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Freddy Welsh Has the First Call On Champion Willie Ritchie For A Battle
Fans Never Forget A Bonehead Play
Merkle's Failure to Touch Second Base in World Series Contest With Giants in
1908 Is Often Recalled by Players and Followers of the Game.
NEW YORK, Jan. 16. How Fred
Merkle, then one of the New
York Giant refcruits, saved the
Chicago Cubs from otherwise certain
defeat in the National league pennant
race of 1908 wljl be remembered for,
the rest of their lives by all -who saw
the most costly bonehead play yet
perpetrated in baseball.
It cost New Tork the league cham
pionship, cost the owners of the Gotham-
club around iu,uuo, ana cost tne in
dividual players of the team between
$3000 and $4000 apiece. Everybody
thought it would cost Merkle his Job
and his career, but it didn't." The Giant
manager simply figured it out that
Merkle would never do it again.
Wherever baseball is spoken one
hears frequent references today to that
famous play, and until someone beats
it the name of Merkle Willi be used to
indicate the apotheosis of ivory. Even
the Snodgrass muff, which cost the
Giants a world's pennant and $1500
apiece this year, will net eclipse Mer
kle's failure to touch second. Snod
grass ended a sensational world's ser
ies, but Merkle began a train of events
which were almost epoch making and
raised a wrangle that could be heard
around the world.
"What Really Happened.
Everybody knows Merkle failed to
touch second base on that memorable
September 25, 1908, but there Is a sur
prising vagueness in the minds of base
ball fans regarding the -whys and
wherefores of that act. Nearly every
explanation that could be Imagined has
been used as the reason why Merkle
robbed Bridwell of a base hit and Mc
cormick of the tally that would have
won a ball jgame and eventually a
Merkle has been accused of running
out of line before the -winning run
scored; of turning to the right after
passing first base on his own nit, wnicn
the fan said, made It necessary for him i
to advance to secona imraearauaj ."( ond
avoid being put out, and of several rh reigned for a while and it was
other impossible baseball crimes of UthS SiSte? reached the Na
which he was innocent. ; . ,,,-. boara of directors that
Here Is what dltt .Happen ana " - ,
Cubs ana Giants went into the last half
of fhe ninth inning (New York's half)
-ivith the score knotted at l to 1. Sey
mour went out on a grounder to Evers.
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n.riir Mi- to center lor a mokic "- i
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Cormick bounded one tc- avers, forcing
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-t for that MeCormick went '
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Chance Will Have Money To Improve Club
Owner of the New York Highlanders Is Accounted the Most Liberal in Base
ballGossip About Big League Players.
. By DAMON RUNYON.
. TEW YORK, N. Y.,
V 16. Frank Chance is signed
up with a man account
ed the most liberal in baseball.
For years he was employed by a man
whose parsimony Is said to have been a
serious handicap to the leader and the
club. In spite of tHat handicap Chance
"won four pennants and two wocld's
championships a record which estab
lishes his class as a big league team
driver regardless of what he does with
If he could do that under the con
ditions which existed in Chicago, it
stands to reason that with a man be
hind him ready to spend any amount
of money to better his team at the
manager's mere suggestion he should
make a sohwlng that will satisfy the
most captious fan.
George Stallings, who certainly has
no reason to offer a gratuitous boost
to the Hilltop owners, or to the Ameri
can league, in view of the way be was
unceremoniously dumped out of his
1ob, refuted the rumors that have long
been going around about the manage
ment, and friends of the management
interfering with the running of the
Yanks, -when he said that in all the
time he was connected with Farrell's
club he never heard a word that could
be construed as interference. Chance
will have the same free hand that Stall- j
ings and the others had, and cnance
alone will be responsible for the show
ing of the club on the field.
Many an international league man
ager is gazing with covetous eyes upon
Mi Graw's excess material. The Giant
leader will have a lot of young pitch
ers at least one outfielder, and pos
Elbly one infielder, to turn out for
191 1. and all of them are promising
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to third on it. That set the stage fot
play with Giants on first and third,
two out and one run needed to ter
minate the game in New York's favor.
Fatnl Error by Merkle.
