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Superbas and Athletics are Considered Rather Poor Con
tenders for Base Ball Honors; Connie Mack Sold
All Old Stars, and the New Ones
By HUGH S. ULLERTON.
Two rather hopeless ball clubs, Brooklyn and the Athletics
forni our study: Brooklyn rather a better club than was
presented last season, but still a forlorn hope in the National
.eague! and the Athleticsonly the ragged remnants of a'once
great team. '
.Jr. . Mack declared that he was planning to start to build a
team up from the foundation. He tore down to the foundation,
then tore the foundation away and little remains of the once
great team except the deficit and Mack's own uncanny smile.
Brooklyn, hit hard by the war, has been harder hit by the
policy of the management in cutting salaries down to the bone.
- More and more, as we study the teams that are to contest
ior the championship this season, we face the fact that the box
office is the dominant interest in base ball. We find these teams
made more hopeless than ever because of financial rather than
flaying considerations. Undoubtedly owners are warranted in
cutting salaries and in cheapening teams, but where the act of
reducing is advertised and exploited sp as to arouse the players,
it'may affect them. It has done so in several clubs, where, per
haps, the cutting ,has not been greater than in others that have
sscaped without a murmur, showing that tactful owners may
eet away with stuff that others
In strvice, 7.
Liable to first call, 5.
Brooklyn will present a team with'
perhap fewer changes than many of
the other clubs of the league. Only
two altcratbns that have, been made
have any effect on the vital strength
of the team.' The acquisition of Ma
maux (if this temperamental bird can
be made to work) makes Brooklyn
even .more iormidable in the pitching
staff than it could be accounted even
before Pfeffer, Cadore, Smith, Apple
ton and Milius decided they would
ather be in the trenches than pUy for
.his club. To fill this vacancy Elihitts
:radediand got Grimes from Pitts
burgh, Mamaux frojn the same club,
xnd Mitchell, secured on a waiver
from Cincinnatiall losing pitchers,
although Mamaux, under the proper
conditions, should be one of the best
in the country.
The weakness of the team last sea
son was pitching. The team had quite
as much punch as it did when it won
a chanipioiuhip, and the pitching
slumped badly, resulting, especially
late in the season, in half hearted play
ing by the team.
There is rothing in sight to make
the club look even as good as it did
year ago in the pitching line.
Hurt by Cuts.
The team, further, iVhurt somewhat
by the universal salary cutting, nd
there was not a high standard from
which to cut that some of the teams
had to work on.
The second change does not look
good for Brooklyn. The letting go
of George Cutshaw in the Pittsburgh
deal needs explaining. Why a club
with a mediocre infield that "is 'strong
on the first base side only should
trade a second baseman who annual
ly got into mote double plays than
any second baseman in the league.
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Yvuu " y cu igr second DasC'
man and who usually was high in num
ber of fielding chances, is odd. esne
dally since the team got litlfe in re
turn, from paper standpoint at lei st.
Ward is a very fair young fellow who
is coming along well, but Cutshaw was
a known quantity. There was a varn
last season that Cutshaw was clashing
with others in the team and there
may be a red reason back of the deal
further than appears on the surface.
Outfield Hat Speed.
The dutgcld is of first division
strength; it has speed and it has
punch. The two Grains of Wheat
(Zack and Mack) are reDorted.dis
satisfied with the financial arrange
ments, and dissatisfaction on the part
of Zack especially would take the kick
out of the club to a great extent.
The catching staff is just a little
above the National league average and
not of pennant winning form by any
This team is not end never .was a
strong one. It is just average and
needs a lot cf pitching to get it into
first division classification.
Indications are that a healthier, tone
will prevail this season, that the? men
will work better for Manager Robin
son, un nitting strength, it should be
third in the league to New York and
Cincinnati, cn fielding it ranks way
riovvn, ana on pitching well, so much
depends upor. this fellow Mamaux and
whether heir- willing to work instead
of tango and sine, that it is a hard
guess. If he wants to work the team
has a top-nmcher who -can carry the
veterans, and. bear the hfavy burden
o as to rakc the oli-iurs mort ef-
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fall down in trying.
In military service, 11.
