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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS FRIDAY. APRIL 4, 1913.
CLARK GRIFFITH A
Successfrl From His Profes
sional Debut in Old Inter
KNOWN AS "LITTLE FOX"
No Managr of te Washington
American League Team Tutor
of Hurler Walter Johnson.
f.oeoiiect ,r.n.s f. r.d memories of Clark
C finft.t.. 'orni-riv of Normal, an one
o' the game s grea'est hurlers. are
gradually l.en.g ox ershadow eU by bis
reoer.r HiieeeKs an manager of a "big"
league club. It will bo 2C years next
May since Clark fir. f!i r ti. then a mere
s'ripi.ng of 1! summers, pitched his
trst ga;ne of ball in professional roru
j...n C)n the Hill day of May, 188S.
( 'ark faced the Decatur team of tie
V ostern Interstate league. He held
tn enemy to five singles and whiffed
f .ur.i ni'-n. out lost h:b first attempt Dy
a score of 5 to 3.
Griffith as a hurler was a success
from tbe Jump. Blazoned across In the
headlines above the hoi score of games
IP which the "lirtie fox of baseball"
Las officiated for many years back.
h. T-o appeared these words: "Griffltn
k' p' the hits well scattered!" Times
v. 'bout number have the above men
toned lined appeared in and over box
K'-ore accounts of game in which
"Grif" bap pitched for nearly a quarter
c' a century back. These words never
fi ted the Kifuation better than in C.
Griff th s case.
''iark made n good start wih the
I'.Ioomington club or the above men
flctied circuit, winn rig 1 out of 14
games. His work wiik f successful
that it attracted the attention of .lames
A Hart, then at the head ,nf the Mil
waukee club of the Western league.
Mr Mart purchahed his release about
mid-season of inks, paying 7"" in cash
iii.it for good measure throwing in a
y ung htirler laboring under the appro
priate name of Struck Mr Struck
fulled to make a strike, and was soon
loit In the nure of oblivion, while ('.
Griffith began a march to fame that
le i through many league, fringed and
trimmed with succhsh. mixed here and
tl ere with a reverse or two.
'"lurk C Griffith was horn in Nevada,
Mn.. Ill lHI'.H lie received many les-
f"iis in the art of pitching 'rum the
V . ti : of old time twirlers. I'harb's Had
biiiirne. i; Bloom itm'on "jr:f" cer
ti- nly acijiiiied the tine points of the
juicl"r:g game from some muster hand,
fe- few pitchers betore his day or since
b.i'e tiiadi sr li a remarkable record
pi a v mtii i i ;tU- as anything but
r pliet; iTMia' . : ) , few games In
I'"- i" o' ' !:'! n-: ' . scnsa'ional.
dcln cr .; I pun-aolcd for
' mot;: tel. hit pei- g 'Hie since his ad
if ; f 'lie- ' b.t; I'-ague; jet as a
m.l.'i i.i ines lie ranks null the
gre,.' files Kor instance, m Iv.V wi'h
il f.cn'i ft a go of wins of iV "Grif" w,is
t ii i licil up for 11 bits per game To
y'n w how he cfiilil spif.nl b.s bi's. in
Is'if. he hurled three rames where his
opponents whacked !..s ofVnngs for
ft" nis. the dniibie number was reach-
i' In each game. ct tins abundance
t f cioiltitv o'llj J ii i!i ! mi ' lonesome
ti'h in each oolites' In lsf'S the St.
lmir 'animals putoshed his offerings
fur fl c.-an hits, but couldn't put a
i. iht. across
Mun fans cnl! 'It's luck If it were
l : k it stuck closer 'ban a brother to
I. nil tlirourb mnnj reasons of hard
campaigning Hi long continued sue
rl should put the Ilc'US on the luck
O'ffi'h held more if reserve, to stop
the next tia'ter when the game was at
the danger mark, 'ban any pitcher the
i anie ever produced, not excepting Ins
f -mous tu'or Kadbourne t'lark learn
ed the strategic points of the tmrie
early, nud his lot g cureer ev'etid ng
through I'.' Seasons shows scores o'
g.nno won on purely s'ratoftio lr.es.