Rrldwell whaled the first ball pitched
to him safely into centgr and ran to
the nan with what ought to have been
the winning run, but wasn't. Merkle
was the answer. This young man, who
was subbing for Fred Tenney on' first
irtdwefs t0wliaernd nway
;ng on the arena in the belief that tnt
wnue jicuormicK crossed
amp was over.
When Merkle started for the club
house Evers set up a yell, demanding
the ball from Hoffman, who had stopped
it- That wised up several Giants to
what was going to happen. Capt. Don
lin started on the run after Merkle,
McGinnlty, -who was crossing the field'
near second, butted in, catching the
ball as it was thrown to Evers. Three
or four Cubs pounced on the Iron Man,
and to keep them from taking the ball
away McGinnlty threw it among the
spectators crossing the lot. Floyd Kroh
dashed among the bugs and rescued
the ball .and while Floyd was trying to
thrash half a dozen Gotham fans Stein
feld and Tinker conveyed the ball
lointly to Evans, who touched second.
At the time Donlin had Merkle by the
neck and was towing him as fast as
possible toward the keystone sack, but
it was too iaie-
Ever since New Yorkers have referred
to that play as a technical robbery and
for a whole season they referred to the
Cubs as "technical champions." Al
ways have they refused to see that it
was just as if Bridwell hit that ball
over second base. Evers had gone
back knocked it down and without a
possible chance to retire Bridwell at
. i.j m,o1 tn tnsc th hall to
first had managed to toss the ball to
Tinker before Merkle could touch see-
"Tn,7 decision was made. The
board finally declared the game a draw
at 1 to 1, produced a tie Detween me
Cubs and Giants for the league pen-
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"Wfst "ic battle, which was woH
by the cuds.
ball players. Last season he did busi
ness Wltn OOin J-uruiiw iuu ..-" -of
the International league, but as
George Stallings has gone from Buf
falo It Is not believed any Giant re
cruits will be farmed there. Toronto
may get several men, and there is also
a belief that McGraw may have an
arrangement with the Indianapolis club
of the American association. However,
it Is unlikely that he will give this
team more than one or two men. If any,
t, h. likM to nlace his recruits near
home where he can keep an eye ou j
t t, mMrf nf nil the confusion, we !
have almost entirely overlooked our ,
favorite pastime M. B,. de M. de Mar- j
rfimr Beir leave to state that he is (
etui holdim- out. but not quite so iar .
out as formerly.
Our Bermuda correspondent writes:
"We are highly delighted that the
Yanks are coming to this island -to
train. Shows rarely, or never, visit
i -,.! --o vtiotc- -we -will enjoy watcn-
it.i rimes ninir second base: also I
seeing Jack Warhop weighing 170 j
Johnny Evers says lie -will wear a
mire white uniform next season be- j
cause he thinks it will add to the aig- i
nitv of his position. Plain black will
do him when the indignity of tne JOD
dawns upon him.
"I will -win a pennant for New York,"
says Chance, and we fondly hope that
he doesn't mean it the way he meant
those 4Tm-not-going-to-sign" cracks.
Connie Mack says this has been the
banner year for baseball "fakes," but
we trust he means nothing personal.
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HAS EASY VICTORY
Townclockcrs Speed Them Down the
Alleys and Win From Turtle'
Bonlcrti With Margin of S02 Pins.
Anyone who thinks hat the Court
house bowling team is out of the race
: tor the Cactus league pennant nas an
other think coming, for the brand of
bowling exhibited by the Townclockers
, Wednesday night, at the Cactus alleys,
! would dispel all of these thoughts.
With an edge of 292 pins, the largest
I margin on the record of this season,
the match from the Tuttle team, taking
all four points Starting with a rush
. and working with the regulation of the
big clock they piled up the scores rap-
ui consist(jnt same Qf the matchf and
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made both hieh irame and total.
In the Industrial league, the Mine
and Smelter team failing to show up,
a practice three-game match was
rolled by members of the E. P. & S. W.
quintet Forbes rolled high game and
total. The following scores were made:
Grandover .... ...147
225 184 629
151 176 493
172 185 504
209 156 536
204 215 600
961 916 2762
180 222 554
137 127 408
159 159 474
'1S7 172 534
159 175 500
Abbott .... ..156
Lucker .... .......175
Totals 793 822 855 2470
Points won Courthouse, 4.
