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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta True Which Illustrate How Sharp Quick Thinking and Ingenious Signals Win Ball Games A LMOST any spectator at a Had the gome wou until tbe third major league bail jfvcoa inning in which Tinker was Chicago's will tell you: "On, ,1 un- fcrst batter. During the entire, un- derstand yet son Tinker had been .hitting; Mathew- m every hundreds sou hard, and the psychologic effect of made and issued j of past performances has much to do and obeyed, ulL with exact purpose, with pitching und batting. Mathew- and scientific intent that not one in j son feared and ho signaled a thousand sees or realises. to play deep in centre field, game 1ms made such wonderful ad- vances scientifically, and the.general- 'ship and "team work have, become so By HUGH S. FULLERTOK, In tbe American the with .which the their pitchers, using those they deem tion, was one in which the managers brain colls .of the three players in-j effective in ono series, saving up oth- had small part. That inning was volved worked. Egan too'ers for coming battles, and planning the last half of the fourth inning of quickly for Dahlcn, whose mind, in-'new tricks and .new plays. Before the game between Detroit and Chi- on something else, Amoved an each game the manager and his p4ay-' cago on October game that Seymour saw the signal, but disrje- involved and complicated that fhejgarded it, having an thafcTmk- lover of the game, even one who at- er would bit a, low line fiy, so tends scores of games each season, crept a few steps closer to m- rarely sees or understands tbe fine Geld, instead ol moving back. Matty points of the game, or knows how, (dropped his famous "fade away" or why a play is made even after it; over the plato, and Tinker dcpve ;is Kvery catcher 'and pitcher in toe "Big "Leagues" knows to an inch 'reach the ball, but Jell a few feet how fai each base runner may leave 'short, and the ball" rolled to the any base and get bade A crowd in the outfield for a three-base catcher will throw catch Jtolier hit, and started a rally that Huggins, Cincinnati, for instance, Chicago the victory. If Seymour when he leaves first base over twelve j had played a .deep field, as- was ieet, while he will let "Fred Clarke, commanded to do, the probabilities of 'pipUburg, "take eighteen, "feetLare that New York woufiThave won without making a throw with intent I the :pennant. to catch him. -throws, rt.istoj Each, man in a major league must drive Clarke back, and him 'know not- only the strength but the from getting too great a starti weakness of every opponent, and the Every infielder, at least, knows just 'array of facts and information con- how certain men. will make a play, cerning players that each pitchier can and turjT their play accordingly. For muster up is amazing to the layman. instance, with Wagner on, first and 'jLate- last season Boston displayed-a Tommy Leach on third, every catch- new outfielder who, as far as. I can He was. afraid that a long drive by xne speed with which Egan's brain Tinker might turn, the tide of "battle, convolutions moved may be judged from the fact, that a batted ball, hit toward a second" baseman playing :from 115 to 145 Ieet from the -home plate reaches his hands in from four- fifths of a second seconds, depending upon the force with which Galley .Evans it is hit, and the way it bounds.; The ball.hit to Egan j .was hard'; nit, eighth of a second too late, and An: ers, especilly his pitchers; go over practically decided the World's son, bj releasing Egan for making a'the characteristics of the players of Championship Series. Chicago bad brilliant, play, showed that. he never grasped the situation at all. long, high, line-fly ,to left centre. Seymour made -a desperate effort to ern third National" throws to learn, never had played in a major lto vpposing teams. Of course, with made two in the third inning, veteran teams and with pitchers who and, with Brown pitcaing, appeared have been through many "hard cam- to" be winning- easily until O'Leary this unnecessary. The and Crawford opened Detroit's half study of his own as well as of the fourth inning with line singles those of the other fellow is the chief to left, putting runners on jbrst and duty oi a manager. He must know second bases none out, and their condition, their superstitions, Cobb, the best batter in the Ameri- their courage, nerve m the lace of can League, at bat. O'Leary is fast, what batters Cobb is extremely fast, and.. Cobb is stfcing" and a natural and almost; perfect hunter. what one "hat. something on them Everyone knew that Cobb intended He must change batting orders to to bunt the ball, and that' failure to trying circumstances, they "have, on their bounded four tones on solid turf, luaeet drag a left handed retire either him or one of the other and probably struck his hands one hitter out to let a right hander bat runners probably meant -victory for against one pitcher, and a right Detroit Jennings, Detroit's manag- and one-fifth- seconds after, it left Van Haltren's bat. The entire play was .made ia less: than three seconds. and this is the process through which Egan's brain-went in. that time. His first thought was direction second, speed 7 third, how the ball was bounding and whether "back up" or-] "come in, on., it.'' He; knew-. Van Haltren could icach base in three and two-fifth seconds, and that to throw he would .have--to TO- cover the ball, make a half turn and then throw. The. moment the ball bounded away from- his, hands'" he knew that Van Haltren could beat it in er., sent Cobb to bat with instrue- Itions. to. bunt .toward third base. if Pittsburg attempts a league before, and no "one on the "double because it is a well-j Chicago club knew him or ever had Known fact that Leach, in other re-J seen him play ball, yet they were spects a good base runnerr1 will, perfectly .familiar with him, his pe-jfeet around the base, hesitate' and "come through with the that cuhorities, hander but to put a left hancler against another. During the progress of a game the They knew that Brown intended to manager, both on the field and on make the play to third base to force the bench, directs all plays, moves coachers were his men, around, instructs each bat-'naled to make O'Leary take as much ier what he is to attempt, signals lead toward third as possible and to to coachers on what ball or strike a start running as tbe ball was pitch- base runner is to attempt a steal or ed. Brown, "hit and and frequently he. is- generalship sues three or four orders from the' walked-over to Steinfeldt at third a post master in field as." well as bench ito trying to guess the other fellow." 'out- base and'said "Anchor yourself to that bag. The ball is coming, there-" Each man on a team has his pri- vate signals with the batters to first base. Then, while springing follow hicu, and the after the' ball he thought: "Clark, orders from the man-' Kling signaled for a fast .ball close to_the batter at. his waist. It was his plan to liave Cobb miss the ball attempt to bunt and it iv uMd witii a ami ao ow out. in that situation aatwaUy to sacriiice, advaocinjr tte from Mwond to from he fan .wore on alitttittt auytkJntf, 'but j figured in thai situation vt wtuiie of wan, no ueviatd a plan to wajta only ono strike in advancing the runner. The batter ordered M> bunt at the first ball pitched to hiui. pretending lo try to pueh toward third base. By this rum tbe, third baseman was "pulled off his base" to field the ball, and the run- ner at second base, signaled to steal, safe to third before the guard- ian. of the bag can get; back to re- ceive a -.throw, from the catcher.' Tho play worked brilliantly until oppos- ing teams' practically solved it by having the, short slop cover third base the moment the third baseman staru m fci the ball. Each winter .the "magnates" meet and solemnly make tales Tor baseball amend old ones, ana all summer ev- ery ball ulayer in-the business spends hours of time and thought to see how he can, beat the rules, -to dis- cover some way to gain an extra or. some slight: advantage over their opponents. Showing; how'deep- iy some of then: study the' rules, and how to get around 15 a play devised by Johnny last sum- mer the some being worthy of the efforts of a trust lawyer. There is a rule that a base runner may advance on the bases after a fiy catch provided he touches the baae after the, ball strikes the fielder's bands. Another rule provides that an. "infield fly" is out, whether QT not the ball is caug ht, if first and second bases are occupied and fewer than two men out. This rule was made necessary by fielders "trap- ping'1' fly balls and then "doubling'' who is going-to tmrd, .wltt turn ten batting "habits, and dis-Took to see whether the ball, has roll- if the catcher makes a motion as position. On the way to the grounds ed on to i he outfield and, if I ican JReulbach, one of whom get the ball to Dahlen while Clark catch him." and if-3 JS JLA. bJUV if to throw to second base and. then LBrown and "whips it to Leack will was. to pitch, went minutely over is hesitating, we will make a falie start for the plate and man, analyzing his- posi- So he made the play, be caught. In the last Chi- tion. at bat, the way he swung; at- a len's bram had worked at the same cago defeated Pitisburg tiree times [ball, the kind of ball he- could hit, rate, of speed jClark- would been because, with either Wagner or and what could :not, and exactly and Chicago would -have won. Clarke on first, Leach was caught oCr third on exactly play. Earn, 'man must know whether Mike Donlin a fast ball or not, whether or-not he hits tL curve to left. He must know that Fred- Clarke is the only ieft-handed batter .in the game who can hit a left-iianded curve ball thousand oth- ers points of similar" nature. Besides knowmg these things the team must play, as a whole, so as