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BASEBALLS-SPORTS OF ALL' SORTSBOXING x
CARPENTIER-WILLARD FIGHT A
By Mark Shields
, Now it transpires that the cross of
gold and the double cross have
dimmed the Red Cross..
The great charity bazaar, in which
Jess Willard and George Carpentier
were to swap punches in New York
for the benefit of French war suf
ferers, has hit the rocks. Anne Mor
gan says she isn't interested in the
affair, and Tom Jones, who does
Willard's thinking, claims he hasn't
been approached. He adds that the
way to his door can only be paved
with a $65,000 guarantee and a per
centage of the gate receipts.
It appears that this fight talk was
sent out as a feeler to determine how
the public would regard it. So far
there has been no staggering re--sponse
and there is a disposition to
look on the affair as a large hoax,
in which the public would be the
goat, as usual.
Rickard says he is disgusted with
the tactics of Tom Jones and will
have nothing to do with the fight
But Tex opines that he might like to
arrange a battle between Carpentier
and Les Darcy, the Australian, with
the Red Cross angle still tacked on.
Here is where the big jolt enters,
for Jones is out with the startling
statement that he has an interest in
the American tour of Darcy and
must be consulted about matches for
the pride of the Antipodes. He rep
resents Snowy Baker'and will act as
All of which indicates that- Mr.
Jones is foolish, like a fox.
So much for the champions.
A real fight is billed for Milwaukee
tonight, with Joe Rivers and Ritchie
Mitchell as principals. It won't get
the attention it deserves from local
fans. No trouble would be experi
enced in getting a mob to pay ridic- j
ulously swollen prices for a dancing
match between a couple of so-called
champions, but Risers and Mitchell
are just plain fighters who need the
money too much to be temperamen
tal. Mitchell is favorite among the peo
ple of his home town, but he has a
tough customer in the Californian. A
Rivers is' fighting much better than
he did last year.
Pacific .Coast league directors have
voted to annul for one year the rule N
against playing exhibition (games
with big league teams. This was
done so the Cubs could get in some
real contests after they complete
their preliminary work at Pasadena.
Pres. Weeghman expects to start
work immediately on a card of
spring games against the -coast people.
It makes the western triD a mora
profitable venture financially, but
Will 11H.VH 1 1 1 1 IF irmil0nrn rtn thn rmr.
ditionins: of the sauad.
Selection of a Cub manager is still
one of the best indoor, sports. Joe
Tinker doesn't know where he stands
and it is time Joe was being given
something definite to work on. It is
also time the matter was settled, for
the ienefit of the team.
The North Side combination re
quires considerable revamping. It
needs working over or our citizens
who like National league baseball
must watch a serrTiri HWrfnii oom
again in 1917. It needs attention im
mediately from a manager with
power to make deals that will
strengthen the team.'
Tinker's market value goes down
with every day of delay. If he is
finRllV Iff- Cn-tu urill Tlorrn
task of placing himself with another ttb
Pres. Weeghman should hire the
Coliseum, hold a stockholders'
ing and do somethine. He has hfpn
holding off because he is an admirer
oi Tinner ana wants to retain Joe,
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