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when the finish came I found out, to
my cost, that some one else had a
better system of looking ahead than
I had. i
With me it's a hunch more than the
dope, and my hunch for the next
world's series is the Athletics. I
know what they've done before, and
I know how' they've done it and
When I'm not busy at being a fan
and I'll admit fc'm the most rabid bug
that ever bit an umpire I fool
around the theater. But baseball is
where I live, and I've kept pretty close'
tab on the situation.
I like the Athletics in this fight for
a number of reasons. First, because
they can everlastingly smear that pill.
Second, because they have a cou
ple of guys out there who can keep
the other fellows from smearing it.
I mean Bender and Plank.
Third, because they have the fields
ers to -back up this pitching and pro
tect it. '
Fourth, because they're a smart
And, fifth, because they can play
baseball and play it up, down,
around and through the middle, all
fifteen ways and back again, without
But mainly I like 'em because- they
can mt. I've watcnea tnat Datung
order come up in a tight game, and
I've watched the other pitcher. For
three or four innings he might pitch
his head off and "get by." But the
strain would get him, and around the
fifth inning I could see him weaken,
his curve bail straighten out and his
smoke fade. ' The job of .facing six
or seven .300 hitters in a row had got
ten in its work.
When he -started to-ease up there
would be a sound like a barrel of
crockery rolling down a cellar stair
. That's what the Giants have got to
go up against. JVIcGraw has some
grand pitching flesh, but a bat is big
ger than a balk
'jsfjSdk'at what JMathewson or Jkfar-,
quard must tackle. First, there's Ed
die Murphy, a .300 hitter; thqn Rube
Oldring, another; if these two are
nailed there are Collins, Baker, Mc
Innis and Strunk still waiting.
If he gets by one, the next is still
harder. What's the good in fanning "
Collins -to get at Baker? Any one of
these guys is liable to break up any
sort of a game in two minutes. You
think they're beaten and in a flash
you can almost see the battle of Get
tysburg again, with 90 cannon in
In a short series of this sort I like
the ball club that can hit the ball
hardest the one that is most dan
gerous at bat. For in a series of such,
importance both clubs are keyed up
to the cracking point, and the one
that hits the ball oftenest and hard
est gives thfe other guys a greater
chanofi to blow.
. If you're not hitting, there's noth
ing foij the other club to fumble or
boot. If Mack's team isn't hitting
'em safe it's hitting 'em somewhere,
and in the end this of itself will tell.
Then they say Mack has only two
pitchers. Forget it. I've seen this
B,ob Shawkey, and if he isn't a
pitcher there never was a guy with
a right arm. It wouldn't surprise me
to see Connie stick this kid in to open
the series. Connie is a wise fellow
and a hard one to dope.
- Shawkey has the stuff and he is
game. Think what it would mean if
he could step in there and grab off
that first game (which he has better
than an even chance to do), with
Bender and Flank in reserve. '
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TURNS CONVICT FOR STUDY
Auburn, N. Y., Sept. 29. Thomas j
Mott Osborne, ' chairman of the
Prison Reform Committee, had him-
self locked in Auburn Prison as an
ordinary convict in order to studv the
psychological effect imprisonment
has on a man. .He wants his mus-.
tache shaved off and his hair clipped, .
and wishes to be placed in a dungeon
if he;riohtfes;any rules., .,,,, w,.j&.