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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS 30XING
What is Jack Johnson's real con
dition? Just how good does the big
black really believe"-himself to be?
Does he feel that he retains the old
speed and punch, and strength to
fight off a strong opponent?
Those are questions which can only
be definitely answered Monday when
Johnson and Willard meet, but sev
eral little incidents of the past two
or three days in the training camp
arouse the belief that Johnson him
self is very doubtful of his ability to
keep Willard off or hit the Kansan
hard enough to drop him.
Yesterday Johnson did a bit of road
work, but when time came for him to
go through his stunts with his box
ing partners, he declined on the
ground that it was raining. Four or
five hundred fans were in the arena,
and made a great kick. There was
a slight fall of rain, but not enough
to interfere with the work scheduled.
Now the question arises, did John
son refuse to exhibit before the critics
for fear of having his real condition
exposed? He has been more secre
tive about his work lately. It is sig
nificant that every fight critic who
has seen the two men in action dur
ing the last week is gradually shift
ing his adherence to Willard. Ex
perienced followers of the game who
went to Havana with their minds
made up for a Johnson victory, are
changing their allegiance, and get
ting in the Willard train.
Odds are shifting, until at ring time
it would not be surprising to see the
cowboy go to the post an even bet.
At best he will not be worse than
iy2 to 1, and this is wise money, laid
by American sportsmen who have
followed the fight game for years.
The Hamilton Club swimming
team defeated Northwestern U., 40 to
18, in the club tank. Scoles of North
western and Browne of Hamilton
were the individual stars.
Sixty-seven times during the com
ing seasqn the Whales will be play
ing on the North Side while the Cubs
and White Sox are employed in their
respective parks. Thirty-two of
these conflicting dates are with the
Cubs and 35 with the Sox.
In the first two or three weeks of
the local Federal season, which be
gins a week from tomorrow, the
games will be started at 2:30, in
order to avoid any twilight finishes.
Then the ime will be shifted back to
3. President Weeghman is also con
sidering a proposal to start all Sun
day games at 3:30.
Two more pitchers have been cut
loose by the Cubs. Southpaw Rus
sell Rqbbins goes to Kansas City of
the American Association under an,
optional agreement, and Long George
McConnell was sold outright to the
same club. That reduces the squad
to 24 men, and it is probable no fur
ther cuts will be made until after the
opening of the season, when Bres
nahan will have an opportunity to
see his new heavers perform before
big league batting.
Cy Williams, on the advance dope,
is the most improved athlete in the
Cub ranks this season. He has been
hitting lustily against both right and
left handed pitching, and his base
running is done with the co-operation
of brains and legs. Against New
York Yanks at Savannah Williams
hammered a triple and three singles
and swiped a base.
Cubs whipped the Yanks, 7 to 0.
MCLiarry got nis usual mt. , nftfit
Joe Tmkert with a band of athletes. gz
in his Whale lineup that have plenty' "Jxp
of speed, intends to get every ounce
of it out of them this season. De- ?, j
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