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THUR.SDA ', MY 24, 1944




Itaih9the IOuan 44
Daily Sports Editor

Senators Drop Second
Overtime Tilt to Tigers
Overmire Wins Fifth Victory on Error

This column is written by Bill Mullendore, Sports Night Editor.
We received a rather interesting letter the other day, regarding our
commentary on the recent All-Star game and taking exception in particu-
lar to our remarks concerning one Phil Cavaretta, first baseman of the
Chicago Cubs. The correspondent waxed a bit vitrolic on the subject
not only of the injury to the reputation of the aforementioned Cavaretta
but also on our mentality. Because the letter is too long, and also much
too heated, to be printed in full here, we present a few of the more perti-
nent excerpts and comment on them.
The writer opens by denying our assumption that Caveretta was
"something of a goat" and further asserts that he was "the shining
star of the game." There follows a lengthy summary of his per-
formances both at bat and in the field and a statement that his base-
running was "flawless," together with reasons why. Then the cor-
respondent continues with some general remarks as to Caveretta's
abilities on the diamond, calling him a "ball player's ball player."
The last paragraph is devoted to a lengthy discussion of our mental
prowess and a none too gentle hint that we "apply for entrance into
the state nuthouse." This, in essence, is a fair summary of the letter
as we received it.
In answering the above accusations, we would first like to point out
something which their writer overlooked, either intentionally or other-
wise. In the same sentence in which we termed Caveretta as "something
of a goat" we also unqualifiedly called him "hero of the night." In our
humble opinion, to choose one man from 50 players representing the pick
of 16 Major League ball clubs as a hero is something of a compliment.
We also devoted some four lines to a detailed account of his work
at the plate, giving him due credit for pounding out a single and a
triple and drawing three walks. We omitted his performance in the
field, not because it wasn't entirely adequate but because it is not
unusual for a first sacker of Major League calibre to handle 12 chances
without error. Such a nerformance is the rule rather than the
exception. Still, it was a good piece of work and entered into our
choice of Caveretta as the hero of the game.
The main thesis of the writer's argument concerns our contention
that Phil's base-running left something to be desired, a contention sup-
ported by the majority of sports writers around the nation. Caveretta,
an unusually fast man, was twice thrown out at the plate on plays on
which a runner is normally expected to score. On one occasion he was
tossed out from medium deep right field by Stan Spence, not a particu-
larly strong defensive outfielder.) The second time, he was a victim while
trying to score from second on'a ground-ball single into left. The writer
of the letter claims that "the play could have been called either way"
and uses as evidence the fact that the National Leaguers issued a protest
on the decision. To our nowledge there is no play in baseball which
"could be called either way." A runner is either safe or out, according
to the way the umpire sees it.
We do not condemn Caveretta for his unfortunate career on the
bases. He was undoubtedly a victim of circumstances. But one
must admit that for a man as speedy as the Cub first sacker to lose a
decision twice at the plate in thesamegame,andinthe All-Star Game
at that, is in the realm of the unusual.
There have been better hitting performances and finer fielding exhi-
bitions in All-Star games than Caveretta's. We could point to Charlie
Gehringer's feat of getting 10 hits in 20 tries during six of the dream
games, or Billy Herman's 13 safeties in 30 . appearances. The same
Gehringer handled 25 chances afield without error in those six games
while playing second base, a position more difficult to field than the initial

ELLIOTT STEALS SECOND-But it doesn't help. Bob Elliott, Pittsburgh third baseman (8) slides into
second safe on a steal as Roy Hughes (right) Cub Shortstop reaches for the ball on a wide throw from
Catcher Bill Holm. Umpire George Barr calls the play which occurred in the eighth inning at
Chicago. The efforts of Elliott did not produce a run though, and the Cubs won the first game, 1-0.

