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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields' -Why
the American league is suc
cessful over the National is again
evidenced in the sale of the Boston
Red Sox by J. J. Lannin to Harry H.
Frazee of New York and Hugh Ward
of Philadelphia, well-known theat
rical magnates.
The price paid is said to be in the
neighborhood of $700,000, and,
though the sale has not yet been ra
tified by the league, there is no doubt
that it will stick.
Frazee owns the Cort theater here
and also owns a showhouse in New
York. He and Ward are interested
together in many theatrical enter
prises, but this is the first time they
have ever owned such a. galaxy of
prima donnas. Bill Carrigan says his
retirement as manager of the Red
Sox will stick, and the club is also
without a secretary.
That leaves affairs' in something of
a muddle.
Lannin worked himself into the
bad graces of President Ban Johnson
by making charges against umpires
during the recent flag campaign.
Johnson denies that Lannin was
forced out or even influenced. to quit,
but history shows that any American
league club owner who kicks over the
traces is due for a hurried exit
The American is a centrally-controlled
organization, working in
complete harmony, at least on the
surface. No matter how bitter the
owners may be about each other in
private, for public consumption they
are all little brothers. When one tie
comes too obsteperous he departs
from the family.
On the other hand, the National is
as peaceful as three lions in a den
and bickering between club owners is
constant. Whether you approve of
or not, it must be admitted that it is
the more successful method in base
ball. An example: Barney Dreyfuss of
Pittsburgh does not like the idea of
the national commission being made
up of three men directly interested
in baseball, one of the trio being a
club owner. He asked a new deal.
Now comes Ban Johnson with the in-"
formation that Garry Herrmann,
chairman "of the commission, will
probably be dropped and an outsider
chosen toact with Johnson and Pres
ident Tener of the National on the
governing board.
Herrmann has been in hot water
for some time, but members of his
own league were unable to discipline
him. But along comes Ban, says
the American league does not like
the idea of being a minority on the
commission and the situation is sim
plified. Johnson says there is little to crit
icize in the work of Herrmann, but
it is not consistent with the stand
ing of the two leagues to have the
National in controL Be that as it
may, his plan for the elimination of
Herrmann will appease Dreyfuss,
iron out the difficulties and still leave
Ban as one of the commission.
Rex Dawson, pitcher for Indianap
olis in the American ass'n last sum
mer, has sent his signed contract to
the Cub offices. Dawson has won
.20 and lost 14 for Indianapolis. His
only fault was wildness, and this was
overcome during the latter part of
the season.
Owner Jim Dunn of the Cleveland
Indians announces that Lee Fohl will
manage the club in 1917. Fohl de
served the chance, despite the stories
that he was to be deposed.
Willie Hoppe defeated G. Butlpr
Sutton of Chicago, 1,500 to 508, in
their 18-2 billiard match at St Lou
Hoppe ran-his last block of 500 in 1 .
The Litzinger cup champlonsh.
the czac government of the American I

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