Yale will only be in town for a couple of hours this afternoon, but baseball critics seem to think the Crimson will see plenty. For the 192nd meeting of these two teams, scheduled for 3:30 o'clock on Soldiers Field, the Elis are expected to move confidently in the wake of big righthander Frank Quinn.
For the home team, coach Dolph Samborski has named a similarly logical, if less illustrious, starting pitcher. Sophomore Ira Godin, after his sixth win in nine starts, has scored the only EIBL, (Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League) victory for the last place Crimson this spring, having beaten Princeton, 6 to 3.
Nearly everyone knows about Quinn already, but for the books he has pitched Yale to two consecutive EIBL titles in 1946 and 1947, and last year he led league pitching in every department. He throws a good curve, but specializes in striking men out with his fast ball.
The Yankees are reported to have offered him $40,000 to sign a major league contract upon graduation this spring, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding collegiate pitcher this year. In New Haven, the scholars are scarcely familiar with the five other pitchers on coach Ethan Allen's squad.
Great Lakes Pitcher
Godin has been one of the few performers approaching dependability on a team that has held many disappointments for coach Samborski. A native of Shaker Heights in Cleveland, he pitched for Great Lakes during the war on a four-man staff that included "Feller, Galehouse, Gorsica, and Godin."
Besides naming Godin, Samborski revised his batting order a bit yesterday. Captain John Coppinger has been moved up to the sixth position because of a steadily climbing batting average, while John Caulfield will hit second.
Samborski did not name a starting left fielder, but he implied that both Jim Kenary and Len Lunder, who have alternated in left, may be benched for weak hitting. Their place may be taken by one of two Jayvees, Hal Moffie or Steve Howe, who have batted .356 and .457 respectively.
Yale Second in Batting
Yale is second in the ten-team EIBL, which includes all traditional Ivy League opponents plus Army and Navy. The Elis are also second in team batting with a .252 average, while the Crimson ranks fifth at .229.
A surfeit of basketball players are among the Eli outfielders including Tom Redden, Gerry Breen, and Art Fitzgerald. The latter replace the injured .400 hitter Dick Tettlebach in left field, and his rash of extra base hits last Saturday made him high man at the plate as Yale beat Princeton, 14 to 2.
Third baseman Red Matthews and catcher Norm Felske are also aggressive hitters. The controversial Art Moher, leading off for Yale, curiously is leading the team in home runs.
Yale's captain George Bush is weakly regarded at the plate, but his glove work around first base has been extraordinary. One New Haven publication recently called him one of the finest fielding first sackers in the country, "including the major leagues."