Camp Barkeley News (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, July 21, 1944 Page: 5 of 8
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Friday, July 21, 1944
£AMP BAEKELEY NEWS
They'll Swim And Dive For Camp At San Antonio
Jump, Fritz, I Giff You Liver!
K9 Corpsmen and dog-lovers in
general will be shocked to dis-
cover that dogs are dumber than
orang-utans. And by dogs we mean
Army dogs, civilian dogs and the
kind that used to follow Harry
Richman’s act at the Palace.
The animal laboratory at Colum-
bia University recently completed
a series of tests to determine ani-
mal intelligence. And this is how
Who was the greatest fighter of
them all in each of the weight di-
' visions? This question was sub-
mitted to the nation’s sports writ-
ers by Esquire magazine.
Results: Heavyweight, Jack
Dempsey; Light Heavyweight, Bob
Fitzsimmons; Middlegeight, Mickey
Walker; Welterweight, Henry Arm-
strong; Lightweight, Benny Leon-
ard; Featherweight, Johnny, Kil-
bane; Bantamweight, Terry Mc-
Lefty Gomez, baseball’s laughing
boy, was chatting with Honus Wag-
ner, 70-year-old diamond great,
between innings of a war bond
game in Pittsburgh. t
“There’s one thing you can clear
tip for me, Mr. Wagner,” said Lefty
“What’s that, my son?” the great
man asked. , ' •
“Well,” said Lefty, “did Abe Lin-
coln swing from the shoulders or
was he a wrist hitter?”
Size No Handicap
To ASFTC Trainee
, _—Photo by U. S. Army Signal Corps
These seven men, plus three more who couldn’t be present for the picture, will make up the ten-
man swim team that will represent Camp in the Eighth Service Command Swimming and Diving meet
to be held in San Antonio, July 27, 28 and 29. The swimmers are Pvt. Andrew Daleski, left; Cpl. William
McCoy; Pvt. Leslie Stocker; Lt. James W. Mulford; Pvt. Ray Taft; Pvt. Matthew Schlesinger and Pvt.
A ten-man swim team made up
of seven members of the Army Ser-
vice Forces Training Center; two
from the 1851st Service Unit and
Lt. James W. Mulford, Camp Pro-
vost Marshal, who is coaching the
team and will also participate, will
represent Camp at the Eighth Ser-
vice Command Swimming Meet to
be held at Ft. Sam Houston, San
Antonio, July 27, 28 and 29.
Most members of ASFTC who are
competing m tn« Fort Sam con-
tests recently appeared in the Camp
swimming meet which they won,
taking four first places, four sec-
onds, two thirds and the 300-yard
medley. The two men from the
1851st Unit. Sgt. Don Linowski and
Pvt. Andrew F. Daleski did not ap-
pear in the Camp contests, but since
that time have worked hard to get'
their times down and have earned
places on the squad.
The Barkeley team will be paced
by Pvt. Raymond Taft, Co. D. 60th
Med. Tng. Bn., holder of several
West Coast swimming records, who
took top honors in the 100-yard
backstroke and the individual med-
ley at the Camp meet two weeks
ago. Among the titles that were
at one time held by the ASFTC
swimmer who is from San Francisco,
are the Farwestern Individual Med-
ley, Farwestern Indoor and Outdoor
Backstroke 100 yard and 100 meter
champion, California State 100 and
150 yard backstroke championships.
He.is the only backstroker in the
United States today who has beat-
en the National champion, Adolph
Lieutenant Mulford also has a rep-
utable swimming career. A native
of Portland, ore., he is former Ore-
gon state champion in both the 100
and 200 yard Freestyle; former
Northwestern 220 yard Freestyle
champion and was a member of the
440 Meter Freestyle Relay team
which won the 1941 National cham-
Others of the ASFTC upon whom
the team is depending are Pvts. Les-
lie Stocker, Co. B, 60th Med. Tng.
Bn., and Matthew Schlesinger, Co. C,
60th Med. Tng. Bn. Stocker did most
of his swimming in the Orient where
he swam for the Shanghai-Ameri-
can Schools and the Shanghai
YMCA. He swam for China against
the Jap 1932 Olympic team and was
former Chinese champion in the
100 and 220 yard Freestyle.
Schlesinger, the youngest member
of the team did most of his splash-
ing for City College of New York.
