The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, April 23, 1905, PART TWO, Page 17, Image 17

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San Francisco Fight Promoters Quarreling Over Ring Sports
Western Bowlers to Secede From National Association
Western Washington Men Are
Going to Centraiia.
Association Independent of the
East Will Be Formed at
San Francisco Promoters AreJ
Struggling for the
A 0 dSI
handing him a check for 5500 on his prom
ise to remain. When Mack found this out.
knowing the southpaw as he did, he hit
upon a unique scheme.
"What have they given you to stay
here?" he asked the twirler.
"Rube" presented his check.
"What, just that piece of paper?" said
C. Mack, scornfully. "Well, here's what
I'll do for you." And the Eastern mag
nate then counted out a hundred $1 bills,
stacking them up in a pile four feet high.
"Rube's" eyes came near jumping from
their sockets at this display of riches, and
he lost no time In repudiating the Insig
nificant check and shoving the bloated
hoard of riches Into his Jeans.
The hundred 51 bills looked better to him
than one puny slip of paper, and he went
back East, where he has since remained.
Cleveland's Great Ball-Player.
Much interest attaches itself to what
the Cleveland team will do this year
with the greatest player In the world
at the helm.
Plan Is to Hold Annual Tournament
and . to . Arrange -Telegraphic
Contests Standing In the
Tenpin League. " ,
"While the -bowling tournament to be held
in Spokane from April 24 to -27 Is neces
sarily intended to and will prove to be a
contest In which the relative merits of
the Pacific Coast city teams and individ
ual players will he displayed, there is a
deeper significance to the proposed meet
ing. Aside from the matter of developing
winning bowlers, the tournament will In
all probability and from every indication
mean a secession from the present Na
tional Association and the establishment
of a "Western bowling association, which
will take in all cities and teams west of
tne Missouri.
For some tlnje past the Western bowl
ers, while loyal to the National Associa
tion, have felt that they have not alto
gether got the "square deal" so strenu
f ously advocated by President Roosevelt.
As it stands at present, New York prac
tically dominates the National Association,
and year after year the National tourna
ment is fixed at such cities in the East,
without any consideration for the "West, as
practically prohibits the appearance of
the far "Western players. As, for exam
ple, it cost San Francisco and Seattle to
gether over $1000 to send a team to the
last tournament in Milwaukee, Wis. For
one or two years this would be all right,
but when it comes to digging up that
amount of money every year without any
prospect of a meeting ever being held on
the Coast, the West has begun to get the
, "tired feeling."
There are several other matters that en
ter into the movement for secession. The
East apparently thinks herself big enough
and clever enough to dictate to the West
just what should be done. The East has
decreed that a 16-pound natural ball shall
be used, and that the gutters of the regu
lation alleys shall be square. The West
thinks that a ball at the option of the
users shall be either natural or loaded,
and that it should weigh from 16 to 16
pounds. In this particular the matter of
round gutter cuts quite a bir figure, since
by its construction a pin knocked down
may fall into the gutter and by its twist
come on to the alley again and knock i
over other pins, which would be impossible
on the square gutters.
It is not so 'much on account of these
details, however, that the West is break
ing away from the East, but the secession
is due purely to the lack of recognition.
The West is big in everything; It is a land
of vastnesj, but this the small and
clever East has not yet seemed to realize.
. The bowling situation is but a repetition
of that found in the field and track events.
On the track the Northwest has put out
men who established records, and later
went East to develop into the "finds" for
college and athletic associations. The past
year's athletic record shows that the East
is more than ever relying on the West to
furnish its winners, but it has so far failed
to recognize the birthplace of such. It
was for this reason that the North Pacific
Association was formed as a break-away
from the American Athletic Union, and
now the bowlers have had to do the same
The sentiment on the Coast against the
American Bowling Congress is very
strong, and practically every city In the
West has signified its willingness of en
tering a Western Bowling Association. A.
