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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 19, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 21

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Willie Ritchie May Settle Matters
With Freddie Welsh:
Blackburne Sure of the Keystone Job
With the White Sox.
Willie Ritchie has been aroused by
criticism leveled at him by Freddie
Welsh, and intimates he is willing to
settle the argument "with the Briton
by a meeting in the ring.
Such a meeting would be the best
thing that could happen to Ritchie.
Willie has shown ability to decisively
whip every man he has gone up
against. He has always been able to
disprove charges that he was afraid
to fight.
But the Welsh fiasco still needs ex
plaining. Some months ago Ritchie
was billed to meet Welsh in Van
couver for a guaranteed purse of
$16,000. Without any explanation he
canceled that bout and, though both
of the fighters have- threatened to
"tell all they know," the cause of the
cancellation as still a .mystery.
Some of Ritchie's enemies declared
he was afraid of Welsh. Certainly he
didn't postpone he fight because of
money, as $16,000 is some hefty
guarantee. The only thing left for
Ritchie to do is to meet Welsh and
prove his superiority over the En
glishman. Crane landed the indoor baseball
, championship In the high schdol
league by defeating Lane for the sec
ond time, 4 to 3. This is- the. sixth
time in seven years that Crane has;
taken the title. ,
Glen Coakley won a decision over.
Knockout Brown at the end of ten
rounds in Fort W,ayne. Coakley clos
ed with a rush and Had the Greek
Bud Logan of Chicago knocked out
Jack Regan of Milwaukee in the
fourth round at Oshkosh.. Logan won
the mill with a smashing right to
Regan's jaw.
Gunboat Smith and Battling Levin
sky have been matched to fight ten
rounds in New York May 8.
Buck Weaver joined the White Sox
in California yesterday and was
promptly assigned to the shortstop
job on the second team, playing next
to Russell Blackburne.
That is positive proof that Black
burne will be the regular second base
man of the South Side aggregation
when the season begins. He and
Weaver will be kept together on the
seconds for a few more games, and
then will be transferred to the first
team to perfect some machine work
with Lord and Chase. In the mean
time Weaver and Blackburne will be
getting used to each other and polish
ing up their pivotal play at 'the sec
ond sack.
Blackburne in eevry game this
spring has indicated that he is ready
in all departments for a session in the
big show. His batting has been hard
and timely. Most of his safeties have
rung off the bat and traveled with
smashing velocity.
In the field he has shown the speed
that made himthejirst of the modern
expensive beauties. -His legs are
strong and will carry-him through the
season at top speed.,
Blackburne and Weaver should
form a wonderful combination at sec
ond base. Both are young, full of
; energy, .fighters, and. have great me
chanical ability. .As'they become more
uesd to each' other's style of play,
their worth and effectiveness will in
crease. They should be-good for sev
eral years' duty.
Weaver this season should be one
of the sensations of baseball. The
trip around the world did him. good.
He was traveling with some wise
head's, and picked up any information
they had to give out. It was noted
that Buck paid particular attention
to the shortstopping of Mike Doolan

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