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Freddie Welsh can) do little more than
The Sox are on their way home,
it will be a devious route and won't
land them back east for more than a
month, but they've started. Camp
was broken at Paso Robles today.
TJie first team goes to Los Angeles
for a series of exhibition games, and
the seconds are in Oakland to put on
some battles with the Pacific Coast
From now until a couple of days
before the official opening of the
American league season the two
crews will be busy with practice
games, gradually making their way
Manager Rowland made a signifi
cant move when he sent Russell
Blackburne to third base, which posi
tion he will divide with Breton on the
second team. Blackburne has more
experience than any of the other
third basing candidates, and may
even have a slight edge on batting.
Rowland is also curious about Ed
Walsh. He is giving the Big Reel,
who is managing the second team,
three weeks to determine whether he
will be in shape to pitch this year.
Rowland is to carry but eight heav
ers and he wants every one of them
capable of shooting effectively.
If Walsh cannot come back it is
probable he will be taken from the
active list and given a scouting job.
There is little doubt but what Pres
ident Comiskey will find a place for
Manager Bresnahan of the Cubs is
still railing against the National
Ifgue rule which leaves him but 21
men with which to fight through the
coming season. This will be a par
ticular handicap in the development
of youthful pitchers, according to the
Harp, and it leaves no hope for a
manager if he makes a mistake in
judging men on the spring trip.
Frequently athletes do not show
their best goods on the spring trip,
"they are late developers. Others
doom as phenoms in. the south, give
every evidence of being major leag
uers, then fade when the northern,
lines are reached.
This year intuition must tell a man
ager which class his youngsters are
in. He is allowed no room for a sec
Bresnahan believes his infield and
outfield will be strong enough for the
National league dash. But he needs
props in the pitcher's box, and they
must come from the young men.
Cheney, Vaughn and Humphries are
fixtures, of course. But Lavender,
Pierce and Hageman must show
something. The manager may de
cide to take a chance with an untried
youngster in preference to older men
who have never done anything re
Buckles and Robbins, the two new
left-handers, are particularly impres
sive in their early work, and they are
coming in for private instruction
from the Pilot George Zabel, who
will report the latter part of the week,
is also being looked to this season
for some good right-handed pitching.
Zabel and Hageman are the only
men now missing from camp.
President Weeghman of the Chi
feds mysteriously hints that he is
about to sign a great pitcher, one bet
ter than Walter Johnson. That's all
we know about it, for Prexy Charles
would name no names.
Pol Perritt, leading pitcher of the
National league in 1 914, who jumped
from the St Louis Cards to the Pitts
burgh Feds, is reported to have leaped
back to organized ball and will be
with the Giants for the coming sea
son. If this deal goes through Mc
Graw's stock gets a big boost and he
should be in the pennant hunt from
Johnny Dundee outpointed Benny
Leonard in ten rounds at New York.
Tom McCarthy had a slight shade
over Jack Dillon in a ten-round bout
in New York.
Arkansas has passed a racing bill,,
legalizing betting by means of pari
mutuel machines. '
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