The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on February 6, 1933 · Page 22
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MI Ed. Pipgras Will Depend on Screw Ball to Fool Dodgers' Rivals 22 -By Pap English 'Chase Classic Has Such Control He Can Shoot It Through Knothole at 60 Feet As Harold Parrott A Sees Sports ?j Russo, 'Blindfold Driver,' Who Defies Death With Smile in Big Auto Races. I f V Jn Dares Ocean Storm to Prove Speed. LuUlJCLj1 If the boss said "Go out and get 'em" . . . we'd probably By THOMAS HOLMES A signed contract that arrived at Ebbets Field today was that of Eddie Pipgras, a brother of George Pipgras, an effective and seasoned right-handed member of Joe McCarthy's Yankee pitching staff. Of the four flingers out of the International League who'll be taken to Miami by the Dodgers only young Pipgras, who finished the last season in Brooklyn livery, had a record in any way impressive. Pipgras finished sixth in the earned-run records of the International League regulars with a mark of 3.64. He you stub your toe on unex John McGraw Guest of Honor I vMwI ' CAG13.Y -L0 if XSIIp 175 POUMOS IMlflEI AS never find them. But those are the stories pectedly, and the reaction is Stories about daredevils mean . . .. tne real tnrmers oi F'rinstance ... The head that was buried tinged with gray, and his step be. Yet Steve we'll call him about bis racing car . . . now that he had the money ... If the motor people would only give him a little break. For years he has driven to Lank- home, Altoona, Deer Park, just to watch the madmen whirl . . . afraid to take a car of his own because it might go to pieces the first time around and leave him broke. "You've got to take a motor that 'turns' about 3,600 revs a minute and jump it to 4,500," he explained. "Lighten the crankshaft, pistons, flywheel, set the . valves for a quicker lift . . . and then, when you 'jig' her up the first time, you're liable to find the parts in your lap." Greatest Sport Going "But it's the greatest sport going," he enthused. "I'll be on that track before you know it now , , . but I've got to keep it quiet or the government will stop my compensation." "D'ja ever see Russo?" he asked, popping his head out from underneath. "He's the fellow who drives blindfolded, by the ff el of the track . . . did 80 at Lankhorne with a black hood over his head, and blindfolded underneath." "There's one guy who's a terror," he went on, warning to his subject. "He has a fast car, lies back for awhile, and when he sees the flag, he give, this little job of his the gun. He always dumps somebody on the way to the front. The other boys have marked him 'lousy . . . Doesn't Wreck Things on Purpose "One race last year," Steve continued, "he wrecked five cars, and killed two of the drivers. He was smiling most of the time. But it ain't like people think. He won't do It purposely. He's near-sighted, and blind as a bat when he starts passing the bunch. Shouldn't really be racing, but he's such an attraction. . . "No", answered Steve, "I won't mind him when I get my car out there at Deer Park . . . I'li keep my eye on him. ..." "Look at that, will you?" The gnarled hands unknotted themselves in a gesture of disgust, the graying head nodded tlredly. "Not so long-ago, I would have been able to get that screw in first shot . . . now. I've been messing with it all the while I've been talking to you. Get me a light, will you. Pete, I can't sep to get the brush tightened in this generator. , . ." Overhead the sun was bright. , Proud of His Boat Or again . . . The ground swell licked hungrily Coaches They Talk of Blocking V thing, Those Ail KJtfiU BtMTTtf Alonzo Stagg Extolled finished third in the won and lostr table, grabbing 12 victories and suffering six defeats for Jersey ! City. i It is a curious fact that Pipgras, who, in appearance, resembles his older brother in every respect except heft he is as tall but not as sturdy is an entirely different sort of pitcher. George of the Bronx is a strong arm gent. On one of his good days, the breeze from his fast ball is quite enough to blow a batter over. His curve ball breaks around the corner. Probably George knows all the pitching tricks but he hasn't the