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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields "
Apparently 'the National league is
-waking from its long snooze. It
raised the player limit to 22 athletes
for the season and extended to May
15, two weeks additional, the time
when managers must cut theii; ros
ters from the 35 men allowed during
the experimental period.
The disabled list was canceled.
This allowed manager to place in
, jured men on the inactive list and
(keep below the limit through that
subterfuge. Sec'y Heydler an
nounced the league had drawn the
largest attendance in its history, al
though figures were not, given out.
So much for league business, all
transacted in a friendly spirit. Fire
works may come at a session this
afternoon, when Barney Dreyfuss
will hone up. his knife for sGany
Herrmann. -
v The International league is also in
tne thick of the fight, having refused
to obey the national commission's
order to pay President Ebbetts of
Brooklyn $9,000 for "Newark terri
tory. 'Ban Johnson, favoring the
minors when the case 'came before
the commission, is now lined up with
his colleagues in enforcing the rul
ing. The minors must not be allowed
to become too chesty.
President Weeghman' of the Cubs
couldn't announce a hew manager
this morning. Charles made offers
for Fred Mitchell of the Braves, but
was turned down by Manager S tai
lings. He also made a half-hearted
attempt to land John McGraw or
Stallings himself,- but the efforts
were failures, as could have been
After Weeghman had lunch with
Jack Hendricks and Jimmy McGill of
Tndianapolis the report was revived
tat Hendricks might leave the
Hoosiers and manage the Cubs. Hen
dricks has managed the Cubs more
often in the winter than any man in
captivity1. ,
Mitchell is the man Weeghman is
making an effort to land. He of
fered the Boston people a wad of N
money for the Brave lieutenant, but A
was turned down. George Stallings
wants outfielders and, demanded that
one human be tossed in with the
coin. He asked for Cy Williams and
was promptly turned down. Then
he suggested Leslie Mann and
Weeghman considered -the matter.
He is still considering it. Weegh
man should have the consulting ad
vice of an experienced baseball man,
one who has been active in the game,
and that recently. Leslie Mann is a
rattling good outfielder. He can do
everything that is required, throw,
run, catch flies and hit a few licks.
It is significant that Stallings
wants Mann after calling the out
fielder Stonehead when he leaped to
the Feds. Mann is a better ball
player than when, Stallings had him,
and the Brave boss knows it. He
started last season in a batting
slump, but shook it and became one
of the most popular players on the'
North Side team.
He won favor with the bleacherites
in spite of his ppor start He had
a large handicap to . overcome, but
did it through dogged determination.
Williams outhit Mann on the season,
bt Cy lacks several things Mann
'has. Cy can't throw with Les and
doesn't run bases as well. It is doubt-
ful if he will hit' any better another
This isn't intended to belittle Wil
liams. But it is an appreciation of
Mann, who is a better ballplayer
than some people think. Trading
him would not be a popular, move
and would set back a department of
the team that needs bulwarking.
Any manager who' takes the Cubs 1
faces a difficult task and it will ba

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