The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on January 17, 1952 · Page 19
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1 Dodgers Sign Flychaser, Giants Lose One oncQiavn EAGLE KM. THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 1952 If Goes fo a Party ' HE'LL BE REMINDED The Cathedral Club Is wind-yig up to pitch a whing-ding for one of its members tonight and the chances are that a good time will be had by all. That goes for the man who will sit in the place of honor although the possibility is remote that Mr. Walter F. O'Malley can get through the evening without meeting 31 -people who "just knew" what was going to happen the moment Ralph Branca left the bullpen to pitch to Bobby Thomson. ' But I know of no man better equipped to face such a situation than the president of the Dodgers. With an alto-jether admirable blend of humor and dignity, Mr. O'Malley met the grim disappointment of his first year as boss-man at Ebbets Field in a manner that won the respect and applause of baseball men everywhere. Ha flatly refused to be stampeded. He conceded that Charlev Dressen might have done things differently here 1 a i i , 1 1 : IT,. f1 ana inerw along me nne. nc for which he was responsible, also might have averted the disaster through some sort of a critical move. "It was a club failure," he said, "and the responsibility must be shared. We will try again next year." THAT FATEFUL NIGHT He hid his ulcers well even on the night of last Oct, 3 and here is a little sidelight of that evening which might reveal something about O'Malley's thoughtfulness and consideration. One of the nicest fellows in the sports writing business ' is Mr. Ken Smith of the Mirror, who, man and boy, has traveled with the Giants for many years and who lives and dies with them in the pressbox. For 17 seasons he had been 'waiting for what happened that afternoon when Thomson's blast won the pennant for his ball club. And when it happened, Ken wasn't there to see it He had left the ball park half an hour before when a message reached him that his wife had been injured in an automobile accident. Fortunately, Mrs. Smith's Injuries, while serious, were not critical, but we didn't know that in the car that took O'Malley, Harold Burr and me downtown. There was some talk about the accident and that's all there is to the story except that a few days later Smith told , me that he had received a cheering telegram from O'Malley that very night. "It surprised me," said Ken, "that he could find time .to give a thought to my troubles at a moment when he was neck-deep in trouble himself." DON WILL BE MISSED Speaking of troubles, the Dodgers have 'em and don't think they haven't. For two straight years, the Dodgers have had the best infield unit, the best outfield unit, the best catcher in the National League. Brooklyn didn't win because its pitching staff t lacked depth. Through the first part of the present off-season, the Ebbets Field front office stood on reasonably solid ground 'as it stood pat. In 1950 and again in 1951 the team came so close that it was logical to presume that any slight improvement would make the difference. But then came notice that Don Newcombe would be Inducted into the armed forces and, just like that, Mr. O'Malley and his forces were faced with the necessity for building its pitching staff up to last year's strength instead of building beyond that strength. "STOPPERS" ARE NEEDED And this is an extremely difficult thing to do, for 20-game winners like Newcombe ar not flushed in every bush. Big Don hasn't been the greatest pitcher in the game but he was approaching his peak and he is perhaps the most irreplaceable athlete on the entire Dodger roster. For the last two years, Newcombe has been the only "stopper" on the Dodger staff, the one established starting pitcher who can work every four days. As brilliant as he is, Preacher Roe can't do that and never could. At the December meetings, a pitching "stopper" was ' what the Dodgers sought without success. A pennant- winning staff needs two such uiants naa iviagne ana jansen ana me rjou cnampion rnn-iies had Roberts and Simmons. Foiled in their efforts to land such a pitcher, the Dodgers consoled themselves that maybe one of their other flingers would develop to fit into the breach. They had and still have high hopes for Clem Labine, the lean righthander who came so fast late last season. J TOP PITCHERS COME HIGH But