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Baseball Mart Lifeless, Griffs Coming Home Empty-Handed \
Club Rich in Trading
Talent, but Rivals
Want Too Much
By JOHN B. KELLER,
Star Staff Correspondent.
NEW YORK. Dec. 3.—Santa Claus
may remember the Nats later this
month, but other American League
clubs forgot them as baseball
wound up its winter conventions
here today. With trade talk fad
ing to a feeble whisper, the Wash
ington club's Ways and Means
Committee that had come to the
meetings, gloating over prospects
of bolstering the Nats for a new
drive against New York's Yankees
next year,, was prepared to head
lor home empty handed.
It had planned to pick up a right
hand hitting catcher, a sturdy util
ity inflelder and perhaps a lcft
• hand pitcher. Possessing more
manpower than any of its rivals,
the Washington club appeared in
a position to get what it wanted.
But the other clubs wanted too
much.
So now the Nats’ bosses have only
faint hope of putting through a
helpful deal or two during the
winter.
Trade Talk Sized I'p.
Here's what happened during the
four days of palavering at the ses
sions of the major and minor
leagues, so far as the Nats were
concerned:
1. The Yankees were sounded on
possibility of shifting Snuffy Stirn
weiss, extra shortstop, and some
other talent to the Nats for Bob
Johnson, outfielder. With Charley
Keller, their slugging outfielder,
close to the draft, it was felt'the
New York club would do business.
But Joe McCarthy, manager of thc
world champs, hemmed and hawed
and nothing happened. Something
may later.
2. Manager Ossie Bluege went to
work on Roger Peckinpaugh, gen
eral manager of the Cleveland In
dians. hoping to do something to
ward getting Jim Bagby, pitcher;
J°ff Heath, outfielder, and Russ Pe
ters, versatile infielder. The Nats
were prepared to give up Johnson.
Outfielder Gene Moore and Pitcher
Buck Newsom. But Alvah Bradley,
Tribe president, put his foot down
on any proposition involving New
som and Peck, a rugged bargainer,
simply wouldn't listen to Biuege's
blandishments. Any further nego
tiations with the Indians are out,
Clark Griffith, the Nats’ president,
and Bluege sav.
Offer Johnson, Lefebvre.
2. Looking for a left-hand pitcher,
the Nats turned to the Detroit Ti
gers, They had hinted Harold New
houser and Stubby Overmire could
be on the block. So they were "of
fered Johnson and Bill Lefebvre.
one of the Nats' two portside pitch
ers. for Newhouser and some other
talent. Offer rejected. Tire same
for Overmire. Offer again rejected.
4. Along came the Boston Red
Sox. pleading for players. Kow
about Eddie Lake, shortstop? They
were asked. This Lake came up to
play in one series against the Nats
last season and just about ruined
them with his hitting. Eddie Col
lins. Boston general manager, turned
thumbs down on a deal involving
Lake, but mentioned the Red Sox
would like to buy Johnson. That
ended the discussion.
5. Chicago's White Sox were the
last to crash the trading scene. They
wanted pitchers—Haefner. yes;
Newsom, in no way—but had noth
ing worth while, according to Bluege.
to give in return. They. too. would
have been glad to buy Johnson.
Tliere you have it—how four good
days and as many million words;
were wasted.
All-Eastern Eleven
Lists Three Middies
the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—Navy, win
ner of the Lambert Trophy as foot
ball champion of the East, landed
three players on the annual all
Eact?rn eleven selected for the As
sociated Press by coaches, sports
Writers and officials.
Navy, beaten only by Notre Dame
find victor for a fifth straight year
over Army, not only dominated the
first team but grabbed eight places
on the three elevens.
George Brown, 193-pound guard;
A! Channell, 6-foot end and captain
of the 1943 naval aggregation, and
Harold Hantberg, kicker and passer
rie luxe and sparkplug of the outfit,
were honored with places.
The first eleven:
Ends—John F. Monahan of Dartmouth
and ChanncTl.
Taekies—George Connor of Holy Cross
und Francis Merritt of Army.
Guards—Brown and John Jaffurs of
Fonn State.
Center--Casimir Myslinski of Army
B.-.cks—Robert Odell of Pennsylvania,
Ham here, Donald Kasprzak of Dartmouth
*nrj Micheal Icka of Colgate.
