Sport: Stars & Stripes

Everybody but Hollywood had scouted hula-hipped Herman ("The German") Wedemeyer, St. Mary's Hawaiian-born 170-lb. halfback. An All-America sophomore last year, he had turned down $20,000 from the football pros this spring. Two big-league baseball clubs—the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs—had been after him. So were several sharp-eyed West Coast fight managers, who thought he was a natural boxer. Last week, making his Manhattan debut against Fordham before 30,798 Polo Grounds fans, Weddmeyer, a quadruple-threat man, ran, kicked, blocked—and threw three touchdown passes.

St. Mary's smart Coach Jimmy Phelan explained it: "He's...

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