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Jack Mill<
To An In
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v One thing the corner lot baseball
' Player learns early In his career
whioh many professional players
; seem to have forgotten. Is that they
. must go Into the game to win. The
corner lot ball player may not
know , very much about team work
and he may not know very much
about the fine points of the game,
but he does want to win and he
^^^Ifwishes for victory so terribly hard
.v tlmt he plays with all his might to
When the other fellows are rolling
up a big score the ambition of
' the corner lot fellow is to hold that
flflWfl eta lnw oa Vin re n Uo
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v; n?yer quits dreaming of a big ninth
rally until the third man Is
pr.:".v.;' Jack Miller teems to be that port
V' of player. Although a professional
1% a major league hie never lets up
i-:;In any game and he never pout*,
no maiter how disagreeable things
may be. While the baseball world
has known for a long time how
thoroughly the players are bound
by contracts the facts never were
so thoroughly aired as in the recent
suit, of the Federal league. A baseball
player is bound to servitude at.
?|p| --so much a season. The owner or
. _ his team has the right to sell him
* to any team he Avlshes at any time.
;; Of co'nree the player gets big money
r for his servitude, hut the point,. ts
that ho is in servitude. IT be signs
up to play in Boston he r an he sold
to "Philadelphia. lie may want in
see Boston win. but he may, . be
playhig for so much a day for
Jack Miller was one of these uii^^Ifortunate
fellow's who had no right
lo say who he would play for." Yet
^^f>Vafter/he-' was.sold to a team ho did
IpfV nqt 'eare for a bit, he kept on playing
ball and made a bigger reputai
for himself with the new ag|p^
- grfegation ,thau with the old one.
Miller 13 still playing the game
like ho used to play it back on the
l|Bi?;.-.ooraer lots at Kearney, X. J., where
Ityus born xn jbSP. Miller first
ed professional Pall In lfiOT
ia. home team. The team was
strictly a professional team, as
as not paid a regular salary,
next season ho played with the
ntid league at Eastou, The
iburg Pirates saw he was playgood
ball and pi ached hiin for
* annual crop of novices,
hen Miller tried out with the
tes hia pluck caught the alienor
Henry Wagner. Wagner
ted to make -an ioflelder of Mil-ind
it is generally told around
Pittsburg club house tlxaf. Wagnever
missed a chance to tell
sr. something now about baseEspecially
did Wagner coach
ar on playing the infield poai?
until Miller became a crack
bpseman. For five years Wagcoached
Miller, teaching him ;
paints front his own long .years
xperience. Miller said nothing
Lt what he was, going to do. . He ,
ed ball. As one. first basemitn'.:
: another kept going -the route.
ho Pirates' camp Wagner was
xand. to coach Miller as to the
ags of each. Miller listened
profited some more.
; five years Miller had readied
nraal-aaX nprfwUftri No n'ae
V:. then 27 years old arid-was as zteady
? player as could be found. Now
W^'-;:'ncy on? Is saying Hint. .Miller is the
finest player in the world or the
- finest in the United Stn';oS ?r thr
finest in any league. Ail that is
claimed for Miller Is that ho played
ball aa best he could all the time
and ho-learned all he could all the
time- He became a good hitter and
good first baseman.
: : When he reached thai stage 0f
near perfection Miller Huggins ' of
the St Louis Cardinals "took a
glance, at the Pirates* bunch and
decided he would like to have Miller.
IspifiiHe needed a first baseman and a
} man who could play short stop as
ffigltevielL He wanted to strengthen up
his infield. Every year the baseball
chiefs go Into a -game oT swapping
v ; players just like the Indians swap
ponies or dogs, to use the expression
of a Federal Leaguer in court.
Hugging approached Fred Clarke
fflgpjfe?f*the Pirates and offered to make
a swap. Clarke had plenty of gooa
. trat basemen. He wanted Konetflfcey
of.'th'e Cardinals Konctchev
been playing inferior ball with
;|^ihecCardinals and although ho was
a good player he never was at his
St. Louis. Hugging was delighted
to make the swap, but In
dian fashion he haggled over the
- bargain. Ho wanted more players
toy boot. Clarke also haggled over
the bargain in an endeavor to get
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players In to make the bargain good
and Miller was notified he was to
play with St. Louis. Konetehey
was notified he was to play with
Now if there Is any place in the
world a player did not want to go
to In the spring of 1914 it was St*.
Louis. The Cardinals had been tall
enderB consistently for years. They
didn't seem to have a chance to
get out of the subway for a generation
at least. Players are given
extra bonuses when they land high
up in the league. If the team can
land in the first division at the end
of the season it gets a small bonus.
The nearer to the top it .gets the
bigger the bonus. Pittsburg was a
first division club and had kept itself
in the first division for some
St. Louis was hopelessly a subway
club. Miller had played all
. his days In the malar leaeue at
Pittsburg. He knew the fellows
there and for Ave years had never
thought of playing anywhere else.
