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whether the present code I Borrow.
Let the roaches try the rule for to or
thre Mrs more.
There are some ri.les. however, that
could be made now which undoubtedly
would better the gsme In many wajs
They are suggested her:
1. Abolish the quarters of t tie present
Cimn and have two thlrty-flve-mlnute
halves. Spectators find tlie game too
short now. The quarters, gain nothing
for tha rame or players.
2. Permit extra playing period after the
second half In case of tie. Thin provision
would give a stronger eleven a much
fairer chance to prove lt superiority.
Backet ball and baae ball now have thli
same Mile. The ball eould be placed In
play, after t.'ie lapse of a minute, at the
spot where It via tha second half ended.
Jt would atlll remain with tha eleven that
held It when time M railed.
. Legalise thaonslde kick and the for
ward pass over tha goal line, within n
distance ten yards bark of tha goal. This
would force the defence to open tip back
of the twenty-flve-yard line.
4. Abolish tha present rula which legal
Ices a field goal that touches tha ground
before paaslng over the cross-bar.
5. Permit any man back of tha line to
n.ake tha forward pass and onalde kirk,
no matter the position of the backs. This
rula would make the kick and pars more
deceptive and permit them to be made
right close to the line.
. Abolish tha twenty-yard (one on
kicks, permitting tha ends to block any
plaoe beyond tha line of scrimmage.
Kverybody would be onslde after the ball
hit the ground beyond the line of scrim
mage. 7. Prrmlt a player taken out of the
game to be returned but once. This rule
would give the team In superior physical
condition a deserved advantage, players
now do not suffer from physical exhaus
tion. Any changes other than those outlined
here should not Increase tho number of
downa for making ten yards. There are
several minor alterations that could be
mad, but to give, for Instance, four
downs for making ten yards, would again
force more work upon the defense and
lessen the tssk of the coaches In creating
a virile attack. Under the present rules
the game can be made a success, many
coaches believe. The tutora must work
harder with the rules they have and de
vise new plays.
The Carlisle Indians this fall had an at
tack that was successful. Coach Warner
labored diligently with the rules and ad
vanced more rapidly than most of tha
coaches. He will gain a great deal next
fall with the rules as they are, and
should have Just as successful an eleven
as he created this season.
When the rules committee meets In
New York during the holidays, many
changes will be advocated, but It Is Im
probable that any radical revision will be
accepted. Most of the changes will he
made with the Idea of simplifying the
rules and making their Interpretation
easier. At present It Is hard for many
to understand the language In which the
rules are. couched.
By Golf Adherents .
At Favorite Game
NEW YORK, Dec. H.-r"ew people, even
those Intimately acquainted with golf,
ever stop to think of the Immensity; of
the financial status of t lis game. A per
son with a propensity for figures might
do arithmetic all night and merely be
gin to realise Hie remarkable amount of
money apent each year by golfers at
their favorite game. Jt la not a matter of
thousands, or evsn hundreds of thou
sands, but of millions.. Add to the cost
of upkeep '.the original amount expended
on the erection of club houses and equip
, nxnt, ground, work on courses, etc., and
the figures are Increaaed In arithmetical
progression to such an extent that the
totsl Is practically Inestimable. A well
i known professional recently estimated
that there were 1.1S0 golf clubs In the
Vniled States outside of soma 760 summer
and winter resort clubs. Of course, the
Investment In the club house and the
land Incident to the course varies with
the ability of the club members to spend
the money. .
Out at Nassau the rlub house alone
cost In the neighborhood of $1(K,000, while
at Baltusrol the house required an ex
penditure of close to IGo.000, Tha Lake
Hhore Country club of Chicago has spent
about fTW.OOO on the course, club house,
and locker rooms. When It la considered
that there are right-seven club In ths
Immediate vicinity of New York, and
that there are more than forty within an
hour's ride from Chicago, and that every
city haa Ita clientele of. golfers, some
Idea of the Immensity of the original In
I vestment may be obtained. Thla la con
sidering only club houses and courses.
These figures are vastly Increased when
the original purchase of the land needed
1 by the courses) la taken Into conaldera
j lion,,!. .Is. estimated that tha average
' tlghleen-hole course will require close to
fccventy acros. although some occupy
a couple of hundred acres. Nine-hole
courree require forty to fifty acres. Then
tllere is the cost of grading and putting
the course Into shape, to mention nothing
of soma STi.OOO or SS.OuO a year for upkeep.
