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THE WASHINGTON TIMES. SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 1913.
Joe Gedeon and Frank Laporte Will Be Utility Men for Climbers This Season :;
President Wilson's Presence At the Opening Game Creates Many New Styles
AS UTILITY FIELDER
Will Divide Understudy Duties
With Frank Laporte This
Year for Griffmen.
"Every Knock Is a Boost."
The smallpox scare.
It Is to be sincerely hoped that tfe
smallpox scare will remain but a scare
and not develop Into the real, thing.
No baseball team can afford to b
broken up by quarantine at tn atart
of the season and then go out and make
up for lost time.
Browns can hit.
REBEL WILLIAMS TO GO
John Henry May Get Into Game
When Climbers -Arrive in St.
Louis in May. . - '
Joe Gedeon, the SanrF.nitiecVjSiar
Inflelder, and -Frank Liporte. the "Vet?"
eran sludger, will be the "tSHllty infield.
era ror the Cllmbersjjhls easonv3r&n-.
ager. Griffith havlns-cided thatfcebel
"Williams needs'-afllttle moreseks6nU)g
before taking his place In the rankjroF.
the big leaguers. Manager Griffith is
trying- to find a place for the youngster
from Newark, Ohio, but will not send
him to a circuit too slow for the lad.
young VillIams'--shows plenty of
promise and should come Jtocfc$iext
prlagbetter ablOb JUtjafa!:wlrinIng
fight ..for a placel . " "-"-,
There Is no chance -of Frank XapjsnpV
being let go by Managerj,'GrIffUV-aa,
long as the chubby FrenchmancahlSut.
the-ball. He is now the official plnch
hitter for the Climbers and will also
act as understudy for "Fateem" Foster
at third base. Laporte played third
for the Higlilatf&ejfcpfterfttjJtHwaa,
manager in the Metropolis ana is ame
to-put up a fast-artlele- -of ball-on the
hot comer. His greater .experience,
coupled with his well-known hitting
strength, has given him the Tcall over
young Williams for the extra .place In
the Infield. -s
Gedeon Is a secondbasman now and
Is looked upon as first substitute fov
Bay Morgan. The.Ca'lifornlan possesses
a wonderful fighting, spirit which has
made a hit with Manager Griffith and
which Is largely responsible for his Tw
ins retained when other have been
dropped from the roster. In case Mor
gan's hitting falls off. r injury over
takes him. Gedeon will be. sent to fill
In the vacancy In the Infield. In case
of Injury to McBrldc Morgan will be
nt over to short", where he played In
thVtrginla League, 'and Gedeon will
replace him at second.
7ohn,Henry Tajalmost ready to "take
hlsTJlace behind 'the bat for the Cllmb
efi. The iig catcher's knee does not
bother tim any more, and he is working
out every day to strengthen it. He
has not beentroubled with a sore arm
-.r.n tM xmrfnir. and will be able to
Jomfl- right nvand'do his best work the
moment the manager;gives mm iu .-
-J'mnot thinking. about my knee at
in ..'. R.nn. "At first it was a bit
(iff when I came,back-from Charlottes
llle. but that stiffnesses now left it,
epjl Ican work firowmlhe plate just
akjwelr as I ever"dld.'
Though Henry's1" Improvement is very
pleasing to Manager Griffith, it is doubt
fill if the Amherst lad wjll be sent into
a game before -the -warm weather ar
rives. This means that he may not
work behind the bat until the Climbers
reach St. Louis, where their first warm
weather should strike them.
3111 Mprlcy has gone to Hartford, Conn,
cenfldent that ns wilL return a. more
finished performer, and more likely to
hang on to the fastest company In base
ball. To Carry Big Staff.
Connie Mack has decided to carry ten
pitchers, every one of Wb present col
lection looking good enough to be re
tained. The Mackmen now have on
their rolls "Chief" Bender. Jack Coombs,
Eddie Plank, Byron Houck, Carl Brown,
Herbert Pennock..all of last year's
team, r-nd Bush, Wyckoff. Durning, and
Cottrell, of thle-year's squad.
Li Hung Schang. the catcher drafted
from Buffalo, will be retained, and Bill
Orr, the Callfornlan, will be utility in
fielder. The Climbers should reap a harvest
at the gate when they open the Yan
kees' home season at the Polo. Grounds
next Thursday. The advance sale. will
start Monday, and the outlook is for
a throng of 30.000 fans, if the .weather
Is at all fair. New York is feverish
with expectation, and Frank Chances
team will receive a welcome to Iivp long
In the memory of those fortunate enough
to be there.
