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1 i SPEED ON THE BASE PATHS MAKES 1w Shafor tlldino to third in last world's ris. 2Whlt Sox praoticlng lido. 5 Snodgrass safo on a fallaway. By 0. T. QURNEE. THE fact that sliding helps to win pennants cannot be grain said. Speed on the base , paths and ability to elude the guardians of the sacks have proved c Important factors in the success of a number of clubs. The New York THE .-GRAND GIRCUIT NOMINATIONS FOR 1914 I F the. stake . nominations : for , the opening meeting of the grand circuit at Cleveland on July 20 are a criterion of what will fol low all Along: the big line, then the big concession of the racing associations in reducing entrance fees from 6 to 3 per cent of the purse has failed. In brief, nominations are light, there are less than one-half dozen new own , era names In the stake book and al most 00 per cent of the nominations have been made by the "big six" Murphy. Cox, Geers. McDonald, Snow and Andrews.' . The burden of the owners has been lightened. 'almost one-half, but the as sociations have not gained the expect ed desertions from the half mile tracks.. Only the largest cities In the grand circuit can withstand such heavy losses. They can be met only by the ticket box, which, at best. Is slowly : growing. The history of the grand circuit has been, however, that, no matter how late the opening, the maximum of entries is not received for the first meeting. , Eight Fast Trotters. The outstanding feature of this year's turf classics, from the Tavern at Cleveland to the Transylvania at Lex ington, is the entering of eight trotters that either in races or authentic trials have been miles in from 2:06)4 to 2:06.. One of these Is the Indiana bred and Cleveland owned mare Louise Dillon, and on, private form she Is the ( highest tried trotter of which there is record. When two years of age she was trained just four months and took time record of 2:27. but was not asked to work faster than 2:17. , Last year, in four-year-old form, her trainer began in June, and in October, after having been driven only five Umes-as good as 2:15 and only once below 2:10, she was timed by more than a dozen men in 2:06. The last half was checked off in 1.02 and the final quarter was in 30 Vi seconds a 2:02 clip. Instead of stag ggerlng home, Louise Dillon was as straight as a plumb line at the finish. Her greatness as a prospective stake winner is not entirely measured by her speed, since she is perfectly track mannered and can be rated ancPplaced at will. C .A Little Mare. Louise Dillon Is a little mare, stand ing only 15.1 hands, but she is com pactly made and has the lightning-like stroke of her near relative, the cham pion mare, Lou Dillon. She is a daughter of Sidney Dillon, and her dam is by Great Heart, a good sire of trotters, and he was by Mambrino Russell, a half brother to Maud S. .Coupled in the stakes with Louise Dil lon IS the five-year-old mare Lady Cochato, that trotted a trial mile . in 2:06. Hence If the pair of mares gets to the post in good order the colors of David Shaw, that have won so often In , the past with such great trotting mares , . as Lillian R, 2:04; Joan, 2:04, and Grace, 2:04 will be strongly sup ,' ported. 1 4 Of his half dozen stake horses, Tom my Murphy has selected Lassie Mc dregor, 2:14. and the stallions Ster ling Hall, 2:14. and Battle. 2:13. as . his candidates for the big money. Las. .BSk &5?W' -yy Jft v Pt psX c5p?Sr . -yj Giants, for instance, are the best base runners in the National league and hav won three consecutive pennants in spite of the fact that they are weak in the field and only fair at bat. Speed was all that kept the Cincinnati team out of the cellar last season and the year before. It made Detroit a cham ' sie McGregor was a several times win- . ner on the half mile tracks and proved her worth as a racing machine. Atrial mile in 2:06 is evidence of her worthiness as Murphy's one best bet. Battle comes east with the reputation of having been the best trotter devel oped in the west last fall. He won five good races and was nosed out In 2:09. He' is one of the winning BIngara tribe and is considered the best. Ster ling Hall should be a useful horse, as he has been most successful in the matinee field and to sulky has been in 2:06. - v Peter Johnson. Although Cox has just added to his stable