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ORGANIZED BASEBALL MAY ADOPT PEACE PLAN AT COMING MEETING IN NEW YORK
HERRMANN SEEKS TO BURY
THE HATCHET WITH FED'S AT
CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
Chairman of National Commission Is Willing
to Open Negotiations With Outlaws and
Settle Baseball War -
"NE moro effort will bo made to bring about pcaco between the Federal Leaguo
J and Organized Ball at tho coming meeting of the National League In
Now York. Garry Herrmann, chairman of tho National Commission and presi
dent of tho Cincinnati club, Is willing to listen to any plan which may stop
the war, nnd If other National Leaguo owners will authorize him to open negotia
tions with tho outlaw organization it is possible that an agreement will bo
reached which tho American Loaguo will bo forced to accept.
Since tho Federal Loaguo started Its career tho magnates of Organized
Ball havo been blind to tho strength of their rivals. This was duo largely to
the fact that Organized Ball reigned supreme so long and wob favored to such
an extent by tho press throughout tho country that It belloVcd It Imposslblo
for any league to succeed without Its protection.
Fedn Invasion of New York Arouses O. B.
Tho Invasion of New York by tho Feds has aroused tho forces of Organized
Ball to a fighting pitch, and has also worried them moro than thoy nro willing
to admit Scribes point out the fact that tho Feds must sink J2,000,000 In Now
York before they start tho season and that It Is Imposslblo for them to got an
even break for many years to como oven If the now team Is favored by tho
No doubt this Is quite true, but as long as tho Feds can go out and dig
up men who aro willing to put up their millions there Is no tolling what may
happen. Tho argument always Is advanced that tho Feds cannot lost becauso
they have failed to draw well and aro losing money, but apparently they aro
not worried about their financial condition.
Battle of Finances
Last year was a poor one financially for tho three leagues, and unless pcaco
Is made, It will resolvo Itself Into a contest to sco whoso finances can last
longest. If tho battlo Is waged on this basis, there may bo an unpleasant
eurprlso In store for Organized Ball.
That tho major leaguo clubs havo at last como to realize this Is evident.
The announcement from Now York that tho American Leaguo would not build
Its new park, but would contlnuo to play on tho Polo Grounds, shows that Or
ganized Ball Is preparing to fight the aggression of tho Feds In Manhattan and
will not sink its money Into ball parks.
Will Seek More Star Players
The Federal League's Invasion of New York means that tho new league will
go after tho star players of Organized Ball, as It Is necessary to glvo tho
Gotham fans a high-class team If tho Feds expect to be recognized. A star
team In New York for the Federal Leaguo will draw, regardless of tho class
of tho rest of tho teams. Now York lovos a wlnnor and will patronlzo one,
Garry Herrmann and one or two other magnates of Organized Ball reallzo
this, and thoro will bo another effort made to reach some agreement with the
Independent loaguo. If the original peaco plans aro accepted by tho American
League, tho Federal Leaguo Is will to give up Its option on tho property In Now
York and tho war will bo over. Otherwise tho war will bo continued, and on
a much larger scale than beforo.
Promoters Should Pick Good Boys Instead of Marks for Ertlc
Local fans were skeptical regarding tho ability of Johnny Ertlc, tho St. Paul
lad who was given a victory ovor Kid Williams, tho bantamweight champion
of the world, w'jen tho latter fouled him after being severely punished and
packed tho Olympla A. A. to tho doors to seo him Monday night. Thoy saw
a wonderful youngstor, and tho manner in which ho put Young Dlgglns away
in less than a mlnuto made a big impression with tho fans.
After this brilliant victory Ertlo la certain to provo a great drawing card.
It was hoped that he would Immediately bo matched against a few of tho local
bantams who aro rated above Dlgglns. Instead of matching tho St. Paul
wildcat with a good man he has been matched to meet Knockout Joo
CDonnoll, a third-rater, who was easily beaten by tho Inexperienced Young
Jack Toland and who twice lost to Dlgglns.
