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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL
Another shift for the Cubs, again
affecting the shortstop position. Mike
Doolan has been found too slow to
hold down the position" at the pres
ent time and will be relegated to the
second squad tomorrow, Eddie Mul
ligan replacing him. The shift will
be made when the firsts reach
Shreveport.
Doolan has been sure on every
thing that came into his hands re
cently, and his throwing to first and
the other two bases has been accu
rate. But Mike is stiff and much
Blower than a man can be and star
with a big league team. In the box
scores his work has looked good, for
seldom has there been , an error
chalked against ihm.
Box scores, however, are not con
clusive and do not begin to tell the
story. They fail to show the num
ber of balls hit past a man that a
faster athlete might have captured.
Box scores and records of Bob Fisher
last year made Tinker look ridicu
lous in releasing him and keeping
Doolan and Mulligan. But the scores
didn't show that Bob was slow in
fielding his position and lost many
men at first base because he could
not throw quickly. Fisher lost more
men through this failing than he
could make up for through hitting
power.
This has been Doolan 's failure this
epring. Hits have been skittering
through his position that should have
Ibeen converted into outs. It is quite
probable that when Mulligan goes to
short he will show many more errors
than Doolan. But that will be be
cause he is getting balls that Mike
.never touched. The balls Mulligan
(may mess up are the kind that how
Fo for hits. And Eddie will get his
ands on some of them.
. It means speeding up the infield. It
(also means' more speed on attack,
which the team seems to need at the
tciesent time. It certainly will not
result in any deficiency in hitting, for
Mulligan will do as well as Mike. The
team so far has lacked driving power,
cohesion and inspiration. All will be
needed in the race this year, for the
National is a better league than it
was in 1915.'
In no game so far played have
more than two men hit together.
The others take a vacation appar
ently more from lack of determina
tion than lack of ability. That should
be only a passing failure, however,
for the team boasts hitters, men who
are young and in the midst of their
rush, fellows who have not lost their
batting eyes.
Saier has done no hitting this
year, and surely we aren't going to
believe that Vic is going downhill.
He is a clean liver, a natural hitter,
and will be rapping them vigorously
in a short time. He never has been
a spring walloper.
Zwilling is also given a chance as
a regular, with the possibility that
he will replace Mann in left field. Wil
liams drove in all the Cubs runs yes
terday, knocking a homer in the
ninth with two on when the Cubs
were two runs behind. Earlier he
had singled home a run.
Vaughn, however, couldn't hold
the" pace and was smashed in the
eighth and ninth. It was the first
time he had gone the roate, and he
was good for seven frames. Today
the Cubs play New Orleans.
Texas league pitching is undoubt
edly soft for major batsmen, but that
doesn't explain the ramping way the
White Sox are walking on the south
erners. The punch is present this
year. A half dozen other big league
teams have been walloped by the
Texas felows, the batters falling be
fore minor pitching.
But the Sox haven't yet found a
pitcher who could give them a mo
ment's trouble. They have busted
everything that came their way, and
the punching has' been done by no

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