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- HOW TO BAT
Thirteen Years A .350 Hitter, Little Willie Keeler Teaches
Brooklyn Team at Hot Springs, Tricks That ,
' . Made Him Baseball Wonder. "
Written Exclusively for The Day
By George R. Pulford.
Hot Springs, Ark., March 20.
"Wee Willie" Keeler, wonder
batsman of the old Baltimore,
Brooklyn and New York High
lander days, is now Prof. Wm.
Keeler, D. B. (doctor of batting),
whose permanent address is the
Brooklyn club. . , ,
Keeler is the mart who. in vent
ed batting. Little over five feet
in height? of slight physique, he
ranked with the Wagners, Dela
hantys, Ryans, Ansons and La
joies as-ja hitter. When batting
, consisted of slugging, Keeler per
fected bunting and place-hitting
and became the marvel of the
Now he -is teaching Brooklyn
'players to bat I have been
watching him transform uncouth
youngsters into major league
artists of swat here at Hot
feeler's instructions are by
word and act. .He corrects the
batter's position, to give better,
control of his muscles; he tells
him his faults; he shows by ex
ample how to be more effective;
he puts the finishing touches on
the raw material.
"Don't stand so far back in the
box," he tells one.
To another, "Grip ' your bat
i golf club, you
not swinging ;
"No, that's not the way. The
pitcher knew you intended to
bunt before he wound up."'' The
player had betrayed his intention
by his attitude. "Stand ready to
bunt or pole it."
"To a batter who reached for
curve balls he said. "Watch the
ball all the time. Make it come
, Several-players stood far from
the plate. Keeler took his posi
tion as the plate and showed'how
he could reach over, even when
choking the bat, as he always
does. He bunted, placed the ball
over the infield and finally hit a
long line drive between right
and center. The recruits were
Stand tlose. Keep the pitcHer
working. Don't strain yourself
or you wont get power into your
arms. Don't try to murder the
ball all the time. You can hit
with your forearms as well as
with your body, if you try."
"He's a wonder," said Manager
Dahlen. "He has taught them a
Keeler's class- is business-like.
The members are adopting the
Keeler position, choking the bat
for bunts and sharp chops and
throwing their weight against the"
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