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EVENING LEDGEK-PHlLAklQLPHIA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1915
WILLIE HOPPE EXPLAINS THREE IMPORTANT THINGS TO LEARN IN BILLIARD GAM&
SPEING SERIES BETWEEN
ATHLETICS AND PHILLIES
MAY BE PLAYED IN SOUTH
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National League Champions Plan to Follow Lead of
American Leaguers and Curtail Stay at St.
Petersburg Hoppe's Marvelous Work
IV ARUANOKMRNTS now under wny nro completed, tho nprlng scries
betwreit tho Athletic and Phillies will bo played after all, but local fans
will hnve no opportunity to witness tho games. They will bo played at
Jacksonville and St. Petersburg;, Kla, dtfring the training seaBon. Uuaincss
Manager Shcttsllnc, of the Phillies, and Manager Mack, of tho Athletics,
aro arranging their schedules, and an attempt will bo made to get In a five
Of nevcn-gnmo scries.
According to tho present plans of President Hnker nlid Manager Moran,
the Phillies will follow the lead of the Mackmcn and will not depart for
tho South until the second week In March. With tho lineup of tho Na
tional I.cnRtie Champions practically decided upon, unless ono or two of the
youngsters make an unexpected light for a regular berth, Moran can seo
llttlo advantage In spending a largo turn of monoy to keep tho team In tho
South for five weeks.
Teams Will Keturn Late
Neither of tho local teams will return to this city until they nro scheduled
to open tho rhamrlonshlp season. In case tho schedules of tho Natlonnl and
American Languor are arranged so that cither the Phils or Mackmcn take a
wing aroilni tho Knst beforo opening up nt home, tho team which docs not
dro'v tho onenlng homo game will not be seen In action by the local fans until
tho end of April.
The Phillies plan to lcavo St. Petersburg about April 5 and will play
one or two games en routo to Washington, where a thrce-gamo scries with
tho Senators will bo played, starting April S. Manager Mack has not de
cided whether his team will play any exhibition games. These contest! have
selrlnm mado over expenses, and with a tall-ond team, Instead of a cham
pionship aggregation, thf nttondanco would bo oven smaller than In other
ye-irs, and Mack Is thinking of abandoning tho Idea.
HOPPE ILLUSTRATING SOME OF HIS BEST BILLIARD SHOTS
Hoppc Has Broken All Balk-Line Billiard Records
Since the flirt of Jnnuary Wllllo IIoppo, tho world's champion balk-lluo
bllllatd olnvor. has played a total of 60,000 points, and hung up a record
which has novcr been equaled In the history of the game. In this string
of 60.P0O points, divided off Into blocks of 100, BOO and 1200, Hoppo has complied
an avprago never approached, and performed tho marvelous feat of having a
run of over 100 In every match played.
Forty-four times this year Hoppc has made runs of over 200. At Hart
ford, Conn., five weeks ago, the wizard made un unfinished run of 400 In a
regular match; in February, at Hartford, he made another unfinished run of
3S6, while at Vancouver, B. C ho ran 386 before he mado an unfortunate mis
cue. On the shot following tho mlscue, Hoppe ran 103. A miss on the break
prevented him "from brcoltlng his own world's record averago of 166 2-3 for
a 600-poInt match.
Hoppe So Wonderful Ho Is Heavily Handicapped in All Matches
Hoppo's greatest run was made In Paris several years ago, when ho
comDlotod a uamo with n run of 622. So wonderful Is Hoppo that the greatest
masters In tho gamo now refuse to meet him unless they aro allowed liberal I
handicap?. In no other gnmo coming In tho category of sports has an in
dividual so completely outclassed tho Mold that ho must bo heavily handlcnppcd.
Tho uncanny consistency of this artist Is unprecedented in the nnnals of
billiards Ives. Schacfcr, Sutton and Slosson, when they were In their prime,
pcrformoa some wonderful' feats, but they never approached IIoppo in any
department of the game, and all were subject to erratic streaks.
R. B, Benjamin, who Is managing tho modest young champion, declares
that Hovpo will shatter all his own world's records beforo tho winter Is over.
According 'Jo Benjamin, Hoppo will play continuously every afternoon nnd
evening wzi April, In hopes of making new marks. It Is likely that tho
cnamplon will return to Philadelphia for two more matches In the near future.
Major League Will Try to Bar Freak Deliveries
Believing that tho craze which has seized major league pitchers to invent
freak balU and deliveries Is tho direct cause of long games, a concentrated ac
tion o dlscourago such efforts is predicted for tho annual meetings of tho
National and American Leagues next week. Tho object Is not to aid tho
batting, as generally stated, but to shorten tho games and to mako tho
work of tho umpires easier.
Ttb RuUs Committee of each league will try to provide means by which
umptret can cope with ariy situation which may arise in tho futuro If a
plict.er seeks to gain an unfair advantage by somo method not at present
forbldoer by tho rules. Tho long games In tho American League last season
cuuKtil Resident Johnson to aok his umpires to submit their opinions as
to ift LLusb, and five of tho night blamed it on the time wasted by the splt
bul'.en una other freak-ball pitchers between deliveries.
