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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 26, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields -
Apparently baseball magnates nev
er will get wise to what hurts the
game with the public that pays the
overhead and underground
charges that keep the sport alive.
Following the late world'3 series,
where Brooklyn charged $5 for cer
tain seats in the grandstand and
boxes, there was a prolonged howl
from the fans, who wanted baseball
at something less than grand opera
Immediately certain factions of the
American league answered this pro
test by placing all the blame on the
National league, and advancing some
ideas for changes in handling the
boodle this fall. This was to placate
the public.
But the game could thrive, even
with these exorbitant prices, if the
magnates would keep their mouths
closed during the off season and not
foul their own nests by charges
against each other. Barney Dreyfuss
wants a new national commission,
and now comes Ban Johnson with
the retort that every time a case Is
decided against the Pittsburgh owner
he wants the commission reorgan
ized. '
And the players' fraternity is also
tangling with the owners. Dave
Fultz has protested the withholding
from Boston Red Sox players the em
blems that go with the world's title
because some of the athletes took
part in a post-season game.
The players aren't any too popular
with the fans as a result of the Fed
eral Jeague war. This goes espe
cially for several men who stayed
with organized baseball,-but did not
over-exert themselves after they had
ied their owners to iron-clad con-
cta that called for swollen salaries.
Certain members of both classes
are to blame. There are owners who
talk too much and there are players
who have not given fair return for
their money. Both do the game harm
and it will not recover until all real
ize that the way to put baseball back
where it belongs is to eliminate poli
tics and try a whirl at real sport.
The best single thing that could
happen to baseball would be for cer
tain club owners and a, few others
connected with the game to take a
long trip from the middle of October
until the middle of April, getting be
yond wireless and telegraph commu
nication with -this already over
talked country.
The fans aren't interested in what
Ban Johnson thinks of Dreyfuss or
Dave Fultz, or what either of these
gentlemen think of Ban. And they
won't discover, anyhow, because
because neither of the trio can ade
quately express himself under the
present governing rules of language.
Players are to be prevented this
winter from participating in indoor
baseball, basketball and football.
This is a rule passed by the magnates
to "protect their valuable chattels
from injury. There are good argu
ments from both sides, but the side
of the owners is strongest because
the latter now control the game, with
the Federal league ogre removed.
Kitty Gordon, Maroon halfback,
has played his last football game for
the University of Chicago. A long
train of injuries was, climaxed in
scrimmage yesterday by a kick in the
ribs, and there is more gloom on the
Midway. Stagg is hard up for back
fleld material and the loss of an ex
perienced man like Gordon is a se
vere blow. Gordon played part qf
the Carleton game, but was with
drawn because of an injury.
In contrast to this is news from
Madison that the Badgers are in
prime condition and do nQt fear the
Maroons. Withington has his reg
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