when and if Labine rloes gain that stature, the Dodgers will be no better off tium they were last season. The solution is plain, but it is difficult because other clubs show an understandable reluctance to part with pitchers like the aforementioned Maglie, Jansen and Roberts, Warren Spahn, Bob Rush, Ken Ratfensberger or Ewell Blackwell. A pitcher of top class might be obtained, but only at the surrender of front-line material from the Dodger infield and outfield. Nothing much on the Brooklyn bench is in great demand around the league. And when, in December, sundry i Dodger stars were named in trade rumors, Mr. O'Malley's oltice was deluged wiin protests, it Furillo or Cox or Snider "or Robinson or Hodges, etc., were traded, the fans said they never would darken the doors of the ball park again. ' Mr. O'Malley is fully aware of the situation, of course, and it is to be hoped that tonight's party cheers him up a little. Not that his companions at the Cathedral Club are likely to know that he needs cheering up from his pleasantly off-hand manner. Cubs Sign 2 Rookies Chicago, Jan, 17 (U.R) The Chicago Cubs reported two more players signed for 1952 to-Kay, rookie pitchers Andy Var-ga and Luvern Fear. Varga, 21, a southpaw, had a four-won , - - Edited by ' LQU KISS 19 lawny yfolmet Wafer 0Maey nr4wii4tA4 V. i tV,o, frnnt nffina auiunvtu uiai. li, nuiu uni pitchers as the 1951 champion and eight-lcst record with Grand Rayids in the Central League lvH year with an earned-run everage of 2.92. Fear, a right-hander, won eight and lost nine with Springfield in the International League with a 3.27 earned-run average' Furillo Inks Contract, Mays Taken by Army By HAROLD C. BIRR The Dodgers signed an out fielder yesterday and the Giants iosi one. Carl Furillo was the Brook - lvn nirkptman hut Willie MaVSlT isn't going to catch the ball in one hand and his cap In the other any more at the Polo Grounds and again become the toast of Harlem. The National League Rookie of the Year is about to enter his boot training for Uncle Sam. Willie was drafted yesterday down in Bir mingham. , "Administratively acceptaDie, the Alabama Selective Service turned in its verdict in words too big perhaps for the 20-year-old boy who flunked his apti tude test earlier in tne winter, but because he was a high chool graduate he was brought back and again passed his physical. He's scheduled to go in the last week of February or the first week of March. One of the very newest Giants. Chuck Diering, was obtained in trade from the Cardinals for this very emergency. It probably means that Diering will inherit Mays' vacant assignment. Chuck was a .259 batter for the Cards and is 29 years old, but a real ball hawk. 'We expected it," said Vice President Chubby Feeney in behalf of the Giants. "Mays is just like everybody else. The whole country is making sacri fices now and naturally he must make his. We knew he was physically fit and realized that he would have to go. Getting Diering was the protective measure we took." Time Will Tell "That's a bridge we'll have to cross," said Manager Leo Duro- cher in Santa Monica. "After we get to camp and I have a look at what's available, I'll have a better idea what the loss of Mays is going to cost us. I haven't any ideas about Diering yet. I'll have to wait." The Giants have lost the cen- terfielder on a championship ball club. May was called up by the New Yorks from their Minneapolis farm team while he was hitting American Asso- ciation pitching for .477, but sloughed off to .274 in the National League, having to recoup from a terrible start. Mays now joins Don New combe, Ted Williams, Jerry Coleman, Lloyd Merriman and others who have been called to the colors since the close of the season. Furillo, the most sought after Dodger in the Winter trading marts, hit .295 last year. He was in 158 games, which tied Gil Hodges mark and went to bat 667 times, which broke Buddy Hassett's times at bat as a Dodger in 1936 by two games. The Reading Muscle Man batted in 91 runs, which was pretty good considering Furillo hit first or second most of the campaign. He batted .292 as leadoff man. He hit .300 or better against five of the other seven National League teams. Giants and Red kept him out of the magic circle. He had an average of .333 against the Pirates. His lifetime N. L. figures are .301. Carl's steel arm forged 24 assists to give him league honors. His six double plays ended in a deadlock