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RICHMOND, Va., April 8.-Wi
a few days away, the Yankees an
sooner or later arises to harass
old player to guard a vital positi<
J. Frank Baker, whose fielding i
Robins has been the subject of sc
Because of his failure to hand],
which various Brooklyn batters hi
per experts have been calling
the Trappe terror and pla
McNally covering second base.
Mousel and myself out of the bat
faster infield defense during the :
they have shown to date, and this
Im which has caused the Yankee
It is my opinion, however, that
Baker is far from "through." Of
course, he hasn't met the world afire
by his work around third base this
spring, but few old players do show
their best form in training trips ex.
They have to take their own good
tne about getting into the "pink."
and it isn't unuisual for a play of
Baker's lgservice to lag ind
the preesin until hot weather
sets In. Then they get properly
started, and the tanm, and even the
experts, wonder why they were se
insistent en having the veteran dis.
earded In favor or a younger man.
This, I believe, will be the ease
with Baker, provided the criticism to
which he has been and probably will
be subjected does not impair his con
fidence. The average fan may not
realize it, but confidence In his own
ability is quite as essential to the old
fellow who is nearing the end of his
rope as it is to the youngster just
Miller Huggins tells me that he
eould have played at least one more
year than he did it his confidence
hadn't been shaken by him failure to
get away to a good start In training.
He knew that he was getting along
In years, began to think that maybe
he had reached the jumping off place.
and this thought so preyed upon his
3ind that finally he had to quit.
That Baker's confidence has not
been shaken Is proved by the fact
that he is batting as well as ever
and better than 1 have ever known
him to bat in spring training. He
is almost the only player in the
Yankee batting order who did not
succumb to our recent slump.
While the others were drintg
the bean lnte the end for easy
Infield outs or iag flies to
the outfield he banging out
hitsadin a game atfBris
tel, Tenn., he ahomer
which never before had been ae
emplished by any batter.
If Baker stands up. and I be.
lieve he will, the Yankees should
experience lIttle or no trouble in
gtigaway to a flying start.
Tey have taken a lot of beatings
from the Robins this spring but
they are essentially a godball
club, well provided with pitching
talenteand I look for them to take
a decided brace as soon as the sea
son ge under way.
I am not at all worried over the
flact that we haven't been hItting
very well against the Robins be.
cause I know that sooner or later
we are bound to begin to hit and
that our pitchers have the win
ning stuff even if they haven't
been showing very much of it to
date. With us it is merely a que~s
tien of geting started and I am
ceninedthat we will be ready
to go when the barrier is sprung
9thpright, l1st2 ~ the Christy Walsh
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ARICAN LUAU PARE
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, SAYS RUTH
th the opening of the season only
., confronted with a situation which
every club which depends upon an
m. I have reference, of course;' to
n etgmes with the Brooklyn
!me adVerse criticism.
9 some of the smashing grounders
ive hit his way, some of the news
ulbon Manager Miller Huggins to
Aaron Ward at third, with Mike
te critics seem to believe that with
ting order the Yankees will neea a
rrt few opek of the season than
would be their solution of a prob
leader no little worry of late.
How Teami May Face'
Each Other in
Ee c ition
Powell, cf oJudge, new
Kopf, as Peck, as
Southworth rf Milan, If
Nicholson If Goebel, if
Cruise, Wf Rice, cf
Boeckel, 3b Goslin, rf
Holke, 1 b Smith, rf
Ford. 2b Harris, 2b
Gowdy, e Shanks, 3b
O'Neill, e Gharrity, e
Gibson, e Picinich, e
Marquard, p Mogridge, p
Miller, Gleason p
Oesc ep Francis, p
mo an, mP Zachary, p
Fillingim, p Phillips, p
Anderson, p Courtney, p
Umpire-"Big Ed" Walsh
(American Leage) and Bob
Hart (National gue).
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tfMiC br idGsrltea p o
d oeschger PennFrani p n
Qu n , lub.ay,
Faoitinm th Petill ips p a
(Aerc an Lage and Bobtac
ngle irs mollegiand efet,
Aeroughout Oxfnd Oxfod Rucn
pnars it tEent ofth London.le
LOeNdOe yvApilwc m.Rning tuen
The torme abrds remanuteam 7to-.:
Thewn e Pennsylvania aopntd
the dimbrige team wnnuts an he0y
secondte and the Oxforin. Ra inuted
ad 2a he-v eonde.
