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BECKER'S FIRST HARD DRUB
BING SINCE JOINING NATIONALS White Sox Smother Locals in Sunday's Game, But Johnson May Stop Them Today. Special Dippateb tft Th' Star. CHICAGO, III.. August Jl.?The present visit of the Washington hall team Is arousing more interest among the local fans than any of the former trips here because of the exceptional record made hv the Nationals in the lost month. Jimmy M- A leer and his men have, at tracted more attention than apy of the other t<ams in the league for the last n?.?:ith.>ut-il<Ie of the leaders, because of the spurt tli^ former tailenders are mak ing. and the present tour of the west is somewhat in the nature of a triumphal ore. for the Nationals have been bowiing over all comers with regularity and win ning three-fourths of their games for the p;j<i month, \lthongh the game yester day t Cotnlskey park was rather a lop t;i si iguins? tactics of the Nationals were tin sluttuing t;"'ties of the Nationals was one of the features of the afternoon. h)d Walsh was hit harder than lie has been for some tim?-, but he managed to keep the hits scattered so that none of them resulted .p runs. Southpaw Becker was not in his usual good form and the Sox had no trouble in landing on him for a hit whenever a hit was needed to make runs. It was by far the worst beating that the youngster has had sine( he faced any of th?? bi?; .earners, hut his support was not of the best and he was not altogether to blame for his poor showing. The Na tionals have been going at such a phe nomenal gait for the !at?t month, winn.ng seventeen of twenty-five pames piayea, that they were due for a bad frame. The youngster was touched up for nineteen hits, and six of them were for extra bas. s. Walsh was hit harder than he usuallv ,s. for seven hits were gathered ofT h ,m, but some fortunate stops tverp made behind him that saved runs being made. The grand tleldlng of Tannehlll and Laud on the inrield and of "Ping" Bodle in the outtie.d saved Walsh from being scoreu on, for several hard drives were hit light at these fielders. Two more games ar*> to be played here by the Washington men before th^-v end their season's series j in Chicago. ?M -Aleev is driving his men hard at | present so as to get them up well into | tht front of the second division ready for a tinwI spurt at the close of the season j when they ure at home tor the final fciaud. The attendance at yesterday's game was a flattering one for the Wash ingtoniaiis. A crowd of l."?.UOU turned out to see Just what kind of a game the easterners arc putting up to win from so many of their opponents. The fans were rewarded by seeing the visitors hit ting the ball hard enough to win, but they were satisfied that all the disturb ance caused by the Nationals was not a : false alarm. Ne\i season the Wash'ngton ttam will have to be figured much higher in the STANDING, SCHEDULES AND RESULTS IN BIO BASE BALL LEAGUES AMERICAN LEAGUE. Ti>iirn*. W. L. Pet. Wll. Lose. Philadelphia... 73 39 .652 .655 .646 Detroit 69 45 .6J>5 .610 .600 Boston 59 54 .522 .526 .518 New York.... 58 56 .508 .513 -504 Cleveland.... 57 57 .500 .505 .495 Chicago. 56 57 .495 .500 .492 WisMagtM.... 48 66 .421 .426 .418 St Louis 33 79 .2# .301 .292 NATIONAL LEAGUE. 'Team*. W. L. Pet. Wis. Lon. Chicago 64 39 .622 .625 .616 Now York.... 65 42 .607 .611 .602 Pittsburgh.... 63 43 .594 -i?98 .588 Philadelphia.. 60 48 .556 .560 .550 St. Louis 59 49 .546 J"50 .341 Cincinnati.... 47 60 .439 .444 .435 Brooklyn 41 66 -38 J X89 .580 Boston 27 82 .248 .255 .245 Yesterday's Results AMERICAN LEAGUE. i/k' ......it U GU!5t<>li 0 Button ? CleTflam) 5 >?w YovW ?" Ptoiltdelpbia C rvtruir ajS'. Louis 1 .NATIONAL LEAGUE. No game*? Schedules. UltiRICAiV LEAG1 F.. TODAY TOMORRutV. vr??hio?tr,D at Clileag". ? tVa-liingteu at Chicago. Pblla'W'a at t-t. Uxib. I'hll.id'I'm ui ???. 1 Ne? York at Ik-trott. ? New >vrk at IK-Uoit. P.catou at Clerolautl. [ R??toii at Clcretaud. NATIONAL LEAGUE. TODAY. i TOMORROW. ? hi-ajo at New York. C'.hloago at New York. I1tt?t>'infti nt l"hlU<l"a. ' Plttcburulj at Phila<i'u. , Ctn< inuaH at Boston. ji'iuftnuatl at Boston. i .St. L??uis at Brooklyn. | bt Ioaltt at Brooklyn. ? a MINOR LEAGUE GAMES. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. A' Louis'tille? H1r?t game: Milwaukee. 0; Lam?vi'l<>. t. J*erotnl : Mhwa'ukc*. 7; UlVikf^llc 4. At lTj<li?uiapoliR?Minneapolis. ludiiiuapo ila. 1. At l trvi same: Coluaibui*, 12: 8t. I'sul. 1. s. i omi intme: Coluuibv*. *: St. I'awl. 0. At Tnhto first caw: T?I?m1o. 3; Kauai..* City, 1. cjui l>?li^J>>. <>: haiifai City. 3. EASTERN LEAGUE. At Montreal?J#?rwy ? 