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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 12, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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right-field wall he ran like a demo
crat in the first ward and finished
with a vicious slide to second base.
Immediately thereafter he had to leg
it swiftly to score trom the keystonp
on a single by Elliott
In the midst of a Pirate rally Doyle
made" a startling diving catch of a
i line drive. It was necessary for him
to rest his entire weight on both an
' kles to gejt the proper impetus for his
dive. Later he- went deep into center
field to make another good catch,
cutting off a run.
These mechanical effects were ex
cellent, but where Doyle really shows
his worth is in putting pepper in the
team. At no time last season did the
club exhibit the same aggressiveness
as yesterday.
Wolter and Elliott each clubbed
two hits and the efforts of both fig
ured in the scoring. Williams poled
one against the right-field screen for
three bases.
Fortunately for the Cubs, they
meet the western teams the weaker
members of the league before tak
ing on the east, and Mitchell should
be able to hammer out some sem
blance of cohesive play. He should
be in good position when the club
goes east to meet-the seaboard en
tries. Jimmy Callahan has an almost im
possible 'task, if the team he put on
the field yesterday Is '-representative
of Pirate strength. He lacks catch
ing and, at least three places .on his
infield should be more ably protected.
His outfield is only fair, despite the
presence of Carey and Schulte. Cal
must rest his case on his pitchers,
for his team will not produce many
runs.
I The Sox played their opening
game just as pre-season dope called
for, and the pastime was indicative
of what the team will do, at least
during the early part of the season.
The pitching was bad. Lefty Wil
liams lasted an inning, being saved
from a massacre by deadly throws of
Liebold and Jackson, and Jim Scott
was hit harder than the score indi
cates. But the attack was powerful, even
though the real sluggers of the team,
Felsch, Jackson and Ed Collins, con
tributed nothing. Gandil cracked
three hits, Weaver.two and Schalk a
homer. The bingles came in bunch
es in the last two frames.
Nemo Liebold gave way to John
Collins in the middle of the game and
Shano smeared a triple that put over
the winning run. But Liebold did
enough to cinch a place as lead-off
man and regular right-fielder, except
when a southpaw of more than or
dinary ability is presented by the op
position. In the first inning Nemo made a
long throw from right field that shot
a Brown dead at the plate, closing a
rally when it seemed the Browns'
were due to score a week's runs. Pre
viously Jackson had thrown out a
man at the plate.
Facing a left-hander twice, Liebold
walked once and flied out once. The
walk was the encouraging feature.
He .has patience and will be franked
to first with frequency during the
season.
Risberg still has some minor
edges that must be worn down, and,
appropriately, his worst work -yesterday
was on bases. In the midst of a
rally he allowed himself to be trapped
off second base. Baserunning faults
had a depressing effect on Sox
chances last year. They must be
wiped out now.
There has been talk around the
American league circuit that the Sox
were not game and lacked staying
powers. Their 1917 debut should
put a quietus on that line of conver
sation. The team looks good and
Risberg should be given time to find
himself. In the field he played flaw
lessly. Red Sox hammered Caldwell.
Hobby hit homer with two on. Walk
er bagged double and two triples.
Bill James was wild and Cleveland
won in first. Cobb cracked two dou-

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