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FRIDAY, MAY 3,1957

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Minnesota Nine Seems Easy Victor
Over Late Starters Illinois, Purdue

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By RUDE DIFAZIO
Illinois and Purdue will get
their first chance to enter the
battle for theBig Ten baseball
title this weekend when they face
Minnesota and Iowa.
The Gophers meet Illinois this
afternoon and Purdue tomorrow
in a doubleheader, while Iowa
meets Purdue today and Illinois
tomorrow.
Minnesota's pitching strength
showed well last weekend against
Wisconsin when sophomore Dick
Siebert proved he was ready to
work in rotation with the Gophers'
two veteran aces, Captain Gerald
Thomas and Dean Mass.
Siebert won the opener allow-
ing six hits in nine innings and
giving up one run.
Thomas took the nightcap al-
lowing two runs on four hits in

the seven innings.
The keystone combination still
appears to be a trouble spot at
the plate for Minnesota. Short-
stop George Thomas, younger
brother of Gerald, had only two
singles in eight trips to the plate
while second basemen Pete Bakali
hit one single in seven trips.
However, with the pitching of
Thomas, Mass, and Siebert, plus
the home field advantage for the
three games, the Gophers are fa-
vorites to take the series.
Iowa, on the strength of Don
Dobrino's arm, should be assured
of winning one game. Playing on
its home field will give them the
advantage in the other two games,
but they lack a really strong hit-
ter to sweep the series.
Dobrino struck out 12 Badgers
last weekend in winning.

Ohio State and Indiana play a
home and home three game series
with tomorrow's doubleheader at
Bloomington.
The Buckeyes presently 2-1 in
the conference may have trouble
with Indiana pitchers Albin Hayes
and Bill Smith. They walked only
four Wolverines in 16 innings last
weekend.
Indiana's strong first baseman
Carl Kirkpatrick will supply the
power which could upset the
Buckeyes. He is number five in
hitting in the conference with five
hits in 12 at bats for .417.
Michigan State switches oppo-
sition with Michigan. Either
Northwestern, today, or Wiscon-
sin, tomorrow, face the possible
loss of one game to the Spartans
ace hurler Ron Perranoski.

HOOSIER HITTER-Carl Kirkpatrick, strong-hitting first base-
man, may supply the punch which would enable the Hoosiers
to upset Ohio State this weekend in their three-game series.

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Sarni Seeks'
Another Job
n Baseball
ST. LOUIS (P)-Bill Sarni ad-
mitted yesterday he has two
strikes on him, but he refused to
call himself out of baseball.
The New York Giant catcher,
stricken with a heart attack the
first day of spring training, is tak-
ing the doctors' word that his
playing days are over and has be-
gun to think about another job
around the ball park.
Sarni, whose recovery has been
steady, hopes he can rejoin the
Giants as a coach in July or
August. He needs one more sea-
son ^to qualify for the five-year
pension fund and Horace Sone-
ham, president of the Giants, put
him on the payroll as a coach

Robinson, Basilio Consider
Plans for September Bout

Major League
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE

CHICAGO (')-Sugar Ray Rob-
inson is sitting on top of the world
again, but he doesn't want to be
rushed into a potential million-
dollar match with welterweight
champion Carmen Basilio after
his stunning knockout of Gene
Fullmer.
T h e recrowned middleweight
champion and his numerous han-
dlers presided at a news confer-
ence in his hotel room yesterday.
Earlier guesses that Robinson
and Basilio would meet in a mid-
July bout, possibly at Yankee Sta-
dium, got a dash of cold water
from Robinson.
To Fight in September?
"It's no good in July," said Ro-
binson, without conceding he was
anxious to make this big money
bout. "Everybody is out of town.

You draw better in September."
Said Joe Glaser, Robinson's "fi-
nancial" manager: "Basilio must
be made to realize that Robinson
is holding a royal flush."
Robinson plans a party in Har-
lem tonight to celebrate what he
says is his 36th birthday, but
which the record book says is his
37th.
Even Split
The Basilio camp got into the
act. "We 11 take nothing worse
than a 30-30 per centage split
right down the middle," chorused
Johnny De John and Joe Netro,
co-managers of Basilio.
"My fellow is the champion,
too," said Netro. "We're not in-
terested in the middleweight title!
as much as the gate. We'd like
to fight him as soon as possible."
"Why did they stop it?" Full-
mer asked Manager Mary Jenson
as they stood in the middle of the
ring. "I'm not hurt."
"The only reason they stopped
it was because you were counted
out," t eplica Jenson.

