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By BILL MULLENDORE, Daily Sports Editor
THE TOP PIECE of news from the world of sport right at the moment
concerns Joe McCarthy's attempt to resign as manager of the New
York Yankees and Yankee owner Larry McPhail's refusal to accept said
It has long been rumored that McCarthy would retire soon, perhaps
at the close of the present season, but the Yankee pilot's unexpected action
still struck the sports world with considerable force. Even though plagued
by more or less chronic illness, McCarthy still strikes the average fan as
something of an indestructible entity, a guy who seemingly goes on for-
Very few managers in the history of the game can look back on a
careet as successful or as apparently soul-satisfying. As manager of
the "Bronx Bombers," McCarthy has led eight teams into World Series
playoffs and has come off the winner in six of them. And when Mc-
Carthy's teams weren't winning pennants, they were always giving
someone a terrific battle for the coveted top spot.
AGAIN, probably no manager has handled so many great ball players in
his day. Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Vernon (Goofy) Gomez, Charlie
Rfuffing, Red Rolfe, Bob Muesel, Joe Gordon, Tony Lazerri, Frank Crosetti,
Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Keller, and a veritable host of others have all passed
under his sway at one time or another. Practically all of the famed "Mur-
derers Row" and its several successors have passed from the scene now,
but their names live on in baseball history..
McCarthy left his mark in the managerial field as a perfectionist, as a
man who demanded the impossible-and often got it. His teams played
as mechanically perfect a brand of baseball as has ever been achieved in
the annals of the game.
With the onset of the war, the Yankees were hit harder than most
clubs. Star players drifted away until now the 1945 New York club
is only a spectre of former greatness. It must seem just a little queer
to a man who made a habit of managing champions to find his team
wallowing in the unfamiliar depths of the second division.
But all good things must come to an end, and apparently McCarthy has
very nearly approached his own personal end as manager of the Yankees.
Even if he does stick out this season, the odds are against his putting in an
appearance for the 1946 pennant chase. The game will lose a great leader
and a great man with his passage.
AMONG the odd items worth noting in the world of baseball is the
remarkable comeback Louis Norman (Buck, Bobo) Newsom, the
man who, by his admission, is the greatest ditcher in baseball. Roly-
poly Bobo has never been quite the same since he pitched the Detroit
Tigers to a pennant, and almost to a world's championship, back in
1940. In the ensuing years he has gone steadily downhill, but recent
developments would seem to indicate that there is life in the old
Newsom has won his last four outings after losing 12 games in a row
for the Philadelphia Athletics. Over the 36-inning stretch, he has given
up just three runs and 14 hits, which is pretty fair pitching in any league.
Climaxing his performance was a nifty whitewash job of the league-leading
Detroit Tigers Monday night, in which he blanked the Bengals, 1-0, and
drove in his team's only run to best Stubby Overmire in a fine mound duel.j
Major League Standins .. .
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
W L Pct. *GB W L Pt. *GB
Detroit .... .47 36 .566Chicago ..........52 32 .624 ...
Washit....... 44 39 .530 3 S st. Louis .........50 38 .568 4,
Chicago n......44 41 .518 4 Brooklyn .........49 39 .557 51
Bhigos ..44 41 .518 4 Pittsburgh........48 42 .533 7'
Boston...........44 41 .518 4
St. Louis.41 40 .506 5 New York .........47 45 .511 912
. 40uis1......Bos4on40..5.6.541 47 .466 1312L
New York.....42 40 .512 4 C a4Boston. 11%
Cleveland........40 43 .482 7 Cincinnati ........40 42 .488 11/
Philadelphia......30 52 .366 16 Philadelphia ......25 68 .269 32
*Games behind leader. Games behind leader.
THURSDAY'S GAMES Pittsburgh at St. Louis, night.
Philadelphia at New York. Cincinnati at Chicago.
Only game scheduled. Only games scheduled.
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"GENERAL" CRISLER AND HIS STAFF-Michigan's grid tacticians put their heads together to concoct
plans for victory in the -coming football battles. Lef t to right: "Biggie" Munn, line coach; Earl Martineau,
backfield coach; Head Coach "Fritz" Crisler; Bennie O osterbaan, end coach; Art Valney, assistant coach and
(kneeling) Bill Barclay, assistant coach.
Tells 01 About
Writes About Ferriss,
Nelson, Other Notables
By WHITNEY MARTIN
Associated Press Columnist
Sgt. Joe Smith,
U. S. Army,
Still no word from you. I guess
you must be in the army of occupa-
tion, although I don't see why they
picked you as you never had an occu-
pation in your life. Now if it had
been an army of reputation, that
would have been different. Boy,
what a reputation you have!
Taking a Rest
Seriously, Joe, I miss you, and the
reason I haven't written is because I
was in the army of, vacation for a
while. I'll try to give you a whiff of
the sports news, although nothing
much has happened.
