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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 5, 1949)
By GLENN GILLESPIE
Emerald Sports Writer
Though you could never tell it from the obscure pictures
which appeared in the. Sunday papers, it was Oregon's own pole
vaulter deluxe, George Rasmussen, who made the big sport head
lines over the weekend, and he did it in a big way.
Rasmussen, exprep great from Bend, Oregon, and now a
cornerstone on Bill Bowerman’s Webfoot track squad, attract
ed nation-wide attention last Saturday by soaring 14 feet 2x/2
inches into the Texas stratosphere to set a new Texas relay pole
i he new mark shattered a
vaulting record that had stood
since 1942. The old mark of 14
feet 3/8 inch was held by Har
old Hunt of Nebraska.
Those who had seen Rasmus
sen in action shouldn’t be sur
prised, since he cleared 14 feet
2 inches last year in competi
tion. His Texas showing was
remarkable for this early in the
Bowerfnan dispatched h i s
crack vaulter to Texas with
'blessings and c o n fi d e n c e in
Rasmussen’s ability, and the
co-NCAA champion came
through in a big way.
If Bowerman’s Ducks can
muster added strength in the
distances, they should be hard to beat m Northern Division cir
cles. The pole vault, javelin, discus, sprints, and bfoacljump
events seem to be well-supplied with talent, but a traditional lack
of performers in the 880, mile, and two-mile will mean a big- cut in
First scheduled meet for the Webfoots comes this Satur
day, wtih the Oregon State relays set at Corvallis.
f Another encouraging weekend development was noted, and
on the baseball scene this time. Even though Don Kirsch's Ducks
managed to lose their first ball game, 4-3 to the Portland Pilots,
the Oregon pitching staff did seem to be impressive.
The two preseason problems, pitching and catching, have
solved themselves so far, and the Kirschmen could be on their
way to a successful ND season.
Homer Brobst and Dick DeBernardi have secured the first
two notches on the pitching staff, and with strong-armers like
Sid Mills, Mel Krause, Jim Harms, and Rube Besacla firing ef
fectively, prospects look good.
Wanted: A Good Southpaw Pitcher
The only big deficit Kirsch must face is the lack, of a good
southpaw cluicker to bolster his righthanders. Lyle Rogers, the
lefty who looked good for the frosh last year, is nursing a sore
arm. but may shape up later on.
And big DeWayne Johnson, letterman holdover from last
year who was to be Oregon’s number one pitcher this season,
is out on an eligibility mixup. The Ducks could really use a
lefthander with Johnson’s speed and experience.
As for catchers, Kirsch seems to have a surplus of handy re
ceivers around, and the big problem is finding one who can hit.
Dale Warberg, Gene Rose, Bob Sims, and Hal Torkelson have
all had their chance behind the plate, and if one of the four can be
gin hitting, he could step into the number one spot.
Ducks Have Five More Exhibitions
Five more preseason exhibitions, including this afternoon's
contest with Lewis and Clark, are booked for the Webfoots be
fore XD play starts against Idaho.
Pacific university plays Oregon here tomorrow, the Ducks
travel to McMinnville for a return game with Linfield Thursday,
and two games with the Salem Senators are scheduled here Fri
day and Saturday.
It should be interesting to see how Oregon’s collegiate
brand of baseball stacks up with Salem’s professional W-I lea
gue talents. A third Salem game will be played here April 16.
The fortunate students with no afternoon classes this term
shouldn’t have any trouble passing the spare time, what with |
baseball and softball games, track meets, and spring football
practices to claim their attentions.
The first home conference track meet for the \\ ebfoots comes
April 16, with Idaho.
IM Softball Season Opens
With High-Scoring Contests
North field—Chi Psi vs. Phi Gamma Delta
South field—Merrick hall vs. Sigma Chi
Upper field—Tau Kappa Epsilon vs. Nestor hall
North field—Alpha Tau Omega vs. Delta Upsilon
South field—Cherney hall vs. Beta Theta Pi
Upper field—Legal Eagles vs. Stitzer hall
By John Barton
Oregon’s spring intramural soft
ball games got off to a slow start
yesterday afternoon on the PE
diamonds, with two forfeits dur
ing the day’s play.
Kappa Sigma rolled over Sigma
Phi Epsilon by a 9-4 count, Phi
Delta Theta tromped Sigma Alpha
Mu with an 11-2 score, French hall
beat out Phi Sigma Kappa 9-6, and
the Pi Kappa Phi-Minturn hall
game was called because of the
time at the end of the fourth inn
ing with the score knotted at 6-6.
SigmaNu and Lambda Chi Alpha
won on forfeits from the Fizzeds
and Omega hall.
IN THE ONLY game played
during the first round of the af
ternoon, Kappa Sigma trounced on
the trying Sig Eps by a 9-4 count.
Both teams showed good field
play, with the Kappa Sigs having
the edge in the infield.
The difference in the two teams
was found in the pitchers. Jim
Wasch, pitching for the Kappa
Sigs showed lax control in the first
few innings, but hung onto the
ball in later innings to prove the
dividend in score. Gordon Albright,
tossing for the Sig Eps, had trou
ble mixing control with speed,
with the result that he either
walked men or got hit.
ON THE HITTING side, Kappa
Kappa Sigma's Dick Brown
boomed out a triple in the first
inning, and Abe Johnson did his
team-mate one better by banging
a homer into gate four of Hayward
field in fourth frame.
Phi Delta Theta showed bettei
stuff in both the pitching anc
fielding departments to ride ovei
the Sammies by an 11-2 count.
ON THE MOUND for the tw<
teams were Phi Delt Bob Tagge
sell and Sammie Ed Artz. Arts
was hit eight times in the fom
innings and walked several men
while Taggeseli allowed but tw<
hits and deviated but slightly
from his usual control.
Several costly errors in the Sam
mie infield help account for the
Phi Delt edge.
French hall .took advantage of i
Phi Sigma Kappa pitching weak
ness in the first inning of theii
game to run np a 9-2 run margii
and hang on to win, 9-6.
Phi Sig Bob Langley had a sac
afternoon on the mound in the firs
25 minutes of the first inning and
was finally relieved by Rus Hawks,
who turned in a fine, scoreless
pitching job for the remainder of
AFTER THE 30-mlnute-lottg
first inning in which a steady pro
cession of French hall men waltzed
around the bases on walks, the
boys settled down and played bail.
French pitcher Milo Emal threw a
steady ball, allowing few hits.
Pi Kappa Phi got off to an early
start in their game with Mintura
hall, running up a 4-2 lead at the
end of the second inning and a 6-2
bulge at the end of the third, but
failed to turn back a Mintum rally
in the final inning and had to settle
for a 6-6 tie game.
Time was called by the officials
and the two clubs walked home
into the setting sun, promising to
play the tie off at a later date.
IM Tennis Results
Intramural tennis opened yester
day with SAM, the defending
champs, downing Sigma Phi Epsi
lon, 2-1. The Sammies took both
doubles matches but dropped the
Mort Bonime and Hal Light
1 started the winners off right by
downing Sig Eps Bob Chaney and
l Bud Smith 6-2 and 8-6. The second
match saw A1 Lipman and Joel
, Krane winning over Paul Daven
, port and Leigh Eden 6-2 and 6-2.
The lone win for the Sig Eps
came when Dom Provost came out
on top over Itz Horenstein. The
• scores were 6-3 and 6-3.
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