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By PAT FRIZZELL
Making swimming officially a
major sport here was a smart
move. It had been on an unoffi
cially major plane for seven or
eight years, anyway, and when the
lads go out and bring home cham
pionships year after year they're
deserving of major awards.
The case for giving the splash
sport major standing was not based
merely upon the outstanding show
ing of Oregon teams, according to
Coach Mike Hoyman. The big point
is that swimming as a competitive
collegiate sport has developed to a
place where it can no longer be
relegated to minor ranks.
Before the turn of the century '
there was practically no competi
tive swimming. It was all for re
creation only. There were few pools
and the sport could be carried on
only a few months of the year.
Since then swimming has grown
by leaps and bounds. Pools have
been built in schools and colleges
all over the country. It is now a
ycar-a round sport.
Argument for making swimming
a major sport was strong. Sur
veys, declares Hoyman, have prov- (
cd that in many high schools it is
the most popular sport. It has
grown rapidly in A.A.U., interscho
lastic, and intercollegiate competi
tion. Another factor is that, next
to track, swimming is the most
important Olympic sport.
As proof of swimming’s great
advance, Mike Hoyman points to
the record for the 100-yard event
in 188,6—one minute, 16 2 3 sec
onds. By 1900 a few of the world’s
best swimmers could churn the
century distance in a minute’s time.
Now the record is 51 seconds, and
a man who can’t make it in 58 or
less is considered no sale as var
In contrast to this 26-second ad
vance in the water is man’s com
paratively small progress on land.
In 1886, the record for the 100-yard
dash in track was around 10.3 of
10.1. One second has been lopped
off in the fifty years since.
Mike Hoyman believes that Ore
gon, in elevating swimming to a
definitely major status, is setting
a precedent which may be widely
followed. “Why wait until Yale
or somebody does it?” asks Mike.
“Why not start here?”
There should, unquestionably, be
room for new major collegiate
sports whenever the sports them
selves become important enough in
the public eye to be worthy of ma
What makes a sport “major”?
For a good many years we've had
football, basketball, baseball, and
track as major sports in colleges
and high schools. These are natur
ally the “big four” at the present
Hoyman believes points which
might be used as a criterion for
defining a major sport are the fol
1. General interest of the public.
2. Quantity and quality of com
3. Degree of skill necessary.
4. Period of training required.
Lief Jacobsen Appointed
Promoter f o r Boxing,
Plans were made for the Ore
gon-Oregon State smoker to be
held April 9. at the luncheon meet
ing of the Order of the O, yester
day at Kappa Sigma house.
Johnny Lewis, president of the
club, appointed Leif Jacobsen as
promoter of the boxing and wrestl
ing matches, which -will be held in
the Oregon State gym. Tryouts for
the squad are being held immedi
ately, and persons wishing to try
out are asked to get in touch with
Promoter Jacobsen. Boxers in the
118. 125. 135 pound and heavy
weight classes especially arc need
ed for the match.
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Thirteen Pre-Season Games Slated for Duck Ball Team
In Spring Drill
Eighteen Letiermen Are
Listed as Outstanding
Prospects With Aid of
About 50 men have answered
Prink Callison's call for spring
lootballists, including 18 letter
men, a like number from last
year’s frosfa, and several valuable
There are two letterpren at full
back, Dave Gammon and Frenchy
Lacau. Gammon is playing base
ball at present. Up from the frosh
are Paul Rowe, now in the infirm
ary, and Frank Emmons, the
Don Kennedy, the Grapenut3
Kid, is the only letterman at right
half, but Connie Grabb and Bob
Smith, sophomores, and Smoky
Whitfield from the reserves pro
mise to make things interesting
Lasselle, Anderson Out
At present the other halfback
position is a little weak, with both
Steve Anderson and Dale Lasselle
recuperating from injuries, and
Jimmy Nicholson on the varsity
baseball team. However, Jay Gray
beal, frosh speedburner, and Matt
Pavalunas, frosh basketball lum
inary, along with Ted Gebhart,
transfer, are doing most of the
To bolster the blocking quarter
back position, Coach Callison has
shifted Hank Nilsen, letterman,
from end to quarterback. Dennis
Donovan, up from the frosh, is
expected to furnish Arleigh Bent
ley and Ernie Roberston with
plenty of competition for the start
ing assignment next fall.
