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WHAT IS THE SECRET OF BIG LEAGUE SLUGGERS?
How do they do it? Where do
the mighty batters get their pow
er to drive the "ball to the fence in
the last half of the ninth, or crack
out a triple that scores two men
and wins the game? Ty Cobb,
the greatest ball player of all
time, and Frank Baker, whose
home runs won two world's series
games for the Athletics last fall,
tell the boys of Chicago all about
batting, and this is what they
By Frank Baker.
It is very hard for me to lay
down definite rules about ho.w.to
learn to bat. It seems to come
naturally to some fellows, while
others try as hard as they can and
never seem to improve.
I was a good batter as a kid,
and so was Cobb. At the same
time, both of us have improved a
great deal since we began to play
big league ball, and that shows
practice means a whole lot.
My advice to the "boys who
want to be baseball players is, to
PLAY. Play whenever; possible
The most important thing a
batter has to do is to train his
eye to judge distance and speed,
and the only way to do this is to
Boys often think that if they
had-this or that kind of a'bat they
could do wonders. They ought to
forget all that sort of nonsense.
A boy can get just as good prac
tice with a broom handle as with
the most expensivebat ever made.
A erood eye is not the only
thing a boy " needs. He should
keep his body in Ihe best possible
condition. In addition to swing
ing at a ball, he ought to do other
things swim, run, try pitching
and fielding, There have been
plenty of good pitchers who
would never have made good "bat
ters. My best advice is play often,
live clean, and if ability is .there it
will come out.
By Ty Cobb.
If a youngster wants to learn
how to bat, the .first thing he
ought to do is 4o watch, how the
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