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THE TIMES: MARCH 26, 1918 r
LATEST DOING
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EDITED BY T. F. MAGNER
RTLAND
Dundee Beats Jaekson
At The rena But Bout
is Declared A Draw
New Haven, fc Johnny Dundee and Willie Jack
son, both of New York rought 15 fast rounds to a draw at the
Arena here last night. j
At least that's the way referee Dave Fitzgerald saw it. And
that's just the way Fitzgerald rendered his decision but the ma
jority of the fans who filled this spacious battling ground from
cellar to roof differ with Fitzgerald's judgment. That privi
lege they have.
Dundee should have been declared the winner but as Scotty
; Monteith, manager of the Scotch Wop said after the fight while
iin a heated argument with Referee Fitzgerald, "What's the use
of kicking and grumbling, it's all said and done, the fans got
their money's worth, so let it go at that."
No bout ever held in this state pro
duced more sensational moments,
1 both battlers fighting with the ten
, aoity of two bulldogs from start to
; finish. Dundee was clearly entitled
i to the verdict but Referee Fitzgerald,
: who consented to referee only after
i every pressure had been brought to
: bear, ruled adversely and lifted the
'arms of both scrappers in token of a
' draw. The decision, failed to meet
i with the approval of a majority of the
rlngsiders who voiced their disap
' pointment with hoots and hisses.
Local fans have seen many- a fight
jln their day tout protoaply fow of them
compared, with the one placed on, the
'boards last night. The bout was ad
vertised as a grudge affair and the
' actions of the principals bore out this
fact without one particle of doubt.
Dundee had an old wound to heal
With Jackson as a result of that me
morable scrap in Philadelphia a year
ago when the Scotch-Wop took .the
count in a single round. And Dundee
came here last night destined to re
turn the compliment. He failed to
!ccomplish his purpose but had the
satisfaction of knowing that Jackson
(received a handsome pasting. Both
. Dundee and his manager, Scotty Mon
teith, were wild with anger over what
they termed a "blind decision."
While Dundee's margin of success
was not the widest in the world, he
' packed up just enough points to offset
the work of Jackson. Jackson landed
the cleaner and heftier punches but
these blows could not begin to even
up for the innumerable jabs and jolts
which Dundee sent home throughout
the battle. Dundee seemed to have
Jackson in distress on more than one
occasion, despite the fact that he
packs no punch, but the Hebrew
. whirlwind always came back strong!
and made a fight of it.
Dundee took more chances in last
night's fight than at any time of re
cent years. If he appreciated Jack
son's punching ability he failed to
show it. Time and again he backed
away to the ropes and submitted to a
punch, only to rush at Jackson with
full speed and connect on the jaw.
He measured 'Jackson several time
WV in the battle in hopes of putting
'over a possible kayo but his punches
lacked the necessary steam.
Jackson got away to a beautiful
tart and easily won the first round.
Both boys set a hurricane pace but
Jackson gained honors in the round
through superior hitting ability. In
the second round Dundee came back
strong aad landed a fusilade of hooks
and jabs to Jackson's face which
caused the blood to flow. In this ses
sion the blood rushed from Jackson's
nose while Dundee Jumped to and fro,
landing Ave blows to Jackson's face
without a return. In the third round
' Dundee continued his rapid-fire at
itack on Jackson's bloody face and
near the close of the session he stag
gered his opponent with a right hook
to the Jaw. Jackson fought back
rfuriously and landed several good
iblqws to Dundee's kitchen but none
of them caused him to rock.
Jackson started the fourth round
with his left hand extended and pop
ped several straight punches to Dun
dee's body without a return. After
ibeing rushed to the ropes, Dundee
started his jumping-Jack tactics, leap
ing high into the air and evening up
the honors for the round with rights
'" and lefts to the. face. ' Jackson smash-
JJAWN M'GRAW GOES
UP IN AIR EARLY
Marlin, March 26 John J. Mc
Graw, manager of the Giants, flew to
Waco late yesterday afternoon.
