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Ruth Uses "Golf Swing'
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By ROBERT EDGREX. a
1 went out to the ball park in
Chicago to see Babe Ruth. Met 1
Babe just after he had come from 1
the dressing room for batting practice.
Now last time I saw Babe all any- i
one needed to do to start the silent f
big fellow wag to mention golf. So i
I worked it that way, r
"Hello. Babe." says I.
"Why. hello." says he. 1
"How's your gol??" (
Blank look on Babe's face, regis- 1
terinu complete ignorance of what i
I was driving at. t
"Playing any now?"
"Huh?what ?golf? N?. Haven't 11
any time fo^ golf now." t
"Well. well, thought you intended i
to stick to it until you could trim I
Chick Evans." j
Babe Forgets Golf.
Another blank look from Ruth, as !
if to ask:
"Evan's, who's that guy? What *
league does ho bat in?" Only Babe
didn't say anything at all.
"Anyway, some of those long !
drives you madf at Annandale stand 1
as records. Haven't been beaten by
anyone yet. That one on the sixth. .
where you carried the 240-yard
biinkerjf and rolled on down their I
I expected some enthusiasm from j1
Ruth on this. But he only grunted:/
And where you drove to the syca- .
mores on the thirteenth."
"Don't know anything about j
colf.M said Ruth shortly. "I've for- .
gotten all about it. Naw. I don't
play anything but baseball now.1
T>on*t know anything else."
Ruth looked as if the >"olf subject f i
gave him a pain. Yet last Ume T 1
saw th?? bird he couldn't stop talk-j'
ing drives and mashie shots long j
enough to order lunch.
"Well." says T. "how about that [
home run record, then? Going to '
break it acain this year?" j >
H "Easy!" boomed Ruth. "Nothing i
to It! Nothing to it at all!"
Th? grouch went out of Ruth's
manner and he wore a smile a foot
wfde and curled up at the ends.
"Easy! It's no trouble to hit out
enough to break that."
"Let's see?you have more than
He barked the exact figure at me !
Indignantly.- Then he gave me the j
up and dowr as if amazed at find- 1
ing anyone could be ignorant of aj
vita', fact of that fort.
"J.orry." says I apologetically.!
**Tou see I've been no busy with the I
flght. and paying the money over,
afterward as stakeholder, and all ,
that sort of thing that I've been a
little out of touch with the real 1
Ruth looked mollified.
"Oh. yes, I heard about the fighthe
admitted. "They stopped a game !
of our double header that day for
about four minutes to announce the
result. I hear there was a pretty
good purse?that so?*'
As I happened to have my check |
made out to Carpentier for $200,000.
T showed it to Babe. That got a
V smile out of him. ^Ie called over
" another ball player\nd passed the!
"Almost as much as you get In ;
Tke First Call.
Ship me somewhere into aatnmn
Where the fullback hits a line.
Where the halfback does a tango
On some brg right tackle's spine.
Where a punt goes sailing swiftlj
As- the spiral cleaves the air.
And a flock of cleata land deftly
In the quarter's tangled hair.
Ship me somewhere through October
Where I'll hear a howling mass
As some sprinting end swings ontward i
To receive a forward pass.
When some runner dlres through center I
With a dosen yards to go
As some huskj forward nails him
And a tackle lays him low.
The Pirate Pace.
For three and a half months,
something over 100 days as the crow
* files. Gibson's Pirates have been acting
as pace setters with but little
chance to flop and take an extra
Pace setting is no light undertaking
over the long trail, and the wonder
is that Gibson's club has held
uch an even stride. Fine spirit and
hall playing skill are the two responsible
Only So Much.
The human system can stand only
eo much. The limit is always in the
offing. Jock Hutchison began his
Hp-roaring campaign early in;
March. The British champion trod
various competitive fields under foot
until at last he reached his fastest
pace at St. Andrews.
That was the crest of his form.
After this triumph a natural reaction
was due. Being human.' he
could only go so far.
The same break surrounds Tilden.
Ho had come to top form too long j
ago to be at his best at Wimbledon
There he had a close call over a good
tennis player, but one hardly .calculated
to press the champion at his
best. Tilden, overtrained, was merely
in the act of going to seed. Any
further doubt as to how far he had
slipped was shown when in three
out of four/ sets Vincent Richards
took his measure by such margins
am 6?2. 6?l. 6?o.
