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Weakness on Road Has Red Sox, Defeated Here, Almost Out of First Division i 9 Win, Lose or Draw By, FRANCIS E. STAN, The Private in the President's Box As formidable a looking soldier as you’ll ever want to see, Pvt. Cecil Travis turned up at Griffith Stadium last night. Just sitting with Clark Griffith in a downstairs box, Travis «eemed to do something to the Nats. Anyway, they hauled off and mauled their old tormentors, the Red Sox. So sunburned that his face Is darker than his khaki, Private Travis is on furlough from Camp Wheeler in Georgia, the furlough ending after he plays here Sunday with an all-star service team against a crack Negro club. After that it's back to the Army, which "isn’t bad at all.” The Army hasn't changed him. When Arch McDonald announced that he was sitting in Griffith’s box the crowd remembered him and roared while Travis, under his deep tan. blushed. Uncle Clark yanked his flat cigar from his mouth and preened. Cecil always was one of his favorite ball players. He never gave the Old Pox any trouble. He did his work quietly and well. He easily belongs among the best 10 hitters who ever wore a Washington uniform. And one of the most courageous. He Makes $30 Per Month—and Likes It He probably would be Lt. Travis, or so close to it that he'd have bought his bars, if he had said yes when he was offered the chance to go to officers’ training school. "Ah might still go,” he said in that familiar, thick drawl, "but Ah think Ah better learn a little more about the Army.” The gangling infielder who cost the Washington ball club only $100 back in 1930, and who was rated a $100,000 ball player when Uncle Sam took him, now gets $30 per month instead of about $1,700, and >ikes it, “ 'Course," he said, "Ah wouldn't be telling the exact truth if I said I didn't miss baseball. But once you get in the Army you make up your mind there's no use in thinking back and you don’t mind.” Ted Williams came up and slashed a single to right field that whined like a .30 caliber bullet. "Same Ted,” said Travis. “He’s the best. He really can v^hip ’em out.” What about Travis? He was only the No. 2 hitter to Williams last year. Is he still whipping ’em out? Cecil grinned. "A'm hitting right fair,” he said. "We've played about 18 or 20 games this year, Ah guess.” Cecil's Still Whipping 'Em Out, But for Wheeler Travis is the sort of a fellow who, when the conversation concerns a certain Mr. Travis, makes the interviewer do all the work. Something like this: “What is your average at Wheeler? Say, .350?” •’Well, more’n that.” “Oh, about .400, say?” “No, lt was a little higher’n that. Ah don’t rightly know, honest. Last time Ah saw’ any figures it was .450 and .500. But Ah don’t belong in the class with Williams. He whips ’em twice as far.” That’s the way he was in the big leagues. Over the years Cecil was the only major leaguer we ever knew who never scowled at an official scorer. He rarely read the sports pages, as a matter of fact, and the stick of agate type, showing the batting marks, never appealed to him. One reason may have been that he never had to worry. Only once In 12 years of baseball did he ever hit below .300 and that was his .292 in 1939, when he was a flu victim as the season started and never was up to par in weight and strength. Old Roomie Team Still Keeps in Touch • Cecil's sidekick, Buddy Lewis, went into the Army, too, but the old roomies still correspond. “Buddy’s at Kelly Field In Texas,” drawled Travis. "Ah heard from him a week ago, Ah guess, and he’s getting impatient to get up in the air.” Lewis was drafted and began his mili tary career at Fort Knox in the mechanized divisions, but when the Air Corps dropped the college degree requirement, he shifted and now is a flying cadet. “Still on fundamentals and getting impatientadded Travis. “You know Buddy.” Travis long ago finished his basic training, 13 weeks of it, and he has an idea that Uncle 6am s got the makings of a right fair Infantry. The Travis farm, not many miles from Atlanta, is approximately on Scarlett O’Hara’s Tara, and Georgia boys grow up with shooting irons in their hands. But, according to Cece, he never saw anything like the Garand rifle and the Johnson light machine gun. He picked them out of the array of weaponsr—bayonets, mortars, grenades, etc.