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Kuhel-for-Bonura Seems Lone Swap Left to Nats on Major Mart
Griffith Might Take Hayes
for Second Sacker—All
Tribe Trades Off.
Start Correspondent of The Star.
CHICAGO. Dec. 4.—Only tech
nically are the baseball marts
closed today. The minor
league bunion derby at Mil
waukee finished, the industry's legions
have marched into the Windy City to
await the formal opening of the ma
jor league standathon on Monday.
But, in the meantime, rumors still cir
culate and managers and magnates
continue to talk without saying much
of anything.
■r-resiaeni, uiaric orimtn and Mana
ger Bucky Harris of the Nationals arc
going around with pessimistic view
points. In trading for Vernon Ken
nedy'of the White Sox, Mickey Coch
rane of Detroit obtained the pitcher
that Griffith had ogled. Getting Ken
nedy in a swap for First Baseman Joe
Kuhel was one of Griff's original plans.
On top of this adverse break, Gen
eral Manager Cy Slapnicka of Cleve
land suffered a heart attack and will
be confined to a Milwaukee Hospital
for at least a week. Griffith and Har
ris were busily dickering with Cleve
land when Slapnicka was stricken.
With Cy laid up the Tribe will do
nothing, especially with Oscar Vitt,
the new manager, just getting his
bearings in the league.
Turns Down Sox Offer.
|< N ROUTE from Milwaukee to Chi
cago, the White Sox again offered
Griff First Baseman Zeke Bonura and
Bozie Berger for Kuhel and Second
Baseman Buddy Myer. Again Griffith
turned it down.
“111 trade Kuhel for Bonura
straight.” he repeated, "but I won't
toss in Myer for Berger. If the Sox
want to make it Bonura and Jack
Hayes for Kuhel and Myer, I might
say yes.”
Shortly before Slapnicka was rushed
to the hospital yesterday, the Indians
began to talk seriously to Griff and
Harris. "Vitt asked me about Myer,”
admitted Harris, "but he only offered
Junk. Yes, he said something about
Roy Hughes. But I'm not going to
give up Myer for Hughes.”
The chances are that Cleveland
didn't expect him to do it. Slapnicka
and Vitt were feeling out the Nat
bosses. Now the clubs probably will
have to wait until Slapnieka's recov
ery before resuming their talks.
As, Indians Are Dickering.
'J'HUS the original plans of Griff and
Bucky must be discarded. They
started all over again today, but it
did not look as if they had a chance to
make a deal. They probably are closer
to a straight Bonura-Kuhel swap than
any other trade.
Meanwhile, the humble Athletics
began to get a play from the rumor
mongers. The big report of the day
is that Cleveland is, or was, readv to
turn Outfielder Earl Averill over to
Philadelphia in exchange for Bob
Johnson, another outfielder. Averill.
for the first time since he came to the
majors, is on the block. But it was
difficult for the baseball men to see
how Cleveland could benefit from a
trade of this kind.
Averill may not be as popular as he
Used to be in Cleveland, but he still
swings from the left side of the plate
and can bang 'em over the short fence
in right field. Johnson also can hit
hard, but Bob is a right-handed hitter,
and left field in Cleveland is one of
the league's longest. If the A’s and
Indians make a deal it probablv will
involve an exchange of Third Baseman
Bill Werber for Third Baseman Sammy
Hale, as well as the fly-chasers.
Nats Seek New Farm.
| EAVING Harris to hold the fort in
the hotel lobby and dicker with
whom he pleases, Griffith today plotted
to Improve the Washington Club’s
“farm” system. In selling the Chatta
nooga Club last fall, the Old Fox gave
up his chief subsidiary and now has
connections only with the Class D
Charlotte team of the Piedmont League
and the equally Class D Salisbury Club
of the Eastern Shore League. It is
obvious that Washington needs an out
let, of higher class to send promisine
ball players who are not quite ready i
for the big time.
Griffith has been extremely fortu
nate, at that, in developing young play
ers. Chattanooga, until a Class A-l
rating was invented last year, was only
a Class A team, and yet such as Cecil
Travis and Buddy Lewis spanned the
pap to the majors in fine style.
Pitcher Ken Chase promises to dupli
cate the leap, and Griffith has hopes of
Outfielder George Case and Pitcher Joe
Krakauskas hopping direct from the
New York-Pennsylvania League into
the big show. But this is pressing his
luck and Griffith realizes It. So he
is out to do something about hooking
up with a Class AA loop. *
lour Imperial Valley High Teams
Enjoy Exercise, Anyway.
IiOB ANGELES. Dec. 4 (A*).—Every
body won the title in this Imperial
Valley High School Football Confer
Here’s how:
There are four team—Brawley, El
Centro. Calexico and Holtville—and
they play a six-game schedule, each
playing the others twice.
