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The election of Thomas J. Lynch as
president of ths National league seems
to have been a happy solution of a
question which threatened to throw
tiie great baseball leagues Into a tur
moil. Everybody Beems satisfied with
the selection of the former "king of
It was a victory for the Herrmann
Dreyfus faction of the league and a
matter of joy to Ban Johnson, presi
dent of the American league, who
worked to prevent the election of John
M. Ward. The Brush-Murphy clique
did everything In Its power to elect
Ward and failed and In addition to
this consented to the retention of
John A. Heydler as secretary-treas
urer, the position he filled before he
was elected to take the place made
Tacant by the death of Harry Pulllam.
The magnates increased the salary for
Heydler, and he now will receive
nearly as much as he did in the office
of president
The National league did one thing,
nowever, that may yet mean trouble
with the American. That was the
adoption of a schedule calling for 168
games. The American had decided on
the 154 game schedule, and the ac
tion of the older organization will
mean a conflict In dates which may
cause trouble and keep the ill feeling
that has been shown recently at the
breaking point
Charles Comlskey, president of the
Chicago White Sox, was one of those
who was willing to go into a fight with
the National league. "Although I am
in for about $300,000 for a new park
next season," he declared, "I am will
ing to fight this thing out with the
National league. Should we start war
and fight for players. III go after
Johnny Evers of the Cubs the first
Think of the Cubs without Evers,
who probably never had a superior in
the baseball business as a heady
The National league umpires ought
to, and no doubt do, feel pleased at the
election of Lynch as president When
Tom Lynch was handling an indicator
on Uncle Nick Young's staff several
years ago, he was regarded as the best
in the business, and a man who feared
neither player, magnate nor fan. He
did his duty as he saw it When he
called a man out he was out If he
called him safe he was safe. A ball
was a ball and a strike was a strike.
The wrath of player, manager, owner
or "bug/* could not make him change.
If he Is as good a president of the
league as he was umpire, there need
be no fear of anything but clean base
ball' in the National league.
Lynch will not stand for the bad um
pire any more than he will permit
abuse of the good ones. After he had
been elected he addzessed the base
ball writers and asked them to treat
his umpires fairly and if they saw
one who was not the man for the po
sttton to tell bim personally or write
to kirn and he would fsTWUtato Is bic
Thomas J. Lynch, who has been lected ehief executive of the National
League of Baseball Clubs, was for several /ears the best umpire In the
business. He was chosen president I place of John A. Heydler and was
sprung by John T. Brush as a compr omlse when It was Impossible to elect
John M. Ward.
Two Leagues May Get Into Trouble
Over the 168 Game Plan of Older
Organization, the American Hav
ing Decided on 154.
own way. If the man was not the
proper person for the Job he would
fire him. It Is safe to say the umpir
ing under Lynch will be the best, or
as good as any, the National league
ever had.
It was John T. Brush, owner of the
New York Giants who elected Lynch.
When Brush saw he could not land
Ward, he wired Lynch who was at his
home In New Britain, Conn., and had
not been mentioned for the place.
When Lynch arrived In New York,
Brush asked him If he would accept
the presidency. Lynch agreed to take
the place if Heydler was elected sec
retary-treasurer. Lynch and Heydler
had been umpires together and are
old friends. Brush agreed and it was
soon fixed. The magnates did better
than Lynch had expected. They elect
ed Heydler for three years and boost
ed his pay.
Concerning the longer playing sched
ule, Barney Dreyfuss a member of the
schedule committee, said he was
strongly opposed to It, but found he
was the only one and decided to vote
for it to let the others learn by ex
perience the folly of their scheme.
"What's the use of voting one
against seven," said the world's cham
pion magnate, "when it does no good?
They will be sick and tired of 168
games before next season Is half over.
I know, for I have figured It out The
best scheme that can be arranged un
der their Ideas will compel them to
schedule several double headers in
the east' in order to work in 168
games between April 14 and October
16. That Is a bad thing for baseball
and cheapens it There are too many
double headers at best when only the
weather postponements make them.
There will be only one year of the
168 game business 111 bet and they
will be glad to go .back to the 154
game scheme."
The longer season advocates dis
claim all Intent to prevent the world's
series and claim it can be played just
as well as heretofore.
That the number of conflicting dates
between the rival teams in the same
city will be increased goes without
saying, as the international series can
not be made to dovetail as heretofore
on account of the additional game
each club must play in each city under
the National's 168 game schedule. Un
less friction crops out on this head
in the Joint meeting of the schedule
committees it will be due to Dreyf uss'
ability as a peacemaker. The Pirate
magnate said he thought he would
draft a 154 game schedule anyway, so
as to bare it ready for the old league
to adopt In February when ft found
168 games impracticable.
Foreigners Won Bike Race.