In Tenth Inning by C
DETROIT, July 19--(AP)--The
Detroit Tigers gained another extra
inning victory over the Washington
C Senators by winning 2 to 1 today
when Emil (Dutch) Leonard's de-
fense cracked wide open in the tenth
inning with three errors that broke
up the game. Yesterday Detroit won
in 11 innings. With the bases loaded
and none out, Roger Cramer rolled
to Joe Kuhel, whose throw to the
plate was muffed by the veteran
Rick Ferrell, permitting Frank Over-
mire to score the winning run. Over-
mire, who did a magnificent job of
scattering 11 hits, thus attained his
fifth victory of the season.
The only run off Overmire came
in the third inning when Rudy York
dropped an easy fly ball to permit
Leonard to score from third. The
Tigers squared it in the fifth on a
cheap run that developed on Ferrell's
passed ball.
Overmire resolutely stamped out a
threat in the Washington half of the
tenth. Then in the Tiger half, the
little pitcher opened by drawing the
only pass of the game. Kuhel booted
Joe Hoover's sacrifice and George
Myatt kicked Eddie Mayo's roller to
fill the bases. Ferrell topped off the,
fumblefest by dropping the throw
to the plate on Cramer.
The victory gave the Tigers a 2 to
0 series edge and a 9 to 3smargin
this season over Washington. De-
troit thus moved into a fourth place
tie with Washington and the Cleve-
land Indians, who downed the Phila-
delphia Athletics.
Overmire, who blanked the Chi-


cago White Sox in his last start.
should have had another shutout.
He spaced eight hits in the first five
innings, permitting only Leonard,
who scored, to advance to third base.
The Senators gave him no further,
trouble until the tenth when Johnny
Sullivan singled, took second on a
wild pitch and reached third on
Leonard's bunted single.
With first and third occupied and
none out, Overmire induced George
Case to pop up. Mayo threw Sulli-
van out at the plate on Myatt's rol-
ler, and Jake Powell grounded into a
force play.
The Tigers didn't do much with
Emil (Dutch) Leonard, who had a
four-game winning streak but even-
tually went down to his fifth defeat.
All told, the Tigers gathered seven
In the fifth Hostetler singled and
went to third when Joe Orrell crossed
up the Senator defense and tapped a
single to right when the infield rush-
ed in for a bunt. A passed ball while
Bob Swift was batting scored Hostet-
Detroit filled the bases in the ninth
on two singles and a hit batsman, but
Swift flied out to end the threat.
While voicing a heated claim that
Leonard committed a balk, Coach Al
Vincent was chased by umpire Hal
The defense gem was Stan Spence's
one-hand leaping catch of Cramer's
drive in the sixth. Cramer returned
to the lineup when Jimmy Outlaw
pulled a leg muscle in the first in-

atcher Rick Ferrell

Cubs Lose to Braves; Indians
Whip Athletics; Red Sox Defeated

Major League

Tenth Victory
For Andrews
BOSTON, July 19-(AP)-Airtight
pitching gave Nate Andrews his
tenth triumph of the season today
and enabled the Boston Braves to
shake the Chicago Cub jinx and de-
feat the visitors, 6 to 1, in the open-
er of a four-game series.
The lone Cub tally came in the
sixth when Roy Hughes and Phil
Cavaretta doubled in succession.
The Braves got off to a good start
in the first, filling the bases with
Max Macon's single, Tommy Hol-
mes' double and an intentional walk
to Ab Wright before Chet Ross
singled across two runs.
Three more tallies in the sixth
crossed the plate when Wright and
Ross singled and Dee Phillips waled.
After Bill Wietelmann forced Wright
at the plate, Andrews scored Ross
Chicago ......000 001 000- 1 7 1
Boston .......200 003 10x- 6 10 0
(Continued from Page 1)
Coming Events
The Graduate Outing Club will
meet Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the
northwest corner of the Rackham
Building for a hike.
All graduate and professional stu-
dents and alumni are cordially in-
vited to attend.



nsack. There are others, but these
will suffice as illustrations.
But, as we said before, no one has
ever been thrown out twice at the
plate under such circumstances. Cav-
aretta was lucky-the snuffed-out
runs did not have a bearing on the
outcome, but it is well within the
realm of possibility that they might
have. Suppose the final score had
been 3-2 in favor of the American
League. Those runs would have
looked mighty big.
We are not saying Cavaretta is not
a good ball player. On the contrary,
we commend him as one of the finer
first basemen extant. Nobody thought
of calling Joe DiMaggio a has-been
when he went hitless in five appear-
ances at bat and muffed two the
'36 classic, but he was the goat of
the game nevertheless. Nobody cast
any aspersions on Mickey Owen's
backstopping ability when he drop-
ped that famed third strike in the
'41 World Series, but he was the goat
chances in centerfield to boot back in
of the series.
We would take exception also with
the term "ball player's ball player"
as applied to Cavaretta. Such a
name is usually reserved for the Ty
Cobbs, the Babe Ruths, the George
Sislers, the Pie Traynors, the Walter
Johnsons, the Christy Mathewsons,
and other such immortals. In our
opinion the name of Phil Cavaretta
cannot be mentioned in the same
breath with them. But he is a fine
ball player, and he is also still "some-
thing of a goat" as far as the 12th
All-Star game is concerned.

