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mmmmim of pugilist . cactgori
l DDIE KBLLT, : -who- comes 1
from ; that section -of . New
-York -known as Harlem,- is
a pugilist. , He -says po, and!
so does Jimmy De Forest, his, manager.
.'That ought to- settle it. Eddie, also: is
f -something of a . cartoonist and as proof
. of this the tdrawiwrsv at the '. left are
presented- V Eddie did them , with his
pwn fair hands, the hands with whicS
' he bestows uppercuts, .. Jabs, swings,
"wallops and other favors on enterpris
r Ing young men who also think they are
scrappers. ' - '
To prove 'that he is not afraid of his
manager and De Forest knows- lome-?:ithlng-
-about .deliviering and dodging
ivallops-r-Eddie - began by, making . a
-caricature of . Jimmy. .Perhaps he . did
not. try .to make, a caricature. He may
have intended ,to, produce a likeness.
Well, anyway, he. got that out of his
system, and then he rambled around at
will, slipping In Scenes from pugilistic
. " life, scenes he ' had - witnessed or In
Which he' had participated. Being dl
' 'posed to1 honesty ' he naturally brought
" in the- men- he . has whipped- recently,
and" he-made at'sorf of cartoonical chal--'lenge
at " Shugrae and White. 'Tf h
' fails-to whip theia in the: ring ,h will
, taJve 'm on with pen, ink and paper.
r, JECellyj is better known , on the Pacific
coast, than he , is in- New Tork. ;,. He
! fought aound his native town for some
time and- made a good record, . but
1 somehow he never had" a-chance at the
better men; the men who would give
:lilm a chance to rise.' So he left New
Tork- and. went to California,- and be-
fore'long had made a good reputa-
. tion a .reputation . that ;had reached
back to New York. So when he decid
ed to. return to his home town he found
that he was no longer a stranger and
that he could" get good matches.
Kelly knows that he will not be able
to fight all. his life and so he is devel
oping his talent for drawing. Without
having had any lessons, he shows much
promise, 'and 1he hopes -that .when Fa
ther Time retires him from the-ring he
will be in, a position to draw- cartoons
for a. living.' .
rpHEREl is only One instance on rec-I
.-, . ord.of an umpire putting a man
out of a game who was asleep, . Vic
Willis was the victim. Vic was with
..the , Boston team, and the players on
the bench were warbling at. Emslie
every instant. Bob was listening hard,
. striving to identify the culprits and
keeping an eye toward the bench. I
Finally he whirled and called -out:
V "Willis dff the field. Get out of
there! . , x -,
The Boston players suddenly became
convulsed with mirth. Emslie rushed to
the bench to enforce his mandate, and
: there was. Willis, sound asleep and
snoring, with his head resting against 1
the; side of the bench.: . . .v. .' v
star, center of the University of
Chicago football, team, regarded as one
of the best baseball pitchers in . "the
Big Nine,', "will join, the Chicago club
of the National league in Jur p, accord
ing to a" story published in Chicago.
, . Des Jardien declined, it was said, to
sign a contract, as he did not want; ,to
endanger his amateur standing by
"signing to play - professional ' baseball.
;He agreed, however, to sign as soon' as
-" he rioeived bis- diploma in June. He
-. Photo y: American: Press Association.'
..; ?.!?-..-,. "-i.vpAut RAYMOND
, ta '.. right- Jianden, , possesses, a good
curve and his , height of "more tban'six
' feet gives him additional effectiveness.
J-"-'- Des Jafdien is Vne of the most Versa
."tile and -Trotninent college athletes;. In
't the -middle west. He is a wonder In
everv branch of collegiate sport. v- He
la the center on the Chicago basket
ball team, pitcher "for the baseball nine
and a point getting track man. . He
if. bids fair-to land twelve "us," a record
j equaled by no, other man. at Chicago. .
' - ies : Jardien has worRea bis way
through, college and feels he should re
pay as speedily as, possible some of the
- sjicrificea made In his behalf. It is per-
The Limitations of Jeremiah
T?ALL players may come and go, but
none will. ever, take the place of
... Bill Ddnayan's bird dog .Jeremiah. He
earned his. name because of bis. dismal
- liowis. Yet' the howling of Jerry (no
ons ever calls him Jeremiah) has its
uses. He takes much of the work off
: the shoulders of 'Donovan,' for if , a
tuember eff the home Club is, called out
' "at first Jerry barks a protest.
"' JL taoor decision at secon d or third he
N.'A::,.;',',' 'Hezente veii eu eiHTfRS gHlT f , ' , ., , ,;- -; - -- - y.y pwVjf. . I -yr.K) g JC I
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haps worth recording at ' this point that
Mrs. Des . Jardien's - attitude : toward
football has . been, that of a Spartan
mother, for many years ago an older
son died1 as a result of a kick in the
stomach while playing Rugby football
at Wells college, Missouri. Baseball or
a. coaching position appeals to Des Jar
dien - as his best earning opportunity
for several -years,- although he looks
forward to an ultimate business career.
