SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1925
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SPOKE CONTINUES TO HIT DOUBLES
Indian Chief Explains Vaule Of Two Baggers
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TIGERS MAINTAIN 1924 LINEUP THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CHA 4.
Failure To Make Good Trade Hard On Detroit Interviewer Obtains Real View Of '
With practically no changes 'in does not handle his youngsters again An Interview By-Muggsy Wheel bower stripes, ovea-ms I .solf rplicas ot
their lineup of last season, the Do- this yea-r with th~e same system. it was with some degree of trepida- the Anmhe rwii ia on pi out
troit Tigers are going to enter the The younger Pitching talent on th- tion that I approached the panelled of the anti Imian I i on hi
American League race an unknown Bengal staff is promising. With ex- door of the tasty Hollywood home of feet
perience, several of them may become Jack Dempsey, the king of the squar- Removing his feet from the silver
quantity. Wieil h
real stars. Besides Whitehill, who ed circle, the esprit de corps of the tray on the table in front of him and
Their excellent work finishingwas successful last season, there is prize ring, the maitre d'hotel of all removing the brown derby hat that
second last year entitles them to the EdWells, another that is finesse in the leather-slinging adorned his head, he inserted his cigar
respect o evEdy Wells, tanotheritsouth paw who
respect of every club n the circuit, gives great promise. Moore and i(ustry. in his mouth gracefully and put out
butt Cobb's high hopes of piloting hisl gyvegetpoi.Mor an
Doyleare two of the better of the As I kicked somewhat lustily at the his left hand. "'Good morning my
club to the' top position this year, lot. Wells and Whitehill were both lower part of the panell- d door as an dear sir," he articulated in the soft
inspired by the possibility of advan- with the Tigers for the first time last ultimatum to be admitted, I could not voice of a Siberian bear. "I am in-
mageousy trading during the past win- season, while Moore and Doyle are help thinking that the situation lie- deed replete with pleasure at seeing
ter, may come to nothing due to the newcomers. But the staff is good minded me of that famous story-ah, you. Have a chair." I shook hands
fact that the Bengal maniagement was'
uale toeffect aedgal mangimeng w enough to support the heavy-hitting someone was coming to the door. Just with him and started to sit downi
.unable to effect a deal Bringing any I , whO are known to win with to clinch the impression that I wanted whereupon he suddenly jerked the
out pitching. to be let in and =ranted it quick, i chair out from under me and I fell ts
Whether the fault was with the mag- . again kker at the panelled door, the floor somewhat 4leavily. Heie it
nates of other clubs or whether - it beAt second base, Cobb is alternatingaig a large welt o the lower was! The playful spirit of Dempey!
was due to Paralysis of the purse b ourke. o pnel. His boyish iaugh boomed out noisily.
strings on the part of Owner Frank men are good, and O'Rourke especial-
Navin is not clear, but whatever the ly is a hard hitter. But lie is a A Peruvian maid slank to the At once I felt at home.
cause may have been, the Tigers cer- veteran of the minors and has not panelled door and zithered it open. He sat down again at the table, say
tainly failed in their designs to ob- many years left in him. Burle is a "Mawin' su," she giggled. "Wants to ing, "I haven't finished my groceries
tain raw material for their infield, flashy kid who has the stuff in him, see Mr. Dempsey?" she chortled again yet. Just a moment and I'll be all
particularly the second base position. but lacks experience. At times he is as I wiped the mud from my feet on I set."
This one post is' the keynote of the sensational, at others mediocre. Neith- the Persian rug in the vestibule. e took his butter knife to round
Tiger problem. The pitching staff is or Burke nor O'Rourke is a polished "Get outa my way, kid," I chided up the eggs on his plate I could easily
only fair, in spite of the optimistic fielder. They may plug the gap at gratiatingly and pushed her against see where he had developed that
attitude of many Detroit fans, officials, second base between them, but they an imitation palm resting in the hall. punch that had brought him to so
and writers. 'There is no denying the will certainly (to no more than that. Entering the palatious living room 1 many victories in the resinned ring.
fact that there is really not a bril- Neither one ranks with the stars of found no one. Crashing on into the As soon as he had acquired a com-
liant hurler' on the staff. Whitehill, the league at the keystone position. drawing room I found no one. Burst- fortable mou'thful,' he began to talk
the young left hander 'comes closest, They are really high class substitutes ing into the den I found no one. busily regarding the adventires of his
but he cannot Bear the brunt of the who will fill the bill until the Tiger Hurtling into the dining room I found past life: It was enthralling, and I
campaign without buring himself out, management can buy up a star. I no one. Plunging into the breakfast was at once captivated. The romance
Cobb tried an expensive experiment The rest of the team is satisfactory. nook I found Jack Dempsey, the of it! By the time he had flnaghedi his
two years ago when he gave the Yan- Rigney, at short, is no whale, but he pomme de terre of pugilism at break- meal I wa sp'ell-bound. finaly, he
kees such a sensational' race. Her- is reliable. Johnny Tavener will fil fast. He was tastefully garbed in caie to an end after showing fre the
man Pillette, new to the big tent that the role of sub for him this season. orange and black pajamas, with pink imitation 'tooth in his left zpper jaw,
year, was nitching great ball. Toward Tavener is a good-appearing rookie hoot-owls embroidered on each shoul rear, which had been put the to re-
the middle of the season especially, who has the makings of a fine ball der. The pajamas were partially place the cne that had been knocked
he started to go, with the result that player. Lou Blue, invincible at first (just enough) concealed by a quiet out in a price war.
