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SANTA ANA DAILY REGISTER, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 7, 1929 q WWn yon read Tbe RfgUter yon get tba be*t wrrke on local county, *tate and rational sport», tbe field being entirely corered by competent writers and well-trained staff correspondents. , mtetH/AWrr: ^ .---... . Ä q Billy Evans, Henry L. Farrell, Frank Getty, Robert Edgren, George Kirksey and Davie "7. Walsh are just a few of the sport» experts who contribute regularly to The Register. SPORT WORLD MOURNS _ DEATH RICKARD XVamer Sees Few Changes Grid Rules Possible ONE SOLDIER TO ANOTHER It was not as former heavyweight champion of the world, but , captain of the United States Marines, that Gene Tunney was acting here. Tunney, right, is pictured as he presented_ to _ Bri9 Gen. L. S. T. Halliday a trophy for which the British, Royal Marine, will fight in their annual assoc.ation football tournaments. T presentation took place in the Royal Barracks at Portsmouth, England, where Gene and his bride were visiting. LEADER OF S. A. ..Football will undergo but few changes at the han-js of the rules committee. “Pep” Warner, famous Stanford coach who is visiting at San Clemente with his brother. Judge Fred S. Warner, and his nephsw, Ha! Warner, said today. But one change in the rules looms." Warner declared, ‘ and that will be legislation making all fumbles dead at the point of recovery.” Warner does not think the goal posts will be moved back to the goal line or that any other radical change will be made. '* Hal the proposed legislation been in force Riegels, California center, would not have been acclaimed as the man who made the backward run as famous in football as 1 aul Revere's ride was in the Revolution. The ball Riegels picked up j would have been dead at the point j * r»f recovery. Asked if he did not j rethink the new rule would rob the j • cram? of some of its thrill and glam- j our, “Pop” replied that under toe , present system teams were made to j ' -uffer too much from fumbles an'1 j * that he thought loes of the ball ** enough penalty. Warner had little to ray about Reigels’ run. lie stated that it could happen in most any game and that • it was wrong to blame the P>ear center for the defeat as he thought G e o r g ia Tech played the type of game that would have won regardless. In naming the best team of the past season “Pop” j said that Georgia , Tech with the best record received that questionable honor. ‘There may be, and probably are , _____ ' other teams that Pop Warner under the right conditions might vanquish Geor LOSES BOUT TO GRIM REAPER I n |1 [] V CfMT Til “T**’» Rickard, the world’s most famous sports promoter I U U U I UL.il I I U “Tex” Rickard, the world’s most famous sports promoter lost his greatest fight yesterday. The man who directed virtually all of the big boxing classics In recent years died yesterday morning at Miami, Fla., after an operation for appendicitis. FOUR SANTA AHA CHURCHES IN PJSKFTBAU LEAGUE OPENING SEASON AT T GYM ■Who will captain the 1929 track and feild team at Santa Ana high school? That very Important question was to bo decided late today when the short-pantied squad held its first workout on the Poly track, which is being put into shape for the Impending season. The track was in terrible condition but was being dragged and graded to assume fairly level proportions. Tommy Cone, two-year veteran In the distance races, was a hot bet to get the skipper job. Tommy ia small but can cover the 880 and mile in a hurry. He was close to minutes flat in the middle distance race last year and with another year of experience should show the Coast leaguers his heels for fair. Cone is commissioner of athletics and has held various stu dent body offices. Another possible nominee is A1 vin Reboin, hurdler and sprinter He burned up the track last season and should repeat again, being a junior with another year coming up. Coach Oliver ia going to use Reboin in the 100 and 220, as well as both hurdles. He placed in the high sticks in the Southern Call fornia Interscholastic and was consistent winner In both hurdle races. He also broad jumps and vaults but is too good in the running races to bother with those events. Tom Donahue, Carl Schoenberg and Norman Paul are other lettermen. The 1928 team covered the school with glory and the embryo