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PHrLADELPUTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1&14
CopiKionr, 1914, bt tnn Frotto LEMra Cowrurr.
VICTORY FOR ATHLETICS IN WORLD'S SERIES WITH BOSTON NATIONALS PREDICTED BY EDDIE COLLINS
Athletics' Leader Does Not
Censure His Players,
While Braves' Manager
Scores Men Often.
Mack's Star Declares There
Is No Overconfidence in
Camp Locals WillJEnter
Series in Shape.
Weakness and Strength of
Brave3 Has Been Discussed at
Daily Meertings Held at Shibo
By EDDIE COLLINS
Becond Daieman, Philadelphia Athletics.
Copyright. 1014, by Evenlag ledger.
As tlio day draws near for the opening
conflict of tlio world series predictions
as to tlio outcomo aro being voiced by
nearly every ono who is supposed to know
anything about baseball at all, and I -will
wager I havo been asked tho question,
"Do you think you will beat those
Draves?" almost a thousand times. Now,
Just how I or any other member of the
Athlotlcs would bo expected to answer
this query other than In tho affirmative la
beyond me. F.ven If wo did not think
so, It Is a olnch we would not publish tho
However, In order that I may make
myself understood, I do hereby solemnly
declare that I honestly believe the Ath
letics will beat the Braves In tho series.
Jlavlng disclosed this Interesting bit of
knowledge, I vlll proceed and attempt to
enlighten the readers as to the "whys
and wherefores' of such a bold state
ment. Away back In 1B10, when Connlo Slack's
present team first came Into lt own nnd
iwon an American League championship,
n, nchedulo arrangement aided him ma
terially In establishing a policy for shap
ing his team to tho best advantage for
the world's series. In that year tho Na
tional League playing season did not close
until October 12, or a week later than tho
American. Consequently, rather than havo
hln team remain Idle for that length of
tlmo, Connlo Mack arranged to have nn
all-stnr team picked from tho American
Leagxie to play n series -with his team pre
vious to tho world series. As history will
tell, these Impromptu games Just put our
team on edge, and Its performance ngalnst
tho Cubs oven surprised Its closest ad
mirers. MET ALL-STARS IN 1011.
Likewise tho following year, when wo
first mot tho Giants, wo played a series
with another All-Star aggregation simi
larly chosen, and again they brought us
to tho post In Al condition. In 1912 wo did
not win tho pennant, consequently were
not contendcis In tho series.
Last year the seasons In tho major
leagues closed on the samo day, and It
looked lllto Connlo was going to. bo up
against It to pull his favorlto stunt of
having a "priming series"; but the. Wise
Ono Has not to be fooled so easily.
Fortunately woclnched the pennant a,
couple of weeks before tho close of the
season, and when the team loft for Its
last swing around the eastern circuit all
of tho regulars wcro loft at homo and a
bunch of subs nnd extra pitchers wcro
used to (111 in. Then when the club re
turned to Shibo Tark to ring down the
curtain for a three-game series with tho
Yankees all tho regulars got back Into
harness, and thereby practically derived
tho samo effects that an All-Star series
would havo furnished. Consequently,
when wo wont to the mat with the Giants
wo wero as lit as n flddle, as tho pro
verbial saying goes.
This year our course of procedure has
been Identically tho same. We cinched
tho pennant In St Louis, and all last
week was a holiday for the regulars, or
thoso players who ore apt to get Into the
big games. Some of us frequented the
ball park and took a light work-out dally,
while others put baseball and thoughts of
tho same on tho shelf entirely. But with
the coming of tho New York Americans
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
every ono got down to hard work and
serious thought once more.
WATCHED BRAVES PERFORM.
It Is no secret that some of us watched
the Braves play the Giants during their
last series at the Tola Grounds and en
deavored to obtain some Information that
would be valuable to us In tho coming
series. In order that we might better
understand one another, our dally meet
ings were resumed, In which wo took up
each Boston player separately, discussed
what we thought to bo his strength and
weakness, argued how to play for him
and what would bo the bes line of at
tack for us to employ.
