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Saturday, December 20, 1913 3-D
Delay of Ritchie-Murphy Bout
May Result In Larger Receipts
"Harlem Toauay" Can Afford to Wait
NIW TORE, Dec. S. It is hard
to say whether Willie Bitchie or
Tommy Murphy ie entitled to
the greater portion of sympathy as a
result of delaying their boat.
All things considered it is a good
thing for the sport that it rained
cr.v,asb, to justify promoter Coffroth In
postponing tne maten. Had Ritcftle
entered the ring with an abscess In Ms
nose, as it turned out he was suffering
w ith, he could not have done , him
self justice, and had he been beaten
everybody interested would have come
In for severe criticism for permitting
the bout to go on.
From a financial standpoint the shut
to January 23 should appeal to both.
Brittons Plan To Control Boxers
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Will 'End Disputes Over - Titles
ENGLAND is making a definite
more toward establishing a board
of control of professional boxing.
The recently established International
nion, which had Its origin In Krance,
must get the credit of awakening the
London National Sporting club to a
sense of its responsibilities, tor it is
quite certain that the British palladium
of the piofessional boxing world would
not have taken up the idea but for the
big advertisement the union gained by
barring out Jack Johnson from the
world's championship.
Array and Navy Cooperate.
Negotiations are now proceeding be
tween the club and the Royal Navy
and Army Boxing association to com
bine and frame rules to govern the
game throughout England. If the
board becomes an established fact it
will not seek jurisdiction outside of
that country, but it is safe to assume
that a reciprocal agreement between
it and the International union will
soon be fixed up.
How the proposed board will affect
the outside clubs and promoters re
mains to be seen and rests largely on
the rules It may formulate. It cannot,
of course, possess any legal status and
it will hae no actual means of en
forcing any of its restrictions and sus
pensions upon the outside clubs,
though it is not likely that they will
offer any serious opposition.
As all championship battles are de
cided at the National Sporting club in
London and the Army and Navy asso
ciation already has control of boxers
belonging to the two defensive serv-
Cardinals Need More Hurlers
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Teams Has One Seasoned Pitcher
ST. LOUIS, Mo Dec 19. Cardinal
fans who were pleased to learn
that manager Huggins had rid his
team of socalled malcontents, are be
ginning to wonder now what the small
manager will do for pitching talent
next campaign. With the exception of
George Suggs, the Cincinnati discard,
Huggins has only one seasoned pitcher,
and, fortunately, he is a star.
Harry Sallee. ox Higglnsport. who won
almost half of all tne victories scored
by the Cardinals last season, probably
will be asked to shoulder the burden
again next oampaign. as much more
must be expected of Sallee than Hug
can hope to get from the recruits
Polly Perritt and Bill Doak.
Of course Rube Robinson, late of
Pittsburg, is a southpaw of great prom
ise, but Robinson, even last year, while
with a first division club, had not
reached that stage of development
where he was considered a regular
currist He is, though, almost a fin
ished product and should prosper
against those clubs that show a weak
ness for portai de flingers. Sallee, on
the other hand, is equally effective
against right handed swatters.
SUU Weak In Pitching.
But it is the pitching staff which will
worry Hugins again next season, un
less the Cardinal manager can snare
another hurler of rank. Too much
should not be expected of Doak. even
though he did show well at the windup
last season. Doak lacks big league ex
perience and his inexperience surely
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a Month Longer for Battle He Has Sought
to See Ritchie in Action Again.
fighters and their managers as It will
probably greatly increase the gate.
In the meantime Tommy Murphy
will have to console himself with tne
thought that Rucftle Is a man of his
word and he can afford to wait a
month longer for the match that he
has already waited for more than a
decade. ,
Ritchie Due in evr lork.
The postponement may mean that
Ritchie will be seen in at least one 10
round boot in New Tork between now
and the date set for the battle with
Murphy. When he left here several
weeks ago Willie- promised to come
back right after the holidays, and. if
anything should prevent, the local
t. h jwi.mtov it fnllnws that the
projected board will have under Its
thumb a large majority of British pro
fessional boxers and they will natural
ly think twice before flouting the su
preme authority.
