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There May Be Life in the Old Guild Yet
There may be life in Mr. Robert Murphy’s poor, battered American
Baseball Guild, after all. Life breathed into it by the club owners, the
very people who were grinding it underfoot
The club owners very nearly succeeded in killing Mr. Murphy’s
guild by promising the players a more abundant life. This so Impressed
Francis E. Stann.
the athletes that even the Pittsburgh Pirates, once
pro-Murphy, rejected him and his guild the other
day by a lop-sided margin in a secret ballot.
3o what did the club owners do yesterday?
They granted the players their requests; a mini
mum salary believed to be $5,000, an extension of
the postseason barnstorming period from 10 to
3®/lays, a revision of the admittedly inequitable 10
day release clause and a pension plan to be worked
out. And then Commissioner Chandler announced
that next year the major leagues will play 168
games instead of 154.
That's like admitting to a man digging a
ditch that he’s worth $5 more a week, and then
adding five hours to his working week. The ball
player who would have made $4,000 this year
probably will make $5,000 in 1947* But if he's a
regular he may play in 14 additional games—at
a game.
Griffith Always Campaigned for Shorter Season
Clark Griffith was present at the meeting in Chicago, but it’s
doubtful if the Nats’ president was hep to any such plot. If he ap
proved he was not being consistent with his theory of long standing,
which is that the baseball season already lasted too long. Griffith
didn't want to decrease the 154-game schedules, he merely wanted to
eliminate the off days so that the pennant race? and the Woild Series
were over by the end of September.
Griffith never- was a believer in setting aside a day of each week,
usually Monday or Tuesday, as an off day. He always told this bureau
that inclement weather provided enough off days and the rainmakers
needed no assistance from the schedule makers.
“Get the season and the series ended in September,” he insisted.
“October brings football and football weather. I favor playing every
day the weather’s fit. Besides, you can sustain interest, especially
in towns where teams are not in the pennant fight, only so long.”
I doubt if Griffith was a party to the 168-game schedule prop
osition. So does Edward B. Eynon, jr., secretary of the Washington
club. “I’m amazed and sorry to hear of it,” Eynon said yesterday.
“I’m sure Clark knew nothing of such a plan when he went to
There II Be 168 Games tor 168 Days
A 168-game schedule is going to be a grueling thing. It may not
sound like it, offhand; it sounds only like 14 more games. But
consider the fact that if the season starts on April 15 and ends on
September 30, as stated in Chandler's announcement, there are
exactly 24 weeks or 168 playing days to the season.
That means teams must average one game per day. Each time
It rains a double-header must be played. Most of the rainy days
come at the beginning of the season—in the comparatively cool and
comfortable days of April, May and early June. That means many
of the double-headers will be played in the heat of July, August and
earlv September.
Professional football, which has been moving up dates steadily,
now begins all-star and exhibition games in August and champion
ship seasons in September. There is a definite overlapping of the
baseball and football seasons, at a time of year when baseball interest
is waning and football enthusiasm is mounting.
Cards vs. Sox, Week of Rain—Brrrr
If the Cardinals win the National League pennant this year,
and if there are a few rainy days during a seven-game World Series,
the football season will be one-third finished by the time the Red
Sox and Cardinals finish. With no rain whatsoever on any playing
date a seven-game series, with the long St. Louis-to-Boston and
Boston-to-St. Louis hops, won’t end until October 11. A week of
rain, which has happened, would turn interest from baseball to foot
ball almost completely. After mid-October it’s strictly football’s
sports world.
One matter the earlier dispatches failed to mention was a limit
on preseason exhibition games. At one time the players were pro
testing against the number played on bumpy, hard, soft and gen
erally dangerous diamonds in the South. Maybe the matter has been
dropped. If so—and if some club owners insist on booking 30 or
40 preseason games—some players will wind up playing more than
200 games before ever going on that nice, relaxing 30-day barn
storming tour the club owners so magnanimously permitted yesterday.
If you hear a noise like a knocking it’s probably Mr. Murphy
beating on the club house doors again.