L. Jenkins, of Seattle, with associates
from other cities and states, is the prime
mover in the new organization, and is
meeting with success. In fact, It is as
sured that the new association will be
formed and completed before the end of
the week. A strong feature of an organ
ization like the one proposed is that In
stead of one annual tournament two could
be held, one at a common meeting point
and one by wire. The recent telegraphic
contest between five cities demonstrated
fully the feasibility of such a contest, anil
it is possible that at Spokane, not only
an annual contest between all Western
cities will be arranged, but a tournament
similar to the last arranged for every
month. A great impetus 13 expected to
be given to bowling on the Coast at the
-Spokane meeting, and with a total entry
of about S00 bowlers It would seem that
this anticipation will become a realiza
tion. v Portland will be well represented In
Spokane. Capen, Ball, McMenomy, Keat
ing and Kneyse will work in the five-man
team, with the addition of Taylor, who
is a traveling man and, who will be in
Spokane on the date o the meeting.
Portland will also be represented out of
this team In the triples, doubles and sin
gles. The following scores of the men going
from here will give an Idea of their roll
ing ability:
Single Three Five
game, games, games.
Ball 200 759 1100
McMenomy 279 702 1167
Kneyse 27S 746 1070
Capen 26S 6S0 1020
Keating 248 625 970
Of these it might be said that Keat
ing, through a lack of practice, has not
been able to come quite up- to the stand
ard of the other members of the team,
but he can be depended upon to give a
good account of nlmself.
In spite of the defeat in the telegraphic
contest, the Portland men think that
when it gets on the alleys with the other
teams in Spokane, they can more than
make good, and each man left for the
tournament yesterday in good shape and
full of confidence.
Although the Portland Tenpin. League
has only one more week left In its series,
and first and second place are settled
now, the league finish is still an inter
esting one. The standing is:
Won. Lost P.C
k Gambrinus 43 14 .754
Bankers 29 31 .483
All-Stars 26 31 .456
Gold Leaf 23" 34 .404
Pin Knights 23 34 .404
f In last week's games the Bankers de
feated the All-Stars three straight on
Monday night, and on Thursday night
they secured" a cinch on that position by
working the Pin Knights for three games.
On Wednesday night the Gold Leaf team
proved to be 'easy for the champions, and
the Gambrinus tallied three games.
KEATING. M'MENOMT. . . BALL. - " . 1
Multnomah Men Expect Bottler
to Win at Seattle.
Puget Sound Athletic Club Has Iilttlo
Hope of Victory, hut Will
Not Abandon the '
"The fact that Seattle has hemmed and
hawed so much about Bottler shows
that they have a fear of him, but they
will have more than that when he shows
his work la Seattle. They will have a
feeling: of urpriee. Bottler today is
one of the cleverest youngsters in am
ateur circles, and he can so into any
club and meet any man without any fear
of ' not making good. He is fact, shifty,
has a long: reach, can take a punch, and
give one with either hand. He has
an all-round ability and la, good both on
offense and defense. He Is fast and
nimble on his feet, has a good helcht
and la a rangy fighter. His only dis
advantage at present is the fact that
his business occupation keeps him in
doors too much, but this will be over
come by the roadwork which he Is now
putting In. Bottler la a sure winner In
Seattle. I don't care whom they put
up a gal net him."
Boxing Instructor, M. A. A. C
The return boxing and wrestling
tournament with the Seattle Athletic
Club is the main topic in the M. A. A. C.
hallway just now, and many of tho
clubmen are preparing to go to Seattle
on April 28 for the purpose of seeing
the defeat of the Northern boys. The
statement by Mr. Rennick is indorsed
by all of the club members who think
that in Bottler they have a certain
winner, and the fact that Seattle re
gards him in the same light gives a
good deal of advance, satisfaction. The
Seattle Club has throughout shown a
decided opposition to the appearance of
Bottler, and it was only when the M.
A. A. C put It squarely up to them that
the Seattle men agreed to permit Bot
tler to enter. This much must be said,
however, that following the real ama
teur sporting spirit shown : by the
Multnomahs in offering to put Bottler
in with a heavyweight disadvantage,
the Seattle men immediately came back
in the same spirit. Refusing to hold a
contest under unequal weight condi
tions, they put in a man whom they
admit does not stand much chance with
Bottler. This spirit, however, has been
the source of much gratification to the
Multnomah men and served to
strengthen the feeling that in the fu
ture "with such a disposition shown on
the part of both clubs there will be
some rare amateur sport.
