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Page Two (Section Two)" Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Tuesday Morning, February 18,1941 WESTERN RESERVE OF DETROIT UON Porter's Cap 'Fault' Gave Lucky Howard Winner Of Santa Anita Derby For By HARRY GRAYSON TJORTER'S CAP was sold to * Charles S. Howard for $1,300 at Saratoga yearling sales in August, 1939, because of a sloping pastern in his rear right leg. - The pastern is that part of the foot between the fetlock and coffin joint -To make this more understand- SSOTH HAAS able, Porter's Cap had a crooked hind ]eg. - No one else would take a chance «n him. "I like his breeding," remarked Charley Howard, the San Francisco automobile dealer, at the moment. "I like his looks" said Silent Tom Smith, daddy of trainers. Smith didn't consider the slop- tag pastern serious and it wasn't. Porter's Cap, rough and ready and perfectly sound, won the $40,000 Washington Futurity in Chicago last summer and has just accounted for—with the greatest of ease—the $62,475 Santa Anita Derby. He now has earned $83,105. "strapping for a son of The Porter, the chestnut colt appears to have it in him to oustrip even Seabiscuit, greatest of Howard's bargain basement buys, which include Kayak II and Mioland. He was bred near Lexington ; Ky., by A. B. Gay. Porter's Cap was loaded with run after rambling the mile and a furlong of the Santa Anita Derby on a heavy track with 120 pounds on his back in 1:54 2/5 to score by four long lengths. " "I had my hands full holding him back," asserts Jockey Leon Haas. Porter's Cap probably will go with Mioland in the S100,- 000 Santa Anita Handicap, March 1. He's in that one at 104 pounds. Johnny Adams would ride him. Buddy Haas will be aboard Mioland. Smith and Haas are confident Porter's Cap will be a top contender in the Kentucky Derby, May 3 He hardly had come down in front in the Santa Anita Derby when Owner Howard telegraphec his nomination. Smith and Haas easily can see him capturing the Preakness anc Belmont Stakes—the three-year-olc championship. He doesn't like to travel in front—has to be rated by a strong rider to give his best. He is a superior mudder. Howard luck has been phenomenal, but observers have been convinced that it is due to good judgment and brilliant handling on the part of Smith, the old Tijuana blacksmith. _- Seabiscuit's transformation from a stake horse of moderate caliber —and on the downgrade at that—• into the greatest money winner of all time and the undisputed champion of the American turf is one of the thrilling sagas of racing. The fact that the son of Hard Tack had to be patched up for his final tremendous effort—the winning of the Santa Anita—adds to the luster of Smith's achievement- Howard's track triumphs happen too often to be attributed to luck. Detroit Recalls Rookie Wingman DETROIT. Feb. 17—(AP)—William (Bill) Jennings, rookie wingman of the Indianapolis Capitals who established a new world's hockey scoring record last night with three goals in 57 seconds against, the Hershey Bears in an American League game, was recalled again today by the Detroit Red Wings. Manager Jack Adams said Jennings, who played with the Red Wings last Friday and got an assist m the game against Chicago, would replace Eddie Bruneteau, who is being sent back to Indianapolis for more seasoning. -Adams said Jennings would report in time to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in garnet, Saturday night in Toronto and here Sunday. ; Jennings last year played with the Holzbaugh-Ford team in the flichigan-Ontario League. Debut Set \. By Professor ~ ATLANTA, Feb. 17—(AP)—On fhe list of entrants for the South- _j;astern Golden Gloves tournament "tonight there was the name, "Douglar "tr^iay" as a welterweight. = On the Georgia School of Tech- jnoiogy faculty list, there is the jjamei "Douglas McClay, Ph. D., instructor of mathematics." ~The men are the same. The "math prof decided to abandon gieorems for left and right upper- cpts for the period of the tournament which begins Tuesday. rrThe doctor of philosophy from Harvard is 25 years old, and strictly Si amateur. This 1s his first public Appearance in the ring. ~ Cubs Sign Galan ^CHICAGO, Feb. 17—(AP)—The Chicago Cubs received the signed contract of Augie