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One of the Biggest Wars in
the National Game
Unexpected Developments at
Many Stages?Braves Make
Spectacular Climb.
N'KW YORK. December 26.?-When
baseball fans of the dim and distant
future get together to reminisce, they
will i)e unanimous in agreeing' that
1914 was one of the most eventful
years In the history of the name. All
along the way. from the very first day
of the year to the present time, the un
usual has been the order of things.
As Father Time ushered in 1914, the
'?iants and White Sox were abroad on
the greatest world tour of ball play
ers over I.Mown. Also the Federal
i.eague was Just rorplng Into being
as an organization worthy of atten
tion. It brought Clonic with it one
of the three biggest baseball wars.
The only "ones to coriipard with it
were Waged by the Brotherhood in
1 SCO. and by the American League in
130') and succeeding years. This latest
war Is still on. very tnueli on. as nil
concerned and unconcerned know.
Kurprlar Follow* Surprise.
One event that.occurred In the first
mouth of the year and surprised many
persons was the oiliclal and formal
recognizing ol the Baseball Players'
Fraternity by tho National Commission
and the granting of the demands of
i'resident David L. Fultz. It was the
lirst time such a thing has been done,
hater on came the threat of a general
vtrlku of ball players over the Kraft
case, when the magnates bowed again
?another unprecedented occurrence.
The actual playing season of the
two big leagues presented unexpected
developments at many stages. Tho
Boston Braves made their spectacular
climb from the cellar to the int
of ;he National League, thereby oust
ing three-time champion <;innt? from
the honor. Arid the Athletics consid
ered invincible ill a sdiort series, wore
beaten by them for the world's title,
beaten In four straight games, which
was without parallel in the past.
Athletic* Ituak. Near Top.
Following the close of the ?eas-on
i a me word from Connie Mack that
he was to break up the combination
that had ruled the diamond so despoti
cally before they met the Braves. The
going of Bender, Plank. Coombs and
Collins leaves only a shell of the old
Philadelphia machine, which in time
to come will be ranked near If not
quite at the top, when the greatest
teams are under discussion. The sale
of Collins alone Is almost.. epochal.
Hero is a man rated by a majority
of ^rltlcs as the Krentest player In the
game, and hii> sale to the Chicago
White Sox is supposed to have drawn
a world's record price, said by one
man, who claims to know, to be $43,
Where is there another Instance
of the greatest player of any Kenera
tion being sold or traded to another
Don't forgot t lie passing of Hans
Wagner either. The old-timer went
through his first season with worse
than a .300 batting average.
Yankee Hnlr liunortau t.
The sale of the New York Yankees
is .1 much more Important event than
simply an ordinary change In owner
ship. It is expected to mark a new era
in the career of the American League,
an era ol more general prosperity all
around. In return for promises of I
spending plenty of money wherever ]
desirable to do so. Ban Johnson has de- '?
dared to the new owners his Intention j
of making the wheels revojve so as to ,
hrinK a number of star players to the I
New York club, and put it in the thick j
of future pennant fights. Of course j
Johnson made similar promises to j
Krank Farrell?ami failed to back .
them up with action. But he and the
owners of other clubs In the league !
now seem sincere in their profession j
of desire to help the Yankees.
If the Yankees can get In the con- |
test for the (lag there la no doubt that j
they will draw good-paying crowds, j
which will help every club In the I
league to make ends meet, Just as tho
Giants' success has been an aid to ;
every club In the National League.
Connie .Makes Had Mistake.
An official of the American League {
says that Ban Johnson Is making ef- J
forts to persuado Connie Mack to j
change his methods next season In an.j
endeavor to draw more fans to the !
support of Ills team. Mack, a bench
manager of the most retiring sort. Is
almost unknown to the avorage man
in the crowd, lie is never seen on the
ball flold, and Is thought of more or
less as nothing but a sort of electrical
force that makes things go. There is
nothing human about him, nothing i
that would appeal to the fan, and were)
it not for the fact that his clubs have j
b")n up there In the race each year
li would have only a corporal's guard
r._ his games. Connie has been mak
ing a big mistake by staying iit 'ho
background thus.
Ban Johnson hns come to the con
clusion that the Athletics would bo
bettor drawing cards If Mack would
get out In the spotlight a bit and bo
seen. He wants Connie to become the
style of manager that McGraw Is?
wear a uniform and work on the coach
ing lines. It might break Connie's
heart if he were forced to do this, hut
wouldn't a bunch of people turn out
to seo what he looks like In a uniform?
Bet your life they would. It Is to bo I
hoped that Johnson will succeed with j
his arguments and causo the tall and 1
lean tactician to show his faco a bit
more during the next season, as well
as theroafter.
IMntty Describes <lueer Curve.
