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AMERICAN LEAGUE'S "DARK HORSES"
CLEVELAND-ST. LOUIS SERIES
MOST IMPORTANT OF SEASON
IN EITHER MAJOR LEAGUE
Both Teams Are "Dark Horses," Who Are Being
Underrated by Rivals, and Winner Is
Certain to Be Contender for Flag
TUB most Important scries of tho season In either major league starts today,
when Cleveland and St. Louis, of the American League, meet In tlio latter city.
A great 'dent of fuss Is being made about the lied Sox and "White Sox, and columns
have been used to compare tho two teams which eventually must battlo for tho
American League. At least that Is the way the critics dope It out, but wo havo
an Idea that the decisive winner of the scries between the Indians and Browns,
If there Is a decisive victory, will bear watching more than cither the Red Sox or
No one took tho Browns' spurt seriously until Jones's team started a second
Winning streak Immediately after tho Bed Sox left St. Louis. Tho ability of the
Browns to take the series from tho world's champions and then wade through
Washington convinced tho fans that the first winning streak was duo to tho
furious pace set by Jones's team and not to tho crippled condition of the Yankees
find the weakness of tho Athletics. Tho fans and rival players now admit that
tho Browns are dangerous, but they seem to think that Jones Is too far back to
overhaul tho leaders.
Everybody seems to overlook'tho Indians, and perhaps we have overrntcd
them, but if wo were managing an American Ivaguo team our wish at this time
would bo for several defeats nt tho hands of tho Browns, or any other team, re
gardless of Its position In tho race. Tho critics admit that Cleveland "has a
chance," but contend that tho Indians aro not strong enough In pitching toMcfcat
tho Bed Sox.
On paper tho Indians have not a staff strong enough to compete with tho Bed
Box, but any team that can hang within a gamo of tho leaders with a star of
Morton's caliber out of tho game, and can do this with a pitching staff composed
entirely of minor leaguers, Is ono which will hear watching. Either tho Indians
outclass tho field ns a well-balanced team or tho minor league pitching staff Is
very underrated. What other American Lcagtio team could do so well with tho
Winning With Minor League Pitching
FOB two months Kohl has depended upon Covnlcsklc, Klcpfer, Bnghy, Ucebe and
Gould, five hurlers who wcro in tho minor league ranks Inst year. That they
aro better than the ctttlcs believe Is a certainty, unless tho American League
teams are weaker offensively thnn wo havo been led to believe, ns the runs tallied
against the Cleveland defenso havo beoti few and far between.
Many managers, havo been hailed as wbards because of the way they handle
pitchers, but If any of them surpass Leo Kohl It cannot bo proved by results. Tho
reader might recall that earlier In the season wo stated that If tho Indians cracked
It would not bo the fault of tho pitching. The accident to Morton threatened to
wreck tho' Cleveland staff, but Kohl's masterful coaching nnd handling of un
known recruits carried tho team over tho rough spots, and the Indians aro now
ready for the llnal spurt.
It is up to the. Browns to stop tho Indians and vice versa. The managers of
other pennant-contending teams hardly know which team they want to win tho
aeries between tho Indians and Browns. They flguro that tho Browns must bo
stopped, but also fear that Cleveland will bo mighty hard to dlsplnce onco It gets
Into first place now that tho team Is Intact and Morton Is back In form.
The fact that Jones has three great southpaws In wonderful shapo makes the
Browns a favorite In the present series, as left-handers bother Speaker and Graney,
who havo been Cleveland's offensive mainstays. Plank, Wellman and Koob havo
been winning steadily, and havo allowed few runs and hits since tho Browns struck
their stride. It Is likely that Jones will depend entirely upon southpaws in the
series, as Hamilton, tho fourth left-handed star of Jones's staff, also Is In splendid
form. Any way ono looks nt It, tho scries Is tho most Important so far this season,
but tho "crucial-series" expression will bo worked to death from now on until the
Phils May Gain Within n Week
TOMORROW tho Dodgers nnd Braves will clash In tho first contest of a four
gamo series, tho result of which will havo an Important bearing on tho final
outcomo of tho National League race. It Is- up to Stalllngs's team to stop tho
Dodgers. If the Braves cannot turn tho trick It will look very much as. If
Brooklyn Is not going to bo pulled out of first place, barring accidents.