'Itj. 2: Montreal, 1. At N'-wark?Newark. y; Rocbeater, NEW YORK STATE LEAGUE. At Syraotsv Tr.n. I; Srraouae, 1. At Kluilra-Elmlrs-. S?-ranton. 2. At rtt<-a- Afliaay. 4; rtloa. 2. At tvilkesl-arre-WUkesban*, 5; IJins'uanjtou. t. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. A- Memphis? Ktrat yamc: Memphis. 2; Btr iiiintfb.tl". 1. Si-.-otwl jt?UK: Vleropbi*. I: Bir mingham. 0. At Nafbvlllo? \?mv Orb'an?. Nashville. 2. WESTERN LEAGUE. \t OtuaUa--First %ntnv. T<<p?i.a. H, Uuiana, 7. eatue: O'naiia. 11): T?>p?Ua. t. At T.Iti<'>!t' I.hw?'l!), 2: St. Joseph. 0. At h Molnos-'lH-n MoImu, IVurer. I. At Mom ( Ity?Hlnux t'ltj, l-'|: Pueblo, STRENGTHENS CLAIM. Bladensbux^ Beats Qxon Hill by. Score of 9 to 4. Hladonsburc MrengtlWDed its claim on the Prin e ^eorjfeB county championship yesterday by defeating the strong Oxon Hill nine foi the second time this stuhon, ! to J. Smith, one of the local twirlers, out .It-h^l Grace of Oxon llll! from the ?t;'.rt, and with hi* team gi\ in* hini per fect oflfensivu as well ab defeo-ive sup port waw nt-ver in danger. The game *?.-? oik- full of spc tacular stop* ?n<1 throw?, wiihh kept the several hundred fans on their t'eet from start to finish. A '-iianipinnr.hip d?t> is ?u he<hiled for Iai bor <ia> at'V'eRhrook, Oxon Hill playing Bladt n^l. irj? in the mornlm: and l^Aiham the winner in the afternoon. f race than it is this year if McAleer fan i keep his present combination in the game i and working as it is at present, j McAleer was in close conference withj President < 'omiskcy and Ban Johnson after yesterday's game. The last time he Washington club was here Jimmy was closeted with Comlskey for some length. and at tltat time the report was c rculated that he was working on a deal to buy out the Boston Red Sox. The secret conferences with Comlskey and Johnson on the present trip seem to confirm the former theory, and the rumors are that McAleer will land at the head of some American League club be fore next spring, even If he does not suc ceed in buying out the Red Sox. McAleer has been a strong factor in the upbuilding of the new league, and he is sure to bo pushed to the front whenever an opportunity comes for such a thing. There is an impression hero that lie may be In line for the presidency of the Wash ngton club if Thomas Xoyes declines to be elected to that office again. i j Johnson and Jimmy Scott are the two f pitchers that are likely to be sent to the i front in this afternoon's contest. Scott (Is going so good right now that Duffy Is making srood use of him. The "Wichita Wonder" was slow in rounding Into form in the spring, and now that the locals' staff is weakened by the absence of Lang, Duffy is sending Scotty to the front as often as he can stand It. Johnson has been a puzzle to the Sox in most of the games he has faced them this year. With Johnson and Hughes for the two remaining games here. McAleer fig ures that he will have a beter chance to , win both games than to lose them, f Walsh and White arc both out of It for j the last two games of the series, as 1 White pitched the long game Saturday against the Athletics and Walsh will not fce ahlu to work again during the ses sion. I WA$T?lN'GTOX. AB. R. IT. O. A. E. j Milan, .if 4 0 1 2 O 0 I Sehnefer, lb 4 o 1 7 O Walker. If 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 ?'?e*i<ler. rf 4 0 1 O 0 ?* M'-BrMr. M 4 0 13 10 A * n A A 1 tU'.Ul I'i' i e?o. ?????????? . ? Viwojr. rib 4 0 0 R 2 0 ; Cunningham. 2b 4 0 2 12 1 Street, e 4 0 0 4 0 0 B?^k'?r. p 3 0 0 1 0 1 Total." ...? 0 6 24 8 2 CHICAGO. AB. R. H. O.- A. E. Melntjre, rf ti t 4 t 0 0 1 t.onl. 3b 0 1 0 1 0 ( Ikiiafbertj, If 5 2 3 1 0 t BodTe. ef 3 1 2 4 1 1 MeConnell. 2b 0 0 0 1 3 0 TasnehMl. hp.. 5 1 1 1 0 0 MqlVn. lb -5 3 3 13 0 0 Hlo-k. c 5 2 3 0 0 Walsh. H 1 3 0 3 0 Totals 40 11 20 27 14 2 Washington 0 O 0 0 0 0 0 0 0? 0 Chicago 0 0 2 1 1 0 3 4 x-ll Two-baa*? liit??G<-scl?r, IV>urteny. Block <2; and Walali. Three-baae hits?Mullen and Ixmgh erty. , Stolen basea?rvmgherty. Cunningham, Milan and Ikxlic. Double piny- Bodlc to Taunc 1UU. Left on baaea?Chicago. 12: Washington. 8. First baM? on iiclls?Off Becker, 1. Struck out?By B'"Cker, 2; by Walali. 