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I 10 THE WESTERN WEEKLY
I Sporting Gossip
The next tournament under the auspices of the Western Bowling
Congress will be held in Seattle, during the Seattle fair next spring.
The first tournament was held in this city, and last year in Denver,
.. much interest being manifested at both meets. It is expected that the
Seattle tournament will be the best from the point of attendance, the
amount of prizes, and enthusiasm in the history of the organization.
Salt Lake will send one, and probably two, teams to represent this city.
The Salt Lake Bowling League schedule for the first half of the
season has been issued. Ihe closing game for the first half will be
played on December 15th. After the holidays a new schedule Will be
arranged, the winners of the two scries playing i post series for the
championship of the state.
Charley Stork, of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Charlie Berry, who it
is claimed at one time fought a draw with Battling Nelson, have been
matched for a twenty round fight, the contest to take place at Sheridan
f From all reports the fight between Boer Unholz and "Cyclone"
Thompson, at San Francisco, was a pretty tame affair, being so pal-
pably raw that a cop jumped into the ring in the eleventh round and
stopped the "hugging match." Both men seemed determined not to
start anything, and the boxers failed to box, to any appreciable extent,
contenting themselves with pushing each other round the ring and
clinging on as if they were lovers. It is said that the mill would not
have passed for even a half way clever wrestling match.
H Charlie Griffin of Australia knocked out Bert Keyes of New York
in the fifth round of a little argument in New York one day last
week, the match being framed up in place of the Jack O'Brien-Sam
Langford go, which had been postponed.
H The past season has been regarded as one of the greatest in the
history of organized baseball, from the point of attendance at least.
It is estimated that 7,246,354 persons witnessed the combined games of
the National and American leagues. -The grand total of attendance
at National league games was 3,634,985-, while the Americans drew
3,611,366. The largest crowd in attendance at a single game was 35,-
000, while the smallest was 260 paid admissions.
H It is said that the reason for Umpire James Johnstone sending in
his resignation was because of the fact that he was not selected as
oneof the umpires for the world's championship, after having umpired
the deciding game between New York and Chicago.
H Elmer Stricklett, the great spit-ball pitcher who deserted Brook-
H lyn to play with the outlaw league in California, is to go back east
again next year, according to the latest dope. The Brooklyn people
want him pretty badly, and arc willing to come up with the coin.
H Hal Chase, the premier first baseman of the New York High
H landers, who got huffy and hiked to California recently, is receiving a
salary of $1,000 for twenty-three games with the Stockton team.
H Bob Cook, the old Yale oarsman, will have to share his unique dis
H Unction which he gained when he coached the Yale crew on horse
H back from the bank, with Harry Ilcrsberg of Harvard, who coached
H the guards from a motorcycle at Cambridge recently.
H Honus Wagner, the player who has six times led the National
H league in batting, has invested his savings of the past baseball year
H in real estate in his home town, Carnegie, a few miles west of Pitts-
Mike Fisher's all-star baseball team is to leave San Francisco
m early next month for Japan, and will return some time in February.
H Games have been scheduled with teams in the Philippines and Hono
H lulu, as well as with the little brown men.
H The death of Thomas Evans, the Brigham City boy, as the result
H of an accident in a football game, while playing with the Agricultural
H College team of Logan, marks the first fatality in Utah as the direct
H result of football.
H Al Kaufman, the big Californian, has a hankerin' for the heavy-
H weight championship, and has made up his mind that he is going to
H get it. If he can't get Tommy Burns to fight with him, he will
H claim the title, anyway. Bill Delancy, Kaufman's manager, thinks
H the big fellow has it on any heavyweight in the world, and is just
H crazy for his man to get a chance at Burns.
H Holy smoke! Battling Nelson is going to write the story of his
H life. The champion figures he can make more money selling his little'
M book, when he has it completed, than fighting or traveling with the
show. Well, here's hoping he will land more of the mazumma than
m most of the boys who break into the writing game.
M A Marathon race is to be added to the list of sports at the Uni-
M versity of Utah next spring, the winner of the race to be handsomely
M rewarded. Already at least twenty men have signified their intention
M of entering the race, and the list will probably be increased later on.
