Charleston Daily Mail (Newspaper) - February 11, 1937, Charleston, West Virginia
THE CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY ll, 1937HAFEY TO ATTEMPT COMEBACK WITH CINCINNATI CLUB
REDS SEEN AS TITLE THREAT
Blossom Dairy Team, Which Leads Local Girls’ League
Chick Sends Word That He’ll Join Team at Camp
CINCINNATI, O., Feb. ll (UP) baseball club which has emphasized the “youth movement” for the last three seasons, today looked to a 33-year-old player attempting to “come back,” as a possible factor in making it a National league pennant contender.
The team was the Cincinnati Reds and the player was Charles James Hafey, the bespectacled “Chick.”
Hafey, from his California home, notified General Manager Warren Giles yesterday that he would report for spring training at Tampa, Fla March 4 when the Redleg squad is scheduled to assemble.
Hafey retired from baseball midway in the 1935 season. A chronic illness had kept him from displaying the form that had gained him recognition as one of the National league’s great outfielders.
Salary Offers Problem
The question of Hafey's salary for the coming campaign, if he finds it possible to work himself into condition, offers somewhat of a problem. Hafey informed Giles he would expect the same salary he was receiving at the time he left the club. This was believed to be about $15,-000.
Giles declined to agree to those terms and suggested a bonus contract in its place.
The contract difficulties are expected to be worked out .sometime before the training season opens.
The Reds secured Hafey from the St Louis Cardinals in April of 1932 in exchange for Pitcher Benny Frey, Infielder “Gink” Hendricks and an unannounced sum of cash.
Hafey played only 83 contests with the Reds in his first season with them, but hit for an average of .344.
Immediately after he was traded by the Cardinals, reports were circulated throughout the National league that his eye-sight had failed and that he was near the end of his playing days.
Has Good Record
In 1934, Hafey had one of his poorest seasons in his major league career. He was a distinct disappointment when he hit only .293.
Mid-way in the next season, Hafev’s health became poorer and he left the Reds. For the portion of the '.ear he played, however. “Chuck” hit .339.
Hafev broke into professional baseball in 1923 with Fort Smith in the Western association.
He hit the "main line” to stay with the Cardinals in 1926, and was a regular until traded to the Reds.
“Chuck” played on four pennant winning clubs while with the Cards. He was on championship teams at St. Louis in 1926-28-30-31.
Since retiring. Hafey has lived on a farm near Berkeley, Cal.
Red Five to Play
After establishing the club’s modern record for points scored in a single came Tuesday night wheni they whipped the Marmet Juniors. 77-17, the Charleston Junior Reds began preparing for their Friday tilt with Clendenin high school's reserves, who will be met in a return scrap. The Polk-coached five walloped the Clendenin “B” team by a 44-15 margin early in the season.
By running up 77 markers against Jehnnv Unrue’s Marmet bovs. the Reds boosted their season's scoring total to 853 in 21 games played This speaks well for the Redmen’s offensive power, which averages 40.6 a game as against 17.6 for the enemy hoopers, who have registered but 370 points. Thev also boast one of the strongest defenses in the city as can readily be seen TToe Junior Reds have won 12 of 13 games played on the road this season and eight straight on their home court at the local Y. M. C A This stretches their consecutive home winning stream to 22, as thev took 14 decisions last vear on familiar planks without a blemish.
Coach Polk will run his charges through a practice session Thursday night at the “Y” in order to iron out the kinks in the team due to a week’s inactivity. Despite the fact thev scored so much Tuesday, the Reds showed spots of ruggedness which need to be eliminated. Their passwork. which has always been of the most effective tvpe. again clicked consistently and enabled every man to score, four of them getting IO or more points.
