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Last yeaf lie lead-the Natidftal League
in a number of double plays in which
lie figured, and he started 18 more
than Evers, his closest competitor. I
asked Cutshaw about it.
"I look at it this way," he said.
"Baseball is more a matter of hard,
steady work and much thought than
it is of any special ability. Any young
man of average speed and strength
can become a good ballplayer if he is
willing to give' enough thought and
time to' it and "Work hard.
"When I came on from the coast
I was told by' Coast League man
agers that Irw.ould not make good.
But I studied the.bther clubs, watch
ing each batefrand .fielder and. trying
to figure ojJf Xbgi? weaknesses or
strengths. Jpf '-course, as a rookie, I
couldn't say anything or offer any ad
vice, but it iva. helping me.
"By seeing how fellpws like Evers
and Eddie Collin's did it and by hard:
work and .practice I learned to dp it
pretty weu. That may account for':
the larger dumber of double plays;
that I got into last ypar.
"A fellpwin baseball ought to study;
his. business just as any successful
business man studies his. That ls:.
what counts." ;
Quite & load of adyjce from one
so young in the major leagues. But.
it goes to show why Cutshaw is con-i
sidered the most improved youngsters
in the National League. Also to prove!
that what he says about studying the
game is true.
An even split for the Sox team!
yesterday. They licked Oakland, 13
to 6, and were beaten by San Fran-.
Cisco; 2 to 0. Eighteen hits were reg-,
istered in the first game and six in
As ball games the two. affrays were!
hot wonderful affairs, and the lack'o'f i
condition of-PingBodte-and Reb Rus-:
sell were Jully emphasized... Ping;
cracked, a double-and triplfi in the:
first battle, but he is so much overi
weight that he would have stood -a'
poor chance 'stacked against a big
Bodie always bats like a house
afire on the spring trip, and con
tinues to hit big league pitching along
until the middle of June. Then,
when" the pitchers get their whip3
well oiled, he slumps, and his natural
ly wild swings fail to connect with
the elusive pill.
Russell worked for four innings,
and gave three hits. He, too, would
have -been soft for a major team.
Gleason figures the big Texan is
about 12 pounds overweight, and he
will drive the southpaw fiercely until
the fat rolls off."
Russell has so far been far from
the form that made him a sensation
for the 'American League last year.
He played ball on the coast some
during the winter, but was unable to
hold down his poundage. Reb
knocked a double, triple and single.
The race for second between Joe
Berger and Russell Blackburne is be
coming a hot duel. Berger is with
the first team, and has been traveling
at a fahclip. His fielding, of course.,
is up to the-mark. Stick work will
decide the'battle. Blackburne has
been unable -to get his war club
Kid GleaSon's efforts t -to make a
catcher of Jack Fournier are meet
ing with success. The Frenchman
has not yet gauged the throw to sec
ond base, but is improving each day.
Gleason aims to have a catcher who
can relieveSchalk -withoufweaken-ing:
the halting, strength? of the team.
Fournier will probably be used to fill
the'pinch hitting and cd'tchjng job left
vacant byT&d Easterly's hop to the
Feds. , - - t-fj'Er
Heinie Zjmmerman Kill be out of
the practlcegames at Tampa for a
week on accpunt ofa flock of boils
that have attacked various parts of
his anatomy. One of them was lanced"
yesterday, and the result was highly
painful to the star Cub clubber.
Yesterday was quiet because of the
Florida law against baseball, but