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Youngsters From Minors to Receive Oniv 25 Per Cent Increase in Salary
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OMOHUNDRO 8118 F St N.W N EW FULL DRESS AND TUXEDO SUITS FOR HIRE. i irs RECORD-BREAKING SALES MARK n The Semi-Annual Clearance of HESS SHOES v QO More # Than 60 Styles The finest examples of High-grade Footwear at a saving of from $i to $3 a pair accounts for the record-breaking buying that marks the annual reduction sale of Hess High Shoes. Practically our entire stock?in more than sixty styles? of footwear that is distinctively superior?backed by the half century's reputation of Hess shoemakers?all contribute to make this a notable occasion?one which you cannot afford to miss. N. Hessi' Sons, 931 Pa. Ave. ??Miiimimn?iiiiiimiiiimniiiiimmnimnnmimiiiniiiniinHiniiiinnmBmmi EMINENT @MENT Uappemngs^rtdom BY J. ED GRILLO. The placing of a screen on the top of the right field fence on the lora'. ball park. which was decided on by the boarxl of directors yesterday at the suggestion of Manager Griffith. Is a self-protection measure. , Griffith, In looking over the probable makeup of his team, was struck with the fart that the chances are he will not be blessed with any mighty slugg<r who is apt to drive long Hies into right field. I'nder pres.-nt condition* such files wou'.d co-.int for home runs, and with nearly every team but the Nationals harboring a long right field hitter, the advantage j would naturally be with the visiting I teams. Then* ami then Griff decided to; block the way for these flukey home run* and erect a screen. It is figured that this will be built about forty-five feet above the fenc> so that when a ball is hit over it the batsman will deserve fu'l cr?-dlt for his performance. If ?nam*>ry serves correctly, Gessler and ?Milan were the only members of the local team to get home runs over this fence, while about eltfht visiting players made the circuit by means of such drives. . a lu granting the demands of the minor leagues, the national commission acted wisel>. and yet gave but little. About the only benefit that the little fellows dcrjvad from the changes in the agrce m<-nt is the advanced drafting price, an<l, IN-rhaps. the honor of being in a higher class, which change is not apt to Increase tin- revenues. Kor years the American Association and International league have been fighting for a higher classifi cation. :o which both were Justly entitled, and yet only during the final year of the present agreement were their demands graated. The increased price of draft inn (roni these leagues will bring about much of a change. But one player can be drafted from these leagues and it will not seriously affect the major league clubs to pay an increase of over the former price. Incidentally', the con cessions made the minors will for a time at least put a stop to the war talk which lias been emanating from these quarters at least once a year. Before the coming season is far ad vanced the New York . club may have reason to regret one move It made thia winter. By sending Catcher Blair to Rochester the Yankees are virtual'}* at the mercy of a single experienced catch er, Sweeney. Blair, while perhaps not a star, is a fairly good man. and as a helper to Sweeney seemed to fill the bill. Wolverton undoubtedly realises Ms weak ness in this respect, and he is mak'nu ?wery effort to secure another catcher He talked of setting Ainrmith from th? Nationals, of which there was nevei much of a chance, and now he is trying to trad* Jack Knight for Nig Clarke of the Browns. If he proposes this trad< on an even basis he should not have th< slightest trouble arranging matters, foi Clarke was far below the standard ai a catcher last year, and Kniglit wouU add malarial strepgth to the Browns. It looked like rather short-sighted pol icy to let Blair go. even though he was but of ordinary ability, for the scarcity of catchers is such at this time that the club which takes chances on picking up a man during the winter is very apt to meet with disappointment. By reserving a number of ry*s in the lower and upper deck of the grandstand for every game to be played 011 the local grounds next season the club has taken a decided step forward. In this respee^ there has been much lacking here in the j past. Of course, before the new stands! were built there was really no occasion ; f??r Mich provisions, but with tkc new i stand it should be possible for |?atrons i to assure themselves of seats hours or even days before the time wiey expect to attend. The slight advance in prices is In keeping with the conditions exist ing in every major league city. The erection of modern plants and the fact | the ball players are now being paid al 1 most four times as much as they were [ ten years ago make it necessary for the [clubs to increase their source of revenue. Griffith, likt McAleef, believes that Tom I Hughes can more than earn his salary during a season by merely being used to stop batting rallies. There is no more effective pitcher in the pinches than the Nationals' veteran. He demonstrated thk? on numerous occasions last season, and the team which cannot boa*t of a pitcher who <an go in with the bases full and none out and stand a good chance of getting awav is in a bad way, to say the least. Charley llall of Boston led all the twlrlers in this respeet. He was the best man in either league to be used in a pin< h when on<- of the other twlrlers had fal tered. Hughes is valuable for