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competent umpires are scarce ani
mals, as executives of different
leagues have discovered.
The American League is better
provided in this respect than the Na
tional. It has more good., workmen
behind the bat and on the"bases.
There always has been bickering
in the National League over the um
pire question. This was one of the
reasons that Tom Lynch lost his job,
and it will keep President Tener in
The Cubs fight with Al Orth con
tinually, and also with Klem. though
the latter is a good man. Eason and
Brennan have their troubles, and
Hank O'Day is disliked in New York.
$ut u Day is a man who demands
correct behavior from the players.
So do the majority of the other
bosses of play.
In a word, an umpire can do al
most as much to popularize baseball
as a star player, though he never
gets the credit.
Now if the Feds could start the
season with good men they would
have that much better chance of
gaining the sympathy of the fans.
Thoro n rn o I kqo rl w enma rtfrA i rv
r ' pires in the business. It takes time
f And for all of these reasons we
ff wouldn't be surprised to hear some
fine morning that the Feds were ang-
f ling for an umpire or two. already in
There would be no question of the
honesty of the umpire who did jump.
He would simply be going where he
could get more money. Who
Watch the University of Illinois
football in the next two years. It will
cut some wide path on Conference
gridirons and will be a potent factor
in deciding the championship. Get
ting aboard early, here is a prediction
tht in 1915 Coach Zupke will have
a squad that will be one-two when
the campaign is ended.
Zupke's old starjs, who learned
their football under him on the Oak
Park high school team, are flocking
to the Champaign institution.
Penn Carolan, now attending the
"University of Chicago, is the latest
to announce his intention of going to
Illinois next fall. Under the one-year
rule he will be ineligible the coming
season, but can come out in 1L5.
Out at the Midway last fall, where
Carolan was captain of the freshman
team, he was touted as the best half
back who had worn a Maroon sweat
er for many seasons. Besides, he
knows the Zupke style of play and
will be even more valuable at Illinois.
Harry Goelitz, another former Oak
Parker,, will finish his preparatory
school work this year and will enroll
at Illinois. He will' not be eligible
Big Six Macomber, the quarter
back of the Oak Park eleven when it
was recognized as the most powerful
prep school machine in the country,
has already put m some time at Illi
nois and will be a candidate for reg
ular work next fall. He will be able
to execute the Zupke ideas in actual
fray and can help the other regulars.
And when Zupke gets Carolan,
Goelitz and Macomber on a team to
gether, watch out. They are the pick
of the old eleven, and can do in col
lege what they did in high school.
Outfielder Cus Williams of the St.
Louis Browns has passed up the
Feds, signing his contract with the
Hyde Park, 15; Parker, 12.
N. Division, 28;-Wen. Phillips 12.
Morton, 30; LaGrange, 14.
Hyde Park, 14; Wen. Phillips, 9.
Lane, 21 ; Lake View, 20.
New Trier, 20; Oak Park, 14. j
Morton, 20; LaGrange, 17.
In a year 7,707,000,000 cigars and
14,000,000,000 cigarettes' were smok
ed in the United States,