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r YARNS ABOUT THE WORLD'S NATIONAL PASTIME
By Billy Evans.
.. No-player can bull a ball to left harder than Napoleon Lajoie.
When Larry gOesto the-'plate third:sackers, as a rule, play almost
a short left, field for him. "'. Despite this Lajoie seldom resorts to
bunting, although he 'might beat out many with the third baseman
so far back. '
- "Soon after Billy 'Purtelf joined the White Sox his team played
in Cleveland. '- Lajoie buntecj and beat the throw easily. Purtell had
heard much of 'Lajoie, but' never' had seen him in action, 'so decided1
he wouldnt' be showri up -by another hunt.
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tplate'h"e feinted-and s'aW 'Purtell coming
in at a -10-second clip. The next ball
was in the groove, and after 'feinting, La
joie pulled tth'eiball to left-a mile a min
uted I .Purfell, coming in; couldn't' stop.
jrre couia not even aeiena nimseii ana tne
ball stnjck him-oh-the'-cliest) dropping
him as cleanly as ahard hook to the.jaW.
""Th .story df-this experience spread
and third ba"semen naturally became srun
Cs'hy,J.with" LaVry up.' 'The psychical in
fluence of the -play. liacP its' effect no
longen than last year, "when Lajoie iand "Cobb' were struggling for
the. batting championship-ofe the American Jeague.
In a double header at St. Louis" Lajoie" secured eight hits.' Or
dinarily this would hot have caused more than' passing "comment,
but it was. 'believed, for -a "time the' bingles "gave Larry the batting
h.onor of ihe league and -thfe automobile that went with it. i
. . --Five or six of the 'eight "lilts' were!perfect bunts along the third
base! line tha Larrybeafc out-" Corridoh, 'a youngster, was being
tried at third by St. Louis and the fact that lie played'a deep" field
helped Lajoie beat his throws. ,-
The day after the game a' newspaper man asked Corridon why
'he played so deep .and the youngster replied:
' " It -was the'first time I. had ever seen the 'big fellow.' I knew
what happened to 'Billy Puj-tell and I decided I-'wasn't going to be
crippled for life on the last' day of the season. If I had come'in on
those bunts fast 'enough-to "throw him out, it's 10 to 1 he'd have
scannon balled one at me, Inthat case you might be buyirig shoe
strings from me to help a poor cripple instead of seeing xne play
-ball." - .-.
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