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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 26, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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By Mark Shields .
Oakland trimmed the Cubs, 3 to 2,
and San Francisco performed a sim
ilar atrocity, 10 to 5, after which the
first team departed from California
for a barnstorming trip home. Be
tween now and the lOUi of April the
team is scheduled to sleep about
three nights in regular beds, the re
mainder of the sleeping periods be
ing put in on Pullmans.
All of which is destined to bring
the team to the opening game of the
National league season in a crippled
condition. In yesterday's games Lar
ry Doyle performed at second base,
Claude Hendrix worked in left field
and Deal was forced to lay off in the
afternoon, Wolfe taking his place at
third base.
Manager Mitchell has a hospital
list as long as the Belgian army and
there are few spaces ahead for re
cuperation. Flack is ailing, Mann
has a bum runner and Steve Yerkes
has a gashed hand which prevents
him taking active part in the pas
time, i
Phil Douglass pitched fine ball, but
Jim Vaughn, Gene Packard, Al De
nErree and Aldridge took their bumps
in large quantities, and the remain
ing members of the cast went about
their work in a dazed manner.
Nothing better could be expected
from such a training program. That
a team as poorly conditioned as the
Cubs are at the present time should
be forced to go through a double
header at this stage of the proceed
ings is the height of stupidity, and
whoever arranged -the program
should take a few days off and kick
himself across the country.
Take the case of Doyle. He has
Meen ailing all during the trip be-
use of his busted ankle. Then he
out the injured member in a
morning game, and, because there
are other people in worse condition
than he is, he is forced to play in an
afternoon combat also. It is tragic.,
that a man on whose ability a large
share of the team's hope rests should
have to do double duty under such
He was unable to run out infield m
bounders in the second game and"
covered scarcely any ground around
second base. Larry, at least, had
sense to take things easy, no matter
what the schedule makers called for.
Manager Mitchell, be it known, is
much upset as he sees his team grad
ually disintegrating because of
wounds, but the exhibition tour was
arranged before Mitch had any say
in the matter. Next year things may .
be different.
By the time the league season
opens the club will have played al
most a third of a season's gabies,
starting almost immediately the
Pasadena camp was reached. Sucll
a jaunt may be 'good advertising, but
it doesn't show good baseball judg
ment. And it is even doubtful if a
combination of cripples hippodrom
ing around a ball field in bush league
fashion is a good advertising scheme.
The name Cubs remains, but that is
about all the big league flavor the .
westerners have tasted. They have
seen nothing resembling a major
league ball club.
In direct and praiseworthy con
trast to the Cub program is the man
ner in which the White Sox are pre
paring for their season. The team is
getting just enough actual combat to
retain its fighting qualities, greatest
stress being laid on the physical con
dition of the athletes.
Joe Jackson is taking it easy with
a slightly injured leg and he isn't be
ing pushed. There is no topheavy
schedule that makes for other in
juries to force the general back in
the game. He can take his time. As
Jackson's absence is only temporary

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