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WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1938.
California Is Rated on Football Par With Pittsburgh, Fordham
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MIGHT ON DEFENSE
GREAT BEAR ASSET
Rams’ Line Best, Panthers
Lead in Man Power, but
Coast’s Backs Excel.
By GRANTLAND RICE.
OS ANGELES. Jan. ..-“How
does California compare with
Pittsburgh and Fordham?’’ In
the wake of the Alabama game,
this query has been tossed in the gen
eral direction of your correspondent
from, almost every angle that a tosser
can use.
In the first place, I don’t think
Alabama would have anything like an
even chance against Pittsburgh or
Fordham. The Crimson Tide lacks
power. In the second place, I should
say that California would be at least
an even bet against either Pittsburgh
or Fordham.
Fordham has the better line—Cali
fornia the better backfield—and Pitts
burgh the bulge in squad man power.
All three have fine ends. None of the
three teams has a forward passing
attack to cheer about.
Bottari probably is the best passer
on the three squads named, but the
Bears’ brilliant ball carrier is no part
of a Luckman, Washington. Frank,
Lain or Dave O'Brien, to mention only
a few.
A battle between California and
Pittsburgh would be close to a score
less draw. Both teams would have
troubles, minus better passing, cross
ing an opponent's goal line.
Calfornia and Pittsburgh.
'A YEAR ago Pitt ran over Wash
ington—facing a weak tackling
secondary with Cruver hurt and miss
ing.
Running against big Meek, Chap
man, Herwig. Anderson and Botarri
would have been another proposition.
No ball-carrying team is going to run
roughshod over California, with this
supporting cast protecting only a fair
line.
California was not called upon to
face a good passing attack, for young
Mosely lost his timing badly and his
passing was poor in this game—in
cluding both distance and direction.
It was just a sophomore off-day—
something to be expected and not
criticized.
California’s passing attack was no
better. But Pitt has had no passing
attack that gave any serious trouble
and Fordham’s air-route total hasn't
been any too hot.
Forward passing has been one of
the best scoring and the most spec
tacular features of 1937 football—and
yet three of the leading teams have
shown little in this department, com
pared with many others.
California, Pittsburgh and Fordham
had the power—and that is what
Allison, Sutherland and Crowley called
on. They had no Luckmans. Lains
or Washingtons—Sammy Baughs or
Dixie Howells—by a margain as far
apart as the outposts of a Siberian
frontier.
California and Alabama.
T HAVEN’T seen a team this fall that
had five such men as Chapman,
Botarri, Meek, Schwartz and Herwig—
all on one squad. California would
have had a terrific time scoring on
Pittsburgh—and Pitt would have had
Just about as much trouble sending
Goldberg and others through Meek,
Chapman and company.
This last Rose Bowl affair between
Alabama and California was an odd
sort of contest. Alabama was clearly
outplayed — outmanned — well behind
In all physical ways.
Alabama fumbled four times. Two
of these fumbles cost Alabama sound
touchdown chances on California’s
7 and 2 yard line.
Two other fumbles gave California
her start for the two scoring drives.
Alabama’s end play was poor.
California had much the better ends
In Schwartz, Dolman and others—
much the better backfleld—a wide
margin in physical power—harder,
surer blocking—harder, deadlier tack
ling, every bit as much urge to win—
and, yet if Alabama had handled the
ball as well as California did, it might
easily have been anybody's game.
Part of Alabama’s fumbling was due
to California’s rugged, almost savage,
tackling. The men from Dixie were
hit harder than any opponent had
nailed them all year.
When 230-pound Johnny Meek—not
210 pounds—puts on a block or a
tackle, you know that something in
the way of an avalanche has arrived.
The tip-off came on the first play
of the game. Meek took the kick-off.
As he swung his 230 pounds of ex
tremely active flesh down the field an
Alabama tackier hit him squarely.
The Alabama tackier bounded back on
his neck as Meek moved on. Another
Alabama entry dived into Mr. Meek
with complete Southern abandon. He
•Iso bounced back and lay stretched
out. At this point, three Alabama
entries converged on Meek and finally
hauled him to the earth, after the
manner of a pack of wolves bringing
down a buffalo. Meek at the moment
seemed to be a trifle upset and non
plussed that only three men could stop
his march.
