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•-- *-:---• _ The Sportlight Max West Justifies Faith Of Bees' Manager By GRANTLAND RICE, Special Correspondent ol The Star. AUGUSTA, Ga„ April 0 (N.A N A.) .—Max West of the Bees is one of the best outfielders in the Na tional League—a good hitter and a good, if not very graceful, fielder. He was selected—and rightfully—for the National League all-star team in last year’s game in New York and for the team that played for the Finnish relief in the all-star game in Tampa this spring. And he is Casey Stengel’s boy. It isn’t that Casey plays any fa vorites. But he took West as a raw hand on the Pacific Coast, coached him through one season in the Coast League and took him right on into Boston and worked on him there until he molded him into a real big league player. I was talking to Casey about West one night last week in St. Peters burg. “They said he was my boy and that I was stuck with him,” Casey said. “For a while it looked as though I was stuck with him, too. But he came through for me—and I’d like to be stuck with a few more like him. Even one more wouldn’t be bad, would he?” Sacramento Club Didn't Want To 'Stick' Quinn With Him Casey discovered West on the coast when he was playing around Alham bra, Calif., and worked with him a little and then, the year Casey was out of baseball—drawing a salary for not managing the Dodgers—he spent part of his time in California, saw a good deal of West, who was playing with Sacramento, and turned his mind toward the major leagues. The following winter, when Casey was signed to manage the Bees, he urged Bob Quinn to buy West. “The Sacramento club didn't want to sell him to Bob.” Casey said “They were on very friendly terms with Bob, who had helped them in one way or another, and they didn’t want to stick him with this awkward kid. But I kept telling Bob not to pay any attention to what anybody said, but to go ahead and get the boy. So he did. Even then, the Sacramento club wouldn’t let him make a flat buy. All they would do was to sell West on option—$1,000 down and the balance if Bob, after a good look at him, decided to keep him. Kelly, Cooney and Stengel Taught Him Fine Points "I will say,” Casey said, “that the boy needed a little help, but George Kelly and Johnny Cooney and I gave it to him. The first thing we did was to tell him to throw away the shoes and gloves he brought to camp with him. The shoes were $6 shoes that didn’t fit him and the glove looked as though he had got it from a kid on a playground. We told him if he was going to be a big league ballplayer, he would have to have the proper equipment—and I got an awful kick out of him this spring when some kid came into camp with shoes and glove as funny looking as those he had had—but no funnier— and he says to Kelly, ‘George, you’d better see that this fellow has the proper equipment.’ “Cooney taught West how to catch fly balls that he had to go back on— he was fast enough to get back of them, but he would blow them by the way he grabbed for them—and Kelly taught him to throw. He had a kind of sidearm throw into which he couldn’t put any power and George showed him how to throw overhand. George is a pretty good man to teach a young fellow to throw, isn’t he? I don’t remember many fellows with better arms than his—and he always knew how to use it. No Amount of Instruction Could Cure Stumbling “But with all our coaching, we couldn’t stop Max from stumbling. He’d go after a ball and stumble around and almost fall down—but he nearly always got the ball. It was very wearing on my nerves, however. The first year he was with us I got so I couldn’t look when he started for a fly ball. I’d cover my eyes and almost slide off the bench and then I’d hear Kelly yell ing and I’d ask him what hap pened. “‘What happened!’ he’d say. •Why, he caught the ball. What did you think would happen?’ "And I’d have to say I didn’t know, because the way West would be stumbling around out there the last I saw of him, almost anything could happen. “He still stumbles once in a while and still almost gives me heart fail ure, but I am learning rapidly not to be afraid because I notice that most of the time he gets the ball. And when you come right down to it, that’s the main thing. “I have seen some very graceful ballplayers in my time, but a lot of them didn’t last in the big leagues because they didn’t quite come up with the ball, and I will take these guys that get the ball, no matter how funny they may look sometimes when they set out for it.” Johnson Failing Phils ATLANTA. March 9 (IP).