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THE AMERICAN NATIONAL (SAME-BASEBALL
Why is baseball? y
Millions go to it. Otbinillions read and talk about it. Since time
began no sport was so popular. Why is baseball?
For one thing, it's clean. '
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limited to man and man. Nothing about it to shame a woman or ,make
a fellow ashamed of himself when he goes home to think it over. ""From
bleachers to players' bench, degrading things are barred.
Then, too, it's stirring. "
No loafing. No soldiering. No hanging back until the farewell whis
tle blows. But everybody alert, intent, rooting or working as if the next
minute held the fate ol the world. A kind of work that calls for the ,best
that's in. a chap the fittest physical trim; the quickest, surest thinking.
In many a place the bonehead gets by, but not on the diamond. There the
one thine' that counts Is efficiency. Reputation, pull won't save ."fellow
unless he deliver lithe goods. It's a : case of the last ounce every minute
of the game. , '.'
, Finally; Jt's democratic. . '
, No artificial distinction. No upper and lower crusts. But bleachers
and '.boxes in one big brotherhood blent, for the moment leveled by- a com!
mori humanity. . J'
Democracy is the greatest thing there is, and the democracy of sport)
is ori"e of its finest expressions. m i , f
So don't make an excuse when you go to the ball game. Be" proud otz
it. '-Be mighty glad that there's a ball game to go to. . 1 '
And, whisper: Don't Jet the' professionals have a monopoly of the
playing. Get a ball and a bat and a bunch of youngsters and go to it
JOE JACKSON MAYGjFTYCOBB'S ANGORA
If signs of wavering on the part of
Ty Cobb are noticeable within the
next few days,and hints are heard
that the "greatest- ball player than
ever lived" will report to the Detroit
team, make up you mind that Ty's
ego has been punctured.
Cobb might hold out indefinitely
for that $15,000 which the Detroit
management says it won't pay himf
but if he can-hold out while another
man is annexing the honors which
have been his for lo; these many
years, then, he is a different Cobb
from the one who has made basgball
history, . (
But this story, isn't about Cobb, he
Being brought -in merely to explain
the "why'-' o'f .his coming back, when
he does". This-is the reason, being
taken from the first game between
Chicago and Cleveland:
AB. R. H. TB. PO. A. E.
Jackson, rf 3 2 3 7 5 0 0
Joe Jackson won the opening game
for Cleveland from Chicago. He was'
so Cobb-like that the fans began to
pity the Detroit management because
Cobb was missing and more than
once the expression was "heard,
'Gobb'll' get jealous andjplay to spite
; -Three times Jackson went to bat'
and three times-he hit. Two wallops
were 'doubles, one' to" the right base'
fence and the other along the third
base foul line. The.other was a tripled
that dented the conerete- in right
center. ' '
'Five put-outs were registered br