Newspaper Page Text
Definition of a Wise Guy: The Sport Who Can Make the Other Fellow Believe Him
CALL'S DOUBLE PAGE OF SPORTS
RITCHIE KNOCKS OUT
McFARLAND AND THEN
BEATS JACK BRITTON
This is the eighth of the series of the life and battles of
Lightweight Champion Willie Ritchie, written exclusively for
The fans of San Francisco did not seem to think much of me
after the Baldwin fight. Many of them accused me of having cold
feet, and they went around town saying that I never could make good
as a2O rounder. I don't blame them now, for I realize that I should
have done better against the Boston boy. In fact, I really should
have knocked him out.
But my friends down Coalinga way still were boosters for me.
Right after the Baldwin scrap they wired me to come back to the
oil fields and take a chance against Tommy McFarland in a 20 round
mixup. McFarland was going good then. He had returned from the
east a few months before with the honor of staying 10 rounds with
The Coalinga promoters made me a pretty good offer and I
decided to take it. I felt that 1 must show something in the way of
a knockout punch if I hoped to stay with the fighting game. I realized
that Tommy was a tough nut. but 1 was in good shape after my battle
with the Bostonian, and I figured that I had a chance to do something
with my haymaker.
I was the favorite with the fans down in Coalinga because they
knew me. But many of the sports in San Francisco made McFarland
a favorite over me. I heard this later on. However. I was desperate.
I made up my mind to take a chance for a knockout, and I never
worked so hard in all my life as I did for that battle, because so much
depended upon it.
KNOCKS TOM McFARLAND OUT
I stepped into that ring feeling like a 2 year old. So did McFar
land. In fact, we both looked good. He started right after me and
rushed me hard. He landed a few stiff ones on my stomach in the
opening round, and I will admit that he shook me up. As all the
local fans know. Tommy is a fine infighter, and it is hard to get at him.
It was nip and tuck in the second, and again in the third. He was
strong and aggressive, and I had to keep stepping pretty lively, and
he made me use everything in order to keep out of his way. The short
end bettors were boosting him along, and at the end of the second
round he was holding me even, all right, and he may have had a lead.
The third round found me slugging with him ami taking all sorts
of chances. We just stood toe to toe, and went at it. I had a shade
because I guess that my condition had something to do with it.
The finish came in the fourth. It was then that I decided to take a
chance and end it. if possible. I feinted Tommy with a couple of
lefts and waited for a chance with my right. He finally left an open
ing, and I shot over across to the jaw. That settled it. Tommy
took the count.
Naturally, I felt great after that battle. I showed a knockout
wallop, and I was eager to get back to San Francisco, sign up for
some more fights, so that I might convince all the fans that I was
able to punch hard.
johnny McCarthy a jinx
I hurried right back home when I learned that I had a chance
to get on with Johnny McCarthy. After knocking McFarland out, I
was boosted around San Francisco again, and I began to feel pretty
proud of myself.
The first thing I did when I got back to town was to sign with
McCarthy for a 10 round mill over in Oakland. I was full of con
fidence and I intended to go right in and try for a knockout. I
realized that I would have to square myself with my old friends, and
I was ambitious to make good.
. But no such luck. I fought a miserable fight against McCarthy. I
could not box nor punch nor do anything else. He held me to a 10
round draw, and I all but cried in my dressing room after it "was over.
I realize now that Johnny must have been my jinx. "Try as I could,
I never seemed to get right for him. He must have, had something on
me, or else I must have been made to order for him. Anyhow, I was
not in a position to display a punch or to box him, and once more the
knockers started after me. I did not blame them this time, either, for
1 should have done better .
Jerry Murphy was fighting good then. He looked like one of the
best of the four round boys. I begged for a chance against him, and
they gave it to me. Although this was only a couple of weeks after I
had made such a bad fight with McCarthy, I tore right after Murphy
and won the decision easily. I had everything that night, and I set
myself right with the fans again.
BRITTON AN EASY MARK
Next came Jack Britton. He had just arrived, bringing with him
that great eastern reputation. True, he had not done very well among
the four rounders, but the fans were claiming that he had not got
used to our climate. All he wanted was a crack at me. He promised
to wipe up the ring with me and send me back to work in jigtime.
And I gave him the chance.
We drew a big house, and, if I remember right, Britton was a
strong favorite over me. But that was all. I had his number in the
first, round, and I really believe that if I had cut loose in the third I
would have laid Jack out and practically ended his ring career. If
ever 1 had a man where I wanted him, it was Britton. Maybe he will
admit it and maybe he will not.