Truman to Attend Final Event
Of President's Cup Regatta
wnen president munan paras m
yacht somewhere near the finis!
line of the Gold Cup race on Sun
day, September 22, to witness the
climactic event of the President'!
Cup Regatta here he is expected tc
be a spectator to one of the hottesl
battles for the prized trophy in ai:
its 20-year history.
For it developed yesterday shortlj
after Regatta Chairman A. Aubrej
Bogley made the announcement at
the fourth-report luncheon that Mr
Truman had accepted his'invitatior
to be on hand for the finals that an
unexpectedly large field would tot
the mark for the revived watei
Erfc Greenleaf, power boat chair
man, who has been roaming the
country looking at the motorboat
talent and drumming up entries foi
the event, revealed in his report
that the Detroit Gold Cup races
slated next Sunday and Mondaj
>;weie luttueu up, w spcuft, auu
. that, he pointed out, augurs well
for the President’s Cup competition.
Greenleaf stated that latest word
from Detroit was that some 27 boats
i would participate, and that virtually
all of the backers would make the
Washington trip. With the 225
cubic hydroplane speedsters eligible
to compete for the Gold Cup, and
all of the better known prewar pilots
with improved craft back on the j
firing line, a bright picture was
painted by Greenleaf.
The regatta opens a week from
Saturday night at East Potomac
Park pool, with the swimming cham
pionship. Next day the canoeing
and rowing stars will compete, and
on September 14-15 Carlton Skinner
will unravel his sailing aces. The
big power boat performers will go
into action on September 21 with
the outboard competition, and the
next day the inboards go at it.
McWilliams Reports
For Army Grid Drills
By th« Associated Press
WEST POINT, N. Y., Aug. 29.—
. Halfback Tom (Shorty) McWilliams,
center of a controversy between
Military Academy officials and
Coach Allyn McKeen of Mississippi
State, is among the 50 candidates
starting football practice here to
day under Coach Earl Blaik.
McWilliams drew equipment yes
terday to end discussion about
where he would play this season.
Earlier Army authorities ha<}
charged that McWilliams had re
ceived a “lucrative offer” to play
IWV, Coast Guard Clash
Irish War Vets and Coast Guard
have scheduled a tilt on Saturday
in Alexandria to play off yesterday’s
6-6 softball tie.
Ray Batters Savold
For 39th Knockout
ty th« Auocioted Frttl
NEW YORK, Aug. 29.—A* Tommy
OT.oughlin explains it, they laughed
when he brought Elmer Ray to
town and announced his man would
fight anybody anytime, but now that
the Violent Ray has made his local
bow, Tommy complains he can’t
even find any of the rest of the hot
shot swatters to see if they’re still
The Violent Ray is a long-armed
Negro out of Hastings, Fla., with a
pair of shoulders practically wide
enough to block traffic. He made
his featured New York bow last night
by turning the lights out for the
veteran journeyman, nose-mashed
Lee Savold, in the second round of
a 10-rounder at Ebbets Field in
Brooklyn for his 39th knockout in
a string of 44 straight wins.
Major League Standings and Schedules
YuUrltr'i Results.
Chicago, 2; Wash., 1 Q2).
Detroit, 7K3c>3ton, 2.
New York, 4; Cleveland, 0.
fit. Louis, 7; Phila., 0.
Gurnee Today.
Chicago at Wash., 8:30.
Detroit at Boston.
Cleveland at New York.
Only games scheduled.
Games Tomorrow.
Philadelphia at Boston.
Only game scheduled.
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Players, Owners to Share in Regulating Baseball
Majors Plan Revision
Of Contract, Vote to
Extend Schedule
ty Allotiot*d Pr*M
CHICAGO, Aug. 39.—For the first
time In the history of the major
leagues, the baseball magnates have
taken as partners the ball players
themselves. Under this revolution
ary move the athletes may look
forward to sharing soon with of
ficials and club owners formulation
of rules and policies. *
American and National League
club bosses announced after a two
day meeting yesterday creation of
a seven-member executive council,
which will include a player repre
sentative from each league. In ad
dition to the formation of the gov
erning body, top news to come out
of the magnates’ meeting with Com
missioner A. B. Chandler was the
adoption of a 168-game playing
schedule for 1947 and approval of
all contractual demands asked by
The 1947 season will be the long
est in major league history, starting
April 15 and ending September 28.
