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Maurice Flvnn beat-Jeff O'Connell.
Mike Shreck lost to Prank Wig- gain. Frank Mantell won over Billy Weeks. Tommy Doherty and Billy Hughes draw. Knockout Brennan beat Tommy Ferguson. : Reports from Pittsburgh are to the effect that either Bobby Byrne or Bobby Wallace will manage the Smoketown Feds during the com ing season. They are said to have applied for the position, and both are being considered There is . sufficient dope to itiake the report sound like more than a mere winter league rumor. Wallace is through as an active participant in the game. He has served long and efficiently in the major leagues-, but his speed is play ed out, and Branch Rickey has al ready secured a youngster for the shortfield position on the repuvenat ed St. Louis Browns. Wallace Was manager of the Browns for a short time. He did not catapult the team forward in the race, but his material was poor. His experience would be a valuable as set to the Feds. Byrne is a youngor.niah.buthe Has. been in the game for several years, as a member of the Cardinals and Pirates. Pittsburgh traded him to Philadelphia last season, and it is significant that Red Doom. used, him very little, and is trying to line up ah understudy for Hans Lobert as guar dian of the Philly third sack. Thia would indicate that Byrrie IS dissatis fied, and Dooin knows it. Ban Johnson, representing the American League, &rid Barney Drey fuss, acting for the National, met in French Lick today to draw up a pjkjr? ing schedule for 1914. It will prob ably be announced Sunday. When a ballplayer fails to do the proper thing, he is immediately a "bone head!" The most prominent "bone head" is Fred Merkle, and Merkle is the victim- of circumstance, in failing to do the proper thing upon two occa sions, when his failure spelled disas ter. The first was his. failure to run to second on Bridwell's hit, which cost the Giants a pennant in 1908 but Merkle Has" testified, that in the dra matic moment when Johnny Evers was rushing across the P61Q grounds' diamond Umpire Emslie assured both he and Mathewson that the, game was the Giants'. The second "occasion was when Merkle failed to go after k high foul in the 1912 Series wltii Boston. But they eall-Merkle, "bone head" now because of his play Ifl the fifth game or the 1913 series, when he really flayed gobd 'baseball. The players who say Merkle played cor rectly insist Eddie Murphy of the Athletics "piffled "the ' bone" when he ran home, but escaped censure be cause he succeeded. One of the .most famous "bones" in baseball was John Anderson's at tempt to steal third with that base occupied. , The Baseball Magazine tells of a "bone" play made by hBud" Sharpe, once first baseman of the Boston Braves. Boston and Cincinnati were playing and Gaspar v held Boston helpless. L"ate in the game Gaspar doubled and Bob Bescher hit the ball along the flrst-baSe'line. Sharpe; seeing he could hot eet the fleet Bescher, flelSed the ball across to Herzog, then, playing third for Boston. Herzog was-nbf expect ing the play; noone expected It, but Herzog handled the ball cleanly and retired Gaspar. Suppose Herzog had failed to get that ball? Suppose Sharpe had not made, a perfect throw? He'd have been' a "bone 'head" as long as he lived. As it was he received credit for a brainy play. Harry Niles was famous for his "bone plays" and they sent bjmiroa