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Stanley Harris Starts Here the Story of His Career, “Mine Boy to Manager”
Youthful Pilot's Achievements Form
One of Most Remarkable Narra
tives in Annals of Sports.
This is the first installment of tin autobiography of UtanUy Harris, innuiy
r.st major league base ball manager in the history of the game, anil the ric
torio s strategist and one of tin outstanding 'dinars in the 1924 uxirld series,
in which his Washington elitb iron the pennant for the first time. The rise of
Harris from eollirnf boy t-> big lengm manager in right gears is one of the
mast remarkable, life stories America has ever produced.
Chapter I—Reaching the Top.
LOOSE-JOIN TED and lumbering, he ambled to the center oi the dia
mond. More than ,15.000 persons, including the President of the i
United States. Mrs. Coolidge and high Government and diplomatic j
officials, joined in the cheers that drowned the announcer’s megaphoned
message : “John-son —now —pitch-ing—sor—Wash-ing-ton !”
It was the beginning of the ninth
Inning- of the seventh game of the
world series between the Washington
Americans and the New York Giants
in Washington. The score was 3 to 3.
The game count for the series was
the same. This, then, was the con
test upon which the world base ball
championship hung. And 1 staked
my hopes—and perhaps my reputa
tion as a manager—upon Walter
Thirdly a person in that vast crowd,
from President t'oolidge down to the
smallest boy. but who wanted to see
the great pitcher win. Their cheers,
in one of the most spontaneous out
bursts in the histori of the game,
showed that. Put some of them, 1
am sure, while hoping for the best,
feared the worst. 1 was supremely
confident. however, that Walter
would hold the Giants, and that, if
we. oeuld get him a run, we would
win the game and the world cham
In fact, I planned the night before
to use Johnson in just such a situ
ation. should it arise. “Curly” Ogden
was slated to start the game, make
way for George Mogridge, with Fred
Marberry in reserve and Johnson
saved for the big emergency.
Cold reasoning, not sentiment, dic
tated such a program. Johnson was
our best pitcher, the leading twirler
In the American League. True, the
Giants had beaten him twice, but it
didn't seem in the cards that they
could turn the trick again—if he was
right. He told me he felt fine before
the game. When he warmed up 1
knew he had all his stuff. The Giants
soon realized it. too.
Johnson had that vast throng in
an almost continuous uproar as he
mowed down the New Y'ork batters.
When he fanned George Kelly, after
purpossely passing Young in the
ninth, I felt like joining in the cheers.
Again in the eleventh he repeated
the performance. Then I knew my
confidence had not been misplaced, I
saw t! world championship within
our grasp.
At the Fml of Five Years.
".Muddy" Ruel carried the base ball
title over tli- plate in the next inning
on Karl MeXeely’s two bagger. Then
th.- Griffith stadium became a bedlam.
Cheers crashed over the field. Hats,
coats and cushions rained about me
when I met Kuel as he crossed the
plate. We rated to the clubhouse
with a jubilant park of fans at our
liei is. Ther the boys were singing
and shouting. I was so dazed I don't
remember wnrthcr i joined them or
not. Probably I did. Realization
that T had led a club to Victory in
what has bet n called the greatest
world series in the history of the
game hadn't struck home yet.
Not once that afternoon had X
thought of tb. prestige or money that
would go to the victors. It was just
a hall game to me—a contest for
which to fight every im-ti of the way
and to win, if that were possible.
This was the attitude of all our
players while on the field in the
championship series and the Ameri
can League < ampaign, too. From the
opening of the season I had preached
that our job was to do each day’s
work to the best of our ability and
to let tomorrow and yesterday take
care of themselves, if we lost a
game we did.i't worry and hold use
less post-mortems. We tried to profit
by our mistakes and let it go at that.
Vnd now the season was over and I
was manager of the world champions
at "7 years of age. Even with the
■Washington players rejoicing, the
congratulations and the shouts of the
joy-maddened inob outside, I couldn't
realize my good fortune. Six years
before 1 had beet} working in a coal
mine. Only five years previous I had
come to the Washington club as a
green major league recruit.
