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is needed to check a Sox assault,
Speaker is the man on the spot to
grab the ball.
If a hit is needed to jolt the Sox
hopes and bewilder their defense, up
steps Mr. Speaker-and prods the ball
to any field he chooses. And if he
thinks it would benefit his team to
take an extra base, he just goes out
and swipes said base.
No man in the league does such
scintillating work, against the South
Siders. He stands apart from the
other Red Sox players, and-Bill Car
rigan is not bossing any ordinary
bunch of ballplayers.
Despite the claims made for Cobb,
there are plenty of critics who will
rank Speaker on a plane with the
Georgian. For one thing, Speaker
appears in more games throughout
the season than Cohb. He is seldom
out from injuries and is not disposed
to bust his valuable thumbs on
butchers' domes. He understands
that he is paid to play ball for Bos
ton and lives up to all the require
ments of his contract.
On defense Speaker is better than
Cobb. He is a daring fielder, fre
quently making dangerous diving
catches. And he has a remarkable
throwing arm, far superior to that
attached to the Peach.
Cobb has always outbatted Tris, so
far as the averages are concerned,
but the Texan fhas an uncanny habit
of getting his hits in the pinch, and
will drive in just as many runs on the
season as Cobb.
In the base-running department
Cobb has the edge, of course, though
the margin is not wide.
Three hits were registered by
Speaker yesterday. One was a double
and scored the first two Red Sox
runs, upsetting Paber. He advanced
an extra base on the important dou
ble, Alcock dropping the ball, and
placed himself in position to score on
a passed ball. Tris' other two hits
did not figure in the scoring.
But his fielding was the most re
markable part of yesterday's exhibi-1
1 tion. Berger stung one ball on a high
line to right center. It looked a sure
triple. But Speaker dashed over and
picked the pill out of the air as it was
going over his shoulder.
Later Bodie slashed a low, rakish
liner to center. Another extra-base
hit was in prospect. Skidding, wind
ing up with a daring dive, Tris grip-
ped the ball and Bodie was out. One
of those catches was enpugh for any
Faber lasted three innings, being
mauled in the third. Lathrop pitched
five good innings and Scott finished.
Leonard baffled the Cals and fanned
eight. Collins scored the only Sox
run on his triple and a wild pitch.
In the last two days the Cubs have
overlooked a couple of swell oppor
tunities to advance on the Giants.
Failure to take advantage of the
openings has left them three games
to the rear. Cincinnati did its part
by the west by getting two from New
York, but the Phils copped two in
three from the West Siders.
Now the penalty is being paid for
Larry Cheney's frequent work the
early part of the season. At the very
time wnen Cheney is needed most he
is useless and has been batted out of
the box on his last two starts, lasting
a total of four innnings, during which
time seven runs and nine hits were
made off him by the Braves and Phil
Physically, Larry doesn't need any
more rest. He has been given a good
vacation recently, but his arm appar
ently was weakened by the early sea
son strain and has not regained its
Cheney was never an Ed Walsh. M
The title of West Side Moose was a
misnomer. Larry has the willingness
and determination, but he lacks the
physique and stout arm of the orig
inal Chicago iron man and could not
carry out , the assignment.
Take away Cheney's effectiveness,
and if the Cubs win the pennant it
will be a sad commentary on the
strength of the National League this