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The Call's Page of Sports T/ie Indoor Leaguers Are Always Busy MORE VICTORIES AND TWO DEFEATS IN ROW IN RITCHIE'S CAREER WILLIE RITCHIE Although I won the lightweight championship of the world right here in my native city, I must admit that I was extremely fortunate in ruhcr cities. I landed vicioues in my first two trips away from San Francisco, and strangely, both of them were in Marysville. After getting my start in the four round game. I became a bit proud and ambitious. I wanted to travel a bit and I wanted to get some experience in other places. I kept looking around for a chance, and my brother, Frank, who was some boxer himself, helped me out. He heard of a lad named Tony Josephs up in Marysville, and he got busy and arranged a match there over the 10 round route. He set tled for $75 for my end. This was quite a boost over what I had been receiving for putting on the gloves with the local boys. I managed to keep in pretty good condition and learned a few stunts from my brother, who began to take quite an interest in me by this time. He taught me more about the straight left and also put me wise as to training rules. Edwards and my brother accompanied me to Marysville to meet Josephs. I worked out for a couple of days and rounded into good shape. Josephs was looked upon as a wonder by the Marysville fans, wh made him a strong favorite over me. They all expected to make a big cleanup on the battle. KNOCKS TONY JOSEPHS OUT * Well, Josephs might have been a wonder at one time, but he cer tainly did not show any of his great form the night he fought me. I had heard so much about him that I was very cautious and took no chances in the first round. I noticed that he did not seem to have very much, but I was afraid that he might be stalling me, so I just laid low and waited. > In the second I opened up a bit and he came at me, swinging wild and leaving himself wide open. I simply could not resist the tempta tion any longer. I hooked him a couple of times with hard left jolts, and then brought my right over to the jaw. That was all. Tony took the count and I was the winner of my first fight away from home. They seemed to think very well of me in the upcountry town, for after I got away with Josephs, they offered me another chance, this time with Kid Finch, another boy who was very highly touted. Well, I did not meet with so much success against Finch, although I won all right. It was alO round go, and he kept me pretty busy all the time. I tried hard to land the knockout, for I was ambitious and wanted to make a record. He was very game and managed to stick it out. After this battle, my brother advised me to return home and look for some better matches. I took his advice, so we started back. He got mc a match with Charley Reilly over in Oakland. LOSES FIRST TO REILLY Here comes the sad part of my story. I lost my first fight. It Waa a tough one to lose, but Reilly outpointed me all right and I never" will forget that beating as long as I live. I almost cried over it That was four years ago, and I must admit that Reilly was a very clever boy. He had the class and the speed and he just kept jabbing me all the time. I could not work my straight left nor my right cross on him. No. indeed. He knew too much and he would not give me a chance to get set. * We fought at the West Oakland club and there was only a small crowd in attendance, which made it bad for us, as we were fighting on a percentage basis. This made the pill all the more bitter to swallow. <f My brother and Edwards and Baker were in my corner as usual. They tried to send me in against Reilly and I tried my hardest to get in close, but Reilly was too clever and fast for me. He just kept stab bing me with his left all the time and dancing away. My head kept bouncing back and forth just like a rubber ball, and, to tell the truth, I was very much discouraged. Even though I was beaten, the defeat taught me a good lesson. I learned a few tricks from Reilly which I never forgot. They have come in very handy in many of my big battles. Reilly was one of the fastest and cleverest boys I ever met, and I really believe that he would be right out in the front ranks today had he attended to busi ness and taken care of himself. BURNS BEATS HIM NEXT Although beaten by Reilly, I was far from disheartened. I wanted more action, and I got it pretty quick, too. Yes, and I was beaten, again—just about ten days after losing my first battle. Frankie Burns was the lad who tacked the other one on me, and this also happened in an Oakland ring. When I look back over my record, I always imagine that Oakland is my jynx town. Burns was regarded as one of the best of the short distance light weights then, and many of my friends pleaded with me to pass him up till f got a little more experience. But I would not listen to any think like this. I had made my mind up to go after Burns and nobody could stop me. I think that I put up a pretty good fight, even though I was beaten. The crowd cheered every time that I did any good. I had a lot of my own jpng at the ringside and they all stood by me till the finish. I tried hard with Burns, just as I did with Reilly, but he knew too much for me. He would get into that crouch of his and pick away at me with his stinging left hand. I might have beaten him over