I left tlie clubhouse still in a near
daze and went to my bote]. Friends
dragged me to the lobby. There a
seething crowd was celebrating
Washington's victory. It began to
dawn on me just how much the I
triumph meant to the people of
Washington. A voting boy in the i
crowd shouted: “Hurrah for ’Bucky'!”
When the cheer was taken up T had |
to blink my eyes and rub the back of i
my hand across them. It came away
Later I went to pay my respects to j
Judge Landis, the ruler of organized i
base ball. Looking down lVnnsyl- j
vania avenue from a window of his
rooms, all Washington seemed to be |
celebrating. Newspaper men who had
seen the Armistice day jubilation in
the National Capital, in other great
American cities and in Paris, said this
was tlie greatest demonstration of
our day. The display of carnival
spirit awed me. For the first time I
realized what a truly wonderful hold
base ball has on the people of this
country. Before my eyes I saw a city
gone mad over our victory. And from
the, messages of congratulation that be
gan coming in from all over the country
1 knew Washington's joy was shared
Where lie Finally Grasped It.
Full 1 didn’t quite grasp what is
meant to be the leader of a world
championship club. 1 had been
cheered, and took that as part of the
day's work, just as when jeers greeted
a bad play. .Soon alter leaving Judge
Landis' suite my standing as a per
son of real importance in Washing
ton was driven home.
Accompanied by several friends, I
goi in a. taxicab to join the parade of
triumph By a coincidence, there was
a sticker which read "Bucky,” pasted
on the winsliield. No one in the
crowd recognized me by this, for there
wore hunrdeds of other taxis so la
belled. Finally we were held up by
a traffic jvejiceman who declared no
autos could pass. Our driver argued
the matter.
“Only the President can get by
here!” the cop declared as if to wind up
the argument.
“Man, 1 got ‘Bucky’ Harris in this
bus!” the driver oame back.
“Why didn’t you say so at first?”
the traffic man protested. “On your
way.” And he let us through. Then
I knew I had reached the top in the
base bail world.
(Copyright. 1925, in United Statps and Can
ada, by North American Newspaper Alliance.
All rights reserved.)
Tmi-r-rrirv Aa-'l'-r Fide of the
ci ' o *-'-'**•
'I hi* i* the >ounj£*ler. who *.aiti that
itiayhc he didn't weigrh much, but he
was to show Vm noiiic day and
pet into 1l»«* l»iti leiigups. Il«* did.
Stanley Harris at the aj£e of lit, as
shown here, appesired to be on form •
about sis unlikely-looking a pmspeet
:»s ever picked up a hat in the haek
*”' "''' : •- ■ : :S;>: -' f .ff'V.sn
/ 1
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Mucky Harris. Mar. He said he was
going (o get there and here he is after
! he did it.
OAKLAND, January s.—Future plans
of Walter Johnson, famous pitcher of
the Washington club, were the sub
ject of discussion here Sunday fol
lowing his unsuccessful negotiation
Saturday for purchase of the Oakland
base ball club of the Pacific Coast
Arriving here for the expressed pur
pose of buying the club, Johnson |
made a cash offer of $385,000, which j
was refused by J. Cal Ewing, who,
with Del Howard, owns the franchise.
The time limit on an option which the
Washington pitcher held expired re
cently. it was disclosed.
Regarding future disposition of the
club, Ewing said, “If Johnson or any
one else wants to buy tlie Oakland
ball club, he will have to wait until
next Winter to talk business.”
Johnson declined to make any
statement as to bis future plans.
Asked if he would rejoin the Na
tionals, he said:
“The Washington club has made me
a very attractive proposition. How
ever. the players won’t go to the
Spring training camp until some time
in February, so I have plenty of time
still to decide what I will do.”
CANNES, France, January 5. —Su-
zanne Lenglen and her partner,
Elizabeth Ryan, came through the
, Christmas-New Year tournament here
without the loss of a single set, win
i ning the finals in the women’s doubles
yesterday from Mrs. Satterthwaite
and Mrs. Neville Smith of England,
; 6 — o, 6—2.
