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yesterday and pounded a homer with
two on to beat Vernon. Wortman
had some major experience last, sea
son and also played in a Class AA
minor, while Wolfe's experience is
limited to work with Duluth.
Wolfe, however, should be re
tained in a utility role if he continues
to deliver. A young infielder of abil
ity hanging around to relieve a
wounded regular would be of im
measurable help to the North Siders.
Rollie Zeider and Otto Knabe were
the secondary defense men last year.
Knabe has been released, as he was
Zeider knows all there is to know
about baseball, but Rollie is no long
er a youthful prodigy, he is not a
strong hitter and could well be re
placed as first relief man by a
younger athlete. In any event, it is
not probable that Zeider will be dis
posed of, for his experience should
be a big help in teaching Wortman
and Wolfe the fine points of infield
ing. Fred Mitchell is enthusiastic about
the condition of Jim Vaughn and
Claude Hendrix, and he has reason
to be. Both of these pitchers are
taking their work seriously and are
laboring hard to' be in prime condi
tion for the opening of the season.
Each is constructed on iron man
lines, and between them should be
able to pitch 70 games in a season
without fatigue. And of that 70 they
should turn in 50 victories. If Mitch
can dig up pitchers to get 45 more
wins he will have nothing to worry
Despite the vaunted strength of
the Giants, the National league race
this season will be an open affair and
is free to the majority of the field.
The Cubs are not marvelous on pa
per, but they are by no means hope
less, and this is no time to be count
ing them out of the reckoning.
There have been teams of all stars
before, teams that from their line
ups should have walked all over the
opposition roughshod, but history
shows they have fallen down more
often than they have delivered. The
team that wins is the real team, the
well-balanced combination that sinks
individual work for the common good
and works aS a whole. If Mitchell
can put that spirit into his club and
teach them that style of baseball, he
will cause some commotion from
April 11 to the first week in October.
Battling Levinsky gave Jack Mo
ran a sound thrashing at St. Louis,
the Springfield man narrowly escap
ing a knockout.
Johnny Dundee was the victor over
Jimmy Duffy in ten rounds at New
York, but was forced to travel at top
speed to land in front. Both fighters
were badly tired at the finish because
of the hot pace that was set
Mordecai Brown has signed with
Joe Tinker's Columbus team and
will make the spring training trip.
Brownie will be Joe's lieutenant in
charge of the pitchers.
I Crane heavies 19, Schurz 10.
Lane heavies 25, Waller 14.
Crane lights 21, Phillips 6.
Bowen 'lights 23, Englewood 14.
Hyde Park bantams 24, Tilden 4.
Medill bantams 22, Phillips 4.
Chicago Latin 26, Parker 17.
Wisconsin 29, Indiana 14.
Sinai girls 12, Hebrew Inst. 1.
St. Rita lights 24, De Paul 6.
Bobby McLean, former amateur
ice skating champion, is on the trail
of Oscar Mathiesen, Norwegian
champ, now in Minneapolis. Bobby,
seeking a chance to gain the world's
professional title, last night sent Jack
Norfolk, his present manager, to
Minneapolis in an effort to get
Mathiesen to agree, to a series of 15
races to decide the title.
Bobby wants five races held in
Minneapolis, five in Chicago at the
new Upper Broadway arena, and five
in St Louis. Bobby says the owners
of the rinks will give them 65 per
cent of the gross gate receipts and
that he is willing to split this 60-40,