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Well, this is my final season and there isn't much use to stall,
They benched me along in April and I scarcely have played at all;
I kidded myself to thinking "I'm only a trifle stale
And I'll soon he wielding the willow and making the leather sail .
Through the circumnambient ozone the way that I always could;"
Oh, I kidded myself to a fare-you-well, but it wasn't a bit of good;
For I knew I was stiff and heavy and getting a sluggish eye,
I was missing some easy grounders and letting the hot ones by;
I was puffing a lot on bases and this is an awful thing
I could hear the tendons crackle whenever I swung my wing,
I tried to josh and to bluff myself, but it simply wouldn't do,
And I know it's only for old sake's sake, I've lasted the season through.
I know I'm done with the grand old game and I try to keep my cheer,
I've a pretty good pile in the savings bank, so I haven't got much to fear;
But it's hard, blame hard to quit the sport the game that I loved to play,
And to settle down to a routine life and the grind of every day;
I'll miss the yells of the frantic fans and the roar of the shouting stands,
I'll miss the thrill when I stood at bat with the willow in my hands,
And the umpire's rasp and the coacher's shriek, and the pitcher's scornful
When some one hollers, "Line it out hey, line it out a MILE!"
I'll miss the hot sun overhead and the smooth turf underfeet,
I'll miss the sweat that I used to get in the blaze of the summer heat;
The craft and skill and the luck and pluck that kept the interest warm,
And the blame and praise that a man will get in a big league uniform.'
I'll miss it all (though I try to stall) ; I know I am down and out,
My eyes are bad and my arm is slow and I've lost my old-time clout,
There's a tear-drop on my cheekbone? Well, where is the guy will blame
A poor old broken has-been that's done with the Grand Old Game!
PAINTERS TO MEET
. .Painters' Union, Local 191, will
hold an important business meeting
Saturday, Sept. 6. Recording Sec
retary George Kummer requests all
members to be present
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