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How Two Admittedly Greatest
Ball Players in the Busi
ness Size Up.
Cyrus Wins Admiration by His Grace,
While Honus Awes One by
His Bnlk.
JAs has been the case for the past
few' seasons, Hans Wagner of the
Pittsburg Nationals and Tyrus Cobb
of the Detroit Americans are again
corralling all the batting and base
, running honors . of their respective
leagues. ' Nearly every spring reports
from the training camps tell that the
equals or superiors of these two stars
have been found. But shortly after
the ' season opens these would be
greats fall by the wayside. There is
only one Ty Cobb and one Hans Wag
ner. They are the two greatest play
ers In the game today.
The comparison between Cobb and
Wagner is an interesting one. Both
achieve great results, but not In the
same manner. Wagner is a ponder
ously perfect athlete, while Cobb, a
slender, delicate appearing chap, pos
sesses ability which is constantly
brought to the surface by his brilliant
plays and the wonderful spirit that
has made him envied and hated by
Both men are wonderful hitters,
wonderful base runners and wonderful
fielders. For more than twelve years
Wagner has kept up a dizzy pace. He
has played every position and, not
only that, has been a sensation in
all. He has the speed of Cobb, the
terrific hitting powers, of Jajole, the
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It Is a growing belief among the
leading manufacturers of tbe higher
priced heavy touring type of cars that
the comfortable, efficient, seven pas
senger machine cannot be made lighter
than the present most approved prac
ttce accomplishes.
Many contemplating purchasers
stand aghast at the heavier appearing
machines and charge up to the disad
vantage of this class of cars a greater
consumption of- gasoline and added
wear and tear on tires, with a general
advance In all around upkeep.
This Is a fallacious theory, all claims
to the contrary notwithstanding, ac
cording to the manufacturers who are
constantly combating tbe general im
pression prevailing against the heavy
touring cars, and they bring statistics
and figures to bear in support of their
The average big car runs ten miles
to a gallon of gasoline. At an average
cost of 15 cents per gallon this is 1
cents a mile, and with an annual mile
age of. 10,000 miles admittedly a high
but not unusual mileage of the heav
ier capable cars it would show an
expenditure of $150.
A heavier big car might only make
eight miles to a gallon of gasoline,
which would be an additional fuel
cost of 20 per cent, or $30 per annum,
easily made np in the Item of repairs
to which the lighter cars are, of
coarse, more susceptible than the ma
chine properly designed and built with
weight proportionate to the work
.which It Is called upon to accomplish.
'And this does not take Into account
tbe greater ease and comfort to be ob
tained from the solid "car of tbe
road," the very weight of which can
but be a source of comfort to its tour
ing occupants.
In the matter of tire cost the figures
are equally Interesting. The additional
cost per set of 3G by 5 inch tires used
for the heavier cars over 36 by 4
Inch tires, with which the average
lighter touring cars of the best makes
are equipped, is $64. The owner who
makes 10,000 miles will use up two
complete sets, or $128 more tire money
on tbe heaviest than . the lighter big
touring machine. The latter has about
the same relative amount of weight on
-Its tires as tbe heaviest car has upon
Its larger tires.
According to the weights which are
taken as standard by the tire compa
nies after exhaustive research and
years of expensive experience, a 4,000
pound car on 36 by 5 inch tires is eas
ier on tires than a 3,700 pound ma
chine Is on 36 by 4 inch tires, an au
thority which goes far toward dissi
energy of Jennings and the -disposition
of Willie Keeler. Cobb, on the
other hand, has been setting the king
ly J?ace for but four years.
What Cobb la, Wgrer last.
But how uulereut they are! You
point to Cobb with pride as the ideal
ball player, and then you watch Hans
Wagner and smile at the comparison,
for all that Cobb is, except In ability
to "get there." Wagner isn't.
In action Ty Cobb comes closer to
the athletic ideal than any other man
in baseball. Built like a greyhound,
his lithe body is always a study.
Wagner is without precedent in the
athletic world. As Cobb wins admira
tion by his grace, Wagner awes one by
his bulk. Wagner just bulges all over.
