Camp Barkeley News (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, June 2, 1944 Page: 5 of 8
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Friday, June 2, 1944
CAMP BARKELTTT NEWS
And In T-h-i-s C-o-r-n-e-r!
VOW that Bill Dickey is in the
^ Navy, there is just a chance
that he may wind up catching for
Lt. Cmdr. Mickey Cochrane at Great
Lakes, a maneuver which would
place baseball’s two greatest catch-
ers on the same team for the first
time. Now doesn’t that news leave
you trembling in anticipation?
Even without Dickey, Cochrane
has a pretty fair ball club at the
Lakes this year. He has Virgil
Trucks, Syl Johnson, Bill Brandt
and Schoolboy Rowe, big leaguers
all, on his pitching staff, Billy Her-
man to hold his infield together
and Gene Woodring, ex-White Sox,
heading his outfield patrol. He has
been using Rowe, always a strong
hitter, in the outfield, too, and the
only toothless schoolboy in the
world already slammed two homers,
With Dickey catching for him,
Cochrane could field a team as
strong as any in the majors. The
Arkansas Traveler can ride that ball
a mile. He can also catch, throw,
and run pretty fast for a big fellow
who has been in a crouch so long
that his pants are tailored with a
bend in them.
"I^THEN someone in London asked
’ » Sgt. Joe Louis to name the
toughest man he ever fought, the
champion came up with a $64 an-
swer. “Max Adelbert Baer,” he said.
Everyone was surprised when
Louis said this, but up and down
Jacobs Beach in New York a lot of
guys were pleased. Old Max-
Addled-a-bit Baer has been much
maligned for the showing he made
against Louis in 1935 because cer-
tain loud-mouthed lump-heads said
that Max quit like a dog in the
That’s a base canard, of course.
Max was discouraged when he hit
Joe with, his sledgehammer right
and Louis didn’t go down. But he
didn’t quit and Louis’ testimony
that he hit Max harder and more
often than he hit any other man
is proof that there is no dog in old
Baer was, is and always will be
a very popular guy in the fight
game. The promoters loved him
•because of the gates he could draw,
the writers loved him because of
the copy he made and the fans
loved him because he was just a
big loveable ham. Too bad he
— o —
Big League Draft Box Score
The Cleveland Indians’ pennant
chances took a nose dive when Fire-
ball Pitcher Allie Reynolds, Out-
fielder Jeff Heath and Third Base-
man Ken Keltner were classified 1A
all at once. All expect induction
within a month. Also 1A are
Mickey Owen, Dodger catcher, Har-
ry Gumbert and Danny Litwhiler,
of the Cardinals; Vince Di Maggio,
Pittsburgh; Tay Carnett, White Sox,
and Red Schoendienst, Internation-
al League batting champion and
most valuable player last year. Er-
nie Bonham, Yankee sinker-bailer,
is 4F and Oscar Grimes, Yankee
utility man, is 2C (essential worker.)
92d Cav. Ren. Club
Tightens Its Grip
Rain and field problems caused
several games to be postponed in
the 12th Armd Div. Ba’ ;alion Base-
ball League this past week. How-
ever, the 92d Cav. Ren. club tight-
ened its grip on the top spot by
■virtue of another victory and the
inactive 66th AI Bn. held on in
second place by the strength of
its previous record.
The 134th Ord. Mt. Bn. dropped
a contest to slip back into a tie
with the 493d AFA Bn. for fourth
place. The 494th AFA Bn. did not
see action this week but its past
performances moved it into No. 3
Standings (as of May 30):
92d Cav. Ren. Sq
66th AI Bn.
494th AFA Bn.
493d AFA Bn. !
134th Ord Mt. Bn.
17th AI Bn.
495th AFA Bn.
152d Armd Sig. Co.
23d Tk. Bn.
43d Tk. Bn.
56th AI Bn.
119th Armd Eng. Bn,
714th Tk. Bn.
