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The Leading Hitter of the Stove League Seldom Breaks Records in Fast Company
With the great lightweight championship battle between Willie Ritchi
of San Francisco and Tommy Murphy of New York only two days away
the sporting public of this city has come to the conclusion that the title
holder will surely be returned victorious. The betting is still at odds o
2 to 1, with thousands of dollars' worth of Ritchie money in sight an<
practically none to be wagered on his sturdy little opponent.
All indications point to the lengthening of the price before the men
enter the ring at the Eighth street arena on Wednesday even
ing. Ritchie seems to have taken the town by storm, and the Murphy
shouters, who were much in evidence, apparently have all faded away
or been converted to the Ritchie j 1 ~ » • 1 —
cause. I {
Ritchie never ruled the town asf
he is ruling it today. In fact, no San
Francisco champion since the days" of
Jim Corbett has managed to win the
confidence of the people of hie native
city as Ritchie has won it in this In
stance. He's the hero of the hour in
all quarters.
That the odds are false is the
opinion of the old timers who have
been following the game closely for
so many years. They are willing
enough to admit that Murphy should
be worth 10 to 7 on the short end,
but at the same time they are not
throwing their money In to wager
upon hU chances.
The wagering- Is still at even money
that the champion stops the chal
lenger. There was plenty of action on
this layout, but once more the Ritchie
money came stronger than the Mur
phy end of It, which Indicates that
they probably will yet wager that
Ritchie wins within 15 rounds.
Despite the long price being laid.
Interest in the great battle continues
unabated. It s the topic of conversa
tion in all circles all over the city.
While most of the fans concede Ritchie
the victory, they are willing to admit
that Murphy is going to give the little
title holder the battle of his life.
Therefore, It Is strange. Indeed, that
so few of them care to risk their
money on him. They are giving him
moral support only.
Nobody who has watched the rivals
at work in their training quarters has
the slightest doubt that each la
fit and ready. And they have not done
near as much work as fighters gener
ally do for such an Important ring
event. Each has shown a tendency to
work out Just enough to keep on edge.
Each has been fearful that he might
grow stale at the eleventh hour.
Speeches and statements by the boys
have been conspicuous by their ab
sence. Neither has given vent to his
feelings in an oratorical way. There
Is an air of confidence around each
cam- and the handler of each man
look, upon his charge as a sure win
ner. But they are not making any
prophecies aa to the outcome and they
have not done any mud slinging.
The champion did not even care to
take up any of Referee Jim Griffin's
time yesterday when that noted ring
official visited him at Colma for the
purpose of talking over the rules, as
Is always customary in such events.
"Well, Willie, I would like to have
a few words with you about the way
you are going to fight." said Griffin
as Ritchie lay on the rubbing table.
"I think that everything is all
right, Mr. Grtffirf." smiled the cham
pion. "Murphy know? the rules, so
do you and so do I. That s good
enough for me. We ought to get
along without any trouble."
"That's the way I like to hear you
talk. ' cut in Griffin, as he shook the
hand of the little champ and took his
The champion performed before a
record crowd at the camp. He stepped
aeven rounds, two each with Phil
Noonan and Jimmy McVeigh and three
with that hard nut. Kid Exposito.
During the course of the mlxups
Ritchie handled himself with his usual
grace and speed. He appeared to be
right in every instance. There was
nothing lacking in his efforts.
Although he weighs slightly over
136 pounds, the champion really
stands out like a welter weight. His
face is full and his broad shoulders,
muscular arms and large hands have
the effect of making him tower over
Murphy. But so long as he makes
the weight he should worry. There is
no doubt that he will make 133
pounds without the slightest effort.
There were nearly as many people
at the Murphy camp over in San Ra
fael. They came from ail sections for
■ peep at the last heavy workout of
the game little lad from Gotham. He
game them a good show, too, roughing
and boxing and stepping away from
his two sparring mates, Eddie Miller
and Frankie Edwards. He looks Just
aa good as he ever looked for any of
his mills here.
