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'tained "with the team next season on
the -strength of his "fmaip. 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 Jnen
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 fine. 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 in the big show.
Every fan remembers how. soft the
Peach was for Doc White and his
But the Georgian s'et himself to
master the deceptive shoot. Each
morning at 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 arid the way of holding his
bat. And he mastered that curve.
There is no reason why Williams
can't do the same thing.' He is 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 batter 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 be given more credit than the
men to whom slugging is a gift.
With proper tutelage Williams is
bound to improve if he puts his
lnthe work and sticks everlastingly
start on than Cobb. The Notre Dame
star is mighgliable tp3work,fof'ifc.h"e
doesn't he may as well reconcile him
self to a berth in the minors. Pew
batters with a glaring weakness stick
in the big tent J" """
Either Rube Marquard or Christy
Mathewson -will pitch the first game
against .Jhe Cubs tomorrow. The
Giants play two games with 'Pitts
burgh today, but it is not likely Mcr
Graw will employ both of hfs.starsi
The one who rests today will face the
locals Sunday. Larry Cheney is Ev
ers' presentselection, and Humphries
will get the job in a Jat-er game. Left
handers are not very successful
against the Giants, so this may mean'
that Jimmy Lavender wilt get some,
regular duty to'perform. : ?
Definitely in the secorid division,""
the White Sox nave one thing oh
which to congratulate themselves.
They have tied with the Mackmen
on the series for the year. Twenty
two times- Gallahan and .his" gang
have engaged the Athletics, and each
team was on the right end of- -the
score 11 tunes. Indications , are that
at the end of the season the Soxwill
be the only team which can -point tq
such a good record against the com
ing champions. . '
If the Callahans had played the
same brand of ball against-St. Louis,
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
a three-cornered fight for the runner
up position. 4
On paper the -Soxdeserye-a'higher
position.' On actual' performance;
they are right where they belong.
A team whose leading .batter is stum
bling along under .270 cannot hope
for much but a beating at the hands
of the enemy.
. Yesterday's game is 'something
that should not be discussed, but it is
brought in, to make one statement
game was.lost-Decause tne pitcn-
io it-He -has a betierfoundation-io