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Washington, D. C., Wednesday, August 27, 1947—A-ll •
Win, Lose, or Draw
By FRANCIS E. STANN
What the Experts Couldn't See
Connie Mack, as surprised as anybody over the remarkable
showing of his Athletics, credits two players for transforming the
tail-enders of 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1946 into first-division contenders.
They are Eddie Joost, his shortstop, and Ferris Fain, rookie first
baseman.
“We haven't an actual star on the club,”
Mack said in a recent interview, “but we have
players of tremendous spirit.”
That the A's have spirit is beyond question.
That, plus a good pitching staff, is about all they
have to recommend them. The infield, on paper,
is one of the worst in the American League and
the outfield is nothing remarkable.
The A's in the spring didn't compare with the
Nationals as far as impressiveness was concerned.
Washington looked to have far more hitting, a
better infield and outfield, and pitching just as
good as Mack's. The experts picked the A’s to
finish last and Manager Mack agreed with them.
Francis stsnn. What the experts couldn’t see—any more
than Mack himself could see at that early stage—"was the intangible
quality called spirit, esprit de corps of whatever you.want to call It.
Where did this spirit come from, you ask? Who knows? Mack
mentions Fain and Joost as his key players and it might well have
been Inspired by them. All this bystander knows is that one day the
A’s were a dull, sandlotterish squad, and the next day they were win
ning games as if it were expected of them.
It- Was Charitable Not to Comment
.hie Auueucs oi lasi Marcn loosed so Dad tnat rare was .tne
touring baseball torrespondent who stayed more than one day in their
West Palm Beach training camp looking at them. Fain had hurt
himself. Besides, little could be expected from the fellow. He’d barely
hit better than .300 in the Pacific Coast League and that's no great
recommendation. Recruits with far higher averages, like Lou Novikoff,
had discovered there was a big difference between the majors and the
Coast League.
Mack was shaking his head mournfully in March and picking the
Red Sox to win the pennant and his club to finish in the cellar.
He obtained a Cuban catcher from Washington and the player, Fermin
Guerra, wouldn't report unless Mr .-Mack paid his income tax, which
84-yearrOld Connie confessed was a new dodge to him. Nothing looked
big league at West Palm Beach except a few pitchers like Fowler,
Marchildon, McCahan, Flores and Scheib.
The touring scribes took one look at the A's and, shuddering,
departed. The concensus was that it was the worst club in either big
league and the charitably thing to do was to write as little as possible
about the A's. I
Then the spark appeared . . . and caught.
Joost Is the A's Heartbeat
The A’s don't figure to finish in the first division even now. -The
Yankees, Tigers, Red Sox and Cleveland are better clubs. But so are
the White Sox, Browns and Nats, who won’t beat out the A’s. Whether
he finishes second or fifth, Mr. Mack is getting a bang out of his
84th year.
The A's No. 1 guy is either Fain or Joost. The old gentleman
won’t split them, which is good politics cn his part. But from the
press box it looks as if Joost is the guy who is more responible than
any other Athletic for the team’s surprising showing.
Joost i? no newcomer. He’s been kicking around in baseball for
some time. He was with Cincinnati for years and when Connie
found him he was playing for Rochester . . . another of those good
field, no hit guys. Joost was past 30 and getting no better when Mack
bought him in a deal that failed to rock the baseball world.
But when he acquired Joost, the old man got more than an
expert glove and a throwing arm. He got the heart of his team, too,
although he didn't know it. It hapens every now and then in baseball.
It should happen to our guys, the Nats.
Bankhead Served in Marines,
Not Army, Miller Points Out
By Hugh Fullerton, Jr.
Auocioted Press Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Aug. 27 —Former
Marine Col. Heinie Miller of
Washington, D. C., rises in just
wrath to refute reports that Dan
Bankhead, who made his debut
with the Dodgers yesterday,
served in the Army. “He was in
the Marine Corp6 and pitched for
Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, j
N. C., Marine team,” Heinie
writes. “He is plenty big league j
material.” ... As an expert on
sluggers, Miller should have said
something about Dan’s home run
hitting. . . .
