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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: APRIL 1. 1917.
George Clark Schooling Muny
Umpires in Tricks of
i the Trade.
NEW LOTS ON SOUTH SIDE
By FRANK QUIGLEY.
Good judgment was used by the
magnates of the Greater Omaha league
when they elected Abner Kaiman
their chief executive and pushed Otto
Pecha to the secretary's chair. Kai
man has had lots of experience with
base ball managers and, "s a conse
quence, has the gray matter to un
derstand their peculiarities, define
their troubles and adjust them in a
diplomatic manner. For several years
he has been the official tabulator for
the Brandeis team. Last year Otto
Pecha was the president of the Na
tional league, a Class A organization,
over which the final obsequies were
performed a few weeks ago.
Under the personal supervision of
George Clark, old-time ball player
and professional barker, the um
pires' school has opened. Nearly all
of the old adjudicators are back on
the job and several new gents with
aspirations to dodge pop bottles are
getting their elemental education. The
recruiting office is now open and re
cruits will be mustered into service
providing they file their applications
with George Clark.
Walter M. Walton, chief of the Car
ter Lake troupe, will consult Com
missioner Hummel relative to secur
ing the services of a municipal um
pire every Sunday to handle the
games played on the Carter Lake club
diamond. Of course this diamond
does not come under the jurisdiction
of municipal affairs, but in all prob
ability arrangements will be made to
take care of the situation.
Three Enclosed Parks.
From all appearances the Greater
Omaha league will only utilize three
enclosed parks this term namely
Ernie Holmes park, C. B. DeVol
Victors park and Melady Bros. park.
Of course, Armour park is still at
their disposal, but the gates will
probably be locked, because it never
did prove very magnetic in drawing
power. Either the south town fans
were shy of the park or shy the
necessary two bits taxed at the gate,
or probably they were especially in
terested in the conflicts staged on
the municipal lots. Anyway, if the
Greater Omaha league magnates
dpn't play a different tune the Ar
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mour park will be relegated to the
A couple of municipal diamonds in
porkville will probably be ready for
use when the bell tinkles, one at
Twenty-seventh and T streets and
the other at Thirty-seventh and K
streets. When these diamonds are
completed the packersville warriors
who heretofore were compelled to
make long journeys to play on a mu
nicipal lot will undoubtedly chuckle
No Directors' Meeting.
Nothing of particular importance
was on the bill of fare last week,
consequently the board of directors
of the Omaha Amateur Base Ball
association did not convene, but they
will congregate tomorrow night at
the council chamber of the city hall.
Six leagues are now organized to
battle on Sundays and it is a good
bet that another will be launched in
the immediate future. These leagues
are members of the Omaha Amateur
Base Ball association. Possibly the
Union Pacific league will join the
association. There will be several
leagues that will not be affilrated with
the association, namely the Young
Men's Hebrew association. Bloomer
league and the American Smelting
and Refining company league.
Monday night at the council cham
ber the American league magnates
will assemble and decide whether or
not to have six or eight teams, ar
range for their schedule, decide what
the amount of forfeit will be and how
to split same. The following teams
are now members of this league:
Omaha Bicycle Indians, Townsends,
South Omaha Merchants, National
Cash Registers, Waterloo Creamery
company arid McCarthys. The West
ern Union and Swift & Co. teams
will probably join this league. To
date the Chris Lycks are in the
Traffic Cop Believes
Rickey Is Hard Luck Guy
Branch Rickey, the new president
of the St. Louis Nationals, who faces
a law suit because of his contract with
the St. Louis Americans, nearly
bumped into more trouble recently.
Rickey was driving home in his new
motor car when a traffic policeman
raised his hand.
"Which way?" asked Rickey.
"Right to the police station," ex
ploded the copper; "you are using
an old license. Orders are to arrest
drivers not using the new license."
"Say," asked the policeman after he
had climbed into the car, "what's
"Rickey," replied the new Cardinal
"Lemme out. Your luck is bad
enough without being pinched."
