pear'ances at the plate were greeted'
Manager Robinson seems to have
a better team this year than for sev
eral seasons. The Dodgers boast
some fine and consistent hitters, and
the defensive ability of both in and
out field is excellent Tl)e pitching
staff is as good or a trifle better
than any in the National league.
Pfeffer was hit viciously yesterday,
-but he had done good work against
other teams in the league and is a
fine pitcher. Smith, Dell, Cheney,
Marquard, Appleton and a few more
are all of major worth and should not
be hit for many runs any afternoon
The Dodgers' are not heading the
league through any accident or be
cause they had considerable compe
tition against the Giants in the early
days of the season. It is a team that
will win a lot of games through the
campaign, and will be a pennant con
tender every step of the distance.
The Brooklyn people have also
One by one they're going back!
Donlin, Bresnahan, Hofman and
Sullivan, Isbell; Bradley, Coughlin
and Mullin and the host of other for
mer greats will soon welcome new
members into the Has-Been society.
Applications are now in from Na
poleon Rucker, Brooklyn's once
peerless southpaw, and Big Ed Walsh
of the White Sox, once master spit
ball artist, according to reports from
Walsh's 'mighty arm has worked
its last miracle; in major company.
The iron man is slated for an um
pire's berth and next season may
hear him calling balls and strikes in
the American league.
Rucker ahs been placed on the dis
ability list by Manager Robinson.
Just a few days ago he went in
against . the Giants. The old cun
ning was not there. The drop ball
that made him famous was not in
evidence. There was no zip to his
fast one. He was knocked from the
Rucker will never play minor
league ball. He is interested in a
plantation, in Georgia and plans to
devote his future to growing cptton.
Walsh -has been with the White Sox
for 13 years. His arm failed him in
the spring of 1913. Rucker joined
the Dodgers in 1907.
- Both are of the highest type of
men in baseball and their parsing
will be getfiiinely mourned by the fan
public and army of players. .
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