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LAFAYETTE BUNCHES RUNS OFF ILES; CONNIE MACK, SCHACIIT MAKE EXHIBITION GREAT EVENT Large Crowd Thrilled by Outstanding Attractions; Lefty Veller Steals Show With Great Performance, Striking Out Seven; , Bob Bailey Cool in Cutting Off Rally; Bran-cato Hits Home Run; Fans Cheer Columbian Park Recreational Center. Maybe they won't believe him, but Claron Veller will certainly be able to tell his grandchildren how he beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 6 to 5. That was the final score of last night's game, which, despite periodic threatening of rain, turned out to be one of the finest exhibitions ever U. S. AMATEUR :r TOURNEY LED BY MCCARTHY - Veteran Shoots Two-Under ' '70; Paces Dick Chapman, - Jack Cree, Tom Whiteway r by Stroke. By BILL, BOXI MAMARONECK. N. Y., Sept. 9. (AP) Maurice "hay fever" McCarthy, who has been giving a good account of himself in high caliber golf since 1927, did so again today when he paced the first 18-hole qualifying round for - the National Amateur golf championship with a two-under-par 70 over the west course of the Winged Foot golf club. Even so it gave the Cincinatian only a one-stroke margin over his closest pursuers. Actually he was the pursuer, since he came In last of the pacesetters. Bracketed behind him at - 71 when the day's work was done " were Dick Chapman, who croons occasionally and hits good golf " shots consistently; Jack Cree. a blond husky 24-year-old from up ' state New York, and Tom White-way of Cleveland. That Chapman should be up in the running was no surprise. The Winged Foot course virtually is ' Dick's backyard. But Cree and Whiteway were considerable surprises. SON OF YANKEE Cree, medalist in his sectional qualifying round, was playing in the tournament for the first time. Son of Birdie Cree, one-time Yankee outfielder, he clipped two strokes off the front nine's par I with a 34, and then held on well 'enough for a 37 coming home.' Chapman played it the same way. Willie vv nueway was uui m au came back in par 36. McCarthy, who had Bobby Jones 1 1 down with 3 to go in the first round in 1927, didn't start out sen- sationally, but he staged a whirlwind finish. Two bogeys and a birdie brought h!m to the turn in - 37, and nobody turned a hair. TURNS ON HEAT At that point McCarthy turned on the heat. Smacking his irons, the shots that pay off on this course, with "precision and decis- oni, he laid his approaches on ' the 12th, 14th. 115th and 16th within three fee or less of the cup ' and got three birdies. But for a - miss on an eight-foot birdie try at the 17th. he would have had a 69, one stroke from the course record. - Behind him and the three 71 shooters the brackets began get- - ting crowded. Marvin (Bud) Ward of Spokane, defending title . holder and favorite, found a lot of good company at par 72. including such contenders as Trailer Bill . Holt of Syracuse, Skip Alexander of Duke, Freddie Hias of New Orleans and the hard hitting veteran Ellis Knowles, who was a semi-finalist in this tournament in 1906 and won the intercollegiate title for Yale in 11907. Gus jMoreland, Harry Haver-stick, last year's first round leader, and 1933 champion George Dunlap had 73's; the 74 group took in Ed Meister of Cleveland, Johnny Burke of Newport. R. I., former champion Jess Sweetser and last year's medalist, Tom Sheehan of North ville, Mich. FARTHER BACK Farther back were Scotty Campbell of Seattle, Art Doering and Wilford Wehrle of Chicago and New England chamnion Leonard Martin, 75: Frank Strafaci, Pat .Abbott and Ray Billows 76: 1936 champ Johnny Fischer and 1938 champion Willie Turnesa. 