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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
TINKER NOT TO MANAGE CUBS
MAY STAY WITH TEAM
By Mark Shields' i
So far as anything in baseball pol
itics can be certain, it is assured 4hat
Joe Tinker -will not be manager of
the Chicago Cubs in 1917.
, He will be forced aside for some
man yet to be signed. President
Weeghman, who leaves for the Na
tional league meeting ,at New York
tomorrow, says he hopes to be able
to name a pilot Tuesday while in
Gotham. Negotiations are on with
a man said to be experienced in all
angles of .the game, though his1 name
has not even been hinted at.
So clouded is the issue that even
the dream experts are hesitating.
Rumor has Fred Mitchell, George
Stagings' lieutenant with the Boston
Braves, as the man wanted by Cub
stockholders, but there is no certain
ty about this.
The Chance talk has drooped the
past few days. It is doubtful if the
P. L. is :to be the manager.
As matters stand now, Tinker will
be offered a secondary position with
the North Siders, either as assistant
manager orscout. There is some
talk of him training diligently and
taking up active work, at shortstop.
This feature is being seriously ad
vanced in some quarters.
But it seems to us that it arises
more from a spirit of friendliness to
ward Joe than because of any real
belief that he would succeed on the
assignment. Joe made two or three
half-hearted efforts to play last sea
son, but gave it up. He was over
weight, had slowed considerably and
his batting eye had lost its luster.
It is pointed out that he was man
ager last year and was not serious
in his come-back efforts. He might
do better if he set to work in earnest
Hans Wagner is pointed out as a vet
eran who is still a star, and the come
back of Jimmy Callahan is cited.
It is doubtful if Joe could come
back. He has been away for three
seasons and is getting to the age
when active baseball is arduous, even
for a man who has been at it contin
ually. And it is also doubtful if Joe
would tare to attempt the effort
If Tinker, "one of the three or four
men who-made the Federal league,
is forced from -the management, be
sure he will -not try to stay as a
working athlete. He may be satis
fied with a scout's job, but a player's
or assistant manager's job would
hold little appeal.
Joe is going because he didn't have
material last year. From two clubs
he couldn't gather men capable of
fighting the remaining National
league clubs on an even basis. His
successor is going to have an easier
road to travel, for he will start where
Tinker left off, and the team was get
ting better as the season closed.
"Fen Boston Red Sox, one Tiger,
a Mackman and Ty Cobb have been
fined by the national commission for
taking part in exhibition games.
Cobb was assessed $50 and the rest
were set back a hundred. A raft of
other athletes were fined, but the
penalties were remitted. Among
the immune were Walter Johnson
Ritchie Mitchell defeated Joe Riv
ers by a goodly margin in a slashing
ten-round mill at Milwaukee, and
only over-anxiousness prevented the
Cream City boy scoring a knockout
In the fourth round he sent the Cal
ifornian down for six, but failed to
follow his advantage. In the ninth
he sent Rivers down for four, and
followed with terrific punishment,
but the bell came and prevented a
finish. Mitchell had the better of
seven round, two were even and Riv
ers won one.
Both boys fought diligently, and
Rivers bpred in continually. Mitchell