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Boston Drops Tigers Back to Fourth Place


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Bowmcn Stops Detroit
On Three S fetis, 9-1
Three Bengal Hurlers Pounded for 12 Hits;
Yankees Move into Third by Beating Indians
BOSTON, Aug. 19-(/P)-The Detroit Tigers made a painful exit from
Fenway Park today, dropping their last game here this season by a 9 to 1
score after parading three pitchers before a 12-hit Boston Red Sox
batting 'assault. The Boston victory, behind three-hit pitching of Joe
Bowman, levelled the series at two games apiece and left the Red Sox
alone in second place.
The defeatdropped Detroit to fourth, a half game back of New York,
which walloped Cleveland, 9 to 3.
Ruffus Gentry, starting for the Tigers after only two day's rest, was
waved to the dugout for more after giving four hits and five runs in 1 2/3
innings. The defeat, charged to Gentry, was his 12th of the season
against seven wins.
Walter (Boom-Boom) Beck, second Detroit hurler, was nicked for a
run in each of four straight innings before giving over to Zeb Eaton, who
stopped the rout and allowed but a single hit in the seventh and eighth
Bowman was in charge from the start, although the Tigers shoved
across a run in the first inning on only one hit. Roger Cramer doubled
to open the game, went to third and then home on successive infield outs.
Gentry Aids '";°

Duly Sports Editor

T NLESS some baseball squad in the American League can muster up
enough punch to maintain a consistent winning streak soon, it looks
like the St. Louis Browns will coast to their first pennant in many years,
and make the World Series an all city affair.
So far in the season, on American LeaguL* team has been able to
piece'together enough wins to dislodge the Browns, and even when the St.
Louis club has faltered, there hasn't been another squad powerful enough
to cash in on the opportunities.
The critics were as much amazed as were the fans, by the Browns:
showing this year. They wondered how a club which floundered
around the second division year after year, could suddenly come from
the depths of obscurity to the pinnacle of success.
IN THESE PAST dark years, the Browns had several players who rose
above the other members of the team, and it was through these play-
ers that the St. Louis team was known. However, now when you think
of the Browns and you try to recall their present personnel, you find
that it is an almost hopeless task, for Coach Luke Sewell's team is almost
entirely devoid of personalities.
Then the fans might ask the inside secret which has kept the
"mystery team of the majors" atop in the race for the flag since the season
began, and has put them seven games ahead of their nearest rival in
the stretch drive.
In other years, St. Louis has been overpowered by other team's
might, because they couldn't match their batting, pitching, or speed.
Since the war began, they've got an even break along those lines, and
with their hustle and some fine coaching by Luke Sewell, they are mak-
ing the best of it.
George McQuinn and Vernon Stephens are the most likely members
of the Brown's roster who could be singled out as individual stars. Mark
Christman, a comparative unknown, who has been plugging in at third
base, is the most improved played of the club, according to Sewell,
and much of the Brownie success is attributed to this third-sacker's
WHEN ASKED about this mysterious surge of his outfit, Sewell replied,
"I guess we operate as a unit, With everybody plugging for every-
- body else."
3 And if the Browns should manage to cop this year's pennant; it
01 will just serve as another proof of the faet that in any sport where
& there is more than one player involved, team spirit and cooperation,
er. are the essential factors in producing a winning combination.

Boston got that one back in its
'final turn at bat when Leon Cul-
bertson opened with a double off the
wall in left center, took third on
George Metkovich's fly and scored on
a wild pitch by Gentry.
Dick Wakefield doubled to start the
Tiger second but died on third as two
mates grounded out and Joe Orengo
hoisted a fly to deep left. The only
other Detroit hit off Bowman after
that was Cramer's single leading off
the sixth.
Pound Gentry
Meanwhile the Red Sox really
jumped on Gentry in the second, aid-
ed by a pair of Detroit errors, to count
rfour times. Oreng6' dropped Bobby
Doerr's pop fly in a high wind. Jim
Tabor doubled to right on the hit-
and-run, scoring Doerr. Roy Tabor
doubled to right on the hit-and-run,
scoring Doerr. Roy Partee bunted
but was safe at first when Gentry's
throw to third was too late to nip
Tabor. Paul Richards hauled in
Skeeter Newsome's pop foul and Gen-
try threw out Bowman, Tabor scor-
ing from third. Culbertson singled
to right, scoring Partee, and went to
second when Jim Outlaw threw wide

to the plate. Metkovich singled to
center, scoring Culbertson and bring-
ing in Beck to pitch for Detroit. Pete
Fox flied to Outlaw to end the in-
ning after three unearned runs had
crossed the plate.
Bob Johnson's 14th home run, a
wallopnto right field, put the Sox out
in front 6-1, in the third and Bow-
man's double, followed by Metkov-
ich's single, produced another run
in the fourth.
Beck Wild
Doerr beat out a tap to the pitch-
er's mound in the fifth and took sec-
ond when Beck threw into the Bos-
ton dugout. Tabor sacrificed him to
third, from where he scored on New-
some's single to left.
Metkovich's single and Johnson's
double accounted for the last Boston
marker in the sixth, the last inning
for Beck and the sixth in a row in
which the Sox had at least one hit
and at least one run. Eaton put run-
ners on the bases in both the seventh
and eighth but none scored.
Detroit .............100 000 000- 1
Boston.............141 111 00x- 9
Gentry, Beck, Eaton & Richards;
Bowman & Partee.
s Sehedule Football

