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J. Pluvius Gums Opening Game
Rain Blocks Opening Game
of Straw-Hat World’s Series
Cloudy Skies Give Bitter Hope for Contest This Afternoon.
Dave Shean May Not Play—Ruth Will Not
Pitch Today
Chicago, September 4.—Prevented by rain from staging the first game
of the world’s series today, the Chicago Nationals and Boston Red Sox spent
;he day under cover in preparation for the game tomorrow, which, weather
jermitting, will inaugurate the last struggle for the premier baseball honors
to be played during the war.
Fred Mitchell, manager of the Cubs,
and Manager Barrow of the Boston
club, kept their players closely segre
gated today, working out problems of
defense and attack preparatory to the
opening found of the battle tomorrow.
Both leaders expressed confidence of
the outcome.
The only outcropping of news which
enlightened an otherwise- dismal,
gloomy session of the “Hot Stove’'
league, lay in the injury to Dave Shean,
the Red Sox second baseman who, it
was said, may not appear in tomor
row’s lineup. Jack Coffey was picked
to substitute for Shean with a possi
bility that Fred Thomas, who is on a
furlough from the Great L»akes naval
training station, might be called into
the fray to play third base.
August Herrmann, chairman of the
national baseball commisison, enlivened
the hotel corridor gossip with the an
nouncement that he expected the series
to net $25,000 for war charities. He said
indications were that the total re
ceipts this year would approach a quar
ter of a million dollars to be divided
between the players, clubs, leagues and
commission, with the split for the run
ner-up and third and fourth place
clubs. Mr. Herrmann based his esti
mate on the receipts of last year,
which, in round numbers totalled $350,
“There is no way of tellPng at this
time how the money raised for the war
charities will be divided. Whatever the
amount may be, each of the parties
concerned—the players, umpires, club
owners and all others participating in
the series—has agreed to donate a pci
eentage of his share to the cause.
“It is very likely some person en
tirely outside of baseball will be asked
to pick the charity to which the money
will be donated. It is possible we fnay
ask the Secretary of War to place the
fund to some single charity or to dis
tribute it among all recognized war ac
tivities. *
“It is unlikely that the commission
will take upon itself the distribution''©!
the funds.’’
Possibilities of a Sunday game in
Chicago loomed large today. Overcast
skies augured ill for tomorrow s sched
uled contest and it was announced that
in the event of another postponement
or a tie game the first contest at Bos
ton might be put over until Tuesday
and a £ame staged in Chicago on Sep
tember 8. The club owners were frank
ly in favor of this plan.
“Big Jim” Vaughn, the most con
sistent winner tor the Chicago Nation
als this season, was a favorite among
the mound possibilities for tomorrow'.
It was admitted th^t the choice of the
Chicago twilers was between Vaughn
and Tyler, both left-handers. Vaughn's
prestige among the fans w'as counted
on to overcome whatever advantage
might accrue to Tyler as the result of
previous world's series experience.
| Boston’s choice for mound duty was
’in doubt. Harry Frazee, president of the
club, was authority for the statement
that whoever was chosen it would not
be “Babe” Ruth, intimating that Ruth's
prowess with the bat was considered
a highly important factor in the series.
It was believed that Manager Barrow
would give Mays preference over “Bul
let Joe” Bush* preferring to hold the
latter under wraps in case Mays
crocks under the strain of a big se
In spite of bad w’eather, officials of
the Chicago Nationals wTere confident
tonight that a comfortable crowd would
attend tomorrow’s game. Walter
Craighead, business manager, based his
prediction on the fact that more than
80 per cent of seats had been sold. There
were 17,000 reserved and box seats
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Vigilance Committee
Threatens to Paint
Sunday Autos Yellow
Memphis, September 4.—A self-appointed
“vigilance committee” is sponsor for
widely circulated threats here that auto
mobiles of Memphians who violate the
Sunday gasoline saving request of the
fuel administration in the future will be
stopped and painted yellow, it was
learned today. Violators were few last
Sunday, it was said todaiy, but it is pro
posed to make observance' general here
Seven Bales'Sell for
Record Price in Selma
Selma. September 4.—SeTen bales of cot
ton. sold on the Selma market today,
brought the owner J1654.99, or *386.42 per
bale, the highest price that has ever
been paid in this section for the staple.
