Daily News from New York, New York on March 29, 1951 · 130
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Daily News from New York, New York · 130

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Thursday, March 29, 1951
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if5 crs Cl O D OS W J n ERHOUSE Ttr by Jimmy Powers A-i the greatest prankster in the game, Tatum lias beco ball's best known player in a world-wide sense. His amazing The fabled Harlem Globetrotters will be back in New York this Sunday afternoon, opposing the College All-Americana at Madison Square Garden, in the opening contest of a coast- to-coats tour that will find them playing- 13 games in 19 days. With them will be Reece (Goose) Tatum, the greatest single drawing card basketball has ever known. ?ome basket- it- fiiinu9V iiook snot is Known on the courts of Europe and South America, Alaska, Hawii and Cuba, and in almost every village and town in this country. Ami yet, although Tatum is the brightest star on a team of stars, he is actually one of the most anonymous of all the Trotters. He is, at the same time, both the best known and least known of the game's major performers. The Goose is as particular about disclosing his afe, for example, as is Satchel Paige. Many fans insist they remember Tatum with the Globetrotters as far. back as 19111 or 19:52, but owner-coach Abe Saper-stein, who has guided the team throughout its entire 24-year history, confirms with certainty that the Goose's first season was 1942-43. Tatum's debut in basketball, like everything else about his cage career, was highly unorthodox. It all started because of a rainstorm. Itaiu Started Tatum On Way to Court Career Tatum was playing professional baseball with the Birmingham Black Barons, whose manager, W. S. Welch, also was business manager of the Globetrotters. The Barons were rained out of a srame at Fort Benning, Ga., back in 1911, and moved into the post gym for a little playful exercise with a basketball. Tatum's relaxed clowning that rainy day so impressed Welch he arranged for a Trotter tryout for the Goose when the basketball season rolled around, and coach Saperstein saw immediately he had found one of sports' great naturals. Tatum entered the service after his first season with the Globetrotters, and in the next three years, playing for the Lincoln, Neb., Army Air Base team, he perfected the dazzling overhead hook shot that is now his tradinark. AfuT the war, combining his hook shot and his baseball clown routines, Ta iini developed into the amazing drawing card that now makes him on ' ' ii" ketbalFs best known figures. His specialty is universal appeal. Huge crowds in Europe last year gave him the same thunderous roars that greet his clowning in this country. And, nearly everyone in Europe, it seemed, wanted to see his 84-inch reach and ham-like hands. The Goose scoff's at official measurements of his seven-foot wingspread. "My arms have been growing since then," he insists. "My reach is at least 86 inches now." Those gargantuan proportions might be perpetuated, too, for 212-year-old Keece Tatum Jr., is reported by neighbors and friends to have the biggest pair of hands of any child in South Bend, Ind., where the Tatums make their home. Mrs. Tatum encounters frequent problems because of her husband's world traveling. She recalls in vivid detail the hectic town-to-town pursuit of Goose a few years back when, after two cancellations because of an overseas jaunt and a transcontinental swing. Goose called her and asked her to rush down to Georgia so they could be married during baseball training season. Wore II is Kaseliall Spikes at Own Wedding She finally caught up with him in a little town called Montezuma, and, as batting practice started at the ball park, the couple rushed over tit the courthouse to be married. The bride was dressed in her wedding tiiiery. The (loose clomped in for the ceremony in an old baseball uniform, complete with spikes. Although that is Mrg. Tatum's most memorable experience, the Goose has another choice as the outstanding incident in all of his globetrotting, even though he wasn't a Trotter when it happened. It was back in 1940, when Tatum was playing his first organized basketball with a semi-pro factory team in Madison, Ark. "We went up for a game in Earl, Ark.," Tatum recalls, "and when we got there we found the court was a two-room gym. One basket was in one room and one in another, and a door separated the two halves of the court. The Earl L-ain worked us over. It was their home court, and they really knew how to get through that door." Surprising enough, the Goose acquired his famed nickname long before he played basketball. He picked it in a touch football game in VJ'-H. when a fellow player yelled, look at the old Goose go, after ; Tatum had stretched those famous arms and neck catching his loth pass. The name has stuck ever since. Opposing players have learned to ; respect it. Another new group will hnd out why starting April 1, when the nation's top college stars try to stop the high-flying Goose. Mi ' ml fpi ... i rf ' 'J 1 GloOeir .his Goose Tatum chows length of arms and (infers that have helped make him basketball's No. 1 attraction. Kovaleski Upsets Patty in 4 Sets Monte Carlo, March 23 (U.R. Fred Kovaleski. Hamtranck, Mich., upset Wimbledon champion Budge Patty, Los Angeles, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, in the quarter-finals of the M jnte Carlo tennis today. Another upset was the fi-0. 6-0 defeat of Spain's champion, Pedro Ma-tip, by Gene Garret. San Diego, t'alif., in the first round. Straight Clark, Los Angeles, beat Bernard Destreiueau, France, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. Holler Derby Standing LAST Nl;HT NEW York v. l'hilzvleiiiinaf ItiXih Rrrt-) Washington is. BROOKLYN al N. Haveo. W. I.. lVt t W. I.. P. I. rhi.- m :t .ai.vx .htwr bo k:i .4l V i. Ii ui.hi SI 7-Z BKKt.VN. Tf Si 4ii(l N YORK Si s: . .'.(! I'hil Dlna t!) SI .4ri0 Fiore Faces Rivera Carmine Fiore, Williamsburgh left hook artist, takes on Sal Rivera of Mexico, former Olympic champion, in the feature eight round bout at Eastern Parkway Arena. Brooklyn, tonight. In the semi-final, Johnny Kamber, Livingston, S!. J., opposes Chic Boucher, Montreal. Coaches Blame Selves in Fix Minneapolis, March 28 (JP). Ideas on how to curb future bet-bribe scandals in basketball were as numerous as coaches attending their annual convention today. Some mentors blamed themselves for the mess, some blamed the background and homes of the players, and others said the responsibility lay with the country's general appreciation of "the quick and easy buck." All, however, expressed concern over the situation which now finds 17 players of New York city colleges charged with accepting bribes to fix the results of 20 different ; games during the past two seasons. AL Dl'EIJ of Pepperdine College : and an official in the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball, said that as soon as i "the coaches start teaching- that it I is unfair and illegal to commit a foul on the Hoor we will have a start on cleaning up the game." Duer explained that if a coach winked at a player's fouling tactics because they brought victory, the coach had no one but himself to blame if the player later accepted money to lo,e. Henry Iba, coach at Oklahoma A. & M., had no ready answer, except that he felt banning the games from public arenas such as Madison Square Garden was not the cure. "They didn't stop playing baseball in the White Sox park after the 1919 baseball scandal, did they?" he asked. KENNETH L. (TIG) WILSON of Chicago, Big Ten commissioner and NCAA mogul, agreed with Iba in part, but said he felt that if a college used a public arena for its games, the arena should be controlled by college officials and not by outsiders. 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