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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1905)
Jimmy Brittfn Interested Spectator at Corbett
Nelson Fight Yacht Club Plans
a New Clubhouse.
Nelson Has Improved
Says Jimmie Britt
Oregon Yacht Club
HARRY MURPHY PICTURES TWO PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE UMPIRES AND-GLANCES AT SEVERAL INTERESTING SPORTING EVENTS
California!! Cloaelr Observed the
Disc In the Fljght "Which Vir
tually Retire louse Corbett.
Club Hone to Cost 910,066 Is
Planned llotorboatlac Is Be
THE SUNDAY OKEGOXIAN, PORTLAND, MARCH 5, 1905.
NEWS AND GOSSIP IN SPORTDQM
JAMES EDWARD BRITT -was an In
teresting: spectator at the ringelde
when Battling Nelson for the second time
decisively whipped Young- Corbett. Britt
has given It out that he -would be -willing
to fight the winner, and he Bays that his
money is up in Harry Corbett's safe.
Britt, it can be depended upon, -watched
the sturdy Bane all the time he was in
action, and at the end of the battle he
elated that Nelson had improved greatly
since his fight with the lad. from Hege
wisch. In the same breath Jimmy said
that he would have to make a better fight
than he has ever done before In order to
Britt is not alone In this opinion. Nel
son's showing against the ex-champion
was a great exhibition. The Nugget was
good for four rounds, and after that he
began to fade away. There Is no question
but that Corbett tried to get back Into
condition and that he faced Nelson In the
best trim that a fighter, one that has lived
as he has, could get into. Yet critics say
that only once or twice did the conqueror
of Terry McGovern show flashes of hie
old-time speed and accuracy. The wallop
that Nelson planted on his Jaw in the
ninth round might have been a lucky wild
wing, but ringside accounts of the mill
do not bear this out. The fact of the mat
ter is that Nelson has the same old Indian
eign on Young Corbett that Corbett has
on McGovern, and no matter how many
times they hook up. Nelson would return
Young Corbett, like Jim, his namesake;
John L. Sullivan and a host of other
knights of the fistic game, has traveled
the route that kills. He is now a second
rater. Corbett put up a game fight. This
has been his record throughout his ring
tareer. In both of his fights with Nel
son he has taken an awful beating. He
was "broke" before the fight, and wagered
his end of the purse on the outcome of the
battle. This shows how sure he was of
winning. "What he will do now Is not
known. He has lost his power as a draw
ing card, but be has not lost his personal
following; but whether this following will
stick to him as they did to Sullivan re
mains to be seen. He is done as a boxer,
and the best thing he can do' is to get
into some sort of business. It will come
hard for him to get down to work. Cor
bett is fond of high living, and right now
he is facing a crisis in his career. He
has been a great money-maker, but he
bas spent It like a Kin?, and about the
only thing he has to show for his battles
la the home which he bought for his par
ents. Nelson is a sort of second Fitzsimmons.
and should he win a thousand fights he
will never be as popular a fighter as the
man he defeated. In the hearts of the
ring followers Young Corbett has the
same hold that old John L. Sullivan has
something which Nelson will never have.
While Nelson is a great little fighter, per
haps the best of his weight that the ring
has ever seen, he is wanting in the sav
ing clause modesty. As soon as he was
sure that he had again beaten Corbett he
oame out with his time-worn defl to
Jimmy Britt, declaring that if he (Nel
son) ever meets the California Britt .will
be sent to the "has-been" class. Every
ring follower who is familiar with the
careers of Britt and Nelson is. ready to
"believe that If it Is In -any of 'the HttleH
fellows to. get Brltt's scalp. Nelson Is the
one. The thing that has and will sour the
fans against Nelson is just this sort of
talk. Not that they have any great love
for Britt, but because they fight shy of a
One thing is sure If Britt consents to
meet the Dane, Jimmy will not wade into
this fighting cyclone like Corbett. In
spite of the great speed and accuracy that
Nelson displayed before Corbett when he
got ready to cut loose. Nelson will find
Britt just a wee bit faster. Jimmy does
not win his battles by toeing the mark
and slugging. He is shifty enough to keep
a boxer at arm's length until' he Is ready
to step In and exchange wallops. Jimmy
does this about half a minute in each
round, and when he docs let go he hurts.
