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Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 14, 1944
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Majors Face Problems as Training Grind Begins Tigers Accept Second Invite to Tourney Manhattan, Kans., (U,R)--Acceptance by the University of Missouri Tuesday of a second invitation to play in the western national collegiate athletic association basketball finals at Kansas City, Mo., ended fears that the meet would have to be cancelled because of lack of a fourth entry. Missouri, top civilian quintet in the Big Six, previously was invited and accepted but had to withdraw when Iowa- State reconsidered an earlier refusal and exercised its .priority to play as co-champion of the conference. The University o£ I o w a basketball team withdrew Monday when several squad members found they would be unable to play and complete class room work or fulfill military commitments. Withdrawal o£ Iowa left Iowa State, George Pepperdine of Los Angeles and Arkansas of the Southwest conference in the brackets and Dr. H. H. K i n g , chairman of the selection committee here, invited Missouri the second time. MILLERS HAVE YOUNG ROSTER Minneapolis, (U.R)--It isn't quite --just nearly--true that the Minneapolis Millers-are going to have to give up night baseball this year because the crufew would catch too many of their players. An indication o£ the club's extreme youth came Monday, however, when Manager Rosy Ryan got a preliminary peek at. some of his candidates. There were 8 out at the un- offclal opening of practice in the University of Minnesota university fieldhouse, and the gathering consisted of 5 1913 graduates of American Legion junior play; 2 semi pros; and 1 Miller of last season--Pitcher Loren Bain Three of the Legion grads were members of the national championship Richfield nine; Shortstop Roger Brown; Barney Briggs, who pitched and played 3rd base: and Red Mellon, pitcher and 1st baseman. All are students at Washburn high school. From the South St. Paul Legion junior team came Outfielders Charley Basch and Barney SL Peter. The semi-pros are Louis Lillienthal. pitcher; and Dick Meyers, infielder. At" Rip Sewell Working on New "Strawberry Picker" Pitch Pittsburgh, (U.f -- National league batters, barely recovered from the harrowing experience of trying to hit Truett (Rip) Sewell's famous "blooper pitch," were given the sad news Tuesday that they can expect no improvement in their lot this season. In fact the situation probably will get worse before it gets better, for the ol* Ripper is working on a companion pitch to the blooper, a sky-high slow ball known also as the "nothing ball," the "butter ball" and, to opposing batters, as something- akin to a night- marc. Sewell has attached the tentative label, "strawberry picker," to his new creation, and is highly secretive about it. The only thing the Pittsburgh Pirate right-hander would say was that he got the idea while picking strawberries on his Plant City, Fla., farm. It's still in the experimental stage, Sewell said, but he hopes to use it as a change of pace from the blooper, which helped him to win 21 while losing only 9 games last year. His record won him the Dapper Dan club award as the outstanding Pittsburgh athlete of 1913. "Sorry I can't go into detail on this strawberry picker pitch,' Sewell said in his soft draw.1. "I'm working on it, everything goes though, and along okay, might develop into a good thing. If it works out all right, I mighl try to find a more suitable name for it." FIGHT RESULTS By United Press Philadelphia-^Tose Basora. 1I5!' 3 , San Juan. P. R.. stopped Harold (Jamaica Smith, 14354. Fhilade3phia Mkie Delia. 135!i, Los Angeles, stopped Dusty Brown, 137, Wilmington, Del.. (4). Holyokc. Mass.--Lu!u Costantino. 