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BY EDMUND VANCE COOKE
The first Great Hitter I recall was old Jim White.
This great Locater of the ball leaped into sight
In 'Seventy-something, and I still recall his poise,
Copied and practiced with a will by all us boys;
Jim stood widespread to meet the,ball. He held his hat
At "carry arms!" as did we all. We fell down flat,
But what of that? '
We knew the method must be right,
Because we did it "just like White."
He lost our love and fell from grace. The cause was .simple:
The official scorer gave his place to James Dalrymple.
Dal. hung his bat behind his neck, with,feet together.
We followed at the bell and beck of this new wether. '
He was our diamond god and we were most devout.
Before his shrine we bent the knee, nor felt a douht
When we struck out;
We did it "like Dalrymple did!"
Our faith was like the pyramid.
The next years leader at the plate stood stern and solemn
And held himself and war club straight as any column.
One Adrian Anson was this man of new reliance
And once again we changed our jplan of batting science.
We marked his mien! This look, that frown might be the key,
But still the pitchers mowed us down in one, two, three,
Nor could we see
How anything could be the matter;
For Anson was the champion batter.
At last a light began to burn in every noodle,
By which we saw that each must learn from his own modeL 4
, The style which suited old Jim White was good for Jim;
Dalrymple's style was also quite correct for him.
And Anson never had succeeded in word or act
By following the plan which we did. The whole thing's packed
Upon this fact:
You'll make no hit (believe it true)
By doing "just like" others do.
(Edmund Vance Cook in Basbology. Copyright, 1912, Forbes & Co.j
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