After the game, McGraw got out of
his uniform and went to the landing
field where Capt. Miller and Capt.
Hayburst dolled him up in a flyer's
rig.
He was strapped into the front seat
of a big army eagle and, with Major
Gllkinson acting as aerial mahout, the
little Napoleon set sail on the 26-mile
flight to the Waco camp.
CHANCE FOB LOCAL
K. OF C. BOWLERS.
A team of duckpin bowlers, known
as . the Knights of Columbus five,
stands ready to meet any of the K.
of C. countil teams in ' the state for
a series of games for the Knights of
Columbus : championship. William
Rafterty is manager of the Hartford
team.
Here's a. chance for Elmer Fitzger
ald's local Knights team to get into
action.
OFFICE TEAM WINS.
The Office bowling team of the
American Chain Co. won four out of
seven games in the bowling match
against the Factory team last night
and are around today giving the boys
Jn the. oiland leather best depart
ments the laugh.' The , American
Chain Athletic association has decided
to turn over the money paid by th
losers to the Red Cross benefit in
stead of holding a banquet, which is
Mai patriotic spirit.
ed home a hard right to the stomach
in the fifth and Dundee retaliated by
landing two punches to Jackson's kid
neys. Jackson measured Dundee with
his deadly right but by the time the
blow started the Scotch-Wop was on
the opposite side of the ring. Jackson
missed frequently in this round. With
only a few seconds to go, Dundee let
out another burst of steam which re
sulted In left jabs to the face.
Dundee continued his fast pace in
the seventh and peppered two lefts to
the jaw. Jackson returned a hard
right to the ear and the boys then
mixed at close quarters. Jackson had
far the best of the exchange. The
eighth and ninth rounds went to Dun
dee. In the eighth Dundee knocked
Jackson several feet with a right hand
punch and Jackson tried to connect
at long range but missed three times.
Jackson started at a fast gait in the
ninth but Dundee completely out
boxed him. Dundee was guilty of
frequent holding In this session. He
exercised great skill, however, by
cleverly evading Jackson's dangerous
punch.
The boys boxed furiously In the
tenth and eleventh. Jackson assum
ed the offensive and landed a hard
right to the jaw in the tenth. Dundee
ducked out of Jackson's reach and
worked his way to the ropes and
sprang towards Jackson like an en
raged tiger. He got over five blows to
the jaw without a return. Jackson's
nose began to bleed in the eleventh
again. Dundee deliberately sat on
the ropes and Jackson rushed at him
and successfully landed a hard right
on the jaw. Dundee then peppered
Jackson with right and lefts while
the latter stood back awaiting an op
portunity to land his hefty right. The
boys battled at a hot pace as the bell
rang, with Dundee landing the
oftener.
Things looked bad for Dundee in
the twelfth when Jackson opened a
cut over his right eye. Jackson hit
the injured optic twice without a re
turn and Dundee fell into a clinch. In
the lively exchange that followed,
Jackson finished -on top.
The thirteenth, fourteenth and fif
teenth rounds were entitled to Dundee
by a wide margin. Besides boxing
rings around his opponent, Dundee
knocked Jackson half way across the
ring with a hard right. This punch
occurred In the fourteenth and slowed
up Jackson perceptibly. Jackson
landed but one solid punch in the last
three rounds, a blow to the jaw in
the , thirteenth. Dundee's jumping
tactics enabled him to score easily in
, the final round.
Three bouts preceded the Dundee
Jackson scrap and none of them satis
fied. Johnny Lisse of New York
stopped Flying Maher of this city in
one round while Frank Brindisi of
thisc ity disposed of Young Eddie
Wallace of New York in the same
round of their schedule six .rounder.
Wallace deliberately quit and was no
match for Brandisi who rushed him
from the start. Wallace substituted
for Joe Dillon of Stamford. In the
semi-final bout Paul Doyle of New
York outpointed Charley Pitts ot
Bridgeport. Mosey King, formel
lightweight champion of New Ens-,
land, refereed the first three bouts.
