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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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to try many shifts and stratagems
before the first of October. He may
add some new players to the list and
some now present may be disposed
of. This all depends on how much
power and freedom the manager is
allowed.
The maiming of Saier is a hard
a blow. Reuther is doing his best at
first base, but he lacks experience in
fielding the position xand therefore
makes the work of the remainder of
the infield mgre difficult. An effort
will be made to get Fred Mollwitz
back from Kansas City. Jack Ness,
last year a White Sock, would also be
welcomed.
Until this hole is plugged barring
a sensational development by Reu
ther the Cubs will have a big1 cavity.
Third base is also causing worriment
Deal, has been benched, in favor 01
Zeider in order to get more hitting.
It is a fairly safe prediction that this
shift is merely "femprorary and Deal
will be back again shortly. He has
hit over .300 for two years, one in the
Federal and the other in the Ameri
can ass'n, and a chap who can bat
consistently must have something.
Cy Williams bunted with two men
on base and none out and was so in
terested watching Lee Meadows pick
' up the ballTie walked toward first.
That gave Meadows plenty of time to
nip Cy after making a false peg to
third. It was the worst piece of bone
Cy has exhibited since becoming a
big leaguer.
Physicians in charge of Vio Saier
opine the first baseman may be able
to play ball again by August 1.
. Not being an expert "expert," and
admitting the failing, we are not
given to bragging and pointing out
0 how infallible our judgment is regarding-
ball players. But we can't
help recalling that last summer we
indited some imperishable literature
to the effect that Nemo Liebold in
right field would strengthen' the
White Sox and give the club one of
the best lead-off men in the business.
Results seem tp bear out this as
sertion. Witness yesterday's victory
over Detroit. Nemo failed to land
the ball safe. He faced the pitcher
five times. But he was patient and
clever enough to walk twice and stole
two bases. He crossed the pan once.
What more could be asked of a lead
off man, whose duty is to reach the
initial sack.
Clearly leading their league, the
White Sox are up there because they
have been playing good baseball. The
pitching has been competent and be
hind it has been, consecutive and
consistent batting and some fine
fielding. Risberg at short is handling
everything that comes his way and
calls to mind the acrobatic stunts of
Buck Weaver when that athlete first
broke into the league. With this dif
ference: Risberg is more certain and
accurate in his throwing to first base.
He has" yet to pull a wild heave to
Gandil's corner.
Hughie Jennings appears to have
two or three young pitchers who will
be heard from beiore tne end of the
.season. Jones was a puzzle to the
Soxfyesterday, and Ehmke has indi
cated promise. ,The American league
race is to be a fight, and, despite the
good form of the Hose, they must
travel at high speed all the way.
The Boston Red Sox, if anything,
are better than last year, and the
.Yanks, even with Frank Baker in
jured, fdrm a strong combination.
Cleveland is starting at the same hot
pace which fractured the 1915 race,
but the Indians have more experi
ence now, are better balanced, and
should be more capable of maintaing
a fast stride.
Ping Bodie is still whaling 'em. Hd
pounded a double and two singles off
Babe Ruth, but Red Sox beat Macks.
Thomas poled a triple and double.
Schupp pitched a shut-out his first
time out, Dodgers being victims.
Holke and Kauff belted two hits each.
Barnes outpitched Alexander and
Braves beat Phils.
Hinchman's single, double and tri
ple helped Pirates down Reds,
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