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Terry, Traynor on Wagner’s N. L. Team Although Voted Place In Hall of Fame , Honus Puts Joe Tinker at Short FAVORITE SONS OF OLD LOOP EDITORS NOTE: This i* the fourth of six articles bv Honus V^agnsr famous old Pittsburgh Pirate sbortmop. comparmc baseball baseball conditions today with those of yesteryear. I rn }''*7 °l '“,chin* Nmuon.l L.»KU„. [„rform, up ‘m°n* *h* P'"V'r' 1 tew l«Jnfcr'h.h,‘.V,h.irn hundr'd' 1 th*” *"«> »round who», nan,,, legends ha\e been woven and whose deeds still air held un before r°,tk'c* " raod'1’ ,hcy "* **P.n.d to cop? In selecting an all-star team* y from the National league, I have divided my choice# almost evenly among modem players and those •*way back when.1’ I realize that I’m open to criticism, too. but anyone who selects an all-star cast BY HONUS WAGNKK must expect that So here goes; Fred Clarke. Pittsburgh, left field; Clarence Beaumont, Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh. center field; WiUie Keeler, Brooklyn, right field; Billy Terry, New- York, first base; Nap Lojoie, Philadelphia, second base; Joe Tmker, Chicago, shortstop; Pie Traynor. Pittsburgh, third bast; Johnny Kling Chicago, and Roger Breenah&r. New* York, catchers; Christy Mathewson, New York; Grover Alexander. Philadelphia, and Cy Young, Cleveland, pitchers. Selection of Lajoie may bring gome criticism, since he played durkg most of hi# career in ‘the American league. But he was with the Phillies long enough to convince convince one and all what a great player he was How About Honu# Wagner? I debated w hether to place Tinker Tinker or Herman Long at shortstop. shortstop. I believe they were almost on a par, and I finally oho«« Tinker. Tinker. In »electing this team I have considered ability, the will to win, hrainwork, and whether the player really liked baseball or Just played played the game for the financial return. return. For those reasons, it is only natural that I would select three Pittsburgh players. I was closely associated with them, knew' their habits, their temperaments, and everything about them. What a pair of catchers Kiing and Bresnahan would make on an?' b*g league team today! Brea- haflian was the ftret catcher, if I recall correctly, to wear shin guards, and was a tower of strength in the Giant lineup for »’<** Tvxynor many years, Kling was one of the few catchers I ever saw who couM Rill Ten r HHUH are four of the player# Hoiiu* Wag nor pick* for hi* ail »tar National League team. Above 1» Rill Terry, manager and first »acker of the Giant*. l.cf|, tutting, in |‘|e I ra» nor, Pirate manager and third bi»*e- limn. I,oner left t# Nap l.tjolc, who played with Philadelphia in th«* National loop long enough "to convince one and all what a great player he mu." Right i» do** Tinker, i'hieagn C ill*#»* old »Imrtatnp, n hom Wagner rale» a# 4o|»» of all time in the circuit. Nap Li jote Joe Tinker prim« today, a club could eouwt on almost 75 victor»«», perhaps more, a season • * • Power In Infield. throw to «.rnrvri Ku « mm » «» M-v outfieW °* Olarke, Beau- squatting position. m<‘,U aa<J Ketl,r »hould ** ™ »<*«©’• The three pitchers I have chosen were work horses, Matty, I always have contended, wa# the greatest pitcher the National league ever produced, with Young ability. With these three in theirgknew, Beaumont was a great field-Sous hitter. er and timely hitter, giui I need would form not mention the accomplishment* of the immortal Keeler. There is plenty of fielding skill and power, too, in the infield. Traynor I consider the gj caUne third baseman in the game. Hie Tinker snd lajoie s great combination at second base The passing years might force me to change my all-time selections. selections. For instance, Arky Vaughan of the Pirates may prove himself —IS- S mmm S I ■ M. _______ m «, ML— greater shortstop than Tinker combination. 1 hey were ali .S(Jh diving stop* of smashes akmg th*. before Jhi# career, mrw Just burst when. it is acknowledged, the bail wasn't is# lively as it Is today. Clarke could do about every_ every_ thing and do it weM, and was one and Alexander not far behind in j of the finest team players I ever hitters, even back In the days ; Une and his timely hitting have never been equaled Pie «till is a great fellow to have at the plate with runners waiting to »core. Tarry, now in the twilight of his career, alwnys ha# been a murder* ing into full bloom, is at an end The line to criticise my sH- timer# forms at the right, and please check your weapons. Next; Fun in the old day«.