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I I STANDARD SPORTING PAGE
I BASEBALL
FORECAST
What May Happen If
Both McGraw and
Chance Hold Pennants
(By Monte)
New York, Jan. IS. Before many
jesrs have passed, i)Osill only two
"or three, there Is likely to be pre
sented a condition unique to baseball,
with New York defending the citadel
against the attack of the rest of the
country. It Is reasonable to assume
that IfcGraw will keep the Giants
either at or near the top for every
season In the future, for a decade or
thereabouts, judging from his past
performances, resources and material
now at hand. The Yankees, also,;
can be expected to reach the top
class within a brief number of sea
sons with Frank Chance at the helm
for, be it repeated a winning man-i
ager is a wlnnlnc manager, and al-
-lowed the time, he Is bound to win
in the end
It Is far from unlikely that, say
five years hence, grantinc that both
McGraw and Chance stick to their
! present posts, the penants of both
'big leagues will try In Manhattan for
la number of consecutive seasons,
maybe two or three, without a team
from any other city cutting In. Should
I such a condition arise, what would
be the effect on big league baseball
, as a whole'" Would New York be
I come so used to pennants that there
would ceaso to be a flurry of ex
citement over them and the natron
j age In the present gold nunc clt drop
off to nothing'' And would the re
peated discouragements In second
division cities kill the game there"
i A certain ring of far-seeing though
they might be called dreaming, base
ball men in this cttv have been nsk
ing these questions the laxt few days.
Greatest Baseball War
The time of the greatest baseball
war in history, between the old Amer
ican association and the National
league In the earlv nineties, is re
called. Each wns an debt club or
ganization. The baseball public of
those days had to support eight scc-cnd-dl
Islon c'ul s altogether, and
then, as now. second -dlvlsioning was
as much a habit as first dlvislonlng
and pennant winning. A few years
iof second division teams In the name
'IIk.s caused loss of Interest there
that wns greater than the K.iin in In
terest in the successful places -con-sequenth
both leagues faced the
peril of having to co to the wall The
American association, known as the
: Flayers league, broke first and w as
forced to compromise, and the two
Circuits Joined hands In a twclve-
club league. Again came the trou-
I ble of too man habitual second di-vlsloner.-',
and the league was cut to
i its present size
What Will the Future Hold?
Docs the old time disaster spell
anything as paralleled to the present
I condition. In eent that Chance and
I McGraw should keep up their past
rate of success" Some oi the afore
tnentlnned "thinkers" believe so It
will not create a larger numbor of
tallenders, but it is likely to lend the
same element of monotony to the
ensemble after Chance sets Into his
swing and begins to win the flag he
has promised to Frank Farrell, his
boss.
There Is another and brighter side
to this long range prognosticating
The fact that New York Is a common
point of att3ck in both leagues may
add additional dramatic and romantic
Interest to the pennant fights, with
all the country concentrating against
the one stronghold. And who will
I venture that Jake Statal, Clarke Grif
fith, Hughcv Jennings, or Connie
Mack may not make Chances life a1
-ragged one, or that Fred Clarke. Joe,
.Tinker, Johnny Evers or George Stal-
1iiil. may not do likewise to McGraw,
not to mention Stovell, Callahan.
Birmingham, Dooln, Mugpln3 and
iDahlen? Optimism seems the side of
wisdom.
Two Remarkable Pairs.
The sinning of Chance by the Yan-
j kees and lircsnahan by the Culs bring
the birth of two of the most remark -
I able pairs in the game's annals. With
Hal ( hasp still the best flrt base
man of them .ill und mauling that
Chance should come back to his old
I capability, the two greatest first
I sackerg In the game would bo to-
i gelher on the same team
Hresnahan and Archer of the Qubl
'rank Just aR high In their work be
hind the bat. To be sure there are
a numbor of other first rate players
on both team, but that does not
.keep them from being the most un-
balanced nlno6 In the world. The
j Cub catching staff outclasses all Oth-
I er departments of the team, and the
Yankee first base tenders make the
guardians of all other positions ap-
, pear pygmies by comparison.
There Are Others.
But these are not the only great
pairs moulded during the winter. 1
There is more than tfi likelihood of 1
the rejoining of Johnny KUng and .
Mordlecal Brown as a battery, per
forming for the C incinnati Reds
Likewise there 'B a breaking up of j
famous old coupler Tinker and Br
ers, always bitter personal enemies,
but a great pair of co-workers on the
field, will he together no longer
Bionahnn and Slim Harry Sallee, a
batter) tnrtl threatened to become as
famous as any. if they continued in
eompanj and Bailee staved on the
water wagon, Is no more
College Nines Go South
The decision of the 1'nlvcrslty of
Pennsylvania athletic management to
follow the example of a number of
other big college nines and take a
trip to the south during the Faster
vacation this spring Instead of spend
ing the time at Atlantic Cltv as here
tofore, seems to Indicate that the pol
icy is in line for adoption bv every
major college In the country The
University of Michigan team was one
of the flrsi lo do this, and Yale was
one of the first Imitating There is
no reason why college baseball play
crs should not benefit by a trip to
warmer climates the same as
leaguers. And the problem of ex
penses is practically out of consider
ation, for there are games awaiting
for the northern eollegeians in the
south, both with the college teams of
the section and with leaguers train
ing there, that would net more in gate
receipts than Is needed for the entire
outlay for such a trip. In a few vears
f Continued on Page Five.)
I The Seven New Managers of the 1913 Mafr League Teams
I Cubs; below, Miller Huggins, new St. Louis National's manager.
Right Joe Tinker, Cincinnati's new pilot, at top; Joe Birmingham ;
l new Cleveland manager, in lower panel.
ROGERS BRESNAHAiN AND
JIMMY ARCHER, THE GREATEST
CATCHING STAFF IN HISTORY
' ; w-s . -
This sterling pair of backstoppers is Cub Man
ager Johnny Ever's greatest asset. No such pair
can be found on any other team in the land.
Bresnahan at left, and Archer, at right, are here
shown at bat. "Rajah" was looked upon as the
best catcher in the league a few years ago and is
still rated with the leaders in that department.
Archer is very fast and gets the ball away from
him like a flash when throwing to bases to head
off pilfering runners.
K. 0. BROWN, THE FIGHTING DUTCHMAN 1

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