Stalltngs has Dick Rudolph primed for
to worlt his little wonder on Saturday
relief work, on Tuesday, If necessary. Rudolph, llko the Bender of old, Is a marvel
, In an Important series, nnd Stalllngs Is staking everything on his nblllty to stop
the Dodgers. Tho Boston leader recently declared that It was useless to hope for
tho western teams to stop the Dodgers, and that ho was going to point his team
for tho coming scries ns though It was for tho championship of tho world. It
remains to be seen whether ho Is successful.
If Boston takes three out of four from the Dodgers, and the Phils can
do as well or better with tho Giants, the National League race will be tightened
up, with tho final outcomo depending entirely upon the nblllty of tho star hurlers
of the three teams to stand the grind. Alexander and Budolph havo gone
through this stage and finished strong, whereas Pfeffer cracked In 1915 and may
do so again. If he docs, Brooklyn will not hold Its lead.
It Is an excellent opportunity for tho Phillies, but tho champions will have
a hard battlo on their hands with the Giants, Judging by the way McCraw's team
has been playing. Moran's pitching staff Is now in splendid shape, however,
and If the rest of the men can hold up their end as well as they have In tho last
two weeks, the series with the Giants should be won.
Local Clubs Exercise Options
THE official list of players of National and American League clubs subject to re
call under tho optional agreement has been published and shows that tho Ath
letics havo ten players out who are still the property of tho club, while tho Phillies
have six. Manager Moran has decided to exercise his option on tho six players
;who aro Baumgartner, Tlncup, Rhodes, Wclaer, Klsh and Fortune, while It Is likely
that Mack will recall only three.
Mack haa Crowell, Malone, Stellbnuer, Thompson, Bressler and Healey out
under an agreement which calls for them to bo returned to tho Athletics unless
they are drafted. In other words. Mack did not think that he would havo much
use for them and would willingly give somo other club a chance to take up their
contracts. All of these players hold contracts which carry over anothor year.
Since making this agreement Mack has decided that he can uso Crowell. who has
been pitching fine ball in Baltimore, and tho Brunonhm will be given a chance
to come back.
Mack has four recruits out under optional agreement, two of whom surely
will bo recalled. The four are Anker, who was sent to Ashevllle; Yeabsley, tho
Atlantic Refining outfielder at Raleigh; Crews, of Greensboro, and Anderson, of
Charlotte. Crews and' Anderson nre showing wonderful minor league form und
will report to the Mackmen In the early part of September.
Mayer's Great Pitching Encourages Phils
MAYER'S great pitching and the breaks of the game enabled the Phillies to
make it three out of four from the Beds, which is as1 much as anybody could
ask. Mayer was really outpltched by Fred Toney, so far aa hits were concerned,
but as tho side-arm artist never allowed the Reds to get In position to score his
Victory was deser,yea. It was particularly pleasing after the poor form Mayer
haa shown throughout the season.
Mayer was fiafed as ono of "the best pitchers In the National League last
season, and his wdrk was largely responsible for the pennant winning by the
Thlls, but ho was a bitter disappointment this season. It Is possible that the
victory will start Mayer on a wlntIngTjtreak, If he can show the same form
ho. displayed in the early part of the 1915 race for the rest of the season, tha
five-game lead of the Dodgers will not seem so large. With Mayer right, the
Phillies would have an Ideal pitching staff for a grueling finish.
Manager Fohl's ability to uncover unknown pitchers who are able to baffla
American League batsmen was demonstrated again yesterday, when Otis Lambeth
had tho Yankees completely at his mercy and won a pitching duel from Russell.
Lambeth. waa purchased three weeks ago from the Topeka club of the Western
League, and Fohl predicted two weeks ago that he would ba pitching regularly
twjthln a short time. Fohl can tell a pltchpr a mile away,
- Now that tha articles have been signed for the KUbane-Chaney fight, it
looks aa-lf the battle might take place, but there are some people who will not be
convinced until the men have entered tha ring. The wrangling between tho
managers of the two boxers and the club staging the bout has accomplished Its
point. It Is one of the best press-agented bouts In years.
this Berlcs, and It Is said that he plans
and Monday, and also will uso him for
ux,u UjbuJiibLAJLiHJA, 1IU1)AV, ALlxUfcT lir iUA&
DATE FOR SWEDE
MEET CHANGED TO
Ted Meredith and Two
Others Will Compete
Abroad in October
IJy TED MEREDITH
At the Imitation of the Swedish Athletic
Committed to Frederick W. Itublen, secre
tary and treasurer of tho A. A. U. of the
United States, to send myself nnd two
other American track men over to com
pete In the Swedish national champion
ships, Mr. Kubicn Immediately got in touch
with the men whom ho thought would be
uhle to take the trip, and tried to get a
three-man team which could measure up
ns a trio that would cover the program
of events. That Is. ho wanted men who
could compcto In two or three events.
