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    12 A'
Tossing Death to Huns
Is Some Pastime, Says
- f Former Diamond Player
Every man
ball players
naturally find
to his trade -and base
who go into the army
or seek their level in
' the bomb-throwing practice, u hen
the base ball men visited Camp Tay
lor at Louisville they were interested
. enough in seeing imaginary Germans
,- made of twigs and straw bayoneted
by enthusiastic rookies,vbut their gen-
eral chorus was: "Where do they
throw the bombs? We want to see
Uncle Sam's 'Ditchers' at " work."
There did not happen to be any bomb
throwing practice on' that day, but a
letter from a former ball player now
with the army in France concerning
. this angle of the war game mayJielp
, fill the gap.- ,
He writes interestingly of bomb
throwing' as it appeals to the sport
ing instincts of a ball player as fol
lows: "I've taken strongly to bombing,
and the indications are I will be per
manently assigned to the bombing
squad. Down in our practice trenches
the other day I scored 14 hits in 16
tries, which happened to be better
than anybody in my company did. I
always did have oonfrol.
1 "We used dumnvy bombs and gre
i rVdes, but the conditions otherwise
wi re of the same character that we
sha'l confront later on. We were dis
tributed about our first 'line trench.
Over Jhe top, over a stretch of about
60 fee of ground, was 'No Man's
Land.' ' , .
"Certain spots were marked, out in
the 'German' front line trench as tar
gets, and it was at these we aimed.
From a sporting angleUhls business
of grenade throwing is quite a study.
I enjoyed it tremendously, and it has
been absorbingly interesting and fas
cinating to the other feljows.
"There are different kijids of gre
nades. The shapes, however, vary
slightly, and they are carried in tin
cans and weigh about one pound and
a half. : .' : ...
"The follow-through principle
which prevails tn golf, base ball,
tennis, foot ball, s(fliash, billiards and
racquets also obtains in bombing. "
. "I take a bomb, plaice it in my right
hand and extend both my right and
left hands. Both feflt are together
Uurler Compares !
Boss With Hippo,,
r Sad Mistake, Lads
' On one occasion last neason when
the Birmingham Sduthern league
team was in Memphis to play a series
of games with what was then Mike
Donlin'i team, the visiting tall play
ers arranged a trip through Overton
park, one of the . Memphis show
places. ' , ' .
They carried a kodak along in or
der to photograph the scenes which
appealed to them most, and had al
ready photographed a - number of
things when they arrived at the hip
popotamus house. . ,
Carleton Molesworth, the heavy
weight manager of the Barons, was
along and was having the time of nis
young life,' taking everything in and
forgetting his years completely.
Lying outstretched upon the con
crete was a giant hipnot oresentinR
a picture of solid comiort Karl
Black, alias Laudenschlager, a left
hander, chimed in with: f
"Let s take a picture of Moley and
that other hippo. The backs of their
necks are exactly alike."
Molesworth was mad clear thrcugh,
'' for if there's anything that, cops his
goat, it is for rome one to infer that
he is fat, despite the fact that he has
a bay window . which rivals W. H.
T.'s. ' ''
. ."You'll work every day this week,"
snapped Moley at Black, as the
pitcher beat it for the last car in the
v procession, in order to be as far away
from his manager as possible.
; Collins Holds Record ;
For World Series Games
Eddie ; Collins, VWhite, Sox second
baseman,' has played in 26 world's,
. series games, a' mark which no other
player has reached in the history of
7 the base ball classic. Collins has also
scored the most runs and stolen the
most bases.
A Good Place to Play. - A Good Game to Play.
This Is the Season When All Minds Turn to the Greatest of Indoor
1807-9-11 Farnam Street.
when I start the movement and my
left hand is used as an index. I point
it at the spot I hope to hit, practicing
using it to aim with. As I bring my
right arm stiff and extended up
ward and backward I also move my
right foot back a few inches making j
a sort of movable base, from this
position I start the second half of the
"I bring my right arm upward, and
the left naturally goes downward.
When the right arm, still extended
add stiff, is upright in line with my
body I release my grip on the bomb.
I have, of course; considered dis
tance and accuracy, and to provide
for explosion at contact timing I
throw the bomb so that it will, de
scribe an arc in' its flight fo consume
time. ,
"The bomb is never thrown in a
straight line like a base ball. It is not
released straight from the shoulder,
but the back and body are behind the
throw, also the shoulder. The elbow
is never bent, as in base ball, and the
reason for this is that a fellow's arm
would go dead on him if he did
bend it.
