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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEMBER 31, 1916,
PROFITS LARGE IN
AUTO RACING CAME
Dario Resta Wins Fifty-One
Thousand Dollars in Cash
for Season's Toil.
PEUOOT IS LEADING CAE
i Dario Resta, who with his Peugot
car won the racing championship of
1916, captured $51,550 in cash, win
ning six of his eleven starts in the
leading motor events, according to
Jerome T. Shaw's review of the year's
races, in the Horseless Age. In six
victories Resta made a total of 4,100
points in the American Automobile
association championship award, and
in addition to the prize money
look the $1,000 Bosch trophy,
emblematic of the championship.
John Aitken, who closely pressed
and at times led Resta in the cham
pionship fight, finished the season as
runner-up with a total of 3,440 points,
having to his credit seven firsts and
two seconds in thirteen starts. His
money winnings were $43,756, includ
ing the $3,000 Goodrich and the $1,000
Bosch awards. Rickenbacher, who in
1915 made the best performance in
the speedway contests, finished third
the last season, with 2,910 points
scored in four firsts, two seconds, two
thirds, in twenty starts. His prize
money totaled $24,300.
While 1915 was heralded as marking
the advent of 100-mile an hour races,
the season just ended has placed this
high speed performance in the shade,
no less than twenty-seven of the cars
finishing in the thirty-seven races of
the season recording a speed above
the century mark. From the begin
ning of the 1916 speedway campaign,
aside from the early races at Ascot
Park, the past speedway records were
broken, the high-water mark in long
distance contesta being reached at
the Harkness trophy race at Sheeps
head Bay, October 28, when Aitken's
Peugeot averaged 105.95 miles an hour.
The only exception to the record
breaking performances was the 300
mile race at Indianapolis Decoration
Jay, when Resta's average was 83.99,
as compared with the course record
of 89.84 miles an hour made by De
Palma in a Mercedes in the 500-mile
race of 1915.
A fair idea of the increased speed
diirintr the last season mav be ob
tained by a comparison of the aver
age speeds of the contests of the last
four years. In the eighteen contests
of 1913, which, with the exception of
the Indianapolis event, were road
races, the average speed wat 5575
miles per hour; in the seventeen races
of 1914 the average was 6520 miles
per hour; last year's twenty-two races
avere run at an average speed of 74.86
miles per hour. In the thirty-seven
races on road and speedway during
1916 the average speed of the winners
was 87.31 miles per hour, or more
than twelve miles an hour better than
the average for 1915.
; Ninety Miles an Hour,
' All of the speedway races brought
an average of 88.62 miles per hour,
(he fifteen championship award events
were run at an average speed of 92.48
miles per hour, and without the Van
derbilt and Grand prize this average
was boosted to 93.44 miles per hour.
"In the Vanderbilt cup and Grand
prire, the only important road races
of the season and probably the last
of the Vanderbilts on the road, the
previous records were broken, the
average speed for these contests be
ing 86.98 and 85.55 miles per hour, re
spectively. The decline in road races
was emphasized by the abandonment
of, the Elgin races, the only road
contests that have been held east of
the Mississippi during the last few
years. There were several road con
tests In the west, but they failed to
attract the high class fields that
marked the running of road races sev
eral years ago. O'Donnell proved
to be the atar of the road drivers,
winning the Corona and Raisin Clas
sic the features of this class, exclud
ing the Santa Monica contests.
While the number of races run this
year was grca" in number by fif
teen than those held in 1915, this in
crease can be attributed to a great
extent to 'V fact that several of the
speedways hcH two and three meets
and the shorter distances of the races
permitted the runninv of several
events at some of these meets. The
new soeedwavs at Los Anseles. Kan-
ana fltr Cincinnati nnrl TTninntnuni
helped to swell the number of events.
During the year there were 498 start
ers in the thirty-seven races and of
this number 238 completed the re
quired distances. Last season 333
cars started in the twenty-two races
of the season and 137 received the
' Peugeot Car Leads.
In reviewing the season's racing it
is disclosed tha' the Peugeot car was
started forty-seven times and scored
fifteen firsts, six seconds and two
thirds, while its nearest competitor,
the Duesenberg. won six races, fin-
lantu nv-Uiiu at, umt iuu iiiuu un
five occasions out of sixty-eight
starts. Thus the Peugeot wins the
Ali.mninndtin tnr 101.
V. vIHv,d, . .,,1 ,.ru,
the Stutz, which through its sensa
tional performances was awarded the
title last year. Ralph De Palma. who
finished fourth in the drivers' stand
ing, drove his' Mercedes in eleven
races during the last season, winning
four, being second in two and third
in one. The Mercedes finished third.
