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Still -Abel in at SLUG. .Howe! DARK PICTUREI! - - Ut no news w fED ROLFE KEEPS Goot CTEM.S ASiD JrJf A?f W 1 - - - - - - . . . By Frank Williams Blue Law Halts Leafs and Bruins Game Ends 1 to 1 ; Will Be Replayed TORONTO (U.R) The Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins battled to a 11 overtime tie in a Stanley Cup playoff game called at 11:45 p. m. Saturday night because of Toronto's Sunday curfew law. The game, which went one sudden-death overtime period, will be replayed. The Leafs got an early goal in a rugged first period. Bill Barilko scored it on a slap shot from the blue line at 3:47. lie appeared as surprised as anyone when it zipped through Jack Gelineau's defense, low to the left. Max Bentley set up the play by getting the draw on a faceoff, then batting the puck to Joe Klu-kay, who flipped it to Barilko. What was already a hard hitting game livened up when Cal Gardner and Bill Ezinicki went off for two minutes for roughing. A minute later, Horeck and Fleming Mackell followed with majors for fighting. 2 Sl-f ! f r 7 BUCKET dr f Muep Hockey JOHNNY PIERSON tied the game for Boston at 9:26 of the second period, beating Broda with a low shot from left wing that the Turk was slow covering. The score came while Milt Schmidt, of the Bruins, was sitting out a five-minute major penalty and Gus Mortson. of Toronto, was off fof tripping. Ed Sandford set up the tally. The game almst boiled over Into a riot shortly afterward when Pete Horeck high-sticked Tod Sloan, of the Leafs. Jim Thomson was sent off for charging when he skated into the melee, Schmidt drew his five-minute sentence for cutting Ted Kennedy over the eye with his stick early In the frame. Kennedy was penalized for roughing at the same time. BOTH TEAMS looked a little tired as they vainly tried to break their deadlock in the final period. Five penalties were handed out in the frame, two to Sandford. BOSTON TORONTO firllnrmi G Brnd M. Uuarkenlitifch Kl) Riirilko W. Ui'rkcnttuh I. Flaman rh'nirit C Kennedy KinicM K V Moan Dtimart I. W Smith Boston spares Sand ford. Hendrmon, r'Uher. I.aroe. (Trichton. Krafteherk. Kxnty, Kr)zanuwnki, Peirson. Horeck. Fer guson. Toronto spare Thomson. Morf aon. Bentley. Khikay. Meeker, Mnekell. Gardner, Junta, lenirki. Timeren, Hassard. ' MUST I'KRIOD: 1 Toronto. Barilko KliikiM-Rrntle) t, 3:17. Penalties Kla-man. Meeker. Horeck. Kzinirki, Oardner. SKION'n PF.RIOU: 1 Boston. Felr.on rSandrord-nnmart). 9:','rt. Penaltiea Kennedy. Schmidt, Barilko CM, Mortdon, Horeck. Thomson. Pelrson. Kryzannwskl. THIRD PERIOO: No srnrlnr. Penaltte. Thomson. Sandford (2), Kennedy. Barilko. FIRST OVERTIMF PFRIOO: No seor-ln. Penalties Barilko (3), Horeck. House Off to Toledo I as 7 Feel Tiger Ax BASKETBALL IN CHINA IN HAPPY RUT 3 Times Up5 3 Home Runs LOS AVGELES (U.R) Kevin (Chuck) Connors hit three home runs in three consecutive times at bat, drove in seven runs as Los Angeles smeared San Francisco, 12 to 1, in a Pacific Coast League baseball game. FIREMEN CLOSE EYES, TOO Detroitcrs Win Handball Crown CLEVELAND L e o n a r d Meldman and Paul Merlo, of De troit, won the" National YMCA Senior Handball doubles title here Saturday, defeating Sam Sauer and Alfred Zepp, of Buffalo, 21-17. West Is Best NEW YORK (U.R) The West All-Stars gave the East a 75-59 basketball lesson in the sixth an nual Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund game at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 10, 431. Jockey Hurt LINCOLN, England (JPy- Fif teen-year-old Lester P i g g o 1 1. widely hailed as England's best young jockey, suffered a fractured collar bone in a fall at the Lincoln race course. , Rolfe to Start Ginsberg, Still Wants Work for Bonus Catcber BY BOB LAT$HAW Free Press Staff Writer LAKELAND Frank House, the Tigers' $75,000 bonus catcher, will start the 1951 baseball season with the Toledo club in the American Association. Manager Red Rolfe, General Manager Billy Evans and Farm Director Ray Kennedy decided to lop seven rookies off the Tiger training camp roster Saturday, including the highly publicized rookie. The decision to ship House to the minors was a mild surprise. ROLFE admittedly was displeased with the work a year ago of the Veterans Bob Swift and Aaron Robinson. He was concerned with their slowness which made them easy and