this pur pose because he is cool . and deliberate and uses rare judgment in working a batsman under trying conditions. The creation of an assistant manager lias given berths to many veteran ball players whose playing days are over, and who have not had the opportunity to secure ? managerial position. In this way some men who have been identWied with base hajl for years are being taken care of in their declining days, though ? their positions are by no means sina i cures. Kid <J lea son. for instance, should be of great help to Jimmy Callahan. La tham has been an able lieutenant to Mc Oraw, while many other clubs have men of experience to help out their managers. SKI TOUBNAMEHT. Will Be Held at Cary, HI., January 27, 28 and 29. CHICAGO, January 5.?Amateur and ? professional ski men will gather next ' month to take part in the big interna i tional ski tournament which the Norge ; 8ki Club of thfs city is- arranging to . hold at Cary, III., January 27, 28 and 20. ' Promoters of the affair hope to make it i the largest of iu kind ever held in this 1 country and are endeavoring to secure the entry? of all the world's prominent ? performers in this form of sport CLASS AA GRANTED; National Commission Cedes Everything Requested. SALARY BOOST REGULATED ? % Number of Players to Be Carried During Playing and Off Sea son Revised. CINCINNATI, January 5.?With the recognition of a class in minor base ball leagues to be known as class AA and a revision of practically every section of the national peace agreement, the nation, al base ball commission ended its eighth annual meeting here last night. The visit of the hosts of minor league magnates to the meeting was not in vain, inasmuch as they' were granted every think they requested of the commission. The class AA will be ranked between the two major leagues and the class A league and wtl be composed of the In ternational League, the American Asso ciation and the Pacific Coast League. Like the major leagues, the ciass A A league clubs cannot sell players execept I for immediate delivery. This rule does not bind leagues of a lower classifica tion. however. The drafting season, which has hereto fore opened September 1, will in the fu ture open September 15. The season for purchase players will close August 20 as formerly. The first five days of the drafting season, from September 15 to September 20, will be given over to the major leagues exclusively. Two days will then be allowed to elapse and the class AA league clubs will have a ten-day drafting season. Then the leagues of lowtfr classification will have their season in the order of their classification. Purchase Price Increased. One of the principal changes in the agreement was the price to be paid by tlfe major league clubs for minor league play ers who are drafted. H follows To class AA, $2,5G0 instead of $1,000; class A. $1,500 istead of $1,000; class B, *1,300 instead of $750; class C, $7?o in stead of $500, and class D, $500 instead of $.;oo. Class A A league clubs are permitted to draft from any league of a lower classifica tion, in-ludlngtheclass A, provided that the latter class club has not lost a player by draft to the major league clubs. The limit of the number of players which can be carried on the reserve list was also re v sed and follows: Major league clubs. 35; class AA, 30; class A. 28; <-lass B. 26; class C, 24. No regulation was made for class D leagues. From May 15 to August 20 major If _ ie clubs are restricted to twenty-five p?_.,ers. while the restriction in the minor leagues are: <"*lass A A, 20; class A, 18; Class H. 1H; class C, 14. No provision was made for class D. Heretofore the National Association of Minor League <"'lubs paid an annual as sessment to the national eomm'sslon of ?l.C!.<0. This was done away with upon the recommendation of President Johnson of the American League, and in the fu ture the commission will stand the entire expense of running itself. This is the re sult of the healthy receipts from the re cent world's championship series, aa well as the intercity series,. which were under i the auspices of '?e commission. Only 25 Per Cent Salary Boost. Another rule which lias a bearing on all minor league players was passed at the request of the minors themselves. It holds that no major league cidb be allow ed to increase the pay of a player who is under a probationary contract more than 25 per cent of the salary be received from the minor league club from which he was claimed. In regard to this it was ex Plained that the players frequently were given a huge salary for the forty-five days of probationary play with the major I'-agues, only to be thrust back Into the minors and become dissatisfied over the much smaller salary there. Hereafter all major league ball players and clubs will be prohibited from playing exhibition games In minor league towns i.7??ut the consent of the home club, while the same rule applies to minor league players and minor league clubs playing In major league territory. August Herrmann, president of the Cin cinnati base ball club, was re-elected chairman of the commission; John E. Bruce of the St. Louis club of the Amerl can League, was selected as secretary, while Joseph Planner was chosen as sec retary to the chairman of the commission. Secretary FarrelTs Views. J. H. Farrell, secretary of the National Association, in speaking of the changes, said: "The commission awarded every request and I believe that we have bettered condi tions among the minor leagues more thaii 10i) per cent. There will not be a minor league man In the country that will nol be elated over the result of the meet Chairman Herrmann of the commission Mid: #.'