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Bodie getting a.doible and triple and
Chase a double and single.-
Jimmy Scott did the Sox pitching,
and had trouble directing the damp
ball. In one inning he franked four
men to( first base, but only one run
scored,' as he picked two fellows off
the sacks with snap throws.
Callahan seems to be long on com
petent material for the hole at; sec
ond base. Berger, Alcock and Black
burne have' been playing the-position
with either the firsts or seconds, and
Barbour, holding down third for the
Goofs, must also-be considered.
On batting Blackburne arid Bar
bour are running a dead heat 'for the
Job, and Russell has done some ac
ceptableffielding. Barbour has had no
chance llo sb,bw .his ability as a key
stoner, "as he has been kept busy at
Alcock since goirigto" work at sec
ond for (the main crew, has loomed
large in f Callahan's calculations.: He
has fielded lin, remarkable fashion and
his battiiig has been much above the
mark usually-attained 'by a Sox play-"
er, no grea boost in itself.
Berger has be"en traveling atust
about the same pace' he' sel last year
in the American League campaign.
With the heavy opposition, he must
increase his gait or be forced out of
One peculiar feature of this fight
for the middle sack is that not one
of the candidates is a regular second
baseman. All have made feheir repu
tations in some other portion of the
Blackburne attained fame as a
shortstop, and it was in that position
he got his firsfc trial with the Sox.
Berger was considered a phenom as
a shortfielder, on the coast, and Al
cock and Barbour were toppy third
basemen in thei rrespectivejeagues.
Denver is howling for Barbour, and
he may be dropped there when the
seconds pass through on their way to
Chicago. The youngster was with
Lincoln in the Western League last
year and the Denverites recognize his
humming up the worth of the sev
eral candidates, adjust your lamps to
see' ftussell Blackburne at second
base ivhen the patent announcers
scratch out "Attenshun" April 14.
Pitcher Clinton Prough, who came
to the Sox from Birmingham, Ala.,
was the-firstfman to feel the axe. He
was sold Yesterday to Oakland of the
Pacific Cdast League.
The Athletics and Phillies will open
their annual spring series in Philadel
phia Wednesday. Seven, games will
be played,: J
The .second game of the St. Louis
city series between Browns and Card
inals was 'prevented by rain.
Francis Ouimet, national golf
champion,sailed. yesterday I or Eng
land where he will contest in'the
British championships this summer.
He will practice for two months over
the leading English courses.
BIGGEST CROP OF NEW BASEBALL STARS EVER
GATHERED WILL STEP ON FIELD OPENING DAY
BY HUGH S. FULLERTON.
Memphis, Tenn., March 30. Hav
ing given the majority of the teams
of the American, National and Fed
eral Leagues the once and, twice over,
it strikes me that this spring has been
surprisingly productive of new mater
America has been raked as never
before for talent and a lot of new
stars are twinkling right now. I have
seen more -excellent young players
in the present tour.of the South than
I ever have seen , before. By this I
mean fellows of extraordinary prom
ise; fellows who will, barring acci
dent, develop into great players.
There always are a great ntrmber
good enough to hold their jobs, but
what is most needed are men of the
type to develop into Wagners and