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did -not pull it off. That's all right.
Remember that Phelan has done very
little work at second base so far, and
that McLarry and Fisher have been
the boys doing the regular duty in
There was same pepper and hustle
in the Cubs that was not there last
season. Frank Schulte hiked around
speedily, and was in the game every
minute. The Great Zini foozled a
couple of plays, but he was going
about his work seriously, with the
Charles Chaplin stuff eliminated.
Came No. 1 makes the White Sox
look like a different combination
from that which represented the
South Side in the American League
last season and for the past several
campaigns. The gang was strong
enough with the bat to overcome sev
eral deficiencies in the field and win
back the game after it was apparent
ly lost. That is unusual reading for
a Sox fan.
Main strength rather than good
baseball was responsible for the vic
tory. Several rough spots were ap
parent that will wear down in time..
This was especially true of second
base, where Buck Wea-ver and Eddie
Collins acted as strangers, and did
not co-operate as they will when the
season is a couple of weeks older.
One play illustrates this. In the
first inning a ball was bumped to
Breton with a man on first. The
third baseman turned to throw to
second for a force. Weaver was loaf
ing between second and third, and
Collins was fiat-footed between sec
ond and first. Then Breton tried to
nail a man at first and made a wild
Either Weaver or Collins should
have been covering second base for
such a play as developed. As yet
Buck and Eddie haven't perfected
their signals, and must be given time.
The weeks that Weaver was sick may
be felt in the first few games of the
Fifteen hits for 22 bases sounds
little like a Sox team. Schalk slam
med three and Breton and "Brief two
each. One of Brief's was a homer.
Fournier acted as pinch hitter in the
13th and cracked a triple with two
on. It is going to be hard to keep
the Frenchman on. the bench.
There were several notable fea
tures of the opening in the two older
majors. In the National the world's
champion Braves were beaten be
cause Rudolph was outpitched by
Alexander of the Phils. The Braves
played the same brand of baseball
that gave them top honors last sea
son, depending on their pitcher to
bear the burden.
McGraw's people rose up with the
bat for 18 hits against Brooklyn,
Larry Doyle hammering two doubles
and three singles in five efforts.
Fletcher soaked a homer and two
singles and Lobert a triple and two
singles. Lobert appears to have
strengthened the Giant infield, and,
McGraw is starting with a good
In the American League pitchers
held the spotlight. Walter Johnson
proved the Blond Sniper of 1913,
holding the Yanks to two hits and,
doing all his work in an easy man
ner. Griffith used the same team,
that went through the season last,
The star event was the pitching of
Pennock, one of Connie Mack's
young pitchers. Two men were put
out in the ninth inning before the
Boston Red Sox made the semblance
of a hit. Then Harper rolled a slow
one over second which Lajoie could
not reach, marring the perfect record.,
Frank Baker watched the game, and.
revived rumors that he, will return
to the Mackian fold. He conferred
twice with the slat-like manager of
the champions. Eddie Murphy, ex
right fielder, played third in a ca
pable manner for the Hacks.
Joe Tinker has seen St. Louis and
Pittsburgh of the Federal League in
action, and has been carefully read-i
ing the scores of the other teams.
After due .consideration, the WhalQ
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