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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1910.
Three-Eye Pennant League Race Opens Tomorrow
Will Meet You at the-Davenport Park at 3:30 p. m,
Three-Eye League Season Op
ens With Old Foes Lined
Up for Battle.
TO PLAY IN DAVENPORT
Big Preparations Being Made for the
First Game on Schedule Tomor
rowParade and Speeches.
As the Teams Will Line
Up the Opening Day
Rock Island. Davenport.
Kohl, rf Ohland, cf
Manusch, If HiUey. 8b
' Callahan, cf Geyer, rf
Dayey, ss Irby, If
OLeary. c Oomingor, lb
Kelly. 3b Nye, ss
Slattery. lb Hickman, 2b
Vogel, 2b Coveney, c
Cavet or Holycross or
Lakaff, p Delave, p
Loften, cf Meyers, If
Schaller, If C. Moore, ss
Meloan, rf Cuthbert, cf
Johnson, c Blitz, rf
Smith, lb Smith, 2b
Bell, 2b Rowan, lb
Humphreys, ss F. Moore, 2b
McGuIre, 3b Jacobs, c
Daly or Schmirler or
Willis, p. Clark, p.
Wilkes, ss Taylor, If
Long, rf Backoff, cf
Reldy, cf Daringer, ss
Fremer, 2b More, rf
Hester, lb Ronan, 2b
Wakeley, If Lerchen, lb
Chase, 3b Bewer, 3b
Searlee. c Mason, c
Buckholz, p. Glass, p.
Staten, 2b Jenkins, rf
Long, cf Sullivan, cf
Erwin.lf Fisher, ss
Keenan, 3b Burns, 2b
Novacek, rf Jant2en, 3b
Nunamaker, o Coombs, If
Snyder, ss . Foster, lb
Melchoir, lb Boucher, c
Royer, p. Benz, p.
With tomorrow comes the event for
which the fans of this city and Daven
port have been patiently waiting many
moons past the formal opening
of the Three-Eye league season
of 1910. The Islanders will don
their war togs and invade Davenport f
and the season of 1910 will be ushered
in with all due pomp and ceremony.
In addition to the game marking the
opening of the season, it also cele
brates the first meeting of the teams
this year, as the weather has prevent
ed the three contests scheduled during
the training period. The baseball bugs
of both cities have been fairly aching
to see their favorites pitted against
each other, aa both sides are supreme
ly confident of the result. According
to the dope both sides hare teams
that are in every way superior to the
ones which battled last year and
neither side expects to have to wear
many long faces this year.
Great Preparations Made.
For three separate and distinct rea
sons the Davenport management has
seen' fit to make great preparations
for the opening battle. The first rea
son, of course, is that it is the inaug
ural game in Davenport. The second
is that it Is the old-time rivals, the
Islanders, who are to be the oppo-
New Head of Three-Eye
Al Tearney of Chicago, Who Says the
Prospects Are Bright for the
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nents, and the third is that it is the
10th anniversary of the founding of
the Three-Eye league. Manager Pa
Shaffer of the Prodigals is confident
he has a better team than he had last
year and that he can make a better
showing against the Islanders. They,
as usual, are willing to believe the
manager until it is shown that their
confidence is misplaced, and the result
is fflat they are entering heart and
soul into the opening day's program,
because they feel that they are at last
to break the long string of victories
which Rock Island enjoys.
Look for Blgr Crowd.
Davenport already enjoys the honor
of having set the record for attendance
at any one day in the Three-Eye
league. Rock Island being the con
tender on that occasion and incidental
ly a double winner.- This year It Is
hoped to surpass the record made last
year and to help in this enthusiasm
is to be aroused by a huge parade in
which the players and many baseball
and other notables will take part. In
addition to the parade there will be
short but Interesting exercises at the
park connected with the throwing of
the flnt ball. Mayor Alfred Mueller
of Davenport and Mayor G. W. Mc
Caskrin of this city will furnish the
battery for the first ball that comes
over the pan, the Davenporter acting
a? pitcher and the Rock Islander as
the catcher. Just before this perform
ance there will be short talks on base
ball in the two cities by the mayors,
then comes the throwing of the first
ball and then the big doings commence.
Make Up of Parade.
The parade, which will start prompt
ly at 2:30 from the Commercial club on
Fourth and Main streets, will comprise
Platoon of police,
Carriage No. 1 Mayor Alfred Muel
ler of Davenport, Mayor George W.
McCaskrtn of Rock Island, Mayor An
drew Olson of MoUne, Mayor W. O.
Calvert of Bettendorf. .
Carriage No. 2 George T. Baker,
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president of the Commercial club; E.