A Southern Off-Day or Tear.
*I'hIS is no flaming day for the deep
South. Three of her best teams
undoubtedly were Alabama, Auburn
and L. S. U. They were close to
stand-outs.
But in their three bowl games they
lost two starts and scored only 6 points
against 19 for California, Santa Clara
and Michigan State. Santa Clara
whipped one of the best of all the
Southern teams—L. S. U.—that has
yet to win a Sugar Bowl start.
Auburn was far better than Mich
igan State—and yet had a hard time
winning by six points.
Beyond any argument, one of the
strongest of the bowl teams was Rice.
Whizzer White, back of a compara
tively weak line, did his stuff. After
an early start, he never had a chance.
But in 220-pound Lain, Rice has one
of the great backs of the country—a
sophomore who might easily be an
other Bronko Nagurski.
(Copyright, 1938. by the North Americas
Newspaper Alliance, Xne.)
t
Trio of Happy “Little” Bears
Start New Year Right
They Crack Three U. S. Swim Records
Here are a trio of the victorious California U. gridders in their dress
ing room after defeating Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Left to right: Quar
terback John Meek, All-America Halfback Sam Chapman and Center
Bob Herwig. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephotos.
Working out at Clearwater Beach, Fla., un
worried by cold weather in North, are Teenie
Tobey (vaulting) of Saskatchewan, Canada,
and La Rita Chesbro of Binghamton, N. Y.
Yesterday at Coral Gables, Fla., each of these sturdy paddlers set tank marks that bettered
those already on the books. Peter Fick (left) negotiated the 60-yard free style distance in 28 6-10
seconds, Katy Ratals (center) did the 50-yard breast stroke in 34 6-10 seconds and Dorothy
Forbes (right) established a time of 1 minute 18 seconds for the 100-meter backstroke event.
POST-SEASON PLAT
LURES GREAT GATE
Bears’ Workmanlike Game,
White’s Fire, Rice Sophs’
Skill Big Features.
By the Associated Press.
HE West's return to power in
the Rose Bowl. Whizzer White's
sensational display of all
around skill in the Cotton
Bowl, Rice's presentation of a crop of
sensational sophomores and banner
crowds at Pasadena and New Orleans
were the outstanding features of 1938's
bowl engagements.
California’s methodical mowing down
of Alabama undoubtedly enhanced the
waning prestige of coast football in
intersectional combat. Not since 1933,
when Southern Californa slaughtered
Pittsburgh, had a Western team ♦on
by two touchdowns.
Granted the Crimson Tide was not
up to the teams of the John Mac
Brown or Dixie Howell eras, the
Golden Bears turned in a workman
like job at Pasadena. As in the regular
season, the California line outcharged
and outmaneuvered its opponents
and its backs did a notable job of
blocking with Vic Bottari running un
hampered to two scores and a 13-0
victory.
’Bama, Balked in Air, Helpless.
r^JHIEF surprise from the California
side was the Bears’ work against
the Alabama aerials.- The ’Bamans
completed only four forward passes
and the Bears intercepted the same
number. Stalemated in the air, their
favorite zone of attack, the invaders
were helpless against their bigger,
stronger opponents when they got in
pay dirt.
Whizzer White, the second Rocky
Mountain Conference player to make
the all-America, emerged from Colo
rado's defeat by Rice in Dallas’ Cotton
Bowl with new glory. The elusive
Whizzer led the drive for the first
touchdown and passed for the score,
and then ran 53 yards for another
score.
It wasn’t enough. The sophomores,
mainly Ernie Lain and Ollie Cordill,
two backs, set the Rice offensive mov
ing and the Owls pounded out four
touchdowns and the staggering total
of 422 yards gained, overland and in
the air. When it ended Rice was on
top, 28 to 14, but the scholarly White
was the player of the hour.
White, Rice Sophs Shine.
VyHITE combined the talents of
Iain, Cordill and Jack Vestel,
the Owls’ sophomore celebrities, ex
emplified personally. Lain passed for
three of the Rice touchdowns, one of
the heaves going to Cordill, and scored
another one himself. Vestel kicked all
four conversions just as White had
kicked both Colorado points.
