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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEMBER 30. 1917.
LEONARD OFFERS TO
f GIVE TWENTY POUNDS
TO FIGHT M. O'DOWD
Lightweight Champion Willing to Battle Mike at 154
v Pounds Just to Show St Paul Knockers That He
Is No Slicker; Plestina Finds
Himself at Last
Chicago, Dec. 29. "If Mike O'Dowd, who now claims the
middleweight championship, will make 154 pounds for me, I'll
box him 10 rounds. This goes for him merely because he claims
the championship. I have no desire to annex any more titles,
but I certainly will never again battle a man who is smaller than
This was the statement made byO
3enny Leonard, lightweight cham
pion, after his bout with Gene Del-
mont in St. Paul recently.
Leonard was crying mad at the
time. The St. Paul crowd had
"booed" him after the Delmont match
because they insisted he outweighed
Delmont from 10 to IS pounds. That
was not true, but because of Del
mont's short stature he looked like a
midget beside the champion.
Billy Gibson, Leonard's manager,
following the articles of agreement to
the letter, had the champion weigh in
it 3 o'clock in the office of the boxing
:ommission's physician. He thought
ihat was all that was necessary. The
commission, it seems, demands public
weighing. The physician said Leonard
weighed pounds. Delmont
weighed 130J4 pounds, publicly.
"It is distasteful to be treated as I
wis in St Paul," said Leonard, "and
I am through with that town. Please
say for me, too, that Delmont is the
last little fellow I will ever box.
Mind you, this match was not of my
picking at all We offered to box in
St Paul and the promoters picked
the man. I am sorry we tbok the
thing on at all and I wouldn't have
it happen again for 20 times what
we received for the contest."
Manager Gibson concurred fully in
what Leonard said. He did not con
sider they had been fairly treated in
St Paul and w-s especially bitter
about the announcement from the
ringside that Leonard had not
weighed in. This got the champion
"in bad" with the crowd right off the
reel and the crowd was with Delmont.
That is the situation which brought
about the offer to box O'Dowd.
"Certainly that goes," said Gibson.
"O'Dowd seems to be recognized as
middleweight champion since he
whipped Al McCoy and if he will do
154 pounds Ben wilt box him."
Story of Plestina.
The story of Marin Plestina, a Slav
wrestler of Omaha, is the story of a
man who found himself after many
trial and tribulations. It is a real
story of what sincere and painstaking
training will do. .
When Plestina was around Chicago
several years ago he was nothing but
a fat, chubby kid, with a decidedly
red face that looked as if it might
burst at any moment under the strain
of one severe hold upon any portion
of his anatomy. He could wrestle a
little, but he could not stay. He was
much too fat.
Weighing about 245 pounds and
sporting what Kid McCoy calls a
"Budweisef tumor" at the waistline,
Plestina was not an easy mark for
any of them. But he had little en
durance. Then he fell in with Mah
mout and that famous old Bulgarian
unburdened himself of a few words
of wisdom for Plestina's benefit
Comes to Omaha.
Plestina went out to Omaha and
placed himself in the hands of "Farm
trw Burns. The latter is a great task
master as a trainer. He knows in
stantly when a man cheats in his
work. So Plestina couldn't cheat. He
had to train or be fired out by Burns.
In a year it took much time to re
move the ''tumor" already mentioned
Plestina was a vastly different man.
He was a well conditioned athlete.
Today Plestina weighs 214 pounds,
every ounce of it is worth something
to him in an athletic way. The loss
of more than 30 pounds of fat
was just what he needed. His friends
think he is a real champion and think
he would have proved it recently in
Omaha in his match with Joe Stecher,
but i Nebraska referee spoiled it all.
Because Plestina wouldn't give
Stecher a hold, or something of that
sort, the referee declared Stecher the
winner. It was a raw deal, one of
the very rawest in a game noted for
such things. Plestina was standing
on his feet at the time and not even
one of, his shouldefs had scraped the
Brennan Fans Happy.
