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Win. L
ose or
Baseball's Two Fleetest Sprinters Clash Here Tonight
Over Griffith Stadiums bumpy turf, in baseball uniform and
spikes, will whisk George Case and Gil Coan tonight at 8:30 and if
they cover the 100-yard course in 10.2 seconds or less it may be con
sidered superb sprinting. That's terrific traveling, by the pick ’em up
and put 'em down method, under any circum
stances, but conditions tonight will be a brassie •* —,
shot away from being ideal
Instead of the flimsy, ice-pick spiked shoes
worn by sprinters, Champion Case and Chal
lenger Coan will be wearing heavier shoes with
considerably duller spikes. They won't be running
in silk scanties, either, for they'll be equipped
with heavy woolen stockings and bulky baseball
pants and shirts.
The soft, yielding turf will be a slowing factor
as compared to the packed cinders over which
trackmen speed, but regardless of the unfavorable
aspects of the race, customers will be viewing
two of the fleetest runners in baseball history and
It is calculated to be a stirring sort of contest.
Off his record the 30-year-old Case will reign
a favorite despite his age and the beating absorbed Burton Hawkins,
by his lithe legs over the years. George never has refused a challenge
and never has been defeated and while Coan may say the same, Gil's
competition hasn't been as formidable.
Coon Has Edge in Youth, Case in Experience
Gil. at 22, has youth on his side and no less an authority than
Case is skeptical about the prospects of beating the Nats’ rookie, but
George has valuable experience and is noted for his ability to rise to
an occasion. Coan is stacked against a man who thrives on com
petition and who is intensely proud of his running feats.
Coan can fly. He has proved it to the immense satisfaction of
local customers on several occasions, but Coan for the first time in his
young life will be using a sprint start. He never had heard of it until
a month ago, after the race was arranged. He had been winning races
ON YOUR MARK!—Tribesman George Case «left * and Gil Coan
of the Nats as they will appear at start of sprint test tonight at
Griffith Stadium. —AP Photo.
in the Southern Association despite a starting position in which he
bent slightly at the waist and placed his hands on his thighs.
Trainer Mike Martin, in the last four weeks, has had an oppor
tunity to eliminate such flaws from Coan's style. Mike has him
running on his toes and he has taught Gil something about a sprint
start. "Gosh.” smiles Gil, “it makes quite a difference. Ah used to
have to run like the devil to catch fellows in those races at Chatta
nooga after they left me at the start.”
And Neither Can Lose—at Five Dollars a Yard
Case, who is a good starter, really pours it on in the final 50 yards.
George, in fact, was so good several years ago that Hap Hardell,
Georgetown University track coach, said bluntly, “If Case had been
trained strictly as a sprinter there's no doubt in my mind he would
have been the greatest.”
The generally conservative Harden trained Case for a race with
Ben Chapman, a sprint that never materialized because George
damaged a leg falling over first base several days before the scheduled
event. Hap saw Case gobble up 100 yards of treacherous, slightly
uphill turf in 10 seconds while training for that test.
When Case's base-stealing title was threatened by Wally Moses
then of the Chicago White Sox, George merely went out and stole
rune bases in the final week of the 1943 season to keep his crown. He
did it on a lame leg. discarding tape and elastic bandages despite a
pulled muscle.
Neither Case nor Coan will lose tonight—what with getting $5
a yard for their efforts—but It will be an upset If Case's chest doesn’t
snap the tape at the finish line.
Feller, New Speed Hurling King,
Jars Down for Whiff Record
Thirty-six games remain pn Cleve
land's schedule and Bob Feller plans
to start 11 of them, he revealed to
day, in an effort to eclipse Rube
Waddell's record of 343 strikeouts
for a season, become the first Amer- !
ican Leaguer to win 30 games since!
Lefty Grove achieved that feat in!
1931 and lift the Indians into the1
first division.
Now 58 strikeouts short of tying
Waddell's mark. Feller figures on!
starting with two days rest for the:
remainder of the year and also will!
step into relief roles in close games.
He will be forced to capture nine |
more decisions to reach his 30-game
Whiffs Now Total 275.