?T1?e requ*flt8 made by the minors were f*lrj0 ?*ery case. Of course, there had ? be some exceptions made where agree ments were In vogue previously to this "OWever. we found these to be decidedly few, and I think that we have bettered the condition of the national tame as well as thst of the minors." TO UNDERGO OPERATION. TOM HUGHES. GRIFF WILL LIVE UP TO NEW RyLE IN SIGNING YOUNGSTERS Players Coming From Minor Leagues to Receive-Only 25 Per Cent Increase in Salary?To Operate on Hughes. BY J. ED GRILLO. Tlie new rule, passed by the national commission at the suggestion of the minor leagues, preventing the major league clubs from paying players coming from the minors more than a 25 per cent in crease in salary over what they drew the year before will be observed by Manager Griffith. Griffith has already mailed contracts to Borne of his youngsters, but he will recall these and make such changes in the fig ures as are necessary after he has learned what these players drew last season. ( This rule, which undoubtedly is a good one for all concerned, Is really a protec tion for the minor, leagues. Heretofore young players have more than doubled their salaries when brought up to the big leagues, and if they have failed to make good and have been returned to the minors they have found it a hardship to accept the salary the little leagues could afford to pay. ? The new rule makes it compulsory upon the club not to increase the players coming from the minor leagues more than 25 per cent the first year up. so that the major leagues cannot be blamed for the amount they offer the players coming from this source. Griffith figures, how ever, that 111 the event of such players making good there is nothing to prevent him" from paying them a bonus. Tom Hughes is to undergo an oper ation during the present week which he hopes will help his pitching. When Hughes landed on a disgruntled fan in Chicago last fall he knocked one of the knuckles of his pitching hand out of place. This has left one fingor abso lutely useless and interferes with Ills grasping the ball. Dr. Hilton, the club surgeon, has examined the injured mem ber at Manager Griffith's request, and has given it as his opinion that the tinner PROMOTER!; UNEASY Threatened Repeal of Frawley Law Shakes Boxers Up. POOR RESULTS OF MEASURE Too Many Clubs in Gotham and Very Lax Management the Cause. NEW YORK, January 5.?There is a growing feeling of unrest among the boxing promoters caused by the news that Gov. Dlx has determined to ask the legislature to repeal the Frawley boxing bill. It was hoped by the local supporters of the game that the mat ter had been disposed of In the fall, when the governor's recommendation that the law be repealed was shelved by a committee in the sen ate. The fresh outbreak on the part of the executive head of the state has however, started them worrying again, and not without reason, as it appears that a determined effort is to be made to put an end to the free atod easy boxing clubs, if not to abolish the sport altogether. Senator Prawley's resolve to fight the repeal of the law is a crumb of com fort to those who hunger for practical* ly unrestricted bojCbg, but there are can be restored to full us?c after an op eration. Hughes has oor ->ented to this and ho will undergo the operation one day tliih week. It is figured that he will be ready, for work by the time the players go into training. * "If we had sluggers of the Speaker- j i "obi>-Baker variety I would not advocate the erecting of a high screen on top of the right .Held fence," said Griffith this morning. "In fact. I would want it as low as possible, but, in the absence of any player on our team who hits harl in that direction, 1 propose to prevent the other fellows from driving the ball over there. ? j "Jack Plynn, If he hits here like he did in Pittsburgh, will be our clean-up man, 1 but Jack Is strictly a left Held hitter, and he would not drive a ball Into right once a month. Our left-hand hitters a e not of the slugging variety, so it would be handicapping ourselves" not to screen the right field fence and prevent the or dinary high fly from going for a home run into that territory." Though on his performance last sea son it would be hard to figure how Wal ter Johnson could be improved a^ a pitcher, yet Manager Griffith expects to make the Nationals' star even moie ef fective than he has been. Griffith will take Johnson in hand in the spring ani teach him a few tricks of the trade. The manager does not believe that Walter should rely much on his speed, and bv adopting a system which he proposes to teach him he will probably last twice a* long a-s a great pitcher as he would by constantly using Ills speed, and thereby wearing out his arm. "Johnson has now had just enough experience (o- make him the star pitcher of the country," said GrifT. "He has shown wonderful im provement in the last year or sd, and yet I be'.ieve there Is a lot of room for more. I know him to be an apt pupil, and 1 think that after I have taken him In hand for a month or so he will find his wo;*k easier and be more effective than he has been to date, which would assure his leading all the pitchers next season." many who doubt that his efforts will be Huccessful. Gov. Dix's failure to ap point a third member of the commis sion In the place of James E. Sullivan, who resigned as chairman