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Baseball Awaits Verdict of Conference at War Department?Moguls Here
.APPEAL TO BE MADE TODAY
BY NATIONAL COMMISSION
FOR PROFESSIONAL GAME
Baseball World Is Anxiously Awaiting Ver
dict by Secretary Baker and Gen. Crowder.
Moguls Draw Up Brief Showing Reasons.
Griff the Real Hero.
FFICIALS of organized baseball are to meet with Gen.
Crowder today to get a definite ruling a* to the
status of baseball players under the "work-or-fight"
order. Secretary of War Baker arranged yesterday
for the conference after receiving a request from
the national commission.
The chief argument which will be advanced by
the officials on behalf of the players is that the
number of men affected by a ruling against baseball
is very much larger than was believed at the time Secretary Baker made
his recent ruling that baseball is not essential. The baseball officials
will attempt to convince Gen. Crowder that the number of draftees
among the players is large enough to make continuance of the game
impossible if all should be called into service.
If the officials are unable to obtain a ruling to exempt the play
I ers from the draft they will undertake to get the army officials to
! postpone the execution of the order until after the present season
i closes. The officials take the view that the season has not much
! longer to run and that if all the eligible players are to be drafted,
1 thereby closing down the game permanently, they ought to be al
i lowed to close their season before being called to the training
i At a meeting yesterday afternoon a brief was prepared by Presi
1 dent John Tener, of the National League; Charlie Hempstead, of the
| New York Giants; President Minor, of the local club, and Clark C.
I Griffith. This brief will be presented to the national commission
at a meeting slated to be held at the Shoreham Hotel at to o'clock
? this morning.
Ban Johnmoa Alllraa
President Ban B. John.on of the
American League. arrived her,.last
night, and although he refused to
give out an interview, he w'llnf**
accepted "the brief drawn up by the
Tener Minor - Hem.tead - Griffith
quartet. Chairman Herrmann, of
the National Commission
cd to arrive here from the National.
league meeting early to<S*y
will be present for the National
Commission conference at 10 o clock
Chairman Herrmann. over the
long-distance wires, approved ofev
ery move made by this committee
that drew up the brief. and no ar
gument is expected at the, meeting
of the National Commission this
morning. This meeting will be
held prior to the conference of the
rommission with Secretary of war
Baker and Provost Marshall Crow
"'Lcretary of War Baker yester
day afternoon intimated that the
future of baseball depended upon
the ability of the magnates, who
represent the National Commission,
to prove that the enforcement of the
?work-or-fight order" would leave
the ranks of major league baseball
too thin to continue the season.
The Secretary refused definitely,
however, whether he would take
favorable action should the league
manager be able to furnish such
Griff Real Here.
Baseball owes something more than
gratitude to Clark C. Griffith.
This fiehting "Silver Fox" has al
'ways been a credit to the national
pastime, as player manager and
magnate, but his recent achievement
of being the diplomat that is out to
save the major leagues marbs him
as one of the greatest figures the
game has ever known.
What Griff has done for the boys
In the colors both in this country and
over the big pond will go down into
national history, as the foxy little
pilot founded the Bat and Ball Fund
with but one object in view, that of
furnishing the Sammies with amuse
ment when in training and awaiting
the call to go over the top.
The work of this fund has grown
to be such a monster thing that the Old
Fox Is now compelled to hire a few
secretaries and a big office force.
Griff led the way for the recreation
for the fighting men of America and
now war organizations like the Y.
M. C. A.. K. of C. and Y. M. H. A.
are fostering the work, but these war
veterans of last summer who went
Into training and who followed Gen.
Pershing and the Rainbow Division
dver to France will never forget this
same Clark C. Griffith.
Old Fox Terns Triek.
Regsrdless of his wonderful work
with the Bat and Ball fund. Clark C.
has always been looked upon as a
big figure in baseball. His Judgment
In all big cities has been taken as
gospel. Now he steps out of the line
of a manager and proves himself a
regular diplomat, as his efforts alone,
an guided by the national commission
authority, granted Ban B. Johnson.
John K Tener and Garry Herrmann
the hearing which they win obtain
before Gen. Crowder and Secretary
Baseball Is having a restless few
hours today as the verdict which
Secretary of War Baker and Provost
Marshal General Crowder hands down
will mean a great deal to the fans,
players and moguls.
The National League magnates held
a meeting in Plttsbugh yesterday and
decided to carry their problems di
rectly to Washington. They will hold
% meeting in this city today,
which will be followed by a confer
ence with officials Of the War Depart
ment _ .
The meeting yesterday was attend
ed by all the club owners except Harry
Hempstead of the New York club.
