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Nationals' Prize Scout Says Athletics Sure to Be Stronger Next Season Than Ever Before
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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1912.'
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MIKE KAHOE BOOSTS
STRUNK AS WONDER
Pittsburgh Pirates Doped To Make
Race For 1013 Gonfalon.
"It wo'ro going to win the pennant
next year and mark me I don't aay
we ihall, f Philadelphia we've got to
beat," says Mike Kahoe, the Nationals'
"I expect Connie Mack will have a
better club than he had even when ho
wag winning world's championships.
Indeed, nothing but the absolute failure
, of Bender to show form threw the Ath
letics out of first place last year. Tho
team could have won the flag without
Danny Murphy, had Bender como
"Connie has picked up two wonder
fully promlilng 'youngsters In Jimmy
"Waleh and Eddie Murphy. Murphy
proved himself to be a fine little lead
oft man last year and he gets many a
hit in the pinches.
"Walsh didn't look aulte the hitter
Murphy l, but he is a far better tleld
r, on his showing last season. If Walsh
picks up a little with the bat. Mack
rf ahould have a sweet outfield In Walsh,
Btrunk, and, Murphy,
Strunk Beat of All.
"Amos Strunk Is the best young ball
Player in either big league today and
It won't be long before this la thought
by all who have a chance to see him
Play. He Is lightning fast In the Held
and on the bases and hit for .2S9 last
season. This Is by no means poor work
with tho stick, either.
"Strunk hasn't a weakness In the
field. I've seen him make catches that
few men could get under, in front and
over his head and to either side. He
shows excellent Judgment In playing
v the batter, too. I want to see a better
youngster in this leaguo than this same
"If the Bed Sox fall to get away to a
good start, the champions may not be
in the running In 1911 It waa nothing
but that remarkable luck, last year,
ending them through an entire season
without semblance of a slump, that car
ried them to the front. I harrilv InnW
for them to repeat. Indeed, It looks to
roe more like the Athletics than any
oiiicr iiuu in me league.
Kahoe la DasslnK tho offaeaann milet.
ly in the Capital, keeping a weather eye
on the surrounding race trucks and
watching all tho football games In the
vicinity. lie Is quite a football enthus
iast, too, by the way.
.. Bremahtn a Pirate?
If Roger Bresnahan Joins the Pirates,
the odds In the National League ruce
may be carried by Kred Clarke's Buc
caneers. Therc'a no getting away from
It, those Pirates certainly made a gal
lant battlo last season, and nothing but
that marvelous winning streak of the
Giants In the spring kept the Pittsburgh
crowd out of the world s series money.
Fred Clarke has now collected a
' strong twirl. ng staff, something needed
there for several years since that fam
ous Leever-IJefleld-Phllllppo combina
tion blew up. With any kind of luck the
Pirates ahould put up a stiff contest
for the honors next year.
, Toward the close of last season they
" came with a rush, and when the cam
paign waa over had gained .060 points
over their record of 1911. Even with
that winning streak, the Giants regis-
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BMMVU ,.,wa u ,.( .,, utile ..aviuiint
League team over Its percentage of 1911.
Red Sox Take Jump.
In the American LcuKUe the Red Sox
took tho longest leap In percentage over
Ull records, gaining .182. They were
closely pressed, though, by the Climb-
. era, wno iiuvru up a gain or. ,iti. Trie
St. Louis Browns was the only other
team in the circuit to show a gain,
rushing up .(MS points, which Is Borne
, rush for a tallender, too. It might be
said In passing.
The luckless Highlanders fell the
worst, dropping .178 points. Detroit
cafho back with a rush, too, losing .127
points. Hero are the figures for both
1913 1911. Gain. Loss.
Boston 691 .603 .182
Washington 099 .4n; .nt
Philadelphia 692 .60 077
Chicago 607 .500 002
Cleveland 00 .623 033
ueirou foi .678 127
HI. lyOUIB 341 .208 .MS ....
f New York 322 .MO 173
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.562 .000 ....
These tables shows better t'hnn n"'
thing else the possible dopo on the com
ing campaigns and should cause deep
thought on the part of the fans.
Gray Is Sold.
Manager Elberfcld, of tho Chatta
nooga club of tho Southern League,
has announced the sale of Outfielder
Polly Gray to the Muscatine, Ian.
