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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
From now until April 11 baseball
news will deal largely with the play
ers, and politicians, both among the
magnates and athletes, must take a
back seat. Once more wondrous tales
of recruit marvels will be told, and
most of them will be bunk, but they
are a whole sight better than the
stories we have been getting.
There is an air of real diamond ac
tivity around Cub headquarters. The
club heads westward Tuesday for
spring training, and a few ballplay
ers are already present. Manager
Mitchell is on hand to greet the boys
and talk over differences any may
i-&ave to adjust about contracts.
Cy Williams has been signed, and
.Art Wilson is coming in, though ill
ness will prevent him joining the
team for two -weeks. Jim Vaughn
Us still outside, but may think better
i of it as the special nears his Texas
iome. Not a word has been heard
from Jim Archer, a much dissatisfied
And Leslie Mann is another chap
who has not done any pen work on a
contract. Mann is an essential mem
ber of the Cub outfield and will make
a great difference in the strength of
that part of the fighting front
Manager Mitchell has no revolu
tionary ideas about running a ball
team, which is a good sigjn. He will
have plenty of coaching' assistance
from Jim Sheckard and Rollie Zei
der. Sheck will direct the outfielders
and Rollie will have a few sessions
with the infielders. That leaves
Mitchell free to work with the bat
tery, men, a department in which he
is a remarkably able teacher. He is
given much credit for development
( of the Boston Brave hurling corps
Vand has the material with which to
Irepeat on the North Side.
Frank Mulkern, Milwaukee fight
promoter, is back from New York, all
het up over the refusal of Les Darcy
to go through with a proposed fight
in the Cream City April 10, with Mike
Gibbons, and threatening dire hap
penings to the Australian mittman.
Mulkern has hired a New York
lawyer to make Darcy live up to the
contract which Tim O'Sullivan
signed. Mulkern has papers, he
says, to show that the contract was
signed in good faith and that O'Sulli
van was given authority to act for
Darcy. ,
All of which- may or may not
amount to a great deaL Probably
not. Darcy is well tied up by New
Yorkers, who do not like to see any
easy money escaping, and there is
also a report that Tom JonSs may
edge in as Darcy's manager.
Jack Dillon defeated Gunboat
Smith in 20 rounds at New Orleans.
Smith secured an early lead, but it
faded before a determined attack by -"
the Hoosier.
Pekin Kid Herman gave Johnny
Ertle a warm argument in ten round
at Milwaukee, easily earned a draw,
and was given the best of it by some
critics. Ertle knocked Herman down
in the third round, but the blow was
not serious and Herman cleanly out
fought the bantam title claimant in
the last five rounds.
Agitation by Michigan alumni and
undergraduates for a return of the
Wolverines to Conference athletics
may come to a head over impending
participation of a Yost track team
in the University of Illinois relay car
nival at Urbana March 3.
A meeting of Big Nine faculty ath
letic representatives will be held to
day, at which the participation of
Michigan in the relay carnival will be
taken up. Some of the Conference
people do not favor competition with
Michigan. Others boost it as an en
tering wedge for a resumption of x
athletic relations in all-branches.

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