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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
Now comes the Red Cross to take
the place of the double cross in prize
fighting. Jess Willard, heavyweight cham
pion of the world, and George Car
pentier, claimant of the European
title, are to be matched for a fight
in New York some time this winter.
Carpentier, at present in the French
army, will be released for this fight
Proceeds of the battle, after Tom
Jones and. Willard take out their
share, will go to the Fren.cn war
fund for relief of war sufferers. Tex
Rickard and Sam McCracken are
promoting the fight, and $25,000 is
-to be paid to the fund for French suf
ferers when Carpentier signs the
contract. In addition, the fund will
get 50 per cent. of all profits above a
specified sum. 4 1
Just what sum the JonesiWillard
combination will receive is yet to be
determined. But it will certainly be
as much as the French get Toln
Jones is a business man and his
fighter will not enter the ring unless
Tom is well gilded. It is hinted that
Willard will want something in the
neighborhood of $75,0007with a priv
ilege of 40 per cent of the gross re
ceipts. ' '
The event is to have a society
tinge, Anrie Morgan, daughter of J.
Pierpont, being one of the sponsors
of the French war fund. The affair
will be well press agented and the
gate receipts should be larger than
for any ten-round fight in history.,
People who never went to a prize
fight before will be at the ringside
A goodly proportion of the spectators
wilT probably be women.
But there should be a better way
of swelling the French relief, fund.
It sounds like only another scheme"
to dress up a ten-round fight in gar
ments that will disguise it from the
regular fight fans and cause them to.
give up their money. But if the
French angle was left out, probably
some other plan would be pushed
forward and no one would get any
thing but the promoters, fighters and
their managers. Never forget the
managers. N
As a society or charity bazaar the
affair may be all right, As a prize
fight it does not sound attractive.
Carpentier should be .easy for Wil
lard. Jess is the luckiest fellow in
the world, and so is Jones. So far
there has been no intimation, that
either of these people will contribute
part of their bit to the French fund,
he German fund or any other fund
but the one for Willard and Jones.
They are in for some easy money.
It is more than either dreamed of,
even in these pop-eyed days of ridic
ulously large purses for ten-round
rights'. And it comes at a time when
the public was getting sick of being
bilked all the time. It gives the ten
round financief a new lease of life at
an opportune moment for them.
And' while this fight is promoted
for the partial benefit of French peo
ple to whom Christmas is. only a
memory, there are people here in
our ownprosperous city to whom
Christmas isn't even a memory. They
never heard of it
Charity has been invoked for many
good and bad causes, but it never
covered anything like this before,
t The value p'f defense in baseball
appears in American league fielding
averages, just but Boston Red Sox,
pennant winners, finished with a
mark of .972. The White Sox, in
second place in the club standing,
were second in fielding, four points
back of the world's champs. And
the Mackmen were last all the way
with a percentage of .951.
Ed Collins Ied the second basemen
with an average" of .97&, committing
only 19 errors in 780 chances. Jack

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