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Njew uuonouse Is Dedicated by Pennant A. C. Club Also Unfurls Service flag and Wins Bronx Road Run By A. C. Cavagnaro , ?rrice flat! bearing forty-one stars unfurled in conjunction with tho *?S .. ,- the new clubhouse of the ?^Athletic Club, in The Bronx, i,v vnother attraction was the ? ", c.;?,. 0f the weekly handicap road of the Bronx Athletic League over S Pennant cour- of five miles. ga**s were snatched o:T nnd shouts i t the sir *w hen th * red-border? i fta.g ? S the boys "over there? was swan* to V\r-aeze Ex-Assemblyman PatricK J. t?SS. a form <" ?J ??*?? extolled I * Pennant mei for their quick an- , ,ce .'?''*'???. colors. His remarks on SS.Katz.of the Pennant Club who the ?rst I '??* runner injured in * !?*?-hl the Boche, drew loud j *i5LfroiT tl spectators. Mr. Me- ? ?iTin.fiUaO .r? la. t i S ended speech with an aprcal . ?Srthe :h-ri Lil rty Loan. The day provi . a '-? iroush Pennant triumph when Albert Schmidt, one of [u members, captured the road run. i Tb? effort was the first ot Schmidt at | -'osd racing. He was allotted the limit , ?tart of -t minutes. He showed himself I ?a be a novice o: more than ordinary -ability bv setting the pace for his r.eld ?aoB?hout Schmidt moved along with ."onestride and was well within him se'.f at the finish, winning by seventy ?te yards. Back-Mark Man Second Joe McLoughlin, of St. Jerome's Cath alic Club, a back-mark man of 2 min? utes, spt? home in second place, more ?j?n 100 yards in advance of Frank Ciato, another Pennant boy, who was t?rd. Casso held second place until ?j?f a lap from home, when he was ?j?ertaken by McLoughlin. A pretty and close right featured the ?u: time competition with Charles Hoil, Hollywood Inn, and Jack McGui MH,Mohawk Athletic Club, the scratch ?M, as the ?tenders. It was a ti?oalder-tc-;-... . *. r struggle from the ?art, with H ??* nning by a margin o;2 second; tl : i igh a superior finish irr ?print. Hoi! finished seventh. The aunimary follows: Actual Flux*., aamo ?_? ! club. II Va p. time. r-k Soh*:;.':*.. Pennant A. C. 4:00 28:55 :-l JIcLiMgLl;.-.. .-?:. .l-rcait's C C.. 2:00 27:01 i-T. C?<. Pen int A. C. 8 00 28:20 HL Kanzo !.. a * A. C . 4:00 29:42 Ml. S. Weeks, l?o , .??.U Inn. :, 20 29:13 un.'BcAt. Mol ?-:-. A. C. 1:00 26 56 :-?. Hull :: - * . Inn.s Tatch 25:58 t-; )!*.?. : .-.-< A. C... scr.ilcti 2.V,".'i Mt itefcer ' : A. C. 2:H0 28:25 -MC Bitch, S: Jerome's C. C. 2:00 28 I :;-* :* i Bay X. It_ 1 00 28:12 :;_?. irG-md- r >me*a C. C. .. 4:00 31:18 04 Kund I . Fia .1 Ar-ll.erv. 3 30 31 52 ft-tlaw Si ? -.--.-?* C. C. 4*00 33:04 -? EUai 1 . - * A. C. 3 30 33:30 Brooklyn Road Run Honors Go To Frank D?nn Frank Dur*.?., Kings County A. A., *oa a clever victory in the weekly ine'eap read run of the Long Is aad athletic League held from the Brooklyn ?. A. clubhouse yesterday. , Dna followed the pace for the first to miles, then assumed the lead to ?? bv five yards. James McNeil, of the Comet Club, 'se scratch man, almost overtook Dunn :- a rr.a.i :.*. hing sprint. McNeil' NW up from seventh to second t-aee in the last mile, and probably ?onld have caught Dunn had the finish nai tes yards away. Irving Bender, ?other Kir.? .*.-.? runner, was ??ri ?te summary follows: -s, .. A ??? ial ?l,>P? i* H'cap, urna. ;"?? J"* ly A. A.2:45 27:45 ~[ *?"'> ' * * :*. .Scratch 25 OS ? A A ... * 50 t-r > Z ?**' . ? ?tfli : ' . t \ 1-3*1 Hf **m, K -,* :.ty A.A....'.. 0:45 A_ : 10 31 10 3 00 31 ?X S3 ,-" B * * ,. 1 00 30 25 ?Ht S?*** - * * . -" :00 33 05 *C'" * * * . :? DO * : ? ?; ?. A 33:15 *??**?*?. B >, ? \ a .. 2 00 32 18 Wtt Greenburg Wins Pastime A. C. Race m uL*?t&'r- " dures kept the mem-! ["?"the Pastime Athletic Club busy! ' for prizes over their Elks' course u5??,k*yn rday. The four and a ???'? i-oad rare ???'...-?? to Max Green I? n</*> '-,Vf!r le0 va*r,J? S? l?10* '"??'?:-. captured the ?V,'.^ ' ?'???? nearest op ij ' ?*? rnore '? ' *'?r- one minute. Asoipft Arnold, *.*. ? 0 has reached his St"**e*n'1 ?" be-sted his club TZTT,11! s".'*: ame course. I, and only t*'a*** t ?' I r-'J hirn through 5:30 . who forced [?JB* f" " lhe 8tart* P< Anthony '??to) tta? third maanunary ,' the r.Jn fouows: ? c?! Handicap Tito? r-'. ft?**,. "' ........ 2 00 H u2?2 . 130 2? ? 24:50 ? ?! y- , . . Scratch 23 t? C1**- W -,.,. . 2 ?/.' 27 00 . 