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WASHINGTON, IV C., MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1938. Baugh, in New Role, Saves Skins ’/irsf Game as World Champions DEFENSIVE PLAY DMS14-13WIN Slinger Blocks Extra-Point. Kick to Repel All-Stars’ Threat for Tie. By FRANCIS E. STAN. Staff Correspondent ot The Star. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17.—That man's at It again. The legend of Sam Adrian Baugh, which sprouted in the Southwest, spread to the East and engulfed the Middle West, has the Far West babbling today. You see, he's won another game for the Wash ington Redskins. As they prepared to move onward to the plains of Texas to resume their barnstorming tour, the Redskins held a 14-to-13 victory over the Pacific Coast All-Stars. The triumph was recorded in the tour's opener here yesterday, while 10.000 hardy cus tomers sat in uncovered pews and braved a cold, steady rain. They came to see Baugh and they were convinced. It wasn’t one of Sam’s big days as a passer and all around offensive threat. True, it was Baugh whose rifle pass to Don Irwin W'as good for a 54-yard gain and a 7-to-0 lead at the half. But this day Sam stepped into a new role. Trailing by 14-0 in a hectic fourth quarter, the All-Stars put across two quick touchdowns. After the first, Ernie Smith of the Green Bay Pack ers kicked the extra point. When the second was registered, with only four minutes of play remaining, a 14-14 tie seemed certain. Ernie Smith, like Riley Smith of the Redskins, doesn’t miss those extra points. Put on Good Show. JJUT Coach Ray Flaherty threw re- > placements into the game as the ; All-Stars lined up to kick. Baugh re- 1 placed Ed Britt in the Redskins’ back- i field, only he didn’t take his usual I post. He moved up on the line, broke < through with blinding speed and blocked Smith’s placement. That's why it ended at 14-13 and the world champions were spared the embarrass ment of blowing their first start since acquiring the pro title. The Redskins weren't first-class as ! they opened their devious exhibition journey. That was to be expected, in view of their lay-off. but they gave West Coast critics a typical pro foot ball show. Late in the second period, after having blown a scoring chance from the 2-yard line in the opening quar ter, the Redskins struck sharply to score first. Taking a punt by Ed Goddard of the All-Stars, on their own 37, the Redskins sent Irwin at the line for 9 yards. Then Irwin, on a spread play, cut to the center of the field and took a long, hard pass from Baugh. Blockers welled up on all sides of j Irwin, who ran 30 yards in the center of perfect interference to score stand ing up. Where Baugh Came In. ^/HEN Cliff Battles raced 22 yards off tackle in the fourth quarter to make it 14-0. it seemed to be all over. Irwin had recovered an All-Star fumble on the Westerners' 24 and then plunged 2 yards. On second \ down Battles crashed over and Riley Smith again kicked the extra point. I Then, with substitutes chiefly com posing the Redskin line-up. the All- : Stars went to work. Goddard ran j the kick-off to his own 47 and par- ! j ticipated in a triple lateral to reach j the Washington 33. Here he passed j to End Jim Austin of the Brooklyn ! Dodgers, who eluded Britt and ran 1 for a touchdown. In less than two minutes the All- ' Stars rang up their second score. Johnny Drake intercepted a pass by ■ Ray Peterson, the new Redskin half back, and ran 23 yards to Washing ton's 2-yard line. On the second play Drake plunged over. And that's where Baugh came in again. Howell Is Still Jinxed. ^JpHE Redskins took a physical beat- ! ing. Halfback Dixie Howell, who ■ was slow to stare the regular season, i due to a gashed knee, and who has , been suffered with chronic appendi- , ritis, found the injury jinx still hot *, on his trail. Only 26 seconds from the end of the game Howell pounced ( on a bad center pass, and when the pile-up was cleared Dixie was hurt. X-rays probably will be taken today , to