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WHAT THE GIANTS HAVE AND HAVEN'T, AS
WRIT DOWN FOR FANS BY FUNNY FAN COHAN
But where I don't like the Giants is
"My Eyesight Isn't Good Enough to
See a Club That Isn't Strong
at Bat Win Against a Team That
Can Tear Down Fences."
BY GEORGE M. COHAN.
(Copyright, 1913, by the Newspaper
I've picked the Athletics to win this
coming head-on collision for the big
stuff in baseball, but that doesn't
mean that I figure the Giants weak.
Any club good enough to win three
pennants is a regular ball club. The
Giants are a regular ball club, .and,
you can jerk it from me, McGraw
is a regular manager, with accent
on every word.
There are two or, rather, three
things that impress me concerning
First, they have McGraw, one of
the greatest baseball leaders that
ever led a team.
Second, they have one of the best
pitching staffs I-ever saw in Mathew
son, Marquard, Demaree, Tesreau
Mathewson is a wonderful guy to
have in a series of this 'kind, for he
is at his best under fire. He's always
there and always there with the best
Marquard, too, is a lot better than
he was two years ago and will be a
hard man for the Athletics, to beat,
even harder thanxMathewson, for the
Athletics are not giving any three
cheers over southpaw pitching. Mar
quard has steadied now, and he al
ways had the stuff.
Then 'there's young Demaree, a
cool head' and a s,trong arm a be
ginner in the big leagues, but the
coolest recruit I ever saw under fire.
In the first place, there's McGraw's
speed. He has the fastest ball club
I ever saw swipe a base, pilfer a sack,
purloin a bag or otherwise loot the
at bat They had three fine hitters
in Meyers, Doyle and Merkle. When
these three lost their punch and
dropped below .300 I couldn't see
them against a lotfull of Bakers, Col
linses, Mclnneses and such. They
have the speed, but they've got to get
on first before they can steal second.
I've seen the Giants lose many a
tight game of late because they didn't
"You can jerk it from jne that Mc
Graw is a regular manager!"
haveithe old wallop in the pinch. The
pitching was there without any fuzz
attached, but it went to seed through
poor stickwork. Bender or Plank
pitching to the Giants' have -a chance
to rest up and take it easy here and
there. But what chance has Mathew
son or Marquard to rest up and take
it easy against seven .300 hitters?
Not any great chance, any way you
put it.' ''.. '