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were employed during 1915, but sev
eral club owners in different parts of
the country were requested to report
on the best material in their circuits.
It is argued that the scout sees only
a small portion of the minor's work
and is. not as competent to judge as
a club owner who watches his actions
day after day.
That is sound reasoning, but there
is also a chance that a club owner
may unload to line his own pockets.
The men the Cubs will try to get in
'the draft are unknown. Two phe-
fnoms are coming from Duluth, how
ever, pursuant to the new scouting
plan. Owner Blume was asked to
.pick his two stars and sell them to
the West Siders. He selected Wolfe,
ra shortstop, and Kirkham, a center
fielder. Their abilities are not known
cto any one hereabouts.
Noble efforts must tie made to
strengthen the Cubs before the sea
son of 1916 "opens if the team is to
ever get out of the second division.
Several positions must be stocked
with new timber, the present holders
.of certain jobs being incapable of ever
again pacing at big league speed.
Bresnahan expects to take a raft
' of players south with him next spring.
Jiy that time it is extremely probable
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that several of this season's regular
will be cleaned out through trades
and sales. Men who have proven
failures will not be carried for an
other season, no matter what kind of
a contract they may have. It would
be better business to send them to a
smaller league, pay the difference in
salary and get young men who will
put their best efforts into their work.
The results this season have prov
en that, for the Cubs have not drawn
as well as they would have had the
pastiming on the West Side been in
teresting. Fans will not go out to
see stars whose glory has faded.
Yesterday's game between Braves
and Cubs was great stuff. An exam
ination of the box score makes it ap
pear that the Cubs were merely out
slugged at critical moments, and won
an ordinary game. It was an ordi
nary game, all right very but the
statistics of a box score, can's show
some of the things that happened.
They can't show how Good presented
Gowdy with a hit by misjudging his
l-easy fly, and they can't show how Vic
Saier and Artie Phelan played pitch
and catch with each other while a
Brave runner raced home. Neither
can they show how Dick Rudolph
was handed a home run when he
should have been out sixty feet at
The box score not only covers a
multitude of sins, but it also covers
one skin per day, as a rule, when the
Cubs are concerned.
The other day one of our local
critics suspicioned there was lack of
gameness among the Boston Red
Sox. That was somewhat partisan
and partisan baseball experting some
times suffers from its -own over-enthusiasm.
We recall a series earlier in the sea
son here on the South Side when the
Red Sox and White Sox were in a
death tangle for the lead. Then the
Boston people swept aside the South
Siders and passed them in the race.
And now comes the present series in
Boston, where the same teams are.