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low the Veterans in
Ike BIG SHOW Re
ceive the News That
frhey Are Booked for
ifthe Discard Trying to
I Come - Back and Its
Victories and Tragedies
BY BILLY MURPHY.
Poulbly it la out of mere ven
;l eratlon to their years, but the lay
j cbierver Is struck by the fact that
j f al selection! vt tt.'.r baseball teams
s made b; experts, ball players, um
' plrci or mere fans this fall Include
I the names of those doddering old
gentlemen. Christopher Mathew
4on. Hor.ja W..gner jdJ Edward
, I Plank.
I lit Is a fine tribute to the so
l celled veterans that they arc still
j naked among the leaders of their
it kind In an era when new phenoms
re almost of daily occurrence.
Still another comparative eteran
I hoe name appears In All-rfelec-f
tloni. Is Napoleon Rucker. the
1 Brooklyn Express, greatest of all
1 the left-handers (with apologies to
I those who think the title should go
I to Eddie Plank i
True, Rube Marquard is a won
if derful southpaw. So are Yean
Gregg dn'l Ify" Hamilton and
George T le but the-;, ha.e yet to
tand the- tf-st r,( time, and Na
I poleon Rucker has stood It.
Sooner or inter old Pop Time
Hps everybody the bluo envelope,
j For year? it appeared as if Den
ton Tecums-h Young would pet It.
tut he dldn t. for quite a ecrlcs of
I Cy always was one of the great
est pitchers m 'he gn.-r.e- and he
never was in condition. He was
from i.r, to 2 0 pounds overweight
I And to this very fact that h nr
Med so much extra poundage la
probably 1-je to hlg long career In
the big arena.
Plavers who must take off welcht
Undergo the h.-ii deft work of the
Stsson in the spring. They strain
and rack tbc.r r.rr.oi - irnl inu.-.;u-Btr
ej-stems Few players who
( I have more th.-n o pounds to taVe
I oil each ?prlng last six or eight
I Old 1 : - fTtra r,n mda gave him
I txtra ti-so.- in.) aiengih. Tie had
" lomething to iir.iT. mi. i ; always
kpt hia weight a .'fret. What's
the use of . ... in. (:out weight
when you ran pitch good ball?
How great men mis the blue en
1 velope or re-eie It and later
; "come buck" Is one of the mti't In
lUrestlng studies of the great na-
Every season a Knat number of
1 Ilayer ;. re h .pe.1 '. the minora
I Some .ire men who have ben
bought and drafted and some ha"
ecn in the "fiig Show" for some
time, but ha-, e outlived their ue
r Of course. ihcp players, bought
r drafted, are as a rule, young men
' nd the, wen- i ii hased vsiih the
I v'ew of having them as an asset to
I. - &e used when ripe
I I The ilaver1 that have been In
I the hii, ',,:., f,,, ., 'i: e however.
I find thn are shipped to the minora
pe the ones to which special rof
i "nci i. n 1. 1 eh--u
i Sever sitceed.
fter ening a while In tlie big
HaTUe, these players becomo care
Bp in their work They do nM
to bafk Fiiffn-ient to Keep them
i ut. but tho take It for gr.mte.1
that the arr there to stay and
Ihcreforr- ln'.ome lndlfTerent to
, elr work.-' Before they realize
. . hat ii,-.c h . pp . nc'l. they are back
p the minor?
I The fa.-i thi1' tlie are- back
houi.j not 1P t,,r,.ked upon by them
4 '"proof tlr.t the... re "going." but
; nouid be taken as So much medl-'fr'-
This medicine when taken
' judiclou.il;.-. ret ri-i-Mi . When
th Se "0",'ar ' r! a vcr Into
"le minor I.--ip-i. the-. -.nf rally
ji Bf the mistake of their lives, for
lamedlatelv the-.- t.egui 'to play
ftWlnor league bail. Inst- id of put
jnx their shoulder to the wheel
lWcktrl'ln? 10 hf" mC a 'come
LBicbali is a SAme for th) am-
aSL. ' t'
bilious man. It always la been
and always will be The players
that go about their work with indif
ference, never succeed
When you see a player run half
way to first and walk the reel of
the way on an Infield hit or when
he hltr a Mv, Jogs to the bag, ?ct It
down, ho will never make a star.