An Knglish writer, In estimating the
financial Importance of golf In that coun
try, save that there are nearly S.000 clubs
In the British Isles, nearly TS per cent of
which have their own courses, lie figures
that more than lOO.oOO acres of land In
Ureat Britain are devoted to tha use of
golf. He counts ISO clubs within easy
leach of Charing Cross, Ixmdon.
This same writer, who goea Into minute
detail regarding Uie gamo In Ureal Brit
ain says, that there are INu.QuO or X),000
members, and that the nation's annual
golf bill amounts to front I7,0uo.0u0 to 134.
tiuu.OOO. lie makes the Interesting compari
son that fifty years ago there were only
two golf clubs In England, one at Man
chester and the other at Hlackhealth, and
that thuy had probably not more than
:.' mrnibera betwen them. He figures
that theis are W.iwO gulf club member
In London alune.
As for Individual expenditures, they are
variously estimated on both allies of the
ater, depending, of course, on ths fat
tiefta of the individual purse. The afore
mentioned profeKslunal, In roughly esti
mating his expensea in America, says that
the dues and Incidentals are much higher
here than In (.treat Britain. In America
golf b.lla cost on an average of "i cents,
while ovr there the popular price Is 60
tenia Golf club here cost from 12 to 13
each, while on the other aide one can get
a good club for 1.U or St
Inies for club membership ia another
Item to be considered. In this country
membership In a big club will cost 1100
annually. In some of the smaller rluba
i dura range from 1:3 to tM. Then there
are other fees and expenses galore, which,
wblle small, amount to a tremendous ag-k-iegte.
' No American figures of the travel of
golfers are obtainable, although In Eng
land one railroad estimated that It car
ried 11.000 golfera to one rlub outside of
London, and that Its revenues from play
ers amounted cluse to lAODO.
BOWLERS BRING HOME PRIZES
In Two-Men and Singlet Omahnns
Score Heavy at Dcs Moinci.
FIVE-MEN TEAMS FALL DOWN
eit ty Championship Marts li
January and t serial ton Has
Arranged Program f
. Mi: OF TIIH Wl;Kh.
m irrnorouT a n T.nAf j i k.
Monday Drummers ugaiiist flliri. Bot
Tuesdsv Kumohr Sports against Bwtc
Wednesday Bunklat against Woodmen
of tlm World.
Thursday- German Home attaiuM Derby
Friday Dlctj Athletic Club against
Monday Pete Lochs aalnt St. James.
Tuesday Drelbus Candy company
Wednrxday Gold Tops against Brode-fc-aard
Thurrdav Permit agnlnst La Valdoras.
7GIC CITY I. ill Alii K.
Urn-low's, Month Omaha.
Monday Boyre Cracker Jacks a gainst
Petersen Kids, Mouth Omaha Ice and Coal
company agnlnst Jetter (told Tops.
Thuisdav Hlelllngs axalnst Ciilklris'
Cubs. Garlow'a Cults against Martini
PACKF.H LEAOI K.
Garlnw's, Honlh Omsha.
Tuesday Cudiihye against Hwlfls, Oma
ha against Annouys.
The Omaha entiles In the Midwest
carried oft a total of I.KH In prize money
at the tournament just closed.
Ths five-men teams did not do any
thing pear what was expected of them
In this? event. Mrtx Bros, were picked to
score dig, also the Stors Triumphs and
Jetter teams, but all rolled very small
totals and did not get into the money.
The Pete Lochs and Wroth Specials were
the only teams to get In the prise list.
Had the Omaha teams done better In this
one event they would have been the lead
ing town In prlxes.
In the two-men and single events they
scored heavily and with a bit of luck
Neale and Conrad would have been re
turned the leaders. They Just missed the
mark by the small margin of three pins.
Following are the prise winners:
Pete Lochs 28T.lt in to
Wroth Hpeclals 2,u a.00
Neale and Conrad 1.207 )00
Mall and Leninskl 1.174 16.00
Hartley and Huntlnatons 1.174 1.Y00
Clark and Lamb 1.1B7 1200
Hammond and Htunx 1.1 A3 12.00
Denman and Thomas 1,144 10.00
M. R. Huntington..... 043 $7500
A. W. Powell 6L'l 47.60
Henry Frllcher r& 1000
Tod Neale bH 6.00
B. Chrlstlahaon 6i7 600
J. J. Kltxgeraltf 67S 6.00
T. Reynolds SM 1.00
Julea Kchmldt of tho Old Lynch Kyes
of fit. Loula hung up a new record for
middle west tournaments In the Individual
event when he rolled 68? He opened In the
first game with a strike, then spared.
