The News-Herald from Franklin, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1924 · Page 8
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PAGE EIGHT. . THE NEWS-HERALD, MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1924. NATIONAL LEAGUE. Watching tic ScorcbcarJ. GOOD TW1RLERS COME IN ASSORTED SIZES TIM H Gil TEAMS L EADING IN' 3D WEEK OF RACE OTP ,'. ' i YESTERDAY'S HERO: Ty Cobb. The ancient manager of ; the Detroit Tigers stole home for -. the second time this season and j helped beat the White Sox, 4 to 3. 1 A pass to Pratt In the ninth inning ( with the bases filled pushed over the winning run. ." Jneniips TYinrnlpi Accounted for five Brooklyn runs with two homers but the Giants won out 9 to 5. ; - t '. MM Connie Mack, resourceful loader of tlie Philadelphia Athletics, says he regards the handling of pitchers as his . greatest task. Practically every major league manager will agree with Connie that the pitching problem is the big puzzle. The best possible selection of pitchers, when to derrick them, and how to work them, is a worry throughout the season, but at no time is it more difficult of solution than In the spring. "A ball game won in April is just s valuable as a victory in August or September," avers Connie. "A mistake most of us managers are prone to make in the spring is to treat defeat more lightly, since the won and lost columns don't loom up as prominently as later In the year. . "Then again in cold weather a manager is liable to favor his pitching, preferring to accept defeat, rather than risk injury to some star pitcher fn an effort to save a game." . Connie has an idea that safety first tactics, having a pitcher constantly wanned up, may breach him over many a tough spot during the early spring games often played in bad weather. ' In the spring a manager often goes along with a pitcher who is warmed up, even though in trouble, rather than hurriedly trying to get a relief pitcher ready; When the weather is hot and the muscles pliable, a manager is taking no great chances in calling on a relief pitcher, with orders to get ready in a hurry. I : Such tactics in the spring, however,, are mighty dangerous. In an effort to curtail such a happening, Mack this spring keeps a couple of his relief pitchers playing catch when the opposition is at bat. i The thought back of the mere tossing of the ball is to keep the pitching muscles limbered up. Then, If Mr. Mack suddenly wants one of them to get ready to act as relief, that particular pitcher can cut, loose . without taking any . great ' chances. Unquestionably it is a mighty' good idea. Already it has worked to the advantage of Mack's club. Twice when forced to call upon relief pitchers he has had a twirler fit, despite the frigid weather. ; .. ; Of course, when good weather arrives, the custom will be eliminated. It is merely a safety first method to beat the cold weather bugaboo. ' ' j .- RADIO IN GERMANY. About 160 firms are manufacturing radio appartus in Germany, reports Kurt Hildesheimer, clerk to the American commercial .attache in Berlin. Two broadcasting stations, one in Berlin and the other in Leipzig, are operating. Others are planned for Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfort, Nurenberg, Breslau and Koenlgberg. Best Ball of the Early Season is Proving Worth-While Reds Depending on Pitching. By KEVBT TXBXEXA, United Press Staff Correspondent. NEW YORK, April 28. After a lot of jostling and bumping around at the start, the strong clubs of the major leagues are getting into their stride and the team standing begins to look more familiar as the third week of the pennant races approaches. The Yanks and the Cubs jumped into second place yesterday behind the league-leading Tigers and Giants, while the Athletics and the Reds slipped down a notch to third place. The Tigers and the Giants are holding the lead by playing the best ball of the early season. They are both getting effective pitching and timely hitting. Giants Near End of Easy Picking. By a drive which featured the past week, the'champlon Yankees climbed up into second place. The team is getting the expected results now from its star pitching staff and it has applied its scattered hitting at the most oportune times. The Cincinnati Reds are losing when their pitching does not hold up and that was to be expected as the team hasn't the offensive punch to get by when its pitching is not 96 per cent. After feasting off the Braves and the Robins, the Giants are reaching the end of the easy spots that were given them by the schedule. The National League champions have won three of their eight games from the Braves and the other five from the Robins. Compared to this rather easy assignment the Cubs have won one game from the Pirates and six from the Cards. The Reds have done best against the hardest opposition by winning three games from the Cubs and four from the Pirates. The Yanks have taken five games from the Red Sox, two from the Senators and one from the Athletics while