Newspaper Page Text
If Pennant Predictions Came Through, Every Team Would Be a Regular Champion
• • ' ■ 1 ' . ' 1 1 • " 1 ' ' ' ' .P..MM..M O<L» CALL'S DOUBLE PAGE OF SPORTS The Indoor Game Is Good All the Time BALL MANAGERS GET THE HOOK WHEN THEY DON'T LAND A WINNER CHRISTY MATHEWSON, the Giants' Star Pitcher So they have turned poor old "Bill" Dahlen out of Brooklyn. His case proves that you have got to be a winner in baseball to stick — not that "Bill's" was needed as an example to demonstrate this the ory. That is the reason that so many star players dodge the jobs of managers when they are offered to them. If they don't make good and are turned out, there is no other baseball prospect for them, as a rule, except, perhaps, as a minor league manager. Most stars would rather trail along with their old club in an advisory capacity. While Dahlen did not make good in a sense, he improved the Brooklyn club during his four year term and appeared to be just on the verge of collecting on the players he had bunched when he got iired. The only players with the Brooklyn team today who were on the roster when Dahlen took charge are Hummel, Rucker and Wheat. It will therefore be seen that Dahlen has made good in selecting players, as he has gathered several stars under his management. His trouble was probably doing too well at the beginning of the last season. He had his club up there fighting witUfPhiladelphia for first place and all the Brooklyn fans were talking pennant. When it fell back and was passed by Boston, the Brooklyn rooters were naturally very much disappointed and started to knock, as rooters will. It strikes me that Wilbert Robinson, the new Brooklyn man ager, should have a fair assortment of talent to start with, and I would not be surprised to see the club finish in the first division next reason. There are liable to be several changes in the looks of the first division next year, as the Boston team, under George Stallings, has a great chance to land there and, if these two teams do make it, then some of the regular tenants are going to be crowded for room. The Cubs, Giants, Pittsburg and either Philadelphia or Cincinnati have accumulated the haT>it of finishing in the first division. SELEE HELPS CHANCE ALONG When Frank Chance took hold of the Cubs, he inherited a great bunch of ball players gathered by Frank Selee, his predecessor. The team was just ripe to win, and Chance got all the glory. Of course, Chance was and is a great leader, but he does not deserve the credit for gathering the marvelous Cub machine that won so many cham pionships for him. There arc two types of men in baseball, the kmd that can pick good players, but can not develop them, and the kind that can get the baseball out of latent talent. Of course, the ideal combination in a manager is the man who can not only pick the players, but also develop them and get the baseball out of them. All the great lead ers have these two qualities. McGraw, "Connie" Mack and Fred Clarke possess them in an exaggerated degree, if that is possible. Personally, I do not see why Dahlen did not carry the punch, because he was always one of the shrewdest players that ever wore a uniform. I know this because I played on the same team with him for several years and saw him pull off plays that required lightning thinking. I don't see why he should not be able both to lead and develop players. But it would not surprise me to see the next man ager of Brooklyn take Dahlen's collection of talent and make a good showing with it, and "Bill" get very little credit. I have a soft place in my heart for Dahlen, because he was always a game ball player and a good one. COBB IS NO MANAGER Frequently the fast thinking ball players do not make the best managers because they think too fast for their men and have not the ability to transmit heir knowledge. There has been some talk of "Ty" Cobb as, the manager of the St. Louis Browns. Cobb is a won derfully fast thinking ball player, but he cogitates too rapidly for the other, members of his team as well as his opponents, as a rule, and this has been responsible for much of the trouble ,real and rumored, in which Cobb has been mixed up on the Detroit club. Cobb outguesses his men as well as the others, and he is tempera mental and has little patience with slow thinking. It is this quality that he would have to overcome in order to be a successful manager. Hal Chase was of the same type and failed for this reason. His own men could not follow his individual work. I do not think there is a chance of Cobb going to St. Louis for several reasons. One is that he is getting an enormous salary in Detroit, and he has only his own worries there, which are sufficient when the game is played as he plays it. If he should attempt to lead a club, he would have the worries of the whole team as well as his own. It would doubtless hurt his playing, and there is no question but that he would be a playing manager for several years. Then again, there are no players in St. Louis that the Tigers would lock at in a trade for Cobb, and they could not afford to take anything but player,?. The Georgia star is getting an enormous sal ary, but he is worth much more than the money he draws at the gate each season. None knows it better than the Detroit manage ment. There is not a chance of Cobb going to St. Louis or any place else. Recently