He outweighed me and he was supposed to have science enough to
make me look like a busher. But I just stood up and took a chance.
In the last two rounds I measured him right. They yelled for me to
go in and take a chance, but I preferred to play the game safe. I
remember that I had him staggering around the ring in the last round,
for he was helpless.
This was a great boost for me, and I realized it. In fact, it started
me on a new career. I made up my mind then and there to keep on
taking chances and quit playing a safe game. I began to believe that
I had a knockout wallop, and I came to the conclusion that the sooner
I tried it out the faster I would go to the front if they gave me
The next installment of the life of the lightweight cham
pion will appear in Thursday s Call.
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 9.—Packey Mc-
Farland and Jack Britton, both of
Chicago, gave a tame 10 round box
ing exhibition here last night, which
brought cat calls and jeers from the
crowd. The contest went the stipu
lated 10 rounds and McFarland had
pecked Britton oftener than Britton
pecked him. It was agreed that.
Packey had the edge on boxing.
It was apparent that neither fighter
Intended to do any serious damage.
In the seventh round Britton jabbed
Packey in the mouth and brought
blood, and McFarland retaliated by
doing the same to Jack.
McFarland boxed throughout the
10 rounds with his hands open. The
fans were thoroughly disgusted with
his tactics and it will be some time
before he is put on hers again.
During the afternoon lt looked as
though the fight would be called off.
McFarland refused to strip before the
members of the boxing commission.
He finally consented to weigh in be
fore Chairman Llginger of the boxing
commission alone. The latter re
ported that McFarland's weight was
O. K. The Wisconsin law provides
that if there is a difference of 10
pounds in weight between two boxers
they can not perform in the state of
By Associated Press.
CHICAGO. Dec. 9.—Whether there
will be a'Harvard-Chicago football
game next season will depend on the
action taken at a special meeting- of
the University of Chicago athletes
board, to be held in the near future.
Harvard's official proposal that Chi
cago and the crimson meet at Cam
bridge on October 24 or October 31
was received by the board yesterday
made for its early consideration. The
invitation for the intereectional game
had been sent to Coach A. A. Stagg
of Chicago, who is at Plnehuxst. N. C,
and was forwarded here.
Unless Harvard will agree to play
Chicago in this city ln 1915 there is
not much possibility of a game be
tween the universities at Cambridge
next year. Chicago faculty members
are said to believe the maroons would
lost prestige by listing a single game.
The Harvard proposal made no men
tion of a return game in 1915.
Because of the necessity for an
early reply to the Harvard invitation
members of Chicago's athletic board
may take action as soon as Saturday
As such a contest might be styled
a national championship game, Chi
cago faculty members are expected to
oppose it. At last week's meeting of
big nine representatives lntersectional
championship basket ball games were
prohibited and it is believed by some
the faculty members may stand by
the precedent thus established. An
other objection expressed by come of
PROUD TITLE HOLDER
CAN MAKE SKIPPING
ROPE HUM MERRILY
the faculty members was Based on the
fear that Chicago's western schedule
might suffer as a result of the journey
to Cambridge so early in the season.
However, the football players said
the maroon team could be worked up
to Its besa form by October 31 and
that the few practice sessions lost
and the hardships of travel would not
• • • •»•* s
>. is nearer
Santa Fes quicker
three = times = a - day
service makes it so
commencing Dec. 7
Standard and Tourist Sleepers
The California Limited
The Tourist Flyer
The Overland Express
Santa Fe City Offices
673 Market St., San Francisco, Phone Kearny 315
1218 Broadway, Oakland, Phone Lakeside 425
via Santa Fe
rope as well
as with the
is one of his
his feet as
his wind and
eye. This is
doing a few
Enjoy This Bout
LONDON, Dec. 9.—A box
ing match between Mau
rice Maeterlinck and George
Bernard Shaw is suggested in
a letter written by Peckham
Beatty, who taught Shaw to
box. Mr. Beatty suggests that
the two authors box three
rounds for a cup, the proceeds
to be divided between French
and English charities.
If Shaw declines to box, it is
suggested that a 50 mile motor
race might be arranged be
tween the authors.
COME ON YOU MURPHY
BOOSTERS, RITCHIE IS
STILL 2 TO 1 SHOT
WILLIAM J. SLATTERY
It begins to look as though that great little tearing fighter, Harlem
Tommy Murphy, is going to enter the ring at the Eighth street arena tomor
row evening against Willie Ritchie all but friendless among the bettors.
The admirers of the champion fairly fought for a chance to wager their
money on him yesterday, but their efforts availed them nothing, for there
was not enough Murphy money in sight to butter a sandwich for a beetle.
