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THE TIMES: JANUARY 19, 19l8
a meeping iPACByviTO PEACETM CONTRACTS F0RG1ANTS Alacrity With Which Stars and Recruits Are Signing Up Shows That New York ; . Didn't Wield the Knife Fat Salaries on Other Teams to be Sliced. New York, Jan. 1 9 The speed with i -which the Giants are signing their contracts this winter seems to be a j line omen for the players. The New York players are breaking all winter ! records tor falling Into line. Des i pite the fact that contracts were I mailed to players only a little more than two weeks ago, already every regular on the club with the excep tion of (Robertson, Burns, Fletcher, Mccarty,' Sallee and Perritt and prac : tically every youngster is under con tract. A year ago 3e.llee was the first ' Giant to sign. Obviously the Giants are sending j out peace time contracts or there ' would not be such a rush to get on i the band wagon. It is true that many clubs have not as yet sent out con ; tracts for the coming year and per lhape are not in a position to write as i high figures into contracts as the ! Giant coffers permit. However, such I clubs as have sent out contracts are 1 having quick responses. Both Cicotte 1 and Fabcr, the leading Chicago White fox pitchers, were signed with little difficulty. SttuiTy Mclnnis signed a Boston contract as soon as the deal was completed by which he went to the Hub. Ebbets of Brooklyn has not yet sent out contracts, but recently signed 1 Rube Marquard in his office, although Rube was supposed to be in the bad graces of the Flatbush owners. The Yankees mailed contracts only early , this week and have not had time to get response. It Is known that this club will cut 'some contracts, tut these will be i only Justifiable reductions. For in i stance no one would expect Cald well's $8,000 contract renewed. . Griffith of Washington recently an nounced there would be no general I cut in "Washington salaries, though it . Is reported that Walter Johnson's sti ' pend had a big chunk hacked off it. It even is teaid that Johnson's salary has been cut in two. Speaking of contracts, one of the few Federal League contracts to hold over for 1918 was the four-year con tract signed by Les Nunamaker, the Yankee catcher. Just before Ruppert -and Huston purchased the club. The old Farrel regime took no chance of the Feds getting its catching staff, with the result that Big Ed Sweeney i and Nunamaker drew a pair of the most sugar coated contracts ever of fered to a backstop. Sweeney got a $8,000 per annum 1 contract for the seasons of 1914, 1915 and 1916, while Nunamaker drew down $5,000 per annum for the sea- sons of 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1917. Dick Hoblitzel, the former Red Sox first baseman, is convalescing rapidly ! from the effects of an operation in a ! Cincinnati hospital which he under went so that he might be eligible for service In the Dental .Corps. It now : Is said that Dick has lost some of his I ambitions for service with Uncle Sam, and he now Is being mentioned ! as the war manager of the Red Sox. One wonders what will happen to all of the Boston firs basemen, now that Mclnnis is a fixture on the Bos ton team. Hobby and Gainer alter nated at the bag during the last three i seasons, but Gainer is now in the 1 navy. Mclnnis could be shifted to some other infield position, as he or- iginally came into the American League a shortstop, though he is ex pected to play first basse in Boston. When peace comes it likely will be discovered that either Hoblitzel or Gainer will be sent to the Athletics, along with Hal Janvrin and Tillie Walker. Mack never gave up Mc i Innis without setting his full equiv alent in players and cash. LEWIS WANTS TO WRESTLE WINNER New York, Jan. 19 Ed ("Strang . ler") Lewis, thye inventor of the j deadly head lock, is out with a chal i lenge to meet the winner of the i Zbygzko-Olln wrestling championship match, which takes place at Madl ' son Square Garden on January 29. '.Lewis is more than anxious to appear ! here once again, as he is positive he ' can redeem himself for the defeat he ' ': suffered at the hands of Zbyszko in the final match of the reeent Interna . tional Tournament. i Rather than lose an opportunity to wrestle for the championship, Lewis . j is willing to forego his head lock ; which is acknowledged to be hit! I greatest asset. It makes no differ- : eriee to Lewis as to whether he meets i Zbysiko or Olin. Ail he desires is hance at the world's title. DEMPSEY FOUGHT WHILE INVALIDED Poor old 1 Jack Dempsey ingIV ously rounded out his careerr twenty three years ago today when he took on Tommy Ryan at Coney