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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1913, Image 9

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Ritchie-Murphy Date Is Set Up
Griffith Is Dundee's Match.
The date of the Willie Ritchie
Harlem Tommy Murphy fight has
been moved up to Jan. 23, and arti
cles for the battle were signed yes
terday in San Francisco. A stipula
tion in the new agreement provides
for another date in case rain butts in
on the night selected.
Ritchie will be handed $15,000, win,
lose or draw, for his share of the bat
ling. Akron, O., is claiming the coming
lightweight champion today as a re
sult of Johnny Griffith's showing
against Johnny Dundee in Canton
last night. The Buckeye boy met ev
ery angle of the New York Italian's
style, and equaled him. During sev
eral of the twelve rounds the milling
was of the rough-and-tumble order,
with both boys relying on brute
When Dundee tried to outfoot
Griffith he met his match. Neither
man was close to a knockout, but
both showed a steaming punch,
which punished when it connected.
Jack White of Chicago' put Cleve
Bridges out in the seventh round at
Memphis last night. White fought in
bunches, wearing Bridges down by
terrific spurts. White's most damag
ing work was done -on Bridges' stom
ach, which he reached repeatedly
with rights and lefts.
Mike Gibbons is rapidly flashing
to the top of the welter heap. The St.
Paul boy gave Joe Hirst a neat trim
mind in the six-round bout at Phila
delphia. Gjbbons had his opponent in
distress early and could have knock
ed him out in the fourth round. He
let the mul go the limit and gave the
fans a rare treat. In the latter rounds
he tried to see by how small a mar
gin he could ihiss Hirst's jaw. His
judgment pt distance ,was marvelous.
The Smoke Goes Up the Chimney
Just the Same Page Tener.
Six days ago the National League
elected John Tener president for a
term of four years. This unusual
sagacity on the part of the National
magnates was hailed as a means to
end bickering among the clubs. Ev
erything was to be homelike, and the
club owners were to dwell in peace
and amity. '
Today two clubs of the league are
mixed up in a hopeless snarl, and a
third is doing its dangedest to get Its
nose into the odorous, mefes.
The Tinker almostWeal is the ex
cuse for the argument. Cincinnati
and Brooklyn are the clubs snarling
at each other, and President Murphy
of the Cubs is sticking around the
outside of the ring, rooting for the
Reds to come out on top. If this
happens he hopes to land Tinker for
his team, and Murphy needs Tinker
worse than A. A. McCormick needs
friends in the County Board.
Cincinnati direcors have reneged
on the agreement entered into be
tween Garry Herrmann arid Presi
dent Ebbets of the pbdgers, wliereby
Tinker was to be exiled to Brooklyn
for $25,000, of which he was to re
ceive $10,000.
To the layman that agreement ap
pears to be inviolable under baseball
law, whatever that is. ' It was signed
by Ebbets and Herrmann, and the
only contingency was that Tinker
should agree. Joe was ready to fall
for the financial bait, being an astute
young man, who has earned a repu
tation as possessor of a working
For quite some time we have had
a sneaking suspicion that thje Cincin
nati directors were pretty poor base
ball men. And now they prove our
contention by taking action that is
contrary to all tradition among magnates.

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