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IF YOU BELIEVE BILLY EVANS, ALL UMPIRES ARE-HUMORISTS
By Billy Evans.
"Long Tom" Hughes, veteran
pitcher, and Umpire Jack Sheri-
dan, are great friends. Despite t
this they have had many a bat- I
tie over decisions, but Jack as a j
ruje usually has got the better of j
the arguments. Aware of this,
Tom once thought it wouldn't be
a good idea to start off the dia- l
mond to get the verdict.
One afternoon last summer
Highes was pitching and Sheri
den umpiring. Although Tom ap
peared to have all kinds of stuff,
the visitors were taking liberty
with his delivery. Finally Tom
was taken out to give a pinch Hit
ter a chance.
Sheridaivhad a number of close
plays that afternoon, several" of
which figured in the result and as
lurk would have it ninst of thpm
went against "Washington. Nat
urally the fans were peevish' as
they boarded the cars.
Sheridan bought an evening
paper as he got on the car and
was perusing the sporting page
as he struck his seat. The car was
crowded with fans, all of whom
knew Sheridan) of course.
Hughes happened to board the
car. He observed Sheridan read
ing and figured it was his chance
to put one over. In a voice that
could be plainly heard he said:
'Think you would make better
progress,. Jack, if you wore your
glasses." Sherridan looked up,
and the fans laughed, but Jack
was not perturbed.
'Tm getting along all right
now Tom," answered Sheridan,
"but I really needed a Lick tele
scope to see you this afternoon.
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