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MILLER HUMBLES MICHIGAN'S PRIDE PLAYS ON FOOTBALL TEAM WHILE INELIGIBLE AND CAU8E8 APOLOGY. SOCCER GAME IS SCHEDULED J. Joy Miller certainly put the Uni versity of Michigan in an embarrass ing position. He played star football and helped to win several games, among them the Pennsylvania and Minnesota contests, and wasn't even a bona fide student of the school. Now the football management of Michigan has had to apologize and •ay how sorry it is for the actions of one of its players, who had no right In the game under the intercollegiate rules. On the strength of the good work lie had done Miller was elected cap tain of next year's team and received the university "M." He has heen •horn of both of these honors and a new leader is to be chosen. Announcement of the action taken against Miller was made by Prof. George W. Patterson, chairman of the board of control of athletics. The question of Miller's eligibility first came under the attention of Dean Cooley, of the engineering de partment of the university. Miller was absent from Ann Arbor and a let ter requesting his appearance before the hoard in control brought no reply, tt was given out that Miller appeared before the eligibility committee dur ing the season and signed a statement that he was a bona fide student and eligible to play on the team. The action against him was taken upon the ground that while he had registered in the engineering depart ment he bad not been enrolled in any classes until after the close of the football season, when he induced sev eral professors to accept his enroll ment tentatively, with the understand ing that he would make up the work that he had missed. Miller lives in Detroit. The games in which he played were those against Minnesota, Pennsylva nia, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Mar quette. JuBt what the ultimate outcome of this mess will be has not been deter mined. Michigan won all of the games -which Miller played except that with Notre Dame. The teams that lost to the Wolverines would seem to have good grounds for protest, but the crltlCB agree that they cannot be thrown out and will stand. Michigan Is In none too good standing in the west, anyway, and Miller's conduct certainly has not helped any. The question of Michigan's return to the fold of the Western conference was not discussed at the "Big Eight" meeting in Chicago last month and nothing was done about Minnesota having scheduled a game with the Wolverines for next season. One of the important things that came out of the meeting was the boost given to soccer football stock, when Director Huff of Illinois asked Director Stagg to raise this sport to a position of intercollegiate impor tance. The idea so appealed to Stagg that he challenged the Illinl to a game on Marshall field next fall. This game will be the first inter collegiate clash of its kind in the middle west. The mini took it up in earnest among themselves last fall PLAYER WHO EMBARRASSED MICHIGAN. J. Joy Miller, after being elected captain of the Wolverine football team, wae found to be Ineligible because he was not a bona fide student of the university. Michigan sent apologies to the five teams against which Miller played last season and deprived him of the captaincy and the "M that had been conferred upon him. Xflund tn ihmir llkinr. At tK* Midway it lasted two seasons, being dropped in 1907. Coach Stagg presented to the meet ing of the Intercollegiate Athletic as sociation in New York some remedies to cure the evils of football, among which were the following: Not to allow pulling or pushing of the man carrying the ball in order to prevent mass plays and striking with the force of two or three men In a compact body. To remove the penalty for an un completed forward pass on the first and second down. Let the ball be brought back to the point from which it was thrown without penalty, to en courage open and spectacular play.'' To put a penalty on a player for crawling with the ball and to enforce the penalty for dropping on a man that is on the ground. To protect the receiver of forward passes and onside kicks from hard body checking. To legislate as far as possible for the removal of players suffering from exhaustion by urging upon coaches and trainers to remove Buch men and by having a rule that a man who takes out time the second time be put out of the game by. the referee. To limit the halves in high school, preparatory school and all untrained teams to no more than 25 minutes. Unless changes are made Tom Bar ry, coach of the Wisconsin team, may follow the lead of C. P. Hutchins, ath letic director, and give up his posi tion. While Director Hutchins' resig nation came as a result of hit offer from a western fruit land company, it is said he would not have remained much longer at Madison even If he had had nothing else in sight. Wis consin students say he was not at all pleased by the manner in which the faculty members of the athletic board Interfered with his plans and that he was discouraged long before the re cent football season started, with all its trials. Barry is said to have the same com plaint to make and Coach Ten Eyck of the crew, report says, is dissatis fied. BASEBALL NOTES. Mordecai Brown does not find the climate of Cuba unhealthful and will spend the balance of the winter there. Hans Wagner