Mona fCambridge tnt the a
rcfoitemin the first mile hed i
opaeigu at theen of th irt ymrde.
blthog enlri ofent ntova sconed
place doewhtng the second
Tar on he Pennsylvania ta opee
thedptancae ia1 mosite land efor
send e athe bOtxfordthe Cinut 1
brogentarfinse 100 C ard woahed
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pright, 1923A srataesal News
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EATS HIS WA
Edmonton Manager Thought
He'd Made a Mistake and
Hired a Boa-Constrictor.
By DAVIS ,J. W"ALA.
NEW YORK April .-This Is a
story of the only man in organised
basehall who hwirgs a bat as heavy
as Babe Ruth's. and eats $6 worth of
food a day In a country where 50
cents will feed a stevedore.
Our hero, Floyd Herman. was born
of poor but honest parents. and at
an early age nt out to make his way
in the world with a baseball bat in
his hands and a chronic yearn for
food n the region of his abdomen.
Tn du lime he arrived in Edmon
ton. Canada. where the bat achieved
some notoriety because of the fact
that it weighed fifty-six ounces, thus
sharing with Ruth's big stick the dis
tinction of being the heaviest in hase
ball. They came to call him "Babe,"
largely because he was so different.
Herman swung the bat for a total of
seven home runs last year. but in
theme parlous ames such a perform
ance passes unnoticed even in the
The appetite. however, moved the
populace to envy, and the club owner
to tears. The latter was often heard
to remark that he hired a'ball player
and found himself in possession of a
So great wan our hero's gastro
nomic ability that the club owner
called for a new deal. requiring that
the young man hit over .300 for the
season before his transportation to
Glendale. Cal., he advanced.
All went well for a time. With less
than five weeks to go. Herman wan
histing .356 in the league averages
and .0.99 in the dining room. Then
the slump. It was a hitting slump,
much to the Babe's gratification. He
never could have borne up under the
weight of a dissipating appetite.
Within three weeks his batting
average fell away from .356 to .318.
and the railroad ties from Edmonton
to southern California were many
"Unfortunately," explains our hero,1
"K met with an accident and wasn't
able to finish the season. It was
really too bad."
It wasn, If you care to take the club
Herman Is several years away from
being a major leaguer, but hIs pros
sects are good. He is only eighteen,
wreighs around 200, and hi. loosely.
knit frame rises six feet above the
1eround. He is the type that will do
velop. for he has the speed and
natural ease of an athlete.
YANKEE JfUNIORS SEEK
8OMit STIFF OPPOSITION
The Yankee Juniors are' out to
ake on the best teams of their
'lass in the city and especially rpre
er to meat the Aztecs, Holy Name'i
rnd Roemers. Tomorrow at 2 p.I
ni. the young Yankees will play the I
Anaostia Eagles on the hatter's 1
These players are requested to
eport: M. Freechi, L. Frenchi,
Deavers, W. Thompson, S. Armani, I
Richardson. G. Dakin, Garillix andi
Ia.pp. Games with the Yankee 1
un lors miay be arranged by calling I
ranklin 2307 or writing to M
!reschi, captain, at 204 Fourteenth
New Midget Team.
A newr midget team is in theif
'ild. The Randle A. C. has or
ranised to meet teams in the 12-16.1 g
rear-old class and already has on
rietory, having defeated the H'adric I
L. C., 12 to 2. Carl Tamorria, ofI
104 D street southeast, phone Lin
:oln 1225, is the captain. t
Roamer A. C., city junior chamn. r
pIon, defeated Army and Navy Prep. i
9-!. Geune Brayton pitched for the
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Distributed by Goldwyn.
JESS 'N' JACK (
Out yonder in the wild uneurri
spring ha also came. The East
they might put it out there. You
day in this column the incumbene
Out yonder In the open places, ii
and the badger iair cut, the bu
weeds, and the boys are thinking a
The little birds are twittering al
ba'rs are commencing to poke theil
natoriums. And with all this spriv
nature taking its course that ol' Je
prodder, should light his high hat
sweet evening breese.
Surely you remember ol' Jess
one-time heavyweight champion ol
the world. Surely, surely, surely.
He was knocked deeper into ob
livion than any other man in the
history of Fistiana by Jack Demp
sey, but now he is commencing to
bestir .himself beneath the sod of
maid oblivion like a new potato
struggling for air.
Jess Wants to Fight.
JESS wants to fight.
Maybe it is only the p ring
heeping into his soul. Every
body feels a bit skittish in the
spring. But, anyway, that's the
hint that comes from the pon
derous pounder from Pottawot
He wants to fight Dempsey.
less seems to be getting all sored
Lip at Jack with the passing
years. He doesn't feel hostile
toward anyone else, but he cer
tainly would like to fight Jack.
