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CALL'S DOUBLE PAGE OF SPORTS Those Grandstand Managers BOTH BIG LEAGUE RAGES SHOULD BE DETERMINED THIS WEEK SAYS CHRISTY New York Appears to Have the Advantage in the Pitching Department, Although Twirlers of Both the Athletics and Giants Are Not in the Best of Form Because of the Hard Season CHRISTY MATHEWSON New York Giant Twirler, Who Is Writing a Series of Articles for The Call. CHICAGO, Sept. 15.—The races in both big leagues should be settled this week. The Phillies have given the Giants a mucli harder run to the wire than we expected, and the Cleveland club had a good chance to drive the Athletics right up to the finish, only it cracked wide open. The nar rowing down of the margin between the contending teams in the two leagues is not due so much to the superior playing of the clubs running second as to the slump of both the Athletics and Giants. ° • "We started west for the final trip with a lead of one game in 1911," said McGraw- when the Giants had boarded the train for Pittsburg to begin their swing around the circuit last Tuesday night, "and we won the pennant away from home. The race Is not so close this year. We now hftvo a margin of five games on the losing-side and seven and a half In all. 'But you fellows have got to fight to win. There can't be any loafing. ' This trip.will tell the tale." »The Giants are now fighting with their toe cleats dug In. It is only a cane of holding on to the finish, and I believe we can do lt. By tomorrow ' night we will have completed the hardest part of our western trip with ; the St. Louis and Cincinnati teams remaining to played, while the Qua kers are meeting the Cubs and Pi rates. We should gain in the next few days enough. I 6hould think, to make the answer definite. Aa a mat ter of fact. If we don't lose ground on thia trip," we are satisfied. GIANTS HAVE HAD STRAIN If anything, the Athletics have blown werse than the Giants have in the last month, but they have not been "up against as tough a proposi tion. Where the Phillies have braced In our league, the Naps have weak ened as fast or faster than Mack's team In the American. There was some excuse for the decline of the Athletics. Bender and Plank, the backbone of the pitching staff, had worn themselves out In the long flght for the pennant. They tell me that both these pitchers have been trav eling on their nerve and baseball shrewdness alone for the last month. Most of their "stuff has been gone. I have It from- a very direct source that "Connie" Mack was badly wor ried up to the end of last week. He Waa afraid that the Cleveland boys would suddenly display some of the form they showed In the early season, which kept them spurting up near the top, and that hia club would not be able to hold its lead. The double shot of defeat which Washington gave the Naps. last Tuesday, pretty nearly broke the heart of that club. Griffith handed Birmingham both bar rels. It just goes to verify the report that has been loose in the American league for some time. The eastern clubs are all pulling for the Athletics because •f the manner of the Napa on the field during this season. Griffith, a double header to play with Cleve land, and he shot both Boehling and Johnson in one afternoon. Each was at the top of his form, and the two defeats were thrown into Birming ham's club, which dose is calculated to take the heart out of any team that is fighting for the championship and that misses a ball game as much as a one legged man would miss his last support. GIANTS HAVE WORRIED The Giants have done their share of worrying in the past month, too. The failure of some of the pitchers to show their best form, combined with one of the worst batting slumps the club has ever experienced, is largely responsible for the anxiety. Neither Tesreau nor I have been at our best for a month, Demaree and Marquard having done the best work. The long summer seemed to drag on me, and Tesreau has had an In and out year. But the pitching is not altogether to blame. It has been necessary for the twirlers to deliver practically shutout ball for them to win one because of the light hitting