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THE MORNING OREGOXIAX, MONDAY, DECKMBEK 29. 1019.
HARVARD IS HIDDEN
FOR STIFF WORKOUT
Only Few Sport Scribes Ad
mitted to Practice.
SQUAD IS EAGER, ALERT
Oregon Victory Would Be Remark
alile. Considering Formidable
Showing, Says Grayson.
BT HARRY M. GRAYSON.
PASADKNA, Cal.. Dec. 28. (Spe
cial.) Sunday brought no change in
the training schedules of either Ore
gon or the John Harvards. Bob Fish
er's "crimson crushers" went through
the stlffest kind of a work-out, only a
few newspaper mn being admitted
Through the medium of special
passes issued by the Cambridge man
agement. The lemon-yellow squad
worked outside of Tournament park
while the easterners were laboring
within. Members of both teams were
taken for automobile rides this after
noon. The more one sees of these Atlantic
seaboard champs, the more one thinks
of them. A western victory will be re
markable. Fisher's "foxy football
ers" are Jtfst beginning to snap out of
the tired condition In which they ar
rived. .Every man is keen for the
fray, not a soul is overconfident and
the Harvard team which faced Prince
ton and Yale was no stronger than
the one which will line up against
Harvard Line Held Superior.
Judging from what we've seen in
practice. Harvard has a far superior
line. Desmond and Steele at ends
tower over Stan Anderson and Mart
Howard. If Baz Williams were in
shape and if he were started at
tackle, he, coupled with Kenneth
Bartlett, would form a combination
amply able to handle Sedgwick and
Keith Kane, but Baz is not ready for
a- tough battle and it is more than
likely that "Spike" Leslie will be
started. Williams will be held in reserve-
ready to replace either Al Hard
ing at guard or Leslie at tackle.
Carl Mautz Is the foods at one
guard for the west's "hopes," but
Coach "Shy" Huntington may have
to send Williams in to relieve Hard
ing. On the other hand. Woods and
Hubbard, for Harvard, are mooses.
Hubbard will fill the shoes of the
famous "Tubby" Clark, the 220-pound
guard who did not make the trip
owing to injuries.
Flatter Undecided on Center.
Coach Fisher is debating on wheth
er to start Arnold Horween or "Bub
bles" Havemeyer at center opposed to
Brick Leslie. With "Prink" Callison
in reserve, Oregon is .well fortified
there, although Callison is light and
has a bum ankle. So on the line we
must hand the enemy a big margin.
They win hands down on the wing po
sitions, have an enormous edge at
tackle, a big margin at guard and are
held even only at center
A couple of days ago I thought that
Oregon would have a big advantage
In the backfield, but I am rapidly
changing my opinion as far as anv
decided advantage is concerned. The
set of backs sported by Oregon has
only a slight edge, and that "says a
heap for the invaders."
Steer Is Casey's Rival.
Oregon haa Bill Steers at quarter,
who, it is believed, will cut as fancy
capers as will Eddie Casey. "Skeet"
Manerud, although too small to run
interference, is a mighty handy little
pakage to have lying around loose,
and is eager for a chance to show his
wares. Ralph Horween and Holly
Huntington, fullbacks, run a dead
Vlnce Jacobberger and Everett
Brandenberg are good halfbacks with
coach "Shy" having Nish Chapman
for relief purposes. The Harvard
halfbacks, Casey and Humphrey, are
wonderful performers, and Freddy
Church, who has been out of the crim
son line for a long time because of
Injuries, is again ready for the fray.
Harvard's coaching staff gives it
an advantage. Head coach Robert T.
Fisher played guard for the Crimson
in 1909, '10 and 11, captaining the
team In his last year. Fisher's "hobby"
is his line. That's why only Princeton
scored a touchdown against his club.
His linemen know every trick of the
Eddie Hatan Heads Mentors.
Eddie Mahan heads the several
mentors at this time busily engaged
In speeding up the backfield. Mahan
was an all-Amerlcan back for three
years and has had much experience
at tutoring delicate football machines.
Harvard's backs are working as
smoothly as a well-oiled machine and
will give "our boys" plenty of trouble.
So, despite the wonderful esprit de
corps that "Shy" Huntington has built
up and the assistance that Bill Hay
ward. Bart Spellman and Brick
Mitchell have given him, Harvard is
the better coached aggregation. There
is all but as many Harvard coaches
here as there are players and they
are cramming a heap of additional
stuff into the beans of the Crimson
If Oregon wins It will be a wonder
ful achievement and will reflect a
world of credit on her players, coaches
and the west.
Beckett and Hall to Aid.
Johnny Beckett and Elmer Hall. ex
Oregon stars, arrived this morning
and will help to coach the squad to
morrow afternoon. They came too late
for this morning's workout.
No acceptance was received today
from any of the officials selected iate
Saturday night, but it was under
stood all stand ready to proceed here
at once. The men were notified im
mediately and the football committee J
expected favorable word hourly.
