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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 25',
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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
Feds to Have Some Local Park
Plans Are Approved.
President Weeghman of the Chi
cago Federal League club yesterday
approved advance plans for the
grandstand to be erected at Addison
and Clark streets, and an effort will
be made'to begin construction with
in a week. It is not expected that
the stand will be completed by
the time the season opens, but it will
be in such condition that the fans
can occupy it.
The plans as drafted are for a single-deck
grandstand giving a seating
capacity of 13,000, of which 3,000
will be box seats. Pavilions at either
end of the stand will give an addition
al space for 4,000, and with the
bleacher space to be set aside there
will be room for 20,000 bugs to squat
and watch the teams of the new
Home plate will only be 80 feet
from the grandstand, bringing the
fans closer to' the actual scene of
conflict by ten feet than in other big
league establishments. There will be
a depth of 400 feet from the plate to
the "center field fence, a deeper field
than most major leagues boast of.
This means that outfielders will not
be hampered by lack of room and will
be free to chase flies until they drop.
The main entrance will be located
at Clark and Addison streets. There
will also be exits on the east side of
the field leading to the Northwestern
"L." The stand will be so arranged"
that a second deck can be added if
the patronage warrants.
Frank Gilhooley, the young out
fielder who played last year with
Montreal, has signed with the Yanks,
who purchased him in the fall.
Art Krueger, center fielder of .the
Los Angeles team of-the Pacific Coast
League, says he has signed a three
year contract with the Kansas City
team of the Federal League
Tener Has Wrong Idea Fans Want
Sport, Not Politics.
President Tener of the National
League has been in Pennsylvania
politics so long that he believes "the
organization" will always be victor
ious. Any one outside of the "circle"
hasn't a chance of copping the plums,
according to the doctrines that have
beea dinned into him by the oily deal
ers of the Keystone, state.
This feeling showed yesterday
when he issued a statement at the
meeting of the National League to
the effect that sentiment of the fans
would all be with the so-called or
ganized wings of the game, and that
the Feds would suffer from lack of
patronage and be forced out of busi
ness. Boies Penrose, a power in the now
emasculated Republican party, and a
political -sponsor of the governor,
thought the "organization" would
have a walkaway in the last election,
but he found that the voters went
where they thought they would get
the best results.
What applied to politics will obtain
in baseball. The fans, with their
money, have the referendum power,
and can exercise it at the box office.
They are going where good baseball
is provided, and it makes no differ
ence whether the park is branded
with the organization stamp or not.
Of course, it is hot implied that the
two older leagues win not furnish
good sport. They have done so in
the past, and will continue along that
line in the future, as it is the only
way they can make money. But if
the Feds also provide good contests,
with star players in their .line-up, they
will get their share of the patronage.
The average fan cares little about
baseball politics. He wants to see
the thrilling catches and hear the re
sounding whack, of bat against balL
The fact that a team belongs to the