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Ben Johnson Wants to Give
Profits to the Government
How Do They Do It?
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CHICAGO, Dec 10. Byron Ban
croft Johnson, president of the
American League, has hurled an
other bombshell into the national
pastime. With his magnates on
their 'way to this city for the annual
meeting to open on Wednesday, the
boss of the younger major league
offers to allow the United States
Government to control the organiza
tion, taking all the profits above 4
Thl does not nun per cent on
the Investment, but simply 4 per cent
cf whatever profits the Government
may make; in operettas' the plants,
and I am sure there Is not a club
owner In the league who is not will
SPORTS BOOM IN FRANCE
AMONG ALLIED SOLDIERS
NEW TORE, Dec. 10. Jo Loomls. the
lenrest-striding athlete in America, has
arrived here after a tour of duty as an
ambulance' driver behind the French
lines. Ha is going back as a member
of the Sid Field Artillery, now training
at Camp Grant. .Rockford. IlL Loomls,
who represents the Chicago A. A-. says
that sports are booming "over there."
They're all playing games of some
aort over there." said Loomls. This
world war Is spreading American sports,
and the British are taking up baseball
fast 3h'-lTench-ar slow to-adopt
basebalLTbey can't throw.
"LET SOLDIERS IN FREE,"
IS SLOGAN OF MAGNATES
By LOUIS A
"Free admission to men in uni
form" is a slogan that may carry suc
cess at the meetings of the major
leagues this week. If the two big
organizations agree, it is expected
that an effort will be made to exempt
the service men from paying even the
Colonel Ruppert, whose partner.
Captain Huston, Is now serving with
the engineer corps In France, iq pre
pared to offer this motion at the
American League meeting at Chicago
Wednesday. Just who v. Ill mane It
at the New York session of the Na
tional League is undecided, but it
may come from President Tener.
If service men are allowed free ad-
nt..lKn nn a.nrf hnilfd tlA tfaehA
to the offer, either. Grandstand seats'
are not too good for the boys in blue
or khaki. There are always plenty
or seats at our ball parks, ine serv
ice men are well behaved, and. better
tHkn that, they know baseball Inside
Salaries Are Xet Larerr.
The salaries of the mfn in Uncle
Sam's livers' are not large. They
Lardly admit of much baseball at
major league prices.
Connie Hack made a good begin
ning last summer by allowing any
fan buying a ticket to take In with
him free of charge a man in uniform.
The drawback to this scheme, though,
was that It compelled many soldiers
and -sailors to brace utter strangers
for the privilege of watcnlng a ball
Talking patriotism Is simple, but
acting it is a horse of a different
color. The two major leagu'S, by
adopting such a policy at their meet
ings this week, will be shotrlng not
merely talking, their patriotism.
Three Meetings Are On.
Three baseball meetings of greatest
Importance are on this week. They
are as follows.
International League At Hotel Im
perial. New York, today.
National League At Waldorf-Astoria,
New York, tomorrow.
American League At Hotel Sher
man, Chicago, Wednesday.
The International must decide
whether or not to suspend for tbe
coming season. If it decides to con
tinue activities, a successor to Hon-
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ing to operate at a loss next season
If it will help the Government in any
way." said Johnson.
President Johnson also said he be
lieved the club owners would be will
ing to give tbelr plants for any pur
pose the Government might see fit
conducting: baseball games, military
exhibitions, war benefits or other
purposes, and would not demand more
than the return on Liberty bonds 1
Just what the American League
magnates will say about this latest
suggestion from President Johnson
can only be conjectured. Most of
them have been planning retrench
ment, claiming that only In that way
can they" hope to exist through the
1918 season, but not one of them has
considered giving whatever profits
may be made out of the game to the
"Back of the lines they are playing
many games, bat soccer football seems
the most popular. The American sol
diers are picking up this game rapidly,
and they play interesting and close
contests, before many thousandss of
spectators, against French and British
"Instead of killing sport, this war Is
going to boost every -outdoor pastime
worth plating. Athletic competition is
the diversion of the millions of men
back of the firing line, and sports un
doubtedly are a great aid to tbe men in
the. trenches i-and thosfgolng over the
treal. and probably Rochester, must
Both major leagues must hold elec
tions and decide on routine affairs as
they msy be changed by wartimes.
