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 - 1 K Totnls 1 Hal Chase. Outcast. Watches...
1 K Totnls 1 Hal Chase. Outcast. Watches Semi-Pro Game Behind Scoreboard H 1 HUM s R. ltlt i:. PITTSHIRG. Auk- That the mill of the nod may srind rapidly, ss well n eiind n-ci edingly flue. Is illustrated by n story told by George A. Putnam. huMm-aN manager of the Ran Francisco bate-bull club of the Pacific Coast U.iiiuf. Putnam ran across the trail of the Itrooklvn Sunerbns in St. I.01.IS re cently when o.i a Mvlng through th innjor leasues to buy and si ll players. Ilia club wa the one which summarily released Pitcher Tom KetUon and Casey Smith last year on charges of throwing games, and in connection with that he told this anecdote; Outside of San Francisco in the small towns is the Mission l-eacuc, composed of semi-pro clubs and containing many old professional ball players, w ho turn un honest penny on the side In the sport now that they have passed from the big show and are regularly engaged in other occupations. Among the towns In the Mission League is San Jose, and San Jose has a semi-pro park that would delight Ring Lardner. Far out in center Is an ambitious scoreboard, liberally decorated with the advertising sign of the town's leading hnrdware merchant and a strong supporter of the team. About n month ago San Jose was playing at home and n ball was hit to Cubs, .444; the Tirates, .429; the Su-perbas. .300, and the Phillies, .250. Pittsburg, from now on, will have to do better in dual programs than it has in the past in order to hold the lead. The Reds stand alone in winning two extra-inning games on the same day in 1921, but the Pirates and Braves have played overtime battles twice on the same afternoon, like the Ohioans anil the Giants. On July 2 2 at uraves Field, the Uraves won over the Pirates In the first game, 2 to 1, In 10 innings, and in the second Pittsburg won over Roston, 4 to 3, in 13 rounds. Nine days later, which was tbe day Cincinnati surprised New York by passing up the 50-50 split on the Sunday bargain bill, the first game went 12 innings and the second 11. Some information on what lias happened when teams have played two games in one day in the National League this year follows. Won Lost SdIU Both Both Even W. 1 .1 IS 0 4 Club New York . Pt. I.oula .. Cincinnati . on . . . Chicago . . . 1'il tHbui g . . flrooklyu . . Philadelphia 10 in I,. o 4 7 10 10 H 7 15 P.f. .7.'-0 714 .r,5 .500 .4 41 .429 .300 .260 .500 the game. It did much for him and he a high-class baseball man. He was not enough character to imprint these qualities and better opinion of baseball because of players is merely conjecture, but surely praise of Matty than any other player. praise of all was reserved for the last. It the medical man. "He is generally brave His friends who have placed him so high what he has been through and how well 'still' has a change;" just say he has a along the hard, dark way. Those of have grown very ifond of Mathewson, the And we are proud to have known him, or consider the possibility of defeat." center. It wa dillrrntly pursued by two outfielders, both formerly In or-Kimlxed baseball, one of ihem a major leaguer in hi day. They chitaed the bull up to Ihe scoreboard, and tried to retrieve It before It took a had bound that carried It out of Might of the umpire, but failed. Hal Clinic! As the two veteran whipped around the corner of the board they urprled a man peeping at the game through the planking. He wa aeedy In ap parel, had a beard of several day growth, and u general air of utter for- lorniieKS. Roth oiittielder were at first indifferent to the stranger, but a second glance identified him. The utterly forlorn stranger was Hal Chase, who two yearn ago wa a member of the New York Giant, at a salury that was probably beyond that which until war time was paid a I'nlted States Senator. It was the (-unie Hal Chase v.a had been tried by Die National League on the charge of throwing game when a member of the Cincinnati Reds nnd acquitted for lack of definite evidence; the same Hal Chase who had been given another chance by the New York National League rlub; the same Hal Chase who had been fired by the New York National Leuguo club on charges which were never fully explained, but were clearly understood to be based upon alleged crookedness; it was the same Hal Chase who had lefl New York, returned to his home State of California, and had been burred from the ball parks of that Stale on the ground of being involved in betting transactions which had debauched Pacific Coast League players. If the same Hal Chase, who stands before the world bearing unrefuted charges of having crooked the game which brought him fame and fortune, and which is an institution of which his country has been vastly proud, should remain an outcast forever he would be no more than bearing part of the penulty he deserved. If every man who had a hand in the crooking of the national game should die an outcast in the gutter, despised by the potter's field men who bury him, It would be no more thun they deserved. Dc.'icrvcs tlio Same Fate. The baseball fan who patronizes semi-pro or other games openly participated in by men who have brought the national sport into disrepute and cast a cloud over its honesty merits the fate of a Chase for helping to encourage crookedness. We are not exaggerating in these statements. The effective penalty imposed upon Craver, Hill, Devlin and Nichols in the 70s, which kept the game clean for more than 40 years, was not their being dropped from baseball and forced to turn to other means of making u living. It was the ostracism that followed them to their graves and made them anathema even in the society of professional thieves. To impose a definite penalty on baseball crooks and then have the public forgive and forget when it is worked out, would be nothing less than an incentive to a repetition of the crime. Let the possible throwers of games and the pawns of gamblers know they will be sneered at on the street by every pickpocket and dog-stealer who recognizes them, and that a bartender In a black and Ian speakeasy will refuse to serve them and they are not likely to remain possible throwers of games. Let baseball crooks know that they can throw gumes in organized ball, can be expelled, and then be such drawing cards in semi-pro ball that they can make as much money from that, branch of the sport as they could tn the big leagues, and the possible throwers of games will take a chance,

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 07 Aug 1921, Sun,
  3. Page 49

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