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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 06, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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National League
W. L. PcL ' W. L. PcL
Boston 99 49.669
Detroitl00 54.649
Chicago 93 61 .604
Wash'n 85 66.563
Pittsb'fi-73 81 .474
StLouis 72 81 .471
Cincin'ti 71 83 .461
N.York. 68 81.456
American League
W. L. Pet W. L. Pet
Phila.. 88 62.587
Boston 8168.544
BrTdyn 80 70.533
Chicago 73 80 .477
N.York. 68 81.456
StLouis 63 91 .409
Clevel'd 57 95.375
Phila... 41109.273
.National League. No games; rain.
American League. No games; rain.
At 2:30 this afternoon at Comiskey
park on the South Side White Sox
and Cubs clash in their ninth dual
combat. Of the previous eight en
gagements, five have been American
league victories, two were won by
the West Siders and the other was a
tie, each club in 1903 winning seven
games. Not since 1909 have the West
Siders downed the people from the
stockyards neighborhood.
Heretofore "rt has been the custom
to bill these battles, as tussles for the
championship of the city, but that
title can hardly go to the winner this
fall, with the Whales hanging about
the offing on the North Side and mak
ing threatening gestures at their or
ganized rivals. The Cubs and Sox
must be content to play for the or
ganized championship.
Generally the series is still referred
to as for the city title, but not among
followers of the Federal league, nor
among those who believe in a fair
field for all comers with the major
league stamp.
Certainly a team which finished
third in its league and another which
finished fourth in its circuit cannot
calmly push aside the claims of a
te'am which won the pennant in its
respective organization. And that is
what the Whales did, as those who
remember the dramatic double-header
last Sunday against Pittsburgh will
In some prejudiced quarters the
Federal is not classed as a major or
ganization because of the location
and size of some of the cities that go
to compose the circuit. That is ridic
ulous. Playing class makes a major
league, despite the tradition which
holds the National as a major through
all vicissitudes.
Unprejudiced opinion gives the ver
dict that the brand of baseball played
during the season just closed in the
Federal was every whit as good,
lumping the clubs, as that seen in the
National, and only a trifle under that
of the American. The latter organ
ization had the best league in the
country, playing better baseball than
any competitor.
However, the Whales are out of it,
and interest is hot in the clash of the
Cubs and Sox. Tradition backs the
series and the fans will turn out to
root for their favorites.
This season, for the first time in
city series history, the American
leaguers face the barrier as favorites,
betting odds making them choices
at 5 to 3. For this reason a flock of
dopesters, remembering how paper
prophecies have been overturned in
the past, are getting down heavily be
hind the Bresnahans.
The Cubs will go into the series
with no prestige to maintain. They
have nothing to lose and everything
to win. They are not highly regard
ed and are considered a misfit aggre
gation, stacked up besides the White
Sox. Rowland takes with him to the
first game three batters who have
clouted the ball throughout the sea
son for a mark better than .300 and
no Sox manager in the past had even
one club capable of swatting the pill
for that average. -
One thing may cause a slowing up
of the work of this mauling trio. All
of them swing their bats from th

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