THE BASEBALL MESS
If Charles Webb Murphy car
ries out his bullheaded intention
of deposing Frank Chance as
manager of the Cubs, it is prob
able that three men now drawing
salaries from the West Side club
will be leading other teams in the
National League next season.
Tinker ha"s already enteredi in
to negotiations with" Cincinnati.
Sheckard may be traded or sold
to Brooklyn, which he will man
age, and Chance will have no
trouble securing a managerial
berth in Boston.
Tinker does not want to play
on the team under Evers. Though
these two players work harmoni
ously around the keystone sack
they are not on good terms off
the field, and Tinker has wanted
to go t3 Redland for two years.
Sheckard is another man who will
be dissatisfied. He believes that
his experience should entitle him
to the call over Ev4ers. Besides,
I he is one of the men referred to by
' (Murphy as slowing up. ,Chance
cannot consistently remain on the
team as a utility man after being
boss for so many years.
Just where the Cubs would fin
ish with this galaxy of old stars
gone is a problem. A new inner
I , defense would have to be con-
rstructed, and a Tinker to Evers
vto Chance machine is not put to
gether more than once in a gen
eration. Esmond will probably
be secured frorn Cincinnati if
Tinker goes there. He is not in
the class with Joe, though much
Another pdssibility' is that
Murphy will do a complete crawl
and retain Chance as manager.
Even so, there will be dissension
in the ranks. Evers will be sore
at missing a chance as manager,
Tinker will sport a grouch be
cause Murphy was so willing to
let him go, and Sheckard does not
like the aspersion cast upon his
All in all, it is one of the finest
little messes in baseball, and
Murphy is liable to reap his re
ward next year in a second divis
This is the1 open season for
managers. Roger Bresriahan
joined Chance's lodge yesterday
when he was told he was no long
er wanted at the head of the St.
Louis Cardinals. Bresnahan's
contract still has three years to
run and he threatens a court pro
ceedure to prevent being ousted.
The controversy is similar to that
in which BiHyMurray was booted
from the management of the
Phillies. Murray finally accepted
a settlement to surrender his con
tract. Bresnahan nlay follow the
same path. Miller Huggins is
slated to succeed Roger.
Tommy Gavigan disposed ol
Walter Stanton, the California
middleweight, in two rounds at
Cleveland last night.
Jack Britton of Chicago and
Freddie Duffy of Boston are
billed for ten rounds at New
York tomorrow night.
Coach Yost has shaken up the
Michigan team, firing five regu
lars and replacing them with
1 Dave Deshler of Cambridge
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