No Writers on the Board.
Curiosity will range round the names
of the members to compose this con
troling body, but I am informed on
good authority that it will not contain
any of the critics. There are several
reasons against including writers on
boxing matters, the principal being
the deep rooted jealousy that exists
among them. It would be a difficult
task to select a writer that would not
arouse a storm of protest from his
breathern and for this reason alone it
would be advisable to pass over the
If the conference comes to a suc
cessful issue it is likely that the first
president of the board will be lord
Lonsdale. He is the-most widely known
of all British sportsmen and stands for
everything that is straight and clean
In sport. Manager Bettinson, of the
London National Sporting club, will
most likely be the business head and
he will also have the assistance of Eu
gene Corri, the famous British ref
eree, and John Bernard" Angle, who
was in the boxing game before most
of the present day fans were born.
Anyhow, it is certain to comprise all
the wise heads of the boxing world on
the other side and will be a step to
wards a much desired international
federation and one that, will carry
some weight. Now it Is up to the
Americans to get busy on a similar or
ganisation. .O'CONNOR.
will handican him. Perritt. who in no
I "wise prospered last season, looked ev
ery bit as good at uoaK in tne tan or
1912, only to fizzle out in the heat
of the championship race.
Haaser Is Badly Needed.
Huggins has little use for Butler
and Dolan, two of the ex-Pirates. Hng
intends to play second himself, leaving
Butler without a permanent assignment
unless Hauser fails. But if Hauser
comes through, the fans would welcome
a. lAa tht wnnld funH Rntlr. T)nlnn
I and .a few others to another club In ex-
his regular turn on the hill. The most
glaring weakness in the local club is in
the -box.
The passing of Mike Mowrey will be
a distinct surprise to those persons who
were positive a year ago that Huggins,
then a debutante manager, would be
able to handle the flame-tipped third
sacker. Mowrey didn't "get on" very
well with Bresnahan, although he
played better ball for Roger than he
did for Huggins.
However. It was when Huggins suc
ceeded Bresnahan that the knowing
ones expected Mowrey to show im
provement, Huggins and Mowrey had
been roommates. They came here from
Cincinnati and Huggins boasted upon
assuming managerial control that he
would be able to keep the third sacker
within bounds ' But alas. Hug pre
sumed too much. After one year's ef
fort, the Cardinal manager has fired his
former pal and branded him a "trou
blemaker "
Surely it isn't an easy task to man
age men.
By James
J, Corbett
Former Heavyweight Champion
of the World.
for a Decade New York Is Eager
sports will be a very much disappointed
bunch. Ritchie scored one of the great
est hits made by a boxer in a Now
York ring since the days of the Hor
ton law. His great battle with Leach
Cross is still the talk of the town, and
any bout arranged for him if a wor
thy opponent is selected will mean the
biggest house both in numbers and
dollars that has turned out to see a
boxing match here in many years.
There are several boys who would
be popular matches for the champion
in a local sense. Freddy Welsh would
satisfy. So would Jack Britton. Packey
McFarland naturally would be the
greatest card for no boxer stands bet
ter with the New York public than the
stockyards's champion, but if what
they are telling about Packey"s weight
Is true there is no more chance of his
boxing Ritchie than there is of a meet
ing between him and Johnny Coulon.
Welsh has a great "rep" here and
everywhere. He is the champion of
Rngland. and a great boxer. Britton is
also well thought of and deservedly so.
McFarland, of oourse, is regarded as
the class of both the light and welter
weight divisions.
Young Shugrue, a Comer.
Still if I were a New York promoter
and Ritchie had agreed to box under
my management I would not select any
of these boys for the first bout. Young
Joe Shugrue, the Jersey lightweight,
would be my trump card.