The new season will be 14 games
longer than the present 154-game
slate, which has been standard
since 1904.
Union Move Aided Players.
Admission of the players to the
new executive council was the out
growth of two recent offensives—
the attempt of Attorney Bob Mur
phy of Boston to unionize the ath
letes and the talent raids carried
on by the Mexican League.
In addition to the player repre
sentative from each league, the
new council will include Chandler,
Ford Frick and Will Harridge, presi
dents of the National and American
Leagues, respectively, and owner
representatives, Larry Mac Phail of
the New York Yankees and Warren
Giles of the Cincinnati Reds.
The method of selecting a player
from each circuit to sit with the
council still is to be determined.
The new council, which will be
formally seated shortly after writ
ten signatures of the 16 club own
ers are obtained, will supplant the
old advisory council whose mem
bership included Commissioner
Chandler, Harridge and Frick.
"This new council,” Chandler said,
“will be empowered to make legis
lation giving baseball a governing
body the year round to amend rules
and solve problems until the ap
proval or disapproval, at the joint
meetings of the two leagues.”
Contractual Demands Get O. K.
The magnates yesterday also
unanimously approved all contract
ural demands asked by players in
their "collective bargaining” move,
Including a yearly minimum salary
believed to be $5,000. Other pro
posals approved included a pension
plan, modification of the 10-day
release plan, extension of postsea
son exhibition play from 10 to 30
days and incidental spring training
expenses, believed to be $25 per
player a week.
Chandler said that until the new
council is formed, negotiations be
tween owners and players will con
tinue to be conducted by the present
Policy Committee. He said the com
mittee will meet with the players’
own six-member Steering Commit
tee “as soon as possible” to consider
the contract revised yesterday. He
added that full details of the re
vision would be released when the
new contract is acted upon by the
Members of the players six-man
committee are Johnny Murphy of
New York, Mel Harder of Cleveland
and Joe Kuhel of Chicago for the
American League and Marty Marion
of St. Louis, Dixie Walker of Brook
lyn and Billy Herman of Boston for
the National League.
Pension Plan to Be Drawn.
In approving extension of post
season exhibition play, the magnates
specified that no more than three
members of the same major league
club may be members of the same
barnstorming team. Details of the
players’ pension plan will be worked
out at a later date. Players and
clubs will both contribute to the
Presidents of five minor leagues
attended the joint sessions here, but
formal acceptance of the Invitation
to work with the permanent govern
ing body is expected to be delayed
until the minors’ annual meeting in
Los Angeles in December.
QUITE A BALLPLAYER—One big reason why the St. Louis
Cardinals today top the National League is First Baseman Stan
Musial, who leads the league in batting with .374, in runs with
99, hits, 184; doubles, 39, and triples, 14. Here he is shown as
suming his batting stance (left), peering with his keen eyes
(upper center), demonstrating his grip on the bat (lower cen
ter) and breaking into a grin (right).
_—AP Wlrephoto.
Kearns Presents New
Challenger in Maxim,
Victor Over Walcott
ly the Aiiociotcd Preti
CAMDEN, N. J„ Aug. 29—Old
Jack "Doc” Kearns, who piloted
Jack Dempsey to the heavyweight
championship two decades ago, to
day was back on the boxing big time
with a new “white hope,” Joey
Maxim of Cleveland.
Maxim last night turned one of
boxing’s biggest upsets in years
when he gainetj a disputed 10-round
decision over Jersey Joe Walcott
before 7,709, Camden’s largest out
door boxing croarti in history, at
the Camden Ball Park.
Although Maxim’s victory was
tainted by the fact that Jersey Joe,
being groomed for a possible title
bout with Joe Louis, injured his
hands in the second round and
thereafter was unable to do his best,
Kearns declared he was agreeable
to a rematch "any time to prove this
was not a fluke.”
