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BASEBALL MAKES FINAL STAND TODAY
WHEN COMMISSION FILES STATEMENT
Br loots x. dougheb.
Secretary Baker i expected to
make hi official decisions late today
la the cue of tie appeal of organized
baae'baU against hla reecnt ruling
that threatens to disrupt the national
game. The National Commission,
composed of August. Herrmann, chair
man, of Cincinnati: Baa B. Johnson,
president of the American. ' League,
and John JC Tener, president of the
National League, presented Its hrlet
today to Provost Marshal General
Crowder, who was then to lay the
matter before the Secretary of War.
Xlrmly convinced that the Govern
ment will agree with their elds of
the argument, the two league are
now preparing to go "on at least for
the .remainder of the 1018 season. As
fast as players are ordered to take
op other "more essential work" by
their local draft boards, the big
leagnej etnbs, -wilt islgi;,in men not
iaec -oy H1 'ora" raciuuQDi. n
this way they hope to' complete the
ISIS campaigns, erea staging a
The principal Immediate difficulty
facing the major league dabs is to
keep their players in line. Realizing;
their opportunity, the managers of
the Bteel League dubs and of the
shipyard teams are bombarding the
tare of the profession with offers.
George Vogridge, of the Yankees,
Shipbuilding Company and did not ac
cepted an offer from the Standard
Shipbuilding company and did not ac
company Hugglns' team West.
.Babe Bath, the great Bed Sox slug
ger; George Slsler, the Browns' first
baseman; Walter Johnson, the Griff
men's great hurler; Frank Gilhooley,
the Yankees outfielder; Joe Judge,
the Grtffmen'a first baseman: and Ty
Cobb, the Tigers' peerless outfielder,
bevo all recelTed offers of Jobs where,
with, exemption from Immediate mili
tary service, they can play all the
twwhall they wish.
Meanwhile, the big leagus dabs are
signing up veterans let loose by the
dish en ding of the minor leagues of
the country. Babe Adams, star of the
Xttxsbfjrgh-Tigere world's series of
years ago, has signed a contract with
hla old dub, the Pirates. He -was
with the American Association, which
closed its gates Saturday.
Art Griggs, another veteran, has
Joined the Tigers. He is well abore
the draft age. Practically every
major league club is pursuing the
same course, laying lines for keeping
a, team on the field, at least for the
continuation of the 1818 season.
Future la Glooivy
IT -tbo draft ages are changed so
est to summon to the colors all men
between the ages of nineteen and
forty, and Secretary Baker's "work
or fight" order Is extended to them.
it will be Impossible for -organized
baseball to continue for the duration
of the war. It will be necessary then
for the leagues to close their gates
until such time as resumption of the
national game is found necessary or
Professional soccer players were
truck a similar blow by 'the British
government shortly after the war be
gan, but It was found that the Eng
lish people demandel some outdoor
recreation if they would keep up their
morale in war time, and the aoccef
players were permitted to get into
action again. Today large crowds
swarm to the games played for the
English championships. The promo
ters of the games report eren larger
attendances than before the war.
ftrmm. followed the example set
by the mother country, suspending
all sports. But the Canadians found
it absolutely necessary to resume
them end today the Toronto club of
the' International League attracts
the same old crowds whenerer the
game Is worth it
Ban Meets John K.
The meeting of Byron Bancroft
Johnson and John. K. Tener today la
OnpTriSfeC 2S3, fcy Ititw iwttoral If en BvTattt
Secretary Baker Offers to
Help in Matter
In announcing he would review the case "on basis of facts to be
submitted by representatives of the industry," Secretary Baker indi
cated General Crowder, provost marshal, and himself had been forced
to rely almost entirely os their own knowledge of baseball conditions
in preparing: the ruling.
"I stated in my ruling the number of men affected by the regula
tions would not disorganize the industry," said Secretary Baker.