Thp iron-armed speed specialist
boasted his strikeout total for the
season to 275 last night by fanning
seven Nats, but dropped his third
straight game despite pitching a
Feller's steady pitching won t cease
with the season's end, he hopes, for
Bob tentatively has booked a 30
dav barnstorming trip which will
start the day after the American
League campaign closes if approved
by Happy Chandler, baseball com
missioner. On that jaunt the In
dians' ace plans to pitch two or
three innings in virtually every
Feller denies he is taking undue
risk of injury to his arm. "It’s no
strain for a strong-armed fellow,"
says Bob. “I’ll simply eliminate bat
ting practice pitching and shagging
flies in the outfield on the days I’m
not actually pitching. By doing that,
1 11 be saving myself for actual com
Bob added another record to his
mounting list last night at Griffith
Stadium when he fired his fast ball
through an electric beam recording
device of the Army Ordnance De
partment at a speed of 145 feet per
second, or 98.6 miles per hour. Atley
Donald of the Yankees established
| the previous record of 139 feet per
second seven years ago.
Feller's accuracy was as intrigu
ing as his speed. He slammed four
of five pitches through an opening
three feet high, with th£ pitch thatj
missed bashing against the chrono-|
graph’s wooden supports and splin-i
tering it.
Newsom Provides Comedy.
The Nats' Bobo Newsom provided
comedy relief. Rushing to the mound
after Feller had completed his five
throws in the pregame festivities,
Bobo took a long, involved windup—
and unleashed a blooper pitch which
cleared the front part of the record
ing machine, but nicked the rear
end and thus wasn't recorded.
Arch Nearly Calls
Turn on Feller
Arch McDonald, sports broad
caster, placed himself on a spot
yesterday and Pitcher Bob Feller
\ lifted him off it last night. Speak
ing at a Civitan Club luncheon,
Arch estimated Feller's fastest
pitch into an Army Ordnance
Department recording machine
last night at Griffith Stadium
would be two-fifths of a second.
Feller's fastest pitch traveled
145 feet per second, 98.6 miles
per hour or 41/100 of a second
from the mound to the back of
home plate—all of which left
Arch 1/100 of a second from call
ing his shot.
Major League Standings and Schedules
Yesterday’s Results.
Washington, 5; Cleve . 4.
Boston, 5-4; St. L„ 1-5.
Chicago, 9; New York, 2.
Phila., 2; Detroit, 0.
Games Today.
Cleveland at Wash., 8:30.
Chicago at New York <2i.
St. Louis at Boston. '
Detroit at Phila.
Games Tomorrow
Detroit at Wash., 8:30.
Cleve. at Philadelphia.
St. Louis at New York (2).
Chicago at Boston.
Yesterday’s Results.
Chicago, 5-10; Phila . 2-2.
St. Louis, 4: Boston. 1.
Pittsb’gh, 10; Brooklyn. 0.
New York, 4; Cincin., 3.
Games Today.
New York at Cincinnati.
Brooklyn at Pittsburgh.
Phila. at Chicago.
Boston at St. Louis (n).
Gaaaes Tomorrow.
New York at Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn at Cincin. <n>.
Boston at Chicago.
Phila. at St. Lcpls (2),
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Claims Unlair Labor
Tactics by Owners
Of Pittsburgh Club
By *h» Associated Press
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 21.—Robert
Murphy and his American Baseball
Guild struck out lor the third time
; as Pittsburgh Pirate players formally
rejected the guild in baseball's first
collective bargaining election.
Nineteen out of 31 eligible Pirates
voted in the election conducted by
t the Pennsylvania Labor Relations
Board yesterday, but only three went
to bat for Murphy, Boston-born,
Harvard-educated father of the
One vote, that of Rookie Catcher
Leroy Jarvis, was challenged by the
board on grounds he had not been
with the club long enough.
The defeat was the third for the
soft-spoken Murphy since he
launched his organizing campaign
early in the season. On July 7, the
Pirates canceled a scheduled strike
minutes before a game with the New
York Giants. Later, the National
Labor Relations Board declined to
accept jurisdiction over the guild.
Murphy Will Continue Fight.
Murphy has refused to give up.
however He filed charges of un
fair labor practices yesterday
against the Pittsburgh owners be
fore the PLRB. Similar charges
were tossed out by the NLRB.
His petition declared the “com
pany has sponsored and dominated
a union in violation of the Penn
sylvania Labor Relations Act.” by
giving “assistance both by advice
and by financial aid for player
management meetings.”
Outwardly calm, Murphv hurled
angry words at the club owners in
a statement hastily scrawled on the
back of a pamphlet he had issued
players earlier, titled, “The eyes of
all professional baseball players are
upon you.”