“Next time,” Kearns asserted,
"Maxim will stop Walcott.” The re
match is in the making for either
Cleveland or Chicago.
Maxim, soundly beaten about the
stomach and kidneys in the first
two rounds, displayed some clever
boxing in the later rounds to make
Jersey Joe look bad on several oc
casions. Nevertheless, it was Wal
cott who continually forced the fight
and the decision of Referee Paul
Cavalier, the only official, came as
a stunning surprise. Cavalier gave
Maxim five rounds, Walcott three
and called two even. The Asso
ciated Press had Walcott on top,
six rounds to three, with one even.
Cavalier said later "Walcott did not
fight his usual fight and he was out
boxed by Maxim.”
In the dressing room Walcott’s*
hands appeared badly swollen. X
rays taken later at a hospital
showed he had suffered a broken
bone in his left hand, and several
knuckles in his*right hand were dis
The fight, put on as a benefit for
the Camden County Elks’ crippled
children fund, grossed $27,869. Wal
cott weighed 192 pounds, Maxim
Tulsa, 4: Dallas, 4: tic, ealltd cad
ninth, rain.
Oklahoma City, 4; Tort Wotth. 4; tie.
called end 13 th, rain and wet
San Antonio. 8: Houston. 1.
Shreveport. 3; Beaumont, 1.
Nats Sagging With Poor Hitting;
ChisoxTop Newsom,2-1,in 12th
By Burton Hawkins
There is nothing bothering the
Nats that a few hits won’t cure, but
that is a prescription which ap
parently can’t be filled by the club’s
present lineup. In nine games on
their latest home stand the Nats
have averaged only seven hits a
Joe Grace, who has batted .368
over that span, and Buddy Lewis,
with a .314 mark over the same
stretch, are the only Nats who have
found comfort in the vast expanse
of Griffith Stadium, where, despite
their feeble hitting, the Nats have
done no worse than win five of nine
games since deserting the road.
Otherwise Washington’s batting
averages have sagged like a (1.98
sweater. Mickey Vernon, still tied
for the league lead at .342, has been
struggling along at a .242 clip in
the Nats’ home stay. Cecil Travis
has been thumping away at a
wheezy .?35 pace, while Gerry
Priddy has batted .161 and Billy
Hitchcock has added nothing to the
Nats’ attack with his .106 batting.
Other Hitting Also Weak.
The Nats’ catching department
may point only to its catching with
pride, for the combined hitting of
A1 Evans, Jake Early and Mike
Guerra totals an unimpressive .111
for nine games. The Nats have been
receiving no help from the third
spot in their batting order, either,
for the combined efforts of Stan
Spence and George Binks have
compiled a .229 average.
All of which makes it a tough
proposition for Washington’s pitch
ers. Bobo Newsom got an idea of
how rough it can be when he
traveled 12 innings last night to drop
a 2-1 decision to Chicago before
12,629 customers. By now Newsom
is hardened to the thought, for he
has dropped a 1-0, 10-inning game
to St. Louis and a 3-2, 12-inning
tussle to Detroit in addition to last
night’s game.
Good as Bobo was against the
White Sox, he was outpitched by
Orval Grove, who permitted the Nats
only eight hits. Washington’s only
run was tainted, Travis reaching
first base on an error in the second
Inning, moving to second on a wild
pitch and scoring on Priddy’s single
to center.
Chicago’s first run also was un
earned. The White Sox scored in
the sixth when Taft Wright beat
out a bunt and continued to second
on Guerra’s wild throw. Wright later
scored on Cass Michaels’ single to
Tucker Slams Triple.
Came the twelfth and the Nats
were Tuckered out, for with one out
Thurman Tucker bashed a triple to
center and scored after Luke Appling
lined to Lewis.
The Nats received what seemed a
terrific break in their half of the
inning when Priddy’s pop fly fell
safely between Shortstop Appling
and Left Fielder Bob Kennedy as
they exchanged courtesies. Priddy
wound up on second base with none
out, but all of a sudden there were
two out because First Baseman Hal
Trosky stabbed Pinch-hitter Spence’s
liner and flipped the ball to second,
catching Priddy for a double-play.
