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HOW FORTUNE HAS
KNOCKOUT TELLS HOW CHAM.
PION WAS GLAD TO WIN
A $5 PURSE.
HAS A $10,000 AUTO NOW
Buys $11,000 Home for His Mother
and Wears $500 Overcoat—8tory
of a Battle Royal That Had a
Such Is fate, or fortune, which ever
you wish to call It
On Christmas day, Jack Johnson,
champion pugilist of the world, rolled
up to the $11,000 home he has pur
chased for his mother In Wabash ave
nue, Chicago, In a $10,000 automobile.
He wore a fur overcoat that cost $500.
In his shirt bosom sparkled a diamond
worth BB much more. A companion
gem glittered on one of his fingers. A
$300 watch ticked In his vest pocket.
Several cases of champagne were in
the cellar for the guests who were to
have dinner with him that day.
Along in the winter of 1899-1900
there appeared one afternoon at the
place of Johnnie Connors, a great 100
pound fighter, in Springfield, 111., a
giant negro who was looking for a
chance to make some money. He ar
rived in the capital city in a box car.
He wore no fur overcoat. In fact, he
didn't have an overcoat of any kind.
There were no diamond ornaments. It
Is doubtful If he had ever seen an au
tomobile, and as for champagne, he
did not know Its taste. It was the
same Jack Johnson.
Connors at the time was running
the Springfield Athletic club, which
was giving six-round bouts in Music
hall. Eddie Santry of Chicago was to
fight Loudon Campbell of Pittsburg
or Kid Bain that night Johnson
wanted Connors to put him on in one
of the preliminaries, as he explained,
so he could get something to eat Con
nors always started his shows off
with a battle royal in which half a
dozen negroes fought the one remain
ing In the ring last to receive $5.
Johnson was informed that the
"prelims" were all fixed, but If he
wanted to take a chance in the battle
royal for $5 he could do so.
The big negro Jumped at the chance,
but insisted that he would have to
have something to eat first Connors,
always a good fellow, staked Johnson
to some chicken and pork chops, and
when the time came for the battle
royal, the Texan was wreathed in
Before the fight started Connors
rounded up the Springfield negroes
who were entered in the battle royal
and said: "Now, here's a big fellow
from Texas who thinks he can fight
Tou fellows don't want an outsider to
come into Springfield and win this $5,
so you must all combine against him.
Put him out first and then you fel
lows can fight among yourselves for
the $5." The boys agreed.
The battle started. Following Con
nors' suggestions, the Springfield ne
groes, five of them, all healthy and
strong, rushed the stranger. Then It
was that something happened. John
son stood like a statue In the center
of the ring. He had struck a position
that showed Immediately that he was
a boxer. Out shot his right and a
Springfield negro landed in one cor
ner of the ring. He sidestepped the
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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION'S NEW PRESIDENT
Thomas Chlvlngton of Louisville, who hat bean elected chief exeoutlve
of the largest of the minor baseball organizations, Is a former newepaper
(mar, andI was a reporter In Chicago, Milwaukee and Louisville. He also hae
been connected with the racing game.
rush of the next one and the uppercut
for which he is still famous came Into
play. Down went another black man
from Abraham Lincoln's home town.
Whirling like a flash, Johnson
smashed his left into the face of an
other foe and he went down with one
of those "dull sickening thuds." Two
negroes were left but not long. One
took a dive for the ropes and went
Into the crowd head first. The other
leaped clear over the ropes on to a
stage behind the ring. It was one of
the funniest things ever witnessed In
a ring. George Slier was the referee
that night and he often told the story
after Jack Johnson began to rise in
Connors saw at once that Johnson
was a fighter. He arranged for John
son the first match the champion had
with Klondyke. But that's a differ
ent story. It's of the $11,000 house,
$10,000 automobile. $500 fur coat, dia
monds and champagne and the battle
royal for a five-dollar bill that I was
thinking. Johnson gives five-dollar
tips to boys who brush his coat now.
