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Griffith's Planers at Tampa Ready for Workouts : College Diamond Squads Anxious for Practice
COLD WIND AND RAIN
INITIAL GREETING FOR
NATIONALS AT TAMPA
However, Griffith Plans Workout Today Under
Shelter of Stands if Weather Is Unfit
for Real Pratice.
BY DENMAN THOMPSON.
TAMPA, Fla.. March 1.?If the weather that greeted the Nationals
en their arrival can be taken as a criterion ot what is to be expected
during three or more weeks of sojourning here, their sta> will be none
too pleasant, and all the prospectuses can be scrapped as unreliable
and misleading. Getting in some four hours behind schedule, the Grift's
kept to their bunks on the Pullman until breakfast time, and emerged
to find a chill wind propelling lowering clouds that started weeping
soon after they reached their hotel. Roaring wood fires in open
hearths and three sessions in the dining room, where both quantity and
. quality prevailed, tended to brighten an otherwise dreary Sabbath, and
the boys looked forward hopefully to today, which marks the opening
of the practice period that is to prepare them for the championship
All early indications were that they were doomed to disappoint
ment in so far as the weather is concerned. Uncle Sam's official guesser
prognosticating "showers and colder." Out they were in uniform this
morning, however, prepared to cavort in the open if they could do so
?without getting their Trilbies damp, otherwise to warm up by tossing
the ball under the cover of the grandstand.
The field where the Nationals will do their conditioning is laid
? ut in the fair grounds, within a stone's throw of the hotel, and under
the expert manipulation of Mike Martin and Nick Altrock, assisted by
Fred Harveycutter, is really in excellent condition, although somewhat
soggy at present from recent rains. Since their arrival a week ago
Martin et al. have ploughed up the skinned portion of the diamond,
resurfaced and packed it with a steam roller and topped it off with
?ome dark loam to eliminate the glare occasioned by the sun on the
I white sand characteristic of this neck of the country. The stands are
substantial construction and the entire park is inclosed. The
pavilion, fence and other buildings in the fair grounds are painted
? white, and the entire plant presents an attractive appearance, in great
contrast to the park the Nationals used at Augusta.
SHAW'S AGREEMENT OVER TERMS WAS EXPECTED.
Jim Shaw's quick surrender, following receipt of Griff's ultimatum
kn the salary question, occasioned little surprise in camp, as all felt
confident the big fellow could not stay away. Incidentally, his sur
render takes a great load off the mind of the president-manager, as he
could ill afford to face the opening of the flag race with Johnson as
his only veteran hurler.
In addition to Shaw other early arrivals are expected to include
Sam Rice, George Krickson, Crosby Washburn and Walter Mayer.
The latter wired from Cincinnati he would be a trifle late in reporting,
and Eric is expected as soon as a Jamestown dentist can fix up some
ailing teeth. Bobby Roth also may blow in at any time now, but the
situation regarding Ed Gharrity and Dave Davenport remains un
changed. Nothing has been heard from either, and the boss professes
to believe they will not perform professionally in organized base ball
this year. It is to hoped he is mistaken, especially in regard to Ghar
rity, for his absence will leave the Nationals decidely weak in the re
ceiving department, and the Beloit boy's big stick also will be greatlv
The sight of oranges, bananas and grapefruit growing and ready
to be plucked proved a source of much interest to many in the V -sh
ington party, especially the youngest of the recruits, a squad of > .111
were unable to resist the temptation to sample some of the varieties
hand picked by themselves. Sallying forth yesterday afternoon, they
located a lafge grove where both grapefruit and oranges were found in
abundance and proceeded to help themselves. They overlooked the
little formality of obtaining consent of the owner, however, and when
detected by that worthy were given an unlooked-for chance to improve
their wind with some high speed road work. One of the number, who
lives not a million miles from the Capitol, got mixed up with a barbed
wire fence and returned to the hotel minus some of his coat, but with
his pockets intact and filled to capacity.
