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RUMORS bad been circulated by ina
"underground" routes of baseball
during the season of 1909 that sig
nals were being tipped off in New
York and Detroit. About this time.
I noticed Ira Thomas ann "Eddie"
Plank working together in a game
against the substitutes one day in
morning practice. Thomas's signals
were so ridiculously plain that I
yelled to him from my position at
"For heaven's sake. Ira," I called,
"what are you trying to do? A
fclind man in center field could get those signals."
"All right. Eddie," he answered. "That's what
they're for. It's a stall. We open a series In New
York Monday, and they may be tipping signals
Instead of covering up his 3lgns with his legs
as any good catcher will, when he crouches be
hind the batter, Thomas was displaying his signals
so that coachers at both first and third base could
see them. I learned In due time that tue pitchers
were giving the real signs, and that Thomas had
devised this scheme to throw any observers with
spy glasses or other artificial aids off their guards.
I might add that, as a result, In the following series
four of the New York batters were hit with pitched
balls and badly hurt
All this means that, every time a batter faces a
pitcher In a game of baseball in the big leagues,
thero ls a duel of wits. In fact, the batter is pitted
against both the pitcher and the catcher, as the
incident related above will show. The acuteness of
the du ! I depends on the amount of wits enlisted on
each sida. Some are not very keen.
But, although in the vernacular of baseball, lt
is called 'outguessing the pitcher," it is leally out
witting the catcher, for the receivers almost uni
versally decide what kind of a diet shall be served
to the batter. Occasionally a pitcher disagrees and
shakes his head. Successful mqn behind the
bat in the big leagues have made a careful
study of batters, their "grooves" and man
nerisms, and it is on this knowledge that a
pitcher depends. Therefore, in the majority
of cases, lt ls the batter outguessing the
catcher. In only a few instances
does the pitcher give the signals.
So much faith have some pitchers
In certain catchers that they pitch
altogether a different brand of base
ball to other men. This is particu
larly true of Krause, the Philadelphia
left hander, who pitched such sensa
tional ball in the season of 1909, and
of Ford, of the New York American
league club, who was the thrill of
the league last season with his
double breaking spitball Krause had
no confidence in any catcher except
Ira Thomas, and Ford could not work
harmoniously without "Ed" Sweeney.
These catchers did all the thinking
for the two great twirlers, and their
work In the box was purely me
Krause randed ten straight vic
tories in a row before he fell, in
~.-<njiW eame with tie St. Louis
working and which led me to forecast what
was coming. This cue and the resultant con
clusion I drew, based on the hasty hypothesis
of Payne's remark, resulted in a timely base
hit The conditions and circumstances of the
hit are not likely to occur often in
a game with Walsh pitching. He
is a spit ball pitcher entirely. He
uses his "spitter" and a fast ball
with no curves. On this occasion,
Payne signalled for either a spit
ball or a fast one, I don't know
which. Walsh shook his head in
reply, and Payne gave him another
signal to whicb be again shook his
"You don't want this one?" Payne
mumbled In his mask, but loudly
enough for me to hear as he gave
another signal. Walsh nodded as
Now here ls what passed through
my mind, after listening, to the hint
carelessly dropped by Payne. Two
were out at the time, a man was
on third ba3e, who, if he scored,
would put us abend, and the count
on me was two striker i^l no balls.
early innings of the first game,
Sweeney had his hand split open
with one of Ford's eccentric spit
ters. The Highlander was never
the same again. He did not pitch
the wonderful ball he is capable
of In that series. He had no con
fidence in the lumbering Mitchell
to handle his "spitters," to think
fast; in short, to outguess the bat
Some catchers have a very busy
habit of talking all the time to
annoy a batter in an effort to dis
tract his attention from his work.
John Kling, of the Chicago Cubs,
known In baseball as "a bad man
with a batter, "chewed" Incessant
ly during the world's series in
which we won the championship
from the Cubs. He seamed to
? want to distract attention from
the pitcher. A favorite line of
"Now, let's try him on a fast
It is sort of an unwritten law
of baseball to let the firrt one go by to get a
look at the style. Kling would say:
"He liked the looks of that. Let's try him
on another." Then up would como a curve.
A favorite trick of his ls to get the batter
into an argument, and have
his pitcher shoot over a fast
one. He tried this on me in
the first world's series.
"So they say that you are
the best base .maier in the
American lesr/je," was his
orening lin ,. "Well, you aro
not ur against American
leagr.r catchers now, young
f'Jf'jW. Let's see you steal a
base if you get down."
I paid no attention to him,
although he evidently hoped
that I would turn around and
reply, so that I would be
caught off my guard. And
! not In conceit, but, as a his
torian, I relate the sequel. I
did get down to first base,
and by pretending I was go
ing to steal, made him signal
to Overall to waste two balla.
Then, when he had to put a
strike over, I went down.
