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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1913, Image 9

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national League,' and continued first
basing in that speedy organization.
His batting mark was .309, and he
fielded for .979, making 12 errors in
sixty games". This spring he was
brought back, again as a first base
man. '
The Frenchman was a greatly im
proved ball player, but not up to the
standard of major league first base
men. He did heroic work while Bor
ton was on the bench, but wien
Chase came to the White Sox Jacques
again became a spectator. His bat
ting had not been terrific, but he was
meeting the ball cleanly, and appar
ently only needed regular duty to
make him a swell clubber. He was
finally given an opportunity last
week. About the only reason he
wasn't put in the suburbs. earlier was
that the team was in the East when
Chase was secured, and there was no
chance for Jacques to practice at his
new job.
As soon as the South Side was
reached, however, Cal put the pupil
out near the fence, and gave him
plenty of work chasing flies. He
showed aptitude for the work, though
of course was not a polished garden
er. He was given his chance in the
Athletic series, and has been making
good with a vengeance. He is fast
on his feet, a fair judge of fly balls,
but a trifle weak on shooting hits
back to the infield. His batting has
not been terrific, but there is no
cause for gloom.
Fournier cannot be converted from
an average first baseman into a star
outfielder in a week. Callahan real
izes this, and is not panning him for
natural slips. If the fans will be as
just they can go out next year and
see a reliable man in left field, and
his name will be Fournier.
We are through calling Shortstop
Weaver George. Last -week he was
given his dignified name because of
some swell plays he pulled off. Today
we call him Buck, which isn't a cir
cumstance to what some of the fans
called him yesterday, when he made
four errdrs. You can't tell about this
fellow Weaver. He is liable to go for
a week now without a bobble, mixing
in some of the swellest plays imagin
able. The Sox had the satisfaction of
getting an earned run off Johnson,
it being a homer by Cap Lord to the
left field gate. Both of the Washing
ton markers were the products of
errors by Weaver and Russell. Reb
was taken out after Washington had
two runs, that being all Johnson
needed to win. Callahan didn't want,
to use up his southpaw in a hopeless
fight. If he isn't used this afternoon
Reb will probably oppose Joe Boeh
ling tomorrow.
Clarence Smith, the White Sox
pitcher, admits he hurled for the Cou
lon Athletics in a semi-pro game Sun
day morning, violating the rules of
the national commission. He is liable
to either fine or suspension. The
Birmingham youngster says he did
not know he was out of order. He
will not be punished by Callahan be
cause of his good showing the same
afternoon, when he held Washington
hitless for four innings.
The practice of persons who know
how to run a typewriter, and who
have their stuff published in a news
paper, knocking -something or some
one just for the sake of a story, does
not make a hit with us. There are
a lot of so-called humorists, who fol
low this practice. They can't turn an
alleged joke unless there is a sting in
it, and the sting is usually blunt and
crude. This brand of humor is far
from clever.
Right now we are referring to the
benching of Roger Bresnahan by
Manager Evers of the Cubs. If Bres
nahan was refusing to obey Evers
he should have been benched, be
cause John is boss (we don't think
he is such a good one, at that), and
his orders must be obeyed unless he
is to become a joke to his players,
a man of straw.
But to say that Bresnahan is the
clog that is interfering with the run-

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