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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - November 12, 1913, Lethbridge, Alberta DAILY HERALD Wednesday, November BASEBALL AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING IN WESTERN CAN. Sloiy Founded on Fact but Somewhat Exaggerated for Con- venience--Humorously Sarcastic-Some Interesting pe on ihe Professional Game Dope Here is a story of baseball as it was in the beginning in Western Cauada- professtonally spcaWns. was written by. L. Amy. and afteared in the Toronto Stir. The story 15 somewhat cteverly clever thin truthful Tl'e writer's cleverness stands out in sarcasm.' It had to be writ- ten ihublv to make a readable story for eastern subscribers of the Star, but nevertheless tbe story Is founded upon facts and will be of special interest lo nil those here who remember the debut of Lethbridge In ihe rants of pro- fessional baseball: fly Lacey Amy in Toronto 11 GET HfrM'SflM PELKEY TO MEET SMITH EARLY IN DECEMBER Chatham, Xo'v. ins to information Elven out vcstenlav by Tommy llurus. manager" for Arthur PeUey. NOT Ihe latter will meet (iuaboat Smith In Sau Francisco aboct the second week In Decetnbev. Articles of agreement have been signed. Pelkey, it is un- derstood, Is to receive a big guarantee and a percentage of receipts. BALL PLAYERS MAKE SEVENTEEN REQUESTS TO BE.-TH.E HIGHEST IN BASEBALL HISTORY ly Slar.) Someone saw advertising in it. acd (re '-vest simply had lo have it. They Kyi tried everything rise, but this baseball idea was bound to beat 'em r.'l. It sounded big Tishl from the letter; it had an air of opulence. 'jr use In the list, and the limit of lit was bounded only or Ihe optimism of the most optimistic peo- ple on' earth. Cost Pooh! Look at the RiivertlEing. man, look at the ad veitising! .And the. man did. In the fall of 1906 there were Ma; cities in that Is. cities in the Alberta sense. Calgary wanted and' it had Alt Fielder and Bruce' Robertson to see that it got wh'at Edmonton immed- iately remembered -that it always hai! had a .team in miad, and "Deacon" already on, hand as the not'lofce .left out' of anything '.that 'looked lite boost) and BIJl Cousins and -Jim Fleming, preferred a baaebill diet, to any. other meang o( .conserving lite. Lelnb'nd'se, as 'far. back as the census of had rivalled Medicine Hat, 'and Humphries was there to thai :lt didn't stop it So these enthusiasts got tose'lher In Calgary. and It took six m.onths ol two columns In every' Issue of every those four cities to chroni- cle in detail the" vita! conference that During the fall and winter d'etre of tbeVhole affair; so tbe com- pany engaged a man belter up in jubiicity than baseball, and located [lim around Minneapolis and tte cen- tral northern states where there was more apt to be profitable advertising. Incidentally he Was to pick up a base- ball team. He of them before they finally landed in the city that was supplying tbe needful. Finally: Calgary got a bunch, thai couldn't stand Us own looks without nausea: less than two weeks after its arrival. Fielder had to hurry south to pick a new'team before tbe one mutilated itself beyond bos pitil treatment. ;Edmonton faied bet ler fiater'nallyVtoo well to- bang on to tbe ball long enough to get to bat i-ethbridge rounded up by mall a gang that, after It had mobbed al the umpires, 'disfigured most of its op- ponents, and almost put tbe whole le'isue'into splints, found it desirable to cross the border ahead ot th'e police. Medicine-Hat .met the train and faced a likelier ciowd when the pub- licity .nan'veturne-l iu time tote fifed as 'an unnecessary It sls6 faced a bill 'incurred in the process of publicity. Bat then it. was a'matter of and nobody Profit for tne Doctors. Tie'trrsl game (2) was pulled'off nt Medicine' Hat'wltb Calgary, a foe more bitter than any sin ret intro- duced into the And the players Detroit, .vW. H.-Published re- ports that Tyriis Cobb, of the Detroit American club, was anxious i6 be traded, caused al bill of J3.WO.''Cousins. Fl'em" ''Frank' J. Xaviij. president of .the and McLean !isd about all the; Detroit leatn. lo make public today money lu town, and the share-! a from the'. batsman, in which Cobbi.ssidihe was aniious to plav in Detroit as 'long as .the :uade them use It. Well, that ?S.MO was too.much for Slediclce Hat to face In two succes- sive vears. so'the west went league- management and new league was pulled and Medlclne Hat won the pennant for tbe second time, without effecting the aspect c! reciprocity. In 1910 times were good. The league was widened out until It aack. Red Deer came