Chicago
New York
Boston
Cleveland
Kansas city
Baltimore
Detroit
Washington

W
10
8
8
7
7
6
6

L
2
5
6
6
8
8
9
12

Pct.
.833
.615
.571
.538
.467
.429
.400
.250

GB
3
314
5
584

I-M Softball
Features
No-Hit Game
Don Bosker gave Phi Alpha
Kappa a big boost toward the an-
nexing of its third straight Pro-
fessional F r a t e r n i t y softball
championship by allowing no hits
against Phi Delta Epsilon in in-
tramural action yesterday.
Al Walters provided the power
for Bosker's big victory by blast-
ing two home runs in the 10-1
contest.
The only pitchers duel of the
day's activity saw Bob Dulude
besting Dick Courtney of Delta
Sigma Delta with Psi Omega com-
ing out on the long end of a 2-0
score.
It was a haertbreaking defeat
for Courtney as he gave up only
two hits, as opposed to Dulude's
one, and both runs were scored in
the- final inning after two were
out.
Sell Starts Attack
Jim Sell singled and then ad-!
vanced all the way around the
bases when the opposing left-
fielder misjudged a fly ball hit
by Bob Coleman.
Coleman eventually scored the
last run on two passed balls. Du-
lude was nearly perfect in his one-
hitter, striking out seven in the
four-inning game.
Jerry Lapely received plenty of
help from his teammates, as he
spun a neat one-hitter in the Law
Club's 16-1 victory over Phi Delta
Chi.
In another pro fraternity en-
counter, Alpha Kappa Kappa lit-;
erally smashed their way to an
18-17 triumph over Phi Rho Sig-
ma, bringing across nine runs in
both the first and third innings.
Rod MacDonald pitched the en-+
tire game for the winners, help-]
ing his own cause with a home+
run.
Lack of Support
It was the lack of support that1
cost Larry Mason of Van Tyne a
win over Anderson in the "B"
residence hall league. Despite hisa
allowance of only two hits. his
team lost, 8-0, committing no less
than 13 errors.+
In other "B" games: 'Gomberg
19, Adams 19, Reeves 11, Winchell1
7, and Allen Rumsey and Williamst
both won on forfeits from Hayden
and Wenley respectively.
Sigma Nu drubbed A . P1 and
Tau Kappa Epsilon took care of
Phi Sigma Delta 7-1 in make-upI
games in the "A" fraternityr
league.
Phi Epsilon Kappa topped Del-E
ta Sigma Pi, 9-6.

1W0 NIGHTS AGO a clever "old" man met a strong young gladiator
in hand to hand battle and won. It was an old story for the victor,
but a brand new and unexpected one for thousands of fight fans
around the country.,
For 'Sugar Ray' Robinson, again the new middleweight champ,
it was a thrill, but one he had experienced three times before. How-
ever, for those seated in Chicago Stadium, and for those glued to televi-
sion sets and radios around the country, it was both a surprise an#
a real sports first-a single man had gained the middleweight title
for the fourth time.
I'm sure much of the sympathy was with the 37 year-old Robin-
son, even though the odds were 5-2 in favor of his opponent, a man
12 years younger and already once the conqueror of 'Sugar Ray.' And
I'm also sure the same reaction was shared by many when that short
left hook connected, and Gene Fullmer, after falling, and struggling
in vain, could get off the canvas while the referee counted to ten.
Everyone listening must have felt momentarily stunned, and then full
of wonder and admiration for the new, and yet old, champion.
Right after the fight, Robinson told the world that his success
was due to te prayers of his friends. Maybe so, but to me it was
nothing but sheer cunning and experience that determined the out-
come. Robinson had fought the man before, he knew how the other
worked. He merely waited for the mistake he was looking for and
capitalized. Fullmer isn't the first to come up against Robinson's ring,
skill. Jake LaMotta, Randy Turpin, and Carl 'Bobo' Olson also were
once middle-weight champs. Each fell and it was always 'Sugar Ray'
who replaced them.

