"MENTAL FATIGUE" MAY BE FACTOR; AUTHORITIES SEARCHING
By Percival Q. Mellon
July 19, 1924
Calvin Butterworth, a Free-Enterprise employee and one of the more respected men of sports letters in the nation, has inexplicably left his position as daily Tigers reporter and vanished in the city of Boston.
Apparently distraught over the sinking stature and uninspiring recent play of the Detroit club, Mr. Butterworth was not to be found in his luxury suite at the Copley Plaza this morning, or anywhere else in the fashionable hotel. "He rang the valet at 8 p.m. last evening to have his shoes picked up and polished," related Copley desk manager R. P. Simmons, "but when they were returned this morning, he had already vacated his suite with all belongings."
Boston police immediately commenced a search of neighborhood streets and alleys in the hotel's vicinity, as well as at all local train stations, known speakeasies, reefer dens and gambling halls, but at press time the writer had yet to be found.
According to other members of the sporting press Butterworth worked alongside, he was especially homesick for his wife and family on this current road trip, which resumes in two days at Yankee Stadium. He was also disturbed by the recent theft of his type writer and personal fountain pens from the Shibe Park press row in Philadelphia. In some quarters it has been rumored that a blow to the head he received earlier this season from player/manager Cobb may have caused him headaches and occasional delirium, but this has not been substantiated.
It has been my pleasure to serve as Mr. Butterworth's employer these past ten years, and nothing in his character ever revealed an inclination to flee from his daily duties. Like the rest of the sports reporting world, I am equally aghast and perplexed by this unfortunate development. Readers of this account with information on Mr. Butterworth's possible whereabouts, or suggestions on how to locate him, should contact the Free-Enterprise editorial department, the Boston police, or leave a comment, even if it is anonymous, in the provided space below.
With my immediate areas of interest in the political and economic realms, I am sorry to admit I have little to no knowledge of base-ball, yet I will hereby attempt to inform the public of all American League goings on this afternoon.
DET 101 001 001 - 4 9 2
BOS 000 000 011 - 2 8 4
The irony of Butterworth's disappearance! It was a rash of Tiger misplays that drove him from his senses, and today it was the Bostons who dropped their balls. Herr Heilman collected a double and sent two runners into the scoring column, and the third Detroit ball-hurler named Dauss saved his players.
INDIANS 7-13-3, at YANKEES 2-8-3
Hoyt of New York is horrible again, while Cleveland is full of Shaute, meaning Joe the pitcher. The Sultan of Bambino fails twice with runners primed to run home and single-hits when no one is out there.
WHITE SOX 8-11-1, at ATHLETICS 2-6-2
The other club of Socks makes five points in the second set and wins quite easily against Burns, Dennis, pitcher.
at SENATORS 9-15-1, BROWNS 3-5-0
The Big Train of Johnson allows George Sisler to strike a home ball, but little else bothers him in his 14th winning achievement, as the Washingtons bury Dixie Davis with five scores at the outset and three more at twilight.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Saturday, July 19|
|Chicago White Sox||49||42||.538||12.5|
|New York Yankees||47||43||.522||14|
|St. Louis Browns||42||50||.457||20|
|Boston Red Sox||38||53||.418||23.5|