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THE SUN, SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 1912.
if Umpires Who Will Listen to Argument and Those Who Will Not The Umpire a Necessary Evil to the Luxury of Baseball- Some Stories by the Men Who Make the Decisions. ftoi'yrijht, 1012, by Chrittv Uathtwun.) When tho (Hants were swinging through ih West last year on tho final trip the tlub played three games In PUUburg, with Hi" pennant at that time only a powllillity moro or lees remote. The Pirates Mill hod a chanoe, and they were f ghtlnc hard for every game, especially u they were playing on their home rounds. Hie first contest of tho series was on fturdny afternoon before a crowd that puked the gigantic stands which sur round I'orbes Field. The throng wanted :o tf tho Pirates win because they were th Pirates and tho Giants beaten because iby wre tho Olants and were sticking Ih'ir heads up above the other clubs In the raco. I always think of the home fhow when I play in Pittsburg, for they hive tho diamond horseshoe of boxes th-re. you know. No; I'm wrong it's t the Metropolitan Opera House they have the diamond horseshoe; but It ought to bo at the horsa show. Anyway the diamond horseshoe of bozos was doinc business at Forbes Flold that Sat urday nfternoon. This story is going to be about umpires, hut the reader who has never seen the Forbes Hold folks must get the atmos- n pbere before I let the yam Into the block. Irore on a bright, sunny day there I muffed fly after fly because the glint of Sol's rays on the diamonds blinded me Always now I wear smoked glosses. Josh Dovore is so afraid that he will lose (.octal caste when ho goes to Pitts " tiurc that ho gets his finger nails mani cured before he will go on the field. And the lady who treated him one day pol ished his digits to such an ultimate glossi ness that the Him flashed on them and he dropped two files In left flold, Look here. Josh," warned McOraw ifter the game, "I hire you to play ball and not lead cotillons. Get some pumice (tone and rub it on your finger nails and cut out those John Drew manicures. Well, this crowd is worse after umpires than the residents of the bleachers. The game on that Saturday worked out into a pitchers' battle between Marty O 'Toole, tho expensive exponent of tho snitball. vC and llube Marquard. tho great left hander. Half of 'Who's who In Pitts burc" had already split white gloves ap plauding when, along about the fourth or tifth inning, Fred Clarke got as far a tlUrd base with, one out. Tho score was nothing for either side as yet, and of such a delicate nature was tho con test that one run was likely to decide it. Hans Wagner, the peerless, and the! pride of Pittsburg, was at the bat. He pushed a long fly to Murray in right field, and John caught it and threw the ball home. Clarke and the ball arrived almost simultaneously. There was a slide, a jumble of players, and a small cloud of dust blew away from the home plate "Ve're out! bawled Mr. Brennan, tho umpire! jerking his thumb over his shoulder with a conclusiveness that for bade argument. Clarke jumped up and stretched his hands four feet apart, for he recognizes no conclusiveness when "one is called against him. 'Safe that much!" he shouted In Bren nan's ear, showing him the four .feet margin again with his hands. There was a roar from the diamond YACHTSMEN PREPARE FOR HUSK Covers lo Come Off Soon and Work of Fitting Out Vessels Will Begin. GRAVESEND . BAY COURSES I'Atraordlnary Record of tho British Cutter Arrow Built In 1021 New Yachts of 15 Meter Class. In a few weeks now the covers will be rf moved from many yachts stored iti yards near the city and the work of fit ting out will begin. It does not take much fair weuther to encourage tho young amateur yachtsman, and the owner who wishes to get to work on his yacht and 'lo most of the fitting out will start early so that he may have the benefit of his vetsM as soon as the sailing season I'Pfns. There are many owners who like to do this work themselves, ana thjy always stait In early and take advantage if every line week end. Later when the 'lays mow longer they do some work after (justness hours. Tho racing season this year promises will and with new yachts In regular uustiy, new one design classes and the ylli'T classes well tilled there will be lots 1 "t t i nt. So much racing Is promised that H'T.i ) I. Koucher, chairman of the l.i" luni)iit Yacht Club regatta committee, fis confident that this summer the ri-c n Ueet will appear during race week. it scar the Corinthian Yacht Club at "Ma oicliead started 146 yachts In one day. " mi a better adjustment of dates this ami with a full season aa far as f'au.i in commission aro concerned there Hm tn bo no reason why Larchmont J-Nouii ui'l not start 150 yachts. U i in tho Hound racing Is booming and IJ"' u f-uch enr more popular, racing on ''r' H'tiil Hay seems to be at a standstill, f1 " ' v as they will the committees of the iii.i In tho Qruvesend Bay Aesocla 'mn nut wpn to be abls to liven the Jwt ry much. During the Atlantlo P'ii. in ' 'lull racu week there Is always a P"" mI fleet racing oft Bea Gate, but "'i .i r days twenty-five to thirty start idmiit tho limit. To try to boom tbhspi tri handicap class was established, "" Hv.i or hit boats Is all that class has ''""JB' t out, and it was because of its Kpn.,nK f.ttiurH to grow In popularity that ,hi dni .ttes tu tho Racing- Association i' n in i tinir in January voted to take " -t tn handicap ,.IUIH Bnd try to boom it ... , 'iiJii uppers attended tho meeting i l.. (uun'Miiil Hay AHxoclntlon last 'n ,f lid vlKorously. They said till 'II I'lnl no iHiwer to tako such ' t iM'tliiinn thrv were Hcht In ,, i in) lust M'iinon criticisms of , ' " lnitid nipping was dono have , i'" ml 111 delegates thougtit i"i liinirned. Their action was tn. - " ll''",,t of tha sport. Now : "IT mo going to try to horseshoe that, if it could have been canned and put on a phonograph, would have made any ono his fortuno, because