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'I lircc weeks of major league baseball have brought several
interesting developments into notice to counteract what could
quite easily have been a dull season due to the departure of
such men as Joe DiMaggio and Ted W illiams. One of the main
factors has been the fast starts made by teams which are norm
ally cellar dwellers.
In the American League, the first division includes such un
expected names as Boston, Washington, and St. Louis. In the
National the big surprises are furnished by Cincinnati and Chi
cago. However, it is doubtful if these clubs can maintain their
present pace. As a matter of fact, two of them, the Browns and
the Cubs, already show signs of folding.
Sox Haven't Missed Williams Yet
The Browns, boasting a rookie-dominated line-up, have lost
four straight games, while the Cubs have dropped three of their
last four. The league-leaders in the American, Boston’s Red
Sox, also were defeated twice by the Cleveland Indians.
Let us start with the junior circuit. Red Sox Manager Lou
Boudreau’s policy of using rookies has paid off so far, despite
the retirement of veteran second baseman Bobby Doerr, and
the induction into the Marines of Ted Williams. The latter
has a ten-year major league batting average of .346, but his
absence has not been noticed so far.
One reason for the first-place status of the Red Sox has been
the performance of rookie catcher Sammy White. White was
an outstanding basketball and baseball player at the University
of Washington some years back. He was signed to a contract
by Seattle in 1949, hit a home run on his first appearance at
the plate and was immediately purchased by the Red Sox.
Cleveland Has the Pitching
After batting only .267 in 120 games for the Class A Scran
ton team of the Eastern League last year, it was thought that
lie needed another year of seasoning, but Boudreau has in
stalled the Wenatchee youth in the first string receiver’s job
and hfls been justified by his action.
The Cleveland Indians, one game behind Boston, should be
in the race to the end. Their pitching staff, one of the finest
in the majors, includes three 20-game winners—Bob Feller,
Early Wynn, and Mike Garcia—backed by Bob Lemon and
The New York Yankees, world champs for three straight
years, got,off to a poor start and were further damaged by the
induction of infielder Jerry Coleman. Coleman, when he left the
squad, was hitting a mere .405 ipid had participated in 2£
DiMaggio Wore Big Shoes
However, the Yanks undoubtedly miss Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio
even more. The Yankee Clipper, after patrolling center field for
1.1 years, decided to retire at the close of last season. During his
13 years, the Jolter compiled a .325 mark, with 361 homers,
2214 hits, and 1537 runs batted in. Twice he led the league in
batting, was voted the Most Valuable Player twice, and per
formed in 10 World’s Series.
Desperate to find a competent replacement for Joe, the
Yanks Saturday traded four players, including ex-California
star Jack Jensen, Archie Wilson, and Frank Shea for Irv
Noren. So far the Senators, currently lodged in third spot,
seem to have gotten the best of the deal. Outfielders Jensen and
Wilson have collected 14 hits for 25 at bats between them, while
Shea won his first start Monday.
And in the Senior Circuit—
Turning to the National League, which has not won a
World’s Series since the St. Louis Cards downed Boston’s Red
Sox in 1946, the chase seems to have resumed where it ended
last vear. The New York Giants, unlike last year when they
lost 12 of their first 13 contests, have started fast and now lead
the Brooklyn Dodgers by half a game.
Despite the loss of two such outfielders as Monte Irvin with
a fractured leg, and Willie Mays, who entered the service, the
Giants are rolling along behind a fine hurling corps composed
of 20-game winners Larry Jansen and Sal Maglie, and Jim
Hearn, Dave Ivoslo and Max Lanier.
Ex-Cougar Conley Is Brave Hurler
The Dodger contribution to the armed forces was Don New
combe, who posted a 20-9 record last season. However, heavy
hitting by such sluggers as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella,
Andy Pafko, Duke Snider and company should turn the Na
tional into a two team race as soon as Cincinnati and Chicago
hit the downgrade, as they are expected to do before too long.
Incidentally, another former Northern Division athlete, Gene
Conley of Washington State, seems to be a regular starter for
the Boston Braves, but he has not done much as yet. Conley
was chosen as minor league player of the year in 1951, but his
record with the Braves this season is 0-3.
Tuesday afternoon’s thunder
shower washed out the University
of Oregon’s 17th day of spring
football drills and as a result,
Head Coach Lon Casanova has
scheduled a make-up on Friday
The remainder of the grape
fruit grid sessions will be devoted
to regular workouts today, Thurs
day and Friday afternoons on the
practice turf, plus a final scrim
mage Saturday morning, probably
on Hayward field. The Ducks will
cap today’s exercise with a short
Meanwhile, the head mentor,
still supporting an awkward cast
and brace, has no complaints, “ex
cept for the shortage of material.”
He is satisfied with the progress
and pleased with the enthusiasm.
Cherney Downs Sigma
(Continued from page four)
The other stellar performer for
the Chemites was one Neil Flan
Flanagan did a good job at both
importing and exporting on Tues
day afternoon as he displayed
flawless fielding form and also
collared three important base hits,
ohe a two run homer.