“The loss constitutes a setback for
the guild.” Murphy declared.” “It
was brought about by the pretended^
fairness of the owner-dominated ■
Player - Management Committee. I
These illegal committees, set up as;
a smoke-screen by the owners, arej
both a sham and a farce and lackj
both the permanence and strength’
to represent the players adequately.1
They will give the players an apple
instead of an orchard ”
Sewell I* Gratified.
However. Rip Sewell, veteran
Pirate blooper-ball specialist who
frequently voiced opposition to the'
guild, said:
“I'm very happy at the results and
I think I can say most of the players
are. I’m in favor of any union for
men who can’t help themselves like
in the coal mines and in steel mills.
I've never been against unions, but
I'd hate to see base ball unionized
as a player has no limit on what
he can earn in this game.”
Frank E. McKinney, Pirate presi-,
dent and part of a combine that
purchased the club only last week,
commented at Indianapolis:
"We are gratified by the result of j
the election. We are sure the vote |
of the players indicr.tes their con- j
fidence in the recent player-major
leagues committee meetings.”
Pirates who voted included Ralph '
Kiner, Bob Elliott Jim Russell, Nick
Strincevich, Johnny Lanning. Ken
Heinizelman, Ed Albosta, Elwin
'Preacheri Roe. Jimmy Brown,
Maurice Van Robays. Leroy Jarvis,
Fred Ostermueller, Bill Bakei^Elbie
Fletcher, Hank Gornicki and Jack
Hallett. 1
Star Cup Golf Event
Draws Record Entry
The class B section of The Star
Cup, to be played Friday at Ken
wood Club over the 18-hole route,
will have the largest entry of any
high-handicap tournament of the
season, according to pairings and
starting times released today by
Mrs. W. F. Ossenfort.
Mrs. Paul E. Barefoot of Wash
ington Golf and Country Club, last
year's winner, is not entered in the
District Women’s Golf Association
The field of ,67 players will start
play from both the first and 10th
tee at Kenwood. The list includes
Mrs. C. P. Redick, the class B match
play champion, and Mrs. R. A.
Lacev, former president of the1
First Tee.
8:43—Mrs. J H Nash. Manor: Mrs O.
Ball. Manor. 8:50—Mrs. Alfred Paul. Con
gressional: Mrs. E. B Black, Congressional:
Mrs Houston Harper. Congresisonal. 8:57
—Mrs. J. H. Somes, Kenwood: Mrs. S. K.
Pranks, Manor: Mrs. K. F. Veley, Manor.
0:04—Mrs. J P. Brantley. Kenwood:
Mrs P. E. Perouist, Kenwood: Miss Betty
Nuttman. Kenwood 0:11—Mrs. V. Wilson,
Columbia: Mrs. william Werber, Columbia;
Mrs H. C Fisher, Columbia. 9:18—Mrs.
R A. Lacey. Columbia; Mrs. A. Gardiner,
Columbia. 9:25—Mrs. D. R. Monsees,
Washington: Mrs. R. L. Brister, Washing
ton; Mrs. E. M. Norton. Washington.
0:32—Mrs. W E. Baker, Washington;
Mrs. Gordon Simmonds, Washington: Mrs.
P. E. Duehring. Washington. 0:39—Mrs. R.
E Aldred. Washington: Mrs. Stanley
Shank, Kenwood; Mrs. Joseph Hopktnson,
Kenwood. 9:48—Mrs. Eugene Murphy,
Washington: Mrs. H. M Nelson, Washing
ton: Mrs. Wllllgm Welch, Manor. 9:53—
Mrs. Elmer Clark. Indian Spring; Mrs
Leonard Obert. Indian Spring; Mrs. H M
De Volt, Indian Spring.
10:00—Mrs. George Bond, Kenwood;
Mrs. Ted Burrows, Indian Spring; Mrs
Louis Watzman. Indian Spring. 10:07—
Mts. G. W. Calvert. Washington: Mrs. M
S White, Army and Navy; Mrs. J C
McCarthy. Indian Spring. 10:14—Mlrs
Gordon Fisher. Indian Spring; Mrs. C E
Slawson. Congressional: Mrs. A. E Wilson,
Belle Haven 10:21—Mrs c. T. Penn,
Congressional: Mrs. D. L. Moorman, Con
gressional: Miss Joan Eley, Bradley Hills.