In 1900 he was hungry and willing to
fight five men for five dollars. Next
July he's going to battle for a $101,
000 purse and valuable moving pic
ture privileges. If he wins he easily
can make $200,000. Some difference,
Many fight followers think it Is
about time for Battling Nelson to
fight somebody. The public seems to
be getting a little tired of the Hedge
wlBch lad's dictatorial policy. "I must
have $10,000 win, lose or draw," is the
Battler's demand and then he insists
upon tying his opponent up with
weight restrictions that they cannot
meet. Nelson, as champion, evidently
has forgotten how he made old Joe
Gans make a weight that spelled de
feat before tho battle was fought
The Wolgast boy wants to battle the
Dane, but Bat says he must have so
much money, Wolgast must weigh
this, that and the other amount and
the battle must be for 45 rounds In
Hester's area at San Francisco. Nel
son must know that no 45-round fights
are allowed in San Francisco. Is he
afraid of Wolgast?
Owen Moran, the speedy English
feather, is back In this country and
wants something to do. Why not lei
him and Abe Attell settle the question
of supremacy. No doubt Owen will
agree but foxy Abie has the utmost
respect for the Britisher and it is
doubtful If they will meet. Wolgast
has been claiming that he would make
122 pounds for Attell. Moran prob
ably would agree to take Wolgast on
at 126. Seems like such a match
ought to provide a fight worth going
miles to see. Why doesn't some pro
moter try to stage it?
Wagner May Play First
President Barney Dreyfuss of the
Pirates is seriously contemplating the
permanent shifting of Hans Wagner,
his champion batsman and star short
stop, to first base. The Pittsburg man
agement, It is said, has its eye on a
good shortstop and Is willing to ex
change Willis, Leever, Philllpe, Lei
field and an outfielder, with some cash.
If they can secure him. In case the
deal does not go through, and Flynn,
who was drafted for the Job, falls to
come up to the expectations, Abbatlc
chio may be the Initial guardian.
Trouble Ahead for Ketchel.
If reports are true, Stanley Ketchel
will have his hands full In the next
few months. It is said the middle
weight champion is going to London
and will fight Tommy Burns and Sam
Langford. Both should be great bat
By JAMES NAI8MITH.
Since 1 was accorded the honor of
evolving the game of basket ball some
O years ago, many new elements,
which then were remotest in my mind,
have grown Into the winter pastime
and given a new field for effort If
my Massachusetts friends had told
me then that a quarter of a century
later athletes would be planning ef
fective manners of attack and defense
and conceiving schemes of play to
bewilder and hoodwink opponents. I
would have doubted, but such events
have come to pass. Year by year the
clamor for plays of new variety Is
becoming stronger, and the more In
tricate the better liked by coaches.
So I have set about to tell you—
coaches, fans and players alike—
where to center yonr efforts, how to
adjust your players to the best ad
vantage during the progress of plays
and where to direct your attack in
this game where strategy and science
are outdoing themselves.
To the spectator, who watches basket
ball play for the privilege of Indulging
In ecstasies over the wild movements
of ever-moving legs, arms and Indoor
trained muscles, the science of the
game constitutes itself In scoring abil
ity—accuracy in lodging the leather
sphere within the net.
We will endeavor to demonstrate
that the science of this game lies In
the ability of the guards, forwards and
center to work up to a highly effi
cient point In the movements which
precede the efforts at goals.
These articles on "Basket Ball Strat
egy," therefore, will deal with the
moves of the players about the floor,
the passing of the ball and the most
effective manner of puzzling oppo
nents by a series of plays. To start
let us take the play which haa
become known as "left forward to
right forward in left forward's posi
tion." Of course your team must
have a set of Bignals, which are easily
evolved. They may be number signals,
shouted to the players by the captain
of the team or they may be "silent
signals." In the case of number sig
nals the same course is pursued as
that used In football. For Instance,
take the accompanying diagram. Sup
pose that the series of numbers which
tells the direction of the play Is the
second uttered by yonr captain. Your
signal for the play "left forward to
right forward In left forward's posi
tion" would be 26, 312, 88. The cen
ter's number being 3, the ball leaves
him to go to the left forward, whose
numeral Is 1, while the last player to
receive the ball before the shot at the
goal is attempted is the right forward,
or No. 2.
Or you may use a movement of the
hand or foot to indicate a certain play.
Of course the man who gives the si
lent signal must give It unconcernedly
so that it may not be noted by op
ponents and made use of to advantage
It is the placing of players Imme
diately after the completion of the
play which proves especially effective.
In the accompanying diagram the
guards are Idle If the center of the
»mV.^*k*«c OAILY TRIBUNE. SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1910.