Brawley beat El Centro twice, El
Centro beat Holtville twice, Holtville
beat Calexico twice and Calexico beat
Brawley twice. Brawley and Holtville
split even. El Centro and Calexico
split even.
The season ended in a four-way tie.
JERRY TRAVERS credits Bobby
** Jones with the outstanding golf
achievement this year. Within
three days, the 15-year-old lad from
Atlanta, playing over three strange
courses, 1,000 miles from home,
defeated three of the best profes
sionals in America, Emmet French,
Freddy McLeod and Cyril Walker.
Benny Leonard, world lightweight
eh&mpion, picked up an easy $3,500
out in Denver by knocking out
“Sailor” Kirke in the first round.
Harry Greb of Pittsburgh out
classed Willie Meehan of San
Prancisco in their middleweight
bout in Philadelphia.
T ---
Ex-Grid Star to Coach Army
am'■ "•! " ■————■
..Mill—... .. liil |
A 12-lett.cr man in his undergraduate days at West Point,
shown at his apartment at Kansas City yesterday after word
of his appointment as Army's head coach had reached him
during classes at Fort Leavenworth Training School.
—Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto.
AFTER rare title
Etchebaster, Phipps Start
Battle in World’s Most
Exclusive of Games.
By the Associated Press.
Tuxedo, n. y., Dec. 4.—The
boys and girls who bat a ten
nis ball around corner-lot
courts on Sunday afternoons
probably wouldn't recognize the sim
ilarity to the game they play, but the
world tennis championship is the
stake for which Pierre Etchebaster of
France and Ogden Phipps of New York
are playing today.
Their game is tennis in its original
form—court ‘tennis or royal tennis. It
probably is the oldest ball game in
the world, having come down without
material changes from its earliest
days, and certainly it is the most
exclusive of games.
Three Matches for Title.
J7TCHEBASTER, who won the world
title trom George Covey of Eng
land, and Phipps, New York socialite
and American amateur champion, will
play three matches for the title. The
first starts shortly before noon today.
The second will be played Wednesday
and the third next Saturday. Each
match will go the best 7 out of 13
Court tennis, like lawn tennis, is
played on an oblong court with a net
across the middle and games and sets
are scored in the same way, but that's
where the resemblance ends.
The court is inclosed by high walls,
with a shed-like structure with a
sloping roof running the length of
one side. There are various openings
in the walls and numerous lines across
the floor, each of which means some
thing when it comes to making a
Court Costs $100,000.
^HE ball is about as resilient as a
5-cent baseball and the racket is
a lopsided affair built for scooping
shots off the wall.
There are a dozen courts in America,
each of which cost around $100,000
to build. Some 200 spectators, who i
drew lots for the privilege of shelling
out a $15 a seat, can watch the match. '
Phipps has had a sensational rise,
having attained prominence only a
few years ago. He's easily the best
amateur in America. Etchebaster
started, with little more than the
aptitude toward ball games common in
all Basque "pelota" players and within
a few years he was rated one of the
best players in the world.
See Bright Court Season After
Victorious Opening.
Its basket ball campaign launched
successfully, Georgetown Prep’s quint
today viewed its season with optimism
and placed particular emphasis on the
aid Capt. Walter Kelly, center, and
Fuzzy Sahrendorf apparently will
render in the Little Hoyas’ attack.
Kelly tossed in 9 points and Sahren
dorf flipped in 8 points yesterday as
Georgetown Prep defeated St. Paul's
Academy, 24-16, at Garrett Park.
Nadler and Boylan also played crack
floor games in addition to registering
7 points between them.
O. TJ. Prro. O.F.Pts. 8t. Paul. G.F.Pts.
5°!4iln/■ i i 3 Zaysrzofer.f. 0 2 2
Nadler.f.... l 2 4 Curttn.f_12 4
Becker, f— 0 0 0 Reese.c l o 2
Zumas.f-ooo Grimes.t. __ 124
Kelly.e- 3 3 0 Guilt s_12 4
Murphy.s_ 0 0 0
TaradUs.s .000
Sahr'dorf.s. _ 3 2 8
Devine,s_ 0 0 0
Totals ... 8 8 24 Totals
Referee—Maurice Enrisht.
CLINTON, S. C„ Dec. 4 OP).—
Leroy Monsky, guard'on the Rose
Bowl-bound Alabama football team,
has been announced as the winner
of the Jacobs award for the best block
ing performance in the Southeastern
Conference this year. The award is
voted by the coaches of the South
eastern Conference.
SIX high school chess club teams
opened the Initial round of play
>n the Interhigh Chess Associ
ation for the team champion
ship at the Social Chess Lounge yes
terday afternoon, with each school
having a 100 per cent representation.
