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Nats Squad, Due for Heavy Pruning in Few Days, May Be Smallest in Years Win, Lose or Draw By FRANCIS E. STAN, Star Staff Correspondent. A Couple of Cookies With Plenty of Color LAKELAND, Fl^., April 2.—There is no way of knowing at the mo ment how much ability is retained by Daredevil Dick Bartell of the Tigers and Lee Theodore Grissom of the Yankees, but when the National League let this pair get away over the winter it tossed to the rival circuit a couple of colorful co«kies. • Take Rowdy Richard, for instance. Last December the Tigers took him from the Cubs in exchange for Bill Rogell. It was supposed to be a straight deal but those in the know insist the Cubs threw in Bartell’s arthritis, too. Bartell was talking about the Cubs and his trade today before the game with the Nats* "I had plenty of miseries last year," he was saying. "I didn't feel good physically and after awhile that Baker's dozen of Cub executives got me down mentally and, well, I guess I developed one of those to-heck-with-it complexes. I'm all right now." A Fellow Named Cobb Was Like That, Too He looks all right, too. Dashing Dick is the Mr. Perpetual motion here in the Tigers’ lair. He is making great fielding plays and when and if Charley Gehringcr returns to play alongside him at second base, he figures to make greater plays. He is hitting and running and if you’re within 150 feet of the guy he'll wear cut your ears with a shrill pip squeak chatter that is singularly belligerent in vein. The other ball players in the American League, or at least the players we talked with down here, are wondering about the little guy. Rowdy Richard, also called. the alameda insect by certain imaginative and authorative National League sources, comes to the American with a reputation for being a mean little cuss in uniform. His crime is similar to that of Ty CohWs. It seems that if a ball beats him to a base. Daredevil Dick, without batting an eye, will sit down and carve up the enemy infielder with his spikes /Ust to see if he can induce the fellow' to drop the throw. Thirteen Years as a Public Enemy—and Intact It all depends on which sideline you sit. If Brother Bartell is on your side it is said that he looks the part of a most heroic figure, fighting desperately in the best sporting manner. Those on the enemy side profess to see nothing heroic nor sporting. It follows the fellow must be a clever character. There are 13 years of bitter battling behind him. Years when his spikes cut the socks of rival infielders . . . years when he taunted, from field and dugout, players bigger and stronger than himself . . . years when pitchers threw at his head and shortstops grazed his scalp when he slid into second on double plays and base runners attempted to amputate a Bartell leg or two. Thirteen years is a long time to be a public enemy in baseball, but a good P. E. can last. Cobb did and Rowdy Richard is doing all right so far. When Mungo Fired Four at His Head Joe Stripp, the retired National League infielder, was talking about Bartell the other day. "Everybody in the National League seemed to hate him." Joe said. “He was a nasty little guy but I admired him. Here's something you’ve got to remember, too. He isn't the trouble maker all the time. The other fellows pick on him. “When I was w’ith Brooklyn and Bartell was playing against us, I saw Mungo, when he was fast, try to hit him in the head four straight 1 times. Each time he knocked Bartell down, but Dick kept getting up and swearing that he'd get even. He did, too. He jumped on Joe Judge’s foot and put him out of the game. He cut up Lonnie Frey and a couple of 1 other guys. We got orders to get him, but darned if I ever tried. He’s okay, that kind.” It's been a long time since the American League has had a fellow quite like Bartell. Possibly the nearest approach in recent years has been Jake Powell. The Tigers haven't forgotten the day in the