The Cubs are beginning to be taken
seriously in the National League race,
and I'm beginning to think that when
I picked the Cardinals it was a typo-
graphical error. Charley Grimm seems
to have everything, including a lead
of four games or so.
Tigers Lead League
The Tigers still are hanging on by
their - eyebrows in the American
League. They haven't been getting
too many runs, although maybe I told
you Hank Greenberg is back with
them. They seem to be as good as
any of the others, though, and I still
think they can do it. They played a
24-inning 1-1 tie with, of all teams,
the last-place Athletics the other
day. Maybe that's what you'd call
a neck and neck tie. -Maybe not,
Boo Ferriss, the Red Sox pitcher,
had won something like 17 games
while losing two the last time I
That guy should be incorporated.
He's a whole pitching staff himself.
ODT Racing Ban
Possibly you heard that the ODT
put a ban on transportation of race
horses from track to track by public
carrier. I guess those horses I bet
on thought there had been a ban on
travel all the time. They never get
any place. Or any show either, for
Byron Nelson, as expected, won the
P. G. A. title, and then his back went
back on him and he was ordered to
rest, thus missing the St. Paul open.
His fellow pros probably will be ask-
ing him solicitously: "Your back isn't
any better, is it, I hope, I hope?"
Navy Secretary Forrestal and Ad-
miral Nimitz suggest that the World
Series winner make a tour of the
Pacific War Theatre. Such a tour
has been suggested off and on since
the war started, but never before by
anyone whose words were more than
just sound, so maybe something will
come of it this time.
That's about all, Joe. As I say,
nothing much has happened. I saw a
headline the other day I thought was
funny. It said: "Queer-looking Plug
Amazes Veteran Casters." That must
have been the horse I had in the last
By Herbert Ruskin
... That as far as Michigan's All-
Americans go, there have been more
centers, guards and halfbacks than
any other position. Each of these
three positions holds five All -Amer-
ican berths. Fullbacks and tackles
fellow with four apiece, while ends
and quarterbacks trail with three
and two respectively. This makes a
total of 28 men. The last two men to
make college football's Hall of Fame
were tackle Merv Pregulman and
fullback Bill Daley.
... That the Michigan Stadium
is the biggest of all the schools in
the Western Conference. Its ca-
pacity of 85,753 is more than 13
thousand more than that of the
Ohio State field. The smallest of
all the schools is the Camp Ran-
dall Stadium at Wisconsin. It has
room for about 45,000 spectators.
That the Western Conference
was founded by the Presidents of the
Universities of Michigan, Chicago,
Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pur-
due and Northwestern. Indiana and
Iowa were admitted in 1899, four
years after the founding of the Con-
ference. Ohio State, the last school
to enter the Big Ten. did so in 1912.
. That Bob Wiese, Michigan
fullback who was transferred by
the Navy in the middle of the 1944;
season, finished third among the
Big Ten scoring leaders. He fin-
ished 12 points below Dimanscheff,
who led the Conference with 54
Beat Cubs, Sox
Bruins Are Shut Out;
Feller Hurls 3-Hitter
GREAT LAKES, Ill., July 25-VP)---
A former Chicago High School ath-
lete, 18 year old Johnny Groth, be-
came the most popular seaman at
Great Lakes today when he belted
out a double to drive in a run and
give the Bluejackets a 1 to 0 victory
over the Chicago Cubs.
Bob Feller displayed his old form
on the mound, allowing only threej
hits to the National League leadingI
Cubs, whose defeat was their first
shut-out in a daytime game this
In the seventh, after Bill Nichol-
son and Phil Cavarretta had drawn
walks, and an error by Walker Coop-
er had loaded the bases, Feller
fanned Ed Sauer and Dewey Wil-
liams to retire the side.
Chicago Cubs 000 000 000-0 3 0
Great Lakes 000 000 01x-1 9 2
Hanyzewski, Starr (7) and Gilles-
pie, Williams (7); Feller and Cooper.
* * *
Sox Beaten by Fliers
FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, N. Y.,
July 25 -P)-- The Floyd Bennett
Field Naval Air Station today
trounced the Chicago White Sox,
12-9, in a free-hitting exhibition
watched by more than 4,000 men.
Oris Hockett of the Sox homered
in the second inning with nobody on.
Trying for Top Positions
Quarterback Spot Again Filled by Ponsetto;
Weisenberger to Return for Fall Practice
As the Wolverine football squad nears the end of the fourth week of
summer practice every spot on the varsity lineup is being keenly contested
for by the hopeful 1945 grid candidates.
Captain Joe Ponsetto seems to be the only member of the squad that
has his position cinched. Starring in the quarterback's berth on last
season's eleven, Ponsetto established himself as one of the best blockers in
the country, as was evidenced by his'_
being selected to the All-American speed and are accomplished ball-
blocking team. handlers.