then pulled In six straight strikes, spared
In the ninth and blew In tha tenth fin
ishing with 132. In the aecond he opened
with four strikes, drew a split, started
In the fifth by striking and continuing
until the tenth when he spared and
then truck, giving him !L6. The last game
he opentd with a strike, spared In the
second, got strikes In .the third, fourth
and fifth frame, then three spares In a
row, split In the eighth, strike In the ninth,
spared In the tenth and finished with 18,
giving him a 6M total, a score that the
expert bowlers will concede Is mighty
A Kcvvd gpar eShots,
John Oiinesorg Is parading around with
a new hat since he rolled that t33 at
Pete Lochs Is the proudest of the proud,
to think his team waa the top one of
all that entered In the middle west.
Kanssa City, where the next tourna
ment will be held, has promised as good
If not a better one next year.
Bnehr nicked tm soma verv fine rnlnta
while at Des Mulnes and just to show
his good work shot a 647 series and with
A meeting of the association will be
held this afternoon at Ortmans, 212 North
Rtxteenth street, and all bowlers are In
vited to attend.
uoaensenwager la going to shoot a
crooked bail unless tha splits leave him
alone. He manages to average about
mree to a game,
Charley Ortman. Johnnv Tjilrd and
Young Urlffo are now shooting with the
Kunkists. it is also their fourth year
with the same team.
Bowlers are enthusiastic over the treat
ment received at the hands of the Greater
Dea Moines entertaining committee and
are loud In their praise of the conditions
unuer which the tournament was held
This Is to be a liberal handicap tourna
ment, the first ever bowled, and It Is
expected that the entry list will exceed
any previous affair or Its kind. It Is the
Intention of the handicap committee- to
place every bowler on as near the same
starling point aa can be done.
The Ia Valdorus are claiming, young
i nrisrianaen since, lie shut that 1.7!i In
the all events. He la one of the most
popular hi tne younger bowlers.
Bill Voaa and hie Broraard Crowns are
coming along nicely. They have second
place cinched and a fair chance fur the
The attention of the howlers la once
mure called to the fart that the next
city championship tournament start on
January H. Entries received tin to and In.
eluding January 1. The Urrater Omaha
uuwiing association has completed ar
rangement for a varied program of en'e'
talnnient. Including a ball, to he held at
tne German Home on the night of
January 4. the proceeda to revert to the
pnxe fund - of the city championship
Peoria Goes After
NEW YORK. Ic. ll-Becretary Fred
R. Fortmeyer of the National Association
of Amateur Oarsmen haa already re
culvert appllcatlona for holding tha next
championship races from Saratoga and
fiprlngfleld. Mass. Word lias been un
officially received that Peoria, HI., can
also be counted In the competition as
the residents of that town are planning
an aquatlo carnival to take place next
August and to last a week. It Is aald
there la a fine course on a lake near the
The Peorlans and for that matter,
prominent oarsmen lu the went, especially
ft. Ixiula wa-have In view tha bringing
of ths Mlsslaalppl valley and other
provincial regattas to Peoria for four
days, the affair to end In a blase of
glory on Friday and Saturday with the
They are likely to bi disappointed,
however, so far aa the national regatta
Is concerned, as there Is a decided opinion
among the majority of tha national ex
ecutive committee -t-ils committee de
cides the question that It will be unwise,
for many ressons, to go aa far from
New York In 191X Tike probability Is.
following the rotation principle, which
has always been In force, that when the
matttr comes up for action by the com
mittee Springfield will have the major.
The key te success In business Is the
Judicious and persistent use of newspaper
ASXZLA&D BBZDGE: OVER TEST
AfllL.ND, Neb., Dec. 1i;.-(Spcclal )
Just a year from the time the project
was flrM broached, the handsome rtruc-
ttire, erece.l by the Aahland-Platlc nivr
Bridge rompuny was thrown open today
for traffic, with Karl V. Kttssell ns
bridge tender. This hrldK affords the
most direct line connecting Omaha and
Lincoln, with a through highway for
automobiles and all other vehicles. Be
cause of the time of year and other con
ditions, the formal opening did not P"r-
mlt any elaborate ceremony such as the
directors and officers had planned, hut
which they expect to execute with the
arrival of warmer weather.
