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pearance through the fact it is be
lieved to signalize the return of the
Wolverines to complete athletic re
lations -with Conference colleges.
I. A. C. first team defeated the sec
onds, 12 to 2, in a water polo match
for the Central A. A. U. champion
ship. The third team defeated the
Hamilton club for third place, four
goals to nothing.
Locker keys were distributed to
more than 500 golfers at Jackson
Park municipal course yesterday and
the distribution will be continued to
day and tomorrow. There is room
for about 3,000 players, and all places
are expected to be taken by Saturday
Artie Hofman, former Cub star, is
being sought as manager of the
Rockford club of the Three-Eye
Marshall lights, 25, McKinley 4.
Marshall bantams 28, McKinley 8.
Senn lights 21, Lane 9.
Harrison bantams 25, Waller 10.
St. Cyril 38, St Patrick 5. '
Buena lights 15, Atticas 14.
Armour Square 26, Harden 10.
There is more than a month to
wait until the baseball season opens.
Right now, with the teams just ar
riving at their camps, it may seem a
little premature to try to pick any
winners, but there are two ball clubs
in the American Jeague that are like
ly to kick over the traces this sea
son and it will be worth watching
their stunts in the south before April
With seven of the strongest ball
clubs ever collected in one league,
the American league race, which last
year furnished one of the most sen
sational drives in baseball, now fig
ures to come through with a pennant
chase even more startling.
And prefacing with a number of
"ifs," without which early season
predictions would be colorless, take
this cue and watch Bill Donovan's
Yankees and Lee Fohl's Cleveland
Right now these clubs look like the
real sensations of the 1917 season.
There are, of course, a thousand
and one things which may occur be
fore the umpire calls play on April
12, but barring accidents and a series
of bad breaks Cleveland and New
York should leave the barrier with
better chances to win than they have
ever had before. " .
Victims of injuries, of poor breaks
and bad baseball luck last year, the
Indians and Yanks overrode these
obstacles and made trouble for
every team in the league. With bet
ter breaks this year they will be dan
gerous. Perhaps neither team can be class
ed as a great bail club. But both are
good ball clubs, both are consistent,
both have every essential which goes
to make up a winning club.
Now for the "ifs."
Cleveland has just purchased Joe
Wood, a few years ago the sensation
of the American league. Woo'd is a
big gamble. Last year he did not
pitch a game, partly because of his
inabiljtyto come to terms with Bos
ton arid partly because of a sore arm.
In 1915 Woqd pitched with a bad arm
and won the majority of his games.
If Joe Wood can come thrtfugh and
if Guy Morton returns to form Cleve
land will be pretty well fixed for
pitchers. The Indians did not begin
to slump last year until Morton went
bad and the pitching burden was
thrown on two youngsters, Coveles
kie and Bagby. With these four
pitchers and with Joe Boehliug. a
great qold weather hurler, and Klep
fer and Coumbe the Indians should
have nothing to fear.
As the training season opens Bill
Donovan is still doubtful about a
guardian for his second station. Oth
erwise his team is practically made
up. 'Joe Gedeon may draw the job,
but Gedeon is a weak hitter and Fritz
Maisel may be prepped for a trial at
the bag. Baumann is another pos
sibility. The Yankee infield, barring second