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i ^_ _ Win, Lose or Draw By FRANCIS E. STAN. The Master Baseball Clown Goes Temperamental Ever since a myterious tiff broke up the Nick Altrock-Al Schacht Clown act some years ago the only horseplay at Griffith Stadium has gone Into the box scores. As befits a temperamental star, Mr. Altrock is adamant on some points. For instance, he has insisted that he performs best with a supporting cast. In short, he has lacked a stooge. Today there is great mystery at Seventh and Florida avenue. Mr. Altrock, at long last, has a logical partner. With his bald head and his fire-plug build and a stretch of experience as the end man in a minstrel show, Benny Bengough is a natural. But Uncle Nick . . . well, the boys can't understand him. Maybe the weather has given Uncle Nick's old bones the miseries. Perhaps the love of the theater has died in his breast. Anyway, faced with an opportunity to rise to new entertainment heights with a fresh, eager and talented running mate at his elbow, Uncle Nick is reluctant to walk out from the wings and take his bows. Nicks halcyon Days With Al Recalled Down in Florida, when Pitching Coach Bengough first pulled on a Washington uniform, the old trouper took one look at Bengough’s bald head and something within him stirred. “Pal!” exclaimed Uncle Nick, embracing bald Benny, “lemme look at that head.” He studied the Bengough bean, like an ornithologist fondling a new dinosaur egg. He tapped the noggin and delighted in the absence of a hollow boom. “This, forsooth, is a better head than Schacht’s,” he ex plained. “You, my son, have possibilities.” Mr. Bengough grinned happily. The master of all clowns virtually was offering him a chance to study under him. Old Nicodemus, indeed, seemed to hint that he was going to adopt Benny. Bystanders were reminded of Maestro Altrock's halcyon days, when he was teamed with Schacht. When Helen Wills still was wearing pig tails and winning her first tennis titles and Altrock and Schacht, with a ridiculous fish net between them, took off on Wills and Lenglen When Al played third base and Nick played first in infield practice . . . When they had a fishing skit in a make-believe rowboat. Evans, Meredith and Barton View With Alarm Nick and Al were funny, but there was reason to believe Nick and Bengough would be funnier. The warm Florida sun beat down and made Nicodemus' ancient chassis young again, and one day, when the newsreel cameramen stopped off at Orlando to photograph the Nationals In training, the great clown, Altrock, oozing ham from every pore, whisked out a couple of weird wigs and called for Bengough. They put on a barber shop skit, spontaneous and uproarious. Mr. Bengough posed as the customer. He sat in the chair and asked for a trim of his violent red wig. Barber Altrock whipped out a comb and then a lawnmower and, finally, a bucket of suds for the shampoo. At the finish, lo and behold, Customer Bengough’s bean was bald enough to spot and call for the No. 10 ball in the side pocket. It made great fun. The Nationals congratulated Mr. Altrock on his comeback. In far-off points Maurice Evans and Burgess Meredith and James Barton viewed reports of the act with alarm and trepidation. Altrock was on the way back, with a new supporting star in tow! Kerr Claimed Qualifications but Was bpurned But then weeks went by and the master stayed backstage. Bewildered, disillusioned, hurt, Bengough kept his cap on his head and concentrated on such minor matters as coaching the young pitchers . . . the Sid Hudsons and the Joe Krakauskases and the rest. Anything to keep his mind off his lost opportunity. Today, on the eve of the opening game, Mr. Bengough has declared himself. "Art should not be sacrificed for temperament,” he announced, In a statement to the press. He was taking a direct slap at the old master, he admitted, but he was desperate. "There must be some way to rouse Maestro Altrock from the