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pennants; too oftenito mention.
This year wjlf be'one of run-maTc
ing, not runpreventihgL- Speed will
decide the issue.
The day.'bf .hjtiess wonders is past,
Fielder Jones' inflte Sox ;won be
Catcher Tom Clarke has hit the
ball while his foot is in the air and
is ready to start for first.
cause of great pitchers and a wonder
ful fielding team that held down op
John McGraw won the 1912 pen
nant with the poorest fielding team
in the National- He won two pen
nants with poor defensive teams,
.showing what -.'can be vdone wthhit-t
ters and base runners. He ran iris
opponents off their feet" , 4 ' '
The game has., reached the point
where managers play for runs. Men
who can hit and run bases are pre
ferred to defensive wonders who are
weak hitters.. ,
.Striving, to: cut time, players are
lopping fractions- by changing their
batting style and improving their
start. Men who .formerly took along
stride to get-a "healthy swing" at the
ball have shortened the step without
losing batting effectiveness.
Right-hand batters hitting from a
long stride must, after- hitting, take
a short step with the jright foot, to
balance, "then, shoot forward the left,
before 'they are off to first
Hitting from a -.short stride, the
right hander"s right foot is off the '
ground when hitting .the ball and he
instantly shoots out: the foot and iSv
on his way -to" first, The extra step
is eliminated. So isfrom a half-second
to a second, and a half.
Left-hand batters, instead of being
"sprawled out"- when they hit, are
batting with feet close together.
Many left-handers step toward first
as they idt, especially if the ball's in
close, thusjaving time.
. Left-handers who formerly stepped
forward when bunting,- to insure hit
ting the ball, have developed ability
tO'bunt. after' they, are'really on their
way to first. '
It has been shown a batter doesn't
have -to take a long step and swing.
Bill Sweeney of Boston.. X3hief Wil
son of, Pittsburgh and Frank Schulte
of Chicago are short steppers.
Sweeney hit- .344 last, year ranking
third; Wilson made a new .record for
triples and made more extra bases
than any man in the National.
Schulte .probably "hits more long
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Only one short year ago, -Teddy
and Taft were well, they were
making more of the big noise than
they are now.-.