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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
WEEGHMAN EXPECTS TRADES
TO STRENGTHEN CUBS
By Mark Shields
Within the next two weeks Pres.
Weeghman of the Cubs, with the. as
sistance and suggestion of Manager
Mitchell, expects to announce some
changes in the North Side line-up for
1917. Strength will be added where
weakness now exists and some sur
plus material will be removed.
Weeghman will meet Mitchell in
Cincinnati" next Tuesday during the
session of the national commission.
Many magnates and pilots will be on
hand and some swaps that were
discussed during the league meeting
in New York may be completed.
The iCubs need a catcher badly
a strong, willing worker jho can
share with Art Wilfson the bulk of
the backstopping, with Rowdy Elliott
and Dilhoefer to do relief work. Jim
my Archer may be disposed of if a
regular is secured. Two veterans
will be enough and will enable the
youngsters to gain some experience
now and then.
Frank Snyder of St Louis is on the
market and will be snapped at unless
Mrs. Britton, of the Cardinals de
mands too much. St Louis Could
use some pitching and outfielding
heroes, and Mitchell will have an
oversupply of such people. He may
be able to get an infielder from the
Cards, though it is not likely Man
ager Huggins will listen to any dick
er for Roger Hornsby.
HornsBy is the most valuable in
fielder introduced into the National
league in a long time and wouldtbe
a star with any team. Last summer
he played all infield positions at least
once, doing most of his duty at short
and third. He is a natural, free
swinging hitter, able to hit all brands
Without Hornsby the Cardinals
rwould be a sorry combination and
the league would have a team far be
low par, even for St Louis.
There are no young and compe
tent infielders on the market All
National league teams need what
strength they have, for in 1917 they
will be Up against stiffer competition
than for some seasons, 'with the
Giants bulging forth as the best ag
gregation in the circuit
What strength Mitchell adds must
come mainly from the youngsters
who appear in spring training camp.
Charlie Deal, third baseman, is a fine
prospect. Deal was a star in the -American
ass'n and is a better batter
than when he' was a regular with
the Braves when that team won a
If Wortman should start well there
would be no difficulty about the Cub
infield, one of its weakest points last
year. Doyle writes that he has test
ed his ankle in running, sliding and
jumping and finds it as strong as
Chick Evans is to make the west
ern trip with the Cubs and will teach
the batters the golf follow through
This, believes Pres. Weeghman, will
increase the batting of the regulars!
He points to Schulte, Zimmerman
and Speaker as strong hitters who
use a golf style in their mating and
says too many players make the mis
take of chopping at the ball.
Probably if Willie Keeler had fol
lowed through instead of using a
chop he might have been able to bat
better than .400.
Manager Mitchell has signed
Pitcher McTigue, a southpaw, for
the coming season. McTigue made
a good record in the International
league last year. He was up once
before with the Braves and Mitchell
knows his ability.
Mike Donlin is making headway "
in promoting a boxing carnival for
Havana, Cuba, some time in Febru
ary, and every indication is that ho