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w in, Lose, or Draw
By FRANCIS E. STANN
At the Head of the Class Is Phalanx
That sizzling victory in the first section of the Wood Memorial
^ the other day did something for C. V. (Sonny) Whitney’s brown, Vir
ginia-bred colt, Phalanx. It moved him right to the head of the class
which is priming for the 73d running of the Kentucky Derby only
__ 12 days away.
By that always mysterious communion of hoss
players’ minds, no matter how far they are sepa
rated geographically, Phalanx was gaining support,
anyway, but his record Wood triumph Just about
made it certain that the son of Pllate-Jacola will
be the favorite at Churchill Downs on May 3.
All of which proves again that what Derby
hopefuls do as 2-year-okls isn’t important. Not that
Phalanx was a bad 2-year-old. On the contrary,
he was pretty good. He won five of 15 races and
$57,110 in purses, but as an oat-winner he didn’t
compare with Education and Double-Jay, among
others.
Education, owned by Fred Hooper, a Floridian
Frkads b. iun. who hit the Derby jackpot two years ago on his
first try with Hoop Jr., won $164,473 last year, but now he’s just &
weak-legged sprinter who won’t even go to the post at Churchill
Downs. He doesn’t owe Hooper anything, however, inasmuch as he
cost only $6,600, and when his boss bought him he knew that Educa
tion’s mater and pater were sprinters wily.
There is less reason to dismiss Double-Jay, who won $77,550 as
a 2-year-old and who is known as a tractable colt, but there’s no ques
tion but that Phalanx is the fair-hairer boy, rating over Double-Jay,
I Will, On Trust, Cornish Knight, Stepfather, Cosmic Bomb, Jet Pilot
and the rest.
Cornish KnightAlso Is ,Virginia-Bred
Next to Phalanx, the track mob is regarding Cornish Knight,
billed as “the Canadian hopeful,” with the greatest respect.
Actually, Romish Knight, like Phalanx, is a Virginia-bred colt.
He is a long, rangy, game, unbeautiful animal who wasn’t much as a
2-year-old, but who won his first start this season in a 5%-furlong
sprint in mud at Jamaica, and who came back a week later to beat
Phalanx, Stepfather and a couple of other potential Derby rivals in
the mile-and-a-sixteenth Experimental. That victory brought his
owner, Wealthy Toronto Industrialist E. P. Taylor, $14,600—more than
Cornish Knight won during his entire racing as a 2-year-old.
The undisputed glamour boy of the Derby as of this date, Phalanx
focuses attention once more to the famous Eton blue silks of the
Whitney family, which sent out more Derby starters and favorites be
tween 1915 and 1927 than any other stable.
Back in 1915 Harry Payne Whitney’s Regret became the only
filly ever to win the Derby. In 1927 Whitney, who died in 1930, saddled
another Derby champion, Whiskery. Six times during those 13 years
the Whitney* horses were post-time favorites.
Eddie Arcaro Is High on His Mount
Only twice since the death of H. P. Whitney has the Eton blue,
now carried by the horses of his son, Sonny, been seen in the Derby.
In 1935 Today finished twelfth; 10 years later Jeep was fifth. Sonny
Whitney’s best bet until now was Equipoise, in 1931, who was scratched
shortly before post time.
Phalanx is a good-sized colt who starts slowly and can go a dis
tance. He proved this in the Wood and he proved it twice before
when he became the only 2-year-old to win two stakes over a dis
tance—the mile-and-a-sixteenth Remsen and the mile-and-70-yards
Ardsley at Jamaica.
That penchant for going a distance recommends Phalanx for the
Derby which, at a mile and a quarter at an early date for 3-year-olds,
is a rugged test. Furthermore, Phalanx has the unqualified approval
of two top jockeys, one of whom couldn’t stay in the saddle. Last
November at Pimlico the colt lost his Chilean rider, Ruperto Donoso,
and, when pressed for an explanation, Donoso was forthright. “He
ran away with me,” he confessed, and when a so-called slow starter
tosses his jock early in a race, that speaks eloquently for the colt.
