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O Y, MAY d a u ffh gets er the Dinkle ........................ ousin NEWS I/IEWS ,.BY MAX BROWN [,0F LUCK to Charles Town High's track and Fetes as they take part in the big Regional events ltra Fi1d in Martinsburg Saturday afternoon. If [!,rack, you can't ask for better facilities than 'll find at our old friend John's lay-out on Sat- on hand eaHy as the first ev, ents take place It, M. . ! , OFFMAN" and FRANKIE RA'NALLI brought :aoy to Charles Town High School students and "egion Park "[uesday afternoon when they came ith two men out to pull the game out of the ive the Panthers a 6 to 5 victory over their the Martinsburg High Bulldogs. It certainly +}at climax to an otherwise none-too-well played i)aseball. Coffman sent a long drive to deep ter field and when the right-fieldedr failed to ball and made a wild toss back to the infield, right on legging it around the bases to tie up [ -all. Then up stepped Frankie Ranalli and tag the count to three balls amt two strikes, a long, high drive down the right field foul r Carried to the score board (and that's a long La! Legion Park) and rounded the bases for a r to set the Panther rooters wild... iruly some [ending, it was... I SLIFER: son of the late George 'Mitt' Sitter [of Charles Town's really bright baseballstars [ ars, will be in town 'lhursday night and Friday i[' lng here from his home in Williamsport, Pa., mother who is a patient in the Charles Town [George writes us saying that he would like, so ][ See and talk with such old cronies of his as Leonard Propps, Nell Smith and others who I" uOy-hood friends here many years ago. ! 14. LADEN, the Silver Hill chatter-box, calling in . eup to us Wednesday night said, 'you had better bicycles for your outfielders. They'll need ]i[n, e the long drives from our hitters'on Sun- I["If this boy Bickerton is right, he'll beat you." I You have the phone, so just keep talking-- lr (lil j .just that, talk and talk and talk--on just beat the Leg'ion on Sunday... 'Red is a ] tand never lost for words.He is also a very I ltllF all man.., t fz n I:i COI LEY: our-,ong'-time=tub-;hump'ng 'ied : agerstown Morning-Herald will have his night !lOah Downs next Tuesday and you can be sure l of Frank's old buddies will be right there on rooting for him... Quite a nice gesture on 2-B Turn To 2-B 49C 10c 29 LARGE PARKING AREA 9 RACES XIGHTLY the Glamorous Clubhouse Dining Room FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL CHARLES TOWN 1000 ) BRIGHTEST TRACK IN AMERICA L" Manager Waiters l Crwds Large Both Days With As Tribute To 35 Years ServiceAt ; iHine Setting Sights a y -era- porl--s ribe .,. _Ten WillBe Meet For Second Win Hagerstown Will Be Honored At mar.nsuurg With the opening game of t the season out of the way and a thrill-packed 2 to 1 victory written into the record books, Manager Woody Walters of the Charles Town Legion baseball club was setting his sights on victory number two here this Sunday afternoon when the Legionnaires run into scrappy 'Red' Bladen and his hard-hitting Silver I/ill ball club This is the ball club which whipped the Le- gion twice last year, once by the narrow margin of 2 to ] and then later plastered a 9 to 5 shellacking on the Charles Town team. Bladen will have many of .his star laerformers back him this season, including such well known diamond stars as Harry Beach, w~ho hit the bases-loaded 'home run to defeat the Legion last summer, Perry Currin, Dave Key es, George DeAmbrosia, 'Red' Nor- ris, Bob Glazer, and Bob Sita. This year Bladen 'has added Be.r- nie Jerds to his ball club Jenis is a first baseman who played with the Hagers, town teams in the Pied mont and Inter-State Leagues sev eral years ago Headed by t,he hard-throwing George Bickerton o,f George Was~h ington University, Bladen ,has such outstanding .pitchers as Son- ny Wise and Ernie Clifford, bo:t~h Iormer members of the Washing- ,ton Senators farm system, and ,tile veteran Vernon ,MacN~may w,ho is Mayor Carson Presents Governor Key to City at Opening of Shenandoah Downs no stranger to tJhe fans.a,t Legion Park. Bladen said this morning that he will probably s.tart Bick- erton Sunday afternoon. Keyes .and Currln, botch veteran perform era, give Silver Hil'l a classy co,m- ~bination ~t shovts't(>p and second base. Last year, Silver Hilt won the Industrial League crown in the DiStrict of Colum'bia and were co~ sidered by ,many Was~hing~ton sports writers as one o~ the best balanced sem~ pro teams in the . !. , ~..' ,','. __ ' One of the highlights of,the program for the dedication and open- r~a~mns ~ap~[,Ol Tney carry a . . . . _ .... ling of the new Shenandoah Downs race track Friday night was the squaa o[ sixteen prayers anu Wlll r t i f a b " " ......... 