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By FRANCIS E. STANN Filling in the Little Words For the next five and a half months, if you are a Senator fan, the radio voice you will be hearing most frequently will be that of Arch McDonald. Even if you are not baseball-minded, that homely, copyrighted drawl of the transplanted Arkansan will be well-nigh inescapable. For instance, you have to go • into a barber shop some time. Mr. McDonald opened his "road season” yesterday and this bureau dropped up to witness the event. McDonald, of course, actually doesn’t go on the road. The Washington club’s opener in Boston was broadcast from here with the aid of a direct Western Union wire. This is by far the most difficult way to broad cast baseball, McDonald explained. Describing a “live” game from his booth atop the grandstand at Griffith Stadium is a comparative snap. Every thing is all laid out in front of him and if there’s a lull or an argument it’s simple to tell what is happening. Furthermore, there’s never any wire trouble. But taking tne skeietonizea report oi a game over me wire is something else. A fellow has to be an artist of a sort, a word painter with an inexhaustible background to take those few words and bleak abbreviations and be interesting, chatty and yet authentic for two hours or more. McDonald has been doing it in the majors for 13 years now, serving all excepting 1939 in Washington. During the one season he switched to New York the local sponsors, afraid that any successor except the homespun type might lay a fearful egg, per suaded the late Walter Jonnson to drawl in Arch’s place. His Only Props Are Telegraph Sounder, Chimes A wire broadcast may be more difficult for McDonald, who says he’d rather describe a hundred on-the-scene games, but it is more interesting to watch from the wings. Here’s the way it’s done: McDonald and his assistant, Ray Morgan, face each other across a table, a microphone suspended between them. The studio is a very plain room for modem radio. There is hardly anything lacquered Chinese red and not much crome and glass brick. McDonald’s faithful tele graph gr, Glen Walley, sits at his left so that Arch can peek at the typewritten words Walley takes down. The only other licensed person in the room is the engineer. McDonald’s only props are Walley’s telegraph sounder, which is heard In the background, and a chime-box which Arch bangs to herald base hits. “I think it adds suspense,” he explained, and, as an old listener, it does, too. McDonald is likely to say: "Here it comes and there it goes....” Bong! (pause). Bong! (pause). “Lewis is rounding second base.” Bong! (longer pause). Bong! (louder and usually on a higher, triumphant note). “Buddy Lewis drives over the right field fence for a home run.” If it were not for this and other tactics, baseball broadcasts would be dull things, indeed, pockmarked by endless periods of silence. At the end of a game you could gather up all the telegraphic reports and read them in 15 minutes. McDonald has to spread them out eight and 10 times that long. Storeroom of Memory and Savvy Save Him For instance, here’s the way a play is built up. The telegraphic report says: “Pesky up.” “Here’s Johnny Pesky, Boston shortstop,” says McDonald. “He’s a little fellow about 5 feet. 10. He had a real good year in 1946, batting .335. Travis, at third base, moves a little closer because Pesky bunts a lot.”. All this time nothing has come over the wire except the words, “Pesky up.” Arch is too old a hand to be nervous. He reaches back in his storeroom of memory and savvy and visualizes the scene with the knack of faithful reproduction that won for him three national awards as the best baseball announcer in the business. “Pesky is played straightaway,” he says. “He doesn’t pull so much....” * Just then the telegraph sounder begins clacking and Walley pounds his typewriter: "B 1, INSIDE. S 1, FANNED. ...” "Wynn winds up, pitches,” relays McDonald. “It’s too close. Pesky falls back and it’s ball one.” Arch takes it easy now; he doesn’t want to follow too closely behind the wire, although he doesn’t allow plays to pile up so that when he gets to them he has to feign surprise. “I may have some ham in me,” he says, “but not so much that I want to be a dramatic actor and a baseball broadcaster.” When the Wire Fails You Must 'Flubdub' So, while Walley’s typewriter is telling how Pesky lined out to Joe Grace on the third pitch, Arch is dealing with the second pitch: “Here comes Wynn again—stee-rike! Pesky swung and missed. It’s one-and-one. ...” Then he disposes of Pesky’s liner to left field. It’s a good day’s work and no task for the uninitiated, particularly when the wire goes dead, as it did yesterday for 20 minutes. Then it was that McDonald rolled up his sleeves and went to work, reviewing previous innings, telling stories and anecdotes and-, as he puts it, “flubdubbing.” Of course, when the wire was restored all the accumulated plays came in a hurry and this called for a sense of timing, too. _ Francis Stann. Vernon and Williams Get Even Start in Stick Crown Race By a Staff Correspondent of The Star BOSTON, April 16.