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

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By Mark Shields
President Weeghman of the Cubs
denies unequivocally that Prank
Chance is to return here as manager
j of the Cubs. This is the 'steenth time
'the North Side executive has branded
the report false, and he grows more
emphatic each time.
From Los Angeles comes a report
ed interview with Chance, in which
the P. L. says he has received a re
quest from the Cubs for his terms on
a two-year contract. He has sent his
price, which is said to be in the
neighborhood of $50,000 for the pair
of seasons.
There are the two sides of the
story. Which do you prefer to take?
Our end is Weeghman's. He says
friends of Chance on the coast are
keeping alive the report of his return
to big company, and they have noth
ing from him on which to base their
Chance, the. P. L. of the old Cub
; machine, was the daddy of them all.
! He had a crew of athletes who knew
baseball, and he drove them to the
1 limit for all they knew about the
game. He was a success. Then he'
, went back to the coast
New York Yankee money brought
him back to the majors and he tried
for two seasons to make a winner
out of the raft of material handed
him. Finally he gave it up as a hope
less task, with the comment that he
could drive players who knew the
,game, but couldn't develop a team.
And that is exactly what he would
'have to do on the North Bide in
1917. The team is in the process of
development and experiments will
jbe made in several.positions. It is a
job for a builder, a patient man who
'will try any expedient in order finally
to whip together a squad of winning
Whether Tinker can do that is
something of a problem. He will
have a better chance than last sea-x
son. Chance admits that the task t
would be beyond him and something
he does not care for. The day when
a team can be a drawing card be-
cause of the prestige of its pilot is W
past. The day of the individual star .
is also waning. Fans now want to ,
see a winning, team, a team that is
good for at least a small majority of
its games, and they don't care wheth
er the fellows were obscure the sea
son before.
Tinker is back in the city and does .
not seem bothered about his future.
He Indicates that he has some kirfd
of agreement with club officials that ,l
is satisfactory. Considering all these . ,
things, too much weight should hot
be put on this Chance talk. He may ,
come back, but it is highly impfbba .
ble. , , --
Outfielder Meusel, a recruit who is -to
report to the Cubs, has received
orders from Dave Fultz, head 6f the
Players' Fraternity, not to sign a
contract Meusel is a member of the
executive committee of the frater
pity. This is the first actual step in
the rumored' strike of players'. They I
do not like some things in the pres- j
ent contracts.
A meeting of the national commis
sion will" be held in the offices of
President Johnson of the American 1 '
league today to consider new and
"Uniform contracts for the majors. -This
will have some bearing on fu
ture strike talk.
Pres. Ebbets of Brooklyn wants
an amendment to National league t
laws providing for a limit of 22 play-' $
era, one more than has been allowed i
the past few seasons. ' . " ,
Executive committee of Chicago ' i
District Soccer league will meet Wed- i
nesday night at Great Northern hotel !
to pick a team to play against the
Bethlehem Steel team, national
champions, .here Dec. 23. ,

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