With two clubs of the strength of the
Multnomah and Seattle there should be
almost monthly events, and these tour
naments now being held, especially
with the feeling shown, should prove
to be the forerunner of just what is
Multnomah feels that with Bottler
as an opponent Seattle has but little
chance to win in the boxing end of the
tournament, but the feeling of exulta
tion will be tempered with the thought
that Seattle's apparent defeat "will be
due to the fact that they have no Bot
tler. Multnomah admires and. applauds
the true sportsmanlike spirit of Seattle
In putting in a man who is confessedly
inferior to his opponent, and should it
turn out that this man is even by
chance better than the Multnomah Bot
tler, the Multnomahs will not be slow
to pay him homage.
Bottler is down to hard work now,
and with a little road work and two or
three fast rounds each day with Ren
nick he is rapidly getting into shape,
for the Seattle tournament.
Frank and Johnson are not behind
him in their work, and with Joe Acton
they are going through their stunts
dally. With Frank against Llndsey
and Johnson against Graham on tho
mat, Multnomah men feel confident
that all the points to be given out in
Seattle will come to Portland.
A party of clubmen is now being or
ganized to go to Seattle for the tourna
ment. These footers, with the club's
representatives in the event, will leavo
here on the night of April 27.
A members' night will bo held at the
club either on Friday, April 2S, or Wednes
day. May 3. The date will be settled
within the next day or two, but in the
meantime the programme Is being com
pleted. This will have as its principal
feature an indoor athletic- contest to be
participated In by the Juniors. Those en
tering this contest will be graded Into
three divisions, according to age and
height The events in each division
will be:
First Division Horizontal bars, vault
ing table, rings, high Jump, running and
high jump, chinning the horizontal bar.
Second Division Traveling rings, climb
ing rope, for distance, running high jump,
fence-vaulting, chinning bar.
Third Division High jump, traveling
rings, pole-climbing for speed, running
one lap, running high dive.
Following these events there will be an
open consolation obstacle race. In addi
tion to these events there will be boxing
and wrestling bouts and music
The Indoor gymnastic tournament to bo
held on May 5 promises to be a big suc
cess. There were 12 entries In the heavy
gymnastic events and 19 in the light, last
night. In the heavy gymnastics, the
events are horizontal and parallel bars,
vaulting table, high Jump and rope-cllmb-Ing,
and the light work Includes chest
weights, dumb-bells and traveling rings.
This tournament is designed as a try-out
for the men to represent the club in the
Lewis and Clark Fair athletics.
A personal canvass among the older and
business men who are members of the
club is to be commenced this next week
for the purpose of getting their views on
the advisability of organizing noon and
carlj- evening gymnasium classes for such
members. "We feel." said President W.
H. Chapln, "that we have a large num
ber of business men as members, but yet
the club does not appeal to them in the
right way. They support the club be
cause they believe that It Is a worthy In
stitution and of great benefit to the
younger members. The club, however,
thinks that It can give such members
just as much benefit as any others, and
it does not want to take money for noth
ing. There is no reason why the Indoor
athletic department should not be of ad
vantage to every member, but we all
realize that there is a natural hesitancy
among the older members to get out on
the floor with the youths. We are going
to get around this by organizing classes
for these older members, and the only
thing we ask is their willingness to enter
The great object of the club at present
is to cement all Interests, and make the
club an organization for all its members,
young or old."
Outdoor work at the club has been
at a standstill during the past week,
owing to the rains. Neither the field
and track teams nor the baseball en
thusiasts have gone out, but with the
present prospects for good weather or
ders have been issued for everyone to
be on hand Monday night. As soon as
the weather settles the men will be
put through their paces in all depart
ments of outdoor work and an effort
will be made tSTnake up for the train
ing lost bo far. Within the next two or
three, weeks meets will be arranged
for the bringing out of the trackmen of
all grades. This will Include a novice
field day which -will be open only to
beginners, a. Junior day and an open
tournament for all com'
Portland Association Fosters
Kicking Game.
Match Will Soon Be Played With
Ilvvaco, and Many Spirited Ex
hibitions Arc Planned
During Exposition.
Never was there a better chance
along the Pacific Coast to boom asso
ciation football the game in whloh
you must not touch the fo'otball with
your hands, but use your feet, head
and chest than at present. The newly
reorganized Portland association foot
ball club has given life to the game,
and Secretary Dyment is an enthusiast
who will not allow any grass to grow
under his feet. He is now engaged In
wj-Itlng to tne representatives of all
the association football clubs in the
Pacific Northwest, acquainting them
with the feast of good things In storo
for football men during the approach
ing" football tournament at the Lewis
hand Clark Exposition.