Tentative plans were made by the
owners to finish the season unelss
they are told by the War Department
officials that the government does not
wish them to do so.
Fane Wail Gsssee.
From every sporting branch and
news stations today comes the argu
ment of a world's series should base
ball be favored by a ruling: thl* aft
ernoon Not many fans are willing
to accept a July world's series, be
tween Frasee's leading Red Sox. and
Mitchell's Cubs. A series between
these two clubs would be a disap
pointment to all foUowers of baseball.
?S the Issue is far from belns
settled and a real decision should
be reached before such a campaign
Is ordered by the commission.
To Representative Nicholas Longs
worth. of Ohio, baseball owes some
what of a doff of gratitude as he
appeared before Gen. Crowder oo
the behalf of Chairman August
Herrmann, of the national commis
sion. Mr. Longsworth asked for
tbe postponement until a brief could
be prepared by the commission with
?ndstlooa that might shange
| Huston and Dunn Outrank
Major League Rival Pilots
When the baseball history of the,
| stirring times of war Is written two (
| names will stand out above all others,
in the magnate end of the game as
batting 1.000 per cent patriotism. 1
They will be the names of MaJ.
T. L. Huston, half owner of the
New York Yankees, and Jim Dunn,
owner of the Cleveland Indians. i
MaJ. Huston was the first man
financially interested In baseball to
enlist in his country's service. An
engineer of great ability and a vet
eran of the Spanish-American war,
Huston Joined the colors soon after
war was declared. He was among
the first American troops to order
his ball park closed to go to France.
Jim Dunn was the first magnate
to order his ball park closed under
the work-or-fight order. The day
after Secretary Baker announced
that ball players must either don a
uniform or go to work in some es
sential occupation Dunn wired his
business manager to close shop and,
to disband the ball club.
There was no quibbling on Dunn'3
part- Although his club was in sec
ond place and had excellent chances
of copping a pennant this year, he
"If the government needs my men
It can have them."
That was Dunn's philosophy.
Dunn offered the use of his great
construction organization to the gov
! era ment early In the war.
"If they want me," he said, 'Til
go along and run It."
( The government decided that the
i Dunn construction forces would be
1 more use at home.
Baseball was more or less of a
mania with Dunn. He had owned
several minor league clubs before he
decided to get into the major game
and bought the Cleveland club. He
never got his money out of the In
vestment and never realized his am
bition of winning a pennant, which
to him menat a great deal more than
than mere money Involved.
But when the time came he gave
up ambition. Investment snd .ill.
Dunn can well be rated side by .?ide
with MaJ. Huston.
YOUNG GOTCH NAMED
TO FACE GERMANS
Young Gotch, better known to local
grappling fans as Frank R. Oelskl, of
the Engineer Corps. leaves today for
parts unknown. Young Ootch Is the
grappler from the Engineer Corps
that has been camping on the trail
of Joe Turner, the middleweight
champion, for the past few weeks.
Gotch was anxious to settle this
handicap argument with Turner be
fore his departture but Uncle Sam
has psssed him the high sign and he
m?st depart Immediately. Gelskl was
born in Nome. Alaska, and Is easily
one of the toughest grapplers ever
seen in this vicinity. He won numer
ous matches throughout the Middle
West and is recognised as the cham
pion of Colorado.
i Flag for Le? Angeles.
Loe Angeles. July 23?Los Angeles
von the Pacific Coast League cham
pionship yesterday by defeating the
Vernon team and taking Ave of the
post-season championship aeries
games. Vernon won only two games.
the entire status of the situation.
Oen. Crowder willingly granted
Representative Longsworth this.
The Washington club left here yes
terday mlnua the Foxy Pilot, for
St Louis. Mo., where the series will
be opened with the Brownie* tomor
row. The officials of the baseball
world are confident that they can
show facta and figures why they
should continue and from the Inside
sources the War Department officials
are anxious that baseball should con
tinue. They realise the amount of
money Invested In the game and the
enjoyment which is received by thou
sands of men in all sections of the
country. Mr. Baker, in his reoent in
terpretation. laid stress on the phase
that the gams should continue. Not
only are the men In this counry
interested in the game, but the boys
"over there' wish to receive the dally
papers tor the once-over of the box
score. This Is one reason that Mr.
Baker stand* by the Kama
Moguls of Older Circuit to
Meet in Capital this Morn
ing to Learn Big Issue.
Br WILLIAM PEBT.
(Sporting Editor Pittsburgh Dispatch.)
Pittsburgh, Pa-. July 23.-Seven Na
tional League club owners attended a |
specially called meeting at the Hotel |
Schenley this morning to discuss tt.e ,
advisability of completing the sched
ule, In view of a recent decision by
Secretary of War Baker, that base
ball is a nonessential Industry. In
less than half an hour of debate the
National League magnates agreed
unanimously to continue the 191S tea
son, to the finish, provided the War
Department placed its atamp of ap
proval upon the plan.
