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EVENING T.-rcTmrcTWPmLADELPHIA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1915.
JEWS AND COMMENT ON ALL LIVE SUBJECTS PERTAINING TO THE SPORTS WORLD
TILDEN EXPLAINS METHOD
OP HITTING THE "OVERHEAD"
McLoughlin Has Style Peculiar to Himself
Which the Ordinary Tennis Pis
HEAVYWEIGHT WHO MAY LOSE CHANCE TO MEET CHAMPION
By W. T. TILDKN, 2D
ClutmtilAti of Phlladelrbl.
WMFN- one MJ" "overhead," one auto
mtlcally "McLotlghlln." Yet
,m. article mi " o"00' ''', ',0' """"N
- .inlre Mrt.nRlilln, overhead unless
W ?., i i pnrrlflro voiir whole name to
joa wish t" onc shoti Nol ,)mt
Mcj.miclUln n n one
slint tennis player by
nv menti, but the
mnn who trios to no
quire tils stiiasb will
Mr nitiTiilln u riirwf i (-
bond Is n freak shot.
Instead of lilttlng
tbo b'lll ns nnv other
human beinp would
In front of I.I henil,
wheie he mil SUlnit
Into It. he allows the
ball to puss it his
bend, he bends back-
nmdo it monkey Of a mail who Is better
than h is this vcar at Manhelnt In tho
cltj title, Rlmplv Ijoeauso lie lobbed so
well hl efipohPtil missed several oer
beads and wt nfrald of them. The re
sult wni be was driven bark from the
net and bad to lilay a nng, hnrd match
from the base line, whleb be barely Won,
Instead of winning eanlly, as ho should, be
nine he lot hi nerve overhead nnd was
afraid to keep MttlhR. It was rooi! pen-
ernlslilp on rarpenter's patt nnd poor on
Ho will never do It
yi T TlLI'I s
..t nnd h"n tteei Into the ball With
with bis stomnili niiimiog
elvliiK on tlte ennr.
, hop. drlv nK
, kn. b lllll
,-Sis.lrroR'h Hi- Rf-1" from lita winp to
put PPI """
'. ..-. Iaio nf
i rni i"-- . . ....
Ine- bis muscles nave prniinmv
liln shut. Tills IS prnnnlilv
.t,he Intq nf llii slowing nown mm srn-
utrdtche.' o far that they laek the
p,tr to rem t
with the same speed that
.... ,,.ru did Mel.nuKhlltt nui J in
mucle-houn.l finni his overbend. This
i. nlv a pnslbl exphinntttin of this sud
in loss of speed on "Mne's" part and
offered ns bih'H.
Tlio fuel renin iiib, however, that any
hiilwbbli insts ii lerrlllc pbyBlcal strum
t not n shot to develop ns a regular nsct
Jo one S-ime. Hlnei. It costH you far morn
In the end than you kiiIii.
The overhead should be developed from
the tnm!.'int of cteatest lestlll for least
'Wort Tin' shot should be flint. Hat. nnd
either ftrnlKht or misled eiiually easily
to either side
To do this rureful attention must be
.' mid to fnotwm'k and the ilevelopment
it correct ia. iu.-t teehnluue.
The overhead "ImilM be made with a
' fit racquet fief and direction decided
by the position or the feet and swlntt f
' the nrm. not by nnBllnir off the racutiet.
Thin learn to bit your overhead by
. rnettlnK the ball full nnd driving It
. itralBM ahead of vou
The weight nlioulil rest on the rlisbt
i foot, which Is brick, and Hhlft unto tho
It ft as the mm is ninur. "' ""
may bo raised to 'nciea the swIiik Into
the ball hut be Mire to blind It down
lth the weight on It aH the ball Is bit.
Above nil things, do not Jump Into the
ir to mnke vour oveihcad unless abso-
'i luteb necessary, since It takes your
Whole body out of position nnd weakens
' th swing.
