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6 June 1913

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BY R. W. LARDNER
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THE COMEBACK.

"I love my California,"
Said Orval Overall;
"The climate there is just sublime
In wintertime and summertime,
And also spring and fall."

"I love my California,"
And Orval smiled a smile,
"But then, of course, if you insist,
Why, I might manage to exist
In Illinois awhile."

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  Thoroughly convinced, the Plutos have taken French leave for French Lick.

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  "Do not imagine," writes [perhaps] Christy Mathewson, "the Giants will have any walkaway from this p[oint out." You are crediting us with some imagination, Matty.

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  The Wisconsin crew must be handed the prize for persistance and determination. In spite of years of failure, the Badgers continue to row, row, row.

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  Cy Seymour ought to be eligible by this time for the Glenview Maturity cup event.

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  "I will admit I had a successful pugilistic reign in Australia," says the modest Mr. McIntosh.

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  Wanted--A good pitcher for Saturday and Sunday games.  We understand that Orval Overall will be detained in the east a considerable length of time. Address Manager, Ball Club, Bakersfield, Cal.

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NOT AT ALL.

  [Editor Wake.]--I nominate Bill Forman [whoever he is] as foreman of your jury of newspaper men. Is this a good suggestion? F.S.

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  Dave Fultz, Garry Herrmann’s dandy little correspondent writes: "When the situation is reversed, and the major league recruit plays far better ball than he is expected to," etc. As if such a thing could happen.

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  More speed was shown at Comiskey park yesterday than at any time since the release of Jimmy Block.

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  Mrs. Schulte should be scolded for not leaving the old plantation a month earlier.

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  The Coulon-Williams scrap is one of a very few we would care to see. And, of course, we can’t.

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SPEAK UP.

Will some smart baseball expert cuss
  Come forward and foretell
The finish of the rest of us
  When Big Jack Coombs gets well?

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  With due respect to Hal Chase, New York is our notion of no place in which to rest the ankles.

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A WORLD’S RECORD.

  We conducted this column three days without mentioning in it the name of C. W. M---y.

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  The Duchess of Devonshire commands our respect. She won the royal household’s Derby sweepstakes last year. This year she agreed with the queen that there ought not to be any gambling.

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ENTERED FOR THE STAKE?

  H. Bone and M. Bone are Batavia’s entrants in the interscholastic mile. For some unexplained reason T. Bone isn’t on the meet program.

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CATCHING.
[By Walter "Red" Kuhn.]

  I don’t exactly quite remember, but I think a catcher’s proper position is just behind the home plate and in front of the strike and ball umpire.  To the best of my recollection, a catcher wears a uniform, and, in addition, a big mitt, a mask, a chest protector, and shin guards.  I sort of forget, but I believe catchers are supposed to give signs to pitchers. I used to be a catcher.   Catchers are considered valuable and some teams use three or four of them.   Other teams, the White Sox, for example, use one.

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MIKE MURPHY.

Old Penn will hunt for years and
years
Before it finds your like.
The whole athletic world reveres
Your mem’ry, Trainer Mike.

 

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