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in 1913, when he was given his first
chance, he started clouting the ball
viciously, slapping for extra-base hits
with gay abandon. It seemed for a
time that a real star-had been added
to the Cub troop.
Then the opposition pitchers de
tected his weakness. Cy was help
less before a curve ball low over the
side corner of the plate. He might
as well have left his bat on the bench
for all the damage he did when such
a ball was served to him. He was left
to work out his own salvation, failed,
and slipped back to the obscurity of
the utility men.
Now he gets his chance. Putting
him on the first team will start him
with confidencef and Bresnahan will
be on hand to aid the long fellow in
his schooling. Cy is being put to
work slamming at the offerings of a
recruit pitcher, experimenting with
different positions at the plate, in an
effort to overcome his weakness.
Cy is not alone in his weakness.
Iven so famous a slugger as Ty Cobb
nce found a low inside curve an
tnfathonable mystery. Doc White,
ormer White Sox star, could stand
Ty on his head with a slow, low
oater. But Cubb is a determined
'uss, which is one of the reasons he
He experimented in his position in
the batting box, stood in front of the
plate, and then changed his style,
stepping back a pace. In time he
solved the mystery, and White was
o longer a puzzle.
The same thing is possible in Wil-
ams' case, and Cy is at least en-
itled to all the help that can be
Rain kept the athletes from a game
esterday, but they are off in anoth
er tussle this afternoon. Bresnahan
puts them through a soccer football
drill when the field is poor.
Manager Rowland of the White
Sox believes Bromwich, the third
base candidate, has big league abil
ity The youngster was shoved in as
pinch hitter against Los Angeles
yesterday and smoked a single, scor
ing a run. Baker was doing the third
basing, and Bromwich batter for Ellis
Two triples by Felch and a timely
single by Brief helped the Sox to a
3 to 2 victory.
Reb Russell started the pitching
and couldn't get away with it, both $
runs being scored during his three
innings in the box. Then Johnson
and Scott put the hd on, Jim allow
ing only one hit in five rounds.
Ed Walsh tried to come back with
the seconds against San Francisco
and found the niche from which he
had slipped much farther away than
Tipperary. He yielded six runs in
three innings, and Cicotte was just
as soft. Frisco won, 15 to 2. Ping
Bodie knocked a homer with two on,
and Heilman, former Tiger, cracked
another four-bagger. Demmitt got
three hits for the Sox and Fournier
and Daly two each. Walsh prodded
Robert Lord won his second game
in the 18-2 amateur billiard tourna
ment at New York, downing Huston
of Detroit, 400 to 294. Poggenburg
kept a clean slate by defeating Mil
burn, 400 to 299.
President Ban Johnson of the
American league is back from Cali
fornia. He broke a precedent by de
clining to say "the Federal league
won't open the season."
Northwestern defeated Chicago,
39 to 19, in a dual tank meet. The
Maroons captured one first. Purple '
also won water basketball game, 4
to 1. Pavlicek, Chicago, set a new
record in the 150-yard backstroke, '
going the distance in 1 :59 2-5. John- " A
son covered the 100-yard in :59 2-5, '
a new record. . '
University of Chicago track ath- '
letes defeated Ohio, 63 to 23. Fer-
guson won the only Ohio first in the ff
mile. Capt. Ward of Chicago was '
the individual star. -
Russia's population is increasing at J
the rate of 2,500,000 a year.