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LITTLE RAFAEL MEX BAWLS THEXJMP ON VERA
CRUZ SAND LOTS JUST LIKE GRINGO KIDS
BY FRED L. BOALT
Vera Criiz. In your town they
would be known to-th.eir fellows as
''Shorty," "Fatty," "Skinny," "Mick
ey," and so on.
In your town they would beg one
another to 't'run her here once."
And if one of them, who owned the
only ball or bat, threatened to quit
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"Batter Up" at Vera Cruz.
and take his property with him if he
could not pitch, the rest of them
would want to know what he wanted
to "crab" the game for.
It seems incongruous that the
sand-lot boys of Vera Cruz should be
Rafael, and Sanchez, and Jose, and
It is odd to hear the boy umpire call
"Dos strikes!" and "Tres balls!" and
to hear Miguel, at the bat, denounce
the umpire as a robber in- Spanish.
But they are adepts, these Vera
Cruz sand-lot boys. They imitate Ty
Cobb's mannerisms just as the sand
lot boys in your town do.