So he says. 'Maybe it's just the
pring. A good tonic sometimes
However, some 'genius has
igured out that the nrouer p lace
For Willard to do whatever ht
ng he may have in mind agakst
Dempsey is over in 'Englan d.
The statute of age limitation
would probably bar Jess from
giew York. No other territory
riews the prospect of a Dempsey
Willard match with more than
anguid interest. Over in Eng
and, the genius has figured, the
hing might go larg.
It certainly ougt to go better
han a match be en the chaa-st
ion and any other fighter in
urope. They probably want to
ec Dempsey in action over yon
ber, and they have never seen
willard. There might be more
n this than appears at first
Matty Invents New Game.
ROMl his sick bed at Saranac,
Christy Mathewson, All
Time King of the Pitchers.
as sent out a new and novel
He call it "Big Six, and it
trikes us as the best of the marfy
aseball games ever devised for
ndoor entertainment. It has
nany phases that reflect Matty's
There is a story in connection
rith Mathewson's new invention
rhich may or may not be true
mut which is interesting enoug
o print. They say abatb
oe Tinker was responsible for
Joe once made the remark to
(atty, In' the days when they
rore deadly foes on the baseball
old, that he, Tucker would be
gte attraction fong after 1
latheweon had faded from base
This was ten years ago, but It
said that Mathewson then and
here began trying to invent a'
ame that would carry his name (
eyond his baseball career, little 1
salising the longevity of the
ante won oa the mound.J
Perhaps he has succeeded be- *
end his fondest expeans.
M Cou.r' CM 10
The Above Cartoon in Al
ed West, out in the vasty spaces,
sint got a durn thing on 'em, as
may recall that we noted yester
I of the dotty season hereabouts.
a the land of the One-Arm Lunch,
is are appearing on the tumble
ome of shedding their vests.
ong the barbed-wire fences. The
snoots out of their winter hiber
g business in the air, it is merely
is Willard the Pottawottomie cow
out of the alfafy and sniff the
At all events, one of the greatest
boosters for his new game is that
same Joe Tinker, one of the best
ball players that ever wore cleats.
Baker Is Slippig.
is no surprise to read in the
dispatches from the dear old
South that Miller Huggins,
manager of the Yankees, haq dis
covered that Frank Baker is slip
ping and that he will prolbably
have to replace the Maryland
mauler at third base.
The surprise is that Huggins
did not discover it sooner. Or
perhaps he did. The fond regard
of Colonel Tillinghast L'Homme
deru Huston. one of the owners
of the Yankr. has been largely'
responsible for the ardent cling
ing to Baker when it seemed ap
parent that the one-time home
run king couldn't move aroundl
with his old-time agility.
Huston liked Baker for his tre-I
mendous hitting ability. The
colonel loves to point out that
Frank drove in a lot of runs that
helped the Yankees win the pen
nant last season. The colonel was
the one who used to go up to
Maryland and sign up Baker when
1. Franklin had one of his hold
But the colonel, while stating an
Indubitable fact about Baker's hit
ting. muffed the important item
,f Frank's fielding. The territory
around third base had grown too
expansive for Baker's aging limbs.
Yankee Infield Preblem.
r0keep Baker playing third
and retain -his betting power
in the Yankee line-up, Hug
dusa had Ward, who appears to
,e a great natural third baseman,
playing second. As a second
yaseman Ward was all right, but
te does not stand out there as he
loes at third.
Huggins can switch Ward back
:o thirdi, and put McNally or Me
Willlan at second, and perhaps in-I
resae the defensive side of hisi
nfield. Or he can keep Watiat
second and put McNslly on Mc
Willan at third. The latter is said
o be a good third baseman.
Baker, who will go down in
aseball history as one of the
treatest players of all time, will
ie valuable for several jeasns. to
ome as a pinch hitter. He will
~robably never lose his batting
ye. A player's legs may bog
lown he may be unable to ;-un
ri throw, but if he is a natural
atter, like Baker, he Is alwayin
ble to hit. They never lose that
EX RICKARD PLANNINO
N10W TORK. April 3,-The possi.
ility of a Denny Leonard - Lew
endler bout for the lightweight
hampionship was discussed today
y Tex Rickar1d.
The bout, if held, would be staged
'ly 4 in Doyle's Thirty 'Acre., Jer
my City, where Dempsey and (hr
entta.- fought lt yr.
imated Form Produced by In
Other Young Clubs Take Step
Upward in Sandlot Title
By .. D. THOMA.