It has remained for Eddie Arcaro, however, to sum up Phalanx
as the Whitney hopeful approaches the Derby. “Any one who beats
this baby in the Derby will know he’s been to the races,” says Arcaro,
who rode him in the Wood and will ride him again at Louisville.
Assault Assigned 128 Pounds
For Jamaica Race Saturday
•y th* Auociattd Pr»«
Assault, 1946 horse of the year and
triple crown winner, has been as
signed top weight of 128 pounds for
Saturday’s 120,000-added 11-16-mile
Excelsior Handicap at Jamaica.
Next to Robert J. Kleberg’s clubfoot
comet is Elmendorf Farm’s stretch
running Stymie.
Assault and Stymie, both out of
competition since last season, are
reported lit for their return to the
turf. Stymie was entered in two
races at the current Jamaica meet
ing that failed to fill.
Delaware Park reports a total of
860 entries for its 14 stake events,
breaking the track’s 1946 record of
792. The 30-day spring meeting
opens May 29.
Fifty-seven horses, believed to be
• new American record, have been
entered for the Tom Roby steeple
chase stakes May 29 at Delaware
Park. Four of the entries are im
ported—two from England, one from
Ireland and the fourth from the
Argentine.
Eddie Arcaro, who rode five win
ners, including both divisions of the
Wood Memorial at Jamaica Satur
day, hoped to return to the saddle
today. He took yesterday off because
his arm was swollen as the Tesult
of a smallpox vaccination.
Lieut. Well, a steeplechaser, showed
the speed of a flat performer at Bel
mont when he went a mile and a
quarter in 2:07%. He could hold
his own in flat company except for
his dislike of the starting gate. He
has been barred on several occasions
for that reason.
Saturday’s mutuel handle at Havre
was the highest In the track’s his
tory. It brought the total play for
the first six days of the meeting to
$5,403,154 for a dally average of
$900,525.
Royal Governor’s victory in Havre’s
Chesapeake Trial, a dash of 6 fur
longs run in the excellent time of
1:10%, probably will serve to reduce
the field in Saturday’s Chesapeake
Stakes over the mile-and-a-16th
route.
W. F. (Bert) Mulholland, trainer
for George D. Widener, has applied
for stall space for 15 head at Mon
mouth Park for the 36-day meeting,
starting June 19. Lucky Draw; one i
of the outstanding stars of the
handicap division last year, heads i
the shipment. i
_ I
Wihners of yesterday’s feature
races: a ,
At Havre de Grace: In the Pink ]
won the Cardiff Sprint in 1:13% i
and returned $1.80.
At Jamaica: Petrol Point won the
mile-and-a-16th Whitestone Purse ■
in 1:45 flat and paid $5.30.
At Suffolk Downs: Flag Drill won i
the 6-furlong feature in 1:13% and
paid $3.40. !
At Pascoag: Post War Style won :
the 6 Vi-furlong feature in 1:24%
and paid $3.80. ]
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Attendance in Majors May Hit '46 Record Peak
Early Games Attract
Average of 18,309
Despite Weather
By Joe Reichler
Associated Press Sports Writi r
Judging from early returns, the
attendance at the major league
baseball parks this season should
come pretty close to matching lut
year’s record.
Despite poor weather which has
caused postponement of 16 games
during the first week of action and
cut into the crowds in others, the
16 big league clubs drew a com
bined total of 786,991 cash cus
tomers, an average of 18,309 per
game.
During the first week a year ago,
the majors, taking advantage of
perfect baseball weather, got in 50
of their 52 scheduled games which
attracted an average of 20,028 per
game.
With the increase in the number
of night games and added interest
in such cities as Pittsburgh and
Cleveland, where ne^ owners have
taken over, it is not inconceivable
that the 1947 attendance will ap
proach, if not top, last year’s amaz
ing figures.
Unisox continue to Win.
Yesterday rally two of the five
scheduled games were played.