INSTRUCTIONS TO BASKETBALL PLAYERS
James Nalsmlth, originator of
the game of basketball, which la
gaining In popularity dally, has
prepared a series of articles
which will be Interesting and In
structive to old players as well
as beginners. His first article Is
on "new elements in the flame."
In the diagram to the right is
shown the play reversed that Is
from the right forward to left for
ward in right forward's position. The
same rules for covering the bound of
the ball, following a possible failure
on the part of the goal-shooting for
ward Is also observed, the positions
of the three men used being reversed.
team represented aa the aggressor
"gets the Jump" on his opponent and
knocks the ball In the direction indi
cated by the captain's signal. In this
case the center slaps the sphere to
his left side, where the left forward
receives it and shoots It back to the
right forward, who in the mean
time has taken up a position to the
left of the basket, from which he tries
for a goal.
Then the truly scientific part of the'
combination takes place. The center
after jumping spurts for a position to
the right side of the basket, while the
left forward, having handled the ball
before the goal tosser secured It
makes a bee line for a point directly
In front of the basket
By studying the accompanying die-,
gram you can readily see what an ex
cellent defense this makes, providing
your right forward falls in his effort
to land the ball within the net You
have covered every point toward which
the ball may bound as it caroms away
from the goal. It is then up to your
men to leap into the air and again at
tempt a goal. It is a noticeable fea-
ture that In this, or any other play for
that matter, the plan is for every play
er to "lose" his opponent, and to do
so, he must accomplish his part of the
combination from a point other than
that in which he places himself at the
moment the referee tosses the sphere
up for the centers at the start of the
Should the opposing center leap Into
the air higher than your center, thus
batting the ball toward the opponent's
goal, It remains for your guards to
secure the sphere and follow out the
play as signaled. Every move must
be made with the utmost celerity. The
forward to receive the ball from the
center must take It on the run and the
man under the basket should do the
same and shoot for the goal before
his progress has stopped and the pur
suing guard of the opposing team
reached him to block bis pass.
Now that we have considered the
plays which are the first taught to
teams at the opening of each season, we
will endeavor to aid the player In pre
paring' physically for a grueling sea
son. In the first place a successful
basket ball career finds "wind" the
first requisite and this cannot be ob
tained in any other manner than by
hard playing for perhaps a little less
than a month before the match games
start The "wind" which you acquire
in football season, track season or
baseball season is not "basket ball
wind." Participation in those sports
of course aids in putting the athlete
in better physical condition, but the
"wind"- which he needs is not to be
secured in any manner other than
that of hard indoor play.
In future articles we shall outline
more plays which are absolutely es
sential and when these are Impressed
will add what coaches recognise as
"feature plays," that is, combinations
out of the ordinary run, which added
to the repertoire of teams, give a va
ried and complicated style of attack
ARE THEY IN SYNDICATE BASEBALL DEAL7
Copyright by Pacn.
Charles P. Taft, brother of the president of the United Statee, and
Charles W. Murphy, president of the Chicago Cuba, deny the reports that
they control the Philadelphia team aa wall aa the National League oroanixa. „'see „„,,„ „. «-".•«» pre
tlon In Chicago. Mr. Taft says ha purchased the Philadelphia park, but that Jack will beat Jeffries
SOME NEW RECORDS SET
RY THE HARNESS HORSES
Season of 1909 Produced Exception
ally 8peedy Trotters and Pacers
In All Classes.
Reviewing the season in the harness
horse world, the most notable feature
In connection therewith Is the great
number of world's records that were
lowered during the past year not only
the number, but the high quality of
the achievements is noteworthy. Fore
most among these may be placed the
mile by Native Belle in 2:07%. whlcl)
has been held by Arlon since 1891,
and was the one record which horse
men agreed would stand for many
years to come, but the daughter of
Moko not only reduced It by a flat
three seconds, but did It In a race.
Hamburg Belle reduced the two-heat
race record of 2:03% and 2:6% held
by Cresceus to 2:01% and 2:01%, but
the great daughter of Atworthy sur
vived only three months after acqulr
this great honor, as she died at Macon.
Georgia, in November.
The following is the list of new
world's record holders together with
Yearling trotter-Mbn Stokes, b. f.. by
Peter the Great dam by Ouy Wilkes.
Two-year-old trotter—Native Belle, b. f.,
by Moko. dam by Gen. Wellington. :07ft.
