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Fresh From Best Season, National Grid Loop Looks to New Peak
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Balances League, Improves
Play—Attendance Soars
15 Percent to Mark.
President National Professional Football
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 4 (fP).—
Fresh from its finest season in
both attendance and spectac
ular play, the National Pro
fessional Football League looks for
ward to even greater things in 1938.
Our selective draft system, under
Which the weaker teams are given first
opportunity to negotiate with graduat
ing college stars, showed its effect for
the first time during 1937, and was a
heavy factor in providing the tight,
colorful race.
The Eastern division surprised every
one by jumping up on even terms with
the Western half in strength this year,
while Washington’s victory in the play
off gave the East the national title for
the first time in years.
The league teams are so evenly
matched now, that the addition of a
few players could make title con
tenders of several clubs, notably the
Cleveland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and
Pittsburgh teams. Cleveland’s en
trance into the league boosted mid
west interest, and, although the Rams
did not win many games, they were a
better team than their record indi
Attendance at New High.
'J'HE league’s attendance showed a 15
per cent increase and reached a
new high.
We think we are providing the
greatest show in football—a game
which must be played by experts, but
one from which the ordinary fan can
get a “kick.”
The league will continue to play an
open game, and increase scoring pos
sibilities. The goal posts will remain
on the goal line to permit more field
goals, and forward passes from any
where behind the line of scrimmage
Will be permitted, as in the past.
Professional football, like profes
sional baseball, is gradually evolving
a “farm” system and a major-minor
set-up. During 1937 we had working
agreements with the American Asso
ciation, composed of teams around
New York and New Jersey; the Dixie
League, with teams in Virginia, the
Carolinas and District of Columbia,
and the Midwest and Western Asso
ciation circuits.
Vast Minor Chain Is Aim.
VJANY players, not yet ready for
big-time play, were “farmed” to
clubs in those loops for added season
ing I hope that before many years
every town in the country will have
a professional football team, affiliated
with some league. That also is my
aim for professional football. (Mr.
Carr is promotional director of minor
league baseball).
Miami, Fla., is seeking the 1938
play-off game as the feature attrac
tion of its winter sports carnival, but
we are holding off an answer to that
city’s flattering offer until the annual
league meeting in February. The de
cision will be left up to the league's
Our relations with college football
are the friendliest. In fact, our rule
that no league team may sign a col
lege player until his class has grad
uated tends to keep many athletes in
school who otherwise might desert
the classrooms to turn professional.
Sports Program
For Local Fans
Basket BaU.
Maryland vs. Baltimore Univer
sity, Baltimore.
Wilson vs. Washington-Lee, Wil
son, 3.30.
Bethesda - Chevy Chase vs. Hy
attsvllle, Bethesda - Chevy Chase,
Basket Ball.
Maryland vs. Randolph-Macon,
College Park, 8:15.
Georgetown vs. N. Y. U., New
Central vs. Briarley M. A., Lau
rel, 3:30.
Crusher Casey vs. Jesse James,
main bout, Turner’s Arena, 8:30.
Basket Ball.
Washington-Lee vs. Briarley > M.
A., Ballston, 8.
Basket Ball.
Maryland vs. Washington and
Lee, Lexington, Va.
Wilson vs. Tech, Central vs. West
ern. interhigh series, Tech gym,
first game 7:30.
Friends vs. Montgomery - Blair,
Friends, 3:30.
Washington-Lee vs. Mount Rai
nier, Ballston, 8.
George Washington Frosh va.
Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg.
All Queried Like New Sideline
Rule, but Pixlee Questions
Goal Pass Benefit.
^ENERAL satisfaction with and be
lief that the new football rules
would open up the game were ex
pressed today by three of the Dis
trict’s college coaches.
Jim Pixlee of George Washington,
Dutch Bergman of Catholic Univer
sity and Gus Welch of American U.
all believed that the rule which places
the ball 15 yards from the sidelines
instead of 10 as on previous out-of
bound plays was a distinct aid to the
offense, giving, as it does, more ground
on which to operate.
As to the rule which now permits
three incomplete passes over the goal
line without forcing a touchback, opin
ion was somewhat divided. Pixlee
doesn't think the change will make a
whole lot of difference, saying that
teams would have taken the chance
of losing the ball, anyway. Bergman
believes that it will help the offense
by providing three chances instead of
two in which to score. Welch also be
lieved it would be a big help to the
Bergman would have liked to have
seen a rule adopted permitting college
players to pass from any point behind
the line of scrimmage, as do profes
sionals, instead of being forced to go
from five yards behind, as at present.
