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gSflgSfla.May.gJJ?tLOperiIiig Game oi Season A?al^?t .tot,*^?.
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:
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
?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
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? ?
? ?! 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 -
'?-?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
?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
* * 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;
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
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
N.Y. A.C. Shoot
Draws Biggest
Field of Season
35 on Firing Line, but Not
One Makes a Straight
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:
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?
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
California Loses Sixth
Straight to Stanford
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?
No records were broken or threat?
ened, and the meet showed clearly the .
war's inroads upon intercollegiate ath-;
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
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
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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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
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
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.

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