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SPORT JACKET BY l ROSS CAMERON' Mark Koenig Reverses Usual Order When pitchers outlive their usefulness in the Major leagues and they are strong hitters, they are generally turned into outfielders or innelders, so that their batting power may not be lost to their clubs. Two notable cases in point are Babe Ruth and George Sisler, the former being a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox before taking to the outfield and the latter coming to St. Louis Browns as a mound performer. Sisler became one of the game's greatest first basemen and still is playing playing in the Majors with Boston Braves and is still hitting at a merry CliD. Now. however, there have been some pitching converts from other positional players. Bob Smith, one of the Braves leading Ditchers, came to the Majors as a second baseman, and another player to achieve more fame as a pitcher than as an infielder, Is Red Lucas, who tolls on the mound for the Cincinnati Reds. During the past few seasons he has been the ace ot the Cincinnati staff after seeiig he had a much better chance to stick in the big show as a pitcher rather than a second sacker. The latest recruit to the pitching corps is the redoubtable Mark Koenig. who at one time played the old Western Canada league. Koentg went to the big show with the Yanks and played the short field before being traded to Detroit. Failing eyesight has ruined his batting vision and when Burky Harris takes his Tigers south to the training camps next February, Koenig will go along to be tried out bs a chucker. shortstop with Moose Jaw Millers in

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  1. The Winnipeg Tribune,
  2. 11 Oct 1930, Sat,
  3. Page 19

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