The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 18, 1964, Image 6
College Station, Texas
Thursray, June 18, 1964
f Fexas To Remember Cobb
For Schoolboy Sports Work
By HAROLD V. RATLIFF
Associated Press Sports Writer
Texas schoolboy sports lost one
of its greatest contributors the
other day when P. C. Cobb died.
The Texas Interscholastic League
says Cobb did more to promote
championship football, basketball,
baseball, track, tennis and golf in
Texas than any other man.
He is the one who made baseball
a part of the League program.
Cobb had the Dallas schools, of
which he was athletic director for
34 years, playing the game on an
organized basis and he also pro
moted state tournaments.
The League finally recognized
the fact that baseball could be
handled as well as the other sports
so it instituted the annual race in
But Cobb’s influence was felt in
many ways. He was the man who
showed high school football could
draw 40,000 fans for a game. He
was the leader in bidding for the
state championship football game
each year back in the days when
there was only one division.
The schools used to say they
could make more money playing
their state championship game in
Dallas than any other place.
Cobb was a great organizer. He
Burt L. Standish, got his material
from the Trolley League, so called
because the towns were so close
built schoolboy football in Dallas
until it drew 500,000 fans last fall.
Gate receipts were $350,000. This
was for 152 games played by 16
senior high schools and 21 junior
When he got P. C. Cobb Stadium
through WPA money he built high
school basketball in Dallas from
$5,000 for a season to $66,000.
There was a field house at the
stadium for basketball.
He had baseball drawing 50,000
fans, track 60,000.
Under his leadership Dallas built
five stadiums with seating capacity
from 4,000 to 22,000. Another is
going up soon—this one seating
12,000 for football, 7,500 for bas
ketball in the field house that will
be part of the athletic plant.
Cobb came to Dallas from Maine
where he had played baseball in
the old Trolley League that
spawned major league stars and
was the setting for the Frank
Merriwell books. Gilbert L. Patten,
who wrote under the nom de plume
Top Pitcher In Baseball Today
Dick Farrell, Houston Colts pitcher, holds the game ball in
the dressing room after beating the St. Louis Cardinals,
4-1, in Houston. The win was the 10th this season for Fer
rell, his 7th straight and makes him the winningest pitcher
in major league baseball. His season record thus far, 10
wins, 1 loss. (AP Wirejhoto)
Outdoors In Texas
By VERN SANFORD
Nature has a way of taking care
of her own problems.
If you take a tract of land and
never touch it, the balance of
nature to available habitat will re
main fairly stable all the time
Nature has many devices for such
controls—predators, disease, starva
tion. None of them are very pretty,
but nonetheless they are quite
The real trouble starts when
someone begins tinkering with this
delicate balance of nature.
As things now stand in Texas,
there are no lands left which
haven’t, in one way or another, felt
the presence of civilization.
This, of course, compounds the
problem. When a rancher chains
the brush off his land, he destroys
much of the wildlife habitat. As
sonje of the predators are killed, it
also knocks the balance out of pro
The more this balance is altered,
the bigger the need for competent
wildlife biologists to try and get
things back in some semblance of
order again. Perhaps heavier hunt
ing pressure is desired, to com
pensate for the lack of natural
But despite all the work of man,
nature still makes her presence
felt, quite dramatically at times.
Experience has shown us that there
are cycles of wildlife, diminishing
populations in lean years, booming
populations in years of plenty.
Nothing we can do will alter this
A drastic die-off of deer in
Llano County a couple of years
back was a dramatic example of
this. It was, simply, nature’s way
of balancing the deer herd to the
Contrary to popular belief, game
can not be stockpiled. Only so
much wildlife can survive on any
given number of acres.
At Oregon Meet
Danny Roberts and Ted Nelson
are competing in track action at
Eugene, Ore., in the NCAA cham
pionships Thursday and Friday.
Roberts, leading shot putter
among the nation’s collegians this
year with a throw of 60 feet, 7
inches, has concentrated on lifting
weights in preparation for the
Nelson leads the nation’s collegi
ans in the 440-yard dash with 46.6.
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together the trip could be made by
a nickle or dime trolley fee.
Cobb knew Standish and he knew
many of the men Standish wrote
about. He never was sure who
Standish used as his model for the
mythical Frank Merriwell, who
always won the game in the ninth,
but it might have been Cobb as
part of a composite of the good
Cobb came to Dallas in 1921 just
to look around. He got a job as
coach of old Bryan Street High
School. In 1929 Cobb became ath
letic director of the Dallas schools.
He served until a year ago when
he retired but stayed on as con
sultant. In that way he gave the
new administration his ideas on
how to promote high school ath
Texas schoolboy sports won’t
soon forget, the man or wander
away from his influence. He was
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