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> ■ WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1936, C—1
Kuhel Foresees Good Year With Nats: No $40,000, No Base Ball, Insists Dean
NEW POST AT BAT
First Sacker Insists He Is
Physically, Mentally Bet
ter Than Ever.
BY FRANCIS E. STAN.
Stall Correspondent of The Star.
ORLANDO, Fla., February 28.—
The best hustler in this
Washington training camp
is not a rookie fresh off the
farm and anxious to please Bucky
Harris. As a matter of fact, he is a
young man who knew stardom once
and who is anxious to sell himself
again not only to Harris and Capital
fans, but to himself.
"I ve got to make good this year,”
Joe Kuhel was saying today as he
caught his breath between workouts
at Tinker Field. ‘‘I not only have to
do it, but I am going to be a darn
good ball player.”
It is doubtful if Kuhel ever before
expressed himself to this extent.
Thousands of words have been written
about his finesse at first base since
Kuhel came t6 the majors in 1930, but
very little about his fire. But Joe this
Spring is a little harder of face, a
”1 spent the whole Winter trying to
eell myself to myself, he disciosea.
•T know I had a bad year last season
end I know why. Right off the bat,
when I started slowly, I lost all con
fidence in myself. I was ‘through'
long before the year was up.
'Tve had a lot of time to think
about it. I worked on myself and I
think I'll get results. Base ball is the
only work I do. I've got to make
Lighter Than Last Year.
TP ACTIONS speak louder than
words. Kuhel still presents a strong
argument. He underwent an opera
tion this Winter, and. after recuperat
ing, Joe wired President Clark Grif
fith for permission to report to camp
with the rookie squad. "I want to be
in top shape when the season opens,”
he explained, and Griffith needed no
urging to snap up Kuhel's offer.
He is 5 pounds lighter now than
when he finished the 1935 season, and
so hard has Kuhel worked since camp
opened last Monday that he looks
ready to step into a ball game at a
moment's notice. He runs around
the park, takes his batting practice
cuts, works out in the infield, shags
flies in the outfield and during the
afternoon he plays golf.
"How do you like the idea of drop
ping down in the batting order?” he
was asked and the first response is
an ear-to-ear grin. "Great,” he
answers. "I really think I'll bat
a lot better as a result. In fact. I
think that batting in the lead-off was
the source of all my trouble last year.
Mental Condition Hurt.
•*‘YrOU see.” he continued, "I had
1 batted down in the line-up every
year except one and I've been play
ing base ball for 12 years. When
■Rnrkv Harris Dut me at lead-off
last year it was in the best interests
of the club. I know, but somehow
I couldn’t get around to really liking
it. When I flopped at the start I
lost faith in myself and couldn't get
"I learned something last year,
though." Joe went on earnestly,
“Mental condition had a lot to do
with my bad season. I think the
dope this year is for me to bat lower
down in the batting order, but if I
were placed at lead-off again I be
lieve I could do a good job.
“Really, though, I’m glad to think
I'll bat fifth or sixth, because I be
lieve I instinctively play better when
' something depends on me. Batting
down in the order means more chances
to come to bat with runners on base,
and without appearing egotistical I
think I can show a fair record for
batting in runs.
“My job was to straighten myself
out mentally and I know that I did.
I’m ready to go and, so help me. I'll
be a better ball player this year."
D.C. AND MARYLAND
TABLE TENNIS FOES
All-Star Line-ups Will Clash Sun
day at Wardman Park in
'T'ABLE tennis competition between
A the District and the State of Mary
land flares anew Sunday night, when
the pick of paddlers in those localities
meet in the Continental ball room of
Wardman Park Hotel, starting at 8
o’clock. ! ■
With the Capital’s team already
holding a victory over the Baltimore
table tennisers this Winter, the locals
will be out to complete their domina
tion of the Old Liners. Three-man
teams will compete, playing a round
robin match. Tickets at 40 cents
■piece will be available at the door.
Bright Overhauls Kansas
Flyer in Final Lap of
West Coast Race.
By the Associated Press.
AN FRANCISCO, February 28.—
Norman Bright, the red-headed
California schoolmaster, is the
latest victor over Glenn Cun
ningham, the champion miler from
Running in the San Francisco indoor
meet last night after several defeats
on the Atlantic seaboard. Cunningham
stayed ahead of Bright for 12 laps
of the mile race, only to be overtaken
on the final dash around the track.
Bright, holder of the American 2
mile record, finished two yards In
front of the Kansan. His time was
4:16.3, considerably slower than Cun
ningham's record of 4:06.8 established
two years ago.
