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0 r- TO Take a Look, Folks! The New Tigers of 1944. They're Young and They're Old, buf They're Tigers IK CHUCK HOSTETLER He's over 88 BOB SWIFT Hp's a 4-F aset HACK MILLER Another 4-F catcher EMERY HRESKO He's only 17 BOB GILXESPIE Rookie pitcher ZEB EATON Discharged from Army EDDIE MATO He's 31 and 1-A ED BOROM Army discharged him WALTER BECK Boom-Boom Kid is 35 DON" HEFFXER He' S3 and 1-A 1 -y -o- 1 Sj yx M-C -4. I IV 4 fh 1 .4 yews 1 wT 4 000 to See Third Wartime Edition of Tigers Open '44 Season But Weatherman Warns Baseball Will Raise Curtain Before Audience of 125,000 To Wliom It 0 ay Fans About Rain Clouds Trout Takes Over CnVes' Old Job as Starter; Brownies Call on Kramer BY CHARLES P. WARD For a few hriff hours Tuesday Tiger supporters will put aside the pares of war and go to Briggs Stadium to watch the Tigers open the third American League baseball season of World War with the St. Louis Browns.

The game is scheduled to start at 3 p. which means that the traditional Opening-Day ceremonies will get under way at 2 or shortly thereafter. War is not the only thing that will cast a sinister shadow over the proceedings, for the United States Weather Bureau has predicted rain. Nevertheless, the Tigers expect to carry on, and though many of the stalwarts who filled the stands on other Opening Days will be busy at their war jobs, a crowd of 22,000 is anticipated. For the first time In several -Si U.

:4 .9. fir oS--'v. ff- If JS ONLY ONCE since being founded in 1901 has the American League failed to play a full schedule. That year was 1918. At the request of Secretary "of War Newton D.

Baker this second season of wartime baseball was terminated Sept. 1. Todav the major leagues open their third season of play during World War II. So distressing is the manpower situation that ths question seems to be not who will win the pennants, but will the gam survive until World Series time in October? We feel that somehow baseball will get through this season, that attendance will be fair and that interest will be greater than the public turnouts indicate. The files of the Free Press give an interesting account of Opening Day at Navin Field in 1918.

As usual the clubs trained in the South, and the dispatches gave not the slightest hint of the game being forced to quit. i Highlights of a Wartime Opener Clubs Check Moundsmen for Openers Few Repeaters; Cincy Expects Top Crowd By the Associated Press NEW YORK, April 17 Baseball will pull the sheets off the 1944 model tomorrow afternoon, with 125,000 customers expected to join the managers and club-owners in hoping for the best from the weatherman and the draft-riddled line-ups. If the sunshines and the warm breezes blow, attendance forecasts will be revised upwards, but 27,000 for the traditional opener in Cincinnati seems tops so far. Last year's nine games just topped the 100,000 mark. Only two pitchers who worked the '43 openers definitely have been nominated for tomorrow: Al Javery, of the Boston Braves, and Lum Harris, of the Athletics, both of whom were beaten a year ago.

ROOKIE VS. YANKEES Emmett O'Neil, of the Boston Red Sox, will grab the prize rookie assignment of facing the Yankees in Boston, and Preacher Roe, Pittsburgh newcomer, has been named to hook up with Max Lanier, of the Cardinals, at St. Louis in the only southpaw duel. The only other first-year man to get a starting assignment is Bill Voiselle, who lost 21 and won only 10 for Jersey City, but has been named by Manager Mel Ott to face the Braves in New York before 20,000. Joe McCarthy's choice is Hank Borowy, who has been with the club all spring, although Ernie Bonham, last year's starter, and Spud Chandler are present but need more work.

Ossie Bluege led off against the A's, as expected, by nominating Johnny Niggeling, granddaddy of the first-day pitchers at 38, before 25,000 at Griffith Stadium. Vincc Kelly's 666 Leads Citv Singles Vincent Kelly rolled into first place in the singles of the City bowling tournament Monday at Vogue Recreation with a 666 series. Harry Meakin moved into second place with 650. In the doubles Charles Martin and Fred Schema nske teamed for a 11 K7 count to land second, and Ed Wass and Meakin put together 1181 for third spot. Will Davidson and Al McRobbie took over first place in the over-average doubles, going 154 pins over.

