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soul into the game. He is a natural
shortstop, and a remarkable fielder
at that position. But with Weaver
alive there is no chance for him to
break in there. -
At second base Berger fielded ac
ceptably, but his batting was weak.
This was to some extent offset by his
gameness, but still Joe did not quite
measure up to major league standard.
Callahan in casting around for a
man to occupy the second base posi
tion selected Russell Blackburn, also
a converted shortstop, and he and
Berger will have the hardest kind of
a fight for the keystone. Blackburn
appears to be the strongest walloper,
on the face of the records he estab
lished last season in the American As
sociation. A rumor broke loose yesterday that
Blackburn was dickering with the
Feds, and has not yet signed a South
Side contract. Where it came from
could not be determined, and no one
paid much attention, to it.
Blackburn would rather play with
the Sox than any other team in the
business. It was here that he made
his big league start, failed; was pan
ned to a turn, and finally sent back
to the minors. And he wants to come
back with both feet right where he
made his poor start.
President Ebbets of Brooklyn
broke into our town yesterday, but
did not talk with Joe Tinker, who al
most became one. of his hired men.
Ebbets gumshoed out, and it is believ
ed his only purpose was to sign a
couple of his players who live in this
Clarence C. Childs, former Yale
football star, has been selected to fill
the vacancy at football coach at Uni
versity of Indiana, caused by the
resignation of Jimmy Sheldon.
Preliminaries in three track events
and all field contests of the First
Regiment athletic meet will be run
off tonight at the Michigan avenue
armory. Athletes from several west
ern universities and all the local ath
letic clubs will take part in the meet,
which will be concluded tomorrow
President Weeghman of the local
Feds says he has signed a pitcher,
rated by Tinker as one of the best in
the business at the present time. He
declined to give out the hurler's
name, as he fears the organized mag- lj
nates will go to work to induce every
jumper whose identity becomes'
known to hop back again.
President Gilmore of the Feds, over
the long distance 'phone from Toron
to, says the backers of. the third
league in the Canadian city have se
cured a site for their park and that
there is no chance for the franchise . .
to be transferred to .Cleveland.
Fourteen players, six of them
former major leaguers, are said-to
have signed with the Indianapolis
Feds. The roster given out is as fol
lows: Pitchers Falkenberg, Moseley,
Kaiserling, Billiard, Mullin and Juul.
Catchers Rariden,, Texter. Infield
ers Dolan, Vandergrift, McKechnie.
Outfielders Kaiser, Scheer, Kauff.
Drummond Brown, -purchased last
year from Boston Nationals by To
ronto, has signed a contract to play
two years with the Kansas City Fed
The annual attempt to legalize
Sunday baseball in Baltimore met de
feat yesterday. The bill was unfa
vorably reported by a committee of
the house of delegates and. a motion
to substitute the bill for the unfavor
able report was voted down almost
John F. Foster, secretary of the sn
New York National League club, sent v
out call for a meeting of the Na
tic League rules committee to
be i.;id in New York at 10 o'clock on
the morning of- February 9. The 1
meeting will be held at the office of ,
the New York club. The rules com
mittee consists of Foster, Manager
Miller Huggins of St. Louis and Um
pire Henry O'Day.
Federal Leaguers have made such
strides towards forming their playing