Chapter 6: Transitions and Thought Patterns
Lab Activity 28: The Listing Pattern
To use addition transitions and the listing pattern to see the relationship of details to the main idea.
Step 2: Read the remainder of the interview and select the appropriate addition transition to fill in the blank.
Williams has noticed that the first thing former major league players want to talk about are their connections to Babe Ruth.
Dot Marrow said husband Bucks proudest moment was when, as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, he hit Babe Ruth. Another example is the framed 1933 newspaper photograph Tigers catcher Roger Hayworth has of himself tagging Ruth as he is sliding into home.
Like other fans, Williams says Babe Ruth remains the legendary hero of American baseball. According to Williams, Ruth did everything he could to stir up the press and the public. For instance, in the 1932 World Series at Chicagos Wrigley Field, Ruth is credited with the remark, If I had to play in a dump like this every day, Id play for half my salary. His implication was that it would be easier to hit a home run in the Chicago stadium.
Game 3 of that same World Series is one of Williamss favorites. Oh, there was so much stuff going on in that game, he adds. The Wrigley Field people in Chicago were ready to kill him, and Babe liked it.
The fifth inning of that game became a memorable moment in baseball history, and most of it is really just legend. Joe Sewell flies out to center field, and then Babe steps up with one out on the board. The first two pitches are down the middle with a curve, and the umpire takes both of them for strikes. As the Chicago fans scream, and the infield chatters at Babe, Ruth outstretches his arm and holds up two fingers.
The legend, Williams says, is that Ruth was pointing to the place he would hit the ball, but according to Billy Herman, the second baseman, and Cubs catcher Leo Gabby Hartman, Ruth was saying, Thats just two (strikes). It only takes one to hit it.
Ruth swings at the next pitch. The ball goes past the outfield wall, past the grandstands, past the grandstand wall, and out onto to Waveland Avenue. Most people still say thats the longest one ever hit in Wrigley Field, Williams adds with wistful note.
The Yankee bench said thats right where he pointed. And, of course, when questioned by the press the next day, Ruth agreed.
Another connection to Babe Ruth was so unpleasant that the Yankees organization kept it out of the press. While on the road one year, some team members experienced a rash of thefts: money and personal items kept mysteriously disappearing. To touch another teammates property was taboo, so it became a great concern.
Babe, however, decided to set a trap. He marked five $100 bills. When he returned late one night, after another infamous evening of hard partying, he first checked the belongings of his roommate, who was in a deep sleep. When Ruth found his gold pocket watch and the marked bills in the players duffle bag, he locked the door, and began beating his roommate. Despite the calls and banging on the door by hotel security and teammates, Ruth continued to pummel the player.
When he finally unlocked the door and produced the thief, the manager kicked the player off the team and the American League blackballed him, recalls Williams.
The player, however, was later picked up by the National League, and he played for the St. Louis Cardinals for many years before eventually managing the Dodgers.
The player was Leo Durocher, the man famous for the comment, Nice guys finish last.
While Durocher isnt Williamss hero, he has managed to collect many stories and his autographed memorabilia, including his 1961 contract to coach the Dodgers. According to a quote in Durochers biography, The Lip, he said that he agreed to coach the Dodgers for $25,000, complaining that it was half the salary he had received for his last managerial job. But I have the contract for that job, Doug says with a mischievous cock of his head, and it was only for $13,000. Other items include an autographed photo, baseball, and even a Colliers magazine displaying Durochers family, with the caption, Laraine Taught Leo: Nice Guys Finish First.
Although Durocher fails to measure up to Williamss ideal in a baseball player, Joe Sewell is held in high esteem. He was the first one who wrote me detailed letters. Because of his size—55 and 148 pounds—his sharp eyes, and his quick reflexes, he was known as the most difficult to strike out. In one season, with 608 at bats, he only struck out four times.
Several years ago in New Orleans I had a dream about Sewell, Williams says. In fact, it was so vivid, it was almost like a visitation. In it, I am in a huge auditorium, and Sewell and Tris Speakman, the manager of the Indians in the 20s, were on the stage. Joe Sewell explains that they are there to take questions, and he says, pointing at me, And I want to start right here down at the front with my good friend Doug Williams.
So I ask what he learned playing for Tris Speakman that later helped him as a coach. In my dream, he says, Tris taught me to always make the opposition commit himself. Force his hand and cause him to commit. Then base your action on what he does. Force your opponents hand into acting, and then make your response a reaction to what he does.
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