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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, FRIDAY, MARCH 14,' 1913.
Rookies Who Have Shown Best to Date Will Get Chance Against Virginia
ROOKIES WILL GET
TRIAL AT VIRGINIA
Regulars to Start Game Again st Collegians, But Youngsters
Who Have Shown Best So Far Are
To Go in Toward End.
CHARLOTTESVILLE. Va., March It
If the weather moderates today, and
Lamteth Field is gien two or three
hours of warm sun, the Climbers will
battle Schaefer's Pimlentas this after
noon. Both teams need this work in
preparation for tomorrow's third con
flict with the Virginia -varsity team. In
deed, though the regular plajers are
due to start the contest tomorrow
against the collegians, it is expected
that Manager Griffith will send In a
number of the rookies whose showings
haie been die beet thus far.
Yesterday's work-out was held In
Fayerweather gym. the rookies taking
theirs in the monilns and the regu
lars In the afternoon. Manager Grif
fith considered the two games on mudd
Lambeth Field "Wednesday enough to
last oer at least one day. and the
players welcomed 'the relief. Most of
them spent their offUme llng on their
beds, reading. Some playd cards' or
checkers and a few braved the steady
downpour to visit the "movies" down
town. While batUng overages at this time
of the year amount to little or nothing,
nevertheless, the fans like to get a
glimpse at the doings of their heroes
set up In serried columns. Here they
are to date:
Names. A.B. R. H. T.B
R. Williams 9
A. Williams 4
The Three Leaders.
Even a short perusal of these batting
figures shows that Baldomero Acoa.
"Zeb" Milan, and Joe Gedeon are the
Oiandiest, lads of them all with the old
flalL Of course, Milan is known to be
a hitter, but it is most gratifying to
Manager Griffith to see Acos'a and
Gedeon, newcomers on the team, dis
playing so much skill with the bat.
Allen Scheer. pulled back from
Toungstown for another trial In the big
show, shows clearly that he can hit
that pill, with his average of .400. while
Jteh. "Williams, the rookie from Newark,
Ohio, has got a blngle every third time
Danny Moeller, the Rochester rambler,
has'' started jjff well. too. it might be
said, and gives every indication of be
ing about to have a good year with the
bat. This flying outfielder hls In
streaks. If last season be taken as a
standard, but if he slumps seriously this
year, a capable substitute will be on
hand to fill In while Dan digs .the coal
dust, out of his lamps and prepares to
resume his place in the battle front.
Joe Gedeon's class is apparent after
one looks at him file minute. As soon
as he recovers his health and "hits the
warm weather, he should make a lively
battle around that midway 'ushlon. He
can hit, he can field with the best of
them and he can run bases. Indeed,
there doesn't seem to be a single flaw
In his work, except his Inexperience.
He is hut nineteen jears old and has
rilajed ball only one year. His work
Jve has been first class
Are Not Stealing.
The boys have not yet begun stealing
bases here, nor will they likely to.
and Manager Griffith gives the word.
Acosta, Allen, Morgan, and Gedeon
each has one stolen base to his credit
thus far. Acosta looks like the best
base runner of all the rookies. This
midget Cuban knows how to steal, and.
being one of the fastest lads in camp,
makes the opposition hustle the mo
ment he gets on.
Jacinto Calvo seems to have plent
of speed in his heels when he chooses
to pick them up and hurry, but In the
games here to date, he has not suc
ceeded in reaching first often enough
to give one a line on his merits in this
respect. In Wednesday's' morning game
he failed to score from third base once
through seeming Ignorance of the coach
er's English. The longer he Is with
the squad the more English he will
learn and less of a handicap this ignor
ance will be for him to overcome.
Rebel Williams has a good pose at
the bat and can hit to either field. He
shoves the ball over into right on the
hit-and-run with all the cleverness of
"Fateem" Foster. Joe Gedeon is an
other youngster with this ability. Both
rookies are right-hand hitters, but they
think nothing of jerking the ball Into
right field for a mile a minute. Man
ager Griffith likes this ability in a bats
man. Acosta Takes Heart.