New Orleans, where Santa Clara
battered Louisiana State, 6 to 0, and
Pasadena drew the biggest crowds.
Over 40,000 saw Santa Clara win in
the Sugar Bowl and a record gathering
of 90,000 Was on hand at Pasadena.
Other bowl attractions did fairly
well. About 37,000 saw the Rice
Colorado Cotton Bowl tilt. The Orange
’POPPING
The George Washingtons Move Up.
THE heights for which George Washington football teams now have been
pointing for six or seven years apparently have been scaled by Mr.
Billy Reinhart and a rangy, spirited basket ball outfit. After George
Washington w’on 16 out of 20 games on the court last year it was rea
sonable to suppose the Colonials stood high up in Eastern circles. Now, with
that smashing 35-to-27 victory over Minnesota’s previously unbeaten Gophers
representing their third straight win of this campaign, it is equally reasonable
to assume the George Washingtons rank with the country's best.
To basket ball men the triumph the other night over the co-chanjpions
of the Big Ten was regarded as an upset. Still, it was not a surprising victory.
George Washington has at least five capable players and Mr. Reinhart has
shown himself to be an adept coach. What must have given Mr. Reinhart
a great kick, even if it was on the negative side, was the fact that George
Washington won the game without its*
high-point scorer ringing the bell once.
I mean Tommy O’Brien. It takes a
balanced basket ball team to knock off
its best opponent without some help
from a man who invariably leads its
attack.
Even at half time, with
George Washington holding a
precarious 16-13 lead, the hand
writing seemed to be on the wall.
In the officials’ dressing room, inhal
ing gratefully on cigarettes and re
creating the period, were Tommy
Degnan and Paul Menton. A reporter
intruded and volunteered that neither
team was shooting well.
“That's because George Washington
is guarding well and Minnesota's de
fense is making the George Washing
ton boys shoot faster than they’re ac
customed to shooting,” explained Mr.
Degnan.
Gophers Among the Best.
AAR. MENTON nodded gravely in as
sent. “It’s a good game,” he
supplemented. “George Washington
is better than a lot of people think.
If they can drop a few of those shots
that are rolling off the rim they might
win it.”
That’s the way it turned out,
too. In the second half the
Colonials dropped a few, notably
Bob Farls, and blooey went Min
nesota from the ranks of the
unbeaten.
It was a victory not to be taken
lightly. There aren’t many better
teams than Minnesota in the country.
When the Gophers invaded New York
simultaneously with the great Stanford
quint the Manhattan experts rated
the Western visitors on a par.
In Madison Square Garden the
Gophers routed Long Island Univer
sity, which has been a leader in the
East for three years, and then closed
its Broadway stand with a smashing
triumph over New York University.
That’s another tough one, too.
Can Play in Any Company.
rAFFHAND, I wouldn’t know If
George Washington could move
Bowl game, won by Auburn, 6 to 0,
over Michigan State, drew 19,000 at
Miami, Fla. About 12,500 saw West
Virginia, lone Eastern representative
in the post-season games, shade Texas
Tech, 7 to 6, at El Paso.
The East-West game, a New Year
Day fixture, was a financial if not a
technical success. The two all-star
teams played a scoreless tie before
59,000 at San Francisco.
into Minnesota’s gym and duplicate
the stunt. Playing on the home floor
some times means a great deal. But
if the Gophers and Colonials were
to play tonight on a neutral battle
ground, and Mr. Sid Silkowitz of the
G. W.’s solemnly promised not to
foul himself out of the game so early,
I’d have to bet on Reinhart's team.
That’s the kind of an outfit it looks
to be.
The G. W.'s were taller than the
Minnesotas and, in the end. their
height probably meant the ball game.
Faris, Jack Bhtterworth, George Gar
ber, Silkowitz and O'Brien were grab
bing the ball off the backboards con
sistently. They pass well and shoot
well. As Mr. Degnan thoughtfully re
marked, George Washington probably
was shooting faster than ever before.
This is a true test. It means
they can score in any kind of
company.
