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Failure of Chase and Krakauskas Puts Crimp in Nats’ Plans
Win, L ose or Draw
Baugh Is One of Few Grid Stars in Majors.
Frisch Touts Him as Cards' Infield Regular.
Staff Correspondent of The Star.
LAKELAND. Fla., March 30.—When you go to St. Petersburg to bat out
a baseball piece it is necessary to pause and ask for directions. St.
Pete, you know, has both the Yankees and Cardinals in training.
"Look for some fellows who need shaves,” instructed a native.
“They will be Cardinals. You will find Frankie Frisch around.”
Frankie was around. Mr. Frisch was holding high court in a hotel
lobby, using a vacant chair for an impromptu throne. How are tricks, Frankie?
"If you want to listen to what I have to talk about,’1 hissed Mr. Frisch,
“draw up a chair. I want to talk about a third baseman on my club . . . my
first-string third baseman. Whatta ball player he is! Whatta sweetheart!
Why, say ...”
Mr. Frisch was interrupted, rudely. What, if you please, is the gentle
man’s name? Could it be Don Gutteridge Or have you decided not to ship
Joe Stripp to the minor leagues, after all?
”His name,” said Mr. Frisch, quietly, “is Baugh. I think he plays
football, too. Anyway, his full name is Samuel Adrian Baugh from Sweet
water, Texas.”
There you have it. Slingin’ Sammy of the Redskins will be St. Louis’
regular third baseman this year. At least, Slingin’ Sammy will open the
season at third base. You have Mr. Frisch’s word for it.
Bau^h Jumped Direct From Campus,
“I am not trying to rib anybody, Gas House style," pleaded Mr. Frisch,
earnestly. ”1 have looked over the field and Baugh is the best third baseman
In the Cardinal camp. In fact, I dare say he is the best third baseman in ■
the National League at the moment. Whatta fielder! And what an arm!”
To hear Mr. Frisch emote so enthusiastically is a treat. When last
seen Mr. Frisch was sitting on a bench at Tinker Field in Orlando. At the
time he was asked what third basemen he had on hand. "We have 53
players.” said Mr. Frisch, caustically. Pick one out yourself."
Even with Washington's own Slingin' Sammy in mind, it perhaps
wasn't the thing to say. After all, Baugh hasn't played any professional
baseball. He was a pretty good Ihird baseman at Texas Christian in his
senior year, but then he went into pro football. And there is an old saying
that football players rarely make baseball players. Can Baugh hit, Frankie?
"Not much.” confessed Honest Frank, "but we will teach him. He’s !
really a natural third baseman. He can field with almost anybody, he can 1
throw, and he can run."
Better Prospect Than Frankie.
It seemed the time had come to remind Frankie that hitting was
anywhere from 60 to 80 per cent of baseball. A lot of fellows can field, Mr.
“Izzatso?” said Frankie, drawing a bead on the innocent trunk of
k potted palm and spraying it with an amber stream of tobacco juice. "Well, '
look at It this way. When I came up to the Giants I could do only one thing |
and that was run. This Baugh fellow's got it all o\er me. and I managed
to stick around for quite a few years, didn't I? Sam can field better than I
could, throw better, and darned if he isn't going to makp a pretty good hitter. '
He got two today—a single and a double against the Yankees. Is that being
any bum?”
It was admitted that two hits against any ball club was a fair day's !
work. But what else, Frankie? j
"I didn't see him play football.” continued Mr. Frisch, “but I heard i
tell he was a great guy on that field. I mean, he always did the right thing
at the right time. That is exactly what he keeps doing with us. He seems
to have a seventh sense. He can field a grounder and if there is no chance
for a play at second base he seems to feel it, instinctively. So he whips out
the runner at first base,”
Frisch W as Old Giant Standout.
Mr. Frisch used to play football himself. Before Jawn McGraw brought
him to the Giants old Frankie was a fair sort of a ball carrier for Fordham, ;
Frisch, with a few select others like Lou Gehrig and Mickey Cochrane, was 1
a fine football player who became a greater ball player. The odds are againstJ
a man starring in both of these sports. The majority of grid aces are flops at'
Baugh stands a chance now of becoming a sort of a miracle man [
He came out of Texas Christian a year ago and reported last Fall to the
football Redskins. With fear of little argument. Baugh was the outstanding j
football player of the 1937 National League season.