—as he would select a pair of favorite bats from the rack. "It’s when you start getting the hang of ’em that you forget what you left behind,” he said. Williams slashed out another hit. “But as Ah said.” he went on. “Ah couldn’t truthfully say Ah don t miss baseball. That Williams sho’ can wrhip ’em out, can't he? ' College Stars Attack Track Records in Farewell Meet Blozis Is Among Greats Finishing Careers in I. C.4-A Competition NEW YORK. May 29—Record- ! breaking performances in a number of events at the 66th annual Inter collegiate A. A. A. A. track and field championships today and tomorrow at Randalls Island are regarded as i distinct possibilities by Asa S. Bush- ; nell, director of the meet. Heading the contestants consid-, ered capable of smashing marks are j Leslie MacMitchell, N. Y. U. miler and half-miler; Barney Ewell, Penn State sprinter and broad jumper, and A1 Blozis, Georgetown shot putter and discus thrower, all of whom will be competing in the meet for the last time. Others with good chances to shat ter records include Alfred Diebolt, Colgate quarter-miler; Schwartzkopf of Yale and Bob Nichols of Rhode Island, two-milers, and Colgate’s mile relay quartet of John Hall, Tom Keith. George Tifft and Diebolt. _ Minor Results •7 the Associated Press. international league. Jersey City. 6; Syracuse. 5. Newark. 6: Baltimore. 1. Rochester, 7: Buffalo. 3. Toronto, Montreal. 0. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Indianapolis, 6; Kansas city. 3. Louisville, 3: Milwaukee. 1. cStaatul' Minneapolis, l-$. (First tame 7 innings). pacific coast league. Becramento, 11-8; Oakland. 7-0. (First game 7 innings). ■an Diego, 3: Hollywood. 0. HnUFranciaco ^Portland. postponed. TEXAS LEAGUE. Beaumont. 4; Houston. 8 (10 innings), port* Worttn'Hf^'cjklahoma City, 4. Shreveport, 8; Ban Antonio, 3 (18 in nings). SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION. Sirmingham, 1; Atlanta. 0. ittle Rock. 8; Nashville, 8. Knoxville. 8: Memphis, 8. (Only games scheduled). EASTERN LEAGUE. Albany. 14: Hartford, 0. Scranton, 8; Elmira. 3 Binghamton. 6. Springfield. 3. _ ■Wilkes-Barre. 4: Williamsport. 3 (10 innings). PIEDMONT LEAGUE. Charlotte, 4; Asheville, 8. Portsmouth, 2; Norfolk, i. Greensboro, 8; Winston-Salem, 2. Richmond. 8: Durham, 2. VIRGINIA LEAGUE, tffnchburg. 5: Petersburg, 4. ' Staunton, 12; Salem, 4. Newport News. 11: Pulaski. 2. THREE-EVE LEAGUE. Madison. 10; Waterloo, 8 (10 In Springfield, 9: Cedar Raptds. 8. Decatur, 4; Evansville, 0. NORTHERN LEAGUE. Duluth. 7; Eau Claire. 6. Grand Forks, 8: Sioux Falls, 1. Wausau. 3: Superior, 4. Winnipeg. 12; Fargo-Moorhe*d. 8; National City League Flag Races Reach Crucial Stage Pair of Leaders in Each Section Will Battle In Contests Sunday Pennant races in both sections of the National City League reach a crucial stage of the first-half cam paign Sunday when the two leaders in each bracket tangle in what are expected to be the hottest clashes whipped up thus far. Taft A. C. will try to hand the pace-setting Naiman nine its first setback in Section A while two un defeated clubs, Joe Boyle’s nine and Kavakas will have it out in the four star section B contest. Close battles for third place also are in progress in the circuits and Sunday's games likely will decide whether some of the lower chal lengers will move up or drop closer to the cellar. The schedule is as follows: SECTION A (8 P.M.). Nalman vs. Taft A. C. at Taft Park. Army and Navy v». Petworth. South Ellipse. Eagles v«. Ninth and New York Avenue. East Ellipse. Jacobsen draws bye. SECTION B (10:30). Kavakoa vs. Jot Boylt'a, South ElllPM. Ross vs. South Oaygen. East Ellipat. Capital Transit va. Friendship House, West Ellipse. Tennis Status Uncertain As Mulloy Joins Navy By the Associated Prau. MIAMI, Fla., May 29.