Judging from the way he has been
tearing into his conditioners in the
Kvmnasium, the Harlemite Intends to
play for Ritchie's body when they get
together next Wednesday evening. He
always has been noted for his ability
as an infighter and a plodder. He used
these tactics when he beat Abe Attell,
Ad Wolgast and Frankie Burns in this
Many of the fans are puzzled aa to
Murphy's style. Some of them believe
that he will take a desperate chance
and play for a knockout. Others are
of the opinion that he will stall and
protect himself and thus endeavor to
•tick the 20 rounds and In this way
save the money for those who are
wagering that the champion will fail
to stop him.
All that is wanted now is a fair
night to Insure a wonderful crowd.
Orders for choice seats are coming in
from all parta of the state and Pro
moter Jim Coffroth Is still willing to
wager with anybody that he will have
moonlight on Wednesday evening just
as he had sunshine on Thanksgiving
afternoon. Those who have the good
of the sport at heart are all pulling
for the promoter.
Seven hits with seven shots in 1
minute and 45 seconds, at a range of
1,600 yards, was the record of A. C.
Weeks of Los Angeles at gunnery
practice on the cruiser Marble head
yesterday. The California naval re
serve's percentage aa a whole was
low, mainly because of a broken gun
sight on one of the pieces.
Joe Wood, the smoke ba.ll expert of
the Red Sox, Is eald to have developed
Into such a good golf player- that he
Is- the talk of the links wherever he
appears and he has promised to take
part In a tournament at Boston later.
The A A. U. of the United States
does not recognize women swimmers
or athletes. The English Swimming
association at Its annual meeting last
month officially passed and set their
"hand and seal thereto" to a list of
12 "women's records." All these rec
ords constitute new records for Great
Britain made by girl swimmers. Even
though the A. A. U. frowns on girls*
competition, It ia a lead pipe cinch
the organization can not Btop the
"fair ones." and we will have thla
competition just as long as the world
goes round.
# * *
The San Francisco aubleague will
hold its regular meeting next
Wednesday afternoon. The basket
ball series will ba discussed and then
the big gun will be fired. The "big
noise" will bring out all the Black
stonian tactics that the league has
become famous for. as the point at is
iue Is, "Who won the track meet?
Shall It be decided by technicalities?"
* ♦ #
The California Rugby union has
taken its time in organizing the high
schools of the state and it is to ba
hoped that next season will find the
union in the field with at least an
idea on the school situation. It is up
to the union to help the schools and
in this way foster Rugby football.
The schools are looking to the union
to do something and if the body wants
the confidence of the schools it is up
to It to act, and P. D. Q. at that.
» * #
The defeat of former World Scull
ing Champion Qick Arnst in Australia
by Paddon for the championship of
Australia has brought to light another
remarkable Australian oarsman. Pad
don is now looked on "down under"
as a coming world's champion and his
work against Arnst certainly gives
cause for this theory. Paddon's back
ers have already challenged Barry,
the world's champion, to defend his
title. Barry is now twixt the devil
and the deep sea. Albany, an English
sculler, has already challenged, but
Barry tried to get out of this owing to
Albany only posting $1,000. Now the
new Australian champ wants to row
Barry in Australia for $2,500 and will
pay the Englishman's expenses, but
Barry says nay, nay, you come to
* * #
Eastern athletic clubs are assess
ing their members 50 cents per year
for 1914. 1915 and 1916, the money be
ing for the purpose of defraying the
expenses of the American team to the
next Olympaid. at Berlin In 1916. A
number of eastern clubs have started
the assessment, and it Is expected to
spread all over the country. The as
sessment per year Is not heavy, and it
is about one of the best ways so far
devised to raise the necessary money
to send a team. It is a scheme that
local clubs could take under consid
eration with a view of assisting the
A. A. U. in seeing that Uncle Sam is
fully represented at Berlin.
* * «
Australia 1b very keen to have Duke
Kahanamoku swim down in the land
of the southern cross, and, further
more, the 'Strallans are pretty cock
sure that they are going to beat the
world's champion. Here is what the
Sydney Bulletin has to Bay about the
"Australia is going to welcome the
dusky Duke Kahanamoku in Decem
ber, this year. He is universally ad
mitted to be the world's topnotch
swimmer, and the fact that he will
take part In the Australasian cham
pionships meeting on January 3, 7, 10
and 31 and February 2, and also the
Queensland championships on January
17 and 24, is putting the local talent
on Us mettle. Many reputations have
been buried In Australia, and It Is
quite possible that by the time he is
through the Duke may be a very shorn
and shaven Kanaka."