tried to buck a bliz zard with his big automobile, hut was struck out by the speed of the gale. A rescue party started out to find him and dug him out of a huge drift The New York American league club has placed two pitchers with minor league teams for next season. George McConnell was .released to Rochester and Peter Wilson was sent to Montreal. McConnell is a right handed pitcher, Wilson a southpaw. According to reports from Cincin nati President Murphy of the Cubs has been unable to make a trade with Clark Griffith. "I should not be surprised if Peter Lister played first base regularly for the Tigers next year," said Hughey Jennings at the New York baseball meeting. "Lister looked good to me when he was with Cleveland, and- he has been improving both in batting and fielding ever since." "Criger will make the Highlanders win next year," says James McAleer, manager of the Washingtons. "The veteran catcher Is not all In by any means, for he caught great hall, for me in St. Louis last season. He has always been anxious to play in New York, and I know ,he Is delighted, with the deal just made." President Horace Fogel of the Phil lies says that every share of stock of the dub Is held In Philadelphia and that Murphy, and Taft do not own :a acrap of It WOULD HAVE BOARD OF CONTROL FOB PUGILISM JIMMY COFFROTH FAVORS BRIT I8H PLAN OF HAVING ORQANI ZATION 8ETTLE WEIGHT QUESTION. The effort to bring about reforms In boxing and to establish an interna tional board to control the sport Is bearing fruit and the indications are that within another six months an organization embracing the United States, Great Britain, Prance, Aus tralia and Canada will be established and placed on a firm footing. The London Sporting News with the aid of the earl of Lonsdale has been putting forth strenuous efforts on that side of the ocean and has met with considerable success. The matter has also been given considerable at tention on this side and boxing pro moters are beginning to realize the benefits to be obtained from an or ganization of the kind. Of course, it is not expected that an, international board will revolutionize boxing or in duce the various states to permit it where at the present time it is barred, but it is expected to bring about a uni form set of weights and also to make It easier to establish claims, that is, legitimate claims, to the various cham pionship classes. Those interested have consulted a number of prominent promoters in various sections of the United States and in nearly every instance they have been heartily in favor of the re form suggested. "The move is one in the right direc tion and I trust that it will become a realization in the very near future," said Jimmy Coffroth of San Francisco, wtio is in Europe now. "I have gone over the weight question very care fully and agree with the London Sport ing Life and the earl of LonBdale that the weights as suggested by the Eng lish authorities are about as near right as we can expect to make them. My club stands ready at any time to send a representative to any meeting In New York that will be backed up by the proper people and we will also vote to adopt a scale of weights as suggested above. I think it a very good plan to have an international board to adjust the claims to the vari ous championships. Take for instance the bantamweight and the welter weight titles. At the- present time it Is a hard matter to determine who is really entitled to the honor. It is the same In regard to the light heavy weight championship. The board could pass upon all of these questions the same as the governing body of the big turf associations and the na tional commission in baseball. The promoters of this Innovation have our heartiest support and I trust that it will be brought about In the near fu ture." The English weights are: Ply weight (new class), 112 pounds ban tamweight, 118 pounds featherweight, 126 pounds lightweight, 135 pounds welterweight, 147 pounds middle weight, 160 pounds. "Babe" Adams Signs with Pirates. "Babe" Adams, the Pirate twirler whose wonderful work In the world's series put the Pittsburg team in the front, has signed a two-year contract and will be with the Pirates again. The figures at which Adams signed were not made public, but It was said on good authority that the great twirl er will receive $3,500 a year for his work, with a big bonus in case he shows anywhere near the form of that exhibited In the world's series. Sox Get Phil Kerner. Phil Kerner, who last year played with the Des Moines Western league team, has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox for the 1910 sea son. TURK ISSUES A CHALLENGE. Yusslff Mahmout wants to meet Zbysco so badly that he has posted a forfeit and offered to bet $1,000 that he can throw the Pole twice In an hour. ..- niSfcAR"* DAILY TRIBUNE, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, 1 010. FBEE HITTING GAME POPULAR, SAYS DONLJN FORMER GIANT, WHILE PLAYING SPORTING EDITOR, WRITE8 ABOUT GAME FANS LIKE TO 8EE.