What's the use?—Branch Mc
Cracken, Indiana U. basket ball
coach, recently was called on to
inspect a 'newfangled electric
scoreboard. . . . Before the sales
man could even begin to extol the '
virtues of the new gadget, Mc
Cracken demanded: “Just tell
me—will it show more than a
100 points?”
Grid and bear it—Returning
from a vacation in the middle
of a hot spell, this writer is
slightly amazed to find the foot
ball season nearer than Just
around the corner and the pub
licity pounders In mid-season
form. . . . '
Here are a few of the pickups:
Buddy Young and George Rat
terman, picked one-two in the
race for most valuable player
laurels in the recent Chicago
All-Star game, will oppose each
other next Sunday when the
Yankees and the Buffalo Bills
open toe the All-America Confer
ence season Sunday. . . . Notre
Dame may have a sellout for
every one of its nine games even
before the season opens. . . The
Army, Northwestern and Navy
games were sold out by early
August. ... As usual, there’s no
use trying to buy Army-Navy
tickets. . . .
J. Willard Ridings’ annual poll
makes Rice the favorite to win
the Southwest Conference title,
but the tip still is to look out
for Texas with Bobby Layne op
erating as T quarterback. . . .
Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson
claim that Ed Cody, rookie full
back from Purdue, gets the fast
est start they ever saw a foot
ball back get. But how does he
do for the other 99 yards?
Five Title Events End
D. C. Swims Tonight
Five more championship events
Will close the District AAU senior
swimming and diving outdoor season
of 1947 tonight at the Indian Spring
Country Club pool.
Irving (Soupy) Bridgers will be on
hand to defend his lowboard diving
title while Barbara McCutcheon will
try to retain the women’s crown.
Both are from Ambassador Club.
Jim Campbell, also of Ambassa
dor, will defend his 220-yard free
style title.
In a feature number, Ambassa
dor’s Leola Thomas and Takoma's
Bettie Jane Roland will battle for
the 150-yard individual medley
crown. Miss Roland is the present
titleholder.
Team trophies will be presented to
winners following the meet, which
begins at 7 p.m.
Marx Tourney Game
Rescheduled Today
By tht Associated Press
JOHNSTOWN, Pa„ Aug. 27.—A
semifinal tilt between the Concord
(N. H.) Juniors and the Marx Jew
elers team from Washington, D. C.,
which was washed out by rain last
night, was rescheduled for today in
the all-American junior amateur
baseball tournament.
Officials decided last night that
the winner of this game will play
New Orleans St. Aloysius, sole re
maining undefeated team, tonight.
Concord and the Washington nine
have one loss each charged against
them* and one more will bounce the
loser of their game out of the tourn
ament.
Should New Orleans lose tonight,
the finalists will meet again Thurs
day to determine the title.
Major League Standings and Schedules
WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 27. 1947.
AMERICAN LEAGUE.
Results Yesterday.
Wash., 4; Chicago, 3.
Detroit, 12—1; Bos.. 1—9
St. L., 4; New York, 3 (n)
Phila., 2; Cleve.,ll in).
Games Today.
Wash, at Chicago, 2:30.
New York at St. Louis.
Boston at Detroit (2).
Phila. at Cleveland (n).
Games Tomorrow.
Chicago at Cleveland in)
Boston at Detroit.
Only games.
NAflONAL LEAGUE.
Results Yesterday.
N. Y., 7: Chi., 6 (2d rain)
Pitts., 6: Brooklyn. 3.
Boston, 5;. St. L. 1 (n).
Only games.
Game* Today,
fit. L. at New York (n).
Chicago at Brooklyn.
Cinci. at Boston (n).
Pittsburgh at Phila. (n)
Game* Tomorrow,
Cinci. at Boston.
Chicago at Brooklyn.
Only games.
