Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 13, 1917, SPORTS SECTION, Image 42

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Giant Bookie Upon Retirement
Says College Man ii Fool
ish to Enter the Na
tional Pastime.
New York, May 12.-Nelson M.
(Pie) Way, the former Yale pitcher,
Tom Jones Declares Willard
Has Made Over Half Mil
lion Since He Wolloped
Black Jack on Chin.
Many Big League Clubs Will
Lose Budding Stars Through
Their Conscription for
the Ranks.
Indoor Sports :
: By Tad
Copyright, 111. International Kw Sarvtca
and more recently a recruit on the
pitching staff of the Giants, has re.
tired from base ball and will now en
ter a business career in the plant of
the Bethlehem Steel company. Way,
who called the other day, en route for
Bethlehem, said he was absolutely
through with professional base ball.
he had not spent as much time at the
game as most college rookies do,
having joined the biants alter aradu.
atlon last June, but, even so, he feels
that he spent more time than be could
well afford. Many persons, he said,
advised him to keep out of organized
base ball, but he was stubborn this
he admits and was determined to see
for himself.
"I don'i want to be in the position
of attacking base ball, that is, profes--tional
base ball," he said. "It is none
of my business, and I haven't amount
ed to enough in the game to stand as
a critic. But I can say that 1 found
it a toss, ao far as I was concerned. I
say this in spite of the fact that I
could sign at least two very satis
factory contracts with good minor
league clubs, with the prospect, of
course, of working my way back to
the big league. But I don t want it.
"Jack Coombs put it correctly when
he said that a college man goes into
the big league with an education, and
comes out without one. Coombs is a
college man who has spent a number
of years in organized base ball, and
he ought to know. In fact, I could
aee it for myself. You have no great
incentive to read or keep up with the
times; there is no bookish association.
"Few of the big leaguera do any
worth-while reading, and association
with them does not tend to any
amount of mental development. Of
course, this does not apply to all, but
I am speaking of the general run.
They are all good fellows, to far as
that goes, but I merely say that the
life they lead doea not incline to
mental cultivation. Then you spend
about all the money you earn. It ap
pears on the surface, of course, that
you can save a lot of money; I
couldn't. '
Spend All of Income.
"There are tips at the hotels and
money to De dropped nere ana tnere
every day until you find that you are
. living pretty much up to your income.
And so, playing along, you run
through the prime of your youth and
alow up. Then what have you got
ahead of you? That is the way I fig
ured it out. Of course if a fellow can
jump into fast company and get
$5,000 or $6,000 year it will be all
rightj provided you know when to
quit. But you never do. Base ball
..... ..',. v T ...
with Yale I didn't feel the grip of
base ball. In a city when the other
fellows would go to a big league park,
I would go to some show; this is to
say 1 wasrvt much of a fan. But after
several months in a regular organiza
tion I can see the difference; the game
gets into you and you want to stick.
So I quit before the thing got too firm
a grip on me. Of course, I'll keep up
my base ball. Out in Bethlehem
they have teams at the plant, a small
league, I believe. I'll do some playing
out there, hut in the final analysis I'm
for business, . first, last and all the
ri,,.,j d.i, ri..u ct.t.
Scheduled Play on June 2
The field committee of the Elm
wood Park Golf club has drawn up
a schedule of the season's play to
start June 2.
The first annual club championship
will be held, starting August 25. The
scion will wind up with a team
match between teams led by the presi
dent and the vice president on Sep
tember 1.
Events are to be held every Satur
day and Sunday. The field commit
tee consists of H. A. Christenaen, J.
C. Allgaier, J. A. Austin, Linn Camp
bell and I. J. Doyle. The leason s
card is n follow:
Jun t-I KlfhUtn-heT blind botajr.
Jun 10 Klihton-hola htndlctp mtdal
Jun tl'tT Ulthton-hoH fcandlctp md
tl ty tight to qualify,
Jun ll-lt Two-ball fourtomo medal
hi d I cap.
Juno 10 St a to tournament.
