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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 30, 1913, Image 11

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Why they want Jim Thorpe:
McGraw To pitch to Chief
Connie MackTo train with
Chief Bender.
Murphy Just to be a good In
dian. He has had enough bad
Callahan No one but Cal
The latest stunt to get the Car
lisle athlete into the big leagues
is one of the best pieces of dream
work ever shot from a pipe. They
want him to teach the runners
speed. Some one has at last
awakened to the fact that Thorpe
might not hold his own on ability
jn the big leagues. He has never
done anything that would demon
strate his right to draw a pay
check in fast company except
play a couple of seasons with the
Eastern Carolina Association,
now dead. But. Jim has been
press agented so much that a job
must be secured for him. So he
is billed to teach speed to ball
Thorpe is a good runner, but he
could never make a name in ath
letics on running ability alone.
In fact, that is one of his weak
est points. While all these jobs
are being picked out for him
Thorpe is remaining silent. Some
major leaguer may offer him such
a good contract that he will be
forced to accept, but he will never
do much actual work on the field.
He will be a box office attraction,
pure and simple if there is any
thing pure about a baseball box
office. 1
Luther McCarty gave out the
same old stuff when he was here
yesterday; the usual "willing to
meet any one, fear no man on
earth" talk. But Billy McCar
ney, the champion's manager,
showed he had the fighting idea
by saying Luther would stay in
theatrical work while the change
was coming in fast.
At least, Thorpe has not been
played as a "red hope."
Sailor Smith, the New York
boxer, whose blow to the chin
killed Chick Rose, has been ex
onerated by a coroner's jury.
President Ban Johnson of the
American league, and Owner
Comiskey of the Sox, have re
turned from a trip to Excelsior
Springs. Both were shy on base
ball news, and declined to com
ment on the Murphy-Chance de
bate. There ought to be more
like them.
Rudolph Sommers, a left-handed
pitcher, has sent his signed
contract to the Cubs.
Jim Scott has gone to Paso
Robles to get a three weeks' start
on the other Sox in the condition
race. Last year Scott was of
small value to Callahan, and was
suspended the last of the season
because of failure to keep in
shape. This is Scott's last
chance, and he knows it. If the
Wyoming hurler is right when
the campaign opens Jimmy Calla
han will be at peace with the
Players on the New York
American team appear to be
strong for Frank Chance as a

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