the good western mare Simmons, 2: 16. winner of six races last year, his first choice for the classics is the four-year-old colt Peter Johnson. Cox has a very high opinion of the grand son of Peter the Great. The colt is sound, . good headed and raced in 2: OS as a three-year-old, which is more than Photo by American Press Association. FINISH OF Judson Girl 'accomplished at the same' age.' Ed Geers does not seem to hold a Strong hand in the field of classics. Senator S., 2:13. and trial, 2:09 is his most reliable candidate, and Bar ney Gibbs, despite his trial In 2:06, cannot be depended upon. The strength of the Geers stable this year Is in the fast record horses, of which he has a dozen. A great deal la expected from the Denver stallion Pass All, 2:18. He has a splendid racing record and has shown a mile in 2:06, which is the fastest performance standing to the credit of any stallion that will be raced In the big events. In the stakes for trotters with rec ords of 2:10 or better the greatest in terest is In Lulu Lumlne, 2:09, that was unbeaten In the west last year, and in Judson Girl, that, having been placed every week In last year's grand i 3 m p jp Vrf j NEW BRITAIN DAILY HERALD, TUESDAY, sliding. 3. Herzog tagging Barry In world's seriss. 4. Saf at firtt on a poor 0. Hook slid by Herzog, Cincinnati manager. pion six years ago and has had much to do with the recent phenomenal rise of the Washington Senators. Following the McQraw method, many big league managers are drilling their entire squad each spring in sliding. Formerly only the Infield and outfield candidates were sent to work on ' the circuit, must be acknowledged to , be the best mare of the big line in 1913. As Murphy has Lulu Lumlne this year and Judson Girl will remain in the hands of Cox, this Interest will in crease as the date for the opening of the racing draws near. Judson Girl was a 2:06 trotter at one time last sum mer, and she has age In her favor, as she Is now five years Old. Observing turfmen expect her to be the best trot ter of the year. Speedy Farmer Spear. Murphy's second horse for the fast glasses is the sensationally fast Farm er Spear, that early last summer was invincible on the half mile tracks. : He won on the twice arounds In 2:12 and could have gone in 2:10. When this stallion goes to the grand circuit he will not command attention in his stall, but when in action he is, the handsomest trotter, that has . been seen on the mile tracks in a decade. Farm er Spear is a big brown horse with A GRAND CIRCUIT RACE IN CLEVELAND. considerable action, and he carries himself like a show ring champion. In his only trial on a mile track he step ped in 2:08. ' Every one of the twenty nominated horses In the green trot has shown 2:10, but It Is doubtful if any unless It be the Cox pair, Margaret Druien and Pe ter Scott will repeat the successes of last year's $20,000 winners Tenara and Judson Girl. It is possible for Cox to have In Margaret Druien another Jud son Girl. She was. faster as a three-year-old, having worked in 2:08, and is as good headed. Peter Scott was an intended star for the Murphy stable, but Walter Cox stepped In and bought the young stallion from Walter Han ley of Providence recently, paying al most $10,000. Although started for two years, no attempt was ever made to win with him. sliding pits. Now, however, the bat teries are sent out to practice hook and fallaway. Herzog of Cincinnati is one of the leading exponents of this system, and Chance, Rickey and Jennings follow suit. After some of the Browns' twirlers Sweeney Captains Yale Seven W H. SWEENEY, 1915S, of St. Paul, Minn., has been elected captain of the Yale hockey team. Sweeney pre pared at Hotchklss school. He cap tained his freshman team at New Haven. This season he played a fast offensive game. Joseph Edward Otis of Chicago was elected manager of the team, and Alexander McKee Munson of York Harbor, Me., was elected manager of the freshman hockey team. PREFER THE MINORS. TT would seem to be the ambition of every young ball player to obtain a berth in a major league, and yet there are several instances where players have preferred to remain In the minors. These ambitionless individuals are rare, but they have cropped up from time to time. These fellows appear to have" the idea that they would prefer to be a hero In a small town rather