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Training Season So Near Players Are Already Starting To Limber Up
Foster, Wintering Here,
First To Start Training
y r5tac1?iiTs-vrw m
Scores a Close Victory in Sell
ing Handicap in Record
of Meet.
of Aquatic .
I Harry Elionsky Is a Human Seal
Sport In Local Ranks;
Midget Infielder, Now Over
Weight, Will Play Handball
to Get Into Shape.
Walter Johnson Also a Trifle Heavy.
Due to Simple life Watch
the Browns.
In about eight weeks the Nationals
kill start preparing lor the reason in the
training camp selected by Manager Grif
fith, and when that time cornea there
Mill be found one young athlete, whom
we liappen to know, will be In good
shape phjsically.
The ball plajer referred to ia Eddie
Foster, the midget infielder who, strange
to relate, is the only regular on Grif
fith's club who is claiming Washington
as his home this winter.
Foster has been resting up at Trainer
Mike Martin's Cherndalc chateau feed
Ins the chickens and helping do the
chores. Since October 5 Foster has gain
ed probably ten pounds in weight and
never looked better in his life.
"I expect to start playing handball
soon, in order to limber up my muscles
and get rid of the soreness before the
time to start the spring training grind."
"I was glad to be able to take on
weight, for I needed building up; and,
believe me, I shall start the season in
good condition," said Foster.
Walter Johnson is also doing about the
same stunts this winter, only on a bigger
scale, for Walter ovns a large farm and
considerable adjacent .territory in Coffey-
Me, Kans , and in a letter to a friend
the great pitcher declares he has also
taken on a little weight, but that will
easll come off before the ISIS curtain Is
yanked up.
Change of ownership in the St. Louis
American League club is a welcome one
to President Ban Johnson and possibly
some of the managers, for Owner Boo
Hedges, of the Browns, is not popular
among the magnates, although personally
he is a fine chap, a good talker and
knows considerable baseball.
Hedges is one of the few in the Ameri
can League who owns outright his ball
park, stands and grounds.
With Phil Ball ajid Otto Steifel at the
head of the St. Louis Americans and
Fielder Jones the manager, that team is
one which will bear a whole lot of watch
ing nets ear. for Jones Is a shrewd,
crafty pilot, and with considerable base
ball talent from which to pick a team
the Browns may cause a whole lot of
Give St. Louis a winning team and
the Mound City will turn out crowds
that will tax the capacity of the pane
The American League club In St. Louis
is popular with the fars. and If Jones
can produce a one-two-three aggregation
there will be a lot rmoney'made by the
new rluh owners, incidentally the other
American League teams will profit hand-i
Manager Griffith plans to -visit Char
lottebville after the first of the ear to
look oer conditions and see If arrange
ments cannot be made for proper lodging
quarters for his official baseball family
next March.
Failure to obtain just what ho wants
in the matter of training facilities means
that the Washington club will spring
train in some other city or hamlet.
Trainer Mike Martin, who looked over
the ground a few days ago. reported that
the fraternity house in Charlottesville,
which for the past three years had been
retained and used for headquarters, was
not available next March, and that there
was nothing else which appealed to him.
Grin may solve the problem.
if looks at if the Oljmne games would
have to be pased up for the coming
ear. Not since 1836 have the revived
Olympiads been missed, and once mey
were held in between times, to open the
Athens stadium But 1916 bids fair to
be devoid of the world's greatest athletic
struggle. The bijrscst thing In this line
which will be held this coming J ear will
be the A A. I', meet at Newark. That
thev will be a fit substitution for the
bigger competition there Is no doubt
for the American teams have swept the
boards at every Olympiad as they will
again at Newark. If by chance the
Oljmpiad it. held In 1916 there is not the
slightest doubt but that the Yankee ath
letrs will again lie the winners, due to
the. fact that athletic, of all sorts are
at a practical standstill in Euroiie. It
is possible that the g lines may be
switched to America before the summer
rolls around
If Jim Callahan can teaih Hans Wag- '
mr how to stand at the plate, the new .
manager of the Pirates .should be a whale i
of a buccess
When It comes to putting oer big stuff
Joe Vila, of New York, is one sport writer I
who seldom gcti. left
While the storm kins reigned supreme
in Manhattan Ide James Gaffney, Bar-1
" Drejfu.-. Garrj Herrmann and J.
K Toner of the National League held an '
all-n'sht conference with Harry Sinclair, ,
George Ward and Jim Gilmore of the i
T. Peace was declared and the story I
was tinned off exclusive! to Joe Vila, or- i
R-tnizcd baseball's principal booster In '
New York Joe was strong enough to put I
the jam over In the home edition of an,
afternoon paper. Joe's rivals .-how ed the '
fctorv to the National Lniriu magnates
then In session at the Waldorf. Tener
and Herrmann denied that it was true,
and the press associations carried the
denial officially. Later President Tener is
sued an official statement confirming the
fact that the conference had taken place
ana preliminary plans ror peace adopted.
All the baseball writers on Gotham's
tw ilight sheets spent the remainder of the
week rapping Tener and Jim Gttmore.
who denied the story. Joe Vila's boss
presented him with a big bonus and told
him to Epend one month In Havana at
the paper's expense.
Another Six-day Race.
