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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta Ihc Uthbridge Daily Herald, iuenday, May 3,1910. LOTS OF AMATEUR BASEBALL IN LETHBRkE Amateur baNetiall lias always boen Olio ol tho loudliig spurts In Loth-bridsf. Probably tliu raoHt noted nine that �ver played bt>r�> was the famous Houk'H Savageti. After a brll-Jlant career, which wan known all through tho west, the Savages became disbanded three years ago with th� debut of profeuHlonal baseball. Their big chief, Ueo. Houk. a Leth-brldge old-timer, Is lust as ardent a fan as ever and it always on deck when there la a game on. Protesaional 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 tills size anywhere in the west and probably mare so when it is coMtdered that a great percentage of the people of Liethbrldge come from Htates where baseball is king. It is true that In the Orst ye�r of the professionals, amateur bail went flat, but ilie followinK suinniei it wa� revived with the forma tlon of � local city league, composed of the Y. M. C. A., Hallroad uui\ Press Club teams. Wlthoui pro, c om petition the league proved a great buc cef.n and many merry battles were fought by th? keen contestamR. The Y.M.t'..\. were ncnnant wlnnerH with the Prens a elo.se second, and tlieen formed this year up to the iires eot, there will undoubtedly be one. Many outBide ganieH are played by the city amateurs with the ne'lghbor ing towns. Baseball Joornalism Baseball lournalism Iiaa nurtured and fostered  wonderful language, which flome philologist of the future may elaaa as "Fanlab." Soon our dear Old ladles will be horrMled to read such news as: "Mike took a bHe out of a pill, Chen blew up at second." And the public will be duly appraised of the fact th�t some brlglit, particular star "captured the pulsating pellet with a dab of his lunch hooka," 'allowed the globule to or ooze through his dinner tong*;" that others wera "wedded to bags," that "Mike tied his hoodoo snake on Bill," or that "Jim took his turn beside the glad gum." And again it will be related tJiat so and so "biffed the bulb," "paddled the pellet," or "copped the primordial sack." MITLET8 The argufying days have come, th* busiest of the spring, when fan meets fan and neither can agree on anything. + + + U there is an office boy that Jiasn't worked the fr�y�d-out. shiny "grandmother gag" it wouldn't hurt to try It. Mayors of eight cities of the fair west will get free rides in automobile* rigbt behind the band, and all they do to pay for it is to tart the first ball in the general direction of the home plate. The ball players will have a lot of eserctoe, the mayor will win himaelf a few votes, the tans will enjoy the excitement, and tne delightful spring outdoor air, and the kids will Uowi for �heer Joy. The only man in the whole outfit who works will be the offlcuil scorer. And how he does hate that kind of work! + + + + + + + *-i***** % WHERE THEYWILL OPEN $ } Following Is a list of the + { te]� lyeague and where they will ] open the season on Wednes- }. day. May 2: 4 iCdmonton at 'Lethbrldge. 4. Brandon &t Moose Jaw. 4. >{ Winnipeg at Regina + Calgary at Medicine Hat. + + + +++++++++++++ According to J. D. Kinnard, attendant of ISdward Payson Weston, wiio is walking from coast to coast, the veteran pedestrian is Insane. Kinnard is reported to have said that Weston Is a "walking maniac." "Hp Is given to fits of violence, and we do not care to go near him when there Is a crowd around," Kinnard is alleged to have said. PRESIDENT NATIONAL LEAGUE BIG PRICES PAID FOR STAR BALL PUYERS 1 And Some Prove to be Lemons) That old saying, "Good things always come hlt;li," should b". changed to "High things do not always come good" when referring to tlic national game. The magnates uf the major leagues have often learned this to their sorrow. For instance : During the playing season rcport.s will come trom a