Ered Falkenberg of the Cleve
land Napa proved last season what
a man can accomplish In the gume
The big "Slat" had been shot to
the minors w.thout ceremony but.
put it down that considerable cere
mony attended his games last sea
son In trte American League and
most of the ceremonies were the
last rltoa for the clubs that oppoacl
the once "has-been."
But not all who try prove suc
Slowly but surely the etnra of
yesterday nro passing from the
Ulg Show," their placet) to be
filled by ambitious jroungatera win
are corning up each season for
Lust season saw three fade from
the glare of the majors, yet their
paaalnC cnused llttlo comment.
Jiff Overall, who tried to "come
back" after laying off two season.M,
was let out by Manager Evcrs of
i A few days later his teammatu.
I,fiv Rili hie, lio was turned loose.
N'o surprlsu was occasioned by
Even actions. Overall, although
ho got away to a fair start after
Joining the Cult:-, WSJ unable to
show anything near resembling his
form of three nnd four years ago.
He was one of tho mainstays of
tho Chicago hurling staff, when
Frank Chance was winning pon
nant.s foe churle W. Murphy.
It was pointed out at the time that
BIr Jeff was going to have the time
of his life trying to hold his own
in fast company.
Overall said at th lime he signed
a Cub out met, that hid arm felt
as good as ever aud that he would
show Evcrs that he was still able
to travel some.
Johnny took him at his word,
bi ciuso he felt that tho Cub
twirling htaff wasn't the strongest
In the leaguu by any means and
gave the big Westerner an oppor
tunity to make good on his own
l It VLL 5 1 RPRIsl D
Ji vr s i GHTERfi ARE.
verall whs fooled, just as light
ers are. In believing that they can
RUchie'a release was no huge
surprise, for outside of be ning iho
I "..., Ms now- ml then. Lew was of
llitlo use to Even.
"Lefty" Lelfleld was the third
member of the great Cub trio to be
sent buck to the minors.
Leifield was a wonderful south
paw, but Is perfectly contented with
his San Eranrlsco berth.
lark Orlftlth. tho great man
ager of tho Washington Nationals.
Is a pitcher Who fooled old Pop
Time, after he had slipped Clark
the blue envelope.
Grift had taken advantage of the
baseball war In 1 S91 to Join the
St. Louis Browns.
In August he waas traded to the
Boston club of the American Asso
ciation, but later wan dropped on
account of a sore arm.
Griffith ih.-n signed with Ta
coma In ISO:', but the club punc
tured its bank roll in August and
he finished tho season with the
Missoula, Mont., lub, because his
i uniiy moved there and he wanted
to be near the commissary depart
ment In the event of untoward hap
penings. His arm had regained its
-'r. nKih and tho following ear he
was thought good enough tor the
Oakland. Cal , club.
As a matter of fact. Griffith was
too -,iud for Oakland and his re
! iBt waa ol. limed In the middle of
the season by his old boss. Jim
Hart, who hud become president
and part owner of the Chicago Na
tionals. Griffith jumped Into national
prominence In 1S94, when he and
Bill Hutchinson practlcallj alter
nated on the slab for an extended
period while the rest of the hurl
ing taff was ' rippled.
While with the Chicago National
Griffith ranked with tho leading
hurlers of tho league and it was
considered a great haul for the
American League when he nnd Cal
lahan flopped to Comlsl ey's White
Sox at the beginning of the sec
ond baseball war In 1901.
Griff piloted the White Sox to
the league pennant that season,
led the league pitchers with 2 4
games won. 7 lost, and hatted over
H( ilso acted as manager In
Ifioj. lmt became manager of the
.' w York J Ilchl.inders when tho
American league Invaded New
York In 190.3.
A w lid pit. h by Jack Chesbro
lost the pennant of 1904 to Boston
ir th- final game of the season.
In 1907 Griff quit active duty on
thr mound and In 1908. following
trouble with the club officials and
Internal dissension in the club, he
ieelned manager in New York
and was succeeded by "Kid'' Elber
feld. SPENDS WIN 17SRS ON
Griff cast his lot with Cincinnati
In 1909 and served as manager for
three years. He refused a renewal
of his contract when offered B
chance to nuy a block of stock In
the Washington club.