Chicago, Dec Z. Chicago is to have
another six-day bicycle race. The event,
according to plans announced today, will
start on February . Instead of contin
uous racing of twenty-rour hours a day,
the riders will race only twelve hours a
day. Practically the same riders who
competed in the recentTivent here and In
New York hac been entered.
Football Player Dies.
Pittsburgh. Pa.. Dec. 25. Harrv Shnf.
a medical student in the University of
Pittsburgh, died in a hospital here as
the result of injuries received In the foot
ball game between the University of
Pittsburgh and viasmngton and Jeffer
son College two esrs ago.
He was carried oft the field at that
time, and until his death yesterday was
UBdar tha cr of a physician.
Hurler Michael Xeehan
Dies of Pneumonia
Michael Keehan, of 1101
Twentieth street northwest
f the leading members of the
Waaalafrtoa Raven Hurllng
Club, aad probably the heat
kaowa devotee et the spert ef
barling Im the District, died em
Friday et paeumoala at his
residence after a ahert lUat
Became of Keeaaaa death,
the game scheduled for today la
Fetomae Park has heea !
altely postponed. It la ex
pected that maay of the aess
hera of the horllnr dab will at
tend Keehan's funeral.
Toronto. Ontario, Dec. SS. Coach Joe
Wright, who has been appointed to suc
ceed Vivian Nlckalls at University of
Pennslvanla, baa lost his Argonaut crew
of champions by enlistment
The crew, consisting of Butler and Dlh
ble. which enlisted yesterday, scored a
victory over tho Undines of Philadelphia
at the Canadian national regatta, in au
Evard B. Butler, who rowed No. 2, la
former champion single sculler of the
United States and Canada, and Bobert
Dibble, holds both titles for 1915. They
have both competed in Philadelphia in
recent years. Balfour and Gregory, who
enlisted some time ago, were members
of the famous crew which was unbeaten
in preliminaries, or finals of the ex
American and Canadian national regattas
of 1911. That crew was stroked by Lieu
tenant Geoffrey Ta)Ior. recently killed in
Butler competed in two Olympic re
gattas at Stockholm and at London, and
both he and Dibble reached the final heat
of the famous diamond sculls at Henley,
Kertland, who has been coxswain of all
the great Argonaut crews for several
years is also in khaki
Coach Wright, who leaves shortly to
assume the job of coach of Pennsylvania
crews, would have had to recruit an en
tire new senior crew had he remained
with the Argonauts next season.
Pittsburgh. Pa.. Dec 25. Frank Moran,
Pittsburgh's heavyweight received an un
expected Christmas gift here today In
the shape of the news that he was to
be substituted tor Fred Fulton as Jess
Willard's opponent In the 20-round cham
pionship bout on March 4 at New Orleans.
MoVan had slipped away from his train
ing quarters In Westchester County, N.
T., where he was hard at work for his
tight January 7, at Madison Square Gar
den. New York with Jim Coffey, to spend
Christmas day with members of his fam
ily here.
The Willard offer will not make the
slightest difference in his plans to meet
Jim Coffeey. Moran fairly oozes con
fidence In his ability to put Coffey's
claims for preferment to sleep and de
clared tonight before departing for West
chester to resume training while "tickled
to death" at the opportunity to meet
Willard, he wanted first to make his title
clear by cleaning up on Coffey.
Carroll Donnellv, the Southern roller
skating champion, again showed his
heels to Billy Whiting, of the Grand
Central ColUeum Rink, last night, when
he finished In front In a three-mile event.
Although beaten. Whiting pushed the lo
cal skater all the distance, and It was
not until the final half mile that Don
nellv got out in front to stay.
Donnelly took the lead on the getawaj,
but after one lap Whiting forged ahead,
and he held this position for over two
mile", when the champion breezed to the
front, never to be headed. The time
made of 9 10 Is considered exceptionally
fast for this track.
Johnny Kllbanc'a Mentor Ccts a
fSO Penalty for Assault
Elxrla. Ohio. Dec 3 Jimmy Dunn.
manager of John Kllbane, feather-weight
champion of the world, was fined IX and
costs o juase inompson In Common
Tleas Court here. He admitted having as-
saultcd J. P. Garvey. former Cleveland
newspaper man arid manager of Gilbert
Yankee, Cleveland boxer. In this city
ahout two months ago
Johnny Kllbane was Indicted Jointly
nlth Duin. "t denies his guilt. He
'a,ma that Dunn and Garvey came to
blows oer n press agent story Issued
by Garvey and that he acted as peace-
maker, with the usual result In such
!ts: Ga"'ey alleges that Dunn knocked
n'm. f ow rom behind and Kllbane kick-
cu """ """ ' as aown.
UIDane wm stand trial, but Judge
Tnom.pson continued his case until the
jv. .i. ""- 1 raw nis nno
nd " " returned to their homes In
-"" Horner.
levinsky Beats Flynn.
New York. Dec 2S.-BattI!ng Levinsky
tra nis annual victory over Jim Flynn
tne Pueblo fireman, at the Broadway
ii.iig, v-iuu mia aiternoon. Lawinsky
outboxed Fljnn In every one of the ten
rounds. At no time did Flynn show any
thing but bis vaunted aggressiveness.