July 4 Flat oontatt, handicap. Prtia
Amrioan flat. X
July T-l KltjhUan-nolo match play
aiainat bofty.
July l-Mfc Bffhtton-holo liandleap modal
play, all teen to qualify, for Luttrn cup.
July Jl-Il ElsjhlMii-bola oa-olub handi
cap modal play.
July Swat f tt,
Aufuat Frwldent'a Qompatttlon and
Aufuat 11-11 Klthtton-holo madal handi
cap, olxtoan to qualify.
1 August Jl-ta Vloo proatdent'a oompatltlon
and priitj,
AuRuat H-1C Club ctaamptonahlp. Ixtton
to qualify.
laptombar 1- Toam match, preildont
voraua vlca praaldant, for dlnnar.
Special Trophy Events
At "Omaha Gun Club Today
An unusually attractive program is
scheduled at the Omaha Gun club this
Gun club members will shoot for
the Rees Jewelry trophy, the regular
weekly event, and a number of spe
cial trophies will be hung up for other
events. All of the events will be
handicaps, so that the crack shot has
no distinct advantage over the ordi
nary shot
A number of out-of-town shooters
are in Omaha and intend to take part
in the shooting.
The Omaha Gun club will hold a
beginners' shoot on June 3, Begin
ners' shoots are being encouraged this
year to get the young men of the na
tion to learn the use of firearms. Val
uable trophies will be presented for
high guns in the beginners' shoot and
gun club officers expect a very good
The Gun club invites all the young
men of Omaha, whether they have
had any trap-shooting experience or
not, to attend the shoots across the
river at any time.
Marin Plestina Clashes
With Ad Santel Tuesday
Marin Plestina, Omaha wrestler,
haa arrived in .San Francisco, where
Tuesday he is scheduled to meet Ad
Santel, alias Adolpb Ernst, in a finish
match. , .
Th Santtt match means much to
the Omaha grappler, as victory will
give him a place among the half a
dozen leading wreatlers in the coun
try and will put him in direct line for
a bout with Earl Caddock, who holds
a more or less firm grip on the title.
New York, May 12. The shadow
of conscription is falling over the ex
pectations of several big league man
agers, especially those who are busily
engaged in extensive team reconstruc
tion. The age at which ball players
are developed for fast company is an
age that will be the heaviest con
tributor to the armies of Uncle Sam.
Comparatively few of these men are
Jt is estimated that eight or nine of
the Yankees will be elidible for draft'.
and among them are a few whose loss
would be a severe blow to the welfare
of the team. In this respect the
Giants are not ant to be hit so hard
but there is no telling what McGraw's
losses may be when enlistment on a
big scale begins.
Assuming that the draft will include
able-bodied men between the- ages of
i ana 6 it may go higher the
Giants may lose a catcher, a couple of
pitchers, and perhaps two outlielders.
Approximately ten Giants are within
the age limit, and at least six of them
are rated as regulars.
The great infield will not be broken
up unless some of its members volun
teer. Herzog, t'letcher and limiuer
man are above the age limit and
Holke. though onlv 24. is married and
nas a little daughter.
Kauff Is Eligible.
Kauff, Robertson and Kelly are the
outfielders who may be taken. Kelly
is just coming of age and Kauff is 26.
Roth are single. Robertson is around
3 and was married on Anrtl 6. the
day war was declared on Germany.
, Ut McGraw s four catchers, Mc
Carthy and Krueger are under age,
but McCarty is a married man. Kill
Karidcn is 29 and has a family.
George Gibson is a Canadian citizen.
He is J2 years old, married, and has
one child.
Six of McGraw's staff of eight
pitchers are under 28, but four of the
six are family men. these tour are
Perritt, Schunn, Tesreau and Middle-
ton. Eligible for conscription are
(jeorge Smith, Ired Anderson and
Rube Benton. This trio would be
hard to renlace. Smith is iust develon-
ing into a first-class man, and has
years of base ball ahead of him. An
derson and Benton are 27. The gov
ernment has not yet issued a call for
left-handers, but Benton says he is
ready. Harry Sallee is out of it, as
he is 32 and married.
