J & P Coats of Pawtucket will visit Bethlehem on Saturday for an American League game and the Steel Workers will be out to collect the two points at the expense of the threadmakers. With the National Cup now gone from the list of possible honors, the locals will make a great effort to land both the League and American Cups, with the League the more desirable of the two. Bethlehem's great rival, Fall River, leads the race for the pennant by one point, but they have played one more game than Bethlehem and a victory for the locals on Saturday will reverse the positions on the table.
Bethlehem will be without the services of Maxwell, who was ordered off the field in the National cup game with Fall River last Sunday, but capable players are ready to step into the position and a strong team should line up against the Tommy Fleming aggregation. The latter is tied with Alec Jackson, of Bethlehem, for the goal-scoring leadership in the pennant race, both having scored thirteen goals, and it will be interesting to watch the struggle between these two stars to break the deadlock.
Five more games remain to be played on the Steel Field in the league race. Philadelphia will play two games here, New York one, Fall River one and Saturday's game with Coats completes the list.
Bethlehem is drawn to play Fleishers, of Philadelphia, in the American Cup, the game to be played in Philadelphia, probably March 29. Fleishers are the present holders of the cup and they will prove to be worthy opponents to the Steel Workers or any other team still in the race. New York and Fall River are still interested in the ancient trophy and a few classy battles are sure to be served up before the destination of the cup is determined for the season.
The American League race looks like a three-cornered battle between Bethlehem, Fall River and New York, with the latter a dangerous candidate for the two leaders.