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Val Gonzalez Wins 1948 Coastal Plain Leagne Batting Championship!
Per Capita ‘48 Baseball Attendance Here Highest In Coastal Plain LeagueJ First Sacker Is Sold To Binghamton Val Gonzalez, stellar first sacker of the 1948 Roanoke Ra pids Jays, who has been sold to the Binghamton, New York, farm team of the New York Yankees, captured the unofficial batting crown of the Coastal Plain League, according to sta tistics released today by the Howe News Bureau. Consistent hitting during the last three weeks of the season pushed Gonzalez to the pinnacle, a place for which he had bat* tied all season. It was a climax to a successful year for the lik able and best first baseman in the Coastal Plain Baseball Lea gue. Val captured the hearts of most of the fans who streamed through the gates at Simmons Park this summer with his steady play and sensational bat ting. He at times pulled some spectaular plays at first base , and has been redicted with many : game winning blows. George Nethercutt, business manager of the Jays, announced that Val has been sold to Bing hamton, a Class “A” ball club and Val will report for train ing with the Binghamton Club' next year. For the past several seasons the Binghamton club j has trained at Edenton and it mf»y be that Gonzalez’ fans will : get a chance to see him in train ing there with the Eastern Lea gue club next spring. Gonzalez had been in the thick of the fight for batting honors : in the Coastal Plain League all year and climbed out on top at, the season’s end with a .383 mark. He picked up six percent age points during the last week of play to beat out Jake Daniel. Tarboro first sacker, by fifteen points. John Pavlich, Jay catcher. ! was next to Gonzalez at the end ' of the season as far as the Jay batting power was concerned. He pounded the apple at .316 clip. Jim Meyer, voted the most valuable player on the Jay ros- 1 ter, was third man in the Jay I power line with a .309 average , at the plate for the season. , Those were the only three bet-! ter than .300 hitters on the Jay j roster at the end of the season. | In the pitching department: ' Glenn Titus had the best record j for the Jays figuring on the num- j ber of games he pitched. He I worked a total 37 games and won j 15 while losing 14 for an average of .514. wany .burnett actually had the best average of any Jay | tosser winning four and losing one in 12 games he pitched for | an .800 average. Other Jay pitch ing averages were: Brown .368; King .364 and Van Hoose .385. Jay batting averages for the! : season: Gonzalez .383 Pavlich .316 ' Meyer .309 £ Bolick .298 Madjeski .286 Ferra .284 Martin .267 Hammack .234 * Titus .233 J Sheehan .212 King .197 TODAY’S GAMES National League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicago at Brooklyn (night) ! Pittsburgh at New York > (night) Only games American' League St. Louis at Cleveland Only game scheduled. Most Valuable Jay JIM MEYER, Roanoke Rapids Jays' left fielder, was voted as the "most valuable" player of the season by Jay fans in a poll conducted by the Tar Heel Sporting Goods Company. Meyer was chosen out of the nearly 1,000 votes cast and the announce ment of the vote was made in the final Jays' game of the season in Simmons Park before a large Labor Day Crowd. Georgia Tecli's Ramblin' Wreck Is Pre-season Choice To \\ in ;Southeastern Football League A1 juain avjreuigia — Lt-vii I won't ba "rambling wreck” this I season The Yellow Jackets will | do the wrecking in their own | back yard. | That's what ’southeastern Co i nference observers think will ha | ppen in deep Dixie. Most of i them have been of that opin ! ion since Tech whipped Kansas i 20-14 in the Orange Bow! and ! since they took a look at Tech’s few serious losses through grad uation. Tech’s schedule this year is tough, but the toughest teams are fitted neatly between what appear to be breathers. And there are seven home games In a poll conducted among Southeastern Conference coach es and athletic directors, Ten nessee was picked to finish second. If the Vols come thr ough it will mean Coach Bob Neyland has climbed back near the top after his worst season in history. Behind Tennessee the football professors pick Alabala. Geor gia. Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mis sissippi State, Ole Miss, Tui ane, L. S. U. and Florida. Down at the bottom is Auburn, one time Southeastern powerhouse, now fallen to tne deptns. Tech opens against Vander bilt in Nashville, Tenn, then comes home for a month again st secondary opponents. T h e traditional Duke game in Dur ham. N. C\, is the next antici pated rough afternoon. Back home again Tech takes on Ten nessee and Alabama in succes sion. A breather follows, then dog battle. Bill Healy, a unanimous ch oice for all conference honors at guard last year, is back for his senior year. Healy. who captained the 1947 team, is be ing boomed for All-America hon ors, with a recent poll of con ference coaches naming him as the league’s outstanding play er. Last seasons the Vols start ed like a high school bunch and ended with sound spankings of Boston College, Kentucky and Vandy. Neyland has only to pick up last November’s mom entum and he’ll have a top sea son. However, he claims he’s still a year away from pre war Tennessee power. Behind the line Tennessee has depth, experience and size. The lino may crop up with weaknesses in reserves and speed. Alabama’s Bowl babies—Har i \ vri ma, vduguu m^uuid ctuu ! friends—are gone nearly to a ; man. Experience is sadly lack ! ing in two line and two back ! field spots. But the schedule maker must not have been th inking of that. 'Bama's slate ' calls for nine conference bat j ties, the record down here. In Athens. Ga. Wally Butts runners with light feet, good is still looking for ends and j navigational ability as well as j enough pounds to plow in the ! middle. The bulldogs probably ; will be improved from last year’s Gator Bowl bunch. In | the backtield there is Johnny Rauch, a top T quarterback. This year Kentucky may have ! what was lacking badly last fal —a first rate passer—in George i Bianda, 190 pounds and accu [ rate. In addition the Cats have I Lee Truman for a fullback. He’s a cousin of Harry's. If Vandy can wade through the first month of football they should rate somebody’s bowl. The Commodores play an 11 i game schedule including seven [ conference neighbors, i Few colleges have as good a | backfield as Mississippi State. I Shorty McWilliams, Harper Da | vis, Truitt Smith and Jim Pitt man lead the runners and pas sers. But they will be pushed by several substitutes w h o woum oe nrsi siring eisewnere. Up front the Maroons vitally need experience. L.S.U.’s new head coach. Gav ne!l Tinsley, inherited a fine team along with one of the na tion's hardest schedules. The Bayou Bengals’ chances are re flected in their 10-weeks slate— Texas, Rice. Texas A. & M. Georgia. North Carolina. Missi ssippi, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State. Alabama and Tulane. Tin sley needs tackles principally. Few experienced seniors will be available to help Coach Bear Wolf and the Florida ’Gators. However, the passing should be fair and backfield speed may prove to be the best feature. The plainsmen of Auburn—in their first year of a re-building era—are under Earl Brown, No tre Dame end of the late thir ties. Brown needs many things, mainly strong second and third teams. And he needs Travis Tidwell with a normal ankle. Tidwell led the nation in gain ing ground in 1946 as a fresh l man, then broke and severely sprained an ankle. He’s been operated on twice and Brown ■ does not look for him to go at full speed this season. Without j Tidwell Auburn probably won’t ! either. National Women's Golf Tourney Starts Today Pebble Beach, Calif., Sept. 13 —(AP)—The 48th annual na tional women’s amateur golf tcrurnamen' gets under today with a field of more than 100 shotmakers travelling 18 holes in a qualifying round for the 64 places in the championship flight. Play was over the tough Peb ble Beach course, a 6,561-yard test with women’s par of 38-39 77. The championship is vacant because Georgia’s Louise Suggs. The 1947 winner, recently turn ed professional. Miss Suggs was an interested observer here, however. Most experts tabbed the battle a wide open affair, but many named as favorites last year’s runner-up, Dorothy Kirby, of Atlanta; and Dorothy Kielty, of Long Beach, the latter winner of the recent women’s Western ' at San Francisco. Actual Number Of Fans Show Sharp Drop Roanoke Rapids baseball fans this season turned out 87.186 strong to see the Jays play ball, it was announced today by George Nethercutt, Jays’ busi ness manager. The total attendance for the season was far below the 1947 attendance total of 115,837, but in per capita attendance the Roanoke Rapids team led the Coastal Plains League with 10.23, according to 1940 population fig ures for Roanoke Rapids. League president Ray Good mon of Williamston announced that the attendance for the en tire league showed a sharp de cline for the 1948 season. The eight teams in the league had a 1948 total attendance of 634,057 as compared with the 755,615 who j passed through the turnstiles in 1 1947 to see the Coastal Plains, teams in action. In spite of the Jays’ season re cord which put them next to the bottom in the standings at the end of the season, they were the third biggest draw in the lea gue, being exceeded only by Wil son and Rocky Mount. In per capita attendance the Tarboro Tars, who won the season pen nant for the regular season, were second to the Jays with 9.54. Nethercutt said today that the average attendance at all the Roanoke Rfopids home games was 1.384 for the 63 ticket sales. | July, middle month of the sea , son, saw the Jays play to 23,107 fans in the 14 games played in j Simmons park. j The league schedule started in • April and the monthly attend I ance figures are the following: I April (three games played) 5, ! 