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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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Jess Willard and his manager are
trying to secure a postponement of
the fight scheduled-fpr March 8 in
New York with FrankMoran. Wil
lard, at his Rogers Park home, says
he is suffering from a cold which he
cannot shake. His manager, Tom
Jones, from New York has been in
touch with the champion, and what
he heard caused him to ask the setback.
Tex Rickard, promoter of the
match, has his own representative
here, and will have him report on
Willard. If Tex then believes the big
fellow is truly sick, he will arrange
the fight for March 22.
While this is going on, Moran is
Avprking strenuously in the east, and
reports say he is rapidly getting into
condition. This is no joke fight to
Moran, who realizes that a victory,
even in a ten-round fight, would
place him at the top. With the pres
tige of a popular verdict he could
force the champion into a real fight
without a limit on the number of
Willard is a big man, and does not
take kindly to training. But he and
his people realize that he must train
for this match. Since defeating
Johnson, Jess has not put on a battle,
and he is not highly regarded by the
fighting fraternity. There Is a dis
position to regard him as an acci
dental champion, and the only way
this idea can be erased is by a decisive
victory over Moran, who looks like
the best of the new heavy bunch.
It is probable the palpitating pub
lic can stand the postponement if one
is granted. It is probable the public
could survive if the fight never was
pulled off at all, and a whole mess of
people would be better off financially.
Some one seems to have whispered
into the ears of Joe Tinker and Char
ley Weeghman. They are unable to
hear Jimmy Callahan's request that
Cy Williams, tall Cub outfielder, be
sold to the Pirates. Cal wants two i
men from the Cubs, and our dope of
yesterday that one was a catcher and
one an outfielder is borne out by
the statements of the interested par
ties. I MSI
Tinker has three catchers, Archer,
Wilson and Fischer, the first two
being generally regarded as the bet
ter men. But if a sale is pushed
through it is quite likely that Cal
lahan will get one, leaving Fischer
J here as second-string man, and a
youngster to help out in an emer
gency. So far, Tinker seems to think
pretty well of men formerly in the
Federal League, and he unqualifiedly
favors his Federal outfielders over the
left-over Cubs. With this as a pre
cedent, he may decide to let Archer
go and retain Wilson and Fischer. It
will be a shock to the fans, but there
will not be the howl that would fol
low if the club was still located on
the West Side. The North Siders
have become used to Wilson and Fis
cher and like them.
But Tinker and Weeghman both
say they have absolutely turned Cal
lahan down on the proposition to buy
Williams. Cy is a young man, a
comer, and one of the best prospects
in ihe National League. He is eager
to learn, and profits by every hint
dropped him.
President Baker of the .Phillies de
nies that the club has been sold to a
Philadelphia syndicate.
Ban Johnson, talking from Cleve
land, says the Indians will be sold by
March 1, and that Chicagoans will be
the purchasers. Ban says that none
of the people so far mentioned will be
among the purchasers
Manager Tinker of the Cubs has
closed a deal whereby he gains con
trol of the Peoria club of the Three
Eyes League, Joe will turn several
players over to the team, and in re
turn will get first grab at any" men
who develop major league qualifications.
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