ininor-ltagm- town saying that Jones, the crack shortstop, is playing a wonderful game and is hitting the leather around .390. Owners ol big-lcagiic clubs, always on the lookout fur promising yuuug players, immediately dispatch Jieir scouts to the town to look .Jone^ over. Ail these rival scouts may arrive at tbeit destination on the same day, and, as it .sometimes haiiptiiK, they see the coming wonder play a great game. He gets a couple of clean hits and covers lots of i^roiiud at his position. He looks good. Then the scouts get busy. One of them will make the owner ol the pJayer an oKcr. Another will raise this offer and so on. B'inally tlie youngster is sold. The sporting editors ol the various newspapers are itifornud , they publish the star's picture and write glowing accounts of bis work. ICcxt season rolls around and he reports for work. FOOTBALL NOTES The Press will be pleased to accommodate the Plumbers providing they have full credentials and can beat the Ho^Bos. A. O. F. defeated the Westminsters by 7 to 0 last evening. Chlswlck 2, Wallace 2, AUcock 2 and Kudd 1 were the goal scorers. is a disappointment. It was tiiougnt mat Myers, with Schlei, wcjiiid do niuch to nil in the hole leti liy tlie sale of Hoger Uresnanan to Si. l-�iils, but he failed to come up lo tlie inaik and the Ulanijj suffered in cojise-ijuence. l-red .\lerkle, who lost ilie -N.itionul l^eugue pennant for the Oiants in I'.Mih by not touching second base, cost that club f'SfiOi). He was proi uied fiom the Tecumseh team of tlie .Suuih Mic]iig�n league. Fred has no! Kliown that iie was worili the money paid for him, and Manager McOraw in try ing to use hj.m in a trade. Tiie Detroit Club got stung wli.n it bought Pitcher Ed. LAlltle Iruin tlie Jersey City Club of the i^a.stern league for |5,0(M). While l.iaitte twirled good ball for the akeeer.s, he proved to be a lemon in ili. hia league. He didn't even tin'tn: m enough games to get a rating Imjiii Jiecretary Robert H. McKo.i. Jennings kept the southerner for a wliile and then �ent him back to tin ICa.st-ern League. He probably will .-~t;iy there for some time. Manager George Slalllngs ot ihe .New York Highlanders was dis- appointed when Big George .MeCon-nell, from the Uuffaio team, did not make good. Three thousand dolUus was paid for the "tallest pl.iyer In captivity." George started to ijiicli a gamp for the Highlanders iiiul was driven to the Woods in one inning 'mat was enough. Shortly aft t(jr and has proved that lie was worth every cent of it, la one oi tliese. Tlie Detroit team certainly got a good one in this youngster. Busli i.-^ .so Hiuail that lie has tiouble "seeiiig over his bat," but what he lacks in size he makes up in ability, lie did as much :o help win the .Ainerican League pennant for the Tigers as jiny one on the team, and his work in tlie recent world's series was the r-Ak :)f the town." .\nofher Is Babe .\dama, the Pirates' young pitcher, who proved siieh a great puzzle to Detroit's liard hitters in th* world's series, I'ittaburR of 1909 Chase fielded 978 and hit for .283. Three of ilm greute-it second base-Athletics. Not one ot this nuirr�lous men In the big league are Johnny Everti, of the Cubi; Jack Mllhir, of the Plrair-s. uiid Cddl� Ciillinii. of the trio cofi hl>i I'ltib anything to speak of Chicago lioughi iCvera rr�m Troy, of the .