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TJie San Francisco Sunday CalL
IDOLS OF THE FANS
John B. Foster
BASEBALL idols! What a long.
row of thorn there is in the joss
house of the national sport.
There are names with which to
Jon Jure froai tho late 70s to the present
. Havo "Al" Spaldihgr,- Gcorgre AY right,
parry Wright. "Ned"' Williamson.
*Saby" Aiisbh, "Arlie". Latham, "Buck"
twing. Charley Comiskey; "Mike"' Kel
i\ John Clark'sbn. "Sir Timothy*' Keef«».
'Pat" Tcbeau, John Montgomery Ward.
*Joe" Start, "Old IIoss" Rad bourne.
'Old Pport" Galvhi,. "Dan" Brouthcis
tnd two t;eor»? and more' of others been
:orgfjttcn in admiring. the achievements
»f- the idols of the present? Xct so, for
the memory which is ; stilt green. enough/
h pit back to former days rherishes as
\u25a0 loudly" Us retOilections.rtf the. old, tim
irs as its possessor admires, the skillful
lit of tho present generation.
. Why is n l>*s<-ball idol? •
"Arlie" Latham, tho wit of ti^ Jia
nond. or.o" answered lhat. aftcsOoaSby
rci»lyiny, "l>occair<.> he can t help it. -»a-«i
!ure sentenced him to it. ;ind he has
fot to serve his term without any* time;
>ff for proud behavior."
. Analyze. Latht:ai's stat«iii:nt closely
tnd it wiil be found tiiat truth is stowed
iwtiy in its piira'sing.
Tiv piibli' creates the baseball iJok<.
•ot ih<- marajrw. Tiie public is keen
md inHsiy in its judgment. It selects
aieti with i-.-.i I.i'.-t'il. t;u:ck perception,;
{trpngth. at;ilit.v. i>'.iyt-i(.ai gr.i<e son?
"Umcs ami th« it. re skill of being able'
to d.. Fui:»f>tli[iiW a littlo 'better than
tom'ji">oy olse at a <-ritiea! moment.
It taker; one man for his pitching.
auotiu:r for Ine fielding, a third for "his
batting, and when it finds one rwbo ca:i
Tun. bat and 2eld, or another who can"
strike three men out -in^succession
when the game is- tightest and tha;
cxcjieiaent is ragir.r at fever heat, it
-.\u25a0'.-\u25a0\u25a0 ,
expresses its adoration. with a roar Oi
applause that drowns a.ll other sounds
witl.in the carrying "power of the
human voice. v
Coin blued, irith the necessary physical ,
(skill which. "raust b« an ; essential for v ;
• baseball i«ioii Uiere eeems to be 'a
current of nuiftnf.ti>m between him*and
the cror.-<] tiiat puts both in common
touch. The mistakes #that a. baseball
idol oecasiotiall>'may make are forgot
ten in the memory of what he did some
ether time when \u25a0 the stress' of battle
was fiercest, that brought victory to his
team. No player who wavers or falters "
ween the crycial moment is at hand
tan hope to liask in the smiles' of 'the"
"sua gods."
The Big Four
Four players of the present {rencra
tion are perhaps more discussed . and -
argued over than any others who may 03
named. They are Christopher Mathew
v son of the New York . National league
club, as great as any if not the greatest
pitcher ever connected with a profes
sional team; Napoleon Lajoie of the;
Cleveland club,. one of the best batters
tn the history of baseball; "Hans" Wag-,
ncr of the Pittsburg club, a splendid
batter and a sensational fielder, and
"Hal" Chase of the New York American
league club, .whose graceful art at
&«t J»Mc a haa never been surpassed
and who combines with it the qualities
of a good batter and : a good base
runner.
"Christy" Jlathewson has made all. of
*his reputation under the eyes of New
York baseball enthusiasts, lie played
for a short time ia a minor league club
before, lie joined the Giants, but he
was really m the primary stage of his
career when he came to this city, ; and
he has developed from that to the.
leading position in the great array of
pitchers who occupy positions with the
major league teams.
He is popular because he is a win
ner. During all his career he has never
had a wholly unsuccessful season/ His
nearest approach to -one i was . in ' 1906,:
\u25a0when. he fell off a trlße because of.'lll-.
nee* contracted in the spring. At; tlfat;
t\<? won about. two-thirds of the. games
which he pitched. / -^ ' •
\u25a0 There seems to be ; nothing "which.