the longer route, but I will admit that he had it on me all the time in those Brown's New Job Not Yet Cinched CINCINNATI, 0., Nov. 29. A report to the effect that Miner Brown, three fingered pitcher, has closed a deal with the directors of the Reds to manage the team next season is called premature by Presi ident Garry Herrmann, who says a pc*itive decision as to a manager has not been reached. Roger Bresnahan, Fielder Jones, Dick Hoblitzell, Tommy Leach and Jake Stahl are among those mentioned for the place. BIG BOXERS TO FRONT AGAIN La Grave and Rogers in Re turn Match Head Next Fight Card "Antone la Grave, the Butchertown middleweight, is going to get another crack at Al Rogers, the New Yorker who received a questionable decision over him two weeks ago. They will step four rounds at the Pavilion rink next Friday evening as main event performers. La Grave and Rogers furnished the fans with a sensational mill at their last meeting. Rogers, who has taken the measure of most of the local 158 pounders, ruled a 2 to 1 choice over the Butchertown boy, but the latter made the best fight of his career and forced the going throughout. The battle was declared a draw, although the majority of the fans were of the opinion that La Grave should have received the decision. The fighters appear to very evenly matched in every respect. Both are rough and tumble performers who like to wade In and mix things up all the time. Rogers is the better punc"ier but La Grave is very game and aggressive and always sets a fast pace. The winner of this bout will be regarded as the champion middle weight of the four round ranks. Another pair of 158 pounders, Billy Murray of Sacramento, and Jack Ma chedo, a fighting tar from Mare isl and, will appear In the special event. Murray has beaten all comers around his home town- and is looked upon as a strong, rugged scrapper. Tho tar has a great record in the navy and will be heavily backed by the boys in blue. This will mark his first appearance here. The slugging favorites, Tom Nick ola and Johnny Soudenberg, also of the middle weight division, have been signed up for a return match. Nick ola got the decision the last time they hooked up. It was a rattling good bout and the sympathy of the fans was with Soudenberg for his Nickola is a hard puncher and has an aggressive style. Fritz Holland is to try a comeback against Stockyards Tommy Murphy. A couple of years ago Fritz was looked upon as the best middle weight around here. He has been working hard and may furnish a surprise. The other bouts are as follows: Tommy Stevens vs. Frankie Jones, lightweights; Jimmy McVeigh vs. Ralph Grauman, lightweights; Jack Vanacchi vs. Sailor Carroll, heavy weights; Eddie White vs. Lee Crevler, feather weights; Fred Wharton vs. Hans Wagner, feather weights.. M Copy right, 1913, National News Aaaoclatlon) RITCHIE AT WORK FOR MURPHY May Give Rivers Another Chance After His Bout With New Yorker By WILLIAM J. SLATTERY Champion Willie Ritchie has not yet decided whether or not he will give Joe Rivers another crack at his title. Willies mind is occupied right now with Harlem Tommy Murphy and he very sensibly says that he will not make any preparations for another mlxup till after he settles with the New Yorker. They are booked to right on the evening of December 10. "Yes, I was a bit surprised at the showing which Rivers made against Cross," declared the champion this morning before starting out for his training camp at Colma. "I guess that Rivers will be hot on my trail for a return match and I understand that Tom McCarey wants to stage it in Los Angeles on New Year day. But I am not ready to talk business with them yet. "I guess that I wTll have my hands full with Murphy and I want to have that battle over with before I start making ally more matches. It is gen erally believed that Murphy is the toughest man I have to beat. Any how the fans of San Francisco think this way about it and I certainly have great respect for their judgment because they know all about the fighting game. "No, 1 don't think much about fighting Rivers on New Year day. I expect to have a hard setto with Mur phy and I will need more time to get myself in form for another battle. But I will accommodate Rivers later on. There is plenty of time to think this over. The match will go to the promoter who offers me the best terms. I guess we would draw big in Ix>s Angeles." The little champion will be at the grind this afternoon. He intends to take things easy for the first few days. He is in pretty good shape right now. In fact, Ritchie always Is In shape, for he Is one of those box ers who is very regular in his habits and condition is a sort of hobby with him. A return mixup between Rivers and Ritchie would not prove much of a sensation in San Francisco. Only a few months ago the local fans saw the little Mexican quit cold to the champion, and they have not been very strong for Joe since. He came here with a great reputation and was heavily backed to take the champion ship, but he displayed the white feather just as soon as the title holder began to hammer him around the ring. Down in Los Angeles, however, Rivers is still an idol. His sensa tional victory over the New York dentist has served to square him with th<s fans of the southern city, and they are bound to set up a clamor for another meeting between the Mexi