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And he wants to watch the stars
cavort. He is entitled to considera
tion. And inflicting fines places the
punishment directly where it be
longs, on the player
If this sane system'of punishment
had been in force a few seasons ago
when Sherwood Magee slugged Um
pire Finneran, the Phillies might have
won a pennant. They were in the
midst of the fight then, and the loss
of Magee, who was suspended for the
majority of the season, dismantled
Since then the- Philly people have
used the suspension of Magee as an
alibi. No such excuse will be allowed
the Cubs and Braves, for their effi
ciency has not been impaired.
In this column Zimmerman has al
ways been branded as a good me
chanical ballplayer. He can hit, and
is a much better fielder than the ma
jority of people give him credit for.
And he also has some resourceful
brain clickings now and then that
work out to the advantage of the
But Zimmerman should get over
the idea that he is a superior human
being, able to ride rough-shod over
players, umpires and fans alike, and
get away with anything. He is paid
to play ball for the Cubs and not to
blow off surplus temperament in the
midst of a pennant race.
There was absolutely no excuse
for the act of Zim's that led to his
dismissal from the game yesterday.
And his subsequent actions while fad
ing across the field toward the club
house can easily furnish Umpire Klem
with an excuse for making the pun
Throughout the game Zim seemed
to be working with a chip on his
shoulder. He seemed to be expecting
Maranville or Evers to hop out of the
atmosphere and give him another clip
on the jaw.
Zim made a good start by doubling
Saier home from first in the initial
inning. He tried to stretch the blow
to a homer when the Giants handled
the ball badly, and was out. But he
was making the proper play and it
was a good try.
In the third Zim flied to Merkle
with a runner on third. In the sixth
he struck out on three wild pitches
with another runner on third. In the
eighth Burns caught his long fly with
two runners on.
These upsets peeved Zim. When
the Cubs took the field for the Giant
half of the ninth Zim got the ball, a
nice new one, and threw it into the
stand. Great strategy. The idea was
to force the Giants to bat against an
old ball. The fact that he mistook
the conditions made no difference to
Zim. He was there to show inside
Umpire's Klem's attention was call
ed to Zim's act, and the third base
man was promptly given the gate.
He focused all nis oratory on Klem,
and it is extremely forceful oratory,
but ihe arbiter couldn't be swayed.
Probably a right hook would have
swayed him, but Zim had too many
right hooks the day before.
Zim pulled some extremely raw
stuff as he retreated to the clubhouse.
None of this stuff is calculated to
win ball games or keep a team's spirit
up. It is all right to put in pepper
and fight, but when a man deliber
ately kicks himself out on no provo
cation it has a dampening influence
on the other athletes. They begin to
get a what's-the-use feeling, and fear
that their attack and defense will be
dismantled at any moment because of
the headstrong or headless action
of one man.
It's time this stuff was stopped. No
one on the bench seems able to han
dle Zimmerman, but the crowds have
begun to take a hand in his correc
tion. He was bawled at for his stuff
Wednesday, and further suffered in
the estimation of the bugs by his.
exhibition yesterday. To play good
ball any players needs the support
of the(fans, and this is especially true
of the Zimmerman type.
If Heinie doesn't straighten up he