.otiier pitchers can do ; that Mathewson
can not duplicate, and-he can do a little-,
in addition. * He uses tremendous speed
when he thinks It proper, varies it
with a slow ball. when he believes t^at :
he can fool the batter, canpitch a drop
that will fall away from the plate until
\u25a0the ball seems to float like a toy.bal
loon, and, with It all,/ probably has
more perfect control of the ball than
any other player in. either.- league.
Tnese are his technical qualifications.
Add to them a modesty that amounts
almost, to diffidence, .a deportment with "
.which -no fault: Is to' be "found and a
boyish demeanor that; belies the force
of the man underneath It,. and you have
an idea of "BJx" Six." the nickname that
the boys ' hsTvo. now attached to him.
And thc^o^.s of.Xcw. York made Math
evt'son mii.: hlol. ' He came here a boy,
and' every bpy- in' tho city became vit
ally interested in him when he began
to be successful. "Matty" and his sue-,
cesses -were the gossip- of the school,
yard, and as "Matty" always had a
kind .word for : every .boy who Accosted
him !t Jvai no time before a train of
youngsters follo\v*ed iiihis wake when
ever he appeared in public. Where tlie
boys found, an idol their elders quickly
. found : theirs. . .'\u25a0.-:\u25a0 '\u25a0?;
Napoleon Lajoie played ball in Fall
Ri ver.-Mass.', before he became 'a. mem
ber-- of th 3 major ; leagues. .- He began
his career in expert^ circles In Philadel
phia, andhe whlppedjjiis way into tho ;
.hearts of the Philadelphia; populace'; by
rapping the ball over convenient fences
for iaome/ runs 'or iiitting it over Vth'o:
h'eafls o{ the outfielders for three bag
• Kers when - there .wtre two or- three
men on the bases./ "V-. .'
/ He clubbed . himself •*, into ' : ; popularity. ?'.•'
. Mcii'who can make. home: runs,/ three
baggers and similar '"wallbps' with : thc
bases f ull- never have to wait \ long be-;"
X fore they ' are . enthroned among-, the i;
idols. A -baseball - "fan" can \u25a0 forgive
much if a player can only'hlt.; it is' the ;
-primitive . admiration of -. the .weak \ for /
"the strong. /:./„,'* - • . / 1_:
Lajoie* has the modest personality 'of f.
the big man; who cannot'helpjit-because <'
\u25a0:\u25a0 he^ Is able^ to; make "home: ,runs.'; :He'
would rather - discuss \u25a0- any.-; other -plaj'erß
in a nine with which he:happens;to-be/
connected than himself."-. If he should '
\u25a0win five games in succession by malring/
; a home run : eachyday tlie; chances . are
; that the only, expression of satisfaction."
to be": gleaned ; from him vwould \be -. lhat;;
his . team had \u25a0 won. - That's \u25a0 why base-,?*
ball '"fans", like Lajoie. .. '*.';,• \u25a0 '.%
"linns'.' Wagner, is- even, more tliHl-,
\u25a0 dent' than' Lajoie. If hc\ thought ho. .was;
to be" interviewed : lie would-* be 'likely*; to :
look himself, in: his; room.'; .; - \u0084 ~ •\u25a0
.But "Hans". is a?i] idol.. The baseball /
public from' California. .to Maine knows' :
\u25a0 that ifhe.comcs to the plate'he'is like-;/
ly i to drive the balLj[»b :far,that \ the "out- /
; fielders will -chase, .it : '-.to tlie-- fences,': or./"
.with"' such . ; tremendous force' that a ;
' fielder 'could, scarcely ;;be v critlcisedUfoV/
'avoiding; lt. • There^is not -a; spectator
.who /goes ,toi a: ganie • but : i£3 .; aware ' of .;
.- thesfactUhati"Wagner,tV7ith^thatVwon-j
derf ul reach-r^the j reach|bf |theioctbp"us^
prtspinglitssprey^win!strelch|hlmsclf|;
lntoariilncredibje^lcjigthfandlwithfbno/
" <>f: his! \irood, \u25a0poworful'hiinds.pnlli tiie ;
ball Troin : the; {fround^wherea lessTagrilbl^
man \ would* neyei'X.have^beehß able to J
touchit: ? "IlHUs"?.Waj;ner-is*thc*in^laf:
rubber idol- of the national games - ;.