doldrums. I was too good a minstrel mail in Buffalo to be performing, unsung, as a warm-up catcher in the bull-pen.” Meanwhile, the Nationals are wondering if Uncle Nick can find his old fire. Not since his famous break with Schacht has the great base ball ham rekindled his old warmth. Some years ago Johnny Kerr, at the time a third-base coach, attempted to lure Altrock back. Mr. Kerr recommended himself as a running mate on the strength of a particularly bulbous nose, which he rated an acceptable qualification, but Uncle Nick spurned him. Others have come along since but met with no more success. Opportunity Now Pounding, Claims Frustrated Benny Now comes Bengough, a juvenile of rare promise and terrific ambi tion. Tomorrow the team is assured of a sell-out house, with standing room at a premium and the President of the United States in attendance. “No great actor, not even a maestro like Altrock, can spurn such an opportunity,” insists bald Benny. “It’s criminal. It's a shameful waste. Opportunity not only is knocking . . . it's pounding.” All the time Prof. Altrock remains silent. He has drawn upon the atar’s license to be moody. The theatrical great sometimes get that way. At press time it began to look as if the only solution was to gag Bengougn, chain him in the bull-pen, and offer the maestro his choice of Hedy Lamarr or Ginger Rogers as a partner. Here's Dope on Opening Tilts In Majors Tomorrow By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. April 15.—The opening games* of the major league baseball season tomorrow, with starting times, expected attendance, probable weather and pitching selections (all time Eastern standard): AMERICAN LEAGUE. Game time. Crowd. W’ther. Pitchers. Boston at Washington 3:00P.M. 31,000 Fair Grove vs. Leonard ’N Y. at Philadelphia .- 3:15PM. 15,000 Cloudy Ruffing vs. Dean Cleveland at Chicago... 4:00 P.M. 30,000 Fair Feller vs. E. Smith St. Louis at Detroit. 3:00 PM. 40,000 Fair Kennedy vs. Newsom NATIONAL LEAGUE. Game time. Crowd. Wther. Pitchers. Chicago at Cincinnati.. 2:30P.M. 35,000 Fair Lee vs. Derringer Pittsburgh at St. Louis.. 4:00 P.M. 18,000 Fair Klinger vs. Davis Philadelphia at N. Y.— 3:15 P.M. 35,000 Fair Higbie vs. Hubbell ( Brooklyn at Boston. 3:00 PM. 10,000 Pair Wyatt v*. Posedel ♦ NATS’ NEW COMEDY TEAM—Since he phfft with A1 Schacht some 10 years ago, Nick Altrock looked in vain for a clowning partner until Benny Bengough joined the OrifTmen this year. Their first routine, a barber shop skit, staged at the Orlando training camp, finds both wearing wigs, with Benny seated in the “chair”—a wheel barrow. Nick administers massage, util izes a lawn mower for shears, gives a somewhat sloppy shampoo and then holds the mirror for Benny to survey the result—a shiny, bald pate. The amusement their efforts evoked from fans ! in Florida may encourage them to plan additional acts. —Star Staff Photos. ___ $ Griffmen, Hot Against N. L. Clubs, Cooled By Loop Rivals Win 6 of 8 From Senior Leaguers, 2 of 6 From American Teams Not that it means anything as j far as American League records go, but the Senators, moving into a new championship campaign tomorrow, hold a nine-game winning streak in exhibition competition. In the wake of a bizarre 12-to-ll victory yesterday over the Orioles1 in Baltimore—a game which wound up the Nationals’ pre-season cam- j paigning—Clark Griffith's ball club was able to show the following record: 1— Sixteen games won and eight! lost, dating back to March 10. 2— Six wins in eight games against National League opposition. (And once they were leading the Cards, 2-0, when rained out in the fourth inning.) 3— Eight victories in 10 games against minor league clubs (includ ing teams from the American As sociation, International League, Southern Association and Florida State League). 