Island. It was a good match that never should . have been made, for Dempsey was already far gone with . tuberculosis. Dempsey had commenced his carerr at Brooklyn cooperage shop which "also turned out Jack McAuliffe, Jack Skelly and Brooklyn Jimmy Carroll, and afl of these begged the former middleweight champion to call off the fight. He clung to his determin ation, and trained faithfully at the ro&dhouseof Brooklyn Jimmy Car roll, who died in December 1913. Dempsey made a pitiful exhibition of himself and was "pushed out" by Ryan in the third round. Dempsey died in Portland, Ore., a few months Jatar, SEMI-FINAL AT ARENA TO BE FAST BOUT New Haven, Jan. 19 Fans are inter ested in the debut of Bobby North ot New York, who for a year and a half was sparring partner for Benny Leonard and who has made many friends since coming to New Haven to reside. . North is a quiet, unas suming chap and is working out at the Young Men's Hebrew association where he is teaching boxing to the club members. Several weeks ago when the boxing game died in New York, North came to this city to try and get some good bouts. Although he tips the scales at only 130 pounds and has been boxing featherweights up to a short time ago he came here to get in the ring with the state lightweights and stated he barred none of them up to 135 pounds at 3 o'clock In the afternoon. Bobby said that he wanted to show that he is in the class with Chic Brown and Bat tling Kunz and others and in order to prove this point -he would meet any lightweight the club might pro cure and the better the boy the bet ter he would like it. North went two draws with Willie Jackson, the boy who knocked out Johnny Dundee and then defeated K. O. Eggers. He is fast on his feet and very clever. He is a great stu dent of boxing and has watched such boys as Mike Gibbons, Packey Mc Farland Leach Cross and others closely and his year and a half with Benny Leonard gave him many valu able pointers. In order to give North a real tryout and see Just what he can do the Arena A. C. offered him Pete Hartley for a 10-round bout as the semi windup attraction to the Chic Brown Battling Kunz 20-round bout. North accepted terms right away. He didn't hesitate a minute. "Hartley is one of the best lightweights in the game and I know it as well as any one else, but bring him on and I will give a gQod account of myself," said Bobby. The match was made and now the fans declare it is one of the classiest semi-final bouts ever offered by a New Haven club. As the Tesult of Dr. Garfield's sweep ing fuel order, members of the Arena A. C. voted to postpone the show un til Tuesday night. Officials of the Arena A. C. notified Battling Kunz over the ong distance telephone that government action made it, compulsory to postpone the show. Kunz said that it was agree able to him to ibox on Tuesday but he was dea'i-set against postponing it until the following week. He stated that a long postponement would seri ously affect his training. Chic Brown, on the other hand, said he would abide toy any date set by ,the club. The directors then chose Tuesday evening. WHOLE FOOTBALL TEAM ENLISTED IN SERVICE Hartford, Jan. 19 Statistics com piled by the Williams College Athletic Council show that the varsity eleven of 1915 boasts the proud distinction of having each one of its "W" mem bers, together with its manager, as sistant manager and coach, in the United States service at the present time. Some of the players who represent ed the purple are in ahe army and some are in the navy, while others are engaged in driving ambulances in France. The Williams team of 1915 included a number of stars who will be recalled by followers of college sports. Among them are "Alie" La Plante, choice for All-Eastern end by some critics; Fritz Tompkins, Norm Brown and Jimmy Garfield. The first named is driving a motor truck with the Syracuse ambulance unit "over there," while the other three hold commissions in the army. The complete list of members in the service follows: Capt. Tompkins, GarfieM, Brown, La Plante, J. Wright, Overton, Keisen Brewer, Austin, Choate, Clifford, Pollard, Jones, Hub bell, Molthan, H. Wright, Cochran, Welch, Fred Daly, the coach; Flynt, the manager, and Mersellis, the as sistant manager. SHEPPARD SEEKS BACK ARMY PAY Washington, Jan. 18 Melville W. Sheppard, the" middle-distance run ner, has filed a claim with the War Department for his pay as a prvate in the 69th Infantry, New York Na tional Guard, between Sept. 22 and Dec. 12, 1916. Official records show that while the regiment was at Mc Allen, Texas., Sheppard was ordered furloiighed to the reserve. He con tends, however, that the