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By MARSH KTJSHNER
Here Is a little article we clipped from th nnrt MIU ,.
Kansas City Star. Ernest MehlTpor edUor of th?&8 CUy
srass. comments on Bob Ce and the wSfwirS
. At the moment there re six
of the Yankees, not counting the
by now not be certain where h
2f tht sl H2nj Bauer and Gene Woodling are fixtures. Mickey
Manila vtrhn haa haH mrvmn.nii.. ijaai. . . iTJ-1,-vw
r rf iV ..toT . F i f y, u,e exPe"ence in the fly chas
ing art, is counted on strongly to improve.
Jackie Jensen, who has suffered since his pro debut from
e"e;atd opinion of his own ability, if among those con-
s deredut perhaps the rookie who has attracted the most atten-
BOB, who is a serious sober -
r""";v "n, nas naa a ratner spec
tacular rise in baseball, thanks largely to his own persistence.
Some observers believe that Casey Stengel may discover what
Manager George Selkirk found to be true last year: That Cerv
even though he lacks a powerful throwing arm and has no rare
peed, will be his most competent centerfielder. , H
It is just Possible that the man wHa will ro.
place Joe DiMaggio in the ample
at -.Yankee stadium will be this
thusiasm back in June of 1950 that the Kansas
City club hesitated a long time before it agreed
to pay the bonus Cerv wanted.
'Cerv's Success A Strange Story'
Cerv's case Illustrates the extreme vagaries
of baseball. The most promising buds quite often
fail to produce the most luxuriant flowers while
on the other hand one unnoticed develops into the
blue ribbon winner.
Yankee scouts, in particular
for signing Bob, had watched the Nebraskan for several years,
but had cooled off or, him until his senior year at the University
when he led the Big .Seven conference hitters win a very imposing
Upon McDermott's advice Cerv was called to Kansas City to
work out with the Blues under the eyes of Manager Joe Kuhel and
his coach, Jimmy Gleeson.
The story that Cerv couldn't throw had preceded him and no
special attention was paid to this phase. It developed Bob lacked a
strong arm, but his heaves were accurate.
After the workout the manager, his coach and Parke Carroll,
general manager, held a conference.
The question was thrown at Kuhel and Gleeson: Was the boy
worth taking a chance on? Did he have any major league possi
bilities? It was Kuhel's opinion tht Cerv was worth a gamble and
Gleeson was equally positive.
"I believe he would in a very short time become the most
valuable player on the club," he opined. i
'Wins His $500 Differences
As the result of this meeting
It would be willing to give Cerv,
umversny oi iNeorasKa oaseoau coacn, wno was primarily inter-
ested in advising the player of the best course to take.
The organization and Cerv finally reached a point where ' there
remained oniy a duu umereate
. Finally Carroll decided to yield.
"All right," he told Cerv over the telephone, "you wire your
acceptance and we'll give you the extra $500. You can join us in
The wire of confirmation came and Cerv joined the Blues In
. Minneapolis. Within a short time he had established himself and
by the end of the season he had justified the predictions Kuhel,
Gleeson and McDermott had made for him.
Last year Bob was called during the season to the Yankees
but in a very brief trial, he failed to distinguish himself. He returned
to the Blues understandably disgruntled and then came an injury.
Even so he was second in the league in batting and held many
of the slugging marks.
This spring the Nebraskan, starting from scratch, has done
some of the lustiest swatting in the Yankee camp. He has proved
he can hit for distance against major league pitching and while
It is far too early to pass judgment on him, the fact remains he
could very well be the team's centerfielder when the season opens.
'Cerv Has Spirit Yankees Like'
There probably are some points about Cerv which have en
hanced his chances. There is a certain tradition among the Yankees
arid the players who wear the uniform are expected to conform to it.
There is the story of one promising youngster in the organ
ization who so far has failed to make the grade and whose conduct
and temperament evoked a stinging letter from one of the scouts
"You don't act like a Yankee,' he flailed the boy. "So far you
haven't shown that you have the spirit to become a Yankee. You
are wondering why you haven't been advanced and I'm going to
tell vey say tlijs younester fs qUjte chastened, this spring and it
may be the words of the scout have had their effect.
Cerv from the start had the spirit, the determination and this
resoluteness which the Yantcee heads like.
They agree Bob has s very fine chance to achieve his ambitions.