Like all fighters, however, Britt is bound
to mect-his master. It may be that Nel
son will turn the trick. He and Gans are
the only two men In the lightweight di
vision who stand a chance of doing so.
If this match is made. It will be a great
battle-. So would a fight between Joe
Gans and Nelson. In his battle for Cor
bett, Nelson had considerable trouble in
making 130, and it Is doubtful If he will be
able to make that weight In many more
fights. A fight with Gans. weigh in at 153
pounds at 3 o'clock, or even at 6 o'clock,
would furnish rare sport. This fight would
not be the drawing card that the fight
with Britt would be. because the fight
fans would be suspicious of a frame-up.
No matter how faithfully the pair would
train for the mill, there would be talk
that Al Herford had it fixed for the negro
to win or lose.
CHESBRO'S EARLY CAREER.
Famous Pitcher Once Paid His Own
Clarke Griffiths announces that he
regards "Happy Jack" Chesbro as the
Greatest pitcher that the game has ever
Chesbro was a raw pitcher when he
first went to Pittsburg, and there were
Enmo experts who declared that he would
not do. This was during the season of
IK)?, and late in the season he was taken
slok and went to his home at Nortn
Adams, Mass. During that "Winter the
Pittsburg club changed hands and was
purchased by its present owner. In mak
ing up the team for the following season
it was a toss-up as to whether Chesbro
or Sparks would be kept The advice of
"Popper Bill" Shrlver, who was a pirate
catcher at the time, was sought, and he
advised that Chesbro he .kept. It is a
Tact, however, that not much faith was
placed In Chesbro's pitching ability, and
the following Spring-, when he was late In
reporting for Spring practice at the
team s training quarters at Thomasville.
Ga.. he was notified to get there tho best
way he could, and that It did not matter
much If he got there at all or not. I
COST OF GOLF BALLS.
A Trust Should Fear Associated Jus
Should Attorney-General Moody decide
to take up the case of the "golf ball
trust," a very interesting question might
arise when it reaches the United States
Associate Justice Harlan is one of the
jrrcatest wavers in the Chew Chnse nnh
Objection might be made by the attorney
lor me trust against his sitting In the
In addition to Associate Justice Harlan
there are seven or eight "United States
Senators who play at the links of the
Chevy Chase Club. The Columbia Club
boasts the membership of a Cabinet of
ficer or two.
Circulars have been received 1oaU- hv
golfplayers that certain kinds of golf
balls are to be raised to $9 a dozen.
It is estimated that there are CW.O30
goirpiayers in tne united States. The
life of a RolT ball is about one. game.
At the lowest possible, estimate. $1,500,
00" Is spent every year -for golf balls
Amateurs Will Box
Spirited Tournament Will Be
Held nt Multnomah Club Between
Seattle and Local Athlete.
THE programme arranged for the
boxing- and wrestling- tournament
to be held at the Multnomah Club on
Wednesday night between the local
club and the Seattle Athletic Club pre
sents, besides the main events, four
preliminaries. Three of these are Riven
to boxing-, with Douglas vs. Dranga,
Teller vs. Coman and NIcken vs. Belt,
as the contestants. The wrestling pre
liminary will .be between Dr. Tuttle
and Montague. Medais will be award
ed to the winners, and in point of in
terest these matches will be close sec
onds to the principals. The bout be
tween Douglas and Dranga will be
eagerly watched, since a spirited feel
ing exists between them. Dranga has
been ' training with Frank, and his
friends predict his victory.
The main events consist of a boxing-
match betwen Edgar Frank, M. A.
A, C. and Ed Bennett. S. A. C. and a
wrestling contest between Alex Do
France. M. A. A. C, and Dave Miller.
