EVEN J. S. SHERMAN SEES BLUES BUMPED. ~ Vice President Is Interested Spectator and Felt at Home in Losing Town, Being a Washington Fan.

September 11, 1909

Vice President Is Interested Spec-
tator and Felt at Home in Los-
ing Town, Being a Wash-
ington Fan.
Vice President Sherman, Watching the Kansas City Blues Lose.

Even in the presence of Vice President James S. Sherman at the local ball farm did not break the hoodoo which has been tagging at the heels of the Blues for more than a month and Minneapolis won the second game of the series by a score of 3 to 2.

Lucky for the Hon. Mr. Sherman, it was a good game and was not won until the last man was out, which kept the vice president and his hosts, D. J. Dean and C. F. Holmes, in their seats until the players started for the club house. Mr. Sherman was a very interested spectator. He was very careful to criticise decisions of Umpire Owens, one of which was very close and the vice president did not agree with his umps. However, after expressing his disapproval of the decision he donned the Sherman smile and enjoyed the rest of the conflict.

The vice president was not at all distraught because the team lost. If fact if it had won he would not have felt at home. He has been accustomed to attending the games in Washington, where the fans all have an idea they are in Boston, Philadelphia or Detroit every time the Senators win a game, which is so seldom that few Washington fans remember when Cantillon's men won the last game at home. therefore, Mr. Sherman was accustomed to the losing habit. "That was a good game," he said upon leaving the park. "That is as good as we ever see at home." No fan took exception to this remark but the Blues have actually won more games than Washington this season.


Mr. Sherman and his friends had a special box and only a few fans who knew the vice president by sight knew he was in the ball park. Mr. Sherman showed by his interest in the game that he is a loyal fan. Not a play was pulled off but what he expressed approval or disapproval of the way it was done. Several good stops and catches caused him to applaud the players making them. Whenever a timely hit was made the vice president smiled and once or twice this smile turned into a frown because the next player struck out.

"Ducky" Swann, local southpaw, and "Long Tom" Hughes, late of the Washington team of the American league, were pitted against each other in a great pitchers' battle. Swann really did better work than Hughes, although the home run put him into a hole he could not get out of. Vice President Sherman recognized Hughes, having seen him play several times this year, and spoke very cordially to the big "spit ball" artist.