T CHIG.AN' DAILY
TUESDAY, JULY 24.
FOUR TUE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY, JULY 24, 1950
Gene from the
by Dick Cramer
Politics vs. SportsJ
POLITICS AND SPORTS are mixing again and an explosion can
be expected at any time.
Governor Goodwin Knight of California has intervened twice in
the past ten days in the boiling Pacific Coast Conference football
controversy. It seems certain that his intervention will have some
The PCC has been torn by a terrific row over rules governingt
financial aid to players. Four schools-Washington, Southern Cali-
fornia, UCLA and California-have been .crippled by heavy finesa
and ineligibility decrees against players who accepted aid in excess
of conference regulations. These regulations have been denounced as
being much too stringent for teams that must compete with the top
grid powers in the nation.
To the rescue of his California schools at least (Washington
wasn't his concern) has come Knight in shining armor (pardon the
irresistable pun.) He first gave support to "any move" by Stanford,
USC, UCLA and California to withdraw from the PCC and to create
an intra-state athletic league.
While that idea was still making the rounds, Knight stoked the
fire some more late last week. He claimed to reporters that his
alma mater, unindicted Stanford, was also guilty of violating the
outmoded PCC rules.
Knight's purpose undoubtedly was to show how ridiculous the
rules are. He wanted to demonstrate that all schools were ignoring
the conference code and that making its provisions less strict was
smarter than trying to punish all violators.
Two Possible Reactions...
JUDGING BY PAST instances of politics entering the sports world,
there are two possible reactions that could stem from Knight's
intervention. His advice might be taken or he might be told to stop
interfering lest his political prestige nosedive.
So far, there have been indications of both reactions. The Presi-
dents Council of the PCC has given signs of reducing the penalties
already meted out and of reappraising the eligibility code. At the
same time, Stanford, irritated by Knight's accusations against it,
has sought to disprove the charges. Stanford has made it obvious
that it would appreciate silence from its alumnus in the future.
The final outcome of this controversy is still in doubt. But the
meeting of sports and politics recalls other similar situations. Some-
times, the politicians have had their way, but other times they have
had to beat a hasty retreat in the face of sports world counter-
Back around the beginning of the century a fellow named Teddy
Roosevelt made a deep penetration into sports realms from his office
of the Presidency. He was concerned with the faults of football-not
from professionalism, but from physical dangers to the players.
Many gridders were being killed and Teddy called for a "cleanup"
of the sport or else. Roosevelt had some prestige at the time, so
football complied, rather than fight back. The forward pass was
legalized and other rules were passed to lessen hard body contact.
On the other hand, only last year the Georgia legislature moved
to forbid its pride and joy, Georgia Tech, from meeting Pitt in the
Sugar Bowl. These honorable (?) men didn't approve of the interracial
form of the contest-Pitt had some Negroes on the team.
Victory for Sports.. ..
HERE, FORTUNATELY, the 'sports world fought back with success.
Opposition to, the measure from students of Georgia Tech was
joined by nation-wide condemnation and the politicians decided not to
take action. (It's hoped from this sideline that the same turn of
events will move to destroy Louisiana's new law of the same anti-
Horse racing and boxing have been favorites of politicians who
wanted to get tied up with sports. Hardly a year goes by that an
investigation.into boxing isn't attempted in some state and many
states have the issue of whether to have horse racing as one of their
key election-time controversies. These are two areas where the politi-
cos have the upper hand. They can control the fate of these sports
in their states.
Then there's baseball, which is less controllable. That's one sport
that our public servants are smart to ignore-but not too much.
Eisen3hower found that he had to throw out the first ball of the
season if he wanted to remain a public idol.
Politicians should be interested in baseball, but may not attack it.
Congressmen have had the audacity to question whether baseball
players' services to their country in the armed forces was sufficient,
but these Congressmen have soon learned their lessons.
An attack on any major leaguerdraws rebuttal from all of base-
.ball and that's a lot of rebuttal. The Representative who cast asper-
sions on Hank Bauer's war record, for instance, soon found it advis-
able to retract his statements.
The result of a politics-sports mixture is fairly unpredictable. All
that can be foreseen is that something interesting will happen.
Keep your eye on California.
T 1. 0se .E l1 1 X ' V xhibtio Ti.t '1jT.f4--
T igers Lose Exhibition T"ilt
Flam, Miss Fry Capture Tennis Titles
By The Associated Press
Johnny Temple singled Bob Thur-
man home from second with the
winning run in the eighth inning
last night for a 4-3 Cincinnati
Redleg win over Pittsburgh's
Brooks Lawrence collected his,
14th win of the season, after
yielding only one hit in a two-}
inning relief stint.