While he has been boxing in the
lightweight class hardly more than a
year Shugrue has met and defeated a
number of the best boys. Probably he
would have accomplished more if he
had been given tne chance. He met
Leach Cross several months ago and
clearly outboxed and outfought the
Ghetto champion In every round of the
Young Shugrue is either a very mod
est youngster or he is poorly man
aged. With hts unquestioned ability
he should have been established before
this as one of the very few real as
pirants for the championship. If any
legitimate lightweight and by that I
mean a boy who can make 133 pounds
without trouble has earned the right
to box for the title it is this same
Shugrue is only a youngster com
pared with Welsh, Britton, Cross, Mur
phy and the other title seekers. I doubt
if he is yet 21. But he is already rated
above Cross -and Murphy in the esti
mation of local experts, and his selec
tion as Ritchie's opponent on the cham
pion's return east would be very pop
ular. I believe Shugrue will prove that he
is a real championship contender If
given an opportunity. Considering his
years and experience he Is the likliest
looking lightweight prospect I have
seen in a long time.
"Welsh Chances Are Small.
I am not trying to Injure Freddy
Welsh's chances for a match with
Ritchie. Apparently the only chance
for him Is a bout over the 20 roun1
route,. Ritchie is provoked at the stand
taken by Harry Pollok, Freddy's man
ager, since the Vancouver fiasco and
will harfllv entertain a proposition to
box the English champion in a no
decision affair of 10 rounds.
As for Freddy he should realize that
every year that passes makes him just
one year older. He has spent about
the idlest sort of a 12 month in this
country so far as meeting boys of any
class is concerned. His manager, has
done plenty of press agenting for
Frederick, but he has not framed up
the bouts that will turn his fighter's
fame into money. Ritchie's attitude
toward Welsh is of course one excuse,
but then why doesn't Pollok match him
with Jack Britton or some of the other
good ones in the meantime. Success
over a boy such as Britton would mean
a popular demand for a contest with
Ritchie that the American champion
could not afford to ignore.
Packey McFarland Is said to be dis
gusted by the criticism leveled at him
in the recent bout with Jack Britton.
As near as I can figure it out the chief
cause for complaint the Milwaukee
patrons of the manly art and the crit
ics have for abusing McFarland lies in
the latters failure to knock Britton
out Instead of contenting himself by
outpointing his fellow artist from Chi
cago. Milwaukeeans evidently would prefer
a rough and tumble fight to an ex
hibition of clever boxing. That being
the case Packey will probablv give the
brewery city a wide birth in the fu
ture, for in spite of his great skill his
exhibitions are not calculated to please
those who delight in slugging matches.
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weighing in as agreed upon. It seems
to me tne ooxing commissioners or
their authorised agents are as much at
fault as McFarland. One can hardlv
blame a fighter for taking advantage
of an opnonent in matter or weight
when he is allowed to eet nwnv with
1 It. "A match well made is half won"
Harvard Adopts Democratic
"Pose; Gains Better Standing
Crimson's Conservatism Canned, Harvard Goes to Oppo
site Extreme, and Yale Seems to Have Taken Up
Snobbery; Athletic Successes Are Likewise
Reversed, Possibly For That Reason.
ST. LOUIS, Mo, Dec. 20. Noted for
unusual conservatism in past
years. Harvard university athletic,
authorities have taken the oposite tack
of late, to the great Improvement of
the institution's showing in the world
of sports.
No move that could have been made
by the Crimson directors tends more to
prove the progressiveness of the Cam
bridge school than the. attempt of the
athletic board to schedule a football
game with one of the big western In
stitutions, Michigan being now the pre
ferred team.
Time was when the Harvard nasal or
gan would have tilted 45 degrees at the
mere suggetsion of contaminating itself
through association with western
In fact. Harvard appears to have
taken Yale's place as representing de
mocracy in big schools, and Yale seems
to have donned the pose doffed by Har
vard. Perhaps the change may sug
gest an explanation of the reversing of
the successes of the two institutions in
athletic events.
