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September 30, 1941 - Image 24

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Yankees Favored
Brooklyn To Face Big Guns
'Of Diffaggio, Henrich, Gor'don



Yankee Siege Gun

(Oontinued from Page 1)

Priddy and the veteran Frank Cro-
The main cog in the Dodger infield
-in fact of the whole Dodger team
--is Dolph Camilli. He was the Na-
tional League leader in both home
runs and in runs batted in, although
he batted .289. Besides being a power
at the plate, Camilli is one of the
slickest fielders in the business and
has stopped many a wild throw from
becoming an error.
Billy Bats Well
Billy Herman has played in three
World Series with the Cubs and is
just about the best second baseman
in the league. His batting average
of .290 makes -him a definite threat
at the plate and he covers a good
deal of territory on the right side of
the Brooklyn infield.
The weakest spot in the Dodger in-
field is at shortstop, where Peewee
-Reese has been trying to live up to
the reputation he had when he broke
into the National League this season.
No one can say that Peewee isn't
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game, but the pressure has been greatj
and he has made many costly errors
at very crucial moments. He is woe-
fully weak at the plate, hitting just
.225. and might find himself on thej
bench with the aging Durocher tak-
ing over the shortstop position for the
Third Base Problem
At third base, the Dodgers have
another problem. Cookie Lavagetto
and Lew Riggs have been alternating
with Lavagetto playing against
southpaws and Riggs against right-
handed pitching. Neither is a stand-
out batter or fielder.
Switching now to the outfield, the
Yankees again have the best of the
bargai, with three great hitters and
three even greater fielders. No one
will question the fact that Joe Di-
Maggio is the greatest player in
present day baseball. He is batting
a tremendous .354, and can throw a
strike to the plate from center field.
In right field the most underrated
player on the Yankee team, Tommy
Henrich. who is considered to have
one of the best throwing arms in the

in Worl
best Herman Fianks ieserve catch-
er for the Dodgers, is pitifully weak
at the plate, having an average of
just .200, and hasn't had the exper-
ience that Owen and Dickey have had
in handling pitchers.
The real battle of the series will
be in the effectiveness of the respec-
tive pitching staffs. The Yankee
pitching staff is the best in the
American League. although they have
no pitcher who has Won 20 games.
They have the two most consistentj
winners in the league in Charles
"Red" Ruffing and Vernon "Lefty"
Gomez and they have one of the best
relief hurlers in the league in Johnny
Ruffing And Gomez
Although neither Ruffing or Gomez'

has been able to go the route in many
games during the season, both were
able to last long enough to keep the
opposing team batsmen guessing as
to their next delivery. They both
need a lot of rest between games
and might not see action more than
once during the series.
This fact places more importance
upon the relief corps of the Yankees.
Besides old reliable Murphy, the
Yanks have Marvin Breuer. Norm
Branch. Steve Peek, and Charles
Stanceu. All are good men for relief
and have saved many a game for the
faltering starting pitcher. Murphy
has played in four previous World
Series and knows all the ins and outs
of the game. He is definitely the
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runs like a deer and is almost as good
a defensive player as DiMaggio.
Patrolling the right garden for the
Daffy Dadgers is Dixie Walker. a
.310 hitter and one of the best clutch
batters in baseball today. He is
decent fielder but cannot even be
compared to Henrich in this depart-
ment. Durceher's utility outfielder is
Jimmy Wasdell, a .300 batter and a
good man to have around.
Catchers Even
Now comes the receiving depart-
ment where a seasoned veteran, Bill
Dickey of the Yankees, and Dodger
Mickey Owen, catching his first
World Series game, are on a fairly
even basis. Dickey, who has caught
over 100 games for 13 seasons, is a
clutch hitter and is tops in handling
pitchers. Although he hit only .280,
he batted in about 70 runs. Buddy
Rosar is an even better fielding
catcher than Dickey and hit close to
.300 for the season.
Owen is a good, smart, wily catcher,
but can't touch Dickey at the bat.
He hit a weak .230 and batted in only!
45 runs. As far as fielding goes,!
Mickey can hold his own with the

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major leagues. He is a .275 hitter,
but has driven in close to 90 runs.
Keller May Be Out
Charley Keller might not even see
actioni in the World Series, but if he
does, the will be one of the big guns
of the savage Yankee batting attack.
Until he was hurt a few weeks ago,
Keller' was leading the league in
runs batted in and home runs. *On
the reserve list is George Selkirk, al-
ways a dangerous batter and a fairly
good fielder.
Between DiMaggio, Henrich, and
Keller, the Yankee outfield has slug-
ged out more than a hundred homers
and has accounted for about 350
Dodgers Have Advantage
If the Yankee outfield is not at full
strength, the Dodgers might be given
a verF slight advantage over their
rivals. In left field will be Joe Med-
wick, a .329 batter and a dangerous
man at the plate. He is probably a
better defensive player than either
Keller or Selkirk because he has
been hustling like he never -did before.
The National League's batting
champion, rookie Pete Reiser, will
cover centerfield for Brooklyn. He
batted close to .340 and lead the
league in doubles and triples. He


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