Gustafson Still Leads League Batting Race
Harrison, Yale Pitcher, Threatens Supremacy With Four Games to Play
Harlan Gustafson, Pennsylvania's first baseman, still holds the lead in the race for the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League's batting championship and the Charles H. Blair Bat today but from now on he can say nothing about its eventual disposition. Having completed his season last Saturday against Princeton by getting one hit in four times up, the Red and Blue Senior has an average of 406 on 13 safeties in 32 tries, but Yale's Ted Harrison, the pitcher-outfielder, is right on his heels with a 400 average and four games still to play.
Gustafson, captain of the 1939 football team, engaging in his first year of Varsity baseball with the Quakers, has played only ten of his team's twelve games, a toe injury keeping him out of the other two, and has hit safely at least one in nine of those games. His only extra-base hit was a homer, in the season's opener with Cornell.
Harrison, one of the league's best pitchers and an outfielder when he is not on the mound, has been at bat 30 times and has 12 blows, all singles. He will undoubtedly see action in his team's remaining games, against Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard twice. One other player may still be in the race: Princeton's Brooks Jones, who has an average of 426 in eight games. But with one more game to play Jones his not had 30 at bats, a requisite of the race. He has 11 in 26.
The competition for the Princeton A.A. Cup for base stealing probably will wind up in a tie. Cornell's Walter Scholl and Pennsylvania's Bill Koepsell, each of whom have finished their seasons, have 11 and no other league player is anywhere near them. Scholl also leads in runs batted in, with 14, and Cornell's captain, George Polzer, has most hits, 16, and most bases, 23.
The two games played last week did not change the team standing. Cornell already has won the title, but Columbia's victory over Harvard and Princeton's triumph over Pennsylvania moved up neither of the victors, who remain in fourth and fifth places, respectively. One other game, Columbia at Dartmouth, was canceled by rain, so that the Indians will play only nine of their twelve games at most, contests with Harvard and Cornell having previously been canceled.