TRADE BETWEEN GIANTS
AND REDS NOW DENIED
CINCINNATI, March 1.?"There will
be no trades involving the regulars
of the Cincinnati base ball team."
August Herrmann, president of the
Champion Reds, said, when told of a
New York dispatch stating that Man
ager McGraw of the Giant* had of
fered to exchange "Pep" Toung for
Eddie Roush and Larry Kopf.
"There la not one word of truth in
any report that Roush. Kopf or any of
our regulars are going to be traded to
New York or any /other club." said
Herrmann. "Manager Moran intends to
stand pat on his winning team. We
hope to have all the boys signed and
ready to leave for the training camp
on Friday morning. But whether they
are signed or not, there will be no
Manager Moran will be in Cincin
nati tomorrow and will accompany the
team to Miami Friday.
1.1 NWORTH BOWLING LKAGVE.
Cfll Utt 87 98 Dummy.. . SO 80 *0
M.MrtOT. 96 84 IMS Main 107 85 81
?;lasacocfc. 81 88 80 H.Claxtoa 103 112 10?
Utraek.... 101 87 94 X.Wood.. 83 84 76
LMortaa. 114 85 ?7 Whelen. . 113 123 102
Totals.. 508 441 465 Total* 488 494 445
Frere 95 107 . Hutchson 100 1(M 91
J*. Crump 91 Eaton 99 115 87
t.Crump.. 10* 100 HIT F. Morgan. 99 114 96
lieartf 98 87 112 Opitz lf*> 101! 101
Jones 113 9* 93 Talbott... 122 97 91
V.Wood.. 123 113 107
Totals.. .535 511 610 Totals... 520 532 406
E .Smith . 112 105 10* H.Sch'aut 98 98 9b
Williams. 84 90 85 Mahout-/.. 8'J 91 1U0
J> Jameson 106 94 93 O'Connor. 106 106 88
.Ablett... . lut: 107 122 Corcoran. 1U0 88 83
Owens.... 98 92 113 G.Sch'aut. 112 108 131
Totals.. .502 489 514 Totals.. .514 485 497
MUNITIONS BOWLING LEAGUE.
Pouitoh. . 105 94 113 Robert*.. 88 94 IK
Kutlej... 81 117 lot Bridge .. hti 7* 74
Newtoa.. 105 97 108 McMata... K? 92 97
Malionej. 92 PI W) I'reutiie.. IIS 78 87
K-jchta... 87 88 84 TurpeB... 102 97 101
Totali.. .<70 467 4W Total*.. .483 497 484
Brnab'gli JO! 84 84 Crimat... 88 84 86
?>Bwirk.. 98 88 7.1 Tiller. ... 95 87 89
?;?idtierg. M Mi >?! Young. ... 82 103 87
]:fUa?ur. 91 91 85 Huglilit.. 84 SO 8s
iMiaia;... mi M M liejaold*. 98 78 7s
Total*. 45- 430 4<C Total*.. .447 442 425
1NTER8TATB HOWLING I.CAGl'r.
rai4w.ll.. 103 94 80 Roa> 121 108 80
*eBiu*.. ?8 99 84 l^hf.ldt.. 98 *7 101
Kllerlaae. 94 94 117 Claspe.. . 1M 107 188
l^?ia 9.'. 108 112 Mooih #7 100 9t
Mrer*.... 110 100 103 Jup-? ... 91 92 91
l^atal*...500 493 515 Total* . .518 486 482
*? hats W 108 92 j^inj ?4 83 98
Mnelker.. 82 99 111 Collin.. 78 95 98
""18 Ill W 85 1'anla.R.. 97 103 130
Marble... 110 110 98 Uglier... 88 83 *4
JSreaaaa.. 85 85 85 Gut 103 133 88
Total*. ..471 500 471 Totals.. .481 497 481
Karljr.... 10O 102 100 Halleck.. DO 83 91
P<-Mo?*er. 71 82 94 Willilte.. 80 92 94
Maldea* . 110 100 9? HeiJ us 82 94
?.bert 92 99 HI Morgan 103 log ?7
Jtartal.... 115 SO 90 Lewi* 123 98 98
Totals...488 482 497 Total* . .500 484 472
Thomas Second in Auto Race.
