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    The Omaha Sunday Bee
The Bee's Special Sunday
Sport Pages
All the Latest Sport News
All the Time
Rube Oldring Sells Farm and
Signs to Play with Old Boss
Bronze Medals to Take Place of
Costly Watches and Pins
at Western Relay
JHlere's Way Red Sox Infield
. Will Look When April Arrives
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Money Madness Causes Many
Top Notch Boxers to Fade
,:Away in Relatively Short
is. Time.
This is certainly the rapid age in
pugilism, as in other affairs of Ameri
can speedy life. Bright, brilliant box
ing stars loom up moon after moon
on the fistic firmament, dazzle and
shine for a while in all their fascinat
ing glory, and then "blow up" or fall
gradually into obscurity.
When Kid Williams knocked out
that clever, artistic boxer, Johnny
Cpulon, in the third round of a sched
uled 20-round combat at Los An
geles in 1914, he was not only pro
claimed the undisputed bantam cham
pion but a wonderful little fighter
Bows to Pete Herman.
. The next year, however, lie los,t his
title to Johnny Ertle on a foul in a
no decision bout, and he soon after
began to slow down a bit, until he
finally ran up against Pete (Kid)
Herman at New Orleans and lost the
decision in a 20-round mill. Her
man's victory over Williams did not
help the latter any, and he relin
quished all claims to the bantam
crown. ,
The other night over in Phiadel
phia Williams hit the crushing down
fall of his flashy ring career. Joe
Lynch, a fairly clever local New York
boy, knocked the once supposedly
unbeatable Kid out in the fourth
round. . ,
.This was indeed a big surprise to
the close followers of the game. But
it only goes to show how a rushing,
flashy, aggressive fighter like Wil
liams will battle his way up to a
championship by terrific speed and
hitting, and then in a short while
fall back step by step when his steam
and vigor leaves him.
. Stan Fall Without Science.
It also goes to prove the old argu
ment regarding the lack of science
on the part of so many young box
' ers. If ( Williams and many other
young nngsters only acquired the
rudiments and some of the fine classy
tactics of th mantv art ti
not only last much longer as top-
IUK.IIC13 out wouia Decomc lar more
brilliant boxers.
Oh, but this is the slam bang,
Jieljer skelter, rapid age, when no
body has any time to learn anything
thoroughly. Watch the youngsters
in the ring today; slashing, swinging,
mauling, wrestling, hugging and bull
ing their way through 10 decisionless
rounds like a pack of raw amateurs.
. Slug Away Until Checked.
Most of them have not the slight
est conception of the manly art But
as long as their youthful vigor and
stamina last they manage to slug
and fool the public and many of the
incompetent referees, who don't dare
to disqualify them. ,
Think of such great fistic cham
pions and stars as Terry McGovern,
.Young Corbett, Knockout Brown,
Johnny Coulpn, Young Ahcarn,
Johnny Ertle, Leach Cross, Jack Dil
ion, Bob Moha and many others,
hitting the toboggan or falling back
in their prowess before they have
reached the prime of their manhood,
McGovern wn nnlv ?? .,.
when he lost his featherweight title
to , Young Corbett, . and many more
were under the age of 25.
It is the rapid, unnatural, abnormal
existence that most of the high roll
ing topnotchers lead that causes them
to deteriorate so early in life and fall
by the wayside. Most of them box
too often and do not train properly.
b"ome money mad, as it were.
With this commercial idea foremost
in their brains they sacrifice every
thing for the hustling hunt after dol
ars. Big bank rolls and high life
lure them to defeat.
B; Miske Lets Out a Wail;
Hot on Dempsey's Trail
From St. Paul comes a wail. It
emanates from Billy Miske and his
mana8fl' Pearl Smith- wh want to
know how can Dempsey go ahead
nd cop honors without giving Miske
ronsideration? They claim Miske's
record is far superior to the Californ
ia" s, and that Jack has refused to
meet Billy.
