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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1912, Image 20

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FREAK BASEBALL
YARNS OF YEARS
AGO
J, AS TOLD BY DAN
M'GTJIGAN TO
j MARK
i-
The Spiders were , on their
spring training trip, and morning
practice was in full sway. The
recruits were working like Tro
jans under the blazing southern
sun, seeking to impress their
manager with their bility.
Dan McGuigan, the veteran
catcher of the team, was lolling
at ease on the bench, looking
with tolerant eye at the toiling
yoUnersters. He "had earned his
QE' THIS 5j
(Hurried i '
I work- Jfe ff
rs
ws
rest teaching the young pitchers
how to shoot, and Jwas in a com
municative mood. He indicated
a rookie who had just pulled a
v flashy play., pointing at'him with
a gnarled paw.
'There's that kid killing him
self off by overwork. He's fast,
but it ain't always the fast guys
that win the game. 'Managers
svould laugha't me "for that, but
9$
I'll prove it to .you by a stony.
You must recollect all this hap
pened before the national com
mission crabbed this side graft,
and put a stop'to us stars ringing
in on a little of the soft change,
playing at county fairs, tourna
ments and such when he club
didn't need us. lavish that rule
had been passed b&fore my time,
though the rube money did come
in handy after a bad -day with1 the
layers at the old Hawthorne
track. l i
"I was in the clubhouse one
afternoon -after a game when
Frank' Key, our star pitcher, had
hut out the Lions. All- the boys
hadjbeat it for homeland me and
Frank were preparing to do the
same, when a guy oozed in the
door with Squash Corners writ
ten aH over him.
" 'Is this McGuigan ahd Key?'
s?ys he.
That s us, says I. But why
be so formal. Just call us Dan
and Frank.7 I was a little curt,
thinking he was a bug horning in
tp salve us about our great play
ing. Them guys get awful tire
some. 1 , " Sure,rh'e answers, apologetic,
hut hustling right along to wha't
he has on his chest. My name's
Slocum, Henry Slocum, and I'm
manager of the team , down ""at
Belleville- We're playing the;
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