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Lima News, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1942, Lima, Ohio 1 EIGHT THE LIMA NEWS MARCH 30 f By BILL SNYPP (Lima Sports rdltor) Connie Mack Struggles Against War Odds D MSSOLUTION of the Ohio State league, a regrettable step, struck with surprising suddenness over the week-end. Cessation of play was not ex- actly what fans expected in view of the stand taken by league of- ficials just a week ago when it was announced the circuit would continue with four clubs. However, these are times of emergency and uncertainty for ARMY AND NAVY TAKE NINE CLUB MEMBERS, INCLUDING KEY MEN Ohio Basketball Fans Hail Xenia Champions DURHAM. N. March 30 With two more minor baseball leagues counted among the war casualties, the number that will take the field this spring was reduced today to 31. President W. G. Braham of the National Association of Pro- fessional Baseball leagues an- nounced that the Cotton States and The Ohio State leagues will not operate this year and that their players who have not been disposed of previously will be- come free agents. The Cotton States league is composed of teams in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and is a Class C circuit. The Ohio State league is confined to teams of that state and is in Class D. Loss Of Chapman, McCoy And Seibert Hurts Athletics; New Third-Baseman Shows Form; Pitching Staff Is' Ailing baseball as well as for other lines of endeavor. Three clubs: Lima, the largest city in the league; Tif- fin. tied up with Cleveland, and Fremont, promised aid by the St. Louis Cardinals, were the only sure starters. The league would have been only as strong as its weakest link and none of the other clubs could measure up to this trio. No re- A NAIfEIM, Cal., March all over but the requiem, now. Connie Mack, at 79, might have beaten the calendar: might have reached the goal of his heart's desire Another pennant for his Philadelphia Athletics; might, anyhow, have struggled out of the cellar as a fitting valedictory to his tremendous career in baseball. Yes, old Connie, gallant soul, might once have done any of these things, but not now. lie can't lick a war. Worse than that, the Avar can, and will, lick him. It has already taken nine of his players and probably will take more. But that hardly matters at this point. Once you're down to nothing, you cannot have less. Three of the army draftees were key Chap- man who hit .323 in the outfield last year, drove in 105 runs and hit 25 out of the park for home runs; Benny McCoy, who began placement could be Mansfield; Fostoria abandon efforts to found for decided to start and w Grover Hartley's Findlay fran- chise went begging. It was generally agreed among league moguls that attendance would be good this season, but even the most optimistic of their group could find little else over which to enthuse. Many of the players already are in armed forces and others soon will be drafted. Contract difficulties also promised to be more severe than in the past, many players being engaged in more profitable indus- trial lines. A redeeming feature for Lima is the plan to keep Halloran park in operation. High school and in- dustrial teams will have access to the plant and later in the season there likely will be exhibition games of worthwhile calibre. Thus, for the duration at least, another league obituary is written. The next circuit, when it is formed, bring new faces, now man- agers and probably new teams. Conference players dominate the all-opponents team selected by the 14 members of the Great Lakes basketball squad, which recently concluded its schedule with a record of 31 victories and five defeats against the nation's finest quintets. The Bluejackets, whp traveled exten- sively and obtained adequate op- portunities to become qualified selectors of their own "All-Amer- rated their choices after care- ful consideration and reviews of all contests. The Big Ten performers honored by the Bluejackets on the first team are Johnny Kotz, Wisconsin forward; Forrest Sprowl, Purdue forward, and Andy Zimmer, In- diana guard. The other members of the select quintet arc, Ed Beis- ser, Creighton center, and George Rensberger, Notre Dame guard. Creighton and Notre Dame also gained representation on the Sailors' second squad. Bobby Faught of the Irish was named at center and Gene Haldeman of Creighton was selected, for one of the guard positions. The three others chosen on this quintet are, Al Budolfson, Iowa State forward; diet Aubuchon, Michigan State guard, and Gene Broene, Calvin (Mich.) College forward. T ARRY MACPHAIL, president of the Dodgers, has presented Chet Kehn, formerly of the Dayton club, with a bonus for win- ning 16 games for the Montreal farm last season. Kehn, Lima fans may recall, pitched part of the Dayton exhibition game against the Pandas here in 1940 when the Mid-Atlantic club was