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w in, Lose or Draw
By BURTON HAWKINS
Travis Thinks He May Be About Through
"I don’t blame the fans for getting on me a bit." drawls Cecil
Travis, the Nats’ third baseman. "Nobody knows better then myself
that I'm not playing well but, frankly, there just isn’t anything I can
do about it. The reflexes that should be there just aren’t there, so the
Burton Hawkins.
best 1 can ao is just give my best and nope tnat
things will work out.
"It's a teirible feeling,” continued Travis, “to
know that I'm not getting balls that I should be
getting. It's a horrible sensation to see balls get by
me that I know 1 used to be able to get—not to be
able to field bunts that I used to have no trouble
with.
"But, as I say, there's nothing I can do aboufc
it except try. I don’t know that my legs ever will
be all right again, but I’ll know definitely by next
spring. If I can t make it I'm going to quit base
ball. It would be foolish for me to continue unless
I improve because I couldn’t do the club any good
and I might harm myself for life.
“I've been playing professional baseball for a
long time. If I hadn't been in the Army this would
have been my 16th .season and 14 of ’em would
have been with Washington. Maybe Im through—I really don t
knowr—but I'll know definitely if after a winter's rest my legs aren’t
better.
Wears Supports for Damaged Arches
"I think I played a pretty good game at shortstop for the first
few weeks of the season. My legs felt good then, but all of a sudden
they went dead. I'm not much of a ball player now and I can’t tell
if I'll come back. If I can't I'm going to be honest and admit it.
"Mv arches have fallen and the doctors tell me that having frozen
feet in Europe complicates things as far as restoring circulation is
concerned. They’ve given me special supports to help my arches but
I don't know if that will help.
"I've been lucky. I've saved my money and I have a nice farm,
so if I have to call it quits it won't be too tough financially. I'd hate
to quit, but I can t keep going this way. It's torture to know you’re
capable of playing better baseball and yet not be able to do it. My
legs just won't do what I want them to do.”
' Travis is the most conscientious fellow in baseball,” says Man
ager Ossie Bluege. and for that reason alone I wouldn't be too hasty
in saying he's through. Cecil went through a lot of campaigning in
the Army and he hadh t played ball for more than a year, before he
joined us. He was in the Army a long time and it had its effect.
"Travis was the first to admit he no longer could cover the neces
sary ground at shortstop." continued Bluege. “He came to me and
told me his legs had given out on him. I rested him out West and
then shifted him to third case, where it’s a little easier.
For Honest Effort Cecil Can't Be Tapped
“Cecil is in the lineup now- because he’s the best threat we have
at the plate among the men who can play third base on our club.
I just can't believe that Travis won't come back. He always has
been a great hitter and I telieve he'll get back in stride. A lot of
fellows who were in the service are having rough years and Travis
saw more action than most of them."
“His legs might respond to treatment," says Clark Griffith. “I
think the condition of his legs has affected his hitting. He's worried
and consequently his hitting has fallen off. He's biting at bad balls,
w'hich he never did when he was hitting well, but iately he's been
looking better at the plate.'
I wouldn’t know if Travis is through. Time, physicians and
Travis will answer that. j. do know Travis doesn t deserve booing. ,
Travis, in the Battle of the Buige, went through more in a short
span than most of us are forced to face in a lifetime. His ability as a
ballplayer has slipped. For honest effort, Travis is tops.
G. W. Opens Gridiron Practice,
With 9 Letter Men Returning
By George E. Huber
George Washington University's
Colonials return to the football
scene today with fall practice be
ginning on the Lincoln Memorial
gridiron. Coach Neil J. (Skip)
Stahley will be in charge as the
downtown school begins prepara
tions for its first eleven since 1942.
Skip expects nine letter men back
from the 1942 team, which won two
of eight games, but otherwise he
had little idea this morning about
what to expect in the way of a turn
out. This year the Colonials have
only a seven-game schedule, and
Skip's eyes already are focused on
the 1947 campaign which will pre
sent a nine-game program. That
will be enlarged to 10 the following
season.
The Colonials this year will use
the single-wing formation as op
posed to the T in vogue at Maryland
and Georgetown. Stahley's coach
ing assistants are Tuffy Leemans
for the backs, Hay Hanken for the
ends and A1 Sudsky for the line
men.
