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play. The other is the manner in!
which he goes after foul flies. Any
ball lofted within the confines of the
park back of the plate is almost a
sure out. Ray dives against the
stands, and on occasions has even
jumped into the players' dugouts in
his mad chase after the pill. Collid-
d ing with the barriers is no novelty
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Yesterday he caught a foul close
to the Washihgton.bench, skidded in
the soft gravel, slipped, and his leg
smashed through the screen cover
ing the lower part of the grandstand.
The limb stuck, and players of both
teams rushed over, expecting to pick
up the little fellow with a bad frac
ture. But when he was picked up Ray
limped for a minute, worked out a
slight soreness, and went back of the
bat as though nothing had happened.
A less fortunate man would have had
a cracked runner.
Fortunate are the Sox that Ray
bears such a charmed life. Joe Jack
son and Hap Felsch are sluggers, Ed'
Collins is the brains of the infield,
and Buck Weaver is the ginger jar,
but any of these noble athletes could
be better spared the team than the
diminutive catcher. He is the main
cog of the team and its most valuably
For 24 hours at least the Sox are
in first place, the first time they have
reached the pinnacle this year. Bos
ton was licked yesterday while the
local game was drowned out If the
Sox should split with Washington to
day and Boston wins the world's
champions will again go into first
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Cubs. When a team is licked 1 to 0
in 12 innings one day, and the very
next is defeated by the same mar
gin in 10 innings, it is not playing
bad baseball. Of course, some crit
icism may be made of the batters,
but if we are going to speak highly
of our own pitchers we must give the
opposing hurlers credit also.
Nothing the Cubs seem to do turns
out right. They attempt to sacrifice
and hit into force plays. They switch
to hit and run and again force plays
result. The other fellows make a
raft of errors and nothing happens.
Tinker's men commit one blunder
and away goes a ball game.
Joe has made a shift, putting Zim
on third and Zeider on second. With
what he has on his roster, that is the
strongest team he can put in the field
and one that should not be so easy
as its record in the east indicates.
So far 11 games have been played
in the east, and only three of them
have been Cub victories. Hendrix
pitched two of these, then lost when
he twirled a one-hit game. If that
isn't the climax of hard luck we
In spite of hard luck the team does
not seem to losing its spirit, which is
remarkable. A break in the luck is
almost bound to happen before many
days, and it may mean trouble for
the league-leading Dodgers. Tinker
would jatfier whip that team than
any in .the league, for he bears no .
good will toward Charley Ebbetts.
Browns won 13th straight, Koob
holding Red Sox to six hits. Sisler,
Tobin -and Rumler batted the vie- -tory.
Bagby outpitched Bush and Macks -lost
as usual. Roth poled double "
Russell outpitched Coveleskie, but"
Yanks lost seventh straight on er
rors. Russell fanned seven. l
Toney and Allen were winning
pitchers in Brave-Red split. Christy 1
Mathewson is a great manager. He -used
three pinch hitters in ninth in-3
ning of first game and all delivered.
Luderus hit homer and two sin-i
gles, Bancroft three singles and Nie
hoff two doubles in batfest against
Cards. Bender was winning pitcher.
Dodgers hit in seventh and eighth l
for all runs, Stengel's homer count-
ing three. Daubert got double and
-John Evers should challenge John
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