Newspaper Page Text
Racing Handicapper Has a Job That Engenders Many Headaches '
NOT JUST SCIENCE; HAS MANY ANGLES Campbell Admits Turf Aces Get Break to Further Track Business. BY JOHN LARDNER. NEW YORK. July 15— Is the handicapping of race horses an exact science? Well, not so you could no ' tice it,” said Mr. John Blanks Camp bell, the country’s best and busiest handicapper, as he speared a side of salmon in the club house at Em pire City. "Not so you could notice It, friend. By no means. If It was. you’d have blanket finishes in every race at every track. "But what you want to know is. can the average racing fan, out of his own knowledge of the entries and their records and conditions, handicap a horse race with fair success? And the answer is, sometimes he can— when the race is a good one, with important horses in it.” Mr. Campbell comes from a plan tation on the Black River in Louisi ana. He has come a long way. To day this big and dapper fellow, with his rosy face and graying hair, is racing secretary and handicapper of all the tracks in New York State, with experience in the same Capacities at nearly every big track you can name— Churchill Downs, Latonia. Tia Juana, Laurel, Narragansett, Arlington, Fair Grounds, Tropical Park—well, 48 of them in all. Pure Theory is Out. And he says that you cannot handi- j cap the running horses with a book of rules in your hand—in other words, pure theory will get you no where, or thereabout. “The pure theory of handicapping," Bald Mr. Campbell, shifting his gaze from the salmon to the salad, "is to select and weigh your horses so that they will all run exactly even, re gardless of ability. But your profes Bional handicapper is satisfied when he gets a close finish between two horses, and. when he gets three of them to finish in a bunch, he is tickled to death. "Now, say you arc arranging a stake face, and you have about 20 horses j »t your disposal. The first thing to do is eliminate the bad ones. And that isn’t hard. Your average racing fan could do the elimination work all right, and he could go on from there and make a pretty fair race among the good horses, handicapping them correctly. "But what is he going to do with the ones that are left? Your pro fessional handicapper has got to build a whole card of races every day, and he has got to satisfy the owners and trainers in every race. The trainer always is looking for the right spot for his horse. He won't want to run his 2-year-old filly against colts and geldings. He wants to run her against a field of 2-year-old fillies. And he wants to be sure he has a chance to win. “Your amateur might know enough about those fillies to make a race, but would he satisfy the trainer? That takes a wide acquaintance, and it takes a knowledge of local conditions— well, anyhow, you have come a long way from pure theory already. Must Satisfy Every Trainer. “YOU must build a card for ah1 classifications of horse —for your 2 ! and 3 year olds and up—for your colts ' geldings and fillies—for your maidens and platers—for your one-race win ners—for your limited winners—for your stake horses—and you've got to give every trainer a spot where he thinks he might win. "Mast people believe that the real good horses, the ones that carry big weight, get the worst of it from a handicapper. That's not true. It works the other way. The inferior horses, the lightweights, get the worst of it. And that's because running a race track is a business, and a prac tical business. "You see, you must have good horses In your race, to attract business, and you can t get the best horses by | threatening to saddle them with 150 pounds, even if that’s what they ought to be carrying. So you cater to the good ones, and the poor ones, who deserve a break, get the worst of the weights. "That's a long way from pure theory, too. Your amateur handi capper might not know about that." Mr. Campbell studied the salad some more and plunged a thoughtful fork Into the heart of it. Writing Expert Has Edge. •J’LL tell you, though,” he said, "where the outsider—the news paper selector, for instance—has the edge on us regular track men. He's only concerned