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By DICK KRAUS
Daily Sports Staft

GUS PHAN, the guy in the bleachers, baseball's bread and butter, finds
himself in an extremely unfamiliar situation as the first postwar season
approaches the midway mark.
Whereas in former years, Gus from Brooklyn and Gus from Detroit
could not only tell the uninformed who played what position for his re-
spective favorites, but he could also recite at the slightest provocation the
batting and fielding averages of the whole team.
This bewildering season, Gus finds himself in the strange position of
not knowing until just before the game who is going to play for his team.
Almost every team in the two leagues has been revamping lineups so fast
that if Gus misses a couple of ball games his lineup information is obsolete.
Chief source of Gus's quick change headache during the current cam-
paign has come from the inability of third basemen around the Major cir-
cuits to hold their jobs.
Only Cicinnati, with rookie Grady Hatton a hot corner fixture
since opening day, seems to have escaped the epidemic of job lot quan-
tities of third sackers. Both Boston clubs, both New York teams, Brook-
lyn, Washington, the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and
the Detroit Tigers all have had two or more men at third base since
opening day.,
OF THE OTHER TEAMS injuries have at one time or another shelved such
hot corner standouts as Ken Keltner of Cleveland, and Stan Hack of the
Chicago Cubs. Mark Christman of the St. Louis Browns, vacated the third
sack to fill in at shortstop while Vern Stephens was out with injuries, and
Whitey Kurowski of the Cards, who was a holdout during the spring, sat
out most of the early season games.
Strangely enough, Gus from Joe Cronin's town has had more hot
corner headaches than any other Gus in either league. He doesn't rate
much sympathy from the rest of the circuit, what with his club a good se-
ven laps in front of the field, but Gus from Boston has watched five dif-
ferent third basemen in the seventy some games played thus far.
Ernie Andres, the highly touted rookie, fizzled out and was replaced
by Eddie- Pelligrini, Leon Culberson, an outfielder, Rip Russell, the ex-Cub
first baseman, and finally ancient Pinky Higgins.
Gus from Washington has also had quite a time keeping track of his
third base guardians. Changes came so rapidly in the capital city that even
the s ht of Sen. Bilbo playing third wouldn't have been a complete surprise.
Sherryr Robertson, Gil Torres, George Myatt, and Bill Hitchcock, a waiver
fugitive from Detroit, have all had a crack at the hot spot.
Leather lunged Gus, the "Bum" fan has watched Lew Riggs, since
released, Pistol Pete Reiser, imported from Flatbush center field, Billy
Herman, traded to Boston, and Cookie Lavagetto, the current custodian,
each try his hand at third.
ON THE OTHER SIDE of the Brooklyn bridge, Gus the Giant fan looked
on while Bud Kerr, Bill Rigney, Sid Gordon, and Mickey Witek took
turns at third base.
Over in the Bronx, Snuffy Stirnweiss and Bill Johnson have been stag-
ing a ding dong battle for the job, with the latter holding a slight current
edge.
The Boston Braves have used three third sackers to date, Al Ro-'
berge, now back in the minors, Nanny Fernandes, and at present Connile
Ryan. Philadelphia's resurgent Phillies have confined themselves to two
hot corner operators, Jim Tabor, the ex-Bo Sox belter, and Roy Hughes,
a former Cub.
In' the West the situation is much the same. The Chicago White Sox
have used Dario Lodigiani, who was hitting .386 when he suffered an arm
injury, Bob Kennedy, and Leo Wells, a rookie, while the St. Louis Browns
have used Mark Christman, Bob Dillinger, and Johnny Lucadello.
In. Detroit, Gus has seen his Tigers solve the hot corner problems,
for not one, but three teams. The World Champions have cast off Pinky
Higgins and Billy hitchcock, who are playing regularly for the Red Sox
and Washington respectively. In addition to these two, the Tiger's Gus
has watched Jimmy Outlaw and George Kell perform at the hot corner.
Maybe it's a good thing that Gus has all these third basemen to worry
about because while he is bound to have a hot corner favorite he is equally
bound to find someone who thinks that favorite is a bum. This is a good
thing because Gus is always happiest when he has spmething to argue about,
and for this season, at least in the American League, he seems to have
stopped arguing about the usual thing, namely, "who's gonna win the pen-
nant."
SKATING GOLFER !
Betty Jane Courtright Excels
In Year Round Sports Actvity

