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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 1, 1949)
By DON FAIR
These preseason baseball games which the Webfoots are play
ing now are quite a novelty to Coach Don Kirsch. In '48, his first
year at the diamond helm. Kirsch had 11 such contests rained off
the slate, and worked in only one practice game before Northern
Division shooting started.
The Ducks will play 10 preseason games between now and
their conference opener against Idaho here April 13. Included
are a pair of skirmishes with the professional Salem Senators
April 8 and 9 on the Webfoot diamond.
Incidentally, the Oregon nine will use Howe field this cam
paign. Reason for the games now being held on the .practice field
is because the infield of the new diamond still has to be turfed,
but the point is that it will be ready for use.
Oregon Spring Sports in Full Swing
It's really spring term in athletics at the U, with 23 sports
events slated in Eugene. This includes 15 baseball games, 3 golf
and 3 track meets, 2 tennis matches, and a lone spring football
game. The actions will carry from now through May 28. That
ought to be enough to keep most students busy.
The baseball race this year promises to be as close as last
season when Oregon and Washington State tied for the first
in games won and lost, but the Cougars had the edge in per
centage. If the Webfoots’ comparatively green mound and
catching staffs hold up, the Ducks will be nobody’s pushovers.
Slugging first baseman Dick Bartle seems to have taken up
where he left off last campaign when he batted a very respect
able .390. A1 Cohen and Walt Kirsch, at short and second respect
ively, are a steady, double play combination, and both men can
handle the bat. At third, a newcomer Don Kimball rates the nod,
another dangerous batter.
Kirsch Has No Outfield Worries
Kirsch’s outfield troubles are practically nil, with such men as
Johnny Kovenz, Hal Zurcher, Pat Wohlers, Ray Stratton, and
Don Dibble around, Kovenz is the fastest man on the squad and
a solid .30Q hitter, while Zurcher covers the ceuterfield area with
a fine-tooth comb.
Last year, Kirsch alternated Wohlers and Dibble in the
outer garden, depending upon the pitcher used by the opposi
tion—Wohlers against right handers, and Dibble against
southpaws. Wohlers has been in the .300 batting circle at the
University, landing in the .340 bracket in the ’48 season.
Right now the hurling staff seems capable to fit the bill with
all of the pitchers exhibited displaying the stuff to go nine in
nings and win. What is very important is the fact that the control
of the tossers has been good for this early.
Webfoot Catching Spot Still Open
The race for starting catcher is wide open with Gene Rose,
Bob Sims, Dale Warberg, and Don Peterson battling for the hon
ors, athough yesterday’s injury to Peterson may set him back.
Rose originally hailed from the hot baseball town of Payette,
Idaho and played on the Idaho frosh team, while Sims is a trans
fer from Grays Harbor (Washington) J. C. Warberg was an all
around handyman for Vanport, playing first and the outfield as
The brochure which the Athletic News Bureau turned out
after the recent state high school basketball tournament in Eu
gene is another feather in the cap for hard workers Art Litch
man and his crew of Bill Stratton and Fred Taylor.
The booklet is the soup-to-nuts of the tourney, including in
dividual scorers, box score, team rosters, and game scores. Be
tween putting out the tournament guide and the spring sports
dope book, the men used up the better share of the spring vaca
Prep Cagers Forget Defensive Play
Speaking of the tournament, wha has happened to defensive
play in high school basketball? The record of points totaled in
four games was broken by four teams—champion Roosevelt,
Salem, Marshfield, and Junction City. With the exception of
about three of the 26 games, the emphasis was placed on run
and-shoot basketball. When you realize that these high school
teams were averaging such high totals in only 32 minutes of
basketball, compared to the 40 minutes in college, the marks are
more phenomenal. In line with the break-neck pace basketball also
came more fouling in the games, which was not caused by close
College student bodies could take a wise tip from the high
school rooting sections at the tournament. The team-backers
themselves, not including the adults, were boo-less. In fact the
whole atmosphere was different than that of a college cage crowd
—mighty unusual after some of those torrid Mac court sessions
Duel Continues Today
In Sprints, Distances
By DAVE TAYLOR
Although Oregon’s varsity weight and field men pushed to a
commanding 44-10 victory over their Duckling opponents in the
first half of a varsity-frosh track meet yesterday afternoon, all
lesults weren t good news for Coach Bill Bowerman's main
The meet will be completed this afternoon, with distance,
sprint, and hurdle events scheduled. Competition begins at 3 45
at Hayward field.
