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entrenched in the fight for patronage
as were the Feds, even though the
ilatter had the peer of all single at
'tractions in Johnson.
Then came Walter's reflop back to
Washington, leaving the Chifeds
completely in the lurch. But that
made no difference to Comiskey in
the acquisition oftCollins. He had
Eddie and was not in a mood to let
him go, despite stories that a trade
would be made involving Chicago,
Washington and New York, whereby
Johnson would come here and Col
lins would go to the Yankees as man
ager. That proposition did not sound
good to Comiskey; if it was ever ac
tually made to him. He already has
enough pitchers of "high caliber on
the roster and has neatly plugged the
hole at second base. He was away
ahead of the game. '
If Johnson hadn't upset organized
baseball by leaping to the Chifeds.
it is extremely doubtful if Collins
would ever have been sold to the
White Sox by Mack. And that's
why we should be grateful to Wal
ter, no matter hpW'hard he may be
pannedin pther' quarters.
Federal leaguers are no longer tak
ing chances-with players they secure.
from organized baseball. The John
son case and the actions of Hans Lo
bertrhave been lessons enough and
now iie third circuit fellows are
carefully garding their treasures.
Witness the case of Poll Perritt,
St. Louis Cardinal -pitcher, who left
organized baseball for the Pittsburgh.
Feds. Manager Huggins of the Cards
had made frequent efforts to regain
his lost grapeviner and enlisted Slim
Sallee as an aid.
He met Perritt in St Louis one day
last week, but previously 'Poll had
wired Manager Oakes of Pittsburgh
of the nefarious plot So the Rebel
and. Miller tussled for possession of
Perritt. Both sides poured honeyed
words into the ear of the prize and
they almost had a pitched battle.
orator, for he arrived here yestero
day with Perritt "in tow and the pitch
er will be personally chaperoned un
til all danger of a National attack
on him is past Perritt assured Pres
ident Gilmore that he was satisfied
with Federal league surroundings,
but no chances are being taken.
Down in St Louis the National
league is fairly desperate. Fed raids
-have hit the team hard and wrecked
its prospects for a successful season
in 1915. Lee Magee's defection was
a severe blo?, and Perritt, one of the
most effective pitchers in 1914, is
Also, tehre was a yarn out of
New York a few days ago that if
CoL Ruppert bought the Yankees he
would be able to secure Jack Miller,
Cardinal shortstop and all-round"ath-lete.
In the list of recent "develop
ments that doesn't, sound plausible,
for Huggins must have some players
of major league caliber left
,uoe iimcer is, to set o.ut on an
other gumshoe compajgn'in a few
days. His last secret mission result
ed in the signing of Walter Johnson.
, Jess Willard and his manager, Tom
Jones, arrived -here yesterday, hav
ing tfnished a vaudeville engagement
in Louisville, Kyv He reopens be
for the footlights' in. Pittsburgh, next
To keep Jess before thepublic and
help .his stage stunt, Jones immedi
ately'began to talk of the proposed
fight -with Jack Johnson in Juarez,
Mexico. According to Jones it
will probably be pulled off about
Coach Bob Zupke has signed a
five-year contract to tutor the foot
ball elevens at the Universitv of Tllf-
nois. Give Zun the material and Illi
nois needn't worry 'about a proper
showing for some time to come. -
Rational Collegiate Athletic asso- '
ciation to meet here tomorrow for
.consideration in changes of eligibility
rules governing football, baseball,
swimming and" basketbalL
With the score 2 to.2 and fiye min-j
Apparently Oakes was- the best J.