4— (Sotto voce). Two wins in six games with American League clubs. Pofahl, Early Hit Homers. For eight innings yesterday in Baltimore it looked as if the Griff men didn't feel like playing ball. They went at it halfheartedly and, going into their half of the ninth, the Orioles held a 10-2 lead. Tommy Hughes, Baltimore pitcher, had given only two hits and no runs in the four innings he had worked when the storm broke. Before Hughes and his successor, Orlin Collier, could retire the side the Nationals had made 10 runs and 10 hits in the ninth inning. Eight of the hits came in succession and included in this string were home runs by Jimmy Pofahl and Jake Early. Pofahl’s, coming with two on base, tied the score, at 10-10 and Early’s, with one man aboard, brought the winning runs. The Orioles came back in their half of the ninth against the quickly warmed-up Rene Monteagudo. With one down Nick Etten, first baseman, hit a home run, but Monteagudo finally retired the side. Leaders in Washington’s 17-hit attack were Jimmy Wasdell and Cecil Travis, who accounted for four hits apiece. One of Wasdell’s was a first-inning homer.—F. E. S. TEXAS' LEAGUE. Houston, R: Dallas. 2 Fort Worth. 3: Beaumont, 1. Bhreverort. 10: Oklahoma City. 1. 8an Antonio. P: Tulsa. 8. I Minors Help Browns Beat Nationals for Grapefruit Lead St. L»uis Club Fattens On Little Opposition; Reds End in Cellar By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. April 15.—Mainly because they pitched their training camp in Texas, with no other major league clubs near, the St. Louis Browns are 1940 champions of base ball's "grapefruit league.” The Browns won 13 games and lost only 5 in the spring training season to nose out the Washington club, whose record showed 16 vic tories and 8 defeats. It's no secret that both clubs are expected to finish in the second division of the American League. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, prospective rivals for the American League pennant, fin ished third and fourth in the citrus circuit with identical records of 12 victories and 7 defeats against Na tional League clubs, which furnished their major opposition. Down at the bottom of the list came the Cincinnati Reds, 1939 Na tional League champions, who won 11 and lost 14 spring games. They slipped into last place in the final weefl, dropping below the St. Louis Cardinals, co-favorites to win the flag this year. The standings: Inter- Intra- All _ league, league, games. St. Louis Browns 3-3 n-0 1.3-5 Washington Senators 0-2 2-4 10-8 Boston Red Sox 12-7 n-n 15-9 New York Yankees 12-7 0-0 22-10 Detroit Tigers 10-8 3-1 19-10 Cleveland Indians 8-7 1-1 10-10 Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 0-2 14-9 Chicago White Sox 10-9 2-0 15-10 Chicago Cub? 11-9 2-0 15-10 Phila. Athletics 4-11 0-2 17-10 New York Giants 11-9 4-3 15-12 Brooklyn DodRers 8-10 5-3 10-13 Philadelphia Phillies 1-3 0-2 13-11 Boston Bees 3-10 5-1 12-13 St Louis Cardinals 4-8 1-0 14-17 Cincinnati- Reds 0-10 3-3 11-14 Heurichs# Soccer Title Up to League Session Whether, on the strength of a victory and two ties in three play offs, the Heurich Brewers shall be declared repeating champions of the Washington and Suburban Soc cer League or there shall be a fur ther post-season games with the Regal Clothiers will be decided at a special league meeting this week. According to regular season rules, yesterday’s 2-2 tie with the Cloth iers at Gonzaga Field gave the Brewers 4 points in the series to the Clothiers’ 2. A week ago, the Brewers defeated the Clothiers, 1-0, for the only decision gained in the three games. Victories counted 2 points and ties 1 during the season. Red Sox, Sharing Nats' Opener, Gleaming With Pennant Color Everywhere Except on Hill With everything a pennant win ner needs except the traditional two 20-game pitchers. Boston's Red Sox return to Griffith Stadium tomor row to assist the Nationals in the opening of the 1940 American League season. Since Multimillionaire Tom Yaw key acquired the Red Sox six years igo it is estimated that he has spent 14.000,000 on the club. In return he has been given a run