Backfield coach, Earl Martineau, At the right-half slot Warren Bentz
feels that Ponsetto is set to handle and Hank Fonde are slugging it out,
the "brain-trust" position, and be- while Jim Foltz and George Chiames,
both newcomers, are working out for
lieves that Ponsetto's experience will the fullback job.
count heavily in holding together the Competition for line positions is
neophite backfield, hot and heavy at the present writing.
The other backfield positions are Harry Watts, who shared the center
Theothr bckfel poitins reberth with John Lintol on the '44
being fought for, tooth and nail, by brewtappenrs tolho it'n
the opefl nwcomrs.Howeercrew, appears to have his position
the hopeful newcomers. However, pretty much in the bag. Watts was
there is evidence that this competi-prtymcinhebg Wasws
tion will be even more intense when playing sterling ball at the end of
Jack Weisenberger, '44 letterwin- last season and gives evidence, ac-
ner from Muskegon Heights, turns cording to head line coach Biggie
up for fall practice Aug. 27. Munn, of turning in another banner
Weisenberger, who played halfback Lintol, who has been working out
last year, appeared to be one of the at tackle for most of the summer
most promising members of the drill, has ,been promoted to first
squad. Although a freshman, he par- string guard, where he and Stu
ticipated in most of the games and, ,ave been aternatmCanton,
toward the end of the season, was
performing with no mean ability. This past week's forward wall drills
perfrmig wth o man biltyhave been characterized by a great
Weisenberger is somewhat of a triple- deal f interchanging of positions.
threat man, excelling in long-range Bob Callahan, ex-Missouri center,
punting as well as running and pass- who has just returned to practice aft-
ing. er a tonsillectomy, has been switched
Meanwhile Pete Elliott and Walt from guard to tackle.
Teninga are the leading tryouts for After practicing at the flanks for
the halfback post. Both Elliott, 190 several weeks, Joe Soboleski, from
pound, six-foot Navy man from Grand Rapids, Mich., has moved
Bloomington, Ill.; and Teninga, a into the third varsity post. James
freshman, who made a name for him- Rehberger, West Allis, Wis., ap-
self playing for Chicago's Morgan pearsto be settled in the tackle
Park High School, have plenty of position, although he has also been
drilling at guard.
DLLeading the field of end prospect-
Detr it L neupives are Ed Bahlow and Don Her-
shberger. Bahlow has played two
mforyears of college ball for Wisconsin,
while Hershberger, who hails from
Freeport, Ill., was a mainstay of the
Chisox Series Freeport High School squad.
DETROIT, July 25-(P)-The De-
troit Tigers, still three games ahead
of the pack in the American League
flag fight, came home today after I34.
their worst two-week stretch of theyou a
season, beaten eight times in12games
in the East.
Manager Steve O'Neill hinted of LOV
at least one change in the Tiger
lineup by the opening of a three-
game set with the Chicago White
Sox here Friday. Jim Outlaw, who in the
has been sharing the left field pob
with Hank Greenberg, may shift
to third to relieve Bobby Maier.
Outlaw played the hot corner in the
Minors and during Big League
stints at Boston and Cincinnati.
Catcher Paul Richards, sent home * You woen who have sons,
from Boston two weeks ago to under- brothers, husbands among
go treatment for a sprained ankle; America's fighting men don't
Pitcher Paul (Dizzy) Trout, recover-
ing from a siege of illness, and pitch- need to be told the impor-
er Joe Orrell, who 'has been out with
a sprained back, are all expected to fince of tin salvage.
be ready for service in the White Sox You know tin is a vital war
series, O'Neill said.
The St. Louis Browns follow Chi-
cago into Briggs Stadium, after which -needed to make protective
the Tigers move to Chicago for a
five-game series before returning containers for blood plasma,
home to stand off an invasion of East- medicines, and food-needed
em clubs making their third inter- for shells, raIios, teiephones,
AROUND THE CLOCK WITH WPAG
THURS., JULY 26, 1945
Eastern War Time
7:15-Sleepy Head Serenade
8:45-Bouquet for Today,
9:45-Lean Back & Listen.
10:15-What Do You Know.
11:30-Farm & Home Hour.
12:25-college & Martial
12:45-Man on the Street.
1 :10-Dick Gilbert.
1:45-Marie Green-Al &
1:55-Today's Hit Tune
2:15--U. of M.
3:05 Fred FeibeI
4:30--Ranch Boys and Bet-
4:45---Misch Borr and Orch.
5:05-Music for Listening.
5:30-Rec. Room Rythms.
6 :30--Telephone Quiz.
6:45-Flashes From Life.
7 :25--Band of the Week.
7:30-A. A. Civic Program.
8:15--Put & Take It.
8:45--Johnny Green & ,
There will be a meeting of
Sphinx, junior honor society, to-
night at 7:00 p. m. (EWT) at the
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