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to have everything, including confi
dence and almost as much speed as
He was given one or two more
chances during the season of 1912,
then drawing to a close, and Callahan
thought he had a find for last year.
Then Ellis was taken sick. He re
mained at his home in Racine and
was unable to go with the Sox on the
spring trip. He was in no condition
to play ball all year.
But he was not discouraged. He
built himself up carefully during the
summer and fall and now says he is
strong and able to stand his share of
Keep an eye on this lad. He is an
unassuming youngster and will get
no big league notices during the
spring, but wait until the season
opens and the smoke of battle begins
to cloud up the atmosphere. Young
Ellis will be right there in the thick
Eddie Cicotte, Sox pitcher, says he
will go to Paso Robles without sign
ing his contract. He will negotiate
with Manager Callahan while the
squads are in camp. There is no
danger that the little Frenchman will
be lost to the South Siders. He is
not flirting with the Feds, and likes
his employment in the American
Every day we become more con
vinced that the Federal League has
men of -brains at the steering gear.
The latest evidence of this is the de
termination of the Feds not to fight
for the services of King Cole.
President Weeghman and Manager
Tinker say they have concluded,
after a careful examination of the en
tire Cole case, that the King was the
property of the Yanks at the time he
signed with the Feds, though he
carefully concealed this fact. .
Cole is now out with a statement
that the Feds dated his contract back
to make it appear that he signed with
them before dickering with the
Yanks. Such a whine wiil get the
King nothing.. His besi line of con
duct is to keep still and try to pitch
in the big league.
Just how. the Feds will go about
negotiating) with Tris Speaker and
Sam Crawford' when those two
world-touring athletes get nearer
home is not within our limited knowl-
edge. But it is a cinch that they will (
make a try for the two outfielders, -and
they have been planning the
move for some time.
Crawford was a Tiger holdout last
year and is now unsigned. He will be
open to argument from the Feds and
will listen carefully, even if he does,
not sign a contract with the third ,
Speaker is not riotously happy with
conditions in Boston at the present
time. He is a great friend of Jake...
Stahl, deposed from leadership dur
ing the middle of the last campaign, ,
and does not feel very brotherly to
ward Bill Carrigan, who has taken
Stahl's place. ;
The ousting of McAleer, who fired .
Stahl, will mollify Speaker somewhat,
but he undoubtedly still has his
grouch. It will be remembered that t
Tris stayed here in Chicago as Stahl's
guest for three days last fall after he t
was supposed to have gone West to t
join the globe-girdling Sox and i
Giants. It was necessary to send him
West with a personal escort.
Organized magnates, of course,
will do everything in their power to
retain Crawford and Speaker, but it
would not be surprising to hear of an
emissary from the Feds meeting the
two clouting stars in London.
Jack Dillon easily outpointed Fred-
die Hicks in eight rounds at Windsor. 9
Dillon was hissed because he did not
force the fighting and was accused
of working under a pull a.nd letting
Hicks stay the full distance.
Jack Leary, who was with the Troy .!.
New York State League team last
season, has signed a contract with
the Browns. .
Bill Chappeiie, former major league
pitcher, now with the Beaumont
(Tex.) club, left Memphis tor Chi-