Minnesota the Chicago hopes of vic
tory will be considerably dashed.
Stagg is confined to his home with
an attack of grip.
Chicago has a good football team,
but it needs Stagg, Just as the New
York Giants need McGraw. Without
their boss the Maroons become just
an ordinary team of eleven men. In
spired by his presence, they become
a cohesive football machine, playing
far beyond their natural game. The
speed for this increased play must be
furnished by a driver. And Stagg is
all of that
John B. Barbour has been elected
president of the Pittsburgh Federal
The improvement in baseball has
marked time with the development
of pitching. As the batter overtook
the pitcher, new methods were adopt
ed. But in 60 years, only four types
of pitching have been born, namely:
Speed, the curve, the slow ball and
Speed,- the earliest type, still rules
favorite. When curves are being hit,
99 out of 100 pitchers fall back upon
speed, because it is easily controlled.
Ed Reulbach and His Out Curve.
League club. The fortunes of the
men behind the team total $5,000,000.
Edward Hanlon, manager of Bal
timore and Brooklyn when those
cities were copping National League
pennants, has been elected a direc
tor in the Baltimore Federal League
Pitching is the keystone of base
ball. When it loosens the structure
crumbles. "Besides the vastness of
the importance of this position, the
dash of infield and outfield fade,"
says F. C. Lane in the Baseball Magazine.
In a class by himself as a speed
pitcher is Walter Johnson. His speed
is dazzling. He revels in it. Speed
and control make him the world's
greatest pitcher! Others have speed,
but use less freely. Contrary to opin
ion, speed is not wearing, because it
is the natural delivery, while the
curve, slow ball and spitter are ac
quired. The- arm was designed to propel
small missies at great speed, not to
throw curves. Strength and nervous
energy in abundance are necessary
to great speed, but its use demands
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