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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1912.
Veteran Jack Ryan to Develop Nationals' Hopefuls Hal Chase Returns Home -
JACK RYAN HANDLES
For Pennants We Don't Care a Rap, But We'll Soon Be on the Baseball Map
IN FIRST SECTION
1912 Team Is Big Improve
ment Over 1911 Ag
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TO NEW YORK HOME
Highlanders Sufferinf Grievously
From Long List Of
Player. O. A.B. R. H. T.B. Pc.
Groom 3 7 13 3 .428
Walker 3 6 12 3 .400
Hushes 1 3 0 1 1 .333
Morgan 3 9 13 3 .333
Foster 11 42 7 13 16 .300
Milan 11 42 6 11 11 .204
Schaefcr 11 42 6 11 13 .261
Alnsmlth 4 14 0 3 4 .214
McBrlde 9 29 4 6 7 .207
Johnson 4 15 0 3 6 .200
Henry 5 16 3 3 3 .187
Moeller 11 44 6 7 7 .159
Flynn 11 42 4 6 8 .119
Knight 10 29 3 3 2 .062
Williams 3 4 0 0 0 .000
Cashton 2 4 0 0 0 .000
JiOng 1 10 0 0 .000
C. Walker .... 1 1.0 0 0 .000
Cunningham.. 1 11 0 0 .000
Jark Ryan, veteran backstop of twen-ty-flve
years' experience, last season
manager of the Jersey City club, of the
Eastern League, has taken charge of
the Nationals' young twlrlers In the
capacity of expert coach, and is ex
pected to develop them sufficiently to
succeed in the big league. He ar
rived today from Charlottesville, Va.,
where he has been coaching the Uni
versity of Virginia varsity team for
the past three weeks.
Ryan's experience with pitchers,
good and bad, is expected to be of
great benefit to the young twlrlers
in the ranks of the local team. He
knows how to get the most out of a play
er ana wm begin at once on Carl
1 Cashion, Joe Engel, Jerry Akers.
. "Buck" Becker and Joe Boehllng in
the hopes of preparing them to take
their turns in the box.
There is also a chance that Ryan
will do some scouting for the Nation
als later in the season, looking over
promising youngsters in the bushes
who may bo drafteil by Manager Grif
fith. Ho will watch several of the
youngsters now In the minors with
strings on them, and will decide
whether or not they deserve another
trial with the Nationals.
Chase Goes Home.
Recovering sufficiently to admit or
his traveling, Hal Chase, stellar first
baseman of the New York Highlanders,
has gone to his home, in New York,
where his wife and a physician will en
deavor to make him fit and strong in
time to take his placo at first for the
battered and well-nigh demoralized
Chase is close to being a nervous
wreck and nothing but a long period or
mt will bring him around In shape to
play ball again. He collapsed here Fri
day night and spent Saturday and yes
terday In bed. The rest improved him
enough for his physician to let him go
The Highlanders are In a bad way
with Cree, Wolter, Hartzoll, Chase,
, Solan and Street out of the game and
I the pitchers in .poor condition. The
I wolves on the Hilltop aro sure to do
some howling next week when the team
I arrives home to entertain the Western
. clubs and not one of the players is anx
' ious to face that Gotham crowd.
"We're all shot to pieces," says
I "Gabby" Street, former National, "but
as soon as tho good weather comes and
wo hit our stride, we'll be there, show
ing them all how to win games."
Mique Chats Some.
Mlque Martin, tho Nationals' prize
trainer and worshiper of C. Calvert
Griffith, opens his paper each morning
to one thing, the game of tho Clncln
"Ha. ha." chatters Mlauo. "They
are all boosting Hank O'Day for the
victories of the Reds. However. Grif
fith put all those players there, except
Mike Mitchell, one of the greatest play
ers the game ever saw. It was Griffith
who built up that club from raw, green
kids and It is Griffith who should be
getting the praise for their good work
"When Griffith took hold of the Cin
cinnati club It was a Joke. He began
to weed out the slow ones, replacing
them with green youngsters. Of course,
It was a long struggle up hill and the
town wasn't patient enough to await
the certain results. Now Hank O'Day,
handling a club collected for him. Is
reaping tho reward that should be Grif
fith's. Wurra, wurra, this Is a tough
Games Played Today
Among Teams of the
Capital City League Pumpers
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Columbia League Kensington
Departmental League Agrlcul-
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East "Washington League First
Presbyterian ts. Ninth.