Blair Quint Has 2 Vets
To Face Mount Rainier
Two holdovers from last year's
quint are on the Montgomery Blair
High basket ball squad which opens
its season tonight with a game
against Mount Rainier at Silver
Spring.
Returning lettermen are Lambert
Bergman, renter, and Johnny O'Con
nor, guard. Other likely starters
tonight are Joe Schrider. guard;
Johnny Klippstein and Jim Estes,
forwards. The game starts about
8:15 following a preliminary at
7:30 p.m.
Old Liners Pick Hurson
As Honorary Captain
Ed Hurson. 200-pound football
renter at Maryland, was elected
honorary captain of the 1943 eleven
bv his teammates.
A former Gonzaga player, Hurson
originally was an end before being
shifted to the center position by
Coach Doc Spears. He was a 60
minute player all season except when
kept out by injuries in the Bain
bridge tilt.
Jcckey Vercher Is Called
Jockey Tracy Vercher of New
Orleans, who rode in New York
during the summer months, has
been ordered to report for induction
into the armed forces December 17.
Basket Ball Scores
C.llege.
American U.. 41: Bridgewater, 3ft.
Cantatas. 40: Camp Curtis Air. 27.
Curtis Bay, 4H; Loyola tMd.l, 32.
Mount St Mary a. 77; Fort Meade Hos
pital. 20.
Okjahoma, 64; Childress (Tex.) Air Base
•"*1 .
Great L-Rkes. H4: Glenview Navy, 38.
whitman, 41; Washington 8tate, 27.
Pro.
Fort Wayne. 55; Sheboygan. 44.
I School Title Game
To Draw 50,000
By the Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3—A
crowd of 50,000 is expected to wit
ness the playoff for the city
scholastic football title tomorrow
between Northeast, defending
champions of the public high
conference, and West Catholic,
undefeated titlists in the Catholic
League.
The schoolboy classic will be
played on Pennsylvania's Frank
lin Field.
B. C. Edges Out Irish
For Top in 5 Years
Of Football Play
By ORLO ROBERTSON,
Associated Press Sports Writer.
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—Although
playing only an informal schedule,
Boston College moved front and
center in the five-year football
scoring records of the Nation's lead
ing colleges compiled today by the
Associated Press.
With Tennessee, the 1942 leader,
not playing this year, the Eagles
advanced from .second place to take
the lead with an average of .844 for
38 victories, 7 defeats and 1 tie since
1939. They won three of their four
games this season and tied the
other.
While their average was 10 points
under last season's figures, the New
Englanders won the top spot by a
margin of 3 per centage points
over Notre Dame, which used 9
victories in 10 games to boost its
five-year standing from .837 to .841.
The Irish have a five-year record
of 37 triumphs, 7 setbacks and 3
ties.
snow i.rcai improvement.
Three Southwest schools showed
the biggest improvement in com
parison with the figures covering the
five-year period ending in 1942. The
Texas Aggies, who'll meet Louisiana
State m the Orange Bowl, jumped
from 14th to 3d place with an .813
average. Texas, host to Randolph
Field in the Cotton Bowl, vaulted
from 32d spot to 7th with a per
centage of .783 and Tulsa, headed
for the Sugar Bowl after two un
beaten seasons, took over 8th as
compared to 23d in 1942 with a fig
ure of .773.
Six teams have scored mor' than
1.000 points during the span, with
Duke s Blue Devils showing the
most prolific offensive. Largely be
cause they rolled up 335 points in
nine games this season, the South
ern Conference champions tallied
1.249 points in 47 games. Although
Georgia had a. bad year, the Crack
ers are second with 1,241 points in
r>3 contests. Then come Boston
College with 1 224 points in 46 games
i and Tulsa with 1,202 in the same
i number of games.
Texas Ags Lead Defense.
Defensively, the honors go tc the
Te.vas Aggies, who held their oppo
nents to 2.7 points, an average of
only 5’j points for 50 contests.