•'Hal" Chase-^VPrince Hal." theyJcall I
him — -is hot only'- a n^ id 61 , because. he r canV
play^ ba H:- well.*.- bi.i t - Jjpcausb^ he plays 'it'
v/ith a physical: grace Avhich',- commands'^
the'adnuration[of evcry^person wholias;
a.touch'of the artistic: in his nature.' 1
V the '; men . did. " their^ shared to ;
make ; Chase; an i 1 dol; it; would be, decld- ; ;
edly|unfair;to;;the^women^to < say'that^
they; didtnot ; asslst'<in tthe » "work/.-The '
young^Californian/.wholhas been' in; the :
east ? butSa > short';, time" rand .who , has \u25a0
played all?of;his [baseball with/the \u25a0 Newy
Yqrkf AmeVicans^can ,'skipj.around r the
dlamond'.with^thVf polish of a. 'French,
dancing; master -and:' phiyiball Vwith .the
rug-ged 1 . "accuracy.:^ ofs '"Old/ Joe" ' Start,'
who --was Jsometliingfof - a first-; baseman ,
in;his'day.''C";*:^ :;:''^:-:\'',\[_ .y-. /\u25a0 .';.\u25a0[". '.'„•;'/ ' ;'
No JfirstUbaseman,: ever : has. been his
equal /iri^abllltyltoHakefa'hop^skip and y
Jump"! f rom? first |base> to"; the : plate,, pick c
upla vbunti hit jOnjthe'Jway, and^throw
out ..'some"*!, unfortunate , runner who, is :
trying-^io'Grets: to ':
than tjChase \u25a0make' this^ play ,\but theVc is s
no^bhe^vVho^inakes : it just like ; V. >
Chase'sl' Daring; Audacity .-;'.
_ 'llc^< 'Z ani idol '\u25a0:] because ; he • does f old "
faahionod-ttliingS'in/a^new
way; \u25ba£ He runs: liko f .a"deer,;andVho^ha3;"
ifhordarlng* of a ','Buqk'^Ewing^^Thet
fainousjbk) ;Ncv,v york;;"catcher|was;nott
Heet'of foot,; butjjie^attcmpted! to make'
bases : V/lieh o tHerXmen>were| af raid \ tol
arv^andi.thefauclacit^of : hisfeffortsrso;:
worried > his :sopponents:: s opponents: that '.they^were:;
morc'V]ikely«to |blundei\4thah^to3play,
accurately^ against ..-.him. : i, ; Yoii {) see ".. in I'
Chase* some;:; of^that'^j same vsplenJid;
norve; Glve;him ian ( inch arid 'he ,will -\u25a0
take: an "ell.; i ; Give . half ' a jlead?
to /second vbase Cand j he sis k likely ;to J _be*
ho me sbefor c J the f play $ is £oven \A , /-;.,•>'
•^MathewEon.i-^Lajoie, -Wagner.^and;
."Ch"as'ejpy6bablyjfeprcsent^2s;ooo^worth|
of/anlnuallexpenditurclto;the;^wi;Y6rkC
National^Cleyelsuid^gUtsburgliHdlNe'w^^^
-York^merlcanS league;* clubs. ; Lajoie;
;' d raws f aijar ge | r salary, 1 ! jio tf 6ril y | b ecause |
helislsecbndjbaseman^of | the:, Cleveland^
club,tbutTfor"the;reabon^that v he<is^a3s6j
.'the. lnanagor and captain. .The other.
Iplayers . are ..paid 'handsomely ..-solely
r upon ' their . merits asi players. -Their
salaries '\u25a0; a.re ,- .known-only by •
\u25a0 theniselves'arid theowriers of theiclubs _ i
.withlwhichf- they iarc^ connected/. -They
foot (well into; the "If their-
were ; tb be sold/ under the spu- - ;
: cial C provision "; by./ which ; ball } players
* in the; professional leagues are kept in
' reserve, •' Jn^brder?; that | some /rich; and s
i wealthy. "club /may '/\u25a0^ot ". absorb '] all 5 the '
best taleh t ; of i the country/ It ; is", certain V
/that/eachbfc them would bringi?lo, 000".
orjajsum' veryjclosejto It. / / - :
; ; : ;. Out in 'Chicagolwith' the; "White; Sox,'""
: tlie'c champions ;of (thai wo rid, i there is a
:\u25a0 ballfiplayer . who may well be called a
.. trinity ; idol. At various i timos \ he has
been -.worshiped .by . the ; . fanatics of
r Cleveland,"* NewCYork ; and ; Chicago! "And
\u25a0;. he!; is. ; : worshiped by : those ' of i. all •' three .
- s cities; even ;Jnow./ /- : / -. \u25a0: : : .
