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HO IS DEAD IN LOVE WITH HIMSELF SHOULD BE BURIED IN OBLIVION," SAYS THE GROUCH OF GLEN ECHO
THE TIMES' COMPLETE SPORTING PAGE iaatgtft.SB3l
HANK GOWDY, BASEBALL'S REAL HERO,
WILL BE GIVEN WONDERFUL WELCOME
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Tht announcement from Hink
Gowdy to the Boston Braves that he
will probably be back from France
la time to make the Southern *raln
in* trip with the club?certainly In
time for the opening of the season?
brought Joy to all baseball fans.
When he dons his baseball toes,
catcher's mask, shin guards and
chest protector and marches out on
the diamond for his first game in
1919 he will get a reception such as
has never been given a ball player.
He will be a national hero. Baseball
partisanship will be forgotten by
?very 'man, woman and child in the
stands, and Gowdy will be acclaimed
a hero in the greatest of all hero
class?a war hero.
Then it win be that Henry M.
Gowdy. of CoHimbus. Ohio, will realize
his reward fes doing exactly the-right
0xing to quitting his team in 1917 and
enlisting in the array, thusgaining
the distinction of beng the frat big
league player to go to the assistance
of bis country
It was In June,. 1917, that <Jowdy
announced In Boston thatf' be *'M
through with baseball for the dura
tion of the war. and that he was going
at once to his home town. Columbus,
to enlist. Me was working under %
Contract calling for S6.000 for about
?ix months' work, but he tossed this
.aside for Uncle Sam's $."50 per month.
UalsH (inirk rr?n??lon.
Soon after joining the colors Gowd?
?im made a sergeant and shortly
thereafter was on his way to France.
There ho did a man's work in hi?
usual manly way, went over the top,
and was recommended for bravery.
]|r was In line for a commission when
the Germans realized they were well
lickei and quit.
Grit has always been one of
Gowdy's characteristics, and he put
the capstone on his reputation in this
line when he enlisted. This same
fighting spirit ha$ been shown many
times on the diamond by llank. It
was his courage that held up the
Braves' pitchers in 1914. when the
Boston club came from behind and
beat Johnny McGraw's Giants out of
the Rational League pennant, and it
^as this same courage that enabled
th? Braves to doWn the Athletics in
the world's series that finished the
season. In the four games of the big
aeries Hank hit for .545 and fielded
faultlessly.
Started As Bat Boy.
Ccwdy got his early education In
baseball while acting as bat boy for
the Columbia club of the Ohio State
League. He practiced with the play
*rs for several seasons and by the
time he graduated into long pants
had acquired enough experience to be
given a chance to play professionally.
He was signed by the Lancaster club
of the Ohio State league in 1908 and
played with that team the following
season. He was then a first baseman
and once in a while was sent In to
catch a game.
From Lancaster. Gowdy went to
Dallas, of the Texas League, and
while there, was discovered by Man
ager McGraw, of the Giants. McGraw
had seen him play while tbe Giant*
were touring the south in the spring,
and at the end of the 1910 season, af
tar Gowdy had be?*n crowned cham
pion batsman of the league, pur
* chased him outright.
The following spring he was taken
to Mar'.in with the New York team
an an understudy to Fred Merkie at
flrst. He failed to Itve up to nis big
reputation as a hitter, however, and
before the season was over was re
leased to Boston. He spent most of
the time on the bench during the re
mainder of that season.
Klips Made Hint f atrher.
The following year Johnny Kllng,
then manager of the Braves, decided
that catching was Gowdy's forte and
be made a pretty good showing be
hind the bat.
When George Stalling* took Kling's
job he doped it out that Hank need
ed a little more experience and sent
him to Buffalo In the spring of 1913
Wlth the Bisons, Gowdy did so well,
both behind the bat?at the bat, he
hit for .317?that he was recalled at
the end of the season by Bovtrya
His work during the regular sea
eon of 1911 and in the world's series
|ai already been mentioned.
In 1915 he h't for .S'T ant in 191?
for .?Si. Gowdy played in but 39
games in 1917 when be quit the team
and at that time had an average for
?watting.of .214.
Gowdy's Complete Record
Henry (Hank) Gowdy, catcher, was bora in Columbus, Ohio, Aurust 24,
1S30. He la six feet two Inches tall, weighs 179 pounds, and bats and throws
right-handed.
