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Charles' Contenders Rate
Crack at Title by Seniority
NEW YORK-(P)-It looks like
EIzzard Charles is whittling from
the top to cut down the field of
heavyweight title contenders, or
He started in with 35-year-old
Jersey Joe Walcott, who might be
termed a contender emeritus. Now
he is booked to meet 34-year-old
Gus Lesnevich, with the next man
in line probably 33-year-old Lee
If he wants to follow that age
sequence he might induce Billy
Conn, who will be 32 this year, and
Anton Christoforidis, 31, to come
back. If he could get by them he
could take on Freddie Mills, 30,
and Pat Comiskey, 29, this year.
Eventually he'd start meeting
guys his own age or younger, and
then he'd start having his trou-
Anyway, we think it's only po-
etic justice that Lesnevich should
get a shot at Charles' slightly
adulterated title if that's what
Gus wants. He rates it through
long and faithful service.
He's been in there pitching, and
catching, for 15 years, with a lot
of tough luck dogging his career.
When he had the zip and fire of
youth there was Billy Conn block-
ing his path to the light heavy-
He finally won the National
Boxing Association's recognition
by defeating Christoforidis after
Conn bowed out to bid for the
heavyweight title. He eventually
attained general recognition as
world champion by knocking out
Freddie Mills, but he lost that last
year by losing to Mills in a return
Meanwhile any heavyweight as-
pirations he harbored were effec-
tively stifled by the presence of
Joe Louis on top. Guys such as
Bob Pastor and JimmyBivins and
Lee Oma and Bruce Woodcock al-
so discouraged him in that divi-
sion, although he did win the
championship of Tami Mauriello.
He beat Tami four times.
With Louis out of the way, or
so he says, Lesnevich finally gets
a chance to reach for the big ap-
ple, and although personally we
don't think he'll quite make it, he
can't be begrudged a try.
On what we have seen of him,
and of Charles, we think Charles
will make swiss steak of Gus' bat-
tle-scarred features and eventu-
ally stop him. Charles is a sharp-
shooter, and no matter what you
thought of his bout with Walcott,
he's just about the best man
Muc hof Lesnevich's bad luck
was pre-war. Two weeks before
his first meeting with Conn he
was involved in an auto accident,
and although he was unhurt he
was upset no little.
His second bout with Conn was
postponed five times, because one
or the other of the fighters came
down with boils, and there was a
dispute over radio rights. Five
days before the fight he fell and
injured a knee, although he went
through with the bout anyway.
Against Jack Marshall Gus
broke his hand in two places, and
a few days before his bout with
Nathan Mann, Joe Vella, Lesne-
vich's manager, was in a serious
automobile accident, again upset-
ting Gus' peace of mind. At the
weighing in for that fight Lesne-
vich was handed a subpoena which
involved his earlier accident.
Now he gets his chance, and
we have an idea it may be too
late. He will be, up against a
younger, faster man, and although
comparative records are no more
conclusive in boxing than they
are in football you might get an
idea of how the bout stacks up by
considering that Mills defeated
Lesnevich, Joe Baksi defeated
Mills, and Charles chopped Baksi
into small pieces.
READING, Pa. - (P) - Big Vic
Ghezzi, of Deal, N.J., shooting for
a place on the Ryder Cup team as
well as for top money in the $15,-
000 Reading Open tournament,
exploded a five-under-par 65 to-
day to tie Sammy Snead for the
Ghezzi's 65, following a 69 in
the opening round, gave him a
two-day total of 134. Snead at-
tained the same figures with a
63 and 71, surviving a rather sour
round today to retain half the top
spot. One stroke behind them at
,the half-way mark of the 72-hole
tournament were Cary Middlecotf,
of Memphis, Tenn., the National
Open champion, and Buck White,
of Greenwood, Miss. Middlecoff
had 67-68 and White a 66, the
day's second-best round, after a
TRAILING CLOSE after them
were Fred Haas, Jr., New Orleans,
with 69-67-136; Ed. Furgol, Roy-
al Oak, Mich., 70-67-137, and
Lawson Little, Monterey, Calif.,
While most of the leaders suc-
cumbed to the pressure of try-
ing to match Snead's opening
round-including Snead himself
-Ghezzi's putter was hot and
his approaches were good.
Ghezzi is in a tight four-way
struggle with Bob Hamilton, Dic;
Metz and Jim Turnesa, for the
last couple of places on the Ryder
Cup team, which will be named
after next week's Dapper Dan
Open at Pittsburgh.