Jack Hagerty of Georgetown is out
of town, and Frank Dobson of Mary
land could not be reached for a state
BALTIMORE, Jan. 4 (&).—Max
Bishop, whose big league career in
cluded 10 years with the Philadelphia
Athletics and a year with the Boston
Red Sox, will manage the Pooomoke
City Club of the Eastern Shore League
next summer.
More Leeway in Pass Attack
Near Goal, New Sideline Rule
Take Edge Off Grid Defense
BT me Associated press.
4.—The National Collegiate
Athletic Association’s Rules
Committee has answered the
howls of many football fans and some
coaches that the defense was getting
all the breaks with two changes in
the rules, both designed to aid the
Neither alteration was considered
radical. One provided for moving the
ball in 15 yards from the sideline
Instead of 10 yards when it goes out
of bounds or becomes dead within
15 yards of the sideline.
The other provided more leeway
for a passing attack near the goal
line by treating any forward pass,
except on fourth down, that falls in
complete behind the goal line as
though it had struck the ground on
the field of play.
The new rule permits the tossing of
three incomplete forwards across the
goal line without penalty, whereas
under the old rule the second incom
pleted pass over the goal line was
treated as a touchback, and the ball
went to the opposing team on its 20
yard line.
Secretary W. S. Langford, New York
City, who announced the changes after
a two-day committee session, said
the alterations were approved unani
mously. He added that a number of
other proposals were discussed and
either rejected or referred to the
standing Committee on Rules Changes.
The American Football Coaches’
Association had recommended the
change applying to a ball going out of
bounds, together with a proposal re
ducing the penalty for a ball inad
vertently striking an ineligible offen
sive player on a forward pass play be
fore crossing the line of scrimmage to
the loss of a down instead of loss of
the ball.
The latter proposal was referred to
the standing Rules Changes Commit
tee after, Langford said, "it had been
debated at great length.”
The secretary said a proposal to per
mit forward passing anywhere behind
the line of scrimmage, as professional
teams do, instead of 5 yards back was
“discussed briefly, but no marked cen
timent was found.”
The committee decided to leave un
changed the language of a rule mak
ing the intentional grounding of a for
warl pass a penalty, declaring a sub
committee which studied the request
of the coaches’ association for an in
terpretation and definition of the rule
reported it was unable to improve the
present phraseology.
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Mentors See More Scoring
as Revision Improves
Game’s Attack.
Associate Press Sports Writer.
NEW YORK, Jan. 4.—Football
coaches from all sections of
America hauled out the “O.
K.” stamp today and applied
it to the three major decisions of the
National Football Rules Committee in
its week end deliberations at Edge
water Park, Miss.
Only a few comments were tinged
with doubt, and even those gridiron
tutors who weren’t quite certain agreed
the rules changes were good as far
as they went.
Most of them, however, gave un
qualified praise to the change allow
ing three incomplete forward passes
over the goal line without a touch
back being ruled and the ball going
to the other team. They also in
dorsed the decision to bring the ball
in 15 yards from the sideline in
stead of 10 on out-of-bounds plays.
A few, however, regretted the de
cision not to permit forward pass
ing from any point back of the line
of scrimmage.
Little Indorses Changes.
TOU LITTLE of Columbia, chair
man of the coaches’ Rules Com
mittee. who took part in the National
Committee’s discussions, was an en
thusiastic spokesman for his col
"The rules change that allows three
incomplete forward passes to be
thrown into the end zone in the same
series of downs without the loss of
the ball will be a great help to the
offense near the goal line,” he said.
"This is one of the best innovations
that has come into football in a
long time. Now the defense must stay
back and guard against a possible
second or third pass. Thus all phases
of attack will be greatly improved,
and there should be more scoring.”
Little disclosed that both the
coaches and the N. C. A. A. commit
tees gave considerable thought to
permitting forward passing from less
that 5 yards back before deciding “this
change would not be any help to of
fensive football."
"They are right,” Little added.
His former assistant, Herb Kopf,
now head coach at Manhattan, was
less enthusiastic, believing the offense
still would close up near the goal line
to some extent.
Seen Aid to Quarterbacks.
