Clipped From The Coffeyville Daily Journal
That big hand story brings up an other i-uoprtant fact about Wagner that is vhe glove he uses every day he plays. Tt looks as big as a house, but has a hole in the center of it almost as big as the glove itself." There is a his tory to that glove. Wagner himself has forgotten just when he got it, but he thinks it was back in 1902. Hans knows that the late Herman Long, one. of ihe greatest of shortstops, then playing with the Boston Nationals, gave him the glove. It is a fact thrt Long always used a glove with a big hole in the center of it. He would buy a new glove ana at once cut it to pieces, leaving an open spot in m.1 center about twice the size of a base ball. Long handed over one of his ol J gloves to Wagner. It suited him end he has used it ever since. The glova now is a wornout relic, but Han hangs to it like grim death. He figures it would be the worst luck in tne world for him to lose. Time and again it has been asked why Wagner doesn't buy a new glov Y'ou ask that question and Wagner will or.ly say that he has no money for a new one. But back of that is the one fat that remains always prom nent: Wagner is just as superstitious and sentimental as any ball player and he has always felt that the Herman Long glove has brought him luck. Tnat s wny ne nangs on to it. it ;s worn to a frazzle. There is nothing to it but the hard edges. The center is ail worn away ana w agner grai;3 those hard line drives really with tho bare hand.