_ W. L. T Pet P F P 4
SSH?" Dime" ',’2 1 • .M4 1*& 44«
i>otrr Dame .1, 7 3 xii qwi
xTfXfii Acs 33 3 ’’ X 1 QKO •'* ^
Duke"n -it S ? 1 "8" :G.i
„UKe _ •», 3 1 .81,4 j 040 • *««
Pc:m State •_,:i x 5 .7*1 845 ;,j.»
vTiena« i!': !" I ■7S:| 1.000 4.54
xTuLsa .>,4 ](, o .77:; 1 -»o ‘1 44n
Alabama :.•» jj j
Pennsylvania -.*« 11 3 Si's 313 33t
NTavy *!3 13 3 .030 705 3**5
Minnesota *’•'» 13 l .H3o 800 4 7x
Georgia - 40 in 7 ,iiRb j — 4j 5;54
iHljJj,.. --- -- I- 4 4iS4 Rdti 574
|Cornell ... :;s 14 ] ,HR;I ~.,7
Rutgers — *’,> 11.1 k* ij Mfts •*e »
Missouri __ 33 in i .073 1.054 510
Ohio *-s 14 I .007 341 538
Texas Tech 3\* in 4 .037 8rt 1 4«7
•-;? ]•; .'>51 803 J33
Colorado . » 11 c .041 7A6 487
Lafayette -3 15 j 700 30
Wake Forest •> 17 1 300 5*33
1 *-*> 1'» I HI!) S1*J 4«n j
*ort, Carolina 7R IS 4 .»>(>;* R44 5.-4
^Washington 7:'. 15 4 .005 ,v»q 447
Holy Cross 7(1 17 4 (4(1.5 774 41«
C! cm son 2d 17 7 .005 774 541
Tnlanc 7b 17 1 .1105 771 5"<l !
vGcorftia Tech 4d *41 o .turn H70 55R
Bucknell 7t id 4 .non 500 ;r'n
?£°*n _ a ■ 5:15 744 add
s C .11, .> ,5S.i H] 5 441
Vlllanova .... 74 17 11 .5R5 «-.( .■!(„:
Denver . 77 1(1 5 .5711 (444 40
xL- f. U ... 7d 1!l 7 .57S 701 58-’
Vanderbilt . 74 I!( 7 .558 8-T* 4DS
Colgate *Jo 1»; 5 .550 01 \ 4A7
S- M. U. - 74 2(( 4 .545 did 4dO
Virginia _77 111 7 541 7b" 5-7
Nebraska . 71 71 1 .544 575 *44(4
Northwestern 71 7(( ! .517 d75 47]
Rice - - 74 74 4 .50(1 547 571
Iowa - 70 70 7 .500 57d 570
Arnii - 7; s Son 714 570
v. M. I 77 77 4 ,500 544 607
x Indicates will clay bowl game.
Fights Last Night
By the Associated Press.
BOSTON.—Raich Zanelli. ] 4 S'. 3. Provi
r!5crM R v1', °“ll’oin,td I**y Jannasso.
140. New York < 104.
,,fAy- RIVER- Mass.—Freddy Cabral.
140. Cambridge. Mass., outpointed Buddv
Farrell. 157. Newark (lot ous-u.
50 Eastern Colleges
Plan Sports Cards
Similar to 1943
By the Associated Pres*.,
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—Representa
tives of 50 Eastern colleges have
made plans for carrying on sports
programs in 1944, with few varia
tions from the current schedules.
Yale and Harvard will not be rep
resented in any league action, but
the Elis will field teams in most
sports.
The Eastern intercollegiate base
ball loop will function, with Colum
bia, Cornell. Dartmouth, Penn ‘and
Princeton opening the season April
29 and closing on June 17.
Although the pentagonal hockey
league has been suspended. Army
Dartmouth and Yale will maintain
teams. Similarly in swimming, there
will be no individual championship
meet, but a schedule will be main
tained.
The Eastern basket ball season
opens tomorrow.
Orange Bowl Is Sellout
MIAMI, Fla.. Dec. 3 </P).—All re
served seats to the Orange Bowl
football game 4n which the Texas
Ags will play Louisiana State New
Year Day have been sold.
NO. 1 MAN AT BASEBALL MEETING
Ren T'DEM^ii
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Team Match Revival
Planned for 1944
By Linkswomen
Dependent, on the transportation
'situation the feminine golfers are
planning to revive the interclub
i team matches in 1944. under a new
| slate of officers. First move of Mrs.
Frank E. Mirth of Indian Spring,
new president of the Women's Dis
trict Golf Association, will be to
ask the Executive Committee to
bring back the team matches.
"They teach our new players the
value of rules and the knowledge
of competition.'' she said. ‘ But, of
| course, it's hard to tell now just
what we can do next year.” She
!will call a meeting of the commit
tee in January to go over plans for
the year and hopes to continue the
busy slate the women had this year,
when a dozen big events were held
Only feature lacking was the Dis
trict championship.
