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Base Ball as a Pastime for Boys and a Profitable Occupation for Men iiQ:- -el-:;' 5S .... yi .v- i Laying X)ovm a. Pctte, c t Kumtt TOE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 29, 1910. .....,:..i-:.::-L..;,,:. : .;,;-. , - II' th. M Vl. I . , S .11 mrn jr. . - v jr i uirw n H. r.tK vl uwrtK I ,tt. nil Vi 'trili I li I -Tin r fiH-i "1 iTi"' I if ''i i- )M B'i W'iti'WiwliiWM.iiiiJWw , , ., iyvr vem LAY1NO for a living! Grown men, man of families, playing for their livelihood and lnol- dentally playing for large com- petenclcs for themaelves and ibelr families! And millions of P H ...icn and chlldron paying millions tr flujiuiH annually to see thee grown men loiiip and tear over green grass and level field playing, playing, playing! The great- est nation of the world, from Its official head down to the humblest urchin, crazy, burning up with the seal of this playing for a living! Has the nation gone mad? Have the American people returned to their childhood? Why are they disport- lng themselves like bsbes, throwing away thelr money with such prodigal abandon? You complain of the high cost of living! Why, then, this lavlxh waste? Is there anything, was there ever any thing, that held a race In such merciless, unrelenting bondage as base ball holds the American people? Nol Then, what Is to be dona? Nothing, unless you tighten the grip. May the day never come when base ball will lose Its charm for the people of the United States. A less virile race would not pour such passion Into any pastime, a less prosperous race could not. The American people have mad their own national game and have made It, Ilk themselves, big and great and (pensive, luxurious, and they will not tolerate any narrowing of the foul lines. They are perfectly able and more than willing that f2S,00O,00O or $30,000,000 shall be expended a year to keep thla game going. What Is It that gives base ball Us grip on the people? First It Is the most in- te'resting game ever played, and second, it Is the cleanest of sports. It is the most sclentiflo and no better proof of this Is needed than Its own . history furnishes. Its development knows no limitation. It will respond to the quickening Impulse of the most Ingenious mind. It Is a game that demands mental as well as physical exertion. It is so fast that It will run away from the fellow whose intellect moves lower than his feet and bands. First, then, Its Inherent dynamics make base ball the greatest of games; second, Its absolute freedom from sinister Influ ences Increases Its popularity. There was a day when the avaricious gambler who never can be classed as a sport sought to lay the blighting touch of his unclean hands on this game, but he did not sucoeed and since that day he has not had the hardihood to repeat the attempt The pub lic, the intelligent public, knows this to be a fact and therefore reposes the most Implicit confidence In the Integrity of the game. Had basa ball succumbed to the grasp of the gambler lt would not today be extant In Its present form If at all, but In the very nature of things it could not have succumbed. The exigencies of the game would not make lt easily possible. If there was a desire among the managers to conduct a hippodrome It would be de feated by the multiplicity of players. Wrestling, boxing, racing and other sports that have suffered from the withering In fluence of gambling and speculation and faking axe easier to control for such pur poses, though it must b said, for fear of seeming to condone the stupid dishon esty that has all but ruined these sports, that the pillars of the institution of base toall have, as a rule, been men of some moral stamina. But there are a few cynics who will re mind us that base ball Is a highly commer cialised game. It Is, to be sure, the highest potency of commercialism. And the fact that It remains the pure, unadulterated port In spite of Its commercialisation is the best proof of its Inherent greatness. No other sport has proven equal to the test. The grand old Derby fell under the stress, prise fighting Is all but outlawed and 'wrestling under the bane of ill-repute. Where Is the difference between the com mercial aspect of base ball and that of these other sports? It Is this: Base ball is commercialised for the purpose of adminis tration, which is legitimate, while the other port were commercialised for the purpose of exploitation, which was Illegitimate. All that need be said further to Justify the commercialisation of base bail la that It is Business ana ii requires money to conduct any business. Tb evolution of