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THE WASHINGTON TIMES; WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 19.13.
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Comedians Also Know What
Major League Team Has the
Cleverest Pair of Coaches.
T don't -want Jim Thorpe. I have no
Place for him," said Manager Griffith
today to the writer. "Just because he's
a great athlete on the track and in
football, that's no sign that he's a great
batt'-piayer-' He'd have to show me that
he. was a real one before he could mako
good on my team, ana I haven't any
room .for him.
"1 was tipped oft to him last fall by
a friend of mine as being a possibility
In professional baseball when he got
through at Carlisle. But when I looked
Into his baseball record, he didn't im
press me-very much.
"If these other managers want him,
'they're welcome. He has made a won
derful reputation, but not on the dia
mond. In the bushes are hundreds of
layers every year ust as good, and the
Mg league manager taking him will
have just as much difficulty polishing
him up to big league standards that
they have with any bush leaguer. I've
got enough of these troubles facing me
now without adding to them."
Undoubtedly the Carlisle brave, whose
athletic stunts amazed the world last
summer at the Swedish Olympic games,
and whose performances on the grid
Iron last' fall proved him to be the
best football player of the year, will
catch on with some major league club,
but he won't come to Washington sim
ply because Manager Griffith considers
him a bush leaguer not ripe for fast
company. Second thought shows Griffs
dope to be pretty good, too.
"Germany" At It
From Detroit comes report of the
antics of Messrs. G. Ermlnie Schaefer
and -Nicholas Altrock, human gargoyle,
now appearing together In a sketch.
They are now engaged, in predicting
the success of the Climbers in 1311
JWe'-re knocking at the door all
'ye9tito o is tostep In!-calml
announces' Mr. Schaefer; "Walter John-J
son wui oe as suoa n u a o .
In 1312. Tom -Hughes and Bob Groom
will each unhold hiir end. of the argu
ment, 'and we have coming stars tn
Casnlon and Engei. Our infield is hard
to Improve-upon, our outfield is one of
the best, and we have' the pick of the
league in catchers.
-Clark Griffith is one of the greatest
managers ever in baseball and last but
not least, size up the coaching staff,
Nicholas stand over here beside me."
"Dutch" and Nick hop to be allowed
tov remain on the boards long enough
Xo hit the Capital. They are telling
their friends that one week in Wash
ington would prove to a doubting world
that as thesplans, well, you will have
to go far to see better.
Mwiarty In Line.
George Moriarty, veteran Tiger, is
signed up for 1313, and Intends to make
a' regular berth for himself. Indeed,
George's all-around ability is such that
Jennings will consider long before drop
ping him. Not a very great slugger,
Moriarty manages to stick In with a
Single now and then in pinch, and as
a fielder, can hold down any .place In
Al Klawltter, formerly a tryout kid
with the Giants, has signed with the
Tigers. What does Frank Navin now
care, even If Jean Dubus doesn't sign?
Fred Falkenberg. the Wooiworth
flinger, once identified with the Na
tionals in the old days of dire defeat.
comes back witn the naps tnis year ior
a trial, and Manager Birmingham plans
to use him ever fifth day and never
call upon him as a rescuer. This sys
tem worked excellently for the tail one
In Toledo last season, and he was the
best pitcher In the American Associa
tion. He won twenty-five games, and
dropped eight for the Mudhens, being
surpassed only by Bill Lellvelt and Har
ry Krause, neither of whom worked In
as many games He resembled Joe
Engel at the bat, reaching .113 with a
Mackmen Not Signed.
'Chlef ' Bender and Jack Coombs, two
pitchers expected to swing the Mackmen
Into the championship next October,
have yet to sign contracts, but they are
the only men out of the fold, and Con
nie Mack isn't worrying any aboat
them. Bender Is in Georgia, hunting and
fishing, while Coombs Is doing the same
thing in Texas.
Frank Chance is due to arrive in NciV
York February 10. and be the real
feller the next day when the Joint meet
ing of the big leagues holdg forth
sround the mile track at the Waldorf.
Frank "has a lot of work ahead of him
In New "York, and will be hard at it as
soon as the magnates and scribes quit
the big town and give him an oppor
tunity. Joe Engel. the Climbers' milk bottle
twirler, comes forth with a complaint
that touches the heart. He It Is:
"Gee. this has been a Jong winter.
