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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, ; SATURDAY, .AUGUST 13, 1010.
Fred Jacklitsch Says the Catch
er is the Hardest Worker
on the Team.
GOOD ONES VERY SCARCE.
Owing to Danger Many Pass up tho
Job Howlwork Behind the Bat
Is Very Essential.
Br FRED JACKLITSCH.
tCopyrlght, 1910, tor American Press Asso
ciation. Do I consider tbe catcher the hard
est worker on a baseball team? My
answer Ss yes. A major league back
stop, particularly under the present
system, which ia most cases requires
the first string catcher to work in five
oat of seven gaoes, has the hardest
Job in baseball aside from the mana
ger. Furthermore, it is safe to say
most of the present day catchers are
assistant managers ami do more think
ing than perhaps the men who are
earning their managerial salaries.
There ore times when tbe real mana
ger Is idle on 'the field. He may be
working with his brains, but not with
his bands, or vice-versa.
, There is no time when a good
catcher is not employed busily, men
tally or physically. "t The ball is In his
hands often er' than any one else's save
the pitchers, and he is forced to keep
bis mind working' all tbe time, what
ever the status of tbe game. In these
days of spitball pitching a catcher has
enough to do with his mitt and band,
let alone his braids.
Crack twirlers are all right. A base
ball team has to have them to win a
pennant. So also are strong batters
handy to have around. A pennant win
ner needs them in its, business as well
as the player who think. Speedy base
runners, clever team play and skilled
fielders all of these go to make cham
pionship combinations on the diamond.
Nevertheless teams that have won pen
nants and have, not had capable catch
ers, brainy catchers, are very few.
The backstop stands there inning
after inning and pa me after game,
taking a pounding nnd a filling, a less
spectacular figure than any other player
on the team. His work Is not showy.
Superficially viewed, he is uore of a
dray horse than ary one of bis fellows,
but In reality he is a great power in
a team's success, though often he
doesn't come in for as much credit as
the players who work more in the
open,.so to speak.
Scarcest of AIL
Catchers of tbe first class are
scarcer than occupants of any other
position, and tbe. records show that
the teams that have had heady back
stops to coach and sieady the pitchers,
to study the, weakness-of batters, to
stop plays on.theases.and to keep a
supervising eye on "fine" adjustment of
the infield, and, outfield as tbe batting
peculiarities of the-dlfferent opponents
require are the teams that hare won
Of the long list of pennant winning
teams dating-back into the seventies
hardly one hascot had a first class
catcher who backs up mechanically,
with an alert mind that takes in all
that Is going on. and, in a measure over
sees and maneuvers the plan of battle.
Although there, are many catchers
In the big leagues today, no two work
alike. That's undoubtedly the reasoa
catchers who go through gome after
game without hurting their hands
usually suiter the most punishment
around their legs, or shoulders.
There are a number of catchers who
are superstitious. . ' Some won't permit
the others to touch his glove lest some
hoodoo mlpht follow. . Nearly every
catcher has his own model, the same
as batters have their favorite stick.
The gloves are made to order, and I'll
bet there are more than a hundred
different designs, which proves that
backstops have their little eccentrici
ties. fordTTnd of season.
Highlanders' Stsr Twirfsr One of Best
Developed In Recent Years.
Russell Ford, tbe pitching marvel of
the New York Americans. Is the great
est find of the 1910 baseball season.
ITiB good 'work in the box this season
has done siuch to keep the Highland.
ItCSSELIj FORD, SEW YORK AKZBICAXS
STAB YOXTSa TWXBIiKB.
ers so high up in the pennant race.
Ford has moe than made himself solid
tjf;: .:V ?' P- V$.
HIQH . PRICED BALL, . PLAY- '
ERS DONT ALWAYS
TURN OUT WELL.
Simply because a baseball club
pays a big price for minor league
ball players, it doesn't mean that
they're going to 6et the big
league on fire. History has
proved this. Take "Eube" Mar-
tquard of the-New York club, for
instance. The Giants are said
to have paid. 5U.000 to the In
$ dianapolis .club fpr his release.
That's a big price, for a minor
S league ballplayer, but he hasn't
J been a bowling success.
a Then Garry Herrmann paid
$7,500 for "Bubo" Benton, and
he is a bloomer. Manager
Mack's $12,000 pitcher. Kussell.
may be in the same class. Co
miskey's shortstop, Blackburn,
tbe $8,500 player, is a failure,
while some other minor league
youngsters, who didn't cost
$750 are a an cress.