It Is hoped that Manager McNulty will not force his sensational youngster
to go about tho country licking second-raters Instead of tackling a few
boys who ml'ght be able to make him hustle. Eddie O'Keofo, Low Tendler and
Louisiana aro deserving of a chance to meot Ertlc. The lattor is a won
derful puncher, as his work against Williams proved conclusively, and ho
lights a style that would assuro a slam-bang battlo If ho woro matched with
Virginia's Eleven Will Again Meet Yale and Harvard
Virginia's football schedule for 1916 has been announced and Includes games
with Yale and, Harvard. The victory over Yale and tho great Bhowlng against
tho Crimson will make tho Southerners excellent drawing cards next fall. Van
derbllt, Georgia and North Carolina ore also on tho Virginia schedule.
Many of tho leading teams of the East havo already completed their 1916
schedules. Penn is generally last of tho big colleges to arrange its dates. This
Is duo to the system In vogue, which may be changed In the near future. The
new football committee should bo elected earlier and it would not bo handicapped
in arranging the schedule for tho following year.
American League Should Aid Charley Somers
If the Cleveland American League Club 1b sold it will be a great blow to
Charles Somers, and will be further evidence that there Is little sentiment in
baseball. When the American League was in a bad way financially during the
war between Johnson's league and tho 'National, it was Somers who put up the
meat of the money to finance the clubs which wore without funds.
Had It not been for Somers the American League would havo gone to the
wall after one season and would not havo been able to force tho National League
Into making peace. FanB are of the opinion that the leaguo should tako care of
Somers. President Johnson says that Is what It Intends to do, but It does not
look that way. The publicity given Somers' financial difficulties could have been
avoided had the American League done the right thing three months ago.
Colgate's Gamo With Illinois Will Give Chance for Comparison
Another Intersections! football game has been scheduled for 1916. Colgate
has closed negotiations with the University of Illinois for a game in the West.
This will be the first game between Illinois and an Eastern eleven In years, and
It will give the critics a chance to compare the teams of tho East with those
ef the Western Conference. This has not been possible since Michigan dropped
cut of the Western body,
Fans Disappointed at Postponement of Gibbons-Ahearn Bout
The postponement of the Mike Gibbons-Young Ahearn fight becauso the
termer contracted a severe cold was a great disappointment to a small army
of Eastern flstlo fans who planned to take In the battle. The remarkable Im
provement shown by Ahearn In the last year may have caused Gibbons to con
tract the cold and It may not have Bottled In his lungs, as reports Indicate.
The Navy football eleven should be strengthened by the addition of Bill
Butler, of Central High, and Bill Crowell, of West Phllly, who have received
appointments to Annapolis. Butler should make a Btar on any college eleven,
while Crowell Is a powerful lad who could be developed into a star guard or
It J believed that the rumor of Mahan's Ineligibility had much to do with
hla defeat for the honor of first marshal of the senior class at Harvard. This
honor fell to BUI Bingham, captain of the track team and a brother of the Yale
halfback, with Mahan second choice. It is the highest honor that can be gained
by a member of the graduating class at Harvard.
Pittsburgh has a habit of supplying Princeton with football captains. Frank
Glick, captain of the 1915 eleven. Is a Plttsburgher, and bo is Frank Hogg, the
giant guard who was elected to lead the 1915 team, Charley Barrett, of Cornell,
Is also a resident of Pittsburgh, though he has been credited with being a
Clevelander because he attended the University School of the Sixth City,
Lack of weight Is going to be a great handicap to the Penn basketball five.
Last season the team was small and Coach Jourdet had a hard time turning out
a strong team. The rules In vogue Jn the Intercollegiate League at the present
tlw give big men a great advantage. Dartmouth, with its veteran team of
giants, will be a heavy favorite.
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NEW SOCCER LEAGUE
WILL BE ORGANIZED
Eight Teams May Be Entered
in Industrial Circuit at
Thomnn Garrity, of the Electric Storage
Battery Compnny, who has worked bo
hard to form an Industrial soccer leaguo,
hopes to rcnllzo Tils ambition tonight when
representatives of tho local concerns
gather at the nudltorlum of the Electric
Storage Battery Company, 19th Btrcct
and Allegheny avonuo. Invitations have
been extended to a number of tho men
of tho big plants.
At this tlmo there aro six teams for
tho league. The Ilohlfcld Manufacturing
Compnny, tho Impton Sons Compnny,
Pecora Pnlnt Company, Margerlson & Co.,
Cresson-Morrls Company and Electric
Storngo will havo elevens in the reckon
ing. JIaybo at tonight's session two more
teams will apply for membership, thus
making an clght-club circuit.
