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THE EVENING STAR Washington, D. C. fCESDAY, MAY IS*. 1953 Interim Feather Title Failing to Impress Bassett's Opponents By th. Associated Press BROOKLYN. May 19.—Percy Bassett is discovering that Amer ican fighters are more impressed with a sock on a jaw than a synthetic title. His interim featherweight crown has failed to overawe his opponents in the States. The 23-year-old Philadelphian won world recognition as the No. 1 126-pounder until Champion Sandy Saddler gets out of the Army when he stopped France’s Ray Famechon in Paris. 14th in Row for Persley. Since then Percy has had two fights in the United States and lost them both. Davey Gallardo, a featherweight, beat him in Washington a month ago. Last night. Art Persley. a rising New Orleans lightweight now living In New York, whipped him soundly in a telecast 10-rounder at the Eastern Parkway Arena. It was the first time in a career of 65 pro fights that Percy j had lost two in a row. Losing to Persley is no crime, ! however. The thin - legged,: broad-shouldered Negro hasn't I lost in nearly two years and now j has a winning streak of 14. He’s j headed for ranking among the lightweight elite. His record is 39-2-1. Bassett's record now is 58-7 Bassett Gets Going Over. Persley, who outweighed his opponent, 134*2 to 132, outboxed and outpunched the aggressive Bassett in every round except the second, fourth and eighth. The winner slowed down in the eighth because of a cut over his right eye. There were no knockdowns, although Persley maneuvered Bassett to the ropes in the sixth and battered him there for nearly a minute. The scoring, all favoring Pers ley, had Referee Pete Scalzo and Judge Leo Birnbaum each vot ing 7-2-1. Judge Joe Agnello had it 7-3. The Associated Press scorecard had Persley in front, 7-2-1. British Clinch Place In Davis Cup Zone Play By the Associated Press LONDON. May 19 —The quar ter-finals bracket in the Euro pean Zone Davis Cup tennis eliminations was complete to day, although Great Britain still had two singles matches left to play in its second-round tie with Norway. The British team clinched the last quarter-finals spot yester day. when its doubles team of Tony Mott ram and Geoff Paisch defeated Rolf Paipte and Nils Erik Hassen, 7—5. 6—o. 6—3. That victory gave the British a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five match and means the final two singles will be meaningless. The quarter-finals round must be completed by June 16. The Philippines is pitted against Denmark. Great Britain will play Belgium, Sweden will go against Italy and France will tangle with Germany. Speedway Closes Down For Chet Miller's Funeral By the .Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS. May 19.— 1 The roar of cars tuning up for , the 500-mile race May 30 died down for half an hour today. The track was closed during the funeral of Chet Miller, 50- year-dld veteran from Glendale. Calif., who was killed on a practice run last Friday. George Connor of Los Angeles had a brush with death in the craekup of a Hoosier racing team special yesterday. Connor escaped unhurt after the car spun one-and-a-hall times and the tail smacked into the wall on the northwest turn. Wrecks and withdrawal of the Italian Ferrari car have trimmed the original entry list of 83 to 78. and only 74 of them are at the track. With only seven cars qualified last Sunday, 26 places remain to be filed next Saturday and Sunday in the Memorial Day starting lineup. Walcott (Continued From Page A-16.) wobbly, after being waved out by Sikora. Newsmen who timed the count v ith watches agreed that it last ed 10 seconds or more. Further more, a film official said that the knockdown sequence, as meas ured by picture frames, ran ex actly 10 seconds. He said the cameras and projectors run 24 frames a second and the knock down lasted 240 frames. The developments seemed to satisfy everybody, except Boc chicchio and Malandra. that Jer sey Joe was fairly knocked out. These two said they were un decided about the possibility of carrying the protest into the courts. Malandra said: "Well talk it over with Wal cott and see if he would like legal action. We could carry it into any District Court for dis posal, probably in New Jersey, where Joe lives or in Illinois.” •gdaxfakaaStaH? CRAY LINE BUS to ROSECROFT Arriv# on Tinw—No Traffic DIRECT TO TRACK AND RETURN Fes-erved scats: no standing: no parking problems. Buses leave regularly from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 pm Post time S:IS p in. Dailv Double closes 8:00. Rd. trip Si.oo iplus tax'. Leave trom 1010 Eye St. N.W. Dl. 7-0600 ISyp w "■ - fig ILii | ?. '.p> ;! f■ FOLLOWS IN DAD’S FOOTSTEPS— Jockey J. Ralph Adams (left), 18, and his father, 38-year-old Jockey Johnny Adams, line up at the scales after yesterday’s first race at Hawthorne, in which they were rivals. It was the first time Johnny appeared in competition against his father and he finished sixth on Cockofthewalk. Johnny was second aboard I Froo. —AP Wirephoto. Odell Vows He Won't Return As Coach 'for Million Bucks' By the Associated Press SEATTLE, May 19.