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PANORAMA OF AMERICAN LEAGUE PARK MADE DURING THE NATIONAL AND YANKEE ENCOUNTER YESTERDAY
# 5 ' \ ' ? i ? ? - ? NATIONALS START THE SEASON WITH VICTORY OVER NEW YORK a - Charley Smith's Brilliant Pitching the Fea ture of the Locals' Game?Rec ord Crowd Present. TODAY'S GAMES. Nen York at Wanhlngtoa. Boston at Philadelphia. HOW THE CLUBS STAND, YVa?hinjcton. Philadelphia Krw York.. Ronton Detroit Chicago St. l<ouia..., Cleveland... W. L. Pet. .. 1 ~o* 1.000 f. i o l.oeo 0 1 .000 0 1 ?MH> 0 ' O .000 0 O .000 O 0 .0011 e o .ooo The presence of all those people at American League Park yesterday after noon probably retarded the world's busi ness a great deaL for there were men there whose brains keep the world a-go Ing. but It Is probably true that every body?from the many government officials down to the kid who went out there at 11 o'clock yesterday to b? sure to get a seat in the bleachers?was mighty glad he went. For it was a great and grand and glorious game of ball. Even if Washing ton had not scored four runs to New "York's one. it would have been a splendid day for the fans, who haven't seen their friends of the team since last fall. For the great crowd went out to the park to ?ee the players, rather than to see an exhibition of base ball. When the first player drifted Into view, walking across the grass, the roar that greeted him ?ounded like a hi; of bedlam let loose. When the team lined up at the club house to have a photograph taken, heaven was rent in twain with the ?hrleks of the Jong-patient fan. and when they actually started down toward the diamond. In their nice white uniforms, all the pent-up powers of Vesuvius could not have made a greater racket. Sitting back upon the seats yesterday thousands upon thousands watched the Nationals in practice and in actual play, and felt that life was certainly worth living. The old familiar sound of a base ball smacking into a mitt is better music than that of a symphony orchestra at this time of year, and the quick, sharp crack of a bat. which drives a ball in a beautiful curve away out toward the fence is a spring tonic to send blood hurtling through the veins of the sleepiest codger in seven states. Before the Battle Started. Did they practice longer yesterday than usual or not? Were they better looking than ever before? Do they play with a snappier vim? Don't ask, for the whole thine seems like a grand, a beautiful base ball dream to the fan, who has been feed ing on pink sporting sheets all winter. The nightmare and discontented winter's sleep of the real base ball shouter Is at an end, and now. beginning with ye^iterday, he Is going to feed on the lotus leaves of actual games right in his own city, and if a happier god ever jumped about on the peaks of Moui\t Olympus (wherever that was) it must have been because old Jupiter had a better bunch of ball play ers than Brother Cantlllon. B&t to get away from sueh sHly talk. - Everything that contrives to make a base ball game the greatest of our American institutions was there yesterday. Just as the sport ing section of The Sunday Star predicted, there was the crowd of grand old fans, the peanut boys and the familiar smell of the dust, the familipr tramp of feet and the joyous whoop of the excited rooter. , There was the man who shouts out per sonal messages to the batters. He started with a long-drawn-out "Oh, you Clymer!" when that gentleman pattered to first base, being allowed to get there after four futile efforts of Newton, the left-hander. There was the boy who gets impatient when the umpire makes a de cision that does not look right from the bleachers, and who begins right away to roast the whole tribe of umpires. There was the man who takes off his coat and works hard enough to dig a long trench yes, he and all the others?all were there. Out along the fences long lines of root ers who could not find room in the stands were seated on the grass. There were enough people there, it seemed, to make a good-sized attendance in themselves. Gradually they spread, until at last they completely encircled the outfield, sitting on the grass and making, with the stands and bleachers, a complete circle?a magic circle?of fans, who howled and roared and jumped up and down, and who un doubtedly helped to win the game with their intensely friendly interest. Two Bands Present. Farther on there will be a technical account of the game, but it is only right that a little of the enthusiasm of yes terday should leak into print. With two bands playing for two hours before the game started, playing all the music that was ever written?so it seemed?with all Washington rushing through the gates, with fifteen thousand and more ordinarily sane people turning mental