Seven Are Single.
If It is Uncle Sam's intention In
use only single men in the first draft
the Giants will not fare so badly.
Their list would include Smith, An
derson, Benton, Kauff, Kelly, Krue
ger and Pete Kilduff, utility infielder.
And as there will be selective draw
ings the chances are that not more
than two or three of these men would
be taken in the first call. A second
call will hardly come before late in
tne summer or early in the fall, when
the base ball races are nearly f in-
It is the minor leagues that will be
hit hardest. For instance, the New1
York club , sent nine players to Ro
chester this spring, and nearly all of
them are young, unmarried chaps.
Former Pro Star, first to
Enter Endurance Contest
Larry Fleckenstein, former profes
sional rider, who will be remembered
as the star who broke all world's
records on the Omaha motordrome
two years ago, was the first rider to
enter the Omaha-Sioux City endur
ance contest, which will be held by
the Omaha Motorcycle club May 27.
Charles Howes, who won the club's
endurance contest last year, has en
tered and hopes to repeat his success.
Louis Flesher, old time bicycle crack,
has signed up for the run. Six Coun
cil Bluffs riders have entered already,
as have over a score from Omaha.
Manv Drizes have been huno- im
Among the donaters are Jolins-Man-ville,
Nebraska Storage battery com-
Eany, Fisk, Goodyear, Firestone and
'nited States Tire companies. Nation
al Refining company, Sinclair Refin
ing company, Omaha Bicycle com
pany, Excelsior Motor company,
Louis Flesher, Roscoe Rawley and L
V. Nicholas. L. V. Nicholas will fur
nish free gasoline and oil to every
rider who starts.
Jones Says He Has a Great
Hurler in Allan Sothoron
Fielder Jones says his new pitching
sensation, Allen Sothoron, has more
gameness and assurance than any
young pitcher he ever knew. He tells
this story as an illustration:
"Sothoron fell in the mud in Chi
cago trying to field a ball and the
White Sox bent him. I said to him:
"'Come out tomorrow morning and
let me teach you how to field.'
"'Don't worry about my fielding,'
replied the youngster. 'I can field
when I can't do anything else. I'll
be the best fielding pitcher in the
American league before 1 get
"I believe Sothoron is .right. The
lad has shown me more than any kid
pitcher. His unexpected develop
ment into a first-class boxman I II
say he's that right now has made
nothing impossible for the Browns.
You can draw your own inference as
to the exact meaning of this state
ment." Barry Expects Walker to
Be Great Star This Year
Jack Barry expects to see Tillie
Walker have a great season, and he
advances a very logical argument o
support his belief. Last spring
Walker worked under the handicap
of being stranger who was tilling
the place of a Boston idol, Tris
Speaker, and he knew that his work
would be compared, perhaps quite un
favorably, with that of the game's
greatest outfielder, a great slugger.
Now Walker does not have to think
about Speaker. He is solid with the
Boston fans and realizes it, so he
should play a much better game.
Benny Kauf Plays Despite
Torn Nail on Middle Finger
Benny Kauff may be foolish about
some things, but he can't be accused
cf lacking gameness. Denny has been
playing his outfield job with a nail
torn off the- middle finger of his lelt
hand, though he admits every time he
makes a caich or grips a bat he "sees
Women Tennis Players to
Contribute to Red Cross
New York, May 12. Women lawn
tennis players of the east are pre
paring to share the burden of the war
equally with the men, if not on the
firing line, then here at home, and
it is announced that more than 1,700
of them are going to take part in a
series of tournaments early this sum
mer in the Metropolitan district. Each
player will pay $1 entry fee, and the
total amount thus raised will be
turned over to the Red Cross.
Miss Bessie Holdcn of New
Rochelle is the originator of the idea.
and, with Miss- Marie Wagner and
miss norence Hallin, has been work
ing out the details. The first tourney
will begin this week on the clav
courts of the West Side Tennis club
at Forest Hills, Long Island.
Detroit Sends Collegian
To Hannibal for Training
The Detroit rink mill mA MMi;,...