recently. The New York club has always batted harder on the road than at home for the last three seasons. Therefore, we were all glad to get away on the road this time. We also felt that we would havo to settle down and work, and the air of confi dence which the players wore when they returned from their last western trip had been completely dissipated by the time we had completed this home stand. We are away on the road strictly on business now, and we are out there to cinch that pennant Just as soon as possible. McGraw hates a close finish because it wears his team out for the world's cham pionship games, and besides it Is hard on the nerves. In that he has noth ing on me or any of the rest of us. All the players want the race over Just as soon as possible. We have nad all the thrills out of it which we can use. J don't expect to see Philadelphia hold up through this trip, not even as well as it has gone so far. The flashes of form recently shown by Rlxey and Chalmers appear to have been only flashes and Dooln is back Once Mighty Stahl Is Now a "Busher" CHICAGO, Sept. 16 Jake Stabl. manager of the world* champion* in 1012. will become a ncml-pro naMgtf for the aec ond tliue in Ills career when he l>efoiii»»* h(w« of the Jake Stabl club. KtartfnK next Sunday. The announcement ntn ift*ue<l at la«t night's meeting of tbe Inter City baaeball aiisoi-iallon by tbe present manager, who will tun ■ •CJT the team at next Sunday** game at l*er"u, Incl. Makl will play first base for the club from now on and expects to make lt one of the bis clubs oa to the old program of Beaton and , Alexander again. Neither has the team displayed the ability to put over the final punch when it has arrived within reaching distance of the Giants three or four times this season. The history of th*e race in the National league this year has been the story of the advances and falling back of the Philadelphia club. Each time the Quakers did drop back I'll admit that we thought that they had gone for good and that they would not re cover. It must be conceded that they have hung on well; that their last spurt has been the most forceful, and that their chances of overtaking us would have been good if the race had been a trifle longer. But I do not believe they would have ever over taken the Giants at that. The New York club has the ability to catch its stride in crises, while the Phillies have shown consistent form in slump ing a.t times most convenient for us. SUGGING BATTLE Neither the Giants nor the Athletics will be at their best In the world's se ries, provided we both arrive, which I honestly think we will. The series probably will be more exciting than tho games in 1911 between the same clubs, because the batting should be more extensive. Nearly every o«ie of those 1911 games up to the last one was a pjtchers' battle. Neither staff is in very good form now, so that the hitting' should be loose and the games thrilling. It is my opinion that the Giants will have more reserve force in the box, because McGraw is carry ing right now more seasoned and re liable pitchers than "Connie" Mack. So far in our series of comparisons of the players on the two teams, we have got around to the second base men. Both the Giants and Athletics are strong at this position. Most critics would figure that the Phila delphia team had the edge In Collins, rated as one of the best second sack ers in the country, and perhaps It has, but you have got to hand It to Doyle, too. He is a hard player and always In the game. He is also a great sec ond baseman. If you take the averages of the two men for the season, Collins has all the best of lt, especially in hitting. "Lrfirry" has experienced an off year with the Btick ; while Collins has hit along at a clip of about 3")0, and his work Is largely responsible for holding the Athletics up in the race when the pitching staff was trembling. Collins is a wonderful player and a brainy one. He thinks and acts simul taneously, and almost never gets the wrong answer. He is a great man for a short series, such as the world's se ries, because he helps a club both by Individual play and by being a bracer to the rest of the