than a comparative unknown in a big city. Year after year these players stick. to the minors and refuse to tak dvan- tage of a chance to move up when the opportunity presents itself. Another player of this type has been found out on the coast. He is young Elmer Lober. He is a crack outfielder of the Portland (Ore.) team. Walter McCreedie wanted to send him to the Cleveland club. To his surprise, Lober positively refused to go to the Naps. According to McCreedie, the youngster has all the qualifications of a major leaguer, but he has no ambition to shine among the big league stars. WHITE TO UMPIRE IN STATE LEAGUE. "JJAT WHITE of East Boston, who has umpired in the New England league for two years, has been signed up to hold the indicator In the New York State league during the coming season. APRIL 14,1914. MANY A Photos by American Press Association. had been a little backward in trying the pits this spring Rickey gave out his orders that the pitchers as well as the others would be called upon to hit the dirt during the coming campaign. "I don't see why pitchers should not be just as good sliders as any one else. They have Just as much chance to win their own game as the other fel lows have to win it for them. Now, take a close game, for instance. A hurler happens to be on third base with the winning run, and a fly is hit to the LITTLE CADY, the Boston American league catcher, recently re fused a Federal league offer of $12,500 a year and a bonus of $5,000 to sign with the Pittsburgh club of the new league. Cady had al ready signed a Boston contract. No announcement was made as to whether the temporary Injunction ob tained by the Pittsburgh National club management against S. H. Camnitz and another Federal league agent de scribed as "John Doe" will be contest ed. The order Issued in chancery court restrained Camnitz and "John Doe" from communicating with any member of the Pittsburgh club. Jimmy Collins, a star third baseman for many years and manager of the world's champion Boston Americans of 1903, says that he has been in Buffalo conferring with the owners of the Fed eral league franchise there' regarding his acceptance of the management of that team. Collins said he would be a candidate for third baso position if he became manager. Joe Wood, who Is back In the Red Sox uniform, little the worse for the operation he underwent recently for appendicitis, states that he is at his playing weight. 181 pounds, and is hopeful he will be able to pitch right away. Carrigan thinks differently and declares he will be more than satisfied if Wood is able to take his regular turn on the firing line on May 1. Pitcher Jim Scott of the White Sox has admitted that he was seriously thinking of jumping to the Federal league. He said he had . been . ap proached by a club which he refused to name and that It looked as If he would go over. He didn't care to go into details. There seems to be still a chance that Tillle Shafer will don a Giant uniform this year. Mr. Shafer, senior, it Is as serted, would be pleased to have his son remain another season with the Polo Grounders. At any rate, Presi dent Ttlempstead declares he will re main on the coast until he gets the third Backer's consent. Some of the boys had a chance to get back at Larry McLean when he did the umpiring stunt. The elongated catcher is sore from the effects of be ing hit by a pitched ball. It would be cruel, however, to suggest that the boxman intended to Inflict injury upon the. jester. ' , McGraw is taking no chances with young Dyer, who has done so well In Fletcher's territory. Benny has af fixed his signature to a three year con tract, and many look to him to fill the third sack hole. Ray Caldwell will learn pretty soon that Chance is in earnest when he lays down rules. The curfew bell seems to act like the "call of the wild" on Sllm's delicate mechanism. However, the p. L. says he will make a pitcher out of Caldwell If he has to put him Into Farrell's debt. By a system all their own Zimmer man may come to the Dodgers and PENNANT WINNER outfield. He has no chance to get to the plate standing up, but he can by sliding. "Now, wouldn't It be much better if he knew how to slide and score the tally than run into sure death by going into the plate standing up 7 That's why the pitchers are going to get just as much sliding practice as the other fel