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tific. '"Maybe, but it wasn't quite so
rough-and-ready as some fans think.
In the series this year will be
Baker, Collins,- Oldring, Mclnnes,
Murphy, Herzog, Burns, McCormick,
Merkle, Meyersall great batters,
but how about Brouthers, Thompson,
Roger Connor, Richardson, Kelley,
Ewing, Comiskey, Anson, Ryan,
Dalrymple, O'Neill, Stovey, Welch
You read about the speed of Col
lins, Snodgrass, Merkle, Mclnnes and
Herzog. Could they outsprint Lath
am, Pfeffer, Stovey, Hamilton and,
may I add, Billy Sunday?
(Editor's Note Sunday, the fast
est man who ever played in the Na
tional League. He was timed 100
yards in 101-5 seconds, and his race
with Latham was a hollow victory.
Sunday was once timed 300 yards in
31 seconds, flat.)
I have read much of the scoring
from second on an infield out by
speed-merchants like Ty Cobb and
Joe Jackson and of the hit-and-run
play as proving baseball is faster to
day. WE DID these things, too, but we
"had no names for them. I scored
twice from second on infield outs in
one series. The first time King Kel
ley signaled that he'd hit. the next
ball and I started with the pitcher's
motion, sliding around the catcher
as the ball was relayed from first,
where "Kel" had been retired.
Great speed and perfect timing are
necessary to score from second, but
only the cleanest fielding can prevent
a good sprinter turning the trick.
Jake Daubert, Chase and Konetchy
are the best first basemen today, but
I never saw the man "who had a thing
on Captain Anson! I have seen him
take throws frpm Ed Williamson,
bare-handed and, man, how Wil
liamson could hop that ball across
from the short field! As for fielding,
how much better are these chaps
than Charlie Comiskey?
What pitcher today is"better than
John Clarkson, the only man who "
ever threw an overhand raise ball;
thatl McCormick, than Jim Keefe,
with his' marvelous change of pace;
than Mickey Welch, than Radbburne,
or Amos Rusie, the greatest of them
all? When Amos was right .his fast
ball looked like a streak of dust.
Compare Chief Meyers, Lapp, Wil
son and Schang to the greatest back
stop that ever hyed "Silver" Flint
or to "Buck" Ewing or Charlie Ben
nett, and TELL ME THE ANSWER!
Eddie Collins is a great second
baseman, but when I think,of Fred
Pfeffer, who forced the rulemakers
to write Section $ of Rule 51, which
declares the batter out if he bat an
infield fly, with" first and second oc
cupied, because of his deadly trap
ping, I enjoy a chuckle. ,.
There have been Baker, Bradley,
Collins, Herzog all great third base
men but not one of them compared
with Billy Nash or Denny.
- Ed Williamson, despite his weight
was the fastest shortstop I ever saw.
His fielding and ability to throw with
terrific speed from any position was
sirrmlv marvelous and he played
with bare hands, REMEMBER!
And are Barry and Fletcher better
than Jack Glasscock or Herman
The great batters Cobb, Jackson,
Wagner, Daubert, Lajoie, McDonald,
Speaker whs t have they on Ed Del
phi tit v Sam . aomDson. Ed William
son, TipvO'Neill, Mike Tiernan, Cap
tain Ansoft, Browning, urtfmg, isrou
thers, Richardson or, the greatest of
them all, Mike Kelley, whose ability
to foul off the ball forced the four
I have seen Kelley foul off a dozen
balls at one turn at bat and drive" Fer
guson of the Phillies from the box,
savine thines you can't print and
wouldn't want to!
Recently, against Walter Johnson,
thp. Athletics laid down bunt affp-
bunt seven, I believe. Johnson got
the first Six, but on the seventh, ho
went up in the air and the Athletics '