BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS BOXING
And now there may be more bull
than ever in basebalL
Reports from -New York, appar
ently authenticated,' are to the effect
that J. Ogden Armour, the packer,
is to line up with Charley Weegh
man in taking over the Cubs in the
peace amalgamation and moving
them to the North Side.
Armour and Weeghman have been
connected in a business way for some
time, and the Whale boss, it is be
lieved, was unable to swing the com
bination deal locally single-handed.
The initial expense, buying the West
Side franchise and fixing up Charley
Murphy, will be very great.
Armour has no baseball experience
but knows the angles to finance. But
he will find out that there are some
things he has never heard of before
when he goes against a crew of base
ball magnates. He can depend on
them to teach him a few new polit
ical and financial angles.
Nothing of a definite nature has
developed from the peace confer
ences in New York so far. Each side
lias been jockeying for position. Each
seems to have the foolish idea that
the public is going to give a hoot
which side has to make concessions
and will remember which appears to
have lost the most during the war
fare. All of which is bunk. If the mag
nates are wise to their own inter
ests, and want to do what is best
for themselves and baseball gener
ally, they will drop all talk of victory
and forget the nasty things that have
been said in the past Only in that
way can even a portion of the fan
army, alienated from the game by
the peculiar tactics of the magnates,
be won back.
The public is long suffering and
easily forgetful. The limit of endur
ance has not quite been reached, and
if 'the magnates make an honest ef
fort to put some real teams in the
field for 1916 then much will be for
given. And the sooner the political
talk is throttled the sooner the pub
lic can begin to forget.
As a result of a meeting between
owners of the National and Amer
ican, the national commission will
carry on all negotiations for organ
ized baseball. Garry Herrmann, Ban
Johnson and John Tener have re
ceived their instructions.
For the Feds, Gilmore, Sinclair
and Weeghman will be the arbiters.
This will make the negotiating body
more compact and it will be better
able to do business. A conference
between the two wings of baseball
will be held today.
Another report from New York is
to the effect that not more than 20
Federal players will be retained in
the big legues, the others going to
the minors. And in all this amalga
mation talk the dopesters seem to be
overlooking outfielders like Zwilling,
Flack and Mann of the Whales.
Those boys, of course, would be
shunted to the minors, and fellows
like Pete Kniseley would continue tn
draw big league salaries. Oh, yes.
There still seems to be a disposition
in some quarters to admit the Fed
eral ever approximated a major
league. And, strange to say, many
of the people talking along that tack
watched the National league in
action in 1915.
It is about time that line of talk
was dropped, the boards wiped clear
and a real effort made to put salt on
the tail of the dove of peace.
A New York report is to the effect
that Roger Bresnahan will be placed
at the head of a club in Toledo of the
American Ass'n, leaving the local
fi&d clear to Joe Tinker. That
would satisfy Roger, who has been
anxious to get back to his home town
for some time. He would be salved
with a block of stock.
And another report is that Jimmy
Callahan expects to win the National
league pennant with the Pirates.
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