The limited action produced one
big upset as the surprising Chicago
White Sox, taking liberties with the
left-handed shoots of Hurricane Hal
Newhouser, the Detroit ace, slapped
down the Tigers, 6-4, to remain un
beaten atop the American League
standings. In registering their
third victory of the campaign, Ted
Lyons’ crew nudged Newhouser and
two successors for 10 safeties, four
of them for extra bases. \
It was not until the fifth inning
that the Tigers managed to score.
Chicago pitchers had a record of
22 straight scoreless innings. Until
then.
The Sox swatted Newhouser for
five runs in the first five innings
to settle the issue. Newhouser was
wild, walking five men during that
time.
He uncorked a wild pitch in the
first inning that conked Ralph Hod
gin and sent the Chicago outfielder
to a Detroit hospital with a con
cussion and a b^d bruise, Hodgin's
condition later was reported as
“satisfactory.”
Cubs Take Third Straight.
In the National League’s only
contest, the Chicago Cubs, behind
Hank Wyse’s three-hit pitching,
won their third straight by blank
ing the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0, at
Wrigley Field. A slow-rolling in
field hit by Ray Lamanno in the
second inning was the only safety
allowed by Wyse until the ninth.
Then Bobby Adams and Lamanno
singled.
Acut x-eterBon, maiung nis nrst
major league start, matched Wyse’s
airtight pitching except for the
sixth Inning when the Cubs broke
loose for five singles and all their
runs. Len Merullo led the Cubs’
10-hit - attack with four blows.
Rain washed out the scheduled
games between Boston and Wash
ington in the American League and
Brooklyn-Boston and New York
Fhiladelphia in the National.
Pauline Betz En Route
To U. S., May Turn Pro
By th» Aisociated PfHi
SHANNON, Eire, April 22,—
Pauline Betz, America’s reigning
tennis queen, who was suspended
from amateur play April 8 by the
United States Lawn Tennis Associa
tion, said heye that she "might”
turn professional.
Miss Betz arrived last night by
plane en route from Paris to the
United States.
Briton, 77, Cards
15th Hole in One
•y tf** Auociatcd Prut
LONDON, April 22.—Britain1!
grand old man of golf—James
Braid—five times Open cham
pion, has turned in his 15th bole
in one.
Now 77 years old, Braid was
playing in a foursome on the new
course Walton Heath, where he
had been professional for 43
years, when he aced the 165-yard
10th hole. 1
Braid still has a ways to go,
though, in the hole in one busi
ness.
The British golf handbook lists
the world record for holes in one
as being held by the late Sandy
Herd. He did it 19 times.
Chandler Turns Down
Plea to Reconsider
Durocher's Ouster
■y th« Associated Pr««
CINCINNATI, April 22.—Pour one
syllable words, "the case Is closed,”
today snuffed out hopes of the
Brooklyn Dodgers that Leo Duro
cher might manage the team at least
part of this season.
They came from Baseball Com
missioner A. B. Chandler yesterday
as he rejected a request by Branch
Rickey, president of the Dodgers,
and Pord Prick, National League
president, that he reconsider the
one-year suspension he imposed
on the Brooklyn manager April 9.
Rickey and Frick appeared before
the Commissioner accompanied by
Arthur Mann, Rickey’s assistant,
and Walter O’Malley and Judge
Henry L. Ughetta, part owners of
the club.
Shortly after the quintet filed
out of Chandler’s chambers, the
commissioner’s office issued a 60
word statement which declared they
had asked the commissioner "to
reconsider the Durocher case.”
“The commissioner declined, stat
ing the Durocher case was closed,”
the statement said in conclusion.
The was no further comment
from any of the conference partici
pants. Rickey, Prick and the other
Dodger officials were reported to
have left for New York immediately.
Later, Walter W. Mulbry, secre
tary-treasurer of baseball, said the
commissioner had taken no action
on a plea from Larry MacPhail,
president of the New York Yankees,
for reconsideration of a 30-day sus
pension given Yankee Coach Chuck
Dressen at the same time Durocher
was banned.
_ *
Sandlot Sunday League
Ready to Open oi^May 4
Ten National City Sunday League
teams, largest number In the loop’s
13-year history, are set to start the
season on May 4, President Vic
Gauzza has announced.
