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CHASE'S FAILURE SEEMS TO PROVE BENCH
MANAGERS A NECESSITY
' By Billy Evans.
Is it good business to make a
manager out of a star player?
Experiences indicate it is not.
The .last example is Hal Chase,
who resigned as leader of the
No player has more ability
than Chase; no player has more
gray matter; no play en-quicker to
take advantage of opportunity;
no player more popular with his
team mates. Apparently he
would make an. ideal manager,
yet Chase had an'unpleasant year
When George Stallings was
leader of the team he did the driv
ing, while Chase did much of the
directing. When Stallings was in
trouble Chase loomed up as his
logical successor. Chase retained
his power of directing, but he
lacked the driving abijity.
Chase proved to be too good a
fellow to make a successful man
ager: Contrary to custom his
new duties did not affect his play
ing. In fact his work asta player
would have been hard to improve
While he is being generally
labeled as a managerial failure I
doubt if any one could have made
a hetter showing than Chase did.
With a pitching staff regarded
as the best in the league, he was
conceded a chance to finish well
The pitching staff was one big
reason for Chase's failure. In
stead of showing the form expect
ed the staff was an in and outer.
Injuries to several players, as well
as his own .serious- illness, was a
combination that would have
floored the best.
In time the playing manager is
liable to become extinct in the
rnajor leagues. Experience has
shown that the duties of manager
are enough for any .man.
In the National League Fred
Clark and Frank Chafice will
probably manage from the bench
this year. In the American
League Jimmy Callahan, Bobby
Wallace and Jake Stahl will be
playing managers and Stahl the
only one in the game every day.
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