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ihe Washington times. Thursday, march 27, 1913.
Virginias Crack Shortstop May Accept Manager Griffith's Offer toJoinClimbers
Scenes That Will Be Common Within a Month in the Vicinity of Nationals' Park
TO JOIN CUMBERS
Griffith Offers Virginia's Star
Fears Lest Cincinnati Contesi
Sunday Be Called Off Be
cause of Ohio Catastrophe.
Shortstop Opportunity to En
ter Big League Baseball.
NEFF HAS CHANCE
yJ- Y& jjl
THROWING ARM IS STRONG
Philadelphia Nationals to Be En
tertained Tomorrow and
Saturday at Ball Park.
Douglass Neff, Virginia's crack short
stop, who possesses the best throwing
arm among the colleges, may become a
member of the Climbers, If he accepts
the offer Manager Griffith has made
him. At present the youngster Is de
sirous of becoming a civil engineer at
a, ridiculously low salary, following the
advice of his brother, a physician at the
University of Virginia Hospital.
Manager Griffith Is delighted with the
youngster's appearance, and In even'
came against the Griffmen. the lad
came through with some startling play.
His throwing Is remarkable for a boy
bis age, and he moves to either side
with equal ease. Last year he held
down third base, Malcolm Douglass
e'lng short. He was star at third,
he has Improved since being placed
In th short field.
Although the Virginia youth Is now
unwilling to join a professional team.
Manager Griffith has not given up ail
hope of signing him. and will continue
to correspond with him until the close
of the college season.
If Neff sees his way to Joining a pro
fessional team. It will be but a matter
of time when he will be a star In the
big show. He knows how to hit. has
Slenty of speed on the bases, and In
la field is a wonderful performer.
Charlie Dooln and his "Phiting Phils"
will b guests of the Climbers tomor
row and Saturday at the Florida ave
nue -ball yard. The National Leaguers
are 'showing good .form in their practice
Same, and should provide excellent
opposition for the Griffmen.
Sir Robert Groom, elongated, at
tenuated toothpick twirler, has been
appointed manager and captain of the
rookie outfit that goes to Richmond
Saturday. The Virginians wanter Wal
ter Johnson as the chief attraction
last spring, and this year put in a bid
for the thin filnger. Manager Griffith
was only too pleased to accommodate
them, and so the blond boy will open
the battle on the mound for the rookies,
being followed by one of the new
Walter Hen-all, who got a ten-second
trial with the Climbers In 191L when
they were merely the Nationals and
nothing, more, is not to pitch for the
Cardinal A. C. of Alexandria, Va.. next
Monday against the Griffmen. though
such a report has been spread about.
Burdendlne, a semi-pro, a member of
the Cardinals for tae" last years, will
occupy the bcx, against the big leaguers
when the bell rings. He will be as
sisted by Cox, "Welsh. Bain, RJsdon, and
Hayes. McBrlde, Jones, Deavers. and
Patterson are candidates for the receiv
er's; Job with the Alexandrians.
Are Working Hard.
The- Cardinals are working hard to fit
themselves for this game on Monday.
Manager Crump is overseeing the work,
and hopes to be able to put up a good
fight, though a victory Is hardly ex
pected. Ayestrike looks the best for
first base. Miller for second. Hayden for
the hot comer, and Corl for the short
field, with Nugent and Brown ready to
jump in anywhere.
In the garden are Treanary in left. '
"Williams in center, and Cockrell in
right, with S. Brown, Murphy, Lynch,
and Owns subbing.
Now that the practice season at Char
lottesville Is concluded, the fans may be
glad to take a look at the batting aver
ages of the players. Including every
game played on Lambeth Field. They
Names. AB. R. H. TB. SB.
Kgan ........ 11
A. Williams ... 2S
R. Williams ... 3C
Scheer 19 3 4 5 0
AInsmlth ....... 30 3 7 II 3
Weichonce 15 3 2 4 1
Laporte 51 4 9 14 1
Barton 6 0 o o o
Austin 6 0 0 0 0
Sullivan 5 0 0 0 o
Johnson 9 0 2 2 0
Bickers 4 0 0 0 0
Groom 10 0 0 0
Dent 4 0 0 0 0
As the pitching the Griffmen will face
during the next two weeks Is likely to
be different from much of that In Vir
ginia, a new set sl averages will be
kept for the remainder of the practice
season for the edification of the leal
bugs, the boys who watch the figures.