4 -i M T- , "' .4:30 28 ?S **.? : ' . ,;: Herb?rt J. Matthews Is ^High Gun at Manhasset ?'r'}"t'. ' ' '? '- A''rii 14^?H?T M|J i''1v*;''*'*'.". v.*a- high gun at - ?ra* '?-?Matt Gt m^ ?<cfa ?hoot at the trap? of the * bin? CIub V'"'!:iy' H<? brok<? ???t?. rc<;: ;i,i v'"n * ??* ?n the %nhJi~TrH''y i;;ir;:"! *?- Smith won 71 '' ?lav ki..i _ . , *???i". r?)<;: ;i,i v'"n * ?*? ?n the sta?!,i'l": ?--atch event. A ?p1 *ti. w t- "j ?weeputake? wai won ?U..T* Ea*l*a<-,n n635A.5r???-I? T-ljal ?2 2:j r; u ?., ;??'?; */?? -n 7A -tu 22 2*1 2.: tl *'-*") 2Z *V'J tt U. %1 M 22 :"/ 21 12 il 2Z */?; t? *3 23 )?* Vi 21 ?2 23 22 :; rt (? 20 ?2 ?*'? II *I 20 7-( ?' 20 10 17 75 g ???How? Defeat Riva!? S?**1* th*^'''"'''"" won ?""'r"1>< down i*t^ll rt* 'i:'"?" t*?"! of th? Proap-aet Z}*tjJ'''/'y U"': s':"r" "?* 7 K'*??a ?jr. ?*a Ov*j j? Brooklyn yeiiter I N ALL CAIRNESS * * By 1 W. J. MACBETH ANOTHER baseball season has come. The American Lea-rue cam? paign gets under way to-day; the National League makes its 1918 bow to-morrow. It is to be hoped that the impending struggles of the two major cir? cuits will be fraught with the customary interest and enthusiasm. That it? -he most patriotic wish we can conceive for our country and its citizen?*. For if the baseball season goes well it requires no stretch of the im? agination to realize that this country's part in the sterner business of war will have gone well. Baseball can score no triumph in the shadow of re? verses to our arms. , The major league seasons, doubtless, will be played out irrespective of the final issue of the far-flung battle on the Western front. The game has the indorsement of the government. The government believes this great recreation,an essential to the morale of the populace. The citizenry must have its relaxation from the stress and strain upon a.nation at arms. Ii conditions should change (which God forbid!) none more quickly than this great profession in its broadest sense would subscribe to the wishes of the government. Baseball will do its part to relieve the shadows of mankind's tragic masterpiece, prepared at any moment to throw its all into the maw, if occasion should demand. Baseball Forecast One of Striking Uncertainty ? ROM the standpoint of scientific excellence the season of 1918 may fall short of major standards. But none will regret the circum? stance. Baseball is expected to shoulder its burdens. The draft is no respecter of persons. Alexander, the greatest pitcher of the National League, is soon to be ordered to join the colors. He was purchased by Charles H. Weeghman for the Chicago Cubs a few months ago for the record sum of $60,000. His call to the army deals a body blow to the pennant hopes of the Chicago Nationals. No whimper is heard from Weeghman or the loyal Windy City rooters. Indeed, the mighty Grover Cleveland Alexander already has risen to greater heights in fame as the prospective soldier. Alexander is perhaps the most illustrious of many major league play? ers who before the summer is ended will forsake the spiked shoe and glove for the gas mask. Teams figured now as the strongest contenders may easily be stripped of their strength and relegated to the also-ran class before the hot suns of August. Those aggregations which at the moment of writing appear as forlorn hopes may loom as champions against next October's setting. Uncertainty is the element of greatest attraction. in our game of baseball. Herein, then, lies a charm such as the game has never known before. The stars of baseball may well be spared if their departure adds to the number of stars on the service flags which should be the pride of the major league parks this year. So long as owners and players zealous? ly maintain the honor of those service flags there need be no occasion foi worry over the welfare of the nation's most popular game. Goodby, Sunday Baseball, Goodby T T IS too bad that some of the broadmindedness which has been en -"- gendered in the national government as the result of the trials and tribulations of war does not obtain among a bigoted few of the law? makers of the Empire State. The Lawson bill, which would have legalizet Sunday baseball in New York, was defeated because of the obstinacy of : few politicians who seem to fear the clerical and old-fashioned religiou; classes. That the great majority of the Empire State's