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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 17, 1947)
By DON FAIR
Assistant Sports Editor
Rain seems to be the forecast for this weekend’s clash be
tween Oregon and Washington at Mutnomah Stadium. And
thereby hangs a tale.
Last year a mediocre Husky football team trekked to the
Portland area to meet the Oregon State Beavers, in the season's
final for both teams. The stadium turf then, as it might be next
Saturday, was a soggy mier. following a week’s rain. But the
weather cleared up sufficiently, two days prior to the game to
normally insure decent footing.
1 he Husky team, coached
by Ralph “Pest” Welch was out
for big stakes in priming to
upset the high-flying Oregon
Staters. But the Huskies were
never in the contest, and drop
. ped a 26-13 decision. The Beav
• ers had the upper hand from
the outset, and there was no
doubt as to the final outcome.
The big blast from the game
didn’t come until two days
later when Welch declared
tha* he would never play on
the Multnomah Stadium field
again unless steps were taken
to improve the drainage and turf which in turn would mean
a better gridiron to play on. Welch was pretty bitter about
the whole affair, and left no doubt that he thought the stadium
field was a disgrace to Coast football, particularly in rainy
Field Was in Bad Shape
We saw that field the day before the Beaver-Husky battle,
and Welch wasn’t far wrong in condemming the condition under
which the teams had to play, following one of these never-ending
downpours. At that time, working crews were spreading sawdust
on the field to cover the obvious mud-holes, and from above or in
the grandstand, the turf appeared to be in fair shape.
When you walked down onto the actual field itself, however,
the mud was ankle-deep and the Oregon State team, which was
practicing at the time, merely slithered through a few funda
mental plays, and had to call it quits. We don’t advocate that
Washington would have won last year’s game from the Beavers
on a decently taken-care-of field, but it was plain that the
stadium needed a face-lifting. And Welch's blast did the trick!
During the summer, Multnomah field was completely reno
vated—new drainage was installed, and the entire gridiron was
returfed. The first game played there, following the improve
ments, was the professional exhibition opener between the
Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dons. Even with the rough
churning that the pros dished out for foui quarters, the field r\ as
in good condition when the final gun sounded.
Ducks Tried New Turf
The Ducks got their baptism on the stadium floor against
Texas and again the field withstood the beating with few visible
scars However we havn’t seen what wet-weather football teams
can do to the new turf, and next Saturday, provided the rain does
n’t let us down, we should have an answer to that one.
No Portland high school grid game is scheduled at Multno
mah Stadium Friday night, as is usually the custom, so the
field, come game time this Saturday, should be in reasonable
condition, as rainy turfs go. To Oregon, playing in the mud
will be a new occasion this season, but Washington has already
dropped two decisions on soggy gridirons.
Welch’s charges dropped their opener to Minnesota 7-6 in a
downpour at Minneapolis, and the next weekend, the Huskies
were measured by Oregon State 14-7 on a wet field. However
there were no kicks from Welch on this loss to the Aggies the
game was played in Seattle.
Revenge Would Be Sweet
To the Webfoots, wining this game would be sweet re
venge for some of the cracks that have been eminating from
Seattle, and attributed to sportwriter Alex Shults in particular.
However, the Ducks go into the game as two-touchdown under
dogs, and will have to prove the “mudder” tag hung on them
several seasons ago, to chalk up their first conference win.
Coach Carl Heldt’s Frosh football squad travels to Seattle
this weekend to meet the Husky Frosh in another Saturday af
ternoon contest.The Ducklings haven’t fared badly this season,
losing out in the last period to the Rooks 27-19 and then edging
a beefy EOCE eleven 6-0.
Heldt and his assistants have moulded an exceptionally strong
line, but their weakness, as is the varsity s, has been pass de
fense. The Rooks couldn’t make yardage through the middle,
and the eastern Oregon team, met a stone wall on line plunges.
Four Teams Gain Positions
In IM Football Semi-Finals
By BOB REINHART
The 1947 intramural football sea
son narrowed down to four teams
yesterday afternoon on lower Howe
field as three squads fought their
way into the semi-final bracket to
join the Sigma Nus and began
pointing their sights on the cham
pionship toga to be awarded the
winner of next Tuesday’s battle.
