Clipping:Corcoran practicing pitching left-handed

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Date Wednesday, October 13, 1886

From the New York Sun we learn that Larry Corcoran has been quietly practicing left-hand pitching, and last Monday morning agave a very clever exhibition of what he could do, to the surprise and delight of Manager Mutrie. Corcoran has great speed and a fine command of the ball. He may be expected to try his hand in a game soon. The Sporting Life October 13, 1886

the uselessness of the fielding average statistic; playing for your record

The almost utter worthlessness of individual fielding averages is shown by the standing of the Chicago players, who have won the greatest number of games and the championship. They have beaten all the teams in the struggle for the pennant, and yet very few of them make a respectable showing in the fielding averages. The record of victories, which is the true test of a ball club’s merit, shows them to be the superiors of all the opposing players. There is a great deal more in the game of base-ball than playing a position so as to obtain a good record. Base-running, quickness of perception and prompt action which enable players to grasp and utilize every possible advantage that presents itself, and finally good management on the field and especially at critical times, are valuable elements in ball-playing, and no system of figuring can present their true value. The position record is interesting to a certain extent, but team work is what wins games and championship.

By reference to the table of club fielding averages it will be seen that the Chicago players took 6,250 changes, while the Detroit club took but 5,789. No other club reached 6,000. The Chicago men were not playing for individual glory, but for the pennant, and the result was that they have the flag. It is the rule of the Chicagos never to miss a chance whereby something by possibly be gained; in other clubs the players, seeing the possibility of an error marked against them, let the chance go by. Their personal records is dearer than that of the club. The Chicago men gave 2,248 assists; the Detroits are credited with but 2,097, and Chicago and Detroit played the same number of games. Chicago Tribune October 14, 1886

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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