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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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the defense of the club revolves and
he is sadly needed as a balance
wheel. Some members of the club
are playing in a frightened manner,
"now that the lines are drawn tight
for the finish, and need ballast.
They played atrocious ball in the
final two games against St Louis,
getting an even ireak because the
Browns were even worse in the final
engagement. The two worst fielding
slips were by Faber. That doesn't
reflect on the" remainder of the club,
but some of thg baserunning was
horrible to contemplate. Ness was
trapped off third and lived only be
cause Hartley made a horrible
throw. Jackson was cauglit at the
plate "on a slow bump to the pitcher
when he had no chance to score, and
Buck Weaver was doubled on a fly to
the outfield.
Several of the double steals at
tempted would have gone wrong
.against a good catcher, but Hartley
was' throwing badly. Th,e Sox knew
this, of course, and it was good busi
ness and good thinking to run on
these occasions, but some of the
other work was decidedly off color.
Opportunity is right here for the
South Siders. All they have to do
, is play some intelligent baseball for
the next 16 days and hey have as
good a chance as any one to land the
flag. But it will take good, baseball,
as Tigers and Red Sox are hot in" a
mood to slip.
Boston, feeding on a series with
the Cubs, is up in the National league'
race again but a game and a half be
hind Brooklyn, which leads the Phils
by half a battle. Brooklyn has six
games coming with the Cubs and our
people have been easy for the Dodg
ers all season. Pittsburgh now seems
to be the only teahi from the west
that will cause the easterners any
real trouble in the intersectional
'scrap. i
Boston has six games to come with
the Phils and the pehnant is likely
to be settled right (then. While this
series is goings on Brooklyn will be
playing fdur with the Giants, and
McGraw has his team playing the
best ball of any of the easterners at
the present time.
This National league flag is going
to he decided on its merits and not
because some lucky team draws a
soft opponent at an opportune mo
ment The schedule is an even break
for the triumvirate of contenders and
there can be no alibis on that score.
Mr. Tinker's Cubs -are not having
any fun in -Boston. Joe has the
weakest team mechanically that has
represented us in tfen years, but it
is a team with the proper spirit,
doing the best in, its power under se
vere handicaps. It is woefully lack
ing in the punch, except for a timely
poke now, and then by one of the out
fielders. Generally the pitchere can
be counted on for a good account of
themselves, but if the hurler slips
the whole team is liable to look bad.
Tinker seems to have a good out
fielder in Elmer Smith and Carter is
a fine young pitcher. From a next
year 'Standpoint, matters are by no
means, gloomy. The absence of Larry
Doyle right now is a severe blow and
criticism should not be hung on
Tinker for the position of the club.
Pete Allison, outfielder from the
Southern league, .an annual spring
member 'of the Cubs, .Is up with
Cleveland. He bagged two singles in
nis first effort
Zach Wheat made three hits while
Dodgers were losing to Pirates, mak
ing 26 consecutive games in which
Met was hit safely.
Ben Buffham, Garfield park, and
Paul Burnett, Maywood, tied for low
medal with 67 in tie qualifying round
of the Cook county amateur gob!
championship at Garfield park. High
er scores than usual were the order.
Only 32 men were entered for the
title. First rounds of match play are
on today, the qualifiers being: Bur
nett and Ryan, Robertson and Sto
wall, McNamara and Booth, Gunner
Nelson, and Gullikson, Buffham and
Baldwin, Growdus and Lamb, Iea,-
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