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Several gentlemen have comment
ed recently on how near Cy Williams
came to'departing from the Cubs last
winter when Jofe Tinker was given
control of the club. Joe hadn't seen
the long outfielder Trr- action for a
couple of seasons and did not realize
But the manner in which Cy be
came the walloping batter he is
forms another story, and one giving
strength to those who argue that
good batters are grained as often as
they are born. For Cy was not a
natural hitter when he came t the
Under, the regime of Johnny Evers
he was given a chance as a regular
during the middle of the season when
another gardener had been injured.
Cy started at a busting record; hit
ting away above .400 for his first ten
games and plentifully sprinkling his'
average with extra-base clouts.
Then his weakness was uncovered
and Cy -became as putty in the hands
of- any pitcher with control. All an
opposing heaver had to do was curve
a ball low and -on the inside corner
of the plate and Cy was as important
-as a Republican running for alder
man in the First ward.
His efforts to connect "with this
style of pitching were pitiful and
he was benched in short order. He
was stamped as a batter with a glar
ing weakness and one who would
never make good in- the big show,
where the pitchers wflrtc on just such
When Roger Bresnahan took the
Cubs south, however, he decided to
tutor the tall boy in an effort to make
him a regular player. He had great
fielding worth because of hie ability
to cover ground and was compara"
tively fast on the bases.
For hours at a time Roger had
some of bis best pitchers throwing
their most expert brands of puzzle-
riiont at Cv TTHav wore ltnlor niYtora
. j keep the ball low and on the in- i
side. Then Bresnahan and some of
the real hitters of the Cubs, notably
Vic Saier, watched Cy at the plate.
This course of instruction was not .
a one-day experiment. Cy, in his first
few efforts looked woefully weak, but '
the grind was continued. It demand
ed great patience on the part of Cy
and his tutors, but all stuck to their
task and when the first day of the
season came remarkable progress (Q1
had been made.
Cy was no longer an easy mark
when a low curve was thrown,
though he still had much to learn.
The schooling went on all during the '
season of 1915, Williams improving
withx every day. Long hours were,
put in at morning practice, and'Cy
never gave up the ship. He wanted
to be a regular big lerfguer, a sturdy
batter and was willing to work, to -gain
Now the results of good teaching
and hard work are showing them
selves. Low balls and high balls are
a.11 one to Cy. Wednesday Hughes of,
the Braves tossed him a pitch shoul
der high and it was boosted over' the N
right field wall for a four-baser.
Thursday, Dick Rudolph planted one
dawn around Cy's knees and it dis
appeared in. Sheffield avenue - for a
'round trip at a walk. Rudolph ear
lier had shot a curve ball over the .
inside corner. Cy played the break -perfectly,
stepped back for the bend -and
shot one at Maranville which
went busting through the shortstop .
for a single.
Zim cracked two homers yesterday,
one over right field wall and one in N
left field bleachers. Williams and
Archer each poled triples, and Mike ,. '
Doolan got the fifth Cub "kit, a fcrere f '
single. Tyler hit a homer with one ,
on. Lavender, Prendergast. apd
Pierce had nothing "with which to
baffle the Braves.
When Eddie CotKns fans th;ee
times and Jackson, Fournier, Pelsch '
and Schalk go hitless the Sox can't 1
expect to score. They got two. hits