Taking office with Mrs. Mirth,
who is an ardent Women's Volun
tary Services worker, were the fol
lowing: First vice president. Mrs.
Charles W Tully (Indian Spring);
second vice president, Mrs. L. E.
Hutchison (Washington): secre
tary. Mrs. John Barron (Kenwood);
treasurer, Mrs. W. E. Hall (Colum
bia*. The meeting was held at
Kenwood.
Mrs. Walter L. Weible. president
for three years, who declined to
run again, said the association had j
spent $1,020 in prizes this year, of
which $687 had been put into War
bonds and stamps. She recom
mended carrying on a full schedule
next year.
The retiring president, was pre-;
sented with a lapel watch, a gift i
from the association. i
Bonds May Return
All-Star Voting
By the AMociatfd Pres*.
NEW YORK. Dec 3 —After an
eight-year lapse, the selection of
players in the All-Star baseball
game may be given back to the
fans next year—if they buy War
bonds.
The National League yesterday
approved a proposal of the Base
ball Writers’ Association of
America that each time a fan
buys a War bond next year be
tween the start of the season,
April 18, and June 15, he be given
a ballot to vote for an All-Star
player.
The proposal was to come be
fore the joint session of the ma
jor leagues today.
Fans balloted on a national
scale fftr the personnel of the
teams for the first three inter
league midsummer classics, but
since 1936 they have been select
ed by the managers of the two
major loops.
Harder Starts Game
For Virginia Quint
CHARLOTTESVILLE. Va . De
cember 3—Virginia's basket ball
line-up for the opener against
Woodrow Wilson Hospital of Staun
ton here tonight has been selected
bv Coach Gus Tebell. It includes
three lettermen.
Capt. Bill Pickett and Bill Mc
Bratney, guards, and Dave Wilson,
center, are the veterans.
Keith Harder of Mount Rainier.
Md., who played for Tech High in
Washington last year, and Harvey
Riggs are two tall new forwards who
will head the Cavalier attack.
D. C. Bear Quint Faces
!
Ace Array, Including
Four of 'Whiz Kids'
By thf Associated Press.
CHICAGO. Dec. 3—All of the
Illinois “whiz kids" but one—and
| the exception is the greatest of them
all. Andy Phillip—are in town today
intent on a little more of the basket
ball mayhem they dished out to Big
Ten rivals last winter, and it looks
; like a hot night for the Washington
j Bears, professional cage champions.
| Reassembled on a team for one
big game are Ken Menke. Gene
Vance, Jack Smiley and Art Mathi
sen. four of the five famous boys who
gave Illinois a record-smashing Big
Ten championship la.st season. Now
all in the service, they’re a unit of
the all-star cage squad which will
meet the Bears tonight in the Chi
j cago Stadium in the fourth annual
1 classic. Andy is in marine training
at Parris Island. S. C.
George Seneskv of St. Joseph's
College, the fifth man. has been
drilling all week with the whiz kid
unit at Champaign. 111., under the
old coach. Douglas Mills.
Another group prepared as a team
unit has been directed by Arthur
(Dutch' Lonborg, Northwestern
coach, who has big Harry Boykoff of
St, John’s and Milo Komenich of
Wyoming as his mainstays, a pair of
lads who may go mast of the way
against the team that won the pro
title last year.
Starting for.the Bears will be For
wards Pop Gates and Sonny Woods.
Center Dolly King and Guards Pug
gy Bell and Johnny Isaacs, the same
line-up that mowed down all op
ponents in the championship tour
nament la.st March.
Bartering Likely Off
Until March; Landis
Firmly Is in Saddle
By SID FEDER.
Auociated Pre«« Sporti Writer.
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—There
wasn't a man biting a dog anywhere
in sight as the winter baseball meet
ings went into their final sessions
today—unless it was a hot dog.
The minor league rebellion against
Kenesaw M. Landis as “czar” was
deader than last night’s empty beer
bottles, at least for the time being.
The high commissioner still was
wearing the “winner and still cham
pion" tag and the only thing left
was today’s joint major session,
which figured to be practically a love
feast except for a request of the St.
Louis Browns and Cardinals for a
green light to play more night base
ball in 1944 than the maximum 14
game apiece the law allows.
