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John is a marvelous lieutenant, but
not a good captain.
But Evers wanted the management
and thought he was entitled to it
He got the chance and responsibility
threw him off his stride Bresnahan
tried to help, but Johnny wouldn't let
In the meantime, under both Evers
and O'Day, Bresnahan went on doing
the best he could to help the Cubs
win. He didn't get much encourage
ment from the baseball writers and
fans at. first because Jimmy Archer
was their idol as a backstop.
It was only during the past season
that the excellent work of Bresnahan
began to be appreciated. The real
Bresnahan stuck out all over the
team and made itself felt, in spite of
some half-hearted work by certain
athletes. Murphy knew of this ability
"of Bresnahan before he signed him.
He knew that Roger had fighting
spirit and would impart it to his mates
if given a chance.
Roger is one of the wisest men in
baseball. He doesn't lose his head.
He doesn't talk much and he isn't a
"newspaper" player. When he first
went to St. Louis to manage the Car
dinals the newspapermen didn't cot
ton to him because he didn't talk
much and didn't have much news to
give out. But all this was forgotten
when he pulled a second division team
into the thick of a pennant fight.
Bresnahan lost out in St. Louis be
cause he wouldn't double-cross Mrs.
Britton. Some men close to Mrs.
Britton wanted to get the club away
from her and wanted Roger to be in
on the deal. He turned them down.
He was working for the club and not
for any particular faction.
Then the men who were turned
down poisoned Mrs. Britton's mind
against the manager and he lost out
because he was on the square. That
is the way he came to be in bad with
When Roger came to the Cubs he
played on the level with, Evers, with
O'Day and with Archer. Three times
during the past season he refused the
management and advised against
making any change while the club
was up in.the race, with O'Day doing
the best he could.
Now Murphy's original plan has
been carried through. Roger is man
ager and the Cubs have one of the
cleverest and fightingest players and
managers in baseball.
The offer made by the Wards of
Brooklyn to tempt Bresnahan to the
Federal League was $10,000 a year,
a cash bonus for signing and a block
of stock in the third league team. But
Roger had a year to go on his Cub
contract and didn't want to jump
either a contract or organized base
ball. Long before Fielder Jones took the
management of the St. Louis Feds
the job was offered to Bresnahan and
he turned it down.
The prospects are good for old
time baseball right here on the West
Side. The fans like a man who loves
the game well enough to fight for
victory, and Bresnahan has the vital
spark which infuses his mates with
determination to win or make a game
effort in losing. With such spirit on
tap the fans will undoubtedly again
rally to the support of the Cubs, just
as in the days when pennants and
world's championships were being
Then Murphy will be given credit
for being wiser than a lot of people
thought he was. He picked the Cub
manager three years ago.
At a meetirig of the stockholders of
the Chifeds yesterday the capitaliza
tion of the club was increased to
$400,000. It was discovered that on
the original capitalization of $250,
000 an investment of $412,000 had
been made, and the extra $150,000 in
stock was voted to the men who had
advanced the additional coin.
Federal officials seemed reconciled
to at least one more year of baseball
war. The news from Cincinnati that
Bresnahan had been appointed man
ager X)f the Cubs and that the team
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