Method of HittinR
Hit nil overheads as far ns possible with
'.tht forehand swing. This Is the only
jhot one should turn around to take on
the forehand, since you should make or
i lose the point on vour overhead shot.
AUayg thoot for the point It the ball Is
I hit ovorhead ln-ddn the service Hue. Do
not try to kill shots overhead behind tho
lervlce line, play them back deep nnd
salt for the short lob to kill.
, Ilel) about Co per cent, on speeri and 10
per cent placement for your 'Overhead
'fhots, or In other words, count more
on beating the man by speed than by di
rection, slnco an nvorliend bounces high
nd gives him plenty of time to run after
It: thus dlntlon loses Its value ns the
, length of the bounce Increases. Never
"jiat," a short lob, always hit it hard.
i The greatest need In developing tho
', overhead is confidence. IJxpect to make
your shot nnd do not be nfrnld to lilt.
' Jet Carrentcr, of tho Philadelphia Club,
When on hei.-ln mli mr oerhands It M
due to one of two things, either vour
posture Is faults or, what Is mnr tlkcl.
ou are taking sour e,e off the ball
through e.m-lessness of luck of conllden"e.
There Is only one thing to do to rorrect
the latter Quit looking at the other man's
rMirt before on make sour shot, but
kcr-p your eve on that ball and when it j
comes to you "hit It a blow," a. good I
healthy blow, and trust to bent tbo other
man by speed. If ou miss, wh 1ut
keep hitting the same fast puce until it
A Point Winner
The ovcrlmnd must bo considered .nrel
as a shot to score points with and tbo
sooner you score tf It In n point the bet
ter, since every tnan rnlisos it lot of over
heads and to have to hit lob nfter lob
will resuli In a miss sooner or Inter. So
bit for the point uulek.
This ends the series of offensive or at
tacking shots, with the exception of tho
occasional uie of the chop stioke. That
will be taken up as "the chop" under de
The point that hns born emphasized in
all these articles! on offensive strokes Is
when attacking force the plav all the
time, shoot for the point quickly but al
wnys temember a shot must win belter
than 60 per cent, of tho times used to he
woitb anMblug. Your attack must be
stendv ns well ns brilliant, nnd It ust
depend (pilte as much on j our brain work
as on jour racquet work.
Mv next nrtlcle will be on defensive
shots, the lob and the chop fctrokc.
Tennis needs a big boom next season In
Philadelphia -ind will receive It If all
the clubs ami schools will Join and put
through tho plans tnlked over during the
winter. The amount of good Ideas that
die a uaturM death during the winter Is
mill a disgrace. Whv not put some of
liiein Into execution?
At least tho four schools of tho Inter
acadeiule t,easue 1'rim Charter, Epis
copal, tiennantown Academy and Friends'
Central-- will show somo results, lis
plans are now complete for three new
tennis events next spring. There will bo
n Junior Tennis l.engue, an Individual
Interacademlc rbainplonshlp, open only
to t'io bojs who have played In the
IfiiKUe matches, nnd a Junior Individual
Intemrademle League chnmploilshlp, open
only to the bojs who have played In the
Junior League mutches. This Is cer
tainly n step in the right direction and
will tend to build up the standard ol
piny among- tho buys.
If the older men at the various big
clubs would once In a while give on
afternoon to piny with a kid thnt shown
promise, they could help on the move
ment to dovelop the bos a lot. The
irnni.io Im that the men simply nevflr
I think nnd won't piny a kid until the kid
Is ho good he bents mm, nnu men wmu
good does It do tho kid?
T.et all the schools and clubs pay n
llttlo more attention to raising the
Mnudaid of tennis play In all classes
rather than simply face their first team
to tho exclusion of all else. When tho
present team is gone, where 'will they
get another? Nowhere, unless they do
velop tho younger players.
Let's have some opinion:) on this!