Mile. Lenglen showed that she is
still a mighty raeket wielder in spite
of her temporary retirement from
championship play since the Wimble
don tournament of last June. She in
> tends to compete in the French cham
pionships anti also at .Wimbledon. (
It’s the same grin young Mr. Harris liail when he was just that kill,
I Mucky, working In the colliery. Ilut look nt him now! He is receiving at
the hand* of President Cooliilge a silver cup, presented to him hy tlie citizens
of \\ ushiugtoa for winning the pennant ns manager of the Nationals—and
the youngest manager ever known in the big - leagues nt that.
Stanley. Harris, more widely known as Bucky, youngest big league base
bull manager on record and pilot of the 1924 world champions, the Na
tionals, went to work in the coal mines at the age of 12 and was a semi-pro
player when he teas a year older.
Ilis rt markable story of pluck and determination in the face of ad
versity begins on November 8, 1896. when he teas horn at Port Jervis. N Y.
And he was born on Ball afreet. He moved to Pittston. Pa ... when he teas 5,
and at once began to hope. Base ball raw in the family; his father had bent
a semi-professional pitcher for Hughey Jennings, and an elder brother.
Merle, also became a semi-professional.
.Stanley Harris, at tcork at 12, besides being a star in the Sunday school
team, quickly turned into a semi-professional.
His chance came in 1916. with the Tigers—anil they let him out. He
failed twice more in the same year with lesser clubs. And when he landed
a job with Norfolk the war disbanded the Virginia League. But he kept on.
With Beading in 191 7, with Buffalo in the International League in
191 S, then heculed for military camp when the armistice was signed and burl,
to Buffalo in 1919. a year memorable for the fact that McGraw watched
him tcork out at the Polo Grounds and passed him up.
In 1919 Harris, irho could have been soUl to other clubs, picked ll asft
ington because he thought he would have a chance to play regularly from
the outset. He made his big league debut in New York in 1919 in a double
header. The next gear he became Washington's regular second baseman,
and in 1924, at the age of 27, was made manager of the team, being the
youngest big league pilot ever known. He won the American League pen
nant for the first time in Washington’s history, and was one of the individ
ual stars for Washington in the world series.
NEW Y'ORK, January s.—Jack Dempsey sends word to tlie writer
from the Pacific Coast that the New Year finds him in better health
than he has enjoyed in some time and that he fully expects that
the ensuing 12 months will find him appearing more than once in the
ring in defense of his title.
Concluding his New Y r ear greetings, Dempsey says lie is ready to meet
any man under conditions that are satisfactory, said conditions including
financial attractiveness of the bouts, public interest and eligibility of
Tommy Gibbons and Harry "Wills
are the two men most talked of as
opponents for Dempsey this year. It
is practically foregone that Gibbons
and the champion will meet, but it is
by no means so certain that Wills
will get a chance at the title.
nickard Wants Wills Bout.
Tex Rickard would like to have
Dempsey and Wills meet and always
has been anxious for the bout, but
it is unquestioned that there is some
political opposition to the fight in
this State, and that public opinion is
divided as to the value of a mixed
bout for the greatest pugilistic title
of the world.
Were opinion not thus cut in two
there would be no question that
Dempsey would have to fight Wills or
else' be compelled to retire. Public
opinion when it rushes in bulk against
a man is as effective in the case of a
prize fighter as in the case of a man
prominent in any other walk of life.
But where there are cross-eddies
and counter-ucrrents and the like, it
is not so difficult to maintain a stand.
If any one doubts the status of public
opinion concerning a Wills-Dempsey
fight as set forth by the writer, let
him ask Paddy Mullins, man
ager. He knows how things stand
better than any one.
Talking to Mullins it is plain to see,
too, that he has not great faith that
Kearns, Dempsey and company, will
risk the valuable title against the
negro, who, while offering no as
surance as to It is ability to knock out
the champion, must certainly he
credited with boxing ability sufficient
to make it a good bet that he would
stand Dempsey off and perhaps out
point him.
Right now Dempsey has enough
money to retire on, and It Is a fact
that he is tired of the life of a cham
pion. fighter and wishes to rise to a
higher plane of endeavor.
May Get Nose Hurt.
The fixing of Dempsey's nose was a
sign of his ambition in this respect.