He called Doyle-Pitts bout a draw
and fans hooted the decision, Doyle
easily outpointed his opponent.
MOLLA BJURSTEDT
WINS SEMI-FINAL
Although it was only yesterday that
the women's national indoor tennis
championships began o the courts of
the Seventh Regiment armory, in New
York, Miss Molla Bjurstedt, the fa
mous Norse racquet wielder and
holder of the national outdoor cham
pionship, is now ensconced in a semi
final round bracket. This leap from
first round to semi-final, was accom
plished at the expense of three op
iponents, all of whom were forced to
acknowledge the superiority of Miss
Bjurstedt by an overwhelming score.
In the three matches she lost only six
games, which is a remarkable record
In iteslf.
The players who fell before the ag
gressive Norse girl were Mrs. L. Z.
Murray, Miss Helen Bernhard, and
Mrs. S. Waring. They were vanquish
ed in that order. Miss Bjurstedt is
now a bracket further advanced than
any other player in the tournament,
which went through two rounds. The
play of the Norse expert was con
vincing proof that she is as formida
ble in her game as in the past.
KID NORFOLK WINS.
Philadelphia, March 26 Kid Nor
folk, the Panama flash, had little
trouble in beating big Jack Thorhson
of Joplin, Mo., here last night before
the Olympia A. A. in six rounds. Al
though outweighed by 30 pounds,
Norfolk made his heavier adversary
look cheap and took every one of the
six rounds in the fowth round
Thomson was sent to the mat at the
bell. ,
JESS AND FREDDIE
AGREE ON TERMS
Chicago, March 26. Final articles
for a bout between Jess Willard,
heavyweight . champion of the world,
and FreMi Fulton, challenger, on July
were signed here yesterday In the
presence of Col. Joseph C. Miller, the
promoter, and a number of boxing
"celebrities."
According Ho these articles Willard
will receive 75 per cent, of the net
profits, while Fulton is to get a flat
sum of $20,000. The agreement also
stipulates that Col. Miller has the
right to sell or transfer the bout "to
such person or persons as he may see
fit."
It is further provided that Willard
and Fulton, shall establish training
quarters in the vicinity of the city
where the bout is to toe held for at
least three weeks prior to the meet
ing and that the number of rounds
will depend upon the laws or tne
State where the battle is fought.
Fred (Fulton, in frock coat anHi cane,
and Jess Willard, more moderately
dressed, faced a battery of cameras
after the articles were signed, and as
they stepped away the latter re
marked: 1 sruess we are a pair of the big
gest guys you "boys ever snapped."
Willard alsi remarked tnat ne was
well satisfied with the articles as
drawn and that it made little or no
difference to him where the bout was
held.
Funeral of Mike
Dpnovan Tomorrow
New York, (March 26. The funeral
of (Mike Donovan, known the world
over in boxing, who dieki early Sun
day morning, will toe held at 10 o'colck
tomorrow from Sacred Heart church,
Shakespeare avenue and High Bridge.
The interment will toe at St. Ray
mond's cemetery.
The honoary pallbearers were an
nounced last night, as follows:
Dr. G. M. Hammond, president of
the New York Athletic club; Jeremiah
T. iMahoney, Fred R. Fortmeyer, Wil
liam H. Page, former president of the
New York A. C; J. M. Motley, Arthuf
Brisbane, Bob Edgren,, sporting edi
tor of the Evening World; William
Muldoon, A. Deer, George T. Vanfler
pool, -H. H. Baxter and the officers of
the First Field Artillery,
Telegrams and letters expressing
sympathy poured in on Mrs. Donovan
yesterday, and one from Col. Roose
velt said that he would attend the fu
neral on Wednesday if well enough.
KAUFF READY TO
MAKE SACRIFICE
Though it has been reported and
probably truthfully so that the local
board at Fomeroy, Ohio, has seen fit
to keep Benny Kauff in Class 1A of
the National Army draft, the little
centre fielder has not yet been offi
cially advised of the fact. This no
doubt is due to the slowness of mails
in this part of the country, and Benny
is among those who believe that the
result of the examination which he
underwent here a week or so ago
failed to affect his status in the draft.
