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time on the West Side, and signed
him on the spot. As Umpirt Hart re
tired last week. O'Day will remain as
a member of the referee board. His
position will probably be extra man,
but it is only a question of time, now
that he has progressed to a job, un
til Hank will get a regular assignment
and some guesser will be used for re
The signing of O'Day ends the
clamoring of the fans, who have been
demanding his presence all season.
President Comiskey of the White Sox,
disgusted at some of the American
league umpiring, asked Ban Johnson
to get Hank, but Ban said the work
of his staff was satisfactory.
O'Day is human and he will un
doubtedly call some decisions wrong,
but he'll call 'em in a decisive man
ner and there won't be any guessing
or hesitation about his work. And
some of the baseball pugilists will get
the surprise of their lives when they
try to badger Hank. Those who
worked with him before won't try
any temperamental stunts unless in
need of a shower.
The Cubs passed up a fine oppor
tunity yesterday to go east in first
place. A double win from Brooklyn
would have put them only a game
back of the league-leading Phillies.
But they played some baseball, even
in defeat, and didn't look bad. Main
ly because they were fighting, though
licked, and not playing with their
heads and hearts in the dust.
Enough batting was shown to have
won most any game, but the defense
cracked at inopportune moments and
the pitching in the first battle was
not up to snuff. These faults are
bound to crop out, and they will be
forgiven so long as the team is try
ing its level best
Frank Schulute busted a home run
in each game. Phelan poled five hits
during the afternoon.
It leaks out that the White Sox al
most nailed Jack Barry when Connie
Mack disposed of his star shortstop.
Slow mails enabled, the Boston club J
to get ahead of Comiskey, who want
ed Jack to play short, with Buck
Weaver being shifted to third.
Today the Sox begin a four-game
series in Philadelphia and are pull
ing for a clean-up, which will enable
them to get out of the east with an
even break for the trip. Ground, has
been lost to the leading Red Sox and
the second-place Tigers, but the gap
is not wide and a rally will wipe it out.
There are still 55 games to be played,
which is time enough to whittle down
a four-game handicap.
President Gilmore and the man
agers of the Federal league are lay
ing plans for a new foray on the stars
of organized baseball. The third
league executive has been in com
munication with every pilot in the
league to arrange the raids.- The lat
eet session was with Manager Tinker
of the Whales, yesterday in New
York. Joe says he was given carte
blanche so far as spending money is
concerned, and the league as a whola
will finance the attack.
it is probable the raid will be post
poned until winter, as the contracts
of many of the organized stars ex
pire this fall The winter stove
league stuff will make the Federal
league or consign it to the position of
an average minor. If some of the
best players can be convinced that
the Federals are here to stick, the
league will get a full crew, if it is
willing to pay salaries.
All efforts will be concentrated to
ward urging one recognized star to
hop and other fellows will follow his
lead. That was proved two years ago
when Joe Tinker headed the jumpers.
The players were willing to trust the
judgment of Tinker.
Phils rapped five Red pitchers, Cra
vath getting four doubles. Groh and
Molwitz each poled four hits.
Cards hammered all Brave pitch
ers with ease. Bescher hit a homer
Ed C. Hurst defeated Dan O'Leary
inTi. one-mile walking race at the
Tailten games at Gaelic park. Vet-