base ball Is an absorb ing study. Go back to tha primitive game and come on down through the gradation of Its development and see If you are not struck with the marvelous science. Go back to the days when the pitcher really pitched the ball to the batter by a slow, underhand delivery at the side, and the catcher stood back fifteen feet or more and took them on the bounce and first bounce was out for any man on the dia mond. Gloves, masks, protectors of any description were unknown, and scores some times reached the 100 mark. From that we come to the curve ball period and the tight fitting little gloves, the early '80 to these From those days In Is a far cry for base ball, for lt marks the most radical trans formation In the game, Captain Anson and Comlskey were great leaders, two of the most Ingenious men of their dsy. and with their old Chicago Whit Box and St. Louis Browns they did their part toward developing base ball. toward working out the mlnulla of the game. They were brainy men and so were some of their contemporaries men Ilk John M. Ward. Buck Kwlng, Ttin Keefe. Jim O Rourke, Mike Kelly, Arlie Latham, Jimmy UaJvtn, Fred Dunlap scores of them. They pulled off play that atartlod th fans of those days and as players som of these mn probably never yet have been surpassed. What haa happened, than? Is not base ball faster and butter today than It was two dca4a and more ago? As suredly It la. but It la th gam that has beea developed and improved upon more than th Individual. Mike Kelly, with all his Intrepid and re sourceful skill, knew nothing of som of th Inside plays that are common In th minor league today; he and his content- porarie simply had not proceeded that far In thetr education. Comlskey was the first man to discover the proper way to play first baa down th field ft ways and he "Running Safe, at Fiest wii a treat first baseman, but first bane- man ar doing today what comlskey never thought of doing as a player, though as a rranager he has helped Initiate. The point of Interest here Is that the game has been brought up to such a scientific stage that It plsys Itself largely as an automaton, What progress Is yet possible may be as great as that that has been achieved, but another generation will have to determine that, and that Is not saying that we have reached the standstill stage, erther. The game will continue to unfold Its new se- creta and processes year by year. With the development of base ball has come also a higher standard of manhood as a matter of course, as a natural conse- quence. The game as played today Is too fast for the sluggard or the man who dls- slpates. The game today is only for the swift IW Is a business that invites young men from colleges and the best homes in the land, that calls for the highest type of intellectual training. Its laws are ln- scruteble. For tne young man who will devote his whole powers to the game It offers due recompense In material form. and for the man who conserves his powers it affords long years of service. The vet- eran, Jamas U. O'Rourke, at the close of last season rounded out about forty-two consecutive years on the diamond and the old reliable Cy Young is still pitching ef- fectlve ball at the age of 44, while George A. Van Haltren at 62 finished his services a year or so ago. . Men speculate without satisfactory re- suits as to the relative merits of the great- est plays In tha modern game. What will Btnke one man as the areatest mav not so Impress another, but certainly all will aaree that when nronerlv Htased the ninth ball la as einttln unci in frf thriiiin a play can well be. The pinch play is of late origin, though some fans have tried to date It back to Mike Kelly's time, but this can hardly be done. Kelly stole home. but there is a deal of difference between stealing home and working the pinch play. The latter Is best operated with the bases full, two outs and two strikes and three balls on the batter. This Is the most critical moment any pitcher can face. Un less he be very effective and a very cool headed man he Is sure to lose out This Is the ripe setting for the pinch play. With the bases full and two strikes and three balls on the batter the next bull Pitched must be a ball or strik it ball a run Is forced In, it a strike then the pitcher has his only chance of salvation. The moment the pitcher draws back his arm to deliver this last, fatal ball every runner on base makes a grim dash for the next bag, the man on third tearing for home In dead earnest He has taken a big lead and with the .notion of the arm that delivers the ball he goes down the path. If the pitcher keeps his head