Leaders in Tie As Final Round Is Set
Pictured above is the Blossom Dairy basket ball team, which ^ is holding top place in the first-half race of the Charleston Girls’ Recreation league. The Blossom cagers meet the “Y” team on the Y. W. C. A. floor Friday night, and a victory for the leaders will cinch the first half season for them. The team is undefeated this season in both league and outside games. Blossom went through the season last year undefeated except for a tournament game in Parkersburg. In the picture, left to right: Coach Pat Myers, Wilma Mackey, Josephine Pierson, Margaret Haller, Eunice Ballangee, Zoe Humphreys, Wilma Beabout, Ada Elmore, Lottie French. Marguerite Lowen, Olga Haddad and Barbara Haddad.
Age Catching Old Catchers; Youth Is Seen Nowhere Near
Cochrane, Hartnett, Wilson, Sewell Are Close to End of Careers, W ith Replacements Scarce
JUST IN SPORT
By Con Hardman
PARADE OF SPORTS
By HENRY SUPER (Pinch hitting for McLemore) NEW YORK. Feb. ll—Dust off your piano Mr. Ellington -and make your melody a little hotter Mr. Calloway. For Je.'.se ii Got All Kinds of Rhythm) Owens is on your trail.
The triple Olympic champion, who has cached in $65,000 in one way or another .since turning professional, now is in training for a musical tour of the nation "which !! murder ’em.”
Jesse said to himself as he worked out with a 12-piece Negro band in a dingy rehearsal hall near the Cotton club. He still has almost two weeks of conditioning left before he makes his bow in the flat and sharp glass at Harrisburg, Pa.
"And by that time I should be able to slay ’em with my Pennies from Heaven.'’ Owens said.
While one Danny Logan worked on the band. Owens, in a natty blue suit and white polo shirt sat on the sidelines and discussed his latest venture. It was a scattered conversation, for Jesse continuously leaped up and ripped off choruses or waved the baton Since when w'as Jesse, the world’s fastest human, a musician?
“Oh. Ill do all right,” he smiled. “I used to play a little clarinet when I was in school and I did some singing.” He fingered a copy of “Pennies from Heaven.’’ “Wanna hear me?”
Jesse leaped across the studio, grabbed the microphone and started: “Every time it rains, it rains pennies. . .
“And, believe it or not, it sounded pretty good. Then he led tile band. Although the boys could have done just as well without Jesse—or any one else for that matter—up there waving the stick, it looked impressive. Particularly his rhythmic sway which, I was told, some of our better ba-ton-beaters can't execute to perfection.
Did Jesse regret turning professional?
“No, sir. I've made something like $65,000 since the Olympics. I got a $40,000 annuity. I bought my mother a home and my wife out in Cleveland now Is fixing one up for us.
“Yes, I want to go back and finish school. But that won’t be for some time because the missus is expecting an addition to tho family in about six or seven months
“I'm not through with the track either. I got some exhibition races planned for this summer.''
How long was Jesse going to keep up this varied career”
"Well,” he answered frankly. “I figure I'll keep messing around long as there s dough to bo picked up This band will pay plenty. After that they got a part for n e in a regular full length picture at Hollywood.
“Once there’s no more dough to be made, then I'm going back to school and get my B A. degree After that. I hope to I** a physical education instructor of a track and field coach.
"Meanwhile,’* Jesse strolled toward the mike again:
“Pennies from heaven .
By NTA Senice
Old Father Time is pitching strikes past major league catchers and age is catching them.
And unless the baseball bosses soon discover some bright young men teething on catchers’ masks, it looks like they'll have to rewrite the rules to limit a team to eight men and do away with the receivers. Which, at that, would be in tune with the times since receivers went out of vogue with Republicans.
But. as we were saying, age is catching the catchers. The 16 ' boys'’ who will be entrusted with the re
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Heading the parade down the hill to the sunset are Jimmy Wilson of the Ph.Hies, who is 37. and Gabby liar melt of the Chicago Cubs and Luke Sewell of the Chicago White Sox. both of whom are rising 36.