stars will have plenty of goals for which to shoot. Any team that can win the Chaffey Invitational, Huntington Beach Invitational, get third in the Coast Preparatory league, meet with a lot of hard luck and run up big scores in all dual meets is good. Orange county’s fervent hopes for an Oil Belt league baseball championship hit a snag yesterday when Wilkins shaded George Hall in a great pitching duel at Long Beach and Art Sullivan’s Merchants were blanked by Texaco Oil, S to 0. Both pitchers limited their opposition to five blows but Wilkins kept his a wee bit more scattered and received the decision. Texaco made two in the fifth na couple of errors, a base on balls and timely base hit and add ed another In the sixth on two hits. The hitting and fielding of the two Orange county redheads, Robertson and Jarritt, featured. The Countians return to the Fair grounds next Sunday, playing George Lackaye’s Old Timers In a benefit game at 2:15. The Old Timers’ battle, now almost. an institution in the county will bring together a formidnbl band of pastimers who would be worth their weight in golf were they in playing condition today. Sam Dungan, “Gavvy” Cravath Jimmy Austin, Ernie Johnson, Sam Crawford, “Rube” Ellis, Anson Mott, Herb Salveson and a dozen or more other former ball tossers have agreed to take part in the affair from which all receipts will he turned over to the Orange county health camp. Texaco Oil ATI R IT TO A E gia Tech,” he continued, but none Four Santa Ana churches—the First Christian, the Evangelical, the United Presbyterian and the First Baptist—have the Santa Ana Y. M. C. A. Church Basketball FUNERAL RITES Kohler, of ................. 3 Mittelstadt, 2b ......... 3 Holley, 3b Griffin, p Gold, lb Huarte, ss Cooper, rf ................... 4 Tlrandt, If Butcher, c Wilkins, p 0 0 2 0 12 0 10 0 0 1 10 9 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 12 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 JOHNNY MACK BROWN, DIXIE GRID HERO, LANDED FILM JOB THROUGH LOYALTY TO COLLEGE Totals 3 5 27 11 3 did so Georgia Tech can lay claim entered teams in -----------------------—- - . , * league which opens wilh a game between the Christians and Bowling News Orange County AR R H PO A E ................. 5 0 0 2 0 0 to having the best record, and best ^ f___ _______o the Ey»nge!ic»U in the “Y” gyitmasmm here tonight. with tie games by i The schedule will necessarily boy will each first score, to do away awarding a point for down besides the regular Warner wanted it understood that the suggestion was made to start a discussion of a way to eradicate tie games. “I did not bring the matter before the dules committee nor was it discussed at the football coaches a brief one but every tem play every other team at least once. The schedule closes January 25, according to present plans. All games start at 7 p.m. The complete schedule follows: Monday, Jan. 7—Christian vs. Evangelical. Friday, Jan. 11—United Presby- rneeting in New Orleans,” he said., terlan vs. Baptist. • It was made to bring more scien- | Monday, Jan. 14—Christian vs. tlfic interest to the game. Out of j United Presbyterian, this discussion may come some j Friday, Jan. 18—Evangelical vs. wav of eliminating tie games, which j Baptist. at best are unsatisfactory to the coaches, players and fans.” When asked about prospects for next year Warner had little to say of a pessimistic nature. **We lose many valuable men he explained. “The hardest loss is that which robs us of Post and Robeskv, guards, and Sellman, tackle. That im-ans almost a new line- In the backUeld we must find men to replace Hoffman, Sims, ■Wilton and Lewis, not an easy task. Perhaps we suffer the most by graduation. Jan. 21—Christian vs. Monday, Baptist. Friday, Jan. 25—Evangelical vs. United Presbyterian*. ..Matches scheduled for Santa Ana bowling teams this week follow: Mondav (Mercantile)— Nash-Eib Motors vs. Peerless Spray Emulsion at Santa Ana; T. C. Thompson Realty company vs. Willard Batteries at Santa Àna: Orange County Athletic club at Torrance: Santa Ana Furniture company at San Pedro. Thursday (Southern California)—G. M. C. Trucks vs. Hancock Gasoline at Santa Ana: Kelly Roofing company vs. Jeromc-McDonald Diamond Tires. Friday (Junior) — Certified Motor market vs. Santa Ana Realtors at Santa Ana; Foster-Barker Music company at Fullerton. Weaver, ss ......... Herman, lb ............... 