He has to have -shoes made to order,
he- Is cramped in an ordinary bed, he
eats a meal worthy of three men, and
his hands are as big as good sized
hams. " '
When Wagner wabbles -to- the plate
swinging his great bat it looks as if
Gibraltar were toppling over. But
when he is set to swing there is action
wonderful action.
Wagner can run the hundred yards
In close to ten seconds -any time dur
ing a season's play. He doesn't sprint
in the sense of the word, nor does he
gallop. No one has-been quite able to
describe just what he does, but he gets
there. . .
In fielding it's the same way. In
Hans' great hands the ball assumes
the size of a pea or close to it. The
most terrific drive In his direction be
comes a puny tap when he reaches for
It. .
Wagner hits .300 every year by force
of habit, ne has no .equal at short,
and his base running, is always of the
best. He is paid probably the biggest
salary of any .player, la the game.
Cobb is a study. Just picture your
self as you are. Imagine seeing your
picture in. the paper every night in
every town you went; to with lines un
aer it to the effect that fifteen or more
men In every cfty.bad vowed to "get
you." Wouldn't . you feel a little
squeamish, and wouldn't you the next
time yon went out be a little more
But not Tyrus. For four years now
threats have been made against him
ty every disgruntled player he has
shown up. But he has kept right on
playing better ball every day, and now
he stands with only one man as his
rival, and that is Wagner. .
International .Chess.
Oxford and .Cambridge nave at last
been heard from . in .regard to the an
nual cable chess match with the Amer
ican colleges. They announce that an
official challenge will be forthcoming
shortly. The chess players at Oxford
and Cambridge have had some difficul
ty in financing the match and there
fore overstepped the time limit for
challenging laid down In the deed of
gift for tbe Rice trophy. This has
been waived, however, at a meeting
of the American Alumni committee.
April 22 is suggested as the date for
playing the games, which will be six
In number.
Long, Sharp Spikes Not Needed.
Billy Hamilton, one of the greatest
stealers that ever wore a 6plked shoe.
claims that long, sharp spikes are a
needless menace. Hamilton never
wore anything but short, dull ones,
and he was the most dreaded base-
runner of his time. .
pating a popular belief with no foun
dation in fact.
Admitting the additional cost of $30
for gasoline and $128 for tires, the
manufacturers of the highest priced
and heaviest touring cars assert that
this is saved on the lighter cars en
tirely at the expense of the comfort of
the occupants and the real wearing
strength and true life of the car.
Use the Oil Can Often.
If the auto owner would protect him
self from the annoyances attendant
upon a car that needs no horn or sig
naling device to announce its approach
let him look over his new car and
note the moltitudiness in levers and
linkage, springs and brake mechanism
which are prone to wear and then let
him go straight away and hunt up the
oil can. These parts wear slowly, al
most imperceptibly, and the rattle and
clatter that proceed from them after
a season of Inattention are of almost
unbelievable extent.
A New Tight Wheel Remover.
One of the most annoying things that
a motorist has to contend with now
and then Is a tight wheel. There are
many methods used In trying to re
move the wheel, and, while some may
answer the purpose, the majority of
them are useless. The Illustration
shows a method that is sure to remove
the tightest wheel on any bearings or
shaft. It has been tried many times,
and never yet has It failed to remove
the tightest wheel. Tbe method Is a
simple one. The illustration folly ex
plains Itself
All the news an the time THE
Nap Eucker Says Intuition Is
Needed for Success in
Star Southpaw Points Out Why Play-
Succeed or Fail in Fast
No. V.
Copyright, 1310. by American Press Asso
ciation. A young pitcher may come into the
big leagues from a minor club with a
great record. He may have good
curves, fair control and great speed.
Many people are under tbe impression
that this is all that is needed to keep
the recruit in fast-company. This is
not so, however. The youngster may
possess all these qualities and yet may
not be fit for fast company, and he is
quickly sent back to where he came
from. It is the little things that count
the most for the : twlrler In the big
leagues. For Instance, here are a
few: A pitcher must know how to
stand when a runner reaches first.