In fact, so far as anything popping
was concerned, there wasn’t enough
wind left in the week-long hot-air
derby to blow the ashes off the end
of your cigarette. And the most
“windless” thing around was the
chance of a player trade, now that
Uncle Sam has his eye on Lefty A1
Smith, the bellcow of the Cleveland
Indians’ staff.
Word that Lefty Al's St Louis
draft board has put him .in 1-A
caused the Tribe to pull the tastiest
trading bait of the entire sessions.
Jim Bagby, right out of the show
case.
Boudreau Would Wait.
In reversing his field after practi
cally offering the dissatisfied Bagby
with a set of dishes in exchange for
a reasonable facsimile of a desper
ately-needed centerfielder from any
outfit in either league, Manager Lou
Boudreau summed it up neatly for
everybody by saying:
“The way things are. with play
ing material being called up almost
daily, the smart thing to do is to
wait until next March, when you
know where you stand, to make any
trades.”
This appeared to be just what the
boys were going to do, as they hung
the “closed for alterations” sign out
on the ivory market, although vir
tually every club needed something
Tliis applied even to the National
League champion Cardinals, despite
Billy Southworth's rosy outline for
next spring. Since he's been here.
Billy has received word that Short
stop Martv Marion also is about
ready to get the glad hand from
"Uncle.”
In the wake of Landis' decision to
throw out the protest of the “rebels"
who sponsored the late-lamented
revolution against his reign—a de
cision. incidentally, that was about
as une'.uected as a ball player order
ing steak for dinner—there was talk
that the three double-A loops might
“secede” from the Nation Associa
tion of Professional Baseball Leagues
and ask the commissioner to take
direct jurisdiction over them.
House of Baseball Divided.
These three were the American
Association and the International
and Pacific Coast. But whether or
not they did anything about this
report, the rumor itself indicated
that baseball still is split down the
middle over the ill-fated insurrec
tion to overthrow the minor league
control of both Landis and William
G. Bramham. the National Associa
ciation's just re-elected $25,000-a
year president.
Bramham s red-hot closing speech,
dripping defiance, was another in
dication. So. too, might have been
thp minor's thumbs-down vote on
Landis' proposed amendment aimed
at killing illegal post-season exhibi
tion play by some big leaguers. He
proposed making a club responsible
if it leased its ball park to any team
thus using a player in violation of
the rules. In rejecting this, some of
the convention delegates hinted they
didn't want to play policeman for
Landis."
This proposal also comes before
the joint session of the majors to
day, but they'll probably okay it,
just as they already have agreed on
April 18 and October 1 as the open
ing and closing day of the 1944 sea
son and the retention of the 25
player limit per club.
The joint session also has granted
permission, through Landis, for a
spokesman of the National Negro
Publishers' Association to speak at
the meeting, possibly in a plea for
major league use of Negro ball
players.
Big Ten, Elated Over Wartime
Success, to Enlarge Sports
By the Associated Press. |
CHICAGO, Dec. 3.—The 1943 ath
letic path to which the Big Ten
committed itself with some appre
hensions a year ago has proved so
smooth that the Midwest intercol
legiate body was downright vehem
ent today in declaring its intention
of using the same program next
season—or even enlarging on it.
Athletic directors and faculty rep
resentatives of the Big Ten and as
sociated schools meeting here were
beaming over the successful gridiron
campaign just ended, which was
conducted with a minimum of player
injuries and only a slight decrease
in attendance.
The directors approved their reso
lution affirming “it is the intention
of the Western Conference, limited
only by the capacities of the indi
vidual mebers. not only to continue
a full program of intercollegiate
sports but also to enlarge the scope
of competitive activities so that the
benefits may be available to the
maximum number of both civilian
and service students ”
The directors added "the past
football season provided convincing
evidence that both the participant
and the spectator support the long
standing conviction of the Western
Conference that competitive sports,
properly supervised, are an integral
part of the American way of life.”
Golden Glovers Open
With 19 Contests
Action in the five-week Golden
Gloves boxing tournament opens at
Turner's Arena tonight, with 19
novice bouts on the program be
ginning at 8 o'clock.
Matches are ligted from 112 to the
l "1 pound class, with each bout
three two-minute rounds. Most of
tonight's aspiring mittmen are un
knowns, with the battle for the team
championship highlighting the pro
gram.
Several nearby service establish
ments have strong entrants along
with the usual representatives for
National Training School, Washing
ton Boys' Club, Merricks and other
Washington organizations.
