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 - REX BABCOCK MEET T he pirates (Xditor'i Not*.*...
REX BABCOCK MEET T he pirates (Xditor'i Not*.* This is th* tenth Kali seriM of HorxsM on the Waco*^ in Catching the baseball has never been a problem with Rex Babcock, Waco’s sharp fielding second base's base's man. but hitting has. But Bab-^ cock’s shown tremendous improvement improvement in the stick department since he first broke into professtonal baiebtll at Hutchinion. Kans., in 1952. Babcock, now 30, rapped the ....1.............................■■■I for .379 last season in the Western Association League, bouncing out 30 doubles, eight triples and eight home runs. He also drove in 82 runs. That does not sound like a bad bargain for an infielder, especially if he can field and make the double play as can Babcock. But his first season at Hutchinson Hutchinson was another matter. Babcock hit only .204 and struck out a total of 135 times, the biggest fan total for the league. However, hit ever-improving batting eye cut that to 95 last year and his aver age rose even more impressively. Babcock’s fielding also improved a bit last seas(»i and he stood at the top in field at his position with a .965 average, very good for a second baseman that covers lots of ground. He also had a hand in 103 double plays, again the best for secofid basemen in the Western Western Association. Babcock, who weighs 170 pounds and stands an even six feet, is married (wife’s name is Kathryn) artd is classified 1-A in the draft. He went right into baseball after graduating from Santa Ana, Calif., high school. During the offseason he works in a clothing store. Those big home rum always thrill a hitter, especially one who doesn't connect too often, and Babcock remembers­ ning ninth inning grand slam at Hutchinson while the team was fighting to get into fint place as his best stick shot. a

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  1. The Waco News-Tribune,
  2. 28 Apr 1954, Wed,
  3. Page 12

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