order was not put into effect and that he was kept with his command until Dec. 12. COCHRAN BEATS GEORGE SUTTON New York, Jan. 19 Welker Coch ran completed his sessions at 18.2 balk vline billiards with George Sut ton, the handless professional, at Mau rice Daly's Academy far in the lead and an easy victor. In the final mat inee match Cochran outplayed Sutton by SCO pointa to 206. , The young professional failed to count any im pressive clusters, his best being 54 His average was 20. Sutton's top run was '72. The evening competition proved valkaway for Cochran. He put up 300 buttons while . Sutton tallied 71. Cochran's best run was 153 and his average was 37 4-8. Sutton's high run was 36. COBB IS PLACED IN FIRST CLASS BY DRAFT BOARD f ii Augusta, Ga., Jan. 19 Tyrus Raymond Cobb, star outfielder of the Detroit Americans, has been placed in Class 1 by the exemption board here, where he is registered. It is understood he claimed de ferred classification on the ground of dependents. When informed of the action of the local board, Cobb declared that he was willing to serve whenever called. Ho was thirty-one years old last Dec. 18. MAGE CHAMPION .lOfJEY MAKER OF BOXING One of the most ferocious battles in ring history was fought near London 56 years ago today, Jan. 19, 1862, when Jem Mace and Tom King faced each other for the first time. The bout was for the heavyweight cham pionship of England and a purse of $1,000, For 40 rounds the fortunes of war favored first one combatant, then the other, but in the 42nd Mace put an end to the gruelling contest by sending King to dreamland. Old Jem won the belt in 1861 by defeating Sam Hurst, the Stalybridge Infant, and held it until November, 1863, when he again met King. This time King was the victor, and claimed the belt, but soon forfeited it by refus ing to meet Mace again. From that time until 1872, when he toured America, and fought a draw with Joe Ceburn, Mace was either the cham pion or the claimant. The "grand old man of pugilism," as Mace came to be called after his retirement. lived past the fourscore mark, dying in 1910. . During his championship career of 10 years, and his subsequent" barn storming tours, Jem Mace earned over a million dollars. He died in extreme poverty, and for a long time had been dependent upon the charity of friends. Unfortunate speculations and investments, rather than dissi pation, led to Mace's financial un doing. Few other champions made so much money as he, although John L. Sullivan ran him a close second. The Old Roman's income from all his battles and theatrical tours totals close to a million. Ten years ago John L. . spent the last cent of that million, but he took a brace, climbed aboard the water wagon, and soon made enough to enable him to settle down on a farm and spend his last days in comfort. Sullivan's greatest popularity was in 1883, when he netted nearly $200,000 from a tour lasting seven months. TOM OLIVER WAS GARDENER ONCE It was just 107 years ago today, Jan. 18, 1811, that Tom Oliver, a country lad, had his introduction to pugilism. Although never a cham pion, Tom was one of the leading lights of the British ring. From his boyhood he had been a gardner, and in Che society of vegetables, fruits and' tiowers his innate pugnacity remained latent. He was as peaceful and quiet a lad as could be found in England until that day, when, having nothing to do, he decided to attend a prize fight which was to be pulled off in a town a few miles away. Dan Dough erty and George Silverthorne were the combatents. The curious and in nocent gardner watched them batter away for hours, until neither man could do more than stand on his feet. Silverthorne had just a little more stamina than his opponent, and was finally declared the victor. This was one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles ever fought, even in those day of bare knuckles and slaughter-house rules, and one would suppose that Tom Oliver would have been shocked and horrified by the display. Not he! When told that Silverthorne had received $500 for his hard-won victory, Tom' decided then and there that pugilism was an easier way to make money than gardening The .simple country lad's ambition to become a fighter aroused a great deal of ridicule, and a giant who had some ring experience led in chaffing Tom. This made Tom hot under the collar, and he challenged his tormentor to fight one morning, for $2 a side, and in half an hour Tom had stretched his opponent on the turf, unconsciuos. Tom's master, the market gardener, thought he would discourage Tom in his fighting aspirations by matching him with a professional of his ac quaintance, but Tom showed such natural ability that the professional was jaroused to' admiration of his prowess. Thereafter he became one 'of the most prominent of English pugilists, and after his retirement as a fighter he was usually chosen to pitch the ring and make the arrange ments for nearly all of the great fights in the country. For more than a half century after his debut as a bruiser Tern CSsfst was always among those present at an important battle, and to the last he held a reputation for honesty and straight dealing not surpassed by any other character in pugilistic history. TODAY IN PUGILISTIC ANNALS. 