Chicago admirers of Bill Brennan,
the North Side lad who had to go
east to get a reputation, are jubilant
because of a recent victory scored by
', Brennan over Homer Smith, the Ben
ton Harbor, Mich. heavyweight.
Sam Langford said Smith is good
enough to beat Fred Fulton, and
since Brennan beat Smith, his ad
mirers assert Bill is the leading can
didate for Jess Willard's crown.
One thing Brennan owns that is an
asset to any scrapper is a punch.
Just about two-thirds of his bouts
have ended in a knockout,' and not
ill of Brennan's victims have been
Brennati could not plant a knock
out on Smith, tut he had the big
Michigan man on the defensive
throughout und slightly groggy at
the finish. Smith is by no mens a
novice in the ring game, although
he lacks experience, and Brer.nan's
victory over him places the Chicago
scrapper pretty well up in the ranks
of the heavies.
Although he was eager to win,
Smith is r.ot discouraged over his de
feat by Brennaa and attributes it to
Over anxiety, Which led him to train
until he became stale. Smith believes 1
i nn K.!i- Cmno. l( .u.
ae can Deat Brennan it given another
Chance, and it IS Drobabit the men
nay be rematched.
Minnesota's Only Tank
Star III; Gloom in Camp
George Gibbs, the only veteran
iwimmef the University of Minnesota
had this year, has been compelled to
,ive up work because of the effects of
in attack of diphtheria, which left
aim too weak for competition. No
other candidate has appeared who can
fill Gibbs' place in'the dashes and dis
tance swims, and Coach W. E. Foster
expects to spend the next two months
in whipping new material into shape.
ON NEW YORK
In Their Desperation They Sit
Through Wrestling Tourna
ments and Six-Day Bike
In their desperation they sit
through wrestling tournaments and
six-day bike races. With boxing on
the shelf, the sport fans of New York
appear to be in a bad way for enter
tainment this winter. Some idea of
their desperation is .'seen in the fact
that wrestling and six-day bike rac
ing have had them clamoring at the
When New York fans arc obliged
to get all worked up over a six-day
bike race it will be understood that
they are in something of a plight.
When worse comes to worse, the
New York sport fan will attend a
wrestling match and try to fake an in
terest in the proceedings. This only
happens, however, when the situation
has become really acute.
It would not be astonishing to hear
just now that a croquet match had
packed them in at Madison Square
Garden. The fight game has moved
out, and something or other must
make an effort to replace it. It may
be an awful strain on the New York
fight fan, but now is the time for him
to show that he is a dead game sport.
He may have to train himself to show
any excitement over the backgammon
or hop-scotch championships, but if
he's got it in him he'll do it.-
Fight fans in New York are hoping
that the game will be revived later in
the winter. The membership scheme
of attending fight shows has not had
the most glorious success, and will
likely pass away before long. Only a
return of the real thing with legalized
boxing can bring cheer to the sport
fan's heart. In the meantime he must
make the most of wrestling and other
such maudlin entertainments.
Huggins Uses the Right
. - Methods With Athletes
Huggins' ability to develop young
players is not the least interesting ot
his attributes. Rogers Hornsby,
Frank Snyder, Walton Cruise, Bill
Doak, Lea Meadows, Jack Smi.h,
Mule Watson, Oscar Horstman and
Marvin Goodwin all are products of
Hug's ability to develop young play
ers. The first half dozen of these
represent a total cost price to the St.
Louis club of less than $2,000. And
way can Huggins develop young play
ers where other fail? Several reasons.
Chief among them is that Huggins
wins their confidence right from the
jump. He plays psychology to the
limit. He makes them believe they can
play ball and they do play. Huggins
digs directly to the recruits' hearts.
He appeals to their business sense, and
when he gets through with that he
puts them on their honor. In all his
experience with them he has found
but one to flagrantly violate the con
fidence put in him.
