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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
New York Falls for One More of
Those Heavy Fiascoes.
New York is a town which is tout
ed, and touts itself, as the home qi
the wise ones, the gents who are'
jerry to everything in the sporting
But 5,000 of them last paid paid
$11,000 to see Jess Willard and Carl
Morris wrestle " around Madison
Square Garden ring for 30 minutes.
There was not a moment of fight
ing in the entire ten rounds. Both'
men swung their arms, pushed and
milled around, but there was little
damage. Morris forgot entirely that
he possessed hands, and butted with
the top of his head. This being the1
hardest pqrtion of his anatomy, he
was using good judgment.
The goat stuff failed to act on Wil
lard, but Carl's intentions were first
It is impossible to describe the
punkness of these two alleged fight
ers. They will never make decent
second-raters, not to speak of cham
pions. Tom Sharkey or Gus Ruhlin
'could have licked them both in the
same ring in one round.
Every time a punch was landed the
crowd cheered at the novelty. No
one grew hoarse. The grotesque ef
forts of the two giants to act like
boxers resulted in loud mirth, and
they were jeered throughout the ten
Willard weighed 235 pounds and
Morris carted around 234 pounds of
.beef or bull.
The biggest Joke of the evening
was the awarding of the decision.
It was given to Willard on points.
That would indicate Ms cleverness
carried hint through, but the referee
explained that Jess was just a trifle
less raw than Morris. The word "bet
ter" was never mentioned.
Packey McFarland will dance eight
rounds in St. Louis tonight with Har
Pres. Ban Johnson Goes East Will
Complete Boston Deal.
Ban Johnson, president of the
American League, has gone East, and
on this trip he will probably complete
the deal for the ouster of McAleer,
McRoy and Stahl from the owner
ship of the Boston Red Sox.
Newspaper publicity, which Ban
feared might blok the deal, seems
to have had no effect. It will go
Joseph Lannin, the hQtel owner,
who will take over the holdings of
the three goats, is said to be con
nected with the Boston Nationals,
and this gives rise to the suspicion
that Owner Gaffney of the Bravqg
might be the power behind Lannin.
That WOUld make a finft littln cvn.
dicate baseball mess. If it was wrong
for a syndicate to work in Philadel
phia and Chicago, controlling two
National League teams, then surely
it is wrong for'a syndicate to control
the two teams in one city.
Well-balanced teams fill the pock
ets of the magnates, but the -fans
want to see the team in their city
a winner. They like a champion.
There is only one first place, and the
honor of leading the second division
is not more inspiring than eighth
Gaffney has so far proven himself a
square man in baseball, but it might
be well to have a rigid inquiry into
where Lannin's backing is coming
Joe Tinker refuses to be signed by
the Feds, in spite of reports from
Kansas City that he -was dickering
with third league officials while there.
Joe says he was making a personal
call on a friend who is interested' in
the Federal organization. -
The latest report sends him to
Pittsburgh in exchange for Babe Ad
ams and Chief Wilson. Tinker has
not heard directly from Manager
Clarke of the Pirates, and all deals