Some strange influence seems to be at work on the fans of San
Francisco. It is very evident that they have been entirely carried away by
the recent work of the little champion and have come to the conclusion
that no man of his weight in the world, today, figures with him at 135
Despite the scarcity of the Murphy
money and the overwhelming odds
against the sturdy little New Yorker,
the interest in the battle is at fever
heat. One hears nothing but jabs and
jolts and ducks and swings in all
quarters. The newsboys and the
bank presidents are conversing along
the same lints. The air is full of
The wisest of the wise—those gray
haired veterans who have been fol
lowing the doings of fighters for a
quarter of a century all like Ritchie
and pick him to win. But they balk
at the price. They say it should be
at least 10 to 7, with plenty of the
7 in sight.
ODDS MAY YET SWITCH
This sort of stuff listens well
enough, but then you are compelled
to stop and ponder a bit. The very
men who are making these speeches
are also helping to make the odds as
long as they are. They all seem to
like the champion so well that they
are ready and willing to take a ride
on him and let the straggling Murphy
boosters write their own tickets.
But don't be surprised to see the
price come up a bit. There's many
a Murphy well wisher holding back
till the eleventh hour in the hope of
beating the price a shade. And when
he finds that he can't, he probably
will load in his money at 2 to L Just
sprinkle a few thousand dollars of
Murphy money around the town and
note the rise in the odds. It has hap
pened many times before, and it's
liable to happen tomorrow afternoon
The dope of the good fighting book
tells us that Ritchie is still coming
and that Murphy is going back. With
his fourteen years of experience in
the ring, during which time lie has
been an in and outer, it is only
reasonable to believe this of the lad
from Harlem, but at the same time,
we must stop long enough to give
him credit for fighting the best fight
he ever fought when he met Ad Wol
gast last spring.
It is true that the ex champion was
fading rapidly away at that time, but
Murphy was also supposed to be on
the decline. And what a walloping
Murphy dia hand the battler from
Michigan. All he missed was a
knockout. Everything else was in
cluded in his makeup. Strangely
enough, Wolgast never made a good
stand after that.
THE DOPE BOOSTS MURPHY
When Ritchie fought Wolgast, he
took an unmerciful mauling for
fifteen rounds. He was on the
receiving end at all times. He drop
ped the champion with a right to the
jaw, the champion got up and hit him
a couple of foul blows and then the
title changed hands with the loser on
his feet, apparently full of action and
the winner stretched out on the
Taking the showipg which Murphy
" Fifty years ago, when Golden Wedding
Whiskey was young. ''
are not in winning form for a
game of billiards unless you're in a
cheerful, confident mood. It's wonder
ful how a little drink of fine, old
will give one the nerve and steadiness neces
sary to get the proper English on the ball.
Golden Wedding is a pure, mellow, sun
ripened whiskey, aged in the wood un-
der the ever-watchful eye of the govern-
ment, and distilled according to a special (jfl&j
It produces no bad after-effects, but is nerve-sooth,
ing and is good for an over-worked or run-down
system, because it is
"Made Differently.** Q^art
DIRECTORY OF LEADING HOTELS
Dancing and Other Attractions
NEW YEAR EVE.
For Tables Apply To
Mail re rf'llotel
THE CALL'S HOTEL AND RESORT RF
RFAU furnishes folders and full information
&«• regarding taia hotel. First floor, Call bidg.
and Ritchie made against Wolgast
within a few months of each other, lt
is difficult, indeed, to figure out why
Ritchie should rule a 2 to 1 shot and
Murphy should J>e overlooked. But
the men who make the prices In
events pugilistic have decreed that
2 to 1 goes for the present time at
least, and this settles it.
So far as is known, neither man
has placed a bet on himself. They
are not ramblers. They are simply
lighters. If either were to act like
the late Stanley Ketchel or Joe Gans
and come to the bat with a bankroll
to bet, then there would be some
excuse for a switch in the odds. But
we don't have reckless spirited
scrappers like Ketchel and Gans any
- Anyhow, Ritchie ought to be proud
of this wonderful tribute which his
fellow citizens are paying him.
According to their way of thinking,
he is going to fight the toughest
lightweight in the business tomorrow
evening and still the price of this
tough one has been hammered down
to 2 to 1 and lt is going begging.
Where, oh where are those who have
confidence ln Harlem Tommy.
BUCKLEY TOUTS TOMMY
The champion himself Is surprised
at the odds. He freely admits this.
He, of course, would figure on the
long end, but he did not look for the
price to drop any lower than 10 to 7.
