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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
Packey McFarland is still the mod
est and retiring violet, so far as sign
ing to fight Mike "Gibbons is con
cerned. Gibbons remained in Chi
go to meet the Joliet politician, but
for the second time Packey failed to
keep an engagement for the meeting.
He stayed in Joliet for some reason
or other, probably recovering from
the trouncing given him by the wife
of a newspaper man following an
McFarland isn't making any great
hit by the tactics he is pursuing in
negotiating for this Gibbons fight.
Because of Packey's apparent eager
ness for the battle, Gibbons was led
to come here from St Paul and is
cooling his heels while McFarland is
making up his mind to hop an electric
car from Joliet.
Apparently McFarland believes the
public will stand for most anything.
He has a chance to get $10,000 for
ten rounds' work, a whole sight more
than he is worth, and, unless he
doesn't need the money, he'd better
grab the opportunity.
Mr. Jess Willard must have been
disappointed yesterday. The streets
weren't blocked by cheering thou
sands eager to greet him and he cre
ated comparatively little commotion.
Some day these prizefighters will
awaken to the fact that the public
won't "be damned" much longer.
Freddie Welsh, lightweight cham
pion, injured his hand the other
night in his mill with Red Watson at
Hudson. He canceled his fight for
tomorrow night with Johnny Harvey
at Columbus. Charlie White may sub
for the champion some time next
week, as he has gone into training for
a series of bouts.
The Illinois senate amended the
boxing bill to put every form of sport
for which money is charged under
the supervision of a commission. It
is feared this will cause the bill to be
Home to open the season on the
South Side lot with a comparatively
long series, the White Sox should
surge forward and regain some of the
ground lost through four straight de
feats at the hands of Hugh Jennings'
They will have an opportunity for
morning drill, which seems to be bad
ly needed in all departments. This is
especially true of baserunning, for
several skull plays have been made
by the Hosemen on the paths in the
past few days.
Five straight defeats apparently
took some of he brightness out of
the men, and their final effort in De
troit resulted in a defeat that should
have been an easy win. Three or
four more runs should have been reg
istered by thev Rowlandites. John
Collins, Buck Weaver and the man
ager himself committed errors of the
brain pan that were disastrous.
An example: To open the fifth in
ning Red Russell stung a long hit
and made third base by a wide mar
gin. None were out and Reb is rel
atively a slow runner. But Rowland,
coaching at third, waved ' him on
home and the big pitcher was caught
by a mile. After which in the same
inning the Sox went out and slammed
home two runs, and might have had
more if John Collins hadn't run too
far around first base and allowed
himself to be caught Later, when
there was another chance to do some
counting, Buck Weaver strayed off
second far a nap and was promptly
Losing games that way can't be
ascribed to hard luck, no matter how
eager we are to find an alibi. It is
the result of poor baseball and noth
The greatest ray of sunshine was
the pitching of Russell. He went mar
velously strong for seven innings,
once blanking the Tigers after the
first man up m an inning had tripled.
In the eighth and ninth, whenh.e faj.