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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 09, 1913, Image 11

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would have scored in the ninth in
ning and crushed' the hopes of New
York.
Athletic runners reached second
and third with none out. Lapp slap
ped a bounder to Wiltse. It was 'close
to the bag, on his left side. Hook&
scooped it and fired Strunk .out at
the plate. Then came -Plank. His of
fering was a duplicate of Lapp's.
Again Wiltse came up cleanly with
the ball and Barry was pinched off
at the last station. Murphy Tolled to,
Matty and was thrown out. The
-wave of the Athletic attack had sun-
. Another hero, and again" hisname
isn't Mathewson.
Several months ago, when McGraw
traded Otis-Crandall to St. Louis for
Larry 'McLean, Mathewson and some
of the other Giant starsraised a howl,
and were so insistent that McGraw
was forced to buy Crandall back
again. The Giants did not want Mc
Lean, to be on their team.
By'the irony of fate, McLean was
forced to catch Matty after Chief
Meyers was.hurt in practice. And he
"held the old Master up as well as the
Indian could have- done. His single
Eddie Collins Stealing Second Base in the' Fifth Inning of theTFirst Giant
Athletic Game.
dered. Plank cracked .in the tenth,
and the result is known.
Those plays at the plate would
have been impossible for anyone but
a left-hander. Merkle or Snodgrass
would have had to gather in the ball
and then turn part way around' to
throw. They would have been too
late to?get Strunk; who, as .it was,
was only out by inches.
Wiltse played through that game
with a pitcher's glove on -his hand'.
There was not a left-handed, first
baseman's mitt' in the New York
squad.
in the tenth inning started the rally
that brought disaster to Plank and
the Mackmen.
Probably after that game Matty
regretted some of the things he said
about McLean.
It is not intended to detract one
whit from Mathewson's wonderful
performance. He was really the Mas
ter. But Plank was just as good until
that fatal tenth. A longs-fly by Lapp
or Plank and we would be lauding
Plank today and condoling with Mat
ty. That is the slight margin between
fame arid obscurity.
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