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Getting down to recent history, the
series of 1912 between the Giants and
Red Sox -was another triumph for the
left-hander. Marquard was the only
wrong-mitted guy to start in the
series. He took thebox twice against
the American League-champions and
was returned a winner each time.
Three runs and fourteen hits were
made off him in the 18 innings.
It was a notable triumph for south
paw pitching, even though Mar
quard's good work would not over
come the breaks of the game that
went against his team.
Ray Collins, the Boston southpaw,
had a poor record, allowing 16 hits
in 14 innings. He started one game,
but was knocked out. He finished an
other after the Giants had chased
Joe Wood in one frame.
The coming world's series, in
which it is a practical certainty that
the Giants and Athletics will repre
sent their respective leagues, pre
sents a remarkable study in the
staying powers of the two pitchers.
Itziso promises to be notable for the
fact that left-handers will not be the
dependance of John McGraw and
Away back in 1905 Christy Math
ewson and Chief Bender were the
star pitchers of their teams. In that
series every game was a shut-out,
four being won by the Giants and
one by the Mackmen. Bender and-
Matty were whirlwinds.
Now, after a lapse of eight years,
they are still the main reliance of
their managers. - Youngsters have
come and gone, flashed for a brief
time as stars in the baseball firma
nent, but the wily Indian and the
crafty Christy have stuck through
the vicissitudes of eight campaigns.
Each has been ticketed for the dis
card several times, the dopists work
ing on the old theory that "youth will
be served." And every time Bender
and Matty have emerged from the
oblivion from which they vere con
signed with their good right arms
doing the same heroic service,
The old speed may be gone, there
may not be the former suppleness of
the salary soupbone, but the guile of
the Indian and the wonderful brain
of Matjy have made up for the phys
Until a month ago, whenever the
world's series was mentioned, the fan
pictured Plank and Marquard hook
ing up in a left-handed duel to the
death. They were considered masters
of their art, and rightly so.
Plank was after the pattern of Mat
ty and Bender. A veteran of years'
service, he made up with his clever
ness what he lacked in his arm,( and
that arm still was able to throw a
baseball with pretty fair stuff on it.
Marquard has youth in his favor.
Hooted and jeered at for mediocre
work when he broke into the league,
the first of the' expensive recruits", he
gamely stuck to his job, encouraged .
by McGraw, and by his wonderful
pitching made the fans grant him
the. recognition due him for his scin
He was unfortunate in the 1911
series. One crashing blow from Bak
er's bat upset eight innings of mar
velous work. In 1912 he continued
his path to fame, setting a mark for
all time by winning 19 successive
games. He capped a wonderful year
by twice downing the champions of
the American League 'in the post
With these records back of them,
Plank and Marquard were naturally
looked upon for 'great things in the
impending fight. It was natural to
expect heroic feats from such men.
But a month ago the tide begaft to
set the other way. Plank, co-operating
with Bender to hold the Mack
men at the top of the heap, faltered
in his speedy stride. He dropped va
couple of games. The fans thouglit
little of it. It could not be expected
of him to continue his terrific pace. '
But succeeding events made the
break appear more than a temporary
one. Time after time lately Plank
has been batted hard. In bis last four