"Another reason for throwing with
the arm stiff and always extended is
that you naturally describe an arc as
the result of the overhead motion.
Tiie importance of this lies in the fact
that you are throwing from one
trench, below the ground's surface, to
another trench. The bomb must go
up, into the air to come down in the
enemy's trench. 1
"We are put through position ex,
ercise which is calculated to develop
form the same as in sport. At one
stage of the exercise our right arms
are held directly overhead in a Mine
with the body. It is from this posi
tion that the bomb is ordinarily re
"As I say, the whole thing is fasci
nating. It is hard to give up the idea
of throwing a bomb as though it were
a baseball, but .we soon get that into
our heads. Besides, a charley Jiorse
in the arm is an awful thing. The
old thrill of hitting the rnark, how
ever, is there and the base ball in
stinct is shown in the remarks that
follow a good toss base ball slang
that is heard everywhere in the
Les Mann May Get Furlough ,
To Play With Chicago Cubs
Leslii Mann, the speedy outfielder
with the Chicago Nationals, who is
athletic director at Camp Logan,
Houston, Tex., may be with the
team again next season. Reports
have reached Charles Weeghman,
president of the clubs, that Mann
probab'y will be given a furlough, as
a reward fo.' his services. Mann quit
the club before the 'end cf the sea
son, having volunteered his services
as an instructor. He met with suc
cess in introducing base ball, foot
ball and other athletics iin the camp.
Here's Yarn They Tell on Cooney,
' Second Sacker for the Rourklets
Here's a story they tell oa Phil Cooney, second baseman on the
Omaha club. Tealey Raymond, manager of the Seattle club, is responsible
or its publication. '
According to Raymond, Cooney and Walter Cartwright are the ac
tors. They were playing in the Coast league; Let Raymond tell the yarn:
"Oscar Theander Harstad, who afterward had engagements with
Cleveland, Portland and Spokane, was pitching for Victoria in one of
the twilight games tried by Wattalet in his effort to make base ball pay
in the Canadian city. Harfry was just breaking in then and he had speed
enough for two pitchers.
"The Spokane players were protesting against playing the game fur
ther. It was getting dark fast and they couldn't see that fast one. The
umpire was adamant and the game went on. '
"Along about the sixth inning Phil Cooney got a handful of matches.
Before each pitch of Hamad's he would light one of these matches and
gaze searchingly in the direction of the pitcher's box. He struck out.
"When the Spokane team wens out into the field Cooney was joined
by Cartwright They built a bonfire of paper back of each of their
positions. " '
"Now his honor, the umps, had stood patiently for the match-lighting
episode, but the bonfires were too much. He whirled on Cartwright
'Fivel' he shouted. Then he turned on Cooney.
"Cooney, you know, didn't love his dollars any less than, his life. He
didn't wait to tramp out that fire. He made one big dive as though he
was sliding, and lit all over that fire.
"And then he started begging for that $10. He had as much chance
is I have of going to the big leagues. The $10 went into the league treas
ury. . .
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Ain't That Just Like Jamesie?
Meyers Takes Count, But ;
Rube Marquard Hangs On
The recent release by the Boston
Braves of Chief Meyers means the end
of the career of the noted Mission In
dian as a backstop. Not a club in
either of the big leagues thought
enough of him to refuse to waive
claim. All down the line it is known
that Meyers has slowed up to a walk
both as a backstop and hitter, and if
he sees any more service on the dia
mond it will be as a minor leaguer.
Here and there a big league club
might be found that has use for him,
but they are not taking on extra help
in these uncertain base ball times. It
would be different with him 1 were
Meyers capable as a coach of young
pitchers, but that is talent he does not
possess. Rube Marquard, his old bat
tery mate, promises to be in the big
'show long after Meyers is forgotten.
The record of Rube with the trailing
Dodgers this year was so good that
many a manager would like to tie up
to him., Even John J. McGraw would
welcome him back, though John and
Rube did not get along at all during
the latter part of Marquard's career
with the Giants, according to gossip
at the time.
1 pmg
Myron Stunz, Mgr.