3 Dorman, of ............... 4 Jarrett, 2b ............. 3 Burger, rf ......... 4 Robertson. If ................4 Hatfield, 3b ...............3 Callan, c ..................... 4 Hall, P ......................... 2 Hershberger, 3b ..... 1 xllurst ............................1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 n o 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals .....................34 0 5 24 x—Hurst hit for Hall in ninth. Score By Innings Orange County .............090 000 000—0 Texaco .............................000 021 OOx—3 Summary 2 base hits—Mlttelstedt, Robertson. Stolen bases—Holley, Huarte, Dorman, Jarritt. Struck out—by Hall 9, bv Griffin 5, by Wilkins 3. Bases on balls—off Hall 7. off Griffin 1, off Wilkins 3. Umpire—Kunsman. By BOB MATHERNE NEA Service Sports Writer This is the story of a young halfback of a few seasons ago who passed up a chance to make himself 5000 oucks by 0 playing five games of pro football in order to be on deck if his 1 (» alma mater landed in a post-season football game they were dickering for. The point is—he passed up the 5000 bucks, played in the post-season football game, and landed in the movies! Perhaps this story belongs the movie page, but it is on the sports page because the hero is Johnny Mack Brown who, as the caption writer for “Our Dancing Daughters” wrote, is the greatest halfback the University of Ala bama ever had. Talked Out of It It isn’t exactly news that Mack; known from coast Brown is in the movies, and has; Alabama’s greatest 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 9 3 BUTTLE El IS DOIS LOSE, 4-3 BAN CLEMENTE, Jan. 7.—Errors helped Elsinore defeat the San Clemente Dons in a 10-inning game here yesterday, 4 to 3. An error in the second inning with two down gave the visitors two runs and poor headwork and an error assisted Elsinore when it scored two more in the tenth. The Dons after scoring a run In their half of the ten.h le>poor base work cost them a chance to tie the score. Coach Clyde Patton’s Santa Ana high school basketball team, warmink up to its season’s conference swirmishes which begin Friday, will take on Fullerton high «chool in a final practice battle tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. The game will be played in Andrews gym here. Somewhat encouraged by their good showing against Woodrow Wilson high school last Friday, the Saints resumed work today for their first Coast Preparatory league game which will be held here Friday night against Long Beach, 1928 champions. Westminster had a tough time beating the Los Angeles Blues at Its Midway City ball park several weeks ago but the Blues were just a pushover for Claude Comford s Aviators yesterday, the score of the free-hitting jamboree being 18 to 9. The Flyers pummeled Alton and Charles, opposition moundsmen, all over their airport, collecting 14 safeties and profiting by the wildness of the two gunners. Scott, Marshall, Wellinpham, Marten, L. Penhall and Davis all had two base knocks. Shortstop Blue, leader of the Los Angeles club, and Outfielder Colwell did most of the damage to "Whitey” Marten, Westminster’s hurlcr, making seven of their team’s thirteen hits. >> Henrnj L. Farrell on^Then he coached the freshman backs at Alabama. But there must have been thoughts every now and then of what he could do with 5000 bucks—if he had it. Introducing Champ Pickens One of the characters in this story must be Introduced at vuis time. He Is Champ Pickens, to coast as booster, and been for some time. Nor is It; one of those fellows who know a news that Mary Pickford is going; lot of fellows who can do a good to make a talkie of “Coquette,’ I turn now and then, the stage play which Helen Hayes, Pickens would look at niee- is taking about the country now (looking Johnny Mack Brown and after a successful run in New York. * It does seem news, however, to tell how Johnny Mack Brown KNOW THAT— <f*to start called for me to run | wanted to make those 5000 bucks with the ball. Each time I saw the Stanford forwards crashing through on me and it didn't take much time to decide that I The score: Los Angeles Blues AB R H PO A F Slater, 3b Charles, lb-p Colwell, If • ■ Reeb, 2b ..., Jaynes, c .. Alton, p-lb . Nickey, cf . • Stanley, rf .. 