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I - THE STANDARD MAGAZINE SECTION OGDEN, UTAH, JANUARY 10, 1914 11
BY BILLY MURPHY.
The Touchstones of the diamond
ere many and various, and the
goats" they capture and the super
stitions they are responsible for, are
the text of this week's article In this
tcries of baseball 6torles.
Among the Touchstones who are
l4 famous arc Herman Schaefer,
Washington; Kid Gleason, Chicago
White Sox; Steve Evans, St. Louis
' Cardinals; Arlle Latham, formerly
with the New York Giants; Larry
McLean, New York Giants; Charley
Dooin, Philadelphia Nationals;
Hughey Jennings, Detroit Tigers,
Tigers, and Johnny M.Graw, New
But the Touchstones are not the
only ones who create merriment
and who get the Angoras of the ball
"GOATS" OFTEN MI)E
BY CHANCE REMARKS.
Many a "goat" is made by a
ehance remark from the fans. It
gets under a player's skin and
everything is off for a few days.
Because of his ability to hit the
ball hard, his specialty being home i
runs. Jack Murray of the Giants
was dubbed "Home Run" Murray.
Little was thought of his failure
to hit In the first few gimos of
the 1911 series.
Then he went hltless altogether.
It has been said often that the
longest walk In the wcrld la from
the homo plate to the bench, after
you have struck out. No doubt,
Murray believes this After Mur
ray whiffed at Jack Coombs' offer
ing In one of the early games of
the series and had beer legally de-
Glared out by the arbitrator, he
started on the para.de for tho
1 'So that Is Home-Run Murray,'"
" remarked a Philadelphia fan, In a.
sarcastic voice. TKa fan had one
jjf of those penetrating voices and
Murray could hear It easily.
'That's Home-Run Murray,' re
" eponded a Gotham enthusiast, "and
If 1 was McGraw, I would start him
In that direction at once."
The remark trot Murray's "goat"
It was the chant of the Philadel
phia rooters throughout the series
In which Murray batted o mis
erably. Patsy Flahprty. the pitcher not
the third baseman Delahanty put
out of baseball was one of the
coolest pitchers In the game. He
used to get unwary batters' "goats"
by his quick delivery.
Once, while a member of the
White Sox. Flaherty was pitching
against the Cleveland Club. The
score was l to 0 in favor of Chl
CR0. Charley Hickman, one of
the greatest hitters In the game,
came to bat with a man on second
and third and two out. A hit by
Hickman meant a tied score and
the fans were yelling for a safety.
Hickman had already hit Flaherty
for a single and a double. He was
batting around the .300 mark at
that time and Flaherty realized ho
was In a tight hole.
HABIT OF HICKMAN'S.
Patsy cut the outside corner of
the plate for the first strike and
"Hick," who was fixing his cap, let
It go by.
While that ball was traveling to
the catcher and back to Flaherty,
the wise little pitcher remembered
that Hickman had a habit of drop
ping his bat and wiping his hands
In the dust, after the first strike
had been called on him. Pat shot
. r the second. Then while Hick
man was arguing with the umpire
he put over the third strike
Not a few fledgling players enter
a Pullman car for the first lme,
win n they leave on a special for
tho South. To them the long steel
box on wheels has always been an
Unexplored mystery. They walk
through the corridors with search
ing' eyes and open mouth.
The veterans spot him quickly,
and! that night he receives instruc
Hons on how to behave in a Pull
man. If he is a pitcher, he is suro
to have explained for his particu
lar edification the proper office of
the little hammock In the berth.
pitcher is Advised as
TO USE OF HAMMOCK.
"That is placed there for you to
rest your pitching arm In," Is the
information he gets.
Veterans help him to get his arm
in the net cradle and he is put to
bed. If he Is able to keep his arm
In the hammock It will be so stiff
the next morning that he won't be
able to propel a knife to his mouth
But the hammock gag is an old
one. It Is as sere and yellow as
the mother-in-law and dead grand
First division clubs are fast re
jecting It, because they realize the
cry of the public for new stuff.