A paragraph, too, about Reinhart’s
defense. When they came to Wash
ington the Gophers remarked that
Eastern teams had showed them noth
ing except loose defensive play. There
is a possibility that Long Island and
N. Y. U. spoiled the Gophers. Any
way, when G. W. flashed an earnest
man-for-man defense and the Colo
nials ‘‘picked up” for each other, Min
nesota's vaunted offense got no
where.
Gym Isn't Large Enough.
'T'HAT game the other night tipped
off the way basket ball is growing
in this town. Tech High’s gym. which
seats approximately 2.200, wasn’t close
to filling the demands last Saturday.
Hundreds stood in double lines three
city blocks long and in the rain, too.
When the doors finally were closed on
the customers they beat on the portals
by way of complaint.
Mr. George Huber, who said he was
fishing editor on The Star and a young
man richly endowed in patience, even
went out of his way to register an in
dividual complaint.
“For 40 minutes,” revealed
Mr. Huber, fetishly, “I have
been waving dollar bills and try
ing to fight my way in here.
Something ought to be written
about these conditions.”
What would be more helpful, it
would seem, is a couple Congressmen
who give a hoot for the District. Then
maybe Washington would get an arena
and a stadium and even grow up to be
a big city.
OWL-BUFFALO TILT
Booms City’s Business, Also
Enriches Rice, Colorado
Above $27,000 Each.
Ey ths Associated Press.
DALLAS, Jan. 3.—Col. J. Curtis
Sanford, a young Alabaman '
on the Texas Governor's
staff of colonels, had an
idea a couple of years ago.
It blossomed into the Cotton Bowl
game—a gridiron spectacle the folks
in the Southwest believe should con
cede only one edge to the Rose Bowl—
seniority.
Saturday, Col. Sanford saw 35,000
fans fight off heart disease in his Cot
ton Bowl as Rice Institute, Southwest
Conference champion, slammed all
America Whizzer White and Colorado’s
Buffaloes, 28-14. That thriller tore
a page from every other exciting game
of the entire season.
Rivals Get $27,098.55 Each,
STATISTICS prove the amazing
^ growth of his brain child. New
Year day 1937 rain ruined his in
augural game, only 17.000 paying
$36,000 to see Slingin' Sam Baugh and
his Texas Christians whip unbeaten
Marquette, 16-6.
Fans paid $90,000 to see Saturday's
game, plagued by rain the preceding
three weeks. Colorado and Rice each
received $27,098.55.
Next Saturday, Col. Sanford and a
Southwest Conference committee will
discuss plans for the league champion
to play in the bowl every New Year.
Good for Dallas Business.
/“''OL SANFORD'S idea gave Dallas
^ business its lustiest and most
profitable New Year Day in history.
He told the newspaper boys he would
explode bombs which would make
those recently used at the San Fran
cisco bridge dedication sound like fire
crackers. He had his bombs—so loud
that after only five were set off
delicate radio equipment and New
Year nerves stopped the fun.
Texas Declines
Colorado’s Peak
By the Associated Press.
r\ENVER, Jan. 3.—Pikes Peak,
14,109-foot mountain won by
Texas’ Gov. James V. Allred from
Gov. Teller Ammons Saturday, will
not be moved.
Ammons said today upon his re
turn from Dallas, where he lost the
mountain to Allred when Rice won
the Cotton Bowl football game from
Colorado, that under a compromise
the Peak would be left in Colorado,
where Texans could come to see it.
"Jimmy thought he would have a
little trouble moving it,” Ammons
said, “and I told him it would be
all right to leave it in Colorado if
he would agree to let people of
other States visit it.”
\
Hank Luisetti Hailed as Magician of Basket Ball
Stanford Star’s 50 Points in One Game Thought Record—Great Grid Year Seen for Rice.
ft
BY SID FEDER,
(Pinch-Hitttn* for EddieJSrieti)
Associated Press Sports writer.
NEW YORK, Jan. 3.—That
Hank Luisetti must do it
with mirrors ... No one
could be as good as the
Stanford sharpshooter .. . Accord
ing to all books, his 50 points
against Duquesne Saturday is an
all-time record ... As one expert
said, “He may not be the greatest
basket bailer ever—but name me a
greater” ... Don Padgett, National
League’s top-Jiitting outfield rookie
for ’37, is being groomed to handle
the catching for the Cardinals next
season.