S. A. C. Under amateur rules, boxing
is limited to three rounds of three
minutes eachr although the referee
may call for a fourth, should it be nec
essary to decide the winner. In wrest
ling: the bouts are limited to 15 min
utes each, two falls out of three declaring-
the winner. The preliminary
wrestling bouts will be limited to six
Miller and Bennett come from Seat
tle with crack reputations, and are
said to be both fast .nd clever. The
past work and the present condition of
the Multnomah boys, however, lead
their supporters to a confident belief
in their ability to win.
It has been decided to permit ladles to
attend the tournament, and the gal
lery will be reserved for them and
"SLATS" DAVIS AS UMPIRE.
He Will Act for President Bert This
J. Ira ("Slats") Davis, who is to be one
of President Bert's umpires this year Is
going into the umpiring business, with a
view of making a reputation for himself.
Davis Is ambitious, and he feels that If
he makes good in the -Pacific Coast League
this season that he will receive a call from
one, or perhaps both of the major
leagues. Unlike most ball players who
drift Into the game as umpires after they'
have outplayed their usefulness as play
ers. Davis is still capable of playing a
corking good first base, and even though
he has been in tho game since ISM, he is
far from being a "has-been."
Arlle. Latham Is the klng-pln of the
diamond humorists, but Davis ranks as
a close second. Wherever Davis played
ball he was always a favorite with the
fans, because he was always full of
ginger, and because, no matter how hard
the fans were roasting him, he had a
witty answer for the roasters. Davis
finds something funny In every game, and
no matter how bad the game Is breaking
for the team he Is playing on he never
quits. When he began playing ball for
the Amsterdam team, in the New York
League In ISM. he was a slender kid. and
the fans labeled him "Slats," a nick
name which has clung to him ever since.
He Is no longer slender, but "Slats" still
goes, and he answers to that name as
readily as he does to Davis. In 1S35 he
played with Pottsville. Pa., but before
the season was over he was wearing a
New Orlean's uniform. The season of
1S96 found him with Norfolk, Va.. and In
1897 he was In New England earning a
salary from New Bedford.
By this time Davis was well known as
a diamond character. He was playing great
ball In those days, and in S?S he was
made manager of the Danbury, Conn.,
team. This berth he threw up for a two
weeks' engagement with the Washington,
D. C, National League team. From Wash
ington Davis drifted to tho New York
Giants, and he played the season of 1SS9
as utility man. After this it was back
to the minors, and 1900 and 1901 found
him with St. Joseph. Mo. The season of
1902 he divided with Denver and Des
Moines. Jack Grim wanted a first base
man and captain In 1903 for his Portland
team, so he signed Davis. Davis did the
best he could with the material that Grim
-had signed, but the baseball war was on.
Day after day the team played to empty
benches on the East Side, and President
Lucas transferred Grira's team to Salt
Lake. Even before Davis came to Port
land he was well known on the CoasL
In 1901 he finished the season with Sacra-
f sko Pimm j :imk. -
mento. and he still has a vivid recollection
of that event. George Harper was one of
the Coast League umpires, and one Sun
day morning Sacramento was playing In
Oakland. Davis began kicking and making
fun of Harper, "flarper stood the "bait
ing" until he got. tired, and. holding up
his right hand, the one which held the In
dicator, he signaled Davis that he was
fined $2. Davis glanced at the indicator,
saw that the umpire's fingers were wrap
ped around the indicator, and without
smiling walked up before the grand stand
and said to the the crowd: "Harper has
fined me $2. but If he had dropped the In
dicator he would have made it $5. His
fingers were busy."
ATHLETE ROSE HAS RIVAL.
'Barry Con away, of Drake University,
Ralph Rose, the "perfect man," has a
rlvaL Barry Conaway, a Drake Univer
sity freshman, canbbast of almost the
same measurements as the big Califor
nian. The difference between the two men Is
In point of training. Rose has been work
ing under one of the best trainers in the
country for a year, and has previously
had some high school work. Conaway
has had but a third of a year's work un
der Dr. Monilaw, and no previous train
ing. He Is taller than Rose, his shoul
ders are broader, he weighs more and
his waist is smaller, and from all Indi
cations he will be a better proportioned
man than the much-talked -of Michigan
athlete within a year.