I haven't heard from a single one of the
felers on the team, not even from Ediie
Alnsmith. I kept him in cigarettes
many a long day last year, and here
he's forgotten me. 'Fateem' Foster, too.
hasn't sent me a word. Schaefer and
Gandil and the rest o' them write to
your sporting writers, but they never
write to me, and here I am right here
In town all winter, too. I think this is
the rottcnest winter I ever had."
Virginia Military College, at Char,
Reception to Griffith, Henry, and
Martin, at Y. M. C. A.
Atlantic City polo team vs. Wash
ington, at Arcade.
Dean Academy vs. Manhattan Col
lege, at Manhattan, basketball.
Steve Ketchel vs. Art Stewart, ten
rounds, at Hammond, Ind.
Kid Thomas vs. Clement, twenty
rounds, at'-Borne, Italy.
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WOLTER EXPECTS TO
NEW YORK. Jan. 29. Harry Wolter,
writing to a friend here, says that his
leg is mending beautifully and that he'll
be on tho Job with the Yankees this
year as never before. He letter is dated
Monterey, CaL, his home, and runs like
Now I am not sending you this guff
to let you know In what great condition
I am In, or that I expect to hit them
harder than ever this season. "What is
more, I am not going to tell you what
I think of the new manager and how
he is going to win the pennant for the
Yankees the first year. But I want to
state mat i mime tnosc wno say jnance
will land in a lemon patch when he
takes hold of the New York club arc
We have a corking good pitching staff,
and that sure does count in the long
run. We did not do so well with the
pitchers last, season, because the boys
did not play much baseball back of
them. If they get In good condition and
a little luck comes our way the Ditchers
will go good, and this will make the rest
of the club pick up and travel along
Now about the rest of the team. I
hope we will be fortunate enough to
land a good, live inflelder. If we do
we will be scaring a lot of fellows
who are counting on what they are
going to do with the world's series
money. My leg Is doing nicely, and I
do not expect to slow up as a result of
the injury at the hilltop last summer.
It takes time, and I am going, slow.
but I will be ready to hold the pace
with the other boys on the training
trip. I am of the opinion that I am
entitled to a little good luck, something
I have not had In the past two years.
Just a little of It will suit. I have had
the misfortune to get Injured when I
was going at my best, which does not
help the club any. if I do say so myself.
I do not know at what time I w III have
to report, but expect it will be about
February Zi, wnen I win be in New
York ready to take the boat for Ber
muda. I think the club made a ten-strike
when the so-called "Sunny South" was
scratched as a training camp. It counts
considerable when a ball club comes
back in good shape, and Jliey tell me
Bermuda Is the place. I hope so. I
had permission to train out here had
the Yankees gone South, but I will be
on the Job with the rest of the boys
now that we have found a camp where
we will not be compelled to work un
der the grandstand every day on ac
count of the rain. Yours truly.
Y. M. C. A. Regulars Get
First Defeat of Year
Hoping that they should go through
the season wthout a single defeat, Y.
M. C. A. Regulars were given a severe
trouncing last night by Aloyslus In the
Washington basketball league at Gon
zaga gymnasium, when the clubmen by
completely outplaying their unbeaten
adversaries, captured the game by a
count of 32 to 10.
The clubmen sprang a surprise In a
newcomer named Williams, who was
the Nemesis for the association quint
His goal shooting was b far the best
of the evening, his contribution being
seven baskets. Hurley and Patterson,
by excellent covering prevented their
opponents from scoring on many occa
sions. Brown University
May Play Georgetown
Negotiations are now under way be
tween Manajwr Harrington, of the
Georgetown baseball team and the man
agement of Brow n University, of Provi
dtnee, R. I., for a game when the Hill
toppers take their Northern trip this
spring. It is hoped that arrangements
can ba made for the game the day after
or before the George'tow n-Yale gunm
at New Haven.
It has been many years since tlicse
two colleges have met In any branch of
sport and should the contest. If ar
ranged, prove successful this season
there is a likelihood of furthering ath
letic relations in other sports, but In
bazeball at leait
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The widespread inclination to injuries or sickness among our earnest
athletes plays a bigger part in determining pennant races than most
people imagine. There is, for example, a general impression that ball
players are a hardy lot healthy, rugged, and capable of absorbing terrific
That used to be the case but not today. The higher priced they come
as in the case of urns, bric-a-brac, and such the more fragile they are.
