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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
WALLOPING WHITE SOX READY
TO SHOW HOME FOLKS
STANDING OF THE CLUBS
American League
W. L. Pet. W. L. Pet.
Chicago 5 1 .833CIevel'd 3 3 .500
Boston. 5 1 .833.Washn.. 2 3 .400
N.York. 3 2 .Gt)0Phila. .. 1 6 16?
StLouis3 3 .500Detroit. 1 5 .167
National League
W.fc.Pct. W. 1 Pet
N.York. 4 1 .SOOPhila... 2 2 .500
Cinc'tL 5 3 .625 Boston. 2 2 .500
Chicago 4 3 .571 Pittsb'h 2 6 .250
St.Louis4 3 .571Brklyn. 1 4 .200
RESULTS YESTERDAY
National League. Chicago 9, St4
Louis 2; Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 5;
Brooklyn 4, New York, 3.
American League. St Louis 3,
Cleveland 2; New York 7, Washing
ton 5; Boston 2, Philadelphia 0.
Ritchie Mitchell and Benny Leon
ard clash for ten rounds tonight at
Milwaukee in what should be a great
battle. Both fellows claim to be in
top condition. Mitchell, being a local
man, has a larger following than the'
New Yorker, but many Chicagoans
who saw Benny in training will go to
the Cream City with a wad to play
on his chances of getting the news
paper decision. Mitchell is admitted
ly the better boxer, but he does not
carry the, punch Leonard does, and
the latter1 is more experienced. In
height and reach Mitchell has a bit of
an edge. Mitchell is apt to try to
make the affair a boxing lesson,
jivhile Leonard' can be depended upon
"to bore in, that style of fighting pro
viding his best chance of landing the
verdict .
It is an even choice between the
two.
Johnny Kilbane, feather champ,
and Matt Brock, another Cleveland
pride, will fight ten rounds in their
home town tonight Brock has a wal
lop, but he may find Kilbane a hard
man to plant it on,
By Mark Shields
In first position, the White Sox $
open theif home season today
against the St Louis Browns, weath
er permitting, and with the exception
of eight days during the first part of
May, will be on the South Side lot un
til the first of Hune. This long turn
at home should be of inestimable
Value to the club and should prime
it for a vigorous battle through to the
end of the hunt
True, the Wind-up of the season
must be contested on eastern fields,
where the strongest opponents are
to be met, but right now a team at
home has the advantage. It means
long hours of batting drill when the
players' mauling eyes need sharpen
ing. It means the perfection of
teamwork which is impossible to a
club which is on the road, without
the advantage of morning practice.
Rowland has a fine ball team,
probably the strongest that ever rep
resented Chicago in the American
league. It is far better than the club
with which Fielder Jones won "a pen
nant and a world's championship. It
is many points superior mechanically
to the club which trailed the Red Sox
in 1916.
The batting is more powerful. The
fielding Is more competent and the
pitching so far has been as good.,
Russell Is missed, but Cicotte and Jim
Scott have rushed into the breach
with manful efforts. .
The club Is playing more alert ball, v
with more vim and dash in its every
movement. The players some of
whom were a bit dissatisfied last year
are in the battle with everything
they possess and for this much of the"
race have fought well when the other
fellows took the lead. They appear
to have unlimited confidence In thejr
own ability to claw through any.

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