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Distinct Surprises In the Great
National Sport Predicted
For Season of 1909.
By FREDERICK R. TOOMBS.
THbasebal,l
E opening week of the annual
season has swung
around and the stars in their
courses look down on no period
more portentous of hilarity for man
kind than this same week. Following
the inaugurals of the major leagues,
the National and the American, come
the playing debuts of the big and little
leagues that are classed as the minors.
iWithin a few weeks after the official
opening of the season all the leagues
throughout the United States, fr,om
thirty to fifty, will be operating under
a full head of green diamond steam,
and the heart of the fan will wax ex
ceeding glad.
Last season the teams in the regular
organizations spent $12,000,000 in their
efforts to supply baseball pabulum for
the capacious public maw, and this
year they will not spendless than $15,-
000,000, illustrating that more players
have been engaged, players' salaries
have been raised and playing grounds
improved. Clearly the astute mana
gers are confident that they will estab
lish new records, and, judging from
ithe impressive makeup of many of the
[National and American league teams
and those in the American association
and the Eastern league, etc., pennant
races of a scintillating description are
in order.
The so called big league teams, the
eight of the National and eight of the
iAmerican league, while the same as
regards locality this year as last, dif
fer in personnel in varying degrees
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jand render the probable outcome a
perplexing problem. Taking everything
linto consideration, the year 1909 will
jsurely prove one of distinct surprises
Jn baseball. And probably the friendly
relations that have existed between the
leagues and the players will become
severely strained.
Baseball leagues and teams are made
,up of virile, resolute men. who realize
ithe uncertainties of the game in which
itheir money and careers are invested
and engaged and who know that a dol
lar in the present is worth a hundred
in the future. In baseball they have
Steamed that you may train a tree in
[the way it should go and somebody
else gets the fruit. The philosophy of
jthe baseball magnate also teaches him
jthat arbitration comes easy after you
have licked the other fellow.
Baseball's Fountainhead.
The big or major league teams are
fthe fountainhead of baseball. They
jlead the march of the game and keep
ithe smaller teams alive through the in
terest aroused. It is a mistake to as
sume that the smaller teams arouse
jthe interest that makes it possible for
|the major leaguers to exist. And spec
ulation is just now very keen over the
jprospects and conditions in the Na
ftional and American organizations.
The influence of the multitudinous
tminor leagues on the baseball situation
'is frequently underestimated. They
iare constantly growing stronger, in
:spite of the domineering methods of
[the larger organizations. Notably the
[American association of the middle
(west and the Eastern league of the At
lantic seaboard threaten the boasted
isupremaey of the two majors. The
power of the minor leagues in their
political conflicts with the majors de
pends entirely upon the nature of their
FOUR I'KOMINENT STARS IN THE BASEBALL FIRMAMENT.
Ball Is Now the Umpire's Cry
THE BASEBALL SPRING SONG
Pitching staff is simply great.
Fact I cannot underrate,
And 1 do not hesitate
To say it's most complete.
None of them is sore or lame,
Each one fit to pitch the game
Of his life, and so I claim
A team that can't be beat.
Catching force is working fine.
All of them have got in line,
And I cannot see a sign
Their progress to impair.
And the fielders, too, are strong,
Quite an active, husky throng
That will boost the team along
And win out anywhere.
Infield is a solid wall
Of defense that cannot fall
They are corkers, one and all,
That will not meet defeat.
Weak spots that we had last year
Have been done away with here
Is a bunch that has no peer
A team that can't be beat.
We shall win out, never fear
Drive all others to the rear
Have a pennant raising year,
And next year we'll repeat.
Though before you've heard me say
These same things, then fade away,
I'm sincere in saying they
This season can't be beat.
Chicago Tribune,
leadership. The struggling American
league of the past would never have
risen to its present equality with the
Nationals had not Ban Johnson, its
fighting president, led the way into
Dreacnes that necessarily existed in
the gigantic structure of the older
league. Nobody prophesied victory in
the campaign of the American league
except those who knew Ban Johnson
and had brains enough to appreciate
his qualities and what they must por
tend.
So today the American association,
with Joseph D. O'Brien as its presi
dent, and the Eastern league, with Pat
Powers in the van, are in positions of
decided strategic advantage. They suc
cessfully threaten the sway of the ma
jor leagues. They have forced com
promises not to the liking of the more
powerful magnates.
How O'Brien Beat the Majors.
To O'Brien's tact was chiefly due the
credit for the recent victory over the
major leagues. It was O'Brien, with
Powers, who led in the framing up of
the demand of the American associa
tion and Eastern league for a special
rating, and the victory was largely to
be credited to his diplomacy in pre
senting the wishes of the American as
sociation and the Eastern league. "Mil
waukee Joe," as he is known in the as
sociation, was formerly better known
in politics than in baseball. He was
chief clerk of the Wisconsin state sen
ate for several terms, but with the
coming in of the La Pollette regime
he was displaced. He then turned to
baseball and, being sponsored by Pres
ident Havenor of the Milwaukee club,
was made the association president.
