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By ELBERT HAWKINS, Co-Sports Editor
Oregon Daily Emerald
Ask any of the athletes or by
standers around McArthur court
headquarters these days just what
Find of a varsity baseball team
Oregon’s going to have this spring
and they’re apt to nod in a very
Easeball teams just can't afford
to lose complete infield3 like the
“million dollar" combination of
Wur.py Quinn, third: Elmer Mal
lory, short; Ford Mullen, second,
and Gale (Bushen Smith, first.
And they can't lose many pitchers
like Lefty Bob Hardy and Burly
Bob Creighton. Howe field bleach
erftes actually believed last spring
that at least five of that gang was
of Western International league
caliber, and they must have been
right all six are in professional
Varsity baseball isn't the only
sport apt to suffer a drop this
spring. Take golf, for instance.
Only three lettermen are on hand
now from Oregon’s 1939 northern
division championship team. Coach
Captain Dwight (Doc) Near has
one item to make him happy at
least . . . Bennie Hughes, medal
ist in the '39 championship re
Same Point Winners
Colonel Bill Hayward isn’t pre
dicting any conference track and
field championship for Oregon this
spring, either, although he has hall
at dozen prospective first place win
ners. What'll kill off the Webfoot
cinder squad this season will 1m1
lack of seconds and thirds unless
Colonel Bill gets a larger turnout.
Torch bearers for the Ducks this
spring, the prospective .first place
winners, include: Kirm Storli, cap
tain and northern division half mile
champ, and second place man on
the coast; Boyd Brown, winner in
the nationals last summer and best
in the northwest; Hod Hansen, the
<11 rk - haired pole - vaulter who
threatened former indoor and out
door worlds' champion George
Vot'off all last season; and Ehle
R.eber, northern division broad
Don't feel too badly about Ore
gon's athletic prospects for this
sp ing. Maybe a few of those north
ecYi division titles will sift away
from Eugene, but watch the frosli
base bailers. Even Skipper Honest
John Warren will cagily admit he
Ins some good boys . . . and News
Min Bruce Hamby (and most ev
eryone around the Igloo headquar
ters these days) admits Oregon
IiSs its best Duckling prospects in
Tohu has eight men listed on his
pitching roster and at least two
of ’em would be a godsend to Hob
by Hobson on the varsity. Stew
Fredericks is a former Lincoln high
boy and is seasoned in state league
competition. He was with Silver
ton's powerful Red Sox, league
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champs last summer. Bob Rehberg
hails from Eagle Creek and won
his spurs in American Legion Jun
ior ball with Estaeada.
A Potential Wow!
The Duckling infield? That's a
potential wow, too, despite the loss
of Bill Hamel, Washington high
boy who would have been the third
sucker .. . grades got him. At first
base there’^ Charles Clifford, a
former Jefferson standout, and at
shortstop and second base is apt
to be that smooth combination
John had at guards on his great
frosli basketball team . . . John
Tuttle and Don Kirsch. Don is one
of the most promising young in
fielders turned out in Portland in
What about third base since
Hamel is out ? Well, Honest John
told us early this week, “I may
have to play it myself.” Since then
he found out that likable John
Bubalo, another Lincoln high boy
and an outfielder with the Silver
ton Red Sox, is an “every-position
man.” So John Bubalo is likely to
be whipping ’em to first base from
the hot corner.
Oregon s varsity baseball team
isn't the only Webfoot aggregation
whose ranks was riddled by grad
uation and various other causes
such as loss of eligibility. With
nine of the first XI men from last
fall’s football team definitely gone,
Tex Oliver has reason to haul out
a crying towel.We would
weep, too . . . except Tex has a
nifty bunch of transfers and sopho
mores on hand for spring football.
And he’s apt to come out next fall
with a Webfoot team stronger
even than last season.
Tex Must Rebuild
Just take a look at Oregon’s
losses front '39 . . . Tex and Mike
Mikulak and Vaughn Corley do
have a job of rebuilding ahead.
Left end—Hymie Harris, returns.
Left tackle—Jint Stuart, returns.
Left guard—Ernie Robertson,
Center—Jim Cadenasso, gone.
Right guard—C'eoe Walden, gone.
Right tackle—Merle Refers, gone.
Right end—Vic Reginato, gone.
Left half—Jay Graybeal, gone.
Right half—Bob Smith, gone.
Fullback—Frank Emmons, gone.
Duck Tracks . . . Speedboy and
cruncher Frank Emmons may still j
enter professional football— he will
if a nice lucrative offer comes.
along . . . the long missing West
ern Championship basketball!
trophy (shaped like a basketball*/
which was won by Hobson’s na
tional champs last winter, is found!
Where? Well this is embarrassing
for somebody they found it buried
under some things in the Igloo
ticket office, right where Athletic |
Manager Anse Cornell told ’em to
look weeks ago . . . they didn't j
believe him. . . . Boxer Pete Riley,
who won the Oregon AAU 147-!
pound title in Portland this week, j
is a University of Oregon boy ... I
he'll be on the varsity team next j
winter. . . . Ray Foster and Stan
Watts. Webfoot wrestlers, split
their first matches in the AAU
tourney in Portland yesterday . . .
Foster lost a decision to Oregon
State's Nelson and Watts won his.
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All varsity and frosh track
men are to meet Monday at 4
p.m. in room 101 of the Phys
ical Education building. Coaches
Bill Hayward and Ned Johns
want anyone interested to re
port whether they have had pre
vious experience or not.
