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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1950)
By PETE CORNACCHIA
It s fairly evident that phrases such as “booming bats" or
rattled the boards will not be over-worked this season when
we mention the Oregon baseball club. Anything resembling a
murderers’ row is rather difficult to find at first glance when look
ing over the batting order. In fact, anything similar to a double
is likely to bring a “Slugger" monicker to the lucky hitter.
Several of the hitters boasted good averages for the WSC
series, but not one of them had more than a single to his name.
Most of those one-base knocks were of the blooper or ground va
riety rather than line drives.
Add to this the fact that Oregon's pitching staff is not strong
enough to cover for the tender bats, and you’re left with little
more than the hope that things will be better next year. If you’ve
been hanging around here for the last ten years, you are prob
ably no longer willing to do even that.
Take Your Pick
The Web foots managed a few blows'for extra bases against
Idaho yesterday, which leaves us with two possible conclusions.
Those who get a big tingle out of Mighty Oregon may be confi
dent that the lazy old sun brought out the hitting power that
really had been there all the time; those who look at the thing
objectively may bring up the fact that the Vandal pitching de
partment is little more than a figure of speech.
All this is not to say that our boys are not hitters, never have
been, and never will be. We’re willing to admit that they may
pound out thousands of doubles and bleacher-reachers this after
noon and for the rest of the season. The Northern Division is
not overly blessed with good hinders this year, so now’s the time
to get started. ^
Coach Don Kirsch certainly could have used the hitting pow
er of Don Kimball, who has been sidelined with an aggravation
of thejeg injury he suffered last season. Kimball was one of the
better sluggers on the 1949 crew, which carried several hard
hitting boys. He’s back again, finally.
Ray Stratton was counted on for power but he didn't get a
Single hit in pre-conference action. His first blow this spring was
against Gene Conley and WSC. It was a ground ball that went
through short when Don Paul covered third and Ed Coleman
covered second for reasons known only to them. Since then, how
ever, Stratton began to connect and finished out the Cougar
series with the highest Webfoot average at .571. That’s good
enough hitting for now.
Joe Segura may prove to be the heaviest hitter on the club.
He certainly was no light sticker for the frosh, and his pinch
single in the ninth against the Cougars was looking for heads to
tear off. Daryle Nelson has been getting a lot of singles and per
haps they’ll start stretching out one of these, days. Then there’s.
Mouse Owens, who is perfectly satisfied with hitting ’em to the
Chuck Strader, who up to now would not advocate short
pants because of slivery benches, performs right well at the plate.
His over-the-banker yesterday may make his name a regular
thing in the Duck batting order.
These are the boys who have given the best indication that
they can do the job. If they fail, even A1 Lightner can see that
the Webfoots won’t go far from their present ND standings—
which of course is far more obvious than a broken dribble.
Defense could be a lot worse. In fact, we’ll start raving about
the fielding if you want to compare them with Idaho. You don’t,
of course, and we’fe not familiar with any high school nine in
the area, so we won’t compare the Vandals with anyone.
Not Many Holes
The infield is coming along nicely except for occasional in
stances when all concerned suddenly lose their heads all over the
place. One guy bobbles the ball and everybody wants to get in on
the act. For instance, an attempted double play against the Coug
ars was similar to action expected from the local Ladies Aid soft
ballers on the opening day of practice. Everything moved along
smoothly until the throw went to first base. The bag in particu
lar has never been known to catch a ball in its life and didn't do
it then. No Oregon man was even in the general area of first, so
the throw banged against the west stands.
Nearly every ball club will do something similar to that now
and then and it is to be expected from a rather green crew. The
Ducks don’t pull things like that very often, thank God.
We heard several remarks last week to the effect that the Ore
gon outfielders like to play statue. The thing we noticed most
was the hesitance of the garden men to go away from the plate
on long flies. Tilings’ll look better, we hope, and the Aggies don’t
have much either. Coley and his boys must thank the rain which
washed out the WSC series for leading the loop at this earlv
History of Annual Freshman Party
Shows Many Changes in 40 Years
A new twist in freshman get
togethers will be tried out next
Saturday when the class of ’53
meets at Swimmers’ Delight for
what may become an annual affair.
For the first time in 40 years, a
picnic will replace the Frosh Glee,
an event staged yearly by the
freshman class since 1910,
The Frosh Glees were dances
put on with a variety of themes
ranging from “Freshman Acquain
tance Party” to “Frosh Frivolities.”
Financial losses incurred during
the last few Glees, however, forced
four decades of tradition into
After the unsuccessful 1948 Glee,
the dances were done away with.
This year the Fresman Picnic will
attempt t o pick up w h e re the
dances left off.
