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BASEBALL IS ONE SPORT THA T HAS z mat REmuiuiBLE I WEtll Last Season's Champions the Best Chances Wen Could Have Beaten Any of the "teams that Pre- ' ceded Them as Champions of the World. By Te P UAGlLUGfltl. No matter what they tell you about baseball going back, and not being as spectacular, etc., as It need to be In the good old days, yon Just tell them that baseball." as a whole, is a mighty Improved game over what it was ten. aye twenty years ago, and you'll not be more than a mile wrong. Certainly, In the old days they had some twinkling stars Individual 'men. Who stood? hut over their fellows like Colossus straddling the world. But for all this, the ballplayer of today, taken as a whole, are much the superiors of the fellows of the old days. There never was a club of ballplayers who could outplay Frank Chance's dun of last year. They knew everything that Is known of baseball. Hitting, no team could dd It with more grace and cohesive ness than did last year's Cubs, and they were Just aa superior In "every other deportment of the game. Let us have a little look at some of the stsr players of the olden' dsy and of the present day. Some Old Stars. Just twenty . years before hte Detroit Tigers of 1907 won renown for the city of straits they had a wonderful ball club In that city. They were a grand batting team, those old boys, but what they didn't know about fielding and other points of the game would fill a new Carnegie library. Like all pennant-winning teams, the old Detroit Sluggers hsd a wonderful catcher tn Charley Bennett. No team ever won any great baseball honor with out a good catcher. Bennett was a wizard, and he left thegame long before the time of his usefulness had expired via the accident route. Bennett had both his legs cut off while yet In his prime, and Is now a cigar merchant In Detroit. Those old Tigers had Pete Conway, Charlie Getseln and Lady Baldwin as pitchers. They could no more approach the Cubs pitchers of last season than could a wet hen outrun a lively Jack-rabbit Brouthers was the greatest batter of that team, and McGraw assured the writer last winter that Brouthers was the greatest batter the National game ever knew. McO raw's word Is worth much consideration on this point, as he was a great batter himself and knew baseball men better than any man the GREAT INTEREST IS SHOWN IN WAT TOURNAMENT SAN FRANCISCO. March 7. The wrestling tournament of the Olympic Club, which Is to be held on Thursday evening at Golden Gate Coramandery Hall on Sutter street, near Fillmore. Is causing quite a lot of Interest among the athletic clubs. The Olympic Club has a large list of aspirants working In the gymnasium and will have entries In every class, while the Reliance ; Club of Oakland also has a number of promising Leach May Come To State Leaaue PITTSBURG, March 7. The startling news came from Cleveland. O.. to Pittsburg fans tonight that Tommy Leach, National game haa ever known. Ae a fielder. Brouthers was truly a mutt. A great big slattern on ground balls, and he was as helpless on the bases as a primary school kkl would be In the ring with Jeffries. Fred Dunlap was a great Individual player of those days. A wonder at everything connected with the playing of the keystone position, and a good hitter and a mercury-footed lad on the bases. That Detroit team had the big four. Brouthers, Richardson. Rowe and White, who were the beet trio of players up to that time, and ae good a quartet of hitters as any team could wish. But tbey hardly knew baseball as It Is known and played today by the Cubs. Original Giants. In ISM the New Tork Club had some good men. Tim Keefe end- Smiling Mickey Welch were great pitchers; Buck Ewlng was a superb backstop; Mike Tletnan was a fine piece of work In the field, and so was Ueorge Gore, while Ward was as good a shortstop as the game has known, with the possible ex ception cf men like Jennings and Herman Long, and Jack Glasscock and Hans Wagner. Ward was the g porta, however. and no mistake about It. Still the Cube of fast season would have mauled this team, and done It with comparative ease. In 1119 the Giants, with practically the 88 team, won the honors agsin. In 1S90 Brooklyn had the best team In the National League, but the Brother hood of that year had cut In strong, i Brooklyn had Carruthers and Bushong and Fouts. and Corkhill and Pst Donovan, and that sort. They would not have been able to hold a candle to the great Cubs of last year. In 1S91 Boston had a natty cub. and they won the pennant. Thy had a good trio of pitchers In Clarkean, Staley and Nichols, and had the great Charley Bennett catching' for them, Tommy'Tuekei. the roarer, was on first for them, while Boston had Joe Quinn on second. As a ballplayer. Joe Quinn was a good under taker, and as an undertaker he was al ways a good ballplayer. Long was ehort-fielder for that team, and he was about as good a ballplayer as the position has ever known, especially as a fielder. Kelly. candidates. The entries are coming In so fast that the committee will have diffi culty In carrying through the entire pro- cram In one evenina. Each bout will be limited to six minutes, and If there Is no fall In that time the contestant showing the most skin and aggressiveness will be awarded the decision. It has been decided to make the affair a ladies' night and members will be admitted on presentation of their membership card and will be privileged to bring one or two friends with them. The Slamplamat Indians, the busy Mission Club which is developing some first-class athletes In all branches it athletle activity, will have a strong representation in the tournament. Professor Brill, the club Instructor, hag