"They seemed to be all after me to
fight Murphy and I figured that when
the match was made the Murphy men
would throw in all sorts of money on
him," said Willie yesterday. "Now
they tell me that my friends can't
get a bet down on me because 'there
is no Murphy money in sight.
"I am out to win and win as
quickly as I can. Certainly I will
play for a knockoflt. I always do.
But I am not trying to call the turn.
I will do the best I can and fight
while I have a pair of good hands to
There appears to be bushels of
confidence in the Murphy camp, de
spite the fact that the little chal
lenger is despised by the bettors.
Harlem Tommy is not a man given
to worry and neither is his manager,
"Odds don't count," says Buckley.
"In fact, they lie. The people of this
■ city made Burns a 10 to 4 shot over
my boy, here last New Year's day
and my boy made a chopping block
out of Burns. I know he won't beat
Ritchie so easily, but he will beat him
all the same. I tell you he can't
Buckley is a shrewd judge of fight
ers and form. He picked Murphy up
when nobody else seemed to want him
and since that time Murphy has
jumped from an obscure performer to
a challenger for the lightweight title.
HOTEL ST. FRANCIS
invites you to view the Mural
Paintings in the most beautifully
decorated cafe in the world
JAMES WOODS. Manager
THB CALL'S HOTEL AND RESOKT BU
REAU furnishes Colder* aud full information
free regarding tola hotel, lint floor. Call
MILLER IN LINE
Despite his recent deefat at the
hands of Gunboat Smith in New York.
Charley Miller, the giant carman, still
believes that he is a regular white
hope. He is all ready to make his re
appearance In the local ring at the
Pavilion rink on Friday evening
against his old time rival. Soldier El
der, and he may yet surprise the fans
with a comeback.
Miller and Elder have met on two
previous occasions. The first was a
four round draw, in which both men
registered knockdowns. The next
one went 10 rounds and Miller was
awarded the decision, although Elder
fought him every inch of the way.
The next meeting will be the rubber,
and it looks as though one of them
ought to score a decisive victory.
Miller always was very well thought
of by the local fans, and up to the
time that Smith walloped him in
three rounds last month he was
looked upon as one of the leading
white hopes of the country. He is
game and willing and carries a good
punch with him. He never has been
known to sidestep a match, and has
given some great exhibitions here in
Elder has been out of the game for
some time. While not fighting the
soldier plays the role of a cowboy for
a moving picture concern across the
bay. While he is not as heavy as Mil
ler, he is possessed of a mighty wal
lop, and when he lands on his op
ponent the latter generally falls to
the mat. Elder has been working
hard and looks to be in good form.
JOHNSON VS. EXPOSITO
Lee Johnson, the colored lightweight
from Oakland and one of the cleverest
boys ln this section, is going to tackle
Kid Exposito of the northwest. The
latter is one of those tough, tearing
scrappers who keeps coming all the
time. He has been training with Wil
lie Ritchie. It looks as though the
black boy will be the favorite on ac
count of his cleverness.
The husky middle weights, Montana
Dan Sullivan and Dude Clark of Los
Angeles, are also on the list. Both
are sluggers and a knockout is ex
Hale's for Toys
Market at Fifth
■ ■I—l LEADING THEATER
M'TrillTn Ellis ami Market
■L ■ llff fl Pbone Sutter 2460
Vl* I IST
$1 MATINEE DAILY (Except Friday)
And Her CompariT of Entertainers, With
FRANK FOGARTY. Nights, 250 to 11.50.
MONDAY XlfiHT—One Week
Wb. Morris Co. in Cosmo Hamilton's
I Blindness of Virtue
A great play unfolding a great truth that
every father, mother and voting girl should see
Nights. 25c to $1.50. $1 Mats. Wed. and Sat
Wed. Mat. for Women and Girls Only.
The Leading Playhouse—Geary and M&kmv-
NIGHTLY, EXCEPT SUNDAY
Matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays
« THE HIGH ROAD
The Playhouse Beautiful
Immediate Hit! Splendid Cast!
A Dramatisation of ROBERT W.
CHAMBERS' Sensational Novel
TPIJI7 I "Pop." Mats. Wed. and]
a ITI 1-4 I Sat.. 25c and 50c. I
The Greatest Story of New York
Studio Life Ever Written.
Nights and Sunday Matinees, 25c to $1.
THIS WEEK ONLY
THE UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS
JACK LONDON* S
8.000 FEET OF THRILLS.
Continuous Performance Daily, 1 to 11.
Prices During This Engagement Only—
Mats.. 10c and 20c; Evga., 20c and 30c.
