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MENING LEDOEli-IHILADELPfllA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1916
MACK HAS FINE NUCLEUS FOR WINNING MACHINE IN PRESENT COLLECTION OF RECRUITS
PLAYING OP MACK RECRUITS
GIVES A'S HOPES OF RISING
HIGH IN 1917 PENNANT RACE
Thrasher and Grover, Viewed hy Pans Here for
First Time, Expected to Plug Gaps
in New Machine
WHILE Cennle Mack's rejuvenated ball team broko tho American Loagua record
fer defeats In a single season when they were downed for the one hundred
MM fourteenth time this season, this tlmo by Washington; tho work of tho two
you; recruits, Thrasher and Oroyer, gave tho 2000 faithful who were present a
fwrtiter Idea of what Connie expects to do next season.
Thrasher, who was the leading hitter In tho Southern Association nnd who
tootw like a "real" comer, showed flashes of tho work that caused him to bo
;scUed as the best ball player turned out by the South slnco tho days of Cobb,
Speaker and Jackson. He mado only one hit In four times up, but he looked over
th offerings of Jim Shaw In a professional fashion. Although his chances nfleld
were not numerous, he made a remarkably fine pick-up on a line drive which. If It
had. rat by, would havo hit tho right-field fence for three bases. O rover put up a
fair game In the field at second and also secured two hits In four times up. Ills
work yesterday satisfied the fans that the dopo sent hero about his good showing
en the western trip was right.
The weakness at third baso Is as glaring as ever. Not only did McElwee
make three errors yestorday, but his handling of bunts was as poor as It was on
the Athletics' previous home stand. Aside from tho Interest naturally to be ex
pected In looking ovor Thrasher and Grover, the game was drab and dull. Which
fact was realized by Nick Altrock, who engaged In a lengthy and, needless to say,
loud argument with tho fans In tho upper pavilion. Nick's ball-playing days have
passed to the rear along with the Providence record of twenty straight, but his
votco Is growing louder year by year.
It Is certain that Mack will Bend other recruits Into tho gomo during tho re
maining throe frays with the Nationals, who showed as much pep yesterday as
though the game had been a deciding ono In the pennant race.
Ebbets Keeps Eye Focused on Gate Receipts
LAST winter Charley Ebbets, owner of the Dodgers, made a stirring speech at
I the Philadelphia Sporting Writers' dinner, during tho course of which he de
clared that "the Brooklyn club did not belong to him, but to the Brooklyn fans."
He said that It was the fans' club, that the game itself belonged to the fans and
that he was merely their representative, whose only object was to abide by their
That was back In February, when the impression was general that the Dodgers
would be lucky to finish in the first division and tho club would need the support
of the tans. Today, when the Dodgers appear to have a wonderful chance to play
in the world series, Mr. Ebbeta has changed his tune, much to the surprise of the
fans, who always had been proud of the grand ideas of the owner of the Dodgers.
We remarked when the Phillies and Dodgers were compelled to play through
Bine Innings In a downpour of rain that Mr. Ebbeta was losing sight of his pledges
in his mad desire to get the money, and the recent announcement that the Brooklyn
club would charge more for world series tickets than has been charged by any
team, even New York and Chicago, just about proves that the only object of Eb
beta and all other magnates is to get the money.
In explaining why the prices will be doubled for the world series, providing the
Dodgers win the pennant, Ebbets says that ho feels sure the fans of Brooklyn
would feel bad If the receipts of tho game In Boston exceeded those at his park.
Ebbets says that Brooklyn Is proud of its reputation as a baseball city and that
his only object in raising tho prices is to hang up a new mark for world series
receipts. Therefore we suppose that Ebbets will donate tho extra money to
Batting Records Prove Nothing
THE sooner the present system of compiling batting averages is done away with
the better will be the team work of every major league team. Tho present
system tends to do away with earn work, and a large percontago of players think
too much about their batting averages and not enough about tho success of the
team.xThls particularly is true of a team that is out of the race, and the magnates
have no one to blame if a player on a team out of the race Is accused of playing
for his average.
