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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta LOTS OF AM ATEUR BASE- BALL IN Amateur baseball has always been one of the leading sports in Leth- bridge... Probably the raoBt noted nine that ever played hero' was the fam- ous Houk's Savages. After a. bril- liant career, which was known all through west, -the Savages be- came disbanded three years ago with IbJe debut of professional baseball. Their big Geo. Houk, a Leth- bridge 'is just as ardent a fan as ever and is always on deck when there is a game ou. Proieeaionai baseball did not kill the amateur game by any means. It it played now more than ever, Amateui players are as numerous here as in any city of .this size anywhere in'-the west and probably more ao when It is considered that a great percentage of people Lethbridge come from States where baseball is It is true that in the first year of the professionals, amateur ball went flat, but .summer it wan revived wjth the forma- tion' of a. local city league, com- posed of the V. M. C. A., Railroad and Press Club teams. Without pro. com petition .'the league proved-a great sue cess .and many merry battles were by the keen .contestants. The Y.JM.C.A. were iiennant winners with the'Press a close second, and the Railroad team third. Use year the tlie Press Club, aud North Ward entered the league and again eome good sport was pulled off. This 'time the Press mer were victorious, capturing league hon- ors without a defeat. Though no city amatejur Bauc was expected to be of year for the while thirteen 1 help -to his team in the important Christy Mathewson is the Giant? Standby originally got this youngster for losses were charged up against him. for the world's honors last fall He had -to bo taken out of the boxjas u was his first >'ear in fast J pany. To the surprise of the wise ones, Adams was the only Pirate twirl of holding printed about the loash on Dpfroit> and was due that 'lie became som-wliat of a to his great work ihat the TiS osiiy. and overr ho was slated crs wcre drasged in tbe dljsf of to take his mm on tne mnnnd crowds'feat" ln recoSnitlon of work Babe would nock to Seelmn perform. wkh an oxtnx by niling th, of Hi, club Many I sivon t0 him his mates and tho admiring Pit.fshuri fans. It's a safe bet thai Adams' Too much was oxpoct-, 'ary pretty highly zoosled by Bar ney Drey fuss. He certainly deserve ir. Some of she great players arc pur in seventeen games. Ye: perhaps ;hc future will prove that New York did not lose on the deal. So much waser who was really managers tiilnk this was the cause of his downfall, od of him. nnd the hig orowds evi- dently got on his ruTves. However. with a year's experience under his belt, the "Rube" probably will do a w-hole lot better. chasod for a mere song. Hal the phenomenal young t, -5 .juuiifc i Iisi-Siiciver c Another W-pnoed player bought the New York Highlanders, cost Fran b New art who did not come up to Farrell onlv Hal of 1909 Chase fielded .978 and hk for .283. Three of the greatest second base Athletics. Not one of tfaU marreloua men in tbe -big league are Jobjocy Evers, of the Cubs; Jack WllUr, of tbe Pirute.H, aud Eddie Collins, of tUe trio cost bin Rjub anything to of Chicago bought Kvers Troy, o York State League, for the Miller was picked up from an out-law league, nnd Pittsburg had only to the scout who discovered him; aud Philadelphia landed Collins at an penditure of about this re presenting the expenses of a sleuth team around and watched the youag ster perform. If any one of thece players were put on the market now bx would bring a remarkable price. Evers is called the "little fellow with the big and he merits that ap- pellation. To him was due the unpre- cedented occurrence of two teams be- ing tied for first place at the end of a National League season. Miller, by bolstering up the infield of the PI- helped them greatly in their march to the pennant. Coached by the ;reat Hans Wagner, Jack developed in- to ;ame ever knew. In -the first season n fast company Miller had a fielding average of ,953 aud a batting average og .279. Eddie Collins proved :o be a wonder in 1909, and Connie Mack is 10 be congratulated on picking up such fine young player. It ia rare for a lew comer to make the brilliant show- ng that -ibis youngster made. Not Bince the season of 1901 has any play- er in the American League challenged he famous Lajoie for the title of the premier second baseman of the organi- zation and Collins is the first one tc displace him. Collins' 1909 record .peaks for itself. In 153 games Eddie lad the remarkable batting average of 346. He scored 104 r.uns and stole 67 IPULAR IN THE CITY the past two years tennis grown imo popularity in LetUbridgt by leaps and bounds. From a snail beginning, It's euthusiasts have achiev- ed for this highly scientific out-door past time and health giving sport a prominence of no little magnitude among the devotees of genteel games. This season promises to be the most successful of any for the Lethbridge Tennis Club with hie following offi- cers for its guidance: Hooory President, S. D. Wilson: President, S. R. Anderson; Vice Presi- dents, S. D. Higinbothaai; H. Wil- son, Geo. W. Robinaon; Treasurer, W R. Settle; Secretary, wr. K. New- comb. Committee, J. A. R. Rome, S. G. Robertson, B. Jackson, E. Power, G. H. Harrison, Geo, W. Robinson. Ladies' Committee, Mrs. J. R. An- derson, Mrs. E. H. Wilson, WU- aon, Lady Secretary. The formal opening of the aew tennis courts on'the grounds corner of Coutts and Courtland will- take pilace Saturday afternoon' May 7tb. The ladies will serve tea at tour o'clock and all members arft invited to be present. courts, erecting flint large and can now eaaily boaat of tennis grounds between Winnipeg and the coast. looking for- ward to a splendid local iouruueftU will be which will be an annual e rent in the future, and we are looking forward to having geverar out of town clubc join throughout the season for a tournej'r The comniittee is composed of old tennis players who have alwayi er years and under their management there is no doubt but what the club wiil prosper. Through the of the ladies the Saturday afternoon teas will be continued thig year to which ail members