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c"Whom?" he asked, in turn.
lYes, he said, "whom."
e'"The manager of the Boston
'Red Sox," I explained.
' "Oh!" You mean 'Jake' Stahl,"
he saitf. "Boy! Page 'Jake' Stahl."
In a moment a young man, who
might have been anything from a
banker to a professional man,
came forward. His splendid phy
sique impressed me. His straight
brows and firmly set lips gave his
tanned face a look of determina
tion, but his splendid forehead re
lieved it of stubbornness. kHis
clothes were well fitting, but cut
with greater breadth than the lat
est "form fitting" style.
" And this was Manager Garland
Stahl, the man, who had taken the
American league championship
away from foxy Connie Mack and
,who was preparing to seize the
.world's championship, I ha,d
come all the way to Boston to see
him and write him up.
"A man whom all men and
some women like," I said to my
self when he came within conver
"Not that I know of," he an
swered, somewhat puzzled. "You
see, my-mother named me Gar
land, after her family, but the
boys seemed to think it was too
dandified, so they hit upon Jake
as the other extreme, and I have
been 'Jake' ever since. As to the
dual personality, you'll have to
"You have no trouble dropping
from a banker's life into base
ball?" ""I don't di;op," he replied quick
fjr.. "I consider baseball just as
good business as banking and
much more healthful. It is hard
to make the average person un
derstand that to be a professional
ball player one must live the most
abstemious of lives, while" bank
ers may, perhaps, be allowed a lit
tle high living occasionally.
"I can take the members of the
Boston club and compare them to
any 22 men in commercial or pro
fessional life without the slightest
fear that baseball, as a vocation,
will suffer by comparison. Seven
out of every 10 men in the busi
ness now are college men and col
lege training makes the best base
ball men, as a rule.
"Baseball demands "brainy as.
well as brawny men. Every year
after the season closes I return to
Chicago and go into the bank, and .
when I go south in the spring for "
practice, I don't drop one whit of '
my self-respect." f.
"You took the'law course at
Illinois university?" was my next
"How did you know?" he con
fessed. "Oh, you sum up things like a
college man that's one reason I
"Any man in the business will
say the same," he rejoined. "We
long ago grew tired of having our
profession viewed as a 'rough
neck' proposition, just as we are
disgusted with 'mash, notes.' "
"Then you get 'mash notes ?' "
Stahl hesitated a moment and
the color mounted, his face under
its tan. Evidently the "mash
note" confidence was one he had
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