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get even with the men who forced
them to back down.
When the A. L. magnates reached
New York Ban Johnson suddenly
ceased to talk about closing the parks
and locking out the players. Appar
ently some one spokeHo the so-called
In fact, immediately after it was
announced that Newark had purchas
ed Kraft, thereby relieving the situa
tion, Johnson is reported to have said
that it made no difference to the
American League and that he never
had seen how the American was in
volved or would be drawn into the
That certainly was a sudden shift
from his earlier announcements that
the American would welcome a fight
and would meet the players at least
half way if they wanted war.
The result of this muss points the
way to better things for the players,
so long as they are just in their de
mands, and do not become unreason
able simply because they have proven
their power. I
While this Kraft case was not gen
erally understood when the players'
ultimatum was first issued, the fans
later became acquainted with its va
rious angles and were in accord with
the athletes. They realized that an
injustice was being done the minor
As long as the players do not de
mand anything that is not justly due
them they will receive the support of
the fans, and with this backing they
are sure of success in any legitimate
Of course, the fans will tiot get all
het up over salary demands. And
there is no possibility of the players
forcing a raise for any indiivdual.
But they will act as a unit when
any move is made to arbitrarily shift
a player in a manner which will be
to his disadvantage. For such cases
as the Kraft matter the fraternity is
necessary to the athletes. Its sole
purpose when organized was to han
dle just such matters.
Any talk of discipline for members
of the fraternity board of directors is
ridiculous. The players would never
stand for it. Aside from their natural
animus, they would also be taking the
part of personal friends, John Henry
and Ed Sweeney. Kraft was known
personally to very few of the big
league players, which makes their
concerted action all the more notable.
The best thing for all concerned is
to drop the matter. Nothing will be
gained by continuing the agitation.
The players won a victory. They
should take their honors gracefully
and the magnates should accept the
outcome in the same manner.
Federal League stock is advancing.
Their victory in the Chase case yes
terday makes the second successful
appeal to the higher courts! It
sounded the deathknell of the ten
day clause, and Justice Bissell, while
not holding the organized magnates
guilty of violation of the Sherman
anti-trust law, declared they were
skirting dangerously close to thin ice.
All late contracts in organized
baseball have been drawn with the
ten-day clause eliminated. But Jus
tice Bissell gave the Feds another
opening by hitting at the reserve
clause. His decision is the most
sweeping yet handed down, and will
be a big asset for the third leaguers
in going after star players at the
close of the present season.
The Chase case will be appealed by
the White Sox, of course, but in the
meantime Prince Hal is free to play
The Cubs are showing the proper
spirit in their stern chase after the
Giants. Six consecutive wins have
failed to close up the gap, as the
Giants have been winning as con
sistently. But it fails to discourage
the Cubs. They are playing with more
fight and determination than at any
time this year.
At last they have come to a realiza
tion that the opposition to be encoun
tered, except in one or two instances.
lis not stout, and all that is needed