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I I BIX I a With the prospect of a rosy check figuring up to the $50© mark hanging In the background. Rube Waddell promises to be a model man during the present baseball season, and although he lg a little late to Join the New Year squad he declares that be has taken a suction hold on the water wagon which nothing short of an earthquake can shake loose. "Rube" has been offered the re ward by President Hedges of the St Louis American League ball club in the event that he abstains from firewater while the diamond game is on, and the erratic dinger of the Browns has attached hia autograph to an ironclad pledge. Now who are we to believe? What does all this mean? For my own part I believe Gov. Spry is the only person who means what he says. He does not want the fight in Utah and can atop it Something may develop that will cause him to change his mind but he is evidently sincere. As for Rlckard and Gleason several things are possible. Sporting men are beginning to look upon this match as the queereat ever made for the cham pionship. Some say the Gleason Rickard "quarrel" is a press agent stunt If that is the case it is a bad one for it only has cast doubt on the proposed mill. The fight needs no advertising. Fight fans want the news of the big scrappers who are to settle the question of supremacy next Independence Day. The sporting edi tors of the newspapers are willing to print anything of legitimate nature about the match. There is plenty of real stuff without the promoters fixing up any fake quarrels. To a man up a tree it looks as if there is a movement on in San Fran cisco to freeze Rickard out Several weeks ago in this column it was said that when the battle comes off Jimmy Coffroth will be seen to have a finger In the pie. The writer is not yet ready to retract When Coffroth re turns to San Francisco from Europe keep your eye on him. There's a suspicion in some circles that there never will be a fight be tween Jeffries and Johnson. The easterners cannot get over that secret meeting in Hoboken after the fight was awarded to Rickard and Gleason. What was done behind those closed doors is not yet known but somebody is sure to talk some of these days and the truth will come out It has been suggested that Jeffries will have cleaned up about $100,000 from hia theatrical engagements, will "sud denly" find that he cannot get into condition to fight and the whole thing will be called off. From far away Africa comes the re port that Theodore Roosevelt is much interested in the Johnson-Jeffries match. That was to be expected for the former president is an enthusiast over boxing. If it were not beneath the dignity of a former president of the United States nothing would suit "RUBE" WADDELL WILL LOSE $500 IF HEDRINKS. With drinks coming at $500 a throw, "Rube" will ho doubt look long and wistfully on the cream of the vintage before he tests its qualities, and Hedges feels confi dent that he will secure some championship work out of the old •tar this year. "I'll bet any part of $5,000 the Jef fries-Johnson fight takes place In 8alt Lake City."—Tex Rlckard. "The fight will be pulled off In or near San Francisco. I know what I am talking about, no matter what Rlckard says."—Jack Qleason. "Prize fighting is against the law fn Utah and I will not permit Jeffries and Johnson to decide the champion ship there."—Gov! Spry of Utah. KNOCKOUTS GOSSIP A PUGILIST S A him better, now that he has had his fill of killing big game, to sit at the ringside and watcb the big ones pum mel eacb other. When Johnson heard that Roose velt was Interested in the match he said he would like to have the former chief executive act as referee. Of course such a thing is impossible but a better referee couldn't be found. "Teddy" would make them fight He wouldn't stand for any stalling for the moving picture machines and the man who earned the victory would get the decision. Roosevelt is a good boxer himself and knows much about the game. After bis battle with Tommy Mc Carthy in San Francisco, Johnny Thompson the "Sycamore Cyclone" is going to try harder than ever to get a fight with Nelson, Wolgast or Mc Farland. This fellow Thompson is a hard nut to crack. He's one of the wading in sort of battlers and has a slam in either mitt that would put a man away, but he has had hard luck in landing it when up against men of championship caliber. Thomp son is a manly little fellow and Is not a brawler. When he isn't training for a fight he is out on his chicken farm at Sycamore, 111., working. He keeps in good condition all the time and doesn't have to boil the alcohol out of his hide when a match comes along. He would give Nelson a hard battle for twenty rounds. In a fight of that length he ought to whip McFarland. Packy had a taste of the Cyclone's fighting in Kansas City recently and he refused to make a return match. Packy Is over in England or Ireland now and wants some of the easy money there. He probably could have made more In San Francisco