Levlnskv simply tojed with his more
rugged adversary. Flynn outweighed the
Battler by thirteen pounds, but this
weight adantage did not help Flynn. ex
cept in me clinches, which were few.
Flynn weighed 192 pounds.
Ertle Wins Again.
Philadelphia. Dec SS. Johnny Erte, of
St. Paul, won over Joe O'Donnell, of
Gloucester, in six rounds at the Olympic
iuo. ine nrsi inreo rounds were even,
but from that time on Ertle got the most
ont of his body punches. The bout was
arranged at catch weights, both boys
being under the 116-pound mark.
Camp Wins Over Touhey.
New York. Dec 25. Eddie Camp de
feated Tommy Touhey in a fast ten
round bout at the Fairmont A. C. thi
afternoon. In the seml-wind-up Frankle
McCabe defeated Charley Marshall In ten
Interesting rounds. Eddie Moy. Freddie
Welsh's sparring partner, went ten rat
tling spasms with Willis Rh.tri. to a.
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Star of Love Comes Up with Rush
and BeaU Wilhite for
Third Place.
Kl Paso. Tex., Dec. 23. Showing re
markable Improvement over his last four
starts, in all of which he was a distant
trailer. Brookfleld scored a close decis
ion in the selling handicap at one mile,
the feature of the card at Juarex this
afternoon. Incidentally, he raced the
mile In 1:38, the fastest time for the
distance hung up at the meeting. .
The wise brigade backed Brookfleld to
the limit, forcing his price from an open
ing of I to 1 down to 3 to 1 at post time.
When it came to running, Brookfleld was
a speedy horse. He lay close up with'
Bonanza, me pacemaKer, ana alter rac
ing the latter Into submission managed
to stall off the bid of Star of Love to
win by a neck. Star of Lore beat Wil
hlte a head for the place. Wllhlte open'
ed favorite at 6 to G. but for lack of sup
port receded to 11 to 5
Summer-like weather prevailed and one
of the biggest crowds of the season turn
ed out to witness the sport. Summary:
FIRST RACE-HeWns; Ijear-olda sad upward;
air. furlonra- Frances a., 100 (Henry), 4 to 1. 1 to 1.
arm. mm; Hardy. 100 (Matthews), 3 to I. mn,
acoond; Mia Edith, US (Hawkins). 3 to 1. third.
Time, 1:11 little Mild. Iloisinztea. Lofty Hr
wood. Taper Tip, Vino, Terto, Wairnull. Ial s.
Willia, and Swede Sua aim iu.
SECOND RACE Six furlossa. Brooks, IB (Shill
ing . 7 to 10, I to 4, out. won: Douna, MS (Phil
lips). 7 to 5, I to . aamnd: Sarlno. IU lloftusl.
1 to J. third. Tune. 1.12 SS. Andrew Johnston.
Water Warbler, and Thelma Marie aim ran.
THIRD RACB-Flr furloiyjs. oarmary, 103
(SchtmurhorB), 3 to 3, 1 to J. 1 to S. won; Pan-harhar-l.
MS IRuaaell). rren. third. Time I-M1J.
Blue Beard, Maes B. Eabanka, Veniaon, Typr. and
Brtehouae also ran.
TOURTH RACE One mile. Breekaeld. SC
(Marco), 3 to 1. 6 to 5. J to 5, woe : Star of Lota.
VS (Stoma), errn. 1 to 6, aeeond; WllhiU, IS
(Hunt). ! to 5. third. Time, 133. Bard Ball, Cur
licue asd Boaanaa alao ran.
FIFTH RACE Su fnrloora. Metropolitan, IB
(Groat), Stoz.Ito2.lto 4, won; Choctaw. 1(0
(Scbmnerhorn), 7 to 19. 1 to 4. ssrond: Oldamobtla.
104 (Hajeil. 1 to 2, third. Time. 133. Butter Ball,
Cordova, Runs. Fand. and Delaney alao ran.
SIXTH RACE Six furlctm. Cfrizbt. 1W (H.
Shilunr). 4 to 1. 2 to 1. eren. won; Knidebnn '.05
(Gross). 4 to 1. 2 to I. aeoond: little Jake, 105 (R.
Shlllinrl. 1 to t third. Time. 1J2S-I. Aimtl.
Curl. Bertha V., Ortyx. Cedl. Mandare. Ilo-iy
ia, t.uBuni nouae, ana caniorauv jack alao ran.
FIRST RACE-SelUnx: 3-rear-oIda; fife and one
half forlonca. Happinev. SS; 'Jennie Small 80.
Rand Max, 55; 'Enjene Sues, 5; Pan. 109. 'In
dustry. 18S. IVhleprrlne Hope, 105; BMt Colbert
son. 105: tola IM: Heal TSckrt. IB.
SECOND RACE-Thrre-jear-oldi and npoard;
one mile. Bloomms Poeer. It; 'Peter Stalwart, :
Vlrale Dot. 91: Bean SrUler. 96; 'Endurance. :
Sharper Knlcht. 104: "Sheffield. US: Hcfle. 105:
The Monk. 16; rrotrslla. Ml.