Fastest heat In race by two-year-old
trotter—Native Belle. 2:0714.
Five-year-old gelding trotter—Uhlan,
b. g.. by Btngen. dam by Sir Walter. Jr..
In race, 2:04ft.
Fastest heat, gelding—Uhlan, aa above,
Fastest two-heat race by gelding
Uhlan. »:04ft. 2:0).
Fastest heat In race by five-year-old
Fastest live-year-old stallion—Bob Doug
lass, gr. h.. by Todd, dam by Cyclone,
Fastest heat, trotting, in race—Ham
burg Belle, b. tn.. by Axworthy, dam by
Fastest two-heat race—Hamburg Belle,
Fastest two miles, trotting, to wagon—
Pelagon, b. g., by Mllrol, 4:88.
Fastest three-heat race, trotting, by
gelding—Paderewskl. b. g.. by Constenaro,
dam by Port Leonard, 2:05ft. 2:06ft, 2:05ft.
Fastest mile, trotting, under saddle
Country Jay. ch. g., by Jayhawker. dam
by Parkvllle, 2:08ft.
Fastest two-year Ally, pacing—Fleeta
Dillon, b. f., by Sidney Dillon, dam by
Wilkes Boy. 2.08ft.
Fastest three mllea, pacing—Elastic
Pointer, b. h., by Brown Hal. dam by
Bnow Heels, 7:81ft.
Fastest three-year-old Ally. pacing
Maggie Winder, b. f.. by Oratorio, dam
by Direct, 2:06ft.
Fastest two-heat pacing race, by mare
-Darkey Hal, br. m.. by Star Hal. dam
oy Hamlet, 2:03ft, 2:02ft.
Fastest team pacing—Hedgewood Boy
and Lady Maud C. by Chttwood, dam by
Fastest three-year-old trotter, half-mile
track—Muda Guy, b. f., by Guy Axworthy,
lam by Stamboul, 2:12ft.
WON WITH A JUMP SHOT
Calvin Oemarest, the New Billiard
Champion, Amazed the Experts
with Hie Audacity.
The balls were lying close to the
Bide rail, neither more than an Inch
away and not more than six Inches
apart The red was in the middle.
There was no chance for a masse. A
shot to the cushion was Impossible.
With his head cocked on one side the
flaxen-haired youth, Just on the verge
of becoming the 18.2 balkllne billiard
champion of the world at the age of
23, was studying the situation.
"He should play it aafe," whispered
Alfredo De Oro. a maater, to his com
panion In the gallery.
"There Is no chance to make It" ob
served John Daly, the three-cushion
expert "What can he be figuring onV
For a minute there was absolute si
lence around the green-covered table
in Madison Square Garden Concert
hall, New York.
The youthful face of Calvin Dema
rest suddenly broke into a boyish
smile, and his friends knew that he
had decided on some daring scheme.
He deliberately chalked his cut and
learned over the table aa If to try a
draw shot The experts sat back as
Still smiling, the youth drove his
cue into the bottom of the white ball
with a downward twist The ivory
leaped three inches from the table,
fell on top of the red ball and rolled
accurately until It clicked against the
other white ball. The shot had
counted! The experts actually gasped
at the youth's nerve.
Demarest had attempted a Jump
shot in a tight place and had made
It Such a shot had never been at
tempted before in a championship
game. In the past its sole use has
been In exhibitions.
Andrews Issues Sporting Annual.
The 1910 Sporting Annual Record
Book issued by T. S. Andrews, sport
ing editor of the Evening Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, is out The book contains
some excellent pictures of the world's
great pugilists, their records and the
marks of the trotters, pacers, runners,
bowlers, athletes, baseball players, avi
ators and automobuists.
Herrmann Commission's Chairman.
Garry Herrmann of Cincinnati will
continue to preside over the national
baseball commission. He was elected
by Bah Johnson and Thomas J. Lynch,
the other members of the commission,
at the Cincinnati meeting. The com
mission awarded "Happy" Smith, who
had been claimed by Oakland, to the
Johnson Has Fortune Told.
Jack Johnson doesn't believe in
dreams, but is quite willing to believe
the mumblings of those who profess to
things." A fortune telle.r has pre
Strange to say, the negro believes aim.
MURPHY GIVES AWAY
SOME BASEBALL SECRETS
Says He, Not Taft Controls the Chi
cago Cubs—Chlvlngton Heads
Charles Webb Murphy, president of
the Chicago National league baseball
club says he owns 53 per cent of the
stock and Charles P. Taft, brother of
the president, owns only 25 per cent.
