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Dodgers Losing Much of Their PastGlory

Bsoys Drilled
On Rudiments
Of Blocking


By The Associated Press
Boston is the current hot club of
the American League, and Cincinnati
is running a fever temperature in the
National, but there isn't any doubt
today about the temperature of the
Brooklyn Dodgers. It's a sub-zero
minus 10 for one of the longest losing
streaks of the 1944 season.
The Flatbush Flock hasn't won
since leaving the banks of the Go-
wanus, and needs only four more set-
backs in the week-end series with
Pittsburgh to tie the all-time Brook-
lyn record of 14, a disaster that befell
Burleigh Grimes' warriors, in 1937.
They still have three to go to equal

the Cubs' 13-game flop of early
Three defeats by Chicago, three
more by St. Louis and now four more
by Cincinnati, is the Brooklyn road
record; following Bucky Walters' 14th
victory of the season last night when
he hurled Cincinnati to a 10-4 tri-
umph at the expense of Rookie Ralph
Branca. It was the ninth Redleg win
in the last ten starts and Walters'
sixth in a row. Ray Mueller of Cincy
set a new consecutive game catching
record at 134, with 636 Muellers in
the stands as guests of the manage-
Bob Muncrief protected the Brown-

ies two and one-half game margin by a 5-0 edge over Orval Grove.
shutting out Philadelphia with four Bill Voiselle took a fall out of the,
hits, 5-0, with the help of Vern Ste- St. Louis Cardinals as he pitched the
phens' three-run homer. Woody New York Giants to a. 10-1 verdict
Wheaton, who started the season as that snapped a seven-game Card
an outfielder, lost his first pitching win streak. Al Jurisch was charged
start for the Mackmen. with the'defeat, the worst licking the

Ittking the I tn4
Daily Sports Editor




Borowy in Fine Form
Hank Borowy of the Yankees
turned up for a probable All-Star
appearance by whitewashing Cleve-
land on a four-hitter, 4-0, to decision
Mel Harder with Mike Milosevich
and Mike Barbark showing the way.
Mickey Haefner of Washington turn-
ed back Chicago with the third
American League four-hitter to earn

1943 champs have taken this season.
Chicago Cubs climbed back out of
the cellar at Boston's expense, 11-6,
with Bob Chipman outpointing Al
Javery although neither was there
at the finish. Bob Elliott with a
triple and two doubles led Pittsburgh
to a 6-5 nod over the Phillies as Nick
Strincevich took a win over Ken

Yanks Brl'eak Tiger Jinx to





Coast League
Pennant Race
Is Hard-Fouoht
LOS ANGELES-()-This is one
of the best of all pennant races in
the Pacific Coast League, and every-
body's happy.
Only five and one-half games
separate Oakland's Acorns, in first
place, from the Sacramento Solons,
who are in the cellar.
The players relish the fight. So
do the fans. In the first 11 weeks
of the torrid campaign 1,150,350
spectators'have turned out to watch
the proceedings. You don't have to
be told that this pleases the owners
no end. Attendance is up almost
100 per cent over last year. At this
stage of 1943 the league had drawn
Rowland Has Answers
Is the class of baseball better?
Why such a sharp increase in in-
terest? President Clarence "Pants"
Rowland, one of baseball's shrewd-
est observers, steps up to take his
cut at those questions.
"Last year, at this time, Los An-
geles was nine and one-half games
out in front of San Francisco," says
Rowland. "Sacramento, in last
place, was 28 games in the rear. Los
Angeles finished 21 games to the
good and Sacramento wound up 69
games away. That doesn't make for
crowd interdst.
"There may be more errors of
commission and omission this sea-
son, but there is a competitive
equality. Everybody is fighting all
the way. The umpires have found
they have to be on their toes. There
have been many spirited arguments
on close decisions and the crowds
love the way the clubs have been
battling tooth and toenail for every
Cleveland Rallies
To Whip Boston 8-5
BOSTON, July 7.-(/P)-The Cleve-
land Indians bunched two doubles
and a single off relief pitcher Mike
Ryba in the eighth inning to score
three runs and gain an 8 to 5 verdict
over the Boston Red Sox today in a
twilight game.
Cleveland ...102 110 030-8 11 0
Boston .....010 003 100-5 7 3
Gromek, Klieman, Heving &
Schlueter; Woods, Barrett, Ryba
& Wagner.