flipflops to find expression for their joy?with all that and more, too, there was enough enthusi asm to fill a thousand balloons and set them sailing in a cloudless sky of roar i ing jubilee. Then, when the game start ed. there was Unglaub's liner# into the crowd, there was Engel's wonderful catch which upset a play and which forced the l New York man to do air flips Into a mob of rooters on the grass. Engle's play was applauded just as much as any Washington man's play. Then there was that grand first inning, wherein Wash intgon scored three runs, thereby getting a safe lead, and finally Smith's pitching was dazzling throughout. After it was all over the band played "Every Little Bit Added to What You've Got Makes Just a Little Bit More," and then, just ta tease Willie Keeler and the New York boys, they played "Ain't Dat a Shame." The new hat was out at the game. All the East#r bonnets being high ones, there was considerable dissatisfaction when a bevy of sweet young things crowded in ahead of a bunch of men and stood up. There Is going to be a lot of trouble for the spring hats this year and the only place where they will fit into the scheme of things is up on the roof. CHARXjEY J'MITH HOW BOTH SIDES SCORED THE RUNS Although the game had been carded to start at 3:45. the park was a jam by 3 o'clock. After the police had stopped the sale of tickets to the stand a consulta tion was held and Umpire Evans decided to start the game at once. As the pop ular umpire came on the grounds he was given a splendid reception and the ap plause was redoubled when it was seen that he was going to get things under way at once. At 3:20 Umpire Evans called out "Play ball!" and the season of 1909 was under way. Hemphill, the first man .up, died op a roller to Delehanty and McBrlde threw out Keeler. Elberfeld laced a beauty into center for one base, but got no further &e Engle struck out. Then came the NatlonaJg__apd they im mediately put everybody'In good humor by scoring three runs. Clymer waited pa tiently and was rewarded with a pass to first, but he died at second on Milan's in tended sacrifice which Newton grabbed and fired to Knight in time to head him off. Bob Unglaub picked out a wide curve to his liking and slammed it into left field for two bases, the ground rule doubtless shutting cf a triple. This put Milan on third and Bob on second, with one down. Delehanty tried to kill the ball, but instead sent a roller to Newton. Milan had started home at the crack of the bat, and it looked like a sure out, as the ball was thrown to Klel now in plenty of time; but the latter dropped the ball, and the first run of the season was registered. It wasn't very good base ball, but the "fans" yelled with glee, as Washington was benefited by the error. "Wid" Conroy followed with a tantaliz ing roller toward first that Newton could not pick up to save his life, and the run ner was safe, with all three bases filled. Jerry's Timely Hit. Good-natured Jerry Freeman then walk ed to the bat, and in response to encour aging cries slammed a beautiful single Into left that pushed Unglaub and Dele hanty over the rubber. Conroy then tried to steal third, but Kleinow nailed him with a good throw to Elberfeld, and Mc Brlde ended the inning by striking out. The second was fruitless for both teams, although Knight got a pass to first with two down, and Clymer and Milan tore off singles after two had been retired. The drives of Otis and Clyde were of the ringing variety, right through the infield like rifle shots. The Highlanders got a hit in the third, a single to left by Hemphill, but that was all. The locals did better, scoring a run. Delehanty led off with a single into center and Conroy followed auit. Freeman struck out trying to sacrifice, but McBride was hit by Newton and the bases were filled. ? Charlie Street followed with a long fly into left that Engle ran over and speared with his right hand as he went head over heels into the crowd. It was a wonderful nervy catch, as the big fel low dashed into the crowd as though it was a bundle of hay. Delehanty held on to third, and as soon as he saw Engle make the catch he rushed home. Conroy started too early from second, in his anxley to get all the way home, and As sistant Umpire Eagan spotted him. with the result that he was declared out when the ball was thrown to second and judgment asked for. It was a peculiar play, as it looked like a double without a run being allowed, but Umpire Evans said Delehanty was entitled to his run. as he crossed the plate before the third out was registered. Highlanders' Only Bun. The Highlanders banged the first run over the plate in the fourth inning. Lit tle Elberfeld led off with a ripping double into center and Engle was given a baqe on balls. Ward