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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
President Weeghman's desire to
have the Cubs train In California may
be frustrated by the business men of
Tampa, Fla. The Cub officials have
a contract with the Tampa people
calling for the appearance of the
Cubs there In the spring for two
more years. Unless this contract
can be broken there will be noth
ing doing on the California joy ride.
So far the Tampa men have not
been favorable to a change-. They
decline to release the Cubs if a minor
league team is to replace them. This
is a compllmentlhat the North Siders
should treasure.
Weeghman says he has never been
to California and it would be great
sport to go there on a private train
with a large party. But how-it would
pan out as a conditioner for ballplay
ers is something else again. Coast
league officials have put the ban on
their athletes participating against
major clubs in exhibition jjames, and
that was one of the reasons President
Comiskey took the White Sox to Min
eral Wells, Tex., last spring. Commy
found that his men rounded to form
better when not pitted against
strong minor teams for 50 or more
games prior to the opening of the
Ever Hammer fought two good
rounds against Benny Leonard in
Kansas City last night, but except
for these flashes was unequal -to the
pace of the New Yorker and was
forced to give up the struggle in the
twelfth round. ,
Leonard excelled at every angle of
fighting. He outboxed the Swede
and punched with extraordinary
power. A rain of punches weakened
Hammer and toward the end the
hting was uneven. A straight left
in the twelfth connected with Ham- ,
mer's jaw, and Kid Howard, his man-''
ager, jumped into the ring to save,
the Chicagoan needless punishment i
in a hopeless struggle.
It was realized that Leonard was a
hard boy for Hammer, but even the
mos partisan Leonard fans did not
expect such a decisive victory.
While little girls shoot their
papas, and -ladies shoot their alleged
affinities, the shooting of Andalusia's
most famous product continues -as
the greatest inddor sport of college
football. We learn by the public
prints that Northwestern expects to
beat Chicago Saturday by speed. On
the opposite hand, the Maroons ex
pect a sturdy line and speedy ends to
stop the Northwestern offense and
also open holes through which the
Maroon backs shall dash for gargan-
thuan gains. AU of which may be
interesjting. We 'don't think so either.
It would be refreshing to get some
cold fa"cts from football camps. Bear
stories, crossed with bull, become
tiresome. Some football coach could
make a, big and popular impression
by telling just how his team looks
and what he actually thinks of its
chances. If, the average coach
talked to his own players the way he
does for publication the noble ath
letes would put away their mole
skins and take a turn at the class
rooms, realizing that as gridiron
stars they are ar fine aggregation of
calculuB sharps.
Football isn't for popular con
sumption any more..
We haven't heard any great clamor
of runners who seek to shatter the
record Sid Hatch established from
Milwaukee to Chicago yesterday.
But running from here to Milwaukee
may become popular, on Sundays, at-
any rate.
Jack Dillon says he won't meet
Mike Gibobns at 161 pounds and the
proppsed go may be canceled. If Dil
lon goes into the ring strong he wilj

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