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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
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
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
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
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! :
Gonzalez .383
Pavlich .316 '
Meyer .309 £
Bolick .298
Madjeski .286
Ferra .284
Martin .267
Hammack .234 *
Titus .233 J
Sheehan .212
King .197
National League
Chicago at Brooklyn (night) !
Pittsburgh at New York >
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
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
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
Play was over the tough Peb
ble Beach course, a 6,561-yard
test with women’s par of 38-39
The championship is vacant
because Georgia’s Louise Suggs.
The 1947 winner, recently turn
ed professional. Miss Suggs was
an interested observer here,
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
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
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.
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
“Lesnevich!” replies Mintz,
scornfully. “Walcott will beat
him easy when thev meet Sept.
“Walcott,” says the persistent ,
“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
“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
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.
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
| 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
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
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.
Standings p»
W. L. Pet. J
Boston . 79 58 .577 ■
Pittsburgh . 73 58 .557 . ■
St. Louis _ 73 63 .537 Ifl
Brooklyn . 71 62 .533 )
New York. 72 63 .533 '
Philadelphia . 58 79 .423
Chicago. 57 78 .422
Cincinnati . 56 78 .418
Boston . 86 50 .632
New York . 84 52 .618
Cleveland. 84 53 .613
Philadelphia . 79 61 .564
Detroit . 64 68 .485
St. Louis . 53 80 .398
Washington . 49 89 .335
Chicago . 45 91 .331 £
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