Hot on their heels, and because of a nervous breakdown last year, t.oreatening to beat them to the bottom of the hill, is Mickey Cochrane,
STEELE SET IN I FEATURE BOUT
Heavyweight Star Will Return Here to Meet Count Grandivitch
Rav Steele, who defeated Frank
Sexton in the feature match here last week, returns to the local
wrestling arena Monday night to oppose Count Grandivitch, rough Russian, in the main bout of the American legion’s regular weekly show.
Grandivitch appeared in the semifinal last week arid won from the
Frank Wolff, German light-heavy-weight, to tangle with Alex Kasa-boski, powerful Polish grappler.
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Scales Hogan’s Only Proof
With Arcade Fruit Market and Gazette tied for first place ir^ the Y. M. C. A. City Basket Ball league. a large crowd is expected for the final round of play in the first-half race which will be held on the V floors Thursday evening starting at 8 o’clock.
Arcade apparently has the easier course in the final round judging by past performances. The Marketeers face the **Y" team on the larger gymnasium. With Herb Britt. Mitch Haddad. Al Lilly. Earl Hunt. Bill Lewis, Sam Gardner and Ed Bsharah to choose his team from. Babe Corey is expecting a victory over the “Y” team, which was organized after the season opened.
The Gazette has a harder game on tap with Charleston School of Commerce opposing them in the first game on the smaller floor at the same time. Gazette is made up of former Charleston Red stars who play well together, but they expect trouble from big Bob Cox. the league's leading scorer, and his mates. Commerce ran wild last week and apparently have hit their ! stride.
The final game of the evening finds the Charleston Senior Reds j meeting Pure Oil in the larger gymnasium after the Arcade-"Y ’ scrap
J. Homer Robinson aud Bill Span- . lo! will referee the games.
Levinsky to Wrestle
LOS ANGELES. Fob. ll 'UP* —Kingfish Levin.sk v. veteran of many heavyweight prizefight struggles, peered out of two blackened eves today and thoughtfully surveyed the wrestling field.
The Chicago ex-fish peddler had recovered sufficiently from five flattenings and a knockout Tuesday night at the hands of Bob Nostril of Bakersfield. Calif., to announce his perennial retirement from the prize ring.
The king, aged and girthv. said he would turn to wrestling as a new profession
Meanwhile. Nestell was being considered for a bout with the winner of next Tuesday’s fight here between Lee Ramapo and Maxie Rosenbloom.
overgrown Indian, Big Chief Sunoco. It seems only natural to local fans that if the Burian can give the 320-pound Indian the works, he can give Steele plenty of trouble.
Steele Beat Levinsky Steele, one of the real top-notch-er.s of the game, scales 240 pounds, which is IO less than his Russian opponent. The Count believes in putting all the rough stuff he can into the match.
Kingfish Levinsky, the talkative boxing fish peddler of Chicago, wn^ flattened by Steele on one occasion in a wrestling-boxing test. Steele has appeared in other mixed bouts and won.
The Grandivitch-Steele .struggle is over the usual two-hour limit, with two out of three falls determining the .victor
Clark Griffith told James Francis Hogan that he had to lose 35 pounds if he wanted to catch for the Washington Senators. “Shanty” stepped on the scales in tho club’s offices. It was the only way the Irishman could convince his boss that he already had dropped 25, grounds of the excess beef. Frank Baxter, assistant trainer, measures tl)c Somerville citizen’s The semi-final match br mgs back* still ample waistline.
worry of big league owner* Illness ;uid j list plain downright minor
leagulsh material have weakened the tearn.s where the erosion of time hasn’t been felt.
Cleveland, for Instance, is forced to struggle along again this year with sickly Frankie Pytlak, who was able to catch only 58 games last year ’.viler; felled by a pitched ball, and Billy Sullivan, who was so impressive as his in iers'udy last year that they are going to have him try third base this season. He won t do so much damage there, the Indian management believes.