Feiierhnrn. the mammAlli Wnrth. ......
em university first baseman, to Han
nibal ot the Ihree-I league for devel
opment. Scout Charley Barrett, who
UUg ., H, luniks h year in me mi
nora will fit him fnr a riritla- r.n.::nn
with Detroit.
Th T. M, RoiBalll ImlBt thov sir i-nmlnsr
On May IS fh MCrthva will sl. .
dnc at Turner hall,
KftHiitter Hrbert RonkUr win hnlil Ar
cushion one lor the Bciteiina.
Today If tha Off Sunrlar fnr thai FmA,.
Qi in urcaier umana league.
Today ll vacation dav for tha Cartmr
Lnk Club iquad of the City leagua.
Rttnentfy John Mr-TWmntt nt k. m
wnyi w reieaiea oy Alan ft r Victor.
GUR Dworak. tha tfl that rlmita m Mark
na jr. nas eignea up with tbe McCarthys.
Jones, backstonnor fnr (h c n rivt
victors, coneciea icven asntsts last Sunday.
'Huddle" Pal p. Ksennv and .Tosi Harm
hava elfiied with tha National Cash Reals
ters. On the roster of the Merchant Junior
a new xuaian iaDiea William Ueavsr la at-
Ous Voss, star wlndnaddlt for tha Town.
sends, haa severed his oonnectlon with, the
Stevens, who used to decorate Pa nmirV.'
pay roll.' Is now hurling the borsehld for
That dance ilvcn by Victor B. Lund, sec
retary of the Metropolitan league, was a
district success.
Now that HatnuH Moore has bolstered up
tha Prank Deweys a different atory is
axpectnl today.
To data Abner Kalman, president of the
Greater Omaha league, is satisfied with the
work of his umpires. ,
The Besellns will open the season for
Lake view, la., today, when they buck up
against the town boys.
Back or tha block Clifford Cole Is now
on duly for the Townsends. Ha looks rather
sugary in that position.
Bill Fox joined the robbers last Sunday.
He umpired the fuss between the J. B.
Hoots and tha Monte lalros.
According to Manager Walton of the Car
ter Lake club warriors they will wake up In
tha very Immediate future.
Bill Hakenhnls, T. M. Rozgall star, had
an off day last Sunday. He had seven
chances and muffed them sll.
Marty Flanagan, star leather emr warrior
of Crelghton unlvernKy, In now attached to
tha fast BurgPBs-Nash bunch.
Fred Kruit attempted to mobilize a team
for aummer duty In the City league, but
tailed to deliver the groceries,
M. B. (Brlghami "Young, who launched
the Mercantile league several years ago, has
been relegated to camp has been.
For tha Information of teams outside of
the assoclatUn, Schuyler and Bennington,
Neb., are looking for Sunday battles.
Berg, from some burg In Colorado, was
Introduced to the Te-Be-Ce's lent Sunday
and- ha made a favorable impression.
With Maxwell working Ilka a well-oiled
machine, the Murphy Did It-Oraln Ex
change battle ought to be a hummer.
Some classy Class A gent can hook on
with the Baseline. They ncod a good In
flelder. Call Koy Staoey at South 1238.
Jot Olllham and Frank Mlrsky headed
the artillery for the Holmes' White Sox,
each nailing a couple of olean swipe.
A strangor called Soggy made his de
but with the Da hi man Knights last Sun
day and showed class at the middle bag.
Edward Mlnlkus, George SuteJ and Jos
eph Wachtler, each nailed three hits dur
ing the Melady-C B. UeVot Victor wrangle.
William Victor, manager of the McCar
thys, would like to commune with Georgv
Probst. Victor's phone la Douglas 639.
The Magic Citys Iced their game with the
Walnut Hills when Cleiumons hit a home
run, ljutnu a triple and Anderson a double.
The Couiicii Bluffs Imperials want a game
for May 20. Address Otto Achat. 3ti04
Avenue B, or telephone Council Bluffs 60s.