The officials selected were George
M. Varnell, Spokane, referee; E. C
Quigley, St. Marys, Kansas, umpire;
E. Plowden Stott. head linesman;
Henry' 3utterfleld. Boston, field Judge.
It was understood that Stott was
on his way here ar.d due Tuesday.
Butterfleld at present resides in Den
ver. Pasadena Sidelights.
BY PORTER W. YETT.
PASADENA. Cal., Dec. 28. (Spe
cial.) Coach Fisher's crimson eleven
loomed up like elephants on a mos
quito farm when they came trotting
out of the turf at Tournament park
this afternoon for their first practice.
The Gollathlan Harvard line seemed
to be even larger than we first pic
tured It. and In this lies the team's
only hope, in the opinion of local foot
balllsts. While the Beaver boys were visit
ing the moving picture studios this
morning the Cambridge crew was
scrimmaging In the torrid sunshine at
Tournament park. Although the
Harvard coaches say they have no
fear of this warm weather, the play
ers are noticeably affected. After
about 15 minutes' warming up. crim
son jAreeys and football shoes began
SPOKANE FOOTBALL EXPERT TO
to pile up on the field until the squad
presented the appearance of several
basketball teams staging outdoor con
tests. The lemon-yellow squad appeared
at Tournament park just as the east
erners were going to the shower. The
impression the crimson stars left on
Huntingtonians was very notice
ably one of surprise. but alas!
after dressing the Harvard Goliaths
returned for a peep at the western
prides, and it can be said they were
an astonished crowd when Bill Steers
of The Dalles and Skeeter Manerude,
standing side by each, registered 27
dropkicks in a row from 40, 45 and
50-yard lines. But this, however, was
not all. Francis Jacobtoerger was
punting from another part of the
field, averaging 50 to 70 yards. Steers
later joined Francis and it looked as
if a couple of French 75s were in
action with footballs as ammunition.
The best Harvard's booters, Felton,
Murray and Horween could do, was
about 45 yards. Horween was fairly
successful at dropkicking from the
It Is the opinion of those who wit
nessed the Pennsylvania-Oregon con
test of 1917 that Harvard is far supe
rior to the Penn team of 1917 and i
that the present Oregon team Is in
ferior to the lemon-yellow squad of
1917, with the possible exception of
I care not from where they hall,
the lemon-yellow backfield of today
is on a par with any, and after look
ing at the wonderful Casey and the
highly touted Horween. working
alongside of Captain -Murray and Babe
Felton, my first belief is not altered
In the least. When the northwest
football four gazed on $e rugged
Steers, the powerful Huntington, the
speedy halves, Brandenberg and Ja
cobberger, and last but also least,
little Skeeter Manerude of the west
ern kingdom of football, they were
gazing on one of the best backfields
that ever wore the moleskin uniform.
There is not the least bit of doubt
that oae of these dashing Oregonians
will make history for mighty Oregon
on New Year's day, 1920.
Coach Donovan, veteran Harvard
trainer, did not appear with the squad
today. It was reported that he was
confined to his room with a severe
coldv Jack Deemond and Percy Steele
were working at the end positions.
"Bubbles" Havemeyer probably will
be Fisher's choice at the center posi
tion, opposed by Brick Leslie. Brick
is in fine fettle after his layoff on
account of the injuries he received in
the Washington State college game.
Fisher ordered secret practice this
morning, only newspaper men being
allowed to remain in the park.
Through courtesy of the Boston
newspapermen the writer, although
with the Oregon team, was allowed to
witness the workout. The betting
today seemed to be brisk at 5 to 3 on
Harvard. with plenty of Oregon
money in sight. The aces are betting
7 to 5 that Oregon will score.
The Oregon warriors are tapering
off now, only light signal practice
once a day being the order from
Hayward. The entire day was epent
at the Hollywood movie studio. Doug
Fairbanks was visited, and he went
through some of his stunts for the
boys and just before they left he gave
them a pep talk, declaring that he
would be in the stands rooting for an
Oregon victory. The next visit was
to the Fox studios, where Shirley
Mason presented Captain Branden
berg with a gold horseshoe. Viola
Dana, sister to Harvard's mascot, de
clared herself for Oregon.
After the sojourn at the Fox studio,
the boys were taken to the Christie
plant, where Molly Malone, Coleen
Moon, Dorothy Devone, Helen Dar
ling, a Portland girl, and "Teddy"
Sampson were putting on a drama.
"Teddy" Sampson will sit on the Ore
gon bench during the game, the team
having adopted her as mascot. Lunch
was served at the Brunton stud
where J. Warren Kerrigan was the
host. All the moving picture etars
are for Oregon. Harvard men also
visited the various filming grounds.
but were not as popular as the Ore
gonians. The selection of officials for the
game met with the approval of the
general public here, although the
local pres was for at least one
southern California man on the field.
PENNSY OAR SQUAD IS OUT
About 100 Freshmen Begin Prac
tice for Water Sport.
PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 28. Getting
a Jump on the varsity oarsmen on the
machines, more than 100 freshman
candidates have answered the first
call at the University of Pennsylva
nia. The men started indoor work a
few days ago under the coaching of
Captain Harry Keller of the varsity
eight, who will look after the first
year lads until Joe Wright, the coach,
REFEREE PASADENA GAME.
arrives from his Canadian home early
In the new year.
Four or five years ago it would
have been impossible to get more
than 20 or 30 freshmen out for row
ing. Wright stirred up interest in
rowing when he came to the univer
sity several years ago and each win
ter the squad grows. The lads will
be called upon to work three times a
week. There are a number of former
scholastic stars fn the squad. Varsity
work on the machines will start early
McGraw In Charge of Race Track.
Johnny McGraw, vice-president and
manager of tlf New York Giants, is
now in charge of the Oriental Park
track at Havana, following the arrest
of "Curly" Brown, charged with at
tempted slaying of a Cuban.
Baseball on the Inside.
BY BILLY EVANS.
PLEASE give your ruling on the
following play: There Is a run
ner on second. The batsman hits a
sharp grounder to the shortstop. The
runner on second starts to third on
the hit and runs well behind th
fielder to avoid interfering with the
shortstop who is making the play. As
the ball neared the shortstop he de
cided he would be in a better posi
tion to handle the ball if he took a
step backward. This step proved
fatal, as it caused the fielder to
come into contact with the runner
wno was passing him in the rear. The
shortstop was knocked down and the
ball rolled to the outfield. Practically
everyone at the game agreed the
shortstop was more at fault than the
base runner. The base umpire did
not call the runner out for interfer
ence, as the shortstop acknowledged
he had backed into the runner. A
run was scored in the inning that
would have been eliminated had the
runner been called out for Interfer
ence. The game was called at the
close of the eighth inning on account
of darkness with the score standing
7 to 6. Had the umpire ruled the run
ner out for interference it would have
been a tie. Did the umpire rule prop
erly? Does it make a difference
whether it is the runner or fielder
who creates the interference? The
game was played under protest, "fc
The umpire was m error for failing
to call the runner out for Interfer
ence. The intent can be given no
consideration on an interference play.
The fielder always has the right of
way. it Is up to the base runner to
avoid him as he best sees fit. He
must be called out for Interference.
The team that played under protest
certainly had Just cause for winning
the case. The deciding run scored in
the second Inning that the Interfer
ence was made, was all wrong.
Has any world series, other than
the 1914 event between Boston and
Philadelphia been decided In four
games? Please give the -score of each
game. Also the batting average of
Hank Gowdy and his part In the
The 1914 world series is the only
one ever decided in four games. The
scores were: First game, 7 to 1 ; sec
ond game, 1 to 0; third game, 5 to 4.
12 innings; fourth game, 3 to 1.
Gowdy had a batting average of .545.
making six hits in 11 times at bat.
In the first game Gowdy made a sin
gle, double and triple, his batting
being largely responsible for the vic
tory. In the second game he went
hitless, but as one run was enough
to win, hVs batting was not necessary.
In the third he made three hits, two
doubles and a home run. His batting
about won this game. He drove in
the first run with a double, started
the tenth with a home run after th
Athletics had forged ahead by a two-
run margin. In the 12th he opened
with another double that paved the
i way for the winning run. In the final
game he went hitless.
A claims J. Carlisle Smith played
with the Boston Braves during 1914
and previous to the world series broke
his leg. Also he came to the Braves
B claims that Jimmy Smith played
third base and came from the Giants.
Who is correct? E. W.
A is correct. J. Carlisle, better
known as Red Smith, played third
base for the Boston Braves In 1914.
He was purchased from Brooklyn
early in August of that year. Some
differences existed between Manager
Robinson of the Brooklyn club and
Smith, which was the cause of the
transfer. It was not because Smith
was not playing up to standard. A
few weeks prior to the series Smith
suffered a broken leg. TMb necessi
tated the playing of Charley Deal,
now with the Chicago Cubs, at third.
Deal played a fine game, so that
Smith was in no way missed.
BEZDEK SAYS WEST
MAY SORPRISE EAST
Former Oregon Coach Warns
STYLE OF PLAY SIMILAR
Head Coach at Perm State College
Is Confident of University
BY ROBERT W. MAXWELL.
(Copyright by the Public Ledger company.
Published by arrangement.)
PHILADELPHIA. Pa., Dec. 28.
(Special.) ir Harvard expects to
have an easy time in that football
game against the Cniversity of Ore
gon In Pasadena. Cal.. next Thursday,
she will be treated to a big surprise,
according to Hugo Bezdek, head
coach at Penn State college. Bezdek
believes Oregon will do great work
against the Crimson eleven, and has
more than an even chance to win.
Hugo is in position to know what he
is talking about, for he installed the
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and coached the team five years. He
has been able' to study the eastern
game for two years and has drawn
his own conclusions.