OTRONG indorsement came from
Mai Edwards, Purdue’s acting
coach, who said the changes “will be
of great assistance to 1938 quarter
backs”—Lowell (Red) Dawson of Tu
lane. Josh Cody of Florida, Chet
Wynne of Kentucky, Glenn Thistle
thwaite of Richmond and Ike Arm
strong of Utah.
Williams (Doc) Newton of North
Carolina State and Gus Dorais of De
troit pointed out illustrations in Sat
urday’s Santa Clara-Louislana State
Sugar Bowl game.
”S. L. U. once lost the ball and a
scoring chance when the quarterback
called passes on each of the first two
downs and both were incomplete in
the end zone,” said Newton.
“Two great teams and only one
touchdown,” added Dorais. “Santa
Clara, on different occasions, used
4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 man lines.”
Dorais, however, continued to cam
paign to allow the Offensive team to
retain the ball when a pass "inad
vertently” strikes an ineligible player.
"I’ve fought for that for two years.”
he said, "and I guess I’ll have to
go forth again next year.”
Changes Aid Attack.
pRED THOMSEN of Arkansas re
gretted that the 5-yard restric
tion was not removed from forward
passes, but, in rebuttal, Clyde Waters,
well-known New England official, said
"that would drive a lot of coaches
crazy. It’s all right for the pros, but,
remember, they’re more mature than
than college and high school players.”
A number of leading coaches, among
them Howard Jones, Southern Cali
fornia; Bill Spaulding. University of
California at Los Angeles; Harry
Hughes, Colorado State; Bill Kern,
Carnegie Tech, and John P. (Little
Clipper) Smith of Duquesne agreed
that the changes would aid the at
tack, although not by any big margin.
Ducky Pond of Yale, expressing the
belief that the offense already slightly
overbalanced the defense, summed up
the whole idea;
“The spectators will see more scor
ing, which they like.”
Three promising tilts will feature
the resumption of Government Y
League basket ball tonight when the
Public Health quint meets A. G. O.
in the opener at 7:10, followed by the
league-leading P. W. A.’s and Patent
Office dribblers at 8:20 and the State
Department and National Archives
fives in the final encounter at 9:30.
Marquette’s Basket Team Is “League of Nations”
Krieger Menace to Middle Stars—Sarron Will Ask for More South Africa “Gravy.”
Associated Press boons Writer.
NEW YORK, Jan. 4.—Bronko
Nagurski has submitted an
entry in a big lying contest
being conducted by the In
ternational Falls (Minn.) Daily
Journal. ... Nope, Bronko didn’t
give ’em that old one about wrestling
being on the up and up. ... Every
one around here is very low because
of Eddie Neil’s sad death. ... He
was a fine fellow, a crack newspaper
man and nobody ever had a better
If Solly Krieger, the Brooklyn
middleweight, keeps on knocking
out fellows like George Black and
Billy Conn, the Messrs. Freddy
Bteele and Fred Apostoli will have
to make more room in the top
flight... Harry Cooper, last year's
top money winner, is our winter
book favorite to win the 1938 open.
New York World-Telegram prints
a picture of Tony Galento going
after a huge glass of beer. . . .
That’s merely Tony’s way of train
ing for his fights. . . . Petey Bar
ron is planning another tour of
South Africa, where the gravy is
rich-The Marquette basket ball
team ought to join a league of na
tions. ... It has a German, Eng
lishman, Bohemian. Norwegian and
Hungarian in the regular line-up,
while the first line of reserves in
cludes a Welshman, an Italian and
an Irisher.
Our favorite newspaper col
umnist, Prof. Paul Mickelson,
bowed his way out of 1937 wearing
a very red face.... In his last col
umn of the old year he picked five
teams to win the New Year Day
games—four lost, one tied. . . .
Tim Duchley, a barkeep in Bill
Hardy’s Gay Nineties, never tires
of telling of the night in Boston
years ago when he served Casey
Stengel 32 beers, then watched old
Case slam out two homers, one
with the bags filled, the next after
noon . . . Page Tony Galento!
Coach Bill Stewart says the
dream of Maj. Frederic McLaughlin
of an all-American bom Chicago
Blackhawk hockey team is defin
itely abandoned, for this season
anyway . . . “We’re taking players
where we can get ’em,” said Stewart
... You can’t concede a putt in the
winter women's tournament held
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annually at Pahta Gorda, Fla.