Iranians Drop Phi Psi's
For Ail-U Vo leyball Title
By BILL MUNDELL
Intramural Sports Columnist
The Iranians reached the heights,
of the volleyball world Tuesday
night as they romped to the All-
University voieyDau cnampion
ship. As was expected, they
captured the big-one by downing
a hard-fighting Phi Kappa Psi out
fit in two straight games and ran
their season record to . 25-1. ,
Although the Phi Psi's could not
hand the Iranians their second de
feat nf the vear. thev came within
a whisker In the second game be
fore the rhsmnions nulled an
In winning the All-U title,
the men from Iran will be
awarded the official intramural
medals denoting their sweep of
the volleyball laurels. The Phi
Psi's wlR be awarded the volley
ball trophy as fraternity cham
pion of 1952. In each sport, the
trophy goes to the highest rank
ing Independent outfit
The champions were never
headed in the first game of the
title match as they won by a la-u
count. The Phi Psi's made it close
all the way, however, and ap
peared at one time ready to over
come a bis Iranian lead. The win
ners were coasting along on a 12
5 margin when the Phi Psi's cut
loose and six minutes later they
trailed by only one marker, 11-12.
That was all she wrote, however,
as the victors mustered their
forces and tallied the all-important
three points and the victory.
The second game was practic
ally the opposite. The Phi Psi's
held command throughout the
irst ten minutes as they broke a
2-2 tie and roared to a 9-2 lead.
The Iranians took time and
talked the situation over and
apparently found the solution
because the next six points were
recorded in their favor and the
Phi Psi spikers' lead had
dwindled to one point.
From 9-8. the losers managed
to up the margin to 10-8, watched
the Iranians collect their ninth
point, and then shot to a 13-9
The pressure was on, but good,
and both teams played inspired
ball. The next point seemed ages
in the making, but after ten un
successful serves, the Iranians
cashed in on the eleventh and the
ice was broken. From there it was
only a matter of two minutes and
the Iran smashers forged into the
lead for the first time at 14-13.
Still the Phi Psi's were not
beaten and forced the cham
pions Into a 14-11 duece game.I
outfielder In the tralnlnr camp
veteran Johnny Bopp who auy
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minded athlete who can pout with
center pasture if y"'
robust, broad- I K" ' V
Joe McDermott. who rets nrndit
the organization set a sum which
who was being briefed by the!
pevween wnai me piayer wanted
It was the last lap for the losers,
however, as a terrific smash and
a well-placed ball earned the
necessary, two points and
Iranians were champions.
It was all-around performance
for both teams in the final two
games of the year. Seven men
saw action for both teams anH
all played well, but when it really
counted, it was the smashes of Faz
Haghiri and Ted Tavakoli for the
Iranians and Jerry Andersen for
the Phi Psi's that netted the
The final Daily Nebraskan rat
ings for the volleyball season are
1. Iranians (25-1)
2. Phi Kappa Psi (22-3)
3. Alpha Tau Omega (14-8)
4. Beta Theta Pi (14-4)
5. Brown Palace (17-5)
6. Sigma Chi (9-10) j
7. Cornhusker Co-Op (11-12)
8. Phi Delta Theta ... (15-6)
9. Presby House (11-8)
10. Sigma Alph Ep "B" (12-7)
The lineups for the All-Univer
Bob Bach man
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MOST -VALUABLE FLAYER . . . JlmtBuchanan has been named
the winner of the most valuable player award given to a Uni
versity of Nebraska basketball player. Claude Rethcrford, Bus
Whitehead and Bob Pierce are the other recipients of the award.
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Although the calendar says it's
Sorinc vou would have a toueh
nthlptip tonm of that richt now
For wind, snow and slush
descended upon the campus
Tuesday night with the result
In KU Meet
Few record look to be in dan
ger April 18 when the cream of
this year's crop of prep track
sters invade Memorial stadium for
the 48th runing of the Kansas In
Hampered by bad weather,
Sunflower cindermen have got
ten off to slow starts over the
state. As a result, outstanding
performances to date have been
few and only four Relays marks
appear threatened on the basis
of competition to date.
The meet record in the low
hurdles has been equalled and
the marks in the shot put, javelin,
and 880-yard run have all been
Top high jump to date is by
Perry High's Junior Carder who
hopped 6 feet V2 inches at Ot
tawa. But neither he nor To
peka's Bill Reichert who sailed
6-1 offer any threat to the Re
lays mark of 6-5.
Mam Feature Clock
Esquire: "Alice in Wonderland,"
Varsity: "Vatican," 2:37, 4:55,
7:13, 9:31. "The Big Trees," 1:00,
3:18, 5:36, 7:54, 10:12.
