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v " uu HarolBtojrott STRAIGHT TALK "Du-rocher was traded to Brooklyn because he'd have been managing the Cardinals if he stayed in St. Louis any longer ! " That comes from a man high in baseball, an unimpeachable source because of his closeness to the Cardinal chain. It is, to be sure, a piece of gossip that has interesting implications. 'Rickey has never liked Frisch as a manager," this man told me. "but Breadon has kept Frank in the Job. Frisch and Old Sam knew, however, that if the Cards had a very bad year, Rickey would have his way, Frisch would be out and Durocher was the logical successor. So they traded Leo off." Rickey makes few mistakes, they say. He got rid of Dean at just the right time, apparently. He is squawking now because Leo the Lip is gone, and the St. Loo infield is leaking badly. And he wants Frisch removed! ABOUT MR. MEEHAN Seems that Dodger powers-that-be and Chick Meehan are convinced that Brooklyn's scholastic teams have been wasting their attractiveness on the wintry air in small, often unfenced fields, and without proper ballyhoo. Next season the schoolboys will take possession of Ebbets Field, crowding Manhattan College out. Scholastic double-headers will be staged. Meehan will promote these in his usual thorough manner Tuesday meetings between coaches, players and the press. Jack Connor, Meehan's one-time star back and later his assistant coach, will help him. And later in 1939 there will be some big intersectional games in Ebbets Field. Along the lines of Tulane-Colgate, for example. Meehan is going to prove yet that you can sell Brooklyn fans good football, even if Manhattan College doesn't seem to think so. DOPE ON CORNELL While on football, what's all this talk that Cornell is loaded with dynamite, and that Carl Snavely will have the outstanding "ivy college" eleven next season perhaps the No. 1 team in the East? "It's true," said Eddie Butler. Eddie, along with George Pfann and Sunny Sundstrom and others, has been sending the cogs for this machine north all along and he should know. Eddie does not scout teams for Snavely as he used to for Gil Dobie, but he still lines up the material. That is why Cornell's optimism is predicated on a lot of Brooklyn boys. "Snavely says Hal McCullough of Boys High could fill the blocking back job this season, but he Is too valuable as a nifty runner to waste there," said Butler. "So you will see a lot of Hal carrying the ball. And another sophomore named Murphy, from Blair, who looks like a whiz-bang." Butler went on to sav that Captain A; Van Ranst of Manual and Stony Brook, a tackle last Pall, wtil be move-i buck to center, and that Tilths, from Alexander Hamilton, will play regular tackle. "But the man aboir whom Snavely raves the most," said Eddir. "is Sid Roth, the Poly Prep boy. Carl says he would be an All-America suard on any team in the land. He weighs 214 now and how he can block." Odd thine is that Roth, whose football aoility would be the open sesame to any college gate in the land, is not at Cornell on a scolar-ship! And he was a back at Poly, too MR. McfiAHIE When Cunningham ran at Doly Prep last week, we found Mr Stanley McGahie still on thr job Since 1909 that is, he has been track coach at Poly! In that time, his track teams have won 43 of the 83 outdoor meets they've been in, 13 of the 97 indxr meets and in 40 dual meeUs, they've been defeated on.y once. Ma started off with a bar.i, in 1909, his first season, Poly bea" Erasmus, whom they hadn't topivti .-;nce 1903. McGahie's teams won private school outdoor track aid iield charauionship 12 straight :r. r-. lost it once to Brooklyn P:i-, and then won four n.ore in a In all, his outfits have won 16 of :he 20 titles! Among the be t of Mr. McGahie's products durli tms time was Jack James, who ran on ;he crack 1929 relay team with Aic-x Sheldon, another football ato. Alex Piper and Lewis Happ; Ted Cl.u,: and GeorRe Bror.der, who heici ; American Javelin record six strm-ht years. "But Bcrnie Spent" wa.; the best all-'round athlete I c-.