One fellow who got a thrill out
of at least two “bowl” games was
Frank Hickey, Canon City, Colo.,
High School poach . . ■. His red
haired son Jim was a sub fullback
with Colorado, while another ex
pupil, Larry Stringari, was an end
for Santa Clara ... Gabby Street’s
home in Joplin, Mo., won third
prise in a Christmas lighting con
test last week. >
Don’t be surprised if George
Varoff, the Oregon pole-vault star,
drops out of school or switches
universities this year . . . Barney
Ross is back from his honeymoon
and is expected promptly to turn
thumbs down on an offer to defend
his welterweight championship
against Lo^ Ambers.
Colonial Basketers Add Buckeyes to List of Victims
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O’Brien, G. W. forward, snapped just before shooting one of ■ And here’s Guard Garber of the Downtowners, about to
the six goals he negotiated in the defeat of Ohio State before a net two of the 11 points he amassed. Center Butterworth, with
near-capacity crowd at Tech gym last night. 16, was the scoring leader. —Star Staff Photos.
Buckeyes Keep Score Down
Only by Rally Against
Colonial Reserves.
IT’S about time we stopped talking
of a "potentially" great basket ball
team at George Washington Uni
versity and recognized the facts.
For if the Colonials are only poten
tially a great team then the Roosevelt
administration was only a potential
changer of the American system of
living. In other words, there’s a great
basket ball team at G. W. today.
Only time can tell whether that
greatness will be maintained through
out a season which includes games
with Long Island, St. John’s of Brook
lyn, Loyola of Chicago and other top
notch fives, but there's no denying the
fact that the Colonials have been little
short of miraculous for four games.
In giving Ohio State a taste of what
Tennessee and Minnesota had forced
down their throats, the Colonials add
ed a bit of arsenic. Also so deadly did
the Buckeyes find the medicine that
Coach Bill Reinhart had to call off his
first stringers nine minutes before the
end of the game so that the visitors
could leave the floor under their own
G. W. Far Superior to Bucks.
'T'HE score? Just 46 to 35, but as
misleading as thinking 100 is a
perfect golf score. If the Colonials
were only 11 points better than the
Buckeyes, then a 1-point margin would
have been a walkaway. For when the
O. W. regulars left the floor they were
leading by 20 points, at 42-22.
It was then that Ohio State got its
only "chance” of the night, taking ad
vantage of a second-string live, it got
an 8-1 scoring edge over a three-min
ute stretch. When G. W.’s lead had
"melted” to 43-30, Reinhart reinserted
his regulars to hold matters even until
the final moments, when the subs
again got exercise.
Coming to see whether the Buff and
Blue could maintain its form of the
Minnesota game, some 2,000 fans re
mained to marvel at an all-around
display of near-perfect basket ball.
Exhibiting deadly accuracy. Sharp
shooters Tom O’Brien, Jack Butter
worth and George Garber made all but
live of the 17 field goals which they
accounted for from set-shot stances
anywhere from either side line out
to the middle of the floor.
Butterworth Sensational.
UTTER W ORTH was sensational,
three of his seven double-deckers
being of the one-handed spinner va
riety while guarded by 6-foot 7-inch
Sattler. The Colonials’ junior tap
off man also came through with the
longest shots of the night, although
O’Brien flashed a semblance of his
old form by swishing through several
from near mid-court which didn’t
even touch the backboard.
The biggest treat of the night came
early in the second half when, com
Johnny on the Spot.
IN THE first half of the Ohio State-George Washington basket ball game
Umpire Johnny Neun blew his whistle and called a foul on the Colonials.
The crowd booed. “He'd better be getting used to the booes," observed
somebody on the press bench. “If ever a guy will be on the spot, he'll
be Neun next baseball season.”
That is no lie. During the baseball season, you see, Johnny Neun, the
old Detroit first baseman, will take over the management of the Newark Bears.
Last year the Bears proved themselves to be probably the greatest minor
league team in history. They made a joke of the International League pen
nant race, winning by better than 25 games.
Oscar Vltt, their manager, grabbed an offer to pilot Cleveland and Neun
got the Newark job. In the meantime, the Bears had been broken up. Pitchers
Vito Tamulis and John Niggerling were sold. So was Catcher Willard Hersh
berger and Shortstop Richardson. To the Yankees will go Babe Dahlgren
and Joe Gordon. And from what ls<--—
lert, Neun must fashion a team for a
town w'hich is used to victory.