It would be a tough blow to the
Giants if Kauff were lost to them,
but in times like these there are mat
ters of far more importance than the
pennant chances of the Giants or any
other ball club to be considered, and
the foremost of these is the work of
training our forces to defeat the
Huns. No one realizes this more tnan
efBnny and John McGraw, and if Un
cle Sam needs the little slugger the
sacrifice will be gladly made by both
the player and the New York club.
HOGAN EXPECTS
RECORD CROWD
Billy Hogan, matchmaker for the
Union Boating club, which organiza
tion will stage the big fistic event be
tween George Chip and Harry Greb
at the Casino on April 15, said this
morning that he expects the biggest
crowd that has witnessed a boxing
show in this city to be on hand at the
Greb-Chip affair. Hogan has his card
complete and tickets for the show
will be placed in the various cafes and
cigar stores during the week. Sever
al applications for choice ringside
seats have been made to Matchmak
er Hogan by those who believe in the
"early worm" theory.
SCRIBES TAKE TWO
FROM DEAF MUTES
Capt. Donegan's Newspapermen's
bowling team were in real fighting
spirit last night and took two out of
three games from the Deaf Mutes at
the Park City alleys. Bakos of the
speechless five rolled high single of
111 and high total of 306.
DAN O'NFIIi ILL.
Holyoke, March 26 Dan O'Neil,
president of the Eastern League of
Baseball Clubs, is ill in his home
here. The nature of his illness is not
known but it is not believed "to be
serious. It was learned that there is
no reason to. believe his condition is
serious enough to cause any further
delay of the Eastern League meeting,
which is expected to take place
shortly after the meeting of the In
ternational League owners in New
York tomorrow.
MRS. BARLOW VICTOR.
Pinehurst, N. C., March 26 Miss
Elaine Rosenthal of Chicago, title
holder of the United Women's North
and South Golf championship, was
defeated in the first, match round
yesterday by Mrs. Ronald H. Barlow
of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia
player went out in 44, was three up at
the turn and beat the champion three
up at the 16th hole.
Mrs. Hurd and Mrs. Hammer meet
today in the semi-finals, while Mrs.
Barlow plays Miss Dugan. .
INDIANS SIGN MILLER.
Cleveland, March 26 Advices re
ceived here last night state that the
Cleveland American League baseball
club has purchased First Baseman
Ed Miller from the New Orleans
I Southern Association' team.
Peter-the-Great Enjoys
Fully Equipped Bungalow
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Elite horse racing circles have been
invaded by the bungalow craze and
"Peter-the-Great," the famous 2:07 1-2
sire, has a bungalow home to himself
on the estate of Stoughton A. Flet
cher, the Indianapolis millionaire
horseman. The bungalow cost $1,500
and is fully equipped with electric
lights, hot air and coH' water, large
electric fan for the summer time and
even a porch and flower boxes. In the
photograph "Peter-the-Great" is "air
ing" by the side of his bungalow
home. Mr. Fletcher purchased "Peter-the-Great"
just a year ago from W.
E. D. Stokes, the New York turfman,
for $50,000.
f Fistic History J
V J
It will be thirty-nine years tomor
row since Arthur Chambers defended
his title jn the lightweight division
in a battle that was among the long
est and hardest fought in America. In
number of rounds it surpassed even
the famous Burke-Bowne battle in
New Orleans in 1893, when the Irish
man and the mulatto lightweight
pounded each other for 110 rounds.
The opponent of Arthur Chambers in
that historic encounter on March 27,
1879, was Johnny Clark, and they bat
tled 136 rounds before Chambers was
declared the victor.
Clark fought like a demon and sev
eral times during the long struggle
it seemed that he would triumph.
In the end the superior stamina and
cleverness of the champion prevail
ed. Chambers retired from the ring
soon afterward and the title which he
bad held since 1872 was permitted to
lapse, and was claimed by George
Fulljames, the Canadian, Charley
Norton and Jack Dempsey.