Sherry Robertson then flied out.
Ray Scarborough, who has lost five
straight games, will attempt to notch
his first victory in more than a
month when he faces the White Sox
tonight. Chicago will counter with
Frank Papish.
Chic»fo. AB. H. O. A. Wash. AB. H. O. A.
Tucker.cf 5 3 2 0 Orace.lf 6 3 4 0
Appl'g.ss 6 2 4 6 Lewis,rf. 5 13 0
Trosky,lb 6 2 16 4 Binks.cf 5 0 2 0
Wr’ght.rf 6 2 4 0 V'rnon.lb S 0 13 2
K'nedy.lf 6 0 2 0 Traris,3b 6 110
K'ow'y,3b 6 0 0 2 *Coan_ - 0 0 0 0
M'h’ls,2b 8 2 6 7 Torres,3b 0 0 0 0
Hayes.c. 4 0 2 2 Priddy.2b 5 2 6 4
Grove,p. 4 0 14 Guerra,e 3 0 4 0
tSpence 10 0 0
H’cock.st 3 14 4
iRob'ta'n 10 0 0
Newsom,p 3 0 0 4
Total* 46 Ti 36 24 Total* 41 ~i 36 li
•Ran for Travis In 11th.
t Batted for Guerra In 12tb.
tBatted for Hitchcock in 12th.
Chicago - 000 001 000 001—2
Wathlntton _ 010 000 000 000—1
Error*—Qrove, Guerra. Michael. Runs
—Tucker, Wright, Trevi*. Runs betted
in—Priddy. Michaels, Appling. Two-base
hits—Lewis. Priddy. Three-base hits—
Appling. Tucker. Sacrifices — Guerra,
Newsom. Double_plays—Priddy to Hitch
cock to Vernon. Trosky to Appling. Left
on base*—Chicago, 12: Washington, 7.
Bases on balls—09 Orove. 1: off Newsom,
4. Struck out—By Newsom. 4: by Grove,
2. Wild pitch—Grove. Umpires—Messrs.
Berry. Jones and Grieve. Time—2:43.
Fights Last Night
•y the Associated Press
BROOKLYN—Elmer (Violent) Ray,
184, Heatings, Fla., knocked out Lee
Savold. Paterson, N. J. (2).
CAMDEN. N. J.—Joey Maxim, 180,
Cleveland, outpointed Jersey Joe W»l
cott. 182. Camden. N. J. (10).
MONTREAL.—Johnny Greco, 145,
Montreal, won Canadian welterweight
championship, by outpointing Dave
CastiUoux. 137'A. Montreal (10).
BINGHAMTON, N. Y.—Prentiss Hall,
168V4. Buffalo, N. Y.. outpointed
Vines. 157, Schenectady, outpointed
Tommy Mlllls, 148, Baltimore (10).
BANOOR. Me.—Harry Hitltan, 136.
Worcester. Male., outpointed Herby
Freeman. 140, Bangor (8).
Welter Champ Has to Pay to Retain Crown These Days
By Hugh Fullerton, Jr.
Auocieted Pres* Sporti Writer
What’s this boxing business
coming to? . . . Welterweight
Champ Marty Servo spent a lot
of money acquiring the title and
has paid out more good cash for
two tune-up fights preparatory
to defending it against Ray Rob
inson next week. . . . And now
Robinson comes along with the
statement that he’ll contribute
his entire purse, minus training
expenses and the manager’s cut,
to the New York Police Athletic
League. . . . Servo “owed himself
$8,000” (as Manager A1 Weill ex
plains) after lifting the crown
from Red Cochrane because of a
guarantee to Red. Then he took
on Middleweight Rocky Graziano
for a “money” fight and had the
expense of an operation on his
nose added to the costs. Since
then he has had to pay Jimmy
Anest and Bobby Lakin to fight
him at Army hospitals because
he wasn’t permitted to make
tuneup fights. ... Do you wonder
that Weill claims: “Marty ain't
going to let that title go easy.”
