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Washington, D. C., Wednesday, August 20, 1947—A—14 *
W in, Lose, or Draw
By FRANCIS E. STANN
War in the West’
“I can’t believe it,” Clark Griffith was saying this morning.
“I can't believe any group of ball players will gang up against a
manager, but if it’s true I’ll find out who they are, don’t worry.”
The Senators, it would seem from a reliable report out of the
West, are not quite 100 per cent oenina uieir leaaer,
Ossie Bluege. Some of the gentlemen who have
Just lost nine straight games have more or less
come out in the open about it, although pleading
for anonymity “because we don’t want to be labeled
For a man greatly surprised that the mirrored
surface of the Washington club's season should be
so disturbed, Mr. Griffith had his answers 'ready
when asked today to comment on Correspondent
Burt Hawkins’ story that all is not well in the
Senators’ morale department.
"I’ve never let any ball players run a manager
off my club yet,” Griffith snapped, "and I’m not
eoine to start now. I know who is responsible,
Francis stann I think. It's one man. It’s always one man. He
leads a few others into saying something foolish, but those few others
aren’t really responsible.”
The Indians Didn't Speak to Vitt
The story out of Cleveland indicated that nearly half the regulars,
plus some of the reserves, had confessed they were antl-Bluege.
"I donl! care if 10 or 30 players are gunning for Bluege,” com
mented Griffith, bitterly, "I’m going down the line for my manager.
Bluege has done the best he could arid nobobdy’s going to run him
off the club this year.”
And next year?
"Bluege is a credit to the game,” Griffith replied. "As for next
year, who manages the team is my business. No ball players are
going to tell me who they’ll pay for and who they won’t.”
The old gentleman paused and meditated. Finally:
"I still fc-n’t believe ball players would do such a thing.”
Of course, they do such things. Right in Cleveland, where the
Nats are busying themselves at the moment, there was an even more
startling uprising against a manager a few years ago. That was
when the Indians half-heartedly were fighting for a pennant and
whole-heartedly fighting Oscar Vitt, to whom few of the players
spoke. There is ample precedent, although perhaps not on the
Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
“My team is in a terrible batting slump,” Griffith said. "I dan for
give the players for that, but, I can’t forgive them for this alibi stuff.
Because they're not hitting they're blaming it on Bluege, according to
this report. What can he do? Can he hit for them?
“Those players signed contracts to play baseball and any man
who talks against Bluege is breaking his contract. He isn't fulfilling
his obligation to the public.
“Mv niavers nrp making good monev. It’s the highest-paid club
I ever owned or managed. It's one of the best paid in baseball and
those fellows better start trying to earn their salaries.”
Griffith indicates that he knows the ringleader “if there is any
trouble.” He persists in the belief that one man is responsible. “He
makes $15,000 a .year and this is what he's doing,” he said caustically.
They’ll be more to this story. Whether it’s the fault of Bluege
or the men who serve under him, morale on the Washington club
hasn't been high for a long time. It wasn’t very high at the start
of the season, when fellow-pitchers dispatched that “Hope you had
a good rest” telegram to Bobo Newsom. This was laughed off, but
there was smoke.
Now there's more smoke and, to coin a phrase, where there’s
smoke there’s fire. _
Greatest Scoring Spree Ever
On in Championship TrapshOot
By the Associated Press
VAJIDALIA. Ohio,, Aug. 20—The
greatest scoring spree the Grand
American Trapsoot ever has ex
perienced was due to continue today.
Records, and rain, fell all over
the place yesterday as 925 shooters
battled it out in the 200-target 16
yard North American clay target
race—the" toughest of them all to
win—but a downpour upset the
schedule and 550 of the marksmen
were to shoot the final 100 clays
Forty-two of the 925 starters—38
amateur's and four professionals—
broke the first 100 targets of the
lorg grind. 96 others had scores of
99. and 113 had 98, making about
28 per cent of the big field with an
average of 98 or better. Nothing
like that has ever happened around
the "roaring grand” before.