At Ford Frick’s New Year party:
Lotta talk that the Dodgers will be
sold (all denials to the contrary)
.. . and that Van Mungo definitely
will be with another club this sum
mer .,. Probably with Oubs, be
k
cause Giants quit bidding when
they heard those telephone number
prices the Brooklyns were asking
. .. Dodgers probably will settle for
less than Frank Demaree in Cub
deal . . . John Heydler, health re
stored, looking better than he did
when he resigned as National
League prexy five years back.
Foreign Relations Department:
New Zealand wants Earle Meadows,
the Southern California and
Olympic pole vaulter, as track
coach . . . Corby Davis, Indiana
fullback, is toying with the idea of
turning pro ... But story going the
rounds says he’d rather be with
pennant-contending Detroit Lions
than last-place Clevelands, who
drew him in the draft.
In case you didn’t know it, Ala
bama has sent 37 ball players to
the major leagues , , • even tf it
i
didn’t win In the Rose Bowl this
last time . . . Open Golf Champ
Ralph Guldahl labels Lighthorse
Harry Cooper best in the business
from tee to green.
No wonder those unbeaten Tem
ple basket bailers have the an
swers for the tough Western out
fits ... Of the five Owl ironmen
who whipped Illinois and stopped
Stanford, four are 6 feet 4 inches
or taller . . . And the fifth a mere
■ 6 feet 1 inch . . . Mike Bloom is
tops at 6 feet 6 inches.
General opinion is the Cubs’ col
lection of master minds (Grimm,
Lazzeri, Hartnett) will bust wide
open by midseason .. .And will the
fur fly then? . . . Mike Jacobsll
have an announcement for you
fight fans from his Miami winter
quarters any day now.
After Saturday's Bowl Mg
k
lng, it might not be a bad idea to
get a few bob down in the winter
book on Rice’s footballers for next
season . . . What with three slick
sophomores like Ernie (Lightnin’)
Lain, who scored one and passed
for three against Colorado; Ollie
(Twinkletoes) Cordlll, who really
carries the mail, and Jack Vestal,
one of those never-mtss placement
guys.
The San Francisco Olympic Club
will bid for the national indoor
track crown with an eight-man
team this winter . .. Gar Davidson,
retiring Army coach, is getting out
the soup and fish for the Notre
Dame civic testimonial dinner for
the "Irish” out there next Monday
. .. Philadelphia and Chicago are
rolling up their sleeves to give little
ole N’Yawk a fight for the Louis*
Bchmsllng cinoh.
I
WEST’Sv'AEE SAVED
By BEARS’ VICTORY
California Also Salves Own
Hurts as ’Bama Bows
First Time on Coast.
By PAUL ZIMMERMAN.
Associated Press Sports Writer.
ASADENA, Calif.. Jan. 3 —
Thanks to California, the
West could hold its head up
again today when Rose Bowl
matters are discussed.
For the "amibition" boys, as Coach
Stub Allison dubbed them, pulled the
Alabama thorn out of the Pacific
Coast's side, where it first stuck 12
years ago.
The Golden Bears’ 13-to-0 victory
before a record crowd of 90,000 per
sons New Year Day not only spoiled
'Bama's undefeated record on the
fifth invasion, but helped to belittle
the South’s superiority over the West
in the annual football festival.
Teams from below the Mason-Dixon
line now hold a 4-to-2 edge, and If
you count the Stanford-Southern
Methodist struggle the score is 4 to 3.
Argumentative chances for the West
ern supporters were slim until New
Year night, with only one triumph and
one tie with the rebel invaders in six
games. The Pacific Coast always has
had the best of Rose Bowl pow
wows with the East, and an even
chance with the Middle West, but
| would rather not talk about the South.
Salves Own Bowl Wounds.
/~tNLY once since Alabama put the
South on the Rose Bowl map with
a 20-to-19 win over Washington in
1926 have the Westerner's had the
last word. That was after Southern
California’s 21-to-12 win from Tulane.
