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to, third by a pretty slide. This en
abled Felsch, who had also kept his
head up, to race down to second. Both
scored a moment later on John Col
It was a fine example of heady
baserunning. All three players
grasped their opportunity, worked
harmoniously and made the most
Another good play came in the sec
and when John Collins on third and
Schalk ab bat worked the squeeze.
S chalk's tap was so perfect that he
beat it for a hit, Collins scoring.
Five straight wins have brought
about a revival of spirit among Sox
athletes. They are playing with their
heads in the air and are going about
their work competently and confi
dently. Joe Birmingham's Cleveland team
looks ever worse than the aggrega
tion which represented the Ohio city
last summer. He has weeded out
many of the veterans, but the young
sters do not look impressive. They
acted listlessly, even when the Sox
had only a five-run lead, and tossed
the ball around aimlessly. Graney in
the outfield and Chapman at short
are good ballplayers. Joe Jackson
does not seem to have the same en
ergy that possessed him a year ago.
The Cleveland pitching staff, also, is
not a very nifty looking combination.
Pitchers attached to Joe Tinker's
Whale team can give three rousing
cheers. No longer will their work be
so difficult each afternoon There are
times, of course, when they will be
able to win only by halting the oppo
sition with a run or two, but these
occasions will be less frequent than
in the first two weeks of the season.
Tinker's people are getting their
eyes on the ball. The outfield has
struck its real stride and is peeling
the onion. Mann, Hanford and Zwil
ling knocked six hits between them
yesterday, each registering a triple.
Wickland is also beginning to con
nect solidly, and Max Flack will bat
regularly around .260 and dazzle the
assembled multitude with his speeds
in the 'field and on the bases.
Possibly Manager Bresnahan re
grets letting Pitcher George McCon
nell get away from the Cubs. The
long fellow has done some good work
for the Whales, and stacks up better
than several of the heavers drawing
salaries from the local National
league club. He is not being dropped
into any soft spots in the Federal
league, but manages to get away with
Some years before the original
working of the hidden ball trick a
wise person gave vent to the axiom
that bricks cannot be made without
straw. If this philosopher should get
a sight of the Cubs playing a so-called
game of baseball he would recon
struct his saying to the effect that
you can't make a ball team without
In every other department the
Cubs class up with this year's Natiori
al league flight Back of the bat, in
the infield and through the gardens
.tiey have the material for active com-'
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one pitcher, Jim Vaughn.
A group of pitchers who can t win
a ball game with 12 runs need no
comment And it also speakg well
for the spirit and determination of
the other members of the Cub staff
that they overcame a ten-run lead,
to which weak pitching had staked
the Reds, put themselves a tally
ahead, and then saw this wiped out
when Jim Vaughn, overworked, was
busted for a pair of tallies subse
quently. A team that makes eight runs in'
one inning after the enemy has
counted seven in a single frame is'
liable to grow discouraged when such
a mastodonic rally goes for naught.
Good pitching must be had before a'
proper showing can be made. If the'
material isn't present now it is a cer-J
tainty that Bresnahan will try to se-j
cure it, but at this late date his tas"k'
Adams apparently won't do. FIv