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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 28, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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league is boiling merrily, giving off
more than the usual amount of vapor
for this early in the season.
Peace talk is being produced in lib
eral quantities, much along the plan
of last season. The old rumor that
five Federal magnates will be taken
care of by the National league and
three by the American ass'n and In
ternational league is still popular and
sounds more plausible than most
yarns.
There is only one hitch. Every ru
mor that puts Charley Weeghman at
the head of the Cubs moves the team
to the North Side and it is not be
lieved Charley Murphy would accede
to such a plan. Murphy hold the
whip hand. He has a long lease on
Cub park and an agreement calls for
the team to play there. Charley nat
urally would hate to lose the rental
coin, and the only way he can be pla
cated is by a lump sum.
The American league seems to
have little part in the negotiations,
but Ban Johnson and Comiskey may
have a few words to say later. Ban
doesn't like the idea of jumpers from I
iiis league uemg reinsiaieu, ana
Commy may block the plan, now only
a dream, to have Fielder Jones re
place Miller Huggins as manager of
the St Louis Cardinals.
In all of these yarns great stress- is
laid on the money dropped by the
Federal leaguers last season, but it
is a cinch that the organized fellows
also suffered in the season recently
ended.
When the Braves and Athletics
rang down the curtain on the 1914
season baseball magnates sent a
booming sigh heavenward and pri
vately expressed the opinion that the
old game had gone through about as
lean a year financially as was possi
ble and still be kicking.
And now that the Phils and Red
Sox have sent another season over
the brink Into history that same sigh,
seemingly louder and more penetrat
ing, is again mounting skyward
through the haze of these October
days. It was another lean year in
baseball very lean in spots.
Of the sixteen clubs in the Amer
ican and National circuits which
started in the annual derby last April
it is doubtful if more than half a
dozen can show a balance on the
right side of the ledger today. Mag
nates, of course, are touchy on such
subjects and actual figures are not
obtainable, all of which, however,
does not alter the fact that they did
not spend any fortunes for oil to keep
their turnstiles from getting hot
boxes.
A close race saved the National
league from probably the worst sea
son in its history. Never in history
were eight clubs in the race after
July, as they were this year. Yet,
notwithstanding all this, four of the
clubs Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St.
Louis and Chicago lost money, if
the truth were known.
The Braves pulled through mainly
because of their prestige as cham
pions, and because of the possibility
of their staging another famous
spurt. The Giants always have a
certain prestige on the road, and
this, with the huge rental exacted
from the Yanks for the Polo grounds,
enabled them to pull through by a
narrow margin. The Phillies as
champions made money, of course,
and the Dodgers, with a first division
club the first in years got by.
Charley Ebbets and W. F. Baker are
reported to have made neat sums
because their salary lists are the low
est in the league.
The profits of the Braves and
Giants were extremely thin. Mc
Graw, with a heavy salary list which
he couldn't get rid of because of long
term contracts, skated on thin ice
toward the latter part of the season,
and the huge cost of the new Braves'
field held Gaffney's rake-off down to
a minimum.
It is 'extremely doubtful whether
more than two clubs in the American
league made money.
Boston s pennant; winners made a
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