determine whether he has a bro'ken 1 rib. | Baugh's hip was injured again when he blocked Smith’s kick, and he. too, was forced out. Center Ed Kawal suf fered a wrenched shoulder. The passing of Baugh, Riley Smith and Howell more than offset the su perior ground gaining of the All Stars, who were led by Goddard and Drake, both of Cleveland’s Rams. The All-Stars outrushed the Redskins, 183 1 yards to 125, but in passing the cham- ' pions had a decisive edge, 197 yards j to 87. Each team made nine first downs. Battles emerged as the game’s third leading ground gainer. In eight tries he picked up 45 yards, for an average of 5.5 per attempt. Goddard, however, gained 112 yards in 15 tries for a 6.2 average. Drake, with 64 yards in 19 attempts, had 2.3 per try. Line-ups and Summary. Pos. Redskins. Pacific AU-Star*. L. E-MeChesney -W. Smith L.T-Edwards-E. Smith L. G.-Olsson - Gentry C. -G. Smith- Hein R. G-Young - Letlow R. T-Barber - Dennerlein “■f— Malone_- Austin O. B-R. Smith-Perry L. H.-Baugh - _ Goddard R.H-Pinckert _ Gore r B-Battles -Drake _8core by periods: Washington . _ 0 7 n 7—14 All-Stars _ 0 « o 13—13 . Touchdowns—Irwin, Battles. Drake. Austin. Points after touchdown—Riley Smith (3). Ernie Smith. Substitutions— Redskins. Britt. Justice. Peterson, Irwin. Krause. Howell (backs); Millner. Malone • tends): Barber, Bond. Carroll (tacklea; Karcher. Kahn (guards): Kawal (center). All-Stars, Falaschi. Blood. Howard. Storm (back*): Franklan (end): Johnson. Mc Gee (tackles): Tipton. Bassi (guards); Daugherty (center). Referee—Mr. Hage man (Illinois). Umpire—Mr. Underhill St. Mary’s). Field tudge—Mr. Seimerlng '2,8. F.). Head linesman—Mr. MUler (California). Five years ago—Babe Ruth re vealed New York Yankees asked him to take $25,000 salary cut, from $75,000 to $50,000, for 1033. Always Gets a Laugh A Lively Bit in Redskin Victory Cracks World Record BOB BURNS, Bazooka-tooting amateur golfer from Van Buren, Ark., am Hollywood. Calif., is shown clowning after teeing off in the $3,001 Bing Crosby tournament. The Arkansas wit kept the gallerie, in gales of laughter with his original antics. "POPP/N /'i i i • «■ ^nuaren s nour. Prctla! Dispatch to The Star. SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 17.—Golden Gate novelette: Owner George Mf shall of the footballing Redskins was like a kid with a new toy. "We just signed a tarkle." he cackled, "and wait’ll you see him. Corr from San Francisco University, and he's the biggest guy you ever sa He s a heavyweight fighter now, but he's chucking that racket to play ; 'ootball. Weighed 274 pounds before he started training for a fight he h ast week. Name’s Willie Wilkins. "How old is he? Why, he's just a bebv. He's 20. and is nothing but Jig. popeyed, overgrown kid. I wish," he said to a party of newspaper mi you could see him.” . Owner Marshall headed a rubberneck tour of San Francisco with t newspaper men trailing at his heels. Gandering in Chinatown and seeing ‘Best for Everybody,” Says Riggs—-Hines Holds Rule Is Clever Move. the Associated Press. Miami beach, Fia., Jan. n.— Amateur tennis players indi cated today there would be no backlash on the new reg tlation to curb excessive payments indrr the heading of traveling ex )enses. Bobby Riggs, rising young Chi agoan, who yesterday added the 'fautilus Hotel Tournament title to tis collection, had only praise for the Jnited States Lawn Tennis Associa .ion's action. "I feel that a player should live ip to every rule of the game," said liggs, No. 2 national star. "If the issociation decides it is best to pass i rule regarding expenses, then I am mre it will work out to the best in ;erest of everybody.” ^Y^ILMER HINES of Hollywood, Calif., said the .association’s only nterest is that of the players, and te thinks highly of its efforts and •egulations. “The U. S. L. T. A. is made up of ;lever men,” he added. Vfliliicou oi/agc ouuw . . . Willing a dining in Pierre’s . .. and finally stc ping by a fast night club at midnig A huge, pigeon-toed blond boy, armed with a