the Tigers have taken two from the White Sox, three from the Indians and three from the Browns. Indians Lacking Punch. ... With all their vaunted punching power, the Indians have been finding that pitching Is the most important part of the defense and that a defense is necessary even with a powerful offense. The hitting of Heilman, star out fielder for the Detroit Tigers and Grantham, the young Cub second baseman, have beeja big features of the early season. Heilman is leading the American League with an average of .513 and Grantham is setting the pace in the National League with .432. Clarke, the young Indian outfielder, with a mark of .438 and Boone, the recruit Red Sox outfielder, with an average of .400 have done the best hitting of .the. youngsters. Nine runs scored by heavy batting in the first two innings enabled the Yanks to beat the Athletics 11 to 2 before a crowd of 50,000. i 9 Bunched hits In two innings scored two runs each and the Cubs went into second place by beating the Pirates 4 to 2. The Indians outpunched the Brow: in a heavy hitting game and won 10 to 0. Speaker, Williams, Robertson and McManus hit homers. , ; Bunching their hits in the late In nlngs the Senators outslugged the Red Sox and won 9 to 6. The Red So pulled a triple play. Two runs scored in the ninth inning off Jake May gave the Cards a 6 tw 4 victory over the Reds. BOBBY WAY SIGNS WITH I YOUNGSTOWN BALL CLUB Bobby Way, former star third base; man of the Third Ward Athieticsj who played at the keystone sack fo the Sharon Elks last year and who established a creditable record in semi-professional ball, is holding down the shortstop berth with the General Tires, of Youngstown this season. ; In the first game of the season on Sunday, the General Tires defeated the New Castle A. A. by a score of 5 to 1. Way secured one hit and one run and handled six chances with only-one slip up, and which did not prov4 costly. Joe Hartman, former Grove City college star was on the mounif for the New Castle team and was batj ted hard in the first inning, when thtjl Ohioans gnthered in three run Franklin fans will watch with interest the playing of Way this year as th$ young man has the ear marks of a promising diamond artist. : 4 " t JOE HARRIS AT PLAY. Joe hod a regular field day in Sati urday's game, and got his name in the, headlines with four hits out of five times at bat. This seems to indicate, pretty well that the coming of sum-mer-like weather has taken the klnR out of Joe's back, and allowed his baft ting arm to have full play. Thji Yanks won the game, however. In the game Sunday in Washington; Joe figured on both ends of a triple play. He speared Rice's drive; Lei? bold and S. Harris on first and second ; hud run with the hit.. Harris's toss to Lee caught Lcibold at second and the relay caught S. Harris at first. JJut the. Senators, won, anyhow, 9 to -ty In the Tall Mr Harris and the Short Mr. Meeker the Athletics' Pitchers Run to Great Extremes, ' BY BILLY EVANS. . Good pitchers come in assorted sizes. The twirling staff of Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics offers conclusive proof. One of the members is the elongated Bryan Harris, who measures six feet and' six inches, yet weighs only 180 pounds. He is a right hander Another member of Mack's staff is Donald Meeker, five feet, six inches, weight 155. He is a southpaw, and a mighty promising one. In Bryan Harris and Donald Meeker, Connie Mack presents, the long and short of it in pitching, as far as the American League is concerned. There Is just the matter of one foot difference between the two from a perpendicular standpoint, with Harris '; " YHBTZBDAY'B KESULTS. Chicago, 4; Pittsburgh, 2. New York, 9; Brooklyn, 5. St. Louis, 6; Cincinnati, 4. Boston-Philadelphia not scheduled. STANDING or THE TEAMS. W. a. Pot. New York 8 2 .800 Chicago ,.., 8 4 .607 Cincinnati 7 4 .636 Boston 3 4 .429 Brooklyn .....4 6 .400 Pittsburgh 4 ' 7 . .364 St. Louis 4 8 .333 Philadelphia 2 5 .286 TODAY'S 0AMXS. Pittsburgh at Chicago. St. Louis at Cincinnati. Philadelphia at New York.-Brooklyn at Boston. AMERICAN LEAGUE. YZSTZBSAY'B BEBUXiTB. New York, 11; Philadelphia, 2. Detroit, 4; Chicago, 3. Cleveland, 10; St. Louis, 9,. Washing-ton, 9; Boston, 6. STANDING Or THE TEAKS. W. t. Pet. Detroit ............ 8 3 " .727 New York 8 4 .667 Philadelphia ....... 6 4 ' .600 Chicago . 6 0 ., .545 Cleveland 5 5 .500 Washington 5 , 7 .417 Boston 3 7 .300 St. Louis ,. ... 