The measurements of the two men are
given below for comparison:
,, . , Michigan. Drake.
Height 6.5 6.S4
Shoulders, width 1S.8 19.5
Chest, width 13.4 13.5
unest, depth 10.4 9.9
isecK. girth 15.9 17.1
Chest, muscular girth 46.6 45.7
Chest, natural girth 44.5 43.5
Chest, expanded girth 47.6 46.7
Chest, contracted jrirth 41.0 37.5
Waist, girth 29.0 38.0
Hips, girth 45.1 43.5
Right arm, down 14.0 13.5
Right arm, up 15.0 14.S
Right forearm 12.0 12.5
Left arm, down 13.6 13.0
Left arm. up 14.5 14.0
Left forearm 12.1 12.2
Right thigh 25.9 23.4
Right calf 16.8 16.8
Left calf 17.0 16.5
Left thigh 25.6 26.1
Agf .19 23
Weight ""lV".y.y.V."..V.V.".V.246 lbs. 252 lbs.
Classification In University Rose, soph
omore: Conaway, freshman. Amount of
training Rose, one year, some High
School work; Conaway, one-third year.
WHY TAYLOR WAS FINED.
Connie Msck Assessed Pitcher for
Striking Out Side.
Jaclc Taylor once played under Connie
Mack, and was fined one day by Mack for
striking out the side. Taylor says:
"Mack taught me the fine points of the
game, and I was In big luck to have bad
the benefit of his Instruction. He is the
only manager for whom I have played
who would call you when you got away
with a bad play. Why, he fined me In Mil
waukee one day for striking out the side.
When I went to the bench he said to me
in his quiet way: 'Jack, that'll cost you
$10.' I asked: 'What more do you want?
I struck out the side. 'I warned you
several times." said he. 'against putting
the ball over when you have strikes on
the batsman and no ball, and you dis
obeyed twice In that inning. You have
got to work a batsman to become a suc
cessful pitcher, and that fine goes.' And
it did. Connie saw that I started right
and was on the points of pitching before
I went to Chicago, and this knowledge
enabled me to make a good showing In
Arranging Track Meets.
CORVALLIS. Or.. March 5. (Special.)
Indications point to a brilliant season for
track athletics at O. A. C Manager
Stlmpson has Just closed a contract "with
the University of Washington for a meet
here May 27. Arrangements have already
been made for meets with University of
Oregon and Pacific University, both to
take place in Corvallls, and a deal ,1s
! practically concluded to bring the W. A.
j C team here.
The manager of the California Univer
sity team is also seeking a dual meet
with the O. A. C athletes, during the
formers' visit to the big meet at the
Lewis and Clark Fair. This Is the third
season since trainer Tolne took full
charge of athletics for O. & C, and he
will turn out a bunch of men this year
that will be hard to beat. The last two
weeks of fine weather has given the track
men plenty of outdoor exercise, and about
50 men turn out every afternoon for practice
Has New Play
Whole McGovern Family Helps
Foil the VUIalnesM "Terrible"
One Strikes a Woman.
TERRY McGOVERN came back to the
temple of Thespls on the Bowery, and
brought the whole McGovern family with
him. The place was the Windsor Theater,
the play, "For Fame and Fortune." by
Hal Reed, the industrious- playwright who
turns out a melodrama a minute.
, "For Fame and Fortune" made three big
dents In the American drama three world
1. Other champs have Introduced their
wives on the stage. It was left tor Terry
to introduce his mother to tho stage.
2. Since Sophocles trod the blooming
boards the villain has always done the
cigarette smoking for the entire cast. In
"For Fame and Fortune" it is the vii
lalness. 3. Terry McGovern is the first hero In
the drama to make three separate and
distinct rescues within the space of two
seconds at the climax of one and the same .
It was Just this way:
Mrs. McGovern. Terry's mother, as
played by Nellie Moskell, the only phony.
