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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 21, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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Charley Weeghman finally suc
ceeded yesterday in officially getting
the Cubs out of the trenches. He
handed a check for 500,000 to rep
resentatives of Charles-E, Taft, thus
becoming controlling owner of the
National league team. All prelimi
naries bad been wiped away and the
business was formal.
It was big stuff, all right, but the
whole fan family of Chicago is darn
glad it is all over. They have been
reading enough of money and want
something more closely connected
with actual doings on the diamond.
And they are about to get it Tinker
now is in full sway as manager and
can go ahead and make any trades
which are open, with no strings at
tached. He sold Walter Keating to St Jo
seph of the Western league, but this
is a comparatively small deal Keat
ing was a utility infielder, a marvel
on defense, but a very weak hitter.
Bigger things are to come.
So far none of Joe's cuts in his
roster have hit any ofHhe men who
were long-time regulars with the
Cubs or Whales. Bob Fisher was the
most prominent castoff and Bob was
only a one-year man. When Joe be
gins to dispose of the surplus out
field material there will be some
thing doing.
Don't be a bit surprised if he tries
to get another infielder in exchange
for a gardener. He has four regulars,
with the addition of Steve Yerkes,
and good utility men in Zeider, Mc
Carthy and Mulligan, but the infield
isn't a whacking fine combination.
Doolan can still field excellently, but
his batting is doubtful, and Yerkes is
another uncertainty.
Mulligan, in the few chances he
had with the Cubs last fall, gave
promise of developing into a strong
player and he will undoubtedly be
given every chance on the spring
training trip.
The status of Roger Bresnahan
will also be settled shortly. Weegh
man declared yesterday that Roger
would lose none of the money his
contract called for, though it is pos
sible he will be sold.
And just one lilttle knock to top
this exchange stuff off. With a $500,
000 check being carelessly handled,
the employes of the old Cub offices
were given their pay up to last night
and then canned by the former Cub
contingent Such short shift to the
secretaries on the part of the old
owners didn't class up very well with
the big money that was being han
dled. Emmet Heidrick, former Cleveland
and St Louis outfielder, died yester
day at Clarion, Pa.
Mike Gibbons has delivered a hot
shot to Packey McFarland, declaring
he is ready and willing to bet $10,000
he can knock Packey out in tell
rounds if the weight is fixed at 155
pounds. There is little chance that
such a bout will be arranged, but it
surely would draw, and there are
flocks of ring followers who would
back Mike's defl with their hard coin.
When McFarland shaded Gibbons
in their New York fiasco the weight
was 147 pounds. It was only an
other evidence of McFarland's abil
ity to get the best of it in fixing
weight, as the poundage left Gib
bons weak and uncertain when he
entered the ring. The middleweight
figure or a trifle below is his fighting'
weight and only the enormous purse
tempted him into the ring with
McFarland said a few days ago he
wouldn't fight again for less than
$15,000, and there .are no clubs will
ing to give up that much money now
for such a battle.
A bill has been introduced in the
New York state assembly legalizing
Sunday baseball and allowing an ad
mission charge. A similar bill last
year, with the admission fee elim
inated, was killed, and the present;

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