"Now I am informed the ruling virtually will ruin the business. These
and other facts, which were not submitted to me before, are to be given
to General Crowder today by representatives of' the leading dubs. I'
will confer with General Crowder
forth in the brief these men are to
the offices of Benjamin S. Minor,
president of the Washington dub.
proved a tame affair. Shouting the
most bombastic and sarcastic things
at each other for the past year, and
especially within the past three
weeks as a result of the Scott Perry
case. It would not have been surpris
ing had they declined to speak. But
it was different
Ban Johnson was reading the brief
to be filed with General Crowder
when Tener entered the office.
"Good morning, Ban," said the
National League president, smiling
in the same old way.
"Good morning, governor," replied
Ban, peering over his glasses.
Then Boa turned back to the brief
TOM FORTUNE WILL FLY
AT CAMPDICK, TEXAS
Thomas F. Fortune, who managed
the .crack Georgetown basketball
fives of 1913-1913 and 1913-1914. when
they played their games at the Ar
cade, Is today on his way to Camp
T)Ick, Dallas, Tex, to become an
Fortune graduated from the train
ing school for birdmen at Princeton,
N. J, Saturday and left yesterday
for Texas. He was In the real es
tate business here after finishing his
studies at Georgetown Law School,
and is well known In the Capital.
oscar vrrr expects
TO RECOVER IN TIME
DETROIT. July 24. Oscar Vltt. the
Tigers' thlrdsacker, expects to re
cover the use of a broken thumb In
time, but he has little regard left
for a certain physician.
When Oscar stopped a liner with
his thumb, he visited a physician
who said It was sprained. He fast
ened a heavy bandage on the bum
thumb. Oscar suffered for a day or
so and then visited another physician,
who found that the thumb was frac
tured. Now the thumb Is in splints and
HE'S NOW A YEOMAN.
Catcher Walter J. Tragessor, of the
Boston Braves, has enlisted in the
United States navy as a yeoman. He
Is stationed at Newport News. Tra
gessor was formerly first baseman
on the Perdue University team, and
has been engaged In professional
baseball for six years. After the con
scription law took effect he was re
jected because of a crippled finger,
but was later re-examined and given
a deferred classification on the
grounds of dependency.
The Cardinals defeated the ML
Pleasants by 15 to 0 when Paul Gar
ber held the northwest lads to three
scattered hits. The game was play
ed on the Monument Grounds yesterday.
TTIS ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE THAT
and, after reviewing the facts set
tile, I will see what is to be done."
and Governor Tener greeted Clark
No fireworks. No dynamite. No
TNT. No nawthln'.
Offer No Arguments.
The plans of the national commis
sion called for merely the filing of
a brief embodying the entire case
of organized baseball. It was not
Intended to offer any further argu
ments, though the members of the
commission stood ready to answer
any questions suggested to General
Crowder by a reading of the brief.
In addition to the members of the
commission, Ben Minor apd Clark
Griffith, of the Washington club,
and Harry Hempstead, president of
the New York National League dub.
were to call upon General Crowder.
JUAREZ TRACK RAISES
WHEAT FOR MEXICANS
JUAREZ. Mexico, July 24- The
half-million dollar racing plant whl-h
was built here nine years ago by Matt
J. Winn, of Louisville, Ky and sev
eral other influential American turf
men Is now simply a monument
to a one-time successful sporting en
Although the big plant Is kept In
repair for Mexican fiesta and holiday
celebrations, the entire Infield is plant
ed to wheat by Mexican laborers, who
now use the big pumps that supplied
the stables and other buildings with
water In former years simply to Irri
gate tne soil they till.
When the Mexican revolution start
ed racing was Interrupted and finally
abandoned on account of the Inability
of the track patrons and others Inter
ested to obtain passports from the
GREFFMEN ARE ON WAY
TO BATTLE BROWNIES
The Grlffmen are due to arrive In
SL Louis late today and will open
their second series with the Brownies
tomorrow. CapL George McBrido was
In charge of the party which left
Union Station at 4:50 o'clock.
The entire squad departed with the
single exception of Stanley noose,
partner In Mlque Martin's famous dia
logues. Reese has been given his ten
days' notice of release.
