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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL "
Even though articles are signed,
the backing and filling over the Mo-ran-Willard
fight continues. In fact,
it is even intensified.
Jess, at his Rogers Park home, is
reported to be sick in bed, with no
chance of recovery in time for a bat
tle March 8. He wants a postpone
ment until March 25. Jess was so
sick yesterday that he couldn't talk to
i representative of Promoter Tex
Rickard, and Mrs. Tom Jones, wife of
his manager, had to give out state
ments. When these reports were wired to
New York Jones immediately started
for Chicago, and will arrive here this
evening. Tom wants to know just
what is. the matter with the battler.
A good many people in our city,
among them fellows who have watch
ed .Jess in his more or less training
stunts, do not believe the big fellow
could get in shape by March 8 to fight
such a man as Moran. This fact may
have something to do with Willard's
It is all very mysterious, and very
inopportune, so tar as the fight is.
But if Jess does get out of this
fight, on the plea of sickness or any
other plea, he should be given the
"silence" treatment by fans and pro
moters alike. He thas been a fairly
husky individual in the months when
he was going around picking up soft
money as a circus attraction, and
now, when the first fight since he has
had since winning the title is ar
ranged, he becomes too ill to go on
If iWillard wants to be considered
any kind of a 'champion at all, he
must fight, and fight without any
more temperamental stuff. The prize
ring is for boxers and not kings of
In the east, where Willard is not
looked on as a great champion, there
are rumblings. Rickard is being ad
yised to call the whole thing off and
match Moran with Jack Dillon, in.
which event a real prize fight would
Comiskey's hopes for securing
Frank Baker to play third base for
the White Sox went glimmering yes
terday afternoon when the Mackian
slugger was sold to the New York
Yankees. The price is not known,
but it was at least 325,000.
Baker signed a three-year contract
at a salary of $6,000 per annum,
which is almost a wartime stipend.
And Baker says he is glad to be back
in the game.
Though Baker will not be a Sock,
there is still a fine chance that a
good man will be secured to guard
the South Side third corner. Fritz
Maisel, who has been performing at
third for the Yanks, may now figure
in a deal, unless he is shifted to the
keystone by Manager ponovan.
The deal, as lined up some time
ago, was for Baker to go to the
Yanks, Maisel to the Boston Red Sox,
and Larry Gardnqr, at present of the
world's champions, to go to Phila
delphia. In the ensuing scramble it is
possible that Comiskey and Rowland
may be able to land either Maisel or
Connie Mack, after the Baker sale,
said he would never sell another ball
player. Troubles with his stars upset
Connie, and the next time he finds
himself unable to get along with his
men he declares he will quit the
Jim Vaughn, Cub southpaw, was
married yesterday at the First Con
gregational church to Miss Edna De
Bold. The bride is a Chicago girL .
They will take a honeymoon trip to
Honey Grove, Tex., Vaughn's home,
and go on the spring training trip
with the Cubs.
President Comiskey and Manager .
Rowland of the White Sox were off ,
today for New York to attend the ,
schedule meeting of the American ,
League. The Sox owjier is ca-ryjng
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