forced to step to take a 10-9 decision from Preston (Robby) Robertson. Kehn, a small right-hander, is one of five young pitchers who have a chance to stick with the Dodgers. The others are his team-mate, Ed Head, Bob Chipman and Emile Lochbaum of Atlanta and Tom Drake from Nashville. definitely to come on at second base, and Dick Scibcrt, one of top first basemen of baseball w i t h his .341 average. M c C o y, o f course, also rep- resented the loss of which Connie had tied up in his pure base But, for once, money m e a n s Connie Mm-k less to old Con- nie than the pioblem of what he's going to stuff his uniforms with when he tries to open the season. Some of the gaping holes in the first line may be plugged, either adequately or otherwise, with a few miscellaneous infieldcrs still around the camp. Al Biancato is bad. as the tegular shortstop and Connie shows one of his rare mo- ments of enthusiasm in speaking of Don Richardson, a third base- man. He says the young man is as good right now as Stan Hack was last year, which would indicate that Third Baseman Pete Suder is soon to be detached from his wages. Lou Blair, picked up from the Vankec chain at Newark, is being helpful in spite of knee in- jury. Al Rubeling, extra inficldcr, is back again, altho that doesn't solve anything. Anyhow, in Al's case, it never has. "Crash" Davis also is back again, this time to make a gen- uine attempt to become a first baseman. He can't miss by much, with the camp practically devoid of first basemen. That's the infield, and the only thing worse is the pitching. Bill Heckman. Herman Bcsse, Les McCrabb and Phil Marchildon "rank" the rest of the staff, with- out any particular credit to them- selves. The fact is that old Connie hasn't had pitching since last he won a pennant back in 1931, and at least he's being consistent now. Jack Hallett, taken in trade from the White Sox, might be a pleasant surprise. So might Russ Chriftophcr, a big right bander who won 10 and lost 7 for Newark. Mr. Mack really thinks he's got something with this young man. But of course, whatever it is, it won't be enough to make up for tho rest. Frank Hayes will provide com- petent catching as soon as he recovers from a knee injury. Bob Johnson will piovide the out- fii-ld punch as soon as he's able to get in shape. All told, the whole thing looks like a conspiracy to keep old Connie anchored in last place. The lest of his outfield is Mike Kreevich, fiom the White Sox; Dec Miles. 1941 regular, a guy named Valo, from Wilmington, Del., and Eddie Collins, Jr. Kreevich had his second bad year in a row at Chicago, but still was taken in trade for Wally Moses, who'd hit just above .300. Miles also was well over .300 for 80 games, so there's still some thump around with this outfit, provided there's anything else to go with it. There isn't. In fact, thcie isn't even much luck Considering the departures, the injuiies, the holdouts and other haphazard complications too numerous to mention. STRETCHING IT "Hinchmeycr is doing his bit during the rubber shortage." Dykes Visions Third Place Again; But White Sox Still Are Mis-Fits Cubs Fail To Improve Hitting; Hack Only Consistent Performer PASADENA. Cal., March he's likely to be the only player Chicago Cubs have been going in the wrong direction for the past four years, dropping in that class again. Probably the best rookie was Johnny Schmitz, lefthander from Milwaukee, who won only seven from first place to sixth. Un- games while losing 11 last season less thev encounter some bad I but who shows promise. Lou Nov- >reaks this season, however, they should not drop any lower. To all outward appearances the Cubs haven't strcng t h c n. c (1 their club since last season. The cd most was hit-' ting power and they haven't done a thing to impiove it. The only .300 hitter on the Cubs' last season was Third T.ou Xoiikoff Baseman Stan- ey Hack, who finished fifth with ikoff, the Mad Russian who dotes on minor league pitching, is back for another trial in the outfield after hitting .370 at Milwaukee and leading the American Asso- ciation in batting. But Novikoff, lacking much in the way of de- fensive ability, still is quite a problem. Novikoff is competing with Dom Dallessandro, regular cen- ter fielder last year, Phil Cavar- retta, another veteran, and Rookie Harry (Peanuts) Lowrcy, a speed- ster from Los Angeles, for the left field job. Charley Gilbert, who was handicapped by a variety of ailments last season, is booked to play center and Bill Nicholson, who batted onlv .254 but hit 26 o, WIIU UHllUtl .31. and from tho looks of things j homcrs? is sct viRht. The Cubs' infield remains the same with Babe Dahlgren at fiist, Lou Stringer at second. Bob Stur- Lima Doubles Team S- JjUU oil iitKvl 6 C O n U At Lorain geon at short and Stanley Hack 1 at third. Rip Russell, up again Johnny Yon Gries and Carl j from Tulsa, Len Merullo and Sey- Eysenbach of the Kuehmann Chips B.lock arc battling for the bowling team rolled into second place Sunday in the Inter-City tournament doubles at Lorain Manager Jimmy Wilson has hopes of getting better pitching. At least the Cub pitchers are in with a" count of 1309. Yon Gries I nnlch bottcr nl this u j rnn IT- i i than thov were a year ago. Bill rh.617- Lee. Claude Passeau and Jake Gries had 1907 in all events, with Kuehmann's rolling 2801.' 