Christy Mathewson has cleared up a
few of the masteries of the "emery
ball" for us. That freak dolivery,
which came Into prominence for the!
tlrst time this year, is worked quite;
a bit differently from what the aver-1
age person thinks, according to Matty, |
who knows, and also knows how to I
tell It. I
"The ball is twisted and rubbed on j
the piece of emery cloth in the palm
of the glove until there is a rough spot i
about the size of a silver half dollar j
on it," he says. "Then here's the part I
that everybody doesn't know?how to!
hold the ball when pitching it. You
hold It and also throw It exactly the'
same as any other delivery, either a
straight, fast Inshoot or an outcurvo.
The Important consideration Is to have
the rough spot lit the position where
it will be on tho end of the axis of'
turning; In other words, practically j
stands still or Just spins Instead of!
? revolving clear around the ball as It'
whirls. The rough spot being on the[
same side throughout the whole jour
ney of the ball, It causes extra com
pression of air on that side, which i
maketj the ball swerve and hop toward
Federal League After This Cuban Pitcher
I'almero. the Cuban pitcher, who played for n short time with the New
York CJiants last season, has just pitched a no-hit game against the 1*e rluh,
his team winning 7 to t. He struck out twelve men. It is rumored that
I'almero is being sought by a Federal League team in the States.
the other side. If tho rough spot is
on top it causes a rapid drop. If be
low, It causes nn upward shoot or
Jump.. If it iH on the right the ball
scoots to the leff. and if it is on the
left tho ball will out over to the right."
Calllnit Smith Second Arrhrr.
So many nice things have been said
ana written about young Harry Smith,
the youthful catcher nicked up by Mc
(Jraw's Giants from the Savannah club
'Of the South Atlantic league, that tho
boy must be a budding star. "A second
Archer" Is the way most of his ad
mirers describe him. We saw Smith
perforin in a few games here during
the last week of the 1014 season, and
he certainly looked like the real ar
ticle. He caught, throw, batted and
ran the bases well. In this last resp?;ct.
he In a rare bird among catchers, for
very few of the good ones have been
worth their salt as runners. Smith,
however, gets away with the crack of
tho bat. Is in his stride rjulckly and
gets over the ground In a long, sweep
ing swing that should help him turn
many little rollers Into hits. He also
runs Intelligently once he Is on the
There is one trouble about calling
Smith all those sweet sounding names
Consider the cases of Pitcher Marty
(??Toole, formerly of the Pirates, and
lnfl.-lder Russell Blackburn and Out
fielder Larry Chappelle. of the White
Sox. These hoys were presp agented
to a fare you well, yet they all failed
to come anywhere n?ar expectations.
The publicity undoubtedly hurt them.
New Yorkers arc hoping it will not be
so with Smith.
Jack Johofion Really Training.
A letter from a friend in New Or
leans tells us that Jack Johnson in
tends to do a lot of real training be
fore. his bout with Jess Wlllard next
March. Our correspondent has recent
ly returned from a trip through vari
ous South American countries, and
while there met thto big negro. He does
not Bay ju6t whore the meeting was.
but he saw Johnson for two or three
days and had an opportunity to talk
with him nt considerable length abo'-t
the coming bout.
"Johnson does not even consider tho
possibility of being beaten by Wlllard."
says the letter. "He takes It for grant
ed that he will win with ease. Yet,
he admits Wlllard must be a better
fighter than Prnnk Mornn, judging
from what he has hoard of Jess. The '
darky will be in much better condi-1
tlon than when he met Moran. which j
will make It Just ns ono-slded as that
farce was. Johnson has begun to be!
cleaner in his hahlts even this long)
before tho fight. 7 saw him take only j
two drinks. One was with his meal j
one evening and the other was when1
ho reluctantly accepted an invitation j
to hoist one with a party of friends. J
I guess he has begun training bv this,
time, living an outdoor life and get- j
ting himself into good general shape'
(iunbont Smith Plucky.
Gunboat Smith Is nothing if no* j
plucky. He is the only one of tho!
white heavyweights who is not afraid!
of tho negroes, Joe Jeanette. Sam Mc-1
Vey and Sam Langford. Langford is I
the only one of this bunch he has
fought, but he has tackled Sam twice,
lie outpointed the Ronton tar baby the
first time In a bout branded by many
as n probable fake and was knocked
out the next time. His present desire i
to meet Langford arfaln In an effort
to wipe thnt blot off his record indi
cates two things?pluck and ambition.
Just about as many of the white
heavyweights of to-day lack ambition
as lack phick, and certainly there are
plenty without the latter quality.
Any of tho white hopes would bo
wllllnpr to nssnil Jack Johnson na Wll
lard Is going to do. Tlioro Is a ton
of money In It for them If they should
happen to slip over a lucky knockout
punch. But against tho other formid
able negroes there Is practically noth
ing to gain and everything to lose.
Smith has plenty of shortcomings, to
be sure, but his readiness and desire
to box Langford again must be com
manded?unless, and it Is a big unions?
unless there Is some sort of a working
agreement between him and Langford.
