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(The Sports Trail
,Z\’ORK. Jan. 15 -<*•- Wc
‘\f' eaIi to shill for anybody for
don Ze of baseball commissioner
the • all anyone who might be
as s! 'd in the running for such
conf should have wind enough to
a,° his own horn, and beside,
Wo* e of our business.
' Zither do we care to make any
^‘predictions, but there’s no
^“l Pip harboring the idea that
ha Jeball man is chosen he will
tf 3 bnrd c Frick, president of the
de f ,i league, and if a non-base
s”i ■- "i““d h«wi11 be
t mes Farley.
JZr a job that pays as well as
Z nf commissioner, and seems to
f' te durable, the posible base
men candidates seem for the
b U. oart to eye it with horror.
Wd think the job included over
J°e work in robbing banks or
S°Zretleanst two possibilities among
,Zbal! men have shown a dis
jnchnation for the job. Will Har
L American league president.
11 . ’flatly he is not interested
So,ren Gile. Cincinnati Red exec
“•ve aiii,ouch not saying he would
refuse it if offered, says that, other
L)ngs being equal, he’d prefer a
mn-baseball figure.
Frick has said nothing, and by
.very silence indicates he would
,#t!f the job if offered, although
. „jves the impression he is not
nutting himself forward as a can
didate It's just a case of if they
want him. all right, and if they
d0,ft want him. that’s all right,
‘00. ____
We arrive at Frick’s name
among baseball men through some
thing of a process of elimination
They undoubtedly would want a
fairly well known baseball man
even outside baseball circles; who
is a capable executive, and whose
integrity is unquestioned. Frick
meets all these requirements
Harridge and Giles do, too,’ but
Harridge has removed himself and
Giles is not very emphatic in his
desire for a baseball man.
There are other astute baseball
men, but if you rur. down the list
of club you’ll have a hard time
finding a name which would meet
general approval. In the public
mind they either are too closely
associated with one club, either as
owner or hired executive, or not
known widely enough to be gen
erally acceptable.
Baseball might pick a compara
tively unknown man who was ac
ceptable to itself, but in our 4-F
mind we think baseball’s obligation
as the national game goes deep
er than just pleasing itself. It
should please fans the country over,
give them a name they recognize,"
a figure they know something
As for Farley, he seems to be the
leading non-baseball figure, also
by a process of elimination. He
has an avid interest in the game,
and appraently is not tied up.
As for getting a prominent mil
itary or naval figure, such men are
very busy at the moment, and
probably will be for some time.
Baseball needs its leader right now
not five years hence.
Pittsburgh Center
Retains His Lead
In Hockey Scoring
NEW HAVEN. Conn., Jan. 15.—
(UP1—Bob Gracie, center for the
Pittsburg Hornets, picked up four
points during the past week but
barely maintained his lead in the
American league hockey individ
ual scoring race because of a nine
point spurt by his team mate,
Wingman Bob Walton.
' Gracie finished with a 52 point
total, achieved on 2 goals and 32
assists while Walton had 51 points,
with 23 goals and 28 assists.
Four point rallies by Paul Cour
teau, providence Wingman and
Les Cunningham. Cleveland wing
man. mved them from sixth to a
third place tie in the standings
with 46 points each. Courteau also
was the league leader in goals
with 26.
Tom Burlington. Cleveland cen
ter. made only one point during
the past week and dropped from
second to fifth with a 45 point
total. tV, F. C. Gooden of Hershey
and J“ete Leswick^ of Indianapolis
ahu had 45 points each. Roland
Forget of providence and Lou
Trudel of Cleveland with 42 points
each, completed the list of top 10
Subsidization Of Sports
Threatened At Ohio State
CLEVELAND. O.. Jan. 15 —
'UP)—A cam iaign against subsi
dization of collegiate athletes was
envisioned today by Lynn W. St.
John, director of athletics at Ohio
State, as the result of the election
of Wilbur Smith of Tulane as pres
ident of the NCAA.
I The Cleveland Press quoted St.
John as saying that "we are get
ting sick of some of those (south
erm schools using athletic receipts
liu pay board, room and tuition and
I ou.v books for football players."
By 'We.' St. John said, he was
[referring to (he late Maj. John L.
Griffith. NCAA secretary-treasu
ter and western conference com
missioner. and himself.
