TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1946
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BASEBALL'S MAGNATES will undoubtedly herald the 1946 big league
season as the best in history. They should. Didn't the cash registers
jingle a merry tune of dollars! And didn't every Major League park set new
attendance records! Yes, 1946 was a smashingly successful year - finan-
But oldtime greats and present-day baseball lovers must have been
bitterly disillusioned. Somewhere around 20,000,000 fans turned out to
welcome their war heroes home and what did they get for their bucks?
Beauty shows, fashion exhibitions, rodeos, hired clowns, everything short
of "The Greatest Show on Earth," and it, too, would probably have been
utilized had there been room enough for three rings and a diamond.
Baseball? Oh yes, there was baseball, or at least a skeleton of it, a vague
semblance to the pre-war variety of the nation's favorite pasttime. Prob-
ably the return of the "stars" made some fans think they were seeing base-
ball as it has been played in the peacetime world. Few must have realized
that they were being exploited by Billy Roses of the diamond.
Even baseball's home of conservatism yielded to the dollar sign.
Larry "Super-salesman" MacPhail dolled his mammoth Yankee Stadium
up in lights and presented some 2,200,000 spectators with everything
from soup to nuts in the way of entertainment - everything, that is,
but a baseball team. The Yankees of 1946 were probably the dullest,
most pepless team ever to come out of New York. But they made money.
'TEARY FROM a financially successful spring junket, the Yankees never
had a chance. Perhaps that's why Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey couldn't
take it. They were baseball players, not showmen. And, of course, it didn't
help to have the publicity-wise MacPhail predicting a "new Yankee team for
1947" way back in the middle of the summer.
Down in Cleveland the Indians got a new owner, showman Bill
Veeck. The colorful Veeck couldn't put together a winning team, so he
hired clowns to pack the aisles. And Manager Lou Boudreau contributed
his bit to the show by devising a ridiculous scheme to stop Ted Williams.
With everyone playing in right field it apparently never occurred to the
powers-that-be that Williams, even if he couldn't hit to left, could al-
ways bunt safely to left.
Fittingly enough, the Red Sox clinched the pennant because of the so-
called infallible method of getting Williams out. On Sept. 13 the Sax slugger
hit one to left. There wasn't anyone there and what should have been an
easy fly out went for a pennant-clinching 'home run inside the Cleveland
Just why Williams was accorded such an honor, we never could un-
derstand. The "Splendid Splinter" all season long hit well below his
own lifetime batting mark. And all the players in the world massed in
right field can't keep a home run ball from going into the stands. But
the fans got a great kick out of it, and that apparently was all that
And what happened to the days when ace pitchers used to face each
other on the hill??? Only once this season did Detroit's Hal Newhouser pitch
against Bobby Feller or Spud Chandler. And after'it became apparent that
Boo Ferris was the Red Sox ace, Newhourse, Feller and Chandler were
"saved" to pitch against lesser lights. Again the fans took a beating.
Over in Brooklyn where anything is possible, Leo "Lippy" Durocher
came up with a team of nobodies and got into the thick of the National
League pennant race. Durocher did a grand job with his cast but re-
duced Brooklyn baseball to a nev low in masterminding from the bench.
E EBETS FIELD was a graveyard for scorekeepers. There is nothing new
about managers giving the hit sign to batters, calling for hit-and-run
plays, ordering bunts, etc. But Durocher went one better by directing his
hurlers on every pitch. Yes, the Dodgers did well, but rare was the Brooklyn
game that didn't drag into its third hour of play.
And, meanwhile, what happened to baseball? Just like the wartime
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E xplains 1946
Masker Cites More
CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 23-The thir-
ty-odd changes in collegiate football
rules for 1946, being mostly clarifi-
cations and interpretations of pre-
vious rules, will hardly be noticed by
spectators, according to James C.
Masker, Western Conference Super-
visor of Officials, although one sig-
nificant change will serve to speeden
That change is a provision that
when a time out is taken for a sub-
stitution play will be resumed im-
mediately upon completion of the
substitution instead of waiting to
"run out" the full two minutes al-
lowed for a time out. To compensate
for that change an additional time
out is permitted a team each half.
