w in, Lose, or Draw
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
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
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. _
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
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
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
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
With a great show of generosity,
Priddy and Lewis permitted that
foul fly to plop between them. Wil
liams then singled to right, scoring
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1047.
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.
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.
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. _
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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
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
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
29 Rookies See Action
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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
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
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
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.
Schoolboy Rowe and Del Ennis
last year’s top rookie, combined to
give the Phils a 4-3 win over the
New York Giants before 27,203.
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