Galan, outfielder, today, leaving the club jyith 13 unsigned players. Galan, ishose winter residence is Berkeley, Calif., played in only 68 games test season, because he suffered «2eg injury. E CARD ROSTER GROWS =ST. LOUIS, Feb. 17—(INS)—The Mened contracts of Infielder Frank Crespi who played with Rochester test season, and Pitcher Murry Dickson, who was with Columbus in 1940. were received today by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals MOW have 17 players under contract for the 1941 season. CHARLES S. HOWARD AND HORSES SEE EYE TO EYE. Links Stars Face Final Tune-Ups For Annual Invitational Tourney Leading Apprentice Jockey Suspended At Hialeah Park TV/TIAMI, Fla., Feb. 17—(UP)—Wendell Eads, leading apprentice jockey at Hialeah Park, was suspended for the remainder of the meeting after the fourth race today, and Conn McCreary, a top contender for riding honors, was bruised severely in the sixth. The stewards suspended Eads and fined him $200 for "careless riding" on Speed to Spare. Eads allegedly interferred with John's Heir, ridden by Irving Anderson, in the stretch drive. John's Heir fell, broke his neck and died. Anderson was thrown clear and was not injured. In the sixth race McCreary, who had dropped his apprentice weight allowance in the fifth with a victory on In Question, was thrown when his mount. Ranger H, ran away going to the post and crashed into the three-sixteenths pole. McCreary suffered bruises on the left arm and left groin. McCreary's condition was not serious, but Dr. J. E. Burch, track physician, said the 19-year-old St. Louis jockey might not be able to ride for a few days. McCreary scored a win with Fettacairn in the second race today, boosting his total wins for the meeting to SO, two behind Eads and three behind Don Meade, leading veteran. His victory on In Question, his 40th since he began riding in 3939, put him in the veteran class, six winners ahead of Eddie Arcaro. McCreary's accident was the hird at the track in as many rac- ng days. Joseph Giangaspro, 18•ear-old apprentice, died in Jackon Memorial Hospital today, jiangaspro was astride Bay Mount, )is 20th ride, when the horse crossed its legs and went down at the lubhouse turn Friday. Mobcap, ridden by Jockey Harry Meynell, vent down in the spill and kicked liangaspro in the head. Meynell suffered a fractured collarbone. Coach Bernie Bierman of Minnesota is planning to shift Bill 3aley, fullback, to right half to spot vacated by George ill the Tranck. Whirlaway Enters Race M IAMI, Fla., Feb. 17—(AP) — Warren Wright's Whirlaway, leading 1940 juvenile, runs tomorrow at Hialeah Park in his second tuneup for Saturday's $20,000 added Flamingo Stakes. Trainer Ben Jones entered Whirlaway in the fifth race, against several other Flamingo prospects, including Shady Brook Farm's Agricole and Cadmium, Belair stud's Boliver and Woolford farm's Sig- nator. Whirlaway, winner of his first 1941 start recently, will carry 122 pounds, compared with 110 assigned Signator, Boliver and Cadmium. Agricole drew 105. Col. E. R. Bradley's Bimelech, leading candidate for the $50,000 added Widener Challenge Cup March 1, breezed a mile and three furlongs today in the good time of 2U18 1-5. o Baer Brothers To Open Drills NEW YORK, Feb. 17—(INS)— Accompanied by Manager Ancil Hoffman, Max and Buddy Baer arrived from California today and left for Lakewood, N. J., to begin training for forthcoming heavyweight battles. Max will meet Lou Nova in a 12-rounder on April 24, while Buddy tackles Tony Galento in a 10-rounder on March 26. Hoffman announced that Max now scales 225 pounds, and Buddy 252. Dodgers 9 Holdout Worry- ULTIMATUM ISSUED: Mickey Owen says he'll continue ditch- digging on farm near Springfield, Mo., rather than accept less than $10,000 from the Brooklyn Dodgers. The aggressive catcher was •old to file Dodgers by the St. Louis Cardinal* TV/TANY of the state's top-flight 1VJ - amateur golfers will begin firing on the Phoenix Country Club course today in final tune-ups for the 12th annual invitational tournament which gets under way there Thursday. Heading the title contenders are Kim Bannister, defending champion, and Bob Gold water, who dropped a 4-2 decision to the young Phoenix linkster in the finals last year. Also given the nod as a championship threat is