During the second half of the 1913 season, the Chicago Tribune's daily sports column, "In the Wake of the News," regularly published funny, sometimes hilarious, poems that it said were written by Frank Schulte, the Cubs' colorful, hard-hitting, lefty-swinging right fielder.
The poems actually were written by Ring Lardner, who presided over "the Wake" and was destined to become one of the great humorists of the early 20th Century.
This entry appeared 108 years ago today:
By Frank Schulte.
Of all the big league towns there are
I'm most enthusiastic
About the one near Hamilton,
Which was christened Cincinnati.
I'm trying to learn to love the town,
For maybe they'll send me
Down there where they sent Sheck and Kling
And Mordeki or -ke.
All 3 of the former Cubs mentioned in the final 2 lines of the poem later had played for Cincinnati, but none had gone there directly from Chicago.
The Cubs had sold outfielder Jimmy Sheckard to the Cardinals on April 11. After 52 games, in which he batted .199, they had placed him on waivers. He had been claimed by Cincinnati. He batted .190 in 47 games for the Reds, then retired, ending a 17-year career, including 7 years as a Cub.
Catcher Johnny Kling had been at odds with the Cubs' management over his salary and contract for many years, even sitting out the entire 1909 season. In July of 1911, the Cubs had traded him to the Rustlers, today's Braves, in an 8-player swap. On May 13, 1913, Boston had shipped him to Cincinnati for 2 players. Kling would retire at the end of 1913, too. He played 13 seasons, 11 as a Cub.
The Cubs had released long-time star pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown in October 1912. He had signed with Louisville of the American Association, which in January 1913 had traded him to Cincinnati. After the 1913 season, Brown would jump to the St. Louis Terriers of the new Federal League. He would split 1914 between St. Louis and another FL team, the Brooklyn Tip-Tops, then in 1915 Brown would return to Chicago with its FL club, the Whales. He would be among more than a dozen Whales who would be purchased by the Cubs when the FL folded, and in 1916 he would close out his 14-year, Hall of Fame career with the Cubs, going 2-3 in 12 games.