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His news source is safe and he is not
forced to resort to badger fights and
to hair-raising adventures that never
But these stories about Wolfe are
not the regulation spring blurbs.
They have truth behind them, and
the youngster backs them up with
noble deeds. He seems to be a real
find, the one big discovery of the sea
son for the North Siders.
Because he lacks experience it is
possible Chuck Wortman may even
tually beat him out for the regular
berth at short, but Wolfe is traveling
the upward path and is certain to
land within a short time.
He fields a good bit like Eddie Mul
ligan, except that he is safe on balls
hit directly at him. Mulligan was a
wonder at traveling to right or left,
but a ball hit directly in his hands
could as a rule be chalked an error.
Wolfe also has steadiness that Mulli
But it is wjth the bat that Wolfe
has thus far made his greatest im
pression. He has led the Cub attack,
climaxing yesterday with a triple and
homer. Against ordinary teams these
long-distance clouts would not be
worth much notice, but the Cubs are
not being pitted against ordinary
They are competing against Class
A minors, and have been matched
with the team that took the pennant
in the coast league. The pitching out
there is not easy. The majority, of
the fiingers are ex-major leaguers
who are doing as well as they did in
the big show.
The difference in climate aids
them. They can keep their veteran
arms oiled for practically the entire
year and are much more effective
than they would be In the east Hit
ting these pitchers is no soft assign
ment, and the batter who connects
with regularity need have little wor
ry about what he will do when he
gets to the major curvers.
If the Cubs can develop one good
infield worker the spring trip will
lhave been worth all it cost, for re
serve material for the inner wall was
sadly deficient last year.
Deal also appears to be hitting
well, bearing out his record of the
past two years. Larry Doyle is still
treating his injured ankle gingerly
and Steve Yerkes is operating at sec
ond base. So far as can be deter
mined, Doyle will be right as rain
when the eason opens. He is mere
ly taking his time.
A plan is afoot to have a line of
fans subscribe $1,000, the difference
in salary that keeps Jim Archer from
a Cub contract, and get the catcher's
signature to a paper. The idea shows
the proper sentimental spirit, but
whether it would sound wise to Cub
officials is something else again. Our
guess is that if Archer is again a Cub
he will accept his cut in salary and
there will be no subscription. He may
get a contract calling for a bonus
on condition that he hits for a certain
percentage and catches a certain
nuinber of games.
A combination of St Louis capital
has-, paid $25,000 to Mrs. Britton to
bind an option on the St. Louis Car
dinals. The selling price has been
fixed at $350,000, and the option
must be exercised within sixty days.
Phillips heavies 18, Hyde Park 13.
Parker heavies 22, Calumet 21.
Marshall lights 14, Lane 6.
Schurz lights 12, McKinley 9.
Waller bantams 19, McKinley 15.
Senn bantams' 8, Harrison 5.
Douglas A. C. 18, K. K. 14.
Community 21, Olivets 14.
Eli Bates 43, Olivet Jrs. 11.
Welles Park girls 12, Schurz 5.
Roy Parker, forward, has been
elected captain of the University of
Chicago basketball team for next
Johnny Dundee defe'ated Terry
McGovern in six rounds at Philadel
phia. McGovern rushed affairs, but
Dundee was able to fight him off.
Bryan Downey won from Jack
Britton in 12 rounds at Columbus.