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Nationals Launch Final Drive for Pennant: Dodgers and Pirates Bo th Stumble START OF ROAD TRIP OF 20 y GAMES IN PHILLY TODAY Johnson Due to Face Athletics—Judge Ready to Get Back in Line-up—27,00, Record Crowd, See Bucks Drop Last Home Contest. BY JOHN B. KELLER. PHILADELPHIA, September B. — Today the Nationals were to launch their last big drive of the year and into enemy territory too, with the American League championship as their objective. Gen. Harris was to hurl his forces against the Mackian brigade here this afternoon hoping to rout it completely within four days. Then the attack will switch to the West where hot pitched battles arc anticipated in Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. After that in vasion. the tide of battle once more will turn to the East, where Harris’ corps will conclude its campaign in the land of the sacred cod. With the Yankee army striving to attain the same objective and not so far behind the Nationals at the beginning of this final drive, the struggle promises to be a desperate one, but Gen. Harris and his men are prepared to bitterly contest any encroachment upon the slight advantage they now hold. Had Harris’ corps not met with a' reverse in its last home encounter with the Red Sox yesterday, It would have been well fortified for its concluding effort of the year. It lost no ground, however, when beaten 6 to 2 by Fold's lancers, before more than 27,000 people, the largest gathering that ever wit nessed a major league base ball struggle in Washington, for the Yankee horde was overthrown by a last-ditch drive of the Mackmen. Holding the league lead by two games does not appear so advantageous at first glance, but after careful con sideration it is found that even such a scant margin is well worth while at this stage of the pennant race. While the Tygers and the Browns, who are to be encountered by the Bucks within the next two weeks, are not yet out of the flag chase, the fight for the champion ship practically is between the outfit led by Harris and that piloted by Huggins. And the Yanks are apt to find the task of overhauling that two game lead too difficult to accomplish. The Situation in a .Nutshell. When a club has not won as many games as its rival, it still is possible to catch up by winning the required num ber of games later. But when a club has lost more than that rival, it is another matter altogether. The club cannot eradicate defeats, nor, in the case of the Yankees, can it make its rival lose games. The under club can win its own games—that is all. So consider just what advantage the Nationals have over the Yankees, even with but a two-game lead. Today each had 20 more games to play, and to nose out the Nationals the Yankees would have to win three more than their rivals during the brief schedule. Now. then, should the Bucks do no better than break even on their re maining games, the Yankees, to fin ish ahead of Harris and his athletes, would have to win 13 of 20 engage ments. But should the Bucks win 12 and lose 8 of the score of tilts the Yankees would have to take 15 of their last 20 games to get ahead of the club that is leading them now. Recently the Bucks have been trav eling at a pace indicating they will at least establish a twelve-won-and eight-lost record for the remainder of the season. So. while the Harris men probably have a rough road ahead, the Yanks have a much rougher one to go over. Pate Frowns on Buck*. Had the Harrismen bagged yester day’s argument they would have made the going a deal tougher for the Gothamites, for every game pick ed up at this stage by the leaders means much more than one for the main rival to overcome. But fate was against the Nationals in their last home stand. They were off to a poor start, due to a faltering defense, and never were able to consistently solve the offerings of Alec Ferguson. Red Sox hurler, who had been compara tively easy for them in other games this season. Ferguson was fairly free with hits —he gave up nine against eight gar nered by the Pohlmen off the first two Nationals to adorn the mound— but he was about as big-hearted as a mosquito at giving up hits when hits meant runs. So impotent were National batters at critical moments that the club never was able to over come the handicap imposed upon it by