Two Women Top Record.
On top of that two women—Mrs.
Lela Hall Frank of Sierra Madre,
Calif., and Helen O'Dell of Lagrange,
Calif.—broke 197 of 200 each in the
women’s North American race, a
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and they still had a chance to finish
second as two other feminine stars,
Miss Florence Mos of Wichita, Kans.,
and Chubby Ruth Cuthbert of Win
chester, Va., scored 99 of 100 on the
first round and had another 100 to
Rounding out the record-crashing
performances was a five-man squad
which shattered everything in the
books by cracking 996 of 1,000 clays
to better the old record by four,
and 499 of 500 on the last lap to
beat the Gfand American record
by three targets and to tie the best
that has ever been done anywhere.
The inspired squad, with the in
dividual scores: Ralph Smith, Alia,
Mother of Two Pulls
Parks Tennis Upset
By th« Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS. Aug. 20.—Sev
eral seeded players were on the
sidelines as the National Public
Parks Tennis Tournament moved
Into the third round today, but
most of the top favorites still were
In the running.
The biggest upset came yester
day, when Mary Hernando of De
troit, mother of two children, elim
inated second-seeded Lucille David
son of Kansas City, 6—4, 4—6, 6—2.
Ohio. 100—100—200; A. Morrell i-'ei
tus, Washington, Miss., 99—99—198;
W. Cecil Morris, Houston, Tex.,
98—100—198; Clif Doughman, Mor
row, Ohio, 100—100—200, and Pro
fessional D. Lee Braun, Dallas, Tex.,
Deadlocked at 200 of 200 in the
North American scrap were Smith,
Doughman, Napoleon Melette of
Alton, 111.; Karl Maust, the husky
sharpshooter from Lincoln Park,
Mich.; Vic Reinders, college pro
fessor from Waukesha, Wis., and Joe
Hiestand, the Hillsboro (Ohio)
farmer who has copped the event
four times. Braun was out front all
by himself in the professional sector,
but J. B. Grier of Rockland, Del.,
and youthful Rudy Etchen of Bev
erly Hills. Calif., each with 100
straight yesterday, had a chance to
The six amateurs, too, were as
sured of plenty more competition,
for among the 110 squads to com
plete the match today were 17
shooters with perfect marks who
needed another “century” to get into
the shootoff which promises to be
the longest ever staged.
The 17 still in the race were K.
Smstewart, of Wichita, Kans.; Walter
Ward of McKeesport, Pa.; Merle J.
Henkel of Portland, Oreg.; W. O.
Meyerhoff and Val Preston of
Spokane, Wash.; Herb Bush of Can
ton, 111.; Defending Champion Walter
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Ford of Birmingham, Mich.; Shelley
F. Keltner of Pueblo, Colo.; Charles
H. Schupp of Ridgewood, N. J.;
Eugene M. Wentz of Louisville, Ky.;
S. W. McKibbcn of Rushville, Ind.;
Francis Ellis of Jacksonville, Fla.;
Ernest Jelley of Independence, Mo.,
and Kenneth S. Houck of Woods
Minor Classes Sidetracked.
Class championships, 100 targets
at 16 yards, originally were on to
day’s slate at the 48th “grand,” bwt
those minor affairs must stand aside
while the North American—one of
the most coveted titles—is decided.
Of 25 early finishers who scored
100 in the first round yesterday, only
seven were able to come through
with another perfect count in the
second half, but 16 new ones popped
up with perfect scores in the last
portion of the shoot after dropping
one or more at the start. That
added up to 65 per cent runs of 100
for the day.
Dissension Over Bluege Blamed for Nats' Flop
Lack of Leadership,
By Eight Players
By Burton Hawkins
Star Staff Corr»«porvd»nt
CLEVELAND, Aug. 20.—What’s
wrong with the Nats? The answers,
from the Nats, range from con
demnation of Manager Ossie Bluege
and hotel arrangements to the more
obvious protracted batting slump
of the club and a virtually com
plete collapse of spirit.