The Maxwell comes fourth, with
thirty-two starts, , of which it won
three races, waa second in three oth
ers and finished third three times.
The Stutz, which was handled chiefly
by Earl Cooper and did not Partici
pate in any races as a factory entry,
won two racea, was second four
times and third in two races out of
sixteen starts. The Premier, which
was making its first appearance in
speedway racing, also won two races.
If tt (rrntiH fhrr fimra and ttart.il
In the list of 1 13 driven that par
ticipated m the season's races Dave
Lewis was the most active, starting
in twenty-three 'races. He finished
second in three and third in three
others. Rickenbacher comes sec
ond in the nu: ber of starts, getting
the word to go in twenty racea. Hen-)
derson, Rickenbacher'i team mate,
started in fifteen races, as did George
Ruzano. Ral; 'i De Palma, Ira Vail,
wuuur u Aicnc ana ine late ciugnie
Hughes each started fourteen times.
BASE BALL FAVORED
BY BANNER SEASON
Prosperity Following Restora
tion of Peace Breaks All At
LEAGUE RACES WERE CLOSE
Following the restoration of peace
in base ball the national pa.stime last
season blossomed forth into its most
firosperous year. In ,the American
rague the total attendance was more
than a million in excess of that in
1915, while in the National league the
attendance exceeded that of any pre
vious season in the forty years of its
existence. Everywhere on the major
league circuits there was a revival of
interest and the game rose triumph
antly frnm the muddled state into
which it had fallen as a result of the
Federal league invasion. Base ball
came back to its own in the major
leagues, but the minors had a poor
The Boston Red Sox won the
world's series, defeating the Brook
lyn club, winners of the National
league pennant, in four games out
of five. The International league
championship was won by Buffalo.
Louisville won the title in the Ameri
While the most important event of
the last year was the readjustment of
conditions left by the Federal league
war, the biggest competitive feature
was the unusual season of the New
York Giants. This club, after a poor
start in the National league race, went
west on its first trip of the season
and won all its games, seventeen
straight. Then, after another period
of miserable playing, the team was
strengthened by the acquisition of
several star players, and during Sep
tember the NcwYork club established
a new and unheard-of record in major
league base hall. McGraw's , sensa
tional team won twenty-six games
straight. The best previous major
league record was twenty straight, by
the Providence club in 1884.
Feds Joined Major Leagues.
Though the base ball war was ended
late in the season of 1915, the peace
negotiations were not completed un
til well along in the new year. When
the Federal league passed out of exist
ence many of the players who had
jumped contracts to go to the out
laws were taken hack. Two of the
Federal league club owners were tak
en into the major leagues. Charles
H. Weeghman of Chicago got the
Chicago National league club, while
Phil Ball of St. Louis took over the
St. Louis American league club. Or
ganized base ball took over much of
the federal league property, includ
ing the Federal league parks in
Brooklyn and at Harrison, N. 1.,
where the Newark Feds played. In
Chicago the Federal league nianaeer.
Joe Tinker, assumed managerial con
trol, and had a poor season. Fielder
Jones, the federal league manager
in St. Louis, was also retained and
did not fare much better.
Some of the Federal league club
owners reaped a rich harvest bv the
sale of their best players to the major
league clubs. Marry f. Sinclair re
ceived the greatest benefits from the
sale of players. Such players as Ben
ny Kauff. Lee Maa-ee. Hal Chase. Mc-
Kechnie, Roush and numerous others
played well in the major leagues. One
of the biggest deals of the season was
the sale of Tris Speaker of the Bos
ton Red Sox to the Qleveland club, i
transaction which involved $50,000.
An event of unusual importance in
base ball was the celebration last
February of the fortieth anniversary
of the organization of the National
league. This was the occasion for
a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria,
which was attended by all the celeb
rities who had been connected with
the game from the beginning. The
Principal speaker was William H.
aft, former president of the United
States. Morgan G. Bulkley of Hart
ford, the National league's first presi
dent, was one of those who attended
Giants Make Great Record.
Throughout the championship sea
son the American league clubs sus
tained the high standard of base ball
which they showed in 1915, while in
the National league there was a per
ceptible falling off in the standard
of play. Both races were unusually
close, so the interest waa sustained,
and the winners were in doubt right up
to the end of both pennant seasons.
