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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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BASEBALLS-SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
FRED
MITCHELL SIGNED TO
MANAGE CUBS
i By Mark, Shields
, Charley .Somers of Cleveland, we
ieam from a morning print, was vice
president of the American league
uritil he "retired - last 'year.
Edward F, Dunne will soon retire
as governor of Illinois.
Charles A. Comiskey, White Sox
owner, was elected vice president of
the American league at its meeting
yesterday.
Whatever he may do in the future,
no matter where his team finishes',
Fred Mitchell made an auspicious
start as manager of the Cubs. Pres.
Weeghman closed the deal with Bos
ton for Mitchell yesterday, giving
some cash and Outfielder jbe Kelly.
Mitchell gets a two-year contract
and he will need all of that time to
make something of the material at
hand on the North Side.
Weeghman officially made1 the
deal, but it Is a certainty that Mit
chell was consulted as to what ath
lete should be given to Boston. ' He
has to handle the material, and, of
course, was given a say as to whom
he wished to retain. He suggested
giving to Boston a man least valu
able of all the diamond, slaves sought
by the Braves. For a time there was
danger the easterners would get Les
lie Mann, but Mitchell unquestiona
bly blocked that,
Mitchell is another Pat Moran. He
has had no actual managerial expe
rience, but has been coach and as
sistant to S tailings with the Braves.
Moran had no managerial experience
until he took te Phils and made a
champion in his first effort
Mitchell will hardly duplicate that
feat He has no Alexander to carry
bis pitching burden and is faced with
weakness in other parts of the dia
mond. He has a difficult task ahead,
one that will tax isi pfttien,ce,vand
may also tax the patience of the
fans who love a winner.
But now that he Has been select
ed, go' along with him and give him
his chance. Few manager have been
confronted with more troublesome
hurdles in the path to success.- No
one knows this better than Mitchell,
and the best he. predicts is a position
around the top in a 'year and a half.
He needs new strength behind the
bat has doubtful problems at three
infield positions and could use one
more good outfielder."
St Louis has been trying to ar-'
range a deal that would send Catcher
Snyder and a couple of athletes here
in exchange for Gy Williams. So far
nothing has been done, but Mitchell
may get busy. Weeghman is expect
ed back by Sunday and may bring
Mitchell with him.
The new Cub manager started as
a pitcher, but switched to the other
end of the battery in, a short time.
He had some major, league trials and
was always sent back. In the In
ternational league he was, a good
backstop, and it was from Buffalo
that George Stallings got him in
1913. Since then Stallings has called
Mitch his "right eye" and has given
him credit for the excellent showing
of the Brave twiffers.
And Mitchell's real name is Fred
Yapp. Forget it
It develops that Weeghman could
have had Stallings if he had wanted
to pay the price.
The, National league session ad
journed again with practically noth
ing accomplished.
American league, magnates had
their usual peaceful meeting, They
accepted the . new Cleveland and
Boston owners, adopted a new con
tract with the ten-day clause In it,
agreed that the price of world series
seats in A. L. parks should be only
twice the regular season price, left
with Ban Johnson the minors' ap
peal for representation on the, na

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