“If Bluege is managing next year
I don’t want to play with Washing
ton,’’ says one regular. Pour other
regulars and three reserves among
those who expressed opinions were
critical of Bluege but Insisted on
anonymity due to possible reper
"Baseball i? my livelihood and If
I said anything dor publication I’d
be branded,” said one veteran. “We’d
be labelled crybabies and we
wouldn’t look too good, anyway,
beefing about Bluege the way we’re
hitting. But the fellow is not a
There is little criticism of Bluege’s
application of baseball knowledge.
Most players feel his tactics on the
field generally are correct, but when
talk turns to handling his men,
some of the players become bitter.
Ferrell Declared Embarrassed.
"There was a story out of New
York a few weeks ago saying Bluege
would be fired at the end of the sea
son,” said a Nat, "and it speculated
that Rick Ferrell would be named
manager. Shortly after that Bluege
called a clubhouse meeting and in
front of the entire team turned to
Ferrell and said ‘And it might in
terest you to know, Rick, that I’m
going to manage this club a long,
"What kind of diplomacy is that?
Ferrell is the last fellow in the world
to cut another person’s throat for a
job and he has been loyal to Bluege,
but he was embarrassed by that in
cident and there was no excuse for
it. Rick didn't say anything, but if
it had been me, Bluege would have
had a fight on his hands.
"George Myatt was a good utility
infielder and a good man to have
around for his spirit alone. He was
a better player than some we have
on the club right now. Know why
he’s gone? He popped off in the
clubhouse. Called Bluege 'a front
running (four words deleted)’ be
cause Ossie came in the clubhouse
one night patting everybody on the
back after he won one.
Bluege Glum in Defeat.
‘‘Myatt had seen Bluege’s glum
behavior after defeats, too, and I
guess he just got too sore to hold
back any longer. Anwyay, I went
away from the ball park that night
feeling Myatt was noL long for the
Nats. Sure enough, a Tew days later
he was unloaded to Jersey City. He's
hitting .315 there.
"I’ve seen things on this club that
are disgusting and which wouldn’t
be tolerated by a good manager.
Players with their feet propped on a
bat rack during a game In Phila
delphia, just waiting for the end and
nobody rooting for anybody else. In
Boston recently we even had a player
lying down on the bench in the
midst of a game. If a player is that
tired he ought to be in bed, but he
was in uniform and he was playing
so he should have had a fine slapped
on him. He didn’t even get a harsh
“Some of the fellows have spirit.
Know how that spirit is encouraged?
At Boston Chick Pieretti got up
on his feet and yelled to one of
our fellows, ‘Come on, get a hit.’
Bluege turned to him and snorted,
‘Sit down and shut up.’ We were
losing, 10-0, at the time, so I
guess we’re supposed to be meek
Wait for Rooms Irksome.
“We’re supposed to hustle.”
chimed in another player, "but how
do you think we feel about a club
which lets us wait around hotel
lobbies for three hours trying to
get rooms as we did here yesterday
morning? That’s bush league stuff,
particularly with a twilight-night
double-header coming up the same
afternoon and some of the fellows
needing rest. I’ll say this for
Bluege—he had a room, but gave
it up so a couple of players could
There is no open rebellion against
Bluege, nor will there be if for no
other reason that too many Nats
are afraid of losing their jobs if
they assert themselves. There is
considerable resentment, expressed
individually and anonymously by
many members of the club, regulars
Many of the complaints can’t be
printed because it would reveal the
identity of the Nats involved.
Ninety per cent of the criticism
leveled at Bluege is due to his
handling of men. with his accusers
claiming he is no leader.
Bluege is finishing the second
year of a two-year contract, with
no word yet from Clark Griffith
whether it will be renewed.
Johnny Baker to Coach
Merchant Marine Backs
By th« Associated Press
KINGS POINT, N. Y., Aug. 20.—
Three coaches resigned today and
a backfield coach was hired at the
U. S. Merchant Marine Academy,
director of Athletics William Rein
Reinhart said that Lt. Comdr.