/;Gedrge Davis s began to.be idolized be
:' causes of ihis^ youth^and'-j he "f has con
:. tinuedito be.idolized'because of 'th'eYex- •
\u25a0; cellenc.e^offliis playing. -In the days ; of i,
:lS9o^:*when \u25a0) the JXatlonal -league "and
• tho/Brotherhood: were at; war, Davis
\u0084was--;idis'coyf, .was--;idis'coyf red : -by. r : : the Cleveland -club -
• in ;: Cohoes,\ N/iY. i;. Cleveland "had lost ;
.-. most ; of,;: i ts ; players '. to \u25a0 the; Brotherhood;]
;, organization.: .In - the f/intenso/rivalry/
:-L between *l the i leagues •\u25a0 it did not ; take -
J) lons?.to?divide? all li the 'patron-?
; agexinto; hostiloTsectlons/4 NeiUier,!;T6f ';
|themjcouldjseejmuch good » in* the play-;
crs :of the other, and finally,' baseball /
; became so; bad/that -nobody could see
|niuch|g6bd:in: it;anywhere: ;..- v ' • , \u25a0' i '; ;.'-;.
v^ Out »';iii/: Cleveland ".the ./-Brotherhood^ :
had ?a: lot; of ballp layers r.wlior
; .were"- tooilazy;;toHry.",| Over -at? the ; Na-/
J tional^ leaTgue; ground ; Davis,; youngfand ;
lenergetic.^was \f, hitting //the j?:ball for ;
home Jruns { and ':, three I baggers. *By and
:by.fth«a"fans" .began! to i; advise^thie^
•1 Cleveland ; Brotherhood \ players /: to ;-; go
Sto)|thelf National f league /ground and
< frbm^a^kid.",}^,Thatv:
\u25a0l^as^the^beginningf of iithel; popularity^
|j whichiDavis |neverj lias ilpst\ toithis fday. W
f£fiTJieref isJan6ther,|player|ingCh|cagoa
£whogis San 'idol % because s of i sympathy;^
!"\u25a0 arid ilioK does °not : nccdithc ' sympathy/a^
bit forihe is- abundantly able.to taKe
carb; of himself.' , Little enoagh that
affects, the .'baseball' "fan," who is de
ternjlned' to, sympathize whether the
player cares s for it or not; This man
happens \u25a0 to " H be" Brown, the pitcher of
the -Chicago' 'National- league club.
Sometimes lie - lit' called . "Three Fin
geredlßrown." An accident- In youth
deprived him of a portion of his right
hand."; v It ' did not prevent: him from
learning how to : pitch a curve and how
to^.controrithe ball-well.?
/Because of "his crippled hand those
who-- are .with : . the' under -dog in the
fight % always"! wisfted "Brown luck on
general principles:" . That 'created sen
timent for him. The flrst.thing that
the"; Chicago ' fans knew Brown was
pitching " his club to . the - championship.
That > made \ him *an I idol. He ,was : es
tablished io^i a pedestal; firmly founded
in.the affection of the west side of Chi
cago,:-and his: fame, and his, maimed
\u25a0 hand; are ',• almost, as . much a;' tradition
;of ".Chicagolllterature ; as \u25a0 the ; long rec
ord of .Mathcwson's . victories In New
York.^iBBHBMiMtiBMBaBBHBi
Michigan's Gritty 'ldol
;.:<\u25a0 Coughlln > is-.the ; ld6l .of the .Detroit
baseball" devotees. - It ia. not because ho
is fa particularly; graceful playeV or, a
wonderfully . accurate player. Cough
lin|has ;the. fine, faculty, in baseball of
never, knowing.^w hen"- he :is ibeaten. ' -_;.
, - He ; may.- make', an*~error , ; one * moment
that; will, give^ the otheriside one run.