For the purpose of making
plea as strong as possible it was voted
to attend in a body the hearing set
for Gen. Crowder's oflVce in Washing
ton tomorrow afternoon, the magnates
leaving on the 10 o'clock express for
the Capital, after engaging room# st
the Willard Hotel.
"We all feel," said Wm. F. Ba*e?\
owner of the Phillies, "that the gov
ernment is not disposed to disrupt a
legitimate buainess Involving teveral
millions of dollars, and that *i-en
Gen. Crowder snd War Seere'-arjr Be
ker hear what we have to say, per
mission will be granted to allow us to
I finish out our schedule this season.
That's all we ask, and unless the War
| Department voluntarily permits us to
do this and approves, it would bo t*al
Icldal to continue, for the reason that
public sentiment would uuickl/ turn
against us. our ball players would be
accused of trying to evade their du
ties towards their flag and country,
and sooner or later we wouH be foic
td to close our gates.
"The general public is perhaps ig
| norant of our business. It does not
know that we have obligations to
fulfill to players and a hundred-and
one things with which to contend
that to wipe us out of existence now
would be to bankrupt some of the
club owners, In addition to the hard
ahlps Imposed upon the ball players
In discussing the player end of
the business, Charles H. Ebbets, own
er of the Brooklyn club, cited sev
eral instances where his players had
bought farm lands and had been |
forced to mortgage these properties.
Payments could be met only by re- |
celvlng pay checks from the ball
club on the 1st and 15th of each |
month. By ordering the players in
question to seek other employment, i
mortgage foreclosures would follow
and the men would lose their farms.
Pittsburgh players subscribed heav
ily to the Third Liberty Loan, tak
ing bonds on the Installment plan.
If the War Department forces them
to quit baseball and engage in other
I occupations, payments on these bonds
I could not be met. There was a note
I of optimism in every magnate's
voice. Even Branch Rickey, who pi
lots the destinies of the lowly Car
I dinals, and who, by the way, is a
smart, shrewd baseball mari said
that he believed the government not
only wanted baseball to continue, but
would grant the request of the Na
tional League club owners.
President Tener did not attend the
meeting. Mr. Tener and Harry
Hempstead, owner of the New Yor'c
Giants, left for Washington Monday
Garry Herrmann, of Cincinnati,
president of the National Commis
sion, talked with Representative
Nicholas Longworth, of Ohio, over,
the long distance telephone from
Washington and was told that Gen.
Crowder would listen to the peti
tion of the National League in
Washington Wednesday afternoon.
Charles H. Weeghman, of the Chi
cago Cubs, said that he had been
misquoted and misunderstood, that
he had never favored the ending of
the championship season at this
stage of the race. He added: "We
are only too anxious to complete the
schedule in order to demonstrate
to the complete satisfaction of all
you gentlemen that the Chicago
Cubs Is the class of the National
League. We expect to erect a flag
pole where the pennant will be
flung, a pole high enough to be
seen by our rivals over on the south
side of Chicago."
President Percy D. Haughton. of
j the Boston Braves, said that his.
1?club had not made any money this
season and would probably finish on
the wrong side of the ledger, but
'that he was just as anxious as his
confrees to finish the 1918
In addition to the club owners.
League Secretary and Treasurer
John A. Heydler was on hand.
WIN FROM PIRATES
Toronto, July 23.?Under ideal
weather conditions, In the neighbor
hood of 7,000 persons witnessed the
Brooklyn-Pittsburgh National League
game here today. In the absence of
Jake Daubert, Miller held down first
for the Dodgers. Cheney was on the
rubber for Brooklyn and allowed only
four hits in six Innings and was re
placed by Robertson who gave two.
Miller was touched up for ten safeties.
The game was even until the eighth
when the Dodgers broke loose with
five safeties putting the game on ice
with four runs. The score by innings:
R. H. E.
Pittsburgh 000 100 001?2 6 0
Brooklyn 100 000 04x? S 9 2
Batteries: Miller, Blackwell and
Smith; Cheney, Robertson and M.
Wheat. Umpires: Klem and Byron.
Jockey Chib Approves Racing dates
New York. July 28.-Thoroughbred
racing on the Metropolitan tracks
has been extended this year until
October *. The stewards of the
Jockey Club yesterday approved of
the local associations conducting fall
race meets as follows: Queens Coun
ty Jockey Club, at Aqueduct. Long
Island, September 1? to 28, inclusive
Metropolitan Jockey Club, at Ja
maica. Long Island, September 30
to October 12, Inclusive; and Empire
City Racing Association, at Yon
kers, N! Y.. October 14 to M. in
Erickson Quits Baseball
Jamestown. N. Y., July 23.?Eric
C. Erickson, pitcher on the Detroit
American League team for the last
two years, left yesterday for Camp
Di* with the fe?l
CRACK CLUB WITHOUT REAL OPPONENTS.