Walter Rutt of Germany and Jackie
Clark of Australia won the annual six
day bicycle race at Madison Square
garden in New York from an exhaust
ed and hopeless field. Their dls
tance of 2,660.1 miles for 142 hours,
$ which is 77 miles behind the record of
2,737.1 miles made last year by Mac-
Farland and Moran, gives no adequate
idea of a race which for broken rec
ords, broken precedents and broken
teams has been the most exciting ever
seen at the garden.
8aft Lake May Get Fight
"Tex" Rlckard, who with Jack Glea
son, is the promoter of the Jeffries
Johnson battle, still insists that he
will pull off the fight in Salt Lake
City. Gleason wants the bout to go
to San Francisco.
Hoppe to Play Demarest.
Willie Hoppe, former billiard cham
pion, has agreed to the roles laid down
by the powers that be in billiards and
will play Calvin Demarest the new
ehaaptoa lor the title. .„
Ted Sullivan says that many, many
years ago when Charles Comlskey was
playing in St. Louis and managing the
Browns there was a man who In these
days would be known as a "bug."
He was a pest. At one time he had
been a ball player. He assumed that
this gave him great license. So In the
evening he would come to the spot vis
ited by the baseball enthusiasts and
would tell them just how the game of
the afternoon had been lost, and how
it could have been won If this and the
other had been tried.
You know how welcome a man Is aft
er his eighth or tenth attempt to tell
you bow to conduct your business, and
the bunch got sore. One evening after
his departure one of the enthusiasts
turned to Comiskey and asked:
"What would you call that fellow?"
"Well," was Commy's comeback, "If
1 had lost the game and was feeling
sore I'd call him a darned pest. But
If I had won and was fellng at peace
with the world I guess I'd call him a
Evening after evening when they
Baw the man coming they would say:
"Here comes the fanatic."
After awhile he became a "fan."
"That's the origin of the term," says
8ale of Ball Player Violation of Con
stitution, Manager of Wilkesbarre
Team Contends.
Wilkesbarre, Pa.—That the sale of
a baseball player from one club to
another is a direct violation of the
(thirteenth amendment to the consti
tution of the United States which
prohibits slavery, is a point raised in
the Luzerne county court here In a
suit involving the transfer of a player
from one organization to another. The
suit is expected to attract consider
able attention among baseball club
owners and players.
Last July the owners of the Wilkes
barre club of the New York state
league purchased from the Allentown
team of the Atlantic league Pitcher
Joseph Pelequin. The price agreed
upon was $500. Three hundred dol
lars were paid in cash and a note giv
en for the balance. The note was al
lowed to go to protest and Manager
McGeehan of the Allentown club, who
negotiated the sale of Pelequin,
brought suit to recover the $200. A
justice of the peace gave judgment
against the club.
Manager Clymer of the Wilkesbarre
club filed with the court a defense
in the suit He holds that the sale of
a baseball player is in direct violation
of the thirteenth amendment to the
federal constitution and therefore the
note given is void.
8ays Former Champion Will Have
Some New Ones After the
Fourth of July.
While he was in Memphis recently
Jim Jeffries submitted to an examina
tion by a phrenologist who, after
feeling the former champion's bumps,
declared he found the bump of cau
tion has Increased more In proportion
than any other.
"Huh," grunted Jack Johnson, when
he heard of the phrenologist's discov
ery, "ef dat phenologist 'zamlnes
Jeffs bald aftah de Foth of July, he'll
fin' moan bumps 'an he evah dreamed
Chicago Fans Like Roth.
Frank Roth, who has been sold by
Cincinnati to Cleveland, helped the
White Sox win the American league
pennant In 1906. Chicago fans regard
him as a mascot and are hoping that
he will find his way to Comlskey's
Norman Elbsrfeld, batter known to
fans as "Kid," has been purchased by
the Washington team from the New
York Yankees. He will be the captain
next season and Is expected to put
soma pepper Into tho Capital City
Money madness in professional
sport is keeping pace with the same
form of dementia In the business
world. It killed, or seriously maimed,
horse racing, and Is menacing both
baseball and prize-fighting. The tre
mendous profits reaped in by mag
nates of the various larger leagues and
the quick returns accruing to promo
ters of prize-fighting are already be
ing scented by financial birds of prey
and wrangle and discord usually fol
low wherever mere money seekers en
ter sport fields.
Baseball profits in the big leagues
are out of all proportion to capital
Invested, if ordinary business enter
prises be referred to as a standard.
The net profits to owners of big
league teams during the past season
was over $1,000,000 The St. Louis
clubs, which finished next to last In
their respective leagues, earned $120,
000. Hedges* team netted $75,000 on
a capitalization of $85,000, while Rob
Ison cleared $45,000 on property
worth perhaps $150,000. Hedges' ap
parent earnings are diminished in per
centage by including the cost of the
grand stand and the baseball park,
pow leased from a holding company.
