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made more noise than all the rest of
the athletes combined and his exam
ple toned up the remaining athletes.
He handled all his fielding chances
competently and knocked one ball
with great force, though it went for
Here is a word of kindly censure
for Ray S chalk, our dandy catcher.
With the Sox in a hot battle for the
top, Schalk is needed in every in
ning of the every game. The team
as a whole suffers when he is ab
sent, for he isthe most valuable man
on the roster, despite the batting
prowess of. Jackson, Ed Collins and
a few more. Schalk is both an indi
vidual star and a team player.
He' kicked on a pitch that Umpire
Dineen called a ball so strenuously
that he was chased. Ray was as bel
ligrent as ever in his life and yelled
so loudly at the umpire he could be
heard all over the field. The protest
was right and should have been en
tered, but not in such a way as to
draw a dismissal.
Such decisions are never changed
and players should begin to realize
this fact. Ray's zeal was commend
able, but it was over-played, and his
exit almost resulted in disaster, for
Mo'eller stole a base on Jack Lapp
that nearly brought defeat to the
Cobb is second to Speaker as a
batter so far, but he is the Detroit
team, just the same. With the score
tied in the tenth against the Browns,
he beat out an infield hit, stole sec
ond, went to third, though the ball
traveled directly to a waiting out
fielder and was quickly relayed, then
came home with the winning run on
a bounder directly into the hands of
the fast-fielding Sisler. Old Tyrus
may be slipping, but a lot of us would
like to slip the same way.
Observe the position of Pat Moran
and his Phils. They are in first place,
after a long chase, and seem In a fair
way to remain there on the strength
of the 'pitching of Alexander, Dem
aree and Rixey and the batting of
some fellows formerly lightly re
garded. Moran won a pennant last season
in a league that was figured a joke.
In any other year, opined the ex
perts, he would have been lucky to
get in the first division, and a second
section berth was held open for him
this season. But Pat kept his men
hammering along at an even gait,,
never showing any great flash and
never slumping dismally, waiting for
some one else to crack.
His chance came in. a five-game
series with Brooklyn. The quintet
of games were swept. Stallings, Mc
Graw, Mack, Jones and a few others
are heralded as miracle men and
super-pilots, but Pat, with poor ma
terial, has been more Impressive.
Brooklyn split with Giants, Benton
trying to pitch both games for New"
York. Cheney was the Dodger loser.
And recently ' Larry has been ex
tremely soft for any club he has
faced. When he was going great
guns at one period of the season
there were loud guffaws and harsh
criticism of Roger Bresnahan for
trading him when Roger headed the
But maybe Roger knew something.
Cheney never was a big league star
and never will be. He is the type
that flashes for a time, but he cant
sustain a record. No man who makes
as many wild pitches and. deals as
many passes as Larry is going to set
the big league tent afire. Yesterday
he passed three, hit one and made, a
wild pitch. Great stress was laid on
his early string of eight straight vic
tories. But among the eight was a
game in which the Cubs knocked
him out in three innings, making
three runs. Fortunately,, the Dodg
ers had four at the time Larry was
hammered and he got a technical
win. Of such performances are rec
ords composed, showing how much
they are worth.
Earl Smith, outfielder, secured
from Omaha, will join the Cubs In
Pittsburgh, Jacobson, the third A
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