with Richie Ashburn of the Phillies. Not since 1915 has an outfielder had 24 assists, and that was Garden Gillenwater of the Braves. Furillo is thought to have signed for' around $20,000, but the knowing fan's guess is as good as anybody's. The Lip has had to give up two of his stars Ed Stanky and now Mays. He has received in return Max Lanier and Diering. He's stronger in pitching, but his inner and outer defenses have been weakened since that wild afternoon when Bobby Thompson had Dodger fans jumping off Coogan's Bluff. Smalley Signs Pact With Chicago Cubs unicago, Jan. 16 (U.R) Shortstop Roy Smalley has signed his 1952 contract with the Chicago Cubs, the first player to reach agreement, it was announced today. College Basketball EAST PannarlTanla 64 Frinecloa 66 f ABbarat 49 Qoam IN. V.) S6 MoraTlaa 63 Uhlfh 51 Ralea 68 BarknHI 84 AS Colombia 72 Fordhan 52 Trlnltr 73 Adelphl 7 Albrtiht 62 Arm.? 84 Rowdoln 95 Muublrnberi M Clarkaon 77 Colbf 77 Drawl 57 Ullca 92 La Salle 81. Lawrcnea -47 Maine 47 - 8tTeni Tech 54 Hamilton 49 Bcranton 55 Johna Hopblna 58 97 NaT 65 Carnerie Torb FHtaborrh 56 112 Bbada la. State Now Bampablro 86 69 81. Joaepb'a Fa.) Delaware 50 72 Sprlnrfleld Amor. International 86 72 Temple Fenn Military 64 67 Tufte Nertbeeeteni 63 78 I nula Fare 54 67 Calholle D. Wntera Maryland 66 MIDWEST 69 Akron - Fenn 5fl 90 Darton 73 Kent State Eaatern KonUckr 73 Wooiter 55 2 Toledo Viral (Mleb.) 60 rhleaae 54 Aerora 63 67 Chleere Teaebern 66 Weatera I Minn.) 84 St. Ambroae rVabuaiio 61 86 llllnete Normal Illlnole Wealeran 68 70 Hamlin Minnesota (Dnlnth) 61 SOUTH 74 Florida Georfla 55 54 Florida Sooth nn Florida State 51 58 MUalaalppl Soothem Sprlne HUI 55 64 Weateni KMitaekr Tennoaaoe Terh 55 65 Vlrclnla ilete J. C. Imlth 62 Rangers mmmmm h mm Mmmmm w r i 1,", CARL FURILLO, Dodgers outfielder who signed his contract believed to call for some $20,000 per season. NCAA Puts New Slugging Rule On Its Books White Sulphur Springs, W. Va Jan. 17 (U.R) A new intercollegiate football rule was in the books today as a result of a furoore raised overd the alleged slugging of Johnny Bright, Drake University star who suffered a broken jaw in a game with Oklahoma A & M last season. The NCAA Rules Committee, at the wlndup of its annual three-day meeting here yesterday, passed unanimously a rule that would force a player to leave the game if found guilty of striking another player with the "forearm, elbow or locked hand." Drake severed relations with Oklahoma as a result of the Bright incident, and since then the public has been clamoring for stricter penalties against unnecessary roughness, the previous penalty was 15 yards. The committee also placed a great deal of the blame on coaches and officials for "their failure to ohserve and enforce the spirit of the rules." A resolution was passed urging coaches and officials to see that the rules are obeyed. Free Sub Rule The free-substitution rule was left unchanged from the 1951 version with one exception. A time out will be charged to a team sending in a player for the purpose of punting while tlv clock is running. Before the penalty was five yards. Other new changes which will make the game different this year from 1951, include: 1. A new definition of clipping. Clipping in 1951 was defined as any block from behind below the waist. The new rule for clipping was changed to read "any blocking of an opponent other than the ball carrier from behind." 2. Stricter penalties also will be meted out for defensive holding. The penalty was increased from five to 15 yards. 3. The definition of a passer also was clarified to give the ball-thrower more personal protection. passer was the man who threw the pass, but this year the passer will remain the passer while the ball is in flight. He also will be allowed to use his hands to ward off would-be tacklers. 4. The fair catch rule was revised to allow the player making the catch to move two steps to regain his balance. 5. The 1952 football season will witness speedier games as the result of another new rule which gives the field judge a whistle to act as referee on down-field play. 6. The practice of offensi teams getting the jump on the ball on illegal shifts also will be frowned on more during the 1952 season. Murray at Sunny-side Ted Murray, Long Island welterweight, shoots for his seventh consecutive triumph tonight at the Sunnyside Garden Arena in Sunnyside, L. I., when he encounters Miguel Mendivil, Cuban welterweight in the featured tussle over the 10-round route. NAT'L HOCKEY LEAGUE L. S 14 o O.A. FT,. Detroit 24 Toronto 19 Montreal - 19 New York- 14 Boiton 13 13 74 56 96 83 93 121 Chirac 12 LAST NIGHT'S KE81XTS Chirac 6, New York 4. Only came acheduled.l PRO CAGE STANDINGS ASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION W. L. Fet.l W. L. Frt. Straena 22 12 .8471 Mltuie. 