show the "chop hitter" has the edge
on the "free hitter" in meeting the
ball, which is the bi& idea in batting.
The "chop hitter" grips his bat far
up on the handle and pokes the ball.
The "free hitters" grips at the end
and slashes away.
The most pronounced "chop hit
ters" are Buck Herzog of the Reds,
Miller Huggins of the Cardinals and
Johnny Evers of the Braves. The
most pronounced "free swingers" are
Gawy Cravath of the Phils, Duffy
Lewis, Boston Red Sox, and Heinie
Herzog struck out only 21 times
in 155 games this year, a remarkable
record. Cravath fanned 77 times in
150 games. Lewis breezed 63 times
in 154 games; Evers 16 times in 83
The dope does not work in the
cases of Huggins and Zimmerman,
because their cases are different
Huggins fanned 68 times, Zim 33.
Huggins works to get on bases with
out hitting. Many times while wait
ing for a pass, he did not miss the
ball, but was out bn called strikes
when his judgment differed with that
of the umpire.
Zim hits at so many bad balls and
is so much of a break hitter no rule
will hold in his case.
"Chop hitters" will not always
make higher averages than "free hit
ters," but may be more valuable to
their teams. The batter who can
meet the ball is more valuable at the
plate than the batter who misses
when runners need to be protected,
when the hit and run play is on, or
when almost any sort of play will let
a runner in from third.
More time is spent teaching young
players to meet the ball than to crack
it into safe territory for, after all, this
thing of one batter getting the ball
safe more times than a player who
meets the pill more often and just as
squarely is something than can hard
ly be explained.
Cobb, Collins and other great bat
ters are neither "chop hitters" nor
"free hitters." They hold their bats
different ways and hit differently
against different kinds of pitching.
The greatest exponent of the
"choke-the-bat-and-meet - the - ball"
style was Wee Willie Keeler. He
struck out fewer times than any
player that ever swung a bat and hit
.300 or better 13 consecutive years.
U. of Chicage 39, First Pres. 27.
I. A. C. 58, Seward Meteors 23.
West Side Browns 56, Belvidere 32.
Evanston 77, Lewis 7.
Hamlin Park 26, St Jarlaths 22.
CORONER'S JURY REOPENS A
MYSTERIOUS DEATH CASE .
A coroner's jury-has re-opened the
inquest into the death of Sipke Hoek
stra, a paving contractor who was
found dead from a bullet wound with
the clothes partly burned from his
body on a prairie at Division st and
the St Paul tracks, Oct 31. The jury
returned another open verdict and
instructed the police to get busy.
Long ago the police said "suicide"
and forgot about the case. The cor
oner's jury had returned a verdict
that Hoekstra had shot himself.
This stirred Mrs. Hoekstra to ac
tion. She started out by accusing
the police of "laying down" on the
ca.se and demanded that a more com
plete investigation be made.
Hoekstra was assaulted less than
a week before his death. His clothes
were fired after the bullet killed him.
The revolver found near his body was
not his. He left a wife and seven
THAT'S WORTH SOMETHING
"I can say one thing in favor of
the automobile," remarked grouchy
old Everett True, smoking the black
seegar, "and that is it has made the
Shortage of skilled workmen and
the increase of war brides has caused
a wedding ring famine in Great
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