sort of control to apply them effectively. HAS SCREW BALL DELIVERY On the other hand, Ed Pipgras, without no such amount of natural pitching stuff, has adapted all the theories of pitching finesse taught him by his brother and, in most respects, is able to apply the tricks of the trade more successfully. Brooklyn's Pipgras won't set the National League ablaze with his speed. His apology for a curve is a screw ball delivery. But young Pip-frras has a screw ball that's better than the sharpest-breaking hook in the world if that hook is wide of the plate. He can shoot it through a knothole at 60 feet, 5 inches, the pitching distance. His record in the International League shows the sort of pitcher he is. He fanned only 52 men in 135 Innings. But he gave only 30 bases on balls over that period, an average of only two per nine-inning game. Perhaps half of those 30 free tickets to first were intentional. With control like that Eddie was the kind of flinger who'd make a hitter rave and rant and throw his bat awav after DonDing one ! straight up or grounding harmlessly into the dirt. o THREE PITCHERS FROM JERSEY CITY Three other pitchers from Jersey City are slated to go South with the Dodgers. They are Ray Lucas, Arthur Jones and John Kridcr. All three were involved in no way in the loud and raucous squawk put up by Sam Colacurcio, the current Jersey City owner, who claims the Dodgers stripped his team. Lucas was purchased from another minor league club in the course of the Brooklyn management of the Jersey City farm, while Krider and Jones are ex-Hartford farm products who were transferred to the Skeetcrs when the Eastern League blew up. All three are righthanders and had nothing to rave about in the way of records. Lucas took part in five games, won two and lost two. Jones pitched in 29 contests aiid was credited with six victories and charged with nine defeats. Krider, used chiefly as a relief pitcher, finished up with two victories 'and four defeats. Man and boy, catcher and coach, Otto Miller has been working for the Brooklyn Dodgers for a long, long while. He received his first contract from the old Superbas in 1910. The tip-off on what kind of young catcher Mr. Miller was even then may be gleaned from the fact that he batted a cool .198 in Duluth of the Mlnnesota-Wiscoasin League the year before. It took a scout with courage to recommend a player with a batting average as lean as that, but Otto made something of a Svengali out of the ivory hunter by sticking in the National League for the next 12 seasons. About ten years ago, Mooney Miller, once as svelte as his batting average, grew quite large in circumference and ceased being an active catcher in the major leagues. He mma,d couple or l w , Admirer; 'Too Young to Quit' pleasant. who never hit the headlines, I tne sport woria. in the car's engine hood was was not as spry as it used to that talked In muffled tones at the sides of the float at this particular shipyard, many miles fom N'Yawk. "If it kicks up like this !n here you can imagine how it's blowing outside," remarked the man. Just around an elbow of the creek and an arm of the land lay the Atlantic. We had been looking at big-bellied, broad, mahogany - sterned motor cruisers there in the yard. Palatial, and slow. "Want to see a real boat?" h ' asked enthusiastically. Tied in at a corner of the waterfront all their own were four streaks of gray, lying low and rakish on the water. From Providence, Boston, Phialdelphia. I whistled appreciatively. Craft Became Alive Two men in oilskins lumbered down the gangplank, hopping aboard the first 40-footer in the only place they could hop a little cubbyhole cockpit forward, cluttered with countless controls. "Where to?" I asked, as the boat became alive, its motors warminf for action. "Providence," he answered. "Inside route?" I suggested, vision-ing a course through Hell Gate, Point Judith, up the Sound. "Naw," said the skipper, "We'I blast it around the outside. Five and a half hours, about, around Montauk." He had to shout to be heard, as the wind screamed In th8 radio wires over the dock. With a swirl and a roar he was off. (No stories of gray wreckage picked up on L. I. coastline carried in next morning's