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THE WASHINGTON TIMES. FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1917.
Players' Fraternity Leader Says No Signing Instructions Have Been Given FULTZ IS WARLIKE REGARDING REVOLT Fraternity Head Says Players Have Not Been Instructed to Sign Up. Threatens dire trouble Carrigan Recommends Jack Barry to. Succeed Him as v Champions' Manager. By LOUIS A. DOCGHER. There Is still an Impasse In the base ball situation. With contracts on their war from fchj league clubs to players all over the country. David L. Fultz, president of the Baseball Flayers' Fra ternity, calmly announces: "We have not yet Instructed our , players to sign." About 0 per cent of the big: leaguers are unsigned for 1917. and President Fultz has signed pledges from every member of the fraternity to await his orders before agreeing to play this coming season. The showdown between the players and the National Commis sion Is about due. Fultx Is confident of the loyalty of the players and says that they are backing elm up to a man. Situation Ja Unchanged. "There Is no change In the fraternity situation," says Fultz. "Our relations with organized baseball are Just the earns as when we made requests on the National Association in New Or leans last November. We have not yet i. i, .!........ . a .. heard from either the National Assocla- tion or the National Commission In re - Ply to the requests. "However. 1 have hopes that some-j 5 """"" " T . Zr . I meeting of the commission In Cincinnati t last Tuesday. It will be to their ad vantage to let us hear from them." The players' leader declined to go into details concerning a possible re volt of the athletes. Owners Are Aggressive. Most of the major league owners are aggressive in their hostility tow , ard the Players' Fraternity and are Inclined to "let It do its worst." They decline t& allow the fraternity to use them as a hammer to obtain demands from the minor leagues. The fraternity's demands, presented to the minors In New Orleans, are for changes now in force In the big leagues. In order to obtain these de mands, the fraternity proposes to keep all major league players from signing 1017 contracts until the little fellows grant them. Ban Johnson is said to head the magnates In their battle against the fraternity members. He is known to be openly, against what he terms "the meddling and Interference of Mr. Fultz, who Is not a player." Situation Is Critical. If the fraternity really does back up Fultz to the limit, the situation will call for much shrewd diplomacy on both sides. . If 80 per cent of the big leaguers re fuse to sign until ordered by Fultz, practically every club In the two cir cuits will be bit hard. If the 20 per cent report to their clubs, they may draw, salaries, but their clubs may also decide not to open their parks. Not a club w!l be able to put a real ball team on the field. , If a few players break away from Fultz, as Bert Shotton is said to have done a month ago, the fraternity may go to the floor with a smash, stirring up animosities between players in both leagues. This promises to be a lively winter for the fans, the players, and the mag nates. Wonld Have Barry. BUI Carrigan favors the appoint ment of Jack Barry as the 1017 man ager of the world's champion Red Sox, according to advices from Lewis ton. Me., where Carrigan Is wintering and looking after his banking inter ests. Whether Barry accepts the place or not should be known within a few days, as Harry Frazeo Is ex pected to confer with him at Worces ter. Mass., immediately. Carrigan told Frazee that he was determined to retire from baseball and then recommended Barry, with Heinle Wagner to be retained in an advisory capacity. Barry is a month older than Carri gan was when he took charge of th Red Sox and has had much more field experience. It was Barry who con trolled the J100.no Infield of the Mack men, though Eddie Collins received most of the praise coming Jo the quartet. Many Veterans There. In the ranks of the team arc many veterans, including Larry Gardner, Dick HobllUell, Duffy Lewis. Harry Hooper, and Forrest Cady. It is doubtful if any of these players would be considered as managerial candidate, but their presence In the line-up goes far toward lightening the burdens of Bill Carrigan's suc cessor. Jack Barry has been quoted as op posing any movement to make him manager of the Red Sox, preferring to do his best at second base and letting somebody else do the worrying. But his knowledge of baseball will al ways be available. Heinle Wagner failed as a