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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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Freddie Welsh made a real fight in
Milwaukee and whipped Ad Wolgast
in ten rounds. The ex-champion tried
his best, but was no match for the
Briton. Despite thisAd says he can
win back the title in 20 rounds, and
has challenged for a battle at that
Some bids have been received by
the managers of the two fighters for
such a meeting and there is a chance
that it will be put on. Now, Wolgast
is a good and willing fighter, rugged
and energetic, but he has not the
same claims to championship aspira
tions that some other lightweights
Even the fact that Ad formerly
held the title can't outweigh the fact
that at the present time he is not as
good a fighter as Charlie White, Ben
ny Leonard or one or two other little
It may be that in meeting Wolgast
over the derby distance Welsh thinks
there is a chance to close the mouths
of his critics. In this he is mistaken.
For some time there has been dissat
isfaction with Fred because he hasn't
defended the title in a real fight, and
fighting Wolgast will not stop this
He must meet one of the young up-and-coming
lightweights and get a
victory before the fight fans will
take him at his own valuation.
The Cubs are at their training
grounds, ready for the first hard work
of the season. That closes the win
ter league stuff, so far as the fans of
the North Side are concerned, and
we are ready for the spank of bat
against ball. A week will see the box
score of the first practice game
Tinker doesn't know just how he
will start the men on the spring
grind and none of the correspond
ents seem able to agree on a plan of
conditioning for the Cub boss to act
on. It is not likely, however, that any
very strenuous stuff will be attempt
ed before next week. The majority
of the men on the Cub roll are veter
an performers, and therefore are not
quick starters. They require time to
boil out their muscles.
But a team brought to form at the
opening of the season is not always
a winner, as witness the White Sox
of the last few seasons. No ball
teams ever started their campaigns
better trained than the South Siders.
But they went stale too soon to last
in the race.
Tinker will have his people ready
to play ball when the season opens,
but it is fair to believe that the class
of pastiming will grow better as the
lines of pennant fight draw tighter.
Roger Bresnahan has acquired the
Toledo franchise of the American
ass'n, will manage the club there and
play practically every day. The final
word on the deal comes today, but
it has been practically settled for
some time.
Roger paid $40,000 for the fran
chise, using $10,000 which he re
ceived from President Weeghman of
the Cubs to terminate his contract.
While Roger and Weeghman were
supposed to be dodging each other
last week, a settlement had been
made between the two. They met a
week ago yesterday and fixed every
thing up.
But the news wasn't given out un
til Roger had landed his team. The
A. A. magnates wouldn't hear of any
other fellow as a magnate in Toledo
and turned down the offers of a
couple of men who had their cold
cash ready.
Manager Rowland of the White Sox
will have 32 athletes in camp when
he starts spring work preparatory to
the American league campaign. Six
members of squad will report direct
to Mineral Wells. Jim Scott and Joe
Benz are already on the scene and 24
are expected to depart from here
Sunday. Beginning tomorrow ath
letes are expected to drop in daily,

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