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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
Coulon Cancels Bout Willie Ritchie
and Tommy Murphy Rematched.
Joe Tinker to the Dodgers Other
Big Deals Pulled.
Johnny Coulon has called off his
bout scheduled for Jan. 5 with Young
Sinnet in Racine because a return
fight between Matty McCue and
Tommy Bresnahan will be staged
Jan. 1 by the Racine promoters.
The Logan Square bantam naive
ly admits that he is in the fight game
for the money, and does not believe
his go would draw well so soon after
the McCue-Bresnahan fight. The
date for Coulon's re-entry into the
ring may be shifted to the latter part
of next month.
Packey McFarland, the world's
greatest heavy lightweight is out with
a denial that he is to invade the wel
terweight class and take on some of
the leading 145-pounders. The stock
yards man proudly says he is still a
lightweight and will make 135 pounds
three hours before ringtime for a
fight with "Willie Ritchie. To sub
stantiate his claim that he is a light
weight, McFarland points to the fact
that he cade 133 pounds two years
ago, which is some argument.
He also points out thae he only
weighed 141 for Jack Britton, and
claims that he was down to 137 when
he fought Harlem Tommy Murphy In
New York. Gotham sporting writers
who saw this last-named battle were
of the opinion that Packey was a
fine-looking welter, and when his
weight was announced from the ring
the audience openly laughed.
It is about time McFarland gave
up trying to convince the public that
he is a lightweight.
The Willie Ritchie-Tommy Mur
phy lightweight championship
match, postponed Wednesday be
cause of rain, and canceled because
of an injury to the champion's nose,
will be settled Feb. 22 of next year.
New articles were signed for the
match, weight being the same.
If President Chas. H. Ebbets of
the Brooklyn Dodgers is sincere in
the big offer he made yesterday for
Joe Tinker, fornfer Cub and Red
shortstop, Tinker will be a Dodger
Joe has repeatedly said that he
would not play in an Eastern city.
He was honest in his opposition to
going east, but Ebbets' offer is so
tempting that he is not hable to re
fuse. Ebbets offered Herrmann $25,000
for Tinker, with the proviso that
$10,000 of the purchase price is to
go to the player. A salary of $7,500
will be paid Tinker to shortstop for
the Dodgers, a bulky wage for a pri
vate. That is one of the best propo
sitions ever made to a ballplayer,
and it is hard to see how Tinker, who
is a good business man, can pass
The matter rests entirely with Eb
bets. If he is willing to carry out
the terms of his agreement with
Herrmann there is no chance for Chi
cago to regain Tinker. Even though
Murphy may be willing to overbid
Ebbets, which is doubtful, the arti
cles have been signed.
Yesterday was trade day at tha
National meeting, and though the
Tinker affair dwarfed the other deals,
some swaps were pulled off that will
have an Important bearing on the
success of some clubs next season.
Pittsburgh appears to have been
stung in a trade made with the St.
Louis Cardinals, and Miller Huggins
lines up with the magnates in the
David 'Harum class.
Ed Konetchy, first baseman; Mike
Mowrey, third baseman, and Bob
Harmon, pitcher, were shunted to
the Pirates by the Cards in exchange
for Jack Miller, first baseman; Chief
Wilson, outfielder; Al Dolan, JMrji