What every one knows—The
verbal exchange between Missis
sippi State and Army over Shorty
McWilliams, while it’s tough on a
good kid who also is a good foot
ball player, may clear the col
lege football atmosphere a bit if
the name-calling continues until
next winter’s National Collegiate
A. A. meeting. . . . That 20-con
ference meeting last month didn’t
really accomplish anything, but
if the whole college group starts
hollering next winter it may de
cide to give the NCAA police
One-minute Sports Page—Al
though they escaped from St.
Louis, the Dodgers aren’t safe
yet. Three of the eight shut
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outs they have observed this
season were at Chicago’s Wrigley
Field. . . . And it leads you to
wonder about the quality of am
ateur golf when a Brooklyn de
tective, who swings cross-handed,
cops the New York sectional
qualifying honors. At least
therell be a lot of new names
in the Baltusrol tourney. . . .
Two former Kansas football cap
tains, Dave Schmidt (1945) and
Warren Relgle (1944) will be bat
tling for starting jobs at end on
this year's Jayhawk team. . . .
George Preston Marshall, who
ruined all those gags about the
“Washing Done’’ Redskins when
he sold his laundry, gives this
explanation: “I figured with sal
aries skyrocketing the way they
are. the players would wind up
with my laundry pretty soon,
anyway, so I beat them to the
. punch.”
Cleaning the Cuff — Mexico
City is angling for a Joe Louis -
Arturo Godoy fight (what,
again?) and don’t think Joe isn’t
interested. The decision may be
different when the champ’s man
agerial board figures the finan
cial angles. . . . Arthur Perowne,
16-year-old English golf star,
plans to play the American win
ter circuit to gain experience
from the pros. . . . With a 168
game schedule for next year it
seems that instead of the Pa
cific Coast League becoming r
major, the majors are becomln'
another Coast League.
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Babe Out as Women
Enter Round 2 of
U. S. Open Golf
•y the Associated Frees
SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 20.—
Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Z&harias
gave a friendly putting lesson to 26
year-old Ellen Kieser of San Fran
cisco yesterday before they teed off
in first-round matches of the
Women’s National Open golf tour
nament at the Spokane Country
The lesson paid off for Miss
Keiser, who sprung one of the day’s
upsets by eliminating Hope Seig
nious, professional from Greens
boro, N. C., 3 and 2.
But the lesson didn’t do Babe
any good, as her putting was oil
and she was knocked out of the
tournament by 18-year-old Grace
Lenczyk of Newington, Conn., also
by 3 and 2.
“One of Those Things."
“It was just one of those first
round things,” Babe explained. “The
girl didn’t expect to win, so she
went out there relaxed and played
a fine game. I didn’t.”
Those, were the high spots of first
round play, which, aside from the
close call Professional Betty Hicks
of Long Beach, Calif., had, went
as expected. Betty, the duration
women’s amateur champion, was
3 down at the end of 10 holes before
she came back to nose out Mary
Sargent of Del Monte, Calif., 1 up.
Today’* top match featured Medal
ist Patty Berg from Minneapolis and
Mary Mozel of Portland, Oreg., in an
all-professional fray. The play-for
pay gals, who collected $250 in Vic
tory bonds for winning in the first
round, will be gunning for $500 today
Patty Routs Mrs. Speer.
Patty defeated Mrs. Margaret
Speer of Fort Leavenworth, Kans.
7 and 6, yesterday, while Miss Mozel
was defeating Jewel Ann Gronley ol
Butte, Mont., 6 and 5.
Husky Mrs. Jackie Pung ot
Honolulu, who won from Mrs. Jc
Pedicord, Spokane, 5 and 4, was tc
play 16-year-old Edean Anderson
Montana State champion from
Helena, with the winner meeting the
Berg-Mozel winner tomorrow. Edean
squeezed out a 2-up victory over
Mrs. William May of Spokane yes
Betty Jean Rucker, the Spokane
power hitter, was to play Professional
Helen Dettweiler of Indio, Calif., in
another feature. “Beejay” beat Mrs.