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Brownell Slated for Big Bid in Amateur This. Year
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29-YeaoOld D. C. Ace
Is Well on His Game
In Qualifying Test
By Merrell Whittlesey
Bobby Brownell, who holds the
whip hand over the local amateur
golfers to a greater extent than any
predecessor, can make his big bid for
the National Amateur champion
ship this year in the opinion of
many.
When the slightly-built 29-year
old shotmaker with the blond, thin
ning hair stepped off the 36th green
yesterday at Chevy Chase with
medal honors in this section’s Na
tional Amateur trials, he strength
ened his domination of the simon
pures here unmatched by George
Voigt, Roland MacKenzie or any of
this city’s amateur golf products.
Brownell's 67-70 over one of the
toughest par 69 tests in the country
equaled the lowest score at any of
the 31 qualifying spots in the United
States and was only one stroke off
the 136 posted by Arthur Armstrong
in Honolulu.
Hagen Karin* to Go.
The rub is will Brownell and three
of the other qualifiers, Ralph Bo
gart, Eddie Johnston and Bob Mor
ris! make the trip to the ocean-side
Pebble Beach course at DeL Monte,
Calif., September 8-13? Richmond’s
Walter Hagen, jr„ the other local
qualifier, is rarin’ to go. It's a
long way and will take time and
money, but most of the five probably
will make it and if not CqJ. Bernard
Schriever, who lost a playoff to
Morris on the first extra hole and
Is first alternate, is anxious to com
pete in his first amateur.
Brownell, who was District Ama
teur champion as long ago as 1936,
has soared to the top of this sec
tion's amateur golf listings since
leaving the confining duties of the
FBI last year and turning to in
surance.
At this writing Brownell holds
the District, Maryland State and
Middle-Atlantic amateur crowns,
was low amateur in the National
Capital Open, low qualifier yester
day, champion at Chevy Chase and
Manor Clubs.
Best Punch Shot in Town.
Bobby is a smart golfer. He has
the best punch shot in town, is a
good putter (but doesn’t think so
because he likes to make everything
under 20 feet), plays well under
pressure. He is not a power hitter,
; but hits the ball far enough. His
| principal handicap for a tournament
; grind like the National Amateur
is that he is not too strong. He
was a mighty tired young man
walking up to the last hole at Chevy
Chase yesterday.
Brownell is not convinced that he
is ready for the amateur this year.
He points out that Frank Strana
han, Ted Bishop, Smiley Quick,
Bud Ward, Skee Reigel and the rest
are in almost daily tournament
competition against the best. He
claims he doesn't play anywhere
near enough golf, even for a fling
at the amateur.
Brownell was in a good spot last
year. He qualified handily on the
scene and was dropped in the soft
est bracket, but lost in the first
round when his putting suddenly
turned sour. This year there is no
qualifying at Del Monte. The entire
field of 210 swings right into match
play,
Bogart Cards 69-71-146
Bogart’s 69-71 for 140 yesterday
would have beeh taken by any
player in the field for low medal
honors without hitting a shot.
Ralph played good, consistent golf
but ran into his own Bronwell jinx.
Brownell, who has qualified for five
amateurs, and the 27-year-old Bo
gart, in his fourth, figured to finish
1-2, and they did.
Johnston was off to the hottest
start, an out nine of 32, but later
1 in the day he twice ran into three
straight bogeys and qualified for his
third amateur at 25 with rounds of
68 and 73 for 141. Hagen, six over
par and wobbling after nine holes,
played the greatest golf of his life
over the next 27, 34 for the back
nine of 68 in the afternoon for 143.
Hagen’s afternoon round was a
thing of beauty from tee to green
and could have low 60-ish.
Congressional’s Billy Shea took a
big double bogey 6 on the 18th hole
for a 77-73—150 and Morris and
Schriever, with 73-76—149 each,
stepped in ahead with a tie for fifth.
Morris won the playoff with a par
4 on the first hole. Hagen qualified
for the amateur once before, but it
would be the first for Morris.