10:28—Mrs. E R, Ferguson. Kenwood
Mr:-. C P. Redlck. Kenwood, Mts. Charles
Posies, Kenwood: 10:36—Mrs. Virgil
Myers, Manor: Mrs. Ethel Dlls. Kenwood.
Tenth Tee.
9:23—Mrs. L. E. Hutchison. Washington;
Mrs. H. B. Willey. Washington: Mrs. Wal
ter Romer. Washington. 9:30—Mrs. Ver
non House, Kenwood: Mrs. Robert Dille,
Kenwood: M!rs Marvin Wire, Kenwood.
9:37—Mrs. L. G Pooler, Army and Navy;
Mrs. N. A. Chapin, Army and Navy; Mrs.
A. F Drexel, Belle Haven. 9:43—Mrs
James P. Harper, Columbia: Mrs. H. O.
Porter. Columbia; Mrs. C. Wilkinson, Co
10:00—Mrs. J. D Morgan, Kenwood:
Mrs. Clyde Hammersla. Kenwood. 10:07—
Mrs. R. K. Benner. Kenwood; Mrs. Ralph
Wood, Kenwood. 10:14—Mrs. Murl Estes.
Belle Haven; Mrs. J A. Brooks. Belle
Haven; Mrs. Eugene Olmi, Belle Haven.
Bluhm Hurls One-Hitter
Marking up a one-hitter, Les
Bluhm pitched Garvin's Grill tc
an 18-0 win over Mount Rainiet
in the city softball tournament Iasi
night in Washington Stadium.
Chattanooga, 8; Atlanta. 2
New Orleans. 12: Little Rock, 4.
Bimlngham. 3: Nashville, 2.
Mobile, 6; Memphis, 5.
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“RAPID ROBERT” REGISTERS—Cleveland’s Bob Feller throws a ball (white disc at left) through
an Army chronograph at Griff Stadium last night in a test timed at 145 feet per second, or 98.6
miles an hour, a new world record. —AP Photo.
Coan, Case to Settle Sprint Supremacy Tonight;
Nats Beat Feller; Thousands Turned Away
Over a lush lane of turf at Grif
fith Stadium tonight will streak
George Case and Gil Coan—rated
two of the fastest men in baseball
history—to settle supremacy at 100
yards in an eagerly awaited pre
lude to the Washington-Cleveland
game. The race will start at 8:20,
10 minutes before the Nats and In
dians renew their fourth-place
When Starter Yank Robbins' gun
barks, Champion Case of the In
dians and Challenger Coan of the
Nats will be off on an abbreviated
journey to determine the fastest
fellow in the American League—
a claim which has been disputed
since the fleet young Coan emerged
from the Southern Association with
tales of his foot feats preceding
Only man ever to lead the major
league in stolen bases five successive
seasons. Case currently is topping
that department, again after re
linquishing the title to the Yankees'
Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1944 and 1945.
Case never has refused a challenge
and never has been defeated.
Coan a 10-Second Sprinter.
Coan. speaking yesterday at a
Civitan Club luncheon, said he had
been clocked at 10 seconds over
a 100-yard route. Refusing to pre
dict victory, Gil conceded he's up
against a swift specimen in Case but
added. “I'll be giving it all I have.
I’m ready.”
Bearing out Coan Is Stan Stollar.
former Olympic sprinter and local
sports broadcaster who has been
assisting Trainer Mike Martin in
coaching Gil. "Gil is green,” says
Stan, "but he has been looking good.
If he gets off even with Case he
can beat him. If he trails Case at
the start it's going to be tough, for
mast green sprinters will press too
much when trailing and conse
quently throw themselves off stride.”
What sort of competition Coan is
facing is well known by local fans,
who saw Case in action as a Nat
for years and thrilled to his sprint
conquests, base stealing and his
feat of circling the bases in 13.5
seconds here three years ago.
Assured of their fourth-place
status at least temporarily as the
result of beating Bob Feller, 5-4,
last night before 30.051 fans, the
Nats will rely on Early Wynn to in
crease their two-game advantage
over the Indians, who will counter
with Jack Gassaway.
The season's largest crowd—
President Clark Griffith estimated
between 10,000 and 15,000 prospec
tive customers were turned away—
saw the Nats beat Feller for the
first time this season as Third
Baseman Cecil Travis inaugurated
a spiffv game-ending double-play
at a time when the Indians were
threatening to cop the decision.