He must learn how to use his shoul
ders in making a quick movement as
if to throw to first when shooting the
ball up to the next batter. This little
act will serve to make the runner keep
on the jump, not knowing just what
Is going to happen.
Another Important point for a young
twlrler to master Is in covering first
base on everything hit in the direction
of right field, whether it be foul or
fair. And yet how many players ever
go over to cover the bag? A twlrler
who is in the habit of running over to
cover first sack whenever a ball is hit
in the right field direction Is of great
value to a team In every game played.
The matter of learning to cover the
Initial sack on the pitch is easy. All
the twirler must do when delivering
the ball is to slightly Incline his body
in the direction of first corner, and in
the swing with the ball he gets a fair
ly good 6tart In the desired direction.
Are Real "Ilonrheudn."
Every n-. ,i.,u mou tue fans read
of "boneheads" in baseball. The rea
son for this is that they do not possess
a subconscious mind. Many times
there are plays on the diamond whicL
the player must as soon as the ball is
hit know exactly what to do. Hi
hands and feet must be ready to act
with his mind. Many persons call
this Instinct, but it is nothing else
however, than the inner mind. In this
advanced day of the game ball tossers
must think and do so rapidly. They
must also possess an inner mind.
Could a manager have on his team
nine such men be would come close to
owning a pennant winning team.
How many times have you read
about the wonderful curves that some
young pitcher has, and just as soon as
the season lengthens how little do you
hear of him! A pitcher with freak
ball and curves does not last very long
in the big leagues.
In tbe first place, throwing that kind
of balls all the time is so bard on tbe
muscles of the arm that one cannot
stand tbe strain very long, and, second
ly, In time the batters are bound to
get wise to curves and then bat them
all over the diamond. ;
My advice to young men who aspire
to success as pitchers is to learn how
to throw a straight ball with unerring
accuracy, either, very fast, very slo-w
or halfway between, as the occasion
I've found that my most effective
ball Is a high, swift, straight shoot.
cutting the Inside corner of the plate.
Of course this should be varied occa
sionally with a slow teaser, and in a
tight pinch a curve or a slow drop will
do no harm. Just make it a point to
see how many batters make a safe hit
off a ball that comes in swift on the
level and close to the shoulders.
Huriad Ball Six Time Between Play-
era but Foot Apart. '
Sporting writers In the past hare
turned out some wonderful yarns of
baseball feats, but. the palm must be
is responsible for the following story:
Talk about your pitchers having con
trol of tbe ball, here's ..a .little ..stunt
that Harry CovaleskL the -big ? Pole,
pulled off during, practice the other
morning that is surely going some -in
handling the pill. Several Beds .were
arguing as to who bad tbe. most con
trol.. .
"I'll tell you what Til do," said "Co
vey." "If two of you chaps will stand
up In front of Tom Clarke with your
heads a foot apart I'll throw the ball
Into his bands between your beads six
times running."
Harry Oaspar had confidence tn. Har
ry's accurate aim and agreed to be one
of the two to stand up and let "Covey,"
see, bow near he could come.- without'
hitting him. ;. : v ;
Others were not so confident until
Mike Konnick volunteered. So Gas
par and konnick stood np over an
Imaginary plate, leaned forward until
their foreheads were but a, foot apart,,
and "Covey" set himself to the task.
He wound up for the throw and let the
ball go. Gaspar and Konnick didn't
hav'e to move, for the ball shot be
tween their heads as true as a. well
aimed bullet. The other five balls
went In the same place, and Gaspar
and Konnick, in spite of their confi
dence In the young Pole, heaved a
sigh of relief when tbe stunt was over.
Unique Event on Niagara to Be Held
Sept. 17.
Saturday, Sept. 17, has been fixed as
the time for the power boat race
through Whirlpool, rapids, Niagara
river, for the John A. Penton $500 gold
cup and Power Boating's cash prize
of $1,000. Already some twenty con
testants have signified their intention
of entering, and a half dozen boats
have been named.
The committee In charge at a recent
meeting in Buffalo decided that open
boats shall not be allowed to compete.