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BY JIM BAAD

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The Old Man Won

Yesterday's Scores
Chicago 6, Washington 1
Detroit 7, Boston 5
New York 3, Kansas City 1
Today's Games
Boston at Detroit
Washington at Chicago
New York at Kansas City
Boston at Detroit
NATIONAL LEAGUE
W L Pct. GB
Milwaukee 11 2 .846 -
Brooklyn 9 4 .692 2
St. Louis 7 5 .583 312
Cincinnati 7 7 .500 3'
Philadelphia 6 7 .462, 5
New York 6 8 .429 5
Pittsburgh 4 10 .286 7Y2
Chicago 3 10 .231 8
Yesterday's Scores
Philadelphia 4, Chicago 2
Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 5 (10 innings)
St Louis 3, Brooklyn 2 (16 innings)
Today's Games
St. Louis vs. Brooklyn at Jersey
City (N)
Cincinnati at New York (N)
Chicago at Philadelphia (N)
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (N)

BILL SARNI
... seeks baseball job

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Now He Should Retire.
HERE'S A PERSONAL hope that Fullmer is the last of Robinson's
comebacks. At an age when boxing should be out of the question,
he should retire after this last, and perhaps, because of the odds and
his age, greatest conquest. Granted that the government took much
of his purse, but this pays off that debt. His biggest debt, the one he
owes to himself, should now be attended to. I have no idea of Robin-
son's financial status, but this should not keep him in the ring. Many
athletes have begun to age, quit, and taken up some other livelihood
preserving their names and records for posterity.
Others have merely grown old in their sport, very old. The prime
example is former heavyweight champ Joe Louis, who rose to great
heights in the ring and drew great respect from everyone, but went
on and on and on, every fall wiping a bit more of the luster from the
good days.
Robinson has had his fighting career, probably adding more color
to ring history than will be surmounted in a long time. His feat of
winning the middleweight championship four successive times has
never been duplicated and probably never will be. Along with his
middleweight success, he was also at one time the welterweight champ. , t
His record is almost unbelievable, 138 victories, five losses, and three
draws since he first put on the gloves for hard cash. Not only that but
90 of the opponents whom he bested were knocked out. Add this to
his great moment two nights ago and this should be enough, even for
old 'Sugar Ray.'
Let's hope again that Robinson does not repeat the Louis story.
It's always a little hard on the public to see one of its cherished heros
fall. The gloves should go on a hook, and the fighter should leave the
ring now that he is still at the top. If he does go on maybe he will
meet some success, but the days are definitely numbered, and there
isn't much but decline left. A retired Robinson will be remembered
easily for a long time as one of the greatest fighters of the century.
This is a sure thing, but if he goes on, well, who knows?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (IP)-No sur-
prises popped out of the entry box
at Churchill Oowns yesterday as
ten colts were entered officially for
the Kentucky Derby.
General Duke's foot injury still
posed one of the -biggest question
marks In the history of the great~
3-year-old classic.
While the latest bulletin from
the Calumet Farm disclosed little
change in General Duke's condi-
tion, Wheatley Etable's Bold Rul-
er became a slight favorite for the
$125,000-added race Saturday.
However, trainer Jimmy Jones
said he believed his ace had "some-

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thing less than a 50-50 chance"
of starting in the race. "We would
like to run him but I'm not going
to do anything that might injure
him seriously."
Arcaro on Bold Ruler
Bold Ruler, trained by the vet-
eran Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and
ridden by Eddie Arcaro, winner of
five previous derbys, was an early
8 to 5 choice.. The uncertainty
a r o u n d Calumet headquarters
caused the entry of Gen. Duke and
Iron Liege to be listed at 2 to 1.
While the horses were being en-
tered a crowd gathered at the
Calumet barn to get the latest
dope on Gen. Duke, who had been
favored to give Calumet its sixth
derby.
"A lot of the soreness in Gen.
Duke's foot has been relieved,
but we have not been able to lo-
calize the injury," said Jones, the
Calumet trainer.

"We're going to have to work
on this thing on an hour to hour
basis, and probably won't be able
to say until an hour or so before
the derby whether or not he can
start."
Seven Horses Entered
The other seven entered at $250
apiece for the 1 -mile race were
Ralph Lowe's Gallant Man, John
Appeelbaum's Mister,Jive, Clifford
Lussky's Federal Hill, Travis M.
Kerr's Round Table, Mrs. Ada L.
Rice's Indian Creek, T. A. Gris-
som's Shan Pac, and Walter 8.
Miller's Better Bee.
Each will pack 126 pounds in the
race, to be televised and broad-
cast on CBS from 3:15-3:45 p.m.
(CST) on a nationwide network.
Chief Forecaster 0. K. Ander-
son said in a special communique,
"There is no rain in sight. The
temperature should be in the mid-
dle 70s."

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