At tonight's meeting the organization
will be perfected nnd arrangements mado
to start play about the first of tho year.
The constitution and bylaws will be
formed at tonight's session, and will bo
ratified at a later meeting.
It wan the original Intention to hold
tho organization. meeting Inst night, but
becauso several of tho .representatives
could not bo present the convention was
postponed until tonight,
Tho Idea of promoting soccer interest
among the manufacturing employes has
been In tho sponsor's mind. Thomas Gai
rlty, for some time, and only by painstak
ing effort did ho succeed In finding ath
letically llvo organizations. Tho call for
soccer came nulto late this year but tho
formation of the leaguo and tho adoption
of a short schedulo will put the organiza
tion on a working basis so that next year
there will bo plain sailing from early fall.
American Lace Company employes pay
for tho support of their soccer team. Tho
company has not yet taken up the ath
John B. Stetson Company's finishing do
partment nine, champions of the Stetson
Leaguo this year, will bo the guests of
their fellow workmen at a dinner to bo
given at Mosbach's Casino, 13th street
and Glrard avenue, next Saturday night.
HAYES MEETS DAVIS
Bouts Scheduled nt Broadway Tonight.
ITappy Dm In and Groier Hayea will ba tha
roanwaya wina-up lomgni
UBlllats of the flEhter typa.
Dray's Ferry, v.
,'ortb Fenn, a. aro.
prlnclpalB in the Broadway'a wind-up tonight
tiom are vrteran pusuiaia 01 tne nan'
Ttte program rououa,
Flrat bout-Tommy Oray,
.Toa DnhfnHnn. nlnurtattr.
Second bout Joe Mealy, Smoky Hollow, ve.
Johnny Attall. Southwark.
Third bout Johnny McLaughlin, Eouthwark,
va Oeorse Blackburn. Falrmount.
Semlwlnd-un Uilly Clark, Frtico. va. Johnny
lougnrey, west j-nuaaeipma.
wind-up Happy Davis, If
ver iiayea, pomnwari.
Forfeits of -iO hae been poated by Leach
Croaa and Ad Wolgast for appearance for their
acheduled 10-round match In New York Decem
The date for Tommy Jluck'a match with
Henry McQovern at Kanaaa city haa been
poatponed from December 10 to 13.
Johnny Ertle can have a match with Johnny
Coulnn. former bantam champion. If he wants
it, The latter, after a year's stay on the aide
llnea, wilt endeavor to "come back." and bs
prefers the Kewple as hla rlrat opponent. A
promotor In Gary, Ind., ta ready to book the
match for 10 rounds In January.
Pcrkiomen Basketball Dates
PENNSBUnO. Pa., Dec. O.-Followlng an
unsuccessful football season at 1'erkiomen
bmlnary athletic attention la turned to baa
kctball. But one man remains from last
year's squad. The schedule lias been com-
fleted and Is as follows; January 8, Wet
hlladelphla II. &, home: January IV. South
Bethlehem lluslnesa College, home: January ir.',
Allentown Prep, home; January 22. Phlladel.
phla School of Pedagogy, home; February 4,
Camden High School, away: February. A,
Swarthmore Prep. aay, February , Key
atone Academy, anay; February IV!. Wyoming
ieramary. away; ptomsry iu. viuauova rep.
reoruary ii, wrnonan juiuiary wcaa
emy. home: Fobruary -'.', liavertord School,
iMSiuiciicm rtvp, uviuc.
Overton to Lead Yale Runners
NEW HAVEN, Conn.. Dec. 0 Announce,
ment was made today or the election of John
V, Ox or ton. of Nashville. Tenn.. as captain
of the Yal cross-country team for 1U1S Over
ton won flrat place In the meets this year
with Harvard and .Princeton and In the Inter
collegiate run at Boston.
Breaks Plunge Record
CHICAGO. Dec 0. A new record la today
nuns UP 'or the plunge for distance. Craig
Redmon. the 1'bu-pound University of Chicago
swimmer, set the new world's record when be
plunged 03 feat in lU'i second, two-fifths of a
second faster than the record.
SANFORD, RUTGERS TUTOR, IN LINE
FOR YALE'S HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Would Do Well With Blue's Team, Declares Rice.
