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NERVE Great Players Must Be Fearless, "Yellow Streak"
Draws Contempt of Fans and Players
By Billy Evans.
Most baseball authorities look
on "nerve" as the greatest asset
of a player. Let him have every
other 'requisite and be lacking in
nerve and he is of little use. One
of the first things inquired into
when a recruit is signed, yes be
fore he is signed, is his nerve.
A youngster who is game and
willing, with fair ability, has a
much' better chance than a bril
liant performer unable to go the
It takes nerve to make a star.
Only the stout of hea'rt win fame
on the diamond. All great pitch
ers -have hearts of oak. A num
ber expected to shine have failed
because they lacked nerve, losing
their right to be classed with the
great stars of the diamond.
It is easy to pitch when no one
is on bases. There is nothing to
worry about. It is different to
serve them' up when the bases are
filed and a couple of runs means
the loss of the game. Then nerve
makes itself evident. There are
a lot- of pitchers who would be
wonders if they could just keep
men off the bases.
When a batter steps to the plate
with nothing at stake, there is
nothing trying injhe situation.
When he walks up with the bases
filled, knowing that a hit will win,
he has something on hand to take
up his athtention. Players with
nerve shine in the pinches.
It is often a puzzle to fandom
why some player with natural
ability fails to make good. Often
they marvel how a certain player
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