P. Adler, president of Committee of
Thirty; W. P. Bettendorf, president
Bettendorf Axle company; J. F. Porter,
president Tri-City Railway & Light
Carriage No. 3 President Dick R.
Lane of the Davenport club. President
Warren H. Reck of the Rock Island
club. President A. S. Lawrence of the
Muscatine club. President W. T. Oakes
of the Clinton club.
Carriage No. 4 M. H. Sexton, presi
dent of the National Association of
Minor Ieacaies; Belden Hill, father
of the Three-Eye league; W. M. Cham
berlin, vice president of the Davenport
club; E. M. Sharon, director in Daven
Carriage No. 5 Tri-city snort
Carriage No. 6 The Davenport
Baseball club directors: Business
Manager J. T. Hayes, W. H. Harrison,
Thomas J. Walsh, P. N. Jacobsen.
Carriage No. 7 Jack Tighe and the
Rock Island team in carriages; Pa
Shaffer and the Pretzels in carriages;
fans and fannies in automobiles and
Line of March.
West on Fourth street to Harrison;
south on Harrison to Third; east on
Third to Perry; north on Perry to
Fourth; west on Fourth street to
Brady; south on Brady to Second;
west on Second to Warren; north on
Warren to Third.
At Third and Warren streets the
band will board a street car and go to
the park and the carriages will also
proceed to the same destination.
GIRLS HELP TRACK TEAM
Raise $2.0 for Lelaiul Stanford Team
Tliat Will compete at Champaign.
Palo Alto, Cal., May 3. The women
students of Stanford university have
raised $250 through the medium of a
"tag day" "which will be used to help
defray the expenses of the track ath
letes who go to represent that college
at the conference meet soon to be held
at Champaign, 111.
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ANAGER TIGHE has not
nounced his lineup for the open
er tomorrow, but it is neverthe
less fixed in the mtnd of the boss and
with the excellent squad from which he
has to choose, it is assured that a
strong team will be in the field for the
first tilt. Dan O'Leary will in all prob-
ability do the backstopping and Bill,
Jacobsen will act as sub. For the
hurling, Jack has Frank Lakaff, Pug
Cavet, Walter Queisser, Bob Couch
man and Marshall Comingor to chose
from with the chances apparently in
favor either of Lakaff or Cavet, the
two valient left handers of the staff.
Joe Slattery will undoubtedly
play on first and Otto Vogel will play
second. James Davey will be in the
short field and Harry Kelly, reliable
old Kell, on third bane. George Man
usch will be in left garden and James
Callahan will be the centerflelder.
Eddie Kohl will play in right field in
the absence of William Hunter, the
star fielder who has been called to his
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home at Buffalo, N. Y., for a time
on account of Illness in the family.
In addition to the above men.
there are several other recruits still
on the job and ready and anxious to
work should they be called upon.
Vtebe are Fred Fisher, the big catch
er whose hitting has been a feature
of many of the practice games In
which he took part, Harle Wag
ner, a twirler who seems assured of
making the regular staff until the
arrival of big Bob Couchman and
Freddie Ochs, outfielder.
The Opening; at Home.
In the midst of the furore over the
opening of the league season in Dav
enport tomorrow. It should not be
forgotten that the Islanders are to
open upon their home grounds only
three days later. After playing a
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OUTLOOK FOR THE ISLANDERS
AT THE SEASON'S OPENING
By W. H. Reck, President of Rock
Island Baseball Association.
While we sold or had drafted nearly
all of the players on our pennant-winning
team of 1909, I have the utmost
confidence in Manager Tighe's ability
when it comes to picking a fast bunch
of ball players. Although the weather
during the practice eeasCn haa been
most unfavorable, the fans have had
sufficient chance to see most of our
1910 players perform, and the general
feeling of satisfaction is pleasing to
me. We had it impressed upon us
last year that a good team, though
more expensive than a poorer one,
paid better in the long run because
of the patronage it commanded, and
we have attempted to profit by this
knowledge this year, and to have a
first-clase team in every respect. We
feel that we have not only a team of
first-class ball players, but a collection
of gentlemen from whom we can ex
pect a good clean article of ball. All
this has been made possible by the sup
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series of three games with the Prod
igals, Jack Tighe's men will return
to this city for a two game series
with Waterloo and following that
there will be a three game series with
Dubuque. The opening day In Rock
Island will not be attended by quite
as much pomp and splendor as will
mark the occasion In Davenport, but
there will bo considerable doing nev
ertheless. It is planned to have a
parade with a band and a number
of automobiles and at the park there
will be a few short remarks from
those prominent in the city and in
baseball. Invitations to the opener
here have been extended to President
Al Tearney of the'league, the president
of the Waterloo club, and the mayor
and other city officials. It will be a
port tendered the club by loyal local en
thusiasts. Rock Island has always
shown a true sporting spirit when it
comes to baseball and has always had
a baseball team. Whether or not we
win the pennant, we are going after
every game from the tap of the gong.