More than four time outs a half,
whether for substitutions or at the
request of a captain, are charged as
delay of the game and penalized five
Another rules change for 1946, ac-
cording to Masker, serves to relieve
an unduly severe penalty situation
that had previously existed. Under
new rules the penalty for an illegal
forward pass, such as a second for-
ward pass in the same play, is penol-
ized five yards from the spot of the
illegal pass. Previously the penalty
had been 15 yards from the spot the
ball had first been put in play.
The widespread use of the T-for-
mation dictated another provision,
according to Masker, as the rules now
provide that a back may stand with
his hands less than a yard from the
line of scrimmage,nalthough in such
a position he will not be eligible as
a pass receiver.
Spectators also got a break in an-
other revision that requires larger
block numerals on players' jerseys,
and of a distinctly contrasting color.
All those students who are inter-
ested in becoming candidates for
the varsity track and cross-coun-
try teams are requested to report
to Coach Ken Doherty any after-
noon this week at Ferry Field.
No previous experience is neces-
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Illini-Irish Clash T his Weekend
Recalls Colorful Grid Battles
III nine Western Conferezce teams
will be in action Saturday with two
big championship battles included on
In Confer~ence play~ Indiana will
be at Micigan and Purdue will be
at Iowa. In other games..Illinois will
play host to Notre Dame, Minnesota
will clash with Nebraska, Ohio State
will meet Missouri, Northwestern will
tackle Iowa State and Wisconsin will
journey to California to take on the
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Conferene Teams Play Saturday
Illinois' Memorial Stadium will be
filled to its 70,549 capacity Saturday
when the Illini play host to Notre
Dame in the nation's top game. Long
runs have featured the last two Illini-
Irish tussles this weekend's battle
should be no exception.
Phil Colella dashed 76 yards for
the only touchdown of the 1945
clash as Notre Dame squeezed out
a 7-0 win over the Illini. Three
Illinois scoring threats were stalled
by the Irish inside their own five-
The 1944 contest was a real thriller.
On the third play of the game Buddy
Young sped 74 yards for the first
score. Don Greenwood added the ex-
tra point and the Illini held the lead
until the final period. Then with
only 11 minutes remaining a 71-yard
Frank Dancewicz to Bob Kelly to
Chick Maggioli forward-lateral pass
play gave Notre Dame a 13-7 win.
Maggioli has rejoined the Illini
along with Young and a company
of fleet backs while Kelly will be
back at the South Bend school.
From here it looks like another
day for long rgs.
Dick Hoerner who will carry the
fullback burden for Iowa this fall is
no stranger to Michig n football
fans. In 1942 the fleet Hawkeye back
gathered in a Wolverine second-half
kick-off on his own 15-yard line and
streaked 85 yards through the entire
Michigan team for a touchdown. It
was the longest scoring play of the
Wolverine home season. .However,
Michigan won the game, 28-14.
* * *
Ohio State is complaining about
lack of weight on its starting line.
Center Tony Adamle is the heaviest
at 206 while there are a couple of
pee-wee tackles in Warren Amling
and Chuck Csuri who scale 197 and
199 pounds respectively. Amling
was an All-American guard in 1945.
Incidentally, when Ohio plays host
to Michigan late in November, full-
back Joe Whisler playing his first
year of varsity ball, will face Michi-
gan for the second time. Whisler
paced the 1942 Buckeye freshman
team to a 16-14 win over the '42
Maize and Blue yearlihgs. Others
who participated in that game were
Art Renner, 'George- Kraeger a ni
Ralph Chubb of the Wolverines.
Since 1896, when the Western Con-
ference was organized, only one sea-
son has seen a team fail to win at
least one game in season's play. In
1906 Purdue lost five straight. Eight
of the ten teams in the Conference
have had at least one perfect season,
unbeaten and untied. Indiana missed
moving into that circle last year by
reason of one tie in ten games.
More men are wanted for
Michigan's football forces. All
those who desire to try out for the
team should report to me at South
Ferry Field any afternoon during
the week. No previous experience
on a varsity squad is necessary.
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