THIRD RACE-Selllnxi rear-oId and upward:
Are fortonrs. 'Northern Usht. 57; Blllr Joe, 104;
Moneymaker. HE; sinal. 101; 'PaajarcaU II, MS
Joe Blair. KB. Seneca. 111.
FOURTH RACt-Handiep: all area: aerra fur
locta. little Strlnr, SO; Striker, SB; Purlonr K:
Star of Lore, S; Marnlk, 102, Kins Box, Ml; Koote
nar 103.
FIFTH TUCE-Seninz: yrar-olds and npward;
(Ire farlonia. 'Lady James. St; Tordlllo. S; 'Mm
Fielder. 1CJ; Matter Joe. 105; Ortyx, 185; InoulfU.
MS: Franria. 105; Hnaky tad. 105; Aemnen, 165
Eaatraan. 10X: Dr. Douahrrty. 10; Ben Ixrr. IM;
Canapa. 108; Bailee. IM; Mercnrlum. Ill
MXTH RACK-Peltim: J-year-olds and upward:
one mile, relit Bleu. 55; "Lad. 95; Gano 103:
Idy Innocence, 104; Dare Montxomrry, 101- Key
104. Cordie P., 104; Nannie McDer. 112.
'Apprentice allowance rtalaed.
FIItsT RACB-nre fnrionn: Jrearolda and np
ward: mr. WOO. aelllni Mae, 114 (Connellr). S
to I. een. 1 In 3. won; Bi Luteal. Ill (Taplinl. Z
to 1. 1 to ; aecnnd: Bnnlre. Ill (Dnrlel. nut. thud.
Time. la. Pare tVhlte. Frontier, and Cart Elliott
aim ran.
SFTOND r.AOB-Purse, H00; Ijrar-olda and np
ward: tllina: ore and one-naif ftnionca. Enrrr
Hej. 114 (Hinphr). J to 1. ercn. 1 to 1 wnn; Min
strel. If (Uraille), S to I, eren, aeeond: Briar
Path. 110 (TirUn). 1 to 4. third. Time. 1TU.
Heflection, YHlow Yjea. and Enry also ran.
THino IUrE-Plne. ; Srear-nlds and up
ward: maidens, telling; one mile. Emily P.. 107
(Domlnlrtl. 3 to I. 4 to 3 I to 5 won; gmllar, 1(C
(Parrlnetanl. 1 to 4. ai-mnd: Dancm? Star 99
(Prarre), to 1. 3 to 1, 3 lo 3, third. Time. Irtl
Vedado Arcument. JIary Blaekwond, Granado and
tlelle of the Kitchen also Jan.
FOURTH n ICE-Pnrae. pn; 3-yealoldl and np
ward; rlllnr: one mile. Maiini'a rholee, 10T (Wll
liaml. tn 3. 3 to I. out. won: Aftentlow. 101
(Pamnaton), 4 (o 3, out. arrond; Rlue Mw lfB
(Whnnarkl. Z lo 1. third. Time. 1-40J5. Chinct,
IVather DuKter. and Autumn alw ran.
KIPTH RACB-Pure. ttOJ. 3-year nlda and np
ward: fellini: all hirlonisa. rrotorna. 114 (Wol
etenbohn), C to I. 5 to 1. 5 to S. won; Quirk. 114
(ltran), 6 to 3. 3 to 5. semnd: Pierrot. 109 ffa.
fertjl, out. thlnl. Time. 1:13 4-3. Almeda Law
rence. Lnulae TraTera. llmond Adama, and Shad
rach als ran
filXTII R.VCE Sli furlonn. Dr. Cann. 1(9
(Rran). 3) to I, I tn I. 4 to I, won; lord Welt's, 111
(Hanorer). 6 to 3. 3 lo 5. aemnd; laervabibble. IK
i.iuu!i-r. i ir, i. uiini. lime, i ua. Lo-uiii-Jlay.
Ford Mai. Montreal. Vandrr. Ben Hnru. ana
Beaumont Belle alao ran.
FIRST RACE !ii furionsa: 3-iearo!d and tro-
ward; purse. J40O; aelllnir. Miai Oenrriere. lot;
Cooater. 1(0, Enerjetir, 1W; Mo-srowa, 109; Maaae-
net. IC9: Mr. Kniaxa, 114.
hnCOVD RArE-Sn furlonja; year-nMa and up
ward: pane, S; aellinc. Coin. lot; -Malik, 9J;
Bob R.. 1(9: "Unb'l Tall. 109; 'Marram Men.
1(0. Bordello. 114; Mlas Klnittnury, 114.
THIRD RACE-Six furlonca; 3yrar-oIda and on
ward: purae. JIM), aellinf. Sepoy, J4; Moonstone,
W; Tanlmn. 91. nasfanr. 59; 'Meda. 102; Roae
Water. 103. Tcny Failiion, 105; 'Jess. 103.
roORTII R.lCE-One mile and fty yaMs.
3-year-nIdi and npward; puree. K00; atulnz. Haber
daeh. 94: "Merry Jubilee. 9J; 'Jxmim Trarera. 103;
bt. Lazanan. 103: Tom Hancock, 105; Tfat Rmnn,
110; Peila Mack. 110: Baxter Star. 110.
rir-tn KArs-riTe rurionga; an area: parse.
tMO; erBlnr -Blue Roc. 94; LItUe Alta. 4;
Quean Aprl'. f; Idler, KB; Jane. 103; 'Hurh.