BATTING FIELD TNG
O. AB. B. H. 8H. 8B. PC. Pot. O. PO. A. E. PC.
19#8?I.* n caster, o. 8. l>.. ?* 332 *9 78 ? .228 lb. 98 *42 J? 28
190??Lancaster, O. S. L... ff 338 >1 IS 6 11 .262 lb. 68 ISO 30 6
c. 32 58> 4 2
1?1??Dallas. Texas L. 13S 493 7? 184 12 29 .*12 lb. 133 1285 93 ?
1911?N. Y.-Bos., N. L 29 1*1 1# 29 2 2 .297 lb. 23 247 12 i
1912?Boston. N L 44 9? 1? 2C 1 3 .271 c. 22 >2 30 9
1914? Buffalo, I. It 104 304 li 9S 7 8 .317 lb. 11 95 8 1
c. 87 324 121 1?
1914?Boston, N. I< 12* 3?( 42 89 8 14 .24* c. US 478 181 21
1915?Boston. N. L 11* 31* 27 78 S 10 .247 C. 114 4C0 148 It
1918?Boston. .N. L. ll* 249 32 88 14 t .252 c. 118 833 188 14
1917?Boston, N. L 49 164 12 73 8 2 .214 c. 49 204 T5 ? *
1918?With the American Army in France.
1*14?World's Series ...... 11 * ? 0 1 .*48 e. 4 31 4 ? 1.1
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DISTRICT COLLEGIANS IN
START HERE JANUARY 18
Despite the lateness of starting, the District Intercollegiate Basket
ball League, composed of Catholic University, Maryland State, Gallaudet,
and George Washington University, expccts to have an unusually suc
cessful season. A new schedule will be turned over to the teams at to
night's meeting aft the Y. M. C. A., at which all representatives will be
given details of the opener on January 18.
The District collegiate teams will play their games at the Y. M. C.
A. on Saturday nights during January and February and will stage
doubleheaders for the greater part of the season. Instead of playing
three games between each tam, but two will be staged.
Prof. C. Edward Beckett, of the Y..
M. C. A.. who is president of the cir
cuit, looks for a most prosperous year.
"The late start will not hamper the
efforts of the teams," said Prof.
Beckett today. "I look for renewed
interest now that the war is over,
and it would not be surprising to
see an even better brand of basket
ball than that shown last season.
"The fact that George Washington
has decided to put a team on the
floor has saved the situation, and
given all 01" the teams a chance to
make their schedules good. ?fw
games were in prospect out of the
league by reason of the curtailment
of travel on the railroads.
"The renewed interest in the Inde
pendent and scholastic leagues is
taken to mean that the collegiate
tossers will have large followngs,"I
said the "X" man. ,
Catholic University will probably
play George Washington and Gallau
det will fac* the Maryland State < ?1
!ege lads on Saturday night of next
week, according to prese* ? plans.
Gallaudet appears to have the edge
on the other teams as Coach Hugbej
bunch has been working out for a
month, and has won three games and
lost two. Gallaudet seems to have
a good basket shooting combination,
which may jump right out front until
Catholic University and Georgf
Washington get going.
John O'Reilly, at Georgetown, has
had his candidates out for practicfe.
Lonshak, Fees. Smith and Dereveaux
are back from last season. The ab
sence of McNulty and the O'Boyle
boys will be felt, but the Hilltoppers |
can be expected to turn out a fast
combination. I
Prospects for a successful season j
are bright. The Hilltoppers Rave had
trouble In getting out-of-town games
and contests here with colleges from
other sections of the country on ac
count of conditions which are still
unsettled.
Syracuse, with a combination usual
ly capable of winning from any of
the colleges In the Intercollegiate
Basketball League, is again denied
entrance Into the circuit. Coach Dol
lard has always turned out a victori
ous team. Yale, Princeton, Penn, Co
lumbia and Cornell have fallen vic
tims to the Salt City men for the
past five y+%t*, and yet they cannot
gain a foothold in the circuit.
GHARRITY ON FLOOR.
lid Gharrlty, the Washington catch
er. is playing guard on the Harlan
team at Wilmington. Del., la the ship
builders' basketball league.
How League Quints
Stand Today
SERVICE.