The best playing of the year was
shown by the Giants in their phenom
enal run of twenty-six straight vic
tories. On September 25 in a double
header with St. Louis the Giants
broke the old Providence record by
winning their twenty-first straight
game and on September 26 the great
stretch of victories was brought to an
end by the Boston Braves after the
Giants had lengthened the run to
twenty-six games. The acquisition
Sport Chdmpions of 1916
ARTHKKY Dr. X. P. RlnMr, Wara,, rvi Mlai Cynthia M. Wnura, Catott, Mao.
AirroMOMUS hamploa aaadwar drlrrr. Darla Raata.
BAKK FULIWorM ' champion. rVtan Amtan.
National laariM rhaaiplom, BronUjit American Intent fhjtmplnu, llaatanj Natloaal
Irani, ehaniplan biUuM, Hal Chaw of 1nrtnaalli Amrrlaaa Inn champion
Asunder of Philadelphia I Amcrlrao lr:ua laadtai pltabar, "Baba" Kuth of
BILLIARD BalUIno (prof.lor.al), William Hm of Nra- York.
jUSTfe!. I'TGr?1"??" "' "aw of New York, pocket billiard, (prefn.
jlonjl) Prank TabmU f rVhcoertad,. N. V.i balklln. (aiaatrar). Kd.ard W.
Unit York "',, I"" Millard, (amatewl, J. Howard Shoemaker of
BOXINU HraVTwrltht. Ja Wlllardl litlMleejel(M. la dlapele; welterweight. Jack Brit-
C"eOrNTIY K.INn-tatjleitat. champion.. CameU, lafrroIWWf
Kll '"n",to"- " W- Orerton of Yale, national akr A. AVtUYIUto
Kjranraa ol New York! national junior A. A. U Jun Henlgan of Beaton.
ssssfFtststJ u K"" " " ""'
TOOTo,LVi,'tl"! ,tr!L !" lrH7 of mttahirfkt Weaten Conference cham
pion, Okie Male onl.endtj, Iradlnc araUrerw team. Uearrla Teetai loadlm Pacifle
raaat team., lal.er.lty of Oteton and I. nlrenlt; of wiaUniioa?
OOI.F National amaleor. Charha fwaa., jr., of Cbkraio; atoo.1 ovm. Charle. Ream.
Jr., of I hlra.oi national women'.. Mb- Alalia Ntlrllaa of Atlanta: national Vro
fewlonal. Janir. M. Barne. of Whltemar.ll (onntr; clih. "
IMM'KKY Inlereollealate, Harvard i Am. tear Hoeker lean, champion. Baatan A. A.
LIMIT HARNlaw HOBNE8 Champion I rotter. I. Axworthy. IdISM,; ehampla. pacer
apolcon Direct. HOSttl wlaalni drWer. Thomaa VV. Mario, of T'otituJJp.li. Ty!
F0''Y'".lad.""""' t"4 ' "" b"l".. Moado.brook III,
RAtrKTH National amateur. Waaler . Mortimer. Tared.. N. Y.i national ajnaiear
S.SlT'.f-N.YSr'kf V- "tarturJ -' profo-aHS
chE,- irTit. rV"? Jtrrarnaei
Bait rnk.' li.;
SCC1ew!"luu,'jJml''' L"lr1" ' raiungrrramlai national aad .martraa ekaifenr.
8PM.aapI.?.':,WS?- ' " "'" ' '"'
VK Wal"T Uaf ZZTJ? "' WU"," " V'"" P""-'"-.
TtN'5i'JnTw,l7.1'? ."';,",d. IL " of Philadelphia, national donhlea. r. 1.
of ' rJlforllJ MJft! " rnetaeo: nation.! mUed double.. VV. K. Pari.
fle.lt .?72if. 1, """" J?'" "ear. of Beaton; national clar eonrt alnale., W. K.
. women', double.. Mia. Moll. BJomladt .1 ! Norway and 5l r7
,oar"-lniTmam"'li2: VT?". '" .r.nlinal
MMfaar ooaoie., wtuiam RoMnbanm and A. K. Irlbond of New York.
TBAP-ffflOOTrNJI flrand American handicap. John r. Waif f MUwankeei world', ara
feaaknai chamulea, PhUlIp Miller af Valla. iiwaa.ee j world, nra-
saaaaaasBBMasBiBBBSii i wjuamnam nmmmmx
of Herzog, Zimmerman, Rariden,
Holke and Sallce, together with the
great pitching of two of the regu
lars, Schupp and Tcsreau, aided the
Giants in their record-breaking feat.
The Brooklyn club, winner of the
National league pennant, played con
sistent, although not brilliant, ball all
season. Under the guidance of Wil
bert Robinson the team stuck ever
lastingly to its task and won the flag
by a narrow margin of a couple of
decimal points. It was a great race
between the Dodeers. the Phillies and
the Braves right to the end of the sea
Much of the time it was anybody's
race, and not one of the three clubs
had enough advantage to gloat about.