When a ball player goes to a magnate to renew his contract and asks for a
raise the first question the magnate will ask is, "What did you hit last season?"
It is only natural for a ball player, making his living out of the game, to desire to
hit as well as possible when his salary depends upon his batting average. Tho
magnates take entirely the wrong view of the matter, nnd we believe .they would
be better off In the end If they permitted the managers to stipulate what salary
each player should get; but for somo reason the managers all dodge this issue,
and tho presidents do not seem anxious to allow the managers to handle the club's
A system whereby the number of runs driven in, sacrifice hits and stolen
bases all were Included in finding a man's grand batting average would bo more
adequate and would serve to Improve team work. Under the present system
players always will think more of tholr batting averages than the success of the
team, so long as they are not in the pennant race.
The best hitter seldom leads a league, barring, of course, the wonderful Cobb.
An example of the mistake of the present system was given In the last series be
tween the Phillies and Reds, when Hal Chase was presented with at least four hits
because the Phils had a game clinched and like the Red first baseman. Not only
were the pitchers grooving balls for Chase, but the lnflelders also played two or
three hits poorly and allowed him to get credit for infield hits. Thoso four hits
may give Chase the batting championship, but he is not the best hitter in the
Hughey Fullerton, who admits that he has been up in Michigan almost all
summer, rates Lewis, When,t, Veach, Jackson and Magee above George Whltted, of
the Phillies. We will wager that Managers Carrigan, Robinson, Jennings, Rowland
and Stalllngs would give their left fielder for Whltted, and also would bo willing to
toa in a pitcher or two or a bunch of money. When one attempts to rate Whltted
according- to figures he la entirely off the track, as tho Phllly star is ono of thoso
players who cannot be Judged by figures. He is today the best left fielder In base
Mi, barring none, and also of as much value to his team as Cobb Is to Detroit or
"Collins to the White Sox.
When the National League magnates hold their annual meeting in New York
next December the chances are an attempt will be made to make radical changes
in'the playing rules. Some already being considered are abolition of the spltball,
, prevention of the use of any foreign substance on the ball by pitchers and changing
the feul-strike rule so that either the first or second foul will not be a strike.
Some of the magnates, too, are in favor of giving Philadelphia a ground rule,
making a fair-hit ball which bounces over the short and low left-fleld wall home
ball lot a two-bagger Instead of a home run, as at present. It Is possible that
iher parks will be considered for a similar change.
Tho Boston Braves raised an awful howl recently when Lew McCarty was
dd to the Giants by the Robins and then allowed to take part in aamea
between the two clubs. McCarty is said to have been promised a sharo of world's
weriM money if the Dodgers were fortunate in their race for the National League
jMfMwnt, and Boston players intimated this might be on inducement for McCarty,
to play aalfist the interests of the Giants.
2t Jack Barry is able to get into the world's series, as the reports state, the
mom of the Red Sox again copping world's series honors are greatly enhanced.
Last October Barry was a marvel on the defense, and it was due in a great
wtiwi to Ms Individual efforts that Carrlgan's people took four games In a
row after the FhtyHes had started lth a victory.
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PHILADELPHIA OPEN TITLE
FOR GOLFERS TO BE STAGED
AT PHILMONT OCTOBER 1142
Date at Last Decided.
Conflicts With U. S.
Professional and State
By SANDY McNIBLICK
TWt months later than It originally was
scheduled, a date Anally has been found
for the Philadelphia open golf champion
ship. Francis B. Warner, secretary of the
Qolf Association of Philadelphia, announced
today that the tourney will be held on
the 11th and 12th of October. It has been
found Impossible to hold It sooner than
that, and a later date seemed impracti
cable. So far as the date goes. It Is probably
tho best that can bo done In tho matter,
uiiless It is put over tnother couple of
But It means that tho field will not he
very fast All the real stars of profes
sional ranks will be playing for the cham
pionship of the Professional Golfers' Asso
ciation of the United States at New York.