Expect Few Deals.
Both big league meetings will at
tract magnates and managers In
search of needed players, but few
deals are expected. The principal rea
son is that no manager can foresee
how the next array draft will affect
his club. He may need no players
and then again, the draft may take
those he obtains from other clubs.
President Benjamin S. Minor and
Manager Clark C. Griffith are to rep
resent the Washington club at Chi
cago. They want to be right on the
spot In case anything of Importance
affecting Washington comes up dur
ing the session.
BY CONNIE'S MEN TWICE
The Grlffmen were sadly tumbled
on three different wcaslons last sea
son, twice by the Mackmen and once
by the Tigers
Manager Griffith fondly Imagined
Charlie Jamieson a pitcher in tbe
spring, letting go of one regular
southpaw and keeping Jamieson on
the Job. Then came April 14, at
Philadelphia, and Jamieson became a
utility man until sold to Connie Mack.
The Griffs were humbled that day,
16 to 4, the Markmen collecting twen
ty hits off Shaw. DuMont, Jamieson.
and Ayers. Ten runs were made In
one inning, Roy Bates cleaning load
ed bases with a triple to the score
board In center field.
On June 30 the Mackmen again wal
loped the Griffs, poling nineteen lilts
off DuMont and Ayers, and winning.
14 to C
Exactly a month later, on July 30.
the Detroit Tigers had their batting
togs on and slam banged Harper.
Shaw.JJuMont, and Craft for twenty
one safe blows, and won, 16 to 4.
That was the highest total of hits
made by any club in tbe league dur
ing the 1017 season.
O'TOOLE SELL8 CLOTHES.
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CLAIM FOR TITLE
The Mohawk Athletic Club football
team disbands today with an un
broken string of victories and with
a cleancut record for the season. No
team has been able to score against
the Independent champions of the
District, who hae won seven, lost
none, tied one, and scored 112 points
to O for opponents.
On a frozen field at American
League Park before a crowd esti
mated at 3,000 the "Hawks" turned
back the' CoaattArtniery team by a
score of 13 to 0. Better team work,
better generalship, and an almost Im
pregnable defense spelled victory for
the clubmen from the start.
The Mohawks . scored their two
touchdowns In the first half. Off
tackle plunges by Harris, R. Harris,
and Llcaronie with dashes of front
ten to twenty yards by Harris and
R. Towers gave the clubmen an ad
vantage on the 4-yard line from
where Llcaronie carried the ball over
on a plunge through center. O'Meara
The teams battled on even terms
throughout the remainder of the half
when Byers, who had replaced R
Towers. Intercepted a forward pass
from Wright, the soldierV quarter,
and dashed fifty yards for a touch
There was no scoring In the sec
ond half, although the Mohawks
crossed the line when Llcaronie grab
bed a fumble In mldfleld and went
across. B. Turner Interfered for Lfca'
ronle by tackling Thompson and the
ball was brought back and a penalty
Inflicted. The ball was surrendered
when the soldier held for downs.
The third quarter was a kicking
duel wltn honors even. Dyer fig
ured in a forward pass twice with
Harris on the heaving end. while
Wright got away for a thirty-yard
dash on a forward pass with Kelso
doing tbe hurling.
RULES COMING SHORTLY.
Basketball rules have been prom
ised In short ordr. The rules have
been held up by the printer. It is ex
plained and officials and teams arc
getting along on the last year's codi
until the new books are out. No
changes of a radical nature are In the
rules this season.
TEMPLE 18 SCHEDULED.
Temple College, of l'hllsdclphla, is
scheduled to play the Georgetown
basketball team here on February 0.
The Hllltoppers will play a return
game on February 22 In Philadelphia.
If Army Draft Comes
To Major Leagues
NEW YORK. Aug. L Willie Keeler
was today released by Manager Mc
Graw, of the Giants, to the Boston
Braves, George Btalling agreeing to
give him a trial.
