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February 10, 1910


Fans Fear Supreme Body in
Baseball Will Make an
Example of Him.

Will the national commission establish a precedent in organized baseball by rendering a decision unfavorable to Johnny Kling, local billiard man and Cub holdout now on the blacklist, who has applied for readmission to the fold? This is a question that is bothering the fans and judging from talk in baseball circles, the one-time Cub star is certain to encounter rough sledding before he lands back in good standing minus the black mark which now bedecks his name in the records of the court ruled over by Garry Herrmann.

The fat that the national commission is without opposition in the world of baseball at the present time makes it appear certain that it will make use of its authority when the time comes to pass upon the Kling case. Up to this year there existed on the Pacific coast the "outlaw" league, which seriously hampered the work of the commission, and a practice of granting concessions to players who had kicked the traces was followed by those in charge of the affairs of organized baseball.

This was exemplified in the case of Hal Chase, who committed a most flagrant offense by jumping from the New York Americans to the California League, only to be restored to good standing a short time after, none the worse for his rash act. This was done with the one hope of eventually wearing down the opposition to the national agreement and finally proved effectual, as last fall the "outlaws" were taken into the fold, leaving the jurisdiction of the great national game under one tribunal, the national commission.


"Since Kling sent in his request to Garry Herrmann for a consideration of his case with the purpose of seeking the good graces of the high tribunal, stories have sprung up regarding the Chase and Mike Kelley incidents in which the commission fought a losing battle. Chase was out on a charge of contract jumping in the middle of the 1908 season, when he left the Highlanders to play with the California outlaw league. Mike Kelley was in the same boat as Kling at the present time, and his restoration was due more to an error of the St. Louis club than anything else. Kelley refused to report to the St. Louis American in 1905, and as a result was kept out of organized baseball for two seasons, returning when the Mound City club failed to place his name on the reserve list through oversight, practically relinquishing claim to him.

In the face of these two verdicts, principally, it has been stated that the commission is hardly liable to turn around and refuse concessions to Kling that were granted to the others. Conditions have changed since then, however, and apparently this has been overlooked, as the national agreement is now absolute and its power, and for this reason the commission will no longer be forced to take a conciliatory attitude towards violators of the rules that govern baseball.


In the event of Kling being turned down in his request for reinstatement, it will be the first case of this nature in which the commission has won out, due to the fact that opposition to organized ball is a thing of the past, and the trio now headed by Garry Herrman are in a position to govern, absolutely without the wayward players having "outlaw" leagues to fall back upon.

The fate of Kling will probably be known February 23. Mystery surrounds the purpose of the gathering, as Herrmann failed to state anything in detail, but it is taken to mean that the application of Kling will be the principal business to come up for disposal.

The date of the meeting is four days before the departure of the Club squad on their spring training trip to New Orleans and in the event of the commission giving out a decision of the case Kling would know his fate in time to prepare to accompany his old teammates, provided the act of the commission is favorable. There is a possibility, however, of the supreme court of baseball acting upon the case and then withholding their final decision until near the opening of the season.

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November 23, 1909

OFFER $15,000 FOR


Want Local Catcher as manager,
But Cub Holdout Says He Would
Demand $10,000 a Year Salary.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26. -- The Philadelphia National League baseball club was sold today to a syndicate of which Horace S. Fogel of this city is the head. The price paid by the new owners is said to have been $350,000. Charles W. Murphy, president of the Chicago club of the National League, represented his organization at the conference in order to see that the provisions of the National League constitution were properly observed. The fact that Mr. Murphy was present caused a rumor to be circulated that he would be financially interested in the new management, but this Murphy denied.

An offer of $15,000 was made to President Murphy for the release of John Kling, providing the national commission will reinstate the famous Chicago catcher. Donlin is also wanted.

