Evening public ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, March 30, 1916, Night Extra, Page 12, Image 12

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Brooklyn Owner Trying to Interest Connie
Mack in Plan, but Athletics' Leader
Doubts Its Efficacy
CHARLES II. EBBETS, president of tlio Brooklyn N'atlonnl LenRUc club. Is
trylnrjr to Interest Munnfter Mack In a sprlnp trnlnlnit league, consisting of
four National and two American Leaguo clubs, which will meet each season nnd
play a regular schedulo of games In Florida.
At tho present time the Athletics, of the American League, and tho Phillies,
Brooklyn, Boston and Chicago, of tho National League, novo permanent training
camps In Florida, and many lnterleagtio and sectional contests aro played each
spring, but the games havo not drawn as well as they should. Ebbets believes
that -with an organization formed tho fans would havo greater confidence In the
major leaguers and would turn out In greater numbers.
It Is Ebbets' idea to Interest an American Leaguo club In Palm Beach and
havo Its owners seek tho famous winter resort as a training camp. The won
derful success of tho Braves in drawing largo crowds nnd getting beneficial
training at Miami has convinced Ebbets thnt Palm Beach is now rlpo for tho
"Wants Yanks to Train at Palm Beach
Ebbets would llko tho Yankees to adopt Palm Beach as their permanent
training camp, and It would not bo surprising If Owners Ituppert and Huston
HWitched thcro next year.
On tho surface, tho Idea Is a good one, but Florida cities always havo proven
disappointments from n, drawing standpoint after ono season, and for this
reason Manager Mnck doubts very much It tho formation of a leaguo would
help matters nny. Teams training In Florida nro under an enormous expense,
nnd Mack, llko other magnates, would bo only too glad to Join tho nlllanco if ho
could be convinced that it would bo a success nnd would not tend to take tho
edge off the regular Henson.
Mack says that hh experience with tinlnlng In Florida has taught him
that no team can make money by staying In one city for more than a year.
Ha cites tho great drawing power of the Cubs tho first season they trained nt
Tampa and the great falling oT the following year.
Great Falling Off in Attendance
The same was true of tho Athletics at Jacksonville. In tho spring of 1914
tho Mackmcn woro champions of tho world and drow largo crowds. They were
Btlll champions of tho American League when they went thero last year, but
tho nttendanco fell oft woefully.
At Daytona thoro Is virtually no chanco to draw crowds under any con
dition. Tho ball park Is fives miles from tho city, and tho trolley eorvlco Is so
poor that tho fans who cannot afford a bus must walk or tako a chanco at
strap-hanging on small cars which run every 30 minutes.
An attempt was mado to form a winter leaguo in Florida sovernl years ago,
but tho plan fell flat when tho National Commission let It bo known that It did
not take kindly to tho idea, and it is likely that Ebbets' present plan will also fail.
Bancroft Due for a Great Season
Dave Bancroft, shortstop of tho Phillies, Is destined to havo a great year
with tho Phillies. Last season Dave was fresh from tho Pacific Coast Leaguo.
Consequently, he did not know one-third tho baseball then that ho does now.
Bancroft will begin this season with a far greater knowlodgo of tho game than
ho had in 1915; ho will also havo tho confidence, because ho realizes that if ho
had mado good his first year ho should do far better this season, and ho will
havo tho confidence of his fellow-players, which will aid him as much as it
does the general team-play.
Slnco ho lias been In St. Petersburg this season, Pat Moran has been drilling
Bancroft In tho gentle art of bunting until the young shorttlelder Is now ono of
tho best Ho will bo second this year In the batting order, as ho was last year.
With his additional experience, his added knowledgo of the opposing pitchers and
his actual Improvement with tho stick, Bancroft Bhould be a deadly man as fol
low to the lead-bft hitter. Ho Is hard to pitch to, which helped him last season
and) will help him moro this year, becauso ho will bo able to uso this fact to
better advantage.
There's a Reason for Wilbur Good's Showing
Reams of copy paper havo been consumed In describing how Wilbur Good
Is progressing with tho Phillies In St. Petersburg. Although thero Is no doubt
that ho Is playing better ball now than ho did last season with tho Cubs, It Is
also true that every man makes a better showing against his old club than
against any other team.
This has proved truo almost Invariably In baseball from Class D to tho
majors. Many fans havo no doubt noticed that when a pitcher Is released from
one team to another, tho manager always starts that pitcher against the club
from which his relenso has Just been obtained. Not only that, but the pitcher
usually makes a great showing against his ex-team-mates.