Results Last Night
Senior Frat
Players 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brinson _ 111 137 248
Bowden _ 98 98
Ruark . 1.50 128 139 417
Sandlin _ 157 154 168 479
Keen _ 179 135 150 464
Alderman __ 110 110
Miller _ 177 125 302
Totals 695 704 719 2118
Kiwanis Club
Players 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Eaton - 139 143 153 435
Gooch . 131 139 146 416
Allen _ 120 120
Baker _ 138 222 155 515
Stewart _ 114 134 248
Dosher _ 146 125 271
Reynolds 104 104
Totals 642 744 713 2099
Commander Jim Crowley
Detached From Sampson
Naval Training Center
SAMPSON, N. Y., Jan. 15.—(UP)
—Commander James H. “Sleepy
Jim” Crowley. USNR. athletic of
ficer at the Sampson Naval Tradi
ng Center for the past six months,
nas been detached for duty in
Washington, D. C., it was announ
ced today.
The former Fordham grid coach
and member of Notre Dame’s
“four horsemen’’ was advanced in
rank and placed in charge of ath
letic training on January 5 of this
He came to Sampson in time to
coach last fall's football team, af
ter serving for several months on
the staff of Admiral William R.
Halsey in the South Pacific.
Plan To Make Byrnes
Baseball Czar Endorsed
GREENVILLE. S. C. Jan. 15.—
(fP)—Clark C. Griffith, president of
Washington’s baseball club, has
endorsed Sports Editor “Scoop"
Latimer’s proposal that War Mob
ilization Director James F. Byrnes
be appointed baseball commission
er after the war.
“Your story on Justice Byrnes
becoming commissioner after the
war is a plendid idea,” Griffith
wrote Latimer. “So let us hope
that the war won’t last very long
and that there will be a postpone
ment in the appointment of a com
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 15.—(A*)
—Charles Heaney, 44, today took
over the professional golf assign
ment at the San Diego country
club, succeeding Ralph Guldahl,
who resigned last November. A
native of Chicago, Heaney was
orofessional at a Des Moines, la.,
’ub for 11 years before coming
o the Pacific Coast
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Boxing Headed For
Excellent Year
NEW YORK, Jan. 15 — UP)— Ex
cept in a few isolated spots war
time boxing apparently is headei
for an even better year in 194!
than in 1944 when shows through
out the. nation grossed approxi
mately $10,000,006.
An Associated Press poll of pro
moters in the East, New England
South, Midwest, Southwest and Fa
West showed that while talent ha
become scarce and its quality ha
deteriorated, especially for th<
smaller clubs, the sock solons gen
erally expect bigger gates for thi
material that is left. They pointei
out that shows already held in 194!
have drawn better than those a
the same period last year.
Mike Jacobs, the country’s No. :
promoter whose Madison Square
Garden shows grossed a recorc
$1,396,467 in 1944, expressed the
majority opinion by declaring: “]
think boxing will continue alonj
with other sports. We are peratinj
on a month-to-month basis witi:
wnaiever Doys are avauaoie.
Uncle Mkie also is considering put
ting on an international show ir
Mexico City in April and with co
promoting a number of bouts ir
Miami if a suitable site, such as
the Orange Bowl, can be obtained
Herman Taylor, whose Philadel
phia shows drew $449,146; Goldie
Ahearn and A1 Weill who grossec
nearly $500,000 in Washington; Ir.
ving Schoenwald of Chicago ($282,
000); Charles McDonald and Ca
Eaton of Los Angeles ($942,341)
and Eddie Mack and Rip Valenti
of Boston ($336,761) echoed
Jacobs’ views.
Robert Brickman, whose Clevel
land shows grossed $245,000 las)
year, exclusive of the record $74,
641 gate for the Cleveland News
Christmas fund card, spoke for the
minority. “Last year the pooresl
I ever had,” he said. “I expecl
this year to be worse because there
isn’t much talent available and the
number you can draw upon will be
further reduced if some of the 4-F’s
are re-examined and taken into the
service. If it comes to a question
of presenting inferior cards I would
perfer to close up for the duration.”
Art Higgins of Denver thoughl
the Government would “clamp
down” on the sport.
Nat Fleischer, editor of the Ring
Magazine, asserted “hundred* ol
lads awaiting the draft call have
been turning pro and these boys
are fillers-in for those now in the
service. Promoters no longer are
dependent on star talent for their
matches. I predict as good * fistic
year for 1945 as we had in 1944.'