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PROFESSIONALS II ,W
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VICTORY OF PHILS IN 1915
A SENSATION IN BASEBALL
Bringing of the First National League Pennant
to Philadelphia Most Notable Mark
of Season, Says Rice
By GIUNTLAND RICE
Offers From Out-of-Town
Men to Play New Year's
Day Are Rejected
SIMON PURE" ATHLETES?
THERE ARE NO SUCH ANIMALS
DELEGATES from some 15 -worthy or
ganizations govcriil' amateur sports
will confer In New York tomorrow and
lbor to adopt n universal dellnltlon of
"hat constitutes an amateur ntalele. It Is
to be hoped that the gentlemen are pre
pared for a long stay In the Metropolis
y a year or so The Joy of renovating
the Augean Stables sinks to Inslgnlflennco
of a trivial undertaking when compared
to the task these Intrepid persons have
et for themselves.
I'ntloulitrdljr tomrthlng will lie no
templiiilird before the ilelntuten kfuirute
and io tu their rraprctltr home. 1'er
hli thry may eien rectify a condition
Kblrh prrmiti. a party nf utnutrur tnuU
athlttn to trek iirrnx (lie country at
he opeme of other persons, unci jet
brnd a football plujfr "profeloiial"
lmply hfcuue he urcrpts u da)' board
and lodging at a summer reort,
Kren thouxli the ilelrxuteii ubolUb a
fen aurh IneonnUtenrlrn, they will buve
arrompllthed little for nniatrur sporti
numlilp unlraa they Unit some way to
enforce their code. A perfect amateur
code a a aplenUld tiling to hate It
malm a fine decoration for the club
Mom Khen properly framed but unless
rae ttay la found to make It work It
baa no practical Milue.
And, If they aurcerd, perhaps we will
star no more of the atur college ath
lete ubo recrltra JIO00 per uniuiin for
wlndlni an eight-day clock, or of the
leadlox gridiron mauler whu rut Kruaa
o well they pay him $S00 per cut.
The meeting, we are told, will define
I nn nmntcur. It's hard to do on paper.
It's illlllcult to believe, however, that
tbero are many athletes of average Iniel-
I llgenco who haven't a good ethical idea
of what amatcuilsm means. The athleto
! who rigidly follows the dictates of his
own conscience In the matter will emerge
I with no tarnlsli'on bis standing.
1 So let the gentlemen dicker with the
I definition of the thing to tneir nearis
The open season for corralling Now
Year's football players Is closed.
Malingers of the rlvnl Vlncomo and
McClure elevens, hlch play for the In
dependent chumplonshlp of Philadelphia
on January t. announced last night that
the personnel of their respective teams
have been mado up, and that tho tennis
will settle down to hard practice tliH
week. Itecrultlng Is now n, closed booK.
Tho hostile managers were forced to
make this announcement on account of
m liad requests from college nnd profes
sional players nil over tho country w-ho
tiro anxious to take part In the coming
It Is the Intention of the two managers
to retain as far as possible the players
that represented McClure and Vlncomo
on the gridiron this season, and the only
new players thnt will take part In tho
gamo will llll the vacancies made by men
unable to piny mrousu mii " "
This statement will cause grave disap
pointment to the members of the Mm-
slllou, Tigers, Lanun .... --
toona Indians, who, for the Inst few days,
have been sending urgent telegrams, tele
phone calls nnd special delivery letters to
have places reserved In the line-ups for
them, in l-eply to these men looking for
salaries. McClure and McDonald said thnt
their services were not needed, and that
pliyers from professional teams wero ab
However, the names of tho men culled
.... . t... -... .1 tlts- nnA nf
upon to nil mo rHiiR i:"u -- '
Walter Camp's all-America selections,
especially when Camp goes u few years
back for his players. This is the cast:
Scott Smith. Pennsylvania Military
Academy, one of Hill Hollenback's best
linemen. , . . ...
Halpli Mills, Pcnn State, an understudj
to lllgglns, nn All-Amerlcan.
