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Sports Editor
The Yankees of Today,
Like Yanks of Old,
Lead the League
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
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.
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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.
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It’s Balance That Makes
the Difference Now,
Not Babe Ruth
Athletics for All
Soon to Become
Reality at U. M.
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
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.
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
"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
"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
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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.
... won doubles crown for Central ...
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Three Tie
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.
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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
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.
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Collins job) and two or three ice
cubes. Sweeten to taste. Shake till
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glass, fill with fizz water—and just
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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
“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
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.
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.
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A Speeder
Former Datroit Boy Soft
Track Marks in East
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
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and Sunday Times.
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And “velveting” makes Imperial
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