It would take a miniature earth
quake to cripple the end situation
to any great extent. Lief Jacobsen.
Bud Robertson and John Yerby,
all lettermen, are returning, al
though Yerby at present is with
the baseball squad. In addition to
these Larry Lance and Vic Reg
inato, two of the best freshman
end prospects in years, are also
out. Bob Blenkinsop and Rod
Speetzen, the former a sophomore
and the latter a transfer, will also
be present when the final reckon
ing is made.
The tackle situation is also welj
in hand, despite the graduation
of Del Bjork, all-coast tackle. El
lroy Jensen, outstanding frosh
prospect, and Bill Foskett, at pres
ent putting the shot for Bill Hay
ward, apparently have the inside
track here. Chuck Bracher, end
letterman, had been moved to
tackle, where Russ Inskeep, frosh,
and Cliff Morris, and Merle Peters,
varsity reserves, are also in the
race for jobs.
Ten Squads Listed
Ten men arc trying out for the
Captain-elect Tony Amato has
one position cinched, barring a
minor catastrophe. Chan Berry,
Bill Estes, Joe Huston, and Nello
Giovannini, lettermen, are all re
turning. Ron Husk and Mel Pas
solt are the outstanding prospects
from the frosh grid squad. George
Jones, frosh, Cece Walden, moved
from fullback, and Ed Robison,
Hide Your Books at Taylor's
Tuo Web foot Golfers
Couch-Captain Sid Milligan, who holds numerous divot crowns, is
showing Bill Watson, his teammate on the Oregon varsity, a pointer
to help his putting in the above picture. Milligan was second in the
team qualifying round, with Wtason fifth.
Chi Psis; Theta
Casciato Lead s Seven
Man Team to Victory
Over Lodge; Theta
Chis Trounce Sigma
RESULTS or YESTERDAY'S
Theta Chi 13, Sigma Hair 3.
Oregon Freemen 13, Chi Psi 0.
Beta Theta l’i vs. Yeomen,
Alpha hall vs. Sigma Phi Ep
4:00, Diamond 1—Alpha Tau
Omega vs. Phi Sigma Kappa.
4:00, Diamond 3—Canard Club
vs. Pi Kappa Alpha.
5:00, Diamond 1—Omega hall
vs. Zeta hall.
5:00, Diamond 3—Delta Tau
Delta vs. Phi Delta Theta.
Don Casciato’s colorful Comets,
playing with only seven men, com
pletely outclassed the Chi Psis, 13
to 0, in one of two intramural
games played yesterday.
Phenomenal outfield support on
the part of Tommy DeFreitas and
F. Jones was mainly responsible
for the showing made by the Corn
transfer, are the other men work
Vernon Moore, two year letter
man. is at present holding forth
at center, although Denny Breaid,
reserve last year, is keeping Moore
on his collective toes. From the
frosh are Lloyd Beggs, Bill Stein,
and Erling Jacobsen.
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12th between Oak and Willamette
ets, as Casciato was hit freely
In the meantime the Comets
were capitalizing on Chi Psi er
rors and a few hits for their 13
runs. Bob Altai led the Comets at
Xlieta Chi 15, Sigma Hall 3
Theta Chi finished strongly with
seven runs in the last canto to
soundly trounce Sigma hall, 13 to
2. The game was called at the end
of the fourth because of the uneven
score and the mud.
The Theta Chis went scoreless
in the first inning, but got to Ben
Bowman, Sigma hurler, for four
tuns in the second and two in the
In the meantime Bob Street.
Theta Chi pitcher, let the Sigmas
down with one run in both the
first and third innings.
The other two games were post
poned because of rain.
(.ouch Hohson Talks to
Squad and lias Short
Drill for Battery; Pre
Season Slate Given
Baseball's pet bugaboo rain
invaded the Oregon baseball
stronghold yesterday afternoon,
ruining all chances of an outdoor
practice for Coach Howard Hob
son and his athletes.
All uctivity yesterday was con
fined to a little battery work by
pitchers and entchers on the maple
boards of McArthur court. Coach
Hobson also lectured to his players
on the strategic side of baseball.
