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Sportscripts

By Paul Zimmerman

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[[caption]] PAUL ZIMMERMAN [[/caption]]

It is with a feeling of deep satisfaction that The Times welcomes the many thousands of you here tonight for this replay of the world's football championship between the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. 

Like its other Times Charities, Inc., sports features--the Golden Gloves boxing tournament and our Sports Banquet of Champions--this is the best possible football game that could be had. That makes it the greatest football game ever staged in Memorial Coliseum.

For these two teams, composed of the greatest stars the colleges have graduated in recent years, and experienced in seasons of additional professional play, fought a 15 to 14 game for the world's title last fall. If it had ended in a tie the game could not have been closer.

Some of you in the stands tonight are attending one of our sponsored sports spectacles for the first time.

Not a few of you who stood at attention when the Star Spangled Banner was played were in uniform a short time back. As the band played you probably recalled memories of a year ago tonight.

It may have been in the mud of Burma, the dust of Okinawa, the rubble of Berlin, the sizzling heat of India or Persia.

Wherever it was you may have traced the decadence of fellow mankind in those countries and of the enemies you fought, to lack of proper consideration of youth--that and a fundamental absence of clean, wholesome sports.

You probably said something should be done to prevent this in America. Tonight, by your attendance of this football game you have done something.

When The Times signed these two great teams ten months ago for this game tonight it did so with the feeling that those who were interested in making their contribution to underprivileged boys were entitled to nothing short of the best.

Never had the sports fans of this city seen two truly great big league professional football teams meet in Memorial Coliseum. This will be our best to date in the series of Times Charities, Inc., sponsored grid games. It is.

"For Times Charities, Inc." on a ticket is the hallmark for the best in sports.

Again, we thank you!
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THUMBNAIL SKETCHES OF THE LOS ANGELES RAMS

ROGER HARDING--Center, was an All-American at the University of California. Roger is 23, stands 6 ft. 2 in., weighs 215 pounds.

EARL GRUBBS--Center, is from Sam Houston Teachers College of Texas. He played for Mike Holovak's PT Night Raiders while serving as a lieutenant (j.g.) in the Navy. He is 26, 5 ft. 11 in., 200 pounds.

JAKE FAWCETT--Guard, is from the Southern Methodist team of 1941. He is 27, 5 ft. 11 in. 220.

JOE PASQUA--Tackle, of Southern Methodist's 1941 team. He is 26, 6 ft. 1 1/2 in., 225.

MARSHALL (ABE) SHIRES--Tackle, was star of the 1939 Tennessee team. Abe is 26, 6 ft. 2 in., and 225 pounds.

GEORGE KOCH--Halfback, played end at Baylor and tailback at St. Mary's of Texas. He is fast and elusive, 27, 6 ft. 1 1/2 in., and 200.

BOB HOFFMAN--Fullback of Southern California. Bob is 28, 6 ft. 1 in., and 210.

BOB de LAUER--Center, was a tackle for Howard Jones at Southern California in 1940. He was captain of the 1942 Trojan varsity. St. Mary's Preflight. Joined the Rams in 1945. He is 25, 6 ft. 1 in., and weighs 215.

FRED NAUMETZ--Center, and All-American center from Boston College, has been alternating with de Lauer on the Ram first team. Fred is 24, 6 ft. 2 in., and 220.

RILEY "SNAKE" MATHESON--Guard, has been an All-League guard for the past four years and is known as the smartest and most alert defensive linemen in National League history. Roams all over the field and calls defensive signals. This is Riley's 8th season in the league and his 7th with the Rams. He is 30, 6 ft. 2 in., 210.

MILAN "SHERIFF" LAZETICH--Guard, former deputy sheriff of Deer Lodge County, Mont. He comes from Anaconda, played freshman football at University of Montana and later became an All-Big Ten tackle at Michigan. He is 25, 6 ft. 1 in., 215.

LES "BUTCH" OR "KING" LEAR--Guard, is the only Canadian to make good in the National Football League. Butch was born in North Dakota and is a United States citizen but he spent most of his life in Canada and went to school at the University of Manitoba. He is 28, 5 ft. 11 in., 227 pounds.

ART MERGENTHAL--Guard, played at Notre Dame where he was a regular right tackle on the 1944 eleven. He was a freshman at Tennessee and while in the service as a Navy V-12 saw gridiron duty at Bowling Green, Ohio. He is 25, 5 ft. 11 in., 215.
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