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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS BOXING
Peace, perfect peace, reigns among
the baseball magnates, except for the
minor fact that each of the gentle
men meeting in the final get-together
conference at Cincinnati is suspi
cious and is concealing behind his
back a meat ax, which he would de
light to bury in important portions
of some other fellow's anatomy.
Do the magnates of organized ball
and the Federal league trust each
other? Not any more than Mexican
generals trust each other. Maybe
not so much, for the magnates are
better educated in clever tricks and
have more opportunities.
That is clearly apparent in the
acknowledged statements of Charley
Weeghman, president of some team
or other, probably the Whales and
maybe the Cubs.
Charles was talking about the suit
which the Federal "league entered
against organized baseball last sea
son, calling the organized gentleman
various unpleasant things and leav
ing the inference that there could
never be pleasant associations.
"Will you withdraw the suit
against organized baseball?" Charles
"Not until the peace pact is signed
and sealed," replied Charles. "We
might as well hand them a blank
check as withdraw the suit now."
Doesn't that signify loving trust
and faith in the fairness of the men
he is dickering with? You know it
A fan who looks these peace ne
gotiations over carefully can have a
lot of fun for himself discovering the
real estimate the sportsmen have of
each other. He begins to find out
that some of the things he has be
lieved for a long time are true.
1 The majorty of the sportsman
ship in baseball is confined to the
athletes and the men and women
who pay to watch them play. With
the owners it is a business, like sell
ing hardware or beef.
Weeghman is out with the flat
statement that if he secures the Cubs
he will transfer the team to the
North Side and put Joe Tinker in
charge. A place will probably be
found for Bresnahan, who stuck to
organized baseball when he was of
fered large sums to leap to the Fed
Roger has a two-year contract
which is unbreakable, otherwise he
might have to worry about a job, for
in the past it has been the custom
for magnates to brand jumpers, com
pliment the honor of the players who
stuck, then toss the loyal players
over later if it seemed expedient.
Bresnahan made good on the West
Side last summer, even though he
finished in poor position. He w?s forr
tunate to finish in the league at all,
considering the material wich which
he was furnished for competition.
Gradually Roger and his personality
were winruig back the fans who had
become alienated from the West Side
team because of the politics of the
Something definite should develop
from the Cincinnati meeting today
between the national commission
and a committee from the Federal
league. The peace negotiations can
not be stalled off much longer. Or
ganized baseball has shown its posi
tion Is not impregnable by the eager
ness with which it demands the Lan
dis suit be dropped.
Something must drop or the war
will go on, and it won't hurt any one
but the magnates. Their wounds
may be mortal, for they will be lo
cated in the pocketbook, an extreme
ly vulnerable spot with the men now
interested in the game.
Fred Fulton has arrived here to do
a portion of his training for his bat
tle with Jess Willard in New Orleans.
The Rochester giant is a happy-go-
lucky kid, brimming with enthusiasm
because of a chance at the title. He
says he is confident he can whip Willard.