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PAGE FOURTEEN THE ESCANABA (MICH.) DAILY PRESS THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1949 John Groth Does It Again! Grand Slam Homer In 8fh Gives Tigers 5*2 Win Over Chisox Detroit, "April" 21 (ZP)— Rookie Johnny Groth echoes the feelings of Detroit’s baseball fans. “Frankly” says he, “I am as surprised as anyone else at my luck. How long can this last?” The Tiger centerfielder’s comment was made in the Detroit dressing room yesterday after he walloped a grand slam homer to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2. The circuit clout was Groth’s third in his first two days as a Tiger regular. A glance at the record book showed the 22-year-old Chicago resident was off to one of the best starts in major league history. In two days action against White Sox pitching, he chalked up this record: Five hits in seven official trips to the plate. Seven runs driven in, including all five of the Tigers’ runs yesterday. Fielder’s Choice A .714 batting average. Groth had three for four yesterday and might have been credited with a fourth hit. In the third inning with Aaron Robinson on first, Groth hit a towering fly that fell in short right field. First Baseman Gordon Goldsberry of the White Sox lost the ball in the sun and it dropped safely. But Goldsberry rushed over and tagged Robinson, who was standing on first. Thus it was recorded as a fielder’s choice and cost Groth a hit. Groth came up with a couple of sparkling defensive plays before he broke up the game with his four-run blast. In the second inning with runners on second and first and none out, he scooped up a drive off the bat of White Sox Second Baseman Cass Michaels and rifled it home, preventing a run at that point. A Fielding Gem The next batter, Catcher Joe Tipton, doubled in two runs, however, for all the White Sox scoring of the day. In the sixth inning White Sox Left Fielder Gus Zernial drove a long ball to deep center. It looked good for extra bases, but Groth turned and caught it over his shoulder while running at top speed away from the infielder. Groth’s lusty clouting was a boon to Tiger Pitcher Virgil Trucks, as it was to Hal Newhouser on opening day. Trucks had a three-hitter going into the last of the eighth but trailed 2-1 before Groth came through. This is how that big eighth inning got underway: With one away, Vic Wertz was passed and Eddie Lake ran for him. Hoot Evers singled to left, sending Lake to second. Both moved up on a wild pitch. Robinson ran the count to 3 and 2 and drilled a long drive, foul by only a few feet, into the right field stands before he was walked, loading the bases. White Sox Manager Jack Onslow conferred with Pitcher Randy Gumpert and his infielders before deciding to take a chance and let Gumpert pitch to Groth. That Did It The first two were wide. Then came the 2-0 pitch, a fast ball, and Groth gave it everything he had. The ball hit in the left field stands about 380 feet from home plate and the Tigers had themselves another victory. Manager Red Rolfe has undecided whether to throw Left­ hander Ted Grey (6-2) or Right­ hander 1x3u Kretlow (2-1) against the White Sox today in the finale of the three game series. Howard Judson (4-5) was named to work for the White Sox. CHICAGO ABK H O A Baker, 3b ............... 4 0 0 0 2 /.dams, cf ......................... 4 0 0 2 1 Apphng, ss ....................... 4 0 0 2 3 Zernial, If ....................... 3 1 0 0 0 Phillev, rf ....................... a 1 1 2 0 -Michaels, 2b .................... 3 0 2 4 3 Tipton, c ......................... 4 0 1 6 0 Goldsberry, !b ................ 3 a 0 7 0 Gumpert, p .............. 2 0 0 1 1 Totals ........................30 2 A 24 10 DETROIT AH It H O A Berry. 