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Chicago Nationals begin stunts with bat and ball on West Baden diamond despite efforts to restrain themWicker receives first of season's injuries, but is not seriously hurtGuests of resort highly interested
March 10, 1906
WEST BADEN, Ind.Yielding to the desires or the players Manager Chance today changed his mind, gave the word for batting and fielding practice, and the Chicago Nationals put in a busy two hours in the morning and a like period in the afternoon on the diamond in the inclosed oval bicycle track, batting flies, throwing, and taking turns in batting.
The delivery of all the pitchers was gentle, as none took chances, butm erely served them up to have them sent out in long flies and hot grounders back to the waiting fielders, who gobbled them up greedily.
During this practice Wicker, the veteran pitcher, was hit on the left forearm with a ball ot from the bat of Joe Tinker, making a painful but not serious bruise.
Under the energetic exercise laid out by Trainer Jack McCormick the stiffness acquired during the winter is disappearing rapidly, and the boys are rounding to good form more quickly than was expected. The visitors showed up well in practice, and their work was commended highly by the large crowd of guests who attended each session. While actual practice was the leading feature of the day, all the team did some road work between whiles.
There is not an ailing one in the bunch, and when in the hotel dining room they make their presence felt in a decidedly voracious manner.