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1 ' - MIRRORS OF SPORT HAVEY BOYLE Sport Editor. Pot-Gazett. Rooney Sells Holdings . i. Through a series of Washington conjectures, arising from what sounds like areport of a mixed claims commission, -the Steelers" are to remain in Pittsburgh, but not under the banner of Art Rooney, who, however, will stay in professional football as a part owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Insiders knew that Rooney was receptive to an offer for the Steelers, but the general idea was that if he sold the local franchise, it would be moved to another city, and then the combined forces of Bert Bell, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Rooney, would divide their "home" games in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. But, apparently, this proposition fell through, and the Steelers now will be on the payroll of a wealthy Bostonian (and he had better have it) Alexis Thompson. Supplanting Walter Riesling, as the Steelers' coach, will be Greasy ' Neale, of fragrant memory as coach of the Wash-Jeff team. In keeping Pittsburgh in the football picture, the big league bosses are wise, as to yield up this field, after the ploughing that has been clone, would be an invitation for some other football group to invade the town either with a minor league enterprise, or possibly, as the starter of a rival to the present major football league. x A great many fans will be sorry to see Rooney give up his local football connections but some of the disappointment will be assuaged if his giving up control does not spell out Pittsburgh's disappearing off the professional football stage. Rooney Closes Stand At first blush, you might think that after seeing the Bears beat a team of Washington's strength by 73 to 0, prompted Art Rooncv. head of the local professionals to sell his football club here out of sheer despair, but the truth is'the selling idea has been kicking around in his noggin for quite sometime. The realization that it would take a long time and a lot more money than he can muster to reach a point where he might give a team like the Bears a run for it for the championship might have had its effect in a subconscious way, but in the main, a steady drain on the bankroll, an inability to get the team out of its rut, conditions under which he had to operate here and also the shadow of international complications caused the Pittsburgher to give up what was not only his business but his hobby. It was so much a part of his life, this coming from the fact that from boyhood he liked football best of all, that, had he the necessary cabbage, he would have held on just for the pleasure of fielding a team. The steady drain on his football poeketbook stood him between $100,000 and $150,000, although he probably recovered a good part of ihis by the sale of the franchise to Boston interests, for a professional league franchise has grown considerably in value since Rooney first took over the local charter back in 1933. But the upkeep of a club grew with the value of the franchise, salaries having gone way up, along with other expenses, and a season without a winner could produce a headache ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 annually. On top of this the losers, as in many other ventures, found themselves in a vicious circle they couldn't get new strength through lack of money and they couldn't get money through lack of players. This, often resulted, in the losers selling out their first chance on the draft to the wealthier clubs which fattened themselves on new material, adding always enough to a rock-ribbed nucleus, to hold their place in the professional football sun. Many Difficulties Here In Pittsburgh the difficulties were tremendous. The Forbes Field baseball management was only lukewarm to professional football promotion, subordinating football, which was, in their view, quite natural, to baseball, to the extent of barring the football players rom practicing on the field, and, of course, regulating the schedule to meet the needs of the baseball team. Once, the football schedule was ripped asunder on the possibility the baseball club would win the pennant, which is just a sample of the exigencies the footballers always faced. These difficulties, or most of them, would have been lessened with a winning team, but this never came. That, WTapped up, is the whole answer. It's like the poker player who had a dozen reasons why he couldn't play, but only one (Continued on Page 23) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1940 Harmon Named Outstanding NEW YORK, Dec. 9.