repeated double-play victims. Because of the desire for speed, Rolfe had indicated that he leaned to his catching youngsters, House and Joe Ginsberg. However, six weeks of drills at Lakeland obviously changed the Tiger pilot's mind. "I've made up my mind to start with Ginsberg," Rolfe said. Ginsberg worked regularly in the early weeks of the 1950 campaign, but then his hitting fell off. THAT DEFICIENCY, coupled with a question of his ability to throw up to major league standards resulted in his going to Toledo for adifional experience. He was recalled late in the campaign and saw extensive duty. Rolfe said that his decision about House was based on a belief regular work would be more beneficial to him than part-time duty with the Tigers. House was forced to stay with the Tigers last year because of the "bonus rule." That regulation no longer is on the books. f. He was optioned under a 24-hour recall clause. The others who will join the Toledo club Monday are Pitchers Dick Marlowe and Ernie Funk, both of whom were originally signed to Toledo contracts; Outfielder George Lerchen, Infielder Al Federoff and Infielder and Pitcher Ken Fremming. The latter three were released on option. Bob Simononis, a rookie lefthander, was the seventh to be released. He will join Williams-port in the Eastern League after a session with Toledo. THE SEVEN departures reduced the Tiger squad to 30 players, five over the limit the club is allowed after May 17 under baseball law. . There are still 14 pitchers, tjiree catchers, five outfielders and eight inflelders in camp. Still In camp is Billy Hoeft, the sensational rookie lefthander. He will be given further trials on the Tigers' northern trip and may make the grade. Hi will have to be signed to a Tiger contract if he stays with the club after April 16. Currently the Wisconsin fire-balller is signed to a Toledo contract. PLAYOFF STANDINGS SERIES A (Best of seveni W .1 Montreal ,2 1 DETROIT 1 2 SATURDAY'S RESULT Detroit 2, Montreal 0. TUESDAY'S GAME DETROIT at Montreal. SERIES B t (Best of seven j W L GF GA Boston 1 0 2 0 Toronto 0 10 2 SATURDAY'S RESULT Boston 1, Toronto 1 (Game railed at end of first overtime because of Sunday Curfew). SUNDAY'S GAME Toronto at Boston. Playing Red Game -, . SAN FRANCISCO (P) A Chinese Communist broadcast credited the Russians with teaching, the Chinese better, "man-to-man defenses and shocks attacks." The broadcast, heard by the Associated Press in San Francisco, was not talking about war. It was a long dissertation about a "new" fast-break brand of basketball. "Such defense and attacks were among the strong points of the Soviet players who visited China recently," the broadcast said. JUST WHERE the Russians learned the fast-break techniques of modern basketball the broadcast did not say. That would have brought up its "reactionary, counter-revolutionary" roots in Denver at a National AAU tournament some 10 years ago. Montreal Hockey-Mad, Giving $50 for 2 Ducats BY MARSHALL DANN Free Presi Staff Writer MONTREAL Hockey never is taken lightly in this Quebec metropolis at any time, but still it never was a bigger matter than it was today. Sid, Gordie Cut Montreal String, 2-0 Coal Famine Ends After 218 Minutes BY MARSHALL DANN Free Prow Staff Writer MONTREAL Saturday was Gordie Howe's 23rd birthday, and what a party the Red Wings threw! A The big present was a 2-0 shutout over the Montreal Canadiens. It finally made some sense out of this puzzling semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After losing two in a row on home ice, the Wings slammed their way back into contention for another Stanley Cup by winning the first start here at Montreal. Game No. 4 of the best-of-seven series comes up Tuesday at the Forum. AS BEFITS a man with a birthday to celebrate, Gordie played a featured role in the festivities. He finally cracked Gerry McNeil's magic streak of goal tending for Detroit's first goal in the second period. And then he fed Sid Abel a breakaway pass for the second tally in the final stanza. Howe's goal broke a Detroit scoring famine which lasted 218 minutes and 42 seconds, or three and two-thirds games. Terry Sawchuk, who has been doing great, work in the nets in this series only to be overshadowed by McNeil, stepped back into the spotlight. The rookie Detroit netminder came up with 24 saves, and enough of them were