John Baker, former freshman coach
at George Washington University
and recently director of athletics
at the San Mateo, Calif., Merchant!
Marine Academy, had been signed
to tutor the Mariner backs.
Gus Zamas, former Ohio State
player and coach of the cadet foot
ball line the past two seasons, re
signed to become head wrestling
coach and line coach at Easton,
Pa., High School.
Ray Stoviak. former Villanova
ball carrier and coach of the
Mariners backfield, quit to be
come director of athletics and foot
ball coach at Arnold College. George
Poulous, swimming mentor, resigned
to join the athletic staff at the
University of Iowa.
BLOCKED OFF—Dixie Walker of the Dodgers is tagged out at the plate by Catcher Del Rice of St.
Louis in round 4 of the game won by the Cardinals at Brooklyn yesterday, 11-3. Walker’s out
was the second part of a double play in which First Baseman Stan Musial took Johnny Jorgen
sen’s roller, stepped on first and then rifled the ball home. —AP Wirephoto.
Parker, Mulloy on
U.5. Tennis Team
By Associated Press
NEW YORK, Aug. 20—The four
Davis Cuppers who brought back
the trophy from Australia last De
cember—Jack Kramer, Ted Schroe
der, Frank Parker and Gardnar
Mulloy—today were named to de
fend the cup against the challenge
of the Australian team at Forest
Hills on Labor Day week end.
Announcement of the selections
was made by Jones W. \fersereau,
chairman of the United States Davis
Cup Selection Committee, and the
names were to be handed to the
captain of the Australian team, Roy
Cowling, at Boston today by Alrick
H. Man, jr., nonplaying captain of
the American team.
Each country, Dy Davis uup regu
lations, is required to name Its four
man team today, but the doubles
combination does not have to be
announced until 24 hours before the
event. The probability is that the
quartet will meet in the final at
Brookline, Mass., this week and thus
spare Man and the Selection Com
mittee the necessity of making a
decision on the doubles pair.
All four were members of the
team that lifted the international
trophy from the Australians at Mel
bourne last December. Mulloy and
Parker, playing together here for
only the third time, made a deep
impression on Man Sunday when
they won the Newport Casino team
honors from Kramer and Schroeder
in four sets.
Cowling has had even less to say
about the Australian team's makeup.
He has refused to comment about
reports that he has considered
dropping Dinny Pails, who was
beaten by Jaroslav Drobny during
last week's successful interzone tie
against the Czechoslovakians at
Montreal, for Geoff Brown, who
has sparkled here at Longwood.
The Australians," however, seem
deeply concerned over the fact that
both of their doubles teams compet
ing here are in the lower half of
the draw and, if they survive their
third-round engagements will be
called upon to kill off each other
in the semifinals.
Mulloy and Parker, in the same
half with the Australians, also are
a bit irked over their luck in the
draw. They must beat Brown and
Pails and then Bromwich and Colin
Long, the Australians’ crack doubles
tandem, to rech the title round.
In the meantime Kramer and
Schroeder face competition from
only unseeded opposition until they
get through the semifinals. They
had to go four sets yesterda^to
get through India’s Sument C. Misra
and Janished M. Mehtra into a
third-round national doubles brack
et with Jim Brink of Seattle, Wash.,
and Dick Gonzales of Los Angeles.
Grid Teams Meet Tonight
The Metropolitan Football League
will have a meeting of its unlimited
class teams tonight at Andy Farkas’
Sports Store at 8 o’clock. The
160-pounders will meet there at
the same hour on Friday.
Atlanta, 13—4; Nashville. 9—16.
Mobile, 3—4: Memphis, 1—1.
Chattanooga, 7—3: Birmingham. 0—4.
New Orleans, 1: Little Rock. 0.
St. Paul. 5: Indianapolis. 3.
Louisville. 13; Minneapolis. 2.
Kansas City. 12; Toledo, 7.
Milwaukee. 8: Columbus. 7.