With the bases loaded and one
out in the ninth, Travis leaped to
spear a high bounder from Case's
bat. whipped a quick throw to Gerry
Priddy at second, who in turn un
leashed a pretty peg to Mickey Ver
non at first. Priddy had prevented
the tying run crossing the plate
earlier in the inning wdth a neat
back-handed stab of Ken Keltner's
grounder, holding Keltner to a sin
gle and erasing the prospect of
Gene Woodling scoring from sec
Successive singles by Joe Grace
and Buddy Lewis, plus outfield flies
by Stan Spence and Mickey Vernon,
fetched the Nats a run in the first
inning and after Loll Boudreau's
triple and Don Ross’ fly locked the
score in the second, Washington
bounced back with two runs in its
half of the inning.
Feller'* Error Costly.
Priddy walked and Feller then got
himself into a mess by scooping up
Billy Hitchcock's bunt and throwing
wild past first, allowing Priddy to
romp to third and Hitchcock to
second. Bob fanned Jake Early and
Haefner. but Grace again singled to
score both runners.
Cleveland clustered three runs off
Haefner in the sixth, with Felix
Mackiewiczs triple the big blow of
the inning, but meanwhile the Nats
had produced two more runs in the
fifth on Haefner's single, an error by
Boudreau, two walks and Spence's
Haefner, who yielded seven hits,
was in trouble when Dutch Mayer
singled to left and continued to
second on Grace's fumble with one
out in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Kelt
ner’s infield single sent Woodling.
running for Meyer, to third, and a
walk to Pinch-hitter Heinz Becker
loaded the bases, but in that crisis
Travis sent the customers home
happy by launching a snappy
Cleve AB H O A
Cas<Mf A ) 12 (i
Nrewicz.cf 4 13 0
Seerey.rf 3 0 3 (l
F'ming.lb 4 fc 5 0
B’dreau.ss 4 14 3
Ross, 3b 4 1 0 0
Meyers,2b 4 10 3
•Woodling 0 0 0 0
Hegan.c 2 0 7 o
• Keltner 1 1 0 »»
iReynolds 0 0 0 0
Feller.p 3 0 0 2
^Becker 0 0 o 0
'Gromek o 0 0 O
Grace.If 4 2 5 0
Lewis.rf 3 2 2 0
Spence.cf 4 14 0
Vernon.lb 3 0 10 0
Travis.3b 4 0 0 0
Priddy.2b 2 0 3 2
Hcock.ss 3 0 2 1
Early.c 3 0 11
Haelner.p 3 10 1
Totals 33 7 24 8 Totals 20 6 27 J1
•Ran for Meyer In ninth.
^Batted for Henan in ninth.
jRan for Feller in ninth.
*Ran for Keltner in ninth.
TRan for Becker in ninth.
Cleveland 010 003 000—4
Washington . 120 020 0<»x—6
Runs—Case. .Mackiewicz, Fleming. Boud
reau. Grace. Lewis. Friddy, Hitchcock,
Haefner. Errors—Feller, Boudreau (2),
Grace. Runs batted in—Vernon. Ross (2),
Grace (2». Spenge, Travis. Mackiewioz,
Fleming Two-base hits—Spence. Lewis.
Three-base hits—Boudreau. Macktewicz.
Sacrifice—Hitchcock. Double plays—Meyer,
Boudreau and Fleming: Travis, Priddy and
Vernon. Lett on bases—Cleveland. «;
Washington. 5. Base on balls—Off Haef
ner. 4; Feller. 4. Strikeouts—By Feller,
7: by Haefner. 1. Passed ball—Hegan
Time—2:04. Umpires—Messrs. Rommel.
McKinley and Boyer. Attendance—30.051.
Anacostia Team Wins
In Junior Archery
Anacostia sharpshooters won the
annual junior archery tournament
at Hearst Recreation Center yester
day, piling up 688 points for team
honors in the District Recreation
Department event.
Darby Kttrijara of Macomb Play
ground took individual laurels with
a score of 162, shooting nine bulls
eyes at the 20-yard distance.
Mrs. Meckley Winner
Of Kenwood Tourney
Mrs. Betty Meckley, who had
somehow overlooked winning the
Rule Cup at Kenwood Club, took
care of that little matter yesterday,
although the committee had to
match cars to break a tie between
Mrs. Meckley and Mrs. Ellen Kin-1
caid Harris in the 36-hole intra
club event.