Smith says he will put up $2,000
with fiSke'' lt Dempsey wi" match
Dempsey'ke mre bus!ness anea(I or
College Aviators Learn
How to Use the Shotgun
College aviators are to be 'taught
he use of the shotgun in ccnnection
with their other instructions, so that
once m an aeroplane they can use
that weapon to good advantage
against font. Th .
rjstablished a military school of aero
nautics at the University of California
and part of thi instruction is that of
bluerock shooting. Each recruit
shoots at something like 60 targets
iach week.
Running Champion Goes
' : Into Navy as Draft Looms
Alike Devanney, holder of the na
tional half-mile championship, and
one of the leading middle-distance
runners in the country, has enlisted
as a second-class seaman at the Bos
ton navy yard. Devanney was placed
in Class 1 of the draft, but he pre
ferred the navy to the army and re
ceived the necessary permission from
the exemption board to enlist as a
second-class seaman.
McCredie Passes Up-Siglin
As Portland Leader Draft
President Judge McCredie of the
Portland Pacific Coast International
league (Northwestern) has decided to
past up Paddy Siglin as his manager,
because Siglin's , draft status makes
him so doubtful, and is now looking
about for another man to lead his
team in the coming race. Nick Will
iams may be the selection,
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Rube Oldring, former Mackman
and Yankee, after selling his farm at
Marlboro, N. J., purchased a home in
West Philadelphia and is to return 'to
the Mackmen. -He has confided this
information to a friend. ;
Connie Mack is reticent about dis
cussing Oldring's return to the Ath
c!?eck for $55,000 Given to
Defunct Ball Organization Set
tles Controversy on Old
New York, Feb. 23. John C.( Toole,
attorney for the National Base Ball
league, today handed over a , check
for $55,000 to James Hindman, at
torney for former Federal league
clubs, settling the National league's
account up to date with the Federal
league clubs under the terms of the
agreement of two years ago. -
Of the amount $25,000 goes to .the
Pittsburgh Trust company, receivers
of the former Pittsburgh Federal
league club, which settles in full the
National league's obligation to that
club j $20,000 goes to the Robert B.
Ware? estate for two vears' rental of
the Brooklyn Federal leabue ball
park; and $10,000 to Harry Sinclair
ior two years rental ot the Newark
Federal league grounds.
It also was announced that the Na
tional league has 18 more annual nav-
ments of $10,000 each to be made to
the Ward estate and eight additional
payments of $5,00 to Sinclair.
President B..B. Johiison of the Am
erican league, is was said, also will
send, a check for $55,000 to the Fed
eral league attorney in the near future
as the American league share of the
Federal league peace indemnity.
John K. Tener, president of the Na
tional league, , will make ' all future
payments for his league without
further action by that body.
Cards Sign Kid Who Cuts
Wide Swathe in Mound City
The St. Louis Cardinals anounce
the signing of another youngster from
educational circles,- in Robert Lara
more, a player who has made t great
reputation in St. Louis High school
base ball He is an infielder. He does
not report until school closes. St.
Louis comment indicates that he is a
wonderful all around athlete.
Egan Lauds Catcher. From ,
Cincy for Milwaukee Team
Manager Ned Egan is rapidly build
ing up a team for Milwaukee. One Jf
his late purchases is that of Catcher
Emil Huhn from the Cincinnati Reds.
Huhn, who fell to the lot of Cin
cinnati when the Federals disbanded,
has not done much for two seasons
past, but he should be a valuable man
it me muciivaii assucialllVIi.
Cubs Sign Youngster.
William Johnson, the Kansas City
youngster who has been signed by
the Chicago Cubs for a trial, is a
nephew of Frank Houseman, a great
Chicago fan. Johnson is a southpaw
pitcher, who has shown a lot of class
in the Kansas City independent field.
Quite Different Today, is That
Cub Training Jaunt to California
Chicago, Feb. 23. The transporta
tion of a major league ball club with
all of its accoutrement, from the mid
dle west to the Pacific coast, will be
under far different rnnHitinno frnm
former years, officials of the Chicago
national jeague ciuo learned today.