I have noticed frequent references in the newspapers to the extreme youth of John P. Mitchel, the mayor elect of New York. The papers speak of his age as that of a boy, and say that he is just beginning his career, and that he has many years of youth ahead of him. That is the difference between baseball and politics. I am just about Mr. MitchePs age, his being 34. There is not a year's difference between us, yet they always speak of mc as the moss covered veteran. Baseball is certainly a business that feeds on youth, v Brown Looks Like New Boss of Reds CINCINNATI, 0., Nov. 28. While rumors have it that Jake Stahl, Fielder Jones, Mor decai Brown, Otto Knabe and Richard Hoblitzel are being considered as Joe Tinker's suc cessor, from an inside source comes the news that Garry Herrmann, president of the club, has practically closed ne gotiations with Brown, the former Cub pitcher, to manage the Reds. Tinker secured Brown from Louisville after the Cubs dropped him and the three fingered wonder hurled some great ball for Garry's organization. This Catcher Ought To Make Good as a Peddler of Curios Most ballplayers have peculiarities of one kind or another. But remained for Catcher Evans, a former Cub re cruit, to have a number of them. On the spring training trip several years ago he had the boys wondering what he would unloosen next. Evans was a confirmed pipe smoker. It was seldom of his mouth. When the other men would be rehearsing on the ball field Evans would be sit ting, all alone, on the bench drag ging at his pipe. One day Frank Chance, becoming irritated, ordered him to get behind the plate during batting practice. The recruit lazily donned his shin guards and chest protector. Then, keeping his short black pipe between his teeth, he caught for nearly 15 minutes, puffing away in a most con tented manner. At Vicksburg, Miss., one day some of the Cubs notice Evans dig up a lit tle dirt near the plate, place some thing carefully in the hole and cover it up with exceeding care. He repeat ed this trick at every stop. Finally they discovered it was a signet ring. He chose this method of protecting it against loss or Injury. He also carried an old trunk along on the trip bearing a large sign. The motto was "Handle With Care." In this be had nearly five quarts of beef, iron and wine for the purpose of building up his system. He had nearly as much dope as Trainer Semmons had for the entire team. This extract he took religiously three times a day. One trip his trunk was badly smashed by the baggageman, and sev eral of the bottles. It was exceeding. It annoying. Evans insisted on lug ging the affair along until Secretary Charley Williams objected. "The railroads absolutely refuse to accept that trunk," said Williams. So Evans had to purchase another. On this he placed a new sign. It read, "Handle with care. You smashed my last one." Junior Polo Stars Start Big Tourney Near the Holidays Field Managar Harry C. Hastings of the San Mateo Polo club has an nounced that the annual tournament for the junior championship will open Sunday, December 21, and will be continued on following holiday dates In accordance with the number of teams entered. The tournament is open to teams of four whose aggregate handicap does not exceed 12 goals under the 1912-13 rating allowance, of one point for each goal, but individual allowance will be limited to three goals. The entries will close December 1'- Among those eligible to play in the junior tournaments are Hastings, Tcvis, Howard, Garrltt, McAllister, Pratt, Verdier, Elkins, DeGuigne, Hayno, Alexander, Cameron, Carolan, De Coulon and Payne. MYSTERIOUS BASEBALL DEAL ON Agent, Under Cover, Tries to Buy Property to Enlarge Recreation Park JOE MURPHY An agent has been dickering with the property owners on Fourteenth street who own flats adjacent to the right field fence of Recreation park in regard to the disposal of their holdings. The party who is said to be carrying on the negotiations is a property owner In Fourteenth street who has land to sell and who is act ing as an agent for baseball interests. J. Cal Ewing has another year's lease on the Valencia street holdings, but he stoutly maintains that there will be no more baseball played in the Valencia and Fifteenth street lot, as far as the Pacific Coast league is con cerned. Ewing claims to have leased the grounds at Masonic avenue and St. Rose street and that the Seals will open up the season of 1914 in their new home. Very little progress has been made in getting the new ball park ready, as Ewing had to delay work owing to being stricken with an attack of illness, which caused him to be confined to a hos pital for several days. He is expected to report at base ball headquarters today, as there are bids for the grading of the new grounds to be opened. Ewing says that he wants to get work started, and there is likely to be some activity on the part of laboring men in the vicin ity of Masonic avenue and St. Rose street in a few days. The negotiations for the purchase of the fiats In Fourteenth street have been going along very secretly and the property owners are not aware who the prospective purchaser is, be ing told by the agent that It is a baseball syndicate which is planning to buy up several lota and enlarge the field. There has been talk of an outlaw league breaking into the field. The rumor got its foundation