The Evening Tribune October, 1891

Recreation & Sports


   Boston stepped into first place in the league pennant race yesterday. The standing of the leaders now is Boston 629, Chicago 621, New York 247.

   Capt. Lysaght, of the life saving station, today received the J. Brandstettler prize of $5 for the largest fish caught this season. It was a catfish, caught the 25th day of August, and weighed 15 pounds.


   The people of Grand Rapids are wild over the coming great race between Allerton and Nelson, two of the fastest horses ever seen on the turf. Everybody speaks of the event, which will come off Oct. 9th, and money is freely put up on the respective animals. Allerton is claimed by some to be 3 to 2 over Nelson, and hundreds of dollars have already been taken on this basis. Wherever a group of men gather on the streets, the discussion on the respective merit of the horses grows into animated debates. You can hear them talk Nelson and Allerton in the hotel, stores, offices, public buildings, private residence, in short everywhere. It will be an interesting race under such conditions.


   Francis Lilley, formerly of Spring Lake, but now living in Grand Rapids is an ardent horseman and is very much interested in the coming big race. Mr. Nelson presented him with one of the shoes worn by the stallion Nelson, when he made his record of 2:10 ¾ at Cambridge City, Ind. The day of the race he will run a special train from Lilley, Mich., for the benefit of his mill employees.


   Lois Behm’s nine beat H. Zoerner’s nine Saturday afternoon by a score of 44 to 13.

   Sportsmen report that they have never seen marches in this vicinity to be so dry as they are now.

   A picked nine from this city were beaten by the "Heroes" at Muskegon Saturday afternoon by a score of 21 to 15.

   Hon. Thos. Savidge, of Spring Lake, will have his celebrated colt, Geo. St. Clair, trot an exhibition mile at Grand Rapids Thursday.

   It is reported that there are a large number of quails in this vicinity this year. A large flock were scared out of a tree near Kooiman’s saloon Saturday.


Alexander Hamilton was one of the lucky ones to get reserved seat tickets to the Nelson Allerton race, he having purchased four.

Mr. Williams, the owner of Allerton, is not favorably impressed with the Grand Rapids track and does not think that faster time than 2:12 will be made at the great race tomorrow. Pool selling begins at the Morton House today under the management of a Chicago bookmaker.


   A goodly contingent from this city at the races in Grand Rapids today. May they all, if they bet, bet on the right horse.

   One of our industrious citizens has purchased a half Clyde and half Arabian jet black stallion which will be imported to this city from Muskegon township in a few days.

   Editor Kedzie has not been seen about town today, and it is rumored that he also is attending the races.

   At 3:45 this afternoon the great race in Grand Rapids stood as follows: 1st heat won by Nelson, 2:13; 2nd heat won by Allerton 2:14 ½.

   4:20 p.m., 3rd heat won by Allerton in 2:15.


  Thomas Savidge trotted his great three-year old stallion Geo. St. Clair against his record of 2:20¼ at the West Michigan track yesterday but failed in the time of 2:22¼.

Allerton vs. Nelson.

   Allerton made his title good as king of the stallions at the great race in Grand Rapids yesterday. 25,000 people, representing every state in the union, were on the grounds when the race began. The first heat was won by Nelson in 2:13 but he proved himself a quitter by losing next three heats and the race. Allerton won the last three heats in 2:14½, 2:15 and 2:16½ respectively. Mr.s Williams, the owner of Allerton, said last night: "Nelson has the greatest speed of any horse in the world, there is no other horse in the world that could have gone around me as he did in the third heat when he took the pole. He easily went at a 2:04 gait and several times he showed flights of speed that no other horse in the world can equal. He can trot three-fourths of a mile faster than any other horse living or that will live for some time to come." This will bring some consolation to the heavy backers of Nelson.


   The D. A. Lane baseball nine beat Peter Van Weelden’s nine this afternoon by a score of 12 to 9. Umpire "Duff" McMillian.

   T. Savidge of the well-known lumber company of Cutler & Savidge, Grand Haven, was registered in the Clarendon yesterday. Speaking of the great horse race he said: Nelson is the speediest horse in the world, though Allerton is the better race horse. Nelson showed a 2:04 gait once or twice. The trouble with the horse was the driver.—Grand Rapids Democrat.


   B. Zwaagman purchased a blooded stallion of A. DeWitt, of Muskegon, yesterday. The horse is half Clyde and half Arabia and weighs 1,100 pounds. He offers to sell it at a low price.

The Rabbits are Ours.

   The largest number of rabbits ever brought to this city in one day, took place yesterday. John Kooiman, John Juistema, J. Ball, Peter Ball and Lou Lehman brought in 49 rabbits; this may stir up other hunters but they say they are prepared to knock them out at any time.

   And it was not a good day for rabbits either.


   Geo. Hammond caught 88 black bass one day this week. This is a big catch for hook and line.


   Wm. L. R. A. Andres, Lou Lehman, Fred Groenveldt, Gerrit and Peter Ball and John Kooiman, went on a hunting excursion this morning. If they fulfill their promise they will have enough rabbit pelts to fill a two horse wagon.


   The six hunters, who went out in search of game yesterday morning brought in 46 rabbit pelts last night.


   A. DeWeert of the Fourth Ward is the possessor of a fine rabbit dog whose chasing qualities were unknown until recently He was seen to catch a full grown rabbit in a ten rod chase in an open field by several witnesses, a feat rarely performed by a dog.


   Grand Haven has a phenomenal rabbit dog that can run faster than a thirty days’ note. The animal can overhaul a full-grown, startled rabbit in a ten-rod chase in an open field.—Grand Rapids Democrat.

   A football eleven composed of scholars from the senior and sophomore classes of the high school will play a picked eleven from the junior and freshman classes, Saturday after noon at two o’clock at the grounds near Grant St.


   Mr. Geo. Robinson, of Robinson, brought in a nice lot of ducks. Of course John brought them for Sunday dinner at the Cutler House.

   Joe Kirby’s base ball nine defeated Ernie Gibbs nine this forenoon, the score standing 20 to 0.