—The vet eran Si Johnson is proving a big disappointment to the Phillies this spring. Drafted from Rochester after winning 22 and losing 11, Si reorted overweight and has been unimpressive. Redick Looks for 30 Squads in Federal Links Jousting 25 in Line for The Star's Event With Deadline Three Days Away With the closing date for entries in The Star-sponsored annual match play golf championship for Government employes only three days away Tournament Director Charles P. Redick has nearly 35 entries and predicts the team list will go over 30 by closing time Fri day “All the top teams of the last two years have entered,” Redick said, “and several agencies which were not represented previously have en tered. I look for the best team tour nament we ever have had.” Government Printing Office, which woii the title last year, will enter the same team, nils outfit was com posed of Joe Balestri, Bill Lawrence, A1 Schneider and Bob Elian. Interior Loses Fossum. War and Navy, perennial con tenders, will come in with strong teams and the Interior outfit will be in there with a team weakened by the loss of Gene Fossum. Federal Housing, captained by Don O’Brien, again will be among the leaders. The first 20 teams, based on the known ability of their golfers, will be paired in class A in The Star tourney. Other teams will be grouped in class B. But Redlck has no soft job in arbitrarily grouping the teams, for several new outfits are entered this year. Among these is a team from the National Emer gency Council, with its top golfer Frank X. White, who is the club champion at the Capital Golf and Country Club. In the same class comes the Congressional Library team, headed by C. C. Trautner, and a team from the Maritime Commis sion. Difficult to Rate Teams. “I don't yet know where to put these teams,” Redick said. “If they show sufficient class they should be in class A, but it is too early yet to say definitely into what class they will fall. From the re marks I hear the potential winners look forward to the long season, with a playoff in September, while the losers won’t have such a lengthy schedule." Navy will be weakened by the loss of its ace, Comdr. W. S. Popham, wno leaves Washington soon to com mand a destroyer unit. War De partment again will bob up with a strong team, composed in part of Maj. J. R. Francis, Col. Kenneth Buchanan and Tom Belshe. “We have more good golfers in the lists this year than ever before," Redick added. Nats* (Continued from Page A-14.) tion of the training camp, is 23, Ken Chase, who has been wearing a Nat uniform off and on since 1935, still is only 26. Joe Krakauskas is 24 and Joe Haynes is the same age. These four, with Leonard, are Man ager Bucky Harris’ first-flight pitch ers. Average age 25, plus. How this club, which tomorrow will be unveiled in Washington against the Boston Bees, will per form in championship competition is conjectural, but it seems safe to assume the Nats will be the fleetest team in the American League. Of the eight regulars, five are more or less shifty on their feet. The speedsters are headed, of course, by George Case, champion base stealer of the -major leagues. Every member of the outfield can pick ’em up and lay ’em down and in the infield Wasdell and Pofahl are blessed with the same virtue. Only Ferrell, Bloodworth and Travis could use outboard motors in their back pockets. Sting Bees in 14-12 Tilt. The Nats paused here today on the last lap of their trip home. They were to play their Charlotte farmhands, pitching Sid Hudson and Walter Masterson, and board a train tonight for the Capital. At Griffith Stadium they will play the Bees tomorrow and Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday and next Tuesday the Red Sox in the seasonal opener. In between, next Sunday to be exact, they will jour ney to Baltimore for another ex hibition. As they moved against Charlotte the Griffmen had a five-game win ning streak, embracing wins over Boston’s Bees (two) and Atlanta (three). They made it five yester day in Greenville, S. C., by winning a fiasco, 14-12, after once trailing, 8-0. The Bees jumped all over Haynes and drove him from the box in less than four innings. Then the Nats hopped on Bill Swift and scored 10 runs in the fourth and fifth rounds. They lost this 10-8 lead tempo rarily, but came back and managed to outlast the Bees. Gilberto Torres and Rene Monteagudo finished what passed as pitching for the Nats, the latter getting credit for the game. Joost Has No Concussion BLUEFIELD, Wa. V., March 9 VP). —Eddie Joost may be lost to the Cin cinnati Reds for the rest of their exhibition games as a result of being hit by a ball pitched by Jack Wilson of the Red Sox Sunday. He still Is in a Durham, N. C. hospital, but an X-ray showed no concussion. A.B.C. 10-Year Average Trophy Seems Sure for Detroit Man By the Associated Press. DETROIT, April 9.