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the world of their own acquaint
ances suddenly. The police say
that not more than half the actu
al disappearances are reported."
Let the ruffled dignity of a
"court, outraged by refusal of a
little woman to 'answer- the
court's bullying, be turned from
the small offender and let it loose
on the bigger fellows whose si
lence may cost Chicago many a
future heart ache.
NEITHER THIRD NOR SHORTSTOB BUT CATCHING IS
HARDEST JOB ,
By Billy Evans.
For years third base has been considered the hardest position on
the diamond to play. It was commonly referred to as the "difficult
corner." Lately sentiment has changed and shortstop is regarded
,as a harder position than third base.
It is conceded that the players filling third base and shortstop
roles have their hands full. There is one position, however, that is
looked upon by the profession as harder to fill acceptably than either
third or short the backstop job.
The catcher's position has never been appreci
ated by the public. During the recent world's seric
a score of star players were quartered at the same
hotel and the most difficult position came up foi
discussion. Not one of the players was a catcher, ye'
each said backstopping wasithe most difficult.
When a star twirler works a great game his nam(
is on the lips of fandom. Enthusiasts discuss hi'
work, but not a 'word is heard of his backstop. Of
course, the' average spectator believes the pitcher is
alone responsible for the great pitching, and to some extent this is
correct, yet it is surprising the part the catcher plays in every phe
nominally pitched game.
Ball playerS, pitchers in particular, say the catcher can unmake
or make an average pitcher. The valuable catcher must have a brain
that thinks quickly, an arm that is strong, and an eye that is accu
rate. The service of the catcher is invaluable to a team if he plays
the position properly.
It is no wonder then that the catching department comes in for
so much "consideration each year, prior to the opening of the world's
series. The strength of the clubs have largely been measured by
their catching staffs. Catchers have played a prominent part in
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