it could havo been turned on to accom pany moving pictures of Hons and other wild beasts to make them realistic "Say." said Clarke to Brennan, I know a pickpocket that looks honest compared to you, and I'd rather trust my watch to a second story worker." Brennan was dusting of! the plato and paid no attention to him. But Clarke continued to snap and bark at tho um pire as he brushed himself off, referring with feeling to Mr. Brcn nan's immediate family, and weaving into his talk a sketch of the umpire's ancestors, for Clarke is a great master of tho English language as fed to umpires. "Mr. Clarke. said Brennan, turning at last, "you were out. Now beat It to the bench before you beat It to the club house." Clarke went grumbling and all tho afternoon was after Brennan for tho de cision, his wrath increasing because the Pirates finally lost the game, although thoy would not have won It had they got that decision. And tho crowd was roar ing at Brennan too throu shout the re mainder or the contest, asking hlra pointed questions about his habits and what was his regular business. It takes a man with nerve to mako a decision like that, one that could be called either way, because it was so close, and to make it as ho sees It, whlph happened in this particular caso to bo against the homo team. UMPIRES ARK FUNDAMENTALLY HONEST. Many times have I, in tho excitement or the moment, protested against tho de cision of an umpire, but fundamentally 1 know that the umpires nrn honest and are doing their best, ns all ball players are. lho umpires mako mistakes and tho players moke errors. Many arbiters have told mo that when they are work- I ing they seldom know what Inning It is or how many are out, and sometimes, in 1 their efforts to concentrate their minds , on their decisions, they say they forgot what clubs are playing and which is tho homo team. The future of the came depends on the umpire, for his honesty cannot be ques tioned. If there is a breath of suspicion against a man lie Is Immediately let go, because constant repetition of such a charge would result in baseball going tho way of horse racing and some other sports. No scandal can creep in where the um pire is concerned, for tho very popularity of baseball depends on its honesty. "The, only good umplro Is a dead um pire," McGraw has declared many times when ho has been disgruntled over some decision. "I think they're all dead ones in this league," replied Dovore ono day, "con sidering the decisions that they oro hand ing me down there at second base. Why, I had that bag by threo feet and ho called me out." Many baseball fans look upon an um pire as a sort of necessary evil to tho luxury of baseball, like tho smell that follows an automobilo. "Kill him! lie hasn't got any friends," is an expression shouted from the stands time and again during a game. But I know differently. I have seen umpires with friends. It's true that remedy things themselves. The.- will re port again at tho next meetlnit of tho aiso clatlon and show what they propose to do. Lust year the handicapping was dono on a system similar to that uird on tlm Hound but It did not work out well nn (Jravesend Hay and Commodore (. 11. Le Kauvage. who won tho majority of races with his sloop Joy, thinks that the handicapping can be Improved and a let ter system used. If this can bo done then the class should boom. There should b enough Ixiats In tho handicap division to make two classes at least. ' Another thing to bo done on O rave send Bay Is to liven the sport by having more courses and taking the yachts away from the "merry go round" as It has been called, which makes tho turning marki practically Sea Gate, Kort Hamil ton und Bensonhurst with occasionally n little shift to Craven Shoal or down the Ambrose channel. A committee was ap pointed to plot out some new courses, l'eter Hentley of the National Yacht Club was chairman und as the other appointees on the coiimilttfo whi-h unable to devote timo to the work Mr. Hentley did It him self and has dono well. Some sixteen or eighteen courses have been plotted and thesa tny.o the yachts out ot (Iravcseiid Hay arid sometimes out to sea. Kdr Homo of the courses the buoy off Rock uway Inlet Is used as u turning mark and for others buovs well out In the Ambrose channel nnd the Homer Shoal Light aro used. One criticism mado was that there was danger at times that the yachts mlirht tmirh nn Rhnnl snot. Yarht racing does not only mean making the fastest timo. around u triangle wnero mere is inemy ot deep water but learning to navigate and plot out a course ut times among shoals and the best navigator will often win even if his boat Is a comparatively slow one. Action on these courses has been deferred until the next meeting, which will bo held on March 12 at the Crescent Athletic Club house. D.'G. Whttlock, who owned the class B sloop Wink last year, will not be able to take part In tho sport this year and his absence will bo felt keenly. The Wink Is for sale. Bho Is a Herreshoff built boat and very fast under certain conditions. She was built to win tho Upton Cup, but Was heuten OUl ay onu I'Ollll ill wit) nerjen vn. h f'vrln. It Is verv nrobable that somo yachtsman of Qravesend Hay will purcnase tne win unu imvu nuuiurr with the Cyrlc and tho new boat this summer. ...... . . Capt. Charles Christiansen, who last vnr hnri chiiren nf the schooner West ward, will return to this country lato this month ana men iook aiinr ui i uii ii rora owned by Cornelius Vanderbllt. Tho Aurora was not in commission last sea son, but she Is to be raced against the Iatalenu this year and will competo for all tho big prizes. J. Plcrpont Morgan s steam yacht Cor sair, which has wintered at Hoboken, has been fitted with a wireless outnt. Another well known steam yacht has been stricken from the yacht list and will Join the fleet devoted to trado. This Is the I'eerlees which at ono time was a most attractive vessel in every way. Tho yacht has been sold to a fishing company, us wero tha