WASHINGTON, December 20.?Thir- I
ty-slx rlllc clubs from thirty-four cities'
participated this week in the opening I
match of the rifle club gallery cham
pionship, tinder auspices of the Nn- '
tional Rifle Association of America
Bridgeport, Conn., led Class A. scorinir
990, against a score of 962 by Manches
ter, N. H.
Flynn Knocks Out Davis.
^ YV PHCetTl,)?r -6?Fireman
d. Flynn knocked out (Seorffe ("nn*
nV"' of 1}ufral?' >? "I* neve nth
round of n ten-rounri mntrh here to-nljrht.
Pl>nn welched IS6. Davis ISJ. Davis took the
count of nine four time* In the flrat round.
Correct Price for Second Baseman Is
Snid to Be $25,000?Pitcher's Re
? lease Taxed Naps $127,500.
Fnt>ulous Amounts Only Exist in the
Brains of Cluli Owners?Brush, of
Indianapolis, Sold Manpiard to
Brush, of New York.
NEW YORK, December 26.?Cy !
Young cost the Cleveland Naps more '
money than Eddie Collins cost the
White Sox.
liver since Collins was sold to the ;
White Sox Collins has been given the ;
honor of being the highest priced ball i
player that ever was placed on the i
auction block. That is because the ;
reported sale price was $50,000. From (
the- "inside" comes the statement that j
the price was $$25,000?and no more. ;
When Owner Charles Soniers, of the '
Naps, wanted Young from the Boston '
team a half dozen years ago he*had to '
pay $12,500 in cash to the Botonians, j
he had to give in addition two pitchers, i
Jack Ryan and Charley Chech, and :
also he had to give Young a $5,000
bonus. Ryan and Chech were valued !
at $5,000 each, so it will be seen that |
Young cost Soniers $27,500. while Col
lins cost Comlsltey only $25,000.
The organized baseball moguls for j
a number of years have been trying to j
kid the publjc into believing that they j
pay fabulous prices for ball players. I
They would have us believe that
Charles Comiskey pakl $18,000 for Out
fielder Harry Chappelle, $1S,000 was j
more like the real price.
Barney Drevfuss is credited with :
having paid $22,500 for Pitcher Martin I
O'Toole. There always has been doubt
as to whether Dreyfuss ever parted j
with that sum of money. About $15,- j
000 Is what Dreyfuss paid, according 1
to those close to the I'lrate club. Ana \
it must be remembered that Dreyfuss
got not only O'Toole for that price, !
but that Catcher Kelly, the battery 1
partner of O'Toole, was thrown in to
make it a bargain.
The Giants are credited with pay
ing $11,000 for "Rube" Marquard. They,
got him from the Indianapolis club,
in all likelihood the Giants did pay that
for the "Rube." Incidentally, It may j
be stateti that John T. Brush, owner of
the Giants, paid that $11,000 to John
T. Brush, owner of the Indianapolis 1
club. So what's the difference whether 1
the price was $1 1,000 or $11,000,000?
Conr.le Mack is reported to have paid
out $12,000 for Pitcher "Lefty" Russell,
who fllvvered. How many are there ;
who can believe that Connie ever tore
himself loose from that much money at
any one time in his life?
Fritz Maisel came to the Yanks from i
the Baltimore Internationals at a re- ;
ported price of $12,000.
After shaving ofY about $4,000, we \
arrive at a total $8,000, which is more j
like it.
And so It Is with most of the other !
players that the publicity seeking or- |
gnnized folks have sold among them- ;
ltii|>|irrt, Huston, Fnrrell and Orrery'
OIhcunm .Matter*?Another .Meeting
* Will He Held Monday Afternoon.
NEW YORK, December 26.?The be-i
lated conference over the negotiations;
for the sale of the New York High-1
landers finally occurred this afternoon. [
Colonel Jacob It up pert, Jr., and Cap-j
tain T. T.. Huston, prospective pur
chasers a' the New York club, really;
anil truly conferred with Frank Far
rell and "iJlg Bill" Devery, and when
the, session terminated, after an hour I
or two of discussion, it was said that!
the sale of the club was proKfessingj
favorably. Another meeting will be
held in this city on Monday.
? When soon Immediately after the con
ference had adjourned, Captain Huston
declared that while the deal was in Its
tentative stages, he hoped It would l>e
completed before long. He declined to
give out any of the happenings at the
meeting, hut said the sale of the club
was progressing favorably and that an
other tneetifig would be hold on Mon
Antiquated K!ii;lhi!lty Code' Brought
l'p to Date, mid Will He in lOtTect
After September I, 1015.
Col lego Token Step in Arivnnro of
Any l:?tilutinn in South Atlantic
Division?Hits "Summer Baseball"
As a culli'K*! grows in number of
students and in athletic Importance it
finds that at intervals it becomes nec
essary in revise Us athletic eligibility
rule?-. to changhm conditions.
