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"With Larry Cheney he has carried
the banner for the Cubs and has kept
it in the forefront of battle.
As it is, Mr. Humphries will derive
considerable satisfaction from view
ing his name in the table of averages
when they are printed in attractive
book form. Considered a' bloomer, he
has flashed to the top of the heap,
with no flukes in the performance.
Humphries will be one of the rjg
ular boxmen of the Cubs next year.
He was an tinknown quantity at the
start of the present season, and Evers
did not use him for some time. Then
he was only stuck in to finish a cou
ple of games. His performance here
was so satisfactory that he was given
a regular assignment.
His first starts were only fair. In
several games he was stung a-plenty
and only sound swatting by his pals
pulled his games out pf the fire. But
Bert improved. He began to pitch
games in which fewer hits 'were al
lowed, and might even have won for
the White Sox with some of the
brands he displayed. Greater praise
than this has no man. Yesterday
Humphries gave only seven hits and
the Phils are a clouting crew. Four
of the bingles were bunched in two
innings, two to a. frame, and resulted
in a pair of runs. The Cubs were
helpless against Alexander.
This is the day Al Bridwell will
show the home folks in Portsmouth,
0., how he earns his money. Exhi
bition game there. Then they move
on to Pittsburgh, following with a
series, in Cincinnati. Enough exhibi
tion games have been scheduled to
keep the boys busy until they get
back here Oct. 4 to meet the Pirates.
- Shortstop Keating from Columbus,
-Ga., reported to the Gubs "yesterday.
He batted ,.309 and stole 96 bases.
The Phils' only run off Pierce in the
second game was a homer by Magee.
'John Evers cracked a triple and two
No baseball in Chicago until Fri
day, when the Sox return home for a
fling at the St, Iouis Browns. Cal
will bring his men back in fifth place;
even should it be possible to null off
the double-header in Boston today,
with the Sox on the winning end of
each game. Bain put the bee on Cal's
plan to trample over the Red Sox by
winning three games.
In a confidential moment the South
Side pilot handed out the information
that he had a string on a'college sec
ond baseman that was a second Ed
die Collins. They all are until they
get in a game. After Cal gets his sec
ond baseman he might go out and
pick up a couple of slugging outfield
ers, just like that. So easy.
And please, Boss, get some people
who can move around the bases after
they once get to first. True, a team
whose leading batter is hitting .265
doesn't have a chance to steal a
whole passel of sacks, but the Sox
have pulled fewer pilfers this season
than any team in the American
What an important factor base
running is in winning ball games Js
plainly indicated by figures.
Take Clark Griffith's Washington
team. The Nationals have a team
batting mark of .247, which is noth
ing wonderfuL But they have stolen.
248 bases, the same number as the
Giants in the National League, and
lead the Athletics, the next club in
the American, by 53. Milan, the
league leader, with 66 steals, is a Na
tional, and Moeller, the second man,
with 53, is also a Griffman. This pads
their total. But -Milan is batting un
der .280, and Moeller's mark is .237.
These ,boys don't get on enough oft
ener than other players to explain the
difference. They simply have the
speed, and know how to use it.
Callahan s team has a batting aver
age of .234, and a base stealing total
of 142. The New York iYanks, -with
the same-mark, have swiped 178 has
socks, and the Browns, with'i batting
record one point-higher than the Sox
and Yanks, have annexed -189 bases
by the use of their speed.
Now, you're -going to saythat the