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Historic Orioles May Change Ownership: Uzcudun and Von Porat Fight Tonight
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Worked Lost Ball Ruse in Tall Grass, Altered
Pitcher's Box to Handicap Enemy and
Sidelines to Keep Bunts Fair.
GEORGE WEISS, owner of the New Haven club in the Eastern
League, is said to be forming a stock company to buy the
Baltimore club from the estate of Jack Dunn. If Weiss puts
this deal over, he will come into possession of one of the
most historic franchises in base ball.
Just stop for a moment and consider what Baltimore has given
to the game. It was there that the famous old Orioles first perfected
what is known as “inside base ball,” something which has more or
less vanished with the advent of the rabbit sphere. The art of sci
entific batting, fielding and base running never has been carried to
a higher peak than by those originators of strategy and tricks.
Some of the devices used by those old Orioles would not be fa
vored today. Base ball has grown stricter in its ideas of what con
stitutes sharp practice. It is, for example, no longer considered good
form to permit the grass in the outfield to grow long enough to hide
an extra base ball, which could be thrown in when a critical moment
Even in the ancient days this
bit of strategy once went wrong,
when one fielder threw in the
planted ball and another returned
the ball which had been hit.
With the old Orioles the ground
keeper played an important part, be
cause the board of strategy met every
evening, and the diamond then was
changed to meet expected conditions.
If it was decided that the opposition
was likely to use a tall pitcher, a hol ft
was dug where the pitcher's mound
should have been. This cut the oppos
ing hurler down to size and the Orioles
pitched a short man, so that batters on
the other team found the ball coming
up at them out of a cellar. This was a
bit confusing.
On the Other Hand
If, on the other hand, the opposing
team had a short pitcher, ready for the
fray, the box was built like Pikes Peak
and a tall hurler selected to work for
Baltimore. He practically threw straight
down at opposing batters, which also
was annoying.
These Orioles also were the first to
develop the bunt in all its phases, and.
to assist them in this, the base lines
were fashioned on a gentle slope, so
that a bunt would not roll foul. Mc-
Oraw to this day can bunt far better
than any player on this team.
There have been only a few teams in
base ball which have come and gone
but left the names of the players bright
through the rust pf years. On that
Oriole team, led by Ned Hanlon, were
McQraw. Robinson, Keeler, Jennings,
Kelley. Brodie, Doyle, Reitz. McGinnity
and others, whose names still are house
hold words in base ball families.
Not all of these players were brilliant,
Base Ball for 1930.
LAST season base ball bumped against two tough breaks. It ran
into a cold, rainy Spring just when general interest was keener,
and later on the two big leagues turned into a pair of runaway
pennant races which muzzled most of the interest by the Ist
of September. _ .
In spite of .these two handicaps both big leagues had good years,
with attendance figures that were not far away from the top of all
This was enough to prove that general interest in the game is
not waning in the slightest. Given a good break in Spring weather
and two fairly close pennant races, and the two leagues in 1930 might
easily set a nswt attendance mark. It is hardly probable that the
Athletics andXabs will open any such gaps next Summer and leave
both races flattened out, with over a month to go. Pennant-winning
teams usually sftldeoff a trifle, and there will be others to come along
with better stuff j. , , 4 . . _ .
Cubs, Athletics," Yankees and Giants
have nothing to jrorry about, as far as
public interest fc. concerned. Brooklyn
always stands up. Cleveland, Detroit
and the White Son section of South
Side Chicago are only waiting for im
proved teams to pack all three parks.
Bert Shotton is 'Stringing the Phillies
along at better speed. If Boston, one
of thfe best of all ball towns, can only
be given a chance to get somewhere
cut of the muck and mire, the outlook
will be brighter than it has ever been
at any time in base ball history.
Quite a Difference.
JUST a few years back—not so many
—each big league carried about 10
.300. hitters. In 1929 the two big
leagues averaged about 50 .300 hitters,
including those who played in 30 or
more games. >
The .300 crop has Jumped about 500
per cent in the last 15 years, whlfh is
quite a leap.
Fifteen years ago any ball club with
a team batting average around .275 usu
ally led the league. In 1930 the lowest
team, Boston, in the way of a batting
average, finished at .280. while several
finished above .300. The offense is be
ginning to crowd .the defense side too
far back in the picture. There must
be at least a fair balance..