McGovern in the cast, is waiting in the
lumber yard to wax the wadding out of
Terry for fighting.
Mrs. McGovern Is wooed by a Dutch
Irish knockabout sketch team with rubber
stomachs. Grace Wilson, who's the real
Mrs. McGovern later on, and Is played by
Mrs. McGovern not Mrs. McGovern, Ter
ry's mother, but Mrs. Terry McGovern
and she's the real Mrs. McGovern now
this Isn't expressed well, but it's late at
night anyway, she's waiting, too, and
onter the villain, who explains to the vil
lalness that Grace Wilson has inherited a
fortune in Ireland, and the viilalness is
the only other heir, and If Grace Wilson
is out of the way Ce-urse her! they'll
win out, and the assistant villain Is In
structed to seize Grace Wilson Ce-urse
the Gyrill and carry her away.
Then enters the India rubber stage child,
who can tako a beating and come up in
the second act like Joe Grim, and the or
chestra plays "The Flower Song" and
"Mother and I have been hungry; never
be It said that any one hungered while
mother has a cent," and the che'Ild goes
off to have a new frock on Terry, and
night falls softly over the back drop.
Tha villain: "It Is me che-lld! Ce-urse
her, she-must-be-put-out-of-the-way! when
she re-tcahns, drop her from the peaht
Who win know?"
The viilalness: "I'm on!" .
Enter Grace and the che-lld.
The assistant villain seizes Grace and
the viilalness the che-lld. The villain
pulls his gun and gloats.
Biff! The villain gets his on the Jaw.
Bat! Tho assistant villain takes the
Splash! Terry is In the East River after
Act IL-The cafe of the Hotel Metropole.
All the Windsor supes drinking wine.
Painted Police Gazette people on the back
drop doing likewise Terry has married
Grace in the meantime, and there's a lit
tle Terry . at home. Terry senior is
matched to fight Pedlar Palmer. The vii
lalness Introduces the greatest dramatic
Innovation of the century here by doing
the villain's smoking.
"Ten thousand dollars against Terry
McGovern!" says the villain; and then
to the viilalness:
"Grace McGovern Is at home alone. Go
to her, propose to drink a glass of wine
to the baby, and put in her glass this poi
son." "You're on!" said the viilalness. And
when the lights go up there's Old Lady
McGovern rocking the baby to sleep.
. The McGovern of the third generation
is a good sleeper. He never yelled once
while the knockabout team kicked each
other alternately in the face and the
stomach, and while Terry foiled the vii
lalness. For the stage che-lld, you see,
saw the plot and piped It off to Terry.
He dashed down the glass, soaked the
first and second assistant villains as they
arrived, and Mrs. McGovern Jr. the real
ly, truly Mrs. McG. soaked the viilalness
on the jaw.
It is the villain.
"Back, bad man!? cries- the stage
-che-lld, and pulls a gun on the coarse
; In the first part-'of the third, the only
really exciting thing the villain does is
to dope Terry's medicine ball with dyna
mite. But Sam Harris gets gay with
Terry, and tosses it out of the window,
and up goes the garden of Johnston's
roadhouse. Enter the villain and gets
his In the 6olar plexus.
An interlude while the knockabout lov
ers kick each other in the stomach to
joy and merriment so loud that you
couldn't hear the bass drum when they
And now It Is night in the noisome cel
lar above the East River. The swift
current r-runs terribly below. "Look
and shuddah," says the villain. "Ms
first wife plunged down the trapdoor into
that tide." Mrs. Terry McGovern and
the baby are asleep In the cellar, by the
way, having been fed knockout drops
and lured thither.
Mrs. Terry is awake.
The villain gurgles to the first assist
ant: "Stand with your knife at the
br-rat's thr-roat!" "And now, Mrs. Mc
Govern, write as I tell you or your che
ild's blood flows!"
Mrs. McGovern has to write a note to
Terry saying simply scandalous things
"Have you done with men?" asks Mrs.
-"I have; give me the papah!"