His ambitions led him to believe
some day be could ,be one of the
greatest Pirates tn the club and he
hoped to be able to play for the
Pirates in the world's series some
day. Had some one thrown a barrel
of cold water oh Miller's head
It. would have given him more
cause for joy than to be cast way
out in the Mound City. By actual
computation based on the theory of
progressions it would take 2,004
years for the Cardinals to play in
the world's series as based on their
gains In recent years prior to 1914.
Miller shook hands with his old
c lub mates and went where dollars
called. He showed up at the Cardinals'
camp and went to work.
There were some prophets who said
he would jump to the Federals.
They prophesied he would be otit oT
3t. Louis before the season was half
over. Then the prophets said Miller
would sulk and wouldn't play
ball. That would be in harmony
with the actions of other professional
baacball players. "When a
h'asoball player cannot get what h?
wants from his manager he lays
down on the job. He can protend
? _ i?_. u -a at ? ---
?.u fjmy liivtu 4uu lUEutager cannot
sue him for breach of contract.
The only thing the manager can do
in tho matter is to wait until the
next opportunity when he can swap
his unmanagable player oft to some
one else.
That-was what the prophets said
-Huggins would have to do>with Miller
unless the New Jersey player
would Jump to the Federals. The
first game in which Miller played,
he played ball. The second game
he played ball , again. ' The third
same he played ball some more.
When the fourth game was called
the fans turrCed toward Miller to
:.'ee if he had yet developed the
sulks. They did-not develop and
Miller played hall. Then the fans
, decided MlUer was made of good
'.^tulT an dip that he would keep on
. playing, ball.'
max is uyr?EBSAX verdict.
When the season finally ended
and the Cardinals had finished in
the first division and the Pirates
had dropped back several notches
the sport experts of the country ,
began to diagnose the case. They
"now arc saying that Miller Muggins
proved to bo the wise man. of baseball
He had gathered together a
iot of steady players who could
play In championship style*, right
. down to the finish. For many weeks
before it was definitely decided that
the Braves would finish first, the
Cardinals were in the running for
tho championship in the ,league,|H?
Of all the swaps Huggins made to
get good men, it is conceded generally
that the swap he made to get
rid of Koney and to get Jack Mil-*
lcr was the best swap of all. Without
any pronounced stars Huggins
put out a team which had a big following
and which had to be reckoned
with until the last few days of
the season.
Miller was a great help to the
Cardinals as a living force. He
played such steady ball all the time
that the fans admired his ability
and the other players always folt
he could be depended upon in a
pinch, Miller had two chances
when -he. jollied the Cardinals., One
chance was to play a rotten gaino
and depend on his record at Pittsburg
to give him another chance
with some other team. The other
chance was to play good ball and
mako a reputation for -himself in
the Cardinals as well as with the
Pirates. Ho chose the latter course.
Today he is worth more thai^ ever
in his dareer. When he signs up
new contracts his playing In 1914
will always stand him In good
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stead. The fact that he played hall
.when It was thought he had' eVery
excuse to play rotten ball Is the
biggBBt card of all. \
When the baseball season. was .
over baseball writers all over the .
couhtry commented on Miller's
playing and- many of them classed
him as the best player on the team.
Harry Schumacher of the New
York Evening Mail said of Miller:
"Jack Miller*of the Cardinals is
my selection as St. Louis' , most
valuable-ball player. In a measure
he was' responsible for the Giants'
defeat, as he figured largely in '
'every game between New York and
St. Louis, and at a critical period of
the race was-instrumental In holding
the Giants in check.
, "There are more showy players
than Miller, but few possessed of
greater capability. He is a versatile '
fielder, and Hugglns was quick to
avail uimsoii or tms asset. Miller Is
one of. the best first sackers In the
country. & heavy hitter, a brainy
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is a constant inspiration to his
WiLliam G. Weart of the Philadelphia
Evening Telegraph said:
"1 choose Jack Miller of the Carf
dinals as my. selection, although
Lee Maigee of the same outfit gives
. him a pretty close rqn for honors.
Magoe has come forward with a
rush in the last two seasons, and
by winning distinction as a heavy
sticker is entitled to some claim."
Yet, after all, when one considers
' Miller's versatility, his adaptability
as an infielder, his all-round ;
value as a ground coverer and a
hitter, tod, oven aside from his
skill as a base runner and his disposition
which enables him to give
ills best at -all times in his club's
interest, 'we must nominate Mijlor
In nil inatiee."
Here Is the comment of W- J.
O'Connor" of the St. "Louis Post
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a number of important factors in
the fine struggle made by the St.