millions were favor? able to Sunday baseball there can be little doubt. The measure had labor': unqualified indorsement. Yet the sponsors of the Lawson bill did not at tempt to force anything of an objectionable nature upon communities op posed. They made the matter a fair and square proposition by incorpo rating a "home rule" amendment. This would have necessitated loca ordinances in every municipality before Sunday play could have been at tempted. It would have provided wholesome amusement only for thos? communities which desired it. Struck Foul Blow From Under Cover np HIS measure was indorsed by the Senate. That obstacle having beei -**- passed, it was believed the indorsement of the Assembly was but ? matter of routine. Doubtless this would have been the case if it ha< been possible to get the bill before the lower House. But the bill was strangled in committee to serve selfisi ends. It was not given the customary courtesy of fair treat ment so dear to the ideals of this Land of Liberty. Chickens usually come home to roost if they avoid the first sorties o the foxes. Sponsors of .Sunday baseball are cheated for the time. But day of reckoning will come if they but avail themselves of the oppor tunity. A disenchanted public is a bad thing with which to trifle. Wil come a time when our soldiers in France will have an opportunity t voice their sentiment on this subject; when labor will have its say; who the spirit of broadmindedness may speak in unmistakable terms t bigotry. It's goodby, Sunday baseball, goodby, just now. But only for th immediate future. Had the Sunday baseball measure been beaten fairl there would have been no occasion for objection. The underhanded wa rn 'which it was struck down cannot but swell the popular clamor in it favor, which in the end must be recognized. Explanation Due From National Commission THE National Commission is supposed to reflect all that is good an great and honorable in the national game. This body is the stipren court of baseball. Therefore the public will await anxiously detail upon which the action of this august body in declaring Napoleo Lajoie a free agent were based. Unless the Triumvirate ha some more tenable ground than anything evidenced as yet i the dispatches it has served a most contemptible part in th miscarriage of justice. Napoleon Lajoie, the property of the Toronto club of the Internation; League, was sold for $?",000 to the Brooklyn National League Clu .James C. McGill, of the American Association club of Indianapolis, he entered into negotiations for Lajoie's servies as manager at a time whe Lajoic was the personal property of Toronto, supposedly protected by tl covenants of the peace agreement. It was in good faith that J. J. McCaffery, of Toronto, sold his tit to Lajoie to the Brooklyn club. It makes no difference that subsequent the International League, of whK;n Toronto was a unit, disbande Broo.'?yn, the National Commissen nor any one else had any reason anticipate that disbandment. A'.id at the time of said d^bantlment Lajo was a legal chattel of the Dodgers. In tampering with Lajoie while he was still the property < Toronto James C. McGill committed one of the most serio/ breaches against organized baseball laic. Yet he is exoneraU and Lajoie is turned over to him free of cost! ?s Minor Contract "Mere Scrap of Paper"? -iVTO ONE cares to see a player of Lajoie's long service bandied abo IN ?n any way to his detriment. Yet law is law and covenants a covenants If the National Commission is to regard contract rights mere scraps of paper then organized baseball had better prepare for t ruin that awaits it. ??,_.,.-, - - * , r* at n ?? If the mcrmbers of the National Commission stuck Jim McCaffe un '-KairiHt the Waldorf bar and robbed him of $3,000 they probably wot all be Kent to jail for highway robbery. But baseball is a law unto its. In which tibe commission acts as judge and jury against its own persor high-handedness. , The National Commission may be justified in the action it has ta*. Certainly it is in no measure justified so far as the facts to date have be rnwU- known. It owe? the public a full explanation. For its ruling, on t faca of it appear? to be a specimen of the most autocratic "divine righ a term which fit? but ill in this country at any Limo, and particularly t ptaaant. N.Y. A.C. Shoot