of superior quality to make him the game's defensive star. Tt wna Terrv's first: ahut. GF GA-out m major league playoff competition. FOR 36 MINUTES the game looked like a carbon copy of the first two. The earlier ones saw McNeil stop the Wings until Rocket Richard scored winning goals in overtime. The break of the Saturday's game came midway in the second period and left Calum (Baldy) Mackay as the goat in defeat. Mackay. is the man assigned to watch Howe, but on one Detroit rush the Canadien forward skated over to his bench for relief, leaving Howe completely unguarded. Defenseman Bob Goldham, weaving up the center with the puck, spotted Howe by himself and sent a long pass which gave Gordie a clean breakaway from just inside the blue line. Howe played it cooly and smartly. He slowly cut across the goal, pulled McNeil out a couple of feet and then backhanded a soft shot into the upper corner of the net. THE SECQND goal was started by Howe, a fact seen by everyone except the official scorer. Howe intercepted Billy Reay's pass in the Detroit zone and relayed to Abel, who was in the clear. The Detroit captain fired high from 25 feet out, beating McNeil, who tried to catch the puck. There were plenty of other chances by both sides, but Sawchuk and McNeil always were ready and equal. Detroit carried a 14-3 shooting edge in the first period. The Ca nadiens outshot the Wings, 11 to 4, in the next and Detroit carried the play in the finale, 13 to 8. SAWCHUK HAD his tightest squeeze in the first period when Detroit was holding a one-man Titans an Iris Clash This h Fa 11 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS CLASSIFIED SECTION, C SUNDAY, APRIL I, 1951 fC Kell Tells LAKELAND I GUESS BALLPLAYERS can be Just as wrong on their predictions, or just as good, as anybody else. But it's hard to find one man on our squad who doesn't believe young Billy Hoeft is good enough to be a winner this summer. We know that it's a lot to ask for a kid who isn't even 19 and who has only pitched part of one season in a Class D League. But all of us were happy when Manager Red Rolfe said Hoeft would go north with us. It usually takes a young pitcher about three or four seasons in the minor leagues to get the control and the confidence that a winning pitcher in the big leagues must possess. Hoeft hasn't had the experience but all of us have been amazed at his control andhis confidence. When he's in a jam, he seldom lays that "fat" pitch in there for somebody to kill, even if he's behind the batter 2-0 or 3-1. ?, 1 HOEFT Heilmann in Detroit for Treatment Ailing Broadcaster Flown from Florida Harry Heilmann, former Tiger outfield star and the play-by-play broadcaster of Detroit's games since 1934, was brought to Ford Hospital late Saturday for additional treatment. Heilmann has been confined at Morrell Memorial Hospital, Lakeland, Fla for the last two weeks with a heart and lung ailment. THE AILING baseball broadcaster returned to Detroit in the private plane of Tiger Owner Walter O. Briggs. Free Press Sports Editor Lyall Smith accompanied Heilmann on the trip. Heilmann will remain at Ford Hospital for an indefinite period. That's confidence when , a rookie can come In with a curve or a change of pace, any kind of pitch to keep the batter off balance. "Hoeft is not real fast but veteran pitchers like Diz Trout and Freddie Hutchinson insist that he'll pick up speed as he goes along. Always Cool Under Fire THE BATTERS all know that his fast ball takes off. He can make it sail right or left and his excellent control takes care of the rest. His curve is a good spinner but the best part of it is the way he stays cool out there even when the going gets rough. Some fellows on the club insist he's good enough right now to step in there on opening day. But that is actually just their way of stating that they think he s real gooa. Another young rookie we all think a lot of is Second Baseman Al Federoff. This kid really is a cat out there on defense. He has a good pair of hands, a great arm and he really can run. ' I guess they'll send him down to Toledo this year so he can play regularly. But unless something happens, be looks like a cinch to be at Briggs Stadium before too many more years. Like I said at the start of this column, ball players can be wrong on their predic- " tions just like anyone else. But I don't think