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AMUSEMENTS — ■ -■ -- - -. - . »_ %tooting J£pof Is GENERAL NEWS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1950 c *★ 1 Terps Feel They Need Big Score Saturday to Keep No. 8 Rating A — Z ..- -——- A - w in, Lose, or Draw | By FRANCIS STANN It's Brown-Buying Season Again The season for thinking of buying the St. Louis Browns is with us again. Anybody who hasn’t been getting much personal publicity knows the quickest remedy is to think of buying the Browns. Out loud, that is! A couple of years ago Mr. John Lardner, the humorous sports columnist, put Brown buying to the acid test. He thought of it one morning while shaving, but kept it to him self. Failing to get a line of publicity, he concluded, that it’s absolutely necessary to make some public reference to any intentions. Once in a great w'hile somebody actually will buy a little chunk of the Browns, like Miss Helen Traubel of the Metropolitan Opera, but this is an unnecessary expense, as Branch Rickey now is demonstrating. Mr. Rickey knew that just thinking of buying the club is good for a stick of type during the week. Francis si.nn. Shortly after Bob Rodenberg of Washing ton emerged, tattered and bleeding from the hip pocket, after briefly exposing his bankroll as a stockholder in pro football s Baltimore Colts, he got into the Brown-buying act. In a mod erate, well-bred tone of voice he disclosed he was thinking of buying the Browns and went so far as to fly to St. Louis. * Once in that city, he visited the offices of the Cardinals, who do not own the Browns, and promptly flew home. Later, when pressed for details, Mr. Rodenberg laughed it off. “Why go to the Browns’ office?” he demanded. “Somebody might actually sell you the ball club.” “But were you actually thinking of buying the Browns?” he Was asked. “Yes,” Mr. Rodenberg replied. “I was thinking It would be a silly thing to do.” The League Has Worried for Years Roughly, such is the technique one uses to buy the Browns, but there was a typical novel twist to the Rickey rumor yester day. The money with which Rickey won’t buy the club isn’t even his own. According to the report, it will be the American League which will finance the deal, installing Mr. Rickey afc president. There’s no doubt the American League is worried about the Browns. A couple of years ago a spokesman in Will Harridge's office admitted deep concern and only a slightly lesser amount for the Senators. This season the A’s, a house divided, fell apart and were drawing as little as 800 people near the end of their dismal season. They now rank second to the Browns on the worry list. But whether the American League seriously would attempt to buy up the Browns for rehabilitation, especially in view of resistance by the present owners, is conjectural, to say the least. The brothers De Witt, Bill and Charley, seem genuinely deter mined to keep out Rickey and, presumably, anybody else the league might offer. Outcasts, but Only Socially There is little sympathy in the American League for the De Witts. Most of the other clubs regard the Browns as parasites who feed on the drawing power of the better teams while on the road and keep themselves weak and without support at home. On the other hand, the De Witts don’t appear greatly con cerned with their lack of social standing. “You will notice,” Bill De Witt remarked pointedly last December, when he sold Gerry Priddy to Detroit for $100,000, “that we aren’t disliked to the extent that other clubs refuse to deal for bur stars. “If selling our good ball players is the only means we have of surviving, we’ll keep selling,” he continued. “Some day our supply will catch up with our demand and we’ll improve. But in the meantime we’ll run the Browns to suit ourselves.” Whether the De Witts are good for baseball may be a ques tion, but they’re pretty good businessmen. They’ll not only have the only opera star in baseball available to sing the Na tional Anthem, but she will be paying for the privilege. Stengel Tired Out, At Home to Sleep 'About a Month' By th« Associated Press GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 12.