Draws Biggest Field of Season 35 on Firing Line, but Not One Makes a Straight Score Thirty-five gunner?, the largest field that has attended a Sunday shoot this season at the New York Athletic Club, were on the firing line at Travers Isl? and yesterday. Although there was excellent light, a high wind threw the blue rocks into difficult shooting angles, and a3 a result not a sinple straight score was made during the afternoon. Dr. G. H. Martin was the high scratch gunner, with a total of 92 out of a possible 100 targets. The high handi? cap gunner wa P.. 13. Cole. Full scorer, . twenty-five targets won logs on the monthly and the tourna? ment cups. In the former event the legs were taken by J. M. McLaughlin. W. C. Bowers, G. ,f. Corbett, D. S. Mc Mahon, C. W. Berner, C. A. Brown, II. B. Reece, R. M. Owen, R. R. Owen and R. B. <'o!e. In the shoot for the tour? nament cup the legs were taken by J. M. McLaughlin, C. W. Derrick, C. W. Berner, W. R. Delehanty, A. G. Wilkes, J. C. Taylor and H. B. Reece. Three gunners scored logs in the Byronel cup shoot. They all had full scores of fifty targets each. They were R. S. Smith, C. W. Berner and R. B. Cole. The scores: Scratch Monthly Trtum. Byronol and hMiisip Name. .nip. cup. ?nip. ?nips. .T, M. J??-Lni?ifhlla 2?25 2?25 ?1?48 81? 8? BO IL 11 Knight_ 3?23 3?2.1 G?12 76?15?81 C. W. I)crr!.-k. ... 3?24 3?25 5?14 83?14?07 \V. Kennedy . 0?19 0?14 0?23 62? 0?- 62 M. Murphv . 0?-'2 0?20 2?45 S5? S? i>0 .1. II. Va:.alcnreer. 2?13 2?21 4?33 71?10? SI F. .T. H.?U..I. Jr ... 2?21 2?21 4?17 81?1.-? 93 .1. I l'rajkli.taberg 3?19 3?24 C?17 78?11? ?2 J. Vida . 4?21 4?22 8?45 72?20?92 W. C, n.wi>rs_ 2?25 2?20 4?45 82?10?32 It. L. Bpotts. 1?13 1?24 2?44 83?6?88 <-,. J. Corhoti. 1?25 1?24 2?30 84? 8? 90 W. .r. Smith. 2?23 2?17 4?35 77?14? 91 O. II. Manul_ 1?24 1?24 2?4M 92?6?93 B. M. Loask. 4?10 4?24 S?13 T0?17? 8T 11. S. Mr-Mahn?.. 1?25 0?21 2?37 80? 6? m( If. Thlolmon. 0?22 0?20 0?44,8?'? 0? 86 K. II. Jones. 8?23 4?23 10--43 7.5? 2?? 95 P. M. Wilson_ 4?21 3?19 8?38 63?17?80 /.. laagers . 2?23 1?23 4?1". .?1?12?3?; 11. S. Smith. C?23 5?20 12?50 71?25?96 A. !'. Walker_ 5?23 5?24 10?41 (?S?24? 92 !:. II. Anderson.. 3?23 2?22 6?-43 82?15?07 W. S. DunspaUEh 6?23 6?23 12 -42 54?2;-,? 89 C. W, Borner_ 3?25 3?25 6?50 90?12?100 C. A Brovrn.".. 6?25 5?22 10?t.i 73?IS? 91 W. I!. l'clr-ha.-ity. 4?23 4?25 8?45 7<??10? 9?! A. (?. Wlilf-s _ 3?21 3?25 1?45 80?10? 90 .1. C. Taylor. 8?24 8?25 10?41 5.1?35?93 II. B. I?-..V.?. 8?25 8?25 18?16 63?30?98 A. .1. Gerrard_ 3?23 8?24 6?!4 79?12?91 !t. M. Owen. S?25 2?24 6?4? 82?12?91 11. K. Ihvrn. 4?25 4?22 8?(0 78?19? 97 11. B. Oole.2?25 2?22 (??50 88?13?100 J. 1'. Donovan... 1?24 1?22 2?16 SS?t??94 ? N.Y. U.Coach Spurs Runners For Penn Relay Em il von Elling, New York Uni? versity's new track and field coach, has ordered his men to report for practice every day this week. Owing to the inclement weather last week, Coach von Elling was forced to keep his men in? doors and this greatly impeded their training. He will endeavor to make up for the lost time durinp the coming week in order to have his men ready for the I'enn relays, which are only two weeks off. Several good men are trying for posi? tions on rlic Violet relay team and Coach von Palling is assured of a speedy quarter. Two veterans, Finley and Stinson. are working hard and are sure of their places. Of the "rookies," Wurth, Gaebelein and Irwin have shown the best form to date and should fight it out for the two remaining posi? tions. Coach von Elling is pleased with the Work of his men so far and expects to turn out a crack team. In the prac? tice last week the Violet relay team with little previous training covered the mile in under ?'1 minutes and 43 seconds. Considering the early date, this time is remarkable. New Sports Publication Makes Its Appearance For the first time in more than twenty years .