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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 08, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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Running down the league standing
a bit we find that St Louis slipped
into sixth place by trimming Wash
ington. Fielder Jones' gang is "go
ing some." It will pay all the first five
clubs in the American league to keep
their eyes on St. Louis.
It is an interesting fact that while
A the first two teams in the American
outfit are fighting it out, the second
two teams are also hard at it One
of them has to lose? so there is little
chance for both teams to crowd the
leaders. Cleveland is but two and a
half games behind the Sox and New
York lags but two games behind
Folks can laugh and criticize all
they wish, but nevertheless Connie
Mack's Philadelphia excuse for a ball
team is right likely to shatter a base
ball record. Yesterday's loss brought
their run of defeats to twenty
straight Twenty-one is a record.
Today the college rah rahs will pro
bably equal said record and tomor
row break it
It looks certain that Cincinnati and
Philadelphia in the National and
American leagues, respectively, will
have the-honor of battling for the
' cellar championship. It would be
right interesting to hook the two
bottom teams up in. a post-season
series just as they hook up the lead
ers. That would give one of the
teams at least a little something to
crow oyer.
A couple of things happen evecy
day that look like inside baseball.
P'rinstance, yesterday Eddie Collins
wouldn't swing at the ball until Umps
Owens got out of his vision. Then
Eddie singled. Then, again, it is re-
ported that automobile agents are
W busy taking orders from Sox players
to be delivered after the Sox win the
world's championship.
Stepping back into the Sox-Sox
game for a moment it is interesting
to note that the only bit of horse play
pulled off by the locals was when
they took to the field in the fifth in
ning. Reb Russell had been scaitop-1
ering around the bases and was a
bit tuckered. As Schalk stepped be
hind the plate for the usual couple of
throws before actual play, he "acci
dentally" tossed the ball into center
field. Felsch happened to be looking
at the scoreboard and the ball went
right through him. Then Joe Jack-i
son ran after it and stopped to count
the stitches. "When he threw it back
into the infield Eddie Collins "acci
dentally" muffed it. Then play start
ed, as Russell was pretty well rested
up. In the meantime Umpire Hilde
brand threatened dire action, but
quifklv forgot about it '
"Brick" Eldred, the Seattle center
fielder, who has been leading North
western league in batting, has been
sold to the White Sox. He will re
port at the end of the Northwestern
season. Details are lacking.
With the Cubs slipping badly,
trade talk grows louder. In New
York the busy scribes, who appear
to know more about Weeghman's
plans than Joe Tinker, have traded
practically 'all the members of the
Tinx at one time or another. Heinie
Zim is their particular pawn. They
have sprung the old yarn about Zim
going to New York.
There is a gdod chance that some
one will be traded. A classy infielder
is needed badly. The present east
ern trip has convinced Tinker of
that. So far the Cubs have won
four, lost nine and tied one, and
tighter work in the infield could have
swung many of these defeats over to
the Cubs.
Jimmy Lavender, who earned a
reputation as a Giant tamer, was
stripped of his title yesterday when
the ancient Hans Lobert stepped to
the plate in the fifth inning as a
pinch hitter with, the bases crowded
and cleaned them up with a double.
Mike Prendergast then took up the
burden and did fine, but the game
had already been decided. Heinie
Zim got back in the game and Zeider
was' shifted to second, while Knabe
nestled on the bench.

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