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ring that shows he connects squarely,
even when the effort is fruitless.
Maybe Leach, Needham, Corriden
or all of the.others mentioned will be
tinne'd, but we can't see Phelan as
anything but a Qub next season.
Played regularly he "would increase
his batting average.
Dope on the Cubs may sirfimer on
the Hot Stove during President Mur
phy's trip to Ireland, but it will not
come to a boil. The grand mogul of
the West Side says Manager Evers
'will not have the power to mate
trades during his absence.
But John will have the power to
make denials of trades that are ar
ranged by the papers, and that will
help the poor baseball dopist to some
Reb Russell celebrated his return
to that dear Bonham, Tex., by getting
licked by the Giants, 4 to 1. He only
allowed six hits, but Buck Weaver
and Dutch Schafer, the pesky cusses,
kicked his game away with boots in
the first two innings. Tesreau allowed
the Sox seven hits. Reb was pre
sented with a diamond-studded watch
by his neighbors. Russell and his
new wife remained in Bonham to
spend the winter, the Sox moving on
toward the coast with a slim pitching
staff of three men.
Sctftty Alcock, third baseman of
the Indianapolis Federals, has been
picked off by the White Sox, and-will
report in the spring. This may be
the beginning of the much-talked-of
war between the Federals and the
other two major leagues.
It is certain such raids will not be
passed over by the Feds with impun
ity if they have a large enough bank
account to retaliate. And they claim
they are stout in the financial depart
ment. If such a war does come it will
mean big salaries for some players
for a time. The majors will forage
among the Feds, and the latter will
hold out tempting offers to big league
stars, The latter will not get the in
creases from their own bosses. None
of the men at present in organized
baseball will be given salary boosts.
They will be threatened with expul
sion and the blacklist if they flirt with
But the players of the new league
will be snared with big offers, even
if they are not wanted by the majors.
The idea will be to weaken the Fed
eral by securing its best players.
All of which will do the fan no
good. He will not get any better ball
or any cheaper prices at the gate.
Neither will the players benefit in the
end, because it stands to reason that
in a protracted war the combined
power of organized baseball can de
feat the aspirations of any newcomer.
When the American insurged and
broke through the National guard
conditions were different. Then there
was only the one major league and
baseball had not become such a big
l money maker for its backers. The
magnates were not so rich and not
so well fortified to repulse an assault
on their territory.