But the rate of interest on the Invest
ment is still of the get-rich-quick or
der. Championship clubs made more
than the amount they have invested,
hedges' team in 1908, when it made
a fine run for first place and ended
by finishing fourth, earned over $120,
000 on an actual capital of $85.000—
over 140 per cent, profit.
Willie Grayson put $100,000 cash
into the Louisville team of the Amer
ican association last season, when the
schedule was half played. By hustling,
Mr. Grayson landed his club first and
his net profits for a half season, not
counting returns from the sale of
players, were more than $30,000.
Now comes the prize-fight game,
with six-figure affairs, that astound one
by the sums involved. The Jeffries
Johnson fight bid of $101,000, coupled
with the returns from the motion pic
tures, are expected to reach $235,000
for the fighters' share alone.
Think of It! If either Jeff or John
son went a whole life earning money
in any other way known to them, not
involving their fight reputations, they
neither of them could save enough, in
all probability, to amount to a single
year's interest on this sum.
•Mighty Honnus" Leads National
League In 8tlck Work—Cub
Stare Fall Off.
Officially John Hannus Wagner of
the Pittsburg Pirates is the leading
batsman of the National league for
1909. What every fan In the world
knew unofficially weeks ago was made
a part of the official record of the
league by Secretary John Heydler
when he gave his release on the
season's figures. The "Flying Dutch
man" from Smoketown made 168 hits
for 242 bases and hit to the .329 mark
Mike Mitchell of Cincinnati trailed
second with .310, while Bob Bescher,
also of the Reds, led In base stealing
with a record of 54 steals. Pittsburg
led In team batting with an average
of .259 also setting the pace in run
getting with a total of 701 trips
around the circuit New York hung
up a team average of .254, finishing
second to the Pirates in this respect,
with the Reds third, counting .250.
Chance's ex-champion Cubs wound up
fourth with a record of .245, with Phil
adelphia, St. Louis, Brooklyn and Bos
ton in order.
To Artie Hofman goes the glory of
Chicago's heavy hitter. In 153 games,
or 527 times at bat, the speedy center
fielder punished the ball for an av
erage of .285. Pinch Hitter Zimmer
man was second among the West side
bitters, with an average of .278, and
Manager Chance third with .27L
Evers, Schulte and Tinker, In past
seasons among the sterling swatters
of the Cubs, fell far below their stand
ard of former years. Jimmy Sheck
ard hung up a record of .255, leading
the league with a total of 46 sacrifice
Belmont Stakes Worth $25,000.
The Belmont stakes, an event of the
turf that has been contested for year
ly since 1867, will be run off during
the spring meeting at the Belmont
park track. It will be worth nearly
$26,000—the most valuable three-year
old stake in America—and nearly as
great, intrinsically, as the Futurity.
The distance of the race is one mile
and three furlongs. Out of the 118
nominations made for this event there
are now 16 colts eligible.
Crlger Traded to New York.
Lou Crlger, the veteran backstop
who caught Cy Young's curves for
years, has been traded by the St
Louis Browns to the New York Yan
kees, the Mound City club getting
Lake, a pitcher, and Demmltt an out
fielder for. the catcher.
Chase for Yankee Manager.
Rumor has it that Farrell Is anxious
to have Hal Chase manage the Yan
kees, though the veteran baseball men
seem to think Hal is too young and
erratic to be considered in a manage
rial capacity. He even had smallpox
last year.
White Sox After Stovall.
The White Sox. are dickering for
Stovall of Cleveland, but not la es
ofeanga for Freddie Parent .•^^••^
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Training for the Mat Game Strength
ens Muscles Not Much Used In Box
ing—Corbett Plans to Give Jeffries
Some Real Battles.
Does Jim Jeffries fear defeat at the
hands of Jack Johnson? Such a ques
tion seems ridiculous, but there is a
reason for it Several days ago the
following item was published on the
sporting pages of many of the large
James J. Jeffries has found two'prote
ges in Frank Gotch, world's champion
catch-as-oatch-can wrestler, and Dr. B.
F. Boiler, the wreetUn* physician. He
now is tutoring the two men in pugilism,
preparing them to carry the white man's
burden to case he meets defeat at the
hands of Jack Johnson when they meet
July 4 next. Both wrestlers have shown
themselves to be apt pupils, having mas
tered many of the fundamental principles
of the game.
It doesn't seem possible that Jeff
ries at this stage of the game should
fear Johnson will win the big battle
on July 4, but It looks strange for him
to be Instructing Gotch and Roller for
the express purpose of having either
of them take up the white man's bur
den. When Johnson defeated Tommy
BurnB about one year ago In far-away
Australia a great cry went up from
the pugilistic fans all over the coun
try for Jeffries to come out of retire
ment and win back the championship
for the white race. It wouldn't do
for a negro to be champion, they said,
and after looking over the crop of
heavyweights they were confident
that Jeffries was the only man who
could turn the trick.