— Casey Stengel, at home today, be gins enjoying sleeping “for about a month,” and the prospect of earning around $75,000 next year. The weary skipper of the World Champion Yankees, once he ar rived at his home here with Mrs. Stengel, announced to the sports writers: “No banquets, no speeches,, no nothing.” He said that when he signed his contract Tuesday witty the Yankee owners they told him to take it easy this winter instead of running around to one shin dig after another. “And that suits me just fine. I'm no spring chicken (he’s 59) and I'm tired out.” Then he chuckled: “If Im this tried, think how poor Eddie Sawyer (manager of the World Series-losing Phillies) must feel after losing four straight. Betcha he ain’t making any speeches, either.” Wally O'Connor Dies; Former Olympics Star By th« Associated Press WEST LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12. —James Wallace (Wally) O’Con nor, 47, four-time Olympic swim mer and water polo player, died of cancer yesterday. He was a member of the 800 meter relay team which won at the 1924 Olympics, and on the 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1936 water polo teams. In the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, O'Connor, as senior member of the American contingent, carried the American flag in the opening ceremony. TABLES H. BAUM & SON 616 E St. N.W. NA. 9136 Irish Lose Dave Flood For Game With Tulane Sy the Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 12.— The announcement that Halfback Dave Flood would be unable to play this week dampened Notre Dame’s hopes of returning to its winning ways against Tulane Sat urday. Trainer Hugh Burns reported that Flood’s shoulder separation, suffered against Purdue, had not responded satisfactorily to treat ment. Flood is one of the team’s best defensive backs. Blaik Worried Over Ortmann's Passing Ability Army Coach Stresses Pass Defense for Game With Michigan By the Associated Press NEW YORK, Oct. 12.—Chuck Ortmann, Michigan’s offensive wheelhorse, apparently holds the key to the Wolverines’ hopes for a victory over Army at Yankee Stadium Saturday, and Coach Earl Blaik of Army knows it. “They tell us that Ortmann is ready to play.” Blaik said, “and that’s bad news because he is a terrific back. We don’t have any body that compares with him.” One of the best passers in col legiate ranks, as well as an elusive ball-carrier, Ortmann has been hitting Ends Lowell Perry and Harry Allis and Wingback Leo Koceski in practice, and should be on the beam against the Cadets. Injured in the first period as his team bowed to Michigan State, j the youngster was held out of last ; week’s game with Dartmouth so :he would be sure to be ready for ! Army. Blaik Stresses Pass Defense. Blaik acknowledged that Perry, Allis and Koceski are “fine re ceivers,” as he emphasized de fense drills in Cadet practices. The Army coach professes to have a growing concern about the game, pointing out that Michigan will be "up” for the meeting. Last year Army broke a 25-game Michigan winning streak and this time the Wolver ines have a chance to snap West Point's string of 22 games with out a loss. "Our being picked as the top team in the country has just poured on more fuel,” said Blaik, discussing Michigan’s probable mental attitude. “I’m afraid we were picked on what we have done in the past rather than what we are doing this year or what we can be expected to do in the future.” Cadets Not Tested Yet. The Army coach said he didn’t feel his team was as far advanced as it was this time a year age or that the team was as good as the 1949 squad. He said West Point hadn't really been tested yet. He felt that Michigan, on the other hand, is a much better team than the one Army beat. 21-7, last year at Ana Arbor. He thinks the : Wolverines, ware “caught short” by Michigim State In their debut and really haven’t opened up yet.1 i Michigan beat Dartmouth last week, 27 to 7. “I figure they’ll throw their best game of the season at us,” said Blaik. “Even though they’re up, it’s a hump game for us, too. If we beat Michigan I’ll concede this is a good Army team.” Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan coach, said earlier this week that the Wolverines couldn't afford to key themselves for the game be cause of the tough schedule ahead. He won’t have any trouble inspiring his men, as Michigan never has beaten Army. Proximity Favorite | YONKERS, N. 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SMU Given Edge Over Oklahoma Aggies AP Football Prophet Selects Army, Texas and Notre Dame By Harold Claassen Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK, Oct. 12.