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r the ninth inning. With the Pirates
it was an argument all the way. a
battle which hinged on every play
and which required the alert atten
tion of every man.
George McConaell, the lengthy
right-hander, is out "to set one rec
ord in the National league, and prob
ably in all of baseball, for the com
ing season. In three games of 26
innings Long George has walked
just one man, that pass being handed
out in the eighth inning yesterday.
That is marvelous control and the
kind of pitching which wins ball
games. The pitcher who averages
not more than a pass and a half to
a game is considered a marvelous
pitcher from the standpoint of con
trol. McConnell is out to get away
below this record and set a mark
which has not been approached by
even Christy Mathewson, who is
generally regarded a the control
king of the game.
McConnell has also allowed some
thing like 11 hits in three games, and
these have been good for three runs.
His effectiveness surpasses the work
of any rival in his own league.
A bone play by Schmidt, Pirate
catcher, gave the Cubs their first
run, but the other two were legiti
mate. Cy Williams poled a triple
back of a walk and scored on Zim's
All of the players are batting stout
ly and making their bingles count.
Mike Doolan has replaced Eddie Mul
ligan at short and the veteran will
be continued on the job as long as
the team continues to win.
In all the pre-season dope we
heard Ed Collins, Jack Fournier.'Joe
Jackson and Hay Felsch referred to
as the White Sox wrecking crew. In
this fair galaxy of clouting stars
there never was any whisper of Ray
But in the drift of the actual play
ing season the diminutive catcher
has done more pinch hitting, more
real wrecking of the opposition, than
ny member of the famous quartet
His record shows that he has driven
in more runs at crucial moments, has
advanced his man with greater fre
quency, than any two men on the
club. He isn't a swinging, fence
breaking clouter, but he picks the
good ones, aims his fire accurately
and prods out the necessary single.
He is the best place hitter on the
club and one of the most proficient
in this angle of the entire league.
Yesterday against Detroit he drove
home every Sox run, and in defense
cut down two Tiger runners in the
ninth inning, breaking up a rally.
In the future, when discussion
turns to the most valuable man to
his ball club Ray will bulk largely in
Red Faber has developed into the
most consistent pitcher of the team,
having twice turned back the Tigers
and defeated the Browns once. The
Cascade curver can stand heavy
work, and until Joe Benz and Jim
Scott are ready to take up heavy go
ing he will find plenty to do.
The wrecking crew showed slight
return to form yesterday, Fournier
getting two hits and Collins, Jackson
and Felsch one each. Detroit is still
without the services of Cobb and
Three hits in 12th won for Cards
over Reds. Hal Chase made three
of ten Cincinnati bingles. Jasper
pitched six good innings for Cards
and Toney did some for Reds. Three
heavers worked for each side.
Cleveland batted five BroWn pitch
ers for 14 hits and the same number
of runs. Jack Graney smashed two
homers and a single. Bob Roth got
a double and two singles.
Ever Hammer gets his chance to
night when he meets Freddie Welsh
in ten rounds at Milwaukee. Some
of Ever's friends, growing unduly
optimistic, see him as a victor to
night, with the result that he will be
a claimant for the lightweight title.
He may shade the champion, who
is wont to pull a punk fight now and
then, but Ever must first dispose c