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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
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
The games in which he played were
those against Minnesota, Pennsylva
nia, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Mar
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
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
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
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
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
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. ..-
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
"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
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."
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
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-
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
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.
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.

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