State: 'Snow White," 1:37, 3:37
5:37, 7:37, 9:37, 11:00.
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that spring sports are stymied
on the home front.
So the enterprising Huskers are
taking off for the warmth and
sunshine of the South.
First to head southward were
Tony Sharpe's baseballers, who
started off on a six-game road
trip through Oklahoma and
Kansas Tuesday afternoon. When
the Sharpemen left, the sun was
shining, and spring was truly in
the air. As it turned out, the
19-man diamond squad got out
of Nebraska just in time to miss
Thursday morning at 7:30, Ed
Weir's track team left for Kansas.
The Scarlet thinclads have a dual
meet with the Jayhawks today.
Also bound for greener pas
tures are the NU tennis and
golf aggregations, who have
southern road trips scheduled
for April 12 through April 14.
The golfers and netters will go
as far south as Texas, where
they will meet North Texas
wonder rfn,9 f ?Ht
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Thursday, April 10,
A measle-stricken University
of Nebraska track team heads for
their toughest dual meet of the
outdoor season against the Kan
sas university cindermen.
The Jayhawks, indoor cham
pions, will be taking advantage
of the fact that the Huskers will
be without the services of high
jumper Bob Sand and distance
man Clayton Scott
Bob DeVinney, KU's flying
track captain, renews his pursuit
of Nebraska's Don Bedker Thurs
day when the Jayhawkers enter
tain the Cornhuskers in the first
outdoor dual meet of the 1952 sea
The spare Kansan can pull
abreast of the picture-running
Husker in their season's hurdles
series by whipping him in both
the 120-yard highs and the 220
lows. Bedker will go Into the
meet owning a 3-1 edge in the
vendetta forged on the strength
of his double conquest in both
flights of Indoor timbers
He unwound winning efforts of
07.5 and :06.9 in these 60 yard
hauls, as DeVinney ran second in
the lows and third in the highs.
Bedker also measured the de
termined Jayhawk in the highs in
the KU-NU Indoor dual at Lin
coln. DeVinney notched his lone
victory in the lows at :06.9.
Bob figures to be better over
the longer outdoor hauls. He
ran second in the 220 yard lows
in last May's conference derby
and went on to bag the runner
up slot behind Cornell's Charles
Moore in the National AAU 400
meter barriers. He won the Na
tional Jr. AAU crown at that
distance in 1950 and will shoot
for that title in both the Kan
sas and Drake Relays.
He'll face a tougher time with
his Scarlet foes in the highs.
DeVinney has worked onlv
briefly at the timbers since the
outdoor season began, concentrat-l
mg instead on the quarter, where.
he is employed as leadoff man in
Jayhawker Distance Medley and
Mile relay foursomes. He turned
a :49.9 in helping Kansas to the
latter title at Texas in a record-
In addition to Bedker, Ne
braska will present another
capable veteran in Dan Tolman,
who missed most of the Indoor
season because of injury.
Kansas lost the services of a
fine freshman prospect this week
when Adolph Mueller, Leaven
worth double state class AA prep
king last year, turned up with a
back injury. He may be through
for the season. However, the
Hawkers hope to get some points
out of Don Woodson, improving
junior, and Bill Biberstein, Attica,
frosh who won the class B state
title in the highs last spring.
The DeVinney-Bedker duels
likely will stick the winner close
to the respective meet records
of :14.7 and :23.8. Greenwood
hung' up the former time in 1949
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DeVinney Bedlcer Rivalry
To Highlight Cinder Carnival
and 1950. He shares the lows
with two other Jayhawker's,
Harry Wiles, 1937, and Lee
More likely to topple are the
440 and Mile Relay standards of
:49.0 and 3:22.0. KU's Don Smith
is. a good bet to stow away the for
mer record erected two years ago
by Ntrs Loyal Hurlburt,
Tn T, ;E
!Mile Relay at Texas, and has
rambled as low as :48.1.
KU's Mile Relay foursome
scorched 3:14.7 at Austin, getting
second place when Oklahoma's
winners were disqualified. Ne
braska's 1949 unit of Don Vollert
son, Jim Martin, Fritz Ware and
Hurlburt hold the current record.
Every one of 15 University
and division winners crowned
Saturday at the Texas .Relays
will go after more spiked-shoe
glory at Lawrence April 19 in
the 27th running of the Kansas
" Throe of the most intriguing
winners will be drawn from the
Big Seven: KU's two distance re
lay teams, and Oklahoma Broad-
jumper Neville Price.
