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Meanwhile the players are out
of work. They cannot sign with
some other club, for the "reserve
rule" and the air-tight baseball
corporation bars them.
It is this feature of baseball
which Representative Thomas
Qallagher's bill will hit if con
gress doesn't let the fire of inves
tigation die for want of fanning.
Bush and Sweeney, as human
beings with something to sell,
claim they are entitled to dispose
o their goods at the highest pos
sible figure, but are restrained be
cause they "belong" to the. De
troit and New York clubs, which
refuse to pay the price asked.
The reserve rule prohibits the
players taking their wares to
other markets. Were Sweeney
and Bush free agents they could
easily find clubs willing to pay
what they demand.
Possibly they will be offered
contracts by -one of the so-called
"outlaw leagues," but it is doubt
ful if either organisation can pay
the salaries the players consider
Neither Sweeney nor Bush is
under contract, but are "re
served." Any court will declare
them free agents and they have a
legal right to sign with whpm
they plea'se. The reserve rule was
knocked galley west years ago,
but it is still effective for. the rea
son that the club owners en
Managers Jennings of' Detroit
and Wolverton of New York have
declared that they will play with
out the hold-outs. 'Perhaps this
is a bluff. Neither man fancies a
season such, as 1912 promises ig
be with these stars missing. Per
haps they hope the players will
"come in" at the last moment,
butkthe indications are that both
will stand by their guns.
Both Bush and Sweeney have
large personal followers They
are box office assets, as well as
pennant winning necessities. Still
to punish them, the club owners
risk the chance of winning a flag
and lessened receipts.
Some day, perhaps, the law
makers will take hold of this
baseball proppsition and strike an'
equitable balance. Just now the
percentage is all -m favor of the
employer and'the player holds the
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