High game Ford. 225.
High total Ford. 629.
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Gray .... ... ....152
Totals 828 778 716 2322
Special Match Totlght. ;
The special five-men team mateh to
decide the championship of the Cactus
alleys will be rolled on alleys three and
four tonight. The teams are made up
of the crack bowlers of the alleys and
cne of the best matches of the season
is expected. The women bowlers will
bowl oh alleys one and two tonight.
IDAHO LEGISLATORS CONSIDER
BILL TO PROHIBIT BOXING
Boise, Idaho, Jan. 15. A bill making
the promotion of boxing matches in
Idaho a felony punishable by imprison
ment for not Jess than one year in the
state prison has been introduced in the
house. The bill was referred to com
mittee. EL PASO MILITIA BOYS
WILL GET NEW UNIFORMS
Olive drab uniforms for the EI Paso
militia company are to be furnished
by the state at once Capt. Wallace
T. Downing has received orders to have
his men measured for the new regular
army uniform. Capt. Downing has
room in the company for 50 recruits.
REVOLVER EXPERTS STILL TIED.
Springfield, Miss., Jan. 16. Official
returns for the 11th and 12th rounds
and unofficial scores for the 13th and
14th rounds in the Indoor league of the
j United States Revolver association
I show th Olvmnie club, of San Fran-
rum ni th Msmhattan club of New
York city are the only undefeated teams
to date. The executive committee has
ruled that Portland, Ore., and DenTer
were tied In the 10th round.
Puffs From the
-rMMY CLABBY, of Milwaukee, has
I been signed to meet Howard Baker,
J at Denver. Colo., on January 24 Clab-
by is to take the place of Wildcat
Ferns, who was formerly matched with
Baker. He will go into training at
E. C. Bidinger. of Mandan, N. D, is
on the trail of Luther Mccarty, to col
lect $5000 "which he says Is coming to
him as a result of the start which he
gave McCarty in the fipht game. Man
dan asserts that he loaned McCarty
several sums of money and the latter
promised him $5000 out of the purse of
his first big ight
Frank Chance is a trifle deaf, but it
may come in handy next summer, when
the anvil choristers burst Into song.
Jess Wlllard has rejected the offer
of Tom Jones, manager of Ad Wolgast,
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LOSES TO ZBYSZKO
Duluth. Minn., Jan. 16. In a remark
able exhibition of speed and strength,
Zbyszko, the Polish wrestler, defeated
Jess Westergaard, of Des Moines, win
ning the first fall in 30 minutes and
40 seconds, with a bar arm and crotcB
hold, and the second on a fouL
Westergaard was the aggressor the
greater part of the match and had
Zbyszko in several tight positions.
Westergaard recently claimed the title
of champion wrestler.
W. II. LOCKE OF THE PIRATES
BUYS PHILADELPHIA CLUB
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 16. W. H.
Locke, of Pittsburg, has announced
that he has purchased the Philadel
phia National league club.
The purchase price was not an
nounced. Mr. Locke stated that the
club Is owned entirely by Philadel
phians with the exception of a block
purchased by himself and his uncle,
W. S. Baker, a former police commis
sioner of New York.
Mr. Locke,' the new head of
Tr.i.- . th tioot hoarl f tho
"Phillies," is' well known in baseball
circles, having been for years secre-
tary of the Pittsburg club.
MINISTERS HAVE POLICE STOP
BOXING MATCHES AT OMAHA
Omaha, Neb. Jan. 16. Chief of police
Dunn has issued an order prohibiting
boxing matches In this city The chief
stated that the Baraca union and sev
eral well known ministers had com
plained against a scheduled 10 round
fight between Packey McFarland and
Frankie Whitney Friday night. The
contestants and club had posted for
feits. ARMOUR WILL CONTROL
MILWAUKEE BALL TEAM.
Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 16. William
Armour, formerly interested in the De
troit, Cleveland and Toledo clubs, has
purchased a bloc of stock In the Mil
waukee' American Association baseball
club from Mrs. Charles Havenor, the
owner, and will have complete control
of the club this year. Mrs. Havenor will
retain the majority of the stpek. Harry
Clark will direct the team on the field.
