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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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And won't Fielder Jones have a
great time, coming back into the
American league with a piece of mis
tletoe attached to Jjis coattails, di
recting the attention of-Charley Co
miskey and Ban Johnson to the dec
oration. Now we are assured that peace has
been finally declared in baseball, with
the papers signed and sealed.
And still the magnates and powers
that be in baseball are working on
the theory that the fans shall not be
considered in any of their plans, and
jast what the real terms of the peace
agreement are yet remains a secret
It is idle to believe that what has
been given out regarding the Cincin
nati meeting of organised baseball
and the Feds is all that occurred. If
the Federals were in any position to
make terms at all, and they certainly
were, with the Landis suit still unde-.
cided and the National league wab
bling, they were able to secure more
than Garry Herrmann admits.
The only real definite point so far
settled is recognition of every player
who deserted organized baseball. No
man who jumped his contract will be
barred from the. National and Ameri
can leagues. This is a victory for the
athletes, and, incidentally, for the
Fed owners, who wfll be able to sell
their men where they wilL
Hal Chase, Marsans, Chief Johnson
and the rest of the hoppers can come
back twiddling their thumbs, and Ban
Johnson, who used to give out long
statements about the bar that would
be raised and kept against jumpers,
will have to watch them perform.
Even when a house has fallen on
them the baseball magnates will not
learn their lesson. The last two
years, with their parade of shrunk
en bankrolls and decayed interest in
big league baseball, have taught the
clubowners nothing. They must stall
have their fling at politics and go on
with the firm belief that the public
can be absolutely ignored.
The fans in the past two seasons
have demonstrated that they can get
along without organized baseball and
still have sport.
It will take more than a mere
peace agreement to revive interest in
sport The entire plan of baseball
as practiced in the past few years
must be revised. The game must be v
put on a plane of sportsmanship and
kept there, and then the fans will be
won back.
Any one but a baseball magnate
would realize this. It would be ap
parent for, if the magnates had ear
lier been on the level with their pa
trons there would not have been a
ghost of a show for the Federal
league to even start.
Some owners still in the game
should be weeded out
In the peace agreement, which we
are assured is official, it is not even
made certain that Charley Weegh
man will purchase the Cubs or that
Phil Ball will get the St Louis
These two events will happen, of
course, but the organized magnates
are not prepared to admit that the
plan is cut and dried. They prefer to
let the inference out that Weegh
man and Ball must depend on the
willingness of Taft and Bob Hedges
to selL
There again shows the thickhead
edness of the magnates. Every one
knows that the organized people
have been aching for some years to
get new owners for the Cubs and
Browns. A purchaser with the real
kale would be hauled in and frisked
at once, getting the franchise in ex-
change for his coin.
Also there is considerable stalling
about the Cleveland American club.
Gwinner of the Pirates might have
purchased that team a few days ago.
He might even do so now, but the
magnates want it to appear that this
deal has no connection with the
peace agreement.
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