begin to count. Last year the Yankees were overwhelming favorites to win the pennant. The box score on the American league poll, showing the number of choices for each club in each position. Looks for Hot NationalLoop Battle in '34 EDITOR'S NOTE: This Is the eighth and last of a series Â«I stories written for The Associated Press by big league managers giving their views on the coming pennant races. By GEORGE GIBSON, Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates PITTSBURGH, Pa. (il'l--l look or a red hot race in the National eague this season. It should be as ight as last year's--and the fans re still talking about that one. It sizes up as a five-club affair nvolving Chicago, New York, St. xjuis, Boston and Pittsburgh. I'm lot picking them to finish in this irder. If I could call them that asily I wouldn't have to work as a laseball manager any longer. Giants Stand Fat. The Giants beat us out for the jennant and are standing pat. I don't blame Bill Terry for not mak- ng any major changes in his cham- donship team of last year. The big question is. of course, will the Giants, with practically no .hanges, stand up against clubs hat have improved noticeably over ast year? The Cubs have taken on Chuck tlein; a player who can hit like Jlein is bound to help any club. Cards Troublesome. St. Louis has a great pitching staff, a good infield and a hustling outfield. That team is certain to make trouble. Boston was handicapped last year by losing the services of a couple if good pitchers, Brandt and Brown Srandt was available only a part ol the season while Brown was out all _ p ear. With them back for regular duty Boston must be figured as a FRIDAY NIGHT BOXING ARMORY at 8:30 40--ROUNDS--40 FREDDIE JOHNNt TOMPKINS vs. MALONE Mason CUy St. 1'anl f; Ratuids at 136 Ibs. "SWEDE" ROLAND HARE vs. MALCOHM Fort ]}odgo Waterloo 6 Bounds at 191 LbJ. LEONARD \T5RS JOHNSON vs. GRICKLE Forest City Emmetstrars 6 Ronnds at 170 Lb9. HID ARN1E RIPPLEY vs. ARNOLD Charles City St. rani 6 Rounds at 141 Lbs. 5--OTHER GREAT BOUTS--5 Prices: 50c, 65c and 90c Plus Tax Toadies, Any Spat 23c Senators Yankees . Red Sox liners . Â· Indians . 1 . 40 . 33 . 8 , 6 . 0 '. 0 . 0 9 25 3 1 Local Lightheavy Maulers Listed in Drum Corps Battle . Two local lightheavyweights havi been signed to trade blows for S rounds in one of five Drum Corp preliminaries, supporting four round main-events at the Mason City armory Friday. The two lightheavies are Harrj Lovick and Joe Herrity. Lovick re cently moved to Mason City and in his last local bout made short work of Burr Punner of Waterloo in Â£ single round. Herrity recently re turned from Des Moines where engaged in some ring work. Both of these maulers are willing mixers, each carrying a knockou punch. Promoter Joe Kelly, of the Amer ican Legion Drum corps, has als signed "Barbershop" Smith, wh has engaged in three bouts in th last two years without registering i win. He will go for 2 rounds, in a special bout. Allison Defeats Geneva in Opening Contest, 8-C ALLISON, April 9.--In the firs baseball game of the season playe here Friday afternoon Allison nig school defeated Geneva 8 to 0. Alii son battery was Speedy and Opper man; Geneva, Raisch and Thornp son. Speedy struck out 15: Raise struch out 8. Aplington will pla here Friday. contender, though the Rabbit Maranville -will injury to hurt the Braves a lot. Finish Second Twice. Our club has finished second the last two years. Last season our pitchers looked great during th early part. At mid-season thej slowed up. The Giants moved ahea( of us and stayed there. That brief slump on the part of our pitchers i my opinion, meant the difference in winning the pennant and taking second place. Our pitching staff should he stronger with the acquisition of Red Lucas from Cincinnati. He's r.ot only a good pitcher but a e;reat pinch hitter as well. Need Infield Strength. If Tommy Thevenow, our second baseman, hits as phenomenally as did last season and First Baseman Gus Suhr plays the ball he is really capable of playing, I am satisfied we will be as tough a any club. Cincinnati might make sorn trouble if the Reds could get som pitching. The Philadelphia and Brooklyn clubs hardly figure unles their younger players develop in i manner that would be nothing shor of sensational. We're not worrying about th livelier ball to be used this season Every batter should benefit by it Fayette County Will Have League Baseball on Summer Schedule WEST UNION, April 9.