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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 17, 1949)
By Tom King
Emerald Sports Editor
Official announcement of the signing of Bob (Buster Mc
Clure as Duck line coach is being delayed from day to day be
cause of contract wranglings with the Boston Yanks (now the
New York Bulldogs, and here is what is really going on.
McClure has pretty well convinced himself that he wants to
remain at Oregon, but he's having a barrel of trauble trying to
put across tlie point to his boss
es in the East. It seems that af
ter last season McClure inkecl a
pact for another year, but has
since received— and now pre
fers—the Oregon offer.
However, the Yanks (or Bull
dogs, what have you) are a fair
ly stubborn lot and think highly
of Buster’s services. Ergo, they
not only have refused'to give
him his outright release, but al
so have come through with new
and better offers.
McClure has been in touch
with them almost constahtly
via telephone, and virtually
each conversation brings a sal
ary hike. However, he still has his mind set on Oregon, but,
whatever the case, he’s in a pretty advantageous position.
Final word should be forthcoming soon, in any event.
It s the “week of reckoning’’ tor Don Kirsch and his Web
foots, now battling for the Northern Division crown with their
collective backs almost pinned against the wall. It's all but axio
matic that Oregon clip OSC’s Beavers twice this Friday and
Saturday, and even that accomplishment may prove to be of no
A Year Makes Difference in Batting Race
If the Ducks do make a sweep of things, chances are the OSC
daily will palm if off on the weather. After Lloyd Falgren and
his Frosh had clubbed the Rooks into 10-5 defeat in the lower
end of Thursday’s double-attraction, it was quoted in the “Ba
rometer" that “the boiling Eugene sun began to tell in the last
innings of the second game . . ..’
Many of last year’s duds in the division have gone through a
transformation and are now 1949’s proverbial timebombs. Frank
Roelandt, Corvallis catcher whto is currently pacing the loop' at
the plate, pounded the ball for an undignified .257 average dur
ing the '48 campaign. And Beaver First Baseman Bob Christian
son has ballooned his average from .192 to .316.
Southern California's “Pell Mell" Patton had quite a collec
tion of brickbats aimed his way recently. Seems as if the world’s
fastest human nixed the idea of competing- in the 100 yard dash
against Lloyd LaBeach at the Fresno relays.
Patton, more temperamental than a dime fiction novel char
acter, feels that he forced himself along too fast last year and
that it hurt him. He likes to work himself in condition gradually,
and this doesn’t sit well with the public.
Patton Topped La Beach in "Race of Decade"
The possibility ol matching
strides with LaBeach, who has
registered a 9.4 unofficial cen
tury, brings to mind what hap
pened last year. The pair were
pitted against one another in the
Coliseum Belays and, what with
both of them having tied the then
existing world record for the 100
yarder, it was advertised as the
“race of the decade.”
The distance was set at 100
meters—in recognition of the
fact it was an Olympic year—
and a great many veteran obser
vers took the stand that LaBeach,
who possessed a terrific finishing
kick even for a short distance,
would w in over the longer route.
Well, the boys broke from the
Coliseum tunnel and in a few
quick strides had pounded across
the finish line, with Patton winn
Oh Well, Such Things Do Happen
When the judges average out the timings, they must have
thought a bunch of gremlins had been tampering with things.
For Patton had been clocked in 9.6, and the world’s 100 meter
record is 10.2!
Something, they concluded, must have gone haywire. And
they were right. For the very embaressed little gentleman who
was in charge of laying out the course figured on yards instead
But that alone wasn’t too bad. Maybe the fellow just doesn’t
read newspapers—and up until then no one had ever suggested
that one of the pre-requisites for mapping out distances was
reading newspapers. At any rate, some one had pulled a boner,
but that was only the half of it.
When the course was checked, the face of very ambarrassed
little gentlemen turned virtually every color in the rainbow. For
the distance that Patton had run in what was the most publi
cized sprint in years and years was not 100 yards at all, but rather
Sammy White Acquired
By Bosox for'50 Season
SEATTLE, May 16—(AP)—Af
ter less than two months in pro
fessional baseball, Sammy White,
sensational young- Pacific Coast
league rookie catcher, was sold
today by the Seattle Rainlers to
the Boston Red Sox for delivery
General Manager Earl Sheely of
the Rainiers said the transaction,
representing approximately $75,
00Q, will bring Seattle five players
and some cash.
TWO of the players, both pitch
ers, will report immediately to
bolster Seattle’s shaky mound
staff. They are Southpaw Jack
McCall, 23, and John Hoffman, 25.
The other three will report to
the Rainiers for the 1950 season.
White, 20-year-old former Uni
Beavers Block Way
(Continued from page four)
Then the Lemon-and-Green came
through with a big four-run splash
in the very next inning that sent
OSC Chunker Chuck Sauvain to the
bath tub. A brace of walks, a field
er’s choice, Cohen’s two-baser and
Bartle’s single provided the dam
age, and a 6-2 lead.
THINGS looked bright at that
point, but suddenly the Aggies
broke through with a four-run
splurge of their own in the fifth
and followed with seven runs in the
sixth as well as two in the eighth.
A three-run four-master by Bob
Christianson was the key clout in
these savage uprisings.
Oregon bats were pretty much si
lenced until the ninth when singles
by Cohen and Don Kimball plus a
Beaver error gave the Ducks their
seventh and last run.
In the final analysis, it was the
pitching—or lack of it—that cost
Oregon the ball game. Kirsch used
three hurlers and, for the most
part, they were both wild and inef
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longer lows to tie Davey Henthorne
for runner-up spot in individual
ND Javelin Champion Lou Rob
inson proved he was completely re
covered from his injuries as he
walked off with top honors by tos
sing the spear 191 feet 3 inches.
Saturday’s triumph was the first
time the Ducks have beaten the
charges of Grant (Doc) Swan since
the prewar reign of the late Col
onel Bill Hayward. i
versity of Washington basketball
star, got the OK stamp of Boston
scouts Ernie Johnson and Glen
Wright—but the deal was com
pleted with Joe Cronin, head man
of the Boston front office, largely
on the recommendation of Sheely,
who formerly scouted for the Red
THE ROOKIE mask man was
signed by the Rainiers at the close
of the Coast conference basketball
season. His only baseball experi
ence was in high school here and
at the University plus a short
whirl in a semi-pro league.
Girls Softball Tilts
In a free scoring intramural
girls softball game yesterday af
ternoon Hendricks hall beat the
Tri-Delts, 15-9, and Unive ratty
house overwhelmed Alpha Chi
Mary Meyers, Hendricks, hit the
only home run of the afternoon.
Since the Tri-Delts won the last
game with Hendricks there will be
a play-off Wednesday.
Nick Murphy was the winning
hurler and Eleanor Davis the loser.
University, behind Betty Waffl
beau, had little trouble—also op
position—as they slugged hits all
over the lot. Jeannette Houf and
Nancy Mussion were victims of
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