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hands in his trouser pockets and a
most engaging smile.
. "Let me present Joe Wood, our
star pitcher," said Stahl.
"No wonder the girls send you
mash notes," thought I, but I
asked, "What do you say to the
girls who write you?"
Wood turned reproachful eyes
upon Stahl, as he stammered: "I
pay no attention to them."
"Where does the reason for
your paying no attention to them
live?" was my next question.
"That's right," chuckled Stahl.
"Grill him good."
The boy for the 22-year-old
pitcher who has made such a phe
nomenal record this year is very
boyish, turned at bay and "'fess
ed up." N
"Well, if you mean the REAL
girl," he said, "she lives in Kan
It must have been a boy and
girl affair, for young Wood lived
and was graduated from the high
school in Kansas City. He start
ed to take a law course at college,
but as he says, "baseball became
rather interesting about that
This is Wood's second year in
the big league and he certainly is
Continuing on the subject of
"mash notes" he said: "I can't
see why any girl should write to
a man she has only seen on the
diamond, for I think that we in
uniforms are only surpassed in
ugliness by the fellows in football
"It's a funny thing, though,
, that a fellow gets these letters
just after he has made a good
play. I have doped' it out that lit
tle Miss Homebody is anxious to
get into the limelight. I'll bet she
is the same girl that writes to the
man who murders his wife or gets
in jail for having too many of
them:" From which it will be
seen that the girl letter writers do
not get much satisfaction out of
Wood has an arnbition to be
come the greatest pitcher of all
time. He did .not say this while
I was talking to him, but I could
see it nicely embedded in the back
of his closely-cropped head, just
"I never touch liquor of any
kind and do not drink coffee or tea
while I am playing ball," he said.
"I attend strictly to the game, for
I have seen many a promising
player sent back to the tall grass
because he could not resist eating
and drinking with the friends
who called him a good fellow.
This restaurant good fellow busi
ness never gets you anywhere."
You can see from this that
Wood is nursing an ambition
which it looks as if he would ac
complish. Holding the American
league record for pitching, at 22,
after only two years' experience
in fast company, he is likely to
surprise the oldest baseball statis
tician before he is 25. At present
he is very level headed, very en
thusiastic and very much deter
mined to play the game for all
that it is worth, and he stands for
a type of young baseball player
which does honor to the profession.