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WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1942.
A—13 Panic More of War-Time Threat to Baseball Than Loss of Talent to Services ^ -- ... ... ■ . --.. -M —. , - A .. ■■■ A_—----- ■ ' . --- ---- .. ■ ■ ■ ■ ... - ■ .. ..... .■ ■ .... —. wm Win, Lose or Draw By FRANCIS E. STAN. Uncle Sam Gets a Man the Nazis Will Remember The physical examination of Pvt. Joseph Barrow required two hours the other day at Governors Island, whereas the average time it takes to thump the chest and X-ray one of Uncle Sam's new soldiers is only 12 minutes. But since Pvt. Joseph Barrow was Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis this was understandable. Not only were the press and movie photographers present, but colonels, majors and captains cluttered up the premises and the thought Is here that if these officers were so interested in the one-time Alabama cotton picker surely this interest will be magnified individually before being multiplied countless times by the boys in and about to be in the ranks. N Last week Louis did something no other boxing champion in history had done. He fought Buddy Baer for nothing and turned over the sum of $47,100 to the Navy Relief Society. Yesterday he was inducted Into the Army, the first heavyweight king to join the armed forces of the Nation. No wonder the Army people, from generals down to privates, second class, are interested. In getting Louis the United States gained a priceless symbol. Auto Laborer or Millionaire, He Remains Just Joe Louis is a symbol not only In boxing, a tawdry game which this Negro elevated by his willingness to meet all comers, his spotless record of having fought clean with no favors asked and his modesty, but he also is a symbol of supremacy. There is no man in the world capable of heating him with his fists. The Nazi Schmeling lasted only 2 minutes and 4 seconds. As a callow youth Louis took apart the Fascist Camera. To repeat, he is a symbol, this buck private in the Army of the United States. There may be cynics who may ask: "Well, Louis is in the Army and ao what? He's big and strong. When he gets out he won't have to worry about finding a job or getting back his old one. He's got plenty of dough and he started from nowhere.” That's just the point: he started from nowhere. He was born in poverty. He never had any book-learning. He was a laborer in a Ford factory when it was discovered that he was a natural machine of destruction with his fists. And then he became a millionaire. He became the biggest hero of Negro youth in history, ranking with Booker T. Washington as far as the Negroes of all ages were concerned. But his wealth and fabulous success didn't change Joe Louis. He Started as a monosyllabic, shy boy and he stayed that way. He could have made more money, probably, if he carried a few foemen a few rounds, and made rematches appear interesting, but he never fought that 'way. Louis Avoided 1917 Mistake by Dempsey It would seem only natural that when a country is at war and needs Its strength and man power it would have at its call, if this country possessed him. the champion fighter of the world. But Louis is the first prize ruler to be in the armed forces. Gene Tunney was a marine, but he wasn't champion until he got out. Jack Sharkey was a sailor, but at the time he wasn't titleholder, either. The last heavyweight champion who had a chance to do what Louis has done was Jack Dempsey. The consensus is that Dempsey was willing, but that he was misadvised by his handlers. He posed as a shipyard worker and heard the charge "slacker." The chief reason why his absurd fight with Georges Carpentier was the first million-dollar gate was because Americans were rooting for the Frenchman, who was only a middleweight and who was to be "tolerated" for a while by Dempsey. Carpentier had been a World War I hero for the Tri-color. Louis either had smarter advice or he didn't listen to the bad kind. He had been classified as 1-A since last October, but had heard nothing as of the night of his second meeting with Baer last week. The draft was close, but, even so. he chose to enlist and he asked for no concessions. Louis is something of a rider, although probably too heavy for cavalry. He is a fair pistol shot. These are about his only mechanical accomplish ments which seem to fit into the scheme of modern warfare. But when he enlisted he asked for-no special sort of a commission. He did not even apply for consideration as a cavalryman. “Ah just does what they tell me.” he said. When the Germans Invaded Upstate New York Still, Joe has a mind of his own. When the Navy asked him if he would contribute a part of his purse for the Baer fight he answered: “Ah'll give all of it.” Thar was all there was to it. The