Everything the tail, morose Texan did was right. He broke the forward ’
passing record, for one thing. Practically singlehandedly he pitched the
Washington Redskins to the world championship over the Chicago Bears in j
Personally, I rank Baugh as the greatest football player I have ever
keen. He can pass, run and kick. Nobody was a better passer, ever. Few in
the pro league can kick better. And he was the most improved runner of
them all when the season ended.
Now Baugh is the Cards' regular third baseman and the case becomes
more interesting than ever. A few dozen of the Nation's outstanding grid
stars have failed in big league baseball in the last few seasons. Freddie
Sington was one. Fred could murder minor league pitching but he couidn'i
get his bat around against major league stuff. Dixie Howell was all right
until the pitcher threw a curve ball. Jim Thorpe flopped on account of the
same weakness.
Samuel Is a Canny Honibre.
Now Baugh is supposed to be ready to bridge the gap between a college
campus and the major leagues. Will lie become the National League's best
third baseman? And will he continue to play for the Redskins and remain
the National Football League's greatest asset?
Not even Sammy is prepared to answer this question. Baugh is a
Ihrewd young man. He can make more money playing football this year
than he will make in the next two or three diamond campaigns. But what
if he does both? In a little while Baugh's shoulders will tighten up, as do
those of all grid players, and he will be ready for the glue factory.
Mr. Frisch is unable to describe, at the moment, Sam's probable reactions
kt fcpt after another year of pro football. Naturally Frankie and Mr. Clark
Griffith are not in favor of the switch. Sammy is fond of the comparative
steadiness of the ball player’s existence and if he were intrigued by the salary
figures flaunted in his face by Mr. Marshall of the Redskins he would have
signed long ago.
Right now Mr. Marshall should be suffering. During the winter he
had his Cliff Battles Whisked away by Columbia University, who wanted the
Galloping Elk for a backfield coach. Now Onkel Frankie Frisch wants Sammy
Baugh for his third baseman. Any day now Mr. Marshall will be putting want
**** in the Washington papers asking for professional backfield men.
Goslin, Unsigned, Hits 1,000
Adds Homer to Earlier Single tfs Pinch Batter—Bonura
and Lewis Are Swatting.
Bv a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
LAKELAND, Fla., March 30.—
■ Wlnterhaven Is a nice enough place
to train a ball club, but the fans
stay away in droves. There were
only 67 paid admissions yesterday
when the Nats played Columbus.
. Ouch!
Ken Chase is called “Charley" by
the Griffs, after the movie
comedian. . . . Ouch again!. . . ,
Is Goose Goslin bidding high for
a job with the Nats, or is he? . . .
Bucky Harris sent the TJander to
.bat as a pinch-hitter the other day
against Kansas City and he singled.
. . . Yesterday Goslin made one
appearance against Columbus and
'nit a vicious home run with two
men on base.... He’s still unsigned.
It took the Griffs six innings to
establish the fact that they were
the major leaguers yesterday. . . .
They even reached the point where
a rookie Red Bird pitcher, Masty
nik, picked a runner off second
base. . . He was Melo Almada.
Zeke Bonura jbd Buddy Lewis
are getting alon#all right. ... In
Tampa on Monday they made four
of the Nats’ eight hits against the
Reds. , . . Yesterday they made
seven of the Griffs’ 13 safeties.
Bonura, incidentally, is calling
Griffith “Poppa Griff.” . . . And
Simmons is "Uncle Al” and Myer is
"Uncle Bud.” . . , Joe Kohlman
has a sore arm. . . . And Harris is
sour on him.
Varied Sports
College Baseball.
Maryland. 10: Ohio State. 1.
wmiam and Mary, 1.
Ohio. 14: South Carolina. 6.
Michigan State. 12: Georgia. 6.
Lynchburg. 8: Drexel. :t
Virginia. » Vermont 8
Delaware 11: Medical College of Vlr
cinia. 2.
Randolph-Macon 7: Washington and
Lee. <i.
North Carolina. 10: Richmond. 2.
College Tennis.
Kalamazoo Teachers. 0. Wake Forest. 0.
North Carolina. 0; Williams, 0.
College Golf.
Hampden-Sydney. 9'i: South Caro
lina. 8ti.
Florida. 10: Davidson. 8.
College Hotkey.
Gonzaga 6; Minnesota. 1.
College Lacrosse.
Maryland. 8: Swathmore. a.
But It’ll Be Difficult to Climb
Because Whole Loop Is
Tougher, He Says.