And then over in Brooklyn the Dodgers are stringing along with Babe Phelps, whose hitting doesn’t make up for his slowness afoot and other shortcomings. The Philadelphia Athletics (yeah, they're still in the American league* have 22-year-old Frank Hayes as a first-stringer. Frankie is promising, but so is that guy who owes you five bucks. Theres no telling when he’s going to make good.
Most of the old gents—especially the most aged ones such as Gabby Hartnett—have been carrying their years most gracefully, to be sure. but, as the fellow walking the gangplank remarked, there'* an end to everything. Catchers, you know.
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It is indeed gratifying to see so much cooperation in Charleston’s plans to have an amateur .baseball league that will go along in harmony, Wien all hands working toward advance* ment of the sport rather than individual glory. Judging from the spirit shown at the initial meeting the other night, it won't be hard to get things going in an impressive manner.
Such experienced hands* as. Major A. E. Haan, Gordon Johnson. Charlie Rotgin, Cebe Lee, Frank Polk and others have jumped in to do their part, and something definite is expected to be lined up when the next session is held. Officers .will probably be elected at that time and work will begin in » earnest.
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The lack of suitable playing grounds is one of the biggest handicaps facing the simon-pure supporters.
It is reported that Laidley field will not be available for baseball, and the leagues found out last season that they couldn’t survive at Kanawha park, where the Charleston Senators perform.
It is not known whether Valley Bell park will be open, but it is taken for granted that Armor will again be used. The residents of South Charleston will back baseball to the limit if you give them something worth while, and the amateurs hope to be able to present interesting games there this year. The Kanawha Valley league has enjoyed better - than - average success at Armor.
Laidley field, according to word reaching this department, will be used for football and track only. The stadium turf is
being dressed up so that Charleston high school will have a smooth, green gridiron for its games next fall, and the Mountain Lions may not even get to practice on the grass. They will probably hold their drills outside the stadium wall, next to the railroad tracks. It won’t seem right not having baseball at Laidley, but it will make a beautiful field for the football boys.
Some of the diamond battles may be staged at Owens-Illinois field, Kanawha City, if arrangements can be made.
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After the amateur league has everything in working order, there is a possibility that a junior circuit will be started, with
an age limit on the players.
There was some talk of this at the conference the other night and a majority of those present seemed in favor of tile idea. One of the biggest mistakes Charleston has made is not starting its young ball players soon enough.
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Every time the baseball boys get together they replay all the games they can remember. . . . Rotgin got a big kick out of discussing Valley Bell’s battles with Carbide in 1935. . . . And Johnson was busy telling the others that Sheffv Hart, du-Pont right-hander, has just about as much “stuff” as any hurler around these part*. . . . Sheffv is expected to be back with the Duco club this year. . . . Someone suggested that the local leagues have a school for umpires, with the more experienced players telling the arbiters what they should do. . . . “Boy, Ah’d like that,”
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NEW DATE FOR FIGHT SIGNIFte.
Expect Boxers to Put Names on Contract* February 18 or 19
CHICAGO, Feb. ll (AP).—James J. Braddock and Joe Louis will sign the papers February 18 or 19, for title warfare somewhere in Chicago sometime in June—provided current
Boycott German's Tour
NEW YORK. Feb. ll (UP).^ National headquarters of the Jewish war veterans announced a boycott today on Heavyweight Challenger Max Schmeling’s proposed spring tour of 22 American cities.
Schmeling’s American manager, Joe Jacobs, replied by announcing that Schmeling was sailing from Germany February 19 on the
The veterans’ commander-in-chief, Harry Schaffer, of Pittsburgh. declared that the Jewish veterans had consistently protested against any American money or benefits going to Nazi Germany.
“Schmeling in this respect y considered a ‘commodity’ as ai, other merchandise.’’ he said.
"The Jewish veterans consider Schmeling a symbolism of Nazism. They do not consider this a sporting proposition so far as Schmeling is concerned, since there are no sports in present day Germany according to American standards —all sports by several decree* being a part of Nazi politics and propaganda.”
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