SOMETHING ABOUT THE BALL TOSSERS
WHO WEAR ITS COLORS.
A Club Composed of Youngsters, But With
Some Good, Strong Timber in it
All the Same.
On Wednesday, April 11th, the Southern
league of baseball clubs will meet on the vari
ous diamonds and strive for supremacy from
that time until September 20th. Naturally,
each city in the league expects its team to win
the pennant, but as there can only be one win
ner, of course there will be disappointment in
seven of those cities.
The Atlanta team is composed of compara
tive strangers in this section, so something of
their past will not be out of place at this time.
There are four pitchers on the pay roll, of
whom Kissenger is the largest and speediest.
He is from Cincinnati, but played last year in
Staunton, Va., where he did good work in the
box and with the stick.
Kenan is from Lexington, Ky., and played
with Chattanooga in 1893. He is very small,
weighing only 95 pounds, but has tremendous ’
speed for one so diminutive. He is a brother ,
of Jack Kenan, who started with Atlanta last !
Chard is from the Shamrocks, of Cincinnati, i
and is highly spoken of as a coming phenom, j
He played part of ’93 with Charleston.
Conover is rather small for a pitcher, but
did some splendid work for Charleston last
season, and gives promise of being the star
twirler of the home team before the season is
far advanced. He has been doing some hard
work in the gymnasium at his home in Lex
ington, Ky., and is in splendid trim.
For backstop there is Bolan, who did such
fine work for Macon and Nashville last season, ;
and is said to be even better now than ever be
fore. He is quick and a fine thrower.
Boyle, the other catcher, is a brother of Jack
Boyle, the well known back stop of the Phila
delphias, and is a good all round man, besides
being the best catcher in the league. He
throws to the bases like lightning and was
never known to get rattled. He is certainly a
On first we have the choice of Long Mike
Ryan, of the Chattanoogas of ’92-’93, and Con
ley, who played such good ball for Montgomery
in ’92. The fans will remember the latter
player as being such a constant talker on the
coacher’s line. He is surely in the game from
first to last, and never overlooks an opportun
ity to improve his club’s chances. He is also
a fine outfielder.
At second we find Billy Geiss, who played in
Chattanooga in ’92, but was in business in Chi
cago last year, and could not leave there to en
gage in the national game, of which he is a
great enthusiast. However, he is in good trim
now, and will show up great when the team
gets down to hard work. He has many friends
here and is already a prime favorite.
On third we have the best man seen here in
many days. Lewel is a clean pick-up, a hard
hitter, and fine thrower, and knows what to do
with a ball when he gets it. None in the
League can tough him as a base runner, either.
For shortstop, we have Gilman, that little
Cleveland wonder who played with Charleston
last season. He, too, is a fine pick-up and
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