for his monev. Indeed, he has been given many runs for his money. But so far no pennants. What can the Nationals expect to face, starting tomorrow, from this Red Sox team? Assuredly, good hit ting. The Red Sox are rated as the most powerful offensive ball club n the major leagues. They proved Jieir right to this rating last year jy leading both circuits in team latting with a .291 average, which was four points better than the Yankees’ mark. Grove Still Staff Ace. The Red Sox open a new cam paign here with some critics select ing them to dethrone the world champions for the first time since the Yankee regime started in 1936. rhey have the power, a good de fense and a heads-up, ambitious manager in Joe Cronin. But this pear, as in years past, the pitching luestion hangs heavily over their leads. Past 40 now, Bob Grove still is the ace of the Red Sox staff. Jim Bagby, Jr., and Woody Rich are trying again after sustaining arm trouble. A couple of rookies, not ably Herb Hash from Minneapolis, and a corps of in-and-outers com plete the staff. As a run-manufacturing club the Red Sox are unsurpassed. Three members of the infield and at least two in the outfield are established .300-plus hitters. The third base man, Jim Tabor, is expected to join the .300 hitters, thereby leaving only the batterymen out of the extraor dinary class. Foxx First in Homers. As the Red Sox, with Grove pitch ing, trot onto the field tomorrow to face the Nationals and Dutch Leon ard, here is a brief list of last year’s accomplishments: First Baseman Jimmy Foxx, with 35 home runs, led both major leagues in this highly vital depart ment. In addition he was runner up to Joe Di Maggio for the Ameri can League batting title with a .360 average. He knocked across 105 runs, scored 130 and made 168 hits. Bobby Doerr, no home-run hitter, ranks with Joe Gordon as one of the two best second basemen in base ball. He batted .318. Cronin, still one of the best “money hitters” in the business, hit for .308 and drove home 107 runs. Tabor, as a rookie, batted only 298, but he knocked over 95 runs and made 167 hits. Young Di Mag Due Spotlight. Rated even more dangerous now than Foxx is Theodore Francis Wil liams, the lanky right fielder, who, as a rookie last year, batted .327, scored 131 runs, made 185 hits and led both major leagues in runs batted in with the staggering total ► —- ■■ No Club Can Catch One Ahead If All Have Improved as Much as They Boast Pennant Predictions Out of Style Following Flops of Terry and Hartnett as Prophets; Fans Will Like Griffs, Says Harris By JUDSON BAILEY, Auocitted Pre»* Sport* Writer. NEW YORK, April 15.—Maybe you don’t think so and maybe the standings won’t show it after the season starts tomorrow, but every club In baseball’s two major leagues is stronger this year. No less an authority than the word of the 16 managers can be accepted for that statement and you will have to admit that they ought to know. The only fault with the managers’ survey is that If each club has im proved as much as they say, no team can catch the club ahead. None of the managers publicly is picking his own club to win the pennant—which goes to show what cagey characteristics have been bred into the present pilots and perhaps explains how all but one of the man agers who finished the 1939 season are back again for 1940. Dr. J. Thompson Prothro of the Philadelphia Phillies even goes so far as to say, “I don’t think we will finish in the first division.” Keep Away From Flag Predictions. There was a time when nearly every manager dutifully, if not par ticularly confident, predicted a pennant for his charges. But last year only Bill Terry of the New York Giants and Babbv Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs were so venture some and their experience may have served as a lesson. As Casey Stengel of the Boston Bees declares: "I’m not picking my race this year. I did it last year and wound up seventh.” This reluctance of the managers