Vaudeville's Most Enjoyable Comedy
THE DANCING MARS
In a Terpslchore.m Playlet. "All for a Kiss"
ADELYNE LOWE (Sh CO.
in "At the Cafe d'la Parisian." an Aerial
5-6fH£k BIS ATTRACTOMs-S '
PRICES 10c, 20c, 30c
ILLS PUT AMY
LONDON, Pec. 9. —After defeating
England's white hope, Rombadier
Wells, last night in one round,
Georges Carpentier told the corre
spondent of the International News
Service how he. did it.
"I learned the weakness of Wells
ln our former fight at Ghent. T also
learned his strength at that time," he
said. "I learned then that the secret
of defeating him lay ln avoiding his
long arm and playing for his stom
Carpentier won the fight with a
quick right jab to the point of his '
opponent's jaw, followed quickly with
two rapid short arm punches to the
stomach. When Wells doubled up Car
pentier sent in right and left upper
cuts to the chin, and Wells spraled
over the floor and went to sleep.
When the Borbardier awakened
Carpentier wasc being carried from
the ring on the shoulders of an en
thusiastic crowd of his friends.
Wells was greatly humiliated at his
defeat and actually wept as he
watched the victor being carried from
It is acknowledged today that Wells,
lake many another British boxer, owes
his defeat to custom and a refusal to
adopt the American methods of box
Hale's for Toys
Market <it Fifth
CTTMtRUX *»x»TOC»VtCfvVCr t>CP#fYAX
MATINEE TODAY AND EVERY DAY.
A WONDERFUL NEW SHOW
TAYLOR GRANVILLE. LAURA PIERPONT
and Company of 15 in "The System," by Tay
lor Granville and Junto McOree : LYONS and
VOSCO. "the Harpist and the Singer""; CLAY
TON KENNEDY and MATTIE ROONEY, la
"The Happy Medium"; MARSHALL MONT
GOMERY, the Extraordinary Ventriloquist;
LA TOY BROTHERS, Pantomimista; BILLY
GOULD and BELLE ASHLYN; JOHN E.
HAZZARD; WORLD'S NEWS IN BXCLUSIVB
MOTION VIEWS; Lest Week, tbe Twin Night
ingales. MARIE and MARY McFARLAND.
NOTE—Mail orders for New Year's Eve.,
accompanied by checks, now received and filed
ln their order.
EVENING PRICES—IOc, 25c. 50c. 75c. Box
seats $1. Matinee prices, except Sundays and
holidays—loc, 25c, 60c. Phone Douglas 70.
Tickets, $1.50. $1, 75c, at Sherman. Clay
& Co.'s and Kohler & Chase's or at Hall
I * DREAMLAND * \
STEISFR AND SUTTER *
NEXT SUNDAY AFT.,
Tickets, $3. $2. $1.50. $1 at above offices.
Special Attention Uo Country Mall Orders.
Mason & Hamlin Piano.
mm i 6 I
A RENEWED HIT
Evelyn Vaughan, Bert Lytell
And tbe Alcazar Company ln
Paul Armstrong's Play of the Sierras.
PRICES—Night, 25c to $1; Mats.. 25c to 50c.
MATS. THURSDAY. SATURDAY. SUNDAY.
NEXT WEEK—The Big Musical Hit,
"GIRL IN THE TAXI"
Miss Vaughan and Mr. Lytell Heading Cast.
LAST TIME SUNDAY NIGHT
THE CANDY SHOP
ROCK and FULTON
COME SAY GOOD-BYE
Twenty-Five Cents to a Dollar.
MARKET ST. OPP. MASON.
Bothwell Browne's Musical Mixture,
With 15 Tantalizing Tango Teasers.
Imperial Russian Violinist Virtuoso.
A True Incident of Mexico Today.
A Gripping Romance With a Big Cast.
5 OTHER PANTAGES FEATURES.
BUSH AND LARKIN STREETS
Ocean Water Baths
SWIMMING AND TUB BATHS
Salt water direct from the ocean. Open
every day and evening, including Sundays
and holidays, from 7 a. in. to lo p. m.
Spectators' gallery free.
The Sanitary Baths
Natatorinm reserved Tuesday and Friday
mornings from a o'clock to noon for women
"FILTERED OCEAN WATER PLUNGE."
COMFORTABLY HEATED. CONSTANTLY
CIRCULTAING AND FILTERING.
Hot Air Hair Dryera, Electric Curling Iron*
and Shampoo Room for Women Bathers Free
BRANCH TUB BATHS. 2151 GEARY ST.