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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
TENER AND JOHNSON TO LIVEN
UP LONG, HARD WINTER
By Mark Shields
Ban Johnson, John Tener, 'Carry
Herrmann and Barney Dreyfuss are
in a four-cornered fight that grows
warmer each day. Whether it" will
arouse any hectic interest among the
fan public is problematical, but today
it goes for news.
All of the quartet are closely iden
tified with the political end of the
game, and during the winter the
diamond politicians have their in
nings. Conditions so work around
that these language athletes get pub
licity during the winter.
If they would only come to a real
ization of the fact that their silence
would be the best thing possible for
the sport of the game matters woum
be bettered. But when they bicker
among themselves, no one worries.
If each is telling the truth the fans
are entitled to draw their own con
clusions. Following Johnson's criticism of
John McGraw, Pres. Tener of the
National is out with a few hot
thoughts, as follows:
"This is his (Johnson's) second ref
erence to the McGraw incident, and,
like his first, is buncombe. The Na
tional league is handling the Mc
Graw incident in its own way and in
the proper way.
"McGraw's leaving ths field and
his statement do not constitute a
charge against the integrity of the
game and McGraw disavows any
"If Johnson wants to do any hell
raising he need not look any further
for an opportunity than the state
ment made by one of the club own
ers against the umpires of his own
Tener's reference to an American
league club owner criticizing the um
pires is taken-as a slap at J. J. Laa
nin, owner of the Red SoxN During
the heat of the pennant campaign,
when Tigers, Red Sox and White
Sox were scrambling for the lead,
Lannin gave out a statement to the
effect that the umpires were discrim
inating against his team, discourag
ing the players. He threatened to
quit the game if his club did not win
Lannin won the pennant, the
world's title, and still owns the club.
He is stronger than the majority of
American club owners because of
the high position his team has at
tained in the past two seasons.
"There isn't anything of world-wide
interest in the Tener-Johnson spat.
The two executives will say 'what
they like kbout each other, the long
suffering public will have to listen
but it may get a few opinions about
the people who govern more or less
the office side of the game.
Johnson answers Tener in this
wise: "When he says that-what I say
is buncombe I can't answer him.
That stops me."
If we could only believe the latter
part of this statement there would
be .cause for joy. Ban will oil up his
trusty type mill without a doubt and
Tener will have an answer.
In tha winters of the Federal
league war there was much political
hot air. It was believed that when
the cruel war was over the hot air
would evaporate. But it seems we
are in for another winter of bicker
ing, name-calling and personalities
that will further weight the burden
the poor old game is carrying.
Garry Herrmann, under the fire of
Barney Dreyfuss because of some de
cisions of the national commission,
was here to meet President Comis
key of the Sox. Garry said he mere
ly came in the interests of a zoo in "
Cincinnati, Ban Johnson having
promised him a bull moose for the
There was one in town yesterday
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