Williamsport. 8: Hartford, 6.
Utica. 6: Scranton, 1.
Binghamton. 6; Wilkes-Barre. 8.
Albany, 9: Elmira, 1.
Nats Add Poor Bunting to Inept
Play in Losing Nine Straight
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star
CLEVELAND, Aug. 20.—Unac
customed as they are to having bat
meet ball, the Nats have developed
a streak of inept bunting to blend
with their chain of nine losses.
Their pitching has been splattered
for 27 runs in three games, their
hitting remains a myth, their field
ing is wretched and even the bunt
ing is bad.
The Nats continued along their
rocky road here last night, drop
ping 13-2 and 9-1 decisions to
the Cleveland Indians with no ef
fort, or at least as little as possible.
The Indians mauled Walter Mas
terson and Milo Candini for 17
hits in the opener and blasted Ray
Scarborough for 14 more in the
Washington had a moral victory
as late as the second inning of
the second game, since the score
was 0-0. The Nats even spurted
into a 1-0 advantage in that ses
sion, but they didn’t distinguish
themselves in accomplishing it.
With Mickey Vernon on second
base as the result of Dale Mitchell’s
two-base muff and Stan Spence on
first due to a walk, Mark Christman
was directed to sacrifice with none
out. His mediocre bunt was scooped
up by Pitcher Red Embree in suf
ficient time to force Vernon at
Scarborough Flops as Bunter.
Jerry Priddy’s single to right
scored Spence, and the bases were
loaded when A1 Evans beat out an
infield tap. In that situation the
Nats applied their exclusive version;
of the squeeze play. Christman
streaked home with the pitch, but
Scarborough was embarrassed ex
ceedingly because he failed to bunt
the ball or even touch it. That
made it a simple matter for Catcher
A1 Lopez to tag Christman, then
throw to second and nip Evans
for a double play.
Singles by Embree, Mitchell and
Hal Peck fetched the Indians two
runs in the third. They clustered
five more in the sixth, which was
featured by Ken Keltner’s home
run with two on, then added an
other pair in the seventh when
Keltner doubled across Hank Ed
wards and Eddie Robinson.
It was no fun for the Nats, who
were restricted to seven hits and
for the 14th time in 17 games held
to two runs or less. It marked
the Nats’ 12th defeat in their last
That first game marked the most
brutal beating the Nats have ab-;
Sorbed in their string of misad
ventures. Masterson left the game:
at the end of six innings with a|
Joe Mellendick Named
As Calvert Hall Coach
Special Dispatch to The Star
BALTIMORE, Aug. 20.—Joe Mel
lendick, Oriole outfielder and for
mer Georgetown University football
star, is the new head football,
basket ball and baseball coach at
Calvert Hall School here, it was an
nounced today by Brother Daniel
Henry, school principal,
i Mellendick succeeds Ray Bahr
I and will take over his new post at
j the close of the Oriole baseball sea
; son in September. His first football
game will be against St. John's of
Washington on September 28. He
was assistant coach to Howdy
Meyers at Johns Hopkins last year.
He turned to baseball in 1940
when his promising grid career was
cut short by an injury.
Syracuse, 10—12: Baltimore, S—2.
Montreal, 4; Toronto. 1.
Newark, fi: Jersey City, 4.
Buffalo. 13: Rochester. 8.
comparatively respectable 5-2 deficit,
but what happened to Candidi
shouldn’t happen to a sandlotter.
Eight runs the Indians poured
across the plate in the eighth in
ning, hammering Candini for nine
hits, including triples by Mitchell
and Jim Hegan, plus a double by
Joe Gordon. Both Hegan and Gor
don obtained two hits in the inning,
Keltner Slams Homer.
The Nats had grasped a 2-0 lead
in the third on doubles by Rick
Ferrell and Masterson and singles
by Eddie Yost and Buddy Lewis, but
Keltner locked the score in the
fourth when he rammed a home run
into the left field stands after
Robinson had singled.