laid down a neat sacri fice, 8mith to Freeman, moving up both runners. Ball then hit a roller to Mc Bride and he was thrown out at first, the play being of the defensive sort. Mac figuring that one run wouldn't matter much and Elberfeld ran home. Knight closed the Inning with a little fly to Con roy. and the only rally of the Gotham ites was over. After retiring the side In order in the fourth, Demmit wan sent in to bat for Newton in the fifth, and this brought Brockett into the game in place of the big left hander. From then to the finish it was a battle between STnith and Brock ett, with honors in favor of the local man. as he allowed but one bit, a scratchy one at that, in the last four in nings, while the Nationals got two off the New Yorker in the same time. In the seventh Charley Smith led off with a clean single into center and peached second as a result of Ward's er ror after Clymer had flied out. but tne next two men went out without pushing him nearer home. In the eighth Conroy led off with an other clean single Into center and clev erly stole second, but he died there while Brockett fanned Freeman and McBride. and Street was thrown out at first by Elberfeld. With one down in the seventh for New York. Knight hit a low fly into center that Milan first lost in the sun and then failed to get up to and It went for a triple. Charley put on steam and struck out Klelnow and Brockett with the tall boy still resting on third. Smith wound up the game in a blaze of glory. Engle died on a roller to Dele hanty, and then Charley fanned both Ward and Ball, to the merry shouts of the multitude, and the initial struggle of the season was over. Following is the official score: WASHINGTON. AB. R. H. PO. A. E. Cl.rmer._rf 3 o 1 0 0 o Milan, ct 4 t 1 0 it 0 f'nrbinb, If...... 4 1 l 1 0 u Dclchant.r. 2 4 2 1 2 2 1 Conroy, 3b 4 O 2 2 1 0 Freeuian, lb 3 0 19 0 0 McBride. ss 2 0 0 2 3 0 Street, c a 0 0 11 2 0 Smith, p 3 0 1 0 2 0 Total* 30 4 8 27 10 1 NEW YORK. AB. It. H. PO. A. E. Hemphill, cf 4 0 110 0 Kecler. rf. 4 o o 3 o o Klherfeld, 3b 4 1 2 2 2 0 Eagle, If 3 0 0 4 1 0 Ward, lb 3 0 0 5 0 0 Ball, 2b 4 0 0 2 0 0 Kntgbt. ss 2 0 1 2 2 0 Klelnow, c 3 0 0 5 4 1 Newton, p 2 O 0 0 1 1 ?Demmitt 1 O 0 0 0 0 Brockett.p 1 0 0 0 0 1 Total* 31 1 4 21 10 3 ?Batted for Newton in fifth. Washington 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x?4 New York 00010000 0?1 Earned runs?Washington, 2. I?eft on bases? Washington, 7; New 1'ork. 5. Flint base on halls- Off Smith, 2: off Newton, 1; off Brockett, 1. Hits made?Off Newton, 6 tin 4 Innings): off Brockett. 2 (In 4 innings). Struck out?By Suiltb, 10; by Newton. 3: by Brockett, 3. Three-base hit?Knight. Two-base hits?Unglmb and Elber feld. Sacrifice hits?MeBride, Street and Ward. Stolen bases?Conroy and Freeman. Hit by pitcher?By Newton, 1. Balk?Smith. Umpires? Messrs. Egan and Evans. Time of saiue?2 hours. MANY PROMINENT PEOPLE TURN OUT It would be hard to tell how many dis gruntled senators and representatives there were yesterday afternoon. Both branches of Congress adjourned in plenty of time to allow them to get to the game a whole half hour before the time to start, but when they got there most of them not only could not get a seat, but were told that the police wouldn't allow the selling of more tickets for the grand stand. Still, a lot of them got inside the gates and caught glimpses of the ball, and today the lucky ones are crowing over their associates. One dyed-in-the-wool fan couldn't be kept away with a straight jacket. That was Senator Scott of West Virginia. 'TIs true, he was late enough to find every seat and every convenient standing space taken, but he wouldn't be baffled. From a narrow space at the back of the grand stand he got occasional glimpses at the game, between peach-basket bonnets, and did as much cheering as if he were on the front row of the bleachers. Upon the roof of the grandstand during the entire game were Commissioner West, Rudolph Ksuffmann, Fire Marshal Nich olson, J. Whit Herron, O. A. Lyon and others, including a party of ladles. The wind was a little cold, but they had the time of their lives. Senator William Alden Smith wa* pre?