Company F. 604th Engineers. Standing, left to right?J. E. Dawson, second base; S. Midland,
pitcher; A. E. Mitchell, manager; Lieut. Monk; G. C. Tomer, first base; J. Kappellar, center field.
Sitting?Horner, third base; Peterson, right field; Weigel, shortstop; H. W. Neban, catcher; David
son, left field; E. Clark,'pitcher.
KEEP EYE ON
BALL IN GAME
Follow the Old Pill and
Even the English Can
By FREDERICK COLEMAN.
In the Daily Mall.
What should you watch at a base
The ball. Keep your eye on the
ball. If you do that you will not
When the game start?, watch the
pitcher. He will not bowl the ball.
He will throw It?throw it hard,
too. You can follow It with your
eye. It has fifty feet to go before
it comes to the batter. a ou can tell
the batter from the rest, for he is
the only man with a bat. You can
see him swat at the ball. If he
misses it, it counts one strike. May
be he will not hit at it and yet the
umpire will call out "Strike.' That!
means it was a true ball, right over
the home plate in front of the bat- [
ter, lower than his shoulder and |
higher than his knee. Three strikes I
put him "out.- Four wide of wlldj
balls thrown by the pitcher give
the batter first base.
I You can tell when he hits the ball.
I It may soar high and go far. It
may drive swiftly along the ground.
It may fall not far in front of the
batter. In any caae he dashes off
as fast as he can run for first base.
If the ball soars and is caught he
is "out." You can see that. If the
batter is not caught out it becomes
a race for first base. If he gets,
there before the ball can be stopped
and thrown to the first baseman he
is safe. In such case he will stay
on first base, ready to try fcr sec
ond base when oportunity offers,
then perhaps for third base, and
even eventually back to home base,
his starting point. He must, to
score, get there before he is put
"out," by his opponents, the fielding
team, and before three other batters
of his side are put "out." Three
men "out" retires a side for one of
the nine innings of a game.
If the runrrer fnils to complete his
wary and intermittent course around
the bases, which are placed at the
1 four corners of the big diamond, he
; does not score. Nothing but pass
j ing the home plate makes a point
Watch the runners. You can see
one of them get to first base: You
can tell when he reaches second.
I No one will need to tell you he is on
! his way to score when he gets to
third. And if he come straining and
sprinting for "home" and gets there
without being touched by the ball
in the hands of one of the fielding
team, you will know it?you will feel
it. You will know that means one
score for the side that is batting.
The teams wear distinctive uniforms.
You will not get them mixed. You
will know which one has scored. You
will shout in loud applause, proba
bly. Some people do. Most Amer
Watch the ball as it goes like a
streak from the pitcher. Watch it
when the batter smashes at it. Keep
your eye on it when he hits it. S#?e
I the fielder stop it. Watch him throw
! it. The ball and the runner will
not be far apart. Keep your eye
on the ball. You will see the game
if you do.
That is the way to see baseball.
TO TREASURY TEAM
Treasury Department tennis team
defeated the Emergency Fleet-Ship
ping Board outfit in the Departmental
! League by a score of 4 to 1. The re
I suits follow:
J Treasury, 4; ttnergency Ship, L
| Prince and Dudley (Treasury) defeated Ham
burg and Sheppardhouse (E. and 8.) 6-2, 6-1;
? Clark and Reney (Treasury) defated fitch and
| (Jettell (E. and S.) 65. 60; Bayles aj>d Newby
(E. and 8.) defeated Pierce and Moorehead
, (Treasury) 64. Haas and Buelle (Trpas
iury) defeated Flagathery and Marshal! (E.
! ?nd H) <5-0, 61; Ballynetin and Ballynetin
j (Trca^ir?) defeated Shaw and Rouse (E. and
I S.) 62, r-3.
To F'r.7 Medico*.
The fast 604 Engineers team from
the Washington Barracks will meet
ths Army Medical School in a ser
vice battle tomorrow afternoon at
the southwest cantonment. This
Engineer tribe have one of the best
clubs In this vicinity and are
anxious to arrange games with all
fast teams. Bill Steele is confident
his crew will take the measure of
Cardinal! Win Game.
The Cardinals defeated the Mt.
Pleasant Juniors yesterday on the
Monument Lot In easy fashion in a
one-sided game by a 15-to-0 count.