spring of 1936 when Powell ran into Hank,Greenberg and broke his wrist. This put Hankus out for the year and the Tigers, champions of the world at the time, broke down and the Yankees won the first of four successive legs on the title. Grissom's Slide Cost the Reds a Pennant Rowdy Richard then was a disinterested party. He was performing for the Giants. But now he, too, is a Tiger and it might even be that if his new bond is strong enough and the enemy takes a crack at him, Dick will retaliate with his far-famed vigor and artfulness. It would be ! an exciting, if riotous, adjunct to what is whisically termed the American League pennant race. And then there is Grissom. He was a member in bad standing of the pennant-winning Cincinnati Reds last year. For a while he was touted as the best left-hander in the National League, but one August day in 1938 the Reds were playing the Phillies and Mr. Grissom, an individualist of sorts, decided to steal second. About all that can be said in favor of his decision was that the bag was unoccupied. Lee Theodore thundered into the bag, slid and was tagged out. In the process he sprained his ankle and was through for the rest of the season. The Reds lost the pennant by six games. If they had Grissom they probably would have won it. Lee Will Sacrifice Anything for Art's Sake Here's the kind of a tomato this fellow is: “Even if we were leading,” ' he defended himself, “I figured I’d be better on second than on first base.’ Surprisingly enough, the Reds did not argue that point so loaded with logic. But Grissom's stock fell after this well-intended stab at versatility. Grissom is a cookie who will make valiant sacrifices to further his art When Mose Grove came back after a sore arm siege Grissom read in the papers where Grove attributed his return to form to the extrac tion of four teeth. It is assumed that Grove’s teeth were bad, but there Wras nothing WTong with the eight ivories that were yanked from Grissom's head, at his request. Lee figures that if Grove was helped by the removal of four molars a job twice as big could not hurt him. As far as the Reds were concerned, Grissom was a dead duck even before the 1939 pennant was won. Apparently his genius was misunder stood. His-number was up last August, and when they got a chance the Reds unloaded him onto the Yankees. Apparently they are hopeful of getting even for the way the Yanks treated them in the series. On the other hand, Lee has shown at times that he can fog that ball. It may develop that his singular talents will be better appreciated j by the Yankees and the Reds will rue the day. Anyway, as we said in i the beginning, he is colorful cookie. —__ Spring Exhibition Baseball By the Associated Press. Washington (A.). 15: Sanford P. S.l. 0. Boston (A.), p: Cincinnati (N.). 6. Columbus (A. A ). 2: St. Louis <N.), 1. Chicago (A.i. 8: Chicago 'N.t. H New York (N.t. 8: Cleveland (A.). 6. Pittsburgh (N.t. 8; Philadelphia (A.). 1 'first, game). Pittsburgh (N.i. 8; Philadelphia (A.), 5 (second game). Brooklyn (N ). IP: Atlanta (S. A.). 2. Detroit 'A. 1. 5: Indiananolis (A A ). 3. New York (A.), p: San Antonio (T.), 3. Philadelphia (N.V 18; Miami Beach All Stars. 0. Games Today. Detroit (A.) vs. Washington (A ). Cincinnati (N.) Vs. Boston (A.). St. Louis (N ) vs. Rochester (I.). Brooklyn (N.) vs. Atlanta (S. A.). Chicago (N. > vs. Chicago (A.). New York (N.l vs. Cleveland (A.V Philadelphia (A.) vs. Pittsburgh (N.). Philadelphia (N.) vs. Syracuse (I.). New York (A.) vs. Dallas <T.). Patnik, Diving Ruler, Missed Letter in 4 School Sports Considers Turning Pro Because of Calling Off of Olympics By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, April 2.