It *’as truly a regal turn-out among
the school players from Roosevelt,
Eastern, Central, Western, Wilson and
Tech. Ail were enthused over the
prospect of combatting the test op
position among their friendly enemies
and the rivalry for major honors is
keen as the top-board or runned-up
or second -board player is the potential
individual association champion, the
award going to the player who makes
the ace score.
Playing for Roosevelt against Cen
tral were Wallace Magathan, Robert
MacWillnms, Guy Goodman, Stanley j
Steinberg and Russell Macy.
Components of the Central quintet,
were Sam Bass. Robert Hostler. Walter
Kurland, Melvin Bers and Leo Wiemer.
MacWillinms lost to Hostler and the
remaining games stand adjourned.
Individual scoring for the decided
Tech vs. Wilson.
Robert Feeney ] D*vlr Margold a
Sol Breeskin _ 1 He, Moore O
John Abbadess* n John Dtckman 1
Daniel Furfeld _ O Harold Zurke 1
Daniel Leenov n Oswald Schultte 1
Eastern vs. Western.
Paul Miller * Robert Parr _•
Warrer Simpson 1 Roy Mil'en.son 0
Jack Oil! 1 Oeorce Muscrave o
Fori Coddlnaton 1 Dick Benscn 0
Manuel Holty. .- 1 Charles Barnes 0
~i 0
Round No. 2 is announced for next
Friday afternoon. Team captains will
contact President Hostler immediately
to determined location for the respec
tive matches.
The team championship is to
be awarded solely on the total
points scored tegardless of the
outcome between any two con
testing quintets. ,
The interscholastic chess champion
of the District will be selected by a
separate individual tournament, the
first round of which will be played
on New Year day at the Central Y. M.
C. A., the victor receiving a medal
and. also, custody of the perennial
trophy for 1938.
Officers of all chess clubs in the
association will file at once a complete
1st of members, giving name, address
ind telephone number, mailing same
« the Interhigh Chess Association,
3arkside Hotel,
Social Chess Divan Drive.
^ 8PECIAL postal card is being
mailed to all local chess fans.
Dn that card appears the following:
‘I,.---(give name),
pledge my active support to Social
Dhess and agree to financially support
Jie Washington Social Chess Divan
for the full year of 1938 at the special
rate of $1 per month, payable quar
terly or monthly, in advance.
Signed _ ;
Address. __
If you have not received one of these
:ards, and would like to become an ac
tive booster of the local organized chess
program, which maintains a non-profit
lounge for your pleasure at the Park
;ide Hotel, clip the above and post
with your initial January fee of $1,
which will make you a member in good
Among the 1938 pledges already are
William Burko, Dr. Alexander Brooks,
Raymond W. Lewis, R. J. Fuglister, Si
non Naidel, Henry Reil, Richard Jen
rins, Mrs. Ida Frohlin, Joseph Tishier,
Maud G. Sewell, Francis Stoegerer,
Mrs. H. E. Klttredge, Gen. Basil Bogol
lubov and William Reynolds.
Send your membership to the chess
sditor, The Evening Star, now Let’s
put "community chess" across in the
District for 1938. *
Visit the lounge, 1336 I street
N.W., Thursday night, or any
evening, and enjoy a casual
Fights Last Night
By the Associated Press.
DAYTON. Ohio.—Buddy Knox. 193.
Dayton, knocked out Elmer Appleton,
200 Louisville. Ky. (3).
PHILADELPHIA.—Jimmy Jones. 157.
Baltimore, and Tony Claccio. 168. Nor
ristown. Pa,, drew (10).
SAN TOANCI8CO.—John Paeano,
146. San Francisco, stopped Nord Ger
rard. 148. Chieato (.7).
HOLLYWOOD Calif—Nick Peters,
184 >4, San Aptonio, outpointed Wally
Hally. 134'4. Los Anselea (10).
Ryan. 170, Newark, outpointed Tom
Henry. 168. Philadelphia (10).
Capt. Wood Well Grounded
in West Point Football.
Was Versatile Star.
By the Associated Press.
WEST POINT, N. Y„ Dec. 4.
Army's football team will
have a new coach next fall,
Capt. William H. Wood,
but the system which has proved so
successful for the Cadets under the
regimes of Gar Davidson and his
predecessors is not likely to see many
The selection of Capt. Wood, a cav
alry officer and a 4-year man in Army
football, was announced yesterday.
The change was made according to
Army regulations which ordinarily re
quire a change of station every four
years. Capt. Davidson remained five
years at West Point under a special
order. He has not yet received his
orders from the War Department,
but expects to be sent overseas next
Capt. Wood will take over the coach
ing duties at West Point next summer
after completing his course at the
Command and General Staff School
at Fort Leavenworth, Kans.
Wins Dozen Letters.
'■J'HE new coach entered West Point
in 1921, played four years of foot
ball, baseball and basket ball, winning
12 letters. At that time Plebea were
allowed to play on varsity teams. He
starred as a kicker and defensive full
back on teams which Included such
famous players as Ed Garbisch, all
America center, and George Smythe.
