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ARCHER "SIGNS THEM PAPERS' tUBS FIGHT
Archer Signs His Contract To Join
1 Team in Louisville.'
Our private hunch went through
on -schedule time yesterday au-3
Catcher Jhnmy Archer signed a con
tract for four years with, the Cubs.
. Archer blew '(blowing and floating
is the uipal form of locomotion the
last few days) up '.to Murphy's office
in 'the Corn Exchange Building, en
tered by a private, door, Swapped
some gay badinage with the boss
ancL-all was rosy.
After the history-making confer
ence Murphy said ail agreement had
been reachec which was "mutually
satisfactory." Archer backed up the
Cub owner's statement.
Exactly what salary Archer is toH
receive is not known and we refuse
to guess. He wanted ?7,500. Murphy
offered $4,500.' From-Murphy's smile
it was pla'in that he did not have to
"give up the large bunch of, coin and
Archer's smile indicated he had re
ceived a boost over lasb year. ' .
The signing of Archer makes a reg
ular one, two, three team out of the
West Siders. No team in the country
has a pair of catchers of the caliber
of Jim and Roger' Bresnahan, and
Needham, Cotter and Heckinger are
three able understudies.-
It will be up to Evers to decide
whether Bresnahan or Archer will do
the bulk of the catching. Wheii the
Harp came to the Cubs he told Mur
phy it Was his ambition to catch 100
games in 1913 and the magnate
.seemed to think' well of the plan.
Archer is a high-class .man, however,
and- can do" more good on the field
than oh the bench.
Whichever man starts the season
will continue in the fray until he
strikes a slump, when the alternate
k receiver-will be pushed into the game.
Archer will join the Cubs in Louis
ville Friday or Saturday if the play
ers are not all jailed before , leaving
Cubs Get Rough Zim Loses Fight
Team Loses Game.
At Nashville yesterday the Cubs
kept up their past record of rowdy
tactics on spring training trips, .which
haye barred them from exhibition
games at Birmingham and Colum
Heinie Zimmerman thought well of
himself- as, a white hope and selected
a 125-pound umpire to practice on.
There -was only one blow struck and
the ump delivered that. Both the .ump
and Heinie were arrested.
The -trouble, started in the first in
ning. .The Nashville batters hammer- '
ed the slants of Lou Richie and two
doubles and.a.shlgle by the first three
men gave -the Southern leaguers a
pair of .runs. Some of the Cubs ac
cused the ump, of 'tipping off Dick
. Zim grew especially abusive and
the" ump canned him from the game.
The. Bronx' slugger thought it was
a joke and .gave the diminutive ar
biter the horse laugh;' Said ump then
ciilled a copper .to put Zim .out of the
grounds. A (kriot of Cubs gathered
at the plate and began to argue-the
question. Zim used some -more. choice
language and the ump swung a right
to his face. Zim fell into a clinch
and he and the , ump turkey-trotted
up the first base line and back again,
neither delivering-a blow.
Players pulled the two apart. The
arrests followed; The Cubs had not
lost an exhibition .game and were f
peeved at the rude vay Richie
was being treated.- Apparently they
couldn'tloose gracefully and thought
they could get away with some rough
stuff in the bushes.
After hostilities ceased NashvilleV,
proceeded to win the game, 3 to 1,
Richie and Lavender doing the twirl
ing for the Cubs. Three Nashville
pitchers .stopped the Cubs dead until
the ninth when a .walk, a single by
Leach, ytixQ batied-for Lavender, and