BAN FRANCISCO, March 27. Ad
Wolgast, former lightweight champion
of the world, will begin training tomor
row at the Seal Rock House for his te
turn match with "Harlem Tommy"
Murphy, here on April 12. Th's will
give Ad two weeks of work under the
watchful eye of Manager Tom Jones
Wolgast attributes his failure to stop
Murphy here February 22 to poor con
ditions and proposes to remove that
handicap in the coming battle.
Allan tas, 7; Boston Braves, 3; at
Yankees, 4; Jersey Skeeters, 2; at
Phillies, 7; Raleigh, 0; at Raleigh.
Trinity, 5; Lafayette, 3; at Dur
ham, N. C.
th ReTReSHMerrs wiuu be ,N fac.t-ai.m0si pco-msh- V """ 9 jY JflH " THE(tE vwiU. BE MUSIC.
PRESIDENT TO TOSS
OUT FIRST BALL
Gets Gold Pass From Ben S.
Minor and Accepts invita
tion to Open Season.
President AVilson will toss out the
first ball used in the first American
League game played in Washington
April 10. Benjamin S. Minor, president
of the Washington club, called on the
President today, presented him with a
gold season pass, and asked him if he
would not start the season for the
Climbers on their home grounds. To
morrow a similar gold pass, good for
the season, will be presented to Vice
The President is a fan, and Intends
to go to all the games he can spare time
to see. The Vice President is not only
a ran. nut nas reacneo me aavancea
stages of a bug. and is expected to be
even a more regular attendant at the
games than the late James S. Sherman.
James Butler Buys
NEW YORK, March 27. James But
ler, the ruling spirit of the Empire City
Racing Association, Is optimistic con
cerning the sport of thoroughbred rac
ing. He completed the purcha&e es
terday of thirty-six yearlings from the
estate of the late James It. Keene ror
$00,000. an average of something over
Jl.uw a head.
These youngsters were bred at Castle
ton Stud, and In the lot are founrteen
colts and twenty-two fillies. Anions
the colts are a half-brother to the
mighty Sysonby, a brother to Ballot, a
half-brother to Dolly Spanker, a half
brcther to Celt and a half-brother to
Footpad, as well as close relatives to
:-A ! others that made turf history unJer
the unite ana bine spots.
. - . . .. ttlKn. m.i. D1 u, A-u inrl V,flf
I awuy. Wamba. Selectman, Suffragette,
Some of the stallions represented are
Voter, Ben Brush, Peter Pan. Disguise,
Ballot, Hippodrome, and Delhi.
Mr. Butler has been a good friend of
the running tuif since he fought for and
finally gained recognition for his track
near Yonkers. His Interest in th sport
led him to buy some stock in the Jaurez
Jockey Club. In Mexico, and now he
gives further indication of his faith in
the revival of racing here.
Giants and Pelicans
BEAVMONT. Tex.. March 27 Man
ager McGniw, of the Giants, has Just
arranged a game for his regulars with
New Orleans, of the Southern League.
This will be the first meeting between
the two teams In ll-e or six jears. The
Giants have been on the outs with the
I'el'cans, owing to some misunderstand
ing, ana when their differences wera
patched up the 1-lttle Napoleon was de
lighted. The New Yorks will jump to
the Crescent City tomorrow, which will
be a big Improvement on the schedule
as original!) outlined, as It was intend
ed to Jump directly from this city to
Mobile, Ala., where the Manhattan boys
BALTIMORE. Md . March 27.-As a
stepping stone" to meeting the world's
champion wrestler .ybysko, Americus
has been mathced to meet the French
heavyweight Cazeau. Zybysko's man
uger Informed Manager Jung, of tho
Monumental Sporting Club, that Am
ericus roust dispose of Cazeau, belore
the champion mat artist will be match
ed with the BalUmoran,
CLIMBERS FARE BETTER IN TRAINING
THAN THE ATHLETICS OR NAPLANDERS
Other Clubs Experience Good
Weather, and Fast Ball Is
Expected From Start.
Griffs Climbers have returned to the
Capital in excellent condition. When
compared with the Laplanders and the
thletic!, both of whiih teams nave
bumped Into rnln, oodles cf r.i u they
were fortunnto to hav cho4n Cr.3r
Iottesville, Va., as their training spot.
