Clipped From Arkansas City Daily Traveler
THE GREATEST SHORTSTOP Herman Long Slowly Succumbing to Great White Plague That Herman Long, who years ago played in the Western League and who as a member of the famous teams managed by Frank Seelee was regard- el as the greatest shortstop in the game, is slowly succumbing to the inroads of the great white plague, is the statement of members of the Den ver ball club, who are circulating a subscription paper to raise funds for his support in his last days. Long is qow in Colorado, where it is hoped the mountain air will relieve his suffering. In the days when Long was a star baseball artist salaries, had not reached the princely size now being paid and his earnimrs have slowly been consumed in the past few years. Sioux City Journal Most of the old timers here will remember Herman Long. Hejgot his baseball start with the Arkansas City Grays. When the boom was on here years ago, Arkansas City want ed a ball team. At that time Billy Vingate was city engineer here. He was selected as the man to pick up the teim. He went to Chicago and Herman Long was among the players he picked up there. Long was a ball player from the start of the game to the finish. After the Grays disbanded, Long went up and landed on the Boston team. For years he was a wonder and was the idol of the fans, fie wore plug hats and dress; suits when not on the diamond. Finally, he quit the game, having accumulated enough money to go into business. He started or bought out a saloon and that was virtually the finish of Herman Long. He went broke in the business and endeavored to get back on the diamond but he was a back number. The saloon business and ball playing do not go together.