to cover every inch., of ground pos- by moving away, and" va- cating-parts- ot-iba-- field wtare a bat-' ter is unlikely to hit, they can. de- fend the remainder with, much greatr er success. A "right-field one who swings late-at tbe ball, or pulls his body -away from the plate, seldom is a good batter. Be may as hard as "a- 'Tree but the field into which he hits the ball is much better, and the likeli- hodd of the -ball falling' safe much lessened.. Watch the World's Champion Chi- cago Cubs. Itike Donlin, of New York? is bat. Observe the kaleidoscopic movement-on Jibe suddenly drops back and takes a step nearer-the first base line. Evers twelve feet towanl first base and goes ten back, playing Schulte re- treats twenty-five feet or more to- stand and the foul line. Sheckard, In left field, "trots forty feet closer to thV dia- mond and angles toward centre field, while little Slagle" swings from tre_neld into right. Tinker is play- ing down within ten "second base. 'Brown is pitching, and any- one in the stands who the game well "enough, knows that Kling has signaled Brown to' pitch a fast, ball waist on the inside corner of tnejplate., that, if thc ball is pitched as Bordered chances are 30 to 1 or mure that DoAHn -will .poll it right field. Crack is "driven fiercely down tbe first base 3line. Chance dives- scoops it, Brown raoesfo first base, tbe.ball is-tossed to tbe umpire crowd soys. how fast he could reach first" -base j Steinfeldt was warned that the man was dangerous and a tricky feunter, The quickest thinking I eiver saw on a 'base'ball field was Tjy Tom- my McCarthy, the- Boston outfield of and that -he always third. TVhen. the bunted toward years ago. He made a play that pitchers got all called for such rapid thinking that through discussing the would have tangled up professor Kling and Chance analyzed a Tom base runner. "I Kling "we canf catch that fellow -a of times if he gets on bases today. If he .reaches second FU pull off ,that signals the base runner exactly their bases until they what to do: Last summer, while 'ond. to catch O'Leary off the base. the Chicago team was" badly tippled shook his head and signaled and changing batting order almost "hi every day, Sheckard reached first one bal1 low intention to pitch a curve at thc outside afterWon and Chance was him. As Chance came to bat he was swinging two bats, and he tossed one back of him with has left hand- On J he first ball pitched Sheckard attempted to steal and was thrown of the plate Cobb wo Brown would pitch precisely that Cobb was hoping for it, and it Brown's, plan to force Cobb to do jexactly what he was jaiost anxious out- "What did you go down a perfect bunt and j- demanded Chance later. "1 thought j toward third base. Brown pitched I got the -i [perfectly, and Tyr-us Qobb, bunted didn't give any'signal." "Well, you that" time, old pal, if the Jew had thrpwn." For just one fatal trice the young- ster turned his Pface to to Tinker's in that .instant Kling- threw. second base. JEvers met the ball at jabbed it against the yells and tbe "Tough luck, be plcWed; Chance just happened to be there." Now watch the same team when pfiester, a left hander, pitches to Donlin. Kling ..signals Pfiester to pitch a curve Instantly the swings toward left Held. Slaglo drops far back in Jteft-centce, while Sheckard "covers up." Steinfeldt 'and Tinker both move back, ready for a dash forward at motion to bunt. They curve tbe ball going to- ward left or left centre. A moment later signals Pflester for fast ball. Tbe whole team swings rapid- ly _ otfeer so every man on every man except Hans Wagner, and foe him they play-deep and -trust to luck be is likely to bit anything pitched and in any direction. Do you remember tbe now famous gwnte between die New YorK ana Chicago teams last fall vhen tfce oodcd with tbe teams tied, tnejr played off onrgame at Polo grounds to pion Alp of the Wko lost that game It runner, and, before he knew wHat Had happened he was out That man really was caught in the 'bus on the way to f the ball, tSe play was executed exactly asr Klmg planned. Quick thinking by individuals, as well as by the directing- heads of the :eara, is absolutely -necessary, -and unless a player's brain, actp 'quickly enough, to follow every more, be '.is- not of major league calibrer sor Munsterberg could save nxanagers and club owners much tane, 'trouble and money, as well as-many-disap- pointments, by testing tipn of psychologically and lUscovering their brain a. season opens. Manager Frank Ghance, of the Cubs, never baa, bled, in psychological experimenta- tion on a Jscientific basis> -but consciously imitating: the Harvard specialist, he declares he canpdiscov- inan thirifcs quicker in a poker gome than any" other way, and thus save -the expense of carrying" some player for months to lose a .game because his convolu- tions Jlail to revolve fast enough. Bad Bill" Egan was playing sec- ond base, "Bill" Dahlcn "Cap" Anson. first. Chicago and