"Never! I rend It so! And If you
touch me che-lld, you do it over me dead
The whole villain squad is upon her in
a body. But the window sash on the
back drop falls in with a crash. The
calcium spots it.
'Tis Terry, with a sixshooter In either
hand, and an expression as though he
were contemplating young Corbett.
And the no smoking signs are Jarred
off the walls.
Act IV The fight, of course. Johnnie
Burdlck plays Pedlar Palmer as though
to the British manner born. The villain
ess does nothing more terrible in this act
than to try to dope Mr. Terry with chloral
In a dope syringe.
"For once a McGovern is tempted to
strike a woman!" says Terry," as he foils
Then, seconded by Hughey McGovern.
Terry puts out Pedlar Palmer in three
hammer-and-tongs rounds. He vaults out
of the ring and Mamma McGovern and
Mrs. Terry McGovern and Hughey Mc
Govern and the stage che-lld and the pa
pier mache Baby McGovern fall into each
other's arms. And they are so sweetly
happy, reunited thus, 'as not to notice
that the villain and viilalness have tried
to shoot them and been considerately
foiled by all the supes except those paint
ed on the back drop.
It must be lively and exciting to be a
McGovern. New York Sun.
SHOESTRING DROP IS LATEST
Pitcher Mathewson Uses It to Strike
Out Jake Buckley.
"Christie Mathewson has as much
speed as any one ever needed, control
that can't be purchased, and a shoe
string drop," says Frank Bowerroan, the
catcher. "The day he got the strike-out
record be was using speed that burned
the glove. One of the officials put me
Lwlse that Christie had the record tied,
and X went down to tne dox to ten mm
to get Jake Buckley, who was the last
" 'I guess I can do that all right,'
said Christie, and I trotted back to try
to get Jake to help in the play.
" 'I'm not makln records for anybody,'
"I signaled for a fast one, and be
fore Jake had his bat swung up I was
handing it back. Then another one just
" 'Pretty fast,' grunts Jake. Then I
signaled for one of those slow, straight
drops. So help me, it came over 'the
plate high enough for a strike, and I
bad to get it on the pick-up. Then I
tapped Jake, and said: Toddle back to
your bench; you're done.' "New York
KID M'COY AS TRAINER.
Manager McG raw May EngageHIm
for the Giants.
Charles "Kid" McCoy, the celebrated
lightweight pugilist and' noted expert on
physical culture, may train the champion
Giants In the South for the coming- base
McCoy is now at Hot Springs, Ark.,
and it is said has taken kindly to the
suggestion that he look after the prelimi
nary work for Brush's men In the train
ing camp. Manager McGraw and McCoy
discussed the subject at length several
times and it would not be surprising if
McCoy's engagement should be formally
announced in the next day or two.
Til go in a minute." said McCoy, while
discussing his probable engagement at
Hot Springs, "and I will venture to say
that if the players follow my instructions
they will go to the post In better physi
cal condition than ever before."
John L. Rises to
Sullivan Writes a Letter Chal
lenging: Fltzslmmons If Latter
Refuses, Ex-Champion Will Be
OLD John L. Sullivan got away for
Grand Rapld3 a week ago. Before
making his getaway the old boy fired
letter No. 2 at "Bob" Fitzslmmons. John
L. has the old Idea of "put up or shut
up," and his last missive to Fitzslmmons
fairly zinges in its. sarcasm. The partic
ularly warm passages In the letter follow:
"Mr. Robert Fitzslmmons: My Dear
Sir I am told that In one of your inter
views - lately you stated I could whip
nine-tenths of the fighters of today. Do
you want me and the public to believe
that you are the other tenth and the
only pebble on the beach? If your state
ments are true, this Is the only way I can
figure it out.
"I am told that you further say 'that If
you had met me twelve years ago it
would have been all right; tha you had
more ambition then. I give you my word
that had I met you twelve years ago, or
any time wlthtn the last twelve years,
that I would have Jolted your slats so
hard that your thinking proclivities would
have been a thing of the past, and, if you
want to meet me in the ring any time
within the next year, I will guarantee to
hand you a punch that will take all the
'kidding out of you.