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October 26, 1909



Has No Hope of Being Traded by
Murphy and Will Therefore
Form Fast Semi-Pro

With the close of the Kansas City League, comprised of six clubs and which had a most successful season, comes the announcement from John Kling, the champion catcher of the world in 1908, that he will remain in Kansas City next year and will have a ball park, a team and possibly a league all his own. He will not own the league but he intends to have it run on the same plan as the Chicago semi-pro organization if he is connected with it.

Last season Kling tried to get away from Chicago and play with another National League club. Murphy refused to trade him. It cut the league out of a great ball player and Kling out of a neat salary. But Murphy had the whip end oft he argument, and Kling stayed out of the National League. He made almost as much money right here in the City League as he would have made in Chicago or any other city, but he wanted to play baseball. Now Clarke Griffith of Cincinnati, Charles Ebbets of Brooklyn and several others are trying to make trades for Kling but Murphy is as stubborn as ever, and it looks as though he intends to keep Kling right here in Kansas City for another year or force him to play in Chicago. The latter Kling refused to do, but he is willing to remain in Kansas City if he cannot play in any other major league city but Chicago, and he might play there if traded to the Cominskey crowd. Kling will play in the National League if traded but not with Chicago, and it looks as though Murphy will not allow him to make a change.


Therefore Johnny Kling is planning on staying right here for another year. He practically made arrangements yesterday to secure a ball park of his own for next season. He plans to have a park fully as large as Association park and it will be on one of the main car lines. He wants to get as near the center of the city as possible but may be compelled to go near Electric park. There are several good sites on good car lines which he has been considering and he will select one of them early in the year in order to have the grandstand, fences and bleachers completed before the opening of the playing season.

Kling is of the opinion that a good city league would be a big paying investment in Kansas City and he does not plan to have anything to do with a league run as the one this year was. Kling expects to have his park arranged so that it will accommodate at least 7,000 people, and he believes it will be crowded to overflowing on Sundays with a good ball team, which is undoubtedly true.


There are many ball players of league caliber who would remain in Kansas City during the summer and quit league baseball if assured a good salary in the City League. Many of these players are married and do not want to leave their families half of the year as they are compelled to do traveling with league teams. Kling also has many friends who are playing semi-pro baseball in Chicago and other cities who would be glad of the opportunity to come to Kansas City and play ball here. There will be a lot of league baseball players who will retire next year, not because they will be too slow for the game, but because they are tired of the traveling they are compelled to do through the hot summer months and such men would be glad to earn a salary in a good city league. Kling's idea is to give Kansas City fans the best baseball possible and if this idea is carried this city should have a fast semi-pro league next season, which should meet with success.

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October 2, 1909


Pool Players Break About Even in
Last Night's Round.

Johnny Kling and "Cowboy" Weston broke about even in the third round of their play for the world's pool championship at Kling's, 1016 Walnut street, last night, Kling finishing the third night's play with 602 and the champion with 580. Kling made 202 in the evening's play, while Weston scored 191.

Both players appeared to be stale last night and both missed easy shots. Weston complains that he had a weak leg that is causing him much pain and blames this for some of his unsteadiness.

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October 1, 1909


At End of Second Round Local
Player Leads 400 to 389.

"Cowboy" Weston last night in the second round of his championship pool match with Johnny Kling at Kling's, 1016 Walnut street, cut down the lead the local player secured on him the first round by thirty-six balls and the score now stands: Kling 400, Weston 389.

At the beginning of the second round last night Kling had made 202 balls. Weston had made 155. In the first eight innings, the champion played rings around the local man and scored 97 while Kling was making 19. Kling then settled down to business and managed to get the best of the play thereafter. Throughout the evening Kling excelled, as on the opening night, in long shooting and side cutting. He had much the better eye and execution while Weston showed better judgement.

Play will be resumed in the match at 8 o'clock this evening. The tournament will be of 800 balls for the world's pool championship.

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September 30, 1909


Pool Champ Plays Out of Form and
the Local Aspirant Wins 202 to
155 Victory in a Walk.

