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l,, iypi y mmy muni pWiyiii 2 Sec. C Sunday, April 15, 1951 DETROIT FREE PRESS I FIGURES TIGERS FOR FOURTH PLACE ID) t - R Choice reoscfes i, r i. v S . (Following are the predictions of Bed Rolfe, manager of the Detroit Tigers, as outlined to the Associated Press.) Frankly, I expect the American League race to be tighter Ahe Saperstein Spells Success with Capital $ Globetrotters-All Americans Continue Series Here Tuesday BY-TOMMY DEVRTE For a quarter of a century, bustling little Abe Saperstein has taken promotions others wouldn't touch, and turned them into gold The "World Series of Basket ball" which he brings to Olympia Tuesday night is the latest venture of that kind. A year ago when Saperstein first discussed the idea of collecting an All-American team from the current crop of college stars to oppose his Harlem Globetrotters on a trans-continental tour competent critics and basketball observers told him: "Abe, you're off your rocker. It's a crazy idea to think you can get senior players boys who expect to graduate in June away from school for three weeks. Maybe you can get a few, but not enough to make the idea click." BUT SAPERSTEIN isn't a promoter easy to discourage. If he was, he would have been out of business long ago. Despite the pessimism about his project, Abe sounded out the top collegiate cagers. When convinced he could sign enough to form a representative team, he went ahead and made the schedule. On the initial tour a year ago, the All-Americana and the Globetrotters played 18 games. The series drew the astounding total of 181,364 fans. AMAZING GATE: For the sec-end tour this season, the "World Series" will surpass that draw. For the first 11 stops on the jaunt, the teams drew 136,525 fans, an average of 12,411 per game. The Collegians and the Globetrotters have had three phenomenal turnouts on the current swing, They pulled 17,114 fans at Madison Square Garden; 18,356 spectators to the Chicago Stadium and 31,fi84 fans for an out. door game In Pasadena's Rose Bowl. The gate at New York is an amazing tribute to Saperstein's promotional touch. It was played on a Sunday afternoon. The night before, the East-West College All-Star game had been played in the Garden. The East-West game is an annual charity event sponsored by one of New York's biggest newspapers. Yet it pulled only 10,000 fans. Saperstein walked in the next day and pulled a far greater crowd with his attraction., TIME ELEMENT: The coast-to-coast tour has - clicked even though it comes after basketball has "worn out its welcome" in a schedule that has stretched through four months. The series at virtually every stop bucks the opening of major or minor league baseball schedules. Despite the adverse time element, it is a success. With a knowledge born of long experience, Saperstein is a master at picking the proper spots to show his teams. During the present tour he's picked only one "lemon." That was Salt Lake City where the clubs drew only 2,700 fans. . MAN IN THE WOODPILE: One of Saperstein's associates on the present tour is Bill Veeck, former president of the Cleveland Indians. Veeck and Saperstein are kindred spirits. They'll try anything once. It was through Saperstein that Veeck signed the fabulous Satchel Paige. Veeck is anxious to re-enter the baseball picture. With Saperstein's heJp he may have a diamond announcement of importance before lorg. 2 for Browns CLEVELAND (JP) The Cleveland Browns signed Russ Frizzell, a tackle from the University of Tulsa, and Walt Michaels, a Washington and Lee fullback. 4 oTinniM overall this year than last, with possibly .10 to 15 fewer games dividing the first and eighth place clubs. 'One could hardly expect the first four clubs to be any closer bunched. After all, we lost the pennant by only three games. Ring Remembers Champ in Death NEW YORK (JP) There will be no pauper's grave for Panama Al Brown, the former bantamweight champion who died penniless Wednesday night. Nat Fleischer, editor of Ring Magazine; Lew Burston, foreign representative of the International Boxing Club, and other ring figures arranged for a first-class funeral for the onetime titlist. Grid Yanks Slate Browns at Akron NEW YORK (U.R) The New York football Yanks announced they " will meet the National League Champion Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game at Akron, Aug. 25. SPEEDS TO RELAY