30 I p esen at on o ronze key to the city of Charles Town to West azllve In unanes l'awn a~ tz p m"~ : '']Virginia's Governor Cecil H. Underwood by Charles Town's Mayor "" .... "~ " the ic Nicholas Carson. The aove picture shows Governor Underwood on vne laeglon sloe oI p c ttln f "'~ "'"-~ ....:~rs sai~accepting the key from Ma~or Carson just prior to the u " go" ture Manager w oc, a y war~ h ' " " ~' ............. w-s in t e ribbon for formal opening of the new $4,000000 racing strip cooay ~na.~ ms Dan cmu ~ , ..... ' ,good concliblo~ and Vhat all the a~ tmartes xown. pl,ayers should be ready for the ----'---------'----" im,~Vbant clash on Sunday He The ,time which official's of Shen Miss Maybelle Ruppert. the Gov- said~e :plannedfew if any Chun- antioch Downs and horse racing ernor's receptaom, t: Colonel J. K. ges in "t,he lineup whi~l~ cwme fans of Jefferson County and ,the McLaughlin, chief of Staff for Air ~hroua~h with the neat 2 to 1 ver- area nave 'oeen anticipating for Major william E. Miller, assistant dist ov~er the ~ B I team here many long months arrived FridayAdjutant-General; and Colonel O. Sundav ..... and Saturday when formal dedicaC. Damewood, member of the An:(l~'~r e~tcher is ex'~cted to tion and opening of Jefferson State Mill,tory Board. joln ~l~e'baH-club t,his week to as- CwOsUn~eYi3 n~d $s4o, OOO,pgO~Cee~l~aek Saturday nigh't West irgi~aia's sist Bruce Phlllt,ps and another . ,: me .,u P ".. , Senior United States Senator Jen ......welcome____ ,addition'" to ,the club is were. , on 'nana ~or zne o,pemn~ nings. Randolph was. the honored t'he signing of t,he veteran 'Red' nrght, s program and another 8,000 guest at the track. And Senator Novwo0d who can play bot:h ,the ~or me baturoay nzgh~ snow. Randolph presented the Apple irtfield and ou,bfield as ,well as tu, rn in a very creditable perform- ance on the pitching mound. Game time Sunday as usual at 2:30 p. m. with t~he concession s,tand under t~e management of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wharton opening at 12:45. The concession stand is well ,stocked withcold drinks, ice cream, candy and hot dogs and ,both Mr. and Mrs. What ton and their helpers are ready at a moment's notice to serve any one at'any ,time in the grand.,and or a't the ball park. Jus~ tell t~em what you would like to have and Coming in from Charleston to Blossom trophy to the winner of headline the ribbon-cutting andthe $3,000 Apple Blossom Purse dedication ceremonies Friday which was the ei)ghth race. night was West Virginia's Gover- Senator Randolph and his par- nor Cecil H. Underwood who was ty which included Conzressman guest of honor at a luncheon prio,r James Roosevelt of California ,to the track's opening. Other state were guests of honor at a recep- digni~taries from Charleston for~tion and dinner given by officials the affair were: Brigadier-Gener-lot the track prior to the start of a! Willam E Blake, state adj}~-[the racing program. tant general' Colonel Hazen Fan r~h~ ...."-,..,~-...~ .......... ~,,perlngenlent oI b.[ate r'0nce" I e c .. ,... .a.... .~_r., .... ' th tra k S,~,u,'ua# ,.~z,~ wc,r~" Orel Skeen s oate treasurer" and~ ~ . .... ;' "" r f S"at George Dixon columnist for t,he Joe ~uroe.t, te becreva y o, t e I ' ..... , ....... . Washington Post-T~mes Herald l'ne GaOl'lea Town l-llg'll bcnool .. ......... newspaper, and Colonel and M,.~. r~ana anu tne American ~,eg]on Gordon Moore of Washington. Color Guard got the program un- derway with the band playing .the they will see that your ~van'ts are taken care ~f promptly. :National Anthem as the Legion WVU Coach To Speak Color Guard raised the American and West Virginia flags to .the top of the pole in the track's in- 'T0 Charles Town High field. Then the band played sever- al num'bers until time for the rib b(m-cutting ceremony. After Gov Athletes At Banquet ernor Underwood had cut the rib boa Oharles Town's Mayor Nichol- as Carson presented the Governor Tuesday evening alor~g ~bout 6 with a bronze key to the city ol p. m. athletes of Charles Town Charles Town High ..School w:ho ~ave represent- Robert Leavitt, the; track's gen- ed the school on the gridiron, ~ba~s- eral manager then took the spot- ketball ,court, baseball diamond Hg, h t to deliver brief remarks and and ,cinder track: ~ill gather a~ then ,the, nine-race program got ~he ,~h school 'to be easted and underway. honored a~t the annual lathletAc The betting handle on the banquet to b~ staged by the ,nig%t's nine races and the daily i sChool. And on hand bo ,play one double amounted ,to $343,671. lot ,the featured roles in thebban- In his brief remarks Governor i que program will be West Vtr- Underwood praised the beauty ginia University's ~ead ootball and plush of Vhe new plant and coach Art Lewis. pointed to the potential value it ! Charles Town High Princl,pal shou,ld have as not only a recreat- Oordon Elsmon said Tuesday O~t ,tonal but ,tourist attractio~. . Coaoh Lewis plans to bring al'ong l~ollowing the eigh,th race of the ~four or five members of his coach evening Governor Underwood pre- ying stuff with ~lm ,to tihe ,banquet. seated a large ,trouphy