erratic fielding in the first inning. Ossie Bluege, generally a most de pendable defensive player, and Mule Shirley, subbing for the injured Joe Judge at first base, put Warren Ogden, Harris’ first pitching selec tion, in trouble right off the reel. When Ogden crumpled under the strain and yielded a pair of hits to help push three alien tallies across before an out was recorded, the Na tionals’ manager yanked him and sent Allen Russell to the mound. Russell None Too Steady. Allen was none too steady* at the outset of his toiling and grew worse as the game progressed. He took a sound thumping in the fourth Inning and another in the seventh. That led Harris to employ Fred Marberry in the last two frames and Fred breezed through them in splendid style, hut the damage had been done. Blueg'e began Ogden’s trouble by making a wild throw to first after snaring Flagstead’s grounder in the opening inning. Ogden could not locate the plate with Waraby at bat and there were Red Sox on first and second. Then Boone sent a grounder down the right side of the infield. It plainly was a play for Bucky Harris, but Shirley left his territory for the ball and foozled it. Home went Flagstead. Wamby reached third, while Boone was content to rest at first, whereas had Bucky not been balked by Shirley a double play may have been the result of Boone’s tap. That so upset Ogden that Joe. Harris poled a two-bagger, counting Wamby, and Veach singled Boone across. Out came Ogden and in went Russell. Allen got away with his stuff until the fourth, that Ezzell opened with an infield single. After Your Hat— Should have style, correct quality and proper color should be a Vienna Three Dollars Upward. VIENNA HAT CO. Headquarter* far Knapp Fait Hats Jos. Orastein 409 11th St. UFPUaiTK EVEMUTO STAB 438 9th St. SPORTS. A SAD FAREWELL BOSTON, AB. R. H. PO. A. E. Flagstead. cf 4 113 0 0 Wambsganss, 2b 3 2 11 2 0 Boone, rs 4 1 2 1 0 0 J. Harm, lb 4 0 1 11 0 0 Veach. If 5 0 1 2 0 0 Clarke. 3b 3 0 0 3 3 0 Ezrell ss 4 112 5 0 O’Neill, c 3 0 0 4 0 0 Ferguson, p 2 110 2 0 Totali 32 ~i 1 27 li ~0 WASHINGTON. AB. R. H. PO. A. E. McNeely, cf 4 0 1 2 0 1 S. Harris, 2b 4 1 2 6 6 0 Rice, rs 4 0 1 0 0 0 Goalin. If 3 0 110 0 , Ruel. o 4 0 1 10 1 0 Bluege. 3b 4 0 0 0 4 1 Peokinpaugh, st 4 0 1 2 2 0 Shirley, lb 4 1 2 7 2 1 Ogden, p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bussell, p 1 0 0 0 2 0 Marberry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lei bold* 1 0 0 0 0 0 i Tatet 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 34 ~2 27 17 ~3 ‘Batted for Russel in seventh inning, tßatted for Marberry In ninth inning. Boston 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 o—6 Washington.... 1 0010000 o—t Two-b.se hits—J. Harris, Rice. Ferguson, Wambsganss. Stolen bases—Flagstead. Gos lin, Ezzell. Wambsganss. Sacrifices—Goslin, Ferguson, J. Harm. Double plays—Bluege to Harris to Shirley. Left on base*—Boston. 8; Washington, 7. Bases on balls—Off Ferguson, 1: off Russell. 3: off Marberry. 2. Struck out —By Ferguson, 4; by Russell, 3; by Marberry, 4. Kits—Off Ogden. 2 (none out in Ist in ning): Russel. 6 in 7 Innings; Marberry, 0 in 2 innings. Hit by pitcher—By Russell (Flag stead). Losing "pitcher— Ogden. Umpires— Messrs. Connolly-Hildebrand. Time of game— One hour and 55 minutes. ; O'Neill fanned Ezzell stole second and came in when Ferguson surprised himself, as well as every one else, by slamming a double to center. Flagstead’s hit moved Alec to third, from where he tallied when Boone singled after Wamby whiffed. The last Red Sox run came off Russell in the seventh. Wamby began the inning with a two-base knock and scampered home when Boone singled to center. Ike got to second as McNeely booted the ball and Joe Harris sacrificed, but Veach's infield out did not allow the Red Sox slug ger to leave the far corner and he was nailed at the plate in a double steal attempted after Clarke strolled. Griff. Start Bravely. The Nationals opened against Fer guson as though they would drive him to the showers in short order. McNeely fanned to start the first frame, but Bucky Harris singled and pulled up at third on Rice's short double. Goslin socked a fly to Flag stead, Harris scoring and Rice going to the far corner after the catch. Ruel, though, had no hit in his bat. With one out. Peck and Shirley singled successively in the