Blessed with a brace of talented twirlers that would make the moneybags under Tom Yawkey's eyes turn green with envy, Coach Floyd Stahl guided the nucleus of his 1941 baseball team into its second week of practice in Briggs Cage yesterday afternoon.
Only Burgy Ayres, now engaged in the puck wars, is missing from a staff of five pitchers that promises at present writing to be one of the best seen on Soldiers Field in several years. Sophomore Bud Waldstein, who has been working out all winter in the cage is the outstanding addition from last year's Yardling squad. He joins Lou Clay, Jack Schwede, Charley Brackett and Ayres on the mound. Bob Regan will perform most of the receiving duties.
In field prospects are excellent with the return of three veterans Gil Whitemore, Red Tully and Captain Freddy Keyes to third base, first base and short stop respectively. Second base is as yet a wide open fight with Jimmy Lynch having the inside track over Bart Harvey and Oscar Hausserman. Last year's Yardling star, Art Scully, playing basketball at present, may break into the lineup in this position.
In the outfield the loss of Gene Lovett, Torby MacDonald and Les Pitchford (who has dropped out of school) will seriously weaken the squad. As a result hoopman Ed Buckley may be called upon to take over in the pastures when he rejoins the Stahlmen. Other potential fielders are Lee Hartstone and "Pooch" Haley.