The latter notched a stunning
comeback in Austin by winning
his specialty at 25-2 V&. Just a
month ago In Kansas he was be
ing counted out of action for
the season after pulling a muscle
on his second jump in the Big
Seven Indoor preliminaries. His
leap Saturday is the best of the
early 1952 campaign and just
two Inches below the aging Mt.
Oread standard. Iowa's Ed Gor
don has held this at 25-4
Bill Easton's leather-lunged
steeds would havfe smashed their
home course records to tiny bits
Saturday had they been running
in their own Games instead of at
Austin. As it was thev erected a
new Texas Distance Medley mark
at aiKUb.o and missed their own
Four-Mile standard by less than
two seconds in 17:21.2.
The Distance Medley time was
:05.9 under Texas' five-year-old
mark, and is :03.7 below Michi
gan's Kansas Relays standard
of 10:09.7, which Don McEwen
anchored two years ago.
The Four-Mile unit's effort was
:13.1 below the current Mt. Oread
mark of 17:34.2 which the Cliff
Abel-Herb Semper-Pat Bowers-
ioursomt erected in
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two winning combinations.
These include Semper, who an
chored both and Sophomores
Wes Santee and Art Dalzell.
Capt. Bob DeVinney led off the
Distance Medley. Lloyd Koby,
another soph, ran second in the
With this brace of exc it
times in their first 1952 on or
start, these two Jayhawk units
pose severe threats to American
and Intercollegiate records in both
The Jayhawkers were off the
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pace only :05.1 in the Four-Mile
at Texas and only :06.8 above the
twin marks in hte Distance Med
ley. An Indiana quartet of Mel
Trutt, Jimmy Smith, Tom Deck
ard, and Don Lash have owned the
17:16.1 Four-Mile banner since
'37. North Texas State's Al Chris
man, Henry Morgan, Wayne Ride
out and Blaine Rideout erected
the 9:59.4 Medley record in 1938,
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the Penn Relays.
Easton frankly expects both
units to Improve even if they
are forced to run against the
clock. Koby trotted no better
than 4:33.7 in the second carry
of the Four-Mile. Semper ran
only 4:17.5 in anchoring the
Four-Mile. Under pressure Sem
per and Santee both are likely
to reach as low as 4:11.6 in the
Mile and the latter close to 3:00
flat for the 1320 carry of the
The performances of (Jklalvma,
Texas A & M and Kansas tlso
furnished an eyebrow lifter in
the Mile Relay at Austin. The
Sooncrs ran 3:13,1 only to be dis
qualified. The Cadets scorched 3.13.5 and
the Jayhawkers had to be content
with second even though they es
tablished a new school record of
3:14.7. All three times are under
the present Kansas Relays mark
of 3:15.0 set by Rice in 1950.
Relays notes: Kansas Coach
Bill Easton will be obliged to
find a new leadoff man for his
Distance Medley and Mile Re
lay teams since Bob DeVinney,
the old reliable, will be plying
his legs In the 400-meter hur
dles at both the Kansas and
Drake Games. . . .
A Jayhawker unit of DeVin
ney, Frank CIndrich, John Reid
erer and Don Smith rambled
3:14.7 in the Mile relay at
Texas to establish a new Uni
versity record even though the
blistering performance was only
good enough for second place.
. . . The old mark of 3:16.5 had
stood since 1934 when Bob
Schroeder, Thcno Graves, Ed
Hall and Glenn Cunningham
etched the figure. . . .
Abilene Christian's new fresh
man sensation, George Adrian,
spun a blazing :47.8 anchor lan
as the Wildcats whizzed 3:17.8 in
winning the college class Mile Re
lay at Austin last Saturday. . . ,
An early line on the Glenn Cun
ningham Mile here April 19th
shows Javier Montez.
Western and Dewev
I western ana uewey
Drake, as early favorites. . . . The
former whipped his Bulldog rival
at Austin in the 1500 meters, a
distance which will prevail here
since it is an Olympic year, in the
good time of 3:52.6 However
Dewey ran 4.10.0 in the Bankers'
Mile at Chicago to beat Don
Gehrman, although finishing sec
ond behind Warren Druetzler.
Small, secretary of the Jayhawk
Club here, hustled to a Smith Cen
ter football banquet during the
Christmas holidays from Gadsen.
Ala., his home town.
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