—'The num ber one attraction at Columbia University’s sixth annual water carnival tonight is A1 Patnik. the blond diver from Ohio State who cotUdn’t win a letter in four sports at high school. Patnik. rated one of the greatest springboard performers in history, if not the greatest of all. is slated to oppose his teammate. Earl Clark, and Columbia’s Jack Keating in the low-board diving exhibition. Other stars on the program in clude Jack Medica, Olympic 400 meter champion: Peter Fick. holder of the acc^>ted world record for 100 meters: former backstroke cham pion. Gearge Kojac, and others. Then there are rhythmic swimming exhibitions, with submarine lights and all. to make it the biggest and gaudiest carnival Columbia has yet staged. Seeks Revenge on Teammate. There are two reasons why the 23-year-old Ohio State senior is the leading performer. One is his re cord. the other the fact that he lost the National Collegiate A. A. high board title to Clark last Saturday. He hopes to square accounts tonight and again in the National A. A. U. championships here next week end. Since he has been competing for Ohio State, Patnik has won the N. C. A. A. low-board title three times, the high board twice and the Na tional A. A. U. indoor titles from both the 3 meter and 10 meter boards three times in a row. Up to last Saturday he had been beaten only once in 60 meets. The lone previous loss came last summer in Germany and his coach, Mike Peppe. explained that one away by saying the program “ran in” a series of re quired dives with which Patnik was not familiar and had no chance to practice. At Homestead, Pa., high school, Patnik competed as a diver, tumbler, basket ball and soccer player without being able to win a letter. In 1936 when he enrolled in Ohio State, he set his aim for a berth on the 1940 Olmpic team. At that time he said: "Regardless of whethere I make the Olympic team, 1940 will be my last year of competitive diving. I'm going into business and I won’t turn professional.” Toils Way Through School. But now, with his Olympic dream swept aside, he’s thinking seriously of the professional angle. If he does turn pro, he'll drop from school for the remainder of the term and come back for his degree after “picking up the nickels.” The youngest of seven children, Patnik lost his father when he was 4 years old. After leaving high school he worked a year to amass a college “nest egg.” He has worked his way through Ohio State by wait ing on table at his fraternity house for his meals and by working as a typist in the university publicity de partment. Ball Pilots Meet A meeting of Prince Georges County Baseball League managers will be held at 8 o’clock tonight at the Maryland Park Market. Sports Program For Local Fans TODAY. Baseball. Washington vs. Detroit, Lake land, Fla. TOMORROW. Baseball. Washington vs. St. Louis Car dinals, Orlando, Fla. THURSDAY. Baseball. Washington vs. Boston Bees, Orlando, Fla. Georgetown vs. Harvard, Hill top Field, 3 George Washington vs. Dart mouth, East Ellipse, 2:30. Lacrosse. Maryland vs. Harvard, College Park, 4. Tennis. Maryland vs. William and Mary, College Park, 3:30. J Wrestling. Jim Londos vs. Joe Cox, feature match, Turner’s Arena, 8:30. Army Airmen, Medics Open Militia Loop Play April 27 The same outfits that comprised the Militia Baseball League last season again have enrolled in that loop, and a 32-game schedule will be launched April 27 when Bolling Field stacks up against Army Med ical Center on the Walter Reed Hospital diamond. In addition to Bolling Field and Army Medical Center. Fort Myer, St. Elizabeth's and Naval Receiv ing Station will be represented. George D. Riley has been named honorary president, with Walter P. Griffith president; E. A. Bartholo mew vice president; Robert Fisher, secretary, and Sydnor Boswell, treasurer. Box Score V* Ab*-il,*U i on. AB. R. H. O. A. E. We.aj. d 4 3 13 11 Wasaell, lb _ ti 2 2 14 1 0 Lewis, rl _4 2 l i ti u Walker. If _ 5 2 3 1 0 0 Quick. 3b__6 2 10 10 Biooaworth. 2b_ 5 15 10 0 Polahl, ss . _ 5 0 1 2 5 0 Early, c _ 2 2 1 0 0 0 Ferrell, c_ 2 1 0 5 0 0 Chase, p_ 2 0 0 0 3 1 Dean, p_2 0 O 0 1 0 Totals 42 15 15 27 18 ~ SANFORD (F.S.L.) AB. R. H. O. A. E. Colbert, rf_ 1 0 0 0 0 0 Hyder. rl _- 2 0 0 1 0 0 Gillespie. 