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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXINGT
Hofman's Suit Against Cubs May
Affect Baseball Contracts.
Russell in Best Came Chappelle
Starting in Today.
Artie Hofman, former Cub out
fielder, by a suit filed in the Munici
pal Court yesterday, will do more to
expose the terms of baseball con
tracts, with the unfair reserve clause,
than all the so-called congressional
"investigations" that have been
cooked up by notoriety seekers.
Hofman asks $3,000. from the Chi
cago National League Baseball Club
as damages due him because of ter
mination of his contract. Hofman
says he was under contract with the
Cubs for 1911-12 at a salary of $5,
000 a year. He says that during the
month of June, 1911, while playing
with the Cubs, he was hit in the head
with a ball and though he asked for
a vacation it was not granted. As a
consequence, his playing was impair
ed. He was sent to Pittsburgh, but
was not in condition to play and was
ordered to rest Hofman contended
he was not notified of the termination
of his contract, as provided in .the
ten-day clause of agreements be
tween players and owners, and as
serts he is entitled to back salary
from the Cubs, as the party to the
original contract. Hofman was re
cently sent to Nashville by Pitts
burgh. This is one of the few instances
in which a player has carried his
troubles with a ball club into the
courts. Jack O'Connor, ousted as
manager of the St. Louis Browns,
sued for salary due on his contract,
which was canceled by the club own
ers, and got judgment. Baseball mag
nates do not want contracts tested.
Hofman's action may work for the
good of all players. The club own
ers are entitled to some protection
in the contracts, to prevent jumping,
but the player, also, is entitled to
more of a square deal than he gets
under existing conditions.
Sox, 8; Boston, 0.
St Louis, 7; New York, 1.
Detroit, 9; Philadelphia, 8.
Washington, 4; Cleveland, 3.
Brooklyn, 9; Cubs, 2.
Boston, 2; Pittsburgh, 1.
Philadelphia, 2; St Louis, 1.
New York, 5, Cincinnati, 3.
Milwaukee, 2; Indianapolis, 1.
Columbus, 8; Kansas City, 5.
Minneapolis, 2; Toledo, 1.
Louisville, 2; St Paul, 1.
Chifeds, 1; Pittsburgh, 0.
Cleveland, 5; Indianapolis, 4 (13 in
nings). Kansas City, 5; St Louis, 3.
Reb Russell, premier southpaw
pitcher of the White Sox, and as good
as any in the American League, had
to take a couple of whiffs of stock
yards perfume yesterday to realize
he was pitching for the Chicago
Reason: Reb fell into a soft spot,
a pleasure he has. experienced only
once before this year. His mates
handed him more runs than they
usually give him to work on in four
games. Once hefore this year the
Sox scored more than three runs for
Russell, geting six in a game against
Washington. As a rule, the Sox say
to Reb: "Here are a couple of runs.
Hold the enemy to one, or shut 'em
out, and youH win."
His last time out Russell held the
Yankees to two runs, but was pound
ed for nine hard hits and good field
ing saved many other blows from
lighting safely. After that game Red
had an alibi.
"Give me a good rest and then