I've ever heard a whole team be as high on any two young rookies as we all are on Hoeft and Federoff. Billy is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. That will be his biggest test. But if he throws like he has been throwing, he'll cause them a lot of trouble. He's that good. i It Grid Battle Set Oct. 5 in Detroit ItWillBeU-D,s2nd Shot at Notre Dame BY TOMMY DEVINE ; Notre Dame, long one of the nation's top gridiron powers and annually the greatest gate attraction in intercollegiate football, will play the University of Detroit next fall. Negotiations were completed Saturday for Notre Dame to oppose the Titans in Detroit Friday night, Oct. 5. The playing site depends upon the outcome of the baseball race in the American League. If the Tigers are not in the World Series, the big grid game will be staged at Briggs Stadium. I- the event Detroit wins the pennant, U-D Stadium will be the scene of the football game. ' THE CONTEST will be the City's .top-' football attraction of the year and part of the star-studded sports program being arranged for the 250th anniver sary celebration. Negotiations for the game ' were started last January by Lloyd Brazil, chairman of the U-D athletic board, and Edward (Moose) Krause, Notre Dame athletic director. After the appointment of Earl (Dutch) Clark as Titan athletic director, he joined Brazil in completing the arrangements. The game will mark the second meeting of Detroit and Notre Dame. The only previous battle between the two was in 1927 when the Irish took a 20-0 verdict. The great Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais, who had been teammates at Notre Dame, were the opposing coaches in that meeting. BRAZIL, ONE OF the greatest' all-around athletes in Detroit his tory, was a sophomore halfback on the 1927 combine. "I was one of five sophomores in the starting line-up that season," Brazil recalls, "and we really had a rough baptism in collegiate football. "In our opening game we . played Army and lost, 6 to d. Then came the contest with Notre Dame." FEDEROFF edge. Twice Richard stole the puck Tyrr it At rnn CTTTW A RT to zoom in alone, but Sawchuk I 1 OJ J1L'y uu foiled him both times at the goal mouth. After that Richard offered no threat. McNeil retained enough of his magic to stop at least a half dozen other shots which could have been goals. The delirious, ever-rabid Cana dien fans have gone completely hockey-mad "madder than at any time in the history of hockey here," according to veteran writer Elmer Ferguson. The underdog Habitants, victors m the first two games of the series in Detroit, touched off an unparalleled ticket scramble. Some 1,000 seats and 3,000 standing room ducats went on sale Saturday morning to fans who had stood in the rain all night for the chance to buy them. BY MID-AFTERNOON, a pair of seats was worth $50 on the scalpers market and there were more buyers than sellers even at that price. The actual attendance was close to 15,400, although the announced crowd was several hundred smaller. Fire marshals closed their eyes to allow the local supporters to watch their great upsetters in action. The 14,417 fans here ended up by giving their biggest cheer before play started. That was the ovation tendered Rocket Richard when he stepped out on the ice to warm up. ' ... There were about 20 Detroit boosters on hand. They included eight members of the For'Em Club, a Red Wing fan group which made an all-night 15-hour drive to attend Saturday's contest. DETBOIT Sawchuk Urine Kelly Abel How Lindsay G Rl) LD C R W L W MONTREAL McNeil . Johnson Bouchard MoMlell Currv Mackay Detroit gpareg Cioldham. ftee. Peters. Stewart, gkov, Pavelirh, McFadden, Pristal. Couture, I'ronovost, Weit, Glover. Montreal spares Harvey, GenfMnn. Harmon, Richard, McNabney, Reay, Olm-tead. Lach. Dawes. Kaiser. Meger, Mae-Fherson. Dussault, Masnick. FIRST PERIOD: No senrlnr. Penalties Harvey. Mosdell, McFadden. , SECOND PERIOD: 1 Detroit. Howe (Goldhar), 16:23. No penalties. THIRD PERIOD: 2 Detroit. 