2b_1 0 (t 0 1 0 Campbell. 2b_ 2 0 1 2 4 0 Skeen, cl _ 4 0 2 3 0 0 C. Roberts, ss_ 4 0 1 2 4 0 Rowan, 3b _3 0 116 1 Milwee, II_ 2 0 0 0 2 0 Marion, 11_1 0 0 o o 0 Lannen. lb _ 2 0 0 4 o o T. Roberts, lb_ 2 0 0 0 0 1 Kassells. c __ 1 0 0 3 O O Kibrell. c_ 2 0 0 2 0 0 Nixon, p _1 o o o 1 0 McGhee, p_ 1 0 0 0 0 0 Rantin. p _ 1 o o o 0 o Howington. p___ 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals _30 ll 1 27 17 1 Washington _ 100 300 500—16 Santord . _ 000 000 000— 0 Runs batted in—Walker (2), Quick (21, Bloodworth (5). Wasdell (01. Two-base hits—Welaj. Skeen (2). Home runs—-Was dell (2). Bloodworth. Double plavs—C. Roberts to Campbell to T. Roberts; Camp bell to C. Roberts to T. Roberts; Potahl to Bloodworth to Wasdell. Lelt on bases— Sanlord. 8. Washington 5. First base on balls—Off Nixon. 1; off Chase. 2; off Dean, 2; off Rantin. 4. Struck out—By Nixon. 1: by McGhee, 2; by Chase. 2; by Dean, 1; by Rantin. 1. Hits—Off Nixon. 2 in 3 In nings, 1 run: off Chase, 3 in ti innnigs. no runs: off McGhee. 5 in 3 innings, 3 runs off Dean. 2 in 3 innings, no runs: off Rantin, 8 in 2 Innings. 11 runs; off How ington. 0 in 1 inning, no runs. Balk— McGhee. Winning pitcher—Chase. Los ing pitcher—Nixon. Umpires—Messrs. Hubbard and McLaughlin. Time—2:06. — 4 Pro Baseball Chance Offered 100 Youths By White Sox Best 70 May Have Jobs On Farm Clubs After Training Period Bs the Associated Press. CHICAGO, April 2.—No less than 100 boys from the bushes have a chance to begin the climb to ward professional baseball success through the rehabilitation program of the Chicago Wh'te Sox. Farm Boss Billy Webb has col lected this horde of young ball play ers from near and far for a shot at the pro game, most of them from the sandlots of the Middle West. Webb will assemble his young hope fuls at Jonesboro. Ark., between April 4 and 11 and begin drills. The best 70 players of the lot will be given jobs with White Sox-owned clubs or with clubs working with the American Leaguers. AH Prospects Scouted. The White Sox own Lubbock of the West Texas-New Mexico League. Jonesboro of the Northeast Arkansas League and Waterloo. Iowa, of the Three-Eye League. Working agreements have been ar ranged with Wisconsin Rapids of the Wisconsin State League. St. Paul of the American Association and one is pending with St. Joseph of the Michigan State League. Webb and White Sox scouts beat the bushes all over the country last season and more than 440 kids re ceived a “look" by one or another of the club officials. The 100 being sent to Jonesboro are what remain of that group. Webb also received 400 applications for tryouts from kids during the winter, but all of these were rejected because the club is opposed to signing any pros pect without scouting him. All of these 100 players have signed con tracts. Almost All Sandlotters. The boys will work out in Jones boro twice a day under the direc tion of Webb, and tlte three Sox farm managers—Johnny Mostil of Jonesboro. Charley Engle of Lub bock and John Fitzpatrick of Water loo. Almost all of the prospects aie ambitious sandlotters. but the few collegians sprinkled in the lot in clude Tommy Nisbet of Illinois. Lee Harris of Luther (Iowa) College. Oscar Broyer of Millikin. Decatur, 111.: Andy Riggs of Iowa, Joe Coatar of Notre Dame and Gene Myers of Ohio State. Bliss and Seven Seas Win in Basket Loop Bliss Electrical School and Seven Seas Grill were victors in Roose velt division games of District of Columbia Recreation Department Basket Ball League last night. The Electricians defeated Arling ton A. A., 30-25. while the Grill men walloped Bellman Heating, 49-29. Thirteen points by Jones, Seven Seas center, was the high total of the night. Foxx Quits Tobacco COLUMBIA, S. C„ April 2 SW].— Jimmy Foxx, the Boston Red Sox clouting first sacker, is quitting cigars, cigarettes and “eatin”’ to bacco in the hope it might allay his chronic sinus attacks. Impressive Pitching Streak of Griffmen in Danger Against Tigers Today Team Never Has Looked Good in Lakeland, a Hitter's Park; Rout of Weak Sanford Club, 15-0, Is Meaningless By a Staff Correspondent ot The Star. LAKELAND, Fla., April 2.