Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 34, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 6, 1909 Page: 3 of 4
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ANSON BEST, SAYS
EVANGELIST PICKS OLD CHICAGO
LEADER AS KING OF ALL
ALSO PRAISES MIKE KELLEY
"THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS.'
Former Champion Base Runner Tell#
What Men He Would Put on All-
Star Team for All Time—Ex-Profe -
sional Says Game Is Good, Clean
"1 wouldn't take a million dollars
for my professional baseball experi-
ence. 1 am proud I made pood and
that I was one of the best of them In
my day. Baseball is the one sport in
the country upon which the gamblers
have not been able to get their
William A. Sunday, ex-professional
ball player, who is conducting a 30-
days' revival meeting in Spokane,
Wash., put the foregoing over in dis-
cussing the game in the course of uu
interview at his tabernacle, adding:
"There isn't the same disgrace at-
tached to a professional baseball play-
er that attends other professional ath-
letes. The gamblers tried for SO years
io get control, but the men behind the
game have stood firm and true. Hase-
ball has stood the test. It is a pure,
clean, wholesome game, and there is
no disgrace to any man to-day for
playing professional baseball.
"I was converted in 1886 and lived a
Christian life for five years in the
training quarters, in the field and on
the bench, with professional baseball
players, and 1 want to say that a man
can he a Christian and a decent, self-
respecting citizen there if he wan*s
to be. He don't have to be a rounder,
and you bet the club owners, the fans
generally and the players themselves
will respect a man all the more for
living a clean, honest life.
"I don't have the opportunity to see
many ball games nowadays, as 1 am
busy six days in the week the year
around almost, and in the afternoons
as well as the evenings. Hut when I
do have-the opportunity to see a game,
I take it. I read the sporting pages
every morning and follow the fortunes
of the teams."
Asked to name an All-Anierican
team for all time, Sunday said he had
never thought ot' that, adding, "it is
a difficult proposition. However," he
went on, i would put Anson on first
base and make him eaptain, and 1
would have to find a place for Mike
Kelley and John Clarkson. George (lore,
Charley Bennett, Kid Nichols. Amos
Rusie, John Ward, Clarke Griffith and
otitis were all good men.
"•'or every day in the season, for
every occasion that might arise, I be-
lieve old 'Cap.' Anson was the best
batsman the game ever knew. .Inst
look at that grand record of his
through his twenty-odd years of ex-
perience and make up your mind for
yourself. He could hit anything. He
used an extremely heavy bat. the lim-
it both as to weight and as to length
and thickness, and swung easily. It
used to do our hearts good to hear the
crack when old 'Cap* Anson met the
"Mike Kelley was one of the great-
est players the game ever saw. He
was a faster man than Anson on the
bases, a fine hitter and a great catcli
er. Old John Clarkson had just as
much as any of the pitchers nowadays,
except the 'spit ball.' He was one man
who could make the ball actually
curve upward on one of those terrific
overhand shoots of his. The man did
not live who could hit that fast raise
ball when John had it working right.
He had a peculiar pitching position,
and bent away low down in delivering
the ball. He did not start it at the
top of his height.
"My first professional baseball ex-
perience was in the big league. 1 did
not graduate from the minors as they
do nowadays. 1 went to Nevada, la.,
in 18S0 to live. I took to baseball
naturally, and joined the Marshall-
town team, which won the champion-
ship of the state that year. From
there I went to Chicago for a try-
"My first professional contract
called lor $( 0 a month. That was a
windfall to me in those days, too.
When I quit baseball my salary was
$T>00 a month."
WINTER BASEBALL NOTES
Tteaumont, Becker and Bates will
comprise the Boston Doves outfield.
The Toronto club is making arrange-
ments to train at Chatham this spring.
New York National contracts are
coming in slowly. Fred Tenney was
the first Giant to sign and Fred Merkle
Joe McGinnitty stuck to McGraw
through many a tight pinch. Now he
is discarded like a wornout glove.
'Twas ever thus.
Jake Weimer, former Cincinnati
picher, got a nice boost in pay from
New York. Probably because he did
not report last fall.
The Highlanders will open against
Washington. That means they will
have to try to avoid a shutout, as Can-
tillon will use Walter Johnson if he
Shean and Hannafin. who were rival
candidates for a job with the Athletics
several seasons sii^ce, will fight it out
for a job with the Phillies this year.
' Cleveland has released the follow-
ing men: Otto Hess and Charles Dex-
ter, to New Orleans; Frank Daubert,
Roy Evans and R. Collins, to Toledo;
W. Hillie, to Columbus; R. Breen and
Pitcher Graney, to Portland.