Richards is an extremely able
voung star, but not able enough to
batter Tilden to this extent with t???
latter near his true form. The question
now is whether or no the world
hampion can come back far enc/ugh
to meet the determined assault of
William Johnston when the hardfighting
Californian starts out to regain
the old homestead he lost a
year ago at Forest Hills.
Both America and Great Britain
have shown their keen desire to continue
International golf. The international
feature has added deep interest
to the competitive side of the
But there can be no international
solf and no intersectionai golf if we
are to have two sets of rules in this
country and both are to differ from
There should be only one ruling
hody 0ver here, and that body should
have at least, one more adjustment
w*th the British committee to omplete
one established net of rules and
regulation*, with only auch minor
rt FEELS C<
Golf and |
!S on Baseball
* in Hitting Ball, Say?
e a Golf Ball Travel.
i season," he said, kidding.
"Almost as much as you make on
he ponies." kidded the other ball
layer in return.
Tklnka Hell Uu?t Record.
"Oh, I wouldn't do so bad if *
vent after it," said Kuth. "1 pickea
ive races yesterday and got four
dinners and my choice in the Attn
an second," / n,,i.
This, by the way. was a little
>etter than the Bambino did in
uba. where the bookies relieved
lim of the trouble of making any
ncome tax report on his winter
"I've sot plenty of time yet to
>ust that home run record," Babe
laid. Betting back to his real heart
nterest "Over half the season and
ess than half the way to go. I'm
n good shape too." .
"You look in good shape. l?ook
ibout right for the movies. G?inK
;o do any pictures at the end or the
Don't know anything about the
novies." said Kuth stolidly. "I m
lot interest in anything but baseball.
Well. I gotta get out for batting
practice. Gee! Hot, isn t
Babe moved away, swinging two
>at*. A moment later he was at
he plate. For a fellow who puts
>n a lot of fat out of season he has
ome down to very good athletic
ondition. Not. r>f course, that the
l.auibino could display any washrtoard
stomach like Carpentier's. I
Rut very fair for a big man who j
needs weight for heavy slugging.
His waist is proportioned to his
bulk, and he has no double chin,
I'm ?iolf SwineWatching
Kuth at bat I was
struck with the fact that although
he has abandoned golf he hits the i
ball with a golf swing. He uses;
what the golf pros call "a lot of |
wrist." Waiting for the ball Babo,
wa&cles the club lightly, from the i
wrists, seeming to be feeling the
pffect of putting the wrist into the
finish of the swat. As the ball
comes, his bat is back and motionless
for a fraction of a second, and
then it moves forward without
haste or any apparent effort jusfct
as a golf club goes through in a |
Babe s bat hits the ball and the
ball goes shootinp down just inside
of first base. It takes the ground,
apparently without any great speed
But it keeps on going. It doesn t
slow up. It hits the fence with a
vicious thump. Of course when he .
hit^ a higher one it sails over j
I used to watch Babe's golf
drives, and the ball he hit seemed (
to hang in the air long after It,
should have begun to fall?to hang!
there until it grew so small it
passed out of sight.
The baseball he hits acts the samej
way But he doesn't strain or
press. He hits with a free, unhur-!
ried swinsr that is entirely differ-1
ent, somehow, from tfie ordinary I
ball player's "chop."
Going into the game Ruth seems i
to have the same somewhat grim j
concentration that T>empsey carries j
Into his corner at the beginning of
a fight It's the concentration that j
wins, no matter what game you |
I guess it's a safe bet that Ryth i
will crack that home run record.
(Copyright. 1M1. by the Bell Syndicate. Ia?->
differences as may be necessary. One
might think that the world had
known enough conflict lately without
starting fresh trouble in a
Oxford and Cambridge.
Without any undue expectations
of a triumphant march. Oxford and
Cambridge sent over tennis, golf and
track teams to compete with our
best. They hoped to do well, but
they hardly could have figured upon
any victorious romp. They cam
more for sport than for medals. 1
has been a fine thing for both coiin
tries and for the game itself to hav
them over, regardless of any final
Tfcf Nnt Oir.