with six horses, the six i winners. We have to work with a : hundred horses, and try to figure how each of them can win. That's the •reason why the outsider enjoys a better day often than the track handi capper. and that's the handicapper's headache." It was in 1905 that Mr. John Blanks Campbell—he was named for Capt. John Blanks, the champion cusser of the Mississippi River—got his first track job as clerk of scales on the old City Park Course in New Orleans. Since then he has held every kind of a track job. in Mexico, the United States and Canada, at the 48 tracks I mentioned before. And the gist of Mr. John Blanks Campbell’s experi ence is that you cannot run the horses with a rule book. “I’m kidding myself if I tell you different,” says Mr. Campbell. (Coprrlght, 19.37, by the North American Newipaper Alliance, Inc.) --•-.-— s TIVOLI BEATS ARCADE. "Tivoli soft haliers nosed out Arcade BA to inaugurate the fourth annuai Fourteenth Street Business Men's As sociation League on the Powell Play ground. >.s _ _ SCHMELING NOT CHAMP. itbNDON, July 15 UP).—The British Boxing Board of Control has officially denied it recognized Max Schmeling of Qermany as heavyweight champion of the world. JERSEY CITY CLUB WRATHFUL VICTOR Beaten 11 Straight Times by Newark, Nails Foe in Double-Header. By the Associated Press. THERE'S a limit to everything, and the Jersey City Giants, kicked, mauled and all but annihilated by the high and mighty Newark Bears, have risen in their wrath. Deep in the cellar, with little pros pect of bettering themselves, the Giants absorbed beating after beating from every club in the International League, but those handed them by the Bears were hardest to take. Rivalry Is Red Hot rJ'HERE'S an intense rivalry between Newark and Jersey City that dates from the days when the Jerseys were called the “skeeters" and which acknowledges nothing to the famed Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants feud. The first day the Jersey rivals met this season there was joy in Hague town. for the Giants won. But since then the Jersey City adherents have had little cause to rejoice. The Bears, loaded with the prize crop from the Yankee chain of farms, swept to the top. while the Giants, with little more than the Albany franchise to build on. dropped abruptly but firmly in the darkness of the cellar. Bears Pile It On. on, THEIR way up. the Bears knocked over the Jersey City out fit 11 times in succession. Yesterday it was a different story, however, with the spotlight shining on them as the rest of the league games were rained out. the Giants belted over the pace-setters in both ends of a double-header by the scores of 7-0 and 2-1. In turning the trick the Giants per formed a few feats that hadn’t been pulled on the Yankee farmhands all season. It marked the first time the Newarkers had been shut out and the first time they had lost both ends of a double-header. Griffs’ Records BATTING. _ O. AB. R. H.2b.3b Hr.Rbl.Pct. Travis - ml 181 25 07 si 5 2 22.370 Stone - 70 274 35 88 17 8 2 44.321 Almada- 22 9.3 J3 28 4 2 0 4.301 Kuhel - 71 290 40 83 13 8 4 31.280 ij?w! ^ - 71 308 51 88 14 2 5 31 .280 Bluest _m— 35 112 11 31 4 2 1 12.277 Millies __— 25 09 7 19 4 O 011 275 Weaver- 15 40 5 11 0 O o 5.275 Myer - 0(1212 25 58 9 o 0 30 "74 Slngton- 39 107 12 29 9 2 0 20.271 Simmons- 51 207 28 65 10 4 3 30.200 Ltnke - 20 25 4 0 O O O 1 .240 Mihalir 23 03 8 16 0 2 0.5.238 W. Ferrell _ 18 30 2 7 2 fl 0 4 233 R. Ferrell _ _ 20 80 HI 19 0 0 0 10.221 ADDleton-15 29 100107 .207 Cohen -17 0 1 1 O 0 O 0.107 Fischer 17 22 2 3 1 0 O 1.130 De Shong- 19 40* 4 4 0 0 0 2.100 Jerobs- 2 ononnnn noo Cbs-'e - 1 1000000 .000 PITCHING. G. H BB SO IP G8, CO W.l Weaver 15 108 37 22 113Vj 14 0 7 4 He Shone 19 132 02 49 128 17 10 8 7 W. Ferrell 8 55 30 15 51 7 5 4 8 Ltnke _ 19 80 32 44 77»i 2 0 11 Fischer 17 74 30 30 72 11 2 4 5 Apoleton 15 70 30 1R 74 7 3 3 8 Cohen 17 24 10 12 24ti 0 0 0 " Jacobs . 21 3 02 0000 Chase. _ 1 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 ITitle in 2-Year Class Only Remains Open in 1937 Racing BT ORLO ROBERTSON. j By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, July 15.