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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 18, 1912, Image 3

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twenty feet of the spot where
Cobb attacked' the spectatptiV
If th policeman was "there
why did'he no,t eject the.vfo.ul
moUthed fan-?' Why ho;ulri he
wait for the,wqrd ,of an umpire,
when there, were wonen around
hq "vire forced to listen to the
vulgar abuse 'hurled at Cobb? Tf
Cobb cduid hear" the language
cjear, out on the field;, certainly
the policernan, standing 20 feet
from the "fan, 'could also -hear. it.
And Cobbdjdn"t -get-the protec
tion ne was entitled to. He' was.
justified, and all" fans who like
clean baseball, and areqpposed to
rowdy atactics, jvjll approve the
action of Cobb.- He was .not act
ing like -a' rowdy, but as anyjnan
'with fed blood in his veins" would
act. -
t Let tjre. dub owners see that
such spectators, insulters of wo
men as well as the players 'who
are the targets of their epithets,
are ejected from the grounds, and
there wjll be no moresuch scenes".
All dissensipn in the Detroit
team has been buried- The Tigers
are 'Standing solidly behind 'Cobb
in,Kis demanld for reinstatement.
And' even their bitter enemies, the
Athletics, -h.ave sunk the hatchet
to war on the common enemy.
.An ultimatum was ,senjt to
President Ban Johnson of the
American league yesterday "by the
Tigers, irt .which they refused to
play today unless the Georgia
Peach was , reinstated- ,
-"We want him reinstated for
tomorrow's game, or there-' will
be no game; if players cannot
have protection, we must protect
ourselves," says the ultimatum, f
flatly. " .
The Tigers consider the situa
tion so serious, and believe the
principle involved is so vital, that
a call has been sent to all players
jn the American league to refuse
to play unless the matter is ad
justed. And the players, who
have'suffereU under the abuse of
fpol fans for years, are in a mood
tb strike!. Many telegrams have
been received by Cobb from
other, players to the effect that
they will suoport him.
Cobb and his mates were will
ing, to consider a compromise. If
JohnsQn 'fined the offender, and
announced a definite time for the
lifting of the suspension, they
would agree to play. The sus
pension, as announced, was in
definite. Another development of the
controversy may be the forming
of an association -for self-protection
among the players. All the
Ameripan league teams are in the
east, and a call has" been sent to
each of them asking the players
to meet in Philadelphia tomorrow
(an off day) and consider the
proposition.
Whether the association would
be like the bid Brotherhood is not
known, the present plan merely
embracing the acting together;
when it as thought a player has
received unfair treatment at the
hands of a magnate.
The text book publishers now
make geographies so small a boy
can't hide detective stories behind
the! '

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