, .... . . —Photo by U. S. Army Signal Corps
Cornered and taking plenty of punishment is Pvt. John Butler, 839th QM Gas Sup. Co., and the
man dishing out the trouble is Pvt. Billy O. Harmon, 838th QM Gas Sup. Co. Harmon took the
decision in this light heavyweight bout staged last Monday evening at the Fourth Army open-air
arena. Along with the fight card men of the Fourth Army units were entertained with a minstrel
show presented by the 26th QM Bn. and vaudeville acts by members of the 30th Med. Gp. These
programs are weekly events staged by Fourth Army outfits.
26th Edges 168th
The first round in the Camp
baseball league was completed last
week but several postponed games
are yet to be played. At the present
time the two top teams are the
26th QM Bn. and the 168th QM
Bn. These two teams tangled last
Tuesday night in a fierce battle
with the 26th edging out the 168th
by a score of 11-10.
The 168th took the lead in the
first inning with five runs but it
was short-lived as the 26th came
back in the second stanza to grab
six counters. The 26th moved out
to a four-run lead which it held
until the last half of the seventh
when the 168th put on its final ral-
ly which fell short by one run.
Batteries for the 26th were Cpl.
Fulanza Pickett and T-5 Riley
Scott while Pvt. George Schmick
and Pfc. Charles McAleavy did duty
for the 168th.
A's Top Rooter!
The No. 1 fan of the Philadelphia
Athletics for the past 11 years has
been George Dickinson, now a pri-
vate in Co. B, 52nd Med. Tng. Bn.
Dickinson, who has seen such
Athletics’ greats as Lefty Grove,
Jimmy Foxx, AI Simmons, and
Mickey Cochrane, come up as rook-
ies and fade as veterans, had a good
reason for considering himself the
A’s No. 1 rooter. Dickinson never
missed a home game in Shibe Park
—he was an assistant grounds-
keeper at the A's park.
The Philadelphia greensward ex-
pert has great admiration for Con-
nie Mack, the venerable boss of the
Athletics. “As old as Connie Mack
is,” said Dickinson, “he still shows
up at the park every morning at 8
Golf Expert, Now
At Camp, Took First
Lesson From Cooper
Leonard White, one of Texas’ and
Southwest’s foremost amateur golf
stars, recently showed up in khaki
among trainees of Co. B, 61st Med.
Tng. Bn. to begin his basic training
in the Medical Department. Twen-
ty-nine and a veteran of close to
20 seasons of coifing. White arrived
here from Fort Sam Houston where
he was inducted from his home in
Dallas February 19.
The likeable Texan needs no in-
troduction to Camp and Abilene
golfing enthusiasts, for last August
he copped the Abilene invitational
tournament at the Abilene country
club, nosing out Cpl. Johnny Mazza,
Hq. Det., ASFTC. In 1943 he also
placed first in two other Texas tour-
naments and was medalist in four.
His achievements of last year ex-
tended his tournament victory string
to seven in the past three years.
The Dallas shot-maker received
his first golfing lessons from “Light
Horse” Harry Cooper when the lat-
ter was still an amateur playing on
the Dallas Tennyson Park course
where his father, Syd Cooper, was
professional. In fact, White proudly
admits that he has often caddied
for Cooper, who as a professional
became the top money-winner of
golf for several seasons.
Blonde: Is it proper to hold a
soldier’s hand in the dark?
Brunette: Yes, and often neces-
o'clock sharp, with his lunch-box
under his arm, and in the winter
as well as the summer}”
Record Of Some
Sort Or Other
One of the most unusual records
ever compiled in sports is that of
Pvt. Robert Denman Cron, 33, Pi-
qua, O. Cron, now a trainee of Co. B,
61st Med. Tng. Bn., played half back
for Piqua high school in every min-
ute of every game (eight games per
season) for a three-year span with-
out once being injured. That alone
stands as an outstanding accom-
plishment, but to add to that record
Cron carried the ball 431 times,
averaging 5.3 yards per try, during
the seasons of 1928 and 1929.
In fact, Cron’s feat is so spectacu-
lar that in November, 1943, John
Hix, creator of the syndicated news-
paper strip, “Strange As It Seems,”
used it as one of his features.
