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" fcLYDE'MILAN A GOOD PLAYER BUT POOR BOOSTER
' FOR MILAN ,
By Billy Evans.
'. Clyde JVfilan isone of the stars
of the American league. But no
player ever had so many narrow
escapes from the minors before
making gdod. Milan is sensitive
.and cannot be handled in rough
Only Secretary Barnard of
-.Cleveland stood between Milan
and the minors on a dozen occa
sions. Every time Washington
asked waivers, Cleveland refused.
Barnard was ready to pay more
than the waiver price for him.
Then someone discovered that
Milan needed encouragement, in
stead of rebukes, and his work
improved. Today Washington
would not part with him.
Milan is youthful looking and
.when hegets on one of those ''rah
" rah" hats he looks-like a real un
dergraduate. He is backward and
one would never learn from his
.conversation that baseball was
,his chosen line. I happened on a
car with him last summer going
to the Washington park.
Two fans, strangers iD Wash
Jngton were arguing over the
relative ability of Milan and an-
other star Finally the fan who
was insisting that Milan was the
"better of the two tapped the real
Milan on the shoulder and asked
lhim if he liyed in Washington and
attended the games regularly.
"Milan answered that he did and
attended, every game. Milan's
Supporter then asked 'him what he "
thought of the argument, to
which Milan replied he thought
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two. i nereupon me ian mm uie
real Milan how little he knew
about baseball, if such was his
, All of which tickled Milan as
well as the tther fans who were
wise. "I'm going to put the ques
tion to Milan himself," saidv the
fan. "I wouldn't," said Milan as
he stepped off the car, "it's awful
embarrassing." It is needless to
add the 'fan was embarrassed
when someone put him .wise to
whom he had been talking.
Needed No Help.
A little chap, who recently cele
brated his fourth birthday was in
vited by the family in the flat up
stairs to stay for dinner,and he
stayed. At the beginning of the
meal the head of the house said
the customary grace. When he
had finished and the food was be
ing passed, the little visitor in
quired: "Do you do that every time you
eat anything, Mr. Smith?"
'Yes, always, I never neglect
to thank the Lord for what he has
done for us, and to ak him to
help us more. Doesn't your fath
er ever ask such help ?" .
"No, he doesn't, have tp," re
turned the visitor. "My papa is
a big, strong man; he is-i plum
ber." Indianapolis News,.