good-looking femme and wearing a store made Hawaiian lei around his neck, sat nearby and toyed with a glass. Owner Marshall took a look, blinki looked again. "Oh, my gosh,” screamed, "my new tackip . . . j big. overgrown baby. If he had bucks I'd fine him. but I know hasn't because we gave him a S advance when he signed and h gotta pay his check.” Prophets Without Honor. Y^EST COAST fight people are wo dering what the boxing gai is coming to. It may come as a si prise to Easterners, even after t Fred Apostoli knockout, but Califori ans don’t think highly of Midd weight Champion Freddy Steele, a never did. It's a bigger surprise to hear tl until he flattened Steele the natli did not think highly of Apostoli, a now all they are thinking is tt they don’t know what to think. In the East some of the more ima inative boxing writers were calli Steele “the perfect fighter” before t Apostoli kayo. Out here some p< pie think Steele's opposition had i been “putting out” all this time. The premise is based chiefly on Mr. Steele’s alleged conduct in Hollywood not so long ago. He was scheduled for a fight, t his opponent was taken ill. A su stltute promptly was signed just t fore the fight, but Steele grabbed airplane r.nd flew home. Steele v matched a second time and aga fSee POPPING OFF, PagdfvTiT) Doddard (33) of the Coast All-Stars shot this pass to Drake (14) in the game between the All-Stars and Washington Redskins, national pro champions, yesterday at San Francisco. The Redskins took out a potential receiver by a push in the face and Charley Malone (191 of the Redskins charged in. The Redskins won, 14-13. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephotos. *------—-■-------1 A “Player of Year” at Writers’ Fete Adds Talking Point to Pay Argument. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. Jan. 17—Joe Di Maggio, the Yankees’ amazing sophomore outfielder, ! has an added talking point when he foregathers with Col. Jake ’ Ruppert to discuss his 1938 salary. _ Di Maggio. home-run king of the majors and an almost perfect de fensive outfielder, has been voted the •'player of the year” award for his i 1937 season by the Baseball Writers’ Association of New York. 1 Joe now’ is on his way East and. j although there have been reports he already has signed his contract or at least agreed to terms, he will discuss his salary with club officials. It Is the general belief that the club has offered Di Maggio a $22,500 contract, an in crease of $7,500. r" First ‘‘Soph” to Get Award. Vf» ps IJI MAGGIO in his second year as w a regular led both leagues in total rn bases and runs scored as well as in JOE DI MAGGIO. nome runs, xie ooosten nis Dauing ti. average from .323 to .346. e. The youngest player and the first 1(j second-year man et^r to receive the award, the young Italian-American at from San Francisco will be one of the es guests of honor at the 15th annual ld dinner of the metropolitan baseball at writers January 30, and will receive a plaque emblematic of his selection. „ Philadelphia sports writers will honor him January 25. he He is the fourth Yankee to gain the o- award, inaugurated in 1931 when Bill ot Terry of the Giants was honored. Lou Gehrig in 1932. Herb Pennock in 1933 and Tony Lazzeri in 1937 were other Yankees. ut Other Selections, b* (^ARL HUBBELL of the Giants was ®' V"j4 picked in 1934, Dizzy Dean of in the St. Louis Cardinals in 1935 and ®s Hank Greenberg, a New York boy who ™ became a star slugger for the Detroit Tigers, in 1936. Net Club Breaks With U. S. L.T. A. By the Associated Pres*. VifHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS. ™ W. Va., Jan. 17.