During the last two weeks of the race
the outcome was a toss-up, but when
the Giants visited Brooklyn for the
final series of the season and cracked
after their great winning streak,
Brooklyn benefited by the Giants'
downfall and won out. the downfall
of the Giants was the occasion of an
uprising of John J. McGraw against
his players. He left the field in dis
gust and refused to be a party to the
indifferent performance of the Giants
The American league race was just
as thrilling as the National league
event, and for weeks it was a hot
fight between Boston, Chicago and
Detroit. It was the fine work of the
Boston pitching staff that finally car
ried the Red Sox through, under the
management of Bill Carrigan. Bos
ton finished strong and won by a
greater margin than Brooklyn en
joyed in the older league. For th
first time in years Ty Cobb of Detroit
was beaten for the honor of cham-
fiion batsman, Tris Speaker of Cleve
and landing the honor. Babe Ruth
of Boston carried off the pitching
honors of the league.
Brooklyn was badly outclassed in
the world's series, Boston winning
four games out of five. The first two
games were played in Boston. The
second game was the1 best of the
series, going to fourteen innings be
fore being won by Boston by a score
of 2 to 1.
The third and fourth games were
played in Brooklyn and the Dodgers'
only victory was in the third game,
which they won, 4 to 3. The big
base ball classic was a record breaker
for a five-game series, the total at
tendance being 43,341, while the total
receipts were $320,361.50. The players
of the winning club won $3,826.25
each, while the losing Brooklyn play
ers received $2,645.45 each.
Billy Sullivan Quits
His Job with Detroit
Billy Sullivan will not coach the De
troit battery men next season. The 1
former manager of the Chicago Amer
ican league club recently wrote to
President Navin that he would re
main on his Oregon ranch unless he
received an offer which carries a
"strong appeal." Navin has decided
to get along without a special battery
coach. Stanage and Spencer, veteran
backstops, probably will have full
charge of the pitchers.
Ban Johnson Gives
Commy a Wrist Watch
Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the
Chicago Americans, has taken up
golf. The "Old Roman" has often
hinted that'he'd like to play the game,
so President B. B. Johnson of the
American league, long a friend of
Comiskey's made him a Christmas gift
ot seven golt clubs, a bag and a
wrist watch. Mr. Johnson also is
taking his first trials at the outdoor
New London rciatta. Harvard
in Two Sports
IN TENNIS RANKS
Philadelphian Tops National
Ranking List After Five
Years of Striving.
JAPANESE MAKES SHOWING
In the field of tennis this has been
a noteworthy year, in which the vic
tory of Richard Norris Williams, 2d,
of Philadelphia, stands out as a clear
beam of light. Competing in less
tournaments than a year ago, he yet
gained honors which he never won be
fore, and now he rests secure as lead
er of the first ten after vainly knocking
at tne ooor during lour previous
Williams' victory over Johnston in
the national singles championship, the
second which he scored over the title
holder of a year ago, was an impres
sive exhibition of the heights which
championship tennis can attain.
Stamina and skill were on the side
of the Philadelphian. and more than
all else stamina contributed to his
triumph. In point of skill there was
not much to choose, but Williams
was able to last through five severe
sets, while Johnston weakened near
Among the women Miss Molla
Bjurstedt still reigns supreme, and
her list of titles is so long as to bar
mention. At any rate she was de
feated only once during the season
of scheduled events, an accomplish
ment which might be termed phe
nomenal. In the men's doubles the
names of William M. Johnston and
Clarence J. Griffin stand above all
others, for they won the national
championship, defending their title
successfully against Maurice E. Mc
Loughlin and Ward Dawson.
The season was not at all serene.
Surprises occurred on every hand,
and some of the most astonishing
were credited to the little Japanese
player, Ichiya Kumagae, who was
placed fifth in the national ranking.
His victory over Johnston at New
port was gained in a wonderful five
set match that was fought at greater
length than the final in any other
tournament. A finished baseline
player, Kumagae forced Johnston, a
forecourt player, to stand at the base
line and sometimes behind it. It
eventually came to be a struggle of
endurance, and in this Kumagae was
superior and won.
It was the Newport tournament
which almost wrecked the hopes of
Champion Williams. In this event
he slipped while playing Roland Rob-
erts and wrenched his ankle so badly
tnat it was tcared it would handicap
him in the national championship.
Williams withdrew from the South
ampton tournament to save his ankle,
and there was much doubt of his con
dition when it came to the nationals.
