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lhan in the case of Marquard.
Two years ago he was the
"$11,000 lemon;" two years ago
his appearance on the field meant
hisses, and jeers. ; two years ago
he was" ridiculed by baseball writ
ers as no other ball player had
ever been ridiculed.
Today he is the greatest base
ball pitcher, with a recod of 19
successive victories, a record un
equalled. "I owe it to Manager McGraw's
confidence, the splendid coaching
of Wilbert Robinson and to the
work of the men behind me,"
There is no boasting about
Marquard; his achievement and
the consequent idolizing have not
turned his head. He is the same
unassuming chap who started
playing ball on the Cleveland
sand lots seven years ago.
"Oh, it was hard at first,"
Marquard said, recounting his
early days with the Giants. "You
see, the club paid $11,000 for me.
I guess that was a record price
then. And the fans expected a
lot of me, right away. But I
couldn't deliver. For a long time,
it seemed that no matter how I
pitched, I couldn't win.
"Oh, yes, the jeers hurt. Why
shouldn't they? But Manager
McGraw had confidence. He told
me not to mind that I would
make good some day. I plugged
and plugged, "but luck didn't come
"When Wilbert Robinson be
came coach of the team the wheel
of fortune turned.
' " 'Bobbie' took me when I didn't
have any confidence when men
were on bases. I was very wild.
I was always afraid of losing con
trol, so I would groove the ball
and the batter usually murdered
" 'Cut loose all the time and
never mind where it's going,'
Bobbie advised me. 'Aim for the
plate, put your stuff on the ball
and let 'er go.'
"I followed this advice and
"One thing that contributes
largely to my success is a new
ball that I have developed. I call
it the 'turkey trot.' It is a slaw
ball. I clu,tch the "ball as I do my
first one. . But I let the 'turkey
trot' slip through the first and
second fingers, which gives it a
peculiar break. I 'use the same
motion as when delivering the
"When I joined the Giants I
had a side-arm delivery. Man
ager McGraw ordered me to drop
it and use the overhand motion
to get a better jump on my fast
ball. I did so, but I had to really,
learn to pitch all over again.
"I used to try for a strike-out
record. I don't now. I do as
Christy Mathewson does de
pend upon the players. And that
support is the best in the world
the boys have worked like Tro
jans behind me, and it is to their
efforts that many of my victories
"I'll be 23 in October. I have
been playing since I was 15.
"The first pitching I did was
for a schooj team. Later I
pitched for some
of the semo-pro