—The libeled and slandered Washing ton pitching staff has the laugh at the moment on all critics. In the last five games the Nat hurlers have given only 5 runs and 29 hits . . . Whoops, and now what are the odds against the Griffmen winning the pen nant? The Nats were here today to play the Tigers, with Joe Haynes and either Gilberto Torres or Early Wynn scheduled to divide the pitching . .. This is a hitters’ park . . . Washington never has look good in Lakeland . . . Last time here Alex Carrasquel and Torres were pounded to a fare thee-well, Detroit winning a 12-to-0 decision. That was quite a hitting show the Griffs put on yesterday at Sanford as they won a 15-to-0 verdict over the Florida State League pennant winners. The fly in the ointment was the cali ber of the opposition ... Some of the Nat clubhouse boys can pitch better than at least one of the three Sanford hurlers who saw action . .. The game was played for two reasons—a crowd was ex pected to see Sid Hudson and Jim Dean, Sanford graduates, perform for the Nats and, in turn, Bucky Harris and Clark Griffith wanted to see Cleo Jeter and Frank (no relation) Hudson pitch for Sanford . . . Cleo and Frank were touted as highly as Sid and Dean. Signals were crossed all around . . . Sanford used Jeter tha day before against Nashville and Frank Hudson came up with a sore back . . . Harris used Sid Hudson against the Bees Satur day and so he was out. . . Dean pitched three innings, however . . . The crowd was composed of Griffith, Joe Cambria, John Gan zel, wives of four of the Sanford players, a few newspapermen and a handful of cash customers . . . Earlier in the day Griffith, NiGk Altrock and newspapermen with the Nats were lunched by the Sanford Rotary Club. Ganzel, who manages Griff’s Orlando farm, touted Jeter and Frank Hudson, a southpaw, but the Washington bosses aren’t particularly excited . . . Jeter, who averages about three stiff fines a season for disappearing for a couple of days at a stretch, already has been socked $50 for bending a convivial elbow this year ... Hudson, who was op erated on for a cataract on one eye, must wear glasses at least a year. Red Marion, once with the Nats as an outfielder, has a 19-year old brother in the Sanford out • field . . . The Kid raced Elmer Gedeon, Nat rookie and national intercollegiate hurdles champion, while at Michigan last year . . . At the 50-yard mark, Marion was 5 yards in front, but Gedeon nipped him at the wire in the 100-yard test. Jimmy Bloodworth, who hadn’t been able to get a ball out of the infield in three previous games, put on quite a show yes terday, getting four straight sin gles and winding up with a home run out of the park . . . Jimmy Wasdell didn’t do so poorly, either, after going out his first three trips . . . Jimmy hit con secutive home rims in the sev enth and eighth innings, driving across seven runs on the two blows over the right-field fence . . . The reason why Cecil Travis didn’t play is because Harris is taking no chances of hurting his legs on the sandy terrain here . . . And the reason George Case was out of the game for the sec ond straight day is that he re injured his arm sliding against the Bees last Saturday in Bra denton. Sanford folk say that Hudson’s hitting, more than his pitching, will endear him to Washington fans . . . Harris will settle for the pitching ... Smallest share of gate receipts this year was the $25.25 the Nats’ “B” squad earned Sunday in Deland against Chat tanooga. ' SCHOLASTICS START—Spring officially arrived for Roosevelt High diamonders yesterday when they held their initial prac tice. At right, Second Baseman Ernie Travis is shown batting, and above, Coach Herman Littman (left) is giving some sage ad vice to a group of his hopefuls. They are (left to