The athletic code in fore*- at Agri
cultural and Mechanical at the present
time lias remained liiucii the Name for
the past fo'ir years, but* since Agricul
tural and Mechanical has come to be
recognized as one of the lead? rs of
the South Atlantic division (having
won tl>e < hampionship in 1 ;? I?t?. and is
att: acting more and more students from
other colleges and other States who
desire technical education, it lias oven
found necessary to make certain
{changes in the eligibility rules looking
to a stricter regulation in certain re
[?'nvorn (lie Student.
| Agricultural and Mechanical has al
?'??? t ri^ii i,, luise its athletic regu
lations utmn eopituoil t-ell Be. and to
allow as much latitude as wa.s con
sistent with prevention <>f abu.se:>. The
husic idea has always been that every
student Is entitled to athletic privi
leges at a college as well as its other
advantages, and that !ie should not i>e
denied thes- privileges by any arbi
trary rul? iiiile: s there wr.s some strong
reason for doing n??d uv. me
common good demanded it.
The revised rules, printed below.,
which take effect September 1. have
been under consideration for the past
year. It is believed by the Agrieul
! tural and Mechanical faculty that tlieno
j rules will prevent abuses of the ath
letic privileges and will at the same
time work the least possible hardship
upon th" bona fide students. The col
lege realizes that it Is taking a step
j In advance of auv institution in the
i South Atlantic division as the new ath
letic eligibility code contains the
thirty-day registration rule (rule >
I and the two-thirds of the preceding
year residence rule (rule T'i t:ik<->i from
the old rules, these two rules being
| considered fundamental, and. as now
added, the second year or five months'
rules for students from other colleges,
and students deficient in entrance re
j quireinents.
the 'Snut l'** a'(!*? in Hc ? W?i . 'rist >"? ti?.n in
nil of lli^se r.'ei iiif h I"", which has
code, ln ???
. The .Vph" ]{n|(>K
kli1 be'iTci'i,|?f,o??l'. an<! rpK"'nr stitii<1 ins*
conli-wii ??kVI ren' ,hl" |? l
conditions: ' to 'he following
b?r of'nn' a"fil?tlcd*" un?/! * mem
t?ke part jj, am Intercolleiri-.'!? !>"'l
must onnlv to t?I? . K ate c?ntest. h?>
"Uiletlcs a?i Vurt ,f"cul,v wmniluee
PlUatlor,. it r i!, "?roviV ??1? np
faculty co'nin'ttpr on it 111 ?iTt J,y the
-aid FtUUort l? nrmr>?i I *? "?<? thr.t
collorp properly enrolled In the
committee'to 'inquire l'nto ,,lp ntlil?M|c
of the athletic 2xperl?, ? ??d,?!"nk" r'lor"
and it shall !.o the .lutv of ii. * nf>PHcnnt.
sppear Utfnrr the commit.?? "PP'^-nnt to
honor suchy?est?o?J E h" un,"".r
may see lit to a*k committee
test ^%vho "he3 ' taltoli ,ftk* Prt con
contents for" four acadVmle ,n,t'ronli'-Rla to
"t HiIf collect "r at ycnr"- *'ther
univerMty. * other college or
receiv?ng?''h!iV'received ?lrt.!rlpa?<* who |s
?ed. directly or f^lrcoVfvbe"n P?m.
Bar* Summer null IMavcrs
on^y^'^V' has
l"P to the Xationni lPJiBU,e Van? helone
league recognized hv the^N. ?! "V or ativ
< Odimlfslon a* an -'outl-.u ll. B?*eba!l
h?s misled any time from '? or ?
order to uln v on L. 'roin college w ork in
-ummer lS,a?r rBa",Z0'1 "-cM
A t h feMc^Coinlc'i| ,,Sn/^VOKnlz?'1 bv the
?shall hp eligible thM f??!I i"*r of aMV ten in
I*-* he hasWalneTl as T r-. i**""""- ??"
two-thirds of thp r.r? ii rpM','e'>t student
< five , ,^atWnrtnrv reasnn session. a?j
ma I nine th? whole session nm rp"
fi''le^nl7e?;{t,efor,,,'i#nL^ho '* no? " '-on:,
this roller? "hall be nUowr?!* i conferreiJ "y
9- So person whoso name ann.1!1'/1 rl,,al*
catalogue list of omcer* of IIP. ,n ,h<?
administration of the colleee nn ^UOtLon or
celves remuneration therefor IV iJvh.? re~
mpttibpr of any athletic i..-.. *l'all tip a
the coIIp^p. J 0UUet,<-* ifam repre9entlnB
^ .nvJ
ssr^f isrtru^t ,o^eor TtHV
win ho be nHowed to pirtlcina'ta nor
work be unsatisfactory ,lls c,afl3 i
;5?;n;>lnv.'??0?;' i? ~?"-l
test during any month If !I ^ C|lft( f-?n
ported dotfclPnt onan.alorfv v.l>,"e" rp
for the prePcdlnK mon"h J - ?f hls uor'? J
a subs?ittjtp'rnernb'^r n, '"p""-r or I
ball team oP^'n.,\u.r c(d^oep0or,l, T ,,nsp- 1
durlnp the preceding ? or ""Iver.-ltv |
permitted to bo, omp ' Par "hn'l l.e !