Garber, who did the hurling for the
Northeast boys, held the Mt. Pleasant
lads to three scattered hits during
the contest. ?
Girls to Pilot Racer* at Shore.
Atlantic City. July 23.?Fair skip
per* of the Atlantic City Tacht Club
will race their one-4eslgners tomor
row for the Mrs. A. K. White tro
phy. Xt Is the first event exclusively
I for girls, and much Interest sur
nnurfa tfea oon^stlUon.
WILL THE MONEY GO
TO ANY WAR CHARITY?
Indianapolis, Ind., July 23.?Tyrua
R. Cobb and Christy Matlhewaon
have been asked by James J. Cor
bett to manage two all-star base
hall teams to play in ten of the
largest cities of the country within
ihe next month as a part of the
athletic program of the Interna
tional Patriotic Athletic Associa
tion. of which Mr. Corbett is presi
dent, it was announced here last
night. Under the plan suggested,
a game between the two clubs, the
players on which would be selected
later, would be the principal feat
ure of one day during the six days'
tourney planned for the principal
cities of the country this season.
Weights Are Named for Star
Horses in Saratoga Handi
cap on August I.
| New York, July 23.?Weights
j were snnounced yesterday for the
| Saratoga Handicap, which will be
the feature of the opening of the
meeting on Thursday. Aug. 1. Of
those likely to compete. Cudgel is
at the head of the list, with 133
pounds to carry. Omar Khayyam
has 130 pounds, and Reamer one
pound less. Johren is not entered,
and War Cloud is therefore far and
away the best of the three-year
olds named. He is asked to carry
1116 pounds, the next horses of his
j age being Papp and Esooba. each
with 109 pounds.
FOUR ATHLETES TO
JOIN Y. M. C. A WORK
Four athletes of prominence have
just been recruited by the National
War Work Council of the Y. M. C.
A. to go to France an directors 'n the
army schools of athletics, coarses in
which are made compulsory by the
army heads and the management of
which haa been entrusted to the Red
The four men are Edwin Crowdls.
old-time Princeton football star; J. P.
Sullivan, Olympic runner; Alexander
Dunbar, one of the best known bcwl
ers in this country, and B. H. Dwight.
Yale baseball coach and tenni-*
player. Crowdis is a preacher by pro
fession and left the pastorate of th?
Congregational Church in Tuckanjo.
N. Y., to volunteer for "Y" service
abroad. He is now attending ?he Y.
M. C. A. Intensive training school for
overseas workers st Columbia Uni
versity. He was "Big Rill" Edwards'
running mate on the famous Prince
ton football team of 1SH9 whicn ff
feated both Harvard and Yale.
IS FULTON'S LAST
New York. July 23.?Fred Fulton,
contender for the heavyweight crown,
announced here today that his fight
with Jack Dempsey at the Federal
league ball park at Harrison, N. J..
Saturday, will be his last ring engage
ment for the duration of the war.
In a statement Issued today by Jack
Kearns. manager of Dempsey, he says
that the Salt Lake City boy will re
turn to the shipyards and go to work
after the battle with Fulton. Demp
sey formerly was a shipbuilder.
Mike Collins, manager of Fulton,
has applied to the Knights of Colum
bus for an assignment In war work
on the other side for Fulton.
New York, 4; St. Louis. 1.
WHERE THEY PLAY TOIXAY.
No Games Schedujed.
STANDING OF THE CUBJ.
Won. Lost. Pet.
Boston 55 34 .618
Cleveland 50 42 .543
New York 46 40 .535
Washington 47 41 .S34
St- Louis 40 46 .465
Chicago ?... 3? 37 .453
Detroit 36 40 .419
Athletics 36 40 .424
Brooklyn, 5; Pittsburgh. 2.
WHERE T EY PLAY TODAY.
Chicago at Philadelphia.
St. Loulg at New York.
Pittsburgh at Brooklyn.
Cincinnati at Boston.
STANDING OF THE CLUBS.
f. Won. Lost. Pet.
Chicago 56 29 .569
New York 53 32 .624
Pittsburgh 44 40 .524
Phillies 39 43 .476
Cincinnati 37 44 .457
Boston 38 48 .442
Brooklyn 35 47 .427
St, Ma If W S4Q7
Ball Club at Washingt on
Barracks Camping on Trail
of Local Clubs.
Company P of the ?0?th Engineer,
stationed at Washington Barracks,
has organized one sweet ball team,'
consisting of big league baseball
players and star college men. This
company la under command of Capt.
George 8. Young, who has provided
the boys with all baseball equipment.
At a meeting held July 21. First
Lieut P. S. Monk was appointed ath
letic manager for all sports held by
the company. Big BUI Steele, of Bos
ton American fame, was appointed
baseball coach and George 8. Tomer
was appointed captain.