2b .......... 4 0 0 1 2 Lipton, ss ........................... a 0 2 1 4 Kell, 3b ............ 3 Wertz, rf ........................... 2 a—Lake ............................. 0 ] 0 0 Mullin, rf ................. 0 0 0 0 Evers, if ....................... 4 1 1 4 Robinson, c....................... 110 7 Groth, cf ...................... 4 1 3 4 Vico, lb ....................... 4 0 0 8 ] Truck», p ............ 4 0 0 1 3 Total* ............. 30 5 7 27 10 Chicago ...................... 020 000 000—2 Detroit ...................... 000 010 04x—5 E—Goldsberry, Berry. RBI—Tipton 2, Groth 5. 2B—Lipton, Tipton, Wertz, Groth. HR—Groth. SB—Philley. S— Gumpert. DP—Baker, Michaels and GoJdEberry; Berry. Lipton and Vico. Left—Chicago 6, Detroit 7, BB—Off Gumpert 6, Truck 4. SO—By Gumpert 4, Trucks 7. Winner—Trucks (1-0); loser—Gumoert (0-1). U—Berry, Pa- parell* and Hubbard. T—2:11. A— 11,671. Jug Girard Wed To Kaukauna Girl Marianna, Fla., April 21 CSV- Earl (Jug) Girard, a back for the Green Bay Packers professional football team, and Miss Joan Leddy, 21, of Kaukauna, Wis., were married yesterday. Girard, who gave his age as 22, is here training with the Dayton, Ohio, baseball team of the Cleveland Indians farpi system. He gave his address as Marinette, Wis. w 0 0 0 0 1110 0 c 0 0 0 WHITE SOX DOUBLE KILLING — Johnny Lipon of the Detroit Tigers is forced at second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Cass Michaels, tossed to first to double Tiger George Kell. Floyd Baker, White Sox 3rd baseman, fielded Kell's grounder and threw to Michaels. Action cccurcd in first inning of game at Detroit. (April 19). (Ap Wirephoto) Looks Like Another Slow Start For Sox; A’s Win , 3-2 By JACK HAND (Associated Press Sports Writer) An oldtimer did the honrs for the New York Yankees in their 3-0 second straight win over Washington. Tommy Henrich, one of the lew genuine Yanks still able to play, snapped a scoreless duel between Vic Raschi and Paul Calvert with a fourth-inning homer. It was his second of the year, his first accounting for the Yanks’ opening day success. Everybody said the Boston Red Sox couldn’t possibly get away as slowly as last season, but they’re giving it a good try. Joe McCarthy’s Sox were beaten by the Philadelphia A’s for the second straight day, 3-2 in 10 innings. Bob Rush Pilches 3-Hitter As Cubs Blank Bucs, 4-9 Chicago, April 21 (/P)— Bob Rush, the Chicago Cubs youngest pitcher, who won only five games and lost 11 in his first Major League season in 1948, showed promise yesterday of becoming the club’s hurling ace in his sophomore year. The 23 year old right hander gave the Pittsburgh Pirates “the Rush act’’ as he let them down with three singles and no runs. The Cubs went on a four-run rampage in the fifth to breeze to a 4 to 0 decision. Rush, who appeared in 36 games in his first season with the Cubs last year, yesterday fulfilling the promise he made in his last exhibition performance when he defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4 to 0 in Houston, Tex., April 12. Only difference in his successive stints was that he gave up four singles to the Cards. All three Pittsburgh hits came after two were out. Rush struck out seven and walked six but the latter involved no startling wild streaks since no two were issued in the same inning. Another unusual twist to Rush’s performance was that it gave the Cubs credit for having kept the Pirates from an earned run through 18 innings. The one scored off Dutch Leonard in Tuesday's opener was unearned. PITTSBURGH AB R H GA Rojek, ss ........ .......... 4 0 103 Murtaugh, 2b ........... .......... 2 0 0 2 3 Beard, ri' ................... ........... 4 0 0 1 0 Knncr, If .................... 30 1 0 0 Fleming, lb ............ 