—The Green brier Club of this fashionable re sort broke today with the United States Lawn Tennis Association In a controversy over the Nation's first “open" tennis tournament. Leaders of the club announced their intention of holding the sec ond annual competition for ama teurs and professionals despite the association's action in barring six amateurs who played in the first event, last summer. R. B. Parker of the club said: “As far as we're concerned, wa’re out of the United States Lawn Tennis Association, and we have already scheduled the second an nual United States rffrten tourna ment for $2,000 in prizes, on April 25.” VOSNIIK JUBILANT! I | Aims to Bounce Many a Hit Off Boston's Short Wall in Left Field. B> the Associated Press. CLEVELAND. Jan. 17—Don't look now, but those are Joe Vosmik's eyes focussing lov ingly on the short left field wall in Boston's Fenway Park. The new Red Sox outfielder—Joe Cronin shuffled three men the St. Louis Browns' way this winter to get him—said today the transplanting should help his batting average "quite i a bit.” “It's the first time I’ve had a short : left field wall to aim at,” explained j the 27-vpar-old right-handed fly : chaser, who hit .325 with the Browns ; last year, and over .300 for four of his six campaigns with the Cleveland Indians. . “I won’t say how many I’m going to put over that wall. Usually I don’t hit a ball high enough. But I'm going to bounce a lot of hits off there, and that’s good for two bases every time if the fielder doesn’t get too much of a break on the rebound.” Was Worth Three Sox. pENWAY PARK’S left-flelS wall, in cidentally, is only 312 feet away from home plate. That's second short est in the American League. The nearpst distance from plate to bound ary is the 301 feet to the left field flagpole in Yankee Stadium. Vosmik lost to Buddy Myer by a fraction of a point in 1935 for the league batting title, hitting .348. He fell to .287 the next year, his first under a three-season contract calling for a reported $15,000 annually, and Cleveland shipped him to St. Louis in a three-way deal. Then, after last season, the Browns sent him to Boston for Pitcher Buck Newsom, Col. Buster Mills, the out fielder, and Inflelder Red Kress. —.• Three years ago—Swamp Queen, 136-to-l shot, scored at Alamo Downs race track, Cubs’ Keystoner Apt to “Cross” Deal for Mungo Dodger Hurler Has No Use for Frey—New Horse Race Ban for Ball Players Looms. O.. cm wra'VfcK'n _ ... Associated Press Sports Wmar. (Pinch-hitting lor Eddie Briets.) NEW YORK, Jan. 17.—This should give those Cub mas ter minds something to think about: When Lonnie Frey was working at second base for the Dodgers, infield grounders used to slide through his legs like greased pigs whenever Van Mungo was pitching . . and Van burned up—but plenty ... it go so bad Mungo once slammed hi3 glove down and refused to go on till Frey was yanked . . . now the grapevine says Van is ticlceted for the Cubs . . . where (you guessed it) Frey draws his pay check. The Browns-Indtans' catching deal still is alive , Cleveland’s «m*r twine nemsiey . . , DUt me Browns won’t give him up unless they get Frankie Pytlak in re turn . . the Tigers are offering Hank Greenberg (30,000—a $5,000 boost . . . lots of fight men can’t figure out all the howl for new “foul” rules since the Steele-Apos toli and Venturi-Armstrong af fairs . . experienced fighters in sist they can’t be hurt by any blow if they’re wearing the pro tective device approved by the Athletic Commission. The Oklahoma Aggies, who’ve been the biggest shots in college rassling for years, announce they have “the best material in the country for 1938" . . . American league’s fourth "batter up” film will show to 8,000,000 customers in this country, s^ lew Fonseca ... Ana j&aaie Murpny, tne New York Sun writer, asserts that if and when the National League gets around to something similar, it will outdo the American Leaguers by thrown-in bank r.ight . . . Keep an eye on Elinor Jones of the Albuquerque (N. Mex.) Indian School as a comer in women’s golf . . . Experts who ought to know say she's tagged for national champ. The tip is out that a set of rules governing ball players playing the horses will be handed down before spring training’s over ... As a re sult of Commissioner Landis* rumored investigation . . . When ever Don Budge turns pro, it prob ably will be for the same outfit handling Ellsworth