second session, only to perish on the bases for want of blows from the clubs of Russell and McNeely. A hit by Gos lin was wasted in the third, but in the fourth, with two out, Shirley sin gled. Russell walked and McNeely sent Mule home with a one-base rap. Thereafter, Bucky Harris’ single in the seventh and Ruel’s in the eighth were all the Bucks could glean off Ferguson. CAUGHT ON THE FLY PHILADELPHIA, September 8 Walter Johnson was expected to open the series for the Bucks against the Mackmen this afternoon. Zachary or Zahniser may hurl against them to morrow. Joe Judge one to Qnakertown with the club and may get Into action in today’s game. His ankle hurt last Thursday in the tilt with the Red Sox, is much better, but still causes the regular first sacker to limp slightly. Shirley found It difficult to get his bearing around first base yesterday, but he certainly pulled a brilliant play in the fifth on Clarke. Mule rushed back and to his left for a hot grounder, scooped it up with one hand and sprinted to first ahead of the batter. After making a poor heave to start, Bluege came back to form In the first inning to inaugurate a double play with a single-handed stop of Ezzell's sizzler. With two Red Sox on and two out In the second inning, Russell pitched everything he had to Boone and final ly fanned him. As the third strike was called, the result of the Yankee- Mack game was hung up. When the crowd saw the score its roars shook the stadium. During the Red Sox batting prac tice, Ferguson stood behind the cage ’ to watch the work. A pitch broke through the netting and clipped the hurler’s ear, necessitating consider able treatment to stop the flow of blood from a sizeable cut. SEE Firpo-Wills Fight Via Dominion Palace Coach Direct to BOYLE’S 30 ACRES Eleven Dollars Round Trip Will Secure Fight Ticket* Returning Half Hour After Fight Comfortable Seats for 24 Persons Leave Thursday 8 AJH, Arriving Before 6 PJVL See Phlaee Coach mt 14th * K Iff.W. Phone Anutmc, BUtn 4386, Monday or Taeoday evening be tween T and 8 o’clock for linena tlonn. New York Shopping Tonzn Sundays and Thursday* THE EVENING STAB. WASHINGTON, D. C M MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 8. 1924. TUNNEY SEEKS K. 0. OVER GREB TONIGHT By tbs Annotated Press, CLEVELAND, Ohio, September B. Gene Tunney, light heavyweight champion, and Harry Greb, middle weight title holder, meet here tonight In a scheduled ten-round, no-declslon bont. It will be the fourth time they have met. Tunney has scored knockouts In hi* last three bouts, with Ermlnlo Spalla, Georges Carpentler and Joe Lohman, and hopes to add Greb to his list. He holds two decisions over Greb, th© middleweight having won the first time they met. Should Greb win to night he will hold both titles, but will not lose the middleweight title If he is knocked out. as Tunney, who will weigh about 176, will be over the middleweight limit. Both boxers are in perfect condition. Since his ar rival Friday, Tunney has confined his work mostly to light gym and road work. Greb arrived last night. He com pleted his training at his camp near Pittsburgh, where he went following his bout with Jimmy Slattery In Buf falo a few nights ago. Greb will enter the ring weighing about 163. It will be the first time two champions have met in Cleveland, and the seat sale Indicates that with fair weather Olympic Arena will be filled. If rain Interferes the bout will be postponed until tomorrow night. Several hundred Pittsburgh fans are expected to attend. FIRPO-WILLS BOUT AGAIN ENDANGERED NEW YORK, September B.—New Jersey organizations which last week sent to Gov. Silzer a protest against the Firpo-Wills fight will seek a court order to halt the bout. It is stated. Application for the order will be made today or tomorrow. Bernard H. Sandler, counsel for Canon William S. Chase, who insti tuted deportation proceedings against Luis Angel Firpo, said all evidence obtained by Canon Chase would be turned over to the New Jersey or ganizations. Included in this evidenee are several cablegrams alleged to have been sent by Firpo to Miss Blanca Lourdes Plcart. who arrived here on the same ship with him from the Argentine, but who was barred by the immigration authorities. The messages were addressed to Miss Picart in Havana, and bore dates of June and July, 1923. Some of them were as follows: “Arrived today. Glad about your recovery. Sending more details. Em braces.” “Infinite sadness for your illness. Anxiously await your letter. Am training 50 miles from New York. Any Inconvenience you should have, in form me and I will remedy it. Send everything same address. Cable me condition your health and address.” These messages were signed "Angel.’’ Other message*? made public by Mr. Sandler were signed "Nita.” The sender, according to Mr. Sandler, was Nita Peescl, Firpo’s former landlady, who turned the messages over to Sandler. “Sending you money for coming here to pass your vacation with us." read one of the message*?. "AH my fam ily to have you as guest.” GOLDSTEIN DEFENDING CROWN AGAINST RYAN NEW YORK, September B.—The world bantamweight championship will be at stake tonight at the Queens boro A. C., in Long Island City, when Abe Goldstein. 118-pound champion, meets Tommy Ryan of McKeesport, Pa. They were scheduled to meet last Tuesday night, but were prevented by the weather. The match is 15 rounds to a decision. U. S. NAVAL RESERVE PLANS A SPORTS NIGHT The United States Naval Reserve, District of Columbia Battalion, will stage a sports night at its armory. Water and O streets southwest, start ing at 7 o’clock p.m. September 11, ac cording to an announcement of Comdr. J. A. Schofield, commanding the local reserves. Music will be furnished by the Eagle No. 56 Jazz Band. The program follows; BoXlng—K3d Woddy vs. Eddie Mor ris. Fatts Walker vs. Roger Willie, Johnny Crutchfield vs. Littleton Jack son, Rhoma Holsell vs. Willie Jackson, Vincent Meeslneo vs. Bobby Jones and Herbert Hunter vs. Joe Smith. Wrestling—Fred Byrd vs. L Wonder. PETER MAHER NEAR DEATH IN HOSPITAL AT HOBOKEN NEW YORK, September B.—Peter Maher, famous veteran heavyweight in the late 90s, Is dying In a Hoboken hospital of penumonla and pleurisy. He is employed by th© United States Shipping Board at Hoboken as a dock foreman, but was taken suddenly ill Thursday and hurried to a hospital, where little hope is held for his re covery. Maher is known in pugilistic circles as the possessor of one of-the hardest punches ever known. In his prime he fought all of the leading heavy weights. He was knocked out by Bob Fitzsimmons in Langtry, Tex., In one round. Ho Is 56 years old, and his friends say he Is almost penniless. MARLBORO Seven Race* Dally Sept. 9, 10, 11. 12. 13 ADMISSION. 81.00 Special train* leave Dlatrict line on Chea. Beach B. B. at 1:00 p.m. Time for a fresh pair? PARIS CARTERS ■6DMTCM. CAM WCRvStf Am low as 35P MOUNT RAINIER IN TITLE SERIES; PROTEST UPHELD CLEVELAND, September Bs—Washington won its protest against Baltimore at the National Base Ball Federation meeting today. Wash ington will play Providence at Providence, R, I n next Saturday and two games next Sunday at Washington. ALTHOUGH Mount Rainier’s double-barreled shot at the Washing ton-Baltimore intersection title of the National Base Ball Federa tion failed to crack the Eastern Rolling Mills nine of the Oriole City over the weekend, the Maryland combination still has a chance to represent this city in the semi-finals of the N. B. B. F. amateur champion ships. Officials of the Washington Base Ball and Athletic Association have filed a protest against the Baltimore champs, charging that Rolling Mills has several semi-pro tossers in its linc-up. National Base Ball Fed eration heads meeting in Cleveland today are expected to decide this mat ter, and if the protest is upheld Mount Rainier will be named the inter city victors after all. Bill Hoffman adorned the mound for Mount Rainier yesterday, and his wildness contributed largely to the Rolling Mills 8-to-5 victory. Bill gave six free tickets and hit one batter, In addition to yielding seven timely wallops. Mount Rainier threatened In the ninth,, but all it could do was to push across one marker. L Loomis, Baldwin and Green had their batting eyes peeled for the Marylanders. Some 3,000 sandlot bugs watched the Maryland ers drop their second game to Rolling Mills yesterday. Linworth tossers are the senior champions of the Washington Base Ball and Athletic Association as a re sult of their 4-to-2 victory Over the Northerns. Lefty Jones dished out a puzzling brand of ball for the victors, as he was nicked for one lone blow, that being a homer off the bat of Jermaln. With Hollis and Jones