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National Commission Rule Prevents Change of “Cutting Down” Date™Baugh On New Schedule
Satisfied, Otherwise, With Schedule—Barons Close on Road
With One Game Series After Playing Whole Series
at Home—Spring Meet February 20
P-. H. Baugh, president of the local
baseball association, stated yesterday
that he would not oppose the adoption
of the proposed league schedule, but
that he would make an effort to open
later than April 10, the date provided
for in the schedule.
"Birmingham gets everything it de
sires," stated the president. "We open
at home, get all the holiday games, and
close with a series of one gome on the
road. We play a series in Birmingham
September 4, 5 and 6 and close on the
7th In Nashville.
“The league should open, however.
April 17, and close September 17. Tile
schedule makers were instructed to so |
arrange the schedule. They explain
their failure to carry out instructions!
by Btating that it was necessary to open
sooner in order that they might place
in desirable .cities the holiday games.”
Manager Moles worth holds that the
league should open late.
“The argument is used,” stated he,
“that finishing September 17 is too late
on account of decreased interest. But
the league after July 4 always,drags,
and it matters not if we close Septem
ber 1 or September 17 from the stand
point of Interest. If we open early, we
will be able to dispose of oiir surplus*
players more advantageously. I do not
believe the schedule as it stands will
be adopted. Atlanta is threatening to
get out of the league if certain changes
are not made, and Montgomery is very
anxious to open in Birmingham.”
Mr. Baugh learns unofficially that
the spring meeting will occur in Chat
tanooga, February 20.
Mr Baugh Discovers It Would Be Impossible to Change Pro
vision That Clubs Must Be Down to the Limit
By Opening Day
There is every reason to believe that
there will be no action taken at the
meeting of the Southern league direc
tors looking to the change of the pro
vision that each club must be down to
the 18-man limit by the opening of the
This is due to the fact that R. H. ,
Baugh, president of the local club, dis
covered yesterday that that provision
must of necessity remain as it is on
account of the action of the national
commission. The commission, as is re
membered, established the rule that no
club of a league in the A classification
can have on its pay roll more than 18
men, and that no club can have a pay
roll in excess of $3600.
“We of the Southern league,” stated

Mr. Baugh yesterday, “are right up to
the limit in regard to men and money.
Should we make a rule that might per
mit us to carry our men until May 1.
we would be in violation of the salary
and man limits, ahd would be subject
to a fine at the hands of the national
Manager Molesworth was very anx
ious that the change be made on ac
count of his desire to look his men over
carefully before disposing of them.
“However,” stated he, “I can look
them over as rapidly as the other man
agers, I presume. But when we cut loose
our men two or three weeks before the
little leagues start their seasons, we
will have no place to send our surplus
material. The rule will, therefore, work
a double hardship on Southern league
Chattanooga, February 15.—(Special.)—
King is the new outfielder of the Look
outs. The latest addition to the ranks
of the locals who has been the star cen
ter fielder of the Topeka club of the
Western league for the past two years
was finally secured Saturday morning In
exchange for Forsythe.
Chicago, February 15.—President Ban
Johnson of the American league has an
nounced his intention of investigating the
device of a Bedford. Mass., man, who
claims that by its use umpires can make
no mistake on their decisions as to balls
and strikes.
A letter was received by the league pres
ident giving a few ideas of the invention,
which is said to be patterned after the
telescope, and lie says that if it is all
that is claimed for it there is a likelihood
that it would be a valuable adjunct to
the baseball field.
Washington, February 15.—The intercol
legiate shooting matches this week in
cluded the following:
Eastern league, Princeton defeated
North Georgia, 947 to 920.
Harvard defeated Columbia. 952 to 885.
Cornell defeated Lehigh, 898 to 791.
Western league.' Oklahoma defeated
Washington, 880 to 878.
Kansas defeated United States “Vet.
Surge,” ®U8 to 751.
Purdue defeated Louisiana 922 to 0 (de
Boston, February 15.—Manager George
.Stallings of the Boston Nationals, spent
a busy <lay completing arrangements for
the team's southern, trip, denying rumors
of extensive trades with New York or
other clubs and discussing plans for a |
rehabilitation of the local team. He left
tonight for his home in Haddock. Oa..
where lie will its joined within a lew day:
by a small squad of battery candidates.
