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PICKING CITY SERIES WINNER IS SOME PROBLEM "
Picking-the winner of the city
series between the Cubs of the
National League and White Sox
of the American league is no easy
task. A week ' ago the Cubs
could have been selected, and
with reasonable certainty they
would justify the choice.
They have the offensive and de
fensive power, and did have the
team play necessary to victory.
Whether they still will work to
gether in harmony is the big "if"
in the coming battle.
Their work in the Cincinnati
series showed a decided tendency
j Charley Murphy and his "tem
perance" proclamation are re
sponsible fpr the upset. The re
tirement of Chance is another fac
tor. Jt is not even known
whether he will direct the team in
the battles with the South siders.
Murphy's statement that Chance
would retire because of a decision
reached last August is taken with
: a grain of salt. It is peculiar that
the retirement was not announc
ed until the present controversy
arose, during which the Cub (man
ager has called the president of
"the club a "liar and ingrate," flat
ly declaring he would not sign
another contract as manager if
he was forced to take the,pledge.
, All of these things will work
to the detriment of the Cubs.
They are loyal to the manager
who has led them to victory in so
many strenuous battles, and his
retirement, practically forced by
furphy, is liable to cause them
to sulk. No ball team, no matter
how perfect mechanically, ever
was successful when perfect good
feeling did not exist between
players, manager and owner. The
Boston Red Sox, until this year,
are a glaring example of that ar
gument. It is a well known fact:
that the ''interference of John I.
Taylor when he was president of
the team caused a bunch of good
ball players to finish further down
in the race every year than $heir
There is one common interest
that may hold the Cubs together
in the short series beginning next
Tuesday on the South Side. The
winner's share of the receipts will
be larger than that of the loser.
The players want that additional
Mechanically, the Cub.s, out
shine the White Sox. Ed Walsh,
the pride of the South Side, and
onef the three best pitchers in
the American league, is the peer
of the two box-staffs. He trim-