yachts Susquehanna and Mln dora a few Sears ago. Tho Peerless was built In 1K$ by W. Cramp ft Suns. Her hull is of iron and her engines nf tho triple expansion type. Her dimensions are 146 feet 10 Inches wator lino. 168 feet over all. 23 feet beam, 11 feet 11 Inches depth of hold and 8 feet 0 Inches draught. Bho was nwntd by Charles W, Harkuess and used by him for many years. When thu Peerless grew old Mr. Darkness hud tho steamer Agawa built at 1-eltti and the l'eei less has since been laid up. She Is now In the Krle Basin lielng flttrd for her new work. She Is to bo used on tho At lantlo coast. Tho Philadelphia Yacht Club members have elected tho following oltlcerNi com modore. John II. llromly; vIce-cniiHiiodoie, Philip H. Johnson; rear-commodore, Hei nard Block ; recording secretary, H. W, Uookhaminer; financial secretary, C. Cur- mo3t ball players regard umpires as their natural enemies, as a boy does a school teacher. But Bill Klnm has friends, because I havo seen him with them, and besides ho has a constant companion, which is a calabash pipe. And Billy Evans or tho American League has lots or friends. And, most all of tho umpires havo somo ono who will speak to them when they are off the field. These men In blue travel by them selves, llvo at obscure hotels apart from thoso nt whloh the ball teams stop, and slip into, the ball parks unobtrusively just before game time. They never" mako friends with ball players off "tho field, for fear that thero might be a breath of scandal. Seldom do they tako tho same train with a club, unless it cannot be avoided. Hank O'Day, tho veteran of tho National, League staff, and Brennan, took the same train out of,' Chicago with tho Giants last fall beoauso wo stopped in Pittsburg for ono gamo and they hod to bo thoro to umpire. It was tho only avaitablo moans of trans portation. But they stayed by them selves In another Pullman until some one told them Charley Faust, the official Jinx killer of the Giants, was doing his stunt. Then thoy both came bock to tho Giants' car and for tho first time in my lire 1 saw Hank O'Day laugh, tils faco acted as. if It wasn't accustomed to tho exercise and broke all in funny new wrinkles like when you put on a now pair of gloves for tho first time. TYTK3 OF TUB AUTOCRATIC UMPIRE. There are several types of umpires, and ball players are always studying them to find out the best way to treat each man to get the most out of-htm. There are autocrats and stubborn ones and good fellows and weak kneed ones,' almost as many kinds as thcro aro human being. Tho autocrat or the umplro world is Silk O'Loughlin, now appearing with a rival show. "There aro no close plays," says Silk. "A man is always out or safe, or it 1 a bailor a strike, .and tho umpire. If he Ib,o good man, is always right. For instance, I am always right." H6 refuses to let the players discuss a decision with him, maintaining that there Is never any room for argument. If a man makes any talk with him it is quick to the t-liower bath. Silk hat a voice that he is protid of and declares that he shares tho honors with Caruso and that it is only his profession as an umplro that keeps him .off tho grand opera circuit. I've heard a lot of American League ball players say at various times that they wished he was on tho grand opera cir cuit or somo moro calorific circuit, but they wero mostly prejudiced at thoso moments by some sentiments which Silk had JuRt voiced in an official capacity. As is well known in baseball. Silk is tho inventor of "Striko tuh!" and the creased trousers for tunpires. I 've heard American Leagup players declare that they are afraid to slide when Silk is close down over a pUy for fear they will bump up against his trousers and cut themselves.. He is one of the kind, of umpires who can go through a game on the hottest summer day running about the basee'and still keep his collar un wiltod. At the end ho'il look as If ha wero dreiised for an afternoon tea. Always ho wears on his right hand, which is his salary or decision' wing,' some cracked ice that sparkles in the sunlight every time he calls a man out. Many American Leaguo players assert that ho would rather call a man out than safe so that ho can shimmer his diamond, but again they are usually Influenced by circumstances. Such is Silk, well named. Corresponding to him in the National Leaguo is Billy Klein. He wears a Norfolk jacket always because he thinks mil Cook: mertsurer, Alex. O. Ilea; Iket surgeon. Dr. Kred J. llaerer; harbor muster, Cleorge R Schilling: trustees, Joseph nice, W. A. C'hrlHty, A. U Kng llsh, O. W. Flte. S. U. S. Harth, It. J. Williams, Walter N. Stevenson ; race com mittee. John McAvuy, Thomas W. Hoyd, Gttn It. Helllgmau. , The chief interest in yacht racing on the other side of the Atlantic will centre this year In the 15 meter class. Charles Nicholson has designed a new boat for O. C. Attain who bus appointed Capt. Alfred Diaper to command lho new boat. Fife has turned out a new boat for CJeorge I C. Coats which Is to try to win back the International Challenge Cup won last year 1 by the Herman yacht Paula 11. It is Bam too that a Oerniun yacht Is building for the class designed by Max Oertt. These new boats with the beet of last season will mnkii u tine class. Tho Field In commenting on tho class says: "Wo seenf ut last to havo established the sport nf class racing on n sounder basis than It has stood upon ror yeurs. Indeed, If wo overlook the yachts built In tho first m'mhuii nf the International Hule Shlmna and Matoona when the ileslgneiH liad not uulto hit It on It wnuld appear that If u persistent yuchls maii, or liny really experienced yacht sailor had the fancy to stick to his boat, and tinker her up, giving hor the latest gear und it bit of padding now and again wo say If he had a sentimental attachment to his vessel and wished to do so he might keep her well placed In her cIurs for a good many seasons. In handicap racing of course this Is quite a dlrferent story und has nothing to do