3. Umpirea Ue??r?. Connolly and Sheridan. Time of game? 2 buura. PITCHER O'TOOIE TO MAKE DEBUT TODAY $22,500 Twirler Slated to Work for Pirates in Opener Against Phillies. PHILADELPHIA, August 21.?Those Orphans, otherwise the Phillies, will probably be called upon to bat against $22,500 worth of pitching material in the person of Marty O'Toole this afternoon. Manager Fred Clarke of Pittsburgh, which team plays here, stated last night that he would use O'Toole In the box in to day's game if he looked fit after warm ing up. If the twenty-two-thousand-five-hun dred-dollar twirler is selected there should be a twirling duel, as George Chalmers, who cost the Phillies more than $500. but many thousands less than twenty-two, is due to fling for the Or phans. And even though the boy from i the Bronx does not have auy twenty-' two-thousand - Ave - hundred-dollar label attached to him. he is some pitcher when he is right, as the Pirates have dis covered on several occasions. Cme face will be missel at the O'Toole ; debut and that will be the masked coun- ! tenance of Kelly,, the catcher who stops Hie "spltters" of the twenty-two-thou- j and-tive-hundred-dollar fllnger. Marty ' insisted that Kelly should be purchase*] I to keep him company in the fast set, and Barney Dreyfuss wrote a check for I&5U0 to get the backstop, He xvas to report In Philadelphia today, but he injured his right arm and went to his home in Hast St. Louis until he can implant $6,300 worth-of catching material on the Pirate pay roll. ! Owing to the indisposition of the six ihousand-flve-hundred-dollar end of the battery, Olbson, Mho cost the Pirates a postage stamp, a railroad ticket and the price of a few dozen base balls, will try to snare the twenty-two-thousand-five hundred-dollar shoots. Glbby is rated as one of the best mask men in the fast set. I lie says ho will do his best to look like I *H,.Vj0. If anything should happen to ? GVbson. Deacon phlflippc may be recruited ' to wear the chest protector, as Simon If I not with the Pirates, and Olbby is the > ; catching staff. Although Manager Clarke thinks Wag I ner v/HI Join the team in ten days, other i tne.mbers of the Pirates are not so op i timlstlc. A small bone in "Honus' " | ankle is fractured and he may not play ! again this season. He has gone to his | home in Carnegie, Pa., a suburb of Pitts burgh. Pitcher O'Toole will try out his twenty I two-thousand-five-hundrod-dollar delivery ? for the insi?ection of Clarke and others inside Fogel Field at 3 o'clock or there abouts this afternoon. The game starts at 3:1.~>. ! PHILLIES TO GET SESCHER. I Cincinnati Said to Be Willing to Take Cravath and Stack. ! Special Dispatch to Tlic Star. PHILADELPHIA, August2*.?There wai a tip going the rounds yesterday that PreaJ-1 dent Fogel of the Forlorn Hopes hae I acquired Rob Bescber, the fleet-footed fly chaser from the Reds, In exchange for . Pitcher Charles Stack and Outfielder Cravath, the v ham pi on hitsmltli of the American Association. Cravath is the property of the Philadelphia club. Bes eher, it is said, will Join the Phillies in a few days. If the report is verified it will mean that Garry Herrmann has been slipped another package of citron. Bescher Is a starry performer, while Stack and Cra ! vath have not as yet proved their worth. ! Why the deal should <be made is a mys tery to the Cardinals" players. The swap I Is to be arranged today. Now tlvt.t ?Sd die Cleotte has beaten the world'.* champions, maybe John I. Tay lor will keep him a few minutes longer. ' t LIVING DOWN A PAST IS NO SINECURE, IN THE OPINION OF "TABASCO KID" ELBERFELD IMPi f?Of \ A decern Port^att Aopmw, /1~ TOMNnTONvT office. I ' // * $' r/ SX5ERF1ELD. V Fkov A^LASH JLUiHT r>\KEN tti tfle* oi_t> x^i6* c<Xxsn. H&> QJ1&U </ r? * ^ <S"6f fTHEKlli Former Bad Actor Has Tamed His Umpire Habits Into Sub missiveness and Is Now a Model on the Diamond. Jle iap't the s&mo old "Kid" Elberfeld. It was a dull afternoon when the Elber teld of several years ago didn't get into some argument with the umpire. But no more, says the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Norman, yes it's Norman, no longer an tagonizes the indicator liandlers. He re alizes that the game has changed since he began scrapping with the boys In blue, alrqost fifteen years ago, and he's the truly peaceable^ player nowadays. While Elberfeld admits that he had probably more than his share of the tilts with the arbiters, he declares that he wasn't ever as much the ball-field rowdy as he wsb often pictured., Norman also appreciates the fact that he has earned quite a reputation a** the umpire-baiter, and, to use his own expression, he is now "trying to live down his past life." "T*he game's different now," said El berfeld. who was here with the Wash ington team last week. "You can't light the umpires and win ball games now. But several years ago you had to tight or lose. "I have often been asked whether It did any good to threaten the umpires and occasionally lake a wallop at one of them. My answer is that if you didn't stand up for your rights they'd give you the worst of