114 1 117 0 2 3 3 10 0 113 11 2 14 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 DID YOU Back in the days when it was legal to drink a beer the New York ball players used to drink beer at the Amsterdam Inn up near the Polo Grounds. . . . There weren’t any club detectives at the time and the boys were allowed to stay up late in the garden behind the inn. . . . Tim kitchen In the inn closed at midnight and when the boys wanted to eat later they had to go elsewhere. . . They knew a popular little spot on 145th street near Broadway. . . It was little one-arm hole in the wall joint whore a young singing chef made a mean hamburger plastered with onions and pickles. . . • The chef sang and dished out wise acks while he was chefing and tell him he ought to be in the movies. What may have been horseplay at first began to take firmer root in Pickens’ mind and soon the was pulling the strings a film and had to be argued out of it ¡ for Mack Brown to have because Alabama had a chance to test in Hollywood. And when play Washington in the annual Alabama went back to Pasadena Tournament of Roses couldn't gain anything in that dl- 1926. game in 9 13 24 8 C TROJAN BASKETBALL TEAM TO OPEN CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY 3 1 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 2 2 Totals ....................-.40 Westminster AH R H PO A E Scott, 3b ..................... 3 2 2 4 2 McGuire, lb ............. 4 Page, ss ................. j> Marshall, If ......... 2 Gisler. Vt ..................... J Wellingham, c .......... 4 Marten, p ............. •’ F. Penhall, 2b ......... 4 L. Penhall, cf ........... 4 Davis, rf-lf ..................3 Totals .....................40 18 14 27 10 5 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7.—Open-*battles when they e A t BOYER IMS LEGO LOO ^ ^ meet in Los ing the Pacific Coast conference j Angeles despite the fact that the 1929 casketbaU season, during I games are the conference open- whicb they will be defending the ■ ers. championship that they won last ( Trojans and Bears have been year, the University of Southern 1 equally successful in their prac- Callfornia cagemen will play a ’ tlce games during the past month, iwo-game series with the C&lifor-j The Southern Californians have nia Bears Friday and Saturday eight straight victories to their nights. January 11 to 12, at 8: credit in the face of some stiff o’clock In the Olympic auditorium i competition offered during the here. ; Practice season by such teams as A third game of the court sea- i Pacific Coast Athletic club, Fresno con with California will be played j State, Hollywood Athletic club February 2 at Berweley. I and University of Arizona, One of Considered again this year to the Trojans’ most impressive vic- be the outstanding contenders j torlea was scored last Thursday among the teams playing in the night when they trimmed the Fa- Southern division of the conference, Southern California and California nr- ex: eU*d to stage j ningr streak of 16 games previous- 178-10-68. the season’» greatest basketball1 ly enjoyed by the club team. I third, with 81-14 rection. I didn't want to be caught right In my tracks so it was up to me to get rid of the ball. “I did the reckless thing of running back and reversing my field, but luck was with me. I couldn't run clear back to the goal line so I had to turn and each time I turned I saw a receiver in the open and I let him have it. It was singular" that each of those two plays went the same way and they must have looked as if they were mapped. “I don’t agree that it was a smart play. Under other circum- The news of “Red” Grange having turned pro wasn’t so very cold when Alabama beat Georgia on to play Stanford on New Year’s, 1925, Mack Brown was along—to see the game and to try and break in the movies. You know the rest. He looked | put orf tho operation for appendi Thanksgiving day, 1925, and won| great to Metro-Goldwyn and which surgeons Insisted waa a consecutive championship game, ¡has been in several pictures since i necessary. By FRANK GETTY (United Press Sport* Editor) NEW YORK, Jan. 7.