0 0 9 0 Westlake, cf ............ .......... 20 0 4 0 Bookman, 3b ........ .......... 40 10 0 McCullough, c ......... •y 0 0 S1 a—Hopp . .... -----0 000 Fitzgerald, c ............ 003 I Dickson, p .............. .......... 2 0 0 0 2 b-F. Walker ..........0 000 Higbe, p ...................0 0 0 1 c—Stevens .............. 0 0 0 0 Totals ... ..............3003 24 11 Cleveland, although disturbed about Bob Feller’s shoulder trouble, knocked out three pitchers in thumping the St. Louis Browns, 7-3. It was the first victory for the world champs with Bob Lemon, a 20-game winner in ’48, going all the way despite homers by Dick Kokos and rookie Jack Graham. Karl Drews was the loser. Puddin Head Jones, the Philadelphia Phillies rookie hot shot, tied a modern major league record with four doubles, but they couldn’t keep the Phils from losing to the Boston Braves, 6-5. Bill Nicholson of the Phils and Earl Torgeson of the Braves homered in a free-hitting contest that saw reliefer Nels Potter take his second win of the season. Jim Konstanty, the Phils’ new mopper- upper, lost. The speedy Brooklyn Dodgers walked to victory against the New York Giants, 6-2. Loser Sheldon Jones gave only one hit before he was replaced in the fourth but he walked seven and wild pitched twice. Despite a home run ball to Sid Gordon, Ralph Branca was in charge all the way, scattering four Giant hits. Top National league pitching effort came from Chicago’s Bob Rush, the 23-year-old sophomore, who shut out Pittsburgh, 4-0. Murry Dickson, the ex-Cardinal whose sale to the Pirates prompted such an uproar from Manager Eddie Dyer and his players, was nicked for all the runs in his six- inning stay. St. Louis and Cincinnati were not scheduled. Baseball Form Chart «—Popped out for McCullough in 7th. b—Grounded out for Dickson In 7th. c—Filed oui for Higbe in 9th. CHICAGO AB R H O A H. Walker, If ........................ 4 1 2 2 0 Gustme, 3b ...................... 2 0 0 0 4 CavarretLd, lb ...................... 3 1 2 12 0 Pafko. cf ........................... 3 12 10 Scheifing. c .......................... 4 1 1 7 1 Jeffccat, rf ........................... 4 0 110 Smalley, ss.......................... 4 0 1 2 0 Verban, 2b ............................ 3 0 0 1 4 Rush, p .................................... 3 0 0 1 4 Total» ................... 30 4 9 27 13 Pittsburgh ........... 000 000 000—0 Chicago ......... ... 000 040 OOjc— 4 E—Gustine. Beard. RBI—Pafko. Scheffing 2 Jeffcoat 2B—Cavarrctta, H. Walker 2, Scheiimg. 3B—Smalley. SB— Murtaugh S—G u s t i n e . DP— Dickson, McCullough and Fleming; Rojek, Murtaugh and Fleming: Fitzgerald and Murtaugh. Left—Pittsburgh 9, Chicago 7. BB—Off Rush 6, Dickson 4. SO—By Rush 7. Dickson 4. Higbe 3. HO—Dickson, 8 in 6 innings; Higbe, 1 tn 2. Winner—Rush (1-0); loser—Dickson f0-3) U—Goetz, Jorda and Reardon. T—2:12. A—11,218. NATIONAL LEAGUE W I. Pet. Brooklyn ............... 2 0 1.000 Cincinnati ............... I 0 1.000 Boston ....................... 3 1 .730 Pittsburgh ..................... 1 1 .500 Chicago ......................... 1 1 .500 Philadelphia ................. 1 3 .250 St Louis ...................... 0 1 .000 New York .................... 0 2 .000 Yesterday’s Result« Brooklyn 6, New York 2. Boston 6, Philadelphia 5. Chicago 4, Pittsburgh Ü. Only games scheduled. Today’s Games New York iHartung 8-8) at Brooklyn (Roe 12-8). Si. Louis (Munger 10-11) at Cincinnati (Vander Meer 17-14). Pittsburgh (Muncrief 5-4) at Chicago (Dubiel 6-10). Only games scheduled. Tomorrow’s Schedule Boston at New York. Brooklyn at Philadelphia. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Chicago at St. Louis. AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. New York .............. 