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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 12, 1913, Image 9',
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BOXING ALL THE LATEST DOPE BASEBALL
Who Said That a Press Agent's Job
Was Real Work!!!
Trading of Doc White Is the Latest
Morning papers are devoting much
space to a stunt pulled off at Nate
Lewis' gymnasium yesterday, indi
cating how easy it is for the prize
fight press agent to put over any old
moth-eaten yarn he can think of.
Arthur Pelkey and his manager,
Tommy Burns, are in town. So are
Jess Willard and Tom Jones. Both of
the fighters are heavyweights. They
met in. Lewis' gym yesterday, and, as
is usual, the managers threw away
the safety valve and talked largely
of the abilities of their meal tickets.
One challenged the other to put on
an impromptu fight.
Willard and Pelkey then stripped
to ring togs, climbed thrqugh the
ropes and gave each other hard
looks. Before they could exchange a
wallop Lewis opportunely appeared
and said a boxing match was a viola
tion of the law.
It was a fine little burlesque. But
If Lewis had failed to carry out his
share of the show the fighters might
have been forced to slap each other
without the-, formality of a few
months of training and the writing of
blood-curdling defis by their man
agers'1. Burns is trying to match Pelkey
with Gunboat Smith on the Pacific
coast, the winner of the bout to claim
the heavyweight championship.
Smith is willing, but no date has been
selected by San Francisco promoters.
Johnny Tillman of Minneapolis
licked Jimmy Murphy of Chicago in
a ten-round bout at Superior, Wis.
Tillman had the better of eight out
of ten rounds.
Willie Ritchie says Leach Cross is
the best man he ever met. Sure he
does. That statement boosts his own
game. Incidentally Willie got $10,650
for the ten rounds.
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Congratulations to Doc White, the
eminent pitcher and vaudevillairi,
now appearing at a local theater in
a singing act Doc is just as effective
wtih his voice as he ever was with
his famous left fin.
These felicitations are being slip
ped the Sox veteran because he is
providing baseball dope. He is an
oasis in an arid desert Doc admits
that his playing days are about over
and his major league career is run.
He still has a year's contract with
President Comiskey, but declares he
will not be of much value as a reg
For several weeks White, with
Comiskey's permission, has been
dickering with minor clubs who
wanted him as manager. He received
a good offer from Prank Isbell, an
other former Sock, who has charge
of Des Moines in the Western League.
Now he is being sought as a pilot
by Hap Hogan, -who directs the Ven
ice club of the Pacific Coast League.
White has heard nothing direct from
Hogan, but the former Brown said
yesterday at the minor league meet
ing in Columbus that he would see
White before he went back to Cali
fornia. Doc likes California, and has fre
quently expressed a desire to take
hold of a team out in Hiram John
son's state. If he gets a better offer
from some Southern League" or
American Association team he will
take it, however.
It is hoped that Doc will delay
signing anywhere for a week or so.
In the meantime thet experts can
trade him all over the country. He
is good dope material, and badly
needed now in the business.
Secretary Grabiner of the White
Sox has gone to California to arrange
the spring tour of the South Eiders;
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