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the strength, of his, "main strength"
batting" and speedy baserunning.
Right now Williams is not up to
major league caliber, but" Evers fig
ures that if the youngster will study
his own defects and listen to men
who have had experience he will bud
into a star.
Tall and long-armed, Williams puts
terrific power into his swing, and
when he hits the ball it usually goes
on a line. Sad, but true, he has an
unfortunate habit of striking out. But
it is noticeable that he doesn't go
after bad balls. He is fanning on
pitches that come over the plate. The
only trouble is that they cross the
rubber at such an. angle he is helpless.
There is one similarity in the bat
ting of Ty Cobb (when he broke in)
and Williams. The Cubbo can't hit
a low curve on the inside' of the plate.
Neither could Cobb "the first two or
three years he was in1 the 'big show.
Every fan remembers how soft the
Peach was for Doc White and his
" But the Georgian set himself to
master the deceptive shoot. Each
morningxat the Detroit park he had
a left-handed pitcher sling low curves
for an hour or so, and Cobb swung
diligently.' He experimented with dif
ferent positions when standing at the'
plate. He changed the time of his
swings and the way of holding hfs
bat. And he mastered that curve.
There is no reason why Williams
can't do the same thing. Heis a bet
ter natural batter even than Cobb.
Right here let it be said that, despite
the healthy record he rolls up, Cobb
is not naturally as strong a hatter as
several men in the American League,
notably Jackson and Sam, Crawford.
But Tyrus made a study -of every
ounce of his ability." For this he
should begiven more credit than the
men to whom slugging is a gift.
With proper tutelage Williams is
bound to improve if he puts his heart
in the work and sticks everlastingly
to it. He has a better foundation to
start on than Cobb. The Notre Dame
star is might liable to workor if he,
doesn't he may'as well"econclle"hIm-,
self to a berth in the minors. Few
batters with a'glarihg weakness stick
in the big tent
Either Rube Marquard or Christy
Mathewson will pitch the first game
against the Cubs tomorrow. The'
Giants play two games with Pitts
burgh today, but it is .not likely Mc
Graw will employ both of his Btars.
The one who rests today will face the
Ideals Sunday.- Larry Cheney is Ev
ers' present selection, and Humphries
will get the job in a later game. Left
handers are 'not very successful
against the Gfants, so this may mean
that Jimmy Lavender will get some,
regular duty to perform.
Definitely in the second .division,
the White Sox have 'one thing on
which to congratulate themselves.
They have tied with the Mackmen
on the series for the year. Twenty
two times Callahan and his gang'
have engaged the "Athletics, and each
team was oh the right end of the
score 11 times Indications are tha"t
at the end of the season the Sox -will
be the only team which; can point to'
such a good record against the 'com-
ing champions. .
If the Callahans had played the
same brand of ball against St. Louis,"1
Boston and New York that they did
against the Macks they would be up
in the first flight, probably battling
with Cleveland and Washington ' in I
a three-cornered fight for the runner-)
On paper the Sox deserve a higher)
position. On actual performance, I
they are right where they -belong. 1
A team whose leading batter is stum
bling1 along under .270 cannot hope
for much.but-a beating at the hands r
Yesterday's game is something:
that should not be discussed, but it is?
brought in to make one statement; I
The game was lost because the pitch
ers blew up. Joe Benz and-Reb Rus-
sell both exploded in the seventh in"1
ning. Lack of pinch hitting and