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Joe Louis Scores

Technical Knockout Over Nova In Sixth

Dodgers Hold
Intensive Drill
For Big Series

Veteran Coach

Brooklyn Finds Difficulty
Due To Immense Size
Of Yankee Ball Park'
NEW YORK, Sept. 29.-VP)-The
Brooklyn Dodgers took a look today
at the massive concrete Yankee sta-
dium where they will open the World
Series against the New York Yankees
Wednesday and none of them died of
Thiswas an encouraging indication
of a tremendous struggle-to come, be-
cause some of the National League
clubs that have left their little parks
to do battle with the bombers in past
series Aave rattled at the knees on
their first look at the big arena tow-
ering three tiers high and holding
70,000 persons.
.The Dodgers had their little diffi-
culties as Dodgers always do-things
like Kirby Hugbe losing his way under
the stands between the field and the
dressing room, pitchers refusing to
jog around the outfield because it
was too big and sluggers not hitting
anything into the stands except fouls.
Dodgers Didn't Give Up
But the Dodgers didn't give up, as
they didn't give up during the regular
season. They stretched a one-hour
workout into two hours.
The hitters-Jov Medwick and
Dolply Camilli and Pete Reiser and
Dixie Walker-went to tie plate time
after time for eight to a dozen belts
at the ball, practicing hitting to right'
field, making Ed Albosta nd Tom
Drake and the other pitc ers give
them curve balls inside and outside
and fast balls anywhere. The regu-
lars hogged the plate so long the
substitutes, like Herman Franks and
Jim Wasdell and Augie Galan, were
literally screaming for chances to
Walkei; had the coaches bounce
flies off the low, curving rightfield
wall like a billiard player trying to
learn the angles and resiliency of a
new table.
The pitchers played pepper games
and shagged flies and manager Leo
Durocher kidded the reporters and
took a few turns at the plate himself.
Good Clean Fun
It was all good clean fun, with the
reporters pointing out the distant
reaches ;of the bleachers, where Joe
DiMaggio or Charley Keller or some
of the other bombers had landed
particularly potent and famous home
runs. And the Dodgers described the
mighty clouts that recently have been
delivered by Camilli and Reiser and
There was a lot of wrangling about
the merits of the two parks. Yankee.
stadium measures 367 feet from home
plate to right field, 461 feet to cen-
terfield and 415 feet to left field,
while the same corners of Ebbets
Field are 297, 400 and 357. But the
Brooklyn park has a wall and screen
40 feet high from the rightfield foul
line to the centerfield stands and the
grandstand in leftfield is about 20
feet above the level of the field. The
Dodgers declared these barriers would
make home runs just as hard to get
in their park as in the stadium, where
tlle rightfield and leftfield walls are
only four feet high.

Ray Fisher, Varsity baseball
coach, is in his 21st year at Michi-
gan. When he isn't working with
the Wolverine nine Ray lends a
helping hand to Wally Weber and
the freshman football team.
Best .Defense
Agrainst :Pass
With no appreciable let-down in
-opinion, fans and followers of the1
Michigan football eleven again ex-
pound a doubt concerning the Wol-
verines' success against attacks from
the air.
An effective defense against a
strong passing offense usually de-
mands a fast rangy secondary. With
such small backs as Captain West-
fall and Davey Nelson marauding
behind the Michigan line, it is not
unusual that people might worry
when a couple of swift-footed, com-
parative giants, come tearing down
the field after a long high pass..
Fortunately, as in 1940, Fritz Cris-
ler can again put on the gridiron a
line that cannot be surpassed in driv-
ing strength from tackle to tackle.
And, as evidenced against Michigan
State, the end problem, without Ed
Frutig, seems to have slackened a
bit, considering the showing that
they made. But there is still much
room left for improvement.
The most effective defense against
a strong passing team is still a fast
hard-charging line. Without suffi-
cient time, no passer has the oppor-
tunity to get off a long one. Against
short spot passes, Michigan has the
height in Ingalls, Ceithaml, Ken-
nedy and Pregulman. And these men
have shown themselves to be wide
Thus, despite a little spotty play-
ing against the Spartans, the Wol-
verine squad should prove itself to
be up to the standards that have
been set by the powerhouse of the
past two years-led by Evashevski,
Frutig and Fritz.
Just let that line keep up their
spark and drive, develop that pass-
ing offense, strengthen the flankers
and improve the backfield to the
point where it will be a better well
coordinated unit, and Michigan could
very well again be among the leaders
in the nation's grid spotlight.