True, no glittering money prizes are
to be offered. These would undoubted
ly help to pay the traveling expenses
ot toams journeying from other cities
to Portland, but how about the honor
and glory of the thing? Many of the
football players will wish to visit the
Exposition at their own expense, any
way, and carry off a few medals if they
are among the lucky ones. The Indica
tions arc that competing clubs will play
at the Exposition from California,
Washington and British Columbia. Ore
gon will probably be represented by
two or three, football clubs, one of
them coming from Fossil, Eastern
The local football season will start here
by a game between two Portland elevens
about the mlddlo of next month, and the
chances are that Portland will face II
waco. at Ilwaco, Wash., about the end
of May. Tnen the Portlands will get
ready for the Exposition games, for they
mean to try hard for first prize. They
ought to win, for, as constituted at pres
ent, the Portland men number so many
strong, athletic, experienced players who
have won their spurs In other cities,
that they have a united club second to
none in this part of the country.
Marshall and Gavin are star goaiKeep
ers. Dyment and tho Stewart brothers
play a magnificent defense game, and for
attack there are none better along the
Pacific Coast than the two Kilpecks,
Dean, McNichol. Jennings, Jago, Braden,
Cameron. Gifford, Alec Smith and a few
more. The association game draws big
crowds in the East, and in Great Britain
100,000 people often sit and watch an In
ternational match. In France and Bel
gium, the game also draws crowds. Why
not In Portland, at a gala time, when tho
city shall have lots of Eastern visitors?
Auto Club Will Meet.
The automobile Club, which has become
quite a flourishing organization, will hold
an adjourned meeting in the rooms of the
Commercial Club Wednesday evening to
consider new by-laws and to elect a board
of directors. - The automobile craze la
striking Portland unusually hard this
Sprlngt and every day some new autoist
appears with a powerful machine. It is
anticipated that the Automobile Club will
soon become one of the strongeet clubs
In town, with a large membership.
Gun Club Association Issues Pro
gramme and Prize Ijist for Con
tests to Bd Held on
May 6 and 7.
CENTRALIA, Wash., April 22. (Spe
cial.) The programme of the first month
ly tournament of the Western Washing
ton Gun Club Association, which is to be
held in Centraiia, May 6 and 7, has Just
been issued by the Centraiia club. The
meet will be held on the grounds of the
Centraiia Club, at the Western Washing
ton Livestock and Agricultural Grounds.
The shoot will occupy two days. A com
mittee of three was appointed at the
meeting Monday night to look after the
grounds and to prepare entertainment for
the visiting shotgun artists. The commit
tee consists of Sid Reeves, Ad Bates and
Ed Bowers, and they will be held re
sponsible that all of the visiting shooters
have a good time. The following Is the
programme that has been prepared:
Event Xo. 1 Ten birds, known trap, unknown-
angles; entrance, 50 cents. Four mon.
cys. 40, 30, 20 and 10 per cent.
Event 2 Ten birds. K. T. U. A.: entrance,
75 cents. 58.50 added. Four moneys, 10, 30,
20 and 10 per cent.
Event 3 Ten birds, entrance $1,. 53.50 added.
Three moneys, 30, 20 and 10 per cent.
Event 4 Fifteen birds. K. T. U. A.: en
trance $1. $5 added. Three moneys, 50, 30
and 10 per cent.
Event 5 Ten blrd, K. T. U. A.; entrance
$1. $5 added. Four moneys, 40, 30, 20 and 10
per cent.
Event G Twenty-five birds, championship
shoot for the championship of Southwestern
Washington, for the members of the associa
tion only: purse and medal. Thla medal Is
to be contested for at every shoot held under
the auspices of the association durms the
year. The person winning- it the greatest num
ber ,of times during the season will be en
titled to the tame ao champion of the south
western, trapshooters. Entrance 51.50, 53
added; 5 per cent o this purse goes to the
winner of the fhoot last year. Mr. Skeen. of
Cosmopolls. Four moneys, 10 per cent of this
purse and 50 per cent ot the next nurse.
Event 7 Fifteen birds, K. T. U. A.: en
trance ?1, $5 added. Four moneys, 40, 30, 20
and 10 per cent.
Event S Fifteen birds, five birds reverse pull.
five birds right reverse pull and Ave birds
straightaway; entrance 51, $3 added. Three
Event 9 Ten birds, K. T. U. A.; entrance
75 ents, 53.50 added. Four moneys.