There way another hitch to tho arrange
ments, too. The Swedish meet was too
closo to our national championships, Ours
come on September 9 and tho week follow
ing tho relay racs aro to bo held. Mr.
Rublcn objected to tho men leaving this
country until all of this country a pro
gram was oer, so on cabling tho Swedish
authorities the date was changed until
October. This proved satisfactory to sev
eral of tha men here, bo I think It will bo
Make-up Not Decided
Tho make-up of the team has not yet
licon decided, but I liac telegraphed Mr.
Ilublen that I could go under any arrange
ments which ho would mnke. Tho other
men will probably bo Joe I.oomls, of Chi
cago, and a dlstnnco runner. I do not
know who tho distance man will be, ,but
I imagine he will be a Westerner, and that
means Jole Bay to me. Kay can run a
mite and two-mllo and seems to bo the
best man out of college at these distances.
This would make a very good all-round
team. Loomls Is good for four events 100
and 220 yards, hurdles and high Jump. I
do not think Sweden could put out a man
who could beat the tall Westerner In any
of these events. I could run the quarter
and half mile races, whllo tho distance
man could take earn of all over this.
Should wo bo nlilo to get enough rest be
tween races this team could coino near
winning any dual meet with the Swedish
I am anxious to take this trip because
of the present conditions in Europe. We
would be able to see how tho war had
affected that part of the world and could
help keep up the good feeling of sports
manship which existed to such a high de
gree four years ago.
I also shall try to work In some business
on this trip by looking over the dyestuffs
situation for a house with which I am con
nected. Swedish Athletes a Mystery
I do not know how good tho Swedish ath
letes are. We have not seen any of their
men since the games In Stockholm, but I
think we shall find them a good bunch.
Ernie Hertberg, the Swedish trainer, Is a
good man In the track game, and It would
not surprise me to find the hardest kind of
competition. They were a fine lot of ath
letes In 1912 and gave the Amorlcan team
a hard battle. At this time they were Just
starting to get on to the American ways as
were taught them by Hertberg, so after four
years they should be much Improved.
We will be gone four weeks at the very
least, and even then will only be In Sweden
for ten days. The championships will be
held about October IB, and after that I
Imagine the Swedish authorities will plan a
meet for us In other cities, the champion,
ships being In Stockholm. I am very
anxious to see Stockholm again and see
what It looks like when not on dress parade,
as It was In 1912 during the Olympic games.
I have not kept In touch with the per
formances made by the Swedes In their
championship meets In the last few years,
so do not know Just who they have to put
against us, but we will not go there feeling
that wo will have no competition. On the
other hand, we will be fully prepared to do
our very best. The Nationals will find us
all up In our best condition and not needing
a rest This will bo furnished by the sea
trip, which will be ten days.
The exercise which we will be able to
get on the ship will be enough to keep
our weight down and when we land we will
have two or three days to put on the
finishing touches. This Is the best kind
of rest, too. I find, although you are very
liable to put on too much weight. This
would be the danger for us, especially after
working so hard all summer In the pre
paratory meets for the championships.
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MOVIE Of a business
SPEAKER MENACE NOW PLACES
TY COBB IN PERIL OF LOSING
OUT IN LEAGUE BATTING RACE
Texan Has Big Lead and Georgian Must Show
Wonderful Form to Top Batters for
Tenth Consecutive Time
By GltANTLAND RICE
Wfl COMI3 onco more to the case of
Ty vs. Trls, or Trls vs. Ty, ns you may
care to put It.
For August Is waning and the pungent
odor of burning leaves is only a drift or
two ahead when the full count will bo In,
nnd when, for the first time In 10 years,
Cobb looks to be In dnnger of running
down with the pack.
Ten Years Ago
Cobb hnd his soul set on leading the
lenguo 10 yenrs In succcsslbn when tho 1910
He began his first great drive In 1907,
with a mark of .350. and never has been
headed since at tho finish.