2 0 1.000 Detroit ...................... 2 0 1.000 Philadelphia ................ 2 1 .667 St. Louis ......................... 1 1 .500 Cleveland ...................... 1 1 .500 Washington ................... 1 2 .333 Boston ............................. 0 2 .000 Chicago ........................... 0 3 .000 Yesterday’» Results New York 3, Washington 0. Philadelphia 3, Bostop 2 (10 inning»). Detroit 5, Chicago 2. Cleveland 7. St. Louis 3. Today’s Games Washington (Thompson 6-10) at New York (Byrne 8-5). Eoston (Parnell 15-8 or Hughson 3-1) at Philadelohia (Marchildon 9-15). Cleveland (Gromek 9-3) at St. Loui» (Starr 0-0). Chicago (Judson 4-8) at Detroit (Kretlow 2-1). Tomorrow's Schedule New York at Boston. Philadelphia at Washington (night). Detroit at Cleveland. St. Louis at Chicago. COLLEGE BASEBALL Yesterday's Results Notre Dame 11, Wisconsin 7. Western Michigan 7. Ball State 1. Iowa 7, Clinton (CA) 1. Detroit 22. Selfridge (Mich.) Field 0. Wayne (Mich.) 9, Toledo 5 ESCANABA DAILY PRESS S PORT I “It Seems Me” ~| S BY ]IM WARD Baseball notes: Just by way of acquainting you with a prominent Chicago Cub, not Cub scout as some critics have been wont to call members of the Chicago National league team, here are some notes on Bob Rush . . . He’s the fellow who let the Bucs down w’ith three hits in a 4-0 shutout yesterday . . . He looks like he’s in for a big sophomore year. * * * Rush is a six-foot four-inch native of Battle Creek, Mich, who didn’t break into organized baseball until he was discharged from military service in 1947 . . . The Cubs signed him up before he was inducted because he pitched three no-hit games (two in a row) with a South Bend, Ind., high school team ... In 1947, he won six and lost one for Des Moines, a Cub farm, and won nine and lost seven for Nashville. * * * He hurled in 36 games for the Cubs as a rookie last year and struck out 72, issued 37 passes and had an earned run average of 3.92 . . . Nothing sensational . . , But Cub bigwigs feel Rush is coming into his own this season . . . He whiffed seven Pirates yesterday and all of them looked at a called third strike. * * Art Houtteman may be back in action next month . . , He shagged flics before the Detroit opener but said his legs were still a bit shaky after his car accident in Lakeland, Fla., last month in which he suffered a skull fracture and other injuries . . . He’s looking for the doctor’s approval to start playing. # * * Cuff notes: We see by the papers where Curly Lambeau is hobnobbing with the Green Bay Press Gazette Turnbulls and Hollywood Motion Picture Eugene Pallcttes in Hollywood . . . The occasion was the wedding of Andrew B. Turnbull, general manager of the Press Gazette, and Mrs. Jessie M. Whalen, of Los Angeles. * * * The Rainbow league meets Sunday in Gladstone, but there is no new development on the Escanaba Bear front . . . We can’t see any point in Loretto, Vulcan and Norway consolidating for one entry in the NWM league ... It would be okeh for the cream of the crop but what about the score or more other young fellow’s In the three communities who like to play baseball . • • Weren’t they doing all right in the Tri-County? * * # Bill Radue, Edward Johnson, Frank Taylor, Glenn Fleetwood, Frank Rodman and Joseph St. Juliana, along with John Duca, jr., are Hermansville baseball bigwigs this season . . . Radue is treasurer; Johnson is gate collector and the others form the ballground committee . . . John Zimmerman says he’ll have something to report soon on the Nahma entry in the Bay de Noc Baseball league. Rainbow Loop Meeting In Gladstone Sunday Gladstone, April 21—The second 1948 meeting of the Michigan Rainbow Baseball league will be held at 2 Sunday afternoon at the Legion hall in Gladstone. When the first meeting was held at Trenary, six clubs—Chatham, Diorite, Gladstone, Gwinn, Manistique and Trenary—indicated their intentions of fielding Rainbow league teams this summer. Since that meeting, Negaunee—also a member of the league in 1947—voted to retain its fran- BOWLING NOTES SCHEDULE FOR WOMEN’S ELK TOURNAMENT Doubles and Singles Saturday, April 23, 7 p. m.