When freed from baseball cares
In winter. Griffith spends most of
his time at n 10.000-acro ran, h
n-r t'raljr. Mont , which he owns
jointly with hip brother. The ranch
is BUltable for crazing and la
slocked with horses and cattle.
: r if tlth is a Eplendld example
of a "come-back" of the first wdter.
Eddie Blank is the greatest ex
ample, of a "hold-out" when it
comes to refusing to accept the
Tho hero of the recent world s
championship series has every man
In the big leagues shaded in tho
matter of age.
According to our records, the
only ones who cn compare with
him and are present-day perform
ers, are Jlans W.isner. who is near
ly the same ago. and Christy Math
cwson. who is five years younger.
Blank v as born at Gettysburg.
Pa., in 1874. His first baseball ex
perience was iimitod to the town
lot variety and later he attended
Gettysburg College and played on
th baseball team there
Here he attracted the attention
of Connie Mack and In 1901 he
went to Philadelphia and has re
mained with the Athletics, ever
Numerous stars have come and
gone In his day.
During hla early years on the
Quaker City toam: the great Rube
Waddell. was the star of the Mack
inen. but tho wonderful left-hander
la In the discard, although not as
old as the "Gettysburg Guide."
Just what an old roan can do was
proven by Plank in the recent J
World's series games.
The veteran had cracked In the I
tenth Inning of the aecond same '
and lost out In a pitching duel to
Mathewson, ". to o.
The defeat was really not his
fault. Had the Athletics made any
runs behind him. the game would
have been over In the ninth, bui
they didn't, and ho waa beaten
Later, according to press dis
patches', It developed that it was to
have been PUnk's last game. He
Intended to retire for all time after
As ho was beaten In the wind
up frame, he asked Connie Mack
for one more chance
flank's opportunity came In the
final game, when the Giants were
making their last Rtand.
What plank accomplished that
day everybody knows.
lie won the baseball s highest
honors for his team by beating the
New Yorkers 3 to 1, pltc hlng one
of the moft superb games of his
career. He held the opposing slug
gers to two tingles and not a man
reached first base off him until he
walked .Sliafer In the fifth Inning.
Plank h.-d retired fourteen batters
in a row before this pass came ,
Then the dispatch came flitting
over the wires that thla game was
the la?; that Plank would ever
pitch. He intended to retire and
spend his remaining 1 - s In le
clusion at hs home, Gettysburg,
Plank first figurc-1 that it would
be best to retire at the moment of
his greatest glory a;id be remem
bered In day to er me as a won
derful pitcher, rather than wait
until the day when he would be
buffeted around In the bush
Ills departure to tho minors
would sooner or later be Inevit
able and he deemed It far better to
iult as a world's series hero, rath
er than as a broken down old "ha.s
been." But since making that statement
Plank has reconsidered ami come
out with another, saying that he
has changed his mind and would
Join the team for training next
He la not ready for the blue en-
II ins Wagner is probably the
greatest of 'em all, at fooling old
lie begun In 1897 and In that
most Important of departments of
tho game hitting has never
batted under .300.
He 6tlll is considered the only
player fit to be compared In all
around excellence, with Tyrus
Ty Is faster today than Honus,
and he Is younger.
Hut Mr. Tyrus Cobb of Detroit
will have lo travel a long dis
tance before he will outdo the worl
Df Pittsburg's great ahortatop, when
the record of years Is taken into
Honus Wagner Joined the Louis
ville club In 1897 and he has
played regularly In the National
League ever since.
In the sixteen yeirs he has been
on the turf, he never hit under
.300 apd during that time he has
led the National League batsmen
That Is surely going some end
the old hero of .Sinokevtlle Is still
k'-eping up his lick. Since Warner
has been In the National League,
there have been other slugged
who have beaten him out of the
batting honors, but they did not
They were Ed Delahanty. Clar
ence Beaumont. Jes Burkctt. Billy
Keeler, Cy Seymour and Sherwood
Magee and the only one of these
who has lusted Is Magee.
Ed Delahanty Is dead and gone
and tho rest are scattered and
long ago dropped out o' the Big
EDUCATE HUMANITY, HER PLEA
I'alse education, man lack or
knowledge of his own heritage, and
forces that are resultant from tho
present day confusion, make the
marriage, of today pathetic and the
birth of a child a tragedy In the
opinion of Mis Katherine Tlngley.
offlcclal head of th Universal
Brotherhood and Thcosophlcal oo
clety. Known far and wide by theoso
phlate as "The Purple Mother."