'West- inghouse beat this total with 2863. Eysenbach had 659 in singles. L. L. Grill remained in first place in the Booster column with 2903, rolled Saturday night. Char- ley Cook headed the team with 630 and crashed 661 in singles. He was followed in the solo list by Hnrlan Atkinson with 653 and Meredith Mowis with 629. In the team event, Harry Schlott scored 598; Bob Hustcr, 5S8; Atkinson, 548 and Morris, 539. By DAVIS J. WALSH (INS Mriff LOS ANGELES, March 30 are those, who, be- ng knaves and cads at heait and vithal consumed by the pangs of gnoble jealousy, profess to cx- ilain the phenomenon lightly, "hey testify that undoubtedly it's ill done with isinglass and stcrc- 'pticons, supplemented very help- 'ully by George R a f I's hair groom and the sparkle from somebody's old blue serge pant- leg. Others, equally glib, insist that Jimmy Dykes waits until he hears the sail of banshee by the pale, transparent glow of a gib- bous moon at .Hmiuj midnight, to brew his magic po- tions and intone hip impious chant. Just to be on the safe side, it's hinted, he sometimes does this over the incense of a burning fright wig. So much for frivolous legend which, in turn, leaves us only this available fact. i. e., that annually he takes a ball nine known as the Chicago White Sox and docs things with it that Doubleday nev- er for a moment intended. It's not sound thru the middle of the not at second base. It can't hit a vol- ley ball with the flat of a canoe paddle. Yet Mr. Dykes took third money in the American league last year with this haphazard, shambling array and it was only a few days ago that the venerable Mr. C. Mack actually went so far as to name it to win the 1942 pennant, outright and in fee simple. Of course Mr. Dykes doesn't pro- pose to allow anybody, even so revered a friend as is Mr. Mack, to do that to him. So Mr. Mack- picks him to win, eh Well, just to show that everything is non- partisan, he picks himself to lose. "It's a said he. "The Yankees can't miss repeating. We were 16 or 17 games behind last year. We'll be lucky if we stay- that close this time. Look at our hitting in 19.11. Look at what" wo haven't got." It seemed simpler not to look. TOURNEY DATE SET YOUNGSTOWN, 0.. March 30 Peter Well- man announced June 25-28 as ten- ts live dates for the Mahon- Valley open golf tournament Farmer And Bat To Head Mat Card The Bat, wrestling's mystery man, and Farmer Jones, be- whiskered hill-billy from Arkansas, will headline Tuesday's wrestling card at Memorial hall. It will be their first meeting. Jones, a big favorite here because of his un- usual mat tactics, has won three straight bouts on the Lima pad. In the prelims, Irish McGee will meet Leo Jensen and Percy Cisscll will oppose Joe Maich, of Toronto, Can. Mooty all are in good shape. Yeni Olscn looked like he was headed for a big year until he bioke two small bones in his pitching hand. Clyde McCullough again will be the first-string catcher. Xenia Team Given Big Home Welcome XENIA, 0.. March Coach Tom Blackbmn and mem- bers of the State Champion Xenia Central high school basketball squad fingered the "keys to the city" today as this eity of 10.000 inhabitants cheered its first state title. The community will express its appreciation formally on April 6 at a public banquet for the squad in the school field house. Adolph Rupp, University of Kentucky basketball coach, will be the prin- cipal speaker. The players wore fire helmets and rode aboard a fire 'truck thin a cheeiing throng of people today. At the city hall, Mayor Frank Chambliss presented thn "keys" nnrl joined civic leaders in public praise of the achievement. Rams And Cards To Clash In Buffalo CLEVELAND, March 30 Cleveland Rams, pro- fessional football team, will meet the Chicago Cardinals Sept. 13 in Buffalo to open their 19-12 season, accoiding to the league schedule made official today. The Rams, like each of the other nine teams in the league will play 11 games, two against each of the three eastern division squads. An open date set for Nov. 23 may bring the new Army profes- sional team into battle with the Rams here. What the White Sox haven't got, at least at this advance moment, is one extra outfielder or even a required three who can be called wholly competent. It has three second Kolloway, Bill Knickerbocker and Jimmy none is quite adequate. Neither are the two third basemen, Dario Lodigiani and Bob Kennedy. There are three catchers (George Dickey, Mike Trcsh and Tom Tur- ner) and, all