His play in the early rounds was not
such as to indicate one way or the
other. Fortunately, he was in the
easier half of the draw, and when he
opposed Johnston in the final round
he flashed for only the second time
during the season the full strength of
his play. Strangely, both of his best
performances were against Johnston,
the first having been in the cast
against west matches. Other than
the nationals, the only outdoor tour
nament which Williams won was the
challenge round at Seabright, when
he defeated George N. Church in five
The year probably sees the passing
of Maurice K. McLoughlin as one of
the contenders for the championship.
The "Count" is in the sporting goods
business, and if the United States Na
tional Lawn Tennis association rules
against a man engaged in this line,
McLoughlin will probably have bid
den goodby to amateur tennis. This
question of amateurism has been one
of the big issues throughout the sea
son. The Pacific coast men have not
attempted to disguise their antagon
ism to any rule which will bar Mc
Loughlin, and there are said to jbe
many in the east who will suooort
them. A split in the tennis associa
tion has even been predicted if the
proposed amateur rule is made a law.
To Play Youngsters
Gossip in base ball circles is to the
effect that American association mag
nates believe they have at last discov
ered a system by which their burden
some payrolls can be materially de
creased without entailing hardships
on fans who support the game.
The scheme in brief, it is said, will
require every club in the circuit to
carry a certain number of young play
ers who have never before played in a
class "A" circuit
Owners Norton, St Paul; Cantillon,
Minneapolis; Timme, Milwaukee, and
McGill, Indianapolis, are said to be in
favor of it and Colonel Wathen of
Louisville is reported as favorably dis
posed. The men in charge of the plan
may decide on the number of recruits
by the time of the scheduled meeting,
February 24. The number of recruits
may be limited to seven and if this is
looked upon as too many may be re
duced to five of even four.
EVANS GAINS DUAL
Chicago Crack Performs Un
precedented Feat in Win
ning Both Titles.
BARNES IS THE PEO CHAMP
Of all sports golf probably enjoyed
the banner year. The outstanding
feature was the performance of Chick
Evans in winning both the national
open title and the national amateur
crown. This was a feat never before
performed in this country, and only
once have the two corresponding
English championships been won by
the same man. Many have striven
in other years to the same end that
Evans reached, among them Ouimet
and Travers, but they fell short of
the double conquest. Both were
holders of the open championship.
but in the year of this victory they
were unsuccessful in the amateur
Up to this year Evans had often
been to the forefront in the play for
the amateur championship, but it was
always snatched from his grasp. In
the trial round at Menon he encoun
tered Bob Gardner, then the holder
of the title, -and Evans, playing as
hne golt as ever in his career,
wrested the honors from his rival.
Prior to winning the amateur cha
pionship, Evans had already tri
umphed in the open event, so that he
was crowned as no golfer of this
country had ever been before.
In a way, no less remarkable than
the victory of Evans was the perfor
mance of Miss Alexa Stirling of At
lanta in winning the women's cham
pionship at belmont Sonne;. Start
ing her season of successes in the
south, where she scored several vic
tories, Miss Stirling, early in the
season, showed that she would be a
formidable rival to anv in the na
tional championship. Two seasons
ago she lost to Mrs. Clarence H.
Vanderbeck of Philadelphia in the
semi-final round of the event, but this
year the young southern girl reversed
the decision just before the national
championship, and this defeat of the
titleholder made her truly feared for
premier honors. Her play in the
championship proved that there had
been no misconception as to . Miss
Minings skill and that she was be
yond all question a player of excep
Miss Stirling gained her eolfinc
knowledge, in part at any rate, from
the teaching; of Steward Maiden, who
also instructed the prodigy of the sea
son, the youthtul Bobby Jones, the
14-year-old boy who made such a re
markable showing in the national
championship. There was a disposi
tion to take the youngster as more or
less of a joke until he defeated former
national champion Eben Byers in the
first round. The scoffing turned to
praise, and he was hailed as a bov
wonder when he vanquished Frank
Liyer, Pennsylvania state champion,
in the second round. It was in the
third round that Jones was defeated.
but he fell (before no less a star than
Gardner, the titleholder. Even against
this skillful opponent Jones was 2
up alter seventeen holes, and he com
pleted the first round 1 up.