Independence League Vloysius
Marquette League Bethesda ts.
Northern Association Herald ts.
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IN SEVEN LEAGUES
Every Section of the City
Represented by a
Amateur baseball goes to tho bat
this afternoon for a long summer
inning, seven leagues Inaugurate their
playing season, which is to last into
August, and somewhere in the neigh
borhood of 18,000 amateur baseball
bugs are expected to look on at the
games this afternoon.
It has been estimated that 175 play
ers will take part In the games at
the various diamonds this afternoon,
which represent about one-sixth of
the number of players taking part In
amateur baseball under tho commis
sion. Every section of the city will
be provided with a league and those
in charge of the circuits say this will
be the banner year of amateur base
ball. During the past week heads of tho
different leagues have been getting
grounds in order, arranging prelimi
naries and seeing that the crowds
will be properly handled and pleaseO.
There is no effort to make money out
of the games, and every effort Is be
ing put forth to' give the amateur
patrons the best sport that has been
seen In the history of this peculiar
phase of baseball In this city. Wash
ington has set tho mark for other
cities in respect to amateur baseball
and the commission is receiving all
sorts of commendation and expres
sion of gratitude for its efficient
work this year.
Rain Interferes With
Rain has prevented a lot of games so
far this spring. Twenty-four out of the
first sixty games In the two big leagues
were postponed because of rain and
Standing of the Clubs.
Pet. W. Li.
.769 .780 .714
.1Z1 .750 .607
.5i5 .583 .600
.545 .583 .500
.500 .538 .462
.381 .429 .357
.356 .400 .333
.182 .250 .167
Chicago 10 3
Boston 8 3
Washington ... 6 5
Philadelphia ..6 5
Cleveland G 6
St. Louis 6 8
Detroit 5 9
New York .... 3 9
New York at Washington.
Philadelphia at Boston.
Cleveland at St. Louis.
Chicago at Detroit.
Chicago, 9; Detroit, C.
St. Louis-Cleveland Rain,
Standing of the Clubs.
W. L. Pet.
Cincinnati .... 9 a .750
Ni'w Yoik 7 4 .63-1
Uoston C 0 .600
Chicago 5 6 .455
Pittsburg 6 7 .417
Philadelphia ..4 6 .400
St. Louis 5 8 .3S4
Brooklyn 4 7 .304
Brooklyn at Philadelphia.
Pittsburg at Cincinnati.
Boston at New York.
Cincinnati. 3; Pittsburg, 2.
Chleago-St. Louis Rain.
JOE BOEHLING'S TRIAL MAY
COME TOMORROW WITH YANKS
Manager Griffith Thinks
Pretty Well of Young
Joe Boehllng, the Richmond Battleax
hurler, a southpaw of considerable
promise for his youthful performances.
Is likely to be given a day's work to
morrow for the Nationals. Tho lad,
though a regular big leaguer, has done lit
tle but work out in practice every morn
ing since coming to the Capital. He has
worked faithfully, however, and his strict
attention to training has earned for him
a chance to show his class against tho
Highlanders, whose many southstde hit
ters may find trouble locating tho
youngster's speedy delivery,
"Boehllng looks Impressive," said
Manager Griffith to tho writer today.
"Of course, he's a mero kid yet, but
he's well put together and takes hts
work seriously. I like this latter trait
In him. A young player must work hard
to &uccecd in the big league, and Boehl
lng shows, me right along that he's ono
of the hardest workers In the squad.
"He hasn't had a real opportunity
yet, but the Highlanders seem about
cut out for him, and he'll probably get
his trial against them. I like the lad
and want him to come through with
Full of Confidence.