and puts the ball over the plate and the batter hits it fair nothing can shut off the run, or If the pitcher loses his head for the Instant and throws wide to catch the runner at the plate, or throws a ball unintentionally the runner Is safe, for he is forced, so there is the one chance left for the pitcher to fan his man and retire the side. The tension of such a situation Is trying and lt requires a level head to get away with lt It more often happens that the pitcher does not prove equal to the task, Pitchers will fight against such an emer- gency wnen tney see u coming up as mey would resist a catastrophe. A not lie r very trying ordeal comes when there Is a runner on second and first and not more than one out, so it is expedient for the batter to bunt. This time lt is the out well. The wit won all the tricks, third baseman Instead of the pitcher who " 'Well, my friend,' sneered one of his Is on the anxious seat The third base- opponents, "you won the game by that low man is compelled to watch his base, lest lead. Yet there was no earthly reason why the man on second steal, and at the you should have made such a lead. And same time be must lay for that treacherous therefore you won accidentally, even idloilc- bunt which the batter is always alert to ally. Ha, ha!' place. If then the third baseman play up " 'I had a very good reason for leading close for the bunt It gives the runer at the low card I did,' tha wit replied, second an excellent chance to steal with- " 'Bosh! What was it?' his opponent de out a hit to aid him, so by a close work- mended. lng harmony between the man at bat and " -Weil have a bet,' said the wit. 'Sup runner on second It Is very easy to land ner for the nartv raimiMm. and Htti the man on third, either by a drive out or a bunt or a bluff at either or the com- pletlon of neither. The hit and run play and the trick of going from first to third on a bunt are bits of Ingenuity, depending entirely on the accuracy ot a batsman and the speed of a runner, the latter Is . very seldom pulled off In major league ball, though Jimmy Austin used to get away with lt in the western, uut wnetner it is tha hit and run or the bunt game, one thing Is In- dispensable to success and that Is fast, intelligent base running. The team without this can never hope to win games, and the game without this is not an Interesting - iinuiurt mey buildings which are now under contract columns and beams alreudy In place are Most people imagine that base running Is Wed him. to be eTtctti over of tne termna4 of such etrength that twelve additional entirely a matter of speed. They could "No." he admitted. ar(i have mure floor Bpace lhan any othef stories can be added, wheneer the rail not be further rong. Borne very ordinary "'Are you a second-clss fiddler?" office building In the world; and hen ruia company io decide!, sprinters are today and always have been "Well, no. I'm not even a second-class ultimately dwelnned . niiinn.d it -m k. The buildlnit in which the terminal arehl. mn the star base runners. The famous 01 " ouae. iveuy. onae. tarns, was not a very fast runner, and with tne possible exception of the peerless Aril Lthm 00 mln of hl tlm ""'passed him " Das" runner- arge-he '" f00 n ora-and was not built for speed on the bases, yet he studied every detail ot the game with such sci- ntlfl precision, he had such absolute con- fldenc in his own ability and above all he bad the slide perfected so that he was able to run rings around mn much faster than himself when it cam to stealing a bas. But th value of speed must not be un derestimated. It Is one ot the essentials to th game, but It ha to be properly governed and directed. It Is Just Ilk steam in an engine th motive power, pro vided there Is an experienced hand at the throttle, but If th man in th cab knows nothing about handling steam th steam, Instead of being th power that runs th train, becomes a most dangerous element, a peril In fact. Ty Cobb is rated as the h..t r. .... id.. v,. v..