* Mike Donlin, following Joe Tinker's example, acted as a sporting editor re cently and it Was in a St. Louis paper that the* former Giant had this to say among other things: "There is one particular factor in baseball, from the view point of the spectator, that appeals to him, or her, stronger than any other. I say "him or her" because so many women at tend baseball games and understand all the niceties of the play that they must be taken into consideration in any discussion which tends towards baseball legislation for the benefit of those who support the game. "This fact of which I speak is what is technically known as a 'free-hitting garae.' That is, heavy hitting by the batters and consequent action on the bases by the runners. "There is a patent reason for this. "In all popular sports action is the main attraction. That is why base ball, which is full of action, is so popu lar. "The men who manage and promote the national sport, having, of course, the pleasing of their patrons in view, desire this kind of a contest between the teams. "A pitchers' battle, when the pitch ers prove themselves so much supe rior in their delivery of the ball to the batter that base hits are few, is not as interesting to the grandstand and bleachers as the more active game. There has been for years legislation among the owners and managers of the National league toward handi capping the pitcher so that the batter will have an equal or a more than equal chance against him. "If I may use an illustration, this puts me in mind of those who manu facture armor plates for battle-ships. They are in direct competition with those other manufacturers who make projectiles to pierce the aforesaid armor. All the improvements in de fense of warships have been more than met by the improvements in the piercing force of projectiles." CUB PITCHER IN DEMAND. Zee Zee Hagerman, one of the twirl era of the Chicago National team, la wanted by several other major league clubs and may figure in a trade which President Murphy Is trying to make for Bob 8pade, the Red pitcher. Rival for Ty Cobb. President Carpenter of the Trlstate league says the Highlanders have se cured a phenomenal young outfielder In Ayres of the Altoona club. Carpen ter says that Ayres is not only a bril liant batsman andfielder,'but Is one of the greatest base runners In the coun try, and that he will rival the great Ty Cobb In this respect. Vaughn, the big southpaw pitcher secured last fall by the Highlanders, also comes In for a splendid 'recommendation from the owner of the Louisville club, who pre dicts that If Vaughn gets a fair show he will prove the best lefthander in either of the big leagues.' Hot Springs for Pirates. The Pittsburg Baseball club an nounced that It has passed up the Cal ifornia proposition to train there this coming spring and would again be found at Hot Springs, Ark. It has been decided that the pitchers with a couple of catchers will start from Pittsburg March 10"for West Baden Springs, Ind. Hot Springs will be reached March 20. -v First Big Bet on Battle. The first bet of any size recorded in Chicago for the Jeffries-Johnson bat tle next July was made by Harry Tranzee, the promoter of the Jeffries Gotch-Roller tour, who wagered $5,000 on Jeffries against $4,000 on Johnson. A broker took the Johnson end. Football Given Knockout Blow. Another blow was given football when the board of education of Ster ling, 111., placed a ban-on the game, declaring, that football was dangerous and that the board of education was opposed to It BOB FTTZSIMMONS GREATEST FIGHTER THE WORLD EVER KNEW DEFEATED BY THIRD RATER. SUGGESTION FOR A BENEFIT By KNOCKOUT. The once miglity punch Js gone! Bob Pitzsimmons, the greatest fight er, bar none, the world ever has known, after 30'years in the ring, has gone down to defeat before a man who, at best, is no better than a sec ond rater. It's another case of the pitcher going to the well too often, for poor old Bob's dream of "coming back" Is shattered. Down in Australia, where he began his career as a pugilist that has been equaled by no other fighter, Pitzsim mons met Bill Lang the day after Christmas. The old fellow landed re peatedly in the first few rounds, but the famous "kick" had lost its strength. Lang stood the blows which 12 years ago would have sent him to dreamland and when the great battler was tired out by his own exertions waded in and put Fitz down for the count in the twelfth round. Fitzsimmons is 48 years old and had no business In the ring. Neces sity drove him back to the "squared circle." The Cornishman should have a fortune of six figures, but he hasn't. His share of the purse was about $4,800. Doubtless he will have half that amount when he comes back to the United States. The old man isn't a drawing card on the stage any more, because the fickle public cares little for a "has been." So what Is to be come of the once mighty fighter, who always, after lie came to this coun try, could be depended upon to put up the best fight that was in him? Several years ago a famous sport ing writer in Cincinnati fell ill. He had been a good fellow like Bob Fitz simmons. "Friends" had borrowed from him and he had spent his money on the boys. When illness came he found he had an empty purse. So some of his real friends made up a purse for him. Collections of from 25 cents to as much as a man wanted to give were taken. Several weeks be fore he died the sporting writer re ceived a draft for $10,000. If the sport ing writer received $10,000, think of what such a collection would mean to "Lanky Bob," whose name is known the world over. It would give Fitz simmons and his family sufficient on which to live comfortably for the re mainder of his days. However, the money should sot he given to Bob, for he knows not the value of a dollar. Raise the fund and Invest it for him. It is safe, to say $50,000 could be raised if one of the papers in each of the large cities would push the scheme along. This could he Invested at six per cent, and the one time mighty gladiator would have $3,000 a year. Who'll start it? Jim Corbett says''tie will train Jef fries for the last 40 days before the Johnson fight on July 4 and will not. accept a cent of pay. Corbett declares he does this hoping to aid In bringing the championship back to the white race. 