Georgetown returns to the grid
iron next Monday, and Coach Jack
Hagerty expects five more 1942 let
ter men back in addition to the
four who took part in the recently
concluded summer session. The new
returnees are John Siano. a 6-foot
1 230-pound tackle; Lou Robustelli.
big end who might be turned into
a tackle; Jack McTamney, T for
mation quarterback who played with
the powerful Bainbridge Naval
Training eleven while in the service;
Bus Welder, guard, who also saw
some service experience, and Pete
Baker, end.
Plans at the Hilltop call for an
A and B team, with Hap Hardell
back to take charge of the B squad.
Before the war Hap ran the fresh
man outfit and also coached track,
which he will do again next spring
The Old Liners out at Maryland
are swinging into their second week
of practice. Chief Assistant Coach
A] Heagy probably will cut the
squad of 84 down to about 50 late
this week in preparation for the
return next Monday of Head Coach
Clark Shaughnessy. Also expected
then are between 30 and 40 of the
players who took part in spring
practice but who have been ex
cused from the first two weeks of
fall drills.
11 Titles Place Sweden at Top
Of Track T earns on Continent
By the Associated Press *
OSLO. .Norway, Aug. 26.—Sweden
•lands as the strongest track and
field power on the continent today
off its record of 11 championships
in the 24 events of the first postwar
European championships.
Although no records fell. Sweden
piled up a succession of brilliant vic
tories, particularly in the field
events where its athletes registered
firsts in the high jump, broad jump,
hammer throw, javelin throw and
pole vauit. Other championships
were won in the 110-meter hurdles,
50-kilometer walk, 10,000-meter
walk. 800-meter run. 1.500-meter run
and 400-meter relay.
Finland, with four titles in the
♦00-meter hurdles, marathon, 10.000
meter run and hop step and jump,
ranked to Sweden, with Great Brit
ain and France each capturing two
crowns. Sydney Wooderson of
Great Britain came home first in
the 5,000-meter event, and John
Archer of Britain won the 100-meter
dash. The French captured the
3.000-meter steeplechase and the
1.600-meter relay. Other titles went
to Italy, Norway, Iceland, Russia and
Denmark.
Lean Lennart Strand of Sweden
equaled the world record of 3:43 for
the 1,500-meter race, the closest
metric approach to the mile.
While Sweden was dominating the
men's championships, the Ru&'-ian
women were capturing five titles to
three for Holland and one for
France.
It was the first time the cham
pionships had been held since 1938,
and many of the competing athletes
had been battlefield enemies.
The congress of international
amateur athletics, after a bitter de-'
bate on the floor and a series of
parliamentary maneuvers, today
postponed until 1948 a decision on
whether the IAAF would relax its
rules to permit payments for1
"broken time” to athletes in interna
tional competitions.
Following appeals from British
and American delegates, the con
gress voted to refer the whole ama
teur question to a special commis
sion for investigation and report by
January 1, 1948.
Major League Standings and Schedules
MONDAY. AUGUST 26, 1946.
AMERICAN LEAGUE.
Yesterday’s Resalts.
Wash., 5: St. Louis, 4 (12).
Detroit, 7; New York, 2.
Boston, 2—13; Clev„ 1—6.
Chicago, 4—5: Phil., 2—6.
Games Today.
St. Louis at Wash., 8:30.
Detroit at New York.
Cleveland at Boston.
Chicago at Philadelphia.
Came. Tomorrow.
St. Louis at Wash., 8:30.
Chicago at Philadelphia.
Detroit at New York.
Only games scheduled.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE.
Yesterday's Results.
P'klyn. 3—8; St. L„ 2—14.
( inc., 7—1: Phila.. &—4.
Boston, 7—10: l»itts., 5—5.
Chicago, 3; New York, 2.
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Fhila. at Cincinnati <n.).
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Ferriss Threatens Sophomore Hurling Records
!
Red Sox Pitcher Near
Two-Year Harks ot
Alexander, Ferrell
By Joe Reichler
Associated Press Sports Writer
Dave (Boo) Ferriss, the Boston
Red Sox's sophomore pitching wiz
ard, not only is the major league's
biggest winner today, but appears
on his way to establishing a mod
ern record for most games won by
a pitcher in his first two seasons In
the big leagues.
