The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on August 1, 1939 · Page 9
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Tuesday, August 1, 1939
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THE DAILY MA1L< HAGERSTOWN, MD., TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1939. SEVEN S of Sorts Boyish-looking Linus Frey come close to being the best second baseman in the National League these days. He was the league's selection at second in the All-Star game. It was not until Frey came under the guiding hand of Manager Bill McKechnie that Lonnie blossomed into a star. McKechnie gave him a much needed incentive when he told Frey that the job was to be his. .A word of commendation, a slap on the back and an occasional correction is the McKechnie recipe and it worked wonders for Frey. Frey's rise to stardom has been no path of roses. He made his big league debut with Brooklyn. Max Carey was managing th© Dodgers. The skinny, baby-faced youngster looked like anything but a ball player. When Casey Stengel succeeded Carey he took quite a shine to Lonnie. He tried Fred out at short, second and third. Brooklyn fans affectionately dubbed Froy "Junior" and almost riot•4. when Dick Bartell ripped the youpngster's knee with his flashing spikes. Dodger fans never forgave Bartell for that incident. A sore arm really made a second baseman out of Lonnie. While playing with Nashville of the Southern Association, he developed a sore arm an dfor two years could not throw a bill overhand. The underhand manner of throwing stuck with him and while it was perfect for work around second it eliminated him from any other infield position. Frey has been hitting at a .300 clip and is one of the league-leaders in run-scoring. A switch hitter, he makes an ideal No. 2 man for the Reds. He gets his share of extra base blows despite his lack of heft. Parker's Play Encouraging America's Chances Of Retaining Davis Cup Are Enhanced. NEW YORK, Aucr. 1 (/P).—America's chances of keeping the Davis Cup for another term are far from hope-less since Franks ^ Parker came back and gave his convincing display in winning the singles championship at Scnbright last week. The handsome ToJish boy has ro- l.urned to hard competition with better equipment than ever before, including for the first, time, a fore, hnml that compels the respect of every opponent. Frankie really howled them over at Scabright. The ease with which ho polished off the other cup candidates left no room to doubt bis improvement or his superiority. This means a great deal, for the- Australians, after all, do not havo a Budge or a Vines or a Perry or oven a Von Cramm in their line-up. The best the Australians have is .lack Bromwich, a nearly-great player. Parker, on the form he displayed at Seabvight, would have -\\\ even chance of beating him. Both Parker and Rlggs should defeat Adrian Quist, the AussioV No. 2, and that is all the victories needed to keep the cup. The Australians arc too good for us in doubles, and Bromwich. is a better man than Riggs. So it will be up to Parker to trim Bromwich. All this is conceding the Australians victory over Cuba in the American-zone finals and over the Yugoslavs, champions of Europe, in the inter-zone finals. Chestnut chips, once discarded by the tanning-extract industry, arc being used to make corrugating board. Big Yank Blue WORK SHIRTS 66c HOFFMAN'S 15 North Potomac Street NO DOWN PAYMENT On Any Purchase LONG EASY TERMS Goodrich Silvertown Stores 18 E. Franklin St. Phone 2065 WASH PANTS $1,00 — $1-49 — $1-98 Summer Suit* !?:5,!V» — Sr>.fl.-. <« .^l;.!>:> Swim Trunk-, or Suits .. !>«<• »<> ?I.!»H Folo Shirts •tOi-: <irii>i»i-r Sliort-> •:."