—The 1937 racing season still has several months to go, but, with the exception of the 2-year-old division, all of the important cham pionships have been decided. War Admiral, on the sidelines until Belmont Park's September meeting, holds undisputed possession of the 3-year-old crown, while there is little question but that C. S. Howard's Sea biscuit is the class of the handicap division. The Admiral, from Samuel Riddle's i Philadelphia stable, won his right to 1 be acclaimed champion by a string ! of unbroken victories, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Bel mont Stakes, and earnings of $144, 620. The great son of Man O' War is at Delaware Park recovering from in juries suffered while winning the Bel mont. Seabiscuit Scores Heavily. gEABISCUIT has whipped the han dicap division's best in running up five successive triumphs since bow ing to Rosemont by a nose in the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicap last February. Rosemont trailed him in the Brooklyn Handicap, as did Ane roid. winner of the classic Suburban at Belmont Park. Behind him in the Butler Handicap at Empire City was Mrs. Emil Denemark's Corinto, win ner of the Stars and Stripes at Arlington Park. Rosemont still leads in money won, however, witfl $97,525 to Seabiscuit's $82,025. The 2-year-olds, with their richest stakes to come, present a different situation, however. Until the best of the East clash with the aces of the West in such rich stakes as the Arling ton Futurity, the Hopeful at Saratoga and the Belmont Futurity, the title probably will remain in dispute. The Chief Leads in East. AT THE top of the Eastern candi dates stands The Chief from John Hay Whitney's stable. The Chief has won only $13,510 as compared to $19, f;S:' : - : ' ...y. ■: :■* •• ••• ••>•••• I 135 by Inhale, a filly stablemate. but ' the fleet son of Pennant ran such a powerful race in the national stallion stakes at Belmont Park that few dis pute his claim as the East's No. 1 can didate. Mrs. Ethel V Mars, who paid $132. 600 for 16 yearlings last August, domi nates the Western picture with Hal Price Headley's Bourbon King, a strong contender. Warbridge and Farrell, the pair for which the Chi i cago sportswoman paid $18 000 each, have shown little, but Tiger and Sky i Larking have indicated it'll take a mighty pood horse to beat them. Tiger, a son of Bull Dog, which cost $4,500, is the leading money winner of the division with $27,435. while Sky Larking, a $13 500 investment, has chalked up three victories in as many starts. Both are being pointed for the Arlington Futurity July 31. Stars Yesterdav •/ By the Associated Press. Red Ruffing. Yankees—Held Tigers to five hits, fanned eight and gave one base on balls to trim Tigers. 10-2. Buster Mills. Red Sox—Bagged four hits, one a homer, and drove in five runs in 15-6 rout of Browns. Hal Trosky Indians—Batted home three runs with four-bagger and pair of singles as Cleveland whipped Sena tors. 11-3 „ Vernon Kennedy. White Sox—Hurled five-hitter and clouted homer in 4Va mnine. o-4 victory over Athletics. Ival Goodman. Reds—Got three hits, one a double, stole a base and drove in winning run in 5-3 beating of Dodgers Jim Turner. Bees—Got one of team's five hits and scored a run while turn ing back Cubs. 2-1. with five-hit pitching Carl Hubbel. Giants—Turned in fifth straight win by 4-2 score o\er Pirates, while giving up only four hits and one walk. vvkvm wvv i v ■ fcn i A. A. ALL-STAR CLUB Beats Louisville in Twin Bill for Bight to Enter Annual Con test July 27. Bj the Associated Press. QHICAGO. July 15.—The high flying Columbus Red Birds will compete aqainst the best the Ameri can Association can array against them in the league's fourth annual all star game July 27. Burt Shotten's flock clinched the right to oppose the prime pick of the other seven clubs last night by com pleting a sweep of a twilight-moonlight: double-header over the crippled Louis • ville Colonels, to be in first place on July 15. The game will be held In the Red . Bird Stadium, with a squad selected by the association chapter of the Base Ball Writers' Association furnishing i the opposition. | Max Macon recorded his fifteenth ! victory of the season as the Birds won ] the twilight half of the entertainment 8 to 3. Minor Leagues INTERNATIONAL. Jersey City. 7—2: Newark. 