Baseball Joe is the fictitious hero of a couple of kid's books written via Howard R. Garis below the identify of "Lester Chadwick". The sequence follows the most personality, a celeb baseball participant named Joe Matson, from highschool to varsity (at Yale college) after which to luck as a professional.
“No use speaking, Joe, we appear to be at the toboggan,” remarked Jim Barclay, one of many first string pitchers of the large workforce, to his closest pal, Joe Matson; as they got here out of the clubhouse on the Chicago baseball park and strolled over towards their dugout within the shadow of the grandstand.
“You’re correct, previous boy,” agreed Joe—“Baseball Joe,” as he was once identified by means of the fanatics all around the kingdom. “We appear to be headed immediately for the cellar championship, and at this time cost it won’t be lengthy earlier than we land there. I can’t inform what’s received into the lads. maybe I’m as a lot guilty as any of the remainder of them. I’ve misplaced the final video games I pitched.”
“Huh!” snorted Jim. “Look on the method you misplaced them! You by no means pitched greater on your lifestyles. You had everything—speed, curves, keep watch over, and that outdated fadeaway of yours was once operating like a allure. however the boys performed in the back of you love loads of sand-lotters. they just threw the sport away—handed it to the Cubs on a silver platter. What they did within the box used to be a sin and a disgrace. And while it got here to batting, they have been even worse. the house run and triple you pasted out your self have been the single clouts worthy mentioning.”
“The boys do appear to have misplaced their batting eyes,” agreed Joe. “And by way of fielding, they’re all thumbs. What do you think that the difficulty is?”
“Search me,” responded Jim. “We’ve received a similar crew we had once we begun the season. examine the way in which we started out: 3 out of 4 from the Brooklyns, a similar from the Bostons, and a fresh sweep from the Phillies. It regarded as if we have been going to move during the League like a prairie hearth. however the quick we struck the West we went down with a sickening thud. Pittsburgh wiped up the earth with us. The Reds walked all over the place us. The Cubs within the final video games have given us the razz. We’re commencing to seem like anything the cat dragged in.”
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