work of the Browns. His use of Ump
Ferguson as a cuspidor is the reason.
Ban Johnson suspended the St Louis
leader at the time, but later reinstat
ed him. He has been after Stovall,
however, and is Believed to be re
sponsible for his. impending dis
charge. Stovall will not be out of a
job long. He would be a great prop
toTthe Cleveland Naps. Doc Johnston
is a rising young player, but hardly
has the stamina to stand the gruel
ing pace of a pennant race. Stovall
will find that he is a much-wanted
man, though Johnson's enmity may
force him into the National League.
If Sfallings had him on his Boston
team the Braves would finish in the
first division next season.
Dr. Alvin Kraenzlein, former Wis
consin and Pennsylvania varsity ath
letic star, has signed a five-year con
tract with the German athletic com
mission, now touring the U. 8. His
headquarters will be in Berlin, and he
will have supervision of all German
athletics. Kraenzlein holds two
world's hurdle records, and was one
of the best all-round athletes during
the late nineties.
.Chicago printers won the second
round of the annual tourney in Pitts
burgh, "downing St. Louis, 5 to 4.
Paynter fanned 15, but Issued ejght
passes. Bichter won the game for
Chicago withva triple and double.
Washington defeated Pittsburgh, 19
WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THE CINCY REDS?
ican Association in 1912, that the re-
(The Cincinati team is a baseball
joke and everyone wonders why. Fail
ures in Redland are stars on other
fields. Great leaders have failed to
make the team a winner,. The Day
Book commissioned the sporting edi
tor of the Cincinati Post to investi
gate this problem and his diagnosis
hits the nail on the head. Here is his
opinion in a nutshell. Editor.)
By "Brownie" Holmes.
Sporting Editor Cincinnati Post.
The trouble with the Cincinnati
Reds can be summed up in an answer
divided'into three parts. Here it is:
Failure to hold players until they
develop or can be traded advantae-
W eously, due to unwillingness to spend
money-in 'salaries. '
Inadequate scouting system.
Mysteriously odd luck.
One is as. much to blame as the
other; in conjunction they have made
Cincinnati a basetiall joke.
Last spring 'Joe Tinker took south'
eight pitchers, all having been pro
nounced "ready for the majors." The
eight went back to the minors.
"Lefty" Packard is the only minor
leaguer who remained and he pitch
ed so well for Columbus in the Amer-
port of a scout (save the word) was
- In 1912 the Reds tried 18 pitchers,
recommended by men who saw them
work on minor league or college
teams. Not one is with the team now.
Instead of employing able scouts
to find youngsters, recruits are pick
ed from printed averages or upon
tips from men who do not know a
player when they see one.
The . team has never held a player
a season or two to develop. Unless
"ready" upon reporting players are
But Connie Mack held Eddie Col
lins and "Stuffy" Mclnnes three years
any then they helped win pennants.
And John J. McGraw held Marquard
three years before he was worth a
nickel, and spent-four years making
,Art Fletcher a big league shortstop.
Getting rid of players who cannot
.be used every day has robbed the
'Re'ds of chances to .make good trades.
. Players are shipped quickly to re
duce expenses, the claim being that
Cincinnati, the smallest city in the
league, cannot afford to carry play
ers like other clubs. Still, a winning
club would pay.
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