The ATOs continued on their
merry way yesterday as they
thoroughly throttled the Betas
13-0 to renew their challenge for
the 1947 blue ribbon and gave full
notice that they weren’t pausing
for anybody when the going gets
It was little Bob Barrett who
opened the scoring midway
through the first period as he
hauled in one of Ramsey Fen
dell’s heaves on the Beta 25 and
raced the remaining distance for
the tally. Fendell then passed to
.Joe Hall for the extra point.
The second score came in the
fourth period as a result of a
blocked kick when the entire ATO
line broke through to blanket the
ball and snuff out Chuck Kitchell’s
attempt to get the kick away. The
pigskin rolled out of the end zone
giving the defending champions
their second tally. The try for
point was no good.
The Betas drove deep into their
opposition’s territory twice during
the game, but each time they were
halted short of the goal on pass in
Chi Psi 13, SAEO
Striking with deadly accuracy
from the air. the Chi Psis nabbed
their fifth straight win of the year
as they trounced SAE 13-0 to enter
the semi-finals. "Chuck” Rufner’s
throwing and Strader’s receiving
efforts were good for touchdowns
and the margin of victory.
Strader’s first payoff heave
found its mark late in the sec
ond period when he cut to the
left and let fly with the ball
which found its target 20 yards
down field in the end zone for the
score. Strader hit Dick Maxwell
for the extra marker.
Again in the final stanza the
combination clicked, this time for
40 yards and the final six points.
John Kroder was the outstanding
lineman for the winners as was
Glenn Wilson for the SAEs.
Theta Chi 6, Phi Delt 0
For one brief moment in the
third period the Theta Chis ex
ploded with their only goalward
march of the day as Kenny See
borg picked off a Phi Delt aerial
on his own 45 and scampered the
remaining 55 yards untouched for
the score, enabling the hill toppers
to trip the high flying Phi Delts
6-0 for the biggest upset of the
Until that one disastrous moment
the Phi Delts seemed headed for
their first score of the day.
In the final minutes of play the
losers drove down to the Theta
Chi 15-yard line and all but
scored as twd passes were
dropped near the goal.
USC Drills Defense
Los Angeles, Oct. 16 (UP)—For
the third consecutive day Coach
Jeff Cravath worked his Southern
California Trojans on defense
against Oregon State plays.
With second string left end Paul
Salata out with a broken bone in
his left hand, Stan Cramer moved
up in his place at the wing spot.
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By AL PIETSCHMAN
SPORTS: Maybe Oregon has lost
some games but end Dan Garza has
brought fame not only to himself
but also to the school. As someone
remarked, “All we need is to have
two Garzas and we would be set.”
Oregon has another good pass
catcher in Dick Wilkins, but Wil
kins has been awarded the purple
shaft medal by the conference fath
ers. A hearty congrats to Garza
for his accomplishments.
JAM: Are your pockets empty of
the ole do rei me ? If they are here
is a news article that will interest
you: Record collectors will pay
$100 for any original Dixie land
jazz band platters that you may dig
up. Here are two of the platters
they are looking for: Zulu Ball
played by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz
band and discs with an Aeolian
Vocalian label. That’s just part of
the list that will bring in dough.
Speaking of records, RADIO
LAB on 11th street has Frankie
Laine’s “That’s My Desire,” "By
the Light of the Stars,” “All of
Me” and “Sunday Kind of Love”
on their shelves. Drop down and
give them a listen.
WOMEN: Maryanne Thielen is
worried. After her “Go to Hell” ed
itorial she received a scroll for
“meritorious service” from PBP.
Now what she wants to know is
who, whom or what is PBP. She is
FASHIONS: The first house
dances aren’t too far away and the
big Homecoming Dance is Novem
ber 22 and will be formal. Best to
get lined up on a tux now. You can
get them for fifty bucks at MEN’S
TOGGERY, 40 E. Broadway.
SPORTS: Maybe you noticed in
the papers that Oregon has more
pass interceptions than any other
college in the nation. We have
thrown a lot of ’em and have had
seven intercepted. Doesn’t sound
like many, but tops for the season
Tonight is the night for a rally.
Portland, Benson hotel!