John Mclnnis and Al Schoin-ere are second with a plus 14S. Titans Sign MSC for Pair of Games University of Detroit has scheduled a home-and-home baseball series with Michigan State, Athletic Director Lloyd Brazil announced Monday. Brazil said the Spartans will play U. of D. in Detroit May 13 with the return game set in East Lansing May 27.

The U. of D. squad, coached by Brazil, staged its first outdoor practice Monday with 21 players participating. PITCHER PAI L. (DIZZY) TROUT be bearing down in opener against DETROIT WAS in the grip of a street-car strike but in spite of it 15,624 fans appeared at Navin Field to see the Tigers beat Cleveland, 5 to 2.

This total is only 2,000 under the first-day crowd here in 1943. In the pre-game program a flag was raised containing 10 stars, the number of Tigers in the armed forces. Today Detroit's service list consists of 34 men. Among Tigers who had answered the call to colors in 1918 were Delmar Baker, Howard Ehmke and John Oldham. In those days newspapers published a list of season boxholders.

Included in the list of 60 names was that of Walter O. Briggs, who came into ownership of all the seats in the park 17 years later. During the afternoon a baseball was auctioned with the money going to help the Navv recruiting advertising campaign. The purchaser of the ball for S400 was Horace E. Dodge, who outbid Frank J.

Navin. In the game were a number of men whose names are still identified with baseball. The Cleveland catcher was Steve O'Neill, and the Free Press said some nasty things about his ability as a hitter. Harry Heil-mann was a Tiger outfielder. Today O'Neill runs the Tigers and Hermann tells the radio audience about it.

Cleveland's left fielder wa3 Jack Graney. who broadcasts the Indian games. Rookie on Mound Breaks Precedent FOR THE first time in history a rookie was on the mound in an opener for Detroit. The man was Eric Erickson, who allowed 10 hits but was helped over the rough spots by four double plays. Ty Cobb got up from a sick bed to play and racked up two hits.

Other contributors to the Detroit cause were Oscar Vitt. Oscar Stanage and Bobby Veach. Detroit wasn't without many standout players when the 191S season opened, and neither were the other clubs. Today there is a contrasting situation which finds the majority of baseball heroes of recent years in the armed forces. Strangely enough, in 1913 few new luminaries developed to take their place.

The public appears to have become accustomed to baseball continuing in time of war. So far this spring we haven't received a single suggestion urging the suspension of the game. This lack of display of antagonism can mean either general approval or disinterest. We'll know which one it is within a few weeks' time. Wayne Nine Stages Late Rally to Beat Sailors in Opener, 8-7 HERE COMES CALIFORNIA Concern By Dale Stafford mound for the Coast Guard, and Ralph Chapman started for the Tartars but was relieved in the seventh by Jack Rice.

Rice, in addition to receiving credit for the victory, wo.s Wayne's leading batter, getting three hits, including a single in, the big ninth. Coast Guard OOO 300 7 an 10 nil on: i MinpHell. Rnhik. "nrne and Gadowki; Chapman, Rif-e and EXHIBITION BASEBALL Chtcaeo (A) OWl 110 1 4 10 ii 8 3 (hiragn OO OOlt JM 7 HI '-i Humpliri, Rnsi 45 and Turner. Treh, 5: hlemlnc.

Derringer t). F.tirkon Miklns () and Holm, Mann (9, Kreitner 7. Katerwimd (9. New nrk (( ooo Ol.l 8 tl Brooklyn (Nl loo IOO II.UI fl 4 handler, Ronham ll Zuher and Garbark; Chipman, Melton rt and Owen, Additional Sports on Page 12 IS f4 7X Detroit Races to Draiv 200 of Coast's Horses Peaks Gets Nod over JimMandell Jimmy Mandell, Buffalo middleweight, was at least temporarily removed from the Arcadia boxing picture when burly Buster Beaks, of Detroit, outpointed him in the feature ten-rounder Monday night. Peaks, who moved into the main event because of another hover's injury, scored his upset by a narrow margin, but it was a clean victory and Matchmaker Scotty Strachan is casting about for an opponent for him.

