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JIMMY AUSTIN SACRIFICE HITTER," WHEN ED
WALSH IS IN THE BOX
appeared to be umpiring the ball
game, not him.. Of course, this
peeved Mullen, and he tried to
check such an impression at once.
"You play thijrd base properly
and you will have plenty to do
without umpiripgV he fired at
"I seem to be getting along all
right," replied Jimmy, "but from
the trouble you're having I
thought you needed a little assist
ance." Mullen made some reply,
but Jimmy merely chuckled, as he
realized he had finally won an ar
gument from an umpire, without'
having the finger pointed at him.
Mullen had his inning a few
days later. Ed Walsh was pitch
ing for Chicago, and 'Jimmy could
do nothing with his spitter. He
fanned the first three times up.
When he came to the bat for
the fourth time with two out and
no one on the bases, some fan
yelled, "Sacrifice Jimmy, sacri
fice." Looking around Austin"
yelled back. "That is what I've
been doing all afternoon." Um
pire Mullen smiled as he repeat
ed the trick.
By Billy Evans.
Peppery ball players like
Jimmy Austin of the Browns, are
few and far between. No matter
how badly things are breaking,
Austin never loses his ginger. He
keeps up a continual chatter at
third. It is hard to estimate the
value of players like him.
Like all good players, Jimmy is
aggressive, but manages to keep
out of trouble as a rule. Last
year Austin found it hard to
agree with umpire Mullen. Mul
len was making His debut as a ma
jor league umpire. On the first
visit to St. Louis, Mullen found
occasion to send Jimmy to th'e
shower baths. On the second
trip Jimmy received a similar
ticket of leave.
The following day the Browns
were making the Athletics , step
all the way. No player was work
ing harder than Austin. Several
times he wanted -to dispute Mul
len, but feared the .result. Earl
Hamilton, the Brown's promising
youngster, was pitching, and
Jimmy was lending all sorts of
encouragement, by making some
remark about every delivery.
"A beauty," "a pippin," "made
to order," "right through the
heart," "a perfect strike," "never
gave a base on balls in your life,"
f'l could umpire the game from
Finally, one of the visiting
players told Mullen that Austin
In Siberiavthey take the "short
cut." When a big lake freezes
over railroaders hastily lay a
track out on the ice straight to
the point of destination and pro
ceed to "make hay" till the sun
shines warm again, when they as
hurriedly remover the track until'
the next winter,