—The »port world has lost one of it* most colorful and predominant figures in George L. (Tex) Rickard, who died early Sunday at Miami Beach, Florida, of infection following an operation for appendicitis. Today, the body of the noted promoter, "whose early life was one of unfettered romance and whose later years brought him unparalleled success as a master showman, was coming back to the scene of his greatest triumphs aboard a fast New York-bound express. A beloved and incurable romanticist, who retained to the high momenta when his vision of “million-dollar gates" came true the same enthusiasm which had stood him in good stead in the days of cow-punching, gold-mining and gambling In the Far West, Rickard met death peacefully in his sleep. End is Strangely Quiet His end came as a strangely quiet contrast to a life crowded with excitement. When tho promoter passed away at 8:37 a. m., Sunday, after being unconscious for two hours, his ! young wife and a close friend, Jack Dempsey, the former heavyweight champion, stood bowed In grief at his death bed. After brief services in a Catholic chapel at Miami Beach, the body was placed aboard the “Havana Special” shortly before midnight, accompanied by Mrs. Rickard, Dempsey and Walter Fields, an old friend of the late promoter. The train is due In New York City at 10:19 a. m., tomorrow. Burial will be , at Woodlawn cemetery Wednesday. The greatest tribute paid to Rickard today was the difficulty men had In even suggesting his possible successor. Garden in Gloom Madison Square Garden, monument to his genius as a promoter, was wrapped in gloom, for “The Boss,” whose office door stood ever open, was loved truly by those in that dominant sports organization. Rickard’s position was unique and autocratic. To the very end, however, when, at the age of 59, Tex had made several millions, he retained that same disarming naivete which carried him through the turbulent days when the West was young and he fought hand-to- hand with trouble-makers in his Nevada gambling place. An early life given over to the spontaneity of quick gun play, prospecting in the earth foi* gold and playing for it over the green clothed gambling tables gave Rickard a zest for adventure which culminated in exploits of daring showmanship. It was something of the gambling spirit which cost Tex another chance for life, for he repeatedlr hen shoved out the sandwiches j stances it would have been tin- through a hole, came out from be- 1 forgivable because it had too hind and served them. And the chef who did this was Jack Mulhall . . . The fillum fellow. WASN’T PLAY AT ALL Twice in the Army-Stanford football game, “Red” Cagle, the Army’s All-American back, took the pass from center and started to run with it. He then reversed his field, ran back in the direction of his own goal and completed a forward pass. Because the play was staged under identical circumstances and because the same receiver caught the perfect pass for long gains, the Stanford defense thought it was a brilliant play. Even “Pop” Warner, who can diagram from memory almost any play that ever has been used, said after the game that “Biff” Jones the Army coach, had given his boys a smart play even If it was very dangerous if It failed. much of the element of a long chance In It. But we were behind in the score at the time and I felt that the circumstances would permit me to take the chance and I took it.” .............. g ^ Boyer, who rates officially as only a Class B golfer at the Fanta Ana Country club, got “warm” on the home course over the past week-end and won a leg B ban Stakes "in"match^ay ing the holidays and it happened 15 oau I that his visit came at the same against par. IT JUST WORKED Cagle was in New Orleans dur- that his In the cup competition, Boyer ] time of the annual meeting of the turned in a card of Ilf J V»* I V*»* v 87-22-65, football coaches. He 'a- turned in » «-nrklnes eific Coast clubmen by a 43-20 i which finished him three strokes i to exp < was asked of the in pictures the past two years, and he will be seen in “Coquette” in the next few months. The moral, if there Is any, is that Johnny Mack Brown is in the big dough now and going higher all the time—and many times in his life, while he was peddling insurance around Tuscaloosa, he must have thought over and again—about those 5000 bucks that might have been his if—. score, bringing to an end a win- j better than Lew II. Wallace, with P1^\ . William Rohrbacker was “We didn t have iany play like that," he said. The play 1 tried Î0. NAVY THE BIG THRILL Cagle played the greatest game of his career last season. He made every All-American team in the country and he was admitted by practically every coach who