Won. I.ost. Pet.
Operations 1 1 .500
Marine* 1 1 .500
Navy Tard 1 1 .500
Port Myer 1 1 .500
Humphreys 0 0 .000
HIGH SCHOOL.
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3 0 1.000
1 2 .111
1 2 .3*1
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Western 2 0 1.000
Eastern 0 1 ? .000
Central 0 l .000
Business 0 2 .001
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COLLEGES PLANNING
10 BROADEN RULES
XKW YORK, Jan. 9?Greater lati
tude In the rules governing eligibility
for competition in intercollegiate
irame.s under the auspices of the Inter
collegiate Association of Amateur
Athletics of America is the aim of
that body for 1019, It was announced
today.
Prominent among the changes sug
gested by the advisory committee are:
Abandonment of the. Indoor sched
ules as called for by the constitution.
Holding of the annual track and
field championships as usual.
Modification of the "residence rule"
which requires that eligibility for
competition. In part, shall be con
tinued residence or attendance at the
Institution for which a student com
petes from the October 15 of the year
preceding the date .of competition.
KNOCK8 OUT TURNER.
BOSTON, Jan. 9. Kid Norfolk, the
negro light heavyweight, knocked out
| Clay Turner, the Indian boxer. In four
rounds at the Armory A. A. last sight.
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CINCINNATI, Jan. 0.?The Boston
Braves will enjoy a baseball opening
all by themselves. Though the ma
jors will not get under way until
April 23, according to the plans
adopted here, the Boston Braves will
Htart April 10, which is a holiday in
New England. Boston just must cele
brate Patriots' Day by watching a
baseball game, and so the Braves have
been given that plum. Morning and
afternoon games will be played and
then will come a rest of three days
before the regular start Is made all
over the major league world.
American league openings in the
Easrt will find the Mackmen facing
Walter Johnson at Washington and
the World Champion Red Sox tackling
the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. In
the National League the Giants will
be at Brooklyn on April 23, with the
Braves at Philadelphia.
Major league baseball will begin
April 23 and close September 30.
CONNIE GETS LETTERS.
Connie Mack is being flooded with
letters from young piayars asking
trials with the Athletics. Connie eays
there are plenty of players in the
woods.
MAY PLAY LOYOLA.
Central may Journey to Baltimore
tomorrow afternoon to play the
I^oyola High School Ave. The game
will probably be arranged today.
WANT8 FLOOR GAME8.
Ted Gannon, manager of the
Georgetown Preps, Is wit after
basketball games. The tram has
started practice again after the holi
days.
TEN YEARS AGO
IN SPORTS
Abe Attell was signed to meet
Jem Driscoll and Owen Moran, the
two great Knglish scrapper*,
within two weeks at New Orleans.
Pat Donovan, former National
League manager, was wanted by
the O. and P. League as president.
Donovan was said to be ready,
provided the compensation was
right.
i/os Angeles made a bid for the
automobile classic foe next year
with every chance of landing the
affair.
Percy Smallwood, the Welsh
marathoner, was scheduled to
race here. Sammy Mellor, the
New York amateur, was in train
ing on Potomac Park paths.
Frank Got-ch's toe hold was too
much for Dinnie, the Rngiish
grjippler. Gotch threw Dinnie
three times in five minutes, losing
no chance to get his favored
hold.
BEST FIELDING PLAYERS
IN OLD LEAGUE FOR 1918
According to the official fielding
averages for 101ft, made public today,
the best team In the National league
consists of Konetchy, Braves, first
base, with .992; Cutshaw, Pirates.
Recond base, with .064; Heinle Oroh,
Reds, third baae, with .009; Fletcher,
Giants, shortstop, with .959; Neale,
Reds, with .9ftt; Dode Paskert, Cub3.
with .980, and Zack Wheat, Dodgers,
with .979. for th? outfield.
Bill Klllefer. of the champion Cuba,
leads the backstops with a mark of
.982 in 104 games, while eleven
pitchers played errorless baseball
during th? campaign ending on La
bor Day.