—Gardnar Mulloy, one of the favorites to win the national amateur tennis title, has enlisted in the Navy Air Corps and does not know whether he will be allowed to play in the big tourna ments this summer. He is to report at Annapolis June 15 for officer training. Official Score o,-8SR!S<.f f f f A» '« Fo*. rf -_4 0 0 2 0 0 Williams. If-8 0 4 8 0 0 Cronin. 3b---* 0 1 0 8 1 Doerr\ 2b _________ 4 0 1 8 6 0 Finney lb I-* 0 0 18 0 0 Conroy, c-£ h n n a 9 Wagner, p-_0 _0 _5 _£ Totals _32 1 7 24 15 1 f f f t'» Estalella. 3b-2 0 1 6 2 0 Vernon, lb-5 i n 2 n n Early, c --£ V 8 2 a 9 Repass. 2b -3 \ n £ a 9 Pofahl, ss- 2 1 0 3 8 9 Wynn. P_ 3 0 2 0 1 0 Total!_3t ~6 “5 27 IT 0 Washington -:::::::::::o2o 810 88$=s Runs batted in—Wynn. 8: pi Menlo. Vernon. Chartak. TVo-baaa hlta—Vanioa. Conroy, Chartak. Stolen baae*— Case. Sacrifices—Wagner. Wynn. Pofahl. Double plays—Pofahl, Rapass and Vernon, Bos ton, 7**tWa!lUmiton?,i 2. TSS S«i5 =8? «Viy0«?; r Messrs. Hubbard. McGowan and PaasarMla. Time—2:14. Attendance—8.500. ' .. *5 Hubmen Lose 12 Of Last 17 Tilts, Most on Toifr Gordon Ousts Doerr As Batting Leader; Cards Nip Pirates By JUDSON BAILEY, Atsociatcd Preu Sport* Writer. The Boston Red 8ox come close to being the worst road team in the major league andfhis malady, which has kept them from resembling pen nant contenders in the past, now has placed even their first division berth in jeopardy. The Red Sockers are a real first class outfit in Fenway Park at Boston. It's only when they venture away from those friendly fences that they stumble. The Cronin clouters have lost 12 of their last 17 encounters, all but three away from home. This slump, which contrasts with Boston's feat in winning 14 of its first 21 games while playing mostly at home, has dropped the club within a game of the fifth-place St. Louis Browns. Another result of last night's de feat in Washington was the loss of the American League batting leader ship by Bobby Doerr, who had been hitting above .400 till this week Last night he dropped to .379. three points behind Joe Gordon of the New York Yankees. Gordons Hit Beats As. Gordon extended his current hit ting streak to 13 games yesterday and won a 3-2 decision for the world champions over the Philadelphia Athletics by rapping a single with the bases loaded and the score tied in the ninth. The Yanks were held ! to six hits by Jack Knott, but Rookie Hank Borowy kept the A’s in check | even though giving nine. Virgil (Fire) Trucks, strikeout j king of the International League ; last year, pitched his first complete ! game for the Detroit Tigers and held i the Cleveland Indians to four hits for a 6-2 victory. Trucks fanned six, ■ but allowed a homer by Roy Weath erly. The St. Louis Browns rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, and gain their sixth victory in seven games. A double by Rick Ferrell knocked in the deciding runs. The Brooklyn Dodgers set down the Boston Braves again, 6-4, with Kirby Higbe pitching seven-hit ball and choking off a Boston rally that netted three runs in the ninth, two on a homer by Max West. Higbe struck out Pinchhitter Ernie Lom bardi to end the uprising. Cards Win in Eleventh. The St. Louis Cardinals took ad vantage of this outcome to strengthen their hold on second place In the National League with a 3-2 eleven-inning triumph over the fal tering Pittsburgh Pirates, who now have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Till the ninth, another triumph loomed for the Cooper brothers on the