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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 19, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
If the attendance at exhibition
games is any criterion, this is to be
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
the White Sox and Cubs in their re
spective endeavors against Texas
league and Pacific Coast league ag
gregations. Yesterday in Dallas the Sox, de
feated 3 to 1, played to 4,000 fans.
In Oakland the Cubs lost 9 to 7 be
i 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
bitting 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
ning. Prendergast and Hendrix have
been in difficulty ever 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 case
of Prendergast, who was an able
pitcher last year, despite the small
amount of attention he received
from 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
disconcerted the aliens.
Either Vaughn or Douglass will be
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 come 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 Wortinan. Chuck has
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 Dallas.
Danforth and Scott pitched for Row
land. Risberg, Ed Collins and Felsch
.poled two bits each. Three or fom
more markers might have been rung
up if the big Jeaguers 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 A
back in its flight for the top.
Eldred and Risberg have job's on
the first team and both are doing ex
cellent work. Risberg was one of
the baserunning 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

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