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If there was any likelihood of a
fair chance at Chapman, the rec
ord of $22,500 set by Barney
Dreyfuas when he bought Marty
O'Toole would be broken.
In fact, Frank Farrell, owner
of the New York American
league club, has said he would
make this price look cheap if
Somers would put his star upon
But Somers isn't selling Chap
man not while the Naps need
men like him and they do right
now. At the beginning of the
season Olson was the Nap cap
tain, but a little matter of boxing
skill between him and Pitcher
Mitchell resulted in his reduction
to the ranks and the appointment
of the brains of the Cleveland
team Joe Birmingham.
Chapman is a short stop, and a
whirlwind shortstop, too. He
has a powerful throwing arm and
the'ability to throw from almost
any position. He is so fast that
he gets in front of the ball when
another would be trying for it
with his finger tips.
Every "big league scout has
looked at Chapman this summer,
although each knew the time was
In 48 games Chapman stole 20 i
bases, and from his position as
clean-up batter, fourth, scored 37
runs. He made 61 hits, his aver
age being .351. And best of all,
he hits in the pinches. His field
ing has been sensational and his
base running one of, the marvels
of the game.
Chapman hesitated, when he
Jpft high school, between a schol
astic inducement and a contract
from the Springfield Three I
league club, finally accepting"the
Lack of experience held him
back, and Springfield was about
to release him, when Davenport,
of the same league, bought him
for $25(5. This was a league
joke, but in a short time Chapman
had them all watching him.
Bill Armour, then president of
the Toledo club, bought Chap
man for $1,000 last summer.
Chapman played for Toledo one
month last fall, but it was late
and his skill was overlooked. On
the'first trip this spring he start
ed like an explosion of gun cot
ton and has continued at the
same speed since.
Chapman is the real thing, sure
enough, and if he plays the same
game on the "big ring that he has
everywhere else his name Will be
come a household necessity be
fore the peach crop is picked.-
OUR PRECISE ARTIST.
"A record breaker."
These be times when men of
strawdon't seem jible to get there.
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