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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 07, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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There were a good many com
ments last season to the effect that
Joe Wood of the Red Sox and Walter
Johnson of Washington had lost
their effectiveness as pitchers. Just
how far off these comments were can
be learned from the records of the
American league hurlers, the official
figures being now available.
Wood in 157 innings allowed an
earned run'average of 1.49 per game.
But Johnson was the real leader, as
he performed in 336 innings, more
work than any other pitcher did, and
allowed 1.55 earned runs every nine
innings. Shore of the Red Sox was
third, 1.64 runs being counted off him
every nine innings of the 247 he
Mel Wolfgang, No. 5, was the first
Sox pitcher. He did but 53 innings
of toil, but allowed only 11 earned
runs in that time. Mel was used
mainly as a finisher, his task being
especially difficult, as the opposing
teams were usually in a hitting mood
when he went to work. That makes
his record especially good. Some
time the midget will get a real chance
and he will show the goods.
Jim Scott was the most effective
of the regular Sox hurlers, standing
sixth on the general list He allow
ed 2.03 earned runs per game. The
other Sock men finished as follows:
Benz, 2.12; Faber, 2.56; Russell, 2.60,
and Cicotte, 3.02. Wyckoff of the
Macks was the league's wild man,
passing 165, eight more than Low
dermilk of Detroit and St Louis.
Johnson's 203 was the highest strike
out total.
There were no changes in the lead
ers of the city bowling tournament
P. Nessinger and J. Rivest rolled into
third place in the doubles with
Donald Russell, left half, has been
elected captain of the 1916 Crane
lightweight eleven.
Ed Smith did not get off without
question when he called the fight be
tween Kid Williams and Frankie
Burns in New Orleans last night a
draw. The crowd, which was largely
tinged with Burns feeling, was so
sure the New Jersey man was
whipped that in the 18th round some
of the bettors began to pay off their
Williams and his manager, how
ever, found little fault with the ver
dict, which makes it sound like the
correct one.
In the first few rounds the chal
lenger gave the bantam champion a
sweet lacing and had him breaking
ground continually. But in the ninth
the tide began to turn and from then
to the finish it was all Williams, ex
cept for flashes in two rounds by the
New Jersey boy.
It was better work on the part of
Williams than was looked for. He
was aggressive for the last 11 rounds
and showed no signs of tiring un
der the terrific pace that was set
Tle men may be rematched for a
"New Year's day bout
While these two men were milling
there was a rumble away off in Phil
adelphia, Johny Ertle, the St Paul
flash, putting Young Diggins to the
canvas for keeps in 45 second. Er
tle disputes Williams' claim to the
title and wants a 20-round fight to
settle the question of superiority.
Conference colleges, with two ex
ceptions, are preparing to fight the
ban on baseball as a major sport
There will be more than enough sen
timent to demand reconsideration of
the rule just passed and the game is
safe for another year at least
Syracuse's football team beat Oc
cidental at Los Angeles, Cal., 35 to
0. The easterners ran over the coast
people all the way.
Al Wessling again defeated Cham
pion Alfred De Oro in a three-cushion
billiard match, 50 to 39, going out
with a run of 7 in the 60th inning;
Joe Capron defeated Joe Stone,
New York, 50 to 33, in a match o?

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