133 New York, outpointed Angel Aviles, 130, Mexico City [10). DANNY PHALEN WITH CINCINNATI Mason Cityan Joins Mates at Bloomington By UNITED PRESS Atlantic City, N. J--Joe Glenn, a catcher in the New York Yankee farm system for several seasons, lets his third chance to make ;ood with the w o r l d champions when he r e p o r t s f o r ipring training here VVednes- d a y. W h e n M a n a g e r J o e M c C a r t h y learned t h a t C a t c h c r Bill Dickey, a Yankee for 17 years, was taking his physical this PHALEN week. ROGER R0SENM.UM g Tnnd*r. March 14, 1M4 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE We can't aH wear zvings TATE know how you feel, young fellow VV --that siout heart of yours is breaking because you can't be up there in those army bombers. You couldn't help it that the medicos turned you down. You wanted to fight for your country. Well, what else do you think you're doing now? You're fighting -- even though your uniform is a railroad track- man's overalls. Every time men of your courage and character apply for work that will help shorten the war, we of The Milwaukee Road learn anew what makes this nation invincible. Out on the endless plains of the Dakotai, or in the rugged mountains of Montana or Washington, the sound of heavy war trains rolling over your stretch of track is like the roar of a bomber to your ears. You don't wear wings. But we thought the country you're serving ought to know about you. And we can tell you that over 5,OOO men and women of The Milwaukee Road in the armed services consider you their kind of man. * * * "They should not have taken a railroad man far the Army unless he, himself, clamored for military service. He is in as fine a mill* tarr place as he can ever occupy wiea be it helping run the railroads." Colonel J. Monroe Johnson, laterttale Commerce Commission. -BUY WAR BONDS. THE MILWAUKEE ROAD ONE OF AMERICA'S RAILKOADS--ALL UNITED FOK VICTORY ~ - . -- 1 asked President Ed Barrow to transfer Glenn from the Kansas City roster. Infielder Don Savage and Pitcher Hank Borowy reported to the Yankee camp Monday night, making eight players on hand and many accounted for. Lakewood, N. J.,_The New York Giants, training jointly with their minor league farm hands from Jersey City, prepared Tuesday for the largest number of players ever to attend one o£ their camps. There were 18 New Yorkers and 24 Jerseyites to answer the opening spring training roll call Monday. In addition, the Giants later in the week will conduct a tryout camp for youngsters under draft age. Manager Mel Ott said he had 16 players under contract with at least six, Catcher Ernie Lombardi, Infielder Billy Jurges, Pitchers Ace Adams and Ken Chase, and Outfielders Johnny Eucker and Buster Maynarcl, still holdouts. The latest to sign Harry Feldman. was Pitcher Philadelphia -- Glenn Stewart, Philadelphia Blue Jays' shortstop, has been classified 4-F in his pre- induction army examination because of varicose veins in his legs and he will report for spring training at Wilmington, Del., next week, officials said Tuesday. It also was revealed that H. B. (Ray) Brubaker, former New York Yankee and Detroit Tiger infielder, had been named manager of the Blue Jay farm club at Bradford, Pa., in the Pony league. Frederick, Md.--Manager Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, chased indoors by an over- ight rain which stopped the open- ng day of spring training, said 'uesday that northern condition- ng was all right as a stop gap measure but that he believed all ajor league baseball teams vould return to their camps in ie south and on the west coast vhen the war was over. Bloomington, Ind.--The Cincin- ti Reds added 2 new players to heir roster Tuesday, with a squad f 20 on hand for spring training .-hich began Monday with 2 brief vorkouts. The new hands are Dan Phalcn of Mason City, a first baseman vho was signed as a free agent af- er being released from Sacramento if the Pacific coast league. · Phalen. the son of Cerro Gordo county's Sheriff Tim Phalen, is a former junior legion diamondman vho played with the Mason City earn. From there he signed with he St. Louis Cardinal organization, and last year played for Sacramento. He spent part o£ the winter getting in condition at Lincoln Memorial college in Tennessee. The other player is Joe Just, a catcher, who was on the voluntary retired list last year. He caught for Birmingham of the Southern association in 1942. The decision of the Big Ten coaches and athletic directors to plump for freshman and 150- pound grid teams after the war is, we feel, one of the most forward- looking steps the Big Ten conference has taken in quite a while. It finally brings to a head the years of argument about the value of intercollegiate competition for the athletes not yet ready for varsity participation. The idea was tried successfully in the eastern schools, and nut only has it helped the varsity teams at schools such as Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth