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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 14, 1952)
By Rick TiYr
Honors for the busiest athlete at Saturday’s meet with Wash
ington must go to George Widenfelt. The valuable Husky took
|).nt in four events <Iuriuthe afternoon and piled up a total
oi II points for the Washington cause, lie took a first in the
lugli jump and broad jump, third in the javelin, but had a bad ;
day at the high hurdles and failed to place.
The 23-year-old exchange student from Gothenburg, Sweden,
enrolled at Washington in the fall of 1950 and has been a main
stay of Coach Hcc Edmondson's team ever since. He is present
holder of the Swedish decathalon championship and placed
eleventh in the high jump in the 1948 Olympic games as a mem
ber of the Swedish track squad.
Widenfelt — A Busy Man
W <• wondered several times during the afternoon how he
kept hi> composure. He would be getting set for a high jump
: ud an impatient broad jump official would bellow "Last call
’r Widenfelt, where is that guy now lie mixed javelin
throws with broad jumps, trotting patiently from one event to
the other, and practically alternated tries in the high jump and
broad jump. After the hurdle event he changed back into his
jumping shoes and started out in the high jump with hardly
any time to rest.
Despite these adverse conditions we noticed a lot of form
and polish in every thing he did. characteristic of an athlete
who works long and hard to perfect his performance. In reply
to the question on how old he was when he started training for
track he reflected, "Oh, 1 can t remember, before grade school
In short, he has grown up with track. He says he loves every
event but his favorite is the high jump. His style is a faultless
and graceful scissors. He used his six-foot three frame and
powerful legs to perfection as he cleared the bar at close to 6' 5".
At the end of this term Widenfelt plans to go home and start
training for the 1952 Olympics. This time he will enter the
Decathalon for his native country instead of the high jump
What Would Mathias Have Done?
While on the subject of the Decathalou, let's see what would
have happened if the international champion Bob Mathias had
been entered in Saturday’s meet here instead of the UCLA
Stanford meet in Palo Alto. Theoretically he would have wound
up with Hiyj; points. His time of 14.5 in the high hurdles, and
24.4 in the lows top both times made by Morris of Washington,
llis discus toss of 165’ 4" is well over the 139’ 1” mark of
Loran Perry. He threw the javelin 179' 1" which would have
taken second behind Missfehlt.
This mark failed to place him in the UCLA meet. His 13 foot
pole vault would have given him a tie for second with Eddie
Robison. Chances are he would have placed in the broad jump
%nd shot put if we carry this mythical situation to its extreme.
All this proves nothing but it gives an indication of what the
1952 Decathalou aspirants will have to go up against. Con
servative track experts are calling Mathias the greatest athelete
in the world.
Also, as one sports writer pointed out, Mathias put Stanford
in the Rose Bowl. His 90-odd yard kickoff runback for a touch
down in the closing minutes of the game with USC virtually
cinched the game and the coast conference crown.
Saturday’s meet spectators may have wondered what the
large individual with the movie camera was doing roving
around the infield. It was Bill Borcher taking pictures of the
Oregon tracksters in action for Coach Bowerman. It was
Borcher's first try at it and he was a hit apprehensive about
the results. He covered the field events and a few starts of
races and was supposed to* catch close finishes.
What Went On Behind the Bleachers?
Perhaps one of the inost'tense moments of the afternoon was
the final turn of the third lap of the mile relay. Jack Hutchins
was trailing Ken Morgan as they disappeared behind the ex
asperating south-end football bleachers. Washington tracksters
were yelling encouragement thinking Morgan had worn Hutch
ins down with his burst of speed on the far stretch.
Then the rival pair rounded the turn and “Crafty Jack” was
back in the lead. He had saved enough “kick” to take Morgan
by surprise on the turn. A good pass put the baton in the
capable hands of Ted Anderson and Washington’s Pete Dufour
had to watch Ted’s heels for the second time that day.
H:M North Field Fhl Gamma Del
ta vs. Sigma Nu
3:50 South Field lumlsla Chi
Alpha vh. Fill Kappa Sigma
3:50 Upper Field Nestor Hall vh.
4:55 North Field Sigma Hall vh.
4:55 South Field Sherry Kohh
Oroega vh. Stan Kay Hull
1:55 Fpper Field Gamma Hall vh.
Nestor vh. SAK
(amplell Club vs. Delta Cpsilon
Joyces to Fees
Today in Eugene
Springfield will face the Junior
Varsity horsehiders at 3:15 this
afternoon on Howe field. The
Ducklings will go into this con
test with two wins to their credit
against no losses. Both wins were
taken from Eugene high.
The Springfield contest will be
the last tune-up before the Ducks
go into their regular scries with
the Oregon State college Junior
Don Delanej* a sophomore, will
start on th'e mound for the JV's
after a weeks rest. Jim Spieker
man will return to his regular cen
ter field position. Spiekerman
missed the Eugene contest last
Thursday due to a stomach dis
Another possible change in the
Duckling line-up is Gene Duncan
j for Bill Loch at third base. _
With Spring football practice
starting next week Londahl may
have trouble filling the backstop
position now held down by Don
Hedgepeth and Chuck Greenley,
who laith intend to go out for foot
ball. In case they do. Neal Marlett
will be brought in from left field
to handle the catching chores.