Event 10-Flftecn birds, K. T. U. A.; en
trance 51.50. 53.50 added. Four moneys.
Event 11 Championship team ehoot for the
championship of Southwestern Washington.
25 birds to the man, three men to the team
and for members of the association only; no
club can enter for this event unless the club
fee for this year has been paid to the secre
tary of the association on or before the date
of the tournament. Entrance 53.75 per team.
53 added. Three moneys. A suitable trophy
will be procured by the association, to be
given to the club winning the greatest num
ber of eventa during the season.
High average of the day, $2.50 cash.
Event 1 Ten birds; entrance 75 cents, 52.50
aaaea. mree moneys.
Event 2 Ten bird, doubles, five pairs to
each man; entrance 51, 53.50 added. Four
Event 3 Fifteen birds; entrance 51, 55
aaaea. our moneys.
Event 4 Ten birds; entrance 51, 53.50 added
Three moneys.
Event 5 Fifteen birds; entrance 51, 53.50
aauea. our moneys.
Event G Fifteen birds; entrance 51, 57.50
aaaea. our moneys.
Event S Ten birds, consolation prize: en
trance 50 cents. S3 added, for shooters who
have failed to make better than third mone
in any event, xnree moneys.
How the St. Louis Browns Are Re
warded for Winning.
As an Incentive to the St. Louis Browns
to keep up their lick as much as a reward
for their winning the series from the
Cardinals, Manager McAleer Monday pre
sented each member of the team with a
crisp 550. There were only two excen
tlons. Fred Glade for his magnificent
work, and Kowell. for fllllntr In the
breach so manfully, were given each 5100.
"President Hodges wants the boys to
feel that he Is as much a friend as a bos3
to them," said Manager McAleer in mak
ing the presents. "He wants von all to
pull together, ahd have the same Interest
at heart that hehas. We have a winning
team, and I know that the sort of ball
you put up against the red legs will down
some of the big clubs. But do better. Put
your heart Into the work and your
snouiaer to tne wneei, and let's be a
happy family."
Why "Rube" Waddell Returned
Check and Left.
When the Pacific Coast was scrapping
with the rest of balldom combined,
"Rube" Waddell jumped tho Eastern res
ervation to tho land of the Golden Gate.
After setting this league on fire one sea
son with his great work, "Connie" Mack
planned a special trip to the Coast where
by he had figured out how to yank the
star "Rube" back to civilized warfare.
When the athletic mogul reached the
Coast the San Francisco magnate heard
of his arrival and sought "Rube" out.
This season is Lajoie's debut as a
manager, and what he does and how he
does it will be of great Interest not
only to the "fans" In the City by the
Lake, but all over the country
There is only one Lajoie, and his
name has been upon the Hps of baseball
"rooters" for years. For nine years the
big Frenchman has been known
throughout the country as a great
On his record he Is the greatest bats
man ever In the country. The wonderful
record of this star follows:
G. AB. R. BH. SH. SB. Ave.
ISOrt 30 174 37 07 .. 0 .323
1S97... 12(1 515 107 108 5 22 .303
1608 147 610 113 200 5 23 .32S
1S00 72 30S 70 117 3- 14 .37U
1000 102 451 05 13tf 2 25 .34
1001 131 343 145 220 1 27 .422
1002 87 332 81 120 8 29 .376
1003 120 488 00 173 13 22 .355
1U04. 140 554 02 211 C 31 .SSI
Tries to Cut Out Tacoma Jump.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 22. (Spe
cial.) Jim Morley had a talk today
with President Bert In regard to the
transferring of a week's series from
Tacoma to Los Angeles. Week after
next Los Angeles comes here to play
two weeks with Oakland. Then, ac
cording to the schedule, the Angels
jump back to Tacoma for a week and
then both teams travel to Los Angeles
for another series. What Morley wants
Is to have the Tacoma jump cut out
and the games transferred. It is a
long trip to Tacoma, and just to play a
week's series makes It so much longer.
President Bert assured Morley that he
would welcome a transfer, but Mike
Fisher's consent would have to be se
cured before It could be made. Morley
will now open correspondence with the
Will Call Balk on Pitcher.