papers Ed. Note.) "What's he got In there?" I asked my guide. "Two Liberties," he answered laconically. "She's a dog. Good for only about 40." Business Not Dead "Thought this business was dead," I remarked. "Small-boat running, I mean." He laughed, a bit sarcastically, pointing to the gray fleet. "Does this look like it? "Have to go out farther now, though," he admitted. "Betkeen 30 and 60 miles in all weather. There's a boat that made 92 trips without losing a thing, that old one right there." Now we were beside his new pet, the gray darling that had slid ofT the ways a few hours earlier. She was all motor . . . there seemed to be room in her 55-foot length for Please turn to Page 24 at Rest Gold 'n' Exams' V Every, Football Men was playing for St. John's. I Just pulled him down by the foot and he tried to wiggle away. But now there's no hard feelings." Mai Stevens in mufti ... A regular guy, if ever there was one . . . In spite of certain Yale grads . . . Oil Dobie, in the midst of hilarity holding up his act as the gloomiest of coaches . . . Ed Thorp, demon official, still arguing about the Justice of five downs inside the 20-yard line . . . Lou Little's comment: "Swell, provided my team ls the eleven inside the 20-yard line." . . . Chick Meehan of Manhattan as usual, capping the argument about retrenchment, in a sane and bal anced manner . . . "There wers intsrcolligiatc sports In other depressions," he ssid . . . "Why all the excitement bccaus next vear we en n't have million dollar budgets?" . . , EVEN SCHOOLBOYS PLAY FOR HIM W. Martin Soudcrs of Exeter sounding off a simple but cxcccd-imly wise note about i "V ""1 A' .. .aoe5n. appear me. he said "that Acnooionys snouid be taught any particular system. After all, while they are in school, they want to play football for fun, like most of the college boys" . . . Funny that wc so often forget that slant . . . Ray Barbuti. Olympic 400-mcter winner in 1928 and s'ar of Syracuse on th; football field in another day . . . Itejolrlng that he is now an accepted football official . . . Why? . . . So he can get a few rnzberrte in the Fall, I suppose . , . Football officials are prophets without honor, so far as the cash customers an concerned . . . But it seems to tx in their blood ... Ask Ed Thorp . , . etc., etc. GEORGE CURRIE, , LAST YAiQ)S tollMMER. felllLCAtasV IS3 POOKJPS - S AOQB "ftAN YMEbi WON, tl tr Tba AuecUted Pimt by remember that Stagg personally took an interest and recommenced some of the boys to me." 'As Baseball Enthusiast' Graham said that his first recollection of Stagg was not as a, great football coach but as a '-'baseball en'husist." "Stagg was a fine baseball player in his early years a great catcher and I remember he told me he was even more interested in baseball than in football," he said. "I know that his interest in baseball is just as strong today as it is in football." Graham, who saw Stagg in the Middle West last year, said that he is "Just as full of enthusiasm and pep today as he was 41 years ago," and added that he "guessed the University of Chicago is sorry it has the 70-year retirement rule." To West Coast Stagg Is headed for the College of Pacific, where he will continue his marathon football coaching activities. Graham said today that he is going to the World's Fair next Summer at Chicago and "expects to see Stagg there." Stagg Seeks Big Games Chicago, Feb. 6 (!P) Amos Alonzo Stagg will feel pretty much at home if he can schedule football games for the College of the Pacific, - with Southern California, California at Los Angeles, University of Washington and California, the coaches of which are former Big Ten neighbors. Bozeman and Layton In Billiard Playoff Chicago, Feb. 6 (P Jay N. Bozeman Jr., Vallejo, Cal., and Johnny Layton of Scdalia, Mo., tonight will play off a tie for second place In the world three cusriion billiards tournament. Prestige, not .money, will be at stake. The difference in awards for second and third place berths ls slight. McGraw p f Former Giant Manager Receivf'I)istingiiislie(l Service' Plaque The New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association honored guests from all the major league baseball teams last night at the Hotel