—Howie Odell, who was put on the spot marked "ex” at the University of Washington last January, vowed today he’d never return to the football coaching ranks. "Not for a million bucks.” said Odell, who was fired at the start of the year after five seasons directing the football destinies of the Washington Huskies. Odell hastened to explain that he felt the coaching part of the profession was “wonderful,” but it was outweighed by what he called the distasteful aspects outside the playing field. The former coach expressed himself in response to an As sociated Press query as to whether he had changed his ideas about coaching since he was fired at Washington. At that time he said he might still be interested in a coaching job at a major school—if the induce ments were right. Coach's Life a Burden. He ticked off a few of the things he said made a coach's life a burden. They included "subsidizing of players, chasing after outstanding high school prospects, humoring hyper-crit ical alumni, satisfying school offi cials and being under constant | pressure to produce winning teams.” “In all of college football coaching there haven't been more than a couple of men who have been able to hold their io’us at major schools for 20 years.” he said. "What is there to look for ward to at 50 when you've de voted your life to coaching and are suddenly left jobless?” Odell, who developed two All- America players during tus tenure at Washington and before that established an enviable record at Yale, became a part owner in a used-car business here after his ouster. 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Today, the ex-coach said, he’s "perfectly happy” in his new line, is better off financially than wnen he was coaching (he drew’ $15,000 a year at Washington), and has shaken off the nerve tension and strain that went with his old job. One of his former coaching as sistants, Jimmy DeAngelis, is with him as a salesman. Odell said a little proudly that Jimmy, without any previous selling ex perience, was top man in total sales last month. DeAngelis was line coach at Washington for three years and before that was freshman coach under Odell at Yale. Odell wanted it made clear his attitude toward coaching had nothing to do with "sour grapes.” “If it were just working with the boys, devising strategy and trying to build team spirit,” he said, “I couldn't think of any thing finer.” Bill Morgan New Leader In Marlboro Auto List Bill Morgan is the new point scoring leader in the Northern Virginia Stock Car Club, racing at Marlboro Raceway. He won last Sunday’s feature to become the first double-wfinner this sea son and has 528 points. Reds Fowler, who did not com pete last Sunday, dropped to second place with 438. Elmo Langley remained in third place w’ith 382. while other high scorers include Cotton Shifflett, 240; Mack Hanbury, 231, and Hoss Kagle, 229. Glenhaven Cubs Win The Glenhaven Cub Scouts de feated Pack 477 of Wheaton, 4-3. in a softball game played at Glenhaven School yesterday. Mauri Rose Nabbed For Speeding After Day at Indianapolis By th* Associated Press WATERLOO, Ind., May 19. Mauri Rose, a three-time win ner of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, was arrested for speeding | here yesterday. Rose pleaded guilty in Justice of the Peace Court and was fined $1 and paid $14.75 in costs. He said he w’as hurrying to his ; home at Ferndale, Mich., after attending qualification time trials at the Indianapolis Speed way Sunday. Rose retired from racing after his car went out of control and overturned on the 126th lap of the 1951 speedway race. Rocca Stages Comeback To Beat Golden Terror Antonino Rocca staged a late comeback in the feature wrest- j ling match at Turner's Arena last night to beat the Golden. Terror. • At one time the rough Ter- i ror appeared to be the winner w r hen he pinned Rocca but Roc ca's feet were outside the ring j ropes and he got another chance. I After that he used his drop kick to ruin the Terror. The team match went to Joe Tangaro and Guy Brunetti over the Zebra Kid and Jack Dillon. Mrs. Maurice Glick To Meet Dot Kirby By the Associated Press CHATTANOOGA. Tenn., May 19.—Mary Pat Janssen of Char lottesville, Va., and Mrs. Mau rice Glick of Baltimore were aftiong the championship flight qualifiers in the 38th Women’s Southern Amateur here. Med alist was Mary Lena Faulk of Thomasville, Ga., with a 73. Miss Janssen, who qualified with an 82, met Nancy Reed of Nashville today and Mrs. Glick’s first-round opponent was Dor othy Kirby, the National Worn- ! en’s Amateur champion. Mrs. j Glick qualified with 83 and Miss Kirby a 77. WHY ACCEPT LESS 7 fan Your Money IM// Buy?... HIGH QUALITY ECONOMY GASOLINE At the low Regular Price / SOCONY-VACUUM J •OCONY-VACUUM Ofl COMPANY, 'f Mb *** *** I »• ♦ IHI Haney Finds First Baseman By Starting Kids at One o' Cat By John P. Carmichael Chicago Daily Nows Sports Editor CHICAGO, May 19.