Under certain conditions the "spit ball"
will be a balk In the National League this
year. President Pulllam has no objection
to the "spit ball" In Itself although he
does not fancy its name but he thinks
there is such a thing as using It In a
manner not entirely consistent with good
Pulllam has instructed his umpires to
see to It that the pitchers do not moisten
the ball in an ostentatious orobjectlonabgei
manner for Instance, with the ball a foot
or so away from the mouth In one hand
and deliberately wetting the fingers of the
other hand after the manner of licking a
postage stamp. A balk will be called on
every pitcher so doing, provided, of
course, there Is somebody on a base.
Will Use the Spit Ball.
The "spit ball" will be used bya majority
of the pitchers this season and there will
be but few .300 batsmen, says the
Sporting News. Direct legislation against
this styje of delivery is practically out of
the question, but restriction of the limits
of the strike space will result In the
abandonment of the most effective ball
ever employed by a pitcher. The "spit
ball" which Invariably breaks below the
waist would, go out of commission If the
lower limit for a strike were the hip of
the batsman. There has been so much Im
provement In pitchers, that legislation In
necessary to savo the batting department
of the game.
English Oars, Australian Stroke.
Typical English oars and an Australian
stroke are being used by the Harvard
crews. The English blades are an Inch
narrower and three Inches longer than
the old Sheas. Their weight half a pound
mqre than the old oars, but the Increased
length assures a quicker recovery and
catch. Captain Fllley and Coach Wray are
now spending their time settling the men
In the boats and thoroughly sifting the
qualifications of every candidate.
Castro a Disappointment.
Castro, who played In Portland last sea
son, has been a big disappointment In
Kansas City. He was tried at short and
then In the outfield, but failed to make
good in either place.
W. A. Goss.
C. D. Lewis.
M. C. Cheal.
F. H. C Andrews.
K. A Lelter.
P. B. GlfTord.
L. B. Wlckersham. ,
Brandt Wlckershann
R. L. Macleay.
J. H. Lothrup. -1001
W, A. Goss.
C. D. Lewis.
Brandt Wlckersham'.
L. B. Wlckersham.
Wells Gilbert.
R. A. Lelter. '
A. B. McAlpin.
J. F. Ewlng.
H. H. Herdman, Jr.. ,
L. R. Prince.
W. A. BetheL
W. A. Goss.
C. D. Lewis.
M. a Cheal.
Brandt Wlckersham.
J. F. Ewlng.
L. B. Wlckersham.
R. A. Lelter.
H. H. Herdman, Jr.
A. B. McAlpin.
W. A. Goss.
W. A. Bethel.
Brandt Wlckersham.
J. F. Ewing-.
M. C Cheal.
L. B. WJckersharrir-,
W. O. Rudy.
P. B. Gifford. "
O. C. Pratt.
L. R. Prince.
W. A. Bethel, owe 15 1-6.
W. A. Goss, owe 15 1-6.
Brandt Wlckersham, owe 1-6. of 15.
J. F. Ewlng, scratch.,
D. Bellinger, scratch.
W. O. Rudy, scratch.
A. B. McAlpin, scratch.
J. H. Smith, scratch.
Edw. Morse, receive 3-6 of 15.
G. C. Durham, receive 3-6 of 15.
Determined Effort Is Made to Blocltf
AVhlte-Britt Mill and to Pit
Young Corbett Against
Those San Francisco fight promoters
have at last thrown the fat Into the fire
The determination to keep Jimmy Coff
roth out of the game has raised such a?
tempest that the Grand Jury suddenly
awoke to the fact that the boxers who
were fighting In the amateur battles in
the Bay City were receiving money. Ttsl3
Is really a funny awakening, for every,
man and boy In that graft-ridden city
knew these boys were getting money for
fighting. Yet the fact that the Supervis
ors and the Grand Jury began to sit up
and take notice Is due solely to the bick
ering and scrapping that has been going
on among the various fight promoters.
In the past three years San Francisco
has not seen a fight of any note without
a row being kicked up by the fellow who
did not get to make the match. These
plnheads, men like Morris Levy and a.
few more of his kidney, men who have
had their share of the promoting pie, are
to blame for the condition of the fighting;
game at San Francisco. Levy holds a;
political job and ever since he became
stricken with the fight-promoting game ha
has used his position as a wedge to break
into giving fights and cause trouble for
these who beat him to getting dates from
the Board of Supervisors.
