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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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ills shot for the pinnacle by the mar
velous recrudescence of Ed Plank,
a 42-year-old southpaw, -who was
labeled at the end of his career three
seasons ago. In the last month
Plank has been the most effective
southpaw in either major league.
Chief Bender is pitching a good
A game frequently for the Phils and
his guile is admittedly partly respon
sible for the manner in which De
maree and Mayer have rounded to
form recently. The Redskin knows
a lot of the art of curving a baseball
and is imparting his knowledge to his
new mates.
But Jack Coombs, who paused the
Cubs with a lone single yesterday,
refusing to allow one of the locals to
reach second base, is the most sensa
tional come-back of this great pitch
ing trio that made world's champion
ships for the Macks with such machine-like
Coombs is doing more work than
either Plank or .Bender. Through
the season's wash he has not been
so effective as Plank, but more nig
gardly with runs than Bender.
Coombs strained himself ina world
series game. For a solid year the
big pitcher lay strapped to a hospital
bed, heavy weights attached to his
'feet in an effort to pull his body back
to its normal position. His life was
almost despaired of and there was
not the slightest hope he would ever
pitch another game of ball.
But the indomitable will that
pulled Jack through many a tight
situation on the ball field helped him
in the hospital and he got well. Mack
figured hewas through. Then Gil
bert Robinson stepped in and signed
Coombs. Jack pitched -but two or
j- three games first season after his 111
" ness, but last year he was at some
thing approaching his Athletic form.
This season he has been even better.
Aside from his work in the box,
Coombs is valuable for his instruc
tion to young pitchers and his coach
ing of baserunners. He has brains
and knows how to employ them.
The most unusual comeback in
athletic history, Coombs owes his
present position as much to courage
as to his physique.
Brooklyn finishes its year's work
on the North Side Wednesday. The
Brave's and Phillies follow. There is
no breathing space ahead for the
'North Siders and the team must do
better than for some time past in or
der to stick at the head of the second
division. Tinker will be better forti
fied shortly with the return of Wil
liams and Kelly to the outfield. Zim
is back at third. His stay there de
pends on how he'filays.
Six games for the White Sox this
week against the Yankees and
Washington. During the same period
the Red Spx will be engaged with
Cleveland and Detroit. That makes
it about an even break for the con
tenders, so far as the class of the op
position is concerned. Rowland is
handicappead by the absence of Jack
Ness, who may be out for the entire
eastern trip.
Fournier has not hit since being
senf hack to firs base and his field
ing has been far from good- But we
are banking on Kid Gleason and the
ginger and vjm he will inject into the
athletes to make up this deficiency.
The Sox pitching is as good as at
any time this year and the. team is
in excellent position to edge to the
front at any time.
Passes and wild pitches by Mitchell
gave Braves victory over Reds.
Hughes rescued Allen. Maranville
knocked four hits.
Cards hit Benton while Steele held
Giants. Betzel hit two doubles and
triple, his three-bagger coming with,
bases full.
Ernest Kockler and Wm. Kell won
the 50-mile team bik race at River
view. Second place went to Vander
palt and Himschoot Kockler and
Vanderpalt decided first place In a
mile sprint
"Frank French, N. Y. A. C, broko
the world's record for the 120-yard
low hurdles in New York, time 14
seconds, a fifth of a second better
than the old mar

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