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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 13, 1913, Image 8

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McGoorty Is to Invade Heavyweight
Division After Australian Trip.
Pres. Herrmann Outlines Campaign
Against Feds and Players.
There will be one more contestant
for the much-dented heavyweight
prizefight crown when Eddie Mc
Goorty, the Oshkosh mitt slinger, re
turns to this country from Australia.
McGoorty, with Ray Bronson and
Young Saylor, is now on his way to
San Fjancisco, from whence he will
sail for the Antipodes Nov. 18. Right
now McGoorty is a middleweight,
and a good one. Whether increased
poundage will weaken his effective
ness is problematical.
These Australian trips always re
sult in a fighter gaining beef. The
long ocean voyage, with practically
no training, cause a natural increase
in heft. Every fighter who has taken
the trip ran into the same conditions,
and several found it almost impos--sible
to make weight when they
reached the other side.
McGoorty is reconciled to the con
dition. He says the middleweight
division is no place for a real fighter
now, not enough good men- men be
ing in the game to furnish brisk com
petition. On the other hand, there is plenty
of room among the heavies for a
regular fighter. McGoorty is. flashier
and a better boxer than any of the
white hopes now doing business. The
trig "if" is whether his punch will
grow with the rest of his body.
Jimmy Dunn, manager of Johnny
Kilbane, has wired Promoter Coff
TOth of San Francisco that the feath
erweight champion is willing to meet
Abe Attell, from whom Kilbane won
his title, on Feb. 22. Kilbane wants
a guarantee of $5,000.
Attell has been begging for this
bout for months, and is willing to
sign almost any terms in order to get
a crack at his conqueror. Coffroth
will probably arrange the battle at
Garry Herrmann, at the banquet
of the minor leagues in Columbus
last night, laid down the program
that organized baseball will adopt in
dealing with the Federal League and
the Baseball Players' Fraternity.
According to the chairman of the
National Commission, the magnates
will play a waiting game, not taking
the offensive unless they think their
territory is menaced.
A double-barreled warning was
shot at the Feds and players when
Herrmann declared that any player
who violated his contract with a club
in organized baseball would be de
clared ineligible for all time. This is
a drastic step, as the custom in the
past has been to outlaw a player for
a term of years, usually five as a
Notwithstanding loud talk by sev
eral magnates as to what they would
do if Dave Fultz, president of the
players, attempted to present the fra
ternity's demands, Herrmann said
Fultz would be received. But he must
be accompanied by a delegation of
active athletes.
The plaint is made that' Fultz is
not a ballplayer, and does not under
stand conditions thoroughly. But
Fultz was at one time a big leaguer,
and ran into just the alleged injus
tices that he is now fighting. He is a
lawyer, and better able to dig out
any jokers the magnates seek to put
over on their hired men. This is the
big reason he is not wanted.
As a matter of fact, there is not a
untiy of interests between the major
leagues, the high class minors and
the bush organizations. The smaller
fry must fight for their rights, and
the odds against them are heavy.
Right now the big battle is over the
present drafting system, which is all
in favor of the. major leaguers.

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