And the more fragile they are, the less show their, club has of finishing in'
Take the casetof the Yanks and Phillies of 1912 two ball clubs blessed
with plenty of sprightly material, but more tban usually brittle. The
Yanks finished last when they should have been fourth and tho Phillies
finished filth when they should 'have been neck and nock to the wire.
Enter the Grandolddope.
Boy, fetch the statistics bearing on the case. Here you have the
answer to 1912 fragility.
In the American League, out of 175 starters, there were exactly 28
athletes capable of lasting 125 games or more. From 64 regulars more
than half missed over 30 games each through the year. In the National
League there 'were 38 powerful enough to handle 125 games, but the
percentage here was smaller than i t shduld be.
The Full Count.
In the National League there were two iron-constitution athletes
who worked in eVery game without missing a day Bill Sweeney, of the
Braves, and Owen Wilson, of the Pirates.
In the American League there were seven Collins and Mclnnes, of
philadelpnia; Milan and Foster, of Washington; Speaker and Lewis, of
Boston. and Shotten, of St Louis.
oi,. nr tho vpii hnloneed to clubs that finished 1-2-3.
J. Garland Stahl's finely balanced
strictly upon the merits involved but
Holy Cross Nine Has
WORCESTER, Jan. 3. Holy Cross'
baseball nine will play the longest
schedule of games among the college
teams of the East during the coming
season. If It completes the list which
was announced tonight. Thirty-three
games are provided for. of which eight
are on the spring training trip. These
latter have been 'announced previously.
The others follow: ,
April 12. Kordham at New York; 16.
Princeton at Princeton; 19, Cornell at
Worcester; 23. University of Maine at
Worcester; 2G. Tufts at Worcester; 30,
Worcester Polytechnic at Worcester.
May 1, Seton Hall at South Orange;
7, Catholic University at Worcester;
10, Harvurd at Worcester; 10, Tufts at
Medford; 14. Seton Hall at Worcester;
17, Yale at Worcester; 21, Wesleyan at
Worcester; 23, Mass. Aggies at Wor
cester, 24, Fordham at Worcester; 2S,
Brown at Providence; 30 Dartmouth
at Worcester; 31, Williams at Wllllams
town. June 4. Yale at New Haven; C, Ver
mont at Worcester: 7. Manhattan Col
lege at Worcester: 11, Harvard at Cam
bridge; 13, Lehigh at Worcester; 14.
Brown at' Worcester: 18, Hawaii Lnl
verslty at Worcester.
V.M.I. Cadets Will
Play (U). Tonight
Because of Its miserable performance
egalnst St. John's College, of Annapolis,
ir nitriit Virginia Military Institute
1 kl-milrt not show a gieat deal of
strength against Georgetown in the
scheduled game tonight at the Arcade.
The Hllltopptrs of late have been Im
proving with remarkable rapidity,
which makes them a long favorite In
the game with the Lexington cadets.
Whether any bhlfts will be made in
either llnc-up Is not known at this time,
but It Is more than likely that the samo
team with which Georgetown faced Bt.
John's College, of Brooklyn. last Tues
day will be started. Virginia Military
Institute will probably put tho same
team on the floor that opposed the An
napolis school last night.
Tho teams will line-up as follows:
Georgetown Waldron and Martin, for
wards; Campbell, center: Wetzel and
Foley, guards. Virginia Military Insti
tute Ewlng and Leech, forwards:
Stroud, center: Clarkson and Henry,
guards Play is called at !f:15 o'clock.
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world's champs won both titles
even then they required the break
Gobbled by Big Eel
NEW YORK. Jan. 29. A thrilling
story of how "Duke" Kahanamoku, the
Hawaiian world chumpion swimmer
and winner of aquatic honors at Stock
holm, saved his llfo but lost an Index
linger, in a desperate battle under water
with a giant eel, is related today In a
special Honolulu dispatch to the Herald.
The battle occurred Saturday at the
"Dukes" practice grounds near Hono
lulu. The expert swimmer killed the
eel. but not before the monster had
nipped oft the forcllinger o.' his tight
rand. The loss may Impair his swim
ming powers permanently.
Cries from persons on shore warned
other swimmers that something was
wrong with the champion und they
looked about for him but Kahanamoku
had disappeared. Suddenly there was
a frenzied churning of water over a
ipot where the depth was ten feet and
one leg of the swimmer was thrust
above the surface desperately wig
wagging for help. Then the leg was
dragged leneath the water again and
the churning recommenced.