Picking up youngsters is the
biggest lottery- in basebalL If
the recruits make good the man
ager is lucky. ,
with the baseball fans and, unlike
most of the youngsters who break into
the big show, has done even better
work than the team's followers ex
pected. Many nice things were said
about Ford during the off season, but
few persons thought he would pitch
such spectacular ball when he donned
the spangles under the big tent.
Ford was with the Highlanders for
a few weeks in 1909, then was farmed
to Jersey City, and, though the Skee
ters finished last in tbe. race, he won
half his games, striking out ISO men.
Russell's other minor league training
was gained with Cedar Kapids of the
Three Eyed league and Atlanta of the
Southern association. Ford is tbe only
spitball expert in captivity who can
make the ball break three ways. All
the players who have batted against
him say he has a most puzzling delivery-
Ford won fourteen out of the first
nineteen games he pitched this season.
GOLF QUARTET DEFIES.
Chicago Champions Challenge Any
City In United States to Beat Them.
Chicago's champion and former
champion golfers have issued an In
formal challenge to any city In the
United States to produce a team which
can defeat National Champion Robert
A. Gardner of Hinsdale, Western
Champion Charles Evans, Jr., of
Edgewater. Intercollegiate Champion
Albert Seckel of Hinsdale, former Na
tional and Western Champion H.
Chandler Eg.m of Exmoor, with Paul
Hunter of Midlothian as substitute.
Japanese Ball Players Coming.
Japanese baseball may be seen at
Marshall eeld. Chicago, next summer,
with the Wasedn university and the
University of Chicago teams compet
ing. A. A. Stagg has invited the Jap
anese team to come to America for a
return series with the Maroons, and it
Is expected that the oriental players
Jack Sheridan's New Job.
' Jack Sheridan, the veteran umpire,
who recently retired from active serv
ice on the. American league staff, has
received instructions for the netv du
ties which devolve upon bis shoulders.
Sheridan is to hold forth in a new
role. In a way tbe veteran will serve
as chief of umpires and at tbe same
time will travel around the country in
quest of promising Talent fcr umpires.
MINOR LEAGUE NOTES
The Athletic recruit now with Balti
more, Ben Egan. has developed into
the best catcher in the Eastern league
and also into a terror with the stick.
Manager Ganzel of the Rochester
(Eastern league) club announces that
he has sold pitcher Ed Lafitte to tbe
New York Americans for cash and
other considerations. Lafitte will finish
the season with Rochester.
Jesse Tannehill, the veteran pitcher
of tbe Minneapolis (American associa
tion) club, has quit the Millers. Jesse
figured that he was not earning bis
salary. He is seeking a managerial
berth with some minor league team.
President T. M. Cbivington an
nounces that the appearance of the
name of Ralph Glaze as being released
by the Indianapolis club In the last
American association bulletin was a
clerical error. . Glaze is. still a member
of the Indianapolis club. .
LESS SPEED FOR
Nearly every state and municipality
In the Union haStfOn,its statute books
laws reguIktlngitbe'Bpeed of automo
biles. ; In se;Btates7the:law simply
ed ;bytheJtsaiaecpOditjDns In other
words;'c"saf etpd, sane' drlr'ing."
.While ' in Vinony ' quarters ' there has
been much complaint' over the speed
regulatlonasi they- haye.been- enacted,
which in aofije Instances giye good
cause Xorciasaplsint,' tb,v.majpriry of
tbe laws bavejbeea) passed owing to
the ftct tbaktLe J musicipailtles -v and
some zoeasvre ofselfp)teetkxn.-;.The
average C motortst lsa v eaceful driver
and has due regard for tbe safety of
others; butT unfortunately, he must In
many Instances tfufEer 2 fortbe faults
of bisJbToth'er midorlst-wbo-is a speed
Eianlae;and,insists .upon drtrbag down
the principal thoroughfares of a town
at a ; rate of speed that Is entirely un
called for and with no regard for the
rights of other users of tbe highway.
Normal running is not done at a
high rate of speed, but at what, ac
cording to modern definitions, is con
sidered a very moderate- rate. .Manu
IS A GREAT LEADER
John McGraw's Brains and Gin
ger Keep New York Na
. - tionals Afloat.- -
HAS VERY ORDINARY TEAM.
With Club That is Inferior to Cubs
and Pirates He is Making a
By TOMMY CLARK. '
For the last year or two fans and
critics have been banding bouquets to
Fred Clarke of the Pirates, Frank
Chance of the Cubs, Hughey Jennings
of the Tigers and Connie Mack of the
Athletics for their great managerial
ability and their wonderful success in
keeping their teams in tbe thickest of
the pennant fights year after year.
