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Jack Mill< When To An In He H v One thing the corner lot baseball ' Player learns early In his career whioh many professional players ; seem to have forgotten. Is that they . must go Into the game to win. The corner lot ball player may not know , very much about team work and he may not know very much about the fine points of the game, but he does want to win and he ^^^Ifwishes for victory so terribly hard .v tlmt he plays with all his might to finish. When the other fellows are rolling up a big score the ambition of ' the corner lot fellow is to hold that flflWfl eta lnw oa Vin re n Uo ? vTv' w *? MW iiw ?. fc_* J.A u v; n?yer quits dreaming of a big ninth rally until the third man Is pr.:".v.;' Jack Miller teems to be that port V' of player. Although a professional 1% a major league hie never lets up i-:;In any game and he never pout*, no maiter how disagreeable things may be. While the baseball world has known for a long time how thoroughly the players are bound by contracts the facts never were so thoroughly aired as in the recent suit, of the Federal league. A baseball player is bound to servitude at. ?|p| --so much a season. The owner or . _ his team has the right to sell him * to any team he Avlshes at any time. ;; Of co'nree the player gets big money r for his servitude, hut the point,. ts that ho is in servitude. IT be signs up to play in Boston he r an he sold to "Philadelphia. lie may want in see Boston win. but he may, . be playhig for so much a day for Philadelphia. Jack Miller was one of these uii^^Ifortunate fellow's who had no right lo say who he would play for." Yet ^^f>Vafter/he-' was.sold to a team ho did IpfV nqt 'eare for a bit, he kept on playing ball and made a bigger reputai for himself with the new ag|p^ - grfegation ,thau with the old one. Miller 13 still playing the game like ho used to play it back on the l|Bi?;.-.ooraer lots at Kearney, X. J., where Ityus born xn jbSP. Miller first ed professional Pall In lfiOT ia. home team. The team was strictly a professional team, as as not paid a regular salary, next season ho played with the ntid league at Eastou, The iburg Pirates saw he was playgood ball and pi ached hiin for * annual crop of novices, hen Miller tried out with the tes hia pluck caught the alienor Henry Wagner. Wagner ted to make -an ioflelder of Mil-ind it is generally told around Pittsburg club house tlxaf. Wagnever missed a chance to tell sr. something now about baseEspecially did Wagner coach ar on playing the infield poai? until Miller became a crack bpseman. For five years Wagcoached Miller, teaching him ; paints front his own long .years xperience. Miller said nothing Lt what he was, going to do. . He , ed ball. As one. first basemitn'.: : another kept going -the route. ho Pirates' camp Wagner was xand. to coach Miller as to the ags of each. Miller listened profited some more. ; five years Miller had readied nraal-aaX nprfwUftri No n'ae V:. then 27 years old arid-was as zteady ? player as could be found. Now W^'-;:'ncy on? Is saying Hint. .Miller is the finest player in the world or the - finest in the United Stn';oS ?r thr finest in any league. Ail that is claimed for Miller Is that ho played ball aa best he could all the time and ho-learned all he could all the time- He became a good hitter and good first baseman. RIVAL 2IAAAGEK 1VAMS MILLER OA TEAM. : : When he reached thai stage 0f near perfection Miller Huggins ' of the St Louis Cardinals "took a glance, at the Pirates* bunch and decided he would like to have Miller. IspifiiHe needed a first baseman and a } man who could play short stop as ffigltevielL He wanted to strengthen up his infield. Every year the baseball chiefs go Into a -game oT swapping v ; players just like the Indians swap ponies or dogs, to use the expression of a Federal Leaguer in court. Hugging approached Fred Clarke fflgpjfe?f*the Pirates and offered to make a swap. Clarke had plenty of gooa . trat basemen. He wanted Konetflfcey of.'th'e Cardinals Konctchev been playing inferior ball with ;|^ihecCardinals and although ho was a good player he never was at his St. Louis. Hugging was delighted to make the swap, but In dian fashion he haggled over the - bargain. Ho wanted more players toy boot. Clarke also haggled over the bargain in an endeavor to get | THE TELEGP ' "v. ' V * [SNE sr Didn't Get u;* c JL JLJO V W UU1 k iferior Organ elped Make ^ 3ut Of Laggc