The cry along the line in the major
baseball leagues this winter is for
catchers. There is a big scarcity of
backstops who are of the A No. 1
brand, and more than one manager is
doing a lot of worrying about the
question. The reason for this is not
hard to find. Baseball players long
ago learned that catching was the
hardest part of the game. The danger
of being injured by swiftly pitched
balls or foul balls or in collision with
other players is greater to a backstop
than to any other man on the field.
In addition catching usually wearf a
man out quicker than any other posi
tion. Even if a man has the desire
to become a great catcher and the
ambitiou for work the mental quali-
ties demanded of the position are such
that it takes a player of more than
average brain power to fill the bill.
There are lots of catchers with purely
physical strength who can fill the
bill to a certain extent but when it
come.* to inside playing they are lack
ing. The manager of one of the ma-
jor league club3 recently said to me:
"i thought I was getting a prize when
1 landed a certain catcher. For two
years 1 watched this man's record and
he looked as if he was coming fast.
I was greatly disappointed when an-
other club landed him. One day the
chance came to get this catcher in a
trade. 1 jumped at it. I no sooner
had this man on my club than I dis-
covered that, barring ability to catch
a hall and to throw, he didn't know a
tning. Actually he didn't know how
to sign for a curve ball. And that
catcher was considered a star in a
minor league." Give a major league
manager his choice between Charles
Dooin or McQuillin, for instance, or
Kling and Brown, or Mathewson and
Bresnalan, etc., and the chances are
ten to one that he would select the
catcher every time. The moral of
which is for young players to try to
develop into good catchers instead of
pitchers or fielders.
This young giant, who will be tried
out by Manager Fred Clarke of the
Pittsburg National league club in the
spring, played last season with the
Vancouver club of the Northwestern
league on the same team with Outfield-
er Flanagan, who was picked up by
President Comiskey of the Chicago
Americans. From the most reliable
information obtainable it seems that
Hyatt is the better man. being a
LD wlno. old friends, old
hookH are best.
And. faith, the saying's
But how about the prim- I
Old ways of getting
Are we prepared to sing
Say olden ways are
Or were they not In dack- !
The sun sank to tils
In darkness, save when
The rush or • nndle light.
Or where the pine knot's wavering glow
FlU'krred and flared by night.
The pioneers, Prometheus-llke,
From hous«* to house would go.
And carry fir*--those were kind days,
Those days of long ago.
Ami poets sing regretfully,
"The Light of other Days."
Yet 1 confess, for comfort, I
Prefer the present ways.
Yes, for all our sentiment about the
"good old times," we must admit that
the cottage to-day is better for differ-
ing irom the primitive modes of light-
Till within little more than half a
century ago, the rushlight was in com-
mon use, and when, by degrees, the
well-to-do boasted the candlestick and
candles, the illumination was consid-
In houses of the wealthy, there was
the addition of handsome candle
stands of carved wood or of brass in
graceful forms with branching arms;
there were girandoles and sconces, all
very ornate and, from the standpoint
of beauty and sentiment, attractive.
Rushlights were the most common-
ly used, until the machine-made can-
dles placed the latter within the reach
of all. Rushlights were ordinary
weedy rushes, dipped in tallow. There
were quaint pans of wrought iron used
for heating the tallow in which the
rushes were dipped. Sometimes only
plain tallow was used; often it was
mixed with beeswax or resin. The
holder was first, merely a support,
then a spring was added with various
developments until it merged into the
Very tall holders were made special-
ly for use with the spinning wheel in
the long winter evenings.
Knight, Beck & Company
E HANDLE the lines that are Uuion Label bearing, Goods
made by Factories that are Union Factories, Not Play Union.
Gloves, Hats, Shoes, Suspenders, Overalls,
Pants, Sh his, Collars, etc.
We call attention to the fact that our Big Discount Make Room Sale is on and
advise you to take advantage of the Big Saving you reap during this sale. Do'nt
put off a good proposition which we can demonstrate.
HART, SHAFFNER & MARX CLOTHING
Profit BO ob)Nl >tk HI Rood m
12.50 values at $10.
$40 A $35 vilnet $30 & $25 vilues | PrW>, .. ^ ,„k „ | $Z0. 00 $18, 16 SO. $1S
$26.25 '18.50 $12.50 valuta at $10.00 value? at '14.50 '11.00
Manhattan Shirts at
a Big Discount
KNIGHT, BECK & CO.
at a Big Discount
Last week in this store?"
THE SHEEP OF MANY LEGS.
