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win a game. Those four men will
probably do all the pitching of the
series. Benz is unreliable and isn't
needed. Wolfgang has been an eter
nal puzzle to the Cubs, but may not
The 'game was a warm affair. It
was full of good playing and furnish
ed excitement every step of the way.
But the fans did not show the usuai
interest There hasn't been a nicer
day for" basebalf all season. Yet only
17,250 persons watched the proceed
ings, 2,200 fewer than attended the
first game last year.
Even the rooting of those present
was not tin a par with what has hap
pened in the past. There were no
arguments worthy of note in the
stands and little betting on the out
come of this individual game.
Now that the American league sea
son is over, the deposing of Manager
Eowland has begun by the dopesters.
This merry pastime will not get its
full impetus until the city series is
out of the way, but the early birds
are wasting no time.
John McGraw did not come near
the ball park in Brooklyn yesterday
while his Giants were licking the
Dodgers. Evidently the Little Na
poleon had not cooled off after his
anger of the previous day, when he
accused his men of refusing to obey
signals, to the profit of the people
across the bridge.
Garry Herrmann said McGraw was
making himself foolish by talking as
he did. President Tener of the Na
tional league said McGraw's attitude
was childish, and officials of the New
York club professed to be astounded
at the statements of the manager.
Some of the players he criticised
were wroth and demanded the pilot
retract his statements.
All of which cranked up the rumor
that McGraw would manage the
White Sox in 1917. This report was
loosed earlier in the season, but a
flag campaign was on then and Pres
ident Comiskey of the Sox spiked it
by saying Rowland would manage .
the team for the rest of the cam
paign. 1 here is no doubt Commy .was dis
appointed at the showing of his club,
he had a right to be. By liberal use
of cash and some lucky develop
ments, he had the hardest hitting
team that ever represented Chicago
in the American league. He had, the
best catcher in baseball and com
petent pitching. But these factors
didn't make a winning combination.
Where the blame lies is something
every one is free to guess on.
, Baserunning, or the lack of it, was
the great fault of the 1916 Sox, and
among a set of men that combined
better than the average speed with
as much intelligence as the ordinary
-ball 'club boasts. Some of the
coaching of these runners was as
tragcally ludicrous as anything ever
seen on a ball field. It was much im
proved after Kid Gleason came to
Now, while McGraw is being talked
of as a. White Sox manager, observe
what Ban Johnson has to say of the
McGraw muddle in New York: "Such
a statement is an outrage. If such
a situation -had arisen in the Ameri
can league somebody would suffer
And Johnson is not friendly to Mc
Graw han't been since McGraw, as
manager of Baltimore in the Ameri
can league, jumped to the Giants
and took the cream of the playing
talent with him.
Today the National league winds
up its season. Then comes one day
of rest and preparation and Red Sox
and Brooklyn come together for the
championship of the world. Boston
is a deserved favorite. Jack Barry
tried his injured hand in practice
yesterday, but it is doubtful if he will
be in shape to play.
That leaves the pivotal work of the
infield up to Janvrin, who has done
noble work during the closing stages
of the pennant race. In all other de
partmnets Carrigan will have his reg
ulars in the game and his pitchers
Ai - ..feS.