can and the champion. They refuse to believe that Rivers quit to Ritchie the last time. They simply say that he had an off day. Anyhow, the Ritchie-Murphy affair must be settled before anything can be done about a match between Ritchie and Rivers. The champion, of course, is going to have the bet ting edge over the New Yorker in their coming battle, but many of the wise ones will be laying for that short end because they really think that Murphy will have a royal chance to capture the title, Tad Day's Day Dreams FLASH BY BRAINLESS Cast your bread upon the water .and it will get soaked. * * * Tener for president of the Na tional league has sort of a high sounding note at that, doesn't it? Still, Tom Lynch probably be lieves nothing but base work will send Tener to the top of the league. * * # Brlckley is the man who put the I in kick. * * # Yagottahanditto Charley Cutler. He not only claims the wrestling title, but aspires to wallop Jess Willard. Blessed is he who wants much, for he shall get satisfac tion —one way or the other. * * * Cutler may be the rightful heir to Gotch's crown, and he may cop the heavy weight title in the ring, but Tom Jones still has it on Charles when it comes to be ing the top notcher in the talk ing division of all sports. * * # Larney Lltchteastein says his new fighting wonder, Sinnet, is a "bird of a fighter." This being true he should star in the feather class. * # * The unfortunate boob who bet on the Cubs in the last city se ries is still wearing last winter's overcoat. We havn't any. * * * ACCENT ON THE NOT Pity the wrestling promoter, His Is an unhappy lots He pick* np some poor Turk, Stakes hint, do all the work. And hands over the gate re ceipt a— NOT. * # # That decision in the-Ritchie- Cross bout probably made Leach Cross, but it was not the undoing of Ritchie. * * * Incidentally, the bout served to remind us that Willie Ritchie is still fighting now and then, mostly then. * * • \ Guess the Old Roman wasn't wise. He didn't Join the Sox and Giants until they had served that sentence of 33 nights in a sleeper. * » # Remember that old farce, "What Happened to Jones?" Ask Charley Cutler, he knows, so does Jones. * * « Notwithstanding the fact sev eral of the world's touring ath letes may get cold feet before the bunch sails on the trip across the pond, there will be a large party aboard—Louie Comlskey is among those who will sail. Bert S. Bingham Returns From Trio r Bert S. Bingham, traveling sales manager for the Pioneer Automobile company, returned yesterday from a trip in the central portion of the state, where he placed several new agencies for Chalmers cars in Chico, Marysville. Arbuckle and Davis. "The recent rains have added Just about 100 per to the general optimism among the ranchers and, as a conse quence, we are finding a good, healthy demand for Chalmers cars at present in the country, said Bingham. "The many new, and improved fea tures of the 1&14 Chalmers Master Six," he continued, "are appealing to the city and town residents and ranch ing fraternity alike. Especially so is this the case regarding our new gas saving system built as an integral part of the car. our new nonstallable motor, the simple and noiseless elec tric self-starter, the "T" head motor with all working parts inclosed—all these splendid features practically selling the new Chalmers themselves without the assistance of the agent or i salesman." . Silk Hat Harry's Divorce Suit HERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR ROOTERS Work Starts With a Rush on the New Seal Ball Park By JOE MURPHY Cal Ewing left the hospital yester day where he has been confined for several days and the first act that he performed when he reached his office was to let the contract for the ex cavating and grading of Ms new ball park out at Masonic avenue and St. Rose street. Any doubt about the Seals moving into a new home next spring was set aside by Ewing's act and active work in the building of the baseball park probably will start on Monday. The work on the Masonic avenue site will start with a rush. Ewing will demand that the contractor who has the grading job put on an extra force of men and teams so that this part of the work may be hurried along. When the ground is leveled off and in shape where the grand stand is to be built, the carpentering contract will be let. The building of the grandstand will go simultaneously with the grading work, so that no time will be lost. Contractors have estimated that it would take about 100 days to complete the excavating and grading but Ewing figures that by putting on an extra force of men and teams the Job can be completed In shorter time. Anyway, the clearing off of the grounds will not interefere with the building. There are about 40,000 cubic yards of dirt to be removed. It Is all sand and is easy to handle. It will not be taken off the ground, simply moved from the outfield to the infield to level off the field. That, part of the field where the grandstand is to be built will be the first to be put in shape so that the carpenters can start to build. The work has been delayed a bit through Ewing's illness but the parties inter ested are sanguine that the grounds will be ready for the opening of the Pacific Coast baseball season of 1914. Ewing is a determined individual, and he has stated emphatically that no more Pacific Coast league games would be played at Recreation park. The Valencia and Fifteenth streets grounds may be used for a series of games between the Chicago White Sox and the Seals, which will be played next spring. # * # Del Howard, manager of the Seals, who Is spending a short time with his folks in Kenny. 