The public always has believed Mr.
Taft the real owner of the Cubs and
that Murphy was Just the Cincinnati
Mr. Murphy made this statement in
connection with the discussion of the
purchase of the National league park
in Philadelphia. Mr. Taft bought it
for $250,000 as an investment It was
denied that either Murphy or Taft
owned the club. Such a cry has been
raised against syndicate baseball that
Mr. Murphy felt called upon to make
the explanation. Whatever may be
the true facts In the case there are
many fans who will not believe until
they see the real goods, that Murphy
and Taft are not interested In the
After Tom Chlvlngton of Louisville
was elected president of the American
association to take the place of Joseph
D. O'Brien, the story was circulated
that it was a result of major league
Influence. According to the dope
handed out the major leagues feared
the American Intended to invade their
territory, Chicago being one of the
cities that was to have a club in the
smaller organisation, and brought
about the defeat of O'Brien who
favored the Invading major league ter
ritory. O'Brien, who had been presi
dent of the association for the last
five years, made his record his plat
form. Chlvlngton was elected by five
votes to three, Armour of Toledo, Te
beau of Kansas City, Grayson of Louis
ville, Watklns of Indianapolis and
Schoenborn of Columbus cast their
ballots for Chlvlngton. Havenor of
Milwaukee, Cantlllon of Minneapolis
and Lennon of St. Paul voted for the
W. R. Armour of Toledo was elected
vice-president and George Tebeau was
re-elected chairman of the board of
directors for the third straight time.
The directorate 1B composed of Te
beau, Havenor, Schoenborn, Watkina
The league voted to change the
headquarters to Chicago, and this will
be done the first of February. Chlv
lngton will select his own officers. It
was decided that the schedule com
mittee meet in Chicago at the same
time the big league sessions are held
In February and frame up the 168
game list. The games will start April
13 and close September 26. The com
mittee Is composed of Watklns. Te
beau and Cantlllon.
TINKER PRAISES CHANCE
Says It Was Manager's Absence from
Games, Not Kllng's That Lost
"All winter I have been listening
to declarations that the Cubs lost the
1909 pennant because John Kling waa
not with us," said Joe Tinker the oth
er day. "But I want to say that we
lost that pennant for no other reason
than that Manager Frank Chance waa
out of 50 games during the season.
"Pittsburg would never have taken
that big lead over UB If it had not
been that Chance was out of so many
games on account of his injured shoul
der. If Kling had been with us with
Frank on the bench the result would
have been no different. It was the
manager's absence, and not Klfng's,
that caused our downfall.
"Kling Is a grand catcher and I
don't want to belittle his efforts, but
I am getting tired of this constant
growling that we lost the pennant be
cause he was not with us.
"You could put the flrandest first
baseman that ever played the game in
Chance's place," explained Joe, "and
that team of ours would never be the
same with Frank out of It.
"Luderus IB as promising a first
baseman as I ever saw. He's a cork
ing good hitter and the way he cracks
that ball is a real joy. I certainly
want to see him stick with the Cuba,
but when Chance feels that he has to
turn over the bag to some one else
I want to quit playing shortstop and
become an umpire."
Ryan a Matchmaker Now.
Tommy Ryan, former middleweight
champion, who recently has been ap
pointed matchmaker of the Memphis
Athletic club, Is trying to secuje Batr
tling Nelson for a match with either
Johnny Thompson or Packey McFar
land. Ryan and Doc Hottum will con
trol the new Memphis club and pro
pose to stage the best eight-round
match possible at the club's opening
Esson Stays with Gotch.
Frank Gotch failed to pin Jimmy Ba
son's shoulders to the mat In 15 min
utes, in Chicago. Dan McLeod haa
taken charge of Esson and will teach
him some of the fine points of the
game, and It is hoped the champion
will agree to meet the Scotchman in a
finish affair. An elimination contest
between Mahmout, Esson and Zbyszko
is what the fans would like to see.
Sutton vs. Hoppe In March.
George Sutton, champion 18.1 bil
llardist, has announced that he will
defend the title against Hoppe in Chi
cago some time in March. He said he
would not play in Pittsburg, and that
he has not decided whether it will be
a one-night or a three-night affair.