Nelson Lead
In Tourney
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - (P) -
With two scoring records being set
in as many days, the Golden Valley
course, a 6,582-yard championship
layout, has taken the beating of its
life and appeared doomed for more
par-busting today as some of the
country's top pros drew beads on a
double round of best-ball team com-
In yesterday's first round of the
126-hole marathon, which concludes
Sunday with the winning twosome
splitting a first prize of $1,600 in
war bonds, a total of 62 birdies and
four eagles were posted by the eight
competing teams.
Jug Leads
Leading the way was the favored
Jug McSpaden-Byron Nelson power-
house with a best-ball of 31-30-61
as compared with par 37-36-73.
They fashioned this phenomenal

core-an all-time team
par breaking-despite a
and a rain which pelted
for the last eight holes.
McSpaden, winn'er of
last 13 tournaments,
match most of the way.

record on
high wind
their faces
five of his
carried the
After tak-

ing a bogey six on the first hole
when he knocked two balls out of
bounds, he dropped a 40-foot chip
shot on the 498-yard sixth for an
eagle. This started him on a sensa-
tional streak during which he went
10 under par on nine consecutive
Get Four-Plus Rating
McSpaden-Nelson, runner-up for
the 1943 Golden Valley title, beat
Pvt. Chick Harbert and Mike Turne-
sa four-up in their first test of the
round robin matches. This gave
them a plus-four rating in the
scoring system and a tie for the
lead with Bill Kaiser-Bob Hamilton.
Seats for Major League
PITTSBURGH, July 7.- ()-
Pittsburgh baseball club officials to-
day were wishing they had room for
80,000 at next Tuesday's "dream bat-
tle" of the major leagues-the 12th
annual all-star game.
"Just think of all the equipment
we could buy for baseball teams in
the service," Sam Watters, vice-pres-
ident and secretary-treasurer of the
Pirates, said as he looked over a
veritable mountain of orders.

SETS RECORD-Ray Mueller, Cin-
cinnati Reds' catcher, set a new
Major League record for consecu-
tive games caught by working be-
hind the plate in the Reds' game
with Brooklyn Thursday for his
134th consecutive game.
Bill Wat son To
Diefend 'Crown
ELIZABETH, N. J.-(P)-Big Bill
Watson, former University of Mich-
igan track star and now a Detroit
policeman, will defend his national
AAU decathlon title in a two-day
meet at Warinanco park here this
Watson won the 10-event track
and field title in Cleveland in 1940
and repeated here last year. His
strongest competition is expected
from John Dick of Marquette, who
finished second in the Pentathlon
held here recently, and Nat Boyd of
Philadelphia, who placed fifth in
the 1943 decathlon.
The broad jump and shot put,
two of Watson's favorite events, and
the 100-meter dash, high jump and
400-meter run will be held Saturday.
The pole vault, 100 meter high hur-
dles, javelin throw and 1,500 meter
run are scheduled for Sunday.
All those interested in trying out
for The Daily Sport Staff should
consult Hank Mantho at the Stu-
dent Publications Building as soon
as possible.