YANKEE JUNIORS WIN.
The Ysnkee Juniors won a 12 to
11 game from the Rhode Island team
yesterday. William Barlon. 407 I
street northwest. Is manager, and
wants games for the Yankees.
Departmental Tennis League play
ers are scheduled to engage on the
Princeton courts today. Treasury
and Interior meeL
KEENE A LIEUTENANT.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., July 2i Tom
Keene, track coach at Syracuse Uni
versity, has received a commission as
lieutenant in the army.
COMPLETE SPORTING PAGE
They Stand Ready
To Fill Gap : I
These two managers of big league'
teams say they can provide New
York with baseball, even if the two
big leagues do decide to quit They
will grab off all major leaguers not
affected by the "work 'or fight"
order and play daily at the. Polo
Grounds. On the top is John
"Muggsy" MeGraw, and on the bot
tom Miller Huggins.
C!v.Ixnd.. 1041 tl
Nw York... 4140 .US
Wuhlnston. 41 41 JS4
Rt-Loul..... 49 4S .455
CMcaso. J 47 .til
Philadelphia M .C4
Detroit....... MM ,ltt
New York. 4; 8U Loan. 1.
Where They Play Today.
No cames scheduled.
CMcaso...... M ,ta
Cincinnati.. 7 44 .417
Nw York... U 33 .(24
Pittsburgh... 44 O JSX
Philadelphia a o .47t
Ilenon. ... no .419
Brooklrn.-. (4 47 ,4M
St. Lout.... SI) .403
Brooklyn, t; Pittsburgh; X
Where They Play Today.
Pittsburgh n Brooklrn.
Cincinnati at Boston.
ARCHER GETS A JOB.
NEW YORK. July 2. Jimmy Ar
cher, the veteran catcher recently re
leased unconditionally by the Pitts-:
burgh Pirates, has caught on with
the Brooklyn Dodgers.
ERICK80N IN ARMY.
CAMP DIX. Wrlghtstown, N. J..
July 24. Eric Erlckson, for thti past
two years a pitcher on the Detroit
American League club, has arrived
with the national army contingent
from Jamestown. N. Y.
ORIOLES SIGN CRANE.
Sam Crane, who fizzled as a short
stop with the OrlfTmen. has signed
with the Baltimore Orioles, but
whether or not he will be able to
play depends upon what Uncle Sam
does with the national game.
WILL PLAY MEDICS.
The Company T team, COith Engi
neers, Washington Barracks, will
play the Army Msdicos tomorrow af
ternoon at the Barracks,
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SEOETARTEAiqER HAD A" BETDOWN ONTHE CINCINNATI REDS
"in: .' t
Navy Tard League fans are looking
forward to a great battle for second
place honors today when Tool and
Miscellaneous and Torpedo team's
take 'the field.
Cloffeps drew away from these
teams by half a game yesterday when
Phil Buscher pitched his team to an
-to-2 victory over the Ordnance
team. Buscher made It eleven wins
for his team, which has been de
feated six times this season.
Tool and Miscellaneous players are
behind the Readers- -and la second"
place-with nine wins and seven "de
feats, while the Torpedoes have -won?
eight and lost seven. tq. ; S
Camp Meigs men are getting ready
for their tight games of Saturday and
Sunday. The Meigs players ran uu &
count of 20 to 1 on the Navy Yard
.nanues yesterday, whanging the ball
all over the -old Patterson tracL
Sixteen hits were registered by the
soldiers, of which McNamee got three
out or three trips up. Dave RocX-1
mrn auowea me .Marines five hits
and struck out sevon batters.
Saturday the Marines play the
Army Medicos, and on Sunday they
will take on the Quantlco Marines.
The Army Medicos will h. .i.. -.
rAJnAriein Lelle p,irk 'or the benefit
ui..u. a. n. fita cross wool fund.