"Now, I can make arrangements in
Oklahoma, San Francisco and one or two
other places where we can meet for ten
rounds, and if you will put yourself on
record by writing- me a few lines over
your signature, I will go ahead and ar
range to meet you within eight months
for six or -ten rounds, and the purse shall
not be less than $10,000, and the winner
shall take all.
"You can gamble on It that I have
many friends- left in America, and they
are not 'dead ones'.' and It was only yes
terday I was -offered the purse which I
refer to If the contest would take place in
"Now, if you are afraid of me, come out
like- a man and say so, for I don't pro
pose to 'kid' the public and my friends;
and, furthermore, I don't propose to al
low them to be 'kidded' by you or any
one else-. I mean this, and you can take
It In a personal way or a business way,
whichever you like.
"If you want to box me for six or ten
rounds, and not fight me twenty- rounds,
why, I will arrange for the meeting-. But
If it Is to be twenty rounds I want at
least seven or eight months to train In.
If It Is to be six or ten rounds, I will re
quire but a very little time; and. If you
are afraid to meet me, for heaven's sake,
say so and stop making these cracks that
you are ready to meet any man in the
world, no one barred, for that kind of a
game does boxing no good.
"You can't lick me in ten rounds, but I
can lick you in ten rounds', and if I fail to
do It I will give my word that I will
never put on another boxing glove as long
as T live." .
Sullivan hardly wrote this letter. The
old fellow did knock a man out at Grand
Rapids the other day, but this does not
put him in line for a battle with Fitz
slmmons. Fitzslmmons would kill the
"only John L.". in a punch. "It's to
BASEBALL AND POLITICS.
Joke on Ban Johnson and a Tam
Mark Murphy, the comedian, tells
this story: It will be remembered that
Ban Johnson lost some sleep in 1203
for fear the new park in New York
would not be completed in time for the
So he got a Tammany leader to go
out on the grounds ( with him and
hurry the men. No sooner did the
leader set foot in the park then he
went to tho men and said:
"Hurry up, boys; you are awful
slow. I have a steam shovel that can
do as much, work as the-whole bunch:
With this a little Irishman spoke up
and said: "Ye have? Thin show it
Out thoy went to a neighboring
street, where a steam shovel was at
work. The Irishman sized it up for
a moment, then replied:
"That is a great invention, and it
may do the work ov 40 ov us min, but
look here. Mister Bosa, that shovel
That was enough for the Tammany
leader and he said no more
THE OREGON YACHT CLUB, which
has flourished for v the last ten
years or more on an old boat up the
river. Is becoming- amibittous and is
forming- plans for a clubhouse- that will
excel anything- of the kind ever built
In these waters. Sums like 510,000
are spoken of by the club members as
if they did not amount to "much, and a
membership In the club of 30o when
the plans materialize is confidently ex
The scheme Is a very good one and
will provide something- that Portland
lacks very much a clubhouse where
the yachtsmen and motorboat naviga
tors can gather and enjoy the Summer
evenings. The need Is not so much.
felt till mentioned, but once" spoken of
everybody asks why it was never done
It is all very much In the air as yet.
but it is such a good idea that it
will surely be a go to have the club
house on the bank of the river, which.
can be reached by either sailing- boats
or steam launches; a place where a
hungry crowd can get a meal or a
thirsty crowd can get a drink; a
place with wide, cool verandas, a grill
room on the inside, even bowling- al
leys and billiard tables with which to
kill time, is the general scheme.
Both sailing- and motorboating- are
becoming- much more common now
than ever before, and quite a number
of both yachts and launches are to be
added to the existing- number already.
Portland is beginning- to wake up to
the value of the river as a place of en
joyment and the pioneer yachtsmen are
beginning- to find themselves a. little
crowded for searoom.