Two of the best local professionals will
be In the running at New York as delegates
from the southeast section.
Jim Barnes, one of the best playing pro
fessionals In the United States, and winner
of many large purses this year, leads the
Another player from Philadelphia who
will bo sadly missed from a Quaker cham
pionship and who Is going to New York for
the other event. Is Jim Thomson, pro at the
Country Club. Emmett French, the youth
ful Phlladelphlan tutoring at York, who
also qualified for the United States cham
pionship, will be among the missing.
It Is almost a certainty that few. If any,
of the metropolitan stars will come here,
since most of them will prefer to stay In
their own section and hobnob with the con
tenders In the first championship. The best
players from Now England will bo missing,
and altogether It looks as If the local cham
pionship Is a settled affair.
The only golfer of championship caliber
who looms up for the title at the present
time Is Charlie Iloffner, professional at
The Phllmont course, where the local
championship will be played. Is one that re
quires thorough familiarity for low Bcorlng,
and Iloffner has his own course down
"pretty cold." He can hug almost as close
to 70 as he takes time for. He was tied
for second place last year In the open with
Jim Barnes, and now that he will have
little opposition, he Is conceded the title
and the main purse almost without a dis
Iloffner was beaten In the play-off of the
qualifying round at Wilmington for the
United States title and so will be un
hampered by other duties than those arising
In his own "back yard."
The Pennsylvania open championship also
conflicts with the local: tourney, so that It
Is a question which tourney will draw the
Middle State pro's- left behind.
There will be no amateur-professional
preliminary round, according to Secretary
Warner, as was partly planned when tho
local event was scheduled In August. It Is
not likely that the purses will be Increased,
as was also discussed at first.
Great preparations are being made by
the Slwanoy Country Club, at Mount Ver
non, where the United StateB professionals'
championship will be held for the event.
There will be thirty-two players in the
and Today's Tee Talk
nfth annual Ancient and Honorable tonr-
imraeni, open onir to men uno nare rraftwd
of riilludMphlui elslitwn hoi
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Tomorrow, rpnnsylTiinlu tn. Mannar nunftt.
Metropolitan vw. Veteran, rouruomes and
Hlnglos mute hen, in or nine unit afternoon.
of flftr-fWn rara.
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.tWTiew uoir Club. Abheron, W. J.
mrre niair Mampirr I'
Harry Vonlon, one of
tnrlk In th world, hfau I
more than thlrtr-fUe per rent of the mis
ttl IYlltst fnlf
experU In the. world, hft flcured It out that
tnkta eonueeted with maklnr rolf shot Is
m the ban
Uif reU of tttklnr the re oft
. .Walter TrnTin, former Atnrrln
ith ehnraplon, npent much of hln lonr
career In roncentriUlne on the little pill
on the links It attributed to his flilnc nlft
former American nnd llrlt
apent niucli of hln lonr coif
ntrntlnc on th llttU nlft.
Thn irorv nnd irari nf f rlnmnh that th
(irand Old Man of American solf enjoyed
inlnd on tha hull.
The thfory I that the mind dictate te
in mnflfieii. inu in hum cum toe mina
iriir, itn iiuin rBnmii iiiiuilKll iiid rjv,
th m Is lAaklnr nt h inn nf IIim h.
fhnt ! th uot the Kolfltr minld nntnrAllv
The pronrr place to fix the form, accord
Ine to many solf profi-MHor. In at the knot
lint behind the ball. The club bend thould
then erase the around and the ball will be
hit correctlr Just below the renter.
going, each having qualified to act as am
bassador from his own particular section
of tho United States.
These players will bo drawn at match
play and more than U000 will be whacked
up midst the fracas for the title as the
various good warriors fall.