"tirlf's earlier records hi that he
hid the atdlitj to fan flutters In bis
f rs' three m-anns on', lie whiffed "i7'
men in 1 2 ameh. an in crate of nl
most six per g a pie This pt-oo tr.a'
' iark had 'he woods 'o riece e ha's-
ii imi into s'rih i t our. i' l.e cared to
use it I'.!.' no. the Napoleon Of Ffr.1t
g housed hi- il'i'M'' if stuff to be
u.-eil excliis'xeh .11 pilches.
V. r ;i -f.'i.'f r i ' J ea' Gr ff ')-.' con
trot w noi ji !' t i his 1.1 t.g .:i f.nt,
; r i ' ;'' t.e s'ar' w.isr.' fa'r.ed for
.fiurot. some o' !..s g.itnep showed a'
cci.'.il ack o ,T'..:ai In a tame
h,ii,is! W8sh'i.i;t.:i ti-s- year
If tie- 'leg' b.ii'f. ' Gr-.f Si-n' U.ae '
li,. t d w n 'o fir
i'i r.g of a
him r t''.i' he tin sheii w ail this
1 neiai'.'j Mr (irf"!i wo;; 'lur game,
bur he 1 ad u:p down ibep m his ro
terve slock f kip M.r i at'.s from ; li
tlig ep No tl. . I ever U'lfM'll hard
i -o i-.on n'li'.'i'l ib". ri.l "Grif"
Wtr.ii wi'h Mi; ikee. : atiacer "Char
ley" I'lii lur.iii! s'"i s stei! ;o claik that
lie na' a p'.i e. or t l'her. cu out of
i it as H i.ei e ji:s' the 7. ,.f n p'ate ,
snd nail .! n a ' oar." fence a' 'It
1 eight of t.c waist l.t-.e The deMce
wi.rked to jw Section, "'lr.rk developed
loutro' so fine t .1 he eo .M o; a
bull from the .? o the ho alder
V M P I R F
J-i THEATRE J-'
THE HOLSE Or VALUE
E G MUSICAL TABLOiD
THE FLIRTING PRINCESS"
$t.50 Snow for 10c and 25c.
phone west :oa.
from the inside corner of tie plat" to
the outside, eight times out of ten.
Afrer three successful seasons with
Milwaukee, "Grif" made a dai for r
"big show-." h demanded an enor
mous advance in Fa'ary frotn the Pr-w--ers,
a' the same time figuring with
Cnmiskey of th. sr. Iouis Brown? for
a berh. Mt'.waukee csme br.ck wi-h
the i:si-a! l;re of stuff that th-v hid
rhre grar hurl'-rs. 'nciuriirg "Ortri
;"uea!" Claufor.. and thought :hpy
could per along wi-hoir "firif " The
fans and management of Milwaukee
f" rery sore, accusing Clark of ev
erything under the svn; sayittar h:s
great. rerord of 1f wp.fi due to h's
foxmess In seiecting easy teams to go
Howwer, "Grif" was foxy enough to
s:z up the r.i'uatiori; although reserv
ed by the Milwaukee people, he knew
"hat th" majors dHn t respect the re
servation list of the minors So when
he couidn t get h's price from the
Brewers he signed up w i'h Com si- r
He patched great bait for "Comniy."
winning out of is games, but Clark,
for reasons only known to h:ms'f.
was m.ghty s'ingy a'sout. pi'rhirg ou
of his turn, als'i very chary of ovr
w-ork. This didn't appeal to Manager
Comlskey. so he ;Pt him out to the B. s-
ton club of the American association, j
The complete dissolution of the fam- '
ous American association af'er the
seascm of T f 1 cast an oversuppiy of
v-atoned timder on rhe market: so
many vouncaters, including Griffith,
were given their absolute fre'!om.