Now the match is made and the
white man has agreed to meet the big
black for the largest sum ever of
fered two pugilists. Both Jeff and
Jack have had a whirl at the theat
rical business and have been coining
money. They are tied up with con
tracts that will bring them more coin.
It doesn't look just right for Jeff
ries to be playing safe at this stage
of the game. There is more than a
bare possibility that Jeffries isn't in
structing Gotch and Roller how to
fight Jeffries knows as well as any
man in the world that because a man
is a good wrestler and a strong man
that he does not possess the qualities
necessary for a successful fighter. In
training for wrestling Gotch has
strengthened muscles that are not of
great benefit to a fighter except in
clinches. It is a fact that wrestlers
are muscle bound in the shoulders,
where a fighter requires free action.
Gotch can box and so can Roller, but
to think that either could ever get
their muscles, of which both have
plenty, to working |n the proper con
dition to meet a man like Johnson
seems odd. It probably isn't true that
Jeffries is doing anything of the kind.
Frank Gotch, as a wrestler, is light
ning fast for a big man. But wrestlers
are slow compared with boxers of the
Johnson caliber. Think, if you can,
of a champion who reached the top in
pugilism without standing many a
hard knock. Goth and Roller have had
plenty of hard knocks as wrestlers,
but that wouldn't count when it came
to a pugilistic contest Gotch has
been quoted as saying that he wanted
nothing to do with the glove game.
Just because he Is big and strp»g is
no reason for believing that he could
whip Johnson. He might in a rough
and-tumble battle, but according to
Queensberry rules, never
Only, a few days ago Jim Corbett
said he intended to give Jeffries two
or tares "real fights" In training him
for the battle. Gotch never had a real
fight with the gloves in his life. If
Corbett see* the necessity of putting
Jlmmle Esson, who came to the United States to dethrone Frank Qoteh,
king of mat artists, has thrown all the second and third raters thus far
pitted against him and is promised a match with the champion In January.
», iinr ~.r
Robert Brown, managing editor of
the Louisville Times, received the
votes of the Hermann-Dreyfuss fac
tion In their efforts to defeat John M.
Ward for president of the National
Jeffries through the ropes for a real
battle, what chance would Gotch have
of learning the game so quicklyT
Jeffries fought for several years. He
climbed to the top notch of pugilism
by defeating some of the best men tho
ring ever knew. He whipped the foxy
Corbett twice. He battled big Gus
Ruhlln, who was a demon when he
thought he had a chance. Tom Shar
key, the toughest of the tough ones,
battled Jeffries until his ribs were
caved in. Then came Bob Fitssim
mons. There are men in the country
to-day who contend that Bob was the
greatest fighter that ever donned a
glove. There are none who will say
that he was not a great fighter. Now
if Jeffries, after having defeated these
men, needs—because of his five years
out of the ting—some real fights with
Corbett before he is ready to judge
distance and be in condition to meet
Johnson, wouldn't Gotch have to hare
some battles that would be more real
than those Corbett Intends to give
Let Gotch whip Al Kauffman, Sam
Langford, Ketchel and some of the
other heavies and then the fighting
public would be willing to concede
bim a chance with Johnson. It is just
as sensible to think of Johnson turn
ing wrestler. Jack is a powerful ne
gro. He hustled cotton bales on the
wharves at Galveston before he be
came a fighter and built up a strength
equal to any natural strength Gotch
may have had. Who would concede
Johnson a chance with Gotch in the
wrestling game? Nobody.
Battling Nelson is a sensible fellow
and knows something about the light
ing game. The battler says he has
his doubts whether Jeffries will be
able to get into condition to trim
Johnson. Jack McCloskey. who has
trained Johnson and Is a trainer at
Harvard, declares Jeffries will not be
able to lay a glove on Johnson. Mc
Closkey certainly has forgotten that
Jeffries put the gloves on Corbett, who
as scientific as any man in the world.
Sure Jeffries will hit Johnson, but will
the blows have the necessary steam
behind them? All of the experts sj^y
Jeffries must be right to whip tie
black man. If he "comas back" hie
wtn be the first pugilist to do it
Borne good ones have tried It and
tatted.,- .-. •. ••&::•• *im
'•-'rw' Fl0ht for -Jem' Drlsooil. j$&p
Jem Prtscoll, the English feather^
weight who was unsuccessful in get
ting on a bout with Owen Moran in
England, has been secured to meet
Seaman Hayes, another ot Johnny
Bull's scrappers, for 20 rounds on Jan
uary 8 tor the featherweight cham
pionship of England. They will fight
before one of the London clubs. A
gtoe hit »t fMOu has been made. 'W.'
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