* # *
W. J. Howe, well known here as
"Mother" Howe, when he assisted the
California varsity Rugby team in
1909 to its first Rugby victory over
Stanford was Interviewed last month
In Sydney relative to the showing of
the various teams here against the
New Zealanders. In part he said:
"Rugby will not develope satisfact
orily In America until the influences
of the professional coach are obliter
ated. The players are worked up to
such a high pitch of nervous tension,
and the varsity game for weeks pre
vious is referred to In auch serious
terms, that players are, in a sense,
goaded into regarding it as a gladia
torial rather than a football contest,"
* * *
There is a Rugby team across the
bay composed of deaf mutes. "No
crabbing at the referee" Is one of
their strictest rules, and It is lived
right up to the letter of the law. It
is a pity that all the teams playing
the game round the bay do not have
the same rule. However, It would
do little good as It would be broken
every minute. The deaf mutes, how
ever, will throw any of their members
off the team that breaks the rule.
Referees state that it is a pleasure to
I officiate for the mutes.
Ransom Henshaw has been elected
captain of the University of Cali
fornia t?olf team for next year's sea
son. Henshaw played a great game
against Stanford on Saturday, and
virtually won the series by holing a
putt from the edge of the green at
the last hole of the deciding four
somes. T. T. Weldon, another mem
ber of the blue and gold team, will
be manager next year.
The Harlem whirlwind is a believer in plenty of outdoor exercise,
and he frequently cut out his gymnasium work so that he could
get a chance in the fresh air. He took a great fancy to the
motorcycle as a good form of amusement and training and he
cut quite a swath on the San Rafael roads. ,
Hal Chase Mixes
Up With Bustiers
SAN JOSE, Dec. 8— Hal
Chase of the Chicago White
Sox, who is wintering with
the old folks at home within
sight of the corner lot where
he learned the rudiments of
the great American game, had
the time of his life yesterday
afternoon when he mixed up
in a bush game at Luna park.
Hal played six innings at first
base and just to show that he
could, went on the mound
three innings for the Mitchell
and Murphy team. It was
Chase's playing that contrib
uted largely to the defeat of
the Brietweisers.
NEW YORK. Dec. B.—Bob McAllis
ter, the California middle weight, who
is said to be a first class boxer, will
make lils first appearance here
Wednesday night. McAllister will
tackle young Mike Donovan, a aon
of the veteran boxing instructor of
the New York Athletic club, who is
now under the management of James
Johnston, an expert handler of fight
McAllister arrived here two weeks
ago, but an attack of tonsilltls com
pelled him to atop training. If he
whips Donovan several local pro
moters will try to match him with
George Chip, Jimmy Clabby, Oeorge
Ashe or Frank Klaus.
Jess Willard is booked for a 10
round argument with One Round
Davis in Buffalo Friday night.
Tomorrow night Fireman Jim
Flynn, who has not boxed here since
Gunboat Smith stopped him last sum
mer, will try to redeem himself in a
combat with Battling Levinsky. The
fireman will carry about 180 pounds,
while his opponent will weight under
170, m
Cobb Says Batter
Hits by Instinct
*Ty" Cobb has exploded another
pet baseball theory.
"People who think a batsman keeps
hie eye on the ball from the moment
the pitcher delivers It until he con
nects, or misses, are badly mistaken,"
•ays Cobb.
"A man hits a baseball by instinct.
He sees the ball leave the pitcher's
hand, of course, but doesn't keep his
eye grlued on it until he hits. If he
did his batting; average would be
minus zero or thereabouts.
"A man hits by instinct in the game
of baseball. The natural batsman is
the chap who doesn't have to worry
about hitting the ball. He simply
steps up and biffs away. The light
hitter seldom improves, no matter
what he does to increase his effi
Cobb has applied his baseball hit
ting methods to golf. Instead of
driving the gutta percha from a tee.
he has his caddy throw the ball to
him and when it bounces an inch or
so above the ground, swats it. "Ty"
easily drives the ball when it is
thrown, but finds it hard to hit when
it is resting on a tee.