CHICAGO, Aug. 1. President John
son, of the Amerlcsn League, today
turned down the protest or Manager
Griffith, of the Washington Club, against
the ruling of Umpire Evans In the game
at St Louis. May 23.
CHICAGO. Aug. 1. Pat Dougherty
has hit safely In eight straight games
for the White Box. and Joe Jackson Is
not being missed much by the world's
champions. Yesterday Dougherty got
wo singles snd a triple, besides steal
ing too bases.
ST. LbuiS. Aug. t Barney Pelty to
day holds the strikeout record of the
ISIS season, fanning twenty-two Griff-
nen and defeating them. 2 to a Charlie
Hickman got the only hits off " the
veteran twlrler. both singles.
CLEVELAND. Aug. L "Uncle C"
Young, the "Pride of Tuscarora county,"
Is thinking of enlisting In the aviation
service. His loss to the Indians Is sure
tb be felt.
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SHORT SPORT TALKS
With the tennl3 leaders recommending a return to pre-war condi
tions, bringing with it championship tournaments, it behooves the golf
ing lords to do likewise if they are to see their favorite sport flourish.
As in golf, it has been said in tennis that those players giving their
services to meir country snouia not De roDDea oi ineir titles on the
court during their absence. It seems to me that tennis or golf cham
pions willing to enter the greatest game "of all are not likely to waste
much time about mere tennis and golf titles back home. It might have
been a graceful act last summer in canceling all championship dates, but
next year is another season.
Golf and tennis cannot be attractive without titles to' be won. . It is
in the every-day American to desire victory. But it is" also in the
everybody American to desire to win championships. They-are naught
but goals of his endeavor.
The tennis men have spoken. What are the golfers to say?
AMATEUR ARGUMENT IS SQUELCHED.
The amateur question, which threatened to tear the U. S. L. T. A.
wide open a year ago, was kept very
meeting at New York this winter.
this question with suggestions for
present rule, ana nothing was. ssia aoout it.
All in all, the 1917 meeting was most harmonious. No squabbles
took place, but all the delegates expressed themselves as anxious to
work for the general good of the
players oi tne country. Accordingly,
CANT ENDURE TICKLING.
Pierre le Colosso, which is the French of "Big Fete," is a huge
wrestler appearing in the tournament at Nav York. "Big Pete" will
never be a champion on the mat, for his secret is out. Pete is ticklish.
Can you imagine a giant of a man, built like a freight car, possessing
marvelous roiling muscles ana a. nee iu.e xiercuies, quiiung Dciore a
smaller, wea'ter opponent who merely tickles him on the ribs? Well,
that's how Pierre le Colossc is being defeated in New York.
MICHIGAN BREAKS WITH PENN.
Michigan has arranged to break with Pennsylvania. These two old
rivals for gridiron honors will meet no more, for Minnesota, a member
of the Western Conference, has agreed to substitute- Michigan for Chi
cago. The Gophers will play four conference contests, with Michigan
considered their dearest opponents after Wisconsin, of course.
The break between the Wolverines and the Quakers, while saddening
to football Iover3, nevertheless brings with it a bit of comfort in that
Georgia Tech will visit Franklin Field in place of the Maize and Blue.
However, there is no certainty that the "Golden Tornado" will be more
than "Singing Summer Breeze" in 1918, so many of its star players
having gone to war. If Georgia Tech proves an unworthy successor of
Michigan, one of the East's annual big battles will have been lost.
MAY TRAIN AT GEORGIA AVENUE.
If the various major league clubs go through with their avowed in
tentions of cutting down training trips, the Griffmen may get into shape
at Georgia avenue. For years it has been said in Washington that "the
team could train right at home, we've had such lovely weather." So maybe
Clark Griffith will consider this proposition though the betting is
RICHMOND IS RIGHT BRAVE.
"We have no idea of either giving up or losing our franchise," says
Ben W. Wilson, principal stockholder in the Richmond International
League club. "If the other club owners decide to continue, Richmond will
have International baseball again in 1918."