What team wUI give the Sherwoods
A Sunday game? Martin H. Klnslnger,
manager, can be reached at Twenty
second and Bryant streets northeast,
or Phone Lincoln 26S2. The Sher
woods have reorganized lately, al
though they have lost their last h
The Cosst Artillery team, of East
Potomac Park, handed th. nA
nine a S-to-1 licking vf.t... .m..
C. A. C. team Is still looking for op-
Lyons and Lanche hnnVA nn i- .u.
Engineers-Aggies batUe In the De
partmental Leapua yMterday. and
Lyons came through with a B-to-4 vic
tory. It was the second time running
that, the Brldcebulldera n,.t- .v
ttuiokv uu wro Aggies.
Lanche was not at hla tu.t -- v.
hit a batter, -walked four and allowed
""' -'s support was not of the
Joe Glebe!, manager of the Claren
don team. Is of the opinion that he has
one of the best nines In the city. Gle
bel has gotten several strong pitchers
and expects to have Ernie Scbaefer
in ujo dox in me next start the Clar
endon team makes.
Giebel would welcome a series with
the Cardinals, and expects to open ne
gotiations with the Alexandria men
"REDS" FLEMING JOINS
FAMOUS 'DEVIL DOGS"
PHILADELPHIA. July 21 Among
the men enlisted yesterday was
"Reds- Fleming, of Tyrone, one Of
the best college and professional foot
ball players In the country. In 1M4.
while on the Washington and Jeffer
son eleven he was picked as one of
the AU-American half-backs. Later he
played on the Muhlenberg Collego
eleven and then was raanas-er at thn
Massllton (Ohio) professional team.
rated as the best Professional teaffr
In the country. Its sreatont rival
was the Canton eleven, coached hv
Jim Thorpe, the great Indian athlete.
turning unm a weeic ago was a
student at Cornell University, where
he was taking the aviation course.
HoweVcr. he declared he tired of In
action and wanted to get "over there"
In a hurry as be enlisted with the
POLICE WILL PLAY.
Some time In September the Police
Department baseball team win play
a representative team from the Home
Defense League. Sergeant Mike
Ready, of No. 11 precinct, haa been
appointed coach and manager of the
FOR SECOND BERTH
'" "By LOUIS A.
Baseball is:: sorely iD, but baseball will not die. The old fan Is just
as young as the -youngest -Is old. We took a fourteen-year-old youngster
with us to see .last Sunday's victory of Ed Matteson over Eddie Cicotte.
He told us many things. - He knew as much about the game as we did. and
he had a most refreshing point of view. He is Benny Mensh, of Ontario
road, a Central High School boy, who was told by Coach Metzler last
spring that he "otfght to put some meat on his bones and then ho might
make good on the school nine." Just
meat -on his bones," without much
"I don't know tmnch about base-
ball" said Benny Msnsh, .the four
teen-yesr-old baseball nut, but what
I do know Tve learned from watch
ing the big leaguers play. I think
that's the best way, too, don't youT
If a player makes a mistake, and
you're watching It, you can then see
what he should have done.
"Ves. I read all I can about base
ball and -pasebajVpIayers andtheI
come, out 0 tne games iosea ma
players irriadgtbeuCdbrwhat I .read
.they".o. &3tWrhwhen. I get bigger
ana stronger, i n ptajr ou .ur. usw
ler"a team at Central."
Benny Is a hopeful cuss. too. re
garding the future of baaebalL He
thinks, it will always go on and on
"If they stop the leagues now." he
remarked, "and then start Jip again
after the war, ' the players will be
just the same boys that r am now,
won't they? ' I mean that many boys
who- are now fourteen years old will
be in the big leagues then when they
start all over again."
Benny mused a while and then
said. "Gee, I'd -like to be big and
Strong, enough to play in., the big
leagues. I wonder what rll read
'about when they stdp basebalL"
And. all over this great broad land
of ours are thousands Just like Benny
Mensh; thousands of youngsters and
thousands of oldsters, wondering
what they'll read about when the big
leagues go out or commission. And
even "over there are thousands of
strong- men, being tried in the fur
nace of war, who will wonder what
they'll read about when baseball sus
ponds', Jf It does suspend.
