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Hj! THE OGDEN STANDARD, 5UNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1916.
I. Big Players Have Saved Baseball from SlackerdorJ
II 5ERGEANT"HANK GOWDY AND JOHN MGRAW
BY J. B. SHERIDAN,
jtt EDIE GRANT who was a famous third baseman at Harvard before ho
tf H joined the old Philadelphia club, was the first baseball playei of major
h. T league capacity lo lay down his life in action. Grant was a captain "V
i jf infantry and fell in the nttacks to relieve the famous "lost battalion" dur- )
big tho advance in the Argonnc Forest. Tho "lost battalion'' as all the world
wj, knows, was cut from out of the rest of the American forces and surrounded by
jj Germans. It was there and then that the American major commanding tho rf
J battalion gave his famous reply, "Go to hell," to the Gcrmnns demand for
Gran was among tho officers who
Jjj iv jrc lending tlic attacks to relieve tho
Ijk surrounded battalion. Doing so, he fell,
I re tho first baseball ijlaycr of fame to give
U'. life to the cause,
nj Eddie Grant was a very good base-
Hi tall player and a charming young man.
(H Ho first gained distinction on tho dla-
d r.nond whllo he was a student at Har-
vard, where he played third base on
iu thf college team. Grant was one of tho
Bh few college men who went directly
Sjj from school to the major leagues and
hi made good right off the bat, without
M being sent to a minor league for traln-
fij ing, kept on the bench or anything like
I that. Even the great Eddie Collins, had
j to havo threo years seasoning with
iho Athletics bcfc2 ho made good.
' "Was Too Gentlemanly.
I I Grant made good from the start itt
j third base, and with the bat. He batted
lj well over .300 right along and hl8 flold
j I Incr w-aa very good- Grant really was
f a much better player than he was cred
it tied with being. He was too quiet, too
j gentlemanly, lacking loo much in ag-
I gressivenoss. to be very famous. IIo
I Just batted well and played a go id
R third base. He really was a very nlcs
chap. For one or another reason Ills
ffl beat form did not endure very long.
El Bobby Byrne was secured from Pltts
ijj burgh to succeed Grant about 1013.
Byrne at that tlmo was past his prime.
18 Still, the baseball world considered
Is Edd'b Grant quite good enough to hold
u a major league Job. No less a person
Ill age than John J. McGraw engaged him
H to act as substitute lnfieldcr for tho
re The young -Harvard man Grant was
noi 30 when ho was killed was one of
III iho first baseball players to answer
l thi call of his country. Ho Joined tho
El first officers' camp called in 1017, Just
II after the Uliltcd States declared war,
and was commissioned a captain. That
he did his duty "bravely and quietly as
I lie played baseball, every soldier who
knew him bears testimony. Eddie
' Grant was a gentle, brave, young
h American. Baseball has very great rea-
j am, to be proud of him.
Y. Next to Grant, Hugh Miller, who
played with the St. LouLs Federals and
j was at one or another tlmo a member
jj : of Three-I and Pacific Coast League
teams and who belonged to tho Phlla-
dclphla Nationals, Is tho baseball player
j . who has most distinguished himself In
I, the scrvico of tho United States.
Miller was severely wounded and
I given tho Distinguished Scrvico modal
for conspicuous bravery In action at
I Bellcau wood. He had been sick in hos-
I ! pltal when he heard that his regiment of
j marines waa due t,o go over tho top. Ho
l broke out of tho hospital. Joined his
Hi company and went with it. The csp5-
n clul bravo act which won him the D. S.
E M. was taking a machine gun and klll-
H lug two German gunners and taking
H two others single-handed.
Wounded a Second Time.
, Tho gun had .been bothering his rcgl-
I ment very much. Miller spied It out,
H crawled up on It and killed a couplo
I " of the gun crew and taking two others
I prisoners packed the gun on his shoul-
I ders and drove tho prisoners into tho
I American lines. Miller, was slightly
I wounded In this action, Lator ho ro-
I turned to duty and has been reported
H .13 seriously wounded. The extent of
K his latest Injuries Is not known.
I It Is an accepted yet peculiar thing
that the quietest- men are usually tho
bravest. Uko Grant. Miller Is a very
quiet player. Indeed, It was held-
m against him that he always kpt . his
H head down, never said a word and whllo
I ho played good ball, ha also playpd
B "dead" ball. Ills frJnds aro wont to
Hj hold that Miller would have been a very
H . successful player had ho shown s any
PPH "life." Tho same was true of Eddie
B Grant. Yet when opposed by tho Boche-
H , and death they were the bravest of the
B Neither .man-waited to be drafted, but
Joined the colors so soon as war was de-.
clnred. Grant even left a recently mar
ried wife to do his bit for his country.
