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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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made one change in his lineup that '
should go well in competition with
other teams of the American league.
Nemo Liebold was in the outfield and
was top man in the batting order,
displacing John Collins from that
lofty notch.
For the remainder of the season
Collins should be removed from the
lead-off job. Either Liebold or Eddie
Murphy is superior to him for the
work. In the past when such a sug
gestion has been advanced there
have been various reasons assigned
for turning it down.
But Collins certainly has had a
long test on the job, and it is plain to
any one that he has failed on the as
signment Collins' fielding has been held up
as his greatest asset. But even that
has not been good recently. When
ever Eddie Murphy was urged for an
outfield berth it was pointed out that
Collins was far superior to former
Mackman as a defensive player.
But Murphy is one of the best of
fensive men of the league. He is dif
ficult to pitch to, offers at nothing
but good balls, bunts well and runs
swiftly to first, can hit hard if nec
essary, is a fine man on hit-and-run
plays, and runs bases with agility
and intelligence.
Compared to Collins, he would
add much more to the attack than
he would subtract from the defense.
This was true a month ago and it is
more emphatically true now, .with
Collins going badly in the field.
Further, if the Murphy-for-Collins
shift isn't liked, there remains Lie
bold. Nemo is the ideal type of lead
off man. He is small, but a fine
judge of pitching, and if used regu
larly will hit in the neighborhood of
.250--at least that, and probably bet
ter. He would secure many passes.
And the indictment of poor fielding
can certainly not be returned against
him. He is a fine fielder and can
travel farther after fly balls than
any member of the Sox suburban
corps. He has made catches on the ,
South Side that would be impossible -for
any other man on the team. J
John Collins is a fast man, but his
speed does not yield him as much as
it should. At the start of each sea
son we hear that Shano is to be one
of the league's leading baserunners,
as he should be, basing his qualities
on mechanical speed. But he never
seems to arrive, and many men,
much slower, top him in the base
pilfering records.
A change in this position will
make Rowland's team a much more
formidable combination, a better
run-making club and one just as
strong on defense.
Today the Sox exhibit in Syracuse.
Tomorrow they open in the east with
two games against Boston.
Morgan's double scored two for
Washington, beating Red Sox. Gallia
outpitched Mays.
Nabors held Yanks to five hits, but
was licked, Donovans scoring four in
first before man was out Cullop
was hit hard.
Errors bjr Cobb and McKee gave
Cleveland winning run. Dubuc allowed'-only
four hits. Cobb got dou
ble and two singles.
Phils batted hard, winning two
from Giants. Cravath and Kauff hit
Cheney passed seven, but allowed
only three hits, and Dodgers downed
Bob Roth, Cleveland right fielder,
one of the main factors in the recent
come-back of the Indians, has been
indefinitely suspended by Pres. John
son. Roth threw a pop bottle in the
bleachers at St Louis Saturday after
he had been showered with glass.
Danger of Roth hitting an innocent
spectator was the reason for the
sentence. The loss of Roth at thij
time will be a severe blow to the In
dians. St. Louis Cardinals have offered.
Shortstop Roy Corhan and a wad of
coin to San Francisco for Ping Bodie,
former Sox outfielder. Bodie is
slugging the pill in. the coast league,
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