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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 26, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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batting eminence that he reached
last season. Again the attack of the
team is centered around his powerful
bat, and his unfortunate habit of pro
ducing wrecked the Sox yesterday,
though they would have been beat
en by almost any, one, the way they
were batting. In the first inning
4fe Cleveland got its start when Speaker
doubled with a man on second. In
the sixth inning they started again,
Tris doubling again and sending a
man, home Irom first
Speaker is the personification of
power at bat and radiates confidence.
His faith in his own ability is appar
ent in every movement and he has
earned the title of most-feared
swatsman in the American league.
Last year the Indians formed a one
man club. Speaker being the man.
This season bpeaker is as good-as ne
was in 1916, the same driving torce
to the rest of the club, with the add
ed strength that the remaining units
of the team are far superior to last
season.
So far the Cubs have won eight
games, and of these victories jini
Vaughn is credited with three,
against which he has one defeat He
is the most competent pitcher on the
club and imbues his mates with con
fidence, so that they play better ball
behind him 'than any other hurler of
the corps. Abetting his good left arm
is luck, which frequently carries
Vaughn through.
Vaughn is an imperturbable party
who does not exert himself -when
things are going his way. He saves
his strength for the tight moments.
Yesterday in Cincinnati he yielded
11 hits, but offset this by whiffing 11
men, once fanning a pair with a man
' on third and one out. He also whiffed
two in the ninth with a man on first
. With the last game he pitched
against Pittsburgh, Vaughn has
fanned an even score of batters in 18
innings, which is somewhat near a
record. If he continues at anything
approaching his present pace he will
lead the National pitchers in number
of strikeouts recorded.
The freaks of baseball were never
better exemplified than in yesterday's
game against the Reds. Fred Mer
kle, who has been batting sixth,
switched with Les Mann, who has
been hitting in fourth place, the
clean-upv notch. That shift was
made because since joining the Cubs
Merkle has been lamming the pill un
mercifully, while Mann has been ex
tremely polite in his assaults on the
ball.
But, shifted, there was a different
story. Merkle went hitless and Mann
poled a triple and two singles, being
the m3st important cog in the Cub
attack.
Rollie Zeider, though a failure last
season at shortstop, has been playing
a remarkable defensive game since
Chuck Wortman was hurt Some
where last winter Rollie regained his
lost youth, and not for three -years
has he played in April the same fast
ball that he has shown this month.
He is as valuable as any utility man
in the'National league.
With two on Schang knocked a
homer in fhe ninth, Macks downing
Yanks. Mclnniss made four hits in
four times at bat. Noyes pitched
fine ball to puzzle New York.
Ruth won his fourth straight for
Red Sox. Ayers forced in winning
run.
Buck 'Herzog hurt his spine and
'will be out of the Giant line-up for
a few days. Kilduff took his place at
second and whacked a single and
homer, good for three runs off Alex
ander. Burns hit two singles, a dou
ble andtriple.
Frank Schulte hit three safeties,
helping Pirates beat Cards.
Thirty-two players were employed
in a Braves-Brooklyn tie. Each side
used three pitchers and Stallings
tried four center fielders.
Northwestern defeated Univ. of
Chicago, 6 to 3, in a game halted in
the eighth inning by rain. The Ma
roon outfielders couldn't judge fly
I balls,
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