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Jo year in baseball history saw
le retirement of so many idols as
In was a fit and dramatic finale to
two dramatic careers that Christy
Mathewson and his most formidable
rival, Miner Brown, the three-fingered
wizard of the old Cubs, should
have closed their major league base
ball playing days in a pitching duel.
Lajoie close his big league days in
a game at Cleveland, where he had
played and managed teams for years
prior to going to the Athletics. He
did not finish the season on account
of an injury in that game.
Rucker and Wallace finished out
Three of the old-timers are left
Wagner came to 'the big leagues in
1895, .the same year Wallace joineu
the old Cleveland Nationals. Craw
ford bobbed up at Cincinnati in 1900,
the same 'year Matty joined the
Giants, and Eddie Plank broke into
select company the next year.
Crawford, whose legs made him an
uncertain proposition in 1915, was
relegated to pinch hitting last year,
and reports from Pittsburgh indicate
Wagner will be removed from the
short field to first base in 1917.
Plank pitched wonderful ball in
1916, considering his age and 'term
of service, but has declared he will
retire rather than serve another year
with the Browns. As a suitable trade
has not yet been arranged it may be
Plank will not appear on an Ameri
can league diamond in 1917.
BASEBALL SPORTS OF
Ten thousand shivering " winter
sport fans saw Art Staff win an ex
citing one-mile ice skating rale at
Humboldtpark lagoon yesterday. It
was the feature event of the annual
skating derby of the Sleipner A. C.
Staff represented the Northwest
Skating club. He turned the mile
The relay team representing the
Northwest Skating club won the
trophy donated by State Senator
Herlihy. Staff, McWhirter and Jen
sen made up the team. Their bat
tle was with the Illinois A. C. and
the U. S. Ballbearing A. A. - .
Mabel Bohle of bloomer baseball
fame won the half-mile race for
New Year's was a big day for ice
skating over the whole city. All the
parks were( crowded. Everybody
from the tiny tot to his grandmother
was slicing around.
Manager Mitchell of the Cubs
will be on hand in Cincinnati today
for the national com'n meeting. And.
he will have full authority to. make
any sort of a trade that he thinks
ALL SORTS BOXING
Weeghman is in Chicago anjd will
stick here, letting Mitchell take care
of the Cincy meet
I. A. C. basketball team defeated
University of Chicago crew, 28 to 16,
in a rough and tumble game at Bart
VVest Side Tigers trimmed Ogden
Park M. E. basketball team at the
West Side Y. M. C. A., 20 to 11.
Training A. C. won an interesting
indoor baseball game from Edson
Keiths, 11 to 2, at Douglas park hall
Peter Himschoot, riding for the
Chicago Cycle club, won the 25th an
nual New Year's day bike race to
Pullman yesterday for the third suc
cessive time. Jules Arens was sec
ond, finishing four seconds behind
Eddie Mahan may coach Columbia.
Well, that's great Columbia had a
winning chess team this year.
Mike Gibbons wants another
chance at Packey McFarland. And
there are people who would actually
pay good money to see it
By the way, this chess champion
played 129 matches in one day.
Chess players probably call hiin the
yfUl strengthen, the- Cub -outfit Pres iron man.