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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 16, 1913, Image 9

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"rye" -with such frequency doesn't
bother Manager Evers at all. 4s long;
as'his'hitting is confined to the paint
ed bottle on a tin sign there will be
no anti-booze clauses in his contract
In one respect, the four-timers of
Saier's differ from Schulte's. Most of
them travel to the spot selected by
Frank, but they are harder drives. On
a longer field a fair share of Schulte's
homers could be turned into outs by
a fleet gardener. Saier's drives would
be for the limit on any field.
Few of Saier's smashes begin to
drop before they kiss the sign. Vic
has tremendous driving power in his
broad shoulders and meets the lmn
squarely. The result is a resounding
smack and a gradual rise to the ball
until it brings up against the fence.
If the sign was removed he could
make a couple of rounds on the ma
jority of his wallops.
Vic also has the happy faculty of
connecting for the route at the psy
chological moment. Yesterday there
was-a man on first, two out and the
Cubs two runs behind. A regular
baseball drama could have been writ
ten around the situation. It was a
play often read about and seldom
seen.
Once this season Saier strode to
the plate with the bases loaded and
connected for a shot that gave the
Cubs four runs at" once.
. ' There is more to Saier than brute
strength. His resounding whacks are
"sweet to the eye and ear. of the fans,
and, because the average fan looks
only at the end, and does not study
the means to the end, it is usually in
connection with the clout that Saier's
name1 is mentioned.
But he'is just as great in the field
ing line, though his work may not be
'as sensational as that of some other
first sackers in the two big leagues.
iHard plays are made easy by the
'grace with which Vic goes about his
work. In this respect he is anbther
Lajoie or Jack Barry. Brain cells are
also developing in Saier's head, and
they click to the tune of baseball
Right now he isn't the greatest
first baseman in the game, no matter
what enraptured gents may think,
but he is on his way. This is only his
second year as a regular, and he is
22 years old. Another season of such
sensational improvement as he has
shown in 1913 and Saier will be at
the top of the heap. And when he
gets there he'll stick. Youth is on
his side. To which may be added
clean living and attention to work.
Many hits are being wasted by the
Giants. In the first game of the ser
ies they failed to score on 14 bingles.
Yesterday they registered four times
on 13 swats. Four runs out of 27
hits won't win many world's cham
pionships; unless played against the
White Sox.
Tom Leach was chased by Umpire
Klem for kicking on a third strike
in the tenth inning. Thereafter sev
eral fans bombarded the arbiter with
lemons.
On numerous occasions this year
Rebel Russell, dandy southpaw of
the White Sox, has pitched excellent
ball, only to have the game kicked
from under him by his mates. And
each time we duly chronicled the
horrible details and praised Reb.
Yesterday was Something else
again. If the Sox hadn't fielded sen
sationally Russell would have been
artistically) dissected and offered up
as a sacrifice by the Nationals. As it
was, ten drives went safe. The dou
ble steal, was busted, Weaver skidded
over a few acres of ground between
second and third, and John Collins
made a wonderful one-hand stab of
a long fly.
Unnatural though it is, Russell
owes his victory to his support.
Berger is beginning to come
through on that second base job.
There never was a doubt about, bis
fielding, but he had difficulty with
the style of pitching employed in the
American League. It was nothing
like that dear California. Twice Ber
ger was reinstated. Then Rath was
exiled to Kansas City and Berger
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