—Mickey Vernon, the Nats’ defending American League batting cham pion, and Boston's Ted Williams, his famed challenger, have launched the season on even terms . . . Each bashed a single and a double and smashed across two runs in four trips to the plate here yesterday ... A crowd of 30,822, largest opening day throng in Fenway Park history, witnessed the opener and left un impressed by the inept fielding of both clubs . . . Mickey Haefner, who twice trimmed the Red Sox last season, was to pursue the Nats’ initial victory here today, with Joe Dobson slated to pitch j for Boston. The Nats get some sort of break In that Mickey Harris, Boston’s sparkling southpaw, is nursing a# sore shoulder ... Boo Ferriss has asthma and may not be able to pitch tomorrow, when the Nats will fire Sid Hudson . . . Gov. Robert Bradford of Massachu setts tossed out the first ball, but he caught more than he tossed ... He threw a ball to Hal Wag ner, Boston catcher, who politely trotted to the Governor’s box and flipped the ball back to him as a souvenir. Umpire Bill Summers then took Tex Hughson’s first pitch, waddled to the Governor’s box and also pitched it to him. Will Harridge, American League president, and Joe Cronin, Red Sox manager, hoisted the 1946 American League pennant over Fenway Park in pregame cere monies . . . Bobo Newsom, who will pitch the Nats’ opener at Washington against New York on Friday, has been receiving nu merous good luck charms . . . among them a 20-franc Swiss gold piece. Fenway Park is devoid of ad vertising, much to the glee of first basemen, who complained of the ball being obscured by white lettering on the left-field fence when tossed to them from third base and shortstop. B. H. - « 'You Take It' Attitude Costly to Griffmen As Red Sox Score By Burton Hawkins Star Staff Carrnpondant BOSTON, April 16.—When the Nats cease their overly-polite field ing tactics and stop granting gift hits to the opposition they’ll estab lish themselves as a club to be feared in the American League pen nant race. Off their performance in one game, there is nothing wrong with Washington that more polished fielding can’t cure. The box score of that 7-6 defeat dealt the Nats by the Boston Red Sox here yesterday before an open ing-day throng of 30,822 doesn’t show any errors by the Nats, but that box score is the most convincing liar since Baron Munchausen. The Nat’s shoddy fielding cost them the game. Boston mauled Early Wynn for 15 hits, but Wynn should have walked off Fenway Park’s mound with a triumph. It was in the first inning, with Dom Di Maggio on second with two out, that Jerry Priddy and Buddy Lewis sprinted to the right field boxes for the dangerous Ted Williams’ high pop fly. Both arrived on the scene in time to catch the ball, but at that point their graciousness exceeded their ability. Additional Generosity. With a great show of generosity, Priddy and Lewis permitted that foul fly to plop between them. Wil liams then singled to right, scoring Di Maggio. Less damaging, but equally dis concerting to Wynn, was Rudy York’s pop fly between home and third in the second inning. On that occasion Cecil Travis and A1 Evans held a conversation consist ing of “you take it.” That innocent little hoist also fell to earth untouched, but York was retired later on a deep drive to Stan Spence in center. That wasn’t the extent of the Nats’ erratic behavior. In the third inning Evans streaked to the field boxes along the first base line in pursuit of Ed Pellagrini’s foul fly. He was under the ball, 5 feet from the railing, but he muffed it. He wasn’t charged with an error, prob ably because the ofiQcial scorer was in a forgiving mood and Pellagrini then blasted a home run over the center over the centerfleld fence. It became infectious, for later in the inning Lewis misjudged Wil liams’ liner into a double, but Wil liams was out at third attempting to be greedy with the Nats. Gift Runs Cost Game. Those first two Boston runs were outright gifts and it developed they cost the ball