On December 20. lino, at a ma meet
ing of Ashland cltlsens It wss decided to
appoint a committee to solicit popular
subscriptions for the construction of a
bridge. The committee comprised Hugo
A. Wlggenhorn, president: Fred E.
White, secretary; Morton U Mead, treas
urer, and Alexander r,averty and James
Ooodfellow. The first Mea of com
mittee was to construct a cheaper bridge
than waa erected, a steel pile structure
to cost tl2,O0O, but meeting with a more
enthuslsstlo suport than'they anticipated
the committee decided to build an all
steel bridge and the articles of Incorpora
tioa were adopted on March Vt, the Incor
porators being the original committee ap
pointed at the mass meeting. The capi
tal stock of the company is liO.OOl, ot
which $n,X0 was subscribed In Ashland
13,760 In Omaha, $000 In Lincoln and J2,30i
In Parpy county adjacent to Mella and
The meeting to let the contract was
held May . and after spirited bidding,
at widen six companies were represented,
the work was lot to the Omaha htruc
tural Bteel works, the contract price be
ing 117,000. The first work of construc
tion was begun about August 1. being the
first bridge contract executed hy the
company since the erection of their new
plant In Omaha. The bridge Is all steel,
the only wagon structure of the kind
on the Platte river or In Nebraska. It
la WD feet long, wltl six spans of 10
feet each In length, with roadway alx
teen feet wide.'-The spans are set on 611
Inch si eel tubea thirty and thirty-flva feet
long, with six oak piling dtiven In each
tube, nproximately twenty feet below the
bottom of the tubes, which are filled with
concrete. . The bridge Is ten feet above
the water level, which gives a substruc
ture of about forty feet In the bed dt the
stream. The bridge Is provided with leo
breaks designed by Ed. M. Flanagan of
tha Omaha Structural flt?el works. The
superstructure la of the cord pattern,
the height of the cords being twentv-
elght feet above the floor. The floor la
FROMM THROWS .SOLOMON
Wrestling Game Proves Drawing
Card at Harlan.
TWO WES CLOSELY MATCHED
Match Originally Made Between
Mike Fro mm and Solomon Pre
llmtnarlea Kxrlte Large
Amoant of Interest.
HARLAN, la, Dec. 10. (Special.) The
Nalrah club last night put on one of the
best bunch of wrestling matches ever
hsld here before an audience ot over 300
The main event, between Pole Frotnm
of Harlan, weight IfiS, and Jack A. Solo
mon of Omaha, weight 163, Was exceed
ingly fast, Fromm getting the first fall
In nine minutes and seven seconds by a
double arm hold and scissor lock on the
head, and the second fall In seven minutes
with a sclaeor lock on left arm and
straight arm hold on right arm. Kromm,
however, was unable to break the power
ful hridaea of Solomon.
This bout was originally .arranged le
twecn Mike Fromin and Holomon,N but
owing to lllnesa and um the advice of
his physician Mike Fronim was unable
to participate, so Polomon agreed to take
on Pete Froinm rather than disappoint
the audience, although outweighed twelve
The first preliminary went to John
North by getting a fall from Peter Claua
pen Si twent--four minutes and elx
The second preliminary, between Barney
and Norgaard ot Harlan, went to Itamry
lu straight falls of four minutes and
fifty-five seconds and four minutes and
twenty-seven seconds, respectively. They
wrestled at 1) pounds.
rtoy Croft of Klrkman was referee an!
II. II. Hackley of Harlan timekeeper.
More matches will be arranged.
COLUMBUS BASE BALL
TEAM IS REORGANIZED
XLUMBC8, Neb., Dec. lJ-lSpeclal.)-Electlon
of five directors and listening to
the annual report of the rlub, was the
business transacted at the annual meet
ing of the stockholders of the Columbus
Baae Ball club, held Thursday evening.
C. H Pollock, P. A. Peterson, H. A. Frits,
Carl Kramer and Myron Gray were
elected directors, and C. K. Pollock and
P. A. Peterson were re-elected president
and secretary, respectively. The last
year was a winner for the club financially
and with a better ball town than ever
the club hopes to make a better showing
Sidney Tease Wtaa.
GRAND 1SI.AND. Neb.. Ix-o. li tPpe
clal Telegram. I In a most ueapvrate and
exciting game. Kidney High achool basket
ball teauu defeated the tliaud Island Bual
tieas ixrilege team by the score ot 1 to e.
Sidney has not lost a game su fsr on lu
Tha key to success In business Is the
Judicious and persistent use of uewspapvr
H, - S .. . ' Hi - .sgiisgimiMirlilmarnsiaWaiissi in rwis-asn- - -
miamwri r I ' UXraaX
of oak plank, laid diagonally. Adna
Dnbson, city engineer of Lincoln, waa the
inglneer In charge, and Leon White of
Ashland was Inspector. Jeff Boucliar of
Omaha was construction foreman. The
bridge haa been pronounced by bridge
experts aa well constructed throughout.
