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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
According to delirious blurbs from
Havana the white race has triumphed
in the victory of Jess Willard over
Jack Johnson. All of which is bunk.
A big white man, trained to the min
ute, beat a very fat and leg-weary col
ored man in a contest between indi
viduals. The greatest gloat we can drag
from the result is the fact that "white
hope" talk will now end. It has been
a false issue for nearly five years and
we have had to stand for a lot be
cause of it
The very men who yelped the loud
est about the indignity visited on the
white race when Johnson licked Jef
fries, and who searched diligently for
a man to vindicate the Caucasian
honor, were the ones responsible for
the title passing to a black man. They
tried to make a killing then and
failed, and immediately became very
much injured in their honor, though
It is probable the welt in the pocket?
book gave them the greatest pain. "
There were many angles to that
Jeffries-Johnson fight which made
the white men connected with it look
much worse than the negro they re
viled. Johnson's private life was not
saintly, but there can be no doubt
his head was turned from the adula
tion given him by white people after
he had won the title.
It is a good thing for the fight
game that Willard has won. It will
lift the class of heavyweight mills, for
there will be no more of the past
white hope fiascos. As a personal
triumph for Willard, the fight will
In the next two years the title will
be worth over half a minion dollars.
Unfortunately, Willard will get only a
comparatively small share of this. His
manager, the promoters of the fight
and several other gents who have as
sisted in "vindicating" the white race
will cut in for the lion's share.
Three more days, and then comes
the opening of the' local baseball sea
son, the Federal league being the first
to begin campaigning.
Preparations for a big -time are
being made for Saturday afternoon
at the north- side park. President
Weeghman, it js understood, has
played safe by gaining the consent of
both Thompson'.and Sweitzer to pitch
the first ball. The winner will make
the toss. '
All manner of side entertainment
will be on the bill, following closely,
the program of last season, when!
cabaret singers-and brass bands kept s
the spectators interested before tha '
first batter stepped to the plate. f
Tinker's,WhaleswHI be opposed by
Fielder Jones' Sloufeds and the local i
people will have to extend themselves i
in order to make a good- showing. J
The St. Louis crew has done, its i
spring training-in Havana, where ex--1
cellent weather was encountered and
contests were possible with some of I
the strong teams of the island. d
This brings the Terriers back to
this country .primed for a rapid start t