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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 25, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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A 7-to-10 favorite, Charlie White
should have little trouble in beating
Leach Cross in their ten-round fight
tonight in New York."-Cross is not
as good as he used to be, and White
is just below championship class, de
spite the poor opinion held of him
by the majority of New Yorkers.
Charlie is not given very high rat
ing in Gotham because of his show
ing against Joe Shugrue last win
ter, when there was a difference of
opinion as to who had woh the right
to meet Freddie Welsh. In the Shu
grue fight White certainly was not
up to the form of which he is capa
ble. White figures that a victory over
Cross by a decisive margin will mean
more employment in the east, where
the bulk of the lightweight fighting
is being done nowadays. Big purses
cannot be secured in Milwaukee for
some time. Cross followers are bet
ting 3 to 1 that Leach will not take
the count in ten rounds.
Freddie Welsh danced gracefully
Tor eight rounds with Patsy Drouil
lard in Windsor, Ont The champion
kept the Canadian at arm's length for
seven rounds, then delivered a few
punches in the eighth. Drouillara
was willing but couldn't penetrate the
Briton's defense.
Al Reich knocked out Arthur Pel
key in the third round at New York.
The men battled furiously until Reich
shot over a flock of hefty rights.
Jack White, brother of Chicago
Charlie, knocked out Jimmy Kelly in
the second round at Chattanooga,
Tenn. The bell saved Kelly in the
first round.
George Chip and Al McCoy will
fight ten rounds in New York April 6.
Columbia A. C. basketball team of
St Louis defeated West Side Browns,
32 to 21.
All leaders in the national bowling
tournamen at Peoria held their posi
tions. I
There is cause for genuine optim
ism among Cub fans in the way Cy
Williams is batting the ball in exhi
bition games, against both righthand
ers and southpaws.
Williams is a solid batter. He puts
the bat against the ball lustily, drives
with all the power of his big shoul
ders and long arms, and sends the
pill away on a line. That means that
many of his bingles go for extra hits.
When Johnnie Evers was handling
the Cub team Williams was given a
chance to make good. Right off the
reel the tall Notre Dame athlete pro
ceeded to hit to all corners of the
field, and more than hajf his safeties
were doubles, triples or homers. Then
the alien pitchers discovered his
weakness, the news traveled from
team to team over the grapevine
route and Williams was forced back
to the bench.
And he remained there, with the
exception of a bit of pinch hitting
now and then, throughout last sea
son. Bresnahan recognized the
rough ability of the young outfielder,
and, as soon as he had the opportu
nity, went to work to teach him how
to bat.
If Williams can hit .280, or even
.275, he will be a valuable man in the
Cub machine. He can cover an
enormous amount of territory among
the suburbs, and his long legs carry
him around the bases at terrificspeed.
His manner of playing, his earnest
ness and eagerness, have already
made him a favorite with the fans,
and he will start the season under
auspicious circumstances.
There isn't a man who goes out to
the west side ball games who won't
be pulling for Williams. The young
ster has every incentive to make good
and he will get plenty of opportunity,
for Bresnahan believes in him, and
will give him the benefit of his expe
rience. And if Williams makes good
the center fielding job will be well

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