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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1944



Crisler Puts Gridders Through Hard Drill

Roy Hughes Sparks Cubs in
Drive for First Division Spot

Hughson Hurts Red Sox
To 6-1 W in Over Tigers
DETROIT, July 27.-(P)--Behid >

the effective pitching of Cecil (Tex)
Hughson, who spaced six Detroit
Tiger hits to become the first Ameri-
can League pitcher this season to win
16 games, the Boston Red Sox de-
feated Detroit today 6 to 1.
Hughson, who has been beaten
only four times, struck out six and
walked none as the Red Sox backed
him with an 11-hit attack on three
Tiger hurlers. Frank (Stubby) Over-
mire, who started and was knocked
out in the third inning, was charged
with the loss, his 10th.
Boston jammed six hits and four
runs into the first three frames but
was quieted by Johnny Gorsica, who
relieved Overmire and pitched shut-
out ball for 4 2-3 innings.
The last two Red Sox markers
came in the ninth when outfielder
Leon Culberson pounded one of Wal-
ter (Boom Boom) Beck's slants into
the left field stands with Hal Wagner
on first and two out. It was Culber-
son's first homer of the season.
Hughson, who now has beaten the
Tigers three times against no defeats

this year, got his usually fine batting
support from his mates. Ex-Tiger
Pete Fox had three singles in four
trips. Only three Tigers reached base
besides the six who hit safely. Pinky
Higgins was hit on the left side by
one of Hughson's second inning
pitches; Jimmy Outlaw was safe on
a fielder's choice when he forced
Higgins in the seventh, and Dick
Wakefield made first on Joe Cronin's
error in the ninth.
Detroit bunched three hits in the;
seventh to score its only run. Rudy
York fanned to open the inning but
Wakefield hammered a double down
the left field line and Higgins singled
past Jim Tabor at third to send him
Boston .......1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2-6
Detroit .......0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0-11
Hughson -- Wagner (Boston);
Overmire, Gorsica, Eaton, Beck-

NIPPED AT THE PLATE-Ab Wright, Braves leftfielder, is tagged
out by Ray Mueller, Cincinnati catcher, in a close play at home plate
during fourth inning action at Boston (July 25). Wright tried to score
from second on a single to right field by Phil Masi but failed to beat
out Max Marshall's throw into Mueller. Reds won the game 6-2.
Success of Night Baseball
Amazed Skeptical Critics

- - _ _ - - ~ ~ ~-
1 Group of SKIRTS and SWEATERS
345 Maynard Street ..near the Arcade

-(AP)-It's pretty well known that
the horse-and-buggy men of major
league baseball looked with a jaun-
diced eye toward the night game
when it first was introduced by the
Cincinnati Reds back in 1935, few'
of them admitting the durned thing
was here to stay.
These die-hards must get a little
red around the gills now when they
look back on their expressed opin-
ions, although it's true enough that
if they had come out at that time
with the fiat prediction that some
day nearly all the major teams would
be playing at night whenever they
had the urge they would have been
considered dopey visionaries like the
guys who thought Germany and
Japan were getting ready for an-
other war.
Anyway, the general idea of the
baseball men at that time, summed
up in a review of the season in a
baseball guide for 1936, provides the
party of the first part in a then-and-
now situation.
From the 1936 guide:
"Cincinnati is the first major
league city in which night baseball
has been given a trial. It was a
success from the standpoint it was
most hoped it would be-attendance.

from the

The night games (seven) attracted
about 130,000 spectators.-It must
not be taken for granted that similar
attendance . would follow general
adoption of night baseball in the
major leagues."
Night baseball has been adopted to
the point where all but five parks are
equipped with lights, installed be-
cause the clubs found they could
profit as handsomely as Cincinnati
by playing at night.
From the 1936 guide:
"There is always the possibility
of being hit with a pitched ball,
which of course increases with the
playing of the game at night.''
Comparatively few beanings are
suffered in night games. In fact, the
most serious instances of hit bats-
men in recent years have occurred in
daylight games.
From the 1936 guide:
"The popularity of the novelty of
night baseball has so impressed other
owners that some who are seeking
means to increase attendance are
thinking of adopting it on their own
grounds. It is a fact, however, that
only thosetclubs favor it which are
rarely out of the second division."
The St. Louis Browns and the St.
Louis Cardinals, leading their re-
spective leagues, are among the
strongest proponents of the night
All of which is just an indication
of how easy it is to make wrong
guesses, says he after picking the
Browns for sixth place in the 1944
pennant race.
Tribe Swamps
New York, 8-1
CLEVELAND, July 27.-(P)-Allie
Reynolds pitched the Cleveland In-
dians to an 8-1 victory today, over
the New York Yankees, as the tribe
battered young Walter Dubiel for 13
hits, to take a 2-1 edge in their series.
Myril Hoag led the tribal attack
with four hits including two doubles.
He batted in three runs and scored
three others himself.
George Stirnweiss continued his
prolific hitting with three safeties,
one a double, and stole his 29th base
to increase his league lead.
As a result of their loss, the Yank-
ees dropped into a virtual tie for
third place with the Boston Red Sox.
Reds Spill Boston 4-2
BOSTON, July 27-(AP)-In com-
parative privacy-paid attendance
was 785-the Cincinnati Reds de-
feated the Boston Braves 4 to 2 to-
night in a twilight game which was
finished in a rainstorm.
The Reds' two runs in the fourth
resulted from an error. With one
out, catcher Ray Mueller singled and
went to third on Eric Tipton's single.
Cincinnati ... .000 200 020- 4 7 0
Boston .......000 001 100- 2 8 1
Konstanty and Mueller; Andrews,
Hutchinson and Kluttz, Masi.
Major League