77. and 1937 chamn Johnny Goodman, Bruce MeCormick of Pasadena, Calif., and Tommy Barnes of Atlanta, 78. Of the older ex-title-holders Chick Evans was on the qualifying brink with 79, and Francis Ouimet, who couldn't can a putt, had 82. They'll have to struggle tomorrow if they hope to make match pipy, for only 64 can qualify and 58 today had 76 or better. staged. Over 3,000 enthusiastic fans were on hand to see Connie Mack, Al Schacht and the host of Philadelphia stars, and all proved even better than expected. . Schacht, the Clown Prince, is now Komedy King in Lafayette. He had the crowd guffawing no end with innumerable crazy antics, including his famed acts of the . Near-sighted . Pitcher, the Swell-headed Pitcher, and others. The crack-pit comedian even took a trip through the crowd, to the misfortune of some, but to the amusement of many. CONNIE MACK SPEAKS Connie Mack spoke briefly over the public address system, and his appearance alone added 'much prestige to the occasion. The Athletics started their regular lineup, except the battery. Chubby Dean was used at first base instead of Dick Siebert, since the latter has a sore hand, and may not be able to play today at St. Louis. After the third inning, Al Simmons took over left field, and other changes were made. Lafayette getting a good look at 15 Athletics in action. VELLER THE HERO But after the game was over, the crowd gone, and the powerful lights dimmed, the whole story was Claron Veller, a 30-year-old insurance salesman, who had lost his last five games in the Indiana-Ohio league. Veller slipped his tantalizing curve ball past the heavy-hitting A's for seven innings, until, tiring in the eighth, he was relieved by Bob Bailey. During his 7 1-3 innings on the mound Veller allowed eleven hits, and was nicked for five runs, but always came fighting out of every tight corner jnto which the major leaguers managed to back him. Finally in the eighth after Al Brancato had slammed a home run over the left centerfield canvas to make the score 6-4,, and Heusser and Rubeling had singled in order, Veller gave way to Bob Bailev. BAILEY STOPS RALLY It was Bob's first appearance at home since returning from the minor leagues, and the ex-Purdue ace showed courage under pressure by cutting short the. danger ous Athletic rally. When he entered the game, Meusser was on third and Rube- ! ling on first, with one out. Dee i Miles cracked ' a curve ball into I the ground in front of the plate, and the ball stayed in the air j long enough for the run to score, j although Bajley threw the batter j out at first. That made the score 6-5, a runner on second, and Sam ChaDraan . coming to bat. Previously Chap- i man had slammed out two doubles, and two long flies to the , fence. Bailey cut loose a wild : pitch, which sent the runner to third, but steadied and struck out j the hitter to retire the side. j ONE "HIT" NO RlNS I In the ninth, Al Simons led off j with a "swinging bunt" down the j third base line, and advanced to ' second when Bailey's hurried , throw bounced away from.Tange-man at first. Chubby Dean grounded to second base. S;m-mons advancing to third, and Bailey struck out Wagner, to make two out. Then Floyd Davis, j star rookie second baseman, cracked a long fly to right center which Vic Wyss took on the j dead run to end the game. ' Philadelphia had scored once In the first on doubles by Gan-tenbein and Sam Chapman, and Sam Chapman's second two-bagger and Simmon's single. In 'the sixth Brancato singled, and scored on Rubeling's double. LAFAYETTE RUNS Lafayette scored all six of its runs in the third and fourth inn- i ings off Pitcher Carl Miles. In j the third. Seal singled, Tangeman punched a single through the shortstop hole, and Veller walked . to Joad the bases. Mike Sofiak waited for ball four, thus fore- ' ing in a run, and Vic Wyss lined out a good hit to drive in two 1 more. A moment later Sofiak scored on Miles' wild heave. 1 The fourth inning uprising was i started by Cato, who led off with a single. Seal walked, and after Tangeman and Veller were retired, Sofiak doubled deep into right center to score two runners. In the fifth inning. Veteran Ed Heusser took over for Philadelphia, and held the Red Sox to three hits in the last four innings, one of which was a terrific

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  1. Journal and Courier,
  2. 10 Sep 1940, Tue,
  3. Page 12

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