Liable to first call, 5. .
Connie Mack's Athletics remind one
of Rhcims cathedral. They are a
noMe ruin, badly matched. His old
stars are ail sold, the new fast young
sters' he was developing and making
into a fast, fighting ball club are
moslly.in military , service. He is
paicniug up a team oi veterans oc-
cured in trade tor his great men, ana
filling in with players who, if they
have much promise, 'are known only
The citv to which Mack gave so
many championships and from which
he has extracted so little money, has
turned upon him. It never has been
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a great uasc uait town nu n uis uc
manded great base ball for half fare
and failed to pay the fair. Now it is
raging at the club owners because
they sold the stars.
If Connie Mack was in any other
business than base ball he probably
would be rated as one of the most
astute of business men, whereas he
is being denounced far and wide.
Examine the circumstances: He n?d a
great ball club and salaries had ad
vanced immensely. Receipts were
not keeping up with the demands of
the players. He sold players and cut
the pay roll to fit the income. Income
dropped further. He cut loose his
stars and began building a new club
with such .wonderful success that
his team young and spotty as it was,
became hard to beat. The war took
many of them.
lave Sfbck Risky.
Live stock, is a risky business
nowadays. Mack had a lot of money
invested in players who were liable
to go into service and be a dead loss.
Other clubs wanted them and were
willing to take the risk, so he let go
and collected players in return who
are not so liable to be summoned to
the colors. He got Cady, a steady
and very fair catcher, and Gardner
for Stuffy Mclnnis, with a pitcher
thrown in. Gardner has been a
corker for years, can plav second
after he is through at third, and isJ
liable to come back with a rush under
Mack. Mclnnis a great player, was
not earning his keep at Philadelphia
and the thange will do him good.
In spite of the howl that has gone
up in the Quaker city, it looks as if
Mack knew exactly what he was
doing and that, from the standpoint
of useful material, he got more than
he gave and coin to make up the
Paper Dope Weak,
His team does not shape up well
on paper. Until we have seen what
he works out of it in the spring train
ing it is impossible to dope it other
than an eighth place club in such a
strong league. His pitching is
about the only thing (outside of third
base) that promises to show improve
ment. His young material is a puzzle
to everyone excepting Mack, but
then it usually is. He has a way of
picking up young talent that is posi
Observe how the Athletic teams
play: Macks new club which he
started building after disposing of the
greater part of his old machine was
easy to beat, in feet it beat itself,
Then, after a month or two together
it wasn't hard to beat, but it wasn't
beating itself but' was making other
clubs work to beat it. and by the end
of the first season it was troubling
all the lubs.'"It was playing team
ball the kind of ball that his great
club played.' Of course it lacked the
Uunch and the Dovyr of his treat
Today's Sport Calendar
Golf: Open professional tonrnament for
men at Ahellle, N. C.
lianket ball: Kansas state hiterscholaetlc
tournament opens at Lawrenre.
A thirties! Annual Indoor track and
field imn of College of the City oft New
hwlmrolnj: Western Intercollegiate
iinmplonxhip at North went in university.
Wrestling: Kaatern Intercollegiate cham
pionship at Columbia university. Allegheny
Mountain American Amateur Athletic union
championships at Pittsburgh.
Iloilng: Metropolitan 'American Amateur
Athletic union championships at fiewark,
clubs, but some of the championship
teams of the league could have learn
ed a lot about base ball from it.
The team no matter how weak
that plays team bH all the time is not
a negligible quality. We must study
to see whether the Athletics have any
hidden batting power or any camou
flaged punch before we can consign
it to the cellar.
(Copyright, 1S18 by The Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
Doane College Celebrates
Victories of Its Cage Five
Crete, Neb., March 21. (Special.)
A big celebration was held on the
Doane college athletic field last night
in honor of the state championship
basketball team. A huge bon-fjre was
built and speeches .were made by
members of the team, Captain Wal
lace Andrews, Clarence Newman,
Frank Dredla, William Ellis, L. P.
Mains, W. W. McDonald and D. 0.
Alter,- after which talks were given
by members of the faculty. The team
was hauled through the streets of
Crete in a wagon pulled by college
girls, led by a "Dutch band, and fol
lowed by the students.