! The Grecian effect the surgeons have
contrived for him has certainly made
his face a better object for a camera
to shoot at, hut so far as pugnacity
is concerned his countenance lost a
lot when that retrousse fighting beak
was ironed out and generally beauti
As a matter of fact, it is the opin
ion of doctors that a good bust on the
nose might be attended by dangers in
the way of serious infection.
Kearns, in the meantime, -would like
to see some more money flowing into
the coffers, as he Is much more of a
spender than is his champion.
Firpo seems out as a future op
ponent for Dempsey. Rickard has
made it clear that he is through with
Duis. This is unfortunate, for the
Argentinian never would have got
anywhere had it not been for the
loving and skillful manner with
which Tex built up the big fellow. He
Is now floundering about Europe, and
the first thing he knows some one
will pick his pockets.
(Copyright, 1925.1
P. C. Crenshaw of the Edgewater
Golf Club, Chicago, has started on a
golf tour which will take him around
the world. He will spend a year play
ing at least one round on links in
every country.
Hitting 1,095 ennseentive bull's-eyes
with a .22-caliber rifie at a distance
of 50 feet is the remarkable record of
a schoolboy marksman of Fresno,
NEW YORK, January s.—Mickey
"Walker of Elizabeth. X. J., world
welterweight champion, and Mike
McTigue of Ireland, world light
heavy weight champion, will furnish
the excitement in the main event
of the coming week's pugilistic pro
gram when they meet in a Newark,
X. J., ring on Wednesday night in a
12-round, no-decision match.
This match will be unique, in that
it will be the first time a champion
has stepped up two classes to meet
another champion.
Although Walker will enter the
ring lighter than McTfgue. there will
not be any great difference in their
weight. Walker will scale' over the
150 mark, while McTigue will likely
weigh between 160 and 165.
BY lawre:
NEW YORK, Januarj- s.— Yale ai
little war as to which of the
first intercollegiate foot hall
It is a matter of substantiated
played the first intercollegiate game ii
now this claim had been allowed to >
But now the Yale Alumni Weekly
has come forth debating this proud
distinction and maintaining that the
Yale-Columbia game of 1872 was in
reality the first intercollegiate foot
ball contest.
The News backs up this assertion
by quoting Walter Camp’s book.
"Yale: Her Campus, Classrooms and
Athletics.” Says Camp, “In the fall
of 1872 Yale challenged Columbia and
the first legitimate game between
colleges was played.”
“Why,” plaintively asserts Edward
M. Norris, editor of the Princeton
Alumni Weekly, "this first game
played by Yale was any more legiti
mate than the five intercollegiate
games that preceded ft is not ap
parent to the lay mind.
“If,” continues Norris, “this con
tention should happeu to fall under
the eye of the Hon. William S. Gum
mere, '7O, chief justic of New Jer
sey, who was captain of the Prince
ton team that played the first inter
collegiate game with Rutgers in the
Autumn of 1569, no doubt that emi
nent jurist would be interested to
know the difference between a legiti
mate and an illegitimate game of foot
ball and in particular to be informed
as to why after all these years that
historic first game In which he par
ticipated is now branded as illegiti
It would seem that pending the
views of Judge Guminere it is dis
tinctly up to the Yale alumni organ
to define the difference between le
gitimate and illegitimate foot ball as
played in the late sixties and early
seventies. It is true that the rules
under which the two games were
played differed somewhat, hut not so
materially as to bulwark the attitude
Yale lias taken.
In the meantime it is to be noted
that Michigan claims to have played
By (lie A*socitited l’ri**v
Christy Mathewson, president of the
Poston Braves, would like to sign
Red Grange, gridiron wonder of the
University of Illinois, if tlx foot ball
star can play base ball. During the
recent minor league conclave at Hart
ford, the former Giant pitcher asked
Several western magnates about
"One of the games greatest pinch
hitters was made into a base ball
star on his foot ball reputation,”
Mathy said. "I refer to Harry
Moose’ McCormick, former Giant
player, who was a gridiron star at
I'ucknell when 1 matriculated there.”
