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, FREAK BASEBALL',
: YARNS OF YEARS ,
fFreak ball games were being
dfecussed by several of the Spider
players, and after each man had
tcffd his particular fish story, an-,
ojher wduld walk in and try to
oyershadow the tale., with the
story of a battle that was almost
I Dan McGuigan moyed restless
ly as a "whopper" was 'finished,'
k bit a plug of r"c'hewin'J"'in half,
started eating one-half, and stow
ed the other away in his hip
ptfcketr This was a plain' indica
tion that Dan was about to speaK,
He glared around at the rest of
the circle, and broke out :
"You guys give me a large pain
with your talk'- of 23-inning
games that you won, and greaf
plays you Jnade yourselves. Can't
you get rro one els,e to boost your.
Why don't you, "be nice to Mr.
Billy Evans, and maybe ' he'll
write a little story about your wi
all thero4unfly things you said,
or that"Mf. "Evans makes y?u say
with the aid of a typewriter and.
the visions of a check.
'That Evans fellow is original,
aJJ, right, and I like fiis nerve eyer
since he camejjack after bemg"
soothed over thebean with a pop
nnttle in St. Louis. Wonder ft
didn't kill bim, for that" base ball.
5op is bad enough taken, inter
nally, without getting it in thej"
it has jt$Gq.$m sWiha jb6 lnw isrfw sc
AS TOLD BY 'DAN
MCGUIGAN TO,' v
TMARK ,' i
' - ' . '
original package thrown' by a
truck driver, v ,
"But for real originality an'd
nepve a fellow that'.;waS,umpirin,
when I first started earnin' my
'scoffinsin the big top. laid it all
over Bill. And if you-guys want
to listen to a man what has been
something, I'll tell you the story."
""Go to il "Dan, you're the
durmedest liar in the-bunch;" said
one of the players "You and Old '
Man Ananias went to the same t a
school." , v
" 'Dan- looked pleased afwhaVhe
termed a compliment, and with-
out more preliminaries began to t 5
'unfold his yarn. ' ' ' r
"All thishappeneda long time ' ' ;
ago, but I remember- every move -S
of that game. "Vy -were playing , - "
jth,eXions in the last series, of tjie
season and were tied fgr second '
.place when the lasjb-game came ,
around. Frank Key, a whale ini "
tiiem days, buj; who got tlie gate
last year, was-pitching for us, and j
me, being the 'best catcher iri the
league, was catching. 'Lefty' i
Long was throw-in' for the Lions
. "I didn't catch thewjiole game, j
'catise inihe tKrid Infiing. I made, gjjm
jSome casual remark, to the unv- 'pw
pire about hnn-notlfemg able tq ' - ;
see the plate unless it -had hash " -
on It, and was invited to retire to ,-
the bench for the rest-of the after- f.
noon. So I had a good chance to
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