MARQUARD IS NAMED IN
DIVORCE CASE BY ACTOR
New York, N. Y., Jan. 16. Joseph
Casen, known on the stage as Joseph
Kane, was granted a divorce from .his
wife, whose stage name is "Blossom See
ley, by justice Newburger in the su
preme court. "Rube" Marquard, pitch
er of the New York National league
club, was named as corespondent. The
case was" undefended.
VETERAN BASEBALL MAGNATE
IS DYING AT ST. LOUIS
St Louis, Mo., Jan. 16. Chris Von
Der Ahe. former owner of the old St.
Louis American association team and
well known in political and sporting
circles, is reported to be dying of a
complication of diseases at his home
here. He Is 60 years old.
REULBACH SIGNS WITH CUBS.
Chicago, 111., Jan. 16. Edward Reul
bach has signed a contract to pitch for
the Chicago National league baseball
club the coming season.
Bobby Craig and Edward McDonald,
formerly of the Tri-State league and
the Boston club of the National league,
respectively, also sent in their con
tracts. Tom Downey was traded to
Sacramento for McDonald when he re
fused to report there.
BISBEE "WINS FROM DOUGLAS.
BIsbee. Ariz., Jan. 16. In the1 second
match, the Bisbee Y. M. C. A. basket- .
ball team defeated the Douglas "Y." J
team oy a one point margin, the final
score standing 34 to 33. The game
was 'played at the local Y. M. C. A. The
first game of the series was won by
Fan's Hop Pipe
to take him Into his stable of fighters.
Wlllard still declares his intention of
sticking to. Cutler, who In his turn
is very angry about the fight managers
offering Willard their services.
Pitcher Joe Benz, of the Chicago
Americans, has sent in his signed con
tract for next season to manager Cal
lahan of the White Sox.
A new world's automobile speed
champion has been ushered in. Teddy
Tetzlaff defeated Barney Oldfleld, the
veteran champion, in two or three heats
at Los Angeles. Tetzlaffs time for the
two laps was 38 seconds for the first
and 41 for the second.
Cuban players are becoming quite
popular in baseball, their long training
as revolutionists having made them
exceedingly fast on their feet.
Hal Chase says second base is tho
place he really prefers to play. Chance
says he will glvo him a trial there pro
vided he finds that he Is able to get
into the game himself next sprintr at
first. v fa
Harry Davis, the former first base
man of, the Athletics and for years ad
viser of manager Mack is tn mf....
to the, Philadelphia club as trainer and
scout. Davis was let go last year to I
manage the Cleveland club, a Anh trnm
which he resigned before the season '
Roger Bresnahan and Chm-n rn. I
phy are saying a lot of nice things
about each other at the present time
but it was quite a different thing last
Pongo Cantillon of the Minneapolis
Millers, is contemplating giving his
team a grand shakeup for next season.
He has lost so many of his stars in
the last two years he Is afraid he can
not land another pennant unless ha
mixes them up a little differently.
The Red Sox have signed pitcher Mar
tina from the Beaumont (Texas) team
Martina would hardly be able to make
good with the Cubs because of his
President Bob Hedges of the Browns
hopes his team will have a much easier
time drawing crowds in & Louis now
that Bresnahan is gone. He congratu
lated Roger after he had signed with
the Cubs and said he wished him all
kinds of luck In his new home
Grover Cleveland Alexander famed
pitcher of the Phillies, is ruhnln " a
pool hall in his home village of" St.
Paul, Neb. He is something of a pool
shark himself and wants to keep in
practice through the long winter
J. McGraw is right when he says a
woman has no business trying to run a
ball club. It is easier to run the man
who runs said ball club.
It is said that Frank Navln hesitates
to hand Ty Cobb a three-year contract,
but fans fail to see any cause for said
hesitation. A baseball contract can be
fractured in approximately 10 seconds.
