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BASEBALLS-SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING;
WEEGHMAN TIRES OF BEING
GOAT OF BASEBALL
By Mark Shields
President Weeghman of the Cubs,
aroused, at the way his ball players
have been returning unsigned con
tracts, is out with a hot statement
to the effect that be will not be made
the goat in the strike of the Baseball
Players' Fraternity. Weeghman
gives some facts and figures tending
to justify him in cutting salaries, and
comments on the' ability of at least
one athlete Jimmy Archer.
But Weeghman does not'go to the
real root of the question. The Chi
cago team has been the goat of the
National league for some time.
Weeghman's fellow magnates are
responsible for this condition.
In the days pf Charles Webb Mur
' jhy, when that person became un
popular with his associates, the Cubi
began to be the goats. Murphy de
posed Evers as manager. Immedia
ately there was a howl from self
righteous magnates of the league
and Murphy was compelled to send
Evers to Boston
At every session of the league
t Murphy was up for a panning, and
' the magnates delighted in washing
their soiled linen with C. Webb as
the unshrinkable soap.
Naturally, the players saw the
trend of affairs. So did the people
who promoted the Federal league.
The players -realized that Murphy
was not in right and felt they would
not be harshly dealt with for trying
to run a rinkaboo. And during this,
time Murphy had a salary roll that
Vould have made some of his tight
wad pals sick." His athletes were
Along came the Federal league and
picked on the Cubs. The players
were not tiard to influence.
Last season, when Jpe Tinker had
the combined Fed and National
teams to weld into one organization,
the National magnates took no pity
on the Cubs, but forced them to
come within the 2J.-player limit
They took no cognizance of the fact
rthat Tinker had about 50 athletes
men with signed contracts on his
roll at the start of the season.
There was also something that
amounted to more than a suspicion
that President Ebbetts of the Dodg
ers was spreading the information
that Joe Tinker, would be ousted as
Cub manager. League rules do not
allow a club owner to interfere in
any way with a player under con
tract to another club, but the league
has alwaysdealt leniently jarith any
offenses against the" Cubs.
Undoubtedly, if a strike actually
comes, the Cubs will be the goats,
but Weeghman has the owners of
his own leagueto thank for (he con
Archer received $7,500 last season.
His contract this year called for
I $4,000. He returned it unsigned.
Now Weeghman has sent him anoth
er naner wifii even smaller figures
hand points out that Jim hit .220 last
year and played in but 61 games. He
wa3 paid for "all the time he was on
the bench injured.
And, to snow that he istrying to
be fair, Weeghman has doubled Mike
Prendergast's salary, which last
season was $1,500. Prendergast was
a better pitcher than Seaton, Lav
enderor Hendrix, each of whom re
ceived at least $4,000 more than
Mike's stipend in 1916.
Weeghman also points out that
Archer was slowing tip so much that
he was thrown out at first base on a
single to right field. Ttie Cub boss
shouldn't make cracks like that un
less he is ready to tire Archer outright
Taking it by and large, Weegh
man is justified in some of his cuts.
Some of the players have reluctlons
coming to tnem, ior tney came no-