Hetzeck To Play
On Junior Davis
Al Hetzeck, number two man on
this year's Wolverine tennis team
and Steve Bromberg, who will be
a sophomore candidate for the
squad next year, have been named
to the 1949 Detroit Junior Davis
Hetzeck is a repeater, having
served on the Detroit squad last
year, which won the inter-city
Junior Davis Cup championship.
Bromberg was named to the squad
for his first time.
Hetzeck also was named last
year to the National Junior Davis
Cup squad. This year's selections
have not yet been made.
As a Sophomore' with the Wol-
verine net squad this spring. Het-
zeck won the number two singles
championship at the Big Ten tour-
nament in Evanston, Ill.
FUTILE ATTEMPT-Shortstop Ray Booie of the Cleveland Indians slides in to score in first
inning of Indians-White Sox game at Chicago, (July 7) on Larry Doby's easy pop up between Sox
Pitcher Marino Pieretti and First Baseman Charley Kress. Catcher Joe Tipton makes futile attempt
to tag the runner while Umpire Red Jones calls the play. Doby was credited -with a base hit.
Locke, Bradshaw To Playoff Boswell Leads.
Dodgers Beat Giants 4a3;
Bosox Trounce A's 7-1
Tie for British Open Crown
SANDWICH, England - (P) -
Bobby Locke of South Africa, and
Harry Bradshaw of Ireland came
back from oblivion yesterday to
tie for the British Open Golf
'Golf Championship with record-
equalling scores of 283. They meet
in a 36-hole playoff today.
Five strokes off the pace in a
seven-w'ay deadlock for 12th po-
sition as the field entered the last
half of the 72-hole classic this
morning, they shot identical totals
of 68 and 70 in a dramatic wind-
up of the sandy, windswept Royal
St. George's course.
FRANK STRANAHAN of To-
ledo, Ohio, captured the silver
medal for finishing as the low
amateur with 71-73-74-72-290.
The only other American in
the field of 31 still firing today
-professional Johnny Bulla pf
Phoenix, Ariz., and Pittsburgh,
Pa.-faded out and wound up
with 71-73-76-79-299 in the
race for the title vacated by
Roberto De Vicenzo of Argen-
tina, who posted a 72-hole score of
68-75-73-69-285. was third.
ENGLAND'S HOPEFULS also
wilted before the sharpshooting
of the visitors from overseas. Brit-
ish Ryder Cupper Sam King, who
led by two strokes after 36 holes,
shot 74 and 72 today for a 286.
That left King in a fourth
place tie with Charlie Ward, who
entered the final round only a,
stroke off the pace but finished
with a 70 and a 72.
Another British Ryder Cup star
to falter was Max Faulkner. He
had a string fo 71s that tied him
with Locke and Bradshaw for the
lead at the three-quarter post,
but ended with a 74 for 287.
The driving finish by Locke and
Bradshaw from the middle of the
field was one of the most spec-
tacular in the history of the Open.
Bradshaw had carded a 68 on the
opening round, with Locke only
one stroke behind. But yesterday
Bradshaw slumped to 77 and
Locke to 76. .
They took up the slack with
their-under-par 68s on the third
round today, then held their
ground as rivals skidded. Their
score tied the tournament record
first set by Gene Sarazen of the
United States at the nearby
Prince's course in 1932 and
equalled by Cotton here in 1934
and by Britain's Alf Perry at
Muirfield, Scotland, in 1935.
IN ational Blind
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - (P) -
Charlie (Chuck) Boswell, former
Alabama football star who lost his
eyesight in the Battle of the Bulge,
fired a 52-56-108 over a tough
Plymouth Country Club course to-
day to take the lead in the 36-
hole National Blind Golf Cham-
Boswell, who starred in the
Crimson Tide's 1937 Rose Bowl
battle with California, held an
eight-stroke lead over a field of
18 contestants at the halfway
* * *
IN THE RUNNER-UP spot was
another World War Two hero, Bill
Gilman, of Portland, Me., a former
Maine University track star. Gil;
man, who was blinded in the Ruhr
battle, had 60-56-116.
Tied for third were Clinton
Russell, of Duluth, Minn., de-
fending champion, and William
Maytok, of Philadelphia, who
turned in 120 scores.
BROOKLYN - (P) - Brooklyn
protected its National League lead
last night by nosing out the New
York Giants 4-3, defeating Clint
Hartung for the first time in his
major league career.
Pee Wee Reese's triple and Duke
Snider's long fly broke a 3-3
tie in the sixth inning before 34,-
468, largest Ebbets Field night
crowd of the season. Hartung
previously had defeated Brooklyn
three times without a loss during
The Brooks used three pitchers
to subdue the Giants. Rex Barney
was the eventual winner.
Henry Thompson, the Giants
new Negro second baseman from
Jersey City, went hitless in three
attempts in his firstappearance.