The winner had one of her best
rounds of the season, a 78. added
a second round 84 for a 162 gross
total and deducted eight handicap
strokes for a net 154. Mrs. Harris,
playing her first local event since
1942, had 85-87—172, minus 18
handicap strokes for 154. In match- j
ing cards, Mrs. Meckley finished 6
down to par and Mrs. Harris 7.
Mrs. Richard Kreuzburg's 84-86
—170 won gross honors.
Other net winners were Mrs. G
E. Peterson, 97-95—192 minus 34
for 158; Mrs. Ralph Benner, 100
101—201 minus 40 for 161, and Mrs.
Ed Widmayer, 97-92—189 minus 26
for 163. Mrs. Meckley won putting
honors with 28 and 32 for the two
rounds, with Mrs. Kreuzburg's 32
30 second.
Mrs. John R. Daily, who will
represent Manor in Columbia’s Pro
Champions tournament Sunday,
won low net honors in the weekiy
women’s event yesterday with 89
12—7. Low gross went to Mrs.
Walter R. Stokes with an 87.
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Death of Yost Is Great Loss
To Nation. Sports Figures Say
fty th* Auociotvd Pr*(t
The country's sports' great today
mourned the death yesterday of
Fielding H. Yost, retired football
coach and athletic director at the
University of Michigan, terming it
a "loss to the Nation.”
Herbert O. (Fritz i Crisler. who
succeeded Yost as mentor of Michi
gan’s athletic program, described his
predecessor as "noc only a coach and
athletic director but an institution.”
"His death was not only an ir
reparable loss to Michigan but a
loss to the Nation,” Crisler said at
Oklahoma City, where he Is attend
ing the Oklahoma State Coaches As
sociation annual clinic.
Commissioner K. L. (Tug) Wilson
of the Western Conference said at
Chicago that Yost "left a stamp on
intercollegiate athletics which will
be felt forever.” He added:
“America, as well as the Western
Conference, has lost one of its great
men in the passing of Fielding Yost.
"He was a pioneer in his field, with
the strength and vision of pioneers.”
Football'* other “grand old man,"
84-year-old Amos Alonzo Stagg,
coach at College of the Pacific in
Stockton, Calif., declared:
“Yost was a great coach. He had
creative ability and he had the power
to inspire his men.
“Yost was what you'd call a great
enthusiast, over football. He be
came utterly oblivious of other mat
ters when he was discussing the
L. W. St. John, veteran athletic
director at Ohio State, asserted Yost
had been a “tremendous asset to in
tercollegiate football.” He added:
“I feel keenly the loss of a fine
friend and valued associate. Mr.
Yost's advent at Michigan as coach
in 1901 sent the Wolverines off to be
come a foremost power in football.”
Curley Byrd, University of Mary
land President and former football
coach who knew Yost well, said:
"He was a grand fellow. He was a
great football coach who introduced
a great many innovations for which
others got credit. I’m sorry to hear
he's gone: we miss men like him,”
D. C. Caddie Erased
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 21
Stanley Mouser of Washington,
D. C., lost to William Anderson of
South Euclid. Ohio. 1 up, in the
first round of match play in the
National Caddie tournament here at
the Ohio State University course..
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Yost's Death Recalls
Great Gridiron Era
He Helped Create •
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 21 —
Fielding Harris Yost. 75-year-old
University of Michigan athletic di
rector emeritus, today joinpd in
death the ranks of a generation that
made football a big time enterprise
in the Midwest.
Victim of an acute gall bladder
attack at his home here yesterday
afternoon ‘ the coach" died not far
from a college campus on which he
wrought his own memorials and
wrote his own testaments of victory.
The elder statesman of Michigan
football, Yost had been a semi
invalid for the last few years fol
lowing his retirement in 1940 as
athletic director, living quietly with
his wife and retelling the exploits
iof the Wolverine teams he pilctfed
to scores of triumphs.
He came to Michigan in 1901 after
turning out championship tAuns at
Ohio Waslevan. the Universities of
Nebraska and Kansas and Leland
His mark on the sports record of
the times already was well re
spected, but at Ann Arbor he
fashioned a 40-year career that made
him famous not only in the Western
Conference but also throughout the
Had Elite Contemporaries.