Associated Press Sports Writer.
ORLANDO. Fla.. March 30.—Let
Stanley (Bucky) Harris tell about this
approaching American League base
ball race. Stanley is the still young
and handsome manager of the left
hand Washington Senators, and he has
a story to tell.
"Here,” said Bucky, making himself
comfortable, "I have a much better
ball club than I had last year, when
we finished sixth. That's a cinch,
because we how have Zeke Bonura on
first base. He drove in 100 runs for
the White Sox last year, while Joe
Kuhel was knocking in 61 for us.
"All right. So you ask me do I
think we can climb out of sixth place,
being as we now have Bonura. All I
can answer is: Will you kindly look
over those five teams that finished
ahead of us last year and try to pick
out the one we're going to displace.
“This American League right now is
the toughest I’ve seen in my experi
ence. The Yankees naturally are fa
vorites. Then, there is Detroit, Chi
cago. Cleveland and Boston, all of
whom finished ahead of us. The least
thing could make a difference of three
or four places in any of these clubs.
Yanks Need Full Strength.
“It's so close, in mv opinion, that an
injury to any one of the Yankee regu
lars. like Gehrig. Dickey or Di Maggie,
could throw them out of first place.
And. don't forget, they’ve been getting
by a long time without any real hard
luck of that sort, The moment they
slip a little bit they'll be caught and
passed. And this Detroit bunch Is hot.
"If we're going to gain a notch, sup
posedly we'll have to do it at the ex
pense of Boston. Have you seen that
club? All right, then you know it's a
good one. All Joe Cronin needs is for
one or two of his young pitchers to
come through, and he’ll be right up
there in the fight. And he's got five
who answer that description.
"So where does that put us? I
don't know, honestly. I wouldn't be
surprised if we finish second—or sixth
again. I’ve go* two young southpaw
pitchers. Ken Chase and Joe Krakaus
kas. Both have all the stuff in the
world, but both are wild as Viares. If
both of them settle down and hold the
opposition, we'll be up in the race.
Otherwise, probably not.
"We've got the hitting, plenty of it.
There's enough of it. in fact, that
Cecil Travis, who hit .344 last season,
is in sixth place ;n my batting order.
Our fielding is pretty good. too. It s
just a case of finding some pitchers
to go with Wes Ferrell, Monte Weaver
and Jim De Shong.
Simmons a Pleasant Surprise.
“The most pleasant surprise I've had
is A1 Simmons You know, we asked
waivers on him during the winter, and
nobody wanted him. I'm glad now
that nobody did. It must have hurt
Al's pride, because he got himsplf in
the best shape in years, and is hitting
the ball almost like he did in the old
"Another funny thing. This kid
Jimmy Wasdcll practically had beaten
Kuhel out of his first basing job be
fore we traded Joe to the White Sox.
He had been hitting the ball out of
sight—seven home runs in five games.
I'm going to keep him on the squad,
but he's a Mt-hand hitter like all the
others. Funny how one team will
start getting left-handers and cjin't get
anything else, isn't it?
"W'hat do you hear about Di Mag
gio? Is he going to sign for that
S25.C00 the Colonel’s offered him? I
hope so, because he’s the greatest
player in the game today. Greater
than Gehrig now. They tell me that
both Joe McCarthy and Col. Ruppert
think they can win without him.
Well, they can’t. Not the way this
American League race is now.
"And don't be surprised if this Cin
cinnati team shows them something
in the National League. We played
them the other day and this new first
baseman of theirs, Frank McCormick,
can hit a ball a country mile.”
Announcement of Opening Glens
Falls Battle With White
Plains Was Error.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
GLENS FALLS. N. Y„ March 30
East, ern High School of Washington.
D. C., public school champion of the
Capital City, will clash with Atlantic
City, N. J., High in its opening game
of the Eastern States scholastic basket
ball tourney here tomorrow night. It
was reported previously Eastern would
meet White Plains, N. Y., High.
Eastern has been bracketed along
with Brown Prep of Philadelphia, de
fending champion, and Lawrenceville,
N. J„ High. Games in the lower
bracket will And White Plains facing
Lynn, Mass., High and St. Mary’s
Academy of Glens Falls stacking up
against Vincentian Institute of Al
bany, N. Y.
Atlantic City High won 16 con
secutive tilts during the regular sea
son, losing to Trenton by one point
in the South Jersey tournament after
previously walloping Trenton, 42-31.
