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tion. Twisted out of shape back of
second, or third, he manages 'to get
the ball away in some supernatural
manner,-' and is rapidly getting the
correct range. Anyone who has fol
lowed his play closely has noticed
that heis making fewer wild throws
than earlier in the season.
Weakness in batting at one time
almost relegated Weaver to the,
bench. That was last season, be-ore
he developed into such a wonderful
fielder. But he practiced batting left
handed and increased his swatting
power. At present he is lead-off man
on the Sox team and one of 'its best
batters, hitting around .260.
Weaver is game. He lacks experi
ence, but is ambitious, and tries
stunts an older player would not at
tempt, because they are "not in the
Al Bridwell of the Cubs follows
the Weaver system of play sa far as
he can, but Al is considerably older
than Buck and lacks his rival's speed.
He can not cover as much ground,
nor throw from as awkward a posi
tion, though he is better than the
average at this angle. No man in
either league is BridwelTs equal at
going into left field to capture short
flies. He has cut off numerous hits
through this accomplishment during
Bridwell's batting average is small
er than Weaver's, but he is a danger
ous man with the stick. Al is a "min
ute man." He is on edge in a pinch,
and is considered by opposing pitch
ers a difficult man to get by when
runners are on base. He is not much
of a baserunner.
At short the Sox have the call.
Weaver can cover more ground than
Bridwell. Al has the -balance, but
Buck has Jhe speed. In a short series
Weaver's batting superiority will not
tell heavily. In baserunning Weaver
gets the verdict by a wide margin.
Arthur Fletcher of the Giants is the
question mark of the coming wbrld's
series.. In the last two Dost-seasok
tilts he has been the weakest spot in
McGraw's defense, and has also been!
lacking in attack." Against Hinvwill.be
Jack Barry, one of the best, and one'
of the least-talked-of shortstops in
Fletcher is having a good season.
He is. batting over .300, and fielding
"P to the league standard Whether
ne can maintain this stride in the
post-season contests is the big "if."
Past performances are against
him. In 1911 and 1912 he played
excellent ball during, the regular sea
son. When the acid test came against
the American Leaguers he went to
pieces, and in one of the games last
year McGraw took him out because
he lost his nerve. But he was put
back next day, and finished the ser
ies playing top stuff. That is a pretty
plain indication that he isn't "yel
low." But Fletcher seems to lack the
stuff that gives sprinters the strength
to add a little speed in the last ten
yards. He has no reserve force to call
on in an emergency.
The Giant can cover considerable
ground between second and third and
throw well during the season. He
also bats heavily during the season.
But can he do it in a world's series?
He never has.
Barry is 'the direct anthithesis of
Fletcher, so far as coming through
in an emergency is concerned., He
has Jaken part iny two post-season
clashes with the- champions of the
National League, and in each has
starred with a loud commotion. His
playing in the derby events has been
far above his class during the season.
Barry rises to the occasion.
His regular speed is better than the
majority of shortstops. Barry is
something like Larry Lajoie. Because
of-the grace with which he goes after
balls the hard chances are made to
look easy. For what reason you sel
dom hear of -Barry's sensational play
ing. He is not a spotlight man.
As a batter this year Barry is be
low Fletcher. He is the only Mack
regular sticking under .300, Jbeing