Slnco Percy Haughton, president of
the Boston National League club,
Joined the Gas and Flamo Corps as a
major there has been a heglra of ball
players Into that branch of the service.
Haughton got Branch Itlckey Into the
Gas and Flame Corps as a major. Rick
ey got Ty Cobb in as a captain and
George SIsIcr as a second lieutenant.
Former President Tcner of tho Nation
al League, who Is also former congress- ,
man and former governor of Pennsyl
vania, got Christy Malhcwson Into the
Gas and Flame Corps as a captain.
Percy Haughton, who Is' more famous
as a football coach than as a baseball
man, was moved by a desire to do some
thing real In the war. Haughton 13 a
partner in a brokerago firm in Bos
ton, well to do, and can afford to givo
his sorvlces gratis If ho feels like It.
Being a $l-a-ycar man at Washington
did not appeal to him. So he hooked
on where he could got action quicker
than in any other way, the Gas and
Haughton always has had a fancy for
that other baseball collegian, Branch
Rickey. He dragged the St. Louis presi
dent Into the gas and flamo department
with him. Gen. Slbert wanted a good sub
ject to get the corps some advertising.
Rickey, who is the father of free acl-vcrtisemcnt-gctting,
put Gen. Slbert on
to Tjrus Raymond Cobb. Of course,
Gen. Sibert's Idea was to get as many y
good men as possible to join the corps
where such fellows as Cobb were offt-
cers. Iilckey also got Gcorgo Slsler I
into the corps as a lieutenant. SIsIcr.
by the way, has come In for some un-
kind criticism because, it was said, he
rofuscd a lieutenant's commission and
took, Instead, a job playing ball with
a steel mill club. This SIsIcr, who ia
In Detroit, indignantly denies. He says
he has accepted a commission as sec
ond lieutenant on the Gas and Flame
Corps and is awaiting orders.
Cobb Anxious for Fray.
Cobb Is congratulating himself that
his detail will put him in action very
soon. Cobb says that, whllo many
other men aro employed In the defenso
department of tho Gas and Flamo
Corps, his assignment will send him
Into the field to feed the flames and gas
to the Germans.
Cobb's marvelous playing was largely
responsible for the tremendous boom
that took place in baseball from 1905 tu
1912, and even thereafter. He not only
attracted thousands of spectators to
the games in which ho played, but ho
also "speeded up" baseball, forced other
players' to strike a faster pace; in all,
advanced the speed of the game 20 per
cent. "When professional baseball was
declared nonessential cmplo7menf,
many star players rushed to tho safa
places offered by shipyards, munition
plants, faims, etc.
Not so Cobb, For thirteen years ha
had led the attack in baseball. . His
'proper position was with the aggressive
forces, "shock troops," in the field.
That Is tho place he chose. Cobb never
has been personally popular with base
ball players. He too often made them
feel their great 'Inferiority. It has been
truly said that he was in a class by
himself. He was. But thcro arc , few
basoball playcra who will deny Cobb
the great things ho has done for base
ball and for tho men who play It.
Cobb to Rescue.
At a tlmo when it seemed that the
craven action of lesser men would bring
professional basoball Into ' disrepute,
Cobb "came to tho bat" and saved tho
reputation of tho game and of Its play
ers. All of which Is as it should be. If
baseball could not look, to its favorite
son for assistance, to whom could it
With all the row and racket about tho
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slackers and it was justified many of
tho stars are doing the right thing by
themselves, by baseball and by ' their
country. Alexander, tho great pitcher,
for tho reversion of whoso contract
Chicago paid ?G0,000 to Philadelphia one
year ago, has been In Franco for somo
months. Alexander, one of the great
est pitchers of all time, is a sergeant ia
an Infantry regiment. Killlfcr, his
catcher, will soon. Join him In Franco.
Eppa Jeptha Rixcy, who was one of
Alexander's pitching mates on the Phil
adelphia team, is winning honors as an
aviator. Cliff Markle. the old Yankoo
pitcher, has done his bit, been wounded,
recovered and gono back for another
crack at the Hun. Marvin Goodwin,
who created a sensation with Milwau
kee in 1917, and who was uold to tho
St. Louis Nationals In the same year, i
was one of the first playem to volun
tcer. Goodwin quit in mldstason of hi
first major lcaguo year, gavo up base
ball fame and a large salary, to do what
he thought was the right thing serve
his country In the air. A plain, young
fellow of the farming class, a "rt-J
neck," or "apple knocker," Ooodwin has
a splendid, clear mind, arid Is a Uuc
Evers Couldn't Make Grade.
Pretty well "shot up" by nerves and
neurosis, Johnnlo Evers, hero of five
world's series and winner on three,
could not make tho grade for the army.
So ho got himself a Job as a camp sec
retary of tho Knights of Columbus.