The University of Oregon team is
composed of veterans. There are
nine letter men on the team and the
other two players have had experience
In college football: that is, they
played on the freshman eleven and
also saw a lot of service football. The
westerners are big. strong, fast and
know the finer points of the game.
"I know the men personally and
know they are players of the highest
type," says Bezdek. "Some of the
men are playing their last game for
Oregon, having finished their three
years. These played against Penn in
1916 in the Pasadena game.
Oregon In t.ood Shape.
"Harvard will find the Oregon play
ers in great shape, for they are of a
very rugged type. The nature of the
country makes them so. There are
two big ranges of mountains with
plenty ofstreams and lakes and it is
favored by a mild climate throughout
the year, thereby promoting outdoor
sport to its fullest extent."
Pennsylvania discovered this in 191i
and lost by the score of 14 to 0. The
Red and Blue expected to have a
picnic and received a walloping in
Oregon's style of football is the one
built up by Bezdek. It is adapted to
the rainy climate in which all of the
big games are played. He used the
same system at Penn State this year.
and it was good enough to win all or
the big games. It Is a close forma
tion with the three backs standing in
a line about three yards behind the
line of scrimmage. The quarterback
stands behind the backs and when the
signal is given, the men shift either
to the right or the left. All of the
plays are developed from this for
Enough variety, however, is used to
keep the other team guessing. There
are many spread formations and sev
eral trick plays which make the for
mation difficult to solve.
Style of Play Similar.
Harvard's transcontinental trip has
aroused lots of Interest and the fans
in this section of the country are
wondering if there is any difference
between the eastern and western
style of play. Mr. Bezdek has con
sented to say a few words on the sub
ject, which are as follows:
-If you wish to know the differ
ence between the Pacific coast and
eastern football, I can very readily
say that there is very little. The
kicking is about the same. However,
the coast depends on the place kick
to secure goals from the field, where
as the east employs the drop-kick
"The punts are of the same kind
and will average the same. The short
kick at kick-off is employed in the
usual fashion and the number of
times. The offensive and defensive
power is very much the same as the
east. The success of the team de
pends largely upon the personnel and
the veterans in each season's lineup.
"However, I can say that some
eastern football is much rougher than
the Pacific coast; that is to say, clip
ping from behind, use of the knees
upon an opponent or skinning over
an opponent with the knee when the
opponent is down, piling up, roughing
a player after he has made a forward
pass, etc. Moreover, a man put out
of the game for rough play or slug
ging is very rare on the coast.
Eait Haa More Material.
"On the whole. I think eastern foot
ball can keep up its average a little
better than the coast because it has
more material to pick from. For in
stance, in 1916, when we had a cham
pionship In Oregon, we lad only 18
letter men and if any one ofi the
regulars was hurt we were out of
luck. In other words, we played on
a shoestring; whereas in the east there
are usually two or three teams of
almost equal power, and the strength
of the first team goes right ahead
if one or two of the men are lost.
"At Penn State I lost Haines, Mc
Cullum and Rauch at one time, three
regulars, and yet the team went on
and won Its games. If that should
happen on the coast, the chances
are that he would be done for the
"The knowledge of football of the
prep stars Is about the same. There
is little to choose. The real work on
these men Is done by the freshmen
and varsity coaches. I find that to be
true both in the east and west."
ABERDEEN ELKS WIN, 2 6 TO 2 5
Legion Team Is Defeated in Extra
Five Minutes of Play.
ABERDEEN. Wash.. Dec. 28. (Spe
cial.) Playing an extra five-minute
period in order to decide a tie score,
the Aberdeen Elks basketball team
defeated the Aberdeen American Le
gion team by a score of 26 to 25. The
Hoquiam Elks, playing at Hoqulam in
the same series, defeated the Hoqulam
Y. M. C. A. team by a score of 46 to 22.
Leading the Aberdeen American Le
gion team throughout the first half
to a score of 14 to 4, the legion squad
rallied in the second half, tying the
score in the last three minutes of
play. From that time the American
Legion led and held until the final
minute of the period, when Bush for
the Elks threw the deciding basket.
DEMPSEY DEMAND HELD HIGH
Steinel Avers Frenchman Could
Not Give 5 0 Per Cent of Gate.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dec. 28. That
Jack Kearns. manager of Jack Demp
sey, will have to reduce his demand
for 60 per cent of the receipts for a
bout with Georges Carpentier in Paris
next July was the statement made to
day by B. F. Steinel, Milwaukee rep-
fresentative of Theodore Vienne and
Steinel said that it was entirely out
of the question for a promoter In
France to pay any such percentage and
he figured that a fl, 000. 000 gate
would have to be taken In before
there would be any profit. There are
several taxes to be paid by a French
promoter. First, there is the war tax
on amusements, which amounts to 10
per cent. Then comes the 10 per cent
poor tax, which goes to a fuAJ for
indigents, and thirdly, it is the custom
in France to give 10 per cent of the
entire receipts to the -newspapers in
lieu of advertising. Of course, in a
big contest like the Carpentler-Demp-sey
match the newspaper percentage
would undoubtedly be cut down to 5
"Thus the promoter would have 75
per cent to work with. Out of this
Dempsey would demand two-thirds of
the money, leaving 25 per cent to pay
Carpentier and all the promotion ex
penses," said Steinel.