strength of Mort’s strong pitch ing and a two-run homer by Catcher Walker Cooper in the fourth. But the Pirates put across the tying run in the ninth and brought John Beazley on the scene for his second relief victory in two days. Two safe bunts and a sharp single by Prank Crespi scored the winning run in the eleventh. The second bunt, by Martin Marion, resulted in a close play at first, bringing an argument that caused Elbie Fletcher to be banished and an angry fan to come onto the field and attack Umpire Tom Dunn after the game—although Umpire Ziggy Sears ruled on the play. Big Bill Lee, making a fine come back this season, achieved his sev enth victory by holding the Cinci natti Reds to six hits while the Chicago Cubs forged to a 2-1 tri umph in 12 innings. Lee himself knocked in the winning run with a long fly. Gets 11-Run Lead, Loses OGDEN, Utah, May 29 (JP).—Idaho Falls scored 11 runs in the first inning of a Pioneer League game with Ogden last night—and then lost the ball game, 14 to 13. 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May 29.—Ray Robinson still sports the longest winning strealt in recent fistic history today, but only because a referee saw one low punch where most ringsiders saw two—and booed. There was no doubt about the booing by the 13,673 customers who sat in Madison Square Garden last night, both when the low puncnes were struck in tne second* round and again after the fight, when Robinson was announced the winner of a 10-round decision over baby-faced Marty Servo from Uncle Sam's Coast Guard. The decision was the third in a row in the Garden to which the fans didn't take kindly. Two weeks ago, Allie Stolz tangled with Sammy Angott for Sammy's lightweight crown and Sammy took the de cision to a chorus of boos. Last week, Tami Mauriello got a draw with Bob Pastor, although most folks thought Rapid Robert finished on top. Qualified for Young Bout. The verdict for Robinson, by a margin as close as ham and eggs, gave Ray a wirining string of 121 straight fights—89 as an amateur and 32 as a pro. It also established him as the out standing welterweight in the ring today, outshining even Champion Red Cochrane, who is in the Navy in California, and qualified the skinny Harlem hammer for a bout with Garvey Young, the United States marine titieholder from Akron, Ohio, in the Garden June 11. However, without the referee’s penalty in the second round, Ray would have had a lot tougher time winning from the Schenectady slug ger, who carried the fight to him all the way. At the finish, Referee Billy Cavanagh voted the decision for Marty. Judge Bill Healey voted for Robinson, six rounds to three, with one even. Judge Tom Curley scored nine rounds for Robinson and one for Servo. The fans showed how they felt about it by booing so long and so loud that Announcer Harry Balogh couldn’t introduce the next bout. Only Servo is Penalised. The damage was done in the sec ond heat. Robinson struck low first, and the jeers went up. Before the end of the session, Marty also hooked one into the rough. But only Servo was penalized. The Harlem stringbean was a l-to-6 betting favorite, despite the fact he had won by only slightly more than the wddth of a corn flake in their first meeting last September. And despite his flashy speed and punching power, he had an even narrower margin this time, if possible. Stars Yesterday By the Associated Pres*. Early Winn. Nationals—Pitched seven-hit ball and knocked in two runs with one of two hits he made to whip Red Sox. Bill Lee Cubs—Pitched six-hit ball for 12 Innings and finally brought in winning run against Reds with long fly in twelfth. Joe Gordon. Yankees—Singled with bases loaded in ninth to beat Athletics. Kirby Higbe Dodgers—Pitched seven hit ball and fanned Pinchhitter Ernie Lombardi to end ninth-inning uprising and beat Braves. Vtrgll Trucks. Tigers—Waylaid In dians