minor league manager, being placed at the head of the Hartford Colonial last season and then taken back by Joe Lannln. but conditions in the bushes are different from those In the big leagues. Heinle might be a succesn in Boston, but his value as a coach and adviser Is sufficient to keep him on the roster. Griffith In Chicago. Manager Griffith is on his way home from Montana and, according to the ticking wires, is now in Chi cago, calling upon Ban B, "than whom there cln't no greater." The Old Fox is due here Saturday night. It Is expected that Griffith will have considerable news for Washing ton fans when be arrives. If he is to SHORTER CONTRACT BECOMES A STYLE Magnates Believe One Year Enough to Tie Themselves to Players. Dy JOE VILA. NEW YORK, Jan. 5. -The era of the long term contract In baseball Is at an end. For some years past it has been customary for club owners to sign valuable players to contracts for two or three years, with an occasional agreement going beyond this length. The style this season is a strictly one-year document and the player who gets one beyond this length will be the exception. Secretary John B. Foster, of the Giants, sent contracts to unsigned members of John McG raw's team within the past few days and not one of the lot runs Into the 1918 season. The contracts for the Yankees have not yet been mailed, as Business Manager Harry Sparrow has been In Cincinnati for several days; but it is understood that one year is the limit agreed upon by Messrs. Ruppert and Huston for al lthe contracts to be sent out. The same conditions are said to prevail throughout the major league circuits, and In the minors the one-year contract always has been the stand-by. Three-Year Was Style. During the Federal League war the three-year contract was the fashion when the balr player had estab lished himself as being of major league caliber. Even the promising youngsters got contracts for two sea- "i- several or inese war-i me 'menu have not expired, but when Several or tnese war-ume aocu- d out at the cloae of another on the player will be asked to , up for one year at a time. Though It'sometlraes might be good business policy on tne pan oi me emu ,.,. . slc-n a player for more than or.- v.sr therebv checking the de roand for an Increase at the end of the season, the owners seem to have agreed upon taking this chance and sticking to the one-year contracts. Short Contract Better. "The one-year contract system Is a better thing for the game Itself said a prominent baseball official to day. "A player will hustle more In order to prove himself worth more money in the season to come. If a. player signs for two or three sea sons at a stated time, he has no In centive to work harder as he realizes that as long as he does just-enough to hold his position he will get his money, anyway. "The incentive to hustle Is gone, and he becomes listless. Just make him understand that he can depend upon getting a cut or an increase next season, according to the work he does this year, and he Is sure to play better ball, at least try to play better. . . .i.. "The one-year contract protects tne club owner against loafing and indif ference by the ball player. If a play- er shows up Deiier iuu My....--, the owners are only too glad to pay v.im mnr monev for the next sea- Mftn. "In other words the short contract .I.... nraminm on feffort. and Is a protection to the owner." MUST MAKE WEIGHT Al McCoy Insists That Les Darcy Tip Scales at 158 Pounds. NEW YORK, Jan. 5. If Les Darcy, Australian middleweight champion, would meet Al McCoy, the American champion, he must make 158 pounds at 2 o'clock of the day of the bout. These are the terms of the Brook lynlte. who is wiser than many boxers. Darcy says he can make ICO pounds, which would put him In the ring at about 163 pounds, but McCoy is not satisfied with that. McCoy is not anxious to meet Darcy, but if the Australian wants to take a crack ot the American title, he will have io agree to American weight rules. GRIDIRON GAME OFF Princeton Refuses Michigan's Offer for Home-and-Home Stuff. ANN ARBOR. Mich , Jan. 5. -Princeton-' lian refused r liomc and-home football agreement with Michigan, to begin next fall after two months of negotiations between the athletic of ficials of the two institutions. The "rigors offered Michigan a game at I'rlncton in 1017. but the refusal or tho Eaoterners to sign a contract for a return game at Ann Arbor the "fol lowing season resulted In the drop ping of negotiations. STAGE TWO GAMES Terminal Shops and B. &. O. Win in R. R. Y. M. C. A. League. Terminal