Some time ago, when Charlie Paddock
was running amuck, we suggested
that the next record to fall
would be the running broad jump,
which had rested securely just under
25 feet for over twenty years.
That mark is now broken, and the
I next big effort will be to reduce Nor|
man Taber's figure? for the mile.
The time isn't very far away bej
fore some stout legged and stout
hearted runner will dash off a mile
; around 4:10 or 4:11^ The reduction
| may not come this summer or fall,
I but It will come before 1922 has
passed into history.
Limerick of tbe Link*.
There was an old duffer who aald
As he constantly lifted hi* head
With a curse and a frown
"I could keep my bean down
If my skull was all filled up with lead."
The idea of the Boston Braves
seems t? remain hanging around in
case Pirates and Giants decide to
take a flying trip on the soapy chute
between now and October. You never
can tell, and in case any. such event
develops, Fred Mitchell eScpects to be
in close enough to insert his claim
upon a renewal of Boston's glory.
Fred Mitchell has run his machine
as well as any manager in the
game. Last"Xpril the flrst four teams
who were expected to be in the vicinity
of top place were New York.
Pittsburg. Brooklyn and St. Louis.
But Mitchell has shown again that
April dope doesn't always blossom
(Copyright. 1M1, Haw York Tribune, lac.)
TAKE YOUR CHOICE.
An euphonic sport page would surely be
When names we can t say cause a tear.
For instance, I'm sure we'd be glad if you'd
What*, the real way to say Carpeatier.
When a nan. ret. In prlat aa often aa Ma
The public mu?t "imply Infer,
The way yon prononace It?whatever-it la,
Perhapa lt'a Ju?t plaia Carpenter.
We wrestlf aad wraa?le aad chew off the
Of the name we are trjia* to aay?
The .port .heeta I'm sure woo Id hare maay
If they'd apel it Uhe?"Car-pon-ti ar.
? One of our standard copy book 1
maxims runs about as follows?"If I
at first you don^t, succeed, try. try i
There are those who follow this ,
advice for a short spell and then
get discouraged. (
There are others who give it a '
longer whirl, and then decide that
fate and destiny have erected an insurmountable
Jim Harr.es of Pelham belorffeed
to neither class.
The new open champion of
America began hammering at the
door of the throne room back at !
Buffalo in 1912.
*or years he has had the game}
that deserved a crown. For years '
he has been able to win minor
championships and big tournaments J
where all the leading stars were I
entered. But when It came to an <
American or a British title some- !
thing reached out and yanked him i
back where one bad round was suf- J
flcient to spike his claim.
Nine Years of It.
A nine-year pursuit Is bound to |
be a discouraging event. Yet
Barnes apparently was never discouraged.
Last year at Inverness, when he |
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?va3 on top of his h'ume, he expected
to break through. He couldn't quite
make it. This year at St. Andrews
he was confident again that he
would have his chance. At the end
jf the third round he was tied for
first place, with a wonderful chance
to reap his long delayed harvest
glory and acclaim. I Jut once a^ain
he fell ba?*k.
Hut when h?* came to Columbia he
was still undiscouraged. "I am now
overdue." he said, "and they can't
keep nie out forever." So in place
i>f barking at past fate, of wasting
any time at self-pity for other
> ears and other championships
where he m!ght have won. he went
to work more gHmly than ever.. He
knew what a big field and what a
brilliant one he had to beat. He
knew that Duncan or Hutchison or
Mitchell, among others, micht swing
into line with par-breaking matches
any moment. "But his main idea in
this championship was to play his
best golf from start to finish, even
in the qualifying round, and by
nerve control and complete concentration
to leave as little as possible
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to chance. Even when he was seven
strokes ahead, with only eighteen ;
holes left, he played as carefully i
and as grimly as if he were tied i
with Hagen or MeI,eod.
niiprllifiK n Hoodoo.
Karnes 'and Hutchison have both
i dispelled an ancient hoodoo which
i held that no winner of th^ qualifying
medal could come through to a
championship. This hoodoo upset
both Mit? hell and Hutchison last
year. Ilut at St. Andrews Jock led j
the field in the 36-hole qualif>ingj
! little and continued his winning ;
hike all the way through.