fighting Thompson but did'nt see It that way.' Well, well, well. Bill Squires has been licked again. Bill Lang did it this time in seven rounds. How did Squires ever get the notion that he is a fighter any way? He's the worst quince that ever came to this country Think of it. He once talked about fighting Jeffries and the bollermaker was in his prime at the time. The Jack Munroe slaughter would have been tame as compared to what Jell would have done to Squires. Philadelphia Jack O'Brien la all in. Al Kaufman, whom he knocked out in 17 rounds October 27, 1905, got par tial revenge in a six-round encounter in Philadelphia several nights ago. O'Brien, once about the foxiest fighter In the ring, had lost cunning and the lumbering blacksmith gave him a beat ing that probably will put him out of the business for good. W a a W W :~M\.::'-':. WANT THE ANNUAL FOOTBALL GAME LAST OF OCTOBER WISCONSIN MUDDLE STILL UN8ETTLED. Coach A. Alonzo Stagg has organ* iced a minor national football rules committee. The new body met at the Reynolds club of the University of Chicago and drew up a code of foot ball statutes preliminary to the gath ering of the United States committee In New York February 4 and 5. The Midway schedule progressed fa vorably with the announcement that Illinois had applied for a game and would be given a date in October. Coach Huff asked for the third Sat urday in October, and while Coach Stagg could not make any agreement before a board meeting, it is under stood that that date will be kept for the down staters. Coach Huff's request disposed of the complaints of some of the Illinois alumni, who objected to the early date last fall on the grdunds that Ill inois could not prepare for the Ma-I roons early in October. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Cornell will follow the Illlni, according to the lateat draft of the tentative schedule. The Wisconsin faculty again strad dled the seven-game football schedule proposition and. instead of voting for or against two extra games for next fall, referred the petition of the stu dents back to the athletic council. The failure of the faculty to act fa vorably on the petition was a com plete surprise, as President Van Hlse had stated unofficially that there would be little opposition to it. The action will cause delay in making the football schedule for 1910, as the earli est possible consideration of the ques tion again will be in March. While Yale's eleven has been sur passed on the gridiron at different times, the Elis never were kept down for any length of time, and Yale ranks head and shoulders above Har vard and the rest of the colleges when it comes to football, Yale has had a remarkable succession of football stars and since 1889 the New Haven institution of learning never has been headed by any other college In its production of football wonders. The mighty guard, Heffleflnger, came in 1889, and the next year Mc Clung was developed. These two made Yale football history until 1891. Then the good work was taken up by Hinkey, who starred until '94. Then came Murphy, who was a hero for two seasons. In '93 and '94 Butter worth and Hlckock also performed brilliantly. Other stars on the gridiron followed In the manner stated below: Holt, 1901 and '02 Hogan, the tackle star, In '02 and '03 Shevlln, '04 and '05 Bigelow, '06 and '07, and Capt. Coy for the last two seasons. Old-Time Pitcher Is Dead. Harry Staley, at one time a mem ber of the Boston National champions, died recently in a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. Staley In the early '90s was considered one of the greatest pitchers in the business. In 1891 Staley was a big factor in winning! the championship for Boston, leading the pitching staff in percentage of vic tories won. He won nineteen games that year and lost eight Clarkson and Nichols were his teammates. Alter that year his arm began to grow weaker, although he continued in the, game for several years. Staley waa 14 years old. His home waa in Spring tteld, 111. Grand Clreult Racing Dates. The Grand circuit racing season for, 1910 will open in Kalamasoo, Mich., July 25. The datea for the races in the different branches of the circuit aa approved by the stewards are: Kalamazoo, July 26 to 29 Detroit, August 1 to 6 Cleveland, August 8 to 12 Buffalo, August 15 to 19 New York, August 22 to 26 Readvllle, Au gust 29 to September 2 Hartford, September 6 to 8 Syracuse, Septem ber 12 to 16 Columbus, September 19 to 30. Robert N. Newton of Bill ings, Mont, was chosen presiding Judge for the coming season. Illinois to Play In South. Arrangements have been closed whereby the University of Illinois baseball team will open the season with games March 25-28 against the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas will play return datea at Urbana. Games are also listed with Chicago and Notre Dame. Napa to Meet Cardinals in Series. Announcement was made in Little Rock, Ark., that the Cleveland Ameri cans and the St. Louis Cardinals would meet in a spring