MOORE AND 0 DOWD
OFFERED BIG BOUFS
NEW YORK. Jan. 9?ral Moore
and Jimmy Wilde may clash in a
twenty-round bout in London next
May. Johnny Basham, middleweight
champion of England, may be matched
with Mike O'Dowd, world's title
holder, for a battle in June. These
are the plans of George McDonald, a
London promoter, who has cabld his
plans to Billy Gibson, manager of
Benny Leonard, Riving him the right
to cinch the matches.
London has gone crazy over the
prospect of seeing Wilde and Moore
ir. action ever since the American gob
was given a decision on points after
going three sizzling two-minute
rounds at the recent service boxing
tourney. McDonald is offering a
?20,000 purse for these bantams.
O'Dowd's three victories during the
tourney have endeared him to the
British flght fans, and McDonald offers
J.2B.000 for his bout with Bash am.
The winner of this bout will be
matched with Georges Carpentier, the
French champion.
PAT MORAN WILL COACH
McGRAW'S KID HURLERS
NEW YORK, Jan. 0 ? rat Moran,
last year manager of the Philadelphia
Nationals, has signed to coach the
kid hurlers of the Giants next sum
mer. It Is understood that he will
receive $5,000 for his work. Moran
will replace George Gibson, another
veteran catcher, who acted in this
capacity last season.
MARTINSBURG VISITS.
, The Martlnsburg (W. V?.) Y. M. C.
A. team will play Technical High
School here tomorrow afternoon In
the Y. M C. A. gymnasium.
HILLTOP BASKETBALLERS
TAKE THEIR FIRST DRILL
By LOUIS A. DOUGHKR.
Georgetown's vanity basketball condidatos reported for their flrOt
practice yeotarday at Ryan Gym nasi am, with Join D. O'Reilly in rhaif.
Fifteen players were in uniform and all took part in the light ?wheat.
Gradually the work will become harder aa the athtetoo gat Iate bailor
condition.
Freddie Fees, star of last year's quint, was among thoao beginning
work for the coming season on the floor. Ho hi expected* to prow
of great strength to the Bine and Gray flva.
The varsity squad at the Hilltop
consists of the folio win* candidates:
F?es, Zazelll, Ken yon, Garaey, Mc
Nally, O'Brien, Coyne, Sheridan. Mc
Mahon, Wise, Flavin, McShain. Perrla,
Lanrl^ and Kelley.
"It's a bit early to nake predic
tions" said Coach CReUly when the
first day*a workout came to an end.
"hut Georgetown ought to have a ca-'
pahle team. There Is plenty of en- j
thusiaam in the Mfuad. and that j
counts for a whole lot, yon khow. As
soon as the practice scrimmages begin
we'll know more about the caliber
of the team that will represent the
university."
Prrpe Ala* at War*.
Sharing the floor at Ryan gym.
the Georgetown Preps also got In
their first day's practice Captain
O'Bryne had a bulky squad in uni
form. with Danahy, the Praps' giant
footballer, one of them. Besides
O'Bryne and Danahy the following
were drilling in rudiments: Coyne,
Butler, Kreuser, Bortonl, Pereira,
Gannon. Murphy, Kann, and Kingsley.
An attractive schedule of contests
is being arranged for the Preps, who
should make a great record foi** the
Blue and Gray before the warm weath
er sets in.
With the passing of military drills
at Georgetown and the return of stu
dents froifc various military and naval
camps, athletic prospects are becom
ing brighter every day. By the time
Coach O'Reilly issues the call for the
ba*eb7.U candidates, the nucleus of a
fast team will be back at college and
ready to begin practice.
Football I/MbIm r*.
With A1 Exendine coming back to
coach the varsity eleven next fail. the{
pleasing news Is [riven out today by
Graduate Manager Ca*-lra R Cox that
(wo?t of the star plavws of IH? *n1
;.MN v. ill be on hind when K?'H? begins
work on September 11. ?
<?f the crack I'll s-juad. McC-nade.
Cilroy and Whal"n, all mentioned for
a 11-*tar honors, arc l.acfc now and will
p'ay football nest season. In addition
to McQuade and Gilroy, pwles* half
backs, the following back'iell placets
will be In uniform: Jim Sullivan. Pete
II amps ton, Leo Cody, Joe Sisk. Peto
Carlln and Henry and Jim O'Boyle.
Jim (VBoyle played preat football at
Pelham Bay naval training station last
season.