LINKS LEADERS-Here are the new officers of the District Women’s Oolf Association who were
elected yesterday at a meeting at Kenwood Country Club. They are (left to right) Mrs. Charles
W. Tully, Vice president; Mrs. Frank Mirth, president; Mrs. Walter Weible, retiring prexy, and
Mrs. L. E. HutAinson. second vice president. -v—Star staff Photo.
Four Colts on All-Fligh Tearn
Chosen by Interhigh Bureau
Coolidge's championship football
team is represented by four players
on the All-High eleven selected by
the Interhigh Statistical Bureau, an
organization of high school students
that keeps records in all sports.
Wilson, runnerup for the title, and
Roosevelt placed two each, while
Western, Eastern and Tech are rep
resented by one apiece.
Old Liner Voted Place
On S. C. Third Eleven
Maryland's civilian gridders got
no recognition on the all-Southern
Conference first team on which
Duke placed six, North Carolina,
three, and Wake Forest two.
Dick Tuschak of the Old Liners
was placed at quarterback on the
third eleven and Wilbur Rock,
tackle; Pete Karangelen, guard; Ed
Hurson, center, and Joe Makar,
back, were given honorable mention.
Here is the first combination, all
being trainees except the Wake For
est duo;
Ends—Ben Cittadino, Duke, and
Ray Poole, North Carolina.
Tackles—Pat Preston, Duke, and
John Maskas, North Carolina.
Guards—Bill Milner, Duke, and
Jamie Myers, Duke.
Center—Bill Starford, Wake For
est.
Backs—Nick Sacrinty, Wake For
est; Buddy Luper, Duke; Tom Davis,
Duke, and Hosea Rodgers, North
Carolina.
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Addy Bassin, Coolidge back, and
Ernie Bertolini, Tech end, were
unanimous choices for the first team
and were made co-captains. Other
first-team players are: End, Dudley
Dean of Coolidge: tackles, Sheldon
Oremland of Roosevelt and Thomas
Brewer of Wilson: guards, Ray
Harrison of Coolidge and Gordon
O'Neill of Wilson; center, Philip
Cocimano of Eastern, and backs,
John Schullenbarger of Coolidge,
Irving Morris of Roosevelt and Brian
Bell of Western.
Members of the Interhigh Statis
tical Bureau are: Robert Alfandre
and Harry Swisher of Anacostia,
Bernard Berger and Gordon Huf
fines of Central, Stanley Berlinsky
and Richard Newman of Coolidge.
Malcolm Rose and Rudy Schuetzler
of Eastern, Alfred Pried, Bernard
Lynn, Bob Mendelsohn, Albert Mod
lin and Alex Stouck of Roosevelt:
Carl Hurlebaus and John Owens of
Tech, Ed Campbell and Bob Spring
er of Western and Charley Crichton
and Alec Hedquist of Wilson. Ted
Lerner of Roosevelt was chairman
of the bureau.
All-High selections are:
TP0F TWn'1 „ Second Team
(Coolidael Drgeln (Roosevelt)
L.T Oremland (Roosevelt) Rowiee (Cool.)
LG. Harrison (Coolidge) Culler (Coolidge)
ro ^rn,VPst;n’ Shl"d<' (Coolidge)
rt ass* S i0nJ DeLeontbus (Tech)
r f Rprrnifn—Krause < Western)
8 £ 2^«?ilni/rv(T.eS,h) x- Tann«* (Wilson -
w B. Bassin (Coolidse) Pant (Tech)
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Win, Lose or Draw
By GEORGE HUBER.
Longer Periods Would Aid Schoolboy Football
Before forgetting about high school football in the rush of
basket ball just beginning there’s one suggestion to be made for
improving the game as played in the public high schools. It isn't
much but it would make a whale of a difference. That is, let them
play 12-minute periods instead of the present 10 minutes.
There are reasons aplenty for this. Under the unlimited sub
stitution rule now' in force it would work no physical hardship on
the players. In fact, the players would benefit because more of
them would get into the game. The average high school squad is
around 30, sometimes more, and with only 10-minute periods all too
many of them do nothing except polish the bench.
Lengthened periods also would present more scoring opportuni
ties, w’hich always makes the game more interesting. The pros
have fouid that out. Ten-minute periods and 20-minute halves
don’t give a team much chance to recoup once it gets in t.hp hole
There were occasions this year when teams didn't get the ball
more than twice a period.