it. If an umpire made a mistake in t lie rowdy days the whole team would crowd around him and threaten ills life. Would that s< are him? I should say yes, and the next time a close decision came up he would even up for the bad one previously handed down. Not Now Like in Good Old Days, j "I still give the umpires arguments But not like in the olden days. In fact an umpire, if he's a good and fair] one, rather likes a little calldown, now and then. He doesn't want you to ' 'call' him so the stands can hear or get next to the fact that he pulled a bad one, but if yo* say: 'Here, old chap, that was a pretty bad one you , handed us thai time; watch out next ? time,' he'll respect you. j "I was often accused of things I < was Qot guilty of years ago. I was always being fined and suspended. One of the plays that I distinctly re member and that always causes me to laugh happened one day when Osie bhreck was spiked. "I was then with the Detroit club, and three of us got pocketed at third base. I happened to be the last man. Rather, I had run around from first base and, seeing the predicament, 1 told the other fellows to dash for home, thinking that not more than one of us would be put out. "The fellow who had been on third bumped Shreck at the plate and spilled j him, besides spiking him. The next fel low and I also tore In, not gently, and ; "HE'S AS GOOD AS O'TOOLE," IS SAYING IN MINORS NOW When Player Is Bought Up for Large Sum He Immediately Becomes Standard for All. Special Dispatch tu Tbe Star. CHICAGO, August 21. ? Let a young miiyw league player sell for a phenome nal sum of money and that player imme diately becomes the standard by which all other players in that league are gtfuged. There are Marty O Toole and Joe Benz. for instance. O'Toolc is the fellow who was sold to the Pirates for <ii.500. Bt*nz is the young man who was purchased by lYesident Comlskey of the White Sox, and who worked against the Detroit Ti gers in three Innings of the last game be tween the white-hosed fellows and the crew of Jennings. O'Toole last year pitched in the West ern League. Nor was he so well thought of out there. Even now the fellows who run ball clubs In that part of the country are absolutely certain that he Is worth no such sum of money as Barney Drey fuss paid. A good pitcher? Yes, they answer, but not a great one. Benz Placed on Market. ?Well, soon after the sale of O'Toole this fellow Benz was placed on the market. Manager Hugh Duffy made a trip out to Des Moines, for whom Benz pitched, and looked the youngster over. Then he visited some of the other cities of the ?rircult, and finally landed in St. Joseph, Mo. That's where Jack Holland is the bogs. And since Holland and Duffy are friends, the manager of the White Sox naturally sought the minor league man ager. "About this Benz?" queried the Chicago manager. "You will make no mistake," was the answer of Holland- "You know what O'Toole 1b. Well, when he left this league last y?ar he wasn't anywhere near th? pitcher that Benz Is today. "If O'Toole is worth anywhere near | the price that Barney Drey fuss paid for ! him. then Benz is worth more than ?10,000." They Set the Standard. That seemed to be the price that the Des Moines people were asking, too. for they wired several of the magnates of fering the young pitcher for that sum. Whether Mr. Comlskey paid that amount Is not known. But that he paid a good sum for the pitcher is pretty certain. But getting down to tho first proposi tion: Let a man step out of the minor i leagues and make good and he imme i diately becomes the standard by whicli ! all players are Judged. Larry Doyl? was among the first of the ball players to sell for a high amount. Immediately when a Three-I magnate wanted to dis pose of a young Player he attempted tc convince the major league magnate that the youngster was just as good a? Doyle was when he left the Springfield club. In S. M. It's Cole. j In Michigan they measure their pitch' i era by Kiug Cole or the Cubs. You at tempt to negotiate for a pitcher ia the S. M. and the first word you get from the willing club owner is that the fellow you : are looking at is certainly as good as | Cole ever was and that he even looks j better. Out in the Western League O'Toole lias ] become the standard. Any old time that ; you attempt to buy a twirler out there i you leam that he is just as good as the ! Pittsburgh recruit. Now that is nothing against Benz. ! Whether he is as good as O'Toole or not I is quite beside the mark. Down on the South Side in Chicago they think they have a find. lie's a. big fellow. He has a lot of nerve and that was proved when he set the Tigers