players In to make the bargain good and Miller was notified he was to play with St. Louis. Konetehey was notified he was to play with Pittsburg. Now if there Is any place in the world a player did not want to go to In the spring of 1914 it was St*. Louis. The Cardinals had been tall enderB consistently for years. They didn't seem to have a chance to get out of the subway for a generation at least. Players are given extra bonuses when they land high up in the league. If the team can land in the first division at the end of the season it gets a small bonus. The nearer to the top it .gets the bigger the bonus. Pittsburg was a first division club and had kept itself in the first division for some time. St. Louis was hopelessly a subway club. Miller had played all . his days In the malar leaeue at Pittsburg. He knew the fellows there and for Ave years had never thought of playing anywhere else. His ambitions led him to believe some day be could ,be one of the greatest Pirates tn the club and he hoped to be able to play for the Pirates in the world's series some day. Had some one thrown a barrel of cold water oh Miller's head It. would have given him more cause for joy than to be cast way out in the Mound City. By actual computation based on the theory of progressions it would take 2,004 years for the Cardinals to play in the world's series as based on their gains In recent years prior to 1914. Miller shook hands with his old c lub mates and went where dollars called. He showed up at the Cardinals' camp and went to work. There were some prophets who said he would jump to the Federals. They prophesied he would be otit oT 3t. Louis before the season was half over. Then the prophets said Miller would sulk and wouldn't play ball. That would be in harmony with the actions of other professional baacball players. "When a h'asoball player cannot get what h? wants from his manager he lays down on the job. He can protend ? _ i?_. u -a at ? --- ?.u fjmy liivtu 4uu lUEutager cannot sue him for breach of contract. The only thing the manager can do in tho matter is to wait until the next opportunity when he can swap his unmanagable player oft to some one else. That-was what the prophets said -Huggins would have to do>with Miller unless the New Jersey player would Jump to the Federals. The first game in which Miller played, he played ball. The second game he played ball , again. ' The third same he played ball some more. When the fourth game was called the fans turrCed toward Miller to :.'ee if he had yet developed the sulks. They did-not develop and Miller played hall. Then the fans , decided MlUer was made of good '.^tulT an dip that he would keep on . playing, ball.' aiAA'A^ER'S BIGHT HAA'BEl) max is uyr?EBSAX verdict. When the season finally ended and the Cardinals had finished in the first division and the Pirates had dropped back several notches the sport experts of the country , began to diagnose the case. They "now arc saying that Miller Muggins proved to bo the wise man. of baseball He had gathered together a iot of steady players who could play In championship style*, right . down to the finish. For many weeks before it was definitely decided that the Braves would finish first, the Cardinals were in the running for tho championship in the ,league,|H? Of all the swaps Huggins made to get good men, it is conceded generally that the swap he made to get rid of Koney and to get Jack Mil-* lcr was the best swap of all. Without any pronounced stars Huggins put out a team which had a big following and which had to be reckoned with until the last few days of the season. Miller was a great help to the Cardinals as a living force. He played such steady ball all the time that the fans admired his ability and the other players always folt he could be depended upon in a pinch, Miller had two chances when -he. jollied the Cardinals., One chance was to play a rotten gaino and depend on his record at Pittsburg to give him another chance with some other team. The other chance was to play good ball and mako a reputation for -himself in the Cardinals as well as with the Pirates. Ho chose the latter course. Today he is worth more thai^ ever in his dareer. When he signs up new contracts his playing In 1914 will always stand him In good :AM'S ANNUAl 1 Be The Large MMl I :*r, *t% . '.. . ?? r-.v *: . . w, _ , vt "<E/ * ' . . '.".'.i. ;j' ' . %.* ? '*, -** H ^ 1 * J..?! <v j rjjS tS: v* -V' vc&$8 f 11 ^ H ? 