M1THUR PREDICTS WIN
OREGON" MAX DECLARES GAMt:
WILL BE CLOSE.
University Alumnus Forwards to
Coach Huntington Notations
From Harvard-Yale Mix.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU,
Washington. Dec. 28.- Representative
C. N. McArthur is Interested in the
coming Oregon-Harvard game at Pas
adena and is of the opinion that Ore-
will ferive Harvard a great battle;
in fact, he says Oregon has a good
chance to win. Mr. McArthur is an
Oregon alumnus and during his col
lege days was active in the manage
ment of athletics. He Is still a fol
lower of all sorts of amateur sport
and was an Interested spectator at
this year's gridiron clash between
Yale and Harvard. At the time of
this game, it was not known that
Harvard and Oregon would play on
New Year's day. but Mr. McArthur
made note of Harvard's strong and
weak points and has explained them
fully in letters to Coach "Shy" Hunt
ington of the Oregon eleven. He has
also forwarded to Huntington a large
bundle of newspaper clippings de
scriptive of the contest.
Mr. McArthur, who is speudlng the
congressional recess here, is anxious
ly awaiting the returns from Pasa
dena on New Year's day
"Oregon will give Harvard a great
battle." said Mr. McArthur today. "I
have seen Harvard play this year and
while her team has many elements
of strength, it also has Its weak
points. On the whole, it is a good
team, but not as strong as the Ore
gon eleven that defeated Pennsyl
vania three years ago. Harvard's
line will outweigh Oregon's forwards.
but the Oregon backs are heavier
and, on the whole, better football
men. Casey is lightning fast, but
in a hard, smashing game, is not the
equal of Steers. The Harvard men
do not underestimate Oregon's
strength and are prepared for a hard
tussle. There is no spirit of over
confidence such as existed among the
Pennsylvania players before they lost
"I haven't seen Oregon play this
year, but if our team is 75 per cent
as strong as the great team of 1916,
we have an even chance. I have the
greatest confidence in Coach Hunt
ington and believe him to be the
peer of the great coaches of the east,
including Dobie and Bezdek. When
it comes to conditioning men. Trainer
Hayward has no superior and condi
tion will be a most important factor
"Oregon Is never beaten until the
last whistle blows and Harvard is
going to encounter a worthy foe. I
am glad Harvard accepted the Pas
adena invitation for her prestige
means much to the game. This inter
sectional contest has grown in im
portance and is gaining in popularity
all over the country. It Is' serving
to break down the geographical bar
riers that have heretofore separated
college athletics of the east and Pa
cific coast. This tends to broaden
the viewpoint of the contesting play
ers and their supporters and is a big
factor in the effacing of sectionalism
a thing that must eventually dis
appear in this country."
EVERETT IN FINE SHAPE
TOLEDO ELEVEN TO BE MET IN
NEW YEAR'S CLASH.
Winner Will Claim National Pre
paratory School Football Title.
Both Have Good Records.
EVERETT, Wash- Dec. 28. With
Its members in prime condition, the
Everett high school eleven, looked
upon as the champion prep school
football team of the state, awaits the
whistle that will send It into action
on the local field New Year's afternoon
against the Scott high school team
of Toledo. Ohio, who claim the cham
pionship of the east and middle west.
The winner of the contest will claim
the national preparatory Bchool title.
During the present season the Ev
erett team has scored 4i6 points
against its opponents' 21 and its sup
porters believe It unbeatable by any
team of its class. All the regulars
will be In the Une-up New Year's day
except Seivers, left end, who is
Coach Bagshaw has a record of
eight years of consecutive victories
behind him. No stars have been de
veloped during the season, nor have
the plays been built around any one
man. It Is a well-rounded squad, one
that can shift from straight line
bucking tactics to the passing style
of play without a break.
Sporting News and Notes.
Indoor athletic meets will be held
In the 10th infantry. New York
guards' armory in Albany, January
23 and March 5. A comprehensive
programme of sport for French army
athletes haa been approved by the
mlnlBter of war. The provisional
dates for the finals are: Rugby and
association football, April; cross
country running, May; field and track
events, June 1 to 16; lawn tennie.
July 1 to 15, and swimming, July 15
Australia has a freak welterweight
In Will Leahy, who stands 6 feet 2
Inches and weighs only 150 pounds.
He is said to have the remarkable
reach of 82 inches.
Stable boys at the Epsom race
course in England as a result of a
recent strike for increased pay re
ceive 50 shillings a week with 10
shlllngs daily for expenses while at
tending race meets at distant tracks.
