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for a play that did not go against
him. Eighteen chances were batted
Weaver's way and he accepted 15.
His three miscues, of course, were
wild throws toHal Chase, but they
did no damage. Neither did the play
on which the criticism is based.
In the fifth with Collins on first
Baker rapped to Berger. Joe made a
perfect toss to second for the force
and Weaver got Baker at first. Um
pire Connolly called it a double play.
But Weaver was at least a, loot over
second base when he caught Berger's
throw. The Mackmen set up a howl,
but Connolly did not see the mistake.
Weaver's headlong speed was re
sponsible for ih'e near bungle. Sev
eral times lately Buck has shown a
tendency to throw for the afteij por
tion of a double out without touch
ing second base while the ball was
in his hands. Only good luck and the
.relaxed vigilance of the umpires has
saved him from hot water.
it is a cinch that in the future all
the umpires will be on the lookout
when Weaver is the pivotal point in I
a double killing, and disaster will re- I
suit if the shortfielder is not slowed
Smart baseball characterized the
work of the Sox. The first two runs
scored when Bodie singled with the
bases full. The tieing count was an
nexed on the squeeze play worked by
Lord and Chase, with Hal handling
the bat, and the winning markers
registered on a single by Chase in the
tenth with the bases loaded. Few
opportunities were wasted.
Rebel Russell is troubled by a pain
in his side and did not put on a uni
form yesterday. Callahan is trying
to..get his southpaw in condition to
pitch the final game against the
Mackmen tomorrow. Scott works
The, Athletics are going to win the
American League pennant, but they
must thank Clark Griffith and his Na
tionals for their good fortune. While
.the Sox have been trouncing the
Mackmen, Washington has been
making life miserable for the Naps.
No club was ever presented with a
grander opportunity than that hand
ed Cleveland in the last two days.
And never did a team fail more sig
nally. In three games against Washing
ton the Naps made 14 hits, good for
four runs. Their hit total would have
been smaller if Walter Johnson had
not retired when his game was prac
tically won. Jackson, Lajoie, Graney,
Leibold, Chapman and Johnson have
been helpless before the pitching of
Boehling, Johnson and Groome. In
previous games this trio of boxmen
have been no great puzzle to the
Naps. In fact, Johnson found them
harder to beat than any other team,
in the league. Cleveland is the only
club which knocked Walter out of
the box this year.
When the crucial test came, how?
ever, Birmingham's crew failed, just
as they have previously this season
and in .years past. The Naps are
great pennant contenders until the .
final test. Thenfthey crack and blow '
away. Explanation is impossible. It