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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL sdRTS BOXING
CUBS BACK FROM STRENUOUS
By Mark Shields
The Cubs are home from their
cross-country training trip. They
arrived this morning and joined the
second squad under Jim Sheckard,
which arrived yesterday. A practice
session., was put in today on the
North Side and the same program
will be followed tomorrow. Jim
Archer worked out with his mates for
the first time this year.
Sheckard and Mitchell had a long
conference regarding some of the
men under Jim, but it was believed
only one of the yannigans was rec
ommended. He is' Dutch Reuther,
southpaw pitcher and first base un
derstudy. In practice games Reu
ther has been hitting the ball sound
ly and has played first base in a
creditable manner. He will be need
ed in case Vic Saier is injured.
Chief interest as to the make-up
of the team that will face Pittsburgh
Wednesday centers on second base.
It is strongly hinted that Mitchell
will use Rollie Zeider at that bag.
But, in the face of these reports, we
see Doyle at the keystone in the last
practice game of the year. If Larry
is not to take the field Wednesday,
why was he played against Minne
apolis. Doyle isn't in first-class condition.
That is admitted. But his injured
ankle is in better shape than was to
be expected, considering the training
program mapped out It will be no
surprise to see him out there in har
Several of the war correspondents
have been sending back stories that
Charle Deal was also to be relegated
to the benqh, Zeider taking his job at
Nthat station. But, despite these
yarns, Deal has played in every prac
tice game but one and has also been
honored with the clean-up position
in the batting order. That one fea
ture should confound the dreary
Deal will start playing third base
for the North Siders at 3 p. m.
Wednesday, and will continue every
afternoon throughout the season,
unless injured. He is the cleverest
fielder and clearest thinker the Cubs
have had at the station since Harry '
Steinfeldt, and his hitting will not be
weak. Deal is a real ballplayer, and,
before the end of the season, will be
a star on the North Side and favor
ite with the fans.
Prendergast held the Millers to
three hits yesterday. Th'at was good
work, for some lusty batters are list
ed in the Minneapolis line-up. Mike
his cinched his berth with the club
and should get much work during
the season. He wai an earnest la
borer last year, though his services
were not highly appreciated finan
cially. He had no big league repu
tation to trade on.
Jim Vaughn is a sure starter in the
box Wednesday. Wilson or Elliott
are today's choices for the backstop
job. Left field is' debatable ground.
If Jimmy Callahan uses a southpaw
pitcher Leslie Mann will have the job
and lead off in the batting order. If a
right-hander opposes the Cubs Max
Flack will be the first Cub at bat in
the 1917 season.
The White Sox Will close their ex
hibition season with a game against
Des Moines today, then travel on to
St. .Louis to open the big show
Wednesday. Tomorrow the club will
practice on the Browns' field.
Rowland is still undecided as to his
pitching selection for the opening
game. Claude Williams is a candi
date, but the youthful southpaw has
been unsteady in his last two trials.
Eddie Cicotte is eager for the honor,
and Red Faber is also in line for the
assignment Reb Russell certainly
will not be the fortunate one.
Russell still has a1 kinky arm which;