The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Baseball used to be various in prior days—tougher, rawer, extra intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. within the huge vintage The Glory in their Times, the golden period of our nationwide hobby comes alive during the vivid phrases of these who performed and lived the game.

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Nonetheless the one one, i believe, to today. I controlled the Pirates off and on for approximately 15 years, after which retired and got here again domestic. Didn’t win any pennants yet we got here shut a couple of times. continuously appeared to fade within the stretch. i've got a sneaking suspicion we’d have received these pennants if I simply can have gotten my pitchers right into a little greater form. 6 Jimmy Austin The ball as soon as struck off, Away flies the boy To the following destined put up, after which domestic with pleasure. —Anonymous, 1774 i assume most folk should have proposal i used to be loopy. Twenty-four years previous and leaving an outstanding task to head off and play a boys’ video game. After simply completing 4 years of apprenticeship, too, and at last attending to be a full-fledged machinist. In a manner, i assume it did appear like i used to be off my rocker. however it actually depends on the way you examine it. Me, i used to be regularly loopy approximately baseball. See, i used to be born in Swansea, Wales, and that i didn’t come to this nation until eventually i used to be 8 years previous. So I needed to make up for many baseball I’d neglected as much as then. I by no means may well get sufficient of it. Even now, eighty-five years outdated, my Christmas current from my spouse is usually The carrying information, and that i nonetheless learn that factor from commencing to finish an identical day it will get right here. So I knew it used to be the best factor to do. It’s precise that I didn’t get to the massive Leagues till i used to be virtually thirty. yet i used to be nonetheless enjoying usual whilst i used to be earlier 40, after which I stayed on one other twenty years as a trainer. Golly, if I had it to do all around the purely factor I’d do diverse will be to begin and forestall later. It was once nice. Heck, I even performed in an enormous League video game while i used to be fifty years outdated. It was once close to the tip of the 1929 season, and that i used to be training for the outdated St. Louis Browns. Dan Howley was once the chief that 12 months. It was once overdue within the video game and we have been means forward, and a few of the blokes have been kidding me approximately how strong a participant I’d been. good, darned if Dan didn’t haul off and placed me correct in there at 3rd base. Fifty years previous i used to be. I had possibilities and dealt with them either fresh, and bought as much as bat as soon as. Boy, I want I’d gotten a success. My Dad was once a shipbuilder in Wales. He came around right here in 1885 and settled in Cleveland, the place he went to paintings doing an identical type of factor. a few years later he introduced the remainder of the kin over. After i stopped tuition I went to paintings at Westinghouse, the place I wound up changing into a machinist-apprentice. good, a month after my 4 years of apprenticeship had ended—that will be 1903—the union went out on strike, and naturally I needed to exit with the remainder of the men. i used to be puttering round the residence at some point, while a fellow got here to front door. My mom had died, and my sister—I used to be the oldest of 8 children—was holding condo. i used to be within the again backyard doing anything, and he or she got here again and stated, “Jim, you’re sought after. a few gentleman want to see you. ” I went out entrance, and it was once a man from Warren, Ohio. He says, “You’re Jim Austin? I’ve heard of you. You play ball round right here with the Franklin Athletic membership, don’t you? ” “Yes I do,” I stated.

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