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Vaughan Gains
Batting Crown
In Senior Loop
Joe Vosmik Appears To
Have Clinched The Title
In The American League
NEW YORK, Sept. 30. - (RP) -
There seems to be no danger at all
in awarding the major league batting
titles to Floyd (Arky) Vaughan of the
Pittsburgh Pirates and Joe Vosmik
of the Cleveland Indians before the
final official results are in.
Vaughan was as safe as the pro-
verbial church at the top of the
National league when the unofficial
records showed a .386 average for him
and .350 for his nearest rival, Joe
M edwick of St. Louis. There was a
chance that Buddy Myer of Wash-
ington, trailing Vosmik's .351 by six
points, could capture the American
league lead but it was a slim one.
The third place men in both leagues,
Gabby Hartnett of Chicago at .344
and Jimmie Foxx of the Athletics at
.3 3, were too far back to be con-
Gehrig Down
Rain uprooted Lou Gehrig's fondest
hopes and floated them down the
sewer along with other debris. The
big flood which struck New York
three weeks ago put out the fire that
was Gehrig so effectively that what-
ever chance the Yankee captain had
to retain his '34 batting champion-
ship must be regarded today as defi-
nitely belonging in the past tense.
It will be remembered - with a
catch in the throat of all sensitive
Yankee fans - that Gehrig was hit-
ting like a man possessed of a won-
derful madness before the rain came
and threatened to stay forever. Afterl
marking time for almost four months
of the season, the big guy suddenly
started to get better than ever before3
irn his life.
Threatened Vosmik
Iij the ten previous games before
the deluge, Gehrig had bagged a prizet
collection of large, well-shaped ears,f
once belonging ,to pitchers, with a
batting average of .543. He lifted
himself up to .340 for the season,
only thirteen points behind Joe Vos-
mik, the leafier.f
Came the rain and the quenchingl
of the fire. Three games with the
A's were washed out, depriving Gehrig
\ of the rare pleasure of teeing off
on the odd characters Connie Mack
had brought back to civilization withf
rod 'and gun. Two more gamesI
against succulent White Sox pitching,c
Gehrig's meat for fattening up that
.543 spree, also were carried away by
the rain.t

Probable Mound Opponents In Series Opener

Happy Days, Remarkable Days -"
1935 To Major League Baseball

NEW YORK, Sept. 30.-(/P) - The
year Babe Ruth retired; the year
when the fans came back; the year
base ball turned theatrical; the year
of the remarkable rookies - all of
those and more were included in the
remarkable 1935 major league base
ball season, which closed Sunday.
Seldom in recent years have so
many matters of importance taken
place on and off the ball fields in one
major league campaign.
The retirement of Babe Ruth after
more than 20 years of major league
stardom-half of them as the great-
est figure in baseball - stirred the
interest of the fans to a high pitch,
as the home run king started his final
season with a new club in a new
league, hoping to settle gently into a
managerial berth, and failed to com-
plete his task.
Ruth may not be recorded as the,
greatest player or even the greatest
home run hitter, considering the rise
of such new clouters as Detroit's Hank
Greenberg, but there's no equal in
sight for bringing the fans throughI
the turnstiles. As a "gate attraction"
he will continue to be the standard by
which all others are judged.
Braves Collapse
An American Leaguer all during his,
great career, the Babe hitched his
fortunes to those of the harassed
Boston Braves who found that Ruth
wasn't the answer to their troubles,
and ran into one jam after another
as the club continued to lose both
games and money. Failing to get
financial support Judge Fuchs finally,
was forced to forfeit his majority
ownership to Charles F. Adams and
retire from the presidency.
The club lost little time falling into
the National League cellar and before I

the campaign ended established a'
"'modern" record for the circuit in los-
ing games when they dropped their
110th of the year.
The "theatrical" aspect - linked
closely with the new interest shown by
the cash customers - turned up when
night base ball made its first ap-
pearance in the big leagues. The
Cincinnati Reds gave a good trial to
the floodlight game, and the final
judgment apparently was that night
ball may become a lifesaver for los-
ing clubs. Many teams in both cir-
cuits plan to give it a whirl next
The first night game in major
league history was played at Cincin-
nati before 20,422 paying fans on
May 24 and six succeeding flood-'
light contests there attracted crowds
of the same size.
Those night gatherings at Cin-
cinnati didn't approach in size some
of the crowds that turned out for
daylight bills. A new National League'
attendance record was set at NewI
York May 30 when 63,943 paying fans
poured into the Polo Grounds to see
the Giants and Dodgers play a double-
header. In July the Yankees and'
Tigers played a twin bill before 62,500'
fans and the Giants and Cardinals
played before more than 50,000 in Au-
Wesley (Plowboy) Fry, new head
coach of the Kansas State College
football team, Big Six champions,
believes in large squads. He asked 85a
candidates to report for the opening
drill this fall.

Caliente Track
Opening Hailed
As Inevitable
Lifting Of Mexican Ban On
Gambling Presages Legal
Racing Season
AGUA CALIENTE, Mex., Sept. 30.
- (AP) - Caliente's $2,000,000 race
track, closed two months ago because
of the ban on gambling in all Mex-
ico, will reopen this winter.
The handwriting on the wall is un-
The Foreign Club, most elaborate
of Tijuana's palaces of chance, has
already opened with what are desig-
nated as "permissible games."
These, under the edict of the new
governor of Lower California and with
the sanction of President Cardenas,
are ecarte,*chuck-a-luck, poker and
such similar pastimes. Roulette, dice,
black jack and the like are on the
Hotel To Reopen
As soon as labor difficulties are ad-
justed, the famous Caliente Hotel
planned to cut down the barbed-wire
fence, fire the armed guard and in-
vite guests to wine and dine again
"in romantic old Mexico."
When the resort was closed abrupt-
ly in July the water was turned off,
a fence erected and guards installed
in and about the premises. The
water has since been turned on again
and gardeners have been busy re-
pairing the damage created through
lack of care for flowers, shrubs, lawn
and trees.
The Foreign Club is owned by a
corporation headed by Wirt Bow-
man, formerly president of the Agua
Caliente Hotel Co., but now a mi-
nority stockholder in the concern.
Bookmakers Barred
As soon as the Caliente Hotel swings
back its doors plans will be launched
immediately to get another race sea-
son under way - with pari-mutuel
gambling; no books.
When the track closed it was run-
ning on the basis of three days a
week, but with enough races to in-
clude a complete four days' program
at the ordinary plant.
It had been planned, however, to
go to four days a week, to continue
through the fall, and then when
Santa Anita took up, to race only
on that track's off day - Sunday.
Owners of horses were being en-
couraged to bring their horses to
Caliente early this fall and there pre-
pare them for the Santa Anita sea-
son, race them at the border track
if they liked, and then be on deck
after the Arcadia meeting closed for
an auspicious spring program.




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