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DOOINIS NOT AFTER
CHANCE NOR ROGER
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Phillies' Leader Does Not
Think Frank or Bresnahan
Would Help Club.
PHILADELPHIA, November 6.?Some
Nu'lonul League clubs may be scram
j bling over one another to secure the serv
| Ices of Frank Chance and Roger Bresna
i han, but not Charles Dooin of the Phil
? lies. The pilot of the Phillies does not
I think either man would be of great serv
j ice to the Quakers as a player, for he
| thinks they have outlived their usefulness
i as big league stars.
"I haven t put in a claim for Roger
j Bresnahan or Frank Chance," said Doolin
yesterday, "and, furthermore, I will not. I
do not think that Chance will ever play
again, and therefore would be of no use
; to us. Bresnahan woifld be of little use,
j either, unless he went through a rigid
training course. I would like to have an
i other first-class catcher and the Bresna
han of past days would be received with
i open arms by me, but I think Roger of
! the present day will not don the mask
! again.
"Bresnahan has taken on so much ex
(tra weight during the time he has been
, manager at St Louis that he is far from
being the great catcher today that he
i was when he first joined the Cardinals.
Despite all the talk that is going about
i it is not likely that Chance or Bresnahan
will ever play again. They may make
: desirable managers for some clubs, and
: there are several National League clubs
i that could use them."
Dooin would like to land two first-class
I pitchers arid a good catcher. He has sev
| eral pitchers who are of high-class call
! ber, but he has some also who are worth
j less, or nearly so. They have been of
little benefit to his team. If the auburn
topped manager can get lines on another
Alexander or Sea ton and another back
stop he will ask no favors from any club
next season.
Marty Krug, member of the new world's
champions, finds his dark past bobbing
up to bother him. Dayton of the Central
League claims he is still on its suspended
l list for jumping the t.^am, but it is a little
! late with Its complaint. Ivrug played un
? der the name of Craig with Dayton and
I ihon went to the South Atlantic, taking
! ttie name or ivrug. He was allowed to
| continue In the l>y Day ton without
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GRIFFITH HAS THREE REASONS FOR
CLAIMING J 913 PENNANT IN AMERICAN
1
CI.ARK GRIFFITH.
THE THREE REASONS:
HERE THEY ARE
1?Walter Johnson.
2?C lyde Milan.
3?A team atronicer than in 1012.
From the Pittsburgh Press.
Would you he surprised if Washington
won the American league pennant next
year?
Stranger things might happen: St. Louis
might follow George Stovall out of the
second division, for instance.
Because Boston won the flag in the
Ban Johnson League, ami the world's
championship to boot, it is by no means
a sure thing that the team will repeat.
Washington pushed Boston right along
up to the close of the season this year,
and Clark Griffith is so confident of land
ing the hunting in 101.'! that he is telling
his friends he will work Walter Johnson
in four games against the National
League champions.
When you consider the situation Grif
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A.L.
Team Leaders to Be the Same
as During the Last
Campaign.
MANY CHANGES TO
BE MADE IN NATIONAL
Huggins Follows in Wake of
Others and Will Manage
From Bench.
BY J. ED GHILXiO.
So far as known there will not be a
single change made in the management
of the American League teams for next
season. Every one of the leaders of
the teams in Ban Johnson's league
seems assured of his job, though Wol
trerton, who had but a one-vear con
tract with New York, still has to sign
for the next campaign.
Quite a different state of affairs ex
ists in the National League, however.
Three changes have already been made
since the season closed and others are
to follow. Stallings took Kling's place
in Boston, while Evers has succeeded
Chance at Chicago, and only a few days
ago Miller Huggins was installed over
the Browns in place of Roger Bresna
han. Cincinnati is still without a
leader, and it is by no means certain
that Bill Dahlen will succeed himself
at Brooklyn. Clarke and McGraw seem
to be the only certainties in the old
league. This wholesale changing of
managers is th?? direct result of the
poor showing that the old league teams
have made in their post-season clashes
with the American League teams. The
old league club owners are no doubt
chagrined at the failure of their teams
to win a majority of these serifs and
naturally the blame is placed on the
men in charge of the teams.
