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cago today to confer with President
Gilmofe of the Federals.
Work of preparing Handian's park
for the St. Louis Federal League team
began yesterday, when several wagon
loads of dirt were dumped there to
level up the grounds. Three thou
sand loads will be necessary to pre
pare the ground for the opening
Del Gainer, first baseman'' of the
Detroit American League club, has
signed a contract to play with the
Tigers for the next three years.
Davy Jones, former Tiger and
, White Sox outfielder, at present prop
erty of the Toledo American Associa
tion club, has agreed to become a
member of the Pittsburgh Federals.
Seven players of the Cleveland
American League baseball club, in
charge of Joe Birmingham, manager,
and Charles Hite, trainer, arrived in
New Orleans last night, and today be
gan spring training in preparation for
the 1914 season. Eighteen members
of the Cleveland team are expected
there before the week ends.
Russell Blackburne is coming back
to the major leagues.
Blackburne's case affords perhaps
the finest example of pure grit, de
termination and effort to make good
in the history of baseball, and an ob
ject lesson that every young man,
whether baseball player or not,
His return to the Chicago Whit
Sox is the more important because
it happens at'a time when, if he plays
up to the standard every one who
knows believes he can, he will fill the
big gap in the Sox infield and make
them strong contenders for the pen
nant against the Athletics.
There are scores of men in base
ball, players, owners, managers and
experts, who are pulling tor Black
burne to return triumphantly and
prove that a man can conquer over
Russell Blackburne Making One of His Great One-Handed Catches.