to commit themselves, you understand. Is just strategy. All the clubs are stronger. Take a look: American League. Jimmy Dykes. Chicago White Sox—“We'll have more power this year with Julius Solters and Taft Wright in the out field. Bob Kennedy at third appears to be a coming star and has one of the finest arms I’ve ever seen. If we hit consistently we’ll make trou ble and be hard to beat all the way.” Joe Cronin, Boston Red Sox—“If our pitching, which has looked good, stays that way. we’re going to be a much improved ball club. I feel personally that Cleveland. Detroit, Chicago and Washington have im proved. We'll all be in there trying to knock off the Yankees." Joe McCarthy, New York Yankees —“The Yanks look as good as last year. No major league club ever won five straight championships, yet most every one has picked us to do it. That is a tribute to our players’ skill. My team is well balanced and has batting and pitching strength. It is ready to meet any challenge." Connie Mack. Philadelphia Ath letics—“I’m quite satisfied the Ath letics will be much stronger this season than last, although I can’t predict where we ll finish. Certainly McCoy has strengthened us at sec ond and Rubeling at third. Our outfield compares favorably with any in the league and our catching is adequate. The only drawback, and this is mo6t important, is our pitching. This may be weak at the start, but will improve as we go along." Haney Hopes to Leave Cellar. Fred Haney, St. Louis Browns— “We have an improved ball club and hope to finish higher than last year. The addition of Walt Judnich in center field and Alan Strange at shortstop will tighten our defense and naturally also will help our pitching. If a couple of other clubs are no better than last year, I know we won't end up in the cellar.” Del Baker, Detroit Tigers—"I ex pect the Tigers to return to the first division this year. This opinion is based on the assumption that Charley Gehringer will be able to play second base for us. Our out field is stronger and Hank Green berg has given it added punch. The pitching also looks a little better.” Bucky Harris, Washington Sen ators—“We have one of the fastest teams I have ever seen. It will hit, too, but not many home | runs. However, when you have as much speed as we have you don't miss the power too much. If our pitching holds up we'll be a good team. Anyhow, it will be the kind of a team that the fans like to watch.” Oscar Vitt, Cleveland Indians— “At no time have I had the entire j squad in shape to play at the same ■ time. How can I make predictions about a team that, in a sense, I haven’t seen? We're not ready in the way I'd like to club to be ready this close to the opening game.” National League. Gabby Hartnett, Chicago Cubs— “I'm convinced we have a better ball club than a year ago—how much better remains to be seen. Sturgeon is faster than any shortstop we had last year and helps us defensively. Ai Todd has improved the catching. I look for Augie Galan and Hank Leiber to have fine seasons and ! Dominic Dallesandro has caught on in great style.” Bill McKechnie, Cincinnati Reds— “We are ready to start the season with a ball club stronger than the one we won the pennant with last year.” Ray Blades. St. Louis Cardinals— “We think we have a pretty good club, but as to just where we will finish I am unable to say. However, I think our club will give a good account of itself.” Leo Durocher, Brooklyn Dodgers— “I m not making a pre-season pre diction on my team or any other team in the National League. But I will say this: It was hustle, not | ^fk, that gave the Dodgers third ! i See BASEBALL, Page A-17J Alexandria Skeet Shoot Honors Won by Deyoe Missing only twice in 100 shots, George Deyoe won the most impor tant prize yesterday at the Alexan dria Skeet Club's first registered shoot of the season. Deyoe's 98 was two better than the score of Victor Prank. H. E. Stuart, L. A. Singer, D. M. Grady and Fred Hunt were first