"Grif betook himself westward for!
rhe season of lse2. sienmg with the'
Tacoma rluh of the Pacific Northwest
league. The following year he sign-d
with h" Oakland club o' the Califor
nia 'eneue n.. had gnat success w'th
tin-, western ctiiiis. in fact, his work
was of such order i hat the Chi'azo 1
cluh signed him
In W4 Clark C Griffith boean a'
career in the major leagues that ',
brought him into real fanio. The mas-'
ter of stra'eg rha Boston and many i
other towns ie; slip away in order to 1
hold onto od stars that had nothing'
but dead arms and a long list of by
gone achievements to recommend I
them, proved a magnificent asset to the
Chicago organization for seven years ;
Crjtf'h's work (iunng that period i
classed h'tn with the great hurlers of!
the times Nichols. Rtisie. Hutchison. I
His percentage of wins while with An- 1
son stood i;2t. ;
In Ho'i Clark Griffith oas' his lo' ,
wi'h the White Sox of Ban Johnson's
organization. Kor weal or woe he sign- I
ed a contract with Charles Comiskey '
and was the "Old Roman's" manager '
us well as mainstay in Ihe box. For
haps no hurler or player ever contrib
uted more, single-handed, towards win-!
ning a pennant than did "Grif" that !
season As r commander of the crew
be was sublime: as a batter (he hit j
over .snrn an fielder he was a power i
In the pitcher's posiron he led all oth
ers. Adding to his great string of vh-.
tories i red ted to nun in the yearly
averages, 'he nia'ij -inies h stepped1
in and iii!ld the game on; of 'h' fire,
li.e many times he ierned impendiiiK '
rout into victory. When Zatol, Harvey .
fid Skopec. the colt firing squad, were
wiiNcrng and ready to run. "Grif"
would step iu and, as if by mjigi-. re-suir'-
confidence and put his team
mates in 'he winning groove. Adding
lose games to his list g:es "Grif
the remarkable percentage of .SIC.
Today one of the game's greatest
'"'"lors "s sht.'xir.t evident signs In his
work of Matic.ter Griffith's master
hind Walter Johnson, during last sea ',
son. disponed in almost every game
ti e cDaitunc he received from his
ureat teacher The fine points of the
n't df pitching handed down from the
great Rariimurne to the wily Griffith,
and from "Grif the crafty" to the ph"
riorner.al Johnson- the one great hurl
er that is ever looking for more knowl
edge Johnson is due by his maktnifi
cen' tiaMiral ability, combined with
'h's wisdom imparted to him by the
recognized masier of stra'egy to win
ff his manager a pennant, and rhe
bard art leg on the wall hiazons forth
- i r ; ?
("lark had another grea year with
BURNS DEFEATS i
OLSON IN MGLINE
Farmer-' Wrestler Goes Like
a Colt in Bout With Minne
Farmer Burns, dean of wrestlers,
demonstrated his skill last night at
the .Nioiiile theatre in Moline before a
small but greatly interested crowd of
ma; iollowers. He won his match from
Buck Olson, Minneapolis' crack grap
pler, in two straight falls, the first in
Zl minutes on a hammerlock and the
sfcond in eight-and-a-half minutes w ith
a crotch hold and hammerlock. The
Farmer proved to be a regular colt,
orkn.g fast and having the younger
man on the defensive all the time.
Prior to the match Burns gave an
interesting talk on proper physical
tvainirg and in addition demonstrated
various well known wrestling holds
ana the way to break them.
A wrestler known as "The t'n-
known" proved too strong for Bobby
Bylund in their Bemi-windup. the Mo
line grappler losing two straight falls
after taking the first.
