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has fallen away below his standing
of last year, but he has driven in
more runs this season than in 1912.
Effectiveness in batting is what
counts. Hitting with the bases empty
wins few ball games.
Lord is stronger than Zim on balls
hit straight at him, but the German
can cover more ground traveling to
his left.. Lord excels on smashes close
to the bag. In throwing Zim uses a
trifle more speed, but Harry usually
manages to get the pill to Chase in
plenty of time. Zim is more liable to
make a wild throw than Lord.
Lord is captain of the Sox, just as
his third-base rival leads the Cubs.
The former Bostonese is another ball
player who does not receive full
credit for his stellar work. A great
deal of his value does not show in the
mechanical end of the game. Harry
has brains and the judgment to apply
His batting average is not top
heavy, but Lord is a dangerous,
smashing batter, with a world of con
fidence in the pinch. He is -liable to
bust a game any time with one of his
copyrighted drives to right field, dnd
the Cub park should be a proper set
ting for someof those wallops.
In the baserunning department I
Lord outclasses Zimmerman. He
steals oftener and also uses better
judgment when going from base to
base on a ijt or infield out.
Lumping the accomplishments of
the two men, Zim is preferred be
cause of hiS'Batting. The fellow wh'o
can bang the pilTis what the man.
agers want. The' rival captains are
about on a par in the fielding end,
and Lord has the call on baserunning
and also in the brain department
Lamping the world's series rivals
brings us to Prank Baker of the
Mackmen. With the Trappe Tamper
in focus there is small' chance to see
anyone else. It is a great tribute to
Shafer and Herzog of the Giants that
they should be considered at all when
stacked beside Baker.
J. Franklin is a sluggert one of the J
leading batters of the game. His hits
are not made over the high-fly route)
When he connects with the pill it
whistles through the infield and
would do into the next county if it
wasn't for the .gardeners. When he
does get some elevation on his drives
the outfielders usually stand and (j
watch the ball clear the fence.
Because of his remarkable hitting
Baker's fielding is practically over- J
looked, but he is no plodding dub in
this specialty, nor is he a slouch of
a baserunner. In these last two de
partments Shafer, who will probably
be McGraw's entry, has the call,
though the margin on fielding is light.
On the bases, however, Shafer has .
a clear lead. He is a remarkably fast
man, goes into a base well, hooks
neatly with his feet, and is on his feet
almost as soon as he strikes the bag,
up and ready to go another ninety
feet if the man handling the throw
has made a slip.
Shafer is a strong batter, ranging
near the290 point, but is not in Bak
er's class at this angle.
Herzog will probably warm the
bench unless one of the Giant fnfield
ers meets with an accident. He was
the star of last year's world's series y
and his bat was the factor that kept
the Giants Jn the hunt" until the tenth
inning of the eighth game. At that,
he is not as good as Shafer and close
ly resembles Baker in his fielding and
baserunning. To anyone who'remem
bers Herzog's work last fall, Shafer's
ability can best be explainedby say
ing Herzog will be on the side lines.
At 'the third corner the Mackmen a
are preferred. Baker is the hardest 'M
batter on either team, a strong fielder
and fair baserunner. Shafer is betterr
man me average wiui uie Dat.y
sensational fielder, though liable A
slin on easv chances through over-
anxiousness, and a clever baserun
ner. 'Baker has been in a coupleof
title clashes and. the experience' i
should help him. He is one of the2 j
few, stars who play up to their strides 1
in the derby event. ' "