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Saier won't do any worse in 1915 and
the odds are all in favor of him hit
ting at least .280.
Schulte, according to the form
sheet, should he one of the valuable
batters In the Cub-army in the next
pennant fight It is a peculiar fact
that after every season of poor bat
ting Schulte has come back with a
resounding thump and forced his way
among the leaders in the realm of
The season before he hung up a
home-run mark in the National was
the worst he had had to that time,
and in many quarters he was
stamped as through. But these pre
dictions didn't worry Prank, and al
though he was apparently expending
no more energy, he put numerous
dents in the tin sign in right field
and collected a goodly number of
mere base hits.
With Fisher to strengthen the short
field position from the starting gun
and increased batting from Saier and
Schulte, West Side prospects aren't a
bit dreary for the coming season.
President Weeghman of the Chi
cago Federal league club wants bis
organization to make public the
names of all athletes signed, and is
arguing with the other third league
magnates to bring them to his way
of thinking. So far the North Side
owner has had little success.
It is understood a resolution was
passed at the Fed meeting here Sat
urday which declared for secrecy in
signing players, but Weeghman is not
admitting defeat. He is continuing
his persuasion with President Gil
more, to whose discretion much is
left by the Fed bosses. Gilmore is
said to be wavering and has almost
been convinced that Weeghman has
the right idea.
Those opposed to Weeghman ar
gue that making public the club ros
ters win furnish the organized pow
ers too much information, and that
efforts will be made to lure some of
the men away from the third league.
They say secrecy must be met with
They point to the secret draft of
the National and American, in which
names of players drafted were not
published until they had signed their
But Weeghman wants the public
let in. He believes the fans, the
freight payers, are entitled to infor
mation about the players and wants
them to have it. It is contrary to
baseball political procedure and that
is what makes the idea a good one.
Bob Fitzsimmons, Jr., son of the
former heavyweight champion, cele
brated his 19th birthday Saturday
with a six-round bout against Maury
Field, claimant of the amateur mid
dleweight title, at Sylvester .J. Si
Young Fitz has many of the fight
ing characteristics of his illustrious
parent and made a proper showing
against Field. At the conclusion of
the bout Simon presented the young
ster with the famous $3,000 paint
ing of the finish of the Cqrbett-Fitz-simmons
fight in Carson City, St.
Patrick's day, 1897.
Young Fitz and Field are going on
the vaudeville circuit with an exhibi
tion of their ability. Fitz, Jr., will be
under the care of Simon, whose
teaching was .responsible for Fitz's
use of the solar plexus clout when he
putting away claimants of the heavy-'
Pullmans, 4; McDuffs, 0.
Bricklayers, 1; Calumets, 1.
Joliets, 2; Hyde Park Blues, 1.
Mason Parks, 5 Wash. Heights, 0
Campbell Rovers, 6; Hibernians, 1
According to the most recent "in
side stuff," Justin Fitzgerald and
Walter Schmidt, the two fastest
baserunners in the San Francisco
club of the Pacific -Coast league,
have been hooked by the outlaws.
President Madison of the Kansas
City Federals claims to have pur
chased the services of the two play-