The sixteen men beaten the first day will
get a ISO nptece, which Is pretty fair money
for a licking. Those licked the next day
will get a larger lump of the bacon, and
Slwanoy officials believe the match play
will draw one of the largest galleries that
has attended a golf tournoy In the East
this year and are using every facility to
handler the throngs.
t Monday, the day before the opening
'mirney, a novel tourney has been
m -cl, in whloh the aggregate scores of
a tli rty-slx-holo round will take off the
The morning round will be played at
four-ball medal scores, while In tho after
noon two-ball foursomes will grace the
course. The proa are given the privilege) of
choosing their own partners, and will not
havo to submit to one being "thrust uport"
them. One hundred golden colnlets will be
placed In the hand of tho winning pro nnd
his amateur partner will get a piece of
plate. Second professional prise Is 150. and
Thoso wishing to witness the matches will
have to have tickets of admission, but these
can be obtained, as many as desired, from
the club at the request of any member of a
recognized golf club applying to tho tourna
ment commltteo at Slwanoy.
Q. U. Atherton, Country Club, will proba
bly not play on the Lesley Cup team, as an
nounced, because of sickness.
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THE PHILLY-I)ODGER SERIES
THE BEGINNING OP THE END
BUT MAY NOT BE CONCLUSIVE!
fpiIB grand smash between Brooklyn and
JLthe Phillies now Is coming to n head.
The series which closes out this week's
campaign Is the beginning of the end, but
It may not be conclusive for tills reason:
After winding up with tho riilllles, the
rtoblni face the Giants In four games.
After concluding with the Iloblns. the,
Phillies face the Uraves In six games. The
Olants are pretty euro to give Brooklyn a
swift kick under the car about three times
out of four. What tho Phillies, -In the
meantime, can do with the Uraves In six
contests Is something clso again.
Brooklyn's Tough "Wind-up
Brooklyn .facts a tough finish, but she
has no kick coming. For she has It In
her power to sew up the race by beating
her main rivals In all threo games.
Then again Brooklyn well can't for
get that the Olants recently beat tho Phil
lies four BtralghL Bo If McQraw'a spell
binders wrench off four straight from
Brooklyn they will bo only handing Brook
lyn tho same dainty dish they handed
Brooklyn's leading rival. Which Is ' fair
To be fairly suro of the flag Brooklyn
must win four of her last seven games.
This means two out of three from the Phil
lies and two out of four from New York
an assignment that Is In no sense a soft
and woolly undertaking.
The Phillies, to bo suro of finishing first,
must take six of her last nine games, two
from Brooklyn and four from Boston. But
If Moran's men can take two from Brook
lyn, the may be able to get by with three
games from Boston Jf the Olants should
make It four straight.
On the Year's Play
The Brooklyn-Phllly series upon the
year's count offers a queer mixture. Up to
By GiRANTLAND HICE
late August Brooklyn had beaten the pwi
lies ten games to four, Then In ft. '.
straight, making It ten to nine tn w"!
Bobby's exrlted troop. "TOr "
Of late Brooklyn hasn't been anv ,
nlS? '!! thMe ""Pant miIm l
llobins, howover, took three out ?"
from Boston at home, but dro?pM n ?!
a row to the Phillies. Having been SSI
lyn five times running, the PhlillJ. T'
naturally believe they can take at i!!..q?k
out of threo with Alexander on h.nTtoS'
sure one victory, and with Demlree a
Itlxey to go after the other twoV ",
Alt In nil, It's a complex situation ihi
may not bo settled until the m ddi of n
week or even until the final game. nt
The East-Wcat Controversy
Sir In regard to tho East-West .t '""Si
.....v., ,vvn uur iiicse returns '
Heavyweight champion Wlllard tr j.
Foatherwelght Kllbane. rt,i "
Swimming champion Langer," Cs.llfor.u'S
Open golf champion-Evans, IHn0u 'V
Avn. ... ..! otAl as "Wl
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National League leading pitcher Alr
ander, Nebraska. "
Here in boxing, swimming, golf andbisn. ,'
ball the West holds the champions, lev
the East the tennis championship onlv
Out of a doien firsts the West has eleven'
and the East one. If there Is any lonrer '
any doubt as to which section provides most
of the Sporting title holders, the abort
count Just about should close out the da.
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