Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, April 04, 1919, Page 21, Image 21

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L. P. Flynn, boxing promoter in
New York, manager for Pete Hart
ley, and others, in a letter to the
'sports editor to-day takes a wal
lop at Leo Houck, of Lancaster, and
maintains that the boxing game is
being handled so unfairly that the
city authorities should take a bold,
Dear Sir: Is it any wonder, that
the boxing game in small towns is
slowly dying a natural death, when
the local promoters, with their "cp
niving methods" "gull" the public at
every turn? The other night, March
31, at Lancaster, Pa., Leo Hoqck of
Lancaster, Pa., boxed a "set-up" who
was "rung in on the public" as Al.
Now the promoter, Frank Erne,
had written me several letters for
that very date (March 31st) and
when he could not obtain the serv
ices of the ex-middleweight cham
pion for nothing, he done what all
"backyard promoters" do, put in a
"bum" and grabbed the doubt for
$2O $25 $3O $35
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All Shades Regular $2.50 and $3.00 Values
UNITED HAT STORE INC. 3d & Market Sts.
NEAR BRANCHES—Philadelphia, Altoona, Pa., 2 Stores in Reading
1217 Market St. Eleventh Ave. 620 Penn St., Bth & Penii
Reasons Why Joey Fox
Is Featherweight Champ
He neither smokes nor chews.
He shuns all intoxicants.
He always gives you action.
Alawys boxes to win.
Always is fit for the fray.
Hoes all fighting in the ring.
Is a gentleman outside ring.
Minds his own business.
Did his bit in the war.
Is a credit to England.
To his family, to the ring.
himself. Isn't it about time that
the local chiefs of police, in the
different towns dragged those "pari
sites" on the carpet and forced them
to give the public an even break?
Now, a great injustice was done
McCoy, as he has matches with Mike
Gibbons, Miske. Tommy Ttobson and
others and through this "cunning
trip" of a "bootblack" promoter, any
of those matches are liable to be
called off. McCoy in all probability
would nave knocked Houck out and
this the manager of Houck as well
as the "small" promoter knew.
McCoy will agree before any of
the Pennhylvania clubs to knock
Deo Houck in ten rounds, before any
legitimate club in the State.
Trusting that you will acquaint the
fans with the way they have been
"buuked" and at the same time see
that justice is done. I am,
Very truly yours.
Bone Dry Amendment
Up to Supreme Court
Providence. R. I, April 4.—Gov
ernor Beeckman yesterday signed
the resolution passed by the General
Assembly directing the Attorney
General to secure from the United
States Supreme Court a determina
tion of the constitutionality of the
prohibition amendment.
The measure passed the Senate in
concurrence Wednesday and was re
ported for transmission by the
Committee on Engrossed acts yes
City Championship at
Stake in Game With
the Fast St. Columba
"Dutch" Baetael, the greatest
of cage referees, will be at
chestnut Street Auditorium Sat
urday night to handle the cham
pionship game between the St.
Columba team and the local In
One of the fastest games ever
staged in this city will be play
ed at the auditorium when Jimmy
Brown leads his American League
winning team against the Inde
pendents. Tom Dunleavy who was
a star in both the State League
and the Eastern League will play
a forward position with Gallagh
er who is one of the best drib
blers in the cage game.
At center will be the great Jack
Lawrence who is considered the
only man ablo to hold the Big
Hoss Haggerty down. This prom
ises to be a battle from start to
finish between the two giants. At
the guard positions for the visi
tors will be Captain Jimmy Brown
who lead the Eastern League for
two seasons in scoring most
points, his running mate will be
Johnny Deitrich who is one of the
best defensive guards in the cage
This game is of great import
ance to the local team as well as
bringing the championship of the
State to the Capital City and the
local fans should turn out in full
to help the local team win. Danc
ing will immediately follow the
St. Columba. Independents.
Dunleavy, f. Rote, f.
Gallagher, f. McCord, f.
Lawrence, c. Haggerty, c.
Brown, g. Gerties, g.
Deitrich, g. Kord, g.
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Ten Thousand Dollar Alex
Arriving to Help the Cubs
A L EX A NDE& |y|gr
Word from Grover Cleveland Alex
ander. de luxe pitcher was received
at Chicago last night saying he would
arrive from abroad April 14 and Fred
Mitchell immediately assigned him
to pitch the opening game for the
Cubs on April 23.
Manager Mitchell Is likely to have
some trouble adjusting salaries for
this premier and Jim Vaughn, the re
spective merits of whom are on the
tip of tongue. Many sharps believe
Big Jim will do better work this year
than Alex.
