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but a consistent pace cannot be
Three rescruits are so far candi
dates for the right field' job and the
position of first stringy extra man.
They are Jimmy Johnston, from Eos
Angeles, who last year had a trial
with the Sox. Allison of Cadillac, and
Stewart, who flayed in the "Ohio
League and American Association.
Of these prospects Johnston looms
up the best. He yas a fast man last
spring, -but failed to hit hard enough
for Callahan.- His year in the Pacific
CoastLeague-has brought him for
ward He is one, of the iirst three
batters, in that organization, and has
swiped 100 bases or more. The. sea
son on "the coast is longer than in
the major, leagues, but that does not
detract from his baserunning ability.
He is admittedly 'fast on the bases
and .can field." If he can'b'athe is
certain to get aregular b.erth."
Allison and Stewart are uncertain
ties. They-were given, a few chances
to sbow'here, and Allison looked to
be the better of the pair. He did no
amazing amount --of clouting, but
stood at the plate well, appeared to
have confidence, and .might develop
wh a ,lfttle teaching. Time 'alone
can tell in the cases of Allison and
Stewart.- '.', , - ' -.
Denials, are" beginning to' come in
of the report that Roger Bresnahan
has hpen traded or sold to -Brooklyn.'
These denials affect only tbe stories
printed in. other -papers,., in .which it
was said that Bresnahan" had already
been tradecL- That Bresnahan talk
originated right hereancf at no time
was at said Roger had. been traded.
But it was stated, and flatly, that he
was being considered, by the Brook
lyn owners s a leadenfor 1914, and
we stickvt.0 the story. Brooklyn wants
a manager, and Ebbets can undoubt
edly have 'Bresnahan? if he makes a
big enough offer, to President Mur
phy. The other fellows grabbed the
story and played.it a little too strong.
It is significant that these denials do
not include the statement that Bres-
nahan will not be, sent from here if
consideration enough is offered for
Jim Scott was hit hard by the
Giants in Sioux City yesterday) arid
the Sox lost, 6 to 3. Promme escaped
from some dangerous situations.
Larry Doyle' whaled three doubles
and Sam Crawford knocked a homer.
Buck Weaver again got two hits.
The usual winter baseball war talk
between players and club "owners is
on, but this time there seems to be
more than mere words behind the
scenes. Six Cubs wjio "signed last
season for one year have so far de
clined to put their names to con
tracts for 1914. Seme of the White
Sox players are believed to be in an
agreement to withhold' their signa
tures. This-attitude is part of a plan of
concerted action on the part of the
'Baseball Players' Fraternity. It was
agreed by a majority 'vote that play
ers wpuld not sign new contracts
until the majorleague have held their
winter meetings and acted on the de
mands of the players.
One of the demands by the play&rs"
is abolition of the reserve clause in
contracts. Another is that the club
owners shall pay for uniforms. There
are several other articles to the de-mand,-but
the big fight will come
over the reserve claus, and here "the
.general public will probably line up
with the magnates.
If then reserve is. .abolished the
teams in 'the larger cities will have
a monopoly on pennants. The star
players will jget fat salaries, but they
will all gravitate to the richer clubs,
who will make runaway races. This'
is bound to kill interest in the sport
New York-would liave two wonderful
teams, and President Comiskey
would also have a crew of stars. ButT
it is doubtful if they would make
much more money by the" addition of
the cracks. The St. Louis teams,
Cleveland, Detroit and other cities, J
where the game has not yielded large
financial returns -would lose some of
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