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fake articles signed by ballplayers'
Ban's objective is the "writing'
Manager McGraw of the Giants is
supposed to be doing from the Pacific
ocean. McGraw is said to have writ
ten the national commission from
Vancouver that he was through with
literature, and that any articles bear
ing his name in the future would be
fakes, pure and simple, and not so
In spite of this, McCraw's name
continues to appear at the head of
articles sent out by an eastern news
syndicate, and they are supposed to
be sent by wireless. Now Ban is
peeved, aiid if the practice is con
tinued he says the articles will be
officially branded as fakes.
This crusade is old stuff. It has
been "officially" stopped for two
months. But the Idea that inspires it
is a whole lot older.
Some clever old kings evolved it
way back fn the tlark ages. When
ever the boys at home were- m dan
ger of getting into mischief, the king
up and declared war against some
soft rival. The boys at home imme
diately forgot their differences, and
went out and licked the tar out of
the cussed enemy, for the glory of
Along that line, just notice that
there was nothing in the papers to
day about the" deal which canned, or
is canning, McAleer, McRoy and
Stahl from the ownership of the Bos
ton Red Sox. By starting a big up
roar over the signed articles Ban has
shut off discussion of that mysterious
Which is the most important, to
know who writes a story, or to know
who owns tie stock in the American
League ball clubs?
Mordecai Brown conferred with
officials of the local Federal League
club yesterday,, but did not arrive
at an agreement to take charge of
the team. Brownie is laboring under
the delusion that managing a team
in Cincinnati would be a better job.
There would be less responsibility.
Joe Tinker is back from Kansas
City, where he conferred with Fed
eral League officials. It is understood
that Joe was offered a. .pilot's license
with the new organization. At the
same time he received a letter from
Fred Clarke of Pittsburgh, tendering
him a job if he can get away from
Tinker has made no plans. He is
tied up with the Reds and will not
be free to deal with any club in or
ganized baseball until he secures his
release. He is not prevented, how
ever, from dickering with the Feds,
who are beyond the pale.
There is a fine chance that the
reserve clause in baseball players'
contracts will be tested in the courts
if Owner Hedges has his way. Hedges
is losing some players tb the Fed
erals, and he proposes a test in the
case of Pitcher Baumgardner. Baum
gardner is under reserve to the
Browns, but has jumped to the Feds.
The test will be made as to whether
the 25 per cent of a player's salary
paid him on the understanding his
services are reserved is a legal con
tract. Charles H. Ebbets, Jr., son of the
president of the Brooklyn Nationals,
has been elected of the Newark hi'
ternational League champions.
Packey McFarland leaves tonight
for St. Louis, where he will box Harry
Trendall tomorrow night. The match
will be at catch weights, and should
provide a practice gallop for Packey
in preparing for his go with Jack
Britton in Milwaukee.
Coach Zupke of Illinois is agitating
a resumption of the annual game be
tween the Illini and Wisconsin. The
teams have not met since 1908.
Manager Evers of the Cubs has
gone to Troy, N. Y., where he will
probably remain until after the holi
days. The Trojan said he did not ex
pect to attend the National League
Silk Kavanaugh, outfielder of the
local Feds, who thought he was to-