Little Baldomero Acosta, now that he
has heard from his family and his
sweetheart in far-away Havana, has
taken heart and begun to hit. A little
analysis of his work'mlght please the
fans and show what a good player this
sixteen-year-old boy really Is.
He has played In three games, going
to bat eight tjmes. Twice he walked,
once he fanned, once he filed to left,
and the other four times he blngled.
His first hit was a single to left off
Grant, Virginia's best southpaw nitcher.
His second was a screaming triple to
left off Charlie Sullivan, a right-hander.
His third was a single to right off the
same twirler. His fourth and last hit
was a triple to right center off Victor
Bickers, another right-hander.
Acosta had a pronounced crouch at
bat when he reported here. This is not
according to Clark Griffith style, and
the little Cuban was told to stand
straight. He has done so, and, while
the new position is a bit strange to
him, he is progressing fast enough and
is hitting the ball hard. He fields his
position easily and skillfully and looks
like a very promising player.
Calvo a Slugger.
Jacinto Calvo came here with a repu
tation as a hitter. His appearance at
bat seems to carry out this theory, too,
for he hold his bat far back of him
and swings it with terrific force. He
has complained a little that the pitch
ing has been too slow for him, and he
may do better, now that the pitchers
have begun to use speed. Calvo has
been playing ball all winter, andis in
excellent condition now. On this ac
count the "soft" pitching has worried
him more than It has any of the other
lads. When he gets hold of the ball
he makes It travel far enough to suit
the most captious critic, and Manager
Griffith Is withholding his Judgment
until the coming exhibition games in
Of the thirteen pitchers on the Phil
116" squad, both veterans and recruits.
only two Brennan and Rlxey are left'
"The best thins about Tub' Spencer,'
says the San Francisco Chronicle, "Is
the way he jollies the rest of the play
ers." Thej hae evidently discovered
spencer early out on the coast.
Lou Criger. the receiving end of the
famous battery of Young and Criger, is
at waco, xex.. coacning me Browns
young pitcher. After the season is
fairly under way Criger will go a-scout-ing
in the bushes for young and prom
It now appears that the tentative on
tract Johnny Kllng signed with Cincin
nati, only to find that his billiard part
ners wouldn't permit him to live un to
It. called for 17.500, with a Jj00 bonus for
signing. Tne Herrmann-Tinker combi
nation surely wanted Kllng pretty
The two White Sox teams certalnlv
did some tall sticking In their two Sun
day games. Six home runs and three
triples was a part of the nrocram. with
Jack Fournler leading on three hits for
eiecn bases, bnono Collins made three
either, until the ground becomes harder safe ones.
BINGLES AND BUNTS
Snagged on the Off-Trail.
It's easy enough to lay down a sacrifice for a pal; but the test of team
work is to help push an enemy into scoring distance.
There are more guys that get around on the other fellow's hits than
there are those who make the circuit and reach the plate unaided.
It's an even break after all. The guy who gets rich by underpaying
working girls probably justifies his stand on the theory that he
will have to work a longer time in hell for nothing.
The tip that a "straight line is the shortest distance between two points"
means more in life than it does in geometry.
The last word in gameness not to be afraid to run at the right time.
First base is the universal burying ground of those who only play It safe.
track iron was absolutely essential. Again we have been using only one
spoon where we should have had four or five. But while we feel that
we might have gotten along without the bafflng spoon, we know now
that attempting to play the game without a track iron is worse than futile
piffle. Whatever happens we must have a track iron. If we can't get a
track Iron, which ought to be built like a shovel, we suppose we must fall
back on a driving putter or a bafflng spoon and do the best we can. i
Still a mud spoon might be useful here and there. If that expert had
only gone on a bit further he'd have had enough spoons for a dinner,set.
What is so rare Is a bafflng spoon?
