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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 24, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
Rebel Russell, southpaw par ex
cellence, has signed a contract to
pitch for the "White Sox during the
coming season. That leaves Red Fa
ber the only pitching regular still un
signed, but there will be no difficul
ty with the Cascade curver. He is
satisfied with conditions and is cer
tain to get good treatment on the
salary question.
Russell signed a straight contract,
the terms of which were not made
public But if Reb could have signed
to do piecework he would have been
able to buy the Masonic Temple. In
1916 he did more work than any
other member of the staff and did it
effectively whenever he was given a
slight rest. Not only did he-pitch his
own games, but was a rescuer as
well, constantly going to the aid of
some mate who was in distress.
For a time the staff was crippled
and "Williams had not reached a high
point of efficiency. The result was
that Reb was almost a daily partici
pant in the pastime for a considera
ble period. The Texan is a big, strap
ping husky, but he was overworked
and it shoWed in liis record" for a.
Russell is the type of ballplayer a
manager is glad to have. His first
season in the big league was a senV
sation and success had an unsettling
effect on him. The following season
"he was not careful about his condi
tion, was fat and lacked zip of his
famous "high swift"
One season of that was enough for
1 RusselL During the ensuing winter
I he worked hard, kept himself trained
. down and started in the spring
i with everything he ever possessed.
Throughout the season he keeps In
ape through long walks. He is a
niliar figure around tne South
Side summer evenings, but not in the
cabarets. He and the missus take
their walks together, Reb gets plenty
of sleep and he is ready the next day
to do whatever asked by the man
ager. He, makes his living playing base
ball and takes the game seriously.
With Faber in shape and Williams
a regular, Russell will have less res
cuing to 0o in 1917 and the result is
bound to show in the class of hurling
he will contribute.
Gene Packard, Cub southpaw, has
returned hiscontract unsigned with
the comment that he does not think
he deserves a $1,000 cut. Gene says
this action doesn't mean he will re
tire from baseball. He expects to get
together with Pres. Weeghman, and
as he was an earnest worker last
season he will probably have little
Charles Webb Murphy, former
owner of the Cubs, has sued the new
owners for $3,000, for rent alleged
due on a lease on the West Side park,
attorney's fees, court costs and in
surance fees.
Vermouts of the Windy City
league shattered all known bowling
records when they knocked 3,458
pins in a- three-game series, averag
ing 1,152 2-3 and having a high game
of 1,290. Whitie Johnson averaged
271 2-3 for the three games, having
a 299 score. Every member of the
quintet averaged better than 200.
Walter Lauben, Mussey's, beat
Charlie W-ard at LeffingweU's, 50 to
48, in a game of the Chicago Bil
liard league.
Jack Britton, welterweight, boxed
with Bryan Downey at Kid Howard's
gym yesterday and Downey made
showing enough to warrant a match,
between the two. Britton meets
Mike O'Down in St. Paul tomorrow
In a mat bout at the Crown thea
ter last night Charley Peterson suf
fered a broken, shoulder while wres-.

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