Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta
WESTERN CANADA LEAGUE SPECIAL SPORT SUPPLEMENT The Daily Herald III. Letlibridge, Alberta, Tuesday, May Number 121. HER PITCHER CY PIEHS SHORTSTOP ROY DUDLEY LETHBRIDffi WANTS OEAN BASKALL "OH, YOU HALLEY'S WESHRNCANADALEAGDEOPENS TOMORROW AT THE BALL PARK IES OF GAMES AT HOME x EDMONTON VS. LETHBRIDGE AT 3 P.M. THE SEA SOX OPENING Another baseball opening day rol'ed annual red letter day has found no place on' our calendar like the 24th of May and the 1st of July, but it is looked forward to with just as much eagerness as any national'lioliday by the numerous followers of the great and popular game. It seems that not only in Lethbridge is the opening day a bigger one than any that lias preceded -it, but in every city of the Western "Canadian circuit the advance is very apparent. Since -the game continues to spread in interest each year and the annual recurrence of the .as- sertions that "the interest in the game greater than and that "this promises to be tbe most prosperous in the game's are not without a foundation of truth. Again the rafters of tbe stand will resound with the fannish expressions and tiie heart of the- fan will be glad. It all depends on the weather, which we all have reason to hope will be good, and we are off on the hardest race for pennant honors that we have experienced, but with great confidence in our team taking a prominent part for a foremost position at the finish. "THE IRON. MAN" SPORTSMANSHIP CATCHER JOE LYNCH A GAME IN PKOGKESS AT. THE PARK 'Edmonton here, May here, May Medicine Hat, May Madead Semi-Pros. Playing Lethbridgc Professionals Yesterday. ETWEEN the "sport" and the "sportsman" is a great fail C tixed, yetmany pieople confound -the two. There is all the distance between extreme east and west, the difference between blat-k ami and separating the one from the ciher, and K lies not but in the heart of the individual. For numerous reasons "the sport" has fallen because of his discreditable ways is non persona grata in any com- munity as as his real charcter is known, regardless of his smooth appearance, his diamonds as big as pigeons' eggs and his automobile, .unless to those ot' his own stripe. Even they demand that he walk before them with hands up. Play with him becomes shady The pursuit of pastime for pasliaae's: sake, when -the thousand tongues of exhausted physical for'a let-up from the thraldom of business grind or social treadmill, is not only a token '.of a man's good taste, but an evidence of good sense. If .one is so foolish as to say, "I cannot spare time to .we may confidently watch for the day when shades are drawn low at his windows and-the honk of the physician's automobile sounds in his street; Play is as hones< as toil, it lives in a realm of its own and bears unmistakable-marks that never associate themselves with trade. Whenever the element of pecuniary gain sets aside the consideration of beneficent physical reward for time devoted to honest sport, one of the Almighty's richest gifts is prostituted. Nature sounds her warnings in "that tired feeling" so pre- railent at spring in that absent-mindedness of which one is painfully aware; in fits of irritability amounting to peevishness and proneness to discontent. She -is calling mec out of bondage into open, where forces that make for the rebuilding of nerve and brain tissue may. restore the perfect poise that marks the well- fitted to be a strong contender for real prizes in life's arena. Happy is that man or woman wbo has formed the habit of. keeping tabs on the passing days and inviting anticipation o'f joys clothes as the uniform that attends their use! Halcyon days- are devoted to painting the canoe or yacht; rewinding, varnishing and straightening rods and sorting fishing tackle; overhauling.and set- the eye to the sights of shotgun or rifle; filling the clothesline with outing paraphernalia that it may be well aired and ready for the call to action. W. C. L. IS PROTECTED Practically every professional base- ball player on the continent is in "captivity." That is to say, he is un- der the National Association of Pro- fessional Baseball Leagues jurisdic- tion.. which 'hold sway everywhere in America with one or two exceptions. A player must necessarily follow the rules as set down by the Associa- tion, or be debarred from organized company.