Brownell Gets Medal.
Brownell received the silver USGA
medal from Albert E. Steinem, sec
retary of the District Golf Associa
i tion. His morning 67 tied the com
I petlve course record at Chevy Chase
j from the back tees, held jointly by
Maury Nee, Dick Lunn and Bobby
Dunkleberger.
Scores:
Bobby Brownell- Chevy Chase 67-70—137
Ralph Bogart. Chevy Chase . 69-71—140
Eddie Johnston. C. C. of Md.. 68-73—141
Walter Hagen, jr.. Hermitage. 76-88—143
Bob Morris, Prince Georges _ 73-76—149
Col. Ben Shrlever, Belle Haven 73-76—-149
William Shea. Congressional-. 77-73—160
Arnold Llttman. Suburban 77-73—160
Eddie Ault. Indian Spring 76-78—'164
Dr. J. Kendrick- Kenwood 78-79—167
Maury Nee, Columbia _ 79-78—167
Jay Wolf, Indian Spring-77-81—168
D. H. Haile. Suburban_ 78-80—168
Hugh Marker. Kenwood_ . 80-78—168
Lt. Howard Bias, Belle Haven. 81-80—161
Lew 8warthout. Washington .. 80-84—164
George Rita. Columbia _ 86-86—f70
R. Schattman, Indian Spring. 83-86—1/1
Larry Imhofl. Kenwood_ 89-82—171
J. C. Brantley, Chevy Chase.. 87-85—1/2
Joe Barse. Columbia-- 80*no card
M. Parker Nolan. Congressional no card
Dave Ewell. Hermitage _ withdrew
Nathan Kaufman. Suburban .. withdrew
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pendent Bbwling League will hold
meet Friday night at 8 o’clock at
the Silver Spring alleys. All last
year’s teams are invited back.
Teams interested in joining the
525-average loop also are invited.
Rolling will be on Friday nights at
9:30 o’clock.
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FIVE OF A KIND—The little matter of transportation, time off,
j expense money, permission from home, etc., is all that separates
the Middle Atlantic section’s five qualifiers to the National Ama
| teur golf championship from the tournament proper after quali
fying yesterday at«Chevy Chase. (Left to right) Medalist Bobby
Brownell, Ralph Bogart, Walter Hagen, jr., of Richmond, Robert
Morris and Eddie Johnston of Baltimore. Brownell’s 137 tied
for second low nationally. —Star Staff Photo.
Braves Lack Hurlers,
But Retain Hope of
Winning Pennant
By Gail Fowler
Associated Press Sports Writer
The talk in the National League,
day by day, is about Brooklyn and
St. Louis, but Beantown followers of
: the third-place Boston Braves
' haven't give up hope yet.
Manager Billy Southworth of the
Braves is squeezing his material to
the limit. He has his left-hand
hitting lineup and his right-hand
crew, and he has two top-notch
pitchers in Johnny Sain and Lefty
Warren Spahn.
"But he hasn’t enough pitchers,”
Brave detractors contend, and for
a while this week It- looked that way
as the St. Louis Cardinals walloped
Sain and Spahn on successive days.
But last night - Southworth coun
tered with big Bill Voiselle, the fug
itive from the New York Giants who
didn’t like the climate of the Polo
Grounds and who was pleased to be
traded away from Mel Ott to, the
Braves in exchange for Mort Cooper.
Voiselle had won only one and lost
four with the Giants, but he’s won
five and lost three since then with
the Braves, his latest being the flossy
three-hitter he threw at the Car
dinals last night as Boston won, 5-1.
It saved the Braves from a Car
dinal whitewashing In the three
game set, and it also cost the Cards
a chance to make up valuable
ground in their pursuit of the Brook
lyn Dodgers.
Earlier the Dodgers, hard-pressed
for pitchers, saw three of them—
including Dan Bankhead, first Negro
moundsman ever to fling in the
majors, take a 20-hit lacerating
from the seventh-place Pittsburgh
Pirates, who collected a 16-3 victory.