1788Richard Humphries defeated Dan Mendoza at Odiham, England. 1895 George Dixon and Young Griffo fought' a 25-round draw at Coney Island. 1904 Kid Carter stopped Joe Cho ynski in ahe first round at Boston. President Tener of the National lea gue, Manager McGrath of the Giants and Manager Mathewson of the Reds, all of whom are crack billiardists, are members of the new three-eushion club of New York. PRINCETON PLAYER SCORES A VICTORY SCORES A VICTORY Q Ystern Newspaper Union "Hobey" Baker, former Princeton football star and hockey player, re cently scored a victory for the Ameri can aviation corps in France, when he sent a German airplane crashing to the ground "somewhere" on the west ern front. The photograph shows Baker in military garb "Somewhere in France." (Talk Of SportsJ Battling Nelson is gathering a string or boxers with a view to devoting him self to the managerial end of the game in future. Pitcher Thomas of the Minnennnlis team won ,a place anions; the "iron men and "norses of baseball last season. He figured in no fewer than 62 games. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Bos ton Red Sox will meet" at Albany, N. i., March 15. and e-o thrnne-h in bunch to their training camp at Hot Springs, Ark. , The United States Football associa tion, the soccer governing body, will not hold any meetings this year. The national commission of the U. S. F. A. will handle all the business from now on. Another boxer of the name of Lewis Gus Lewis, the Philadelphia ban tam, has started out to win pugilistic fame. .If he can show the goods dis played by the other members of the Lewis family Willie, Harry and Ted he is bound to arrive at the ton. Matty, who ought to know a pitch er when he sees one, is placing great faith in the ability of Eddie Gerner, the young southpaw he farmed out to Montreal last season. Inside baseball stuff: Sh! There are 30 players in the National League, the records show, who throw left hand ed. . George Sisler, Ollie O'Mara and Red Smith are practicing their eye on .the pins these days. They belong to a bowling team organized in St. Louis by Bobby Byrne. Down in Havana where it's nice and warm, John Lobert is dawdling away the winter as boss of the race track employes. Boston fans are delighted with the prospect of a pre-season series be tween the Red Sox and the Braves. They're a lucky bunch, those Boston fans. Of the men the Bostons obtained from Connie Mack, Mclnnis averages second among the first basemen in the American League and Amos Strunk is third among the outfielders. A curious feature is that Schang, the Athletics' star, doesn't figure among the first thirteen catchers, while Thomas, who goes to Philadelphia with Vean Gregg, ranked second with a .986 fielding average for seventy seven games. KAUFF IS READY Benny Kauff says he expects to be be glad to go into the army. He does not expect to be called Into active service until the middle of August, however. MAY'S RECORD GOOD Although underhand pitching is supposed to "kill" the man whosticks to it, Carl Mays, tne Red Sox star seems to thrive. After a good year in 1 91 fi no ronpflled last season hv running second to Eddie Cicotte in ertectiveness as measured oy tne earn ed runs scored against him. Cicotte's figure was 1.53 per nine inning game ,and May's was 1.75. Eddie Plank was third with 1.79. BRIEF NEWS NOTES Miners are demanding that the government take closer control of the food and clothing profiteers. The International Sugar Committee will distribute the entire Cuban sugar crop throughout the world. Adjutant-General Sherrlll Lssued a warning to draft registrants to have their draft questionnaires returned. General Korniloff, leader of one of the opposing factions against the Bol shevik!, was, wounded in battle. Continued eold weather has tied up the oyster dredging industry along the Maurice river, at Bivalve, N. J. UNCLE SAMEUL'S BASEBALL TEAM HAS REAL STARS Here is a hall team in the1 ser vice of Uncle Sam that might come out with a challenge to the winner of the 1918 World's Series and