Arthur Chambers might have claim
ed the lightweight championship of
the world, as he won the American
title by defeating Billy Edwards, who
had whipped Joe Collyer, the English
lightweight champion. Chambers
held the lightweight title for seven
years and retired undefeated, Both
of his two greatest battles were
fought on Canadian soil. His fight
with Edwards, by which he annexed
the title, was staged on an island in
Lake St. Clair. It was pretty much
of a fake, as Edwards, a slim, grace
ful boxer, was having all the best of
the argument when the sturdy Cham
bers, badly bettered and all but
beaten, was declared the victor of a
foul. At the end of the thirty
fourth round one of Arthur's seconds
bit him on the shoulder. After time
had been called Chambers clinched
and dragged Billy down oh top of
him. In a few seconds he screamed,
"He's biting me!" The referee saw
the marks of teeth on Arthur's shoul
ders and gave him the decision. Ed
wards was so enraged that he biffed
the referee and then ran to the lake
and jumped in. The water was very
cold and he soon reconsidered and
crawled out.
Tommy Sullivan and Arthur Rice
fought a 20 -round draw at New Lon
don, Conn., on March 26, 1901, just
seventeen years ago today. Connec
ticut was then a popular fighting
ground for the boxers, owing to its
proximity to New York city, where
the game was prohibited. Sullivan and
Rice were among the leading con
testants for the crown worn by'Terry
McGovern. Earlier in the year Sulli
van had whipped Joe Bernstein at
New Britain and Billy Barrett at
Hartford, and Rice had defeated High
McPadden at New Haven. Tommy
Sullivan succeeded Young Corbett as
champion In 1904, and held the title
until 1908, when he was defeated by
Abe Attell.
Joe Goss, former heavyweight
champion of America, died on March
20, in his 47th year. He was a native of
England, and fought his first ring
battle in 1859. In 1863 he fought
Jem Mace, and put up a game bat
tle with the gypsy, but was knocked
out after 55 minutes of fighting.
In 1866 he met Mace again and
fought a draw, but in a third con
test Goss was again defeated. Joe
afterward came to America and in
1876 he fought Tom Allen, another
Englishman, for the American
heavyweight title. This was at Cov
ington, Ky., and Goss won on a foul.
Goss also whipped Jimmy Elliott,
another title claimant, nd was the
acknowledges king of the American
heavies until 1880, when he was
matched with Paddy Ryan, a native
of Ireland, at Collier Station, Va,
Goss was then in his 42nd year, and
by far the oldest man who has ever
held a heavyweight title. In spite of
his age he put- up a game and scien
tific battle, and it was not until 87
rounds had been fought that the
Irishman, who was nearly 14 years
his junior, put the old veteran to
sleep. At 40 Goss was probably the
best man the game has ever had at
that age, with the possible exception
of the late Bob Fitzsiinmons, who
was also a great gladiator at the two
score mark.
Napoleon Lajoie will be a big
drawing eard in Pittsburgh, Cincin
nati and Brooklyn, where he hasn't
played in a National League game
since 1900.
Some of the major league clubs arel
going to be shy of capable pucners
this year. In both circuits there will
be not more than 20 good southpaws.
RIBBONS TO MEET
NORWALK TONIGHT
Basketball fans will "have their in
nings tonight at Colonial hall when
the Blue Ribbons tackle the fast Nor
walk aggregation. The Norwalk con
tingent has been strengthened by the
acquisition of Dehrnert and Bercamp
and the locals will have to be on the
job every minute to grab off a win.
: The Ribbons will present the same
lineup tonight as was used last week.
Clinton, and Swenson will take the
forward positions; Powers will jump
center, and Holman and White wiU
occupy the guard stations.