(AP)Na , n, America football team two years in to ft voted winner of the Heisman trophv TSU i No. 1 football player, Tommy Hani oft reaped fresh honors today as he was chn standing male athlete of 1940 inVh. ciated Press Doll. unal lwwsm Selh Siteelisrs, Club Stays Leading Figures in Complicated Pro Football Transaction ' v ' . " - , --f&sf"' i -?aiijfiA. rf, 1 toy?' oY; BERT BELL, Shares His Eagles ART ROOXEY, Sells, Then Buys EARLE ( GREASY ) N KALE, New Steeler Coach WALTER KIESLIXG, New Eagle Coach Pep Young Traded to Reds, By Dodgers ior Leiv Riggs St. Vincent Beaten, 31-22 Morris Harvey Rallies To Score Victory By Our Own Correspondent LATROBB. Pa., Dec. 9. Morris Harvey five scored a 31-22 victory over St. Vincent vunege m m opening game of the local college club's basketball season here tonight, the visitors breaking into the lead in the second half after the first period ended, 16-16. The visitors' offense was led by Adams at center with 13 points, high score of the game . The score was tied four times. The first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie, and the Bearcats rallied in the second half to twice more knot the count before Morris Harvey managed to pull away. MORRIS G. F. F.;ST.VINCNT G. F. P. Palmer.f.... 0 0 OiMcCall.f.- 4 0 8 Noga.f 2 2 6 Majer.f 5 O 10 Adams. c. .. . 5 3 13;Hamilton,c. . OHO Harrineton.e 2 1 5Phillip,g 2 0 Starrett.g. . Gleasner.f. , O'Hara.c. . . 0 O. 0;Heeney,g. 113: 2 0 41 0 0 0 Totals 12 7 31 1 Totals 11 0 22 Referee Vic Lynch. Local Lad Co-Captain At Niagara for 1941 NIAGARA FALLS. N. Y., Dec. 9. (JP Roman Piskor, North Tonawanda, N. Y., and Arthur Deremer, Pittsburgh, Pa., both juniors, were elected co-captains today of the 1941 Niagara University football team. Piskor is a tackle, Deremer a guard. M(S)IFo o o Am QlkMmxd Wlhmm? (Bow C 3 IRm nooSoo o WLt BUY IT! TRY IT! Treat your taste today to the milder National's Eagle. For, believe it or not, National's Eagle js a smoother, milder, finer vhiskey. At a price that hits a new otr, National's Eagle soars to a new high in downright whiskey goodness. 1 Try Eagle Thiskey today! JVATIONJIVS mm "fie &nf 'Blend k Jllir- J NOW LOWER PRICED 45 QUART INCLUDES TAX National's Eagle is made by National Distillers the makers of America's Finest Bonds 85 Proof 6055 grain neutral spirits. National Distillers Products Corporation, New York Gty. Frisch Seen Conferring With Terry ; McKechnie And MacPhail By Edward F. Balinger CHICAGO, Dec. 9 Pep Young, who was turned loose late last September by the Pirates, has traveled extensively this winter without leaving his home in James town. N. C. The tow-headed vet eran infielder today was exchanged by Brooklyn to Cincinnati for Lew Riggs, third baseman. Chicago is teeming with baseball men who are here for the annual major league business powwows which are booked for tomorrow. While club owners and pilots were milling about in the lobby of the Palmer House where the meetings are to take place. Bill McKechnie, field boss of the World's Champion Reds, made an appointment for a talk with Larry MacPhail, main squeeze of the Dodgers. They agreed to swap Young for Riggs. Manager Frank Frisch of the Buccaneers conferred today with Bill Terry of the Giants as well as McKechnie, MacPhail and others, but all denied that any deals were being made in these conversations. Owner Bob Quinn of the Bees in vited Frisch to dine with him this evening and Casey Stengel, leader of the Boston club was in the group. President Bill Benswanger and Sam Watters sat for a time at the table and this gave rise to the guess that something was on the fire, but the secret was not re vealed. Klinger and Handley Call Pitcher Bob Klinger and Third Baseman Lee Handley came in tonight to talk over their 1941 contracts. They chatted for awhile with Frisch who invited them to see him again in the morning. Klinger drove from his home in Allentown, Mo. On the way he stopped at Peoria and called on Handley. The Jeeper decided to accompany him to Chicago. They would like to get the contract business off their chests. "I did a lot of hunting this winter," said Bob, "but all I brought down was a lot of quail. Just think of the fun I missed by not being with Lee. He motored across the border into Ontario with Ray Berres. They went o the big game country and each bagged a bull moose." Catcher Berres, who was traded by the Pittsburgh club during the past summer to the Bees, says they obtained permission to bring their two kills back to the United States. Frankie Gustine, who resides here, dropped in tonight to greet Benswanger, Watters and Frisch. The kid second baseman is doing some referee work in basketball. TO RE-ELECT LAND IS CHICAGO, Dec. 9. (J& Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, whose term of office has another year to run, is slated for re-election by the major leagues this week as a gesture of confidence. The fact that a formal resolution to this effect had been prepared for submission to the major league magnates was disclosed today by President William H. Harridge of the American League. ' The procedure of re-electing Landis a year in advance is not new, but it is significant this time because the minor leagues have been getting ready to demand a voice in the selection of the commissioner next year and any action by the majors at their meetings