The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for May, 1943
A's signed me out of school, where I had done
some catching, but I was butting my head
against a stone wall trying to break into their
catching staff. It was enough to discourage anybody."
And what was so discouraging?
"Well, here I was, a kid out of college, getting
a tryout as a catcher with a team whose regular
catching staff was the greatest three-man catching
staff in history. The only fellows I had to beat
out for a catching job with the A's were Mickey
Cochrane, Cy Perkins and Jimmy Foxx. Naturally enough, I didn't quite succeed, and Connie
Mack sent me to Dallas."
As a big league player Berry never did quite
achieve the fame he gained on the football field.
He learned his football under jOck Sutherland,
whom he calls "a great guy after you get to
know him. I was on his team for a whole season,
playing regularly, and was still wondering if he
would ever speak to me. Jock finally said 'hello'
one day when I met him on the campus. A
strange fellow, but a whale of a coach and a fine
friend when you knew him.''
As a pro football player Berry did aU right.
CHARLES LAFOLLETTE, Wabash '20
He was the all-pro end in 1925-26 with the old
One of Phi Delta Theta's new members of Congress,
Pottsville Maroons when they won the league
Brother LaFollette is a Republican
championship. "You know," he was saying,
from the State of Indiana. His home is in Evansville.
"those Pottsville Maroons were the real forerunners of the Redskins. It was the Pottsville
CHARLES FRANCIS (CHARLEY) BERRY, Lafayette '25,
franchise that was moved to Boston and then to
is the latest addition to the staff of umpires
Washington, where you have it now. In those
operating in the American League. Thus, the
old days we were a pretty good football team,
onetime Major League catcher is in a position
too. And incidentally, I never won an argument
to demand the respect he never gave an umpire
with a football umpire, either. But as a football
in his thirteen years behind the plate. "The day
umpire I never lost an argument to a player."
I got my appointment I began to see the um- Berry is also an official in the Professional Footpire's point of view," grinned Brother Berry reball League.
cently in an interview with Shirley Povich,
DUDLEY ARLUND SMITH, Indiana '21, former InWashington sports columnist.
dianapolis newspaper man, has been appointed
"In 13 years of catching, at Portland, Dallas,
director of the personnel division for the State of
and with the Red Sox, White Sox and Athletics, Indiana. He was selected from a field of more
I never won an argument with an umpire," than 25 applicants.
related Berry. "Who was it that said 'if you can't
Brother Smith recently returned to Indianbeat 'em, join 'em?' Well, that's What I decided apolis after resigning from a position in Washingto do. pay and the hours are pretty good."
ton with the Federal Food Production AdminisBerry has been a considerable sort of persontration, which he had accepted last February.
ality on the sports scene for a long time, or at
DALLAS CARL WARD, Oregon State '27, is teaching
least 20 years since his undergraduate days at
in the Navy Flight Preparatory School in PhilaLafayette College. In 1924 he was Lafayette's
delphia. This is a branch of the physical educaAll-American end, in the era when Walter Camp
tion department of the University of Pennsylwas picking the All-American team and there
vania and has to do with the preparation of Navy
was nothing phony about the honor.
"I'm pretty proud of that,'L Berry said. "That
was the last team Camp picked as an AllDANIEL WILLIAM BLIEM, Lehigh '96, Golden
American before he died. It's nice to look back
Legionnaire of Philadelphia is associated with
and realize you were on an All-American team in
the management of The Engineers Club of Philathe same year that Camp picked Red Grange,
delphia, located at 1317 Locust Street. Brother
and Ed Garbisch, and Harry Stuhldreher, and
Bliem has been in engineering work with large
Walter Koppisch, of Columbia, and Bjorkman,
concerns since his college days at Lehigh. For a
number of years he was with the American
Bridge Company and later with the Midvale
Berry broke into baseball with the Athletics
after his graduation from college in 1925. "The Steel and Ordnance Company in Philadelphia.