\'ow York has a publication de? voted entirely to general sporting news. The first issue of "The National Sports Weekly" has just made its appearance, in time to catch the opening of the baseball season. It is published and edited by Shepard G, Barclay, well known in sporting circles as a news? paper man, amateur billiard player, golfer and oldtime crack athlete, who for the last two years has published "The National Billiard Weekly." The new weekly features baseball, billiards, golf, tennis, automobiling, trapshoutir.g, hunting, fishing, boxing, racing and other branches of clean sport. California Loses Sixth Straight to Stanford STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal., April 14.?Victory in the last intercollegiate athletic competition between Stanford University and th.; University bf Cali? fornia until the end of the war went to Stanford yesterday when the Car? dinal track squad scored 69 points against California's ">:! in the lril>? dual meet. It was Stanford's sixth straight track victory over the Berkeley in? stitution. No records were broken or threat? ened, and the meet showed clearly the . war's inroads upon intercollegiate ath-; letics. Wants Stadium Named For Late M. J. Sheridan A recommendation to have the pro- '< posed stadium in Washington named for Martin J. Sheridan was adopted yes? terday at a meeting of the memorial fund committee of the late all-around champion. It was said that the committee has abandoned the idea to hold the junior Metropolitan Association championship pames at Celtic I'ark on Memorial Day : in behalf of the fund. In its stead the committee will stage an all-star Gaelic football and hurling contests. La Sultana Eleven Wins riaying a Metropolitan League game nt Taft's Oval yesterday, the La aSul tana soccer eleven defeated Morse Dry Dock by ."> goals to 1. Duffy shot all three of the j*oals in the first half, and in the second period Shaw and Scott added one apiece. Maddox tallied for the iosers. Quits College for Camp Sports ST. FACE, .Minn., April I4.---R. W. Thacker. for the past three years ath? letic director at MacAlester College here, has resigned to accept the ap? pointment as assistant athletic director at CamD Cu-tcr. Battlo Creek, Mich. THESE are the two probable opposing pitchers who will face the batsmen in the opening game of the American League season to-day, when the Yankees clash with the Senators at Washington. George Mogridge, on the left, is the southpaw who is likely to twirl for the New Yorkers, while Walter Johnson is almost certain to do box duty for the Griffith team. I Columbia Selects 2-Mile Relay Team For Perm Carnival The Columbia University -quar? tet to carry the Blue and White in the two-miie relay race at the Penn carnival April 26 and 27 have already been chosen by T. Nelson Metcalf, the coach. They aro Shepherd, Larson, Hulaen back and Turner. Shepherd is the best of the team, but his mates promise to uphold his good running when tha pistol is | fired. | Shaw is the only Columbia candidate who has gained a place | on the one-mile reiay team, but Coach Metcalf has high expecta? tions from Houlihan, Staub, Young and Taylor, the other can? didates trying for the team. Houlihan has shown considerable speed at times, but lacks the necessary strong finishing sprint. Browns in 4 Straight Win Series From Cardinals ST. LOUIS, April 14.?By winning to? day's game by a score of 3 to 1 the St. Louis Americans took the spring city series from the St. Louis Nationals in four straight contests. Lowdermilk, who has won two games of the series for the Browns, started to-day's game, pitching five inn- : ings. He was succeeded by Davenport. Tiio score: R. IT. B. Americans. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0?3 4 -j. Nationals. 0 0 0 I 0 0 0 0 It?1 4 3 Batteries?Lowdermilk, Davei port, laagers and N'unamaker; Uoak, Maj and Gonzales. Arrow Club Team Wins Annual Y. M. H. A. Run Harriers comprising the various club-, of the Washington Heights Y. M. IL A. held their annual handicap road run over its course yesterday. A field of thirty started and all com- : pletcd the three and a quarter miles. The members of the Arrow Club j were the team winners, with 17 points, ! followed by the Soliat Club with 26 and the U. 0. A. Club with 23. Indi? vidual honors wont to Harry Pearlman, * unattached, in 19:15, with i'. Wilson,; unattached, second, in 19:13, and J. Kalmis, Arrow Ciub, third, in 19:23. Stecher and Lewis Expect To Be Drafted The championship wrestling match between Joe Stecher and Ed. ("Stran gier") Lewis at Madison Square Gar? den April 20 will probably nuirk the last appearance of these wrestling gladi-, ators until after the war. Both Stecher and Lewis are within the draft ago and expect to be called to the colors before June 1. When