This makes the perfect shot
But the guy worth while Ib the one whose style
Calls for a track Iron shot.
It seems we erred. Mr. Cobb, at this .writing, hasn't signed the papers
yet Is the Wilson Administration to fail after all?
MACK HAS WORK .
CUT OUT FOR HIM
Will Have to Use Every Ounce of Human Strategy io Whip the
Athletics Back Into Pennant Win
The Last and Ultimate Straw.
-In the fell clutch of circumstance," But there are time- mr Iron will
A Mr. Henlcr ald. Caves In with quite a crack!
1 rnrelv jilp r cry aloud. And one of the.e I- when I read
Or boU mr Kory head. That Jeff I- "comliiK back."
Among those now at Hot Springs. Ark., are one John Henry Wagner
and one Tristam Speaker. We mention thlB now because we have a hunch
that later on these names will be heard again in a more subtle connection.
Locating the Seat of Trouble.
In describing or outlining the list of clubs used In golf, a writer in the
Philadelphia Times of February 24, 1889 twenty-four yearB ago has this
"There are eleven implements in the game, the most important of which
is the ball. The other ten are as follows. The playing club, long spoon,
mud spoon, short spoon, bafflng spoon, driving putter, putter, sand iron,
cleek, and track iron."
No wonder we ball up this bally game. Here we've been grappling
with it all this time and no one ever tipped us off that a bafflng spoon or
In Regard to Prof. Marquard.
With no idea of even lifting the breath of voice against the undoubted
prowess of the renowned Rube, there Is at least a word to offer anent the
advanced theory that his absence would leave the Giants on the Hog
Special to a certainty.
The point, for example, is brought forward that Marquard last season
won nineteen straight and by this stellar feat helped push his pals far Into
the lead. The records show this to be true. ,
But at the time the Rube was winning nineteen straight almost every
other pitcher on the team was winning 'wih equal ease- Red Ames had
won something like nine out of eleven, and Crandall eight out of ten. In
fact, the pitching average of bIx Giant slabmen at the end of .Rube's record
run was a matter of eight and a quarte r victories out of ten starts.
In other words, it was no great feat for a pitcher to win wit"h the of
fense and defense, furnished by the rest of the team- Any sort of pitching
was good enough to win seven or eight games out of ten those first .three
But how about later on when the remainder of the club was shoving
the test strictly up to those In the box? What was the situation
when a slabman was forced to step forth and earn his own decision? The
records here show Marquard with seven victories and eleven defeats. With
a winning team his percentage was 1.000. With the team in a slump hia
percentage was .388. Quite a difference, as such things go. ,
The Rubejs considerable left-hander. But with all his promess on the
stage he hasn't reached the point yet where his defection would stagger
his team as if a Mathewson, a Walsh, a Johnson, or a Wood had quit
CINCHED BY GAINER
Detroit Player Shows Jennings
That His Wrist Is Healed Up
Right This "Season.
GULFPORT, Miss., March 14. Several
columns of speculation and a lot of won
dering went to naught when Del Gainer
convinced Manager Hughle Jennings
that that right wrist of his was Just
as well as ever.
The columns and wondering- were
about how Sam Crawford would play
first base, for which he was slated In
case Gainer's right wing refused to heal
Crawford has played first base before.
He considers it the hardest position on
the team outside of the battery. He
was credited with saying that one of the
reasons he was asking for an increase
In salary was that he was expected to
be available for the initial sack.
While the speculation about Sam's
ability at station number one was rife,
one Del Gainer was hunting in the
mountains -of West Virginia and taking
the best of care of himself, hoping
against hope that his wrist would not
act as It did last year.
When Del boarded the train at Cin
cinnati bound for Gulfpprt. he claimed
that his wrist was in fine shape. But
as he had thought the same thing the
year before, his friends were anxious
to see him work.
Now that there is no doubt at nil
but that the member is Just as useful
as ever. Del Is picked by Manager Jen
Ings for the first base Job.