Miller Huggins does not seem to differ
from some other ball players, who are
given a chance to manage a team. Hug
gins, who a few days ago was placed
in charge of the Cardinals, announces
that he will probably manage the team
from the bench. He Is still a ca
pable ball player and it would seem that
he is weakening his team by keeping
himself out of the game. But for some
reason or other it appears to be the am
bition of most players intrusted with the
management of a team to sit on the
bench, when In many Instances.' their
presence on the field is sadly required.
Ball players who cannot report to the
club on time to start in with their team
mates for spring training usually make a
failure of it. It was so with Jack Knight
last spring and there are numerous other
instances where a player has failed sim
ply because he did not take advantage
of the opportunity to get himself tit for
a season's work. Knight's failure to re
port for training cost him'dearly. He
I was under a contract which called for
1 something like ?4,50U, but because of lack
i of condition, was not retained and then
had to accept a two-thousand-dollar cut
when he went to Jersey City. Incident
ally his lack of condition made him have
a poor season and it is noi at all unlikely
that he killed all chcances of ever return
ing to fast company.
Adrian Anson, it* his day one of the
greatest players, believes that the game
has deteriorated because, as lie claims, a
smaller lot of men now play base ball
compared with the giants who were
prominent In Ids day.
This is what Anson has to say on the
subject:
"No; in my opinion the game lias gone
back. I know of one thing sure, and
that is, the players have deteriorated in
size. Giants used to play the game in
those days, believe me. I am a very
good sample of one," said Anson, with a
smile.
"Then I take credit for producing Billy
Sunday, who is some evangelist. Three
of the managers who played under me
were Griffith, Duffy and Callahan. If I
were to ask you to pick out the four
greatest players in the game today you
very likely would select Ty Cobb as your
first choice. Two of the other three would
be Wagner and I>ajoie. Hold on a min
ute, son! These latter two belong to the
old school. They were playing ball when
I was, and they can be classed as old
timers. and their equals were many in
the *alad times. I batted over .;$50 for
twenty years. Do you see me riding
around in an auto for being the best bat
ter? Nix. On these grounds, right here
.in Cincinnati, I once throw the ball 127
I yards and four inchcs. Soino whip, ray
l-boy, eovao whip:''
WALTER JOHNSON.
fith has every right to be hopeful, at
least. He has a team of fast, scrappy,
cocksure youngsters, with a sprinkling
of clever veterans who haven't reached
the stage where they start slipping; a
team of hard hitters, apt to come through
and break up a game at any time:
clever fielders, good pitchers and a splen
did hackstopping department.
But more valuable than all else is Grif
fith's own ability to handle his men. This
shrewd little manager won the admira
tion of critics this season by the way he
worked his pitchers.
Griffith has three big reasons to sup
port his contention that Washington will
divide the world's series money in 1913.
First, he has Walter Johnson, one of
the greatest pitchers in the world.
Second, he has Clyde Milan, clever
fielder, a better than .300 hitter and the
best base runner in the league.
Third, his team will be stronger next
season than it was this year. It will
have the benefit of a year's experience
as a team: the recruits will be better
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BASE BALL STARTS APRIL 10.
Johnson and Lynch Decide on Date
for Opening of Season.
NEW YORK. November 6.?The major
league base ball season of 1913 will be
gin April 10. Selection of this date
was announced here yesterday as the
result of an agreement between Presi
dent Johnson of the American League,
dent Johnso nof the American League,
who under the national agreement are
authorized to determine this starting
point for the framing of major league
schedules.
Blue and Gray Players Figure
They Will Win
Big Game.
Georgetown is not doing a great deal
of worrying over the Virginia game,
which is to take place November 10.
If ever a foot bail team was so filled
with enthusiasm over a contest it is the
Georgetown eleven. The men firmly
?believe that they will have to play good
foot ball in order to win, but at the same
time they think that Virginia will have
to show a great deal more than what
they have already shown this year in
order to hold Georgetown to a close score.
