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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 22, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 28',
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-Je, Snodgrass and an armful of bats
for Ed Konetchy, at the National
League's annual meeting, indicates
that McGraw wants to rid himself of
the big fellow whose errors of omis
sion have made him a -marked man.
There appears to be little reason
why McGraw should go outside his
own team for a flashy first baseman.
The work of George Wiltse during the
last post-mortem series was so high
class that it was startling.
It was old "Hooks' " wonderful
fielding that gave the Giants the only
game they won from the slashing
The idea that Wiltse cannot hit
well enough for a first baseman need
not last very long; Wiltse hit .326 in
1912, and, although this may have
been a flash, it shows he is capable
and if he played every day and had a
chance to get his "eye upon the ball"
Wiltse might surprise some of the
home folks in Syracuse.
Wiltse ig abput through as a
pitcher. He had been with the team
since 1904, when he was purchased
from the Troy team of the New York
State League. Control has always
been his forte. His best season was
the never-to-be-forgotten year of
1908, when he and Mathewson pitch
ed the Giants into a pennant, only to
be Merkled out of it.
When Wiltse went to the Giants
he was the cleverest fielding pitcher
in. the N. Y. S. L. and has always
ranked high as a fielder in the Na
tional. He is one of the pitchers at
whom opponents never bunt the ball,
because he never falls over his feet
in getting the ball.
With Troy in 1903 Wiltse partici
pated in 70 games, hitting .260, and
in many games he played right field
and first base, showing exceptional
ability in both positions. As an out
fielder Wiltse became a terror by
winging out many a runner who was
inclined to "take it easy" going to
the bag after the ball escaped the
On first "Hooks" performed spec
tacularly and it was no surprise to
the residents of Troy to read of his
sensational fielding in the world's
In fact, it will not surprise the
Trojans if they read the Giants' line
up next get-away day and saw the
name of George Wiltse in the line
formerly occupied by Fred Merkle.
Otto Miller, Brooklyn catcher, has
turned down an offer of $800 increase
in salary to sign at once. He says
members of the Players' Fraternity
have agreed not to sign contracts un
til after Jan. 1. There is a strong
rumor that Miller will hop to the
Gravvy Cravath, Philly slugger, is
another gent who threatens to desert
to the third league. Cravath says he
has received a good offer from the
Feds, and the Phils will have to match
Mason Park, 3; "West Side
McDuffs, 4; Calumets, 3.
TOUGH ON POP
Old Man Is that your mamma
yonder with the beautiful set of furs?
Willie Yes, sir.
Old Man, Well do you know what
poor animal it is that has to suffer in
order that your mamma might have
the furs with which she adorns her
self so proudly?
Willie Yes, sir; my papa. ."ljj