-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication. published by the ship's
company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commandine
and Commander P. K. Robottom, U. S. N.
EDITOR, Enshrn C. J. Mackenzie
Ass't. Edltor:- R. C. Ball, Ch. Pal' Clerk
Alloclate Editor:- R, W. O'Brien, BMlc
Exchanee & Re- Write:- W. H. Osborne, Y3.
14 OVEMBER, 1936
Last week the Blue Bonnet printed
a story refening to the lack of support
in athletic activities, which in
many parts of the ship was discussed
by many of the men interested in
I heard many of these discussions,
and may I recommend one thing of
interest to all. Why don't more of
these petty officers encourage their
men to go out for some team to represent
This statement seems to be a passward
around the ship; one that goes
like this: " Why don't our teams ever
win"? What's wrong with our team?
Well, just to satisfy a few of you
shipmates, I'll answer both questions
for you. The answer to these questions
are: There is absolutely nothing
wrong with our teams. They are well
drilled by coaches who know a great
deal about Baseball, Basketball, Rowing,
Boxing, Wrestling, etc.
It is not our team that is losing the
games, it is you, men of the good
At some of our games, if there had
been a little cheering, it would have
been a different story.
Those fellows on the different
teams are only human and they need
at least a little encouragement from
the rest of the ships company, if theY
expect our teams to ever win.
Until the ship's company decides
to help out, no better results can be
expected. - Mr. " X"
The Blue Bonnet staff concurs one
hundred percent with the above article.
It is hoped that the ship's company
takes it seriously enough to give
the various teams the backing and encouragement
they need and deserve.
It shouldn't be so hard to do either,
these games and matches are plenty
interesting to watch.
This is the second article by our
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anonymous Mr. " X". It is hoped that
in the future he will continue to contribute
to the paper. He has some
very good ideas and doesn't beat
around the bush expressing himself.
The staff thinks that they are good,
what do you readers think?
Mr. " X" also handed in some very
good personal " Questions and Answers"
which were incooperated in
" Nosey News". The only reason they
weren't given a separate column is
because " Nosey ews" is supposedly
written by Ev'body. It is written by
one person from contributions by
everybody. It is hoped that Mr. " X"
and other members of the. ship's company
will continue to contribute to
this column so that no one will be exempt
from the " see all and hear all"
During the past two weeks our
basketball squad has been working
out steadily, preparing for the Cruiser
Series which is scheduled to open
about December 9.
At present our opponents in order,
are not known, but that means little
to this years squad. They are ready
to go now and are eagerly looking
forward to the opening date. With a
few of last season's squad back with
us and a wealth of new material, the
starting line- up will most likely be
in doubt until just before game time.
The only noticeable weakness to
date is the center jump. We have the
players who can play that all important
position well, but getting the tipoff
is not their specialty.
This fact does not materially weaken
the team since the entire squad is
working on air- tight defense and good
team work. These two factors will
carry them a long ways toward their
goal, this season, the Cruiser Champ
Advance dope on other Cruiser
teams indicate our boys will have to
be at their best to come through.
These past few weeks has found the
team pointing toward just that, being
at their best, being in the win column
from the opening date until the finals.
McQueen- To history, the Liberty
Bell is worth a great deal of
St. Marie-- I don't see why, the bell
WRESTLERS WIN 33 TO 5 OVER
BOXERS LOOSE 8 TO 5
Opening the CruScoFor boxing and
wrestling season, the HOUSTON boxers
and wrestlers tangled with the
CHICAGO Saturday nite at Trona
Field, San Pedro.
Wrestling was staged first, with
our mat men coming through to win
seven out of eight bouts,
Duggan, 118 Ibs, Chick, 126 Ibs and
Hennessey, 135 Ibs won by default,
while Arthur, 145 Ibs, Pratt, 155 Ibs,
Fordemwalt, 165 Ibs and Folta, 170
won their matches in convincing style.
Henry, our heavyweight gave a fine
account of himself before being
The excellent showing of the wrestlers
was the result of long hard weeks
of steady training, and a lot of credit
is due Lt. Young, Whitey Wellbourne,
BM2c. and Juul, Cox, in their fine
It is a record our athletic teams can
shoot at. This first win in the 36- 37
season is the greatest win a Houston
wrestling squad has ever chalked up.
Due to lack of material our boxing
squad did not fare so well, but credit
goes to Hasty in his scrap which he
lost in a close decision.
Hill picked up some points for the
team via the default route, while
Carter, another promising Houston
entry was unable to enter the ring
due to sudden illness.
Lt. Davis, Carp. Calb, CCstd Barnett
and Kollemer, WT1c. have done
their bit toward developing a boxing
squad this year. All that is necessary
to have a great squad is the appearance
of a few more candidates. There
must be a few potential champs in our
AIR MAIL SERVICE
News of an Air- Mail stop being
authorized at Long Beach should be
good news to all hands. Service men
have long felt this arm of our mail
service would be a great advantage
since so many of us have a considerable
amount of correspondence.
This service will be inaugurated
December 1, 1936. Of interest to many
of our shipmates is the added note
that the usual treatment of Philatelic
mail will be accorded.
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