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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
Interest In Boxing at Low Ebb
Russell Is Much Better Pitcher Than
His Averages Indicate.
Skilful pulmotor work will be nec
essary to revive the fight game,
which has fallen into a state of de
cay. Championship bouts do not oc
cur with enough frequency to keep
(the interest of the fans at the propef
There is plenty of activity in the
heavyweight division, but the boats
are of mediocre cahber, and the fight
ers engaged would not have been
noticed half a dozen years ago.
In the lightweight section affairs
are even worse. Labor Day went by
without a single high-class bout,
something that has not happened for
several years. Willie Ritchie has
firmly establfshed himself as cham
pion, but there are a few challengers
of class that could give him a tussle
If a jBght was arranged. Harlem
Tommy Murphy is anxious for a
chance at the crown, but the pro
moters do not seem to want to stage
Welters in the vincinity of Chicago
are doing considerable mouthwork,
but are shy on actual activity. Sailor
Bill Walters is willing to fight every
day, but because of lack of interest
among fans has to be content with
punching the bag.
The main reason for -this apathy
is the fact that the titles are not
clearly enough decided. Ritchie is
the only man who .has an undisputed
claim. An audience will give up good
money to see a fight if the bout is
for the championship, even though
the title,. holder may fall several
points shy of his predecessor. The
fact one of the contenders is cham
pion whets the interest.
The only solution is a series of
elimination bouts in each division,
similar to the plan which made the
late Luther McCarty leader of the
St Louis, 5; Chicago, 4 (11 in.)
Detroit, 4; Cleveland, 3 (12 in.).
New York, 3; Washington, 2.
Boston, 8-5; Philadelphia, 6-2.
Pittsburgh, 2-5; St. Louis, 4-4 (sec
ond game 10 innings).
New York, 2-2; Brooklyn, 6-1.
Minneapolis, 4-5; Kansas City, 2-2.
Indianapolis, 6; Columbus, 3.
Milwaukee, 6; St. Paul, 0.
Toledo, 10; Louisville, 1.
Chicago, 6; Cleveland, 5.
Albert Russell, the dandy south
paw of the White Sox, is going to
have a hard time this winter when
he returns to his native Texas and
tells his friends of his first year in
the American League.
Reb will just about get warmed up
to his story, relating how he baffled
Cobb, Jackson, Speaker and otfyer
well-known swatters, when some
pesky critter will spring the pitching
averages for the year and show the
gang sitting around the stove in the
crossroads store that Red didn't win
a whole mess more games than he
In fact, the pitching records will
show the young Texan with an aver
age only slightly higher than the per
centage of his team for the year.
Then this alleged "sharp feller" with
the printed records will ask Reb what
he means by trying to put something
over on his former neighbors.
This may cause Russell embarass
ment, but he can secure an alibi by
writing to any one in Chicago who
has watched his work throughout
the season of 1913, RQb'has prdYe4