In the game last Saturday, it is true,
Virginia played well against Vanderbilt,
; and Vanderbilt's showing against Har
vard Saturday will be keenly watched to
determine the strength of this big south
ern team.
That some of the star men on the hill
top will not be used in any more scrim
mages seems certain. Some of the beet
men will not be used at all. Jim Dunn
will not be used until the Virginia game,
and by that time he will be in prime
shape for work.
The coaches are not going to take any
chani-es with this star performer, becauee
it is realized that with his line plunging
Georgetown will be able to gain great
i distances. It is doubtful if there ever
[ was a better line plunger on the George
town field than Dunn. The way he tore
the Carlisle Indian line to pieces was a
revelation to those who watched him in
action. Another man who will not be
j used in the game Saturday is Petritz. At
the present time this star is restihg com
fortably. His injured knee is healing
very- rapidly and the doctors stated last
evening that he would be in perfect shape
{ for the Virginia game. Petritz put his
knee out of pla.ce.
BEING WORKED HARD.
Catholic IT. Eleven Is Drilling to
Meet Dickinson.
Catholic University's foot ball squad
is being driven to the top notch in
preparation for the hardest and most
important game on the schedule which
is to be played at University Field
Saturday. The coaches arc doing all
in their power to put the team in a
condition to meet its rivals on even
terms with the exception of weight.
Dickinson will outweigh the local
boys fully twenty pounds to the man,
but the aim is to overcome this by
spscd. There are two practices each
day, one in the afternoon and the other
in the evening. In the afternoon the
squad is being drilled to stop certain
, plays and the defense has been changed
to meet the Dickinson style of play
ing. In the evening Coach McDevltt
has the men in the gym for an hour's
signal practice. He is working out
several new plays, which are sure to
prove a good ground gainer Saturday.
C LYDE MILAN.
equipped to put up a championship
fight. and the team should get away
to a running start, which it did not do
this year.
Had Washington been up among the
leaders when it won seventeen games in
a row the American League champion
ship pennant would have floated over
the home of the Senators. But the team
Started poorly and had much ground to
gain before it was on lighting terms
with Chicago and Boston.
With the prospect of a pennant. Clark
Griffith is doing a lot of thinking just
now. It would not be surprising if be
fore the winter passes he put over an
other deal such as took "Chick" Gan
dil to Washington after other major
leaguers passed him up.
If Griffith can pick up one good
pitcher and an outfielder who can hit
.300 and field like Shanks, Washington
will look better than Boston when they
line up for the pistol next April.
When the "Gray Pox" spent $10,000
for Gandil he made Washington a first
division team. There is nothing on the
books that says Griff will not strength
en the spots that are not regarded as
strong now before the snows melt.
Griffith has the team pulling for him;
he had them fighting like a kennel of
bull terriers all summer, but fighting
for victory, not among themselves.
Griffith earned the title "Fox." He is
without doubt one of the shrewdest
men the national game has produced?
which is another pretty fair reason
for expecting him to lead the eight
cornered race for the flag next year.
DECISION WAS GIVEN
AGAINST AD WOLGAST
Majority of Opinions of New
Orleans Critics Favored Man
dot in Lightweight Bout.
NEW ORLEANS, November 6.?Wagers
on the Wolgast-Mandot contest here
Monday night were decided yesterday by
opinions expressed by the sport writers of
the four local newspapers in favor of
the backers of Mandot.
The bout, according to agreement, was
without a referee's decision, and the
wagers, running into several thousands
of dollars, were based on the newspaper
men's decisions.
Two papers gave the decision to Man
dot and one called it a draw. The opinion
of the fourth will not affect the result,
even should it be cast for Wolgast, the
three opinions already made public,
counting the draw as a half vote, as is
the custom, giving the bout to the local
boy.