Between the halves, in the
officials' dressing room, some
body asked Neun if he knew that
Outfielder Charley Keller was
playing basket ball.
"I just heard,” said Johnny, ‘‘and
I’m worried, still, I guess the Yankee
‘front office’ will drop Charley a few
lines in a letter. Basket ball is a great
game, but not for a big league ball
player ... or a kid who figures to
be a major leaguer.”

Harris Could Give Tips.
^^EUN ought to know. Johnny was
a fine first baseman and a fine
court player. Bucky Harris could give
Keller a few tips, too. In his early
days with the Senators. Harris would
finish a diamond campaign and then
play pro basket ball in the rough-and
ready precincts of Pennsylvania’s coal
mines. He claims now that basket ball
took five years off his baseball career.
There have been numerous
other cases, but nowadays the
big league club owners are wiser
and take greater precautions.
When Hank Greenberg tried to play
basket ball, the Tigers stepped up and
turned on a red light. The Yankees
did the same thing a year ago when
Joe Di Maggio had similar ideas. It
means good money for a brief period,
but, in the end, basket ball coats a
baseball player.
Celery and Iron Men.
VOU probably won’t know Mr. Wil
liam McGowan next spring. Mr.
McGowan, who is an American League
umpire, hadn’t been feeling well and
he went on a diet. From 230 pounds
he has melted to a shadowy 185.
The trick wasn’t done with mirrors
but with celery. Willie doesn’t just
k. *
eat a stalk. He crunches by bunches
and was saying the other day that
manding a 38-21 lead, the Colonials
took time out from shooting to flash
a passing exhibition which was down
right brilliant. For nearly five min
utes O’Brien, Butterworth, Garber,
Bob Fftris and Sid Silokwitz kept the
ball moving among them as if it were
a hot potato and their scarlet-clad foes
simply couldn’t get It away from them.
It was one of the cleverest exhi
bitions of ball-handling ever exhibited
by a local college five.
Ohio State. G.F.Pts. G. W. U. G.F.Pts.
Hull.f _2 1 5 O’Brien,f_fl 2 14
Bsker.f __ 2 2 6 Brennan.f_0 0 0
Stafford,f._ 0 0 0 Faris.f .011
Sattler.c 3 2 8 Auerbach,f. 10 2
Schiek.c . 3 3 9 But’worth.c. 7 216
McDonald,!. 10 2 Borum.c_0 0 0
Golet!.!_ 0 0 0 Garber,!... 4 3 11
Bouiner.!. .12 4 Osborne,!... 0 0 0
Prewitt,!— Oil Sikowiti.t_102
Borden,!_o 0 0
Total*_12 Tl 36 Totals_19 ~8 46
Referees—Messrs Menton and Neun.
Led by Perlo and Berry, who scored
eight points each, Roosevelt Boys' Club
basketers whipped the D. C. Sllents,
27-18, last night In Roosevelt Com
munity Center Basket Ball League
celery probably will add five years to
his umpiring career.
"I'm after a record, you know,” he
reminded. "I haven’t missed a single
game in 13 years now. In fact I've
got Gehrig beat. I started my streak
on April 13 of the same year that
Lou started. Only Gehrig started on
May 10. So that gives' me an edge
of three weeks and a few stray days
on him.
Mr. McGowan, who two yean
ago served his stretch with a
broken toe, is a refreshing de
parture from what the ball play
ers have been calling “putty
In former years umpires went for
years without missing a single game.
Hildebrand of the American League
worked 20 straight seasons. But in
recent years the boys in blue have
gone soft here and there. Maybe they
didn’t know what Willie knows about
Farkas Cornea to Redskins.
J7ROM San Francisco, and in the
wake of the all-East vs. all-West
football game, comes news that Mr.
George Marshall has directed Andy
Farkas. the Detroit halfback, toward
Washington and the Redskins of 1938.
Farkas will be remembered poignant
ly by Catholic University fans. He
ran wild here last fall, scoring three
touchdowns and showing himself to be
close to the best running college back
to play in Griffith Stadium all year.
Farkas, whose name was drawn
by the Redskins in the draft re
cently, probably will end all talk
of Tuffy Leemans coming to
Washington in trade.
For a while the tip was out that
Marshall was willing to trade Cliff
Battles for Leemans. Local boy and
favorite that he is with Washingto
nians, Leemans probably won't draw
Battles now. And with Farkas on
hand to help Cliff and Sammy Baugh
and Don Irwin with the ball-lugging,
the chances are that Marshall will let
the matter drop and Leemans keep
his New York Giants uniform.
