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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS-BOXING
Packey McFarland and Mike Gib
bons each, has declared in stereo
typed statements that he will win.
Which is very enlightening, of course.
But it is significant that some of the
dope coming out of New York recent
ly anent the condition of Gibbons has
been battened down tight There are
no more reports that the St Paul
man is too fine and will enter the rin?
Gibbons cannot afford to be out of
condition for this fight He expects
to stay in the game and to do so must
remain a drawing card.' Mike was
the favorite in early betting. Then,
on these bear stories the coin was
put up at even. Now it is back to its
original notch, with Mike a 10-to-7
favorite, which he should be.
True, McFarland hasn't a come
back to make, in the sense of having
been licked. But he has been out of
the game for a long time. He didn't
spend his time in dissipation, but
neither did he spend it in boxing, and
a man must practice every minute tcy
be in shape to meet a fellow like Gib
bons. The fight is not likely to be a horri
ble example and furnish material for
the reformers. It will be a clever ex
hibition of boxing, featured by clean
hitting and few heavy blows. Each
man holds the other in too high es
teem to take many chances. Each
will make a swell defensive fight
with just enough attack to try to win
a decision on points.
Gibbons is a better ten-round
fighter than McFarland. He is a won
derful judge of how fast a pace may
be set in such an engagement He
can time himself accurately, finish
ing the tenth with a remarkable burst
of speed, but with nothing left with
wh'n to fight another rpund
Gibbons will win on points or the
battle will be a draw. - There is little
likelihood that McFarland can out
speed the St Paul phantom. And a
knockout is the last thing to expect
STANDING OF THE CLUBS
W.L.Pct W.L. Petri
Phila., 73 56.566
Br'klyn 71 61 .538
Boston 69 61.531
Chicago 61 66 .48Q;
Pittsb'h 64 71..474J
Cincin'ti 61 69 .469;
StLouis65 70 .481JN.York. 59 69 .461
Boston 86 43.667
Detroit 86 48.642
Chicago 79 62 .603
N.York. 59 69 .461.
StLouis 53 78 .405
Wasli'n 7159.546Phila... 38 91.295?
Federal Leacnia h
Pittsb'h 73 57 .562
Chicago 70 62 .530
Newark 67 61 .523
KCity.. 68 63 .519
Buffalo. 68 68.500
Brook'n 65 69 .485'
Bait... 43 85.336.
National League. Philadelphia 7,'
New York 3; Pittsburgh 8, Boston 1;'
Boston 3, Pittsburgh 2; Cincinnati 7
St Louis 1.
r American League. Boston 7, Phil
adelphia 2; Cleveland 6, Detroit 2;
St Louis 3, New York 1. l
Federar League Brooklyn 2, Pitts
burgh 0; St Louis 3, Newark 1; Buf
falo 3, Kansas City L
Boston Braves, who open a five-J
game series against the Cubs on the5
West Side this afternoon, are facing1
a tremendous task in cutting down,
the four-and-a-half-game lead held'
by the Phillies in a dizzy scramble for
the National league flag. Besides'"
finding the opposition tougher this
year than last more because of ttieir
own weakness than from any
strength of the other teams the
Braves are without the services of
Rabbit Maranville, the midget short
stopping marvel. Maranville and
Evers were given credit for a large!
portion of the Brave success last sea-,
son, coupled with the effective pitch-'
ing of Tyler, Rudolph and James." 1
This season stellar pitching by the3