-r handled," said Mac. "He would do anything hurdles, shot put, broari Jump. Spence has tur-ed out .to be a big-gai.'.e hunter now. That's versatility." Herb Cornell at Cornel: Ed Rvan. Yale hurdler, and Johnny Abtwrly. Williams sprinter, are amoi;g Po: and McGahie products now ,s airing In college. FAME Tom Meany, sporU writer who authored "A New Minor League, the National?" thereby aUrtinf a controversy, ha been made the ubject of a big "layout" In the Chicago Daily News. Hoyt, Manush Giants Fretting Over Enforced Siege Indoors Terry Takes Opportunity to Elaborate on Fatigue, World Series Special to The Eagle Philadelphia, May 16 The Giants, who haven't played a ball game for four days, are despondent. They are clearing the field easily, having compiled 18 victories In 21 starts, but they are not satisfied to sit around the hotel lobbies day after day. "It's better to play and lose than not play at all," Col. BUI Terry said. "After all, we may lose our edge . . . and with the Western clubs coming. Inactivity has done more harm to ball clubs than anything else. "Yet this baseball business Is a most peculiar game. In the National League we usually fight to the last ditch and then after we have won, we run into a World Series. By that time our pitchers are tired. That's why we lost two straight World Series to the Yankees." "I don't say we would have won. But the Yanks were rested and we weren't. I do think if we had an easier race and my pitchers would go in strong, the Giants, representing the National League, might have made a better showing." The Giants will play 17 games In the East before they leave for the road again. If they play .500 ball in this period they will remain in first place. It's a weak race In Ford Frick's loop and anything can happen. By the end of next month one should know who'll meet the American League champions. Irish Booters Score in Debut The Irish fifteen from Cavan, champions of Ulster, won the first game of an international Gaelic football series yesterday by defeating the all-New York team. 9 to 4. before 12,000 at the Polo Grounds yesterday. The second game of the series will be played next Sunday, when another Irish visiting team, Leix, faces the all-New York combination at Yankee Stadium. The final game on Memorial Day will bring Cavan and Leix together at the Polo Grounds, the first game in which the two teams from Ireland have ever met'in the United States. An international trophy will be at stake, with a victory counting two points and a tie one point. In the event of a tie in the series it will be played off on June 12. In the preliminary hurling match Tipperary defeated Limerick, 22 to 9. Dizzy About Ready To Try Out Arm Chicago, May 18 (U.R) Dizzy Dean, the man with a $250,000 pain in his right shoulder, will throw a baseball Wednesday for the first time since he was ordered to give his ailing arm a complete rest for two weeks and not pitch in a game for a month. He was en route to New York today with the Chicago Cubs who open their first Ea m invasion of the season against the Giants tow-morrow at the Polo Grounds Wednesdaywhen the rest period is up Dean will make some practice tosses and follow the procedure daily for a fortnight. If Dizzy's arm doesn't art up. he may be able to take his regular turn on the mound In about two weeks. ilf the "kink" remains, it might j mean the end of Dean's brilliant I career and another poor investment j for Phi! K. Wngley, youthful owner ; of the Cubs, who paid fancy prices ; for such players as Chuck Klein. Babe Herman and others only to have them go sour. National Loaciie RESULTS Boston, 10. Brnnkl.n. 1. ST Lvn. Pittsbursh 4 ch:eBt 3. Ii0 til innings j Nw York rain STANDING OF THE CLI to Qi I 'F-is 2 if 5j ; l i New York Plush eft ChicaBn Cincinnati Si Louis 1 Boston Rrnoklvn Phi la h .i , 2 2, 1 1 3 3 ifl .1 857 I 4i 3 3' 1 2 - 13' 9 511 1 4, 4 2 1 2 14 11 SfiO 3 112-1 1 2 12 13 4HO 1,2 3 ! 