New York s baseball -teams in the National League Were fighting des peratcls for victory. Tbe score was tied. A. New York runner was on second one man was" out and Van limltrcn at bat, Haltren hit a sharp ground five feet to the right of Egan. Tbe ball struck his hands, he fumbled, and, five feet aaway. Like Ta flash Egan pounopdBarter tbe recov- ered it and, without stopping or hurled it toward Dahlen The-third intent on "mak- ing the runner swing looked up just in time to dodge as tbe ball by hfo head and to van Haltren raced around to third, and Chicago was bemten 4t to rotten "Release him "Get a flecond baseman >elled crowd. And within week' Am second base and New_ York needed one run to tie the score. -Jack then a great was at bat, and t seemed certain that a base nit by Doyle would tie the score and per- mps ,win the game, as there wai but one- out and speedy he "could score from second base on almost any kind of a safe hit. Carthy crept closer to the infield in. eft, realizing that although he could throw with wonderful rapidity and accuracy, the chances were all against throwing Browne out at the plate unless he was close and the> ball came to him quickly. Doyle drove a lard line hit straight- ,to left Browne went scudding toward third base, Doyle raced for first and 4fc- iarthy plunged speed, rhejnelder preached' the "ball on icst bound, grabbed'-it and without stopping or lookjng threw with, ieet force -and --aim across the ilia- mond-into the first baseman's- 4iand9? Browne nad stopped at-third who had turned first with'the intention of sprinting to .was caught standing still ten feet- from. The next batter went "out fly-ball and Boston won -After the' concerning the play ex- "Browne'-is a quick thinkerZ He- saw-how, hard -that-Jball wasThit Ami knew he1- would be the plate unless I- fumbled. Doyle" doesn't thmk very fast -and, knowing that he .would-turn first- and-stop to wbo be did. Hew .vme game. _ T shows how closely every movement of a batter watched, not only by his fellow players but by his opponents." -In one game last year Evers and Kling run signal used, -by _the Cincinnati club merely by their powers of obser- vation. _ Ganzel, thetumanager of the i not through. Knowing that of the ball when it bounded along. Still running he scooped the sphere, and whirling made a terrific throw straight to StemfeMt and was forced out by on" a- seeming impossible .play, because Brown knew exactly Cobb would do Chance's magnificent machine, was saw whether or not tbe fielder caught the ball. Whether a'fly infield fiy is left to judgment "'of the umpire and the rules order that the umpire must call "afield Jiy" while the bail, is .in the air, to ifive base--runners affair-opportunity to run. Evers reasoned that as a base runner may run on fair .catch, :he_ m the if-J.- hxyrce; -I threw club, signaled entirely by words, and attention" listening for every unnatural-phrase or expression the entire code used and knew as well as'the Cincinnati what G-an- but "part of the generaiship of the game, for -a dozen times- in struggle, lf_ it is close, the manager jnust de- cide points, and Jris decision" each time onay result tn victory or defeat. Taking "men. know- mg when to do it and when not, is the hardest Fielder Jones, manager of the White Stock- ings, feand one of-the best field gen- failure of that play would rattle the Tigers they instantly seized the psy- chological situation Kling a signal for a last inshoot across Bossuioa's shoulders, and without waiting for Detroit tot, rally and plan a play, the ball fast _ Bossman struck at ball and missed it. Like a flash hui-lcd the sphere toward sec- calls "infield because, technical- ly, the ball is caugnt tbe instant the umpire calls "infield fly." 3o he waited Ixis. opportunity, which came with horn on second, another runner on first, and Chicago leading by a big margin. O'Day was umpiring, and when the batter drove a high fly into the air, Evers waited at second, with one foot on the base, Tho ball was sixty ieet in the air when called "infield'fly; batter and -at that instant Evers dashed tor third, andhve reached the in safety before the ball fell into the fielder's hands and was relayed. Un- V S" like most judges, OTDay isn't ham- ond base, Tinker -met it arif touched Crawford three feet frbni'the" base and standing' still, and Detroit was beaten stant later as in panic; in- Bossman struck -out, Kling, threw to secondr and'Evers, up one hand, dragged down the ball, and while' descending erals m the w orld, last summer use4 i touched Cobb as he slid. The "big more pitchers "and changed players' crowd, the brilliant more frequently than any other man- tigert" In one game Tie changed pitch- ers won. the team badly cnpgled, and only one pitcher to rely upon, -Jones us- ing that-- pitcher in evary came wiihin'one game of and-only half under- standing them, cheered for five min- utes. A few years ago a-'jplay suggested by me caiae near beating -White Stockings out of the American League pennant. "Dutch" across -to -first and-caught two of the Ie.figuredytnat'out-while of a n rr. I .