Pauline Betz
Wins Singles
At Winmbledon
Brown, Kramer
Score in Doubles
By The Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, July 6 "- Pauline
Betz started an American avalanche
with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over her
Wightman cup teammate, Louise
Brough, on the sun-drenched center
court in the singles' final of the All-
England tournament- at Wimbledon
and from there on the gallery sat
back and watched an unbroken string
of four triumphs by the free-swingers
from California.
Tom Brown and Jack Kramer
stamped themselves a potential
American Davis Cup doubles com-
bination with an impressive, slam-
bang victory over the highly rated
Australian pair, Dinny Pails and
Geoff Brown, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, in the
final of men's doubles.
Brown, Brough Win in Mixed Doubles
Brown later teamed with Miss
Brough to capture his second champ-
ionship by defeating Goeff Brown
and DorothyBundy,g6-4, 6-4, in the
finals of mixed doubles.
The all-American final in women's
doubles saw. Miss Brough and Mar-
garet Osborne outlast Miss Betz and
Doris Hart of Miami, Fla., 6-3, 2-6,
6-3, in a renewal of a long-standing
feud.
One Title Escapes Americans
The only championship that es-
caped the American contingent in
the first Wimbledon since 1939 was
the highly-prized men's singles,
which towering Yvon Petra of France
won yesterday with a five-set victory
over Geoff Brown. Americans led
by Bobby 'Riggs made a clean sweep
in '39.
Three of the newly-crowned Amer-
ican champions, Tom Brown, Miss
Betz and Miss Osborne, together with
another Californian, Budge Patty,
will fly to Sweden tomorrow to play
a series of exhibitions
Highlights -
from the
Sports World
Parker in Finals
RIVER FOREST, Ill., July 6-AP)-
National champion rankie Parker,
seeking his fourth meet title, bustled
into the finals of the National Clay
Court Tennis Tournament today by
easily brushing aside veteran jey-
mour Greenberg of Chicago, 6-2, -3,
6-2.1
Greenberg, clay courts champion
in 1942 and 1943, was on the defen-
sive most of the way as Parker toyed
with his southpaw opponent to out-
score him on placements, 42 to 20,
and on points, 106 to 611.
* * *
Hogan Takes Lead
COLUMBUS, O., July 6-MP)-Ben
Hogan of Hershey, Pa., whose pockets
already are bulging with almost $25,-
000 in 1946 golf winnings did just as
expected today and moved out front
in the chase for the $2,500 top money
in the Columbus Invitational Open
golf tournament.
Little Ben rarely had a bad mo-
ment as he fired a four under par 68
for a 36-hole total of 138.
* * *
Bobby Riggs Upset,
PHILADELPHIA, July 6 -. () -
Welby Van Horne, Nashville, Ten.,

today dramatically upset the world's
professional tennis title holder, Bob-
by Riggs, 4-6,, 4-6, 9-7, 6-4, 6-2 to
gain the final round of the Middle
States Professional Grass Court
championship tournament.

EntryLists Open forLate Applicant

DIZZY TROUT
* * *
Tigers Win, 5-1
As Trout Gives
Only'Four Hits
DERMOIT, July 6 -(.')- Helping
themselves to three unearned runs
on three St. Louis errors, the De-
troit Tigers whipped the Browns 5
to 1 today as Paul (Dizzy) Trout
hurled a four-hitter for his eighth
victory.
Detroit collected only six hits off
Bob Muncrieff and Ellis Kinder, who
pitched the eighth, but St. Louis er-
rors kept the game from being close.
Muncrieff's error led to the first
Tiger run in the second inning and
John Lucadello's boot cost two more
runs after two were out 'in' the sev-
enth.
Three of the Browns' four hits
were bunched in the third 'inning,
resulting in the only run off Trout,
who struck out seven men. Third
baseman George Kell, with three
hits, drove in two Detroit runs.
The Tigers got away in front with
their second inning run on Mun-
crieff's error, an infield out and
Jimmy Bloodworth's single but St.
Louis tied /it up at 1-all on hits by
Hank Helf, Lucadello and Ver
Stephens in the third.
Eddie Lake's bunt single and Kell's
rdouble to left put Detroitahead 2-1
in the fifth and a three-run out-
burst din the seventh salted away the
decision.
Yanks N'sarrow

Summer session intramural sports
activities will get the starting gun
this week in four fields as the tennis,
golf, softball and basketball tourna-
ments get underway under the direc-
tion of Howard C. Leibee, Director of
Physical Education for Men.
Entries are still being accepted for
all of the tourneys but only four more
applications will be taken for the
tennis singles which already has 44
applicants.
Tennis Doubles Entries Open
There is no limit on the number
of entries for the tennis doubles
tournament and teams may sign up
until Friday. Matches in both the
singles and doubles tourneys will be
decided in three sets.
Medal play in the golf tourney will
begin next Saturday and the dead-
line for entering will be Wednesday.
To date more than 50 golfers have
submitted entry blanks.
In softball enough teams already
have joined up to form the nucleus
of four separate leagues, Residence
Hall, Fraternity, Independent, and
Men's Education..
Softball Leagues Begin
Eight residence hall, six fraternity,
and four teams in each the Inde-
pendent and Men's Education divis-
ions have submitted entries. Play in
each of the leagues will get under-
way this week. The Men's Education
Major League
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE

league will begin play on Tuesday.
with the other three divisions start-
ing later in the week. The tourna-
ments will be round robin affairs and
teams will play twice a week.
While the response in the other
Officials Wanted
All persons interested in of-'
ficiating in Intramural softball or
basketball games are requested to
report to Howard C. Leibee at the
Intramural Sports building.
three tournaments has been extreme-
ly gratifying to the Physical Educa-
tion department, entries in basket-
ball have been below expecta'tions.
To date only two or three teams have
submitted entries. A five or six team
league is hoped for and the deadline
on entering the basketball tourna-
ment has been extended until Wed-
nesday to give everyone interested
a chance to sign up.

