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I lil THE STANDARD MAGAZINE SECTIOISMOGPEN, UTAH, ' ' " ;- ' --" -.: . i i' III miSjr ' Roman Of Them All, Is Set At Rest General j j if rnHKtUfr Jlv. S RFt 1F?St Iff f Y r'oS ' Gossip Of Past Doings. In the Big Leagues ' ' ! J 1 - --.. Mil! j "As a man thinkoth In his heart ao . j1 Is ho." !We wonder If the smart Alecks, Viho, always are first to scent some thing crooked in baseball, are literal minded enough to study the forego ing aphorism. uii In a number of years of baseball Bll "writing, the writer never has heard mH c man exclaim of the crookedness of U baseball whose own moral character 9! would stand even a cursory anaysis. Bll The fellow who believes world's Hill series are "framed," who sayB every Bin prize fight is a "fake" and who sees Bfl nothing but cork-screw crookedness VQj in most athletic events is the very Bfl gentleman we -would not trust I around a corner. Bflj There waB an old attic saying; "To jjUJI' the pure all things are pure." This ' Im does not imply a lack of sophistica- flffl , tion but is an indictment against the SI evil-minded. fllj Unusually close races in the O American and National leagues this fl' i ceason have set the same old tongues M ( 'to wagging with the same stereo lu i j typed old phrases. KM j "We hear that the American league H ! fls "framing" for Comiskey and are BIJ 1 1 Bskcd to consider the acquisition of ' Bll ; j Jackson and Collins by that team as Bll j leading evidence. Hi: IMAGININGS Olf flflj THE SKEPTICAL. fl fl j Rot! The White Sox can not Hl ''' m tQQ pennant, and a tremendous n Bll ' expanse of energy has been wasted B II if there was any "framing" for Co- B II mlskey. HI j That Philadelphia and Brooklyn H ; are being "shooed In" and the Na- B .' tlonal league race kept close for fl j tiox-offlce purposes are more imag- B ' j Inlngs of the worse than skeptical. fl n That any baseball team or teams B ' could "frame" anything and get fl i - away with it today is so highly B ' improbable as to be well nigh im- B i possible. To do such a thing would B entail the implication of so mimy K , men that a story would bo suro to B ; leak out sooner or later. B f ; One man cannot "throw" a ball B game. AflBume that a player in any B position was an out and out crook B I and waB to be paid any amount up !to $1,000,000 or more, if you will, to "throw" a game- and ho could not guarantee to get away with It H jfi Certainly a pitcher who was mor- I ! , ally oblique enough to sell out VI ! could not guarantee positively to Bfl ' "throw" a game. His team might Hfl get a largo number of runs to begin 1 j with and the moment ho becamo in D effective tho chances are he wouia !bp dcrricked by his manager. So much for the pitcher's chances and the pitcher being. 80 per cent of the WM J EJamtv as Addle Joss used to aver, fl be mro'' Uan anyone else could II "throw" a game if such a thing were Hfl; done,' which .It" is not Bfl i TALK OF - HI KAIL BIRDS. I Prom' the Inception' of the world's series these evil-minded rail-birds of the game have averred that series were protracted for box-offlce pur- e-OQlE COL-LMS IN THE CHCG0 DUGOOT poses. These took not Into consid eration tho fact that tho players re ceived percentages of only tho first four gameB played and therefore had up. posslblo reason for -wanting tho series to go further: The Boston Braves just about broke tho back of this canard last x year. When they won tho world's title In precisely four games they killed once and for all tho tlmeold rumor that world's series were 'shad ed for the "gate." Joseph J. Lannin, owner of the Braves in commenting recently on this series said: "I sat up there during the fourth game and rooted myself out of $4S, 000." 't ''. ' ',-' JUST - ' ' "' " " CniLD,BE5. That was the' advance sale for the fifth, game of tho sorles-.had there boon one which there was not. ' - If there can bo any oxtonuatlon of-' fered for tho talk of crookedness In ' baseball- it only is because" ball play ers have given such amazing exam- : pics of moral obliquity in Jumping and rojumping contracts, since the organization of the Pederal league. But this is more a gross incapacity for understanding torts and con tracts on the part of the average ball player than any downright desire to be dishonest. "Most ball players," a big leaguo manager recently said to tho writ er, "are just children with children's brains and consequently a child's understanding. With a very few ex-r-ptions I doubt if any ball player who jumped a contract realized tho moral inaptitude of his action. He saw rooro money hero than there for following his chosen line and saw ' no reason why ho should not take . what was offered, being assured by, , 'JOE cACKN... H smart managers and magnates (hat ho was'well within his rights, as a . . matter of fact, -the court has dcoid- .' cd against these jumps but in few "instances. . f ."But this is..dlffercnt than the out ' and out throwing of a game. I would like to see anybody try to buy up my team!".: Hero the manager swelled visibly, "i think they'd string him . .to our .flag pole." rWhen Snodgrass muffed that fly ball in the world's series between the New York Giants and tho Boston Red Sox a roar went up among these parasites of baseball who professed to seo something "queer" in this, muff; Snodgrass mado an unfor tunate miss just as many an out fielder does, but to reason that he. was paid for muffing this ball ia too silly to desorvo serious comment. ' How -could anyono ever havo fore seen a circumstance in which tho losing or winning of tho ball game would' have depended upon Snod grass who was In right field where about ono chance in 15 is tho aver age? FJGIIT. TO BITTER EXD. ' ' Teams whoso-members are friend- ' ly toward each other will flgh: to ' thc bitter 'end to' beat ouo another, ; though ono team may have a chanc.Q at the pennant while the other il , hopelessly out of tho race. Most of sfl tho National league clubs this sea- jM son would like . to see either tha wi Rhillles or: tho. Brooklyn Dodgeri &m win, but anyone who thinks tho v teams arb making the way easy for m these two cl.ubs has merely to gaia j at tho percentage standing to verl fy his mistake. By tho same token $ the 'Boston Braves aro highly uo m .'popular with all the ball teams, but J V Sty Louis, Chicago Cincinnati, Pitts M burg and Now York fight as hard 9 against Philadelphia as do they fl .. against. Boston, ym The western teams of the Ameri- m can league, to a man, are pullinsfPr $; the Detroit Tigers to win the Ameri- J can ieaguo pennant, but such a law- nMQ ly team as the SU L'ouis Browns has Mi beaten Detroit .euough games to givfl 1' it- a safe lead in the American ffi Ieaguo sweepstakes. J ? Ono pitchor alone on the Brt'vnr has beaten the Tigers seven time1 w H this' year and he is started against tho Tigers every time they como to U town. Does this look as thougv tM 'q Browns wero trying to help Detroit! j hf, Yot every man jack on the St Louta ; v Americans secretly would like to se , Detroit win. tho gonfaloniers. It i J tho same all tho way-round. !fn Crookedness in baseball? It Is o Mn tho stuff basest-tfreanvarajnad j& IS?