the time comes to don the' khaki Lewis is going to suggest to the government that a company, composed of wrestlers, be organized. -. Ball Games Postponed WICHITA, Kan., April 14.?The Chi? cago Nationals-Wichita Western League baseball game was postponed here to? day on account of wet grounds. HTJTCHINSON, Kan.. April 1-L?The Chicago Americans (second team) Hutchinson (Western League) game hire to-day was cancelled because of rain. N. Y. Football Club Loses Encountering 'he Scottish-'A n<?ricans at Clark's Field, in Newark, ve*?terday the New York Football Club sustained ? another defeat in the chatiiionship j series of the National Football League by the score of 2 coals to 1. ? 1 "> Giants Will Open Season With Dodgers To-morrow By Louis Lee Arms The New York Giants will arrive in New York early this morning ! after a checkered trip from their training camp in Marlin, Tex. They : will open the season to-morrow afternoon at the Polo Grounds, with th?2 ancient and honorable Brooklyn Dodgers furnishing half the competition, or as near as they are able to come to that fraction. The importance of this opening hardly can be exaggerated. It means the Giants will cease playing for the air and will get money for it. That is one of the brightest moments in a ball player's career. Furthermore, the Giants henceforth will do their best to win every game of baseball that comes their way between now and October, making a particular effort to win a certain four games early in October if their ? nrci<zf*nr nlnnc mn+n-ro Thus far the Giants have not gone i out of their way to win. They might i easily have taken the serie3from Cleve? land by four games to two had Man? ager McGraw continued his regular line-up against the Indians instead of making the final game a utility man's parade for the benefit of Indians. As it was, in sixty innings of baseball the American and National leajruers divid? ed whatever honors there were connect? ed with this pre-season series. The series was satisfying from the Giants' standpoint in that it was de? monstrated that the Polo Grounders have a powerful offensive this season. They outhit Cleveland easily. At least two of McGraw's men topped the cele? brated "Spoke" Speaker, who led the Indians at bat. "Pep" Young hit for a .400 average, making ten blows in twenty-five trips to the rubber, while Captain Arthur Fletcher tickled the Cleveland shooting for nine hits in twenty-four tries, or an average of .373. Speaker Best Hitter Speaker made nine hits in twenty five times at bat, which pi ves him an average of .360. As an evidence, how? ever, that Speaker is not exactly in a hitting decline it may be noted that six of his nine safe blows were for dou? bles, several of which drove Indian runs over the p?ate. Tris is not only the most powerful hitter in the Ameri? can League, but he also is the most C*ray-headed youth of thirty winters in it. There has been some debate over Speaker's age, which has been desig? nated as variously from thirty-five to sixty-five years. None of the pitcher' in the American Leatr*. ** .vould venture to asseverate that "Spoke" is sixty-live. Not they, yet he is as grray as an ocean mist. As a matter of fact. Speaker is just thirty years of age, and was in his twenties until last April 4. He is himself authority for this statement. 'JefT Tesreau and Jes3 Barnes con? tributed the most impressive pitching to the Giants' cause in eight innings. The Indians were able to reach Tes? reau safely but twice, while Barnes allowed only one hit. Barnes and Tes? reau are ready to start the opening game, and, for that matter, Dr. Freder? ick Anderson is, too. No pitcher of the Giants showed more than the dentist in the final four frames he hurled against the Indians at New Orleans. He was unhittable then. Thus in spite of the general back wardness of McGraw's pitching" staff especially the celebrated trio of wrong handed flingers, Schupp, Ber.ton ant Sallee, the Giants will not want for i pitcher who should give the Dodger: all the trouble necessary. Giant fans will find much that is in teresting in the 1918 team. Kosi Young, the new lead-off man, is one o: the most promising kids that has hi the big town circuit in years. He wil take long chances such as Saturday when he went from second to thin while Jack Graney held the ball, an( he also is human