"The greatest problem confronting the baseball team this spring will be the development of a capable staff of pitchers," said, Coach Slattery yesterday to a CRIMSON reporter.
"The success, particularly of a college nine, depends more on this department than on any other. As was the case last spring, this promises to be the University's weakest spot, unless some new material can be uncovered. All the moundsmen now available lack experience, and with the difficult schedule that has been arranged, at least three first class pitchers will be necessary. In the daily games this fall, the work in the box was done almost entirely by Herrmann, Toulmin, Bemis, and Brown.
"Because of the favorable weather, fall practice, which ended last Friday, was particularly satisfactory. The number of positions left vacant through graduation encouraged an intense feeling of rivalry which gave pep to the games.
"In the field, the prospects are especially bright on account of the wealth of material from last year's Freshman nine. Slayton, Todd, Casto, Burton, Knowlton, and Allen have all shown promise and should give the more seasoned veterans keen competition for their positions."
From those with past experience on the first squad, the men who have developed the most rapidly are Mann, F. S. Bill, Norris, Rogers, Rice, Bullard, and Burgess. With the help of the players, including Captain Jenkins, who are now out for football, Coach Slattery feels that he should be able to turn out a winning team.