Barge Pease, former state amateur titlist. Bannister served notice Saturday that he will not relinquish the Dr. Kim Bannister Memorial Trophy without a fight as he fired a one-under-par 70 during a downpour. The tourney trophy, named in memory of his father, was offered for the first time last year. Approximately 125 Arizona golfers and a contingent from La Jolla, Calif., are expected to tee off in the 18-hole qualifying round Thursday. The 16 low qualifiers will gain the championship flight. Eighteen-hole matches have been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with the 36-hole finals carded Sunday. Championship matches in all other flights will be decided at 18 holes. Other top-flight Phoenix golfers expected to battle it out for the championship are Gray Madison, Dr. E. R. Foutz, Chet Goldberg, jr., H. R. Askins, Richard Taylor, Jim Wilson and Bill Sconce. Out-of-city threats are expected to be Tommy Knoles of Flagstaff, Knox Corbett and Hal Tovrea of Tucson, Vic Blalack of Coolidge and Tommy Long of Globe. o Meet Captured By Reno Skiers LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 17— (UP)—The Reno Ski Club yesterday won a tri-state ski meet by three points, defeating the Utah University ski team, with the Flagstaff, Ariz., Ski Club third. Billy Nelson of Reno won the slalom with Hart, also of Reno, second, and Taft of Utah third. The race was run over an intricate closed course on the slopes of Mount Charleston, 45 miles west of here. , Two Utah skiers, Eastmond and Taft, finished one-two in the downhill competition, but Nelson of the Reno team took the jumping event with a leap of 94 feet, and his teammate, Hart, again was second. Eastmond was third. A crowd of more than 1,000 persons witnessed the fifth annual meet at Mount Charleston. Spring Training Opened By Tribe FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 17— (AP)—Sixteen pitchers, one catcher and four infielders reported to Manager Roger Peckinpaugh today as the Cleveland Indians opened spring training. The infielders and outfielders aren't due until next Monday, but Ray Mack, Ken Keltner, Oscar Grimes and Rookie Verne Freiberger of the inner defense were on hand early. Catchers Gene Desautels and Jim Hegan and Pitchers Nate Andrews, Ken Jungels and Don Pulford were the only absentees. All five have signed. Bob Feller, who looks in shape already, paced the pitchers in the initial workout. o Chicago Cager Bids For Honors CHICAGO, Feb. 17—(INS)—Although the University of Chicago hasn't won a conference game this season, the Maroon center, Joe Stampf, is making a sensational bid for individual scoring honors in the Western Conference basketball race, statistics revealed today. Stampf scored 19 points Saturday night against Northwestern to advance to second place among individual scorers, with 104 points just four points back of Dick Fisher of Ohio State, who also picket up 19 points Saturday against Purdue. Gene Englund of Wisconsin who has been leading the scorers during the greater part of the season, is now in third place with 103 points, JalUo. Test Is Slated Stars Survive Injuries To Gain Track Laurels MEW YORK, Feb. 17—That's a good story, the track critic wondering N how Chuck Fenske accounted for a 4:07.4 mark and so many mile victories on legs which never required the attention of surgeons. Most everybody knows that at eight years of age, Glenn Cunningham was so badly burned in a schoolhouse fire which cost the life of his brother that there remained only the blackened fragments of what had been a pair of legs. But it is not generally known that a number of current and more recent distance stars survived severe early injuries to grow up and write history on cinders and boards. Sprinters also have been touched by medical magic. A lew hardy and persistent individual would not have been heard of following what happened to Lou Zamperini, who blazed through the last lap of last winter's miles. T OS ANGELES, Feb. 17—(AP)— -*- 1 To determine his fitness for the big $100,000 classic March I, ailing Challedon will lead a small field postward tomorrow in the first training race ever staged at Santa Anita in conjunction with the day's regular program. Special permission was granted by track stewards for the "prep" event, which will be