team at this roller ilurlne Mb flr?? ^'V'er ,
In no case .ihall such mii,i?? ? T5 "esslou
thone teumn at thin roil!.L? T '"""'le for I
have bPP? a stulent hUnlM!' ??o ???ull
half of ?he^ pJecertlnK sV?innr T"M !
dents who arV in- i. Anc! all stu- I
two-thirds of th?? worl!"1 ro('>V|'Unilnat,on on i
mission to the freshman ! f1' for ad- 1
allowed to participate until Thev h" n<>1 1,0
In rolle^e unV' ,he> fcnve l,eo? |
only Tiona0flde' stt^ilpiVt'iT'Vo ?U|M ls lo "'l"w j
letlc contests, and If It ?l,,,?i Pnrt ln '
fncultv and ' athletlr , ;'!*I'i*ar to the
student is or has ivep i.ein''?e "" v
athlette. or that Iip 1? |? (.rtMe^?0 ?SS,r>nn'
iiurpiise of taklrir nari i.. n i for the
"f (r*ttlnjr an eduction V."V. ? T :,n'1 1
not l.e allowed to rVnr.'sen tw,,a" ?
any athletic contest. ' e,u u'? ?olleK(, :
to jiip.m any ^tlTdent^wb.V'jms {f kln,<,rPreted j
to mean any coiieB,. name?l 'iM Interpreted i
report of the ('omniiNsioner , J' latest i
which has as manv ha'1^1 ? '?'I'icntlon
n.V? <-Xe?X;'r0|\v!r '?orm?rete,! "
Sections ?VX\*n2 fforuioiT
Sections 2 and u provlX provis,onf. '
^or the enforoenient of til** ? 1 * "*^ehlnery !
Which has l,eet> apart of t '^ , I 1
pant t,v?> vcars. Is considered .eS for 'I""
?ary regulation. Section ft v.-'i'? f.?rv 'Wen- I
prenspil Agricultural -in<i \i ^"^'h has ??x*. '
Hon or, the -summer b^,cb.T,l!n,|,ro,'s I'osI
several years has heeri fl n K- fori
praotlcallv every colleee in !? iuloPtPd by
Jsnth* division. This rule |,as bee. ",h A''
to Include the Kederai 1 j! "memied
oilier lea Kite recoxnlzed l/v ?! *V."' ""V i
Raseball Commission as an "out!a,, Va,,?""1 '
?Section ; is believed to be ,,i,VfV,..u , "
sary to the maintenance of ril?i?. nei-es
ple.^ in college athletics and In prlnci
w U> r/i'e should be n 'nar n/ ti''0,lll",|l?"
ellKlblllty rode <.f every insVltmi * a"1'<,tlc ;
Scction :? which to '""tMution. j
rule has been mad. to' confo'r, nl """'"taut
?he similar rule T,, force a ,h" ?,X'V,!v to
c'.Ai'fi:"- ' m'vS;,'I;
xias, wsi <??.,
ship. Hy "a majority of |,N u'i-i?..si'ho,,lr*
strued to menu a majority of V! : 0?n
student Is taklnK. A ieuort u , ?",?rs a
scholastic standing of cverv *i.."i e "" i
coIIcko at the end of each m,.nV, U
?? "? >!?? nssm1;*;;
i?W?h?;!r,i?.?. j
tural an.I Mochanloal )ut ?'^,a' '\*rlc?l
essary by the Incren.! ... . "?w made nec
dents t., come to 5?V5 'r.1"1""^' '>?" Mu- '
chanlcal frt.m other ?nll?." " . ",,<J Me- i
not bellived that leaving M.'e " ,H '
Kolng to another t|IO n h '''? < ollego and |
ronson for the dlsbarineV.i ,.l ,,or "e a i
olhletlc prlvllrcos ?IV.?J.i. ( student Jroin
to abuse in this purMcfilir^if" "abliltv
v?nble to pa"s ,{,7^ .u'l? " ad - I
stands it is t|,e ' ? ,.Vh "'p rule now
?t the University' of North Carolina, ^
Champion Welsh's Next Opponent
| the additional requirement I" ipr.-inl to
| Miiil"iil? det'.elent In entrance requirements.
In the above rules AjiritMiItunil ami Me
| < !i: III. il tee'.H that lt#)i as taken a position
' onsideratdv in advance of it* competitors.
Inn believes at tti?? miiio ti>ae thai < oi.eire
athletics coultl be bitter regulated by the
ail"|itlou of a one-year residence rule for
all Mt intents. wit it'll. In ? oiiiiectlon with a
seholui'ship rule an l a three year limit ri:i ?.
would i:ive all tin- rtrgti ntion uei e: s.-ry.