Others golfers who achieved not
able successes during the season
were .Norman ii. Maxwell, Reggie
Lewis, Phil Carter, Oswald Kirby and
Gardiner White. Carter made a re
markable showing in the southern
tournaments, but his play deteriorated
when he came north. Gardiner White
had one of the most consistent sea
sons in the Metropolitan s:tion, al
ways being a formidable contender
and winning several events. Lewis
won the Westchester and the Con
necticut championships, while Kirkby
was the Metropolitan and New Jersey
The palm among the professional
golfers goes to James M. Barnes of
Whitemarsh Valley, alter one ot the
most consistent season's records ever
Only Three Large
Ring Combats Are
Held During Year
Professional and amateur boxing has
had one of its most successful years
in the history of the sport. Although
no unusual activity in defending their
coveted laurels was shown by any of
the champions of the various classes,
the last year saw a booming in the
sport in all parts of the country where
boxing is conducted, and this condi
tion gives promise of continuing
throughout the coming year.
Two champions of the professional
ranks have defended successfully their
titles against aspiring rivals in long
bouts. They arc Freddie Welsh,
leader of the lightweight division, and
Johnny Kilbane, the premier feather
weight. Welsh retained the honors
against Charley White of Chicago,
and Kilbane clearly demonstrated his
superiority in the featherweight class
by knocking out George Cheney, his
most formidable challenger. Mike
Gibbons, recognized as the leading
middleweight of the country, had lit
tle competition during the last year,
his most notable bout being with
Jack Dillon, which the St. Paul boxer
won handily. The only bout in which
the world's heavyweight champion.
Jess Willard, was called upon to de
fend his title was his memorable con
test with Frank Moran. The cham
pion displayed a one-sided superiority.
In the other classes there has been
a dearth of championship competi
tion, although plenty of interesting
boxing has been furnished.
Officials of the Amateur Athletic
union report one of the greatest box
ing seasons they have had in manv
years. Increased interest has been
shown by the youthful exponents of
the game, and all clubs affiliated with
the Amateur Athletic union in the
promotion of boxing have reported
Early in the year a representative of
the country's leading amateur boxers
toured the Scandinavian countries and
competed with marked success. The
boxers were William Spengler, Union
Settlement Athletic club; T. Maloney,
Philadelphia, and John Kirpinsky,
Cleveland. One notable feature of the
year was the adoption of a law in
New Jersey, permitting amateur box
ing bouts. The result has been a re
newed interest in the sport, and of
ficials are working hard to bring the
competition np to the standard it oc
cupies in other states.
and yc ffe
By PETER P. CARNEY.
A new, though logical, development
of the sport of trapshooting is the
forming oi junior clubs as attxil
iaries of trapshooting clubs.
Naturally, the ranks of the boys'
organizations are largely recruited
from the families of members of the
The pioneer in the movement was
the Columbus (Ohio) Gun club, and
the plan worked so successfully that
many other trapshooting clubs
throughout the country have adopted
Aside from the perfectly natural de
sire of the average American boy to
shoot, there is no sport better adapted
to the development of manly qualities
Perhaps no other game requires so
much of such rapid headwork as the
breaking of the clay skimmers.
An analysis of the apparently sim
nle act of hitting the flying target
shows that it includes a certain de
gree of courage to fire the shot
quick judgment in deciding the angle
of flight and elevation, the effect of
wind in deflecting the target from its
normal course, and equally rapid ac
tion in following, leading, etc., and
firing the charge.
Steadiness, cool-headiness. nerve
judgment and physical control result
from regular work at the traps.
Lead All Schools
At River Rowing
Out of the mass of victories and de
feats that the college crews en
countered in the season. of 1916 stands
the triumph of Jim Ten Eyck's Syra
cuse eight at f oughkeepsie. in tne
early part of the year the Princeton
crew loomed up as the best through
its victories over Yale and Harvard,
and its defeat of winning the Childs
cup regatta from Annapolis, Columbia
and Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill.
But the decisive defeat that was ad
ministered to the Tiger oarsmen by
Courtney's Cornell eight on Lake
Cayuga more than clouded their title
to supremacy. . .
Syracuse won at Poughkeepsie in a
manner that left little doubt as to the
best crew of the year. The disciples
of "Old Jim" Ten Eyck also accounted
for the junior eight event at Pough
keepsie, and the same 'varsity boat
tnat won tne nig race nau prcviuuaij
defeated the Naval academy on the
Severn. Princeton had the strongest
crew that has represented the Tiger
institution in some years. The oars
men of Old Nassau also defeated Har
vard decisively on Lake Carnegie.
Cornell had varied fortunes and mis
fortunes. The Courtney crew won a
brilliant victory over Princeton and
Yale at Ithaca, but their defeat at
Poughkeepsie, where they were re
trarded as nossible winners, and their
utter rout at the. hands of Harvard on
the Charles, left a large blot on their
1916 record. Although Harvard lost
to Princeton, the dearest wish of the
Cambridge undergraduates was ful
filled when the Yale 'varsity eight
was distanced at New txmaon in uic
In amateur rowing the Duluth boat
club once more swept the field in the
national championship regatta, win
ning almost everything in sight ex
cept the cnampion single stuns cniu,
which was captured by Tom Rooney
of the Ravenswood Boat club after
many years of fruitless endeavor.