* ,c *
A's 3, White Sox 2
CHICAGO-Back home after a
disastrous road trip in which they
won only two of 11 games, the
Chicago White Sox found Com-
iskey Park held no cure for their
slump and bowed to the Kansas
City Athletics, 3-2, last night.
Hector Lopez' two-out two-run
single in the second inning pro-
duced Kansas City's first two runs
and Vic Power drove in what
proved to- be the winning run off
starting White Sox hurler Jim
Wilson in the third.
* * *
Giants 11, Tigers 10
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -Dusty
Rhodes' second homer of the day,
with Foster Castleman on base in
the 12th inning, gave the New
York Giants an 11-10 victory over
Detroit yesterday in the annual
Hall of Fame exhibition game
played at Doubleday Field.
..singles also win games
. . . ruins Sox home-coming
NEW YORK (A) -- Mickey
Mantle, the New York Yankees'
switch-hitting outfielder, hopes to
become the American League's
first triple crown winner since
Boston's Ted Williams in 1947.
Mantle stands an excellent
chance of accomplishing the feat.
He currently leads the league in
batting with .371, home runs with
32 and runs batted in with 82.
In the National League batting
race, Cincinnati's Ed Bailey has
displaced Stan Musial of St. Louis
as the pacesetter. Bailey's average
is .344 and Milwaukee's Hank
Aaron moved into second, ahead
of Musial, with .336. Musial's third
Ted Kluszewski of Cincinnati is
tops in home run production with
24 and Musial heads the runs
batted in department with 73.
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - Wimbledon cham-
pion Shirley Fry and hard-hitting'
Herb Flam wontthe women and
men's singles titles yesterday in
the National Clay Courts Tennis
tournaments at suburban River
Miss Fry defeated Althea Gib-
son, New York City, 7-5, 6-1, and
Flam edged Ed Moylan, Trenton,
N. J., 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Miss Fry of St. Petersburg, Fla.
rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win
her match. Flam of Beverly Hills,
Calif., also had to come from be-
hind to win.
The men's match was a see-saw
battle from the outset until the
32-year-old Moylan tired.
* * *
Heart Troubles for Louis
CHICAGO-Joe Louis, who held
the heavyweight boxing title long-
er than any other man, got a bad
belt from fate yesterday.
Louis, 42, beset by income tax
troubles and trying to make some
money at a wrestling career, was
ruled inacceptable by the Illinois'
Athletic Commission because a
commission physician reported he
has a damaged heart.
Dr. Irving Slott in an interview
said the former champion has car-
diac contusion, or damage to one
of the layers of the heart. He said
it would require some time and
subsequent examination to deter-
mine whether the damage is tem-
porary or permanent.
Dr. Slott, in a report to the com-
mission said an "abnormal electro-
cardiograph makes it necessary for
Louis to restrict his physical activ-
ities for the .present."
The physician recommended that
Louis not be permitted to wrestle
for six months. Then, he said; if
Louis still wants to wrestle, "he
should be re-examined for re-
evaluation regarding further dis-
* * *
New Hall of Fame Members
COOPERSTOWN, N. Y:-Hank
Greenberg and Joe Cronin were
formally indicted into baseball's
Hall of Fame yesterday in impres-
sive ceremonies held under cloudy
skies before the museum on main
After the morning induction, the
big crowd of about 8,500 moved
down the street to watch an ex-
hibition game between the New
York Giants and Detroit Tigers in
the village where Abner Doubledayt
is said to have invented haseball
many years ago.
Both Cronin and Greenberg,
Cleveland Indians' general man-
ager, were elected to the Hall of
Fame in January by the 10-year
members of the Baseball Writers
Cronin, 49, collected 2,285 hits
during his active big league career
that started with Pittsburgh in
1926 and ended in Boston in 1945.
He managed Washington to a pen-
nant in 1933 and won with the
Red Sox in 1946. A righthanded
batter who was born in Sanz Fran-
cisco, Cronin finished with a life-
time .302 average.
Greenberg, 45, hit 58 homers in
1938. He finished his career with
311 homers and a lifetime batting
average of .313.
Major League Standings
Mackinac Boat Race
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -
Fleetwood, a 38-foot, class D yawl
out of Chicago, appeared last night
a certain winner of the over-all
championship in the 49th Chicago-
to-Mackinac Island sailing race up
The Fleetwood, owned by Chi-
cagoan Dick Geib, was one of only
six boats which had finished the
333-mile haul, but it had the best
handicap time of any of them.