Pittsburg sporting men plan an
arena to seat 10.000 to meet the in
creasing popularity of the manly art
Syracuse University has listed sev
enteen games for its basketball quintet.
Oregon Outweighed Several
Pounds to Each Man.
CRIMSON KEEPS IN SHAPE
Unlike Predecessor, Who Returned
West and Lost, Cambridge Squad
Is Plugging Right Along.
BY CAPTAIN ROSCOE PAWCETT.
PASADENA. Cal, Dec 28. (Spe
cial.) One fly does not make an an
tiseptic summer nor does one squint
at a football team furnish much of
an Insight into its playfhg caliber.
And perhaps, after all. It is just as
well "for the University of Oregon
football boys that this opening asser
tion smacks of the well-known truth,
for nearly everybody down here In the
home of one-armed lunches and Chap
lin pies seems obsessed with the idea
that Harvard will win the football
classic set for New Year's day at
Rose Tournament stadium.
Physically the Harvard college ath
letes do make an impressive show
ing, and, in light of their season's
"no-defeat" record in the east, it does
not require a plebesclte of the city's
ouija boards to see why this opinion
has become so strongly rooted and
In the matter of physique, the Har
vard players tower above the Oregon
lads. The "H" might stand for Har
vard or Just as easily for "Heft."
Harvard Men Average 1A6.
The linemen who will oppose the
lemon-yellow septet on Thursday will
average a mere matter of 196 pounds
to the man. f. o. b. September Morn.
The backfield Is lighter, of course,
averaging approximately 167 or 168
pounds, but the average weight for
the entire eleven first stringers will
be In excess of 185 pounds to the man.
And that is quite some weight.
I don't know where the present
Oregon eleven hunches the Fairbanks
scales, but If it averages up with for
mer Oregon teams or tnree or rour
years before the war it will not go
above 175 pounds. The team that de
feated Pennsylvania three years ago
averaged about 173 pounds. I believe.
Penn outweighing Bezdek's stars
three or four pounds to the individual.
The official weights of the Harvard
first team given to me in San Fran
cisco a few days ago were as fol
lows: Endn Denmond. 205; Steele. 180.
Tackles Sedgwick. 190; Kane, 182.
Uuards Woods, 220; Brown, 200.
Center A. Horween, 197.
Quarterback. Murray. 158.
Halfbacks Casey, 15; Humphrey, 170,
Fullback R. Horween, 185.
(rininon Determined to Win.
I haven't seen either of the teams
work out here, but I did get a look
at the Harvard boys in San Francisco
and don't let anybody tell you they
are out of condition ana on a pleas
ure jaunt. Brown university came
out here four years ago to meet
Washington State, out of condition
physically and mentally. Brown re
turned eastward sadder and wiser.
The following year Pennsylvania
trekked to the land of superlatives
over the self-same trail and with
the same old eastern attitude, only
to discover too late that they don't
mince anything out here except pie
and nowadays most of that has a
kick" in it.
With Harvard it Is different. The
Harvard boys are a set of serious
minded fellows who seem to realize
that with all their beef and brawn
and with their undefeated record for
the year they are not going to run
up against an easy opponent in the
redoubtable Oregon champions of
All the members of the Harvard
team were in service during the war.
most of them overseas. Coach Fisher,
too, wore the khaki of Uncle Sam's
retinue. He was a captain in the
aviation service near Dayton. O.
Fisher captained the Harvard team
in 1912 and has been a member of the
football organization at Cambridge
either as player or coach ever since
Haughton took charge.
Mnli. in Accompanies Team.
Fisher became head coach last fall
and defeated the best team that Yale
could muster. Eddie Mahan, who
shared coaching honors with Andy
Sinith at the University of California
in 1916. accompanied the Harvard
team west as one of the assistant
coaches. Mahan "captained the Har
vard eleven that defeated Yale 41-0
In 1916. During the war he served
in France as a lieutenant of marines
and later transferred to Bulgaria,
where he performed for the Red
The bright star of the Harvard
team, of course, is Eddie Casey. ail
American halfback. Casey entered
Harvard from Exeter "prep," and
from the moment he donned the grid
iron toars was a fixture on the team.
Casey is a frail-looking lad. but is
said to be very effective advancing
the ball in a broken field. When Ore
gon beat Pennsylvania on New Year'-
day, 1917. Coach Bezdek succeeded ad
mirably In blocking Berry, the Penn
all-Amerlcan phenomenon. I wonder
how successful Shy Huntington will
be In smothering CaseyT
Quarterback Is Ex-Ensign.
Captain Billy Murray, quarterback,
entered frorn Andover. He was sub
stitute quarterback In 1916. Murray
served as an ensign on the cruiser
San Diego during the war and was on
her when she struck a mine off the
New Jersey coast. With other mem
bers of the crew he was rescued after
spendtr.g six hours in the water.
