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nelders hanker, tor the infield or pitcher's job. Infielders want to.
play the outfield or go on the-mound. Few long to l)e catchers.
Ty Cobb is perhaps the greatest outfielder, all things considered,
the game has eyer known. He always wanted to be a pitcher. It is -not
uncommon to see him working with a catcher' instead of cavort- if
ing in the outfield. Cobb, by the way, has a varied assortment of
slants. ' rd
" ' Thercis Hall Cha'se, premier first baseman. Hall has designs
on- second and may play there 'next season. He scoffs at the idea J
that a left-hander cannot play second and make double plays. He
also likes to pitch and usually goes to the rubber in exhibitions. "B
i i "Doc" White is strong for the outfield and spends time playing-0
the garden. Although a high class southpaw pitcher, White hopes '
to play the field when his cunning deserts him. His speed and bat-lS
ting make hijn look good. t
Joe Birmingham, one of the game's greatest throwing outfield-
ers, prefers the infield. He played second as a bush leaguer and
wants -to get back to the first line of defense. Joe had a notion to m
turn catcher and tried the job one spring, only to pass it upl He
didn't fancy. gazing through a mask for nine innings. "
Barney Pelty, when right one of the best pitchers in the Amer
ican league, likes the infield. His work at third and short is ex- h
cellent, but his" batting is so light that he will scarcely land an in- '''
fiqld job when he gives up pitching. '" r-
. , Although one of the greatest of shortstops, Hans Wagner likes z
the outfield best. He was of such value to Pittsburg at short that j
he,wafc simply forced to play there.
.' Bobby Wallace plays a brilliant short field, hut is partial to third n
base. He- thinks it easier than second. Jimmy Austin wants to be
an outfielder. Rube Qklitfng was made into an outfielder by Mack, 5
whojouhd him playing third. I coulcf name a score more players "
who prefer other positions and think they would shine brighter"
than in, their own baliwick.
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