On the arm of each shirt ot the Holmes
White Sox haa been Inplanted a silk flag
approximately four Inches wide and six
Weiss Corcoran gathered an average of
-fi7 during the Armour-Holmes duel, clout
ing two out of three to remote corners of
the lot.
Chink Tompsett, one of the municipal
adjudicators, would like very much to get
on the staff of thi Ureater Omaha league
Next Sunday the Baseline wilt nerfnrm
at Louisville, Neb. Their schedule la va
cant on pecoratlon day. Call Roy Staeey at
South 1236.
Tt Is Htranrffc that no Class A team has
bothered Frank Butler. He Is a doodle of
a back-stonper and would play If properly
Because tht Omaha Crockery band Called
Sand Lot Gossip
Intercollegiate Track
Meet Off Because of War
Philadelphia, May 12. The cancel
lation of the intercollegiate track and
field championships for the first time
in more than forty years is deplor
able, but it had to be done. The war
made it necessary. The officials were
reluctant to call off the meet, but
they realized at the Pennsylvania re
lays tnat to hold the games would
be foolhardy. The absence of teams
from the big eastern universities at
that important meet demonstrated
that it would be impossible to gather
a representative list of athletes for
the championships. Military duty al
ready has played havoc with the vari
ous teams and more enlistments,
wnicn are expected, will lurther de.
plete the athletic ranks.
Joplin to Fill In Open
Date in Omaha Wednesday
The Jopl'n Miners will stop off in
Omaha Wednesday for a single con
test with the Rourkes. When loplin
opened the season here Mav 1. two
games were postponed on account of
rain. To escape a superabundance of
double-headers later in the aeason,
Kourke an I Savage agreed to play
me game weonesoav. which n in
open aate lor ooth clubs.
to decorate tha green last Sunday the
imr v. uiaras marcBea ore with a for
feited fame,
There ig a rumor that the South Omaha
Merchant Juniors are to rearrange their
team and have a "whliier" on deck in a
week or two.
Bud Lawler accepted nine chances for
tha Ts-Be-Ce'g against Plattemouth. He
was swttched from corner two to the short
stop position.
Smith of the Townsends cams elosa to
a no-hit game last Sunday. Nary a blngle
was delivered by the opposition until the
final chapter.
Ecktraler fielded sensationally at station
one for the Armours against the Holmes'
White Sox, taking car of ten cbancea with
out a mlsous.
Greater Omaha leagua umpires for today:
Me Andrews at Holmes park, Sage at Mala
dy's, Meadow and Kocher at Ataletlo park.
Council Bluffs.
Potash covered himself with glory for
the four chapters he worked against the
Toiish Merchants. Out of a possible dosen
he whiffed ten.
Carter, the youngest pitcher In Class B,
hurled a no-hit game against the McCar
tneys. Errors permitted by his teammates
gave them two runs,
Brhlnr the stick a stranger to local base
ballists, with Musser for an appellation,
performed In a faultless manner for the
Armours last Sunday.
There will be no love lost this afternoon
when Edward Hasen of the Brandeis and
his Uncle J awn Hasen of tht Holmes Whlta
Sox oppose each other.
Evidently Ford of the C. B. DeVol Vie
tors had a few spark plugs missing last
Sunday, for he did not run smoothly against
the Malady Mavericks.
Last Sunday Thomas Sullivan looked
sweet on the firing line for the Melady
Mavericks, striking out thirteen and allow
ing only three blnglee.
Chester Dean, the relief hurler of the J.
B. Roots, rot cracked on the arm with a
foul while coaching last Sunday. Ha will
be ready for duty today.
Zelgler and Zelgrler, the Msglc City
battery, are brothers, but there Is harmony
between them, anyway. A. Zelger whiffed
fifteen Walnut Hills Sunday. -
General Urlg of tha Alpha camp, Wood
men of the World, is of the opinion that
the other magnates ot the Metropolitan
league have no room to talk.
Ross, with the Te-Be-Ce's. handled his
position back of the plate with much ease
at Plattsmouth, and the chances are ha will
do tha receiving in tha future.