—D e t r o i t, which has furnished half of the five-man team champions in the past six American Bowling Congress tournaments, likely will produce this year the individual with the highest 10-year average. Johnny Crimmins Is the odds-on favorite to win the trophy awarded each year to the man at the head of the 10-year parade. Rolling with the Detroit Goebels, 1939 champions, Crimmins hit 660 in the team event and then scored totals of 672 and 626 respectively in the doubles and singles for an all events total of 1,858. The Detroit veteran has averaged 202.59 for the past decade in 90 games and passed Hank Marino, former leader, who has 201.72. Andy Varipapa, New York, is next in the standings with 201.36. Charley Neeb, Columbus, Ohio, climbed into filth place in the all events division with a 1,901 aggre gate during yesterday’s minor event firing. DOUBLE-PLAY PAIR—Jake Powell, second sacker, and Chuck Devine, shortstop, who give Georgetown Prep an able keystone combination for baseball. —Star Staff Photo. Georgetown Prep's Squad Slim, but Good Nine Appears Likely as Boys Train Earnestly By ROBERT HENRY. Tommy Keating, who played shortstop at Georgetown Prep and Georgetown University, is starting his first year as baseball coach at the Prep this spring with optimism even though his team dropped its opening game Friday to Woodrow Wilson. A small, but willing squad is prac ticing daily on the spacious Garrett Park field and most of the boys go through their paces like veterans. No less than 11 lettermen are miss ing from last year’s successful team, but that doesn’t stop Keating from believing that this present outfit won’t win a full share of games. Success this year depends on the pitchers, Keating says. If they come through as hoped, everything should be all right. They catching depart ment is strong and so is the infield, but right now the outfield is un certain. Big Pitchers at Hand. Heading the hurling staff aretBud Eckrich and Ben Decker, two basket ball and grid stars. Both are big. strong lads who can turn on plenty of speed in the clutches. Eckrich has a sharp breaking curve that en abled him to do well last year. Decker, who also catches and is general utility man, forgets that he’s a pitcher at times and smacks an extra base blow or two. He is fast on the bases. Besides Decker, Jerry Kunkle and John Mahoney will see back stopping duty. Both are on the small side, but able. At first base Stuart Lord, who stands close to 6 feet, 2 inches, is boss. A natural hitter with an easy swing, Lord is expected to drive in many runs. Jerome “Jake” Powell, another tall lad, will hold down the second sack, mainly on his fielding talent. He will be aided by Lew Crowley. On the left side of the infield, Chuck Devine, shortstop, and Lew Salb, third baseman, will see steady duty. Devine is regarded the best hitter on the team and also is clever defensively. Salb, owner of a strong wing, takes good care of hits his way, especially bunts. Outfield Stiff Uncertain. The outfield posts have not yet been definitely filled, but Mike To bin, leadoff man; Mike Daly and Johnny Nicolaides figure best. All have shown promise in practice and seem to be learning fast. Tobin is Washington A. A. Ten To Battle Hopkins Tomorrow Night The infant Washington Athletic Association will attempt to snatch a measure of national recognition tomorrow night when it sends its lacrosse team against Johns Hop kins, favored to win the national intercollegiate championship, at Baltimore. Owning one of its most formidable teams, Hopkins walloped the Balti more A. C, 12-3, last week while the Washington A. A. was disposing of Swarthmore, 6-4, without resort ing to trick plays designed by Coaches Joe Deckman and River dale Smith for more outstanding foes. Saturday the Washington A. A. will open its home schedule at Cen tral High Stadium, meeting Balti more A. C. in a lacrosse game, feature of a field day to be staged by the organization. -^ Sports Program For Local Fans TODAY. 