Clipped From The Scranton Republican
OLD THIERS GROW AT COBB'S STOUT Ty Used to Be Target Back in the Days When He Was Top - liner Most of the Time - ARE NOW CHEERING HIM After All His Years, Veteran Does Something That Ruth Was Unable to Do By JOKJT B. TOSTXB Coprrlrht, 1925. Consolidated Presa Association NEW YORK. May 8. Air the old fellows In the American League and some of the young one, too, are crow - In raucounly and Joyously because of the atunta Ty Cobb Is doing with the bat It Is the reaction of ball play, ers who have had Babe Ruth's feats waved before their eyes 'until they have covertly expressed their annoyance. It was bound to happen in time for the ball players, especially the old guard, are not In sympathy with the great Ruthphobla. Cobb used to be the target of the ball player's peeve back In the days when he was the topllner most of the time, and many is the "riding" he has had on the diamond. But now they are cheering the king who. after all his years of activity, has done something that Ruth was never able to do, and that only one other hall player In history has' been able to do bat five home - runs I in two successive garoes. Anson's Becord Cap Anson hit that many back In 18S4 He had been a National Leaguer for eight years and was going on his ninth whan he did lt. Chicago was so proud of him in those days that Chicago would kid him. Just to show its affection. But Just let a "foreigner" from Indiana come over the line and try it! Cap Anson hit five homers In two games In the month of August, while Cobb, who has Just annihilated the American League record, hit his 4krly In May. That probably gives Anson a little edge for the old - timers contend, and with reason, that it Is harder to hit pitchers late in the season, after they have got thoroughly under" way. At anyrate, Cobb has set a new record for the modern big leaguers. Ruth, Ken Williams and Walker of the Athletics held 1 the American League record co - Jolntly for hitting four homers In two successive games, but they are out of it now, relegated to mere honorable mention. Betters Three Mark! Cobb has the satisfaction of having given three noted ball players their come - uppance with his five homers. It isn't often that three Joint record holders can be disposed of in one fell swoop, and that fact makes the rest of the players snicker with Joy. They do love to see the mighty numtiiea. The achievement wasn't entirely unexpected to Cobb. Down in Augusta this Spring, after he had had his time at bat and had belted one out into the woods, the Georgia Peach said to the writer, who was looking; in on the Tigers in training! "Hanged if I don't sometimes think I'm taking hold of the ball harder than ever this Spring. 1 can feel a thrill all the way up the bat when I hit."