throw from one base to another
with a fair degree of certainty
that he won't throw it over the
grandstand or carrom it off" the
stomach of an innocent policeman
a hundred feet back of the left
"Things were different in OUR
day, Colonel," I prompted.
"Different? Why, back in the
early '80's did you ever see a
A modern backstop.
catcher wear a soft pillow on his
hand or a mattress all over his
front elevation or armor plate on
"Moi of course not ; not even a
maafc, my boy! Infielders and
outfielders alike played with bare
hands, and a recruit couldn't even
get a try-out if he had a straight
finger on either paw!
"Ah!" sighed the Colonel, sig
naling the waiter for another
round, "Ah, Dudley, my friend,
those were the happy days !"
After a few reflective sips from
his replenished glass the militant
"Everything about the game
today tends- towards automatic
or mechanical baseball, and the
time is coming, if we continue to
drift, where it will be about as
exciting for a spectator to look at
as the machinery of a steam laun
dry in. operation.
"If I live for a few more years
I fully expect to see infielders i
stopping low hit balls with a six
foot length of fence board and
fielding them with a machine gun
or a slingshot. Outfielders will
catch flies in a dip-net while loll
ing in a wheel chair propelled by
a colored valet. Pitchers will be
carried from the field after one
inning's work, and packed in
medicated cotton batting for
three days, attended in sumptu
ous luxury by a breathless retinue
of trainers, masseurs, pulmoter
operators and trained nurses.
"And, should he have chanced
to pitch a hitless inning, the big
roughneck's portrait will be blaz
oned on every sporting page in
this broad land!
"Training camps ! Piffle ! Give
me some good, old-fashioned
Upon this we silently touched
glasses, up-ended them and, arm
in arm, went forth into the night.
I'd like to decant a bit of prat
tle right here concerning the
modern baseball hero as an iddi-
tion to dramatic art, but, upon - 49
second tnougnt, i Deneve it win,
in justice to so important a topic,
require a chapter to itself.
Germany possesses 1,500 mov
ing picture shows, of which there
are 300 in Berlin.
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