Not only did California relieve this
situation for the coast's defenders
Saturday, but the Bears salved a few
of their own rose tournament wounds,
including that painful 8-to-7 defeat
by Georgia tech in 1929. California's
record in the classic now is two wins,
a defeat and a tie.
Coach Frank Thomas of the Crim
son Tide summed the story up in a
nutshell when he said:
■■California didn’t have many plays,
but considering the deadly precision
with which they were executed the
Bear formations were ample.”
Drives of 63 and 47 yards brought
the California touchdowns, with Vic
Bottari scoring each time on a slant
over ’Bama's left flank. Perfect block
ing, which smothered the ’Bama end,
made Bottari's task child's play.
Bears Shine on Defense.
JJEFENSIVELY the "ambition” boys,
who made up their minds last
September to represent the West in
the bowl, were just as tough.
The booming tackles of John Meek,
Bob Herwig and company contributed
to Herky Mosley’s fumble that started
the first scoring move and saved the
Bears on ’Bama’s two major scoring
threats, as Charley Holm and Mosley
were shaken loose from the ball.
Holm dropped the pigskin on the
7 after a successful pass early in the
second period and Mosley hobbled it
on the 2 early in the fourth after
hope of victory had almost vanished.
And the Bears, who were not sup
posed to be much shucks on pass de
fense, confounded the Crimson Tide
there, too. They rushed Joe Kilgrow
and Mosley hard all afternoon and
intercepted four forwards and one
lateral.
This was disturbing to the Tide,
after the way It passed Washington,
Washington State and Stanford dizzy
on previous trips.
But ’Bama’s homeward Journey,
started yesterday, need not be too sad
The Tide still is batting .750 in the
tough Rose Bowl league, and no other
invading school to visit the flower
basin more than once can come close
to that.
Sports Mirror
By the Associated Press.
Today a year ago—Ossie Solem,
head coach at Iowa, named Syra
cuse football coach, replacing Vic
Hanson.
Three years ago—Notre Dame
limited football eligibility to equiva
lent of eight semesters or four
years of school.
I
Too Many California U. Stars
To Designate Any as “Hero”
Of Great Win Over Alabama
By BRIAN' BELL.
Associated Press Sports Writer.
ASADENA, Calif., Jan. 3—The
football team without a star
won a Rose Bowl game without
developing a hero when the
University of California overpowered
the University of Alabama New Year
Day, 13 to 0.
All season California's Bears have
given a fine demonstration of how to
win without one player standing out
over his fellows and the classic windup
was no exception. Vic Bottari took
his place among the comparatively
few stalwarts who have scored two
touchdowns in a Rose Bowl game, but
Dave Anderson. John Meek and Sam
Chapman uncovered some of the most
sensational blocking seen in a Rose
Bowl game to get the powerful Bottari
past the defenders.
Herwig Fine Ball Hawk.
T»OB HERWIG. giant California cen
ter, could demand a recount if a
hero should be nominated. Not only
did he play a smashing game, both
offensively and defensively, but in ad
dition was the best ball hawk on the
field. And there were others, notably
Perry Schwartz.
Losing teams aren't permitted to
: have heroes, but if the minority should
be given representation the nomina
tion might go to Chuck Holm or Joe
Kilgrow'. These two backs would grace
any team in the country.
California had too much power for
Alabama. When the Bears started
moving they moved their lighter op
ROSE BOWL “TAME”
TO PREP GRID STAR
Lacfts Color, Says De Correvont,
Recalling 100 Bands Tooting
at Chicago Title Tilt.
By the Associated Press.
T OS ANGELES, Jan. 3 —To Bill de
Correvont, Chicago's fabulous prep
football star, the city high school
championship game he played in last
fall "was more colorful than the Rose
Bowl Game.”
“Say. when we played St. Leo,” he
said, ”we had 100 bands parading
between the halves.
"Of course, it was a hard-fought
game at the Rose Bowl and all that,
but somehow I think it could have
been more spectacular.”
De Correvont, rated by Midwestern
observers as the Nation's prize pros
pect for collegiate football, spent the
week end with a film studio official
regarded as a University of Southern
California roo^r.