- .u. " happy combination of extraordinary speed i- A u-1 k i... . ... VVUUimi H III! .UUCIIW JUUUIlll, dill IU1 r, men .. fist a. Cobb and possibly faster who are not the base runner h Is. Bas ball Is system personified. The success of the game depends on team work mora than Individual greatness. A wis luad to plan a campaign la essential to every victory. It la too bad that the fans cannot see on the Inside of the game, for If they could It would enhance their In- terest In the game and make them less critical. A ran Is a peculiar thing. Ma may turn from the wildest booster to the maddest defamer on one Utile hit or out. Just one Instance to Illustrate the power of the wise manager: In one game be tween Detroit and Chicago for the world's championship this was brought out most effectively, but never understood by the public, who could not see what was In side of Frank Chance's mind. Detroit sent Wild Bill Donovan to the box. That mo- mcnt Chance gave tne order to his men, "Walt It out." For the layman's sake It might be explained that this means try for a bare on balls. Wild Bill had vpeed tliat seemed to be superhuman and his curves broke with marvelous precision. One by one Cub and Cub walked up to the plate and walked back to the bench, and fqr eight Innings neither side scored. The big Sunday crowd roared and roasted Chance and the rest of the Cubs begged pleaded to be allowed to hit the ball, "Walt, wait, wait," was the manager's per- slstent order. Chance figured that no mortal could, maintain the speed that Donovan had for nine innings and he watched every move- mtnt the man made to detect tne r.rst ratnt aign of weakening. The eighth Inning opened with Artie Hofman at bat. The order still was to wait. Horman waited unttl hd two "trlkes and was forced to hit He poked a little safety down toward third and as he turned to see where the bail went, urn uonovan maae one i.iue movement of his arm that convinced Chance he was tired. Tinker wa the next man up. nn, v'i ji.icr now and Tinker smashed the ball to the right field fence for a home run. That was the Fort Sumter shot and the general from the bench commanded a general attack, "Hit thn firat hall " fhanpn tnM Hlu mn and they did until when the Inning closed six runs were In, Detroit was beaten and the world's contest settled there and then. But what did the fans up in the stands and out in the bleachers know of this ImMa tvnrlr? Xnthlnir Ttlev MB w man inat ..in in nrt frnm th nlt apparenty unable to hit the ball for eight tnnlngl tna concluded that Wild BUI had the Cubs at hlB mercy. The one fault of base ball Is that it cannot reveal its deep- 'est science to the world, that lt cannot show the careful thought and planning that goes Into every play. Of course the real student of the game can see most of this, but how few students there are as compared with the fars. A fan Is the most unreasonable of human May Time Flowers Culled The Beet of Ileaaous. NRJCO CARUSO was laughing E over the recent Black Hand at- tempt to extort J15.000 from him. "I like to see my fellow countrymen make money," said the tunor. I even like to see tnt-ni make money quickly and easily. But x tl gi-st on thelr piayng the ,farrie. . Thcv mustn't, like a wit I know the ruleil ot tha Kame even , JeBl break "This wil, in bridge sitting at a Fifth avenue club, led, contrary to all precedent, a very small card. Yet this load turned birds. Will vou bet that I hadn't a good reason for my queer lead?' Weil. I take the bet,' was the reply 'Now give your reason.' " 'Well,' said the w it 'I saw your hand ' " New York Tilbur.o. & HIbtU In the Third Class. There was once a fiddler who was very Pieclse in his statements. He wasn't much or a nuaisr. ana he knew lt. It was not In his nature to claim talent which he did not possess. One night there was a dance. Th committee couldn't get the regular music. So they appealed to this fiddler, He said he sure Would play for them. a first-class fiddler?" ndCler. ". ior B.acious saxes, wnai are you nr ah you a imaier at an?- '-I'm not a first-class fiddler," tald the h"t musician. "I'm not a second-class ' -'na oarnea nign in tho third 1 class! They took him on. Cleveland Leader. .., J T.-I u i ! J"""" T . Kirk LaShelle met an actor andr noticed that he w wearing a mourning band on his arm. the actor explained, "It's for my father "I've Just come from his funeral .o,,r. rrKi nis sympamy. The actor's grief was obviously very real and great. I attended to all the funeral ar- uu?'?XI?1Ia y? Vf.rythln Just as father would have liked It. "Wer there many thsre?" asktd LaShell. "Many there!" cried tho actor with pride, "Why, my boy, we turned 'em away!" Success Magaxlne. v He Wn. CeanCed. 'llu. mtioK An I . . . . - " v. u u. numerated r wtn nA A a rL.u -....