While all four are entitled to all the
honors that have ' been bestowed on
them, still there is one other baseball
pilot who is entitled to be placed in
tbe game's hall of fame, and he is
Johnny McGraw of . the New York
For the last few years McGraw has
been at the helm of a team that is not
equal in strength in any department to
the Cubs or Pirates, yet he has man
aged to keep the Giants in tbe thickest
of the pennant fights. This year is no
exception. There are no medals on the
team that McGraw is trying to pilot to
the top of the race this season, but he
is right on tbe heels of the Cubs and
Now look over the team' carefully
and you will wonder bow he has been
abie to keep it so high up in tbe race.
Take the backstopping department, for
instance. It does not compare with
the Pirates' or Cubs in any way. Schiel
or Myers does not class with Kllng,
Archer or Gibson. Schlel is too old and
Myers too erratic. Point out one great
star in the Infield. Merkle on first is
not a crackerjack. Doyle on second
makes more costly errors than any
other second stationer. . Bridwell is
only a fair shortstop. Devlin at third
is about the best of the lot. and be is
on the toboggan.
No Cobba In Outer Gardes.
After lookup ovci' iue intield. gaze
on the outer garden. Can you find a
Cobb in it? I guess not. McGraw has
the weakest left fielder in the National
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Photo bj American Press Association.
JOHNNY IC'OBAW, STEW YOKE'S QKBAT MAN
league in "Josh". Devore.. In center he
has Snod grass, . formerly, a catcher.
Tbe latter is. doing, fairly well, but Is
far from : being, a star, .In right Mur
ray plays a? good game,, but does not
class with any, of the cracks.
Take McGraw's pitching staff. Leav
ing out Christy Mathewson, where are
bis stars? Rube Marquara the $11,
000 beauty, Is a counterfeit . Ajnes
lacks control; so does Crandall, and
AUTO OF FUTURE
facturers have taken this point under
consideration and ' seek to produce a
car that twillt give : the utmost satls
f action :whilei running at normal speed.
They " are '""seeklngto construct ma
chines kthat t wlthbs the limited . range
which 'normal use' prescribes will af
ford "the best "service. , ' -
With ithis s object in view they are
studying the gear ratio of cars. Some
havelalready'lowered-the gear ratio,
and;it is understood :tbat more of the
corning . new models ' will have - this
change f made lo their construction.
This change rmx-bc expected to lower
the ' maximum f speed of tbe ' car, but
It Is .not'Mkelyfith'at 'there win be any
complaint 6sxf the . subject from the
users, but', that they win favor, the
change. ' : .'.''..,'
It "will give their car; a wider range
of working conditions on direct drive.
Improve its "hill climbing power, per
tnit the. engine to turn more rapidly
at car speeds below that correspond
ing to tbe normal rate of engine revo
lution. It will also have' a tendency
to do away with the craze- for speed
that has at times threatened to work
JfiJn&tlce and iaJlnCY. to tv business.
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WINNERS OF ROWING HONORS IN ENGLISH REGATTA
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Winnipeg, Man. The people of this city are proud of its oarsmen, and with reason, for the Winnipeg club four
won great honors at the recent regatta at Henley, England. The fact that oarsmen from other lands do not
often succeed In defeating the Englishmen on their own waters adds to the glory of the Canadians' achievement
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Drucke needs more experience. Wiltse
Is good, but owing to his frail build he
Is at his best when worked only ev
ery five days. Of course there's Bugs
Raymond, who is still on the pay roll,
but hf Is useless. In reality McGraw
has only two good pitchers, Mathew
son and Wiltse.
Give him another crack twirler and
a gingery catcher or let him have a
Johnny Evers'on his infield or a Ty
Cobb in the out to inject life into his
team and I'll bet be win' capture the
pennant from tbe Cubs or Pirates. It
is McGraw's brains and the ginger he
has Injected Into his players tl'it have
offset tbe handicap be is working under.
McGraw directs his players on every
play simply because many of them are
not the brainiest' ball tossers on the
diamond nnd cannot be depended on to
carry plays through of their own voli
tion. LET COBB GO? NEVER!
Jennings Said to Have Turned Down
Offer For Four Men.
It leaked out recently that Manager
Hngb Jennings of the Tigers bad
turned down an offer for Ty Cobb,
which, if It had gone through, would
have completed one of the greatest
deals of baseball history. Manager
McAleer of Washington offered to give
In trade for Cobb. Johnson and Street.
his star battery: Gray, another pitcher,
tnd Milan, his star outfielder.
At the time the trade was contem
plated Jennings was In a bad way for
pitchers and was tempted to dispose
of the great American league outfielder
at such terms, but he finally thought
Cobb was greater than all four men
put together and two big a drawing
rard to let go under any circumstances.
