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NelsonQans Fight
Another idol lias fallen. There arc great gobs of gloom in Coon
B town. Many of those who were fortunate enough to get their money
down at the prevailing odds on the husky Dane will be able to take
their summer vacation with a clear conscience and a fat purse. Rat-
tling Nelson's victory over ex-champion Joe Gans at San Francisco
I on Independence day was a most decisive one, and is a reminder to
I the knockers of the Rattler that he is far from a dead one, or else
I Gans is aging rapidly. Gans says it was old Father Time that played
j him the scurvy trick, but there are many of the opinion that Nelson
I was an able assistant to Father. In fact the way Nelson punished
I the old timer leaves the impression that he should have never lost
i to Gans on that memorable battlefield on Labor day. Seventeen
j rounds of as fast fighting as was ever seen on the coast, with the Dane
I taking everything that came his way and asking for more, the colored
champion being gradually beaten down until he finally collapsed,
tells the tale Those who witnessed the fight were given full value,
and even those who were on the loser's end are not making any ex
cuses. It was a clear cut victory and Nelson has again come into his
own. "The king is dead ; long live the king." Such is life. Cham
pions don't last forever, and Nelson will some day be down and out.
But that perio'd has not yet arrived, and the little fighter is laying
up the mazumma for a rainy day. ,
Willie Anderson, professional of the Onwcntsia Golf Club of
Chicago, came back into his own again by winning the open cham
pionship of the Western Golf association on the Normandic links
recently. For two years Anderson, who has been four times national
open champion and twice before Western open champion, has been
off his game.
Rossman is the best hitting first baseman in the American
league, Delehanty leads the second sackers, Wallace tops the short
stops and Lord is the best hitting third baseman. Cobb, Stone and
Dougherty command the regular outfielders.
Sporting Gossip I
The old timers seem to be the best pitchers nowadays. Bill H
Dincen, Jack Powell, Cy Young, Chick Frascr, Donovan, Chcsbro, H
Tom Hughes and Sam Lecvcr are all going far better than the aver- H
age.
Ivcr Lawson is laid up with a broken collar bone, as the result H
of the fall during his match race with Samuelson. This means that H
Ivcr is practically out of the game for the season, as he will be laid H
up for some time and it will be no easy matter to get in shape again. H
The races Tuesday night at the Salt Palace saucer were the best H
of the season, by long odds. Not only was each event an exciting one, H
but two new records were established, McFarland riding two miles H
in 3 :55 2-5, while Lawrence lowered the amateur three-quarter mile H
record, going the distance in 1 :30 4-5. H
The Grand Prix, the blue ribbon event of the automobile world, at H
Dieppe, was won by Lautenschlagcr, a German. There were numerous H
accidents during the race and two men were killed. H
Frederick V. Thompson's schooner yacht, the Shamrock, won the H
$1,000 Lipton cup offered for the 325 mile race from New York to H
Cape May and return, beating her nearest competitor by more than H
two hours. H
Johnny Chapman, manager of the Saltair bicycle track, is endeav- fl
oring to frame up a boxing contest, to take place at Saltair, between H
Battling Nelson and some good scrapper, Unholz preferred. Here's H
hoping that Chapman succeeds, and that the bout proves a success in
every way. Salt Lake lovers of clean sport, and especially boxing, are H
longing to witness a good go between clever people, and Battling fl
Nelson has many admirers in this town. H
Packy McFarland got a draw with Freddie Welsh at Los An- fl
geles on the Fourth, after twenty-five rounds of fast fighting that had H
the spectators on their feet time and again. Had the scrap been held . fl
anywhere else Packy would have been given the decision, but de- H
cisions arc not permissible in Los Angeles. The Chicago boy is now fl
in line for a mix-up with the champion, Battling Nelson, having prov- fl
en himself as fit company for the best of the lightweights. Jim fl
Jeffries refereed the bout, 4,000 people witnessing the contest jfl

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