__ j, r winning? thc times Schaefer and I, with. in the late season were -forgathered WalsK to pi ten "lust" one tmlt, and fine" in Ohicasro rrtfflkinir through, air -to- ward hire? probably reaching clusions and making the decisions in four-fifths of second. that are won and lost by fast-iodtvtdwal thtttldng lost' by the managers who direct tba plays Managers' spend' hourr figur- ing plays, "and calculat- ing days and- even- ahead on in A game against New York1, took out a pitch- er with two strikes on a Raymond m to pitch one ball, struck the man out, and then sent Karger m to finish' jwon Generalship''by, tbe manager is not all. A good team needs the fewest orders, and perhaps the most brilliant Ijalf inning- ever play- ed in a ball game, from tbe stand- point of headwork and perfect execvt- several other one even- one tmlt, Chicago "talking' games he saved. and, I was lamenting the ness and ingenuity in the later gen- erations of ball players. I said to clinch the argument, "today three of-you fellows let Altrock sneak strikes' over on1 you. After -be hade done it once why dkhVt a batter walk up to the .plate, pretend to be watching, and when he tried that quick straight ball slam of the lof" At that time Chicago was fighting desperately for "the pennant and? ev- ery game counted. It looked That play know ihows how ItUfe Uw ft V v For good Base Ball Supplies, Tennfe- Cricket Supplies, Croquet Sets and HaDimocks ,.GO TO Robertson's Book Store NEW WHITNEY BLOCK We close 6.90 to go to the BALL technicalities, so Evers lost the argu- although .technically he was right. Fielder Jones, deliberately .rule m Detroit and stirred up the biggest discussion, baseball has had in years. With a runner on third. Jones ordered him to steal home as the pitcher was in the act of deliver- mg ball. The pitcher "hesitated, his jentire "motion, and hurl- ed, the "ball tfie catcher, who ran m- front of the. caught ball, and touched" the out: Then Jones raised this point. -Was not the runner safe because the catcher interfered with, the barter by running in front? of nim, thereby keeping him from. hitting the ball The umpire ruled that he was not, as the-ball was thrown to the plate, and not therefore the batter bad no right _to hit it. Then Jones argued Did not the pitcher make a balk bj changing from a pitch to_a throw while in the act of delivering the ball The umpire, refused to discuss .the case further, and called the runner out. The points raised stirred up a long discussion. President Johnson ruled one way, President Pulliam an- other. The umpires in tfte American and National leagues received oppo- site, instructions in regard to their decision on that play. Four-fifths of the Umpires "admit, after'studying over the that Jones was right, and that the-runner was safe, either on the grounds of interference, or because the pitcher balked. If you go to a baseball game" this year watch and listen. Behind the "e-Yah" of Jennings and tlw he kicks up one foot and eats gross, you may catch his signal io the runner or thc batter.- Back of Frank Chance's war cries, or may be-hid- to his team. "Now ye 're den a whole command Ine and Spirit Co. Dealers in Highest Grades MM if one defeat would mean the loss of the championship. The next after; noon, in the ninth -.inning-, with the score" 1 to'O m favor of Chicago, Schaefer, had been crippled, was sent to bat. As he came slouching to the carrying hisv bat in his left hand and pretending not to be watchibg at all, I hastily regretted the argument of the previous even- ing. Schaefer actually turned his head away, and "Doc" White, think- ing he saw an opening, drove a fast Straight ball over the plate. .Schaefer waked up. mauled that ball cfeav in- to the Jeft field bleachers, drove home -ia mniter ahead of him "and beat Chicago 2 to I..'- I didn't dare tbnt. urtrnmfmt until the pennant won. worked with smccess by the Chicago National League "warn, tbe "bunt and steal third" developed by FieWer Janes, of the Chicago Americans, an regarded aa one of the best frequently in tbe American Lesjpie, writers in. toe busfciww, having were joints 1n-4tMeball per- fected last season, although used be- bune thirteen When Matty shakes his head quickly he means "no." aacTwhett. be shakes it just a little differently he means If you sit real still and watch evbry move you'll enjoy the game lots more. But you won't watch. The first tirce Donlin bangs a two-bagger dOwu that right field line you'll stand on your seat and yell the top of your head off. You don't carft much for tfeecfinc what you want is of and victory borne team'. .The Heraid takes; tbe- liberty of re-, producing- excvllent article from tbe American this, time shonld terest to our renders. which at prove of great ia- The is Try our Ltafa Wright Greig's y Premier SCOTCH WHISKY Ford Street w. J: ;