1 2 1 10 12 45S i o o ii nit: 4.i nil ri 011 0 4 10 15 .400 1 1415 211 Gms lost 3 9 11 13 12 11 15 H - GAMES TODAY Boston at RrtMiklvn. Other clubs not scr.rdu.rd ) Ne York at Philadelphia. GAMES TOMORROW St Lo;;s at Brooklvn. Pittsburgh at Boston. Chicago ai Nt York. Cincinnati at Phi.adclphla, Daily ele sports 14 Brings Bat Joe Medwick of St. Louis Cardinals, who is now hitting .426, will do his fence-busting at Ebbets Field tomorrow when Dodgers meet Cards. Outboards 'Get Into 9 Albany Race Winner Besides having black and blue lumps all over him, Ted Roberts of New York also was $500 richer today and had a tall gold trophy to prove that he had spluttered down the Hudson River faster, all things considered, than 76 other contestants in the 11th annual Albany-to-New York outboard motorboat race. Why they raced at all yesterday I mPnt. Roberts, theoldest winner in was more than a lot of sane persons j tne njMory of the rate, was so ex-could figure out. The river for all of I nausted at the finish he had to be the 130 miles of the course was so ! nf.lped out of his little noisemaker. rougn even tne coast Guard patrol boats ducked for shelter. But they raced, and Roberts, who is 41 and operates a modest boathouse right next door to the finish line. won. He came ploughing past the line in 3:55:45, having averaged 33.023 miles an hour for the jolting journey. Asked why he liked to drive jitter-boats, especially In weather like that he explained: "I don't know. It Just gets into you." Second in the marine marathon was Fred Jacoby of North Bergen, N. J who missed out on winning a second time when his motor broke down about a quarter mile from the finish. The funny part about it was that his elapsed time was only 3:30:36 j Raipn Gulriahl and Sam Snead to- ?!?,VS ni1;'. Thpiher with Vic Ghezzi, the North 1th' "f hf fJ' jand South open champion, engaged catch a that he had "n Sme .. match ror ,ne benefit than Roberts and was handicapped accordingly. Douglass Fonda of Orange, N. J., who, unlike Roberts and Jacoby. is an amateur, was third in 3:39.09. For quite a while everybody thought he had placed second. He came tearing right past the officials' float, whereas Jacoby drifted over the line clear on the other side of the mile-wide river and wasn't noticed by the spectators or most of the Judges. Of the 108 original entries, only 77 braved the choppy river. Only 23 outboard hydroplane drivers and nine in assorted other classes, managed to tomplete the course within the time limit of 7 In hours. The race corn- mittee, itself, wanted to postpone the event for a week, because it was rain-; ing in sheets at Albany and the wind was high. But the pilots voted to start, and they had only themselves to blame for what happened. All of them said it was real punish- Major League Races MONDAY, MAY IB. '2 n;r,mnaM. 1',. ir.nm at Philadelphia, BS Tid7'i I!i iVial : - - .si a Boston New York Cleveland Wash'ton Chicago Detroit Phil phia .-t Louis c,ms lost -' 4 2' 4 2-141 n 1 - 1 1 1 1 7 1 21 2 on: o 2 0! 12 : 2 n i i n 0 1 0 3 5ia 415 4 on 40 .4L'1 B 9 9 11 GAMES TODAY Fhi'.id'iph.a at Cleveland. (Other clubs not scheduled) VV,isrii:.g'on at Detroit. GAMES TOMORROW New York at St. Louii. Washington at Detroit. Boston at Chicajo, FhUadelphla at Cleveland BROOKLYN, N. Y., MONDAY, MAY 16, 1938 and Spencer Released Unconditionally to Brooklyn Many of the craft swamped outright and all the drivers had to stop fre quently and dip out a few gallons of water. At dark, when the books were closed, many of the boats were unreported, and some of them might be battling their way downstream yet. Ghezzi Golf Victor In Charity Clash Sweet charity took it on the chin yesterday at Lakeville where the three top men in the metropolitan open championship, Jimmy Hines, R. riivi.,nn , .., unn. Shore division. The idea was good but the weather was wretched and only about 200 turned out for the match. Par. however, took its usual licking for all the wind and rain, Vic Ghezzi capturing the money prize with his 71, two under par. Snead and Guldahl, 'the national open champion, tied at 74. As expected, Hines, who had led the field at Fresh Meadow, had an off day and finished up with a 76. After the match Snead mentioned that he might be missing from the P. G. A. championship this year. The lure is the British open and an expenses-paid tour. "You never can ten whether the chance will come again. I may take it." Frank Strafaci. low amateur in the Met open, mentioned at the same time that he probably will not go to Denver for the national open. TROST. iffWtm'-y-: 40? 