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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
Some Baseball Politics That Explain
Why Kidnap Jack Johnson? We Can
Get Along Without Him
The proposition to kidnap Jack
Johnson, heavyweight prizefighter,
and bring him here to answer for his
1 violations of the white slave act, in
case the smoke fights in Mexico,
does not make much of a hit with us.
This country is well rid of the
black man. As long as a federal
court conviction is held over him he
will keep out of the United States,
and that is all we want If he re
turned, took his sentence and served
it he would be free at its expiration
to come and go as he pleased.
As it is, for fear of Leavenworth,
Johnson inflicts his presence on
France, Russia and England, coun
tries which are already having
The only good thing about this
kidnapping dream is that it might
prevent the proposed fight between
Johnson and Jess WDlard. Mexico
or Cuba is being picked on for this
fight and neither deserves such a
Johnson is in no shape to fight.
Willard is not of championship cal
iber, but he should be able to whip
the dissipation-trained colored man.
Johnson barely saved his title against
Frank Moran, and the- succeeding
months have not improved him any.
Knowing that he is through, John
son wants to make a final stake. He
is not to be blamed. Single out the
men who promote such fiascos to get
the public money and the censure will
be placed where it belongs.
Ritchie Mitchell easily defeated
Peanuts Schieberl in ten rounds at
Milwaukee. Schieberl was almost
out in the fifth round and from then
to -the finish failed to land an effec
Philadelphia sends out the prize
baseball story for today. Rumors
were started here of wholesale jump
ing to the Feds of organized base
ball's athletes, but the Philadelphia
yarn has a political angle that sheds
considerable light on recent combina
tions and cliques in the councils of
the two olde.r leagues.
It is intimated that Charles W.
Murphy, vrho has a string to con
trol of the Gubs, prevented the sale
of the Philadelphia Nationals to the
Wards of Brooklyn. Murphy told
Baker what price to demand, and
when Baker put the figure at $1,
000,000 the Wards buttoned up their
purse and decided there was nothing
And theVstory admits that Murphy
is largely responsible for the success
of the Phils in competition with the
Athletics. No matter where the Na
tional Leaguers finish, they always
manage to outdraw the Mackmen,
even when the latter cop pennants
and fieure in world's championshiD
Various reasons are advanced for
this, the best explanation being the
superior location of the National Lea-
gue park and its convenience to the
Murphy, it is said, saved this park
to the National League. He owns
part of it, in conjunction with Mrs.
C. P. Taft. just as the same people
own the West Side grounds.
Therefore, Murphy claims a cer
tain share of the credit for the suc
cess of the Phils.
President Tener of the National, it
is explained, believes he can make
political capital out of attacks on
Murphy, which have been popular in
certain quarters for years. Ban John
son has egged him on in this endear- .