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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
CHICK GANDIL A WHITE SOCK
JACK NESS HOLDS OUT
By Mark Shields
Chick Gandil has been sold to the
White Sox by Cleveland in a straight
cash deal, according to announce
ment today, but that does not mate
rially change the first base situation.
Gandil has been having trouble with
his legs for two or three years, which
is the reason Washington disposed of
him. In Cleveland he did some good
hitting for a few months, but was
woefully slow, both in his move
ments around first base and his time
between the bases.
Jack Ness, branded by some en
thusiasts last season the best first
baseman in the American league, is
holding out and says he will not take
a cut in salary from the White Sox.
Jack wasn't the best first baseman
in the league by several parasangs,
but he was a fair workman and the
best the Sox had. He was a hero
then, but he doesn't look so good
now, when an effort is being made
to lop his salary.
Ness is going to work for a mer
cantile firm, he says, and play semi
pro ball, which will bring him almost
as much as he could earn with the
Sox. In 1916, it is said, he was paid
$3,000, and npw he is offered $500
less for the coming season.
This in face of the fact that Jack
Fournier's salary is reputed to be in
the neighborhood of $7,000, contract
he secured when the Federal league
bugaboo wrs menacing the mag
nates and their pay chests. Fournler
is not a first baseman and he isn't
an outfielder, but he gets the money.
Ness is the best first baseman the
Sox could dig up last year, though
he was not over strong in the field.
He did his best and hit fourth among
he Sox athletes, following Jackson,
i Collins and Felsch. He batted
above such highly-touted people as
John Collins and Buck Weaver.
Candil has experience, he knows
how the position should be played,
but he lacks the agility necessary to
carry out his ideas. In 191G Gandil
fielded .995 and hit for .259. Ness
fielded .979 and hit .267.
There is a wide markin on defense
in favor of Gandil. But remember
that Chick does not get close to
many chances that a faster man
might touch. He will not make so
many errors forlha't reason. Ness,
with all his slowness, should be a
bit faster on his pins than Gandil.
And McMullin is faster than either,
Some hope is placed in Jourdan,'
the Western league rookie. But there
is a ray of sunshine in the tenden
cy to make a first baseman of Fred
McMullin. We have been talking
that for several months, first ad
vancing the idea last summer when
the first base problem was wreck
ing the championship chances of the
club. The hunch was ridiculed, but
now Manager Rowland is coming
around and may give it a whirl.
McMullin is a hitter and a natural
ballplayer. He has ability to make
good at any infield position. He has
gray matter and would add oae
more thinking role to the club. Men
with brains are not over plentiful
and one made can alwalys he used.
But if this chance is not to be
taken with McMullin, $500 should
.not stand in the way of signing Ness.
Two squads . of Cubs played a
game at Pasadena, Jim Sheckard's
seconds winning. Phil Douglass
pitched for the seconds and did a
good job. That pitcher belongs in
the big league, and if he behaves
himself there is no doubt he will
stick. In the past he has had every
thing but control of his arm after the
game was over. Proper respect for
training rules should make Shuffling
Phil one of the best pitchers in the
league this year.