A year ago the Chicago club made
the iournev to the roast in a cnrrtal
train of eight cars, including a diner,
a buffet and an observation car. The
party consisted of more than 75 per
sona and stoos were mide at turn
points from which side trips were
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letics. ."I know he has purchased a
home here," says Connie, "but whether
or not he. will, play with the Athlet
ics I cannot discuss."
Oldring retired at the end of 1915.
He joined the Yankees in 1916 with
Mack'sconsent. He played 83 games
to help the Yankees out of a bad hole.
Then he retired again.
Georgia Tech Redskin Shines in
Track and Field Events as
Well as on the Grid
iron. A few years ago Glenn Wan." - the
famous foot1 ball and athletic coach,
was asked if there would ever be an
athlete who- would equal the deeds
of Jim Thorpe. He replied in the
affirmative, and said that Joe Guyon,
the Chippewa brave,' who starred
with George Tech last season, would
be the" man. . , :
The name of the brawny Indian has
been sung throughout the country. He
won his place in the sun while at Car
lisle school, but it was not until last
season that he reached the pinnacle of
fodt ball fame. There was not a back
field man in the south that compared
with him.
On the track and field Guyon is not
so widely known.' This is due, per
haps, that the sporting field, as all
others, has come under the influence
and control of the specialist. Yet thtre
is not a shade of doubt that Guyon
wilt , win fame as an all-around per
former. Not a champion in any par
ticular event, he is dangerous in all,
from the . sprints to . hurling the
Guyon can run the century consist
ently in 10 1-5 seconds, and has been
caught in even time on numerous oc
casions. Moreover, lie, can repeat with
out trouble. His' time work at the
furlong compares favorably, and he
can go along in 22 seconds or there
abouts. Such speed would win him
points in the majority of meets, even
though he might not be the first to
cross the line. The high hurdles offer
no great obstacle to Guyon. He can
fly the sticks at 120 yards in 15 3-5 or
slightly better, while . his time at the
furlong over the low hurdles is con
sistent at about 24 3-5 seconds.
. High Jumps Six Feet.
Leaving the cinder paths for the
field, the Indian is quite as proficient.
He ranks well up on the broad and
high jumps; the shot put and javelin
throw, and the discus as well. In the
interclass meets held during the early
fall, Guyon ; cleared 23 feet on the
broad jump, and soared over the bar
set at six feet. ; He can put the shot 45
feet and hurl the javelin out some 170
feet, while his work with the discus is
consistent at 135. to 140 feet. While
these figures do not establish his abso
lute supremacy in ; any individual
event, they prove his' efficiency as an
all-around performer.:
McCrea Retains Title in
Marathon Run in England
In : the . Powderhall 15-mile mara
thon this year, a big handicap event
of the Great Britain sporting world,
George McCrea, the v holder of the
title, retained his championship, al
though not' the winner, by making
the best time, running from scratch.
McCrea . finished - third. His actual
time for the distance was 1:23:41. He
ran in spite of an injury sustained in
the mines a few days previous to the
race. H. Malcolm of Bolt Beith was
the winner in ;1:18:42. .He had a
seven minute -.handicap, allowance.
This year the club management has
been notified that "when the party is
ready to depart for California there
will be at its service two sleeping
cars and an observation car , tackei
no dining car service over one road to
no dining car service over one or
sleeping car space for the party over
another and. longer route, which would
have dining car service.
Business Manager Craighead of the
club was of the opinion today that the
offer of two sleepers and an observation-car
attached' to ,'a mail train
would be accepted..
Champaign, 111., Feb. Si. Patriot
ism in all its phases will lcature the
University of Illinois' second annual
indoor relay carnival which is to be
held on Saturday, March 2. Proceeds
of the meet will be devoted to the
army Young Men's Christian associ
ation. In order to insure a profit and to
cut down all unnecessary . expense,
bronze medals will replace the costly
watches, pins and medals which have
been awarded in "former Illinois
meets. All point winners will receive
the same kind ' of bronze rewards,
while relay teams will also be given
the same prizes. For winning schools
silk banners will replace the shields
presented hitherto. A loving cup, the
gift of Ma-Wao-Da senior honorary
society, will be the trophy for the
all-round championship.
