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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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If Happy Felsch regains his batting
eye, as he seems to be doing in prac
tice games with the Texas League
teams, he will be-certain to secure a
regular berth on the Sox team. In
every other department of the game
he is big league stuff, and he hit
soundly when he first broke in last
Though you may not believe it at
first glance, "Felsch is a fast man get
ting down to first base. He stands
at the plate like Ping Bodie, and
swings something after the style of
the famed fence buster, but there the
resemblance ends. Felsch can take
care of his feet, and he is not the
pop-up artist that Bodie developed
into. He covers much ground m cen
terfield, having a wide range to either
Hap is also a smart ballplayer, and
only needs to hit something near his
original gait He bats naturally, and
it is fair to believe that his lapse
. during the latter part of the 1915 sea-
' son was only temporary.
With Felsch hitting the ball the
l outfield will probably consist of
Felsch, Murphy and Jackson. Jack
I Fournier is slated for another trial
' at first base, and will -probably go
over. He does not field in big league
style by many parasangs, but he can
hit the ball. And his outfielding is
not as good as his first basing.
Summed up, Fournier can do less
damage on defense at first base than
in the outfield and his war club will
be in the gave every day.
Fournier has caused Sox managers
much worry, which sounds peculiar
when his heavy batting is taken into
consideration. But the stumbling
block has been the effort to find a
way to employ this attacking power
without more than offsetting it with
weakness on defense.
Eddie Murphy is going to be a reg
ular because he is a firm lead-off man,
a clever hunter and fast runner. His
fielding improved last season after he
became acquainted with the difficult
angles of the South Side right field.
Liebold and John Collins will un
doubtedly be carried as utility men.
Nemo is a midget, but' he can hit
fairly well, is a good sub for Murphy
as leadoff m'an, and js as good a de
fensive outfielder as the team boasts.
Collins is good to inject into the game
once in a while, as he runs into bat
ting streaks during which he can hit
anything pitched. Unfortunately,
these periods are followed by disas
trous slumps.
In yesterday's games Regulars beat
Fort Worth, 5 to 2, and Yannigans
downed Dallas, 6 to 1. Felsch busted
a homer and single, and Eddie Col
lins whaled two doubles and tw6 sin
gles. Something seems to have rattled
loose in the Cub infield. The war
correspondents say that Mulligan is
to replace Mike Doolan at short in
the practice games against the Phil
lies, and intimate that the veteran
may have a hard time getting his job
back again.
Pechous and Mann are also to play
against the National league cham
pions. Pechous has no chance to win
a regular berth, but he will be tried
as utility material. Mann has an ex
cellent chance of getting a job, as he
is the only right-handed batter among
the outfielders.
The Cub infield, composed of Saier,
Yerkes, Doolan and Zimmerman, is
a veteran combination, but it sounds
ponderous and slow. It may be
steady, but there is a belief that many
balls will shoot through the middle
of the diamond for hits which could
be converted into outs by fast fielding.
Bill Sweeney came here with a re
putation, but couldn't protect him
self, and Bobby Fisher1, while hitting
around .280, was so slow in covering
ground that he bad to go back to the
The wings pf the diamond, with
Saier and Zim, are amply protected.
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