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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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"BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL
The New York legislature turned
jiown a proposal to blanket the scrap
pcheduled for March 25 between
0ess Willard and Frank Moran. Such
action was the only thing expected,
as the fight is being held according
to the New York laws, and there is
no reason for legislators to horn in.
If the New York people, the fight
followers, care so little for their coin
that they are willing to put up $25 or
more to see the champion and Moran
mix with each other for half an hour,
that is their own lookout It may be
our opinion that they need protec
tion, but the legislature isn't the
place to get it.
Chicago s well-known psychopath
ic laboratory could do a thriving
business, however.
And we are assured by a New York
corresponden that Willard is in fine
shape, for some trainers have looked
"him over and pronounced a verdict
They say Jess looks fit to fight right
tiow.
Just what the champion's condi
tion is will not be known until end
of the tenth round. If he is right he
should be able to keep Moran off, if
jiothing else. But if he is not right
the Pittsburgh man will drive
through his defense and put home
many blows that will make them
selves felt
Lots of space is being wasted in
serious consideration of this fight,
and it doesn't deserve it However,
there is a bit of humor surrounding
the preliminaries. Tom Jones pulled
a brand new joke when he informed
New Yorkers that he wasn't a tight
guy he had been painted, and would
rather have Jess train in private than
before a crowd of two-bit customers.
While Jess is defending the heavy
weight championship, it might be a
good card if Tom would declare him
self "tightweight" champion, and
meet all comers.
Did you notice that Mineral Wells,
the Sox training camp, is about to
entertain an Odd Fellows' conven
tion? Manager Rowland started the
South Siders off with a hard drill be
fore they had been off the train two
hours, and he plans to drive the men
every day. Eddie Collins, Ray S chalk
and Buck Weaver, being down to
weight, will be allowed to do the pre
liminary work in their own way, but
for" the other fellows there will be
lots of exercise to work off surplus
poundage.
The most encouraging feature of
the Sox news is that Reb Russell,
southpaw pitcher, is 15 pounds light
er than when he reported at Paso
Robles last spring. This means the.
Texan has come to regard baseball
seriously as a means of earning a liv
ing, and he may be ready for the
same kind of startling service that
celebrated his entrance into the
American league.
Red, right, is as good a southpaw
as the American league boasts, and
will be worth a lot of victories to the
team, which needs a crack lefthand
er, badly.
In three days the exhibition game
season will be opened with games
against Ft Worth and Dallas, but
Rowland is not caring much wheth
er his men win or lose. All he wants
is practice for the batters and pitch
ers. Southern college batters made ten
hits off Jim Vaughn and Jimmy Lav
ender in a game with the Cubs, but
Tinker didn't worry. He had in
structed his veteran heavers not to
turn loose too much. What Joe want
ed was batting practice, and he got
it, for every other ball the collegian
hurlers tossed was a curve.
Against this' brand of goods the
Cubs batted 18 hits, Schulte, Doolan
and Flack poling three each. It was
a good workout, but better is card
ed for today, when the two squads
play against each other if the weath
er holds good.
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