D. C. Godwin of Sardis broughfthe cot
ton in as his first picking, and in addi
tion to the price for the fleece, he sold
his seed for *268.66, thereby averaging
*274.30 for staple and seed.
Pershing Enrollment Station
The New Hats Are Here
OUR HAT SHOP on Main Floor has
its full quota of Men’s Smart
Hats for Fall. While the manufac
turers have made us pay considerably
more for them we have cut our profits
so that there’s no noticeable advance
on hats bought here.
l ____
Here are the fly chasers representing the Red Sox and the Cubs In the world's series struggle. The upper
trio are the Boston entries, while below are the boys who will guard affairs on the ontposts for the Chicago club.
Take your pick; they look good all around.
Kid Elberfdd Engineers
Bout Between Klinke and
Martin for the Heavy
weight Championship
Corbett’s Daily Letter
_On Great Sport Topics
And now comes Fred Merkle as a firtu
time performer in the battling that in
volves the baseball championship ot the
Merkle's case is a strange one per- i
haps the strangest that baseball has j
known. Back in 1908, when a newcomer .
in the majors, he executed a “boner" ;
that New York fans never have for
given—and others have not forgotten, i
The mental laspe cost the Giants a pen
nant and lost a fortune for those who
had backed them to win the bunting.
Through the years since then countless
efforts have been made to drive Merkle
out of “big time." lie ever has been
the target for newspaper criticism; foi*
scathing denunciation by the fans. He
has been hooted and jeered as no oilier
player since baseball began. Times with
out number every pressure was brought
to bear upon John McGraw to turn Fred
Merkle adrift. But for nearly a decade
McGraw remained deaf to those pleas—
and Merllle lingered with the Giants.
At the time that Merkle made his ex
cusable .blunder—and for several years
afterward—the man would have been
considered insane who ventured a predic
tion that Merkle some day would tie for
second place honors as regards world
series, appearances because In that era
Merkle's job hung as if bv a thread.
From day to day, from week to week
Fred never knew whether he would last
out the season—or not. And the "anvil
chorus" never was silent, it was ever
drumming the tune, "Get rid of Merkle.
But Merkle remains to collect a fifth
share of world series money, while the
hundreds of others who were stars,, in
the day when he was a dub; who were
the idols of fandom while he was the
recipient only of hoots and jeers, have
passed from major league view-and been
forgotten. x
Fate has been unkind to Merkle In that
it ruled that he should lose a pennant
for the 1908 Giants; it was harsh to him
because it made him suffer through the
yests at the hands of unforgiving and
unfnrgetting fans. But fortune has bal
anced the account by giving to this same
maligned player the chance to accumu
late a small fortune through world series
Jack Barry holds the record as regards
the greatest collection of ' look Jack
played with the pennant winning Ath
letics of 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1911, and
then shifted to the Red Sox in time to
get into the 1915 and 1910 series. That
gives him a record of six.
Second place honors are shared Jointly
by Merkle, Eddie Collins and “Stuffy*'
McJnnis, who have played in five each.
Collins was with the 1910, *1911, 1913 and
1914 Athletics and then got in for a 1917
White Sox share. Melnnis was with
Collins and Barry in the days of Connje
Mack’s greatest glory and got slices of
the 1910, 1911, 19131 and 1914 melons. And
now he comes in for a cut with the 1918
Red Sox. Merkle, a veteran of the world
series battles of 1911, 1912, 1913 and ‘1916
is “in again" in 1918.
Pennants seem to follow Merkle around
even more than they have Barry, Collins
and Melnnis. The first sacker of the
1918 Cubs has the distinction of playing
with more different pennant winners
than any other athlete sjinee the world
series began. Barry, Collins and Mc
Irnis have worn the uniforms of but two
championship clubs; Merkle’s record is
three, embracing the regalia of New
York, Brooklyn and Chicago.