team. He Is always advising and steadying. If Mack starts a young pitcher In any of tho games, as he Is almost bound to do, Collins will be a big support to this man. He Is of the best type of a player. He Is aggressive and cool and always works hard. t OIiLIIVS DANGEROUS There is another angle on Collins which must not be overlooked. He Is a great man to make up for the errors of other players or for his own mis takes. He is deadly on a critical play, and executes many a double which an other second baseman would not try. They still talk about a double play lie put over against the Cubs in 1910 which many experts hold waa th« (Copyright, 1913, International News Service) Some Batters Can Hit Some Pitchers All Over the Lot It haa long been a well known fact that Joe Tinker can hit each season :at about a COO clip against Christy j Mathewson, and lt must be dawning jon Richard Marquard that Sherwood Magee of the Phillies has designs on ! becoming Marquard's Tinker. The j Quaker slugger has faced Marquard 10 times this season and has maced 1 him for a brace of doubles and a trio ( of homers. That makes his batting j average 500, and his total batting [ average 1600. i Magee secured two home runs off ; Marquard in tho game of May 3 and | garnered a double and a homer in the j controversy of August 28. . Two of Marquard's defeats he can f trace absolutely to Magee, for on May [ 5 Sherwood batted in four runs while | the Giants were making three, and on August 28 the Doolnite hammered j home three tallies while the McGraw- I ites were acquiring a pair of markers. Marquard has only baffled the j Quaker hitsmith one- this season, I striking him out on May 2. i hinge on which the series turned to ] ward the Athletics. With a runner on first base, the batter drove the ball to ward right field, it 'being a wicked I bounder. Most second basemen would j have been .satisfied with stopping lt I and getting the hitter at first. It Is doubtful If he would have been cred ited with an error had he missed the j ball entirely. But Collins made a* sen sational stop, whirled and caught the runner going to second, throwing while traveling In the opposite direc tion. The double play was completed. It Is a man who makes plays of this | sort which keeps a team on its feet : and braces It. For this reason Collins j Is of great value to the Athletics, as he would be to any team, because he is a star of the first water. His purely mechanical work is pol ished, and he has the head besides. He has no apparent weakness either in batting or fielding, taking balls on both sides of him in covering second base with equal facility. He hits all styles of pitching and is a dangerous base runner. He is a man to be reck oned with in a world's series and the sort who is liable to turn the game at any minute. DOYLE I.IKE COM,INS Doyle Is a good deal of the Collins type. Perhaps he Is not as polished, but he plays as hard and makes many sf-nsatlonal stops. In my opinion, Doyle is just as brilliant as Collins as a fielder, but maybe not so steady. He Is apt to follow up a sensational play by booting an easy one, but the best do the same thing. It waa an error by Collins in th' flrst game of the 1911 series which gave the Giants the run that finally won the battle. Doyle has not hit as consistently this year as the Athletics" second baseman, but I consider him to be just as dangerous In a pinch. "Larry" will slop along when the situation Is not pressing, but let the critical situa tion arise and he is generally there ot In the neighborhood. Doyle is not weak against southpaws, as are so many left handed batters. He falls away on his back and hits them, as ball players say. Collins may have the edge on Doyle if you take Into consideration the season's record of each, but "Larry" should he almost as dangerous in a world's series. Which one will make the better showing de pends upon how the games break and who takes the best advantage of his big chances. Luck enters into this more or less. * * # No article can be properly closed these days -without reference to the showing of the Boston Nationals. The Braves are still sticking to the top of the