with four-hit hurling. „ Vernon Stephens Browns—Per formed flashily in field, made two doubles and batted in three runs against Whit* Sox. Prank Crespt. Cardinals—Supplied pinch single to bring home winning run in eleventh Inning against Pirates. Red Cross Plans Big Swim Class A "learn to swim’’ campaign j will be conducted this summer by the Red Cross at all the District's public pools, according to Max Farrington, chairman of the Water Safety Committee Free classes will be held at all pools every week day from flam, to noon. Farrington eatimates 25.000 persons can be taught swimming and water safety through this method. Curran, Cornwell Top New Group Handling Griffith Luncheon United States District Attorney Edward M. Curran and James (Count) Cornwell of the Depart ment of Justice today had enlisted their services in the cause of the testimonial luncheon honoring Clark Griffith, scheduled at the Mayflower Hotel June 10. Curran assumed the chairmanship of the reorganized general commit tee while Cornwell assumed the chairmanship of the Ticket Com mittee. Originally scheduled last Wednes day, but postponed because of the inability of many friends of Griffith to attend at that time, the guest list will be restricted to several hun dred with the ticket sale already half completed. Reservations at (250 per plate may be made by calling Executive 0040 during the day. Captains Are Selected For West Point Teams By the Associated Press. WEST POINT, N. Y., May 29 - Army teams have chosen the follow ing captains in five sports; Base ball, John Stahl; tennis, Keith Canella; golf, James Hackler; lacrosse, Robert Marshall, and track, Robert Walling. 'Suicide' Basket Ball' Next to Rassling as Toughener Notre Dame Freshman Wins 16 Letters in High School; Airfield Named for Gehrig By HUGH f*LTLERTON, Jr., ] Wide World Sport* Writer. NEW YORK, May 29.—Outside of professional raasling, the best toughening-up exercise that has come to our attention lately is "suicide basket ball." Instead of playing according to no-contact rules, the player who grabs the ball on the jump lugs it down the floor like a halfback and the op position can use any means it wants to stop him. Penn State has 13 entries in the I. C. 4-A track meet this week end—anl if you’re thinking of bad luck, the SATES WHITEWASH—Conroy of Red Sox slides across plate in fifth inning for the only tally scored on Pitcher Wynn of the Nats last night. He counted from third on Di Maggio’s fly to Case —Star Staff Photo. Nittany Lions won the indoor title with 13 entries. Today’s guest star—Carl Bell, Northwest Arkansas Times (Fay etteville, Ark.): “The University of Arkansas Razorbacks may not win the Southwest Conference football championship next fall, but at least their Forte will be genuine—Capt. and Quarterback Chic Forte of Lake Village.” P. S.: Harvard also will be well Forte-fled with Don Forte in the driver’s seat. One-minute sports page—All Bristol, one of Australia’s leading steeplechase Jockeys, now is in the merchant marine and likely will get a couple of mounts at Belmont while his ship is in port. Carl (Handy-Man) Hol land, Notre Dame frosh halfback, won 18 letters at Farmingdale (N. Y.) High School—football, four; basket ball, three; track, three; baseball, boxing and golf, two each; Drtunbeater Joe Petritz wonders if any one tops that rec ord. At least Carl won’t freeze to death with all those sweaters. Yale swimming students now practice the breast stroke yith a 10-pound lead pipe on their necks. Coach Bob Klphuth says it's a good a substitute for a gun —and not only in swimming, Bob. Something new—When Fred Kammer, the former Princeton I____, golf and hockey player, was a kid he went out with a new set of clubs and made a hole-in-one on the first round. A few years later he graduated to a bigger set and came up with an ace the first time. The other day in De troit