On Clarence Rosen's scoreboard each boxer won four rounds and two were even, but Peak's first-round knockdown, the only one of the fight, g.ive him the edge. A g.iodly portion of the L322 fans who paid S2.722.50 to see the bout booed the decision lustily, perhaps seeing in Mandell's attack on Teak's body as the vehicle for a margin. But where the body-punching might have won for him, it actually lost the fight. After piling up a good margin in the fourth round. Mandell hit Peaks an obviously-low blow, and Referee was forced to take the round from him.

1'rankie Misko, Saginaw veteran attempting a comeback at 30, ran into a tough customer in Kufus Knighton, of the Grosse lie Naval Training Station and suffered a cut eye. The fight was stopped in the fourth round, with Knighton the winner on a TKO. John Eaton, Detroit middleweight, scored a four-round knockout over Joe Sennick. of Pittsburgh, in a banr-up five-knockdown fisrht. In the other bouts Young Duffy, Orand Rapids.

118, repented his knockout of Mairzy Doats. ll'l'j, of Detroit, again in the fust round; Willis Johnson, ITS, Detroit, knocked out George Hayward. lTt'. of Iron. in the third round.

Sammy Thompson, 147. of Nashville, outpointed Bill Kent, 145, of Detroit, in four rounds. Titans Beaten at Handball U. of D. handball players ran into plenty of trouble in the State A AIT doubles handball tournament Monday night at the Jewish Community Center.

Lloyd Brazil" and Eddie Barbour, Titan coaches, bowed to Len Meld-nian and Joe Casbv, of the Downtown 21-16. 21-5. Duke Kiefer and Barney Treho, another Titan pair, lost to yChris Ylachos and James Dunleavy, 21-14. 21-12. In other matches Jack Hagenah and Julius Gold defeated Eli Pickens and Sy Glass, 21-13.

21-14, and Stan Salcski and John Gus-tomski trimmed Charles Acker-niand and Cal Bohn, 21-11, 21-7. l'airvicw Fcafurrs Wrestling Iad Men Bad Men Eddie Lewis and Rufus Jones will share top billing on the Tuesday wrestling card at Fairview Gardens. Lewis will meet Lou Klein in one half of the double-header and Jones will face Tiger Jack Moore in the other. In a pair of one-fall bouts Nick Billings will wrestle Irish McGee and Dale Wayne will encounter Frankie Clemons. i.vwif,'.

11 --CU hVft 3 He'll Jungaleers Take Lead Score 28 Points in 2 Track Events BY BOB LATSHAW Southeastern High School's Jungaleers were in first place by a two-point margin after the first day of competition in the City League's East Side indoor track meet at Denby Monday, picking up 2S points in two events. Eastern, with two first places, the mile and 440-yard dash, was second. Cass Tech and Denby were tied for third with 13 points. Pershing with nine and Miller with four were the only teams to score in the three opening events. Most of Southeastern's points were scored in the mile run when Dick Gillam.

Don Foulkes and William Fyfe placed 2-3-4 to give the Jungaleers 18 points. They picked up 10 more in the pole vault when Ed Jermaine and Jerome Davis deadlocked with two others for second place. Bill Webb's winning time in the mile event was disappointing to everyone, including himself. He negotiated the distance in 4:58.6, nearly 13 seconds slower than his best time this winter. He was good enough to beat Gillam in the first heat by seven-tenths of a second, how-eve r.

Cass Tech's Ray Schmidt captured the pole vauit w'ith a leap of 10 feet. Truman Fisher, of Eastern, was the day's other winner, turning in a time of :55.8 in the 440. Walter Czaczkowski, of Pershing, was second and Emile Wyckhuys, of Denby, third. The rest of the East Side program will be held at Denby Wednesday afternoon, starting at 3:30. The Wrest Side will hold its first program Tuesday afternoon at Cooley.

years Detroit will have a new Opening-Day pitcher. He will be Paul Trout, who will take the place of the veteran Tommy Bridges, the traditional Opening-Day pitcher until Uncle Sam called him into the Army last fall. MAN WITH THE MASK Trout's offerings will be caught by Bob Swift, veteran big leaguer, who was obtained from the Athletics in a deal last winter. Luke Sewell, manager of the Browns, has named the veteran Jack Kramer as his starting pitcher. Kramer is making a comeback to the big time after winning eight games and losing only two for Toledo last season.