Ferriss, whose 23d mound triumph
.yesterday helped the American
League leaders sweep a double
! header from the Cleveland Indians
a.nd increase their margin over the
second-place New York Yankees to
14 games, already has registered 44!
victories in his first two years, only
three shy of the record set by Gro
| ver Cleveland Alexander with the
Phillies in 1911-12.
Wes Ferrell of Cleveland holds
the American League mark of 46
set in 1929-30.
Outduels Red Embree.
Ferriss outdueled Red Embree of
the Indians, 2-1, aided largely b.V;
Bobby Doerr, who smashed two
home runs, the second coming in
the ninth inning to decide the first;
game. Two big innings, a three-1
run third and a six-run fourth, en-!
abled the Sox to coast to a 13-6
second game win.
In sweeping the twin bill at Bos
ton. the Red Sox wiped out any
mathematical pennant chances of
the Chicago White Sox and St.
Louis. The Athletics were elimi
nated 10 days ago.
The Brooklyn Dodgers and St.
Louis Cardinals, after a seven-hour
battle in St. Louis, ended up all
even in their doubleheader. As a
result they remained tied for first
place in the National League pen
nant race. The Brooks came from
behind to eke out a 3-2 victory in
the opener, but the Cards climbed
til over six Brooklyn pitchers to win!
the wild and woolv nightcap, 14-8.
The second game was called after
eight innings because of darkness. A
single by Cookie Lavagetto in the
ninth drove in Augie Galan with
the deciding run in the opener.
End Series Tomorrow.
The two teams will complete their
crucial four-game series with one
game tonight and another tomorrow
afternoon.
The Yankees became the first club
ever to reach the 2,000,000 mark in
attendance yesterday, but their joy;
was chilled by Hal Newhouser and
Hank Greenberg, who collaborated
to give the Detroit Tigers a 7-2 vic
tory at the Yankee Stadium. In
addition to fanning 10 and allowing
only five hits for his 22d victory,
Newhouser helped his own cause
with a home run. Greenberg also
hamered a homer, his 28th, and
added a double and single. A crowd
of 42.908 watched the game, sending
the Yankees' home attendance to
2,027,087.
juju rosseni, lormer Illinois Uni
versity and semipro righthander
from Chicago, made a successful
major league pitching debut against
the Cincinnati Reds, who divided a
double header with the Phillies in
Cincinnati, Joe Beggs blanked the
Phils, 7-0, in the opener, and Possehl '
won a 4-1 hurling duel with Harry
Gumbert in the nightcap. (
Borowy Beats Giants.
Hank Borowy pitched and batted
the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the
Giants in Chicago. The former
Fordham hurler allowed seven hits
and scored the winning run in the
ninth after his lead-off triple.
The Braves made it 12 out of 15
from the Pirates i*y taking two
games in Pittsburgh, 7-5 and 10-5.
After Ed Lopat pitched the White
Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Ath
letics, the Mackmen came back to
win the second game, 6-5.
Channel Swim Futile,
Chilean to Try Again
*y the Auociattd Priss
DOVER, England, Aug. 26 —
Jorge Berroeta of Chile, who missed
swimming the English Channel
yesterday by half a mile, is ready '
to try again within two weeks.
rhe 28-year-old Chilean business
man struggled through two thun
derstorms. choppy seas and strong
tides for 15 hours and 46 minutes
before he was forced to give up his
France-to-England attempt.
Making his try on the 71st anni
versary of the first successful chan
nel swim by Capt. Matthew Webb
in 1875. the South American cham
pion ran into a strong eastward
flood tide of about 8 knots that be- |
gan before he reached the shelter,
ot the harbor. Witnesses said he
would have been swept back into
the channel if he had persisted in
his attempt.
With a chance to make the 26th
successful crossing. Berroeta at first
spurned the advice of his trainer,)
E E. Temme, but finally gave up
after making no progress in an
hour. Temme was the only man to
swim the channel in both directions.
Minor Leaques
ly the Associated Press
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION.
W. L, PCC \V. L. PCI
Utl’tsville 83 55 .599 M n'polis 68 71 48”
Ind’apolis RO 58 .580 Toledo fill 75 457
St Paul 73 85.539 K'ns. City 61 76 !445
M'waukee 68 69 .496 Columbus 57 81.413
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE.