ARrbultur.il am! Mcchanb'iil Manils ready
to adopt the one-year rule for ??11 students
when a majority of the other iiiJdll'ltbMls 111
the South Atlantic division see 111 lo do so.
Sport, Ueelnretl llcud In 11112, Hon Shown
iteinnrkutile Vinur In ' Past
'I'hii Venrn.
i INDIANAPOLIS. Dceombor 2*5.?No
| sport reveiw for the season of 1914
can be complete without a brief study
of the year's record lit automobile rac
' lag. This pastime, declared dead in
(1912, has shown such remarkable vigor
in the last two years that at present It
i must lie ranked as a major outdoor
'amusement. Five speedway contests,
'rapped bv Thomas's victory at lndian
1 apolls before 100.000 spectators, and
nine road races, the most sensational
of which was won by Pullen at Corona
; before a crowd equally as groat, at
1 test to its popularity both East ami
' Then there were dirt track contorts
without number, the most notable be
ing that at the .Minneapolis State fair,
?which again played to an attendance
i of over 100,000. In point of paltl ad
missions to a single event, the auto
mobile racing game easily captures the
season's honors.
For next year even better things are
j predicted. Mile, and half-mile tracks,
! long in disuse through the decadence
ot horse-racing, are being rebuilt into
| miniature speedways. <'Id dobbin can
not stand the pace any more, anil is
going into the discard. In his stead
lis coming tite tlashier. more sensational
| racing car, capable of showing heart
! quickening speed for sustained dis
tances, .and affording a more interest
1 ing contest. People will pay their
! monev to see an auto race nowadays
where a horse contest, with its slow.
I dragged-out method of procedure, will
not attract and more. The horse is
j dead; long live King Gasolene.
I Speed champions for 1911 are Rene
I Thomas, who won the Indianapolis
! motor speedway f>00-mlle race at Si'.47
miles an hour, and Eddie Pullen, who
1 took down the 300-mile Corona road
1 contest at S7.S miles per hour. They
are rivalled by Teddy Totzlaff, who at
tained a speed of 142.S miles an hour
i in an attempt to lower the worlds
straightaway record, which, however,
is still held by Arthur Duray. with a
I rneed of 142.9 miles an hour to his
i credit, and Georges Uolllot, who ne
gotiated the Indianapolis motor speed
way for a full lap. turns and all. at the
dizzy rate of 99.SO miles an hour. 1 ho
licst" all-around speedway performance
to date is that of .lean Chassagne who,
in P<13, covered 107.95 miles at Brook
land's, England. In an hour's running,
anil the twenty-four-honr drive in 190.
of S F Edge, who maintained an av
erage of f.r>.90f. miles an hour for the
entire distance, stops included.
(ictirrnlM Will Seek Xevr Fields ?o Con
quer iinine Arranged Willi < ornell
at Ithnen for November III.
LEXINGTON. VA? December 26.?
Sweeping changes are planned in
Washington and Lee's football schedulo
for 191 f> The Generals, wearied by
being accorded only a reputation In
their own South Atlantic bailiwick,
have decided to seek new llelds to con
otier or be contiuered, ami will Invade
the North next fall for the first time.
A game has been arranged with Cor
nell in Ithaca for Saturday, November
13, and It is possible, that the Lexing
ton eleven also will get a date on the
schedule of another big Northern col
'* Washington and Jefferson, the heav
iest scoring team In the North, applied
for a date with Washington and Lee,
which had fewer points registered
?iiralnst it than any other big eleven,
but unfortunately it was Impossible to
arrange a game. ,
\giicultiiral and Mechanic, of North
Carolina, will, as usual, be met in Nor
folk on Thanksgiving Oay. This con
test is now an annual llxturc, and in
terest in it Increases each year. The
Generals again will clash with West
Virginia, but the battletleld may be
shifted from Charleston to Huntington.
The home schedule will be probably
cut from four games to three, but Lex- j
ingtonians. Instead of having oppor
tunities fco see only teams from Vlr- |
irinia or West Virginia, will get a I
chance to witness in action one of the
best elevens In Pennsylvania.
Profiting by experience and taking
time by the forelock, the schedule for |
1 <i 10 is being mapped out and arranged
while the dates for 1910 are beinw
Crowds Always Attend WIumi There
Is Cliatice of an Argument
With the Umpire.
When Jennings Leads the TiRe*'s lwto
Xcuv York He !s Assured of an At
tendance of Over 5,000 at EhcIi i
(?nine-?Giants Also Popular. ?!
Xi:\v YOIIK. December 2i>.?The
baseball club that draws the crowds
r.nd brings home tlie cash for the mag- |
nate la 11?r- club that is composed of ;
.scrappy, umplre-battlng players?the
' club' lb.it has color, even if It lacks in
baseball 111. And the club that falls |
as a d: awing card is one that proceeds
about Its dally job with maehanlc-llko
regularity, and whose tactics on the |
ball Held are of the Sunday school pu- j
pil order. i
The Athletics In 1314 furnished an;
excellent example of the latter Instance,
and the Detroit Tigers and Chicago;
(*ul?s were a fine example of the tlrst j
Athletic* a Smooth Machine.