with tho question at Issue. Col. Vllllers Uagot holds a record with Creole, having raced tho same vessel continuously for twenty-two years, while the Marquis of Allan's Bloodhound is another wonder. "In class racing the most extraorulnary record was thut of tho cutter Arrow. She was built in tho year 1821. In the year 1870 the best first class cuttPr Indeed she was referred to In our columns ns the most beautiful cutter ever built was the Formosa, 103 tons, belonging to Mr. Stan ley. In a fresh, truo wind, without a shadow of fluking, she was beaten by tho Arrow In tho town cup of Cowes. The following year 1880 was the tlrs'.' sea son ot outside lead keels for the first class cutters. On August , when the Hamoena wus the first cutter home, the Arrow was th second boat, and was uhead and fin ished beforo tho Vunduarn. In 1880 the Arrow, nt 113 tons, bnd to allow the crack 40-tonner Norman 27 minutes Y, It. A. time, and she saved her time by It sec onds, thus winning llrst prize. "Of courso the Arrow was constantly altered und at one time she had a com plete new bow built on to her, so she was from I860 to 1878 a very pretty old ves sel. She raced during tho long era In yachting history, when It wus difficult to outclass old vessels which, as we havo said, was before the broad keel and out side lead ballast came In 111 1880. Ho In tho '70s Arrow could pick up nrlics ngalnut Cytheru, Fiona, Cuckoo, Krlem liilila. Vol uu Vent nnd Formosa und reully held her own up to tho yeur 1871). It was only tho arrival of tho Vanduura nnd Bamtcna that finished her racing ca reer. Wo believe Mr. Thoinas Chamber laynn bought her for 125 when she was lying In the mud. She was built by Mr. Weld und wiib an nld cod's neaf und mackerel tall vessel like a revenue cutter. After tho visit of tho schooner America tho cod's head was removed and u tine bow was built on to her. Although George Wutson sal ilthat she wan llko Paddys stockings which he wore for twenty years, having now fret knitted on to them ono seasan und new legs tho next: thero was In truth u period when she kept paco with tho other first class cutteis Hint yawls on tho current time uile of the day based upon tonnage without nuclei going much Hlterstlon, und us we liaw said It was not until sclentlllu yacht designing tisil; the pliicu of tho shipwright's udzo unci tho device nf the broad keel was used In lower tho centra nf ginvlty of vessels that thtj Anuw was outclassed." it moro stylish, and porhaps it is, and he refuses to don a wind pad. Ever notice him working behind the bat? But I am going to let you in on a secret. That chest is not all his own. Beneath his jacket ho carries his armor, a chest pro tector, and under his trouser legs are shin guards. He insists that all players call him "Mr." Ho says that ho thinks maybo next year his name will be in tho Social Register. Larry Doyle thought that ho had received the raw end of a docislon at second baso one day. He ran down 'to first, where Klem had retreated after ho had possod his judgment. "Say, Bill," exploded "Larry, "that man didn't touch the bag didn't oomo within six feet of it." "Say, Doylo," replied Klem, "when you tulk.to me call me Mr. Klem. " , "But Mr. Klem " amended Larry. . Klem hurriedly drow a lino with his foot as Doyle approached him mona aclngly. "Hut if you come over that lino you're out of the gome, Mr. Doyle," ho threat ened. "All right," answered Larry, letting his pugilistic attitude evaporate before the abruptness of Klem as the mist does before tho classic noonday sun, "but Mr. Klem, I only wnnted to ask you if that clock in centro field was rlgllt by your watch, Iwcauso I know ovcrythlng about you is right." Iarry wont back grinning, and con sidering that he had put ono over on Klem-Mr. Klem. " , For a long time Johnny Evers of the Chicago club declared thot Klem owed him 5 on a bet ho had lost to tho second baseman and had neglected to pay. Now John when ho was right could make Al most any umpirical gout leap from crag to crag and do somersaults en routo. Ho kept postering Klem about that measly 5 bet, not in an obstrusivo way, you understaand, but by such delicate moth ods as holding up flvo fingers when Klom glanced down on tho coaching Unes.whero ho was stationed or by writing' a. largo 5 In tho dirt at homo plato with the butt of his bat as ho camo up when Klem was umpiring on balls and strikes, or by count ing slowly and casually up to five and stopping with an abruptness that could not be misconstrued. One day John lot his temper get away from him and bawled Klem out in his most approved fashion, "Here'syour flve.Mr. Evers, said Klem, handing him a five dollar bill,' "and now you aro fined $25. "Aud it was worth it." answered Evers, "to bawl you out." THE O'DAT TTrE Or UMPIRE. Next comes the O'Day type, and there is only ono of them, Hank. He, Is the stubborn kind; or perhr.ps "was the stub born kind" would be better, as ho is.now manager. Ho is bull headed. If a man ager gets titer him for a decision ho Is likely to go up in the air end, not meaning to dn it, call close ones against the club that has made tho kick, for it must bo re membered that umpires aro only "poor weak mortals after all." O'Day has to bo handled with shook absorbers. McGraw tries to do it, but shock absorbers dont fit him well and tho first thing that usu ally occurs Is a row, "Let mo do the kicking, boys," McGraw always warns his players before a gamo that O'Day is going to umpire. Ho doesn't want to see any of his men put out or tho game. Bill Dahlen always got on O'Day's nerves by calling him "Henry." For somo reason O'Day doesn't like the name, and Bill Dahlen discovered tho most irritating inflection to glvo it so that it would rasp on O'Day's ears. He doesn't mind "Hank, and Is not a "Mister" um pire But every time Dahlen would call . i , MATCH ARRANGED FOR SCHOOL HOCKEY TITLE Stevens Prep and Manual Training to Wind Up the Season on March 10. APPEAL FOR WEINSTEIN Dlssntixfacllon Over Decision of Gnmes