Since his graduation in 1925, he
has served one season as Plebe back
field coach and eight as assistant
varsity backfield coach and thus will
be able to continue the Army sys
tem with full knowledge of just how
it works.
CaDt. Wood, who celebrated his ap
pointment by taking his wife to din
ner in Kansas City last night, said his
objectives will be to defeat Navy and
Notre Dame.
"The Army system of football Is well
established,” he added. "We try to
carry on and do as well as our teams
have in the past. We lose several let
ter men, but will try to get along.”
Funds for Gym Expansion Sought
by D. C. Guard s Team.
Seeking to procure funds to enable
It to enlarge gymnasium facilities and
purchase boxing equipment, the Dis
trict National Guard boxing team will
hold a benefit dance tonight in its
armory at Sixth street and Pennsyl
vania avenue N.W., from 10 to 1
Capt. Charles E. Smithson, athletic
director, has been named chairman of
the dance committee. Reservations
may be obtained by calling Metropoli
tan 5810.
—.. " •
Boxer Who Failed to Make Good
as Schmeling's Sparmate
Meets Local Heavy.
pAUL PROSS, who recently was
bounced out of Max Schmeling's
training camp with two other spar
mates the Teuton's handlers felt
weren't giving Max sufficient exercise,
will stack up against Murray Kanner,
local heavyweight, in a six-round pre
liminary Monday night at Turner's
Matchmaker Goldie Ahoam plans to
pit the winner of the Kanner-Pross
bout against Bob Tow, Alexandria
fighter, in the near future. Kanner
has won his last five bouts.
Cowboy Howard Scott will aim at
Irish Eddie Dunne, lightweight pro
tege of Benny Leonard, in the eight
round feature bout, while an eight
round semi-final lists Vernon Cormier,
talented New England featherweight,
facing Calvin Calp of Baltimore. Four
rounders find Eddie Walker meeting
Vince Bonovari and Joe Casper clash
ing with Maynard Daniels.
“--->-- -
Dean Bagler, Texas Schoolboy,
Has Scored 281 Points.
SAN SABA. Tex., Dec. 4 f/P).—Foot
ball fans hastened today to set forth
the scoring record of Dean Bagler,
little San Saba High School halfback,
when they read Bill De Correvont,
Chicago high school star, had been
called the Nation’s top scorer with
204 points.
-They gave Bagler’s record as 261
points, including 41 touchdowns and
15 points after touchdowns. And Bag
ler has another game to play this
Rose Bowl Game “in Bag” for
Them, Navy Bill Declares.
(IP).—The Rose Bowl game Is in the
bag for California, take it from Wil
liam (Navy Bill) Ingram of San
Francisco, here visiting his father,
William T. Ingram, who celebrated his
80th birthday yesterday.
“Navy Bill,” former Indiana, Wil
liam and Mary and California foot
ball coach, said he didn't know what
Alabama, California's New Year's
Day opponent, had in the way of a
football team: but California, he said,
has few weaknesses.
Walker, Former 'Bama Gridder,
to Coach Cadet Tossers.
LEXINGTON, Va., Dec. 4 (IP).—Jim
my Walker, former Alabama football
and basket bell star and all-South
e as tern Conference basket ball guard,
has been placed in charge of the Vir
ginia Military Institute court squad.
Walker will build his team around
five returning lettermen. They are
Capt. Jack Read and Andy Trzeciak,
guards; Winston Coleman, center;
Doe Saunders and Ray Taylor, for
wards. v
Milan on Way Back to Nats as Coach
Former Pilot Here Due to Succeed McNeely—No Place on Club for O’Neill.
Staff Correspondent of The Star.
Chicago. Dec. 4. — a new
coaching deal for the 1938
Senators was revealed to
day by President Clark
Griffith and indications were that
Clyde Milan, one-time Washington
outfielding star and manager, will
replace Earl McNeely in the third
base trafficking spot.
McNeely, hero of the final game
of the 1924 world series, was noti
fied of his release and on the re
quest of Manager Bucky Harris the
Washington owner is considering
the naming of Milan. McNeely
succeeded Johnny Kerr in 1935 but
he did not prove as satisfactory a
coach as he did a base-runner in
his playing days.
Mili^f probably was the most
famous base-runner In the history
of the Senators. He stole more
bases than any Washington player
of all time and during his heydey
the former center fielder rivaled Ty
Cobb as a base-path threat.
Milan has been connected with
baseball almost continuously since
his playing days were over. He
managed several penna.it winners
in the Southern Association in re
cent years and last year he opened
the Dixie loop season at the head
of the Chattanooga club. Early in
the season, however, he suffered a
nervous breakdown and was re
‘‘Milan is going to be connected
with the Washington club in some
capacity,” said arifilth today.