game. Tex Hughson, who retired the first 15 Nats in order, grasped a 3-0 lead when Johnny Pesky, Di Maggio and Bobby Doerr singled in the fifth, but the Nats then became trouble some. Mars (jnnstmans single on Pesky’s glove was the first Wash ington hit starting the sixth. He was forced by Evans and Wynn flied out, but Joe Grace and Lewis followed with singles to score Evans. Grace was out attempting to reach third on Lewis’ single to center. The Nats sliced Boston’s advant age to 3-2 in the seventh when Mickey Vernon singled, took second on a passed ball, shifted to third on Travis’ single and scored as Priddy forced Travis. The Red Sox bounced back with three runs in their half of the sev enth in an inning when the Nats didn’t distinguish themselves with their fielding. Pesky beat out a slow roller to Priddy and Di Maggio a single to right, sending Pesky to third. Pesky scored and DI Maggio romped to second as Priddy fumbled with Williams’ grounder, then recov ered in time to throw him out but too late to engineer what should have been a double play. Nats Pound Hughson. Doerr walked and York’s grounder hopped between Travis’ legs for a single, scoring Di Maggio. SamMele walked to fill the bases and Doerr scored as Christman threw out Wag ner before Priddy flipped out Hugh son. The Nats unloaded their artillery on Hughson in the eighth to ac cumulate four runs. Evans and Wynn singled, but Evans was on third with two out after Grace drilled into a double play. Lewis and Spence walked to fill the bases and Vernon then pumped a double high off the left field fence, scoring Evans and Lewis. Into that situation walked Earl Johnson, who proceeded to walk Travis. When he pitched two balls to Priddy he was supplanted by Harry Dorish, who seemingly had escaped damage when Jerry lifted a pop fly in back of third base. Wil liams, Pellagrini and Pesky watched the ball drop safely for a double and the score was tied as Spence (See NATS, Page A-21.) ’ Pro Cage Loop Plans Changes Next Season Double-Headers Considered as One Way to Please Fans By Lewis F. Atchison Basket Ball Association of America bigwigs, apparently convinced the pro game is back to stay, are plan ning more changes than a workroom full of milliners to make it more at tractive for the customers and more profiitable for themselves next sea son. One problem, that Of giving the fans a full evening’s entertainment without the 60-minute marathons they staged last winter, neatly may be solved by joining forces with the rival pro circuit and playing double headers. This would restore the 40-minute game and with it some semblance of scientific play. Almost every large city mu twu pro teams these days and the cut throat competition threatened to put the proprietors in hock. In Chicago, for example, the BBAA Stags and National League Bears had 60 dates at the stadium and when they got around to the BBAA playoffs the pewholders showed a startling lack of interest. If the two teams sign a peace treaty rental costs at the stadium can be reduced 50 per cent and gate receipts possibly doubled. It sounds like smart business. Moreover, there is a movement afoot to get the season over—playoffs and all, by the first week in April, and any one who objects may go stand in the comer. This is merely a sample of the club owners’ think ing, but it sounds as if they have both feet firmly on the ground and •re in a progressive mood. Double-headers pose a problem for the Caps unless Baltimore can be coaxed into the scheme. Uline Arena’s comparatively small seating capacity precludes hopes for pro bargain bills here, but Paul Rothgeb could feature attractive independent games in the curtain raiser, or how about giving the Johnny Adams’ Redskins five that spot? Those Caps still around town had a farewell party last night at the Blackstone, where the first group gathered some six months ago. Not all of them will be back next season because Coach Red Auerbach has definite plans for rebuilding. The talk is that onlv the top six men. Bob Feerick, Irving TorgofT, Fred Scolari, Bones McKinney, John Mahnken and Johnny Norlander. are certain to return. It’s rumored that two others definitely will be turned loose and that two more may be traded or sold outright. Auerbach is maintaining a discreet silence. It was a nice gesture bv the Caps that cutting in Gene Gallette for a full share although he played only one game. Gene's damaged knee means the end of his basket ball career, doctors say. Nine players received full shares of $1,005, plus an additional $200 each for winning the Eastern divsiion championship. Ken Keller drew a three-fourths share of $750 and Bob Gantt was voted a half-share of $502.50. Auer bach and Rothgeb were voted 12/14 of a share each, $050 each, plus the $200 for winning in the East. Ed Coffey, former FBI ace and now with the FBI of the turf, isn’t the only member of the family with talent. Comely Mrs. Maria Coffey, daughter Sheila and son Tim, all are singing roles in the “Firefly," being presented this week by the Sacred Heart Players. And Ed ad mittedly can’t even lift a note, much less carry it any distance. -• •. -V -. ’ -'. ' -•:■■ .'