As a distinctly patriotic feature,
efforts are being made to enter
enough relay teams from military and
naval encampments to stage one or
more races. Several neighboring
camps have signified their interest
and will be represented, provided the
time is sufficient for them- to train
their teams. The length of the races
will be left for the teams to decide,
as many of the encampments possess
athletes who are proficient in one dis
tance, which others are strong in dif
ferent lengths.
High School Relay.
A high school relay race will also
be added to the card. University
high school of Chicago, Oak Park
high school, Champaign, and several
Springfield and Peoria schools have
already mailed their entries, while
others have signified their intentions
of doing so.
The usual events for Western Con
ference, college and all-round teams
will also be staged. The conference
schools that have already mailed in
their entries are Michigan, Wiscon
sin, Purdue, Chicago, Michigan Ag
gies, Ohio State, Indiana, Minnesota
and Iowa State. Notre Dame, Milli
kin and Knox are a few of the smaller
colleges that expect to be repre
sented. As usual, the huge Armory, the
largest indoor track in the country,
will be used for the meet. Covering
nearly two blocks in length, this
building offers an admirable place to
stage a meet on a large scale.
Hockey Teams on Coast ,
Are Composed of Women
San Francisco boasts of two hockey
teams made up entirely of women.
They are the "Princess Pats" and the
"Wanderers." These women are en
thusiasts over the game and are reg
ular in the matter of practice with
the result that they play an excellent
game. Ibe captain of the Wander
ers" team is Miss Helen Joyner, a
swimmer, who has been a competitor
in the swim across the Golden Gate.
She placed fourth in the last con
test of this kind held,
Dick Rudolph Anxious
To Shake Dust of Boston
Dick Rudolph, sturdy pitcher of the
Boston Braves, is anxious to make a
change. Rudolph turned down a con
tract offered him by the Boston club
for the reason that it called for a
$3,000 cut. He informed the Boston
management that he would rather re
tire from the game than accept the
contract offered him. " Rudolph re
ceived President Percy Haughton's
permission to trade himself to any
club in the league, provided, of
course, that the trade be agreeable to
the Boston club.
Cincy Shortstop Leads
Majors in Errors Made
Shortstop Billie Kopf of the Cin
cinnati Reds, made more fielding mis
plays than any other major leaguer
in the game last year. Kopf made
68 errors, but was kept in the game
by Manager Mathewson because of
his heavy stickwork. Kopf was not
much to blame for the amount of er
rors he made, because there was
nothing he would not go after and he
often tore, off plays that brought the
fans to their feet.
Bob Bescher May Go to
Columbus Club, Is Report
Report from Milwaukee has it that
Outfielder Bob Bescher may be
swapped to Columbus. - Bescher, after
being transferred from the St. Louis
Cardinals to Millwaukee played a
high class brand of base ball and had
hoped he might be given another
chance in the big show. Joe Tinker
will have made a good deal if he
lands him for his Columbus team.
Owen Moran Tells of Good
Boxers in British Forces
Owen Moran, clever English light
weight, has been promoted l-j the rank
or sergeant in the British array. He
writes a friend in America that Eng
land will be able to show up with a
bunch of good boxers when the war
is over, that is, if they are not killed
or wounded before then.
Braves Sign Hurler Who
Made Record at College
John E. Murray, a pitcher who
made a reputation with the George
town, university base ball team, has
been signed by the Boston Nationals
for a trial. He is said to have won 21
straight games in his three years of
college and independent base ball.
Lake Erie Trot Circuit
To Pay $250,000 stakes
ine Lake trie circuit ot light har
ness racing this summer will dis
tribute close to $250,000 in purses and
stakes. The season will start June 3
at Cranwood and conclude September
27 at the Erie, Pa., fair
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Dick Hoblitzel at first, "Stuffy Mc
Innis at second, Everett Scott at short
and Wallie Schang at the third corner
will be the makeup of the Boston
Red Sox infield when the American
league . season opens in April. Ed
Barrow, the new manager of the Red
Sox, made this announcement re
cently. . Barrow believes Mclnnis can
Tip O'Neill May Purchase
, . Frisco Club From Berry
Among possible purchasers of the
San Francisco club from Hen Berry,
whose retention of the club is strong
ly opposed, are Norris L. O'Neill, for
mer president of the Western league,
and Danny Long, former manager of
the ' San Francisco team. O'Neill's
former home was in Oakland and he
has amassed wealth in oil and real es
tate sufficient to make him well able
to finance the club.
