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preparation. White, who did most of
the forcing, was not winded.
Whether Welsh has a punch of
championship proportions remains to
be proven. Sd farcin his ten-round
battles with American lightweights,
he has had to nothing but stall off
the ambitious mitt slingers and rake
in the coin, letting the decision go in
many cases by a slight margin.
His superiority as a boxer pure and
simple and not so blamed simple, at
that was! shown by the number of
heavy looking wallops White started
and never landed.
Now the men are due for twenty
rounds, and White must improve
greatly, to win over the longer route.
You can't knock a man out when you
A small squad of Cubs, the major
ity of them recruits, will leave un
der the cnaperonage of Manager
Bresnahan tonight for Tampa, Fla.,
for the spring training season,. The
big fellows of the team will report in
the southland, Archer, Good, Cheney
and Phelan being already in Florida.
Bresnahan spiked a story that Red
Corriden and Pitcher Casey Hage
maniiad been sold to Indianapolis of
the American association. The yarn
emanated from the Hoosier city, but
Rpger declared it was a bit previous.
.There is a new angle on this sec
ond base proposition for the Cubs,
and one that has been in large meas
ure overlooked. That is the deter
mination of Arthur Phelan to cement
himself in the keystone position.
Phelan writes that he has recovered
from the attack of rheumatism that
kjpt him idle the greater part of last
seasoji and he will be ready fo start
off; with a bang.
Phelan realized that he could
never stick among the leading lights
of his profession unless he worked
thejStiffness out of his creaking
joints. So he went south during the
rigors of a northern winter to put in
some training iicks on nis own nook.
JPJielan in condition is a fine ball
player. He has never heen able to
do himself justice in the batting Una
here because he was never employed
regularly. But during the infre
quent intervals when he broke in, he
clouted the sphere healthily and gave
promise of great feats.
It is barely possible that Zimmer
man, who can play a good game at f
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stone, Phelan holding down the posi
tion at third, with which he is more
The following players leave to
night: Pitchers Standridge, Schorr,
Robbins and Kluth; Catchers Tyree
and Hargraver Outfielders Williams
and Allison; Infl elders Corriden and
Manager Rowland lined up two
squads of Sox players today for a
practice game, the first infield being
composed of Brief, Collins, Weaver
and Broniwich. Rowland believed
the men were far enough advanced to
stand a polite battle.
A long hike over the hills and a
game of leap frog were indulged in
yesterday, though the jumping rec
ords of Walter Johnson, Red 'KiHlfer
and Jimmy Austin remain unbroken.
Then the first-string infield got to
gether, 'and it appears that today's
combination will start the season,
with the possible, replacing o Brom
wich at third by Breton. Brief ca
vorted freely and kept the speedy
pace set by Collins and Weaver.
Bunny is fighting hard for Jack
Founder's position, and if he contin
ues to improve there is little doubt
but what he will be successful. "He
is not the best first baseman in the
business, but he looks mighty sweet, ,.
.and Fournier is due for a trip to the vy
outfield, For there is no pushing
Jack out of the regular lineup. That
big bat of ris is too valuable to be
lost and a heavy hitting outfielder
will be a noveltv to Sox fans.
John Collins is practically stire of
a putsmuu, vyuiiui leaves xujui, jpap
pell, Fejch and Demmitt to fight for
the third berth. It will take better
batting this season to cemepta berth
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