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Having created a world's rec;
ordby winning 16 straight games
on the road, Griffith's hustling
youngsters returned to Washing
ton yesterday" and made it 17
straight by 'walloping; the Ath-v
letics, before "a crowd of 18,000,
including President Taft, Vice
President Sherman and a raft of
senators and representatives-
Now they are but a game and
a,half behind the Boston Red Sox,
within easy reach .of first place
in the American league race.
To prove his contempt for a
tradition that "ashingtQn will
never win a pennant because of
the capitals torrid climate
which, the tradjtjon avers, saps
the life from therplayersr-Clarke
Griffith snorts, "Bunk!"'-
"Thatjhot weather stall was the
excuse of every old-timer sent
to Washington fo'r 25 years. It
kept them playing when " they
were ready for the infirmary.
Let us at 'em ! We want some of
that hotAveather," sayrGriffitlf. Y
The Nationals have looke'3. like
champions since Decoration Day.
The pitchers have performed"
wonders and the tedm supports,
them, at bat, in the field and on
he bases. Luck has broken for
tKem, as it always breaks for a
winner. They have not suffered
from accidents and the team looks
like a million dollars.
It is the youngest team under
the big tops, regular boy won
ders, and they act like kids on
circus day. The didoes, they've
cut around the western rim are
shameful. They're no respecters
Griffith made Jiis youngsters
believe, that the Walshes, Dono
vanes, Gregges and Fords are as
easy s steam-rolling a Republi
can delegate and' they took it as
gospel and bqat -them. No
pitcher can scare them by throw
ing his glove onto the field.
Inpractice these untamed yan
nigans resort -o vaudeville to5
stampede the enemy. They flash
through sizzling, ground and
lofty fielding practice, whale the
whey out of straight ball pitch
ing in batting practice and stop
t nothing calculated to grate
upon the enemy's nerves. Judg-i
ing fromth way tfteyiare going
the stuff takes like the; smallpox
FQr; a long time Walter John-"
son, George McBride and "Zeb"
Milaji were the Washington
stars. Today Chick Gandil, Chw
cago casoff; ' "Kid" Foster,
Modler, Saks and Morgan,,
minqrleajjue'rl, with a couple of'
kid pitcher share honors withft
The- team is ay sweet-working
machine that grinds ceaselessly.
The parts fit as suUgly as a tube
skirt on a burlesgue-prima donna,
and obey the master hand of Grif-
frth, who was "Stopped by Newi
York and Cincinnati just when he
It must be cherries for "Griff
to "dome back" with the hum
blest of the humble and daub'
victory after victory on baseball's
pages for Frank Farrell and Gar
ry Herrmann to reflect upon.
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