W. L. Pet. W. L. Pci
8 Pr n'co 98 53.649 Hollywood 75 75.500
Oakland 96 57 .596 San Diego 64 91 .4131
L. Angeles 81 69 .540 Seattle 57 93 .383
S'ramento 83 73 .639 Portland 53 96 358
TEXAS LEAGUE.
W. L. Pet. W. L. Pet
Ft Worth 91 47 .659 Beaumont 61 74 .463
Dallas R1 57 .587 Shre'oort 58 80.412
S Ant io 79 58 .577 Houston 56 83.403
Tulsa 75 63 647 Okla. City 49 87 .360
SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION.
W. L. Pet. W L. Pet.
Atlanta 87 51 .630 Nashville 66 7] .483
Memphis 80 58 .580 Mobile 62 70 .470
C'lanooga 73 65 .536 B ingham 63 74 .460
N.Orleans 70 69 .504 L. Rock 47 9o 348
EASTERN LEAGUE.
W. L. Pet. W. L. Pet.
Scranton 88 37.699 Elmira 58 59.496
Albany 68 54 557 Utica 54 69 .439
Hartford 64 56.533 W'msport 47 73 .3931
W.-Barre 64 59.530 Bhsmton 44 78.361
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE.
W. L. Pet. W. L Pet
Columbus 71 65 .563 J'sonvllle 63 67 .485
G'nvilie 70 57.551 C'rleston 60 68.469
Columbia 7 1 58 .550 Macon 60 73 .438
Augusta 76 59,543 Savannah 48 73 -197
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FERRISS DEMONSTRATES —Dave Ferriss, Boston Red Sox
pitching ace, who is leading both major leagues with 23 vic
tories and four defeats and apparently is headed for a record
in games won by a'pitcher his first two years up. Above (top
left) Ferriss demonstrates how he delivers the ball; (bottom
left) how he grips the ball and (right) as he is about to start
delivery. In 1945 Ferriss as a Bosox rookie won 21, lost 10.
—AP Wirephoto.
McNeill, Guernsey,
Tennis Giant Killers,
Menace Champs
By the Associated Press
BROOKLINE. Mass., Aug. 26.—
Ex-Servicemen Don McNeill and
Prank Guernsey not only surprised
the United States Davis Cup team
selectors, but also themselves by
getting into today's national doubles
tennis final at Longwood.
Apparently agreeing with Walter
L. Pate, nonplaying captain of the
Davis Cup forces, that they had no
chance in their semifinals against
Jack Kramer and Ted Schroeder, a
pair of two-time winners, McNeill
and Guernsey surrendered their ho
tgj accommodations early yesterday.
But they managed to regain them
in plenty of time to get ample sleep
in preparation for their champion
ship engagement with title-defend
ers Bill Talbert and Gardnar Mul
loy.
Pate rated Kramer and Schroeder,
who were brushed off the courts by
McNeil and Guernsey by 7—5. 6—3,
6—2 margins, ahead of even Cham
pions Talbert and Mulloy for the
challenge round doubles assignment
in Australia next December. Bill and
Gardner had the closest of shaves
qualifying for the championship
round for the third .time since 1942
while defeating Parker and Bib
Falkenburg, 3—6, 4—6, 6—3, 6—4,
8—6. During the 10th game of the
last set, Parker and Falkenbuig
slipped after reaching match point
twice.
Women's finalists were defend
ing champions Louise Brough and
Margaret Osborne, who beat Shirley
Fry and Margaret Krase, 6—1, 6—3,
and Mrs. Patricia Canning Todd and
Mrs. Mary Arnold Prentiss, victors
over Pauline Betz and Doris Hart,
6—2, 6—0.
J. Gil Hall and Sidney Adelstein
retained their veteran doubles hon
ors, Mrs. Philip Theopold won the
women’s veteran singles and Mrs.
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman and
Edith Sigourney the veteran doubles.
Washington Flour Wins
Boys' Club Insect Title
Washington Fiour, representing
Western division, won the insect
championship in the Boys’ Club of
Washington Baseball League yester
day by downing Eastern Branch,
Eastern division champs, 9-6, on the
Ellipse. This, was the rubber game
of a three-game series.