. The athlete was born on Aug. 24,
1893,- in Coffeyville, Kan.,5- known to
baseball fans as the home of ' Walter
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-Jonnson, where nis latner conducted- a
mechanical shop. Des Jadien pere.was
born , in France and .Mrs. Des Jardien
in Germany. They Were married dur
ing the Franco-Prussian war of 1S70. .
When the father died the family
moved to Chicago. Two elder brothers
are physicians and two elder sisters
ate1 married. So, as the "baby of rthe
family, Paul lives with; his mother in
an ; apartment near the campus. He
attended the Doolittle grammar school,
from which, he graduated . when four
teen years old, and then entered Wen
dell Phillips high school in the fall of
1907. .,
satirizes with a, "somersault, but ' if a
Judgment at the plate fails to suit the
dog gives one despairing yelp and plays
dead. . So carefully has Jerry been
trained by his master ..that he. always
gives the home team . a bit the best
of it. - .v- s -
-. Only -in oiy respect has "Ihe teaching
of Donovan proved fruitless.- '. The dog
has never been able to grasp fully the
rule about an inileld fly. . "
XEany, Baseball Changes
Hin baseball season of 1915 promises
to establish a new Tecord : in the
transfer or release of players and the
selection of new managers for clubs in
both s organized . - and . independent
leagues. Although, the new year is
just gaining headway, more than twen
ty players of prominence have figured
in' moves upon the chessboard ot'the
national game. Among those players
to don managerial 'togas are:. Roger
Bresnahan of . the Chicago Nationals,
Bat Moran of the Philadelphia Na
tionals. Clarence ' Rowland of the Chi-i
cago Americans, Bill Donovan of the
New York Americans and Lee Magee
of the Brooklyn Federals.
Trades, or cash deals sent Eddie Col
lins from the Philadelphia1 Athletics, "to
the Chicago White Sox; , Nap Lajoie
from the Cleveland- i Americans to the
Athletics, Sherwood- - Magee ,from the
Philadelphia Nationals ; to the Boston
Braves, Hans Lpbert from the -Phillies
to the New York" Giants, Al Demaree,
Jack Adams and Milton Stock from the
Giant a to the Ptiillies, and Ivy Wingo
from the St. . Louis to the Cincinnati
Nationals. .The ultimate' destination
A D WOLGAST, who strove to 'regain
his title- from Freddie Welsh, sev
eral weeks agg, has earned more money J
in the ring than any lightweight- in the
history of the game. Adolph, who f ot
several years struggled along under the
appellation of the cheese champion (in
flicted upon, him by Battling Nelson),,
has poured a . mite over $300,000 into
his coffers since he adopted boxing as
a profession seven years ago. v
(Of this-vast sum Promoter Tom Mc
Garey chipped In ' over $90,000 in the
form of purses. -The other coast pro
moter. Jim. jCoftroth, contributed
somewhat over $80,000 in purses. "
The largest lump sum Wolgast ever
received for one battle was $47,000, for
his fight with Jose ' Rivers at VernonL
CaL, J uly 4, two years ago. Rivers was
knocked out in .thirteen rounds. -Wol
gast received $20,097 as his end of the
receipts and $27,000 for the moving
picture .rights. The receipts totaled
$47,000. ' - . . - - .
Rowing Benefits Boys
Q.TJY NICKAXiLS, the 5 Yale rowing
rowing for schoolboys, believing that It
will devplon ' them frnra undersized
weaklings to men of strength. This he
considers, is proved by the case of the
English- schoolboys who are benefited
by participation in the sport. "In
speaking of -the" subject he said 're
cently: .' " ' - ' -T
was from a physical standpoint an
excellent example of what rowing could
do for an undersized weakling. At
twelve years of age I weighed only sev
enty pounds. I . began rowing at. four
teen, when about eighty pounds In
weight, and steadily gained in weight
until at twenty t Weighed 170. I am
an example of thousands in England
of what regular rowing excreise will do
for an undersized boy. It also has the
advantage -of other sports in that a lot
of rowJrag exercise can be put through
la a vary short space of time, so that
of Wingo is in doubt, since he Is un
derstood to have - considered Federal
league off ers. - If - he . joins the inde
pendent organization - he is likely to
meet Plank and : Bender, formerly of
the-Athletics, and several other players-whj
have figtired prominently in
organized baseball. ' t . ' '
. Other famous diamond stars who
have -been 'released outright on who are
in Hpubt as to-the scene of their 1915
activities include . Jack Coombs of , the
Athletics, Kid Gieason- of the Chicago
Americans, Herman Schaefer of the
Washington - Americans, 'Walter John
son of the same cittb, Ray Caldwell of
the ' New" York , Americans, Rube -Mar-,
quard .of . the New .York Giants and
Charley Dooih of the Philadelphia .-Nai
tiortals,V 'The, end is not- yet in sight,
however,. forTif the American, National
arid Federal leagues all operate under
the twenty-one player plan daring the
major; portion of the season , further
shifts and reductions- may be expected.