'MalaiaM'' American League RESULTS Boston. 4; Washinjton. 3. Philadelphia it Nfw York. S-. Louis. 4. nnroit. 1. ram. i5 inr.ir.5s, rain). Chicago t Cleveland, rain. STANDING OF THE CLUBS Todar'i Ha Win gven Lost RB0 '- .640 .6:5 .583 .625 .583 .6117 .S71 .450 .400 .435 .391 .381 .333 .120 .280 1 l! 2 2 lfi a I! 2 3 141 9 5 2! 4 M 9 i 4' 3 if n; .667 .HOT .609 .593 .421 2 8 11 0 3 9 13 .409 131 .350 292 7 17 11 13 13 17 23-Player Rule Threat to Yank Life of Hadley Club May Be Forced lo Select Moundsman as Deadline Draws Near By BILL McCULLOUGH This is an open date- in New York so far m the Giants and Yankees are concerned. The Yanks are headed for St. Louis to open their first Western trip. They play three games in St. Louis, two in Chicago, three in Cleveland and two in Detroit. Then Marse Joe McCarthy's boys invade Philadelphia for two jousts before returning home. On the trip Joe Gordon, out of the lineup since Joe DiMaggio "bunked" into him in Washington, Is expected to return to second base despite the fine showing Bill Knickerbocker has made. And Oeorge Selkirk definitely will re place the earnest but inconsistent Myril Hoag in left. Inasmuch as DiMaggio has crashed into three of his team mates in the last two years, McCarthy has given Instruction to Cro- settl to rush out into the outfield on all fly balls hit and give the "call" to DiMaggio. No Feud With DiMag There is no friction between the Yankee players and DiMaggio . . . The Coast Italian is a retiring sort of fellow and nerer was chummy with his teammates, even on the Coast . . . Lefty Qomez, a so-called goof, says he is losing games this year despite the fact he has pitched good ball but Lefty adds that in years gone by he pitched bad ball and won . . . Bump Hadley may be let go to get the Yanks down to the 23-player limit a week from now. The Yanks are one over. Best game of the year thus far at the Stadium was the Bob Feller- Gomez 3 to 2 duel last week . . . The Yanks are still raving over Feller's curve . . . Gehrig said it was the best he ever looked at . . . When Feller pitches Hernsley uses a heavy sponge in his glove. Colonel Ruppert, ill for severaj weeks, is expected back at his desk soon . . . The Yanks seven-game winning streak proved a real tonic to him . . . Ruffing, entirely recovered from his cold, wants to pitch out of turn on the trip to make up for lost time . . . Ivy Andrews, indisposed, hasn't tossed a ball for the world champions since the season began. Yanks Like Ananlrz The Yanks are extremely In terested in Tom Ananlcz, St. John's lanky left-hander, who pitched 17 innings against New York University . . . Tom has another year to go at the Red and White institution, but the New York club won't negotiate with him until he has finished college. America League men like Billy Grieve's umpiring . . . Bill is from Yonkers and is most competent . . . Jack Doyle, sage of Broadway, never bet a quarter on a baseball game . . . Best young player to show at the Stadium, Ken Keltner ... A lot of folks are booming Stanley Harris as one of the shrewdest leaders In the game. Frank Crosetti has tried the hidden ball trick 11 times thus far but it hasn't worked ... He almost had Keltner "trapped," but VUi, coaching at third, spoiled Frankie's pet trick . . . Unless Lee Stine is sold or traded before Sept. 10, he will be subject to the draft . . . Spud Chandler opens the Yanks Western trip tomorrow. Sports Mirror L By the Aaiociated Prext Today a year ago Three spectators were killed and four, Including driver. Injured when ear driven by Frank Bailey left track during rac at Langhorne, Pa. Three yeara go Babe Ruth Indicated he would retire from baseball if he failed to regain batting eye during road trip with Boston Braves. Five years ago Bea Gottlieb, only United State entry, eliminated from British women's golf championship in first round. Mungo Mauled Boston ab it FletcherAb 422 Oarmi 3b 5 00 Brooklr o a ab r h o a 113 0 12 4 3 12 13 0 0 0 0 2 2 13 0 0 0 2 0 112 1 0 0 10 0 0 17 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 00 00 00 0 0 00 00 13 1 Rosen. cf 1 3 Hudson. 