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Tuesday. Jan. 10. 1961 If) Durocher Returns as Dod, Coach Ex-Pilot's FPSki School Rolling Beginners Pack 5 Sites DETROIT FREE PRESS ser jT 1 I m ; - ' J - J w A . i v J v Y . . ' ' : ,-;' l I Exile i Ended j i i Lippy Asked Club for Job I I r ow I Caught ears Napping LuirmwisWifiiiiii-w H B v .jff; lorn. "lr? T Schoolboy and his Edna were married in Detroit on Oct. 11, 1931 'IIOWM AH DOiV, EDNA?' Schoolboy's Old Cry Echoes in Memories Pra Press Wire Services the top- "I tell you one thing -Good Lord got another flight pitcher." Dizzy Dean said It, but the whole baseball world was thinking it Monday as they remembered Lynwood (Schoolboy) Rowe. Rowe, the former Tiger great, died Sunday night at his native El Dorado, Ark., after a heart I attack. Baseball records say he was 48, but his family says he was oo. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the El Dorado F1rt Baptist Church. Burial will be in EI Dorado's Arlington Cemetery. Baseball strolled down memory lane Monday, remembering things from the fabulous life AS OF TODAY 1 1 As Sstnrx'tnllpr- Tnn I j I Schoolic Will Live On 1 SmssmmmJIY LYALL SMITH 2r ; THERE'S A SPOT called the Bamboo Room in the rambling wooden barracks that serves as a springtime hotel for the couple hundred baseball farm-hands who train at Tigertown every March. The kids are future big leaguers and they have the run of the place . . . except for that one room. For that's the spot where their future is debated. Into it at the end of every day's drills go all the men whose job it is to watch, teach, analyze and evaluate the tender talent. Into it every afternoon went Lynwood (Schoolboy) Rowe, the ex-Tiger pitching star, and he was fun. He loved to talk. You name the topic. Schoolie would have a story. Lake the day somebody mentioned a big rawboned rookie who had looked pretty good at the plate a few hours earlier. "He reminds me of a kid we had when I was with the Phillies," Rowe began, and when he started to talk everybody else stopped because it's always fun to laugh. "This kid is fresh from Stickville, it's his first baseball camp, he's as big as a Georgia pine and looks like he's mean enough to catch rattlesnakes with his teeth. Watch Dusty and the Dust Fly "COACH DUSTY COOKE, the old outfielder, is pitching to him and Dusty's control is not so hot. Fact is, he almost hit the kid six-seven times and the rookie is acting like he don't like it too well. "Finally, they holler at the kid and tell him to swing Turn to Page 21, Column 2 of the gangling pitcher with the buzzing fastball. Rowe came out of Arkansas just a fun - loving youngster who could throw a baseball . . . but it didn't take him long to make his mark. HIS SECOND year In the majors, Schoolboy won 16 straight games in the Tigers' dash to the 1934 pennant. Although that streak tied the AL record for consecutive victories, he is remembered more for something else. During the streak, explaining his Kiiceess over the radio, he made his classic state-ment: "11 o w ' m ah doin', Edna?" It stuck with him to his death. Edna was his girl friend back in Arkansas, Edna Mary Skinner. She came to Detroit for the 1934 Series, but said marriage would wait "until after Lyn wood wins the Series." LYNWOOD AND Detroit didn't win the Series, but Schoolboy and Edna were married later that month. All during the 1934 Series, the rambunctious Gas House Gang from St. Louis never let Schoolboy forget the "How'm-ah-doin'-Edna?" bit Schoolboy, who had a 24-8 record in 1934 (his best ever), won the second game of the Series, but he lost the sixth to Paul Dean. He won 19 games the next season, and the Tigers were back in another World Series. Schoolboy beat the Cubs once and lost twice. He lost two more in the 1940 World Series against Cincinnati. THE 6-FOOT-4 Rowe, who picked up his nickname as a lad by beating one of his teachers in a semi-pro game, was a scout for the Tigers at the time of his death. Rowe was in the majors 15 seasons nine with the Tigers, five with the Phillies and one with Brooklyn. His lifetime record was 158-101. He is survived by his wife Edna, a son and a daughter. ONE PUNCH TO THE WALLET Pistons' Lee Fined $100 ; 1 J x i; ft. I j ' I v," - V George Lee Piston rookie George Lee was fined $100 Monday by the National Basketball Association president Maurice Podoloff for his fight with Ken Sears of the New York Knicks last Thursday. Lee and Sears got into a scuffle