Opening day schedule: Washing
ton Boys’ Club vs. Naiman’s Disc
Shop, South. Ellipse: Ahepa vs.
Baslllko Investment, West Ellipse;
Government Employes Insurance vs.
William Bornstein Sons, East El
lipse; Bamby Bread vs. Taft A. C.
at Taft field, and Electronics School
vs. Victor Liquors, North Ellipse. All
games at 3:30 p.m.
Warriors and Stags
Resume Play Tonight
■y ttie An Delated Frees
PHILADELPHIA, April 22.—The
Philadelphia Warriors, sporting a
3-1 advantage in the playoff for
the Basket Ball Association of
America championship, take on the
the Chicago Stags tonight, hoping
to bring a swift end to the playoff.
35th KO Puts Fontaine in Line
For Shot at Lightweight Title
ly tn* AMocid'M Prni
PHILADELPHIA, April 22.—Juste
Fontaine, a high-powered puncher
’rom Milwaukee, shaped up today as
i leading contender for a shot at
he lightweight titles of Bob Mont
gomery and Ike Williams after
balking up his 35th knockout in
>9 bouts.
The scrappy lightweight blasted
>ut his latest kayo last night over
luby Kessle# of New York in 1:52
if the seventh round of a scheduled
0-rounder at the Arena.
Fontaine, fighting below his usual
weight, held the edge most of the
vay, but in the third round Kessler,
i fast, persistent fighter, opened up
vith a left hook to the head and a
harp right that toppled Fontaine
or a three count.
Fontaine quickly recovered from
lis surprise setback, however, and
his long-armed attack to the body
had Kessler rocking in the fifth and
sixth. After softening up the New
Yorker with a left to the stomach,
in the seventh, the Milwaukee light
weight uncovered a left hook to the
Jaw that sent Kessler to the canvas
for the 10 count.
Fontaine’s win added weight to
the current rumors here that the
Milwaukee fighter probably will be
matched with Williams, NBA light
weight champion, and possibly with
Montgomery, recognized as the
world lightweight champion in
Pennsylvania and New York.
G. W.'s Stahley Has New System for '47 Eleven
Spangler Shifted; Grinnell; Close, Miller Sparkle in Spring Drills
By Lowis F. Atchison
"We think putting this man
here and moving this one over
will give us more driving power
and deception,” began Skip
Stahley, chalking X's and O’s on
the blackboard. “Some coaches
think you can't disguise the stuff
we use, but Doc and I (nodding
toward Doc Savage, his back
field coach) have spent a lot of
time working this thing out and
we’re sure it’ll click, if it doesn't
we can revert to the single wing,
but this should go. It may look
odd, but it’s sound football.”
ueorge wasmngton's head
coach was outlining the new
modus operandi the Colonials
will employ next season and if it
confuses the opposition as badly
as it did your humble servant,
G. W. Is bowl bound. Stahley, a
likeable cuss with the blunt ad
dress of a carpenter's hammer,
isn’t claiming the national cham
pionship before the opening kick
off. Par from it G. W. will be
better than last year, he says,
and lets It go at that.
The new strategy wasn’t used
last Saturday when the down
town gridders engaged in friend
ly fratricide for the hopeful
alumni, but the old grads saw
the best brand of tackling, charg
ing and downfield blocking a
Buff and Blue team has shown
in a long time. The boys should
"t Rood, Stahley says, "because
T*ve spent most of our time on
t'-irciarnentals, blocking and tack
The squad geta a half
x
hour of “live" tackling practice
daily and although it’s tough on
its milk-fed carcasses it should
pay off with a stout defensive
team next autumn. Stahley
thifiks the line that held George
town’s ground attack to 19 yards
last year will be even better, and
he doesn't use his hat for a micro
phone.
The gent who was given a fig
urative spade to move G. W.’s
mountainous football problem
seems to be succeeding, inching
along slowly but surely. Only
about 30 men are out for spring
practice, which ends this week,
because Baseball Coach Vinnie
De Angelis needed personnel for
his squad and a number of grid
men play baseball. But Stahley
points out that none of the men
who started with him last sea
son dropped out voluntarily.