Yearling star Chuck Missfeldt
supplied the biggest surprise by
beating out Lou Robinson in the
javelin throw. Missfeldt’s toss
was more than three feet better
than the Pacific Coast confer
ence champion could do.
Exhibiting the form that brought
him the state high school crown,
Missfeldt tossed the wooden needle
193 feet 9 inches, while Robinson's
best mark was 190 feet 1 inch.
Eddie Robison, diminutive first
year man, also helped the Duckling
cause along by annexing second
place in the high jump and third in
the pole vault.
Robison’s 5-foot, 10-inch jump
in the highs was topped by big Bob
Kehrli at 5-feet, 11% inches, while
both Don Pickens and Lloyd Hick
ok went 12 feet 6 inches, six inches I
better than Robison’s right of
twelve feet even.
Jack Smith was the only other
freshman to enter the score col
umn, placing third in the broad
jump behind Woodley Lewis and
Bob Weber. Lewis won this event
with a 22-foot 2-inch leap.
The varsity squad swept all the
points in the discus and shot put.
Ray Heidenrich won the discus with
a 140-foot throw, two feet better
than Bob Anderson’s 138. Herb Nill
copped third with a 122-foot toss.
Best frosh mark was 102 feet by
Bob Craig and Lou Langer.
Lou Robinson returned to the top
rung in the shot put, with a mighty
heave of 44 feet, 6 inches to take un
disputed first. He was closely fol
lowed by teammates Bob Anderson
and Hale Paxson, who putted 43
and 42 feet respectively.
Shot put—Won by Lou Robinson
(V) 44’ 6”; 2—Bob Anderson (V);
3—Hale Paxson (V).
Javelin—Won by Chuck Mis
feldt (F) 193’ 9”; 2—Lou Robin
son (V); 3—Earl Stelle (V); 4—
Bus Newcomer (V).
Pole vault—Tie for first between
Lloyd Hickok and Don Pickens (V)
at 12’ 6” 3—Ed Robison (F).
Discus—Won by Ray Heidenrich
(V) 140’; 2—Bob Anderson (V); 3
An' the time
has come !!
• GOLF •
19th to Agate to 24th
Herb Nill (V). ' ' ..
High jump—Won by Bob Kehrli I
(V) 5’.11%”; 2—Ed Robison; (F);
3—E. Patte, Dan Cudahy; L. Mitch
Broad jump—Won by Woodley
Lewis (V) 22' 2”; 2—Bob Weber
(V); 3—Jack Smith (F).
Squeeze Bunt Works
(Continued from page four)
that the sophomore catcher will
be lost to the Ducks for the re
mainder of the season.
Pointer, 2b ....
Osuna, 2b .
Matile, ss .
Bowe, rf .
Brouwer, if ....
Lenz, 3b .
Barker, lb ....
Douglas, cf ....
Scrivens, p ...
Stocks, p .
AB R H PO A
4 0 2 2 2
0 0 0 0
0 0 12
3 1 1
.4 1 0
3 0 10
10 0 0
Kovenz, If ...
Kirsch, 2b ...
Zurcher, cf .
Bartle, lb ...
Cohen, ss .
Wohlers, rf .
Dibble, rf ....
Kimball, 3b .
Peterson, c .
Mills, p .
* War berg, ...
Besada, p ...
Krause, p ....
36 4 8 24 17
2 10 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
Totals.33 5 10 27 1(
* Matted for Mills in the third.
Willamette 000 200 020—4 8 J
Oregon 001 010 011—5 10 4
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sponsored by Jim Vitti, IM sports
manager, will resume action this
week after numerous slowdowns
caused by winter term final exam
inations and spring vacation.
Another factor hampering play
has been the inability of opponents
to ifnd a convenient time for the
The contest is for the all-campuS
singles straight elimination cham
pion with each match going to the
winner of two out of three games.
Contestants are urged to play
their matches at the earliest oppor
tunity, Vitti said, to facilitate ac
tion moving into the next round.
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