In the ten yiars of the Coast Lengur,
this Is Oakland's first pennant. Los
Angeles has carried on the honors
four times and Portland has been a
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BINGLES AND BUNTS
By Grantland Rice
The Hetm baa flashed through Camaasrlllr that Uutl Smith la la shape
la ready fur the ahondnnn where his collecr ataada at atakei
The irifi haa flashed, and throush (he (iiwi they've yaakrd off all the
And no more wander moodily aa inonrnera at a wake.
Is Dull a star at I.atla or a leader In aatroaomyf
Aa expert at the male of the tanajrnt aad the alaef
The miatery of hlatoryf I'ollllr"! economy t
Not that I ever heard about hut Bull raa Jilt the Line!
The arm haa ripped through Oampuavllle that Dull la back la
And through the freaited aelghb nrhood their hllsa la mlthont atlntt
Krtim freahman na to prrxy nttrsi the honllng. cherrlaa; atorm attain
Aa If nr bloated millionaire had handed 'em a mint.
You aak me If null Irada the nay to learned ArUtotlef
An rrr bending norahlper before the Drowning ahrlnf
A fallewrr of Horner, the I'oet of the Bottler
Mot that 1 rter heard nbout but hovr he hlta a line!
New York 6S2
St. Louis 410
Football Central vs. Western,
"Union League Purk, 3 p. m.
Basketball Company R, First
Ileglraont vb. Company F, Second
neglraont, National Guard Armory,
7:30 p. m.
Opening of annual bench show of
the Doston Terrier Club, of Buffalo.
CLEVELAND, Nov. 21. Tho big. cry
ing need in major league baseball la
speed, speed, ever spoed. Look at the
major league pennant dinners of late
eors and you will find that they have
been on unusually speedy bunch afoot,
with the possible exception of tho Pitts
burgh Pirates of 1H09, and even tlwy
were not so slow.
Owner Churley Somers, of the Cleve
land Naps, heard the cry for speed a
couple of years ago, but It was not
until this season that he barkened to It.
Tho acquisition of Doc Johnston, 11 rat
baseman, and Hay Chapman, shortstop,
gave the Naps considerable more speed
than they havo owned for several years
Now the Naps' owner wants moro
speed. Ho believes thut Johnston and
Chapman added considerable strength
to his team, and ho Is looking forward
to the 1913 campaign, when he believes
the Naps will toe the scratch with at
least five good fast men in the line-up.
Johnston and Chapman are certain
ties for regular berths with next sea
son s Naps. Then, too, Terry Turner
at third and Joe Jackson In right are
also fixtures unless the dope Is all lo
the bad. Tuincr and Jackson are both
fast men, but Joe loses considerable of
his value as a speed merchant on the
American League umpires claim that
onco under way. Jackson Is tho fast
est man In the johnsonl(.n organization,
not even excepting Ty Cobb. Soverul
of the arbitrators havo referred to tho
general as tho human greyhound, be
cause of tho grcut burst of speed he
shows when ho crnrlts out a doublo or
tiiplo. As a buse stealer, however,
Jackson is lost In the iriuflle compared
with Cobb, Milan. Collins, and several
others. And simply because ho haB not
acquired tho knack of getting a good
Jackson could make himself 20 per
cent more valuable to tho Naps than
he has been In his llttlo over two years
In a Clevelund uniform If he would
perfor better on the paths that Is,
between the first and second sack'.
With his great speed. Jackson ought
n .i.ai J.iu , mnrn bnses.
Another speeder who It is figured
villi make tho 1913 Naps Is Little Nemo
Leibold, former Mliwauaee ouiuener.
1 oiKnM in nn hlircer than tho fraction
nl part of a second, but ho Is said 1 to
rtvnl Chapman In speed. Leibold. HUo
Chnpplo, knows an ram iuiuhuk ii-.
If he comes across with tho right brand
of goods. Manager nirmlngham will
t. .hi. in Htnrt the ncct campaign with
fivo speeders w no nvui any ui me
American oust Kicaers.
Confirms Rumors of
CHICAGO, Nov 21,-llumors that cer
tain clubs In the American Association
and Western League nre plunnlng to
become baseball outlaws and form a
new -league were continued last night.
President Tip u .sen., or ino western
League admitted that discussion of the
proposed league had been going on for
weeks, and that the subject took form
at a meeting of the league held In Mil
waukee last week.
Jackson Holds Out
For Larger Salary
CLEVELAND, Ohio. Nov. 21.-Joc
Jackson, the hard-hltllng outfielder of
the Cleveland team, who finished sec
ond to Ty Cobb In the race for tho
batting crown of the major leagues, has
refused to sign a contract for next year,
even at an advance In salury. Jack
on thinks he Is worth 11,000 more than
offered and may be a "hold-out."
