OLYMPIC CLUB DISPUTE. - The San Francisco Call, 18 Sep 1895

From Wooljersey


Cyclers Who Are Dissatisfied and Will Form a New Organization.

Sixty Members Have Seceded. Boxing Matches Arranged by the Superintendent.

The big dispute in the Olympic Club cycling annex has come and sixty members have seceded to form a new organization of their own, which will be known as the Olympic Club Cyclers.

The reason for the departure of several of the most prominent wheelmen from the Olympic Club wheeling annex is because of a desire of one or two of the leaders to run the wheeling affairs of the club as they pleased. The general body of wheelmen objected to this system of government, so to speak, and a few evenings ago the disgruntled ones held a private meeting, with the result that the number of members mentioned signed an agreement to re from the annex and become members of the proposed new club. Among those who are strongly in favor of the formation of the new club are: F. R. Butz, J. Cooney, L. Conkling, Joseph F. Coffey, R. L. Long, I. Blake, Dr. Pinching, W. H. Simpson, Howard Vernon Jr., Judge Kerrigan, C. F. Morrell, Robert Long, T. Mulvey and J. W. Coffroth.

The latter gentleman said yesterday that it was about time that a club was organized that would keep its eyes open to the interest of the wheelmen.

"The Olympic Club should certainly have in its ranks the leading wheeling organization of the State," said Mr. Coffroth.

"With the facilities at hand for training and comfort for the members there can be no reason assigned for the poor showing the club has made occasionally in race meetings. I have no hesitation in saying that the formation of a new club will stir up the flagging interest in Olympic wheeling and that the members as well as the officers will have a say in the management of affairs.

"However, a meeting will be held at the Olympic Club on Friday evening for the purpose of forming a new club."

Those who propose to join the new club favor F. R. Butz for captain and J. Cooney for lieutenant. The meeting promises to be exceedingly spirited and exciting.

On the 29th inst. the Olympic athletes will have a grand day's outing at the Souther farm, which place is distant about one and a half miles from San Leandro. A cross-country run will form one of the principal features of interest of the day's sport, and as there are a number of good long-distance runners in the club an exciting finish is expected. The day's athletics will be inaugurated by a 120-yard dash and a half-mile run. Both of those events will be handicaps. Entries will close on the grounds.

Leonard Gill, the new and popular captain of the club, does not propose to allow the outdoor athletic interests of the club to flag in the least; in fact he has in his mind's eye many pleasant surprises for the athletes of the organization.

Superintendent William Kennedy is more than pleased at the outlook for the next boxing tournament, which will take place on October 15. There will be five special match contests which will tickle the fancy of all admirers of fisticuffs. Three matches which have already been arranged cannot fail to arouse great interest. In fact one of them should turn out to be the most exciting feature in the way of boxing that the members have ever had the pleasure of seeing. It will be remembered that many endeavors have been made to induce L. A. Payne of the Sacramento club to meet Stuart Carter of the Olympic, but for some unknown reason Payne has invariably fought shy of meeting Carter.

He has consented, however, to meet the Olympian at the next boxing night, and, granting that both men will toe the scratch in good condition, the contest should certainly prove of the most interesting kind. They will box at 145 pounds. The second match will be between Joe Reay of the Olympic Club and D. Brown of the Acme Club at 157 pounds. This should also prove to be a stunner.

The third match arranged will be between the clever Australian boxer, McGinley, and W. Birdsell of the Sacramento Athletic Club at 133 pounds. There remain two more matches to be made, and as there is ample fistic talent for the superintendent to select from it goes without saying that the fistic bill of fare that will be presented to Olympians next month will prove excellent.