OR1T0NS ARE COMING.
Oxford and Cambridge Football Play
ers Will Introduce Gams.
Negotiations have been under way
for some time for tbe sending of a
combined - Oxford-Cambridge varsity
team to the United States with a view
to re-establishing Rugby, football in
eastern schools and universities in ac
cordance with the ideas of Theodore
Roosevelt expressed to the students at
the Cambridge union oa May 26. !No
hindrances are seen now, and it is con
fidently expected that the team will
make tbe trip.
Frank Ootch Net a Fighter.
Frank Gotch; Ihe world's wrestling
champion, who Jim Corbett Is tryiag
to foist on tbe public as tbe only man
who can defeat Jack Johnson, has al
ready, taken a whirl at the prize ring
game. Several years ago he met
Frank Slavin hi Alaska. The fight was
held in Dawson City, and. according to
tbe stories told by tbe wrestling cham
pion, his fighting debut .was anything
but encouraging. . Frank Slavin was
an old timer even at that time, while
Ootch knew little of tbe rudiments of
the game. The result was a knock
wot, with Gotch taking the count
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M'FARLAND AFTER W0LGAST.
Chicago Pugilist Anxious to Get Crack
. at Lightweight Champion.
It now looks as if the next big pugi
listic battle will be between Ad Wol
gast, the champion lightweight of the
PACKET M'FABLASD, WHO WANTS TO MEET
world, and Packey McFarland of Chi
cago. The latter bas been hotfoot aft
er a crack at the champion since be ar
rived from Europe, where he defeated
Freddie Welsh, England's best light
weight Promoters on the coast are
How to Care For
Life in springs will be prolonged It
they are properly lubricated, since
rust will be aborted,' and when springs
are allowed to rust up tbe pitting
which follows marks the point of fail
ure simply because the rust indenta
tion has tbe same effect as a notch,
which is made in a test proof to make
it fracture easier and to ' mark the
point of rupture; the real (desired)
spring action wfllfoildw and unequal
strains will not take place. Take balf
elliptic springs for illustration. Tbey
are made up of a plurality of flat
leaves, each shorter than the other, all
of the same width and all given a bow
so contrived that the extreme fiber
strain will be tbe same in each plate
when tbe. spring is deformed under the
load it is designed to carry.
The reason for using several plates
Is to limit the extreme fiber strain,
considering a given span of the plates
and a given action in the transverse
plane, as well as to absorb energy and
put a quietus -on the. motion of the
body. It would be possible to use a
spring made of- one -plate only were
the same tapered from the center out
in such a way as to afford such Umber
qualities as the word Implies.
When springs are properly made the
plates press on each other with Bufll
cient force to cause them to seize, and
the action will then be "fierce." At the
Instant of sebJltfg the local strains set
Up in the fiber Of " the phtte3 is enough
to cause rupture In many cases, and
the only way to abort this- very unde
sirable performance Is to lubricate the
spring; which to io requires that it be
relieved of Its load; when it will re
turn to Its open positiou.lf ail the plates
are bowed to a common radius, since
each one i3 different in length from
the other, the ends- will open up, and an
oilcan may then be used to squirt qil.
5E.fr, frr.nl Jf ( Vrfi- -r-ir - nvm
after tbe contest and are willing to of
fer a big purse for the go.
The only obstacle In the way of the
match Is that Wolgast wants McFar
land to make 123 ringside. This Mo
Farland will not agree to, but is will
ing to weigh in at 133 six hours be
fore the fight However, it is likely
that the differences will be adjusted
and that the pair will meet on Labor
day. If they clash it should result in
a good contest, as McFarland is one
of the cleverest boxers that ever pulled
on a padded glove and would no doubt
make Wolgast extend himself to tbe
Pitoher Johnson's Great Speed.
Catcher Charley Street of Washing,
ton, whom many believe to be tbe best
catcher In the league, is suffering from
too much Johnson. Street catches Wal
ter in most of bin gumes and as a re
sult is usually suffering from a bruised
or ripped finger. Tbe big Swede bas
terrific speed, and if be throws a ball
wide it is no pleasant job for any
catcher to stop It
Washington eritlcs say that Henry,
the Amherst college catcher. Is the
most promising player corralled there
since Johnson was landed.
Rariden of tbe Do?ton Nationals ia
the most improved catcher in the busi
ness. He was very punk last season,
but now sixes up Impressively.
Joe Birmingham of the Cleveland
Americans undoubtedly earns tbe dis
tinction of being the greatest throwing
outfielder in the American league.