Sectionally this is the fistic pic
Boston—Rip Vaenti of Goodwin
A. C. “We find it impossibe to pro
mote weekly in Boston. I hope to
do it at least twice a month.”
Hartfrd — Gus Brown: “1945
looks ok to us but scarcity of local
talent makes matching undercards
Portland, Me. — Fred “Chick
Hayes: "It will be a struggle to
keep boxing going in Maine due to
crarritv of talent.”
Washington — Goldie Ahearn:
"The little clubs that hold weekly
bouts may get hurt. There a.e.it
enough preliminary boys and the
big clubs are grabbing off those
that are availale.”
Buffalo—Jack Singer: "1945 pros
pects pretty fair. If 4-F’s inducted
will carry on with older lighters
and 18-year-olds.’’
Baltimore — Max Waxman:
"Fans are wililng to take what they
can get. If necessary we will resort
to battling longshoremen.”
Newark—Babe Culnan: Expects
to do as well this year as last.
Scranton, Pa. — Marty Cohen
"Will keep going as long as con
ditions permit, but talent situation
becoming more desperate each
Miami — Major W. H. Peeples:
Weekly shows show attendance in
crease each week. Hopes to stage
three big winter fights with Make
New Orleans—Lou Messian: Ex
pects 1945 to be greatest in boxing
history. Should double or triple
1944 New Orleans gross of $92,072.
Milwaukee — Ben Zenoff: Local
boxing in 1944 best in decade. Ex
pects 1945 to do better.
Detroit — Nick Londes: Antici
pates good year with many local
youngesters coming up.
Pittsburgh — Art Rooney, who
grossed $233,378 in 1944: "Fight pic
ture is gloomy same as other forms
of athletics.”
Los Angeles •— Hollywood-Ocear
Park — Charles McDonald: 194-1
banner year and expect to do bet
ter in 1945 unless 4F draft reduces
talent to point where interesting
matches impossible.
San Francisco — Oakland-Berke
ley—Leo Meyer: Heavyweight out
look poor, but lightweight and mid
dleweight prospects good.
Portland, Ore. — Joe Waterman:
War workers and dischargees will
be sufficient to carry on. Plans tc
operate if “I have to put girls ir
the ring.”
Houston—Ralph Smith: 1945 pros
pects much better.
San Antonio — Bill Davee: Be
lieves manpower squeeze will noi
hurt sport too much. Anticipates
big year.
Former Grid Star
Lt. Harry »». Montgomery, form
er captain and halfback of the Uni
versity of North Carolina football
team, is on leave after having
skippered two landing crafts, one
of which shuttled an estimated
4,500 assault troops onto the beach
head at Normandy. His home is in
Raleigh, N. C., where he was sales
manager of a drug firm. ((/P) Photo
from U. S. Navy).
LELAND, 23-16
Journeying to Leland last night,
the up and coming Junior Var
sity defeating their opponents 23
16. taking their sixth consecutive
Tonight the JayVees will tangle
with the Jacksonville second
stringers and will be looking for
their seventh win of the season.
Spearheading the attack against
Leland was W. A. Brown and
Charlie Smith with eight and sev
en points respectively.
R. Rouark took high scoring
honors for Leland with a total ot
eight point*.
Officials were Plugi Waters and
Billy Mason.
Players FG-FT TP
Crowley, f _10 2
Hardison, f __1 # 2
Smith, c _3 17
Mobre, g _2 0 4
Brown, g __ 4 0 8
Bratz. f _0 0 0
11 1 23
Players FG-FT TP
Clark, f _ 10 2
Potter, f.... 10 2
R. Rouark, g _.... 10 2
Wootton, g _10 2
Total _8 0 16
Hanoverians Seek Fourth
Victory, But First
Conference Win
The New Hanover High school
cagers journey to Jacksonville this
afternoon for their second encount
er with the Jacksonville High
school Cardinals to be staged to
The locals will be seeking their
fourth victory, although they have
not won a conference game this
season. Their last three encount
ers have ended in defeats for the
the ’Cats.
Coach Rupert Bryan attributed
the losses to bad breaks, and said
last night that he thought the boys
were back into shape, and a vic
tory for the Black and Orange
quintet is anticipated tonight.
The last time the New Hanover
lads encounter the Cards, the
score wound up 50-13, in favor of
the ’Cat.
The Hanoverians starting line-up
will be composed of Louis Collie,
and co-Captain Billy Mason, for
wards; Carl Mason, center; and
Toddy Fennell and co-Captain Jim
Croom, guards.