late in the game, won by the Knicks, 104-102. Sears suffered a double fracture of his jaw and will be out of action for an indefinite period. Podoloff, in handing down his decision, informed Lee that the fine was for "unsportsmanlike conduct." The Pistons had a day off Monday before resuming action against the Celtics Tuesday night in St. Louis. Sunday afternoon the Pistons dropped their fifth game in a row, a 138-115 decision to the Syracuse Nationals. Detroit will return home Wednesday night for a meeting with the Cincinnati Royals at Olympia. It will be the first of six games between the two clubs in the next three weeks. Fr Press Wire Services LOS ANGELES Lippy Leo Durocher, who spent nine years with the Dodgers in Brooklyn as a manager, rejoined the club Monday as a coach in Los Angeles. The talkative baseball figure's appointment to the Dodgers" coaching staff was ' announced by manager Walt Alston at a press conference. Alston flew here from his Darrtown (O.) home to confer with club officials and Durocher before making the an nouncement. DUROCIIER'S appointment brought him back into organ ized baseball after an absence of six years since he left the then New York Giants. He replaces coach Greg Mulleavy, who underwent two stomach operations last year and has been assigned temporarily to a scouting position. Durocher, an infielder in his playing days, is expected to take over handling the infield just as Mulleavy did. m m m THE ONE - TIME idol of Brooklyn and New York Giant fans has been out of work since leaving a three-year post with the National Broadcasting Co. I in September, 1959. t Fred Haney, former Milwau-j kee manager, succeeded Duro- cher on NBC's Game of the! Week telecasts. i Leo has been out of baseball since the fall of 1955 when he resigned as manager of the Giants. Last month, when he was passed over for the managerial job with the new Los Angeles team in the American League, Leo said baseball owners may have blackballed him out of the game. "THEY KNEW I warn ted to come back to baseball. The new Los Angeles team could have offered me any decent deal and I would have taken it." Asked what sort of contract he had with the Dodgers, Durocher looked over to general manager E. J. (Buzz) Bavasi for a reply. "Neither Leo nor Alston have contract yet," Bavasi said. "Leo told me, 'Forget about a contract. I have your word you are hiring me and that's enough for me'." Bavasi said that as far as salary is concerned, even that has not been discussed, but Durocher said that he knew the Dodgers and he knew he did not have to go into protracted negotiations on terms. "I WENT to Bavasi and asked him for a job," Durocher said frankly. "After all, I'd been out of work for 15 months and I wanted to get back to work, especially in baseball." Asked whether he considered the job a possible stepping stone back to a manager's spot, the 54-year-old baseball veteran replied: "I'm not looking for anything. I'm happy to be with the Los Angeles Dodgers and that's it." Half of the "Lip's" baseball career was spent as a shortstop first with the Yankees, then the Reds, Cardinals (where he was a memer of the Gas House Gang) and the Dodgers. The other half of his time in baseball was spent as a manager. DUROCIIER'S first manager ial job was with the Dodgers in 1939. Two years later he guided Brooklyn to its first pennant in 21 years. Suspended for a year by then commissioner A. B. (Happy) Chandler for conduct detrimental to baseball, Durocher returned to the Dodgers as fiery as ever. He left the Dodgers In mid-1958 fo the Giants and led them to a pennant on Bobby Thomson's playoff homer In 1951. Durocher hit the heights again in 1954 when the Giants took the NL pennant and swept four straight from Cleveland in the World Series. Feather King Barely Wins PARIS (UPI) World featherweight champion Davey Moore of Springfield, O., scored a nine-count knockdown in the third round and then survived a knockdown in the sixth to get a 10-round decision over European champion Gracieux Lamperti of France Monday night in their non-title bout. DUTCH CLARK, 54, won All-Amer. tea football honors at Colorado College in 1928 and went on to star with the Detroit Lions as a player, then as a player-coach ... He was an outstanding passer, runner, drop-kicker and field general ... The guiding force behind the Lions' first title in 1935 ... Lfer he coached the Cleveland Rams and returned to Detroit to coach U. of D. . . . Married ... Works as