However, the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers,
and White Sox seem to have had good
weather for their preliminary stunts
and the outlook is for some wonderfully
fast baseball from the drop of the hat
Usually the opening of the campaign
finds the pitching rather rocky. Tho
twlrlers have not been working long
j enough to have their arms strong and
they have not tried their curves often
enough to get them in good working or
der. The pitchers in the American
League this spring, however, have been
favored generally with excellent weath
er, the Naps and Mackmen being the
At Charlottesville the Climbers' pitch
ers worked every day, no matter how
cold it was. It has been the same story
for every club, barring the two men
tioned. In 1312 the pitching on all clubs
was weak when the curtain went up and
the mediocre work of tho twlrlers was
laid at the door of the unusually poor
weather that every team experienced.
In bcrmuda the Yankees have had
beautiful weather, just warm nnough
for the pitchers to put everything the
have on the ball. As a result, the out
fit should make some -tlr during tho
early weeks of tho coming campaign.
It will be the same story with tho
Work on Stadium
At Yale to Start
NEW HAVEN, Conn.. March 27 -Decision
to commenee work Immediately
upon the new Yale stadium was voted
b the executive committee of twenty
one Actual construction will be begun
by May 1.
The plans finally adopted are those
proposed by Engineer C A. Ferry, of
tills eltyt They call for a eoncretn
structure. Low l-shaped, twenty-four
feet below and twenty-six feet above
the natural ground leel. Specifications
will be announced immediately and bids
will be Invited. The stadium will seat
B. C French, of New York city, was
selected iik consulting engineer to the
committee Stock for the expense of
the stadium amounting to $281,001 has
been already subscribed. The commit
tee states that no hope Is felt of finish
ing the stadium in time for nny of the
scheduled games of next fall.
Eastern High School vs. George
town Preps, at Hilltop.
Bliss Electrical vs. Army and
Braves vs. Toronto, at Macon, Ga.
Naps' second squad Joins first
squad at New Orleans.
Virginia vs. Amhorst.
Reds at Chattanooga.
Athletic regulars at Indianapolis.
Athletic seconds at Birmingham.
Brooklyn vs. Newark, at Savannah.
Intercollegiate gymnasium meet at
Holy Cross at Rock HilL
NEW ORLEANS, March 28. It's "Bunny" Leibold, hereafter.
The littlest of the little ones in baseball has prayed for a change, and
it has been granted him by the Naps. He doesn't like the nickname "Litle
Nemo," and he begged his fellow-players to drop it "Call me anything but
Nemo," was his plea.
"I don't care if you call me 'Midget,' or 'Runt,' or 'Bunny,' or anything
else, but that 'Nemo' gets my got" And the "Bunny" cognomen suited the
assemblage, so he's Bunny Leibold from now on in camp.
Climbers. Five of the local pitchers
are ready now. Johnson, Groom,
Hughes. Engel, and Cashlon. They
could go through a whole game Im
mediately. As a result of the good condition of
the pitchers almost eerywhero the
hitting this spring is likely to bo a
IN RANKS OF CUBS
Trojan Johnny Evers' Differences With Frank Chance Brings
Him lil-Will of Many of His Players Bresnahan
on Hand to Fill Job.
NEW YORKrfMarch 27. Rebellion is
rife in the camp of the Chicago Cubs,
according to word from Tampa, Fla.,
where they have been training. Dame
Rumor has it that unless Johnny Eve.s
can get better discipline within the
ranks Murphy will dethrone the Trojin
and place Roger Rrcsnahan at the helm.
It Is reported by underground channels
that a majority of the old Cubs who
fought for pennants under Frank Chance
cannot bring themselves to feel loyalty
toward Evers. The railroading of Joe
Tinker to Cincinnati has piled coals on
the fire of bitterness. It Is said.
Evers has clashed with his men sev
eral times already. One of them is
Heinle Zimmerman, and a number or
others could be named. There wrre
several men on the team who are ad
mittedly hard to manage, and these
Chance kept in line largely through
fear, for they knew he could whip any
man on the team, which Evers cannot
come within a mile of doing. Evers Is
such a high strung, quick tempered fel
low that he it. npt to get in a mlx-up on
t-llght provocation, as witness his bin
ishment from numerous games by um
pires. If Evers stays in charge very
long it is reat-onably sure that nome
sort of a fight will develop that w II
result In wholesale mauling either or
his adversary or himself.
When a faked story wan printed re
cently under the signature of Clianio
criticising the Cubs and telling alleged
"inside stuff" there was trouble In the
camp. Some of the had actors were
Infuriated and threatened dire things.
Others rightly refused to believe that
Chance had taken any part In the story.