The county commissioners of Sarpy
county, Messrs. Jacob Sass of Chalco,
William Kly of Springfield and Joseptf
pflug of Paplllion, and those of Saunders
county, Messrs Peter Campbell of Wahoo,
Oeorge Hcldt of Yutan and fioren Miller
of Cedar Bluffs, have co-operateci with
the bridge company In the matter of
building fine roads to connect with the
tiiidge at each end. Over $.",000 will have
been Hpent befom January 1, 1912, In
grading and topping aCout two miles tit
road crossing the Platte river bottom.
Surpy county has been spending $30,000
of Inheritance tax in grading down the
hills and making the most excellent roads
In Nebraska. The entire road from
Omaha to Lincoln, hy way of Ash
land bridge, will he kept in first class
condition, with hills and high grades
reduced to the minimum. The under
taking has Involved a large amount of
hard work on tho part of the promoters.
The bridge had Its Inception. In a visit
made to Omaha a year ago by" Messrs. II.
A. Wlggenhorn. F. E. White, A. Laverty
and W. N. Becker to consult the officers
In charge at the headquarters of the
United States army .relative to perma
nently locating the rifle range for the
soldiers at Fort Crook, who had their
annual target practice on ths grounds
northeast of Ashland for several years.
The committee destrad to have assurance
Boxing Clubs Are
On Every Corner of
Old New Work City
NEW YORK, Dec. lS.-Puglllstlo pro
moters are giving a continuous show to
boxing enthutdasta these days. No matter
on what corner of a city street one
stands, tarmuffH only rould shut out the
pugilistic conversation that Is carried on
by pedestrians and standees. ,
From one end of the town to the other
boxing cluba have sprung up so quickly
that' they could be termed conservatory
raised. Unless there are a halt dozen or
more glove encounters every night the
game wearies. It the growth of the clubs
continues to be so prolific, as It haa been
during the laat three months, there will
soon be aa many clubs aa dry goods
But what matters It. a champion may
arise from the white ranks some day who
will tako the measure of "Jack" Johnson
or "Bum" Iufc7tord, which would give the
white folks ta chance to "rah! rah!"
The "whlffi1' hope" business, however,
seems to be on the wane. A dosen or
more big fellows have been tried out, but
not one of them proved even a good sell
ing plater. "Jack" Johnson and "Sam"
I-anaford have been left alone for aomo
time. They have been conceded all hon
ors that can come to them. It Is a won
der some real hlgh-rlaes heavyweight haa
nut shown, up ere this. Carl Morrla tried
to earn a reputation sufficient to tackle
the big negro, but he failed. "Jim" Klynn
put It all over him, and thla fart only
shows tho superiority ot Johnson and
Iyangford, as the latter has plastered
Flynn mora thanbnce, hence the allm
chance Flynn would have against John
son. There are no boxers today that stand
out as they did twenty-five years ago,
when Sullivan was In his prime. There
sre no more "Jack" McAullffes, "Jack"
lVmpseys or George Dlxons, and It will
be many years before there Is another
i "Bob" Fitsslmmons. Compare those men
aith the present-day article. After John
son and Langtord are eliminated there Is
practically nothing. Where la the middle
weight who could outbox "Jack" Demp
sey, the lightweight who could hold a
candle to "Jack" McAullffe or the feather
we!ght who would have a living chance
with George Dixon when he was at his
Yet there should be as good men coming
along, for there seems to be hundreds In
the game. Only one appears to claim any
decided recognition, "Mike" (Jlbbena.
There ia practically the newest man In
the pugilistic world, who bids fair to be
Introduced as a real champion In the fu
ture. Wlilta only a welterweight, he la
considering an olm at the middleweight
Frank Ulaua will be the next man Gib
bons will tackle. Klaus la sonis boxer.
If Gibbons ahould defeat Klaus there will
be little left for him la do. H will be
Interesting to watch the progress ot this
young man from Ht. Paul. At present
there la no pugilistic Idol. It may be caU
bons will justify his claim to tbe honor
before the budding trees begin to
their bloomln' buvla.
The key to success Pi business Is the
Jullclous and persistent t'se ot newspaper
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of Its location here, but ,wre first met
with the objection that Ashland had no
wagon bridge over the Platte river.' Im
mediately on the return of the committee
a public mass meeting of Ashland cltlxens
was called. For over twenty Sears, al
though lying midway between Omaha
and Lincoln, Ashland has been without
a Platte liver wagon bridge, and cltlsens
of both weHtern Sarpy and eastern Faun
ders counties have felt the need ot one.
