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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10',
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HOW MY DAD TAUGHT ME TO PLAY BALL
BY JOE TINKER, JR.
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First of a Series of Pho
tos, Posed Especially by Joe
Tinker, Jr., for The 'Day
Book, Showing How to Play
My father always told me
the catcher was the main
point of defensive play, so I
will start by giving you the
pointers he taught me. First
study the style of batsmen
so you will know the sort of
balls they like to hit and the
ones they are weak against.
Get yQur battery signals down pat
and be sure your pitcher doesn't
Always return the ball promptly to
the pitcher unless a runner has
started for another base witfh the
delivery. Then peg to get him. Don't
show off your throwing arm. Peg
when you have better than an even
chance to nail a runner.
Stand up close to the batter and
don't lose your head if the pitcher
becomes wild. Try to steady him
with a cheerful line of talk. Prac-
tice every spare moment
In going after foul tips use only
one hand in removing your mask.
Let the ball fall in the glove; then
cover it with your bare hand.
A Philadelphia firm has recently
offered for sale a clever tag, intend
ed to prevent the loss of an automo
bile by theft The tag consists of a
metal plate which bears the inscrip
tion, "If this car is driven with this
plate on it is a stolen car." This plate
locks over the license number.