While Bryan Stephens, who re
placed Mel Harder in the third and
Ed Klieman checked the Nats,
Cleveland developed a fondness for
Washington's pitching. The Indians
picked up a run in the fifth when
Hegan doubled, moved to third on
Stephens’ sacrifice and scored over
the protests of the Nats when he
slid under Mickey Vernon’s throw
after Mitchell had tapped to Wash
ington’s first baseman.
Two more Cleveland runs clattered
across the plate in the sixth when
Robinson walked and Gordon,
Stephens and Mitchell singled. Then
came Candini, to his ultimate regret,
to yield 10 of the Indians’ 17 hits In
two innings. Stan Spence had two
singles for the Nats, who were
limited to nine hits.
Indians, 13-9; Nats, 2-1
Wash AB. H. O. A. Cleve AB. H. O. A.
Yost.3b _ 6 1 1 0 Mitch l.ct 5 2 10
Lewis,rf 3 14 0 Edw ds.ll 4 12 0
Rob son,II 4 1 3 0 Peck.rl 3 0 3 0
Vernon,lb 4 0 0 0 M'ko’ch.cl 2 12 0
Spence,cl 4 2 10 Boud’u.ss 6 2 o 1
Ch.man.ss 4 0 13 Rob n,lb 4 17 1
Priddy,2b 2 0 4 2 Kelt’r,3b o 3 1 2
Ferrell,c 4 14 1 Gdon,2b 5 3 - 2
Mast’on.p 2 10 1 Hegan.c 4 3 3 1
•Travis - 110 0 Harder.D- 0 0 0 0
Candinl.p 0 0 0 1 Steph's.p 3 10 0
iWynn., 110 0 Klieman,p 10 10
Totals 34 8 24 8 Totals 40 17 27 7
•Singled tor Masterson in seventh.
tSingled lor Candini in ninth.
Washington - 002 000 000— 2
Cleveland _ 000 21- 08x lo
Runs—Ferrell. Masterson, Mitchell. Ed
wards. Metkovich. Boudreau. Robinson U),
Keltner (2), Gordon (3). Hegan (2). Er
rors—Lewis (2). Buns batted in—Keltner
(3), Mitchell (4). Masterson, Lewis, Bou
dreau, Gordon (2), Hegan, Edwards. Two
base hits—Ferrell, Masterson, Hegan, Gor
don. Three-base hits—Nfitchell, Hegan.
Home run—Keltner. Sacrifices—Stephens,
Klieman. Double /plays—Gonftm to Bou
dreau to Bobinson, Hegan to Robinson.
Left on bases—Washington, 10; Cleveland.
8. Base on balls—By Masterson. 3; by
Stephens, 4: by Klieman. 1.
By Masterson, 2; by Stephens. 1, by Can
dini, 1. Hits—Off Masterson, 7 In 6 in
nings; off Candini. 10 in - innings, off
Hardier. 4 in 2% innings; off Stephens. 3
in 4 innings; off Klieman, 2 in 2% innings.
Wild pitch—Stephens. Winning pitcher—
Stephens. Losing pitcher—Masterson.
Umpires—Messrs. Hurley, Summers, Pasa
Wash AB. H. O. A Clove AB. H. O. A.
Yost.3b 4 1 <1 2 Miu.h l.cf 5 3 1 >
Lewis, rf 3 2 3 1 Edw'ds.lt 4 2 1
Rob son.lt 4 0 2 0 Bock n.3b 10 0 0
Vernon.lb 4 1IJ » Peck.rf 3 3 2 0
Spence.cf 3 0 2 0 M'k ch.cf 1 0 1 0
Cn'man.ss 4 0 2 4 Boud’u.ss 4 0 2 i
Priddy.2b 4 111 gpta;n.lb I J 1? }
Evans,c._ 4 14 1 Kelt r,3b 4-11
SCb gh.p 3 10 0 Seere^rf b 0 0 0 0
Conw’y,2b 0 0 12
Lopez.C-- 3 13 1
Embree,P 4 10 4
Totals 33 7 24 P Totals 36 14 27 14
Washington - 010 000 000—1
Cleveland _ 002 005 -00—9
Runs—Spence, Mitchell, Edwards <2).