Originally I had planned to send
him out as a scout, but Bucky
asked for him u a coach and I may
change my plans. In fact, I very
probably will change them. Milan
ought to make a good coach. He
knows baseball, talks it all the time,
and ought to make a fine running
mate for Harris.”
No other names are being con
sidered for the job at the present
time, said Griffith. Asked If he
would consider signing Steve
O’Neill, former manager of the In
dians, he said: "Emphatically no.
I don’t put a manager of mine in
spots like that,” he explained. "I
mean if Washington finds it rough
going In the middle of the season,
some people are liable to start a
rumor that I had O’Neill on hand
to take Bucky’s place as manager.
That isn’t good for-a club.”
Half Dozen Will Shoot for
Some of $20,000 on Tap
in Florida Events.
By W. R. McCALLl’M.
MORE than $20,000 will be |
spread around in a fortnight
rf golf tournaments in Flor
ida, starting next week. At
least half a dozen Washington pro
fessionals either now are in Florida
or will be there within a few days
seeking a slice of this cash.
It hasn't been so many years ago
that tournament golf was more or
less sporadic, depending on the whims
of chambers of commerce and alert
real estate opportunists, but today the
young pro who wants to make a name
for himself in the tournament game
has a definite schedule on which he
can count every winter.
R*al Test of Nerve*.
JT HAS been called the "University
of Golf" and no better name could
have been devised for this post-grad
uate school of training in how to I
score under pressure of money. The !
young pro who wins a sectional tour
nament or two and wants to try his
new-found wings in the big time has
his chance nowadays, and the reward
is worth while as it never has been
When you consider that Harry
Cooper will earn this year in tourna
ment winnings alone more than
$15,000, and that altogether Harry
will make somewhere around $35,000,
such a career must appeal to the
raggedy-muffin caddie hitting pitch
shots down in the caddie pen. That
and the idea of being a public idol
and the darling of the galleries,
swanking around the ritzy winter
resorts and spending money like a
millionaire. .
No wonder so many kids start on
the tournament circuit with rosy
dreams of the future ahead of them,
and fall flatter than last summer's
straw kelly if they try to keep up
with the Joneses.
Revolta's Rise Stirs.
rJ''HEY have before them the classic
example of John Revolts, who
went to Miami in 1932 with a few
bucks in his jeans and a sick wife:
who borrowed his entry fee in the
Biltmore tourney and won $1,200. Of
Gene Sarazen, who grabbed the open
championship in his second year of
big-time golf. Of Sammy Snead, the
Virginia hill-billy, who in his first
complete year of goir has banked
somewhere around $9,000. and has
lived pretty well in the meantime.
And of many others, like Tony
Manero, who three years ago sought
a local club job which might have
netted him $3,500 a year and last
year won the national open and the
pick-ups it brings. It’s a great gamble
with the gods of golf these youngsters
take, but golf balls roll truer than
But Wiffy Cox, Roland MacKenzie,
George Diffenbaugh, Leo Walper, Cliff
Spencer, Bob Barnett and Lewis
Worsham have a chance to get into
the heavy dough down Miami way.
The guy who can land in one of the
top spots at the Biltmore is a winter
French-Canadian, in Headliner
at Rialto, Has Held Own
in Fast Company.
soned campaigner who has held
his own in top-flight competition, will
oppose Joey Archibald, slick-haired
Providence featherweight, in a 10
round bout that will headline the
Rialto's opening boxing card Friday
Lemieux. a French-Canadian, fight
ing out of New Bedford. Mass., only
three weeks ago was whipped by Har
ry Jeffra, world bantamweight cham
pion, in a fast 10-round scrap at Ak
ron. Biff dropped a disputed decision
to Archibald last year when they were
fussing for the New England feather
weight title.
Having spilled Tony Dupre for a
count of nine in recording a draw sev
eral months ago. Lemieux has dis
posed of Henry Hook, Pancho Villa
and George Dixon, among others.
CHARLESTON, S. C„ Dec. 4 OP).—
Andy Sabados has been elected cap
tain of the 1938 Citadel football team.
“Out” for Owens
As Umpire Looms
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
^JHICAOO, Dec. 4. — Clarence
(Brick) Owens, veteran Amer
ican League umpire, will be re
placed on Will Harridge's balls
and-strlkes calling staff next sea
son, it was disclosed here today by
a reliable league source.
His successor was not named.
Owens recently was quoted at his
home as saying there was npthing
the matter with his eyesight, as
per charges of ball players, and
that he expected to be back on the
job in 1938.
