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The amateur championship tour
nament of the Chicago District Golf
ass'n will be staged at Glen Oak,
June 21-22. Bob Gardner, Hinsdale,
is present title holder.
George Sutton counted 436 to 381
for Welker Cochran in their 18-2 bil
liard match at Mussey's. Sutton is
now leading, 1,200 to 1,181. The
fourth block will be played tonight.
Schurz lights 21, "Waller 8.
Senn lights 13', Lake View 10.
Crane lights 27, Harrison 10.
De Paul U. 49, Crane College 13.
Ghi. Commons 20, Ass'n House 5.
Sinai Seniors 43, Engle. Cards 9.
W. S. Tigers 38, Wilson Av. Ex. 31.
W. S. Senecas 23, O. P. Grays 15.
St. Aug. 31, Morg. Pk. Midgets 11.-
Cheyennes 34, Cherokees 24.
1 Pawnees 39, Chippewas 11.
The secret is out the .300 hitter,
who is being mourned in the big
leagues as a disappearing factor, is.
taking Horace Greeley's advice and
The official averages of the West
ern, league for 1916 show what has
become of him.
There, between the Mississippi and
the Rockies, the .300 pill clouters
flourish as the green bay tree never
flourished. He has become so com
mon as to not excite more than the
most casual comment
In President Zehrung's circuit last
year 42 ballplayers broke into the
.300 class and 24 more batted more
That means that in the Western
league there were more .300 swat
ters than in the American, National
and American ass'n combined.
The American league produced 11
.300 pillkillers and 12 who batted be
tween .280 and .300. The National
had nine batters hitting above .300
and seven in the .280 class. The as
sociation produced 13 in the magic
The league was led by Harry
Butcher of Denver, who swung on
.the horsehide for a .377 average.
Butcher was a former big leaguer.
Among former big leaguers who
were in the .300 class in the Western
were Rebel Oakes, Kruger, Metz,
Josh Devore, Litschie and Fred Hun
ter. Many fans will declare that the
answer will be found in the pitching.
Well, it won't Western league pitch
ing is prety good. Out in the West
en; league cities they will tell you
that it is as good as Class AA pitch
ing. For instance, there is Marty
O'Toole, with a total of 15 games
won and 7 lost; there is Rus Ford
with 16 won and 9 lost. There is
Lefty Thomas, who broke even with
15 and 15 and went to Washington
late last season to win two games, all
he pitched, one of them being a two
Then there is Harrington of Den
ver, who won 11 and lost 3 games, '
and Lambeth, who -showed well in
tryouts with Cleveland last fall, and
Halla and Musser, formerly of Wash
ingtoH, and several others. They
are not bad pitchers.
But' there is a secret in the big
There are a lot of short fences in
the Western league. In Sioux City .
they play ball in a storebox, the right
field fence at Des Moines is pretty
short and there are other good average-fattening
Then, too, they used a pretty live-:.
ly ball in the Western last season
it wasn't as live as a golf ball, of ".
course but we would like to see
Cobb or Speaker lay against it
And the high altitude at Denver,
and at Colorado Springs (which was
a member of the league for a short
time last year) has something to do
with it Pitchers who work in the
high altitudes say the light air pres
sure makes it hard to throw curve
balls and easy to serve up speed. If .'
a ball can be thrown faster and fur
ther in high altitudes, it naturally
can be batted further.
But all this doesn't take away ani
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