Of the line players returning. Hnrry
Sullivan, the speedy end: Stewart,
tackle; Dan Ahem, tackle; Heaphy
and Alex Anderson, centers, and pos
sibly Paul Showalter, tackie, will be
ready for the bell. .
louairatera la Line.
Many rattling pood younpsters of
the 191S eleven will also be available
fcr Exendine next September. Buck
ley, who played wonderful football
for a freshman last fall, will be back,
and so will Kenton, another fine back,
v.-ith Jakle Hyman and "Mce" Daily.
Flavin, whose work at quarterback
was so promising last fall, will have a
chance to make the varsity In 1919.
Zazelli and Reed." who acquitted
themselves honorably on the winjrs;
O'Connell and Moran, tackle*, and
Feury and Qoggin, guards, will also
be back for the 1919 gridiron cam
paign.
MAY GO TO HAVANA.
FACTORYVTL.LE. Pa.. Jan. 9?R?:-i
atlves of Christy Mathewson here be
lieve that the Cincinnati manager
will not return from France In tlmei
to take up his duties next spring. He
Is a gas officer with the Twenty
eighth Pennsylvania division, and Is
now st Hendttcourt. France, sixty
miles from Metx.
MAY NOT RETURN.
Instesd of training at home, the
Cincinnati Keds may go to Havana.
*>arry Herrmann has received an at
tractive offer from the Cub an capi
tal.
1
Wallace b Undecided
About New Job
V nr. LOUIS, Jan. 9AM Wd
meat of the Mil waakae dab until
be nakes ?? bis Bind ^hetbsr
he will return to bmblll neat
season. Wallace said yesterday
ho bad some ootr?poadsass with
Milwaukee, bat tbe |wHtoa sf :
manager bad aot been formally
tendered him. Bob it at present
working (or the GoTcmmest sad ?
has ban asked to rotaia A job
until next June.
COWLER RECEIVES
TRYOUTSATURDAY
PHILADELPHIA. Pa, Jam
Cowler, one* picked by J. Cor
bett as U>? romlnc wortCs kwrr
weight champion. U to receive a real
trial Saturday alfht wkts be ellaks
through the ropes at the TTstlnael A.
C. for six rounds with Billy Miske, of
St- PauL If Cowler has the maklnft,
he will have to show tt with Miske.
Cowler knocked out Prod Pultoa la
one round at St. Louis, hut Referee
Sullivan had hiccough* and Pultoa
rot the benefit, finally winning bl?n
?lf by a sleep punch. Cowler had
Levinsky on the floor for nine ceante
on two different occasions, yet was>
outpointed In each bout. Fifty per
cent of his victories have been knock
outs, sixteen of them In Kngland.
Mieke, who meets the Australian
here Saturday. Is today the only maa
who has stayed with Jack Bern posy,
with the ringle exception of Willie
Heehan. The latter did It for fo^
rounds, but Miske lasted ten rw^a
at St. Paul and six hero. Cowler
get a real try out when he fartT
Miske. who is clever aad can hit bard,
if he wisher.
"ORATOR JIM" O'ROURKE
IS DEAD AT BRIDGEPORT
BRIDGEPORT, Conn, Jam.
James H. ORourke, former member ot
the Giants and other National 1 nsgiioi
clubs, and president for years of Con- .
necticut and Eastern baseball Issguss.
died here yesterday.
Jim O'Rourke was one of the most
noted figures of baseball a former
generation. When the Giants of the
eighties were a great team of pen
nant winning strength, O'Rourke was
one of them. He wa> a fine outfielder
and a fine batsman. He was a star of
his day. and was .a contemporary eC
Buck Ewing. Tim Keefe. Danny Rich*
ardson. John Ward, Mike Dorgan*.
Mickey Welch, all of the old-time
Giants, and of Fred Dunlep. Cap An
son, Mtke Kelly, Silver Flint, Daa
Brothers, Charles Radbourne. Arthur
Irwin, John Morrill. And other noted
playera
O'Rourke was originally a catcher,
but like many others who began in
the points, changed to soma ether
position, where his hatting ability
could find more opportunity. He was
known as "Orator O'Rourke," becanee
of his fondness for oratorical speech.
He hsd a son who played ahortstop at
Yale, and on graduatloa played yre
fesslonally. Father aad sea at ow
time appeared on the seme team.
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