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Baseball prospects for both the University and Princeton are brighter than at any time since the pre-war days. Both squads will consist of many experienced players. At Princeton 14 letter men will be on hand, while an almost equally large number of wearers of the "H" will be eligible to report at the Cage on March 8.
At the University unusual battery material, with a complete veteran infield left from last season and the year before, mean that the team is practically formed. Two regular outfielders are also left, so that there is not a position, with one exception, that has not a regular of some previous year to fill it. And even for the ninth position, present plans are to try one of the "H" infields in the outfield.
One Month of Early Practice.
If present plans materialize, the team will have from March 8 until the first game against Bowdoin on April 10 to get ready for the season. This is no longer than the average time of preparation, but it must be somewhat discounted by the fact that the team is hardly likely to get out doors until the last two weeks of that time.
Aside from the unexpected candidates who always appear when the squad is called out, it is possible from the mid-winter view-point to see 12 good pitching possibilities. W. B. Felton Occ. and F. K. Bullard '20, who carried the burden of last spring's mound work, are both in good shape. In addition there is E. S. Hardell '21, who was a letter man last year. C. L. Harrison Occ., who has been in the service for two years, has returned and should measure well up to the standard of the above mentioned. Among the other good men to fill the pitching berth are C. B. Butterfield '21, S. H. Johnson '20, E. Goode '22, H. J. Russell '22, and W. B. Rice '22.
Many Backstops Available.
The catching department will be well taken care of also. Among the likely men are T. H. Gammack '20, A. Blair '21, R. A. Lancaster '21, and C. S. Stillman '21, J. Murphy '22.
The infield will have but two men of last year's squad missing and will have a wealth of material to draw from.
As at the University, Princeton's pitching staff appears to be one of the strongest they have had in many years. H. S. Margetts, who shut out Yale at New Haven last spring in the opening game of the Yale series, and C. E. St. John, who pitched one of the contests against the University, lead the list.
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