Johnny Kling had much the best of "Cowboy" Weston, champion pool player of the world, in the first of a series of four matches for the championship title at Kling's pool and billiard hall, 1016 Walnut, last night, winning the match 202 to 155 with apparent east Weston did not seem to be in form and Kling won as he pleased.

In the first frame Kling took the lead and was never headed. From the twelfth to the seventeenth frame he gained such a margin that Weston gave up all hope and the finish was not in doubt.

The play will be resumed this evening at 8 o'clock. The tourney is 800 balls. Wagers are being freely made that Kling will win from the champion. A gallery of more than 100 pool enthusiasts witnessed last night's game.

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September 29, 1909



He Helped Pittsburgh by Holding
Out Because Murphy Cheated
Him Out of Good Deal
in Cincinnati.

Probably the happiest man in the United States over the fact that the Chicago Cubs lost the National League pennant is Johnny Kling, the world's champion catcher, who has been in this city all season tending his billiard business. He refused to join the club last spring because Charles W. Murphy had cheated him out of a chance to manage the Cincinnati team and also own a big billiard hall in Cincinnati, which would have been financed by Gerry Herrmann if Kling had taken hold of the Reds.

After he found that Pittsburgh had cinched the pennant yesterday Kling said:

"Well I am tickled to death. That suits me exactly. At the beginning of the season I was pulling for New York, but I am glad Pittsburgh won it and not Chicago. Murphy did not treat me right when he cut me out of that good billiard business in Cincinnati and a chance to manage the Reds. I would have done anything to have beaten Murphy out of the rag. I quit the team and while they might not have won with me there I am, satisfied that I helped Pittsburgh a little anyway. I am satisfied now to lose my season's salary as long as the Cubs have not broken all records. I can play my pool match with Weston now and win. It is the best news I have heard this year. If Murphy had not treated me as he did I would have been glad to have played with the Cubs."

Kling is confident that he will beat Weston in the pool match for the championship of the world, which starts in his billiard hall tonight. He says he is in better shape than he ever was for a pool match and believes Weston is not in shape to beat him at the present time. The match will be for 800 balls, 200 each night.

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July 19, 1909


Curtis of Brewers Plays Against

With the aid of one Mr. Curtis, a flinger of the tribe of McCloskey in the American Association, Johnny Kling's Athletics yesterday succeeded in checking their toboggan slide in the Inter-City race, defeating the Stevens 5-4 in thirteen innings. The game was replete with sensational playing.

Curtis was touched for fourteen hits and struck out eight men while Van Hammer, the youngster who tossed for the Druggists was found twelve times and struck out ten. The work of the Brewer was not at all sensational and had it not been for the excellent work behind him he might have been humbled by the semi-professionals. Dale of the Athletics led in batting, getting four blows in seven times up. Crum of the Druggists got three in six. Kling failed to hit in seven times at bat.

Because Curtis was played the game will be protested by the Stevens. The game was delayed an hour while the matter of allowing Curtis to play was discussed. Kling flatly refused to proceed unless the Milwaukee hurler was allowed to go into the box and rather than disappoint the large crowd the Stevens finally assented to play the game under protest.

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June 4, 1909



Cub Catcher Refuses to Return, So
His Boss Says Other Players
Will Keep All of

Johnny Kling and Charles Webb Murphy, owner of the Chicago Cubs, have had another understanding. This time it does not suit Mr. Kling quite as well as it might, but Charles Webb seems to be getting even for Johnny refusing to return to Chicago to play with the world's champions.

This understanding was reached yesterday in a conversation over the telephone between Murphy in Chicago and Kling here. Murphy simply called up to inform John that the $10,000 bonus money the Cubs were to receive for winning the world's championship last year would be given out today and also to inform Mr. Kling that "The Boys," meaning the Cubs, had decided to count John out of the coin division. He incidentally mentioned that he would like to have Kling return to the Cubs this year.