Doane has made a record this year
with 'no paid coach and the lightest
team in the slate. The heaviest
player weigh? but 165vand Dredla,
star forward, weighs only 125. With
the exception of the rwo games with
the Nebraska Freshmen, Doane lost
hut one game durig the season and
that-was to Cotter. The record is
Doane 24IUnl. Freshmen ....26
Doane MjOmaha Unl, 13
Ifciana SljOotner K
Doane 27Peru 11
Doane 20 I' nl. Freshmen ....37
Dnane 27Central College.. .. .14
Doane ' . 3 3 J Wesleyan 21
Doane 3THast!nga 12
iHmne ............ WCotncr 22
I mane 40
Doane .3S7 Opponents 226
For total number of points made
during the season Dredla stands first
with 156 and Newman second with
Joie Ray Sets World's
Record at Indoor Meet
New York, March 21. Joie Ray of
the Illinois Athletic club, Ch'ago,
established a world's indoor record
for three-quarters of a mile, coveimg
the distance in 3 minutes 4 4-5 :ec
onds at the Commercial instiute
games at Madison Square garden .here
The former record was 3:07, trade
by Joe Driscol of Buffalo, March 15,
In ar. attempt to equal or bettw the
one mile indoor record of 4:16,n.de
by Johnny Overtonast year, Ray con
tinued on, paced by W. F. Gordon of
the Pclhamajnaval training station His
time for this distance, however, was
In the three-quarter mile event,
Michael A. Devaney of the Bosion
navy yard was econd, six yards f ck
of Ray, and 20 yards ahead of E H.
Fall of the Great Lakes naval training
station, Chicago. Gordon and -Jr.ck
Sellers of the New York Athlet'c club
were the other contestants. '
Curfew to Ring in London
At 10:30, New Proclamation
London, March 21. The cm lew
hour has ieen fixed for London and
the southern counties of England at
10:30 o'clock at night. At that hour
all places of amusement must be
closed, and they must remain closed
until 1 o'clock the following after
noon. There will be no lights for
shop wfidows and the hotels, clubs,
restaurants and various other
designated places must cease hot
meals from 9:30 at night until 5
o'clock in the morning. . ,
snap and1 individuality to it tliat
gets you then the quality is al
ways beyond criticism. You've
simply got to admire the
MANY SIGNS OF
NEW BOND WITH
Entente Missions No Longer
Rushing Away; TrotzkyAsks
America for Hefp to Con
struct Railroads. '
(B; Associated Tress.)
Moscow, March 21. There has been
a mailed change in the attitude of
the entente allies toward the soviet
The entente missions are no io ger
rushing away from Russia. .The iuig
lish, French, Americans, Italians and
Serbians now have military mis.cns
in Moscow, and they are taking quar
ters, as they expect to remain..
There are many signs of renewed
co-operation between Russia, and the
Replies to Charge.
Leon Trotzky's reply to the entf.nte
allies' inquiries concerning reorts
that the bolsheviki had armed thou
sands of German and Austriau var
prisoners in Siberia, who now threat
ened the trans-Siberian railway, tvs:
"Send trained officers and investi
gate. I will give you a train."
The offer was accepted, and tcn.-ght
Captain William Webster o! the
American Red Cross and Captain W.
L. Hicks "of the British military mis
sion left for Irkutsk, Tchita and other
points where the Germans are re
ported to be provided with rifles, field
pieces and ammunition.
The bolsheviki papers charge that
the reports of the menace of armed
German and Austrian prisoners in
Siberia, is part of the German propa
ganda tp dfscredjt the soviet govern
ment and encourage Japanese inter
vention. M. Trotzky also has asked the
American military mission-iu 10
American officers to assist him &i in
spectors in organizing and training a
new volunteer army, and has re
quested the services of American rail
way engineers and transportation ex
perts to assist in the reorganization'
of the railways. He also has asked
for American railway equipment in
the way of locomotives and cars
Loyal Boosters to Meet
Churchmen of Omaha
Friday night at the Young Men's
Christian association gym, 8 to 9
o'clock, the Loyal Boosters' h?sket
hall team of the First Christian cliurch
Qible school will play the Wrvelcr
Memorial juniors of Omaha, ,..m
pions of the Omaha Junior Church
league. The lineup:
BOOSTERS. I OMAHA.
