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808 TALES By 808 MURPHY Sports Editor The Yankees of Today, Like Yanks of Old, Lead the League 01 R TOMMY DOES ALL RIGHT The Yankees of today and the Yankees of a decade and a half ago have something very important in common—they both regarded first place in the American League ak their natural habitat. In the manner of arriving at this highly desirable posi tion, however, the 1942 New York club differs considerably from the 1927 edition. In the not so misty past sports observers had an unfailing barometer for charring the course of the Gothamites: "As Ruth goes, so go the Yanks’*—that was the axiom of the day. When the Big Bam was firing his tremendous wallops at the most distant ramparts, the Yanks were on the march. And when he was doubled up with a tummy ache or was otherwise incapaci tated. the Yanks usually slowed down to a walk. That's where Joe McCarthy’s men differ most from the talented baseball chattels whom Miller Huggins used to direct. No matter how any individual member of the Yankee team may go these days, you can always find the New York aggregation by looking at the top of the American League standings. Brooklyn Nightingale Sings Sweetly At the moment the men of Manhattan are out in front by a full 11 games, and unless something happens pretty soon they’re going to make another. parade out of what was once called the pennant race. Joe DlMaggio, whose robust swattihg sparked the Yanks to their title last year, is hitting a little over .260. He’s hitting hard when he connects, it's true —but he isn’t connecting loften. » His companions in the outer gardens are hardly hitting in the manner of Yankee outfielders of old. Charley Keller nurs ing % sickly .240, while Tommy Henrich is bating around .300. What's holding the Yankees up? Two young men whose baiting prowess was little regarded in the pre-season experting. Before the campaign opened no one suspected that Joe Gordon would be slugging at a .390 clip with the season almost a third gone. It was doubtful whether Buddy Hassett would even be kept on the squad, yet the Brooklyn nightingale is hitting over .330 at the moment and is very much a fixture at first base. Hassett went hitless against the Tigers yesterday after connecting safely in 20 straight games, but Gordon got one for three to stretch hie consecutive hitting string to 26 games. That’s why the Yankees are such consistent winners. They’ve got a great ball team, and they don't depend too much upon any indivlduaL When one star slumps, a new one arises to take his place. The Tigers are in a position to appreciate the power and balance of the pace-setters. A year ago the Bengals were playing .531 ball and were only four gabies out. This year they are play ing .526 ball and are 11 Vfe games from the top. \ i Record Is Pleasant Reading The little guy with the great heart is doing all right these days, and there isn’t s pegger in the big time who more richly deserves the success. Tommy Bridges wasn’t supposed to be too much help to the Tigers this year. He was 35 years old and he seemed to be going down hill. ~ He had lost ligand won nine in the 1941 camp Sign. The years had apparently taken,their inevitable toll from the frail Tennessean. He was fading, and nobody felt very happy about it. That’s why it’s so pleasant to look at the records today and note that the irrepressible Mr. Bridges, far from being on the skids, is the Tigers’ leading pitcher with a handsome record of seven wins and only one loss. / Tommy’s curve may not be quite so razor-sharp as it once was, and maybe his fast one has lost a little of its old zip. But he is gettifig plenty of rest between assignments and, for a change, he isn't getting more than his share of the bad breaks. He mixes his deliveries with the canny judgment that comes from a decade’s experience in the big shot*. He has averaged only four bases on balls per game, and only the Yankees’ Ernie Bonham tope him in effectiveness. Besides sll this, there’s the intangible factor. There isn’t a more courageous flinger in baseball. We’d rather have Tommy out there on the hill in a tight spot than any other hurler you can mention. Double Trouble Is Nothing! . Edgar Smith, White Sox southpaw, lost his tenth decision of the season when he dropped a hurlers’ duel to Philadelphia last night, 2-0. He has yet to chalk up his first victory. But Muddy Ruel, White Sox coach, isn’t blaming the Windy City portsider for not trying hsfrd enough. On the contrary, the guy who used to catoh Walter Johnson's fireball ia convinced that Smith finds himself in his present embarrassing position largely because he is trying too hard. Despite -Smith's current record, Ruel thinks he is a good chucker, perhaps one of the best in the big leagues. His biggest trouble is that he hasn’t the knack of relaxing when he's out on the mound, Ruel says. He's like a batter who ia in a prolonged hitting