Ed W. Smith of Chicago who refereed
the contest, said that Mandot had a
"narrow escape" in the third round: that
"he weathered the next rounds up to the
sixth"; that his clean work from that to
the middle of the seventh evened the
bout, and that "he undoubtedly had a
clean shade during the last two rounds
and one-hair' and "must be considered
a strong contender for Wolgast's title."
DID NOT LIKE HIS STYLE.
Wolgast Not Enthusiastic Over the
Southern Ring Sports.
LOS ANGELES, Cal.. November H.?Ad
Wolgast wired Manager MoCarey of the
Vernon Club yesterday that he would be
in Los Angeles Sunday to talk business.
McCarey will endeavor to match the
winner of the Rivers-Mandot fight
Thanksgiving with the champion for a
twenty-round fight.
In his telegram from New Orleans Wol
gast said: "I had no trouble with Man
dot, but they don't seem to like my style
down here."
WANT GOOD CATCHER.
Cubs Put in Claim for Roger
Bresnahan.
NEW TORK, November 6.?Roger
Bresnahan, who has been uncondition
ally released by the St. Louis National
League club, will not be allowed to go
to the American League. President
Murphy of the Cubs has put in a formal
claim for Breanahan's services under
the usual ten days' option. Murphy's
claim has been filed in President
Lynch's office, together with another
by Barney Dreyfuss of the Pittsburgh
club.
Murphy's claim has been made at the
suggestion of Johnny Evers, the new
manager of the Cubs, who thinks that
Bresnahan will strengthen the Chicago
team behind the bat. Both Murphy and
Dreyfuss must be willing to assume
Bresnahan's St. Louis contract, calling
for $10,000 a year. Otherwise Roger
will be a free agent at the end of this
week.
President Ebbets of the Brooklyn
Club, contrary to report, has not yet
filed a claim for Bresnahan, and is not
likely to do so.
The last days of Clarence Childs are
saddened by the fact that the home he
had been buying on payments was sold
over his head under mortgage. Because
of his long illness he had been unable
to meet the payments as they fell due.
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TEN POINU COIR
Aste Coit Wins Walden Stakes
at the Old Pimlico Track.
LED FROM START TO FINISH
George Eno Makes Record in Steeple
chase, Going Two Miles
in 3.55.
BALTIMORE, Md.. November 6.?The
Walden. a mile dash for two-year-olds,
one of Pimlico"s fall features, was won
by Ten Point, and the Green Spring
Valley steeplechase, at two miles, was
captured by George Eno in record time
yesterday. _
The victory of the Jack Point colt was
not cxpected by the majority of the spec
tators, and many figured that if he got
in the money the Aste youngster would
be doing: well.
The time has been long since the pa
trons of the old hilltop tracks saw such
a beautiful steeplechase as yesterday,
when George Eno covered the measured
two-mile route in 335. The former record
was a second or two slower, and was
supposed to be held by old Thistledale.
I The majority of the best two-year-olds
in training in the country faced the bar
rier in the running of the Walden, and
Leochares, the Schorr colt: August Bel
mont's Rock View and His Majesty were
supposed to be the real contenders for
the purse, according to the play of the
spectators.
Ten Point, the winner, opened at .? to 1
and went to 7 to 1 by post time. Yankee
Notions, who won the Annapolis juvenile
handicap at Laurel, was not thought so
well off by the public, as his price opened
at 3 to 1 and later went to 3 to 1.
Tip on His Majesty.
The wise money was put on Leochares.
for the bettors figured that Schorr's colt
was always running strong at the finish
of previous six-furlong races. There was
a tip sent around that His Majesty would
be a hard one to beat, and he carried
considerable money.
Ten Point had shown by his previous
? performances that he was a fast breaker
and possessed the early speed to carry
him to the front. When the break came
Jockey MoTaggart shot him to the front,
rounding the first turn, and thereafter he
was alwavs in the lead, being rated along
just enough to keep there by a length the
entire distance.
Leochares was carried wide rounding
the first time, and he had to be taken
nrettv last to keep Within striking dis
tance of the leader. On the back stretch
the Schorr colt gained a little ground,
and from there on Teahan. on Leochares.
