Coincident with the first practice for University infielders and outfielders yesterday came the announcement from the baseball management that contrary to earlier expectations Freshman diamond aspirants will report tomorrow evening. A meeting will be held in the Smith Halls Common Room at 7.15 for which all Freshman candidates, batterymen as well as fielders, have been asked to report.
The speakers will include Captain Percy Jenkins '24 of the University nine, Coach Claude B. Davidson, and Assistant Graduate Treasurer J. J. Campbell '12 of the H. A. A. The Last-named is to be the general supervisor of baseball this year, although he will do no active coaching. He is in particularly close touch with the Freshmen because of his duties as head coach of the 1927 football team last fall. Coach Davidson, returning for his second year as Freshman mentor, won much favorable comment on his handling of last year's team, despite the loss of the objective games with Yale and Princeton. It was generally felt that he gave his players the best possible benefit of his wide fund of practical baseball experience.
The Freshman pitchers and catchers have been working under the tutelage of Coach Fred Mitchell for six weeks. No outstanding stars have yet gained recognition, but several of the first year men have won favorable comment. The leading pitchers include O. H. P. Baldwin, R. H. Booth, C. P. Clifford, G. McN. Gates, and R. S. Savory. H. S. Gans, H. S. Russell, and William Seaver appear to be likely backstops.
The University players stepped into their regular routine yesterday. A long batting session followed by a brief field-drill featured the work, which will for the present follow that order daily. With the advent of the infield and outfield candidates and the inauguration of batting practice, it became necessary to divide the pitching squad into two groups. The first-string group, which will report at 2.15 includes E. L. Brown '24. D. G. Casto '26. E. R. Johnson '26. J. J. N. Kerr '25, F. S. Moseley '26. R. G. Norris '24, K. F. Nash '26. R. W. Puffer '26, and Philip Spalding '25. The others will come out at 3.15.