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A Wrestler? That Frog-Legged
Fritz Couldn't Throw A Stone
Into A Cistern With A Basket.
A Boxer? He Couldn't Hook A
Ham With A Pitchfork
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Eddie Foster Has Made Good
' With Vengeance In Fast Company
Third Baseman for the Washington Club After Being Sent Back to the Minor
From the Yankee Is Beat of Last Season's Vintage.
By SAM C3AXE.
. L YORK, N. Y., Nov. 20. Eddie
pl I oster, third baseman of the
Xl Washington club, is another
; uun,-'ster who has made good in biff
ieau- company with a vengeance. It
is tiue that Foster liad a trial with
the New York Yankees in 1911, but he
was let out, shot back to the minors,
and hi& first real work as a big leaguer
was in 1912.
According to Ban Johnson, president
of the American league and general
boss of everything on the map that Is
connected with baseball, Foster is the
beat young player dug up by the
American league last season
The head of the American league
olced this opinion when asked to
name the best all-around young ball
player of this year's Tintage. This s
what Johnson says of Foster:
"Foster Is but one of several very
fast plajers who have made great
records in their first season's efforts.
When every view of Foster's work i
considered, however, I believe he is
entitled to the honor of leading the
"Foster is a fast fielder, covers a lot
of ground, hits well and plays a mag
nificent inside game. He is a wise
player in every way, and is improving
all of the time.
"This is his second adventure in, the
American league, and he learned
much by his first appearance. Like
many a younger player, he was not
ready for fast company the first time
up, and he did not know how to take
care of himself.
It is different now, however, for he
has learned his lesson well and real
ises it is up to him to keep himself in
condition to deliver the best baseball
that is in him.
The only possible objection to Ton-
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this does not appear to handicap him,
for he covers as much ground as any
third baseman, and his speed in get
ting after the ball is enough to make
up for the lack of inches. He throws
to first accurately and fast and from
almost any positiio.
"It is a delicate thing for i&e to
pick a player as the best youngster
in the American league, but I feel
that Foster deserves the distinction,
and it is no discredit at all for any ;t
the other young stars that he should
be chosen. On the other hand, it
shonld be an incentive for young play
ers to work hard to rcake as good a
record as Foster has made for him
self." No less a personage than Connie Mack
discovered Foster playing on the lots
in the Windy City. He attracted the
attention of the Athletic leader, who
thought he recognised big league cali
ber in the youth. Mack recommended
hiss to Harry Wolverton, then manager
of the Williamsport club in the Tri
State league. This was back in 1908,
and during that season Foster made
his debut in organized baseball under
the guidance of Wolvei-t-n.
He covered short field for the Wil-
liamsport team for on season, being
drafted by the Jersey City club of the
Eastern league in 1909. He did splei
dld work for the Skeeters, winning
many games by his heay stick work.
So well was he liked by the club that
an offer of $1500 was turned down for
his services, only to lose him by draft.
The Detroit Americans drew Fostfr,
and Jennings, having a plethora of m
fielders, turned him over to the T n
kees. After a tryont in 1910 the kid
was sold to Rochester for $1600 on an
optional agreement. He helped John
Ganzel win a penaaat in the Inter
national league. His work was of
high class order while with the Bron
chos, still the big league scouts did
not cause any stampede trying to cor
ral him. It was thought that the New
York club had strings on nearly ev y
player on Gamtel's payroll.
Mike Kahoe, the Washington scout.
liked the way Foster performed in the
field After investigating and learn
ing that he was owned by the Roches
ter club, there being no strings en
him. Kahoe bought him with Dan
Moeller and Chester Spencer, another
Griff th was pleased with his showing
in the south, and placed him at third.
It did not take Foster long to gain
the approval of the fans once the race
started, and he has set a fast pace since.
His batting average at the present is
above the .300 mark. In the field Fos
ter is even a greater success. He can
cover vast stretches of ground, has
lots of speed and a. good arm.
