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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS BOXING
Cheer not, you baseball fans.
Even if the present optimistic plans
for ending the- .baseball war go
through in their entirety, peace is
still a helova ways off, and the mad
dest, meanest guerilla warfare is still
Why? Simple enough. There are
approximately 150 ballplayers draw
ing Federal league salaries who
must be taken care of in any plans
calling for amalgation between the
Federals and organized baseball.
And of these 150 at least 25 are
stars whose worth is recognized at a
first glance. There are at least 25
more who are capable of holding
their own in the big leagues, at least
in the National, no matter how fierce
the competition, and of the remain
ing hundred there are many more
who would fit into the machines of
Will the magnates sit down and
amicably swap these players back
and forth in a session lasting a few
minutes? Not if the past perform
ances of the clubowners count for
anything. There will be fights be
tween the heads of clubs in one
league transcending in bitterness
anything the war between the
leagues has developed.
Take the Cubs and Whales for an
example. If peace is declared, and
one of the clauses in the agreement
is for the elimination of the Whales,
leaving the field for the Cubs and
White Sox, will the Cubs get the
cream of the North Side talent?
Will the Cubs go on the field with
Archer and Bresnahan and Fischer
and Wilson back of the bat, with
Hendrix, McConnell, Bailey, Laven
der, Vaughn, Douglass and two or
three others in the box, and with the
outfield taken from the fine array
presented by Williams, Flack, Zwill
ing, Mann, Schulte and Good.
Hardly, if the other people of or
ganized baseball could block such a
inove, for Mann, Zwilling, Flack and
Williams would give Bresnahan
four men from which three sterling
outfielders could be picked, and his
backstopping department would be
above anything in baseball.
And would Bresnahan pick the
team, or would Tinker? Who would
be manager of the combined talent?
Our guess here favors Bresnahan,
for Roger has a contract with two
years yet to run and Tinker's expires
at the end of 1916. As both men
draw about the same salaries, a com
monsense view leaves Bresnahan as
Hop over to Brooklyn. Suppose
the Tip Tops and Dodgers are fused
into one club. Do you think the
other magnates, in an access of gen
erosity, will let whoever manages
the amalgamated athletes put Lee
Magee in the infield already com
posed of Daubert, Cutshaw, O'Mara
And will they let Benny Kauff pick
up his glove in an outfield peopled
by Myers, Wheat, Stengel Just re
collect that these two Tip Top stars
led the Federal league in batting for
the year recently closed and you
have a semblance of an answer.
And down in St. Louis, where some
more amalgamation is on the bills.
Will PL, x, Davenport, Crandall, Bor
ton, Den!, Marsans, Drake, Tobin and
Ward Miller be added to the present
Cardinal array and a team made up
of the best of both fields?
Arrange such a team in your own
mind, notice its effectiveness and
then you have another answer.
And how about Newark, which is
to be fused with the New York
Giants if Harry Sinclair, as is now
proposed, purchases the Gothamites?
Will Rousch, Scheer, Campbell,
Rariden, Esmond, Seaton, Kaiserling
and a few others be stacked up with
the present Giants, the pack shuffled
and the best taken for one club?
How about Buffalo, which is slated
to retire, leaving one International