Harry Swartz. former captain or the
West Philadelphia High School eleven
and end on Willie Crow-ell's 19H Lafayette
mil' Stephens, former Central High cap
tain and Muhlenberg College star.
Harold Lentz. of the old Central Man
ual School, a sensational drop kicker and
a member of this season's Holmesburg
Charlie MeCiuckln, Vlllanova, Intercol
legiate Held goal champion for 1915.
n,.,-i, Pmii. VUliinnVn. who. with Mc-
Ouckln. played nt halfbnck, and Is one of
PENN TRACK SQUAD
TO START TRAINING
EARLY IN JANUARY
Coach George Orton to Put Big
Tcfim Through Paces for
Indoor Contests Mere
Because he is a complete stranrjer,
puclliaticnlly, the nirttolt between
Fred Fulton ami .Jess Willaril,
scheduled for March , probably
will be canceled. Fulton wciriis
220 pounds, stands (i feet 1 inches
nnd has a reach of 81M: inches.
The rfiisfc comt$ toon and the Oame fa
The play rfrlf by in a sluggish flow.
Only it tlav or ttca until
The yenr fades out and the enter is mu,
Only a day or Uco before ......
The Hook H closed on the season s score.
The player files through the oulbound
pate; . ,,
The season ends but the llccords trait.
The dusk comes soon whatever the game;
The day is brief on the trail of tame;
Itut ice loaf along and we look ahead
nil the rare is run and the dream is
Until, far bark of the mlnnlnp score,
We find that tec Come fo Hat no more.
He mme fhc lucfc nnd tee cnll it Fate
The season ends but the Itecords Willi.
Tbo season ends, but records, like the
. a II.. ahi1 m? nit
i pour, wo have wnn us io nm !...
1 time nut ns for tho recorus m iw
in baseball, they are hardly likely to be
I used as beacon fires for the dope of nil
The stnndnrd of play was distinctly be
low the average, and while there wero
some steamy pennant races, In the main
I It wns the compeiiiioii u ",:u,";1,'-
Outsldo of the Ilcd Hox ana mo ngern
there wasn't a fltst-class big league ball
club in the game.
Yet 1D15 In balldom had Its share of
fireworks The most notable mark of the
ear went to the Nntlonnl l.engue, where
Pat Mornn. a debutnnte manager with n
,.-n i..K i.i.iin.t iiv fate and bereft of
nearly nil Us stars, won for Philadelphia
I the lirst Nntlonnl League flag that proud
1 ntiv imd ever known.
Connie Mack had deluged Cjuakcrtown
with iionnanta nnd world series cham
pionships, but In 10 years' campaigning
Philadelphia had never floated n National
League Mag. And then It rcmnlncd for a
new manager working bis nrsi ear,
working with n club thnt In two years
bad lost Seaton. nrennnn. Magee, Doolan,
Knftbe. Lobert nnd Dooln. to step forth
and finish first In tho best-balanced Na
tional Lcaguo raco ever lllined upon tho
There was not a terrific amount of
clnss to the N. I., last season, but there
wns plenty of clnss to tho gnme way
the Phillies swung on. nnd to the way
Alex-inder pitched and Cravath and Lu
derus batted. Tho pitching of Alexander,
n superman In the box: the slugging; of
Cravatn nnd I.uderus, nnd the work of
young Bancroft at short Tvere the four
leading fentures which finally put the
Phillies out In front of tho Braves nnd
Dodgers, Riving hard bnttlo to the last
week of tho race.
One bad Western trip put the Dodgers
out of It. Tho Injury to tSvers nnd the
defection of 1)111 Jamr-fl with a sore arm
were more than enough to drop the
llrnves, who with their full strength
would havo cantered home by several
The rise of the Phillies was no moro
spectacular than the downfall of the
Giants. At mldsenson McG raw's pitching
staff collapsed utterly, and In Its descent
dragged the rest of the club until the en
tire smear hit tho bottom with a thud.