« ..: . • SAFE AT SECOND—Eddie Pellagrini, Bosox third baseman, is safe at second in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game against the Washington Nats at Boston, beating the throw from Washing ton Catcher A1 Evans to Mark Christman after Johnny Pesky’s bunt. Pellagrini scored the tie breaking run shortly afterward as the Sox won, 7-6.—AP Wirephoto. Robinson Displays No Sign of Nervousness, But Wishes He Did By th« Associated Press BROOKLYN, April 16.—If Jackie Robinson felt his nerves jumping or was even conscious that he was about to take part in a momentous baseball event, he kept his feeling remarkably well concealed. Jackie, the first Negro to play in a modem big league game, stood around and chatted easily with all comers as his club, the Dodgers, and the opposing Boston Braves took turns warning up for yesterday’s opener. He grinned wide when asked if he felt any "butterflies” in his stomach. not a one, ne demurred, "l wish I could say I did, because then maybe I’d have an alibi if I don’t do so good. But I won’t be able to use that as an alibi.” The former U. C. L. A. star sounded as if he meant it very much —that he wanted more than any thing else to stand or fall on his own merits as a player, right from the start. He was asked if he had detected any difference thus far be tween big league play and the minor league variety. Big Difference in Play. “Plenty,” he said without hesita tion, “tip here,” he tapped his temple a couple of times. “There’s a big difference, believe me. They’re thinking all the time on this team.” How did he like playing first base, a position totally strange to him up to a few weeks ago? “Pine, fine,” the 28-year-old Negro said. “I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about it, but I’m glad (See ROBINSON, Page A-21.) League Statistics WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1047. AMERICAN LEAGUE. Yesterday's Results. Boston. 7: Washington, 6. Philadelphia, 6: New York, 1. Chicago, 2; Cleveland, 0. Detroit, 7: St. Louis, 0. Standing of the Clubs. W. L. Pet. G. B. Philadelphia _1 0 1.000 Chicago _1 0 1.000 Boston _1 0 1.000 Detroit _1 0 1.000 Washington _0' 1 .000 1 New York_ 0 1 .000 1 Cleveland _ 0 1 .000 11 St. Louis_ 0 1 .000 1 Games Today. Games Tomorrow. Wash, at Bos., 2:00. Wash, at Bos., 2:00. Det. at St. L., cold. Detroit at St. Louis. Chi. at Clev., rain. Phila. at New York. Phila. at N. Y., rain. Only games. NATIONAL LEAGUE. Yesterday's Results. Cincinnati. 3: St. Louis, 1. Brooklyn, 5; Boston. 3. Philadelphia, 4: New York, 8. Pittsburgh, 1; Chicago, 0. Standing of the Clubs. W. L. Pet. G. B. Brooklyn___1 0 1.000 Cincinnati "_1 0 1.000 Philadelphia_1 0 l.ooo Pittsburgh _1 0 1»000 3t. Louis_ 0 1 .000 1 New York_ 0 1 .000 1 Chicago _ 0 1 .000 1 Boston _ 0 1 .000 1 Games Today. Games Tomorrow. Bos. at Bklyn.. rain. Boston at Brooklyn. N. Y. at Phila., rain. New York at Phila. St. Louis at Cine. St. Louis at Cine. Pitts, at Chi., cold, pittsb'gh at Chicago. Mulloy Takes Net Title MIAMI, Fla., April 16 (/F).^-Gard nar Mulloy of Miami won the Southern night tennis singles title last night with a convincing victory over Buddy Behrens of Fort Lauder dale, 6—4, 6—2. Games Wanted River Terrace A.C. is booking baseball games for Saturdays and Sundays on its home diamond. Call Noble Barnes at Atlantic 8917, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Louisville Is Rated Team to Beat as AA Opens 46th Season By the Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 16.