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SOX ON WXY HOME SPORT DOPE CUBS-LOSE
Callahan Rattles Can Two Sox Stay
in San Francisco.
Murphy Says Cubs Are on Trail of
Some of. the youngsters on the sec
ond squad of the White Sox train
ing trippers believe Manager John
James Callahan'is a grim jester with
a diabolical.sense of humor. They be
lieve Cal is a regular vaudevillain.
Reason: Jay Jay Cal has routed the
second team through Reno.
Further explanation: Reno is the
place where separations 'are made
Kernan, Sylvester, Phil Gossett and
a.paif of rookie, pitchers have a hunch
that Cal 'is politely passing them the
hint, that they are to be separated
from the Sox squad before the 1913
season opens. The players may not
even: be allowed to see the grass-
carpeted shores of the Chicago 'river.
and the drainage canal.
And the boys may be right. Cal
yesterday ruthlessly slaughtered the
hopes of Jimmy Johnston and Phil
Douglas by sentencing them to San
Francisco for one year. They may
stay there longer, but it is a cinch the
Sox boss has some kind of a string
attached to the outfielder arid heaver.
Johnston is another example of
"the players that bloom in the spring,
tra la, have nothing to do' with win
ringjxhe pennant." He was touted as
a better player than any of the
youngsters picked up in the draft net
He could run bases and hit like Cobb,
fielded like Clyde Milan, and if neces
sary, could play the entire outfield.
Johnston failed to come up to expec
tations. His fielding was. fair and he
is undoubtedly- a fast man on the
bases. But to show speed on the
paths a man first has to reach the
initial sack. Johnston overlooked this
Important point on the" spring trip.
He failed to hit "He is young, honsv-
ever, and has plenty of time to break
back in -the majors.
"Taking advantage ( of beautiful
spring, (it is while this is written it
may be snowing when the paper gets
out) Charles Webb Murphy, owner,
president and press agent of the Cubs,
blossoms out as a clairvoyant today,
and sees nothing but victory for his.
He modestly declines to pick the
winner in the world's series, but one
of the contending teams will be the
The best thing about Murphy's
signed statement is the declaration
that the Cubs will acquire a new
pitcher in a few days if negotiations t
now on are carried through.
Bob Harmon is the'.man in view.
Talk of a deal -that would, bring the
crack right-han'der of the Cardinals
to the West Side has been active for
several months. Just before the Cubs
left Tampa there was a hot tip out
that Long 'Bob would jo"n the team
before it reached Chicago. At that
time 'Murphy and Evers refused to
discuss the rumor, but this statement
by Murphy brings the proposition up
In boosting his team Murphy points
to the 17-to-l defeat of Memphis and
the triple play made in winning
that game. "When did the Cubs ever
pull off a triple play in winning such
a signal victory-?" asks the boss. Aft-,
er answering this "slicker" he refuses
to answer it. Murphy's right, though.
When did any team ever pull off a
similar triple play? Never.
It can't be done without Ed Ruel
bach pitching. It will be remembered
that- two Memphis men were on base,
and the batter stung a liner at Ed. It
;hit the auto salesman in the Adam's
apple and caromed into the paws of
Evers, who tossed it to Bridwell for
- XtheTOnd.utBrid nagged to-Saier;