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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 03, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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By Mark Shields " .
As might have been exepected,
Ray S chalk, catcher par excellence,
was the first White Sox athlete to
report at headquarters for the spring
training trip., The train leaves to
morrow night, but Ray blew in yes
teday, primed for the start It is
typical of the youthful phenom and
is one of the reasons he stands above
all other backstops. He likes base
ball, he plays it for sport, and his
heart and soul are in the game.
Today other players came streak
ing in and the rear guard is expect
ed tomorrow. It was a happy crowd
and Manager Rowland was pleased
at the spirit displayed. The athletes
seemed to think they were on the
road to a pennant and appeared
pleased at the coming of Chick Gan
dil. Chick now says he will talk con
tract at Mineral Wells, where he 'will
meet Pres. Comiskey.-He anticipates
no troubles in arriving at a satisfac
tory agreement. Swede Risberg, the
sensational coast infielder, is an
other fellow who has just signed a
contract. That leaves Red Faber,
Jack Ness and Speed Martin as the
men still unsigned. No trouble is
expected with Faber. Ness is firm
in his determination not to sign at
figure offered him, and Martin will
undoubtedly come in.
Ness is to be a starter for the Shaw
Taxi Co. and will play on the Shaw
team in the City league. The double
occupation should bring him a siza
ble income.
Writing the first box score, the
Cubs yesterday whipped the Los An
geles team at Pasadena, 9 to 7, errors
being the biggest feature of the pas
time. Reuther, Hendrix and Doug
lass pitcher for the Cubs. ' Phi was
wild, but the other two dUd well.
Wolf, playing short, was top hitter
with three bingles. Yerkes got two,
and Flack, Wolter, Deal and Williams
one each. Mann and Saier went hit
less. .
The seconds faced curved ball
pitching at Santa Aha and were
whipped, 12 to 3, Carter, Standridge
and Aldrich being hit hard.
Doyle and Wortman are still on
the hospital iist with sore heels, but
will be ready in a day or so. In the
meantime, Wolf, the Duluth recruit,
is making lots of hay at the shortstop
position and Wortman may have a
fight on his hands.
Gov. Whitman of New, York has
barred Les Darcy from Gotham
rings, ostensibly because the Aus
tralian departed his home while eligi
ble to military service. The reason
does not stand up well under exam
ination. Fred Welsh is a Briton, and
Fred has done a bit of fighting in
New York rings since the war started.
There must be something else be
hind the affair that has not yet been
made public. The governor has been
dissatisfied for some time over the
way fighting matters were going in
his state, and he may have the inside
dope on a promoters' waj. Those
are the birds who are hurting the
game, and they don't seem to care a
whoop. The goose laying the golden
eggs has no long lease of life when
confronted by fellows connected
with the fight game.
This goes only for so-called top
notchers and their associates. The
real- fighters, the boys who battle x
their hearts out for a hundred dol
lars or so, are a credit to the game,
though this won't be admitted by the
thousand-dollar-a-minute people.
Opening events in the Unjversjty
of Illinois relay varnival wdre can
celed last night because of failure' of
! several teams to arrive, and prelimi-
naries will be held this afternoon, if
I necessary. Michigan is the big draw-

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