down one after the other jn the three innings that he worked. That is after lie got started. And his start was far from auspicious. The first man up singled and the next doubled. That was enough to make a youngster panicky. But Benz didn't become so. He set down the next nine men to face him in one, two, three order. Yankees Beat Tigers. DETROIT, August 21.?Lafltte walked three men in the seventh, filling the base*. | Then Chase cracked out a two-bagger, sending two runners home and putting the visiting team in the lead. , In the ninth inning Chase knocked In another run, enabling Xew York to win, 5 to 3. Remarkable base'running by Cobb gave Detroit two runs. Knight's hitting and fielding plays by Chase, Baumaun and Bush were other features. .Score: R.H.E. Xew York 0 0 1 1 0020 1?6 10 5 Detroit 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0-3 8 3 Free Batting by Boston. CLEVELAND, August 21.?Boston eas ily defeated Cleveland yesterday, ? to 5. i knocking Mitchell out of the box in the ! fifth inning. Clcotte was very effective after the sec ond inning, until the last two. He fin ished the game by striking out Lajoie, with two men on the- bases. Score: R H K Boston 30121001 1?C?" 14* 1 Cleveland .......t 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1?5 12 3 Athletics Tighten Hold. S^. LOUIS. August 21.?St. Louis lost another game yesterday, Philadelphia winning the first of the present series, 6 to 1. Plank, who pitched for the visitors, al lowed but two hits, one of which re sulted in ?*t. Louis" only score in the third by Wallace. Poor fielding aided the visitors in obtaining their ten hits. Score: < ft n. h.k. Philadelphia ....0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0?0 10 1 St. Louis 0 0100000 0-1 2 3 This picture AFpfc/DRtTCir 8L? hi*s Farm. jh> Mr^inia. tfSEDTfc WlKfc. FACEvT <St H1M <SE4JF cohere^ WA^ a bc?\ were safe. As I.was sliding over tlie plate I saw a strip of Osie's stocking hanging down his leg, but when I got up I was surprised to have him accuse me of doing the .spiking. I got a ten day layoff for thai. Wouldn't 'Refuse Chance to Lead. "But I'm behaving myself now. Like a good many players, T wouldn't be sore if I got hold of a good ball club. My former reputation may work against me, but I'm trying to prove that I'm not as much of a rowdy as I was painted." Off the ball field Elberfeld is any thing but the same scrappy fellow he was with the Detroit, Philadelphia and New York clubs. He's as mild and gentle as they make them. Elberfeld is often referred to as a St. Louis boy, but such 's not the case. He lived here with his parents several years ago, but was born in Virginia. Incidentally, Elberfeld is probably the champion "daddy" of the big leagues. He is the father of six liv ing children. He lost three boys, and of those remaining five are girls. He has a small farm just outside the District of Columbia, and has game chickens, dogs, cows, pigs and. as he expresses it, a "young menagerie " El berfeld's hobby for awhile was the raising of hogs. Now he has turned to chickens and dogs. MIRACLE ALONE CAN BRING 19 U PENNANT TO DETROIT Accidents and Misfortune* Have Shattered Tigers' Line-Up and Destroyed Team's Chances?Athletics Sure to Repeat. HjX'Hai Dispatch t? Tlie Star. DETROIT, August 21.?Sport is filled with the unexpected. It is the unexpect ed on which success in sports is based. The unexpected happens in base ball more than eleswhere. If Detroit wins the 1011 pennant another wonderful and unexpected event will he added to the many in the game. Only to the fact that the unexpected nearly always happens in base hall can any liope of landing a pennant by the Tigers be based. If the "dope" holds good in the case of. the Detroit team, even to an extent of 50 per cent, Detroit will not be the winner of the American league flag. The Athletics should win. And it may bo possible that neither the Athletics nor the Tigera will win. But if cold flg-ures and present fucts amount to anything Mack's men will engage* in another world's championship series next fall. Mack Has Best Team. Philadelphia has the best team in tha American League today. Their catchers are not the best; neither are their pitch ! ers. But they have the best club for ! team work, for fielding and for dangerous I hitting. Every hatter In a Philadelphia , uniform who faces a pitcher is a danger | ous batsman. None can be regarded weak. Not alone do they hit at the right time, but they bit hard. On the other hand, accidents have de molished Jennings' outfit. The Tigers' ! line-up has been shattered by cuts, I breaks and bruises. Yesterday Jennings started in