Committee Baskclhall Championship. Scholastic hockey enthusiasts, of whom there havo been many this season, aro pleased with the news that Stevens Prep, which leads tho teams In the Private School Hockey League with 1 .000 per cent.. Is to piny Manual Training, the P. S. A, L. cham pions, for the title at St. Nicholas It Ink on March to. Stevens has played twenty games this season, nf which eighteen were won, the other two being a tie and a defeat. Hie Hoboken seven scored 40 points to 7 by tho opponents, Although the Manual Training lads havo not engaged In so many contests, they have good reason to think well of their record, livery team was de feated In the High School Hockey LeagUn tournament and Manual won the titlo with a clean elate, Tho Be Witt Clinton and Btuyvesant sevens Included a number of veteran players and Manual was obliged to marshal almost entirely a new team so far as experlenco Is counted. There Is expected somo dissatisfaction over the Importance which Is being at tached to the game, however, because of the fact that Manual (Training was beaten by the score of 4 goals to o by the Columbia Grammar School team and Stevens Prop was beaten by Montclalr, Those who are muklng the urrangements for the match, however, baso their selection on the fact that Manual Training headed the list In the P. H. A, L, tournament and that Stevens Prep won a similar place In the private school leaguo. The defeat of Stevens liy Montclalr was an outside matter so far as the New York schools are concerned, and Manual Training's single reversal was a matter apart from her league contests. The standing of the eight teams In the private school league, an organization which aroao from tho lucreased popularity In the zamo this winter, follows: HlAvnnn Pmn. ltrnwnlnfr Kehnnl Ttla I Cutler, Columbia Grammar, Collegiate, Irving, Ryms. The giimos In this series have been con cluded, olthouuh there remain a few games which were urranged Independently among the schools still lo be played. The three teams In the New Jersey Inter scholnstic Hockey League are placed In the following nrdr' Nrioof. M. .. r', Moulrlnlr,. ,, ,, 2 o lrnn Mirxrnn Prrp. , . l I uu Newark , ... 0 2 . These scores were made by Stevens Prep this season: CollciUlc, 1-0: SiuyvcMot. 4-0: Collegiate, O'Day "Henry It ws the rold shower aud the civilian's clothes for his. ' Dahlen was playing in St. Louis many years ago when tho racetrack was right across from the ball park. Bill had a preference in one of the later races ono day and was anxious to get across the street and make a little bet. He had obtained a leave of absence on two pre ceding days by calling O'Day "Henry" and had lost money on the horses he had selected as fleot of foot. But this last timo he hod a "suro tiling and. was bank ing on some positive information which had been slipped to him by a friend of tho friend of the man who owned the winner, and Bill wanted to be there. Along about tho fifth inning Bill figured that it' was time for him to get a start, so he walked up to O'Day and said: "Henry, do you know who won the first race? ' "No, and you won't either, Mr, Dah len," answered Hajtk, "You are fined 125, and you stay here and play the game out." r Some one had tipped Hank off. And tho saddest port of the story is that Bill's horse' walked home, and he couldn't get a bet down on him. "First timo it ever failed to work," groaned Bill In the hotoL that night, "and I said 'Henry' in my meanest way, too." Most clubs try to keep an umpire from feeling hostile toward the team because, even if he means to see a play right, he is likely to call a closo ono a gainst bis enemies , not intending to be dishonest. It would simply mean that you wouldn't get any close ones from him, and the close ones count. Soma umpires can "be reaaonod with,"and a good fair protest will often mako a man think perhaps he lias called It wrong, and he will give you the edge on the noxt closo one. A player must understand an umpire to know how to approach him to the best advantage. O'Day can't, be reasoned with. It is as dangerous to argue with him as it is to try to ascertain how much gasolene is in tho tank, of an automobile by sticking down .tho lighted end of a cigar or ciga rette. AM UMPIRE WHO LISTEN'S TO ARO.Dllt.VT. 1 Emslle will listen in a nMSnnnfi1 irm. ment. He is one of the finest types of umpire mat over broke into the league, I think. He is a rood fallow. Par h it from me to bo disloyal to my manager, far T ll.lnl'll,k.. u . . .u- .... - ....( ,uu, no m uro irtimb umi oror won a pennant, but Emslle put one over on McGraw lout nmisnn whan If w knM Bald that Emslio was getting so old he couiun tsoe a play.( "I'll bet." said McOraw tn htm after he had called one against the Giants, mat i can put a baseball and an orange on second Iwise, and you can't tell the difference fr om the home plate. Bob." Emslle ma do no reply right then, but .when the, eye tost for umpires was es tablished bv Mr. T.vnrti ha muMmi bf the league. Bob possod it at the head 01 mo use ana men turned around and went up to Chatham in Ontario, Canada, and mad. high, score with the rifle hi a shooting malch up there. After he had done thatroljo was umpiring at the Polo Grounds one day.. "W nt to take me on for a shooting match, John?, he asked McGraw as he passed him. "No, Bob, you're all right. I give it 10 you, answered McOraw, who hod long forgotten his slur on Emslle's eyesight. Emslio is the sort of umpire who rules by tho bond of good fellowship rather than ly the voioo of authority. Old ob has one "groove," and it is a per sonal matter atout whic he Is very sensitive. He is under cover. It is no t-ccret or I would not give way on him. But that luxuriant growth of hair ap parent comes off at night like his collar 20: Columbia Grammar. 10: Culler. 1 0: Irvlnr l-O; Hay Side A.O.. A 0: Kordham Prep, 40; Sum mil A. C, 20: Columbia, ml. 10; Columbia Crarnmar, .10; Culler. 31; Montclalr. 