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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 06, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 27',
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dence that the men interested, who
know nothing about the business of
baseball, will stick along when it
comes to signing a lot of additional
checks later on. They have no money
in Indianapolis or Buffalo. They have
been bluffing their way through. A
very few players of big league caliber
have been augmented by a lot of lads
taken off the lots. Big league ball?
The fans will settle that for them-
selves if they ever start.
"Yes, we did take Pitcher Bland-,
ing away from them after he had'
signed a contract. He is the property
of the Cleveland club, and we have
merely helped ourselves to our own.
We'll welcome a fight in the courts if
they want it. But they won't fight.
Their bluff has been called. We in
tend to show upthese four flushers
in the proper light."
MORE THRILLS, HITTING, ERRORS, ACTION IN
MINOR LEAGUES THAN MAJORS
Fan Wants to Know Which Is Better Big Leagues or Minors.
BY HUGH S. FULLERTON.
I have jusfcreceived a question from
a Memphis "fan" wanting to know
ho'w much stronger a major league
club is than a minor.
The Philadelphia Athletics, the
class of major league teams now,
probably would win 11 out of every
12 games played against a Class AA
team in mid season. They probably
would win 14 out of every 15 games
from a Class A team of merit and not
more from a Class B team, although
Class A would beat Class B. It is con
ceivable that even a Class B'team
might beat tfie Athletics 4 out of 7
games, but such a thing would mean
that one or two pitchers did it alone.
Yet the thing that makes it diffi
cult to give the correspondent a direct
answer is the fact that baseball is just
as good in the minor league as in the
majors. Further, I think that on an
average, the contests in minor
leagues are more interesting.
The answer depends largely upon
what the correspondent mean? by
"better" teams. The major leagues
have the pick of the minors. They
select, Buy and draft the best play
ers for their purposes. This rule,
while seeming to work an injustice,
really is what makes minor league
baseball so interesting. The strong
est club in a minor league loses the
most players'. The following season.