RECORD Edison Team Electrifies BY HAL SCIIRAM Kr I'rfni Stuff Writer ANN ARBOR Edison Institute, of Dearborn, a relative newcomer to high school track, isn't expected to win the Class C-D division of the 12th annual River Rouge Relays here Sat urday. ' But Coach Art Konarske sent a quartet of sprint and middle distance specialists to the mark in the speed medley relay and Edison raced home with its biggest trophy in its three-year track history. Don Wiegandt, Tony Colovas, Bob Dulmage and Duane Putzy outdistanced 29 other quartets to win in 3:59.6. Weigandt turned in the best performance of the quarter when he stepped a good half mile in 2:12, a school record. THE 12 POINTS earned by this quartet gave Edison second place at the halfway mark behind pace setting Dundee, the defending champion. Dundee finished second to Edison in the sprint medley and Claude Louis picked up five additional points for finishing second in the pole vault. Thus Dundee entered the evening portion of the split meet with 15 points. A record performance by Ecorse's medley relay combination gave the downriver school an early lead in Class B. Nate Elen, Elmer McKinney, Charles Shepherd and Hank Whitsett combined for 3:54.5 record performance. 1 ANN ARBOR, winner of 30 straight dual meets, won the medley relay, only Class A event of the afternoon. Saginaw, five-time winner here, went unplaced Detroit Gets Mat Crown The State YMCA wrestling championship was won by Detroit Northeastern with 43 points. Detroit Northern was second with 18. In third was Detroit Fisher with 10. Three former collegians gained championships. Bob Malaegem, formerly of MSC, won the heavyweight title for Fisher. Jack Moramitsui and Dick Logan, former Bowling Green stars, won the 128 and 165 divi sion, respectively. They wrestled for Northeastern. Maldegam was an alternate on the 1948 Olympic wrestling team. TCTTl) April 17, 18, 19 Chmland April 23, 24 St. Louis April 28, 29 Chicago Box and reserved ieat for April 17th came have beea nold. Bow-ever, approximately 20,000 nn- reserved grandstand and pleacner seats will so on sale on day of came. Those for other rames listed above, on sale at Brims stadium Advance Ticket Office. I iT1 VIII DETROIT BASEBALL COMPANY Boston was only four games out and Cleveland six. v THE NEW YORK Yankees, of course, got under the wire first in 1950 and then went on to win the World Series in four PICK YOUR SEAT The diagram shows the seating arrangement at Briggs Stadium. The tickets are for the opening game and In a choice section but try and get them now the opener has been a complete sellout for weeks. while Flint Northern, the defending champion, settled for fifth place. y In addition to Ecorse's medley record one other mark was established. Gary Culiln, of Ypsilantl Lincoln, won the (fey cee. LOUISVILLE WELL, ANOTHER season starts Tuesday against our old rivals from Cleveland. Off the record of games won and lost this spring things don't look too good. , But take it from me the Tigers are not as bad as the spring games would make us look. In a bull session the other day Jerry Priddy summed the whole thing up pretty well. "This isn't a young ball club," Jerry said, "and as a result it takes a little longer for the players to get into stride. . 'There's something else, too, with veterans. They are inclined to take it just a mite easy during the exhibition season. Not that they think they're not putting out with everything they have. "But take those games in cold weather. The veterans are careful about throwing. They don't like the idea of hitting when they're all tightened up in cold weather and the weather this year for the last couple of weeks has been really cold. "YOU DON'T think that Hoot Evers and Vic Wertz are .200 hitters do you ? That's what they are hitting now, but when the bell rings to start the season there will be a lot of difference." Another player chimed in with a bit of stuff on pitching. If we had substituted pitchers in certain games, instead of letting them stay in there and finish out their three or four inning stints, we could have won several of the games we lost. I think the Tigers proved last year that thejT were a good ball club. Yet during the spring training games last season the team didn't look good, either. Right now I'd like to add my respects to the memory of Wish Egan. I think the current team is a living memorial to the Tiger scout's career. Just