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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 31, 1912, Image 10

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By Elmer E, Bates.
While Boston is on its second
road trip, the Hub is preparing
for the world's championship,
which every one there, is sure will
be between the teams of Stahl and
It is knoyn to baseball men
that Owner McAleer and Man
ager Stahl of the Red Sox are
more in fear of Mr. Connie Mack,
QOnnie Mack.
right now despite Boston's lead
of 120 points over the Athletics
than of Washington, which has
hung onto Boston heels stead
fastly for weeks.
The reason for this fear is the
resourcefulness of this same Con
nie Mack, the shtewdest man in
The fans realize that Mack has
ad but one of his "big four" to
rely upon this 'season. Eddie
Plank is the only one of that won
derful quartet who has pitched to
form. Coombs, the "iron man,"
has been winning on his nerve,
Early this season he was injured
and still feels the effect of the
hurt. Morgan has been released.
Bender well, it requires ta;t to
handle the Bender case.
Has the great Chippewa taken
to the first-water trial that led an
other great red man, Louis Sack
alexis, to oblivion? Common
talkvamong ball players says he
has, but common talk also says he
is repentant and has assured the
ever-Forgivmg Mack that he will
just about break his neck to pull
the team into the lead.
The charges against Bender ap-
ply to an outfielder also. . This"
player is on the bench, watching
a less capable man filling his
To the charge that Mack erred, -as
have so many other managers,
in not strengthening his pitching
staff in time, Connie would plead
not guilty. His alibi would T)e
that with Coombs. Bender, Plarik
and Morgan, going as tKey were
last fall, the need of new pitchers
was not visible.
Connie picked up four "young
sters, two of wliom, Brown and
Houck, are of the quality' he ad
mires "men" with natural ability
willing to learn.
There are aboiit 55 games to be
player before the American
league flag falls, and there is
plenty of time for Boston to drop
back, and the Athletics to come
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