2b 4 OlLava'to 3b 0 O'aCoicarart 5 CamlllUB 0 0 Kor.rf 0 0 Phelpa e 1 2 Hauettir 2 4lDuroeher.il 0 O: Munao.p DlMat'o.cf Moore, rf Cucc'lo,2b Wmi.ii Cooney.lf Mueller. c Waratler.as Pette p Hutch'np 2 2 1 4 1 1 4 3 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 5 1 2 5 0 1 2 0 0 300 0 1 Butcner.p Hnrt.p bBrark Marrow. p Total! 3S 10 11 27 17l Totall 30 7 8 27 15 aRan for Lavaaetto In 9th Inning. bBatted for Hoyt In 8ih Inning. Bnalnn 0121901?! 010 Brooklyn 0020302007 Error Durocher. Runs batted in Mueller 13), DiMikrIo. Moore, Lavatetto I3i Camllll (3i, Cuccinello (3i. Phelps I2, Wet. Two-base nils Fletcher. Hudson 121, Lavagelto. Camllll, Cucein!o, West. Three-base hit Mueller. Home auns Moore. Mueller. Camllll. Cuccinello. Phelps. Sacrifices Hudson Butcher. Dr.uble plays WarsUer, Cuccinello and Fletcher: Cuccinello. Warstler and Pletcher. Left on bases Boston. 9: Brooklyn, R. Bases on balli Oil Tette. 7. ofl Hutchinson. 3; off Mungo, 6: oft Butcher. 2 Struck out By Mungo 2: by Hutchinson. 1. Hits Off Pette. 5 In 4 Innings; off Hutchinson, 3 In 5; off Munto. 5 In 5; oft Butcher. 5 in 2 2-3; off Hovt. 0 in 1-3: off Marrow. 0 In 1. Winning pitcher Hutchinson, lxislm pitcher Butcher. Umpires Magerkurlh, Parker and Moras.. Time 2.38. r Cut From ! g2t'-1 XT 751 1 Heinle Manush (top, left), Waite Hoyt (top, right), Roy Spencer (lower left) and George Jeffcoat yrho were released by Dodgers today. Jeffcoat was sent to Kansas City; others were cast adrift. Preakness Parallels Running of Derby America's annual horseracing hysteria ended Saturday when William duPont's Dauber splashed through the slime at Baltimore to win the Preakness. This is the second of the two U. S. races of which the nation as a whole is particularly conscious, the other being the Kentucky Derby. Plenty of other races that the in- veterate race follower watches just as closely. The Belmont is one of themand the Futurity probably the most thrilling of all. But there are millions who confine their interest to the Derby and the Preakness. They get down a one-buck show bet on each of these big ones and that's their racing for the year. The Preaknes.: this year vi the Derby over again except for two things: Lawrin wasn't In it and the track was fetlock deep in mud. But otherwise it was Just the same. Dauber waited for the stretxh before making his bid. Then he passed Menow and Fighting Fox, the early leaders. This time there was no Lawrin to catch and Dauber won going away. The time of 1:59 4-5 for the mile and three-sixteenths was excellent in the going. The battle for the place was ai wow. Cravat broke last, was last the fir.st time past the judges, and still last In the backstretch. A scribe described Cravat at this point, eleven lengths back of the leader, as a "four-legged mudpie." Jockey Jackiei Westrope whacked Cravat once and he picked up every horse but Dauber, to take the place from Menow in a photo finish. Dauber may be, an odds-on favorite for the Belmont next month.! Lawrin is not eligible for this fixture! and Stagehand is not likely to havel recovered from the illness which caused his withdrawal from thej Derby. But the Arlington Classic in July should be a great fight among Stagehand, Lawrin and Dauber, Line Drives Throughout the first half of May the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox were the surprise teams of the major leagues, giving the pennant parades a bit of a scarlet tinge at least