Government would have taken some of his purse, which amounted to close to $50,000. but there would have been considerable left. But Joe gave the works. Louis' induction yesterday should have provided a nice bit of prop aganda for the short-wave artists of Uncle Sam. For all of his bulk and fize. Camera was a pushover for the Brown Bomber. It is true that Sehmeling once knocked out Louis in 12 rounds but the Uhlan was a veteran and Joe was a neophyte. Still, Louis kept getting up from the floor. But when they met a second time only the ropes kept Sehmeling from running away. His German trainer threw in a towel after less than two minutes. We happened to watch Sehmeling train at Speculator, N. Y.. for this fight in 1938 and we have an idea of how important it was to the Nazi and his bereted German newsmen, with their Leica cameras dangling from leather neck-cords. Tney were going to write to Germans the second story of the superiority of the Aryan over an American, a Negro. To the peculiar German mind it was important that Sehmeling win. Instead, he went out quicker than any heavyweight challenger in history, in the dressing room later, talking to Sehmeling, it was obvious that Max didn't know where he wanted to go—to some quiet hamlet in the U. S. A., or back to Germany or to a hospital. He wound up in the latter place. A good many Nazis have followed suit since that time and there had better be room for more. Hogan's Los Angeles Victory Proves Grit Pays on Links Beats Thomson in Playoff With Spectacular Shot on 18th Green to Collect $3,500 By ROBERT MYERS, Associated Press Sports Writer. LOS ANGELES. Jan. 14.—Championship golf still pays off on the man who can get ’em down when the chips are down. . Little Benny Hogan proved this when he played the David to Jimmy Thomson’s Goliath yesterday, cracking the husky California professional with one spectacular shot on the 18th green. That won the playoff of the 17th annual1 Los Angeles open. Hogan ran into tougher opposition than many expected before squeez ing out a one-stroke triumph for the $3,500 first prize. He had a 36— 36—72 and Thomson, winner of the L. A. Open in 1938, had a 38—35—73. Hogan, using a golf shot instead pf a slingshot, felled the California giant with a birdie 4 on the last green—a birdie that brought peace and calm to thousands of nervous dollars wagered on the little Hershey <Pa> expert. Thomas overshot the first green for a bogie and Hogan went to the Jfront. Benny birdied the second t bnd fourth- and pulled ahead by ! three strokes. Good-natured 'Jimmy failed to i wilt, however, and pulled up on even j terms on the 14th. Neither player j could be labeled better than good at this stage, but they were handicap * ped by a gallery of 4.000 which ! trampled on their heels and in their ■ hair. i Thomson threatened to go into the lead on the 17th when Benny’s tee shot whistled into a tree, slanted off, hit a spectator and dropped cold. But Hogan recovered with an ap proach 2 feet from the pin. and then the pressure was on Jimmy, with a 6-footer staring him in the face. He made it for a birdie and j they want po the 18th tied up. Thomson’s second fell short at the base of the raised green. Hogan was tfrethfejgft on a less steep incline. Thomson chipped up 17 feet from Ibe flag, and Hogan spanked (tla killer shot up just 15 Inches from the cup. Jimmy went for his long putt and missed by a scant few inches. Hogan tapped his in and the battle was over, Thomson's consolation sec ond money was $1,700. V. Minor Leagues Likely to Feel Blow Worst Restrictions on Tires Factor* Night Game Ban Is Debatable By JIDSON BAILEY. Associate! Pres* Sport* Writer. NEW YORK, Jan. 14.—In the criti cal days of .918, when the famous "work or flgnt” edict came out of Washington, the baseball season was smothered out on Labor Day. Yet a few weeks .ater, records show, the Government informed major league leaders that this had not been in tended and tiat normal plans should be made for the sport in 1919. Unless sone confusion of this sort crops up du.ing this Second World War. baseba 1 men hope to continue the Nation's leading sport with as little disrupt.on as possible. Baseball, they point out, is enter tainment foi millions of Americans and it is a livelihood for the many thousands of persons who partici pate—either as players or as club owners, rcunagers, stenographers, grounds keepers and ticket takers. Must Make Sacrifices. As a busirs°ss it will be called upon for the same sacrifices and hardships as other en erprises. Its personnel already is being heavily tapped by the military service, its equipment is subject to the same priorities that affect every one else, and its finances are in jeopardy because of the uncertainty of attendance. Major league players who have gone into the