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"DUSTY" RHOADES HARDEST TYPE OF" PITCHER
TO UMPIRE FOR
By Billy Evans.
"Dusty" Rhoades, who had a
big year in the American associa
tion last summer, is one of the
hardest pitchers in the country to
work behind. Any number who
had more stuff than Rhoades dur
ing his time as a big" leaguer, but
few harder to"beat. Rhoades un
derstood pitching, always studied
his batter, and took advantage of
Rhoades had a good curve, fair
speed, a slpw ball, one a trifle
slower and a fine change of pace.
He hated to put the ball over.
When some one asked him why
he replied that he didn't care to
have an infielder killed.
"Dusty" tried to make the bat
ter hit a bad ball. I have seen
him slip up a floater with the
count three and two and the
bases filled and catch the bat
ter flat footed. A
A few years ago Rhoades was
pitching against Detroit. Cleve
land had a two-run lead, the
bases were filled, two ou?
and Sam Crawford up. Rhoades
began resorting to his every trick,
and finally reached three balls
and two strikes, although he pro
tested two called balls, believing
he had fanned Sam. O Laughlin
couldn't see it that way. Craw
ford hit the next one for three
'bases, putting the Tigers in the
lead. Rhoades was'sofe'arid de
cided to vent his'spleen.on "Silk."
Walking up to the plate he re
"Y'ou must have a bet on Craw
ford to lead the league."
"Not yet, but I would get one
down, if-he had to-bat against
pitchers like you every day," said
"Only 10 cents for dat
luck story, boss?"
"Well, I've heard it before. You
can't expect to get the fees of a
public entertainer." Courier-Journal.