The Jacksonville starters will be
Likings and Sabeston, forwards;
Beasley, center; and Hitch and
oonce, guards.
Four North State
Games Are Planned
To Be Played Today
CHARLOTTE, Jan. 15.— (A>) —
Four games, one a North State
Conference contest, are on Tues
day’s state basketball slate.
Duke’s high-stepping Blue Dev
ils will be home to the powerful
Norfolk Naval Air Station quin
tet. The Durham cagers have tak
en eight of their last 10 games,
their two setbacks coming at the
hands, of N. C. Preflight.
Fort Bragg, which beat the Co
|lumbia Air Base twice last week
end, is at home to North Carolina,
winner of two out of three last
week. The teams met last month,
the Tar Heels winning handily.
The conference game sends High
Point to Elon in a meeting of sec
ond division clubs, each having
lost two games, High Point show
ing one victory, however.
The night’s other tilt finds Lynch
burg at Guilford.
Jacobs Will Investigate
Mexico City Fight Plans
NEW YORK, Jan. 15. — (/P) —
Mike Jacobs. New York promoter,
said today he would go to Mexico
City sometime next month to In
vestigate the possibility of holding
an international fight program
He conferred today with Sam
Rosoff, New York contractor now
constructing an irrigation system
and building the El Mirador tun
nel in Mexico.
Collins And Bresnahan
May Be In Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, Jan. 15.—(&)—Don't
be surprised to see- the name oi
Jimmy Collins and Roger Bresna
han elected to baseball’s hall oi
fame after the votes in the cur
rent balloting are counted January
Collins, famous third baseman of
the '90's and early 1900’s, and
Bresnahan, former battery mate
of the matchless Christy Mathew
son, have been just under the bor
der line in previous polls, but stand
1he best chance to enter the
charmed circle this time.
Their deaths within the past
year have focused fans’ attention
on them and their historic dia
mond exploits. Collins, one of the
game’s greatest third sackers and
manager of the first team ever
to win a world series, generally
is credited with revolutionizing
third base play. He was the first
to play away from the bag and
the first to master the art of de
fense against bunts.
In 14 years in the majors as
a member of the Braves, Red So>
i .
and Athletics, Collins battled .300
or better six seasons and in 1898,
long before the lively ball was de
vised, led the national league home
run hitters with 15. In 1,718 games,
he fell one safety short of reach
ing the 2,000 hit mark. He joined
the Red Sox in 1901 as manager
and led the club to pennants in
1903 and 1904.
Bresnahan, one of the greatest
receivers of all time, was another
revolutionizer. Besides being the
first catcher to be used as lead
off-man—he occupied that position
for the pennant-winning Giants of
1904-’05—he was the first player to
wear shin guards.
McGraw considered the “Duke
of Tralee’ the best receiver of
them all.
"He was a great catcher,’ the
little Napoleon used to say, “a
great handler of pitchers, a better
than .300 hitter, an ideal lead-off
man, one of the fastest. He was
also a fine outfielder and infield
er and could pitch in a pinch. He
always had the spirit a winning
club needs.”
Hialeah Park Remains Crowded
With No Horses On The Track
MIAMI, Jan. 15—UP)—You woulc
think a closed race track would be
as empty as a haunted house a'
high noon but that isn’t the case
Take today, for instance, at Hia
The crowd of sightseers would dc
credit to some of the smaller track:
with a full eight-race program. .
Servicemen and their girl friends
everywhere, visiting Twilight Teat
or strolling aroun dthe flowers . .
Visitors from the northland getting
their first glimpses of the Fla
mingos. . .Two colonels from tht
Army remount service seeking stal
In the business offices, the em
ployes were knee-deep in work . .
‘I’ve just made out checks for
$52,000 to be returned to those whc
had reservations for seats or enter
ed horses in stake races,” said Au
ditor George Boren. . .He estima^
ted Hialeah’s loss in 1943, wher
the pleasure driving ban darkened
the park, at $330,000. This year
it will be higher, he added.
Next door, the press office was
virtually deserted because the staff
was out escorting a group of photo
graphers. Dottie Cole, department
chief, related how Fred W. Hooper,
Florida contractor, told her he
bought 15 yearlings during the win
ter “to support my business. Now
I must hunt business to support
my yearlings.”