Halley Calvert hurled some game for tha
Park Avenue Florists against the Roxgalls.
whiffing; firteen. including Hackenholts,
leading hitter of the league, twice. .
Miserable base running kept the Holmes
family out of the run column against the
Armours. Three runners reached third,
with no out, but couldn't count.
At Miller park this afternoon Mayor DshU
man. who la the financial animal behind
the Dahlman Knights, will look over his
colts. Battle called at S:3Q p. m.
Tha Park Avenue Florists expeot to chalk
up another win against tha Trimble Juniora.
Gustolf and Harris were the batting de
mons for the National Cash Register team
against the McCartneys last Sunday.
Although a trifle late, Joseph Dugher,
who used to scoop 'em around the Initial
corner, is now ready to re-enltst. He used
to be a regular cut-up at bag one.
Two two-base assaults and a single, and
nary a run in one inning by the Holmes
Whlta 8o against the Armours. There
must hava been a screw loose somewhere.
Coyle. the lad with tha strawberry hair,
who toils around second for the Beddeos,
la no grandstand player, but he can gener
ally be depended upon to deliver tha goods.
The Beddeos surprised tha wise ones Isst
Sunday by walloping tht Woodmen of the
World crew. J, Cogan's home run In the
second, with tha bases full, put tha game
on Ice.
Ermia Kleburg Is still In tha ranks of ' .a
unsigned. Ha used to pull 'em down In a
phenomenal manner and Is not a bit back
ward with tha billy. For further informa
tion call Webater 3161.
The Council Bluffs Imperials Journey to
David City today. Miller and Hanson will
work for the Imperials, while Browne, last
year with Atlantic, la,, will hurl for David
City, and Schamburg, All-Natlos catcher,
will do the reccivinc.
Plnault and McFarland, the battery for
the Walnut Hilt Athletics, have also signed
contracts with the Omaha Crockery Com
pany. Tha contract! by the Crockery team
were turned In on April ll and the Wal
nut Hill cob tracts were received oa
April 12. s
y y i 1 op ir-
Jess Willard Admits He
Is in Class by Himself
New York, May 12.-rChampion
Jess Willard, who is now in town,
admits that there isn't a first class
challenger in the heavyweight class.
For a time it was believed that Fred
Fulton, the Minnesota giant, would
prove sityable opponent for the
conqueror of Jack Johnson. But Ful
ton's sorry performance in a recent
bout with Carl Morris here put him
out of the running. The fact that
Morns, in a subsequent scrap, was
unable to dispose of the glass-jawed
Loney, also eliminated the former.
Frank Moran was so easily beaten
oy Willard in Madison bquare Gar
den last year that a return match
would not prove attractive. As for
the other alleged heavyweight boxers,
there isn't one who would stand a
ghost of a chance with Willard, so
tnat tne champion retirement from
the prize ring appears to be a fore
gone conclusion. Incidentally, Willard
isn't a bit sorry for the reason that
he cares little or nothing for the
manly art.
Major League Clubs Will
Cut to Eighteen Players
New York, May 12. It will not be
surprising if some of the major
league ball clubs reduce their rosters
to sixteen or eighteen players within
the next month or six weeks. The
player limits in the American and Na
tional leagues are twenty-five and
twenty-two men, respectively, but
the magnates, who fear that the war
wilt affect the attendance during the
summer months, are seriously discus
sing a plan to reduce expenses. It
the majority decide to cut their teams
down to eighteen players it is figured
that both leagues will save about
$300,000 in salaries. By the terms of
the new contracts players whose serv
ices can be dispensed with may be re
leased on ten days' notice. For that
reason it will be comparatively easy
to cut the pay rolls. Most of the play
ers who are released will go into the
leading minor leagues, which means
that the men whose olaces thev fill
may find themselves out of employ
ment. 11 is saia ine magnates wiu
get busy with their pruning knives
Joe McGinnity Delivers
Ultimatum to Club Owner
Toe McGinnitv has made some in
sistent demands on his club owners
at Butte that amount almost to an
ultimatum. He says the park and
grounds have to be fixed up, so that
the field will be more fit to play on.
and that he must be permitted to se
cure, needed talent. After a spurt at
the start of the season the Butte
team has shown badly.
