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Sox against easy pitching. The large
totals may give the boys confidence
when they bat up against big league
heavers, even though the class dis
played will be different.
The seconds again ran into some
opposition at Gjand function, Col.,
contesting withuie Salt Lake team
of the Union League. The score was
5 to 1 in favor of the American
Leaguers. All of the tallies were rung
up in the fourth inning, during which
Fournier busted a triple and Black
burne a stinging'liome run. The
Frenchman also got another three
bagger which was fruitless.
A shift in the two squads is im
minent Less than two weeks re
main before the opening of the sea
son and Callahan is not traveling
with his regular infield. Alcock, play
ing second base, is not a fixture and
he is liable to change places with
Kussell Blackburne when the squads
reach St. Joe.
Wet weather again kept the Cubs
from battling Indianapolis, but Tom
my Leach had the athletes out in the
heavy going and they worked a stren
uous two hours in the mud. No
strained tendons resulted, as the men
did not exert themselves unduly. The
practice was for the purpose of re
moving kinks caused by the period of
idleness since leaving Terre Haute.
Manager O'Day was in Chicago
discussing with President Thomas
the fate of some of the youngsters
with the team. It was decided that
five men were to be released to the
minors. Utrecht, a pitcher; Stewart
and Allison, outfielders; Keating, and
probably Bronkie, infielders, are the
gents on whom the axe will fall first,
according to indications.
The pop-eyed report that Bubbles
Hargrove will be released does not
ring true. This young catcher shows
remarkable promise and has the
makings of a big leaguer. Thei place
for him to learn his business is with
a major club, especially one with such
oldsters as Bresnahan and Aicher to
The Cubs catching corps is a vet
ran aggregation. Bresnahan, Archer
and Needham are all on the shady
side of thirty. Needham has about
reached the end of his string. Bres
nahan cannot be depended on to last
much longer as a regular duty man,
and Archer is liable to !be injured at
If no ypung blood is fused into this
combination the Cub manager, who
ever he may be, is liable to wake up
some morning in a couple of years
and find that he has a catching ,crew
below major standard. That would
be a severe blow to a club which has
relied on its catching for so many
All the other big league teams Have
at least one young man to fill in be
hind the bat, and the Sox and Ath-
letics rely solely on kids for the re"
ceiving. Brooklyn and the Phillies al
so have comparatively young men, in
a baseball sense, behind the bat.
Clark Griffith fired his veteran re
ceivers and put his faith in Henry
and Ainsmith. His success attests
the value of the young fellows.
Claude Hendrix and Tom Seaton
had their first pitching duel yester
day at Shreyeport, the Pirate veteran.'
pitching for the regulars and defeat-"
ing the Blokes. He only allowed three
hits. Seatfon also did a swell job, but
suffered from porous support. Score,
Zwilling is coming' tp the front as
a valuable ballplayer. His former ex
perience with the Sox, when he fail
ed to stick because he did not take
his work seriously, has had its effects, ,
and he is leaving nothing to chance.
Much of the fat he formerly toted has
rolled off, and he is moving about
with commendable speed.
His batting eye, always good, has i
lost none of its sharpness) and his in-
creased speed allows him to get ev-
erything out of the wallops. His con
tribution yesterday was a triple and
two singles and one stolen base.
Tinker is continuing', his experi
ments with the candidates in search