take a look at the roster and the boys who became Tigers through the efforts of Wish. Hal Newhouser, Johnny Lipon, Hoot Evers, Pat Mullin, Diz Trout, Neil Berry, Joe Ginsberg just to mention a few, show the sgacity of Mr. Egan. Baseball lost a great man when it lost .Wish Egan. MGA Sets Meeting for Haicthorne The Metropolitan Golf Association will hold a meeting at Hawthorne Valley at noon Wednesday. Secretary Frank, J. Dursek said the meeting will be the deadline for entering teams in the MGA League. Canada Quota Set TORONTO (IP) Canada will send 140 athletes, to the Olympic Games at Helsinki and 50 to the Winter Games at Oslo in 1952, the Canadian Olympic Association decided. straight games, but I figure the Yankees of 1951 will trail Steve O'Neill's Bostonians in barring anything unforseen like a deep dip of the draft net. Here are the major reasons why I figure it that way, although I concede our Tigers C-D high Jump with a leap of five feet 10 ft inches, bettering Jack Goodrldge's former mark of a 10 'i". The meet attracted 980 individual performers from 06 Michigan high schools. Kell Telh Carey Elected DSA President Thomas Carey was elected president of the Detroit Skating Association at the group's annual election of officers. Six vice presidents, also were named. They were Tom O'Rourke, Clare Snyder, Karl Klein, Vincent Denecour, Jill Purdy and Howard Allison. Cage Change APPLETON, Wis. (U.R) John Sines, Lawrence College basketball coach since 1946, resigned to become assistant basketball coach at the University of Tennessee possibly could win the pennant with a lot of luck, good for us and bad for the others: BOSTON The Red Sox have a good, solid ball club to begin with. They picked up strength last season, notably Pitchers Bill Wight and Ray Scarborough Centra Take Baseball Hit by Lawsuit for$300,000 El Paso Owner Charges Monopoly CINCINNATI ,(U.R) A suit charging that organized baseball is tending to become a "monopolistic" operation and asking $300,-000 in triple damages was filed in United States District Court here on behalf of Jack Corbett, owner of the El Paso club of the Arizona-Texas League. Defendants named in the action were Baseball Commissioner A. B. Chandler; George M. Trautman, president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the minors); Powel Crosley, Jr., owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and Warren Giles, Cincinnati Reds' president. THE SUIT charged that Corbett was fined $1,000 and suspended from baseball as a result of having signed several players who "jumped" to the Mexican leagues in 1946. The suspension was later revoked. . - C'orbett's petition declared, however, that valuable rights of the El Paso club and of Its owner were infringed upon by the action of organized baseball represented by Chandler, Trautman "and others." The suit also contests baseball's "reserve clause" under which players cannot bargain with individual clubs for employment (X)RBETT'S action charged that organized baseball is operating in interstate commerce, and that the action of the defendants "tends to create a monopoly In violation of the Sherman and Clayton Anti-Trust Act." A similar suit, filed on behalf of player Danny Gardclla a year ago in New York, was settled out of court. City Bowlers: Checks Go Out Monday Prize checks for the recent Detroit Bowling Association tournament will be ready for winners Monday at 7 p. m. at Palace Recreation. DBA Secretary Frank G. Mitzel said checks not picked up then would be available at the association office during the week from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. Low scores in the money, as released by Mitzel, were: Team event Class A 2934, Class B 2612, Class C 2319. Doubles -r-Class A 1236, Class B 1103, Class C 980. Singles Class A 630, Class B 572, Class C 509. All events figures are still being checked and will be announced later, Mitzel said. Veterans Rule Rec Table Tennis Meet Experience paid off in the Michigan State Recreation closed table tennis tournament as last year's stars again dominated the finals. Max Hersch runner-up in the 1950 men's singles, swept Bill Byrnes, 21-9, 21-14, 21-11, for the crown. Al Ring successfully defended his junior boys singles title, stopping Eddie Brennan,' 19-21, 21-14, 24-22, 20-22, 21-11. HE ALSO TEAMED with Richard Darke to defeat Gene Axeliod and Lloyd Bleacher, 21-13, 21-19, 21-16, for the junior boys