- ] ent throughout the game with a party of guests, which included Representatives Hamilton, Townsend, Rodds and Dieke ma. The second baseman of the High landers. Ball, is from Holland. Mich.. Mr. Smith's home town, and the player came around and got introduced. A man who ought to know?and he is none other than Uncle Nick Young, the grand old man of the national game?pro nounced the Nationals yesterday the best team Washington has ever had. One senator who made a quiok dash to the ball park as soon as the Senate adjourned, at 12:45 p.m., was Senator Gallinger of New Hampshire, chairman of the committee on the District of Colum bia. Treasurer Rapley of the Washington base ball club saw the game with a num ber of friends from a box. One party of fans who saw the frame at an advantage came from the Center market in a big slghtseing automobile. On the outside of the machine was a. ban ner with the inscription. "Center Market Fans. 33d Degree." A position was found for the auto out in left field, and they yelled and tooted their heads off. Two fans who couldn't find seats were Senator Culberson of Texas, minority leader of the upper branch of Congress, and Chairman Payne of the House ways and means committee?he of tariff fame. Connie Doyfe and Robert Lee Evans, two Departmental Lieague first basemen of note, were on hand and got a few pointers from Jerry Freeman about flrst eack etiquette. A tremendous outpouring of fans from the navy yard arrived in plenty of time to get good places in the covered bleachers on the right side of the field and add materially to the volume of sound. Five hundred is said to be a fair estimate of their number. If all goes well and the trains from Utlca, N. Y-, are on time Vice President Sherman, who could not be here to toss out the first ball yesterday, will attend the game today.. There will probably be mighty few days when he is in town that Mr. Sherman does not journey to ward the ball park to make use of the season pass that President Noyes pre sented him the other day. The Vice President Is a fan among fans. Following a custom of years, the plate printers of the bureau of engraving and printing turned out in force, armed with Iiorns. buzzers and other noise-producing paraphernalia. Among the prominent government offi cials who were at the game were j*tr. Latta, assistant secretary to President Taft; Pearson Huey, Capt. J. Alfred Coopar and Messrs. Leet, Hlnrlch and Satterlee. Samuel Gompers. president, and .Frank Morrison, secretary, of the American Federation of Labor, represented union la bor at the game. Another labor man present was James O'Connell, president of the local Machinists* Union. Ton* Hume, a member of the Washing ton Stock Exchange, would have spoHed a mighty long record If he had not been a rooter at yesterday's opening game. He didn't spoil anything, as it happened, but a few of his vocal cords. Assistant Postmaster General De Graw. former Secretary of the Navy Newberry and John M. Scofield, chief clerk of the War Department, were there, too. Among the hot fans ? who were found missing when the regulars In the stands were counted up were "Chick" Green and Tyce Madigan, the former an old Columbia Athletic Club outfielder and the latter a famous pitcher of the Na tionals in the old-days. Both are enjoy ing: the Easter show at Atlantic City this week, but promise to- make up for their desertion by regular attendance at the games for the rest of the season. John H. Anderson former secretary of the Departmental League, arrived early and stayed late. - Two boxes were occupied by a lively party of rooters from the office of the Secretary of the Treasury, headed by Jack Jaquette and BUI Root. Assistant Attorney General Lawler got to the park lust in tldie.'to see the start. and when it was over he said he had a fine time. t GENERAL COMMENT ON GAME AND CROWD v . Charley Smith was undoubtedly the star of the game. The Cleveland lad has been working in seasons past "With a very sore arm, but he recently hail it fixed up by the Ohio bonesetter, andjCharley's bread winner looks stric-t#y all right. Yesterday Smith had almost perfect control, and thaft well-known drop ball working all right, with the resnlt that he had a big majority of the Highlanders shooting ducks throughout the game. Kid Elber feld sneaked in a single and a double, but "Little Tabasco" is liable to hit any one when right. Four hits ;with ten strike outs is Smith's record for the game, and it stamps Charley as one of Manager Cantillon's. stars. - Before the game started yesterday morn ing Smith was seen by. a Star reporter and congratulated upon^the report that his arm had come around all right. He said: 7 "I have not pitched oyer three innings in the last two years without my arm hurting me, but this spring it feels like India rubber, and I believe I will be back in my old-time form. It certainly feels nice to me to know that my breadwin ner is all right again. To tell the truth. I thought I was all In last fall when I went home." > Smith Is of a retiring disposition, and for this reason has made very few friends in this city, but it goes without saying that he became very popular after scoring so well yesterday. When the two bands put In an appear ance at the park the officials of the club were as much surprised as the specta tors. The-band on the ? right-hand side of the stand was