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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
CUBS AND SOX PLAY TO GOOD
CROWDS IN TRAINING
By Mark Shields '
i If the attendance at exhibition
games is any criterion, this is to be
j a good year for baseball. Despite
) the talk of war and the threat of a
, railroad strike, , large crowds are
,) turning out to witness the efforts of
I the White Sox and Cubs in their re
spective endeavors against Texas
j league and Pacific Coast league ag
Yesterday in Dallas the Sox, de
feated 3 to 1, played to 4.00D fans.
) In Oakland the Cubs lost 9 to 7 be-
fore a crowd of 4,000, and in the aft
ernoon they whipped San Francisco,
7 to 2, for the edification of 5,000
Such crowds for exhibition games
are unusual. They not only point to
enthusiasm during the coming sea
son, but will help materially in pay
ing the board bills and transportation
tariffs of our ball clubs. Nine thou
sand people are more than the Cubs
saw in a couple of seasons of spring
training in Florida and vicinity.
The outstanding feature of the
double bill of the Cubs was the work
of the pitchers and the consistent
hitting of Harry Wolter, the only fel
low who could connect with timely
effect In the morning game Pren
dergast, Dawson and Hendrix were
soft for- the enemy. In the sundown
contest Jim Vaughn and 'Phil Doug
lass were tight parties in every in
ling. Prendergast and Hendrix have
seen in difficulty ev.er since they
started training. Neither "has been
able to puzzle the enemy, and both
have suffered from wild streaks. This
is somewhat of a surprise in the ca.se j
of Prendergast, who was an able
pitcher last year, despite the small j
amount of attention he reeeivedJ
roni management and fans.
Hendrix must show something in
short order, or he may get a bit of
work in the minor leagues. Last
season Claude was a sad disappoint
ment and had none of the requisites
of a big league pitcher. He was wild,
at all times, and nothing he threw i
disconcerted the aliens.
Either Vaughn or Douglass will be fy
given the honor of hurling the open- ?
ing game against Pittsburgh unless
unforeseen obstacles crop out. They
are the best conditioned men of the
staff and are working seriously.
Douglass has at last cojne to a real
ization of the seriousness of baseball
as a means of earning a living and
if he can be kept in that frame of
mind throughout the season he will
be a good pitcher through the cam
paign. Wolfe remains at short through
the injury, to Wortman. "Chuck has
i a sore heel and the recruit is making
hay. His work is excellent in mechan- '
ical results, but he lacks experience
to combat the wiles of the big
Poor baserunning is still con
founding the White Sox. That and
weak hitting lost a game to DaUas.
Danforth and Scott pitched for Row
land. Risberg, Ed Collins and Felsch
poled twp hits each. 'Three or four
more markers might have been rung
up if the big leaguers had used better
judgment on the baselines.
That failing must be. overcome be
fore the team gets into the thick of
the pennant fight. Headless work on
the towpaths was an outstanding lia
bility last season that caused the loss
of many ball games and set the club
back in its flight for the top.
Eldred and Risberg have -jobs on
the first team and both are .doing ex- (j,
,cellent work. Risberg was one of
the baseTIinning offenders yesterday,
but this fault can be knocked out.
He is fielding all over the shop and
his hitting has been strong.
Felsch has been the real swatter