Shops and tho Baltimore and Ohio basketball trains shown! supremacy last night in tiio Terminal Railroad Y. M. C. A. circuit by defeat ing Pennsylvania and Southern. Terminal took its game by a 17 to 14 score, and was pushed ail the Way for a win, Penn displayed greater teamwork, but condition and aggres sive work won for Terminal. Spencer and Boyd 'each got four baskets from the floor for the B. & O team, and were factors In the win re corded. Southern failed to show the class or condition. attain control of the club, as one writer has said, he may work the deal before many weeks have passed. If he Isn't well, that's enough. If Griffith is to arrange any deals for players and the chances are that he will fall lie will have much to do before going to New York for the schedule meeting next month. He has one player to trade, Ray Morgan, and oui or two more to waive out of the league, if they ar to go to Minne apolis. Contracts will be sent to the Griff men all over the country next week. BOB THAYER'S Sporting Gossip As some bowlers count up their totals, their best stunt Is multiplica tion. Georges Carpentler Is thus describ ed) by the French war department: "Sergeant pilot of very great s.klll; has made a great Impression by the gallantry and dash wllh which he car ries out, almost daily, missions of the most dangerous knd." Carpentler has been decorated with the Medallle Milltalre and the Croix de Guerre. So Les Darcy may be fortunate, a)fter all, if he is unable to face this demon aviator of the French army. Now, let the cruel baseball war begin. But let It end by April 12. Jess Wlllard may never defend his world's championship.' It seems pretty well understood that no suitable chal lenger will be discovered until the well-known cow prodder has added another quarter ton of beef to his structure. By that time fighting days will have passed for Wlllard. In deed, It is unlikely that the cham pion could no get Into ring condition In less than six months. So the big fellow may have to retire unbeaten, as did Jim Jeffries. But for the National Commission we'd hardly ever hear of Cincinnati's connection with baseball. If he did nothing else, Percy Haugh ton his worked up a lot of chatter concerning the light hitting in the big leagues and the methods for increas ing .300 sluggers. All over the coun try expert baseball men are being quoted, most of them opposing Haugh ton's suggestions. The happy mean is desired, but it will be found most difficult to obtain just the right num ber of .300 hitters. Charlie Cox denies holding a confer ence with Billy Sunday's son regarding the buifdlng of a tabernacle. From everywhere are pouring in con gratulations to John Peter Wagner, who recently skipped out and got mar ried Just like that. When t it comes to real popularity, the veteran of the Pittsburgh Pirates has something on Walter Johnson, Grover Alexander. Christy Mathewson. Ed Walsh and all the others. Baseball 'fans hae adored those old Bowed legs for two decades. Wagner Is of the highest type of pro fessional athlete and his friends must run into the millions. As one who well recalls the dajs of Wagner's greatest glories, we salute him and her. May they live long and prosper. Glancing over Bill Carrlgah's prof its, one falls to see why he should ever hesitate between running a bank and a baseball team. The major league magnates, feel ing the bit in their teeth, are ready to fight the players. If the athletes decline to sign 1917 contracts until the minor leaguers are granted cer tain demands by the Players' Frater nity, then the magnates are willing to rest a while, confident of their abil ity to rest longer than the players. A few years ago the players threat ened to strike. Ban Johnson was for letting them go through with their threat. Charlie Ebbets caved In, however, and the cloud blew away. Now, however. Ban is in the saddle, and If the players are looking for va cations It will be vouchsafed them. But the players will hardly go (hat far. It Dave Fultz Is Insistent, though, the fraternity may collapse overnight. It is rumored that golfers are afraid of but one animal the squirrel. Eddie Dohen's passing hardly makes a ripple on the baseball stream, yet in his day Doheny was one of the National League's greatest lights. A southpaw, he was as wild as the worst when with the Giants. Only after he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates did he come Into his own. Then he was classed with the best pitchers In the business. And bat m vo-d couldn't he sting that little old pill. Doheny was extremely nervom. The