Boudreau. Robinson (2). Keltner, Gordon,
Embree. Errors—Mitchell. Robinson
Runs batted In—Peck (2). Priddy. Robln
son. Keltner (5). Lopez. Two-base hits—
Scarborough, Gordon. Keltner, Vernon
Three-base hit—-Mitchell. Home run—
Keltner Stolen base—Edwards. Double
play—Lopez to Gordon. Left on bases—
Washington. 7: Cleveland, 5. Base on
balls—By Scarborough, 2; by Embree, 2.
Strikeouts—By Scarborough. 4: by Embree,
•L Time—2:05. Attendance—23.253.
Cards Again Come Up
Off Floor to Hand
Brooks 11 -3 Rout
By Ralph Roden
Associated Press Sports Writer
The ability of the St. Louis Car
dinals to come off the floor has
high lighted their play in the past
and apparently the 1947 season will
be no exception.
Sent reeling six and one-half
games back of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Monday by two crushing defeats at
the hands of the league leaders, the
Red Birds served notice yesterday
that they are still not out by com
ing back and slaughtering the
Brooks, 11-3, at Ebbets Field.
ntobciAM wa Dpa noa Tfula*
Today Manager Eddie Dyer picked
gamester Murry Dickson to face
the Dodgers in an attempt to
square their four-game series and
shorten the Dodgers’ margin to
four and one-half games. Ralph
Branca, a 17-game winner, was
nominated by Manager Burt Shot
ton to oppose Dickson.
While the Cards were socking
extra base hits all over the lot
Southpaw A1 Brazle held the
Dodgers at bay on eight hits until
he wilted in the ninth, when the
Dodgers scored their final two1
With the limelight centered on
the Cards-Dodgers, the Boston
Braves continued quietly to close
in on the duo. They moved to
within seven games off the pace
by coming from behind to nip the
Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5, in a night
game at Boston. Bob Elliott, for
mer Pirate, turned defeat into vic
tory with a three-run homer with
two out in the ninth off A1 Lyons,
third Pirate pitcher.
The win enabled the Braves to
increase their margin over the
fourth-place New York Giants to
four games. The Giants bowed,
v-1, to the Cincinnati Reds in a
night tussle at the Polo Grounds.'
It was the New Yorkers’ eighth;
The Chicago Cubs dropped both
ends of a twin bill to the Philadel
phia Phillies, 8-1 and 8-2. Ken
Heintzelman and Schoolboy Rowe
stopped the Cubs in that order.
Overmire Stops Yankees.
The American League’s front-run
ning New York Yankees opened
their final tour of the West drop
ping a 2-1 decision to the Tigers
in Detroit. Hoot Evers broke a 1-1
tie with a homer off Allie Reynolds
in the sixth inning. Stub Overmire
stopped the Yanks on seven hits.
The loss cut the Yankees’ margin
over the second-place Boston Red
Sox, who crushed the Browns, 9-5,
in a night game at St. Louis, to
11 >4 games.
At Chicago, Joe Haynes halted
a four-game Philadelphia winning
streak by blanking the Athletics,
4-0, on nine hits. Taft Wright ac
counted for two of the White Sox’s
runs with a sixth-inning four-bagger.
Coifs Ask Waivers on Six;
Augie Lio Seeks Job
By th« Associated Press
HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 20—Coach
Cecil Isbell started to cut his Balti
more Colt squad to the All-America
Conference limit of 35 by asking
waivers for release on six players
Cut from the squad of 56 were
Gene Flathmann, Navy tackle; Jim
Richmond, L. S. U. end; Gilbert
Meyers, Wake Forest end; Dom
Fusel, South Carolina tackle; Dick
Keller, Missouri halfback, and Larry
Fuller, former halfback with the
Washington Redskins and Los
Meanwhile, Augie Lio, a former
all-America guard at Georgetown
and expert placekicker, showed up
at the training camp, evidently
receptive to an offer. Lio recently
was released by the Philadelphia
Eagles of the National League.