The Flour nine scored five runs
in a wild fifth frame to overcome
a 6-1 handicap. Big blow was
Jimmy Wingos two-run single. The
tie was broken in the eighth w’ith
three runs. Tommy Dean s double
sent in two markers for‘the clincher.
Don Kokes was the winning pitcher,
tossing an eight-hitter.
Nats, 5; Browns, 4
St. Louis AB. H. O. A. Wf.sh. AB. H O. A
D'inger.5b ti 2 I Grace.if 5 2 8 t)
3 dino.'lb H 2 :i 8 Lewis.ri 5 o 2 ii
McQ'lan II 5 2 0 o Spence,cf 5 0 5 0
Z'la.lf-ri :t 1 l ti Vernon,lb 4 2 11 n
Laabs,rt 5 I 5 (I Travis.tib 4 2 12
Heath.If .2 1 It n Guerra.c 10 2 O
J’nich.cf 5 o :t o Priddy,2b 4 1 2 :i
M'cuso.c o 2 i Evans.c 5 0 .2 o
St'vens. Jh ti 2 15 0 Torres.ss 1 o I 2
Ch'man.ss 4 O ii 5 H'cock.ss .2 0 I 4
Shirley, p 4 0 0 1 R'son.hb 2 1 o o
Kerens.p 1 0 0 0 Haemer.D 1 o o 2
P'retti.p 0 o 0 0
Candini.d l o o o
tBinks 0 0 o o
.Loan o o o o
£Wynn . _ 1 1 (to
Totals 60 14 *33 18 Totato 40 0 50 14
•None out when winning run scored.
tBatted lor Pierretti in eighth.
tBatted lor Evans in ninth
fBalied lor Candini in twelfth.
St. Louis _ 000 004 000 000—4
Washington _.. 000 010 012 001—6
Runs—Berardino. McQuillan. Laaba.
Mancuso, Vernon. Travis, Ouerra. Robert
son, Binkr. Errors—Dllllnger (2). Christ
man. Runs batted in—Hlchcock, Laabs
(2). Mancuso, Stevens. Robertson, Lewis.
Wynn. Two-base hit—Laabs. Three
bast hit—Mancuso, Robcrtaon. Double
plays—Berardino to Christmas to Stevens.
Zarilla to Berardino to Stevens. Left on
Uase—St. Louis. 12: Washington. 7. Bases
on balls—Oil Bhirley. 4; oft Candini, 1:
oft Kerens. 1. Struck out—By Shirley. 1:
by Haemcr, 2; hy Pierretti. 1: by Kerens.
I; by Candini, 27 Hits—Off Shirley. H in
4: oft Kerens. 5 in 2 inone out in 12th i:
oil Haefner, 8 m 6: off Pierretti, 0 in 2:
eft Candini. ti in 4. Hit by pitcher—By
Haefner (Christman >. Winning pitcher—
Candini, Losing pitcher— Ferens. Time—
2:28. Attendance—10,825.
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Four-Leaf Clovers
Spur Cardinals
By Associated Press
ST. LOUIS. Aug. 26.—On the
wail cf the Cardinals’ clubhouse
are 10 cellophane-wrapped four
leaf clovers from a fan living in
Danville, Pa.—one clover for each
pitcher the Dodgers threw against
the Redbirds in yesterday's dou
, ble-heaaer.
And in this coincidence and
the fact that St. Louis and
Brooklyn still are tied for the
National League’s top spot after
a display of Dodger versatility,
Manager Eddie Dyer sees only
good hick for his Redbirds and
bad luck for Leo Durocher.
For Durocher used all but two
of his pitching staff and one and
perhaps more must work tonight's
third game of the four-game
series.
Golf Match Pleasant
As Stranahan Beats
Courteous Quick
ly th» Associated Press
LAKE FOREST. 111., Aug. 26
Two gentlemanly Sunday golfers ex
changed pleasantries whil? one of
them, Frank Stranahan, beat the
other, Smiley Quick, for the Great
Lakes amateur golf championship.
Thus was laid low the ghost of a
much-publicized “feud" between the
two which flared after their caustic
encounter in the semifinals of the
Western Amateur at Duluth early
this month.
Quick, loser in the extended
double-round battle at Duluth,
strode over to Stranahan yester
day, . after the 24-year-old golfer
again had defeated him. this time
4 and 2, grabbed his hand and said:
“You played a great game."