second division with a ten acity which indicates that they in tend to finish there. The Giants owe them something for defeating Phila delphia twice in one day in their recent series with the Quakers, while Brooklyn was beating us once. If Philadelphia had won two that day It would have made the race even more risky than it has been. Tad |*YESTERDAY'S STANDING} COAST LEAGUE Won lost Pet. Portland 81 69 661 Venice 80 80 627 Sacramento 81 76 516 San Francisco 83 85 404 Los Angelea 77 88 467 Oakland 74 94 441 GAMES TODAY Oakland-Sacramento, at San Francisco. San Francisco at Los Angeles. Venice at Portland. AMERICAN LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Philadelphia 88 48 647 Cleveland 81 68 683 Washing-ton 78 69 669 Boston 70 64 528 Chicago 70 68 607 Detroit 69 78 481 St. Louis 52 89 369 New York 48 83 566 NATIONAL LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Nex York 91 45 689 Philadelphia 80 49 621 Pittsburg 74 64 536 Chicago 72 68 514 Brooklyn 58 75 436 Bcston 58 76 488 Cincinnati 58 82 410 St. Louis 48 94 338 NORTHWEST LEAGUE Won Lost Pet. Vaneouyer 90 63 588 Portland 80 66 548 Seittle 82 72 631 Victoria 75 82 4/9 Tacoma 69 87 44* Spokane 64 90 415 "AMERICAN LEAGUE (YESTERDAY'S RESt LTS) B. H. E. Cleveland « » 8 Philadelphia S 7 2 'latteries —Gregg aud O'Neill; Bush and DETROIT 7, NEW YORK 5 At New York— K. B. E. I'.atteries--Wlllet t ami McKee, Gibson; ani, Warbop. Reynolds and Sweeney. Um pires—Ferguson and Sheridan. BOSTON 6. ST. LOUIS 3 At Boston— R. H. E. St. I/Mils 3 8 O Boston «! 13 2 natterieß--\Vellman and Aguew; Collins and Carrigan. Umpires—O'lvughliu and llildebrand. CHICAGO 5, WASHINGTON 0 At Washington— B. H. E. Chicago 5 8 0 Washington O 10 1 Batt'-rlf*—Russell and Schatk; Groom, Love and Henry, Williams. Umpires— Evans nnd Esau. j NATIONAL LEAGUE [ (YESTERDAY'S RESULTS) NEW YORK 4. CHICAGO 5 At Chicago— R. n. E. New York 4 U 0 Chicago 3 8 2 Batteries —Tesreau and Myers; Smith and Archer. BOSTON 6, PITTSBURG 5 At Pittsburg: First game— lt. 11. E. Boston 6 12 1 Pittsburg 3 10 2 Batteries —(Jitinn ami Whaling: McQuillan* and Simon. Umpires—Ryron and Rlgler. PITTSBURG 5, BOSTON 1 Second game— R. H. E. Bom on 1 4 3 Pittsburg 8 M 1 Batteries —Rudolph and Rariden; Adams and Kelly. PHILADELPHIA 2, CINCINNATI 2 At Cincinnati— R. H. E. Cincinnati ~ 2 10 0 Philadelphia 2 10 1 Game called on account of darkness. league ] VANCOUVER 12. SPOKANE 1 At Vancouver — R- R. E. Vancouver 12 11 0 Spokane * I * Batteries—Hall and Konnick; Smith, Doug lass and Hannah. SEATTLE 2, PORTLAND 0 At Seattle— R. n. E. Seattle § J 2 Portland " 7 « Batted** -Kelly and Wally; Martinoni, Eastley ami Williams. VICTORIA 6, TACOMA 3 At Victoria — R- H. E. Victoria « j • Tacoma 1 « I Batteries- Barham and Shea; Kurfuss and Kelly. YACHT DATES ARE SET CHICAGO, Sept. 16.—The dates for the Man basset enp races have been selected, accord ing t.> Comodore James (). ITeyworth of the Chicago Yacht elnb. The first race Is to be sailed Saturday, ihe second Monday ami the And Ttiesdav. The races are the blue ribbon events of the western yachting season. The Stranger, th' eastern challenger, will be here some time Thursday. YALE KICKERS BUSY NEW lIAVKN. Conn.. Sept. 10.—-Vale coaches are establishing a precedent by send ing the football candidates through some ter rific scrimmage work—drilling of tbe kind whlcli In previous rears has not been at tempted until much later In the training sea son. IV.mpeilr seems sure of the Job as Yale fullback. NEW CUB OUTFIELDER CAJHLLAC. Mich.. Sept. HI. -fPmttr" Alli son out fielder in the Cadillac league team and ihe' property of the Chicago Cubs, is due in Chicago today to Mil Evers- aggregation. Al -1i5,.,, was not expected to report before next 5-nr. and the summons came as a cuinplute surprise. f Bunk Got the Once Over Cobb and Jackson Must Look Out for This Boy Speaker The fight for batting honors In I the American league has now devel- I oped into a three cornered one. i While Cobb and Jackson, who have \ been battling for leadership all sea son, have been in the throes of a j slump for the last month. Speaker, j the Red Sox slugger, has been rushing ; along like a rifle