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Cubs look like logical second plac
ers now and the pennant is no wild
Stalling deserves credit in Boston.
He has started the development of a
ball team out of a bat bae. A few
youngsters, never heard of until they
jomea ine Dig snow, nave maae tne
Braves a pesky team under any con
ditions. In St. Louis Huggins is up
against it. He has good men, but his
pitchers oan't deliver, mainly because
there is not an experienced catcher
to receive their shots. Tinker will not
finish in eighth place with his Reds.
Joe is making trades that will make
his aggregation formidable.
The American League upsets do
not center around first place. Connie
Mack was picked to win with his
Athletics, and the elongated sphinx
has driven them out in front to a
nine-and-a-half - game lead over
Gleveland, in second place. Instead
of slumping, the Macks increase their
lead. As far as first place is con
cerned, the race is over July 4 for the
first time in several years.
Birmingham pushed his Naps fast
for a time, but they could not stand
the grueling pace of the Macks. No
one expected they would be the run-ners-up
at the half-way point. Bir
mingham deserves credit. He is
bound to finish in the first division,
but may have to take the dust of the
Washington is doing as well as was
expected, many wise owls believing
Griffith's team was flunking last year
'JP more good pitcher Griff would be
ahead of Cleveland.
The Sox are not going to win the
pennant, but they surely will wind up
in the first four. Callahan is making
deals thatrstrengthen the team. It is
a little early to talk about "next
year," but if Hal Chase had been with
the squad at the season's start there
rnight have been another tale to tell.
Hall will face the barrier next season;
'so will Johnny Beall and Buck
O'Brien, the spit-ball pitcher, who
was yesterday bought from Boston
by Comiskey. O'Brien did not have
any luck in Boston, and his departure
was also hastened by the fight he had
with Joe Wood -in. the last world's
series. We're banking on O'Brien
making good. Eddie Cicotte was
jinxed in Boston, but is a strong'
hurler with the Sox There's the old
dope for you.
Boston has slipped far away.
World's champions last fall, Stahl's
team is now in fifth place, with slim
chance of finishing better than fourth
at the best. The team didn't have
the come-back punch, and injuries to
regular players also hurt its chances.
Wood and Bedient, two star pitchers,;
failed in the early part of the season."
Detroit is ahead of St Louis, but
Stpvall has a better team than Jen
nings, and the end of the season will
s&e the Browns at least one rung1
farther up the ladder than the Tigers.
Stovall has added some good young
players to his stable, as has Jennings,
but George seems to have made the
best picks. Lavans, his young short
stop, looks like a comer of the first
Chance is wallowing along in last
place with his Yanks, considerable
fall from the head of a pennant ag
gregation, but the P. L. is not to be
censured. In the last month his
team has played better ball than
either Detroit or St Louis, and,
though there is small hope of himi
finishing out of last place, Chance isi
gradually getting together a team
that will be a factor later. The P. L
has the courage of his convictionsJ
He showed that when he traded Hal)
Chase to the Sox for Borton and)
Zeider. Since then he has made nu-
merous purchases of minor league!
players for fall delivery, and he wil
rattle together a team thqt will noi
be a joke when it takes the field nexi
Pittsburgh got ten hits for twenty
bases off Humphries yesterday, bufl
the ex-Red pitched good ball, and de-
served to win. Three of he bkrwy