W. H. Morgan was the winner in the pool tournament which I
closed last week, having won seven games and lost but one. Maughan, 1
Peters and Winters tied for second place. 1
A story comes from the north to the effect that Honest John
McCloskey and Jack Grim are interested in a project to launch a new
baseball league in 1909. The towns to be represented are Helena, 4J1
Butte, Boise, Pocatello, Salt Lake and Ogden. Probably another -"winter
story" by some enterprising cub reporter.
At the races which have been going on in this city since the
opening day of the state fair, there are assembled a greater number
of racing horses than probably was ever gotten1 together at one
time in the history of the game in this state. Over two hundred
horses are stabled out at the fair grounds, among that number being
some of the fastest horseflesh in the Northwest.
There is one public official in this state that should have the sup
port and encouragement of every sportsman in the West. Brig. Mad
sen, the game warden for Utah county, has done more for the propa-
gation of game fish in Utah Lake than any fifty men in the state.
Through his determination to better conditions for the true sports- Jr f
men, the lake has been stocked with black bass, which at the present ' f
time are becoming a good size, and, in two or three years time Utah 1
Lake will be one of the best stocked bodies of water in the country. i
The catches now being made are something wonderful, considering
the fact that but a short time since there was nothing but carp, cat
fish and suckers to be taken from the lake.
It is rumored that a new bike track is to be built at the Salt Palace
before the opening of the racing season next year, and that Hardy t
Downing is to be one of the managers. Downing is popular with both
the riders and the public, has the reputation of a "level head," and
should be a success as a manager.
The Western league will have two more teams next season, To
peka and Wichita of the Western association having been purchased,
leaving six teams in the Western association. Both of these Kansas
towns are full of loyal fans, and the purchase will probably result in
profit to the Western league.
Joe Gans, who failed to appear and fight Murphy in New York,
announces that he has retired from the ring for keeps, and in future
will devote his time to looking after his hotel.
Harry Edwards, manager and owner of the National club of
Philadelphia, has offered "Battling" Nelson $10,000 to box six rounds
before his club, but the offer was refused by the Dane. Nelson says
that he has too many theatrical engagements at the present time to
bother with boxing.
The colored Giants of Los Angeles have closed their baseball sea
son, having won thirty-four games out of thirty-five played. Bud
Clark, who pitched for the Salt Lake Occidentals, pitched during the
early part of the season for the Los Angeles team.
Thirteen members of the Cincinnati baseball team have gone to
Cuba to play the clubs of the Cuban league.
A walking match has been arranged to take place on JJorember
12th, the contestants to walk from Salt Lake City to Ogden and re
turn. It is believed that at least twenty pedestrians will take part.
Colonel Milton Young's McGrathiana stud is being sold, accord
ing to a Lexington, Ky., dispatch, Mr. Young having decided to quit
racing in America and establish a stock farm in the Argentine republic.
He was the second largest breeder of blooded horses in the world, and
his decision to quit business in the United States is the outcome of
the anti-racing laws.
The news comes from the East that Johnny Chapman has been
fined $150 by the National Cycling association for holding Jackie 7
Clarke out of the recent little six day race in New York, and that
Clarke has been indefinitely suspended pending the payment of a $100
Tommy Burns declares that his fight with Johnson will positively
be his last appearance in the ring, and that if he beats the negro he
will retire an unbeaten champion, a la Jeffries. Tommy will find
some trouble in retiring on his honors when he gets back to the coun
try where there are a few real, live boxers. He has to deal with Al.
Kaufman and a few others before he has that long rest coming.
Willis Britt, who is looking after Battling Nelson's interests these
days, is authority for the statement that Nelson will fight Packy Mc
Farland before Coffroth's club in San Francisco on January 1st.
Britt made this statement just before leaving New York for San ,. !
Francisco, and declared that the fight would positively occur, unless T i
Packy got cold feet. And there doesn't seem to be any doubt but
that Tacky has become thoroughly convinced that he is the candy kid
as a boxer, and fully believes that he can hang the sign on Bat.
Willis also denies that Bat's hand is very badly injured, declaring that
he will be able on January 1st to paralyze McFarland. I