-The Western Canada League is a member of the Association and is recognized as Class C. A Creditable TMra At Home and Awmy lucre is probably no other city ii the Western Canada kafce vaiea u more enthusiastic for baseball -taaa Lethbridge. With a popalatioa great- ly made up of people from otter side of the line wltere tbe pinr'natM supreme in the realm of is anipk' reason why the city ahoMM be strong for the game. la when' Lethbridge made its detat ii- to professional baseball, its poprta tion was less than and we made pretty fair fist of tfr-- ancially and. otherwise. Last year we were not too discouraged suits to attempt another whirl at it, and everyone who is baseball vise s highly optimistic with the pros- pects now that we have a city of 09 or more of bustling busy people who ipend tbeir money freely. Lethbridge would certainly like to and the pennant but if we can't to with ?ood clean baseball nobody wants it here. Tbe directors. oC tbe lub insist that every man who is n their service must be a fellow pt lood respectable character, immater- al of his playing ability. If he is not a credit to the city at home and away he is not wan ted. on this Everyone here. has implicit faiti n Chesty Cox in tbe capacity ol manager. He has won the coogdeace of all who know him, and that is not a few, and all they, ask him to do it to endeavor to give the aud consistent baseball and all will be satisfied. Notwithstanding, Chesty says he cannot conceive anything but a test division aggregation for Lethbridge and one that is crowding .the peaaaat pole, too. He recognizes more than one worthy antagonist with-whom he will have to do battterbut how aay of them hope to withstand the on- slaught of his formidable array is be- yond Chesty's You caa't make much of: a discount on-Chesty V'< at that. With war-horse Joe behind the bat, Lezie, Pieh, Eafte- bretson, Murphy in the box, O'Hayr on first, Johnny Mackin at second, Dudley at .short and Head hnMtag down the -difficult comer, we have an infield and battery that a big noise league to sar nothing the classy outfield composed Chick and Brogan. There .was ab dearth of pitchers trying out here, who shape up good, bad and indiffer- ently. There was also a host ol caa- didates Cor other positions, the ma- jority of whom will go back, to the hush from, whence .they came. League President E. J. Eckstorm and "big mogul" of baseball in this city, is having the baseball park re- modelled and hopes 'to have one of the best appearing ball grounds in the league before very long. Mr. Eck- storm is proprietor. Last year he gave the club the free use of the grounds afidihas made the same gra- cious oiler once more. We have not indulged our team in any expensive training trip this sea- son, and why-'shcuid we when ihe weather has been most ideal for base- ball in the past two weeks and we doubt very much ii ar.y better was ex- perienced anywhere on the continent. WESTERN CANADA LEAGUE EXECUTIVE SEE REGULAR SPORT PAGE WHY BASEBALL IS GROWING IN POPULARITY A LETHBRIDGE TRIO Hascball played in Central and Somii AJiioricH. Australia and Japan. The is also played by college teams in China and Bpypt. Cubans arc eurmisiastic over it too. Two reasons why it is by far the man are. lirst, that it is clean, and, second, that it is democratic. Pro- fessional gambling lias not polluted the diamond as it lias the prize ring and the turf. No organb.ation of gam- blers can "throw" nine men. Reform- ers instead- of ipetitioning Legisla- tures to regulate baseball are encour- aging schools to increase their popular ever played by teams. MANAGER EWCLEMETtON AND LEZIE The President's Message to the Umpires. Presidrn; J. EokMoiiH has issued the following to the nmpin's the Western Canada League prior to ih? opening games: "It is one of my chief desires that the umpires of the Westera Canada League shall display a siandard of efficiency in their work. which .shall meet with general approval throughout Uu: league without, exception. Fairness and impartiality (and a thorough knowledge of baseball) are the main requirements and umpires found wanting in any one of these particulars shall be immediately dismissed. "Umpires are the representatives of the league upon ihe field, and as the Western Canada League stand for clean, gentlemanly sport, umpires shall bo responsible for the order kept by players. "Umpires sbo.uld not hesitate to penalize players for miscon- duct. bnt in so doing they must not act with too niv.ch haste, but judicious consideration and meet out the penalty in accord- with the offom'f a.nrl ns provided for in The constitution of ihr league. "Rowdyism or misconduct on the part of the players which would tend toward lowering tbe prestige of the game and prove iniiviic.nl ;o its progress should at all times bo discouraged. "I very of having -the heartiest co-operation of every umpire in attempt to raise tbe standard of baseball in She Western Canada League to a heighth never. before achieved by :i r. League." Yours faithfully, C. J. EOKSTORM. Wm. Cousins Hornibrook Ralph Manley A. M. Blackburn F. Weat Medicine Hat Calgary Moose Jaw Winnipeg Pves. C. J. Eckstorm Benton Hatch Lethbridge Ltthbridge C. M. Mohr Moose Jaw Art Smith Regina A REPRESENTATIVE BODY The executive committee of I Western Canada League is a very representative body. We have Wm. Cousins. ex-Mayor of Medicine Hal; (rina; Frank F. J) [T. A. Hornibrook, insurance and real Edmonton; estate broker, Calgary; Ral real estate dealer. Moose t Blackburn, manager of Growers Co.., Winnipeg; erstone, rnar.ager Brandon; A. F. Lethbridge; n. J. Kokatorm l proprietor, Letbbridge: C. M. Mohr, business aw. The last two namod are nX of the executive, but rendance at the meeting in ,_niw when the picture herewith 1 taken.