Two were sent home, but the rest
remained, and Stahley is a whip
cracker, a perfectionist who will
not be satisfied with good if he
can get better.
mere nave Deen some cnanges
to conform with the new system,
featuring Bill Spangler’s shift
from blocking back to fullback.
He's not exactly greased light- i
ning. Stahley says, but he's i
harder to bring down than the :
cost of living. Paul Skinner has I
moved from fullback to lefthalf,
and if Line Coach A1 Sadusky
can dig up another tackle he may
shove 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bev
Miller out to end. Miller and
durable Carl Butkus play the
same position and Sadusky may
reoommend the change anyway.
* '
The Colonel board of strategy
likes Stan Burak and Frank Close
at end, and in Johnny Grinnell
it thinks it has a better offensive
center than Ed Gustafson but
what he’ll show defensively re
mains to be seen. Zuzu Stewart,
colorful guard of Jim Pixlee's
regime, sent along an outstanding
prospect for his old position in
215-pound Don Mathieson, and
Jim Regan and Bob Unger are
two more of the same.
Skip feels that the. team still
needs a breakaway runner to
really round out the offense and
he's hoping one *may come along
in the new freshman class. But,
with typical Stahley foresight,
he’s preparing to go along with
what he has. Paul Shullenbarger,
Eddie Buell and Dave Sprinkle
ease his worries about passing.
In his book this trio will rank
with the best in the Southern
Conference. And my, oh my, how
they’ll fit in with his new system.
“You won’t give that stuff away
in the paper, will you?” he asked,
as we, bleary-eyed from trying to
figure out the surrealist strategy
on the blackboard, arose to go.
He must have been joking. It
looked like a bowl of spaghetti '
to us.
The guy must have been joking.
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League Statistics
AMERICAN LEAGUE.
Tuesday, April 22, 1947.
Yesterday's Remit*.
Boston at Washington. rain.
Chicaao. 6: Detroit. 4.
Others not scheduled.
Standing of the Clubs,
W. L. Pet. G.B.
Chicago . 3 0 1.000
Boston.4 1 .800
New York-4 3 .667 i
Washington _ 2 3 .400 2
Detroit . 2 3 .400 2
St. Louis.1 2 .333 3
Cleveland .1 2 .333 2
Philadelphia_l 5 .167 3
Game Today. Games Tomorrow.
Wash, at Phil., cold Wash, at Phil, 2:30
Bost. at N. Y. Bost. at V Y
Chi at Det. Chi. at Det.
St. L. at Cleve. 8t. L. at Clere.
NATIONAL LEAGUE.
Yesterday's Results. "
Philadelphia at New York. rain.
Chicago. 3; Cincinnati. 0.
Brooklyn at Boston, rain. i
Others not scheduled.
Standing of the Clubs.
W. L. Pet. G.B.
Pittsburgh .5 1 .833
Philadelphia_ 4 2 .667 1
Brooklyn . 2 2 .500 2
Chicago . 3 3 .500 2
Boston - 2 3 .400 2%
New York... 2 3 .400 2%
Cincinnati . 3 5 .375 3
St. Louis. 2 4 .333 3
„ Games Tamarrew.
N. Y. at Bos. cold. N. Y .at Bost.
Phils, st Bklyn. Phlla. at Bklyn.
Clnci. at Chi . CincL at Chi.
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PITCHES AND PUTTS—Lew Worsham, the Nation’s eighth leading pro golf money winner, from
Washington gets his ailing shoulder checked by George Lentz, trainer of the Nats, while Pitch
er Early Wynn drops in the training room to check his grip, although a baseball bat Is the closest
thing to a golf club on hand._ —Star Staff Pheto
Lewis .500 Mark Is His Reply
To Fan Who Suggested He Quit
By Burton Hawkins
Star Staff Correspondent
PHILADELPHIA, April. 22.—One
of the less charming letters received
by Buddy Lewis at his home in Gas
tonia, N. C., contained the blunt
suggestion that the Nats would be
benefitted if Lewis continued his
holdout through the entire baseball
season. "The team would benefit If
y«u would quit,” read Buddy, who
since has provided an eloquent an
swer with a booming bat.