In both the basketball and s
ball leagues individual entries wi
accepted and teams will be foi
when there are enough unatta
applicants. It is hoped that new
dents and students living in pr:
homes will take advantage of
provision.
Entries in all of the tournan
arc being accepted in the offi
the Sports Building.
Yesterday's Resu
AMERICAN LEAGUE
New York 8, Philadelphia 5
Washington 4, Boston 0
Detroit 5, St. Louis 1
Chicago 3, Cleveland 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
New York 7, Philadelphia
Chicago 2, 1, Cincinnati 0,
St. Louis 12, Pittsburgh 4
Brooklyn 7, Boston 2

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Boston Lead

By ALYS GEORGE
Now that summer is here, Betty
Jane Courtright of Ann Arbor has
turned in her ice skates for some!
golf clubs and recently added to her
laurels by winning a one stroke vic-
tory in the playoff of the Women's
District Golf Association Tourna-
ment at Grosse Ile.
The name of Courtright is a fami-
lar one in local golfing circles. Betty
,Jane's father, Ray Courtright, was
a member of the coaching staff at
Michigan for. 17 years and piloted
the linksmen t eight Big Ten titles
in 13 years. Her brother, Bill, was
a mainstay on the 1946 Wolverine
golf team, which brought the only:
Conference title to Ann Arbor this
year. Not to be outdone by the other
members of the family, Betty Jane's
mother and sister, Mary Anne, also'
get their share of birdies.
Skating and Golf Good Combination
Betty Jane finds skating and golf
a good athletic combination, one she
gets paid for, while she tours the
links just for pleasure. When she
was 14, Betty Jane began ice skating
for exercise but, as she says, soon got
tired of going around in a circle knd
induced her parents to buy her a pair
of figure skates so that she could
take lessons.
After attending the University of
Michigan for a year, Betty Jane
transferred to the Illinois Institute
of Technology in Chicago where she
joined a figure skating club. She put
her ice skating prowess to profitable

use when she and her sister appeared
in a hotel ice show in Cincinnati, do-
ing solos, duets and line work, but
traveling with a show is not Betty
Jane's idea of the right way to see
the country.
Coached Figure Skaters
Last year she taught figure skating
hopefuls at the Will Rogers Memor-
ial Coleseum at Fort Worth, Tex.,
and will return there again this win-
ter. Betty Jane found great enthusi-
asm among the people down there
for ice skating, and many of the
towns have their own artificial rinks.
One advantage of teaching in the
south is that Betty Jane can spend
her spare time out on the golf links,
keeping in practice for the summer
tournaments. She won the Ann Ar-
bor City Golf championship in 1940
and 1941 and will enter that tourna-
ment again this year after a four
year absence.
Hopes To Meet Marjorie Row
In the state golf tourney, which
gets under way in a week, Betty Jane
will be out to dethrone Marge Row,
the present titleholder. Betty Jane
hopes to reverse the outcome of a
match she played against Miss Row
in 1942 here at the University, in
which Miss Row defeated her one up
on the 18th hole.
Betty Jane says that if she had
concentrated on either golf or figure
skating, she might really have gone
to the top, but she prefers the fun
she gets out of both and wouldn't
give up either one for the other.

By The Associated Press
Joe DiMaggio's long slumbering bat
woke up with a bang and drove in
four runs to pace the Yankees to a
8-5 win over the Philadelphia Athlet-
ics, while over in Washington Mickey
Haefner throttled the league leading
Boston Red Sox, 4-0, to enable the
Bronx Bombers to move within six
and a half games of the lead.
Haefner's conquest of the Cronin-
men was his second within a week.
Joe Grace launched a two-run attack
with a triple in the first inning to
give the Washington lefty all the
margin needed.
The Yankees got to Jesse Flores,
the A's starter for four runs in the
first inning but the Philadelphia club
moved within one run of a tie in the
third when they sent Cuddles Mar-
shall to the showers. Randy Gumpert
then came in and held the Mackmen
in check. Big blow of the game was
DiMaggio's 17th homer of the sea-
son.
Also prominent in the Yankee scor-
ing was Charlie Keller who boomed a
triple off the right field wall in the
profitable first inning. In all the
Bombers racked three Mack pitchers
for 11 hits.

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