Bonha Hurlsi
Five-Hitter To
Best Overmire
NEW YORK, July 7-(P)-For the
first time in six games and the sec-
ond time this season, the champion
New York Yankees defeated the
Detroit Tigers today when Ernie
Bonham pitched a five-hitter for'
a 3 to 1 decision.
Bonham, who bowed twice to the
Tigers when he had the misfor-
tune of encountering Paul Trout,
outhurled Frank (Stub) Overmire,
who was the victim of the other
Yankee victory May 11. It was
Bonham's fourth victory and Over-
mire's eighth defeat.f
Overmire Taken Out
The Yankees scored single runs in
the second, sixth and seventh in-
nings before Overmire was lifted for
a pinch hitter. Rufe Gentry worked
a hitless eighth, so all eight safeties
were against Overmire.
Only one Tiger advanced past
second base and he scored in the
eighth to deprive Bonham of a shut-
out. Rudy York singled to open the
inning and advanced on Roger Cra-
mer's infield out. York scored on
Bob Swift's single to left.
Lindell Starts Spree
Johnny Lindell beat out an in-
field hit to open the Yankee second.
Tuck Stainback, former Tiger who
recently returned to the lineup, sin-
gled to third whence he scored on
Nick Etten's roller.
The Yankees got an unearned run
for the winning margin in the sixth.
Stainback got life on Pinky Higgins'
error and advanced on Etten's sacri-
fice. Light-hitting Oscar Grimes
then drilled a single to center, scor-
ing Stainback.
Stirnweiss Scores Final Run
The speed of George Stirnweiss
set up the final Yankee run in the
seventh. With two out, Stirnweiss
worked Overmire for a pass and stole
second, his 20th theft in 22 times
this season. After Bud Metheny
walked, Lindell singled to left and
Stirnweiss sailed home.
The defeat left the Tigers with a
6 to 2 season edge over the Yankees.
The two clubs meet in a single game
tomorrow and a double-header Sun-
day, winding up Detroit's Eastern
trip that has produced -five victories
and six defeats.
Lefty Hal Newhouser will bid for
his 13th victory while opposing Bill
Zuber on the mound tomorrow.
Paul Trout and Johnny Gorsica are
slated to pitch for Detroit Sunday.
Detroit ............ 000 000 010-1
New York ......... 010 001 lOX-3
Bonham, Garbarck; Overmire,
Gentry, Swift.

This column tonight is being written by Bill Mullendore, a junior night editor
on the Daily sport staff.
THE BIGWIGS of Major League baseball are learning a lesson this
year--the hard way--and they are learning it from a club which they
have been deriding foi he past decade, the St. Louis Cardinals. For sev-
eral years now, the powers that be in professional baseball have been
collectively looking down their noses at the Cardinal farm system and the ,
practices of the St. Louis front office in maintaining it, but the war brings'
on many changes and one of them has made the owners of the other 15
clubs do a right-about-face.
The trend since the early '30's has been so, reduce farm systems
#and let the huge bankroll.4 of rich club owners do the work of acq3 ir-
Ing new talent. Even the New York Yankees, prime exponents of tb4irm
clubs, have drastically curtailed their minor league affiliations in re-
cent years. Everybody got out of the business of growing ball players
and started to buy them, that is, everybody but St. Louis.
While the other teams scoffed, the Cardinal front office went right
on with its policy of grabbing likely-looking prospects off the sandlots and
out of high schools, signing them to contracts, and shipping them off toy
the minors for seasoning. In this way, the parent club was ass'dred of a
steady stream of experienced players during hormal times and a large
backlog for an emergency.
One needs only to glance at the records to see what this system
has accomplished. In the pre-war years, the Cardinals regAned the
prestige of their Gas House Gang days of the early '30's and climbed
back up to the top of the Senior circuit, climaxing the upsurge by win-
ning pennants in '42 and '43. Immediately preceding the ney reign
of the Cardinals, the Brooklyn Dodgers held away. At that time the
Bums boasted one of the finest aggregations in baseball, but they
failed to replace the aging veterans and so skidded out of the running.
I HE ADVENT of the war only hastened the inevitable. All of the teams
were hit and hit hard by the drafting of a large portion of their star
performers. But the clubs with the reserves were the ones to feel it least,
and it was no accident that the St. Louis Cardinals were ?the only outfit
with adequate reserves. The others waved their bankrolls ii vain as play-
ers became as scarce as the proverbial hen's teeth and asking prices on
spavined veterans zoomed out of all proportion to their worth.
At this stage, St. Louis is making a mockery of the so-called National
League race. The Cards currently enjoy an eight-game advantage over
their nearest rival and are extending it every day. Some, observers predict
that they will finish 20 games in front, a tremendous margin, but it is a
foregone conclusion that they will waltz away with the pennant and prob-
ably the World Series as well.
Perhaps after the war, when the almighty ydollar once more as-
sumes its place in Major League baseball circles, the Cards will lose
their stranglehold, but for the duration it is secure. What is more, it
is apt to continue for some years hence while the. other clubs go
through the throes of reorganization and rebuilding. The cry of "Break
up the Cardinals" may yet be heard in baseball circies, just as the old
shout of "Break un the Yankees" once reverberated through the ranks.
The. Yankees broke themselves up by relying on the dollar sign; the
Cardinals will never make that mistake.
AND WHEN the cry does arise, the Cardinal office can laugh some more.
Every team had the same opportunity. The Cards took advantage of
it. And they are now reaping the profits of a system which only a few
years ago was universally cond.emned as unsound.