Football at Night
Bane to Eagles
By the Associated Press
SARANAC LAKE, N. Y., Aug.
20— Night football is as welcome
among members of the Philadel
phia Eagles’ squad as a bad
case of butter fingers, says Earie
(Greasy! Neale, coach of the
National Football League tehm.
Neale said that the players do
not like football under lights be
cause they are not accustomed to
the conditions, are not sure of
themselves and are nervous and
fearful of making misplays.
"Plays that would go for spec
tacular gains in the afternoon,"
Neale said, "sometimes turn into
duds at night. Especially is thia
true of pass plays.”
All-Star Grid Game
To Give Pro Moguls
Bad Case of Jitters
By th* Ataociattd Pr«*«
CHICAGO, Aug. 20.—Among the
103,000 spectators at the all-star
football game In Soldier Field Fri
day night will be a group of nervous
fingernail biting boys sitting tense
ly on the edge of their seats as If
they had bet a million dollars on
the outcome of the tussle.
At second glance you will notice
they are coaches and club owners
in the National Football League and
They have their eyes on 47 mem
bers of the 64-man all-star squad
who have signed pro contracts and
are making their last fling for the
so-called fun of It before reporting
to training camps.
These 47, headed by the Chicago
Cardinals *100,000 plum, Charlie
Trippi of Georgia, represent nearly
a *1,000,000 investment to the pro
moguls who drafted them out of
colleges and got their names on
playing pacts calling for salaries
ro n or in cr nr* tn 495 OOA vparlv
Twenty of the freshmen pros are
signed with the All-America Con
ference ancT the other 27 will be on
payrolls In the National League.
This group of 47 will be especially
choice targets for the All-Stars' op
ponents, the Chicago Bears. The
Bears, seeking their fifth victory in
the classic, would like nothing more
than to flex their muscles in the
faces of the chosen 47 to demon
strate the toughness which distin
guishes them as National League
Thus the pro magnates will be in
a high state of jitters hoping that
if any bodies are picked up on the
field they won’t be their property.
Trippl and two other pro chattels,
Illinois’ Julie Rykovich of Buffalo
and Oklahoma Aggies’ Bob Feni
more of the Bears, have leg in
juries which may handicap them or
keep them from the game entirely.
Army’s Glenn Davis also is among
the leg sufferers, but his sidekick,
Doc Blanchard, is raring to go,
much to Coach Leahy’s delight.
Major League Standings and Schedules
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20. 1947.
Cleve.. 13—9; Wash.. 2—1.
Detroit, 2; New York, 1.
Boston, 9; St. Louis, 5.
Chicago, 4; Phila., 0.
Wash, at Cleve. (2) 7:00.
New York at Detroit.
Phila. at Chicago.
Boston at St. Louis (n.).
Wash, at Detroit (2) 3:30.
Boston at Chicago (n.).
Phila. at St. Lo^is <n.).
New York at Cleve (n.).
St. Louis, 11; Brooklyn, 3.
Phila., 8—8; Chi., 1—2
Cinci., 8; New York, 1.
Boston, 7; Pitts., 5.
St. Louis at Brooklyn.
Cincinnati at New York.
Pittsburgh at Boston.
Chicago at Philadelphia.
St. Louis at Philadelphia.
Cincinnati at Brooklyn.
Chicago at Boston.
Pitts, at New York (n.).
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Cleveland | 4| 9! 7| 8|—| 7| 9|12|
Chicago [ 8| t\ 7[ 9| 6|—113| 8|
Wish’gton | 4| 7| 6| 7j 9| 5|—| 8!
SI. Louis 1 5| 6| 4| 6| 4| 8[ 8f—|
74 40 .649|
61! 50| .550114
60| 51| .541|124
601 55 .525! 14 4
56| 54| .509|16
53| 62! .461|214
46! 64| .418126
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