Among so many Calamity Janes, Ben Wilsonf stands out most valiant.
Scattering the mists of ro many rumors, Wilson's statement is clean cut
and strong. The Virginia capital deserves Class AA baseball, if only be
cause it possesses Ben Wilson as a magnate.
BEALL MAKES A TROMISE.
Sir Richard Beall has mado mc a promise. He is willing to let me
copy some of the stories in that precious book of clippings that recently
came into his hands, so you oldtiroers who battled on District4diamonds,
or held games on Analostan Island back in the old days, get ready to read
of your triumphs all over again. If Sir Richard makes good on his
promise, you'll all live over again in these columns.
PICK EVERETT STRUPPER I
TO LEAD GEORGIA TECH
ATLANTA. Dec. 10. Everett Strup
per. Georgia Tech's peerless half
back, lias been elected captain for
1918. Joe Helsmann will return as
coach of the eleven.
The outlook for the Yellowjackets
Is far from gdod. Immediately after
the present season ended five mem
bers of the varsity squad enlisted,
and late yesterday five more signed
up wlth-th marine corps
LEW WENDELL A COP.
Lt WVndMI fnrnia. . m. il..
Ulantj, hai Joined the New York police
WANTS TO BE OFFICER.
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cers training camp.
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fHORTL STRMst. SooiS
muenrin the background during the
The committee named to consider
action, offered no chapges to the
game, especially among the younger
tennis is in lor a Dig Doom next
"PACIFIC COAST WILL
CONTINUE," SAYS BAUM
SAN I'RANCISCO, Dec 10. "There Is
absolutely no grounds for the state
ment that tho Pacific Coast League
will not start next jear. Our league
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ly start and Just as surely finish its
These are the reassuring words of
President Allan T. Baum. The boss
of the coast league Is wrathy over
rumors coming to him that, owing to
llie war, mere win do no oasenau on
I the coast next summer.
"It Is true that we contemplate
(dropping Portland," ssld Baum. "but
i we would do that without any war
We are lopplrtg off S00 miles of travel
by such action. The league will be
all the more compact and. therefore,
.. .... nt vr than if u.au I..
1 1917. The I'cltlc Coast League will
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Georgetown's basketball team may
get action Saturday night against
the Johns Hopkins University bas
ketball team If arrangements can be
The Hopkins' five played as an
independent organization last season,
and numbered several excellent per
formers. While It la early In tbe
season tbe Hopkins' five has been
putting in some stiff practice.
Manager William Shaffer Is ne
gotiating with the Hopkins boys, and
expected to learn today whethera
game can be staged In Ryan gym
nasium on Friday or Saturday.
League Gets Gelag.
The Intercollegiate Basketball
League gets it start Saturday night
at the Y. M. C. A. when Gallaudet
meets George Washington and Cath
olic University takes on Maryland
State In the second part of the pro
gram. Catholic University will have a vet
eran combination while Gallaudet's
prospects appear to be better than
was thought at first. The Gallaudet
lads will get a try out on Wednesday
against the Baltimore City College
five which was beaten by SO to 13
at the Navy Saturday afternoon.
Sebeala In Action.
Several scholastic Quints will take
their first real workouts in gsroes
this week. Central. Western. Bus!-,
ness and Eastern are down for games
with school teams In and around the
The High School Basketball
League gets started on January 4.
and coaches are taking things easy
until the holldavft xtart Ta will
be counted today as advisory marks I
on studies Just went in. '
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NEW YORIT. Dec. 10. Branch
Rickey, president' of the' SL Louis'
Cardinals, wilt sign Jack Hendricks
to manage his elub for 1918 either
today or tomorrow.,. This is admitted
by the Mound City, magnate, who has
already arrived for the .annual meet
ing of the. National League.
Hendricks, who led the Indian
epolla cub to a pennant in, the Ameri
can association last season, later de
feating Toronto in. the postseason
serlesarrived here early today, go
ing at once to the Imperial, where
the International League opens ' Its
annual session today.
