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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 08, 1913, Image 8

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lad, who was. celebrating his second
debut with the Cubs. He looked
mighty good. One game is not
enough to judge-any man on, so we
'"are not touting Eddie as a second
Mathewson or Brown. But right nowi
he is in strong.
In regard to Cy Williams, the same
qualifying remarks are made. Long
Fred has been whaling the ball at a
terrific clip, getting 10 hits in 15
times at bat since he has been in
jected, into the game regularly. In
cluded in the wallops were a couple
of four-base knocks and a triple.
Pinal judgment cannot be passed
-V on a batter as the result of a few
' games. In the same way that Larry
i Chappell is not being branded a
lemon on a few games, Williams can
not be marked a Tris Speaker. Aft
er Williams has gone against every
"team in the league and the pitchers
have had a chance to study his weak
nesses, if he has any, and most clout
ers have, we will have a real line on
:S him. Many men have busted Into the
'.- league and careened along for a few
games, only to fade miserably after
';- their style had been studied. Kom
mers of Pittsburgh is the latest exam
ple. It can be said for Williams, how
ever, that he looks like a young man
who can hit Of course, no one be
lieves he will continue at his present
clip, but he appears to be a natural
occupant of the .300 circle. He has
an easy swing at bat and picks out
the good ones to offer at. He was
fanned twice yesterday, offering at
the third one. On each occasion a
low curve fooled him. But just no
tice that there were no pals on base
when Cy whiffed. With Saier on first
in the second inning he whaled a
single on the hit-and-run play, and
in the sixth with two on he poled a
triple to the far corner of right field.
This "shows gameness.
There are many batters who have
comparatively small batting marks, -but
they are valuable for their
strength and nerve in the pinches. Al j
Bridwell and Jack Barry, the Athletic
shortfielder, are a pair of shining ex
amples. Fred can strike out all he
wishes with the bases empty if he will
only deliver when there is a mate
aboard.
By the end of the season there
will be no doubt about Williams. He
will either have faded, or the left field
problem will be definitely settled for
the Cubs next year, and settled right.
And we're almighty optimistic about
Cys ability to come through.
If Red Dooin. had his entire ball
team imbued with the fighting spirit
of Otto Knabe and Hans Lobert he
would be closer on the heels of the
Giants. Bill Killif er also has a surplus
of pep, as he showed yesterday .when
Hank O'Day canned him out of the
game for kicking on ball and strike
decisions.
But the zip is lacking among some
members of the drab-suited crew.
Witness the performance of Dode
Paskert in the third inning of Thurs
day's game. Seaton had walked when
Paskert popped a little fly to the
pitcher's box. It looked like a sure
out, so Paskert practically, halted
half way to first. But the Cubs got
mixed, and the ball hit the ground
near the slab. Stack picked it up and
hurled Paskert out to Saier. If Pas
kert had run that ball out he would
have been credited with a hit and
Seaton would have reached third
base. This would have brought Otto
Knabe to bat with two on, and the
German second baseman was the one
Phil who was finding Stack soft No
tice the possibilities? Paskert crab
bed the whole show by dogging on
the pop up. Not once In twenty times
would the ball navB fallen safe, but
the ballplayer who doesn't play for
the advantage of that one time is not
usually a member of a pennant-winning
aggregation.
Connie Mack has figured Out the
percentage, and declares that a man
who runs out every grounder or fly;
"will reach first base a fraction over,.

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