The Yacht Club might have been
content to buoy its boats In the neigh
borhood of the old scowboat used as
lockerroom on the upper river for an
indefinite time to come if it had not
had overtures made to it by the Ore
gon Water Power & Hallway Com
pany, which offered to build it a model
clubhouse, such as it wants, little
further up the river. The executive
committee of the club studied the mat
ter for a while and thought the idea
a rare one, but could not see why they
could not build a clubhouse of their
own. As the matter stands now they
do not know whether to take up the
offer of the railway company or do
something on their own account.
Just now the latter alternative is in
high favor. The club members fig
ure Is out this way. If they had a big
clubhouse, with attractive surround
ings, they would be able to get a mem
bership sufficient to make it pay. com
prised not only of all the yacht and
motorboat owners, but also of a good
many other citizens who do not par
ticularly care to get out upon the
water themselves, but would like to
have a place on the banks of the river
to which they could speed In their au
tomobiles or drive to and have an out
look over the water while they sit on
the veranda and "have supper.
Where to build the new clubhouse
Is really the only question which
bothers the club members. They feel
that their idea is so 'good that funds
sufficient to carry It out will be avail
able. They do not know whether to go
up or down the river. The vote is
divided. To go up Is nearer, easier
and has the advantage of precedent,
but to "go down gives more sea. room,
readier access to the Columbia and a
wider range of location for the club
house. . TRIPLE PLAYS ARE RARE.
This Diamond Feat Requires Strange
Combination of Circumstances.
A triple play is one of the rare
things in baseball, because it requires
a. combination of circumstances which
seldom occur. Ther must be at Jeast
two men on the bases, and no one out.
Then the next batter must hit the ball
in a certain way, or the chance for a
triple Is lost. In addition to this, the
fielding must be perfect and fast. But
two triple plays, made by one man un
assisted, have ever been recorded. One
was the famous play of Paul Hines
way back In the early '80s. The other is
fresh in the mind, although it was made
in a minor league.
In 1901 Harry O'Hagan was playing
first base for Columbus, in the West
ern Association. Tin-canned, he went
East to Newark, and the day after
he donned a New Jersey uniform he
pulled off the play that made him fam
ous. With men on first and second, and,
of course, nobody out, O'Hagan was
playing close to the bag. when tha next
batter hit a liner directly Into his hands.
The force of the ball was enough to
knock him back so that his foot touched
the first sack, retiring the runner who
was off the base. O'Hagan, turning to
throw to second, saw that the runner
there had started at the crack of the
bat and was nearly to third. So, Instead
of throwing the ball, he sprinted to sec
ond base with it in his hand, arriving la
time to put the third man out on the
Last season the Kansas .City Club of
the American Association made two triple
plays in one game at Toledo.
GIRL BALL-TOSSERS ARE COMING
Basket-Ball Teams of Albany and
Corvallls Will Play Here.
ALBANY, Or., March 4. (Special.)
Portland has been selected as the place. .
and Friday, March 10, as the date for. the
third and deciding game in the state
championship series between the girls"
basket-ball teams of Albany College, and
the Oregon Agricultural College, There
Is now a contention as to what ball the
game shall be played in, and this conten
tion is delaying the final arrangements'
for the game.
The O. A. C girls desire that the Mult
nomah Club basket-ball floor be used for
the game, while the Albany girls prefer
the Y. M. C. A. hall. Neither team Is
willing to concede, the point, and there
the matter rests. The Corvallls team
wants the M. A. A. C. hall for the reason
that it -is. a large one and similar .to their
home floor, and the Albany girls allege
that it Is beyond the regulation size, and
refuse to play in it on that account. They
say the Y. M. C. A. floor Is the right size
and 'they think now that they have ac
ceded to the' wish of the O. A. C. girl In
agreeing that the game be played in Port
land, their wishes should be considered
In choosing the haH.
No officials for the game have yet been
chosen. .The contention about what, ball
shall be used is preventing the completion
of the arrangements,, but there is little
doubt that the matter will be settled in
the next few days, as the teams are. on
most friendly terms, and .the, final ar-
.rangsments for the -championship, gasaa
"will then be made.