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WINTER-SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
Fans Demand Clean Boxing Will
'Boxing received a great boost and
A' regained much of itB lost favor with
decent fight fans as a result .of the
numerous New Year's day bouts.
There were twenty-four main en
gagements throughout the country.
and not a- question was raised about
the honesty of one. There was plen
ty of good, clean fighting,, and no
cries of faking or stalling; The best
evidence of this is the fact iiiat' of
the twenty-four bouts only one- was
a draw, the others electing, adecisive
Numerous knockouts occurred, but
in no case could reformers make
charges of brutality. The sleep
blows were all clean-cut wallops,
which put a man away for the time
being, but do him no permanent
Up in Milwaukee, when Ad Wolgast
began to cut Jack Redmondto pieces,
the referee stepped in and stanched
the flow of gore by giving the battle
Whether Ahis encouraging condi
tion will become permanent remains
to be seen. There is plenty of en
thusiasm over boxing, but it connot
be brought out unless the game Is
conducted on a high plane. The pub
lic is no longer a booblic. It wants
clean sport, and Is willing to pay
money for the same. It wHI iiot pat
ronize shady affairs.
M Promoters, who were fouling their
own nests, are apparently timing, to
a realization of this condition. They
needed a few wallops in the pocket
book to become convinced, but it is
- to be hopefl that the lesson. Is learned.
There is no longer room for the
fighter who stalls through a mill In
order to get a return engagement,
with the additional gate money.
Neither is there a place for the man
ager or promoter who encourages
Mm. The -cry Is forclean boxing.
Murphy Prefers Court. Action to
President 'Charles W. Murphy of
the Cubs is not in sympathy with
Ban Johnson's Idea of fighting a
basebalKwar through the turnstiles.
K Thle !c nrnhahlv hoMinn O. Wfihh
'is much interested in the clicking of
said , turnstiles, while the boss of the
American League gets a regular sal
ary. .If. the turnstiles are not busy C.
Webb loses money.
Murphy is hot fdr court action to
combatthe Feds. He advises Brook
lyn to go right to work on Joe Tink
er, and get out some sort of injunc-
'tion against him,, restraining the Oak
'Park tosser from playing with the
Feds or tamperingwith "players of
big league teams.
WJiich again brings up the same old
question, to which we have called at
tentloir several times:
Brooklyn' Has no more control over
the1 services of Tinker than has the
owner of the Canton team; in the 0.
& P. League. That is, if the mag
nates really have the respect for writ
ten agreements which they profess.
Brooklyn was to get Tinker only''
on condition that Joey consented to
the deal. At thfeVjime it was thdught
his consent would be easy, as a man
will do most anything Jfo get away
from Cincinnati. But the fact that
Tinker has signed a Federal League
contract shouldt.be pretty conclusive
evidence that he" doesn't want to play
in Brooklyn. v
Therefore, when he withholds his
consent" the Brooklyn club is left
high and 'dry, so far as having a- say
in Tinker's actions is concerned.
Nothing could e plainer, if written
agreements, between big league mag
nates are "binding. '
Murphy wrote a, long letter to each
of his players yesterday, explaining
to them the steps he would take if
thev attempted to sign with the Fe'dd.
He made-it plain that he'--w;ouId. not