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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
No matters of great moment are
scheduled to .come before the Amer
ican league meeting, which convenes
this afternoon. A new form of con
tract is to be considered. It embod
ies the liability clause and will prob
ably be adopted without argument
Magnates and" managers from all
over the circuit are present at the
Hotel La Salle and there was some
talk of trades, with eaoh manager
wanting a, load of .coal for a scuttle
of ashes. There was a hof tip that
Eay Chapman, Cleveland shortstop,
might come to the White Sox in ex
change for a pitcher and an infielder.
Cleveland executives are , here in
Jim Scott is the pitcher named in
the deal and the infielder on the Sox
end will be-either Terry or McMul
Iin. The move would 'strengthen
both teams. Lee Pohl needs an ex
perienced pitcher to make his team
a hot contender all the way. With
Chapman at -short and Weaver at
third that department of the Sqx in
ner wall would be the best in the big
But before any great advances can
be made by the Hose an improve
ment will have to be made at first
Pres. Weeghman of the Cubs is
still shopping around New York for
a manager and some athletes to bol
ster the fortunes of the North Sid
crs, handicapped by lack of advice
"from an experienced baseball man
in his efforts toward the latter
This morning there was a. rumpr,
apparently with some foundation,
that' George Stallings might he
weaned away from the Braves and
head the Cubs, Fred Mitchell suc
ceeding Us chief as head of the JJog-
tonese. Weeghman is meeting Percy
Haughton, Brave president, today in
an effort to put over, the deal. Fail
ing to secure Stallings, Weeghman
will make a new offer for MUchelL
Ban Jhhnson, head of the Ameri
can league, has received word from
New York that Stallings is a real pos
sibility to head the Cubs. He has
not been getting along well with
Percy Haughton and would not be
averse to a change. He has a con
tract with four moke years to run,
and thijP would have to be assumed
by the locals.
To get either Stallings dr Mitchell
Weeghman must give up money and
a player. He wants to hold to every
'man named as acceptable to the"
Braves. He is also dickering with,
St Louis for Snyder and Hornsby.
Right there is where he needs the
advice of a baseball veteran-, for Mil
ler HtTggins of the Cards is one of
the closest traders in the pastime.
Hugglns is said to want Cy Wil
liams for Snyder. Weeghman balks.
Andvhe needs backstopping material
badly, much worse than he needs
Williams. With Mann, and Flack left
over from last year's regulars' Ja
cobson, Hunter or Kelly should be
able' to fill the one 'remaining gap in
the order named.
If Weeghman gives up anything
besides money for the release of
Mitchell in the event it is impossi
ble to secure Stallings every base
ball man will be -around offering
nothing for something. They will
have the North Side executive
pegged as something easy.
Mitchell is untried. He has beeh
given much credit for his wprk as a
Stallings lieutenant, but many lieu
tenants have macle poor captains.
Harry Davis of the Mackmen is .one
notable example.
Pavis was a big aid tQ Connie Mack
and was boosted as a potential world
beater when he took pvr Cleveland.
But Davis was a fUmr 3s a bosg.

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