\'layers were put on the market now blace him. Collins' 1909 record speaks for Itself. In 153 games Eddie had the remarkable batting average of Mi^. He scored 104 runs and stole 67 ^ BECOMING VERY POPULAR IN THE Onf er the Game Cool off with a cool drink at Kavalin' s Ice Cream Parlor Cold Drinks, Ice Cream, Sodas, Etc. Music Every Evening Odd Fellows' Block PITCHER "BABE" ADAMS The Famojs Boy Wonder With Pittsburg He shows up all right, lie is the legulai shortstop when the season opens. He goes along a few weeks and then something happens What's the matter ? Where have all his iielding and hitting abilities gone '.' The owner thinks it is just a slump and keeps him at work in the hope that he will recouver. But he doesn't recover and after a while waivers ate asked on him. He is shipped back to the minors with the tag, "Tried and found wanting," and the magnate is out a neat little sum of money. Tlie case of the celebrated Joseph NealoD, who several seasons ago played first base for the Pittsburg Pirates, was a shining example ol B))ch things. Nealon was playing wonderful ball in the Caliloinia State League, and Pittsburg, Cln-einuati and several other clubs sent their stouts to the coast to grab | him. In a race across the continent j the Pittsburg representative won out, and the player was landed at an abnormal hgure. Nealon lasted only one iull season with the Pirates, hitting .257 and fielding .978. Eatly the next year Joe said the eastern climate did not agree with him and he went back to California. -New York .National League probahly pays out more money (or players and gets Ie�s In return than any o;lier club in the league. The Giants i�a;i the fabulous sum of mut, tmdoiiluedly the highest price ever given Sor a ball jilayer. to tlie In- ' di;tnai)olis Cliili for the re lease, ol | �Hiilie' .\1 iniuard. During the sea-� son ol' liiits .MarQunrd pitched great ! ball tor tie .\merican Association! leaiii. and .ill the magnates cast long- Christy Mathewson it the Giants ins e.M s i; him, hut Owner Bush fin- ' Standby ally won out. I'nder such an astute originally got thi.s youngs.ter for |1.-inaiKiyii .is Jolin McGraw, and hav-; ""U, but later liad to buy him hack for ing Ihc .Khaniago of coaching by Adams pitched fine ball for the (..luisly Mmhewson, 'Rube" was ex- Pirates in the championship campaign pecteU lo inovc a sensation iu fast | coming out victoriouR in twelve conr coiupany; bit something wont wrong,: bats and going down In defeat only . and he wa.s considered only a second-! 'free times. In spite of hi.s fine rec lie won only five games last | "'d. Ba'''' expected to be of (iiauls, while thirteen ' ''ij* team in the important In the past two years tennis ha* grown into popularity in Lethbridf* by leaps and bounds. From a soMkll beginning, it's enthusiasms have acbietr-ed for this highly scientific out-door past time and health giving sport a prominence of no little magnitude among the devotees ot genteel games. This SMHon promises to be the moat successful of any for the I^thbrldge Tennis Club with bte foMowing officers for Us guidance: Honory President, S. D. Wilson: President, S. R. Anderson; Vice Presi-denU, 8. D. Higlnbotham, IS. H. Wilson, 0�o. W. Robinaon; Treasurer, W R. Seatle; Secretary, rf. K. New-comb. Committee, J. A. R. Rome, S. O. Robertson, E. Jackson, E. Power, a. H. Harrison, Geo. W. Robinson. Ladies' Committee, Mra. J. R. Anderson, Mrs. E. H. Wilson, Miss WU-son. Lady Secretary. The formal opening of the new tennU courts on the barracks grauttda comer of Coutts and Courtland sU.. will Uke place Saturday afternoon. May 7th. The ladies will s^rve tea at four o'clock and all members are invited to be preaent. The Club hav* tone to conalOerabto xpeaae in bulldUiC four new day courts, erectlnc a Hvm (arie pavUUoB and can now �aailr boast of tha b�at teaftia crouo4s betWNB Wtawipeg �a4 the ooaat. Tania enthuaiaata ar� looMnc tor-ward to a iplanAld saaaon. flaveral local touraameau will be arrangad which will be an annual avent In the future, and we are tooklng foaward to having �event out of town oiuba join us ihroughoMt the seaaon for a tourney. The oommiitee ia compoaed of oM tennis players who ba?