and Columbia, but bas also proved to be a drawing power. An idea paralleling the football teams was tried in the Big Ten this last basketball year, when freshmen were allowed to compete on varsity squads. The huge success of the youngsters may bring about a ruling that would allow them to remain on the varsity clubs after the war. * Freshman Talent The individual participants, of course, would be subject to the whims of the coaches, but occasionally some very fine freshmen will turn up who will be a great help to some of the teams. Here are some of the reactions of one or two Bie Ten mentors on the past season: Popsy Harrison, Iowa: "Working with a small group of youngsters this season has been a real experience. They were good basketball players and truly fine gentlemen. The fact that they had such a splendid record in tough competition proves that 17 and 13 year olds can carry on the intercollegiate sports program well despite war time handicaps. Even though we did not tie for the title, the Iowa kids are real champions as far as I am concerned." * Olsen's Ideas Harold G. Olsen, Ohio State: "It seems to me, in spite of the fears of a great many people that we could not carry on through a W e s t e r n conference basketball season, the conference, on the whole, has had a very splendid season. Competition was of a high order with freshman talent contributing materially. While there were one or two teams that were definitely below normal standards, still there were n great many fine games, and I feel that the schedule which was just played was eminently worth while." Bennie Ooosterbaan, Michisan: "The freshman idea was swell, and the conditioning of men en- Caged in Big Ten basketball was furthered by their participation. Many of these men already are on active duty in the a r m e d forces, and most of the others soon will be. Basketball's competitive values will stand them in Kood stead in future combat. The same provided a means of mental relaxation from the strain of wartime duties." * Oulman Praised Coach Louis Menze, who will take his Iowa State college cagers to the western NCAA tournament at Kansas City next week, has this to say about Mason City's Gene Oulman, regular guard for the Cyclones: "I rate him (Oulman) the best "' ' ' in the By JACK CUDDY New York, (U.R) -- Taciturn Joe McCarthy of the world champion Yankees and his direct New York opposite, talkative Mel Ott of the last place Giants, both have become so flabbergasted over rapid- fire draft and manpower developments that they went out of character Tuesday in describing the probable outlook for their respective teams. McCarthy, who has had a right to be a quiet optimist with 8 pennants in his 13 years with the Yankees became loquacious in discussing serious concern over absenteeism at his Atlantic City, N. J., -spring training station. Counting late arrivals Monday night there were only 8 players bedded down after the first day. but what worries McCarthy is that he can't be sure how many more are cominfr. Ott, with little to be cheerful about after the dismal way in which his Giants collapsed and lagged in last a year ago, dumbfounded his players with the announcement at Lakewood, N. J., that he had been 1-A in the draft since early in January. He announced his selective service status casually and with little comment. "I assumed' that practically everyone in 3-A was being reclassified and that it was no news when a man was put in 1-A," he said. "At least it's that way down in New Orleans. It is practically automatic' there." The little manager was cheerful, however, over a turnout of 18 players, many of whom he hardly knows himself. They turned in what he described as the most rousing first day workout in years. News that Pitcher Cliff Melton, veteran left-hander, had been placed in 4-F because of an old elbow injury, also buoyed his spirits. The atmosphere was different at Atlantic City where the gloom shrouding McCarthy was thicker than a nazi plot. For the first time since the war began, he was genuinely pessimistic. Reviewing status of various players at length, he said several holdouts probably would not be able to play even if the Yankees met their demands because they now are in war plants and, if not frozen in their jobs, would face immediate reclassification in 1-A if they left. Among Yankee players now in war plants