103; Stoninston 100; Nino Mudbarbo, 113; Gltana,
113: Dayllcht, 113; Orotund, 113; rata Leaf. 113.
SIXTH RACE Fire and one-half furlonrj; 3-yrar-oldi
and upward; purse, (too; aelllnf. 'rellow
Ejea. 9T: Jesae, Jr. K0: Clanbel. 1C1; Snlfty
Allen. 1CJ: Moncrief, 109; Lilly Orme. I0S; Warcr
ln. 10); Elwah, 100.
Arrrentioa allowance claimed.
Has Fans Stirred.
Pasadena. CaL, Dec K. The football
game to be played on New Year's Day
between Brown and Washington Stats
University Is the theme of constant dis
cussion and speculation all along the
Pacific coast. Word has come from both
universities that the teams have been
practicing 'dally since the close of the
regular football season, and the game
promises to be a hard-fought struggle.
Agrees With Travers.
New York. Dec. 25. It was some time
since that Jerome rTavers expressed the
opinion that some day the amateur
championship would be decided by all
medal Trtay. Francis Ouimet has also
gone on record as favoring medal play
for this classic Apparently Travers
started something bat September,
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The layout shows two pictures of Harry Elionskv. who in many ways is the most remarkable swim
mer the world has seen in many years. The pose at the left shows Elionsky 's marvelous physical devel
opment, and gives a hint of his great chest expansion. At the right Elionsky is shown as he was lowered
into the icy water of New York Bay. shackled and bound in a straitiacket, in which he swam around as
much at home as if he were attired only in a bathing suit.
Basket-ball Has Made
Great Progress In the
Past Twenty-five Years '
The game of basketball originated
oer twenty-five ears ago. It was
Invented to satisfy the need of team
competition under indoor conditions In
which large numbers of relatively
untrained people could take part. The
majority of games that were being
piajed prior to basketball failed to
achieve any great Influence, nor did
they gain any wide popularity
All of our standard games are the
result of a gradual evolution and
have developed because they possess
ed those qualities that appeal strongly
to play or the fighting spirit. The
demands for special skill, speed and
strategy that is required in those who
indulge in baseball and football, are
great factors in the real pleasure and
interest that accompany the playing
or watching of these games, and are
in a large measure responsible for
their development and wide popular
ity. "Until the invention of basket-ball
there was no Indoor game that was
in any way comparable to baseball
and football In these respects. The
need for an Indoor game that could
be used by active, sturdy men was
keenly realized by the faculty of the
Y. M. C. A. Training School at Spring
field, Mass. Dr. James A. Naismlth.
now a member of the Collegiate Basket-ball
Committee, was an Instructor
at this school In 1S91 and undertook
to devise an Indoor game which
should satisfy these general specifica
tions. Basketball In Its first form was very
simple in Its plan and technique. It
was designed to be plajed by as
many as could occupy the playing
space, nine to fifty plaers on each
It soon became apparent that too
many plavers In a gams hindered the
development of team work; so after
a time the number of players on a
team was reduced to nine. A little
later, about 1S94, the number of play
ers on the teams was determined by
the area of the floor on which the
game was played.
For the first year or two, at the
start of the game, the men were lined
up at the opposite ends of the field
and rushed for the ball when it was
tossed by the official Into the middle
of the playing space. This was modi
fled in 1S94 so that the ball was toss
ed up in the middle of the field and
had to be touched, by the center men,
to make the play legal.
In the meantime. In 1891-91, the
good qualities of the game were rec
ognized by Miss Berenson, the direc
tor of physical training at Smith Col
lege, and she Introduced It as a part
of the gymnasium work for girls. In
order to lessen the physical strain,
which was found to be too severe for
girls playing the men's rules, the
floor was divided Into three sections
by lines running across the Held at
right angles to the side lines. The
centers (the girls' teams under these
rules, which are essentially unchanged
today, haye two centers), the two
guards, and the two forwards, are re
stricted to their own sections of the
floor, so that the players in a given
section have an opportunity to get a
breathing spell when the ball Is in
any other part of the field. This de
vice not only made the game less
strenuous but also favored the de
velopment of team play.
It U doubtful If the history af coat-
jt-JVV A,-evi.- .
petitlve games contains an example of
more rapid growth than that shown
by basket-ball during the first two
or three years of Its existence. Even
.... ...im. nwwic pjnrau ji iM?cuail ill
the jears immediately following the
civil war was second to this. The
rapidity with which the knowledge of
basket-ball spread throughout the
world was due. first to the fact that
the game was so constituted that it
met in an adequate way the real need
for a vigorous Indoor game, and, sec
ond, the game was developed In an
institution which sent Us students, all
of whom had learned to pla) the
game, to all parts of the world.
