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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 15, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 9

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Gunboat Smith Licks Wells Briton
Not in Title Class.
Jt's back to the right little, tight
little isle for Bombardier Wells, the
English heavyweight.
After his decisive defeat by Gun
boat Smith last night there is no
reason for Wells to stay'in this coun
try, unless he wants a. job driving
a truck. .
Wells has baffled everyone who has
seen him in action or read of his
exploits. He seems to be a whale of
a fighter when things are coming, his
way, is clever, has a stinging wallop,
' as he showed in the Palzer fight, and
can outbox any of the heavies now
doing business.
But as soon as he is shaken up
by a few jolts from his opponent he
goes to pieces. He boxes instinctive
ly, but there is no power behind his
blows, and there is a suspicion of
an ochre color in his make-up.
In the firsf round at New York last
night he dazzled Smith, who is not
a boxer and never will be. Wells land
ed at will, and at the gong the gun-ner'-s
nose was twice its usual size.
The round was hardly interesting.
' When the gong rang for the- be
ginning of the second round Smith
changed his tactics. He waded into
the Briton, his arms swinging like
flails. -Wells' defense jwas battered
down and a right swing sent him to
the floor. He arose, dazed, and was
immediately dropped with a hook on
the back of the neck. He instinctive
ly guarded when he staggered up at
the count of nine, but another crash
ing blow from Smith's right hand
put him, out for keeps. It was five
'minutes before the Englishman re
gained consciousness.
Wells outweighed' Smith ten
pounds. The Gunboat party immedl
ately challenged Luther McCarty for
the title and he will probably get the
match. He will be easier for McCarty
than wag Al Palzer,, " , -
Cheney of Cubs and Smith of Sox
Pitch Great Ball.
The Cub yanigans persuaded Ed
Reulbacb to take an auto ride yes
terday and managed to beat the reg
ulars; 8 to 0. with Larry Cheney and
Charley Smith in the box. " Painter,
Sutcliffe and Powell threw f&r the
It was Cheney's first combat of the
season, and in the four innings he
decorated the mound the street rail
way contractor gave excellent ser
vice. Three hits were made off his
delivery and he breezed along with
out exertion. This morning Larry's
arm gave his no trouble and he is
ready to do his share of the work
on the barnstorming. trip home.
Charley Smith strangled the regu
lars'with three safeties in five frames
and was never in danger of being
scored upon.' So feeble were the
Cubs' efforts against Cheney and
Smith that they couldn't push a man
as far as third base. The perform
ance wasn't very creditable to a team
that is touted as the heaviest hitting
aggregation that has represented the
West Side in years.
The three youngsters who volun
teered to baffle thi yanigans left all
their cleverness at the hotel. Hits
and passes, sandwiched with smart
base-running, gave the yans runs on
each heaver. In the eigth inning1 the
recruits worked the double steal
twice on Cotter and Evers.
Mike Heckinger, the local catcher
with the Cubs, is showing great im
provement in his playing. When he
first 'went to-Tampa there was noth
ing startling about the tall boy's work
and he was not conceded a chance
to stick with the Cubs through the
season. Cotter was given the call
over him. .In the last fewweeks, how
ever, he has come with a rush and
has so impressed Evers that he has
an even chance of cutting Cotter
from the pay-trough. Heckinger, laced.

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