I McCarthy Writes.
In my mall this morning comes a
clipping from this column relative to
Umpire Owens' wonder at hearing of
Walter Johnson's speed, and the follow
ing little note from the University of
University of Illinois .
"Dear Sir. You no doubt know-that
Jake Stahl, an alumnus of Illinois, was
recently here with the world's champ
Ions. 'Smoky Joe Wood twirled part
of one of the games with the varsity
team, and fanned twelve men. The
next day all one heard on the campus
waa comment on the terrific speed or
"I happen to be a native of old D. C.
which explains immediately why they
can't show me where Wood has any
thing on Walter A few of these bush
league rooters became quite exctteo,
when I told them of a few of the 'eats
of Walter. Then when I received The
Times containing the enclosed clipping,
I showed them that, and now they be
lieve that Walter Is some twlrier. They
are just like Owens! 'never saw Walter.
"Well. I wish the team all the luck
In the world, and wish 1 were there to
root for them. ..f,"wreg'cCAnTHY."
Big League Biffers ol -Day.
Jackson, Xaps S 3 7 1M0
CalUhBB, W. Sox. Ill 1.900
ZeWer, W. Sox..-. Ill L000
Crawford, Iers.. 5 4 5 .800
1 Bmsb, Tigers 8 2 2 .667
j GalHer, Tigers.... 5 8 4 .600
, WilUans, Browns. 5 3 4 .600
Pratt, Browas..... 5 8 8 .600
JrtBstoa, Browns. 5; 3 3 00
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TY COBB WILL LOSE
President Navin Doesn't Care a
Rap Whether Detroit Star
DKTKOIT. Mich., April 12-Tyrus
Raymond Cobb Is to be made to obey
all the club rules here this season when
he Joins the Tigers. Also, there ls no
i fear In President Navin's heart that
the great batsman will not report soori
Hereafter Cobb will have all his privi
leges cut off and, will have to obey rules
enforced on all the other members of
In an interview given out yesterday
Cobb announced that It was up to
President Navin to send an ambassador
to talk matters over with him, In other
words, to coax him to sign a contract.
"Inasmuch as my club doesn't seem
to have a look-in for the pennant this
j ear," said Navin today. "I don't care
a rap whether Cobb Joins or not
That's up to him. He knows what I
can pay him and that I shall not raise
the price at all.
"That talk of sending a man to see
him Is all foolishness," said the boss.
"'When Crawford, who never gave the
club a bit of trouble In ten years until
this spring, comes to the office to sign,
1 guess Cobb can. It would be unfair
to insist on Crawford, Dubuc and Stan
age coming to the office, as they did,
and then sending some one after Cobb.
"It Is the aim of our club to make
the Tigers a Detroit institution, not one
that might be properly styled 'A1I
Cobb.' It occurs to those having the
best Interest of baseball at heart, that
even a star'of -Cobb's magnitude ought
to be required' to observe the rules of
the game. Mathewson. Wagner, Walsh,
Johnson, and others do. If Ty returns
J shall require him to conduct himself
as do all other members of the team.
Cobb has had a habit of staying away
from camp, of declining to Join in prac
tice In the league season, and in other
wajs ignoring the rules of the club."
Standing offte Clubs.
St. Louis 2
Washington .....". 1
Cleveland ..'. 1
New York 0
Boston ... 0
New York at Washington.
Philadelphia at Boston.
Chicago at Cleveland.
Detroit at St. Louis.
Chicago at St. Louis.
Detroit at Cleveland.
New York at Washington rain.
St. Louis, 8; Detroit." 6.
Cleveland. 3; Chicago, 1.
Philadelphia at Boston rain.
Standing of the Clubs.
Boston -....., 1
Brooklyn a 1
Cincinnati ,.. :...:.. 0
Pittsburgh .. 0
St- Louis 0
Chicago - u
Boston at New York.
Brooklyn at Philadelphia.
St. Louis at Chicago.
Pittsburgh at Chicago.
Boston at New York Rain.
St. Louis at Chicago Wet grounds
Brooklyn at PhiladelDhla Rain.
PUUbarfhat ClacinnatKWet grounds,
Yon're salaiied your calllnc lonn of ftdWhr have 70a mlsed the srrentrr
Who nichtly srrovel on he mat
And frame It to the float armenr,
Aye. to the last bite of an ear.
Before the plotted cad cornea clear.