The camp was divided. Among those
on the Evers side was Ed Reulbach.
who would have run wild on a number
of occasions if Chance had not put on
the thumb screw, both for Reulbach's
good and that of the Cubs. Evers had
nothing to say practically, hut Reul
bnch and a few others managed to do
more than enough talking.
May Let Schcckard Go.
Evers Is considering letting at least
one of the old guard go,, according to
Information from a source that knows.
The one In ills mind at present Is
Jimmy Sheckard. whose aspirations to
manage Brooklyn or some other big
league team have not made Evers any
more friendly to him. It Is said that
cither Otis Clymer or Roger Bresnahan
Way to "Bunny"
bit light, far lighter than Is usually
seen at the same time and even mora
so than was the case in 1312. This will
be good for the game as a whole, for
the strong teams will be unable to get
such a Jump on their weaker brethren
when the season opens.
This has been a much better spring
will go to the vacated place in the out
field and that Bresnahan will continue
in the field after he becomes manager,
so that his butting and baserunnlng will
he available in everv game. Roger will
not do any of the catching unless
Jimmy Archer Is Incapacitated, accord
ing to the Information.
It Is very likely that the supplant
ing of Evers as manager oy Bresiiuhitn
will take place before several weeks of
tho season have been played. If it
Mioiild develop befoie the start of tho
season the Cubs will have created a
world's record, with three managers be
tween the end of one seaMn and the
beginning of the next first Chance, now
Evers in between, and then Bresnahan.
Whether Evers will be kept on the
team or traded when Bresnahan takes
hold cannot be forecast Just yet. for not
een Murphy's mind Is made up on that
Amherst Team Comes
On Anuuai Tour
AMHERST, Mass., March 27
Twelve men have been selected by
Coach Iiavis to represent Amherst In
the nine games of the annual base
ball trip to the South. The siiuad left
this morning, and the first game will
be played with the University of Vir
ginia tomorrow. The games with '
Annapolis and Columbia conclude the t
trip The men Included in the squad
are. metiers, i-rouniooi. Kobtnson,
TUden and McGay, catchers. Strahun
and Seurl. inflelders, Goodrldge,
Washburn, Williamson, nnd Captain
Partenhelmcr; outfielders, Kimball
Army's Error Gives
WEST POINT. N Y. March 27- The
Army lost Its first game of the base- 1
ball season, being defeated by Col- '
gate by a score of 3 to 2. Colgate won
in the sixth inning on an error by
Monsarratt. a base on balls, and Mc
Laughlin's line drive. Bloom pitched
good ball for the visitors and it
celved excellent support. The gam
only went six innings, when darknes
and rain called a halt Marrllu
threw his arm out In the sixth lnnlrt
and gave way to Neyland, who mo
ed over from first base.
Every Team Has Practiced Its
Pitchers Each Day, Either
Indoors or Outdoors.
than what was experienced last year.
Except for the Naps, who were kept
indoors for days at a time, most of
the clubs have had plenty of time for
practice. Some of the National
Leaguers suffered from inclement
weather and in that league the pitch
ing Is liable to be poor at tho start.
But the American League twlrlers may
hang up a few records at the Jump,
having a decided advantage over the
Frank Farrell president of the Yan
kees, after seeing his lads perform at
Hamilton, has decided that he Is per
fectly satisfied with his new manager
and his system, not to mention the play
ers themselves. When he begins to
chatter about the players, he chortles
with joy. Frankle believes his Yankees
will march right up the line Into the
first division. Last vear we might have
laughed loudlv at this here, but after
seeing Clark Griffith yank his team up
by their own boot straps. we laugh no
more. It is possible to do anything In
Hughey Jennings worries now over the
condition of Del Gainer. The big first
baseman Is said to have lost all his
batting skill since the operation on his
wrist, and that the Tigers must still
continue their search for a first base
man. Jennings told the writer this
winter that Gainer would be all right
thU year, and would plug up that weak
place in the infield. Evidently Hughey
was unaware of the extent of Gainer's
the practice for the past '
three weeks illustrates the need
another first baseman In Detroit.
The Tigers will have a terrific strug
gle this season to keep out of the ruck.
The team Is still In process of rebuilding
and Jennings hns a hard taMc before
Ho beems to have picked up a '
ie m Kuou imiiiiers mill tin ouiiieuier
or two who may last one swing around I
the circuit, but down in his heart ho1
knows that ho has no aggregation that
Is worthy of a pennant. If ecvn good
enough for the first division.