run between the third and fourth races and under every condition of an actual race. W. L. Brann's fleet pride of Maryland, the nation's leading handicap thoroughbred, suffered a hoof injury several weeks ago, and since then has done little or no serious training. When Brann declared he did not want to enter his horse in the big Santa Anita handicap unless he was sure the hoof injury was completely healed, stewards arranged the seven-furlong "prep" event. Facing Challedon will be Rough Pass, another Santa Anita handicap candidate, which also needs more conditioning, and Aethelwold and Teddy Kerry, a couple of fast sprinters, nominated for keen competition. Other entries also may be named. The horses will be saddled, paraded to the post and released from the barrier under all regular racing conditions. No pari-mutuel betting on the event will be permitted. Brann said that if Challedon comes through tomorrow's prep race and another morning workout or two later in the week, he plans to enter him in Saturday's $10,000 mile and one-sixteenth San Antonio Handicap. That would be the thoroughbred's final major workout before the big event. James Voted Top Jockey TV/TIAMI, Fla., Feb. 17—(AP)— m The New York Turf Writers Association designated Basil James, Seattle jockey, today as the outstanding American rider in 1940. The association's annual poll named Col. E. R. Bradley of Lexington, Ky., as the outstanding breeder; Benjamin A. Jones of Parnell, Md., as the leading trainer, and Herbert Bayard Swope of New York as the official contributing most of the betterment of racing. James, performing consistently in both stakes and overnight events, rode 143 winners, 108 second-place horses and 92 thirds. Jones trained Whirlaway, the top money-winning two- year-old, and his horses earned $148,705. . . . Colonel Bradley was the breeder of Bimelech, champion three-year- old. Swope, chairman of the New York State Racing Commission, was instrumental, the association said, in many reforms and innovations. Jurges Stages First Workout MIAMI. Feb. 17 — (AP) — Bill Jurges, out of. action since last summer as a result of an injury which he suffered by being struck on the head by a pitched ball, had his first workout with the New York Giants today. He did not attempt any strenuous exercise, but worked lightly under the hot sun for two hours. Manager Bill Terry was pleased that Jurges seemed to stand the work well, but he refused io become enthusiastic. "You can't tell anything in practice,", he said. Terry revealed he has sent a "final" telegram to Harry -Canning, holdout catcher, asking him to come here to discuss terms, and that he also had sent an ultimatum to Infielder Joe Orengo, who has been offered a $2,000 raise over the salary he got from the Cardinals last season. Latin Swimmers May Accept Bid VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 17— (AP)—Officials of the Pan-American Swimming Confederation said yesterday they vyere considering sending seven leading South American swimmers to the United States next summer in response to an invitation tendered by the United States Amateur Athletic Union. Under a tentative plan, the two best male swimmers representing nations finishing first, second and third in the current South American swimming championships here will be named, together with' Maria Lenk of Brazil, South American women's breast-stroke champion. The men will probably include Jordan and Fonseca of Brazil, Duranona and Sos of Argentina and Alcivar and Abel Gilbert of Ecuador. Dodger Hurler Suffers Injury HAVANA, Feb. 17—(AP)—Freddy Fitzsimmons, veteran Dodger pitcher, suffered a bruise on the right heel in today's workout. The accident happened when Manager Leo Durocher was having pitchers practice leaving the mound to cover first base. Fitzsimmons suffered the injury when he stepped on the base. During part of the workout devoted to batting practice pitchers, Van Mungo, Kirby Higbe, Curt Davis, Lee Grissom and Luke Hamlin took turns on the mound. The players worked under a aot sun, and many wore handkerchiefs around their necks to guard against sunburn. Contracts Signed By Yankee Hurlers NEW YORK, Feb. 17—(UP)— Signed contracts were received today from Pitchers Atley Donald and Marvin Breuer bringing the total New York Yankees