Another ancient practice is to
borrow a lantern from the brake
man and tell the "goaf that It Is
his turn to hold It on the back pint
form of the rear coach.
"Goats" have shivered on tho
platforms for two or three hours
with the lantern In hand. But.
like the hammock trick, the lan
tern swindle is seldom used any
Tho lamented "Bugs" Raymond,
world famous pitcher of tho New
York Giants and St. Louis Car
dinals, always carried about him his
pressman's union card It was al
ways In his pocket on tho ball
li. id. "Bugs" was very proud of it
Just os he should have been, for a
finer bunch of lovers of true sport
than the pressmen on newspapers
Johnny McGraw, the Napoleon of
the bull field, always has a mascot
for his New York Giants. Tho
chap must always be a mite of a
boy. It used to bo "Tug" Wilson, a
former Gothamite messenger, now
it Is Paddy Mr-nix.:-.-.. , The little
fellow Is always taken around the
country with the great New York
Manager George Stallings of tho
Boston Brtives, who made a splen
did showing last Season, always
carries with id in a New Jersey
pcachEtone. "It wins games for us
A BOVE, from left to right:
A Nick Altrock, Ping
Bodie, Rube Benton. Below,
from left to right: Larry
Doyle, E. Calvo, Mike Don-
lin, G. Acosta and William
when It is going right." asservates
LA.TOIFS JINX CHARM
IS OLD PAIR OF SHOES.
Larry' Lajole has a pair of rubber
soled canvas shoes.
Those shoes wero on his feet
when he first played with the Fall
River team. Lajole never has part
ed with them. They have a special
place In his suit case.
Frank Chance of the New York
Highlanders, when with the Cubs,
used to seek four-leaf cloxers. So
does Hughey Jennings to this day.
Jack Powell, now with Louisville
but formerly of the St. Louis
Browns, bites his plug of chewing
tobacco close to the edges of the
tag for good luck.
Jack Harper. St. IxuIb Ameri
cans and Cincinnati Nationals al
ways wore bluo underwear Hence
tin name "Blue-Sleeves" Harper.
The favorite color of the great
A 'Idle Joss, now dead, was red. The
flaming shudes brought Joss lots of
luck, he used to say.
Enrl Hamilton of tne St. Louis
Browns once pitched a no-hit game
against the Detroit team of tho
American League. The great south
paw that day had his hair trimmed
at the Hotel Cadillac In the Wol
verine city. Now every time tho
Browns visit Detroit, Hamilton
hiked to tho Cadillac tonsorial par
lor on the day he is Informed he is
Father Morrlsscy Is a priest of
Chicago who is a great baseball fan.
He knows the game from every
angle and at one time was a great
baseball player. Frank Fogarty.
the actor: Waldemar Young, the
famous dramatic critic; Jimmy Cal
lahan. Charles A. Comlskey. Packy
McFarland and Johnny Evers are
great friends of Father Morrlssey.
But his great pal of tho olden
days was Ed Delahanty. One day
in a game at the old West Side
grounds In Chicago, Father Morrls
sey called Delahanly's attention to
tho fact that he was swinging his
bat too much. ""Stand like Jesse
Burkett," said the good priest.
"Don't move your bat off your
shoulder. You lose the focus."
Philadelphia and Chicago were
playing the next day It was an
afternoon In 1 S 9 6 . Terry was pitch
ing in rare form and in tho languago
of the game, "he had ever thing."
Delahanty went to the bat for
the first time. The club was fixed on
his shoulder and ho let two straight
balls pass over without moving. The
next one ho cracked high over the
right field fence, not far inside tho
foul line perhaps forty feet. lie
waved his hand to Father Morrlssey
as ho waltzed In to the plate.
The socond time up, Delahanty
drove a liner over short. Dahlen
got his hands on the ball, but It tore
through them to the left field. An
other homer. He got three- more
THIRD HIT GOES FOR
SECOND HOME RUN.