What H. Smith Has.
A CAMP follower of golf wants to
know just what Horton Smith has
in the way of golf that carries him
so far against so many seasoned com
petitors. The argument is advanced
that any golfer of 21 who can win 11
big open tournaments in a year must
have something worth closer inspection.
Smith has two strong foundations to
stand on. One it a fine golf swing—a
sounder golf swing than most of the
lsading pros have —and also an ideal
temperament for tournament play. He
has less tension to fight and he has an
easier swing to meet the strain of a
72-hole parade.
The young Joplin star has a long,
loose body, with a fine lateral hip shift
that has almost no body torsion around
the waist. Few golfers match his play
when it comes to the correct transfer
ence of weight—from left to right on
the back swing, from right to left on
the down swing. His play is based upon
the soundest fundamentals, and the
soundest fundamentals still mean more
than anything else in golf or any other
game. There are no lion hearts game
enough to force faulty swings through
a 72-hole test that averages under even
4s. A fine golf swing is like oil to the
golfing system. As a result he can play
indefinitely without tiring or getting
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lustrous, glossy, silky and soft, and has never been known to fail.
but all of them loved the game and col
lectively they furnished a mixture of
brains and brawn never surpassed. Mc-
Graw will tell you a story to this day of
how the Orioles once lost an important
game, with the bases loaded and none
out. by having three runners caught ofT
base. Not a ball was delivered to the
plate by the pitcher and a triple play
resulted. There was one for the book.
Robbie Was Pacifist?
Wilbert Robinson was the peacemaker
for that team. Whenever McGraw and
Jennings, breathing flame, came dash
ing in, Robbv would beg the umpire to
pay no attention to them, assure him
that he was umpiring a great game,
and. if possible, tread on his feet in the
But Baltimore's fame didn’t stop with
the old Orioles. Jack Dunn took the
club and made it one of the greatest in
the game for the development of young
sters into major league stars.
George Herman Ruth was strictly a
Baltimore product. The Babe was even
born in Baltimore and appears to have
added some luster to the base ball fame
of the town since he left. Ruth will
be in there losing base balls for several
more seasons. Don’t worry about any
controversy between the Babe and Col.
Ruppert. They understand each other.
Baltimore was represented on the
champion Athletics this season by two
important members of the team. Connie
Mack got Bob Groves and Joe Boley
from the Orioles. Dunn was a great
developer of ball players. He sent Jack
Bentley and many another to the big
Whoever buys the Baltimore Club is
also buying history.
(Copyrlsht, 1930. by North American News
paper Alliance.)
There la no trick about Horton
Smith’s swing, or any other good golf
swing. A good golf swing is founded
on certain sound fundamentals, in
which balance plays a leading role and
in which 95 per cent of all golfers are
far astray.
The greatest fault most golfers have—
at least one of the greatest—is pivoting
with a lot of weight still left on the left
fiot, which means merely a body
wrench, not a transference of weight.
“Did It ever occur to you,” asks G. H.,
“that a smart, unscrupulous fighter can
make the other man foul by stepping in
quickly on an uppercut to the body.qj
by starting in half crouched and then
suddenly straightening up?” Probably
the best correction, after all, la the
LAUREL, Md„ January 10. Two
: Tri-County Basket Ball Leage games
that promise to produce fine battling
are listed for the National Guard
' Armory floor here tonight.
Laurel Independents and Jessup A.
' C. are to clash at 7:45 o’clock, while
Headquarters Company, National
Guard, and Berwyn A. C. are to face
in the nightcap.
NEW YORK, January 10. Marty
Oallagher, Washington heavyweight
’ boxer, will face Johnny Grosso for the
' third time in the 10-round semi-final
> of the program at Madison Square
; Garden tonight. It will be the chief
1 supplementary attraction to the Von
1 Porat-Paulino heavyweight bout.
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• January 10 (/P). Charles “Chuck”
i Smalllng, star fullback of last year’s
i Stanford foot ball team, has accepted
i the position of assistant grid coach
! at the University of Mississippi.
He will take up his duties either this
' Spring or at the start of next season,
s he announced.