The movement which has resulted In
the formal co-operation of the rules
committees representing the Young
Men's Christian Association, the Ama
teur Athletic Union, and the National
Collegiate Association, promises to be
a most valuable Influence In promot
ing the development of the game of
basket-ball along right lines and
should mark the beginning of a new
epoch in the history of the game as a
most desirable and useful indoor
Basket-ball makes no uncertain de
mands on heart and lungs and on en
durance generally. It develops alert
ness, self-control, skill, i-peed and
team work; and It brings Into action
every part of the body. A good game
of basket-ball arouses Interest and
enthusiasm In both player and specta
tor. Its essential simplicity and the
small amount of inexpensive apparatus
required, taken In connection with Its
other qualifications, make it one of
the most valuable of our competitive
Along about 1900 or a few years be
fore that time, those who had plajed
basket-ball In Phlladelnhln mil v.
York City came to the conclusion that !
they could make a little coin for them
selves and the National Professional
League was organized. Their conclu
sion was certainly Instilled for the
national league, now known as the
Eastern League. Is still a successful
organization. The Central, in West
ern Pennsylvania, the Hudson Blver,
the New England, and Peunsjlvanla
State Leagues have been organized in
the last ten years, and from the re
ports received they are very success
ful and are ail drawing capacity
houses. Philadelphia Is the banner
city in turning out good basket-ball
players. It is stated that there are
5.000 boys playing the game In and
about the Quaker City.
The reason for the success of pro
fessional basket-ball is, that the game
is played In a cage and Is just about
50 per cent faster than games that
are played without the net.
In 1907 local amateur players, hav
ing heard of the wonderful success of
professional basket-ball In the north,
jumped the traces and organized the
District League. Nearly every player
of any marked ability became a pro
fessional. It is stated by one who
ought to know, that the league was
a big success financially, and the hall
was packed to overflowing at every
The league games were played
under Chase's Theater and after the
first season had to be discontinued for
the reason that the owners refused
to rent the hall for basket-ball and
there was not a suitable floor in the
city where the sport could be staged.
Basket-ball in the District since
- c .1. C.V.-O
that time has been a dead Issue. Am
ateur leagues have been organized
but had to be abandoned for the rea
son that there was not enough inter
est taken to maintain the sport. This
was partly caused b the very tame
rules under which the amateur game
as played
The game this season Is taking on
new lease of life. Every hall that
can be obtulned Is now being used by
leagues and Independent teams. Under
the new rules. If the are strictly ad
hered In. the game should be much
faster and more cleanly played.
Although the girl's game had been
plaved since
IbSI. not much had been
heard of these contests, especially in
the District, until the organization of
the Ingram Memorial Church girls'
team in the fall of 1910. The game
became greatly advertUed because of
the much-talked-of success of the In-
gram girls who in the season of 1910
II. and in 1913-12 plujed forty-five
games, of whiih fort) -three were vic
tories. The team was conceded the
championship of the South in the
above seasons' having defeated every
team of any note
Goucher College, of Baltimore; Na
tional Park Seminar), at Forest Glen,
Maryland: George Washington Univer
sity and Ingram Church have very
formidable teams, although the In
gram girls are not nearl) as strong
as In the two seasons In which they
won the championship.
There are a half dozen leagues In
the District that are bound to be suc
ceesful. The Mrongest among them is
the Hll-echolastic, pla)lng their games
at the Arcade.
The George Washington "Frat,"
Sunday School. Y. 31. C. A., and Noel
House Leagues have been pla)lng for
some time, and arc having great suc
cess. There are two Important factors in
regard to basket-ball In the District,
that If promoted will make It most
popular. One l. that the officen. of
the Arcade where the best ftoor and
also the greatest seating capacity Is
located, install a cage. The way the
playing floor Is located now at the
Arcade, there Is so much out-of-bound
space that the game Is slowed up con
siderably. By having a cage, the game
will be 50 or 60 per cent faster. The
faster the game, the more enthusiasm
will be created, and a larger attend
ance at the games is assurel.
The second is this, that Georgetown
and Catholic universltyles patch up
their differences by next season, ana
the formation of a District Collegiate
Basket-ball League with Georgetown,
Catholic and George Washington uni
versities. Gallaulet College and two
outside colleges, near by. possibly
Lojola. of Baltimore, and St. John's, of
Annapolis. This would make a mighty
strong organization and the city
would go wild with excitement and
enthusiasm. This matter should be
thought over this season so that
everything will be ready for the next.
"Get together" G. U. and C U. for the
good of all branches of sport.
Want Basketball Major Sport.
Providence. Dec. 25. The resumption
of basketball at Brown University as a
major sport has been a topic of discus
sion and Interest, and 43S undergrad
uates have petitioned the faculty to ap
prove It. but it is not likely that they
will be successful.
Cross to Fight Hommey
New York, Dec 25. Leach Cross and
Packey Hommey will box ten rounds to
morrow night at the Harlem Sporting
Club. It Is the match that the boxing
commission forced on Cross, the latter
having his choice of fighting or drawing
a suspension of sixty days. Hommey,
and Cross met about six months ego. On.
this occasion. Cross received tha popu
lar decision, but It was gruelling go.
Kxnra bouts t&lb week
Willi Kltekle vb. T4 Lewi.
It raaada, at Jtw York City.
Mllbara Parlor vs. Kver Haaa
aner, IP rounds, at Unrr, lad.
JC. Brlttpa, vs. Jaaaay tirlf
ataa. IS rwaads. at Akroa. Oklw.
Bllrkcr Sherldaa vs. Jake Abies.
8 rounds, at Ckatlaaowca. Teaa.