Considering the popularity which the
national game has won for itself all
over the country, and feeling satisfied
that we have as fast a squad of young
sters as ever wore the Rock Island
uniform, I feel satisfied that the 1910
attendance will be the largest In the
history of the Rock Island Baseball
By Jack Tighe, Manager of Rock
Island Baseball Team.
From the class of ball which the
boys have exhibited thus far this sea
son, I feel safe in saying that Rock
Island will bo in the race for the pen
nant again this year. However, I
would not care to predict that we will
win again, as thexa are no grounds on
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BUT TWO OF OLD
GUARD ARE LEFT
Bock Island and Bloomington
Only Original Three-Eye
AT START OF 10TH SEASON
Davenport Out and in Again and All
Others Have Fallen by the
Presidents of the Three-Eye
1901, 1902, 1903 M. H. Sxton
1904, 1905, 1906, 1907
. . . . EoSward Holland
1908 r . Thomas Loftua
1909 , r-. r M. H. 8exlon
1910 . Al Taamay
Winners of League Pennants.
1901 Torre Hauta
1906 Cadar Raplda
1907 Rock Island
1909 Rock Island
The Three-Eye league, which baa
grown to be one of the best known. In
organized baseball, was formed in
1901 at a meeting held at Peoria. The
original clubs were Rock Island. Dav
enport, Cedar Rapids, Bloomington.
Decatur, Roekford, Terre Haute, and
Evansville. Terre Haute won the first
pennant. Two seasons passed without
a break in the circuit, and then the
two Indiana clubs pulled out, with the
consent of the others, to Join the Cen
tral league. Dubuque and Joliet took
the vacant franchises. Joliet proved a
poor baseball town, and by the time
Memorial day in 1903 rolled around the
penitentiary town's affairs were In
each condition that the owners quit,
and the league, left with the club
on Its hands, found a home for It at
Springfield. In 1905 Rock ford's at
tendance fell so low that the league in
the fall of that year voted to take
away the city's franchise, and it was
done, after the courts had been unsuc
cessfully resorted to In the effort to
keep the team In the Sock city. Peo
ria was admitted to fill the vacancy.
Davenport Out and la Aaaln.
In the fall of 1906 Davenport with
drew, owing to poor attendance, and
Clinton entered, surviving two sea
sons, when the franchise bivame once
more the property of Davenport.
An attempt was made in the latfr
part of the season of 1907 to oust Du
buque because of poor attendance, but
the courts were again appealed to, and
this time with success, Dubuque keen
ing Its place and being one of the best
cities in point of attendance' In 1908.
Cbiicni for Tfcla Year.
Since the close of last season Deca
tur In the south has been supplanted
by Danville, while Cedar Rapids, suc
cumbing at last to poor attendance,
has yielded its place to Waterloo.
Rock Island and Bloomington are
the only present members of the cir
cuit that have been loyal from the be
ginning of the league's history. Rock
Island won the honors in 1907 under
the presidency of Jesse Spencer and
the management of Jack Tighe, and
last year under the presidency of F.
O. Van Galder and Tighe'a manage
ment. In many ways the Three-Eye league
has been a pioneer among baseball or
ganizations. It is one of the earliest
of the present class B circuits to be
established on a basis which has In
sured permanent success.
Alwara Maintained High Piano.
It has always kept up a high stand
ard of baseball, and its graduated play
ers have held and are holding some of
the best paying positions in the major
Through M. H. Sexton, its president,
it was one of the first to agitate the
organization of the National Associa
tion of Minor Leagues, which has ob
tained recognition for the small cir
cuits and has taken a leading part in
practically eliminating what Is known
as "outlaw" baseball.
which to base such a prediction. If
last year's team may be used aa a
standard, I might say that our chances
appear good to me. I have been asked
repeatedly by enthusiastic fans if I
didn't think that the team this year is
even better than the pennant-winners
of last year, the boys who made us
champions this year. I have replied
that it is still too early to say that wo
are stronger than last year, because
it must be admitted that last year's
aggregation waa a powerful one, but
that the outlook for this year Is very
bright indeed, and when all things are
considered, I am satisfied that we will
have a winning club.
Race With Wagner; Five Hurt.
Pittsburg, May 3. Five friends of
Hans Wagner, Pittsburg's shortstop,
were dumped over an embankment
125 feet high while racing home with
the ball player In an automobile.