Deffenbaugh (C ).R.K.R.P H'll (C.)
Slellor .f. I,.F. L.F F?rria
Baker ,...C.C N.ln.an
Miller P.O. R.O Anderson
Day uQ.fL.O Kohkiioky
John Hanthorn. John League, Na.ban
Plnkney, substitutes (or the Boosters
Byers Wins Over Reynolds
And Murad; To Meet Myers
Clayton Byers, who recently estab
lished a record Tun of 93 at pocket
billiards, continues his success at the
Grotto billiard room, where he is
meeting all comers.
Wednesday he defeated Jess Rey
nolds, 125-88, and Murad, 125-109, This
is the sixth consecutive victory for
Thursday nifght he will meet
August Myers. Brooklyn crack. ,
No Consistory During War.
Rome,' Tuesday, March 21. There
will be no consistory until the war
is over, Pope Benedict said fnlay
upon hearing that the report had been
published that he intended to rail a
Today WILLIAM S. HART
in "THE PRIMAL LURE" k .
"PHOTO -PIAY- OFFERINGS
In a Story of a Butter
fly Wife in a Gilded
Vaudeville and Photoplays
A NIGHT WITH THE POETS
An Artistic Creation in Song, Poetry
. and Tableau.
FRANK A GRACIE DEMONT
la a Series of Claasy Ideas
Drama of Adven
ture and Romance
"The Haughty Frimess"
Billy Montgomery & Ceorge Perry
Bessie Rempel and Players;
Kanazawa Boys; Doc O'Neil; The
Jordan Girls; Ruth Osborn; Or
phcum Travel Weekly.
Sat. Mar. 34
'MARY'S Aft K IE"
Something; Wmtli Going Miles to See.
Mats., Sat., Sun., Wed., Sat., 50c to $1.00
Nites. 50c to $1.50.
'OMAHA'S FUN CENTER"
Dl'y Mats., 15c, 25c, 50c
Ev'gs., 25c, 50c, 75c, 1
Last Times Today
The Hastings n9n ftnlpmai Mia'
Show and Ua" wOJeman Burlesque
Tomorrow (Saturday) Matinte and Week
Jack Conway libe"rtVgirls
LADIES' DIME MATINEE WEEK DAYS
this hat any
W$ !rl4 I "DOUBLE I f
jiiU?,.fcJ CROSSED" II
Here's a "Love
. Me ALL "Swell Up"
Furthermore, I realjy believe tje lady who wrote this was
in earnest, as she didn't sign her name with the expectation of
"kidding" me into giving her the prize. t
"My Dear Mr. Thomas
"Believe in you? Absolutely, my dear ?Ir. Thomas. I think
you the very best movie manager in the world. (Personally,
I would have been satisfied if she had said on Douglas street,
between 17th and 18th.) " '
e "Why, I never make plans for the week untjl I've read the
Strand ads in Sunday papers. You always give us programs
just as you say you will.
"The taste and delicacy with which you carry out many of
your features in fitting stage settings, etc., is most clever.
"I wish every devotee of the screen might appreciate you
and your untiring effort to please as I do.
"This is not the love letter you plead for from the screen,
but simply a few facra I have long wanted you to know.
"I am going to speak for
CIATE AND "BELIEVE IN
"May all success be yours.
Anyway, when we get letters like this, it simply makes us
strive all the harder to give you good shows, and also be per
fectly candid in admitting when our features are not e,xactly
what they should be. However, we have on a corking picture
today and tomorrow.
So we advise you to come down and see it
Today and Saturday
WM. S. HART
"The Captive Go'd"
Today and Saturday
ELLA HALL in
"BEAUTY IN CHAINS"
all of Omaha. WE DO APPRE
"HER DEBT OF
Today DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS h
' "KtACHlINU l-OR THE MOON"
Tcd and Saturday Jf
ETHEL BARRYMORE in
"THE ETERNAL MOTHEB
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