The gridiron greats of his genera
tion included such coaches as the
late Howard Jones of Southern Cali
fornia, Tad Jones of Yale, Dr. Henry
L. Williams of Minnesota, Percy
Houghton of Harvard, Knute Rockne
of Notre Dame and such veterans
as Bob Zuppke of Illinois, now re
tired. and Amos A. Stagg. who at 84
coaches at the College of the Pacific.
Their era began shortly after the
turn of the century. They built up
rivalries and attracted sports fol
lowings that produced a "golden
age" of athletics at the ticket of
fices, they also moved football's
center of power from the East
where it had been tenaciously
guarded by the "Ivy League” col
From 1901 to 1904 Yost turned i
loose a series of point-a-minute i
elevens that ran up a record of 55
victories, one tie and one defeat.
The defeat, incidentally, was admin
istered by Stagg’s 1905 Chicago team
when a Michigan player was downed
behind his own goal line for a 2-0
Built Own Memorial.
Yost, whose constant urge for
speed and more speed earned him
the nickname of “Hurry Up,” con
sidered the 1925 Wolverine outfit
the best he ever turned out. It was
quarterbacked by All - America j
Benny Friedman and included the
three-time All-America end. Bennie
Oosterbaan, the present Michigan
backfield coach.
Yost's ability to adapt his style
of play to the times made him a
pioneer in football. His system was
known as *'a punt, a pass and a
prayer," with emphasis on a strong,
rugged defense. It differed from
the modern wide-open style of
game, but it produced rich dividends
in victory.
Although he took obvious pride
in his "boys” on the gridiron, “the
coach” equally was proud of the
record he compiled as a financier
and builder of the university
Vost's ability to draw crowds to
the football stands developed Mich
igan s 10-acre athletic field into
one of the largest sports plants in
the country. All of it was financed
out of gate receipts, none of it came
from university grants or State ap
propriations. And today it stands
as a memoiTal which he had the
pleasure of seeing within his life
GPO Nine Beaten, 3-1,
By Trenton for Title
SYRACUSE, N. Y.. Aug. 21.-After
defeating Holyoke, Mass., 6-5, in the
semifinal of the American Legion
junior baseball sectional tournament.
Washington's Government Printing
Office nine was defeated, 3-1, by
Trenton, N. J., in the title game
Washington scored its only run in
the ninth inning after GPO pitcher*;
Houston (Tex) Jones had let the
New Jersey team down with four
—A P. Wirephofo
Stranahan and Quick
Resume Golf Feud
In Great Lakes
By th» Associated Press
CHICAGO. Aug. 21—The Great
Lakes Amateur which starts tomor
row would be just another golf
i tournament If it weren't that, those
feudists—Frank Stranahan. the rich
man's .son. and Smiley Quick, who
came up the hard way from the
caddy ranks—will be gunning for
each other again.
Suffice to say 157 golfers, Includ
ing Defending Champion Wilforri
j Wehrle of Racine, Wis., and Earl
I Stewart of Dallas, runnerup in the
All-America Amateur at Tam
O’Shanter, will tee off tomorrow in
an 18-hole qualifying spin and the
32 low scorers will begin double
rounds of match play Friday for the
title to be decided Sunday.
That’s about the procedure of anv
golf meet. It takes Stranahan and
Quick to enliven this one.
The Chicago District Golf Asso
ciation. announcing pairings for the
qualifying trial of the postwar re
newal of the tourney at Knoll wood
Country Club, discreetly listed
Stranahan, the 24-year-old Toledo
strong boy, in a threesome devoid of
Quick. Frankie will plav with
j George Victor of Chicago, Western
i Amateur semiflnalist, and George
| McClellan of Kansas City, Mo.
Making his Chicago debut, Quick
will step to the tee a polite 15 min
I utes later with John Barnum of
Chicago and veteran Gus Moreland
of Peoria, 111.
The Stranahan-Quick feud—one
of the really hot ones in years—was
kindled at the recent Western Ama
teur in Duluth when Smiley made
it plain to all that he was out to
get Frankie's hide, if not his goat.
The two met in the semifinals and
after a few curt verbal exchanges,
stalking around on the greens in
each other's putting line and other
disagreeable maneuvers. Stranahan
! emerged with a 1-up victory in 39
holes. He went on to capture the
titre by beating Bud Ward in an
other overtime match.
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