The Azetca. who gave the Roam
eor a tustle for junior independent
champlornhip honors In the 1921
series. this time will compete in the
mentor class and the daceb who
triumphed in last year's midget class.
are to play In the junior division.
Thus It should be, according to the
reckoning of those who have Ihert
tho interest@ of the sandlot game
By graduating from one clam into
another the young clubs keep their
teams intact and develop co-opera
tion fn play. Noew players ar
brought in frmm time to time
through necessity, but for the moat
part local team which have been
successful have played together
from season to season.
Particularly i this tee of the
Aztecs. whose team was founded
when most of the payers were at
tending grammar school. Glan ng
over the following ltt, sandlot as
will recognise the Atec players of
last year: regnan larn. Smith.
Harris. Stamford. Lpkln DeChard.
Ketliher Gaines. Mclntire. Iare
Ponela, and Gaines.
The Aztec have just received new
uniforms. They are ready to book
games with team of their clans the
phone number being Franklin 401
and the address 466 H street south
west. In care of the Mercury A. C.
Left Mcntre. pitcher. in ez
pected to do much toward putting
the Aztecs In this year's running for
the senior title. Mclntire was a
star last season. He in eighteen
yer old now and s broadened
out. With a little mre weight be
might have been much better in the
Nearly alt of the team that did
well in the Junior clas last year
vstionc of the nnMerurys. LCk
iar ilano t ea tr he sees fie
things for the Indp hd boae6
oft thltte seie.rtea gienghthe
mighdtohv euhbtterssetigo loo the.
Nwarly aco he eam n es an i
oprtulaniy to seterathe unerd
coisions that coming rerition Lok
thirg efor the dp.dnseas
ofmpell oerf AIte ha. gi1 te
took te leac hehrdond ofsa
optuntyntora ettne eivalrendero
tounmto tat then Rereaontion. trt
strgi efotheohe aes.t
thr eeigt'rlli fAn eyerNof tem
nth the secod ihte rolld roundeof
tIntrnpace Rwienua emton1
htounament will Bcleatonihtt
wheng n the ollth xwer ms wit
wae h rivesm at toal ock 90frth
the 930ghftron. 97;eyer, of3 Tar
Paroh945;toer, who: fnse 334.
Lentteecn nightoe wrled himelf
344; ut140 placerth0a Beta. 4.
1'h; Coamet wi6: clse. tonighar
be903; Out, 976; Tartar, 47: DAr
170; Allen, 263: Boushee, 354.
BLACK CATS TO HOLD
First practice of the Black Cats
wrill be held tomorrow. Tentative
irrangements have been made to
play the Trinity team on the latter's
!ield at 3 o'clock.
The probably line-np of the Black
Data for tomorrow practice will be:1
Athey, first base; Turner. second
base; Shore, tahird base: Robinson.1
shortstop; Keefe, left fielder; Good-1
rick, centr field; Burnett or Erner,
rih fild; 3mn rChconas,
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TO DIG TEAR
Not much encouragement in tri
grace. Connie Mack's Athle
sub-eellar so often of lat
habit. Seven straight years the on
who shared the power and the g
John J. McGraw, Frank Chance a
American League field sweep to t
Connie Mack deliberately wrecked
a club that was too good for his
26-cent towf after the upstart Bos
ton Braves had humbled him in
four straight games in the world
series of 1914. Eddie Collins, Frank
Baker, Jack Barry, Chief Bender.
Joe Bush. Bob Shawkey and a host
of others were thrown on the mar
ket for the highest prices they
would bring. Mack got a wealth of
money in the lean war years, when
the future of baseball was a hoarse
whisper of a guess. , He has paid
the piper ever since.
Sern are mesa 'enough to Insin
u Ua Mack doesn't care a
deal; that he Is content to
run as cheaply as possible, In the
meantime living en the fortunate
clubs, such as New Yetk. Cleve
land, St. Louis and the like.
While it is true thea Mack made
more than enough money with New
York alone to pay all of last year's
expenses and leave a dividend for
the stockholders, it is likewise true
that since 1914 he has experimented
with more than 400. and that he
has spent on recruits, or alleged re
cruits, as much money as any rival,
barring only the Yankees.
Perhaps one of Mack's greatest
troubles during the agonizing throes
of his cellar occupancy has been too
much experimentation. He has hopes
of getting out of the cellar this year.
And he is favored above other years
of recent memory in the fact that he
will present a lineup approximating
veteran talent. Every position but
one will be filled with a player who
can be placed in the veteran list.
Connie will carry ten pitchers.
