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‘ \ | _ l / 30 oy CRANTLAND RICE o ‘N? HO is the greatest all-around ballplayer and who is the greatest all-around football player of all time? This doesn’t include stars playing only one position. It is an argument that covers many positions, where versatility is the big idea. We put the first problem up to Ed Barrow, the veteran director of the New York Yan kees, who has been in the thick of the scuffle for some 50 years. “My nomination,”’ Ed says, ‘is Hans Wagner, when it comes to all-around ability. “I’ll tell you why. Wagner was a great outfielder with a great arm. I’ve seen Grantland Rice him star at first, second, short and third. He was a first-class catcher. And one day I made him pitch—and he would have made a fine pitcher with that arm. He was the only man I ever knew who was above the average in all nine positions. He was the greatest shortstop. “I’ll go beyond that. He also was one of the greatest hitters baseball ever knew. He had no weakness. As Christy Mathewson once said, ‘His only weakness is a base on balls.’ Hans led the league eight years. He was a power hitter and a place hitter. About Wagner ‘““Here’s another angle about Wag ner,”” Barrow continued. ‘He was one of the greatest base Tunners in the game. Here was a big, awkward 200-pounder who used to steal from 50 to 60 bases. Everyone knows how great Cobb and Ruth were. But I am talking about every angle that makes up baseball—outfield, infield, offense, defense, hitting, base run ning—l mean everything. ““Cobb and Ruth have been our two most phenomenal players. But Wagner could do more, in more posi tions, than either of them could. He was an amazing ball player. He was a great kid ball player, and he also was a star when he was 43 years old. Don’t forget that. ‘“Hans had the HonusWagner greatest pair of hands that anyone ever brought to the game. He had a pair of hands that looked like hams, but they had a sensitive touch. They were live hands. “I don’t have to say anything about Cobb and Ruth. You know where they belong. Remember, I’m just telling you about a fellow who could do more things' better than anyone else. I mean Wagner.” W hat About Football? The player in football who matches Wagner in baseball is Jim Thorpe. Thorpe, like Wagner, could do more things in a better way than anyone else. Here’s the answer—Thorpe was a great ball carrier, one of the best. He could run an end or crack a line. He was an exceptional kicker —punter, drop-kicker or place kick er. He was a good passer and a good pass receiver. Thorpe had just one weakness. If he didn’t happen to be in the mood, or in condition, on a certain day, he would put out only when he had to. The reason Pop Warner picked Er nie Nevers over Thorpe was this— ‘“Nevers gave me 60 minutes of ev erything he had,” Pop said. ‘“Some times Jim would and sometimes he would not. But they were two of the greatest I ever saw. Thorpe at his best was the best.” A Few Others For all-around value I can add two others—Babe Ruth in baseball, Bronko Nagurski in football. Ruth was a star pitcher, a fine outfielder, a pretty good first base man, a great hitter. He was the greatest of all power hitters. And Babe is still prouder of his pitch ing than he is of his hitting. The football entry is Bronko Nagurski. First, a star tacklie;, later a fine end; still later the great est fullback I ever saw. As Steve Owen Babe Ruth once said, ‘“Nagur- . ski is the only back I ever saw who could run his own interference.”’ Bo McMillin picks Cal Hubbard, now coaching at Geneva college— great end, great tackle, and proba bly the best line backer of all time. Cal, fast on his feet, weighed only around 250. Then there is Dutch Clarke, anoth er luminary of exceptionally high all-around class. In checking back through this list, one of the most important factors is the length of time they played. How long could they hold the pace? Stam: ina and durability are qualities that can't be overlooked in any final sum ming up. ,_.ml Al /',m - a 0 It brought no headlines, but Chief of Staff General Marshall made the first step toward better co-operation between Capitol Hill and the Execu tive Branch of the government by holding a quiet conference with key senators and representatives. He gave them an intimate, and on the whole optimistic, progress re port on the war, which left a good impression with congressional lead ers. Both Republicans and Demo crats were present, most of them from the military affairs commit tees, and also the vice president, the speakers and other leaders. - General Marshall gave the actual figures on American losses in North Africa. These must remain con fidential, but they were encouraging ly small, He explained that one rea son for the light casualties was Gen eral Eisenhower’s peace arrange ment with Admiral Darlan. General Marshall attached great importance to