So far as we have been able to observe.
Manager Stalllngs' course has been en
tirely different Circumstances, how.
ever, In tho National League caused that
The fight of tho Braves from the cellar
position to tho top has been a hard, as
well as an admirable one. Any team
that can go the route as the new Natlonni
League champs have demonstrated thev
can do, necessarily demands a whole lot
of respect, and rest assured they are .n.
forded this by us. In spite of the fact that
.o inau amount or the knowing bas.
ball populace believe otherwise. To illus.
raw moro clearly, only the other dav a
gentleman, whom I know to be well
B&rsed In baseball, spoke to me while I
tilling in the grandstand, something
Ike the following: "Say, you tallow r.
going to put your full strength In against
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The man wo hled the Athletics to six pennants and thr:e world's chamnionshms in tanrtn v
Boston Man Raves on Bench, But
His Rival, Connie, Never AII0W3
Emotion to Interfera With His
Ply for a moment, but Anally managed
to say I had an ldc,a Connie was going
to let Mclnnls play first and possibly
Baker third, although ho might havo to
hlft the latter If a left hander pitched
Now, Just why this man rcfeired to
above shouM ask such a question as
that Is over my head, unless he was
afraid we underestimated tho Braves uiul
feared they might catch us napping. Not
a few critics in analyzing tho relative
iirerus ot ine iwo teams mentioned the
fact that overconlldence was verj apt to
beat the Athletics. Wo have had It fired
In our faces enough times that ovorcontl
dence and seeming Indifference beat na
out of the pennant in 1912. whon wo ought
to have won in a walk, so it was mm
But after It Is all over, and If wo should
lota It won't bo overconfidence that beat
L To begin with, the series Is too short
ana tne stake too great for any team to
loaf on tho Job. Why, If we were playing
a High School team for the title in such
a series, we'd go at them Just as hard. A
difference of a thousand dollars or more
apieco u too much money to tako nny
chances with Just stop and put your
self in the place of one of us who has a
chance at that piece of coin. I guess there
would not b much "hesitation," would
If we were engaeing the Giants again,
having beaten them twice previously, I
could understand how some might be
lieve we perhaps would underestimate
them, but Inasmuch as it Is the l!rut.'4.
and not the Giants overconadence
To begin with, where I think we will
have a decided advantage ovr tliem at
the onset Is that they will enter th
series on the fag end of a spurt that
has lasted practically slnou Julv. h.n
they began their famous climb from the
hottnnt Of lha Ji3tlnnal Tan... i...i.i- '
Connie Mack's Career as Manager Most
Brilliant in Annals of National Game
Philadelphia has the distinction of having among Its citizenship the most capable
manager that ever graced tho base-
-,S Ki. GffnpM of the Ameri-
Cub inTUf Thxr .JK'y&i fflS3 u ..h the ..ISM S "6 beb'a" M baSto w"" " . Conn .
.ho tlnWmH meX " M ," Wasl"" '. P'"V.ng with that team continuous from
mana,ger1r"rhl?lre,s, KW&rrf .V rSSll Augus? 2lgj,,,t7hw"n "? '" the Wll-f
it was the Milwaukee franchise, transferre.i tn Phiin.ioinhi,. ...hi.u . . . .. -v
which has been so universally successful. U3eu l0 orsanize the present AthJetlo Club,
LaJolVuTVrX lnW'raifSS VJrell1ZVeC,Si0n; Wh!Ch his u
a team that rights the hardest generally
comes out on top, and thore never was a
team in baseball that nui.t tin. .,...
I or better than th Braves. We've hail bo
much hard play this season that nothing
, can seem any norso. And we've won
despite that, so we ought to keep right on.
JOE CON.VOLLY-If hard piny aid
good team work will beat tho Athletics,
the Biaits are sure goititf to be woUd'fc
chnmiiiuiik Wo hav kept right on ira-
prolnj all season lor.ir anrt th.. ... ...
ue hae been winning lately makes mo
think thin not even the norld s champions
can stop us. Well all bo on the job. no
matttr what happens.