� always taken a great interest in the gaaa in Comer years and under thsir maaasma�Bt there la no doubt but wbat tha eM will prosper. Through th* Undasaa s( the ladies the Saturday attarMW tsas will be continued this year to wUeh all members are invited. On account of the extra eapeasa tt was found necessary to raise the �(b> scription. but >the extra accommodations for the members this rear will more than offset this. The Secretary or Treasurer wtN be pleaaed to receive applications tor 1 membera. MOROECAI tROWN Chicago Cubs' Prsmisr Twirlsr bases. In fielding he led all the other guardians of the midway with the grand average ot .S47. Larry Lajole, the wonderful Cleveland star, was picked up for a mere trifle, as was Honus Wagner, the Pittsburg shortstop. Larry was a cab driver and followed baseball as a side line until a wise manager saw his possibilities and got his name to a contract. U'agiicr was a youth without prospects till baseball claimed him for her own. The same can be said of Cobb. * 1'here were not manjr tancy prices paid for players after >the 19U9 season. A |,'>,000 man was a rarity. The Chi-.ago Americans paid the large sum of $6,000 and two players amounting in ill to about flO.OOO, for the release of llnssell Blackburn, of the Providence Portland, Ore., ctub of the Pacific Coast League. Farrell paid 14000 for Johnson, and tMnks he has picked up a real star. Otis will fight k out whh Jack Knight and Jimmy Austin for third bfise. If Johnson lives up to his 1909 record he sure will set the American League on fire with his fast work. The Cleveland club paid fSOOO for pitchers Oregg of the Spokane, Wash., club and Koestener, 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 procured any first-class twirters from the minor leagues that It w..l be a novelty if either Oregg or Koestener turns out well. MATREVJOK "lessfl^^ SPORT NOTES The first week of the two major league races has been marked by an absence of any dls^reeable or die-graceful incidents, and by the manifestation of a high order of sporUmaa ship all round. This condition will doubtless prevail ail season, or Just as long as the umpires we respected and obeyed, and both players and um-iCasttTn League club. If his 1909 rec- [ pjp^g forced to toe the mark of ord is any crtterion this high-priced player will have a hard time to deltvei the goods in the Johnson organization. In the Eastern League last sea-.4on. Blackburn hit for .273 and had a fielding average of .935. ^ is also said that the shortstop Is compelled to wear glasses off the bail fields, as he is troubled with bad eyes. If this is the case it looks as if Gomiskey was' badly burned when he bought Black burn. The Boston Nationals got a sure comer In Cliff Curtis, whom they pur chased from the .MIlwauKee team foi IZr.'io. With Milwaukee Cliff won 7 and lost 11 gaiiieK but with the Doves he .showed wonderful form in the few games In which he partlcipatesd. Ki-iiest J. Lanigan, the expert critic of the New Y'ork Press, looks on the Western lad as a second 'Babe" Adams, and says he is a great find, who will bear watching K youngster of whom big things are expected In 1910 Is Otis Johnson, a third baseman bought by Prank Far good conduct and square sport by the two major league executives. + + + There will be lt>5 press seata In the arena which will be built for the Jeffries-Johnson fight, and we dare say, there will be about newapmter 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 infield and will be 6:20 feet. It will have a seating capacity of 30,000, but the plans have been left open so that it might be stretched into seating 40,000 persons. It will require mora than half a million feet of lumber to build It. The srena will be divided into thi�e octagonal sections. Next to the ring will be the 166 press Why the Umpire Was �oUied By Kirtland A. Wilson The score was tied at 1 to 1 The final inning came With all the hopes of lival towna Dependent on that game. The fIrat three up died one, two, three, In efforta that feU flat. And then amid a storm of cheers The home team went to bat. And two fanned out, while hope sank low. But, Uh, the local's pride Now marches smiling to the plate With strong and Jaunty atrlde! The ball comes