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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 18, 1913, Image 10

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"and are therefore not allowed on the
field.
Critics who predicted a second divi
sion berth, for Evers were not count
ing on the remarkable development
of Bert Humphries on the pitching
slab. They were-not figuring on the
good reconi. George Tierce has made.
Niether was Vic Saier expected to
plunge to the forefront of first base
men, and Al Bridwell has had a bet
ter season than even his warmest ad
mirers prophesied.
With these surprises, the Cubs
form as good a combination as any
team in the league so far as actual
playing strength is concerned.- But
the strength was not directed in the
right, direction. There was dissatis
faction in the 'team, of that there
can be no denial. And the biggest
canker was Heinle Zim at third base.
Zim is one grand, ballplayer when
he feels like playing ball. But he did
not pull well with Evers. All of the
blame is not attached to the Ger
man; not by a long shot Evers un
questionably had something to do
with it.i He simply didn't know how
to handle the German. His intentions
were good,' because he wanted Zim
and the strength he gave the team.
Lately the storm seems to have quiet
ed as far as factions among the play
ers are concerned.
Let's hope so." That Cub team is
no slouch of a ball aggregation, and
if the men pull together Evers will
have a brave start next year. Vaughn
will strengthen the pitching staff, and
Jimmy Johnston may be strong
enough to bolster the outfield. On
lpaper the present line-up can battle
any team in the league.
But ball games aren't fought on
paper.
Larry Chappell can thank his lucky
stars that the White Sox did not fin
ish the season with a long series at
home. His task of making good, a
difficult one under any conditions,
would have been doubled. Comiskey
paid a pot of money for Larry, and
the fans were duly apprised of the
fact. Chappy was expected to jump
right in and show$18,000 worth of
baseball.
He didn't. He was handicapped by
an injury, and did little at home.
Then on the first Eastern trip he
showed signs of improvement, but his
batting mark hung under .200. Allen
bugs took delight in asking Larry
from the stands what he ever did to
make him worth 18 cents. Chappy
was game and stuck to his job. And
Manager Callahan also deserves a
share of credit for he showed the
youngster that the team had confi
dence in him by keeping him in the
game.
When the Sox got home Chappell
still had trouble with the pitching,
though marked improvements was
noticed in his fielding. He moved
around with more assurance. A ma
jority of the few hits he did get came
at opportune times, showing he pos
sessed gameness. The last road work
was started with Chappell still under
.200.
Again the foreign fans baited him.
But Chappell came through. He be
gan to hit. One good day led to an
other. Ask any ballplayer and he'll
tell you that when he steps to the
plate and feels he is going to connect
he has the edge on the pitcher. Two -or
three good days gave Chappell this
feeling. He got two hits in each game
against the Yanks yesterday. Three
of the blngles figured in the scoring.
Why, you ask, is Chappell lucky
because he is finishing away from a
home crowd? You always thought a
youngster went better before friendly
bugs. He does before friendly ones,
but are any fans friendly if a ball
player is not playing a good game?
Not much.
If Chappell had gone badly at home
and been roasted it Would have ran
kled. He would have felt bitter and .
might have become possessed of a
what's-the-use spirit.
But he expected derision from fans
in the other towns.. If he got a hit
he had the laugh on them. If he lifted
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