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Players' Fraternity Leader Says No Signing Instructions Have Been Given
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.
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
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heard from either the National Assocla-
tion or the National Commission In re -
Ply to the requests.
"However. 1 have hopes that some-j
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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
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
Magnates Believe One Year
Enough to Tie Themselves
to Players.
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-
"In other words the short contract
.I.... nraminm on feffort. and Is a
protection to the owner."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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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
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.
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
. fleer Winter Mjlea.
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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
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.
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
"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?
At the Sign of the Moon.
Established 1893.
Here It Is!
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50 $20.00
' Values
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, Values
We guarantee perfect fit finish and
workmanship and guarantee stand
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National Commission Promises to
Change Things for Better;
NEW YORK, Jan. 8. In adjourning
Tuesday night after hearing the de
mands of the minor leagues for
changed working. conditions the na
tional commission made no announce
ment exce'pt to say that these requests
would be given full consideration. It
develops that the minor leaguers who
attended the conference in Cincinnati
have received assurances that their
light for better conditions is not to be
in vain.
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
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Having, an output
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ud we tell you frankly if
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tions whenever they prove unsatisfac
tory, and do everything possible to
help the cause of the' smaller leagues.
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.
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
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