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The baseball lever gets-me, when the air sniffs of the spring,
And I can't think, or talk, or dream, of any other thing;
I long to see a "box-score and the headlines shriekingouti
"The game was-ended in the ninth by Wagner's mighty clout."
Bu,t as I get to thinking of the glory of 'the -fray,
.My mind drifts, back and hovers o'er the scenes of yesterday
The present with its greatness and its wonder I ' can see
But still an old man loves to cling to joy, that; "used 'to be, . v-
Tie game is faster now, nodoubt, than thirty years ago;
There's ten stars now, where there was one I know it but I know
The old days was the good days, and "the old lads, played the game; &
And so I love to linger on the old-time player's name.
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X tip my hat to Tyrus Cobb, a riiighty swatter bold, .
I give him all the honor and the praise my heart can hold.
But way back in my mempry, I haveva thrilling "sense
That old Cap, Anson was the boy to smash the baseball fence.
I read that Archer's heaving is the finest of the fine,.
But, oh, boys, how Buck Ewingused to soakjthem down the Iinel S
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But still I think Mike Kelly was the slickest of the lotf
Oh, Matty has, ajfadeaway, and Walsh has 'speed tp burn
But never a man like Rusie to make th'e.batters churn";
John Clarkson and Carruthers and' Tim Keef e could lay them down '
Abput as nifty as Russ Ford or 'old Three-PJngerecT Brown..
There s men can-run to second likea-xannon-shot, go-bang, 3 -(
jsup, so coma .omy sunaay, iarry-atovey ana isui-i-ange;
And when it contes to fielding, whyyou've got to. just show me
That anyone ca"n beat Ned Williamson1 or BidMcEnee. '
Tlpve towander backward through the long-gone happy years,
" And joinmy vorce-again in old-time ecstacies'a'nd cheers,
For Brouthers ahd Sill'Hutchiriirdnfor "Ferguson and Orr,
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