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the Federal league, there might be a
chance of getting them here imme
diately. Groh seems satisfied, but it
will be remembered that at one pe
riod last summer Niehoff was on the
point of jumping to Tinker's team.
McLarry, the second baseman se
cured from Louisville, may make
good here, but he is a prospect, while
Groh has been through the fire. And
the Cincinnati keystoner is very
much of a youngster, so second base
would be taken care of for more than
a year or two.
Catcher Ivy Wingo, when he
jumped back to St, Louis from the
Feds, signed a peculiar agreement by
which he was to go to any team se
lected by the Cards and Reds. If he
is not taken from St. Louis by some
other organized ball team there is
still danger that he will be a Federal.
There are all sorts of angles to
this Wingo-Dooin business and any
opinion as to where the matter will
end is merely a guess.
Federal leaguers are planning to
start real war on organized baseball
right from the first day of the com
ing season. White Sox opened the
Chicago season last year and the al
ternate system of inaugurating the
home compaign, followed in the past,
calls for the Cubs to start the ball
on the West Side April 14, with St.
Louis as an opponent.
In which case the Chifeds will con
test with them for opening day pat
ronage, playing against either Slou
feds or Kansas City. Both of these
teams started the season at home
last year, Indianapolis being the oth
er western visitor.
. Should organized ball upset its pre
cedent because of the war and start
the season with games on the South
Side, a change might also occur in
the Federal plans, as the Sox are
hard to outdraw on opening day, and
will be especially strong this year,
with Eddie Collins doing his first ex
hibiting in a Sox uniform.
The three leagues have not made
any of the dates in their schedules
public so far, but it is considered cer
tain that all -will get started April
14. The announcement of dates
may be late this spring, as some jock
eying for position is bound to occur
and each faction will be backward
about disclosing its hand.
The Western league this year will
cut its schedule from 168 to 154
games. President O'Neill has called
the schedule framers to a meeting
here Feb. 5.
Hamilton club swimming team de
feated University of Chicago, 38 to
20. Brown of Hamilton lowered tank
record in 100-yard event to :59 1-5.
He cut the 220 mark to 2:33. Pav
licek was the maroon star. In a wa
ter basketball game Chicago beat
Hamilton, 6 to 0.
Joe Loomis, all-round athlete of
Chicago A. A., won the high jump in
the indoor games at Madison Square
Garden, New York, clearing the bar
at 6 feet 1 inch.
Indoor Baseball Scores
Leo, 5 ; Acquinas, 4.
Kettler, 7; Lafayette, 4.
O'Connell, 14; University, 1.
Lombard, 21; St Ignatius, 20.
Oilvet Reds, 38; Cent Maroons, 31.
Hot basketball is in prospect when
the Oswego, N. Y., five clashes with
the Mercury A ,C. quintet at St Fran
cis hall, Newbury and 12th sts., in a
two-game series. The first will be
played Saturday night and the sec
ond Monday. Oswego is claiming the
championship of the world in its
Anton O'Sicky, at left, the speedy
Cleveland boy, is now international
amateur ice-skating champion since
Bobby McLean, the Chicago whirl
wind, vacated the title to become a
professional. O'Sicky was runner
up. But, with title and all, his broth
er, Ben O'Sicky, defeated him re
cently in the Ohio championships at
Cleveland. The pair plan to race for
J the international honors,