Leon Cadore Reaches Top
After a Roving Career
Leon Cadore has had a roving ca
reer since lyio, when he was first
purchased by the Dodgers from
Wilkes-Barre of the New York State
league. Brooklyn sent him to New
ark in 1914, and again in 1915, after
exercising an option. Last year he
was sent to Montreal and was again
Sell Season Books for $5
In Eastern League Cities
Each club in the Eastern lea true will
sell coupon books good for every
game during tne season for $5. I m
Clarkin of Hartford is the father of
the idea. Each club has fifty-six
games at home, which makes base
ball pretty cheap in a Class B league
for the fan.
Maranville's Kid Brother
Burns Up High School Loop
Walter Maranville has a brother
who is playing high school ball in
Massachusetts and doing such won
derful work as a shortstop that sev
eral league scouts have been asked to
look him over.
Chet Chadborne Signed by
Vernon After Can from Oaks
Chet Chadbourne, former Fed, and
last year in the Southern league, could
not make good at Oakland and was
released, whereupon George Stovall
gave him a berth with his Vernon
Fritz Coumbe Says Alaska
League is Place for Him
Fritz Coumbe of the Cleveland In
dians says the colder the weather the
better he pitches, and that if there
was a league in Alaska or Siberia he
would be a star performer in it
British War Office Tells
Aviators to Take Up Got
The desirability of athletics, and
golfing in particular, as a form of
recreation during periods of great
stress is emphasized by a recent de
cree of the British war office, which
was published broadcast in the Ca
nadian papers last week. This decree
insists that every aviator, Canadian
as well as English, now on active
dutv at home or in i ranee, should de
vote a day a week to golf as a means
ot rjuietinir nerves.
Many of the soldiers in other
branches of the service have already
taken to eolf. and it is no uncommon
sight now, it is said, t see batch after
batch of British Tommies, in their
mud-spattered khaki, with here and
there a brace of Scotch Highlanders,
in their more vivid kilts, trampinf
over the French hills with bags o
clubs slung over their shoulders,
Rickey Changes His Mind
About Outfielder Smith
President Branch Rickey of the
Cardinals has changed his mind about
Outfielder Jack Smith. In 1915
Rickey, then manager of the St.
Louis Browns, gave Smith a trial. It
lasted three days, during which Smith
did not tret in a name, and Rickey
said he would not do. Now Rickey
says Smith is one of the most valua-
b e n avers on the Cardinal team, me
youngster lias made a lot of progress
in mat time.
Yankee Heads Put Stop to
Spring Exhibition Tours
Manager Donovan and officials of
the New York Yankees are quoted as
saying the team will indulge in no
more spring exhibition tours, such as
that staged this year with tne Boston
Braves. Donovan says his team was
hurt more than helped and that for
next snrine he favors going south as
far as Florida and staying there until
just before the opening of the season.
Gotham Golf Association
Adds Seven Clubs to List
New York, May 12. With the new
season barely under way the Metro
politan Golf association stands in a
better position today than at any
time m its history. The 1917 year
book shows the names of eighty-four
clubs, as against seventy-seven a year
ago, and that takes into account the
passing out of existence of the Dyker
Meadow Golf club.
No Severe Rules About Late
Hours for Matty's Players
Manager Mathewson of the Reds
lets it be known that he has no se
vere rules for his players, who are
to be put on their honor. They can
drink and they can smoke, or even
keep late hours, provided they are
always in condition to give him the
best that is in them on the field.
Detroit Bounces Ellison
When Oscar Vitt Reports
The Detroit club sends Infielder
Ellison to St. Paul in the American
association. With Vitt on the job the
Tigers have ' a surplus of infielders,
and the list will be added to it Man
ager Jennings get Defate, as he ex
pects. Browns Release Rookie to
Newark Under Option
The St. Louis Browns have released
Pitcher Pennington, the Eastern
league recruit, to Newark of the In
ternational league, under option of
Prettiest Mile Women to
Start Season's Play May 17
The Prettiest Mile Ladies' Golf
club will open the 1917 season at 1 :30
the afternoon of May 17. A driving
contest, putting contest and nine-hole
blind bogey match will make up the
opening day's program.