The American association includes
such cities as Indianapolis (holding
the championship), Columbus, Toledo,
Louisville, Kansas City, St. Paul and
Milwaukee.
The compromise agreement conceded
by the big leagues during the last win
ter will better the conditio! of the
Trick Plays to Be a Distinguish
ing Feature of the Pres
ent Campaign.
players. The baseball player has al
ways had vital grievances because of
the Ironbound contract he is forced to
sign and of the conditions not stated
in the contract to which he must bow.
All the leagues in organized ball recog
nize the rulings of each other regard
ing the qualifications of players, and a
man who secures the ill will of the
particular club that holds his contract
can be actually driven out of the fol
lowing of his business in the United
States by a form of cunningly devised
blacklist. By holding promising minoi
league players on what is known as
the reserve list the major leaguers fre
quently prevent men from following a
course of action that will materially
advance themselves. And the clubs
auction off their players like so much
barley or straw. They sell the player's
contract, and he must play for the
buyer or join the so called and gener
ally unstable "outlaws" or leave the
game for the joys of peddling shoes or
selling cookbooks.
King Bee of the Game.
The interest of organized ball centers
in the omnipotent national commission,
and its chairman, Garry Herrmann of
Cincinnati, is the big man of the game.
Yet it will always be recognized that
the players are the lifeblood of the
game, and the magnates spend much
of their time trying to convince the
players that they are nothing of the
sort. Players like Hans Wagner,
Christy Mathewson, Napoleon Lajoie,
Tyrus Cobb, Mordecai Brown, Johnny
Brers, Sam Crawford, Fielder Jones,
Terry Turner, Cy Seymour, Roy Thom
as, Miller Huggins, Bill Bradley, Fred
Clarke, etc., are as the stars in a dra
ma. The magnate is in a sense their
business manager, but the latter's pow
er has encroached beyond its natural
sphere because of his long standing
ability to secure high class legal advice
in the drawing of contracts. For this
reason there will probably never be
another Brotherhood war, when the
players had the magnates beaten, but
they didn't know it, and somebody
else did. And this particular somebody
worked successfully the most sizable
bluff in baseball history. The Brother
hood laid down its hand.
When McGraw Gives an Order.
But the players' vocation has seldom
been one that went hand In hand with
business ability. The excitement and
uncertainty of their careers have a
marked effect on their temperaments.
For this reason but few of them maka
a success as team managers. The suc
cessful manager must lose his heart
and cultivate his head. He must see
that his orders are obeyed. A clew to
the managerial success of John Mc
Graw of the New York Nationals is
had in the following true story:
The New York team was one run be
hind in the nintha man on first and
none out.
"Lay it down," said "Muggsy" to the
batter.
The man stepped up to the plate,
saw a straight one coming over, swung
at it and lifted the ball over the fence.
As he trotted in to the bench at the
end of his home run, proud because he
had won the day, the manager barked
at him:
"You're fined fifty. When I say bunt
I mean bunt."
And the fine was paid into the club
treasury too. Ask Cy Seymour if it
wasn't.
McGraw and Chance of Chicago and
Jennings of Detroit want their orders
obeyed. They themselves will take the
responsibility for the failure of their
plan of action. They have small time
to bother with players who worry over
the wisdom of the manager's advice.
Trick Plays to Be Sprung.
Every baseball season has at least
predominating or distinguishing fea
tures. Indications are that the present
campaign will prove one essentially of
trick plays. Work at the spring train
ing camps of the big teams showed
this. The squeeze play, essentially a
trick, has variations in application to
other bases than third, where it has
been invariably used new base run
ning devices are claimed to have been
worked by one manager a distinctly
new curve has been originated, accord
ing to two or three well known pitch
ers, etc.
Also the "knuckle ball," successor to
the famous "spit ball" curve, will, it is
believed, be perfected by several twirl
ers of an experimental turn of mind.
The knuckle ball was discovered last
year. Jack ("Tax") Neuer, the New
York American recruit of a year ago,
is said to have mastered three styles
of delivery of the "foolers.**
One of these, which we will term the
"single knuckle" because only the in
dex finger is bent down on the palm,
with the ball resting on the first joint,
takes the place of the drop. It floats
up much like a slow spitter, hangs for
a moment and falls away abruptly
downward. One of the others, or "dou
ble knuckle," is grasped by thumb and
two outside fingers of the hand, with
the Index and big fingers bent-down to
form the cushion. This gives a curve
which may be controlled so as to break
either way.
The "triple knuckle," or that which
rests on the knuckles of the three In
side fingers and is grasped by little fin
ger and thumb, is the one on which
the pitcher puts the steam. It is claim
ed that with this curve one can get an
opshoot or "raise" of several inches.
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