enough to err, for i was he who lost the game at Lexingtoi by snoozing in second when O'Neill'; throw dr'fted to the outfield. New York fans are going to liki ! G?orgie Burns in third place. Burns I is heavier than usual and is hitting with tremendous power. Thus, with ; Young to get on, and KaufF, Burns and Zimmerman to clout him around. Mc Graw has one of the most pretentious ? offensives in all of bip league ball. The trip through the South was not reassuring if it is symptomatic of gen? eral public interest in baseball this season. The Giants and the Indians played to but two real crowds, barring soldier games. At Houston of a Sun? day und in Lexinpton there was good attendance. Otherwise the size of the crowds ran from fair to poor. At Cincinnati Saturday the Reds and ' the Detroit Tigers played to but a' 1 handful of spectators. It is probable : the late spring has affected the gen , eral baseball attendance, or it may be a forerunner of what is to be expected ; :n 1918 enduring the period of a world i war. Exhibition Games At Louisville: It. H K. '- tsburgh National?. 4 12 0 Lou irilla (Southern As-?ax-1aU?>;??.?3 6 3 Batteries?Carlson, Jiu-..!a? and Ar-r-her; Blackwell. s;, i. :..-.' -.- ;, Beebe and Kocher, I'evlne. At Columbus. B. H. E. ? .- ... American A^-v-latiran). 18 1 Wash ?r.!->'i (American La-aiy-je). 0 4 0 Batterie???eorgs, Sherman and Hartley. Wagner; ' Dumoiit. Ylngllog and Ghanity. 1 At Cincinnati: B. H. E. Detroit Ameri?-ans . 2 6 ! ? ?Cincinnati .National.? . 4 5 3 i Batteries?Erlckson, Kllilo and Stanage; Yelia. , : Began a??d Allen. At Indianapolis: B. n. E Clerola?d Americans . 6 9 0 Indianapolis ? America.-! Asstx-iaUo?.). 0 4 3 i'.::--. 1es?Coum.be anal iii;iu?gs; .Vortlirop. Yoyles a.-..! Benline. A? Msmphls: R. HE. St.. Paul (American AsKWiafioc). 9 11 1 Memphis [Southern Association) . 3 12 6 IJaf tories?Keating, Foetajr and Cook; Nelson, Priest ami Bargraves, Yankees Open Season To-day At Washington Huggins Confident of Team's Strength, but Laments Loss of Shawkey Probable Line-Up tor Opening Game To-day New York Gilhooler, rf. Miller, ct'. irait. 2b. Pinp. 1b. Baker. 3b. H odie. If. Peckinpaugh, ss. Kuel. c. Mofridge, p. V - -ton Shotten. If. i .-... .. ... Milan, cL :'?.!?; .-. rf. Judfra-**. 1b. Morgan. ?b. Lavan, s-s. Air*i.-.rn;th, e. Johnson, p. By Wood Ballard "We'll be there." This was the parting word throwit back to a handful of Yankee follower i who wore at the Pennsylvania Station, near the midnight hour when Miller Huggins loft for Washington with his team for the opening ?fame of the American League season. The "mito manager" doesn't talk much, and for this reason his final re? mark may be taken w:th more than ordinary significance. It means that Huggins has confidence in his play? ers, and it is certain that the players nave confidence in Huggins. This is half the battle in a baseball contest. The entire roster of players was on nand for the trip to the Capital City, vith the exception of Al Walters, thu midget backstop, who is out of the game for a month with an injured linger. In the meantime Huggins will depend upon "Muddy" Kuei, the chat? tering catcher, and Truck Hannah, who can't remember a day wnen he missed playing ball, to t.:ke care of the re? ceiving end of the pastime. Frank Baker will join the team at Wash? ington, as will, also Wilson Fewster of late International League Lame, v. ho was prevented from accompanying the Yankees on their Southern trip because of an illness from grip. Shawkey Is Needed "I don't know of anything rise thai can be said," was the way Hugginu put it last night at his hotel be.or-? leaving for the train. "As I have Paul Da:fore, we need a strengthened pitch? ing staff. 1 had depended upon B ?'* Shawkey^ to win a big share of h.-s games, but since he has joined thu service we are just thut much lacking in the pitching department. I bava no idei who we will get to fill Shaw Key's place, but we are in the market for another pitcher. "The failure of Plank to report ha*" also been a disappointment. Eddio would have been invaluable to u.