The Norwalk line-up will be some
what changed and undoubtedly
greatly strengthened. Johnson and
Reach will play forwards; the speedy
Dehnert, the sensation of the league',
will jump center, and the guarding
work will fall upon Bergcamp, a Penn
State league star, and Joe Dreyfuss
who returns to the game tonight after
a tw:. weeks' (.layoff caused by a
sprained- ankle. ... Tom Thorpe will
referee, and, Josey Waters will be in
charge of the Big Ben.
The league standing tod ate Is as
follows: w. L. P.C.
Ansonia 12 9 .572
Bridgeport 12 10 .524
Norwalk . . . . 8 9 .471
Jersey City .... 8 11 .421
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The Pirates have a shortstop named
Caton who is smaller than Maranville.
Three weeks more and the major
league teams will be answering to tha
"play ball" call.
About that time, perhaps Paul
Krichell and his local Americans will
be batting 'em out in practice at New
field park. Here's hopin'.
James E. Gaffney, former owner of
the Boston Braves, who still follows
baseball clcsely, wired his congratu
lations to President W. F. Baker of
the Phillies last week for ordering
Herzog to stop practising with Pat
Moran's players.
Boston fans do not feel sure that
Herzog will make them forget Rabbit
Maranville. The Rabbit was satisfied
with a $7,000 salary last year, but
Herzog says $10,000 isn't enough.
Larry Doyle and Jess Barnes de
clare that they will play with the
Giants or not at all. This ultimatum
should hasten the appearance of Her
zog in the Braves' regalia.
George Stallings, in securing Bunny
Hearne, the Planter left-hander,
shows "how badly he is in need of
pitching material.
The press box at the Polo Grounds
will be located in the upper tier this
season. Sad news for pests!
War economy has hit the Pirates,
as it has everything else. Last
Spring the club took about forty
players to the Southern training
camp, but this year Manager Bezdok
has only twenty-three men with him.
Connie Mack is looking around for
a second baseman and several pitch
ers. When the major league clubs
begin to unload their young players
Connie will put several of them un
der the microscope for careful exam
ination and possible use in his out
fit. On the other hand, Mack is known
to place his reliance mostly on vet
eran players. He's had too much
trouble with the youngsters. The
lineup of the Mackmen for the start
of the 1918 campaign shows that Con
nie prefers the "tried and true"
players. Behind the bat he plans to
use both Thomas and Cady, veterans
who spent several years with the
Boston Red Sox. Vean Gregg is one
of his boxmen, and he also has seen
years of service with the majors.
Neither Elmer Myers nor Rube Schau-
er are newcomers. George .Burns
and Larry Gardner are slated for in
field positions, while Walker, Jamie
son and Kopp, all of whom have had
experience with other clubs, are in
the outfield. "
Fight twenty rounds to a decision
in New Orleans? Too hot, says Jess
Willard. For his coming battle with
Fred Fulton the champion is likely
to disqualify every city except such as
permit short bouts to no decision.
Milwaukee, where ten rounds to no
decision are permitted, offers Willard
$125,000, so it is reasonable to be
lieve that he will lean toward that
offer. At Milwaukee Fulton could
win the title only by knocking Wil
lard out inside ten rounds. Atlantic
City also may come along with a bid
for the fight, and there Willard would
be in all his glory. , A fight at At
lantic City would have to be limited to
eight rounds, eight ounce gloves, and
it probably would draw a great
crowd. Young's Million Dollar Pier
is the place there best suited for a
fight.
It will be remembered that Willard
not so long ago wanted to defend his
title for the benefit of the Red Cross.
That body declined the offer. The
War Department's Commission on
Training Camp Activities would be
only too glad to accept Willard's con
tribution. How much is the cham
pion going to set aside from the fight
for that purpose?
TRAFFIC COPS WIN.
The Traffic Cops went wild on the
Park City alleys last night by copping
a two to one victory over Grant's
Specials. Next week the Newspaper
men will roll a special match with the
Main street crowd. The Newsies were
defeated in the last match with the
Specials. , : ,
Fate Of International
To Be Decided At New
York Meet Tomorrow
The National Commission' has
grown tired of the dilatory tactics of
the International League, and unless
the tottering minor league takes some
prompt, decisive action tomorrow, the
commission will probably step in and
declare all the players of the Interna
tional circuit free agents.