“You can just forget all those
stories that I've already made my
choice,” he declared regarding his
choice of a college.
Pitt Lands Logan,
Ex-G. W. Trainer
T> OLAND LOGAN, former George
Washington University trainer
and basketball coach, today stepped
into a similar post at the Univer
sity of Pittsburgh.
Logan, who serves as trainer for
the Boston Red Sox during the
major league baseball season, will
teach physical education at Pitts
burgh and also be trainer for all
Panther sports teams.
ponents out of the way and early In
the battle it was evident the Western
representative would win, barring a
miracle.
Alabama showed flashes of a great
running attack, but its passing offense
never could get started, principally
because the Californians rushed the
passers from first to last.
Law of Averages With Bears.
'T'HE law of averages also was play
"*■ ing for California. Pour other
times Alabama had visited the Rose
Bowl without a defeat. The per
centage was due to catch up with
the ’Bamans and it did. Three times
the visitors fumbled and three times
the Bears recovered, twice setting the
stage for touchdowns and once de
priving the losers of an almost cer
tain counter.
California got the breaks, but It
must be said, too. the Bears made
some breaks on their 6wn account.
Crashing tackles, the order of
day throughout for the winners, r
tributed largely to the fumbles. F
i teams which have played In the Rose
Bowl hit any harder than California
did.
j When the books are balanced over
the years it will be hard to name a
| hero of the 1938 game to take his
; place along with the great stars of
I the past. Half a dozen Fears could
be nominated, a good case made out
for any one of them, but in the hero
business In football it's one or none
! and it must be none for the current
| classic.
THREE TRACK ACES
WIPE OUT DEFEATS
Cunningham, Towns and Lash
Beat Former Conquerors in Sugar
Bowl Sports Festival.
By the Associated Press.
l^EW ORLEANS, Jan. S.—Three
1 ^ great American track stars, Glenn
Cunningham, Forrest Towns and Don
Lash, shared the thrills of the fourth
annual Sugar Bowl festival of sports
with the 6,000 who watched them In
action.
All three, participating Sunday in
their specialties, in which they hold
the world records, avenged defeats.
Cunningham, the former "Kansas
Bullet.” outdistance Archie San Ro
mani to win the mile; Georgia's Spec
Towns, Olympic 120-yard high hur
dles champion, defeated Allen Tomlich
of Wayne University, the only man
who ever beat him in intercollegiate
competition, and Lash reversed the
result of last year's 2-mile run by
conquering Wayne Rideout of Texas
Teachers.
Cunningham was clocked in 4 min
utes 13.2 seconds. Towns in 14.3 sec
onds and Lash's time was 9:21.7.
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TAKOMA GETS G. W. ACE
George Freilicher, an outstanding
player with George Washington for
several seasons, today was signed by
the Takoma Fire Department pro
fessional quint and will report to the
first practice session tonight at the
fire department gym at 8 o'clock.
Freilicher thus joins Bozie Berger,
Moon Evans and Bucky and Bernie
Buscher, formerly of Maryland; Ed
Hargaden, crack Georgetown product,
and Pete Neun, former Pittsburgh
star, on the Takoma roster.
Oogruits Outslide Airgrits
Score 7-6 Ice Bowl Win as Alaskan Island’s
Populace (182), Snowstorm Howl.
By the Associated Press.
KKING ISLAND, Alaska. Jan.
3.—Monday morning quarter
backs were at it today—even
in this Far North Bering
Strait spot which furnished the
Nation's Ice Bowl football game
New Year Day.
The strong Oogruits defeated
the lighter Airgrits, 7 to 8, for the
Arctic championship, while the is
lands populace (182) howled along
with a snowstorm.
I
The Eskimo teams pulled no
punches, but ran fake reverses,
threw laterals and tried place-kicks.
Father Bernard Hubbard, once ,•
athletic director at Loyola in Los
Angeles, and now an explorer, '
said “I never thought it possible
for them to play so perfect a
game.” ’
Uniforms consisted of hooded
parkas, mukluks and sealskin
pants. Helmets were parka hoods
I lined with fur and straw.

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