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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 26, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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Coach Yost, disgusted with Mich
igan football team, has shifted the
line-up, putting Capt Cochran on the
sidelines. It is possible the big line
man will not be seen in action again
this year, except as a substitute.
The separation suit Heinie Zim
merman's wife filed against him in
New York has been dismissed, Mrs.
Zimmerman failing to show up at the
trial Zim's suit for absolute divorce
will be allowed to proceed.
Al Mamaux, the youngster who
starred with the Pittsburgh Pirates
this year, is the only player in the
- .game for whom a ball park was es
pecially built
As an amateur pitcher, Mamaux
was so ordinary he was fired from
every team with which he played
around his home town, a suburb of
Pittsburgh. But his father claimed
the bpy had the "stuff" arid he was
bound to bring it out.
The elder Mamaux took things into
his own hands. He bought a fran
chise in an amateur league, secured
a piece of ground, had a field laid out,
built a grandstand, organized a team
and bought the players nice new uni
forms. He was going to see that
there was one team from which Al
absolutely could not be canned.
But the elder Mamaux could not
devote all his time to the proposition
so he named a manager to take
charge. One of the first things the
manager did was to can young Ma
maux. The elder Mamaux finally induced
Fred Clarke, Pittsburgh manager, to
take the kid on a southern trip.
Clarke took him, placed him in the
minors, recalled him to Pittsburgh
and saw him develop into one of tie
greatest young pitchers that ever en
tered the major leagues.
Thirty-five years of age and the
world's champion for the fifteenth
consecutive year.
That's the record of Frank Kramer
of East Orange, N. J., as the bicycle
racing season comes to a close. Not
many persons are tossing their hats ,!
into the air, over the.bike racesvthese
days, but Kramer is a marvel among
athletes and his record is a lesson of
what can be accomplished through
will power and adherence to simple
health rules.
Men who hold or win champion
ships at 35 are few. Lamed couldn't
do it in tennis,.Travers couldn't do it
in golf, Jeffries, Corbett and others
failed to do it in the ring. Kramer
has been champion 15 years in a
game where the average rider can
stand the grind about five years.
When Kramer became a profes
sional he decided to make bike rac
ing his life work. He laid down cer
tain rules and has kept them.
He does not smoke.
He does not drink intoxicants.
He shuns the bright lights.
He goes to bed at 9 o'clock and gets
up at 6.
He eats only one real, big meal a
week.
Success in the United States and
Europe brought many temptations.
Kramer could have been feted, wined
and dined many times, but he went
to bed instead of to wine suppers.
Oncein a while he stays up late
enough to see a show and eat a great
big meaL That's his only dissipa
tion. As a boy he was sickly and his fa
ther bought him a bike to keep him
outdoors. After he had a wheel two
years he won the amateur champion
ship in 1898 and repeated the next
year. In 1901 he became a profes
sional He has seeri thousands of
riders come and go. He has won
thousands of races. He has earned
$125,000 and is under contract for
two more years to the Newark, N. J.,.
Velodrome at -$7,500 a year. He '
owns his home, an automobile and
stocks.
This season found him as good as
ever, if not better. Opponents say of
him: "In 15 or 20 years, when our
youngsters are trying to win bike
prizes, Kramer wDl.be there .taking ,
them away from them."
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