3 9 . .250 TODAY'S GAMES. ' New York at Philadelphia. Boston at Washington. Cleveland at St. Louis. Chicago at Detroit. HARRIS RETAINS TALL TITLE BY SCANT MARGIN By JTEA Service. WASHINGTON, April 28. Bryan Harris, Connie Mack's elongated twirler, almost lost his title of the tallest man in the American League in recent competition. On the Washington club is Slim Mc-Grew, ' known to his teammates as "Dangerous Dan." Like Harris, he is a right-handed pitcher. " 1 The first time he was trotted out to the box to face the Athletics, an argument was started as to whether he was taller than Harris. The discussion waxed so warm that the players of both teams had their rival candidates for perpendicular honors-line up and be measured. The result enables Harris to retain his title as champion tall man of tne American League. ' He is just a half-inch higher than McGrew, who measures' six feet five and one-half inches. It will be in the nature of a circus attraction when Harrlg opposes McGrew on the mound. speed is surprising for one so small. "He has promise," says Connie; Mack. ''Seems to grasp what a pitcher, needs to get along In the majors. If he should come through he would be a big help. A dependable southpaw means : much to a ball club." ' High Praise From Cy Perkins. Cy Perkins, star catcher of the Athletics, says. he has the makings,. that he has Improved with every game. The pitching that I have seen him dp, as umpire, impressed me most favorably, v He has more than a mere chance. " ' ; . ? -' Size is no longer (essential to success as a big league pitcher. . Lack of it is no longer a serious handicap. ' Courage, brains and jeontrol are far more necessary than physique.-' A You See 'ANNING with FARRELL MADDEN A TOUGH NUT FOR HARRY WILLS NEW YORK, April 28. With a couple of big shots in prospect there are few prominent boxers who are willing to take a chance on warming-up or working out with any opponent who might be figured to have any chance of letting one fly that would spoil the prospects. Luis Angel Firpo gave boxers Bome excellent lessons in caution when he was told by Tex RIckard that he could get a chance for the heavyweight championship if he kept his jaw out of the way of destruction. Firpo made himself on some of the worst setups in the game, although some might argue that Jess Willard was not an easy mark. Firpo's advisers figured, however, that Willard would do just what he did do. They knew that he was not able to go a distance and they were sure that he would not postpone action when he found out that -the game was getting too rough. Willard took the count on the chair in his corner at Toledo when he lost the championship to Jack Dempsey, and he was crawling for the stool when the referts caught him with the count of ten in tho ring with Firpo. Harry Will3 is practically assured of at least two big shots this summer. He needs work, of course, t get back into good fighting shape, but he could get the jobs offered him by Tex Rickard even if he didn't put a glove on until he started training. Wills accepted a match with Bartley Madden, the Irish heavyweight, when he began to be hounded by the writers and thai public for keeping himself out of the range of all kinds of fists. Madden does not look like a fighter in the record book. He is one of the battlers who go so far in the game and is never stopped, and he has made money out of being used as a trial horse. When he challenged Wills, and was accepted, it was hinted that the colored heavyweight was still looking for the easy ones. Smart managers and experienced critics feel now that Wills made a very bad match when he accepted Madden's challenge because he has everytliing to lose and not. a single thing to gain. If Wills knocks out Madden with a punch or two, or In three of four rounds, he will get no credit, because Madden will be held up as a pushover. If Madden should carry him through nine or ten rounds, or should last the limit, the coloreS heavyweight will have a hard job presenting a suitable alibi. Madden is one of the toughest and gamest fighters in . the ring. There Is no one, including Dempsey, who has a stouter heart than Madden, and It is possible that-there is no fighter who can take as much and take it as long as Madden can. . HUSSEY IN TRAINING. Frank Hussey, New York's school boy sprinting star, and a likely candidate for the American Olympic team, has begun intensive training under Lawson Robertson, well known colleg iate coach..; . - What We Buy r holding the edge. Considered horizontally, the diminutive Meeker Ms much the best of it Ue is a stocky, well set up recruit Husky Pitchers Are In Demand. Fifteen years ago a pitcher built upon the lines of Meeker wouldn't have been given the slightest ' consideration as a big league possiWlity. . Too light to stand the grind, would have been the unanimous verdict of the experts. While the big pitcher is still regarded with favor, lack of size no longer prevents a promising recruit from getting the big opportunity. -" Meeker reminds one of Dicky Kerr, of Chicago White Sox lame. He goes about his work in much' the same manner, and if anything, has more stuff. His curve ball breaks fast and his - , , . , , .i . . . . i ; ; -i - n ' .. : : : " T; PlllllllllllllillllilllllllW I I r. Monabd ToprimigSj Coupes, jmv I SedlamiSo Tracks I Dori t Buy Used Fords Until Have To Offer You I It Terms If Desired Now it Wo WOLUA i F"ordl mkDin, Pa. IIIIIIIIIIIIIM iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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