Alex's Salary $lO,OOO
Alexander's salarf with the Chica
go club is said to be more than $lO,-
000. It is the opinion of baseball
men that he is worth that owing to
his popularity throughout the league,
and also because of his remarkable
ability. Yet what he has done and
considers himself in a class with the
will be expected to do for the Cubs
when he returns does not alter
Vaughn's cose. The left-hander now
best pitchers In the country and con
tends that his services are worth
more to the club than the amount
proffered him by President Mitchell.
Vaughn honestly believes he will
have another successful year And is
confident he will win as many games
as Alexander, therefore, is of the
opinion that his contract should come
close to equaling Alexander's.
President Mitchell is not of the
same opinion, naturally. He Is will
ing to acknowledge that Vaughn is
an effective pitcher, but adds that
Vaughn does not want to forget that
first class support of his teammates
made it possible for him to win as
many games as he did. This, the
president argues, made Vaughn a
great pitcher, although he really did
not pitch any better ball than he has
furnished the team in the last few
years. Mitchell believes that Alex
ander, with the 1918 Cub team play
ing behind him, would have won more
than thirty games, which would have
shown him to be more valuable to
the club than Vaugn and the south
paw would not now have the privi
lege of demanding better terms.
Starred All Season
Vaughn cannot be blamed for at
tempting to get a substantial in
crease in salary. He was the best
pitcher in the National League last
summer, as the official records show.
Besides, he starred in the world's
series against the Boston Redsox,
and has developed into quite an at
traction. He commanded more at
tention in 1918 than ever before. Yet
the question arises: "Is he worth as
much as Alexander?" That really is
difficult to answer, as Alexander did
not pitch last year and it was im
possible to make a reasonable com
parison. On past records Vaughn
cannot be credited with having the
drawing powers or skill that Alex
ander has.
The records of th.e two pitchers
since 1914 are:
Year W. L. ER.
1314 27 15 2.38
1315 - 31 10 1.22
1316 33 12 1.55
! 917 30 13 1.65
1318 2 1 2.33
1314 21 13 2.06
1515 20 12 2.? 8
1316 17 15 2.20
1317 23 13 2.01
1918 22 10 1.74
These records prove that Alexander
has twirled a better brand than" the
left hander in recent years. The
formers feat of winning thirty or
more games three years in a row is
regarded as phenomenul. and there
are only two other twlrlers who have
ever achieved that distinction. They
are Walter Johnson, and Christy
Mathewson. And it is the belief of
President Mitchell that Alexander
would have surpassed the other two
stars had he remained with the club.
Alexander was in tip top condition
when he was drafted and would un
doubtedly have made the winning cf
the pennant much easier for the Cubs
had he remained. He lost the rpen
ing game of the season and then won
two, permitting the St. Louis Cardi- ,
nals to make only two hit* of. him
April 26, his last game.
Big League Scared When the
Federals Threatened to
Invade New York
By threatening to invade New
York with a Federal League ball
club he and his business associates
were able to scare organized base
ball into buying out the Federal,
testified James A. Gilmore, former
president, on the stand yesterday at
the hearing of the damage suit to
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recover for Baltimore $900,000 from
tho American and National Leagues
and from otficers of the Federal.
Gilmore told the Jury that be orig
inated the plan for what he termed
"a gigantic bluff" to force peace in
baseball by inducing the American
and National leagues to compro
mise with the Federal league when
it no longer was able to continue.
His plan, he said, was to scare or
ganized baseball into suing for peace
by threatened to "invade" New
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more, who is one of the individual
defendants in the suit, said the Fed
eral officials secured a two-year
lease on elaborate offices in New
York, took options on playing
grounds at One Hundred and Forty
fourth street and Lenox avenue, se
cured authority from the Board of
Aldermen to close adjacent streets
and had plans drawn for a large
The major league officials, Mr.
Gilriore testified, "fell" for the bluff,
and made overtures which resulted
finally in peace and dissolution of
the Federal league. The first over
tures, he said, were rejected, but
later he said he advised his Federal
league associates to accept, as he
and ether Federal officials were con
vinced that it was futile to con
tinue thoir organization.
His first demand for $200,000 for
Baltimore in the peace negotiations,
Mr. Gilmore stated, was laughed at
by the major league officials. An
offer of $5 0,000 subsequently was
made, but rejected by the Balti
more Interests, and referred to a
commission of seven members, in
cluding one from Baltimore.
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