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The pinch hkter's life is far from
being a continual bed of. roses. To
the casual observer it appears pretty
soft for a man to sit on the bench
every afternoon for seven or eight
innings, with nothing to do but watch
the game and then be called on to
step to the plate in a pinch to hit for
some weak sticker. Nothing of the
kind. The man that is kept on the
pay roll to do stunts of this sort has
his work cut out for him, and even
though the rest of the regulars tell him
what a snap he has, not one of them
would willingly exchange places with
him. The pinch hitter holds his job be
cause he can swat the ball. Every
time he Is sent In to hit for some
one he is aware that it's up to him to
deliver a safe drive. He has been Bit
ting on the bench possibly the greater
part of the afternoon without getting
a chance to see what sort of stuff the
pitcher is serving, and he knows that
the moment he steps to the plate the
flinger will deliver everything in his
repertoire. Then everyone in the
stands is looking to him to#clout and
banking on him to make good. The
fans seldom take into consideration
that, no matter how good a hitter a
player may be, he only makes one
base hit about every three trips to
the plate. He never knows what mo
ment his manager will take out some
weak batter that he cap be substi
tuted. About the only chance the
pinch hitter has to feel jubilant is
when he has been called on to perform
and drives out the base hit that re
turns his club victor. To have the
cheers of the fans ringing in his ears
at a time like that is mighty fine, but
Fifteen-year-old Perry McGillivray
of the Crane high school at Chicago, is
probably the greatest swimmer of his
age, size and weight in the world.
Considering the fact that Perry is just
a little over five feet tall, weighing 123
pounds, and has been swimming for
only two years, his performances over
the shorter distances have been noth
ing short of marvelous. Under the
careful coaching of Swimming Director
Frank Sullivan of the Illinois Athletic
club at Chicago, McGillivray holds the
Perry McGillivray.
interscholastic record for 40 yards at
:19 4-5. Daniels' world's record for the
same distance is :19 3-5. McGillivray
made his record in the second inter
scholastic meet held in the I. C. A. tank
recently. Perry not only is good at 40
yards, but has a record at 100 yards of
:59 2-5.', Perry swims the Australian
crawl stroke and is quick as lightning
in getting started. Sullivan thinks the
little fellow will surely be a candidate
to represent the United States at the
next Olympic swimming contests. Lo
cal swimming experts look for him to
lower several of the records hung up
by the "human pickerel" Daniels be
fore long.
Fred Pfeffer, than whom a greater
second baseman never drew the breath
of life, was asked one day to describe
the most ludicrous play he ever saw
on the diamond. "Well," responded
Pfeffer, after a moment's deliberation,
"I think the funniest thtiffg 1 ever saw
occurred in Brooklyn one- afternoon
daring Brotherhood year. I had rec
ommended a young pitcher named
Barston to Chicago and for a short
time he went along in fine style. But
he wound up by turning a trick that
recalled the story of the man who, not
knowing the game, threw the ball to
a personal friend on the other team
every time he got hold of ic Barston
Was in the box this afternoon. With
man on third and one out, the in
field was playing ckwe, watching for
a, chance to retire the runner at the
plate. Barston bent one over, and the
next Instant had grabbed a hot
sounder that came to him like a flash.
For a second he stood dazed, while
the man on third raced home. Then
the thought oL the man who recom-
^»=v^*.l ^^fflwiided him W 'Anson' .-must have
^^MM&Matxmk Barston, for while there was
S me to getifhe nattier .going home, he
,.... whirled and although I was within six
feet of him, he slammed the ball at
-.•^feiJBM, almost knocking me down, I man-
WiMg»a.to get hold of the pill in some
and essfly threw the man out sj|
•rst, bat tie other mas •cored/'
Vt-^Ppi^§|^fe^^ v^* ?oft:?'
does it atone for the times after he performers of the highest class, and
has failed to deliver the much needed
hit and on his way to the clubhouse he
hears some particularly rabid fan
yell: "Get out, you big mut! You
couldn't"fall out of a boat and hit the
Captain and Manager of Two Times
World's Champions Has Served
with Chicago Club Ten Years—
Plank and Mathewson Each on Re
spective Teams Seven Years.
