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' "THE BEST BASEBALL
"It's the only case on record
where the umpire telephoned his
decision," says Walter Johnson.
By Walter Johnson,
The Greatest Pitcher in America,
Being 'a resident of Kansas, it
is natural that the funniest base
ball.tale I ever heard should have
its setting in tfrat state.
The incident dates back seven
or eight years, and an umpire
played the leading role. I wasn't
a big leaguer when the stunt was
STORY I EVER HEARD"
pulled, and didn't appreciate the
affair as 'I do n6w.
If my memory serves me cor
rectly, Independence and Parsons
were playing. Two games were
played on the Fourth of July,
in the latter city. The umpire in
the morning game was Gorman.
Around him centered the trouble
of the morning.
That - Gorman didn't like the
way the fans treated him was"
proved when he didn't show up
for -the afternoon game. I am
told he never held an indicator in
another game, his lone experi
ence causing him to lose any love
he might have had for the job.
At the end of the ninth the
score was a tieand the crowd was
wrought up over the xtra in
ning. Neither club scored in the
tenth. In thcfirst half of the
eleventh Independence got a man
as far as third -with two down,
and, the next batter hit a ball tb
The umpire's firs't impression
as well as decision, was that the
batter was safe and that Inde
pendence hadrput over the run
that looked big enough to win
The captain and manager of
the home team, seeing that the
umpire had waved the batter safej
made a rush for-the official. All
the Parsons players followed.
About this time Umpire Gorman
was thinking how much pleas3
anter it would be back with the
old folks. Seeing the home ath
letes on" the rush, he proclaimed
the batter out. 3