12I40 : the Dumps ^ 11 ? ? sola ram ization, But iViiiners irs. 'I ^ stead. The fact that he played hall .when It was thought he had' eVery excuse to play rotten ball Is the biggBBt card of all. \ When the baseball season. was . over baseball writers all over the . couhtry commented on Miller's playing and- many of them classed him as the best player on the team. Harry Schumacher of the New York Evening Mail said of Miller: "Jack Miller*of the Cardinals is my selection as St. Louis' , most valuable-ball player. In a measure he was' responsible for the Giants' defeat, as he figured largely in ' 'every game between New York and St. Louis, and at a critical period of the race was-instrumental In holding the Giants in check. , "There are more showy players than Miller, but few possessed of greater capability. He is a versatile ' fielder, and Hugglns was quick to avail uimsoii or tms asset. Miller Is one of. the best first sackers In the country. & heavy hitter, a brainy - ? . . . . "SPING STYL1 . 1UT A 1 st Sty]e LAEKSBURG. W. VA., ? K't't^'.'V '*-->#& ' ' KV^V^-2Pr^ ' V'"'-V- *?'' "r'i"- "li'Ti '' *K * g:" * 5?^hM HB DA H s. Ml H |^%y U hh - i flHO| ARM' Hp m 3B JHp . a^B f ~3K jw ~" ' ^ ^ A;v'-^-. -*v ?;;-'* .? n&gH&c '1 '- .* -' U'?'- V*.;:,.' '4 -rr ^,,;it,,;-<'' ball player, and a man whose work is a constant inspiration to his mates." WiLliam G. Weart of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph said: "1 choose Jack Miller of the Carf dinals as my. selection, although Lee Maigee of the same outfit gives . him a pretty close rqn for honors. Magoe has come forward with a rush in the last two seasons, and by winning distinction as a heavy sticker is entitled to some claim." Yet, after all, when one considers ' Miller's versatility, his adaptability as an infielder, his all-round ; value as a ground coverer and a hitter, tod, oven aside from his skill as a base runner and his disposition which enables him to give ills best at -all times in his club's interest, 'we must nominate Mijlor In nil inatiee." Here Is the comment of W- J. O'Connor" of the St. "Louis Post Dispatch: "Probably the biggest factor or E NUMBER" V IE# bl * SUNDAY; 7, 1 ; : } .; >? , -v- ,-r- - _ . . ^ " "'v i'-V' v * *"'. V,< J.'.: ' * |k BH a HQ n S5^? ' H ^9| H Ml ON Hw m Bm MB IWWnlft?iBT7y^ ' ,-l: -S;'. ?: ; BjF iiiiiiiialiO inriarfff'tPTiffmM Br t^." V/V'' ; :. *' ""-> immmm ? .t^Sfi^sait's^ia agJlfcg ' -, ?:.. jj^ ' rnrnm ?:iii ffi f HP?HWBWBWWMPCfiEWaiSS'11 ! ! 3??^ JACK MILLER in two poses. a number of important factors in the fine struggle made by the St. Louis Cardinals for the. attainment of a high place in, the pennant race last season was the work of Jack Miller. One could point to a num- ' .. ber of players on the team whose efforts were responsible for the excellent showing of the Huggins-led array. . But after everything' relating to the rise of the Cardinals In 1914 has been sifted and weighed, . and it comes down, to a selection of the individual whose daily playing stamped him as contributing most, to the success, conclusions will point to Jack Miller as the man. "First, last and all the time, Mil tier showed ' himself a tower of strength; both In the field and in the ^attack. In filling : the shoes of jua is.onetchy, departed to Pittsburg, Miller more than.. satisfied the crit> ics that in that position the Cardinals had Buffered no loss of strength. And then, when called upon to fill in a yawning gap at shortstop.: Miller accepted the shirt to make his value as a versatile inftelder so strongly evident as to impress the baseball world with the fact that, lacking his presence, the Cardinals, would probably have missed their arrival in the first division." Oscar Reichow of tho Chicago News said of him: "Of the regulars included in-the Cardinal outfit, Jack Miller is clearly entitled to primary consideration for his all-around work-with the team ho wasr traded to last season. i. a* rtA- r i? hr put tue ou ijuuib ciud in lug pennant fight and made it a most formidable fadtor till the 11th hour of the.. racc.ffiBWMBBgMHBSE "As the record wHl show;, Miller stands well up among the leaders in fielding and hitting. In case of , emergency ho can be shifted to remedy a temporary weakness and. above all things else, he has a dlsI* I vn>ni'iV" 1 A'' ' ^? ? "*KwPtt!>?,j? *.&* ls-il'1'!*KJ . ?* . nu BE ISSUEI Ill1 %:;* &.: V:B;zpk'* -(': :.