Plstorio's and hired lor the club, but the one on tne left was frotn the Soldiers' Horiie, and sent down to the game as a complfment from Gen. Sawkins. The general is an enthusias c base ball fan and a stanch fol lower of the local'club. Both" organiza tions played their best,,and as a result the spectators were kept entertained with good music throughout the battle on the field. . . . For five years >the Washington club has been handed, out a defeat before the' hopeful- thousands: on the opening day, but it. finally^ turned the trick yes terday, and Manager Cantillon and his men ?re .taking Hie victory as a good omen on the season. - ?The record of Kid EHberfeld in yester day's game shows conclusively how valu able he is to the -New York club. Of the four hits registered he secured a double and a single and scored the only New York run. In tne .field. the Kid played a brilliant game. ? With Chase on first tnat New York infield will look a great deal better, but Manager StaMings will haw to make up his mind to go slow with his youngsters before he cap get winning re sults. In the face ofElberfeld's good playing:, many comments were heard in the stands to the effect that Manager Cantillon knew what he was after when he tried to corral the "Tobaaco Kid" last winter. Big "Hackenschmidt" Engle in left field looks to be the Roods all over. He dis played unusual nerve in capturing Street's long fly into the crowd in the third In ning. and although he failed to get a hit, he haB the reputation of being strong with the stick. Engle, like a majority of the other New Yorkers, is not at hia best Just now on account of the small pox scare, and will probably come around all right before he leaves the city. Charley Hemphill found the exertton of fielding and running the bases too much for him. and when he went to bed last night had a high fever. He passed a restless night and Manager Stalllngs sent him home to New York by an early train this morning. Demmit, who batted for Newton yesterday in the fifth Inning, will probably play center in Hemphill's place today and lead off in the batting list. "Wtd" Conroy got away from the bar rier in splendid style, his initial frame with the Nationals on the home grounds being all that he could ask for. He led the team at the bat, getting two nice singles, stole a base and accepted his three chances like the artist he 1*. "Wid" would have stolen another base, but he overslid third in the first inning, tfjing to pull off a double steal with Freeman, and as Egan was right on top of the play, he was declared out. Conroy waa installed a member of the popularity club before the game had gone a full inning. Walter Johnson is far from being a well man as yet, but lie couldn't stand tha strain yesterday, and donning "his clothes sneaked oat to the park and witnessed the contest from the chibhouse. The great twirler looks a little thin and drawn* but a week of warm weather will brine him around all right and put him beck in the game. Manager Cantillon was very much disapponited over the backwardnesa i of Johnson's case, as he fully expected ! to work him against the New Yorks In this series. He will keep very well for the coming struggles at the Highlanders' home. The new entrance to the park worked like a charm yesterday, and there wu a total absence of crowding, as on the opening day last. year. Last year there were but two lines of ticket punchers, which naturally strung the people out to a considerable length. Yesterday there were four ticket windows and lines, and as a result the anxious enthusiasts came through the ^turnstile gates with a rush. Charley Street1 Is suffering with some thing like lumbago, and an ordinary man would not have worked In yester day's game. He can hardly straighten himself up. and while In action suffera tremendously. Charley's work was of the clean-cut variety, and he nailed. In hia usual clever atyle, Hemphill, the only New Yorker who tried to steal second on him. "Gabby" should also have had a hit, but he says he is not responsible for players making crasy catches like that of Engle's yesterday. Manager Stalllngs was not a bit cast down by the' defeat of his team, but In sisted this morning that the Highlanders will make good this season. "We are working our way through a season of hard luck just now. but we will get going very shortly, and then everybody will be singing our praises." He said he would probably work Lake this afternoon, but was not positive. "I'll have all my twlrlers work out be fore the game starts, and then select the one I like the best. Lake has been doing good work and Is about rea<Jy for a full game." he concluded. Capt. Bob Ganley confined his work (Continued on Thirteenth Page.) OVERFLOW OF FANDOM IN LEFT FIELD PAVIUON.