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EL PASO HERALD
The Herald s Sporting News
August 20, 1910.
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Gans Was Sick Man Before Last
Fights; Professionals Kill Game
By W. W.
San Francisco, CaL, Aug. 20. With
the passing- of Joe Gans, the prize ring
lost a man who will probably be re
membered for his cleverness as long as
the sport of the gloves is regarded with
faror. Gans "was not what you might
caU a natural fighter. He wasn't given
to hooking and swinging, or teaming in
towards an opponent with lowered head.
He stood for all that was clever in
When at work his temper was never
Inflamed. He was coolness itself, and
he judged every offensive and defen
sive tactic to a nicety. He seldom struck
at his man unless there was an opening,
and he was well within striking dis
tance, and by the same token he sel
dom missed the mark. After delivering
a blow successfully he was certain to
note the effect of it, and if there was
anyone among latter day boxers -who re
duced the game of the ring to a science,
Gans was the man.
Before his strength began to wane
and with his strength naturally his
rapidity of movement and precision In 1
hitting it was a rare treat to see Joe
Gans In action.
I know of more than one resident of
San Francisco who used to say: "I have
no particular liking for fighting, but I
always go to see Gans box."
His gracefulness and his effectiveness
first fastened its grip upon Gans. It
seems to me that Gans' lungs were af
fected earlier than many supposed. It
was the nature of the man to conceal
any physical shortcomings and I know
that for many years Joe rebelled strong
ly at the rumors and suggestions that
he was afflicted with tuberculosis.
The trying campaign in Goldfield,
when in accordance -with eleventh hour
demand he was compelled to reduce
himself to skin and bone almost, to
make weight for Battling Nelson, prob
ably developed the disease that was
lurking in his system. Gans never
made much of a fight after that. What
ever victories he scored were simply on
account of the superior class. He had
his opponents awed and utter lack of
confidence helped towards their defeat
as much as the punishment they receiv
ed from G.ans. If Rudy Unholz, for in
stance, had not been reduced to a con
dition of bewilderment by Joe's timely
taps and baffling tactics, he might have
done what Battling Nelson accomplish
Without wishing to besmudge Nel
son's reputation as a world's beater m
the slightest, candor compels expression
of the opinion that Gans was a con
sumptive when he -went down before
Nelson's aggressive milling in July,
190S, and again in September of the
same year. It will be remembered bv
were a revelation, even -to those who 1 any one who attends either of the con"
did not pretend to understand the in
wardness of leading and blocking.
Above all he was never cruel. When
ever Gans had his man In a bad way,
the look on his face plainly told that he
Invited interference from some quarter.
ests in question, and who watched close
ly for developments, that Gans was
practically fought out before the first
round of either affair was finished.
He went back to his angle of the ring
with his eyes glassy and lips parted, as
xl wuuiQ ue interesting to Know just I if fighting for breath. In one of the
when the .dread disease, consumption, fights the last, I think he was shiv
ering as though with ague many rounds
before the end came.
Gans will be pleasantly remembered
on account of his personality, apart
from his fighting ability. He was a
mild-mannered fellow and always ap
proachable. If anything, he was too
deferential. The majority of fighters
reserve the privilege of being impatient
with what might be called crank ques
tioners, especially while in training. It
was not in Joe, apparently, to be cross
with anybody. He had a soft word for
everyone who spoke to him.
Some of the critics have been taking
stock of the pugilists in commission and
deploring the scarcity of capable mate
rial. Some are wondering how the deci
mated classes ace to be filled again,
and the query is a difficult one to find
an answer for.
Here in San Francisco it is the lament
of hundreds of clubmen that profession
als have killed amateur boxing. This
seems to be a true bill. As long as the
local clubs fostered the amateur phase
of the sport, the professional ring gain
ed recruits who afterwards became
world famous. Anyone who thinks for
an instant of questioning this had bet
ter stop adn ask where Jim Corbett, Joe
Choynski. Sam Berger, Jimmy Britt, Ed
die Hanlon, Al Kaufman and Abe Attell
came from. They were the products of
San Francisco amateur clubs, and there
"were others, too, whose names have
temporarily escaped the writers' mem
ory. In killing amateur boxing, therefore,
the professional sport seems in consid
erable danger of killing itself, as it has
no source from which to draw new ma
Turf Editor V
. TENNIS PLAYERS
Chicago, 111., Aug. 20. The Blue Rib- j rich Grand Circuit stakes to which she
New York Polo Grounds By Sam
Occasion National Comment o - - joumai
New York, N. T., Aug. 20. The ap
pearance at the Polo grounds just now
Is causing no end of praise from visit
ing ball players as well as the fortunate
patrons of the historical bail park.
Groundkeeper John Murphy has a
national reputation in his own particu
lar line, and fully deserves the name
he has of being the best ground keeper
In the country. Murphy loves his work.