That announcement about the disposition of the ten thousand did not suit Johnny in the least. He was a member of the Cubs all of the season of 1908 and did just as much to win the world's championship as any member of the team. Had he gone back this year there would have bee no question but what he would have received his share of that money. What he has done this year should not deprive him of salary he earned last year, in his estimation, but Murphy seems to be using this method to get even and if he wants to get even with Kling there is no better way. Murphy informed his former catcher that he would have another talk with the boys today and that John might be counted in after all, but John is not expecting to receive any of the coin.

It was quite a long conversation they had over the telephone. Murphy asked Johnny to return this year if things went to suit him. Murphy did not like that answer and extended an invitation for John to come to Chicago and see the game today. This was rather mean of Murphy to ask John to watch Moran do some star catching and John took it that way, so he refused to accept the invitation. When the men hung up their receivers Murphy had not succeeded in getting Kling to return to the Cubs, but he made sure of keeping John's share of the $10,000. Kling expects to hear from Charles again today.

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June 1, 1909


Miss Estella Greenwood of Kansas
City Weds Muskogeean.

MUSKOGEE, OK., May 31. -- E. Stanton Stofer, third baseman for the Muskogee team in the Western Association, and Miss Estella Greenwood of Kansas City, were married here this afternoon.

The players of the team made up a purse for the bridegroom, and President Shantz of the club will tomorrow night entertain the couple with a dinner and automobile ride.

The young woman came here from Kansas City. Stofer, who is also from Kansas City, is touted as the fastest kid infielder in the league. He is a personal friend and protege of Johnny Kling.

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May 12, 1909



Asks Higher Salary Than Last Year
and Unconditional Release
at the End of the

Would Rather Play Billiards in Kansas City
Than Join the Cubs.

Providing Manager Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs accepts the terms dictated by John J. Kling, the world's greatest catcher, it is very probable that Kling will leave Kansas City within the next twenty-four hours to join the Chicago team. Despite Kling's ultimatum to quit the game forever it was learned from a reliable source last night that he will return to the Cubs if the proposition he made to Manager Chance over the wire is accepted by Chance and President Charles W. Murphy of the Chicago club.

Kling received a telegram from Manager Chance asking him to join the Cubs at once as the team needed his services. The Cubs were at that time in Pittsburgh. The telegram was lengthy and the full contents were not disclosed, but it is known that Chance begged Kling to return to the team and help the Cubs in their fight for the championship. If the team is successful this year it will be the fourth straight pennant for Chicago. Manager chance has found Moran is not able to handle the receiving department of the game and he needs Kling.

But before Kling joins the Cubs President Murphy must accept a proposition which it is very probable Murphy will try to turn down, unless it is an utter impossibility to get Kling without accepting it. This, according to the information of the writer, is that Kling receive several thousand dollars more than he did last year and that he be given his unconditional release at the end of this season, which will wind up his contract with the Cubs.

When Kling first stated that he would quit baseball there were few bugs in Kansas City who believed him and some made bets with John that he would return to the Cubs. In case he returns he will have to buy a lot of hats and cigars.

One of Kling's reasons for not joining the team before was that he could not leave his business for want of a capable manager here. He has now engaged Charles Ferris, a competent billiard man, to handle his business and he is in a position to return to the game.

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February 1, 1909


Johnny Will Take On All Comers
This Week.

Johnny Kling has bought a new set of ivory billiard balls and is practicing daily. Kling will play all comers this week, offering odds of 100 to 80, and promising a $10 gold piece to the man who can beat him.

Tonight he takes on William Freeman, a local expert, and tomorrow he will play "Rube" Waddell. Waddell is a fair player and has been playing steadily. These games will be played at 1102 Baltimore avenue, but in the latter part of this week the games will be held in Kling's new hall at 1016 Walnut street. The games will start at 8 p. m.

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