Team Scoring First Usually Is Winner
It may not have been noticed, but in every public high school
series game this year, except one which ended in a 12-12 tie, the
team that scored first won. That happened 28 times, which is a
few too many. Reason may be that a team in the hole doesn’t
have the time To wort its way out by straight football but must
resort to the desperate passing game which usually doesn't pay off
and many times backfires or to the take-a-chance system.
HiRh school football largely is decided on breaks, although it
is true that thp better teams usually get, or make their own breaks.
Take Tuesday's championship playoff between Coolidge and
Wilson as a sample. Coolidge was as muclx better that day as the
19-0 score indicates, yet the Colts got their three touchdowns on a
62-yard pass play, on a pass interception, and after recovering a
Wilson fumble on the 25-yard line.
Wilson got In the hole when its first punt took a backward
bound, and it never got out. It was pass, pass, pass the rest of the
afternoon for the Tigers and thfcy got nowhere.
So we suggest that the school officials give those teams a little
more time and we ll have not only better football to watch, but
better players and more of them. And there would be less of this
business of a team getting a lock on the game when it scores first.
Twelve Minutes Is Standard Elsewhere
Twelve minutes is the standard high school football period else
where. Our teams get the pants kicked off of them on most out-of
town trips, and that's happened so frequently they don't, bother to
visit much more. The 18-vear-old age limit, against which we don t
argue, partly may be responsible, but our boys also don't have the
experience or timing to meet on an equal footing a good out-of
town team
High school teams this season for the first time were permitted
nine games, which proved no hardship to any of them and gave
more players experience. The wartime physical fitness program
has brought out the need of more contact and competitive sports
and high school boys here are getting it to some extent through
enlarged physical education and intramural programs. These serve
both as a feeder for lnterhigh teams in all sports and as a spot
for those boys who don't have quite the ability or size for inter
high competition.
Our teams in other sports—baseball, basket ball and track
—can hold their own most anywhere in the East because they
play under the same rules. Our baseball teams win their share
even against the tough Navy Plebes, our basket ball teams have
taken their share of the big tournaments at Glen Falls. Lexington
and Durham, and our track teams meet on an equal footing the
out-of-towners in the "C" Club games.
Only our football teams are behind others and 12-minute
quarters is one item that would help lift them. Tne public high
teams already are playing 12-minute quarters in games against St.
John's. Gonzaga. Washington-Lee, George Washington, Episcopal.
Bullis and the others here. If they can do that in outside games
| there's no reason they shouldn't do it in the championship series.
Redskins Are Keenly Drilled
In Methods to Stop Giants
By WALTER McCALLL'M.
If the Redskins mLss in their first
shot of the year at the New York
Giants in Sunday's game at the Polo
Grounds it won t be because they
didn't have a trial against Giant
plays. For three days they’ve drilled
against all the known stuff Steve
Owens teaches his Giants and have
been pretty successful at thwarting
the single wing and spread plays
which form the backbone of the
New York offense.
In addition, last night they were
shown the movies of last year's 14-7
Redskin win over New York, one of
a long series of tough games in
which the Redskins should have won
by two or three touchdowns and did
well to eke out a single-score victory.
| The Giants, on their record, are
not as strong as in other years. But
when Redskin meets Giant all that
has gone before is forgotten. Red
skin-Giant games always have been
gruelling struggles and Sunday's
clash, with the Eastern division title
still in the balance, probably will be
no exception.
The Skins are not at their man
power peak, with Dick Farman out,
and Steve Slivinski. on the opposite
side of center, mourning the death
of a week-old daughter. Bob Master
son, with a recurrence of an old
ankle injury, may not play more
than a few' minutes. The bright side
of the picture is that Sammy Baugh
is okay and could have a big day
against the Giants.
Sam needs seven touchdown passes
in the next two games to beat Sid
Luckmans scoring record. He also
needs to complete 10 in the brace of
games to top Sid in passing efficiency,
which is another thing than touch
down passes. Sammy is in shape and
what he does Sunday is up to him
and to the protection he gets.
A win or tie Sunday will win the
Eastern title for the Skins, but a
loss would bring the crown decision
down to the final game here Decem
ber 12. always with the chance that
the Ph.ilpitts may inject themselvps
into the picture with an upset wun
over the Packers Sunday.
The Skins will enter Sundav *
game heavy favorites, but reports
from New York have the Giant3
primed for an upset.
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