— Pearl Curtis-Isabel Klug. Ceal Ferguson-Gladys Richards. Peg Johnson-Doris French. Helen Boyle-Pat Anderson. Helene LaPorte-Anne Schneller. Monday, April 25, 7 p. m.— Pearl Sehram—Monica Laviolette. Odette Anutta-Marcella Saums. Babe Bink-Lu Jenkins. Marion O’Neil-Phylis Benard. Signe Nerbonne-Gladys Magnuson. Florence Buchanan-Blanche Christie. Wilma Perron-Lill Schwartz. Helen Bennctt-Rose O'Brien. Wednesday, April 27. 7 p. m.— Cecile Meiers-Lucille Raaek. Mildred Jensen-Mable Breitenbach, Kate Walter-Dotty Lewis Arlene Peterson-Naomi Lee. Bunny Moersch-Fniry Nelson. Josephine Sayklly-Louise Sayklly. Edna Reynolds-Barbara Deviley. ESCANABA WOMEN’S MAJOR W L Delta Coals ............................... 23 16 Paper Mill ................................. 22 17 Chicken Shack ......................... 21 18 Independents ..................... 20 19 L & L ............................................ 18 21 R. K. Dettes ............................... 18 21 Maytag Sales .. ....................... 17 22 Wadham’s .................................. 17 22 High team match—Delta Coals, 2043; High team game—Independents. 764; High individual match—Elaine Niemi, 465; -High individual game—Shirley Baker, 215. Ten high averages—Fern Stacey 159, Lois Cox 150. Alida Dupont 147, Shirley Baker 146, Elaine Niemi 146, Carol Sackerson 144, Helen Lewis 143, Ruth Needham 139, Belle Bodette 137. chise in the league. It ig probable that several new teams will seek franchises, and it is also possible that officers of the three other 1948 Rainbow league teams—Marquette, Escanaba and Munising—may attend. The coming season will be the seventh for Rainbow league baseball, for the league was formed in 1939. It has functioned every season since then, except for the World War II years from 1942 through 1945. League entries will deposit their franchise fees at the Gladstone meeting, at which time officers will be elected, by-laws studied and a schedule initiated. Davey-Linscott Go Is Set for Tonight Lansing, April 21 (I P)—Two of the classiest amateur boxers Michigan has produced in recent years will be matched here tomorrow night in the welterweight fight. Michigan State college’s Chuck Davey, four times an NCAA champion and undefeated in his college career, will make his first ring appearance since he walked away with his latest collegiate crown. Pitted against him will be Gene Linscott, Pontiac schoolboy sensation, NAAU lightweight champ a year ago and a finalist in the welterweight division of the National tournament this year. Davey. a 24-year old Detroiter, is at present undecided whether or not to turn pro. This bout may help him make up his mind. The sandy-haired southpaw cleaned up all the opposition in the college ranks and is looking for new fighters to conquer. The Citadel and Vanderbilt have replaced Mississippi and Rollins college on the University of Florida 1949 football schedule. William f Pernii 1 BLENDED WHISKEY Eskys Must Rebuild Infield And Find Pitching Strength Faced with the task of rebuilding practically the entire infield and developing pitching talent, the Escanaba high school baseball squad is working outdoors regularly these days in preparation for home-and-home series with Marquette, Ishpeming, Gwinn and others in the making. Lost from last year’s aggregation are such dependable players as Dickie Lough, the best shortstop prospect in