He is a natural landscape gardener and
if he had been educated in the art he
.would possibly have made a bigger rep
utation that he now enjoys. He is In
demand all over the National and
American league circuits, and also by
college managements Tvho want their
baseball diamonds and football grld
'irons put in as perfect condition as hu
man handiwork can make them.
The Polo Grounds are justly cele
brated. To one who has visited the
grass burned fields of the ball parks
In the west to see the Giants' home
grounds in their present magnificent
condition is a revelation. One -wonders
how Murphy keeps his field in such su
perb shape. The grass looks as green
as if it was early spring. The turf is as
close and firm and smooth as the best
cricket fields of England, the country
that is famous for its well kept lawns.
"How does Murphy do it?" is the
question asked by visiting players.
He knows how. He loves his work
and is tireless in his carefaking. He
takes pride in his' hobby for the Polo
Grounds is his hobby, and he is never
done with its cafe. He Is constantly
studying new features and when the
Giants are away on the road he never
rests. He Is busier then than when the
team is at home.
Murphy's most striking effort this
season was in covering the grass-bar
spaces back of the diamond with lavers
of black dirt almost inky in color, .nd
not only does that furnish a pleasant
color comparison with the rest of the
diamond, but itllows no dust even on
the windiest of days. What the new
layer of tpp soil is Murphy refuses to
divulge. It is a secret of his own,
Frank Chance, of the Cubs, was so
favorably impressed with the new soil
substance that he has ordered two car
loads of it from Murphy to be sent to
the Chicago ball grounds.
The Polo Grounds are the model base
ball grounds of the country and are so
acknowledged by every player who has
been fortunate enough to play on them.
They are an artistic dream.
Dallas castoffs, never had a chance
from the first. The management has
lost money, the patronage has been poor
and the team has amounted to little.
Oklahoma City looked good at the
first of the season and has .done some
good playing since. Even at its best it
never gave any indications of being a
The scouts of the big leagues continue
busy in Texas and the number of play
ers who will go to faster company for a
try out next season are rapidly increas
ing in number. The total will probably
be as large as last year, when Texas
broke all former records in the number
of men sent up to the major leagues.
The complete roster is now as follows:
Galveston Crabble to Brooklyn,
Heindrickson to Cincinnati and Riley
Houston Newman, Northen, Molboz
and Mitchell to St. Louis.
San Antonio Billiard to New Tork.
Dallas Shontz and Gowdy to New
Shreveport McDonald to Cincinnati
and Howell to Detroit.
Waco Loudell to Detroit and Dugey
to St. Louis Americans.
Others will be sold before the draft
ing season begins this month, proba
bly twice as many as are listed. The
drafts will take a few more.
Five Teams After the Flag
In the Texas League Race
By H. H. -Shelton
bon meeting just brought to a close at
Detroit was jamong other things re
markable for gameness displayed by
man and beast. Probably no other feat
was so remarkably outstanding as that
of "Pop" Geers, the veteran dean of
reinsman, who, although forced to walk
with the assistance of a crutch and
cane, mounted the saddle behind "The
Harvester," "The Abbe" and the M. &
M. winner. "Dudic Archdal." The ova
tion tendered the "Silent Man" on his
return to the stand after winning the
classic C. of C.sad later the M. & M.
will long be remembered by those -who
were privileged to see the homage paid.
Geers, it will be remembered, was in
jured at Grand Rapids, to such an ex
tent that it was at first thought he
would not be able to team his charges
during the remainder of the siiKjmer.
The indomitable courage of the man as
serted itself at Kalamazoo, when only
the keenest persuasian on the part of
Mr. Jones prevented him from mounting
behind Dudie Archdale after her defeat
in the opening heat of the stake by
Speaking of Dudie Archdale brings
to mind that the little black mare with
the winning of the M & M. did some
thing accomplished by no other trotter
in the history of harness racing. Within
the space of fifteen day b won these
$10,000 stakes, and in all three con
tests only lost one heat. This is bring
ing home the coin with a vengeance,
and Frank Jones, the Memphis street
railway magnate, who paid S16.000 for
J the little mare a few weeks ago, prom
ises to realize handsomely qn the invest
ment. Dudie raced first as three year old.
two years ago, and gave an inkling of
the great form she was later to display
by trotting second to Justo in 2:10 1-4.
Last year she did not figure on the turf!
but during the winter she was sent to
Geers, who was in winter quarters at
Memphis. She was named in all of the
was eligible and in her early work
showed so fast that Jones determined to
buy her. This determination became
fixed when she worked at Memphis in
2-07 1-4 and when she won an easy race
at Terre Haute, he closed the deal.
j The little mare is the best of the sea
son's new trotters and if too much is
not asked of her is liable to go through
the season without defeat.