This samo thing is true of players In other positions as well as In the pitcher's
box. That this should bo true Is not In tho least astounding when the facts aro
analyzed. Barely does a playor go from ono club to another without developing
a well-formed grudge against his old team. Consequently, when ho goes, in
against that club ho puts forth every ounco of energy he has to mako a good
showing. Then, too. ho Is familiar with their styles of attack and defense;
possibly he can steal their signals and thereby greatly benefit.
While Philadelphia fans hope that Good will do well with Moran, too much
must not bo thought of his work against Tinker's Cubs In tho recent seven-gamo
aeries which the Phils took without tho loss of a game.
The difference In tho relative strength of tho Paterson and North Hudson
basketball teams, now playing a series of games to dscido which ono will play
Greystock. for the so-called professional basketball championship, Is very' slight.
Faterson has a two-to one bulge In a series, tho best three in five. Not moro than
three points have separated tho teams In any ono game, and In the threo games
played tho teams have scored the same number of points 61. Paterson won tho
first game, 24-23, and lost the second 13-10. The third game went to Paterson,
23-27. Tho third game was tho only one In which Paterson outscored North
Hudson from tho field. In tho threo games North Hudson has scored 20 field
goals to 14 for Paterson.
This will be tho last season for Jolo Ray, tho Chicago distance runner, on
tho path of cinders. And, In announcing his retirement, Jole says thero are
two things ho wishes to accomplish before packing his spiked shoes away, and
these aro not Incidents In passing, either. Ho wants to hotter' Abel Kivlat's
4-18 4-5 seconds record for running ono mile Indoors and Norman Taber's
4:12 3-5 seconds records for running tho mile on tho turf. Itay has assigned him
self two mighty big tasks In trying for both of these records. He ran 4:16 2-5
seconds last year, and ho Is confident that by a courso of preparation ho can
lower both records. His pluck Is admired, at any rate.
Jimmy Walsh has been playing great ball for the Athletics and Is hitting
better than ever. Before tho regulars reported, Mack said that he was about
ready to count AValsh out of his plans, as he had been told that Jimmy was 25
pounds overweight. When Walsh reported lighter than lie was at any time last
leason Connla was agreeably surprised. It will take some hustling on the part
of Thompson and Stellbauer to keep Walsh out of the line-up.
Larry Miller, the young Brooklyn outfielder, la a son of Sebastian Miller,
ths famous professional strong man who has often appeared in Philadelphia!
Larry Is a chip of the old block. He Is one of the most powerfully built men In
the game. He was purchased from St. Boniface, of the Southern League, and
looks to be a good hitter, but Is having a great deal of trouble with his throwing.
A Philadelphia boxing man has called tho attention of the A. A. U. to the
entry of Tony Mellchar, of Chicago, who recently won the Central A. A. U. heavy
weight championship In Detroit, so that soma action can be taken in his case
before the national amateur championships are staged In Boston early In April.
A Western newspaperman found that the night before the championships
fight In Chicago Mellchar was fighting professionally for a big purse in a club on
the outskirts of Chicago. When questioned about the matter, Harry Forbes, the
former bantamweight champion and manager of Mellchar, did not deny the fact
but appeared to have the hope that Mellchar could get away with the amateur
championship. Whether ho will bo withdrawn now Is not known.
In speaking about the pessimist who can see nothing but sora arms among
the, Jfack pitchers, Amos Strunk Is reported as saying; "I guess he must have
aeon only those who stayed with the Tanlgans. One look In the clubhouse door
when this squad was dressing would make one think of a hospital with several
pf the boys wearing planters on their throwing arms. It may look different with
the regular hurlew here now.''
High-Grade Performers.
Public Course Pro
Tho 1910 schedule Of the Golf Associa
tion of Philadelphia, which will be an
nounced within a few days, will contain
several entirely new caphK Including a
tournament for high-handicap golfers,
something on the order of the tourney
played at the Scaxlow Oolf flub last
spring. At the annual meeting of the Golf
Association It was suggested that that
body Include, miotic Its penls for the
1010 season, n tournament open iinlv to
golfers affiliated with local clubs who Imo
an association rating of 12 strokes or more.