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PAT OOLBBFB, of Ireland, wan quite a lighter. Net a champion, though
he frame near It, very near it, naif a dozes times, bHt still a fighter grim
and strong, who pleased the erewibt, never gave vrorry to his man
ager, and could be counted on to win or draw eight times out of evers
ten he started. He won many mills In Ireland, lots of fights in England,
visited the United States with tolerable saeeess, and nilKht hare done still
better if he hadn't rnn against the iron fists of Hilly Papke nt the time
when 'William was a real topnotck scrapper.
Fierce and valiant though the O'Kcefe surely was, he had his softer
side, and one of his hobbles vtas a passion for art. Pat O'Kcefe woald
stand for hours before an eld master or a Grecian statue; he could talk
learnedly and capably on painting or on sculpture, and his reverence for
artistic things was as pronounced a characteristic as his love fr fight
ing. No harm done surely Pat's artistic tastes could not dent his rugged
manhood, nor did his boxing interfere with his admiration of Titian and
Vcrestehngln. Marat Marcel Dubonneaux was a French fight.. . He broke
into the game under the tuition of Frank Erne, and soon became some
thing of a deiil. Many knockouts were credited to Murat Marcel Dubbon
esuz, and he became an idol of his eonntryraen. A dainty fellow, too, was
Marat Marcel Dubonneaax a ladies' man and a follower of Paris fashions,
all of which did not keep him from doing nebly in the ring.
They matched Pat O'Keefe and Marat Marcel Dabonncanx matched them
at catchwelghts and neither saw the other till tfeey stepped opposite cor
ners of the ring in n big Parisian arena. Pat O'Keefe entered clad in n
bathrobe that had seen better days much better. He shed the bathrobe
and stood revealed in a dirty sweater and pants with fringe on the bot
toms. Shedding this apparel, he stood forth, brawny marvel of a man, in
torn fighting shoes and green trunks -with many patches.
0.cross the ring, Marat Mareel Dabonneaux laid aside a flowered kimono,
and an attendant brushed baek his wavy hair. He took a powder puff
from, another second, and daintily dusted his seek and forehead. Ills silken
shirt came off; he removed his creased trousers, and appeared in a pair
of trunks of costliest material, edged with eld lace and gorgeously em
brodered. His stockings were gatered with pink ribbons, and his new
shoes were snow white, tied with erlmsen bows.
Pat O'Keefe took one look at this thing ef beauty, and gasped loudly.
He looked again, and shook his head. Then Pat O'Keefe, the rough and
furious fighter, rose from his chair, parted the ropes of the ring, and
started to crawl between them.
Hey hey Pat where yH going t" queried his astonished seconds.
"Back, to me hotel. No fight tonight," responded the O'Keefe.
"Why great guns, man, yea alHt quitting; Yon ain't afraid of that
Frenchman, are toh?"
"No not that," responded Pat O'Keefe. "But I have the soul nv an
artist, begerra, an' nivcr, niver, shall I be iadneed to lay the hand av dam
age on such a pretty pletHre as that over yonder!"
A Little Sport;
JACK BRITTOK, the Chicago light
weight boxer, is on the trail of
Packey McFarland for a match, to
take place before Packey retires on
New Year's day. Both Britton and has
manager, Dan Morgan, declare that
McFarland is backing out of the
match and is afraid to fight since his
match with Britton at Memphis sev
eral months ago, in which Britton was
declared the winner on points by popu
Vic Saier, the crack first baseman
of the Chicago Nationals, in a state
ment made in an interview in leasing,
Mich., his home town, said tttat the
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Cubs would play the best ball possible
for Johnny Event, the new manager.
Charley Pierson, the Denver welter
weight, has been matched to meet
Billy Waiters, of Chicago, in a ten
round bout at St. Joseph, Mo, on No
vember 26. Walters was at first
matched with Clarence English, of
Kansas City, but as that match has
fallen through, it was decided to match
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ranged. Clarence (Wildcat) Ferns, of Kan
sas City, and Tommy Howell, of Phil
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lis, have been matched for a return
engagement at Kansas City, on
Thanksgiving day. In the recant bout
Howell was awarded the newspaper
decision and as neither contestant "was
satisfied, a referee will hand out a ver
dict at the close of the coming bout.
