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which allowed the Tigers to drive
through. Perfect fielding would have
prevented a score. But it is pretty
hard to label one man a goat when
an entire team fails to hit. Games
can't be won without runs, and there
was no indication that the Sox could
have scored off Coveleskje in a cou
ple of weeks.
Mechanically, the Sox look to be
better than last season. It all de
pends on the spirit of the men and
the way they are handled.
Ty Cobb has been in training but a
week. He slammed a double and a
.single, walked once and bounced out
once. In a couple of weeks he should
be a pretty fair ballplayer.
When Joe Tinker first picked up
the amalgamated Cubs and Whales
he gave out the story that he figured
Cy Williams as one of the outfield
ers who would have to be disposed of.
Fortunately, some one who had
watched the rapid improvement of
the elongated athlete whispered in
Joe's ear and Cy was kept on. In the
spring camp he made such an im
pression that he immediately landed
a regular berth.
Just to show that no mistake had
been made, he opened the season
yesterday with a double and single
against the Reds, and was a big fac
tor in the Cub scoring. Cy is about
ready to show something this year.
He has been learning for a couple of
seasons and will employ his knowl
edge. Licking Toney was a good piece of
work for the Cubs, as the Goat Hill
iron man was the best bet of the
Reds in 1915. But he had nothing
that puzzled Tinker's people, Wil
liams, Mack, Zim, Saier, Yerkes and
Archer all taking vigorous and fre
quent pokes at what was offered.
These are the same Cubs who
were condoled with before the sea
son opened because they couldn't hit.
They weren't spring" hitters, but a
lot of plain workingmen with a job to
there was something worth while in 4
From all angles the club did very
well. But if you fans want to give
Joe and his people a boost, forget
Eddie Mulligan's opening efforts. In 1
four times at bat the new shortstop -fanned
three times and bounced out
to the pitcher, also making a couple '
of wild throws to first base.
Each of the recruit's whiffs came
on a called strike. However, he waa -undoubtedly
nervous, being put in
the lead-off position, and should
bless his stars that he is having his
first chance away from home. A cou
ple of days of good work before the r
team comes home and the fans who -have
taken their nourishment only T
through the papers will have forgot
ten these first failings.
Mully was covering a lot of ground
in the field, and one of his punk '
throws came after stopping a Hall
that was tagged for a sure hit A r
man like that, who tries and does not '
think of the error that may result,1
is the winning type of ballplayer.
r Jt was a great day for ex-Whales.
'Max Flack headed one rally, smashed '
in another run; Steve Yerkes poled
home two runs with a single, and
iMcConnell pitched steadily and con
fidently. Here in Chicago 31,000 fans saw
the opener, the largest crowd of the '
day in the eight big league cities. In f
Cincinnati 24,000 watched the Cubs
and Reds. In Boston only 5,831 saw '
the world's champion Red Sox shove
back the- Athletics. '
Opening in the National and Amer-
ican leagues held interest for fans all
over the circuit because of the shifts
in players, new managers and addi
tions from the Federal league.
Here in Chicago Fielder Jones' first
trial with the St Louis Browns wasj
closely watched. Jones sent Groom
to the mound and the ex-Fed let
Cleveland down with three hits. la.,
this game Tris Speaker was In cen-.
ter field for the Indians. He walked
. &o, only. JejUng themselves go when j three gmeg but faUg Jo hit safely