lows. "And the catchers will also be taught how to do It. There are not many fast catchers In the majors, and. as a gen BITS OF BASEBALL Holmquist, Heckllnger and Mowe go to tne isiewarK (N. J.) Indians. President Ebbets of Brooklyn and Robbie have again wielded the prun ing knife. The Pirates have dug up a good cen ter fielder In Joe Kelly of last year's St. Joseph Western league club. They have another young outfielder named Jimmy Kelley, who hails from Great Falls in the Union association. Bill Kllllfer is certainly given a fine reputation by the Feds in their plea Photo by American frees Association. DAN JOHNSON. JAN JOHNSON predicts dire mis fortune for the Federal league. Here is what he says: "Wait until some Federal umpire gets Into an al tercation with Knabe, Stovall or Tinker and attempts to slap a fine on them. Gilmore will have his hands full with this bunch yet." I P lit A bit' 4 M It , tSg tig eral rule, they do not steal many bases : I don't care how many sacks' they pil fer, but they are going to learn how to slide." In the last world's series the advan- age of being able to slide was dearly shown. Both the Giants and Athletics had been well trained In this respect, and time and time again some decisive point was gained by a desperate slide. The art. of tagging men Is even more difficult than sliding and required the taking of a great many chances. The nerve and ability to block off runners that belong to Long Larry McLean saved one world's series game for the Giants last year, when, with the grams tied up and in the last half of the ninth, he made two putouts at the plate, on difficult Infield plays. "Speed!" Is the cry from owners, managers and bleacherttes, and the team that answers the cry is the team that grabs the gonfalon, bags the bunt ing or pinches the pennant ay it as you will. for an injunction. "So good that he cannot be replaced," is surely going some for the old Phllly backstop. Manager Dooln of the Slowtown crew, however, professed not to be worrying over the situation. ' The Brookfeds are sorely In need of a first class catcher to help out Owens. Miller Hugglns of the Cardinals seems to think that he will profit by the deal with Pittsburgh. He says he has obtained a willing first baseman In Jack Miller, a heavy hitting outfielder in Chief Wilson, a dependable south paw in Robinson, a reliable shortstop In Art Butler and a capable utility man in Al Dolan. Hugg also states that he Is glad to rid the Cards of Konetchy, Mowrey and Harmon, all of whom were disgruntled last season. Clark Griffith, who has more pitchers in tow than any other American league manager, says that his regular box men will be Johnson, Boehllng, Engel, Shaw, Harper and Bentley. He will re tain Dick Williams. Cashion, Collier, Gallia and Musaer for a further trial. Acosta, the young Cuban outfielder, is a Washington bench warmer, as Shanks, Milan and Moeller are filling the berths acceptably. Branch Rickey, the Browns mana ger,, has received so much boosting since last fall he Is now afraid that the fans will expect more than his (earn can deliver. Ray Demmitt, who is playing In De troit's outfield, is the latest addition to the Ray family. The Yankees have three Rays Fisher, Caldwell and Keating. The others are Ray Chap man of the Naps, Ray Collins of the Red Sox, Ray Morgan of the Senators and Ray Schalk of the White Box. The Roys are Hartzell of the Yanks and Mitchell of the- Browns. Chance has a high opinion of young Burr, the Williams college pitcher. Burr "has everything," but needs ex perience. - If the Giants win the pennant this year McGraw will receive credit for getting along without the services of Shafer, Herzog, CrandalL McCormick. Wilson, Hartley, Cooper and Robinson. George Stalllngs has developed Hank Gowdy, a former Giant, into a fine catcher. The big fellow can throw to bases like an Archer. As soon as the major league clubs begin to unload, the Phillies will file claims for several lnflelders and pitch ers. 'Mathewson is moving along slowly, He will not be asked to pitch until he . says he is ready. When C. P. Taft received a flat offei of $800,000 for the Cubs he Is said to have believed that somebody was try ing to "put one over. . . The loss of Seaton, Brennan, Knabe and Doolan has damaged the Philadel phia club to the extent of $200,000, ac cording to President Baker.