Lewis reported late to spring
training under somewhat of a cloud.
Today’s game between the Nats
and A’s at Philadelphia has been
postponed _ because of cold and
rain.
He had read where Gil Coan, George
Case, Stan Spence and Joe Grace
were hitting impressively and that
he might have difficulty wedging his
way into Washington’s lineup, but
Buddy maintained a discreet silence,
gradually worked himself into con
dition, then made his move for a
regular berth.
“I don't know but what we’d be
better off without Buddy^’ declared
Clark Griffith when Lewis was In
volved in a salary squabble. “He’s
established in the automobile busi
ness and can’t devote his full atten
tion to baseball. Besides, this same
situation might arise next year.”
Even when Griffith and Lewis
were fussing over money there was
no bitterness, however, and the Nats’
boss said he wouldn’t sign Lewis,
then trade him. "I won’t trade
Buddy unless he asks to be traded,”
said Griffith. “I love that boy and
I wouldn’t do anything he wouldn’t
want me to do. He’s a grand fellow.”
For more than a month Lewis has
been batting better than at any
time in his lengthy major league
career. During spring training he
compiled a .480 average and in the
five games Buddy has played with
the Nats during the regular cam
paign he has swatted at a .500 clip.
Much of that hitting has been
accomplished under a handicap, for
Buddy still is nursing a bone bruise
on his left hand. It’s a painful in
jury which is accentuated when
Lewis bats, but he has remained
in the lineup. For three weeks
Trainer George Lentz has been mas
saging the damaged hand, but it
has responded slowly due to Buddy’s
activity.
Only one of Buddy’s eight hits
thus far has traveled for extra
bases, but Manager Ossie Bluege
Isn’t fretting about it. “All Buddy
has to do is keep ^winging the way
he is now and he’ll get plenty of
doubles and triples,” Ossie said.
"He’s a thing of beauty up at that
plate. His swing is perfect.”
Hits Left-Handers.
During spring training Buddy was
dismissing his hitting lightly^ “I
haven’t seen much left-handed
pitching,” explained Buddy. "Those
left-handers will give me trouble.”
Thus far, though, Lewis has been
dispensing the trouble. Against the
Boston Red Sox on Sunday he saw
nothing but southpaw pitching from
Mel Parnell and Earl Johnson, yet 1
collected two hits in four attempts i
A1 Evans, hitting .375, and Lewis '
were the only Nats batting over .250 1
as Washington invaded this city for <
a two-game series with the Phila- i
delphia Athletics today. I
Sports Program
For Local Fans
TODAY.
Baseball.
Richmond vs. George Wash
ington, Ellipse, 3.
Catholic U. at Georgetown, 3.
Bethesda at Wilson, 3:30.
St. Anthony’s at Sherwood,
3:30.
Woodward at Central, 3:30.
Fairfax at George Washington
High, Alexandria, 4.
Friends at Georgetown Prep,
3:30.
Gonzaga at Tech, 3:30.
Devitt at Roosevelt, 3:15. !
Washington-Lee High at West
ern, 3:30. 1
Bladensburg at Charlotte Hall.
Tennis.
George Washington at Mary
land.
Georgetown at Catholic U.
Golf.
Temple xvs. Georgetown at
Washington Club. ,
Central vs. Georgetown Prep
at Prep, Bethesda vs. Wilson at
Congressional, Western vs. Gon
zaga at Prince Georges, Coolidge
vs. Devitt at Manor, George
Washington High vs. Blair at.
Bannockburn, all at 3. *
TOMORROW.
Baseball.
Kicnmona at Maryland.
Drew vs. Howard, Ellipse, 2:30.
Gonzaga at Coolidge, 3:30.
Mount Vernon at Anacostia,
3:30.
Devitt at Eastern, 3:30.
Blair at Tech, 3:30.
Lacrosse.
Loyola at Maryland.
Tennis.
Tech vs. Wilson, at Pierce Mill,
*.
Central vs. Roosevelt, at Rock
Creek, 4.
Coolidge at St. Albans, 3:30.
