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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 18, 1913, Image 10

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have been held to a double if Four
nier had played it safe. The Sox had
a big lead, however, and Jack wanted
to see if he could make a Tris Speak
er catch in his new surroundings.
The ball went to the flagpole.
, Old Ponce de -Leon, the original
bush league scout, who spent a sum
mer vacation in Florida a few cen
turies ago hunting for the spring of
eternal youth, was in the wrong end
of the country. He should have ex
plored as far north as Boston, and
he might have been advance man for
the King of Spain.
For confirmation of this dope write
Tom Needham or Otis Clymef. Both
of these octogenarians pastimed in
the Hub yesterday with deadly effect
Clymer couldn't make good in Chi
cago. Needham played first base for
a couple of innings in Chicago sev
eral weeks ago, was almost hit on
the head by a pop fly, and Btruck out
when at bat Clymer was sold to
Boston, and Needham reached there
as a member of the Cub team.
Observe what they did in the double-header.
In the third inning of the
first game Clymer whacked a triple
with the bases loaded and scored a
moment later on a single. This rough
stuff caused the departure of Charley
Smith, who had begun to pitch for
the Cubs. With Smith went Roger
Bresnahan. This brought Richie to
the box and" Tom Needham donned
the windpad and went behind the
bat. From then to the finish of the
second fray Tom put the bee on
three blokes who tried to steal sec
ond. He went to bat five times with
out producing anything but anguish
on the Cub bench, but in the ninth
of the last game he busted a single
to his fellow octogenarian, Clymer,
with Corriden on second, and Red
trundled home.
Needham now horns into the
come-back class along with .Heinle
Peitz and Nick Altrock, ho";are al
most ready to be sent to Joe Cantil
lon's home for the aged in Minneap
olis. Clymer was there for a time,
but was so young he got on the
nerves of Skull Altizer, Roy Patter
son and Hobe Ferris. I
The Cubs played good ball in both
games and might have won the first
if it hadn't been for Clymer and Fred
Smith, a kid brother of Charles, who
was getting his first try-out with the
Braves.' In the third Br'er Fred sin
gled and the next two' batters bunted.
Brother Charles tried to get Brother
Fred at second on the first bunt and
third On the second, but Charles has
been away from home so long he for
got how fast Fred could run. This
filled the bases for Clymer's swat
Richie finished the game, and gave
the Braves but two hits in five in
nings. This remarkable act went for
nothing, as Lefty Tyler was tieing the
Cubs into knots.
Bert Humphries caused a few more
heartbreaks in Cincinnati by his
work in the second game. He stop
ped Boston with four hits, one of
them coming in the first, when the
lone run was scored. In the fourth
Boston poled three hits, but not a
man reached second, one dying steal
ing and another being hit by a batted
ball. In the other seven innings they
were helpless. This is Humphries'
eight straight win. Bert has not
aroused much startled comment
around the National League circuit,
but his pitching lately has been a
big factor in keeping the Cubs in the
fight He is not winning because the
men back" of him pound the ball. In
only one or two of his games has the
opposition made more than six hits.
Ward Miller took Mitchell's place
in the second game and knocked an
important double and triple. Vic
Saier thumped a double and single in
the second and a single in the first
Pittsburgh outbatted Brooklyn,
and fielded sensationally behtyid
Lefty Robinson, the victory putting
them within half a game of the Cubs.
Ragon's team put him ahead in the
seventh inning, but he couldn't hold
the lead. Robinson pasted three sin
gles; so did Red Smith of the Dodg-

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