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Oregon sports history/1942: Pesky returns from watching Pesky at Fenway Park

Sept. 17-18, 1942

Opening ceremonies will help kick off the new Northwest War Industries pro football season at Multnomah Stadium. The Portland Boilermakers will play host to the Vancouver Warcos at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1.10, or 50 cents for ages 11 and under.

The Portland team, also known as the Busters, is negotiating to play games in December in Portland against the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers. Bears boss George Halas replies to the Portland invitation, saying the NFL may waive its prohibition on postseason games "in view of war conditions."

• The high school football season gets underway, and it's not a good day for Portland teams. Defending Portland Interscholastic League champion Jefferson falls 14-0 at the Vancouver Trappers, and 1941 runner-up Grant loses 15-0 at Klamath Falls. Benson comes up 6-0 short to Kelso in Longview, Wash. Washington drops a 6-0 decision at Marshfield. Commerce loses 12-0 at Milwaukie. Camas will take on Lincoln at Kamm Field, just east of Multnomah Stadium.

VINCE PESKY• Vince Pesky, back in Portland after watching brother Johnny play for the Boston Red Sox for 12 days in Fenway Park, marvels at the BoSox fans and how the Boston infielder from Lincoln High left the ballpark after one game and was greeted by at least 500 kids, all shouting and asking for an autograph, waving a sheet of paper or a book or a pencil. Pesky spent more than an hour signing for all of them, as he and Vince recalled their younger days with the Portland Beavers, when Johnny was clubhouse boy and Vince the bat boy watching kids clamor for Bevo autographs.


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