Walter Johnson Bursts Into Limelight Again
After 1915 Season Is Finished
By GRANTLAND RICE
JUDGING from the written opinion ex
pressed by any number of Yale gradu
ates. Georgo roster Sanford Is running
one-two-threo for Ell's next Instructor.
Not a proUst against G. Foster has been
registered. It has been 100 per cent, boost.
As for Sanford teaching rough football,
wo'll say this: nutgers' piny ngnlnst
Princeton, In the lack of unduo rough
ness, was of a good bit higher order
than Yalo's was. And Sanford was at
Rutgers not at Yale.
By Way of Chiding
"Now that tho golfing season Is all
You think the golfing season done
Becauso a cloud has crossed the sun
'Where lately yellow gold was spunt
Because the winds and snows careen
Or drift aliovo tho ancient green
Where stark the frozen grasses leant
Tut-tut and piffle; likewise "pooh,"
I'm very much surprised that you
Should even hint tho season's through;
What though tho clubs stick In the bag,
How can tho golfing season lag
As long as frenzied tongues can tcagt
As long as one can find a guy
To listen to the How and Why,
or pile heed to an allblt
So please absorb this thought, old dear,
As long as you can find an Ear,
The golfing season's always here.
The Case of W. Johnson
Very Uttlo waa heard about Walter
Johnson. lie was supposed to be sliding
nnd a long way from his old form. No
one spent any tlmo fetching out the
laurel to wreathe around hlB mobile brow.
"Slipping a bit," was tho gcnoral ver
dict. Then enters the proof. In 1313 Johnson
worked in 47 games and permitted only
1.03 runs to the battle that Is, runs that
were earned from his pitching.
In 1914 Johnson toolc part In 51 games
and pormlttcd 1.71 earned runs to the
combat. These two seasons wero sup
posed to bo his best.
But last season or 1915 Johnson
worked in 47 games and allowed only
l.tu earned tallies to each combat. In
1915 ho was not qulto so good as ho waa
two ycar.H ago, but a shado better than
in his 1911 campaign.
In pl.tco of slumping, Johnson through
1915 moved up toward his greatest mark.
In 1913, Johnson's best year, ho allowed
Et earned runs In 47 games and struck
out 213. This last season, in 47 games
ho allowed 68 earned runs and achieved
203 whiffs. Tho difference Isn't great
enough to be noted except that John
son was considered a world beater In
1913 nnd only a fair pitcher In 1915.
The Start nnd the Finish
As wo recall tho frosted details, Herb
Pennock started the season for tho Mack
men by holding tho champion Ited Sox to
one flabby hit.
Which shows exactly how much a start
is worth over tho long route. For Mr.
Pennock finished. In effectiveness, sixty
sixth among sixty-six pitchers, allowing
G.37 tallies to each game.
Those yearning to know why tho Mack
men finished last by so wide a margin
can bo easily accommodated.
In tho way of pitching effectiveness, of
the eight worst pitchers In baseball Mr.
Mack's team claimed only six. They wero
Bush, Sliechan, Bresslcr, Crowell, Nabors
Tho best regular on Mack's club was
Wyckoff, and he allowed nearly four
earned tallies each time ho undertook to
help kill nn afternoon on tho mound.
Tho records show that a pttchor allow
ing a trlflo under three earned runs per
gnme is doing average work. Only two
earned tallies Is first class stuff and over
three is verging toward tho hush.
Vernon Castlo saw a braco of boxing
matchcH and decided to go to war. He
was too badly discouraged to continue
dancing after observing how many laps
he was behind the regular talent.
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TITLE IS DISPUTED
Girard College Seeks Recogni
tion to Play for Annual
Ever since Northeast High School won
Its first Intcrscholastlc Soccer Leaguo
championship Its tltlo to supremacy has
been disputed by Glrard College. The
soccer eleven of theso two institutions
havo not mot for several years, tho col
legians gaining such an overwhelming
victory on tho occasion of their last gamo
that their request for a dato on tha
NorthcaBt Bchcdulo In recent years has
With such strong soccer clovens in this
vicinity ns tho Georgo School, tho West
town Boarding School and Glrard College
the champion of tho Intcrscholastlc Soc
cer Leqgue, composed of Northeast, West
Philadelphia, Central High, Frankford
High nnd Germantown High, cannot con
sistently lay claim to tho scholastic soc
cer championship of Philadelphia. Tho
scholastic requirements nt tho three,
schools named above, as well as tho ages
of the students, are about the samo as
at tho schools in the Intcrscholastlc
League, henen there, Is no sound reason
for nny statement to tho effect that tho
schools nro not in tho samo class. As a
matter of fact, tho studont bodies nt
Georgo School, Wcsttown nnd Glrard
College, possibly excepting tho latter, aro
smaller than at tho public high schools.
