mighty Ed Walsh, but it seems to
have affected the right flapper of
Ford, who was one of the Amer
ican League sensations in 1911.
IF Ford can regain his 1911
form Frank Chance will have one
of the most effective pitchers in
IF Ford is right Chance will be
relieved of a great worry.
Something was wrong with
Ford in 1912. The hop on his fast
ball, which made him a terror in
1911, was missing. His spitballs
lost their sharp, deceptive
"break." No one was more puz
zled by this than Ford. He tried
many experiments, but the "stuff"
Billy Evans, the A. L. umpire,
was behind the bat the first day
Ford broke in. He pitched against
the Athletics and struck out Har
ry Davis four times in succession.
After Davis whiffed the fourth
time he turned to Evans and said :
"Say, Bill, do you see the same
things I've been looking at?"
"I don't know what you mean,"
answered Evans. "So far as I can
make out, you haven't been look
ing at anything. But this fellow
is showing me a lot of things I
never saw before."
"I guess I'm all right," mourn
ed Davis. "I thought something
had happened to my eyes."
IF Ford can travel at the gait
which caused Davis' plaint he will
go a long ways toward lightening
the stupendous -task Chance is
confronted with this year.
Morris, Minn. $25,000 fire de
stroyed several buildings.
Edwin L. Norris, governor of
Montana; Kentuckian by birth;
in Wilson's mind for interior .de
Mm ' B A
John T. McGraw, West Vir
ginia coal, timber and railroad
baron, mentioned as a dark horse
candidate for the naval portfolio
in Wilson's cabinet.
A little boy one day asked his
grandmother if she could crack
nuts. "No, dear," she replied. "I
lost all my teeth years ago."
"Then," said the youngster, as he
showed both hands full of filberts,
"please hold these for me ; I'm go
ing to fetch some more."
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