"I can't see anybody who can beat
Gainer out of his position at first." said
Hughle today "I am very glad that his
arm is in as good shape as ever for he
means a big help to the team."
All there is left to show where Del's
wrist was Injured is a red scar about
two inches Ions and a half an Inch
wide just above the end of his coat
sleeve on the palm side 'of his wrist.
This was caused by the operation which,
was performed upon it.
BOB THAYER'S SPORTING GOSSIP
"EVERY KNOCK IS A BOOST."
Among the "comebacks."
Tom Longboat, the Indian runner,
bursts into the limelight bv creating
a new record for fifteen miles. At one
time Longboat claimed as much popu
larity as his more famous Indian rivals
of today. As a runner he was at the
front rank of the distance men. and his
first mile in 4 minutes 28 seconds last
night is nothing short of marvelous.
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That popular marathon runner, all
around boxing athlete. Bombadler
Wells, the Englishman, tackles Gun
boat Smith tonight. The Britisher is
picked as the favorite. In his last per
formance here he walloped Tom Ken
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No letters given.
Surprising ns it is to note that Co
lumbia University falls to award any
varsity letters this year. It Is not with
out precedent. The basketball team is
surely deserving of the emblem, taking
into consideration Its work this season
against odds. None of the men on the
winning relay team were given any
consideration, either. There must be an
Cheered by the Prince of Wales, Ox
ford again takes the annual rowing
classic from Cambridge for the fifth
successive time. It was the seventieth
time the race has been rowed. Cam
bridge suffered a change In the boat at
the eleventh hour, sickness to two men
necessitating the shift. As It was the
Oxford crew was pushed to the limit
and won In the last few moments of
the grueling struggle.
Llpton Is peeved.
Sir Thomas Lipton is peeved, and
says that his challenge was made in the
Interest of sport, and that he should be
allowed to race a 90-footer. In addition
theplea that it would be dangerous to
take a 90-footer across the ocean Is
ridiculous in view of the fact that he
has done it several times before.- They
have been taken back, too, which only
adds to the whopper. .
Billy Purtell, who once covered third
for the White Sox before the famous
deal involving Harry Lord was negoti
ated may cover third for Frank Chance's
Yankees. The Peerless Leader is cast
ing anxious glances at the Jersey City
third sacker. The Yankees are weak
at third, and If Purtell can throw he
may be used as utility fielder.
Central High seems to be taking
things easy this year, following the
win in the football championship. The
Blue and White will be up and doing
soon. Track prospects seem to be pretty
bright, although it is feared that a
number of baseball men will come under
the ban when the marks go in. It is
announced that several members of
former Central teams will assist in the!
Jones cracks record.
THEIR SECOND CUP
Four Out of Eight Wrestling
Events Annexed By Hosts at
Every ounce of human strategy will
have to be used by Connie Mark to
bring the Athletics back to life In 1913.
Noted for years as a brainy and intel
ligent baseball general. Mack has his
work cut out for him for this com
With the ex-world's champs It Is a
question of yes or no. Thev will corns
back or they won't. To come back
the Cubs did in 1910, Mack will have
to guide his athletes as he did before
they cracked last September and went
on a wild rampage.
Then that great trio of hurlers will
have to exceed the speed limit, and a
few of the new graduates will have to
pick up where, the 1910-1911 stars. left
off. It is a mystery that only a leader
of Mack's brains can solve.
Even a Connie Mack and he Is re
garded as being as smart a baseball
tutor as is in the game today cannot
win pennants If he hasn't the players.
And this question confronts the dope
Bters: Has Mack the plajers ?
Mack is known for picking- up "unknown-
youngsters and making stars
out of them. Coombs. Collins. Barry,
Mclnnls. and a few-more did not startle
the community before they entered .the
American 'League. And looking over
the 1913 make-up of the Quakers. Mack
did not grab anything- sensational from
the lower leagues.
