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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 05, 1913, Image 8

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troublesome to the leading batters,
though the games won and lost will
not show it. Dopesters who base
their regard for a pitcher on the
number of gameshe won may not
think a whole lot of Reb. You have
to see him in action, and also watch
his pals when he is pitching, to fully
appreciate his true worth.
Russell probably gets poorer sup
port from his mates, both in the field
and at the bat, than any other pitch
er on the South Side staff. On the
fingers of one hand can be counted
the games this year in which he has
been given a decent margin of runs
to work on. Behind him the Sox sel
dom bat strongly, and they take the
days when the Rebel is in the box to
pull all the weird fielding stuff out of
their systems. The amplified records,
showing the earned runs and hits
scored off the different pitchers, will
back up the c.laim that Russell is the
best young southpaw developed in
the -past two years. The difficulty is
that the majority of fans merely skim
the record,
Take yesterday. Russell retired the
first sixteen Browns that faced him
in order. Then Hal Chase muffed a
fly, Lord played a pop-up poorly, one
gent was passed and another dou
bled. Four runs. Good support would
have tided the youngster over this
rocky peribd. In the earlier stages
the Sox were clouting the ball, but
they threw away swell opportunities
by woozy baserunning, probably fig
uring three runs were enough for
Russell. Reb does not get charged
with the defeat, as 'the game was
later tied up. Scott is the victim.
The guy who spread the report
that Larry Chappell was to be waived
from the American League is prob
ably over the Mexican border by this
time. Our expensive outfielder was
much upset at the rumor, and has
been out to show Callahan his true
worth. Three singles for him yester
day. Each day his batting Improves.
Chappy always did .stand well at the
plate, and took a measured chop at
the ball that could not help but bring
ultimate success. Now he has added
confidence to his other assets and
faces the pitcher with the belief that
he is going to lay the ball in safe
territory.
Ask any heavy batter and he will
tell you that this confidence is his
chief reliability. The pitcher senses
the secure feelipg of the sticker, and
loses confidence in the same propor
tion that the batter has it. The re
sult works in two directions. The
pitcher either tries to put so much
on the first pitches that he is wild,
and is finally forced to place a,
straight one across the plate, or he
put nothing at all on the ball in an
effort to stick it where the batter
can do nothing with it. In either case
the batter profits. He can lay to one
of the groovers and clout it lustily or
lunge at the nothing ball and drive
it beyond reach of the infielders.
Time is what Chappell needs. The
experience he is gaining in the latter
stages of the present campaign will
stand him in good stead when the
bell rings for 1914.
Yesterday's defeat came perilously
near tumbling the Sox out of fourth
place. The Red Sox beat the Ath
letics twice and climbed within three
points, or half a game, of the bottom
rung of the -first division. -
This afternoon practicajly reopen
ed the baseball season in Chicago, the
Cubs starting a two-day stand
against the Reds. "Reopened" is
good. The schedule makers of the
two big leagues are supposed to be
astute gents, but to leave Chicago
without baseball for four successive
days, one a holiday, during the best
season of the year, doe.s not raise
them at all in the estimation of local
fans.
A Zimmerman admirer is peeved at
the way we criticized Zim yesterday.
He says Heinle is a grand ballplayer
and we,, are not treating him right.
Evidently he only read parts of the
story. Zim is a great ballplayer, when
he wants to play. If he was satisfied

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