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Billy Sullivan, the only real control
tutor in the Sox array, to work with
Four hits were smacked off La
throp in the fivelnnings he worked.
That is a pretty fairrecord for such
early season work, and goes far to
make up for his lack of control.
In the batting line Harry Lord and
Larry Chappell showed' the greatest
strength. They were batting against
a left-hander who has been pitching
all winter, but managed to find his
shoots for two hits each.
Chappell each day is improving,
and looks like he was worth the
money paid for him. A fellow who
stands up at the plate with Larry's
confidence and business-like attitude
cannot be kept out of the hit column
and his success depends only on his
This spring the youngster will not
have all of last fall's press agent bunk
to overcome. He is starting even,
and will be judged only on what he
does from the time the season opens.
His injured leg has. healed, and he is
able to move around the field rapidly.
This will remove another cause for
the young man's worry, as his field
ing and baseninning will improve.
The second team beat Venice, 4 to
1, the game being featureless ex
cept for the good pitching of Rogge,
Quarders and Prough, who allowed
the Californians two hits.
Rain butted in yesterday, but the
Cubs will finish their series with the
St. Louis Browns today. O'Day in
tends to work Elmer Koestner again
in an effort, to determine whether the
big fellow is regaining his control.
On his last start Elmer was off form.
Now for the political end of the
game. The pot is seething in New
York today, the world's tourists hav
ing landed this morning after their
President Cilmore of the Federal
League was right on the spot with
contracts for several of the stars of
the outfit, but organized magnates
got to the returning athletes first.
None of them signed off the reel, and
Speaker said that he, for one, would
do nothing until he had become fully
acquainted with the situation and
learned just what the Federal Leag
uers were offering in the way of
money and long-term contracts.
Similar sentiments were expressed
by Sam Crawford, Leverenz, Magee,
Wingo and Mike Doolan, who is look
ed upon as easy game for the third
Gilmore had a conference with
Pressident Gaffney of the Boston
Braves and no knives were drawn. In
fact, both sides seemed to want the
meeting, but the reason for it was not
disclosed. Quinn is the only Brave
who has been snatched by the Feds
and the two leaders may have talked '
over that happening.
Later Gilmore talked with Owner
Baker of the Phillies, who has suffer
ed at the hands of the Feds more than
any other magnate. With Gilmore
was Attorney Gates of the league,
and undoubtedly there was some talk
of the threatened suit by the Feds for
the services of Bill Killifer. No com
promise was reached, according to
the best information, Gilmore declar
ing that he would make a straight
out fight not only for Killifer, but for
every man who had been taken by the
organized powers after signing with
An interview purporting to be the
work of Ban Johnson comes over the
wire from New York, in which the
American League president again re
fers to the Feds as a joke and says
they will explode with a loud report
before the season is over. This is at
least some concession. It is the first
admission that the Feds would start
"This Federal League is being'
taken too seriously by. some men in
organized ball. They have few players,
and talk of building ball grounds
while you wait. They are weak finan
cially in several cities, and where they
appear to be strong there is no evi-