The question Immediately arose, "What
hnppens to the golfer with a handicap of
117 Ho Is not permitted to play in tho
amateur championship, which Is confined
to golfers with handicaps of 10 or less,
and If this new tournament Is cchcdulcd
ho will be barted from it." At tho last
meeting of the Executive Commlttco It was
decided to give this event a trial, but It
was agreed to open It to nit golfers with
handicaps above 10, or all thoso who are
not permitted to enter the local champion
ship No definite date has been agreed
upon although the dates under considera
tion arc July 11, II and 15 Aronlmluk
will lie the rrene of the rent, provided !
toe Drexel I II 11 organization wants It
There will be three slxtccns, tho first for
placrs handicapped 11 to 14, Inclusive,
the second 1G to 18, Inclusive, and tho
third oer 18. The matches will he played
at scratch.
Tho qualifying round of the Suburban
Team Cup competition, made necessary
this year owing to tho fact that 17 teams
ontdrcd for 10 places, will bo played at tho
Philadelphia Cricket Club on May 3, In
stead of April 27, as originally decided,
tho Executive. Commlttco feeling that the
St Martin's course would bo In better
Bhapo at tho later date Each club will
ontor a team of flvo players, and only the
team with the highest aggregate score of
tho flvo men will bo dropped out. The
matches this year will he played on Thurs
days Instead of Saturdays.
Tho wet weather of tho last few weeks
Is holding back the opening of tho Munici
pal Links nt Cobb's Crock. Tho Park
Commission hoped to announco tho date
of the opening a week ago, but until the
greens and fairways show Improvement
over their present stato tho announcement
will be withheld.
In order to obtain a locker at tho
Municipal Links golfers and thoto who
Intend to tako up the gamo on tho public
courso should apply to the Park Com
mission. These requests will be filled In
tho order of their receipt until all the
lockers nro exhausted
Tho first golf tournament north of the
Mason-Dixon line will bo held at the
Country Club of Lakewood, April 20, 21
and 22. Instead of following tho usual
program and having Its tournament the
next week, tho Country Club of Atlantic
City has announced tho Northfleld tour
nament for May 4, G and 6. There will
bo tho usual five 16s, with tho usual
prizes for tho winner and runner-up of
each 10, for the winner of each defeated
eight, for tho low scorer In tho qualifying
round and for best net and gross scores
In tho handicap. Northfleld Is ono of tho
fow tournaments where prizes become tho
absoluto property of the winner. They do
not remind one of tho athletically In
clined employer, who, upon presenting a
cup to an employe who had just become
the father of twins, was asked, "Must I
win It three times before It becomes my
permanent property?"
Canuck Is Champion Bowler
TOLEDO. O . Murch 3U. Canada won lta
first bowllm; title when It cathered tho Indi
vidual championship of the American Howl
ing Concresi here last nlh'ht through the
pruwesa om Sam Hchllman, of Toronto. Schll
man shot SOI, aewlnif up tho title In the last
eamo with two strikes und elttht spares. Hen
Huesmon. of Cincinnati, ran second, with Glu,
and Frank Shaw, of Chlcaeo. was third, with
Steelier Downs Doctor Roller
KANSAS CITY, Mo.. March 30 Joo Steeli
er, ot Dodge. Neb., defeated Dr II. V. Holler.
ot gentle. Wash , In straluht falls In a wres
tling match here last nleht Stecher'a time
was 3 mln. 30 sec and ." mln. 3 'J sec.
Frank Kramer's Mother Dead
EVANSVIf.I.K. Ind . March 30 Mrs. Helen
II Kramer, mother of Frank Kramer, the
champion cyclist, Is dead at her home here.
Shu was S3 years old.
Trade JUrk
March 18. 1010
A Pair. of
(Mother of Pearl)
Cuff Links
Just to Bee if you know
who sells exclusively the
amous "55" Pulljroof
Slidezy Scarf, we offer a
pair of cuff links to the man
or woman who presents this
advertisement at any of our
Btores on or before Satur
day, April 1st
Grant Rice Says Publisher Didn't Want to Stop
Tilt While Willard Was Under $26,000
Contract for Famous "Diary"
Mr. Hearst paid Mr. Willard $26,000 for
his stuff, running from April to April.
Which Is why Mr. Hearst waited until the
boxing match was over beforo trying to
have It stopped. Ho snw a chanco to use
the Celebrated Diary, for which ho had
paid, a few weeks longer.
It Isn't the principle, It's the money of
the thing.
