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pitcher in either league, and, though
he won only a small percentage more
than half of his. games, his record,
based on effectiveness, was some
thing to marvel at. He finished third
in the list of American League grape
viners. Supported by a team ;that could
have hit something beside the back
track to the bench, Russell would
have won 90 per cent of his battles.
All around the A. L. circuit he was
a big drawing card, and the parks
were crowded when the young Texan
was billed to work.
Joe Tinker has yanked another
player from organized' ball. This
time it is- Al Wickland, a South Chi
cago boy, who finished the season
with the Cincinnati Reds, "where he
made a strong impression, both as a
batter Jand fielder.
With this acquisition, Tinker says
he has 21 men signed who will belong
to the Chif eds for the coming season.
Tie other athletes grabbed by the
locals will be parceled out to the re
mainder of the Fed circuit in an ef
.fort to provide a well-balanced race.
Tnker's-Infield" is about decided on
It is a combination of veterans and
young bipod, and looks like a work
manlike organization. Joe, of course,
will play short. Fred Beck, last year
with Buffalo, will peg down the first
cushion, and the other two positions
will be divided between Rollie Zeider
and Westerzill, last year a star in the
Zeider wants to play third base,
which, is also Westerzill's position. If
the youngster can be converted into
a second baseman Route will get his
wish. Otherwise he will be shifted to
second, as he has proven his ability
I to hold down that billet
I Tinker also denied, that Claude
' Hendrix, former Pirate pitcher,
would be with the Kansas City Feds;
Joe says he signed Hendrix for serv-'
Ice right here on Chicago's North'
Side, and that he will-be a heavy
addition to the pitching staff, which
includes Cole, Brennan and Packard.
President C. W. Somers of the
Cleveland Naps Is persistently hang
ing around Chicago, and his presence
has revived reports that organized4
baseball is prepared to- put another
team in this city; transferring one of
thtnOnerican Association clubs here.
Somers owns the Toledo-team as
well as the Naps, and the' club was
not a money maker last year-
The reported scheme is to offer the
Association team here to Charley
Weeghman, backer of the local Feds,
if he will get from under the new cir
cuit. Weeghman is a game person,
and will not consider the plan.
And this brings up a peculiar ar
gument. If tjie Feds cannot make
good financially,' because of too much
competition, as the organized mag
nates argue, then how could Weegh
man hope to get his money back from
an American Association club, buck
ing a pair of major leagues."
Murphy would object to bringing'
an Association team into Chicago.
Competing with the Feds is a bad