Ueorge Htallings hitnwlf has repeatedly
siuteti that the Braves m giV0 the
Athletics the hardest fight of their
careers. Furthermoro he ho, itiVi.I
this belief into the m.-n on ins cub
we finished under wrap, ami our posl
tlon at the head of the American I.cagua
has never been In doubt since ue went
so far in the van early in August and
were never threatened tbereafter except
by the Red Sox about the second week
In Sptembcr, and then tho nearest they
got to us was five ami a half gamea be
hind No one realised this better than
Manager Stalllngs himself, as is shown
by the fact that he kept his star pitch
ers, Kudulph. James and Tyler, working
j. Htm iuiat iuih wvfi uiiur ine iwr
uaui nam urrtu iu IUvv.
BRAVES' PLAYERS ARE
CONFIDENT OF VICTORY
Stalllngs Has Evidently Cast Out
Thoughts of Defeat From Boston's
Hore is what a number of the Braves
themselves think of their chances against
the House of Stack:
HANK GOWDY-Wu-ve had plenty of
hard series this jar and If the world's
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the Cub. a Athletics of laic! no tTo'
clubs ever entered a series with more
confidence on both tBam "lure
When a man of Stalling' abilitr to
aasnow any baseball tiumbm lead
him to boldly state that l is club wilt
win It is safe to y that the serle wU
not be finished In four game. "
B They All Look Alike
Ut Oman's3 ruN;SikAv,,Mh,P- oa
w8 ke or b.ttered bulks that
.- -., .vi wal
storming down from the Hub Uy com.
atblrst for the bitter fray '
RED SMTU-U alway, notice (hat ""fhew IWMbS hua- A"
ness. I know because J have to cateh
them The bet hitters in the world .-n
touch them when they're right. And I
guess the rest of the players have prowl
well enough that they are "there."
CIIAUI.E8 SCmUDT-Tha Athletic
are a gieat team, all right, but so ar
the Braves. I guess we've been faugh.
""' "ri m our own league as we will
be this week. Anyway, we'll all da our
best and there's nobody In the crowd he
least bit afraid of what's cowing, per
sonally. I think the Urates are going to
oe w onu s champions.
part managerial ability will plar
world's series which begins her
afternoon Is difficult to cstl-
tlie past series It has played a
the luason bclne: that It nn
happened that tho contending teams wore
mreiy in n grappio whero Judgment
played an Important part. If this hap
pens aguln this year, neither Connlo
Mack nor George Htalllngs will be nblo
to display any of the powers of finesse
for which they aro Justly famous.
If tho scries depended upon generalship
absolutely, tho Athletics would surely
have nn Inestimable advantage, for no
man ever adorned the players' bench
with as much Judgment. dtscemmnr -n-i
qulck-thlnklng baseball ability as Connlo
Mack. This does not mean that Gcorga
Stalllngs is a second-rater. He Is ono
of tho great lenders of baseball, as his
hucccs.1 of 20 years as manager indicates.
Ills knowledgo of the game equals thnt
of liU rival, McGMIcuddy, but tho latter
is gifted with a foresight amounting
almost to clairvoyance.
The methods used by Mack and Stall
lngs to arrive at the head of their pro
fession are the direct antithesis of each
other. Mack works on the theory that
the less a baseball player is censured the
better work he will do. Thanks to Mack's
Personality, this system has worked well
imu..Kn me j-cars no ha been at the
head of baseball clubs. It has enabled
him since the beginning of the American
League in 1901 to win six pennants and
three world's championships and to de
Iop some of the greatest players the
game has known.
STALLINGS SCOBES HIS .MEN
Muck assumes that If a player has dono
something wrong In a game, and teallzcs
it, the best thing to do Is to let tho
matter drop without more comment than
s necessary to tell the player Just where
in he should be careful next time. Con
trary to this, Stalllngs Is one of tho most
prolific "nanners" li.it .va. . i
helm of a club. He yells at his men.
calling them many things which ho would
not dub them except in the heat of bftt, K
tie, and which he does not mean any
more than if lie had left them unsaid.