Once Opened Season
In 1910 the Freshman Glee was
the opener of the all-campus dan
ces. According to a 1914 Emerald,
the dance was in the Gamma Phi
Beta house where “husky freshmen
received the uninvited guests.”
All was not a bed of roses for
the University's first year students,
even nearly twenty years later.
Emerald headlines in 1931 read
“Yearlings Stage Largest General
Walkout in Years."
That year, the shin-dig was-held
at a dance hall 10 miles out on the
McKenzie Highway. After the
dance had been going about two
hours, 120 upperclassmen appeared
and tried to finish the party with
fists and paddles.
Tapping by Skull and Dagger
was introduced at 1 9 3 7 get-to
gether. This continued until last
year, when the sophomore men’s
honorary had to resort to tapping
at Junior Weekend.
The first wartime Glee, 1942, was
highlighted by the coronation of a
State Civil Service examinations
for clerical positions will be given
April 22, in room 207 Commerce.
Application blanks are available
in the Payroll Department, Emer
Present University employees
who pass the examinations are
given preference on the lists of eli
gible persons used in filling va
Runners Look Good
(Continued from page jour)
three-quarter mile test, while Ore
gon’s other sophomore distance
star Art Backlund went the same
distance in 3:20.
In the mile and a half trial for
the two-mile, Pete Mundle showed
tremendous improvement over last
year, especially in the final lap
when he started kicking toward
the finish. However, Mundle was
not timed during the race.
Chuck Missfeldt, Oregon’s ace
javelin thrower, tossed the spear
189 and 188 feet without warming
up. He will also be facing formid- ;
able opposition when the Cougars
come to Eugene. Dick Nelson, a
transfer from Everett Junior Col
lege and national JC javelin cham
pion last spring, will be among the
invaders. He threw 209 feet last
week against Montana.
Bob Anderson and Dave Earle
threw the discus 144 and 135 feet, ,
respectively. They will probably .
both represent the Ducks in the
shot put in the forthcoming meet, j
In preparation for the mile relay, j
Bowerman sent Bill Fell, A1 Bul
lier, Dave Henthorne, Walt Mc
Clure, and Mitch Cleary over a
350-yard course with Fell coming 1
out in front in a four-way photo !
finish. His winning time was 38.5 ,
Big First inning
(Continued from page four)
he collected one hit in four trips to
the plate. He was robbed of a sec
ond safety when Nick Stallworth
took away his bid for a blow
through the left side of the infield.
Nick Schmer went in at third base
in the eighth.
DeWayne Johnson, who injured a
finger on his pitching hand against
Washington State, loosened up yes
terday, and probably will draw to
R H E
Idaho 010 010 020— 4 3 6
Oregon 500 221 20x—12 15 4
Hunt, Darnell (7), and Merrill;
Krause, Rogers (8), Rose (8), and
To Speak Here
Colonel Alexander Heron, vice
president in charge of industrial
and public relations for Crown Zel
lerbach Corporation, will speak
Friday, April 21, at the University
He will deliver two addresses, one
at 9 a.m. and the other at 10 in the
Guild Theatre, Johnson Hall.
In addition to being a lecturer,
professor, author, and business
man, Colonel Heron has been direc
tor of reconstruction and re-em
ployment in charge of postwar
planning for the state of Califor
nia from 1944 to 1946. He has also
been acting president of San Jose
State College in 1932, and has held
commissions in the army and
Colonel Heron is the author of
three books on industrial and pub
lic relations: “Why Men Work,”
“Sharing Information with Em
ployees,” and “Beyond Collective
Because of his vast experience,
Colonel Heron is considered well
acquainted with the problems of
industrial relations and personnel
All interested "students and fac
ulty members may attend.
Men's Dorms Elect
Eugene Lehman, president of
Cherny Hall and Junior in busi
ness administration, was elected
president of the Council of Men’s
Dorms Tuesday night at a meet
ing at the Side.
Other officers are La Verne
Thompson, president of Stan Ray
Hall and a junior in business ad
ministration, as vice-president, and
Dave Nichols president of Stitzer
Hall as secretary-treasurer.
Little Admiral. Men at the San
Diego naval base chose a freshman
girl for this honor.
The year 1943 saw the last Glee
held until the war’s end. In 1945
students danced to a “Holiday Inn”
Bible Ridiculed ?
Four years ago, in 1946, Uni
versity officials objected to the
theme “Temptation” because they
believed that murals depicting the
fatal apple and Adam and Eve ri
diculed the Bible. It was changed
to “Piccaniny Prance.”
Last year was blank on the fresh
man class social calendar. This
year, however, freshmen have
planned their first picnic, and its
success may pave the way for the
Freshman Picnic to become the big
frosh affair in years to come.
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