Jimmy Johnston, who made a record
for base stealintr In the Southern 1psk.ii.
last season, has signified his intention !
of signing a contract to play with the '
Chicago White Sox in 1913. Johnston '
w ill b- no stranger to the White Sox
H. tni.ktu trjining trip to Texas with
the Sux in 1911. i
URGES EL PASO TO
GET TRAILS ROUTE
Nationni Organizer I. J. Kirker Ik Here
to Enlist Locnl Aid In Working
for Auto Highway.
EI Paso will be on the coast-to-tooast
route of the Old Trails and Highways
association, which will be an IS feet
wide roadway, paved with vitrifif:
brick or macadam and electrically
lighted along its entire distance.
L J. Klrker, national organizer of
the association, is in El Paso, and gave
a talk at tha chamber of commerce
meeting Wednesday evening, following
tho .budget ousiness meeting. Mr.
Kirker is here to organize the El Paso
branch cf the association and is work
ing with the El Paso Automobile club
and the good roads enthusiasts to get
a membership of 500 here to help in
the work of getting the borderland
route adopted as a part of the national
Mr. Kirker" said that of the three
suggested routes from one coast to the
other, the northern, middle and south
- em. the latter as planned By the Old
I Trails association is the only practical
no for 365 days in the year, as it
would never be closed by snow, as the
other routes would, and he said that
the association stood squarely on the
issue of this road, -with El Paso in
cluded as a part of the highway.
The electric lights for the entire
highway, from one coast to another.
Have been pledged by the Daughters cf
the American Revolution.
Mr. Klrker said that this organiza
tion would make good its pledge when
ever the road was completed. He
urged El Paso to get in line with Albu
querque. Las Cruets, Trinidad, Kansas
City, St. Louis and Indianapolis to
land this great national highway.
O JUAREZ RACE ENTRIES &
FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 17.
First race, purse. Maiden fillies,
2 year olds, 3 furlongs Yip-Hy-Ya 112,
Irish Ann 112, Ooma 112; F. D. Weir,
ch. 1., Edith W. 112. Uncle-Dicker;
Stella Ward 112, Tip Dawdell 112.
Second race, selling, 3 year olds, 6
furlongs Velie Forty 100, Magda B.
100, Pretty Dale 100 Luke Van Zandt
102, Fitzgerald 102, Ernest H. 102,
Camia 105, Jolly Tar 105, Inquieta 105,
Outek 107. Tnm (1. 110. Rrwn fTInth
110. Loan Shark 110.
Third race, selling, 4 year olds and
up, 1 mile Ursula Emma 101, Lehigh
103, Ltly Paxton 106, El Toro 106,
The Peer, 108. Lookout 108. Lescar 111.
Fourth race, selling. 4 year olds and
up, 5 1-2 furlongs Rose O'Nell a03,
Percy Henderson 104, Just Red 104,
Prince Conrad 104, Glmll 106, Rosenta.
106, Garland 106, Song of Rocks 106,
Uncle Jimmy Gray 111.
Fifth race, selling, 4 year olds and up.
5 1-2 furlongs Dave Montgomery
100, Baden 101, Roberta 103, Anne
McGee 103, Pickaninny 103, Serenade
103, Tim Judge 105. Teddy Bear 105,
Good Intent 105, The Fad 105, Evran
105. Don Enrique 105.
Sixth race, selling, 3 year olds and
up, 7 furlongs Russell McGill 99, Dr.
Dougherty 106, Batwa 108, Mysenae
108, Dutch Rock 10S. Sir Alvescot 109,
Five pounds apprentice allowance
First race Three furlongs, purse,
colts and geldings, 2 year olds; value
5300. Dick Dodle (Gross) lit. 3 to 2.
1 to 4. out, won. Shadrach (Steele) 11S
7 to 10. 1 to 3, out. second. Othello
(Groth) 110, 30 to 1. 5 to-2. show, third.
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Second race One and one-sixteenth
mile, selling, 4 year olds and up, value
5300. Console (Steele) 110, 5 to 2, 7 to
5. 4 to 5, won. Hatteras (Schweblg) 110.
4 to 1, even, 1 to 2, second. Silver Grain
(Gross) 113, 16 to 1, 3 to 1, show, third.
Time. 14S 2-5. Zoroaster, Wadsworth
n. Falcada, Whldden ran.