Frank Chance, captain and manager
of the Chicago National league base
ball club, two timesworld's champions,
has finished his tenth consecutive year
of service with that organization. He
has been with one club longer than
any other professional player now in
the diamond arena. There are not
many players who have never been
with more than xrae club. Considering
the number of players in the big
league fold, they are few and far be
Chance has served with only one
team since coming into major league
ranks, but in that time he has been
employed by two owners. The first
was Jim Hart and the second Charlie
Murphy. Chance joined the Chicagos
in 1898 as a catcher. He also has
played in the outfield for them,' and
from a raw recruit has worked his
way up to leader of the strongest
baseball team in existence, and con
sidered by many the greatest ever or
His Is the reward of merit, and, not
being a rolling stone, he has gathered
a share of moss. Yet to be a rolling
stone in baseball does not imply im
providence, nor is it a reflection on the
ability of the player. There are play
ers who have changed about who are
who have laid aside nest eggs of com
fortable size. They have stuck to their
work none the less faithfully for hav
ing roamed under the various ban
Johnny Kling is another warrior un
der the Cub standard who has not
played big league ball elsewhere. He
came to the Chicagos in 1901, and has
been there ever since, catching many
games each year, taking the pounding
of many pitchers season after season
and with no falling off in the quality
of his work.
He is one of those day-in-and-day-out
catchers who do all the better work
for doing a great deal of it. The back
stop is the recipient of more actual
battering than any other one man on
a team, and in view of this fact it is
somewhat surprising that some of
them—such as Kling, Bresnahan, Doo
in and Sullivan—can do so much work
and do it so well.
Eddie Plank, the crack pitcher of
the Athletics, has been with Connie
Mack for seven consecutive years, and
with no other. He has come to be as
much of a fixture in this city as Chris
ty Mathewson has in New York. Like
Plank, Mathewson's big league career
has been confined to one team. He
pried his way into major company the
same year as Plank—in 1901.
The New Yorks came mighty near
losing Mathewson on a couple of occa
sions, one when he was about to jump
to the St. Louis Browns during the
war time, and once when he was trad
ed to Cincinnati for Rusie, but was
traded back before the season opened.
In 1905, when Mathewson and Plank
faced each other on the slab in the
opening game of the world's series,
each had come to his respective club
an unknown, and in the interim be-,
come famous in the same length of
time and without changing employers.
Fred Clarke, Tommy Leach and
Hans Wagner are conspicuous exam
ples of men who have not been with
one club alj the time they have been
in the National league. They have,
however, been with one employer all
that time—Barney Dreyfuss.
They were with Dreyfuss when he
owned the Louisville club, and came
with him to Pittsburg. In due time
they will pass out, possibly playing
in some other city before retiring,
though that is not likely, but when
they do step down and out Plttsburg
ers will feel that they have sustained
a personal loss, so firmly have Clarke,
Leach and Wagner, become part and
parcel of the Smoky City baseball
and its traditions Pittsburg has
helped make them famous, and they
will have done the same for Pittsburg.
Fred Tenney was a faithful toiler
for the Boston Nationals for even long
er than Chance has been with the
Chicagos, hut Tenney no longer Is
Identified with the fortunes of the
Hub. He arrayed himself with the
Boston forces' in 1897, probably is as
good a ball player as he ever was, and
yet he nowV|S ^seeking his livelihood
in anoth,e^f^ld.-\ "that'sthe way In
•?fwd other Pittsburg* kattdbys are
the two pitchers, Ssffi'Leever and Dea
con PhflSppe.: Thejrare as thorough
ly ingrained in the Pirate baseball
fabric asTcotton fn catted. Both have,
been with the Pittsburg club steadily,
since 1900, and have known no other
Only the owner of the Philadelphia
Americans has signed the checks that
have ^rewarded Chief Bender's dia-*
bond services since he has Been a
member of the national game's elite.
The Indian pitcher joined Connie
Hack's team in 1963. Carl Lundgren,
of the Chicago Nationals, and Bob
Swing of the Cincinnatis, have done
all their big league pitching with one
That was the time when McGinnity
earned the sobriquet of "Iron. Man."
He would work six days a week, pitch
ing for country teams all over central
Illinois, and on Sunday would go to
Springfield and play with the Spring
field team, many of the members of
which have since become famous and
not a few of whom.have since passed
away. President Kinsella of the
Springfield club was a member of this
team and remembers the connection
between H. C. Smith and Joe Mc
Ginnity in the olden days.
Smith was one of Joe's stanchest
and most consistent admirers, and
from the time he first knew him until
the present day, his admiration has
not abated. In 1895 Smith left Auburn
and went to Chicago,'where he became
engaged in a brokerage business, at
which he prospered. Later he became
connected with his present company,
gradually working his way to the top,
until he was a man of wealth.