—This is Fred Haney’s first year as man ager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.! He 7. as telling General Manager Branch Rickey before the train ing season opened: "I don’t know too much about most of the kids. ... I think I’ll start ’em playing one o’ cat to find out where they can play.” So when Fred got to Havana he put into practice the im promptu sandlot game common to all kids, in which you progress from one position to another until you finally get to bat. Out of these shenanigans came his present first . baseman, Paul Smith. "He was a kid from New Orleans w’ho'd been trying to play the outfield,” Haney said. "We just took him along for a casual look. In the one o’ cat he eventually had to play first base, too. "I got watching him around the bag and he was like an oc topus, licking off throws on either side and digging ’em out of the dirt and looking like he’d been bora there. He's still doing all right.” Wide Open for Experiments. Haney approached his role as j a big league pilot w’ith the phi- | losophy: "I’m better off than a ; lot of managers, because I can i do most anything I want to. The 1 club finished so badly in 1952 that it was wide open for ex periments.” Now and then Fred even uses j Vic Janowicz, former All-Ameri ca back at Ohio State, who can’t be sent down for seasoning be cause he's a bonus player. i "Getting through a ball game is tougher than cracking that Michigan line,” laughed Vic. The bluff, hearty Pirate man ager got a deep laugh out of the rhubarb in the wake of the Joe Walcott-Rocky Marciano fight. "I know how the customers felt.” he said, "but at least they i saw’ something. I was manag ing Toledo years ago and w’e were starting on a road trip i through the American Associa tion. "I suggested to the owners that, as a treat for the team, we take ’em through Chicago to see the Joe Louis-King Levin sky fight. It cost us about S2OO extra, including a team dinner. When we got to Comiskey Park, we discovered the fight had been put on early . . . and was all over.” Shot in Arm Dissipated. A string of five straight vic tories the first week in May gave | the Pirates a shot in the arm, l but now they’ve settled into seventh place with only the Red legs to beat out for eighth. Even Ralph Kiner, batting about .200, isn’t much of a drawing card any more. An unofficial spokesman for i the Pirates said: “I don’t think j there’ll be a deal for Kiner (be fore the June 15 deadline) be cause nobody seems to want him ... or even need him. The Cubs think he’d look pretty good bat ting either ahead of or behind Hank Sauer in Wrigley Field . . . But they’ll give cash only.” There may come a day, though, before June 15, when the Cubs may have to make a better offer for Kiner, if only to justify their presence in the 1953 flag race. If the present plight of the club isn't the fault of Phil Cav arretta or Wid Matthews or P. K. Wrigley, or any other indi vidual. then it's a team fault. Therefore the team needs bolstering. Kiner is a big frog in a little puddle with Pittsburgh. His own punch can’t help the club be cause all the opposition has to do is walk him to get at some body else. Yet his salary is such as to make the wages of his i supporting cast appear to be pea nut money. Recalls Visit With Alex. When the Pirates strode into Chicago last week end, it marked the first appearance of Haney in the visiting clubhouse in al- - most 25 years. He was with the Cardinals then, when Billy Southworth managed them the Mrs. Goodman Winner In Golf at Woodmont Mrs. Henry Goodman was low net winner with 91-9—82 in the weekly ladies day golf play at i Woodmont Country Club yester | day. Mrs. Morton Kaufman had ; 92-9—83. and Mrs. Bertram Os trow. 102-19—83. Mrs. Jules iFriedenson won low putts with 30. The guest low net winner was 1 Mrs. James Geddes of Congres sional with 97-12—85. l ; Former Big Ten Gridman Dies of Crash Injuries By th* Associated Pratt URBANA, 111., May 19.—Ma j rine Capt. Robert A. Wilson, 31, former Big Ten • football player and Illinois high school football coach, died Sunday night at Camp Lejeune, N. C„ from plane crash injuries a few hours after his wife bave birth to a son. Wilson was critically injured April 12 when he bailed out of a l bomber near Siler City, N. C., ' and his chute failed to open ! completely. Five others died in : the crash. His wife, the former Euline ! Dallas of Harrisburg, gave birth to a son, their second child, Sun day morning. They also have a I daughter, 3. Wilson, a Reserve officer, was i on leave as football coach from Mattoon (111.) High School. He was one of the few players ; to play on two different Big Ten champion football teams, the | Purdue team of 1943 and on the 11946 Illinois team that went to j the Rose Bowl. first time and Grover Cleveland Alexander was a Redbird pitcher. “Alex was supposed to pitch against the Cubs.” Fred recalled, "but he was a little worse for I the wear and tear of the previous night. So we got him out on ! the field and I stood in front of I him. Frank Frisch threw a ball and I stepped aside and it hit I Alex in the shoulder . . . the left one. "So we took him back inside and told Billy what happened i and he had somebody else pitch that day. 'Everybody liked old Alex.” (Chicago Daily News Service.) j Two Americans Put Out Os Paris Tennis Tourney By the Associoted Press PARIS, May 19.—The French International tennis tournament got under way today after a three-hour delay caused by in termittent showers which made the clay courts slippery In Roland | Garros Stadium. In the early matches, one American, Bernard Bartzen of San Angelo, Tex., advanced by default and two others were eliminated. Jean-Paul Jauffret of France defeated Jim Cody of Pittsburgh, 6—o, 6—2, 6—o. Yves Thieul lent. another Frenchman, elim inated Richard Cohen of Plain field, N. J.. an Army captain on duty in Germany, 7—5, 6—o, 6—2. Jacques Peten of Belgium beat Uruguay's Eduardo Aragon, 6—3, 6—4. B—6. Only a few of the top-ranked stars in the field of 110 men and 48 women were scheduled to play in the first round today. The i others, including top-seeded Jar oslav Drobny of Egypt. Gardnar | Mulloy of Miami. 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