Open on Saturday
J. Pluvius and his rain can well
do Oregon's baseball team no little
good as the season's opener is but
three days away. Weather per
mitting', the Wehfoots are slated
to open 1937 competition Saturday
afternoon in a doubleheader against
Willamette University on Howe
The Willamette games are only
a. brief appetizer for the list of
games Oregon will tackle next
week. All in all, the Ducks play
seven games in the short space of
five days, all but two coming on
Friday and Saturday.
Open Against Staters
Northern division competition
gets underway just three weeks
from tomorrow when Oregon faces
Oregon State at Corvallis. The fol
lowing day, Saturday, April 24, the
teams play in Eugene.
Changes are always possible up
until the final day, but Coach Hob
son’s present first string infield in
cludes Gale Smith, Jack Coleman,
Jack Gordon, and Ralph Amato.
Ford Mullen, who is out with a
hand injury, and Phil Thompson
are other leading prospects.
Bill Courtney, Andy Hurney, and
Jimmie Nicholson are the regular
outfielders flanked by Don Ander
son, Ken Battleson, Masu Kato, Bill
Crosbie, John Yerby.
Oregon’s pre-season schedule fol
April 3 — Willamette U. here
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Frank Emmons, center, and Paul Ilovve, right, wore attentively
listening to Mike Mikulak, left, when the above football picture was
snapped. Emmons and Rowe are promising young fullback candidates
fer Prink Callison’s varsity, while Mikulak, now Oregon backfield
coach, was an all-American fullback on Oregon’s 1988 team. They’re
all working in spring practice.
April 6—Oregon Normal at Eu
April 7 -Oregon Normal at Mon
April 9 Portland here (double
April 10 — Portland, there
Freights (niter Vaughn St.
April 13—Linfield at Eugene.
April 14 Willamette at Salem
April 20 — Linfield at McMinn
Work In New Gym
Batting and fielding practice o'c
cupied the Duckling baseball
squad’s time yesterday during a
light workout in the unfinished
part of the new gym. The pitchers
are whipping their arms into shape
tor the coming games with Grant
high of Portland on Friday and
Milwaukee on Saturday. Bunting
was also stressed.
The traveling squad has not
been announced as yet for the
Portland trip, but about twelve
men will be picked' by tomorrow
for the jaunt. John Linde and Bill
Garrett, former Grant high stars,
will probably carry the pitching
burden in the first game against
Grant. Wimpy Quinn, another
former Grant star, may also be
playing against his former school.
John Dick, Tom Cox, and Dick
James may make up the rest of
the infield. Outstanding outfield
ers are King, Heilig, and Goode.
Hitting has improved to a great
extent as some of the players are
regaining their batting eye.
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Heads Qualifiers With
Qualifying rounds for positions
on Oregon’s 1937 varsity and frosh
golf teams saw four freshmen
golfers turn c.in par and sub-par
scores for the 72-holes to better
scores of varsity qualifiers.
Ben "Snob” Hughes, freshman,
knocked 13 strokes off par on the
frosh team’s stamping ground,
Laurelwood. with 275 to take No.
1 position on the Duckling squad.
Behind him was Don Coles, all
campus champion, with 276.
The tougher Eugene country
club course sent varsity qualifying
scores soaring over par, with Walt
Cline’s 300, 12 above, leading the
pack. Behind Cline v/ere Sid Mil
ligan, playing coach, with 301;
Dave Haniley, 306; Doug Ramsey,
307; Bill Watson, 311, and Bill
Meet Portland Saturday
These six varsity golfers meet
Portland university Saturday in
Portland’ for Oregon’s first team
niatch of the 1937 season. Eight
matches will follow this, besides
the northwest conference champ
ionship in Seattle at the end of
Although both varsity an3 frosh
teams carry ten men, only six
compete in matches against out
side teams. The remaining four
varsity qualifyers—unless last
minute unknowns turn in better
scores before tonight’s qualifying
deadline- are Dick Pierce, Louis
Cook, Bob Speer, and Stanley
The only frosh matches sche
duled sof ra are two with OSC.
Pickup matches will be played
with local high schools during the
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