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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 23, 1913, Image 9

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Siders played the best ball they have
shown this year.
On the second Eastern trip of the
Sox, which opens in Boston Friday,
a better showing is expected than on
the initial visit, when the locals failed
to gather half their games. The
team is stronger, both offensively and
defensively, than a month ago. Chase
was not on the roster at the start of
the last trip, Fournier was not play
ing regularly and a barrel of change
had not been spent for Larry Chap
pell. These three gents should make a
lot of difference this time. Chase is
playing a bang-up game, the best of
his career, Chappell has , the ear
marks of a big leaguer, and the de
velopment of Fournier into a regular
outfielder is the greatest piece of
good fortune that has befallen Man
ager Callahan this year.
We boosted the Frenchman yester
day, and' he backed up our roseate
claims with his war club yesterday.
Four times he faced Bob Groom,
twice clubbing doubles, once a single,
and the fourth time knocking a liner
that almost upset George McBride,
though the National shortstop man
aged to cling to the hurtling pill.
With Fournier and Collins club
bing there is hope for a heavy-hitting
outfield, something the Sox have
lacked in recent years. Chappell can
hit, if he can't do anything else. If
you tell his admirers he is an uncer
tain fielder, they answer that he is a
strong batter. If you claim he is a
poor baserunner, they come back
with the assertion that he will soon
be" denting the outfield fences with
line drives. That is one point on
which all agree Larry can hit
Collins, who has been in the throes
of a woeful batting slump, recovered
against Groom, and on his last two
times up maced a triple and double,
each of which counted in the scoring.
The drives were terrific wallops, on
a line over the heads of outfielders.
This performance should give the
long right fielder confidence.
Weaver and Chase turned a play
in the fourth inning that was the"
best bit of collaboration seen on the
South Side this year. Frank Laporte,
first man up, shot a fast bounder
directly over second. Buck skidded
over back of. the bag, knocked the
ball down with his glove, caught it
on the rebound, and while twisted
in a knot pegged to Chase. Hal
stretched out his gloved hand and
snagged the pill for the put-out, com
pleting a play in which only one hand
was employed by each fielder at all
Just one ball stood between Mor
ris Rath and a benching yesterday..
The second baseman rose to the oc
casion manfully, and will be in the
game except when a left-handed
pitcher works for the opposition,
when Joe Berger will exhibit some
of the stuff that made him the pride
of the Pacific coast. Morris faced
his critical period in the ninth, with
the bases loaded, two out and two
runs needed for the Sox to nose out
Washington, which had been kiting
along with an apparently safe lead.
Groom had just passed two men, and
Morris, one of the best waiters in the
league, was looking for the third
pass. Groom steadied unexpectedly,
and put Rath in the hole with the
count two and two. He sailed the
next one directly over the plate. Rath
cut it past third, tallying the winning
runs of a sensational finish. Now, if
Rath had poked a soft grounder for
the third out, had popped a dinky
fly, or had missed the pitch entirely,
he would have been roasted. He
would have been accused of lack of
nerve, and it is a practical certainty
that Berger would have been holding
down second when the Sox reach the .
East. Not because Morris lacks
nerve, because Callahan knows he
doesn't, but for the simple reason
that he has not been batting strong
ly. Berger, on the other hand, has
shown wonderful improvement. Joe
is playing out of position at second,
but his fielding is on a par with that

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