Commodore and in particular paid tribute to John McGraw as the guest of the evening. The occasion was the annual dinner tendered by the New York scribes, and more than 600 were in attendance. McGraw, former manager of the Giants, flew from Havana to Miami and made the rest of the journey by train to be present. His successor, Bill Terry of Memphis, also was present. Herb Pennock, the Yankee pitcher, was awarded a plaque for being, in the opinion of the writers, the outstanding player of the year. All the National League owners and many of the managers, also several American Leaguers and minor leaguers, were in the annual gathering. McGraw was the principal speaser, introduced Dy Bugs Bacr, tne toastmaster. Other speakers were Branch Rickey, vice president of the Cardinals; Heywood Broun and Joe Cunningham. The entertainment was provided by the writers with some assistance from Gus Van, Bill Robinson, Jack White and Al Mamaux. It Included skits and songs and the traditional minstrels. There were skits burlesquing the woe of John A. Heydler, president of the National League, and Cullen Cain, the league's publicity agent, after the final game of the World Beries in Chicago last Fall; also the action of the Chicago Cubs in curtailing Mark Koenig's share of the World Series receipts. There were songs by Al Mamaux, manager of the Newark club; Jim Kahn. Bill Brandt, Frank (Buck) O'Neill, Ken Smith, Dan Parker and Roscoe McGowen. The traditional minstrel show produced blushes and laughter. Mc-Gowcr. Dan Parker, Arthur Mann and Brandt were end men. Others who lent their talents to the entertainment were Tom Meany, Max Kase, Bert Gumpert, Garry Schumacher. Cliff Bloodgood, Bill Hen-nigan, Mike Houston, John'Kieran, George Phalr and Hugh Bradley. Venzke Is Satisfied With His Showing Philadelphia, Feb. 6 (yP) Despite his defeat at the hands of Glenn Cunningham, University of Kansas Star, Gene Venzke, holder of the world's record for the Indoor mile, is satisfied with his showing In the Millrose A. A. games Saturday night. Cuuingham, a member of the United States Olympic team, ran the Wanamaker mile in 4:13, three seconds slower than Vcnzke's world record. Venzke was second. Venzke said that after winning 11 (n fVio Vrlrrht nf Cf- f ,t waJ , , Tiff Denton all were overshadowed ; by the balkline ace. . i Of course. Cochran's case ls a lit tle different. Hoppe took up three-cushion play when he had started on the down trail. Perhaps the former perennial balkline champion has a comeback in his system, but most certainly he was not at his best when he went after the angle title. He had worries, and plenty of them, in addition to a muscular trouble that held him back. Schaefer never has liked three-cushions. He played because balkline seemed to be dead, and because he had a contract that forcd him into some kind of conictltion. Then, too, Cochran might give a I glXJQ aCCUUHt Ul JUI11.WU ill a tun: for balkline honors today. He is at the top of his game, and it is ft fairly safe bet that he would make Jake Schaefer do some intcasive and Inspired playing. Amos Alonzo Stagg, famous football coach at the University of Chicago, who at the age of 71 is "too young to quit," was credited today by James S. Graham, prominent Brooklyn realtor and a friend of Stagg for the past 41 years, with being the founder of the Big Ten. According to Graham, the birth of the Big Ten dates back to the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893 and ls directly attributable to the activity of the veteran coach in bringing a group of mid-Western colleges to- gether at the fair for a baseball tournament. Planned Series for Fair "Stagg conceived the idea of a series of baseball games among the colleges in that section during the fair, and Harlow N. Higglnbotham, .o was made president of the fair, and myself co-operated with him In putting the stunt over," Graham recalled. "We lined up most of the leading colleges in that area for the games, which proved to be one of the big features of the fair. It was the first college tournament of Its kind ever held in this country, and the Big Ten in the Middle West grew out of it." Graham, who was a star lineman on the Northwestern University football team