Newspaper Page Text
.Tlpok upon JVIcGraw as the great
est leader in 'the game, without de
tracting one bit from the ability o'f
'Both Mack and McGraw are my.
friends. I "played with Connie Mack
on the Pittsburgh team, but I can
see nothing but defeat foif iia great
team this year. ,
How do I dope it?
The Giants have played in world's
series for the past tworyears. The
Athletics won the series., of 1910 and
1911, but last year were riot in the
money. Tney nave come back"
and, while I naturally lean toward the
fellow who "comes baclj,.'" Tcan see
nothing but the Giants.
McGraw has an edge, and a big
edge, in pitchers, 'and we all know
what a great'advantage good pitch
ing means. "Pitching is to baseball
what cannon is to an army, and the
odds favor the heavy artillery.
In Marquard, Mathewson, Tes
rau and Fromme, McGraw haff four
great veterans, three of whom have
passed through the fire of( world's
series, and Demaree, most' sensa
tional youngster in the 'league.
Who has Mack?
He has the veterans, Plank and
Bender, and three youngsters..
Neither "vet" is an-iron man. Both
are built on, frail lines. Tliey were
wonderfully ,effective two -years Bgo
but thaUwas dn 19iland this is
"1913. I doubt1 either 4s as gobdas
he was. " " " , J
The Athletics are a team .of left
hand batters, and Marquard, as he
has been traveling this season and as
he worked against Boston last' If all,
should stand them on their heads.
It would not surprise me to' see
Marquard work three games. He has
the physiquetjtoMo;as John Clarkson
used to doto'Tyorkand win three
games in four days.
The Athletics will probably outhit
the Giants, but against such pitching
as McGraw will hand them, I don't
look forny of those batting-bees for
which Ihey are famous.
The- Giants are the best base run
ners. McGraw has the fastest team
in the country, and every man will
'worry a young pitcher when on the
It the'-Athletics were to have the
services'" of r Jack Coombs the result
might be, different, but without him
I canltTsee anything but the Giants
and orilythe Giants.
I know about ther Athletics' won
derful infield; developed to a marvel
ous degree. It will be a handicap for
theXSiants'to overcome, but the Mc- .
Grawgenius-wiu, assert itself and he
will drive .his men ,fo the champion
ship and "prove his right to be reckon
ed as the greatest of all baseball gen
erals...' .) -. '
IT 'have re"ad much about those
ydung. pitchers of Mack's, but wait
.until theyfacethe Giants on a hostile
field, with 30,000 whooping fans
'around them! - .
I don't believe the youngsters iwill
stand the gaff, and if they falter an
InBtant right there is where the ir
resistible JVIcGraw attack may prove
.. Last yar the Giants were beaten
Jo & standstill untftfthe team rallied
under McGraw's. leadership and play
ed Boston off its .feet. '
Onljr Snodgrass'errpr gaye the de7
fcision 'to lhe Bed 'Sox.- -That was
baseball fuck. The Giants handed
-the pennanUto Boston- oh a platter
after having outplayedthem.
Of course, McGraw's!: crowd may
step on a banana peellrijgand toss off
thecbampionship. There Js always
he--rUnBeeii equation fhat -must be
allowed for. But today the world's
series spells G-I-A-N-T-S to me.
"Have you two .orchestra, seats in
the fourthowT center, "for tonight?"
"Yes, sir." '
'T guess I don't want them the
shaw can't be"any good!" Lippin-.
cott's. - -.
-, i t-5-. ... . -ikMtmnimmiamim