Flyod Lochner, Oklahoma, finished
third, and Joe McClusky of the New
York Athletic Club, fourth.
Hurdle Mark Broken.
'T'HREE-TENTHS of a second was
chipped from the national 40-yard
hurdles record as Leroy Kirkpatrick
of San Mateo Junior College raced
over the barirers in 5.1 seconds. The
old mark was 5.4 seconds, feet by T.
N. Richards, February 9, 1910, at La
Another American indoor mark—6.2
seconds in the 50-yard hurdles—was
tied by Phil Cope, University of South
ern California, coholder of the world
126-yard high hurdles outdoor mark
Cope then turned to the 60-yard dash
and equaled the listed time of 7.3
seconds, made in the national indoor
A. A. U. meet last week.
For Local Fans
Wilson Teachers vs. South ast
ern at Y. M. C. A., 8.
Gallaudet vs. Long Island Uni
versity at New York.
Georgetown Prep at Western,
St. John’s at Gaithersburg High,
i Landon vs. Montgomery-Blair at
Silver Spring. 3:45.
Rockville High at Friends. 3:45.
Augusta Military Academy vs.
Maryland fro6h at College Park, 4.
Howard vs. Shaw University at
Raleigh, N. C.
Miner Teachers’ College vs. Cop
pin at Baltimore.
Columbus University vs. Brook
lyn College, Turner’s Arena. 8:15.
Maryland frosh vs. Augusta
Military Academy, College Park, 8.
(Admission free.) a
Maryland in Southern Confer
ence meet at Charlottesville, Va.
American University at Lynch
Woodberry Forest vs. Episcopal
at Alexandria, Va., 3.
Gallaudet vs. College of Oste
opathy at Philadelphia.
Howard vs. North Carolina State
Teachers at Durham, N. C.
Lincoln vs. Miner Teachers’ Col
lege at Cardozo, 2.
Maryland in Southern Confer
ence meet at Charlottesville, Va.
Sarasota Is Winter Capital of Base Ball
Score of Big Leaguers Now Permanent Residents—Grove Shoots for 25 Victories.
BY EDDIE BRIETZ,
Associated Press Sports Writer.
ARASOTA, Fla., February 28.
This spot well may be called
the Winter base ball capital
of the world . . . more ball
players hole in here for the cold
months than in any other city in
the country . . . quite a few have
bought homes and become free
holders, with voting and fishing
A great many others show up
around December 1 “for a couple
of weeks of golf," but seldom pull
up stakes until time to head for the
training camp ... in one respect
Sarasota’s atmosphere is like the
six-day bike race—it gets you . . .
there you drop in for an hour, but
etay all night . . . here you come
for two weeks and stay all Winter.
K The town’s No. 1 base ball citl
V Ben is Lloyd Brown, the Cleveland
'^pitcher . . • Some of these days.
When Sarasota catches up with its
golf and sunning, it will pay tribute
to Lloyd in a big way.
He was the first ball player to buy
a home here . . . since then 20
others have rushed to follow suit...
You can see Bill Jurges of the Cubs
sitting on his own front porch . ..
also Butch Henline, 8eattle catcher,
who owns a hotel; John Moore of
the Phillies; Roy Spencer of Balti
more and Bill Sweeney of Portland.
Wes Ferrell and Helnle Manush
of the Red Sox are annual visitors
... so are Willis Hudlin, Cleve-.
land’s golf-shooting pitcher, and
Paul Waner of the Pirates . . . The
town claims the distinction of
having been the site of the first
golf course in the* country . .. and
i last month staged the first base ball
players’ golf tournament.
Twenty entered and the only
“furrlners” were the celebrated
Dissy Dean, who winters at
Bradenton, hut 10 miles up the
road, and Babe Ruth, who
down from St. Petersburg to steal
the show . . . Dizzy is down here
two or three times each week to
golf and pop off.
Notes of the Red Sox: Joe Cronin
is lighter than last year and looks
fit after Winter base ball in Cali
fornia . . . guessing here is he’ll
be back on short .. . Oscar Melillo
showed up a week ahead of
Special to Beantown: The Messrs.
Ferrell arrived today ... the boys
allowed as how they had just come
down by another route ... Old
Bing Miller almost as spry as ever
and'wanting to know who’s going
to get the rightfleld job away from
him . . . The Sox have two fine
looking colts in Stewart Bower* and
Walter Ripley, both right-handed
pitchers .. . Lefty Drove, supposed
to have received the fattest pay in
crease of any American Leaguer,
has set 36 victories as his goal this
year ... last season ha pulled for
30—and got them.
