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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1911, Image 19

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BASEBALL YARNS
. .. , By 3illy Evans, - t -
Catchci Billy Sulljvan of the White Sox. is one of the greatest
the game has ever known.. Although he is no longer a youngster,
his arm is respected by the best runners. Sullivan is riot only a
great catcher mechanically, but he has gray matter in abundance.
Ea WalshTis a wondeful pltcHer. He would be with affaverage
catcher, but isgeneraus enough tojfive credit to Sullivan for many,
of his pitching records. During the game Sullivan Iceeps up a con
versation. It is in debate with the batter that Sullivan shines.
Recruits, until .the'ir weaknesses are discovered, "are ' feared as
much as the veteraa slugger. Often they break up games' because
the pitcher, not knowing on what ball they are weak, jj'uts itin the
groove. To get a line,on newcomers and1 keep them from breaking
fences, Sullivan engages them on various topics. Meantime, the
pitcher is Durning them ,across. bulU
van's monologue goes,, sohiethipg liki
this : ,,. J
"Let's see, what league are you from'?'
asks Sully,
"I've played ,in the Southern Mich"
' gan for two. yeaVs," responds the new
mmpr
"Did you know -'King' Cole when he
was there?" . ' t . , ' , , ,
"No; Cole was a year before ipy time," replies ihe.'.recru"t. The
callof trjke one reminds the .youngster he is in a bajl'gamV '
, "Understand you were;one of the best hitters in ne( league ?'
"I hit around .300' says the. busher, "but theitcKmg'inJljie
big'show is a lot-different." ' , ,. , I' .. -,
. , The. call of stnke5two awakens th.e.jnew,man. ,. v v
"Many spit tball 'pitcher's in tljat leagqe?" contiriuesStilly, r .
"Not very inany,". responds the minor leaguer, whcj, has, made
up .his mind he wilLewing at the next one. ; v '
"You won.t have any trouble making .good jip ..here," .qontinues
.Sullivan. . This bit of sajveappeals. He js building air castles when
the umpire announces ''Strike three. You're out.'.' N .
"Don't worry," says Sully. "Lajoi,e;. Cobb, Speaker, Crawford
and'all the other boys do.it now 'and then'' t .-';.... ,r n , ,;
TKe" recruit walks back tq the bench .crestfallen. Sullivan
, smiles, for he has accomplished his purpose, Jn a' pinch he has. prac
tically talked the youngster "nttf striking, out. - ,
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