are Infielder Frankie Crosetti, whom McCarthy described as a "real holdout," Outfielder Johnny Lindell. and Pitchers Charley Wensloff, Marvin Breuer, Johnny Murphy, and Willis Baker. Breuer announced Monday he would retire from baseball in 1914 and remain at his job in Trenton, N. J.. aircraft plant. Baker, a rookie, works at Elmlra. Pa., and Murphy, top relief hurler has a New York City job. Both have indicated they might be available for part time service if the Yankees permit it. "Add to all that the fact that Second Baseman Joe Gordon and Catcher Bill Dickey take their draft examinations this week, and it looks as if we might be in for a headache," McCarthy said. "First Baseman Nick Etten reported, and advises me he is in 1-A." LAKOTA FIVE DOWNS RAKE Kate--The Lakota basketball team defeated Rake here^ Monday night in a contest played for the benefit of the Red Cross. 3026. The game went into overtime with Lakota ringing up its 4- point margin in this session. The count was knotted at 26-26 at the end of regular playing time. Sachs had 13 points for Lakota, while Kendall scored 11 for Rake Lakota led at the intermission 19-14. The Rake girls defeated the La- Gil Dodds May Assault Mile on Dartmouth Oval I Hanover, N. H., (fP)--Harry i Hillman, veteran track coach, was i* plotting another attack on the \ American mile record Tuesday ' after being assured by his Dart- | mouth college superiors that its famous over-sized board running track would be relaid. Hillman plans to have GU Dodds, the Boston divinity student who lowered the Indoor mile record a tenth-second to 1:*7.3 In New York last Saturday, to after Glenn Cunningham's nnrecacnlied 4:01.4 indoor, mark, made, on Dartmouth's llehtning-f»st board* 4 years ago, here shortly after April 1. Hillman hopes that he can persuade Bill Hulse of New York, holder of the American outdoor 4:06 mile record, and Don Burnham, Dartmouth's 1C4A champion, to compete against Dodds in a scratch race. Dodds should get under 4:03 on the Dartmouth track, Hillman predicted. "All he has to do here is race the way he did in New York last week," the Dartmouth coach explained. The only mile runner in the world to better Cunningham's 4:01.4 mile is Sweden's Arnrs Anderson, who turned in a 4:02.6 performance outdoors to wipe out Gunner Hagg's' 4:04.6 record last summer. Many of the famous Dartmouth boards, considered the fastest running surface in this country, were taken up last summer to provide room for the phy- kota_ lassies, 33-26, after leading [ sica i training program of the col- 19-15 at haUtime. Wallingrford. Conn.--Pitcher Jim Tobin. whose specially is ;i loafing slow ball, has signed his 1944 contract and will join the team when spring training begins nt the Choate school at Wallingford, Mass., President Bob Quinn of the Boston Braves said Tuesday. Tobin, one of the league's most effective pitchers with his baffling change of pace, pitched 24 complete games last year and figures vitally in 1944 plans, Quinn said. ALLEN WANTS TO FREEZE RULES teavenworth, Kans.. U.P.l--Dr. Forrest C. ''Phog" Allen, Kansas basketball coach, believes the rules of basketball should be frozen for several years to permit coaches and officials to study and revise them objectively. Allen, speaking at a banquet Tuesday night, said "basketball research" has not been done seriously for several years and proposed that {he NCAA appoint a research committee "rather than listen only to coach members who endorse watches, breakfast foods or bananas in their spare time." The fiery coach accused the NCCAA rules committee of "merely treating symptoms" in recent rules changes and challenged them to show "one instance of constructive contribution on research done in the last 10 years." "Big time college conches are more concerned with tall players than with (all baskets.' he said, adding that something must be done to eliminate "goal lending" in basketball. defensive rebound man _ league, and a ball player %vho has the nerve to hang in there when the going is the roughest. He has been a fine performer for us the past 2 years. "Chick Sutherland has been working with me in basketball this winter and some of the best things we do have been his ideas." + Disappointment The basketball game that was touted as the highlight of the just-completed district t o u r n a - ment h e r e--Forest City-Mason City--failed to come up