after his appointment, is regarded as a mark of repentance for his act In signing the bill to legalize boxing. He Is there fore expected to turn all his efforts to have the bill repealed. One of the many rumors current since the gov ernor made his position known is that the power in Tammany Hall has been withdrawn from the measure and that no effort will be made to save It. There is no doubt that the law has not produced the results desired, and it is said that even Senator Frawley is not satisfied with the way in which his pet scheme hus developed. The idea prevalent when the measure was proposed was that a limited number of responsible clutis would he allowed to operate under its provisions and that a strict surveillance would be kept over the clubs and the boxers. No sooner were the floodgates open, however, than there came a rush of more or less irresponsible promoters, primed to observe the regulations neces sary to gain a license, but with no in tention afterward of keeping the sport clean and healthy. The city has become honeycombed with small dubs, and the many petty viola tions of the law and the orders of the commission have kept that body busy. Though a revenue has been acquired by the state from the boxing exhibitions. It is common talk that many organi -atlons have gone to unusual lengths to deprive the state of its fair returns, and In some instances the boxers themselves have re ported that they were cheated out of their Just duet-. Crowds admitted through one door while the state officials were watching at another and the charging for press and complimentary tickets that were never issued are two of the means said to have been adopted to shade the receipts. It Is also said that at least half of the clubs running shows are doing so at a loss. That, of course, Is purely their i own business and was expected by the @h * the Sign of the Moon." "Wonder What Mertx Win Say Today?" 1 Store Closes Daily 6 P.M. Saturday 9 P.M. Great Clearance Sale. Quality Custom Tailoring at % to % Off Regular Priecs. This is a typical Mertz Sale, offering you the highest grade custom tailoring at the lowest prices. Those men who profited by our last clearance sale will need no urging to be on hand early to share in these values. Many of them will buy two suits. Suit or Over coat' Suit or Overcoat to Order, $9.45 Values, $18.50 to Qreer, $11.45 Values, $22.50 Trousers to order,/fl\/Th S6 values ,.. Every Suit we make in Kuaranteod absolutely; no matter whether you pay #>.4."", or *40.00 lor It. iMerfa & Mertz Co., Hoc 906 F Street. W. L. DOUGLAS ?3 '3iS >4 4 >5 shoes All Styles, All Leathers, All Sizes and Widths, for Men and Boys. 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IN the fashion; but not OF it, so to speak. Every one of the styles we show has the prime virtue of exclusiveness? in coloring; in design; in shape. You'll right away be impressed with that fact. And you'll find we've achieved refine ment in novelty that makes it possible for you to enjoy the height of fashion without offense to dignity and propriety. $20.00 to $65.00. Fur-lined Overcoats, with Calvert tailorcd slee\ cs?to f 185. HE Calvert selec tion of Manhattan patterns you know to be these shirt makers' smartest effects. Reduced now as follows: $i.5p Shirts $1.15 $2.00 Shirts $1.38 $2.50 Shirts $1.88 $3.00 Shirts $1.88 $3.50 Shirts $2.45 The Calvert Co., Men's Distinctive Apparel. F at Fourteenth. members of the commission. That the losers would withdraw, leaving the Held to the successful and reputable clubs, was also expected, but so far has not happened to any noticeable degree. Al though there is a growing feeling that a return to conditions that existed before the Frawley law became operative would be beneficial to the sport and perhaps prevent It being wiped out altogether, which is considered possible if two such well known heavyweights as Johnson and Jeannette were to meet here. BIG TRADE. % Boston Gives Six Players for Catcher Cady of Jersey City. BOSTON, January 5.?Six Boston play ers figure in a deal with the Jersey City team of the International League, an nounced today. Harold Janvrln, a Bos ton schoolboy, who was expected to be another "Stuffy" Mclnnis; Martin Mc Ha'e, Walter Lonergan, a recruit named. Myers. Jack Thoney and Billy Purtell. the former Chicago White Sox infielder, will ?U go to the New Jersey tea#. Bos ton secured Catcher Cady, YALE'S IMPROVEMENTS. Stadium for 60,000 People and Base Ball Stand to Be Erected. NEW HAVEN, Conn., January* Suffi cient progress has been made by the com mittee of twenty-one appointed to further the development of athletic facilities at Yale University to warrant its asking for designs and suggestions as to the ar rangements of the proposed structures on Yale Field. A permanent fireproof stand completely surrounding the foot ball field with a capacity of not less than 00,000 seats is called for, and a separate fire proof covered stand for the base ball field, with which, if feasible, facilities for track athletics will be combined, a capa city of not less than 30,000 for the base ball stands is desired. If it is decided a separate field for track athletics is needed a stand With a seat ing capacity of 10,000 seats will be pro vided. A clubhouse or field gymnasium j.xoperly euuipped. and with a large gen- 1 eral meeting room, is part of the plans. Always the Same? Tharp's Berkeley Rye 812 F St. N.W. Phone Main 1141. Special Private Delivery. M. T. 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