Sale of One Player May
Mean Success in Minors
"The sale of 'one ball player fre
quently makes the season a success
for a minor league club, when the
loss of the money involved means
ffailure," remarked a prominent Inter
national league man.
"Take the case of Newark and
Walter Smallwood for example.
Smallwood was the only player sold
by the Newark club, the Yankees
purchasing him. One of the condi
tions of the transfer, however, was
that in the event of Smallwood being
drafted the deal was off. Smallwood
reported to the Yankees, was caught
in the draft and left to join the na
tional army, so the Yankees did not
have to pay the price decided upon.
If Newark had realized the amount
involved in this deal the club would
have closed the season with a balance
in the treasury. It got nothing and
ended the campaign with a deficit."
Ice Hockey On Program
For Camp Dodge Soldiers
John L. Griffith, director of athletics
at Camp Dodge, announces that plans
are progressing for building several
ice rinks at the cantonment. As soon
as the rinks are ready hockey teams
will be formed for a series of league
Picked up Along
Base Ball Beat
Don Carlos Ragan, farmer Rourke, is slat
ed for the dlacard by the Boston Braves.
Manager Stalling has asked for waivers en
four players and Ragan is one of them. The
Inflelder Fttzpatrlck. Ragan probably will
hav no d""0"'1 ' eatchtng on with m
other big league club, however, as base
ball ulent , golnl to ,carC)J next ,uro.
mer. Raean Is now visiting In Omaha.
Dirty Dolly Gray, who used to catcb for
Wichita In the Western league, has been
sold to Milwaukee by the Fort Worth, Te.,
club. Dirty Dolly is soma catcher, or at
least he was when In this loop.
Jack Ptelster, who first gained fame on
the Omaha club and went up to the Chi-
1 cago Cubs, la $3,000 richer as the result of
j a suit won against tha Western Union.
Pfelster alleged the Milwaukee club sent
him a telegram offering him a position, but
it was not delivered, with the result that
he Jon the chance to Join the Brewers and
was damaged accordingly.
The Western league schedule meeting will
bo held at Des Moines In February. At that
time, the Dickerson loop powe.s will argue
the matter of long and short seasons and
deride whether hostilities shall start In April
as uxual, or be delayed until May. 'TIs said
the Western will not play mere '! MO
game this year, and perhaps lest
PHIL FANS FURIOUS AT SALE OF GREAT ALEX;
BLACKLIST THREAT AS THEY SHOUT "UNFAIR"
Trade of Star Battery to Cubs
Rouses Peaceful Village and
Baker's Resignation Is
Philadelphia, Dec 29. "We've got
nothing left in Philadelphia to sell
but the Liberty bell and the statue of
William Penn," is the cry of local base
ball fans. That's the way they feel in
this town over, the sale of Grover
Cleveland Alexander and William
(Red) Killifer to the Cubs.
"Martial law is declared here," said
a prominent base ball editor, in dis
cussing President William F. Baker's
"boner" in selling one of the greatest
batteries in the history of base ball.
"Yes, martial law is on, for the citi
zens of this peaceful village are walk
ing around with knives in their teeth,"
added the B. .
Philadelphia fans are up in arms
and they are going to blacklist the
National league team here next sea
son. May Force Resignation.
The sale of Alexander and Killifer
is to Philadelphia what the sale of
Matty and Bresnahan would Jiave
been to New York fans 10 years ago.
These Quakers are nice, quiet per
sons as a rule, but they are riled now,
and nothing but Baker's resignation
from local base ball will save the Phil
Local newspapers are supporting
the fans in their fight against Baker.
One of the leading evening papers
printed the following:
"You pop-eyed bugs who gather in
the grandstand and bleachers of the
Philadelphia National league base ball
park pay the freight, you support the
club, you furnish the salaries, you pay
the dividends and if the sale of Alex
ander and Killifer was a raw deal, you
are to suffer. William F. Baker, presi
dent of the club, says the trade is a
splendid one. It is supposed the price
paid was $75,000.75, the 75 cents rep
resenting Prendergast and Dilhoefer,
the players received in the barter.
