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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 09, 1912, Image 10

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upon Tiira, and unless he rises
above the sea of mediocrity, he
too, is destined to join, the ever
swelling squad of ex-Cleveland
managers.
Wrn. R. Armour was the first
(manager ot tne Cleveland club
wnen the American league was
organized by Ban Johnson. He
iiad captured pennants witn nis
Dayton, 0., club,, and had devel
oped Eari Moore, GeUe Wright
tand Johnny Gpchnauer, who went
i with him to GevelancL, He grab
bed Addie Toss from 1 oledo and
made the big deal which took La-
hoie, Flick and Bernhard to Cleve
land. Armpur started wellt but
the players did not fancy being
dictated to by a maa who had
never played ball in the league,
and petticoat politics played a
hand in forcing Armour out
Napoleon Lajoie, idolized by
the fans, succeeded Armour. The
greatest natural player the game
.ever saw, Larry was anything hut
a great leader. Too easy going,
pie proved a poor disciplinarian,
and although the team made one
great pennant fight, it was torn
asunder by cliques, and Lajoie
jgave up the ghost
Jim McGuire followed. A play
er of the old school, he had failed
i to keep up with the game. He
(ran the club by signals, -directing
eyery onensive piay, until tne
team's efforts became humorous,
Individual initiative was. choked
and players lost hearL The team
jwas a joke and McGuire resigned
under criticism, in mid-season, to
act as scout until tne expiration
si his contract
McGuire's resignation ihrew;
the, burden of the team upon the
shoulders of hustling George
Stovall, and the club forgeq
ahead. Stovall, it is, said, gave,
one order "Play t ball, fellows!
and they responded likemagicT
jumping from sixth place to
third. The public clamored fo
Stovall as manager this year, but
long before McGuire had become
disgusted Owner Charlie; Somers;
had signed Harry Davis of the
Athletics to act as manager, and;
Stovall was .sent to St Louis
Somers would have been money,
ahead had he handed Davis a;
year's salary and xetained Stovall,
for Davis has quit before the
wave of criticism and humor by
press and fans, and has been suc
ceeded by Joe. Birmingham.
Ball players and umpires say
-Birmingham is the brains of the;
club. A. graduate of Cornell,
"Strong Arm" is a student of the
game and more than once it was
said that it was his head behind
the aggressive Stovall that made,
the latter a success. x
Birmingham's big task is to,
convince Charlie Somers that HEt
is to be the MANAGER. Inter
ference has handicapped titer
!Naps more than managerial blun-.
ders. A McGraw or Chance could,
Tiave won pennants with ther
'Cleveland club, because a Mc
,Graw or a Chance would brook.
no interference
Vice President E- S. Bernardj
is said to.be the man responsible
for the poor showing. An ex-.;
sporting writer, Bernard is one of
the game s shrewd men, but as a

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