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Shawkey's, Big Bob was at that time
doing the best work.
Callahan was reluctant to go con
trary to the judgment of Mack and
did not grab at the opportunity to se
cure Roth. However, representations
were made to him that Roth's dis
ability was only temporary and that
a rest would make the lengthy one as
good as he ever . was.
Cal listened to these explanations
and was satisfied. He signed Roth.
Then there was an uproar, and loud
was the comment of those not -in the
know that the manager of the Sox
had been stung and stung a plenty.
Roth, on his first start after Cal
had retained him "for delivery this
spring, seemed to bear out these ca
lamity howlers, as he was soundly
trounced,:. Cal banked on the word
of his advisers, however, and did' not
Then Roth began to show signs of
a return to the form that had made
him a bigger idol in Baltimore than
Shawkey. His arm lost his soreness
and stiffness and he was the same old
terror to International batters, who
are no pygmies when it' comes to
Throughout the winter Roth has
taken excellent care of his pitching
member. To friends in the East he
has declared that his arm is as good'
as ever. The lameness, only tempor
ary, has entirely disappeared.
Reports from the front indicate
good feeling among the Cubs who
departed from here on the training
trip. The squad will be in Tampa to
night and ready for the field tomor
row morning. Tom Needham is in
mid-season form, winning in the first
poker game of the season.
Manager O'Day has established
strict rules for his men, and all of
them must hit the hay by 11 p. m.
or feel their boss' displeasure. Heinie
Zimmerman violated this ordinance
the first night out, but promises there
will be no recurrence.
Before leaving Chicago O'Day said
he would not have to ring a curfew ,
bell for his athletes after the training
grind was well under way, as the
boys would be anxious for bed when
the day's work was over. He does not
intend to be a driver and there will
be no censure for a recruit or veteran
who trains conscientiously. But the
loafers will feel the rod of authority,
which Hank learned to wield when
handling an indicator.
Some time next week there will be
a gathering of Federal League mag
nates here, at which time the grand
lottery-and prize drawing for play
ers signed by the league will be pulled
All of the eight clubs will share
equally the majority of the 175 play
ers which President Gilmore claims
are under contract to the infant or
ganization. A few stars, of course,,
will remain the property of the teams
which signed them, but the others
will "be placed in a pool from which
all will fish.
Over half of the players, particu
larly the big leaguers, who have sign
ed with the Feds committed this des
perate act here in Chicago. Instead
of being signed' by Tinker and
Weeghman for the Chifeds, they
were put under a general contract
by President Gilmore, and it is un
derstood that in the majority of cases
a blank was left for the name of the
These contracts will be assumed by
the city to which a player is assigned,
and all of its terms will be lived up to.
The league as a whole will see to that.
A schedule meeting of Feds owners
will be held here some time in March,
and the dates will call for the open
ing of the season coincident with the
beginning of hostilities in the Nation
al and American. This becomes cer
tain with the denial by President Gil
more of a report from the East that
the opening would be postponed un
til some time in May because of diffi
culty the Feds were having in getting
their parks ready.
Gilmore pointed out that the ma
jority of the gloomy reports on Fed