> g jggtttit |Bff Jfl H KM wH^ IfcTftim f$8 Mwk ^^HTjEVW BlM V n Mam \3 Km V rfl hBH In gH L-Jn HI hh MV CMn HM 9 B ES mi Btta BVKH^QKas ja jy na A . --9 B^B W 3^^S!v. ' ;,:>; -jv! ?rtgS ;:'-|a ||p'' || g|| position and temperament which makes him easy to handle. He in fighting for the club Interests all " the time and would make a good leader for any outfit." Here is the testimonial of Ed McGrath: . "Boston fans who witnessed the games between the St. Louis Cardinals and world's champions Braves * last season werp pretty well of accord that the contests were about the most spirited in years. Miller Huggins, the peppery playing manager of the Cardinals, aroused admiration hy the way he Inspired a rather ordinary team to play to the limit of its possibilities. On tho face of it a considerable number of good judges would be puzzled to wrh I ftf fllO Infll Vlffllfllfi UCb^AUilUU TTUAVU Wli VUW of a limited number could be designated the most- valuable player of the outfit. "Eliminating-Bill Do.ak, the pitcheiv yhose fine record meant much to the Cardinals.- and leaving the field cledr to players who were in the game day in and (lay out, choice would appear to lie between Jack " Miller, Huggihf, and Lee Mcgee. But in the finals analysis^ and. taking every point into consideration, the best choice fro the standpoint of .-general high value would tie Miller. The ex-Pirate in. his first year as a Cardinal, holding down two positions?first base and shortstop?demonstrated his great value in both Important berths. "Offensively, his work was on a par with-his defensive work, while in the-elements of play that are not officially tabulated, especially in ambition, spirit and willingness .to exert himself to the 'uttermost for the good of his team, he was on a par with, if not superior to. any of the team's most valued, members." It looks as though tho ayes have it. If the men who are playing the1 great national game in the bjg pro-: .fesslonal leagues would take a tip . from Jack Miller, .baseball would have a, long, time to run before It started, toward the scrap heap along with prize fighting and horse racing. The fans like to see real live , baseball all the time. They pay real money to see tho Teal game and when a player, doesn't play his best he is drawing his salary under sECoiro -sEcrioir .. ' - ' -:& " . ; i );' -:B:i jgm. mm m - Ok m n I ifr mmmsmmm *i^jp^. . M?MnnKnMWM?nMv.fi' EESB ySylw&t _ ; jBMfifl Bj^B rSBBBBSM^BHOTH?"*^ v ^MbBct^KBWH^'Imhs^ SsSoc3?e^ *' ' H^HniWnHHB^^HK - 'iBHHHnaHHl^B^^MM KSr^*Kta' ^'flBBHBH9^;:^m --V fflnMn^HBn^:^:,p ? false pretenses. After. all is said about'the wrongs j of organized baseball and after the* United States courts, get through hearing about the monopoly, the sale of players like_dogB or horses . and the slavery :of the game, the players. themselves do . not need to be contaminated. When they are sent to some out of the way place ;to play they.ought to play whether they want to . play <'r '* ? mere or not When they signed the contracts In the original place they bound, themselves to accept the commands; of their' chieftains. They can get out of the, bonds .by going into some other occupation. Perhaps in time a golden age will come when .every player can play for his home team and can grow up with it Perhaps in time a man born tii New York always will play for New York and one born in Buffalo always will play with Buffalo . if he wants to do-so. 1 He will havo real town pride when such a state of affairs does come. He can play the game for j all he is worth then and his play- . ' ing will be worth while because hs is playing for the town be lives in. Then he can expect to he enthusiastic as a corner-lot player. In ths 'meantime he can earn his salary as , best ho, can. - 1 Circumstantial Evidence. .' "Please, ma'aia your dog has killed three of father's prize fowls." said the small boy. " ?i/vu ri ..... ? 1WJ. vu, x ui quiwv 3UIC JL4-IJf 1UUU wuuiq never do such a thing," said the old lady. "But father saw one of the chick- I ens in his mouth," said the hoy. "Purely circumstantial evidence* ^ she snapped, and the boy. departed. f| Some time later "he returned"Please, mum, father sent mo'to tell" you- that circumstantial - evt? dence might point to his -having shot your dog, but he reckons you'll .. . find he died of lead poisoning." Peculiar Combination. "Bermuda raises onions "Seems a queer arrangement. I; wonder why they , picked out thai particular combination." * ^ < t* MARCH 18. I