doubles title. Hersch and Bill Burns stopped Ring and Al Hibner for the men's doubles championship. Gwendolyn Sennell won women singles honors, halting Marge Elmer, 21-13, 21-19. In mixed doubles, Ward Mulvoney and Marge Elmer defeated Byrnes and Darlene Grabowski 21-5, 13-21, 21-8. - . Laz Shoivs South How High Is 'Up' BIRMINGHAM (JP) Illinois' Don Laz set a Deep South pole vault record here when he cleared the bar at 14 feet, six and seven-eighths inches at the Southern Relays. Laz, one of three men in track history to clear 15 feet in the vault, broke his own Southern Relays record, set here last year at 13 feet, 11 inches. from Chicago. Pitching is where the only weakness existed and they picked up two good fellows. Don't forget a fellow named Lou Boudreau. He is bound to be a help, adding strength to the reserve depth, even if he doesn't play regularly. I Loop, Bismte CONFUSION OldHabit: Tell Half the Story TOKYO (U.R) Jeiping Radio's sports reporting is as weird as its coverage of more serious news, and some of the events it records must be strange indeed. A broadcast on the third day of the North China basket and volley ball championships reported that the Tientsin men's team scored 94 points in defeating Paotou, but the broadcast neglected to mention the loser's score. "Tientsin's best players were not only economic in dribbling, but their offensive was all-out and their defense cloSe-knit all through," the Communist radio said. , " - Lions Draft Dick Stanfel, Coast Guard Guard Richard Stanfel, a three letterman in football at the University of San Francisco, has been signed to a 1951 f"3W?r'1 WW...1V. W J V Detroit Lions. Stanfel, rec-o m m n ded to Lion Coach' Buddy Parker by Joe Kuha-rich, coach of, the Dons, is 23 years old, stands 6-feet-3, and weighs 223 pounds. Stanfel starred for the West in Stanfel last December's Shrine game when he opened up most of the holes for Quarterback Kyle Rote. He was the first player drafted last January by Parker. Irish Snap OSU String COLUMBUS, O. (U.R) Notre Dame broke the five-game victory streak of Ohio State's baseball team by winning, 1 to 0, in 11 innings, but the winning run broke the ankle of Irish First Baseman Dick Giedlin. Buckeye southpaw Dick Hauck and Irish righthander Bob Nemes held the batters at 'bay in the first 10 innings. With two down in the 11th, Giedlin drilled a single to center, moved to second on Tom Boland's safety to deep short, and scored on Jim Gillis' single to right. Giedlin broke his ankle when he caught his spikes on home plate. HOLD THAT TIGER! fl : , '.!, ?: rf' ' &k:r '"'"""'as, " I 1 Football Coach Yells as Bengals Snare Star . MEMPHIS, Tenn VP) The Memphis State College foot-! ball coach, burned because the Detroit Tiger baseball club signed one of his top players, says scouts shouldn't be allowed to come on the campuses. .. "It's a terrible condition when guys can come on your campus and lure your athletes away from their college educations," Ralph Hatley said after the Tigers signed Charles (Chick) King Friday. , "IT ISN'T FAIR for major league clubs to pull a stunt like this," he added. "We have gone to considerable trouble to develop King' as a college football player. And just when he ought to be of some real help to us, Detroit sent a man to our campus to grab him." The. Tigers sent the Paris (Tenn.) youngster to Williams-port, of the Eastern League. A freshman, he was a sensational high school football player. He's a sharp baseball player, too, both as a pitcher and outfielder. Old College Try . EASTON, Pa.- (JP) Fred Koog pitched a no-run, no-hit game to give Lafayette a 2-0 baseball victory over New York University. 2 NEW YORK--The Yankees are going to be tough, never far off the pace, in my opinion, although the Army draft of Whitey Ford, who won 9 and lost 1 last year, may hurt some. ' New York has a veteran i club, and, remember, the Tigers to Czar League Out for $40,000 Radio Cut Chandler Meeting Slated. for Friday FLINT (JP) Baseball Commissioner A. B. (Happy) Chandler called Detroit Tiger and Class A Central League representatives to meet with him to discuss a dispute over broadcasting Tiger games in Central League cities. ; The Central League is seeking to get a 140,000 cut for permitting the Tigers' major league broadcasts in the minor league's four Michigan cities. The league has threatened to go to court to get the cut, if necessary. The Central