He is the former New York City
Collegiate 100 yard Breaststroke
The other swimmer on the squad
besides Daleski and Linowski is also
from ASFTC. He is Cpl. William
McCoy, of Green Bay, Wis., former
Wisconsin 100 and 200 yard cham-
Rounding out the 10-man con-
tingent are three divers, all from
ASFTC. Heading the group is Pvt.
Robert Zenoni, Co. D, 72nd Med.
Tng. Bn., from Kenosha Wisconsin,
who at one time held the Badger
State Diving championship. He won
the first place award at the local
The other two Camp Barkeley
divers wrho will display their finesse
at Ft. Sam are Pfc. Fred Czerkas,
Co. C, 72nd Med. Tng. Bn. and
Pvt. Joseph Sultana, Co. D, 55th
Med. Tng. Bn. Czerkas, at 35, is
an old-timer in the sport. He began
his diving career way back in the
20’s with Harrison high school in
Chicago. In the Camp contests he
took third place.
Sultana has had practically no
competitive participation. His swim-
ming and diving has been done
largely for his own entertainment.
He is from Cambridge, Mass.
Events to be entered in the meet
at Fort Sam Houston are the 50-
yard freestyle; 100-yard freestyle;
200-yard freestyle; 400-yard free-
style; medley relay; freestyle relay
Every Company in
The 23d Tk. Bn., was the first
to enter all its companies in the
12th Armd. Div. softball double
elimination tournament, w h ich
starts next week. Following closely
were the 494th and 495th FA Bns,
which have entered all their bat-
teries. Thus far there are 37 teams
entered. It is desired that all 72
companies in the division enter this
All companies which have not
entered and wish to do so, should
call the SSO today.
Mrs. E. Lilius of Abilene will con-
duct a duplicate bridge tournament
at Fifth Street USO club on Sat-
urday at 8:15 p. m., in the upstairs
Prizes of a telephone call home
will go to the winner and a carton
of cigarettes to the servicemen fin-
ishing in second place.
Servicemen wishing to take part
in the tournament are asked to sign
up either at Fifth Street USO club
or at other USO clubs in Abilene.
basic training in Co. A, 70th Med.
Tng. Bn., he is anxious for an op-
portunity to do some fighting while
in the Army and if the war doesn’t
last too long would like to continue
in the beak-bashing business w’hen
he- returns to civilian life.
Will 12th Regt.
Do Repeat Act?
Few teams saw action last week
as the ASFTC baseball loop swung
into i’cs second half of play.
And from indications of the first
two sets of games it looks like a
repeat performance as the 12th Med.
Tng. Regt., 1943 champion and win-
ner of the first half crown this sea-
son, jumped into an early league
lead with an 11-3 win over the 66th
Med. Tng. Bn., Sunday afternoon,
and a forfeit victory from the 14th
Med. Tng. Regt., Tuesday night.
However, the champs may have
their league domination threatened
if the 17th Med. Tng. Regt., new-
comer to the ASFTC league, can
maintain the same fire power that
enabled it to come from behind Sun-
day afternoon 'to nose out the 16th
Med. Tng. Regt., 11-10.
The 11th Med. Tng. Regt., first
half, second place winners, got off
to a good start Sunday registering
a 16-5 win over the 15th Med. Tng.
Regt., but Tuesday the 16th Med.
Tng. Regt. proved a thorn in the
side as i'c downed the 11th 3-0, in a
closely played contest. The latter
game was the only one played Tues-
day as the 14th forfeited to the
12th and the 66th Bn. and the 13th
game and the 15th and 17th con-
test were moved to later dates.
The game scheduled for last Sun-
day between the 13th and 14th
Regts. will also be played at some
In winning Sunday over the 66th
Med. Tng. Bn., the champs relied
on hitting power, ringing 11 hits off
the slants of two enemy pitchers,
as their own flinger, Lingley, limited
the opposition to three scattered
The game between the 16th and
17th was a slugging match all the
way. A total of 30 hits were regis-
tered in the contest—17 by the 17th
and 13 by the losers. It was not un-
til the final canto that the game
was finally decided, and then not
until the final out had been made
in the last half of the ninth inning.
With the score" knotted 9-9, the 17th
pushed two markers across in the
closing frame, and the 16th threat-
ened by scoring once in the last
chance at the plate.