><• Illc Yank Prints $1.00: Shirts -I9c RudisilPs Quality Shop GENERAL ELECTRIC Engineering Service and Plans All kinds of Renting nnd Cooling Equipment Completely Installed POTOMAC ENGINEERING CO 1S9 W. WasWnctfn St. Phone 28f>fv Seiberlins Tires . «. * ISasy TVrnn — No Mowy T>own ARVTN AT TO RATIOS DOMENICI TIRE CO. 167 South Potomac St. REDS, PENNANT HOPES HIGH, CONCEDING YAN KS NOTHING Concentrated Power Of World Champs Not What It Used To Be Reds, Believing They Are In, Figure They'll Only Have To Win Half Their Games To Finish On Top. By BILL WHITE, A.R Sports Writer Baseball's bookworms, who study the records to see how and why baseball's winds are blowing, came up with a startling discovery during- yesterday's lull that may be of more than passing interest along Vine street in Cincinnati. They discovered a kink in the Yankee armor—and that's of first rate importance to the burghers who gather around Fountain Square to discuss baseball these hot evenings, because it's pretty generally agreed that Cincinnati's Reds will furnish the New York Yankees their opposition in the world series this fall. Figures have been dragged out to show that the Yankees are not enjoying the big innings that marked their games as they crushed opponents in a powerhouse march to the American league title in recent years. That seems due, in part, the ep- perts say to the fact that there are three cylinders in the Yankee motor that niiss too often. Frankie Crosetti, the lead-off man is having trouble staying above the .200 mark (which means that he isn't on base often enough when the power hitters come to bat) and that opposition pitchers can also aeave a sign of relief when Tommy ^enrich and Babe Dahlgreu are up. So the concentrated power of the Yankees is slipping and only twice n the- last 200 innings of play have .hey been able to manage four runs n an inning. Combine that flaw—if that's vhat it could be called—in the Yan- tee attack with the current superheated performance of the Reds and it begins to look as though the vorld series will hardly be in the runaway class. To add weight to the dopesters' contention comes Del Baker, in New York with his Detroit Tigers for a three game series. Del says emphatically that it looks like a wow of a stries and that "the Yanks can be beaten." Baker freely predicted that any thought of a four-game sweep by the Yanks was too high-schoolish to even consider. The Reds have practically conceded themselves the title, which "it they get it—would be their first since 1919. They have figured out that all they need do is play .500 ball in their remaining G4 games and that will entitle them to get into the series without buying a ticket. •A 50-50 split of the rest of their games would give them a season's percentage of .597 and that was good enough to win the National league flag for the Cardinals in 1930 and for the Cubs in 1936. Even with the heavy hitting Ival Goodman out most of the time the Reds played .759 ball through the month of July. There's no telling what they'll do with him there regularly. And very few managers would pale at the thought of playing the Yankees with Bucy Walters and Paul Derringer on their mound staff. With the exception of scattered exhibitions the Cubs all rested yesterday and opened their stretch drives today. Yawkey May Provide A Shorter Fence For Slugging Williams BOSTON. Aug. 1 (/P).—It looks s if Tom Yawkey may unAviud the ubber band from his huge bank oil once again this winter to bring i'enwick Park's right field bleacher vail closer to home plate—and hus provide young Teddy Wiliams, the Red Sox's sensational ookio outfielder, with an easier lome- run target than the present arricr, now 402 feet away. So far this year. Toddy has slam- nod out sixteen homers that were esponsible for 36 runs—as against immy Foxx's 2". clouts that have riven in 3S. Most of Williams' lomers have been on road trips, lowcver, which leads Manager Joe "ronin to the conclusion that most C tho trouble with the Sox's poor ome play this year is because of hat distant right field wall. Williams is terrific in other parks where th© fences arc closer,' Cronin said. "He's at a