bullet and now is I only a few points in the rear. * * * ! The Phillies and Reds battled 10 Innings to a i 2—2 tie yesterday, the duel ending ou account » * * Russell, the White Sox twirler, who hs* lrf"en j the Chicagoans' malnstaj in the box all season, ; grappled with the Senators'yesterday aud cout | ed them with whitewash. * * * l.arry Doyle, the Giant's slugger, who has I been In a slump nearly all season, and now has ! a clubbing average of about .270. Is trying to I make good his promise to finish the season over i ,300, He annexed three hlta in six times up , yesterday. * * * Those scrappy Cubs forced the Giant* to go ! 13 innings yesterday before they submitted to ' defeat. With tbe Cuba two runs In the rear |in the ninth liming. Vie Saier poked out a j home run. sending Phelan across the plate i ahead of him. The Gbutts scored « run b) tli" twelfth and Saier did likewise. The Giants t added another tally in the thirteenth. Saier didn't get a chance to bat in that liming, so tbe Giants grabbed the game The Cub rooters were up lo sonic of th?ir old tricks yesterday. They never did I'n.ve a very great fondness for BUI Klem, umpire, and when Bill gave a e<,uple of decisions that seemed to favor the New Yorkers, the Cub fans liegan pegging lemons in Bill's dlreetlon. They went even further. They called Bill a "catfish." the one name that makes RIIL just awfully mad. In days gone by Bill has chased players out of the lot who breathed "catfish" in his direction. •If * * The Braves and Pirates spilt a double header yesterday. The Braves took the lir*t game ! with a ninth inning rally that netted them three runs, while the Pirates grabbed th» second game aided by tbe timely hitting of ROOM Wagner, who made three safeties in four trips to the plate. • -» * * The Tigers defeated the Yankees in a see saw game by batting out two runs in the ninth Inning, glvtng them a 7 to 5 victory. * * * The Naps and Atheltics met yesterday in | tbe > econd clash of the final series of the season and the Athletics nabl*.] tbe g-une. They got four runs In the third and the Naps got siv in the fourth. From that point the Clevelnnders were held acOfele.ua. while the Athletics managed to score four more tallies. t ITEMS OF INTEREST | The Peals departed yesterday after noon for Lkjs Angeles, where they are to meet the Anfrels this week. Chap pie Charles was left behind, as he Is 'suffering from a bruised finger, which has been giving him trouble for some time. Howard is confident that he will take the series from the Angels, and he predicts that the Sf?als will land in the first division before the season ends. Bud Pernoll, who was released by the Oaks several days ago, and later sisrned by the Seals, accompanied the team south. He will pitch in one of tho games against the Angels. * * * Honus McArdle, the brilliant first baseman of the Seals, who Is playing the game of his career this season, maintains that the fans Judge you from what you accomplish. Mac says that if you. pull off a brilliant play and lt goes wrong you're a bonehead. If you stage a bone and you are lucky enough to get away with It you are a great fellow. Some truth in Mr. McArdle's remarks. * * * With Charles on the injured list. Howard ts going south with a lim ited amount of inflelders. However, he has several versatile players on his staff who he can shift around. McArdle can play any position in the infield, while Hogan can be brought In to play flrst base. Schaller is I ready to take his turn in the out , field. He Is not likely to be used, as Hogan Is hitting the ball and How ard is satisfied with his work. Ty Lober still leads the batsmen with a record of .319. Bayless of .Ver non is second with .316 and Maggart third with .311. Jimmy Johnston is .stinging the ball and he has picket! up a few points. He Is likely to give the leaders a run before the season ends. Jess Baker of the Seals is hitting .433 for 26 games. The Oaks have fallen off in'hitting. Bert Coy is the leading hitter of the team and his record is only .280. Kay lor la next to Coy with .279. HARVARD SQUAD IS OUT CAMBRIDGE. Sept. 10.