Barry, naturally, holds the record for
biggest winnings as well as most series.
Jack has beOn on five winning clubs and
but one loser—the 1914 Athletics. And
his total income from world series en
gagements was $17,927.67—a mark that
perhaps will endure for all time, because
neither Collins, Merkle nor Melnnis may
ever get a chance to eclipse it, with the
future of baseball so uncertain.
Collins ranks second in money, with
$11,429.83, Having received $10,901.70 as his
fourth Athletic portions and $3528.13 ad
ditional for efforts when tjie 1917 White
Sox defeated the Giants. Melnnis, hav
ing played on three winning and one
losing Athletic teams so far, has derived
$10,901.70. Just what his share for 1918
will be is a big question. Averaging it
around $2100, put his earnings beyond the
$13,000 mark.
Merkle is "low man" in receipts, be
cause he has been unfortunate enough
never to have played on a world series
winner. Merkle's share in 1911 was
$2436.39; in 1912 it reached $2566.48; in
1913 he got $2162.92, while in the Dodgcrs
Red Sox combat of 1916 Fred gathered in
his biggest share $2715.41. That makes
a grand total of $9881.20.
As in the case of Melnnis, the 1918
share is still a matter of conjecture. Per
haps it may reach beyond $2000; it is
unlikely that it will go much higher
whether his club wins or losses because ,
world series prices have been slashed
this year, the income will not be as j
great in ratio and the attendance may I
be much smaller.
Just the same, $2000 added to $0881.20
makes nearly $ 12,000—and that’s an amaz
ing record for a player to compile who
for 10 years has had the most insecure
job in baseball. ^ i
Camp Shelby. Miss., September 4.—(Spe
cial.)—The several thousand Alabama
men, who have arrived at Camp Shelby
within the past 45 days and a large num
ber of whom who have already been
brigaded among the 137th field artillery,
are going to turn out strong next Mon
day night to witness the fight for the
heavyweight championship of the United
States army between “Fighting” Bob
Martin of the military police and Gus
Klinke of the 137th field artillery. This
fight will be the first of any importance
that has been held since the arrival of
these men from Alabama.
Another interesting feature of this bout,
which was really started off by one of
the newspapers published for the benefit
of the soldiers in camp, is the fact that
Kid Elberfeld, formerly of the Little
Rock, Ark., baseball club really began
the promoting of the scrap. The Kid,
acting as a “Y” athletic director, was
appealed to by the officers to take up
the promoting end, wnen no one would
pay any attenting to the fighting. How
ever, once the ball was started rolling,
Elberfeld left the main part of the
matchmaking and promoting up to a pro
fessional, Louis B. Davis, and went back
to his baseball teams.
Klinke, managed by Lieutenant Keller
of Indianapolis, is now doing some
strenuous work-outs and has quite a
following around the division. There
seems to be plenty of Klinke money be
hind the challenger and the betting is
lively and even. Klinke has a fairly good
reputation as a boxer of experience.
While outweighed by the champion, the
friends of the challenger expect that his
cleverness and ring geperalship will have
much to do with the result of the bout
ending in Klinke’s favor.
Martin has boxed several times since
he has been in camp here and all of his
victories have been by way of the knock
out route. He was with Jack Dillon
as a sparripg partnerkfor a couple of
years before he came here and has done
some pretty good fighting since that time.
His last bout was with Leffa Hopson,
claimant of the heavyweight champion
ship of Kentucky. Hopson was from
Mayersville. He was knocked out in the
second session of a scheduled 10-round
battle by the champion. Hopson Is now
working with Klinke.
There is more interest in this fight than
any that has ever"been announced here.
More than 8000 soldiers and civilians are
expected to witness the contest, which
will be held on the divisional baseba'l
diamond. There are several thousand
civilians in Hattiesburg and in the nearby
towns who are going to come put to camp
to see the scrap.
Sergt. Louis B. Davis of the 137th
field^ artillery, who aTso haite from In
dianapolis, is now acting as* promoter,
which is his old-tinie pastime of ciyilian
life. Davis has arranged a number of
gopd preliminarieeto be on the card with
the championship cattle.