nearly 50 years ago, recalled that one of the games in the tournament was played between the nine of his alma mater and Chi cago University, where Stagg had Wright, Gyselman Sign With Braves ' San Francisco, Feb. 6 CP) Al Wright, second baseman, and Dick Gyselman, third baseman, who played last year with the San Francisco Missions of the Pacific Coast League, have signed and mailed contracts offered by the Baston Braves, they announced here yesterday. They were bought by the Braves last year. Player, In The Eagle 25 Years Ago Manager Donovan of Superbas through Dailyl Eagle denies planning to trade Tommy Sheehan for Davy Brain and Johnny Bates of Boston Braves. Announced that Jimmy Casey, former captain of Superbas, will manage Montreal Club of Eastern League. Former President Chris Von der Ahe of St. Louis Browns ls bankrupt. . New I eland Amateur Rowing Association fixes July 4 for annual regatta. Spalding A. C. moves to new quarters at Madison St. and Nos-trand Ave. Just taken over the football coaching duties. 'Certain We Beat Them' "I cannot remember the score but I am certain we beat them," Graham declared. Graham said he met Stag; for the first time in 1892 at Chicago right after the dean of football coaches had come there. . "I was in the publishing business then," he said, "and I went to the university to round up some college boys to sell books and school supplies during the Summer of 1892. I Today in Sporls BASKKTBM I, Stork Exchange at Downtown A. C., Washington St. and Trinity IMare, ::io BOXINO N. T. ColUeum, E. l"th St., p.m. Nw York A. C. Amateur Botita, ISO Central Park South, S 15 p.m. SKATING Half-mil' Bryant Hlth School Rare at the Brooklyn Ire l'alarr, Ntriford-ford and Atlantic Avei., ,::0 p m. Manager, Mogul f:..!W I i ' I w-zvx S The bland manner In which Herb McCracken of Lafayette explained that a lineman could be stopped from going through on a forward pass . . . "Well, they're supposed to block, aren't they?" he said. "But suppose a good blocker bumps and goes through?" one asked. "Well," said Herb, "how many do?" . . . Those who , Crescent A. C. Sextet Bows To Sea Gulls National Hockey Champions Decisively Defeat Crescents 4 to 1 The needs of the amateur hockey clubs in the Metropolitan area are few enough but there is little doubt today that they are mighty imperative. If the A. A. U. Sunday matinee double-headers at Madison Square Garden are to continue with the Earr.e popularity enjoyed earlier this reason, H is apparent, in view of the Crescent A. C.'s decisive, 41, defeat yesterday by the Atlantic City Sea Gulls, that the local clubs need more Canadian-bred hockey players. Redvers MacKenzie, Dominion golf pro and coach of the Jersey team, has been bitterly censured for inviting or, rather, persuading capable hockey players to leave Canada to play with the resort team. But about the headquarters of the Crescents and the other local teams it is freely admitted today that the success of the Sea Birds is a bigger boost for the amateur game than, even, the quadrennial selection of the Olympic team. It has aroused the interest of the players and tne fans alike. But for the fans the novelty of watching a half-dozen accomplished hockey players toy with the gallant, but withal futile, defenses of a predominantly local team has worn off. The gallery appreciates and even de mands fine passing and competent Btick work. The crowd showed that in their applause of the consistently smooth team play of the Gulls and the furious but sporadic rushes of the New Mooners. The crescents are by no means to be classed as mediocre performers. The skilled agility of Guy Archam-bault, a Canadian, by the way, in the nets kept even the Norwegian-born Ty Andersen and Herb Foster, the more potent of the Gulls, in subjection for most of the game and the aggressiveness of the whole team was always a small, but real, threat. But the forward line of the Gulls had little trouble at any time during the game sifting through the Crescent forwards. Halfway through the second period Ray Levla, the original Sea Gull, while his team had a 30 lead, very deliberately lined up his forwards on the Orescent blue line and started slowly straight through the center with