Now, you fans have your own ideas on
this matter, so just sit down with pen
in hand and let your views be know."
Baker's excuse for the sale of Alex
ander and Killifer is that he must re
trench. The magnate claims the offer
was altogether too tempting, from a
business standpoint, to ignore. Then,
again, Baker declared that, besides
the profit from the sale, the Philadel
phia club will benefit because it won't
have to pay Alexander's $12,000 yearly
Baker's Salary $15,000,
"But Baker gets a salary of $15,000
as president" is the Philly fan's come
back. "Surely he is not worth $3,000
more than Alex," in fact, right now
Baker is worth a bad nickel, in the es
timation of the local base ball follow
ers. Pat Moran, the manager, isn't say
ing a word. He can't afford to. But
the good-natured Irishman is up
against it so hard that nothing but
a miracle can keep his team in the
race next year. He has a. few new
players, coming for his . outfit next
year, but chances are remote for land
ing any real stars. "
For catchers he has Eddie Burns,
Jack Adams and Dilhoefer, His pitch
ers are Rixey, Bender, Oeschger,
Mayer, Lavender and Fittery, of last
year, Prendergast from the Cubs;
Davis, a right-hander from Louisville,
and Woodward, a right-hander from
Luderus, Niehoff, Bancroft, Stock,
Dugey and McGaffipan are the old
infielders, with Brandell, the Univer
sity of Michigan shortstop, and
Pearce, who pl-yed a few games last
year after being procured from Rich
mond.among the new ones.
Outfield Is Intact.
The old outfield is -intact with Cra
vath, Schulte, Paskert and Whitted
still on the payroll. Mussel of Los
Angeles and Fitzgerald were discov
ered by Wade Killifer, Bill's brother,
who is playing on the coast. "Bud"
Weiser is back again after a sojourn
in the grass belt, and is said to be a
very much improved player.
It may be that Baker figures he can
succeed where Connie Mack, base
ball's shrewdest manager, tried and
failed. For three long, weary years
the Athletics' part owner and man
ager has discovered that the job was
not an easy one. Connie has tried out
hundreds of players from all leagues
and every college, yet he hasn't the
combination to offer in 1918 that can
be considered even a first division
It is whispered here that Baker is
going to quit base ball and that Jim
Gaffney is going to be the next owner
of the Phillies. This change undoubt
edly would be welcomed 'iy local fan
dom, but whether or not Gaffney pur
chases the club, it will be a wise move
on Baker's part to hie himself and his
interests to some other village.
Lajoie Boosts Toronto
As Big League Ball Town
"Toronto, as a base ball city, is
good enough for any league," says
Napoleon Lajoie, who managed the
champion Maple Leaf team this
"We played to great crowds in
Toronto last season in spite of the
fact that the city has been terrifical
ly hit by the war, worse than any
other city on this side of the Atlantic
"The war did not keep our at
tendance down, and if we could play
in a strong league next year we
would be sure to repeat But I doubt
if the International league will open.
There are several club owners in
that circuit who do not feel like go
ing down into their pockets again.
Toronto ought to be in the American
league in place of Washington."
Cuban Ball Players
To Invade the U. S,
If the draft makes inroads on
ball teams, it is said that there
will be wholesale invasion of
America by Cuban ball players
who will seek places en major
and minor league teams.
Cuba has declared war against
Germany, but has not formed a
conscripted army, and its citizens
would be permitted to play base
ball in the United States without
Cuba has more and better ball
players than any country outside
of the United States and is in a
position to fill the gaps on teams
caused by tha &rri
Earl Caddock in Kakhi
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BOXING IS MOST PRIMITIVE
Fighters Enter Ring to Ruin Opponent;
Foot Ball's End Same, But Aim Different
OF AMERICAN MAJOR SPORTS
In1 its essence, boxing is our most
primitive sport It is conducted on
the frank hypothesis that it is often
possible and desirable for one man
of given weight to temporarily wreck
the train of thoughts of another gen
tleman of, equal poundage. This, to
be sure, is not presented as the mis
sion of boxing to a threatening state
Let the bewhiskered lawmakers
turn their backs and you and I have
little use for anyone except the baby
with the knockout punch. Of course
we can't remember their names over
night. They make us yawn. They
simply won't do. Benny Leonard
need never worry over our personal
support so long as he can connect
with that narcotic right.