Michigan's attack 13 chiefly built on
Craig, a ground-gainer, while Har
vard's will depend, against a strong de
fensive team, on Bricklejs goal kick
ing. Necessarily no adequate compari
son can be made when two widely va
rying items constitute the chief fac
tors of scoring power
It Han "Came" at Last.
"Wolgast, who is and always has been
a true 133 pound ringside lightweight,
is Just now doing a "come-back" stunt.
At the age of 25 there is little doubt
that he is still able to cause some flur
ry among the few candidates in the
field willing to made the 153 pound
Right now Rivers is about the only
star man who has demonstrated he can
make the weight and be strong. And
Wolgast got to Rivers for the "kayo"
"Wouldn't This Amuse You?
At long range one would think a
large, bold ha, ha! was coming alter
that Cincinnati story that "the board
of directors of the Reds disapproved
the Tinker deal" and demanded that it
be set aside.
Here's the way It looks mathemat
ically: Is an old adage of the ring, and Mc
Farland will certainly never lose one
if allowed to make the conditions to
suit himself.
Johnny Kilbane is another who has
"offended" in this respect. Recently
he made some youngster In Cincinnati
weigh in at the featherweight limit
while he came in at eatchwelght.
It is up to the powers in control of
boxing to enforce their rules regulat
ing the maximum difference in pound
age of contestants, and if they are lax
in their duties they should be removed
from office as incompetents. Fancy a
fighter who would not jump at the
chance to have the edge on his op-
; ponent in weight or any other way.
Not professionally anyway. I have been
identified with the game a quarter of
a century and I have never met up with
one who would scorn to take every ad
vantage offered.
S" -36-
Bob McAllister, the San Francisco
nvddleweight, made an impressive de
but in thj oust hv naalltr nntnAlntlni.
Young Mike Donovan last week. Don- '
ovan .who is a son of the famous Mike
of the old days, is a fair boxer and a
hard hitter, but he could make little
headway with the clever- youngster ,
from the coast.
I sat back of McAllister's corner the
other night for I am interested in him
to the extent that I would like to see
him make good. I was largely Instru
mental In helping Bob to arrive at his
decision to turn "pro" after a brilliant
record as an amateur, and wanted to
help him so far as I could in his bat
tle away from home. But Bob was
quite equal to the task of outpointing
Donovan without assistance of any
His greatest fault, and I told him so
after the fight, was that he hit with
his open glove a rather amitrur'hs
stunt. His desire to make good the
first time out in New York, he ex
plained, made him hit lightly so that
he could get out of the way of a re- I
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tles he should acquire greater confi
dence in himself and, when de does,
watch out. If he doesn't outgrow the
division McAllister may in time develop
into the middleweight champion.
The board of directors disapproves
Garry Herrmann's Tinker deal.
The board of directors Is Garry Herr
mann. Therefor. Garry Herrmann disap
proves his own act.
For many years the Cincinnati board
of directors has occupied the same rel
ative Importance to Herrmann that the
ant does to the elephant. Also, it
stands about the same chance of crowd
ing out Garry.
More Money at Home.
Promoters who are trying to bring
Georges Carpentier to this country- to
meet some American heavyweight do
not seem to be reckoning on the won
derful popularity or this fighter in
Europe, and on the sums he can draw
there. Carpentier made $18,000 as Ms
share for meeting Bomabdler Wells, a
bout which lasted one minute and 13
seconds. He has been offered $10,009
to show here.
Carpentier would have grave diffi
culty beating several of our oncoming
heavies. Gunboat Smith, for example.
A defeat of Wells means nothing, since
so poor a fighter as Al Palzer stung
thj Briton in quick time.
Beating John at His Own Game.
Incidentally John Bull must have felt
l.,mt HniaA t 1.qva mnnelAllr fllmnBTld
step into his own country and beat him
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at nis own game, iw uuaiub ju .nin-o
is new. dating from the time when
Frankie Erne and a few other Ameri
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