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from Washington and the St. Louis
Browns, bracketed for sixth place.
Fielder Jones, after many dismal
weeks, has lifted his club from sev
enth place. True, he ia onry tied for
sixth, even after winning 14 straight,
but the rate his team is going makes
it only a question of days until he
pushes his way by some obstruc
tions. Fifty-two games are left in the
schedule and seven games is no in
surmountable obstacle over such a
distance. Jones has five pitchers in
shape to work regularly and four of
them are southpaws, the most valua
ble slingers in a league which boasts
so many left-handed sluggers.
Davenport is the reliable right
hander, supported by the wrong
handed shoots of Koob, Weilman,
Hamilton and Plank. Koob and
Weilman can pitch every fourth day,
with Hamilton and Plank, both of
whom need a trifle more rest be
tween games, alternating.
Washington does not look like a
contender, but it is a team which is
troublesome all the way. The same
goes for Cleveland and Detroit. New
York, if it does not drop too far be
fore its injured members get back,
will be a dangerous competitor.
Looking ahead to next year, the
main consolation left Cub followers,
there a few bright spots to be seen.
The North Siders will start in 1917
with a regular shortstop, one who
looks to be big league class in all.de
partments of his game.
Wortman has not burned up the
league, but he is new to fast com
pany and is with a team that doesn't
teach him very much. He must learn
for himself and that takes a longer
time. His batting should hover
around the .240 mark, a fair enough
average for a fellow who plays well
He is making numerous errors, but
many of these are because he goes
after balls that former Cub short
fielders would have watched slide
through for safe hits.
Lavender beat New York. The '
Cubs played no better than usual,
but their errors didn't hurt.
Plank held Red Sox to two hits,
while Browns hammered Ruth. Shot
ton led with two run-getting hits.
Detroit won messy game, beating t
Shawkey. Cobb got two hits. Artie
Hofman, was in the Yank line-up, T
making two hits and stealing a base. A
Williams pitched fine ball for
Macks, but error by Mclnniss led to
winning runs. Gandil got three sin-
gles and Strunk two doubles. j
Reefs messed badly, Chase making ,
three errors. Fitzpatrick replaced
Evers and knocked three hitsv Ru
dolph was effective.
Smith outpitched Harmon, Brook- r
lyn winning seventh straight. John
ston, Daubert and Smith batted in
, Passes by Meadows gave Philadel-v
phia a win. Rixey fanned four. r
Johnny Evers is out with a state- f
ment that he is sorry he had an ar-
gument with Red Smith, his team
mate, and that peace has been de
clared. Johnny says he must rest for
a time because his back and neck'
hurt, but he will give the team his1
best efforts wnen he returns.
In the first half of the east vs.
west tennis play at Forest Hills, L. L, 1
westerners were badly trimmed, the
easterners winning all matches. Wil
liams, vs. Johnston, Church vs. Grif-1
fin, Washburn vs. Murray and Behr
Vs. .Davis were the pairings. '
Miss Safford of the Glencoe gram-;
mar school, 13 years old, broke the.1
women's 40-yard swimming record
in the New Trier high natatorium'
last night when she covered the dis
tance in :29, just three-fifths of a
second faster than the time made by
Miss Jacqueline Thompson at North-3
western university two years ago.J
The young woman won the 20-yard'
event with ease and continued on her
way to the new record.
Members of the Norfolk, Va., team
of the Virginia league, have declared,
a strike and announced they would