with another infield. The team did not win. The infield Is not a winning one at present. This does not refloct on Individual ability, but Bauman is a new man who never played with Bush, Dele hanty and Galnor before. Delehanty started in at third, the first time he has played that position since joining the Tigers. Galnor returned to first. Two men in their regular positions, another in practically a foreign position and the third a newcomer. It will take time be fore that infleld works properly. Oatfleld Weakened. Jennings' outfield is weak. Shaller and Drake are not playing first-class ball and Jones is in a slump, fielding and hitting poorly and doing timid work on the sacks. Detroit's pitchers are not working at their best. Mullin, Willett and Donovan have given occasional splendid perform ances lately, but as a general rule De troit has not had the best class of pitch ing. Accidents have shattered the team and the luck of the game is against them. They are at their weakest right now. on their home lot. The Athletics have won two out of their first three gam?s in the west. When the Athletics return east the.v will finish the season on their own ] Jot. while the Tigers will be compelled to fight It out on foreign soil. Few are the teams that can beat Philadelphia in Philadelphia, while Detroit bae been a losing club on the road this year even, j when the Tigers wer* at their best. NATIONAL TENNIS TOTTKNEY. ! Country's Best Racquet Wielders Start Play Today at Newport. NEWPORT. Ft. T., August 21.-The most expert and earnest followers of lawn ten nis in America, numbering more than 200, J and representing nearly every section of the country, start today in a long ellmina- j tlon tournament for the honor of chal- i lenglng William A. Lamed of Summit. N. J., a six-time champion and present holder of the highest honors. It Is expected that it will take nine or ten days of continuous play to disclose this challenger from among one of the i largest and fastest array of racquet wield ers that have assembled since the first \ title was won by Ilichard D. Scars of Boston, thirty-one years ago. In connection with the ail-comers' tour-, nament for singles, the championship in : doubles will he decided Tuesday, when j F. B. Alexander and H. H. Hackett of j New York will defend the title won on the j Casino courts in 1907, the challengers this year being R. D. Little and (J. F. Tou chard, also of New York. The all-comers' tournament card is the longest In the history of the association, and there are few names In the roll of club, sectional, .state and divisional cham pions that are missing, while H. W. Slo cum of New York and Beals C. Wright of Boston and William J. Clothier have again entered the lists to try to regain the national title, which they won in 1888, 1H05 and 1C06, respectively. Few of the high-<->ass players have been drawn against one another in the early rounds, but good tennis is expected today in several of the matches, especially be tween C. M. Bull of Providence and N. W. Niles of Boston, while the contest be tween Richard Stevens and Karl Behr of i Orange, N. J., is also likely to attract at- ; f tentlou. In view of the attempts that have been I made recently to take the national cham pionships away from Newport, it is in teresting to note the efforts In this city to keep the tournament .here. All privileges of the Casino, of the exclusive BaUey's j Beach and of the Polo Club have been extended to the players this year. Better , lodgings and many more social invitations t than in previous years have also been ; given the players. It look sas if tho American League race were all over except the clapping and the necessary plans for another world's championship series in Philadelphia, and ?well, say New York. Tilt: Detroit Tigers, j who set such a merry pace, are not die- ' tanced, but the Athletics are going : smootljly. so far In front that a stern j chase at this late day looks honeless. j The Yiinkees arc fighting desperaWHy to i keep in the first divis'on, and with the i finish at home should land in third place.? At "The Sign of the Moon " ?** Storo Cl(ww T>aily, In-In line "Wonder What Mcrt* Will Say Today*",.. Saturday, .it ?! P.M. r MERTZ SAYS: Suits to Order at Half Price Durins This Rebuilding Sale Choice of our entire stock <?f high-grade fabrics, includ ing mat.y medium weights, suitable for early fall wear. V <? Suits to Order as Low as. . . Regular $18 Value. $9 i * f.> I I $?.00 Trousers to Order, $2.85. Every Suit we make is guaranteed absolutely, whether you pay $y.oo or $40.00 for it. C@oP hue .?9 I mwmm mww-K-M-.' 