series there, begin ning March 20. Four games will be played. To Avoid Clash of Dates. President Pat Powers will not make out the Eastern league schedule until the Canadian Racing association haa selected Its dates. Last year Eastern league baseball suffered through con flict with racing at Montreal. Toronto and Fort Erie. Plana Two-Umpire System. Tom Chlvington, the new president of the American association, Is think ing of trying out the double-umpire system, with eight officials on the string. __.._ W»KM»*»* rtMLV TRIBUNE. SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 23,1910. ILLINOIS ASKS FOR LATE MURPHY IS NO BUSINESS DATE WITH THE MAROONS MAN, DECLARES HERRMANN RED BOSS' ATTACK SHOWS HOW MAGNATE8 DON'T LOVE ONE ANOTHER—BASEBALL CHAT. How these baseball magnates do love one another. Especially Herrmann and Murphy and Dreyfuss and Mur phy. The things they say about each other would have meant a duel to the death in olden days. Now instead of a bullet the one maligned comes back with another thrust Some days ago Herrmann, president of the Cincinnati club and chairman of the National commission, was in Chi cago on commission business. It seems he made a couple or three engage ments to meet Murphy, but the Cub boss failed to keep them, so when Herrmann returned to Cincinnati he delivered this loving comment on Murphy: "I had three appointments with President Murphy while in Chicago and not a single one of them was kept He asked me to meet him, but when went he was gone. Then he tried to get me again and when I went there he was gone. The third time I did this I made up my mind that Mr. Mur phy was either an inveterate liar or, didn't care to do business with the Reds. In either case, we are through with him. "I have ordered Manager Griffith to have submitted In writing and signed any statement Murphy cares to make In the future about a sale, purchase or trade. "We wish to do business with men who know business, but when Murphy comes around we beg leave to differ with those who consider him a busi ness man. It might have been that he was trying to make sport of me, and if so, he certainly accomplished that end, for I went to see him the whole three times and then gave it up." Murphy just laughed when he read what Herrmann had said, but he'll come back, never fear. It's In line with Murphy's statement tbat too much harmony isn't good for baseball. Just by way of keeping up the thun der scene Murphy has taken an ac tive part in the melee now raging in the National league over the 168-game schedule. The boss of the Cubs dashed to the defense of Mogul Charles Ebbets, who is arranging the tentative schedule, and in the same breath Mur phy hit Barney Dreyfuss for trying to slip across a program of 154 con tests. "Dreyfuss has no business butting into this affair," said Murphy. "The league magnates voted in favor of the longer schedule and Dreyfuss was asked to serve on the committee named to make the card. He under stands the attitude of the other club owners on that score, and if he goes through with his alleged threat to retire from the committee I for one would favor the appointment of Stan ley Ropison to fill the vacancy." Catcher John Kling will return to the Cubs this season or will be traded to Philadelphia. That Is the opinion of an intimate friend of Manager Frank Chance. The belief that the holdout catcher will be traded to Philadelphia has been growing stronger in baseball cir cles, and It is now believed that upon his return from California Manager Chance will stop off in Kansas City to talk over the terms of the proposed deal with the backstop. There is no doubt that the catcher is eager to get back into the harness of major league baseball. Close friends say that he did not make as much money out of his billiard hall and •emlpro playing last season as he could have earned by playing with the Cubs. Furthermore, he did not re ceive a share of that $10,000 that waa distributed among the players for win ning the National league champion ship in 1908. Failure to close a deal with Cincin nati, in which Kling's name is sup posed to have been mentioned, has only strengthened the belief that spe cial efforts will be made to induce him to play with the Cubs or, in the event of his refusal to consent to that to agree to play with the Phillies. WANTS TO FIGHT NELSON. "Cyclone" Johnny Thompson Is one of the hardest nuts to oraek In the lightweight division and the cham pion and near champions are ducking encounters with him over a distance. CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL BASEBALL COMMISSION. INSTRUCTIONS TO BASKETBALL PLAYERS The hard work of the center on a. basketball team is discussed In the accompanying article, which Is the- third in the series, written by James Naismith, originator of the game. By JAMES NAI8MITH. When I evolved the game of basket ball many years ago, three men played the center position, but com mittees of which I have been a mem ber, since that time, have seen fit to lessen the congestion of the