Vines and Freddy Perry ... Because the three of them together would draw the most do-re-mi . . . Attention grad uate managers: Cornell's looking for a Novermer 5 football date . . . Already tried North Carolina, Vir ginia and Duke with no luck . . . The Grapefruit Golf League reports • Sam Snead looks simply gorgeous (my deah) in an outfit of brown trousers, rose beige shirt, orange tie and dubonnet sweater. Wild Bill Hallahan and Chick Hafey are a couple more ball players who may not be around much longer ,. . Hallihan hasn’t received a Reds contract for 1938 yet . . . and Hafey will get only a condi tional one . . . Leo Rorak, the Chicago feather, and Jackie Wilson of Pittsburgh are trying some of that FOrdham-Pitt football stuff in the ring . . . They've met- three times now . . . and wound up in three d^jgw decisions. T | AFTER COIN ONLY Champion Washington Pros . Not Risking Prestige in Exhibition. Rv BILL DISMER. Jr. NEXT Sunday the Washington Rpdskins will play the Chicago Bears in an exhibition game at Dallas, Tex,, a game whirh is arousing two contrasting sets of opinions among professional football followers. One group passes the gamp off with an "only-an-exh'bition" shrug of the shoulders. The other, and critical ramp, claims that the Redskins will be playing un der an "everything-to-lose. nothing to-gain" tension, and that if they do lose their prestige as official world champions thereby will be lowered considerably. This theory is based upon the as sumption that the outcome of the play-off for the National League championship last month at Chicago would be nullified by any different ‘ result of next Sunday s exhibition, and that, the Bears, if they won. would be considered superior to the Skins. Musi Have Heard Nagurski. 'J'HESE folk (and they must be Bear 1 fans who read what Bronko Na gurski was quoted as saying when he i appeared here last week in defense of ! his wrestling ‘'title") argue that the Bears’ running attack was hampered by the ice-covered gridiron at Wrig ley Field, and that the Bears would have overpowered the Marshallmen on a dry field. And what, may we ask. would Bat tles have been doing on defrosted ground? Standing still? But forgetting the unfavorable weather condition angles, which af fected both teams alike, such reason ing that an exhibition game could be considered of more importance than an official contest is completely out moded by the trend in big-league base ball during recent years. For a number of springs, combatant teams of the previous fall's World Series have met in exhibition games on training diamonds down South. Yet no one has had the audacity to suggest that just because Hubbell might have set down a spring line-up of Gehrig. Di Maggio and Dickey that the Giants should be installed as world champions in place of the Yankees, who slaughtered them in baseball's blue-ribbon classic. No Different in Football. yyHY should it be any different in football? The Redskins beat the Bears when the chips were down— when to win meant the world cham pionship and to lose meant only the loser’s share of the spoils. If the same teams want to play again—for fun and finance—and to allow Southerners who couldn't get to Chicago to see pro football’s two best teams opposed, well and good. But never forget that it is for fun and finance—and nothing else. Our only hope for the half hundred members of both teams is that they will "cash in’’ sufficiently to make amends for what were disappointedly small shares they received from pro ceeds of the play-off game. This is one time that cash receipts should be considered of more signifi cance than the final score. FERRELL’S GOLF GOOD Walper, Wea Team to Win Best Ball Match at Sarasota. Sptclsl Dispute)! to Tha 8t»r. SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 17.