Not far from 70Q players were funder
contract to clubs in these leagues last
season, whereas about 500 vill prob-.
ably find employment , with the same
organizations duringi 1915. ' ,
Wolgast has engaged In no fewer
than eleven ; fights . in .which the , re
ceipts, aggregated over $2o,0po'. Little
Ad has never suffered the ignominy of
a knockout and has ' been " floored but
twice in his "ring- career, once when he
won his title from Nelson and the oth
er time when, he lost the premier .hon
ors to Ritchie.. . ; i
Adolphus has the betting fever . in
thev most aggravated form. He never
fails to . . back himself heavily for a
fight, as he says this is the inspiration
he needs to battle in his best form. In
his championship ' battle,, with Nelson,
Wolgast backed : himself "to the! extent
of "$5,400, which he won, and he lost
$7,000 in wagers when he passed over
the- title to Ritchie.
And all this despite the - fact that
Wolgast's hands are . brittle. The di
minutive Michigander is the unluckiest
first rank fighter in the game, and he
has lost close to $100,000 through in
juries suffered just prior to big battles.
it t will not interfere in any way with
the studies.
"School rowing fai England Is, it is
generally agreed, a greater factor in
the physical development of youth than
any other exercise so far cultivated.
The chief schools' In, England which
make a specialty of this form of ath
letics are Eton, Rugby, Shrewsbury,
Redford, Beaumont, Westminster, Win
chester and others which . are situated
ne,ar suitable water for this purpose.
So far as statistics can be-relied upon.
no heart , or lung trouble or permanent
muscular strain can be directly at
trlbuted to this form of athletic sport,
and I may say that it has been gen
erally recognized, in England at least.
that sincer the exercise of rowing
makes use of and develops every mus
cle, in the body, it does more to culti
vate- the growth and to develop the
chest and generally benefit the grow
ijnit youth than any other."
gAM ROBIDEAU, one of the best
fighters Philadelphia has ever pro
duced, recently scored a . knockout
against Gilbert Gallant, the Boston
lightweight, and thereby added greatly
to his fame. He-is -now looking for
matches with the topnotchers. -and
Freddy Welsh, Charlie White and Joe
Shugrae can get action by engaging in
an argument with the Quaker City boy.
s. Knocking out Gallant is . not "all ' that
Robideau has done. He beat Shugrue
In fifteen rounds, he conceded several
pounds to Jimjtiy Duffy m three fights
and held his own or won each time,
and he gave Willie Beecher twelve
pounds and a beating.
Robideau is a real lightweight. Re
ports from Philadelphia say that he Is
at his best at 133 pounds and that he
hae done mieeh. of his fighting at 128
and 130. As he is twenty-two years
old he is, not likely to go above 133
when in condition for fighting. He
combines ring generalship, science and
a punch. He has had nearly 100 fights
in the last four years and has never
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had a. referee's decision against him.
Last year he had only four or five bat
tles because of an injury to his hand,
but that has been fixed and he says he
expects no further trouble with it.
As the young man has absolutely no
bad habits he ought to last for several
years, ana nis are am or wearing a
championship crown Is 1 not unreason
able. . , .
Ablest Backstop In
American League 1914
QAM AGNEW of the ST. Louis
Browns was the ablest.- pegging
backstop in the American league last
year. - though the ; official fielding rec
ords showed that Oscar Stanag of the
Tigers had the greatest number ox as
sists. ' Agnew and' Stanag each cut
down ; 129 men who tried' to steal, but
the Missourian took part only hi 113
contests to the Miohiganders 122 and
had a higher average , of , men . thrown
out per game.
. Eleven knights of the Mg mitt cut
down on the average one or more men
who tried ' to steal in every game in
which they "took part: Bassler . of
Cleveland,' who was in .only 25 games.
had an average of 1.16, Agnews was
1.14, Schang's 1.14, CNellTs 1.13, Swee
neys 1.10, Ntmamaker's 1.10k Efan's
1.09 " Stanaee's 1.06. L.air)"s 1.04. Cady"s
1.00 and Iiearys 1.00. Del Baker of the
Tigers brought up the rear with, a rec
ord -of ,.47. Chet Thomas of the Red
Sox wasn't much ahead of him. Four
backstops thwarted 100 or more steals.