play ing area and as a consequence the center of to-day does the work of all the men eliminated. Originally there were nine men upon teams—three centers, three forwards and three guards. Then one forward and one guard were taken from the line-up and finally the teams reduced to quin tets by having but a single center. Ofcourseeven In thosedays when nine men composed basket ball teams the center Jumped for the ball in the mid dle of the floor, the other men playing at his side being known as center-for wards. Because of the elimination of these positions, the role of center to day is the hardest to successfully fill zdz-*--® In match games the forwards' posi tions are under the basket or In the vicinity, the guards' place Is at his opponents' goal, but the center must be everywhere. Besides guarding his Individual opponent he must aid in preventing others of the opposing team from scoring and when the ball ia In the territory of his own team, he must be around the goal ready to try for baskets as opportunity de mands. Thus in these plays which I am pre senting here, it will be seen that these are the first formations In which the center is the objective point. These are known as "forward to center in the opposite forward's position." If you have several candidates for cen ter position on your team and would ascertain which is fastest, try them out individually at this combination. It la the best test I know for speed, because of the fact that the center after "jumping" the sphere to bis for ward must be exceptionally fast to get around his man and be In the op posite forward'a place at the same In atant that forward No. 1 (as in the diagram to the left) shoots the ball In his direction. In the first play denoted by the dia gram, the center slaps the ball to forward No. 1 at his left-hand side. Then the center spurts for the posi tion of forward No. 2, where he ar rives at the same instant the ball doaa and attempts a goal, the sphere having been passed diagonally across the floor. The instant the center knocks the ball to forward No. 1, for* ward No. 2 vacates his position- and takes that which, until a moment be fore, was occupied by No. .1. That defends the goal In case of a carom from the basket or board back of It to the left-hand side. The reenter holds his position to the right of the goal, after attempting to score, while forward No. 1 takes a place 'directly in front of the goal, thus covering all points toward which the sphere may bounce after a possible failure In the center effort to lodge the leather with ir the net It will be noticed that In these plans for defense after the try for the goal has been made the player who passes the ball to the basket-thrower from the farthest point away from the net, takes up the position nearest him to save loss of time. As a conse quence in this diagram the forward who throws the ball to the center, in the defense plan takes up a position directly in front of the goal. I have evolved these formations in that man ner in order that there may be no un- MOVEMENT OF MOVEMENT o* T^A/a* "»1**t«.»vm "&*»*.. _—-ptovamem Of TAA/nit "So C»v««."5:teAO»«f* AvrEW 'BAVV IOTVsrw3. & & —in fact far more difficult than that of forward or guard. For the center, besides doing his part in starting plays when the ball is tossed up in the middle of the floor, must be both an efficient guard as well as possess ing the basket-shooting qualifications of a forward. necessary waste of effort or precious time in reaching positions of vantage after the prescribed formation has been carried out One plan which I have injected In to the arrangement of these plays is the ever-present feature of being able to carry the formation a pass or two farther, if necessary. Supposing the center is blocked in the effort to score by an opposing guard or his own in dividual opponent It is an easy mat ter to shoot the sphere to forward No. 2, on the opposite side of the goal, or to forward No. 1, who is running down the floor to take his position di rectly in front of the basket If for ward No. 2 is blocked after catching, the sphere he may shoot the ball to forward No. 1 on the run, thus work? the plan of defense to advantage as an offensive tactic. Constant prac tice at these formations, their defen sive sides, etc., may be relied upon to put a team in great shape for the opening of the basket ball year. In these two plays where the center figures most prominently there la no better test of strength, endurance) and speed brought forth. There are many qualifications necessary in de veloping a center. In the first place, he should be tall and able to jump high into the air. Second, he should have exceptionally fine "wind," and third, an accurate eye for baskets. He should be able to guard his own opposing center in the latter's terri tory with the determination of a "sticking" guard and to "lose" his op ponent while the ball Is in his own team's territory. For that reason the versatile ath lete Is the one to develop into a bas ket ball center. v.