The road over Ashland's new bridge will
be on the Omaha-Denver transcontinental
route. This road will, It Is expected, be
traveled more than any other In the
MAY MODIFY THE FOUL RULE
Chairman of National League Hales
FIRST FOUL TO BE STRIKE
Present Hegnratlon of Two Fouls to
a Strike Too Great si Handicap
for Batsmen to Overcome
In On me.
NEW YORK. Dec. 16 If John , M.
Ward, chairman of the National league
rules committee, has his way the foul
strike rule will be modified so that tho
first foul only will be called a strike, In
stead ot the first two, as at present.
"The present foul strike rule," he ex
plained, "Is too great a handicap for t!.e
brtsnmn to overcome and gives the
pitcher an uncommon advantage. Per
haps It might be better to call strikes
on fouls that drop within a certatn radlu3
of the home plate. It Is possible that I
shall advocate the leveling of the
CADILLAC FACTORY IS
TO BREAK ALL RECORDS
"The Cadillac company has had some
very successful years In tho past." said
ManaRer George Helm of the local agency,
"but 1 1 1 S promises to eclipse all previous
"This has been apparent to us frum
the very beginning of the new season's
buatness. Incorporating the innovation
ot electric starting, lighting and Ignition
from the same, source, and with past per
formances so creditable to the car, we
felt as though the Cadillac presented new
and even more powerful arguments to
tha buying public.
"How well we bulldtd Is shown by the
figures nf November shipments. It Is
well known that some automobile manu
facturers expect shipments to show a
falling off at the first breath of winter.
Ijutt month was one of the severest No
vembers we have experienced for some
years. Yet Its unfavorable weather made
no Impression on our shipments. The total
number of cars that left the factory dur
ing the month was 1,175; while on Novem
ber 28 the last working day of the month
we sent away lot cars.
"Nlneteen-twelve looked like a big year
when the 19U business began; and we are
glad that November haa confirmed our
Judgment so completely."
NEW RULE TO GOVERN
ENGLISH GOLF TOURNEY
NEW YORK, Dec. IS. When the open
gulf championship tournament of Great
Britain la held next spring the qualifying
round, at thirty-six holes, will not count
In the aggregate for the championship
pror. Those returning the sixty beet
scores and all who may tie for sixtieth
place will qualify for the actual cham
pionship. The tournament proper will consist of
event) -two holes. Only on four prevloua
occasions, li7-mo, have the players had
to take part In a qualifying competition
over thirty -six holes, when the scores did
not count tn the final aggregate.
CONSIDER COMFORT OF FANS
More Profitable to Have Grounds So
Fielders Face the Snn.
TLAYIES MUST BE ON ALERT
What Is Admitted to lie Worst
Field In Ibr Major l.ragaea
la that In Cleve
land. NEW YORK. Dec. Pi The hardest posi
tion to play In the outfield la the "sun"
lield, and thnt Is not always the same
:eiu, nor are all of them equally diffi
"Sun" field, hy the way, Is the ball
players' name for the field Into which
the afternoon sun shines on a dim t. or
almost direct lino with the home mate
bo that the majority of flies hit to that
fielder cumos to him out of a Llazlne
At the Polo grounds the left field Is the
'sun" Held, although center fieM .
bothered at certain seasons. At American
league park the sun Interferes with the
What Is admitted by all to be the
worst In the major leagues Is left field In
Cleveland, although lea field at the
Polo grounds In New York is "pretty
The St. Louis American league grounds
have everything else beaten, for both
right and center fields are bad "sun"
fields, whenever the weather Is clear.
Sometlmei even the loft fielder is h.nrti-
The fans probably wonder why ball
parks are not planned no tht there will
be no "sun" field. That can be done
easily enough by making a considerable
part of the spectators face the sun. and
not only face It, but alt In It most of the
game, and that Is not comfortable on a
hot afternoon. Detroit and Brooklyn have
plants laid out that way and the first
base aide of the covered atands Is no more
comfortable than upon bleachers In July
or August. Detroit s new plant, now being
built, Is arranged the other way, because
the comfort of the fans Is more Important
to the revenue of the game than the con
venience of the outfielders. It ia better
to have a fly misjudged occasionally,
even at the cost of a game, than to have
a large section of the grand stand shunned
by persona unless the place is crowded.