The Piqua pigskin great didn’t
discontinue the sport at the close
of his high school career, but show-
ed up the year following his grad-
uation on the Ohio State freshman
team. The following fall he made
his debut in college ball with the
Buckeyes in their opening game of
the season against the University of
And it seemed that Cron couldn’t
shake loose the unusual that had
dogged him through high school. In
the opening punt of the game, Cron,
playing the unfamiliar position of
quarterback, dropped the ball. He
was removed from the game imme-
diately, and never again reappeared
on a gridiron.
HE LOSES A CAMFRA
Pvt. Leo J. Harmon, Hq. Btry.,
Div. Arty, 12th A. D., is looking for
an 8 mm movie camera with case,
lost Sunday, May 21. If you have
the camera or know where it is,
call Private Harmon at 588.
After tying knots in the
ASFTC baseball schedule for
a week, Jupiter Pluvius fin-
ally took a holiday and Tues-
day night enabled the 11th
Med. Tng. Regt. nine to take
over undisputed possession of
first place in the medics’ loop.
The 11th achieved this by
clubbing out 13 hits to rout
the 15th Med. Tng. Regt., 9-1,
while Hq. Det., ASFTC
knocked the 13th Med. Tng.
Regt. out of a tie for top
honors by shocking the Barkeley
Heights outfit with an 11-6 win.
The 12th Med. Tng. Regt. took over
second spot in the league stand-
ings by blanking the 66th Med. Tng.
Bn., 3-0, in a contest that was sur-
prisingly close, as the 66th is a
The Uth hung up their sixth
straight win, as against one loss,
by pouncing on Osleger of the 15th
in the first inning for four runs,
which proved enough to win the
ball game, as Lefty Brendel held
the 15th down to five scattered
hits. The league leaders pounded
out five hits in the first inning
rally, the most robust a double by
Mallet. The 11th added two more in
the fifth when Mallet clouted a
homer with one man on, and fin-
ished off with three in the sixth
on four hits, including a triple by
Collins and a double by Colpitts.
Stan Eldridge, his fireball work-
ing to perfection, turned in a two-
hitter for the 12th Med. Tng. Regt.
as the 66th put up unexpected
stubborn resistance to lose by a 3-
0 margin. The 12th reached Jones,
66th tosser, for a pair of markers in
the first when Mickey Duzdevich
^. - iprd
followed with a home run. The 12th
got their final run in the seventh
when Sanders reached third on an
error and scored on Meyer’s double.
Day, second man up in the first,
singled for the 66th’s first hit and
their second and last bingle came
in the fourth when Davis prodded
out a safe knock.
Most surprised club in the lea-
gue Tuesday night was the hard-
hitting 13th Med. Tng. Regt. nine.
Out after their sixth win in seven
starts and figuring to remain
deadlocked with the 11th for first
place, the 13th boys came a crop-
per at the hands of Hq. Det.,
ASFTC. The Detachment gang
reached Haese, 13th ace, for three
runs in the first and continued to
clout Wilkerson, relief hurler, add-
ing another in the fourth and
seven in the fifth, to win easily,
11-6. Peterson tossed for the win-
ners and g:-.re up seven hits. Lead-
ing batter for Hq. Det. was Price
with three hits in as many trips.
Bob Fenner, former St. Paul (Am.
Association) star, continued his
sensational batting with three hits
in four trips for the 13th, and his
teammate, Schnur, also had three
In Tuesday night’s other game,
the 14th Med. Tng. Regt. diamond-
men lost their sixth game in as
many starts to the fourth place 16th
Med. Tng. Regt., 14-4. It looked
as though the 14th had the game
in the bag as they scored three
runs in the first and Groh hurled
hitless ball for five innings, giving
up a run in the fourth on an error
and a couple of infield outs. The
16th exploded the no-hit theory in
the sixth, however, when Payne led
off with a single and a walk and two
more hits followed to cnase across
four runs before the inning was
Sunday’s games find the 11th
playing at the 14th; Hq. Det- at
12th; 13th at 16th; 66th at 15th.
Tuesday night the 13th will visit
the 11th; 15th plays at 12th; Hq.
Det. meets the 14th on the latter’s
diamond; and the 16th entertains
Games for Thursday night are
llt.h at 12th; 13th at 14th; 15th at
16th; and Hq.
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