Bridwell Wants Trial.
Al Bridwell, veteran infielder, wants
to come back and has written Joe
Tinker askjng for a trial with the
Columbus association team.
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instantly takes in the little niceties of a man's dress. A swift glance of ap
praisal and her first impression is formed. Whether it is favorable or not
depends on appearance.
Your: shirt has much to do with your attire and your comfort. If it
fits perfectly, is of correct style and made of approved fabrics, it adds to your
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Beau Brummel Shirts
are perfection in good looks. The cloths from which they are cut are approved
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The armholes are large; the back is amply full; the elbows have plenty of room.'
There: are five buttons on the center pleat, giving a dressy appearance, if the
shirt "creeps,, upward slightly. ,.
The. V-cut skirts permit smooth fitting trousers; and. in every part there is that
easiness of fit which spells comfort to you. . And the shirt is sturdy, too.
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be developed into another Eddie Col
lins at the midway, and he is also
confident that Schang, rated by many
experts to be the best catcher in
either league, will prove equally as
valuable at third as behind the bat.
With this infield combination the Red
Sox will have one of the hardest hit
ting quartets in base ball.
z" Patterson to Give
His ; ' ! Brother a Trial
William Patterson, who will get a
trial with Dallas in the Texas league
this spring, is a brother of Manager
Ham Patterson. Last year he played
ball under the name of Gene Murphy,
first in a tryout with Dallas and then
in the Western association, but this
year intends to drop the camouflage.
Lawry to Retire
Otis Lawry, former University of
Maine athlete, who had a trial with
Connie Mack and then was shipped
to Baltimore, has announced that he
is done with professional base. ball.
He is teaching school in Maine this
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Every Beau Brummel Shirt Has Then Feature
Players Out for Big Coin in
War Times Due for Shock
When the Season
This is the year in which the base
ball holdouts get little sympathy from
the fans. With so many of his for
mer associates already enlisted or
drafted and so many minor leagues
gone busted, the average major
leaguer of 1918 will be considered
mighty lucky by the general public.
Thanks to the foresight which
prompted club owners, led by the
American league, to ally themselves
with the military authorities in vari
ous ways and to devote generous
sums to war-time charities, the profes
sional ball player escaped the charge
of being a slacker last season, when
the public's verdict was hanging in
the balance.
A little less farsightedness and gen
erosity on the "part of the magnates
and the player would have found his
occupation gone through the clos;ng
of ball parks and his popularity wan
ing fast. That was what happened
in many of the minor circuits, for the
owners lacked the coin or the public
spirit, or both, to conduct the game
at a loss.
Players Don't Realize Crisis.
Because the major magnates went
through the season without complaint,
although all except a few of them lost
money, their players continued to
draw fat salaries and maintained their
popularity with their admirers. - For
that reason a number of the players
have failed to grasp the fact that the
United States is at war and have con
ceived the fdea their status was noi
going to be affected in the least by
changed conditions. That is the le
nient way of looking at the holdouts
of 1918. They do not realize what
they have to be thankful for nor what
they are going to be up against in
case their club owners get tired, of
conducting the sport at a loss.
Big salaries for a couple of hours'
work a day are a thing of the past
except in such cases as unexpired con
tracts with players. These will be
fulfilled unless things get too bad, but'
the men whj are not fortunate enough
to have "holdup" contracts with an
other season to run will have to join
hands with the club owners in help
ing to keep base ball alive until the
end of the war. It is a cinch, if the
club owners as a whole have to cougli
up more money in the coming' season
than they did last year, a bunch of
them will vote to close their parks.
Canadian Yacht Club
Has 65 Men in the War
Sixty-five of the 158 members of
the National Yacht club nf Toronto
are' in the service of the Canadian
war forces.
not a crudity to be seen,