02: llrcuvnliiir. I o; Synn. 4-1; Hill, 22; .Newark. ;:: Imal. l-o; Hay Side A.C., 1-0; Hartford 111 tli Scflool, 21. l.ennnn and Welnsteln, the two athletes who were disqualified by the high schools games committee for competing In the junior class when they were over age, have been suspended from competition for one year from tho timo of tho indoor cham pionships, secretary II. II. Wright went Into further details as to the evidence pre sented last Tuesday at tho Welnsteln In vestigation. The athlete had an affidavit from Ills mother stating that he was not is years old until February t. The commit tee discovered, however, that at two ele mentary schools which he attended Weln steln gave the data of bis birth as ism, anil that there was an Inconsistence between this data and that at tho High (school of Commerce. Tho committee refused to con sider the affidavit. 1 hose who are interested In Welnsteln's side of the case say that lawyers have been consulted In regard to the matter and that tlmallldavit will havo to be accepted. They have also a lettor written to Welnsteln by an uncle In Texas congratulating him on the occasion of his sixteenth birthday. Although It was not positively stated that an appeal would be made it was said that the matter is not ended, and this action 1 expected soon. In case of a reversal of the decision by, the games committee of the P. S. A. L. the high school committee, either would have to accept It or break relations with the league. With the final games still to be considered as well as some whloh have been postponed Do Witt Clinton and Btuyvesaut are tied for the' lead In the basketball tournament or the P. Hr A. L. Never beforo did It happen that the deoldlng game of the aeries came into tho last round, and the schedule could not have been arranged to better advantage had the outcome of all the matches been known in the beginning. The percentages are; athdbl. Won. Lost. PC. lie Witt Clinton 9 1 ,900 Btuyveiant t 1 .mo 1'attern District 5 2 .(00 Newtown t I .575 Jamaica ft t .too Kraimua Hall 3 .two Tounsend Harris 4 6 .444 Flunking 4 e ,400 Commercial I 0 .333 Manual Training 2 ; ,222 Hush wck t 7 ,1-3 Itlchmond Hill 0 7 .000 The decision ot the games committee of the P. B. A. ,L which jiussed on the eligibility of Ashmead of Itlchmond Hill and Plan te roth of Newtown, both basket ball players, was received last week from Jumos !;. Bullivun, Ashmead played with a team of professionals and wan declared Ineligible on that account, but Planteroth, who ulayed 011 a team of amateurs against n professional five, was let off. The drawing card of the Da Witt Clinton Indoor games, which will be held at the Twelfth Iteglmeut Armory on the evening ui .-uaruii iu. yvm tie a iwo mile enuegiaie run, in which will be entered a number ot college stars. Thero will be also a quarter mile for ox-members of the school. The Morris High Bohool games, to be held at the Heventy-llrst Itelgment Armory the same evening, will also include a run for ex members, The young bluejackets of the Nautical School, Newport, will havo their annual scholastic games at the pier, fool of Fast Twenty-third street, next Haturday after noon. Hesldes the regular track and field events there will be a number of novel feslurea, Including nautlcat feats which aro unknown 10 landlubbers. The ad mission will be by Invitation, and a num ber of notable guests will be present. Indoor baseball practice, principally for pitchers und catchers, has been Inaugurated liolh at the High School of Commerce and lie Will Clinton. About too candidates responded ut ouch Institution. and necktie. It used to be quite tho fad In the league to "josh" Bcb about his wig, but that astlme has sort of passed now beoauso ho has proved himself to be such a good fellow. I had to laugh to myself, and not boister ously, last year when Mr. Lynch appointed' Jack Doyle, formerly a first baseman and a hot headed player, an umpire and scheduled him to work with Emslle. I remembered the time roveral years ago when Doylo took offence at one of Bob's decisions and wrestled him all over the infield trying to get his wig off and show him up before Jho crowd. And then Emslle and he worked together like Damon and Pythias and Klaw and Erlanger and the Siamese twins. The business makes Strang bedfellows. Emslle was umpiring in Now York one day in the season of 1909, and the GlanU were playing St. Louis. A wild pitch hit Emslle over tho heart and he wilted down, unconscious. The players gathered around him, and Bresnahan, who was oatching for. St. Louis at the time, started to help Bob. Buddenly the old umpire came to and started t fight off hi first old. to tho injured corps. No one could understand his attitude aa he struggled to his foet and strolled away by himself, staggering a little and ap parently dizzy. At last he came back and gamely finished the business of the day. I never knew why he fought with the me i who were trying to help him until several weeks later when we were playing tn Pittsburg. As I came out from under rhe stand Emslio happened to bo making his entranoe. 'Say, Matty," he asked me, "that time in New York did my wig oome off? Did Bresnahan take my wig off?" , "No, Bob," I replied, "he was only try ing to help you." "I thought maybe ho took it off while I was down and out and showed me up before the crowd," he apologized. "Listen, Bob," I said. "I don't believe thero is a player in either league who would do that, and If any youngster tried it now he would probably be lloked." "I'm glad to hear you say that, Matty," answered the old man as he picked up his wind pad and prepared to go to work, i Anc tin nailer! mnrn hnA nnnfl nn mn that day than he ever had In his life before, hut I I never mentioned mat wig. UMPIRES HAVE TTIKIR OFF DAYS. Most umpires declare that they have off days just like players, when they know that they are making mistakes and cannot help it. It a pitcher of Mordecai Brown's kind, who depends largely on his control for his effectiveness, happens to run up against an umpire with a bod day ho