"Peanuts" Schieberl, bantamweight
fighter of this city, put on an exhibi
t.on of rope skipping and shadow box
ing at which he is very skillful and
then boxed six rounds with a sparring
partner. "Young" Giasgo. "
The inclement weather held down .
the afendance last night, only about ;
Hfiu hraing the elements to see the
noted wres'ler and the other good a'-'
tractions. The affair was promoted by
the R. I). & M Athletic club.
the Chicago Amornans in !!"". al
though i' did not yield the results of
the previous season. Wbile manager
of the New York Highlanders from
lit"".0, to 11'i'T, "Grif's" career as a hurl
er end' d During that period he won i
"2 out of .'.fl games lie worked in. In
his 1'.' years on the firing line, "Gr.t"
never slipped below the .;"'" mark ii;
the percentage column: in fact, only
in five seasons of the if has he failed :
to reach the .r.iiu mark.
HI I. T i MK.
In tinT Clark C (;riith pitched his;
last game of ball in "big" league soi i- i
ety. On .lime 2- at Boston he stepped j
in the breach in the ninth iLtiing to!
stop the mad onslaught of 'lie "Reds." J
but the rushing Bean Ka'ers would
stop a' nothing, and walked all over'
the once king ...rich pitchers to the i
tune of seven hits and eipht runs in j
that one fi i ce round: this seemed his i
death knell as a hurler. However, on
the 13"h nay of Vugnst that same sea-!
son Clark pnirni"d for the last time. ;
hurling toui inn'ngs of a game against j
Cleveland. ?fer tli y had put Pitcher
Hogg to sleep in tne founh. As the;
Napoleon Bonapart - of all hurlers
stood faci.i l.fjo'.e .--rd Ins irammateg. '.
they didn't rea'ize the "i.'tte fox of;
baseball" was winding up hit long c?- j
rcer as a hurl- r. 'hn' "Mr.; ;! vraftv,"
w ho had '!-c lv-i i batters for fi a-
sons was shio'in grs.pevin. ures
and bewildering bonders for the last
In thst fareweli rxhlfiitlon "Grif"
show ed a w m i i f i! t'sscrtnietu C'f le.
liveries. In the fuiir innings he fanned
five ha'?men. and to ; tr,..uce a hit was
almost an impossibility. With the last
ball he hi rled in t.iiat ntue. ended the
pitching carter of t.:.c p marlo. 'ie hurler--Clark
itrifflth ii'.irt jtis s' h a
character the piher's posi ion will
probably never see j-ain. Possessit.g
itiarveious .ihititv us ; hail ii!n; er. and
every qiiaiitKa'io". rf a grea' hurler.
he framed -r ;i w""1erf:! r. cr.i J. hut
built on tnt re'v cie-(.rert lines from
anj hur'er hMrr of btiseball.
Less of Horse Felt in U. S.
Washington. P. ('.. April 4. -"The
genera! exodus of the thoroughbred
horse in this ooun'ry has been no-thing
iess than a catcs"rnp)ie." declared
M?..or General Leonard Wcod. chif of
staff of the a--tny. in m address at
tl;e third anrurl Ainerii-an sportsmen's
k - . -
" i- Hi " . i-""'- ' .'. life
dinner. General Wood dwelt upon
the greatness of. a better remount
system for the army and expressed the
belief that the efforts now- being made
in that direction w-ould result in suc
cess. Fcrmer Senatcr P.aliey of Texas
declared that the American people
could not be made to destroy horse
racing, although he said it w-ould not
oorae back as it once exis'ed wirh
the bookmaker as the chief figure.
April 3. 4 and J Grand vaudeville. '
April 6 "The Virginian." i
April 14 William A. Brady presents'
"Bought and Paid For." directly from
the Princess theatre, Chicago.
April 16 "The Confession." 1
April 2" Joseph M. Gaites offers
Henry Kolker in "Our Wives."
April 24 Henry W. Sagave presents
Otis Harlan in ' Little Boy Blue."