Veteran Otto Williams is
Signed by Hartford Team
The veteran Otto Williams, who
has played in all leagues, almost, in
the twenty years of his career, has
signed with the Hartford club of the
Eastern league for this year.
Vancouver Gets Pitcher
Rojas from Oakland Club
Pitcher Rojas has been secured by
the Vancouver club from Oakland.
He was in the Central Association
last year.
New , York, May 12. Tom Tones,
Jess Willard's manager, has made this
"Willard'" gross earnings from his
ring bouts and his circus work to
date total between $600,000 and $700.
000, and a great part of this is in
vested in farms and ranches in Cali
fornia, Oklahoma, Michigan and Kan
sas. When he is not living in his
$25,000 home in Chicago with his wife
and five children, Willard is spending
his time in one of his two bung.ilows
in California or is giving his atten
tion to his horses, quartered on the
aforesaid farms and ranches. Horses
constitute his hobby, and he also
takes a great deal of interest in farm
work, being a lover of the out-of-doors.
"As regards his pugilistic plans for
the immediate future, he has none
that are definite. He is readv to box
the first man the public demands that
he should meet, but personally I
don't think and neither does lest
that there is a man in the ring today
that could give him a battle. ,
"Another thing that must be con
sidered when talk is made of a bout
with Willard in it is the amount bf
money that would be attracted to the
exhibition. Take Morris, for instance.
He couldn t draw enough to make a
bout between himself and Willard a
profitable venture, and as far as box
ing ability is concerned, he does not
begin to compare with Jess.
Jump Clause in Contract.
"We have a three weeks' clause in
our contract with the circus people,
which means that we are readv to
jump into I attle any time a suitable
offer is made. If Fulton had been
successful in his bout with Morris, it
is possible that he might have been
matched with Willard. for there
seemed to be some demand for a Wil-
lard-hulton bout.
Reports that Willard is ereatlv
overweight is all rot, as is the report
of his attitude with regard to the war.
1 know personally that the biz fel
low is readv and eaeer to enlist for
service at the first call for married
men, and he has often told me he was
going as soon as this call is sounded.
He is in perfect physical condition
and weighs in the neichhnrbnnA nf
270 pounds at the present time, de
spite reports to the contrary."
Penn Relay Games in 1918
May Be School Boy Meet
Philarfflnhi'a Mm 1? TUm t.
relayt may be a schoolboy meet in
In thf event that th u-ir
which America is now plunging, lasts
tlirOUfirh another VMr an1 a orf n.n
jority of the college athletes are
raA in 1 ! tti.
u nit iuiuis, u is prooaoie
that the relay carnival, which after
twentv-twn vearc ha h.rnma am r.C
the foremost amateur athletic events
in the country, will be held solely for
Scholastic, teams Tha P.
ment will hardly abandon the relay
inccu, ii any way can De tound to
avoid doing so. For (the sake of the
future the Onaltera will Hi., ih.
lays" in almost any form in order to
keep the meet on the American sport
calendar. The logical solution, of
course, will be to put on scholastic
races in place of the college cham
pionships, and there seems to be no
reason why this plan will not be suc
cessful ennttirh tn
along until the piping times of peace
New York Fans Clamor to
Have Game Start Earlier
New York Vfav 1? M.
Of the lnral hall narlre ctill 1
orine for games to begin at 3 oclock.
Prairt,n 17Kk. f .U. Tt
t l -uutio ui uic ruoKiyn
club said the other day that he was
prepared to institute this reform if
the owners of the Giants and Yankees
would make the first move. In view
nf the fart that th XT..., V-L .
tracks begin operations at 2:30
o'clock and that the matinees at many
of the local theaters start at 2:15, it
is hard to understand why ball games
at the Polo grounds and Ebbets field
cannot begin before 3:30 o'clock.
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