might just as well go back to the bench. Brown is a great man to work the oorners of the plate, and if the umpire is missing strike he is forced to lay the ball over, and then the batters whang It out. John atone had an off day in Chicago this last season when Brown was working and couldn't see a strike unless tho ball cut the plate. "What's the use of me tryin' to pitch, Jim," said Brown, throwing down his glove and walking to the bench disgusted, "if you don't know a striko when you see one?" y Sometimes an umpire who has been good will go into a long slump when he can't call things right, and he knows it. Men like that get as discouraged as a pitcher who goea bad. Thoro used to bo ono in the National League who was a pretty fair umpire when he started and seemed to be getting along fino until he hit one of those slumps. He was calling everything wrong, and he knew it. At last he quit, and the next time I saw him was In Philadelphia In the last world's series. He was a policeman. "Hello, Mattyl he shouted at me as we were going into Shlbo Park for this first THE GOLF BALL PR0BLE1VL Question of Standardizing Attracting Much Attention. , With each succeeding week golfers the world over appear .to be taxing more and more Interest in the question of standard izing the ball. Here In Now York and vi cinity tho amateurs are apparently only beginning to awaken to the importance of the matter, though in Great Ilritain, and even In the Western part of this country. much effort has already been made toward solving the problem. Probably the greatest step forward was that recently taxen by Golf Uluslratid of Iiondon tn sending out letters to moro than 260 of tho leading golfers In England and Scotland. The letters asked whether the golfers were or wore not In favor of stand ardizing the ball and furthermore if they even went so far as to advocate the return of the old solid gutty. In a week's time ttt answers were received and out ot that number all except eleven declared In favor ot standardization. Among those who came out emphatically for a standard ball were former champions John Ball and A. (1. Harry, while John Low and Harold Keveridge advocated a return to the gutty. A number of others also ex pressed a leaning toward the solid ball, llaVry writes that the present far driving creations are spoiling the beat courses. He says that every September he spends several weeks at St. Andrews and on each visit he notices that the course seems shorter than beforo, That they are alive to the situation In the West was shown by a report sent out from Chicago last week to the effect that golfers In authority there have signed a petition asking that the club managing the amateur championship tournament consider the question of making all the entrants use balls of the same material and structure. Apropos ot balls, one of the most unique exhibits shown at the recent cement show In Chicago was a cement golf ball, Tho new sphere was tried out by $ed Kawyer, a former Western champion, at one of the indoor courses and the gotfer seemed to be pleased with It possibilities. It Is of similar size to other golf balls but with a core of a composition of cork and concrete mixture, which It Is declared will act In the same manner as rubber. Whether the cement ball amounts to anything or not, the mere turning out of such an article Indicates the never ceasing endeavor to devise something to outdo the , present popular brands. .Severul local piayers wno nave aiscussea me possiuuiiy of some new ball coming along are In favor of restrictions, though Just what few are prepared to say W, J, Travis has already declared himself as opposed to standardi sation, while Lelghton Calkins favors getting at tho trouble through the courses rather than the ball, One playor wbo has given tho subject louelderable thought says that while tlio action on, the part of the United States Clolf Association in deciding to Investigate the ball situation and patent rights Involved sounds well enough, It may after nil prove nothing more than an lulereatlng themetlcal toplo Incapable of leallzatlou While It looks well on paper, headds.lt ialoo I 'Ionian to work out In the meauttme go I (em are tired of paying fit a dozen for bulls, game there, "lean call you by your flrit name now," and he waved his hand real friendly. The last conversation I had with that follow, unless my recollection fails me entirely, was anything but friendly. Fiinny I can't think of his name. Umpires have told tno that sometimes they see a play ono way and call it an other, and as soon as tho decision Is an nounced thoy realize that they have called it wrong. This malady has put more than ono umplro out, A man on tho National Leaguo staff has informed mo since that ho once called a hit fair that was palpably two feot foul in ono of the most important games ever played in baseball when he saw tho ball striko on foul ground. "I couldn't help saying, 'Fair ball,' " declared this man, and lie is one of the best in the National League. "Luckily," ho added, "the team against which the decision went won tho game." Many players assert that umpires hold a personal grudgo against oertatn men who havo put up too strenuous kicks, and for that reason tho wise ones are careful how they talk to umpires of this sort. Fred Tenney has said for a long timo that Mr. Klom gives him a shade the worst of it on all olose ones becausohehad a run in with that umpire one day, when they came to blows. Tenney Is a great man to pick out tho good ones when at the bat, and Fred says that if ho is tip with a three and two count on him Klem is likely to call tho next one a strike if it is close, not because ho is dishonest but booause he has a certain personal feeling whloh he cannot overcome. And the funny part about it is that Tenney does not hold this up against Klem. A DECISION THAT MADE MATTY RICK. Humorous incidents aro always occur ring in connection with umpires. We were playing in Boston ono day three years ago and the score was 3 