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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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By Mark Shields
A real fight should be the outcome
of the meeting at Racine tonight be
tween Ritchie Mitchell and Joe Well
ing. Followers of the ring game are
to be treated to a fine example of
mitt work, if the past performances
of the two men means anything.
Both are excellent bdxers, masters
! of defense and the finer points of the
1 game. And each carries a punch
that is much hotter than the ordi
nary. In addition to these mechan
ical qualifications, neither man in the
past has been known, as a staller and
hoth are expected to push matters
from the first belL
Welling has a more pretentious
record than Mitchell and pre-battle
study gives him a slight edge on the
argument. But, in order to -have any
margin at the finish. Joe must work
every minute of the 30 the two will
be in actual combat.
Mitchell and Welling have ambi-
'tkms toward the lightweight cham
pionship. Both have an eye to fu-
ture engagements and know that
victory tonight means employment
for. good purses throughout the win
To Mitchell victory probably means
more than to Welling. The Milwau
kee man has been coming forward
with great strides recently and has
drawn the attention of Tom Jones,
1 "manager of champions." The han
! dler of Jess WiUard is ready to take
j up Mitchell if the lattejr shows p'os
isibflities. He is ready to campaign
i Mitchell through the east before big
clubs and against the top-notchers
of the light-weight division.
Welling already has a reputation in
east, made in the last few months,
and wants to return to that section
and busy himself around. New York.
. From any standpoint this looks
like the best battle Wisconsin has
staged for a long time. Neither man
is a champion, so each can be ex
pected to show some real'fighting.
A special train will leave the
Northwestern depot at 6:50, return
ing immediately after the fight.
The appointment of Fred Mitchell
as manager of the Cubs emphasizes
the -trend of big league owners to
ward catchers as managers. Own
ers evidently figure catchers make
the most efficient bosses.
. Of 16 managers in the majors,
eight are catchers i Robinson, Brook-'
lyn; Moran, Philadelphia; Mitchell,
Chicago: - Stallings. Boston, in
fthe National league; Carrigan of
Boston, Connie Mack of Philadel
phia, Rowland of the White Sox and
Lee Fohl of Cleveland in the Amer
ican league.
The efficiency of backstops as
pilots is further evidenced by the
fact that with the exception of the
Giants every big league pennant
winner in recent years has been
managed by a catcher.
Mack won four pennants and three
world series; Frank Chance, a catch
er before he became a first baseman,
won three pennants and two world
series; Carrigan two pennants and
two world series, and Robinson and
Moran each a National league pen
nant. Larry Graver, in the box office of
the Cort theaterhere, has been made
traveling secretary of the ' Boston
Red Sox.' Harry Frazee, Red Sox
owner, alsc owns the Cort.
Indoor Baseball
Perez 3, Leo 1.
Marquette 7, Commercial's.
St And. 6, Immac. Conception 5. ,
Vilas A. A. 5, Niagaras 0.
C. H. 1. 10, Wanderers 7.
Centrals 4, White Eagles 2.
Clifton Whales 5, Sinai 2.
Polish Amer. 21, Hamlin Blues 10.
. Training 4 C. 11, Beta Delta 0.

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