-.. . . i , P , ""' ,n, '-"US Supervisor Juhn W. Farley's r;ft . . . . . "V"'?! ,eV ""V f. ow- ..iJi " l... . . ! .' Mr' "ru'y' , census taken -w l .. rpeck l has, continued the old man. I f t Li LrRATTATT !T "BAT TOR A PlUCH Hit He Delivered Q.ODPDaQQD beings. The other day at Vinton street park the bases were full and Bill Schlpke came up and bunted. In the Instant a ilump of "home knockers" sitting well up In the stands back of the scorer's box, broke forth with a mast for not "hitting cr out." But their prattle ended tne nexi Becon(1 wnen they taw the needed run cross the plate. Thi. hnntin nm Is one of the greatest featu8 of modern ba,e b lt iB resorted to in major and minor leagues alike and wins many games. It is used according to in rtA inriivliti'A. In the Ns- tonul Icgue ,fit Marquard of New York or Jack Ffelster go Into the box ana tne 0PPln will order the bunt game, knowing the difficulty these pitch ers have In handling that tantalizing hit. In this day of scientific pitching the popular conception Is that the man tri the middle of the diamond Is the mainstay of the team. .Whether the estimate be too h'Bh or not- certain It is that a winning team must have .a well-balanced pitching tari. nux. 11 you are comma uuwn w ny one Position as the sine qua non of sue- ces,s you will have to name the catcher Instead of the pitcher. A catcher Is the balance wheel of any team. That Is why the old head Is more valuable behind the bat than the new. That Is why teams change catchers just as little as possible, and why they have such difficulty in get- "Ma darter has done tole me I Uonu los' all ma sense." "We don't mean It that way," answered the supervisor, laughing. "Have you been counted by Uncle Sam?" '"Yessah." "When?" "Long time ergo. Reckon It wah hefo' de stahs fell." "Whero were you born?" "Middle Tennessee. I know'd Oineral Jackson when he was MecUd president. Ma daddy waited fo' him onct." "How old are you?" "Law, mlst a, I don't know. Ma whl'.e folks say I been bo'n back somewhar in de twenties." "How long have you lived in Memphis?" "Since befo' de wah." "Got any children?" Marvel in Railroad Terminal HE present decade will undoubt edly go down in New York City history as the age of great un dertakings. The adopted plan for the utilisation ot the seven T teen city blocks that form the vv York rntri i,mi.i i. J-.i ably the biggest undertaking ever backed by a single corporation! In .rihin it h- . i.. must be kept In constant use; the railroad station which Is now In course of erec tion will be the biggest In the world; It will have the moat trackage of any sta tion In the world: the two commercial tn, only railroad terminal in the world which Is self-supporting. This latier faot . Dartlcularlv striking uhon it i. r.m.m. bered that this widespreadlng terminal Is In the heart of the biggest city In America and that a conservative estimate of the property value puts the figure at $50,000 0o0. While on the subject of dollars, It may be well to give th total estimated cost of thl follosal enterprise. As has been aaldi a conservative estimate of the oroo- ,rty value Is 160,000,000. Since the rumor ot mewe improvements has leaked out prices for surrounding nrouertv hivn r risen tnat s per cent might be added to this flamr.. Th. rn.t nf -v.-., .,i .v,. double-decked, subterranean train yards, hni putting in the steel to carry the car "rvlt" ,nd the ,treet tratflc' whlch crl- crosses th yards, adds another $50,000,000. i ne cost or the various buildings which are ultimately to cover these seventeen blocks of train yards some of these bu.ldlngs al- ready In course of construc tion, some under contract for erection, and other only ten- tatively suggested-varles from M.000,000 to mj.ow.uuu more. . . . , - .... Anoiner unique teaiuie or tuts terminal is the fact that It Will h. tha nnlv .llnn ..... ........ ot Nfw ork. or any other American cWy. whfre' rchitectually spe.klng. harmony exists. There will be no clashing here of architectural styles; In developing these seventeen block .1 oit structural bar- II;-" i k -. i ii i it v ' - .... - .ar w n JftWWl'W'T"JI 1 1 I wwwmwm ,1 i I II -ii. I . si s f - . GETTING BACK. TO TIKST - THE C7MT1BE CALLED ting good catchers. For a long time tne New York Clients were called a one-man team, meaning cnrisiy mainewson. ui would Mathewson's pitching prowess have been without a Bresnahan or a Bowerman? Where haa It been since New Yorw loBt these men? The catcher sees the whole field, he has a view of everything and every man and Is able, by a system of signs, to direct and balance and guide the old ship better than any other man. No from Story- Teller's Garden "Yessah, but Ah doan know how many, little speech he made during the presenta 1'se been married several times." tlon of a petition by a delegation whose Finally Supervisor Farley turned him. over ti a special enumerator. The papers were fixed up, and as the old man started out he hesitated at the door, turned half around, saying to Mr. Farley. "Got er dime?" TocketlnK the coin, he shambled onward. "Dis sho' am a great country. I sho" Is proud