Then: Second baseman Johnny Evers
and center fielder Jimmy Slagle are the first to report for spring practices, meeting with club president Charles Murphy. Now:
Then: Club president Charles Comiskey announces that he has every player under contract for the season with the exception of left fielder Jimmy Callahan. Now:
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American League president and founder Ban Johnson, a close friend of Comiskey's, refuses to move the league offices from Chicago to New York.
Two Chicago-resident Detroit players say they will refuse to return to duty with the Tigers and will play for independent teams if their contracts aren't more lucrative.
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Cocaine blight rules uncurbed: The Tribune sends investigative reporters into drug stores and saloons located in what is now Greektown, and the reporters buy cocaine with ease in all these shops, despite police saying it was hard to track down who was selling. The neighborhood they identify is not far from the West Side ballgrounds, home of the Cubs.
Finds a finger in the air: A Colorado man claims he can photograph anything missing, lost or dead. He claims to have photographed a man's hand complete with a finger the man lost several years earlier, and says the dead are just as easy to "take" as the living.