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HOTEL OWNER OFFERS "SILK" $40 A WEEK TQ
SPIN BALL YARNS VET SPURNS JOB
Umpire O'Loughlin is the origina
tor of the diamond expression,
"Strike tuh." Here he is making this
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BY HAROLD JOHNSON
When I called at the O'Loughlin
home at Rochester the arbitrator
was not at home. Right here I might
state that umpire is not in the vo
cabulary of the distinguished "Silk."
He never uses the word. I decided to
go back to my hotel and drop around
the following day. When I walked
into the lobby I noted some 15 or 20
men standing around a big divan.
"Why the crowd?" I asked the
"It is much smaller than usual,"
"What is the cause of it?" I in
sisted on getting the reason.
"Beg your pardon," said the clerk,
"I thought you could see for your
self. That fellow in the brown suit
is 'Silk' O'Loughlin."
"Who is he?" I managed to ask
without breaking into a laugh. Right
then and there I lost out with, that
clerk. If, at that time, he had a
chance to assign me to a room, 111
wager I would have gotten the worst
one in the house.
"I thought every one in the world
knew 'Silk O'Loughlin," was the
clerk's disgusted reply. "We Roches
ter folks regard him as the greatest
umpire In the world. He is the fel
low that never made a mistake in his
life, the fellow who said there are no
close decisions, and the bird who
originated that famous expression,
'Strike tuh.' "
I walked over to the place where
the fanning bee was being held and
assumed the role of mere spectator.
I heard the arbitrator tell a lot of in
teresting things about baseball that
evening which I had never known.
"O'Loughlin is such a big attrac
tion in Rochester," said the manager,
"I tried to land him as a winter as
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