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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
MITCHELL WHIPS WELSH, BUT
DOESN'T GET TITLE
By Mark Shields
Technically, Freddie Welsh is still
lightweight champion of the world.
But to all intents and purposes lie
lost the honor last night to Ritchie
Mitchell In ten rounds at Milwaukee,
receiving as artistic a trimming as
"was ever given the wearer of a
A partisan of the 'Briton might
lave declared one round was even,
hut the remaining nine went to the
Milwaukee boy by a wide margin.
Mitchell's left jab was continually
planted among the Welshman's fea
tures and sent him back time after
time. Mitchell's effective right cross
did no execution, for Welsh was on
guard against it continually and re
mained covered up against such an
Welsh's attack was ml. He hit
Mitchell a few times with polite jabs,
but there was no damage in them,
and Mitchell was th. only man in the
ring, so far as the offensive was con
cerned. Welsh appeared to be tak
ing a lesson, how to hit, and he re
ceived plenty of Instruction.
No champion was ever more hope
lessly outclassed. Mitchell had him
looking like a novice after the first
The battle emphasized the fact
that the Briton is invincible in a ten
' round fight, so' far asjjelng knocked
out is concerned. It can't be done,
for the champion knows too much
about "covering up. He can be hit,'
but not in a vulnerable spot so long
ras his stamina holds out.
As an evidence of what a farcical
'lightweight" champion he is, Welsh
entered the ring weighing 140
pounds, four and one-half pounds
more than Mitchell. Both men were
supposed to make 135 pounds.
'JVelsh fought like a man working fOr
the gate, interested merely in pro
tecting his share of the receipts, ,
The next thing in order is a 20
round affair between the two men,
with money posted that will guaran
tee weight somewhere near the
lightweight limit. Welsh is near the
end of his string as a drawing card
in a 10-round affair and needs a de
cisive victory over some good man
in 20 rounds. It is doubtful if he ban
whip Mitchell over the long route.
Ritchie may not knock him out, but
he should win the referee!s verdict.
The preliminaries were interest
ing and the fans received the worth
of their money.
Thirteen baseball players attend
ed the meeting of jaembersxof the
Baseball Players' Fraternity in this"
vicinity at the Hotel La Salle lasj:
night and passed a resolution to
stick by the fraternity In any action'
it might tgke. Bob Roth of the
Cleveland Indians, who said the other
day he was satisfied with conditions,
was one in attendance, and it is pre
sumed he signed the resolution. '
Other big leaguers were Al Demaree
and Jim ArcMer, Cubs; Jeff'iPfeffer,
star pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodg
ers; Dutch Leonard, Washington
third basemen, and Jack Smith ofT
St Louis Cards. Jack Lelivelt and
Gfeorge Perring were among the
prominent minors there.
Count demons, a Cub last year,
now-practicing law, presided at the
In New York Dave Fultz anr
nounced Feb. 20 as the date when
the. strike will be called if the mag--,
nates do not come around to the
players' demands. This Is the date
the Cub training special is -slated to
leave for California, and Fultz says
that; 18 stars of the clul will refuse
to go along.
At the same time Ban Johnson said
the affiliation of the athletes with
the American Federation of Labor
meant a wage scale for ballplayers.