signed for next season to 21. Donald won eight games while losing three last year, and Breuer clicked- for an eight-and-nine recojtf- At the age of three, Zamperini came within a gnat's eyelash of Edwards, Aid Join Ranks Of Pro Gridders PST-fr'asr* football coach at Western lor the last six years, h signed as coach of the i Lions professional football Owner Fred L. Mandel fc nounced today. ' J — Mandel also announced th.t Edwards' assistant at W«£ em Reserve, Boy (Ougan) ML ler, would come along with M! boss. . * ™ "* Xhe terms of the contract- length of time and salary-^^ not announced. Edwards, 36 years old. • George (Potsy) Clark who' last December. The new Lion coach compiled an impressive record while at W«? ern Reserve, his teams winninzM games, losing only six andtvfm- two. Last New Year's D; team defeated Arizona State' Walter Mehl lowered his mile mark from 4:11 to 4:09.7 after bone was removed from his foot. Kimbrough Joins Pros MEW YORK, Feb. 17—(AP)— "Jarri.n" John" Kimbrough made his biggest gain today, and he did it with a pen instead of a pigskin. ' The Texas A and M Ail-American signed one-year contracts for football and other services with .Douglas Hertz, owner of the New York pro football Yankees, which will bring him $37,500. Of this amount, 512,500 represents payment for playing football next fall, and the remaining $25,000 will be paid under a separate contract concerning other activities during the year. Kimbrough received $2,500 upon signing, will get another $2,500 upon his graduation June - 1, and the remainder at stipulated intervals. No military service clause was contained in the football contract, but the personal contract with Hertz will be suspended automatically should Kimbrough be called to the army. Kimbrough said he had been informed by the commandant at Texas A and M that a one-year deferment had been granted because two brothers are dependent on the athlete. Texas A and M is a government-subsidized military college, and the June graduating class has been called for duty. Kimbrough must take a six-week training course at Camp Bullis, San Antonio, after his graduation to qualify for his commission as a result of failure to attend camp last summer. if *~j ^.S+Atj ZAMPERINI VENZKE losing a toe. At 10, the Southern California stretch-burner ran an iron pipe into his hip bone. At 16, he was big enough to play the horses—suffered a splintered knee when tossed by a broncho in a rodeo. A year later his ankle was fractured by a kick from an equine incorrigible. But Zamperini didn't confine his mishaps to hosses. At 18, the Italian tore a ligament in his left leg in ah automobile smash-up. At 20, he broke an ankle when he failed to land properly on skis. Leslie MacMitchell, the 20-year- old New York University miler who has joined the leaders three years ahead of schedule, had to learn to walk again at seven. Paralysis of the left leg developed following diphtheria. Surgeons wanted to amputate when as a boy in grade school, Archie San Roman! suffered a multiple leg fracture when hit by a truck. Coming in contact with a high tension wire while climbing a telegraph pole, Bill Bonthron suffered severe burns which left his famous legs with deep scars. A broken bone in Walter Mehl's foot failed to knit properly—had to be removed.,.;Mehl hal always run the half-mile; but when he resumed training, '.Tom Jones, the Wisconsin coach, suggested that the slower pace of the two-mile would be easier on the tender pedal. The third time Mehl ran the distance—in the Western Conference meet—he set a new record. He then lowered his mile mark from 4:11 to 4:09.7. Joe McCluskey waited until he was 22 before incurring the first of 11 knee injuries. Rabbit hunting at IS, Gene Venzke fired a load of buckshot into his thigh. Fifty pellets are still there, but carrying weight for age last winter, the Pennsylvaniaa at 31 turned in a pair of 4:08 miles, lowering his own 4:10 of 1932. As a tot, Frank Graham Slater dislocated his hio in falling from a second-story porch onto a concrete sidewalk, but that was long before this particular Fordham Flash won the 1939 Millrose 880. Jimmy Lightbody, jr., swift anchor man of Harvard's 193840 mile relay teams, couldn't move his legs freely for several years after breaking a vertebra in his