been working with the Indians and has got a number of clever wrestlers In the pink of condition for the Olympic Club tourney. The as ami aatawe r The Old Giants Were Fine Players Tim Keefe Was Great Pitcher, While Ewlng Was the Star Catcher of His Day Bergen a Wonder. Peerless Mike. Stovey and Brodle were the gardeners for the team, and they didn't let many weeds grow under their feet, either. The same Boston team, with Jack Stlvetts as an added pitcher, won the honors In H3. They also added two great fielders that year Tommy McCarthy and Hugh Dufly. Puy and McCarthy were as great a pair of fielders as ever donned spiked shoes. Both were fitters, and what they didn't know about baseball wasn't worth learning. Boston Wins Pennant. The same Boston team captured the" honors In 1893. and they were surely a great team, but none of these great Boston teams could compare with Chance's champions, of last year. ' Baltimore had Its first great team In 1894. That season they had Dumpling McMahon and Hawke. and Kid Qleason and Charley Esper as pitchers. They were only fair stingers. Wilbur Robinson was their catcher, and he was a great, hulky. brainy backstop. They had a great fighting Infield In Brouthers. Reltx. Jennings and McQraw. and a fine outfield in Kelley, Keeler and Brodle. Stilt, for reasona pointed out In The Tribune the other day, the writer does not think them the equal of the great Clflcago Champions of last year. In It 5 and 1S9S the Baltimores were the pennant winners again. They were the famous Orioles then, and as ballplayers never had superiors, unless It was the Cubs. Beaneaters Again. In 1S97 Boston came back to its own and won the National League honors. Boston had a great bunch of pitchers that year In Lea-is. Klobendanx, Nichols and Stlvetts. Lewis later became an Evangelist, while Klobendanx, was so tar-titurn that he was forced out of the k-ague when he was racily the Ie8t left-handed pitcher In the game. The grand Martin Bergen caught for Boston that season. They'll tell you of their Klings and their Buck E wings, and their Bennetts and Kellt-ys as throwers, but Bergen had them all lashed to the mast in this department of the game. Poor Bergen was a melancholy soul, and one winter he destroyed himself and his family, thus abruptly ending tlie career of one of the greatest catchers the game has ever known. In 1898 Boston won the pennant again. This season they added the services of the great Victor Willis, a great, lonr, sliver of a man. who knew how to pitch mighty baseball, and did pitch much of that very sort. t Brooklyn Turns Trick. In 1899 Brooklyn got most of the great Oriole stars and landed the pennant. They had a fair lot of pitchers Jn Jay Hughes. Roaring Bill Kennedy. Jimmy ! McJames . and Jack Dunn, and two good Backstops on Jimmy Mcgulre and Duke Farrell. In -900 Brooklyn won again, and With practically the same players, except that they had been strengthened by the addition of the great Iron Man McGlnnlty to their pitching staff. In 1901-2-J Pittsburg had the best team In the league, and fie had good men In all departments, although their pitchers were not world-beaters. In 1901 and 1GS the New Tork Giants won the honors, and since that time the Chicago Nationals, the team the writer believes to heve been the beet aggregation of balltossers the world has ever known, have been annexlonlsts of the honors. PLAYERS 111 OLDEN TOE BuclC Ewlng VJas the Greatest Throwing Catcher Baseball Game Has ever (By BYRON C CLARKE.) CHICAGO. March 17. The most remarkable ballplayer I know of Is Billy Ulse. He Is a Chicago boy and the first time he played on a professional team was la '91. Old Jack Remsen was the manager of tho Fort Wayne (Ind.) team at that time and Billy went to the Hoosler city to pitch for him. n Billy was a great favolte there, for besUes being a good ballplayer he was Jolly, good-natured boy. Gise staid In Hooslerdom only one season for when the Detroit team came to Fort Wayriej to play an -exhi bition game, the manager was so attracted by Billy's tlaylng that he signed him at oncef. and took him to Detroit tu play second for tiifci team. He made good there, for he was a fast fielder;, a strong batter and a whirlwind on the bases. During Billy's second season at Detroit he was hurt and was out of the game for a long tlmw. When at last ho recovered he refused to go back to the league, preferring! to play with the) Franklins In Chtoagu(.l He had a good J-ib In the: Windy City and felt that It was better for him to stay In Chicago and superintend his son's education than to play tilth the more Important team. Under Billy's tender guidance the so was raided In the way he should go and became an excellent ball-player. The son Is now playing with his father on the same team and handles himself In much the same way. being a fast, snappy player. I Although Billy Is an old man and plays on tho team with his son. he still retains much of his old-time skill. Taught by Father. "Poo Anson was taught the game by his father and played on the same teaut out In town, long before he broke Itit.i big league company. In those days there were a bunch of Ansons playing on amateur teams, but none of "Pop's" children jrr grandchildren has given promise of following In the old man's footsteps. Jim O'Rourke. the bid left fielder on the Boston team, is now. the whole thing in baseball In Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although Jim Is pretty highly ratel In a financial way and Is the owner as well as manager of the team, he still stays In tho game. Jim's son, "Sonny Jim," as he Is called, also is playing on this team. Young Jim graduated from the Tale Law school a few years ago and it was Intended to make a lawyer out