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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
BALLPLAYERS HOLD STRIKE
' MEETING TONIGHT
By folark Shields
The first gun of the- baseball strike
will be fired in this vicinity tonight
at the Hotel La Salle at a meeting of
athletes presided over by Al Dema
ree, Philadelphia National pitcher. It
is expected a score of players about
half of them major leaguers, will at
tend the conference. A letter from
Dave Pultz will be read and the situ
tion will be clarified.
Ban Johnson is in New York defy
ing Fultz and his followers. Presi
dent Tener of the National league is
following the lead of the A. L. prexy.
In the meantime, the players' frater
nity has applied to the American
Federation of Labor for a. charter,
and President' Gompers says there-
is every probability that the request
will be granted.
The intent of theplayers is plain.
If a strike occurs they want the
support of labor and may seek a boy
cott on the 16tguep'arks so long asv
the strike lasts. This would mean a
heavy drop in patronage.
Some managers in the American
league will handle their own players
during the difficulty, and at least one,
Clark Griffith of Washington, 'has
served notice on Johnson to keep
-hands off during 'the controvzsy.
Griffith's star catcher, John Henry,
is a member of the executive com
mittee' of the fraternity, and is ex
pected to have an important part in.
any action taken. Griffith is out with
the statement that Henry is a square
fellow and will live up to his obliga
tions with the club.
A few days ago Johnson said he
would handle Henry, Dick Hoblitzel
of the Red Sox and any other Amer
ican leaguers who lined uwith the
fraternity. Griff says Johnson can't
'Mve Henry, out of baseball and h5.
, l attend to the catcher himself,
Any of his players who do not report
for spring training will be fined $100,
and will be docked for every day
they are late signing a. contract
President Weeghman of the Cubs
has made several salary cuts in some
contracts sent out and the players
are kicking. The experience of the
North Siders will be the experience
of several other club owners. Ob
serving the salaries paid some of
these players, together with the
amount of effective work they did
last season, it must be said that the
salary cuts are justified.
The players themselves should be
willing to stand for reductions, for,
if the clubs continue to lose money,
it will only De a .question of time un
til the, game goes on the financial
Tom Seaton, pitcher, is" said1 to
have received $8,500 last year. Tom
was ineffective, finished only f6ur
games he started, and was finally
sent to the minors, where he contin
ued to draw the same salary. Jimmy
Archer was a $7,000 man, Hendrix
and Lavender got $6,000 each, Art
Wilson $5,500 and Zeider $5,000.
Even those players must admit that
they were mighty well paid for the
work they Hid. Zeider was probably
the most useful to the club, but re
ceived the smallest salary.
Mike Prtfndergast was more valu
able last season than any one of the
three pitchers named, but it is doubt
ful if Mike received more than half
as much as Lavender, for Mike was a
Federal league product and could
not use the war as a financial lever.
Theentire baseball situation, in its
political and financial angles, "needs
a shake-up and a readjustment, and
the quicker magnates and players
get together the better it will be for
Up in Milwaukee the fans have a
well, developed hunch that Ritchie
Mitchell wjli be the lightweight
champion fnter his bout with"Freddie