MACK'S SCHOOL NOT
Seventeen Former Athletics
Have Had Chances With
out Great Success,
HOW WILL BARRY PAN OUT?
Will Jack Barry make good as a
manager? Seventeen former members
of the Philadelphia Athletics have had
charges in the managerLi line, but
none has beer a great success. There
has been a whole lot of pro and con
talk about the signing up of Jack
Barry by the Red Sox, but it i well
to remember that if Harry Frazei had
not hooked Barry for the manager
job he would be panned very severely
by some of the fellows who are now
questioning Barry's managerial capa
city. The whole discussion is inter
Some one suggests that Connie
Mask is not much of a man for mak
ing managers because only one gradu
ate of his team in seventeen his made
good. The same critic could say that
mighty few of Connie Mack's gradu
ates show star work on other teams.
Only Eddie Collins, Jack Barry and
Eddie Plank have continued to show
sterling baseball after leaving Mack's
school as stars. Of course, there have
been other fellows not graduates
who have shone after leaving the Ath
letics, but we are talking of fellows
who were accepted as stars with the
Philadelphia team. Connie has over
looked a few of the comers, but only
a few. The vast majority of tl-.e fel
lows who came to him and became
stars did their fanciest work under
him. He developed them. He did a
large fraction of their thinking. Most
of tl em needed Cornelius.
The list of former athletic players
who have tried their hand at manag
ing follows: Harry Barton, Bill
Bernhard, Arthur Brouthers, Charley
Carr, Monte Cross, Lave Cross, Lou
Castro, Harry Davis, Topsy Hartsel,
Weldon Henley, Jack Knight, Larry
Lajoie, Briscoe Lord, Dan Murphy.
Ollie Pickering, Socks Seybold, and
now Jack Barry. Bill Bernhard will
have another chance this season, as
he is to pilot 'he Salt Lake team of
the Pacific Coast league. Bernhard
tried his hand at Nashville and Mem
phis, then turned umpire, and was
officiating in the Southern league
when appointed to his new position.
Dan Murphy was no whirlwind in
New Haven last year. He may get
the hook. Larry Lajoie is slated for
an International league post. All
liay, April Mi
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Stage Tickets will enter 'CENTER DOORS of
others are on the retired list of arc
looking about for positions.
Many of the old Mack stars had ex
cellent opportunities, but failed to
produce. Carr at Indianapolis was a
success until he tried to devote part
of his time to business but Castro
and Lajoie were the onlv other Mack
men to keep a team In the race
throughout the season, and they
never amounted to much after one
season. Harry Davis and Lajoie
both had major league trials at Cleve
land, but failed. Knight, Seybold,
narisei ana aionte noss were m me
American association and other
places. Bernhard, Castro and Lord
piloted Southern association teams.
Art Brouthers and Henley were in
the South Atlantic circuit. The oth
ers piloted Clasj C or D teams with
out success. All this only goes .o
show that Mr. Mack must be quite a
manager himself. Evidently he has
had little "managerial" help from his
Negro Fighter is
Knocked Out Twice
In One Ring Fight
Jack Mitchell, Indianapolis' negro
middleweight, bears the unique ex
perience of being knocked out twice
in one night's ring battle. This oc
curred when he met Gorilla Jones
in a scheduled twenty-round light. In
the tenth found Mitchell was counted
out, but when the referee attempted
to raise Jones' hand in token of vic
tory, the "Kayoed gladiator" sprang
to his feet and renewed hostilities.
After a few punches between the
boxers the gong sounded and both
men went to their corners and began
anew in the eleventh round.
In this round Mitchell was again
knocked down, and in the twelfth he
was finished for the evening.
Ad Wolgast's Wife Is
Named His Guardian
Through a court order issued by
Judge Gillen, of Cadillac, Mich., Ad
Wolgast, former lightweight cham
pion, is now a ward of his wife. She
has been appointed guardian of his
estate of $200,000. Wolgast is in a
sanitarium suffering, according to
physicians, from a brain disease.