Mis. Tlng'cy has a vast influence.
She a foundress-director of the Ra
ja Yoga College of Point Loina.
"To me the thought of a child
coming into this world today, is
one of the most pathetic tragedies.'"
she d lered, "This may seem far
fetched to you; but, when I think
of the -oung souls born into !h at
mosphere of hunmn life as It is. I
declare It Ik pathetic.
"I behes o that e ery mother
should be removed from the pres
sure of everydav extern.! condi
tions which we know nearly always
surround the coming of a new life,
away from the fevered unrest of
the world, closer to nature, whero
that spiritual preparation could be
made that would enable her to tlnd
the key to her r,rS'bllitics us a
mother and to learn to think and
leel and love In a new way. In a
broader, a deeper way," l order
that she might better protect and
guide the new life.
"Not until woman has knowledge
a better understanding of her own
nature and power to serve, can tho
children hac their best opportuni
ties. ' VHint assurance have we that
young eouls touching this plane of
life shall have their opportunities?
The mother-heart, we know holds
love and devotion and the spirit of
.sc lf-paerlflcc for her own; and It Is
slso to bo found In the father's
heart; but alas! as soon as a soul
enters the arena of life. It Is not
the real possession of Its mother
and father; for they have not yet
gained that d!itie knowledce nr, c-
mr to give it its best opportunities;
and so. In the courso of time, tt
drifts Into the great ocean of un
rest and suffering, the conditions
of the age hold It.
"Fnlse education, man's lAek of
knowledge ,.f hlw own heritage and
possibilities, and those forces that
re the reault of the present-day
mentul confusion, hold and fetter
th young aoui and shut out Us best
"If we are lo serve humanity
rightly, to really do sane things to
lift Its burdens, wo must begin our
preparatory and remedial work In
the home. In this thought ia thu
not something new ror parents to
"To properly approach the con
ditions referred to. one must take
a new view of marriage. Though ;
the subject hns been seriously
studied all down the ages. et rarefy
do wo hear of a marriage that car
ries with It in after years that sa
cred touch which should be there.
And so. In icwing present-day
marriages, one finds (If one thinks
at all about thU subject) that it ia
the lr k of knowledge, of the laws
governing human life which brings
about so many failures and real
irs '-lles In the home.
'True it is the parents of the
present day have their grand Ideals,
their hopes and their dreams and
their prayers; but ihey have not the
key to the situation. How can tw-o
souls on this plane expect to go
through life doing their fullest duty
to Ihc sacred obligations of mar
rlage w-hen tjey are unacquainted
With the ili no laws that shou'd
fashion their whole natures?
"Humanity needs to be awakened
to Its dangers ye, and awakened
to the knowledge of the science of
life. The science of life and the-o.-iophy.
' Bet us clear the way for the
coming genorution. Bet us. through
the knowledge that wc have gained
of ourselves, cultivate that Quality
of understanding that shall purify
and exohc soulful beings. V
"Is my picture of the danger to S
the young far-fetched? Look at our 1
vouth on the treeta! See tho
wrecks In society. In prison and i
everywhere, nnd tell me that those
who have erred and fallen and lost
their way hod their opportunities'
Oh: the pity of It! Wrecked homes!
Divorces and suicides nnd all mnn
nor of crimes' And these are our
progeny! The progenv of the twen
"Hov , hi these thing" he
changed? you ask. Why, through
man's beceuiilng acquainted with
himself. To gain self-knowledge
man must know his divinity, he I
must work in consonance with the
nobler part of his nature continu
ously. - 1
"The mission of theosophy is to A
Inculcate that quality of knowledge
that nhall open the mind of man to
the realities of life, so thnt he may
learn, ere It Is too late, the- great
doctrine of Karma: 'As yo sow. so
must ye nl6o reap."
"In placo of faith let us have i
knowlodge, In order that we may
be able to face onrselves. our weak- , i
nepse?. and challenge our higher
nnturen and gain that control that II
will aid us In meeting understand-
Ingh the aorrOWl and disappoint-
inents and unbrolhei lines of the