— One of the biggest sounds that ever turned out for football prac tice at Harvard today was put through some preliminary drill work. The squad numbers close to To. and lt Is expected that It will total over SO by the end of the week. HERMAN BEATS JACKSON MKM PIUS. Trim.. Sept. Ifi. -"Ki.." Hol man of New Orleans gninen' an eight round | dceis'.iii o\er Nate Jacksou of Oklahoma City | lr>st night Herman outboxed thu westerner all tlie wa;. COAST LEAGUE TO LOSE SIX OF ITS FOREMOST PLAYERS THROUGH DRAFT Cubs Outluck the White Sox and Secure Jimmy Johnston Because Comiskey Fails to Exercise His Option and Weaken Local Club; Seals Hope to Take Angels Down Line This Week JOE MURPHY The raid of the major leagues on minor league players has started and no less than 108 tossers from the class AA organizations down to the real bush leagues have been gathered in. According to unofficial infor mation, six Pacific Coast league players will be given a trial in fast com pany. * The Seals lose their star outfielder. Jimmy Johnston, who probably will wear a Chicago Cub uniform next season. Big Bill James is slated to go with the St. Louis Americans. Jack Williams, the Honolulu beatify of the Wolves, who is leading the pitchers of the Pacific Coast league, lias been gathered in by Hughey Jennings of the Detroit Tigers. Carl Mitze, manager and catcher or me Oaks, Is slated to go with the St. Louis Americans. Francois Hosp. shortstop of the Venice Tigers, has also been nailed by the Browns. Ivan Howard, one of the old guard of the Angels, will go to the Detroit Tigers. According to the caliber of men the major leagues picked out of the coast organization, it is evident that the scouts had a good line on the players. Johnston Is unquestionably the star performer of the Seals and he should be a sensation In the big league if given a chance. He goes to the Cubs and should earn a regular place In tho outfield next season. Hughey Jennings of the Detroit Tigers looks to have a gem In Jack Williams, the big Honolulu flinger, who is leading the pitchers of the Pacific Coast league. Williams is a big, husky fellow, who looks to be on the improve all the time. Hosp is a rattling inflelder. a fair hitter and an intelligent player. How. arc! has been with the Los Angeles club for a long time, and year after year he was expected to be drafted by the majors. He Is a fast man. a good hitter and extremely valuable to a club. While he is still in his prime, he is a little past the age when a player graduates into the major league. The St. Louis Americans secured You can't judge a man by the shape of his nose —nor an automobile by the size of its magneto. The harmoni ous working of all of its parts makes the Ford a great car. And big production makes the price small. Five hundred dollars is the new price of the Ford runabout; the touring car is five fifty; the town car seven fifty—all f. o. b. Detroit, complete with equipment. Get catalog and particulars from Ford Motor Company, 100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. I another gem in big Bill James of the i Portland club. If he retains his pres : ent form when he goes to the Browns, James should make good from tha Jump. He has everything and should 1 make good even with the lowly ; Browns. He formerly was with Cleve- Carl Mltie, manager of the Oakland j club, who also has been drafted by j the St. Louis club, was decidedly off | form in his work behind the bat this i season. The troubles of managing a | losing team might have Interfered I with his work. Last season Mitze I was regarded as the best backstop j in the league. * * * By not exercising his option on ! Jimmy Johnston, Charley Comiskey o? the Chicago White Sox lost the sen | satlonal outfielder. It was necessary for Comiskey to take Johnston to his ! club during August, when the option j expired, but the old Roman, sooner j than weaken the lgcal team, took I his chances that the major league j clubs would miss Johnston In the | draft, and he could claim him through !an agreement with the manager of j the Seals at the end of the seaaon. I Comiskey lost In the gamble, but lt is probable that he will be allowed to select another player from the Seals' I lineup.