The third timo he lifted the ball
over the right field fence, this time
far down right center. Tho next
time he drovo tho ball out to tho
clubhouse In center for his third
home run. In the ninth Inning he
came up again. Lango played back
between the two clubhouses and
the other outfielders retreated to
the fences Delahanty hit the ball
straight to center. It struck the
top of one clubhouse, bounded to
tho top of the other and rolled back
to the field. Tho big fellow made
tho circuit for his fourth home run.
From that day on Delahanty never
moved his bat off his shoulder while
waiting for the pitch. He had his
hunch and remained true to it.
Hans Wagner, like Woodrow
Wilson, believes tho number "13"
is a lucky one. Hans wants "13"
on tho sleepers and in the hotels.
It Is given to him whenever pos
sible Cross-eyed fans are the abomina
tion of every ball player, But a
cross-eyed woman they will run a
Arthur Devlin once refused to
play a scries In Boston for Mc
Graw because a cross-eyed woman
had him Jlnxed. Devlin finally did
go In, but played so poorly that Mc
Graw took him out of the game und
kept him out of the series.
Another superstition among ball
players and newspaper men, as
well, is that one must never re
mark: "Well, he's got this far. It looks
like he'll pitch a no-hlt game."
It Is the belief among tho play
ers and scribes that a hit Is suro
to follow a remark of. that kind.
No comment must be mudo about
a no-hlt game until tho feat actually
has been performed.
Sherwood Magec, playing against
the St. Louis Cardinals August 27,
1912, made two home runs and a
triple. That day he had put his un
dershirt on wrong side out before
going to the game. Mageo always
wears his Bhlrt that way now. All
creation can not make him change. 'H'-fsr
Hank Zimmerman of the Chicago
Cubs Is a great golf player. He I'm
believes practice at the game of St. M'lff
Andrews Improves his eyes and fwT
wrist movement. But he will never WflWS
play golf on the ,day or In the week jl JraMi
of an important series. ;'twSu
"You can't be good twice In the
same place," says. Hank. yf'fy
A superstition among catchers Is 1 1'''.V
that it is lucky If you take a look at
a batter's feet There is probably (y'-V
more wisdom than fooling the Jinx I
in this object, for there is consld- , -
erable value In studying a hitter's H I
Forecasting the End of the World.
Predictions of tho end of tho p. I
world have been a source of ter- II I
ror to many peoples through many f
centuries. St Augustine, In th i I
fourth century, conceded only a few !
years of respite to the human I I
species before the end of time. In H
the ninth century in several coun- y
tries of continental Europe the peo- I I
pie began to make preparation for v I
the destruction of the world, then Ij '
prophesied to be near at hand. They f
abandoned their fields and their
workshops and threw themselves at WHtm
the foot of the altax; they gave
their goods to the churches and
monasteries. The end was to come
with the beginning of the thou
dth year of the Christian era.
The fatal day came. But the sun j
continued to shine In the vault of
the heaven, the stars remained in
their places and the people returned
to their customary pursuits. But i
the prophets were not discouraged,
and Arnault de Vllleneuve,
Frenchman, fixed the dato for the
finish in 1396, and again a mistake
had been made In the direful horo
scope Next came Johann Stoffer, j
a German astrologer, who an- fl
nounced that the world would be j
overwhelmed by a deluge in 1521,
and a worthy theologian of Tou
louso constructed an ark.
In 1599 the end of the world was
announced in France, and the wild
est terror prevailed. Henry IV.,
w ho had not been any too good a
Protestant and was no better as a
Catholic, laughed at this prediction.
Then he became serious and Issued
an edict forbidding his subjects to
talk about anti-Christ and the last
judgment. The latest prophet of
any note was an Italian, a monk of
Padua, who died at the age of 90.
0 day or two after the exaltation of
Pope Lee XIII He left a prophecy
giving a list of tho Popes, ten lu
number, who would reign before
tho end of the world should come.
And these are the names: First,
the present Popo, Plus X, then win
come Paul VI, Plus XL. Gregory
XVI, and so on, concluding with
Peter II. who will occupy the papal
chair when tho end comes. As
Popes reign an average of twelve
years each, tho grim prophet only
allows a century more of tho world
and then all will be over. This
prophecy, however, has never beeu
accepted with anything like tho
beriousness with which It was given. i