Clipping:A catcher reluctant to play close to the bat

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Date Saturday, August 13, 1887
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Two strikes having been called on a player of one of the visiting clubs Captain Ewing seeing O'Rourke made no move to come up to the bat to take the flyers, kindly called to him to put the mask on and take his place behind the bat. O'Rourke hesitated for a moment and then very reluctantly adjusted the mask on his face and placed himself close to the batter. In the next inning a similar occurrence transpired. He showed no sign of taking his place up by the batter again and there was a perceptible [illegible] among several of the players. Captain Ewing bit his lip and finally called out “Come Jimmy, put the mask on and give us a show.” For a time it seemed as if he was inclined not to obey the orders of the captain but he once more very deliberately took his proper position, amid a hiss or two from those in the grand stand who had noticed the little farce.

Source Sporting News
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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