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   Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia                               THE WASHINGTON POST: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 1913. GANDIL IS HITTING .316 ANP GRADUALLY GAINING Figures Place Him Eleventh in American League, Jackson Leading with Better Position in Club Fielding. CLARK GRIFFITH JOSTLED ABOUT CONSIDERABLY, BEFORE HE BECAME STAR MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER CUBS' FORFEIT HURTS TEAMS, BUT IS RELIEF TO PATRONS "Cluck" Grandil, the first sacker, gained 5 points in the official American League batting records as a result of j his efforts during the past week, and remains as the only local player in the select class. Gandil is now hitting at a .316 clip, which places him eleventh American League batsmen. Jackson picked up an even   1 10 19 48 LEADS MOTORCYCLISTS. There was never more than- one Tim Hurst, which was unfortunate jr for the game. Tim was the only great, the unique, the unapproachable. There la not a single veteran of the big leagues who can't tell a repertory of good stor- ies on Tim Hurst, and nearly all of them are true. Tim was one umpire "who couldn't be bluffed, and couldn't be shooed away from a mlxup. When Tim was in the game he was in it with both two fists, his heart, and. all his soul. Artistic temperament was no name for It, and Capt. Artson, good old uncle, could surely tell you -so. Long ago, when the world was young, and Anson was still an active star, Char- ley Hoyt, dead these many years, wrote a play, specially as a vehicle for uncle. They called it "A Runaway and It a little -while. Then It curled up and died, with a margin on the losing side, hilt while it lasted it afforded loads of fun. .Spoils Climax of Play. The climax of this dramatic triumph was. a home run by uricle in the ninth. With two down, and two strikes called, the old man made the full circuit, and _sHd in at the plate with a thunderous rumble. The actor who played the hos- tile brought the. ball down on uncle; there was a second of terse, ter- rific silence, anct then the umpire shout- ed, while the gallery rocked, the heavy villain foamed, the heroine cried "Thank Heaven and the curtain fell. Quite a climax, and uncle played It well. One night in New York a touch of added realism waa given by the special engage- merit of Tim Hurst, as the umpire of the Play. Tim was press agented in good style, and- got almost as much attention as Anson -when he came on, clad In the old blue uniform, and lugging the mask and the little whiskbroom. All went well; the action swung Into the ninth inning, and the- crowd rooted madlyv while the kids upstairs shouted, "Give th' old man a square, deal, Uncle swung at the started on his mighty run, vanishing into the wings, reappearing up- stage, and. thundering down upon the plate. The catcher crouched for his part   stared for an in- stant at advancing Rpaninrds. Then hp looked at the home plate, whence all had fled. Taking off tits. cap. Col. Ks- tranrpe bowed, by of haibilual courlppy, and shouted. "Ija'ltffl and gen- tlemen, same called." and joined the fugi- tives." HOMERS IN WORLD'S SERIES. For many a hardship of travel whtr-h might otherwise have been avoided National League pla.yers have Man- ager Evers and the Cubs to Mump, for the relief from many A hurrVd and curtailed ball game patrons of .Na- tional League games will have Un> sarnie Kvers and the Orbs M praise The forfeiture of the second jiair.e a double-header In Chlcaifn t" the LOMI.I team because of unsportsmanlSk" ing to kill time on urn- ;n liiivr tlse. gajne on the otner was ttn lnju''> baseball, and as :O1 tjie punishment there Is in the law s nf-l-us'1- balt, it resulted In one bom-til which, it is believed, wll! he lusting." That is the abolition of thfl prow-'ng practice of unnecessarily ear'.y get-aways for the players Barnes of .serifs tn ilHTt-rtnt towns. To Enhance Players' Comfort. The object of these arrangements often is merely to enhance the comfort of the players by ratchinK fast irains to obviate seine of the more tedious journeys by- rail sui'h arrangement is necessary on account of the congestion of the schedule in order to keep the next day's erigagenunt in another city. For such occasions' the regulations of base- ball provide suitabje requirements that prevent depriving the gublic of arty of its rights. The affair which caused all the trouble in Ch.ica.Ko -belonged in the xinnecessary class. The Si. Louis team was required by the league's schedule to .lump from Chicago to Boston between the games of July li and the game of July S. Plenty of time was allowed by the schedule makers. The St. Louis players could talc.