— Louisville’s Colonels were rated the team to beat, but Kansas City’s Blues loomed as the crowd magnet today as the American Association grabbed the center of the baseball stage for the opening of its 46th straight pennant race. Two afternoon games, at Kansas City and Milwaukee, were on the inaugural slate, along with night contests at Columbus and Toledo, and President Frank Lane predicted more than 45,000 fans would sit in on the lid lifters. Biggest crowd was scheduled as the Blues battled St. Paul, the best guess being* 14,000. The Blues were to have Deros and Miarhos as bat tery mates, against Weiland and new Manager Herman Franks for the Saints. _ i-GET THE WORKSh -OUR SPECIAL HAIR CUT | a ■ ■ rpp HAIR SINGE) Any Shampoos (Fitch, Oil, [ Mange) i AND TONIC ) Bond Barber Shop 71416 14th St. N.W. "Lookt for the Brats Rail’’ What the Stars Did By the Associated Press _Mickey Vernon, Senator*—Drove Tex Hughson, Red Sox pitcher, to showers in eighth Inning with a bases-loaded two-bagger Started drive to retain American League batting title by get ting two Uta In four AB'i. Hank Oreenbezg, Pirates—Made 1m preslve Rational League debut by doubling home the run that beat the Cube. 1-0. Back at flrst base he han dled 17 chancces without an error. . Stan Musial, cardinals—National leagues s leading 1946 swatter, went hltlees against Cincinnati. He filed out once, grounded out twice and fanned once. Jackie Robinson. Dodgers—Went hit less in four trie* against the Brave*, but hit speed afoot, after bunting in seventh, led to Boston error that set up winning Brooklyn rally. Ted Wtfjlams. Red Sox—Went “2 for 4 against Washington, driving In two runs with a double and single. Baksi Nails Woodcock But Won't Take On Louis This Year >y th« Asiocialwi Pr»»« LONDON, April 16.—Joe Baksi, Kulpmont, Pa, heavyweight who stopped Britain’s Bruce Woodcock in seven rounds last night, will not fight Joe Louis this year. Match maker Nat Rogers of New York said today after a conference with Nate Wolf son, Baksi’s manager. “Both Wolfson and Baksi, who did not attend the conference, made it clear that they didn’t want to fight Louis this year,” Rogers told news men. “Baksi wants to get away to Czechoslovakia for that holiday he has ‘ ed for a long time.” B imed his chance to meet Louis for the world heavyweight title in New York, June 26, by belt ing the British champion all over Harringay Stadium last night. He floored the British hope five times in the first two frames, won all six of the completed sessions and had his opponent bleeding and groggy when the referee halted the fight at 1:12 of the seventh. a 6vi/ a mb w a iicttuaciie new,” said the 20th Century Sport ing Club matchmaker, who watched last night’s one-sided bout and car ried a contract for a title fight with Louis into the winner’s dressing room afterward. “I have now got to get to work on either Jersey Joe Walcott or Melio Bettina if we are to fix a match for Louis this sum mer.” Louis, meanwhile, stated in Cali fornia that if a title bout is not lined up for him this summer he is pre pared to announce his retirement from the ring. Bladensburg Trackmen Win Bladensburg High School boasts the first and only track team among Prince Georges County schools. Bladensburg launched its track sea son yesterday with a 41% to 36% win over Bel Air, Md., as Ronnie Lange and Fulton Gerhold showed the way. 29 Rookies See Action | j ' Jr ■ - \ But Show Is Stolen By Veteran Stars By Joe Reichler Associated Press Sports Writer Twenty-nine rookies saw action in the major baseball leagues on opening day, but such established stars as Hal Newhouser, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams, Pete Reiser, Dom Di Maggio and Truett (Rip) Sewell stole the show. Newhouser, whistling his left handed shots through rain and fog at St. Louis, blanked the Browns, 7-0, with four hits, to get off to a flying start toward his fourth con secutive 25-victory season. Greenberg, playing his first cham pionship game in a Pittsburgh uni form, broke up a scoreless duel be tween the Pirates and Chicago at Wrigley Field by blasting a sixth inning double to drive in the run that nipped the Cubs, 1-0. The blow enabled Sewell to best w.nv Borowy as each hurler gave up five hits. w uuams races Red Sox. WUUams drove in two runs with a single and a double to lead the Boston Red sox to a 7-6 triumph over the Washington Senators at the Hub. Di Magglo, in addition to playing superbly in centerfleld with four putouts and an assist, rapped out three hits and scored twice. Reiser scored three runs and drove in two to account for every • Brooklyn run as the Dodgers de feated the Boston Braves, 9-3, at Ebbets Field. Pete’s double in the seventh drove in the tying and winning runs. Veterans also showed the way in °^,er Karnes: Phil Marchildon, the Philadelphia Athletics’ Canadian star hurler, scattered six New York Wts to defeat the Yankees, 6-1, in their own bailiwick. Eddie Lopat. long a nemesis to the Cleveland Indians, outpitched Bob Feller 2-0 before 55,014 fans in Cleveland. 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