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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1913, Image 9

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But the Irish can't be kept silent
for long, and Bill Sweeney, captain
and second baseman of the Braves,
busts into the limelight.
If Bill was with a good team he
would be noticed more. It is well
known that a man plays better ball
when with a" winner, because of. the
interest he feels, and the winners
are also watched more closely than
the losers. For these few reasons
Sweeney is not getting his share of
attention.
Give him to the Giants and he
would be the equal of Larry Doyle,
possibly having the edge in fielding.
He would be a star with the Phillies,
would just about make the Pirates
pennant winners and would be eager
ly snapped up by any manager in the
business. The Irishman is an aggres
sive ballplayer, in the fight all the
time, a crack defensive player and a
batsman of the slugging type. For
three years he has been in the first
flight of National League batters and
last season gave Heinie Zim a tough
battle for the head of the procession.
His judgment is good. When Man
ager Stallings is away from the team
Sweeney takes the helm,, and, while
he is not as successful a's the chief,
he has fair luck with what material
is at hand.
Sweeney is liable to create some
stir within a year. Stallings is grad
ually getting together a ball team,
and it is being built around-Sweeney
and a pitcher or two. If the gang
ever does hit a winning stride Cap'n
Bill Sweeney will be riding on the
crest of the wave, and will be given
some of the recognition that is due
him as a star ballplayer.
Tomorrow the Giants come to the
West Side for a four-game series, but
there is not the same warm interest
in the battles that has featured those
of former years. In the past the Cubs
and Giants were usually contending
for the pennant, and the resting place
of the flag might hinge on any one
of the games. Now it is something
else again. The Cubs are sixteen
games behind the Giants for first
place and there is small chance of
cutting down the gap.
McGraw has his team . going
strong, and Evers will be put to it' to
get an even break on the series.
Mathewson is apparently as good as
ever and Rube Marquard has started
another consecutive-win record. The
addition of Burns and Shaf er and the
uncovering of Demaree, a young
pitcher, has given McGraw about the
best team he has bossed in the past
three years. It is a much faster team
than was licked in the last two
world's series tilts with the American
League.
Bill Lathrop, the Notre Dame
pitcher secured by President Comis
key of the White Sox after John Mc
Graw had made a futile effort to re
tain him, worked out in batting prac
tice in Boston yesterday and made a
good showing, according to reports.
The husky right-hander is compara
tively inexperienced, but he has lots
of smoke and a neat curve ball. Wild
ness is his main fault and he admits
it. This is something, as he will nat
urally work to remedy the defect.
If he was sent home to train with
Billy Sullivan, who is doing daily
stunts at the South Side park with
Ed Walsh, the youngster might learn
faster than with the team. There is
no veteran catcher with Callahan on
the present trip. Schalk, Easterly
and Kuhn are good receivers, but
they are not in the class of Sullivan
when it comes to teaching the young
idea to shoot, and shoot straight
McGraw had Lathrop for a week,
and during that time the recruit did
some pitching to Wilbert Robinson,
who is some baseball tutor for green
pitchers. Even this short association
did Lathrop a world of good, and if
he is turned over to Sully he could
be pointed along faster.
The contemplated shift in the in
and out fields, blocked by rain In
Boston yesterday, will be carried out
by Manager Callahan today. He is
.after batting strength, which has

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