- a train leaving Chicago at 11 o'clock Sunday nisht and reach Boston early Tuesday morning. But because ball players have come to be such a pampered class of artists, they raise strenuous objections to being sub- jected to such a hardship as two nights In succession on the road. Consequently, it was planned to put them aboard a train leaving ,at in the afternoon, which would land them in Boston with only one night's Interval. That made It impossible to complete the double-header advertised without starting it earlier than usual, unless the games were uncom- monly fast. Action Unfair to Public. Whatever the merits or demerits of the row which followed, the particulars of which are fresh in memory, the was bilked out of part of the exhibition it had paid for by the action of the two teams, resulting In forfeiture. It was wholly unnecessary, and will not happen again If President Lynch's ruling is en- forced. Hereafter when a similar situation arises the ball players will be second to the public In consideration. If It Is necessary for them to ride two nights and a day on a, slow train In order to faith with the public, they will haw to do It. N The only alternative will be starting the games early enough to permit completing them before time to take an early train. Then If a patron cannot get to an early game In time to see all of it, he will not go If he feels that he wants nine Innings for his money. He wilt not be tempted to pay, and then he deprived of the last three or four Innings of the regulation game for the sake of the comfort of the players. v. This is getting back to sound principles In baseball. The player has been petted and made so much of in recent years that he has come to consider himself the whole works. There has been a tendency to overlook the fact that the guys who lay down coin- of the realm at the box office and ticket window are the real reason for the existence of baseball. They are the ones to be considered first, and their comfort and entertainment comes ahead the ball player. That is the reason for President Lynch's edict that hereafter there shall be no agree- ment between managers or club owners to curtail performances on the diamond unnecessarily. Outbreak Serves a Precedent. But for the outbreak In Chicago the practice might have gone on Indefinitely. It might have have come to a pass where games in New Tork or Philadelphia would have been stopped in the seventh Inning so as to allow the players of a visiting to make the trip between those cities by motor car In the early evening, stopping at some de luxe hotel on the way for dinner. The jump by rail occupies two hours, and can be made at any time of day or night. Occasionally the schedule calls for quick getaways In order to play in some city on th'e following day. For such emergencies the league's constitution provides the 2-emedy. But it is not one that will de- prive public of any of the nine in- nings which constitute a full game. In such cases the law of the league re- quires that a game shall be started three hours and a half before the leaving time of the last train, which will permit one or both of the teams to reach the next Hty >n which they are scheduled In time to r.rx- combat. nil. a 1-2 hours for complet- ing .1 e.irr.f and gives the players an limn- ,n catch their train. It is ainiiii-. pi :n cases of many extra In- ning or ure-sscied games In which tha .seme In either case the f.i: ji-.-ttv sure to be satisfied it given I-: lv of even if the game I.- a iIran- extra inning's or results in a -i- 20 to S in seven rounds or so. nothing so fatal to a sport as tV- of the element of sport Baseball has toeen strug- jrll- along au'alnst the constant growth til. doliar sign and commercialism in the ranks of its promoters land play-era. ICffcris to tempt the nimble dollar Into the box '-.fiioe have en Raged the minds of the to a too great extent, and at the samp time the players have devoted too much time and newspaper talk Into schemes to get as much of the public's coin as possible into their own pockets. It Is time to concentrate more attention on winning baseball games on the level and acquiring championships by that means. ONLY ONE BALL HT Is Used Continuously in Recent Contest Between Reds and Cabs. A remarkable featurs ot a recent clnnatl-Chicago contest In the National League was that only one ball was used during the entire play, In of tho fact that fifteen runs were scored and it was a heavy-hitting game. Before Same starts the umpire In charge Is al- ways provided with three new balls, one of which goes into play at once, white the other two remain In his pockets until called for. At the close of the contest tlmplra O'Day still had two clean balls In pocteets, not having thrown out a new one during the entire nine rounds. HanK said this was a record for him In all tho years he has been umpiring. Manager Tinker kept the ball which was In play throughout the game as a memento of the occasion. It was pretty badly bat- tered, but was still in-Jhape for further action. MTGEAW GETS SMALL PAT. Manager's First Contract Calk for Only Uviag KarpeaMa. An old baseball contract that be of Interest to fans waa unearthed a 
                            

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