The committee thinks the element of
danger too' great for an open craft,
and as this Is a test of reliability and
not of daring as many elements of
danger as possible have been eliminat
ed. No restriction will be placed upon
the number of crew. Contestants shall
be started away at Intervals of not less
than ten minutes. The boat finishing
the prescribed course under her own
power in the shortest time will be de
clared the winner.
The course shall be from tbe Maid
of the Mist landing on the Canadian
side or some point above the bridges,
as may be decided later, down to and
around a turn about one-half mile be
low Queenston dock, thence to Pitz's
dock at Lewiston.
Pittsburg Has Valuable Pair In Phil
lippe and Leever.
Sam Leever and Deacon" Philllppe
have won 339 out of 522 games for
the Pittsburgs during their careers
with that club. During the time they
have been with Fred Clarke their work
has been faithfully performed. Only
recently they demonstrated their loyal
ty to Captain Fred. At St. Louis the
Pirates were forced to play the Cardi
nals wbile rain and snow fell in In
clement combinations.
Clarke didn't want to take a chance
on ruining either Adams or Camnltz
for life, so he asked for volunteers to
pitch the game. Leever and Philllppe
were the ones to answer . the call
Leever was chosen, and he went in and
Outfielder Ray Demmitt, who was a
Highlander for one year, is doing pret
ty well with the stick for the St.
Louis Americans. ' ,
Pitcher Summers of Detroit is a veg
etarian. This season he will , propel
the pellet on energy . extracted from
vegetables and fruit. i -
Jimmy Sheckard's wing Is In such
poor shape that he bad to give way to
that other veteran, Beaumont; In the
Chicago Nationals' left field.
Pitcher Pfeister of the Cubs has just
purchased an automobile. He wouldn't
wait until next fall, when the leading
batsman of the league will be award
ed a machine gratis." ------ -
Captain Harry Lord of the Boston
Americans has signed 'a three year
contract with President John I. Taylor.
Trls Speaker has . also attached his
name to a two year contract.
"Baseball is a lottery,", spiels
Sir Timothy Murnane, "where
luck plays a very important
part, yet the club with the capa
ble scouts and aggressive presi
dents will forge to the front and
finally land tbe big rakeoff.
Baseball Is little different from
any other business requiring
brain and push.
"The shrewd club owner with
the big bank roll, the capable
scouts and the first class man
ager is bound to forge to the
"All he has to do Is to loosen
up.' "
Murnane criticises the Giants
for not "scouring" the country
for the rising young players. The
annual profits of the New York
club are $300,000. yet Brush and $
MeGraw are mostly depending $
on veterans. .
"No man, living has anything
on MeGraw in - handling ball
players," concludes Sir Timothy,
"but In gathering clever young
talent he Is a practical failure."
With millions behind him John,
I. Taylor of the Boston Ameri- i
cans did "scour" the country for
yonngsters. Result: He has one '
of the best teams in the leagues. 2,
.Money makes the mare go.
When auto enthusiasts get together
and discuss their many car trials and
tribulations suggestions are always of
fered by one or another of the
"cranks." So let troubled autoists get
together and examine the following:
Do you strain your gasoline before
putting It into the tank?. This Is all
Important, as It doesn't take much
grit or dirt to clog the carburetor, and
why should you be inconvenienced
with something you can avoid?
It will sometimes be found that a
certain cylinder is missing fire. If the
plug has been examined and cleaned
and seems to spark well when tbe car
is running on the level or down hill,
but refuses to do duty when a hill Is
reached. It Is an almost certain sign
that the plug in that particular cylin
der is short circuiting either from dirt
or oil on tbe Inside or perhaps because
it is cracked. The remedy is to change
the plug for a new one.