I.OS AXGEL.ES, Calif.. March I.?
Figures announced by the official
scorers of the 250-mile automobile race
Saturday gave second place and a
purse of 96.000 to Joe Thomas and
placed Ira Vail third. Unofficial scores
placed Vail second and Thomas third.
The official score also clipped a min
ute from the unofficial time of Jim
my Murphy, who won the race and a
prise of $10,000.
Haugen Breaks Skiing Record.
DIMjON. Col., March 1.?Anders
Haugen of Dillon yesterday broks
the world skiing record, made by him
self, jumping 214 feet. His previous
record was 213 feat. Henry Hall ef
T'enver was second In the tourna*
mint, jumping SOI feet.
| Jim Shaw Joins Squaa;
Weather Still I? Cold
BY DKN'MiX THOMPSON.
TAMPA. FU., Mirrii 1.?Jlat
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krwkfut Iki* ???!?. iMklag
Mf|tt ui knwatr thai ever
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a mwM*r. He had m*4 tor tkt i
trapplagi, im, the forecaster's
predict |aa af nMtr weather
ktlac varlM with a napaacc.
The etptHai ikt?*n had at
aaaa failed ta Materialise. hat
tha hraaaaa ware at sack a ur
rew-chllllag aatare aa ta caai'
the lalttal werk-eat sehedaled
tor thla aawlai ta ha Mat
peaeg aatll thla atttmn.
A eaaeaa af the yiaftia haM
areaad a lea are la tha lehkf
af the katd, at wkltk Presldeat
Grlfllth prealM aad explalaed
tha raeeat chaafii cleatH la
the ralea, was the extent af the
toraaaaa activities. >1* Al
! track la aader tha weather. Ha '
yesterday waa a laaet af Taaa- j
?ar Ua?k, tke aid Pltttlnrfk I
third kawaaa aad aatealder,
1 wka awaa a cltr?a plaatatlea
aear kere aad wka I* ta aaaaft
the Tampa dak af tka Fieri da
State Leaiae tkla year. Kick
I (ailed ta sat wkat ka weat
i haatlaar far. kat did aeaalra a
, aae eallectlaa af ekIUa aad
TITLE WON BY MoGOWAN
ST. PAt'L. Minn.. March 1 ..-Taking
fir at place in three of the four senior
events. Everett McQowan of St. Paul,
international skating champion, yes
terday won the northwestern indoor
Amateur Skating Association's cham
pionship with a total of 90 points.
Charles Jewtraw and Joe Moore of
Lake Placid tied for second place
with (0 points each. A. Lelteh. Jersey
City. N. J . finished fifth with IB.
McGowan captured Drat in the quar
ter, half and mile. Tho two-mile
event waa won by Moore.
Rose Johnson of Chicago won the
woman's events with sixty points. In
the quarter Miss Johnson brake tha
world's record for women, makin
in 15 seconds. She held the prev
mark of 4S 2-6 aeconds.
DATES SET FOR WESTERN
TITLE TENNIS TOURNEYS
CHICAGO, March 1?The clay court
tennis championship will be played
at the South Side club here July 10.
and the western championship and
sectional doubles at Cincinnati July
21. it was decided at the annual con
ference of the Western Lawn Tennis
Association. The women's national
clay courts championship la to be
played at Detroit. Mich., June 21.
L. H. Waldner, Chicago, was elected
president of tho association, while
J. C. Stewart, also of Chicago, was
Boxing Benefit for Kid Egan.
Sammy Harris, the well known Bal
timore manager and boxing promoter,
will put on a monster benefit far Kid
Egan. the Washington boxer, who is
totally blind, next Friday night over
in Baltimore at the Colonial Theater.