Tommy Griffith, who Journeyed to
the Brooklyn Dodgers from the old
New England Uaguc, is beset by a
rival in tlx- giant L>iok Cox from ,
Cortland of the Caclfle Coat league.,
With Kddie Brown and Z;x:k Wheat I
doing well, the newcomer will find
only one vulnerable spot in the out
field w here Griffith is or was wont to j
wander. if the argument becomes
torrid, Cox is a favorite, as lie was a
boxing instructor in the Army.
Jim Johnstone, former umpire, in J
the National League, believes that the (
Giants and White Sox might have j
found more respect for base ball in ■
Germany than in Kngland. Ireland j
ind France. According to Johnstone,
the boys across the Rhine have taken |
up the American game. They saw it '
in plenty a few years ago.
The release of IMteher Arthur De
catur to the Portland Club of the
Pacific Coast League is said to fore
tell the coming to the Brooklyn
Dodgers of First Baseman Jim Poole,
the “Babe Ruth’ of tlx- coast, and a
Second Baseman Emmett McCann. It
is understood that John Hollings
worth, a pitcher. w r i!l be sent to Port
land in the deal.
Humors that George Burns, Veteran
| outfielder of the Cincinnati Reds, will
be made manager of the Kan Fran
cisco Pacific (’oast League Base Ball
Team in the event Bert Ellison, pres- j
ent 'skipper, goes to the National j
League, have been prevalent for some i
time. Officials of the San Francisco
club have declined to comment.
Manager George Sislrr of the St.
Louis Browns says he will try to
add another pitcher and a right-hand
hitting outfielder to his team before
the 1J;; season. He wants Mostil of
the Chicago White Kox or Meusel of
the New Vork Giant*. He would not
name the pitcher wanted. Since tak
ing over the management of the
Browns, Kislcr has figured in four
trades, involving 21 players, four
teen of them St. Louis Americans.
■ I NEW YORK, January s.—So Toin
-1 my Gibbons will go to London to fight j
-Luis Firpo, will he? Bunk! Tommy j
' went to England to fight Jack Bloom- j
j field and did not make a whole lot more
; money than he made at Shelby when
i he met Jack DempSey.
In fact, he did not make as much
I in England as he did in Montana, for
| the rrason that he received his train- j
ins' expenses and took in a fair hunch
of money for admission to his train- j
ing camp at Shelby.
The English trip, in short, was such j
a bust that the only way you could
get Eddie Kane and his meal ticket, j
Gibbons, to fight in England again |
would be to hypnotize the two of •
Yet Gibbons says he is willing. Put 1
that down to advertising. It's a poor \
fighter who w on’t rise to a chance to ]
get his name in th<; public prints, es- j
pecially when he has no bout on and '
is out of the limelight.
Turkeys will be growing dorsal
fins when Gibbons goes to England
to do battle.
Jack Renault might he lured over
to the other side. He is more modest
in his demands than Gibbons and.
since he is a Canadian, he might
I prove to be a drawing card. Incl- J
j dentally, so far as Firpo is conceriled, j
| it might he recalled that the writer j
| called the turn on his European trip'
: the day he started. His scheme is to
i build up lost prestige.
HOLLYWOOD Fla., January 5.
Gene Sarazen again lowered the rec
ord for the 18-hole course here yes
terday, when he sank a long put* on
the last hole for a 67. He paired with
Leo Diegel, Canadian open champion,
in a match with Tommy Armour and
Bill Mehlhorn. Sarazen and Diegel
won 1 up.
:nce perry.
ind Princeton are indulging in a polite
e two universities participated in the
I record that Princeton and Rutgers
in the Fall of 1869, 55 years ago. Until
stand unchallenged.
I the first organized foot ball in the
! Middle West, having gone in for the
I game and produced a team in 1878.
CLEVELAND. Ohio, January 5.
Stewards of the grand circuit met
here today in annual conference,
; WT/Tcn, ono of them declared, prom
ises to be the most important since
I the organization was formed In 187-3.
Several important changes in rules
to improve harness horse racing were
before the rules committee. These
provide for the inauguration of claim
ing and dash races, registration with
the stewards of trotters and pacers
raced in the circuit and for reduc
tion of entrance fees.