disadvantage here in Boston because of the spacious right field. He'll hit well here but not with the success he enjoys elsewhere." True it is that Manager Cronin doesn't decide on such matters as construction of bleachers and grandstands, but there's no doubt that he still possesses th© support of his employer to an unusual degree, and almost any recommendation Joe may care to make is likely to he adopted without much question. It's too late, of course, to do anything about moving the right field fence this season, but Williams is only 20 years old and, barring un- forscen accident, should be good for a long and brilliant American League career. Right now he's leading both leagues in runs batted in. FORMER CRIPPLE WINS JN UPSET SOUTH AM PTOX. N. Y., Aug. 1 ).—you conlrl have bought Henry "M-usoffs tennis career for two bits he clay four years ago when he ell and broke his back and his lip. Yesterday the Seattle boy threw , bombshell into the first round of he -19th annual Meadow Club Invi- ation tournament by defeating ourth-seeded Bryan (Bilsy) Grant, 5-4, «i-2. Not oven the furore surrounding he sudden withdrawals of Frankie Barker and Don McNcill. necessi- atins drawing; a completely new iraeket, could detract from Prus- M'fs conquest. For in eliminat- ng Grant, he heat the same's best •etriever ,with baffling trap shots iml drops. Whether accident or not, it is rue that Prnsoff. originally a hard hitter, has turned now to a tricky game, one entirely out of keeping with his magnificent frame. Grant, who took Don Budge's best shots in stride, appeared dazed by the Seattle player's wiles. ATHLETICS ARE BEATEN Federalsbnrp, Md,, Aug. 1 (/p).— The Philadelphia Athletics were battered into a 6-2 defeat Monday by their farm team, the Fedcralsburg Athletics, whoso lineup was augmented by the leading sluggers culled from all teams in the Eastern Shore League. COUNTYLOOP HASHHTERS Thirty-Three Players Batting .300 Or Better; Ferguson Is Leading STATTON'S WIN GAME The strong Station Furniture Company softball team defeated (he Four States team yesterday evening by a 6 to 4 score. The same was well played with Shupp and Shaffer working for the winners and Browning nnd Russell in the points for the losers. YOU'LL he surprised nt. values •which arc offered In clnssillort ads. STARRING AT SECOND By Pap' Thirty-three players in the Washington. County league are batting .300 or better, according to statistician Paul Nagy.who last night made public averages to date. M. Ferguson, of Mt. Briar, is leading with a mark of .455, Will Cool of Hancock is next with a mark of .451. Individual leaders in the circuit show Brandenburg of the Victor Sox appearing the most times at bat with a total of 85 times. W. Hamniaker of the Antietams leads in runs with 21 while Mellinger of the Antietams has a lead in hits with a total of 35. Mellinger and Moore of the Antietams, Bender of of Rupperts and Hartle of the Victors are tied for doubles, with seven apiece while Mellinger of the Ant- ietams, Delosier, Victors, and Myers of Export are tied for triples, each, having clouted out three. Hartle of the Victors leads in homers with a total of three. Mellinger of the Antietams is showing the way for total bases with 51 and Harbaugh of the Chevies is the leader in sacrifice hits with S. Delosier of the Victors has drawn the most bases on balls with 13 free passes and Moats of the Victors has been hit the oftenest, being clipped four times. Mellinger is also showing the way in runs batted in with 24 and Myers of the Exports leads in stolen bases with 8. Norris of the Try-Me team has proven the easiest for the pitchers, fanning 24 times. Tops The Hurlert C. Lushbaugh of the Victors tops the hurlers with a record of four wins against 210 defeats while Faith of Hancock rates second with six wins against one loss. Rhodes of the Chevies has won seven and lost three while Willard of the Rup- perts has