Bnlsarlal or Turk or Pole
Or Rnaafnn In the wretler" rate,
You with the keen, far-elB;
A tuned to Tiber the shekel Ilea
After several columns under the general heading "Pink of Condlfion,"
we note where the Yanks secured i.ine hits off Johnson; Wood and Coombs
were belted to a finish, and Jeff Tesreau was hammered off the hill.' The
only athlete who pitched a two-hit, shut-out, game" was Hub Perdue.who
confessed that hls-arm-was bad, and that He was-ln poor condition, unpre;
pared to start.
At which point Prof. J. W. Riley will rise and Bing "When the Frost Is
On the Pink Stuff and the Grandolddope's in Hock."
0 Tempora 0 You Know
Once or twice we have referred to Bob Taylor's classic, "As this old
world goes roun' and roun' some go up and some go down." The two
teams which finished first last October woke up Friday to find themselves
well buckled into last place. To which they have but one juicy rebuttal
"it isn't where ou are in April that tells the story of the world's series
"Prodding the Skeleton."
A week after the season opened IaBt April the Reds were leading the
"Waiver B" Is Applied to Player
Who Is Released By Pirates
to St. Paul.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 11. Evidenpe
of baseball politics Is seen In the re
lease of Walter Itehg, a St. Louis boy,
by the Pittsburgh club to the St. Paul
(A A.) team. In the mlddlo of last
hoason, the Pirates purchased Second
Baseman Butler from St. Paul for a
fancy price. Butler at that Mmc was
tlir- leading sticker of the association.
As part payment for Butler, Owner
DrcyfU8s shipped Kehg to St Paul.
Then, to protect the Saints, Dreyfuss
put in a draft for Itehg, and won him.
Now he promptly returns the local lad
to Owner Lannon, and it Is quietly un
derstood that other National League
clubs were obliged to waive. Any
how, thrre are several National
League teams that could use Rehg,
but for reasons best known they
didn't claim him. The "waiver B" was
put on Itehg.
This "waiver B" Is a powerful In
strument of torture In the big
leagues. A year ago when tho Detroit
players went on a strike In Phila
delphia becnUHo of the Ty Cobb Inci
dent in New York, where Tyrus slug
ged a spectator. Jim Delahanty was
the leader of the strikers. This ofTcnd
ed Ban Johnson, and he ordered Dela
hanty dropped from the league. The
Detroit club promptly sent out a
"waiver B," and Delahanty was rail
roaded to Minneapolis.
Joe Jackson Is Star
In First Nap Victory
CLEVELAND, April ll.-Joe Jack
son uas the hero of the opening game
here, poling out a triple and two
doubles In three trips to the plate.
The Naps won from tho White Pox.
3 to 1. Vean Gregg pitched good
ball for the Naps. Jim Scott was hit
when blngles brought runs over.
Score by innings:
Naps 0 2 0 J 0 0 0 Ox 3 2
White Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 01 7 2
Batteries Naps, Gregg and Land
i White Sox. Scott, Clcotte, and. tjcbalk.
PRACTICED ON REHG
Youte miosed your calllnc yon rho
Bach ran- ntaff by without rip;
Yoar plnce la In the hlKher frnrtr
Of police Kraft or raining clalmj
Or hae ou picked, a softer icaaaef
here Next week
Connie Mack's White Elephants Open Three-Game Series Here
Monday Thursday Climbers Aid in Chance's Debut at
Polo Grounds Large Crow Expected.
Next Monday, If the rain quits work
ing overtime, the Philadelphia Atnletics
will arrlvo for thrre days of uearv
combat with the Cllbmers. The former
'champions of the world have one lc-
tory to their credit already pver the
Boston Red Sox. To be sure, It was
Just a lurky nosing out In a slugging
affair, but It shows that the Mackmen
must be reckoned with from the Jump
Only three more gamej are scheduled
after today for the Florida aenue
prairie until Tuesday. April 2i Next
Wednesday at midnight the Climbers
will take the choo-choos for Nw York.
On Thursday Frank Chance will make
his debut on the Polo Grounds as man
ager of an American League team, and
all Gotham has been saIn up for this
one great day. If it rains, Biilcldcs
will till the columns of the papers
"Perduko" Kowler, the Cllmbepi burfy
business boss, grins eery time ho
thinks of the shekels that will roll into
Ms outnfs coffers next Thursday. With
fair weather 32,000 fans arc expected
to flock into the Polo Grounds, bent
on giving Chance a regal welcome.
Three Games Next Week.
However, three days next weik should
give the Capital City bugs all the base
tall they need In that time. Connie
Mack's team looks In llp-tuU condi
tion. With the Grlffinen going at a
fasl clip, these three struggles are sure
to have some bearing on the early
standing of the teams in the utrugolo
for the 1913 gonfalon.
