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t&F.? '$&l s$J&, mony Wednesday to mark the game as the first of the season. Believing that the fans "are coming out to his park to see a ball game rather than a cabaret performance, however, Pres ident Thomas plans to button down on much of the pre-battle stuff and get the combat under way promptly at bell time. The Cards are due to arrive to morrow morning and both teams will have a session on the diamond. Morn ing practice will be a regular thing for the Cubs during their first home stay. Joe Tinker's Whale team looks like a major league aggregation. One game is not enough on which to pass final judgment, but the north side squad goes about its work impressive ly. As was predicted, there is noth ing of the slam-bang nature in the Whale bating, as the men lacked practice on their spring trip. Various batters went after the slants of Eddie Plank Saturday in an uncertain manner, Wickland and Beck, left-handed wallopers, being particularly weak. Tinker used his-1 double-entry outfield, and the first trial indicates that the plan will prove valuable. He is fortunate in having two sets of gardeners of almost equal strength. Jimmy Smith, the new shortstop, is the center of interest. At the bat the youngster shows some rough spots which will have to be ironed out. He was having his baptism Sat urday before a big crowd and was naturally nervous, which may ac count for some of his shortcomings. His swing appeared too full for the class of pitching that will be en countered in the Federal league this season. Men who swing hke Smith, knock the ball a considerable dis tance when they connect solidly, but their percentage of failures is large. In the field the new fellow looks like a star. He and Johnny Farrell form the youngest keystone combina tion in existence. Their youth will result in a few mistakes, but it also j means the defensive work around second base will be fast and furious, In practice the pair worked well to gether and gave promise of many double killings. Mann looks good in left field. The entire team is alive on the bases and run with excellent co-ordination be tween head and feet. St Louis also looks fair, though . the infield can stand for some im provement. There are still a few people who believe Jack Fournier can be kept out of the regular White Sox lineup. Evi dently they have not perused last year's American league batting av erages or followed the work of the Frenchman on thep resent exhibition trip. No matter how slow Fournier may be, he can slam the ball. And he can hit it far enough to progress around the bases and send in men ahead of him. Quinlan, the youngster from the coast, has also done well since being put at the head of the batting order, an dthe fact that he is kept there m"akes it appear that Rowland will start him against the Browns in St. Louis Wednesday. Collins and Felch have also hit. But Fournier has done better than bat in exhibition games. He has hit over .300 in a major league season, and such batting in sures a regular position. Either Quin lan or Felch will have to give way to him before the season is very old. On the last lap of the homeward journey the Sox have been batting viciously against good pitching. Ed die Collins seems to have imbued his new playmates with the idea that they can hit, and Felch and Brief do not feel the hoodoo of a Sox unifonn. For the first time in many seasons it appears that the Sox pitchers in their noble work are to "be backed by strong bating. Browns lost St. Louis city series to Cards, getting only two games in six. John McGraw retains the title of, the most licked manager in baseball. Yesterday a Richmond, Va., fan" i IT J Si K V ff y Y - & y ' - teA&itefti Tr ffV '