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BASEBALLSPORTS OF ALL S0RT3 80XING
SOME REASONS WHY THE CUBS
FINISHED IIS FIFTH PWACE
By Mark Shields'
Pres.Weeghman of thp Cubs is of
the opinipn that there -will be no dy
namite In the session of the N,orth
Side stockholders this afternoon.
The local prexy says the meeting is
being held merely because the char
ter of the club demands it and only
routine matters "will be considered.
That seems to dispose of the ru
mor that a successor to Joe Tinker
would be considered or that Joe
would be given a pilot's license for
another season. Joe is still away
duck hunting and says he will not
return until cold weather forces the
game fowl south for the winter.
In all discussions anent the man
agement Joe seems the least con
cerned, which is a fair indication
that he has some kind of assurance
of being continued on the job.
The principal reason Joe did not
make a better finish with the 1816
Cubs crops out in tile official aver
ages of the attacking strength of the
National league teams, issued by
Sec'y Heydler. Cy Williams is the
iop Cub batter, and Cy had a pound
ing mark of .279. Not one member
of the Cub entourage was in the .300
class, and the average, for the com
bination was .239, sup'erior only to
Zimmerman hit .286, but "Heinie
was not a Cub at the close of the
season. Larry Doyle batted .278.
Other averages: Mann, .272; Yerkes,
.263; Flack, .258; Kelly, .254;Saler,
.253; Knabe, .244; Mollwitz, 36;
Zeider, .235; Wilson, .227; Hunter,
.219; Wortman, .201; Hendrix, .200,
and the pitchers down the line to
Gene Packard, who guarded the rear
with a percentage of .130.
Wiljiams had an even dozen home
uns In his figures, which tied with
we Robertson of the Giants for
the leadership. Flack headed all the
sacrifice hitters, advancing a man 39
times through his own demise. The
Cubs lead in home runs with 46,.tak-
lng advantage pf the short right
field fence before the screen was
As baserunners the Cubs took the l
dust of every other team in the cir
cuit, a total of 133 steals entitling
them to eighth place.
Hal Chase (not the kind of a man
wanted in the American league, ac
cording to Ban Johnson) topped all
clouters in the old major with a mark
of !339." Hai made 184 hits for 249
bases and stole 22 bases, proving he
had lost neither his eye nor speed
during a sojourn among the Feds.
McCarthy, Giant catcher, had the
same average as Chase, but played,
in half as many games. Jake Dau
bert was third with .316 in 127
The Giants made the most runs,
597, - and also led the, basestealers
with 206. Brooklyn was the best hit
ting team with a percentage of .261.
When the fielding averages are of
ficially compiled more reason's for
the lowly showing of the Cubs will
develop. The failure of the pinch hit
was disastrous, but even this handi
cap might have been partially over
come if there .had not been a porous
spot in the center of the infield dur
ing the greater part of the season.
The addition of Doyle and Wortman
changed matters there.
ortman's batting average is noth
ing to brag of, but the young fellow v
was going a trifle better-when the
season closed, indicating he is not of
the class that comes to the big league
with a healthy stick, then has his u
hits extracted when-the enemy pitch
ers locate his weakness.
Football in the Conference ran. ac
cording to the dope Saturday, fiut
there were three results in the east,
that might be counted as upsets..
Michigan was beaten by Cornell, a-