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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXjNG
FRAT EXPELS PRENDERGAST
ED WALSH LEAVES WHITE SOX
By Mark Shields
Mike Prendergast, Cub pitcher, as
'hard working and earnest a young
man as ever threw a baseball, has
bee"n suspended by the Baseball
Players' Fraternity for signing a
contract for 1917. Which means less
than nothing to Mike. He received
$1,500 in 1916 for pitching far better
"ball than some people who were giv
en four times his salary. Now Mike
is to get $3,000, and he gets the 100
per cent increase solely through his
Mike resigned from the fraternity
'when he signed his 1917 contract
"He owes the athletes' organization
do great loyalty. When he was in
the organized minors the fraternity
.protected him, but when he, became'
a Fed it lost interest, for Fultz and
lis followers did not favor the third
league, the one factor that more
than anything else served to raise
Not disapproving of all the. aims of
the fraternity, we find it hard to fig
ure where Prendergast has been dis
gracefully disloyal. Mike is making
his own way on the strength of his
good right arm and did exactly right
Ed Walsh is no longer a member
of the White Sox ball club. There is
food for discussion among South
Side fans, among whom the Big Reel
'has been a hero for many seasons.
His aame is not on the reserve list
of the Rowlandites, issued yesterday
ly the American league.
What Walsh's future 'shall be is
IstDl undecided. Ed has been men-Itioned-
as a possible magnate in the
Western league and it Is certain he
l can have the backing for such a ven
jture any time he wishes to risk it.
JHis pitching days are through, but
j& . .flaa .had good schooling and
should do well with the smaller fry
as a developer of big league material.
A minor club handled by Walsh
would be an excellent farm for the
On the trip of the Cubs to the Pa
cific coast the baseball writers are
to have a valet, private working
room and a motor to take them to
and from the ball field.
We shall leave comment on this to
Charley IJryden, who just dotes on
Bob Folwell has been fired as coach
of the University of Pennsylvania
football team, the faculty committee
declining to give reasons for the ac
tion, though declaring it is not be
cause of salary demands.
That thisact has been contem
plated for some time is apparent
from the statement of Walter Stef
fen, former Maroon star, now can
didate for alderman in the 23d -ward,
that he was offered the job weeks
ago, but failed to obtain a release
from Carnegie Tech.
Folwell made an excellent record
with the material he had last fall and
had instituted a coaching 'system
that was just beginning to show re
sults. He is generally regarded as,
one of the best gridiron mentors in'
the business. Now the Red and
Blue must tart all' over again, and
with not.much support from the out
side football follower.
Ed Sweeney and Pitcher Ray
Keating have been released outright
by the New York Yanks to Toledo.
Sweeney played with the association
club last season, but under an op-,
tional agreement. It means a salary '
cut for Sweeney, who received $8,000
Rollie Zeider, who wanted a re
lease from the Cubs so he could take
over a minor league club, has been
blocked in that ambition by Manager
Mitchell, who refuses to release Rol
lie. This means Zeider .will act as'
utility man in 1917.