The schedule committee, arranging
dates for 1925, was faced with filling ]
two weeks held by Windsor, Ontario, j
last year. Indications were that the !
circuit would be composed of North
1 Randall, Toledo, Columbus, Kalama
zoo, Hartford, Syracuse, Readville,
Lexington and Aurora, 111., the latter
a new member.
Tom Newman, the billiard champion
1 of England, recently established a i
new world record for English billiard j
runs when he made 1,370. His feat j
eclipsed anything ever before ac- j
’ complished in the history of the game. |
! PHILADELPHIA, January 5. i
i Harry Edwards, former boxing pro- j
. moter in this city, died in a hospital ;
at Vineland, N. J.. today after a j
1 lingering Illness. He was 56 years |
l old.
PARIS. January 5. —John McGraw,
Charles Corniskey and Hughey Jen
nings have been awarded silver
medals by the French Base Ball
Federation, while each member <>f the
New York Giants and Chicago White
Sox who visited Paris last Novem
ber is to receive a bronze medal as
a souvenir of the trip.
The diploma accompanying this
tribute to the American ball players,
which will be taken to New York by
"Sparrow” Robertson, the federation's
special courier, sailing on the Savoie
January 10. contains an allegorical
reference to the big leaguers “sowing
seed from which the great game of
base ball is expected to spring in
Europe.” Robertson also bears a
letter from the federation’s president,
Frantz Reichel, extending an invita
tion for McGraw and Corniskey to
visit France again this autumn, when
I the federation undertakes to make
j all the preliminary arrangements to
J insure the success of the games.
BARCELONA. January s.—The race
! for the Grand Prix will in 1926 take
! place in Spain and the Real Automo
bile Club is confronted with the task
of finding a course suitable for a con
test of such importance, in which
enormous speeds may be expected.
Spanish motorists are aware of the
defieienees of their highways, but
they may be relied upon to see that
the course on which the race is to
be run is brought up to modern re
In the first place, it has been de
cided to construct near Madrid a
new speedway, which will be the
largest In the world* A company has
been formed In Madrid with a capital
of four millions of pesetas, and the
ground necessary has been purchased
jat Oantillejas, not far from the
| Madrid-Alicante Road.
The directors of this new company
are making arrangements whereby a
part of the race for the Grand Prix
of 1926 shall be run on the new way;
to this effect the adjacent roads which
are considered suitable for the con
test will he joined up with the auto
dome. thus forming a circuit which
will be similar to that at Monza.
Horse racing and other sports will
also lie possible on the new speed
way, owing to its immense size. It
is expected to lie finished within a
Strides made by tennis in France
are shown by the last report of the
Tennis Federation, which gives its
membership as 18,537 players, as
against only 4,416 in 1912. On Sep
tember last there were 1,097 tennis
courts in use in the country, as com
pared with 362 12 years ago.
The number of held
! under the auspices of* the federation
; has more than doubled, totaling 114
this year, as against 53 In 1912.
Young players are being develop' d
with great rapidity and tfi » officials
expect that in a couple of year- sev
eral youngsters will be available to
replace the trio composed of Jean
Borotm, Henri Cochet and Rene
Lacoste', uho have borne the burden
i of Davis Cup competition.
PHOENIX. Ariz., January s.—Ex- [
! ponents of driver and putter yester- |
! day retaliated against the local j
j archers, who two weeks ago de- I
j seated them, 3 to 2, in a foursome in
which the bow and arrow were pitted
i against the clubs. The lovers of the
Scotch game today defeated their op
ponents, 2 up.
The archers fired their arrows at
four-inch discs placed on the greens,
while the golfers played their regu
lar game.
I Pennsylvania has taken its place
! among the big game countries of the
Nation with an annual kill of nearly
7,000 buck deer, 700 bear, 23 elk, 5,000
wild turkeys, 32,000 woodcock, 50,000
quail. 750,000 grouse, 1.100,000 squirrels
and 3,250,000 rabbits.

At a dinner given in honor oft Harold
("Red”) Grange, sensational halfback
of the Illinois foot ball team, promi
nent citizens of Wheaton, 111., pre
sented him a pair of ice tongs. The
present was symbolic of "Red’s” va
cation-time occupation.