alump and is pressing too hard at the plate. Ruel is confident that if Smith would relax, forget about his won and lost record and work normally, he would soon be in the win column again. J including fidirai tax SO Uu DAILY DOUSIf Ist* 2nd RACKS i [MS: |lfl®ST|i | in |TI k 6 jiii n .if 11 ■kip It’s Balance That Makes the Difference Now, Not Babe Ruth Athletics for All Soon to Become Reality at U. M. By EDGAR HAYES ANN ARBOR, June letics for all, long a dream, will become a reality at the Univer sity of Michigan when the summer term starts Monday. It will be a full term and is expected to draw several thousand students. Under the new regulations of the board of regents all students of draft age, which means prac tically every student in the uni versity, must take part in a "hardening” program. The “must" of the program is included in the phrase, "as a condition of remain ing in the university.” That means NO FOOLIN’. The program will be directed by Athletic Director Herbert O. Cris ler and he will have all the coaches, assistants and teachers of physical education working under him. He expects about 23 teachers giving instruction to the boys in small groups. PROGRAM SPLIT Each student must put in a stated number of hours a week in physical training. The program will be split into two groups, tin mass program and the individual Program. "The main object of the pro gram is to make the boys more fit not only for the military life but for olvflian life. We hope to make it a permanent part of the university’s program when the war Is over,” Crisler said, in dis cussing the plans for the sum mer. "Our contests will Include soc cer, basketball, handball, soft ball, baseball and speed ball. We’ll have baseball teams for everybody Including graduate students and faculty members. The individual program will in clude boxing, wrestling, gym nastic, track and swimming. We hope that every* boy in our classes will be able to swim be fore the sesslAi is over. "Boxing and wrestling is ex cellent training for boys. Many of them would never have ex perience In hand to hand combat without this training. And they might need it very badly some day.” I "WTien* a boy completes his course he’ll be better prepared for life either at work, at school or In the armed services,” Crisler concluded. 11 *. JF- *r MB - 'w: : ;-- vmmm I •, * . • OTTIIO UNDI* AUTHORITY Of THI COCA.COLA COMPANY |V DETROIT COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO., 3609 GRATIOT AVENUE, DETROIT DETROIT - E VENING TIMES (PHONE CHERKT, MOB) BEN WEINBERG Stewards Bar Two at Track (Continued from First Sport Page) starts, was the shortest-priced favorite of the day at 7-10 when he went to the po6t In the fourth race with M field which included nine 2-year-olds which had never won. But it was one of the maid ens, Mrs. Moody Jolley's South Drive, which bobbed up as the winner with Better Try second and Savage Sailor third, three lengths back of the winner. The crowd of 11,000 also estab lished Buttonhole, the former Bradley filly as a 6-5 favorite in the Hamtramck purse but Button hole ran herself almost out against the speedy Fairly Fly in the first five furlongs and had little left when jockey Johnny Adams brought the 10-1 shot, Lady Waterloo, alongside in the stretch. It was Lady Waterloo the winner by a head in 1:112-5, with Buttonhole second and the 20-1 shot, Cirio, a close third. Adams was not only doing a good turn for the long shot play ers, but he was doing a masterful bit of pinch hitting for jockey Elvie Hust. The little Kentuckian. Hust, didn’t know it, however, for he was down in Highland Park General Hospital with a fractured left collarbone. Hust was injured when his mount, Peppy Polly, fell just be fore the field turned into the stretch in the second race. METROPOLITAN PREP TENNIS KINGS ... won doubles crown for Central ... ' I’m ‘Coca-Cola” known,too,as “Coke” . I speak for “Coca-Cola”. I'm a symbol of its life and sparklo. I'm known, too, as “Coko”. It's short for “Coca-Cola”. I offer you the pautm that ro fra that. I spoak for the real thing ... the soft drink with the distinctive quality of delicious refreshment...the drink with the trade-mark “Coca-Cdla”« I P.S. Everybody likes to shorten words. You hoar “Coke**...the friendly abbro vlotion for the4rade-mark “Coca-Cola” ... on every hand. BOR HENNESSY Three Tie For DAC Honors Unless the Detroit Athletic Club has more than one golf tourna ment this season, the club cham pionship will be shared by three placers—E. F. Schulte, A E. Wil son and W. S. Clark. Either that or there can be a playoff. These three tied for low with 77 yesterday at Bloomfield Hills in what was planned as the club’s only tournament this season. Other years four tournaments were held, with the championship going to the golfer with low aggregate for the four. More than 160 played yesterday, most of .the golfers taking advan tage of the extra hour of daylight and starting the rounds late in the day. It was 9 o'clock before the last starters checked in. Mayor Jeffries, Francis Ryan and Harvey Fruehauf were one stroke back of the leaders with 78, followed by A. W. Wallace and H. B. Maguire with 79. Winners in other flights: First—John D. Reindel. 