0—1. Others not played. ram. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Columbus. S—7: Louisville. 3—3. Milwaukee. 13: Minneapolis. 7. Indianapolis at Toledo, ram. Only games scheduled PACIFIC COAST. Pin Dieso. s: M'ssions. 3. San Franc:sco. J 1 Portland O. Los Aneeie." 0: Sacramento. 3. Seattle. I: Oakland, 3—14 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION. A’lanta. 3: ChaJtanooca. 2. Nashville in: Knoxv’lle. A Birmingham. :—o: Little flock. 3—1. New Orleans, 1—3: Memphis. 0—2. TEXAS. Beaumont. 11- Oklahoma City. 3. San Antonio. 13: Tulsa- 2. Houston 12: Fort Worth. 3. Dallas, P: Galveston. 3 NEW YORK-PENN. Elmira. f»: Williamsport, o. Scranton ai Wilkes-Barre, rain. Only games scheduled. PIEDMONT. Portsmouth. Richmond. 2. Winrton-Salem s—i; Norfolk. 7—7. Durham, 7: Asheville. 4. EASTERN SHORE. Fcderalsburg. 5: Centreville. 4. Crisfield. 7: Cambridge. 4 Salisbury, f): Pocomoke. 4. Dover, o; Easton. 4. COASTAL PLAINS. Avden. S: Kinston. 2. Tarboro- l: Snow Hill. o. N*w Bern. S: Greenville. 4. Williamston. 4; Goldsboro. 1. PLAYING THE GAME FROM THE GRANDSTAND. —By JIM BERRYMAN. /'"'take that, voTV 1 - / ^Su^v601-1-^AND N r HE/! yuh DiRTy \ o&b wc7\ ( D°nt you dare slug, t 0_b( __ \ it's fine O • VthatlittleAAvyd, r Robber*-fertwo \ — ^SSSgT^ / CENTS I’D COME OUT n \ There an' beat some / \ M \ honesty into yur r 1 \IVORy HEAP ! YUH I y N. BUM UMPJ } RAGGING the p«. 4 PLAVEBS WAS • L. iG dangerous ^ ; stuff a few / YEARS BACK ! football and prize _ fighting AROUSE THE fair SEX to unexpected ,*—— heights of vengeful / _u .,e . ACTION. / THASOL JOE . ' MILKSOPP-TH f DOGGONEDEST \ - HEN-PECKED BIRD | — 7 IN OUR BLOCK*. / / ME WOULDN'T \ l TRADE PUNCHES j v WITH SHIRLEY I , temple \^y Vy-" Dr. Robert n. Me Murry, A scientist who is trying To find out why we BEHAVE THE WAY WE DO, HAS MADE A SPECIAL STUDY OF SPORTS FANS, he SAYS THAT THOSE according -TO who get wild IN THEIR PARTISAN en THE MEDICOS, • ->) THUSIASM HAVE THE EMOTIONAL PEVEL SYrous Emotional ^ <>* rrY* /Trt ii<ruTu^-i .T opment of small children.... svs^"^s,uct : zzz^:-^ that CAUSED BV VIOLENT EXERCISE.. V^YUR SKATES ' I f mi iimdiic to pi av » I I ^ 'CE-HOCkrey' ISA leaping spokt for exciting the Spectators t© partisan J3eWOAJSTRATlON5_ Wild Rooter May Be on Psychological Bender Akin to Alcoholic Jag, Declares Specialist BY JOSEPH A. RAWLINGS, Associated Press Sports Writer. CHICAGO. July 15—The rabid sports fan who shouts “break his neck” at a wrestling match or “kill the ump" at a base ball game may be on a psycho logical bender something like an alco holic spree. Dr. Robert N. McMurry, a psychologist, said today. And if he is the kind of fellow who lets the little woman become a base ball widow while he tosses his straw hat around the grandstand he may be a “psychoped.” A “psychoped,” Dr. McMurry ex plained, is a chap who's an adult, but who has the emotional attitude under certain conditions of that of a child. The word is a Greek coinage. Three Factors Figure. And. said the doctor, who is the executive secretary of the Chi cago branch of the Psychological Corp., it's not a bed thing at all to be a “psychoped.” When the "psychoped” vents his rage at an opposing ball piayer or the umpire he can go home and relax. In taking the rabid sports follower apart psychologically Dr. McMurry said that in general there are three principal factors that contribute to the public's enjoyment of any sport in which it plays the part of specta tor—the possibility of identifying one’s self with the players (that's where the “psychoped” comes in); the op portunity for vicarious participation in the actual play; and the chance to release repressed aggressions. It's the latter principle Dr. McMurry said that makes for those violent out busts. “Somp sports, such as base ball, prize fighting, wrestling and ice hockey," he said, “provide ample chance to vent the rages indirectly because these exhibitions are extreme ly partisan and the spectators usually tend to take sides