Where Benny Loses.
You'll notice that we "took" Benny
to Sunday's game. That's where we
had something on Benny, for we lived
in a time when nobody took four
teen-year-old boys to major league
games. But we kids saw the games
Just the same. Couldn't keep us ouL
Doubtless, like many of my read
era, I was one of the "knot-hole
gang" and the "fence climbers" and
the "morning eh aggers." It took the
same love of baseball as shown by
Benny Mensh to be a member of the
army of "shaggera."
Reporting at the ball park at 0:30
In the morning, we chased line drives
and looping flies until the big
leaguers grew tired. Then we
cleaned up the bleachers, removing
every scrap of paper and peanut
shell. Then we loafed behind first
base or third base, keeping out, of
the groundkeeper's way lest be take
a sudden dislike to our looks, until
the fans came trooping In. Then we
sat among the men and rooted for
the home team.
LunchT Not a blL We didn't care
much even whether, we had any din
ner. Ah. What An Experience!
Once, I recall. I lay on a six-Inch
plank, surrounded by water, beneath
the grandstand of the old Boston Na
tional League band box, with my eye
glued to a knothole Immediately be
hind Marty Bergen, or was it Fred
Lake or Jack Ryan? That's some
clays back, and I'm not positive who
was catching. But I know Kid
Nichols was pltchtng.
Reporting to "Old Man" Haggerty,
one of the most famous of old-time
groundkeepers, the information came
that the "morning shaggers" were
all mustered in. But the fence was
handy. Barbed wire tore hands and
short trousers, but what was that for
an opportunity to slip In under the
grandstand where barrels and boxes
and things were kept?
To keep out or sight or Haggerty
and his cruel henchmen. It was ab
solutely necessary to crawl into the
darkness right up against the front
wall of the grandstand. The plank
was discovered, shoved out across the
dirty water and found Just big
enough for a small boy Intent on
seeing the baseball game.
Once when the catcher chased a
Rare Judgment, Judge
sow Benny is trying to "put some
Why Not Tell Us
If, when yon were a boy, you
had any sneh experience u Is
here narrated, why not let us all
inon it? Sit down and-Hve over
again,those wonderfuLdays when
yon "got inta de gameho mat
ter Igw, over the erlcunder
it, and WRITE v.iT)" for the
pleasure of thousands "of others
with siniilar experiences
There" must have-been untold
ways, offsetting .Into ball games
when we were kids. So let s tell
'em. Make it brief. For in
stance, write about a hundred
words on one side 6f a sheet of
paper on the subject, "How I
Got In That Day." Send it to
the Sporting Editor of The
Times and hell print it.
Whether it was in South Bend
or New York, in Lewiston or
Oklahoma City, tell us all that
great experience. We're wait
ing. foul ball to the stand, only a miracle
kept him from seeing that small
boy's eye staring up at hla from
that knothole. Gee. that was an ex
perience never enjoyed by Huckle
berry Finn or Tom Sawyer. You see,
they didn't live In a big league town.
But gone are those days. No such
opportunity Is offered the small boy
today, and baseball has not bene-
ntea. either, by the change.
OLD PRINCETON STAR
DIES OF PNEUMONIA
Garrett Cochran, captain of the
Princeton football elevens of '88 and
97 and one of the greatest ends ever
seen In college football. Is dead of
pneumonia contracted In the line of
duty while serving with General Per
shing's army In France. Cochran was
a lieutenant In the Pennsylvania
guard when the call to the colors
In his football days Lieutenant
Cochran was an intimate friend of the
late Johnny DeSauIIss. the Yale quar
terback. His home was In Williams
RED SOX GO WEST.
BOSTON. July 2t The Boston Red
Sox left yesterday for Detroit, where
they are due to open a series today.
Manager Barrow said that he would
continue to play out the regular
schedule until ordered to disband the
DREW LARGE CROWD.
