Quotes from Jake Lamotta and Dauthuille when Lamotta KOd him.
. ! MADE CERTAIN erne BY LYALL SMITH AND HAL 3UDDLES WORTH Don't try to prove it by Jake LaMotta that his French foe, Laurent Dauthuille, was leading him on points when Jake belted him out in the final round. 7T Thought J 1 As of TODAY These Tigers Do Better in Far Aivay Places By LYALL SMITH I IT MUST COME as a distinct, and frightening, shock to Tiger followers to discover that the remainder of the 1950 American League schedule DOES NOT favor Detroit. Sure, I realize that 15 of the Tigers' 18 remaining games are at Briggs Stadium while the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have only six home games apiece. But that's just the rub, if you count past performances. The Tigers of '50 have turned out to be the kind of team which does better away from home than in its own backyard. Fact is, it ranks right now as the finest road club to wear Tiger colors since the Mike Cochrane outit which brought the city its first pennant in a quarter-century quarter-century quarter-century back in 1934. It has a chance to top that team's away-from-home away-from-home away-from-home away-from-home away-from-home record of 47 victories and 27 defeats. Losers Only in New York THE '50 TIGERS have played 71 games away from home cooking and backyard patrons. It has won 45 and dropped 26, uith three morp p-ames p-ames p-ames scheduled for Cleveland. That 45-26-3 45-26-3 45-26-3 45-26-3 45-26-3 not add up to a scheduled 77-game 77-game 77-game "away schedule" Krtn iic-A iic-A iic-A thn vr, tv-i tv-i tv-i oininrr H vnn rrn '""""""6 ierrea to uetroit aner weauier bportsman s lark. So strong have the Tigers been in the other fellow's ball park, they now can boast the distinction of being on the losing side in only one city. That Is in New Y'ork where Yankee Stadium finds them on the short side of a 4-7 4-7 4-7 count. They are 4-4 4-4 4-4 at Cleveland with three to go, 8-3 8-3 8-3 at Phila delphia, 8-3 8-3 8-3 at Washington, 7-1 7-1 7-1 at St. Louis and 7-4 7-4 7-4 at Boston and Chicago. Such an impressive partiality for the other club's backyard . , has not hampered the Tigers' On the home lot they are 4-6 4-6 4-6 with Washington, 4-4 4-4 4-4 with Cleveland, Cleveland, 9-2 9-2 9-2 with Chicago, 7-3 7-3 7-3 with St. Louis, 6-2 6-2 6-2 with New York and Philadelphia, and 5-4 5-4 5-4 with the Red Sox. They Like It Here THE FACT that the Tigers actually have played better ball on the road, of course, really does not mean that they are damaged by the rest of the schedule. The players, to a man, will tell you that they would rather play before the home folks than in enemy parks. There is a 'closer feeling between player customer imagines. Like Hoot Evers explains: "A fellow can get used to making himself not listen to boos. But he just naturally hears the cheers. . . ."' The Tigers have heard a flock of them this season as they have put on their amazing race for their eighth World Series. They still have a chance to top the 101-53 101-53 101-53 record set by the 1934 champions. They are a cinch to surpass the 93-58 93-58 93-58 mark of the 1935 titlists and the 90-64 90-64 90-64 record of the 1940 pennant winners. As for the record of the 1945 championship team, that's in the bag. The last pennant that came to Briggs Stadium was won on a mark of 88-65. 88-65. 88-65. You can write than one off the books right now. You can't call this '50 team anything but amazing. The records won't let you. "That's what Al Denapoli. his trainer, kept telling me after the 10th," LaMotta panted in his dressing room when it was all over and the flash bulbs were popping. "I wouldn't believe him. You're tv - i nc? lint r W f- f- I i i o u.'Ara rro n o "-" "-" "-" tauwu uieir puaLpoiiemeut m effectiveness at Briggs Stadium. and fan than the average cash H e Was In crazy, I kept telling him. Then in the 14th, he told me again to get going. ... I guess I waited pretty long, didn't I . . . " JAKE WAS perched on the end of a table. His flat face was puffed. His left eye was nearly closed from the tattoo that the game Dauthuille kept peppering at him. A thin stream of blood trickled from it. His nose was bloodied, too. "Smile, Jake, smil e." the photographers pleaded. "Raise your fist and shake it . . ." "I'm tired," Jake answered. WHY DIDN'T LaMotta use his right hand more? "I hurt it in either the fourth or fifth round when I hit him on the elbow," he said. "I didn't use it much till I caught him in the last one. "Nothing could stop me then. I knew I had him. It felt good. I didn't even know then that it hurt me at all." Was Jake hurt in the 12th when Dauthuille nailed him with a long over-hand over-hand over-hand right jolt flush on the jaw and then flailed him so much that the champion acted like a toppling tree? "No," said Jake. "I was faking. faking. I wanted him to rush in But he didn't do it. I guess somebody has been talking to him." "Did he ever hurt you at all?" he was asked. "ONCE," JAKE insisted. "But I think he fought better than he did in Montreal (Dauthuille de-cisioned de-cisioned de-cisioned Jake in 10 rounds that time). He cut me up that time but he never hurt me then either ..." "Why did you go into that crazy dance after you knocked him out," came the question. LaMotta had bounced around the ring, bending low and jumping jumping high like a ju-jitsu ju-jitsu ju-jitsu artist "I was happy." Jake answered and that seemed as good a reply as any. OVER IN Dauthuille's dressing dressing room there was nothing but heartbreak for the gallant Frenchman for whom laughter usually comes so easily. He held his puffed face in both hands and tried to explain how he let the title slip through' his fingers. His inability to understand English figured strongly. "I was told in my corner to go out in the loth and fight it out," Dauthuille said through an interpreter. But Hermie Blaustein, of Detroit, Detroit, who was Laurent's chief second along with his manager, Andre Barraut, said he gave no such instructions. "I didn't say a word," he said hotly. "How could I ? I can't speak French-" French-" French-" Barraut appeared to be a much concerned about a rematc. as he was over Dauthuille". knockout. "I thought Laurent was ahead on points," he said, "and if LaMotta LaMotta ia a sportsman, he will give him another chance right away." -working B-rra.e N- 3.