I Two hundred cyclists have formed a
I union in the Duchy of Luxembourg.
| The riders are amateurs and repre
j sent one of the largest and strongest
organizations of Us kind in all Eu
Greb Wedding Delayed.
CHICAGO, January s.—The wed
ding of Harry Greb, world middle
weight pugilistic champion, and Miss
Louise Walton of Boston, actress,
was postponed indefinitely last night
when Father Malloy of St. Thomas
of Canterbury Church declined to of
ficiate because neither had obtained
permission of diocesan authorities to
Inside Golf
By Chester Horton— .
Thoughtlessness In golf Is the next !
thing to enrelessness. though the cost I
of this is reekoned In somevrhat dlf- j
ferent terms and ;
fMYCYF SFfO »•«■*«'<*• Always
* c 52 lin the golf shot.
UNDAUVnON) whatever it is, the
pyp m „st first give
r Ifcai mind. The mind
L (lien Instruets the
Ar'jps muscles. Omitting |
y*s this process of lit
er PJ Hf ruction Is
rai thoughtlessness .
rptF That is why it Is
f t JBj A so necessary to
j J /tj j measure the line
/ j jyj / of flight with the
G _ eye preliminary
ZfQ*' H . Ito the shot. It is
A why the line for
r the pntt must be
studied. If there
, In the ground the eye must see it and
the mind most record what Is to be
done about It. If the lie on the fnir
green is bad the eye must take the
j circumstances into account, and the
brain, through the eye, is thus en
abled to inform the muscles what is
to he done. No golfer ean hope to
progress with the game who does not
do these things. AVe see, therefore,
j that the golf shot need not depend on
I lock. Malta (J rest on certainty.
(Oopy right, 1920.)
Landis’ Enemies Ready to Wield Hatchet When His t
Contract Expires—-Moguls of Majors Want
Old Commission Government.
NEW YORK, January s.—When Judge Landis’ contract as high com
missioner of base ball expires three years from now, it will not
| be renewed.
The writer makes this statement on the authority of one of the men
who voted to give the judge the absolute sway he has and who still is
one of the big men of base ball. It is his opinion that the government of
the game will return to the three-man commission form xtfiich existed (
before Judge Landis was appointed.
Dissatisfaction with the present system is due, it is said, in that it
places too much power in the hands of one man.
“The government of base ball will
return to a commission in which the
major league presidents will be in
terested and for which a third party
will be chosen,” said the writer’s in
formant. “it will not be a commis
sion which is a dummy organization
because its chairman has absolute
Prinriple Is Mad.
“The principal of absolute authority
in base ball is bad. No one man
should be In position to do as much
wrong as he might, no matter how
much right he could do in his term
of office. No sport or game should
be dominated by one man. There
is no reason why a commission of
three cannot do as well as a chairman
of one.
“The National League complained
when the old national commission
was in existence that it was domi
nated and ruled by Ban Johnson, de
spite the fact that the National
League had two represesntatives on
the board. The American League and
the minor leagues have been com
plaining for three years that Judge
Landis is a National League man.
Now where is the difference in the
method of administration except that
one time it is the National League
that is offended and the other time
it is the American League? The
vial blunder of the present system
is that it places within the hands of
an individual that which concerns
millions, both of individuals and
money, and it is too great an under
taking for one man to handle.”
“Could the major leagues act in
dependently and conduct their busi
ness without reference to each
other?” the writer asked.
Fabric 1* Artificial.
i “Impossible. The whole fabric of
base ball is artificial, bait it is built
so interdependent that quarrels and
reprisal would follow if any chances
were taken that base ball owners
would get along without a court of
revision and procedure. The whole
system of base ball is based on get
Fifty Years of Base Ball
One of a Series of Articles by John B. Foster Com
memorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the
Rational League , to Be Celebrated
ISext Season.
THOUGH Rusic did not survive as long as other stars of the National
League's 50 years of history, there is no doubt that his physical
skill and ability entitle him to be considered as one of the five great
i pitchers of the organization.
Rusie came from Indianapolis, where
| he picked up his base ball on the lots.
