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Portland, Ore., Dec. 20.
"Frank Chance has shot his bolt.
He ought to quit baseball now
while they are making $o much
noise over him. -
"If Chance accepts the mana
gership o he Highlanders be
will make a big blunder' Jones
continued; "TheJHighlanders are
not going' to in "any pennants
for years to come 2nd Chance
ought not to queer hisv,reputation
by grafting himself onto a losing
Today, if you follow the sport
dope you will know Jones as. pres
ident of the Northwestern league
and an Oregon lumber kin'g.
Fielder Jones is considered the
wealthiest ex-ball player living.
He made a fortune in baseball, be
cause Gharfey Comiskey believes
in paying men who deliver the
goods, and Jones invested wisely,
so that he was able to refuse an
offer of $15,000 a year to manage
a major league club. He'd have
taken the offer if the owner had
agreed to sell him a large block
of the club stock.
But who remembers Fielder A.
Jones as the work of Ned Han
Ion, da"ddy of pennant winning
Fielder Jones was a gobd ball
player when he broke into the
majors in 1896, with Brooklyn.
Hanlon- made him a better one.
He brought out of the youngster
everything he possessed.
Fielder Jones lived up to hfe
name. He was a fielder of the
Jimmy McAleer and Walter Bro
In 1899 Brooklyn won the pen
nant and repeated in 1900. In
'99 Jones, in 95 games, fielded
.946 -and batted .286; in 1900 he
fielded .960 and batted .309 for
Jones saw a fat contract when
the American league began raid
ing the National in 1901, and
jumped to the Johnson organiza
tion. He went ,to Chicago, and Chi
cago won the pennant that year.
In 133 games FielderJones batted
.325. He also scored 119 runs, at
little less than a run per game;
he fielded .933.
In 1906 Jones was manager of
the White Sox. He won the
American league pennant and did
the unexpected when' he led the
Sox to victory over the Cubs, in
the world's series.
That year Jones led all league
outfielders with an average of
.988 for 144 games, and hit but
230. Winning the big series
gave Jones about all there was in
it for a player-manager, and he
turned his attention to the lumber
As records stand, Jones holds
second place among all fielders,
with his .988 averages in 1903 and
1906. Harry Bay, in 1904, topped,
him by two points.
Jones pronounces Ed Walsh
the greatest of pitchers. '
Mother Florrie and her hus
band are still quarreling; Father1
What, does he still object to
her wearing high heels? Mother1
Yes. And why should she low
er herself to please him?