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The club will add $100 to the purse, and the tournament, In place of the usual 36-hole affair for only a little more than the entry fees— played at 72 holes—will be a 36-hole event played In one day. It will also be open to the amateurs and probably a group of Baltimore golfers also will be invited to swell the entry list. “We plan to hold It Just after the sectional qualifying rounds for the open championship," said Houghton, "and Just before the championship Itself. It will sort of pep the boys up for the big show at Cleveland early In June. The national open will come the week following the District open, and some of the win ners will help themselves to some spending money in the District tour nament.” For several years the District open championship has been booted around, with the pros always ready to make it a good championship, but lacking money. This year with an extra century added to the purse, it may run as high as $350, which will put it in the class of the Maryland open and make it a worthwhile 36 hole affair. Houghton and Cliff Spencer, two men who are completely familiar with the Beaver Dam course, un doubtedly will be installed the favorites. But they 11 have to reckon with that brainy old-timer, Wiffy Cox, who won the title the last two times it was played No District open title was held in 1939, and Wiffy held it over following his victory at the Washington Golf and Country Club in 1938. Indian Spring Country Club is to have a new manager starting April 15. Mrs. Alma Von Steinner, club manager for the past five years, and for 10 years prior to that one of Washington’s leading feminine golfers, has resigned her post, ef fective next Monday. Her successor has not been named. Mrs. Von Steinner twice won the Miller Trophy in the tourney, played an nually at the Washington Golf and Country Club. The Indian Spring property was sold several months ago to A. S. Kay, who is building on part of the first nine, but is retain ing the old second nine holes as a golf course. Improvements how are in progress at the clubhouse. Eight high and prep school golf teams were to clash this afternoon in a renewal of the schoolboy con tests for the metropolitan cham jftonship and the Dawes Cup, the latter being confined to competition* among the District high schools. The schedule called for McKinley and Wilson to clash at Capital; Central and Western to meet at Columbia; Bethesda-Chevy Chase, current schoolboy champs, to meet St. John's at Kenwood, and Devitt and Bladensburg to match, shots at Beaver Dam. Kenwood Tourney Monday. George Diffenbaugh, Kenwood pro, announces an Invitation ama teur-pro best-ball tourney next Mon day at Kenwood. Each pro may take three amateur partners, who will play from scratch. At Army Navy, A. B. Prossie Bergner Lone Middy To Win 'N' in Three/ Sports This Year ANNAPOLIS, April 9.—Allen Berg nemer, captain of the football and wrestling teams, currently is the only holder of three Navy "Ns” for par ticipation in major sports. He act ually has won four of the big let.tera as he boxed in his sophomore year— winning the insignia in that sport. He wrestled in his other two sea sons. Other letters were won for football and lacrosse. Bergner will graduate in June and his most probable successor as a .three-letter man is Phil Gutting, a rangy soph from Shelbyville, Ind. Gutting won his "N” with star as a starting back in the last football game against Army and has won another letter as center of tha basket ball team. Gutting, as a hurdler, high and broad jumper should win his third letter on the track and field team thi3 spring. scored an eagle 3 on the lengthy 16th hole. He played the hole with a tee shot, a brassie shot and a single putt. Pretty good golf in any language. Entries for the Miller Memorial tourney at the Washington Golf and Country Club will close April 16 with Mrs. I. B. Walsh at Chest nut 0718. The handicap limit will be 18 strokes, and the tournament is scheduled for April 18. Women bowling golfers today wound up their winter season of competition at the Silver Spring alleys with a sweepstakes tourney and election of officers. Congres sional Country Club's No. 1 team won the tournament in the final team event last Tuesday.