All that has been told at various times
as to how he threw the ball for a
team that played back and forth be
tween Indianapolis and smaller towns,
as was the custom in those days, is
By and by attention was called to
his ability because of some frames in
I which he exhibited unusual skill, and
I then the Indianapolis club, at that time
a member of the National League, in
stituted a little investigation, finally
taking Rusie on. He reported at the
ball park and pitched to the club
members, taking advantage of what
he could learn about, base ball by
listening to the conversation of others.
There came a time when it was
considered that Rusie was ready for
an introduction to the National
League. He was taken with the In
dianapolis club to Cleveland and the
next day he was put in the box to
pitch his first game and make him
self famous. The writer saw that
game, as he saw the first game that
Young pitched, and the first game
that Mathewson pitched
Rusie had magnificent speed and
lie had the Cleveland players puzzled.
But by and by the situation became
taut and the game had to be well
pitched for Indianapolis to hold its
own. Rusie began to grow wild, a
habit which it took him a long time
to overcome. The harder that he
worked the farther his curve bent
and it was evident, even then, that
he was a great pictlier in the rough.
He started so many runs over the
rubber that the Clevelands could not j
help but win and at lust he was taken
out of the box.
That night he was sent back to
Indianapolis on the first train that
left Cleveland. Frank Bancroft,
manager of the Indianapolis club,
was deeply chagrined as he had
boasted that he had a young ball
player with him who would set the
world on fire.
Later Pat Tebeau. manager of the
Cleveland club, insisted that Bancroft
made a bigger mistake than Rusie.
"Banny had a diamond in the rough,"
said Pat. "We knew it when we
tried to hit him. Banny, being a
bench manager, didn’t know it.”
There came a time when Rusie
had his day and when he rode as
the king of pitchers from one end
of the circuit to the other. He never
was as continuously successful as
some pitchers because of his own
shortcomings. When at his best he
had a curve ball that no pitcher has
duplicated since his time and none
ever before him. He is the only
right hand pitcher who has been
known to curve the ball with the
fastest ball that he could throw.
Almost all pitchers are afraid to use
speed with their curve ball because
of inability to control it, but Rusie
would hook the ball with the greatest
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ting young men under control and
the issues in base ball that demand
the most attention and that bring
about the most confusion are those
which are created by the desire of the
base ball owners to get possession
of the physical activities of these
young men.
“If all our Americans were created
equally good bail players, there would
be no necessity for anything of this
kind. They are not, and the owner
ofthe big league club gambles in this
human lottery day after day trying to
win the prize that shall give him such
a player, for instance, as Sisler. There
he stands, now. And there stands the
man who indirectly and unknow
ingly is responsible for all this flar«
in base ball. It was he who started
the agitation against Herrmann,
chairman of the national commission,
prior to the appointment of I.andis.
Sisler was claimed as a player by
Pittsburgh. In the final award, lie
was sent to St. Bouis Americans.
"I believe that the national chair
man was right, but Barney Dreyfuss
thought he was wrong. He contin
ued to fight Herrmann until be had
the satisfaction of seeing him
forced out of the position of ehalr
rhan of the national commission, and .
it was Barney Dreyfuss who thought
he had something to say about things
in base ball that are not as they
should be, who was curtly criticized
by Bandis in Washington during the
world series.
l.andiK Hat. Enemies.
“What did Dreyfuss gain? Sisler
has become a manager. Sisler's
present employer absolutely refused
to sign the agreement which deposed
and humiliated Johnson. Now does
Dreyfus love Bandis and does Ball,
Sisler's employer, love Bandis. Queer
isn't it?"
"What good come out of all of it?’’
the writer asked.
"Oddly enough, the best of good
The more these owners—my partner,
in a way—fight and scrap, the harder
they try to get winning teams.”
(Copyright, 1923.) ,
speed that he could command and
when he was at his best there never
was a pitcher in the National League
who could throw a faster ball and
perhaps not more than two beside
him who had as much speed.
fNext—"('j" I.oung.)
PITTSBfRGH. Pa., January 5.
Cumberland, Md., and Akron, Ohio,
were granted franchises in the Cen
tral League at a meeting of the cir
cuit here. Five other cities, Youngs
town, Ohio; Wheeling, \Y. Va.; Rrie,
Altoona and Johnstown, Pa., had pre- !
viously been given franchises.
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