Only two others among the fleet
of 64 which set sail from Chicago
Saturdaj were in sight off the is-
land and the wind was dying with
the day at 6 p.m.
. , .
Giovanelli Wins Fight
NEW YORK-Danny Giovanelli
of New York got up off the floor 1
midwau in the eighth and punched.
out a technical knockout over Gene
Poirier of Niagara Falls, N.Y., be-
fore the round was over in a
scheduled 10-round televised, bout
at St. Nick's Arena last night.
W L Pet GB
New York 61 29 .678 -
Cleveland 50 37 .575 9% 4
Boston 49 39 .557 11
Chicago 45 40 .529 13V2
Baltimore 40 48 .455 20
Detroit 39 49 .443 21
Washington 36 55 .396 25!z
Kansas City 33 56 .371 27%
Baltimore at Detroit (2 tWi-night)
New York at Chicago (N)
Washington at Cleveland (N)
Boston at Kansas City (N)
W L Pct1
Milwaukee 53 32 .624
Cincinnati 52 36 .591
Brooklyn 48 39 .552
St. Louis 42 45 .483
Pittsburgh 40 46 .465
Chicago 39 46 .459
Philadelphia 40 49 .449
New York 31 52 .373
Milwaukee at New York (N)
Cincinnati at Brooklyn (N)
St. Louis at Philadelphia (N)
Chicago at Pittsburgh (N)
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titlist Jackie Burke Jr., and ex-
infantrymcan Ted Kroll, seeking
his first big golfing win, roared
into the finals of the Professional
Golfers Association Championship
They will clash over 36 holes to-
day for the title.
Burke, five down at one stage,
marshaled a late afternoon rally
with a fantastic string of birdies
and stood off a counter rally to
smash the hopes of Ed Furgol, the
incredible former National Open
Champion who plays with just a
crooked left arm, one up on the
Wins Extra Hole
Burke, a 33-year-old Houston
pro, missed a six-foot eagle putt
on the 36th, but he sank a 12-foot
birdie putt on the first extra hole
for a spectacular victory.
Kroll, 37, completely smothered
31-year-old Bill Johnston, the
tourney dark horse from Provo,
Utah, 10 and 8, in the other semi-
final over the Blue Hill Country
Kroll, a veteran from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., moved to a six-
hole lead at the end of the morn-
ing round and never let up.
Furgol Misses Putt
On the 37th hole of Burke's
match, the fighting Furgol was
on the green 30 feet from the pin
and made a bold stab for his putt
Burke had won five straight
holes -- 24th through the 28th -
in a phenomenal hot streak to go
ahead by two holes which Furgol
cut to one at the 30th.
One down with just two holes
to play, Furgol leveled the match
with a great recovery shot from
the rough on the 35th where
Burke trapped his second. Then
Furgol halved the 36th with two
remarkable recovery shots when it
appeared Burke might snare an
No Major Crowns
Kroll, wounded four times while
fighting as an infantry sergeant
on the beaches of Anzio and the
thickest battles of France, never
has won a major championship.
His one-sided. victory came close
to being the most thorough ever
administered in the PGA Cham-
Johnston was able to win only
three holes of the 28 played, and
only one during the muggy after-
Kroll closed him out on the 428-
yard 28th. Johnston never has
won a tournament outside his own
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Hornets' Plassman Pitches I-M No-Hitter
Not one man reached second
base as Hornet pitcher Harold
Plassman hurled a no-hitter
against Psychology 'C' in last
night's I-M softball action at
South Ferry Field.
By winning, 8-0, the undefeated
Hornets remained on top of the
League Two standings. Plassman
gave up only two walks and
fanned seven as he pitched the
Hornets to their fifth win.
Undefeated Hospital maintained
its lead in League One by edging
Bacteriology, 6-4. Hospital scored
its runs in the first four innings
and had to withstand a late inn-
ing rush by Bacteriology. The
losers scored two runs in the fifth
and had bases loaded in the bot-
tom of the sixth, but could only
muster one run.
Med Sox pitcher Maury Math-
ews shut out Psychology 'B' on
three hits and struck out seven as
his team romped to an 11-0 win.
A grand slam home run by Bill
Roth highlighted the Sox' eight-
run second inning.
Herman Nienhaus' two-run
blast in the last of the sixth inn-
ing broke a two-two tie and gave Alpha Chi Sigma walked over
Hardrocks a 4-2 victory over BDA. winless Mathematics for its sec-
Chemistry scored eight runs in ond win against three losses. Math
the top of the first inning and took a 3-0 lead in the top of the
then outlasted Pharmacology for first, but the winners pulled ahead
the remainder of its contest to to stay in their half of the inning
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