Kvcn tho genius of McClrnW wasn't suffi
cient to turn the tide, nnd nt the finish
the club that won n. pennant only two
yearn ago was In complete rout, flounder
ing In every department.
Nineteen fifteen In the National League
marked the retirement of Fred Clarke as
mnnnger of the Iirntos. nfter serving that
club for two decades. Clarke Joined tho
old Louisville club In 194 and went with
the transfer to Pittsburgh In 1900, whero
he won four pennants before bo finally
decided to retire to Ills Knnsos oil wells.
His record stands ns one of the finest and
most consistent in tho gnme.
Nineteen fifteen also marked the nine
teenth big lenguo year for Hani Wagner,
who led tho shortstops, despite his 10
years. It struck a sadder nolo for Christy
Mathowson, who found his lSlb year
bis worst, tho deficit being due to an at
tack of neuritis in tho left shoulder and
The American League, before a blow
was struck or n. ball lint! been pltohcd,
was slated to be a. three-club affair, with
Boston. Detroit nnd Chicago represented
and the others nowhere. For two months
the White Sox, with Collins leading tho
chnrge, set tho pace. Hut early In July
famlskey'n club caved In as Itoston nnd
Detroit swept on to the front and fought
out tho Issue.
The Tigers, using the Heavy artillery of
Cobb. Crawford nnd Vcach, mado n bravo
assault; but Manager Carrlgan had too
many good pitchers to be stopped. With
Wood, Ruth, Shore, Foster nnd Leonard
lie had flvo stars, and these five stars were
pitching for a first-class ball club In
other respects, a ball club with onc of tho
greatest outfields ever gathered. In
Speaker, Lewis and 1'oopcr.
ciintent-nnd when they nro s.uisiwu iei "'-', ,'..,. CVcr developed at the
i.... .,.,,l tlna tinl.incn fir IllPir U'Jlf ui - - .
int.-ii I flnim "- '
two llgiulng on some way to enforce
Tho surest way of preventing fractures
of amateur rules. .AboUsh the rules.
Let everybody tell all he or she knows.
Then let the slmon puro amateurs com
pete together both of them.
Is This a Promise?
Tho latter part of the week will see
the Intercollegiate Tootball Association In
session, and we are led to believe that
It will bo mado compulsory for all col
leges to number their plaers. It Is to
bo hoped that the delegates go through
with It, desplto the stand taken by
Hnughtou, tho Harvard gridiron Im
prcssarlo. Peicy, It will be remembered,
has Intimated that the game of football
belonged to the college man alone, nnd
the comfort of the contributing public Is
not to be considered.
I'ootbult, It's u college gume
And not for common fcrti
liiord for Atmit Muter' famej
Ino dollaru for u eat.
The Hurried Header la willing to
wuger large um of money Hutt the
l).u-i-a Urja on rytry baelmll writers
midline ure allowing aigna of wear,
"Joe Tinker fut of Jlui.jer" head
line. He l one of the few former
1 cilerm i.euituo jiuijhp
Mnin T.lne college.
Norman McKlsalck. Hwnrthmore, a
wonderful broken-field runner, und men
tioned for an all-America position In 1313.
Texas Ramsdell, University of Pennsyl
vania, ono of the beat halfbacks and fast
est sprinters Ponn ever had.
D'AItCY STOPS M'GOORTY
IX EIGHTH IN AUSTRALIA
Antipodean Again Knocks Out Amer
ican Middleweight Boxer
NEW YORK, Dec 27. Le.1 D'Arcy,
Australian middleweight, proved his su
periority over Eddie McOoorty. of Osh
kosh, for the second time In their bout
In Australia Puturday night, knocking
him out In eight rounds, according to a
cablegram received by Chris Hrown.
ngent for Hugh Mcintosh, promoter of
the fight, here today. It contained no
details of the scrap.
Famous Oarsmen Killed
LONDON. Dec S7 -It C Le Blanc Pmlth.
the famous Cambridge t'nli trait y oarwnan.
has b.i killed in aitl-m In tho re. enl Itifhtlng
In Northern trunce
tat three tlmea In
1. V-nn h. mat ULllh
repreaentej Ihe College ai Henley.