The 604th Engineers baseball team
was originally formed at Camp Dev
ens. Maas., and has an enviable record
to date hsving played 22 games,
.winning 21. Since arriving In Wash
ington the team has been considerably
strengthened by enlistment* and trans
I* arran*e<1 tor by our Capt. Young,
who by the way, has found that the
national game is of great help in the
training of his men. and Insists that
all members of his company do more
or less of It as It develops the mind
and muscle of men.
A diamond has been laid out at the
\\ ashlngton Barracks that Is a
credit to the engineering skill of
Company F. and that many big league
teams would call a perfect skin
With a complete baseball equipment,
one of the flnrst diamonds in the
country, and a very evenly balanced
team, they And themselves shoy of
opponents. The Engineers would be
glad to hear from managers of teams
in or around Washington who can
play at Washington Barracka at ?
o'clock any evening with the exceptions
of Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday
-ames can be arranged to be played
away from the home grounds. All
teams playing must be In baseball
uniform. Any team wishing games will
drop a line to Bill Steele of Co F
?04th Engineers, Washington Bar
racks. D. C.
Teami wishing games where the
team must leave the city must give
a guarantee for 14 men which is the
quota this team carries These men
are all enlisted men, and a guarantee
out;of-t7wn *ames is essential.
The schedule is now open from the
present date until August 15. and
teams wishing our gamea should get
busy at once.
HOGGINS' CREW LAND
GAME FROM BROWNIES
New York. July 23?The Yankees
took the last game of their series with
the Browns here today, 4 to 1. Dav
enport pitched for tne Browns and
accounted for their sinple tally with
a home run in the third inning.
Mogridge pitched for the Yankees
and although he was hit safely in al
most every frame he tightened up in
the pinches, and double plays helped
him The Yankees got nine safeties
ofT Davenport in timely places and
v\on easily. The score hv innings:
St. I?uis aoi<mnoftt?l 9 i
NdW Y?rk 000 210 I?*-4 10 0
Batteries?Davenport and Nuna
maker: Mogridge and Hannah. Um
GRID COACHES ARE
HARP TO PICK UP
American colleges face a scarcity of
coaches to train the gridiron squads
next season, according to Gilmore
Dobie, coach of the Navay Academy
"I can see colleges which hare loat
coachea because of the draft having
an unusually tough time of It." he
said, "but as a whole football Isn't
going to suffer to any great extenlk"
Every football coach within the
draft age haa been called to the colora
or has enlisted, he explained, and
most coaches over the age limit are
Leonard's Brother Is
Appointed Boxing Coach
The appointment of Charles Leonard
| brother of Benriy Leonard, as boxing
| instructor at Camp Devens, Ayer,
Mass.. has been announced by Dr.
Joseph E. Raycroft. head of the ath
letics division of the War Depart
ment's Commission on Training Cams
Prior to hts appointment Charlie
Leonard assisted his brother aa box
ing instructor at Camp Upton for
several months. At Camp Devens he
will succeed Battling Levinsky. who
has resigned from the Training Camt
Commission to enter other war work.
Dr. Raycroft also announced the ap
pointment of Tommy Dixon aa boxing
Instructor at Camp Funston.
Fred Marvel, noted athlete and foot,
ball and track coach at Brown Uni
versity. has been appointed specla
assistant to Dr. Raycroft He hai
been detailed for service at the Wash
ington office of the Training Cam]
Toronto, 4; Jersey City, 0.
Rochester, 2; Baltimore, W .
BACK TO THE PLOW.
Pittsburgh. July II?It re
mained for Branch Rickey. pru
tdent of Uu ?. Louis Cardlnala.
to pull the prlH story of the
baseball DMtlnt at the HoUl
Schenly today. It tppwri that
aa aoon aa the Americas Aaaocla
tion dacldod to eloaa ahop tha
Carta got into communication
with Baala Bwktr. outfielder of
tha Kama, city Club, who for
merly played on almoat every
team In the National League.
Becker can atlll hit. That*a
why the Carta wanted him.
"Here * a telegram I Just re
ceived from Becker," .aid Rickey.
"It read a?"Wire me your terma
and where I shall Join you. Do
thla at once for I hear the call
of tha plow.' *
After deliberating. Mr. Rickey
decided to let Becker answer the
call of the plow, figuring that a
former big leaguer ought to be
glad of the chance to get back
into the big ahow without de
manding contract terma. In ad
BASEBALL IS ?
Damon Runyon Pays Trib
j ute to Diamond Game as 1
Cleanest of All Sports.