Ho has had his shnro of close calls, for
In 1910 he beat I.ajolo by only a single
point nnd In 1911 he had to beat a mark of
.408 to finish first.
But close calls are soon forgotten, and for
nine years Cobb not only has led his league,
but his margin above the next regular has
been, on an nverogo, nt least 20 points.
In tho last four years, for example, Cobb
has averaged 23 points a season beyond
Jackson nnd Collins, who have been In sec
The New Danger
The two White Sox sluggers have given
Tyrus Raymond the greatest battle. Joe
Jackson ran second to the Georgian In 1911.
1912 and 1913. When Joo had exhausted
most of his ammunition, Eddie Collns took
up the .charge, running second In 19H nnd
But now comes a new danger, nnd the
greatest danger of them all. For August is
moving along, nnd the wide gap between
Trls Speaker and Ty Cobb remains un
changed. In 1910 Speaker was 40 points back of
Cobb. In 1911 he was over SO points away.
In 1912 Trls finished 27 points to the rear.
In 1913 he was 24 points behind. In 1914
Tris lagged 30 points, and In 191,5 the mar
gin was 48 points.
So in six j ears Ty has averaged 42 points
a season beyond the Texan the range being
from 82 points In 1911 to 27 points In 1912.
But No Longer
Hut Trls no longer Is lagging. He started
beyond Ty tho first week of the campaign
and he never has dropped back since. At
tho end of four weeks ho was 40 points out
beyond the eminent Georgian. Week by
week tho fanatical bystander has waited to
see Cobb cloje In tho gap or for Trls to slip
and drift down hill.
But weeks have passed alone Into months
and there Is otlll no change.
At the end of 17 weeks' play Speaker Is
still over 40 points beyond Cobb. And
there are now tnly seven weeks left.
A number of thlngB can happen In seven
weeks, But unless Speaker slips badly Cobb
Is up against the toughest proposition of his
career. For If Speaker Insists on sticking
around .890, as he has done nearly all year,
Cobb to beat h'm out must bat at least .420
for tho rest of the season must average
around two hits a game for about SO
Against Joe Jackson In 1911 or 1912 Cobb
caught up 30 points and added a good
many more from late Augiis; to the finish.
That rally was almost superhuman. It
may be that T can rise to such abnormal
heights again. No other man would have a
chance. But Ty Is a tremendous fighter
against rugged competition, and you can
gamble that he will be working his soul
out, even though In vain, to the end of the
scrap. 'AnJ ilfht now the odds against
him are at le.ist 2 to 1.
Speaker Must Slump
For Cobb to round out his 10-year lead
ership Speaker must come upon a slump
of at least a fair proportion.
Late In August last seaeon and through
early September Cobb slipped badly. He
moved on through 24 times at bat without
NATION AT, LEAGUE1 fABK
PHILLIES vs. CINCINNATI
GAME STARTS 5:80 P. M.
Seats on Hula at tilmbele' and Bpaldiaca'
fl A VTCTY 8T,r BKLOW VINE ST.
llA-Ei.I HOX1NO HUKLKSQUK
Joe Mace vs. Joe Quigley xmiui,
MOST IMPORTANT SERIES
man enjoying a rest.
a baso hit. Fortunately for him, there
was no rival icry close.
Speaker today, with hi 45-polnt lead
.390 to .345 must fall h;lr to a bad spell
boforo Ty has a chance.
For hero Is the situation: Cobb, to beat
.370 for the season, must bat .405 for the
next seven wicks.
Speaker, to bat .370 for tho season, needs
to bat only .345 for the rest of tho year.
As long as Speaker can hold his mark
above .375 ho lb almost sure to finish In
Cobb Pays Tris Tribute
The last tlmo we saw Cobb he had this
to say of Speaker's batting: "I never have
seen any ono hitting the ball better than
Speaker Is hitting It this ear. His bnmslies
In nearly eery case aro clean, ringing
wallops. Ho Is batting with fine confidence,
is hitting to nil three fields nnd Is hitting
all horts of pitching. From tho way he
stands at the plate and tho confidence with
Which he steps Into a ball you figure that
no Is almost suro to get a hit each time
up. There Is a feeling of surprise when
"In my own enne," continued Ty "there
has been a lack of consistency. I will get
two hits ono day, three hits tho next and
flguro that I am under way at last. Then
I fall awny for a day or two, drop back
what I have gained, and have to start all
over again. 1 have bad no slump of anj
moment, but I haven't been able to develop
any batting such as I have had In tho
past. I haven't been nblo to develop a
batting streak long enough to last out any
ono series, much less a week or two.