told, they're just a "passcl" of guys named Doakcs, too. The sure-thing performers are Joe (.250) Kuhel at first base; Luke (.31-1) applying at shortstop: Todd (.322) Wiight in right field and the pitchers. When you're around the White Sox, you always talk about the pitchers. After all, you've got to talk about some- thing. Without them, the club could, with perfect justice, start out in- stantly for Okmulgee and give it- self back to the Cherokees. As to that, tho, there might be some objection on the part of the Cher- okees. They've been having a tough enough time as it is. The pitchers are .headed by Johnny Humphreis, Thornton Lee, Ted Lyons and Edgar Smith and, after studying their pedigree, you vaguely wonder what all the rant- ing's about. Humphries is the sole 20-gamc winner. Only Humphries and Lee won more games in 1941 than they lost. But the Sox arc strictly a blath- cr-skite club that way. They led the American league pitching with an earned run average of 3.52; they finished third in the stand- ing, tho the club regulars hit only .259, excluding Webb, (just to be He hit .190. Dykes thinks he'll finish third again ahead of Detroit, Cleve- land. St. Louis, Philadelphia and Washington. "Why he said, with a knowing smirk. "I was ahead of them the last time I looked." Pirate Rookie Gets 3 Hits Against Cubs PASADENA, Cal.. March outfielder Johnny was the toast of the Pitts- burgh Pirates today as the team arrived here to play the Chicago White Sox. Barrett virtually clinched a regular berth by his hitting and fielding performance as the Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs yesterday at Los Angeles, 10-4. lie garnered three hits. Babe Phelps, former Brooklyn catcher, slugged two homers for the Pirates, who had a five-game winning streak broken. KELLER ON MOUND NORFOLK, Va., March 30 Feller, the Cleveland fiicballcr, and Freddie Hutchm- Detroit's high priced rookie Showdown Seen In Case Of Newsom LAKELAND. Fla., March the outright rale of Earl Cook, veteran hurlcr, to the Beaumont club of the Texas league, Detroit Tigers officials to- day looked forward to a showdown by tonight in the holdout case of Buck Newsom. Time limit on waivers for New- som is up at noon today. Mean- while, the Tigers, after defeating the Boston Red Sox 3-0, prepared to take on Washington. OHIO BOWLEKS ROLL COLUMBUS. 0., March 30 Wilcox and Jack of a few years ago. will divide the nillmnn of rolled in hurling assignment when the Nor- folk naval training station meets the University of Richmond base- ball club Friday. Major Leagues Break Even In 68 Exhibitions NEW YORK, March league baseball teams arc getting plenty of exercise in the sun-bathed citrus circuit, hut they may have to wait until the July All-Star game to determine anything in the way of superi- ority between the American and National loops. Sixty-eight exhibition games have sent teams from one league against those from the other in the first month of grapefruit com- petition, and today they are neck and neck, with each league owning 34 decisions. First place in the grapefruit standings is shared by the Pitts- burgh Pirates and the St. Louis Browns. The Pirates have won 12 of their 16 starts and the Brownies nine out of 12 for a percentage of .750 each. Both teams, incidentally, also top their respective circuits in jn- ter-league competition. The Browns have won all five of their games against National league teams. The Bucs have taken five out of six from American league clubs. Washington's Senators are pushing the pace-setters with 14 victories in 19 against major league opposition. Fourth place belongs to the St. Louis Cardinals. They swept a two-game series with the Yanks during the week-end, running their spring record to 15 wins and seven losses. In 18 games against American league teams, the Cards have taken 12, half of them from New York. The Philadelphia Phils are in fifth place in the standings with seven victories and five defeats. For those who insist on com- paring the strength of the two leagues, the iccord of the Boston Red Sox might help. The Red Sox won half of their 10 games against National league teams but have played seven with their own American league clubs and lost every one. Week-End Sport Summary the division of the Amer- ican Bowling Congicss yesterday. Wilcox hit 555 and Dillman, 549, in the singles. .__ (Ilv The GREENSBORO, N. C., Sam Byrfl, former major league out- fielder, won Greensboro golf open tourney with 72-hole score of 279, five under par. Ben Hogan and Lloyd Mangrum fired 281's for second money. NEW YORK National league pro football club owners drafted :uslomary 55-game schedule in .hrce day meeting with Mike Ro- dak, former Western Reserve star, by Detroit to Pittsburgh in the only plaver sale. K CITY Stanford, Pacific Coast champion, defeated Dartmouth, eastern intercollegiate
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