Fans Do Not Approve of Organized Ball's Method
Organized ball Is said to bo making an effort to have streets cut through
the propert jecently purchased by tho Federal League for Its new ball park
In New Yoili. Perhaps this Is considered good business, and as a war measure
nil right, but good sportsmen would rather see tho battle fought out on tho
Federal League Press Agents Going Too Strong
The Federal League has a wonderful array of press agents, and they cer
tainly keep tho independent organization In the limelight, but erroneous In
formation, such as has been handed out recently to the effect that Hughcy
Jennings and "Stuffy" Mclnnls contemplated Jumping, will do the league harm.
An odd feature of the American League pitching records is tho number
of men hit by pitched balls by tho Detroit hurlers. The total of Jennings'
staff almost doubled any other In tho league In this respect. It also recalls
the fact that tho Cleveland and Boston players became Involved In brawls
with the Tigers last summer because It was claimed that Detroit pitchers
were trying to "bean" batsmen.
Football Players Sometimes Are Students
That gridiron athletes can gain famo yln the class room as well as on the
field of battle has been proved on three different occasions at the University
of Virginia. Yesterday, George Wayne Anderson, Jr., of Richmond, right tacltlo
on tho team this year, wa3 awarded a Virginia Rhodes scholarship. Ho will
enter Oxford next fall.
Robert Kent Gooch, all-Southern quarterback last year and one of the best
football men developed below the Mason and Dixon line, won the scholarship In
19H, and John V. Ray, fullback on the 1913 eleven, won the honor from West
Baseball magnates are united on the question of college baseball, A num
ber of them. Including Charley Comlskey, Charles Weeghman and Thomas,
of .the Cubs, have publicly stated that they are anxious to see the colleges
continue the national paBtlme, as many stars are drawn from this source to
fill the vacancies In major league clubs.
A number of colleges are considering the question of abolishing base
ball as a recognized collegiate sport. This has given rise to the Interest taken
In the matter by the diamond moguls,
New Yorkers call Philadelphia "Sleepy Hollow," but It is noticeable that
Gothamltea are still going crazy over six-day bicycle races. Unless past per
formances are misleading, the present six. day affair will end in a tie, with
three or four teams riding off on Saturday night, If they pulled that as often
ia "Sleepy Hollow" they would be run out of town,
Hennlng, Dorlzas and Witherow have reported for the weight events at
Femn Dorlzas and Witherow have had experience, but Hennlng Is absolutely
grttn. The wonderful strength of the star guard gave Coach Orton the Im
1 pression that he would be a valuable addition to the track squad, and con
siderable time will be spent developing him this winter,
Despite the fact that It has always been claimed Walter Johnson poa
aessed such wonderful control that American League batsmen never feared
belqjr hit by him, the records charge Walter with 19 hit batsmen, a mark
i beaten only by Grover Loudermllk.
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POOR BILLIARD PLAYING
IS CAUSED BY BAD START
I have often been asked why such a
Bmall percentage of tho vast army of
persons who find nmuprment and recrea
tion playing different stjlc.s of billiards
ncicr attain proficiency at tho game. Tho
answer Is simple: They start wrong.
And once having acquired an Incorrect
style it Is a difficult thing to unlearn
bad habits and start right.
There arc three things one must learn
to play oven an averago game of bil
liards. They are: First, making tho
right "hridgo" for nil shots: second, hold
ing tho cue properly with the driving
hnnd; nnd. third, the stroke. Each of
these three depends on the other, nnd I
bellevo tho bridRo is tho most Important
of tho lot, although somo bllllardlsts do
not agree with me.
1 hnve often been criticised because I
did not attempt to master tho gnrrw nt
the three-cushion carom style, but, ns
tho two strokes vary so greatly, I will
not attempt Injuring tho dellcncy of my
balk-lino stroke to please a few people
who would like to see mo attempt the
other stylo of game. Therefore, I sug
gest that all beginners take up one par
ticular style and stick to it.
I will try to explain In the simplest lan
guage tho bridges I have found to be
most effective nnd easiest to master. Tho
accompanying illustrations will help ex-
By WILLIE HOPPE
i (il Id's Chuniplon llllllanllst )
plain the text. In Illustration Xo. 1 Is
pictured tho brldBo most often cnllcd
Into play. It Is used for tho dcllcnto
nursing stroke. The heel of the hnnd nnd
tho flngcr-tlps real firmly on tho bed of
tho table, with the knuckles elevated nnd
Tho cue, slipping cosily between the
hand nnd thumb, finds a solid resting
place. This bridge I uso mostly for tho
b.ilk-llnc nurse when the balls aro clone
together and u delicate stroke Is neccs-
sflrv. A few mlnntps' nrnntlrn will serve
. -- -- .-- . . -. . nni r nrn sn near locemnr mnr n nrnnfln,-
to show how Mmpio nnd effective Is this b ,d , possible. Only a fow inches
manner of holding the cue. It gives per- . ' mi,.prt. v str"n "
of tho tublo nnd return without striking
cushions or any object balls.