60,000 Fans See
Brown Bomber
Retain Crown
Art Donovan Stops Boutt
After Champion Floors
Foe For Count Of Nine
s (Continued from Page 1)
And it was so chilly that topcoats,
sweaters, blankets and gloves were
all over the ringside and still the
folks .shivered.
For five rounds, Louis just shuf-
fled in and stalked his opponent.
There was one brief moment in the
fourth round when Joe had his fire-
works popping and Nova's knees
sagged. But that quieted down, and
it was quite obvious Joe was intent
on just one thing-throwing and
landing,,the Sunday punch, the one
big one that he was confident would
,ower Lou.
Finally, the occasion came. Mid-
way of the sixth round, Nova made
the mistake of lowering his long left
just a trifle, and the greatest pun-
cher the ring ever has seen wound
up that high hard one and pitched.
Nova went down as if he had been
hit by a locomotive on the loose
instead of a fist.
He lay there against the ropes, then
pulled himself up at the count of
nine, badly hurt. Joe charged in for
the kill. He threw everything into
every punch and chased the stagger-
ing Nova from rope to rope.
Fight Stopped
A lightning left hook tore open
Nova's right eye. Blood streamed
down as he fell back against the ropes
in a neutral corner. His hands low-
ered. Joe, on top of him, was about
to let go a blow that might have
done him real damage. Then Dono-
van stepped in and called a halt, a
moment before the bell sounded to
end the round. -
Thus the Bomber, reverting to the
one-punch-to -wreck-'em tactics he
employed against rock-like Paulino
Uzcudun in 1935, turngd back the
challenge that was regarded as the
greatest, the strongest and the most
determined he eer has been called
on to face in building up the longest
string of successful title defenses in
ring history.
Now he has fulfilled one ambition
-to join the Army with fistiana's
most prized crown still on his head.
He starts doing his fighting for Uncle
Sam late next month, and tonight
may have been the last time he will
put on the gloves in title competition.
Joe himself doesn't know if he
ever will be in there again with the
thousands roaring a tune to his dyna-
mite delivery. Promoter Mike Jacobs
and Joe's managers, Julian Black
and John Roxborough, have the com-
plete say about that] and they are
not saying just now what's cooking
in the future pot.
Equal Weights
Physically there was little to choose
between, these two warriors tonight.
At 2021/4, Louis was one-quarter of
a pound lighter than the sturdy stu-
den of Yogi. Both were in the peak
of condition. Both were ready, and
even Nova admitted afterward it was
just a case of "I forgot to duck."
"I've never been hit that hard be-
fore," the ex-California collegian said
in his dressing room as his handlers
doctored his cut. "You know, if Joe
retires, I think I'll claim the title."
That was strictly one man's opin-
ion, however, and many ringsiders
were inclined to believe he would have
a tough time overcoming Billy Conn,
who all but took the title away from
Joe last June.
For Lou had every chance in the
early going. Louis was slow, he cov-
ered up time after time when Nova
feinted in his direction, and so intent
was he on bi'inging the California
clouter down with one punch that at

times he swung wild punches and
left himself open.
Afterward, Joe insisted that "Lou
ain't the fighter Billy Conn was."
All eligible sophomores and sec-
ond semester freshmen who are
interested in becoming football
managers should report'to Ferry
Field any time this week.
Bill Hurley, Football Mgr.
Major League



pitchen' with the boys back on the

Back in 1908 a lanky sandy-haired farm."
youngster walked into the town of "I'm afraid you won't do us much
Hartford Conn., with a burning de- gcod, fellah," the hard boiled mana-
sire to play in organized baseball. ger answered. "we need experienced
He found out where the local ball pitchers. I don't have time to raise
tam was staying and cornered the any green grass from the farms."
Dejectedly, the kid who wanted to
manager in the lobby of his hotel. play big city baseball headed for the
"I'd like a chance to play ball for door. Before he got 10 feeti however,
you, mister," the kid said. the manager had a change of heart
The manager took a closer look at and told him to report for a try out
this hayseed and wanted to know. the following day.
where he played ball before. The boy stayed awake all night, de-
"Shucks," said the scared young- ciding whether to run back to the
ster, "ain't never played with a regu- farm or take this "chance of a life
lar team before, but did a heap of time."

The kid showed up for practice the club as long as you want, you're the
following day too scared to be tired. best pitcher we've seen in these parts
"Well punk let's see you chuck in many a day."
them in," the manager bellowed. The manager was right because the
The boy walked to the mound and kid left his club the next year to join
faced his catcher. He said to him- the Yankees where he stayed for
self, "Ray, this ain't no different more than seven years. And before
then tossen' 'em down on the farm, he retired from major league ball, he
so let's burn em in." had completed 12 years of baseball.
He hadn't pitched a dozen balls be- After that he started to coach and
fore the manager told him to come before long Ray Fisher, the "hayseed
in from the mound because he kid," became Michigan's varsity base-
wanted' to talk to him. ball coach. The "Vermonter" began
The kids heart sank, he felt he producing teams. and good ones at
had muffed his big chance. that, Last year he gave the Wolver-
The mentor walked up to him and in'es their seventh Big Ten baseball
said, "You can stay with this here championship.


Fisher Had Frank Merriwell Start



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Final Standings
New York .......101 53 .6
Boston .......... 84 70 .5
Chicago ......... 77 77 .5
Detroit .......... 75 79 .4
Cleveland........75 79 .4
St. Louis ......70 84 .4
Washington ..... 70 84 .4
Philadelphia .... 64 90 .4
*Games behind leader.

et. GB
545 17
500 24
487 26
.87 26
55 31
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