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pitcher who may stand against them.
This was one factor in the success of
the old Athletics and the older Cubs.
Though his name is not in the box
score and will not be there all season,
much of the credit for the change in
fighting front of the Hose belongs
to Kid Gleason. The Kid is a limit
less fount of enthusiasm and pepper.
He scraps for every point. He keeps
the men in good spirits. He is the
jollier of the club, but he is also the
greatest single fighter of the com
bination. Gleason was missed for the great
er part of the 1916 season. Theje
was a notable change in the atmos
phere surrounding the players imme
diately he was signed last year. Their
heads came up and they fought If
they didn't there would be stinging
rebukes from the Kid, and those who
have heard him in a caustic mood are
not eager for a repetition of the ex
perience. The Tigers and Browns are not as
bad as the Sox have made them ap
pear in the first two series of the
year. Both teams are improved over
last season. Jennings has a better
pitching staff, and Jones is beginning
where he left off last season, with the
exception that his pitching staff is
To come home in front the Sox
must be impressed with the fact that
games won now count as much in
the -standing as victories in August
and September. v .
Military drill is to be a big feature
of the Sox exhibitions. They have
trained well and faithfully at the
manual of arms and are fine-looking
The handicap of playing away
from home should be more than
overcome by the Cubs through the
warmer weather they are bound to
find away (from the North Side lot
St Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh
will provide higher temperatures, and
better baseball should result It
means Larry Doyle will be able to
play regularly, and with Larry in the
game the Cubs are a much different
He improves the attack and makes
the offense produce more than under
ordinary conditions. He is a scrap
per himself andn inspiration to his
fellows. Many players have dash
themselves, bdt are unable to impart
this spirit to their mates as Doyle
With Leslie Mann back in the game
the Cubs are improved. The hunch
many held before the opening of
the season that this fellow could be
held on the bench was a bad one.
Any one should have been able to'
see it would turn out so. At the fin
ish of 1916 Mann was playing as
well as any outfielder in the National
league. His hitting aDd fielding
were bright spots in the Cub play.
Phil Douglass and his comeback
are destined to irake baseball history
this season. The turtle-necked hurl
er has pitched two games and won
them both. And his work has been
impressive. In his first out, when the
lines 'were drawn tight, he was in
vincible. Yesterday his mates gave
him a good lead and he eased off
and left the Cards hit the ball ex
cept when the hits would have been"
Douglass knows a whole lot about
pitching baseball and has the ability
to back up his knowledge. The only
thing that has kept him from star
dom was disregard of training rules.
But the Phil of 1917 is a different
Douglass than we have ever seen be
fore. Today the Cubs pry opon the sea
son in Pittsburgh and will visit Cin
cinnati and St. Louis before return
Dutch Leonard fanned ten and the
Red Sox won on Athletic errors.
Noyes pitched well for Mackmen.
Yanks overcame four-run lead and
beat Washington, Baker, Magee and
Peck swinging important bats.
Shocker held Nationals to four hits.
Giants lost first and Dodgers made
their first dent, .Coombs holding New