lead ing the attack Llnworth accounted for nine safeties off Beall and Ny mark. Ranter* Athletic Association un limited players slammed 12 safe clouts to down the Alexandria Car dinals, 9to 4. Simmons of the victors registered four bingles in as many times at bat, Including a pair of triplets. Southend* and the Meridians ad vanced to the final round In the midget titular matches yesterday. They are scheduled to meet next Sunday on the Ellipse in the deciding tilt. South ends routed the Auroras, 4 to 2, and then trounced the Corinthians, 9 to 3. McAllister of the Southenda held the Auroras to three safeties, while the Corinthians gathered eight scattered DOMINICANS NEAR TITLE IN INDEPENDENT LEAGUE PETE HALEY’S gang of Dominican Lyceum tossers, now at the top of the heap in the Independent will cop the award in that league by walloping their two remaining rivals in the next two weeks. Climbing to the front yesterday as a result of blanking the Shamrocks, 8 to 0. Haley’s crew will strive to topple Arlington next Sunday on the Virginians’ field and the Petworth Athletic Club at the Washington Bar racks one week later. The Dominicans already have proved their worth in the first series of league matches, and if they are successful in the sec ond set of games there will be no three-game series at the termination of the regularly scheduled tilts in the loop. The Harps could do little with the twisters of Gene Brayton yesterday. The Dominican boxman victimized seven batters via the strikeout route and was touched for only tour blows, while his club got to Thompson for 15 safeties. five of which were slammed off the bat of Johnny Blse man, former University of Maryland slugger. Shamrock tossers still are In the race, however. They now are deadlocked with Arlington for sec ond place, each having copped eight matches In nine starts. Maryland Athletic Club ran rough shod over the Knickerbockers, win ning, 14 to 4, in another Independ ent League tilt. Averill and Klsher, the Knicks’ fllngers, were combed for 12 bingles. Houchen of the Mary landers accounted for three hits in four times at bat. The Knicks now are in the "also-ran column.” Mohawks scored an impressive 2-to-0 victory over Arlington. A pitching duel between Williams of the Indians and Baycock of the Vir ginians kept the fans on edge. The former, however, had the edge, as he allowed four bingles to his oppo nent's six- Smithson clouted a triple for the Mohawks. COWL VENTILATORS WholMtls sad Betall Wi ImUU TheM Aia* RADIATORS, FEKDEJLS. BODIES. LAXPB wade OR REPAIRED Entnao* at 14*1 P H.W. ‘Prank. MM WZTTBTATTS B. AHS W. WOUD •1* IStfc H.W. Truk. MlO irtt* item mi tke lMa OfM Dally @VmtO • P. 1. t “W«l« What i Herts Will Say | Today T” ' BftakUiket UH FINAL SALE Before Fall Opening \ General reductions on every suiting in the store. Every garment receives the same painstaking care In Its making as It wonld at the regular price. SUITS ■—Made to Measure »20- $ 35 Formerly S3O to SSO PLENTY MEDIUM WEIGHT fabrics suitable for early Fall wear are in the display. Made as you want them by our own experts. Mertz & Mertz Co., he. £O6 F Street blnglea off Taylor In the second match. The Merldans remained In the run ning by hanlng the Corinthians a 5-to-2 beating, as well as downing the Auroras In a 12-to-6 engagement. A total of 22 wallops were registered by the Meridians in both games. St. Martin’* and the Crescents, rivals for the junior title of the Washington Base Ball and Athletic Association, broke even yesterday. The- Crescents copped the first, 6 to 4, In 11 Innings, but dropped the sec ond, 6 to 1. Corson, the Crescent box man, kept the 10 safeties garnered ■ off him pretty well scattered In the opener. Impressive mound work by Ryan, who was touched for only four blows, enabled St. Martin's to grab the nightcap. Tuxedo Athletic Club proved no match for the Pierce tossers, the lat ter winning, 14 to 6, In a Bennlng- Prlnce Georges County League game. Corklns fanned 10 of the Tuxedo batters, but he was nicked for 11 drives. With * T-te-3 victory over the Up per Marlboro nine tucked away, the Maryland Park Athletic Club is anxious to book a three-game series with the Mount Rainier aggregation. The Mary land Park team has won 59 matches In 67 starts this season. Alexandria Drradnanxhts took the measure of the Fort Humphreys nine, 10 to 4, In a game that won for them the unlimited title of Northern Vir ginia. The Dreadnaughts combed Vlar for a total of 12 bingles, two of which were snared by Blair. Meyers of the soldiers drove a homer. Cherrydale was unable to place nine men on the field against Fet worth, so the latter was awarded a forfeit. INTERNATIONAL. LEAGUE. Rochester, 6-6; Toronto, 2-10. Jersey City, 5-2; Reading, 4-1. Baltimore, 4: Newark. 