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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 02, 1913, Image 9

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tion with whicli he stabs the ball on
the runner, gets many men where,
another fielderwould fail. He "blocks
i neatly, but not in a manner to endan
ger himself.
No whirlwind at stealing bases, Ev
ers is alert once he gets on and runs
ahead of hits or infield outs with
keen judgment. He knows h6w far
to go and when to make his breaks.
In a thinking part-he is witho i a
peer. He is alive to every opening,
and gets the most out of every play.
A technical slip by the Sox and Evers
will be right there to call the umpire's
attention to it.
The desire to beat the record of
Frank Chance is going to -keep Evers
keyed up in the coming series. The
? new manager will work Tiarder, if
k possible, to wia this series than .he
has during the season. Chance was
, licked by the Sox in 1911 and 1912.
, Evers figures if he can win "this year
f he will have made good th a ven
geance, for the Sox are as strong now
3 as they were the past two seasons.
. Berger is a youngster, playing his
first year in the big league, and has
e only been a regular part of the sea
son. He is a good fielder, but light
j. hitter. One thing, in his favor, he is
cool in a pinch and is liable to come
through with an opportune liit.
Second base is all in favor of the
. Cubs.
Snap judgment, based on records
this season, gives Eddie Collins of the
Mackmen a wide margin over Larry
n Doyle of the Giants at second base.
But Doyle is a better man than the
figures show.
r Collins is batting around .340 and
Doyle is down near .275. Sixty-five
0 points difference in batting is some
, obstacle to surmount, but Doyle is a
star emergency player and has acted
j handsomely in the two world's tilts he
has taken part in.
Doyle, is a natural .300 hitter, one
e of the freest swingers and hardest
c batters on the Giant squad. He works
under very little nervous -.strain and
maintains the same-smiling--assuf-
ance in a tight game as when hia'
team is miles ahead c'or-hopelessly
beaten.
Because of Fletcher's weakness
Doyle usually covers second wlien a
steal is attempted, and this is going
to leave a wide gap through which
Collins, Baker & Co. are liable to
jush some damaging hits.
Fielding balls back of second or
drives close to first is easy for the
Giant captain, but, like the majority
of men who are strong on going to
either side,Jie has trouble with slow
rollers hit straight in front of, him.
He has the failing of getting too far
on top of the ball before digging, for
it, and is liable to fumble on. a bounce
coming up.
This is by no means a fatal weak
ness and it would be foolish to cfass
Doyle as anything but one grand
fielding second sacker.
Doyle is a crack baserunner, starts
a little late, but compensates for this
by a vicious slide at the end of ninety
feet. He has brains, initiative and
baseball sense.
Eddie'Collins is generally conceded
the best second baseman now in the
game, considered from every angle.
He can bat stoutly, covers more
ground than any of his rivals, is the
best baserunner, is awake all the
time, and fights.
Doyle is good, but Collins has
something on him at every stage
though the margin may be narrow.
He bats consistently. In his last three
years he has stuck around the .340
mark. He is always up among the
leading base stealers.
.Chicago fans will remember Col
lins and big wonderful fielding against
the Cubs in 1910. He broke one Cub
rally with a remarkable stop toward
first and throw to second for a force
put Brainwork was used in that play.
But the thinking had to be backed up
by grand, mechanical ability. Collins
possesses bot The average second
baseman would have been satisfied to
get his .man. at first base.,
Collins, is of the high-strung type,
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