Freddie tried out some more new clubs, and once more he had a hole-in-one. Well, no more aces until after the war. Service dept. — The athletic field at Foster Field, the fighter pilot training base at Victoria, Tex., has named "Lou Gehrig Field.” Barney Ross, former lightweight and welterweight champ, received a medal for ef ficiency two weeks after he bagan training at the recruit depot at San Diego, Calif. Tommy Gomes of Camp Blanding, Fla., and Tommy Tucker of the Jackson ville Naval Air station will bat tle at Jacksonville June 12 for the benefit of the air station's relief fund and the camp’s hospital fund; When Pvt. Leonard Du dek, former'middleweight boxer stationed at Camp Upton, N. Y., flunked his vocabulary test for Air Corps cadet training, he bought a dictionary and started at the beginning. Five months later he was down in the middle of the Ms when he tried again and passed the test with flying colors. YRlCo fMOMBIIKB ...fa, m» i jawi, 'Biggest Little Loop' In Baseball Ready To Toss Sponge Crowd Often Exceeded Town's Population in Evangeline League Bj the Associated Press. NATCHEZ. Miss., May 20—The "biggest little league in baseball," where fans used to harass umpires in "Cajin” French and attendance at a game often exceeded a town’s population, Is ready to quit for the duration. The colorful Evangeline League seemed today about to join several other Class D loops as a war casualty after announcement by McVey Butler, president of the Natchez club, that his team would withdraw Sunday. Started in 1934, the loop prospered for several seasons. Six league members were deep in the heart of the bayou-traversed, French-speak ing country immortalized in Long fellow’s poem “Evangeline.” The other two, Lake Charles and Alex andria, La., were Just on the edge of the area. The league was so compact that the farmers, trappers, fishermen and oil field workers always had only a few miles to drive to a ball game. Graduates of the circuit include Pitchers Ed Head of Brooklyn, Howard Pollet of the St. Louis Cardinals and Hal Newhouser of Detroit. Heurich Nails Mellonas; Naiman, Library Win Heurich Brewers swamped Mel lonas Restaurant nine, 12-1, in yes terday’s Industrial League clash. Bill Liggett, on the Brewer hill, gave only seven hits. In other sandlot loop clashes. Naiman Photo topped Ninth and New York Lunch, 6-4. in the De partmental League, while Library of Congress nosed out W. P. B., 3-2, in the Government League. League Statistics FRIDAY, MAY *8, 1848. AMERICAN. Results Yesterday. Washington. 6: Boston. 1 (night). St Louis, 8: Chicago. 4 (night). New York. 3; Philadelphia. 2. Detroit. 6; Cleveland. 2. Standing of the Clubs. W L. Pet GB New York ..27 10 .730 _ Slsveland _ 23 17 .575 ft'a etroit _ 24 20 .54ft 6',, Boston _18 18 .50o 84 ft. Louis _ 20 22 .470 94 Washington_ 17 22 .430 11 Philadelphia_ 17 27 .380 134 Chicago ___ 15 26 .375 134 Games Tedar. Games Tomorrow. Sash, at New York. Wash, at New York, iston at Phils. Boston at Phils, sve. at Dstrolt. Chicago at Detroit. CpL at St. Louis. gt. L. at Cleveland. NATIONAL. Results Yesterday. Chicago, 2: Cincinnati. 1 (12 Innings). St. Louis, 3) Pittsburgh. 2 (11 innings). Brooklyn. 6: Boston, 4. Others not scheduled. , Standing of the Clubs. W L. Pet. GB. Brooklyn_ 29 11 .725 _ St. Louis _23 IT .675 8 Boston _ 23 18 .548 7 Cincinnati _ 18 20 .487 94 New York_ 19 22 .483 104 Pittsburgh _ 19 23 .452 11 Chicago _ 18 23 .439 114 Philadelphia_ 13 28 .317 184 Game* Tedar. Game* Tomorrow. N. Y. at Brooklyn. N Y. at Brooklyn. Si. at Boston. Phils, at Boston, i. at. Chicago, ft. L. at Cincl. games. Fitts, at Chloago. ENJOY BOWLING IN Alft-CONDITIONID COMFORT PENN RECREATION 1207 Tiyl* l». M.W. Fkonm Tmytmr MM Griffs Tackling Champs After Night Victory Pvt. Travis Drops In To See Wynn Finally Hurl Winning Ball By BURTON HAWKINS. Bt»r Staff Correspondent. NEW YORK. May 29.