Forward Wall Short
On Experienced Men;
Search for Fast Back
With the temperature hovering
around the 100 degree mark, Head
Coach "Fritz" Crisler concluded
Michigan's first week of football
practice by sending his squad of 130
eager aspirants through a blistering
Today's session was devoted entire-
ly to familiarizing the boys with their
blocking assignments. The candi-
dates were taught six blocks which
are an essential part of every play.
Those blocks are in, through and out
of the hole blocks, cut off blocks.
check " blocks and backerup blocks.
After learning these blocks, the
boys then ran through a few plays.
The purpose of this was to get the
players fully acquainted with Michi-
gan's system of signals. The workout
was concluded with five wind sprints
of 20 yards apiece.
After three days of practice it's
quite obvious .that Michigan is heav-
ily devoid of experienced personnel,
especially in the line positions.
Bauman Improves
In the forward wall big 6 ft. 2 in.
Clim Bauman looks like the boy to
watch. Bauman seems greatly in-
proved over last season and his strap-
ping frame should be a real nemesis
to enemy opposition.
Other returning lettermen in the
line are Harold Watts and Art Ren-
ner. William Sigler, a reserve guard
last year, is expected to report for
duty in the very near future.
As far as freshman line prospects
go, there are several boys worth not-
ing. They are Dick Rifenberg, an
all-state end from Saginaw, Quentin
Sickels, an all-stater from Benton
Harbor, and Charles Wahl, 190 pound
center from Defiance, O.
Wiese. Tops List
Five lettermen from last year's
Wolverine backfield are returning for
the 1944 season. Captain-elect Bob
Wiese from Jamestown, N.D., heads
this quintet of veteran performers.
The other four touchdown makers
are Bob Nussbaumer. Joe Ponsetto,
Don Lund and Jim Aliber. The prob-
lem with this backfield is that Nuss-
baumer is the only speedy back and
the other four boys rely on power
plays 'to pick up their yardage. A
fast tailback will have to be found to
round out the. Wolverine backfield.

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Major League Standings
W L Pct. GB W L Pct. GB
St. Louis ........43 32 .573 -- St. Louis......48 20 .706 -
Boston ..........40 35 .533 3 Cincinnati ......40 32 .556 10
New York .......37 34 .521 4 Pittsburgh ......37 30 .552 101/2
Chicago ........ 33 34. .493 6 New York ...... 36 37 .493 142
Washington ..... 36 37 .493 6 Brooklyn ........33 41 .446 18
Cleveland .......36 39 .480 7 Philadelphia . .. .31 39 .443 18
Detroit ..........35 40 .467 8 Chicago .........27 39 .409 20
Philadelphia .... 32 41 1438 10 Boston..........29 43 .403 21
New York 3, Detroit 1. Pittsburgh 13, Brooklyn 2.
Cleveland 8, Boston 5 (twilight). Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2.
St. Louis at Washington (night). Chicago 3-2, New York 2-6.
Chicago at Philadelphia (night). Boston at St. Louis, night.
Detroit at New York. Boston at St. Louis.
St. Louis at Washington. Brooklyn at Pittsburgh.
Cleveland at Boston. New York at Chicago.
Chicago at Philadelphia. Philadelphia at Cincinnati.
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A love haunted by nameless
evil in a house of terror . ..
a love that fought to free
itself of unseen hate!
Ray Milland Ruth Hussey
Donald Crisp
Cornelia Otis Skinner
and introducing
Gail Russell

Last Day

from I P.M.


to the lilting music of BILL LAYTON and
his orchestra in the air-conditioned ball-
rooe of the UNION Saturday night from
9 till 12.

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