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area with occa First Misfortune In 1916. Ehrhardt was signed J by Moline of the Three-I loop to Duluth. Minn., of was the Northern leapue. At the tail- w h e n he entered] "id of the season, Veeck author- r e - 1 «cd the purchase of Rube's con- an tract and ordered him to report homo run which to Chicapo at once, Then the first of the misfor- tunes which wore to plague him. c h passed t h i r d 'struck. All packed for the journey t h e n the majors, Rube was crank- The Inp his car and broke his arm. be- I The Cubs didn't cancel the pur- ball, [chase, although Rube was out of continued ' action for what remained of the t y . the 'Hi season. But instead of paying t s r e m a i n - , a "broken-armed" rookies' fare spring i n i n g . Chicapo farmed him to u b ! Columbus of the American Asso- picked his jacket J nation for 1917. ball roll- in C i n c i n n d t h e B r u i n s 9 of t h e 1929 o n a w e r e set down Enlists in Navy It was apparently a wise decision, decision, from the Cubs standpoint, for Rube's arm was not strong. Before tho '17 campaign had BOBBY BOVE, 1950 CAPTAIN OF THE DUBUQUE ! football team, is a former Bloom grid leader. j ( _ ._ . _ j the old Midwest league for the ( Beaten in his first two starts, he two-fold purpose of earning some won 19 straight before of the fairly large amounts o f ] his farewell tilt, monev the Wisconsin hemi-pro !l I team was shelling out for a pitch- progressed very far. young Ehr-jp, am i to pet his arm in shape a d y hardt found himself back in Mo- 1 f o r another t h r u s t upward, u e ; ime, no closer to the big t i m e ! t h a n he had ever been. I But one day. h u r l i n g on a by the In the E x a m i n e r w a s a puy w h o e bench all h a v e been the N a t i o n a l a witness h a r d t r i n p the e r 20. 1S91, g h t and measured weighed n g f o r t h e Knlisting in the navy in 1918, Rube was a pitcher on an o u t standing standing Great Lakes team which included George Halas, now owner-coach owner-coach of the Chicapo Bears; Paddy Driscoll, pro grid great; Rod Fabor, Chicago White Sox; Freddie Thomas. Boston Red Sox; and Fred Hoffman, New York Yankees. Great Lakes won the service title that year. Rube went back to the minors following the war and was with Peoria of the Three-I in 1920. That club sold him to Cincinnati at the close of the season. It was big chance No. 2 for the Rube, but fate still frowned on the big fellow. He developed sore shoulder and, unable to throw, he was let go. Keeps Trying Still determined. Khrhardt in 1922 joined the Racine club in r muddy diamond, lie slipped off the rubber while imposing a curve ball. With an arm which felt as ' t h o u g h it was filled with a hundred dancing needles, a crestfallen crestfallen Rube Ehrhardt left Racine. Racine. But he soon decided t h a t if his arm had healed before, it could heal again. He started pitching with Chicago semi-pros and by the time the fall of 1923 had come, Rube believed himself ready, at 29 years of age, for another another try. Success at Last This time Rube's belief in himself himself paid off. Catching on w i t h Lakeland in the Florida State league. Ehrhardt. early in August, had taken part in 29 games and Purchased by Brooklyn for SO.- 000 on a l."-day look-see basis, Rube proved himself a major leaguer w i t h his first :»tart in Chicapo. By the end of the season, he was rated w o r t h times that purchase figure. John C. Hoffman, who broke in as a sports writer in Chicago Heights, commented - i n 192-1 the Chicapo Daily News t h a "Today you couldn't purchase Rube Ehrhardt for less than 000." As a matter of fact, Garry Herrmann, Cincinnati owner, put in a claim with Commissioner Kone- saw M. Landis, contending that the Reds had never actually released released Ehrhardt. Landis denied the claim. Assigned to Bullpen Rube didn't make Herrmann feel any better in late August, 192-1. when he outdueled Eppa Jeptha Rixey to hand the Reds 3-2 reverse. Rube ran his streak pitched 22 complete contests. His j to five by beating the Phillies, won-a rid-lost record was 19-.117 to 2, allowing nine hits;

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  1. The Chicago Heights Star,
  2. 13 Jul 1951, Fri,
  3. Page 96

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