Gifts for Men
At a Man's Store
Most men appreciate a gift from a Man's Store, as
men's tastes are better understood there—we suggest:
Neckwear, jewelry sets, gloves, hosiery, handkerchiefs,
dress mufflers, leather goods, traveling bags, lounging
robes, smoking jackets, umbrellas, etc.
Merchandise Orders
Hastings Clothing Co.
Post and Grant Avenue
Old John L. Falls
For the Sculptor
John It. Sullivan, that great gladia
tor of the past, likened to the warriors
of ancient Rome's arena, went through
the hardest ordeal of his career when
Dr. R. Tait McKenzie, the sculptor,
enveloped the visage of "John L." In
clay in Philadelphia, and in the years
to come people may gaze upon the
bronze bust and exclaim, "Verily,
there was a man, stern of face, rug
ged of countenance, fit for the gods to
look upon."
John L> is now finishing his final
stage tour and then he will retire to
his farm in New England and watch
the waning of the days and the rising
of the sun. Ofttimes he has been in
vited to sit for painters or sculptors,
but he has always waved them aside,
saying that his face was not for sale,
but his fists were ever upon the mar
ket. He is the last of the school who
fought with pickled fists, fought on
the turf and the end of the fight came
when one man could no longer keep
his feet and either collapsed or was
whittled into insensibility. Sullivan's
ring career closed the night he fought
Jim Corbett, once a bank clerk, in
New Orleans, and he never waved any
farewells in the form of fights. He
How Tommy
looks when
he mounts
his motor
The New York boxer used
the speedy machine to help
him out with his training
stunts at San Rafael.
staggered to his feet and said: "I am
glad an American won." Compare that
with the squeals and yelps of the
present gold hunting generation, who
never fail to present alibis when
(Cor. Mason and O'Farrell Sts.)
(Under New Management)
has been thoroughly reno
vated and is being conducted
as a
First Class
catering only to families
and business people
The only hotel with four
street frontages in the down
town district and within a
block of all leading theaters.
Rates—sl.oo a day and up.
Special rates by the week or
MAX A fi X X S
Cor. Mason and O'Farrell Sts.
Chance for Men to Meet in
This City at 148
CHICAGO, Dec. B.—There is hope of
a 20 round battle between Packey
McFarland and Jimmy Clabby, two of
the greatest boxera the ring poa
sesaea today. Though on Saturday
McFarland declined the Issue with the
Hammond star, today he aaked 24
hours to give the matter second
thought. It la believed Jim's offer to
do 148 pounds ringside has caught the
Chicago speed marvel's eye. Jimmy
Coffroth wants to stage this contest,
which. If arranged, should give San
Francisco fans the greatest boxing
treat that has been staged there In
Tonight McFarland battles 10
rounds with Jack Britton in Milwau
kee. Britton Is one of the topnotchers
in the 135 pound division and he
should make McFarland step about
some, but there is hardly a chance of
Brltton's reward being anything
other than a licking. Packey la at
his best, and when he is right he's
some battler.
McFarland will outweigh his oppo
nent about five pounds. The stock
yards tighter is not going into the
ring tonight bent on a knockout, but
he Is determined to make Britton
realize that he Is his superior. "Dumb"
Dan Morgan, whose typewriter has
been telling us for a week and in
each mail that Britton once beat
Packey and in the second battle
fought a draw with a slight shade,
handed his man by some of the
scribes, has angered McFarland and
he tells us that he's going to take his
revenge out on the North Sider.
Some time tomorrow McFarland is
going to let us know if he will accept
the Clabby match.
Won Games Without
Scoring Touchdowns
It is regarded as an index to the
new order of things in football that
Harvard, winner of first place In the
rating of eastern teams this fall, has
won this honor without scoring a
touchdown in either of its two most
important games. Harvard defeated
Yale and Princeton by field goals, not
withstanding that Harvard was a bet
ter team than either, according to
many observers, in all round football.
The absence of touchdown play is
made still more remarkable by noting
that Yale also made no touchdowns
against Harvard or Princeton, and
Princeton made none against Yale or
Harvard. In this triangle of major
teams 27 of the 29 points scored were
by goals from field, the remaining two
being due to a freak safety, which is
a unique record in the annals of Har
vard-Yale-Princeton football.