Louis Cardinals for the. attainment
of a high place in, the pennant race
last season was the work of Jack
Miller. One could point to a num- '
.. ber of players on the team whose
efforts were responsible for the excellent
showing of the Huggins-led
array. . But after everything' relating
to the rise of the Cardinals In
1914 has been sifted and weighed, .
and it comes down, to a selection of
the individual whose daily playing
stamped him as contributing most,
to the success, conclusions will
point to Jack Miller as the man.
"First, last and all the time, Mil
tier showed ' himself a tower of
strength; both In the field and in
the ^attack. In filling : the shoes of
jua is.onetchy, departed to Pittsburg,
Miller more than.. satisfied the crit>
ics that in that position the Cardinals
had Buffered no loss of
strength. And then, when called
upon to fill in a yawning gap at
shortstop.: Miller accepted the shirt
to make his value as a versatile inftelder
so strongly evident as to impress
the baseball world with the
fact that, lacking his presence, the
Cardinals, would probably have
missed their arrival in the first division."
Oscar Reichow of tho Chicago
News said of him:
"Of the regulars included in-the
Cardinal outfit, Jack Miller is clearly
entitled to primary consideration
for his all-around work-with the
team ho wasr traded to last season.
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pennant fight and made it a most
formidable fadtor till the 11th hour
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"As the record wHl show;, Miller
stands well up among the leaders
in fielding and hitting. In case of
, emergency ho can be shifted to remedy
a temporary weakness and.
above all things else, he has a dlsI*
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position and temperament which
makes him easy to handle. He in
fighting for the club Interests all
" the time and would make a good
leader for any outfit."
Here is the testimonial of Ed
McGrath: .
"Boston fans who witnessed the
games between the St. Louis Cardinals
and world's champions Braves
* last season werp pretty well of accord
that the contests were about
the most spirited in years. Miller
Huggins, the peppery playing manager
of the Cardinals, aroused admiration
hy the way he Inspired a
rather ordinary team to play to the
limit of its possibilities. On tho
face of it a considerable number of
good judges would be puzzled to
wrh I ftf fllO Infll Vlffllfllfi
of a limited number could be designated
the most- valuable player of
the outfit.
"Eliminating-Bill Do.ak, the pitcheiv
yhose fine record meant much
to the Cardinals.- and leaving the
field cledr to players who were in
the game day in and (lay out, choice
would appear to lie between Jack
" Miller, Huggihf, and Lee Mcgee.
But in the finals analysis^ and. taking
every point into consideration,
the best choice fro the standpoint
of .-general high value would tie
Miller. The ex-Pirate in. his first
year as a Cardinal, holding down
two positions?first base and shortstop?demonstrated
his great value
in both Important berths.
"Offensively, his work was on a
par with-his defensive work, while
in the-elements of play that are not
officially tabulated, especially in
ambition, spirit and willingness .to
exert himself to the 'uttermost for
the good of his team, he was on
a par with, if not superior to. any
of the team's most valued, members."
It looks as though tho ayes have
it. If the men who are playing the1
great national game in the bjg pro-:
.fesslonal leagues would take a tip
. from Jack Miller, .baseball would
have a, long, time to run before It
started, toward the scrap heap along
with prize fighting and horse racing.
The fans like to see real live
, baseball all the time. They pay
real money to see tho Teal game
and when a player, doesn't play his
best he is drawing his salary under
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false pretenses.
After. all is said about'the wrongs j
of organized baseball and after the*
United States courts, get through
hearing about the monopoly, the
sale of players like_dogB or horses .
and the slavery :of the game, the
players. themselves do . not need to
be contaminated.
When they are sent to some out
of the way place ;to play they.ought
to play whether they want to . play
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mere or not When they signed
the contracts In the original place
they bound, themselves to accept
the commands; of their' chieftains.
They can get out of the, bonds .by
going into some other occupation.
Perhaps in time a golden age will
come when .every player can play
for his home team and can grow up
with it Perhaps in time a man
born tii New York always will play
for New York and one born in Buffalo
always will play with Buffalo .
if he wants to do-so. 1
He will havo real town pride
when such a state of affairs does
come. He can play the game for j
all he is worth then and his play- . '
ing will be worth while because hs
is playing for the town be lives in.
Then he can expect to he enthusiastic
as a corner-lot player. In ths
'meantime he can earn his salary as ,
best ho, can. - 1
Circumstantial Evidence. .'
"Please, ma'aia your dog has
killed three of father's prize fowls."
said the small boy. "
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never do such a thing," said the old
"But father saw one of the chick- I
ens in his mouth," said the hoy.
"Purely circumstantial evidence* ^
she snapped, and the boy. departed. f|
Some time later "he returned"Please,
mum, father sent mo'to
tell" you- that circumstantial - evt?
dence might point to his -having
shot your dog, but he reckons you'll
.. . find he died of lead poisoning."
Peculiar Combination.
"Bermuda raises onions
"Seems a queer arrangement. I;
wonder why they , picked out thai
particular combination." *
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