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Their batting eyes have been sharp
ened and the pitchers have thorough
ly oiled their arms.
In the Whale camp there is a differ
ent story, and if Tinker's men hit the
ball in the earlystages of the league
campaign it -will be due solely to nat
ural batting ability and not to the
benefits of any practice they have se
cured on the osuthern trip.
Few ball teams have ever run into
a worse spring season than that en
countered by the Whales in Shreve
port. Cold weather and high winds
were the daily order and actual base
ball work was possible at rare inter
vals. The pitchers managed to get a
bit of work and are in good condi
tion, but the batters are back in their
Physically the team starts well.
Tinker has hardened the athletes and
they will be able to stand the pace.
But their batting is liable to be punk
for the first couple of weeks.
President Weeghman has strength
ened the Whale pitching staff by the
addition of George McConnell, re
leased by the Cubs. McConnell still
has some good baseball in his elon
gated frame, and would-have been re
tained by Bresnahan but for the 21
The work of Joe Benz on the home
ward jaunt of the White Sox indi
cates that the butcher may be able
to take his regular place in the box
earlier than was expected. He has
had a couple of whirls at pitching, go
4ng the limit eaqh time, and appear
ing strong at the finish.
His opposition has usually been
poor, but he is not being judged on
that score. There have been signs
of his old-time speed and his spitter
has twisted now and then as it did in
Rowland is planning some shifts in
the personnel of the two squads
which will enable him to get a better
line on some of the athletes it is
planned to use regularly during the
coming season. Jack Founder is to
be recalled from the seconds and put
in left field, replacing Quinlan. The
latter has done some good work, but
he cannot hit with Fournier.
In '.he event Jack is sent to left the
chances are Buck Weaver will be giv
enthe leadoff assignment, a position
he has occupied before with credit to
himself and benefit to the team.
Manager Bresnahan is giving his
pitchers a shot at full nine-inning
games now to determine which ones
are capable of carrying the burden
when the season opens a week from
tomorrow. He used Standridge,
through a game Sunday and the ret
cruit performed well.
Yesterday he gave Vaughn a whirl
at Chattanooga, and Big Jim and his
left-handed shoots were well maced
by the southern people. He escaped
uatil the ninth inning, but only good
support saved him. He grew notice
ably weak as the game progressed,
Cub hopes- will get a severe setback
if Vaughn is not right when the sea
son opens. He has been relied on to
do the major portion of the early sea
son work, dividing with Cheney the
iron man role. Larry is not quite
ready to do as much work as usual,
which means Vaughn will have plenty
of opportunity to labor.
He will get some assistance from
Lavender and Zabel, and possibly
Adams or Stanbridge. Humphries
isn't ready, and will not be for ainoth
A little more agility on the bases
wouldn't hurt the Cub prospects.
Thirteen of them were stranded yes
terfday after getting to first.
Joe Lavigne, who fights Under the
name of Louisiana, almost took Kid
Williams' bantam title last night in
six rounds at Philadelphia. He sent
Williams down for "five" and "nine," '
and got a decisive -victory, but could
not claim the title because of failure
to knock the champ out. '&
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"The wind," said Mrs. Twickem
bury, "was blowing at a terrific veloc
ipede." Christian Hegister.