Damon Runyon. the well-known !
scribe of the New York Americans. I
penned a glowing tribute to baseball
today, of which the following is a
True, we have panned baseball and !
scolded baseball?not the game Itself,
but some of the men connect-sd with
it ? mighty lustily In the past, but we
did It always in what you might call I
a loving spirit, and never for a minute I
hav? we rejoiced or found aught but
sorrow In the Idea of the came being
, closed down. 1
J After all. It is the biggest. cleanest
. sport of all. There has been none of
j the skullduggery of the racetrack or
? the plug-uglery of the prise ring sbout
It. although we are fond of both the
track and ring.
You don't often hear of sponges be
ing stufTed up ball players' noses to
slow 'em up. It wouldn't bother som*
of them at that, as they are strictly
mouth breathers. You don't often hear
of any cheating whatsoever around
a baseball orchard, and it was a sort
of relief to go there now and then
if only to get out of earshot of such
We used to see so many people at
the ball frames having such a good
time that we rather figured that when
| the finish came, if It did, there would
: be kindly thought and expression of
! the old diversion, as of an old friend
, who Is no more.
J Instead the chatter was enough to
? make Father Chadwick torn over in
his grave. Instead of viewing the
potential remains with respect and
affection, everybody began talking
about what a dirty old loafer the
late departed had been and how
poorly he had managed his life. It
If the government decides that
measures are necessary which means
the closing down of the game?fair
enough! But let us at lesst shed a
tiny salt tear of grief for a friend
of other days. Why villjfy the old
! boys' memory?
We would hate to see any sport
stopped so long as it can go a!ong
without in any way Interfering with
essentials, but It is Inconceivable to
us that baseball will be stopped end
that racing and boxing will be per
mitted to continue, or any other
form of professional sport.
And even If It Is all stopped the
! reaction may come later on. It was
so in England. Professional foot
ball. the big game of the country,
languished, but it came back, and
last season some of the clubs made
i more money than ever before, ac
j cording to report. Racing also re
? vived. In nearly all the warring
| countries sport seems to be encour
i aged to quite an extent.
SAM CRANE BACK
WITH DUNN'S ORIOLES
Jack Dunn yesterday placed bammv
Crane back in his old township as he
signed the fleet-footed shortstop with
the Baltimore International League
club. To Sam it is like once more
getting home as it was from the
Orioles that he ventured into the
American League and now after drift
ing here, there and everywhere. Sam
Is once more among the homefolka.
Although he was too light for a
major leaguer he was one of the most
sensational fielders yet seen in the
CLARENDON !S AFTFR
THE SERVICE NINES
Manager Joe Gelbel. of the Claren
don club, accepts President Sylvester
Breen's challenge to meet the Cardi
nal Athletic Club in a ?eries of
games, although he holds the warm
est friendship for the "daddy" of
amateur ball In the shipbuilding eity.
he has no objection to adding the Car
; Cardinals* scalp to his list,
j Clarendon scouts at the recent Car
dinal game report that this will ha no
easy task, but the stronger they come
the better Joe will be pleased, for he
maintains that he Is now leading the
best balanced independent club around
Washington. Quantico and Camp
Meigs included, and stands ready to
prove his assertion either in ? ingle
games or In the proposed team series.
The scoring of forty-one runs by
Clarendon to the opponents' six off
seven pitchers In the last three games
Indicates the need of stiffer opposition.
Gelbel is holding all dates after Au
gust 11 for clubs of the strength of
Cardinals and Quantico. Clarendon
has not forgotten that Breen's club
prevented them from finishing th9 se
ries last fall with a clean slste and
any future games between these clubs
are sure to be red hot.
EBBETS SIGNS ARCHER.
Veteran Catcher Gets Another
Chance in National League.
New York. July M?Jimmy Archer
famoua aa a catcher on Franl
i'hance'1 championship Cub team, hai
i been signed by the Robins. President
1 Kbbeta completed the deal yeeterday
I After being released outright by th<
Cubs laat summer Archer later signed
up with the Plratea. Chicago turned
Archer lose after the catcher SUB
talned an Injured finger, which, it wai
alleged. Impaired hla throwing. Archei
was released by Pltaburgh severa
$3,200 to Caddy far Mn. Gam.
At Oakland. CaL. a devotee of gol
paid $3,300 tor the privilege of cad
dying for lira. W. A flavin, Metro
polltan and Eastern champion, la i
match tor tha ambulance Fund.
Famous Player Told Bill
Shettsline He Didn't Know
How to Sacrifice.
Chsrlea Webb Murphy. who still
fans seven days a week, though he U
oat of baseball. woo watching ?"ac
tuo Crovoth, of tho Phillies. hit those
lon? drives of his during practice at
tho Cub- pork recently.