Lieut, H. Biadweli of the military po
lice, formerly of Indianapolis, is man
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Qadsden, September 4.—(Special.)
Wh(lo returning, from a Labor Day
outing late Monday between 6urti$ton
and Attalla, a crowd of 25 operatives
of the Attalla hosiery mill, composed
for the most part of girls, overturned
when the stearins sear locked. Fred
Gilbert, 16 years old, -had his leg
broken. Several of the girls were bad-,
ly bruised, but none Was seriously hurt.
Deciding that the vagrancy law al
ready on the books conforms with the
regulations desired by the state coun
cil of defense, tha city council has de
cided not to adopt the proposed “work
or fight” ordinance. A schedule of
rites for taxis was adopted. The max
imum charge to be made in tl.e city
limits is 50 cents, ' while a double
charge may be made between 10:30 at
night and C o’clock, \
The annual teachers’ institute is be
ing Conducted at Disque High school
by H. G. Dowiing, assisted by Miss
Taylor of Montgomery and Oscar Hor
ton, principal of Etowah County High
school. Flans also are being made for
the enrollment of bo>s in the United
States boys’ working reserve, which
work will be conducted by the teachers.
Hair-Raising Finishes Keep
Crowd Thrilled—Disputes
Arise Over Decisions
of Judges
tured the second. The third went to
Minnie Arthur in a driving finish, giv
ing her the race.
The disputes arising over the close
finshes of the big field in the 2:13 trot
on Tuesday’s card were adjusted to
the satisfaction of all concerned to
day, vhen the Connecticut Fair asso
ciation announced that it would pay
purses to all winners aa or’.ginally
placed, and that it would pay an addi
tional prize money apart from that
included in the regual stake to all win
ners who had inadvertently been
w'ronged in the decisions.
Mabel Trask and Miss Harris M. the
two best mares in the game, were
booked today for a special match race
on Friday. The summaries:
2:04 pace, purse $1000;
Judge Ormond Crosier) .1 1 1
Hal Boy (Lee). 2 2 4
Jay Mack (Cox) . 3 S 2
Budllght. Ben All and Un aleo started.
Time—2:04Vi : 2:05V* : 2:04(4
The Battle Royal, for 2:00 trotters.
purse $5000:
Ima Jay (Ernest) .... 2 11
Busy's Lassie (Cox) . 1 4 3
Esperanza (Geers) . 5 2 4j
Royal Mack. A1 Mack and Ross B also
Time—2:06; 2:0G(4; 2:06»i.
The 2:13 trot, purse $1000:
Minnie Arthur (Snow) .7 1 1
Bouquita Girl (Crossman).. — ... 15 3
Peterex (Murphy) .. 5 2 2
1 telle Stanford, Frisco Worthy. Osca»
Watts and Hanks Stout also started.
Time—2:08%; 2:12'/*; 2:00(4
Time trials:
To beat 2:18 pacing:
Ruby Trairp (Connors)-..— ...— Wot*
To beat 2:14(4 pacing:
Bettini (Crczier) .————1 wot*
To beat 2:30 trottlpg: >
Handy Forbes (Connors).—. — .. W«
Hartford, Conn., September 4.—There
was scarcely a heat fn today's Grand
Circuit racing: card at Charter Oak
park, which included the $5000 Battle
Royal for 2:00 trotters, that did not
end in a hair-raising- finish. The great
est thrills lor tho big crowd were pro
vided in the 2 0t paco, which Judge
Ormond won in straight heats, but fin
ishing under Crozior's lash on each oc
The Battle Royal, won by Ima jay,
owned and driven by Harvey Ernest,
was all that the namo implied. Cox’s
Lassie took the first heat, with Ima
Jay, who cast a shoe, finishing second.
Ernest’s horse wont to the stable for
repairs and came back to capture the
next two heats and the race in Im
pressive style. The heats of the 2:13
tr'ot were well contested. Boquila Girl
won the opener, but could do no better
than fifth in the second, while Minnie
Arthur, seventh in the first heat, cap
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