Tho elose mnsse brlilgo stroke shown In
Illustration N'o. 3 Is most difficult for tho
novice. It Is used only when tho balls nro
"lined up.'' The cuo Is held perpendicular
by tho stroko hand grasping tho cuo with
the thumb and two fingers.
Only tho tips of tho fingers on tho
bridge hand touch tho table, the cue
merely resting on tho side of tho hnnd.
It seems nn Insecure method of guldnnce,
but a llttlo prnctlce will show how ser
viceable It Is. Beginners will do well to
cither pass up tho mnsso stroko for a
time or try It out on nn old tabic. A
slight slip menns a torn tablecloth. For
this reason many first-class rooms bar
tho shot except for experienced plnyers.
In ltlustrntlon No. 4 Is seen tha bridge
I uso for closo draw shots when tho
balls nro so near together that a bronder
feet freedom of action and prevents a
Tho offhand masse bridge pictured In
Illustration So, 2 Is used very seldom In
championship matches, but Is shown tnoro
In fancy and exhibition work, which will
onable tho executor to get force on t'ie
cue ball for n driving mnsse, such as
could not bo obtained by holding the
bridge hand In any position on tho
table. By using tho offhnnd mnsso stroko
tho plnyer enn hit the cuo ball with BUch
forco ns to drive the ball the cntiic length
of space nro required, yet a strong, firm
resting "groove" for tho cuo Is attntned
Wllllo all of tho bridges I have men
tioned are regularly used by the advanced
player, tho first two will serve all needs
of tho beginner. Never nllow tho bridge
hand to becomo cramped. Never start a
shot unless tho cuo Is traveling cnslly or
over tho brldgo hand. Tho whole gamo
of billiards depends upon caso of move
ment. In Illustration No. ." wilt bo found tho
drnw-stroko bridge. It Is mado with tho
hand lying flat on tho table with the
Index linger around tho cuo shaft nnd
touching tho thumb In a very firm man
ner, so as to prevent tho rue from tak
ing nn Irrcgulnr stroke, which Is ofttlmcs
cntifcd by tho executing hand, and tho
other thrc fingers of tho hand should
bo In position exactly as thnt shown in
tho Illustration, .which will give the hand
a firm setting and hold tho cuo In posi
tion for a terrific drlvo or a very heavy
draw shot strike, used for gathering the
balls Into position In most of tho round-thc-tftble
OF ALLIED SOCCER
Election of Secretary, ViM
special meeting of the Allied Am
Football Association l. ,. ?.A,,
AntnM . .. i . r"w4 ior thU
West' 'Huntingdon XelTS ?
of electing a secretary lo rtpMSl
Hemingway, wno recently resign T B
Hemingway was elected secrtUr, J
the association four venr n ...... 7 i
22 clubs were affllated with '. Biril.l
tho membership has been hncrca.M ,?"
c uh. nlnv tin- In IW J "a,.M t B!
words, the present membershlp'ofV.
lied Association represents u, T)
half of the tntnl number of soccer .i.. I
In Philadelphia. t soccer elT,
dcrcd the former secretary was ouolJ. t
tho effect that he nlwnvT 5.?ul
close adherence to the rules of (he ''!
elation, and because others did bm ,S
to tnem so closely he had decided to '!
Who the Individuals were ho broffi
rules Hemingway did not say. 'i
Thero are no candidates for the M.
nt least none who could be 6crlomlri
sldcrcd, ' V
There nro several men who would n.
to havo It. but could not handle th. mD
of detail and other work connected M
tho office. Tho board of directors lr,t.,j.
to propose President John n. Pnrr.n ,.';
fill tho vacancy, but the latter declaiM
that ho will not permit his name to
beforo tho nicotine-. M
A meeting will bo held In the audita,.1
of tho Electric Storage Bnttery Coraan,
tomorrow evening to form the Indai?
trial Soccer League. rieprcsentatlVM of
the athletic associations of the Elettfl'
w....n .....,,,....,, u.c v i esaon-jiorrj i
Company, tho Hohlfeld Companr, ,.,'
Wheeler Manufacturing Comnanv. Hii.i.
Kllburn, Amcrlcnn Ttilley Company n,'
Allen & Co. will attend. .An elght-dibfl
circuit is planned, nnd ono vacancy nn!
Aluivancy, tho old Pennsylvania Lmjm'
player, got bnck Into tho gnme last 8-t.'''
urdny nfter an nbsenco of seven jein.1!
He played centre forward for Wooding!
in a unuca ucaguu mnicn with Felto'l
The final gamo of tho IntercolIegUU
season between Haverford nnd Ptnn,'5
orlglnnlly scheduled for December II, hi
beon set back to Saturday, December It
It will bo plnyod at Haverford.
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