Agnew and Stanage each claimed 129
viotlms. Ray Schalk ' stopped 115 and
Wallie Sohang frostrated 114 would
be base burglars. "
The number ot men each, 1 catcher
caught stealing wiH be found belowj
. ? . . ' . Caught
Players and clutos. Qfarmes. tog.
Bassler, Cleveland............... 5 29
Agnew, St. louis IIS , Its
Schang. Philadelphia.... 100 114
O'Neill, Cleveland.... .... 81 . 92
Sweeney, New xorx is eo
Nutiamtker, Boston-New York 72 . TO
Egan, Cleveland. S7 , . 82
Stanage, Detroit 122 129
Lapp; Philadelphia... 67 70
Cady,. Boston ......i....... B8 B8
Ieary, St. Louis .16 15
Henry, Washington. 91 . 87
Kuhn, Chi cago.... . 16 ' 15
Schalk, Chicago . ..184 , J24
Williams, Washington 44 S4
Carisoh, Cleveland.,. 88 1 2B
Mayer, Chicago... ..... S3 J5
Alnsmith, Washington Bl 86
Carrlgan, Boston.......... 78 ; 64
Crossin, St. Louis 41 ' -28
McKee, Detroit .... ... . 27. 15
Thomas' Boston.. 61 35
KskBr. Detroit 88 . . 18
The greatest number of men. w
thrown out trying to steal in a major
league game was eight. Charley (Duke)
Farrell claimed this number of victims
in the middle nineties when he was
backstopping for the Washington Na
tionals. This record was not approach
ed in the American last year, -five ath
letes turned back being the limit , Ag
new, Schang and Egan each accom
plished this feat going it alone, while
Sweeney and Nunamaker, Carrlgan
and Cady and Stanage and Baker turn
edL tha trick in collaboration.
Get Coveleskie's Goat
, With a Famous Son
A LL persons desiring to captrare the
goat of Harry Coveleslde, the Detroit-
pitcher, need only to hum or
whistle a few bars of that old song.
"Silver Threads Among the Gold."
Just before the season closed In
fact, when the Tigers made their final
appearance in New York Coyelestoie
took up the pitching chores. For a few
timings he performed In great style,
and then of a sudden there came from
the Yankees' bench:
"Darling, I am grwwtog old,
Silver threads anions the goM."
Ooveleskie stopped in his duties and
searched the bench with his eyes. Was
some one really singing or was it Just
an echo of the past fluttering through
his ears? . While Ooveleskie looked
the singing ceased. When he took '
pitching again It resumed. Sometimes
the strains came in solo order. Then
it was a duet. Now it rolled out in a
chorus. ' The Yanks on the coaching
line began to whistle it. The air be
came filled with the mus to, and Cove
leslde was through for the day. He
went so high that Jennings feared for
a time he'd never be able to recowr his
star twtrrer without the aid of an aerSal
scout. "'. i '. '
Coveleskle used to lava that eoxm. hut
that was in the long ago. ' The real
reason for his present aversion to it
never has been uncovered, but the fol
lowing fact may explain it partially:
Somebody who is familiar with Co
veleskie's paa slipped the tip of fcis
aversion to that song to one of Cove
leskie's Detroit teammates. He made
use of- it the first chance he got. and
when Coveleskle noticed him whistling
the , tune and grinning at the same
time it peeved the huge Pole.
The player thought it a good Joke
and passed it along. Soon every nan
around the circuit had the tip.
TTERE is a problem, Mr. Fan, t
which, perhaps, you cannot give an
answer offhand. Do you know who
gets the greater number of files in a
season, a left fielder or a cen'er field
er? It Is generally recognized that the
right fielder has the fewest opportuni
ties of any "of the outer trio and for
that reason the fastest men are usually
placed in. center or left. Between thesa
fields the difference is not so marked,
but, it is an appreciable definite factor
Just the same. ' ,
The average of 2.75 catches per game
by Tris Speaker tops the mark set by
any other -man. Tris, as everybody
know is a center fielder, but the ease
for that position rests on more extend
ed evidence than simply the record of
Speaker. Zach Wheat, left fielder of
the Superbas, attained the best mark
of any man playing that position with
an average of 2.29, and George Burns,
admittedly one of the fastest men in
the game, could make a mark bf only
2.11. Burns, it 1b true, played a few
games in right field. Here are the rec
ords of a few of the best center field
ers: Paskert, 2.87; Leach, 2.36; Strunk,
S.8S; Snotten, 8.32. These are all above
the mark made by Wheat.
The case against the right fielder Ij
easily confirmed. Wilson of the Car
dinals, one of the best men In the
game, could make an average of only
2.08 catches per game, while the bril
liant Hooper of the Red Sox caught Just

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