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BASEBALLS-SPORTS OB ALL SORTS BOXING
ALEXANDER THREATENS HOLD
OUTSPRING HAS COME
By Mark Shields
The thermometer registera bitter
Winter, but the baseball players Indi
cate that spring is in the near offing
and about to butt into the picture.
Grover Cleveland Alexander, the
best pitcher in the country in 1916,
has returned an unsigned contract to
the Phillies, -with a demand for more
salary and an agreement good for
Failing' to get these concessions,
Alex threatens to hold out for keeps
and retire from organized baseball,
going into a semi-pro venture -with
Catcher Bill Killifer, his battery
mate. This is regular spring talk,
for Alex "will beT)ut there -with his
wicked low ball when thefirst bell
rings, trying to equal his last season's
record for shut-outs.
' While Alex was indulging in these
noble sentiments, a group of players
were meeting with Dave Pultz in
New York and reaffirming their In
tention to stick with the players'
fraternity in its present fight against
the club owners.
Here is the list of the players who
attended the meeting:
Eddie Burns, Detroit; John Miller,
St Louis; George Chalmers, Phila
delphia; Tom Clarke, Cincinnati J Bill
Fischer, Pittsburgh; Otto Miller,
Brooklyn; Jack Dalton, Newark;
George H. Burns, Detroit; Grover
Hartley, St. Louis; Arthur Wilson,
Chicago; Bert Daniel3, Milwaukee;
Gus Getz, Brooklyn; John Henry,
Washington; James Archer, Chica
go; John Enzeman, Newark; Frank
McDermott, Montreal; Jas. C. Smith,
Boston; Ed Beulbach, Boston; Al
Schardt, Newark; Chas. Tamieson,
'Washington; Al Carlstrom, Toronto;
Wm. Doak, St Louis; Geo. Burns,
New York; Larry Gardner and Dick
There are some well-known major
league names in that list, men who
are important members of their re
spective teams, and the defection of
any great number would be a serious
blow to the prospects of their clubs.
It is probable thatthis meeting
was more for the purpose of impres
sing club owners than for purposes
of actually arranging a strike.
Nothing has transpired recently to
change the belief that the players'
strike will not materialize. The
athletes will probably get some con.
cessions from the minor leagues and
the whole difficulty will bjow over. It
must be admitted that the players
have some grievances, though they
are not so great Fultz and his follow
ers would have the public believe.
The matter of salary reductions is
something entirely- between the
players and their clubs, and that
seems to be the main grievance at
present in the majors. In the past
the fraternity has not tried to fix sal
aries, arid it is not likely to invade
that field now.
Nemo Liebold has sent a signed
contract to White Sox offices. It is
to be hoped the little outfielder will
have more opportunity to show his.
wares than last season. Despite
newspaper -notices, Nemo is a bet
ter defensive man than any of the
Sox trio, with the possible exception
of Happy Felsch. He can cover an
enormous amount of ground and in
jects the requisite amount of brains
into his labor.
His batting average will mt go
much higher than .275, but that is
better than at least one member of
the trio accomplished in 1916.
Charlie Thomas, former secretary
and president of the Cubs, will act as
secretary for Joe Tinker's Columbus
club in the American ass'n. Thomas
and Tinker have been close friends
for years, and Charley wilt handle all
the office work.
Outfielder Bob Veach and Third