Behind the steady pitching of
their ace, Andy' Vucovich, the 11th
had little trouble subduing the 15th
Med. Tng Regt., 16-5, Sunday. Lead-
ing 7-3 going into the sixth the
11th made victory certain as they
opened a barrage that netted them
seven more counters, and then top-
ped it off by registering two more
counters in the seventh and final
By far the best played game since
the opening of the second half and
one of the best contests played all
season was the one between the
16th and 11th, Tuesday which the
former won 3-0. The 16th scored all
of its runs in the first half of the
second inning on two singles and
a double. From there on the game
was a pitching battle between Kuf-
Approximately 20 men from
Enl. Det. and Med. Det., both
of 1851st Unit, answered the
call yesterday afternoon for
the first workout of the new-
ly-organized Camp baseball
team which will represent
Camp in the Eighth Service
Command district meet to be
held here between August 27
and September 6.
Among the men reporting for the
team were members of this year’s
Regional Hosp. team that played
in the Camp league and also some
of the men from last year’s Enl.
The team will ffe under the di-
rection of T-Sgt. Edward F. Mager,
Enl. Det., and S-Sgt. Joe Becvar,
Med. Det. They will handle the
coaching and managing of the team.
Both have had plenty of experience
in baseball and it is expected Becvar
will also catch for the team.
Workouts will continue through-
out the remainder of the season on
the main Camp diamond at 3 o’clock
each afternoon and all members of
either of the detachments are urged
to come out.
The Eighth Service Command
championship meet will be held early
in September with district meets to
be held the latter part of August
to determine which teams will go
to the finals.
The command has been divided
into six districts with Camp Barke-
ley the host 'team for the North
Texas District which includes Gamp
Barkeley; Wichita Falls MP Det.;
Camp Howze; Ashburn Gen. Hosp.;
Fort Worth MP Det.; Eighth Ser-
vice Command Det.; Camp Wolters;
Camp Bowie; Camp Hood; McClos-
key Gen. Hosp.; and Mexia POW
Winner of this tournament will
be eligible to enter the champion-
ship meet in' Dallas.
Games are being scheduled for
’che Camp team with the 12th Armd.
Div. team, San Angelo Army Air
Field and several other strong ser-
vice teams in this section.
Off To Fast StarU
The 418th FA Gp. baseball league
got off to a fast start Saturday
with the 805th Bn. downing the
803d Bn., 6-4.
The 805th scored two runs in the
first, one in the fifth and three in
the ninth while the 803d scored
two in the fifth, one in the sixth
and one in the ninth.
The 805th started the game off
with two runs in the first inning
on hits by Lundgren and Bremer.
Neither side was able to score again
until the fifth, when the 805th scor-
ed one run only to have the 803d
come back with two runs in their
half of the inning. In the sixth the
803d tied up the game with two
singles by Capello and Gros which
garnered them one run.
In the last inning the 805th salt-
ed away the game with three runs
in their half on a home run by
McLoed that scored two men ahead
The 803d put on a rally that fell,
just short of again tying the game
when they managed to get the bas-
es loaded, but were only able to
score one man.
Next week the league will con-
tinue with the 768th meeting the
769th and the 803d playing 804th.
The 805th draws a bye.
ta of the winners and Collins of
the 11th, the latter yielding but one
more blow besides those garnered
in the second canto, while Kufta
limited the opposition to three hits
for the entire contest.
Each hurler racked up 11 strike-
outs to his credit while his team-
mates were playing air tight ball,
each team committing but one mis-
Garhes scheduled for Sunday,
July 23, send the 11th to the 13th;
the 12th to the 15th; the 14th to
the 17th and the 16th to the 66th
Med. Tng. Bn.
Size has often worked a serious
handicap on many a diminutive
boxer, but judging from the im-
pressive record hung up by tiny
Frankie Cicala, now a trainee in
ASFTC, a 5 foot, 3 inch, stature and
114 pounds hasn’t seriously retarded
his progress down fisticuff row.
In eight years of amateur warfare
which began in 1936 and concluded
last spring just prior to his induc-
tion in May, the classy little 26-
year-old Detroit Italian youngster
participated in over 100 bouts—win-
ining 86 (43 via the knockout route)
while never once being kayoed him-
self. Fighting as a flyweight during
Doesn’t Always Count.
his entire campaign Cicala battled
his way to the Golden Gloves cham-
pionship of Detroit in 1939. A sever-
ely lacerated nose suffered in his
championship bout prevented Fran-
kie from partcipating in the nation-
Frankie continued his winning
Way and in 1941 captured the Dia-
mond Belt title of Detroit. Since
that time and until he entered the
service Cicala divided his time be-
tween exhibition bouts and his work
at the Briggs aircraft factory of
Now at the half-way mark in his
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