in the south, and the Los Angeles papers devoted much space to the report. Ewing claims to have the right to Recreation park for another year, as his lease does not expire until 1915. However, he stoutly maintains that the Seals will never again play on the Valencia street lot as long as he Is at the head of the club. Further, Ewing states that all the improvements on the grounds are the property of the Recreation Park Base ball association, and that the grand stand and other improvements will be carried off the lot when the lease ex pires. * * » Ernie Johnson is sure to hold down short for the Angels during the com ing season, as the little fellow has made a great impression with the southern fans. It is doubtful if Dillon would remove him even if he succeed ed in getting back Joe Berger from the White Sox. Last season was John son's first year in professional ball. He was turned over to the Angels by the White Sox, who picked up the lit tle fellow from the prairies near Chi cago. For a man playing his first year in professional ball, Johnson showed a world of class. * * * Allen, th« outfielder whom Henry Berry of the Angels secured from the Washington club of the American league, is a sweet hitter If figures count. He played last season with the Tdronto club of the International league. By the way. Toronto is one of the greatest ball towns in the country, if Umpire Bill Phyle knows anything. "I think Toronto, for the size of it, turns out bigger crowds proportion Tad ately than any other city in the coun try. It is a wonderful baseball town," ejaculated Bill. Charley Baum of the Venice club has been spending his leisure mo ments around town. Charley will rest up and get ready for the training sea son. Babe Reams is unusualy anxious to break into the Coast league, and he has gone so far as to offer to pay half of his purchase price to secure his release. McCredie of Portland has been after him, but Boise wants $200 before allowing Reams to go. Reams Is willing to help McCredie out in the deal, and It is possible that big Mac will give the former Santa Clara player a chance. Sale of Men's Suits $ 18^ jCj Broken Lines of the seasons best selling suits— about 150 only — all of exceptional value — all worth much more than the price Handsome models in those styles appealing to young fellows. Every garment of high grade, handsome fabrics, llfirl such as cheviots, cassimeres, worsteds and tweeds, in neat H grays, tans, browns. Hand ||f tailored garments —every l§Cfc one of them. Sizes 35 to 46 Come earl}) Saturday morning, because only 150 men can take ad vantage of this specially reduced price—s / 8.75. (1 st Floor, West) To make the man happy on Christmas Day— ft Bath Robe Sets at $5.00 An appropriate Christmas box contains blanket robe, good in quality, tasty in pattern and excellent in workmanship, together with a pair of slippers covered with the same material as the robe. (Is/ Fl.) jfw I I ill New Combination Sets—appropriate gifts—sl.oo RMi '- lim /""> Silk handkerchief and tie to match. Silk handkerchief, tie and hose. tffpLt f Ijllßm Silk hose and tie to match, sets, $1. Tie and jewelry set, pink links, clasp. 'fi^Lo^ \ 65_c for the special wide flare shape Scarf iP| l! W 1./ \ One of the most popular gifts for men, as well as a most acceptable r~j J" 11 J onc; mac * e °* *" gn Brade8 r ade silk m a w 'de variety of good patterns. KJII | II sw f E J "Korrect Shape" Patent Leather I* f I * I \My Even with patent leather "Korrect Shape" insurance holds good; if the (I &\ || M uppers wear out or break before the stout oak soles a new pair of shoes to W A ~M\ .III, ■ aaafl If * A C\f\ tnc wearer without question. Two new styles. $fl-00 ■ Button or blucher models—New English, laced, , j gi^W Silk Hat Harry's Divorce Suit Chico High Kickers Outplay the Normal CHICO, Nov. 28.—Believed to be cer tain winners over the Chico high school team, the Chico state normal football eleven yesterday met defeat at the hands of their opponents by a score of 10-0. The game, which is the feature sport event of the year in school circles in this city, was at tended by 5,000 persons. Organized rooting and the color dispjay in the bleachers were the features of the afternoon, although the surprlnsg form of the high school eleven claimed a great deal of attention. The win ners outplayed their opponents, both on the offensive and defensive. Stanford Athletes Capture Track Meet SANTA CLARA, Nov. 28 —The Stan ford track men had an easy time in the track meet yesterday afternoon, scoring 57 points to 45 by the San Jose T. M. C. A. The University of Santa Clara team was third with 18. Watson Howden of the Oakland T won the modified Marathon from San Jose to Santa Clara from George Branner of Stanford. The time for the distance was 20 minutes 49 1-5 seconds. California Held to A Tie by Southrons LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28.—The Uni versity of Southern California and the University of California Ruggers played a tie score game yesterday on Bovard field. California scored its tally on a penalty goal by Montgom ery, while the southern team crossed the blue and gold line in the second half for a try through Haney getting over from a passing rush. This was the only scoring done in a hard fought game in which neither team showed to its true form. Frt»' the most part the play was in neutral' territory.