taken five against three, as has Tolbert of the Antietams. F. Lushbaugh of the Victors has won six and lost four. Mentzer of the Chevies leads in strikeouts with 6S while Tolbert of the Antietams has hurled three shutout victories. Tolbert also is showing the way for earned run averages for nine inning games with a mark of 2.71. Following are the averages: Batting averages of players at bat 40 or more times, including games of July 23: Player, Team A fa R. H. Pet. M. Ferguson, Try-Me 44 12 20 .455 ~ool. Hancock 51 13 23 .451 Schlotterbeck, Boon 66 16 29 .439 Mellinger, Antietams SI IS 35 .432 Hartle, Victor 42 11 IS .429 ~ anzhoff. Export .. 71 13 30 .423 Schindler. Antietams 52 14 22 .423 "-.. Powers, Hancock 62 11 25 .403 Drench. Hancock .. 73 IS 29 .397 Gfrove, Sharpsburg . 71 13 2S .394 ?otts. Chevies 72 15 2S .389 i W. Hamniaker, Ants 62 21 24 ,3S7 Bender. Sharpsburg 76 IS 29 .382 :<erns, Hancock 50 13 19 .380 'Moore, Antietams .. $2 17 31 .378 M. Brash'rs. Shpsbg 50 9 IS .360 !\owe. Boonsboro .. 67 14 24 .358 Parks. Try-Me 73 9 26 .356 Stincr, Hancock ... 63 S 22 .349 Ford, Chevies 63 9 22 .349 Snyder, Antietams . SI IS 2S .346 Myers, Export 73 15 25 .343 Mentzer, Chevies ..49 7 16 .327 Devore. Boonsboro . 46 14 15 .326 Says, Victor SO 20 26 .325 ?ord. Try-Me 71 14 23 .324 Buharp, Chevies .. 62 17 20 .323 Hunt, Hancock 62 15 20 .323 Tones, Export 60 13 19 .317 Xeild. Export 76 11 24 .316 Roulette. Sharpsburg 74 15 23 .311 Wade. Try-Md 69 7 21 .304 Willard, Sharpsburg 46 S 14 .304 Mentzer. Boonsboro 47 11 14 .295 Kaetzel, Sharpsburg 74 13 22 .297 Brandenburg. Victor S5 15 25 .294 Faith, Hancock 4S 6 14 .292 Knode, Antictnms .. 69 12 20 .290 G. Jones, Boonsboro 52 7 15 .2SS Carr, Chevies 74 10 21 .284 Miller, Boonsboro .. 78 17 22 .282 Delosier, Victor 71 15 20 .2S2 Stockslager, Shpsbg 57 12 16 .281 Lushbaugh. Try-Me 6S 6 19 .279 Barr, Victor • 61 S 17 .279 Metz, Antietams 5S 11 16 .276 Taylor, Sharpsburg 69 11 19 .275 H. Ferguson. Try-Me 66 9 IS .273 Hcndricks. Aniietms 56 S 15 ,26S H. Powers, Hancock 45 6 12 .267 Miles, Hancock 72 6 19 .264 Wolfe, Victor 50 6 13 .250 Speilman. Chevies . 73 S IS .247 Hill, Export 61 14 15 .246 Harbaugh, Chevies . 5S S 14 .241 Moats, Victor 71 13 17 .239 j W. Snydor, Bnsboro 67 6 16 .239 { Wade. Boonsboro .. 55 7 13 .236 j Bycrs. AmitMams .. 52 S 12 .231 j Knodo. Export r>7 10 15 .221! Griffith. Victor M 5 11 .216' Bowlus, Hoonshoro . 5i> 10 12 .214 j Barnhart, Chevies . 72 G 14 .194 Mills. Export 4$ 5 9 .1SS Davis. Hancock 4S 6 S .167 | Xorris. Try-Mo 53 3 S .151! Ridge, Boonsboro .. 40 fi 6 .150 { j GREENTOP STARS WIN j The Camp Greemop All-Stars, ! led by the brilliant pitching and ; hitting of Phillips, aided by Dick- i man ann Kyster, dci'ated the soft- ; ball team from Misty Mount by a i score of IS to 10. Misty Mount! threatened in the late innings, bat Greer.rop was never in serious trouble. For games with Camp : G-reentop, telephone Smithsburg "Old Timer" Does All Right George Bradley, (above) 54-year-old Philadelphian and oldest competitor in the National Public Links Golf tournament at Baltimore, trimmed two opponents in the first two rounds, 1 up 21 holes, and 3 and 2. Bradley, shown resting his "dogs" after his busy day, holds the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania public links championships. mv."' ><>< '• PIRATES BUY TALLHURLER Pittsburgh Begins Building Up For 1940 By Buying Gee. PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 (£>).