111., has been wired by the local baseball office to rush this way and settle the Overall matter. Howard has been resting in the east, and at the same time he is working his wires'for a pair of right handed pitchers, one of them being Earl Moore of the Cubs, and the iden tity of the other heaver being kept from the public. Del is also after another outfielder. It is expected that Howard will come westward via Los Angeles, at which point he is likely to step oft the train for the purpose of an inter view with Overall, who has threat ened to give up the great game to peddle beer for Ed Maier. Howard is supposed to have more influence with big Jeff than any one connected with the local club. It is expected that he will be able to make Ovie see his mistake and consent to join the Seals for spring practice Future of Racing On New York State Tracks Look Good Better evidence of the Interest that is manifested in the future of the turf could not be forthcoming than the publication of the list of new stakes which has been opened for next season. These number eight, divided equally between 2 year olds and 3 year olds, and none will have a guaranteed value of less than $2,500. The money comes out of the owners' fund, which was created dur ing the last winter, when it was de cided to make an attempt to revive racing this year. Tens of thousands of dollars were in this fund, which was created for the purpose of seeing the sport through in case the obliga tions to horsemen could not be met by the different associations. But happily it was not necessary to touch the subscription. The first meeting at Belmont park finished far above expenses, as did the second. Sara toga made money, too. The fund was not touched, but still being in exist ence and the subscribers, wishing to see it put to good use, it was voted to put about $20,000 in stakes for next season. Anybody in the least conversant with turf affairs realizes Instantly what a boon this means to racing in 1914, also what it will do in the way of encouragaing breeders. The news contained in the Jockey club's announcement is not all that is forthcoming. When the programs are arranged for next season it will be found that they are a great deal more attractive than were those of the first year of turf rehabilitation. Racing next year will be a big im provement and better patronized. when the call Is given out for the boys to start training. Two players who are almost certain to be released by the Venice club are Roy Brashear, the veteran second baseman, and Pitcher John Raleigh. Brashear Is to be given his uncon ditional release, as it is expected that the old boy will be able to find a managerial berth witk. some club. Brash is looked upon as a mighty level headed fellow who would make good in the capacity of manager. Raleigh, when he broke into the Vernon lineup some years ago, looked like one of the best pitching prospects in the country. He went to the St. Louis Nationals. He was there a season. Raleigh is handicapped to j some extent by his physical makeup. He is frail of build and can not stand the usual amount of work. At times he has displayed as much Stuff as any left hander on the coast. * * # Hap Hogan must think something Of Doc White, as the veteran pitcher of the Chicago White Sox cost the Venice club a cold $4,000. Hap still contends that he will retire from the managerial Held in 1915. and that he will turn the reins over to White. The fans of the west will have a chance to see the veteran work on the mound during the coming season.' 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Palo Alto has won the Academic league championship for several years past, and it looks - as though the team will add another championship notch to its list today. The teams will line up as follows- Palo Alto—Forwards. Phippen. Arnott. Card. Sloouni. Gibson, Alterton, Sherman, Kirkser; half. Rising: ares. Green and Sheldon; three quarters, Morse, Wallace and Weeks; fullback. Pratt. Lick—Forwards. Bowes. Pengelley, Causrad. Schwarzenbeek, 0. Johnson. Smith, W. John son aud E. Jansen; half. Walker; fives. Hul ling. McLarhlen: three-quarters, MeAbee, Asher. Webster; fullback. Dean. Association Club Arranges Ten Bouts Matchmaker Al Young has signed up 20 boxers to appear In the monthly three round show of the Association Athletic club next Tuesday evening at the clubrooms, Mission and Six teenth streets, representing all weights and nationalities. "Kayo - * Hartwell and Pred Lane, lightweights, meet in the windup. Hartwell recent ly scored five successive knockouts in the oil fields. Heavy weights Arthur Grohnka and Ed Bergo clash in the semiwindup, while George Post and Battling Kelly, 142 pounders, and Monte Wo pride of the Richmond Athletic club, and Frank Toohig, middle weights, are billed as special eventers. The following bouts complete the card: Joe Whalen vs. Conley, 115 pounds; Jack Connors vs Billy Halle. 158 pounds; Hugh Holmes vs. Al Christensen, 145 pounds: Phil Buckner vs. Charles Adams, 12$ pounds, and Red Everett vs. Billy Farren. 105 pounds.