The scoring started in the top
half of the second inning when
Sigma hall managed to get a run
across, thanks to the dexterity
of Jack Atthowe. Mr. Atthowe got
on base via the base on balls route
then proceeded to steal second and
third base and finally, taking ad
vantage of a lapse in the game’s
activity, streaked home with a
Cherney countered in the bot
tom half of the second, however
when Doug Jones got on first by
error, stole second base and then
scored on a single by the afore
mentioned Neil Flanagan.
Cherney got another counter in
the third stanza, but Sigma over
came the deficit in the fourth in
; ning on base hits by Atthowe,
j Weatherford, and Hu. The frosh
| reciprocated by scoring another
two in their half of the canto.
After that fourth inning the
frosh were never to be headed
again. Flanagan’s home run and
Scovil’s double in the fifth helped
to ice things for the winners.
For the losers Jack Weatherford
was the entire show. He was a
sparkplug on defense and also
bore part of the batting chores
admirably well. Jack Ranlett got
a double and a triple in the losing
effort, and Kip Shaw took the rap
for the defeat.
By virtue of its victory Tuesday
Cherney earned a berth in the
playoffs to be held during the re
mainder of this week and to end
on Monday of next week.
Order of 'O' Slates
Meeting at Noon
There will be an Order of the
‘O’ meeting today at the Phi
Delta Theta house, according to
President Jim Livesay. Enforce
ment of Junior Weekend tra
ditions will be discussed, and all
members are urged to attend.
The meeting will get under
way at 11:00 a.m. (PST) or
12:00 noon (DST).
GROVE HILL, Ala. (U.R) — Ollie
Smith, a farmer near here, believes
his two-fauceted cow must be the
only one of her kind. The cow is
equipped with only two teats in
stead of the standard four, Smith
Australian wool exports dropped
nearly $19,000,000 during the last
half of 1951, compared with the
same period in 1950.
Oregon To Face Idaho,
Siegmund Named Starter
Coach Don Kirsch’s Oregon
baseball team will face the Idaho
Vandals in a Northern Division
contest today at Moscow.
On the mound, Kirsch will start
Southpaw Don Siegmund, his num
ber one pitcher to date. Opposing
him for Coach Chuck Finley's Van
dals will be righthander Dick Do
dell, who hurled the Idaho club
to an 8-6 victory in one of the
two Oregon-Idaho tilts at Eugene.
Tuesday at Seattle the OSC
Beavers topped Washington State
6-5, which keeps the Coach Ralph
Coleman’s Orange outfit in first
place with seven victories and
three losses. Today the Beavers
meet Washington at Seattle.
The Ducks are currently in sec
ond place with four wins and two
losses, followed by Washington
with four victories and four de
feats, V/ashington State with four
wins and six losses, and Idaho
with three and seven.
The Ducks play the Vandals
Scheduled for SU
A straight rail billiard tourna
ment will be held this evening at
the SU in order to determine the
campus billiards champion, with
the winner’s name being engraved
on a cup in the recreation area.
The tournament will begin at
6:30 p.m. (DST), and will consist
of fourteen rounds. The highest
total score will determine the win
All billiard players are urged to
A paragraph in the Daily Tex
an stated, “Frank Nasur, a Uni
versity of Texas student, was
charged with stealing two RCA
microphones worth almost $200
from the University.” When the
paper couldn’t locate Frank in
the student directory, they called
the police department. Frank was
the detective who arrested the
again Thursday, then move te
Pullman for tilts Friday and Sat
urday with Washington State.
Then they hit the road for Seattle
in the chartered bus in time for
games Monday and Tuesday with
Washington. The six - games - in -
seven days marathon will be the
big test for Kirsch’s pennant hope
ful Webfoots, and the big question
is whether or not the depth-shy
Oregon pitching staff can stand up
under the strain.
Netmen Meet Aggies
(Continued from page four)
Rose and Neer will remain in their
usual one, two, three positions, but
Sophomore Ron Lowell will move
from fifth to fourth spot, and
Don Neraas will take over the
Neraas has been hampered late
ly by a bad knee, which has kept
him out of singles play in the last
two matches. However, he has
shown enough improvement that
Laurence believes he’ll be ready
to go against OSC.
Lowell is easily the top candi
date for the most improved player
on the squad, having now climbed
from sixth place at the beginning
of the season to fourth at the
Doubles will be the same for to
day’s action, with Rose and Neer
being the number one team, and
Macdonald and George second.
Coach Laurence is hoping for a
good turnout for this afternoon’s
match, as it will be the last home
action of the season for the Web
foots. Friday the squad will leave
for Seattle where they will take
on the University of Washington’s
powerful tennis team in a Satur
day match, which should be the
Ducks’ stiffest test of the season.
An indication of the Huskies’
strength is seen by the 7-0 licking
which they recently administered
to Oregon State.
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