ob de fac' dat I has bien counted, But de country hain t nJgh as good a whtn Gintral Jackson lived. Not nigh as good." Memphis Commercial-Appeal. How Beverldge Drake In. Indlanlans tell a story of Sejiotor Beve- ridge's entrance into politics when he was little more than a boy. He won the llllng of the governor of the state by a quaint mony Is to be maintained. Of the entire group of buildings, which will eventually cover this terminal, there is one structure. This is the office building which is designed to extend from Forty- thrld street to Forty fifth street on Lex- ington avenue. The northern half of this building has bern completed and Is already In use. The ground floor Is occupied by a branch Dost office, having a floor SDace of 100,000 square feet. The six stories are oo- cupled by the general executive offices ot the New York Central railroad and Its allied corporations. This building, as now com pleted, Is seven storied high, but the steel tectural development will center Is, of course, the new Grand Central station. This structure, covering six eitv hlncks l be the biggest railroad station In the world. The station, which Is now being built Is about 130 feet high. This building I a railroad terminal pure and simple. It has but two floors, the express train level, which is the upper and the suburban train level. Thi is the buildlna which the railroad Is now busily constructing. Tha commu- ter or the more distant traveler, shunter ahnut h in h..n t.mnnr.ri- fences, has progressed with this work. If h i behind one of those board fences, and If he had tect to point out Just w with him sn archi- 11 Viit'is uiksl Vi hi mils! b -m"el drover that a goodly portion of the new station Is actually completed In considering the progress made upon this great enterprise, It must be remem- btred that not only is the biggest railroad terminal In the world being built, hut that at the same time and on the same spot the busiest railroad terminal In the world is doine business. Exclusive of work ti-ilna. . . m.VSl trains, or 14.143 miles of trains, came anri went Irum th. tlr.nif I'.nlrul .l.linn ...... - ' ' ' last year. ln spite of the great handicaps, the archl- tens believe that the station and terminal will be completed in less thau two years. New York Tims . "... -a; r" . '. ... "'-'. ' Start tor a '6 Bagger- Ditcher, no matter how great he may be. can do his best work without the best catcher behind tne nat. Tne Backbone or tha Omaha team for years has been the old reliable John Gondlng. At times we have had ordinary men, poor pitchers, but Gondlng s guiding Influence has made up for the loss. The lack of catching material undoubedly has always been Detroit's fatal weakness. Whether "with a bettr catcher lt could spokesman was Insufferably long-winded and tedious. The man talked to the gov. ernor nearly an hour, during which evtry one stood. To all It seemed that lt would never end. Whereupon Beverldge remarked quietly: "If you don't grant It, governor, we'll hnve that speech repeated to you." Lippln- cott's. Senator Stone's Kind of Miott. Senator Stone and Colonel John Donovan of St. Joseph were standing at the window of the senator's office in the senate offtcs building as the parade of Miller Bros.' Wild West show passed. When the Indians, In war paint and feathers, and the frontier scouts, tvlth their long rifles, came In sight the senator and the colonel became as boys again. 'I always did like shows with plenty ot rn shootln'," said Stone. "John, let's go." against the left field fence and was stand Through his secretary the senator phoned lng on second bass when the third man for seats. A few moments later ftone again spoke. "John," said he, lng picture habit. "I've got Into the mov There was one I saw night a trapper, or a cowboy or a hunter, or somebody like that was being chased by Injuns. All of 'em were riding like blaxes. The Indians were shootln', and every now and then the cowboy, or what- ever he was, would turn and bang away with a huge pistol, whereat an Injun would drop, ay, it was a race! and the cowboy got away I always did like shows with plenty of shootln'." Washington Post. Taft Likes to Tell This Une, In Illustration of the futility of any per son's being a democrat, President Taft Is fond of tviling this story as lt was told to him by an Irish Judge. A prisoner was brought before the Judge on the charge of murder. Ho was con victed, but the Jury recpmrnendi-d clemency because physicians who had gone on the stanu lesunea inai mo muruerru inmi would not have died from the blow he had receivtd had he not had what Is technically known as a "paper skull," this meaning that tne skuu was aDnormaliy mm. The Judge pointed this out to the prisoner and asked him If he had anything to say to modify his punishment. "Judge," said the convicted man, "this is Tipperary?" "Yes." said the Judge; "the county of Tlpperary." "Well, your honor," concluded (he pris- oner, "all I can say Is 1 wish you would tell m what business a man with a paper skull has got In Tlpperary." Popular Magazine. l- A tioott Uees.er. u you warn an answer iony question under Ihe sun." said Jtobert Edison, "ask a small boy Ild you ever hear about the mother of a bad boy who ai-ked James Russell Lowell to write In her autograph album? The poet, complying, wrote the line. " 'What Is so rare as a day In June?' "Calling at this womsn's house a few days later, Lowell Idly turned the pages of the album till he came to his own auto- graph and saw this answer: " 'A Chinaman withA'hlsleis.' " Youp's Magain Wote Till 5 RUITNUR have defeated the Cubs or Pirates for the world's series or not. It certainly was un able to win without It. But if there is one play which above all others caps the climax In a game of ball lt Is wrapped up In this combination of thrilling circumstances: It is the last half of the ninth, the score 4 to 1 against the home team. Two are out and the bases full; there are two strikes on the batter. Stop a moment and think did you ever see such a situation? Have you ever sat In the stands or bleachers with one leg wrapped three times around the other, your lower lip caught under your teeth, your breath long ago gone and every muscle and nerve in your body drawn to the breaking point? Have you? Basi-a full, two outs, two strikes, last of ninth, score 4 to I against us! oh, somewhere In this favored land the sun is shlnlnff briarht: & -f ' The bands are playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there Is no joy In Mudvllle mighty Casey has struck outl The experience comes to few men in ft lireiime, dui wnen u comes no man win ever forget It It came to a crowd at Vinton street parle one day about three or four years ago. 'The visiting team was ahead and old Joe Dolan at bat with two strike and the bases full In the last halt of the ninth. He had Just one chance to mount up to the skies of adulation or sink; to the depths of Ignominy In the esti mation of the fans. It Is an awful moment In the life of a batter as well as a pitcher. Those who recall this incident remember that Old Joe slammed the next ball pitched crossed the plate. The score was I to 1 Instead of 4 to 1 and only three runs were needed to win. But you say this play Is purely physical, a matter of luck. Not at all. It Involves r.erve and Judgment and, of course, the ability of the batter to outguess the pltcner. Base ball Is a constant guessing match between pitcher and batter, any way, but It Is not In any sense a game of chance or luck. Batting Is no more a matter ot guexNlng than is fielding a hit ball. Take one of the plays shown In the accompanying photos. You can discern the hall hit by the butter well on Its way to the fielder and the fielder is well on his way to the, ball before the runner has left the plate. Th Mcm of fleld)ng ,., , tho alertness of the mind to gauge and JiuUe the course and speed of the ball. The best fielder will "start with the crack of the bat." That is the only pnssiblo hope he may hnve of ever intercepting or catching the ball. Walt one second and It will be too lat4 Tn. other day In St. Louis Red Fisher, formeriy i,rt fielder for Omaha, made ealcll whlch thB Bt. j.0uls papers pro- nounccd one 0f the most phenomenal ever ln ttiat C,yt and when we remember thllt gucl, m,n ag Curtis. Welch and Jimmy jvjcAleer hsve played ball there we can ap- predate that this wss something of ft CHtc;i. The papers gave a minute descrhA tl f the catch. Fisher was playing ii j(.rt. The moment the ball was hit he turned like a flash and started on a dead run towaid the fence, apparently never inoklna- or carina hm th. hull was. Then suddenly he wheeled to look In the direction of the ball and then he ran back- wardi a f,w yardi then turn(,(j ad ran forwardi,, then face(, the ba, aa and save one wild. hlh Ivan Imn tha air. rM.Mn, ... h, ,,,,, fV,. hand would go. He came down In a heap, but he had the ball In his glove. Luck, you say? Oh, no. Science; nothing else. Fisher got a head on that ball th Instant It was hit; hn kenw where lt was going and he stsrted for the same plac,, and when the ball arrived he was there, io meet It. MC Expert fielding Is the ability to JudsV course and speed of a hit ball. Anyboo who can play at all can catch a fly.