make an interesting fight: Pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard of the Red Sox; Eppa Rixey of the Phillies; Jeff Pfeffer, Leon Cadore and Sherrod Smith of the. Itobins, and Howard Elimke of Detroit. Hank Gowdy'of the Braves and Joo Jenkins of the White Sox. First Base Joe Harris of the Clevelands or Del Gainor of the Red Sox. Second Base Jack Barry of the Red Sox. Shortstop Walter Maranville of the Braves or "Doc" La van of the Browns. , Third .Base Harold Janvrin of he Red Sox. Outfielders Duffy Lewis and Harry Hooper of the Red Sox and Jack Miller of the Cardinals. MORAN PREDICTS KEEN RACE FOR FLAG IN 1918 New York, Jan. 18 Patrick Moran, the stocky field directpr of the Phil lies, made his second winter visit to New York yesterday for the purpose of discussing the club's training plans with President Baker of the Quaker club. Moran escaped back to his home town of Fitchburg, Mass, last night without suffering any new ca lamity. The last time the New Eng land Irishman was in our midst he was compelled to sit idly by while the great Pitcher Alexander and Catcher Killefer were amputated from his battery department. Whether the Phillies contemplate any new deals Moran would not say. He contented himself with remarking that the owner of the Phillies will be ready to strengthen the club when ever any advantageous deal presents itself. It will, be recalled that Presi dent Baker promised the Phladelphia fans that the money obtained for Alexander and Killefer would be util ized for buying new material. Moran predicted a tight, well balanced pen nant race in the National League next season. He declared there is not a team in the league that will be able to make a runaway race. It iS said that Moran and Baket conferred on some trades to strengthen the Philly pitching depart ment. Moran says that "outside of his battel ies he will have a better club in 1918 than, he had in 1917." The Philly pitching staff has been hit hard since the Alexander deal. Eppa Rixey, the tall left hander, who next to Alexander has been the most effective pitcher on the Phildelphia staff, has been commissioned a lieu tenant in the Gas and Fire Brigade. Then Wilbur Davis, a recruit pitcher from Atlanta, who was expected to fill Alexander's place, has been draft ed. Davis is a big fellow, tried out by the Athletics a few seasons ago, and was considered the best piacher in the' minors last season. The loss of Alexander, Rixey and Davis reduces the Philly hurling corps to the veteran Bender and a rather medicpre quartet, Oeschger, Lavender, Mayer and Prendergast, hardly an imposing staff. Moran talks Very enthusiastically about iMeusel and Fitzgerald, two out fielders from the Pacific coast league, both of whom may play regularly for the Phillies next season. Fitzgerald played with the Yankees under Hal Chase back in 1911. In the event both Meusel and Fitzgerald come through Moran will play a brand new outfield next season, consisting of Fitzgerald, Williams and Meusel. In that event the brilliant Whitted will relieve Fred Luderus at first base, while Cactus Oravath will be carried as a utility outfielder and pinch hitter. Following his conference with Ba ker, Moran announced that the Phil lies again will train at St. Peters burg, Fla., next spring. His men will report about 30 days previous to the opening of the National league sea son. The Phillies will go by boat to Jacksonville. Moran says the Phillies are trying to arrange a. spring exhibition tour with the Washington Americans. Griffith may take his players to Tampa, Fla., or Atlanta, Ga. In the event the Senators go to Tampa, a se ries in Florida will be arranged. Discussing Alexander, Moran ex pressed an opinion that there was lit tle chance of any hitch developing m the sale of his late pitching star to Chicago. He said under the agree ment made by Baker and Weeghman the deal was to be called ofT in the event that Alexander was drafted 30 days before the opening of the sea son. He says the Chicago club has made no attempt to call the deal eff. In case a Philadelphia National Washington spring series is arranged, all major league clubs will be paired off for exhibition purposes with the exception of the two Chicago clubs. The combinations arranged are the Giants and Cleveland, the Yanks and the Boston Braves, Brooklyn and the Boston Red Sox, Detroit and Cincin nati and .the two St. Louis cluibs. The St. Louis clubs will play- their usual, spring series In the Mound City. NEW LEAGUES IN WEST ARE LIKELY Chicago, Jan. 18 A. R. Tearney, President of the Three-I League, asked the Presidents of .the Central League, Western League and Central