Chance Will Have Free Hand with Yanks

Damon Runyon

El Paso Herald/December 20, 1912

NEW YORK. N. Y., Dec 20. During Harry Wolverton’s leadership of the Yankees, Frank Karrell never interfered with the luckless manager in any way; that policy obtained during the time George Stallings was at the head of the club, according to Stallings himself, and Hal Chase was also permitted a free hand on the managerial end.

Frank Chance will have the same full control when he takes charge at the Hilltop, and responsibility for the showing of the club will therefore rest with Chance alone. It has been a popular impression in some quarters that the Yank ownership handicapped every manager by interfering in the playing end of the club, and the declaration of Stallings is especially interesting, in view of the fact that it is wholly gratuitous. “Farrell. or no one else connected with the business office, ever interfered with me in the slightest degree,” said the man who now heads the Boston Pilgrims. “I never had any complaint then or now on that score.” Chance would probably never stand for interference anyhow; but the experience of his predecessors in that respect, at least, should be reassuring to him.

You’ve got to hand it to Charley Ebbets. He spends more money accidentally than any of those other magnates do intentionally. “Manager McGraw will have full control over the players and the playing end,” confides the new management of the Giants. Or else it might have added, there won’t be any manager McGraw.

On the face of the returns, Garry Herrmann has shaded Murphy in the deal which takes Joe Tinker to Cincinnati as manager of the Reds, and brings Frank Chance to the New York Americans. Mike Mitchell is the best ballplayer Murphy gets out of the batch traded to him by Herrmann, and Mike has reached a stage where he will not improve. Phelan, a third baseman, is a promising youngster, but Murphy did not need a third sacker. He may be able to use Phelan in the field. Kinsely would have been turned back to the minor club whence he came by Herrmann, as he was not regarded as worth the amount still due on him. Bert Humphreys, who was formerly with Philadelphia, has never displayed any remarkable form. As for Herrman’s end, he gets a shortstop who, regardless of his ability as a manager, should have at least another year of more baseball value in him than any one of the bunch Garry traded.

Corridon’s worth is problematical, but he never impressed many local fans as worth the fuss made over him. Chapman, the Topeka catcher, who goes to the Reds, is said to be an unusually promising youngster, while Grover Loudermilk, the elongated pitcher, may now be ready for big league service. Grover was with Bresnahan at St. Louis for some time, but Roger couldn’t get much out of him. He did well at Louisville, however. Only time can tell which club really benefited by the deal, of course, but at first glance it would seem that the Reds have the best of it.

It is manifestly one of the by-laws of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity that no member shall think in sums of less than five figures during the winter. Speaking of the erstwhile Duke of St. Loo, he will very likely be working for Pittsburg as a private in the ranks, if he works for anybody next season. It is said that Barney Dreyfuss has offered Bresnahan a salary of $10,000, and, if it isn’t the same kind of money that Dreyfuss paid for O’Toole, this is a better offer than any other club in the league could make in comparing himself to George Cohan and Louie Mann, the Marquis of Marquard seriously affronts two old friends, De Wolf Hopper and Willie Collier, both hard working baseball fans who cannot understand why their names were not mentioned by the great south hander. On and after February 29, 1913, yon may address Richard W. Marquard, ballplayer, in care of the Arlington Hotel, Marlin, Tex.

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