It Is generally admitted that the bat
tle this year Is among Boston, Wash
ington and Philadelphia. Not one can
afford to drop games to the other. Eueh
will strive to the utmost to cle,m up
its Eastern opponents and get the pule
In the race. The Junin may proe val
uable later In the season.
AH three contender) are in suptrli
condition. Connie Muck's iiltchini; staff
seems to lime gained a new let.se of
life. The veterans hae been glvn aid
from a promising bunch ' f youngsters
The White Elephants are sure to gv
down the linn flghlinc to the IaBt.
The world's champion Red Sox re
turnncil from Hot tjprinxs, Ark., ready
National League with a percentage of 1.000; the Braves were second with
.750. The Giants were down at the foot, having dropped three games in a
row to Brooklyn and Boston. On the 1st of July the Giants were sixteen
games in front of Chicago and Pittsburgh, twenty games in front, of Cin
cinnati, and thirty games in front of the Braves.
On the other hand, the Boston Red Sox jumped away in front, and won
We merely push these statistics in your direction to be used as the
basis of some select dope in figuring out a few inside April signs.
Yes, You Can Get Used to Cholera.
The minute Nap Sucker steps out of the box the Brooklyn club piles
up cleren runs. When Nap steps back in again they start to pile up eleven
errors. .Outside- of that they furnished the great southpaw with wonderful
inspiration for a glorious year.
Some one asked Bucker recently if it didn't make him a trifle weary
this matter of having game after game kicked away that his pitching should
have won. "Not a bit," replied Rucker. "I don't even notice it. I got used
to it two or ihree years ago."
The Dodgers should be careful, however, not to play good ball hack" of
Rocker os the southpaw, attuned to the other medley, might drop dead
from the shock.
When Walter Johnson can yie!d nine hits and still win he might as
w-;ll be watched the rest of the distance.
"I see." writea W. W. D., "that Jim Thorpe is quoted as not caring for
football in fact, that he did not like to play the game. Wonder what the
answer would have been if Thorpo had really had his heart in his work
to show- the same steady game that
took them Into first place last season.
The red-hosed brigade will not appear
In the capital until April 22. but by thnt
time they will he runnlnc along like
a smooth piece of machinery, and tho
local fans will see some mighty strug
gles on the Florida ruenuo diamond
Tigers Drop Second
To Hustling Browns
ST. I.oriS. Mo., April 12. The hus
tling tnctlcs of the Browns gave them
their second victory over the Detroit
Tigers, 8 to 6. It was s Muggins
iratch, both Earl Hamilton and
"Dutrh" Klawltter being hammered
ofr tho hill. Ilaumgardner, who re
lieved Hamilton for the Browns, waa
wild, but managed to get away in
Sam t'tawford got four hit.", one a
double. In live times up, doing the
best liittlng for the Tigers. John
ston. Williams, and Pratt were tho
slugctrs for tho Browns.
ScfMo by Innings:
Urcwns 2 0 0 1 0 r. 0 0 X 8 14 J
Tigers 1 0 0 2 ii 0 0 2 l--G 13 -i
Batteries Browns. Hamilton, Buum
garuner and Agnew, Tigers, Klawlt
ter. Hull, and Rondeau
Manager Birmingham Is trying to land
Rube Evans, of New Orleans, who Is
tho big pitching noise of the South.
Bubo made the Tiger batters look fool
ish when he twirled against them, and
also pitched some great ball against the
Naps, nllowlng them but four safeties.
The Keclcy Cure fiJX
33 years. Removes all desire fordrink
fi drugs. 812 N. Broad St.,Phlla., Pa.
L. S. Thompson Will Organize
New Stable to Engage in
Season's Many Meetings.
NEW YORK, April 12. With the meet
ings at Piping Rock and Brookllne
coming about the same time as the
Belmont Park session, the outlook for
steeplechasing here Is unusually bright.
A lot of young blood has been Injected
into the National Steeplechase and
Hunt Association, and a majority of the
new members are owners and riders.
At tho same time many of the older
men are returning to the game.
Much satisfaction was expressed to
day in the report that L. S. Thompson,
who has not raced since 1S97. will again
enter tho lists.
get drrsard up.
'in colng; home to
.be Me la Tomorrow's Tlsaes.
.m xotfue at TH-e euneAu
TO BE RECOVERING
Naps' Secretary, Stricken With
Smallpox, Quaratined, and
CUC VELAND. Ohio, April li William
Blackwood, secretary of the Cleveland
baseball club, suffering from a mild at
tack of smallpox. Is reported much bet
ter today and on this account President
Somers Is abstaining from having "all
his players vaccinated. '
He does not wish to take this method
unless compelled to, as a number of
the athletes will have to stay out of the
game for a week or so, following the
operation. Today the Naps were ex
amined by a physlnlan for signs of the
dread scourge, but they all passed the
expert with flying colors.