Bud Sharpe, ex-manager of the pen
nant Inning Oakland team of tho Pa
cific Coast League, has signed up as
scout for the Doston Uraves.
Last call for Gyp tho Phllbln, Lefty Flynn, Brlckley the Blood, and the
rest of them, for tho dashing headlines. Hitting tho line before cheering
thousands and bucking old Doc Martial or Euripides In the seclusion of a
cloister Is far from being one and the same. Old Doc and Rip have tossed
more of them for a loss than all the tackles that over played.
Costcllo, of Georgetown, Is one of the great halfbacks of the year,
from all reports ono of those who belong. Will Mr. Costcllo be selected
for an All-American job? Sure. On tho same day we are picked to lead
tho Bulgarian advance Into Constantinople, or are awarded the Nobel Prize
It Isn't so much what you have, but how close you happen to bo In
range; how close to the main trail.
The All-American Idea.
The trouble with this All-American stuff Isn't so much that It may
be wrong as It Is that too much Is taken for granted.
It Is taking, for example, aulte a bit for granted for anyone to soo
six or seven teams play, or eight or ten, and then calmly select the All-Star
eleven from 200 or 300 tcamB, most of which are unseen and unsung.
It Is within fair range for one to pick an All-Eastern team, an All
Wcstern team, an All-Southern team, an All-South Atlantic team, but the
AU-Amerlcan Idea disperses Itself. There Is no argument required to
show that It Is too eminently foolish to even bo considered as worthy of a
place In the annals of tho game.
All-America doesn't of necessity mean the Atlantic seaboard. There
Is quite a strip of country westward and southward of the Alleghenles.
And once In a while In this meager strip they manage to turn out a regular
football player who can catch a punt or even make a tackle.
Tt)e first one qualified to pick an All-Amerlcan team will be the one
whoso piercing gazo can reach from Cambridge to Berkley oval and from
Ferry Field to the maple-bordered gridirons of Dixie. And. a searchlight
that can glow upon several million square miles of sod Is what you might
call considerable candlepower. When tho first one qualified arrives, tho
name of Argus will slide out of history, a piker who was not even good
for a start.
As It Listens from the Headlines.
Football, wo thought, was a sport for courageous ones
Sport for tho brave with a spirit unshoddy;
Why Is lt,4hen, kindly pipe me, umbrageous ones,
Why are they always "fearing" somebody?
"Yale fears Holy Cross" soon In September;
"Princeton fears Lehigh" will step In and cop;
"Harvard fears Yalo" at tho Ides of November
Why Is It thusly forever, old top?
The first Crimson player who skids across Yale's goal lino will be
entitled to anything Cambridge may have In stock. A matter of eleven
years Is quite a period of tlmo In which to buck a line without results.
One might do a lot of things in eleven years It one could Insert as much
festive energy Into tho effort as a halfback Is supposed to do In diving
head foremost Into an opposing line.
The Crimson Epitaph.
(After R. L. 8.)
Under the wide and Btarry sky,
Dig the grave and let me He;
Gladly I've lived and gladly die
Here at tho end of the trail;
These be the lines which I wish played
Over the slab where I have strayed:
"Here lies a Harvard back who mado
A touchdown on old Yale."
Company E Is Winner
In First Appearance
Company E, of tho National Guard
Basket-ball League, Is being congratu
lated today on Its win over Company K
In Its first gumo In tho league. Tho
winners managed to roll up 'SI points
whllo tho losers wero totaling but 6.
Aby with eight tosses was the leading
performer of the evening, his work be
ing by far tho best. Tho Mnson broth
ers starred for the losers. Company E
Jumps ahead of Company K by reason
of Its victory, tho losers having won
their first game.
Lathers Is Salesman.
"Chick" Lathers, erstwhile Tiger, now
of the ProMdenro International Leaguo
Club, has entered tho Detroit brnnch of
the Ford Motor Company, and will
spend the winter months selling autos
Committee to Select
Baseball Coach Soon
The athletic council of Georgetown
University Is to select a baseball coach
In the near future according to reports
received today. Jim Kury, captain-elect
oC tho team. Is said to be In favor of
last year's coach. Just what will be
dono In the matter cannot be learned
until a meeting of tho council has been
There have been a number of nomi
nations for the position aa coach this
season. Among them Charlie Moran.
Dick Harley, and Bobby Cranston, all
former Georgetown players are to re
Fred Merkle, the Giants' first base
man, is como billiard player. Fred won
the three-cushion tournament at St.
