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Earlier tonight, Bruce Smith—halfback for the University of Minnesota football team—received the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest honor, at a dinner ceremony in New York.  The ceremony was interrupted by an air raid signal as Smith walked onstage to accept the trophy.  The signal, however, was falsely issued, as the incoming planes were American Army fighters, not German bombers.  Since the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, "invasion fever" has plagued the nation.  
           Smith captained the Gophers to undefeated victory in 1940 and again this year.  Despite his heft, Smith is regarded as one of the fastest men in the league.  He received more than 200 votes over the runner-up, Angelo Bertelli of Notre Dame.  
Baseball - A Year in Review
 
 
1941 was a year of many historical feats as many players recorded memorable moments. There were several moments that renounced on what was otherwise known as a memorable year. Moments such as Yankee Joe DiMaggio breaking the consecutive hitting streak record in 56 consecutive games, Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove winning his 300th game, the Dodgers winning their first NL flag since 1920, and the Yankees winning the world series summarized the 1941 baseball season.  Joe DiMaggio, recently named AL MVP, hit safely in 56 consecutive games, the most ever in major league baseball. DiMaggio broke the previous hitting streak record of 44 set by Wee Willie Keeler 44 years ago on July 2nd. DiMaggio helped his Yankees win the pennant and helped overcome the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series. However, even though DiMaggio won the AL MVP, he won it closely with Ted Williams just barely behind him to place second in the AL MVP voting. Williams, however, was better statistically as he had more homers and runs than DiMaggio and also had a higher batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage than him. Williams batted .406 in the regular season, the most in the majors since Roger Hornsby’s .424 in 1924. For the National League, Dolph Camili of the Brooklyn Dodgers led the league with 34 home runs and 120 RBIs to help the Dodgers win the National League Pennant. However, Camili wasn’t the only Dodger standout of the season. Rookie Pete Reiser, age 22, became the youngest in major league history to win the NL batting crown. He led the National League in average this year with an average of .343. In the World series this year, the Yankees bested the Dodgers in a competitive 5-game series. The MVP of the World Series was Joe Gordon, who hit .500 with five RBIs in the series. DiMaggio broke the major league record in consecutive games hit in with 56, earning him the NL MVP
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