Egan did the greater part of hla box
ing over in Baltimore and the Monu
mental city taaa feel that they are
the ones who ahould put the affair on.
Sam Harris has gotten together a |
veritable raft of boxers and in all
some sixty rounds or more will be
put on. i
Cambridge Bporta in Xarctt.
Cambridge University. London, will,
hold its university sporta Mareh IV
and 12 and tha intercollaglata ralsv,
races Mareh 4 and ?. Tha Cambridge!
and Oxford sports will take place
March 17. J
BASE BALI SQUADS!
ANXIOUS 10 START
College Diamond Men Will
Try to Get Out This Week
for First Workouts.
BY 11. I'. BYRU.
Noi withstanding- the snow and
rather cold weather, college base ball
squads will make a great effort to
get out for practice this week. And
eien if they do get started by Thurs
day or Friday, which seems to be
about, as early as can be hoped there'
leallv will not be sufficient time for
the teams to get in good shape be
fore their opening contests. Coaches
and players arc anxious to gel under
Georgetown and Maryland Stale,
for instance, are scheduled to open
the season here Wednesday. March
:M. and at best tiie two teams will
not be in more than fair shape for j
the contest. Catholic University audi
Gallaudet begin soon after that, and |
the following week the series of con- ]
tests with big northern schools will :
be started. Beginning around Mareh i
JO. practically all colleges her.- will 1
play every day or so for a week or i
Interest and competition shown in
the South Atlantic Intercollegiate
Athletic Association events in the
Hopkins-5th Regiment meet Satur
day night indicate that the greatest
outdoor track and field affair in the
association's history is almost sur>
to take place at Blacksbutg. Va.. May
8. Aside from the good s?juad intro
duced by Virginia and Georgetown's
splendid aggregation. George Wash
ington. Washington and Lee, Catholic i
University and Hopkins produced
some "likely looking" men. Besides
these institutions it is known that j
Richmond College. V. I". I . North
Carolina State, North Carolina Uni
versity and Maryland State will have
squads in competition in the out
Just as was expected, Georgetown's
relay team had no more difficulty win
ning the South Atlantic Intercollegiate
A. A. relay event from Washington
and Lee, Hopkins and Virginia than
the ordinary college would in taking
a high school event. Horsey Griffith
gave Sheehan a fifteen-yard lead at
the end of the first quarter, and suc
ceeding Georgetown runners added a
little to that distance.
While it got very little attention
because it was whipped by Vale by
about twenty yards, Virginia's two
mile relay team is well worthy of
consideration. One man lost ground
for Virginia, but the other three men
held their own with the. runners
against whom they were opposed. Re
place one man in the Virginia quar
tet with a runner as good as any
of the other three and Virginia will
have a relay four capable of giving
the best in the east a close, hard fight
Georgetown's relay team goes this
week to Urbana, III., to run in a
medley relay championship race. It
has not yet been determined just
what distances each of the men will
When Douglas won the open scho
lastic quarter mile in the Hopkins
meet. Bryan Morse. Western High
School team, produced the only win
ner from a school in Washington.
Central probably would have cap
tured a first place had its men not
been so heavily handicapped.
Thompson of Washington and Lee
is a good sprinter, good enough to
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Hitting Over the Fence
B">ing First of a Series of Articles on the New Rules of
Base Ball as Explained
HI HIL1.Y KVASS.
Base ball was given a decided boost
at the recent meeting in Ghicago of
the majors end minors. The adjust
I rnent of the Mays case, which cleared
I up the internal strife in the Amer
ican League, was a great help. The
public, which pays the way. was tired
of so big a squabble over so minor an
incident. Ku-nning a close second to
the settlement of American League
affairs was the revamping of playing
and scoring rules.