<set out to pull down Ten Point. As it
later resulted, it was not to be. Ten Point
possessing too much speed and stamina
to be overtaken.
Yankee Notions Third.
Yankee Notions, who carried 122 pounds,
could never get up, the Oneck stables
colt running a good third all the "way
The son of Yankee also had a rough
trip, but he never could have beaten Ten
Point with all the breaks of the sport in
his favor. Belmont's Rock View was cut
off rounding the first turn and was never
in the running, nor were the otneis.
Leochares and Yankee Motions gut "V *
maenificent duel coming down the stietcu.
^ach trving to outgame the other, and
when they passed the wire Leochares was
iust a neck in front of ankee Notions
There was an added starter in the r.tt .
axl ffiU'ou",
finished second to Tartar.
Ten/&H.Cr??an T.rtS ran .V.'??
dlstaiure Monday. Horsemen eonslderthe
?ST ffSSW. Oso^a't-A.
? Aste,"l" owned ot the Walden winner,
refused $6,000 for the colt.
Eno's Victory Popular.
George Eno's victory was the most
popular ever recorded at Pirn ico. The
first time rounding the infield the spec a
tors began to warm up to the colt, and
they realized that if he eou keep up
the dizzy race and negotiate the ob
stacles safely there would be a new track
record. . ^ tlie pace, with
0GBear' wK WM WPP"*} ?? a
<j Bear, ?? t competitor. In this
^aT lhev ran'he entire distance Round
the field the second time Jockey Gil
bin on O Bear started out to pull down
the leader, but this could not be done,
and as George Eno swept past the wire
there was liberal applause from the spec
tators Not a horse nor rider fell dunng
the running of the steeplechase
George Eno finished six lengths in
front of O Bear. who was a similar dis
tance in front of Buckthorn.
The first choices enjoyed another good
dav The opening race was won by
Striker the second by * roglegs aiul t he
steeple by George Eno, all favorites. The
ST contest w-as taken by one of the two
well played horses, John Keardon. J he
other was Chester Krum. who finished
second. Kinsley, at 8 to 1, scored m the
third race.
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Birthday Greetings
CONGRATULATIONS TO WALTER JOHNSOX.
Walter Perry Johnson, the Washington pitcher, who is proclaimed by
many base ball critics to be the greatest slabbist in the game today, was
born in Humboldt, Kan., November 6, 1888. He first played professional
ball in 1900 at Weiser, Idaho, where he fanned nineteen batters in a single
game and blanked opponents in fifty-seven consecutive innings. Jumping
from Weiser to the major leagues is some jump, but Walter got away
with it when he was signed by Washington in 1907. His debut with the
Nationals showed him to be a real pitcher, for he made the champion De
troit Tigers back up for fair. Johnson holds the strike-out record for the
past season in the major leagues, having fanned ;?02 batsmen. He shares
with Joe Wood the American League record of sixteen consecutive victo
ries. Walter's salary whip earns him $7,500 a year, but his friends declare
he still wears the same-sized hat ho wore in Weiser.
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BY J. ED GRILLO.
While it seems assured that three po
sitions on the Nationals' infield will b<?
tilled by the same individuals who held
them down at the close of the past sea
son, it is likely, however, that Griffith
will do a lot of experimenting around
second base. In Laporte he has a player
who. because of his hitting ability, can
he relied upon to hold up his end. but he
will figure on Laporte only after he is
satisfied that he is an improvement over
any of the youngsters. A fast youngster
in lhat position would be of much help
to the team, providing, of course, that
he showed something with the stick, and
it is in an effort to find such a player
that the young infielders will be given
a chance to cavort around the middle
sack during the spring training.
Of course, Ray Morgan must also be
considered. He did some splendid work
early in the year, but slumped badly
with the bat as the season progressed.
It was because of this that Griffith se
cured i*porte. But Morgan is still a
youngster and therj is a good chance of
his improving. Gandil, McBride and Fos
ter, of course, are sure of their jobs and
only in the event of one of the young in
fielders coming through will Laporte's
position be endangered.
