r H0W TO PUT MORE "PEP" INTO BASEBALL
AH 'fans are agreed that for a pitcher designedly to pass a strong better
whrn men are on bases is to lengthen the game and weaken its interest. 'It
is very much as if the umpire, at a critical moment, were needlessly to call
Pitchers are paid to pitch and batters to bat; and the chaps in the
bleachers like-to .see. both of them earn their money.
Hence it has "been proposed to credit the passed batsman with a base
hit. But that wouldn't enliven the game. Another suggestion is to confine
the catcher to a certain area behind the bat, so that the pitcher could not
dodge the plate without running the risk of being credited with a wild pitch.
That, too, is objectionable, since it would increase unearned runs and look
like ragged play.
Hughey Jennings offers a third solution which seems more promising.
He would permit the batsman to step outward to meet a wide pitch, thus
keeping up the duel of wits between the twirler and his opponent.
Equally with other institutions, baseball cannot afford to stand pat
ifneeds to keep moving. Action, and more action, is the public demand.
There is action now, all right, in the box office; let us also have more in
MAMMOTH DRAGON POUNCES ON MOVIE
Pittsburgh, Pa. The audience, hushed in tense interest, was watch
ing the flicker of the movie film. Suddenly the picture grew dim. Without
warning, an enormous, frightful winged beast leaped between the audience
and the screen. It was a hairy dragon, of incredible size, with immense eyes
and horrid claws!
Children shrieked. Women jumped to their feet. The- dragon, glaring
fiercely, hung over the audience and then advanced upon it! After a sec
ond's pause of terror came confusion, uproar, panic! A dangerous dash
for the exits was under way!
And, wholly unperturbed, meanwhile the innocent and well-intentioned
housefly whose image on the screen was causing this riot continued to
crawl leisurely through the inside of the moving picture machine!
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