Johnnie M’Graw and Connie Mack Shake Hands in Gray Old Alamo

Damon Runyon

El Paso Herald/March 5, 1912

Managers of Champs of Two Leagues Meet in Conversational Game.


That slight historical interest attached to the gray old Alamo of San Antonio by reason of the sanguinary efforts of Messrs. Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Jim Travis in the long and long ago, was greatly enhanced by events this morning.

Standing in the shadow of the ragged walls, John J. McGraw, of New York City, and Cornelius McGillicuddy, of Philadelphia, U. S. A., shook hands. The exact time was 11 o clock a. m.

The scene was witnessed by a large delegation of New York baseball writers, testifying in favor of McGraw, and by an equally corpulent crowd of Philadelphia newspaper men supporting Mr. McGillicuddy.

Traveling Man Starts Stampede.

What passed between the two leaders of the opposing clans in the last world’s series is withheld at this time for reasons of state, and also because a traveling man from New Hampshire announced in a loud tone of voice that he knew a way to thwart the local option law, which is now raging virulently in San Antonio, and everybody was deafened by the resultant confusion.

Anyway, McGraw and Mack finned one another right where a lot of people could see them do it, and the only casualty was a rumor that they are planning a juvenile world’s series between the squabs of their respective clubs, which rumor may be played with copper.

McGraw came from Marlin to see John T. Brush, owner of the New York Giants, who has spent most of the past winter here, and the visit was a social affair. The Giant manager brought all the Gotham baseball writers from Marlin with him on Brush’s personal invitation. The Marlin camp was left in charge of Wilbur Robinson and Eddie Brannick.

Talk About Starting Games Early.

Reflections of A Bachelor.

In an interview this afternoon, president Brush was asked what he thought of the proposition of early games in New York. He said that four o clock was traditional in the big city, the idea having been to accommodate the Wall street contingent, but that he realized the game has grown so big that no one class of patrons can be considered before another. He said he felt that four o clock is too late, but that he had protests from box holders and other fans against starting the games at the Polo Grounds any earlier, and that he would like to get some kind of newspaper expressions from the fans as a whole.

His attitude was plainly in favor of an early start, and he seemed to think that a radical change, such as three o clock, rather than a sort of compromise time as half past three, would be best. He will likely adopt some means of getting the views of the fans.

The New York crowd had the opportunity of seeing Mack’s recruits work out for the first time since they have been in San Antonio. The champions’ leader certainly has an impressive looking body of recruits. They are nearly all big, rangy-looking fellows, and all quite young. Brown, Gipe, Jensen pitchers, and Ben Egan, a big catcher from Baltimore, are striking rookies.

(Source: Chronicling America,

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