Sometimes a catcher will
overplay his part in this re
spect, and a remark dropped by him will give
a batter the key to the situation which will
enable him to outguess the pitcher. A thing
of this sort happened to me in Chicago one
day last season, with Walsh pitching and
Payne dropped a remark, which set my mind
by Payne. He can't intend to waste
a ball, ? reasoned, because the man
is on third, and he doesn't think
he is going to try to steal. Then
it struck me.
"Can it be a, curve?" I asked my
self surprised. "But he never
throws one," I argued In my mind.
Then I remembered the surprise
betrayed In Payne's "You don't
want this one." The remark, mum
bled in his mask, had supplied the
key. I took a chance. It was a
curve, and I called the turn. It
was the first and last one Walsh
ever threw me, and probably he
would have slipped lt over, b*J lt
not been for Payne's poorly sup
pressed surprise. That cost Walsh
the game. It must be remembered
by the reader that all. thia giving
of signals and reasoning took place
in about a minute's time. A ball
player must think fast
Old "Cy" Young, one of the
Solons of baseball, crossed me once
in almost the same way with re
verse English on it. It was a case of him out
guessing me. The veteran Cleveland pitcher
is as different from Walsh, in his style, as white
is from black. "Cy" relies on a curve and a
fast ball, never using a "spitter." Young had
two strikes and one ball on me in
a game in Cleveland. He walked
out of the box and part way to
the catcher to receive the ball.
Easterly, catching, signed for a?
offering that did not coincide
with "Cy's" idea of the exigen
cies of the situation. The old
fellow shook his head twice,
which Immediately forced me
to conclude that it would be
neither a curve nor a fast one.
Oldring was on first base at the
time, and I guessed that "Cy"
must want to waste one, think
ing he was going to try to steal.
When the ball came to me about
chin high, I at once concluded
that my diagnosis was the cor
rect one, and I let lt go. But,
when about two feet In front of
me, it broke across my letters, a
beautiful strike, and I had not
even taken my bat off my shoul
der. "Cy" had dished up a splt
ter from somewhere In his as
sortment, and I didn't even know
that he could throw one. He simply outguessed
me and caught me in the arms of Morpheus.
He had wet the ball, while walking away from
the plate with his back to me, after getting It
from Easterly, thus giving no hint that he was
going to throw a "spitter."
Young invented this trick and applies lt oe
Let Him Do The Guessing
Mrs. Brown, lt Must Be Conceded,
Had by Far the Better End
of the Joke.
Mrs. Brown, telephoning to a friend
one morning, happened to say:
"I have such a bad sore throat, I'm
afraid I cannot go to that dinner-party
Just then something went wrong
with the conection, and she heard a
strange voice break in:
"Gargle your throat with cooking
soda, and I think you will be able to
go to your dinner."
"Who ls this speaking?" asked Mrs.
"Oh, that you will never know," an
swered the voice.
Mrs. Brown was greatly amused and
decided to ' try the remedy Her
throat improved and she went to the
party. During dinner, she chanced
to overhear the ;
say to his nelghbc
"I had an amu
other morning. I
and the wires bec
denly heard a lad]
such a bad throat
go to that dinner
I broke in and i
throat with cook
be all right' Th
ply sounded rathe
der if she took m
Mrs. Brown wa
?X EDDIE COLLINS
casionaIl7 to grsat advantage, I have learned
since, catching .a batter off his guard. But
he depends for the most part on a curve and
a high, fast ball, relying on his wonderful con
trol to put the ball where he wants It That
"whisker" trimmer of his. which
Ia a high, fast one in the vicinity
of -the neck, is a villainous ball.
A pitcher of Young's type would
Just as soon tell the batter where
he ls going to try to throw the
ball, because lt is generally known
'that he ls pitching at a batter's
So batting in the big leagues ls
largely a game of thought. The
man who outguesses tho pitchers
accumulates the most hits and
the largest batting average. Lajole
ls the only exception to this that
I can recall. Of course, self-con
fidence ls an absolute necessity to
any successful hitter, but the
Cleveland second baseman ls more
chock full of reliance in his own
batting ability than any other
player I know. It is not conceit,
just faith In his eye. He shuffles
"You can't get one nj
manner appears to challenge. He
is simply bulging with confidence.
He is the one hitter and the only
' successful one I ever saw who appa
rently doesn't try to guess what the
pitcher is going to throw and really
doesn't care. Pitchers have never
been able to discover any "groove"
that he is concealing. He simply
wades in and hits at any kind of
a ball. He is one batter in a thou
Tyrus Cobb, the Detroit star, is
the exactly opposite type of hitter.
He is thinking all the time he is
at the bat, figuring, planning, to out
guess the pitcher and the fielders, in
baseball parlance "to cross" his op
ponents, a legitimate procedure. If
he thinks that the third baseman
expects a bunt, he will hit lt out.