illnecs of his wife so prcjed on his mind that he became unbalanced and, right in his prime, he collapsed and had to be confined In an nsjlurn. Ills going causes grlrf in every old fan who well remembers his Kreat work on the mound. WOULD PLAY 3AMES. Spartan Club basketball team, of Baltimore, is anxious to arrange games with a Washington quint averaging 125 to 130 pounds: a contest to be play ed In each city. Address Sellg Millet, C3 JJast Baltimore street, Baltimore, Md. iAKHSw formfttCOLLARS are curve cut to fit the. shoulders perfectly SS Ctuctt,peabody fiCCorlndMakcrs I i WKtmmmummmnmmmmmmWm , I WANTS S. A. I. MEET TO BE STAGED HERE G. W. U. Asks Permission to Use Central High Stadium for Big Games. There Is a possibility that the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Outdoor Cham pionship meet will be held in Wash ington on May 11 and 12 at the stadium of the new Central High School. The Board of Education of the Wash ington public school, updn the request of the George Washington University track authorities., through tho efforts of George Washington University, gave permission to Superintendent E. L. Thurston of the public schools to sanc tion the holding of the meet if it was found possible, without conflict with public school dates, to do so. Would Benefit Track. This meet. If it is held, will be one of the biggest athletic events ever held In Washington, and be a benefit to the city. Athletic teams from all other col leges In the- South Atlantic Amateur Athletic Union, including Virginia, Johns Hopkins, and West Virginia, will enter, and compete In the two days of events. Although the S. A. A. A. U. authori ties have not yet promised to sanction a Washington meet, should the Central High School stadium become avail able, there is little doubt that they will do so. Four Teams Are Near. Four universities In the S. A. A. 'A. U. are located in or near Washington. These are George Washington, George town, Maryland State, and Catholic University. "Baltimore and Charlottes ville are the only other places avail able, and neither is central. Manager William S. James, of the George Washington University track team, will get in touch with represen tatives of the other colleges, and form a committee to bring the meet to Washington. ZULU IS POPULAR Brooklyn Boxer, Loser to Wilde, May Get Another Bout. Though unsuccessful In his recent attempt to wrest the featherweight championship from Jimmy Wilde, Young Zulu Kid, the Brooklyn midget, Is in popular favor In England, ac cording to reports just received here from London. The game fight which Che American furnished In his contest with the little British marvel earned countless friends for him and his re quest for a return match is likely to be granted. The Kid carried the fight to his rival and forced Wilde to extend him self more than any one has in a long while, and this came In the nature of a shock to the champion's admirers. They had beenled to believe that the Kid would prove the easiest kind of meat for Wilde, and thousands of pounds were waged on Wilde's chances of bringing the bout to a termination before the tenth round. Following is the comment of one critic on the bout: "One noticed that this was the first time In which we have ever seen Wilde in action (with the.' solitary ex ception of the flr,it Taney Lee go) when he was not exactly monarch of ail he surveyed. In all his other battles he has contrived to force his opponents to fight on lines selected by him, and has also Invariably been able (with ithe solitary exception) to force and hold the interior lines whenever he wanted to do so. But not this time. For the Kid possesses a patent 'duck' of his own, a mdst singularly, unexpected right' hook on the break-aw'ay, and a deliberate stock-close up system of attack which bears a distinct resemblance to Taney Lee's own. That duck of his would demand a volume to do it justice, and it. Is to be feared, that Jimmy Wilde's knuckles may demand atten tion for some weeks to come because of It." Zulu's manager has posted a for feit of J500 to bind a return match with Wilde and Is confident that his boy will make a better showing In another bout with the champion. BENGIES LOSES New Racing Association Pails to Obtain Dates for 1917. BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 5. There will be no more race tracks In the icinlty of Baltimore if tho racing commission has Its way. Yesterday the commission refused the appllca lion for dates by tho Hast Baltimore l)rling Association to conduct a meeting at the proposed new track at Bcngies. One of tho principal rca sons assigned by the governing body whs that there was enough racing now under Its Jurisdiction and that the opening of a new track would do morn harm to the sport than good, The promoters of tho scheme were heavily backed politically and finan cially and made a hard fight for a license . fleer Winter Mjlea. THE. rAMOtTSAMVOCAOatZJkB. Brockton ene MCM . WnMEU ANDROV.