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Wolfe, the Duluth infielder, is get
ting much attention from Manager
Mitchell and is shaping up as good
material. He may at least be carried
through the first few weeks of the
- season and has a chance to land a
utility berth. Chuck Wortman had
a blistered heel yesterday and stayed
out of the game. After watching the
competent manner in which Wolfe
performed, Chuck's heel recovered
with remarkable -speed and he will be
all right from now on.
Jack Lapp, catcher, has been re
leased by the SOx to Joe Tinker's Co
lumbus club. This means Bird Lynn
will be first relief man to Ray Schalk.
Lynn is a good catcher but needs
some experience and he was not get
ting it with Lapp on the club.
In these days of fortunes being
paid for baseball players $20,000 -does
not look like a big sum.
But when $20,000 is gambled on a
baseball player's pitching arm it is
Jim Dunn, owner of the Cleveland
Indians, is the best sport in baseball.
Dunn in business is a contractor, and
the contractor's game is more or less
of a gamble, and Dunn has applied
his practical business methods to
When Dunn announced that he
had paid $15,000 for Joe Wood the
baseball world gasped, because it
was the greatest gamble that had
ever been made in the game. With
Wood's first year's salary the gamble
amounts to 20,000.
Never before had a magnate risked
that-much coin on a player whom he
did not have pretty good reason to
believe would be right
And Dunn, or his manager, Lee
Fohl, or Joe Wood himself can't tell
whether Joe Wood vwill be the
"Smoky Joe" of old, or even wheth
er his pitching arm, which went back
on him two reasons ago, will be able
to stand the gaff this season.
A pitcher's arm is a delicate thing.
, Once out pf kilter it may get good
again or it may always retain the
I kinks tvbich preclude its effective
When Dunn bought Wood's release
from Boston he was after a pitcher
who would give him a chance at the
American league pennant.
"But I know it's a gamble," he de
clares. "I feel just like I would in a
poker game when I am holding four
cards and trying to fill a straight
flush on the draw. If I get the card
they can't heat me, if I don't I'm
More money has been paid for
pitchers, the largest sum being the
$22,500 paid by Pittsburgh for Marty
O'Toole. But O'Toole was the sen
sation of the American ass'n and
there was every reason to believe
he would develop into the greatest
pitcher in the National league.
If Wood is right he is one of the
biggest assets in baseball. He should
be able to win between 15 and 20
games a year.
Wood believes he is right
"If I didn't think so J wouldn't
have'aMowed Dunn to pay $15,000
for my release," he declared.
Probably in May Dunn will find
out whether he filled his straight
flush or whether he loses his jack
pot. o o
R. R. PORTERS MUST BUY THEIR
SUITS AT FIELDS EVEN IF
THEY COST MORE.
How would you like to have your
boss say to you : "Your suitis getting
shabby. You'll have to buy a new
suit if you want to work for me, and
you'll have to buy it at Marshall
Field's and pay the price Field's and
I think you ought to pay.'
Wouldn't that jar you. Wouldn't
you come pretty near telling the
boss to go to Halifax?
Yet every Pullman porter in the
United States of America must buy
his 'uniform from Marshall Field's,
exce.pt a few who are allowed to buy
from John Wanamaker. Get that
"must." And he's got to pay about
$10 more for each uniform than the.