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tem all his own. If he can't 'hit them
over the Infield, or by some player,
he soaks so hard at an inner defense
man that there is no stopping the tall.
Eddie Cicotte deserved to win that
ball game. The little knuckle ball
expert has been- an earnest worker
this spring, but has not met with
emphatic success in his endeavors.
On several occasions he has gone sev
en or eight innings, only to have
things break badly in the final stages
and force his departure.
The win yesterday should put a lot
of confidence in him, as any pitcher
in the league is proud of defeating
Washington with Johnson pitching.
The Collins boys, Weaver and Four
nier each soaked two hits. Brief got
the other and it won the game in the
Just how valuable a good sun field
player is to a ball team was empha
sized yesterday in Brooklyn, when
the Cubs dropped a game by one run.
And that single and fatal tally was
the difference between an experienced
sun fielder and a man unacquainted
with the situation.
On the first man up for Brooklyn
Wilbur Good, nlavinsr right., fhfi Tlnrlp'-
er sun patch, made a remarkable div
ing catch. But in doing so he injured
his shoulder so severely that he was
forced to retire from the game,
Schulte going to right and Pete
Kniseley to left.
Schulte is not up on the angles of
sunfield defensive work. He has not
held the job for a couple of seasons
on the West Side, and has forgotten
how to look at a ball through smoked
glasses. Two balls were hit to Frank
that should have been caught, but
they fell safe. One resulted in no
damage, bacause two were out and
the next batter failed, but the other
put a runner in position to score the
With Good out in right it is fair to
assume that such an occasion would
not have developed and the Cubs
would have had a chance to win the
game in extra innings.
Jim Vaughn pitched an excellent
game and should have won. ,
It's a sad, sad eastern trip for the,
Whales. Nothing seems to go right'
for Tinker and his crew. The pitch
ing has been miserable, and the bat
ting, except by a few men, has been
mediocre. Zwilling is holding up with
his war club, and Hanford is olso do
ing a bit of batting that should bring
better results. But the other fellows
are failing. Art Wilson has slipped
Pitching is the real weak spot,
however. Except when Hendrix or
McConnell occupy the center of the
diamond it is merely a question of
who will act as relief pitcher, and un
der such conditions there cannot be
much of a forward rush. Now the
Whales the tied with Newark for
third place and can be dropp'ed to
fifth vy a defeat today at the hands
of the Tip Tops.
What the 21 -player rule is doing to
the National league is exemplified in
the case of Art Fromme, released by
the New York Giants to Jersey City.
Fromme is not through as a big
league pitcher, so far as ability is
concerned. He is much better than
several fellows who are drawing reg
ular salaries from National league
teams. He is even better than other
men on the McGraw staff, better than
Poll Perritt, for instance, on the work
of this much of the 1915 season.
But Perritt has an ironclad con
tract whic hcalls for a larger salary
than that given Fromme. And if the
Giants release dhim they would have
to make up the difference between
the salary guaranteed him and the
amount a minor would be willing to
Fromme could help two or three
clubs in the National. Right at home
here he would be a prop to the Cubs.
But Bresnahan has ironclad contracts
on his hands and his -roster is full to '
the limit So Fromme goes back.
He suffers. And the National loses
a good pitcher and the class of ball on
the circuit suffers. That's what is
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