049; May (13 games played) 16, I 529; June (15 games) 22.257; July (14 games) 23.107; August ; (15 games) 16.850; September (three games) 3,364. Nethercutt explained that there were several rained-out games during the season which were made up in doubleheader bills for which there was only I one teket sale to give the basis ! for figuring attendance. The ! business manager said the j Jays will be “very much in the ' league’’ next season and hope to come out with a real winning ball club for the fans who have so avidly supported them in the two years they have, played or ganized baseball. I Cleveland And San Francisco Pace A AC Loop New York, Sept. 13—CAP) — It’s still a long way to Decern - ber, but from this balmy Sept - ember vantage point it looks like the 1948 All-America Con - ference pro football champion will come from the western di- 1 vision again. Cleveland’s Browns, the 1946 47 champions, and the reinforc ed San Francisco 49ers have es tablished themselves as the so lid threats for the title. The New York Yankees, mean while, face a dogfight for the eastern division crown the y wore in 1946-47. and even if they | won it, they’d have the dubious | pleasure of playing either Cleve land of San Francisco in the fi nal. Off the basis of past perfor - mances against Cleveland i n ! 1946-47 and yesterday’s 41-0 past i ing by the 49ers, the Yankee out look is gloomy. 1 Cleveland continued its pen - nant parade yesterday by rout I ing the Buffalo Bills at Buf j falo, 42-13. a much wider mar gin than had been expected. Then a few hours later on the west coast came the humiliating horsecollar Buck Shaw’s 49ers slammed down around the yan kee's ears. This week the banged-up Yan kees entertain the eastern divi sion leading Baltimore Colts (1 1) at yankee stadium Thursday; Cleveland tests the Chicago Roc kets, (1-2) who won their first of the season last Friday night ov er farored Baltimore, at Soldier Field! and Sunday features a ty pical west ceast super-colossal with Los Angeles (2-1) at S a n Francisco (3-0). The AAFC’S elderly rival, the National Football League, starts its regular schedule Friday night at Boston, where the Green Bay packers take on the Yanks. Jumping Twins In Championship Rodeo NEW YORK —(AP) _ Twin brothers, Lee and Byron Hed d ricks, and their sister Ann, trick riding and jumping team will appear in the 23rd annual championship rodeo in Madison Square Garden Sept. 29, through Oct. 24. The Hendricks perform many sensational feats over obstacl es. Bryron guides two horses over hurdles while standing with one foot on each animal and no hand purchase. Lee takes two horses in a similar fashion over an automobile. PER CAPITA ATTENDANCE—COASTAL PLAINS LEAGUE 1940 1948 Per 1947 Per Pop. Alien- Capita Alien- Capita dance Alien- dance 1947 Roanoke Rapids 8,545 87,186 dance 115,837 Alten Tarboro 7.148 67,767 75,281 dance New Bern 1 1,815 69,548 10.23 104,426 13.52 Kinston 15,338 76,770 9.54 68,706 10.50 Wilson 19,234 95,238 5.84 135,548 8.81 Goldsboro 17,274 81,499 4.96 88,707 4.41 Greenville 12,674 60,938 4.94 66,31S 7.03 Rocky Mount 25,553 94,811 4.78 100,794 5.11 --- 4.76 - 5.23 TOTALS 633,757 3.69 755,615 4.76 Bivins-Charles Bout Tonight May Clear Heavyweight Boxing Muddle Washington, Sept. 13—AP)— The heavyweight championship of the world, 100 per cent mud dled now that Joe Louis has said he’s quitting, may be cleared up somewhat after tonight’s fight between Ezzard Charles and Jimmy Bivins. The two Ohioans—Charles is from Cincinnati and Bivins from Cleveland—meet in a ten round bout at Griffith Stadium. A crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 is expected. We will now turn to Jake Mintz for an explanation of the heavyweight situation, always remembering that Jake may be prejudiced, seeing as how he manages Charles. “This is positively the same as a title bout.” Jake explained to reporters. “I’ll tell you why. We lick Bivins. Okay. Now whore can you find any boxer any bet ter than we are?” Roughly translated, Mintz means, “What fighter is better than Charles?” “Gus Lesnevich,” a reporter