The only other player on the team
with previous varsity experience is
Ralph Horween of Chicago, fullback
whose brother plays at center. Full
back Horween Is a stocky, powerful
young man and does the punting. He
weighs 185 pounds, so is heavier than
Bill Steers, the big man or the Ore
Humphrey, halfback. Is the defense
man of the secondary defense and Is
said to wield a mean "paw" against
Ends Are Heavy and Big.
Harvard ends, Desmond and
Steele, are big fellows. Desmond is
said to have been the heaviest flank
man In the east last fall. The ideal
weight for an end is about 180 or 185
pounds, but occasionally a coach is
fortunate enough to run across a big
ger man with the required speed and
hair-trigger mental capacities. Such,
a man is extremely dangerous to the
opponents. The other end is said to
be the only "Steele" operator who
hasn't struck this year.
The regular tackles are R. M. Sedg
wick of New York and Keith Kane of
Newport, R. I. They are tall, rangy
fellows with plenty of beef. Sedg
wick is the Harvard boxing champion
and was a lieutenant Instructor in
the students' camp at the University
of Florida. The Goliath of the squad
is Thomas S. Woods of Brookline.
Mass., at guard, 6 feet 1 Inch in his
socks and weighing 220 pounds.
Old Axiom Is DUrumpd.
There is an overworked axiom of
sport that says: "The bigger they are
the harder they fall." Jess "Willard
used to drink a couple of gallons of
patent medicine "Iron" every meal,
according to the newspaper adver
tisements, but even that didn't save
him. Stanford boasted the heaviest
team in the Pacific coast football cir
cuit last fall, yet Stanford finished
rather uncomfortably close to the
And so It goes on through the realm
Speed will not alone decide the Im
pending game; nor will beef, nor luck
but rather a scramble souffle of all
these three ingredients. And when the
scramble is being done it Is our guess
that Harvard is going to find her
self as busy as a three-headed calf
in a millet field.
SCOn HIGH QUE TONIGHT
CRACK OHIO ELEVEN GOES TO
Buckeye Boys Have Great Record
on Gridiron Opponents Held
to Few Touchdowns.
The famous Scott high school foot
ball team of Toledo, Ohio, will be
Portland visitors yr one hour to
night on their way to Everett, Wash.,
to play Everett high New Year's day.
The Scott high team is one of the
greatest interscholastic aggregations
ever assembled and for years has set
up a wonderful record on the grid
iron. Everett also boasts of great
achievements and the winner of the
game will claim the interscholastic
championship of the-Unlted States.
The eastern chaps have a record
that probably has not been unsur
passed by any prep school team in
the history of football, unless that
team is Everett high. With Tom Mer
rell coaching In 1916 the team won
nine games, running up a total of
406 points with only 12 points scored
against them. Their record in ISli
and 1918 is almost ae good.
The team is being carried In an
extra Pullman car and will reach
here via the Southern Pacific rail
way. Their car will be cut loose from
the Southern Pacific train arid con
tinue' to Everett on the O.-W. R.
tt N. line.
DARTMOUTH LACKS GAM KS
Eastern Elevens Are Said to Be
Sidestepping 1920 Aggregation.
NEW YORK Dec. 28. Dartmouth
is finding considerable difficulty in
booking suitable opponents for next
season on the gridiron. So far, Penn
sylvania, Cornell and Brown are the
only strong elevens meeting the 1920
Feelers were put out for games
with Harvard, Yale and Princetn,
but all went astray. Yale has not
met the Big Green team since the
'90's, and has no place for It on its
schedule. Both Harvard and Yale
claim to have too many strong foes
now. Princeton has lost Colgate, but
instead of resuming 1 relations with
Dartmouth, booked a game at Prince
ton with the Naval. academy.
Colgate Insisted that Dartmouth
play at Hamilton. N. V.. but the New
i Hamnshlre team declined, nreferrine
j Boston or New York as a place for
. the game. So Colgate has completed
its 1920 schedule without giving Dart
mouth a place on it.
Efforts are being "made to have
Syracuse meet Dartmouth, the cap
tains of both teams being brothers.
If this move is successful the Han
overians will have replaced Colgate
with an equally strong foe.
PREP TEAM CLAIMS TITLE
Pennsylvania High School Eleven
Disputes Toledo Machine's Right.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 28.
Harrisburg Tech high school, after
having won every game on its regu
lar football schedule and two Inter
sectlonal games, puts in a claim for
the high school championship of the
Cnlted States. Scott high, of Toledo,
also claims the title, but, according
to Manager Louis W. Snyder, of the
local team, will r.ot play Harrisburg.
Snyder today said: "We have sent
them letters and telegrams asking for
a game, but they refuse. We are
willing to play Scott high on any
field in the United States and at any
time." The Harrlsb.urg team scored
701 points to its opponents' none.
Lightweights Are Matched.