armed forces include Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, Cecil Travis, Budly Lewis, Hugh Mulcahy and Sam Chapman. Others will be called befor? the season starts. During tbe last war attendance continued good, and the leaders of both league* expect the Interest of fans to remain high in spite of the new hostilities. Both the National and American Leagues will hold meetings In New York early next month to consider problems resulting from the war, but in the meartime all club owners are going aheac with arrangements for their usua' spring training pro grams and for the season to follow. The miner leagues, of course, are going to bear the brunt of war’s blow. Sine; the first draft In the fall of 1940 approximately 300 minor league players have joined the Army and Navy. Most of the players in ’.he majors ire married, but the boys in the Class B. C and D leagues for the most part are younger and single. In the minion of William G. Bramham. president of the National Association, restrictions on tires rep resent a serious threat to minor league atfndanee. In the small cities most of the ball parks are on the edge o' town, troliey cars have been abanroned and bus service Is inndeemate for large crowds. Night Games in Balance. There is a variance of opinion on tjie effect rf a possible ban on night games. It 'ertainly would hurt the minors, bu for the present at least it Is a doss bilitv only in the coastal regions. A? for power conservation in the interior sections, some base bail men sav engineers have told them that 1.500 fans staying at home would consume as much current as is needed to ight a ball park. The gane undoubtedly will make contributions to the Nation's war effort as treans become apparent. A fund already has been established ■ for the pu-cha.se of baseball equip ment to be used at Army and Navy camps, ard the proceeds of next summer's all-star game will be added to this. Exhibitions will be played at Army camps and against Army teams. Uniformed men will be ad mitted to eague games at a nomi nal charge. Come Viat may. baseball hopes to fit itself into the scheme of a nation at war and keep on going. Dempsey Invited To Enlist in Navy Bt th» AsrJCiited Prefs. MUSK3GEE. Okla., Jan. 14.— | Jack Denpsev may be too old for the Army, but he's got an Invitation to Join the Navy. Recrui ing Officer A. T. Husted Wired t/ie former heavyweight champion: “Recent news reports say Army rejected your attempt to enlist. Navy welcomes fighting men from 17 to 50 years and this office lrvites you to join the ! Navy and free the world.” GOOD COMPANY FOR A FIGHTER, JOE! —By JIM BERRYMAN Sports Program For Local Fans TODAY. Basket Ball. 8t. Francis vs. Columbus, Tech gym, 8:30. Ordnance School vs. Maryland Freshman, College Park, 7:00. Devitt at Roosevelt, 3:30. Baltimore Friends at St. Al bans, 3:30. Catholic U. Freshmen vs. Georgetown Prep, Garrett Park, 3:30. TOMORROW. Basket Ball. Qgorge Washington vs. George town, Riverside Stadium, 3:45; freshmen preliminary', 7:15 Johns Hopkins at Catholic U., 8:15. St. John’s at Eastern, 3 30. Georgetown Prep at Gonzaga, 3:30. Wrestling. Weekly program at Turners Arena, 8:30. k. _ ■FI' Vfi "S 1 > Greenleaf in Quartet Deadlocked at Top In Carom Event Pocket Billiards King, Hoppe, Cochran and Chamaco Unbeaten B9 the Associated Press. CHICAGO. Jan 14.—The world three-cushion billiard tournament today bulged with undefeated lead ers—four players being tied for first place with two victories apiece. In the congested area of the field of 10 competing for honors won the last two years by Willie Hoppe, was Hoppe himself: the veterans Joe Chamaco and Welker Cochran, and a newcomer, Ralph Greenleaf, the pocket billiards king, who is trying his hand at three-rail. Have Chance to I.ead. Greenleaf and Chamaco had a chance to pull ahead today. For while Hoppe and Cochran were idle, Greenleaf opposed Earl Lookabaugh of Chicago and Chamaco. the Mex ican star, engaged Otto Reiselt. who yesterday set a tournament high run mark of 10. Hoppe encountered considerable difficulty yesterday In shaking off Art Thurnblad. The two played 3fi innings on almost even terms before Hoppe finally got the balls to rolling and clicked off 19 points in nine innings to win. 50 to 36. The 45 inning stretch was 20 more than the champion required in winning his opening match. Cochran Spurts to Win. Welker Cochran likewise had to put on a spurt to defeat John Fitz patrick of Los Angeles, 50 to 42, in 52 innings. Reiselt. aided by his big run, handed Lookabaugh his third straight licking. 