temporarily. Only the pace-setting Giants had a better record than Bill McKechnie's energetic mejv from the banks of the Ohio, who lifted themselves up to fourth place in the standings. The hitting of Frank McCormick, Ernie Lombard! and Ival Goodman and Paul Derringer's pitching have been the chief factors in the position of the team. The Red Sox outplayed evrry other club in the American League from the first of the month rfelu through the 15th and as a result are roosting on top of the loop todlay. Manager Joe Cronin in person is leading. Mr. Tom Yawkey's expensive investment in hitting ana Is receiving powerful support from Jimmy Foxx, Roger Cramer, Ben Chapman and Joe Vosmik. The creaking Bob Grove is far and away the best of the Boston pitchers, but Lefty Ostermueller, Johnny Marcum and Jim Bagby have also helped to pitch the Sox to the top. The standings of all clubs for, the first half of May follows: . NATIONAL LEAGUE j W. L. ' Pet. 1. New Tark S .DO . Cincinnati 4 . .! .3. St. Louis 4 , .000 4. Chleaio .500 5. Pittsburgh , .400 6. BrooalTH . .S" T. Philadelphia ,,..v.,.. S S .: S. Boston - i , . . 1 ! . M MAKING GOOD AS A PRO For those who aspire to major or even minor lere careen, the followtaf Information wlU prove an eye-opener. Aocordlnr to Charley StU, acout for the St. Louis Browns, who haa been on the trail of diamond talent for It yeara, the oddi are 100 to 1 of a can-didate reaching; the minora. Finding another Bob Feller? Odd are 3,000 to 1, aaya StU. Roster Altrock Still Hit With Fans Washington, May 16 W The most important man among the Washington Senators when the team takes the road is not Manager Bucky Harris but Nick Altrock. "We might as well travel without our pitchers and catchers," said President Clark Griffith today, "as without Nick." Baseball's 62-year-old funny man stayed at home once back in the days before the capital permitted Sunday games and the Senators were making a one-day trip to the West. A half hour before game time the fans noticed the absence of that familiar figure with the cap on the side of his graying head. "We want Nick," they yelled. "Altrock was back in Washington," explained Griffith, "and there wasn't anything we could do about him. But we learned a lesson. They hollered for him all afternoon." Uncle Nick usually works on the first base coaching line. His two best tricks are juggling and pantomime, although he's suffering in the latter art this season because his chief stooge, Umpire Bill Dinneen, has retired. Nick was never better than when Bill was umpiring at first base, and the Senatorial clown aped him behind his back. Dinneen always fell in with the act. AMI1RICAN LEAC.I'E W. 1. Boston 9 2. New York 7 a. Waahlntton 9 4. Cleveland el . Detroit . 4 . Philadelphia 4 7. I hlraso 3 It. St. Louis t Pet. .ISO .-no .i:t .son .400 .400 .suit Brooklyn bunts Hatchet-Faced Johnny Hudeon now has the longest Dodger batting streak of the season . . . His two doubles yesterday extended his string to ten straight games ... In those contests, he has delivered 15 hits, good for 25 total bases, in 40 times at bat for the sptffy average of .375. The Sabbath was extra base day . . . Among the 11 Boston hits were home runs by Gene Moore, Ray Mueller and Tony Cuccinello, doubles by Cuccinello, Fletcher and West, and a triple by Mueller . . . Camllll and Phelps hit homers for Brooklyn, Camilli and Lavagetto had a double apiece and Hudson had two . . . And the N. L. ball is supposed to be dead. It will be Freddy Fitzsimmons against Danny MacFayden in the third and final game of the Boston series today, TOMMY H?LMES. Jeffcoat Goes To Yank Farm At Kansas City Possible Deal for Hurler Seen in Flock Move-MacPhail After 'Youth' By TOMMY HOLMES The explosion that Larry MacPhail promised if the Dodgers were in seventh place or thereabouts past May 15 started rocking Ebbets Field today when three veterans were unconditionally released and a fourth player was shipped out on option. Waite Hoyt, Heinle Manush and Roy Spencer, all ten-year men, walked