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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
THIRQ, LEAGUE-TALK . PIFFLE,
BUT FILLS UP SPACE
By Mark Shields
In some quarters talk of a third
league is receiving serious consid
eration. Many fans and, even a, few
magnates are disposed to look at the
.proposition as something' that may
take definite form before the open
ing of the 1917'playing season.
Nothing coujd be more ridiculous.
Befqre talking of three major leagues
it might J)e a gopd idea for the peo
ple directing the game to build tip
two circuits with major qualifica
tions. There were not two "big"
leagues in 1915 and there haven't
been for three or four years.
The American league has far out
classed the National, even in the
year when the Boston Braves ham
mered back the disintegrating Mack
men. That was the only post-season
series -the National has won for
some time, no matter what the posi
tion of ,the. teams contesting.
And those mainly at fault have
been .magnates of. the National
league themselves, who have been
small-visioned people, looking to the
immediate present, wh no eye for
the future. No other policy can ac
count for -the National's . 21-player
limit while the American allows each
club , 25 athletes during the greater
part" of the campaign. . , .
This one feature, alone gives the
Johnson organization a great advan
tage, which shows every time the
two.leagues-come together. -
Until the National Captains of
baseball industry can - ake their
clutches off the Immediate penny and
hav& look ahead to. a possible dol
lar, t. their, teams will continue at a
drsadyantage. The American has the
greater proportion of stars such as
Speaker, Cobb, Jackson, Eddie Col
line and Schalk, but its prestige is
largely, a result of, the liberal pro
gram the magnates have followed.
They have-not been niggardly, ,as
have the National owners..
This, of course, doesn't apply to all
of the men ai the head of affairs in
the parent organization, but it does
hit a majority, or conditions would
hot be as they are.
The lesson of the Federal league
has riot been, forgotten. It was im
possible to form three major leagues
then, and money was .spent by the
Feds on a larger scale than was ever
undertaken by insurgents before.
The warfare only served to enhance
the strength of the Americari league
and reduced the efficiency of the Na
tional The present dream circuit, with
Kansas City on one end and Balti
more on the other, would be an im
possible affair from a; mileage stand
point, but lack of competent athletes
Is the. main drawback. This third
major talk may serve to lighten ar
dull winter, but nothing will come
According to dealers In athletic
goods, the prices of baseballs will ad-'
vance from 10 to 50 per cent next
spring. This "hits amateur leagues
hard. Professional organizations,
which purchase on a, large-scale, may
be able to buy at. the bid prices be
cause of the large number of horse
hides they use. Manufacturers ex
plain this rise"in price by the scarc
ity of materials. And, the war is
blajried. ( '.
Frank Pershing, quarterback, has
been elected captain, of the 1917 Chi
cago football team. He .defeated
Norgren and Brelos. Sixteen of this
fall's eleven were awarded "C's."
Considerable "criticism was heard
around the Midway campus, because
Coach Stagg did not see fit to give
numerals to Gorgas, Marum, Knjps
child, Setzer and Patterson. Some
of these men played in more games
than a few of those who erf iven.
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