San Francisco, February 15.—Ralph
Host put tlie Xi pound shot 39 feet ** inch
at the annual indoor track and field meet
of the Pastime Athletic club last night,
breaking the former record of 38 feet
Id 11-16 Inches, made hy Patrick McDonald
of the Irish-American Athletic club of
New York.
Tennis Tourney
New York, February 15.—Wylie C.
Grant and Gustave F. Touchard, cham
pion of 1909, won their places In the semi
final round of the national indoor lawn
tennis championship tournament here to
day. W. M. Hall also came through to
couple with Touehard for the lower final
bracket. The other semi-finalist will be
either G. C. Shafer or G. G. Moore, Jr.,
both former Columbia university men.
Among the defaults registered in the first
round was that of F. B. Alexander and
T. R. Pell, holders of the doubles title.
To Solve Smoke Question
To the Editor of The Age-Herald:
After reading the ton trover?? y on amok*
for the past several weeks. I often won
dered why some one did not suggest
lomc practical plan to our worthy com
missioners for their consideration besides
the smoke consumers which are very
temporary and trifling at best. 1 will of- i
ftr the outline* of a plan and I feel
sure our commissioners can work it out.
The first place lets have a large gas
plant outside of the city, so we can
make all the gas wq need for those who
wish to use it, and all coke in our pub*
lie buildings and the balance can be used
in our residence furnaces and grates.
Gas can be made at a good profit al
50 cents per 1000 feet, half our present
price and coke at $2 per ton; you see
this is half the present price. Its a
fact that Jefferson county is an Ideal
place, for a municipal gas plant, we have
an abundance of gas coal. Lots of pipe
shops and in fact, everything needed
right at our door. In fact it is the best
place in the world for a municipal gas
plant. It’s a fact other cities not as
well situated, are making and selling
gas at 43 cents per 1000 feet, and then
turn into the public fund a good sum. We
need the big products too. All our streets
and roads could use the pitch and tar
uim* thocpe.
Comparatively few full blooded
Indians have made good in professional
baseball. In recent years those who
nave succeeded to regular positions with
either American or National League
lubs can be counted upon the fingers of
me hand.
Athletic trainers and coaches have
iften wondered at this. It is the more
-urprlslng when one stops to consider
lial, of all nations there Is none whicli
an boast of more natural athletes than
he al)origines. Some mentors have
bed to explain it by saying that the;
ce has been retrogressing. This, ofj
urse, may be in a great measure re
onsible for the condition.
Vhatever the reason, it remains a fact
at only Sockalexls, “Jack" Meyers
and "Cliler’ Bender have niuuncd fame given trials in fust company, but they
as big leaguers. Other Indians have hnve Invariably fallen just one notch
made good in the minors and have been - My In their major league ability.
•Notable among these were Jude, a
reservation Indian, and Lnrov. a Ohip
l>ewa. They have always been among
the best in their respective minor asso
ciations, but they have lacked an inde
finable something so frequently the
case with good minor leaguers.
Now ‘'Jim" Ttairpe has been added to
the list, and out In St. T.ouls the Browns
may have an Indian playing shortstop
for them. Raienti, who had a trial witii
Cincinnati for a time, has been turned
over to George Stovall.
Sock a! ex is was regarded as one of the
best players in his time, about thirteen
years ago. He played for four years
with Holy Cross and then played for
about two seasons with Cleveland, but
‘fire water’’ was the cause of tils down
confined with that slag pile, spread on
the streets with our prisoners. That Will |
keep down the dust.
There is no limit to a municipal gas
plant well conducted. I have faith in |
our commissioners and people. First, it
will do away with that 99 per cent smoke.
Second, will give consumers gas at halt
price; coke at half price. Third, will kil
the dust. Fourth, will do away with the
slag piles. Fifth, make good streets at
cost. Sixth, stop all contention and put
men united to work for the good of
Cheap gas, electricity and coke will
do away with the smoke nuisance as no
one will use soft coal If you give them
something better to take its place. Ex
tend the gas main so every one can use
it. It will be a good investment for the
city of greater Birmingham and cut down i
the high cost of living. Kespectfully
yours, J. A. JAMES, l
Birmingham. February 11, 1913.