and in the next five minutes 'make a
three bagger that will? bring: In 'three
runs for his side.* That's why 'they like
Coughlln : in Michigan. There are other
players who -have been worshiped by
the '.basebair fans.. of -.Detroit In the
past— do iVou? recall "Charlie". Dennett,
"Lady" 1 Baldwin,- ; VDeacon" White,
"Hardy" ; Ilichardson?— but none* -for
-•whom the "bleacherltes'~,aig in their
toes more, persistently,' than' the swarthy
skinned !;Coughlinl"-' .\- /
St. , liOui3; had an idol .» in 1906 .who
bade "fair, to"? have; a. temple ?crectcd'in
hi s ;': honor ; in .^ 1,907. * and . it was '\u25a0-. solely
because 'h«> could hitTthe'ball.,; Stone
of the Ame ric/an" team is the c hap. Awk
ward of .manner,": clumsy in his position
at>, the . plate, , even r unforceful in his
way "of striking: at . ;the\ball, he man
aged :to \ make ; . more ".basehits ( any
other . man . in the American league and
.theliSt/, Louis; public} enjoyed him^for
.hisrclumslness-t'vXo {matter 'how much
.the l critics J of "other.' cities* might .scoff
at- the Utngracefuls attitude* he. assumed
at C the " plate,/ St." Louis I, people ; would
come hack, with* the. rejoinder,, '•Well,
he hits Uhe, : ball,, 'and that's more* than
the do."* \u25a0' St.; Louis.*,' havingl the
better, of 5 the I argument,* gradually
gan^to^wordbjp* Stone*s "awkwardness^
-but, ; alas f f or : th*e transition . of, human
fame, /Stone /has. not." been J hitting Z so
welltthis,, spring. rand thef foundation
of the', temple is shaking.":';
The St." Louis national,; league ; club
is hard up: for an idol." The, oldest; and
best z known player>onl the, team i ,1a
Beckley: . lie ', onee * made, boilers jfor -r
living, andrho'could, bat in his? day^so
hard* that one .would- think" he", might
shatter.*boller,-plate ;with the ball. .He
is ; not : the "great : player~ that '; he,* was - 10
years^ago,/ but;he»;isr so ; old . that^.St.
Louis v.venerates^him for*, What} he t has
[done.* ; ; Other ) players on :, ; the SL, Louis
national league, team are^yoiinK; and al-,
most "-unknown/ in 'national - league i'clr--"
cles. iThey;aretaspira;\ts;lor the job of
idol. \u25a0 Two ) or » ? three *. 6i > them - appear, to
hn l, smart to" ;| Stake , idols ; some
day ; if,-' they^areypropej ly i trained * by \ a
comp»:tfrnt4 manager./,. ;* >/_ >/:.: V
; \u25a0; Cincinnati; is ''another. s^:l ty-. whose Idol 3
are.-.injembryb/j; There;, has /-been-, such
a<clean \ sweep . of z the - phlyers^that none"
but i men ;who:are;to;make^ ; riot ito un
iloadrireputationSrareilefK^on ,the team.
'AmbngvSthe 3 newcomers -is . one who .'is
icalled; "Hans i Wagner II." .-1 His n name
is i Lobert. j/-Keep ? an :- eye on; him. V; He
,isllikely|to'lbe,shigh idol .to- Cincinnati'
; some day." j The \u25a0 nanie -.would 'catch the
queen, city if tiisi-? \u25a0 c^<?r* > no pr.yslcal
qualifications fr>"lio;p i^obTt out. There
is : another.- at*'; Cincinnati v.'ho may sit
on .the. throne of the v,-orshiped. . Base
ball.players call him "Admiral Sehley,**^
bccau?# his .name; is Sehlei. " He 13 a*
catcher, and; lie 'does things once in a
while which. cause the phlegmatic Cin
cinnati "rooters" to rise to their feet,
poundUheir">bC£T glasses in front of"
th»m ; shout "Hocn ''*-
"Washington 'would" hay*> an idol 'if
the team- ever ; could be matlo . strongf ...
enough to be a consistent \u25a0winner."'
"Washington* people are disposed to be»_
come | enth uslastlc wnen. Patten pitches."
He is their.,nearest approach to an idoL
\u25a0Philadelphia, was once filled with
idols. There /wore so many rivals that'
it.almoct.vcEulted in an idol war. One
section was" for one league and one for
another. There were subsections of the
rival leagues. The Quaker 3 spent their ,
evenings discussing: the respective mer
its of the individual players: Then came
baseball war and brok« up the happy
family.
Until la3t year , the Athletics fur
nished the popular idol of. the city. Ha
was the erratic and sclf-tmpulsed "Wad
dell. He was worshiped because ha
could.d o nothing like anybody else.
He could rot pitch like a perfectly
normal baseball player. Once in a same
he beckoned to the uutfielder to go to
the bench. Then he struck out the side.
He has one claim for idolatry unsur
passed in the history of the national
game. One day at Detroit he was sup
posed to have been on hand to pitch
the most important game of the series.
He failed to appear at the baseball
park. Late that evening he wandered
into the hotel with a long string of
fish in his hand and insisted upon
taking them to the manager's room to
show them to him. He had spent tha
day at Lake St. Clalr Instead of fool
ing around .with a baseball team- "When
he arrived at Philadelphia- they gay»
him an ovation, for he won every game
that he pitched after the ashing trip.