Internal Revenue and A. G. O. will
play for the championship of the Gov
ernment-Y Basket Ball League tomor
row night, with the tap-off in the Y. M.
C. A. gym being scheduled for 8
A. G. O. earned the right to meet
the Revenuers, already in the title
round, with a 42-24 victory over Patent
Office last night. The ultimate win
ners had a 23-10 lead at half time,
with scoring almost equally divided.
Murphy, Calvert and Bugg each scored
8 points and Bltonti and Kawola were
credited with 7.
-X *V;
Broimies Ready to Blast Way
Up Ladder, Says Pilot Street,
Worried by‘Too Much Potver’
By the Associated Press.
SAN ANTONIO. Tex . March 30 —
Manager Charles (Gabby i Street, an
imaginative person, can’t quite stretch
his vision to actually seeing his St.
Louis Browns in the first division, but
he points at an explosive "paper1’
line-up and reminds what could hap
Street, who has had 38 years in
baseball, has some experiments on tap
that could convert the 1937 cellantes
into 1938's most troublesome nine.
"Predictions aren't in my line.”
quoth Street, new guardian angel of a
team that never has won a pennant,
"but I'm bold enough to say we'll be
one helluva sight better than we were
last year.”
Points to Batting Power.
One of the veteran catcher's many
gnarled fingers pointed to his tentative
opening day line-up of eight gents
who clubbed out a composite average
of .312 for 1937.
Foremost in Street’s sack of experi
ments will be a shift of young Billy
Sullivan. Gabby's prize catcher, up to
the second slot in his hitting line-up.
"Great pull hitter—that boy. I’ll
lead off with Col. Buster Mills, very
fast, and then have £ullivan up there
to send him around with his pull hit
ting. This boy Sullivan is smart—a
baseball student. He’s going to be
great—like his dad.”
Street was worried because there
wasn't one really weak hitter in his
Has Rare Problem.
“It’s a problem,” he murmured. “It
means my ‘second clean-up,’ down in
eighth position, will have his purpose
defeated. He'll be good enough to
be purposely passed to get to our
Gabby wasn't foolin’. His Browns
were out there smashing out 20 hits
for 32 bases and an 18-3 win over a
tough Tulsa team of the Texas
His next experiment is converting
Howard Mills, a fine left-hand pros
pect from the San Antonio farm,
from an overhand twirler »to a blind
ing sidearmer.
"Get this—Mills has the stuff Bill
Hallahan had when he was good. I
was catching Walter Johnson back in
1907 when they tried to make an over
hander of him. Give me good side
armers every time—and I believe I’ve
got one.”
Gabby believes he has winning
pitchers; knows he has fast bailers.
‘‘And if a guy can throw hard, he
can pitch. I’m counting heavily on
Jim Weaver. Buck Newsom, Oral
Hildebrand, Elton Walkup and Jack
Knott, all righthanders. And then
for my lefthanders I’ll have Mills,
Vito Tamulis and Russ Van Atta—
whose sore arm may come around.”
Kress Closes Shortstop Gap.
The shortstop situation has been re
lieved by the appearance of Ralph
(Red) Kress, the transplanted major
Sports Mirror
By the Associated Press.
Today a year ago—Alvin N. (Bo)
McMillin signed 10-year renewal
of contract as head football coach
at University of Indiana.
Three years ago—Herman Neu
gass, Tulane, equalled world record
of 9.4 for 100 yards in Texas re
Five years ago—Boston defeated
Toronto, 3-1, and Rangers humbled
Detroit, 3-0. la Stanley Cup play*
leaguer who carved out a .334 average
at Minneapolis last year. Kress at
short and Roy Hughes. Cleveland
transfer, will give Street a double
play combination the Browns haven't
had for years.
For power Street named this line
up: Mills, If. .295 with Boston in
'37; Sullivan, c, .286 with Cleveland;
Harlond Clift. 3b. .306; Beau Bell, rf,
.340: Sammy West. cf. .328: Kress, ss.
.334 with Minneapolis: Hughes. .277
with Cleveland; George McQuinn, lb,
.331 with Newark.
"And there'll be none of that ‘ex
pecting to get beat every day’ attitude
this year. We're going out there to
win—for a change," Gabby declared.
Loss of Appling, Stratton
and Bridges for Start
Severe Blows.
B5 the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, March 30—Baseball's
biggest bogeyman, the injury jinx, is
on the prowl—ahead of schedule.