His offerings will be received by Frank Mancuso, a newcomer to the leae-ue and a brother of Gus Mancuso, National League veteran. Because the war has put a heavy drain upon their manpower, the Tigers will take the field Tuesday with a number of changes in the line-up. Jimmy Outlaw, who was with the club last season as a substitute, will i be in the leftfield position vacated when Dick Wakefield joined the Navy. Roger Cramer will be at his old post at center, but Don Ross will be in right in place of the departed Ray Radchff and the Navy-bound Ned Harris. FEW NEWCOMERS The Brownies, who finished sixth, five games behind the fifth place Tigers last season, have been less affected by the service calls.

As a result, they will have only two comparative newcomers in their line-up, in addition to Mancuso. One is Gene Moore, who will be in right field, and the other. Harold Epps. who will play center. Moore is not a stranger to the league, however, for he was with Washington last season, batting .268.

That the draft not finished calling players was emphasized Monday afternoon fthen Rudy York, the league's leading slugger last season, and Forrest (Joe) Orrell, right-handed pitcher, visited the Detroit draft board to request that their physical examinations be transferred to Detroit. Both were scheduled to take their examinations Monday, but requested the transfers when called away from their home cities by their baseball jobs. The line-ups: ST. LOUIS flutterirtsf, lib fcpps. rf Mrtiiinn.

1h Stephen. Moorf, rf Bvrnw. It lirt, 3I fIno, Kramer, DETROIT Ueffnr. Sb Mayo, rt Cranipr, rf York, lb HicKlnn, 3b Outlaw, If Ron, rf Sift, Trout, 9 MISS ROW HAS 76 PINEHURST, N. April 17 (UP) Marjorie Row, formerly of Detroit, and now of Anniston, had a 76 to tie Margaret Gunther, Memphis, in the medal -ound of the forty-second annual North-South women's golf championship today.

Miss Row scored a 42 on the front nine and a 34 coming in for her 76. Tigers Give BY CHARLES P. WARD Mr. Stephen Francis O'Neill is a sturdy character who does not fluster easily. Being the kind of person, he is, Stephen Francis manages to remain reasonably calm as he contemplates the Tiger outlook for the season that is scheduled to open Tuesday.

This with others with less responsibility are worried not only by the outlook for the Tigers but for baseball in general. "Oh, we should do all right," said O'Neill Sunday after the Tigers had lost the final game of the spring exhibition season lo the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Of course, nobody can tell what wull happen, but taking into consideration only the known facts, I think we'll do pretty good." Did "pretty good" mean by any chance that O'Neill thought the Tigers could finish as high as fourth? It certainly did. "I don't see why we shouldn't if nothing happens," he said. 1 r' ''I12 BY JOHN X.

SABO Back in '49 the cry was "California Here I Come," but it appears thoroughbred owners and trainers are going to reverse the motto this spring. At least George W. Lewis, general manager af the Detroit Racing Association, announced Monday that he expects 200 thoroughbreds from California to race, at the Fair Grounds this year. "Virtually every trainer who hnd his horses at Bay Meadows has a-sked for stall space," Lewis Here Is How They'll Start 1944 Season NEW YORK, April 17 (AP) Tomorrow's opening day schedule in the major leagues with probable pitchers, their 1943 records and expected attendance: AMERICAN LEAGUE St. Louis at DETROIT Kramer (0-0) vs.

Trout (20-12), 22.000. New York at Boston Borowy (14-9) vs. O'Neill (1-4), 10,000. Philadelphia at Washington Harris (7-21) vs. Niggeling (10-10), 25,000.

Cleveland at Chicago Smith (17-8) vs. Grove (15-9), 6,000. NATIONAL LEAGl Boston at New York -la very (17-16) vs. Voiselle (1-2), 20,000. Brooklyn at Philadelphia Wyatt (14-5) vs.

Barrett (10-13), 9.000. Chicago at Cincinnati Wyse (9-7) or Hanyzewskl (8-7) vs. Walters (15-15) or Riddle (21-11), 27.000. Pittsburgh at St. Louis Roe (0-0) vs.

Lanier (15-7), 6,500. 4 fe, Brown said. "Of course, we couldn't accommodate all of them, but we picked the. best horses and they'll be coming." The biggest California stable will be one of 30 horses trained by Willie Molter. Handicap horses in this group include Kind Sir, Singing Satin, Scotch Fling and Queen Justice, fell four-year-olds, and Sir Blenheim and Florizan Beau, five-yea Frank E.