to the intensity and drama of the Hampton-Forest City match Saturday night. x That final contest was one of the best games seen on the Roosevelt floor all season. H was hard- fought through every instance, and provided a thrill-a-mimitc. And while it was an extremely lough blow for the Indians to take, Jim Christen spoke for his teammates after the affair when he congratulated the Hampton cagers for their creat exhibition. Losses, especially in the tournament stage of the game, arc very rough knocks. That nil players accepted them gracefully wns gratifying to sec. We think the players and coaches of Mason City. Forest City, St. Joseph's. Hayficld, Algona a n d Sheffield deserve a pat on the back for their fine attitude. SPORTS ROUNDUP By HUGH FULLERTON New York, (JP) -- Now that spring training is under way, major league managers are predicting this will be a "pitchers' year." . . . What pitchers? . . . A very rough survey of the red and green books shows that the reasonably good elbowers still are outnumbered by the fair-to-middling hitters . . . We don't look for much change in the normal balance except in the cases of such clubs as the Yankees and Senators, who still have enough good pitchers to put one on the hill every day . . . After watching Gil Dodds bust the indoor mile record Saturday, this dept. is convinced the fabulous 4- minute mile will be attained only when someone turns up who can run 4 60-second quarters . . . Gil's limit is 3 and he was able to make record time only when he slowed down a bit in the 3rd. Observation Post . . . J i m m'y Conzclman once tried to sign Robert E. Hannegan, chairman of the national democratic committee, for his Detroit Panthers when J i m m y coached the First National Football League team in Detroit . . . Hannegan, in Conzelman's opinion, was a terrific blocking back and kicker . . . Well, blocking and kicking come in pretty handy in politics, too. Onc-Minule Sports Paze . . . The Carta Blanca baseball club of Mntamoros, Mexico, bills itself as "the team of the great surprises." Sounds like the Dodgers . . Promoter Joe Lynch e~stimated that he lost S2.000 on Inst week's Juan Zurita-Sammy Angott lisht- weiaht ( N B A ) t i t l e fight after paying Sammy 817,500 and Juan SD.100 . . . sports-minded Western Michigan college, which already has concrete-steel baseball stands besides a football stadium, has just spent £125.000 for ground for more playing fields . . . The Pic magazine "All America'' basketball team (just out) lists Otto Graham, Don Grate, George Mikan. Leo Klier and Allic Paine. But the Great Lakes Sailors, who played most of the teams, omitted all but Klier from their all-opponents' team. Spencer, Postels Picked as Co-Captains of Iowa Cage Team for 1944-45 Jowa City. (/Pj--Jack Spencer of Davenport, and Ned Postels of Mankato, Minn. Have been elected co-captains of the 1944-45 University basketball team. Spencer also has been named honorary captain of this season's team, Coach Pops Harrison's announcement stated. Both Spencer and Postels have been classified 4-F by selective service and are expected to be available next year. · lege's navy V-12 and marine corps trainees in the college's spacious field house. Bullets of stone were in use in the sixteenth century. RECTAL COLON PROSTATE RHEUMATISM (ARTHRITIS) (Octozone Therapy) SINUS Dr.R.W.SHULTZ,D.O. 218-219-220 First National Bank Bldg.' Fertile Cagers to Be Honored at Banquet Joice--The Music Mothers are sponsoring a banquet honoring the high school basketball team, to be held Friday evening at 7 p. m. at the Bethany church parlors. Tickets will be sold during the week. Plans arc being made for over 100 persons to attend.' Former fnculty members and coaches have been invited to attend. TOBACCO PERFECTION v IT'S DUBLIN In the lobby of (he HOTEL HANFORD Mason City, Iowa Ihere has never been a time when the work of the telephone operator has been so important as right now. For there are more Long Distance calls than ever before. More are in a hurry. Most of them are the urgent, vital calls of war. Calm in emergencies, capable and courteous,-the telephone operators are earning a nation's thanks for a job well done. NORTHWESTERN MIL THEPHONE COMPANY PI MM ut« ton* Dtetanc* oalr whtn It b nrqwt II you nutf call OT*T war-burr Uaw. pica* limit TOUT coll to S mlnulw.

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