Getting to the Core of Vitt.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHICAGO, Dec. 4—The most popular manager at the baseball shopping
marts seems to be Mr. Oscar Vitt of Cleveland, probably because he ts
new and ts a good guy with it. That’s one thing you have to say in i
favor of Mr. Alva (Hire ’Em-Fire ’Em) Bradley ... He hires and fires !
good guys. Steve O'Neill was an all right chap and so were Walter Johnson
and Roger Peckinpaugh. Let it be recorded that Mr. Vitt, the old third base
man, belongs in the same social class with these ill-starred gentlemen.
At Milwaukee and in Chicago, the new Tribal chieftain turned loose the
full force of a refreshing friendly personality. For Mr. Vitt this is practically
effortless, which may be the reason why the writing boys who will live with him
next season are for the guy. The Cleveland press has accepted him with open
arms and reveled in his honest admission that he knows almost nothing about
his new ball club, but is willing to learn. “I’ve only seen the Indians twice,”
wmv.mu tivv. caw liiic WIIIlC" X
working for the Yankees (managing
the Newark "farm".), and I was sitting
with Jake Ruppert. Naturally I paid
more attention to the Yanks than to
Mr. Vitt was draining a mug
of beer the other day when
somebody asked him about
Charley Keller, the boy from
the University of Maryland.
"Great kid,” grinned Vitt. “Yeah,
a great kid. I was kind of proud to
manage him in the boy's first year in
organized baseball. Wish I could man
age him again next year.”
' That's fine, Oss.” interrupted one
of the newspaper men, “but just how
good a ball player is Keller? Is he
ready for the majors? Can he break
into the Yankee outfield in the next
couple years?”
Better Than Di Maggio.
■y/TTT distributed another one of
those toothy smiles and laid down
his beer mug so he could talk better
with his hands. "He's the best young
ball player I've ever seen, without
qualification. I've been in this busi
ness for 29 years now, and I’ve never
seen one like him. I don't think the
Yankees will bring Keller up next
year. Another year in the Inter
national League probably will do him
some good. But he's got it.
"I'm serious about this kid. Listen
. . . I saw Di Maggio in the three
years he spent in the Coast League
before he came up to the Yankees.
And I'll say that Keller, in the year
he played in the International League,
showed me more than Di Maggio did
in three seasons.”
One of the writing boys spilled beer
down his neck when this came out.
"Say, Oss,” he glubbed, "does Keller
hit as hard as Di Maggio?”
"Yes, definitely, yes,” answered
Vitt. "He hits just as hard and he's
left handed. He’ll power that ball
toward the right field stand in Yankee
Stadium'and he'll give Di Mag a run
for home-run hitting."
Keller Is Worth *100,000.
JJY THIS time Vitt's throat was
running dry. While he reached
for a fresh order of suds, somebody
jokingly asked: "Why don't you try
to get him at Cleveland?”
‘‘WnnlHn’f T i;l*« ♦****♦»
"Listen. I told Mr. Bradley: ’Offer
$100,000 to the Yankees for Keller.
If they take it I’ll raise $50,000 of the
money myself. That's what I think
of him.”
Vitt should know whereof he speaks.
He was i. pretty fair country ball
player himself. Old Oss wasn’t a
heavy hitter but he was one of those
third basemen who played close to
the vest. When he was in his prime
he played for Detroit, along with Cobb
and Crawford and Veach.
He didn't have to hit much.
Others did the long-range
blasting. Oss’ Job was to run
the bases and play that in
Somebody brought up Johnson’*
name during the course of the con
versation. "How Is Walter?” asked
Vitt. "I'd like to see that fellow again
socially. But I don't ever want to pick
up a bat and meet him.
Walter Conked Him on Head.
"J REMEMBER one time I batted
against Walter in 1913. That was
my first year as a regular with Detroit
and I led off the game. Johnson's
first pitch was a ball. The second
pitch hit me Squarely between the eyes.
I went down like I'd been shot.”
“I begin to aee It all now,” cracked
one of the bag punchers. “I see why
you took the Cleveland job. It all dates
back to that crack in the head. You
haven’t been right since.”
"Listen," laughed Vitt, “I didn't get
»ny sympathy then and I don't expect
any now. I was laying on the ground,
not quite unconscious, and you know
what happened? Donie Bush, the next
man, walked over to me and kicked me
In the side with his foot.
“ C’mon, Vitt,’ said Bush,
‘quit stalling. Yon ain’t hurt!’ ”
"Can you Imagine that? I get hit
oetween the eyes by one of Johnson's
pitches and I'm stalling. But that, of
:ourse. was during a different era of
In Defense of Cleveland's Press.
gOMEBODY started to say that if he
thought Bush was tough he ought
» see those Cleveland fans In full cry.
But Mr. Gordon Cobbledick, one of
he Cleveland press boys, had spoken
t, few words earlier In the day. Mr.
Cobbledick, after peers of martyrdom,
has decided the business of libeling
Cleveland fans and the press, espe
cially the press, has gone far enough.