Evom has been putting "pep" in tho
vacations of tho American soldiers In
France. A "nico. little chap, Johnnlo
13 as full of fight as a basketful of cats.
He is organizing baseball clubs among
tho soldiers, American, French and
British, in Franco and talking fight all
Among other things ho organlzod a
crock team of major leagucra from tho
soldiery. Hank Gowdy. bis pal and
tc-ammatc on the Boston ch.mpiond of
lOH. Is his catcher. Alexander is his
pitcher, etc. Avcra has boen taking
this team along the lino in France,
incoting divisional clubs and playing in
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tho largo cantonments and cities where
thcro arc good opposition toiims. Thus
does the Trojan do his bit by helping
to while away tedium for the Ameri
ca r. and other soldiery.
It ha3 been said, too, that Evers pro
poses to teach the French soldiers to
play baseball. It Is not impossible that
ho may succeed. While baseball is oest
learned by boys between tho nges of
8 and 12 it may bo imparted to young
men. The depots of the French Army
are filled with IS-year-old recruits. They
may .learn how to play baseball.
The game had Its spread In Amorlca
through being played by the troops en
gaged In tho civil war. Baseball was
played but very little outsldo of New
York and New England prior to 1S61.
The late Nicholas E. Young, former
secretary of tho National League, writes
that baseball was unknown in his na
tive city, Amsterdam,. N. Y., before tho
war. Cricket was the game then.
Young saw his first baseball gamo while
serving In tho army near Petersburg,
Va. It was played by the Twenty
seventh New York Regiment.
Tho New Englandcrs and Now York
ers took the game Into the field with
them. Troops from other parts of tho
United States saw the new sport and
took it up. Yankee prisoner played it
In Confederate prison camps. Their
captors learned it from them. So tho
gamo spread. When the soldiers re
turned to their homes In various parts
of the country they took basebaJl with
So, it may be In France. The Trench
may learn it, though, sava the Bretons
and Basques, who have been tho orig
inal ball people, .tho French havo not
shown any great nptitudo for base
ball. Tho Lijolcs, Dubucs, La Chances
and other great players with French
names are probably of Breton' or
Basque antecedents. The St. Lawrcnco
wag navigated, settled and held by
Basque and Breton navigators." Tho
habitants of Quebec arc mostly or
Basquo or Breton extraction. They
aro Celts, or Cclto-Ibcrlans, akin to
the "Irish, Uio Scotch and the Welsh.
"'The ,Colts 'were the original ball play-
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POS QftANT Y ACTON
ors. The game of handball had Us
origin and has held sway among them
for thousands of years. The itasq'.ies
of Spain and France, just where the
Pyrenees 'reach the sea, havo a ball
game of their own. They ell it "je
iota," the Celtic word for ball. It is
a wonderful gamo and under the im
proper title of Jal Alai Uiappy holi
day) was much heard of in Cuba iv.d
South America during tho . Spanish
Jal Alal Is tho 'name usually given to
tho immenso buildings in which Iho
pedota courts are housed. Tho game is
akin to handball. It Is played In a
great court, 310 feet ong by 35 feet
wide, with t'0-foot walls in front and
rear and one side wall between. Tho
spectators sit on tho other side of tho
great court In enormous stands ar
ranged tier upon tier. Tho principles
of the gamo arc thoso of handball.
"he ball is served off the front wall
and must be returned thither before it
bounds twice. Tho players use a small
crescent-shaped, grooved apparatus
mado of wicker work attached to tho
playing hand. Tho ball Is caught m
this peculiar-looking basket affair anl
Instantly returned to tho bucking wall.
I believe tho player may take two stef.B
only beforo returning tho ball, and ho
may not hesitate between catching and
returning it. ' .
It is a really wonderful game. It de
mands great strength, agility and en
durance. Somo of tho pickups and re
turns aro more wonderful than any
mado In basoball. It may b played by
from ono to three men on a side. Pclota
players can outstay any other athletes.
They aro very strong men and usually
arc beautifully built. They aro quite
different from the average Frenchman
or Spaniard, being. , often falr-hairod
and blue-eyed In a word, Colts, not
Latins, as most of their fellow-countrymen
Tho Basques and their kin, tho
Bretons, claim to be tho oldest peoplo'
In Europe. The Celts were In posse-
olon of tho Atlantic Coast at tho dawn
of history,, but historians say the. Ibe
rians preceded the Celts. The Basques
aro said to be a mixture of Ccl-.v wnd
Iberian blood. Other Spaniards and
Frenchmen do not play pelota. Tho
Basques have tho game to themselves.
The Irish havo handball, a lesser pe
lota, but identical in Its fundamentals.
Tho Irish are almost pure Celts, though
tho Basques and Bretons had consid
erable commerce with Ireland beforo
tho dawn of history and tho Irish may
havo learned to play handball from
Anglo-Saxon Sporting: Blood.