in Classes A. B, C and D. respectively, with only the last failing to score above 80. Stuart had a 94, Singer, 93; Grady, 84 and Hunt, T7. of 145. In center is the defensively brilliant Roger Cramer, a .311 hitter last year and scorer of 110 runs. Center of attention tomorrow likely will be Dominic Di Maggio. the bespectacled rookie from San Francisco. No major circuit is the Pacific Coast League, but Dorn's record cannot be dismissed lightly.! Not the record that he hung up.; All he did was hit .360, with 165 runs scored and 235 hits made. Gene Desautels, a consistent .250 hitter, is the weakest of the regu lars on offense, but Gene may well be carried by a club otherwise packed with powerhouse swingers. With pitching of the same caliber the Red Sox would stand out, even above the Yankees. But last year they had no such pitching. They ranked only slightly above the Nats, whose hurling was sixth best in the circuit. As a result, the Sox were 17 games off the pace of the Yanks in 1939 and this seems to be too great a margin to overcome this year, even allowing for improve ment in the Boston club and a slow ing up on the part of the champs. SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION. Chattanooga. 10—3: Knoxville. 7—2. Memphis. 0: Little Rock. 4. New Orleans, 4: Birmingham, 0. Nashville. 8: Atlanta. 7. Exhibition Games By the Associated Press. Washington (A >. 12: Baltimore (I). 11. Detroit. (A ). 0, Cincinnati tN). 3 <10 innings). St Louis lA* 7: St. Louis (N.*. 3. New York (A. I. 5 Brooklyn (N >, 3. Chicago (N.i, P: Chicago (A). 5. Boston IN *. 7: Boston (A.). 3. PhiAd' 3hU (N')> 8: Philadelphia Pittsburgh (N *. 11: Evansville (3-11. 8 New York (N ). vs. Cleveland lA), can celled. cold. PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE. Sin Francisco.. «—3: Seattle. 6—8. Oakland. 4—2: San Diego. 1—5. Loa Angelea. 5—2: Hollvwood. 3—5. Sacramento. 5—2: Portland. 1_1. Box Score Wash’ton. AB H O. A. Collins.cf. S S S 8 Case.cr. 4 1 5 (1 Baltimore. AB.H.OA Wasd J ib. 4 4 10 (I News’e.ss. 4 0 10 Lewis.rf. 4 12 0 Gra’m.rf 5 0 10 Walker If 3 110 M.Ho’U.lf 4 110 Travis,3b. 5 3 11 Etten.lb. 4 18 0 B orth,2b. 4 2 2 0 Nagel.3b. 4 12 3 Pofahl.ss 5 111 Corb’tt.2b 4 2 13 Ferrell.c._ 1 0 2 0 H H’ll.c 4 2 P 1 Dean p 1 0 0 2 Chelini.p. 110 0 Earlv.c. 112 2 (Hamilton 10 0 0 Chase p 1 0 12 Hughes p. 2 113 WelaJ.lf 2 10 0 Dews’e.lf. 10 0 0 •Gelbert 110 0 Collier.p. 0 0 0 0 • West lloo SKVacher 1000 Quick.3b 0 0 0 0 Mo'edo.p. o o 0 0 Totals 37 17 27 8 Totals 40 11 27 To •Batted for Dean In fifth. (Batted for Chase in ninth. iBatted for Chelini in fourth. (Batted for Collier in ninth. WASHINGTON. 110 000 0010—12 Baltimore 004 112 201—11 Runs—Case. Wasdell i2). Lewis. Travia (2*. Bloodworth. Pofahl Early. WelaJ. Gelbert West. Collins (2*. Graham M. Howell. Etten (21. Nagel (21. Corbett. H. Howell. Chelini Errors—-Lewis. Bloodworth. Newsome. Runs batted In—Wasdell (2>. M Howell (4). Hamilton. Hughes. Newsome. H Howell Case. Travis. Early (2) Pofahl (31. Etten Two-base hits—Collins. Hughes. Gelbert. Case. Three-base hit—Lewis Home runs—Wasdell. M Howell. Pofahl. Early. Etten. Stolen baset—Newsome. Col lins (2). Double play—Nagel to Corbett to Etten. Left on bases—Washington. 7; Baltimore. 7. First base on balls—Off Dean. 2: off Chelini. 1: off Hughes. 4: off Monteguedo. 1. 8truck out—By Chelini. 2: by Dean. 2: by Hughes. 4: by Chase 3 by Collier. 2. Hits—Off Chelini. 5 In 4 nings: off Hughes. 8 in 4'w Innings: off Collier. 3 in inning: off Dean. 4 In 4 Innings: off Monteguedo. 