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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 09, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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together friendly spirit that now
exists.
Tinker is having trouble with the
same positions that baffled recent
Cub managers and caused them end
less worry. He has not a good pi
votal pair to work around second
base. Steve Yerkes is fielding well
and outhitting every man on the
club. Steve is not a flash for speed,
but he is fast enough for all pur
poses. His support from Mike Doolan,
however, is not what it should be.
No club with as weak a defense
around the middle of the diamond
has ever won a pennant, and the
Cubs will not shatter tradition this
year. Mike Doolan never was a
great batter. His reputation as a
star was. made on the strength of
his fielding and his ability to throw
a baseball while poised on his left
ear or some other part of his anat
omy. Now Mike appears to have lost
some of his speed as a ground cover
er. He moves neither to his right or
left with his old-time celebrity, as
was illustrated in the second game
yesterday. Mike made three cold
errors, but those miscues are liable
to happen to any well-intentioned
person and Mike should not be cen
sured for those failings.
There were a couple of balls hit
through his territory, however, that
should have been captured. But be
cause Mike could not move quickly
enough to get in front of the smashes
they were registered as clean hits
and proved extremely costly.
Pittsburgh would have had two
fewer runs if these hits had been
converted into outs or even if they
had been knocked down and held
within the environs of- the infield.
A split was as good as the Cubs
deserved. Cy Williams busted a
homer with one on to win the first,
and the pitching .of Packard and
Hendrix was not expert enough in
the second. Both sides profited by
errors, thereby helping the young
men who are betting on either team
in a baseball pool.
Fresh from a toppy triumph over
the Erie, Pa., team, the White Sox
are in New York today to open their
invasion of the east They will prob
ably find both town and team much
different from what they saw in Erie.
But Rowland's people did maintain
their excellent reputation of not
having lost an exhibition this spring
and banged 21 hits off the minor
pitchers. Three-fourths of these
bingles came in the pinches, some
thing very unusual for the Sox.
Rowland has settled on John Col
lins as his regular right fielder, with
Felsch and Jackson occupying the
other g-arden positions. The infield
will be the same combination that
played here Sunday in the final mas
sacre by the Cleveland Indians.
The outfield trio will remain intact
until Collins fails in his batting,
whereupon Eddie Murphy will be
rushed into the breach. That is the
way Rowland figures at present, not
believing that Felsch will have the
same difficulty as Shauno in solving
the excellent pitching supposed to be
contiguous to the east.
Lefty Williams and Red Faber are
to be two pitching regulars, given
their turns on the slub, but the other
heavers have not been definitely set
tled on.
Here we have been directing ribald
guffaw's and proper sympathy toward
Connie Mack and his high school
boys. But suddenly we awake to the
fact that this same misfit gang is
now but two games behind our stal
wart fellows in Sox uniforms. Con
nie is not banking on much sympathy
and continues doggedly on his course
of building up a ball team.
He has already discovered one ex
cellent ballplayer in Witt, a short
stop, and at third Pick is making
good. Witt succeeded in bagging two
doubles and a single off Walter John
son yesterday and was a big factor
in driving the speed king from the
mound.

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