Abe Attell. the former featherweight
champion, has been matched with
dllie Kirk, of St. Louis, for an eight
round bout before the Business Men's
Athletic club at St. Louis on Novem
Is Joe Tinker, star shortstop of the
Chicago Cubs, to he traded to the Cin
cinnati Reds before next season? Joe
says yes, the fans say no, and it looks as
if the fans are right as long as man
ager Evers, of the Cubs, demands four
crack players of the Cincinnati team in
exchange for Tinker. Tinker, how
ever, is confident that he will soon be
traded and his ambitions as a manager
will be realized
Charles Ledoux, the French bantam
weight champion, is now hurling chal
lenges at Kid Williams and Johnny
Coulon for a match at an early date.
Williams has declared that he is ready
to take on Coulon or the French cham
pion at any time over the 20 round
route on the Pacific coast.
It is reported that Johnny Kling,
manager of the Boston Braves last
season, will be signed up as a member
of the 11S St. Louis Nationals.
Jack White has been matched for an
eight round battle with Battling Man
tell, of Brooklyn, to take place at Wind
sor, Canada, Nov. 27. The men have
agreed to weigh in at 127 at 3 oclock
in the afternoon.
A deal has been closed whereby Har
ry Wolverton, erstwhile manager of
the New York Highlanders, will man
age the Sacramento Pacific coast dub
next year. His contract will run for
one year only.
Shortstop Wagner, of the champion
Red Sox, recently became the father of
a baby boy.
President B. B. Johnson of the Amer
ican Baseball league has announced
that Bert Shotton of. the St. Louis team
should have been credited with 5 stolen
bases, instead of 2C, in the league aver
ages. Manager Harry Clark, of Milwaukee,
has completed a deal whereby out
fielder Clemens of the Lowell, Mass.,
team in the New England league, will
join the Brewers. Clemens Is a left
hand hitter and Is 23 years of age. He
led the league in stolen bases last year
and also hit the ball for a mark of .320.
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Chicago Fans Expect To See
Lavender Back With the Cubs
CHICAGO, ILL, Nov. 2. With all
the talk of trades and deals to be
pulled off before the start of the
training season of lilt, little is
heard of one Jimmy Lavender. If s al
most a certainty that the lad with the
color scheme for a back monaker will
be in the mixing, however, and he'll be
wearing the uniform of a Cub and be
cavorting around under the manage
ment of John Evers.
Jimmy made good in the season just
passed, and, although there's been a
lot of regular rumors to the effect that
the Cub pitching staff would have to
be strengthened for next year, it's al
most a family jewel bet that Lavender
will be among those present.
Jimmy's chief stunt during the sum
mer past was to stop Rube Marqnard.
You all know that the Rube was out
on a record smashing tour, and that it
was the youthful recruit who put the
crimp in him. Lavender broke P
winning streak which looked like a
Hue ribbon winner.
The recruit was born and bred a
southerner and is proud of the fact.
In his early days. Lavender had no
thought of being a baseball player.
He went to the Georgia Tech, where
he took up the study of mechanical en
gineering, and it wasn't until lie had
reached the age of tt that he definitely
decided to take up the national pastime
as a profession. Prior to that time he
had only played a little, not even try
ing for a place on the college nine, but
contenting himself with an occasional
game pitched for his class team.
In 1906 he started with the Augusta
team in the South Atlantic league.
Next year he was promoted to the Vir
ginia league, and in 1908 he Joined
the Holyoke team in the Connecticut
league. It was while be was with this
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In the fall of tbett same year. Provi
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'Last spring Jimmy was "wished on '
the West Side team, He was not
drafted because the Cobs wanted him.
but because Montreal wanted him as
Sirt payment for the release of Wai't
tiler to Chicago.
Scouts had watched Lavender pitc
when he was with the Providence dab.
bat the price placed on "him by that
club seemed to be too high, and ie
drifted along with the obscure crowd
until he was wished on the West Side
These who have foUowad the game
figure that Lavender will be a big hlp
to the Cubs in 1913. He's not a 'Tlash '
twirler, hut he's learned the art of
flinging slowly and thoroughly and
they expect him to do great things In
the coming year.
He is a splthall pitcher by reputa
tion, but uses curves and a "fast one"
much oftener than the fellows in th
gallery think he does. He keeps tbe
batsmen guessing, and generally puts
the first one over with telling effect.
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