TORONTO. July 24. The Pitts
burgh Pirates defeated the Brooklyn
Dodgers In an exhibition game here
yesterday by an elght-lnnlng rally. S
to 2. In that frame the Pirates
scored four runs on four solid drives.
A large crowd. Including many con
valescent soldiers, saw the game.
STAR BOXERS IN SHOW.
PHILADELPHIA. July 24. Eight
well-known boxers will appear In
next Tuesday's big show at Shlbe
Park. Battling Levlnsky meets Harry
Greb. Sam Langford engages Jack
Thompson. "Irish" Patsy Cllne mingles
with Willie Jackson, and Jack Brit
ton faces Soldier Bartfleld. I
Baa and John K. Don't Fight
When They Meet In Ben's OSes
CLUBS MUST CLOSE
Word has gone out from tennis -
headquarters In the Suburban Tecshf .
League that ell postponed matches' j
mutt be played off before Saturday 'T
or they will not he- counttd in the i
Secretary Lorlh Nelson, of the elr -cult,
declares that while many of the'
league teams have completed, a part
of their program, they have so far .
failed to complete all engagements,'"' "
Racquet Club won all seven of tii
postponed matches with the Argylej
Club. Princeton Is- five in on the t
Holmead Club, and -will probably r- i
celve two- forfeits. Standards haa
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The rain of Saturday a week ago i
knocked the schedule galley west, and -
for this reason the teams have been -3
unable to get together. Many of tfe$ -Suburban
League players are on one.
of the Departmental eLagu teams,
and as these organizations play twice
a week It has been difficult for the -
players to get together. vo o
Secretary .Nelson promises tolave ;
all matches straightened out by Satur v
day morning. r
Treasury has won eight matches and
dropped but two In the Departmental a ,
Tennis League. Ship Emergency
players were able to get but on lj
match of (be scheduled five played
yesterday on the Princeton courts. -"
Interior Is still at the top of the
league with five wins and no losses.
AH teams have played at least one
match In the league now. Tomorrow
Justice-Trade and Interstate will take
Today several postpdned matches
of the Prlneelon-Eucltd aeries will be
rua off. Princeton will probably have
several Western High School young
sters after this week. Frank Taylor)
Everett Burke, and Wade Heavy have
sent In their names to Secretary Nel
son. Ben Price, of Racquet ClubJtnd Jack
Dudley, of Princeton, who aro rivals
In etngles for their Suburban League
clubs, are playing for Treasury, and
have won two matches on the No. 1
An effort Is being made to have
Ichiya Kumagae come here after his
play In the national singles cham
pionships next month. The Japanese
marvel was slated tb appear here last
season, but accompanied the galaxy of
tennis stars West when they toured
home to the Pacific cosst-
THEY WANT GAMES.
Tanks Junior. WUUaia Barlso. mxnarwV
an I street northwest.
Ebsnroods. Virun.1T. Rlsstenr. masacer;
Tirenty-ieeond and Bryant itmu nortlnrelC
Felice Department. KtrrL Mike lUsdy. No.
U precinct, Anacostla, D. C t
Dlibuntnr Section. Darby. Kssacer. AtU.
Uoa bundles. US D street northeast.
Vtrtlnia A. C. R. L. Harlow, maasnr. 10M-
PenssrlTSJua avenue norttwest.
WOULD YOU '
Thsn be prepared!
You do not know
when he mliht
trtke at tout cltr:
the Nstloa'e CacttaLi
ENLIST IN THD
LEARN TO SHOOT?!
DRILL. TO HE AN
AN AS3ET INSTEAD OF
A BURDEN IN THB
EVENT OP SOUS GREAT
TOU DO NOT HAVE TO CO
OVERSEAS TO FIGHT THXl
HTJN! Tou can do that urtlet
at horn. Srr1ee In th Dlitrlel
GtMrd la domestic. Tour as malca no
aifTerence. Only two hours ucb week are
required to vnpan yourself tor mrx
ener military service.
Full Information obtainable at the B
crultlaf OfOe o( tne
District National Guard. 473 Xi
Strert AT. W. Open evenings exeopt
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