"Here’s an item the newspaper men
who slander us apparently don't know
or care about,” hissed Mr. Cobbledick.
"Anyway, name one American League
club that has had fewer managers in
the last 10 years than Cleveland. The
only one in Connie Mack's. Now name
"Cleveland's had only three,” he con
tinued. "Just to freshen some weak
memories, there have been Peckin
paugh, O'Neill and Johnson. And
every other club in the league, except
the A's. has had at least that many.
Why. Boston's had about five and so
has St. Louis.”
We were painfully willing to agree
with Mr. Cobbledick. There was a
strong chance he would recall that
Washington had four managers in the
last 10 years. Besides Mr. Cobbledick
Is a big guy. You've got to consider
certain angles.
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 OP).—The
New York Sun, in its all-Amenca foot
ball selections today, places two Cali
fornia players in the first team back
field, and, for the second straight year,
rates Yale s Clint Frank as the coun
try’s outstanding player: The selec
tions :
First tram—Ends. Smith. Oklahoma,
and Souchak Pittsburgh: tackles. Mrllus.
Villanova. and Kinard. Mississippi, guards.
Routt, Texas A. and M. and Franco. Ford
ham: center. Wojciechowicz. Fordham;
quarterback Meek. California; halfbacks.
White. Colorado, and Chapman, California;
fullback. Frank. Yale.
Alternates—Ends. Holland. Cornell, and
Sweeney. Notre Dame tackies. Matisi.
Pittsburgh and Markov. Washington;
guards. Monsky. Alabama, and Zarnas.
Ohio state; center. Hinkle. Vanderbilt,
quarterback Luckman. Columbia, half
backs. Gold here Pittsburgh, and MacLeod.
Dartmouth: fullback. Davis. Indiana.
Each Club Has Talent That
Dodpers Need—Many Big
Deals Cooking.
Associated Press Sports Writer.
CHICAGO, Dec. 4.—There was
plenty smoke and a lot of Are
in the baseball trading busi
ness today as the shopping
center shifted from the minor league
meeting in Milwaukee to the major
league arena in Chicago.
Though the American League turned
all the deals at Milwaukee, indications
today were that the long awaited swap
of Brooklyn's Van Mungo was all but
ready for official announcement. And
when the eccentric Brooklyn Are
bailer is traded—to any one of four
clubs in the market—the National
League is expected to do a land office
business. *
No Peep From Pittsburgh.
rJ',HE best guess—and much of this
player dealing is guessing—today
was that the New York Giants or Chi
cago Cubs would get Mungo because
those tw'o clubs seemed to have what
the undermanned Dodgers needed to
rebuild their funny ball club.
The Giants opened up a bit last night
by selling Southpaw Pitcher A1 Smith
to the St. Louts Cardinals and getting
Catcher Tom Padden, ex-Pittsburgh >
Pirate, from the Cards. Padden willW
go to the Jersey City farm. ■
Dark horse of the player mart was i
Pittsburgh. When the disappointing “s
1937 season closed, Manager Pie Trav
nor said his club was ready to shoot
the wtfrks with almost every player
on the club.
So far, no one has had a peep out
of Pie, but he may swing a big deal
around Paul Waner and Arky
Vaughan any day now. The Boston
Bees also were doing a bit of fine gum
shoeing and an important deal may b*
pulled by shrewd Bob Quinn.
roxx ix on Market.
'J'HE American League, apparently,
was just beginning to trade.
Manager Jimmy Dykes of the White
Sox certainly must do some more
shopping now' because he has wound
up with almost an entire line-up of
right-handed hitters, one of the sur
est routes to second division in base
The Boston Red Sox, it lx known,
want to get a deal for Jimmy Foxx;
Cleveland wants a catcher and is
fairly certain of landing Rollie Hems
ley from the St. Louis Browns; the
Yankees, though sitting tight, would
spend a pretty penny for a good
pitcher, while the other clubs are after
what they can get without too much
of a sacrifice.
Detroit, apparently, is well fixed
now that it obtained Pitcher Vernon
Kennedy from the White Sox. who got
Martin Owen and Gerald Walker.
Major* Meet Monday.
^^CTUALLY, the major league meet
ings open Monday. Both leagues
will hold separate sessions on Mon
day and Tuesday and Joint meetings
on Wednesday.
Proposals to increase the player
limit from 23 to 25. to make the bad
less lively, and discussion* of night
baseball compose the principal busi
ness on the agenda.
- ■ •
ANNAPOLIS, Md. iff*. — Heber
Player. Navy gridder. was aptly named.
He's played almost every position.
Now's he's a guard.
East’s Comeback in Football
Notable in 1937 All-America
(Continued From Page B-7.)
in the pursuit of all-star recognition,
principally by Ki Aldrich of Texas
Christian and Fordham's Alex
Wojciechowicz, who covered as much
ground on the gridiron as his name
does in the alphabet. One of the
year's best duels was waged qfi the
same field by Aldrich and “Wojie.”