There never was a smoother working'
' machine assembled than that which |
Connie Mack sent Into action In 1914.1
It was as near perfect as a ball team
can be. At nearly every position it
bad a player who either stood head
and shoulders above every other man j
in the gram u, or, at the worst, was the i
equal of the best man at those posl- j
With such a club, and with the added
distinction of being the championship
l baseball tram of the world, it was only ;
j reasonable to expect that the Athletics I
'would outdraw every other club In the!
| American la-ague. ltut they didn't.;
i They drew less than sonic of the'clubs
Unit llnished in the Isecond division. I
And the reason for'U was that the!
? A'.hletlcs were a colorless team.w They I
were out on ' the ' diaihond 'to play ball
J ?nd they played ball: They did noth- j
itig else. They never baited an tins- ?
pire. They accepted the rulings of the
arbitrators In silence. They* never
; ! saved a glove nt th?? umpire. ?. They i
never sprayed him with tobacco juice, |
never soaked him on the knob with a j
baseball bat, nor did they ever swat '
' an opposing player on the problscus j
lie cause lie happened to be In their j
' way.
And the fans turned away from tho j
Athletics.. When Connie Mack brought
his wonderful machine to New York ,
the crowds used to average around 3.- i
noi>. The Athletics were in first place j
and they were headed for the pennant, j
In the view of this It would have been I
safe to assume that they would out- I
ilraw any other club two to one. Hut i
they didn't.
\Veu< to Sec the Tlgern.
Whenever Ilughey Jennings led bis I
! second division Tigers Into Sow York i
' they would draw from 5,000 to 8,000 |
, regularly. Why? Not because the |
. tenrti was a real baseball team, but be- !
, cause It had Ty Cobb on its roster. Ty |
; is no greater star than Kddie Collins,
i hut Ty is human?ami sometimes in- j
' human, according to tho umpires,
j There never was any monotony about
I the game when Ty was In it. Some- |
j thing out of the ordinary always was t
i sure to happen. And the fans went to ]
! see what it was going to be.
) The old Chicago Cubs were great '
| drawing cards. The old Cub was nearly j
as good as the Athletics. But as a road
i team, they outdrew the Athletics three
! and four to one. They did It. merely
because they had on their rosters some |
men who were liable to "start some-:
thing" at any minute. Tinker, Kvers. '
Chance, Steinfeldt, Schulte and some of 1
the other old Cybs were full of life and ?
??pep." and when one wasn't pulling off 1
!-ome scrappy stunt the other was.
The 1914 fourth place Cubs were a!
'better drawing card than the first place1
Athletics. Why? Simply because the;
Cubs had in their line-up a fellow named j
Holme Zimmerman, who could be
counted upon to start a little some- !
thing each day, whether the "sonie
I thing" Involved trussing the umpire or
I soaking an opposing player or one of j
| ills own teammates.
ClnntH Heat ltonri Team.
The (Hants are rated as the host
I road team In the country. The (.Slants
aro scrappy?and even more. They are j
! led by a man who has a world-wide
{reputation for being an umpire baiter.'
| They have in their line-up a half-dozen
j players who are eager to shift from
baseball to prlme-rlng methods at a
i moment's notice.
I And so. when tho Giants are the at
traction the crowds bustle to the park.
iThoy want to be sure to got thero
early so as not to miss anything that
I happens. They go to the ball park ex,
pooling the Giants to pull something
?ut of tho ordinary. They seldom are
Interesting Exhibitions on Card for
New York?Welsh Is Kcndy for
Packy McParland and Others.
Takes Exceptions to a Few Tilings
Mike Gibbons Has Ileen Saying.
Jim Fiynn About to lletire l'roni
Pugilistic Circles.
XKW YORK. December 'J6.? Roxins;
In the Htat-.r.'j where the much-con
demned sport still thrives, will he re
sumed with renewed activity with the
coming of tin* New Year. There wns
really no holiday lull, but the bouts
that were contested yesterday lacked
class, and the principals were not of
the first rank.
While this tistht little irle has wit
nessed some Interesting exhibitions
since the installation of Johnston as
pilot of the pugilistic destinies of Madi
son Square Harden, we have been
promised even more attractive matches
by the Irrepressible manager.
Several weeks ago the writer
broached the subject of Welsh-McKar
land and Gibbons-Club by bouts. It
was stated that these luminaries would
perform for the editlcatlon of local
enthusiasts shortly. The fast-fading
year will not see these battles, but the
month of January is almost certain to
find these two important clashes on the
WflNh Hns Hceovercd.
