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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 21, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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$5 a night, $3 by the board of edu
cation and $2 by the Great Cincin
nati Amateur Baseball ass'n.
The classes are open to men and
boys between 16 and 25 years of age.
There is an advanced class for those
who have had two years umpiring
experience and a class for beginners.
Members of the advanced class will
graduate in one year, the beginners
in two years.
Persons desiring to enter the
school must furnish a certificate
from an oculist showing the results
of an eye test, must be free from
deformity or physical weakness,
must have a voice adapted to the
work, and must state, in case he has
played ball, the position he has filled,
so it can be determined if pitchers
and catchers make the best umpires.
The course includes lectures, study
of the rules, duties of umpires and
practical demonstrations. Pitchers
and catchers give exhibitions of bat
tery work and students are taught
to call balls and strikes. Exhibitions
are given in tagging runners, close
decisions at first base and fair and
foul bunts at the plate.
Practical experience will be given
students in amateur games and their
diplomas will aid them in securing
positions in professional leagues.
Here are a few of the questions
asked beginners in the' school for
umpires:
What is the distance from plate
to pitcher's slab?
How much nearer is the pitcher's
slab to the plate than to second
base?
Within what limits must the
weight of the ball come?
What is the limit for the length
and diameter of a bat?
What is the regulation for taping
a bat?
Within what distance from home
plate, on fair territory, must an ob
struction be to require a ground
rule?
Why is the weight of a bat not limited?
What is the limit of space allowed
the catcher behind the plate?
Are players confined to any stated
limits in playing their positions,
other than the pitcher and catcher?
What is the restriction as to tha
size of gloves?
Can the player who takes place of
another in a team's batting order
give, way to the man whose place he
has taken?
How late in the afternoon may a
game legally be started?
How far out of the line from home
plate to first base can a base runner
go without being declared out?
Benny Kauff, the "Ty Cobb of the
Federals," was allowed to name the
major league club to which he would
be sold, according to Harry Sinclair,
the Fed magnate, who held his con
tract It is said Sinclair received bids from
almost every one of the 16 clubs in
the National and American leagues,
then asked Kauff which club he
wanted to play with. Kauff picked
the New York Giants and was sold
for $30,000, which, by the way, was
the highest bid.
Sinclair at first put a price of $80,
000 on Kauff, but there was not a
club that would consider that figure.
Fred Toney, Cincinnati Red pitch
er, is a holdout. Officials of the club
say he was offered an increase of
$l,0u0 over his 1915 salary, but he
demands more. Last spring Toney
was out of a job and asked every one
of the 16 managers in the National
and American leagues for a chance.
Toney was turned into a pitcher
by Manager Herzog of the Reds, and
ranked next to Grover Alexander in
the number of earned runs allowed.
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Miss Esther Coyne, age 19, has
been acting city treasurer of Coving
ton, Ky., for more than a year. She
has shown much ability in that posi
tion. In June she handled more than
$300,000 of city money. Besides her
work at the city hall, she is the chiei;
housekeeper at home.

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