24 12 .867 Boiton 21 14 .61101 Borhoater 23 12 .657 New York 18 19 ,4H Indiana. 19 16 .543 Fhlla. Baltimore 1? n 'I " ;Jm LAST NIGHTS REgl'LTS Mlnneapolia 106, ItoatoB 94. Onl7 faaae orbetale.) J f ' at j i KM if f . j V J Strive for Hawk Blues Anxious To Avenge Last Night's Defeat By JOE LEE The Rangers were a sadly disappointed group of young fel lows as they hurriedly packed their traveling bags late last night to entrain for Chicago, where they will have another go at the Black Hawks tonight. A crowd of 7,346 fans watched as the Broadway Blades muffed a chance to gain undisputed possession of fourth place as the Hawks walloped them by a 6 4 score on the Garden ice. It was the most dismal performance in many weeks by the Rangers and they were completely outplayed by the last-place Hawks. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Chicago outfit. "It just wasn't our night," Coach Bill Cook remarked in the dressing room. "I was disappointed. 1 thought we could grab those two important Doints for fourth place, but none of the fellows were hustling in the first two periods I blame it on the three-day lay off and the change of lines, which was necessitated through injuries." "Herb Dickinson played well the Paul Ronty third line was all right and Hy Buller played a good game at defense, but it all stopped there. The rest of the boys just didn't have the usual hustle The game in Chi cago may be a much different story. Maybe the loss might; put some pep and drive into the boys," Cookie said hope-: fully. Another Injury Already riddled by injuries, an other casualty was added to the Ranger list when Eddie Kull-man suffere a left knee injury, much the same as the one that benched Eddie Slowinski in last Sunday night's game. However, Kullman will make the trip to Chicago and may get into the game. Dickinson, who was recalled from Cincinnati after the Slowinski injury, scored the first Ranger goal in the first period and George Gee sent one past Rayner to end the ehukker with a 11 tie. It was Dickin son's second whirl as a Rangeri and he played well. In his first trip up from the farm team, Herb played eight games, scor- ing three goals and one assist. Bill Gadsby and Al Drews-bury dented the cords for the Hawks in the second period for a 3 1 margin. Ronty scored for the Rangers five minutes later and the Kroadwayites were still In the fight. Jim Peters was the villain from Chicago in the third period as he scored two of the three Hawk goals. He got his first before the final session was two minutes old and the second with only one second to go in the game. His last goal was scored when Goalie Rayner was withdrawn in a desperation effort by Bill Cook, who sent out five forwards and one defense man in an effort to catch up. The two Ranger goals in the final period were scored by Don Raleigh at 14:14 and Gaye Stewart at 17:52. HOUTTEAAAN REVIVES TIGERS Return of Hurling Star From Army Boosts Detroit Stock (This is the fourth af a scries of interviews with major league managers on the outlook for their clubs in 1952.) Detroit, Jan. 17 (U.R) Manager Red Rolfe of the Detroit Tigers said today "We'll be back in the first division this season because Art Houtteman is back." "Houtteman makes us at least a dozen games better than we, were a year ago," he declared.) "I'm certain we'll improve our position." The Tigers, with Houtteman in the Army, slumped to fifth place last year after battling the Yankees right down to the wire in 1950. And it was Houtte-1 man who kept the Tigers in contention that season. He won:to Use njm jn relief. 