The national pastime is a great
? port. The rules that have governed
it were well selected, but it seems
there is always room for improve
ment. For years situations have
been arising on the ball field that
were not deflnitel\ and clearly cov
ered in the rules. Often major leagues,
and sometimes minors, made special
j league rulings to cover certain dis
puted points, hut the rank and file
of the game, the amateurs, college
j teams and semi-pro clubs were out
I in the cold. During many a season 1
istick right at the heels of Griffith
'of Georgetown after the latter had
i got off to a better start. Had Thomp
! son got off his mark as well as Grif
[ fit h. they would have run one of th^
best races ever seen on an indoor
While t! i e writer has no desire to
criticise the timers of the events in
? v,-. in Baltimore Saturday night,
he does not believe that Oorsey Grif
fith ran the luo yards from scratch
in 10 seconds llat. the time for which
he was given credit. On an indoor
track, with rubber sole shoes, it is
(extremely difficult to cover the cen
i tury in 10 seconds. Watches not del
[ irately adjusted, such as are used by
many timers, would give the runner
'just the fraction of a second in the
; start before beginning to register
time that would enable him to record
i better time than he actually does.
have been asked to decide at least
fifty disputes which involved the very
same point of rule. Usually it was
possible to present convincing argu
ments for boih sides.
The rules committee in the recent
session at Chicago. 1 think, did its
work in a thorough manner. Many
questions, which f?>r years have been
a source of argument, have been
cleared up. It will now be possible
to go to the rule book and get a defi
nite decision on a lot of things that
was heretofore impossible. Tn some
cases the rules conflicted. In other
cases, no rule definitely covered the
situation. In certain situations the
rules committee have changed en
tirely the ruling. In most instances
they have acted wisely. I shall at
tempt to make clear to lovers of base
ball just what was done ai Chicago
and demonstrate the application of
some of the changes.
| One of the most sweeping changes
} relates to balls hit over tho fence or
[ into a stand the proper distance from
the home plate, in the past, if a bats
man hit over the fence or into the
stands, it was necessary for the um
pire to follow the course of that ball
until it disappeared. If Babe Ruth
hit a ball over the right field wall at
the White Sox park, which would
clear the bleacher stands as well as
i he wall, it would be up to the umpire
to watch that ball until it passed
from his view. If when it cleared
the wall, the boundary line of the
I playing Held, it was fifty feet fair,
j >Mid then kept veering toward the
foul line until as it passed from view
I u was three feet foul, the umpire
j would have to rule it a foul ball. The
rules committee took a sensible stand
when it decided that jurisdiction over
the hit ceases the moment it passed
[ outside the field. The new rule is
I specific and reads.
When a batted ball passes out
side the ground or into the stand,
the umpire shall decide it fair, or
foul, according to where it passes
| Pirate* at Hot Springs
For 15 Years Straight.
Following the drclaloa nf the I
Cleveland American Uagvc ,
base hall clab to do its training- f
In Xew Orleans ayaia thin year,
the claim la being made for the
tedtaas that they have stack 10
one practice camp for a laager ;
perlad than aay other team In
the majors, this being the fowr
teeath time la eighteen year*
that they have done their pre
j paratory work in the Creaceat
That does not equal the rec
ord of the Pittwbargh club at
Hot Spring*, however, for the
Pirates trained at the Arfcaasas
spa for tlfteea nprtngs In auc
ceaaion. anil nre now going to
return to that place after three
year* of experimenting at Co
lumbus. ; Jacksonville, Fla.?
aad Hlrmiagham. Ala.
over tlie boundary line of the ac
tual playing field.
The other rule on a ball batted
over the fence f?r into a stand has
to do with making such a hit in the
last half of the ninth inning or any
extra inning. We will presume the
Chicago White Sox are playing the
New York Giants in the world .series.
The two teams go rimless for eight
and a half innings. Jn the last half
of the ninth Chu'a^o fills the bases
with two on and Joe Jackson up. Joe
hits over the right Held wall. Ac
cording: to the old ruling Chicago
would have won 1 to 0. and Jackson
would *et credit for only a single.
