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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS-BOXING
WHY ALEXANDER WANTS $15,000
FROM THE PHILLIES
By Mark Shield's
For two years Grover Cleveland
Alexander, signed to a contract
which called for $8,000 a year, has
wistfully regarded the salaries of
stars on other teams and wondered
why they were so lucky.
Alexander knows he is the main
stay of the Philadelphia team; that
it is mainly due to his wonderful
work in the box that the Phillies won
the pennant in 1915 and were con
tenders until the last days of 1916.
And when President Baker of the
Philly club offered him an $8,000
contract this year, Alexander
promptly sent it back and asked for
There may be some question as to
whether Alexander is worth $15,000
a year, but Alexander was the great
est pitcher in the world last year,
with 33 games won out of 45, 16 of
them being shutouts, and he figures
he is worth at least as much as Wal
ter Johnson, who is drawing $12,500
That there are inflated salaries in
the major leagues is not questioned,
but that any of the really great stars
are getting more than they are worth
Ty Cobb is said to draw close to
$20,000 and he is worth it. Cobb is
the greatest drawing card in base
ball and the value of his services can
not be estimated.
Tris Speaker's contract calls for
$15,000 a year. Speaker MADE the
Cleveland club last year.
Eddie Collins gets $12,000 a year
with the White Sox and it is doubt
ful if Comiskey Is sorry he Is paying
his biggest star that salary.
Walter Johnson makes $12,500 a
-jar. He is Washington's greatest
Frank Baker draws $9,000 from
the Yankees. Baker didn't do much
last year on account offinjuries, but
the owners believe he will be worth
the money this season.
Honus Wagner- draws $10,000.
That he has earned it is not ques
tioned. Lee Magee holds a wartime con
tract for $9,000. He has yet to show
he is entitled to that much money.
With the evidence submitted,, isn't
Alexander entitled to more than
The Wisconsin boxing commission
will have a busy time today consid
ering the cases of Fred Welsh, Kid
Howard and Tom Walsh. The light
weight champion was summoned to
the carpet for alleged stalling in his
fight with Ritchie MitchelL Welsh
has not left New York and will
ignore the committee's summons.
Unofficial word before the meeting
was that Welsh would be barred for
life from fighting in the Badger state.
His only chance to escape drastic
punishment is to prove he1 was sick
the night of the battle.
Walsh will be asked to explain a
check he posted as a forfeit for
Knockout Brown in the Greek's re
cent engagement with Bob Moha in
Racine. Walsh has Brown boxing
Jeff Smith in Racine Moaday night
and does not want to set in the bad
graces of ihe commission.
'Howard is cnargea witn raising a
disturbance in Dan Hayes' corner
while Dan was battling Joe Dory.
Howard was ejected from the arena
by the police and has entered suit for
a whole lot of money, charging in
jury to his reputation.
Les Darcy is in town and shows
twice a day at the Haymarket the
ater. The Australian middleweight
is not allowed to box in his exhibi
tions. His theatrical tour will close
here and he will probably be in Ra
cine next Monday night to see K. O.
Brown and Jeff Smith in action. Lee