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year, and has done little work so far
President Murphy is also after
George Suggs, the veteran Cincin
nati twirler. Tinker believes Suggs
is through as a Red, and peddled him
to some of the Eastern teams. The
latter, however, did not like the
price, and had nothing to offer in the
way of players. Whether Murphy has
offered players or is planning a
straight . cash transaction has not
Manager Callahan of the Sox is to
experiment with a new idea, the
coast-to-coast infield. To do this he
will bench Morris Rath and stick Joe
Berger on the job at second base.
This means the inner defense will
consist of three Californians and one
gent from Maine, Harry Lord. Morris
was unfortunate in not being, born
on one of the seaboards of our fair
Light hitting is the reason for
Rath's displacement. The little in
fielder hits .the ball often enough, but
the opposing outfielders are wise to
him, and play close enough to snag
the flies that sail over the infield.
This diminishes his effectiveness and
is proving costly to the team.
Berger has not been played regu
larly this season and for that reason
has no very wealthy batting mark.
On the few occasions when Joe has
been allowed to play several games
in a row he has shown promise of
developing into a valuable infield
prop. He is playing out of position
at second place, but is a natural field
er and can soon learn the angles of
the new position. He is more aggres
sive than Rath, and he and Weaver
should form a hustling combination
around the keystone. Both are young
and ambitious, and the fact that they
were rivals for the shortfield position
this spring will make them vie with
each other in turning sensational
feats. Berger will want to demon
strate that he is the equal of Weaver,
even though the latter got the regu
lar job, and Buck will seek to justify
the judgment of his manager. One
thing in Berger's favor, he is as game
as ballplayers come, and this will be
a great help to him.
There is great talk about a shift
in the Sox outfield. But just notice
that when there is conversation
about some guy getting benched the
name of Jack Fournier isn't mention
ed. Not even a whisper. The French
man has solidified himself in that
outfield, and as long as he continues
at his present gait he needn't worry (
about what he will be doing for a
couple of hours each afternoon, ex
cept when it rains.
Chappell is to go back on the job,
Bodie getting the hook. Larry will
hold down left, in which position he
made his reputation with Milwaukee.
John Collins, who has been in a bat
ting slump, will shift over to center,
and Fournier will take the place in
right. Collins claims playing the sun
field on the South Side has affected
his batting eye, and the manager
wants to see if there is anything in
the alibi. Fournier says a whole con
stellation of suns won't dim' his
Dan Griner pitched as good ball as
Rube Marquard, but the Giant left
hander got the breaks in luck, and
won his ninth straight victory. He
gave the Cards seven hits. A fast
double play in the second inning
averted disaster for him when St.
Louis was threatening. Snodgrass
did effective work with the willow.
Brooklyn pounded 13 hits in each
game of a double-header with the
Reds, Ames and Benton being soft.
Curtis and Rucker puzzled the Reds.
Cutahaw of Brooklyn drilled two
homers, a double and four singles in
the two affairs. Benny Meyer whaled
a triple and four singles. In the first
game Johnny Kling rolled a triple
and two singles.
Joe Jeannette and Sam Langford
have combined to earn a meal ticket.
They will mix in New York Sept 3,
the bout to go ten rounds.
The word of Connie Mack, leader