Floyd Stahl, new Varsity baseball coach from Ohio State, introduced an innovation into Crimson baseball annals yesterday by starting an early winter practice for pitchers and catchers. Last year's regular hurlers and several others who are expected to bolster the staff, as well as several catchers who need experience, have been asked to attend the practices.
By starting to work early, Stahl will be able to look over his material and got a line on what needs to be done, and especially to see what each pitcher has or needs to have developed. This session will last until Christmas vacation for three to four afternoons a week. The first general call for players will not be issued until after mid-year examinations.
In the last two or three seasons the nine has been noticeably weak in fundamentals, to such an extent often that it meant the difference between a win and a loss. For this reason it is expected that Stahl will drill his team constantly, and with such an early start many of the difficulties encountered in the pitchers and catchers last year should be well ironed out by the time the first game rolls around in early April.
With a nucleus of players from last year including Tom Healy and Slim Curtiss as pitchers, Bob Fulton, catcher, Lupe Lupien, Captain Art Johns, and Dick Grondahl, infielders, and Jo-Jo Soltz, Bob Gannett, and Rud Hoye, outfielders, the former Ohio Stater should be able to build a team which will more than hold its own in college circles.