A WAR-TIME DREAM-All batting witl an average of .300 or better, these five slugging Cardinals are
shown in their dugout at Sportsman's Park, St. L ouis, Mo. From left to right they are: Ray Sand-
ers, who has an average of .301; Walker Cooper, .301; Stan Musial, .358; Johnny Hopp, .334; and
Augie Bergamo, .314.
Browns' Lead Cut to Five and a Half Game
As PhiladelphiaTKes lose Game, 4.3
K- -

The St. Louis Browns' lead in the
American League pennant race was
cut to five and a half games today
when they bowed to the Philadelphia
Athletics, 4-3 in 12 innings, for their
third loss in the four game series.
Russ Cristopher, who defeated the
Brownies in the series opener, was
credited with his sixth successive
pitching victory. Relieving Lurn Har-
ris after seven innings, he let only
two St. Louis players hit the ball past
the infield.
George Caster, relieving Bob Mun-
crief on the mound, was the victim.
Bobby Estalella opened the home
half of the 12th by flogging one of
Caster's serves for a triple. Frank
Hayes and Dick Siebert were pur-
posely walked and Bill McGhee pop-
ped up, but George Kell smacked a
long wallop to left center which the
fielders didn't bother to chase as
Estalella trotted home.
't. Louis ........100 001 100 000- 3
Philadelphia ... .000 000 300 001- 4
Muncrief, Caster & Hayworth;
Harris, Christopher & Hayes.

Cubs Beaten, 4-2 ...I
CHICAGO, Aug. 19-P)-Picking
up a run an inning for four straight
frames, the Boston Braves backed
Nate Andrews' eight-hit pitching for
a 4 to 2 victory over the Chicago
Cubs today, gaining an even split in
the four-gamle set.
Boston .......011 110 000- 4 11 0
Chicago ......200 000 000- 2 8 2
Andrews & Klutz; Wyse, Derrenger
& Holm.
Cards Down Giants . . .
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19-(IP)-The St.
Louis Cardinals swept the four-game
series from the New York Giants,
winning today, 8-4.
Mort Cooper registered his 17th
victory of the season against five de-
feats, holding the Giants to nine hits.
Walker Cooper, Mort's brother and
battery mate, paced the Cardinal at-
tack with four for four including a
home run and two doubles. He bat-
ted in two mates.

New York.....001 002 100-
St. Louis.....021 022 10x-
Hansen, Adams' Brewer,.
Lombardy; M. Cooper & W.

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8 10

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DETROIT, Aug. 19-()-Seven collegiate football teams in Michi-
gan already have scheduled six more games for 1944 than the state's
six-competing elevens played last season, with indications promising
at least a 30-garm e schedule before negotiations are combleted.
Last year, with Michigan State College notably absent, a half
dozen Michigan clubs played 20 games, 15 of them before home state


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Major League Standings ...
W L Pct. GB W L Pct. GB
St. Louis .......68 48 .586 - St. Louis .......83 28 .748 -
Boston .........62 53 .539 52 Pittsburgh......64 46 .582 181
New York .......60 53 .531 6 Cincinnati ......63 47 .573 19%
DETROIT ......60 54 .526 7 Chicago. ........50 57 .467 31
*Chicago .......55 59 .482 12 New York .......50 64 .439 341.2
Cleveland .......5.5. 63 .466 14 Boston .........45 67 .402 38
Philadelphia .... 54 64 .458 15 Philadelphia . .. .43 65 .398 38 y?
'Washington .. . .47 67 .412 20 Brooklyn .......45 69 .395 39%
*Denotes night games. SATURDAY'S RESULTS-
SATURDAY'S RESULTS St. touis 8, New York 4.
Boston 9, DETROIT 1.St P is $, Pewadorka4.
New York 9, Cleveland 3. Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 3.
St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 4. Brooklyn 3, Cincinnati 2.
Chicago at Washington, night. Boston 4, Chicago 2.
DETROIT at New York (2). New York at Chicago (2).
St. Louis at Washington (2). Brooklyn at Pittsburgh (2).
Chicago at Philadelphia (2). Philadelphia at Cincinnati (2).
Cleveland at Boston (2). Boston at St. Louis (2).
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