Charles E. Brickley, the phenome
nal Harvard player, with five goals in
one game—one a phenomenal lift
carries off the undisputed honor of
being the most brilliant star of the
eastern players. In fact, the next
best record that can be recalled is the
feat of Walter Eckersall, who put
four drop kicks over the bar In a
game against Wisconsin several years
The Original team of Oakland de
feated the All-Vallejo stars at Val
lejo yesterday by a score of 6 to 0.
Klser of the Originals scored In the
second quarter with a field goal. In
the third quarter Incell goaled from
the 20 yard line.
Consumers of Electricity 11
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company's
Lake Spaulding-Drum development in the
Sierra Nevada is now an accomplished
fact and in regular operation.
From the big 225-foot dam at Lake
Spaulding the water is now rushing
through tunnel and ditch to turn the
wheels of the new Drum power plant on
the Bear River.
This new development, the machinery of
which was set going Thanksgiving Eve,
has already added 33,000 horsepower to
the sum total of electric energy which
"PACIFIC SERVICE" places at the dis
posal of its consumers, night and day.
It is so much additional aid to the devel
opment of the natural resources of our
wondrous State of California.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Head Office: 445 Sutter Street, San Francisco
a— ~ k
Old Rivals Are Now Tied
for the City Cham
The Yosemite intercollegiate
ball eleven took a 6 to 0 walloping
from the Brooklyns yesterday on the
Ocean Shore grounds. Thla gives
each team a victory for the city
championship under the American
code laws, and a final game will ba
arranged, probably for Chrlatmas day.
The Brooklyn team outweighed the
Tosemite men. Dave Brown and Hit
ter did considerable of the line
plunging work for the winners, which
was brought off successfully, while tha
Yosemite men relied mostly on the
forward pass, but it was not success
ful. The work of the veteran, Hary
Flatley, was a big factor In tha
Brooklyn victory.
In the second quarter Mehrtena
scored from a forward paas for the
Yosemite, but the referee ruled that
the ball was taken out of the 10 yard
zone and ruled it dead.
Freddie Schroeder scored a touch
down In the first quarter, and this
was the only score of the day. Tha
Yosemites came back strong In tha
last quarter and looked dangerous,
but the defense held and the score
board was unaltered when time waa
The teams:
Brooklyns Position Yosemites
Bitter Fullback.laaaea, Wlttemayer
Baker Right Half GUI
Brown Left Half Mayo, Mitchell
De Vail, King Center Schlamm
Franks Bight Guard Lee
McLaughlin Left Guard Brasll
J. Mehrtens Bight tackle Murphy
W. Schroeder Left Tackle Pongo
Judge Bight Bud Conrad 1
P. Schroeder Left End B. Mebrtema
Flatley. Cutter Q'terback.-Erdmaa, Hoffman
Tener May Work for
A Time Without Pay
It is believed in sporting; circles that
Governor John K. Tener of Pennsylva
nia, who Is slated for election as pres
ident of the National Baseball league
at the annual meeting, which will be
held December 9, would, if elected, at
once become "the real boss" of the
league's affairs, although he will draw
no salary as league president until the
expiration of his term aa governor.
January 1 1915.
It Is understood that if elected Gov
ernor Tener would find time to visit
league headquarters at least two days
each week and to be an active mem
ber of the national baseball commis
sion upon automatically becoming a
part of that baseball court January 1
While Secretary John A. Heydler
probably will be given more authority
than he hitherto has had and decide
many of the details of National league
affairs during the next year, It Is un
derstood that Governor Tener will
pass final judgment upon all important
matters, such as the selection of um
pires, the decision of protested games
and the adjustment of disputes be
tween club owners.
As member of the national commis
sion It would become his duty to vote
with President Ban Johnson of the
American league for a chairman of
the commission, who Is elected annu
ally. August Herrmann, owner of the
Cincinnati team, has been the chair
man since 1903, and he Is again the
sole candidate for the chairmanship.
When Mr. Tener completes his term
as governor of Pennsylvania it is ex
pected he will move his family to New
York so that he can devote his entire
time to league affairs.

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