—And you think Coach Frank Leahy should feel bad because Purdue defeated Notre Dame last Saturday? That was only one defeat. This pillar of pigskin prognostication had 25 such setbacks the same day—its worst record in eight years. But Notre Dame hopes to start a new victory string Saturday and the hope is echoed here. Army vs. Michigan: Cadet coaches say Chuck Ortmann’s condition will determine who wins. The Michigan back was hurt in the Michigan State de feat and hasn't played since. But even if he is at his best, the Cadets appear to have the edge. Army. Oklahoma vs. Texas: Texas is Jim Jeffries Sues Officials Over Gambling Ordinance By the Associated Press BURBANK. Calif., Oct. 12.— James J. Jeffries, the former heavyweight champion, has a new fight on his hands—against a Burbank city gambling ordinance. His business associate, Richard Parker, was arrested Monday at Jeffries Barn, a boxing arena, and charged with operating a game of chance. Yesterday Jefferies filed suit against city officials to invalidate the gambling ordinance. He as serted Parker was operating "an educational game of skill.” He said the game is a variation of bingo combined with a quiz con test, with winners getting cash prizes. Strong on Defense Defensively, the 1949 University of Arizona football team limited its five opponents to less than two ] yards per offensive try. reported to have only mediocre backs but the best line, from end to end, in college football. That should be more than enough to end the Oklahoma victory string at 23. The Sooners had plenty! of trouble last week with much weaker Texas A. and M. Texas. Santa Clara vs. Stanford: This simply isn't the Santa Clara team of last year which was good j enough to go to the Orange Bowl, j Stanford. Ohio State vs. Indiana: Vic Janowicz will be too much for the Hoosier sophomores. Ohio State. Miami vs. Purdue: The Boiler makers need not be keyed up for this one but they had better put their clippings aside when the' whistle blows. Purdue. Notre Dame vs. Tulane: Tulane would like to avenge that 46-7 pasting of a year ago but a new Notre Dame victory string should be started here. Notre Dame. 'Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt: Bill Wade's passing will bring the Commodores home in front. Van derbilt. California vs. Southern Cali fornia: Pappy Waldorf has 33 in shape for this one. He should get almost as many points. Cali fornia. Wake Forest vs. North Carolina: Wake Forest is out of gas after that 47 to 0 massacre of William & Mary. North Carolina. Navy vs. Princeton — Princeton took its annual “vacation” in the last half of its game with Rutgers and now' is ready to travel. Princeton. Oklahoma A&M vs. Southern Methodist—A night game involv ing two unbeaten clubs but the Mustangs, despite a heavy injury list, have the edge. Southern Methodist. Mississippi State vs. Georgia— (See FOOTBALL, Page C-5.) J Dick Wakefield Back in News As Oakland Seeks to Sell Him _ 4 By the Associated Press OAKLAND. Calif.. Oct. 12.— Strapping Dick Wakefield, once me of baseball's brightest pros-j pects, may or may not realize his’ ambition to return to the major leagues next season. If he doesn’t, it won’t be the fault of Clarence ’Brick” Laws, hustling president pf the Oakland Club. Laws, whose willingness to dip into the cash drawer brought Oakland its second Pacific Coast League championship in the last three years, is trying to promote! a deal for Wakefield. Three other Oaks, Shortstop1 Artie Wilson, Catcher Rafael Noble and Pitcher Allen Gettel, have been sold to the New York Slants for next season delivery. Wakefield, an outfielder who had a small, but at times sub stantial, part in the Oakland pen nant drive, is draft eligible. In the meantime, his contract is for sale. So far, no bidders. But Charley Dressen, who steered the Oaks to the top in his second season here, is in the East on a trading, buying and selling ex pedition. . And Laws is hejfe, awaiting tele phone calls. ■ “I’d like to see Wakefield get another chance in the majors” Laws said. “He has everything it takes—size, power, speed and hustle. And confidence, too. Before Dick left for his home in Ann Arbor, he told me if I couldn’t make a deal to sell him to a big league club he would come back next season and play for me for one dollar and ex penses. He liked the way we treated him, after all the trouble he had earlier this year. ’’Dressen said he thought Wake field would have hit better for us if he had had a chance to play more for Detroit in 1949 and with the Yankees in training last spring. One of the big league teams may be overlooking a bar gain in Dick.’’ Wakefield, reporting after the season was w-ell under way. hit .293 in 87 games for the Oaks. He hit seven home runs, 22 dou bles; batted in 38 runs and scored 41 himself. His teammates liked his attitude and help. They voted him a full share of the cham pionship purse, amounting to $1,385. Oakland took on Wakefield and his $17,000 salary from the Yan kees after he had refused to re port in a sale to the White Sox. He wanted the Chicago club to boost his wage to the $22,000 which the Tigers paid him in 1949. Subsequently Dick was waived out of the majors. NL Stars Pound Wynn In Barnstorming Victory' By the Associated Press SYRACUSE, N. Y.. Oct. 12.—A group of National Leaguers, trounced the American Leaguers in a major league all-star exhibi tion baseball game here last night, 9-1, before an estimated 3,500 fans. 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In exchange, the Giants shipped cash, Joe la Fata and Bert Hass, outfielder-first basemen; Wes Bailey and Bill Ayers, from their pennant - winning Minneapolis Association farm to Oakland. Sold Noble Last Year. A quirk of the transaction is that the Giants sold Noble to the Oaks last year probably for less than $10,000. Noble, valued at approximately $75,000 by Oak land, was regarded as the best catcher in the Coast League. He hit .316 and drove in 79 runs. Noble will understudy Wes Westrum. Wilson, a speedster, won the Coast batting championship in 1949 but dropped to .306 this year. He is a lefthanded batsman, but hits chiefly to left field. As a re sult, a sort of “Williams shift” is employed with the opposition con gregating in left field instead of right as in the case of Ted. Wil son will back up Alvin Dark, the Giants’ captain. Gettel, who won 23 games, was the Oaks’ only 20-game winner. He has been up before with the Yankees, Indians, Nats and White Sox and probably will be used as a relief pitcher. The Phillies also snapped the rubber band on President Bob Carpenter’s bankroll by sheili -«? out $40,000 to land a highly re garded prospect, Tom Casagrande of Fordham University. Casagrande, a 20-year-old left hander, was sought by 10 other major league clubs. He also is a terrific hitter and the Phils hope he’ll outdo such other famous Fordham graduates as Frank Frisch, Hank Borowy and Johnny Murphy. Deals With Farm Units. The majority of the remaining deals involved major league clubs and their farm units. The prime (See BASEBALL, Page C-5.) Hoyas Could Demote Rivals With Close One Maryland Plays Down Advantages as Tatum Lauds Georgetown By Merrell Whittlesey Maryland climbed to eighth place in this week’s National football rankings, but it can't stay there by beating Georgetown by a touchdown or two Saturday —and the Terps know it. Of the Terps’ seven remaining opponents, they must beat the Hoyas, North Carolina State, George Washington, West Vir ginia and VPI by comfortable margins to hold their own in the top ten, where most of the other high-ranked teams will be play ing much tougher competition. Only against Duke and North Carolina can Maryland add to its prestige merely by winning. The Maryland players kept ask ing, “Where do you think that will put us in the rankings?” after they upset Michigan State, a team that trailed only Notre Dame in the National picture the previous wreek. Terps Stress Injuries. This Saturday, the Terp play ers undoubtedly will have slaugh ter in mind if they’re still thinking of those ratings. Penn State beat Georgetown, 34-14, and Tulsa topped the Hoyas, 21-7. Com parative scores seldom are taken seriously, but Maryland cannot hope to gain prestige unless it rolls up the count. Never in the modern history of the Georgetown-Maryland series has pregame talk been so one sided. Maryland is attempting to talk down its advantages, of course, and has come up with a long list of injuries, which is be >g completely disregarded by Georgetown. The Hoyas expect to see all players on the Maryland casualty list, including Ed Mod zelewski, Ed Fullerton, John Troha, Joe Kuchta and maybe even Ray Krouse. Tatum Warns Squad. The Georgetown theory that it is sending a squad of inexperi enced youngsters against a vet eran combination is scoffed at by the Maryland coaching staff, which points out that the Hoyas’ line outweigh the Terps, and that (See MARYLAND. Page C-3.) JIMLliM— | up to 50% E on our I Safa. PLASTIC COATED SEAT COWEBS I For Coaches and Sedans Full Set... Front & Back Seats ’49 and ’50 Models Included They raised the price . . . hut We’re not going to raise the price to you. We bought when the price was right . . . and what we saved we’re still passing along to you. We have a good stock on hand, bought at the old money-saving price. Most sizes available. 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