the plank and are now hustling for jobs. George Jeffcoat, young right-handed pitcher, who hasn't thrown a ball since the season started, has been farmed to the chain store depot of the Yankees at Kansas City. The reduction of the Dodger squad by four players slashes the Brooklyn roster to 22 one under the legal Summer limit a full week before the final slash was necessary and it is taken for granted that MacPhail and Manager Burleigh Grimes are out rustling up a deal or two calculated to make the Dodgers more troublesome in the future. The Brooklyn Infield is well set. So is the outfield with Koy and Rosen hitting the way they are. The Dogers are equipped behind the plate and well equipped as long as big Phelps can whip that bat around his equator. CLUB LOOKING OVER YANKEE PROSPECTS And so the Dodgers are gunning for pitchers. Other players may figure in their trades in order to release material that may be used in another deal for pitching strength. Possibly the release of Jeffcoat to a Yankee farm is the forerunner of a deal that will bring to Brooklyn one of the Yankee farm pitchers or perhaps one of lesser lights on ths present staff of the world champions. "Perhaps, I'm over-optimistic," declared MacPhail today, "but I d& believe that except for pitching, we have as good a club as any in the league outside of the Giants. And if we can put over the improvements I'm aiming at, we'll climb. "The first thing we might as well do is to dispose of the players who werent helping us. Hoyt, Manush and Spencer weren't. Besides we may as well go in for the youthful ambition stuff. If you listen to the crowds, you'll notice that the fellows the fans are yelling for are Rosen and Koy. MacPHAIL IS NOT THROUGH CLEANING UP "If you want to call it house-cleaning, all right. The onlv thlntr I can say is I hope I'm not through. There are about 18 fellows on the club who have meant anything to us at all and the rest could be in China and the team would have a better morale." Hoyt, Brooklyn born and bred, will be 38 in September. In his 21st big league season, he is the patriarch of big league pitchers in point of service. After a trial with the Giants and a period with the Red Sox. he reached his peak with the Yankees a dozen years ago. Afterward, his career carried him to the Tigers, the Athletics, the Dodgers, the Giants and the Pirates, then back to the Dodgers. An unconditional release Is no novelty to Hoyt. This is the third In his experience and the second he has received from Brooklyn. After flashing great form in Florida, a leg injury on the trip north threw him off. Since the .season began, he has started one game, lost that and been in two others in relief roles. MANUSH'S LIFETIME AVERAGE .331 Old Powerhouse Manush, who will be 37 in July, was signed as a free agent by the Dodgers for last season and led the club in hitting with an average of .333. That gave hiin a lifetime batting average of .331 for 15 seasons. Way back in 1926, ho was American League batting champion. He was bothered by his legs all Spring, had little Spring training and had a batting mark of .250 for 16 games since the season started. The grizzled Spencer was 38 in February and has been knocking around the major leagues for a do7n years. He did most of Brooklyn's catching this Spring while they were waiting for the fractured Phelps thumb to heal and batted .267 in 16 games. What happened on the Sabbath out at Ebbets Field was a great disappointment to everybody exoept Casey Stengel's Boston Bees. With, their new-found power, the Dodgers were belting the ball. But the Bees belted Mungo and Max Butcher and , won by a score of 10 to 7. After Big Van had been clubbed around. Butcher lost the game in the eighth when Tony Cuccinello doubled to drive in two runs and Max West hit another two-bagger to climax a three-run rally. Scoring seven runs and losing with Mungo is bad. But lwlng that kind of a game to the weak-hitting Bee is practically unheard of.

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