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ped by any club in the league.
When we were training at Hot
Springs I gave as my opinion
that we had the best team in the
country. I did not claim a team
of "stars," but I felt we were an
evenly balanced team, .that there
would no friction, that Stahl
would make a capable as well as
popular manager and that every
one would work and win. My pre
diction has been verified.
The team does not differ much
in its make-up from the teams of
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The fighting face of Capt.
Heinie Wagner, whose return to
form has helped the Red Sox so
thepast few years. It's the same
team Boston had two seasons
ago, but the men are playing dif
ferent balL They are working
with an object and feel their
strength. They are playing near
ly SO per cent better ball than they
did two seasons ago.
The reason should be appar
ent. Larry Gardner, at third
base, is in his rightful position.
He is showing his real speed. Last
fall when the All Stars played the
Athletics, Gardner was a mem
ber and I gave him a trial at third.
I saw it was his position and that
he should always have been sta
tioned there. . In the transfer a
star third baseman was developed
from a mediocre second "baseman.
Then, too, Wagner is playing'
the greatest ball of his life. Last
season the infield was demoral
ized because Wagner's arm was
sore, and he could not play his
game. But this year his arm is
stronger than ever. He is hitting
better than he ever did, and his
work at short has been a -positive
revelation. Jake Stahl, on first,
gives us a well-balanced, hard
working infield. No "stars, but
men who are playing their best
game all of the time and without
The old weak spot, if it could
be called weak, was at second
base, where Yerkes, one of the
most improved ball players I
ever saw, a fine hitter and hard
worker, lacked experience in the
Tris Speaker is playing the
game of his career. He leads the
league at bat. But our greatest
strength is in the box. For the
first time in .many years Boston '
has a string of first class pitchers,
able to take their regular turn.
Wood, Hall, Collins, Bedient
and O'Brien are all doing good
work and I feel sure the' will
maintain the pace to the end.
We are well supplied with util
ity men in Clyde Engle, Krug and
Neal Ball for the infield, while
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