rather violently. “For some reason or another the presence of a group seems to facilitate the breaking down of inhibitions against the expression of hostilities. “An individual who never would think of threatening to kill an umpire or urge a wrestler to break his op ponent’s neck. If he were entirely alone, becomes so stimulated by the presence of a mob that he becomes the victim of a sort of psychological in toxication somewhat similar to that produced by alcohol, which results in a partial or complete breakdown of any or all inhibitory mechanisms.” The name “psychoped” applies only to those individuals to whom identifi cation with a player or a participant or a team satisfies a definite emotional need and whose behavior as a result Harris <Continued From Page D-l.l the cue. Twice he threw the ball into the outfield. Simmona Return* to Game. 'J'HE Tribe, which also had been losing, was on its way toward com- I piling a remarkable record for scoring j men in the first five innings. They j got five men on base and scored all of them. Not until the sixth frame, when they counted five times, was a runner left on base. In the seventh inning I another was stranded. Even so. it was remarkable. Thirteen men reached base and 11 of them scored! Travis was the only Nat who was connecting. Cece drove across two of j the Washington runs. He also made three of the hits, and the only other noteworthy item was the return of A1 Simmons to the game. A1 played de spite the fact that his hand still is badly swollen and it was encased in bandages. I becomes in some sense or another - abnormal. "This abnormality may be in the direction of becoming a rabid base * ball or foot ball fan. or a constant spectator at prize fights or wrestling matches, where he has the opportun ity to attain close proximity to the objection of his admiration." Psychologically in Combat. JN THE case of the person seeking "vicarious participation in the play,” the spectator, said Dr. Mc Murry, "so concentrates his attention* , on one or more of the players In the course of the actual play that he may be said psychologically actually ,4 to be in the field, playing in person. "This one often observes at foot ball games, where spectators even go ^ so far as to tackle other persons in ~ the stands, and even when this ten dency does not express itself overtly * the onlookers experience muscular tensions which leave them very tired afterward. "This actually is only another man ifestation of the spectators’ identifica tion with the players, but on a physiological rather than emotional level.” Y.M.C.A. SWIMMING POOL . - HANDBALL, SQUASH GYMNASIUM OUTDOOR SUN COTS Special Memberthip 3 MONTHS S3.OO 18th & G Sts. N.W. No. 8250 C^ADULTt-CHILO^‘| Jt £ GLEN ECHO POOL WTH SUNTAN BEACH ADJOINING OPEN DAILY 9:30 AH.n11:30 P.M. r atCKERs 'mi r ». n.w. -1 Ill BRAKE RELINING American BRAKEBLOK Lining Used Exclusively MIUER-DEIDIEY^ 1716 \Av. ST..N.W. NORTH IS83 > ■?& ■ > . ‘ •••:> .•. .. x*. . < 1 .. -• ■ ___.: J Take our word for it, LaAZORA I is always mild/ And the quality taste is always there • • • > t A Product of |p§| O. H. P. Cigar Co.. Ine. l LaAZORA 5'c CIGAR Always MILD • Always UNIFORM jj ALL LONG-FILLER I I Uf Hf \| I VV y DISTRIBUTOR §| YJ( l/, DANIEL LOUGHRAN CO . INC. m riy 402 nth st. s.w, Washington, d. c. tyadktiiatoiti ‘fomilasi 5audlOtSt&icA mURPHYS rjfefFjtpZZZST2** 13-Sts.N.W^r^S.i^t A, uTtnzrr--—^ ■. WmTuTri riUTW^ «n*T Pa|rs Higher Priced Men's Sanforized SLACKS Sale Price Sale Starts Friday at 9:30 * For Goiters * For Tennis Players * For Boating or Beach Wear » For Work * | This is without a doubt the best buy in men's guarantee I sanforized wash slacks you have ever seen' They're noi • | just ordinary slacks, but the kind that you would expect to j buy at just double their $1.00 price. * 1 Companion Sale! . I Ribbed Celonese POLO SHIRTS More of these cool celonese sport shirts are sold than any other kind . .. they are every man's favorite because they look well, fit perfectly and are so cool and comfortable. Sizes small, large, medium. Men’s Departmen I—Basement IFOR YOUR CONVENIENCE I. Both Stores Open All Day Saturday I - a