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Special Cable Dispatch to The Star.
PARIS, January 10 (C.P.A.)—Andre
Routls, former world featherweight
champion, is undergoing an operation
on his eyes at Bordeaux, it was learned
today. His sight may be saved, but his
boxing career is ended. t
(Copyright. 1930. by the New York Sun
Foreign Service.)
NEW YORK, January 10 (A*).—Na
tional open tennis championships, as
proposed by the United States Lawn
Tennis Association, are favored by a
substantial majority of the top-rank
ing amateur players of the country.
The results of an official question
naire, made public in the magazine
Tennis, showed 36 out of 42 replies in
favor of establishing a new title tour
nament, open to amateurs and profes
sionals alike. All 36 expressed willing
ness to compete. Five replies were
noncommittal and only one negative.
The list of those Indorsing the open
championship plan includes George
Lott and Wilmer Allison, members of
the 1929 Davis Cup team; Berkeley
Bell, intercollegiate champion, arid
Richard N. Williams, former natidnal
champion and former Davis Cup cap
Williams not only expressed the be
lief it “would be a very definite step
forward,” but said he could be counted
upon as a competitor.
The replies indicated a sharp divi
sion of opinion as to whether an open
tournament should be held before or
after the national amateur turf court
championships, ordinarily played the
second week in September.
NEW YORK, January 10 (A’).—Del
Bissonette, clouting first baseman of the
Brooklyn Dodgers. Ls recovering in St.
Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, from a mas
told operation performed there New
Year day.
It was the second operation Bissonette
had undergone since the close of the
1929 season. He was operated upon re
cently for sinus trouble, which badly
handicapped his batting last season. He
will not be able to go South with the
club next month and may not be in
shape to start the season.
If Bissonette is out of the lineup when
the pennant race gets under way, Har
vey Hendrick probably will be used at
first base.
RUTH, FIRM ON $85,000,
NEW YORK, January 10.—’’There’s
the trunk. It’s all packed. Bay, I have
some nifty golf suits and ties in that
trunk and I’m going to give the folks
in Florida a real treat. And there’s the
golf bag over there."
It was the Hon. George Herman Ruth
“Well, how about your contract for
next year?" ,
“Haven’t seen or talked with Col.
Ruppert since the other day. I’M leav
ing for Miami on Satttfday night at 10
o’clock. I have no engagement with
him before I leave. I haven’t weakened
on my three-year contract for (85,000
a year either.”
The colonel had nothing to say about
the Babe and his contract yesterday.
CHICAGO, January 10 (4 s ).—Loyola
University will try for its twenty-ninth
consecutive basket ball victory tonight
against South Dakota State College,
1929 champions of the North Central
The South Dakota State five re
ceived a 38-to-19 beating from De Paul
last night, but used its regulars only
a few minutes, saving them for the test
with the Loyola sharpshooters.
The manager of the Peerless A. C.
basket ball team ls asked to call Lieut.
Julian B. Anderson of the Laurel Na
tional Guard quint tonight at 7:45
o'clock at Laurel 201.
« ■
Lichtman Carlisle basketers opened
their season with a 47-33 win over Buf
falo A. C. last night in Pythian Hall.
Fights Last Night
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK.—Larry Biello, New
York, outpointed Jack Murphy, Califor
nia (10).
NEW HAVEN.—Bat Battalino, New
Haven, knocked out Phil Verde, Roch
ester (3).
PHILADELPHIA—Mickey Diamond,
outpointed Speedy Culberson, Okla
homa (8).
MlAMl—Eddie Speaks. Louisville,
outpointed Harry Forbes, Chicago (10).
LAKE WORTH. Fla.—Joe Estrada,
Mexico, and Ray Mitchell, Philadelphia,
drew (10).
HOT SPRINGS. Ark.—Johnny Ma
son. Cincinnati, knocked out Jack Mat
lock, Dallas, Tex. (4).
GRAND RAPIDS. Mich —Len Darcey,
Grand Rapids, outpointed Murray Git
lit*, New York.
VANCOUVER. B. C.—BUly Townsend.
Vsncouver, Canadian lightweight cham
pion, and Ritchie King, Seattle, drew
(10). (Title not at stake).
