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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 27, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 23

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knocked another one yesterday with
a man on base.
Joe Benz lost the game for the sec
onds because he wa"s afraid to turn
loose his arm. The weather was cold
and Joe didn't want to stiffen his
A scout from the Buffalo Interna
tional League team blew into the Fed
camp at Shreveport yesterday to talk
to Fred Beck, last year a member of
that team. Beck frowned on the emis
sary and said he. was satisfied as a
member of the third league.
Coles, an outfielder, was trans
ferred to the Kansas City team to
strengthen Stovall suburban defense.
One session of hot practice wwput
in by the athletes, and then they
knocked off to go to a circus.
John Evers has been appointed
captain of the Boston Braves,
San Francisco, Cal., March. 27.
Louis Sepulveda, kid catcher of the
San Francisco baseball team and the
receiving member of the pony battery
of Arlett and Sepulveda, plays ball
from preference rather than neces
sity. tsSepulveda, as a matter of fact, is
the millionaire kid of the Coast J a regular game because of injuries
League and instead of risking the to the other catchers on the team.
chances of suffering a few "baseball
fingers" could spend all his life in
ease and affluence. The Sepulvedas,
who are of Spanish extraction, live
in San Pedro,-harbor portof Los An
geles, and Sepulveda, Sr., is credited
with owning a good share of the
country thereabouts. Also Louis, who
is a boy of 20rhas much property in
his own name and when he is at home
sports a high-powered automobile.
He passed through the San Pedro
high school, all right, and then the
lure of baseball caught him. His first
professional experience was with the
Vancouver club, from which .team he
was purchased by San Francisco.
Last year his attention was chiefly
devoted to warming the bench. This
year is going to be a differentBtory.
There is only one thing that'Louis re
grets. "I wish," he said, "that I had,
entered college instead of plunging
into baseball right off the bat.!'
Although the playing season, has
' not yet opened, Sepulveda already.js
being hailed as the greatest catcher
ver developed on the Pacific coast
and when the drafts are put in Man
ager Del Howard feels confident that
the boy will be among those called to
the big brush.
Sepulveda's case parallels that of
another great catcher who, looked
upon as a mere novice, created one
of the sensations of the baseball
world when called upon to catch in
The player was Lou Criger, regarded
as one of the greatest receivers the
game has known, but who was
knocked out in his prime by a strange
nervous malady.
For an entire season he had been
kept on the Cleveland bench by Patsy
Tebeau, then manager of the famous
Spiders. Chief Zimmer was first
string catcher, but an injury put him
on the shelf. Then misfortune be
fell all of the other catchers until only
Criger was left. Tebeau was in de
spair, but he took a chance and sent
for Criger behind the bat. Before the
game had gone two innings Tebeau
realized that he had unknowingly
been keeping a star under cover.
The boy threw to second with re
markable precision and terrific speed,
nipping runner after runner and to
ward the end of the game he made
the opposition feel so much respect
for him that no further attempts
were made to pilfer a bag. At bat as
well as behind it he shone, and he
soon became known as one of the.
best all-around catchers in the Na-

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