What a Duffer Is
Sir In reference to golf, I often see the
word duffer used. Just what la a duffer
In golf? I means by that, what Is tho
dividing line or the average score sepa
rating Duffcrdom from a regular player?
A iluffcr is a golfer who
Wni never beat a 91;
Who rarely knows the blissful fate
Of slipping under OS;
What thinks hh game Is getting fine
When ho can shoot a 99.
"I have no Intention of retiring," says
Jess Willard, who may riot llko to fight,
but who can still use the money.
If boxing, as now conducted In these 10-
round, strictly business affairs, Is brutal,
then dancing should be stopped on nccount
of Its Innate cruelty and savagery. Thero
are tlmco when even an expert can't tell
which of the two sports Is under way.
One Difference
"The Hrowns of 1916." Rays Fielder
Jones, "aro a better ball club than tho
Whlto Sox of 1908, that only lost tho pen
nane by a gamo."
Probably so. In many ways. But hasn't
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Mr. Jones forgotten that the Drowns of
1916 havo no Cd Walsh to take part In 65
games, which Mr. Wnlsh did for tho
Whlto Sox In 19087
And Mr. Walsh using the right arm of
1908 In as many as 6G games makes moro
difference than one might think, though
Jones Isn't the ono who should havo for
gotten. Henry W. Haughty, Himself
They say he's haughty and austere,
The mighty Cear;
He moves within a lofty sphere
Alike a star
Rut for true haughtiness, I say,
There Is no man.
Like htm who drives the padded dray,
Or moving van. Exchange.
He may be haughty and austere,
The mighty Czar;
He may move In a lofty sphere
Without a bar;
nut for true haughtiness, I shout,
There's none to chafe
lAko him who calls the runner out
When he Is safe.
Ah, dally In the stands I've irept.
Forlorn and sore;
And cursed him for a thieving klrpt.
With maudlin roar;
nut oh, there Is no autocrat,
Or near tho likes
Of Mm who stands behind the bat
And calls ths strikes.
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Claims All Negotiations Consistent
With Anti-Trust Acts
NHW TOItlC, March no. "We fall to
see where wft aro liable In the suit In
tho Baltimore. Federal League Club," Is
part of a statement today, by President
John K. Tcncr, of tho National League,
In comment off the $900,000 damage suit
brought by the Baltimore Federal Club
against organized baseball forces.
"Organized baseball," ran tho state
ment, "conducted Its negotiations looking
to an adjustment of bifseball conditions
with tho Federal Leaguo as an organiza
tion. It was our understanding that the
Federal Leaguo was acting for all Its
component clubs. We aro satisfied wo did
nothing Inconsistent with tho Sherman
anti-trust law or tho Clayton act."
Basebnll Season Opens April 1 With
Villanovn Prep
The Philadelphia Textllo School has fa
vorable prospects for a good baseball sea
son this year. A lot of promising mate
rial has shown up for practlco and a fast
team Is expected. Manager Brown has
arranged tho following schedule:
April 1. Villanovn Prep; April G. St
Joseph's; April 8, Havcrford; April 1,1,
Tcdagogy; April 1G, open! April 19; Wo
nonah Military; April 29, Williamson
May 2, Cheltenham; May C, open; May.
9, La Sallo College; May 13, Norrlstnwn
High School; May 20, Bordcntown Mili
tary Academy.
Henry's Cigar Co., I'litlmlelplitn
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W H. T. Huhn easily beat w n i
ter In the semifinal round of thVhLJS"'!
court tennis tournament at the ff1
Club by 2 goals to 0. The soi-iT6"!
8-1, 8-3. Trotter received I th h.letJ
in 1,1s right ar,nXtBS,r"ratct?ln,l
ho put up a plucky fight, and" wi. k '!
out only by the brilliant play of m. ""
nonent. ot ob.j
In tho first round of tho single. ni T
racquets championship L. c Wit.,u4h ;
given a hard match by Pierce Aran' Tf
won out In four games by thSS. i
15-9, 1G-17, 1G-4, 18-1G. COrei
Sloan Defeats Newcomb
i-arucipaunff in "Tn Prea drni'a i tl
Shoot," Harry Sloan ana c"ir?M """ 1
had n battlft royal nt Camden iiiH.JV'mt 5
noon in n msicn hi lull tan
went to Bloan, who splintered
tanrets. Th. kMlw'i
two more man iMewcomb.
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