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now to the opening of the season the
outfielding rights and left will bat
tle against each other every day a
game is not scheduled with some
other club of the third league.
The plan will also work to the ben
efit of the pitchers, as they will be
pitted against the brand of batting
supposed to be particularly deadly,
and will be forced to extend them
selves to prevent heavy slamming.
Hendrix, Rankin Johnson, Prender
gast, Beard and Lange will get plenty
of practice against the stout clubs of
Zwilling, Wickland and Flack, and
Ad Brennan, Black and Ashenfelter
must hump themselves to sneak the
ball by Mann, Kavanaugh and Han
ford. Cold weather is still the order at
Shreveport. Two practice sessions
are held daily, but the men must go
slowly in order to avoid stiffness re
sulting from the icy winds.
. If Mel Wolfgang is in shape when
the American league season opens, it
is probable he will be shot right into
the middle of the strife andvgiven a
regular job of pitching to do in the
early days, dividing the veterans' job
with Scott, Faber, and possibly Rus
sell and Cicotte. Wolfgang flirted
with poison oak in Paso Robles, and
is just regaining the use of his eyes.
He had his first chance yesterday
against Sacramento and allowed
three hits in five innings. Later he
explained that they were all "scratch"
Wolfgang, during the latter part of
the 1914 season, proved his right to
wear a major league uniform. Light
ly regarded because of his diminutive
size, he was kept on the bench for
more than half the season. Man
agers who had employed him in the
minors opined he had the stuff if he
could ever get a chance to use it, but
Callahan preferred to stick -along
with his bigger men.
Then the Sox box corps pulled up
with a flat wheel. Wolfgang was
shoved into the breach as a last re
sort and proceeded to make good!
with a vengeance. He performed so
ably that he was given the honor of
pitching the first game in the city
series with the Cubs. He was licked
but he didn't pitch bad ball. In ad
dition to this, Wolfgang is an excel
lent fielder, and a far better batter
than the majority of pitchers. g-.
Roth had his chance at third base la
and handled three chances easily, be
sides connecting for a hit. Jasper
helped Wolfgang with the pitching.
Sox won, 5 to 2, though they only
knocked five hits. Wolfgang got two.
Fddie Cicotte is still far from right
but he is improving. The French
man is always a slow starter, and
no fears should be felt because the
Coast league teams are pounding his
straight balL Seconds lost to Ven
ice, 11 to 1.
Jimmy Johnston, the speedy Cub
outfielder, has been sold to Oakland
of the Pacific Coast league. But for
the 21-player rule Manager Bresna
han would have retained the south
ern flash, believing that he has the
material of which good ballplayers
are made. A string is attached to
Johnston and it is probably that in
the event of injuries among the Cubs
he could be jerked back on short no
tice. Johnson was not quite strong
enough with the bat and also was
somewhat shy on throwing.
Manager Bresnahan does not have
to worry about the remaining exhibi
tion games on the Cub schedule.
President Baum of the Southern
league has denied there is any inten
tion on the part of his organization
to join with the Federal league.
Phils licked Cubs, 4 to 1, but there .
is no cause for discouragement The II
pitching for the west siders was ex
cellent, and it is on this department
that the heavy work will fall during
the coming campaign. In batting
and fielding the squad is a major
league combination. It is strong
enough to win a big share of its
games if supported by tight pitching.
Vaughn and Cheney in the past
have iSustrated their ability to cope