— Keeping one eye on the fast-moving Cincinnati Reds and another on 1940, the Pirates today bet four players and a sizeable bundle of cash that "the biggest man in baseball" would prop up th^ir injury- riddled pitching staff. President Bill Benswanger and Manager Pie Traynor silently stole away on an off-day to annex services of John A. Gee, Jr., 23-year- old southpaw who towers nine inches above the six-foot altitude and tips the scales at 215 pounds. The giant flinger has been setting the International League ablaze by his brilliant performance with the Syracuse club. He won 17 games and lost 11 last year in his first full campaign sines leaving the University of Michigan. The Giants, Yankees, Reds and Senators were understood to be on the hurler's trail but Banswanger's bid proved the most attractive. Cash in the deal reportedly runs well into five figures. The four players kicked in are- for delivery next spring and will not be named until then. Gee joins the Bucs Sept. 10, unless Syracuse winds up in the International play-off series. The former basketball center is the second recent addition in a 1940 remodeling campaign. Last week-end the Pirates bought 23- year-old Floyd Yount, heavy-hitting outfielder of the Portsmouth, Va. club of the Piedmont loop and one of the most talked about players in Class B baseball. He also comes to the Bucs in early September. CLOSE RACE IN FIREMEN'S LOOP Williamsport and Maugansville put on one of the best exhibitions so far in the Firemen's Softball League when they battled eleven innings to a 5 all tie. The An- tietams with Turkey Shupp hurling blanked the Hook and Ladder Company by a 5 to 0 count while the Enterprise team defeated the Hose Company by an S to 3 count. Boonsboro took Funkstown by a like score. Wednesday night is the deadline for contracts for the season and they must be in by midnight. All scores must be sent to Pat Duffey immediately after the game by the home team and no standing will be published until they are reported. COMES THAT TIM E—Football season isn't so far away when last year's stars »rct lined up for pro games. Here's Sid Luckman, Columbia passing ace, putting his name on a contract for George Halas, Chicago Bears owner. Last Place Signature FOUR GATHER IN BIG DOUBLE POOL Be! Air, Md., Aug. 1 (#•).— Four persons held 51,119.60 daily double tickets on Canwyn and Mirmiss Monday, a new high record for double payoffs at this half-mile track. The previous record was $1.112.40, set August 1, 1938, by the combination of Sure Miss and Travelo. Canwyn paid $18.10 for 52 and Mirmiss, $61.90 for 52. Tomorrow night the schedule shows Boonsboro playing First Hose, Antietams meeting Maugansville. Funkstown at Enterprise and Hook and Ladder at Williamsport. The Standing Won Lost Williamsport 2 0 Boonsboro 2 1 Enterprise 2 1 Antietams , 2 1 Maugansville 1 1 Hooks 1 1 Hose Company 0 2 Funkstown 0 3 GRANTED LEAVE The Board of Street Commissioners lias granted Patrolman Norman W. Wolfe a 90-day leave of absence effective today and named Robert Schaub in his place. Schaub has been an extra man for several ! years. ! FRENCHASKS MOUNDDUTY Veteran Southpaw Goes To Cubs' Owner After Being Kept On Bench CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (£>).—Manager Gabby Hartnett's colony of Chicago Cubs "problem children" had a new member today—Larry French, the veteran southpaw who yearns to become a starting pitcher again. Larry had a poor season in 193S and got off to a shaky start this spring. Then he braced and won four straight games. But slumped again, was knocked out of the box several times and since then Hartnett has let him ride the bench or work in relief roles. He started only one game in July. He has won 6 and lost 5 so far. So the 31-year-old pitcher went to club owner Phil K. Wrigley and asked him why he wasn't getting more pitching assignments. Wrigley said French was worried about what might happ-sn to his salary rating in 1940. Mut Wrigley, who lets Gabby alone on the field, tossed the problem back into Hartnett's lap, explaining to French that the pitching assignments were "entirely up to the team manager." If French desired more mound work, Wrigley advised, he should "turn in an extraordinary job of pitching every time you get the chance." French admitted yesterday he hadn't said anything to Hartnett before going to Wrigley. But. he isn't the