Learning that the New York Giants
were going to release McGinnity,
Smith at once arranged with Joe to
get hold of some team, for which
Smith was to furnish the money. The
result was the purchase of the Newark
club, the dream of an ardent baseball
fan and admirer brought to realization,
and a home assured the famous. Joe
McGinnity, all through the regard,
which a station agent in a country
town felt for a ball player whom he
considered the best he had ever
Forth Worth has a catcher named,
Wick. He gets all lit up after every
Galveston has two players named
Wolf and Wolfolky Odd combination.
Herzog of the Giants is one of the
few Jewish players in the garni/
McAleer thinks he has a prise in
Arthur Griggs, a Texas lnflelder.
Griggs can hit and field almost any
Griffith announces that he will carry
two men for every infield position this
season and' two extra outfielders:
*„tetrolt has four bald-headed jriayers
--Crawford, OXeary, Kllllfer and
Schaefer. ..'.,.' "'^C"
Pat Dougherty again has pushed
himself back to the left field for the
.White Sox. displacing Cravath.
The Minneapolis and St Pant own
ers threaten to transfer their fran
chises if the. Minnesota legislature
prohibits Sunday baseball. '?•-§&:
pto& Doe, the former New Bedfofd
Worcester-Providence magnate*
keeping his. eye open for another New
England league franchise.
It all the deals for baseball grounds
at the Arkansas Hot Springs go
&r»ugh, no fewer than six majoi
tongue teams will train there next
The new manager of the Minneapolis American Association team is a
veteran of the national game. Last season he had charge of the Boston
Interesting Story Connected with Pur
chase of Newark Club of
Eastern League.
There is an interesting story con
nected with the deal whereby Joe
McGinnity and H. C. Smith of Chicago
purchased the Newark club of the
Eastern league, which reveals the
identity of Mr. Smith and portrays the
rise of a penniless man to a million
aire, who remained true to his first
love in the baseball world.
H. C. Smith, now known as a lead
ing member of a Chicago manufactur
ing company, was station agent for
the Chicago & Alton railroad at Au
burn, a little town south of Spring
field, 111., working on a modest salary,
with nothing better in view, 12 years
ago. He had been a resident of that
part of the country since about 1870,
and it was in those days that he
learned to admire Joe McGinnity as a
ball player.
Eleven Recruits Now Being Tried Out
by Various Teams—St.
Louis Has Four.
The eight American league clubs
will have 22 southpaw pitchers on
their rosters this spring. Of this num
I ber 11 have seen more or less service
in the American league, while the oth
er ten are recruits, one, Wolters of
Boston, having had a brief experience
in the National league.
St. Louis is a little better fixed as
to southpaws numerically than most
of its rivals, having four left-handers
In Waddell, Bailey, Graham and
Swift. Waddell was one of the few
American league southpaws who won
more games than he lost last season,
his record being 19 victories and 14
defeats. Bailey won three out of
eight, while Graham won six out of
13. Swift, who pitched for Wilkes
barre, won 24 and lost 16.
New York also has four southpaws,
"Doc" Newton, Wilson of Hartford,
Schmidt of Baltimore and Vaughan
of the Arkansas State league. New
ton did not do much in the American
league in 1908, but Schmidt won five
of his six games in the Eastern
league. Wilson won 21 and lost 12
for Hartford, while Vaughan won nine
and lost only one down south. He
failed to distinguish himself, however,
with the Yankees last season, being
very wild.
Connie Mack has Eddie Plank, the
old reliable Krause, the California
high-school boy, and Salve, from the
South Atlantic league, as his left
handers. Plank flailed to break even
last year, winning 14 and losing 16,
but Krause, after being farmed out
by Mack to the Trl-State league, won
17 and loBt but four. Salve won 14
and lost 15 in the, Sally league.
Chicago has three offside Singers
In Altrock, White and Sutor, the last
named being from the San Francisco
club of the Pacific Coast league. Sutor
won 26 and lost 20 games, White won
19 and lost 13, while Altrock won but
three out of the ten games he pitched.