The' pitching staff totals 13, but the
entire flock is so uncertain that this
circumstance is what puzzles the fu
ture Of the Athletes. Can Bender and
Coombs regain the stride that made
the Athletics the double champions .and
can Eddie Plank go on forever!
Say "yes" for this -trio and the Ath
letics, will stick up toward the top
throughout the spring, summer and
fall. If It Is not so. it possibly means
the downfall of the great machine. Just
as the Chicago Cubs surprised, exploded
and had to be remodeled again.
To prevent a collapse 'of the pitch
ing staff, though Mack has garnered a
few youth who will stick. Carl Brown,
Pennock. and Houck looked promising
when they tried to rescue the tumbling
champs last summer. Brown Jumped
In and performed like a real veteran,
winning thirteen out of twenty-four
Besides these Mack will have Col
legians Hardin Barry and Harrell, and
Taff. Wyckoff. Bush, Glpe. and Bran
merhoff. Bosh won twenty-sevea and
lost sixteen games for Missoula, MI
the ether kids failed to impress any of,
the rival scouts.
The best bet In the entire troap o
the newcomers Is Catcher Schan, aa
from all reports Mack has secured Urn.
real find of the minor circuit. CottM..
had to turn over a Dunea or piayera la
Buffalo for Schang. In forty-eUfht gaaie.
he batted for a .334 average and
Then down in the practice at
Antonio the recruit Is holdla dmra?
the catching: Job with the refutes.
which Indicates that Connie will at
him In the first position of the n
The catching- angle had to ba
strengthened, because Ira. Thomas aad
Jack Lapp did not stir the comaaqaltr.
last season, especially Ira. It Sehaaffiat
as good as bis boosters, Ira ana Lpp
win not be needed very much. .
is plenty good enough tor tile
.Little comment Is needed for thai
'Athletics' Infield, which equals any 1st
the major leagues. Stuffy Mclnnls?, &
die Collins, Jack Barry, aad FraaM
Baker do not need any IntrnaHasHstu
This quartet Is not surpassed by aar
and equals the best In the land.
And Stuffy. Eddie. Jack, aad fraak
are not ready to retard any. Ib feet,
they may Improve a bit. evaa If this
looks to be Impossible. Still Maek has
corraled BUI Brady from Toledo, How
ard Fahey. a collegian; Carl FHck. from
New Haven, Cobb., and BUI Orr tnm
Orr batted but .240. Brady .M. mad
Flick butv340. On these figures there
Isn't mueir chance of Mclnnls. CeUtas.
Barry, or Baker losing out. .
The .outfield forms a pussUs situa4
tlon for Mack. .When Danny Murpay.
Oldringv and Bris Lord were gotac at
top steed they were three valuable et--flelders.
But the chances are that
Danny has played his last game, aad
Lord Js gone.
To supplant. Lord and Danny. Mack:
has- Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Walaa. with
Amos fltrunk still around. Then -there's
Fete Daley, from the Coast. Oidrins
Is sure of his Job, If his coadMC Is
O. JC, while Murphy looked good tp the
Sportsman's Park patrons when he
called last fall.
By winning half of the events In Its
own wrestling tournament. Memorial
Athletic Club Is today holder of two
cups, won for proficiency on the mat in
the series of bouts held In Washington
this season. Two weeks ago Memorials
emerged from the National Guard
tournament with the greatest number
of points to their credit, fighting a fieid
of stellar matmen from Gallaudet, Y.
M. C. A., and the National Guard.
Eight weights were contested in the
finals last night. Memorials taking four
Probably the greatest interest cen
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bout, which was for the 115-pound title
of the District. Three vrounds were nec
essary In this event before Referee Of
sen could render a decision. The vic
tory was given to Madigan, on points.
John Paul Jones, the Cornell runner,
steps out on the board track at Ithaca
and turns in a mile at 4 minutes and 22
seconds, the fastest mile of the year. In
doors or outdoors. Jones and Klvlat are
the best of the mllers In the country,
and I look to see the Washington boy
establish another world's record before
he Is through at Cornell.
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