19 games against 12 defeats before being whisked away into the armed forces. A medical discharge has made him available again and the 21-year-old right-hander says his arm is as good as ever. Virgil Trucks, another big right-hander, joins Houtteman: as key man on the Tiger pitching staff. Recovering from arm trouble that almost prematurely ended his career, he was off to a slow start last vear but sU11 Picked UP 13 victories to! pe uetroits top hurler. "Both Houtteman and Trucks' MEETING OF BRASS On hand for opening session of the National Football League's annual meeting, are (left to right) Commissioner Bert Bell of the National Football League; Walter Wolfner, general manager of the Chicago Cardinals; Daniel F. Reeves, president and owner of the Los Angeles Rams, and Anthony J. Marabito, co-owner of the San Francisco 49rs. Giants Present 36-Page Folder About '52 Squad The Giants issue today a beautiful 36-page folder with portraits of their official family, thumbnail sketches of the players, highlights of their miraculous 1951 triumph and club records since the turn of the century, their Phoenix training camp and other entertaining items in brief, a championship booklet. The cover design shows a rapt Giant listening all over again to the Durocher reading of. "The Little Miracle of Coogan's Bluff," drawn by New York's master sports cartoonist. line Mavs is listed in the strength of the outfield, but his drafting came while the ink was still wet from the presses. Pitching is mentioned in the lnM outlook as the solid core of the club. Young Dave Williams is spoken of as a $05,000 purchase from Atlanta. He relieved Ed Stanky last year and in 85 chances didn't make an error. The Giants travel from An- zona to California in their ex - hibition schedule, have twOjVito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky games in Denver with the Cleveland Indians, and then go down into Oklahoma and Texas. The sketch of Durocher cites how 1051 was the peak of his dramatic career, recalling how in 1941 he led the Dodgers to their first pennant in 20 barren years and traces his stormy life from the days when he was a rookie on the Yankees and didn't suffer an eclipse by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. H. r. b. are potential 20-game winners," Rolfe said. "I think Trucks was the best pitcher in the league in the last six weeks of the season. Rolfe also has a third frontline starter who wasn't around at the opening of the 1051 season, Lefty Bob Cain, who came from the White Sox. Of course the Tigers gave up Saul Rogo-vin, who went on to become the league's earned run leader, but he had been of little use to Detroit. The trade apparently benefited both hurlers. Other veteran pitchers Rolfe in counting on are Ted Gray, Dizzy Trout, Freddie Hutchinson, Marlin Stuart, Hal White and Gene Bearden. Then of course Hal Newhouser, one of the greatest of all Tiger pitchers down through the years, is a possibility if he can conquer arm trouble. He was sidelined early last July and never worked thereafter but he has been undergoing treatment and if the arm responds Rolfe plans: "Aside from pitching we're the same as we were last year except that Charley Keller has retired," Rolfe said. "He was a handy man to have around as a pinch-hitter." Rolfe likes the Tiger outfield as a "sound unit" even though he still can't explain why Hoot Evers went haywire last year when his average dropped to .222. "Evers Is a lot better than that or I'm no judge of ball players," Rolfe said. "And Vic w ertz coma noosi nis nome run total to 35. He's been working Diet Tonight ' A'A ' v ft ."f 'J " . ' " 7i -tH if' .J Rams Grab Wade In N.F.L Draft T'ie Los Angeles Rams won the special "bonus" pick In the National Professional Football League draft of college stars today and chose quarterback Bill Wade of Vanderbilt. Seven teams were eligible for the special draw which precedes the drafting of 30 players by each of the 12 league teams. These were the Rams, Green 1 Bay, Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco Forty Niners, Pittsburgh Steel-ers, and New York Yankees. After the Rams selected Wade, unofficially designating him as professional football's choice as the number one col lege player of the year, the teams began their regular draft with the Yanks getting first choice. With the league champion Rams getting the first choice through the luck of the bonus draw from a hat, the number one regular choice was lineman Les Richter of University of California by Ted Collins of the last-place Yanks. Other first-round choices In the order of their selection were fullback Ollie Matson of the University of San Francisco : by the Cardinals, passing star quarterback, by the Green Bay Packers; Johnny Bright, Drake Negro star ball carrier, to the Philadelphia Eagles; Ed (Mighty . Mo) Modzelewski, Maryland fullback, to the Pittsburgh Steel ers, and