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a Rl'TH NEARLY SHATTERED THIS "MAN OF STEEL" The Phillies have a pitcher though perhaps you've never heard of Ben Shields whose story reads like a page torn from fiction. In 1925 Ben made a fine record for the Richmond team. The Yanks snapped him up for a trial and he won three games near the end of the campaign, beating the A's, Indians and Tigers. At St. .Petersburg the following Spring Shields was pitching to Babe Ruth in batting practice". The big fellow caught one that was labeled for a long ride but it went straight at Shields and caught him right in the chest. It was a painful, serious injury, and laid him up all durinj that season. They told him he was through with baseball would never have a chance to "come back" with that lung injury and the dangers of physical exertion in that weakened state hanging over his head. But Ben didn't hang up his glove and lake the rest the doctors pre-itribed. He got a Job driving a taxi In Richmond the year before last, and then took another fling at baseball, taking care of his diet and rest the while. The Red Sox glimpsed him in the training camp last Spring but he wasn't ready Now the Phillies have him a burly, healty-looking fellow, whose j weight is up to 213 pounds. But j the health bug has bitten Ben for j fair now. It's more weight he '. wants, and he's the hardest worker on the Winter Haven lot to boot. But that isn't all. After Burt Shotton dismisses his baseball class every day. Shields hies himelf to a lako in Win'er Haven and rows around in circles for an hour or

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 13 Mar 1931, Fri,
  3. Page 28

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