Aside from thla sun feature, one would
think the outfield positions were alike
and equally difficult to play. That Is far
from qie truth. Each position has its
peculiarities, and a man who has played
one outfield position for a number of
years will be at sea for a while In any
other field. The greatest difference Is be
tween center field and either of the other
two positions. As a rule long flies or
drivers that go to tho center fielder are
hit almost squarely by the batsman, and
consequently have little "lCngllsh" to
make them curve.
The majority of flies hit to right or left
field, however, will curve in their flight,
and the fielder must remember Instinc
tively to allow for this curve when run
ning to get under the ball. The fly which
a. right-handed batsman hits Into right
field will curve In the opposite direction
to the fly which a left-handed batsman
hits Into left field, but when a man
changes from right to left field he takes
the curve Instinct along with hhn and
merely has to remember which field he
Is In. The center fielder who changes to
rlght.or left field, must acquire the habit
of expecting every fly to curve, unless
It Is a straight liner "pulled" squarely by
the batsman. .
There Is not as much difference between
the outrield positions as there Is en the
Infield, but there Is enough so that a
player Is left In his so-called fnatural"
position unless It is necessary to change
The physical requirements In the out
rield are speed, accuracy In Judging fljea
and surety of catch. The mental require
ments are much the same as In any other
department. The outfielder must study
the batsmen and learn In which direction
certain men usually hit certain kinds of
Pitching. Knowing the catchers signs so
that he will know Just what la being
pitched each time is of great help to the
wise" outfielder In guessing the dlrec.
lion a ball will take the Instant he hears
the crack of the bat.
Anyone who haa nih .. ......,..
- - - -. ... uuiiicm
of a good team on the defense has seen
ew expanses or ground left unguarded
at times and may have wondered at It.
"There's a reason." always, and it Is
simply the fielder or their captain has
figured out by the same law of averages
which govern insurance premiums that
the man at the bat is almost certain not
to hit the ball Into tho territory left un
covered. Knowledge of what to do with
the ball when one gets It also la a prime
requisite in the outfield. Many a game
haa been lost by an unwise throw to tbe
plate or to the wrong baae.
The outfielder must take into considera
tion tho speed of the men on bases, the
load they have when he gets the ball and
the state of the game. A play that would
be wise under some, conriitinn. .,u
tne height of folly tinder others. There
. ...ore 111 ouineidlng than there la In
Great Work Expected
from Pitcher Wheatley
Jack Holland of the Rt. Joseph West
ern league club Is doping Wheatley as a
sure sensation with the Josies In 1912.
1-ast year Jack was coaching the kid
and putting the finishing touches on
what he claims Is a phenom. Wheatley
was seen in but very few games last
year and was only used by Holland when
he had no one else to put on the mound.
Wheatley will bo remembered by moat
tf the fans as the winner of the long?
distance throw at the field meet held at
Lincoln lust fall.
Pa Itourke and a few of the Omaha
fans had occasion to see Wheatley heave
a ball once last year. It was Just prior
to the last game With the Josies In
Omaha. Wheatley stood at the home
plato and taking but tno steps, threw
the ball over centerfleld fence.
Swimming Meet is
on the Aquatic Card
A swimming meet will be held New
Year's afternoon In the pool at the Young
Men's Christian association. In addition
to the regular distance events, there will
be several features of aquatic work. In
cluding diving exhibitions and under
water distance swime. If enough Inter
est can t a routed in the meet a water
polo match will also be pulled off.
Paul Wernher Is chairman of the as
sociation aquatic comniitte and has called
a meet'ng for all local KWimmlng enthusi
asts, which will.be held Tuesday evening
at the aaaoclat'.cn building. At this time
further plana for the New Year's inset
will be discussed. It is also the inten
tion of the committee to arrange a series
cf monthly swimming contests for the
different gymnasium tiaaaea.- These will
be held la January, February and March.
RULES NEED SOME GHANGES
Such Seems to Ee the Opinion of the
THEY, HOWEVER, DO HOT AGREE
Forward, I'a.i eems Rove to Be the
Only Piny Which Promise
Ten-Yard Gain for the
NEW YORK. Dec. K.-rhere seems to
he a definite feeling in the eastern foot
ball world that the rules need a through
overhauling and revision before the com
ing cf another season. The foot ball
solons agree that changes are necossary,
but each ono of them has his own pet
plan for the betterment of the game and
It Is rarely that any tno of them agree.
There are certain generalities, however.
In whiclv they concur. Plnya occurred
during the season Just post which were
not specifically covered by the code.
Other happenings brought to light the
fact that certain obsolete rules had never
been stricken from the book. Theae are
minor matters which can easily be
The main subject of contention lies In
the fact that the defense under the pre
sent system seems out of proportion to
the offense. Princeton generally con
sidered the champions or the gridiron
world, made one first down by rushing
against Harvard and none against Yale.