II, MR. Butcher, tell me,
i Have you any more
I Legs of lamb Ilki
'Oh. yes, ma'am, plenty,*
Vv\ answers then
This hold lvniKht of the
Of course all butc hers tell
No one would dare de-
She pointed to a row of
Upon which were sus-
At least a dozen 1«*bh of sheep.
By hams and "sides" attended.
"That other Ipk was very good,"
The lady said. "Are all
As good and tender? Did these grow
On that same animal?"
"Oh. yes, madam." the butcher said,
(Nor let one eye-lid peep.)
"Yes, every one of all those legs
Was eut from that same sheep."
freer hitter and much more successful
as base runner. Hyatt scored 102
runs, nearly twice as many as his
rival. He made 185 hits, of which 21
were doubles, 10 triples and 15
homers. He stole 4G bases, leading his
league in that department. Flanna
gan stole only 12 base3. Hyatt is
spending the winter at Shelton, Wash.,
and will not come to Pittsburg until
the season opens, as he has been or
dered to report either at West Haden
or Hot Springs for training.
If Terry Turner's arm is in good
shape for the Naps in the spring, and
there is every reason to believe it will
be one of the few instances on record
where a bad wing lias returned to
life. Several years ago Pitcher Jacob
son, who played engagements with
Washington. St. Louis and Hoston in
the American league, injured his arm
while pitching a game, and although
he took all kinds of treatment, his arm
never recovered its strength. He hung
on for a year or two with a poor wing,
but finally dropped into the minors
and he's just about through as a
twirler. Herman Long lost his arm by
snapping the hall too quickly and was
forced out of the big league. .Johnny
Hocy was really unable to hold his
place at Boston because of a bad whip.
Ed Pokerney of Toledo, gave much
promise in the American association,
but lost his whip and had to give up
playing third base. Harry Niles when
first secured by McAleer had an excel
lent arm. When sliding into third
against the Naps three years ago,
Niles came into contact with Bill Brad
ley's shins, and suffered a broken
shoulder blade. When Niles recovered
from the injury he discovered that his
throwing arm wa® in bad shape, and
he has never beef to the good since
He throws with a still arm movement
and is really of little use in the out
field, where he was once i liar.
The paste in tarts or pies is often
soggy. This can be avoided by brush-
ing it over with the white of an egg.
For batter cakes, add a little finely
rolled bread crumbs. It saves what
may be otherwise wasted, besides ma-
king the batter more rich and nour-
Have a pair of scissors handy in
the kitchen. They will serve a variety
of ways. Most things can be cut more
easily and evenly with scissors than
with the knife. Apples (after quar-
tering >, celery, odds and ends of tough
meat, green peppers, and many other
vegetables, can be neatly diced for
salads etc. Trim the bits of cold meat
beftve sending to table; shred cod-
fish; remove hard sections of orange
—in a thousand ways the scissors are
invaluable to the cook.
Not all housekeepers are aware of
the economy that lies in a bread dress-
ing. It may be served with a pot roast,
as well as with one put in the oven,
for the bread is good if separately
baked in a cake tin. Keep the bread
quite dry (to prevent molding), and
run it through a meat chopper. Moist-
en with stock or milk, or both. Add
sage, minced onion or celery, or both,
and put it in a well-greased tin. Bake
half an hour.
If any of the dressing is left over,
serve it next day with tomato sauce
jr even plain hot gravy. Be careful
to make the dressing rather thick; it
will be more palatable, and the gravy
or sauce will correct any tendency to
This is an invention lately put upon
the market, and most popular abroad.
It consists of a tablet requiring only
to be boiled 15 minutes in water. Each
tablet will make a pint of soup.
—The Square Deal Hardware Storess==
We will largely increase our stock and be prepared to meet
your wants. Your friendship and patronage is appreciated, we
give your money's worth. Auto Ticket with 25c cash purchase.
Klein Hardware Co.
113 West Main
PUTTING ON THE FINISH
is what tells in laundry work. The
most fastidious men wil have nothing
to complain of if their linen is en-
trusted to us, One trial wil convince j
you that our methods produce the
most satisfactory results. Let us call
for your linen.
Phone 109. 122 W. First.
SHOE SALE i
CUT PRICES I
ON ALL t
tQ* 1 he
SPECIAL SALE ON
CHAIRS & ROCKERS
F or a few days we will have on special
sale quite a few chairs and rockers at and
below actual cost. The specials on dis-
play in our show window and range in
price from $1.75 to $8.00.
Grease on the Floor.
Never pour hot water on it. Pour
on cold at once; that hardens the
grease, and it will not sink into the
Also a number of
Iron Beds that we
have almost cut the
price in two.
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CASH OR CREDIT
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