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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 09, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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Mickey Sheridan outpointed Ben
ny Franklin of New York in ten
rounds at Windsor, Ont Sheridan
did not fight as well as usual.
The Papke family is still represent-
Johnny Papke, Top, and Brother Bill
ed in the ring, although Billy, former
middleweight champion, has been
out of the game several years and
has settled down to business life.
Billy's young brother, Johnny, is
in the game as a lightweight He
has done fairly well so far, but does
not look as though he will ever be as
good as his brother was.
Figures show as plainly as any
thing else the difference in styles of
pitching used by Christy Mathewson
when he was king of hurlers and
Grover Alexander, who is king now,
Matty used to let batters hit. Alec
keeps them from hitting.
Matty never worked hard until he
got into a pinch. He let batters
crack the ball when the sacks were
empty or when two were out He
refused to use up his strength and
energy when not in danger of being
scored against He relied on his
fielders.
Alec works near top speed nearly
all the time. He tightens up when
he gets into a hole, but workers hard
er all through a game than Matty
used to work.
The official averages just issued
show Alec allowed 253 hits in the
376 innings he pitched this season.
In 1913, when Matty led, he allowed
291 hits in 306 innings. Alec al
lowed an average of six hits to a
nine-inning game; Matty allowed
nearly nine.
In 1912 Matty allowed a hit an in
ning. He worked in 310 rounds and
was pinked for 311 safeties.
Matty, although always allowing
more hits, was just as hard as Alec
to score against in pinches. A bush
er breaking in could solve his stuff
when the sacks were empty, but the
best of them couldn't find his shoots
when a hit meant a run.
Alexander's style is a good deal like
that of Walter Johnson of the Wash
ington Americans. Walter seldom al
lows a hit when he can prevent it.
It is because of his system of work
ing that Matty was able to last so
long. By saving his strength in each
game he was able to spread his stanr
ina over a 15-year period.
Batting averages of the National
and American leagues, just issued,
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