-. Aside from winning a fair number of games he would have been of ?: anee to the young pitchers, of whieu we have a promising few. "I won't use Caldwell in the opening I game to-morrow. Ray is in excellent condition, but 1 have other plans for j him. Either Mogridge or llussell will ; oppose the Senators in the open in;: ? struggle. Either one is ready for thtr job." That Hugtrins is satisfied with the results of his sojourn in his camp ai Mac?n, Ga., is evidenced by the Bmilo of old Cardinal days, which has sup? planted tiie look of uncertain worry which marked him while at Macon, when he was dealing with a new and unknown quantity. That he bas whipped his squad into playing form he is confident. He will have one o? tiie most aggressive teams on the Ban Johnson circuit. And Pratt and Bodie will be not a little factor in this ag? gressiveness. Just at present Miller is hoping that his heavy hitters, among whom are Baker, Pratt, Bodie and Pipp, all men who yearn for the extra base effect, will ba; able to stem the tide until his pitching d*.-partment can be strength? ened, or at least proves to be not the uncertain quantity that it at presen!^ seems to be. Of his infield he is con? fident. It will take something mora than the proverbial sizzler to get out where the crass grows, and with thai exception of Peckinnaugh they are all sludgers, and what Peck lacks as a hitter?well, some one once said that; he is the best shortstop in the game. No Worry Over Outfield If Miller continues the good work which he has shown during the train? ing period there is no need to worry about the outfield. Bodie can take cam of his end of the game, and whatever Frank Gilhooley lacks as a hitter ho makes un in his speed and ability to land safely on the first bag. If Mar sana is in condition when he reports Huggins will have aided his outrield quite a bit. The team is also strong in substi? tutes. Sam Vick, lately of the South? ern Association, and Bill Lamar, of tho defunct Internationals, can fill in in the outfield with Hughie High, and both are dependable men at bat. Aaroa Ward, Zinn Berk and Fewster are tho second string men for the infield posi? tions. And the Yankees believe in Hug? gins. That's why there was such an air of confidence when the team went to bed in their berths at the Penn svlvania Station last night. Thr-y are the most determined lot of ball player* one ha? seen in a long time, and the*/ expect Walter Johnson to pitch againsU them to-day. - -?? -?---. Climber Foals a Filly La.st Friday at James Butler'? East View Stud, the Voter mare ('Yirriber winner of the Debutante and other stakes in 1914. foaled a bay fiilv, sired by Pebbles. ti,e son of Ben Brush and P.unning Stream. Boxing News and Notes _?v FPFD HAWTHOPNF We will all have to stifle our time worn jokes about New Jersey and her mud and her mosquitoes, her applejack and constables- -even the decrepit, an? tique Erie Ra?road will have to be treated with decorum by us, the proud and haughty citizens of the Empire State, hereafter?for they're going to start boxing on the wrong side of the Hudson River on May 2. We may have the biggest city and the brightest, wickedest lights, and the tallest buildings and our own Mayor Hylan, the friend of the "pee-pul," but we haven't got boxing, so it's illegiti? mate over here to watch one healthy young man punch another on the nose. It isn't done, that's all, Agnes Jane. The -.vond>rful city of Weehawken, N. J., the name of which always re? minds us of a donkey making a :peech, is t.. be the scene of the first bouts held under the new Hurley law, and the New Jersey Sportsmen's Club, located at Hexamer's Riding Academy, is the building where the luds will mingle. In the main set-to of eight round? the leading tragedians will be Frankie Burns, of Jersey City, and Joe Lynch, of the West Side, two of the most capable young 'uns in the bantam? weight division. Although they will bo slinging eight-ounce gloves, according to law, Frankie and Joe ought to make things hum while they're at it. Wa hope we'll get good seats, on the op? posite side of the ring from the buckets. Ways in Which Willard Might Help to Win the War: Make the Kaiser laugh himself to death by offering to fight Fred Fulton in the Berlin Opera House for an Iron Cross. Anticipating a bumper sugar crop, Cuba has gone crazy and ?s making signs to the effect that it would like ?.o see Fuiton and Willard fight for the title down in Havana. Oh, it's Willard this, and Willard that, and Willard go away. But 'twill be "Thank you, Mr. Ful*, ton," if Fred puts Jess in <he hay.