--Base ball support promises to be muct stronger in Fayette county in 193 than it was in 1933. Accordingly th Little Eight league looks towarc having an eight-club league thi season, after having had to drop t six clubs last season. The firs league meeting was held Frida; evening in West Union, with Arling ton, Elgin, Oelwein. Waucoma, St Lucas. Wadena. Fayette, and Alph; represented. Hawkeye and Wes Union are to receive invitations and out of the list it is confiden eight clubs will be obtained. The Little Eight plays Sunda ball only, scheduled or postpone games. The probable date for th first game of the season is May ?.' New officers are: President. D. C Burnside, Waucoma; vice presiden H. W. Madeen. Arlington; secretarj Harold Marron, Waucoma. SOFTBALL PRACTICE SLATED WEDNESDAY Practice sessions for pitchers and catchers who will play in the local Softball leagues this summer will begin at the Y. M. C. A. Wednesday, Physical Director Ivan A. Barnes announced Monday. The players need not be Y. M. C. A. members to take advantage of the opportunity to loosen up for the season, but will be expected to furnish their own equipment. CARRY PENNANT HOPES OF PIRATES Manager George Gibson (left, above) of the Pittsburgh Pirates thinks the addition of Pitcher and Pinch Batter Red Lucas (right) may well mean the difference between second and first place for his club in the National league 1934'chase. On the right side of the Pirate infield, Tommy Thevenow, second baseman, und Gus Suhr, first sacker (left to right, kneeling) depends much of the Bucs' chances, Gibson snys. ^ Major Clubs Headed Into Last Drills Near Opening Finds Many at Home for Late Practices. By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 9. VP)--As if he didn't have pitching troubles enough, Casey Stengel, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, now is frankly worried over Ray Benge. The big Texan, a persistent holdout, has developed a mysterious arm ailment of some sort. He hasn't been able to do more than lob the ball since he arrived in camp. GIANTS MEMPHIS, Tenn.: Bill Terry admittedly is looking for another pitcher but he won't break up his regular infield combination to get one. The manager of the world champion Giants scotched reports he would trade Hughey Critz, crack second baseman, if he could get a winning moundsman. YANKEES NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Arndt Jorgens' chances of getting more work with the New York Yankees looked good for a while, but now it seems certain he will remain second string backstop. Jorgens was used regularly when Bill Mickey waged his long salary argument, but Big Bil finally signed and is now clouting the ball at better than a .400 clip and fielding in fine form to bzoot. SENATORS WASHINGTON: The Senators were due home today for a week of polishing up on the home grounds before opening the season against the Boston Red Sox next Monday. Although the American league champs had only mediocre success during their training season. Manager Cronin has declined to "view with alarm." The Phils engaged the University of Pennsylvania nine on Franklin field, while the A's, with no game scheduled, practiced at Shibe park. Yesterday legalized major league BASEBALL DRILLS AND EARLY GOLF DIVIDE ATTENTION Mason Cityans Get Out for Spring Sports as Warm Weather Strikes. With Iowa temperatures nearly 15 degrees above the normal marks for early April over'the'last weekend, spring and summer sports came to life with a snap in Mason City. Baseball and golf were both on the calendar of sports; with activity centered at the Legion Community course and the North Iowa fairgrounds. BATS IN FIRST OF PRACTICE SESSIONS The Mason City Bats, working out .for the first time, took some easy warming-up drills at the fairgrounds, looking toward their opening with the Des Moines Western league club April 28. Workouts will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays this week, and next Sunday will see the "varsity" squad in action under the direction of Manager "Hobo" Duncan and Secretary Harry Dcarmin. GOLFERS I'LAY ON LEGION GOLF COURSE More than 50 golfera took advantage of summer weather and the fact that nine holes of the Legion Community course had been made Â·eady on Saturday afternoon to get lUt for a round on Sunday. Weather permitting, the full course will be ready for play by the end of this week, club officials announced. Greens on the Country club course will probably be ready for play after April 20, Dr. H. D. Fallows, president, said Monday morning. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON Ol'ENKU ON FRIDAY The Mason City high school baseball team will make another try at opening the baseball season this week, having picked out the date of Friday, April 13, to make its debut. The opening contest carded last FISHERMEN LIKE TROUT IN IOWA Success of Program Seems Assured as Reports of Catches Come in. DES MOINES, April 9. (/P-Trout fishing is coming into its own n Iowa, reports received by the state fish and game commission fol- owing the opening of the season the first of this month indicate. About 150 fishermen were in Backbone state park and many others visited the 12 trout streams in other parts of the state the opening day, the commission was advised. Good catches, some of them up to the limit, were reported. Indicate Success. The reports were regarded by members of the commission as indicating the success of the program under which much attention is being devoted to facilities for trout fishing. Under its new program the commission discontinued the planting of trout fry and fingerling, planting instead adult trout. About 43,000 adult trout were placed in the streams last fall and winter after they had reached a proper size in rearing ponds. Streams Designated. Numerous streams have been designated as trout streams by the commissions and portions or their entire length closed to all fishing except during the open season for trout and it is on these streams particularly that the commission is concentrating its efforts to improve trout fishing. Trout planted in the streams include Brook, Rainbow and Brown between 7 and 12 inches in length, largely advanced fingerlings, yearlings and adults. Streams in Northeast. Most of the designated trout waters are in the northeast part of the state, that area having the most suitable streams. Several of these have been improved under the program now under xvay. The state laws provide a 7 inch legal length on trout and a legal daily bag limit of eight fish. Faultless Frenchman Was Idol of Young Ballplayer Whitney Holds Third Place in Bowling at Rochester Sweepstake Third place in the Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota sweepstakes bowling meet at Rochester, Minn., was held by a Mason Cityan Monday. Claude Whitney, with 812, held the third place, as half of the competition was concluded. Dale Smit of Rochester was first with 827 and Lunchck of Austin held second notch with S19. Biggest Thrill Came' With Introduction to "Nap" Lajoie. By WILLIAM WAMBSGANSS- Written for Central Press and Globe-Gazette. MY FIRST THRILL upon joining the Cleveland Indians back in the fall of 1914 was when I was introduced to the great and only Napoleon (Larry) Lajoie. Most every kid has a baseball i d o l , a n d t h e Faultless Frenchman was mine. I had seen him for the first time two years previous, when the Indians played an exhibition game i n Ft. Wayne, Ind. "Little did I LAJOIE. dream then that I would be sitting on the same bench, with him. The famous Frenchman was slowing up, and he was suffering the ignominy of being relegated to bench warming duty for the first time in his life. The Cleveland club was in the doldrums. Joe Birmingham, youthful pilot, who had made a fine record in the previous year, had lost his hold on the men, and they were heading for the cellar. The day I joined the club we were playing New York. The game didn't mean much. Both teams were in the second division and merely playing out the schedule. The small crowd in attendance had little to cheer about. Suddenly, the lithe figure of the famous Lajoie emerged from the dugout and started swinging three hefty war clubs, and instantly the crowd, sensing action, began to applaud and cheer, while the announc er cried the magic words: "Lajoie now hitting for So-and-So." All eyes--including you can bet-mine--were glued on the great hitter, and everybody, even the oppos ing players, I believe, were pulling for him to come through. Larrj didn't wait long nor keep his admir ers in suspense, for he picked on the first ball pitched and. with his usua gracefulness, hit a line drive tha whistled over the third baseman's head for a beautiful single. The roar of the crowd became deafening. The fans went home af ter that game well satisfied, even though the home team lost, becausi Â·oung infielders