PLAYERS WHO ICK "BRICK" OWENS AS EASY ARE UP
AGAINST REAL CASE HARDENED INDIVIDUAL
When word came that Umpire
Hank O'Day had signed to man
age the Cincinnati team, many a
National leaguer laughed and
enjoyed the sensation.
It was the first laugh the old
leaguers had turned on Hank in
the memory of the oldest player.
The pleasure may be all the
players' until next season opens
and finds O'Day shoes pre-empted
by "Brick" Owens.
This Owens person is some
umpire. In the American asso
ciation he is looked upon as the
best little "bet that ever made a
rowdy player walk turkey.
Owens has had a temptuous
careen. In the American associa
tion his work was high class and
he was absolute boss of the field
when the game was in progress.
Clarence ("Brick") Owens
Umpire baiters always came off
Four years ago Owens got into
serious trouble at Minneapolis by
making a decision against the
home club, in favor of Columbus
a play that had serious bearing
upon the pennant race. The play
occurred at the close of the sea
son when both teams wre fight
Trouble between Owens and
Mike Kelley, then manager of the
Minneapolis club, led to Owens
being charged with gambling on
the games and the arbitrator was
suspended pending investigation.
He was exonerated and the fol
lowing year was employed "by the
National league at the close of
the American association season,
making a splendid record.
The following year an offer of
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