Boston will worry along with Bur
chell and Wolters. Burchell, who is a
Baltimore recruit of the preceding fall,
won ten and lost eight games for the
Red Sox last year. Wolters, formerly
a Red and Cardinal, was a minor
league phenom last season, winning
25 and losing only two games for the
San Jose team of the California State
Washington's trio of southpaws are
Burns, who won six and lost 11 games
for the Nationals In 1908 Gray, who
won 26 and lost 11 games for Los An
geles, the championship club of the
Pacific Coast league, and Jesse Tanne
hill, who hopes to regain his effective
ness this year. /*?,'. ,(,
One veteran and one. young south
paw will be on the Tiger •. pitching
staff, Killlan being the veteran and
Speer, from 'the Wichita club of the
Western association,' being the re
cruit I 4$u
While two of the clubs have* four
southpaws apiece, three haye three
apiece., and two are equipped with two
apiece Cleveland has bui oner left
handed pitcher and he is a semi-pro.,
Andreada, from Los Angeles.
U. of V. Has Another "Find."
In Stanton, the star half back of the
University of Virginia .football team
last season, "Pop" Lanhlgan, trainer
of the university track team, bejleves
be has discovered another Rector.
Stanton holds the record.for the quar
ter on the Pacific coast and has done
so wen in recent tryouta at the uni
versity that Lannlgan believes he can
be developed into a promising candi
date for interdblleglate honors for that
distance. He will represent Virginia
In the quarter at the intercollegiate
games at Cambridge this year.
Kling Will Quit Gams for a Yearv
Johnny Kling, the. Cubs' star catch
er, has wired Manager Chance that he
cannot find any one to take' care of
his Kansas City business and would
therefore be unable to play hsjl this
Those Who 8how Promise In Need of
Careful Watching. 8o That They Do
Not Injure Themselves—Old Hands
at Conditioning Game Round Into
Form 8lowly.
blg-league teams as special coaches for
the young players under trial.
Last year Manager McAleer of the
Browns inaugurated the innovation by
appointing Jack O'Connor as assistant
manager or special coach for the St
Louis team, ond so successful did the
plan prove that this season three other
major^league clubs have signed vet
eran catchers to coach the young twirl'
ers, and Manager McGraw has gone a
step further by signing Arlie Latham
to coach the New York team during
the game. This is not Latham's first
job of this kind, however, as he held
the same kind of a position with Cin
cinnati while John T. Brush, now pres
ident of the New York club, was the
principal owner of the Reds.
"Kid" Gleason of the Philadelphia
Nationals, Charlie Farrell of the New
York Americans, Jom McGuire of the
Cleveland Americans,, and Wilbert
Robertson of the New York Nationals,
are the four who hold positions as spe
cial coaches of the players.
The training of the young pitchers
in the spring is one of the duties which
every manager gives his strictest at
tention to, for it means a great deal'
to the club as well as the pitcher.
Every year each club in the major
leagues has several pitchers on its
list who never make their appearance
in a regular championship game. But
this does not mean that they have
been found worthless. Many of them
are not ripe for big-league company,
and when they are sent back to the
minor leagues for another year of sea
soning the manager of the team that
sends them back generally has a pretty
good line on what may be expected of
the youngsters in the future.
In selecting the promising material
and picking out the men who are
worth carrying on the regular pay roll
it Is the wisdom of the veteran player
that shows itself, and this is where
veteran players like Gleason, Farrell,
Robinson and McGuire come into play.
When the team goes south for its
spring practice the young players need
to be watched. Ambition to show up
in good shape before the manager, with
the hope of landing a permanent place
on the team, often causes the young
player to injure himself, so that he is
of little use to the club for several
weeks, and this means heavy expense
to the club, and probably the loss of
a job to the player.
.The reports from the southern train
ing camps are generally filled with
what the young players are doing and
how fast they are working. But one
seldom readsiof the veteran players
killing themselves getting into condi
tion in a hurry. They have been
through the mill, and know what it is
to take care of themselves until the
time comes to let Out their true form.
With a trained man in each camp to
watch over the over-anxious players
the chance, of haying the hospital list
full all the time fs greatly lessened,
and this is one of the things figured
out by Manager Bresnahan when he
decided to hold Billy Gilbert to watch
the Cardinals in their-work.