whiasing-see, he strikes- And cuu the air In two (Ix>ud groans.) Again the ball is thrown- The umpire shouts: "Strike two!" The field grows silent as a church WhUe breathleaaly they wait The ball whose flight will make or The measenger of fate. The pitcher settles in Ms box-He lifts his arm-be throws: The batter swlnsg-oh, J07. he swata The ball square on the none! It speeds off through the sunlit air As from a cannon shot. WhHe fandom all ecstatic throws Hysterics on the spot And see, the r^unner reachea Nrat. And now takea second baae As o'er the field the ball aoara on In hyperbolic grace. "Take third! Take third!" the root-era roar- The ball Is stUI in air-He rushes on amid the din With wet and flying hair. He reacnes third! The fans go wild And throw their Wta on high. The runner pushes on, for bear:- "Come home! Come home!" they - cry. He bends each muscle to the task And plunges for the pla>te.- A slide-a cloud of dnat-and ah! He reaches bom*.-But wait: Above the piaudlts of the crowd A voice la beard to rise It is the uoiplre's. Hark to him: - "Foul hall!" the lobater cries. New York. April 'JS.-"Mike' Don-lin is quoted in a Chicago dispatch as amouacing his intention to make forma) application toslay for reinstatement as u member of the .\ew York National league baseball club. This announcement Is complied rell for his New York team from the olBce prices. seats. Next come the boxes and seats! from a etatement fi-om JJ*^" Which Will range in price from 130 to Imann. of the National '^"nn f on^^^ �75. The second seat, will be |10, that Donlln's appllcatton *ould b., to 130, while the third aectlon will i granted. Manager Mciraw exprs � I'hese are the box ; ed his willingness lln back. rater, yeai' for the , 1 ,, ...�.�n�f him ' world's honors last fall, intmei.; were e ha rued i p against him. . . _ losstb wdt t. *. . ias it was his first year in last com- He had to he taken oiii ot the box j In seventeen games. Ve; perhajis the rutui'o will luove that New York did not lose on the deal. So tnneh was printed about the "iSU.iMiii Weaiity" that he liecime soin'w'ui; of a curiosity, and every tii'ie li(> was slated to take Ills turn on tiii' mound ciowds would flock to see him perforin, thereby (llling llic coffers of hi^ club .Vlan.v managers think Mils was the cause of his downfall. Poo nineli was exi)�'ct- j . ed of hliii. and the big crowds evidently get on his nerves. However, with a year's experience under his belt, the "Kiibe" probably will do a whole lot better. Another iilgb-prlced player bought by .New Vork who did not come up to "xpcctation.^ Is "Big Chief" M;"r8. the Indian eaicher. Myers came from the St. Paul Club and cost fhe Olanta 16,-1)00. 'i'hi.-f, in the sprlng-4ralnlng till s, alwHVi plays fine ball, slam-niinK out three-baggers and home runs; hiii .iWer tho championship .siriiKgle opens he seems to lose bis batting eye and his work as a whole puny. To the surprise of the wise ones, .\daius was the only Pirate twlrl-j er who was really capable of holding I the leash on Detroit, and it was due chiefly to his great work that the Tigers were dragged in the dust of defeat. In recognition of his work Babe wa.s prci^ented with an exlni cheek for |12t'i;�. siven to lilin by his leam-luaies u^id the admiring Pittsburg fans. It s a safe bet that Adams' sal-arj was pretty highly roosted by Bar ne.i Dre.i fii.ss. He cei talnly deserved it. Some of the greM players are purchased for a mere song. Ilal Clir.se, tho phenomenal young first-sacker of the New York Highlanders, cost Frank Parrell only |7ri(i. Hal came from the western coast, developed ijulckly into the best first baseman in either big league, and promises to hold that honor for a long time. He has not lost any of the remarkable speed and clev erness that he hav shown in Vast seasons, and still pulls off plays that would be considered phenomenal for other first basemen. In the campaign ;