suggests. “Lesnevich!” replies Mintz, scornfully. “Walcott will beat him easy when thev meet Sept. 21.” “Walcott,” says the persistent , reporter. “Walcott!” replies Mintz. ! “Look. Elmer Ray beats Wal cott. And what happens to Ray. We knock him out." The trouble with all this is Bi vins. “I always say," says Mintz. “that Bivins would be a good boy if he’s in shape. So? So he’s in the best shape of his career .1 am worried, frankly. But if I get by Bivins, I quit worrying. We are the champion.” Well, Charles is a 2-1 favorite 1 to get by Bivins. He has fought Bivins three times, losing the first, winning the second and taking the third on a knockout. One point in Bivins’ favor: He will weigh around 185, or seven pounds more than Charles. Mill Bolick Gets Tryout At Greensboro Milt Bolick, flashy Jay sec ond baseman of the 1948 sea son, has been sold condition ally to Greensboro of the Carolina League, George Ne ihercutt, business manager of the Jays announced today. Nethercutt did not announce any figures in the deal but said that Milt would report to Greensboro next year tor a tryout and that if the second sacker doesn't make the grade he will be returned io the Jays. Bolick batted .298 for the season for the Jays and stole a total of 45 bases'. Ho was one of the best defensive in fielders in the Coastal Plain League during the past year. YESTE RI)A Y S R ESVLTS National League Philadelphia 6-1, Boston 4-2 New York 5. Brooklyn 3 Pittsburgh 7, Chicago 3 St. Louis 7. Cincinnati 6 American League Philadelphia 10, Boston 4 New York 10. Washington 5 Chicago 5, Detroit 2 Cleveland 6-3, St. Louis 4-3 (second game 12 innings; called darkness) | University Of Virginia’s Grid i Fate Will Be Borne By Halfback I I Charlottesville, va., Sept. 13— (AP)—Whether the University of Virginia Cavaliers have an out standing football season or fin ish just so—so may depend on how a 183-pound junior half back comes through. The halfback in question is Ralph Shoaf, of Roanoke, A a., a hard-hitting fellow who two years ago was the Cavalier’s No. 1 fullback. Shoaf, who com piled an average of better than four yards every time he lug ged the leather in 1948, will fill one of three noticeable gaps on the Virginia team. Shoaf will draw the right half assignment. He's the type of back every coach likes to have on his squad, possessing an : abundance of drive and defen j sive savvy. A leg injury kept him out of last year’s compe Coach Art Guepe's “T-minded outfit will be filled by a new comer to the backfield—Ed Bes sell. Bessell, a 180-pounder from Hillsdale, N. J., led the Caval iers in pass receiving as a sub stitute end last fall. Two Virginia backfield posi tions already have be«’n settled. Joe McCary. Cavalier captain from Princeton, W. Va., will be at quarterback. The fullback chores will be in the hands of Grover Jones, a stumpy 178 pound speedster from Wilming ton. Del. Both McCary and Jones gain ed some offensive honors as reg ulars last year. Passin’ Joe was tops in total running and aerial gains and Jones on strught line trusts. Johnny Papit. who marked up a 4.8-yard average in ball-car rying and scored live times in 1947. will see plenty of action. “With expected development in the line,” Guepe said, "backs like McCary, Jones, Papit, Shoaf and Bessell should have pknly of opportunity to cross goal lines.” Virginia is particularly well fixed at the ends and the guards. Both first-team flankmen, Carlton Elliott of Laurel, Dei., and Bob Weir, of Maplewood, N. J.. are back Horn a year ago. Three other letter ends are Charlie Mott. Alan Milne and uene scnrceuei. (;t; First call at one tackle will go to Stuart Barbour, 215-pound senior from Roanoke, Va. Joe Leonard, 225-pound letterman from Altavista, Va., likely willn get the nod at the other. Among the guard prospects 1 are both of 1947’s veterans, John Thomas, of Charleston, W. Va., and Lawrence Baumann, of Wheeling, W. Va. In order to al Lnv Baumann to do line-buck bg work almost exclusively, Valter Schulte may be given a starting berth. “One of our big problems,’• Quope said, “is to find a earner Ul to replace Lockwood Frizzell.” And Guepe thinks he may have the man in Bill Walsh, 210 p ind junior from Trenton, N. J. Virginia’s schedule: l September 25—Miami (Ohio) j at Charlottesville. j October 2—Virginia Tech at f Roanoke, Va.: 9—George Wash ington at Charlottesville; 16— Washington and Lee at Lexing ton. Va.; 23—Virginia Military®*# Institute at Charlottesville; 30 — Princeton at Princeton. November 6—North Carolina State at Raleigh, N. C.; 13— West Virginia at Charlottesville; 27 -North Carolina. Major Standings p» NATIONAL LEAGUE W. L. Pet. 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