this, since the army, navy and civilian population in North Africa were under the influence of Admiral Darlan. Therefore he sug gested to congress that it would be very helpful if there were no crit ical speeches of the admiral despite his Vichy connections. Admiral Darlan had come to visit his son who was stricken with in fantile paralysis, General Marshall said, then had returned to France. But when his son suffered a relapse, Darlan came back to North Africa. Thus it was pure accident, but a very fortunate one, that he was in Algiers at the time. Darlan had given the order immediately which resulted in the saving of many American lives. General Marshall also paid high tribute to Robert Murphy, the state department’s chagge d’affaires in France, who spent most of his time in North Africa. It was Murphy who mapped out most of the advance political plans of the U. S. army. General Marshall was also opti mistic regarding the amount of Nazi strength being diverted from the Russian front, especially airpower. He felt that Hitler would have to iake more and more planes away from Russia to protect Italy, now considered the soft spot of the Axis, and that Hitler could not lick Russia without airpower. ; . Another optimistic part of the war picture, the chief of staff said, was New Guinea, where he 'expects some real Allied progress against the Japs at Buna. Note: Secretary of the Navy Knox is now following Marshall’s cue and has invited members of the senate and house naval affairs committees to have dinner with him some eve ning soon. As a result of the elec tions, it looks as if the executive branches of the government had awakened to the fact that there was a congress. @ * * HITLER INFLUENCE If Hitler moves in on Spain, he may accomplish at one blow what we have failed to do in nine months of diplomatic discussions with Argen tina. He may force that South Amer ican country into a break with the Axis. It was Argentina which principally gummed the works at Rio de Janeiro last January, when astute Sumner Welles, undersecretary of state, was trying to line up all 21 Latin-Amer ican countries behind a resolution to break relations. There Argentina Foreign Minister Ruiz Guinazu insisted on ‘‘neutral ity”’ and Argentina remained on the fence. Ruiz Guinazu is a great admirer of Spain, is proud of his own Span ish blood. Furthermore, he poéints to Spain’s ‘“‘tradition of neutrality’’ as the best guarantee of peace. So if the Germans aow attack Spain, the Argentine government, would almost be forced to come to the defense of the mother country by breaking relations with ‘the at tacking country. Note: Resignation of Argentine War Minister Tonazzi, a friend of the United States, is regarded here as the first important rift in the Castillo government. * * * COURTEOUS : MRS. CORDELL HULL Mrs. Cordell Hull was leaving the Shoreham hotel one morning when she encountered Dr. Jose Richling, former minister of Uruguay. ‘““Can I take you somewhere?’”’ she offered. - » “I'm going to the state depart ment,”’ said Richling. , “Come along, I'll take you.” ‘“But are you going that way?” “No, but it doesn’t matter. I have nothing to do. Anyhow, I want to see how my husband works.” * % » CAPITAL CHAFF @ In spite of space shortage, a mag nificent suite of offices in the state department is still reserved for the venerable ‘‘General of the Armies.” Unfortunately. Pershing has to spend all his time at the Walter Reed hos pital. - ¢ The U. S. army in North Africa will consume local fruits and vege tables, not to mention lamb and mut ton, produced there in large quanti ties, and formerly shipped to Italy, France and Germany. : Washington, D. C. QUIET CONFIDENCE COULEE CITY DISPATCH, THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 1942 (N = P %,\§ - 1Y Z FONES 7 Y \ 7NP ST 7 7D = 3 % ‘”ﬁ’- ‘///l %//—'— S “YY ] A SERIES OF \ SPECIAL ARTICLES BY THE LEADING a 7 JWAR CORRESPONDENTSY SN g—lmlllumumumumlmuununlmuunnmun-ummulmv I:INIIIIIIInlllIIIH.lIﬂllllll!llllllllllllg ' Wendell Villkie l ' and Global Politics | By Frank Gervasi ! (WNUFeatx:f;—g‘:lrho;g:‘s‘?::ﬂ’l,)arrangement '~ Wendell Willkie’s recent visit to the Middle East was the second of two memorable events during the last days of August and early Sep tember. The first, of course, was the defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korps. This, among other things, caused stocks to rise on the Cairo Bourse. The victory over Rommel re moved an immediate threat to Egypt and at least put our side in a position to resume the initiative— as they say in treatises on war. The enemy lost a considerable quan tity of men and weapons. The myth of Rommel’s invincibility was de stroyed in a brief hot battle which was over almost before anybody knew it had begun. It was as brief as it was hot and almost as destruc tive to the German war machine as a short circuit in a generator. There’s no tendency here, how