Frank Kapps, San Francisco, 6 and 5,
while Miss Dettweiler eliminated
Betty Frank of Seattle, 6 and 4.
MobUe. 11—5: Chattanooga, o—9.
Birmingham, 10: TltUe Rock, 4.
Memphis. 9: Atlanta. 6.
Nashville at New Orleans, postponed,
Choice of Pinch-Hitter
Pays Off for Cards,
11 Games in Front
By Jot Reichler
Associated Press Sports Writer
Manager Eddie Dyer's knack of
picking the right pinch hitter at the
right time has moved the fast flying
St. Louis Cardinals into a game and
a half lead over the Brooklyn
Dodgers in the sizzling National
League pennant race.
Dyer put the finger on Rookie
Walter Sessl last night and the
young outfielder, who had con
nected for only one hit in 11 official
times at bat, came through with a
two-run ninth-inning homer which
gave the Redblrds a 3-2 victory over
the Giants and a sweep of the day
and night doube-header at St. Louis.
Earlier in the day, the Cards had
broken their first-place deadlock
with the Dodgers by outslugging
the Giants, 13-8, while the Dodgers
were bowing to the Cubs, 4-3.
His First Fear-Bagger.
Sessl, whose dramatic clout In the
second game was the first four
bager of his major league career
embracing parts of two seasons,
swung for Relief Pitcher A1 Brazle
after Marty Marion had singled with
two out in the ninth. Sessl sent
Bill Voiselle’s fourth pitch sailing
against the base of the light tower
in right scoring behind Joffre Cross,
who ran for Marion.
Sessi's game-winning blow marked
the 12th time the Cards had pulled
a game out of the fire with a last
inning rally and the ninth time the
winning run was driven in by a
pinch batter.
Two Cub runs in the last of the
ninth proved the Dodgers* undoing,
a few minutes after Pee Wee Reese's
eight Inning triple had apparently
won for Brooklyn. Trailing 3-2 in
the ninth, the Bruins tied the score
on Peanuts Lowrey’s single followed
by Marv Rickert’s double. Hank
Behrman, who had relieved Hal
Gregg in the seventh, then passed
Bob Scheffing and Lou Stringer
stung him for a payoff double that
scored Rickert with the winning run.
With 71,551 cash customers, the
largest crowd ever to see a night
game, looking on at the Yankee,
Stadium, the New York Yankees
handed 22-game winner Bob Feller
his 10th defeat when Ernie Bonham
shut out the Cleveland Indians, 4-0.
Feller struck out only four batters
in the seven Innings he worked to
raise his season’s total to 284, thus
falling behind in his attempt to pass
Rube Waddell's record of 343 strike
uaienouM Hurts two-Hitter.
With Denny Galehouse pitching
two-hit ball, the St. Louis Browns
shut out the Athletics in an after
dark game at Philadelphia, 7-0.
Cincinnati and the Braves divided
a double-header. Jonny Sain record
ing his 15th victory in the 8-4 open
ing Boston success and Ewell Black
well registering his fifth shutout in
the Reds’ 2-0 victory in the night
Detroit finally beat the Red Sox
after nine straight losses at Fenway
Park, downing the American League
leaders, 7-2.
Oscar Judd limited the Pirates to
four hits and drove in two runs with
a double as the Phils shoved Pitts
burgh deeper into the National
League cellar with a 4-1 night game
triumph at Forbes Field.
Aggies Win on Forfeit
The Agriculture team In the Fed
eral Golf Association Class A match
play series moved within two points
of the leading Naval Gun Factory
when Navy Department’s last-place
quartet forfeited yesterday’s sched
uled match at Bannockburn.
Indianapolis. G: Toledo, 2.
Louisville, 4: Columbus, 1.
St. Paul. 4; Milwaukee. S.
■ ■ESgMf.fflfr 9- Minneapolis, 4,
TONITE-8:30 P.M.
Washington vs. Chicago
Saturday—Naw York—3 P.M.
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