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this position is causing-his trouhle. '
He has too many good pitchers. Right
now there are half a dozen athletes
in the South Side gun division who
Imp can Bitch winmncr ball against the
class of batting displayed by the
American League. They don't always
win when they pitch winning ball, be
cause their backing isn't stout
Scott, Benz, Cicotte, Russell, Faber
and Jasper are all excellent pitchers.
They are the best sextet in either
league, and have kept the Sox in the
race to date.
But with six pitchers in action no
one of them gets enough work to
keep him in shape and at the top of
his game. The rest between battles
is too long, and the athletes grow
stale. Jasper has not been counted a
regular, but the other five 'have been
worked in turn. Even one game in
five is not enough for many pitchers,
notably Reb Russell, who has a ten
dency to take on weight, and needs
lots of exercise to keep in proper
The Texas southpaw in his last few
games has not much resembled the
star of 1913. But consider the dif
ference in the way he has worked.
Last season Russell did more work
than any other pitcher in the Amer
ican League. Besides pitching when
his own day came round he was used
as a rescuer when one of the reguktfs
There was much comment at the
time to the effect that the strain was
too much for the Rebel and would
play him out. But he is a big, strong
fellow, and time has shown that the
frequent performances were what he
needed to keep his proper stuff.
This year Russell has been used
when his proper turn came. The res
cuing task has fallen on the other
members of the staffs equally. Rus
sell has done about half the work he
did in 1913. And he has pitched about
half as well.
The best solution? apparently, is
to select four pitchers, use these four
in rotation and keep them everlast
ingly at it untn one falters. !Then
Callahan could call on one of the
bench warmers, substitute him for
the tottering one and give that ath
lete a rest.
In this way there would always be
four able boxmen doing active duty
and two others ready to leap to the
rescue at the first sign of failing.
Batting among the Sox is increas
ing, but the work of the pitchers has
not been appreciably lightened. The
batters are not hitting in sequence,
but if they continue to connect the
time is bound to come when they will
gather the swats in concert and
whale home the necessary runs.
If Connie Mack's team can go as it
did yesterday, strong pitching is not
needed. They gather their swats in
bunches and keep whanging away
until the opposing pitchers crumble
before the persistent attack.
Twelve thousand fans saw yester
day's double-header between the Chi
feds and Baltimore. It was a fine
crowd and helped the bank account
of the third league.
But this patronage will not con
tinue if there are many more violent
scenes such as characterized the first
battle, when seven Baltimoreans were
canned from the game for arguing
and offering to fight the umpires or
any member of the Chicago team.
Several of them had an uncontrol
lable desire to take a punch at Rollie
A good portion of the blame rests
on the players. But some of it should
be charged to the indicator handlers.
The brand of umpiring in the Fed
eral League is not good. There are
three or four arbiters who know their
business, but the others do not seem
very accurate in guessing decisions,
allow the athletes too much freedom
and do not keep the pastime moving.
.In the last respect there was some
improvement yesterday, one game
taking 1:47 and the other 1:50,
against 2:15 for the Sox-Athletic
President Gilmore was at the park
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