The radiator must always be kept
well filled. In the case of an empty
radiator where the absence of water
has not been discovered until the en
gine' has overheated and the pistons
jammed tightly, test the cylinders by
sprinkling a few drops of water on
them. If the water hisses and dries
off quickly do not refill until Its cools
Kerosene taken from the lamp can
be poured Into the cylinders. This can
be done while they are hot If the
pistons have seized the cooling process
Is a slow and tedious one. The care
ful driver will try to avoid this hap
pening and will take prompt measures
to overcome any symptoms of over
heating. Steam issuing from the filling
nozzle or water coming out of the
overflow pipe while driving are symp
toms of overheating, as is continuing
firing after the Ignition is switched
off or a slight cloud of smoke arising
from the engine. .As soon as any of
these symptoms are noticed stop the
engine and Inject kerosene into the
cylinder, meanwhile turning the en
gine by hand. As tbe temperature
goes down the pistons will move more
In new cars bearings are apt to run
hot with scant lubrication. The least
looseness In the bearings of a connect
ing rod or In tbe main shaft will set
up a knock or pound. This noise will
speak plainly to an ear that has once
recognized it. and If the lost, motion
mmamm mum
BSead "E-flicks"
Weather Indications
to Make
More Predictions
that causes it is not Immediately taken
up It will prove most destructive.
A common cause of loss of power in
gasoline motors is poor compression.
This may be due either to the piston
rings failing ;to bear smoothly and
evenly against the cylinder wall or to
one of the valves, usually the exhaust,
not closing tightly.
Making Tire Changing Easy.
Changing tires while on the road has
always been troublesome to the motor
ist. To obtain a rim attachment offer
ing easy and safe means for quick tire
changing has always been tbe desire
of automobilists. This difficulty Is now
overcome. The detachable rim, one of
the many, is here Illustrated, ban solv
ed tbe problem and helps to add to the
comforts of automoblling.
This one requires but one motion of
a lever to release it, while adjusting it
Vi .
requires no greater effort. Its princi
pal feature is tbe stability It main
tains. The simple mechanism which
controls it Is really remarkable when
the safe, nonbudging way in which it
secures the tire is considered.
It is secured in place by a single turn
applied to a sort of toggle mechanism
and is removed by a single turn in tbe
opposite direction. This toggle device
serves to expand or contract a split
rim surrounding the wheel felly.
Loosening, a Tight Nut.
A nut that resists every attempt at
getting it loose usually becomes more
docile after it has been heated for
t i
t t
several minutes. This can be done
with a torch or by holding a hot piece
of iron ofcaluRt It for awhile. Tbl
will cause tbe nut to expand slightly
and make It easier to come off.
Professional Coach Barred In West.
While deletrati-s ropresenting the col
leges In the Missouri valloy conforonre
in Kansas City voted to retain footbnl!.
hard aud fast rtHt.iliit.s were made
as to matches. Intercollegiate Thanks
giving day games were abolished ex
cept where already contracted for.
After Doc. 1. 1010. no athletic coach U
to be allowed except he lie a regular
member of the teaching Maff employ
ed for the full academic year.
Marathon Running.
Tom Flanapan. former manager of
Tom Loiiplat. the Indian, says: "One
Marathon at fop Hpced is the work of
a lifetime. If It is in a big event you
are a hero: If It is In a small affair
you never rniount to anything."
When the hole In a jrear cane
is so small as to make tbe feed
ing of Kr-;tse through n pun ex
tremely ditflrult s'Tew Into the
bole temporarily an ordinary
compression urease cup of large
size, by which meana a full
charpe may lw Inserted.
To avoid nceid'-nts from lack
of firing when cranking pluce
the tliuuili against Index finger
and take the handle between the
four lingers and the palm of the
hand. The hard thus opens read
ily should a bark kick occur.
Mysterious cases of motors
missing lire ean occasionally be
trai ed to leaks In the admission
pipe, the vibration of the car
causing the leaking joints to
open up at times to such n de
gree that enough air will be
drawn In through them to dilute
the mixture until It loses Its abil
ity to fire.
A good cylinder cleaning mix
ture to keep in tbe parage is
made by adding a packet of soft
soap to a gallon of soft boiling
water. Tour a little of this from
an oil can into the auxiliary air
valve, a small stream, but not
sufficient to stop the engine for
the last two minutes before stop
ping. This will cleen the cylin
ders of carbon and save taking
them apart.

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