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ture business at Marshalltown,
la"., and it was there, in 1883, that
Capt. Anson saw in him the mak
ing of a great ball player and took
him to Chicago, r .
Billy Sunday was the fastest
man that ever wore a National
league uniform. It is doubtful if
any player today could hold him
at 100 yards, notwithstanding tne
speed of such men as Vin Camp
bell, Bert Shotten, Ty Cobb, Joe,
Jackson, Ray Chapman and
Ralph Capron. Upon "the occa
sion of his match race with Arlie
Latham, Sunday was backed by
Chicagoans for $75,000 and they
won their money.
Now, batting '1.000 in the Ev
angelical league, Sunday says he
js proud he was a ball player and
that he always found players- on
the square." It would be inter
esting to know whether, a's-he
gazes over the sea of faces in
various tabernacles, he doesn't
sometimes, harken back to the
days when the bleachers rang
with the cry, "There he goes !" as
he darted for second.
Pitchers "pitched out" when
Sunday was on the base lines, and
unless the pitch was perfect and
the catcher's throw low and true,
there wasn't a chance to catch the
deer-footed runner. And this was
in the day of Ewing, Bennett and
Ganzel, than whom better catch
ers never lived. j:
"Buck Ewing's arm and his un
canny 'quick-thinking spelled
doom to stealers, but he 'and Sum
day usually broke even.
Frequently old fans murmur, at
a game, "Well, if Billy JSunday
could have &t,-what a marvel he
would have been." Sunday hit
.359 in 1887, which is a splendid
average today. In 1888, for
Pittsburg, he led all right 'fielders,
playing 119 games. He topped
such men as "Silent Mike" Tier
nan, Sam Thompson and Jimmy
Ryan. In 1885 and 1886 he play
ed with Chicago, with Ryan, Geo.
Gore and Dalrymple. In '85 he
played 42 games, fielding .825 and
hitting .225, at a time .when .300"
hitters were mighty scarce. In
'86 he fielded .914 and hit .242. '
Beginning in '83, Sunday
played with Anson's team five
years. Then he joined Pittsburg.
In 1891, while with Philadelphia,
he received his release, in answer,
he believes, to a prayer for spirit
At this time Cincinnati offered
Sunday $500 a month, but he ac
cepted a position with the Chi
cago Y. M. C. A. at $83 a month.
Sunday picks as the greatest
players he ever saw,' Cap t. Anson
and "King" Kelly, with little
choice. John Glarkson was his
Consider Anson, Clarkson and
Kelly. Did yoiuever see them?
If so, you know how to justify
"No, sir!" declared Sunday;
with emphasis, "the game is NOT
faster -today than in the '80's.
They have more combinations
now, but not a bit more speed."
' t o o .
An elephant foot takes longer
to dcrok than any other meat'. To
nake it tender it must be hoiled
for thirty-six hours.
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