the talk of the circuit. His base, has an understudy in Johnny bath robe of crimson and yellow T ty
be was an inkofte irui, i , T COIL that to put in ay prosiacv
baffling success against New York Neun, who may be another Blue in a questioii regarding the New York
was one of his strong paints. How- few years. He has all the earmarks one of the best of the younger Ameri- commission would have been out of
e r, Cobb in his desire to wil the of a great performer, and hits hard can League gardeners. Cobb, Heil- place in the situation-it would' have
pennant, worked the youngster the and often. He will be able to replacej mann, Wingo and Carlyle are the four broken up the golden haze that had
first and last game of every series, Blue in case of the injury of the lat-I who are handling the places at pres- been left by the recital of the story of
with the result that, although Pillette ter at any time, without the change ent. his life (he has lhad 51 romanEs
did excellent work that year, he was being too apparent in the work of the Oscar Stanage, veteran catcher of He accompanied me to the vestibule.
unable to get over teh effects of that infield. Bob Jones will also have years gone by, is back with his old I again shook hands with him. As I
one campaign, and he was useless last competition in Harrington, a young- I mates in the role of coach, but he is was about to leave, he suddenly bent
season. His arm never' has been in ster who has been showng well in certain to see some action behind the over and jerked the Yug from under
shape since the terrific strain of 192;, the exhibition games. bat as well. Bassler and Woodall, my feet, precipitatingme with some
and he will probably be released, this The outfield will be strong in spite however, will do most of the receiv- velocity against. the knight-in-armor
year. It is to he hoped that Cobb of the trouble with Heinie Manush, ing. (Continued on page seventeeni
" + ' P A I U A 1Y. u
By Norman E. Brown f side. He is handicapped when the
LAKELAND, Fla., March 28-The pitcher keeps them outside.
first practice game the Cleveland in, "A pitcher with control can keep
dians played after my arrival here them away from the inside. When
on my swing around the big league the batter tries to hit one on the out-
training camps had been in progress side the chances are his timing will
about two innings when Tris Speaker, be wrong.
gray-haired pilot of the team, stepped "The same is true in the reverse of
up to the plate and kissed a perfectly the righthand batters and the way of
good baseball on the nose for a two- pitching to them.
base hit. "The outfield .and the pitcher are at
"At it again," I remarked to Jim a disadvantage with a straightaway
Thayer,. veteran fan who had made hitter. The outfielders know that I
°the trip over from St. Petersburg as liable to hit one to left, right or
with me. thirough the center. They have to play
"At what?" asked Jim. the middle of their fields. This leaves
"Hitting doubles," said I. both foul lines open. A hit down
And then I fell to wondering just either one of those lines is good for a
why it was that Speaker seemed to double. Why? Becau se it is the
have the secret of hitting two-base longest hit in the park-and calls for
hits-why it was that he set a world's the longest throw to second. You get
record in baseball two years ago when one base on the hit and the other on
he collected 59 doubles. the throw, so to speak.
While Spoke was waiting to join a Because the fielder cannot shift to
party of gunners ait the traps late one side or the other, they must play
that afternoon we fell to discussing lfarther apart. There is a better
this same question. chance of driving a ball between them.
"I've never tried to analyze it, but If it gets by them it is good for at
it's undoubtedly because the managers least a double.
straightaway hitter has. "I never ad-
vise any batter to alter his style if it
is working satisfactorily-if he is
getting base hits with it. If he is a
good batter he will get his hits no
matter how well the outfield plays
for him or how carefully a pitcher
works him," says Speaker.
ayers of the teams we meet The pitcher, knowing he is facing
te to be a straight-away hitter, a straightaway hitter, is up against it.
) play me accordingly and there- If your timing is perfect you can hit
me more chances to get two late at one on the outside and drop it
n hits than the average (lead along the left field foul line-if you're
right field hitter. The out- a lel'thand hitter. You can take it on
therefore play for him. They the inside and turn it to rightfield.
hen he comes to bat. If he is a And the pitcher knows that if he puts
ght field hitter they move Ione over the center you are liable to
that way, the righttielder put it any place, depending again on
close to the foul line. The re- how you time your swing.
true if he is normally a left- The outfield, knowing you are a
ter. His main hone of collect- straightaway litter-and a freer
extra base hit is to drive a I swinger naturally-play farther back
hit to the other field or drop for you. That gives you more terri-
their heads. tory in which to drop your hits.
pitchers know how to pitch to! Speaker, however, does not recom-
a place hitter, too. If he is a left mend that batters who are normally
hand hitter and normally puts them left or right field hitters try to chang
to right field*he likes a ball on the in- i their style to get the advantage the
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