9?6 F Staggfc M.W, EMINENT @1MFNT JJappenings^portdom BT J. ED ORUXO. The manager who can manipulate his pitching stafr so as to pleas? all the fans I has never lived. When a game Is over and has been lost it is easy enough to [see that it might have been raved had , ; the pltchcr been changed, but there ^?re j ! more occasions when games arc won in f I which a pitcher has been threatened and I j has not b^en removed, though such in- j stances are overlooked by the spectators. I The manager who can foresee disaster j for a pitcher every time he gets into a , pinch would lose but few games during- a season, for there is hardly a. game pitch ed the result of which could not be changred with a base hit at some certain period. Of course, if the batter comes through with the drive the manager may be blamed for not having taken the pitch- i er out, but If the batter is reti.ed no , [comment Is made regarding the situation, j | If the pitchers were changed every time f the spectators make this demand a team's 1 . pitching staff would soon be badly demor- j | aiized. Pitchers need rest between games j and if they were constantly worked out > of turn in efforts to save games it would 1 only be a question of a short time when i none of them would be fit to go the route. \ Take yesterday's game in Chicago, for i instance. There was little chance of : the Nationals scoring more than a run j : or two under the most favorable condi- ? ! tlon with Ed Walsh pitching; ho that when the Sox rolled up a bunch of runs the game was as good as lost, and it would have been a mistake to tak?? I Becker out and send some other pitcher after a forlorn hope. The most success ful teams do the least changing of pitchers, though, of course, this might be attributed to the fact that it is the strength of their twlrlers which makes j them successful and makes changes un- i necessary. Though the present week will hardly decide which of the three, teams fight ing for the National L<eague pennant ! will get the decision, there is no doubt that the outcome of this week's clashes may give on? or the other a great ad vantage. The most important series is , that between the Giants and Cubs, leaders and runners-up In the pennant | race. To beat the Cubs would give ' j McQraw's men u lead, but they will ; need a long one in order to stand <<tT the western trip which that team still has to make. Pittsburgh and Philadel phia also open a sej-ies of games today, and the Pirates' chances depend abso lutely on the showing they make ! against the Phillies. To be beaten at this time would give the Pirates a se- j vere setback, from which it may be no easy matter to recover. Both Chicago and Pittsburgh will have an advantage over the Giants if they can keep within '? < hailing distance of the lead while on the present trip, because both finish I the season at home, while tlu? Giants 1 i are on the road at the wind-up. Aisnin RACING AT DEAIMIE " I Four Races Won by American j Jockeys and Two by Amer- j ican-Owned Horses. ? ? * ? I j I DEAUVILLJC, August 21.?American j jockeys and Amcrican-owned horses had j a big time here yesterday. "Winnie O'Con nor took the feature event, worth &X>,000, ; with Bosse Point. There were sixteen ! starters, and, besides O'Connor, Nash I Turner. Johnny Relff and Milton Henry I had mounts. Reiflf rode two winners and j Frankie O'Neill one. The latter's win- i nlng mount was W. K. Vanderbllt's Rein- j hart. One of Relff's victories was astride i H. B. Duryea'e Bugler in the two-year old event. Many Americans were present, and their winnings are estimated at close to $100. 000. Among the spectators were An thony Drexel, Mr. and Mrs. Harry La Montaigne, Mr. ajid Mrs. Walter Lew isohn. Mrs. Samuel New-house. Mr. and Mrs. Guggenheim. W. K. Vanderbllt and wife and their daughters. Miss Barbara Rutherford and the Duchess of Marlbor ough. and Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vau derbiit. Here are the base ball epigrams of Manager McQraw of the Giants, which he j says are responsible for his managerial i success: Never try to make another man thfnk. It can't be done. He is born that' way and can t help It. The young fellow who can think is of more value than the old-timer who can hit. but never acts except under orders. A base ba 1 man ager must be absolute in his leadership. He must accept all responsibility and' take the blame. The winning teams i are those that get the greatest number of I runs out of" the smallest number of hits Base running and goorl sliding are the real secrets of success. That Is tin! onlv way to make hits count. Always play for general results on & season and not for a single game. The preat improvement whi<~h BUI Cun ningham is showlner In his hittina attain ni.iircK ninj an indiv'duai to be regard'"I when next year's line-up of (he National* '? fo ',e1 <*onsfdered. Cunny seems to ho hr'?, U.! .VlP'T, player^ who arf> not at their I,.t" Vle f:,'a-son 1* more than ha<r \ 'J4'' "tiling work here last fall, a J sincc he has been hack in the pan * re.