The International League has been J
quibbling over its affairs since last
fall, and in the meantime scores of
the league's players have been writ
ing to the commission trying to force
the organization to take some action
one way or another, so that they could
look for baseball jobs for the coming
season.
The International League informed
the commission that it would decide
on their course for the coming season
yesterday, March 25, and the com
mission anxiously waited for the ver
dict. Last week Acting President Cha
pin of Rochester placed the date of
the meeting for tomorrow and the
National Commission isn't at all pleas
ed at the delay.
There are more than 100 players
in the International League who do
not know where they stand, and, if
the league had come to some decision
months ago, many of these players
would have been able to get positions
in other leagues. As it is, they have
been held up until it is too late to
land anywhere and, as a result, the
majority of them will be thrown out
of work for the coming season.
Several of the players of the Buf
falo club who have not yet received
all their salaries for playing last sea
son have been retained by the league
and have not been able to negotiate
for jobs. Many of the players have
presented a pretty strong case against
the league. What the International
League was aiming at was to have
the commission grant them protection
for their territory and their players
for the coming year, in the event of
their not being able to operate. As
this would be manifestly unfair to the
players and would be contrary to the
rules of baseball, the commission
would not consider any such pro
posal.
The International has been post
poning action on the ground that it
was waiting to see what action would
be taken at Albany on Sunday base
ball. With this excuse, they have
been able to hold their players far
over ' the regulation period, for all
contracts have been sent out by
March 1. They were granted an ex
tension of time to April 1 for sending
out the contracts, but as that time O
proaches, the chances for the leagae
starting again look gloomier than
ever.
Ed Barrow, the former president of
the International League, who is now
manager of the Boston Red Sox, cen
sures the club owners for the dila
tory tactics. He informed the club
owners some months ago that ehey
SIDELIGHTS FROM
BATTLE PICKED
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Some fistic eventf and some crowd.
New Haven must now be recogniz
nized as the greatest boxing center,
in Connecticut and next to New York
and Boston for handling the big
crowds.
It was a real treat to sit near the
ringside puffing happily away on a
Mecca while the fellow sitting next
to us was in his glory trying to get
eleven cents' worth out of a nickel
cigar.
Many women, most of whom were
from New York, could be seen around
the ring. They were dressed in the
latest spring style and looked on at
the two boxers with considerable in
terest. Broadway was shut down for the
night as all the big birds from
Gotham were there. Billy Gibson,
manager of Benny Leonard, world's
lightweight champion, accompanied
by Tom McArdle, blew in a few min
utes before the main bout started.
Other prominent New Yorkers on
hand were Dick Curley, Leo Flynn,
Mike O'Neill, Jimmy Johnston, Billy
Roach and Silvey Burns.
Ted Kid Lewis, world's welterweight
champion, came up from the big
town to look over the prospects of
"another" match between himself
and Jack Britton. Lewis was intro
duced to the crowd.
It was a big night for the local jit
ney owners. About fifteen of those
"PS41144" buzzers carried fans to
the scene of hostilities for a dollar a
head.
While passing through Milford we
noticed one of the jitneys kissing the
soft side of a telegraph pole. No
body was injured but everybody in
the 'buss was dern mad. Some of
the jitneys haven't reached New Ha
ven yet.
Among the well known local fans
at the fight were Steve Boucher, Sergt.
Tom Connery, Dennie Sullivan, Spike
Hennessey, Bill Redgate, F. Chester
field Cantillon, Tom Carr (as usual),
Pop Wade, Honest John McNamara,
F. E. Lalley, Jr., Fritz Musante, Dan
Brennan, Dennie Kelley, Joe Waters,
Joe Ciglar, Greg Dunn, Billy Hogan,
Danny Walker and, last, but not least,
Fritz Hartman.
