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home run off his delivery.
Otis Crandall, pi the Giants, is
one of the game's extraordinary McGraw wouW permitted
players. Although naturally a
pitcher, Crandall is one of the
best pinch hitters on the team.
He has played infield and out
field with success and yearns to
wear the wind pad some day.
this last season, but feared one of
his fancy player's high priced
fingers might "be broken.
GREATEST FIST FIGHTS OF FIFTY YEARS
tn Which KidXavigne Describes a Battle of 47 Rounds
Fought 44 "Years Ago by-Sam Collyer and Billy
Edwards Collyer's Little Son Saw His Father
been .called "the
g r ea X e s.t ever.
,-. , T . inats. "wnat we
&dLavigne thought the Jeffries-Johnson
bout would be.
' "Kid" Lavigne, one of tne games't
that eyer donned a glove and the
best lightweight we ever hatt, has
picked the five greatest fights in
the American ring for Day Book
Readers. Lavigne is well fitted
to name the best, for hi partici
pated in one of them bfmself.j
Written for The Day Book by
George ("Kid") Lavigne,
Ex-Lightweight Champion of
the World. ,
In picking the five greatest
American battles, I have chosen
those which for fierceness, im
portance and gameness of the
"fighters stand alone.
First is the 'Billy Edwards
Sam Collyer fight, 47 rounds,
London prize -ring rules, with
skin gloves. They fought Aug.
24, 1868, on Travers island, West
moreland county, Va. f
Collyer, victor of the six hard
est battles in this country, was a
marvelous fighter. , He was 29,
stood five feet four and weighed,
120. His body was- like an oak
tree and his ar"ms and legs were
short but powerful. "
Edwards was of English birth
and unknown. He stood five feet
five, weighed 123 and was 24.
He had a student's face, a grand
chest, broad shoulders and skin
like a girl.
For 47 rounds they fought a
furious battle and dealt punish
ment that was amazing. To the
surprise of alt Edwards knocked
down Collyer with his firsx blow.
He out-'boxed Collyer, but was
out-wrestled when they went to
Blows to face and body were
tremendous. Frequently they
stood toe to toe and slugged with
out seeking to block. Both were
frightfully beaten and -earned)
marks for weeks.
Collyer did his best work after
the fifteenth. The worst feature
of the fight was the presence of
Colly-er's-little son, who, having