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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 06, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
' Old Hughie Fullerton says the
Athletics this year will win 20, more
games than they did last Which is
an awful slam at the remainder of
Ban Johnson's outfit
White Sox athletes rolled into Min
eral Wells today and were greeted
with snow-covered ground, Jack
Fournier, Joe Jacksonr Dave Dan
forth and Jim Scott Weather condi
tions at the camp are not perfect, but
the men will be able to get into ac
tion tomorrow for limbering exer
cises, f
Manager Rowland was planning a
slow process of conditioning when he
left here, and the condition of the
ground may not bother him. The ex
hibition schedule is the smallest the
South Siders have taken on in sev
eral years and the effort will be to
bring the men to April 11 in prime
shape for the long grind.
In the past Sox clubs have started
the campaign in the stride most clubs
reach about the middle of July. As
a result they have gone stale when
the middle reaches of the season ar
rived, and July and August slumps
have given them setbacks that were
From thirty to forty games before
the opening of the season have been
the usual portion of the Rowlandites
and this has used up the energy they
need for the great drive against com
peting big league clubs under a sum
mer sun.
The first and second teams com
bined will not play as nlany pre-sea-son
games this spring as have usual
ly been staged by the first squad
alone. This program is the result of
long experience and has been adopt
ed only after careful consideration.
Jt may not mean as good a start as
the past has shown, but it should
bring results in the fag end of the
Jim Scott was a vision of delight.
The Wyoming curver has been work
ing out for some time with Pacific tffc
Coast league clubs and is well ad
vanced on his course of sprouts. He
is as tanned as a Palm Beach belle
and his arm has had considerable
work. 1
Scott is about ready to take his job
of pitching baseball seriously. Last
year was a lesson to him. The sus- '
pension he was handed hurt his pride
and also lowered his prestige around
the circuit Jim is out to win back
all of this.
Scott is a comparatively young
man, as ballplayers go, and should
haye several seasons of able hurling
remaining in his system. All that is -necessary
is close application and
measurably strict training through
the entire season. If he is in shape
he will be a tremendous assistance
to Rowland. Scott has a curve ball
second to none in the league. When
Roger Bresnahan was manager of
the Cubs Roger declared Jim had the
best curve ball in baseball.
Harry Wolfe, the recruit shortstop
working out with the Cubs at Pasa
dena, is getting much notice from
the war scribes. Not a day goes by
that his name is not prominently fea
tured in the exhibition game doings.
His fielding or hitting bring him
many words of praise.
Usually it is not well to pay too
much attention to fulsome praise of
a recruit on a training trip. The reg
ulars round to playing form slowly, 'f
favoring their arms and legs, and
news Is scarce for the scribes. Any
youngster who cuts loose and scin
tillates a bit can be sure of promi
nence, for he is furnishing news in a
barren field. ,
Given one good recruit to work on,
a baseball reporter doesn't need to
worry during the entire spring trip.

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