RLANDO, Fla., February 28.—
A glance at the 1936 man
agerial who’s who reveals
that only 3 of the 16 major
league pilots are certain to open the
forthcoming season as active players
unless prevented by injury. This
would seem to indicate, that base
ball’s cycle of player-managers defi
nitely is passing.
Joe Cronin is sure to play shortstop
for the Red .Sox, and. of course,
Mickey Cochrane will do the catching
for the champion Detroit Tigers.
Jimmy Wilson of the Phillies, another
catcher, rounds out the trio of pilots
who are almost sure-fire players. ,
A natural reaction to this change
in style would be to assume that best
results are gained from bench man
agers. When the 1935 season opened
there were 10 active managers, but
at the conclusion 3 permanently had
retired to the bench, and this season
probably will open with 3 or 4 more
seeking .the dugout.
Rogers Hornsby of the Browns,
Chuck Dressen of the Reds and Char
ley Grimm of the Cubs quit their
playing activities last year, and if
capable substitutes can be found it is
expected that Bill Terry of the Giants,
Jimmy Dykes of the White Sox,
Frankie Frisch of the Cardinals and
Pie Traynor of the Pirates will hang
up their gloves this campaign.
Playing Managers Shine.
r»UT the rub comes when the record
•*-* iriven a thorough coins over.
The Tigers won the flag last season
and carried on to defeat the Cubs, a
bench-piloted team, in the world
series. The Tigers also won the pen.
nant in 1934, when Cochrane first
came to Detroit, and in the world
series they were ppposed by the Cardi
nals, who were led by Frisch, then
very much a playing pilot.
In 1933 the pennant winners wen
Washington and New York, wltl
Shortstop Joe Cronin leading the Na
tionals and Terry at the helm foi
the Giants. The year before that
Chicago won the National League
flag and was led by Grimm, whe
played first base in addition to man
Thus does the tendency of owner)
to name bench managers and to alios
player-managers to retire seem incon
sistent. In recent years the most
successful ball clubs have been let
by pilots who played alongside 01
their minions and showed the way
and yet managers of this species ap
pear to be decreasing.
Fall When Back on Bench.
OTHERS have been many cases of sta:
players who took over the mans
gerial reins and successfully suppliet
the inspiration on the field that wa
necessary to make a winner. Cronh
was one when he led the National
to the 1933 pennant. But man;
of these stars, once they decided ti
confine t^elr direction from the bench
failed as successful pilots.
BUI Carrigan. who surged tta
Red Sox a few years ago, was one.
Roger Bresnahan, Fielder Jones and
Frank Chance were others. Known
best to Washington fans is the case
of Bucky Harris.
Bucky, a crack second baseman,
won the Capital City's first pennant
and only world championship in 1924,
his first year as a manager. The
following season, 1925, he repeated
as head of a pennant-winning club.
Then followed years of unsuccessful
bench piloting in Detroit and Boston.
Even if Bucky were epnvinced now
that his chances of wliihing a cham
pionship would be better if he played,
it would be too late. But Harris,
by his acitvities and plans regard
ing the forthcoming season, appears
to think he can improve over pa^t
years. In Midwinter he announced
that he would forsake the dugout
for the coaching box on the first
base line, wheig he will direct the Na
tionals, and currently he is hold
ing down second base in unprece
dently early infield drills at this
Washington training camp.
Harris Would “Change Luck."
VU'HETHER Bucky thus can supply
’ that necessary inspirational
spark he managed to give off when
he was in the game every day as a
player is a moot question, but it
would seem that behind his new policy
is a new effort to change his mana
gerial luck of the, last 11 years.
Of course, Bucky has no ambition
to play again. His current workouts
are designed only to help young pecil
Travis and Buddy Lewis. He defi
nitely is a bench manager now and
the cycli of player-managers seems
to be passing.
If Frisch, Traynor, Dykes and Terry
follow Harris and others to the dug
out, it may be interesting to note
Rider Collage, 50; Gallaudet, 28.
North Carolina, 31; North Carolina
William and Mary ^47; University of
Waynesburg, 32; Geneva, 27.
St. Vincent, 48; Youngstown, 37.
California Teachers, 33; Edinboro, 26.
Heidelberg, 38; Ashland, 29.
Muskingum, 39; Denison, 18.
Ottenbein, 35; Capital, 30.