to 0 against the Giants in the ninth inning. Becker knocked a home run with two men on bases and it tied the score. With men on first and third bases and one out in the last half of the ninth a Boston batter tapped one to Mcrkle which I thought ho trapped, but Johnstone, the 'umpire, said n nnnnJit It. nn the flv. and it wasslmnlicttv itself to double the runner up off first base. who also tnoug.ni merme nau irepjreu ui I. nil on,l ainrtni fnr itncnncl. That retirori the side and wo won the gamo in the twelfth inning, whereas Boston would hav taken It in the ninth ir Johnstone had said the ball was trapped instead of caught on the fly. It was a very hot day and those extra three innings in the box knocked mo out. I was sick for a week afterward with stomach troublo and couldn't pitch in Chicago, where we mado our next stop. That was a caao of where a decision in my favor "made mo sick. Tim Hurst, tho old American League umpire, was one of tho most picturesque judges that over spun an indicator. He was t he sort who would take a player at his word and fight him blow for blow. Tim was umpiring in Baltimore in the old days and there was a runner on first bl"Tne man started to steal." says Tim. He was telling the story only the other day in McGraw's poolroom in New York, and it is lietter every time he does it. "As he left the bag he spiked the first baseman and that player attempted to trip him. The second baseman blocked the runner and in sliding into the bag he tried to spiko Hugh Jennings, who was playing short stop and covering, while Jennings sat on him to knock tho wind out. The batter lilt Robinson, who was catching, on the hands with his bat so that ho oouldn t throw, and Robbie trod on my toes with his spikes and shoved his glove into my race so that I couldn't see to make the de cision. It was one or the hardest that I have ever been called upon to make. "What did you do?" I asked him. "I punched Robbie In the ribs and called it a foul and sent the runner back." replied Tim. Even so there Is little likelihood of the national body starting a ball factory. With regard to the possible return to the solid ball one writer pronounes the suggestion as hopeless because the golfing world would no more accept the gutty ball now than It would accept a ball made of stone or Iron. It Is true that the use of tho gutty would mako tho game tnoreldlfflcult and, as It Is put, moro,"sclentlllo," but golf Is quite difficult enough .as It is for tho average man these days, and thoso for whom It is not may play with guttles If thoy wish. It would not do to determlno that tho cham pionships and other leading competitions should bo played with a standard ball, while the players ot tho game were loft free to use what they liked In thelrordlnary games. "If thero Is to be ony standardization at all It must bo right through tho gamo from top to bottom." says nnqthor: "other wise the championships would not be the championships of golf us It Is played, but of somo very different gamo not regularly played and rocjiiirlng quite different meth ods. Hesldes 0110 of the chief objects, of standardization Is supposed to bo to save tho courses; that Is to prevent good holes being mudo to look moro Incapable or testing tho player' capacity Minn they havo recently been iiiaito to look. Unless that very potent person the aver age golfer Is Biitlsl'ed In the matter, no attempt at standardization w II ever take proper effect, and In all probability ho will not bo satisfied with any measure that is designated to tako away any of the length that be now obtains from, his drive nor any of the sweetness of feeling of the ball upon the head of the club nt the moment of Impact, That Is nearly ns much as to say that if thoro s to be standardization the halls as wo have them now must be standardized and that the simple object of the legislation must bo to provent their capacity for length being Increased In the ruture rather than cut off uny or the length with which they already have been on clowed. In ono form or another it Is claimed that there must bo tho offect ot any. legls latlon nf a posltivo character. 110 others would bo generally accented. Some kind nf a regulation test might have to be matin, but let It not bo forgotten that It would be ........ . . 1 . 1 . . . ! , 1 . . . lianrlt. inn very iiiucn easier uj uumin . ,... loyal cooporallon ot the manufacturers If the balls that thoy now mako were ac cepted as standard for the. future than If thoy were asked to undo all the work they havo done in the last few years In the way of giving tho golfer what he desired.. . . r I -.. n,hn. It. tliaf Iff. it IB IK'im W1I1V BUHiui.., - " - norea or affects to Ignore tho Importance . , l it.. r t . .. .nMniilni.lllT.r In tlila Ol Slid lIllHirilCD 111 WW lllfl,,..,nv....;-. business will ho courting failure If for no other reason than that tho mass of ordi nary golfers and tho manufacturers have been and still are In friendly league with eacn oiner aim wun mo uiijuuvui iiuuv... balls thut can be driven further and further. IE may appear inai unw uinu;iv. are based on the assumption that when the ,i ... . . I I . . I 1... , V. llMi- suujeci conies 10 cju cuiwiuwiu' uj imp , authority or a conference some sort of stsnd urcnracion win ue cunniuuit.-i n,o.v. and will be advised. Hut it might very well no mai ins rouu m 1110 uciniciawu"" be to the effect that tho setting up of a fixed and rigid standard or the bull to.be played with was lnadvisublo or Impossible or both, Wrestling Championships at Bronx Church Ilouso, The wrestling championships of the Metropolitan Association havo beon awarded tn tho Hronx Church House, sit uated at l"lst btrtet and Fulton avenue, and will tako placo on Murch 2tf nnd is. The clasfes UI0 105. 113. 125, 13S. 14 J, U pounds and heavyweights, ,1. A. Kelly, loi inerly a member of the Pastime A. t, has charge of the entiles, which will close on 'the "nth. Mcmls-m nf the Hmnx House, Club are doing cvci thing tu mako it affair a success. t