BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALjL SORTS BOXING
CUBS HAVE PUNCH WITH BAT
BROOKLYN SHOT TO PIECES
By Mark Shields
It is not expected that Mr. Mitchell
will win any pennant with his Cubs
the coming season, but in their ex
hibition work the North Siders ap
pear to be a much better team than
the one that took the field last April.
The club is hitting the ball viciously
against coast league pitching, and
the pitchers out that way are well
along in condition and capable of a
few curves. Right now they are more
puzzling than were the Philly pitch
ers at the same time last year when
the Cubs fell seven times.
Deal seems to have put consider
able punch into his work and should
brace the infield, both on attack and
defense. He hit .300 in the Federal
league and repeated last season in
the American ass'n. He should bat
better than .275 in the National, and,
is batters rate nowadays, that is no
average to be sneezed at
Pres. Weeghman is said to have
been after Risberg, the sensational
Sox rookie, but was turned down by
Pres. Comiskey yesterday. This has
given rise to the belief that Weegh
man is convinced Doyle will be out
of the game for some time and he
wants an able man for his place.
Puncture that idea.
The Cubs closed their stay in
Southern California by beating Ver
non, 19 to 4, Yerkes, Deal and Flack
getting three hits each. Conifrey,
the Bronx third baseman, was leff.
with the Vernon club. '
Intelligent training methods are
showing remarkable results for the
new White Sox plan. The players
are advancing much faster than they
have in previous years and by the
time the exhibition game season
opens next Saturday Manager Row
land will have a better line on his
players than it is possible for most
managers to secure.
And the players wiirbe in better
physical condition. They have not
been forced against minor clubs. No
big leaguers like to be trimmed by
the smaller fry and this often results
in putting forth strenuous 'Efforts be
fore the men are in condition. As it
is, the boys are playing among them-
selves and do not mind a slip now"
The present intention of Sox of
ficials is to carry a small army of
players through the first month of
the American league season. Some
good prospects have been picked up
and all will be given a thorough trial
before the axe falls.
Outfield material is stronger than
for many seasons. Jackson and Hap
Felsch have their jobs cinched, but
the right field assignment is a fight
between Liebqld, Eldred, Murphy and
John Collins, vith Haas an outside
possibility. Eldred and Liebold, be
cause of their diminutive stature,
which make them good lead-off tim
ber, are being given especial atten- -tion.
Both have been hitting vigor
ously and each is a fielder of parts.
It is an open fight, but more than
an even bet that John Collins will not
again be the regular right fielder.
Neither in fielding nor batting did
Collins come up to expectations in
1916, and his long reign in the gar
den is coming to an end. This is a
blow to some people who were tout
ing Shano as the best outfielder in
the league, when any close observer
knew such judgment was bunk.
Zeb Terry is being groomed as an
infield understudy. He is already an
excellent shortstop, and is now" being
drilled at second base. With Mc
Mullin to protect third in emergen
cies, the Sox will be strongly forti
fied with reserve material.
Word comes from the Washington
training camp at Augusta, Ga., that
John Berry, Tribune amateur, will go
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