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, UMPIRE BILLY EVANS' YARNS-
Much was expected of Russell
Blackburn by Charlie Comiskey
last. season. Blackburn was pur
chased for $750 and had been
the sensation of the Eastern
" Unfortunately Blackburn got
away to a poor start, going sev
eral games without a hit, which
destroyed his confidence and ef
fected his fielding-. When he did
find his stride an injury put him
out of the running.
Si About this time Jack Sheridan
vas having trouble with his eyes
and one morning the Chicago pa
pers contained stories of the
troubles of the young player and
;, Sheridan's case had been diag
nosed by an eye specialist, while
Blackburn's physician had advis
ed an operation on his knee.
t While unable to play, Black
burn was trying to earn his sal-'
ary and was sent out to coach.
Sheridan was working the bases
and a number of close decisions
had gone against the Sox on the
paths early in the game.
Blackburn wanted to impress
vthe crowd with the fact that he
was in the game every minute, so
when Sheridan gave an unusually
close decision against the team he
'That eye specialist made a
mistake Jack, when he looked you
over. He ought to have pro
nounced you stone blind." Com
ing from a recruit this was. not
relished by Sheridan, but quick as
a flash he retorted.
"Yes, and if that surgeon
knows his business h.e will op
erate on your head instead of on
your knee. " And Blackburn
hiked to the bench as fast as his
lame knee would let him.
Two Philadelphia, men lived on
a dollar a week for six months
and got fat. It will be up to
someone now to say we all can
An Illinois man who claimed to
be a barber, optician and doctor
was arrested for fraud. If he's
what he says he is he-oughjto
have been arrested for cruelty.
The eternal question: "Why is