Mailings, according to repeated state
ments made by his men, is a wild man
on the bench. He Is so nervous and over
bearing during the game that his flow
of language almost reaches the point of
raving He Is apt to tell his most fin
ished hall player that ho Is a "bum" of
ciiiPB cauuro unci to nmpllfy his verbal
broadside with a combination of adjec
tives not found In Webster's Unabridged.
All this tlmo Stalllngs Is vigorously
chewing a quid of tobacco
J'onnie, as seen by his players, is Just
tho opposlto of Stalllngs. At times hn
squirms Just a little, but says nothing
which is not Intended to expound some
baseball theory or to loglcully correct a
iuu wwen nas neon committed. On tho
bench Mack never censures a plaver, even
in tho mildest terms. He may explain to
him whnt ho should do next time, but
neither his words nor his tone Indicate
tim ho Is In th least "peeved" at an
trror or a "boneheail" nlnv.
If a man pulls off a bad pla which
loses a game. Stalllngs will rave at him
until he is blue in tho face, hut after tho
game it is all forgotten George com
ments on theso plays to the perpetrators
only during the contest. He neither
praises nor hlnmes after tho game. In
the hotel in the evenings Stalllngs docs
not got into arguments with Ma !.,..,.
tLn.nj' """ Ho loavt!S tUem severely
MACK'S DAILY MCKTI.VGS.
Mock also han llttlo to fay -during tho
off hours to his players. Tho Athletics
have dally meeting on ihe road nnd at
home, consequently alt matters pertain
IiiB to strategy aro thrashed out there
put there are times when Mack does tulle
to his men singly or in groups, after the
,i 1.,. , """ ,nB nmyer is human,
2" el ls ono ot ''Is men who Is
downcast because of having been tho
T tVTB' l,e mes hlm l casl
i5ln.Th0JV1 "J1"0 toId the blowing In-
men" ' WWch SbDHS "ow MacJ tro ""
'Soon after I Joined the club after h,.
b uoen at Detroit." said the Athlet ok
captain. "I let loose a wild throw ffi,
was tho cause of our loIng Wen. I Was
feeling very blue that night about Uia?
f0"' pXy- 'specially ns it cost us a game
l vsa m downhearted that I didn't To
around tb.. other fellows at alL ConnlS
nn .tabling by myself and came
over to me ajid askrd me why I was
?'"S no 1 old him lha r
-- .....i -i. wi.iuo i on believe It.
"T.t0 "J1"1 Kot ,h0Kh talking to
me 1 thought that, after all. I wasn't the ,
one that lost that tram. He brought m .
"..'J plava tlwt "ccurred twfore my -"
B'ld throw, ehow'ng that If somebody cU
had dono what he should have done my
Play never uiuld have com p st aii,
Ihe end ot It was that he put new- life
and confidence In me when I really da
rerved a panning That U one qf tho
ways Connie keeps close to his men and
givis them the confidence to make great
ball players out of ttumselves."
Not only inthfie ways do the managers
of the world's series luntun,, ata.
but In th esntlul EMthods of kveping
the men in snap For Instance, as toon
th Athlcfe had cinched the pennant
In St Louis. Collins, Baker ana Oldrintc
boarded th train for home.v They were
ul.owed to to Just wait they pjas4 W
get In shape and b on edge for tkM
series. So rr the other rsguiars. Noo
of the regulars wnt to Wahlnt Ust
week except Jack, Lapp and on or two of
Msclt twUvs that Mch awn knows
best wtt to do (9 'i into to test
Playing shape, and him wea believe, fnM
espd.c at previous vars. tbat ttgy
can i better mwk aftw a Uy-of at a,
nee. mwR wjr u, jw gaiass ist bar
fore th.. str'- t uat triu back la tss
t'l"ir habit This mettiij thev f-.llo a J
t' ' i jii
4talliiis-s has an r-lj different be
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