Hartman arrived long after the
first bout had started. The local
fight bug is always late, as it takes
him longer to get around than the
would be unable to start this season,
but, instead of taking his advice, they
chopped $5,000 off his salary and
practically forced him to look for an
other position. ' -Barrow
openly, declares that th
league has not done the right thins
oy us players. He thinks that the
league should some time ago have
written them to sign where they
pleased. Instead, they have inforced
the authority given by the reserve
clause in their contracts and have
prevented the players from going
elsewhere. A few of the players who
were in demand by major league clubs
were sold, but the other players have
been retained for so long a period
that it will be impossible for most of
them to find baseball births for the
coming season.
On account of the strong protest
which so many of the players have
made to the commission it is proba
ble that the highest court of base
ball may ask the International for
some explanation of its course of ac
tion. Ex-President Barrow points out
that with the league practically out
of existence months ago the players
should not have been held in re
straint. "It will be a case," said
Barrow, "of the boys . getting all
dressed up and no place to go."
If the Internatioal League has been
holding off waiting for some aid from
the major leagues it will be very much
disappointed. The majors now have
troubles of their own which are tak
ing up all their time and attention. .
The International League has on more
than one occasion refused to follow the
advice of the majors, and now they
can paddle their own canoe.
Back in 1914 when, the Federal
League and the Players Fraternity
were threatening the major leagues
the National Commission would have
given the International circuit protec
tion if it had followed the suggestion
of the majors and suspended for a
season or two. At that time the ma
jor leagues wanted their players bad
ly and would have seen the Interna
tional League through all of its ad
versity. The International League at
that time refused to suspend and
went ahead against the Federal
League opposition, which proved such
a heavy financial burden that the cir
cuit has never recovered.
In holding their players on the re
serve clause of their contracts the
club owners of the International plan
that they will probably be able to sell
many of the players if they vote to
discontinue. However, now that the
National Commission has taken the
matter up they may decide to make
all the players free agents regardless
of what action the league may take "
tomorrow. The protests from the :
players have been so numerous that
the commission will take some action,
and whatever move is made will un
doubtedly be in favor of the players.
JACKSON-DUNDEE
UP BY MAGNER
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. ordinary sized human being.
George Mulligan and Joe Shugrue, "
the once greata lightweight boxer,0
represented Waterbury at the melee."
Shugrue is still open to meet any boy 'c"
in the world. . " ' v
The bouts set a new record for
crowds, the figures toppling the $9,
000 mark. Of this amount Jackson :
drew down $2,755.80. Dundee work
ed on a straight guarantee of $2,500.' ,
Give the promoters the glad hand for '
taking the big chance, especially the
way things are going now.
All Lew Brown did was to walk
around the ring and mumble to him
self: "O, if only my Chickie t Brown
was in there fighting. Dake a look
at dat house, will you?"
There was a big hitch in securing a
referee suitable to both managers
Dave Fitzgerald agreed to referee the
star bout after urgent requests upon
the part of the boxers, their manag
ers and a majority of the fans. He
declared that he entered the Arena
stated that he had been imposed upon
for the club's action in advertising
him as referee. He. went through
with it, he said; upon the advice of ;
friends, who wanted to see him in
there. Fitzgerald gave complete sat- "J
isfaction in the ring and kept both
boxers working fast every minute.
His decision was according to his own
views of the affair, although it failed
to meet with the opinion of the ma
jority. 5
Gas masks would have sold for any
price as the fog was as thick as
mosquitoes in July. Everybody was
smoking last night.
Joe Mulvihill, the former Norwalk- ,
er, who is now residing in New Ha- id
ven ,told me after the fight that he is
going to pull off a big battle at the v
Arena sometime during the month of -p
May. Joe has made one big offer
for the Willard-Fulton match and is .
awaiting an answer.
It was the biggest crowd that has
ever witnessed a boxing show in the
state of Connecticut.
The promoters showed their spirit
of patriotism. Four large American
flags were suspended from a rope
hanging over the light in the center;
of the ring. The boy that was
knocked out in the .first round must
have been a hero. He fell under th
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