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Dodgers Win Trom
Funston Eleven in
Army Game, 3 to 0
, (Continued from Page One.)
the Funstonites held' like a stonewall
and Moss fell back to kick. He tried
a droo kick, but it fell 25 yards short,
Funston returned the punt and Dodge
took up the offensive again.
One Forward Pass.
The only successful forward pass
of the game was executed at this
point. Robertson hurled the oval 30
yards into the waiting arms of Alli
son. The gain, however, ended
abruptly and Robertson was forced to
puni, .
Prince went through the line for
two - yards and then five. Lewis
punted. Robertson made four yards
around end, Derr made three and
then - four, and McCormick five and
three. The Iowafts advanced the ball
to the 10-yard line on these attacks,
but lost it on downs when Funston
held. . ;
Lewis punted "out of danger. A
Dodge man touched tlje ball an 9
Fuijston athlete fell on it. Funston,
however, could not take advantage
of the opportunity and Lewis had to
Thrown for Loss.
Robertson returned the punt im
mediately and LewiJ came right back
at him. For a change Robertson at
tempted to carry the ball, but had
bad luck. He was thrown for a 15
yard loss on hisfirst attempt. So
he and Lewis exhanged punts again.
Again Robertson sought to add a
at , a (,
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little variety to the game, so he tried
to carry the ball again. This time he
was successful and got away for 27
yards around the end. Passes to Alli
son failed at this point and Robertson
had to kick again.
A moment later Gordon Beck made
his first appearance in the limelight.
Prince fumbled after ploughing
through for seven yards, Beck grabbed
the pigskin and continued' 20 yards
up the field before he was stopped.
On 2-Yard Line.
Immediately after the kickoff to
start the second half Jones scampered
55 yards to the 15-yard line. Derr
made seven yards on a line plunge and
then failed on a second attempt. Jones,
however, made first downs and put
the ball on the six-yard mark. Derr
was thrown back, but McCormick
went through for three yards and
Derr for one more, 'putting the ball
on the two-yard line with one down
to go.
Here Beck bobbed up again to
throw Jones back 22 yards as hereto
fore related.
Lewis promptly kicked out of
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danger when the ball was given to
Funston on downs. Jones made six
yards around end and McCormick
made downs, but Jones and Derr
faile in further attempts and Robert
son attempted a field goal, which
Beck Recovers Fumble.
Funston tried to scrimmage when
the ball was brought out to the 20
yard line and on the second play
fumbled. Malone of Dodge recovered
it. Just as Dodge threatened again,
the first penalty of the game was in
flicted upon Dodge. It was for 15
yards. Jones earned five yards of it
back and McCormick four, but when
Robertson and Allison attempted- a
long forward pass the throw fell to
the ground incomplete, so Robertson
again tried a goal kick and the boot
went wide.
As the fourth period opened Rob
ertson puntea. . Kistler, former Yale
star, was sent into the game for Fun
ston and in two plays made first
downs, but the Kansas lads could
go no further and lost the ball on
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downs. Robertson punted and Beck
was downed on the 10-yard line. Beck :
punted to the 35-yard mark. When
his mates failed to gain, RobeijijAn
stepped back for a drop kick and
this time his attempt was successful
and the Dodgers earned the 3 points
by which they won the game.
Game Ends.
After the kickoff following the
score, Beck immediately punted.
Dodge made several short gains with
Jones and Movald, who had succeed
ed Moss at quarter, carrying the bal'
and a moment later the game ended
with the ball in possession of Grif
fith's crew.
More than 9,000 persons saw the
game. The stands were not complete
ly filled, but hundreds occupied stand
ing room because of the lower price
of admission and more than made up
for the few vacant seats. How much
the game netted for the gymnasium
funds of the two camps could not be
estimated last night as no check of
the figures will"be made until Monday.
No Complaints. '
While the game, perhaps, did not
have the finesse which marks college
clashes, no complaint was heard and
everybody agreed they got their
money's worth. '
It is only natural that a team com
posed of 11 men who have been
taught 11 different systems of Joot
ball, to say nothing of years oHab
sence from the game, could not play
the same finished game a well drilled
university or college team would.
Toward the latter part of the aft
ernoon, the game dragged and slowed
up considerably. .
But the fight was there all of1 the
time and that made it a foot ball
game. No university teams ever bat
tled with more grim determination
than did those army teams yesterday
afternoon. It was fight all the time
and not until the final whistle blew
did one of the competing athletes
Omaha was completely - satfsfied
with the event.
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