Stranahan, who has established
himself as the country’s No. 1 ama
teur. and Quick, 37-year-old 1946
Public Links titlist recently dis
charged from the Navy, carried on
a polite conversation throughout
their final round.
Frankie even said “nice shot”
after Smiley spotted a good ap
proach shot on one green.
Such behavior was in contrast to
Duluth, where Smiley, ex-caddie,
made the most of the fact that
i Stranahan is a millionaire’s son.
That encounter was enlivened by
the curt conversation between the
two and such antics as standing in
each other’s putting line.
Stranahan yesterday produced 5
under-par golf for the 34 holes to
beat his stubby, chain-smoking op
ponent.
Welsh, McCarroll Score
In Edgemoor Net Meet
Barney Welsh and Allan McCar
roll won quarter-final matches yes
terday in the Edgemoor Club ten
nis tournament.
Welsh topped John Curtis, 11—9,
6—2, while McCarroll won over
Frank Shore, 6—3, 6—3.
Football League Meets
The New York Avenue Night Foot
ball League will hold a meeting to
morrow night at 7:30 in the library
of the Georgetown Boys’ Club,
Twenty-sixth and M streets N.W.
Skin Scrubs Down First Team;
Lapka Outstanding Performer
By Lewis F. Atchison
Star Staff Correspondent
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26— Some
thing went wrong with the script
yesterday and the Redskin scrubs
walloped their supposed betters,’
26-7, and only a mistake saved the
alleged first team from a shutout,
but figures meant little to the
Tribe's board of strategy today as
it speeded up the tempo of the
workouts in preparation for Friday
night’s debut against the Pacific
Coast All-Stars at San Diego. It is
concentrating on getting the plays
down pat.
After watching two scrimmages
we would hazard a guess that six
of the seven players who must be
cut before the start of the Na
tional League season will be Half
back John Brisco, Ends John Looka-i
baugh. Stan McCrae and Leo Pres- j
ley; Guard Oscar Britt and Tackle
George Watts. The San Diego and
Ram games may change the situa-;
tion. but these players are tagging
along behind their teammates as:
practice goes into the third week. |
Frank Akins, who had a good day I
in the Red backfield, saved his
mates from a whitewash job despite
a collision with Quarterback Jack
Jacobs. Injun Jack pivoted the
wrong way in handing Akins the
bail, but the burly ball carrier took
off around end instead of through
tackle and went 13 yards for a
touchdown.
Escape Serious Injury.
The squad escaped serious injury,
although John Koniszewski gave
the staff an anxious moment when
he came down with a shoulder in
jury. Examination failed to reveal
more than a bruised nerve, the re
sult of a kick, and he should be
as good as new by midweek.
Ted Lapka, who clinched a berth
on the squad by his outstanding
work, set up the Blue eleven's initial
score by scooping up a fumble and
racing 38 yards to the 3-yard line.
Sal Rosato took it over on the third
plunge. Akins’ run put the Redsi
back on even terms, but the Blues,'
quarterbacked by Jimmy Youel.
punched over a couple of touch
downs in the third period to lock
up the game. Eddie Saenz went 28
yards for the first, after Rosato had
picked up Sammy Baugh’s fumble
at midfield, and Youel passed up
Brisco for the second. The Blues
added insult to injury on their final
score when Youel sent Bob De
fruiter hot-footing around left end,
for 25 yards on the Statue of Lib
erty play.
Aitnougn some players missed
their assignments the coaches gen
erally were pleased with the re
sults. It's still a rough, ragged team,
but Coach Turk Edwards prefers
to have it that way.
"I don’t want to play our best
games in scrimmages or even in
preseason games,” he said. "We’re
pointing for the regular league
games. We want to win them. If
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How They Lined lTp.
Here's the way they lined up for
the opening kick-off yesterday:
Reds—Turley and Kovatch, ends:
tackles, Koniszewski and Adams:
guards, Steber and Ward: center,
Ehrhardt; backs. Jacobs, Gaffney,
Bagarus and Akins. Blues—ends.
Schilling and Lapka: tackles, Avery
and Stenn: guards, Jaffurs and
Lenno; center. Demao: backs, Youel,
Saenz, Defruiter and Rosato.
