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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
WILLIAMS TO SIGN WONT BE
By Mark Shields
Cy Williams, Cub outfielder, a
member of yie Baseball Players'
Fraternity, "and one of the fellows
who signed the strike pledge, will be
with the North Side outfit when it
leaves in ten days for the spring
training trip to California.
Cy has not yet signed his 1917 con
tract, but opines he expects little
trouble coming to an agreement with
Pres. Weeghman over terms. Last
year Cy, who did not profit by the
Federal league war, received $4,000.
It is blieved he was given a slight cut
this winter. Cy believs.he was enti
tled to a raise, so a compromise looks
to be the logical outcome.
The younger fellows attached to
Cub roster are sending in their con
tracts, Elmer Smith, outfielder, be
ing one of the recent signers. Sev
eral rookie pitchers have gotten in
Williams, in refusing to abide by
the fraternity threat to strike, de
clares that Cub players are being
made the goats. Weeghman's- club
is the first major to depart for spring
camp, and the brunt of the battle
would fall on the North Side players.
Cy explains that( if the Cub athletes
failed in their strike endeavor, then
players of other teams would have
plenty of time to get in out of the
His position is logical, and is even
more so when he says that the time
for calling the1 strike should have
been the opening day of the season.
Percy Haughton's Boston Braves
are proceeding on the assumption
that the strike will cripple that club.
Haughton and Manager Stallings are
signing some Class AA ballplayers
Mnder optional agreements, to be
ed in case the majors refuse to
. 7. i
Timothy H. Murnane, Boston sport
writer, .-ex-ballplayer and former
president of the Eastern league and
New England league, dropped dead
in a Boston theater last night.
Les Darcy and Mike Gibbons have
been offered a sum said to be in the
neighborhood of $60,000 by Harry
Sherman, Minenapolis promoter, for
a ten-round fight Sherman would
have a decision given by a jury of
five men, three picked by him and
the other two by the scrappers.
Darcy, it is said, was to get two
thirds of the purs, making Gibbons'
bit $20,000. Neither man jumped at
the chance, and both asked time for
consideration. Darcy says he must
consult a New York man handling
his affairs, arid Gibbons doesn't
know whether the coin is enough for
him. He wants al lhis services are
worth, he says.
Sixty thousand dollars for a ten
round fight between middleweights
is too much money, no matter what
the standing of the contenders. Such
purses as this, with their attendant
high box office prices, do the boxing
game little good.
There is no doubt that in time a
match between Gibbons and Darcy
will be arranged. Mike Is hailed as
one of the crack middleweights of
this country, and the man to try con
clusions with the Australian. He is
not as'hard a hitter as some of the
other boys, but combines a greater
degree of cleverness with his
Pete Rogers defeated Walter Lau
ben, Musseys, 50 to 48, at Bensing
er's in a game of the Chicago Billiard
Univ. of Pennslyvania athletic au
thorities, bowing to a -storm of pro
test, have renewed a contract with.
Bob Folwell to coach the Penn foot
ball eleven. A clause in the Contract
says it shall be void in case of war.
William Hallas of the Greek Olym
pic club, National A. A. U. 131-pound
I'lrtHlliiir T I "f" I JH--m.