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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 14, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Fro-mthe St Louis, camp comes word
that the Huggins crew is confident
and "eager for the fray. ,
Beginning at 1:30 this afternoon,
.when the automobile parade starts
from Grant Park -for the ball lot,
there will be somethmgdoing every
minute until the last man is out Hun
dreds of gaily decorated autos are to
be m line for the parade, the two ball
teams occupying places of honor in
the forepart of the procession.
After the park is reached there will
be the usual band concerts and enter
tainment by cabaret singers and song
pluggers. Two bands have been hired
for the occasion, Director Bramhall
and his well known cornet being the
Main interest of course, centers in
the athletes. , They are the boys who
will put on the real entertainment for
which the fans have been waiting for
At 10 o'clock Manager Bresnahan
gave out his final lineup, the only un
certainities being second base and
center field. Vaughn was named as
the pitcher and Jimmy Archer will be
.behind the bat. Bresnahan himself
is in shape to catch, but he figures
that Archer's popularity entitles Jim
to first show before the home popu
lace. Vaugfln had a lignt workout
yesterday and declared himself fit
Bresnahan's uncertainty about two
positions is caused by Miller Huggins'
reticence in announcing his pitcher.
The choice has narrowed down to
two men, Slim Sallee and. Bill Doak.
Bailee is a southpaw and in case he
goes to the mound Phelan will re
place McLarr yat second and Knise
ley will take Williams' job in. center,
in orde rto get more right-handed bat
ters in the game. Kniseley had the
stitches removed from a cut in his
face this morning and is physically
sound otherwise.
If Doak pitches the same team
.which has been in the exhibition
games will be sent to the field.
As early as 9 o'clock lines began to
form in front of the general admis
sion, box offices at the west side parish
A friendly sun and the promise of
warm weather for the initial battle
assured a large crowd. Preparations
have been made for an overflow as
semblage and ropes will be stretched
around the field if the mob spills out
of the stands. In this case ground
rules will prevail.
There were grounds for gfreat
encouragement in the spirit dis
played by the fans assembled.
More of the personal relations be
tween players and spectators was ev
idenced than has been seen since the
old Chance rabble was grinding out
pennants for the west side. Each
player came in for a share of the ap
plause and was heartened and nerved
to try his best by shouted words of
" And that is as it should be. No ball"
team can succeed with an antagonis
tic crowd on its own home lot Play
ers expect opposition from fans of
alien cities, but it is just as natural
for them to want to stand well with
the home folks. It gives them an in
centive to exert themselves and play
the game in an earnest and enthusi
astic manner.
In the past three or four seasons
there has been an utter lack of sym
pathy between the players and west
sjde fans. Woe to the athlete who
made a poor play, for he was derided
and not allowed to forget his miscue,
for one day at least. The slightest
pretext was seized on to "ride" a
player and make his life miserable.
The result was a foregone conclu
sion. The player, seeing that his ef
forts were not appreciated, in time
began to lose heart and took little in
terest in his work. That was respon
sible, in large measure, for the fact
that recent Cub teams have done bet
ter away from the local' diamond,
which is contrary to all laws of base
ball. Select a good road team and you
have a crew which gets poor sup
port from its own fans.
Several elements of discord went
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