Foot Ball Is Different.
Foot ball is not like 'prize fighting.
Foot ball presumes only to move an
oval, inflated pigskin from one end
of the field to another. If at times it
is necessary to use force as it often
is in the promotion of successful
play, it must be remembered that
strength is prerequisite in all forms
of athletic exercise. This does not
include auction pinochle.
But foot ball does not aim to maim.
It is fair and above board, and many
of our real nard pugilists, who talk
out of the side of their mouths, could
probably endure one foot ball period
of 12 minutes. At the end of that time
he would inquire how the grandstand
happened to tall on him.
A rude prize fighter goes into the
ring attired in a pair of tights dec
orated with the nag of the United
States. The recent paucity of flags
was caused by. the second and third
rate boxers, who have them stitched
to their battling trunks.
ARMY CALL STOPS
Cadore, First Season Out in
Big League, Shows Great
Promise, But Uncle Sam
One of those upon whom the burden
of war has fallen hardest is Sergeant
Leon J. Cadore, late of the Brooklyn
When he was called to arms this en
terprising young man had just finished
his first season in the big show. He
was just entering upon what was
almost sure to be a successful career,
when it was cut at the bud by the
beckoning hand of Uncle Sam.
There are few, pitchers in the game
who can look back and point to a bet
ter first season than Cadore's. He won
13 games and lost as many with a
team that finished seventh, a team that
was crippled most all the season, and
in which the germ of dissatisfaction
had played havoc.
During the 1917 campaign, Caddy
twirled six games against the Phila
delphia and Pittsburgh teams and won
But against the New York and Cin
cinnati clubs he pitched six games
and lost them all. While but shows
how uncertain are the ways of the
His record against seven opposing
Philadelphia t 0
Pittsburgh a 0
Cincinnati 0 4
New York 0 i
St. Louis 1 S
Chicago I S
f ' Aside from the tights and the flag
the boxer appears as nature delivered
him, barring a pair of tin ears which
he accomplished himself. He is then
ready to receive and give whatever
punishment is necessary for the oc
casion," and the average spectator
trusts it is much. On his stomach,
jaw, nose and eyes his opponent
strikes, if possible, with a five-ounce
padded glove,. It is a brutalizing
spectacle and often inspires a ring
sider to screech: "Why don't you kiss
A foot ball player does not aim to
give or receive punishment. He is in
terested only in moving the ball for
ward for the honor of dear old Prince
hard and to protect the box of bon
bons he bet his girl that dear old
Yaton would win.
Pads and More Pads.
Consequently he appears clad in a
pair of 10-pound moleskin trousers
and a jersey, beneath which are shoul
der and chest pads, stomach pads, hip
pads, shin pads and elbow pads, while
his knees, ankles and wrists are bound
with heavy tape. On his head he
wears a heavy leather helmet and over
his nose a rubber guard.
He wears heavy shoes with out
sticking sharp leather cleats, though
no method has been found to make
them sharp enough to penetrate a rub
ber nose guard. But America is in
ventive. The foot ball player, thus attired, is
ready for anything, and, if possible,
his opponents do not disappoint him.
He usually mislays his wind in the
first period and the visiting team is
always ready to deprive him of the re
mainder of his health in the other
But in its essence boxing is our
most primitive sport
FITZ'S SIGN STILL
"Bob Fitzsimmons, Black
smith," Is Sign Over Estab
lishment on Main Street of
Timaru, New Zealand.