Strange to say, every one of the three
young infielders secured by the draft by
Griffith has been playing at short field,
so that second base would be new to
them. But it is usually the case that a
youngster who can play short can be
shifted to second without much trouble.
It develops that Bresnahan has an
ace in the hole in that he has a con
tract, aside from a regular base ball
contract, which on th<? face of it seems
to assure him of being able to collect
some salary during the term of the
document.
This civil contract has two clauses
in it which are sure to protect Bresna
han, and one cannot help but wonder
on what grounds the club is trying to
break its agreement. Here are the
clauses in the contract referred to:
ll) At all times during Bresnahan's
tenure of office the owners and officers
of the club are to co-operate with him
in every way and forward all his plans
toward the betterment of the club.
(2) If at any time Bresnahan be dis
missed. his services dispensed with and
himself kept out of the game, his sal
ary is to continue in semi-monthly in
stallments. just as if he continued
actively on the job; and his participa
tion in the profits, according to his con
tract agreement, also is to continue for
the full life of the agreement.
Ad Wolgast did not strengthen his
hold on the public by his refusal to
have a decision rendered in his fight
with Mandot. When Wolgast arranged
this match it was with the understand
ing that no decision was to be given
by the referee. This is a peculiar posi
tion for a champion to take. Decisions
are permissible in New Orleans, but
Wolgast made the stipulation before he
would agree to box.
It is generally supposed that when
a champion engages in a contest
he should be willing- to protcct his
claim to tho title, which Wolgast ap
parently did not dare to do. In his
record the match with Mandot will ap
pear as having been without decision,
though a majority of the experts who
witnessed the match conceded the vic
tory to Mandot.
They are paving: th*4 way for base
ball in France, where th*> game har he
come decidedly popular, and already
the time is figured when these for
eigners will be taking part in the
world's series. But it will take many
years to bring about an artistic stand
ard to warrant competition with our
pennant winners.
The present standard of the game in
this country has been brought about only
after many years of playing. The boy
in short pants takes it up a* soon as he
is able, and it will be years before any
of the foreign countries will get the
"game on the same par it is in the United
States.
Cuiba has managed to develop base hall
and France may also do so, but it is go
ing to take many years to do it.
No club in either major league makes
such elaborate or expensive training trips
[ as the Chicago White Sox. Plans for
next spring have already been completed,
Comiskey sending his team to Paso
Robles. Cal. This trip to the coast
comes in the nature of a surprise, for on
previous occasions when tho Sox have
gone to the extreme west to conditioa
themselves the results have not been sat
isfactory.
SOX TO TRAIN ON COAST. j
Comiskey Will Send His Braves to
Paso Robles Next Year.
CHICAGO. November President
Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox is
the first club owner to announce his
pl,ans for next spring. The old Roman
has announced his selection of Paso
Robles. Cal., as the training ground for
his team in 191.1. The men will leave
for the coast on a special train Ferbuaiy
30. Paso Roiles was selected partly on
the advice of Ted Sullivan, who has
made a favorable report on climatic and #
hotel conditions. The trip to the Paclfio
coast is somewhat of a surprise, as after
the disastrous experience of 1910 it was
believed that. Comiskey would never
again favor a transcontinental journey,
but the Whit*; Sox owner plans frequent
stopovers on (he way home, which he bo.
lleves will obviate many of the difficul
ties of the former trip.
"I think I have found a great training
place," says Comiskey. "It's a health
resort and there are springs of natural
hot water there. The place Is right on
the coast, anc is between San Francisco
and Los Angeles. Its handy for the boy?
to work there all week and then plav
exhibition games in San Francisco and,
Los Angeles Saturdays and Sundays.
"There will be little traveling to accoin.
plish this and I mean to have the team
stay right in the camp for a long time-i
longer than usual?then come home, stop.
pfng to play only In the principal cities.
We're going to have the finest special
train we've ever had and I think th*
finest trip."
Adding insult to injury and then pi line
on more: Murphy says he, may decide
to hold Frank Chance as utility infieldsr4

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