13:45. No penalties. Abel. Ex-Catcher for Giants Dies BUFFALO (jP) A. Leal Bib-bins, a farm seed expert who once caught for the New York Giants, died after a long illness. He was 59. A native of Moscow, Mich., Bibbins put in a couple of seasons as a catcher for the Giants after graduation from Michigan State College in 1915. Texan Blossoms Out as Azalea Open Leader WILMINGTON, N. C. (ff) Earl Stewart, Jr., a 29-year-old Texas redhead, burned up the Cape Fear Country Club course with a blazing 33-32 65 to zoom into the third-round lead of the $10,000 Azalea Open golf tournament. with a 208 total ne is one stroxe Wilt Edged by Gehrmanii BUFFALO, N. Y. (IP) Don Gehrmann burst past Fred Wilt in the last half lap to win the Invitation Mile at the Niagara District AAU games in the relatively, slow time of 4:09.1. No Gay Blades ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. (U.R) Coach Ray Blades, of the St Louis Cardinals, was ordered to St Louis for possible surgery on an ailing left knee. IT'S BACK FOR ATHLETES Southern Hospitality BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (JF) The old and controversial policy of giving a student room and board, plus a completely free college education if he's a good athlete, was voted back into the Southeastern Conference. Athletic scholarships provide for tuition, fees, books, room, board, medical attention, laundry and dry cleaning. Grants-in-aid, which went out in 1948 when the sanity code was introduced, gave all that, plus $10 per month spending money ahead of Lloyd Mangrum, Chicago veteran whose 68 gave him 209 going into Sunday's last round. In third place at 210 after a 71 Saturday is Tommy Bojt, a Texan who registers from Durham, N. C. He is one stroke ahead of Art Doering, Richmond, Va., and Jim Turnesa, Briarcliff, N. Y.. who both had 70 for 211. . i . . IN SIXTH PLACE 'at 212, four! strokes behind Stewart are Marty Furgol, of Long Beach, Calif.; Ed Furgol, of Detroit, no relation to Marty, and Otto Greiner, of Baltimore. Marty, who started the round tied for the lead at 139 with Bolt, had a 73. Greiner whizzed around in 66. Stewart, who 10 years ago won the National Intercollegiate title while playing for Louisiana State -University, missed by one stroke the competitive record for the 6,652-yard course. A sizzling putter gave him seven birdies and 11 pars. v A -pro since January of last yeajr, Stewart has followed the cir cuit all winter. His best" effort was a tie for fourth, worth 700, at Greensboro last Monday. He started the round in a tie for 11th place, four strokes from the lead, after rounds of 70 and 73 Playing on that 1927 Titan team with Brazil were Tom Connell at the other halfback spot, Mel Ma-loney at fullback and the late Wes Vachon at quarter. THE LINE featured the 350- pound Ring Lardner at center. Gus Ruhn and Billy O'Halloran were the guards, Harvey Long and John (Sod) Ryan the tackles and Bennie Phelan and Nat Goodnow the ends. Notre Dame's powerhouse fea tured such brilliants as Christy Flanagan, the late Jack Chevigny, who died as a Marine hero during World War H, and Jack Cannon. AFTER THE LOSS to Notre Dame in '27, Detroit started one of the greatest winning streaks in Titan grid history. The streak ran from Oct. 15, 1927, to Nov. 23. 1929, and stretched through 22 consecutive games. Only a 6-6 tie with' Marquette blotted the skein. Oregon State finally snapped the 'string when it won, 14 to 7. While the game with Notre Dame is on a one-year contract Brazil is hopeful it may lead to continued football relations. "Under our new program we definitely hope to schedule two or three of the big name schools each season," Brazil said. "Naturally, we would like to arrange additional games with Notre Dame if possible. ; The Detroit game goes into a spot that originally was an open, date on the Notre Dame schedule.-The Irish open Sept 20 with Indi- i ana, then meet the Titans and follow with a contest against Southern Methodist NOTRE DAME'S appearance in Detroit will be the first of two games the Irish have against state opponents. Notre Dame is booked for Nov. 10 against Michigan State at East Lansing. This will be the third straight meeting of the Spartans aid the Irish. Notre Dame had its poorest . record In 17 seasons last year when It won four, lost four and, tied one. The letdown followed a-streak of 39 consecutive unbeaten games without defeat for the Irish. Detroit won six, lost three and tied one last year. NFL Tackle Weds PHILADELPHIA (JP) Tackle' John Sandusky of the National Football League Cleveland Browns and Ruth McClain were married at a nuptial mass in Holy Child Catholic Church. la"eh,sM

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