Those G. W.’s Again.
stock continues to soar. By a 46
to-35 count the Colonials knocked off
a second Big Ten opponent in suc
cession last night, and in the process
used Ohio State as a stepping stone
to four straight victories. Early in
the second half the G. W.’s were so
far out front that Coach Bill Reinhart
sent out his semi-comic second-string
ers, who blew eight points of the lead
in practically nothing flat.
It probably will take a better team
than the Big Ten has shown so far
to whip the Colonials. They trimmed
Ohio State worse than they trounced
And the Buckeyes, to hear
Referee Paul Menton of Balti
more put It, weren’t a bad team.
“Ohio wasn’t as fast as Minnesota,
but they are taller and rangier. Last
year Ohio State finished fourth in the
Big Ten. Any time you get a team
in the upper bracket in that league
you have a good, strong outfit You
people have a really fine team here in
George Washington.”
Miller Furniture cagers topped the
Sigmu Mu Sigma outfit, 36-25, and
the Merrick Boys’ Club swamped the
Southeast Merchants, 46-24, last night
in Southeastern Community Center
i basket ball competition.
Maryland in Two of Seven
Loop Tussles Studding
Card This Week.
By the Associated Press.
RICHMOND. Va., Jan. 4.—South
ern ConferAce basket ball
squads, apparently more evenly
matched than last season and
dotted with standout performers, will
launch their 1938 campaigns this week
with seven family scraps headlining a
busy card.
Washington and Lee's Generals, de
fending champions, and North Caro
lina's White Phantoms, traditionally
strong on the hardwood, have been
given favored billing, but preliminary
skirmishes before Christmas indicated
that potent opposition from the cir
cuit's other 13 quints was in prospect.
Coach Cy Young's W. and L. squad,
which needed North Carolina's two
year reign on conference courts in the
Raleigh tournament last March, gets
its first loop test against Maryland at
j Lexington Friday.
Vets Fill Tarheel Team.
^ORTH CAROLINA will open Its
conference season against David
son at Charlotte on Saturday with all
but one of last year’s starters on the
floor. Five lettermen are available
from the 1937 squad, which, won 18
of its 23 games.
North Carolina State, with out
standing cage artists in the high
scoring Connie MacBerry, center, and
James Rennie, forward, and a plentiful
supply of experienced men, also loomed
as a strong crown contender.
Other schools reporting unusually
bright prospects included South Caro
lina, Wake Forest, Clemson and Rich
The Gamecocks, who defeated Duke
in December to take an early lead in
the circuit chase, have a monogram
wearer for every position and some
talented newcomers, including Gene
Alexander, 6-foot 6-inch pivot man.
Deacons Lack Height.
CIX lettermen, headed by Jim Waller,
all-Southern forward, are on hand
at Wake Forest, but the Deacons will
be handicapped by lack of height.
Clemson showed considerable power
in defeating Tennessee, runner-up
Southeastern team, in December, while
Richmond also made a promising
debut in whipping Maryland.
Davidson, with a squad built around
the lanky Ned Iverson, ace forward,
will meet Duke's veteran quint at
Winston-Salem Wednesday in the
New Year’s Initial circuit encounter.
Friday’s card lists Furman at the
Citadel and Wake Forest at Duke.
South Carolina goes to the Citadel on
Saturday and Maryland remains in
Lexington to engage V. M. I.
Bunny Nesbitt has been sports editor
for three years of probably the only
church weekly in Washington which
devotes a full page to sports the year
Bridge and Golf Have Made
It So, Declares Doyle,
Wizard Bookie.
Associated Press Sports Writer.
NEW YORK, Jan, 4.—Jack Dovle,
who by a sort of divine right
sets the betting odds for every
important sports event in the
country, says golf and contract bridge
have made America the greatest Na
tion of gamblers in the worldd.
Mostly because of golf and con
tract, he says, more money will be
bet on the outcome of next summer's
heavyweight brawl between Joe Louis
and Max Schmeling than on any
single event in sports history. Mr.
Doyle likes to take in plenty of ter
ritory when he talks.
"I haven't got the time," he said,
“but somebody could write a book on
the growth of gambling in this coun
try in my time. It has been phenom
enal, and golf and contract bridge are
responsible. Not, you understand,
that I'm complaining.