—Con tract trouble with the Washington baseball club apparently isn’t worrying Wes Ferrell, of if it is, it at least has failed to hurt his golf game. Ferrell teamed with Leo Walper. Washing ton professional, to win the pro-am ateur golf tourney here yesterday with the best ball score of 65, six under par. Walper also paired wltn Paul Waner, Pitsburgh outfielder, to tie with Harry Adams of Peoria, 111., and Nick Al trock, Washington coach, for second place at 66. A FRANCIS J. RYAN, Columbia junior, is shown as he broke the world indoor record for the 12-pound shotput in the 69th Regiment meet in Neir York. His heave of 60 feet 75g inches eclipsed the old mark of 59 feet 3’g inches established by Leo Sexton while at G. U. Cotton, in Rich Golfing Spot In England, Sneers at Offers To Play on American Courses DI llAlUl IAL1HM, Associated Press Sports Writer. NEW YORK, Jan. 17.— Henry Cotton, regarded by competent critics as the greatest golfer to walk the fairways since Bobby Jones hit his peak, still doesn't Feel the lure of American gold. The swarthy Englishman, who would >e a tremendous individual attraction in this side, has turned down every nvitation to come over this season and fght it out with the American stars m their home grounds. He doesn't need the money, and. jeing a supreme egoist, doesn't feel that he needs to come to America to prove that he is the champion. When Varied Sports Pro Football. Washington Redskins, 14; Pacific Coast All-Stars. 13. Pro Basket Ball. Heurich Brewers, 39; Pittsburgh Pirates. 35. Takoma Firemen, 44; Rheingold Brewers, 12. Buffalo Bisons. 45: Columbus. 26. Ciesar All-Americas, 42; Fort Wayne Electrics, 37. Dayton Metropolitans, 28; Buffa lo, 23. Kautsky A. C., 33; Akron Good years, 31. National League Hockey. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7; Chicago Black Hawks, 2. Boston Bruins, 1; Montreal Ca riadiens. 0. Montreal Maroons. 1; Detroit. 1. New York Rangers, 4; New York Americans, 0. American Association Hockey. St. Louis. 2; St. Paul, 0. Minneapolis, 1; Kansas City, 1. Eastern Amateur Hockey. Baltimore Orioles, 5; New York Bronx, 1. New York Rovers, 5; Atlantic City Seagulls, 2. Metropolitan Amateur Hockey. Manhattan Arrows, 3; Sands Point Tigers, 2. Challenge Cup Soccer. German-Americans, 3; Passon, 3. Baltimore, 2; Budd A. A. of Phila delphia, 1. Ine wnipped tne entire American Ryder Cup team In the last British open at Carnoustie and then polished off Dennv Shut* in their 72-hole “cham ; pionship" match. Cotton decided hs had done enough for the time being. It is to be regretted, because a sin gle-handed invasion by the unsmiling star this summer would give golf the biggest shot-in-the-arm it has had since Jones retired. Cotton Wants Too Much. of COURSE, we have hoped he would come.” said an official rq i the United States Golf Association ‘‘But Cotton wants a big guarantee, and it is not within our province to offer one.” The British ace scarcely can bo blamed too strenuously for his stand. He has reached a spot not occupied : by any of his country's professional* since the days of George Duncan *nd Abe Mitchell, and it is a beautiful spot to be in. Cotton is the hero of every golfing kid in England. He's the guy who finally set the Americans on their heads when everybody had about de cided it couldn’t be done. He has the sweetest teaching job in England, so many pupils that he's had to take on several extra assistants. The money is rolling in. and Henry is sitting pretty. To cut loose from all that and come over here for a summer's free-for-all I would be strictly a gamble, even for as great a golfer as Cotton undoubt ; edlv is. To beat the Guldahls and Sneads and Shutes on a horrendous layout like Carnoustie is one thing, and to lick them consistently on the more docile American courses quite another. Carnoustie Hi* Course. ^JOTTON, in this witness' opinion, is tops on such a course as Car noustie, where first and second shots have to be hit a country mile and absolutely straight, where the slightest deviation from line spells absolute ruin. Cotton can keep on hitting them that way indefinitely. All the Americans in the last British open, with the notable exception of Byron Nelson, finally cracked under the strain.