St. Olaf, 32; Augsburg (Minne
Iowa State Teachers, 29; Luther, 18.
Iowa Wesleyan, 29; Parsons, 23.
Hastings, 31; Doane, 22.
St. Thomas (St. Paul), 24; St.
I Mary’s (Winona), 18.
i Missouri, 31; St. Louis, 23
i Aberdeen Northern Normal, 40;
i Rapid City School of Mines, 27. *
Indiana Central, 36; Ball State, 28.
» Depauw, 36; Wabash, 28.
Central Normal, 36; Valparaiso, >4.
central, 66; Upper Iowa, 49.
i Indiana State, >6; Ba^State, 38.
Diz Threatens to Take U[
Paul Will Balk.
Bjr the Associated Preu.
DALLAS, Tex., February 28.
The silence of the St. Loul
Cardinals brought Dizz
Dean, the $40,000 holdoul
smack up against his oft-threatene
retirement from base ball today.
And Brother Fpul joined the gang
ling moundsman—conversationally t
Jerome Herman, some call hit
Dizzy, said he might go into the furnl
Paul said he might take up farmlni
The Cardinal bosses said nothing
a circumstance that brought about th
state of affairs.
Dizzy Says He Means It.
J^ltZY believes his pitching arm
worth $40,000 a year to the Cai
dinals. You can imagine what he dl
when the Cardinals sent him a cor
tract he said called for $18,500. P
sent “them papers" back to have tl
Paul did the same thing. The huj
sums weren’t involved in his decisioi
but the principle of the thing w<
' And there it ended. Second cor
tracts have not been forthcoxnin
from the Cardinal front office. Neithi
has an explanation.
“When I say I’m going to retire
| . TN the final indoor home event
of the University of Maryland’s
I sports program, the Old Line fresh
man boxing team will clash with
Augusta Military Academy fighters
tonight at Ritchie Coliseum.
* There will be no admission charge
to witness the scrapping, which
gets under way at 8 o’clock.
The Terps yearlings have won
both their previous meets and
Augusta has a strong team.
. they don't offer me a fair deal I mean
j it,” said Dizzy.
j Insists Upon “Fair Deal.”
TJE WILL go to St. Louis “to confer”
with a business man there “on a
t proposition to enter the furniture busi
i To Jerome Herman a fair deal must
- be at least within reaching distance of
the $40,000. •
f. .“I want close enough to that amount
_ to show the Cards are making a gesture
s to give me a fair deal,” he said.
“And I’ll guarantee they’ll have
plenty of trouble getting Paul to sign
unless there’s an increase.”
- 'OPPOSES SPRING DRILL
Yost Rathea Would Have Grid
* men Train by Other Sports.
AUSTIN, Tex., February 28 (A>).—
Tennis and track are the best Spring
training for foot ball players, Field
*> ing H. (Hurry Up) Yost, athletic
s director at Michigan, said here.
Here on a visit to the University of
Texas, he said he did not believe
formal Spring grid practice was “much
g use.” He rather would see his own
■r squad keep in condition through bas
ket ball, tennis, track or other sea
if sonal sports.
Won’t Race in Widener Cup
Event, but Is Assigned
By the Associated Press.
CAVALCADE, the 1934 3-year
old champion, will remain on
the sidelines until Summer at
least, but he still is respected
by the handicappers.
Charles McLennan has assigned the
son of Lancegaye 136 pounds for the
$10,000 Widener Challenge Cup Han
dicap, which will be run at Hialeah
Park Saturday. That is 14 pounds
more than McLennan gave E. F. Sea
gram's Stand Pat. which probably will
start as the favorite.
Joe Wagner. Lexington jockey, has
been ordered to report to Trainer Bill
Brennan at Red Bank. N. J„ where
Mrs. Payne Whitney's horses are
quartered. Wagner, one of the coun
try's leading riders last year, will help
prepare the horses for the Northern
As the result of his sparkling race
last Saturday and a fine trial thia
week, J. E. Widener's Brevity virtually
is sure of going to the post a short
priced favorite for the Florida Derby,
March 7. His most recent workout
was l's miles in 1:54%.
E. R. Bradley's candidates also ar»
rounding into condition. Both Bow
and Arrow and Baby Talk stepped a
mile in 1:40, while C. V. Whitney *
Bright Plumage went the 8 furlong*
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. ...... 1 i " 1 -
f HE LOVES
TShe nationals' first sacker.
is down here aheap of
schepule, Conditioning himself
For his Joa. he says that
this season HE IS OUT To
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