While the memory of the late Bob
Fitzsimmons will hardly be erased
from the mind of the sporting public
for a long time in the United States,
it is also being kept fresh in the
minds of the people who inhabit the
antipodes. A citizen of New York
walking down the main street of
Timaru, New Zealand, would per
haps be startled to read the sign
"Bob Fitzsimmons, Blacksmith,"
above one of the structures that line
According to an account from New
Zealand, the proprietor of this black
smith shop, an old Irishman, has for J
years conducted the place, and will
not remove the sign which Fitz put
up when he started in business at that
Timaru is the place where Fitz
broke into the boxing game. Jem
Mace, the departed, who was former
ly champion of England, put Fitzsim
mons on wnile the Mace fistic com
bination was showing in the town
He whipped all his opponents, and
from that night on proved himself a
fighter with a knockout punch. He
was amateur middleweight champion
of Australia back in the early '80s.
There has always been some doubt
about Fitz's age. Parson Charles E.
Davies went t England to look up
Fitz's birth record at Helston, Corn
wall, England, and found that he was
a. son of a village policeman and wife,
who were highly respected in the
DICKENSON HITS BUMPS
IN ROAD ON SEARCH FOR
NEW WESTERN TERRITORY
Western League Prexie Finds Oklahoma and Illinois
Cities Not So Coy As They Were Earlier in the
Month; Old Man Optimism Bobs Into
View; Hang Crepe on Lincoln. '
All is not smooth sailing on the base ball sea for the West
ern league. ' '
When the Western moguls staged their merry little confab
at St Joseph the first of this month, it was agreed the Western
loop should pluck two more cities from the fertile and unten
anted fields of Oklahoma or Illinois and President Dickerson,
was dispatched on a gumshoeing tour to these states.
FOR NEW YEAR'S
Junior and Senior Competitions
to Be Staged, as Well as
Floor Fray and Swimming
Omaha "Y" ' athletes are on their
toes for the annual indoor champion
ship meet which will be staged at the
Young Men's Christian association
gymnasium New Year's day.
Events for juniors and seniors are
scheduled. The juniors will clash in
the morning and the seniors at night.
The night program also calls for a
number of entertaining features.
Open house will be held all day at
Championships are to be awarded
in all events. First, second and third
place ribbons will be given. In addi
tion, the three athletes making the
highest total of points will be given
special recognition. ,
The junior program of competition
calls for running high jump, spring
board jump, standing broad jump, run
ning high dive, two-lap race on track
and a special relay.
The senior program calls for a two
lap race on track, running high jump,
spring board jump, three standing
board jumps, running high dive and a
As a feature event, the readers in
the Commercial and Church basket
ball leagues will clash. A number of
crack "Y" swimmers also will give an
THINS RANKS OF
(Continued From Pat On.)
of England and America, who died at
Portland, Ore., and Frank Gotch. the
retired heavyweight champion of the
world and a man of marvelous skill
on the mat.
Other branches of sport suffered
less heavily. October and November
saw twelve foot ball players pass
along the great trail as a result of
injuries received on the gridiron, but
they were all amateur, interscholastic
or school boy players. Henry Holt
gieve, former world's champion
weight lifter, died early in the year, as
did Joe Lindley, former world's cham
pion bike rider.
CARD FANS BEGIN TO BOAR
The methods of frenzied finance
which are being adopted by club own
ers in the major leagues are already
causing much unrest among base ball
fans which will have a serious affect
on the game next summer. The lat
est blast from the fans comes from
SU Louis, where they will present a
petition to President Branch Rickey
warning him that if he sells Rogers
Hornsby to the Cubs they will not
go near the National league park.
It is expected that the petition will
have more than 50,000 names when
present to Rickey.
74 yt A'4
O SEND OUT S. O. S.