Foot Ball Captains
Allcrheny. . . .
Carey Robinson t . C.
r.T. W. Harbaugh O.
, , Gordon French T.
. Gilbert Penfleld T.
Klmer G. Stover H.B.
Ollie Tankersly H.B.
, L. Me. Jones O.
.Harold Gtots H.B.
. George, Roach T.
,Cy" Bergstrotn.. ..H.B.
Charles Fitzgerald .Q.B.
Kent ton college. . .
.. Roland H. Peacock. .H.B.
,.,C. A. 8tewart F.B.
. . Mark Farnum O.
.".George Tibbetts B.
G. K. Finlay H.B.
",.E. P. Atwood B.
.Frank Edben C.
,' . Frank E, Pershing. .Q.B.
Kmest J. Perry K.
. D. B. West T.
Mnne Klenmedson. . . .K.
Thornton Thomas . . . .C.
Uttvttl A. Cochran.. H.B.
"F. T. Shlvcrick Q.B.
Warren Hart well. . . . (IB.
"F. G. Pusolssoit B.
Oeorree Anderson . .H.B.
" ' Wells King K.
' 'Stephen Bessemer.. .H.B.
" Stevo Henshaw H.B.
' " Fred Oorbett H.B.
George lwe T.
"Bitr" Garmany O.
' G. R Kerr T.
I-ochlan Taylor T.
' ' "Hersrhel Manautrh. ..Q.B.
" Walter II. Wheeler T.
' ' John M. CroFaman. .H.B.
'Herman K. Saygor . . . . E.
"Raymond F. Lynch G.
K. R. Kraft E.
"C. Thlebaud G.
"Russell G. Hatha way.. F.B.
"Klwood J. Pa vis H.B
"W. U RandeLs E.
R. Woods Q.B.
"laifayette Abbott h!b.
"Temple Prire q.b.
' John A. Weldon Q
Colorado Aunt's. ,
Colorado college. ,
Cornell collar. . .
Part mouth. .....
.Waamoirton . . .
Illinois rolleire. .
w. u. Maglnnes..
"S. T. Reardon ...
' 'Frank Hayes
' ' Albert Pelmore. . .
"Roger W. Weeks.
"Lewis O. McVay.
1 Pel Vandervoort. .
'George II noser ...
' 'Paul Hamilton . . .
. . . . E.
ll. W. Gibson E
' Thomas G. Fisher R
' Edson Shaw t
"J. Morrill ..0
w lUward G. Cann . .JIB
Paul Peterson g,
J. L. Prlscoll H.B
James M. Phelan. . .Q.B.
Henry B. Hudson r
New Hampsnir. .
New York I'ni
Northwestern. . . .
Harold Courtney . .
Lloyd Stalev ....
,, Robert A. H.gjrins
, II. Clifford Carlson.
, Marlon R. Wilaon .
L. N. Robertson...
.. K. M. Ogden
,.K. N. Randall ....
. . . . G.
. . ..K.
. . . E.
Sooth Carolina. . .
. W. G. T. Marshall.. .h
, .joswpo xjtj Mo R
, . Newton 8tteirat.....'ri
..Myron Robinson q
, . Krllng Poane p r
. .F. D, MoynlhsJi. . . .H.B
. .Josh Cody t
..Harry H. Penning .....T
. .Charles McGulckln . . H. r'
..James C. Ward f
. . J. A Gregory E
..Ireland Hsniker t
. .A. P. Pace pr'
..Lloyd McCretsht FB
..Albert F. Plerottl .... c
. .C, M. Roswell u'
. .C. C. Matsell hb
..Clay B. Hite r b
..O. Barnard Clifford. .. .T.
.Arteuma U Gates T.
in Is Poly.
Wash, and Jeff.
Wash, and lass-
Westminster. . .
GREAT STRIDES ARE
MADE BYFOOT BAIL
Small Colleges Treaten Pres
tige of the Big Universities
CORHHUSKEBS FALL DOWN
The foot ball season, fresh in every
body's mind, is a atrilcing example of
the progress that has been made in
this line of sport For a number of
years, ever since the revision of the
rules which barred mass plays and
opened up the game so that the spec
tator unfamiliar with the players had
something more than a smattering of
what was going on, the small colleges
have been looming up more formid
ably on the horizon. The prestige
of Yale, Harvard and Princeton has
often been threatened in the last ten
years, but one or the other has al
ways been to the forefront, though
the little colleges nearby (little in the
foot ball sense) were clamoring close
by. It remained for the season just
closed to rend the old structure from
its foundations, and, in the acclaim
that has graced the record of Pitts
burgh, there is only a small token of
consolation for the one-time leaders.