Has Connie Mack a dope box? Ilf
must feed bis athletes something. Cy
Morgan was Just an ordinary dub with
Boston, yet when be reached Philadel
phia he perked up and is now one of
the 'star performers of the American
on the plates forming the laminae.
Since spring plates are rolled with a
concave surface, so that there is room
for the oil between them, and in con
formity with the behavior of the lubri
cating oil, it will tend to stay on tbe
plates rather than to be squeezed out,
since it will flow to the center, away
from high levels, when it is heated or
put under pressure. An acid free min
eral oil. such as Is used in cylinders of
motors, is suitable for the. purpose for
reasons as follows: (a) 'It will noj gum
or evaporate: (b It will not etch the
material: (c) it will afford the requisite
Long life, when flat plate springs are
considered, would seem to be due to
the use of very wide, thin plates
rather than relatively narrow, thick
plates. Makers of springs sell them on
a pound basis, and the thicker tbe
plates'tbe lower will be tbe price, sim
ply because the number of plates
which will have to be handled per hun
dredweight will be lowered as the
thickness is Increased. Matters of this
sort, while they involve tbe commer
cial side of the situation, have to be
taken Into account when users of cars
ate trying to get all they can out of
the springs. ' '
Retainers, if they are - properly
placed, will help out marvelously, es
pecially if the plates are thick and a
limited cumber of them are used. It
might look as If lubrication is not de
sirable under such conditions, but it
Is only' necessary to '-remember how
fiercely a clutch will behave if the
lubrication is awry and how well the
same clutch will pick up and hold Its
load' when attention is given to tho
lubrication. ft - is the same problem;
the clutch refuses to work properly
wbsn the. metal contacts and seizes,
and ' the springs act in precisely the
same way. '-
ARE NOW POPULAR
Yachtsmen Taking to Sonder
Boats, Particularly in
MANY RACES TO BE HELD,
First Big One of Reason to Take
11 ace Off Marblehead, Mass.,
17th of This Month.
The scodercluss yacht seems to t
growing in popularity. It first cams
into existence oo Ibis side of the At
lantic in 1000, when a series of races
was arranged with the German yachts
men, and since then some forty boats
have been built for this class.
It is moat popular la eastern waters
and has proved successful. Those who
are Interested In tbe class do not pro
pose to allow It to die out, and many
races are to be held this year. The
International races between the Amer
ican and Spanish sonder boats are
scheduled to start off Marblehead,
Mass., Aug. IT. On Buzzards bay Sept.
3 there are to be races for the selection
of a team to be sent to Kiel for Inter
national races in June, 1011.
To those who do not undents pd
what tbe sonder boat is tbe following
will no doubt prove interesting: '
A sonderclass boat was designed to
overcome yacht measurement rules and
to produce tbe most boat on the water
with the least boat under It-that Is to
say. with as little water line leegth
and as much overhang as are possible
la a racing length of thirty-two feet
In addition to this condition they must
be fveigbed, and their displacement
must not be more than 4,035 pounds,
nor may tbey carry mors than S50
square feet of sail.
Are Like Sneak Box.
In appearance tbey are not unltks
the 6neak box on longer and finer lines,
for they have the long spoon bow and
the square stero of tbe famous Jersey
duckiug boat. They are Jib and main
sail rigged, with the forward end of
tbe Jib made fast Inboard about two or
three feet from the bow proper, on of
the additional Strang features of the
They are flush decked, with a cock
pit large enough to hold the crew of
three men. the helmsman having to be
both an amateur and a native of the
country from which the boat halls, ac
cording to the rules. The boats ar
steered with an unusually long tUlerJ
They have fin keels, are built of ma
hogany or cedar and average around
twenty-five feet In length over all.
Be Careful of Tires.
The motorist should be particularly
careful not to impose unnecessary
hardships upon tbe tire equipment If
be expects to secure maximum service.
A car should never be driven in street
car tracks nor the tires allowed to
come In contact with obstructions that
can by a little care be avoided. Like
wise corners should not be taken at
high speed. A moment's consideration
will show the effect produced as tho
car skids around and the force tbe
tires most withstand. Also driving at
top speed the greater part of the time
will result in the tire mileage being
less than wonld otherwise bs obtained.
The Best Spark.
The spectroscope, which Is so In
strument employed in determining tbe
position of bodies by color comparison,
has never been successfully employed
In connection with tbe spark st the
gap of a plug in an ignition system of
an automobile. The best spark Is th
one which dissipates the largest
amount of energy in the gas, and tbo
measurement of the energy cannot be
accomplished by the simple method of
gazing at tbe spark and deciding that
it is good because it Is yellow or bet
ter because it is blue.
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