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By Billy Evans.y
On the old , Washington
grounds the club ' house was in
right field. When a piayer was
removed from the game he had
to march past the crowd to the
team's quarters in' the outfield.
Bob Groome, the
clever twirler, was
"presented ,with a
bunch of fldwers be
fore a game he
Grooifie from being
one1 of the. greatest
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vV ball. Whether it
t 7Tk was embarrassmehf
over the presenta-
,tipn, or hot, Groome
in the first inning passed five men
before he was derricked.
Groome gathered up the floy
ers and started for the club house
and a fan yelled :
"Say, Bob, what kind of flow
ers did you get?" .
. Before Groome could rely an
other "fan replied, "wild flowers,
of course." "
- Washington fans consider
Grbome the real hard luck pitch
er. No matter how well he
pitches, his opponent does better
and the Senators seldom hit be
hind him'. m Last summer a losing
streak .got on Groome's nerves.
!After losing a shut-out game he
tossed his sweater on the floor
and fairly yelled.
"It don't look as if I ever would
win. This club never Ynakesany
runs beHih"df me "' oioiad gtl
"Well, I'll tell you how to keep
from losing, Bob," said Manager
"Just keep the other fellows
from scoring, and you will play
a tie game." Whereupon Mc-
Aleer departed while the players
gave Groome the, laugh.
The first year of a major league
umpire is strenuous. John Mul
len, of Pittsburg, who debutted in
the American in 1911 will hear
witness to"the fact. The players
early tried to discover the mate
rial the smqky city man was
made of. Hugh Buffy manager
of the White Sox, had his share
of arguments with Mullen. Duffy
confessed he lost eVery One, yet
admits he once got a laugh out of
the wrangle, even though, on the
wrong erid of the decision.
Late-in the season Chicago was
playing at St. Loliis. The score
stood 2 t6 1 in favor of the
Browiis. Near the close of the"
gameHhe Sox filled the bases with
two out. The dext batter hit a
line drive over third. Three run
ners Scored and the batter pulled
up at second, when to Duffy's dis
may Mullen called the hit a foul.
The ball evidently struck close
to the foul line, some 20 feet back
of third base Dtffy rushed 'to
where he believed the hall struck
"Come here-Mullen and look at
the foul line."
"What's the'use wasting time'
replied Mullen, "briiig the line to
It was too much for Duffy and
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