MINNEAPOLIS. Minn., Dec. 2S
Otto Wallace of Milwaukee and
Clonle Talt, Winnipeg lightweight,
champion of Canada. have been
matched to box a ten-round no deci
sion bout here January 3, it was an
nounced last night.
Tulsa Sees Middles.
TULSA, Okla.. , Dec. 28. Harry
Krohn, of Akron, Ohio, outpointed
Young Fitz8lmmons of Oklahoma City
last night in a 15-round bout. They
The dowager queen Christina, moth
er of the king of Spain, banks her
savings with the Bank of England.
MILWAl KIK AREN A NEW YEAR'S DAY.
EACH BOUT A MAIN EVENT. .
"""Britain!"5 10 Ror N'DS lO
rr a n ff r r FRANK
Of Chicago, Contender for the Lightweight Championship of the
Portland's Best Lightweight.
10 HOI N DS lO
8 ROC N'DS 8
158 POI NDS
2 P. M. NEW YEAR'S AFTERNOON
SEATS NOW ON SALE AT SKSL
RETURNS OF THE Bid FOOTBALL KAME, BV il AHTKRS,
ATfNOTJXCED FROM THE RING.
SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION
GIBBONS CANT BOX
Illness of St. Paul Boy's Wife
FRANK FARMER GOES ON
-Milwaukie Managers Sign Taooma
Logger to Meet Irishman for
BT RICHARD R. SHARP.
Detained at the bedside of his wife
in a St. Paul hospital. Tommy Gib
bons was unable to leave for Port
land in time to meet Boy McCor
mlck in the Milwaukie arena New
Year's day and telegraphed Match
maker Frank Kendall that the bont
would have to be called off indefi
nitely. Mrs. Gibbons recently be
came a mother and is seriously ill.
making it impossible for Tommy t
keep his engagement.
Matchmaker Kendall and Mar.aper
George Moore of Milwaukie got IrJ
Gibbons. The winner will oppot
the St Paul flash at an early date
under the auspices of the Milwaukie
boxing commission. Eddie Kane. Gib
bons' manager, having promised that
Tommy's first fight will be for th
Farmer has been training right
along and will be in good shape. The
fans will still have a championship
bout in the main event and the first
fight between him and McCormlck
will long be remembered by the thou
sands of fans who cheered both
fighters on. Neither of the princi
pals were in the best of shape for
their set-to November 2 a, but if
their return scrap is as good as that
none of the fans will have a ghost
of a kick coming.
Boat Mean Heal Battle.
The fistic followers can look for
more real action in a clash between
McCormlck and Farmer than one be
tween Gibbons and McCormlck. Gib
bons might be Inclined to outbox
McCormlck while Farmer can be de
pended upon to wade in and try and
topple over the light-heavyweight
champion of Great Britain.
Farmer Is not at all satisfied with
the outcome of. his six two-minute
round match with Tommy Gibbons
in Seattle and is anxious for another
crayk at Tommy. If he successfully
defends his Pacific coast title against
McCormick New Year's day he will
no doubt be rewarded with a chance
at Gibbons In a 10-round battle.
To make the card the greatest that
has ever been staged in fistic an
nals in Oregon the Milwaukie com
mission has decided to add a six
round bout with two well-known
battlers down to mix. Matchmaker
Frank Kendall will sign Georgle
Brandon, Portland's battling feather
weight, to meet some Seattle crack
in the extra six-round affair. This
will make 42 rounds of boxing for
the fans who journey out to Mil
waukie. White Primed for Uronnon.
Charley White, one of the greatest
lightweight boxers ever developed in
America and the hardest left-hand
puncher of a decade, is primed for
his 10-round mill with Muff Bron-
son. the Portland 13D-pounaer. wno
was selected to meet him. White is
In the best of condition while Bron
son says that he never felt more fit
for a fight in his life. Georgle Bran
don worked six hard rounds with
Bronson yesterday afternoon and
vouches for the fact that Muff is as
strong as a bull and ready to give
the famous Chicago boxer a hard
The two eight rounders featuring
Joe Gorman versus Earl Batrd and Al
Sommers versus Jack Hall are at
tracting as much attention as the
average main event of a fistic card.
In the Gorman-Baird bout especially,
a good deal of Interest Is centering.
Baird can fight a main event any
time he chooses in any city on the
Pacific coast. He has fought the
best of them since turning profes
sional In Los Angeles. San Francisco
and Seattle. The former national
amateur featherweight champion,
who will now scale about 132 pounds,
is out to give Gorman a trimming
and many of the fight followers are
of the opinion that he is the man
with the ability to turn the trick.
Jack Hall, an Australian middle
weight of good repute, will make his
bid for local favor against Al Som
mers. Hall is said to be a real fight
er and will find plenty of competi
tion in Sommers.
lAxht H e a v y w e isht
t bum p Ion of the la-
heavyweight champion of the Paclfifc
coast at' once and closed with hiro
to meet McCormlck over the 19
round route for the Pacific coast
light-heavyweight title in place of