to the end o ts baseball and the local bus ness 'men dug donn into theirs to to save tbe town's reputatioi Sut tbe bottom bad fallen clean oa ol Bassano's purse, collectively and individually. For p, time Edmonton F- spr.nnd.tpam proved the winners in .ong as tbe magnate him, htartlesa railways insist on cash te opening games of tbe Vhlst 'league, which' 'were played oft n the S. p. E. half fast nlglit.. Much nterest was displayed, and a umber of. pnloqkefa'Tcers present watching uie''fiife'points 'of'the'game. The Cumberland 'and Court Unity earns were" absent, owing to. an im- portant engagement, and were allowed o play off'their rounds with 'the S.O. 3. fjrat feam and th'e Britan'iilas, re- peclively on The fol- o'wlug were the scores: Calllea, 138; Nomads, 330. Kent 14J; Court Star, 140. S.O.E. lii; C. O. F, 142. To avoid confusio'n the S. O. E. sec- ond team will in future be known as :be Roses while the magnate is not bound lor the fraction of a second." It cites that "Dusty" Rhoades and Jake Gettman were "thrown out ot jobs last summer without- a mom- ent's and asks .that a con; tract be made a alike upon players aud club owners. Oi releases, the statement'contends that players hive a right to know under' what terms tbcy are sent from one team to another. It is said that often a player is sent lp a new team with of the terms., ot his 'contract or whether he has been or optionally. oi the fraternity is that clubs furnish free1 to' players fbcir cri tire-.iir.ifornis, evclusive-ol shoes, ani (hat the travelling' expenses' i be paid by the'club to-'which ttie; belong from their home to the train ing camps.v it argues that inasmuch as' aLplaycr reports for .duty six weeks before the season opens, and is not under salary, .bill plays in exhi- bition .games, many cases'at' a profit .to his. he should Have all his expenses paid. Another request deals with the re- lease of veteran players. The frater- nity argues that when a player is reaching the end of his baseball car- eer and is no longer wanted by his club, the player should be unhamper- ed in his endeavors to obtain a posi- tion and not sold under such, ngiee- Tfcere arc cloven cases' oi smallpox al Collingwood and the schools acdlment, "as Murphy sold Mordecai theatres have been temporarily Brown to Louisville a year ago.- '_.. I 01 the request that a player be' Heather Mixtures are all the go in.the Winter Suits and, ias usual, >ye' are showing the choicest patterns' and effects in .Worsteds' and Scotch and Irish Tweeds. Let us show you th'ese smart Winter Suits. to McKelvie McGuke and Calgary found the necessary to continue tbe league; but" Bassano couldn't .get. Its second wind, The league ended In homo and home games between Calgary arid Edmon- ton, In which all the old rivalry was resurrected for the sake of the gales, and players tramped on each other's necks under an am-'' bulance on hand to care for the worst cases. This year, 1913, the original Alberta lowcj, lacking Joined with Saskatoon and Moose Jaw and liegina, and careful manipulating and reciprocity managed to see the sea- son to its doleful end. But the baseball fcv.r In the wes IE not dispelled. you, ftgirring to do. Canary anil I.eth-1 it will hereafter be confined strictly Evea seven o'clock games drew onl the. title', the Twilight league. A the last the strosgie was Edmonton and Medicine Hal, ID th latter city, and the capllol city lost, chiefly because the crowd got to its imported pitcher, Erkkson, "The nig Swede." Any pitcher who can stand up under, a really antagonistic wea't- ern crowd should be cultivated for his hide. Like a Family Blot. When the season.. there was "Tscorn a dram o' whusky puir, Since Red Seal's in my phidie ticht. I dinna mind the blawy muir, I'm sonsie, gin it's licht or nicht." McAllister. BUCHANAN'S bridge concealed, their deficit like a family blot; but It leaked and only at that Edmonton had to iiml (l.oOO somewhere else than, in baseball, and Medicine Hat had been unable .to get over that or- to Ihe, west. .Winnipeg and Brandon "and eastern cilUs" win never a place in the TivillgU league cldac to "the the map of Western Canada is changing. because Uiey arc loo cfcnt licit." Yo'.i see, PLUG JOB AC C SCOTCH HERE'S a Scotch of a delicious flavor and You arc Bale in selecting Red if you want a truj of worth-, and character. Fully matured for ten yenrs in sherry casks, So excellent is' Red Seal that it well merits its title "the Government Standard" Scotch whisky. Try it and ECO for youreclf, Al all Gootl Dealers, Hotels and Cafes. Order Red Seal. 0, RoWin Ccncrit Agent for TORO.YTO ;