- TWO BC0CKT0N ST0CE3 IN WASHINGTON SGT&UbelM: 456 7th 3t.NW HTOKlfl mjJ HATCHETITES HAVE BDT HALF SCHEDULE Five Hard Games Already Book ed for Football Team Next Fall. Half Ihe George. Washington foot ball schedule for 1017 has been book,ed according to the announcement of Graduate Manager Hopkins, made to- ay. ine u. w. u. team is slated to appear against Gettysburg, at Gettys- ourg, m, in tne opening battle which appears to be a tough proposition right off the reel. Just who will coach the George Washington team next fall Is a mat ter of conjecture. Tom Sullvan who handled the Hatchetltes last fall will be available, it is understood. One or two other applicants are being consid ered. On October ff George Washington la to oppose the West Virginia Univer sity team at Morgantown, W. Va. This eleven was one of the strongest In the country last fall, was defeated by Penn 3 to 0, and tied Dartmouth and Rutgers. Hopkins appears on the G. W. U. schedule on October 13, while Gallau det will he played November 24, the week before the Thanksgiving Day date with Georgetown on the Hilltop. Taken 'all In all the Hatchetltes ore to be booked for ten games. Five already scheduled will try the eleven to Its fullest extent. WON'T LEAD FIGHT Woodland Club Has No Authority to Take Such Action. NEW YORK, Jan. 5. Irving J. French, secretary of the Woodland Golf Club, which ,1s anxious to have Francis Ouimet reinstated as an ama teur golfer, spent yesterday In New York and met during the day several well known golfers who were anxious to hear the Woodland Club's views on the matter.. French corrected an impression that seemed to prevail that the Woodland Club would lead the fight for Ouimet by bringing the matter before the meeting. "As a matter of fact," said French, "the club has no authority to do this, and neither has it any assurance that the Ouimet case will be discussedJ We hope.' however, that the subject of reinstating the ex-open and ex amateur champion will be brought up and also that the new amateur rule will be voted upon, but we will not take the initiative." Close Dally P. M. Saturday, 8 P. M. Wonder What alerts Will Say Today? 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Their request for relief from draft by the majors will not be granted In the "sense that It was first advanced but some Important changes are a cer tainty. The national commission is now considering various phases of the draft problem', and an answer is ex pected some time this month. The next meeting of the commission probably1 will be' held In the South, when the1 schedule and rules commit tees hold their meeting. The mem bers of the baseball triumvirate have made it plain to the minors that they are anxious to adjust business rela j&f AJty ff inn I " jrmmWr if "Hi if' a Mm ft fmmmmum V li air k W um mmmmn WmmK A U lislllHsBl uLLv AiBfll osalllllHl AssIIIIIb ! Jr ImmmmWX UeHk. taSt J) Immwlmmmi iBVak XBSBsSk. II ' aBSBBBBBSBBBBnl uBBSBBBsVlBi H LUBs. Iti ' mmm I fill JfMmmMmmmv U mmmmmTMmmmW' HflgF; -s- BWMr Stm TfwNwark Shoe Maker Says: Don't Pay Retailers 5 6 ard7 for .shoes! 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As a result, the feeling ot antagon ism, which some of the minors held no latter than, ar month ago, seejns to have passed away. MEANIX WH.L RUN Crack Hurdler Should Strengthen Harvard's Track Team. Bill Meanlx, the former Colby ath lete, will have a chance to win an In tercollegiate championship. The form er English High, Colby, and Boston A. A. athlete Is back at Cambridge and. is doing all right tn his studies. Mea nix will probably compete for Har vard in the three-cornered meet which Harvard and Dartmouth and Univer sity of Pennsylvania will have' at Me chanics' Hall, Boston, Feb. 17. Ha will not represent the Boston A, A. this year. Meanlx will probably stick to the 20 low hurdle game -during the spring outdoor season and should add great ly to the strength of- tha-Harvard hurdlers. NOTE-Wifc at oftnte Mr torsi Bote mj au m BrI SBn IbM IK. RnWX FOR MEN values at $2.50, $2.95 and $3.50. It will pay you handsomely to see what we have to offer you for your money. 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