-ently his work has been of the high est c r.ler. i nfnrtunate Clarence Walker "IT1 ?2 lau' w,u|p <-'"nny h.ir be< nlttmjf, tho Spartanburg: plaver ha*fi ?l made but three hit* |n the laMUvc <,r^hUt L Taylor no doubt has had ocea ?e'i v>u J^??nMdei- his determination to m Cicotte, for none of t!??> ?u?in^fcrs 0t fi Uo8ton Pitching *:afr is doing as good work as the chunky UtU 1 TaIw W. i,he F?nch name. But for h?f* interference the Red So* woul-l wit^ih nearer tli- ton than they are and a"d Mc?onn*'? In the linkup U nv u.J ?f! "sl b<use that moui.i M <? \t t ? interesting for the leader-. | 'r,t,a' Tav,or cannot lean. I'OnrWo . . 1 f,no?*h *?one. If he will Lon\inee himself that he Ik not qualifier Z i T*1* '? hLS playeri or niannser he ra"5 >et *iave a winning team. h-L??r8L8eVerai of tl,e Athletics should injurv^or ?iii ? tht< ,lne"uP bv reason of ViLiJ? ? illness, It seems a foregone ?hT a" ? 1 lhe team will again uiu nr?K^KilencfH Leafflle pennant, and that probably with more ease than it annexed Wark'^t ' Every department of hi^h?.? #ear!l ^ now "P to ItH highest standard, and with a long stretch of games at home at the end of th. tea son it is hard to see how any other team can get even near it. Detroit must be considered out of it. Jennings' team seemed to have a grand chance earlier in the season, but it has been slipping for the past two months, and there is little hope of it taking a sufficient brace from this out to head olT the Athletics. The signing of Cy Young by the Bos ton Nationals appears to be more of a bid for popularity than an effort ti? strengthen the team. Young is moat pop ular in Boston, and It Is llgured that his acquisition will do much to put the Na tional League club in that city in good with the fans. Young does not believe that his days as a pitcher are over. It may Iw, too, that he will be able to d.? good work now and then, but the days when he cou;d be worked regularlv ha\? undoubtedly passed. Sunday was the last day that min<<r league players could lie purchased by major league clulw. September 1 the dial ting season opens, and every player In the small league who lias shown any sort of class is suro to lie picked up by one of the major leair'o concerns. It Is predicted that the draft < and purchases this year will be heavier than ? ver before. Within a few days t national commission will promulgate list of the purchased players and tlu? will probably show that few have beesi overlooked. SHEPPARO INS BY LONG, HARD SPRINT At 600-Yard Mark Kiviat and Frick Were Far Ahead of "Peerless Mel." NEW YORK. August 21.?Melvin W. Sheppard was called upon to make the most protracted sprint of his me teoric running career In order to win the speciul half-mile race, at the games of the Eccentric Firemen's Association at Celtic Fark yesterday. The atten tion of the record crowd was concen trated on the two forerunners. Abel Kiviat. Sheppard's olubmate, and Eddio Frick. the New York Athletic Club crack, when Sheppard began his spurt. The 600-yard mark had bm-n passed by the first pair, and Sheppard was ap parently so far behind that no atten tion was paid to him. Sheppard kept diminishing the dis tance between himself and the duo until at the 800-yard post he was but a few yards behind. Here Frick began to drift rearward, and Sheppard took his place a challenger to Kiviat. Tho sturdy little runner shook Sheppard off during the next twenty yards, but ho had about reached the limit of his strength. Sheppard, gaining at every stride, ranged alongside of Kiviat twenty.five yards from the tape, and in a spirited brush down the stretch Sheppard managed to lead his club mate over the line by a few feet. The time was l.&til-u. In the other feature race, a two-mile handicap. Louis Scott, the South 1'ater ?on A. C. boy, won from a large held in handy fashion. The junior cham pion allowed ..andicaps up.to 100 varda. He won by twenty yards, his time be ing S.Sti 3-5. J. Rosenberger of the Trlsh-Ameri cans won the 110-yard dash In 11 sec onds. just 1-6 of a second behind the record. Martin Sheridan took the discus event with a throw of 13S feet 9 inches. Matt McGrath. uuMttache.i, was first in the hammer throw w?ih tTP feet .'! inches. r. Ryan of the Irish-Americantt was second with 173 feet 1 inttfc.