—“I’m being treated swell,’’ drawled Pvt. Cecil Travis, the most Important of numerous Clark Griffith employes beckoned by Uncle Sam. "They really poured it to me during those 13 weeks of basic training but it’s put me in the best physical shape of mv life.” TYavis, who as Washington's shortstop was en route to his most successful season this time last year, perched himself on a stool in the Nats’ dressing room at Griffith Sta dium in Washington last night, tugged at his overseas cap ancl talked quietly. “I don't mean I'm in good base ball condition,” continued the .359 batter of 1941, "but I'm tougher. I haven’t played but one game in more than two weeks but we have played about 20 games at Camp Wheeler and the only teams that have beaten us have been Brooklyn, Macon and Atlanta. Friends Gather Around. ‘‘We have a pretty good team down there. All except one of our players have had some kind of pro fessional experience. I’m on week end leave. I promised I’d play on a team against Satchel Paige, that great colored pitcher, here in Wash ington on Sunday if I could get leave and they let me have it.” Cecil was no stranger in that Army uniform. Washington and Boston uniforms encircled him, eager to pump the hand of a fellow ; who has no enemies in baseball. Joe Cronin. Ted Williams. Ken Chase and others of the Red Sox filed In to slap his back. Travis knows how he stands with Washington fans, for when well i cushioned Arch McDonald intro | duced him as “one of the finest ! men ever to pull on a baseball uni form,” Cecil was greeted by a heart ! warming ovation from the crowd of 8.500 that saw the Nats deal Boston a 5-1 trimming. Travis’ presence seemingly stirred the Nats to produce one of their better games of the year behind the fashionable pitching of Early Wynn. Battered from the mound i in four previous starts, Wynn re j gtricted the Red Sox to seven scat ; tered hits, fanning six. Wynn wasn't hurting the Nats with a bat in his hands, either, ! for in the second inning he scored Mickey Vernon and Jimmy Pofahl with a single off Second Basemen Bobby Doerr's glove and in the eighth he nicked Charley Wagner for a looping single to left that scored Bob Repass. George Case, who forced Wynn at second, then stole second and scored on Mike Chartak's double. Vernon Begins to Hit. Boston manufactured its only run In the fifth inning when Bill Con roy opened with a double to left-, j moved to third on Wagner's sacri fice and scored after Dorn Di Mag gio flied to Case. The Nats In creased their advantage to 3-1 in their portion of the inning, however, when Chartak walked and was fetched home on singles by Bobby Estalella and Vernon. Refreshing to Manager Bucky Harris was the hitting of the slump shackled Vernon, who contributed three of Washingtons nine hits, with Wynn and Chartak each thumping two safeties. Estalella walked three times and lengthened his hitting streak to 12 games with that fifth inning single. Jack Wilson, idle since May 10 due to a chipped bone in his right elbow, was to face the Yankees : here today, with Sid Hudson , and Steve Sundra slated to tangle with them in a double-header tomorrow. Washington then will shift to Boston for a double-header on Sunday before returning to Griffith Stadium to battle the Browns in successive night games Tuesday and Wednesday. _. .—.- ... I I » Sports Mirror By the AMocuted Preii Today a year ago—Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-0, for his tenth victory and third straight ahutout. Three years ago—The Chicago Cubs acquired Pitcher Claude Passeau from the Philadelphia Phils for Outfielder Joe Marty and Pitchers Kirby Higbe and Ray Harrell. Five years ago—University of Pittsburgh won its first I. C. 4-A track and field title, 30 Vj points to Columbia’s 30, with Cornell, the defending champion, third with 23 points. Washington Tobacco Co., Washington, D. C.