Stan Coveleskie Says
Old Spitter Has Come Back
Stanley Coveleskie believes he is
going to pitch winning ball for the
Cleveland Americans this season. His
spitball, which refused to work prop
erly at the start of the 1916 campaign,
now is breaking in great style, he
BASE BALL FREAK
One Player Throws Light Ball,
While Another Throws One
Heavy as Lead.
NOT QUESTION OF SPEED
Waxahachie, Tex., March 28
Why does one player throw a light
ball, while another player, who uses
even less speed, hurls a ball which
comes to a fielder as if it was a lump
This freak of base ball, one of the
interesting scientific problems of the
game, again is claiming the attentioi.
of members of the Detroit Amer
icans, who are training here. Many
theories have been advanced, but it
is seldom that more than twi play
ers cn a club agree upon a possible
Archie Yelle, a recruit catcher, was
one of the players whose work start
ed the discussion this season. Yelle
is a clever receiver and a splendid
thrower, but he hurls a ball which
nearly knocks a baseman into the
outfield. Yelle has tried to remedy
this fault, but, like many other
. itchers, some of whom were stars,
he has failed. Detroit infieldcrs
would rather stop a piece of shrap
nel than a throw from this recruit
"Hack" Spencer, the comeback,
who may be Detroit's first string
catcher this year, sends the ball to
second like a rifle shot. His throw
is low all the way and despite this
fa:t Bush and Young solemnly in
sist that the bail seems to float into
their glove. Stanage, too, is a fine
thrower and his offerings are gentle.
McKee, fourth member of the staff,
is an erratic thrower, who seems to
b pitching lead.
Two of Detroit's infieldcrs are
heavy throwers and two serve up
much lighter offerings. Shortstop
Bush and Second Baseman Young
art disciples of the Spencer class,
while Oscar Vitt and George Burns
thro as Yelle does.
Years ago base ball experts tried to
solve this mystery. In the dim days
when Malachi Kittfredge was in his
prime and feared by base runners he
was equally feared by the men who
had to stop his terrible throws. Ma-la-Iii
had very small hands and some
players believed that his inability to
! a better grip on the horsehide
gave the ball a spin which made it
(e l so heavy. But Donie Bush'i
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Gossip of the Sand Lots
Hatch. tbeal gridiron warrior of merit,
recently signed a contract to play base ball
with the Carter J,ak Club gang.
Wtth Hustler Cogan at the wheel, the
Beddeos thou Id make an enviable record In
the Metropolitan leagu.
Th.i aon the Polish merchnnls will
undoubtedly make a splendid r-ord. Tholr
lineup looks augury on paper.
In Ear) HI fir I na the Te Be Ce'e will have
at leaat one regular rooter. It would le a
difficult matter to keep Earl quiet If mui
led at a ball seme.
Many excellent Class A ball plnyrs are
till unelirned. It look as If some of them
will have to hitch on with a Class B
aggregation or loaf,
James Sullivan, brother of SnMlvnn, who
uaed to iptll m over the platter for the
Armours, la anxloui to sign up with a Class
Rebor, who uaed to art at sack 5 for the
Itollys, ts now associated with the Murphy
From present Indications the bane ball
crepe ts In order for I. 1. Reger, formerly
a live wire In local circles,
Aocordlng to Sky bum per Albert Watt,
the Ancient Order of United irkmen
would back a base ball team If a gent with
the proper lino of chatter would explode
t- the central committee.
Another old-timer tagged Ernie Charn
qulat la again anxious to display his wares.
Managers can commune with blm over Ty
During the sesson of 19111 John A. Gen
tleman, the undertaker, undertook to back
two teams, one k .own as the Gentleman
Hollya and the other the Gentleman Ath-
hands are not large, white Burns has
Another solution o (To red is that a
straight overhand throw imparts
lightness to the ball. A side-arm or
an underhand motion causes a heavy
spin, say some players, but there al
ways seems to be an exception to
their solution. Other students of the
game are inclined to believe that the
player's finger-tips are the cause.