At that time, base ball prospects in
Oklahoma and Illinois were slim
The Western association had been
torpedoed and was sinking fast. The
Central league was floundering -:on
the rocks and its S. O. S. calls for aid
were unanswered. -
Peoria, Bloomington and Rockford'
in Illinois, and Oklahoma City and
Tulsa, in Oklahoma, were directing
flirtatious glances at the Western
magnates and the latter flirted back
and Dickerson started on his jour
ney. But now, alas for the Western
moguls, the Oklahoma and Illinois
villages are not so coy. Apparently
they have recalled mamma's sage ad
vice not to flirt with strangers. . J
Down in Oklahoma, the petroleum
wonders have a hunch that they. art
being double crossed. Dickerson first
visited Oklahoma City and Tuss
and these villages gave out the word
that their admittance to the West
ern league had been practically set
tled. " : ; ,
It is probable the oil towns in their
enthusiasm became a little bit ex
cited and previous and they ijist
thought it was practically settled. But
when Dickerson bobbed up over . in
Illinois, the Sooners became peevish
and decided Dickie had been kidding
So the Oklahomans .lave started
talk of reviving the Western associa- s
tion. The Western 'association; is
Class D. The D stands for dead, the
Western associction is so ' dead all
the pulmotors manufactured wouldn't
revive it But the Oklahomans haven't
discovered this. As in every base ball
league optimism prevails especially
at this time of the year, when, they
aren't losing, money every day. 1
So the Oklahomans are kicking a
Bloomington Lies Down. '
Now for Illinois. Bloomington offi
cially has given up hope. Blooming
ton was climbing toward altitudes too
far in the air. anyhow. It is a Class
B town and has no business trying
to put on Class A sirs. ;
When the Bloomington gents got
to figuring it up they could see more
money going out than coming in, so
they are trying to stir up the deceased
Central. They may succeed. If they
do the Western will be unable to
break into Peoria or Rockford. - !
It is said, too, that Peoria has
cooled in its attitude toward the
Western and will stick to the ship if
there ia a chance to resuscitate the.
Central. . '
i Thus is Mr. Dickerson encounting
little irregularities in the road he is
traveling. To our way of thinking,
the Oklahoma and Illinois parties sre
kidding themselves when they hope
to pull their respective leagues
through next year. Their own cities
may deliver the patronage and thus
the iron men, but the other towns
upon which they depend will sink to
the bottom of the shaft, long before
Independence day rolls .round. The
Western has a good chance to last
until August anyway and things may,
break better after that. .,
So in the long run it is a good guess
that Oklahoma City and Tulsa and
Peoria and Rockford and, perhaps,
Bloomington, alt will be clamoring for
those vitcant berths in the Western
league. But their benighted optimism
may so delay the clamoring that the
Western will have to shake a nifty
leg to get away to any kind of a start
in the soring. '11
The Western, however, will start,
Oklahoma or no Oklhoma and Illi
nois or no Illinois. The Dickerson
loop will start with six clubs if neces
sary, or even with only four. But it
will start. , - 5
Ducky on His Way.
Ducky Holmes down -at Lincoln,
has packed his suit case, thrown in
the extra necktie and a couple1 of
collars and gone calling. Ducky is
looking for a place to light. .
Lincoln is out of the question.
The Links almost passed out of i the
picture last summer and Ducky, had
to go into the baby's bank to pay' ths
Now that Ducky is in distress" the
Lincoln business interests refused to
aid, averring that professional base
ball is a private enterprise, is not a
matter of civic pride and does not
do the town any good. . -. J
Oh, My No. !
Of course not. If a town boasts
a professional base ball town, it is
a live one. If it doesn't, set it down
among the cut and bleeding.. Its-last
spark of life was snuffed out when
the ball team blew. ,
So Holmes is looking for a place
to check his suit case and his ball
club, such as it is. Sioux City is cast
ing cagey glances at Ducky and
Holmes may find that city a harbor
of refuge. At any rate Holmes has
joined Hughle Jones and Jack, Hot
land and it has become the "wander
ing trio" instead of the "vagabond
As things stand now the Western
league will line up in the spring in
one of the following ways: .
Jopltn. . ,
Peoria. "; . '
8Io City. .
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