Clipped From The Burlington Hawk-Eye
Change in Batting Stance Aids Levey ni/ The Associated Prcsn. New York, May 10.—Jim Levey, ex- marine and shortstop for the St. Louis Browns, qualifies as perhaps the happiest ball player in the big leagues today. Like the familiar figure in the patent medicine testimonial, Levey's batting average last season was all run down, puny, suffering from almost every known variety of ailment. It lapsed to .209 at the season's close. Then, this spring, Manager Bill Killefer prescribed a major operation. He jerked the speedy shortstop's right- hand batting stance and installed him on the opposite side of the plate. It was an emergency measure, designed either to "kill or cure." The result is written In the records. Today the Levey average is one of the healthiest in the American league. In 24 games Levey collected 32 hits, including plenty of extra bases, for an average of ,348. He made only 104 bingles in 139 contests last season. Only two players in the league. Porter and Vverill of the Indians, had made more hits through yesterday's games. "It's the greatest thing that ever happened to me," he testified today. The sudden discovery that he can hit has the former marine so pepped up he refuses to welcome a day of rest. He was in high spirits today until word drifted through the lobby they had called off the Browns opening tilt with the Yankees. His face dropped. "They're quick on the trigger in this town, aren't they?" He looked out a window. "Dosen't look bad enough to call off a game."