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YARNS-'ON THE NATIONAL PASTIME ;
By Billy Evans.
Johnny Mullen, the American league umpire, is the father pf
four children. On the field he looks like a youngster, yet he is 32.
One day last winter Mr. and Mrs,
Mullen and the children were on 'a
crowded car. When the car stopped at
Mullen's destination, it required some
time for the six to make their exit.
While Mullen is a slender chap, he has
i decidedly fat 'voice.
Some of the passengers tittered as
father and mother squeezed the young
sters through the exit. AsT his wife stepped off, Mullen said :
"Jennie, have you all the children?"
"I -guess so," replied his wife, who was a bit sore the way the
kiddies were cutting up.
"Don't start the. car, motorman, until we count them," replied
Mullen, trying to keep a straight face.
The motorman was wise. He threw on the juice and the pas
sengers guffawed. What Mts. Mullen said to hen husband isn't
)art of the story.
"Cy" Morgan is some pitcher, but as a hitter he wont cop any
automobiles. He stands about five ieet from the plate and stays
long enough to let the opposing pitcher curve over three on the
"Cy" says many unkind remarks have been made about his
v ntting, but it remained for a couplcof bushers to cap the climax.
' rgan was pitching an exhibition game in a minor league city.
,-tb reputation, had preceded him and the fans kidded him as he.
missed the first strike. "Cy" fanned thrice. X)nl)rll men had been
taken on the trip and the extra men were used early. So when
Morgan went to the bat. in the ninth, with two men on the bases
and two out, there was no one tq hit for him.
"When I left the bench I noticed the man at the score board
delayed no longer, says Morgan. "Before I -had reached the plate
he posted the score and was walking in.
The crowd overtaxed the capacity of the park and to' handle' it
easily, exits seldom used were thrown open. After I missed the
first strike I heard ushers shouting: "This way out, please." ".This
way out." .
"I saw the crowd was going. In the meantime the pitcher
sneaked over the second .strike. I xlecided it -would-'be a 'shame to
disappoint that gathering, so instead of making a base hit, I struck