This team, coached by the able
Glenn Warner, played a type of foot
ball that was astonishingly good to
look upon, and, though it did not com
pete against any of the leaders of
former years, those who are in a posi
tion to judge feel that this eleven was
one of the most remarkable products
in several years. It will always be a
basis of argument whether it could
have defeated Yale or Harvard, and,
with regard to the former, as it com
peted against the Crimson in the final
game of the season for each, there
are some who maintain that Pitts
burgh in Harvard's place on that day
in New Haven would hare triumphed
But, however this may be, Pittsburgh
is the undefeated eleven.
Undoubtedly the greatest reversal
of the season was the defeat of Brown
by Colgate. Up to that time Brown
was in a position to claim the so-called
championship because of victories
over Yale and Harvard, and then
came Colgate to blast the hopes of
the Providence men.
There is particular interest in the
record of Yale, and if, as Yale men
often say, they care nothing for vic
tory or defeat except in the ease of
Harvard and Princeton, then the Yale
season was a pronounced success.
John Harvard and the Tiger bowed
to the Blue, and therein was justified
the installation of a new coaching
system at Yale. Under the leader
ship of Tad Jones, an indomitable
player himself, there was instilled that
old fighting spirit for which Yale is
famed, and at New Haven they are
looking forward confidently, where in
several years previously gone by there
was nothing to foreshadow better sac
cess another season.
There was one rather remarkable
feature of the play during the last
season which was evident to the close
student of the game. The forward
pass was not nsed so extensively by
the big teams as in several seasons
preceding. Harvard, Princeton and
rale all resorted to it tn emergency,
but it was not a scorine weapon ex
cept as a last resort, which shows that
most of the coaches consider it too
hazardous. Pennsylvania nsed it with
the greatest success, for Bob folwell
made his reouation nartlv on the de
velopment of this style of attack while
at Washington and Jefferson.
Alter ruling with undisputed su
premacy for six years, the University
of Nebraska lost the Missouri Valley
championship this year. The Corn
huskers were an erratic team this
year. In two games they played
good foot ball and showed that old
Nebraska fight, but m their remain
ing games they exhibited a lacka
daisical, indifferent style and in two
of these remaining games, Kansas
and Notre Dame, went down to de
feat. But while the Cornhtrskers lost the
Missouri Valley title nobody else
won it. Kansas was ready to make
a claim, but Missouri put the quietus
on that in the final game of the year.
Every school in the conference lost
at least one game.
Another marked feature of the year
in the valley was the absence of any
brilliant stars. While sensational
stars sprang up in other schools in
other parts of the country, nary a
one appeared iu the valley. From
the standpoint of attendance the val
ley had a good year, but the play of
the elevens was not up to standard.
Bob Simpson Stars
On the Cinder Path
With Many Records
Track and field athletics fell short
of supplying a wealth of startling per
formances, but tne ranks ot those
who find their enjoyment in this line
were swelled by many new recruits.
which augurs well for the future. The
national championships this year were
held in Newark and proved to be a
pronounced success. The athletes of
the Atlantic seaboard, however, were
not so successful as in several past
seasons. Many of the trophies this
year were carried away by western
Probably the most praiseworthy
feat of the season was the accomplish
ment by Robert Simpson of the Uni
versity of Missouri, who established
a new world's record mark of 14 3-5
seconds for the 120-yard high hurdles.
Ted Meredith placed his name to two
world s marks, one the quarter mile
distance around a turn in 47 2-5 sec
onds and the other the half mile in
Probably this department of snort
is the only one of the year with the
tang of international contest A team
of Americans, among them Meredith,
t' red Murray, Joe Loomis, Andy
Ward and Simpson, made a tour of
the Scandinavian countries with no
table success. Meredith was the only
one to fall below standard, defeat
claiming him a number of times.
Cornell once more proved in col
lege athletics Jack Moakley is supreme
as a coacn. ine itnacans won the
annual track and field championships
at Cambridge and triumphed in the
intercollegiate cross-country run at
New Haven a few weeks ago.
John McGraw Is Still
Chasing Promising Kids
John McGraw is still nicking nn
likely looking youngsters, the latest
being a catcher named Gene L'oherty,
who hails from New York semi-pro
circles. He is only 19 years of age.
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