here would head off the plans of the minors. The National Association, which is the organization of the minors, has no opposition to Landis but has raised the point that if it is to be governed by the commissioner it should have a right to help name him. The minors are insistent upon getting this right and they planned to write the point into the new major-minor agreement. The present pact expires January 12, 1942 on the identical date of Landis' third seven-year term. Rooney Tells How Big Deal Was Arranged Bert Bell Chief Negotiator With Thompson in Sale Of Local Eleven "Prez" Art Rooney has lost his title. When he bought half of the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday after selling his Pittsburgh Steelers, the popular Northside sportsman passed up any office in the eastern organization. "I'll just go down on Saturday nights for the games," Rooney said last night in a telephone conversation with the Post-Gazette from Washington just after the National League had placed the stamp of approval on his rapid-fire selling and buying. "I certainly hated to give up the franchise in the old home town but it would have been poor business to refuse the proposition for a second-division ball club at the terms which were offered. To Keep Home Here "You can assure my friends back in Pittsburgh, however, that I am not going to move to Philly. I'm satisfied" to live over there at 940 North Lincoln avenue on the North- side with those five young sons of mine." Rooney revealed how the big deal which aroused .sports fans throughout the country was con-sumated Alexis Thompson, wealthy young New Yorker who is the new Steeler owner, had tried unsuccessfully to buy the local club for some time. Then he turned to Philadelphia and sought the Eagles. But Bell, owner of the Philly franchise, did all the bargaining last week when the two squads were split in a number of meetings with Thompson, Greasy Neale, Heinie Miller and Walter Kiesling. It all ended up with Bell selling the Steelers rather than the Eagle franchise. Bell Arranges Deal "I never talked to Thompson until today after all the details were practically ironed out," Rooney asserted last night. "Bell did all the dickering. I feel certain that Pittsburgh fans will like their new owner and that he will give them a strong team." Thompson told the "ex-Prez" that he expects to reside here during the football season. Neale Replaces Kiesling; Laller To Coach Eagl Art Rooney Will Re Associated ( 1 1 T?ll f m ., . viuu, x layers ;re Hinded In a complicated transaction Avhicl, s iU rA , n to he ironed out, Arthur J. Rooney, ..wi,. r ,,f p'', Steelers pro football club since their f,,,.,,,.,,,' ; ago, yesterday sold his franchise aul i!hp ,0!;jlf ',!' Philadelphia Eajrle club, also a nieinWr ot v: ".m one ot tne unusual angles io me- How Players Are Divided In Grid Deal THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS From Loral Club From Eagles Wilbur Sortet, end Hersrhrl Ramsey, end Sam Boyd, end Joe Carter, end A. Nlccolal, tackle Phil Rafrazzo, tackle i. Woodeflberg, trkl Clem Wolttnan, tackle Don Campbell, tackle Ted Scbmitt, guard Stan Pavkov, guard Foster Watktng, back John Perko, guard Joe Bnkant, back Ted Grabtnskl, center F. Sullivan, center Joe Maras, center BUly Patterson, back Merlyn Condlt, back Loo Tomasetti, bark Swede Johnstown, bk Hank Brnder, back C. McDonongh, bark T. Thompson, back THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES From I -oral Clnb Geo. Platukis, end Walt Kichefski, end John Klumb, end Clark Goff, tackle Ted Doyle, tackle Carl Nery. guard lack Sanders, guard B. Brumbaugh, bark From Eagles Don Looney, end Joe Wcndliek, end George Somers, tackle R. Thompson, tackle Eherln Srhulrz. guard Dirk Rassi. guard C. Cherundolo, center M. Harper, cenler J. Noppenberg. back Elmer Hackney, hack George Kilck, back Frank Emmons, back Kocco Jlrro, back Elmer Rolberg, back . Chuck Newton, bark Franny Murray, back Don Jones, back Spiegal Wins Over Canadian Champion TORONTO. Der9W)-Tornrny Spiegal, 133, of Uniontown, Pa?7 won an unexpected decision over Dave Castilloux, 13534, of Montreal, Canadian lightweight champion, in a 10-round bout tonight. It was a battle of "powder puff" punchers which Spiegal won hy crowding his opponent constantly. Castilloux was forced to fight in close all the way. and he couldn't match Spiegal at Infighting. Indiana Names Natrona Lad Honorary Captain BLOOMINGTOiN, . Dec. 9. JP) Indiana University football letter men of 1940 tonight elected Gene White of South Bend, Ind., Junior guard, captain for next season. , They chose William Smith of Natrona. Pa., senior guard, honorary captain for 1940. This year & captain was chosen before each game. deal was the division of the present rosters of the two clubs among the new owners. The names of .all players were jotted down and coaches and magnates of both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia went through long discussions over each athlete