Half of these wer* with the club
throughout the 1921 campaign. The
right-handers are Ed Rommel, Slim
Harris, Bob Hasty and Rollie Nay
lor: Roy Moore is a southpaw. Hasty
and Naylor are not so much to brag
about; they are being given their last
chance to make good.
Heimack. a left-hander who joined
the club at the end of the last season.
has made a most favorable impres
ion upon Mack, who has had a few
of the greatest southpaws of historyv
--Rube Waddell and Eddie Plank
among their number.
Yarriseni, who eses freem Rocky
Meant and who threws an under
hand hail a la Carl Mays, has worn
a hoess in Connie's heart. So has
SullIvan, ot Moua.
With Ralph Perkins as the back
bong of the corps Connie has little
occasion to worry over his catching.
Perkins is just about the best beck.
stop living. Johnny Walker and
Furham seem able understudies.
Connie's Infield will be comprised
of Doe Johnston. secured from Cleve
land, at first; Dykee, second; Callo
way, shortstop, 'and Galloway, third
base. He has Hauser- for first if
anything goes wrong with Johnston.
Barrett, who is fighting with Callo
way for short field, is a versatile in
fielder of worth as a substitute.
W'asill, another first baseman, has
a bad arm just now, but should do
yeoman servIce, as a pinch hitter.
Sheer, another infielder, purchased
from Hiartfor11, has proved himself a
wizard defensively. He has the rep
utation of never manhandling a hall
hit at him, but he has shown ab
molutely nothing with the stick.
Mack's outfield will be as last
year: Tilly Walker in left, Welsh
and Miller in center and Witt in
right. McGowan, who played in
Newark last year. will probably be
carried as an extra. He is a grand
ball hawk, but has shown little apti
tude In hitting, even against Con
Cievlands To Open.
The Cleveland Juniors will play
their first game of the season tnmror
rde, when the-- will meet the Mary
and Perk Juniors oni the latter.'
liamond. All Cleveland player. are
to report to the manager's house,
LO0U Thirteenth street southeast.
se later than 12:80 o'aloak Sna.
i Distribute by Goldwyn.
I FROM CELLAR
ring to uplift some one who in be
ties have finished in the American
a that routine may be considered
e vaunted lean and lanky tactician,
lory ofthe baseball pnivierse with
ad Fred Clark, has seen the entire
i: wire before him.
By R. D. THOMAI.
h sandot editor knows ow
t can secure firtlass ni
forms withe t dig ing Into the
e teatorn man er e
in vauted tea= and lk tctieian
Garner-Humphrey Is the name of
the ofest team to enter the unlim
ited field from the southwest section.
It Was named for te lads backing It.
Five new members were taken In
by the Ottawas at their last meeting.
George Hall, of 1816 Thirty-fifth
street northwest, to the now man
ager and is ready to book 16-17-year
Wille Glascoe annonees that
the Shamrekl' new diond at
seventeenth atree and P ni
vania avenue southeast the
ready some time next Wek.
Martyn Beek in the Circles' now
captain. He Is an outfielder. I
Murray, Garfiem eenterfeldr,
starts his sixth season In this posi.
tion for the tow. He Is one of
the Garfelds' drectort
The Garfields have Harron. Averill
and Breary, righthanderty and Hun
gerfor , southpaw. is a nucleus fr
the pitching staff.
Mrs. Nicholas, of th
Independents, Is eet to wo
c' nsurae im net for
Jmmryn Mckae o the iCstewl
captin.to Ia ban outfiemodo.
stanys more siesn undothpedly
arein t for the am. ltes nd
thMrf. iehld wd eo ga in
and coner, rbetadrsu and teams
igerd slopw, her a lead. fo
The Hychin teamff.ece
Mto Nichla, mangner oforh
neirpenes. isnegkaring teso
~e Lirne againW, wntsr tor
itmr th~ae, of wth, Cosll
Porst torm rokeghs friagame leg sld
Manrrore aciet nobel
A majsoret fo the enlorth an
Mlrs cas woueventingyea fine
serwceI hnefrmrs with asue today.
With coher bear, Asute andem
penns Holy Name teamsece
tmon healed contenter fheeM
eniomr he. intnor
pharry Ueora return a nts thao
Tok iherMohes Knicweroe,
Merury, o Trghfo a gamfelds
A aoiyo the uniie ea onhlworte
Ap uifrmwil st to s et dy
Wpeih traen leeae Whte Hude
Statentn and 13:40 13 N,.0and t:eem ,
cAdssfte t srnds.ad$.
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