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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS BOXING
Merry Christmas to all you fans and
fanesses, and you'll have it, too, if
you don't pay too much attention to
the woes of the baseball magnates.
Their troubles are their own, and
you can leave them.there.
Coming right down to the cold
facts, just how far does all this peace
talk really interest any of us except
the people who make their living
from baseball. We know that there
will be diamond battles next season,
no matter who owns which team,
and we'll see our fair share of good
players in one collection.
We can at least get some cheer at
this merry yuletide season from the
knowledge that anything we see in
1916 can't be worse than what was
provided for us in 1915.
And if the major league caliber is
no better than it was last season we
still have the Wiederrechts, Tigers,
Gunthers and a few more teams to
watch. At those games we can at
least feel assured of partisanship
and a hot contest
Figure it out Where do you find
the most rabid baseball fans in this
country? Why, out in the bushes,
of course, at Smith Center or Sandy
Corners. Buried in the wilds, where
the nearest they get to the big league
4s a rumor each fall as to the winner
of the world's series, are fans who
have just as good a time at their ball
games as we have here-in the big cir
cuits. , Make the magnates come to time
with you. The case has been just
the opposite until the last two years,
and then it was more because of the
actions of the organized magnates
than because of the amusement fur
nished by the Federal league that
I aseball attendance in the big towns
Even yet it appears the baseball
powers have failed to learn a lesson.
They are continuing to disregard the
fans, and never was this more appar
ent than in the peace negotiations of J
the last couple of weeks. Nearly
every line printed about the negoti
ations was a fabrication.
The newspapers had to print some
thing and they did the best they
could. Don't blame them. But the
magnates declined to take any one
into their confidence and what state
ments they gave out weren't worth
a whoop as real news.
The most glaring example of this
angle occurred in New York, where
President Tener of the National
league said he didn't know anything
about peace, and within an hour or
so the word came from the magnates
of his own league that peace plans
were afoot at last, with some sem
blance of a successful conclusion.
Tener is also just a cog in the ma
chine. He has been schooled in such
actions by the men he is working
This sounds rather caustic, but it
isn't aimed at all magnates. Right
here in the Chicago we should be
fortunate. We have a live one on
the South Side and another live one
on the North Side, and both pay
some attention to the desires and
welfare of their fans.
Elsewhere, however, conditions are
different, and magnates of other cit
ies have power to make thing un
pleasant for the entire league.
. Let them fight it out for them
selves. And don't worry over any
busted fortunes in the Federals.
Those people went into the game for
the money, too, and stand on the
same plane with any other promot
ers. Baseball is all right, but some of
the people mixed in it financially are
not So long as we have the ama
teurs the game will flourish.
There will be no player limit for
the Cubs and St. Louis Browns next -season.
The other seven teams in
National can carry only 21 men and
the other seven in American can only
carry 25 men, but Joe Tinker and