saw him to be one of the best all- around backs of all time. He distinguished himself particularly this year in the game against Yale, the first game in which the Army had a chance to show its real class. Cagle was n marked man that day, hut he played the most spectacular game of hie career and did enough tc make the All-American on that one performance. He didn’t remember much about that game, he told his friends In New Orleans. He ran a couple of times with the ball and got away for some long gains, hut they were all too busy to think of outside gains. “The biggest thrill I got out of football was in the Navy game the year before when I got awny for a 49-yard run for a touchdown. It had been announced also that Ernie Nevers, Stanford star, was turning pro—for $25,000 for some games down In Florida. Pro Football Offers Going back on the train that night to Tuscaloosa, one heard a lot of talk about Alabama's chances to play Washington at Pasadena on New Year's day— and also a lot of talk that some of the Alabama players had received offers to play pro football. Brown was one of them. He had been offered 1000 bucks per for five games to play with Nevers’ team. Brown is not from a rich family. Nor from one which has been dealt with kindly by the fates. There were several young Browns either in or about ready for college, and $5000 looked like an awful lot of money to Mack Brown. It reached the proportions of looking like as much money as Johnny Mack Brown would be able to earn in at least two years after he was out of college. Those who rode on the last coach of. that football special to are: Tuscaloosa know that Wallace Jack Dempsey, Wade did a lot of talking to Mack|weight champlon: that day. He has played w ith j Yields to Operation Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, New Year's Day, Tex yielded Greta Garbo and other celebrities j ^ an overpOWering attack and an operation followed at the Allison hospital at Miami Beach. There he seemed to rally, and even after a relapse late Friday night he was able to smile and take the hand of his friend, Dempsey, and say firmly: "Jack. I've got this fight won.” But he hadn’t. Continued on Page 13) SPORTSMEN GRIEVED AT DEATH OF RICKARD, FAMED PROMOTER NEW YORK, Jan. 7.-The pass-fmired ns a man and a promoter of clean athletic contests. ing of Tex Rickard at Miami Beach was mourned today by men of prominence in all parts of the world. Some of the expressions of grief Brown in private that night. Just what all was said isn’t known, but It is no secret that Brown was all for wiring acceptance to that offer. But he didn’t—because Alabama needed him if they were to get a chance at Washington on New Year’s day. It is easy for an Alabama alumnus to remember that Alabama beat Washington by a 20-19 score and that two of the touchdowns were made by this galloping Johnny Mack Brown. Johnny Mack returned to Tuscaloosa. He started to sell insurance when he left college. Benny Leonard, retired lightweight champion: "In business a man can be replaced, but Rickard cannot be replaced. lie was an Institution, a public idol of boxing.” Col. Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees: “Rickard was former heavy- ! a great credit to the world of sport, “I am terribly 1 and his place will be mighty hard grieved. I have lost the best pal j to fill ’ I ever had.” W’ chairman, board Luis Angel Firpo, Buenos Aires, of directors, ’ Scripps-H o w a r d Argentina, heavyweight boxer: “Tex | newspapers, a close friend of Rick- Rickard was all man. His letters ard: “Not only the sporting fra- real sources of inspiration ternity but the country at large made me most has lost a fine citizen. In his travels around the country, Tex were and were what want to return to the ring.” William Muldoon, New York state boxing commissioner: “Boxing ha* lost one of Its real friends, a man who did much to stabilize and Improve the sport.” Mayor James J. Walker: ‘In the sad death of Tex Rickard, New York city loses one of Its foremost citizens, whom we all ad- displayed a real pride in American achievements and possessed a trua sense of distilled patriotism.” James J. Corbett, former heavyweight champion: “He was tho most picturesque and capable man that ever associated himself with boxing. I don’t see how they’ll find another Tex.”

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