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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 09, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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Charley Somers will not be at the
head of the Cleveland American
league club in 1516. That much and
no more was gleaned from the meet
ing of Ban Johnson with the bankers'
committee that has charge of Som
ers' involved affairs.
If possible, Cleveland capital will
be interested in the club, an effort
being made to turn Somers' holdings
over to them if any men can be
found -willing to assume the respon
sibilities of the team. James Mc
Gill, owner of the Indianapolis team,
and President Ed Barrows of the In
ternational league were mentioned
as possible purchasers, but both de
clared there was nothing to the yarn.
Cleveland is certain to stay in the
league, even if it becomes necessary
for the other magnates to syndicate
the liabilities of the club and put up
a pro rata amount to put it on its
feet until an outright purchaser can
be found.
Cleveland is a good baseball city
and will pay its way if provided with
a real ball team. It proved that in
years gone by, when it was a first
division contender, and for the last
two seasons no city in the country
has been more liberal in its patron
age of amateur baseball.
But the fans of that city will not
pay real money to watch an aggrega
tion of tailenders make motions that
have no connection with champion
ship baseball. The team has been in
the idumps ever since George Stovall
was deposed in favor of Harry Davis,
after the former had taken the team
in the middle of the season and made
a good showing with it
There have been frequent wran
gles with the manager, whoever he
might be, which culminated last sea
son in the ousting of Joe Birming
ham in favor of Lee Fohl, who was
imuch cheaper, according to all re
iports. Dan McKetrick, manager of Young
Ahearn, the eastern middleweight, is
much worked up because Mike Gib
bons has postponed the fight sched
uled for St Paul, Dec. 10. Mike is
suffering from a cold that threatens
to develop into pneumonia and has
set the bout back at least a week,
with the possibility that it will be en
tirely canceled.
McKetrick says Gibbons is afraid
of meeting Ahearn and is using a
slight cold to excuse himself. All of
which gives the bout a little more ad
vertising and will make some of the
fans think the two fighters hate each
Craig Redmond, 220-pound Uni
versity of Chicago football man, es
tablished a new world's record for
the 60-foot plunge in the C. A. A.
pool, when he made the distance in
19 1-5 seconds, two-fifths of a sec
ond better than the old mark. Not
withstanding this noteworthy per
formance", C. A. A. won the dual
swim from the Maroons, 50 to 17,
Redmond being the only college man
to score a first. Walter Farrell, the
prep member of the athletic club
team, whose amateur record has
been questioned by the A. A. U.,
copped the 100-yard back stroke.
Looks like Freddie Welsh will have
a fine alibi for refusing to meet Char
"lie White in a 20-round bout -Denver
got tired of bidding when Harry
Pollok, Welsh's manager, stalled, and
now Jimmy Coffroth, manager of the
club at Tia Juana, Mexico, says he
is through bidding. His terms were
not satisfactory to the Welsh contin
gent That leaves no one bidding for
the battle.
August Kieckhefer took the lead in
the Interstate Three-Cushion Billiard
league, defeating George Pelton of
Boston, 50 to 30.
Nienstadts took first place in the
five-man division of the city bowling
tournament, knocking down 2,957
pins. Art Lauer shot into the all
events lead with a nine-game total of,

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