2. Syracuse, 5-3; Buffalo. 4-1. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Indianapolis, 9-6; Columbus, 8-6. (Second game railed, darkness.) Ijouisrllle. 2; Toledo. 0. NATIONALS AT PHILA. September 8,9, 10 President Theater Coleman’s New Invention Moving Picture Reproduction while the (tmt la being played. Everybody is talking; about this machine. See ft. Sept. 8, 2:30 P.M. acUiaC^e^j la awde be Capital Cigar A Tobacco Cm. I I MEMPHIS NOW NEAR TITLE IN SOUTHERN MEMPHIS, September B.—By wln • nlng si* out of the last seven games played, the Memphis Chicks have brought about a situation where At lanta’s chance to win the Southern Association pennant depends not only on the Crackers continuing their win ning streak, but upon Memphis suf fering a decided slump. Should Memphis win seven out of the remaining 12 scheduled games, th© Crackers would have to win all of their 11 scheduled games, in order to tie the Chicks. In that case each team would have won 102 games and lost 52. There is no decided advantage to either team tn the schedule for the remainder of the season. Memphis has six games at home, and Atlanta has four. During the past week, Memphis gained a half game on Atlanta and the Chlckasaws are now four and a half games in the lead. KRAFT LACKS BUT 6 HOMERS FOR RECORD PORT WORTH, Tex., September 8. —With Fort Worth already an easy winner of the Texas League- pennant for the fifth year In succession. In terest Is centered in the effort of Clarence ‘*Blg Boy” Kraft to reach or pass the home-run record of Babe Ruth made In 1922. Kraft has made 54 home runs to date and his eight more games In which to make five to tie Ruth, or six to pass him. The Texas League season closes on Sep tember 14, but the club has a double header In. San Antonio and one in Beaumont. Kraft Is no youngster, having been playing ball for upward of 15 years. He always has been a hard hitter, but only In the last four years has his home runs been attracting atten tion. He has been the main offensive force of the Forth Worth club for six years. As he is 36 years old, ex perts have been predicting his finish each season. However, this year he has almost doubled his home-run mark of 1922 and 1923, when he hit 32 In each season. While several movements have been started to raise a large bonus for him, should he beat Ruth’s rec ord of 59, none of them has been car ried out. Should he have one of his streaks in the closing games and run his string to 59 or 60, several civic bodies will try to raise- a purse of 110,000 for him. Kraft’s present mark of 54 Is well above the former record of 49 In minor league held by Solomon, who set the record last season with the Hutchinson club of the Southwestern League. Previous to that, a mark of 45 had stood since 1895, having been made by Perry Werden of Minne apolis. unknown hours POETS have praised Ac wonders of Ac dawn, artists have caught Ac lights and shadows ot high noon, a sentimental public has raved of setting suns, but few and far between arc Ae happy people who know Ae unknown hours between sunrise and breakfast. Wonderful hours for Ac motorist, wheAer he be bent on business or pleasure. To Ac one Aey offer freedom from traffic, a quick trip to Ae city, an early start in Ae day’s work. To Ac oAcr, Ae strange charm of slipping swiftly through villages still sleeping in Ae pale sunshine. It’s fun to watch Ac waking world stretch and yawn, to note Ac first wisps of smoke rising from cottage fires, to speed through a land wiAout men. Explore the unknown hours. Whoever you arc you’ll find someAing worthwhile Acre, heal A, thrills, beauty, mystery. But don’t forget one Aing. Better slip around Ais evening to Ae nearest "Standard” pump and fill up on gas, oil, air and water. "Standard” is just the gas for starting sleepy motors on chilly mornings. STANDARD OIL COMPANY (New Jersey ) / “STANDARD" GASOLINE -- - - TWO ERRORS IN THE FIELD KEEP ROBINS OUT OF LEAD Over-Anxiety Hurts Cause of Brooklyns in Tilt With Giants—Double Defeat by Reds Proves Erratic Caliber of Pittsburgh dub. BY JOHN B, FOSTER. NEW YORK, September B.