The Texas boy, on the basis of un
biased accounts, did not come off sec
ond best.
Two other heated sectional debates
revolved, in the Big Six, around the
relative merits of Charley Brock of
Nebraska and Mickey Parks of Okla
homa, and, on the West Coast, be
tween partisans of California's Bob|
Herwig and Phil Dougherty of Santa
Clara. Brock and Herwig got the
sectional all-star nods. Big Ten
coaches favored Ralph Wolf of Ohio
State over George Miller of Indiana.
The Southern Conference standout
was Charley Woods of Clemson.
QLD positiorial distinctions have
been largely discarded in modern
offensive football, with its wingbacks,
tailbacks and blocking backs.
All four men selected for this year’s
all-America backfleld are halfback
types, though Yale’s Clint Frank car
ries fullback drive and power in his
chunky frame. Like California's Sam
Chapman, Frank also qualifies as a
defensive backer-up of the first mag
nitude. In fact, with Frank and Chap
man to furnish the locomotion, it is
difficult to see how any opposition
would have much success stopping
their mates, Whizaer White and Big
gie Goldberg, from running wild all
This combination, without any se
rious debate, is the country's best,
notwithstanding a fine backfleld class
in the Southwest and the exploits of
numerous others, on or off the big
league circuits. Not even the fact
they were on losing teams could dim
the luster or all-around great per
formances by Sid Luckman ot Colum
bia, Joe Gray of Oregon State and
George Karamatic of Gonzaga.
Over the season's stretch and in the
clutches, however, none seriously chal
lenged the All-America leadership of
Frank and White, the players of the
year. Frank carried Yale along un
beaten until the final game with Har
vard, tallied the last eight touchdowns
registered by the Blue in 1937, and
even in defeat was a heroic figure. His
defensive ability, although somewhat
obscured by his passing and running
exploits, was one of his greatest assets.
White, a quintuple-threat man, daz
zled the Rocky Mountain sector with
performances unrivalled since the
palmy days of Dutch Clark, Colorado's
Phi Beta Kappa scholar rolled up
amazing yardage—well over 1,000
yards—from s-rimmage. besides run
ning wild on kirk rc:-:-.i« minting,
passing aid booting extra points or
field goals.
He Had to IV Good.
^"JOLDBERC haa to be great to stand
out on a Pitt team possessing ex
traordinary backin'Id talent as a
whole. He starred on the defense inn
engineered what few passes the Pan
thers tried, but was at his best on
Pitt's slashing reverses or off-tackle
power thrusts.
Like Goldberg. Chapman had to
prove his greatness in exceptional com
pany. One of the Californian s mates,
John Meek, shared all-cnast nomina
tion and another, Vic Botari, got most
of the headlines because of his flashy
ability in the open. Nevertheless, coast
critics rated Chapman the best all
around man in the best backfield they
had under scrutiny.
In the Southwest little Davey
O'Brien of Texas Christian performed
amazing iron-man stunts against as
rugged opposition as any team in the
country faced. Dick Todd of Texas A.
& M. and Hugh Wolfe of Texas rated
high as running backs. Billy Patter
son of Baylor was Sloan's main rival
for passing honors. Big Ernie Lain,
sensational Rice sophomore, tore the
conference apart with his late-season
exploits and labeled himself the big
threat man of 1938. Tulsa's Morris
White gained gobs of ground.
Pupils. Pingel Stand Out.
jy/JINNESOTA lost a potential all
America star in Andy Uram. due
to a broken wrist. Big Ten backfield
honors went mainly to such veterans
as Don Heap of Northwestern, Jim
McDonald of Ohio State, Cedi Isbell
of Purdue and Corby Davis of In
diana. John Pingel of Michigan 8tate
rated high on his all-around qualifi
cations and Andy Puplis contributed
to some of Notre Dame's big mo
The East contributed, aside from
those already given the acoolade,
such other standouts as Bob Mac
Leod of Dartmouth, Bill Osmanski
of Holy Cross, line-buster extraordi
nary: George Peck and Whit Baker
of Cornell, Hal Stebbins and Prank
Patrick of Pittsburgh and Vernon
Struck. Harvard's spin-buck specialist.
Whit Jaeger, out most of the season
with injuries, returned in time to help
Colgate upset Syracuse.
Joe Kilgrow stood out consistently
in Alabama's backfield. with his run
ning and passing, while Fletcher
Sims engineered Georgia Tech's flash
attack. Walter (Tiger) Mayberry of
Florida was conspicuously hard to {
stop, regardless of the opposition.
Paul Shu of V. M. I„ a sophomore,
caught many an expert eye, as did
another varsity newcomer, Georg*
Cafego of Tennessee

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