ever, for the British to overestimate the damage done to the Afrika Korps or to underestimate Rommel’s abil ity to recuperate. Two Events Collide. The two events—the victorious battle and Willkie’s arrival—coincid ed so closely that they became con fused. The newspaper boys hardly had time to cover the first event before it telescoped into the second, and they were very busy with the second. The blitz visit was crammed with statements, interviews, recep tions, appearances before still and movie cameras, radio talks, calls on diplomats and kings, conferences with politicians, soldiers and more diplomats. Short as it was, the correspond ents worked harder and longer dur ing Willkie’s visit than at any time while away from the fighting front. Willkie shook up their livers. He sassed the censors, made for mal diplomatic calls in a lounge suit instead of the sacred striped pants and tail coat of tradition. He managed to impart to nearly ev erything he did an atmosphere of clambake. Censorship, motivated by the sheer necessity for keeping Berlin in the dark as to Willkie’s views about political and military af fairs in the Middle East, prevented details of his visit from becoming known. This article is an attempt to supply some of those missing de tails. In any other setting, the breezy politician might have seemed a heroic figure, remarkable for his frankness and sincerity. In the Mid dle East, however, with its tradi tions of reticence, its compunctions of secrecy in political and military matters, Willkie’s act didn’t quite come off. He was usually out of character and seemed, most of the time, a huge and handsome bull in a store full of porcelain images. Every time he moved, you wanted to. warn him that he might break something. Willkie, Image Breaker. He did some good but he also broke a few images. The damage oc curred despite the presence in his cruise crew of Joseph Barnes, soft spoken former newspaper man who now is an official in the Office of War .Information. Joe was the con science of the party, a small voice which kept saying: ‘Be careful, Wendell! Somebody might be try ing to sell you a bill of goods. Watch what you say and remember this is a British battlefield and they are the bosses here.” Calls on King Farouk. He didn’t prevent Willkie, how ever, frocm calling on His Majesty King Faroul- of Egypt in an ordinary suit, or frcm having himself photo graphed in a sloppy bush shirt, bag gy pants and an outsize sun helmet, with German prisoners who stood rigidly at attention and regarded him with considerable coolness. Willkie’s first plunge into Middle East affairs happened in the marbled hall of the impressive head quarters of the United States forces in North Africa, formerly the home of a wealthy Egyptian family. The active and passive press, uniformed and ununiformed, male and female, American and foreign, were there about seventy strong. ' Even the Times of London came; so did Brit ish and American censors. Willkie, in a summer-weight sin gle-breasted suit, his pants belt tight around his middle, his hair rumpled, and looking very much a man of the people in his white shirt and un remarkable necktie, sat on a chair before a table set on the first land ing of a staircase that swept upward behind him. There was a shaft of light on his face from an open door. He reassured us that the Yankees were doing well. Then he turned prophet. He an nounced that, in his opinion, Hitle) was 'way out on a lirnb and that the tide had turned against theé enemy e R Speeding Up Battle Action with U. S. Army Signal Corps In this modern war-of-movement the amount of action which formerly took weeks or months is con densed into days. This is a decisive factor which has greatly increased the responsibility of the Signal Corps of the United States army in providing a commander with the channels of communication through which he receives information and directs the action of ' his troops. These pictures will acquaint you with some of the phases of signal corps duty. Above: Signal Corps men operate a mobile unit at the First Army maneuvers in the Carolinas. Signal man, Private Harry Kim ble of Easton, Pa., is shown operat ing a field telephone during exer cises of the 18th infantry. ) Making good use of a radio set in the radio command car, at the Field Radio School, Signal Corps Replacement center, Fort Monmouth, N. J. : Signal men at the Second Army maneuvers in Arkansas (left), when the 107th cavalry regiment, consisting of horses, motorcycles and scout cars, went into speedy action against the “enemy.” Right: Making use of a portable field transmitter and receiver to give orders to a machine gun company. The intelligent face of this young S. S. T. is typical of the new Ameri can army. He is receiving a mes sage in code. NO ASPIRIN can domore for you than St. Joseph Aspirin. So why gézy more? 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