first Cub who has criticized his field boss this season. After being sent home from New York two weeks ago with a slightly-cut left arm, Dizzy Dean, a perennial problem wherever he draws his pay, criticized Gabby for shipping him away and charged the manager had magnified the injury by his action. Upon learning of French's visit to Wrigley Hai'tnett said he wondered if the southpaw told the owner "how many times he was knocked out of the box this year." Wrigley insisted French was no: going over Hartnett's head in coming to see him because he said Gabby had asked him to handle all contract matters. GIANTS DOWN CLINTON Clinton, la., July 31 (£>)—A walk to Seed's, Hafey's two-bagger and hits by Kampouris and Moore gave the New York Giants three runs in the ninth inning and enabled them to nose out their Clinton Three-Eye League farm club 3 to. 2 in an exhibition game today. The United States sold Japan 30,000,000 barrels of oil and oil products in 1.03S. AMERICA LEAGUE No Games Scheduled. STANDING Won T.nxt Pet. New York 66 26 .717 Boston 56 34 .622 Chicago 52 42 .542 Cleveland 48 42 .533 Detroit . .. 48 46 .511 Washington 39 57 .406 Philadelphia 34 57 .374 St. Louis 26 65 .286 The cephenomyia, an insect, flies at the rate oC SOO miles an hour. Guaranteed Used and Factory Rebuilt Tires 5.50x16 6.00x16 6.25x16 6.50x16 7.00x16 5.25x17 5.50x17 6.50x17 7.50x17 5.25x13 6.00x18 4.50x20 §1.00 to $4.50 C. R. POFFENBERGER WHOLESALE — RETAIL 33 E. Washington St. Phone 75 Manager Fred Hanpy of the St. j Louis Browns, signs at St. Louis, Mo., to continue his job in 19-10. This breaks the precedent, oi switching managers each year that the Browns arc among the tailend- ers. It was announced bonuses would he given players if the team finishes sixth or higher this season. GAMES TODAY Potroit at New York. <"leveUind at Boston. ST. Lnui.s at \\~nshir.crtcm. Chicago at Philadelphia. CAMKS TOMORROW Wtrnit .'it Xe\\- Y.Tk. rievelarxi at T^'^riin. ^r. Tjoui.s at W:ishi > :i?;<>n. Chicago at Philailo'.phin. YKSTKI*T>AY'S HF.Sl'I.TS No Games Schod;:I.Mi. Team Averages At Bat—Hancock, ,6S2. Runs—Antieiams, ir.D. Hits—Antietams. 227. Total Bases—Antietam?, 294. Two Base Hits—Antietams, 45. Three Base Hits—Victor, 12. Home Runs—Export, Antietams. Hancock and Victor. 3 each. Sacrifice Hits—Victor, 20. Bases on Balls—Boonsboro, 77. Hit by Pitcher—Antietams, 17. Runs Batted In—Antietams, US. Stolen Bases—Sharpsburg, 3S. Strike Outs—Victors, 134. Putouts—Antietams, 4f»7. Assists—Victor, 242. Errors—Export, 56. Double Plays—Hancock, 17. Passed Balls—Try-Me, 10. Left on Bases—Hancock, 157. Battinc Average — Antietams. .334; Hancock, .333. C Average—Chevies, .M5. \Voii Cincinnati ........ 60 St. Louis ......... 48 Pittsburgh ....... 45 Chicago .......... 49 30 42 42 Brooklyn . . New York Boston Philadelphia 44 44 42 26 45 46 48 61 fVf. .667 .533 .523 .521 .494 .489 .467 .299 TO I JAY Philadelphia ar Ohuv, ^". X.-\v York at <'incinr.;iti. r=:vokly:i at Piushv.rsh. Boston at St. L-.tii?. GAMKS TOMOKUOW Philatloli'hia at. Ohic:iK'>. New York at Oir.^ir.iintl. P.rooklyn at. PittsM'.rpii. Boston at vSr. T.ov.i>. On account of the. large number ot" tourists enroling ih*> United States from Mexico this year, additional customs inspectors were employed at boun- darv hriflceft. AS THE BOW SAID TO THE ARROW! "SNAP OUT OF IT!" Don't sit back glumly lamenting the lack of opportunities these days. Brace up! Take a look at the Want Ads —and you'll see that times are getting better. There are jobs and business opportunities for the ambitious. There are all kinds of buying, selling and renting offers. If the offer which fits your individual needs isn't in the Want Ad columns today, it probably will be there tomorrow. These offers are changing from day to day, and their variety is wide enough to meet all needs. That*? why we say: Consult the Want Ads Daily I

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