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Daily Sports Staff


BEFORE ,THIS season got under
way, those pronosticators who
didn't save the National League cel-
lar slot for the Phillies out of sheer
force of habit reserved it for a team
without enough punch to worry a
port sider with an amputated left
arm, the Cincinnati Reds.
Now as the mid-way mark is be-
hind the teams, we find those sur-
prising, but still punch-less Reds
grimly holding a spot in the first
division. The surprising thing about
the situation is that you don't hear
anyone asking "How are they do-
ing it?"
The answer is actually too obvious
to require any questions. The answer
is Bill McKechnie. Without any of
Lippy Durocher's managerial pyro-
technics and without any of Lip-
py's power, Deacon Bill has, to date
done the job of the year.
McKechnie manages a ball club a
lot like the way Charlie Gehringer
used to play second base, doing the
right thing at the right time with-
out any fuss or flash.
The Deacon camed Upwithra rookie
third baseman named Grady Hat-
ton, an elongated right hander with
a whiplike delivery, Ewell Blackwell,
and a new second sacker, Bobby Ad-
ams. He started theseason with an
outfield that had never been able to
hit. Al Libke, a converted pitcher,.
occasionally hits a long ball, so he
was elected clean-up man. Speedy
Dain Clay began the season in cen-
ter, but his weak hitting made Mc-
Kechnie convert infielder Lonnie
Frey to take over Clay's slot. Rookies
Usher and Lukon and Max West,
purchased from Boston, have been al-
ternating as the third outfielder.
TjO OFFSET the lack of batting
punch, McKechnie had Eddie
Miller, one of the best defensive
shortstops in the game,,and the best
catching staff in the League with
H ighlights fomth
from the
Sports World
By The- Associated Press
Dodgers Nip Cards
'ROOKLYN, July 30 -Brooklyn
stretched its National League lead
to 31/2 games over the challeng-
ing St. Louis CardinaIs tonight as
Rube Meton spun a four-hit 2-1
victory over the Red Birds for his
first victory of the season.
When Melton wavered in the ninth,
Manager Le.o Durocher called in Hank
Behrman who put out the blaze with
the help of a brilliant play by Eddie
Stanky who gobbled up Harry Walk-
er's roller on the short stop side of
second -base and backhanded to Pee
Wee Reese in time to make a vital
force on Whitey Kurowski.
Major League

Ray Mueller and Ray Lamanno. The
pitching was of the question mark
The season has gone along just
as expected. The Reds are just
about the weakest hitting team in
either league, and they get just
enough to win ball games. At the
beginning of the season, Blackwell
and Joe Beggs came through to
spark the pitching staff. When they
faded, old Bucky Walters and
Johnny Vander Meer hitched up
six game winning streaks to keep
the Reds going.
The other day they dropped a
double header to the Giants and a
few interested people began mut-
tering something about "there go the
Reds." The next day Cincinnati
came back and took two from the
same Giants to boost their fourth
place margin to two full games
over Boston.
If Buck McCormack's big bat was
still in Cincinnati, the Reds might
be right in the pennant scrap, but
the Deacon believed that the big
first baseman would do better away
from Redland where McCormack
was getting the "Wakefield treat-
ment" from the fans.
The McKechnie magic that made
twenty game winners out of Lou Fet-
te and Jim Turner, a pair of 30-
year-old rookies, and enabled a med-
iocre Boston team finish in the first
division a few years ago, has never
been more in evidence than during
this current campaign. The sight of
Deacon Bill and his hitless wonders
clinging tenaciously to the first di-
vision must make such power laden
clubs as Pittsburgh and New York
wonder if some kind of saliva test for
the McKechnie men might not be
in order.
There will be a meeting of all
softball managers of Fraternity
and Residence Hall teams tonight
in Room 301 in the Michigan
Union. The purpose is to select
the members for the all-star team.

Trucks Beats
New York in
Thriller, 6-5'
DETROIT, July 30-(AP)-The De-
troit Tigers climbed within a single
game of second place in the Ameri-
can League by squeezing out a 6 to 5
drama-packed victory over the New
York Yankees today as Virgil (Fire)
Trucks struck out 13 Yankee bats-
Yankee homers by Tommy Henrich,
Charley Keller and Aaron Robinson
produced four runs for the Bronx
Bombers off Trucks' fast one.
Henrich's home run, his 10th of the
season, was his third off Trucks, who
now has been tagged for 10 homers
by the Yanks alone.
Keller's last came after Stirnweiss
had walked in the sixth and Robin-
son's clout, also in the sixth, was New
York's 15th circuit swat in Briggs
Stadium this season.
Virgil's total of 13 strikeouts gave
him a total of 129 for the 22 games
in which he has worked and the
single game effort equalled Hal New-
houser's best strikeout day this sea-
son, when he also fanned 13 men
against Washington.
With Hal Newhouser on the shelf
temporarily with an ailing left el-
bow, Al Benton drew the Detroit
pitching assignment against New
Yorks tomorrow, opposing Marius Rus-