Third race Five and one-half fur
longs, purse, 3 year olds, value $300.
Connaught (Hoffman) 112, 6 to 1. 8 to
5, 4 to S, won. Gordon Russell (Small)
110. 10 to 1. 3 to 1. 3 to 2. second. Truly
(Groth) 110, 5 to 1. 7 to 10, show, third.
Time. 1:06 4-5. Kenneth. The Cinder,
Weyanoke, Kail Inla, Idle Tale, Dyna
mo. "Valletta, Wentworth ran.
Fourth; race Seven furlongs, han
dicap, 3 year olds and up, value S400.
Injury (Small) 118, 4 to 1, 7 to 5, 7 to
10, won. Irish Gentleman (Hoffman)
114, 4 to 1, 8 to 5, 7 to 10. second. Fly
ing Feet (Borel) 110, 3 to 1, 1 to 2,
show, third. Time, 1:24 3-5. Joe Diebold,
Rio Brazos, Upright ran.
Fifth race Six furlongs, selling, 3
year olds and up, value $300. Dominica
(Robbins) 103, 9 to 5, 2 to 5, out. won.
Oakland (Borel) 110, 8 to 1, 4 to 5, 1 to
3, second. Eye White (Gross) 110 7 to
5, out , show, third. Time, 1:12 4-5.
Rose Neil, Don Enrique, Oristolat,
.uukoo. n. ran.
Sixth race One mile, selling; 4 year
olds and up, value J300. Sea. Cliff
(Teahan) 106, 2 to 1, 7 to 10.. 7 to 20.
won. Setback (Gross) 111, 6 to 5 1 to
3. out, second. Sir Alvescot (Steele') 105,
10 to 1, 6 to 5, show, third. Time, 1:39.
Calothumplan. Maizle Girl ran.
WILLARD TO FIGHT DALY".
Chicago, 111 Jan. 16. Jess Wlllard
and Dan Daly, both of whom have de
signs on the white heavyweight title,
are matched to fight six rounds in
Philadelphia on Jan. 25. No decision
will be rendered. Three days before the
i-faiy ugni wmara
will box Frank
Ba"er ln Fort "Wayne, Ind.
DUBUC TO QUIT GAME.
South Bend. Ind.. Jan. 16. Jean Du-
Duc- a member of last year's pitching
staff nr th notmit .m ,.
nounced he nas refused to' sign the
contract sent him and would quit base
ball. Wnras phnrmncy
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Welterweights Due To Settle Dispute
Ray Bronson Claims Title, but This Contention Is Disputed by Wildcat Ferns;
Freddy Welsh Has First Claim on Ritchie for a Battle.
By TH0S. S. ANDREWS
AY BRONSON, the Indianapolis
welterweight, " who has been
claiming the championship in
that class, may have a chance to battle
for the international championship
this spring. There are other claimants
to the title in the United States, the
most prominent being Wildcat Ferns,
of Kansas City. Bronson and Ferns met
once at Indianapolis, fighting a 10
round no decision battle Since Jimmy
Clabby stepped out of the welterweight
class and passed up the title, Bronson
immediately put in a claim for the
crown and offered to defend it against
all comers at the weight, 145 ringside,
and for a side bet of $1000.
Ferns has as much right to claim it
as the Hoosier, for he has made a won
derful record the past year, but the
fact remains that Ray first put in tho
bid and has the edge on his rivaL The
best way would be for the two to fight
it out for the title over the marathon
route. However, Bronson seeks big
game and more honors and is after a
match with the British champion.
Johnny Summers, for the -world's title
before the London Sporting club.
Ray also has a hankering to make
the world tour again and if he gets as
far as England he may decide to keep
right onv and circle around to Aus
tralia. Until something definite is de
cided he will keep busy on this side,
haTing several matches on tap now. If
he can go through them all right he
will be well entitled to go after Sum
mers for a championship contest.