'Of course Corbett's expenses will be paid by Jeffries and the the atrical season will he closed at that time. Just think of the adyertislnr Pompadour Jim will'.get' out of it. Hell not lose anything by it. Corbett says he does not intend to attempt to teach Jeffries any fancy tricks. This is a wise move, far Jeffries is a natu ral fighter and Ms great bulk and strength has been sufficient to carry him through with Corbett and Fits slmmons. If he can regain the strength—many persons doubt his ability to do so—it should be sufficient against Johnson. It was reported: that Joe Clans, "the old master" of the lightweights, would be Johnson's chief trainer and 'ad Titer No-' doubt Gans would make a good man In, such a position,, hot iffnuisenvbas' said no to the proposft- ILLINOIS THUNDERBOLT IS GOING TO PARIS. Billy Papjce, former middleweight champion, will fight the winner of the Harry Lewis-Willie Lewis battle in the French capital. The Parisians have taken a great fancy to boxing and Papke's style of milling is sure to make a hit in the gay oity. tlon. Johnson declares Gans would not let him come near his training 'camp when Joe was champion of the W A N ftllT lightweights and he sees no reason IT 41111/ I for having Qang around him now. Much'has been said about Johnson's lack of aggressiveness and his inabil ity to punch. If you. will' look over Jack's record you will find that he generally has been content to let the other fellow come to him, but when ever the other fellow did come to him Johnson has fought with the fury of a tiger. At times he has shown that he can hit and hit hard. When he stacks up against Jeffries he will know that no'little hive tap will be sufficient and maybe he will tear loose With one of those punches. Jeffries can stand a hard blow. Bob Fitzsim mons landed on him repeatedly with the best he had in stock and didn't knock Jim down. The Cornishman broke both hands in trying to put Jef fries away and Jeff says nobody ever hit him so hard. So it Is plain that Johnson must be there with a wallop to win by the knockout route. Many persons believe tbe battle will be another case of Corbett and Sulli van. Corbett pecked and worried old John L. into defeat. Maybe Johnson can do the same with Jeff. Johnson intends to have in his training camp some big, husky men, who will give him plenty of rough work. Tommy Ryan, who taught Jef fries the crouch and put him in condi tion to win the championship from Pitzsimmons, says tie will not be with Jeffries, as reported. If Johnson could' induce Ryan to aid him It might be a wise move. LUCK IS IMPORTANT FACTOR Turns Defeat Into Victory In Many Baseball Games—When Engle Muffed. The prominent part .the break in' luck plays in the final result of a hall game was well illustrated in the last: series of the season at New York, the St. Louis Browns and the Highlanders being the contenders. Walter Manning and Billy Bailey were the opposing pitchers, and when the Browns came to bat for the first half of the ninth the Highlanders were leading.3 to 1. Manning was going in fine style and It was appar ent that only a tough break in the luck or some hard, hitting would de prive him of a well-earned victory. With a man on first and two down it looked like a cinch for the New Yorkers. Smith.oneof McAleer's young catchers, was at the bat, and with two strikes on him he drove a high fly to left It was the easiest kind of a chance, and the odds were 100 to 1 that Outfielder Engle would eat it up. So certain were, the New York players that Engle would get the ball that many of them started in a body for the clubhouse—some of the St. Louis players did likewise. Engle got the ball squarely in his bands, and, to the surprise of every body, made a bad muff. It took a min ute for the players to resume their positions. With men on second and third, two runs to the good and Pitch er Bailey at the bat the Highlanders were still confident. Bailey was not to, be denied and drove the ball on a line to right for three bases, evening up the score. Had he not stumbled tn rounding first he would have broken up the game. •'. New York failed to score in the last half and the game was called on ac count of darkness with the tally a tie. The costly muff did it all. There is a sequel to the story that Is worth while. On the strength of that three-sacker Bailey was thrice sent to the bat in a pinch in the re maining games of the series and each time he whiffed. A Record Bid for Horse. The largest bid ever made for a race horse, $280,000, has been refused for Bayardo, the best three-year-old of the English turf. Fairie, his owner 1$ a wealthy man and thinks more of the great racer than of money. Bay irdo beaded the list of winners of the English turf last year with $188 115 to his credit He won but one of the big stakes, the St Leger.