to the win- Among those expected ~to come in net of the $5,000 race which had been designated as the Governor's p,arse. Other's in t'he Governor's party vthich came to Martinsburg by ,plane Friday afternoon and re- ,turned to Charleston late tha,t night were: Herbert Marsh, secre- tary 'to the Board of Public Works ,Mrs. Alma Slaboda, the Gover- nor's executive secretary; Miss Martha Ford, personel director; Mrs. )Moore is the sister of Mrs. Dwight Eisenhawer. , I II II I I Ill FLORSHEIM SHOES Sizes From 5 to 12 TOWN AND COUNTRY CLOTHIERS Ill Illlll I~ I _ Hoover Uniforms Custom Made Suits For Men and Women Uniforms of All Kinds A SMALL DEPOSIT PLACES ANY ORDER! Buy Direct and Save! Phone Shepherdstown 2-301 After 5:00 P. M. Make Your Home Your Shopping Center . . . Write or Phone, We'll Bring Sam- pies to you! Fe. 19-if. Tuesday evening with Lewis are tb~ckfleld Couch Edward Shockey. li, ne coach "Chuck" Do~wIdson. equ~prner~t ,manager Carl Roberts ,and C~a~ Gibson. The ~banquet hour has been mov eel forward ,to 6 p. m. so ~hat t~he group can be away from the ban- que in time to see some of ~he ravAng prograzn ~ ~henandou~h Downs race ,track. Once again Saturday the Shenandoah Downs Track Tuesday Night t)+ +,, fieht meets to be held in this ) Frank Colley, one of the most colorful characters to grace the sports scene, will have his night at Shenandoah Downs next Tues- day. Coiley, a familiar face to Jefferson County residents will mark 35 years with the Halters- town Herald that night ~May 12) and the local night track will run the Prank Colley Purse in his hon- 'or. Colley's boss, William Preston Lane, publisher of the Herald and Mail in the neighboring Maryland city, will be on hand at Shen- andoah Downs to take appropriate note of his sports editor's long lnd [aithful service. So will Frank's wife. Mable and hundreds of his friends. Frank Colley joined the Hagers- ,town Herald staff on May 12, 1924 and ju,% hasn't seen fit to leave, although his contacts could doub- tlessly have taken him on to big- ger things. Frank his put down his roots in this section, especially at-, ter marrying the former Mable D. Hale. a Charles Town girl whom he met in Martinsburg. Frank, i~ fact, started out writing sports for ,the Martinsburg Journal, prior to dining the Herald. Although Frank has spent the )eat part of his life at a typewriter his first connection with the world of sports was as a competitor, and a pretty fair one at that Only a~ illness that came out of three years with the AEF in World ,War I cut short t'he diamond career of the promising right hander. Colley started playing 'ball with Galveston, Texas, spent some time in the VirNnia Leagu9 and then tried his hand at pitching in 'a league which operated in West Virginia and Maryland. He was .one of the .mainstays of the mound staff of the ~Martinsburg team of the old Blue Ridge League for a number of years prior to FRANK COLLEY World War I. Prior to joining the AEF in World War I. l=i'anl~ was re-instated in organized baseball. After the war had ended he pit, ched for a time with Worcester, Mass. and Waterbflry, Conn. for four years. It was Colley who broke down the Boston taboo by hurling the first legalized baseball game in that city. Colley is well--known through- out the area and frequen,tly visits Charles Town in connection with Legion baseball games and other sporting events. section will be staged in Co- bourn stadium in Martinsbur and once again the Charles Town tligh trackmen will be called upon to defend the;r sectional crown wlfich they have won the past three consecutive years. And this year there will be more teams ,than ever on h:md trying to dethrone the Panthers. Indi- cations are now that at least eight other teams will be par- ticipating and possibly more. The Regional at iMartinsb, u~ will be just one of six being held n various places in the state Sat- urday to determine which s'eholas tic athletes shall move into the big state .meet in Charleston May 16. The Martinsburg meet will get underway at 1 p, m. and Coach John Cobourn of Martinsburg. dir ector Of themeet, said he hopes to be bale to have the last event completed by at lea~t 4:30. Other Participants be able to have the last event pete in the meet along with Clmt- les Town are: Martin,;burg, Ber- keley Snrings, Sbepherdstown, Rid geley. Keyser Hedgesville. Mussel- man nad Page Jackson High of l'harles Toffn This' will be the first vear that Musselman, Hed- gesville and Page Jack,on itigh have competed in tl~e meet. Coach Cobourn said the two too finis'hers in each event will be el ig,ible lor participation in the state meet. Coach. Adam Craven of Charles Town High, said Tuesday he will ta~e about 20 ,men to the meet,, concentrating mostly on the spri~,ts the hurdles and the half mile events. Turn To Pale ~-IB I IllII Ill I I I I Ill I I llll ~ I - I wtm t nAlt tt e mese: ", What nicer gift? 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