Geers, who has made such an enviable
record, and who can hardly boast of a
bone in his body that had not been bro
ken, is In his sixtieth yeai. He has
had a career in the sulky stretching
over a period of nearly 40 years. His
early racing was done in the south and
It was he who first was prominent in
bringing the Hal family to the front.
rBack in the late 80s he campaigned
through the Grand Circuit with the now
famous pacing sire, Brown Hal, 2.12 1-2,
givirfg him his record to high wheel
sulky in a race at Cleveland, the record
at that time being the stallion report J
for pacers. Later Geers campaigned
that wonderful horse Hal Pointer,
2:04 1-2, one of the greatest pacers of
his day. For several years the "Silent
Man" was head trainer for the famous
Village Farm near Buffalo, and while
there raced and drove to fast records
such famous compaigners as Robert J.,
2.04, Fantasy, 2.06, world's champion
four year old filly The Abbot, 2.03 1-4,
one time champion trotter and full
brother to the Abba, winner of this
year's C. of C: The Monk, 2.05 3-4, and
many others. Direct Hal, 2.04 1-4, was
another fast pacer which he took
through the Grand Circuit, the white
faced stallion being retired to the stud
without ever having felt the sting of
Since the passing of Village Farm.
Geers has trained a public stable win''
teripg at Memphis and has campaigned
such well known harness horses as
Highball, 2.03 3-4; The Harvester,
2.04 1-4; Baron Gratton. 2.03 1-4; Shad
ow Chimes, 2.05, and others.
National Pennant 1 o Chicago; By iff. H.
American League Race Siill Open Shelton
There is no longerjany interest in the
pennant race in the National league.
Chicago has the flag won, none of the
teams In that organization even giving
the team an interesting fight."
In the American league the matter is
different. As usual, there will be a
strong finish, Philadelphia, Boston, New
Tork and Detroit all being in the run
ning. Many figure that Detroit has no
chance, but the strong showing recent
ly made by that team, which is now In
third place, goes to show that Hughey i ColHns Baker and
Jennings may yet iana. ms veteran
pitchers are getting in good shape and
some new blood has been added. The
With a little more than two weeks to
play there are five Texas teams in the
pennant race, a condition unprecedented
in this ieagtje and almost unknown in
any league. v During the entire season
the fight for the pennant has been a
sensational one with no team having a
Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San An
tonio and Shreveport are all so closelv
bunched that any of the five may win
out in the next ten days. That a second
division team had a chance at ihis late
date In the season to head the Ufz shows
how evenly divided the teams have
There have been many surprises In
the league race. At the beginning,
of the season it was predicted that -the
race lay between Dallas, Houston and
Fort Worth. This prediction is still a
good one, -with the chance right now
Dallas got off well, but -for nearly a
month the team slumped so badly that
it was fighting with Waco for the cellar
championship. F'ans were disgusted
and everyone had a hammer out for
Manager Maloney. The team suddenly
got together and made a spurt. Since
that time It has been steadily climbing
until it has been perched on the top
rung of the ladder more often than any
other place of late.
Houston has been playing marvelous
ball all the season, handicaps consid
ered. Hard luck has followed the ag
gregation from the f lrst-. Hunter Hill
has a team made up largely of cast offs
and yet he has been able to make good
way against any of the other teams.
It is seldom that a pennant winner re
peats and Houston will probably not do
so this year. With his material Hill has
done more than any manager in the
Fort Worth has really been the big
surprise. For fully two-thirds of the
season the team played only indifferent
ball and after the first three weeks Avas
not considered in the pennant race.
Many doubted that the team would fin
ish in the first division. For the past
six weeks the Panthers got together in
fine shape and with Morris as a leader
climbed steadily to the front until It
looked as if the pennant was cinched.
Then came dissention in the ranks and
this will probably result in the loss of a
pennant which looked to be fairly
Shreveport Has a Chance.
Shreveport, from near the bottom,
has forged its way until it is only a few
games behind the leaders. So well is
the team playing that a streak of luck
"would enable the Louisiana town to
claim the bunting.
San Antonio has been a first division
team almost from the start. While do
ing nothing brilliant, the team has been
playing steady, consistent ball. For
some reason the aggregation was unable
to get on the top of the heap. There is
hardly any hope that the Bronchos will
be a pennant winner, yet the team is
strong enough to make trouble for all
of the leaders. The pitching staff has
been particularly effective.
Galveston, which made such a good
showing early In the season, has not
done much for many weeks. When the
hot weather hit the imported talent they
began to wilt and there has been al
most a complete change in lineup since
Waco, which is composed mainly of
Schulte A Noted
Right fielder Schnlte of the Cubs, who has been doin? sensational work
lately in the series of games with "Vew 1 ork. Some of his captures of Giants
hits were nothing short of phenomenal. Ifis ability is most displaced In so sta
tioning himself that rejcardless f who hits the hall, l-c seldom has to move hut
a ery few feet in his section to laud the sphere.
team is putting up a game that is keep
ing other pennant contenders sitting up
Summer, Willett and Stroud are win
ning their games regularly for Detroit,
and Loudell, the Texas recruit, is show
ing In fine form.