They give the ball its final spin and
a heavy ball usually comes to a
fielder with a downward rotation
similar to the beginning of the break
to a spitball.
And there may be a very close
connection between the spitball and
the "lead ball," for if ball players are
unanimous on any phase of the game,
they are in the declaration that they
would prefer to be hit on the head
with a sledge hammer than to have
a spitter crash against their ribs.
Roy Mitchell Changes
Mind About Retiring
Pitcher Roy Mitchell, who an
nounced his. final and absolute re
tirement from the game last winter,
has changed hii mind and will remain
with the Vernon Coast league team.
Bobby Has Few.
Wltb all of the hold-outs In line and his
team Intact, Manager Bobby Robinson of
the Brooklyn Dodgers has the pennant lever
raging through his yatem.
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Douglas 105f will oatch him.
From Deadwood. 8. D., John C. Andrews
satlet in the other day loaded to the brim
with life. He was th official umpire In
that burg last year.
Recently Albert Newton rsturn.ifcfrom
Excelsior Springs looking as fresh as a
and so far he has not been asked to
Under the supervision ot Lloyd Johnnon
the Omaha Bicycle Indians will undobtwJiv
step fast thla season.
yam Feltman, crack fly chaser and base
pilferer, haj not attached his signature tn
a Onus A contract,
. few days ago Millard Durkee floated
out of the Lord Lister hospital, He Is able
to again tend to business, but will not hold
down the hot corner this season for rhr
Herewith the dudes that will reprssonl
the Polish Merchants: 8. Badura, M.
Honctia. J. Soboiyk, M. Targy, A, Otgna.
R Stllmarh, A, Bans. C. Forgy, V. Lies
8. Stawnlak and J. Badura.
The Omaha Gas company team has ex
ploded. The contemplations of several
players were wrecked In the explosion.
vt nen conversing about his players. Mo
Andrews ot the Ramblers Uses the sky for
i the limit and sometimes kicks a hole
Only three managers that were in the
ring flve years ago are still on the carpet,
namely, Fred Bradford, BUI Dolaen and
Five yearn ago John Dennlson severed his
connection aa a player with the Townaends
and became field captain of the Grain Ex
change team and later ha blossomed into
Noiseless Ralph Tut tie has not shown anj
life to date. Strange If he Is in this neigh
borhood that he Is so silent.
Yep, Andy Graves will slip back Into the
harneas again. He will be on duty for the
Armours. He Is on of the oldest war
horses on deck.
Several speedy hurlers will ba given a
tryout by the Council Bluffs De Vol man
ager. All of their monickers look sweet on
Players In possession of baseball suits and
aide dishes that are th property of th
BurgesB-Naah company are requested to re
turn same to Cecil Lehr.
If the To-Be-Ce cigar has as much smoke
as Curtis Peterson, who will twirl for th
To-Be-Ce's, It would have to attach a smok
With such a gingery dud as Roy Stacey
at th helm the Beaelln team should com
pile an excellent record.
Fat.s, do not get th George Graham
mixed up. On hold down bag two for
the Brandeis and th other ts tb manager
of a City leagu squad.
Most all of th leagues will gather at th
city hall this week to finish up th pre
liminary arrangements preparatory for tb
Although th president of th Inter-Cltv
leagu Is labeled Blunt, nevertheless h Is a
sharp and shrewd handler of youthful
Th Stags and Woodmen ot tb World
will engage In a praotlc conflict this aft
ernoon. Next Wednesday night th Metropolitan
leagu will meet
A good many local ptll-ehaaer will me
ander out to Rourk park today to watcb
the Brandeis battle Pa Rourk' children,
A newcomer to Class C circles will b th
recently organised Dresher Bro. team,
which ba a franchise In tb Booster
Bill Sohall was unanimously lotd cap
tain of th Dresners at their recent meet
ing. - f 7 vV
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