It Is worthy of remark that the Teu
tonic races havo not originated any
ball game. It may also bo worthy of
remark that Marshals Joffro and Focn,
tho great generals of the groat war, aro
both Basques. Gen. Halg, the British
leader, is Scotch from another branch
of tho groat Gaelic or Celtic family.
Gen. Pershing, of Alsatian descent,
probably has a Celtic strain In him.
Thus we find the great myth of Anglo
Saxon superiority largely dispelled.
The fact Is that there Is hardly any
3uch thing as an Anglo-Saxon race. Tho
British claim Anglo-Saxon blood. Thcro
Is no doubt that tho blood of tho
Anglos and Saxons doc3 ilow In British
veins, but these Germanic tribes found
England peopled with Celts. That tho
sea rovers Intermarried with the lat'tor
Is also undoubtedly true. ThU3 British
blood is largely Celtic The Anglo
Saxon has not ruled In England since
tho battle of Hastings, 100G. Norman
blood has slnco that time ruled tho land
that ruled tho wave. The great pa
trician families of England have buen
Norman. So much for the Anglo-Saxon
myth and the. superiority of the Anglo
Saxon race In sports or Jn anything
elac. Whatever ho may bo In anything
elso, the Celt is supremo In tho world
SoTt may be that Evers will succeed '
In his effort to touch basoball to the
Frenclu The Basque and the Breton,
very strong people, may follow their
blood relations, the Irish. Into the game.
YQt the Basques and tho Brotons nre
very slow to take up modern things.
They." Uko all Colls; live In " the past.
adhcro to tho things they know. ThjB
Basques aro successful In commerwB
and In letters, but the Bretons aro miM
The French-Canadians arc the rncB
backward peoplo on tho North Amer-J
lean Continent. They still use woodeA
plows, though living among tho most
advanced and. progressive people In thaj
world. Their .customs are those of toff
middle ages. They aro tine, strong folk
I love their homes, have largo families
and abominate change Not a hopeful!
pe'ople for propaganda. 1
Tho French temperament is bcttefl I
suited to baseball than that of the Brltrf
ish, but I look for Evers to attain hlir
greatest success among the Australian
and New Zealandcrs. These aro neFjl
peoples, and Inclined to adopt Dewlji'
things. They hayo work to do and noWl
time for cricket, which requires a weekjl
to play. SB
Mathewson's'.trlp to France meant
more to him than the overseas journeyffl
means to most men who havo made lyml
"Matty" abominates tho sea. xnai mtm
why he quit the New York team at Slim
Francisco when It made tho trip aroun4jB'
tho world some years ago. He dreadedM
the ocean wave. But after refusing 191
post of a Y. M. C. A. athletic dlrectotMj
in Franco, "Matty" found hla stock
gono down with the American people.111
He was bound to reinstate himself 'UU
their good graces. So, one of the quletj I
est men in the world, by no means 9m L
natural soldier such as Cobb Is, or MR I
Evers would bo If physically fit, Matty! 1
finds himself in the most deadly de1 R
partmont of warfare, a service so ter ,
rible that only Its awful adoption by thnl 1
Germans led. civilized powers to counn W
tcnance lta employment. The use i&W
gas and flamo is so terrible that thejj I
arc used only against their orifflaatortjW I
tho Germans. m Ik
Branch Rickey, former catcher
manager of the St. Louis Browns aniBKi
later president of the St. Louis NatloaHA
ala, is also in France. Rickey wentM
with Percy Haughton. He Is a Y.
C. A. man from tho heart out, but
majority In gas and flamo offered hJlJ
larger opportunities than a Y. M. C AT(
secretaryship or physical dlrcctOMhJ?Wj
could offer. Thoso who know RIckfa:
say that ho could do more good for hM )(
country by being sent to talk tho CurtJ
mans to death, to smother them In
flights oforatory. Rickey Is a prodlsIdBlS
ous and powerful talker.
Jack Hendricks, who managed tJHH
Cardinals for Rickey last year, is BR
Knights of Columbus secretary, and WE?
pects to go to Franco very soon. uBIrfr
Jennings, who has managed Detroit fiWju
many years, is also In the field servfcfHjjj.
of tho K. of C, and also expects to
on his way to Flanders fields In the neaflBT '
So, even If a large number of P'BiM
headed and chlckcn-Ticarted ployerK;
have hied to the bombproof of shlMTt;
3'ard and steel mill, three maJor-lcnffUM.
presidents. Huston, Haushton JuL
Rickey, several managers and not
than a dozen star players, as well M'u
Innumerable lessor lights, aro doing tBlJ''
right thing. So tho baso of baseball
war Is not so bad as it' might be. flP.lfc,