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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 14, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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. By Mark Shields- .
! Eddie Murphy, outfielder par ex-
i cellence. may be temporarily out of
' ! the fight for the right fielding berth
with the White Sox. Eddie caught
i vcold in the Texas climate and it de-
I veloped into tonsilitis. He is unable
. to play ball and Jjeing dragged from
j place to place on the exhibition tour
j aggravates the malady. It is possible
f Murphy will be shipped back to Chi
cago for recovery.
This is a tough break both for the
I player and the club. Murphy is a
I strong candidate for right field and
the lead-off position in the batting
order. He has all the qualifications
( necessary. With Murphy out of the
'' running, the stock of Nemo Liebold
goes up many points and the' little
fellow may have the honor of being
i the first Hose warrior to face an en
emy pitcher in the 1917 flag hunt.
jHe is fighting with Eldred and John
Collins, but the cards seem arranged
!for the elimination of Collins as a
Von Kolnitz, infielder, who dragged
the Sox out of a bad hole last season,
is not to play ball this year. He so
wrote to Manager Rowland yester
day. Von is in business and he means
what he says.
This opens the way for Risberg,
Terry and McMullin to be on the Sox
i payroll Two of these boys will be
: reserve men and the fight for the
reguiar job is more of an open affair
than ever. Risberg has been .doing
remarkable work, but Terry and Mc
Mullin must be considered in, any
final arrangements.
There is a hint now that Terry
will start the season at short and
Risberg will be seasoned for a period
on the bench. It is figured this might
be good medicine for him.
Military drill is making a big hit
with the Hose and they take two
drills daily. The corporals are gain
ing 'confidence in themselves and
carry out the orders of Serg't Smiley
without any hitches.
Speculation, still runs over the con
dition of Larry Doyle, Cub seconcL
baseman. While physicians and waiep
scribes are making conflicting re
ports regarding Larry's wounded an
kle, the player himself remains dis
creetly and confidently silent and
continues his training work.
Some of the scribes, in an excess
of enthusiasm, have an alibi all pre
pared. They opine that Steve Yerkes -
is a much better ballplayer than he
was last fall when he came to the
Cubs after the Southern league sea
son. This is a remarkable opinion. It is
hardly reasonable to believe that a
veteran like Yerkes is a better ball
player in the spring, at the very start
of the campaign than he was after an
entire season in the south under a
broiling sun. Yerkes needs hot
weather and plenty of it.
He can hit There is no doubt of
that. Weakness with the bat was
not what caused him to depart' from
the American league. Neither was
it the reason "the Cubs sent him
away last season. Steve's fault was
inability to cover ground.
No matter how finely he may be
trained on the coast, it is a certain
ty that when he comes into this cli
mate and attempts to play on the
NoVth Side in the face of the cold
lake wind his Joints will freeze up and
there will be a large cavity at second
base through which many balls will
travel for safe hits.
Yerkes is willing, he knows base1
ball, but he is past the big league reg
ular stage, especially on the North
Side. It will be remembered that all
the players last season, especially the
ones who had been Cubs on the West
Side, declared the North Side park
was one of the coldest they had ever
in nMirtTTff

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