Sand Cure for Fatigue
From Harper's. l'
One of the most efficacious cures for
fatigue from overwork consists in walk
ing barefoot in sand. The nerves of the
sole and heel are slightly Irritated by
coming in contact with the grains and ac
celerate the circulation of the blood in
ail parts of the body. The effect pro
duced Is highly Invigorating. Besides
this the motony of an ample extent of
yellow sand exercises a sporoiftc effect
on the brain which induces sleep.
Considerate Providence
From the National Monthly.
A young man in want of 925 wrote to
his uncle as follows:
"Dear Uncle; Jf you could see how' I
blush for shumc while 1 am writing you
would pity me. Do you know' why? Be
cause I have to ask you for a few dol
lars, and I do not know how to expres
myself. Tt is impossible for me to tell I
you. I prefer to die. I send you this
messenger, who will wait for an answer.
Helieve me, my dearest uncle, your most
obedient and affectionate NFP1IHW."
“P. S.—Overcome with shame for what
I have written, T have been running afte,
tile messenger in order to take the letter
from hint, but I cannot catch him. Heav
en grant that something may happen to
stop him or that tills letter may get
The uncle was naturally touched, but
was equal to the emergency. He replied
as follows:
"My Dear Jack: Console yourself and
blush iio more. Providence 1ms heard
your prayers. The messenger lost yoiti
letter. Your affectionate 1TNCLK.”
Was a Musician
From the Woman’s Home Companion.
At a reception one night a loud mouth
ed young man was Invited to sing. De
sultory applause followed and he respond
ed with a vociferous rendering of “My
Old Kentucky Home.’’ The hostess was
passing among her guests, beaming at
t he success of her entertainment and sure
that everybody was having a good time, j
when suddenly, to her surprise she came
upon a middle aged man but slightly j
know!) to her who was weeping silently ]
but bitterly in a secluded corner. Think- j
lng that his heart had been touched by j
the old song, she asked sympathetically:]
“Why do you weep? Are you a Ken- 1
tuck la n?“
“No, madam,” he replied, "I am a mu
Another Pussy
From the National Monthly.
Wife (sobbing to John on his return
from office)- John, I baked a cake.
John Well, don't cry, dear.
Wife—But, John, the cat ate it.
John—Don't cry, dear. I'll buy another I
on t.
Gotham Manager Signs Five
Year Contract Calling
for Annual Stipend
of $20,000
New York* February 15.— John ^fe
Gray, leadet of the New York
National league c hampion?, today signed
a five year contract to manage the team
for the seasons of 191.1-17 Inclusive. Mc
Graw was working under a five year con
tract which had two years to run. The
old contract, however, was abrogated, and
tlu* new one gives the manager a sub
stantial Increase in salary. It Is said
McGraw's old contract called for $18,000 a
season and that his stipend now has been
increased to $20,000 a season. President
Hempstead of the Giants issued a state
ment saying:
"It gives me great pleasure to announce
that the New York National League Base
ball club has entered into a contract with
John J. McGraw* whom we consider to
be the greatest manager of the generation
in professional baseball to act as man
ager of the team for the seasons of 1913,
1914. 1915. 191*} and 1917. During the term of
years that McGraw has been with the
New York club lie has brought four Na
tional league championships and on#
world's championship to this city. .His
club has never been out of the lirst di
vision except during the brief part of the
latter part, of the season of 1902, when '
he assumed control and begat* the process
of building up a new team. We consider
tills a wonderful record and we are glad
to attest the appreciation of the club by
renewing our relations with so competent
and so great a baseball general."
Manager McGraw will leave here tomor
row for Marlin, Tex., where the Giants
have their training camp, to look over
his young player?. Mathew son, Harley,
Thorpe, Goulatt and Evers, the latter a
young brother of Johnny Kvers of the
Cubs, will accompany him. The old men
will train with the young players.
Manchester Victorious Over
Local Cracks—Tie for
Washington, February 15.—Warren, Pa.,
and Washington, D. <\, are tied for first
place In the Kastern league interclub
rifle shooting matches for the champion
ship of the T'nlted States. This week's
results Include:
Manchester defeated Birmingham, VTJ
to 957.
Portland, Me., defeated New Orleans,
957 to 919.
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