passing star Larry Is-bell of Baylor to the Washington Redskins. The Chicago Bears on their first choice took Jim Dooley, Miami, Fla., University halfback; the San Francisco Forty Niners took Hugh McElhenny out all Winter and his weight is down. I think he'll round into shape a lot quicker this year. Of course Johnny Groth is as good as they come in center." It is the infield and maybe the catching staff that Rolfe is figuring to give him a little trouble. He thinks Johnny Lip-on will do at shortstop as a steady but not brilliant operator, and of course, George Kell is tops at third. Gerry Priddy handles second without complications and occasionally hits 'a long ball, but neither Dick Kryhoski nor Don Kolloway has been entirely satisfactory at first. Kryhoski may get the regular post because he hits for more distance. Last year he worked against right handers only, while Kolloway played against southpaws. Now, Rolfe figures, Kryhoski may do better if he plays every day. Frank (Pig) House, the expensive Tiger bonus boy who never has lived up to expectations, will get his chance to be the first string catcher over Joe Ginsberg and Bob Swift. Ginsberg can hit but has defensive deficiencies while Swift, a top-flight receiver, can't hit. "I'm going to let Houe do a lot of work in training," Rolfe said. "He showed much promise last year and I'm convinced he's going to make the grade. This may be his year." Rolfe generally is optimistic. "We've got to work to win,' he said. "We'll work and we'll refused and Collins now has surprise a lot of people. 1 can't paid up all his league tirbt-. say we'll win the pennant butSo he seems set for at leat an-everyone will know we tried," jother season of pro football. of the University of Washington. Detroit, the ninth team to pick, traded to Cleveland which picked Bert Rechichar, Tennes see halfback; the New York Giants took Frank Gifford. Southern California halfback, Cleveland on its own choice, took Harry Agganis, Boston University passer, and the Los Angeles Rams selected Bob Carey, Michigan State end. All-America halfback Johnny Karras of Illinois was the second player drafted by the Cardinals and number 16 in the draft. Bob Toneff, the Notre Dame tackle, was choice number 22 and w-as selected by the 49'ers. Bill McColl, Standford end who was an almost unanimous All-America selection, was the fourth end to be selected and the 32d player to be picked. He was taken by the Bears. The remainder of the players selected by rounds were: Second round: Yanks, Gino Marchetti, tackle, San Fran cisco; Green Bay, end Bill How- ton, Rice; Cardinals, Karras; Eagles, tackle Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma; Pittsburgh, center George Tarasovic, LSU: Wash ington, back Andy Davis, George Washington; Bears, back Ed Macon, College of Pacific; Detroit, end Darrell Brewster, Purdue, traded to Cardinals; San Francisco, Toneff; Giants, guard Ray Beck, Georgia Tech; Cleveland, center Bill Hughes, Michigan State; Rams, center Bob Griffin, Arkansas. Third round: Yanks, Don Klosterman, back, Loyola, traded to Cleveland; Cards, back Gene Shannon, Houston, traded to San Francisco: Green Bay, back Bob Dillon, Texas; Phila delphia, tackle Ken Snyder, Georgia Tech; Pittsburgh, back Steve Wadiak, South Carolina; Washington, back Al Dorow, Michigan State; Bears, McColl; San Francisco, back Bui Tid-well, Texas Aggies; Detroit, back Bob Lary, Texas Aggies; Giants, back Don ' Heinrich, - Washington (one year more college eligibility): Browns, tackle Joe Campanella, Ohio State; Rams, end Dewey McConnell, Wyoming. The league's rules commit tee met for several hours last night, and the result seems to be this: The extra point will remain in pro football, and the league probably will adopt a sudden-death overtime period for tie championship games. League Commissioner Bert Bell proposed that the extra point be eliminated and each touchdown automatically be i worth seven points. The rules committee voted 7 5 in favor of this proposal, and this, Bell said, means it probably will be defeated when the owners vote. It takes a 10 2 margin of the owners to carry the measure. The vote was 93 for the overtime period, and Bell thinks the extra vote can be collected. The league revealed that a Dallas, Texas, promoter who was not identified tried to buy the New York Yanks franchise from Ted Collins. The offer was

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