Under tlie new ruling the score would
be 4 to 0. Jackson would get credit
for a home run, and all the runners
on bases would score. Such a ruling
is sensible since it gives the batsman
proper credit. It doesn't mean a thing
whether Chicago wins 1 to 0 or 4 to 0.
The new ruling reads:
Provided a batsman in the last
half of the final inning of any
game hit a home run over the
fence or into a stand, all runners
on the bases at the time, as well
as the batsman, shall be entitled
to score, and. in such event, the
final score of the game shall be
the number of runs made.
! "Do you umpires have a blue book?'*?
a friend of mine asked me Inst sum- i
mer. Some player had disagreed with}
one of my rulings, tossed his glove a# j
high as the grandstand, and. of;
course, his presence was no longe? 1
"Why.- I asked
"Simply because any time l'\e seen
a player throw his glove in the air
he always departs immediately at the
request of the umpire.
I laughed, and then tried to ex
"Actions speak louder than words"]
is a theory every umpire accepts, j
Since the spectators do not hear the '
conversation on the ball field, the
umpire can often turn a deaf ear to:
i a remark that really should cause
the player to be ejected from the
game. If an umpire puts a player j
out of the game under such circum- j
stances he is sure to net into trouble,
for the spectators have not seen him |
do anything that should merit ejec- j
tion Actions by the players that
make the crowd think the umpire
has erred is what officials of play ob
ject to. Many times these acts :?re
executed for effect. Often the player
seeks to cover up his own blunder 1
by making the umpire the "goat " j
Hundreds of times during the sum 1
mer fans ask the umpire w hy he put |
this or that player out of the game.
Invariably the umpire replies that
the player was just a little peevish
over the ruling Umpires are sup- !
posed to tell their troubles only to
the president. That is one reason .
why the causes for objection aro not
aired to a greater extent. Often the
umpire is forced to give a player a
rest of a day because the language
used was too highly flavored with
tabasco sauce Again, the player
may have committed some act which
has been regarded by umpires ?s suf
ficient cause for ejection. Usually
the umpire does not resent a verbal
attack if the player uses the right
style and doeg not lei everybody In
the grounds know ho U objecting to
a derision. Ii is the use of the deaf
and dumb Unuuagf ? the pantomime
stuff that fails to make a hit with
the umpires, although it generally af
fords the fans a laugh. Here are a
f? \v things that ninety-nine times out
of a hundred w ill draw a ticket to
;!??? 'luhhousn if the umpire happens
to lie. looking tit the right direction
Tossing a handful of dust in the
umpires eyes after a close decision.
This is not retarded as good taste.
following the uuipire across the
diamond. Iron third to first. This
also is not the best of form
Throwing down the glove in disgust
ne\? r appeals to th? ? umpires finer
< Setting' down on the knees and ut
tering a prayer after an adverse de
cision i!'? v<? r j^ets tiiurh consideration
from the judge of play.
Holding the uose after a decision,
as if there was n ton of limburgfr
cheese close by. i.- not looked upon is
com pi i ni en t ar v
Stepp ni* on i he umpire's toes and
then begging his pardon never im
proves his disposition, especially if
lie happens to have corns.
Tossing the bat high in the air aft^r
striking out do^s not lonform with
the Im st diamond etiquette. There is
always a chance that iu coming; down
it mas hit the umpii> on the head.
Tossing the rap in the air is a
dangerous practice? for the player.
Throwing the ball as close to the
umpire as possible w ithout hitting;
him ts not a practice of high stand
itrahbing the umpire after the style
of a catch-as-catch-* an wrestler Is
always sure to result iu the player
losing the decision.
These are just a few of the things
I that have been handed down since
somewhere near the time when Adam
wore the lnnf Any of them Is
sure to get the player a chance to do
marathon to the clubhouse.
I Ford ham Toilege has thirty-six
, ban* ball games booked April 1 to
.lune 11>. Vale is not included in its
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