The Philadelphia Nationals were bur
dened • ..with batting idols. They had
them in the. early seventies, and they
had seldom! been without them until
the last three or four years. Nott they
are cultivating a new one. His nama
is Sherwood Magee. He i has been with
Philadelphia less than three years, but
he has- shown a tremendous . zeal In
smashing the ball out of the lot. Henco
the popular clamor when he cornea to
the bat, and Magee is likely to follow
in '\u25a0' the : steps , of "Bis Sam" Thompson
and Delehanty.
There is not a baseball "fan" In the
United States who has not heard of
"Cy". Young of the Boston Americans.
He Is an idol because of his as©. He
is a veteran. He began to pitch in IS3I
with" Cleveland of the National league,
and-he has been in harness since that
time, and has never had an unsuccess
ful season- in hi 3 life. Small 'wonder
that he Is an idol. Heias pitched "no
hit" games/one hit games, record strike
out games and almost all other kinds of
grames.: A. giant physically, he is as
gentle as a woman and as soft hearted
as;a"chlld. His personal conduct .13
\u25a0 above reproach, and there has never
been a harsh Word spoken of him since
he has been connected with the "na-.
tional game. \u25a0
Fred Tenney of - the Boston . Nationals
is an Idol in a way. Boston "fans"
like " to • see him make his quick play 3
tosecond base, and like to see him hit
the ball when there are men on bases.
They talk a lot "him as a ball
player, but? when it comes to discuss
ing him as a manager they criticise
him. He is^the only instance of an idol
being an idol and not* an Idol. Perhaps
if he should: bring the Boston club up.
In the first division, this year he would
become a thirty-third degree idol. It
makes all the difference with. a man
"ager whether his team; is successful or
'not. .Boston "fans" tell with pride that
Tenney originated the ; play, best made
by* a left hander, of doubling up a
batter bj-rjhrowir.g to second ahead of
the- runner and catchins";the batter at
«rst with; a quick* return. Ask them
what th^ey think about 'Tenney's* man
ner r of • handling: his players, and you
'get the Mr.,Hydeislde of,the question.
". Brooklyn is not minus an 'idol. Far
frpm^it. lie. too. happ*:n^ to b<» a first *
ljas?man. ./It"s;stranso howraauy idol»
haVe been at first \ base. Brooklyn's
idol Is 'Tim'V Jordan. "and ho lives lv
the Bronx. He i 3 president' of a ."West
chester; association -which has been
dubbed : in fun the "Tim Jordan Home
Run. Bund." , ]. , » ; v
(Jordan -Is an Idol because , be hits
home: runs. , He made more home runs
in^l9o6": than' any other* player, in the
national .'league, /and Brooklyn . took,
him into ;her;arms_ in spite of the fact
that vhe belonged to the other side 'of
the ; East, river, and oClclally adopted
him for her own." He is affectionately
known 'as the' ''Bis? City." That's be
cause "he happens to.be a resident New
York -ball, player. "Whenever he clears
the ?f ence" with ; a home , all Brook
lyn goes to ;Coney islandfor a jubilee.
It'has been rather^cold this season, so
there ';" has -,been no l incentive to jgo to
Coney, isfand. There "are two score of
ball players' .^whose names have 'not
been mentioned who, are; Idols. They ,
are more : "position tdola" than v
idols." ;if there may v be ' sfich a dis
tinction. For Instance/ there; are. some
who think that Bresnahan Is the great
est all round catcher ""in the .United
States. Others believe 7 that Klingr Is a .
trlrle superior.' Scores • believe' there la
no \ third baseman equal te Arthur Dev
lin [of = N"ew« York,/ while In the west
; they are attached to Bradley 5f Cleve
land. -:<:\u25a0'. kBKHBSI
Kvers of .Chicago \s regarded by
many, as / the V. beat -' . second baseman.
Some think "Iron ilaa" ;. McGinnity/a
marvel.*/' Turner, of Cleveland i 3 con
sidered to.be the; greatest' shortstop by
his admirers, and so on" through the**liat
•buiinonij .of. them stands" forth with the
"distinctness- of .; ;.Mathewson,o;/Lajole,
Wagner f and Chast-. - It has been said
that 4 the. fßlpr Four", rtpr«*sen fan out
lay of $23,000- a. .year. : All the - idols
which, have bf-cn mentioned, could
'hardly -be put under cnts tent "for; leas
than 575,000.

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