on the club in bating and fielding before the regulars ook the field, and I was in my sev- nth heaven of bliss to think that I vas a pupil of the greatest second aseman of my generation. When the manager decided to use ne as pinch hitter, Larry, anticipat- ng the move, grabbed a bat and landing it to me, he patted me on he back and said: "Now, kid, it's ist as easy to hit 'em up here as it was down there where you came Torn. Let's see you hit one." I always will contend that the famous Frenchman was the greatest second baseman of all time. There are many who name Eddie Collins the best. I saw them both play, and if I'd have the opportunity today 'to \vatch either of them play as they were in their prime, I'd pick the park in which Lajoie played. Larry md color. He did everything with unassuming grace, and he certainly could hit that old apple. Nest--Steve O'Neill. Stroh Brewers Win Five-Man Crown in 34th Bowling Meet PEORIA, 111. April 9. IIP)--With the five-man team championship tucked away by the Siroh's Bohemian beer team of Detroit, the American Bowling congress was in its last roundup in deciding the individual, two-man team and all- events titles. The Stroh's are 51,000 richer, plus home medals. They took the lead late Saturday night with a total of 3.089 pins, displacing the Employers Mutuals. Milwaukee, which had chalked up 3,032 pins on March 18. The Mutuals hold second and won S950, while the Held Funeral Directors of Columbus, Ohio, walked off with third place and $900. Oficials of the tournament announced that all scores above 2,774 will come in for a cash award. Sunday baseball made its debut in Philadelphia at the Phillies ball park before 17,000 fans, with the National leaguers taking over Connie Mack's outfit, 8 to 1. The contest was the first of the five-game city championship series. REDS. TAMPA, Fla.: Their Florida training season ended, the Cincinnati Reds will head northward tonight. Enroute, the Reds will play several teams, the first of which will be the Atlanta crackers at Macon, Ga., tomorrow. CARDINALS. BRADKNTON, Fla.: The St. Louis Cardinals leave their training camp today for home where they will wind up their exhibition schedule with a five-game series with the Browns. Manager Frankie Frisch has announced he will start Southpaw Bili Hallahan in the series opener Wednesday. BED SOX. ATLANTA: Lefty Grove leave*, for Philadelphia tonight to have his own dentist complete that teeth extraction job. It is believed extraction of some infected molars will clear up th. lame arm that has prevented Lefty from being much of an asset to Red Sox so far this season. BRAVES. BALTIMORE: The Braves had a day off today to talk over that Sunday batting janiborie. at Baltimore. The Tribesmen got 19 hits to beat the Orioles 16 to 6. Joe Mowry, making his first start at right field, made four of them. INDIANS. K N O X V I L L E . Tenn.: Two changes will be made in the Cleve- (Tum to Market I'asc) week was postponed because of bad weather. Rudd will be the opposition here Friday, and it is likely that Nora Springs will be in action at Roosevelt stadium a day later. Three Score Aces of Net to Play for N-S Tourney PINEHURST. N. Car. April 9. I.-P) --A field of more than threescore tennis stars, including the leading- candidates for the 1934 American Davis cup team, came here to begin first round matches in the annual north and south tennis tournament. Lester Stoefen. 23 year old sensation from the west coast, who overwhelmed Wilmer Allison yesterday in the finals of the River Oake tournament at Houston. Texas, was the favorite to succeed Clifford Sutter of New Orleans, who will not defend the title he won here lost spring. Not knowing all of our laws may get you into trouble, but it keeps you from feeling ashamed of your race.--Lincoln Star. GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Philadelphia (N) 8; Philadelphia (A) 1. Chicago (N) 3: Washington (A) 2. Brooklyn (N) 13; St. Louis A) 10. Chicago (A) 13; Pittsburgh (N) 3. Nashville (SA) 6; New York (A) 5. Boston (N) 1fi: Baltimore (ID 8. New York (N) 18: Memphis (SA) their" own Larry had demonstrated I. how he used to'hit. St. Louis (N) 2: Cincinnati (N) I. I belonged to Larry's "one o'clock i Detroit (A) 5; Montreal (1L) 4, infield." That is, he would coach the 1 (.12 innings). BOWLING MON'DAV GAMES Rlunipr's Goldm Glow vs. Miller's Hl(fh Ufp. nlli-ys 1 and 2. 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