Paul Senn drew’ a $20 fine for be
ing 20 minutes late for the scrim
mage, He overslept. Turk Edwards
has banned card-playing because
the squad isn’t spending enough
time studying the plays. Jack Jen
kins and Don Avery got a little
rough yesterday, Jenkins plays for
keeps all the time.
Clem Stralka bega,n to show’ his
old form in the line, but the day s
most vicious tackle was credited to
A1 Demao in bringing down Frank
Akins, the latter is beginning to put
his head down when he hits the
line. Youel's passing was much bet
ter both in timing and accuracy.
Jim Peebles sent three kick-offs
booming into the end-zone, just
about clinching a berth for that
particular chore.
Ex-St. John's Aces
OnG.U.Grid Squad
Georgetown University has
two more promising football can
didates in John and George
Hughes, former stars at St. John s
College high school here, who
have enrolled at the Hilltop.
George is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound
triple-threat fullback, and John,
who weighs about the same, is
an outstanding end.
BASEBALL
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Robby's Pinch-Hitting
Tells for Nats When
Hitchcock Fades
Clark Griffith's advice to Short
stop Billy Hitchcock is to alter hia
batting stance. “He couldn't hit
a high, hard one with a paddle,”
says Griffith. “He's a good fielder
and needs only to hit a little to be
come a fine ball player, but he'll
never hit as long as he clings to his
present stance. He's falling away
from the ball.”
Hitchcocks only hit in his last 19
efforts has consisted of a bunt, His
batting average has fallen off to a
meager .215 and Griffith is hoping
he soon will experiment with his
stance. “What can he lose?” asks
Griffith, answering with “Nothing.”
“Hitchcock could take a tip from
Lou Boudreau," continued Griffith.
“Boudreau was a poor hitter when
he first came up, but he experiment
ed and finally came up with that
crouch of his. Now Lou is one of
the better hitters in the game.
Must Ignore High Pitches.
“One of the first things a ball
player must do to become a good
hitter is to analyze his weaknesses
and do something about them.
Hitchcock can't hit a high, out
side pitch, but he keeps nibbling
at them. He has to learn to lay
off those pitches—to make those
pitchers bring that ball down some
—but as long as he keeps swinging
at bad balls that’s all he's gonna
get. If Billy could hit .280 he'd be
a whale of a ball player—he's a
fine fielder—but he isn't gonna do
it batting like he is now.”
Because Hitchcock isn't hitting,
Sherry Robertson broke into the
Nat s lineup as a pinch-hitter yes
terday and as a result the Nats
came up with a 5-4 victory over
the St. Louis Browns in a 12-inning
tussle. Robertson, who hasn't been
noted for his hitting, emerged as
the game's hero.
Trailing, 4-2, entering the last half
of the ninth, the Nats got a tre
mendous break after Mickey Vernon
and Cecil Travis singled successively.
When Walt Judnich's throw, after
the Travis hit to Third Baseman
Bob Dillinger trickled into the
Browns’ dugout, Vernon was per
mitted to score from second and
Travis w’as waved from first base
to third.
Robertson Gets Big Run.
Mike Guerra, running for Travis,
was forced to remain at third as
Gerry Priddy grounded out, and
after Gil Coan walked Robertson
batted for Hitchcock. Sherry lofted
a long fly to right, enabling Guerra
to score after the catch. Coan, who
had rounded second on the blow,
neglected the formality of retouch
ing second en route to first and was
tagged out.
Came the 12th inning and Rob
ertson blasted a triple off the right
field fence, scoring when Pinch
hitter Early Wynn hoisted a long
drive to left field, at which Jeff
Heath took one glance and headed
for the clubhouse. Wynn was cred
ited with a single.
Milo Candini, making his first
appearance since being discharged
from the Army, pitched scoreless
ball for four innings in relief, de
spite staggering in the final three
innings, when the Browns clipped
him for six hits.
The Browns, who had been lim
ited to three hits in the first five
innings, unloaded five hits against
Mickey Haefner in the sixth to
gather all their runs before a crowd
of 10,225, which lifted the Nats’
home attendance to 850,275—a new
record.
Wynn will be dispatched to the
mound tonight for the Nats when
Washington and St. Louis battle at
8:30 o'clock, with Bob Muncrief
slated to hurl for the Browns.
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