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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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due in 1913 he labored 18 hours a
day for 46 consecutive days, firing in
a boiler shop, to get money to carry
him through school.
The hard work rendered him phys
ically unfit to startthe season with
the Purdue football squad. He
missed two weeks of practice, then
jumped in and played such sensation
al hall he was picked as all-western
halfback.
Bart Macomber, former Oak Park
high school, football star, will prob
ably be elected captain of the 1916
Illinois football team. Macomber's
work in the season just closed earned
him the place. His only rival is Boss
Petty, tackle.
Inmates of Joliet penitentiary have
asked the fans of Illinois, and Chi
cago in particular, to contribute old
baseballs, gloves and hats, in order
to make the coming baseball season
at the institution a success. The men
are given much time for outdoor ex
ercise and baseball keeps their minds
off the cells. Old baseballs can be
recovered in the prison factory if the
insides are in good condition.
Willie Ritchie, debutting as a wel
terweight, defeated Eddte McAn
drews in six rounds at Philadelphia.
Ritchie appeared very fast and land
ed terrific right hooks that staggered
his opponent.
How long would Ty Cobb lead the
batters of baseball if he were com
pelled to make three hits to every
other player's two or how long would
he lead the base stealers if he had
to carry a weight around his neck?
How long would Eddie Mahan
reign as king of drop kickers if
chains were placed on his booting
hoof to limit his stride, or how long
would Jess Willard be able to defend
his ring title if he was allowed to hit
only above the chin?
Not long.
But they tied a weight on Willie
Hoppe's wrist in the 18.2 balk line
billiard tournament in New York and
he won it The weight was the han
dicap under which Hoppe had to
play. He had to score 500 points
while George Sutton made 400 and
George Slosson made 375.
Yamada, the Jap, once beat Hoppe
by three points, but in this tourna
ment Hoppe had to outplay Yamada
125 points to beat him. And he did.
That just about makes Hoppe the
champ of all champs. He's greater
in his line than other leaders in
theirs. Other champions are al
lowed to meet opponents on even
terms, but Hoppe has to give them a
running start. Then he has to catch
them and pass them.
One reason Hoppe is so good is
that he has been playing continu
ously for 24 years. He started when
he was 4 and had to stand on a box.
At 19, just out of short trousers, he
went to France and won the world
title from Vigneaux. He practices
two hours every day.
Hoppe says the most important
thing about billiards is control of the
wrist muscles and that the greatest
strain is not making shots, but in
watching opponents pile up points.
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WAIT TILL IT'S WOUND
Youth (visiting rich uncle) And
is that clock an eight-day clock, you
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Uncle Stay up a while longer,
Robert, and you'll find out
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