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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 25, 1913, Image 10

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players, and do not pay so much at
tention to the visitors. They are too
busy getting a line on their own
prides to keep close track of young
men employed by the enemy.
These conditions make it harder
for the youngsters to break in before
home crowds than on the road. The
fact that the Sox will be away from
the South Side for about three weeks
will be a great help to Chappell if
he is to make good..
He has been with the Sox just
about a week, and his showing was
not impressive. When it was figured
out that in players and money Comis
3tey paid the Milwaukee club nearly
25,000 for the outfielder the fans
expected him to get right out there
and bust up the league. He didn't do
it In fact, his showing was medi
ocre, and when the Sox left for the
East there were already murmurs be
ing heard that Commy had pipked a
iquince. Maybe he has, but it is en
tirely too early to arrive at such a
conclusion.
Chappell was up against a tough
proposition. He had been the most
press-agented outfielder who ever
came up from the minors. On his
first day cameras snapped him at
the plate, they shot him running to
first, and recorded his physique in all
sorts of positions. This was not par
ticularly good for the young man's
nerve. He was more closely watched
by the fans than were all the other
players on the field. He knew his
slightest slip would be noted.
He weathered the first few days
without committing any painful mis
takes, but in the last game against
Washington pulled a pair of throws
that were horrible to behold. They
were punk, and the fans showed their
disgust. Now, if Fournier or Collins
had made those throws, it would
have been said they were merely
having an off day. They didn't cost
as much money as Chappell. Why
shouldn't the same consideration be
shown the recruit as would have been
given the other two gardeners?
Larry was also criticized for at
tempting to make a diving catch of a
liner from Moeller's bat, which went
for a homer when it could have been
held to a single. Making such catches
as Larry attempted is whajt gave
Speaker, Cobb and Milan their repu
tations as defensive men. A man
who is game enough and has enough
hustle to try the play Chappell did
should be praised for his nerve, in
stead of roasted because the play did
not go through. He is bound to pull
off these plays if he continues trying.
At bat Chappie did nothing start
ling, but he stood up like a real stick
er, and never flinched at the terrific
speed of Walter Johnson. Incident
ally, he was one of the four Hose
who got safeties off Johnson. .
In the field Chappell showed
rough spots. He did not break any
fences with his bat. 'But six or seven
games are not enough to judge a
man on. Remember the tragedy of
Russell Blackburne, who is now trav
eling at whirlwind speed on the same
team Chappell left, and give him his
chance.
Heinie Zim has been advised by a
physician to forget his injured ankle
and get in the game tomorrow
against Boston.
Lefty Leifield, Cub castoff, who re
fused to report to Atlanta, has been
sold to San Francisco of the Pacific
Coast League.
Frank Chance today announced in
New York that he was not asking the
White Sox to cancel the Chase-Zei-der-Borton
trade, but thought it just
that the Sox should pay Zeider's hos
pital bill and salary until his foot
is in good shape and he is able to re
sume playing. This may be arranged
between the Yank 'and Sox owners
personally, but 'the leaguewill not
take any official action. President
Johnson declared the Yanks did not
haye a valid claim against the Sox
for redress.
John McGraw, like Connie Mack, is
a great believer in the system of

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