Out near the barns, track super
intendent Joe Morrow says that
almost as many horses are being
schooled or in training as before
the request from War Mobiliza
tion Director James F. Byrnes that
the tracks close. . .“B. B. Williams
just shipped 20 head to his farm
near Lexington, Ky. Gave me his
surplus corn and a pony,” adds j
Morrow. . .At the track rail a ■
horseman looks at the muddy oval
and murmurs “I’ve wanted goo like
that for my horses for weeks. To
day it is here but there’s no race.”
President Of Browns
Says Major Leagues
To Operate This Year
MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 15.— VP) -
Don Barnes, president of the St.
Louis Browns, expressed the be
lief today that major league base
ball will operate this year.
“I don’t believe the handful oJ
4F’s connected with the game
would help end the war any soon
er,” he said.
“However, if the Government
feels that they will, or that shut
ting down of the game will haster
the end of the war, then basebal.
men will be willing to close up.”
Barnes said he believed basebal]
played an important part in the
morale at home and overseas.
“I am of the opinion that if the
fate of baseball was put to a vote
of the servicemen in the war the
aters, they’d vote for it to con
tinue,” he said.
“Baseball does not contribute
to absenteeism. All but 12 of oui
home games next season are
scheduled for nights or holidays.’
Barnes, who is vacationing neai
here, says he believes that the
Government will do Jft it thinks
best and that baseball will accepl
the verdict like a good soldier.
The Volley Ball League at the
Y. M. C. A. gets underway again
tonight with the first game sched
uled at 6:15 o’clock, when the
Woolworth quint meets the Pender
Furniture Co. team, and the Tide
water Power Co. quintet encoun
ters the Massachusetts Life In
surance outfit at 7:15 o’clock.
The Senior Basketball League is
scheduled to play at 8 p. m„ and
the Ferry Command will battle
the Y. M. C. A. Senior team in the
first game, followed by an en
counter featuring the ‘Y’ dormi
tory against the Junior Chambei
of Commerce.
Plans for another senior church
basketball league were discussed
last night, and three teams were
initiated into the new organiza
tion. However, Adam Smith, physi
cal director at the Y. M. C. A
said that a fourth team was neces
sary and asked that interested per
sons should contact him at the
‘Y’. -
It was pointed out that a midget
Sunday school team was being or
ganized, and the teams would play
from noon until 2 p. m. each Sat
H. E. Rodgers, of the Wilming
ton Boxing Commission, disclosed
last night that the proposed 10
round bout between Buddy Best.
160 pounds, and Babe Saunders,
155 pounds, have been approved,
ana would be held Friday night
in the Thalian Hall arena as prev
iously announced.
It was also announced that Louis
Keith, of the North Carolina Ship
building Co., would referee.
Scheduled on Friday night’s
card is a four-round bout between
Johnny Edens, 190 pounds, and
Leroy Hooks, 185 pounds: Bill
Hurst, 160 pounds and Ward Saun
ders, 170 pounds; and three pre
liminary bouts, which will be an
nounced later.
The show is sponsored by the
North Carolina Boxing Club, and
will be Best's last civilian fight
before entering the service with
New Hanover county’s next quota
of inductees.
WAKE FOREST. Jan. 15. — (#)—
Athletic officials tonight announc
ed the Wake Forest Deacons would
meet Portsmouth, Va.. Coast
Guard's basketball team at Wake
Forest at 8 o'clock Tuesday night.
Three Major Leaguers
Complete 35,000-Mile
Overseas Tour
MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 15. — (VP) —
Three major league baseball
players who arrived here today
after a 35,000-mile trip to Army
camps in India. Burma and China
found the troops eager for infor
mation about the game, including
details of plays in the last world
The three were Luke Sewell, who
managed the St. Louis Browns to
the 1944 American league crown;
Dixie Walker, of the Brooklyn Dod
gers, who led both leagues in hit
ting last year with a .357 mark,
and Paul Waner, veteran outfield
er, who finished last season with
the New Yors Yankees.
“Everywhere we found the fel
lows keenly interested in base
ball,’’ Sewell said. “They asked a
thousand questions and we did our
best to answer them
“We showed them pictures of the
1944 world series, gave them base
balls, autographed their “short
snorter' bills or anything else they
wanted us to.
“After we had completed our
show, we asked if there were any
‘You should have seen them let
us have it!”