Orval Grove
Wins Eighth
CHICAGO, July 19-(AP)-After
losing eleven straight games to the
Boston Red Sox this year, the White
Sox finally managed to squeeze out
a victory in their twelfth meeting to-
day 5 to 4.
The Chicagoans scored all their
runs on four singles and three pas-
ses in the fifth inning after Joe
Bowman held them hitless the first
four frames.
Orval Grove struck out eight and
walked none in pitching his season's
eighth victory, but for the sixth
straight start was unable to finish as
the Red Sox threatened in the ninth
with one away.
The Bostonians, trailing 5-3 go-
ing into the inning, scored once on
three singles and had the winning
run on base. Joe Haynes, relieving,
walked Joe Cronin, pinch hitting, to
fill the bases, but shortstop Jim Webb
started a game-ending double play
on Lou Finney's grounder.
Boston .......010 200 001- 4 10 1
Chicago ......000 050 00x- 5 6 2
Cleveland Beats
Mack men, 7-1
CLEVELAND, July 19-(AP)-The
Cleveland Indians pounced on pitch-
er Bob Newsom for a dozen hits
today as they defeated the Philadel-
phia Athletics 7 to 1. The victory
was the Tribe's second of the series
with the A's.
Philadelphia knotted the count at
one-all in the fourth on successive
singles by Hal Epps, Frank Hayes
and Dick Siebert, but Mickey Rocco
opened the Indians' half of the fifth!
with a home run.
Two walks and Ken Keltner's third
single of the game added another
Cleveland run in the fifth. The In-
dians collected three more in the sev-
enth on four hits and a Philadelphia
error. Two hits netted another run
in the eighth.
Philadelphia . .000 100 000- 1 9 2
Cleveland ....001 020 31x- 7 12 0
Empire Card
Thrills Fans
NEW YORK-(AP)--Wednesday's
Empire City card at Jamaica did not
lack for excitement. The featured
Eastview Stakes, captured by War
Jeep at $14.80 for $2, saw C. V.
Whitney's Hindu Kush hurt a leg
while acting up in his still gate and
then have to be withdrawn.
During the stretch run A. A. Bar-
oni's Top General suddenly broke
down and Jockey Hedley Woodhouse,
who was thrown when the colt's leg
snapped, narrowly escaped serious
injury but was badly shaken up.

St. Louis.......55
Cincinnati ......44
Pittsburgh ......41.
New York.......40
Philadelphia ....34
Chicago ........32
Brooklyn ........34
Boston ..........33

Boston 6, Chicago 1.
Cincinnati at Brooklyn, night.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, night.
Chicago at Boston (2).
Cincinnati at Brooklyn.
St. Louis at New York (2).
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia.

Official Issuing Agency Here - Bonds Issued Day or Night
Shows Continuous from 1 P.M.

St. Louis .......49
New York .......43
Boston ..........44
Detroit .........42
Cleveland .......42
Washington .....41
Chicago ........37
Philadelphia ....37




From The Moment They Met...ItF

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Detroit 2, Washington 1 (10
New York at St. Louis, night.
Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 1.
Chicago 5, Boston 4.
Washington at Detroit.
Boston at Chicago.
New York at St. Louis, night.
Philadelphia at Cleveland.
Massachusetts Handicap
Captured by First Fiddle
BOSTON, July 19.-(P)-Mrs. Ed
Mulrenan's grey First Fiddle, after
running fifth in the backstretch, put
on a blistering closing drive today to
beat the Millbrook. Stable's Alex
Barth by three quarters of a length
in the $50,000-added Massachusetts
Handicap before a 28,618 crowd at
Suffolk Downs. A. C. Ernst's Alquest
placed third in the eight-horse field.




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