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single, out the person who has
called to him, and, if he does, his
reply is drowned in a torrent df
"Let 'em howl" is the only dope
I can see. There have been inci
dents where an obnoxious fan has
sought a front seat and picked on
one player continually. This hap
pened on the old Columbia-av.
grounds in Philadelphia when
"RuW-Waddell was pitching.
It was afterward discovered the
spectator who aroused",Rube's ire
and caused him, to leap over the
failing and beat him up had wag
ered -a big sum upon the contest,
and as he saw the Athletics forg
ing ahead figured bis only chance
he had of winning laid in Wad
However, his disgusting meth
od of bringing about Rube's
downfall resulted in a beating for
"himself and Rube was allowed "to
finish and win the game. A, three
day suspension followed and
Rube took a fishing trip.
There have been numerous sim
ilar incidents where a player sub
jected to abuse sought revenge
Upon the spot. A story is told of
how "Steve" Brodie halted a
game, grabbed the scoreboard
boy's ladder, climbed up in the
bleachers and cha'sed a fan-bug
who had been "riding" him.
Of course, Tyrus Cobb's fuss in
New York stands out just now. It
seems as though there are in
stances where a player is justified
in taking a punch at a spectator
because the latter Has called him
a vile name. But only personal
satisfaction is gained, and such
action means suspension. The
club's chances are jeopardized bj; '
When a ball player feels Ke is
abused by a spectator he has only
to appeal and the nmpire will or
der an officer to evict the insulter.
But you can rest assured that'
while baseball reigns supreme
fans will have their say, and the
player who can't stand being
called a "bonehead" had better
give up hope of becoming a fix
ture. If satisfaction must be had let
redress be off the field. If a man
who sees fit to curse a player in
uniform has courage he won't be
afraid to repeat it after the. game,
and then let them have it out. Jf
the spectator does not have the
nervethen he is a coward and the
worst is too good for him.
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