Clipped From Newport Daily News
Grantland Rice The Rabbit Belongs -. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's a little late for "now but I'll back Bill Corum's idea that Rabbit belongs in baseball's Hall of Fame. I met him before and I'd seen him play previously, got to know him best in the spring-training camp of He was playing with the Braves and you may that was the year the Braves walloped the Athletics times in a row in the world series. The Rabbit's second-base mate that season was Evers, the smallest double-play combination in baseball. The two didn't average 145 pounds in weight, but I'd "to bet there was more heart at' short and second season than baseball has ever known at those two spots. Rabbit finished his actual ballplaying career with a broken leg, trying desperately to score in an exhibition game. All games were finish fights to Maranville. So, too, were they with Evers, who matched The break for break. He stole second one day and slid the bag. He broke his leg so badly the bone stuck several inches. The catcher's throw went on to center field so Evers got up and ran to third on the badly limb. That's how much heart Maranville and Evers I recall that spring, now just 40 years ago, that Maranvills Evers started a new club. The purpose cf the club was not to enemy know anyone had been hurt on a play. If you got hit, rubbing the wounded spot. You had to show disdain of any I remember on one occasion MaranviJle was covering second play. He stumbled near the bag and got hit /lush in the -hard thrown ball. The impact knocked out three teeth. Maranville never made a sign that he had been hit. He never even his teeth. Evers is in the Hall of Fame. Tinker is in the Hall of hope The Rabbit is on his u a y to the same place. You that much heart out and call it a. Hall of Fame. The Rabbit had an exhaustlt'os supply of energy. He must been a hustler from birlh. Sore arm or Charley horse or what no illness or injury could drive The Rabbit out of action. It was a wonderful thing to see Maranville and Evers playing by side -- especially in a series that had Stuffy Mclnnis. Eddie Collins, Jack Barry and Frank Baker playing on the other s i Chief Bender, Eddie Plank and a great pitching s t a f f Rudolph, George Tyler and Bill James. There was a lot of class to that old Brave team. They got up off the floor from last place in mid-July to Pennant- They met and beat a ball club that had won four flags in years--that is still ranked as one of the three greatest of all and won without a defeat.