1 in 1 Inning. Hit by pitched ball—By Monteguedo (Cor bett*. Passed ball—H. Howell. Winning Pitcher—Chase. Losing pitcher—Hughes, umpires—Messrs. Kohls and Sipple. Time —2:20 Game Won From Orioles With 10-Run Rally Leaves Griffs Laughing and Mumbling Hose Clears Stands of Snow; Gelbert Deserts Team Unwittingly; Long Last Inning Rolls Up Waiting Taxis' Bill me nationals sun were iaugn Ing, and alternately mumbling, over their weird 12-11 game with the Baltimore Orioles yes terday-laughing over their 10 run rally in the ninth inning and mumbling against Alphonse Thomas, their old teammate who manages the Orioles ... It was Thomas who insisted the game be played, although before they ar rived in Baltimore attendants at the park played hoses over the grandstand seats to wash away the snow and, stepping from their train, new snow flurries fell on the Griffs at noop. Maybe this will clear up the great mystery . . . Pitcher Ken Chase was to have led off the Nats’ ninth inning yesterday, when the score was 10-2 in favor or the orioles . . . Instead. Man ager Bucky Harris sent Charley Gelbert to hit for Ken . . . The pinch-hitter promptly doubled and scored on George Case’s dou ble. making it 10-3 . .. Hits began to rain off the Washington bats and, finally, the side batted around ... But when Gelbert was due at bat again Sammy West walked out of the dugout to pinch-hit. What happened was that Gel bert, after scoring, figured his work was done, and the Orioles’ lead was unsurmountable, and left the premises to take a shower r . . Thus Harris had to substi tute West on the next bat . . . Sambo was an awful bum . . . Whereas- Gelbert had doubled, Sammy only tingled . . . West scored a moment later when Jake Early whacked a home run ... Sam’s run, and Jake’s, proved to be the winning ones. Before the game the Griffs, with Gerry Walker taking up the collection, chipped in to buy * Pitcher James Henry Dean a city hat . . , The one Dean is wear ing has a brim an inch wide, is a size six, and has country store written all over it . , . Jim’s new felt is due today. There may be nothing new under the sun but you can’t prove it by Billy Smith, the keeper of the Griffith Stadium hot dog who yesterday completed his yearly stint as road secretary of the Washington club . .. Billy figured that a 3 o'clock ball game should end around ! o'clock and, with this in mind, ordered a dos en taxicabs to await the Nats at this time outside the Orioles’ park. The game was going along in good time and then came the 10-run rally in the ninth Inning . . . This consumed time ... By the time the players had dressed it was going on 6 o'clock and when they stepped into their cabs the meters read $1 before the drivers had shifted into first gear ... The taxi company simply ordered the meters to be turned on at 5 o’clock and so the aver age cab fare for the trip to the railroad station ran over $1, whereas on the way to the park the meters only read 35 cents apiece. Oaeil Travis la ttaa Orlffa’ No. 5 batter, but he’i still the best lead-off man in the game . . . The first three times he walked to the plate he led off Innings, and singled each time . . . The run he drove across during that wild ninth inning was his first in a coon’s age . . . Eddie Col lins, Jr., son of the general man ager of the Red Sox, looked good ... He collected a single and a double in five times at bat and in the fifth inning he stole sec ond and third and scored on an Infield out. There was a special usher at Oriole Park to help newspaper men to the upstairs press box ... the steps were coated with ice . . . It’s fashionable now to throw a knuekler while wearing a Mat uniform and so Sid Hud* son has some up with ona . . . Joe Haynes definitely will start the second game of the season on Wednesday against the Red Sox. The Orioles are an Athlatlc Phllly farm . . . Bill Nagel, Nick Etten and Skeeter Newsome, In the Infield, once belonged to the A’s . . . At second base, round ing out the quartet, was Gena Corbett, formerly of the Phillies ... Young Collins, In center, also belongs to the A’s, and Art Gra ham, in right, once was the prop erty of the Red Sox. Clark Griffith braved the foot ball weather to see the start of the game ... He left for Wash ington with the International Leaguers ahead, 10-2, and didn't hear of the Nate’ victory until Secretary Smith phoned him from Union Station, p. x. s.