84-16 68. and R. E. Helferich, 80-12—68. Second—George T. Trumbull, 85-19—66, and H. L. Richardson, 85-18—67. . Third—A. V. Moninger. 88-23 65, and J. B. Johnson, 84-28—66. I MW ■ s I — : • T^ESm - * • GERRY GURMAN ••. singles champ .. . Ed Smith Hurls 2-Hitter, Loses (Continued from Flrit Sport Page) and 36 minutes to polish off the Tigers, 4-1, and increased their American League lead to 11 games. Bobby Doerr, who hit a homer, double and two singles, led the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Browns. Oscar Judd won his fourth game, allowing eight hits. Bill Conroy also homered for the Red Sox. Scoring three runs In the first Inning, the Giants halted Cincin nati’s 6-game winning streak with a 3-1 triumph. Bill Lohrman beat the Reds for the second time, al lowing only five hits but the Giants' early push decided it. Ray Lamanno hit homer No. 7. Pittsburgh clouted out a 10-2 victory over Boston, and moved into fifth place as the Braves dropped to sixth. It was the Pirate> fifth straight win and the Braves’ eighth straight loss. "lift n||r'n..dn.d in ,a llw \7llui Collins-drinker’s grinl HOW TO MAKE AN IMPERIAL r # COLLINS / Shake together: juice of one lemon, 1 jigger of Imperial (the “velvet ed” whiskey that does such a grand Collins job) and two or three ice cubes. Sweeten to taste. Shake till well chilled. Then—pour into a tall glass, fill with fizz water—and just W and “ah” over,one of the twellest drinks a Collins drinker ever discovered! IMPERIAL to*.U.L ftrt. Off. 1" VIIVITIO" I A “FUVOI-PUKID" for extra —siHmmil L for «rtra rkfcnettf Gerry Gurman Wins Metro Prep Tennis Crown. An unhappy champion, but a champion nevertheless, Gerry Gurman today holds the Metro politan High School League’s ten nis title in singles. The youngster from Northwest ern defeated "A 1 Gross of Central, 7-9, 6-4, 7-5, yesterday in the final on the Northwestern courts. Just as in his semifinal match with Highland Park’s Glen Enos, how ever, Gurman found his opposi tion considerably hampered physi cally. “I win from them when they run into bad luclf, so that makes me a lucky champion. Next time I want them to be perfect, except maybe for strok ing,’* Gurman said a bit un happily. Monday the diminutive netter raced through Enos with the loss of only one game. The Highland Park boy played with a racket hand thumb so sore he couldn’t grip the handle. HAM TRAM CK UPSET Yesterday Gurman’s opposition was more formidable, and he lost the first set One game to the good in the second stanza. Gross pulled a muscle in his leg. Gur man evened the count at 1-1 and went on to square’ the match. With a 4-3 advantage in the rubber set Gross pulled up with another cramp. Treatment re stored him to a playing mood but not to his usual ability, and he won only one more game as Gur man took the set and match. It was his second victory over Gross in five days, the first coming in the west side final last Friday. Central’s team of Ben Wein berg and Bob Hennessy upset the dope when they won the doubles crown by defeating Hamtramck’s Sam Perry and Bert Cronin, 6-1, 8-6. It was the first time in four years that Hamtramck hasn't taken at least one of the titles. If TO fpSBSBSW ■)! —• rtl, j«i£" Ljflawft I IMPERIAL By* Wpsfl n I *&™»ymrri |jSl I ml ■ "'»MWi M ,4,o«I»£ ■■■ OrAßk. Wednesday. June 10, lUS ‘ A Speeder Former Datroit Boy Soft Track Marks in East t A former Detroit Redeemed High SchocH boy has been making outdoor track history recently lg New Jersey, his new home. Don Thoms, 19, set a state and Big Six record for the 880, helurd Trenton (N. J.) High win Six title and marked up, hia tmrd race run in less than two minuted while competing in New Bruns wick recently. His time of 1:588 was consider ably faster than the 2:05.4 which won the Detroit city prep finale last week, but the city record hera Is 1:56.6. • l “The Wishing Well” has a message In cipher for you. Dally and Sunday Times. 1 Q(Ha m Don't woopl Uncle Sam needs Hiram Walker’s gin stills for making war alco hol So we are no longer making Whit* Swan, Five O’clock, London Dry, and other favorite Hiram Walker gins. But for you who pine for a long, tall, cool frosty cooler, here’s news worth living for... IMPERIAL, Hiram Walker 1 * Blended Whiakey, make* a Collins you’ll cheer for. • Try on "Imperial Collins"! Tty a long, tall, cool one with Imperial as the “makin’s.” It’s grand—it makes a Collins that’s something to rave about Because it’s “velveted." And “velveting” makes Imperial smoother, lighter—makes it a Collins-drinker’s delight. Ask for an Imperial Collins at your bar—or follow the recipe below. 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