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tho other clubs have a chance.
It is that indefinable thing called
"class" that makes major league
teams stronger. They have the play
ers at the heighth.pf their abilities,
spur them oh by exciting ambition
and offering rewards. The minors are
composed of young, ambitious, inex
perienced' men who are "going back."
Among them are a number of those
peculiar players who are world beat
ers in the minors and failures in the
majors, fellows who, lacking some
thing, are useless in the big show.
One sees more close, low score
games in the major leagues. One
sees more well pitched games. One
sees more consistent fielding, and the
"fonh" is truer.
But to me th,ere is more interest
in a minor league game than in a
major league contest. The element
of the unexpected arises more fre
quently; there are more thrills, more
hitting, more errors, more action,
errors, more action. Last summer
I watched six minor league games
in six days and saw five as
fiercely fought, interesting games
as one would wish to see. The fol
lowing week I saw the Athletics play
seven games, and only one was a real
contest. The major league game was
too steady, too perfect. They lacked
Frank Smith, the famous old White
Sox pitcher, had a son named Bud,
a good totfgh kid at that time. ' The
players told Smitty he ought to spank
Bud as he was getting too "smart'
from being with the .players, ' but
Smitty said it was all right.
One day Smitty was pitching and '
the Naps were pounding, him all over
the lot. He was hot, angry and dis
tressed. Finally he managed to get
the -side out and returned to the
"Hullyj gee, paw," remarked Bud.
"You haven't got .a thing." .
Smitty gave him the spanking of
his life right there.
LITTLE JAP IS EXPERT WITH CUE
Koji Yamada is making American
cueists take a second look in the big
billiard tournament now on at Chi
cago. He is the best billiard player
Japan has yet produced. Yamada is
undersized, even for a Jap.
"Why don't you 'advertise your
"I do. I tell it to my wife."
o o :
There is a discussion on among
New Jerseyites as to whether v--s
set or sit.- Correspondent in Rose
Hill, Los Angeles, Cal., bayt ins la.
That is better,