Ho repreaenlrd the Can
n l mvcriiiy ooac titer.
many aurcokata and twice
NOTES ON ATHLETICS
Coach George Orton. of the University
of Pennsylvania track and Held team,
has issued n notice to tbo athletes to
report Immediately nfter the New Ycnr's
holiday. The Indoor schedule which hns
been announced Is a heavy me nnd the
." ,ii i i i... worked strcnuousl
Vo round jn to condition for tho first set
t. ,.. ofl ,, vv York.
Ted Meredith, world's nilddlc-dlstnnco
champion, has been taking Ufo ,os the
last few months, but wll get ton
hard work after the holidays. To keep
in condition Meicdlth has been playing
austnvus T Klrby. chairman of the
Advisory Committee of the .1. '';
A., admitted last night In New "rk-J'ht
some of tho suggestions of the Intercol
legiate body looking toward a clearer
definition or nn amateur would meet with
opposition from vailous of the arganlza
tlons governing nmnt.-ur sport. I'""'
ho looks to see the situation cleared up
considerably as a result of the conference
of delegates from these bodies which be
HARTFORD, Conn.. Dec. !!. Tho ten
tative schedule of the Trinity Collcgo
football team for next season has been
The annual game with Uesleynn has
not yet been decided upon, as the es
Icjan authorities nro delaying action
pending n decision n inniij- nmiimm
'. ... Ii 1 1.. II. 111. m. '..IftCI Tllft
changes in ms""'") ....-. -
September 30, Norwich I'nlverslty at
Hartford; October 7, Hiown at Provi
dence: October II. Springfield Y. M. C. A.
College nt Hartford. October 21, Army at
West Point; October SS, Huston College at
Commodore a Heal Leader
NEW YORK. Dec. 27 -The hlah wind r.laywl
tuv'm with tlw i.i olgeiina iruna Irom the
LTirrninoiit Yittht Clul. irni. yratenlay. but
Take Home irunhy. hrnko 17 out uf hl ""..yuo
rok". l" was nlao liUii scratch man IOi J
tojalof M. The hlsli liinaiiiii" irl wont to
W.M. Short wlih u iot.il of 7 on Ilia handlean
of 4. T. J. MeCHhlll. the urulch man. rolled
up a total of 70
Johnson to Aid Somers
CHICACHI. Dee. 27. I'rialrteni JUn Johnson,
of tho Anwrtcan league. l leave loiilsht
tor l.ivVi.in.l to arraiigu i.rellmlnary deialla
of the 1MKU0 liierllns cOniaduv. At which
the ttnancUl UIMress of c'turlea Bomera'
Indiana will ho taken up.
Ahcrg to Meet Masked Marvel
NEW YOItK. Dec. 27. Alcx-uider Aber,
called, the world's ihaniidon In I he announce
menia of tho Inu-nutloiwl nriytllinc touma
ment at th llanhattim ninr.i lloue. will Irv
hla tioiid. or h ind. agalnat ihi, Masked Marvel
this A eiilni. The em ounter 111 .bo the feature
of u long orouram of wreailinie bouta.
Stebblngs First in I'ennant Run
NKW YOBK. Dec. 27 The IVnnanl A. C.
waa not dlmae.l hj iw. ril.i a atorm. hilt
held lia uauul road lun. wjiith was won by II.
BiebbYnaa of iho Hronx I'liurd. I u.e. Hla
time waa St mlnuiea Mat uut M J buyer, un
attached. tlnUhed right at hla huda.
"He will be a pathfinder for
an army of conquerors'
Who is the American
about whom this thrilling
diction comes from
No; we have no
military genius about whom
foreigners would forecast
such a future. A statesman?
No! A scientist? Again,
But there is such
If vou want to know
about him see
PUBLIC S LEDGER
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