right, front row) Frank Redinger, A1 Buschling, Len Michaelson, Curt Schwessinger, Charlie Kuhel and Glen Bean. Rear, Tom Scan lan, Charlie Tucker, Charlie Young and Bud Firestone. —Star Staff Photos. Littman, Who Predicted Court Crown for Roosevelt, Now Visions Diamond Title • By ROBERT HENRY. Last November Herman Littman of Roosevelt High School voiced the thought that his basket ball team might win the interhigh champion ship and three months later the Rough Riders owned their first athletic title in 21 years. Yesterday Coach Littman all but said that hi's baseball team would win the high school crown, and after watching his squad in its first practice one is inclined to agree. Littman, a former Washington and Lee and New York U. catcher, is starting his fifth year as baseball coach. His record to date is two seconds, a third and a fifth. Last year the team placed third to Cen tral and Eastern, and. while five regulars are missing from that nine, many capable youngsters are ready to step up a notch. Yesterday Littman was busy with 45 boys who reported for the initial drill. Another 20 were unable to be present, being schooled in the fine art of drilling with the cadets. Irj a week or so the squad will be pared down to about 35. Five 1939 Stars Missing. Missing from last year's team, which lost only three games, are Danny Boothe, Bvran Waters and Jimmy Robertson, outfielders; John ny Thrift, third baseman, and Billy Robertson, shortstop. uue to an extended basket ball season, the baseball squad is far behind in practice. Only the pilfchers have done any real work, although the team opens April 10 with Washington-Lee. The first interhigh game will be two days later with Anacostia. Besides six series games the Riders have sched uler as many outside tilts, the most important being with Maryland Frosh and the Navy Plebes. Series playoff games start May 28, with the ! title game set for June 7. Littman figures Western as the team to beat. “I hear Western re cently beat George Washington freshman in a practice game.” he said. “Of course, that doesn’t al ways mean so much. Those college coaches usually use their greenest material when playing the high schools. Last year we beat freshman teams from G. W. and Maryland.” Has Quartet of Pitchers. So far Littman is depending on four pitchers, two of whom were lineman on the football squad, Eddie Vermillion, who won six games last year, and Morton "Jumbo” Pearl man. Both are 190 pounders who can burn up the air with speed. Edie Paylor and Milton Raport, both lightweights, rely on curves and control. Kemp Cook and Tom Mar celino also are trying out for hill berths. Hymie Perlo, the husky basket ball star, is due to take over the catching along with Len Eiker and Bill “Red” Hutchison. First base duties are debated by Tom Howard, A1 Buschling and Eiker.. while Ernie Travis, another basket ball star, probably will hold down second. Two of last season's court guards, Prank Ciango and Tom Robertson, are vieing for shortstop, with Ernie Vitalie the likeliest third baseman. When not catching Perlo may see infield duty. Heading the list of outfield as pirants is Les Wicklein, another gridman. Wicklein, who did little playing last year, is being counted upon to use his 190 pounds to good advantage at the plate. Other out fielders are Dick Goodman and Bing Duvall. Should Howard fail at first he will be given a chance in the garden. Rangers' Pilot Sees Win Over Leafs in Six Struggles By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. April 2.