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BOXING ALL THE LATEST DOPE BASEBALL1
Cross and Ritchie Practically Clinch
Cubs Beat Giants Just to Show What
They Can Do.
The managers of Lightwieght
Champion Willie Ritchie and Leach
Cross, the New York dentist, got to
gether in Los Angeles yesterday and
practically completed arrangements
for a title bout in the California city
for Labor Day.
Ritchie has not absolutely accept
ed the terms offered, but, if neces
sary, concessions will be made to him
that he cannot well afford to over
look. Cross is impatient for a crack
at the title and will go to any iengths
to get Ritchie into a ring.
This engagement looks like a real
fight Ritchie silenced his detractors,
and -those who called him an acci
dental champion, when he laid Joe
Rivers low. Cross, who was never
considered anything but a ten-round
fighter up to the last few months, mis
forced his way to the limelight by
his decisive victory over Bud Ander
son. Several critics opined that
Leach couldn't fight outside of New
York, but their verdicts began to
change when he went to New Orleans
and slipped Joe Mandot the worst
beating of his career. His defeat of
Anderson clinched his claims to con
sideration. Cross, .like Harlem Tommy Mur
phy, has been waiting a long time to
fight for the championship. He is no
better qualified than his fellow
townsman, and if this match falls
through Murphy will probably be
given a go at Ritchie.
Tommy Burns wants Jess Willard
to "get a reputation" before challeng
ing Arthur Pelkey for the heavy
weight title. The lucky punch Pelkey
handed the late Luther McCarty
seems to have affected .Burns' head.
He forgets that Willard already holds
a decision over Pelkey,
New York, 3; Chicago, 1.
Detroit, 4; Washington, 1. :.
St Louis, 4; Philadelphia, 3.
Cleveland, 5-4; Boston, 2-2.
Chicago, 5; New York, 4.
Philadelphia, 9; Cincinnati, 4.
Pittsburgh, 3; Brooklyn, 2.
Boston, 6; St Louis, 5.
Louisville, 4; Columbus, 1.
Toledo, 7; Indianapolis, 1.
Minneapolis, 5; Kansas City, 4. ''
St Paul, 1; Milwaukee, 0.
Chicago, 4-4; Pittsburgh, 2-0.
Indianapolis, 10; Kansas City, 7.
Cleveland, 5; St Louis, 4.
As a result of their dizzy rally yes
terday, tumbling the chesty Giants
and the Chestless Rube Marquard,
the Cubs are now only 14y2 games
behind McGraw's men for first place.
Leaving sarcasm to the wayside,
the Cubs has played better ball than
the Giants in the last two engage
ments. The pitching has been better,
the fielding has been several degrees
classier and the hitting has been
stronger and more timely.
One explanation is that the Cubs
have forgotten their factional differ
ences and want to show what they
can do when they are trying. To
make the comparison between the
speed they have been showing and
what they are capable of more strik
ing, they have picked out the Giants
to illustrate on. At every angle of the
game the locals have outplayed what
is admitted to be the best team in
Mr. Lynch's league. Even in base
running, where the Giants are sup
posed to excel all others, the Cubs
have been the shining lights, stealing