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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 10, 1912, Image 11

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By Tip Wright.
Organized baseball is about to
be reprimanded. A tired public
hails the adyent of a third major
league or an "outlaw" league, if
you will, with joy, hoping to kick
the baseball trust on its shin,
hard.enough to leave a dent.
Last fall, big league magnates
were as complacent as a man who
has lighted a pipe in the wind.
Now they're as touchy as a bache
lor girl when asked to telVher age
under oath. Mention "outlaw"
ball in the presence of one of them
and then duck.
But the public is ripe for a new
condition of things and if the pro
moters ofrthe new league have
the moneyand make a success of
the venture, no one will be more
gleeful than the-chap who pays 25
cents for a. seat in the bleachers.
Organized baseball, or base
ball trust enjoyed a monopoly too
long and grew arrogant. The
straw that proved just too heavy
for the fans was the thick coat of
whitewash so-artistically applied
to the scalping scandal of that
fine little mob of kalsominers,
the national commission.
Right riow the independent
promoters have a splendid chance
to launch another league and gain
support. The National league
was a fossil when the American
league was organized and war
followed. The same condition
exists today and another league,
with the resulting war, will revive
flagging interest.
A new league will be a boon. It J
will widen fhefieTd and admit'
classy youngsters who are now
unrecognized, or who need the
stimulus of a job in fast company
to bring out what is" in them; it
will mean big- salaries to star
players and increased interest .in
the public.
But the best reultvWjll come
from parring the supreme cock
sjuredness out of the National and
American leaguers, who now rufe
thVough the national commission,
in a high handed manner and per
mit such things as the recent
scalping scandal to be passed over,
without even a reprimand.
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It keens one busv telline about'
the Smiths in congress, so many
of thein, you know
and such busy little
bees they are. For
instance, there is
John M. C. Smith,
M. C, of Michigan,
a new member.
Here's his record :
Born in Ireland,
emigrated, Ameri
can farm hand,
painter, mason, law
yer, alderman, pros
ecuting attorney, kwos cww
manufaqturer, bank president,
farmer, stock raiser and congress
man. That just goes to show
what a Smith can do when he
doesn't frivol away his time under
a spreading chestnut tree.'
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Nobody seems ambitious to
pass a post-mortem examination.
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