Boehllng himself Is quietly confident
of his ability to make good against the
Yankees. "I've been working hard ever
since returning from Charlottesville,"
says Boehllng. "I know tnat young
sters have to bo patient and wait for
their opportunities. I'm ready for mine.
I rr.ay fall down, of course, but I'll stick
in there till I'm yanked, just the same.
There's no quitting In mine."
The Richmond star was the large ex
plosion in amateur circles last season
Mike Kahoe saw him and went Into
raptures over his possibilities. He was
signed up for the Nationals, and re
ported at Charlottesville in poor physi
cal snape for his best work. Trainer
Mlcyje Martin hud to care for an abscess
on me iaa s jaw ana Duna mm up to
required weight before he could be ex
pected to perform at his best.
Manager Griffith liked the youngster's
cool pluck and willingness to learn, and
devoted much of his own personal at
tention to him. It was while catching
him himself that Griffith discovered
LVpehllng to possess a slow ball fully as
good aB any the "Old Fox" ever had In
his palmiest days on the mound.
In the second exhibition game with
the Boston Braves Boehllng was sent
to the slab In the sixth Inning, with the
Nationals on the short end of a 3-to-2
score. He was nervous, hitting a bats
man, walking another, and allowing two
singles, which, with two lurid errors be
hind him, resulted In four tallies for
tho enemy. However, after that inning
he was Invincible, allowing not the least
sign of a hit, fanning Spratt and Miller,
two of the Braves' best sluggers.
Akers to Get Trial.
Manager Griffith is likely to give
auollK-r of his recruits a trial this
wi-tk. too, Jerry Akers being carded
to face the Red Sox toward the end
of thj si-rk'tf. Aki'is is iiutte the beet of
tin- rx-nnt iwirlors with th Nationals,
lie lino the bull.l and the exnerlei.oe to
maki' good under the main top, and Is
longing tor the opportunltj to show tho
folks Kick on the old farm that ho Is
tmlni! to ntar with (ho blir Show.
All the plt:hi:i's with the Nationals
work In the hat t lux practice, and it
is tin re thut Grifllth seta his inside
mtoimatlon on their anilities. He izc.n-
erally takes a position behind the box,
irdciliig the twlrlcia to use nil they
have (or hl own benefit. He continu
ally coaches them durlmr this practice,
und he lh also able to see what hlj
sl!!.'E-ni are dolm;.
Such ro.iciilnir tho tcoin has never had
In all tin' ilaya of tho Amerlcun League
In th's city f ho chanse In the liijhtini;
ktrength of tho team mav well bo laid
at t-ii- door of Manager Griffith. He
InsistiH op his voungstera colne through
with evi'iyiliini: ait 'inpted. The Na
tionals will mak. every game a fl:;htlnir
truTnle from now till the close of the
While the Nationals are at home this
Today's Probable Line-up
NEW YORK. WASHINGTON.
Daniels, rf.... ...Moeller, If.
Coleman, 3b Foster, 3b.
Martin, ss Milan, cf.
Simmons, if.. ...,.. ..Schaefer, rf.
Kauff,cf .Flynn, ib.
Zinn,lf .Knight, ab.
Gardiner, ab McBride, ss.
Fisher, c Williams, c.
Williams, c Ainsmith, c.
Vaughn, p Johnson, p.
Ford,p Boehling, p.
time morning practlcs will "be held
every day. All the players must be
at the park at 10:30 fcr this work, not
one being exempt. The ttars of the
tiam are treatnd lust like the ciudest
kids. This dallv workout will contlnu-j
uutll tho real warm weather tots In, if
it ever does.
No More "Army Game."
On the road, where It is Impossible to
hold this morning practice, Manager
Griffith holds a quiz session In his room
at 10:30 and no player dares to be too
late for this meeting. Plays aie ex
plained, players are discussed and all
tho local performers are urged to talk
of their own Ideas. The youngsters arc
taking to this method, too, and the re
sult Is that the old "army game," so
long a characteristic of the Nationals,
has become history, never to return
while Clark Griffith Is at tho head of
The morale of the Nationals Is excel
lent. Not a member of tho team be
lieves the outfit should finish lower
than fourth place and they all may be
counted upon to work their heads off to
stay in the nrst division. irom the
youngest to the oldest they are confi
dent of holding their own, oven with the
Two more games are scheduled here
with the New York Highlanders.