When Rickey first o-Jened negotl-
FLETCHER IS LONE MAN
GIANTS BOAST Iff FIELD
The best fielding team in the Na-
nclal' ffgures. announced today by Sec
retary1 John' Heydler. Is as follows:
Pitcher Eppa Rtxey.. Phils.
Catcher Kllllfer.. Phils.
First base ;Konetchy, Braves.
Second base Rawllng; Braves.
-Third base Groh. Reds.
Sborstop Fletcher. Giants.
Outfield Paskert, Phils.
Outfleld "Carey, Pirates,
Outfield Neale. Reda.
-Harry JL Mysrs Is the best all-
around -performer in the old league.
getting records for four dlffrentTo
sttlons. .He played twenty-two games
at 0rstrbase. nineteen at second, flf.
teen games at third, and slsty-slk
games In the outfield, his regular
Giants Lead In Field.
The champion New York Giants led
tbe league in the fielding, having buti
208 errors,. 667 chances, for an aver
age of .0083. The Phils were second
with an average of .9673, having 212
errors in 0,470 chances. The Giants
played forty-five errorless games.
with the Phillies In forty-three clean
Casey Stengel, of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, leads the outfielders with
thirty assists from the outfield. Carey
Is second with twenty-eight assists.
Lew McCarty. of the GIan.ts, bad
but one passed ball In fifty-four
games. Hank Gowdy one in forty
nine games, and the veteran Gibson
but one In thirty-fire games.
Ivan Olson, the Brooklyn shortstop, a
most rocky fielder while in the Ameri
can League, ranks third In the Tencr
circuit being surpassed only by Art
Fletcher, of the Giants, and "Rabbit-
Maranvllle, the Braves' midget
Era Jephthaf Rlxey. the Phillies' long
lefthander, took care of 103 chances In
23 games without tooxllng one nf ihera.
inus leading all twlrlers In neldlng.
ai uemaree also took part in
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Jack Hendricks YVtH Become
Manager of Cardinals Today
atlons with Hendricks he found out
that Jack was serving out the bal
ance of a long-term contract as man
ager of the Indianapolis club with
his 'friends and partner, J. C McGM.
McGIIl first refused to relaese Hen
dricks, but does not wish to keep
Hendricks back In his advancement
any more than Phil Ball -wishes to
keep Rickey back, and it Is under
stood that all the angles of Hen
dricks! contract have been Ironed out
and that Jack Is In a position to sign
up' with Rickey. As a matter of fact,
it Is said that Hendricks. McGlll. and
Rickey had a conference last week.
at which the release of Hendricks
was amicably ssttled.
thirty-nine games, twenty-four for
the Cubs and fifteen for the Giants.
without maklnb a misplsy, iut he had
only seventy:two chances.
Tommy Long, once with the Griffmen.
was the worst outfielder In the league,
having an average of J1S for 137 games.
SIX YELLO WJACKKTS ARE
ATLANTA. Dec 10. Six Georgia
Tech stars find places on an all-Southern
composlte-selecthnrmade by seven
Southern football writers. Here Is
the eleven thus chosen:
Left end, Adams. Vanderbllt: left
tackle. Carpenter. Georgia Tech; left
guard. Bonner, Auburn: center, Phll
lfps Georgia Tech: right guard. Ses
sions. Alabama: right tackle. Flncher,
Georgia Tech; right end. Docote", Au
burn; quarterback. Hill, Georgia
Tecb: left halfback. Strapper, Georgia '
TSch: right halfback. Flowers, David
son; fullback, Guyon, Georgia Tech.
DETROIT, Dec. 10. Owing to the
unexpected death of William G.
Weart. Its secretary, the Baseball
Writers' Association of America will
not bold Its annual meeting this week
at New York, according to past cus
tom. The directors will probably be
called Itogther during the Jolne ses
sion of the majors. President Jobepn
S. Jackson made this announcement
McGILL WILL SELL OUT.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind, Dec 10
Emory C. Crawford, of this city, bas
obtained an option on the Indianapolis
American Association ball club from
James C McGill, the present owner.
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