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(Pinch-hitting for Fred Bean)
Well, September and Fall of the year usually means in the Sports V/orld a change
of thinking from Baseball to Footfall, It still nea.ns just that this yeoT, but how
different baseball has been, and how different football is expected to be* This past
season has given the* old timer in baseball another chance, V?hen the pitcher threv; to
the batter his aging, aching am popped louder than the'clash of bat against the ball.
Rookies, too, barely in their teens were becoming stars, even though their knowledge
of the game barely allowed them to distinguish between a foul fly and other insects.
As for football, the candidates for the teams are cither 4F or V-12, Some of the
plajrers are so young that first down now means what players shelve off their faces.
Many schools no longer have footb?.ll teams. Those who do, have green players who
normally could not make the squad in former years, Shelby High School started its sea
son last week losing to Hickory 25-0. We are expecting Casey Morris to round those
boys into a good team yet.
In the Southern Conference Duke is supposed to be the Powerhouse with a v/ealth of
V-12 Navy trainees'on their Roster, They open the season Saturday with a 2^0-0 victory
over Camp Le Jeune, Marines, North Carolina also v;ith V-12 players is expected to go
places, Duke and Carolina play each'other tv;ice this year. Dick Cloningler, who
thinks more of Duke than the Duchess, says that at some future date we will refer to
as the year Dulce beat Carolina tv;ice. There are those of us vjho believe he could
have things reversed, Duke plays Ricbjnond this Saturday. Richmond has V-12 players
also but Duke is supposed to be stronger, Carolina plays Georgia Tech this Saturday
''did they say, Tech is supposed to be one of the South’s Strongest, But we are hoping
that the Rambling irreck vdll not be able to stand the Tar Heel bombardment.
Most of the other Southern Conference Schools are expected to be v/eaker, due to
Amy regulations forbidding A-12 trainees from talcing part, in football. Southern Con
ference rules have been suspended for the duration to allov/ V-12 ^iid freshmen players.
But the Navy will not pemit any of its trainees to play unless rigid school scholas
tic requirements ai-^ met. It has been said that math will throw more players for
losses than opposing tackles.
We could not quit without mentioning the forthcoming World Series, It is again
to be the St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Yv-uikees. Tl"ie Cardinals have cinch
ed their berth, and the Ycjikees are expected to any day now,
"Doodle” Laughlin is the biggest Yankee rooter since ”Sock” Blackburn moved away,
I believe Ned V/illiams is a staunch Yankee fan, J,T. Laughlin has always been a Y^^Jikee
supporter, and he usually has figures to support his convictions.
The Cardinals have more fans here and very vigorous ones at that, Dick Clong^ r
inger roots almost as hard for the Cardinals as he does for Duke, Summie Eaker is a
rooting-tooting Cardinal fan, and Gus Hartsoe, Henry Cloninger, rjid Earl Pearson'all
are staunch Cardinal supporters. Fred Beam for vjhom I’m substituting, I believe, is
also a Cardinal fan. There ought to be a lot of interest and excitement when the ser
ies gets underway. We’ll try to give you the Series Sidelights in the next issue.
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