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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
COMISKEY SATISFIED WITH THE
SOX MUST PLAY BALL
By Mark Shields..
President Comiskey of the White
Sox, back from the spring training
camp at Mineral Wells, says he is
satisfied with his ball team. He pre
dicts a strong fight for the pennant.
A; the same time the South Side
owner admits the path will be thorny
and no loafing along the way can be
tolerated In the American league this
season. There are seven teams that
will be hard to beat, the Athletics
being the only real soft proposition
in the circuit.
The team that remains in the fight
in the Johnson organization cannot
afford to slump, even for the smallest
period, and no club can afford to
have weak spots in its make-up.
Strong pitching, vigorous batting,
tight fielding and intelligent baserun
ning will be needed every step of the
Whether the Sox have these quali
fications is speculative, but Comiskey
thinks they have. Admitting that
loyalty may cause some prejudice on
the part of the Old Roman, it must
be remembered that he has seen
many ball teams and knows a good
one when he sees it.
In the case of the Sox the outcome
is mainly dependent on the ability of
the pitchers to stop the enemy. They
will not have to be one-run pitchers,
for the locals boast an aggressive at
tack, but they must turn in better
than average pitching throughout
Faber will again be a winning
pitcher. Williams should be another
successful hlirler. Neither is capa
ble of iron man duty, however. The
whole question seems to rest on Jim
Scott and Reb Russell. Scott is re
ported to be in excellent condition.
He reported early and trained faith
fully. Jim- dklthe same .thing last'
spring and seemed destined for a
winning season. Then he clipped.
But this year Jim will be working un
der the spur of last season's suspen
sion and also the realization that no
other major club was very anxious
fnr his Rprvinps at the rln5P nf the
1916 campaign. ($M
Russell is having trouble with his
arm, but all authorities declare the
difficulty merely temporary. If the
Rebel is as good as he was last sea
son, and Scott pitches as he should,
Rowland should have a great staff. In
Cicotte and Wolfgang he has two ex
cellent reserve men.
Joe Jackson went back to the
game yesterday and cracked a triple
and single to beat Chattanooga. Fa
ber and Williams easily blanked the
In the event of war President Co
miskey will give 10 per cent of his
receipts to the Red Cross fund. Pres.
Weeghman of the Cubs will follow
the same program. Both local presi
dents have offered their ball parks to
Chicago regiments for drill grounds.
Despite 'cross-country jumps, inju
ries and the worst training program
mapped for a big league club in re
cent years, Manager Mitchell of the
Cubs at last has his team arranged
as it will line up April 11 in the open
ing gante against Pittsburgh. He is
using it daily now, and defeated a '
mining camp team 14 to 5 yesterday.
Mann, If.; Wolter, rf.; Williams, cf.;
Deal, 3b.; Saier, lb.; Doyle, 2d.;
Wortman, ss.; Wilson, c; the pitcher.
The only change in prospect is a
switch of Deal and Doyle in the bat
ting order. Deal has been slamming
the ball resoundingly on the training VP
trip and Doyle is still favoring his in
jured ankle. . But when Larry begins
to play in his regular form he has
more than an even chance of sifting
into the clean-up notch. His contri
bution yesterday was three safe hits,
duplicated, by Wortman.