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is all washed up as a fighter of
titular quality when he stacks up
against Otto von Porat in a 10-round
contest here tonight.
Soundly trounced by Max Schmeling
and outpointed by Tuffy Griffiths,
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listic suicide. Otto still is smarting
from the loss he sustained at the hands
of Phil Scott via the foul route, the
first time Otto has ever lost that way,
and now that Scott has been nominated
for the lucrative Florida engagement
with Sharkey, Von Porat believes he has
been shunted aside for a year and
means to take it out on Paulino.
Made Sharp Finish.
Von Porat lost to Paulino last year.
The latter climbed into an early lead by
scoring a knockdown before Otto knew
what it was all about, and the Basque
pounded his man all over the ring be
fore the latter adjusted his bearings
and set sail after the wild-swinging
Paulino. Von Porat brought the fans
to their feet in the last round of the
contest as he stunned Paulino with a
hefty drive to the jaw.
The writer agreed with many at the
ringside that Von Porat would have
won if the fight had been for 15 rounds.
Von Porat demonstrated two things in
that contest. Despite his long, angular
chin he can take a wallop and still come
back with a dangerous punch of his
Paulino's weaving, bobbing style is
expected to annoy Von Porat. The
rangy fellow making Chicago his home
is best against the stand-up fighter.
Otto has beeh working out with men
who adopt a style similar to the Basque
and on the form shown in his work
outs Pauli&o will not puzzle him much.
Ap Added Incentive.
There is another thing the men will
be fighting for. It ls generally agreed
that the Sharkey-Scott contest is not
strong enough in Itself to attract the
fans in sufficient numbers. For this rea
son a strong supporting card will have to
be whipped together, and, according to
statements at Madison Square Garden,
the winner of the Von Porat-Paulino
contest may be put in the semi-final.
Tuffy Griffiths ls out. There ls no
chance that the Sioux City lad will ac
cept a minor role to any heavyweight
in the game.
To attract the Spanish and Cuban
element Vittorio Campollo may be
pressed into service, and should Paulino
be returned the victor over Von Porat■
Young Stribling may be asked to facei
the Basque.
NEW YORK, January 10 (AP).—'With,
nothing at stake but their fistic reputa
tions, Otto von Porat, heavy-punching'.
Norwegian from Chicago, and Paulino
Uzcudun, Basque woodchopper, say it
with gloves In MadLson Square Garden
tonight. The bout is for 10 rounds.
Phil Scott, the London fireman, has
clinched the right to meet Jack Sharkey
at Miami February 27, so Paulino and
Von Porat will have to think of some
thing else about which to get mad. Von
Porat perhaps will remember a previous
meeting with the Basque, who punched
out a decision largely because of the
Norwegian slugger’s own timidity. As
for Paulino, he can get himself worked
up over reports that he is going back,
headed for the fistic scrap-heap that
gets them all in the end.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., January 10 (/P).
—Harvard's foot ball schedule for 1931
has been completed.
The list:
October 3, Bates; 10, New Hampshire;
17, Army, West Point; 24, University of
Texas; 31, University of Virginia; No
vember 7, Dartmouth; 14, Holy Cross;
21. Yale.
Next Fall Harvard will play Vermont,
Springfield, Army, Dartmouth, William
and Mary, Michigan, Holy Cross and
Yale at New Haven.
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CHICAGO, January 10 (JP). —The
Chicago Stadium will present its open
ing boxing program of the Hew Tear
tonight with a world champion and a
title contender on the bill.
Jackie Fields, world welterweight title
holder, will meet Jimmy Owens, Okla
homa City puncher, In a special 10-
round encounter, but Interest has cen
tered on the 10-rounder between King
Tut, mauling Milwaukee lightweight,
and Bruce Flowers, New Rochelle Negro.
Tut has slugged his way to a leading
position among contenders for a bout
with Lightweight Champion Sammy
Mandell and was favored to beat the
Negro veteran.
Billy Wallace of Cleveland, Tut’s most
recent victim, will meet Danny Delmnnt,
a promising Chicago lightweight, in the
third 10-round bout. Wallace was stop
ped by Tut New Year day.
Fields and Owens will enter the ring
over the weight and the title will not
be involved.

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