Association last night to attend in a joint meeting to be held in Peoria, 111., for the purpose of settling the Middle West Minor League situation. The date will be set after their re plies have been received. It is planned to form two or three substantial circuits out of the four leagues, ; BENNY KAUFF IS ALLSTAR TEAM Official Records Almost Without Exception Give Stars Place on Mythical All-National League Aggregation Alexander and Killif er the Battery. New York, Jan. 19 An All-Nation al League baseball team, the selection of which is based upon the official records of the leading players for at least 50 games in their respective posi tions, shows, almost without excep tion, the famous sars at their accus tomed stations. According to the sys tem used fifty per cent, is allowed for the value of the player on the offen sive and an equal percentage for his defensive work. . The theory is that a player on such a combination should be equally strong at bat and in the field. As a result high grade stick work and fielding are necessary to produce a place-winning average and this applies to" all the players including the pitchcer, who, in addition, must show league-leading ability in the box, although not called upon to qualify in the 50 game class. Under these conditions it is not sur prising that Grover Alexander, late of the Philadelphia Club, should stand out as the premier twirler of the sen ior league. Viewed from almost any angle Alexander's records prove his right to be selected for the position of boxman on an all-star 1917 National League team. He led the league in number of innings pitched and allow ed less runs per game than any other twirler. Alexander was also fourth in per centage on the games-won-and-lost basis and his combined batting and fielding averages produce a higher grand average than any of his rivals. Perritt and Schupp of New York; Schneider, Cincinnati and Vaughn, Chicago are. close competitors for the position but none quite approaches Alexander's standard. Catcher Killifer, who is Alexander's battery mate and who was sold to the Chicago Nationals recently with the pitcher, easily makes the place behind the bat. His grand average is .629, eight points better than that of Rari den, of New York, Gonzalez of St. Louis, is third and Wingo, of Cincin nati, fourth. Among the first- basemen Konetchy, ALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS FOR 1917. Position Pitcher Catcher First base Player Alexander Killifer Konetchy Club Philadelphia . Philadelphia . Boston Boston Second base Rawlings Third base Groh Shortstop Hornsby Outfielder Roush Outfielder Wheat Outfielder Kauff Cincinnati St. Louis Cincinnati Brooklyn New York Team Averages PITCHER ONLY THINKS HE CAN'T HIT, AVERS RUTH OF RED SOX "The pitcher who can't get in there in the pinch and win his own game with a healthy wallop, isn't more than half earning his salary," says Babe Ruth, star twirler of the Boston Red Sox in the February issue of the Base ball magazine. "The oldtime twirlers," says Ruth, "used to take a big healthy swing at the ball. Too many pitchers seem to have the idea they can't hit," contin ues "Babe." "Most of them don't hit, just be cause they think they can't. And it's the same with fielding. A pitcher is not supposed to be as good as a short stop. But there's a lot of tough balls come his way in the course of a sea son and if he juggles one of them it may count just as much in the scoring as in an outfielder dropped an easy fly." The first of this season Ruth started out at a .400 clip, but, of course, that's a pretty hot pace and a pitcher could hardly agree to keep it up. Like most pitchers, Ruth wants to put some beef into his swing and when such pitchers drive the ball they just love to see it sail. Several games that Ruth has CORNELL BEATS - PRINCETON FIVE Ithaca, N. Y., Jan. 19 Cornell came through with the punch in the last five minutes of last night's game with Princeton and won by the score of 22 to 20 after trailing the Tigers all the way to that time. The turning point of the game came when, with the Tigers leading 19 to 15, Miniasan was substituted for Tripp at right forward, the latter be ing ruled out for fouls. Miniasan threw two field goals in quick suc cession, one of them a spectacular heave from the side line, and gave a one point advantage to Cornell. Superiority in team work gave a slight advantage to the Tigers in the first half, which they increased a lit tle in the opening of the second. Cornell then began to close the gap and Miniasan did the rest. Trimble starred for Princeton. Speaking of the great increase in prices for commodities, and who isn't speaking