League believes. that if its battle succeeds, the way will be opened for many minor leagues to get needed financial support from big league clubs and radio sponsors. THE MEETING, according to Central League President T. J. Halligan,, will be held at Chandler's office in Cincinnati next Friday at 11 a. m. Halligan said he and owners of the four Central League clubs in Michigan would attend. Tiger General Manager Billy Evans said in Detroit he had not yet heard of Chandler scheduling the meeting. But if one were called, he would attend for the Tigers, he added. The Central League asked $40,000 from the Tigers and their radio sponsor, the Goebel Brewing Co. This would be In return for allowing Tiger broadcasts In Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Saginaw and Flint, on days that Central League teams also are playing. The minor league loop claims that the broadcasts cut into their own attendance and their broadcast receipts from local games. UNDER A RULE established by Commissioner Chandler, permis sion of a minor league club is required for any major league broadcast from a station within 50 miles of the minor league city, if the minor league team is playing at the same time. The Central League threatened to go to court if it had rot received a definite answer by April 13. , Halligan eaid, however, that Minor League Commissioner George Truatman asked them to hold up any legal action until after the conference with Chandler. Halligan said that the loop would accede to this request. Any payment, however, would violate another ruling by Chandler, that minor league clubs cannot share in the receipts for major league broadcasts. It is this ruling that would be challenged in any law suit brought over the case. j - state Kacer Victor RICHMOND, VdL.(JP) Friar's Melody, a nine-year-old bay gelding owned by P. T. Cheff, of Holland, Mich., romped to an easy 12-length victory in the annual renewal of the Deep Run Cup. 1951 WORLD SERIES 1 AS K ETBflLL unm ri riHilLLtf vs. COLLEGE ALL PLUS MAGNIFICENT ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT OLYMPIA PRICES: $3.60, $3.00, $2.50. $1.80, Tai Inel. AMERICA'S GREATEST BASKETBALL CLASSIC Yankees have the winning habit. Some people call It spirit. It's there and it helps. Their pitching makes them pretty hard to beat Those fellows Just .don't give up many runs. Ask the Philadelphia Phillies they got only five in a four-game World Series;. 3 CLEVELAND Right here, I believe is the dark horse of the 1951 American League race. The Indians have a lot of power and they appear to have picked up more in Harry (Suitcase) Simpson, the Negro outfielder they obtained from San Diego. The only weakness I see is in Cleveland's second-line pitching. But when Luscious Easter, Al Rosen and Larry Doby get to whamming the ball together on the same day they can give almost any Cleveland pitcher, even the reserve least likely to win, a mark in the games-won column. , : - 4 DETROIT We're about the same club as last season, less Art Houtteman, who won us 19 of the 95 games we won. You're sure to miss a boy like that. (Houtteman was drafted.) If Virgil Trucks, who won us Id In 1949 but only 3 last season, has . fully recovered from his sore arm, and Sol Rogovin has done the same we might make a real good, close fight of it. But we hardly figure to do it otherwise. Myron Ginsberg, a young catcher, may help us. He'd give us more speed and I believe Rolfe's Choices 1951 Team 1950 1 Boston 3 2 New York 1 3 Cleveland 4 4 Detroit 2 5 Washington 5 6 Philadelphia , 8 7 St. Louis 7 8 Chicago 6 he may hit better than either Bob Swift or Aaron Robinson has the last couple of years. 5 WASHINGTON The Senators, it looks to me, have a chance to fight their way into the first division. Bucky Harris is a good manager and always gets all out of a ball club that is in it. 6 PHILADELPHIA I feel Jimmy Dykes will keep the Athletics playing hall a lot longer thnn they did last year. They got a little discouraged early and It hurt. 7 ST. LOUIS The Browns' rate along with Philadelphia. They are gradually getting together a fairly good ball club. They're still weak in pitching, but it started to improve last year. 8 CHICAGOThe White Sox look like they're going to have a difficult time keeping out of the cellar. They've traded too much pitching-strength to improve on their position of 1950. 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