In Hill Meet
Distance Ace Is
Only Duck Entrant
By BOB FLAVELLE
Rea Kleinfeldt, star sophomore
miler, has been selected by Bill
Hayward, track coach, as the lone
University of Oregon entrant in
the Hill relays to be run in Port
Hayward had originally planned
to enter a full team in the meet,
but because of the lack of a cinder
path to run on and poor weather
conditions, he was forced to with
draw all of the entrants but Klein
Another blow struck the Oregon
track forces earlier in the week
when Rod Hansen, considered one
of the best collegiate pole-vaulters
in the country, pulled a «thigh
muscle while practicing on the
hard-surfaced unfinished area of
the P. E. building. Hayward said
Wednesday that he had planned to
send Hansen to Portland with
Kleinfeldt, but now he thought
Hansen might be lost to the team
for at least two weeks.
Yaroff to Compete
The Hill relay officials have an
nounced that George Varoff, for
mer University of Oregon pole
vaulting race, has recovered suffi
ciently from his recent leg injury
to allow him enter the vault com
petition which will pit him against
Earle Meadows, present co-holder
of the world’s record track team.
Working out for the first time
today was Boyd Brown, national
AAU javelin champion. Also seen
on the practice field was Ray Dick
son, hurdler up from the frosh
team, whom Hayward is grooming
for competition in the pole-vaulting
Twilight softball may be intro
duced to University intramural
fans this spring, Rollie Dickie, in
tramural director, announced yes
This new innovation will be in
stalled by necessity, as WPA work
ers have all three intramural fields
undergoing a thorough face-lifting
process, designed to level them
off and eliminate all of the ruts and
gravel spots that have harassed
athletes in the past.
Dickie’s plans at present call
for the division of the freshman
baseball diamond into three soft
ball fields, which will all be used
from 6:15 until dark each week
day, In order to complete the sched
ule on time, however, four games
should be played nightly. Where
the fourth field can be secured is
a mystery to everyone, including
Honest John Warren, complete with long face and dismal predictions,
started his yearling diamond hopefuls on their way yesterday afternoon
with the first organized practice of the year. Thirty-three candidates
were on hand to open up the season.
With the first game scheduled for this Saturday with Sweet Home
high school at Sweet Home, time is a precious thing with the portly
frosh coach, and Warren is nur
riedly putting the boys through
their paces and lining up his
In spite of John's long face, the
frosh hopes for the coming season
are nearly at an all-time high.
Wrarren has plenty of material for
his pitching staff and then some.
Eight moundsmen are fighting it
out for the first string position.
Best bet for the coveted spot at
the present time is Stew Freder
icks, a Lincoln high grad who has
' had plenty of experience with last
year's Silverton Red Sox. Running
I a close second is Bob Rehberg from
Infield hopes are resting on
j Charles Clifford of Jefferson, Wal
lace Lee, a Woodburn boy, and Don
Kirsch, frosh hoop star, and Bob
Yancy, ex-Carl May player. John
Tuttle is also an infield possibility.
Outstanding outfield prospects
are John Bubalo, ex-Lincoln and a
Silverton player. Hank Burns from
Jefferson, and Wrarren Taylor of
Up around the Igloo, boys like
Ai Linn and Jack Jasper, pitchers
fiom down around California way,
are hoping for a change of weath
er with the accent placed on sun
shine and the soft pedal used on
rain anid cool weather. All the
players who swing a bat want
some weather with an element of
baseball in it.
Because intermittent rain per
sists in cluttering up Howe field
and the surrounding ground, Play
er-Coach Cece Walden has held
only hitting practices and has re
tired to McArthur court to work
with the pitchers. He has helped
loosen up the arms of Linn, Jasper,
Lee Dragoo, Bob Beider, Pete Igoe
and Virg Haynes. These are the
top hurlers on the squad.
Reider has a nasty cut on his
kneecap. It was inflicted by his
own cleat when batting, he claims.
His is the only serious injury thus
far. He has put on weight since
his freshman days and looks like
one of the best.
Several new prospects who have
appeared on the scene for the in
field may make a difference in
the inner circle of defense and pre
vent all the water from leaking
out. Bill Calvert has been here
but a few days but has already
tabbed himself as a comer.
As "Sunshine" Jasper would say,
‘‘If more players drift in the way
they have been, we'll have a base
ball team yet.”
Another headache to the hard
working intramural maestro is con
flicting social schedules that are
bound to arise. Six o’clock din
ners, chapter meetings and ex
change desserts present a prob
lem as yet unsolved. No definite
action will be taken by Dickie un
til the social schedule is completed
next week. ^
Last night was the deadline forfl
entry blanks for softball teams. j|
last season’s frosh hoop team.
The complete frosh roster is as
follows: catchers—Howard Robert
son, Joe Kennedy, William Mc
Kevitt, Glen McKibben, and A1
Sorensen; pitchers — Nick Begler
ies, Stew Fredericks, Monroe Kar
terman, Howland Lake, Dean Rank
in, Bob Robertson, and Pete Smith;
infielders—Chuck Clifford, Wallace
Lee, John Lindquist, Charles Mal
lory, Dale McKenzie, Don Miller,
George Ogden, Paul Thurston, Carl
Wimberly, and Bob Yancey; out
fielders—Jeff Boyer, John Bubalo,
Maurice Burgess, Hank Burns,
Donald Hone, Stan Robinson, Russ
Rowher, Harold Simpson, Warren
Taylor, and Dean Van Lydegraf.
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