50 to 26. in 33 in nings. Greenleaf outscored Art Rubin of Brooklyn, 50 to 40 in 51 frames. Today’s other matches brought to gether Fitzpatrick and Rubin, neither of whom has won a game, and the old hands, Jake Schaefer and Thurnblad. Virginia Gold Cup Races Scheduled for May 2 By the Associated Press. WARRENTON. Va.. JaB. 14 — George W. Cutting, secretary and treasurer of the Virginia Gold Cup Association, has announced the 21st running of the Gold Cup races will take place Saturday, May 2. The date has been sanctioned by the Hunts Committee of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. Gary Cooper, Playing Gehrig, Rankest of Diamond Rooks Film Star, Who Never Played Game, Learning From Scratch, With O'Doul as Tutor th* A»snci»tfd Pr*M. HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 14.—'"Gary Cooper never could become a big leaguer, but well make him appear like one for the camera— or break his arm.” It's Lefty O'Doul talking. Because Lefty knows a bit about base ball, Samuel Goldwyn is paying him a few thousand dollars to make a Lou Gehrig II out of hiss high-priced acting star. Cooper is supposed to emulate the late great Columbia Lou in a base ball thriller. He is a candidate for the best acting job of 1942. But he'd have trouble beating the bat boy out of his job on a bush league club. He never played the game. He's right handed; Gehrig was a southpaw. Swings Ax from Port Side. ODoul found one ray of hope, however. Cooper swings an ax from ; the port side. The studio didn't ex plain why Cooper ever swung an ax. j Cooper started tossing pebbles I l underhanded: then overhanded. As his arm loosened up. he progressed to some fair-sized rocks. That was before ODoul was signed as tech nical director and Cooper's personal j coach. "A ball player throws baseballs, not , rocks." he decreed. Lefty, now manager of San Fran cisco in the Pacific Coast circuit, twice led the National League in batting and still can use his left arm ■ better than most. But he called in Babe Herman, former Brooklyn Dodger who led the Coast loop in batting last season, to .show Gary how to throw. Babe threw slowly— as slowly as he could. That wasn’t much help. “I can't even see how he does it. let alone do it,” moaned Cooper. What he couldn’t see was the wrist action. So the studio made a reel of Herman batting and fielding—in slow motion. Cooper studies it ! nights. Gary “Breaks Training.” After working out about three hours each morning for 10 days. Cooper went hunting in Mexico— A. A. U. Official Raps Cancellation of Big Golf Events War May Reduce Field for Denver Basket Ball Tourney to a Mere 40 Teams Bv HUGH FULLERTON, Jr., NEW YORK. Jan. 14. —Joe Louis goes into the Army today and about tomorrow morning he'll find out there's no more sleeping until noon on days when there's no boKing. The Moffett Field <Calif.> flyers and the 12th Naval District have just collected $10.513 92 each from the West Coast Army-Navy game on Armis Day. Operating costs of the New York State Racing Commission last year were $72,220. or about nine-tenths of 1 per cent of the State's racing income. The Seton Hall fencing team, unbeaten since the college took up the sport, w'on its 60th consecutive meet the other day. Ziggy Sears, the umpire, got the good news recent ly in a wire starting "Hello Grandpa" and signed "Siggy Sears. III." Quote, unquote —Dan Ferris, A. A. U. secretary-treasurer: “What got Into the United Stajjge Golf Association to cancel those four bis? events? We must have champions for the kids to want to emulate. It is better to have an infe ior champion providing an incertive for the kids than no champion at all.” One rrinute sports page—Judg ing by the way Sam Snead blew that Lo Angeies golf tourney, he must hive pulled the same 8 stroke ball from his bag that he was behind in the 1939 National Open, votes for new members of baseballs hall of fame will be counted tomorrow night. Cali fornians are hollering "politics” because Cornelius Warmerdan ran secrnd to Les MacMitchell In the SuJ.ivan award voting. An other reason for the Chicago Bears’ success: It’s a $10 fine if they fail to pass Friday's exam on Subday<s plays. Bill Greizn. National A. A. U. basket ball chairmen, thinks the war will reduce the field for tpa year’s Denver tournament to a mere 40 teams. Hialeah horsemen hear Mrs. Barclay Douglas will sell her entire Mill River stable string next spring, including the Ken tucky Derby candidate. Fair Call. Todav’s guest star—Flem R. Hall. Fort Worth (Tex.) Star Telegram: “Open season on most game in Texas has closed, but the hunting is just getting hot lor high school football players who'll be ready for college next fall.” Game wanted — American League hockey fans have figured out that a swell team could be assembled from the coaches in their circuit and suggest they might provide an added attrac tion for the all-star game if another outfit could be rounded up. They’d line up something like this: Goal. Tiny Thompson; defense. Eddie Shore and Chlng