an industrial diamond salesman. BY DUTCH CLARK Thrills? I've had a lot of them in football . . . just last month watching the Lions pull that fantastic pass play against the Colts, and the time I was named to the AP Ail-American team in my junior year at Colorado College. But the biggest thrill . . . the one I'll never forget . . . took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1935. That was the year Detroit was called the City of Champions. The Tigers had won the World Series and the Lions, my team, were fighting for the National Football League title. We had a pretty good team in those days . . . Clare Randolph at center. Bill Shephard and Ace Gutowsky as fullbacks and Frank Christensen to do the punting. Ernie Caddel and Glenn Presnell were a couple of the others and the coach was Potsy Clark. OUR BIG GAME was the traditional Thanksgiving Day battle with the Chicago Bears. Neither team scored in the first quarter. In the second, we drove to their 10-yard line. Since I was the quarterback, I had been doing most of the passing . . . but this time I thought we'd try something different. So I called a play which made me the receiver. Shephard had been ripping the Bear's line pretty good and they stacked up the middle looking for him to carry the ball. The strategy worked perfectly. Instead of bulling his way into the line, Shephard. rp. '4 6 ' A A 1 . -W ... Dutch delivered the mail for 1935 Lions flipped me a pass in the end zone and we were ahead. Later, we crossed them up again by pulling the old flanker play out of mothballs. I WENT OUT as a flanker to the left and Gutowsky, who could be pretty tricky as well as rough, tossed me a quick lateral. I took off and got around the man who was covering me. I even dodged Bronko Nagurski, who sensed what was happening a little late. I ran 21 yards Into the end zone with Michigan's Bill Hewitt chasing me. That was the last score of the day and we won, 13-0. WE BEAT BROOKLYN the following week and then took the title by beating the New York Giants in the playoff game, 26-7. Even now, when Thanksgiving Day rolls around, I think back to that day we outfoxed the Bears. It was hard to do, believe me. BY KIC1I KOSTER There were spills and smiles in abundance Monday night as approximately 1,500 beginners got the third annual Free Press Learn-to-Ski School off to a flying start on the snow - covered slopes of five Detroit-area ski sites. About half of the more thn 3,000 enrolled in the school showed up for the instruction at Dryden. Mt. Holly, Mt. Christie, Grampian Mt. and Summit. The remainder will take their initial lesson Tuesday at the same five areas. e THOUGH THE air was a bit nit ij oiiu iiiuni ui lijc nrviri m wound up with snow in their windbreakers and britches, the lessons were successful. Near the end of the hour's instruction, mont of the students were maneuvering fairly well under their own power. And they were wearing proud smiles while doing it. In fact, at Mt. Christie, wheie about 200 students showed up, a large crackling fire in the warming shelter was left unattended at the conclusion of the lesson as the skiers lingered on the hills to test what they had learned. MT. CHRISTIE was a good example of how smoothly the first night's instruction came off. The classes were broken down into groups of 40 or so and then taken over by the area s crew or rive instructors, f Clustered about their teachers, the students were given the feel of their equipment before being ehown the rudiments of their new sport. After showing their groups how to handle the equipment, the Instructors gave individual help to those who wished it. L The final half of the first Turn to Tage 21, Column S f: FEATURED IN HUGHES & HATCHER-HARRY SUFFRIN'S ANNUAL STOREWIDE, CLEARANCE A' x ' clearance of zip-lined raincoats . . X t it V -r .. f 5; were $35 28 At $35 these imported raincoats presented quite a smart value. At this sale price they're most remarkable. The outershell is sturdy cotton twill, tailored with a split raglan shoulder in a trim single-breasted model, in a handsome tan shade. And for all-season wear, there's a snug zip-out lining of rich Orion-acrylic pile. Sizes 36 to 46, regs,, shorts, longs. Harry Sn ttVln j WOODWARD and WONDERLAND OPEN TUESDAY TO 9 P.M. SHELBY a STATE GRAND RIVER t GREENFIELD WONDERLAND CENTER NORTHLAND ;ENTR WOODWARD AT MONTCALM MACK A M0R0SS EASTLAND CENTER WESTB0RN CENTER IINC0L PA P K

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