Harvard made tx first downs against .
Princeton and five against the Blues.
Yale made five first downs agalnet Har
vard and four against the. Tigers. That
l to say that the three biggest elevens '
of past years made a total of twenty
one first downs by rushing In three, games '
or a dual average of seven to a game
an Individual average of three and one
half first downa apiece. Some persons
call attention to the fact that a few years
ago a gain of ten yards through tha line
by a plunging back on a single play was
no uncommon thing. This is true, but at
itLi'Tu thre no rul9 aInt -sistlntf
the runner and a man was pushed
or hauled along for yards after he waa
The only play wlilch now seema to
promise a ten-yard gain Is tha forward
paes, and against a team of equal
rength this i, rarely effective. Coacher,
have, taught their teams to block It. and
"l" '' eaaIer by the restrictions .
under which a legal pasa must be made
Princeton did not attempt thla play ln
i t nL ,'tS b'K MmeS- 'IIa"' Wl
twenty-seven yard. The Blua tried it
twice against Princeton and four times
against Harvard without a yard ,f gain
The Crimson was, therefore, the only
oleven to gain ground in these game, by
of . ilhh:iP,ay' Md " 'n-' er
The Brown ? "
Ls'fr:,". .6 ??l0d '-ward
,. . " nlnet Point of effici-
.and yet they coul1 do but little
pa, but h J'ar bY UMne 11,8 """"a
ITtLJl ,hVear th P'y aa broken .
Harvard T' f tht Um " a.e and
eleven this season by forward passes, but
'Xy worked 'Mt ' -
Kven tho drop or place kick is U6ee,
as a scoring asset unless a team can get
'S? and ?' lgt ' ,n "-".
under ,h "Cem8 nIy t0 b
fumhU k re8:nt rUle" by covering a
fumbled ball. Strangely enough, the new
game appear to have developed no kick-
era of the caliber of.O'Dea, a Butter
worth or a Brooke.
The question that the rule, committee
ill have to decide l. how to more
nearly equalise the defense and offense.
Borne men are In favor' of allowing a
team four downs instead of three, some
believe all restrictions should be removed
from the forward pas, some favor a fifth
period of play, tame think tho distance
to be gained should be reduced to seven '
yards, aome wish it put back to five and
ome advocate allowing the side ln poses
slon of the ball to assist the runner.
These latter suggestions would mean, of
course, practically returning to the old
game. One argument used against this
plan I. that while) two college players
were killed thla year, four were killed In
1910 and ten In l'.KW.
Two Games Booked '
at Florence Park
At Florence park today the rioutli
Omaha Ramblers and, the Athletics and
the Shamrocks and Defenders will meet.
Manager Sawtelle Is of tho opinion that
hi. pigskin artists will walk over the
Shamrocks and his team mates are will
ing to back his opinion with niazumn.
Qulglcy of the Shamrocks will consult
his team mates about the proponed side
bet. The Mhamrxk would likV very
much to play the winner of the Valley
MIsMourl Valley game. Although the
Shamrocks are booked up to and Including
Christmas day they would gladly cancel
any of the games to meet the aforemen
tioned. Sunday, December 24, the Sham
rocks play the Monnuuth Parks. Sunday
the first game will be called at I p, m.
and the second at S p. m.
Wichita May Get Into
Game jNext lear
There is a chance that Wichita will
have a trail team In the Western league
next year. A report from Wichita Is out
that the business men are all stirred up
over the possibility of getting a team
there and are said to have agreed to put
up the necessary money to purchase a
At present the Wlchltans are not say
ing what franchise they expect to pur
chase, but assert that they can get one
If they will put up the earth. They say
they are ready to do that. From all Indi
cations Wichita is going after a franchise
Just to spite the Topeka team.
Topeka. It Is alleged, has been sending
several hot fhot over tho wire against
Wichita getting back Into the league and
Is using the hammer very effectively.
FLORIDA MAN OFFERS
PRIZE FOR A RECORD
JACKSONVILLE. Fla., Dec. -If any
one will lower the mile record of sec
onds driven by Bob Burman on Daytona
beach last spring, be will be given a
trophy. 60 has stated William 8. Ken
ney, hotel man of Sea llreeie. Fla, He
aays to go ahead and break the record.
Use any car you want to; drive It your
self or get your friends to drive It; but
remember the record must fall between
January and April li. ,
Profeslonal race driver, car so much
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