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phries, Pierce and Saier. In the last
Bridwell and Leach.
If harmony can be secured there is
no apparent reason why the Cubs
will not be real contenders for the
flag next season. Mechanically, from
top to bottom, McGraw's team is no
better now than the Cubs. The Phil
lies are not as good, and neither are
The status of the Cubs and the
pace they are to assume in 1914 de
pends entirely on that harmony ques
tion. If Heinie Zim and Evers can
restrain their, outbursts there is a
glorious chance. But if they can't
there will be no world's series games
.played on the West Side next October.
If Bert Humphries had been able
to get by the Phils last week he would
have landed at the top of winning
pitchers in the National League. As
it is, Al Demaree of the Giants now
occupies that vantage point. A de
feat for Demaree will drop him be
low the Cub, but lickings are not
common with Al.
Both of the top-liners are new
comers to regular duty, though neith
er is a youngster, in the usual mean
ing of the word as applied to base
ball. Humphries was previously with
Philadelphia and Cincinnati, and
Demaree has been pitching on minor
and semi-pro teams for some years. ,
Which brings up another question.
When pitchers for the world's series
are announced Demaree is usually
given scant consideration. Many of
our best experts declare that McGraw
-will be afraid to take a Chance with
a first-year man in the classic be-
I cause he lacks experience.
This is great dope to hand out on a
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, lost three, and worked against all of
the teams in his league. Perhaps he
hasn't experience. But he certainly
must have a curve or two, some little
speed, slight control and a .meager
supply of intelligence.
How much experience had Babe
Adams when his pitching won a
world's series for Pittsburgh against
Detroit? And remember that Adams"
record on the season was not so -impressive
as is Demaree!s. JI Demaree
had made his record licking the
Cards, Reds and Dodgers, it would
not be of so great value, though a
man must have something to win 15
cut of 18 stars, even from tail-enders.
But the Chicagoan has trimmed the
Cubs, Phils and Pirates, and done it'
more than once. Either McGraw or
Mack would be willing to add a few
more "inexperienced" youngsters of
Demaree's caliber to their pitching
Branch Rickey put his new man
agerial methods into operations on.
the South Side this afternon, and
will repeat the performance tomor
row, the, last appearance of the
Browns on the South Side this sea
son. Joe Birmingham trundles in for
a game with the Callahans Sunday,
the last contest of the locals' home
Comiskey Park will be deserted
from then until Wednesday, Oct, 8,
when the second game of the city
series will be played there. According
to present plans, no extra seats will
be provided in the field, but accom
modations will be made for all who
attend the games. Tickets will be
placed on sale at regular season
While the National Commission
was arranging world's series details
yesterday umpires to handle the local
series were selected. They are Silk
O'Loughlin and Jack Sheridan of the
American League and Hank O'Day
and Al Orth of the National. The
quartet is nothing to brag about and
considerable kicking is probable.
Orth is not popular with the Cubs,
particularly Zimmerman and Evers,
and none of the White Sox have ever
been heard to invite O'Loughlin out
There is little interest in. the final
games on the Sox and Cub schedules. .
The fans are waiting for the city
series and conserving all their energy
and coin for tha terrific tussle.