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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 04, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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By Mark Shields
Elaborate preparations are being
made for the opening game on the
North Side a week from today, be
tween the Cubs and Pittsburgh. The
usual cabaret performers and fire
works will be on hand, and a special
feature will be the battery that han
dles the first ball
If present plans are carried
through, Gov. Lowden will toss the
season's initial pill in the general
direction of home base and Judge
Landis of the federal court will be
there to catch it. A large attendance
of bondsmen, bank wreckers and
pickpockets should be on hand. They
know the jedge can catch anything
he goes after.
The ball game will trail these in
troductions, with the fans hollering
for the pastime. A certain deference
must be made the famous men and
sufficient ahs and oos must be voiced
at the fireworks, but the ball'game is
'the thing. The real fan would be
willing to dispense with the ceremo
nies, but some of the first-day people
eat up the thrills and don't know first
base from a catcher's glove.
Today the Cubs start a two-day
series in Kansas City, and the line
up Manager Mitchell uses there is
the one that will start the season,
with the exception of the battery
men. Larry Doyle played his first
full game yesterday against St. Joe
and there was no appreciable limp to
his walk or when he was running.
Larry will determine today whether
he can start the season. If he cant
pteve Yerkes will be used at the key
stone in Kansas City and for the re
mainder of the training period. This
morning it appears that Doyle will be
in there opening day.
Jim Vaughn held the St Joe peo
ple to four hits and is now Manager
Mitchell's choice to pitch the open
ing game. The ponderous southpaw
Is in excellent condition. ,
Rowland and the White Sox have
taken military drill seriously, and
when the first game is played on the
South Side the fans will be treated
to a drill only a trifle below the class
of the regular army. The athletes
have been drilled diligently by Serg't
Smiley and the corporals appointed
by him have gone to their duties en
thusiastically. Eddie Collins is am
bitious to have the best drilled squad
of the club and his put his men
through their exercises in hotel
rooms as well as on the field.
This drill has proven more of a
recreation than a hardship to the
players and has taken their minds off
baseball when necessary. Rowland
gives the soldierly stuff great credit
for the condition in which his team
is as the season draws near.
The manager is said to have made
up his own mind as to how right field
will be guarded, but he is keeping it
a secret. Undoubtedly he wants a
conference with Kid Gleason before
giving out any statement The Kid
is to be an important personage on
the South Cide during the coming
season. His word will have great
The Kid is the driving wheel of the
club. He is the one who can get the
work out of the players. He knows
what each can do and sees to it that
no duty is shirked. He keyed up the
team when he rejoined it last year
and cinched his job for 1911?.
The South Siders boast excellent
ball players, fellows who are compe
tent with their feet and hands, and,
in some cases, with their heads. But,
except in a few instances, there was
a lack of aggression in 1916. Glea
son is in there to see that the fighting
qualities are developed and made to
win ball games for the White Sox.
Manager McGraw -of the Giants
maj asK the national commission to

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