The other teams look about up to the
winter dope, with the poor old Browns
scheduled for the cellar Aside from in
excellent twirling htaff, the Browns
haven't a team In the field. They will
win some games through excellent pitch
ing, but that's all. It Isn t enough,
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GRIFFITH KEEPS H
Pitcher Who Trained With
Climbers Is Sold to the
Victor Bickers, the Buffalo semi-pro
twirler, who has been working out with
the Griffmen at Charlottesville, has been
sold to the Wilkesbarre club, of the
New York State League, and will re
port as soon as ordered. Manager Orir
fith will keep a string attached to him,
as the big fellow shows signs of some
day oecoming a blc leaguer.
Bickers made a grand record for him
self last summer with independent
teams arouna iiunaio. and this earn
ed for him his trial with the big show.
However, he is too green yet to hold
his own, and needs experience before
stepping into the box In fast company;
Charlie Sullivan, the Helena pitcher.
accompanied the team from Charlottes
ville yesterday, and. unless the Mon
treal club is willing to pay the price
demanded for him. he will be sent back
to Montana. Some action on this Ts
expected within a few days. Mean
while, he will practice with the Climbers
at the ball park.
Make Tennis Dates
NEW YORK. March 27. Robert D.
Wrenn. president of the United States
Lawn Tennis Association, announced
last nlgnt tnat he had received con
firmation from Australia of the accept
ance Dy tne Australian association of
the proposal by the Americans that the
preliminary matches for the Davis Inter
national cup be played In this country.
The Australian team, consisting of
S. N. Douat. A. D. Jones, and Horace
Rite. Is expected to arrive in San Fran-
Cisco on April 2-1. The match. Mr. Wrenn
York early in June. The personnel of
the American team nas not been de-
The Mercury team Is out for chal
lenges whiii may be addressed to R.
M. Frye. K) I street southwest. Games
with Indepen lent teams can be ar
ranged for Sundays and holidays.
as durability and supreme
one step in advance, because
get the same leathers and
a step -I
Manager Griffith Is worried today les
It be impossible to play the CInclnnat
Reds in Cincinnati Sunday. He ha;
wired President Garry Herrmann, a
the Reds, for information as to the rail
road conditions between the Capital an
Cincinnati, and the likelihood of a garni
between the two teams. He has not re
celved any reply yet.
"Last night the Chesapeake and OhU
officials told me that their line was atll
open from here to Cincinnati," satf
Manager Griffith today, "but I have ni
assurances that It will remain .open
The flood conditions In Ohio and Indlaiu
are frightful, and I am greatly worried
over the state of affairs. I have beet
banking on this game In Cincinnati, bu
it looks rather dubious today."
Billing Walter Johnson and Clydi
Milan, the Climbers will draw a packet
house in Redland If the contest Is play
ed on scheduled time. These two star
have never been seen in that city, ant
25.000 fans are expected within the pari
if suitable weather Is experienced.
If this game cannot be played. It wil
be a hard' blow to the treasury of th
Griffmen. It was thought that the- re
ceipts from this one game alone wouli
about pay for the training trip at Char
lottesville. However, Manager GrlffiU
will not give up hope of playing In Cln
clnnatl until the last minute.
The Climbers reported at the ball pari
this morning at 10 o'clock, the batter;
men working out beneath the stand
The other players were given locker,
and then dismissed for the morning
During this home exhibition season th
players will engage In morning practlo
every day. stress being laid on the bat
ting. AH the exhlblUon games will be
gin at 3 o'clock.
Turner Here to Meet
Specifying that both athletes shal
weigh In at matalde wtthln the middle
weight limit ISS pounds John Kiloni
the Greek wrestler, accepted the chal
lenge of JoetTurner, of "Washington. a
the bout will be staged tomorrow nigh
at the Gayety Theater. Turner has Jus
returned from Salt Lake City, where h
lost one of the hardest-fought matchet
of hl career, and he Is back in Wash
Ington to redeem himself for his recen
defeat. He promises his many admlren
one" of the best matches they have ye
Kllonis defeated Jess Hansen, thi
Swedish middleweight, last night, win
nlng the flrst fall In twenty-nine mln
utes, and the second fall in six mln
utes. Joe Massaguer, sporting editor o
the Havana Post, waa official time
keeper, and Pat O'Connor rendered hi
usual satisfactory decisions in the ca
pacity of referee.
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