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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 8',
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should be measured from the inter
secting lines behind the plate to the
intersecting lines at the edge of the
diamond, and not from the edge of
one base to the other.
Twelve inches of home plate and
15 inches of first base and third base,
the width of the bagsshould touch
the boundary lines.
The actual distances between
bases should be:
Home plate to first base 87 feet,
First base to second base 88 feet,
1 inches. Same from second to
Third base to home plate 87 feet,
Credit for discovery of errors and
chances for misunderstanding the
rules for measuring belongs to the
School of Umpires of Cincinnati, 0.,
the only one of the kind in the coun
try. Students, taking up every phase
of .the game, made the discovery. J.
Howard Renshaw, who invented the
school, communicated with major
league officials. Investigations and
changes were ordered.
Freddy Welch, lightweight cham
pion, claims he is justified in using the
dance-around-the-ring style of box
ing that has caused him to be criti
cised from coast to coast and to be
called the Dancing Master.
"I learned early in my career,"
said Welsh in an interview, "that I
could stay in the game longer and
gain the most success by using speed
to keep away from my opponents
than by tearing into them in slam
"I have won the championship of
the world, so I feel I have been a suc
cess. "Another thing is this: Nature did
not make me a big strapping fellow
and did not give me great hitting
powers. Nature gave me speed. Why
shouldn't I use my best asset?
"I never tried to develop terrific
punching abilities. Here's the dope:
Light hitters last longest Look over
the bunch. Abe Attell was not what
you would call a terrific hitter. He
was clever. He was featherweight
champion twelve years.
"Johnny Kilbane, the present
champ, is a speedy man rather than
a heavy hitter He has been cham
pion nearly five years and there
seems to bd no one in sight who
looks good enough to beat him.
"On the other hand, how long did
Terry McGovern last!
"In the lightweight class there's
Ad Wolgast He was a terrier in the
ring. At an early age his hands were
all bunged up and he broke a bone
in his hand or arm nearly every time
he fought. There are many other
cases of the kind.
"A fighter's breadwinners are, his
hands and he has to take care of
them. He has to be careful where
and how he hits if he is to keep his
hands in good shape.
"A fighter does not have to knock
out every opponent to be successful.
I have had about 135 fights. I have
scored only 25 knockouts. Yet I
have won the highest honors in my
Welsh's dope is alright from his
standpoint His object is to hang
onto the championship and make
money. The fight fan admires the
man with a wallop.
Welsh had 20 bouts in 1915 and 19
of them were no-decision affairs
where his title was not at stake. The
fight fan likes the champion who will
meet all comers and does not insist
on barring decisions.
A Littlehampton allotment garden
er has dug up a parsnip forty-seven
inches long about four feet Lon
don, England, Evening News.
o o r-
Sir When playing winter golf with
friend wife, I muffed the ball on the
first tee five times and dug up con
siderable sod. F. W., being a leetle
new at vthe game suggested that z
"place the ball where I intended to
hit" Not bad, eh? Artie.