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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
McFarland and Gibbons Sign for
New York Fight.
Four More Major League Stars Se
cured By Local Feds.
Packey McFarland is at last to
fight a man of his own weight.
Preliminarv arrangements have
been made for a ten-round New
York bout between the stockyards
boy and Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul
welter. They wilTscale 145 pounds
at 4 o'clock.
McFarland has been a legitimate
welter for quite some period, but has
continued to pick up the easy money
fighting lightweights and Jack Brit
ton. No definite date has been set for
the mill, but it will take place the
first part of February.
In Gibbons, McFarland will be
meeting one mighty good man,
though the St. Paul fighter hardly
has the stuff to record a victory over
Packey in ten rounds. Both boys are
boxers of the highest type of clever
H6SS McFarland should wjn the go on
points and neither mittslinger is like
ly to be damaged.
The logical heavyweight bout at
present is between. Gunboat Smith
and Georges Carpentier, the French
man. To the winner would go the
undisputed championship of the
Smith is the best man in this coun
try at present. Carpentier is the su
perior of anything Europe has in the
fighting line. His recent victory over
) Bombardier Wells placed him on a
par with Smith, and they seem to be
Throw out the past dope, which
shows Carpentier trimmed by some
of- our own leading middleweights.
He was not then the fighter he is
now. This youngster has come far
forward in the last few months, es
pecially since his first ngnt with
Wells, which the Englishman won
with a knockout in short order.
, Several days ago President Weegh
man of the, Cbifeds stated that each
Federal club owner had put up a bond
of $25,000, which was to be forfeited
if he did no.t land five major league
ball players before the opening of the
Yesterday Weeghman saved his
$25,000 deposit by signing four big
timers, who, with Joe Tinker, com
plete his required quintet. But the
restaurant gent is not expected to
stop with five. He has found the
hunting good, and will undoubtedly
bag a few more stars before the
opening gun of the campaign.
Southpaw Ad Brennan and Catcher
Bill Killifer of the Phils; Southpaw
Packard of the Reds, and King Cole,
former Cub and Columbus shooter,
under reserve to the Yankees, were
the four, men whose contracts were
It was a. great stroke of business
for the young organization. All three
pitchers are sterling workmen, and
Killifer 'is one of the best young
catchers in the business. He bore
the hrunt of the backstopping for the
Phils last season, Red. Doing giving
way to the youngster.
It was. a notable fact that with
Killifer in the game the Phils won
consistently. He infused life and
pepper into his teammates, and kept
them at concert pitch for the hard
drive through to victory.
Brennan and Packard are good
southpaws, and each is a youngster.
Packard is almost a novice in the big
tent, but has exhibited sparkling
goods. Cole, of course, is an experi
ment In 1910 he was a sensation
with the Cubs, but failed td'take care
of himself, and drifted to the Amer
ican Association, where he was a
whale with Columbus last year.
Otto Knabe, manager of the Bai&