Vaudevi'le Performances at 2:45 :
and s:I5. I
AT THE ILLINOIS. :
The vaude iile bill playing the
G'and, Davenport, has been transfer
red to the Illinois in this citj for the
last half of the week, the hrst per
formances having been presented yes
terday, afternoon aud night. There
will be two performances today and
tomorrow. The change to the Illinois
was made to permit of the use of the;
Grand for the annua! Schauiernen of :
the Davenport Turner society. '
Willy Zimmerman, who has a world
wide reputation as an impersonator of
the early composers, heads the Grand
bill, and furnishes la minutes of in
tetcsting entertainment. The Saiam-1
bos have an act in which they demon-!
strate how much electricity the human i
body can really stand without fatal
results It's a thrilling exhibition. Cal-
dra & Co are magicians of a high;
class. Miss Inez Lawson, an artist !
with the trumpet, was recalled sev- 1
eral times. Brahaai's phantographs !
are pretty. Two women and a man,
the former impersonating manicure
girls and 'he latter as a customer, fell ,
shoit of expectations as entertainers
and were cancelled by Manager D. I j
Hughes. A new act will be substitut-
ed for them today. Excellent pictures !
closed the bill. A feature of an even-
inL with the Grand program is the'
concert orchestra of 10 pieces under
the direction of F. H. Jebe. The con
cert that precedes the stage perform
ance is almost worth the price of ad
mission by itself.
AT THE EMPIRE.
"The Flirting Princess." replete
with fun. musiM and girls, is the at
tiaction the last half of the week at ;
the Umpire, li is doubtful it Manager
Dolly could have chosen a more sat
isfactory musical comedy for his pat- ;
reus, judging from the numerous en
ceres the principals received last :
night. There are many features such
as the vampiif dunce, the tunefulness
of the melodies, the cleanness of the
comedy and the novelty of a house
upon the stage The play has a real
plo' that is carefully worked out and
ci.rnes o a funny e'imax. "The Flirting
Princess." by her beauty and her de
sire to be kissed, wins the hearts of
nu-ny jour.g men and it is the searcli
of one of her vj-rims that gives the
play its story. The vampire dance in
the first scene is one of rhe most care
fully staged dances that has been
shown here this season The comedy
is not of the s'ap-s'i' k sort and makes
a direct appeal to the sense of humor.
A Change of Address.
The Lamp plumbing shop is now o
"ied !n i's pe'.v uuirters at 619 Sev
enteenth street (Adv.)
at the Illinois
1. Curtail sometning which makes
considerable noise and leave some
thing which is plated on objectionable
thiugs; behead the same word and
leave something that united; behead
and curtail the first word tin.l ;ae a
greatly used article.
2. Why is the addition of one a bad
thine for a soldier?
3. Why is a dog like a clockmaker's
i. Why is the cook more noisy tlian
the gong that iaMs people to meals?
R. There' are three degrees in most
things, positive, comparative and su
perlative; what comes between good
1. Band, ban, and. an.
2. Because it makes an armed man
a one-armed man.
.1. He may keep a watch but he can t
tell the time.
4. The gor.g makes a din; the cook
makes a dinner.
5. And. '
Miss Dot Forscy he of Fort Madi
son. Iowa, returned home Tuesday,
after a few days' vi-of i h Mr. atui
Mrs. Frank Cooper.
Miss Addie Boyies spent Sa'urday
Miss Ktnel Bonynge. student of the
Reynolds high school, is sitiscnt from
Fchool with the mumps.
Jesse and Howard Cooper returned
home Thursday from Btue Springs,
Miss Ruth Cooke isited with her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George
Crabs. Saturday and Sundpy.
Howard Cooper has the measles.
Mr. and Mrs. Will fe Horde were
business visitors to Kock Island Tues
Wi'l De Bnrde is having his house
Hoyt Lee and Misses K'itherine
Popes. Mary. Lena. Fa.nnv and Flor
ence l.ee. Mrs Barbara HnrUna-i and
son. John, a'tended the funeral of an
jaunt in Rock Island Monday.
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rials. Guaranteed in everv way or your
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Remember no extra charges for Norfolk or
any style you want your suit made. I press
all suits one year free of charge.
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nF'E$1v j TiFT
New York, April 4. By breaking
179 out of 2nd targets sprung from
the Travers island traps yesterday,
Charles H. Newcomb of the S. S.
