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Jacobs Made A Home Run

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O, what a sight was that - fit for tbe gods - when on JVIonday laat a "pioked" nine frora the board of edu oation and the faculty of the high school, battled bravely to down the seniors on the baseball diamoud ! A shrieking uinltitude of admirers - both male and female, young and old - eujoyed the game. A thougbt of the contest drives from the mind the rneinory of snch fatile efforts, such trifliug events as the games betweeu the 'Varsity and Chicago, aud brings back to recollection the days of old when the Defroits were cliampions of the world. And why should it uot? - for even Prof. Perry dropped his Virgil aud grabbed up the beguiling sphpre. He took his place in the bos like Baldwiu of old, while behind the bat was Prof. Pattengill, his brother in the field of classic lore, who Bennett-like, douned the glove aud the rnask and tbe other paraphernalia of the athlete, amid tbe plaudits of the admiring multitnde. The athletio superintendent seemed to be laboring uuder the hallucination that the seniors held bats on eaoh side of them. Aocordiugly, the portly catcher was kept rnoving all over the north end of the fair gronnd in his frantio efforts to get the "inshoots" and the "drops," which carefully avoided all proximity to the plate. Ü Bnt not to these alone belongs the honor of losing the game ! For, Beal and Scott, too, offioiated as one for the varied and numerous batteries. Julios threw with the unerring airn of a Watkins, while Bvart stopped the ball in its raad flight ere it had wiuged it destructivo way to the grandstand wbere admiring ladies oheered the thrilling play. Soott caught one ball auiid wild plaudits, but he spoiled it all by trying to appear as unconcerned as though it had not been an unforeseen and unavoidable accident. Beal broke the rules while playing second by catching a ball on the fly. It was at first feared that he roight be mobbed for this offense by the surprised and exoited crowd. But, partly because it was thought tbat there was no dauger of a repetitiou of the offense ; partly out of cousideration for Mrs. Beal, who was present, it was decided that the summary punishment which the crime demanded should not be dealt out to the editorial athl6te. Scott's laurels were uot won behind the bat alone. As a base runner he earned enduriug fume. He and the senior third baseman atternpted to occupy the same space at the same time, mnch to the injury of Scott's kuee. But the wily Evart got himself appointed third baseman after that and stood lilee a solid rock againsc all corners, who wisely dodged around bis stalwart frame. Wines, too, was there, - Levi D. indeed, incongruous as it might seem, the valiant short stop was he. The ex-president of the council stopced one ball, which proved such a shock to his nervous system that he straightway droppedit; then turned around eight times boforo he again succeeded iu getting it within his grasp. Prof. Montgoruery came to tbe rescue witb a flsh net, while Prof. Chute oarne in froni oenter field at a 2 :40 gait to be present at the obsequies of the fooihardy senior, who was endeavoring to reaoh second. Aud the senior got there, too! Right here let it be remarked that Chnte's work in the field was simply phenomeual. He stood like sonie Titan of old, his beard waying in the snmmer breeze, wbile over him went the whizzing sphere towards the motor line. Then wben tbe niuner had reached third, he started for the ball aod sought Shields-like, to cut him oft' at the plate. Bnt all In vaiu ! Perry's similar etïort met a similar fate, while Jacobs' acrobatio performance while revolving up in the air, betweeu the blue dome of Heaven and the long grass of left field, was suocessful iu all bnt getting the sphere. But wuit until the story of the other fielders is told. No English dude ere wore so variegated au outfit as that which adorned tbe shapely calf aud ankle of John R. Miner, - yea even reaching unto the knee. He was the cynosure of all eyes. Theiair lasses from the grandstand betook themselves froro thenoe to the field of aotiou so that their eyes might feast the more on the golfing apparel of the ninetpenth ceutury Adonis. Bnt wheu he playert, - O, what a igVt, Chute and Jacob? and Prirv i,riiJ green with envy, He ov reil well and firrnly all that vast strutch of territory upon whioh his feet were planted. His batting average was not 100, but his fielding was well-nigh perfect. The crowd went wild with ecstatic joy, then wrung their hands in sorrow when his rnarvellously heroio effort to euvelop the evasive sphere within the folds of his capacion.s hat was marred by cruel fallare. Bat the "star" play of the gaine, the supreme effort, beside which all others paled into insiguificance was .Toe T. Jacobs' home run. "Joe" walked up to the plate with the coufidecen oharacteristic of the Ansoniau battrse of every age and olime. Hisbatcollided with the ball, sending the sphere over towards left fleld. Bnt Joe nioved not. He stood inotionless as the Statue of Liberty in the harbor of New York, while the crowd frantically yelled to him to move on. At lasn when the bal] reached terra firma Joe T. started for first. But here he tarried not. He moved on towards second, rivalling in his velooity the winds of Heaven. An overthrow to second, a wild shriek from Manager Springer, and the base ruuner moved on. At third he did not stop to rest - for there were yet other worlds to conqner. With a wild, despairing look in his eye, with beada of sweat standing on his noble brow, the restless Joe started for the home plate - the haven of rest and peace. Bat the spark of life had well-nigh fled ; and bis noble form collided with the dust of earth. Bnt valiaut aid was at band. The prostrate foren of the member of the board was raised! Oue more wild, despairing effort! His form crossed tbe plate, and all was over! The crowd weut frantic with delight, and the tally keeper called for another pencil. Joe T. sat himself dowu, and looked liimsc.lf over to see whether all was left of the noble form, whiob but a moment before stood at the plate. Meanwhile, Perry and Chute, Miner and Wines, grew envious, aud resolved to go and do likewise. But it availed them not - for this was the climax of the game - this, the high pinnacle, viewed from which, all other efforts were but puerile, ohild-like acd of no account. The reporter has not described the (CONTINUJSD FKOM PAGE 1.) JACOBS MADE A HOME RUN. ' (CONTINUED ON PAGE 4.) work of the seniors ; he has not mentioned the tennis snit of Jocelyn, nor raised his elusive curves ; has not told of Springer's deeds of valor and of etrength; of Miller's batting and Osborne's catching; nor mentioned Gaminon's catches and phenomenal work at first. But he raust close. If he has oinitted aught of importanoe, may there be excnse in the fact that he saw rat a small part of the game, having )een preesnt only two short honts. The liueup of the two teams was as follows: F. & S. B. Seniors. Scott. E. H 1 1" 2b Davis ieal, J. E yb lf Lonjrnecker Miaer, J. E rf 3b Bruesrel Taoobs, J. T cf b Baldwin Perry, W. S p rf Arnold PattengriH, .1. O c lf Marshall :lmte, H. N lb rf Whitton Winee. L. I)"--. ss cf - Campbell Vlontg-omery, J. B...3b ef Viiuirhan ocelyn, L. P 2b p Gelstou prln'ifer, D. V lb c Hitubcock lamuaon. H. B 2b lb Cheever 3sborne. F. A 8S p - VanCleve liller, N. J ...ceto Wllloughby Snore: Spniors 17; Faculty 11. Umpire, F. H. Warren.


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