During the trip which started
eight weeks ago the players flew
the “hump” in one of the Army
Transport Command’s cargo
planes, were several times close
to the front lines and once gave
a show at Bhr.mo in Burma only
a few miles from the actual fight
ing They also played baseball
with the engineers at a camp along
the Ledo road.
“We had quite a game with the
engineers,” Waner recalled. “It
was on Christmas day and we bat
tled 11 innings to a scoreless tie.”
Famous Swimming Coach
Dies Of Heart Attacks
MIAMI BEACH, Fla,, Jan. 15.
—(/P)—Willis Cooling, recognized as
one of the nation’s outstanding
swimming coaches, died today at
St. Ifrancis hospital. Suffering
from recurrent heart attacks.
Cooling, 59, entered the hospital
about two weeks ago.
A well-known gymnastic and
swimmer himself. Cooling devel
oped such swimmers and divers
as Pete Des Jardine, who won two
Olympic championships and who
swept all national diving cham
pionships for four years; Katherine
Rawls Thompson, one of the great
est all-around women swimmers
of a decade ago; Mary Hoerger,
who won the national senior div
ing championship at the age of 11_
and others.
Driver Bandly Injured
In Highway Accident
J. D. Watkins, of Wilmington,
aii employe of the Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad, drove his automo
bile into a car parked 10 feet from
the edge of the Wrightsboro RoacJ
near the Wrightsboro clubhouse
last night, incurring lacerations
and a possible fracture of the
skull. P
The accident occurred between
9:30 and 10 p. m. Si ate Highway
patrolmen took Watkins to Jarne%
Walker Memorial hospital, where
his 'condition last night was de
scribed as serious.
Games in the Lake Forest gym
nasium for today, pitting the' Cel
ties against Nesbitt Courts at 5
p. m. and the Y. M. C. A. against
Hemenway at 6 p. m„ have been
cancelled, it was announced last
Bachelor's Burden
Matrimonial-minded native gals
on Bougainville Island, in the
Solomons, know they have a
prospect when they see this na
tive boy. The massive red and
blue headgear he wears indicates
he’s a bachelor. He must wear
it until he is married and it is
taboo for any woman to see
hjm without it
Sports Travel Exempt
From Convention Ban
Byrnes Directive Fails To
Include Order On
Sports Events
Sports fans needn’t fear—for the
present at least—that the wartime
ban on conventions will abolish
their favorite games and tourna
The War Committee on Conven
tions. which has been casting an
analytical eye over the Byrnes
directive calling off non-approved
conventions, trade shows, confer
ences and group meetings after
February 1, hasn’t found any hint
that it includes port events.
So, for the present, the commit
tee takes the attitude that there
is nohing in the directive to stop
such events as bowling tourna
ments, track meets, and baseball,
basketball and football games. But
a trade show, conference, conven
tion or group meeting, held in con
nection with a sports event, would
require a permit if more than 50
person were to attend.
The committee’s interpretation,
disclosed today, followed word that
the forthcoming mandatory
“brownout”, which will cut off
many of bright lights in order to
save fuel, does not apply to night
baseball or, presumably, other
The convention committee is ex
pected to adhere to its present po
sition that the ban on conventions
does not affect sports events un
less and until James F. Byrnes,
the war mobillzer, decides that it
In the meantime, however, the
Office of Defense Transportation
still is appealing for the voluntary
elimination of all non-essential in
ter-city travel.
In general the government pol
icy appears to be that all citizens,
including sports fans and players
should refrain so far as possible
from burdening over-worked tran
portation lines. This policy goes
hand-in-hand with an official feel
ing that sports are a real morale
builder, and should be permitted
to continue insofar as the war ef
fort allows.
Melvin Ott Arrives Home
After Tour Of War Fronts
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 15.—VP)—
Melvin Ott, manager of the New
York Giants, arrived home over
the week-end after a 7-week tour
of European battle fronts.
Ott said he was "going to relax
for a few days” and “take it easy
for a while.”
Asked for comment on the re
cent manpower restrictions affec
ting sports, Ott commented that
“I'll have to study up on them.”
‘Dutch9 Reuther, Famous
Baseball Scout, Resigns
CHICAGO, Jan. 15. — </P) — Wal
ter “Dutch” Reuther, Los Angel
es, baseball scout for the Chica
go Cubs for the past five years,
resigned today to devote his time
to other business. At the height of
his career, Reuther was an out
standing pitcher with the Brooklyn
Dodgers. He also played with the
Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.
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