—Lester Patrick, who called his shot perfectly when he predicted that his New York Rangers would beat the Boston Bruins in six games to take their first series in the National Hockey League playoffs, has issued another prediction for the Stanley Cup final against the Toronto Maple Leafs which begins tonight: "The Rangers in six games. Naturally, the Ranger manager doesn't expect to find Boss Conny Smvthe of the Maple Leafs agreeing with him, but the prediction appears to be pretty sound. The Ranger-Leaf rivalry is a notable one, and has been ever since Smythe began to organize the original Rangers and was ousted in favor of Patrick. They have clashed twice in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Leafs won three straight games in 1932 for the only time they have won the world championship trophy. The next year the Rangers reversed the decision, winning three of four games. A. A. U. Wrestling Lists To Close Tomorrow Entries for the District A. A. U. junior and senior wrestling cham pionships, to be held at the Y. M. C. A. Friday and Saturday, will close at 8 o’clock tomorrow night with R. B. Moagan, chairman of the A. A. U.’s Wrestling Committee, at the “Y”. Juniors must be weighed in be tween 4 and 8 o'clock tomorrow, but seniors will not be scaled until just before their matches on Friday and Saturday, 2 Great New Gasolines! STANDARD Oil COMPANY OF NEW JERSEY ► - Four Sure to Go, Same Number In Danger Quartet Are Slabmen; Will Place Vernon On 24-Hour Option By > Buff correspondent of The Star. LAKELAND, Fla., April 2.—For the second time this spring the ax is poised over the Washington ball club as the Nats, with only three Florida engagements remaining, prepare to break camp and head North. Three pitchers are on the fence. First Baseman Jimmy Vernon will be sent out on 24-hour option shortly to some doubie-A club. Catcher A1 Evans’ status is s mystery, with President Clark Grif fith refusing to throw any light on the subject. Three more players, Pitchers Bill Holland, Paul Gehrman and In flelder Hal Quick, will be farmed out again or released, indicating that when the Nats reach Washing* ton on April 10 to be unveiled against the Boston Bees, the roster will be smaller than it has been in some years. Gehrman Is Disappointment. Alejandro Carrasquel, Rene Mon teagudo and Early Wynn, pitchers all, are so-so bets to see the Capital. They will be tried again en route North, probably during a three game series to start the end of the week in Atlanta. It may develop that Carrasquel and Monteagudo will be dropped off at Greenville to join the Springfield farm of the Eastern league and Wynn may be ■left at Charlotte with the Nats’ Piedmont league outlet. Holland and Quick, two players Judge Landis ordered to camp for further trials, never figured in the Nats’ plans. They are not big leaguers. As for Gehrman, he has I proved a disappointment to man ! ager Bucky Harris, although Paul I has received only a couple of brief tests under fire. Gehrman was procured for $6,000 in the miner league draft. The prop ; erty of the Birmingham club of the Southern Association, he was play ing with Albany when he wat drafted. Jersey City Beckons to Vernon. Griffith stands to get a sizeable rebate on Gehrman. If a double-A club claims Paul the Old Fox will receive $4,500. In other words, he would have cost him $1,500 to look at the big right-hander in camp. If no doublt-A club claims Gehrman he will go back to Birmingham, which put in a bid for him long ago. and Griffith will get back $3,500. Griff is willing to send Vernon to a minor league club with certain stipulations. First, it must be a double—a team which will play him regularly. Secondly. Mickey must be subject to 24-hour recall by the Nats. The Old Fox would like to send him to Jersey City for two reasons. It is close to Washington and it would be doing Bill Terry, a pal of Griff’s, a favor. Minneapolis evi denced interest in Vernon before its first baseman, Phil Weintraub, ended his holdout but whether the Millers now want him, or would agree to the 24-hour recall qualifica tions. is not known yet by Griffith. i See NATS, Page A-15J THE MURIEL SENATOR SEZ: I know the big city has | some mighty high buildin’s. But they ain’t half so high as the value men put on Muriel ... their favorite nickel cigar that’s increased 23% in popularity. 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