Secretary Blackwood was taken sick
on ms way nome from fensacoia. ia.,
and his ailment was at first thought to
be chlckenpox. Yesterday, however,
examination showed the disease to be
smallpox In a mild form.
Turner's Tactics Too
Clever for Bob Diry
Bob Diry. who after challenging Joe
Turner for more than six months,
fell before the Washington boy in two
straight falls at the Gayety Theater
last night. The visitor gave Turner as
hard as struggle as the latter has ex
perlenccd, i ith the possible exception
of the Yokel match In Salt Lake City.
Turner got his first fall after thirty
two minutes of strenuous grappling,
while the second fall went to the Wash-
lngtonlan after thirty minutes of clever
work. Diry put up as game a aerense
as any man who has appeared at the
Gayety to oppose Turner. He Is am
bitious to eet ud In the world of wrestl
ing, and wishes another chance with
Waddell to Drop.
Good-by, Rube! Manager Joe Can
tillon, of Minneapolis, announces that
he probably will send Rube "Waddell
to one of the smaller jnlnor leagues, his
usefulness in class AA being ended.
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N. W. North 4165.
No matter what else they can do or
not do. George Stovall'a Browns In
their two games to date have shown
undoubted ability to hit that pUL With
the excellent pitching the Browns will
have this season, -they should kick up
quite a fuss every day" before turning
up their toes and dying like good
Dotes on Morgan.
Talking with Jlanager Griffith yeiter
dya about Ray Morgan, the "Old Fox'
tells me hat the Baltimore boy is de
veloping every day Into a better sec
ond baseman and a more reliable hit
ter. Certainly the fans of the Capital
will welcome auch Improvement In their
little watch charm hero. Ray hM
many friends here, and not OQeb
silent about his virtues
Smith won't do.
"Gunboat" Smith is said to de
ficient with his left' hand and with
out defense against a good, strong left
Jab. If that be 'true, he has no chance
to succeed against Luther McCarty:
"Lute" has a good left Jab and- should
cut Smith to pieces.
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Those haughty Giants
It Is said that "Muggsj" McGraw
bawled out each and every one of his
players Thursday after that Initial, de
feat at the hands of the iQwIy, Bosioa
Braves. It hurts the "Little Corporal"
to have the cellarltes get up. and, wal
lop his haughty champions. From what
we saw of the Giants here, they shouU
receive a number of these Jolts la Un
near future. t
Starts too early.
Again the 'magnates are given oppor
tunities to realize that they start Ihe
season too earl. Every .year rain
and cold weather postpone games -with,
in the first two weeks, causing double
headers later-- In the year. -Double-headers
do not bringvin 'any added Intra'
to the playing clubs, as all baseball laca
know. Why don't they start a 'week or
so laterr A T .
Rules for Ty Cobb.
.When Ty .Cobb Join-., the iBsrcas
he will eventually do. he will find that
those special privileges havVftten
taken from him. No more will he b
allowed to hoose' "bis room In tha
hotel.-to report. on the field at, the. last
minute before the game starts, or flout
the orders given the others- la otheC
words. Ty has run, his course. It I,
well, too, for the .Tigers. . , ,
Thorpe a "frost."
Jim Thorpe, the Carlisle , Indlaa. is
now known as the real, champion
"frost" of the reason of '1913, and he
will soon depart for other shores: It
Is said that Miller Huggins will take
a chance with him in St. Louis. Lut
those who have seen the lad play ball
say that he is headed straight for tha
scrubbiest bushes. Such a wast of
words in his case! ',
Speeding up games.
Ban Johnson has several schemes tut
speeding up ball games, but most of
them will fall. As soon as some quick
er method Is Invented for donning and
doffing the backstop-, harness, then fif
teen minutes will be saved. Ed Sweeney
lost fully twenty minutes Thursdar
climbing into his harness between "in
nings. Why doesn't Ban Johnson" offer
a reward for some invention along tht-t
Eastern College to
Play Catholic University
Eastern College, of Manassas, Va.. is
in Washington today to play Cataollc
University at University Field. Tha
Virginians have Just completed an ex
tensive trip In the South, whera they
broke about even on games.
Coach Moran. of Brookland. will prob
ably send Tom Ryan to the hill to Pr-
rorm tor C .u. The eastern couma
battery has not been announced.
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