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"feASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
WHITE SOX ADD TWO RECRUIT'
INFIELDERS TO TEAM
By -Mark Shields
Brute Hartford, shortstop, and
Charles Vaughn, third baseman, have
Deen added to the "White Sox roster,
and each will be given a thorough
trial in the training camp at Mineral
Wells, Tex. Hartford comes from
Des Moines of the Western league,
andVaughn has-been playing inde
pendent tball in California.
Hartford is a highly-touted young
man, with a batting average above
.300 in the Western league and a
godd defensive record. He stole
more than 30 bases last season.
Frank Isbell sponsors Hartford,
and President Comiskey has great
faith in the judgment of his former
star. Should Hartford make good,
ousting Zeb Terry, Buck Weaver
win get a regular job at third base.
This move may give new strength
to a division -of the infield that is al
ready fairly powerful. Where but
tressing is needed is at first base, the
position that Jack Ness and Jack
Fournier divided last year. Develop
ments during the latter part of the
year make it fairly certain that Four
nier will da no more work at the ini
tial sack in 1917.
The Frenchman has had several
trials at the position, but each time
has failed in fielding. He was never
meant for a big league first base
man and Manager 'Rowland now.
Ness, 'a hard worker, is alsoa few
points shy of nfajor league stardom.
Jack hits a good lick, but he does not
field the position in an acceptable
manner. The loss of eight or ten
games in 1916 can be directly as
cribed to roughness in the defense
at first base, and that difference in
games won and lost meant a pen
mant T Jourdftn and Haibfook fere recruit
prospects for the coming season,
with the former having the better
chance of landing. He had experi
ence, in the Western league, where he
did everything better than that cir
cuit expects. Last fall he had but
two or three chances with' the Sox.
Hasbrook carpe to the South Sido
earlier tfian Jourdan and played in
several games as a relief man. He
was an adept at handling throws
around the station, but appeared to
be a weak hitter: '
Phil Douglass and Mike Prender
gast have sent their signed contracts
to the Cubs, adding two good pitch
ers to the roster. Prendergast
Showed last season that he is a ca
pable hurler. Douglass has ability to
be one of the best pitchers 4n the
league if his foot does not slip.
Douglass in the first days of spring
training last year looked to be in the
best form of his career, but he had
some trouble in Tampa and Joe Tin
ker promptly shipped him to, the
Bowen High carried off prep hon
ors in th& Second Regiment armory
last night in the curtain raiser to the
Second Regiment athletic carnival
to be held tonight Bowen had 14
'points, wice as many as La Grange, '
which took second place. Oak Park,
Lane and U. High. weer. tied for third
with 6 points each.
A. Dowding of Bowen was individ
ual star, winning the 40 aHd 220
yard dashes in easy fashion.
- In the big doing tonight stars from
all over the country will be in com
Grover Alexander, Philly pitcher, a
hold-out, bidsfair to remain in that
class for some time, according to lat
est developments in his controversy "
with the club owners. At first if was
believed only a small sum separated
the disputants, but it appears Alex
wants ?16;000 per year, while Pres.
Baker is willing to give-?8,000. v Alex
was undoubtedly the" iter" of la