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Bunting is easier to teach than
place-hitting, Keeler says, be
cause most players bunt more, or
less .cleverly, but very 'few try 'to
place their hits, being .content' to
merely "get a hit." v
But under the instruction ot
Prof. Ke,eler,' D. B., every man
goes to the .plate to place the ball
where fielder can- not handle it.
They are not hitting 30 oftenj but
are picking up all the time, and
before the season opens Dahlen
predicts Brooklyn 'will .send a
team of polished batters to the
plate, each one able to bunt clev
erly, pull the ball over-the infield
or poje it to the suburbs. "
Keeler has less "difficulty than
any:?other man would, have. His
. fame is so widespread that play
ers who,, would consider -van in
structor ,a slap at thtijrA "intelli
gence listen with respect. -
An illustration of his. ability
"was shown with a player who
simply could iiot bunt: Keeler,
in three days, had .him dumping
the ball and getting away to. first
as neatly as any dne could ask.
The transformation was wopder
ful, and the most .surprised as
well as the best pleased man was
the player himself. "
Keeler was a member of the
Baltimore team , with McGraw
and Jennings. Later hewas an
idol at Brooklyn... When the
American League invaded New
York the outlook was-' discour
aging. The Giants ha'd (he pat
ronage, but when Keeler was
signed he drew thousands and his
personal popularity gave the
team its start and helped it to
financial-andh popular success.
r ""Wee'Willie" Keeler retired as
speed and arm failed. Having in
vested hjs money in real estate
for yearshe'has a comfortable if 'y
not a large income, arid his return
to the'game'asPrpf. Keeler, D.
B., was--a, matter of sentiment
rather than of money, although
he is one ab the highest priced
men-on Charlie Ebbett's pay-roll.
Willie JCeelerv is themost
f scientific batter baseball ever
f knew. -
i "Lapking?the'physque of oth-
er great 'fritters, he batted in . '
over .00 for thirteen consecu-
tive years. '
His brain overcanie the phy-
sicatl handicap arid" hfcis cfte of
the few who have batted .400
From 1894 to 1906 inclusive
his average was .359. r
He invented and perfected
scientific batting. . '
t He was signed by Ban John-
son, -because of his personal ,
popularity, as a' member of
the New York Americans, and
the team became an immedi-
KILBANE-THE RIGHT SORT
HELPS AGED FATHER
, Cleveland, O., March 20, n
Jbjinny Kilbane, the new feather
weight champion, may never be
as popular among the people that
open wine and wait up for sun
rise as was Abe Attell, whom he
defeated for the title, but John-'