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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
NO SHOW FOR YOUNG PITCHERS
WITH SOX LIEBOLD IN RIGHT
By Mark Shields
There will be no changes in the
make-up of the regular White Sox
pitching staff. The .-men who bore
the burden last season will again
have the places of honor. No rook
ies have a chance to break through
the strong front, stronger Since Jim
Scott began to take his duty serious
ly and train diligently.
This is the only inference drawn
from the action of Manager Rowland
in yesterday turning back Pitcher
Earl Ainsworth to Terre Haute of
the Central1 league. Ainsworth was
the best-looking rookie in the Hose
camp and pitched several commenda
1 le innings in the practice sessions,
u is believed a string has been at
tached to him and he may be re
called during the latter part of the
impending season.
Walker, a catcher, and Lamars, a
pitcher, were at the same time sent
to Quincy of the Three-Bye league.
They failed to measure up to speci
fications. Several other young pitch
ers will be disposed of before the
team reaches home. Comparative
ly few exhibition games are carded
and regulars will be used in the box
the greater part of the time to give
ihem plenty of practice and exercise.
Nemo Liebold, after two years of
fruitless trying in a Sox uniform, at
last seems destined for a regular job
in right field and the honor of first
facing the alien pitcher each after
noon. Eldred, the young outfielder
from the Northwestern league has
not hit vigorously "and his throwing
arm is not overly strong. The fact
that Liebold is given next crack at
the Job Eddie Murphy is sick is a
strong indication that John Collins
will be returned to his old berth only
as a last resort. N
Liebold is no better than he has
been for the past two seasons. He is
a hard man to pitch to, uses his head
at the plate, runs bases with intelli
gence, can catch any ball in his ter
ritory and knows when, where and
how to throw. Each time Nemo has
received a chance with the South
Siders he displayed all of these
qualifications, but they didn't keep
him on the job.
With Liebold or Eddie Murphy in
right field there will be a noticeable
and notable Increase in the attack of
the Hose. With Liebold out, there the
fielding will be as effective as in the
last few seasons. Murphy is not so
good on defense, but he is such a re
markable attacking force that a
slight deficiency in defense ran be
forgiven.
At any rate, there seems to be a
disposition to strengthen the right
fielding of the club, a department
that, with first base, was no asset in
1916.
If the Cubs prove a disappointment
this season fans are going to point
to the athletes ahd place all of the
blame there. Which will not be en
tirely just. The club is being given
too much work'for this season of the
year, and already harmful results are
being developed.
In the middle of March the club
was forced to go through a double
header. Exhibition games are card
ed 'each day and there will be no
breaks between now and the opening
of the National league season. The
players know they are being given a
stiff assignment, and it it doubtful if
Manager Mitchell, could he have his
own way, would follow the training
schedule mapped.
In past seasons the White Sox tried
the same program arranged for the
Cubs this spring, and results were
always harmful. This season, under
sane direction, the players are much
farther advanced than ever before at
the same time.

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