Paul last week, defeating Holt, Chris
ton and Darton.
One can't always tell by tho signs. But there has been a crlntaqn ring
around tho moon for the past three weeks. And this has been tho pinkest
Indian summer we havo ever known.
Just Winter League Baseball
Is Ty Cobb worth a solary of 115,000 a
year? Ills batting marks say yes. Dur
ing his stay with tho Tigers Cobbs has
never batted below the .300 mark. His
average for the period covering nearly
eight years la a fraction below .361.
The trio of pitchers Walsh. Johnson,
and Wood who were worked hardest In
the last season are the greatest base
ball ever saw, '
Kid Oleason has had an easy Job with
tho Hox the last season. All he did was
to act as coach, scout, peacemaker,
counselor, disciplinarian, conndant to
Manager Callahan, and substitute bat
boy. Once on the Hilltop he also acted
as backstop, stopping a foul with his
Manager Birmingham, of. the Cleve
land team, says that he will keep Short
stop Ole Oleson. Birmingham regards
Ole as vaiuauie uvunv '''-"
,-. 1 mHi. nn.i White were the
pitchers who went through tho season
without making an error.
m,.- .. . mn.. nn crit Ilresnahan
8eVetaryLocko7'of "the "urates says
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Ulnul boas it tho mix-up i nettled.
John J. McCloakcy. former manager
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waukeo team of the American Associa
tion, Is tho man oeing ""'' J',,",
new owners of the Louisville club to
manage tne team in uw.
The Brooklyn fans wore handing the
management of thr Dodgers to Jake
Daubert, tho best first baseman In the
old league. Now that Ebbets has signed
up Bill Dahlen. let's forget It.
Joe Birmingham will take up his du
ties as bench manager with the Cleve
land Napa next season. If he con find
a man to hold down his place In the
Buck Weaver, of the Sox, was the
boss of error-makers, slipping up on
seventy-one of his chances. Heine Wag
ner, touted by many as the best short
fielder in the circuit, made sixty-one
errors In 141 games. Weaver, however,
played in 147 games.
Capt. Larry Doyle of the Giants has
been engaged to coach the Seton Hall
baseball team of New Jersey.
Football Is beginning to pilfer base
ball's stuff In the line of monickers.
They already havo a "Lofty," "Hugs,"
"Itube" and a "Wild Bill." but the grid
Iron haa yet to produce Its first Ping.
Pitcher Tommy Atkins was sold by the
Atlanta team to the Fort Wayne Three
Eye League team by Manager Smith.
The deal was closed at the baseball
meeting In Milwaukee.
Harry Wolverton. former manager of
the Yankees, was In New York the
other day and spread the report that
Connie Mack would succeed him at the
head or the New York team, can you
If Pittsburgh can secure the services
of Boger Bresnahan, that team should
walk through the National League race
without having the slightest trouble,
says a report. ,
Yale Athletes Cannot
Play Summer Baseball
NEW HAVEN. Conn.. Nov. a. Con
siderable adverse criticism is being heard
today following the decision of the uni
versity athletic committee In Its de
cision against summer baseball In any
form. The committee has decided that
any student who plays ball on a hotel,
society, or other team and recelvca
compensation cannot represent Yale In
Tho university committee also has
made It the duty of the captains to
keep themselves informed as to the
methods employed by summer hotels,
resorts, Institutions, and societies which
?ut baseball teams on the field during
ho summer months.
The captains at the close of the col
lege year also are to notify the players
on their teams that participation by
them In athletics of tho kind Indicated,
where the methods as to professional
engagement of players are under suspi
cion, will make tho candidates or
players liable to debarment.
Hoppe Retains 18.2
NEW YOniv, Nov. St. Willie Hoppe
retains the world's championship 18.2
balkllne billiard trophy. Ho defeated
Ora Mornlngstar, of Pittsburgh, last
night, ending the tournament which has
been In progress for weeks. Hoppe'u
victory came with a score of M0 to 176.
and his average was 22. He won six
games In the tourney and lost hut one.
Yamada. the Japanese, being tho only
one to defeat him.
Rob Roy Too Fast.
Bob Boy, driven by his owner, L. N.
Buckingham, proved to bo too fast for
Black Mary, L. A. Mahoney, owner, and
Easter Bell, T. A. Martin, owner, at the
Bapley track, Maryland, yesterday,
when the three engaged In a race. Hob
Boy was winner with Easter Bell and
Black Mary finishing In tho order
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