At Columbia. Harnes. by turning
in a sixty-nine! also led the quallI
fving test with a stroke to spare
above Mike TCrady.
For the ninety holes of qualifying
and championship play Harnes
was fourteen strokes beyond Hagen
and Mcl.eod. his nearest rivals. No
such superiority has ever been set
up before in any past championship.
Mel.rod and Smith.
Alex Smith won his first open
championship of the T'nited States
fifteen years ago at Onwentsia. McI
l,eod landed his open victory at
I Myopia thirteen years ago. Yet.
outside of Harnes. they were two
of the most notable figures in the
Smith's steadiness was more remarkable
than one can understand
who has never played Columbia.
There were terrifying hazards in all
i directions that were waiting to
[wreck promising scores. The slightal
J ^^ver Hill ^Meadows
nk-v Waldorty ? _
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\ Waulkner ^
th In Slugging
\ jDn \ *VSTHttlCl~rq \
?Ht slip frequently meant a ?ix onja
i par four or par five hole. si
Yet Smith played fifty-two hole* a
before he went above five. He was v
the steadies*, man in the champion- j,
ship through the greater part of
the stretch, constantly knocking at P
the door for 'lower figures that
failed to come. His first break above ?
five came at the seventeenth hole .
of the third round where he played
two good shots only to have the
approach finally trickled in a tough
spot down an eifibankment.
Mcl^eod as the leading member of
the old guard at one time in his
third round was only a stroke ba?-k
of Barnes. but such is golf. Coming
to the short uphill thirteenth, the
Columbia star hit what looked to be
a fine tee shot. The ball, traveling
directly for the pin. hit Just six
inches short of the embankment and
then kicked off at right angles into
a deep heel print in a trap, close
against the bank. In place of hav- I
ing a putt for a two. Mcl^eod here
had to take his five, a crnahlng blow i
at this stage. These two veterans
at least proved the old guard isn't 1
to be taken too lightly. Both are
playing well as ever, and it isn*t
to be taken too lightly. Roth are
flaying as well as ever, and it isn't
any certainty that one of the two
v.-on't win acain before his t"P form |
has dipped back of the tall hills of j
The mc Two.
I,ast year at Inverness Chick I
Evan* led the amateurs, and Hobby !
Jones finished a stroke behind
At Columbia Chick again led the i
amateurs, and Jones again was only
Stop at the fi
and FILL YOUI
?o out and take
second on former
like a bird on hig
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Wilson is Stil$
Jack Doesn't Like Ohif
Ruling on Fight.
i?S ANGELES, Cal.. July J# ?
The Ohio boxing commission took
in unwarranted and unjustifiable
liberty in proclaiming Bryan Downey
middleweight champion aftejj^
referee had ruled otherwise. Jack
Dempsey, kingpin boxer of tha
world, declared today.
According to Dempsey, Johni*?
Wilson, of Boston, is stlil the mi^
lleweight champion no matter what
boxing commissions may say. Dempsey
was strong in his condemnation
of the Ohio board's* "second guess."
as he expressed it.
"A lK?xing commission's function
is to see that th?* bouts are prop?
i fly managed, that th?* patronh gK
the seats they pay for. and that U?e
referees are honest." said Deiupscy.
"Any imvitr they have should be
exercised before the bout; it is too .
late after the decision has beea^
made. When they allowed Jimmy
Uardn^r to be named a referee, they
indorsed him as a capable and honcost
official, and th*v must shoulder
the blame for anything h* did.
"Th#* Morquis of Qu^ensburv rulej
govern a championship , fight, and
the rules prescribe that the referee,
is the only oik* with power to name
the winner. If he called Wilson
winner. Wilson is still th?> ?-hatnpion
I have read the rules carefully anil.
I can't remember seeing even a
mention of a boxing commission.
Barnes th* *flHd. They fcav? tho
nam', but both have yet to cofne
upon th#* s? rcno poise which ?-haracterized
the play of the tail and
willowy rhampion. This may i-nw
In time, but it Isn't to b#? pi'k^d m>
without a b?ng. grim battle
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