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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
ALEXANDER- LED N. L-'. BOXMCN
- IN ALL DEPARTMENTS
By Mafk Shields
Grover Cleveland Alexander 6f the
Phillies was the eal leader amofi
National league pitchers .for 1916.
Official averages, out today, show'
how godd the Philly fas"t ball pitcher
was. Alex took part ill 48 games,
performing in 38 complete . affairs.
Sixteen of these affairs he Ytoh by
sliut-outs, establishing a hew record
for whitewashing the dppdsitioh. He
allowed an aver&ge of 1.55 earned
runs per nine innings.
Alex fanned 16? batters, one mofe
than Larry Cheney, ' second in this
line. He pitched 389 innings, 60 iridre
than Jeff Pfeffef of Brooklyn. Of
1 500 batsmen who faded Alexander,
only 50 went to first 6fl balls.
It is a long time since a pitcher has
established siich a record for all-.
round leadership. In every depart-
ment the Philly Mainstay wad better
than -any rival.
FerdiS BchupB, Giant southpaw,
allowed .90 earned runs' per game,
but he was duly In "eight complete
contests. He pitched 140 innings
during the Season! Four of his vie
'tories were shutouts. Schupp was
not used until the latter paft Of 'the
season, when he came to the, front
as the most dependable pitcher ill the
McGraW stable and the best left
hander In the league. The remark
abel thihg about SchUpp's recdffl Is
that in1915 he finished last am6fg
the pitchers; with ah earned run av
erage against him. of 5.0?.
Jim Vaughn, best of the Oub pitch
ers, ranked' 14th, allowing 2.20
teamed runs per nine, innings for the
294 innings he pitched. Big Jim was
credited with It victories and J.8 de
feats. Mike Prendergast was 18th,
with an average df-2i3i earned runs.
He pitched 152 innings. George Mc-
onnell was 26th, his average being
2.58 per game in 171 innings. Hen
dfiX was 32d, .showing 2.68 runs
earned by the enemy for every nine
iiinlngg dut of 218. Packard raked
35th With a - average of 2.79 runs.
Lavender was 37th with art average
of 2.82 runs. He pitched 188 innings.
Tom Seaton was 51st, averaging
3.27 Iti 121 innings. In these 121 in
nings S6aton pitched only four com
Those statistics do not indicate
the Cubs' pitching staff wds a very
effective 'combination. But the fig
ures tlon't tell all the story. The
comparatively pddr records were the
result of bad performances in two or
three games. The lowly Showing of
the CUbs is not to be charged to the
boifnen, wliich was the strongest de
partment of Tinker's club and good
enough for any team in the league.
v In the - first doien pitchers the
Braves had five, Nehf, Tyler, Allen,
Sagaa, Rudolph. Nehf was eighth
and Rudolph twelfth. Brodklyn had
Pfeffer, Marouard and Cheney in the.
first 12; Phillies;. Alexander and Rix
ey; New York, Schupp, and Pitts
The last seven named allowed less
than two earned runs per game.
Lee Meadows of St Lduis took
part in the most games, 51. Rudolph
wofl. nine consecutive games, Tes-
reaU and Cheney seven each.
Hughes of Boston pitched a no-hit
game against Pittsburgh June 16.
Tohey Of Cincinnati fanned 11. Pi
rates Ofct 1. Steele of St Louis
struck out 10 men in an eight-irfhing
game. Mamaux and Ames each
fanned 10 men in a nine-inning
game. Pfeffer of Brooklyn- hit the
most men, 17. Larry Cheney was the"
same old Larry of the Cubs, making
15 wild pitohes, two more than Rixey,
second in his erratic line. Forty
two sacrifice hits were mad.e of Ma
maux and 41 off Vaughn.
Heinie Groh of the Reds received
the most bases on 'balls, 84, Vic Saler