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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL
Charles Webb Murphy has had
nothing to do with the Cubs for the
last two seasons. Not a blessed thing,
but you'll notice that the final papers
jn the sale of the club to Charley
Weeghman are to be signed here
Jan. 20, despite the fact that Weegh
man was in Cincinnati yesterday and
that Cincinnati is the home town of
C. P. Taft, designated the works in
the Cub team.
As a matter of fact, Murphy is the
man who had to be seen. There was
no bunk to that shoestring C. Webb
ran into a million dollars. It was the
real thing, and he held the control of
the team in any deal that was made.
He had to be paid in hard cash before
he would relinquish his claims.
All details, however, have been set
tled, apparently, and there seems no
chance of a hitch to the transfer of
the team to Weeghman and his Fed
eral colleagues. The West Side park,
leased to the Cubs by Murphy and
Mrs. Taft, will be held for two years,
rent being paid for that time, though
all games will be played on the North
Side in the park occupied last season
by the Whales.
In two years, it is figured, Murphy
and Mrs. Taft can dispose of the
West Side park.
Weeghman again declared that
Joe Tinker will manage the new
Cubs, but Roger Bresnahan and his
two-year contract will be taken care
of. Roger's agreement with the team
is so drawn that the club must pay
him his salary whether he manages
the club or not.
Weeghman and his people now will
control 90 per cent of the stock,
which cost them $500,000. Harry
Ackerland still holds ten per cent of
the stock and says he likes it as an
Remember ,when this peace agree
ment was first broached.? Harry Sin
clair, the oil millionaire, was calmly
pushed aside in the stories given out
by organized baseball, and the news
papers would have had us believe he
and his bankroll were shelved,
though Harry might, if he behaved
himself, be allowed to buy the Tulsa
club of the Western ass'n.
But have you noticed that when
the Browns were sold to Phil Ball
and his Federal colleagues that Sin
clair was present at the conference?
And did you notice that when Char
ley Weeghman went into conference
with Taft about the Cubs yesterday
that he carried Harry Sinclair with
Sinclair seems to be entirely elim
inated from baseball, except that he
has had a hand in every deal pulled
so far since peace arrived. These
negotiations strengthen the belief he
will eventually buy the Giants of the
Some time the magnates will dis
cover that more truth js needed in
the politics of baseball before the
sport can regain the popular place in
the nation it occupied a few years
ago. What was to be gained by de
claring Sinclair was a punctured pro
moter is hard to understand.
Frank Chance has signed to man
age the Los Angeles team of the Pa
cific Coast league, the job Jimmy
Callahan was slated for previous to
landing as manager of the Pirates.
Kenneth Huszagh, star short dis
tance swimmer of the Chicago A. A.,
has been suspended for 60 days by
the Central A. A. TL, and will be un
able to compete tonight in the invi
tation meet at the Illinois A. C. Hus
zagh was counted on for points in
the 40-yard sprint and the relay. He
competed at Indianapolis June 29
without being registered in the A. A.
U. and for this dastardly crime is
C. A. A., I. A. C, Northwestern and
Hamilton club are all represented by
strong teams for tonight's events.
Hyde Park and West Side Y. M. C.
A. ended a dual meet in the West
Side tank with a tie score., each