Philadelphia Has Chance.
Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics
are well in the lead, and while all of the
four teams have a chance, that team
looks the one best bet of the season
now. if he can keep that young infield.
Barry, on edge,
Mack's men will probably hold the lead
to the end. If they do the team prom
ises to give the National league winners
a run for their money.'
Both Boston and New Tork are play
ing steady, high class ball and they
are not so far behind but that they can
climb into the pennant position on short
notice. The race made by the Boston
team this year has btcn exceptionally
fine. That the team is in the pennant
race is due to the heavy batting of Kar
ger and Speaker, Texans, and the good
pitching of Kargor. These two men have
been the sensation of the American
league this season.
Detroit has more games to play with
the weak western teams than any of
the other three and this one fact may
decide the pennant in favor of the Ti
gers. Games Left for Leaders.
The schedule for the four leading
American league teams for the balance
of. the season follows:
Aug. 22, 23 and 24 with Cleveland at
Aug. 25, 26 and 27 with St. Louis at
Aug 29, 30 and 31 with Detroit at
Sept. 1, 2, and 3 with Washington at
Sept- 4, 5 and 6 with New Tork at New
Sept. 7. S and 9 with Boston at Boston
Sept. 10, 12 and 13 with Washington
Sept. 15, 17 and 18 with Detroit at De
troit. Sept. 19, 20 and 21 with Cleveland at
Sept. 23, 24 and 25 with Chicago at
Sept. 26, 27 and 28 with St. Louis at
Sept. 30. Oct. 1. 2, 3 and 4 with Boston
Oct. 5, 6 and 7 with New Tork at
Aug. 22, 23 and 24 with St. Louis at
Aug. 25, 26 and 27 with Cleveland at
Aug. 29, 30 and 31 with Chictgo at
Sept. 1, 2 and 3 with New Tork at
Sept. 5 and 6 with Washington at
Sept. 7, 8 and 9 with Philadelphia at
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Mauriee "5T. 3i?I LTijjhHB, above, and
Frederick. C. Colston, the two tennis
experts, who recently won the places
in the final cup round of the ssrles
tournament 011 the turf courts of the
aristocratic Meadow club. New York.
3IeLoughlIn In particular did sonic very
sentatloHal playing and whh applauded
to the echo for his masterful strokes at
opportune times. H.e is reckoned upon
a a certain successor to Lamed and
many of the other tennis brilliants.
Sept. 10. 12 and 13 with New Tork at
Sopt. 15, 17 and 18 with Chicago at
Sept 19, 20 and 21 with St. Louis at
Sept. 23, 24 and 25 with Detroit at De
troit. Sept. 26, 27, 28 and 29 with Cleveland
Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 3 and 4 with Phila
delphia at Philadelphia.
Oct. 5, 6 and 7 with Washington at
Oct. S, two games with New Tork at
New Tork. ,
Aug. 22. 23 and 24 with New Tork at
Aug. 25. 26 and 27 with Washington
Aug. 29, 30 and 31 with Philadelphia at
Sept. 2, 3 and 4 with Chicago at De
Sept. 5, two games with St. Louis at
Sept. 7, S, 9 and 10 with Cleveland at
Sept. 11 with Chicagq at Chicago.
Sept. 12, 13 14 with Cleveland at
Sept. 15, 17 and 18 with Philadelphia
Sept. 19 with Washington at Detroit.
Sept. 23, 24 and 25 with Boston at
Sept. 26, 27 and 28 with New Tork at
Oct. 1 and 2 with St. Louis at St.
Oct. 4 and 5 with Cleveland at De
troit. Oct. 6, 8 and 9 with Chicago at Chi
cago. New York.
Aug. 22, 23 and 24 with Detroit at
New Tork. v
Aug. 25, 26- and 27 with Chicago at
Aug. 29, 30 and 31 with Cleveland at
Sept.' 1, 2 and 3 with BOoton at New
Sept. 4, 5 and 6 with Philadelphia at
Sept. 7, S and 9 with Washington at
Sept. 10, 12 and 13 with Boston at
Sept. 15, 17 and IS with St. Louis at
Sept 19, 20 and 21 with Chicago at
Sept. 22, 23 and 24 with Cleveland at
Sept. 26, 27 and 2S with Detroit at
Sept. 30 with Washington at New
Oct. 1, 3 and 4 with Washington at
Oct. 5, 6 and 7 with Philadelphia at
Oct 8, two games with Boston at New
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