the disk. The assaults of the massed New Mooners could not turn the three relentless Gulls aside. The play was stopped through Pest Levia's own error he fell. But, though the aggressive stick handling of Lome Pettis and Watson Thompson is still being lauded, the Sea Gulls are undoubtedly the masters of any team in the metropolitan section. Herb Foster, who tallied twice, possesses a speed and ability that is accepted as above even the high Sea Gull standard and Ty Andersen's brilliant defensive play and stick work has gained the lavish oraise of Lester Patrick manager of the Rangers. AHAVATII SIIOIOM WINS The strong Temple Ahavath Sholom basketball team conquered the Coney Island Jewish Center quintet, 2823, at the Temple gym last dght. do generally make All-America rating, but Herb ducked the reflection. Lou Little, Columbia's coach, and chairman of the meeting . . . Flashing a $20 gold piece , . . "Our pay, Just like directors," said Lou . . . "He's fooling," said Ralph Furey, Columbia's freshman coach . . . "He's hoarding gold." Pop Warner of Stanford and soon of Temple talking to Gil Doble of Cornell . . . Pop holding out for more and bigger plays ... Gil talking about simplification of the game . . . Pop lighting a cigarette . . . Admiring Pop's courage . . . His hair is thinning out, that lovely curly hair ... But he still parts It in the middle and be damned to Incipient baldness, says he . . . Hunk Anderson of Notre Dame . . . Looking as usual like a cross : between a Napoleon and a schoolboy I . . . Very mad at a coming sopho- I tvmri nimrrnrhar-t w-hn rtrw:n'r ewm to take his studies seriously enough . . . "He walked out with orly six questions out of ten answered." he said. "A prof would have to be an anrrel to give him a break on that." Tuss McLaughry of Brown looking like a Greek god in grey tweeds . . . Insisting that triple wingbacks are not overrated . . . Provided you have the material a vstt wi&?ci training camp, Mr. Miller will in- but Just half of what I did prior to t he deliveries of various real my last Winter s campaign I am and alleged hurlers and impart from I preparing myself slowly and expect M Tvait store of knowledge thlnw, to be two or three seconds better that a young pitcher should know, the next time I race. Cochran Sets Unique Mark in Angle Play n , '-'! m'M" By AKTIIIK F. JONES Jr. Having defeated five former champions in capturing the world's three-cushion honors in the tourney in Chicago, Welker Cochran may well throw out that clastic chest of his bit further. The boy from Man-son, Iowa, has accomplished something. Of course, Welker will agree with almost anybody that he had accomplished plenty before. Still, he never was conceded to be as great a world's 182 balkline champion as Willie Hoppc, Jake Schaefer or a couple of the rial old-timers who haw held that honor. In biking the ancle honors. Cochran put himself in a unique position. Hoppc tried for the crown several times. Schaefer hud a fling at it. but neither of them got very far. Hopc did rise to second place, but Welker waded right through to the title. Such ansle champions as Johnny Layton. Otto Relselt, Angle Kltckhcfex, Arthur Thurnblad, and lb .1: ' i GOAL ?OSTS WIDER? CRISI.ER APPROVES Frit, Crtsler of Princeton . . . Beaming at the suggestion his suggestionthat the goal posts should be widened four feet to encourage attempts to score by field goals . . . P.eflecting audibly that a certain writer in New York has put him on the spot . , . With his articles proving,, in advance, that Princeton ls going to mop up Yale and Harvard. Ralph Furey giggling at his pet Joke on Tommy Meany, the bridegroom, who now writes baseball . . . "When I played for Brooklyn Prep." aid Ralph, "I broke his ankle. He r John McGraw, who started In the career which the Baseball Writers Association adjudged the most beneficial to the game as a third baseman. He played with the Baltimore Orioles. He reached fame as manager of the New York Giants, and now, retired, holds a position as vice president of the New York club. At left McGraw as a player, in center as he looked In his prime as manager of Giants and on right as he is today.

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