Arm Injury To Sideline
Newhouser for Week
DETROIT, July 30-- (A)- Hal
Newhouser, the Detroit Tigers'
20-game' winner, discovered to-
day that a nerve injury in the
elbow of his pitching arm will
keep him out of action for about
a week.
Trainer Jack Homel of the Tig-
ers said the ace left-hander would
miss his regular pitching turns
Wednesday against the New York
Yankees and Sunday against the
Boston Red Sox.
Homel said the injury had noth-
ing to do with bone chips located
earlier this year in Newhouser's
left elbow.
Flam Advances
In NetTourney
KALAMAZOO, Mich., July 30-
()-Herbie Flam, 17-year-old Bever-
ly Hills, Calif., schoolboy, shooting
for his second straight National Jun-
ior Tennis Championship, over-
powered Bob Alexander of Waco,
Texas, 6-1, 6-2, today to pace the
parade of favorites into third round
singles matches at Kalamazoo Col-
Len Steiner from Brooklyn, N.Y.,
seeded No. 7, dropped the first set
but rallied to whip Charles Schaaf
of Highland Park, Ill., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Fight May Be
Held in Detroit
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK, July 30-Promoter
Mike Jacobs disclosed tonight that he
was considering the possibility of
shifting the heavyweight champion-
ship fight between Joe Louis and Ta-
mi Mauriello from New York's Yan-
kee Stadium to Detroit, the Champ-
ion's home town.
Jacobs said he had conferred with
Michigan Boxing Commissioner John
Hettche by telephone today and that
the latter asked him if it would be
possible to take the fight to Detroit,
whose fans want to see Louis in ac-
tion again.
The promoter said he told Hettche
he would see what could be done and
that if he could make suitable ar-
rangements he might stage the bout
in the Motor City instead of the Yan-
kee Ball Park, where it is now sched-
uled for Sept. 18.
* * *
DETROIT, July 30-(R')-Plans for
holding the Joe Louis-Tami Mauriel-
lo fight here received a setback al-
most immediately when George M.
Trautmann, General Manager of the
Detroit Tigers, said Briggs Stadium
would not be made available for such
a fight.
Trautmann said the current policy
of the Tigers is to use the Stadium
for baseball, football and civic events.

Hot Weather Gridiron Session
Endyn Western Conference
By ALYS GEORGE trainees stationed on campus.
For the first time in three sum- students the gridders had to ta
mers Michigan's football forces are part in the FEM program anywa
taking life easy, and both Coach and their time could best be spe
H. 0. "Fritz" Crsler and his players in learning the fundamentals of tl
welcome the change with open arms. Crisler system.
Although stating that the sum- Practice Started Earlier
mer practice sessions during the war In 1944 and 1945 summer footb
years were valuable in conditioning Ina1944e n dthe4BiguT e r was b g
freshmen to take the place of more practice in the Big Ten was begr
experienced players, Crisler believes even earlier. Coaches could never
that under normal conditions it is sure of their player material fro
too hot in July and August for the one day to the next and more ti
gridders to get enough benefit out of was needed to develop their team
summer football practice It is to which had to be formed around
be presumed that the men agree small nucleus of returning lette
Rules Relaxed' men.
Before the war Big Ten rules limit- With the end of the war-ti
ed grid practice to three weeks before emergency and the return to a reg
the season's opener, thus all teams lar two semester school year, t
started off on an equal footing. But Western Conference has begun
with the uncertainty of player ma- reinstate its athletic rules. Althou
terial and the introduction of a freshmen are still eligible to roa
regular summer term, the Conference the gridiron this fall, the return
rules were relaxed; and in 1943 a so many veterans to school will ma
four-week summer practice session it difficult for 17 and 18 year olds
was allowed, limited to only one week break into the line-up.
of contact work. Therefore, the powers that be
This extra time alloted for football the Big Ten have cut out summ
practice was needed to condition the football practice entirely and ha
17 and 18 year old freshmen, upon limited pre-season workouts to f
whom many schools depended to car- weeks. This year the Michigan gri
ry on their gridiron campaigns. ders will report for practice Augi
Many football candidates were al- 26, which gives them a month to g
so drawn from the Navy and Marine the feel of a pigskin once more.

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Brooklyn .......59
St. Louis....... 55
Chicago .......51
Cincinnati . ... 45
Boston ........ 44
New York......43
Philadelphia .. 40
Pittsburgh .... 37

L Pct. GB
36 .621..
39 .585 3 /
43 .543 7
48 .484 13
49 .473 14
53 .448 16
51 .440 17
55 .402 21






New York 3, Chicago 2
Brooklyn 2, St. Louis 1
PhiladelphiOi. 8, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh at Boston, postponed




New York...... 57
Detroit ........ 55
Washington ..50
Cleveland ......46
St. Louis .......41
Philadelphia ... 28+

L Pct. GB
28 .714 .
40, .588 12/
40 .579 131/
46 .521 19
52 .469 24
54 .432 271
58 .396 31
67 .295 402

Detroit 6, New York 5
Boston 4, Cleveland 0
Philadelphia 9, Chicago 2
St. Louis 6, Washington 3
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