"Why Is this? well. If any one can
explain a batting streak or a batting slump
he has something on tho rest of the world
There isn't nny answer. You nro either
hitting or you nre not, and that seems to
It has been seven years now since Cobb
dropped below .308, nnd In five of tho seven
years he has been above .375.
On the other side, Speaker has batted
over .340 only twice In the last seven vfurs;
but 1916 is another dynasty. The Texan
has played far greater bail for Cleveland
than he ever played for Boston, nnd this
campaign so far has been easily the banner
season of his fine career. Whether he will
slip as Cobb shoots forward. Just as Jack
son slipped and Ty slipped forward In 1913,
when Greenville Joe had a big lead. Is
something for Destiny to grapple with, not
the dope of the day.
Strawbridge and Clothier vs. Chinese
The Chinese team of tho Unherstty 0f Hawaii
will be tha attraction at the Strawbrlilae
Clothier Meld. Btxty-third and IValnut atTeeta
tomorrow afternoon. The Celestials aro rlaylne
a areat irame at present. haWne defeated Cam
den. IloxborouKh. Mlllvllle. U a. lludd ami
Woodbury durlnf the last eek. Ako wilt ba
In thn box for the Chinese and Osden or Cornoir
for Strawbrldso ,t Clothier. i-ornok
by &11 dealers
In the House
Reduced front o, 2j and 120.
See Uur 7 Big Window
PETER MORAN & CO,
8. t. Cor. 8tu and Arch Sts.
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Runs Scored in a Week
by Major League Clubs
RUNS scored by all teams in
American and Nntional Leagues
from Friday, August 4, to Thurs
day, August 10, inclusive. Only
runs that figure in official averages
arc included. Scores of incomplete
games aro not counted, but the
scores of games of fivo innings or
more are included in tho table:
T. r. S. H. .11. T. W.T'l.
Cleirlnnil fl IS fi 8 0 r, 3 II
St. I.nuls fl 7 O S 11 4 13.1
Ilptrolt : 2 4 0 1 10 3t
chimco n 7 t 7 4 i n at
llonton I 7 1 1 (1 3 1130
Athletlrn 2 8 2 (I 7 420
New Vnrk 3 2 4 3 4 3 220
Witftlilnctnn 10 0 3 2 1 1 010
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BOOST THE BALL OYER
SEVEN RACES ON
Crowd of 25,000 LjJ
Course as National Ro.'-j
ing fyleet Gets Started j
168 OARSMEN ARE LISTED!
DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 11. Thafc-1'
fourth annual rowing regatta of ths
tlonal Amateur Association opened hrll
day with 168 oarsmen In attendance, nl
represented the class of rowing taleni t '!
the North, East, Middle West ana j?1
South. The weather Is fair, with & 2$
breeze, nnd the temperature is around t?1
More than 25,000 persons nre llnln. ,cl
course. - "
nnces today aro: Quarter-mils t.n
Junior eights. Intermediate singles '.SI
doubles, senior fours, association' iiT-I
and Intermediate eight. """i
Saturday's program follows: Senior lit 4
national four, championship singles. t.i -i
mcdlato uouuies, intcrmcdlata fours. iF
qundruplc sculls, senior eight.
ina jL'niiuueiiJiuu. oarsmen linn ,....
nght's sleep nnd wero out early yestenS'
for a long row. They took thlnm , 3
however, and were back for a hearty hnl'4
fast at training quarters at tho DuIuUiBm
Kelly's shell has been repaired anat'l
used It Wcdnesdny, Schmldhelser and iffll
tlmo rteelnff their shells nt an accnSll
fnt n almrt trtti In Hia nffennoA. "
Tigers Sign Catcher Koehlcr
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tho star Xalcher of the lllua nidge fiB?'te1
ono of the conslitent players of the ui,2 I
team, was aom yeiorna- to tha Detroit !?'
Icnn League team. Sinrden. tha Detroit cotLiS
been following tho local team for Mveril wa?
watchlnu Koehler. and cloacd tha deal with 5?'
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