While Gun club. Philadelphia, won
'he national amateur trap shooting
championship from a field of 14!" wi-ig
shots, represen'ing :he leading clubs
in the rni-.e.i S ates. A. Hell of the
Lehigh Valley Gun cluh. Alleiitown,
Pa., was second, with lfiy, and R. I..
Spotts of the New York A. C, who
won the preliminary yesterday, was
third, with 117. Lester German of
Aberdeen, Md.. led the professional
exper's with a iota! of 170.
New York. April 4.--Miss Marie
Wagner, holder of the woman's in
door lawn tennis championship, yes
terday defeated Mrs. C. M. Beard, for
mer western champion, 6-2, 6-1, in the
final round of the tournament. In
the final round of the doubles Miss
Wagner ar.d Miss C ara Kuttroff de
feated the Misses F. M. and Olive
Fish, 10-S. 6-2.
Detroit. Mich., April 4 Joe Phil
j lips of ( leyeland and Paul Sikora
of Octroi" battered each other "i a
i standstill in an eight round contest
i Calgary, Alberta. April 4. -The bout.
Wednesday niuht between Tommy
Burns, former heavyweight champion
of the world, ami Arthur Pelky of
( hioopee, Mass., resulted in a draw.
; Scranton. Pa.. April 4. Honors were,
: een in a fix round go before the
Town Wall Athletic cut) Wednesday
n ah" between "Knockout" Hronnai of
Buffalo and Tommy Ctnners of Belle,
Denver. Co!., April 4. - Prospects for
the legalizing of in round hox-ng emi
i tests in Colorado under the super
vision of a sta'e boxi'i1; commission
became brighter yesterday when the
senate reernsidered the boxing meas
ure killed recently Af'er amending
!the bill tc provide for I'l round bouts
j to be held by clubs paying an annua!
j '-eense of $2;, the senn e passed it
Tonight and Saturday matinee and niarht
Ov.irg to rhe Turners" Shan rurnen. 'ntire fas', production and
orches'ra from (;ratid. Invcnpri-i, will he here
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Jones & Crane, Inc., Offer
stage version of Owen Wi3
ter's famous novel.
Dramatized by Kirk LaShdle and Cwen Wister,
Nine months in New York. Five months in Chicago
PRICES Matinee, 25c any seat; frst 10 rows reserved 50c
Night 25c, 35c, 50c, 75c and $1.
300 plain and
on second reading, thus paving the,
way for final consideration. The meas
ure previously had been passed by
Omaha. Neb.. April 4. - .Toedy Pos
pisil, a local pugilist, was caught in
quicksand and drownnd in tho Missouri
river near here yesterday. In com
pany wi.h Miss Frankie Vlrgien of
Omaha he was cruising in a gasoline
launch and ran upon a sandbar. In
an effort to release the boat he stepped
upon the bar and Immediately sank
in quicksand. Miss Virgleti was res
cued by farmers.
' Kt. Paul. Minn.. ADrfl 4 The sen-
n'e committee on general legislation
has prepared a report on the L'Hernu!
bill legalizing round boxing con
gests, in which the comniifee urges
i that the bill be indefinitely postponed.
J Milwaukee, Wis.. April 4. Pal
Brown and Bay Temple w 'II box the
wiiidiip of ihe National Athletic club
boxing show a" the Hippodrome. In
: place of staging the show April 7.
;fho bout will he staged April 14 The
j w eight is 133 pounds at 3 o'clock.
Tis AnLoeB. Cal.. Apr'! 3. The
night of April 2l has been fixed for
the featherweight hampiouship con
test between Johnny Kilhane of Cleve
land, the title holder, and lohnny Dnn
ri"e of New York. Thev wtll box 20
rounds at Vernon. Both are now In
fis Angeles and will begin training at
t Ic a Fact.
The lareei-t and rineHt equipped
plumbing establishment in the trie-cities.
Lamp s p. limbing shop, 61S Sev
enteenth street. (Adv.i
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