Finally Kahanamoku shot to the sur
face, exhausted and then sank again.
Friends dived for him and rushed him
to shore where he was rex'iveJ while
other swimmers cuptured the body of
the eel which the "duke" had choked to
death with his hands. The eel was the
largest ever 3een In Hawaiian waters.
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of the game to land in front of Senators and Athletics. Boy the sta
tistics again. In the A. L. flag race Stahl' was able to keep his pitching
corps led by Joe Wood in prime shape all the year. More 'important
still, he was able to maintain his six most important regulars in the fore
most of the fight His great outfield was there from April to the finish;
Speaker and Lewis fought out every game; Harry Hooper missed but
five. These six regulara Speaker, Hooper, Lewis, Wagner, Gardiner, and
Yerkes guarding outfield and infield average above 140 games to the
man, and with the pitching and catching departments in prime condition
the Red-hosed onslaught was Irresistible. As great a team as Stahl had,
an injury or setback to Wagner, Speaker, or Wood, lasting for any con
siderable period, might have been fatal.
In the National. -
In the National hunt, McGraw suffered one or two minor shocks, but
in the main the fortunes of war were with him. He had his Big Three,
Mathewson, Marnuard ,and Tesreau, ready for every start And, what is
more to the point, he had the best second string of captives in the game.
Shafer was good for any job on the infield on a par with any regular he
was called upon to supplant. With Merkle injured, Snodgrass was better
at first than in center, so the Giants were superbly fortified against any
solid thump3 from horny-handed Fate. McGraw could have lost the
active serviecs of two inflelders and two outfielders, a catcher, and a
pitcher among the regulars and still have been able to place- a pennant
fighting machine in the field at any stage of the tourney.
In days of old when stars were sold
Or drew about 1,200 bones
They plugged away across the fray
with none to hear their yelps and groans.
But now, alas, it's come to pass
When each Is quite a costly fish;
From steel-spiked hoof to ivory roof
They're fragile as a china dish.
Favors Boxing Law
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Jan. 29.-M1I-waukee
ministers arc In favor of tho
passage of a State law for the regula
tion of boxing. , .
A signed statement today by a com
mittee representing the Milwaukee h eC
cratlon of Churches reads:
"We favor new legislation that will
allow boxing matches unde- supervision
and that shall strictly define the mean
ing of the term and prohibit prize light
ing and brutal slugging matches.'
Tho statement was issued iollowing
the witnessing by the ministerial com
mittee of last night's boxing bouts,
about which the committee said they
had no complaint to make.
Dwyer Has Not Been
Chosen by Georgetown
That Georgetown University has
signed "Pat" Dwyer, former University
cf rennslvnnla center, to coach the
football team on tho Hilltop next fall
was emphatically denied by John Lan
gan. He continued: "There will be no
appointments of coaches for George
town teams until the, meeting of the
executive board of the nthletlc associa
tion next Sunday. Until then, nothing
can nor will be done."
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With the Boxers.
Mike Schreck. the old-time heavy
weight has quit the boxing game and
taken up wrestling.
Johnny Summers, he welterweight
champion of England, is on his way to
Australia to engage In five battles.
Another bout between Matt Wells
and Hughle Mehegan, the Australian
lightweight, will be staged in London.
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G. W. TAKES GAME
FROM WD. AGGIES
"Country" Morris Proves .to Be
Star for Losing Basketball
COLLEGE PARK. Jan. 2). Maryland
Agricultural College found George
Washington University's r basketball
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quint just enough better-than thecal
selves last night to drop .the game- to
the Hatchetites. a to'lt-TTbe dlfferesci,
in the score Is Indicative of the rela'tlve
play of the two contenders,
. Exceptionally good defensive work .by
both teams was manifest throughout the
entire game and was .the most pleasing'
feature of the, con test No better guard
ing has been seen this season agatest
the Aggies than the performance of
Regis for the Washington ,qalat- Te
was chiefly responsible for holding1 the
losers to the low score."
"County" Morris was the only mem
ber of the Aggie five who was .able 'X
do anyconsistent scoring. He account- -ed
for twelve or his team's fourteea
points. George Washington showed
marked Improvement over their last ap
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