Fitzgerald is bringing a 12-horse stable from California headed by the five-year-old Dog-patch and two four-year-olds, Mabe Monday and No Wrinkles. All three of these horses won handicap events here last summer. Levant Low is in charge of 12 racers owned by C. T. Lawless which also are coming.

Best of these are Shining Deed, a three-year-old, and Vain Grove, a five-year-old. Fifteen of Lester Bedwell's charges and 19 horses owned by Albert Ichelson and trained by Ed Presnell also are coming here from the Coast. These will be in addition to the 13-hors Marchbank Stable which is trained by Albert Johnson. Fifteen horses arrived at the Fair Grounds over the week-end, eight of them belonging to De-troiter A. F.

Wall and seven to Harry Silver. Motre Dame Club Sets New Date of Pictures Because' of difficulties with the projector, motion pictures of the highlights of the 1943 football season could not be shown Monday night at the meeting of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit a Hotel Fort Shelby. The film will be shown at 12:30 p. m-. Tuesday in Room 274 at Wayne University.

status is beclouded so far as the Tigers are concerned. However, Hoover's announcement that he intends to play indicates that he is either in Class 4-F or has been deferred. The first line of the outfield also is reasonably well protected. Roger Cramer is overage, Jimmy Outlaw-is in Class 4-F and Don Ross, who is a father and over 26, has been accepted for limited service, but does not expect a call for some time. Chuck Hostetler.

a reserve, is overage and Charley Metro, another second-liner, is in Class 1-A. The Tigers hope to present a strong line-up as long as they can keep their first-string outfield intact. Perhaps O'Neill had all these things in mind when he said he expected the Tigers to do all right. But suppose the draft situation changes? Don't ask Mr. O'Neill to think about that.

He is not the type that goes around looking for things to worry about. j. 1 A three-run rally in the ninth inning enabled Wayne University's baseball team to open the season with an S-7 triumph over the Detroit Coast Guard at Northwestern Field Monday. The Tartars put together three walks, a pair of hit3 and an error to score the winning markers in the last frame after the Sailors had gone ahead on a three-run uprising in the seventh. Don Campbell, Joe Bobik and Johnny Conyne worked on the QUICK KNOCKOUT PHILADELPHIA, April 17 (UP) Ike Williams.

Trenton, N. cleared the path for a return match with Lightweight Champion Bob Montgomery tonight by knocking out Mike Delia, Philadelphia, in the first round of a scheduled 10-round bout. The bout ended at 1:54. and shapes for gre Ban- BlACKSTONE CIGARS! Now in new streamlined sizes WARD TO THE WISE- smoking pleasure. Filled 100 with finest and costliest Havana tobacco.

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ma PX- IW lRF O'Neill No By nothing, O'Neill meant that if the team was not riddled further by draft calls. A glance at the Tiger line-up and it3 draft possibilities indicates that O'Neill has some basis for his optimism. For if Uncle Sam does not draft the men over 26 years of age, the Tigers have a good chance of finishing the season with most of the 25 men they now have on their roster. Catching, Pitching Staffs Are Strong THE CATCHING department is strong and invulnerable to the draft so far as anyone can judge at this time. All of its members, Bob Swift, Paul Richards and Jimmy Miller are in Class 4-F.

Almost as safe from the draft inroads as the catching staff is the pitching department of 11 men. This includes 10 men who seem draft proof at the present time. They are Paul Trout, Harold New-houser, Ruffus Gentry and Frank Overmire, all 4-F; Elon Hogsett and Walter Beck, overage; Emory Hresko, underage; Johnny Gorsica, 1-A but over 26 years of age and a father; Zebelon Eaton, who has an honorable discharge from the Army, and Bob Gillespie, who has been accepted for limited service but has been told that he may not be called for six months to a year. Forrest (Joe) Orrell is in Class 1-A. He is the only pitcher the Tigers seem likely to lose in the near future.

For a time the Tiger infield was a great source of worry, for five of the seven members are in Class 1-A. This group includes Rudy York and Pinky Higgins. who represent the club's batting punch. In addition to York and Higgins. the 1-As are Eddie Mayo, Don Heff-ner and AI Unser.

Ed Borom has an honorable discharge from the Army and Joe Hoover's TIGERS I ST. LOUIS I sQlARRY NEUMANN 2:55 UMZ.

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