are Invited: On account ef the extra eipeoM it was found necessary to raiae the sub- scription, but ithe extra accommoda tions for the members this year will more than this. The Secretary or Treasurer wiH be members. MORDECAI BROWN Chicago Cubs' Premier Twirier ases. In fielding he led all the other uardians of the midway with the rand average of Larry Lajoie, the wonderful Cleve- a'nd star, was picked up for a mere rifle, as was Honus Wagner, the Pitts- urg shortstop. Larry was a cab driver nd followed baseball as a side line un- I a wise manager saw his possibiii- es and got his name to a contract! fagner was a youth without prospects II baseball claimed him for her own. The same can be said of Cobb. There were not many tancy prices aid for players after'the 1909 season. man was a rarity; The Chi- ago Americans paid the large sum f and two players amounting in 11 to about for the release of tussell Blackburn, of the Providence Portland, Ore., of the Pacific League. Farrell paid for Johnson, and thinks he has picked up a real star. Otis will fight k out wkb Jack Knight and Jimmy Austin for third base. If Johnson Jives up to his 1909 record he sure will set the Amer- ican League on fire with his fast work. The Cleveland club paid for prtchers Gregg of the Spokane, Wash., club and Koes-tener, of the Los Angeles team. Gregg's arm is said to be gone, and if this is so he will not be of much value to the Naps, but better things are expected of Koestener. It has been so long since the Cleveland team pro- cured any first-class twirlers from the minor leagues that it w..I be a novelty f either Gregg or Koestener turns ou-t well. PRESIDENT AMERICAN LEAGUE SPORT NOTES The first week of the two major absence of any. disagreeable or dis- graceful incidents, and by" the mani- festation of a high order of sportsman ship all round. This condition will doubtless prevail all season, or just as long as the umpires are respected and obeyed, and both players and urn- astern League club. If his 1909 rec- pires are forced lo the mark of r rd is any criterion this high-priced layer will have a hard time to deliver ie goods in the Johnson organiza- on. In the Eastern League last sea- on, Blackburn hit for .273 and had a elding average of .935. Jt is also said hat. the shortstop is compelled to glasses off the ball fields, as he troubled with bad eyes. If this is he case it looks as if Comiskey was adly burned when he bought Black- urn. The Boston Nationals got a sure omer in Cliff Curtis, whom they pur- hased from the Milwauuee team for 2500. With Milwaukee Cliff won 7 nd lost 31 games but with the Doves ,e showed wonderful form in the few games in which he participatesd. Er- icst J. Lanigan, the expert critic of he New York Press, looks on the Western lad as a second and says he is a great find, ho will bear watching. A youngster of whom big things are in 1910 is Otis Johnson, a hird baseman bought by Frank Far- Why the Umpire Was Mobbed By KIrtland A. WHson The score was'tied at 1 to 1 The final inning came With all the hopes of rival towns Dependent on- that game. The first-three up died one, two, three, In efforts that feH flat, And then amid t storm of cheers The home team .went, to bat. And two fanned out, while hope sank low. But, lah, the local's pride Now marches smiling to the plate Wkh strong and jaunty stride! The ball comes he And cuts the air in two (Loud groans.) Again the ball is The umpire shouts: The field grows silent as a church While breathlessly they wait The ball whose night will make or The messenger of fate. The pitcher settles in his box- He lifts his throws: The-batter swinsg-Hjh; Joy, he swats The ball square on the nose! It speeds off through the sunlit air As from a cannon shot. While fandom all ecstatic throws Hysterics on xhe spot And see, the reaches first, And now takes second base As o'er the field the ball soars on In hyperbolic grace. "Take third! Take the root era The ballis still in air- He rushes on amid the din With'-wet and flying hair. He reaches third! The fans go wild And throw their hats on high. The runner pushes on, for "Come home! they cry. And plunges for the A cloud of ah! He reaches wait: Above -the plaudits ol the crowd A voice is heard to rise It is the umpire's. Hark to "Foul the lobster cries. good conduct and square sport by the two major league executives. T" T There will be 165 press seats In the arena which will be built for the Jef- fries-Johnson fight, and we dare say, there will be about 265 newspaper men and alleged newspaper men to fill them. As planned on paper, the new arena is the greatest thing in the history of fighting. It has been decided that it be erected on the in- field and will be G20 feet. It will have a -seating capacity of but the plans have been left open so that it might be stretched into seating persons. It will require more than half a million feet of lumber to build The arena will -be div- ided into three octagonal sections. Next to the ring will be the 165 press seats. Next come the boxes and seats, which will range in price from to i niann. of the National commission, ?75. The second seats will be i that Donlin'a application would to while the tnlrd section will I granted. Manager McGraw exprei New York. April Don- lin is. quoted in a Chicago dispatch as announcing his intention to make forma} application to-day for rein- statement as a member of the New York National league baseball club. This announcement Is compiled from a statement from Chairman Her- hold the seats. rell for his New York team from the office prices. These are the box; ed his willingness to welcome lin back. Big Chief the western coasL dcvftlftnw! nillrMv lBt in-lun catcher. Myers came from thejthc best fim haseman in bt Paul Club and cost the Giants league, and promisea -to hold that hon In the spring-training, or for a ,ong time. He !ias not ]ost plays fine ball, slam- j any Of the remarkable speed and clev- mms out ihree-baggers and home erness that he ha? shown in past sea- .'nins: after the championship sons, and pulls off plays that smiggle opens he to lose his would be considered phenomenal for bsttinc ovo ind his >hole: other first basemen. In the campaign I uropean 1 emperance ivate bathsand MURRAY ar ;