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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL1
In case any of our customers are
greatly interested, the Moran-Willard
fight has been postponed. Plans now
are for the two big men to meet
March 25 in New York, but this also
is subject to revision if Jess cold does
not improve.
The champion is a very sick man,
take it from his manager, Tom Jones,
the only one. outside his family who is
allowed near the royal bedchamber.
No physicians have so far been inter
viewed. Criticism of Jess has been
so harsh here in Chicago, and jangles
so on the finely-strung nervous sys
tem of the champion, that he will be
taken to New York as soon as he is
strong enough to travel.
Jones doesn't want Jess training out
of his sight, and Tom must be in New
York,, of course, to watch the money
roll in. Jess got sick as soon as he
was left alone this time, and Tom
doesn't want to risk a replase.
Tex Rickard agreed to the contin
ance, there being nothing else to do
but call off the fight, and March 25
was the only other date open. Mad
ison Square Garden, according to
Jones, has been arranged so it will
seat 12,900 spectators, and a packed
house would mean $145,500, still ac
cording to Tom. ) And he adds that
every $25 seat has already been sold.
Mo ran, notified of Willard's illness,
refused to take Jess' forfeit money,
as he had a right to do, according to
dispatches. Frank said he didn't want
to take advantage of a sick man. If
Frank tried to take that coin there
would be a large howl arise from the
Willard -end, for they figure Frank is
lucky to be getting a crack at the
champion at all, with the $20,000 that
will be his share.
And he is, for the purse is larger
than that usually staked to cham
pions, much less challengers.
Art Wilson, for two years catcher
of the Chifeds, has been sold by Man
ager Tinker to Pittsburgh, where he
Jimmy Callahan. In his new sur
roundings Art will get plenty of work,
and should thrive on it. Here, with
Archer and Fischer in harness, he
would not have had so much to do,
and Wilson is the kind of man who
needs active service to be at his best,
With the departure of Wilson, Tink
er now has only 26 men under con
tract, and the entire bunch will be
taken south. A reduction of five will
bring Joe within the limit of the Na
tional League.
Archer will be first string catcher
for the 1916 Cubs, with Fischer to do
relief work. Bill is a young man, de
veloping rapidly, and a smashing bat
ter who swings from the left side of
the plate. He will be valuable when
the Cubs are facing a first-class right
handed pitcher.
Final arrangements have been
made for the sale of the' Cleveland
team of the American League to Chi
cagoans, and the money will be paid
pver within, ten days. This comes
from Ban Johnson and .the head of
the local syndicate which made the
purchase.
James C. Dunn, senior member in
the contracting firm of Dunn & Mc
Carthy, will be chief stockholder in
the new company, probably being
elected president Robert McRoy,
former business manager of the Red.
Sox, may become interested in the
deal.
Terms of the sale will be an
nounced by President Johnson at the
American League meeting in New
York. Lee Fohl will probably remain
as manager, as he had a conference
yesterday with Dunn, and gave him
information about the players. This
closes the door to the entrance of
Roger Bresnahan and George StovaJl
into the American League, for the
present at least
This marks the passing of Charley
Somers, who was the angel of the
American League when the organiza-
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