Hlehl Mitchell T. Johaay Kll
kaar. 10 raaada, at Cincinnati.
Ted I.ewln as. K. 41. Breaaaa,
10 raaads, at Baffalo. Jf. Y.
Itatty SfcCae . Freddie As
drevTa. 10 rounds, at Haelne. Wis.
Johnny OXenry vm. Kid ealr.
IS rannda. at Edataalen, Urlllsk
a anas; Uradnell in. Hunt
Ott. 12 round", at Akroa, Ohio.
Jokaaw HaltTFjr v. Willie
Reeeher. 10 ronads, at Colamhua,
Philadelphia. Pa., Dec 25. E. Q. Oll
nhant. the West Tolnt cadet, who wreck
ed the Annapolis football machine, has
been awarded his fourth "A" and this
Kites him the distinction of halng won
more West Point letters than any athlete
in the army ever had.
Eastern followers or coii'ire ainietira
mav not know it, but Ollphant was re
garded as one of the best athletes in the
Middle West before he entered the Mili
tary Academy. He won his letter at eery
snort he tackled at Purdue and a iife-
slsd picture hangs in the Purdue gm
of Ollphant In football, baseball, track
and basket-ball togs.
There are 4W men today who hae won
the West Point "A" and no man eer won
more than three until Oliphant came
along. He could win liis fifth "A ' at
hockey, the final "A" possible but he
Is p'ajln? basket-ball and this eon"ta
with hockey so he will be limited f u-r
letters unless next ear he juwn up
basket-ball, and he is the Har of the
team, and tries for the hockrj team.
Ollphant won his first letter at basket-
balL When he caught Dob NeJ land, the
Cadet pitcher, and took his second letter
at baseball. He proved to be the star
hurdler at West Toint in the spring and
with but little training he ran the -
vard hurdles in ZZ seconds, breaking the
West Point record, which gave him his
third letter.
He also fought In the heavv -weight
Iboiin; champions-hip. but was outpointed
bj Bob NeMand, the champion- Had ne
won this bout he could not have secured
a letter, for the "A" Is not granted for
boxing He was green at the K.ove game,
but since that time he has improved so
much that even NeMand would not be a
match for him.
II. s work on the football team was sen
sational last fall, and he won his fourth
letter, and was picked on a few AII-Amer-
Ollphant was trained by And Smith.
the former Penn coach, who was at Pur- ,
due for three )ears. Smith, who Is in this new men to make up the crew
city, savs that Ollphant Is the best half It required much effort and time to
back he ever saw. and that in his next teacn tnee green men tne art or row
tun snri hair vesrs ho will nuLf .. ing and then a great deal more atten-
reputatlon at West I'oint that will stand
for many a )ear.
CI I flr-ClTV A niIP"
CilalUilOlV I A DUVl.
New York, Dec 35. When Harry j
Elionsky wants to take tome real l'-t Dcmpse). the man who had
strenuous exercise. If that time ever None so much for Potomac as coach
comes, he probably will arrange lo I" the past, was unable to give his
have the Flatiron Building strapped "me from his business, and It was
to his back and swim across the At-1 necestar) to look around for some
lantic Ocean. For Elionsky considers j one eUe
It a mere breathing exercise to swim After a vain search among the pro
a few miles all bound up In shackles. ! fesslonal coaches for a competent
straightjackets and leg Irons. I man the club was up against it as to
His latest midwinter swimming I J""1 wht they were going to do.
stunt was done during the blizzard Claude It. Zappone. vice-president
two weeks ago, one of the worst wm-tof ,ne clul a"d a follower of the
ter storms that has visited New York I rowing game for over 30 years, seeing
In years. While the snow and sleet ' he hopelessness of obtaining a good
was being pelted against the windows professional man to coach the crews
by a seventv-mlle gale, and most of I a,,d on th rnest solicitation of th
New York was cozil) enconced as
near the steam radiators and open-, l" "" preparing ine crew mem
grate fires as possible. Elionsk) wentjbers for the Middle States Regatta at
to the water front at the Battery. Un
der his street clothes he had a thin i
bathing suit, and he stripped down to I
this In a jiffy.
Then after rnlllnir srnund In the
snow and indulging In some deep
breathing exercises, he permitted him-
self to be bound In a straitjacket
and submitted to handcuffs and ankle
Irons. Rigged out like a raving in
mate of Bellevue Hospital's insane ob
servation ward, he was lowered into
the water for one of his long swims
111., n.iljllln avminn' foe n mil,, nt-
two he was fished out. and after he
had dressed he said he had
better in his life.
nev f-i.
Cincinnati. Ohio, Dec. "2. Reports from
Baltimore received here last night to the
effect that the owners of the Baltimore
Federal League team objected to the
terms of the peace treaty between or
ganized baseball and the Federals, caused
Garry Herrmann, chairman of the Na
tional Commission, some concern.
"I do not believe the Baltimore people
should take this view. Inasmuch as the
Baltimore matter is still pending." said
Herrmann. "We have done nothing re
garding Baltimore and the final outcome
mav be very advantageous to the Balti
more Federal League owners. That mat
ter la still in the hands of the committee
appointed to settle that question. The
Baltimore people may get more than
they have anticipated."