—Two errors in the field have cost the Brooklyn team first place in the National League race. That is tough on the Brooklyn team after its splendid spurt to win its way to the top. A little scrawny wild throw ended the winning parade of the Dodgers at Boston. Then a miserable, no-account fumble prevented them from beating the Giants and taking the league lead in Brooklyn on Sunday. Whenever teams make spurts like that of the Brooklyns, the great test comes when the spurt stops and the team resumes more normal base ball If it can fight and keep its head above water it has a chance to hold Jts advantage but if the reaction is too strong and it begins to wabble, it will be in and out for such a long period of games that it will lose its Had the Brooklyns been able to re turn home In the lead it would have been a harder team for the Giants to defeat Sunday. They would have had more confidence. The Brook lyn* were far more anxious than the Giants and they overplayed their game. The last stroke of the game came when Ruether was sent In to bat for Mitchell with the tielng run on third and the winning run on second with two out. That did not appeal to the Brooklyn fans, who are as fond of Renther as they are of Indian turnips. Ruether fanned flat. Pirate* Are Erratic. The double defeat of the Pitts burghs at Cincinnati yesterday re instated that team in the class of In and outers. If there Is a major league cjub that can rise to loftier heights of uncertainty it will not be found this year. The Pirates never were in better position to win the pennant in 1924 than they were be fore they played Cincinnati yester day. It was the story of other years over again and makes them resemble to© slubbers. The American League situation be gins the week a little more to the advantage of Detroit than the week previous began. The Tygers are growling again. The Yankee* con tinue to look bad. They were some thing like their old selves in the hard hitting game on Saturday, but yes terday they couldn’t hit. More than that, they were old men again. They do not effervesce as they did last year. They need gassing up. Base ball in the American League has melted down to two facts that are not to be denied. First, if the Washington club had been as suc cessful against St. Louis and Cleve land as It has been against New York and Detroit; the Nationals today might have been traveMng on Sum mit avenue. Second, If the Detroit club had been as successful against Washington and St. Louis as it has been against New York and Cleve- SPORTS. land it would have been In the very i thick of the scramble. It also may ; be added that If the Yanks had been as successful against Washington, Detroit and St. Louis as it has against all other teams, they would be out , in front. Browns Are a Xnlaaaee. 1 Out of all these outstanding land marks of the great base ball high way the assured truth can be de duced that the St. Louis Americans. ' lingering always where they can get the fragrant odor of the succotash cooking for the big party, have been a mighty thorn to the leaders, but just too weak to brush away all other opposition. There has been no American League race In years In which any club has • played a more aggravating part than the Browns. They begin this week victors over Detroit and Washington in the season series, and with enough victories over New York to beat them, yet the Browns seem to be more out of the pennant race than any of those three dubtt If that isn’t misery then there is none in the world. HYATTSVILLE’S NEW NINE ARRANGES LATE PROGRAM Despite the fact that the foot ball season is nearly at hand, the Hyatts ville base ball team has just been or ganized for the purpose of engaging in a number of attractive late season contests. A match with the Bolling Field nine September 13 at Indian Head, Md., in connection with the fair there, has been arranged. Manager Henry Hiser has this ma terial available for the local team; Halloran, Chase, Fenwick, Blakeman and Johnny Holden, pitchers; Belt, Bresnahan, McClay, catchers; Oscar Hiser, Mike Gordon, Werber, Fan ning, Brown, Purdum, Bert Sheehy, infielders, and Henry Hiser, Whaliey, Shankiin and Suess, outfielders.