He handled nine chances cleanly
at second base.
burgh Pirates stretched their
winning streak to seven straight
last night as they defeated the
Chicago Cubs 2-1 before a packed
house of 36,366. Little Vic Lom-
bardi went the route, scattering
six hits. The only Cub run was
the result of Roy Smalley's homer.
Lombardi gave up two singles
in the ninth after two were out but
got pinchhitter Emil Verban for
the final out on an infield fly.
* * *
clouted his 20th homer of the sea-
son as the rebounding Red Soy:
overcame the Philadelphia Ath-
letics, 7-1, for their fourth straight
victory last night before a packed
The Red Sox collected seven
other hits, including a two run
double by Ted Williams, and eight
bases on balls off three Phila-
Dobson gave a dull effort, yi.eld-
ing six hits and seven bases on
balls. But three snappy double
plays, one with the bases loaded,
enabled him to coast to his sixth
win against eight setbacks.
* * *
NEW YORK --(AP) - Joe Page's
12th inning single scoring Bill
Johnson from third base gave the
New York Yankees a 4-3 victory
over Washington last night, boost-
ing their American League lead
to six full games.
Johnson led off the 12th with
a single off Eddie Yost's glove and
Gene Woodling beat out a bunt
single. After George Sttrnweiss'
grounder to first base advanced
both men, Page came through with
his game-winning single off Mick-
Harris, who went the route,
missed a chance to nail down hisj
first win for Washington when
Joe DiMaggio singled home Phil,
Rizzuto with the tying run in the
ninth. Stirnweiss drove home the
first Yank score in the third and
Johnny Lindell accounted for the
other New York run; with his
ST. LOUIS-W')-The Cleveland
Indians staved off twolate rallies
by the St. Louis Browns last night
to win, 6 to 5, and register their
eighth victory in their last ten
games. A two-run homer by Larry
Doby in the first inning supplied
the margin of victory.
CHICAGO - T- Billy Pierce,
22-year old southpaw, handcuffed
the Detroit Tigers on five hits here
last night as the Chicago White
Sox scored a 3-1 victory in the
series opener before 14,183 per-
sons. Bob Swift's second homer
was the only run Pierce allowed
his former teammates in gaining
his third victory.
CINCINNATI- bP)-- St. Louis'
Cardinals kept close on the trail
of Brooklyn last night with a 6
to 1 victory over Cincinnati be-
fore a near full house crowd of
27,223. Howie Pollet gave up only
nine hits to the Reds who had.
registered 30 runs and 36 hits in
their last two contests.
New York at Brooklyn-Ken-
nedy (6-6) vs. Branca (10-3).
Boston at Philadelphia-Sain
(5-9) vs. Donnelly (1-0).
St. Louis at Cincinnati-Lan-
ier (0-0) vs. Fox (4-8).
Chicago at Pittsburgh-Rush
(6-10) vs. Chambers (4-1).
Washington at New York --
Hudson (5-7) vs. Raschi (13-2).
Philadelphia at Boston-Cole-
man (7-7) vs. Parnell (10-5).
Cleveland at St. Louis -
(night)-Feller (5-6) vs. Gar-
Romance Languages 13,
Young Progressives 10.
Michigan Co-op 5, Dodgers 3.
Prescott 19, Tyler 0.
Chemistry 8, Econ. Dept. 7.
OPEN 1:15 P.M. DAILY
at 1:30 - 5:45 & 9-15 P.M,
Major League Standings
NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE
W L Pct. GB W L Pet. GB
Brooklyn ........46 30 .60y ... New York .......50 26 .658 ...
St. Louis ........44 32 .579 2 Philadelphia .....44 32 .579 6
Boston...........42 36 .538 5 Cleveland ........43 32 .573 61%2
Philadelphia .....41 37 .526 6 Boston..........39 36 .520 10 1/2
New York .......37 37 .500 8 Detroit ..........40 38 .513 11
Pittsburgh.......34 40 .459 11 Washington .....32 42 .432 17
Cincinnati .......31 42 .425 13 1/2 Chicago .........32 46 .410 19
Chicago .. ... 28 49 .364 18%1. St. Louis ........ 24 52 .316 26
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Brooklyn 4, New York 3. New York 4, Washington 3.
St. Louis 6, Cincinnati 1. Cleveland 6, St. Louis 5.
Pittsburgh 2, Chicago 1.
Philadelphia and Boston (in- Chicago 3, Detroit 1.
complete). Boston 7, Philadelphia 1.
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champion Ray Robinson was back
at his Pompton Lakes, N.J., train-
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Sugar Ray will need to take off
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Robinson weighed 151 pounds
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