The big right-hander was battered
on the mound, but in his first trip to
a big league plate, he cracked a two
run homer into the left field stands.
That was the high point for Bank
head.
The Giants, hard-pressed for
pitchers with only seven flingers
currently available, thanked big
Johnny Mize for yesterday’s 7-6 win
over the Chicago Cubs.
Mize drove in five runs, including
the winning one in the last of the
ninth; hit two singles and his 41st
and 42d home runs of the campaign,
to go four games and two days ahead
of Babe Ruth’s 1927 record when the
Bambino collected his big 60.
Chevy Chase Lucky
Links for Hagen, Jr.
“This Is my lucky course,"
Walter Hagen, jr„ said yesterday
after qualifying for the National
Amateur golf championship at
Chevy Chase, “it’s the first and
only place I ever beat my dad
playing golf."
' The 29-year-old son of one of
the world’s all-time golf greats, a
; dead ringer for his famous father,
recalled that in 1939 the Hagens
| played a round there with Sen
i ator Scott Lucas, Democrat, of
| Illinois, and the then Senator
Happy Chandler of Kentucky.
Hagen, Jr., had 70 and Hagen,
sr„ 71.
Young Hagen, who called his
father last night at the latter’s
home in Michigan and finally
convinced him that he qualified,1
said his dad promised him $25
if he ever beat him, but eight
years later still owes the $25.
All Quarter-Finalists
Of '46 Qualify for
National Amateur.
ly th« Associated Press
NEW YORK, Aug. 27.—Ted Bishop
of Dedham, Mass., will find a par
busting field ready to challenge him
when he lays his national amateur
golf title on the line in the 47th an
nual tournament at the Del Monte,
Calif., Country Club's Pebble Beach
course September 8.
The field was virtually completed
yesterday as more than 1,000 of the
country’s best amateurs scrambled
through 36-hple qualifying tests on
32 courses in two-dozen States,
Hawaii and the District of Co
lumbia.
All of last year’s quarter-finalists
who returned for another crack at
the amateur crown were listed
among the survivors. Arthur Arm
strong of Honolulu had an 8-under
par 136 *which surpassed anything
achieved by the mainland’s stars.
Boston Qualifying Pla.v
Of the 1,044 entrants, 194 reached
the tournament proper. Seven
others will be selected today in
Boston, where a rainstorm inter
rupted play yesterday.
These 201 survivors will be joined
at Pebble Beach by Bishop and
eight other former winners of
United States and British amateur
titles; who are traditionally excused
(See GOLF, Page A-12.)
Bankhead Is Failure in Debut,
But Dodaer Pilot Is Hopeful
By th* Atiocioted Pr«»
BROOKLYN, Aug. 27.—Just as
fearfully predicted by Branch
Rickey, the pressure and emotional
strain proved too much for Dan
Bankhead, Negro right-hander, and
the newest pitcher of the Brooklyn
Dodgers was anything but a suc
cess in his major league debut at
Ebbets Field.
Manager Burt Shotton, however,
declared that hp was “not at all
disappointed” and wanted “another
look” at the Birmingham (Ala.) na
tive “before I form an opinion on
him, one way or another.” The
comment among the Brooklyn play
ers also was "give him time.”
Bankhead, obviously nervous over
the fact that he was the first pitcher
of his race to face a big league bat
ter in a championship game, made
a somewhat sorry showing yester
day in his brief relief stint against
the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Relieving starter Hal Gregg in the
second inning, Bankhead was sound
ly whacked for 10 hits and eight runs
in three and a third innings before
be was yanked, as the Pirates club
bed three hurlers for 20 hits in
winning, 16-3. He fanned two,
walked one and hit a batter.
“Knows How to Pitch."
"T admit the boy didn't look good,”
Shotton said in the dressing room
after the game, “but he certainly
showed me he knows how to pitch.