before splitting up the material. The league magnates formally ratified both the sale of the local club and Rooney's entry into Philadelphia at a meeting last night in wasnington, wnere tney are gathered following Sunday's playoff battle between the Redskins and Chicago Bears. No financial figures were given but some guesses were that the Steelers brought around $150,000. Neale to Be Coach Alexis Thompson, a New York sportsman, is the new owner nf tne steelers. As soon as the rieal as dir time roiirge tea was made public he hinted that' ma,es the ou"ol in the ownpr rf m. r- thpir tojA ... j ' u sorted out the player, each. nnrl Pi .. r.. . . ' 11 1 i rtiHTson. Kips;,- n corf in i , " e. ... on a strnncer ment of linemen. The j-over the. griddm was a h voived affair hut bn!h s;H, " "tu -'isnea with thJ it'ies selected Past Season Ret Her Rooney's passing from the scene after eight years. mrm xery lean ones, romps .'ir i"iiu-io-piay game seemH nnciy 10 eaten on here. Tht its were just a few thousa oi tuo.ooo attendance at h. their largest crowds in his, ing the past campaign gc nnisned comfortably nut it-u. uecune of 1 'it t and Cs Earle (Greasy) Neale, a familiar figure to local sports fans, would be the new coach of the Pittsburgh club. Neale is a former grid coach at Marietta, Wash-Jeff and West Virginia U. and in the past few seasons has been backfield tutor at Yale. A report that he had oeen fired at New Haven was denied '.apt night by Ogden Miller, chairman of the Yale Athletic Association. more rosy In the eight seasons nf X League competition thp had five coaches. Jap Dnuds ott in 19,33. Luhy DiMemo other one-termer in 1!KU, Ji tried nis luck in 1335 at Johnny Blood was boss in IMS a.nd for three rame? W plter Kiesling finished . now maes wav for ' US. if the K'ahnrl I Coach Walter Kiesling. who as-Uv,e ..,..;u . sumeu Liie saieeier joo in ine iounn game of the 1939 season when Johnny Blood resigned, will move to Philadelphia with Rooney and become coach of the Eagles. Heinie Miller, who piloted the Birds last season, will remain as an assistant. Secretary Joe Carr of the Steeler business staff will follow his present bosses to Philly. MAY SAME "CJM" I WASHIXGTOX. D. C. D it'i laiK mat a rzar it.) fContinurd on P(i(ie f ill SPORTY GIFTS $4 Details of Deal Revealed Last night in a long-distance telephone conversation from Wash ington, Kiesling revealed details of the unique deal. It was known that Thompson, introduced to Rooney through a prominent New York sports columnist early in the past season, was hot after the local club for a long time. He and Rooney met in the metropolis on the night of the Steeler-Giant game and later he followed the Steelers to Milwaukee for their game with the Green Bay Packers. However, his proposals never appeared to get far and after the local club defeated Philadelphia here on No vember 10, Rooney announced he would keep the franchise and re tain Kiesling as coach. Last Tuesday night, however, Kiesling boarded a plane for Phila delphia and Rooney followed him with Thomnsnn Vclo Plort RpII Iawsfei? rCt material. T XT- -1 . 1 . . . in i nf.ningi.on last r:pi 7 son, vice president of 1 ir cosmetics concern mi n- former director of tht Iair.:, Comany, said: xve neon irymj; u wis: .1 1 r ut-di 1 or a irarai : months. The deal ha tan. off several times. Wevt H company under the r.ixt West Sporting Club !n buy league and are all set." if MRiNOFir.i.n alih.T Rlflf . ! filrl nd Mnmml IllbnUr ": SUmtrn Ontflt, with ji White Shoe Ii Bo Rnd Sl'i'l R" I" TohJ 'f- Ice Sktln ffl $3 Jf- f HK'AfiO Roller 8klnr CO Oiilflt, the npft mnil'l SHOP GRAFF FOR STANDARD BRANDS GRAFF BROTHERS SHI 2 IVnn Ave., E. .. Brown Wins Over Ma ssey Tube City Boy Scares Two-Count Knockdown Although he caught a right on the jaw that dropped him for a two count just as the bell sounded to end the fifth round, Mose Brown, McKeesport middleweight, won a decision over Harvey Massey, of New Orleans, in a 10-round bout last night in the upstairs depart ment of The Gardens. A $600 crowd saw a lively battle between the two colored boys, with Brown working a left hook to win him the decision. It was at close range in the fifth when, seemingly, Brown was having a nice time, that Massey suddenly dropped the right that dropped Brown. It was a good right. - Brown weighed 166, Massey 163. Len Moyle was stopped techni cally in the second round by Al Patterson, colored, in 42 seconds of a Pier Four brawl. Moyles weighed 203. Patterson 211. Moyles was a substitute. Red Creegan, 139, of the South Side, won a six-rounder over Ziggy Lander, 149, a recent importation. Tommy Daniels, 141, won over Johnny Jones, 144, in a six, and ini the opener of four rounds, Erv Hicks, 144Vi, defeated Bruno Tret- ter, .151.. Limiitn'minriir imimimiimuifti'-t 11 1 ' "iiJ " if SIMM'S Mi VirttJ .Mjtrlt ' cne choice. Ghe La Pahna O.ar I Mll'" Mildness... for Character... for Cbnstmau ! f l. 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