He never chases a bad ball, and he
makes a pitcher work to the last
notch. He worries many of the
men In the box by his restlessness,
and because he Is constantly guess
ing right. He has almost clairvoyant ability
to outguess a pitcher.
In some games, I have been able to guess
right almost every time that the pitcher has
thrown the ball to me and yet have not beep
able to get a hit.
There ls a great dif
ference in pitchers. Some
are easy to outguess,
and others are as bad as
a jig-saw puzzle, and I
never worked out one
of those in my life. I
know some men who
have mannerisms In the
box which betray defin
itely the sort of a ball to be de
livered. These little physical
eccentricities are true indices
and often cost men, who would
otherwise be successful pitch
ers, many games. It may be
the twist of the wrist In throw
ing a curve ball, or soma motion
of the foot peculiar to a "spit
ter" that divulges the essential
secret This tell-tale sign ls
fatal to a pitcher, when players
get on to it and lt usually does
not take his opponents long to
discover and associate it with a
certain kind of ball.
Working in combination to outguess the bat
ters, a catcher will often help a pitcher out
by talking incessantly, hoping In this way to
distract a hitter's attention from his business.
Street of the Washington club is one of the
worst talkers In the business, and ls called In
some strata of baseball "Gabby." From tho
time that a catcher throws the ball back to the
pitcher until he delivers it again, a batter
should never take his eyes off the pitcher.
All of the "grooves" of batters are carefully
catalogued. Every hitter In baseball, with the
possible exception of Lajoie and Wagner, is sup*
posed to have what is known to the profession
as a "groove," a certain real or imagined weak
ness. Some pitchers work to fool a batter, and
others aim at his "groove." Young and Powell
are of the second type, and lt ls this style of
pitcher that I always try to make pitch to the
limit, as they have to depend absolutely on
The catcher is obviously included in the
guessing match which always results when a
batter faces a pitcher. I recall a funny Instance
of "Hal" Chase making Ira Thomas look like
six nickels in a game last sum
mer. Thomas formerly played
on the Yankees, and, at the time,
Chase's sign for the squeeze
play was given by putilng his
right hand to his nose. Ira had
seen him give this many times
when they were team mates.
But on this occasion, Chase
was playing on the New York
club, and Thomas was catching
on the Philadelphia team. It was
in the eighth inning with the
score tied, and a New York run
ner on third base, champing on
his spikes to get home when
Chase stepped to the bat One
was out "Hal" went through
the usual preliminaries of knock
ing the dirt out of his spikes, fix
ing his hat the firmer, as If he
expected to take a long run and
didn't want to be called back to
.JBB get the cap, and spitting on his
?aeav , v- _ut flrst
d to the side
," asked Ira.
g Chase into
:d Chase, and
he repeatea lue ?..a sign very de
"What." exclaimed Ira, "you're
not giving me that sign, thinking
I'm not jerry to lt?"
"That's right. Ira," answered
Chase carelessly. "I had forgot
ten you knew, but lt goes any
This conversation was carried
on while Plank was pawing
around in the box and preparing
to pitch. As the tall southpaw
wound up, Daniel started In from
third base. Plank delivered a
perfect strike, and Chase half
bunted and half hit the ball, which
allowed Daniels to score. "Hal"
had beaten Thomas t his own
game. He had given a sign that
Thomas knew, and which the lat
ter did not for a moment think
had been passed out seriously.
Therefore Ira did not signal for a
pitchout as he would have done
if he had guessed the play was
coming. Thus Chase double-crosswi Ira. A
ball player is trying to outguess the pitcher
from the time he leaves the bench until he
sits down again. He doesn't terminate his
engagement at the plate. As soon as a bats
man becomes a base runner, his
object ls advancement
Every "^all player knows ex
actly how much of a lead he can
take off flrst base on a certain
pitcher and not get caught There
are recognized standards In the
big leagues. For instance, I know
that I can go fifteen feet away
from the bag and get safely back
with "Doc" White of Chicago
pitching, but If I go a step over
ten feet on Walsh of the same
club I will probably get nipped.
I can't exactly explain what I
mean, but when I once get ac
customed to a pitcher's delivery,
I know how far to venture.
In base running, I believe
that the secret of
pitcher and catcher is
a sort of Instinct which some players have and
others never attain. A man seems to do it by
Intuition and often cannot tell just what con
crete hypothesis leads him to reach a certain
conclusion. But believe me, lt is a great art for
a ball player to have, a great art, and one to
sing experience the
ame crossed. I sud
r's voice say: 'I have
., I shan't be able to
party.' Just for fun,
said: 'Gargle your
lng soda, and you'll
e lady's voice in re
?r surprised. I won
B greatly tempted to
reveal her Identity as the heroine of
the episode, but she decided she could
get more fun in another way. She
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"I just wanted you to know that I
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with cooking soda, and was able to
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"Who-who is this speaking?" came
an astonished voice from the other
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"Oh, that you will never know," an
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