back while playing high school football. Barney Ewell, remarkable Penn State sprinter, spent three years of his childhood with a partially paralyzed leg. A medical certificate does not appear to be the worst recommendation for a runner. Edwards was captain and center on the Ohio liosb. team in 1926, but left at the endof the year and entered Wittenberg College where he was a regular for three years and captain in his junior and senior years. Before coming to Western Reserve under Sam Willaman in 1934 Edwards coached at SprinefieM and Fostoria High in Ohio SB became head coach when Willamm died in 1935. ^^ Hoosier Hot Shot INDIANA'S FAST-MOVING CENTER, IS ON£ Or BIG~l£N'5 LEADING POINTMAKS8S .„ BECAUSE HECAMPAIL.-. FOR VllLLKIE^ SK-POoT* NICKNAMED SSNATOf?..... MENKB ~nilC& WOM HOOSISR /NTffAMUftAL- CROSS-COUNTS 1?AC£ — Cagers Open Meet Today rpHE annual class A second-team - 1 - basketball tournament will open at the North Phoenix High School gymnasium at 4 o'clock this afternoon when teams representing Mesa, St. Mary's, Phoenix and North Phoenix high schools, .will meet. The tournament drawing will be "blind", made after the four clubs reach the tournament floor. The first two clubs draws will be paired in the opening game, with the other two taking the floor an hour later. Winners will meet in a championship battle at 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon after losera have settled third place in a 4 o'clock preliminary. St. Mary's is the "dark horse" of the tournament as it has not faced any of the three other clubs. The two Phoenix teams and Mesa appear close to even on recent showings, with Coach R. V. Zegers' rapidly improving Phoenix Pups rated a potent tournament threat. Coach Mercier Willard'i Mesa boys, defending titUstv lost to the North Phoenix Colts, 21-23, and then came back to trounce Zegers' Pops the next night, 25-22. The Pups have come from behind in their series with the Colts and now appear to have a slight edge on Coach Clare Van Hoorebeke's boys. They were outclassed by tie Colts, 34-26, in early season, dropped a one-pointer in their second meeting, and won their third duel, 34-24. Stars Urged To Enlist T AKELAND, Fla., Feb. 17— (INS) -^ If Hank Greenberg, potential selective service trainee, takes the advice of Del Baker, Tiger manager, he will enlist immediately for a year's training instead of waiting to be called under the draft. Greenberg has a low draft number. • Baker, while not mentioning nis slugging outfielder, today put forti this reason for believing enlistments are in order instead of waiting for the call: "By doing so a player stands to lose but a year of pI»J. whereas by waiting he rosy lose the better part of two years. By the time he regain* baseball form, half or more of the season of the second year would be gone. ' . "The player would, no doubt, De in physical condition, but would ne be able to hit big-league pitching which about that time of the season; gets pretty good?" - o - • Jamaica Slates Rich Handicap NEW YORK, Feb. 17-«5?The Metropolitan Jockey C» operators of Jamaica Race ™* today announced addition of tAf 510,000 Grey Lag Handicap to U* roster of state events for its 25-aw spring meeting, April 12 to MaylU- ; The Grey Lag which ofl ers .?£- portunity for horsemen to Ppinti" another rich spring handicap » New York, was named after one« the most illustrious perfonners « the '20's. Under the green andwnue silks of the Rancocas stable, GW Lay won the Belmont, Suburban. Empire City, QP#»° County, Excelsior and Metropolis handicaps. -.. . The addition of the Grey MR • nine furlong for three-year^" and upwards to be run closing""'brought the Jamaica stakes * with a gross value of-'^ $17,500 increase in added over last year. Bowling Team* Battle PRESCOTT, Feb. 17-7*"-T 0 » and Prescott men ^"fL^en 3-to-3 split, and the local ™« aeu won, 3 to 0, in Northern. ' Bowling: League matches n terday. p«scott In the first men's match, rK*^ got three 900 games. T * women's match, Lawanna turned in high series of '. Helen Herison high game ol Clarkdale and C played at Cottonwood . with the Cottonwood men 4 to 2, and the Cotton-— * 3 to 0. The schedule for matches March 9 ' is . ri ^f' Flagstaff., and CottonW»« (.Clarkdalft.

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