Another National Cup match Is scheduled
for Saturday. Tho Hibernians, of tho Ameri
can League, will play Vlacoeo, of the Allied
Leaguo. at Chester.
WOULD BE SOLVED
IN WILLARD BOUT
Match With Champion
Might Decide Whether
Jim Has 'Glass Jaw1
MAY BOX IN NEW YORK 5
One of pugilism's greatest myst.rf,,, i
Jim Coffey's peculiar Jaw probably ( j
bo solved In tho near future. Prettnt la.
dlcatlons point to the consummation et i
match between tho Itoscommon eon j
Jes? Wlllard, heavyweight champion (
tho world. Tom Jones, the Kania',
manager, has announced that Willi, '
would meet Coffey In Gotham. Furtntf. '
more, ho will not demand a flat tuif. ,
antee. Jones Is ready to sign tar . 'J
match on a percentago basis. '
In this event fight fans will b eR0lri, 1
whether Coflley possesses a "glass jair ,,
or not. Thoso who havo followed Cefftr
throughout his career havo discovert!
these strange fnctB, viz.!
First. A solid punch landed on Coffey'i
Jaw In tho early rounds of a fight la
variably makes him groggy, neatly u. .
ways sends him to tho ropes for supper!
nnd makes him nn object of pity.
Second. A dozen punches of the tamt
kind and to tho same place lattr on la
tho fight never even disturb his balance.
KNOCKED OUT tDT MOWN.
No man other than Frank Moran ever
scored a technical knockout over Coffey,
yet the Iriihmnn rarely has gone through
a battle without being In a seemingly ply.
ful condition at ono tlmo or another,
without seeming to bo on tho point et 3.
feat via tho knockout routo,
Whether Coffey's championship asplra.
tlons will bo made good depends on iU
nblllty to overcome that ono pecullu
affliction the power to stand up under
that first swing to the Jaw. A match
with Wlllard would solvo this, as Jen
has developed a wonderful rlgjit-hand
If a Wlllard-Coffcy set-to Is staged inj
Jim succeeds In weathering Jess' wallopj
for 10 rounds, It Is probable that tho bit
boy from tho "Ould Sod" will beWIUIart's
most logical opponent for a champlonihlp
match after six moro months or so.
LOOKS LUCE A CHAMPION.
Coffey seems to havo every requisite
that a champion needs with the eictp
Hon of his so-called "glass Jaw," Jim's
early fault and ono which asserts Itself ,
occasionally now Is his extreme eager
ness to mix things at tho start. He starts
In by rushing his opponent and fl;ht
with tho fierceness and speed that moit
men show In the final round of a bout
And that Is where Coffey places himself
at a big disadvantage, as his foes usually
aro nblo to slip over a wobblc-produdsr
Coffey's trainers aro gradually curtar
htm of this fault; thoy aro teaching hla
tho setenco of defense, and he Is succeed
ing so well that ho may reach the cham
pionship throno somo day If hla Jaw caa
learn to withstand tho first few wallop
IIoppc Defeats Yamada
WILMINGTON, Del.. Dec. 0. Before the
City Club In Wilmington last night WICK
Hoppo defeated Yamada, tho Japanese pltjtr,
nt a 400-polnt 18.1 balkllno match by a. Kin
of 40O to 143. The longest run made by Hofn
was ISO. and hla average wan SO and a-ftu
Hon. Ho had another run of VJ. Sixty was til
longest run mado by Yamada. After the ntstes
Yamada cavo an exhibition of fancy shots,
Gibbons-Ahenrn Fight Postponed
ST. TAUL, Minn., Dec. 0. roetponeotat
for at least a week of the Mike Gibbon
Youn? Ahearn 10-round contest. orlKlnsllf
scheduled to take placo hero December 10, m
announced by tho promoters last night because
of the Itinera of Gibbons, who Is suffering trca
a cold that threatens pneumonia. If Qlbbrei
Is utls to rcnumo training next Monday, tie
bout will take place December 17. ;
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