of him. but he had too strong an Inherited desire for baseball to give up the game entirely. Young Jim plays second and sometimes pitches, and. as the old man catches!, the "O'Rourke battery" makes a strong drawing card. Jim must be at least 60 years old,. and tho fact that he Is anactlve ballplayer and a good captain of the team shows what a ballplayer ran do If he only takes care of himself. Ewing Was Star. Buck Ewlng. the old catcher of the New York team, was the beat catcher of his day. A better thrower never stood behind the bat. In these "days of Johnny Kllng, Bresnahan and the other good throw-en we think that we know what good throwing Is, 'but one must remember that there were "giants In those days" also J During the season! of lift! no one stole second on Buck until the middle of August. This record Isn't due to poor base running.! either, for there were just as good base runners at that time as there sre now. Mike Kelly, George Gore, Williamson. In fact, the whole Chicago team were fast men on the bases. George oiore was the fastest man In the league, and no one has b8 ten his time for a circuit i of the bases even to this day. His record. which has stood for to long. Is : 14 flat for the round trip. The first man to Buck during that steal second on year was Fred Pfeffer. and he wan proud of his feat as If he had been elected alder man. While the Chicago team was on Its way to New York every one was bragging about the number of bases they were going to steal. To hear the bunch talk Buck's record of preventing any one stealing second on him would not last a minute. Gore, who was a tricky player as well as a fast one. declared that Buck would have him-arrested for grand larceny when he counted up the total - bases that Ore www going to steal on him. nnoivn. . i Mike Kelly added his little brag, and so did all the rest of the crowd. Pfeffer managed to steal a base In the first game and told the rest of the team that they were a bunch of dubs for not going and doing Ukwls. of course, this was merely chaff, for there was the best of feeling among the Chicago players at that time. Fred was called safe after a long sllle of about twenty fet and was covered with as much dust a glory when ha arose, Spurred by Pfeffer'a success and his Joshing the rest bf the ! team made desperate efforts to steal, but their attempts were all In vain. Mike Kelly. who was one or tno doi men in ma country on stealing bases, derided ti do or tile and he died at second every tlmelhe tried to -get there. Anson kept Wiling Mike to try. and try he did. sliding head first, then feet first, and going through all kinds of contortions, but he couldn't make It. Even Gore, with all his i.ecd. kept his reputation for honesty unsullied, for he didn't steal even a slngte base. The high priced star of today would have hard work equaling the record of Buck that year. Roger Conner, who played first base for New York for so long, was a great hitter. Whenever he came tn bat tho fielders backed up. for they knew that he would give them a run for their money. He -ould be depended upon to line out hits that landed against the fence most of the time and often went clear over It. Roger not only was a good ball-player but a gentleman as welt, and no one ever heard him kick on an umpire's decision. New York never has had a bet tee player since he left In 1881. I Dan McGsnn. who has played the base since Roger left. Is not In tho same class with him. Dan can put In a kick as well aa any one. In fact, this Is one of his strong points. Now he la kicking about going tn Boston. , Reliance Show Should Be Good The boxing night of the Reliance Athletic Club, which Is to be held next Friday night Is beginning to attract the attention of the fans, who have an opportunity to look ever the list of events. The three six-round events that are on the list for this month's show are the best lot that has yet. been offered. In each contest a star performer Is pitted against a good fast comer and the reversals of form mayr be-plentiful. The management ln'rematchlng Dale Gardner and Terry Keller has acted only In response to the many requests made to them by the fans that the two be again put on that they might fight It out and deride a winner. The last contest between the pair waa of such character the last two rounds that every, fan In the building stood on his chair that he might not. miss a blow and the cheering for Keller at the end of the bout was deafening. .r Tom Woods, who will meet Irick CuU ten In the semi-wind up, ( Is one of the best of the short distance performers and coming as he does, with the reputation that he gained in Ban Francisco by beating Paul Martin and such great boxers, he will prove a great drawing card, for the fans are always anxious to see new faces If they are such that the followers of the game may feel they are sure that he will not prove a bloomer. Dtck Cullen appeared tn Oakland once before when he boxed six rounds with Fred Ward. Ward gained the decision over Cullen but when It Is taken Into consideration that he outweighed the loser over ten pounds It tm little wonder that he was beaten, at that he ran such a close second that Ward was uncom. fortable all the way. I Antone Lagrare Is the other new face. He will appear With Frank MrOurn, who haa In his past starts at the Reliance Club proven that; he Is sll that the law allows In the short distance fighter. La-; grave Is the pride of San Francisco's butcher town and will have a large following to root for him. The show avill be opened with the usual three-four round preliminaries,

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 08 Mar 1908, Sun,
  3. Page 38

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