It is said that the Baltimore Federal
club officials will try to block the plans
for ending the war by requesting that the
anti-trust suit before Judge Landis be
not dissolved.
Tinker Is Improving.
Chicago, Dec S. After a slight re
lapse the condition of Joseph B. Tinker,
manager of the Chicago Federal League
Club, was reported as Improved at the
hospital today. Tinker underwent an
operation a week ago. Physicians say
ho will be able to leave the
within another week.
Colgate to Play Brown.
Providence n. I- Dec. r-,-The Brown
University football schedule, anotmced1
last night, discloses that Colgate has
is-cn given the Thanksgiving date, which
ror the past six jcars has been allotted
to Carlisle. Rutgers will meet Brown for
the first time on October 3.
&&&Af &. stfvS. Jej.
Washington Oarsmen, Canoe-t "S
isls and Svvimmers Are on 1i
Par with Best in East. -
A review of 1915 athletic activities
will show Washington's water ath
letes with a record equal In merit U
that of any other city In the East.
In rowing-, canoeing: and swimming,
reprtxentatlves of the Washlnston'
clubs have participated In a numbet
of out-of-town events and have navel
failed to site a good account of them
selves. The two Washlncton boat clubs.
I'otomacs and Analostans, sent crews
to the peoples' regatta at Philadelphia
on the Fourth of July and to the Mid
dle Slates Kecatta in the same city on
t I-nbor Pay. and in each of these events
made a showing that marked them as
of class far above the average.
There is no city on the Atlantic
coast that turns out a higher per
centage of winners in the rowing
game man does Washington, and
icme realise that the are up
'uHdiu-i a luugn proposition any lime
they are entered In the same race
with oarsmen from either of the local
Canoeists Show Class.
Hut rowing Is not the only water
sport in which Washington excels, for
the Washington Canoe Club has pmt
many a winner across the line in both
canoeing and swimming.
Not only has the canoe club given
a good account of itself In local re
gattas, but in the past season canoeists
from that organization Invaded for
eign territor) and showed that Wash
ington Is well represented In other
branches of water sports by defeating
some of the cracks of the Atlantlo
coast States and Canada.
In swimming the Washington Canoe
Club has put across a number of win
ners in both local and South Atlantlo
A. A U meets. -,
While the canoe club specializes on
canoeing and swimming the Potomac
Hoat Club has aIo gone Into the game
to some extent and has been that
club's clo-est rlal In a number of the
j local regattas
But the Potomac club has made row
ing its ppeclalt). and in the Middle
Staes Kegatta at Philadelphia on La
bor Day last showed that they pos
sessed real rowing ability
Without Junior Crew.
hen spring opened last season the
Potomac Boat Club found itself up
against the proposition of breaking In
practically a whole new junior crew,
as on the preceding Labor Day four
of their juniors graduated into the
senior class, when they won both the
junior and intermediate gig races In.
the Middle states Regatta at Balti
more, and three others gave up the
The club had only one junior oars
men left who had been rowing long
enough to learn the game, and seven
other men had to be selected from the
! tlon in welding them Into a smooth
wording macnine
Another stumbling block was that
ia ton'Petent coach must be obtained
before any good results could be ex
pected from the oarsmen.
aftaavvvatw; w uauaru l vamrata
ciuu memnersnip. agreea to una up
The result of his efforts was shown
on l.abor Day when he had two of his
crews come across the line in the
lead and his quad row a close sec-
I ona in inrir race.
. Double Prulla In Front.
The next win of the day for the Po
tomac club was when Cape. Frank
Chamberlln and Lieut. Bill Powell
romped aw a) from a field of eight in
the Intermediate double sculls.
They were so far ahead of their
l"""8 rixal. ,,u", they eased up when
iJ . iui ici O. IIIIIO iium no 1111-
ish and merely peddled over the line.
Theso two men make one of the
best double scull crews In the East
and are expected to beat Smith and
Kelly, present champions, when they
meet this coming season.
On that da)'s work the Potumao
club could show two first and a closer
second out of three events, while the
other Washington club, the Analos-
tans, were a close second In the only
race they entered.
The crew that represented the An
alostan Boat Club on that day had
only been training a little over two
weeks and lack of condition lost the
race for them.
Nevertheless they gave a good ac
count of themselves and were only
beaten out a few yards by the fast
Vesper senior crew.
The Analostan senior crew was com
posed of four men from the interme-.
dlate boat that had but a short time
before rowed the dead heat, while the
Undines who defeated them had a'
fresh crew. They were second, how
ever, and beat out the fast New York
Athletic Club crew, which In itself is
some feat.
Locals Meet Class.
Washington canoeists in these events
meet the class of this country and-
Canada, and their showing is one that
this city should well feel proud.
From the above review It will be
seen that Washington's water repre-
sentatives are on a par with the best
i in tne country anu ine Anaiostan noai
1 Club, the Potomac Boat Club and the
Washington Canoe Club deserve the
support of every public spirited Wash-
lnKtonlan , tner efforts to maintain
tnIs clty m the higi, standing It now'
has as a supporter of water sports.
It is a poor Saturday In and about rhil adalnhla
when there ian't at Itaat twenty-lira trtpahootissl
tournamenta scheduled at the various clnha,
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