When Jimmy Coffroth was the big fight
promoter, the boxing game In San Fran
cisco was In splendid hands. He not only
brought together the best fighters In the
business, but he saw to It that the public
was given a run for their money and was
shown some consideration. It was Coff
roth that brought Champion Jeffries and
Jim Corbett together; Young Corbett and
Jimmy Brltt, and In fact arranged all of
the big fights held In San Francisco of
late that were- really worth seeing. After
Brltt had whipped both Corbett and Nel
son, It was Coffroth who matched Jabcz
White and Jimmy Brltt. Other promoters
had tried to bring the English champion
across the big pond to fight Brltt and
had failed. It took Coffroth almost a year
to land White, but he finally did. but In
order to get him over on this side Coff
roth had to dig up $500 right oft the reel.
The moment the match was made, then
the knockers tuned their anvils In the
key of "E." First they said that White
was an old man and that Brltt would
tear through him like a Kansas cyclone
through a frame shed. Brltt may do this
yet, but the Britisher hag made a very
favorable Impression on all those who
have seen him box. When the critics be
gan reporting that White would not ba
such an easy- mark for the California,
then Levy, Gregglans and others began
pulling wires and preventing Coffroth
from getting the April date for this fight.
They succeeded In blocking It, at least
for a time, but Coffroth still declares that
he will "pull off the fight on the data
scheduled. He has ordered his tickets
printed and his advertising matter placed,
so it would seem that Coffroth has still
another ace In the hole left. He may
not get the original date, April 25, but If
he does not he will get May 5.
One thing is sure. If Coffroth does not
pull off this fight, Morris Levy will not
bring Young Corbett and Eddie Hanlon
together In May. Levy has been too busy:
In blocking Coffroth for the latter to al
low Levy to pull off this fight. Just how;
this fight will take remains to be seen.
In San Francisco, of course, both ot tha
boys have many friends, but It will not
be a battle that will attract much atten
tion. Corbett has beaten Hanlon. In fact
gave him such a beating that he has never
recovered from It. And Corbett has twlea
been whipped by Battling Nelson, no
there la nothing for the boys to fight ton
but the money. Both Hanlon and Cor
bett are In the East. Word comes that
Hanlon has left Philadelphia for Sarj
Francisco, but the whereabouts of tha
Denver Nugget Is pot announced. Cor
bett's last fight was with Kid Sullivan at
Baltimore. Sullivan, who was only a. good
second-rater, fouled Corbett In the second
round and the best the cx-champlon could
do was a draw. This would Indicate that
the Denver lad has gone farther back
than many supposed.
Very little Is being heard from the train
lng quarters of Tommy Burns and Dava
Barry. They are scheduled to meet in x
twenty-round battle at Tacoma, and It
should be a slashing good mill. Barry
haim't any science, and has very llttlo.
ring generalship, but he can take a lac
ing. He is fighting all the time a sort
of second Joe Grim for the more he is
punched the more he comes back for.
Bums, on the other hand, Is shifty. Just
how clever he Is at infighting and mixing
it in the clinches remains to be seen when,
he meets Barry. In Burns fight with
"Twin" Sullivan, he broke at the com-
mand of the referee and did not hit in tha
clinches. Once or twice he cut loose aft
Sullivan when that worthy continually
violated the fighting rules, but failed to
hurt Sullivan much. In his fight with
Barry, the articles say that each man
must protect himself at all times, a stylo
of milling that is made to order fos
There has been some foolish talk of ri
match between Charley Mitchell, who
brought White to thls country, and old
John L. Sullivan. Both of these old fel
lows mixed in the U)ng ago and a fight
between them now would be the silliest
kind of a farce. Sullivan today is littla
better than a human tub. while Mitchell
Is comparatively a well-preserved man.
When Sullivan was in his prime Mitchell
stood no chance against him. but If by
some mischance they should be matched
and actually fight, Mitchell would return
the winner- Mitchell carries no "alder
man" under his vest like the once mighty
J. L. S. All that the Englishman would
have to do would be to poke a couple into
Sullivan's protrusive front and It would
be curtain for the big fellow from Bos
ton. Mclvune Good at Second.
McKune. who fills In at second whila
Mohler is' away, made a successful one
handed stab at a ball which brought the
6500 people to their feet the other day. Ha
Is playing the difficult cushion In grand
style. His throwing to first Is just
about the right caper, also.