Hughie Mehegan, the Australian
-lightweight champion, proved to hate
the make up of a real sportsman after
his defeat by Freddie Welsh for the
championship of Great Britain. It was
a point decision and some of the re
ports of tlie battle stated that the
clever Welsh did not win by a very big
margin, but when asked for a state
ment after the contest Mehegan said:
"Though I regret very much having
lost the battle and also Mr. Wren's
money in backing me, I am satisfied
that I met a better man in' Freddy
Welsh, and in fact I am not ashamed
of having lost to such a clever boxer."
The -words showed the true sporting
spirit in Mehegan and he gained much
jnore by the stand he took than ae
could possibly have done bad he tried
to belittle his victorious opponent. The
result was that prominent sportsmen
of London came forward -with an of
fer to back Mehegan against Matt
Wells for another bout and it is very
likely that they .would back him
against Welsh again if he asked it.
The chances are that his friend and
backer. Jack Wren, of Sydney, will
challenge for another match and put
up the stakes. Hughie had planned a
trip to the United States, having sent
for his wife and baby to join him in
England, but the indications are now
that he will remain in London for a
time as he wants to get another match
with either Wells or Welsh.
Mehegan likes the long route, as
most bf his battles in Australia were
over the Marachon course. In his
fight with Johnny Summers and Ray
Bronson in 1910. Hughie fought his
best twoard the latter part of the con
test and ' he always seemed to hold
himself 'in reserve daring the early
part.' with the evident intention oL
husbanding his strength for the su
preme effort toward the close. He has
a splendid guard and hits well with
either hand from any angle. 1
Who will be the next lightweight to
meet Willie Ritchie in a championship
battle? The question was put to me
by a well known sporting man of New
Orleans, one who suggested a meet
ing between the American champion
and Joe Mandot. Of course the writer
probably overlooked the fact that
Mandot had been beaten by Jose Rivers
about the same time that Ritchie re
lieved Ad Wolgast of his crown,
thinking only of the fact that Mand-Jt
is a home boyland is deserving of great
credit for the showing he has made
the past year However, despite the
fact that Rivers, Mandot. Murphy and
Wolgast all have a good claim to a
match with Ritchie, I think the logical
match is between Freddy Welsh and
the California boy. I have just re
ceived word direct from the British
champion, stating that he Intended soon
to start for the United States, and that
he would immediately get on the trail
of Willie Ritchie. There should be no
occasion for Welsh to chase Ritchie
for a match, as his position In the box
ing game is such that he can demand
a match, providing the American cham
pion -wants to engage in a battle for
the world's title.
Walsh, as champion of Great Britain,
has every right to demand first chance
for such an encounter. He holds ihe
championship of the British Isles, Can
ada and Australia, and has a victory
over Ritchie, having defeated the
American champion in a 20 round con
test at Los Angeles in November, 1911,
when Ad Wolgast, then title holder of
America, was taken down with appen
dicitis, Ritchie taking his place. There
fore Welsh's claim to world's champion
Is really better than Ritchie's, but as
matters stand neither one is champion
of the world, and the only way to set
tle the dispute is to have them meet
in a regular contest for the title. And
such a contest will be a real Interna
tional match for the world's champion
ship and the first one held in many
Why does Mike Gibbons so persist
ently refuse to match up with Jimmy
Clabby? Mike is talking now about
going to Australia for some matches,
which, if true, may be the means of
taking Clabby back to the Antipodes,
and Brooders In the World
riigh urade oeed, urain and roultry
for James says he is determined to
force Gibbons into another match o r
the long distance. A Buffalo club Kio
offered a big purse for Gibbons ar.I
Clabby, but Mike has steadily pas 1
it up. Manager Eddy Reddy might io
much worse than arrange a mat., u
with Clabby, for it is doubtful whetne
Mike would draw as much money wr:i
any other man as with Clabby. They
are of practically the same size, botn
preferring the 150 pound mark and
both clever at all styles of boxing. U
would be a scientific contest, but n-
10 round route Is too short for th-ia
to show any superiority over one an
other. If Mike cannot see Buffalo ad
a place to hold the bout probably r.e
might favor Milwaukee, providing
there would be no objection to sucn
Surely a bout bet-ween two experts
like Clabby and Gibbons would be pre
ferable to one between men of ordi
nary ability. It is a match that would
attract a lot of attention from the
followers of the game and would be
worth going to see.
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