some time here: Ron Johnson, first base; Jim Deane, second base; Bob Kolb, third base; Ray Berndt, No. 1 hurler, and Walter Flath, center- fielder and cleanup man. Ron Sedenquist, veteran catcher, is one of only four lettermen returning to bolster Coach Jim Rouman’s 1949 Eskymo baseball squad. And Gilbert Prevost is the only pitcher available from the 1948 aggregation since big Irving Mathews chose to enlist for service in the United States Army. Mathews showed up with a good fast ball and was developing control and was being relied on for the No. 1 pitching slot this season. Prevost was No. 3 hurler last season behind Berndt and Mathews, respectively, and is expected to give a good account of himself this spring. Berndt’s shoes will be hard to fill. In addition to being a capable moundsman, he was an all-around excellent performer. Besides Sedenquist and Prevost, other lettermen on the squad are Gerald Dufour and Edward Millette, both infielders. Among those who saw service last season are Ray Oseen, Joe Friedgen, Dick Barron, Bud Webber and Duane Brown. The complete squad of 28 follows: Seniors—Prevost, Millette, Sedenquist, Dufour, Oseen, Friedgen, Clinton Monson, Clarence Benoit, Jack Slapp, Wayne Dugener, Barron; juniors — Robert Flath, Howard Larsson, John Cousineau, Gordon Packard, Eugene Hulett, Jim Prokos, Weber and Brown; sophomores — Tom Schwalbach, Jim Nyquist, Bob St. Jacques, Louis Herbst, Jerome Cloverland Cagers Feted By Farrell Members of the Cloverland Commercial college basketball team, winner of the U. P. invitation and Gold Medal tournaments in Class B this past season, were feted by their college president, E. J. Farrell, at a dinner in the Marine room of the House of Ludington last night. Gifts were presented by him to Phil Cochrane, player-manager- coaeh, and to Elroy Zimmerman for being (lie most outstanding player on the team. In return, the players presented Mr. Farrell a plaque for his interest and cooperation on their behalf. Cochrane announced that each member of the team will receive a gold belt buckle as a gift from the Cloverland student body. They have been ordered but did not arrive in time for distribution last night. Those attending were Harold Pearson, Haro’d O’Connell, Joe Friedgen, Dick Pryal, Donald Lemke, Phil Cochrane, Elroy Zimmerman, John Zimmerman, Marvin Erickson, Dick Zimmerman, Ted Fazer, Edward Sulet, Roland “Red” Writt, E. J. Farrell and Jim Ward, of the Escanaba Daily Press. Louis Shopping for Talent in Detroit Detroit, April 21 (J*—Promoter Joe Louis was back in the old home town today shopping for talent. The retired heavyweight champion, as head of the newly organized International Boxing club, intends to put on a show at an early date. Afterwards he’ll go to the west coast and then to Manila and Guam for exhibition bouts May 3 and 7. Bark River Nine Practices Sunday The Bark River baseball team, champion of the Tri-County league, will hold its first practice session of the season at 2 Sunday afternoon, Leo Knauf, manager, announces. Thereafter, they will practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30. Stannard, Roland McMillie, Charles Olson, Bob Paterick and Dick Johnson. Dick Desmond is student manager. i#####»#»###»####»»##»»»##»######»##»####»###»»##*##»»####»»#»»»»# GRAND OPENING DANCE Nahma’s New Club House Nahma, Mich. Saturday Night, April 23 Music by Forest Ames Orchestra :: Dancing from 9 ’til 1 JUNIOR SOFTBALL Taking Don Pelletier’s word as a criterion, the Peoples Bar junior softball team are going to be tough to beat this season. It will begin practice at 2 Sunday afternoon on the Wells diamond, and all youngsters 15 years old and under are urged to try out. 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