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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 09, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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boxing in the national park and the
nearest approach to a fighter is one
of the tame grizzly bears that roam
peacefully about looking for sweets
from curious tourists, Hammer de
termined to dig up a job something
that would at least provide him with
meat and potatoes.
Denied the opportunity now, we
will have a large chance to view the
Athletics in July, when they visit us
again. Four games are scheduled
beginning July 29, and it is likely all
the games washed out of the present
series will be doubled up then. That
will mean a raft of double-headers,
but Rowland should have his pitch
ing staff in condition at that time to
stand the gaff.
It is a problem whether the Sox
have benefited or lost by the pres
ent postponements. Constant rain
has given .Fred McMullin an oppor
tunity to recover from his injuries
and he will be in the next battle. It
also appears that the Sox will be
better perpared for the Macks on the
next invasion.
Connie's team will improve, of
course, but the Sox should make an
even greater advance and should be
at the very top of their game if they
are ever to reach the pinnacle. The
team will have had more than a
month of work as a body, without
frequent changes being made in the
line-up.
Rowland has hit on the best com
bination he can present with the ma
terial now at hand. Alibi-seeking
has led some of us into strange
paths, but the only trouble with the
Sox has been an absence of team
play. The failure of Ed Collins to
bat a .300 clip is partially blamed,
but Ed has been hitting better than
most second basemen and fielding
second to none. The team could not
provide an adequate defense when
the alignment was broken almost
daily in a vain quest for the right
combination, and the batters were
shunted around so much that even
the attack faltered.
Better things should come now.
The stuff is present of which winners
are composed and the men should
begin to exhibit their wares immedi
ately. In signing Otto Knabe, President
Weeghman and Manager Tinker
have no pop-eyed hunch that the lit
tle German is going to make the Cub
gang a pennant winner. A utility
man was needed at once, Otto was
the only one footloose and expedi
ency demanded that he be grabbed.
He should hit well against south
paws and still can cover some ground
around second base. His contract
with the Cubs provides that he can
be released at any time.
Tinker wants to build for the fu
ture and he realizes that Knabe is
as good as he ever will be and any
such movement will be a retrograde
one. If some good minor leaguer
can be secured he will be promptly
plucked.
Idle days in the east are not doing
the North Siders any good. Tinker
has plenty of pitchers in condition
to work, but each needs frequent
employment to be at his best. This
lay-off may set some of the twirlers
back a step or two. Tomorrow the
club jaunts on to New York. The
Giants have been cutting a dash in
the league, but do not appear mighty
at home, and an even break for the
Cubs is a fair assumption in the
forthcoming series.
Washington and Cleveland played
only big league game yesterday and
that was a 14-inning tie. Harper
was batted out, Gallia rescuing.
Washington got all its runs in the
first frame and did not hit safely
from first to eleventh. Bagby
pitched final ten innings at top speed.
Garry Herrmann is kicking against
John McGraw as a newspaper man.
The Red boss says McGraw is trying
to stir dissension in the Cincinnati
team by writing stories to the effect
that difficulty between Manager Her
zog and Hal Chase is bound to crop
, out. Garry says his two bundle

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