"Nono of them con swat the hall
like Delahanty could when he * u
with the team," said Murphy. - Ji?
had tome mates who could go. too?
Flick. la)oie end other*. I
"I once heard how BUly Earl c&urht 4
hie first some against Dslshinty it fl
oeemo that Del cracked tho first bell. ^
a high one, way on the outside, for a
double. Next time up Bail gav* an
other signal end Del nailed one low
on the inside for a triple.
"On Delahanty*s third Journey to
tho plate the pitcher threw a wild
one that hit in front of Del. The
batter caught It as he would If he
wore playing cricket and convert#*
It Into a single.
"Earl waa planly amazed 80 whea
Delahanty appeared for his fourth
effort. Earl asked. 'Don't you ever
| wait till the ball comes across the
"Delahanty grinned. 'No,* he re
plied. 'Only the poor batters *alt
I for that kind.'
"Another time, when Shettsline.
now secretary of the Quakers, waa
| manager of the team, an important
1 stage came where runs were badly
needed. Phflly got runners on first
and second before anybody was out.
It was then Delahanty's turn at bat.
"Shettsline called Ed to jds tide
and said: 'You lay down a (-aerifies
bunt now, and I'll have the next
| fellow try to hit one out and score
both men.' Delahanty nodded 'All
right,' he answered.
"Shettsline was surprised when Del
ahanty laid on the first ball pitched
and slammed It out for a home run ^ 1
As he rounded third Shettsline called
out, 'How was It you didn't huntT
** 'Oh. I never bunt.' laughed Del 1
don't even know how.' '*
ONCE A HURLER 1
? ?? I
Evangelist Had Ambition
to Become Pitcher, but
Changed His Mind.
| Nearly every professional baseba.1
player aspires to be a pitcher at
some time In his career, and Billy
Sunday, the evangelist, who former
ly played with the Chicago. Phila
delphia and Pittsburgh clubs, of the
National League, Is no exception. It*
was just twenty-eight years ago
last week. July 1C. 1890, toward the
end of his baseball career, that Bil
ly appeared in the role of slab art-^
ist. It wss a game between Pitts- >
burgh snd the Phillies In PhlUy
that the future evangelist got his
one try-out in the box.
Although he had won his spurs
In the outfield. Billy had long
cherished the hope of being permit
ted to put 'em across the plate from
the pitcher's mound. He was a vet
eran when he finally got the chance
Two pitchers had been knocked out
of the box and the game was ap
parently lost, when Billy was told
to go in and show what he could do.
j In smiling confidence, the future
I evangelist faced the first man up. whs
1 happened to be the pitcher of the op
posing club. The smile did not last,
however, for Billy discovered that *he
plate was sn elusive thing and in his
efforts to find it he sent over four
balls In succession. With a man on
first. Billy decided it was time to
settle down and do some pitching, ai.d
. he faced the task with determination.
This time he found the piste and the
batter found the ball for a three
bagger. The next man up got a two
bagger. and the one after him. not
being able to dodge quick enough,
was hit In the chest Hy Billy s de
livery. Before the inning was over
i four runs had been scored snd Bill^^i
. was retired. He was convinced that"
pitching wasn't as easy as it took-*!
? and after that one fatal Inning h?
! crave up the Idea of shining in the
' The following year Sunday quit the
diamond snd became assistant secre
tary of a T. M. C. A. in Chicago, from
1 which Job he graduated into the evan
j rrelistic fleld in 1^96. Sunday was a
member of the Anson pennant-wir
ning Chicago club in 16S5 and WG*. and
it was with the Anson aggregation
that he gained his greatest fame In
POLICE TO BATTLE
NINES OF SOLDIERS
1 Maj Pullman's finest will compete
j some time In September against ths
Home Defense League baseball team
in a benefit game for the police fund
Sergt. Mike Raedy of number 11
police station has been appointed
coach and manager of the police tea r A
1 and he has already proven his live- 11
j wire abilities by arranging practice J
games with local clubs. 1
The Steel Plant team will be placed
In the first practice game but Mike
is anxious to arrange battles wi?h
local camp and cantonment tea^ * t
All strong teams in this vicinity * ho
desire to play the local poller se->d
challenges to Sergt. Mike Raedv.
number 11 precinct. Anacostla. P.
Defend Yoor Horn*?
If so. you have
Pnlist in the nu
Gaiird at Once!
Lrarn t#? ?hoet.
te drill. ?? He a
that Is re
quired! Is that a
sacrifice in pre
paring you rse!f
to defend y ? n r
If you are In the draft age
jrou will earn early promotion
when called to the colors. If
under or over the draft age you
can still be a soldier and dis
charge an Important duty.