Bob 'Honus' Wagner will handle
first and the keystone combination
of Paul Byhre and Jim Johnson
will be at second and shortstop.
Finally, Jim Tennyson will han
dle right field along with Spieker
man at center-field and probably
Marlett at left.
The contest will probably go
only seven Innings. Coach Lon
dahl hopes to be able to play all
of the men on the bench as he has
been able to do in both Eugene
high school games.
Baseball Team Closes Pre-ND
Slate With Two Wins Over Bearcats
B. Bottler Paces
UO to 7-2 Nod
Husky Bill Bottler, a sophomore
hurler for Don Kirsch’s Duck base
ball team, did his slugging best
Friday to disprove the old adage
that pitchers do not hit.
The Webfoot righthander check
ed in with a triple, a double, and a
single in four times at bat, plus
four runs batted in. as the Oregons
rolled to a 7-2 victory over the
Willamette Bearcats in the last
Duck non-conference game on
Howe field. Bottler also parcelled
out just four hits, two of them
Joubles, and walked five while col
lecting six strikeouts.
Bottler laced out a long double
to right in the third to score his
batterymate and brother, Ron, who
The fourth inning saw the Ducks
I count four runs. Daryl Nelson,
Duck second baseman, led off with
a single, and reached second when
■ an infield fly by Karl Averill was
; dropped. Successive singles by
1 First Baseman Ron Phillips and
| Shortstop Pete Williams scored
j Nelson and Averill, and were boot
ed home themselves by a towering
triple sliced to right field by Bill
Oregon added its final two runs
! in the eighth, and again it was a
j single by Bill Bottler which batted
in one of these. Averill started
i things off as he reached second
t base on another muffed infield fly.
| Following a walk drawn by Wil
i liams. Bottler singled to score Av
j erilL Then he and Williams put on
| a double steal attempt, Bottler be
ing tagged out at second while
Oregonian Norv Ritchey was
' robbed a homer in the eighth when
! Deft Fielder Gene Jones grabbed
i his long drive on the edge of the
embankment in deep left field.
R H E
Willamette 000 010 001 2 4 2
Oregon 001 400 02x 7 7 4
George and Koepf, Hande (7);
B. Bottler, and R. Bottler, Ritchey
The Oregon Ducks held Wash
ington scoreless for six straight
games from 1928 to 1933.
Texas Western defeated Idaho
43-33 in 1950.
Duck Bats Hat
In 20-4 Win
Saturday marked the last non
j conference baseball appearance of
the Oregon baseball team, and the
Ducks seemed to have sharpened
: up their batting eyes to a fine
j edge in 13 pre-season contests.
They pounded out 19 hits as they
blasted the Willamette Bearcat*
20-4, and brought their record up
| to eight wins and five losses.
The Ducks open ND competition
: at Eugene Friday and Saturday,
April 18 and 19, against Coach
Buck Bailey's Washington State
i college Cougars.
Don Siegmund, sophomore left
; hander, gave up only six hits to
the Bearcats Saturday, and mean
| while aided the Duck attack with
j two hits, including a three-run
homer in the fifth inning.
The Oregon version of “Murder
j ers Row” pounded out three other
home runs. Daryle Nelson got one
j in the third with one man on base,
I Nick Schmer added another in the
; fifth with two on, and Pete Willi
ams slugged out the last in the
seventh with the bases bare.
Oregon garnered two runs In the
second, and six more in the third
to grab a commanding lead, after
which the Ducks coasted to the
win. Schmer led the winners’ at
tack with four hits in five trips,
including the home run, and had a
total of five KBI's.
Willamette scored three of its
runs in the fifth inning when it
bunched three hits. In the ninth
j frame. Bearcat left fielder Gene
: Jones added the final Willamette
; run on a round-tripper.
Score: R H E
Oregon .026 233 121 20 19 3
Willamette . 000 030 001 4 6 1
Golfers Down PU
Mundle UO (67) 3 vs. Bruce Cudd
Dick Stearns PU (69) 0: Ron
Clark- Bud Cross, UO (70) 2vs.
Gil Frey-Chuck Metcalfe, PU (71)
<•2; Fred Mueller, Don Krieger
UO (69) 3 vs. Bob Fawcett-Dennis
Kidd, PU (76) 0.
Match Play: Cudd (71) 3 vs. At
kinson (76) 0; Clark (69) 3 vs.
Frey (73) 0; Mueller (78) 2 vs.
Metcalfe (80) 1; Krieger (73) 3 vs.
Stearns (85) 0; Mundle (73) 2)4
vs. Fawcell (79) )4 I Cross (75) vs.
Kidd (84) 0.
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