Twenty-one University and 31 Freshman baseball men reported to Coach Duffy in the cage yesterday afternoon in answer to the first call for fielding candidates for the two nines. Many of the men, however, who had already signified their intention of coming out for the teams did not report for the first workout yesterday.
The University and 1921 squads had the separate use of the cage for an hour each, devoting their time first to batting and then to fielding practice. Both squads, which were divided into small groups, showed up well for their first workout of the season.
The outlook for the spring baseball season is promising. The University squad, although including no "H" men, has a fair amount of reliable material from former Freshman teams, of which the nine will probably be largely composed. Several experienced men are now in College who were members of last year's 1920 aggregation which was disbanded when war was declared.
Some former schoolboy stars are available for the Freshman team, two of whom, J. Holmes, Jr., and C. S. Stillman, Jr., have captained the nines at Middlesex and St. Mark's, respectively. The catching staff, which is unusually promising, contains the former regular backstops of St. Mark's, Clinton High School, Milton Academy and Groton.