' Friends at Georgetown Prep,
3:30,
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Wagner Credits Rise
Of Pirates to Crosby
And Other Bosses
By th« Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA, April 22.—It’s
no mystery to Honus Wagner, vet
eran coach, why the Pittsburgh
Pirates are atop the National
League standings.
“The answer is quite simple,” said
the Flying Dutchman, here for a
speaking engagement. "It’s the new
owners—Mr. McKinney (president
of the club), Tom Johnson and that
guy, Bing Crosby.
"They’ve beeon on hand for every
game and have got the players so
fired up that we look like a great
ball club.”
But old Honus, well past 70 years,
hates to think of what might hap
pen when "that guy Crosby” goes
back to crooning and picture
making.
Praises Team’s Spirit.
“Keep him around all season and
we’d be mighty hard to beat for
the pennant,” he added. “I don’t
know what it is, but Bing, Mr.
McKinney and Tom Johnson have
done something to make good the
same outfit that finished in seventh
place last year. They’re great guys.”
Wagner also extolled the team
spirit imbued by Billy Herman, the
new Buc manager.
“H^ knows what it is all about,”
Honus said. "The boys like to play
for him and there is not one bit
of jealousy over the presence of
high salaried Hank Greenberg.
“You should have seen Greenberg
in spring training. He was just
another player, ready to give a
rookie a helpful hand, anxious to do
his bit.”
Says Game Has Improved.
Honus, rated the greatest short
stop of all times, is a firm believer
that baseball of today has improved
since he bowed out of active com
petition during the First world War.
"But it’s not near as rough,” said
the Dutchman whose first profes
sional contract with Steubenville,
Ohio, called for only $35 a month.
He recalled the days when the play
ers sharpened or donned new spikes
In order to get even with a rival
team."
Other Teams Prefer
Loser, Won't Help
A's, Mack Hints
•y Hi* Atsoclatad Pna
PHILADELPHIA, April 32 —
Connie lluk didn’t say It in exactly
thee* words—tout he Indicates he
thinks the 15 other major league
teams like a consistent loser and
thus won’t help his Philadelphia
Athletics.
"Nobody wants to help us," the
84-year-old American League owner
manager laments. "Once they get
you down, by gosh, they keep you
there.
And Connie Isn’t kidding.
Since 1035. the A’s have finished
In the cellar nine times; seventh
twice. In 1044 the club virtually
outdid itself—"even surprising me,’’
Mack said—and finished In a tie for
fifth with the Cleveland Indians.
Nothing He Can Do,
Already the Mackmen, with the
1047 season Just a week old, are In
the basement—"and there’s nothing
at this time that we can do to
change the outlook,” Mack said.
"Teams don’t have ball players
they want to trade to us,” Connie
reported, without the twinkle in his
eye. “And when they do want to get
rid of a guy, by heck we don’t want
him either.”
"I want to give Philadelphia a
winning ball club, but it won’t be
this year. ,
"I don’t know when well get a
winner.”
Mack, once a major league catcher
himself, turned on a smile as he
looked on his championship club of
1929-30-31.
“We had a hitting, fielding and
pitching team then. They were
pretty good, pretty good.”
Connie turned to 1947.
Can’t Promise to Win.
“I’ve been pretty disappointed
with the hitting this year,” he said.
“But we’ve got a good outfield, any
way. About the infield? By gosh,
I know they’re not so hot, but they
try hard and they play good ball. I
hoped we might pick up a pitcher
in the next coupla weeks, but no
body has anybody for us.
"Though we’ve lost five of six, *
we’ve been playing good baseball,
and can promise our fans that we
will continue to do so.
“But we can’t promise to win.”
Mack said his A’s played the two
toughest teams in the American
League—Boston and New York—
“and Boston is certain to win the
pennant again.”
“The Red Sox really have a ball
club—good outfield, swell Infield,
four nifty pitchers, and donVfarget
Ted Williams.”
Eastern League to Open
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., April 22
(JP).—The Eastern League opens Its
25th campaign tomorrow with every
club strengthened in playing mate
rial and every ball park refurbished. s
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