As his schedule demanded it, Pros.
Charles Webb Murphy of the Cubs
sailed today from New York for Eng
land. C. Webb would fain have lin
gered in New York. He discovered
that the electionthere had placed an
other Murphy, first name Charles, in
the "In Bad Club," and C. Webb,
remembering some former meetings
of the National League, could sym
pathize. But he had to hike along toward
While in New York the Cub boss
had a talk with President Ebbetts of
of the Brooklyn club. Just what the
conversation was about is unknown,
being locked in the manly bosoms of
the two gents who swapped the lan
guage, but a safe guess is that the
name of Roger Bresnahan was men
tioned. Each day makes it more certain
that Ebbetts will have to let Bill Dah
len go as helmsman of hiB Dodgers.
Personally Ebbetts Is friendly to Dah
len, and would hold him if he had
the entire say in the matter. But
other men have setured large hold
ings m the Brooklyn club, and it is
reliably reported that they do not ap
prove the record made by the Dodg
ers in the past few seasons. They are
particularly peeved at the way the
team slipped down last campaign aft
er getting away to a flying start,
heading the National flight for a
They point out that Dahlen had
good material not championship
stuff, of course but props that
should have landed him in the first
division, or at least at the top of the
second division. Whether they are
right or not, they have the votes in
a directors' meeting to backup their
Brooklyn papers seem to take it-as
a matter of course that Dahlen will
be released, and they have been nam
ing numerous gents as 1914 pilots.
In spite of denials by Murphy, the
name of Bresnahan continues to be
one of those constantly used.
A few days before he left Chicago
Murphy announced that seven or
eight Cuhs would be shorn from the
payroll before the flag dropped for
the start of the next pennant race.'
No names were mentioned, but the
Cub owner's language gave rise to
the belief that the men to depart t
would be veterans. He said he want-
ed to rebuild his club with young
men in the place of several oldsters
now in harness, with the idea of get
ting speed and a machine that would
last through several campaigns.
Bresnahan is not a youngster, and
his playing days are numbered. If he
is kept he will be used solely to tutor
the young pitchers now with the.
team or to come. If Murphy is will
ing to pay $7,500 a year for a teacher
Bresnahan will stay right here on
the West Side. But if C. Webb thinks '
that is too much coin to pay for an
instructor Bresnahan will -go. It is
very simple. Oh, yes, very simple,
but what's the answer?
Archer will remain the first catch
er of the Cubs as long as he main
tains his present gait He is only
thirty years old and should be good
for several more seasons. It is true
the old snap is not there in his throw
to catch men straying off bases, but
he outguesses the enemy 'often,
enough on this play to make him '
deadly on defense.
Murphy wants young catchers who
will gradually sift into Archer's shoes.
It. is better for him to begin making
over his backstopping staff now than
to wait unfil Archer breaks down,
like the well-known one hoss shay.
The above,, of course, is dope, but
it is sense (blushing with modesty),
and is founded on fact.
Coach Grady of Northwestern evi
dently is entirely lacking in a sense
of humor. He continues to give his
men chalk talks and explains how the
Maroon plays shall be met Saturday.
Most of them, we allow, will be met
down near the Northwestern goal
line just before some Chicago man
takes the ball over for a touchdown.
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