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INFANT CLASS HOPE OF .EVERY TEAM IN BIG
' LEAGUE THIS YEAR
i By Billy Evans.
.Practically every club in the
American league will depend on
one of its young twirlers this
' year. A surprisingly good lot of
young pitchers was added to the
organization in 1911.
No pitcher has created a great
er'sensation than Vean Gregg. In
his first year he recorded 23 vic
tories and would have made a
better record but for a bad arm.
Cleveland fans are worrying and
wondering if the injury will a'f
fect Gregg's work in ,1912. There
is no doubt that much of the
Naps' success will hinge on the
showing of the sensational south
paw. In Caldwell, New York ap
pears to have a wonder. He knew
little of big league ball last year,
but from the start showed much
ability. He improved each day
and when the season closed was a
Tiigh class pitcher.
Washington has a diamond in
the rough in Carl Cashion. This
six-footer has the speed of John
son, a good curve and a peculiar,
jerky delivery that has the batter
wondering when he intends to de
liver the ball. Under the direc
tion of Clarke Griffith, Cashion
should show big improvement.
Bob Wallace is sure Earl Ham
ilton will be -a star. Hamilton is
a southpaw with a variety of stuff
'and nerve to burn. He is only 20,
so it's only natural Wallace
should enthuse over him.
"Buck" O'Brien, who came
from Denver last fall and startled
the east by his. work with the Red
Sox, looks like a sensation' for
1912. Boston is banking heavily,
In Dave Danforth, from Texas,
Connie Mack has a kid southpaw "
who seems to have the stuff to fill
the shoes, of Eddie Plank, when
that veteran decides to step out
Big Ed Lafitte, who showed
great forauearly in the .spring of
191 1, is sure to be one of the'De
Chicago fans are .hoping that
the work of Benz was not a flash
in the pan.
In the National '"league condi
tions are the same. Chicago has
Cheney,1 who g'ives great promise.
Cincinnati looks for "Rube" Ben
ton to rival Vean Gregg. Bos
tonians are sure Perdueiwill win
many a game. Brooklyn expects
Schardt to improve. Gotham
rooters are confident Marquardt
will be better than ever. Natural
ly Pittsburgers expect the $22,500
beauty, Marty O'Toole, to do
great things. Bresnahan thinks"
Harmon will repeat. On the'
showing of Alexander largely,
depends the chances of the Phil
lies. Never in the history of the
game has every teambanked so
largel on the'mdividual showing
of certain star "young pitchers.
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