Welsh has recovered from his recent
strain due to overwork, and is ready
for McFarlund, Ritchie. White, Shugrue.
et al. The illustrious I'ackey Is llrst
on the calling list, as Freddie thinks
that the sooner he disposes of the
Windy City wizard the less obnoxious
wltlj thoir challenges will be the others
who are molesting him for a chance at
his title.
The outlook for a McFarland-Glbbonn
battle does not appear as bright as It
did a few weeks ago. before I'ackey
came to town ahoneymooning. Upon
ills arrival those who welcomed him
were astounded at the width of girth
displayed by I'ackey. Hut closer In
spection revealed layers of flabby flesh,
the sort that comes rolling off with a
little exercise.
I'ackey was more communicative than
over when asked what he Intended
doing in a pugilistic way. And this
was Patrick's answer:
"I have been misquoted If any one
: said I was contemplating returning to
the ring for a series of bouts. 1 have
but one match in view, and that's the
one with Freddie Welsh, the light
\ weight champion. It is my sole atnbi
| tlon to bring I ack the title In the 133
| pound division to the United States:
ami I feel confident that I will suc
ceed if I ever meet Freddie in the ring,
j "It is only the spirit of patriotism
| that prompts me to seek a match with
} Welsh. He should never have been
i permitted to lure Ritchie across the
J sea to lose the title. The fact tliRt
| lie did so speaks poorly of Ritchie's
| supposed generalship.
"I do not need the money I would
get by meeting Welsh. lie has said
some mean things about me. and I
want to settle our personal score more
than anything else.
I "Win or lose with Welsh, I do not
| intend fighting again after that con
test. As champion, I would be content
j to rest on my laurels. The title could
i then go to the winner of an elimina
tion series, in which the country's
j leading 133-pounders would partlci
1 pate.
| "I do not think I shall ever fight
j Mike Gibbons, in the first place, f do
I not think lie would undertake to mako
! the weight I would insist upon?145
I pounds at the ringside. He could make
| the poundage, but 1 don't think he'll
ev< n attempt it."
| Gibbons and McFarlnnd have had one
tn:111 n already, although it docs not
: appear In the record books. They
I match witH when Gunboat Smith
j and Jim Coffey battled in the Garden,
| Paclccy being Coffey's chief second,
[ while Gibbons advised Smith. After
it was all over, a number of spectators
{expressed tho wish that they would
j like to see what this pair would do ia
I the ring proper. But, fear we, it is not
i to be.
I Jimmy Clabby will be with us again,
| and then?only then?is the middle-*
! weight muddle likely to lie cleared,
j Clubby Is expected here the first week
in January, and lie is coming in a bel
I liferent mood. He takes umbrage at
ja few things Mike Gibbons has inti
mated ;ihout him, and will not rest
peacefully until he has subdued tho
Gibbons person.
Ginbons Is quite willing to trade
wallops with Clabby. There will bo
n? haggling over the weights for this
bout, as both can make the middle
weight limit without trouble.
It is planned to hold the Welsh-Mc
Fr.rlnnd affair the second week in
January, and to bring Clabby and Gib
bons together the last week of tho
Itemetnber Jim Klynn? Well, the
battle-scarred veteran heavyweight,
who has been mostly on the receiving
end in thirteen years of fighting?-and
what fighting!?is about to retire to
the quietude and seclusion afforded
down on the dear old farm.
Klynn, however, is Just setting out
to get enough money to purchase a
tract, and expects to get It with a
couple of beatings. Klytin has passed
the thirty-third milestone la life, but
Is still vigorous and capable of absorb
ing a few more lickings.
Old l'lajrr* t<? He Kcincmbrred bjr Athletlo
Council?First Year Men to
Hroflvf Sweater*.
Since clviit of the football season, In
whloli the Klehmonit Collage football team
v on victorb? on tlie gridiron. there has been
a great <l?al of speculation among tho
students and alumni a.s to expressing to tho
victorious team* the appreciation that all
the .^olloge supporters feel towards the men
whose eftorts brought to the college .?
se< ond championship.
on tho right of the !a*t g.iw?.. the (earn
was tendered a modest banquet at Mur
phy's Hotel, but It has long heen felt that
some permanent testimonials should be pre
sented to the players.
At ?. recent meeting of the college athletic
council the matter was brought up for
debate and action. After dlsrus.don It wai
Anally decided to give ?very man inew
player) who had won his letter thin year,
an athletic sweater with the college emblem
upon It. And for the men who had won
their letters this year, huvlng played upon
the Spider teams In the past and having
received sweaters last year, the council de
cided to obtain gold watch fobo In tho
sh-ipc of a football. These fobs will h?
unique in design. On the front of tho font
ball the college athlotlc emblem-a solid
block "It"?will adorn the centre. with
"Champlona-1914^ appearing underneath It,
On the back will be engraved the Indi
vidual'* player's name with his nickname
and the position he played on tho team
added to it.
It Is probable that thlo action by tho
flowers that control the Bplder College's nth
etlc destinies will set a precedent that will
be adhered to In the catio of every Spider
team that win* a championship.

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