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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
CUB PILOT NEWEST GUESSING
GAME IN SPORT
By Mark Shields
Here's today's instalment of the
great serial, "Getting a Manager for
the Cubs."
Just at present John Powers of the
Los Angeles Pacific Coast league
club is writing most of the chapters.
Charley Weeghman is assisting. It
is a remarkable1 work of mystery, and
there is considerable fiction mixed in
the affair.
Powers says positively that a tele
gram has been sent Chance asking
him for terms to manage the Cubs in
1917-1918. He adds that Chance has
wired an answer, naming $25,000 per
annum as his price.
Los Angeles. sport writers assert
they have seen the telegranHn which
Weeghman asked Powers to have
Chance state his price. ' They add
that neither Chance nor Powers has
misled the sport writers since they
became afiiliated with the Los An
geles club. Weeghman, say the Los
Angeles people, aske'd that the mat
ter be kept from the newspapers.
Chance says he will either man
age the 3ubs or quit baseball, as
miaor league directing takes too
much energy for the return in glory
and prestige. He says he wants to
show Chicagoans he was not a flivver
in New York.
That is the contribution of the
coast people.
Weeghman has denied positively
and frequently, that there was any
desire on his part to sign Chance as
manager of the Cubs. He says there
is no deal on which would bring the
P. L.-to the North Side. He could
make the denial no stronger than he
has. ,
Who are we going to believe? The
Los Angeles people appear to have
considerable fire behind their smoke,
and it will not be the first time base
ball fans have been trifled with. If
there is anything" in the Chance talk,
the local officials, in fairness to the
people who pay the freight, the fans
who attend he games, should come
out directly an say so. '
The age-worn excuse is that the
deal could not be given publicity be
cause it might be upset. That has
been worked time and again in the
past when baseball officials have un
equivocally denied something that
was about to transpire and which
they knew was about to be fulfilled.
Chance's qualifications have noth
ing to do with the case at the pres
ent time. It is a question of verac
ity between the Los Angeles people
and Pres. Weeghman.
Our guess is that Weeghman is not
paral to Chance. The past history
.of the North 'Side executive shows
him lqyal to those who have stood by
him. He is standing out for Tinker
because Joe jumped td the Feds and
practically was the making of that
circuit
Harry Sinclair's money was a big
factor in whatever success the third
league had, but bigger than the oil
man's roll, more potent than the so
called business acumen some of the
-Fed magnates brought into the cir
cuit, was the influence Tinker had
on other athletes. When they saw
he had faith in thexleague's prospects
they did not hesitate to throw their
fortunes with it Many took the
jump solely on the strength of Tink
er's advocacy of the Feds.
Joe, if he is ousted as Cub man
ager, deserves to be taken care of.
Otherwise, athletes of the future will
be chary of putting their trust. in any
one. Weeghman is' Joe's champion,
but some of the other stockholders
of the club are business men and he-"
lieve baseball can be run on the same
lhies by which their affairs are con
ducted. Tinker deserves another chance

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