of that these days it must make John . McGraw sick to think that he, Wilbert Robinson and Billy Keister, a great trio 18 years ago, were sold by the old Baltimore Orioles to St. Louis tof a paltry $15, 000. And here" the other day thff Cubs purchased Alexander and Kille fer from the Phillies, forking up over 180,000, of Boston and Chase, of Cincinnati, are almost tied for first place; th Braves' initial sack guardian winning the position by the scant margin of- three points in grand average. Chase has five points the better of the bat ting averages but Konetchy is eleven points better in fielding with the nel results that the Boston player is the choice for the bag. - Another Boston player fits in on the midway sack for Rawlings' records at bat and in the field show to better advantage than either Cutshaw of Brooklyn or Doyle of Chicago. Of this trio Cutshaw has the best batting average but Rawlings' fielding puts him to the fore with a total of .616 to Cutshaw's .611 and Doyle's .603. At third base Groh, of Cincinnati, leads the field by a comfortable mar gin. He batted .304 and fielded .966 for a grand average of .635. His nearest rival is Zimmerman, of New York, who is thirteen points below the Cincinnati playert Zimmerman's figures show that he batted seven points below Groh and fielded nine teen points below the season average of the winner of the place. The position of shortstop is earned by another star, in the persons of Hornsby, of St. Louis. He is twenty five points better than his nearest rival, Fletcher, of New York. Olson of Brooklyn and Maranville of Boston, finished right at the heels of Fletcher but neither threatens the first place laurels of Hornsby. The latter hit .327 and fielded .939 for the 1917 sea son giving him a grand average of .633. For the outfield, Roush of Cincin nati; Wheat, of Brooklyn, and Kauff, of New York form the leading trio. Burns, of New York, Cary(- of Pitts burgh, and Neale, of Cincinnati show up well but none of them could wrest a place from the first three mention ed. Rousch is six points better than Wheat while Kauff falls three points below the latter's average. The personnel of the team, with the averages and grand averages for the season, are as follows: ' . . B.A. .216 .274 .272 .256 F.A. .992 .984 .994 .977 .966 .939 .962 .979 .976 .974 G.Aver. .604 .629 .633 .616 .635 .633 .651 .645 .642 .632 O.E.R.P.C. 1.85 . 304 327 341 ....... .312 308 290 won have been won in this way with a good hard wallop and they have managed to drive just past the out fielders. The pitcher who stands out in this respect is Walter Johnson. He has an awful lot of stuff and he is a fair man. Ruth and Johnson have had some fine battles. In 1916 Ruth won four games from him by a score ol 1 to 0. That goes to show just what kind of tussles they were and it's no discredit to Johnson that he lost. The Red Sox are a far better team than Washington. The thing that Ruth has set out to. do is to pile up a big score of straight wins. This season Ruth started out with eight to his credit. But the s:rain began to grow the further he got and finally wore on his nerves. Kuth is not inclined to worry in tha tightest game, but the closer a pitcher crawls up on the particular record the r. cre anxious he is that nothing will fcf.mper to upset his plans. Ruth is out for another banner sea son in 1S1R. He is out to pile up aa many wins as he can according to the way he feels about matters just at present. v ERNE'S KNOCKOUT FINISHED LAVIGNE It was on Jan. 19, 1907, that Young Erne knocked out Kid Lavigne in the sixth round at Philadelphia. This bout was memorable as marking the , end of, the ring career of the "Sag- j inaw Kid," in his prime one of the greatest lightweight champions the game has ever had. At the time he met Young Erne the French-Canadian lad had been out of the ring for more. tlan a year, and' time and lack ot training had reduced him to a mere phantom of the boy who once lorded it over the world's pugilistic light weights. After this pitiful affair L- . vigne gave up all thought of regain ing his lost laurels. He made a smalf fortune as a boxer, but had saved lit tle, and he was practically broke when he retired from the ring. Since then, according to all accounts, he hs had hard sledding and tried var ious occupations with little success The Kid's pugilistic career was prac tically ended when he lost the title to Erne. Latir he was knocked out by George McFadden and Jimmy Britt. NOW, WHO IS THIS?" There's a Giant. If you know Then say to me "Stoven, I getcher; ' He's loaded, he is, - - - Wish the old pep, Gee Whla, He's soma little shortstop, you fcetcherl .