"Back 30 or 40 years ago the only
ones who did any real gambling
around this town were professionals,
or what was known at that time as
‘hot sports’. Now the fathers and
sons are out playing golf for a dQllar
a hole and mama is dug in at a bridge
table at a cent a point. Everybody
bets on something or other."
Makes Schmeiing Favorite.
J^OYLE, who retired recently from
the active operation of his famous
billiard academy in order to devote
himself to more important things,
isn’t guessing about the magnitude of
the money that will be waeered on
Joe and Max. He's already being
asked for prices, and he makes the
German a slight favorite to regain the
"I picked him to knock out Louis
between the tenth and fifteenth
rounds the last time, and I don't
see any reason for changing it," he
said. "He looks as safe as the
Yankees and Don Budge to me."
When Doyle, after a little quick
mental calculation, sets the prices on
a dozen varieties of sports that will
be accepted as gospel from Browns
ville to Bangor, he isn't taking any
body's word for it, incidentally. He
doesn’t rely on the sports pages for
his information. He goes out and
gets it himself, and at 61 he is per
haps the country's top sports fan.
| "I love every kind of sport there is,v
j he admits. ”1 guess I've seen more
j sports events than any man living,
and I get just as much kick out of
a boat race as I do a big boxing match.
Now that I'm out of the poolroom
entirely, I won't miss anything much."
Wrong on One Bowl Game.
one with aspirations to become
a betting commissioner could do
no better than sit at Doyle's feet. All
at once the cloak of mystery slides
; off the whole business. In order to
' call them right with at least a profit
able degree of consistency, it's only
1 necessary to know everything, per
sonally, and to remember it.
Doyle's amazing capacity in this
respect was revealed in a discussion
of the approaching baseball cam
paigns. Seemingly he knows the rec
ords and characteristics of every player
! in the major leagues. Such is his
i reputation for honesty that the man
, agers are not afraid to be his close
friends publicly. He is no stranger to
the players’ benches.
The only time Doyle can recall hav
ing been seriously caught out on a
limb was when he established poor
old Primo Camera, then the heavy
weight champion, a sterling favorite
over Maximilian Baer. Max knocked
Primo loose from his ankles.
Don't let that give you any ideas,
though. One of the surest methods
of not growing rich, Broadway has
discovered, is to buck Doyle’s pre
dictions. He went wrong on only one
of the bowl games—Santa Clara’s 6-0
win over Louisiana State.
Ray Flaherty, Redskin coach, plans
to decorate the walls of his lake-side
cabin in the State of Washington with
pictures offered in The Star's art ap
preciation campaign.
Travel Jitters Due
Bobcat Courtmen
By the Associated Press.
JgOZEMAN, Mont., January 4.—
To meet two basket ball teams
the Montana State Bobcats must:
Buy railroad tickets 57 inches
Travel on five railroads, includ
ing one narrow guage:
Cross seven States—Montana, *
Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska,
Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
Railroad officials said it was the
shortest possible route. The Bob- ‘
cats play Colorado College at Colo
rado Springs Friday and Saturday
and Western State College at Gun
nison, Colo., Monday and Tuesday.
To Iron Diamond Wrinkles
Officials of “Gas House Chain Gang” Plan for
Florida Spring Training Camp.
By the Associated Press.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 3.—Pugna
cious but popular Frankie
Frisch, manager of the St.
Louis Cardinals, will be
Branch Rickey's chief assistant at
the club’s spring training camp
February 21 to March 19 at Win
ter Haven, Fla.
Rickey, who will swap his front
office clothes for a uniform at the
“Cardinal School of Baseball In
struction,” gave Frisch the Job to
day. He already has picked Rookie
Chaser Robert L. Finch to direct
the faculty.
Two pilots of the “Gas House
I Chain Gang," Burt K. (Barney)
Shotton of the Columbus Red Birds
and Ray Blades of the Rochester
Red Wings, were put on the teach
ing staff.
The school is Rickey’s most re
cent pet plan for producing baseball
Ivory. It will enroll for correction
of faults about 100 minor leaguers
and at least two from the major
league club—Outfielder Don Padgett
and Third Baseman Don Out
teridge, whom Rickey would like to
see as catcher and shortstop, re- '
A few other professionals and
promising but inexperienced young- i
sters can take the course for A
small ($60) tuition fee.
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