In sharp contrast to the luck which
followed major league clubs through
the early stages of their 1937 con
ditioning campaigns, this season's
spring training grinds already finds
two clubs badiy crippled by training
Manager Jimmy Dykes of the Chi
cago White Sox can’t be blamed for
worrying. When Luke Appling suffered
a fractured leg last Sunday sliding
into second base, Dykes lost the serv
ices of his clean-up batsman and one
of the best shortstops in the business.
Apping will be out of action at least
six weeks.
Stratton Out Some Time.
In the same game, Monty Stratton
of the Sox injured an arm and the Sox
pitching ace probably won't be able
to uncork his fast one for two or more
Down in Florida, the jinx which has
pursued Detroit for several seasons ap
parently still is traiyng the Tigers.
Manager Mickey Cochrane, just about
ready to give up hope that Schoolboy
Rowe’s arm will do the cause any good,
had begun to build his pitching staff
around slender, efficient Tommy
Then Tommy aggravated an old in
jury to his salary flipper, and probably
won’t be able to work until May 15.
Cubs Hard Hit in 1937.
A year ago, up to May 30, no serious
accidents had occurred to worry the
managers. But %ie law of averages
caught up with them when the season
opened. Joe Di Maggio of the New
York Yankees didn't get into the open
ing game because of tonsil trouble. On
the Chicago Cubs bench with sore arms
were Tex Carleton and Curt Davis.
Bridges and Rowe of Detroit were ill,
and sinus trouble was plaguing Jimmy
Foxx of Boston's Red Sox. Bob Feller
hurt his arm in his opening game, and
soon after Larry French of the Cubs
suffered a bad hand bruise, to mention
just a few bad breaks.
If any of the pilots arrive from camp
with badly twisted digits three weeks
from now they’ll have to be excused
for their finger-crossing precautions.
Hockey Playoffs
By the Associated Press.
National League.
Toronto, 3: Boston, 2 (overtime;
Toronto wins league champion
New York Americans. 3; Chicago
Blackhawks, 1.
Philadelphia. 2; New Haven. 0.
Syracuse, 3; Pittsburgh 2 (over
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Starting Clan—Columbus
Defeated, 13 to 4.
8taff Correspondent of The Star.
LAKELAND. Fla., March 30.—The
Nats’ spring training camp is not run
ning on schedule, in case anybody
didn’t know, and Messrs. Clark Grif
fith and Bucky Harris are shaking
their heads fearfully.
By now, according to the brilliant
picture painted by Mr. Griffith during
the winter, those two left-handed
Groves of 1938—Joe Krakauskas and
Ken Chase—were to have been terrifio
and to have won jobs as starting
pitchers. By now the betting odds on
the Yankees were supposed to hav«
fallen with a dull thud.
That wasn't the prospect today as
the Nats invaded Lakeland again to
play the Detroit Tigers. Frankly,
Chase and Krakauskas are not among
yarns’ first four pitchers. There is
some doubt as to whether they will be
starters this year. Already Bucky is
looking around for somebody else to
team up with Wes Ferrell, Jimmy
De Shong and Monte Weaver. It
may even be that Emil (Dutch)
Leonard will be the No. 4 pitcher.
Griff Admits "It’s Discouraging."
Chase was the latest of the southpaw
twins to work. Ken opened yesterday
against Columbus In Winter Haven
and departed after four innings, dur
ing w*hich the Redbirds nicked him
for a 4-3 lead. The Griffs eventually
won, 13 to 4
Even Griffith, staunch champion of
the two kids, admitted "it was discour
"They’re not impossible, however,"
qualified the old gent. "The thing for
Harris to do is to keep pitching them
regularly. They must learn to get
the ball over the plate.’’
Chase now has pitched In three
games, two against minor league op
position. In 12 innings he has given
up 11 runs, eight bases on balls and
14 base hits. That isn't winning
pitching in tile American League.
Krakky has worked in two games,
one against a major-league club. In
seven innings the bow-legged Lithua
nian has given up six runs, nine bases
on balls and eight hits:
Harris is determined to carry out
Griffs orders. Already Bucky has
nominated Krakauskas to pitch a full
nine-inning game on Fridav against
Chattanooga. If Krakky lasts he will
become the first Nat to go the route.
Leonard Good in 10-4 Win.
Meanwhile Leonard, in a quiet sort
of way, is pressing into the pitching
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