Cr isler Drills
Wolverines oni
'T' Formation
New System Will Be
Alternated with Single I
Wingbaek Style Offense I
The famed and fabulous "T" for-'
mation dominated the Wolverine!
football scene yesterday as Coach H.
0. Crisler put his charges through
a brisk 45-minute scrimmage in
which plays off the "T" played a
major role.
Crisler introduced the "T" to Mi-
chigan two years ago, but has used
it sparingly as a surprise lineup to
throw the opposition off-stride. He
indicated yesterday that the same
procedure would be used again this
The basic Wolverine style of of-
fense is the old Notre Dame system, a
shift from a "T" into the single wing
with a wingback in motion. 'By run-
ning directly from the "T" occasion-
ally, a team may often catch the op-
posing linemen offstride.
Quarterback is Key
Yesterday's scrimmage showed po-
tential promise for the "T" but num-
erous fumbles and missed assign-
ments demonstrated that plenty of
work is needed before it will be ef-
Key man in the "T" is the quarter-
back who must handle the ball on a
short pass from center on every play,
either keeping it himself or handing
it off to one of the other three backs.
Joe Ponsetto occupies this important
post in the Michigan lineup.'
Stanford and Chicago Start It
Another requisite is a fast, hard-
hitting line which can open up a
hole with lightning speed. The "T"
moves with quick precision, and if
the hole ,is not opened at the right
instant, the play goes awry.
Although it is one of the oldest of-
fensive formations in the book, the
"T" was hailed as something new and
revolutionary a few years ago when
Stanford and the Chicago Bears sim-
ultaneously revived it. Both teams
enjoyed great success, and the sys-
tem was widely copied all over the
Leahy Takes Up "T"
Perhaps the prime Mid-Western ex-
ponent is Notre Dame where Frank
Leahy suddenly abandoned the style
which bears the name of the school
and took up the "T". His success
was forcefully demonstrated last fall
to Wolverine fans when the Irish
humbled the Maize and Blue, 35-12.
In spite of its meteoric rise in favor
around the nation, the "T" has prov-
ed to be no cure-all for mediocre
teams. Stanford's great backfield of
Albert. Standlee, Kmetovic, and Gal-
larneau made it click for Coach Clark
Shaughnessy, and the star-studded
rear guard of both the Bears and
Notre Dame made its performance
Although the Wolverines will prob-
ably never attain the proficiency of
these outfits in the intricacies of the
"T", they have the material to use
it to a limited extent.
While the "T" was being pushed
up and down the field in yesterday's
scrimmage, the second half of the
"Defiance Twins" combination Chuck
Wahl joined the injured list with a
badly gashed lip. His fellow Ohioan,
Gene Derricotte, suffered a recur-
rence of an ankle injury in Wednes-
day's practice. Both boys will be
back with the team shortly.


NEW YORK, July 26-(AP)-Roy
Hughes literally was blown back into'
baseball and today is largely respon-I
sible for the Chicago Cubs rise out
of the national league cellar into a
contending position for a first divi-
sion berth.
Hughes' diamond career virtually
was ended in 1940 when he emergedE
from a collision with Frank Crespi
with torn ligaments in his right
shoulder. Hughes was with the Mon-
treal Royals in the International
League at the time.
Hughes went home to Cincinnati
and while trying to thaw out some
tar in the basement of his home, the
tar exploded and severely burned him
on his arms and shoulders. Hughes
was in a hospital for weeks but when
he came out there was new life in his
dead arm.
"That explosion blew me right
back into shape. The doctors said

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