Johnson; forwards, Cooney Wel land, Bill Cook. Bun Cbok; subs. Herb Lewis. Larry Aurie, Earl Robinson and Danny Cox. Ceaning the cuff—Mike Kelley, owner of the Minneapolis ball club, thinks he won’t have much trouble signing Van Mungo, but, he says, “I'm really glad the Government stopped issuing weather reports.” Jinx Falken burg. the movie actress, muscled in on her kid brother Bobby, the national boys’ tennis cham pion, bv winning a tournament at Long Beach. Calif. George McCamey, the Texas horseman, has named one of his best-look ing colts "Pearl Harbor.” When the cold weather hit Louisville Laurie Apitz, University of Louis ville coach who hails from Michi gan, flooded a parking lot for a skating rink. It was so popular with students that the dean threatened to sprinkle salt on the place. Probably he told Lurie: "This is the South—it can’t aplti here." broke training, you'd call it on the diamond. ODoul's friends said Lefty was irritated no little. He thought Gars- should show more in- ; terest in learning to emulate Colum bia Lou. For publication, however, O'Doull professed to see a brighter side. •'He took along some bats and balls and gloves and promised to work out every day,” Lefty said. Tennessee Menaces Florida's Grip on Loop Swim Title Stars of Vol Football Adding Much Strength To New Tank Team By th* Associated Press. ATLANTA, Jan. 14.—If Florida | loses its five-year lease on the 1 Southeastern Conference swimming ! championship next March, Tennes see may get credit as the villain of I the piece. Tennessee, in short, is cooking up some trouble for the ’Gators, who have held the crown continuously since meets were begun in 1937. Coach Gus Novotny, who has had uncommon luck in transforming football players into swimming stars, is giving his boys the works in a pre-championship schedule of 10 dual meets, starting with Ken tucky at Knoxville on January $9. Behind the swimming boom at Tennessee is versatile, black-haired Billy King, a footballer who tried his hand at fancy diving and won the Southeastern Conference cham pionship in 1941. Three other football players have joined Novotny's squad — Bobby Cifers, Bill Nowling and Bud Hub bell—all of them free-stylers Hub bell also competes in the breast stroke. Others with the Tennesaee team last year who are back for the new campaign include Herman Silva and Bob Kellar in the backstroke. Frank McVeigh in the breaststroke and Alex Curtis in the backstroke and distance events. .HARRISON Radiators A me* * tawci Topnotch Riders Vie for Toil as Hialeah Opens Epic Contest Among Jockey Elite Due ' In 46-Day Meet B» the Associated Press. MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 14 —An epie battle for riding honors was In the making today as Hialeah Park opened a 46-day race meeting. With no other major track in operation, the topmost jockeys in the country—virtually every one of them—came here in quest of mounts. A no-quarter-asked, none-given scramble was bound to develop, be cause with so much talent to draw from, trainers could choose the riders in the best winning form. Jockey Elite Listed. The opening-day feature, the $5,000 Inaugural Handicap, brought the pick of the riding colony to saddle from the outset. Preferred position, astride Louis Tufano's Market Wise, was drawn by the veteran Alfred Robertson. How ever, there was a possibility that Robertson would ride Market Wise in another race instead of the In augural. Trainer G. W. Carroll was unde cided whether to start the favorite, a highly successful 3-year-old cam paigner last year, in the richer handicap or try' for a more likely victory in a $1,500 7-furlong heat. Basil James, who usually rides in California, was chosen to handle L. H. Meyer s Sheriff Culkln, a real contender, while Red Howell was placed aboard another well-liked entrant, R. W. ColliiK’ Sweet Wil low. Meade on Long Shot. The 1941 champion jockey. Don Meade, had a long-shot hope in W. Hirschensohn's De Kalb. Eddie Ar caro. the clever hand-rider who showed Whirlawav the road to vic tory in the Kentucky Derby and other major events last year, was under contract to handle Green tree Stables’ Cherry Jam. Other ranking jockeys and their mounts were C. Mojena. on Red Dock: Johnny Gilbert, on Battle Colors; George Seabo. on Red Chip: W. Strickler, on Joe Schenck; and Nick Wall, on Liberty Franc. The Inaugural, over 6 furlongs, was the first of 11 Hialeah stakes. FLORSHEIM SHOES Don't put off buying too long or you may miss out altogether! Remem ber, there’s no change in quality! the price is lower, the value greater I AT ALL HAHN MEN'S SHOPS Downtown 1707 F St. | 7th ft K St. 14th k G St. 1348 G St. Repair Shop I0h • G SEVEN SHOE STORES HAHN Pfcont Dl. 6363 LTp<°“"» 3212 14+h St. 4483 Conn. Avo. 3101 Wilton Blv4. Arlington, V«. Up«n Every Evening