Wednesday the Boston Red Sox will
stride upon the Florida avenue field for
a four-gamo series. Jake Stahl, former
ly manager of the Nationals, should re
ceive a noisy welcome from his many
friends. The big fellow Is suffering
from a wrenched ankle, but should be
back In the game by the time he ar
The Red Sox will be the last Eastern
nluh to annear here until June 18. when
tho Philadelphia Athletics will show tor
a single battle. Next Monday the Na
tionals will play In Philadelphia, re
turning the next day for the opening of
the Invasion of tho East by the frontier
Bobby Groom always had the Yan
kees on his staff.
Morning nractlco is being held dally
by tho Nationals.
Jack Flynn and Jack Knight should
aid the team when they begin to hit.
The Nationals will have a chanco to
climb into second place In their con
tests with the Red Sox this week.
Young Baumgardner, the St Louis
Brown? winning recruit. Is attract-
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Judging from comment around tho
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Incompetent and due for a calldown
The neat uniform of the Nationals at
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sartorial department, but tho Nationals'
uniforms aro the neatest seen here this
season." Clark Griffith Is the designer.
George Brown opens his United
SlateH League season here next week,
meeting the New York club on May 8
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The record compiled by Bob Wallace
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not 'show where there Is an infleldei
who has Dcrformed at that position for
thirteen years and has such a remark
In the thirteen years Wallace has
fielded for a percentage of .940, Indeed
phenomenal. One year he topped the
field. That was In 1902, when he broke
Into the American League. However,
he always has been near the top.
Wallace's complete record as a major
league shortstop follows
Rank. Year. G. PO.
3. 1909 87
Totals ....1,665 3.963 5,824 630 .940
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DETROIT, Mich., April 29.-The White
Sox may not win the 1912 pennant, but
one thing Is certain (and Jimmy put em
phasis on the 'is'), Chicago will be in
the first division at the close of the
This was tho declaration of Manager
"There are those who believe tho Sox
are playing above their speed, and that
we will soon tumble from first place.
Don't you believe It! We are going to
hang onto first place longer than many
persons think. We are not playing
above our speed. In fact, I don't believe
wo aro playing to it.
"Tho White Sox of 1912 Is an im
proved team over 1911. We are hitting
better. Our Infield Is one of tho best in
the league, and our catching staff is
far from being the worst. Our pitching
staff is one of the strongest.
"Walsh, Lange. Scott, and Benz form
a quartet of right-handers that Is hard
to beat. And there Is nothing wrong
with our left-handers. Walsh 1b the
same star of previous years, while
Lange, Scott, and Benz are Improved
pitchers over last season."
Callahan says the Tigers haven't
struck their gait, but as soon as they
get going the American League race
will take on a different aspect.
"Detroit depends upon its hltMng to
Cobb, Crawford, Delahanty, and some
Cobbs, Crawford, Delahanty, and some
of the others aren't hitting consistently
tho Tigers aren't near ho dangerous.
Detroit has been strengthened, but to
have the other clubs.
"I believe the pennant race will be a
close one throughout tho season. The
Western clubs are stronger und they
will give tho East a battle for every
Clarke Wanted Actor.
"The reason thnt I traded Campbell
for Donlln," said Fred Clarke, "was
tthat I wanted a real actor on niv
team. Tho Cubs and Giants each had
actors, but I did no: nave any ana mat
is the rrason I traded.'-
Big League Biffers of
A.B. H. T.B. Pet.
Clark. Reds 1 1
Bates, Reds 4 3
Rath, White Sox.... 4 3
Wagner, Pirates.... 3 2
Weaver, White Sox. 5 3
Lange, Whlto Sox.. 2 1
Delohanty, Tigers.. 4 2
Bush, Tigers 4 2
Humphries, Reds... 2 1
Wilson, Pirates 4 2
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