McGraw to Take Pitching Army to Texas Camp

Damon Runyon

Chicago Examiner/January 26, 1913

Giants’ Leader Recruits Whole Team of Twirlers for Spring Weeding Process.

Seeks Another Tesreau

Little Napoleon Believes at Least One Regular Will Result From Plan

When Manager McGraw of the Giants reaches Marlin with his first squad next month he will have what will probably be the most unique delegation of “squabs” ever taken into a training camp by a big league manager. All but two men will be pitchers. He will be able to line up a team with twirlers in every position. 

He is taking a total of nine kids to the springtime wedding, and with the nine there goes one lonely outfielding prospect and lonelier fielding possibility. 

McGraw has been bending every energy toward the task of building up his pitching staff in the past couple years—although that is always a task for any manager any year. In two years he has developed Marquard and Tesreau as first aids to Mathewson, and by consummate jugglery of the Rube and Matty one year, and the consistent use of all three another year, he has won two pennants. 

Outside of recruit pitchers, McGraw is taking just two other youngsters south with him this season who have not been seen in New York. They are Milton Stock, a little infielder, and Bill Jacobsen, a huge outfielder. 

Robinson Will Drill Recruits

Outfielder George Burns, Heine Groh and Artie Shafer are no longer to be classed as mere recruits. They are utility men of considerable ability, and it is believed that Burns will have a chance to become a regular in 1913. This is also true of Shafer. 

Wilbert Robinson, the coach of the Giant pitchers, will go south with the first detachment as usual, and will assist McGraw in culling the prospects. Last season Robinson produced Jeff Tesreau as a regular, and the season before he presented Marquard. 

As a general thing McGraw is not inclined to trust a youngster with the responsibility of a championship game. He gave Jeff Tesreau a thorough seasoning before he introduced him to the New York fans as a regular, but he put a number of his new youngsters through such a course of sprouts last season that he may be willing to take a chance with them this year if they display big league caliber. 

No one can ever say that this or that recruit is sure of a job with the Giants, because no one but McGraw ever knows with any degree of certainty who will be retained and who will be sent away. But it is believed that this season the manager is taking a man south who will return a regular. This man is A1 Demaree, the shut-out wonder of the South, who worked in a couple of games for McGraw last fall and displayed good form.

Demaree is Southern Sensation

Demaree was the sensation of the Southern League last season when he was with Mobile, his pitching being largely responsible for Mike Finn’s club finishing second. Demaree was in 34 games and won 24 and lost 10, with a weak hitting club behind him. 

His record sparkles with sensational performances, including numerous shutouts and low-score games. He pitched 37 innings from the opening of the season before a run was scored on him, and before the season began he figured in an exhibition game against the Giants in which he helped hold the city boys runless for thirteen innings. Demaree has been up to the leagues before and is about twenty-six years old. 

Theodore Goulait comes from the Indianapolis team of the American Association, although his best work was done last season with Springfield, of the Central league. 

The other youngsters who will be tried out at Marlin are La Rue Kirby, Lou Bader, Dave Robertson, Fred Schupp, Fred Smith, Hanley and Perryman. Kirby, Bader, Goulait, Demaree and Robertson were all with the Giants last season and all but Robertson received trials in the box, so the only new faces on the club next spring will be the presumably beaming countenances of Messrs. Schupp Smith, Hanley and Perryman. 

All of these fellows are right-handers with the exception of Schupp and Smith. The later comes from Traverse City of the Michigan State League, the same team which gave us La Rue Kirby. Schupp is from the Wisconsin-Illinois League and is said to be a discovery of the one and only “Crazy” Schmidt. He comes heralded as the proprietor of a “rising” curve, the like of which has never been seen before in the big leagues, if we are to believe reports. 

Kirby in twenty-six games with the same club as Smith won 18 and lost but 3, leading the Michigan State League pitchers. Hanley is from the Newark club of the Ohio State League, which divides its season into two parts, and it appears that during these two parts Hanley worked a total of thirty-two games, winning fourteen and getting credit for the loss of the rest. He went through the whole year without a fielding error. 

Bader Is Considered a Find

Lou Bader is considered quite a prospect. He comes from Dallas of the Texas League, the club which has sent McGraw many men, including Arthur Fletcher. 

Perryman, the recruit from the Richmond club of the Virginia League, is said to be a gigantic fellow, and the scout who looked him over must have been impressed by his height, as his record shows that out of twenty-five appearances he won but five games and lost fifteen. However, McGraw rarely buys a man on his record alone, and there is a comparatively recent instance of him having bought a man whose record was about as poor as could be imagined. 

This was George Pierce, who was purchased from the International League at a cost of $300 and who was later claimed by Chicago via the waiver route. Pierce was the sensation of the New York State league last season and is to have another chance with the Cubs.  

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