Eddie Siever, formerly with the De
troit American league team, has signed
|m with the Aberdeen club of the
Northwestern league, better known as
fhe PaxSlfic-Northwest, fat. a fat.' salary,
with a non-reserve clause.' His salary'
Is to be better than he received In In
Olanapolls last year, though the league
Is class B. Aberdeen finished third
last year, its last pennant winner being
1M& but with the crack left bander
land the bunting thisi coming
This is the eighth year the
ieagve hag bees under national nrptee-
Veteran ball players who have re
tired from active work on the diamond
and who have proved their ability to
handle promising recruits to the mar
jor league ranks are being signed each .. ..•-. __««••»•*.
year by enterprising managers of the "?«™lal «?h„!nge:_andJ,1_v!d_!m*,l
,'i':ra''''iif vrry^-^••''"•
Israel W. Durham, Leader In Stat*
Politics,. Buys Controlling •n**r
est In Club. W'•
When 'the Philadelphia National
league club changed owners the other
day the majority of the stock waa\
bought by a man who for nearly a
score of years has been the leading:
factor in Republican politics in Penn
sylvania, a lover of baseball and *11
sports—Israel W. Durham. Durham
succeeded William J. Shettsllne as the
president of the club, and having re
tired from active participation In, pol
itics, has decided to give his time
strictly to baseball. He will therefore
administer the affairs of his club, not
merely being a figurehead.
Durham is a Philadelphlan by birth.
His father was a big flour merchant
and prominent member of the Com-
ripe age of 86 years, dying within the
past year. His son, the subject of
this sketch, acquired his education In
•-. •. Israel W. Durham,
the public schools, leaving the high
school after one year's study, to en
gage in the trade of bricklaying. Later
he engaged in the flour business with
his father and continued in that calling
until he entered politics, about 2S
years ago. His first political activity
was in the early '80s, but it was not
until 1885 that he accepted public of
fice. He was then elected a magis
trate and was re-elected in 1890—
hence his title of "judge." It was at
that time that Durham became a lead
ing factor in the Philadelphia political
In December, 1894, Qurham urged
the nomination of the Hon. Boles Pen
rose for mayor of the city, but in the
convention which followed his candi
date was defeated at the last minute.'
A split followed in the Republican or
ganization and Durham was recognized
as the head of the movement which
resulted during the year following in
the building up of a new and most
powerful drganization, with him as its
chief. From that time he was recog
nized by every Republican worker in
Philadelphia as their leader. After
the election of Senator Penrose to the
United States senate in 1897, Durham
was elected to the state senate, and he
served for the balance of Senator Pen
rose's term at Harrisburg. Upon the
election of Gov. William A. Stone, Dur
ham was. appointed state insurance
commissioner, to which position be
was reappointed by Gov. Pennypacker.
This high post "he held hntil July 1,*
when he resigned in order' that': he
could go west for the benefit-of his.
Mike Decides to Play In the Vaudi
vllle League This Season.
Apparently "all is over" between
Mike Dpnlin, the Giants' heavy-hitting
outfielder and the New York club. Ac
cording to latest reports, Mike has
signed a contract with the Keith-Proc
tor people which will take ,.tbk.cele£ 'M
brated fence breaker into the middle
of July, by which time the Giants ?ii
will have Uma^'''i6'''^ix^iji^ikl^:-W^
Without him. .•*$•%••:•
i' Hike ^said^jbo'j^i]^|t%^b$re .800
the vaudeville league, while his
Ife, of an estal
as accomplished and]
charming actress. :jLv..
-®& Iddings 'to Coach at
Harold Iddings, half back on thel
University of Chicago football teami
tor the last four years, has sighed
Contract to ccach the ^lami «oDetw^
eleven next falL The former .Maroonl-''^'"'
Is well qualified for the posiUon, as hel
wss 6niM9f the mainstays of the MldfiS
way eleven during his fobtbsJi^caiwsrMplil
and knows the game thoroughly.
Stone," former director of athletics •Hmk0
the 0. A. A, and now athleUc directorf
at the Ohio institution, WM festralp
mental in getting Iddings to aocep#
the position. :v* iV:*:
».'^-^.._ '!»«,i^^qpjda
Donlln/whose principal 'clalhi^dls^fl:M
tinction off the ball field is the fact
that he Is the husband of Mabel Hite,p*
says that he can make more money to
faudevilfo than playlng ball, and thati
heis out after the coin. He demanded
salary of $8 000 from the New York
0ub, but was informed 'tfiat $6,000 was|
as high as the management Intended!
fo pay. After backing and filling for| nl
severe* weeks, during. wMdist timef
neither player nor club showed anyfc.
disposition .to .make concessions, Jton4f
pnT'decldgd'to fall for the.ttelplanl
fhinf am* pass up his chanc* to wrestf
the National league batting honors
from his rival, Hans Wagner,

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