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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS-BOING
MAJOR LEAGUES MAY CHANGE
UMPIRING STAFFS .
By Mark Shields
Reconstruction of their umpiring
staffs wdl have the attention of Pres
ident Johnson of the American.
League and Tener of the National
before the opening of the season,
and several changes may be an
Conditions last season werev far
from satisfactory in both leagues,
the American having difficulty for
the first time in several campaigns.
Owner Aloe Lannin of the Boston Red
Sox went so far as to declare that
members of the staff were throwing
I the hooks into his -team, said state
ment bringing him into the bad
graces of Johnson.
In the National bickering was con
stant and some of the Indicator han
dlers appeared unable to maintain
discipline on the field. The big blow
off came here when Umpire Byron
forfeited a game from the Cubs.
Protests were made by Pres. Weegh
TnftTi and Manager Tinker, but By
ron's action stood. He was in trou
ble throughout the circuit, as much
for lack of tact as for mistakes of
Two or three other members of
the staff showed signs of having out
lived their usefulness, but were re
tained. No"wit is probable President,
Tener will make some changes, addl
ing some, new men and discarding
one or two veterans.
Ban Johnson announces he will
have only eight,umpires for the com
ing season, instead of nine, as in the
past. As George Moriarty has been
added to the roster, two men who
worked last season will have to go.
A good guess could be made as to
the pair to be discarded, but com
ment will await official word from
Benz of the "White Sox are to start
their season training with thrice
weekly hikes from Washington park
to the loop. They inaugurated the
plan yesterday. Firty-flve minutes
is the time they claim for the dis
tance. Training at the Mineral Wells
"camp will not start until March 10 '
this spring, a radical departure for
the South Siders, who heretofore
have undertaken long courses of
preparation. President Comiskey be
lieves the new system will get his
team away in good shape, and grad
ually bring it to form as the season
In the past the Sox. fresh from a
long series of exhibition games, have
started at a fast clip, only to fade'
as the other teams came to the apex
of their form as summer came on.
Kid Williams, whose bantamweight
title was taken through, a decision by
Pete Herman in New Orleans Tues
day night, is eager for a return bat
tle and offers the new title holder
a $6,500 bonus for a battle immedi
ately. Herman says he wants a rest -and
there, is little chance for a battle
in the near'f uture.
What Herman will dcHs to capital
ize his crown and make some easy
money through vaudeville engage
ments and light exhibition battles. In
he light of action by other cham
pions, he cannot be criticized for
Some of the boys panning Les
Darcy for not fighting immediately
seem to forget entirely the actions
of a few of oiir own top-notchers.
Darcy has no American title to de
fend. He is not a recognized cham
pion. He is not to be criticized as
much as Willard who has' fought
one ten-round exhibition since win
ning the heavyweight title.
Jack Britton had an easy time de
feating Albert Badoud, French wel
terweight , in Jten rounds at New
Manager Rowland and Pitcher Joe 1 York. Britton dropped Badoud