He has speed, a good curve and con
trol. His delivery could be improved
upon. The boys were calling all his
pitches before they were made. His
motion is too slow with men on
bases.” *
In Bankhead’s introduction to the
press last Monday. Rickey, the
Dodger president, said he was not
worried about his ability, but feared
that the mental strain might prove
too much of a handicap.
Bankhead entered the game in a
tough spot. He relieved Gregg with
no out and two men on the bases.
The Bucs already had tagged Gregg
for four runs in the first frame.
Jimmy Russell, the first batter
Bankhead faced, doubled, and before
the side was retired the Pirates had
! scored four more runs. Bankhead
escaped unscored upon In the next
| two innings; but was clipped for
j five hits in the fifth before he was
taken out after retiring only one
batter.
Bankhead himself, had no excuse
; to offer except to say that he "felt
' tired.”
“It was just one of those days,”
he said afterward. “I wasn't too
nervous or frightened. I’m quite a
bit overworked. Sometimes, we'd
play three games in the Negro
American League, and I'd work in
all three. I pitched a tough game
only last Friday night. I dropped
5 pounds today and I came here 5
pounds underweight.”
Pays Tribute to Bucs.
‘‘This is no alibi, however,” he
i added. "They certainly had their
I hitting clothes on. They- smacked
! back every pitch faster than I threw
lit. Those Pirates were sho hot to
day, I believe they could have
knocked out any pitcher in the
league.” *
"In a couple of days, I’ll get the
feel of,-It and I’ll be okay. I’d like
another crack at the Pirates.”
Bankhead, a strong batter who
hit .385 in the Negro American
Leajgue, impressed the crowd of"24,-1
069 fan* about one-third Negroes,'
with his stick work. He walloped a |
line-drive home run into the lower'
(See BANKHEAD?Page X-13.) |
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Excellent Job in '47
Puts Masterson in
Line for Pay Hike
By Burton Hawkins
Star Staff Corraspartdant
CHICAGO, Aug. 27.—Nata who
will find their salary checks boosted
next season will be more rare than
icicles in August, but among the
favored few who will deal In more
flattering figures will be towering,
olive-skinned Walter Masterson.
whose pitching has represented some
solace to the staggering club.
Masterson. who captured his 10th
victory here yesterday when the
Nats defeated the Chicago White
Sox, 4-3, already has accumulated
twice as many triumphs as he
achieved in any previous season in
a war-interrupted career dating
back to 1939.
Pitching for the third time In
five days, including a brief relief
appearance at St. Louis, the be
spectacled Masterson wasn’t certain
he could remain the route. Against
the Browns he admitted his arm
was '‘dead,” but the White Sox saw
no evidence of it in this nine-hit
performance against them.
Now a Respected Hurler.
An early-season sensation when
he unleashed a string of 34 score
less innings, Masterson has steadied
to become one of the league's more
respected pitchers after a disas
trous 1946 season which saw him
battered for one of the league's
worst eamed-run averages.
witn tariy wynn and Masterson
as a nucleus for his 1948 pitching
staff, Prexy Clark Griffith is con
centrating his fretting on collecting
more authoritative hitters. Hie key
men have collapsed pitifully and the
Nats thus have degenerated Into a
weak second-division club.
Gil Coan, batting .340 for Chat
tanooga, may Inject some punch
into the Nats' batting order, but the
Nats’ most pressing need is for a
suitable shortstop. Mark Christ
man, veteran infielder obtained from
the St. Louis Browns, has given the
j Nats adequate fielding, but this
range is limited and his batting
hasn’t helped.
Three Stars Sagging.
Jerry Priddy also has sagged, but
the most distressing skids among
the Nats have been supplied by
Buddy Lewis, Mickey Vernon and
Stan Spence, who were supposed to
lift the Nats into a first-division
berth. Most of the year they’ve
(See NATS, Page A-13J ~
BASKETBALL!
24 Big Games
I See the Washington Cap
itols, last year’s champions,
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